September 24 2018

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Monday, September 24, 2018       Edition: #6299

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ Ben Affleck is focused on getting healthy, and right now that means passing on all work offers and putting current projects on hold.  He will pay a price, though.  One Hollywood insider estimates his work stoppage will cost him at least $100 million in earnings.  The source says, “He’s putting everything in his life on hold, so he can finally clean up his act once and for all.”
(At least nobody can call him a cheap drunk!)
★ Selena Gomez is all about doing good deeds lately—first she revealed that she’s a volunteer at a nonprofit aiming to end human trafficking, then she publicly stood up to an Instagram bully, and now she is giving away her clothes. Gomez took to Instagram stories Friday night to point out a green feather-trimmed, high-necked sequined dress in her closet. Then she said, “This is my dress that I wore for the ‘Back to You’ music video, and I kind of want to give it away to someone.”  She asked that anyone who would like it just “let me know cause I will just send it along to you cause it has no use being in my closet whatsoever.”
★ A day after the “America’s Got Talent” finale, fifth-place finisher Michael Ketterer was arrested for domestic violence. He was arrested on Thursday afternoon in Hollywood following an argument with his wife, which reportedly escalated and became physical. Ketterer has six children and works as a pediatric mental health care nurse and worship leader. On this season of America’s Got Talent, he brought Simon Cowell to tears and Cowell even gave him the “Golden Buzzer,” which means he was immediately sent through to the live shows.
★ Richard Simmons has suffered a setback in his battle with a private eye he accused of illegally tracking his movements. Simmons sued Scott Brian Mathews, accusing him of being hired by a tabloid magazine and placing a GPS tracking device on a car owned by his long-time housekeeper, Teresa Reveles. Mathews claims he is unable to properly defend himself in the civil lawsuit without “potentially incriminating himself with regard to the criminal matter.” The judge agreed and ordered Simmons’ case to be put on pause until next year, with the court ordering all proceedings to be taken off calendar until the outcome of the criminal matter.
(Is that pretty much an admission of guilt?)
★ Disgraced CBS boss Les Moonves was nowhere to be found on the Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment list released late last week — after being ranked No. 4 just a year ago. His omission isn’t surprising, considering that Moonves just stepped down as CEO of CBS amid shocking sexual harassment claims, which he denies.  At the top of this year’s list is Walt Disney’s chief executive Bob Iger, no doubt because he is presiding over the largest merger in memory – Disney and Fox – and planning the launch of a Netflix-rivalling streaming platform under the Disney brand.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Viola Davis, Hasan Minhaj, Bastille
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Mandy Moore, John David Washington, Mumford & Sons
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Emma Stone, Flight of the Conchords
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Samantha Bee, Ron Livingston, Portugal. The Man, Ben Sesar
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Tiffany Haddish, Jay Hernandez, Tori Kelly
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Bradley Cooper, Superorganism
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Chrissy Teigen, Kelly Dodd
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jay Hernandez, Ellen K, guest co-host Valerie Bertinelli
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Freddie Highmore
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV):  Benedict Cumberbatch, Cher, Yara Shahidi, Justin Willman
• “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS): Season 12 premiere
• “Young Sheldon” (CBS): Season 2 premiere
• “Magnum P.I.” (CBS): Series premiere
• “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC): Season 27 premiere
• “The Voice” (NBC): Season 15 premiere
• “Manifest” (NBC): Series premiere
• “The Good Doctor” (ABC): Season 2 premiere


• Rihanna – has been given the special role of “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” in her native Barbados.  She will promote education, tourism and investment for her home country.
• Sam Smith – was scheduled to perform Friday night at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival, but announced after the show had already begun that he was forced to cancel due to “unforeseen circumstances.” He had rehearsed for his performance as scheduled but something “transpired after rehearsal” that kept him from performing.
• (***NOTE CONTENT***) Eminem – Has taken out a full-page ad in the Hollywood Reporter in reaction to poor reviews of his new “Kamikaze” album.  Under an all-caps headline reading “NOT FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION,” the ad lists snippets of some poor reviews, followed by the words:  “#1 in 103 countries.” And at the bottom:  “Thanks for the support, a-holes!”
• Rod Stewart – his 30th album, “Blood Red Roses” comes out on Friday.  What keeps him going?  The 73 year-old says it is his love of music: “It’s still with me as strong as it was when I first started out. It’s even stronger now because I wasn’t a songwriter when I first set out…You don’t have to be a young person to write songs because they come straight from me heart and soul.”
• Elton John – He and husband David Furnish have accepted “significant” libel damages over a dog attack story published in a British newspaper. In February, The Sun on Sunday newspaper published a story claiming John’s spaniel had bit a five-year-old girl in 2016, and left her with “Freddy Krueger-like” injuries. In truth, the injuries were not serious, and John and Furnish made several inquiries about the girl’s welfare to her father and nanny.
• Jason Aldean – introduced a video tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Vegas from the stage of the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival.  The video also paid tribute to first responders.  Aldean said:  “On behalf of myself, my family and my family in the country music community, I want to say thank you to the city of Las Vegas for your courage, strength and kindness.  Tonight, we are all proud to be Vegas Strong.”
• Eric Church – has announced his “Double Down” tour in support of his new album, “Desperate Man”. On Friday, he posted: “Where do we go from where we’ve been? How do you go from over three hours of music …? Where do we go next? … I think we double down.” His 2019 Double Down Tour will stop in 18 cities for two nights each, plus one stadium show in Nashville.

The new dress code at public schools in Alameda, California is . . . more lenient, to say the least.  The latest requirements simply call for students to wear “a bottom, a top and shoes which cover private parts and do not contain violent images, hate speech, profanity or pornography.”  The new policy came as the result of students who complained that the old code, which barred midriff-baring shirts, tank tops, micro-mini skirts and short shorts, unfairly targeted girls, and language calling such attire “distracting” sent the wrong message.  Students are also now allowed to wear ripped jeans, hoodies and pyjamas.
(Kids wearing ‘Bieber’ shirts, however, are still expected to be beaten up!)
(I’ve got a feeling that we’re going to have some interesting grad photos this year!)
(Do you think that allowing kids to wear jammies in class might also send the wrong message?)

With marijuana legalization set to come into effect in Ontario on October 17, a cannabis company is looking to hire five pot lovers for what is probably their dream job.  Toronto-based cannabis firm AHLOT is offering up to $1,000 a month to five “cannabis connoisseurs” to sample various strains of marijuana.  These new hires will form the company’s “Cannabis Curation Committee”, and it will be their jobs to create reports on the characteristics and quality of the company’s product.  The company’s “bud brain-trust” will be paid $50 per hour for up to 16 hours of “work” per month, plus a $200 expense account.  The marijuana enthusiasts — who must be 19 or older — will also write social media posts, appear in videos, and show up at company events.  Recruitment started last week.
(This is going to look very interesting on a resume!)
(What is the expense account for?  Doritos?)
(I guess it would be hard to get fired for violating the company’s substance-abuse policy!)

You would have to live under a rock not to have heard of the video game “Fortnite”.  Well, it turns out it’s not just kids enjoying it.  Problem is, some adults are enjoying it at the expense of their better half.  According to U.K. based website “divorce-online” the online game has caused 200 divorces this year in that country. The website provides services, advice and a community for people facing divorce.  They said they have received 200 divorce petitions which identify “Fortnite” as a cause for a couple to part ways. That’s about five percent of the total cases filed.  The game rewards players for playing longer, which could make it tougher to stop.
(Remember when ‘Fortnite’ meant taking the cushions off the couch and playing with the kids?)

1. Cultivate a positive morning routine:  Your morning routine is instrumental in how successful a day you will have. Setting aside this time will directly impact your leadership abilities. It can include exercising, praying, meditating, writing, reading, or prioritizing the most important work for you and your team.  Be consistent in what time you get up and what you do each morning.  (You’ll note there was nothing there about “Scrolling Facebook on the toilet.”)
2.  Have an optimistic attitude:  Oprah Winfrey credits her immense success to one thing: a positive attitude.  Implementing a sunnier disposition will quickly become habitual when you realize the weight it carries.  (“I KNOW I won’t screw up as badly today as I did yesterday…”)
3.  Set team goals and write them down:  If you don’t set goals for your life, business, team, etc., the results will almost certainly be disappointing.  Write them down and communicate about them on a regular basis.  (My goals are to accomplish numbers 1 and 2 on this list…)
4.  Model the definition of leadership:  A keen leader is aware of how important their actions are, as far as setting an example to the people they lead. Have a relentless focus on being a role model of leadership for your people.
(What leader in work or life do you admire?  Why?)


1946 [72] Charles Edward “Mean Joe” Greene, Temple, TX, retired NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers 1969 -81)/two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year/five first-team All-Pro selections/ten Pro Bowl appearances/considered one of the greatest defensive linemen ever/classic Coke commercial:  “Hey kid, catch!”

1959 [59] Steve Whitmire, Atlanta GA, Muppet voice actor (after the death of Jim Henson in 1990, the voice of ‘Ernie’, ‘Kermit the Frog’, ‘Rizzo the Rat’, ‘Beaker’, ‘Bean Bunny’, ‘Doozer’ until 2016)

1962 [56] Nia Vardalos, Winnipeg MB, movie actress/screenwriter (“My Life in Ruins”, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” franchise)

1964 [54] Robert Irvine, Salisbury England, chef (“Dinner: Impossible” 2007-10; Restaurant Impossible” 2011-16)

1969 [49] Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, Des Moines IA, metal rock percussionist/vocalist (Slipknot-‘Psychoscocial’, ‘Duality’)

1976 [42] Stephanie McMahon, Hartford CT, wrestling personality (WWE Chief Brand Officer)

1979 [39] Ross Mathews, Mount Vernon WA, TV personality (“The Tonight Show”, “Chelsea Lately”, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”)

• “Cherries Jubilee Day”, celebrating the decadent dessert that’s always served flambée. Wanna make a home version easily? All you need is a can of cherry pie filling, some cognac (or brandy), vanilla ice cream, and … a match.

• “Punctuation” Day!”, the 15th annual celebrating the traffic signs of written language. (Wow! Eh?) Why? It’s the difference between “Let’s eat Grandma!” and “Let’s eat, Grandma!”

• “The Festival of Latest Novelties”, famous novelty items include Big Mouth Billy Bass, bobbleheads, Groucho glasses, and X-Ray Specs, some of we’ve all owned at some point!

• “Kiss Day”, a day set aside each year to remind us to give an extra peck to those we love and cherish.

• “Bluebird of Happiness Day”, the mythology of the bluebird of happiness goes back thousands of years. The bluebird is widely accepted as a symbol of cheerfulness, good health, new births, prosperity, and hearth and home.

[Tues] Banned Website Awareness Day
[Tues] National Comic Book Day
[Wed] Women’s Health & Fitness Day
[Wed] Lumberjack Day
This Week Is…Chimney Safety Week
This Month Is…Classical Music Month


2005 [13] Hollywood couple Ashton Kutcher (27) & Demi Moore (42) wed in a secret ceremony at a private residence in Beverly Hills CA (divorce 2013)


1988 [30] Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ becomes the first a cappella song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1991 [27] Nirvana’s breakthrough album “Nevermind” is released.


1979 [39] CompuServe portal opens, the 1st ‘Online Service’ (later absorbed by AOL)


1984 [34] ‘Longest Recorded Kiss’ sets “Guinness Record” at 17 days, 10.5 hours (Eddie Levin & Delphine Crha in Chicago IL)


✓ The Facebook “Like” button was originally going to be named the “Awesome” button.
✓ Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.
✓ Crocodiles cannot chew their food.
✓ During his or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.
✓ There are 328 people in the United States named “ABCDE”.
✓ On average, an arm and a leg are worth $323,099 in the U.S.
-Factsd, WhattheFFacts

• I already knew the drill.
• My tooth wasn’t fixed by my regular dentist, but by a guy who was filling in.
• I ran into a drill sergeant.
• They asked me when I last flossed. I said, “You should know, you were there”.
• They told me my smile was infectious.  I apologized.
• I ate a bunch of Oreos ahead of time.  I wanted to get my money’s worth.
• My dentist told me that I needed a crown, and I was like, “I KNOW, right!?”
• I asked him if he was the one out of five dentists who always disagrees with the other four.
• They offered me some nitrous oxide, I said, “Don’t make me laugh”.
• I arrived sharply at tooth-hurty.


✗ Students who demand your attention before sufficient caffeine has been consumed.
✗ Hearing about ‘exciting new changes’ to the curriculum.
✗ Parents who think their children can do no wrong.
✗ When someone has the nerve to suggest that teaching is an easy job.
✗ Bidding farewell to your evenings and weekends to do lesson prep.
✗ Students running into you in the worst possible places, not to mention on Facebook or Instagram.
✗ Having a front row seat to the demise of the English language.
✗ When all of your students are giggling and you have no idea why.
✗ Mandatory faculty meetings at the end of a long day.
✗ That Friday afternoon feeling.
– Adapted from (First published in BS in 2014)

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own.

1.  What are you cutting if you are using ‘pinking shears’?
a. Fabric [CORRECT]
b. Flowers
c. Hair
d. Cheese

2.  What does the word ‘Volkswagen’ mean in English?
a. Parent’ auto
b. People’s car [CORRECT]
c. Vehicle of the Fatherland
d. Punch buggy

If you could make your smartphone do one more cool thing, what would it be?


Question:  A study shows that a woman should do THIS to make her significant other fall even more in love with her.  What?
Answer:  Make him laugh.


Life is about making an impact, not making an income.


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