September 17 2018

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Monday, September 17, 2018        Edition: #6294

Ah, the Sweet Smell of BS!

★ “Friends” star Matthew Perry has revealed he has been in hospital for three months following surgery to repair a ruptured bowel. Last month, a spokeswoman said he underwent an operation in Los Angeles and was “grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heals”. On Friday, Perry tweeted to say he was still in hospital. It was his first tweet since March.
★ (***Note content***) Anna Kendrick called Barack Obama an ”a-hole” in an exchange which left the former U.S. President doubled over in laughter. She says that Obama singled her movie “Up in the Air” out for praise in front of around 30 people because of the way in which it ”talked about the economy and the recession,” and when the pair met face-to-face later on, he apologized for ”embarrassing” her with the praise. Anna then claimed she responded: ”Yeah, you’re such an a-hole.”
★ A Paul Walker tribute last week at a California mall ended in violence after the gathering turned into chaos. Video posted to social media shows people jumping onto the mall security vehicle and stomping on the hood.  Walker, who would have turned 45 on Wednesday, was a noted car enthusiast.  The West Covina Police Department is investigating a felony vandalism to a mall security car, as well as an assault and battery case against two mall security officers.
★  HBO’s Westworld just got a little better. Producers have announced that “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul is joining the cast for Season 3 and will be playing a regular character moving forward. Paul is the second Breaking Bad cast member to join the hit show. Last season, Giancarlo Esposito had a cameo, though it is not clear if his character will reappear in the future.
★ Tim Conway‘s daughter has been denied in her attempt to be named conservator over her legendary father. Kelly Conway appeared in court Friday to face off with her step-mother, Charlene Conway. Conway claims that Charlene was trying to move Conway from his current medical facility to one she felt was not up to par. 84-year-old Tim Conway is suffering from dementia and is said to be “almost entirely unresponsive.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Sarah Silverman, Dave Matthews, Dave Matthews Band (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Reese Witherspoon, Lenny Kravitz
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jessica Biel, W. Kamau Bell, Elle King (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Julianne Moore, Sturgill Simpson, Khaled Hosseini, Sean Kinney
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Matt Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Ariana Grande (R)
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Ethan Hawke, Daniel Sloss
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Vicki Gunvalson, S.E. Cupp
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Charles Schumer
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Michael Weatherly
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Issa Rae, Cate Blanchett
• “70th Primetime Emmy Awards” (NBC): SNL’s Michael Che and Colin Jost host.
• “Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes” (FOX): A retelling of the Manson story using original footage.

•  Mac Miller – His final resting place will be a location that was significant to his career.  His family were seen visiting Homewood Cemetery Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh, presumably to pick out a plot. Homewood was a featured location in Miller’s music video for ‘Nike’s On My Feet’.
• Sia – has a new song collaboration with – wait for it — Dolly Parton. The re-recording of Parton’s 1971 single ‘Here I Am’, is one of several songs Parton will be including on the “Dumplin’” soundtrack ahead of the film’s release.
• Taylor Swift — has been granted yet another restraining order against an obsessed fan.  She claims 26-year-old Eric Swarbrick has been sending her written threats for over two years, boasting that no one can stop him from ending her life.
• Justin Bieber — has applied for dual citizenship. He’ll retain his Canadian citizenship, but wants to become an American citizen as well.  Bieber spends most of his time in the U.S. and his fiancé Hailey Baldwin is American.  He was raised in Stratford, Ontario, Canada but moved to Atlanta when he was 13.
Lenny Kravitz – says that he gives up alcohol and tobacco when he’s on tour to ensure that his voice stays in top shape. Kravitz says it is a ”battle” to keep his voice in good condition when he’s touring so he does his best not to ”abuse” it.
AC/DC – Their early years are the subject of “AC/DC 1973-1980: The Bon Scott Years”, a new book by Jeff Apter, out November 14.  It will contain rare photos including some of their first performances in Sydney, and cover the era from 1973 through to the release of “Highway to Hell” in 1979 and the death of original singer Bon Scott.
• John Mellencamp – his new album, “Other People’s Stuff”, will be released November 16, and he’ll start a  26-date U.S. tour Feb. 7.
• Carrie Underwood — cancelled two U.K. festival appearances last week because she was hospitalized in Germany for three days. Underwood, who is pregnant, came down with a viral bug while in Germany.
• Sugarland — Singer Jennifer Nettles has been announced as one of the cast members of an upcoming feature film about the life of iconic abolitionist Harriet Tubman.  Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo will portray Tubman in the film, and the cast will also include Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn and Clarke Peters. Their roles have not yet been revealed.

How long should you spend at the gym to get a full workout?  The more reps the better, right?  Slow down, Schwarzenegger.  You might be happy to hear that when it comes to bodybuilding, a report published in “Medicine and Science and Sports Exercise” says that if your strength exercises are longer than 13 minutes, you’re wasting your time.  Men who performed just one set of 8-12 reps using weights heavy enough to exhaust their muscles, benefited as much as those who did five times as much work.  To achieve these results, the participants were required to “train to failure”, meaning that they worked out so hard that they were unable to complete another set.  Researchers suggest three 13-minute sessions per week.
(Awesome!  Now I only have to hit ‘snooze’ twice to miss my workout!)
(13 minutes?  I don’t even have time to post my first gym selfie in 13 minutes!)
(I’ll give it a shot.  I’ve tried everything else to get fit short of diet and exercise!)

The classic debate over which is the correct way to put toilet paper on the holder has been settled. Some say ‘over’.  Some say ‘under’.  Some say ‘personal preference’.  After a University of Colorado study found that there can be as many as 19 groups of bacteria on the doors, floors, faucet handles, soap dispensers, and toilets of public restrooms, it has been determined that…brace yourself…OVER is the correct method of installing toilet paper on the holder.  Why?  Picture it: you’re in the bathroom and reach for the TP and the loose end is dangling under the roll. As you reach for it, your fingers, hand, and even the toilet paper graze the wall behind it. Now imagine this happens to everyone who uses that same roll.  Plus, when the toilet paper is “dangling under,” you have to touch more of it than you would if it went over the top.  And remember, not everyone’s hands are clean, so their germs are more likely to be on the tissue that you are about to use if it is installed on the roll ‘under’ style.
(So…who else is done with public restrooms?)
(Long ago, I decided it wasn’t worth the hassle, and I leave it purely up to destiny.  Whatever way it goes…it goes!)
(I just leave the roll on the floor and let my wife decide.  I’m so kind.)

In a reflection of many industries’ attempts to reflect gender sensitivity and equality, a Finnish department store has launched a gender-neutral shopping floor.  Stockmann, the largest chain of department stores in Finland, has announced that they have decided to dedicate an entire floor of their store to brands such as Acne Studios, Calvin Klein and Marimekko, which have incorporated unisex styles in their collections.   According to the company, the new shopping floor concept, ‘One Way’, refers to their philosophy that that there is only one way to style yourself:  your own. The CCO of the company, Anna Salmi says, “We believe that men’s and women’s departments should function as guidelines to finding the clothes that best fit your shape and style rather than definite rules to follow.”  They say by introducing a gender-neutral floor, they are questioning the old-fashioned norms when it comes to dressing.
Where in the stores will the gender-neutral shopping floor be located?  Between the men’s and women’s levels, of course – on a floor labelled “1.5”.
(They might want to look at changing the name of the company too!)
(Great.  Another floor where I’ll have to find a bench and sit with the bags…and wait.)

★ Meghan Markle — Before becoming a famous actress and then a member of the British royal family, she did calligraphy for weddings and other events. She also taught calligraphy classes. Her claim to fame?  In 2005, she wrote the wedding invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton.  (Well, her OTHER claim to fame…)
★ Johnny Depp – worked in telemarketing.  He sold pens on the phone. He liked to practice his acting when talking to customers and would even make up fake names for himself.  He made one sale.  (Maybe that was to Meghan Markle….)
★ Gwen Stefani – Her first job was taking ice cream orders at Dairy Queen.  (Keep your “I scream” jokes to yourself!)
★ Tom Cruise – When his plan to become a Catholic Priest didn’t pan out, at one point he worked as a hotel bellhop, carting other people’s suitcases.  (Katie Holmes did say that he came with a lot of baggage!!)
★ Jennifer Aniston — Before landing her iconic role as Rachel on “Friends”, she worked as a bike messenger in New York City when she was 19.
★ Taylor Swift — Worked on her family’s Christmas tree farm. She was too young to cut down the trees so her Dad had her pick off the praying mantis pods so they wouldn’t hatch in people’s homes. (Exterminator?)
★ Kanye West – Was a sales assistant at “The Gap”.  He mentions that in his song ‘Spaceship’.  He didn’t like it because he didn’t get enough hours to take advantage of the employee discount.
★ Brad Pitt – Was a chicken restaurant mascot.  He would stand outside in a chicken costume and wave at passersby to try to get them to come in.
★ Matthew McConaughey – Worked at a Texas golf course where one of his duties was to shoot the armadillos that ate the grass.  (We’ll stop there…)


1951 [67] Cassandra Peterson (“Elvira, Mistress of the Dark”), New York City NY, movie actress (“Elvira, Mistress of the Dark”, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”)/TV host/author/comic book and video game star

1962 [56] Baz Luhrmann, Sydney, Australia, movie director-producer-screenwriter (“The Great Gatsby”, “Moulin Rouge”)

1965 [53] Bryan Singer, NYC, movie director-producer-screenwriter (“Superman Returns”, “X-Men” movies) COMING UP…”Bohemian Rhapsody” 2018

1965 [53] Kyle Chandler, Buffalo NY, TV actor (“Friday Night Lights” 2006-11, “Bloodline” 2015-17) COMING UP…”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” 2019

1971 [47] Nate Burkus, Orange County CA, TV show host (“The Nate Burkus Show” 2010-12)

1979 [39] Chuck Comeau, Montréal QC, punk-pop drummer (Simple Plan-‘Untitled [How Could This Happen to Me?]’, ‘Welcome to My Life’)

1985 [33] Jon Walker, Chicago IL, pop-rock bassist/guitarist (Panic At the Disco-‘Nine In the Afternoon’, ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’)

• “International Country Music Day”, established in the 1950s to promote country music and to unite its fans all over the world.

• “Apple Dumpling Day”, celebrating the tasty Fall treat that consists of pastry filled with sweet, delicious apples. (Don’t forget the ice cream!)

• “American Citizenship Day” (aka “US Constitution Day” and “I Am an American Day”), focusing on the rights & responsibilities of American citizens. It commemorates this date in 1787 when the US Constitution was signed in Philadelphia PA, the oldest working constitution in the world.

• “Monte Cristo Day”, The Monte Cristo is typically a savory sandwich made with bread dipped in egg batter and either pan fried or deep fried. Variations may include sliced turkey and different types of cheese. It can be served grilled or open-faced and heated under a grill or broiler.

• “Time’s Up Day”, a day to let you know that if you’ve been waiting to make up with someone close to you, that you’ve officially run out of time and it’s time to make amends. Life’s too short to be on bad terms with those who should be close to you.

[Tues] Cheeseburger Day
[Tues] National Respect Day
[Wed] Talk Like a Pirate Day
[Wed] Butterscotch Pudding Day
This Week Is…Indoor Plant Week
This Month Is…Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

1957 [61] Two male attorneys “stand in” as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico

1972 [46] “M*A*S*H” premieres on CBS-TV (lasts 11 seasons; the finale setting a record as all-time highest-rated TV series episode)

1999 [19] Eminem’s mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, files a lawsuit against him, claiming that his allegations in the press and on records that she was an unfit mother have ruined her life, as she can no longer get a job or a line of credit.  In his song ‘My Name Is’, Eminem raps: “I just found out my mom does more dope than I do.” The case is eventually settled for $25,000.

1920 [98] The NFL is organized in Canton OH as 12 teams pay a fee of $100 each to obtain franchises (current value of Dallas Cowboys franchise:  $4.8 billion)

2011 [07] The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement begins in NYC’s Zucotti Park (lasts 2 months; think it had any long-lasting impact?)


✓ Coffee is most effective if consumed between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.
✓ Coffee beans aren’t beans. They are fruit pits.
✓ Coffee is the world’s second most valuable traded commodity, behind only petroleum.
✓ Ingesting 10-20 grams of caffeine will kill a person. That is equivalent to 4.69 gallons of coffee.
✓ Starbucks coffee has more caffeine than most energy drinks.
✓ The first webcam was created in Cambridge to check the status of a coffee pot.
-FactSlides, FactRetriever

• Things nobody knows
• Bagpipe concertos
• Great things the Kardashians have done
• Men named Gladys
• Answers to famously unsolved mathematical equations
• Things people have done for a Klondike bar
• Foreign-sounding words that Alex is definitely going to correct your pronunciation on
• Uses for white crayons
• Questions that can be answered in the form of a question
• What she actually said
• Exciting things I’ve done recently


What’s something you regret not doing sooner?


Which grows at the rate of 1½ inches (3.8 cm) per year?
a. Your hair.
b. Your fingernails. [CORRECT. That’s 0.000000047 inches a second.]
c. The circumference of your thighs.
– “Trivia Quest”


Never laugh at your wife’s choices, guys.  You’re one of them.


Question:  Almost 15% of adults say they’ve had a drink, or two, before doing THIS. What?
Answer:  Going to the dentist


The limit is not in the sky.  The limit is in the mind.


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