Thursday, November 9, 2017 – Edition: #6095

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

★ Dr Phil McGraw has topped Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid TV hosts with an income of $79million.  Ellen DeGeneres comes in second at $77m.  Dr. Phil earned his $79 million last year thanks to his daytime talk show as well as his producing credits on CBS’ ‘The Doctors’ and ‘The Bull’.  He is also one of the executive producers on ‘DailyMail TV’.  (***SEE COMPLETE TOP 10 BELOW***)
★ The actor who plays one of the troubled Gallagher kids on “Shameless” ran into some real life trouble off set — ‘Carl’ got busted for DUI.  18-year-old actor Ethan Cutkosky — who plays William Macy’s second youngest child on the show — was arrested and booked for DUI Thursday in the L.A. area.  It’s unclear at this point if the DUI was drug or alcohol related.
★ The internet isn’t happy with Reese Witherspoon’s comments about mommy bloggers. Witherspoon said that women deserve more than just “mommy blogs and 14 ways to cook a turkey.” An army of so-called ‘mommy bloggers’ were quick to point out that their websites are exactly the kinds of spaces Witherspoon is supposedly championing.  She made the remark in a throwaway line during a speech about sexism in Hollywood at WSJ Magazine’s 2017 Innovator Awards last week.
★ Dwayne Johnson will portray DC anti-hero ‘Black Adam’ in the forthcoming film of the same name, but it seems that movie may not be the character’s first onscreen appearance.  The rumour is that Black Adam, played by The Rock, will be the main villain in ‘Suicide Squad 2’.  That film is set for a 2019 release.
★ Chris Rock‘s new material just isn’t working for some comedy patrons. Rock recently tested out a few jokes in light of the recent sexual harassment scandals, and they fell flat at New York City’s Comedy Cellar.  He joked he won’t hire women anymore because he would need witnesses around him so he wouldn’t be accused of rape.  His act also allegedly included the line: “They cry rape because they want money.”
(Yup.  Not funny.)
★ Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick has denied all claims of sexual assault, hours after ‘Californication’ actress Kristina Cohen accused him of rape.  Cohen wrote an extensive Facebook post about the alleged incident, claiming recent stories from brave women about sexual harassment gave her the courage to speak out. Westwick tweeted a response to Cohen’s claims, saying: “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Josh Hutcherson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dan Auerbach
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Gal Gadot, Desus & Mero, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus ( R )
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Louis C.K., Jay Pharoah, Rationale
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Mark Wahlberg, Martin McDonagh, Nathan Davilmar
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Gael Garcia Bernal, Jason Momoa
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Rosie O’Donnell, Joy Behar
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Martha Raddatz, Ellen Pompeo
• “The Talk” (CBS): Mark Wahlberg
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV) :Kenneth Branagh, Ellen Pompeo, Daveed Diggs
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Wanda Sykes, Halsey

• Sia – After hearing that nude photos of her had come up for sale, Sia decided to hit back by leaking the photo herself.  She wrote on Twitter:  “Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans.  Save your money, here it is for free.  Everyday is Christmas!”
• Ed Sheeran – will be one of the stars guesting on the new album from N.E.R.D.  The group, featuring Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, have a new album coming, reportedly titled ‘No One Ever Really Dies’, featuring appearances from Rihanna (on the recently released single ‘Lemon’), Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Andre 3000, Gucci Mane and more.  Complex).
• Katy Perry – is celebrating her three-night run in Los Angeles with the unveiling of a new exhibit at the Grammy Museum.  She will be part of a new display that features some of her most memorable fashion at the Los Angeles Grammy Museum. The exhibit, ‘Katy Perry Frock & Roll: Transforming Music and Fashion’, opened on Tuesday and will run through Spring.
• P. Diddy – Just a few days after Sean “Diddy” Combs said he was changing his name, he  announced on Instagram he was merely “joking.”  According to him now, because of the “overwhelming response” from the media, he decided to set the record straight that ‘Love’ or ‘Brother Love’ is merely one of his alter egos. (One of many.  Too many.)
• Kanye West – is working on a possible solution to his ongoing problems with Jay-Z and Tidal.  He may be starting his own music streaming service. Ye has been locked in a dispute with Tidal and Jay-Z after claiming he’s owed $3.5 million in unpaid advances and bonuses for his album, ‘The Life of Pablo.’
• Britney Spears – Robin Leach auctioned off her infamous painting to benefit victims of the Las Vegas shooting, but ultimately he decided to just buy it himself!  Leach plunked down $10,000 for the work of “art” Spears created last month.
• U2 – have been named this year’s MTV EMA Global Icons.  The band will perform as part of ‘MTV Presents Trafalgar Square’ on Saturday.  The MTV Europe Music Awards will air on Sunday.
• Sammy Hagar – his ocean-side Hawaiian home is on the market.  It features a pool, a spa, a guest house and room for a recording studio. There is also “access to Hawaiian fruits and vegetables growing on the grounds.” The 9.8-acre retreat, which includes a long driveway lined by palm trees, has an asking price of $3.2 million.
• Marilyn Manson – has issued a statement regarding his choice to use a fake gun as a stage prop at a concert in San Bernardino.  It says in part: “My art has always been a reaction to popular culture and my way to make people think about the horrible things that happen in this world.  My performance was not meant to be disrespectful or show any insensitivity.”
• Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – have added more than 25 dates to their ‘Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017′.  The announcement comes just before the Nov. 17 release of their first-ever album together, “The Rest of Our Life.”
• Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood – agree that throughout their decade as CMA Awards co-hosts, it has always been fun to poke fun at their fellow artists, but they especially have fun ribbing Tim McGraw.  Paisley says that McGraw and his wife Faith Hill “have [always] given us something to work with, whether that’s Barbies or cologne, or Barbies again.”  Underwood is quick to point out that Tim and Faith are also “good sports” about it.

Uh-oh.  The man who is generally regarded as the smartest guy on earth says that earth as we know it will no longer exist in 600 years.  Stephen Hawking, who is a theoretical physicist and a cosmologist, says that because of overcrowding and increased energy consumption, the planet will eventually become a “ball of fire” as the population rises, and the human race will become extinct.  Sooo…what are we supposed to do?  Move.  Hawking is appealing to investors to back his plans to travel to the closest star outside of our solar system, with the hope that a livable planet might be orbiting it.  Alpha Centauri is one of the closest star systems at four light-years away.  Hawking says that humans must “boldly go where no one has gone before” if we plan to continue our species.  He is backing ‘Breakthrough Starshot’, a venture to reach this system within two decades using a tiny aircraft that could travel at the speed of light.
(Maybe it can.  And maybe there are other livable planets.  But what are the odds that these spaceships have room for us all?)
(What does this guy know anyway?)
(600 years?  Doesn’t sound like much of a ‘me’ problem…)

Napping.  Is it a good thing, or a bad thing?  Studies have linked regular daytime napping with an elevated risk for type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even death. But napping can also be a good thing.  So which is it?  Michael Grandner, Ph.D., director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, says napping can be a symptom of a problem—not a problem in itself.  He says that many people nap because their sleep is poor at night and they get tired during the day.  According to him, if you sleep for more than an hour in the day regularly, something is not right about your sleep or health.  On the other hand,  a quick power nap of 20 to 30 minutes can provide a range of ‘performance-type’ benefits for both brain and body.  The key is not to lie down for too long.  Napping for longer than an hour can plunge your brain and body into the deep stages of sleep, from which you are likely to wake up feeling groggy and out of it.  There is also such a thing as a ‘genetic’ napper.  They are the people who without a daily snooze, require coffee, energy drinks, or some other artificial pick-me-up just to keep going.  Remember, napping itself is almost never a bad thing — you just have to do it right!
(My need to nap is genetic.  My kids are exhausting!)
(To me, the only bad nap is when the doorbell rings in the middle of it!)
(My napping is a symptom of a problem.  That I have to get up too darn early!)

1. Dr Phil McGraw $79m (Dr. Phil)
2. Ellen DeGeneres $77m  (Ellen DeGeneres)
3. Ryan Seacrest $58m  (Live! With Kelly & Ryan/multiple hosting gigs
4. Judy Sheindlin $47m  (Judge Judy/Hot Bench)
5. Simon Cowell $43.5 (Britain’s Got Talent/America’s Got Talent/X-Factor: U.K.)
6. Steve Harvey $42.5m (Family Feud/Little Big Shots/Steve Harvey Show/Miss Universe)
7. Bill O’Reilly, $37m (fired from Fox News)
8. Sean Hannity $36m  (Fox News)
9. Michael Strahan $21.5m  (Good Morning America/Fox Sports/$100,000 Pyramid)
10. Heidi Klum $21m  (Project Runway/America’s Got Talent)
(Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel are looking at this list and saying “Sean Hannity?  Get me his agent!”)


1951 [66] Lou Ferrigno, Brooklyn NY, actor (“The Incredible Hulk” TV series 1977-1982) COMING UP…Purge of Thrones, 2018

1972 [45] Eric Dane, San Francisco CA, TV actor (“The Last Ship” since 2014, “Grey’s Anatomy” 2006-12)

1973 [44] Nick Lachey, Harlan KY, TV personality (“The Sing-Off” 2009-14, “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica” 2003-05)/former boy-band singer (98 Degrees-‘I Do [Cherish You]’)

1978 [39] Sisqó (Mark Andrews), Baltimore MD, hip-hop artist (‘Incomplete’, ‘Thong Song’)

1980 [37] Vanessa Lachey, Angeles City, Philippines, TV actress (“Dads” 2013-2014, “The Bold and the Beautiful” 2001/Mrs. Nick Lachey since 2011.

1988 [29] Nikki Blonsky, Great Neck NY, movie actress (“Hairspray”)

• “Chaos Never Dies Day”, the one day of the year to acknowledge that chaos is essential to a harmonious universe (and if you don’t believe that chaos never dies, visit a daycare center some time!)

• “Go To an Art Museum Day”, a day to enjoy wonderful sculptures and beautiful paintings. Many art museums have days when admission is free or reduced, so if you have never been to an art museum … try it!

• “World Freedom Day”, begun in 2001 to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2014 on this date, Germany commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall with a balloon-release ceremony and celebrations throughout the country.

• “Carl Sagan Day”, no other scientist has been able to reach and teach so many nonscientists in such a meaningful way, and that is why we celebrate Dr. Sagan, remember his work, and revel in the cosmos he helped us understand.

• National Scrapple Day”, similar in both composition and taste to British white pudding. Its name comes from the fact that it is composed of “scraps” of pork combined with cornmeal and spices. The mixture is formed into a mostly solid loaf, and then it is sliced and panfried before serving.

[Fri] Area Code Day
[Fri] Vanilla Cupcake Day
[Sat] Origami Day
[Sat] National Sundae Day

2004 [13] Swedish writer Stieg Larsson dies suddenly of a heart attack at age 50, shortly after turning in the manuscripts for 3 crime thrillers which go on to be best-sellers: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”

2010 [07] A 3-alarm fire in a warehouse in San Carlos CA where Neil Young had stored everything from vintage cars to guitar cases causes damage estimated at $800,000

2014 [03] One Direction are the big winners at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland, picking up 3 awards including ‘Best Pop Act’

2001 [16] The 3,400-seat, $94-million Kodak Theatre, designed to be the permanent home of the Academy Awards, opens in Hollywood CA (now known as the Dolby Theatre)

2004 [13] Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros wins a record 7th Cy Young Award as his league’s best pitcher

2006 [11] The Rolling Stones’ “Bigger Bang” tour is reported to have taken in $230 million in just 10 months, after playing to nearly 2 million fans


✓ No human being has ever seen their own face, we only ever see our reflection.
✓ Squirrels forget where they hide 80% of their acorns, and that is how many trees are born.
✓ Chickens are the closest living relative of dinosaurs.
✓ Between the time of that it was discovered and when it was unclassified as a planet, Pluto did not make one complete rotation around the Sun.
✓ The surface area of Russia is slightly larger than that of the surface area of Pluto.
✓ There is only one hole in a straw.

• Aside from super-human strength, what are your strengths?
• Which relative of yours tragically died, inspiring you to become a superhero?
• Are you allergic to spandex?
• How poorly can you hide your true identity?
• Do you see yourself more as a hero or a sidekick?
• Where do you see yourself in 5 sequels?
• Do you have a special skill or are you just rich?
• How comfortable are you wearing your underpants on the outside of your clothing?
• What was the estimated cost of the damage done to public property on your last super mission?
• Please provide at least three references who are not found in comic books or graphic novels.
• Do you even lift, bro?

☎ Which has-been star would you like to see make a comeback?

Someone’s therapist knows all about you.

Hopalong Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero.  What was the name of his horse?
a. Topper [CORRECT]
b. Silver
c. Trigger

Who painted the late 15th-century mural known as the ‘Last Supper’?
a. Pablo Picasso
b. Michelangelo
c. Leonardo da Vinci [CORRECT]

Question:  In a recent survey,  people over the age of 50 say doing this makes them feel younger.  What is it?
Answer:  Driving

Feelings are just visitors.  Let them come and go.

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