Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Edition: #6072

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★ Comedian Ralphie May discussed his health problems in a radio interview weeks before his death from cardiac arrest on Thursday. He called into an Albuquerque morning show on September 22 and said he was suffering from bronchitis. After performing eight shows in five states in six days, the 45-year-old said that he was too sick to appear at the radio station and would only be able to talk over the phone. May said he was ‘worn down’ from the hectic schedule and could barely walk down the hotel hallway.  He was found dead at a private residence in Las Vegas early on Friday morning, just hours after performing.
★ James Woods posted a property listing containing an announcement of his retirement from acting on Friday. Woods now says that announcement was in error.  In a subsequent interview, Woods said he was driving and distracted when the draft was read to him over the phone. “I somehow didn’t hear ‘retirement.’ My career is not going to end in a real estate announcement.”  According to the original statement from a real estate agent, Woods was retiring from the entertainment industry and hoped to ‘simplify his life’ by selling ‘his many real estate holdings on both coasts.’” Woods also said that “No actor retires from the film business.”
(Except Daniel Day-Lewis…)
★ ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ showrunner and creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that a major edit has been done to a mass shooting scene due to air in tonight’s episode.  According to Murphy, he made the decision to have most of the story’s violence take place off-camera.  Murphy says that he feels a “responsibility” to those who have fallen victim of gun violence. The original scene was graphically violent to make “an obvious anti-gun warning about society,” but due to the recent events in Las Vegas, that version of the scene will no longer make it to air when the series resumes tonight.
★ Ever since ‘The Walking Dead’ prequel series ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ prequel series was revealed, fans have been drooling over the possibility of a crossover, but producers have repeatedly shot the idea down.  Until now.  It was confirmed at New York Comic Con, and on the Twitter accounts for both ‘TWD’ and ‘Fear’, that a crossover will indeed be happening in the near future.  Creator Robert Kirkman teased that one character “is going to go from one show, that I will not name, to another show, that I will not name.”
(But will he (or she) be alive…or undead?)
★ Sofia Vergara takes her health very seriously and wants others to understand the importance of checking for cancer. To do so, she has taken to Instagram to document her mammogram experience. October is breast cancer awareness month and the Vergara wants women to be aware of the importance of checking for abnormalities.  1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Chris Hemsworth, Whitney Cummings, Vance Joy
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Mandy Moore, Shaquille O’Neal, Noah Cyrus
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Tracee Ellis Ross, Luke Evans, Jade Bird
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): James Spader, Domhnall Gleeson, Ladee Hubbard, Joe Russo
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jennifer Connelly, Jason Alexander, Mark Consuelos, Everything Everything
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Steven Ho, Marc Maron, D.J. Demers ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Carla Bruni, Yolanda Hadid
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Mark Consuelos, Nancy O’Dell, Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, guest co-host Carrie Ann Inaba
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Tracee Ellis Ross, Jackie Chan
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Josh Gad, Charlie Puth
• “The Voice” (NBC): “The Blind Auditions, Part 6”
• “2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards” (BET): Performances by Cardi B, Flo Rida, Gucci Mane, Migos, Luke Campbell, Rick Ross, T Pain, Trina. Hosted by DJ Khaled

• Taylor Swift – counts the late Tom Petty as one of the main reasons she wanted to learn to play guitar.  Quote: “He motivated thousands of guitarists to learn to play just because they wanted to be able to play ‘Free Fallin’.  Count me as one of them”.
• Maroon 5 – have revealed that their long-awaited sixth studio album, ‘Red Blue Pills’, is on sale for pre-order.  The actual release date is November 3.
• Scorpions – have cancelled the remaining five dates of their US tour after singer Klaus Meine was diagnosed with laryngitis. Dates were set to run through Sunday (October 15).
• Sammy Hagar – has partnered with meal delivery service Chef’d to create Mexican recipes inspired by his Cabo Wabo Cantina. There are six dishes to choose from, including braised pork shank in green chile sauce, crispy island chicken, huevos rancheros, and a dessert of, naturally, pound cake with berries and whipped cream.
• Bruce Springsteen – his 19th studio album is complete, though it still lacks a title and release date.  The project won’t feature the E-Street Band, and Springsteen says it was inspired by Southern California pop music of the 1970s.
• Bryan Adams – has set Nov. 3 for the release of ‘Ultimate’, his first studio effort in two years. He teased fans with a 20-second clip of the pop ballad ‘Please Stay’ on Facebook.
• Madonna – says she still has a love letter from Tupac Shakur.  According to her, it was hand-delivered by a friend after Shakur wrote it while behind bars.
• The Lovin’ Spoonful – Jerry Yester, known for playing on the band’s 1965 hit ‘Do You Believe In Magic,’ has been arrested for child pornography. The 74-year-old, who also served as a producer and arranger for artists including the Turtles, Pat Boone, and Tom Waits, was arrested Thursday in Arkansas and faces 30 counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing explicit pornographic material involving children.
• Jason Aldean – paid tribute to Tom Petty and the victims of the Las Vegas shootings in an emotional opening on Saturday Night Live.  Quote: “This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting. They’re our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — They’re all part of our family.”
•  Dolly Parton – says the key to making her relationship work is having ”respect” for one another. She has been married to Carl Dean for 51 years, and although her spouse is rarely seen with her publicly, she says they are ”compatible”, and that their ability to be ”best friends” has helped them stay strong.

Get ‘em wherever you get your movies…
• “The House” (R-Rated, Comedy):  After the town takes away their daughter’s college scholarship, a couple start an illegal casino in their friend’s house to make back the money. (Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Ryan Simpkins)
• “Maudie” (PG-13, Drama/Romance):  An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. (Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke)
• “Fallen” (PG-13, Action/Adventure):  A young girl finds herself in a reform school after therapy since she was blamed for the death of a young boy. At the school she finds herself drawn to a fellow student, unaware that he is an angel, and has loved her for thousands of years. (Lola Kirke, Addison Timlin)
• “Pilgrimage” (Not Rated, Drama):  In 13th century Ireland, a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril. (Tom Holland, Richard Armitage)
• “Open Water 3: Cage Dive” (R-Rated, Drama/Horror):  Three friends filming an audition tape for an extreme reality show take part in shark cage diving, only to be left in great white infested waters, turning their recording into life and death. (Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, Megan Peta Hill)
• “Wish Upon” (PG-13, Horror):  A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them. (Joey King, Ryan Phillippe)

With the hockey season getting underway, here is a little something to keep in mind if you are one of those ‘vocal’ fans who gets all wound up in the action.  A study of Montreal Canadiens fans shows that watching hockey could trigger a cardiovascular event in some people.  Researchers tracked 20 Habs fans while they viewed their favorite team in action, half watching on TV, half in the arena.  Those sitting at home had an average heart-rate increase of 75%, while those watching live spiked 110%.  The study’s lead researcher says the stress-induced response could trigger a heart-attack or stroke in fans with underlying cardiovascular problems.
(Well, it’s hockey.  It IS life or death!)
(110% at least.  And that’s just from the price of an arena beer!)
(And that’s even before factoring in all those chicken wings and nachos!)

You can rest easy.  You are real.  Physicists have determined that we are not all part of an enormous computer experiment.  Conspiracy theorists perked up when Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in 2016 that it was entirely possible that we exist inside a simulated universe. Well, it looks like there’s no massive extraterrestrial computer with an epic program underlying all of existence. A study by theoretical physicists from Oxford University in the U.K., supposedly definitively confirms that life and reality aren’t products of a computer simulation.  The theory is that some advanced future civilization developed equally-advanced computer simulations of past civilizations (our present) in a giant virtual reality experience. Supposedly, these advanced computer models run like today’s computer games.  But the researchers have determined that creating such a large simulated universe is practically impossible. The simple reason: there are not enough particles in the known universe that could sustain the computing power necessary for a simulation of this scale.
(But what about the UNKNOWN universe?  Like wherever this “advanced future civilization” is from?)
(Darn.  Back to paying my taxes.)
(That’s it?  That’s the only evidence they can find that we aren’t part of some huge computer scam?  Lack of parts?)

10. Say Anything (1989)
9. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
8. Footloose (1984)
7. Beetlejuice (1988)
6. Sixteen Candles (1984)
5. The Princess Bride (1987)
4. The Shining (1980)
3. Dirty Dancing (1987)
2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
1. The Breakfast Club (1985)


1954 [63] David Lee Roth, Bloomington IN, rock singer (lead singer of Van Halen 1972-1985, 1996, 2001 and 2007-present-‘Jump’, ‘Dance the Night Away’)

1967 [50] Mike Malinin, Washington DC, rock drummer (Goo Goo Dolls-‘Name’, ‘Iris’)

1973 [44] Mario Lopez, San Diego CA, TV personality (‘Extra!’ since 2008)

1974 [43] Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kannapolis NC, race car driver (NASCAR racer who won the Busch Series Championship in 1998 and 1999 and the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014)

1979 [38] Mya, Washington DC, pop singer (known for her contribution to the cover of ‘Lady Marmalade’ with Christina Aguilera, P!nk, and Lil’ Kim)

1982 [35] Dan Stevens, Croydon UK, TV actor (‘Matthew Crawley’ on “Downton Abbey” 2010-12)/movie actor (‘Night At the Museum: Secret Of the Tomb’)

• “Angel Food Cake Day”, honoring the dessert every starving dieter touts as being ‘fat-free’ … just before inhaling it in its entirety. (With a ton of high-fat whip cream!)

• “International Stage Management Day”, the 3rd annual, celebrating all the work that stage managers do in theaters and on film sets. (Like referees, if you don’t notice them, they’re doing a great job!)

• “World Homeless Day”, to draw attention to the needs of the homeless and provide opportunities for communities to get involved in responding.

• “World Mental Health Day”, a day for global mental health education and awareness. It was first celebrated in 1992 as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, which operates in more than 150 countries.

• “World Porridge Day”, a celebration of Scotland’s traditional national dish. It began in the wee Scottish Highlands village of Carrbridge (home of the annual “World Porridge Making Championship”) as a fundraiser to help feed needy children. So how do you like your gruel?
(I like mine not too hot, not too cold….but JUST RIGHT!)

[Wed] Emergency Nurses Day
[Wed] Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day
[Thurs] Old Farmers Day
[Thurs] Cookbook Launch Day
This Week Is…Veterinary Technicians Week
This Month Is…Celiac Disease Awareness Month

2004 [13] Christopher Reeve (‘Superman’ actor) dies at age 52

2006 [11] Google buys YouTube.com for $1.6 billion

2013 [04] Canadian writer Alice Munro wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

2001 [16] Former frontman Dennis DeYoung sues Styx for touring and singing his songs without him (he’d left in 1999 due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

2007 [10] Sting tops a ‘Blender Magazine’ list of worst lyricists ever, for such sins as name-dropping Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov, quoting a Volvo bumper sticker (‘If You Love Someone Set Them Free’), and co-opting the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare (Not to mention ‘De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da’…)

2007 [10] Radiohead offers their 7th studio album, ‘In Rainbows’, via a unique pay-what-you-want download (most people opt for … nothing)

2014 [03] Taylor Swift is named ‘Billboard Woman Of the Year 2014 , making her the 1st to receive the award twice

1976 [41] Greece’s 98-year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis becomes ‘Oldest Person to Complete a Marathon’(he’s even older when finally finishing 7 hours, 33 minutes later) (since broken by 100 year-old Fauja Singh)


✓ You replace every particle in your body every seven years. You are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago.
✓ The human brain has a memory capacity which is the equivalent a four terabyte computer hard drive.
✓ The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea of the eye. It receives oxygen directly from the air.
✓ Nerve impulses sent from the brain move at a speed of 274 km/h.
✓ The total length of all the blood vessels in the human body is about 100,000 km.
✓ When you blush, your stomach also turns red.

• Your keyboard and mouse are just a tad outta reach this morning.
• When you plopped onto the couch, your spouse flew through the window.
• Pricking your finger to check your blood sugar yielded only gravy.
• You’ve been assigned a probation officer … by Weight Watchers.
• You received a Sumo Wrestler application in your e-mail.
• You’re suffering from ‘Dunlap’s Disease’ …  your gut has dunlapped over your belt.
• For the first time ever, there are no leftovers.
• A thermometer pops out your butt
• They had to use the Jaws of Life to remove you from your recliner.
• You’re sweating gravy … and you’re farting feathers.
-First published in BS in 2001

• Whyzit there are road signs that say ‘Falling Rocks’? Is that in case we have boulder shields?
• Whyzit wind velocity increases directly with the cost of the hairdo?
• Whyzit the numbers on a phone go one way and the numbers on a calculator go the other?
• Whyzit the actors in fast-food commercials are all skinny?
• Whyzit the healthiest food for you is always the most expensive?
• Whyzit men don’t have ‘tummies’.

I needed a password that was eight characters long…so I picked Snow White and the seven dwarves.

☎ It’s “Work From Home Week”. What are the advantages and disadvantages of working at home?

Question: Approximately 45 million people do this every day. And many people find it to be insincere.
Answer: Wish someone happy birthday on Facebook.

It is better to be informed than opinionated.

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