Monday, October 16, 2017        Edition: #6076

Deja Moo!

★ Outspoken documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has weighed in on the Harvey Weinstein scandal currently rocking Hollywood.  Moore posted a lengthy letter on Facebook titled “Use This Moment To Create a World Without Harveys”, which he opens by lauding the women who have spoken about their encounters with Weinstein.  He then says that merely voicing “well-meaning platitudes” supporting the abused are not enough and calls for men to take action to prevent Weinstein-scale abuse from happening again.
★ ‘Game Of Thrones’ season 8 scripts are being kept secret even from the cast. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in the show, says that now the actors will be given the lines while on set, in a move that will likely test their acting ability like never before. ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 will film until summer 2018, with the six final episodes of the series set to debut at some point towards the end of 2018 or in 2019. (Expect a lot of pregnant pauses and panicked glances offscreen for a “Line!”)
★ Austin Rogers, the ‘Jeopardy’ sensation whose impressive 12-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday, has some serious thinking to do… because now he’s fielding all sorts of tempting offers.  The bartender, who won $411,000 during his run, has reportedly been on the receiving end of book offers, hosting gigs, and that’s just for starters. It turns out he’s already been writing a book.
(And I’d like to add to the list…with the offer of a haircut!)
★ In today’s ‘reboot’ news, Jared Leto has confirmed involvement in a ‘TRON’ reboot. He does point out, however, that the project is in its “very early days”.  Rumors about the new TRON started to swirl earlier this year, with some claiming the project was already in development.  At that time, the story had Leto set to star in the film.
★ (***NOTE CONTENT***) James Franco has quit watching porn. Although he is currently starring in HBO’s ‘The Deuce’, which is about the rise of the porn industry in New York in the 1970s, Franco says that he no longer watches it himself.  He also says that after years of being a workaholic, he has found a new work/life balance and has been in a relationship for ”four months”. (That news from the department of T.M.I….)

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Demi Lovato, John Cleese ( R )
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Hillary Rodham Clinton, Emma Stone ( R )
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jeffrey Tambor, Walton Goggins, Action Bronson, Elaine Bradley ( R )
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jim Gaffigan, James Van Der Beek, Liam Payne ( R )
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Bryan Cranston, Sebastian Maniscalco, Aimee Mann ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Rita Wilson, Vicki Gunvalson
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Dolly Parton
• “The Talk” (CBS): Tyler Perry, Ellen K, guest co-host Carrie Ann Inaba
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jimmy Kimmel, Grant Gustin
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Cate Blanchett, Taylor Kitsch
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC): The remaining 10 celebrities transform into characters from their favorite Disney films.
• “The Voice” (NBC): “The Battles Premiere” Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Joe Jonas and Kelly Rowland help the coaches.

• Taylor Swift – as the November 10 release of her ‘Reputation’ album approaches, she has been coming out of hiding more regularly. And on Friday, some lucky fans were whisked to Swift’s London home for a secret listening party.  The surprised ‘superfans’ were selected by Swift herself, based on their social media profiles, which she apparently checks regularly.
• Pink – Carey Hart has praised his wife Pink on Instagram, writing, “She can do it all. Bad ass biker woman, amazing mother, best friend, and platinum selling artist! Congrats on the amazing album release today, and I can’t wait to see you kick ass on Saturday Night Live tomorrow!”  Pink performed on SNL this past weekend.
• Kelly Clarkson – it seems she is a big fan of ‘Wonder-Woman’ Gal Gadot. While being honored for her work with XQ Institute, Clarkson gushed about Gadot, who was sitting near the front.  Quote: “I’m so nervous I’m shaking.  I am excited … I just saw her. I can’t. She’s Wonder Woman!”
• Lady Gaga – gave fans a health update on Thursday via a series of Instagrams in which she said she’s feeling better and preparing to get back to work. She also posted a string of rescheduled European tour dates slated for early 2018 to make up for the shows she postponed last month due to her ongoing health issues.
• Foreigner – Their songs are being made into a musical.  ‘Jukebox Hero’ will tell the story of a Pennsylvania town that is saved by the emergence of a rock group which helps spur the economy.  About 16 Foreigner songs will be used in the stage production, expected to debut next summer.
• Green Day – will release a new best-of package, ‘Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band’, on November 17. It will contain two new tracks: ‘Back In The USA’ and a duet with Miranda Lambert on ‘Ordinary World’.
• Marilyn Manson – word is finally out about the injuries he suffered when a stage prop fell on him while performing.  According to Manson, “It started to fall and I tried to push back and I didn’t get out the way in time.  I’m not sure what I hit my head on, but it did fall onto my leg and break the fibula in two places”.
• Keith Urban – leads country nominees for the 45th annual American Music Awards with three.  Sam Hunt picked up two. Garth Brooks was the only country artist to cop an all-genre nomination.
• Chris Young – will fulfill a childhood dream tomorrow night when he becomes the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.   When Vince Gill surprised Young with the news, he was so stunned that he picked Gill up in the middle of the stage.
• Shenandoah – has released ‘Noise’, their first new single in 20 years.  A full-length release is slated for the first quarter of 2018.

What’s worse than being given the eye-roll?  If you’re a woman, you know that delivering a perfectly timed eye-roll can feel nothing short of transcendent.  We all know how effective it is, but where did it come from?  Science shows that women started eye rolling as an evolutionary way to assert dominance over other women.  A University of Ottawa study says that a woman’s survival is directly linked to the survival of her offspring. So women tend to avoid engaging in physical aggression in order to protect themselves, thereby continuing to be there for their kids. Instead, women rely on ‘indirect aggressions’ — i.e. criticizing someone’s appearance, spreading rumors and, of course, the classic eye-roll.   Scientists suggest these indirect aggressions evolved to help women attract and secure a mate. If a woman came face to face with a ‘competitor’ for the attentions of a mate, she could reinforce her status as a ‘woman at the top of the food chain’ with a mere flicker of her eyes.
(All of a sudden high-school makes so much more sense!)
(So women eye-roll other women too?  I thought it was an action reserved exclusively for me!)
(And just like ‘Aloha’, it can mean so many things!)

So, have you noticed how many people are using the word ‘so’ at the beginning of sentences these days?  It has become very commonplace, especially, it seems, among millennials.  It might be the fault of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who notoriously uses the word to begin sentences.  There is a widespread belief – that is not entirely correct – that it is an error to begin a sentence with a conjunction such as ‘and’, ‘but’, or ‘so’.  But it’s popularity as of late has some people feeling that the use of ‘so’ at the start of a sentence sounds condescending. It turns out that the word ‘so’ appears at the beginning of sentences in two ways: before questions and before answers.  Michael Lewis noticed its prevalence when exploring Silicon Valley for his 2001 book “The New Thing.”  He claims programmers, especially of the Microsoft variety, started, or at least popularized, beginning answers with ‘so’.  So (whoops…)maybe that’s where Zuckerberg picked up on it.  He also points out that many Silicon Valley engineers learn English as their second language — and almost all of them speak this way.
(Between ‘so’, ‘like’ and ‘dude’, it’s taking longer and longer to formulate a sentence!)
(I am so done with that…)

A woman in Rome has won the right to use sick leave from her job to care for her ailing dog.  The woman, with the help of an animal advocacy group, persuaded her employer, La Sapienza University, where she works as a librarian, to allow her to use 2 days of her family sick leave benefits rather than vacation days which she needed to care for her 12 year-old English setter, Cucciola.  The woman, whose name was not given, says that Cucciola is recovering well from surgery for a breast tumour and a larynx problem.  She had argued that she should be able to use her family sick leave because the dog is part of her family.
(Family member? Yes.  But definitely the only family member who will eat out of the catbox!)
(A dog is definitely part of the family.  Mine is the only one in my family that greets me at the door with a wagging tail!)
(A librarian?  That’s one dog who has heard the word “Shhhhhhh” a lot!)

☹ 3 Musketeers: 420
☹ Butterfinger: 567
☹ Hershey’s Bar: 447
☹ Kit Kat: 467
☹ M&M’s peanut: 600
☹ Milky Way: 534
☹ Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup: 734
☹ Skittles: 534
(If I did 500 jumping jacks, I’d not only burn off my treat, I’d lose my lunch!)
(Fortunately, I burn a lot of calories several times per day climbing up to my secret hiding spot to get them!)


1946 [71] Suzanne Somers, San Bruno CA, TV actress (‘Chrissy Snow’ on “Three’s Company” 1977-81)

1958 [59] Tim Robbins, West Covina CA, movie actor (“The Shawshank Redemption”)/movie director (“Dead Man Walking”)

1962 [55] Flea (Michael Balzary), Melbourne, Australia, rock bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers-‘Scar Tissue’, ‘Under the Bridge’)

1977 [40] John Mayer, Bridgeport CT, pop singer-songwriter (‘Your Body is a Wonderland’)

1980 [37] Caterina Scorsone, Toronto ON, TV actress (‘Dr Amelia Shepherd’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2010)

• “Boss’s Day”, an observance since 1958 in which employees are encouraged to ‘honor the boss with a small gift or greeting card’ (aka ‘Brown Nosers Day’).
– “Maybe you’ll have the proposal on your desk by Monday, then again, maybe you won’t.”
– “As soon as I have two nickels to rub together, I’m leaving this rat hole.”
– “I’m getting married and you ain’t invited, Slappy.”
– “I saw your wife at the last Christmas party. If you weren’t rich, there’s no way in hell you’d be able to attract a hottie like that.”
– “If I didn’t work for you, I’d kick your sorry ass up and down this office.”
– “Is that a rug?”

• “Dictionary Day”, celebrating the 1758 birth of Noah Webster, one of the most famous of lexicographers, who 1st published ‘Webster’s Dictionary’ in 1828.

• “Clean Your Bug Zapper Day”, an annual bug-gut check we can do without, thank-you.

• “Feral Cat Day”, initiated over a decade ago by the advocacy group ‘Alley Cat Allies’ to promote humane care for domestic cats who are scrabbling to stay alive in the wild.

• “World Food Day”, as declared annually by the UN.

• “National Liqueur Day”,  A liqueur is a strong alcoholic beverage that has been sweetened with herbs, fruits, nuts, cream, or spices.  Liqueurs are traditionally served as after-dinner drinks or mixed with coffee.  They can also be called cordials or schnapps.  (You were looking for something to get for “Boss’s Day?)

[Tues] Information Overload Day
[Tues] Pasta Day
[Wed] No Beard Day
[Wed] National Chocolate Cupcake Day
This Week Is…National Business Women’s Week
This Month Is…Dyslexia Awareness Month

2011 [06] 33-year-old Dan Wheldon, a 2-time Indianapolis 500 winner, dies following a fiery, 15-car crash during the IndyCar World Championship at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

2011 [06] US president Obama joins members of the King family to dedicate the memorial for Dr Martin Luther King Jr. on The Mall in Washington DC

2010 [07] Shanghai, China’s Expo 2010 attracts over 64 million people, a record-breaking number of visitors in the history of world’s fairs


✓ The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
✓ The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.
✓ In 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an ‘Honorary Harlem Globetrotter.’
✓ The words written on Twitter every day would fill a book of 10 million pages.
✓ Frozen lobsters can come back to life when thawed.
✓ You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than a shark attack.

• Both ‘city limits’ signs were on the same post
• The jail is called ‘Amoeba’, because it only has one cell
• The 7-11 was a 3 ½ – 5 ½
• The Main Street had dead ends in both directions
• The phone book only had one page
• There was nothing doing every minute
• The ZIP code was a fraction
• Third Street was in the next town over
• There was no place to go that you shouldn’t
• A “Night on the Town” only took 11 minutes
• The New Year’s baby was born in October
• No one used turn signals because everybody knew where you were going anyway.
• At the town beauty contest, nobody won second or third.

☎ What’s the worst uniform you’ve ever had to wear for work or school?

According to a new study, if you want to look younger in photos, you should do this:
a. Look to the left.
b. Look to the right.
c. Smile.
d. Don’t smile [CORRECT]

I often wonder what my parents did to fight boredom before the internet.  I asked my 17 brothers and sisters and they didn’t know either.

Question: More dog owners name their pets after this than any other food. What is it?
Answer: Oreo

To improve is to change;  To be perfect is to change often.

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