September 30 2020

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – Edition: #6819

It’s Another Running Of The Bull!

★ “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro is facing an “uphill battle” if he hopes to get back to baking. He’s recuperating at home from a horrific accident at his in-home bowling alley last week. On the “Today” show, Valastro detailed how his hand was impaled for nearly five minutes by a malfunctioning pin mechanism while bowling inside his home. He was taken to hospital, where he underwent two emergency surgeries. It might be quite a while before he’s back in the kitchen, but the owner of Carlo’s Bakery is comforted by the support he has received from fans around the world.
★ Sienna Miller says that “21 Bridges” star Chadwick Boseman took a cut of his own salary and gave it to her after she “asked for a number that the studio wouldn’t get to.” Miller recounted her co-star’s “unfathomable” act of support in an interview with Empire as part of the magazine’s issue dedicated to Boseman’s life on and off-screen. During the interview, Miller expressed hesitation about revealing the steps Boseman had taken to increase her pay on the project but said she ultimately decided to publicly share it as “a testament to who he was.”
★ A new James Bond podcast launches today. The six-part series – “No Time to Die: The Official James Bond Podcast” – will be hosted by film critic James King and will feature interviews with 007 himself, Daniel Craig. Each installment focuses on a different aspect of the legacy of the Bond franchise, from music to gadgets and costumes to cars. The series will also uncover how the amazing locations are chosen and spectacular stunts are created for the iconic spy series.
★ How about another “Borat” movie? Sacha Baron Cohen has filmed and test-screened a sequel to his 2006 comedy hit “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”. According to reports, Borat 2, “has already been shot and even screened for a select few industry types”. In the film, the fame of the first mockumentary means Borat can no longer interview unsuspecting Americans as himself, so he is forced to go incognito, with varying degrees of success. And you’re going to love the catchy title: “Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan.”
-TheGuardian, Collider

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Julie Bowen, Travis Scott
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Chris Colfer, BTS
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): John Lithgow, Jonathan Alter
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Taylor Schilling, Brian Stelter, Jessica Burdeaux
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Tyra Banks, Surfaces
• “Conan” (TBS): JB Smoove (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Stacey Abrams, Ilana Glazer
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Bernie Sanders
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Tim McGraw, Dr. Jennifer Ashton
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jason Sudeikis, Brandon Leake
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Beth Behrs, Jack Quaid, Lawrence Zarian
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Nicole Richie, Dr. Evan Antin
• “2020 NBA Finals” (ABC): Game 1, Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers
• “Love Island” (CBS): Season 2 finale
• “The 100” (CW): Season 7 finale
• “South Park” (MTV): The Pandemic Special. The kids head back to school as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the residents of South Park.

• Billie Eilish – will be the subject of the feature documentary “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry”, coming to Apple TV+ and theaters in February. It is said to chart her “short but meteoric rise… including the release of her debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ and its numerous Grammy wins.”
• Ed Sheeran – Unseen footage of him, Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and others will be shown to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust after the annual concerts to benefit the charity were canceled due to the pandemic. The footage will be free to stream next month, with viewers being urged to make a donation to help ”provide a lifeline for teenagers with cancer”.
• Taylor Swift – has surpassed Whitney Houston to become the female artist with the most cumulative weeks at #1 on the Billboard album chart. With “folklore” regaining the top spot, Swift has now spent 47 weeks at #1, beating Houston’s record of 46 weeks.
• AC/DC – Fans are speculating that the group is teasing something big. The group’s profile photo and cover photos on their social media accounts have been changed. They’ve given their classic lightning bolt logo a neon burst, stirring speculation that their long-rumored new album is ready to drop.
• Sting – plans to release a ‘duets’ album. On “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon”, he performed with rapper Gashi, and said: ”Over the years, I’ve recorded many, many duets with some amazing people — Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton — so we just put them all together and said, ‘You know, we should put this out.’ He calls it a “Christmas surprise”.
• Ray Parker Jr. – will be given the documentary treatment. Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to “Who You Gonna Call?” which chronicles the life of the Grammy-winning artist who wrote the theme song to “Ghostbusters.” No release plans have yet been revealed.
• Blake Shelton — invited several foster children to join him on a fishing trip on his Oklahoma property. The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation shared photos of Shelton and the kids, writing that the children also learned how to fillet their catches, enjoyed a fish fry, and were able to take home the rods, reels and tackle they used.
• Brandi Carlile —  teamed up with the surviving members of Soundgarden to record new versions of ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Searching With My Good Eye Closed’. The tribute to late singer Chris Cornell was released as a 12-inch on Saturday for the second of three “Record Store Drops” this year.
• Tenille Townes – picked up 3 trophies at the 2020 Canadian Country Music Association Awards over the weekend, including Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Video of the Year. The other big winners of 3 awards were Dallas Smith (TD Entertainer of the Year award for the second consecutive year, Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year and Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year), and Brett Kissel (Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Fans’ Choice).

A study in Finland has found that seniors are in much better shape than their peers 30 years ago. The University of Jyväskylä research determined that adults who are 75 and 80 years old today are enjoying more years functioning as though they are in “middle age”, leading to being more physically fit later in life. Today’s seniors are also enjoying better mental health than 75 and 80-year-olds in 1990. Researchers used performance-based measurements to describe how older people manage in their daily life, and to reflect one’s functional age. In comparison to 30 years ago, seniors today show major increases in muscle strength, walking speed, reaction speed, verbal fluency, reasoning, and working memory. One of few readings which did not show an improvement was lung function.
(You do realize we’re talking about the first generation of Bob Marley fans here, right?)
(Lung function? That’s probably from inhaling at those birthday candle fumes!)
(Not only do they want you to get off their lawn, they’re prepared to physically move you!)

Ever since it hit movie screens in time for the 2003 holiday season, The Will Ferrell movie “Elf” has been on the “required viewing” list every year for many. And while you may never have been tempted to recreate ‘Buddy the Elf’s” maple syrup-laced spaghetti breakfast, the new movie-inspired “Elf” cereal does sound pretty tasty. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve spaghetti. Elf cereal features snowball-shaped corn puffs, green and red tree marshmallows, and a sweet maple flavor that will probably win over even the angriest elf, especially if enjoyed over oat milk. General Mills hasn’t yet announced when it’ll become widely available, but it has already popped up in some stores.
(No spaghetti? They sit on a throne of lies!)
(Well, I hope they stuck to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup…)

➢ Dr. Richard B. Kennedy can’t help but shake his head when he sees people wearing masks with their noses uncovered. The Minnesota-based professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic says if you’re going to wear a face covering incorrectly, you might as well not wear one at all. While it’s well established that the main way people are infected with COVID-19 is from inhaling aerosol droplets, Kennedy said there is emerging evidence it’s “a lot easier” for the virus to get a grip on our internal system when it enters through the nasal passage versus the mouth. That’s because the nasal passage tissue is rich in cells that have a certain receptor the virus attaches to. He estimates people are sacrificing abut 80% of a mask’s protection by not covering their noses. (You don’t expect me to have to smell my own breath, do you?)
➢ A Canadian law firm says it has seen an increase in teenagers of divorced parents looking to switch households ahead of a possible second lockdown. Alyssa Bach of Shulman & Partners LLP, says her firm has seen an “increase in the volume of calls” from parents asking what to do when they have a child who is looking to change their residential arrangements, usually “asking about moving to the other parents home…and what are the other implications.” Depending on how a family functioned during the first lockdown, some teenagers may be looking to switch their primary residence to the more lenient parent’s home ahead of a second wave. (Also, it’s time to water down a different parent’s booze!)
-TheStar, CTV

(According to Wendy Wood, a social psychologist at the University of Southern California and author of “Good Habits, Bad Habits: The science of making positive changes that stick”, breaking bad habits involves making new, GOOD habits. Here’s how…)
1. Ease up:  If something’s too difficult, you simply won’t do it. Depending on your goal, fill your pantry with healthy snacks, turn off your social media notifications, or sign up for a gym near your office. It’s all about making the choice to “do better” easier. (I need to put my phone in another room…)
2.  Make it enjoyable:  You’re not going to repeat a behavior that you don’t enjoy. And you’re not going to form a habit for something that you hate. So, find a way to make it fun. That could mean stopping by a favorite smoothie bar after a morning run, or watching trash TV while you complete a dreaded task, like running on the treadmill.
3.  Repeat regularly:  It takes 66 days to make a simple habit change. So, if you miss a day, don’t panic. Just get back to your new, good habit as soon as possible.

Dogs get “high” when you rub their ears thoroughly. They have a branch of nerves in their ears that extend to their internal organs and release endorphins when you rub them, sending relaxing impulses throughout their bodies and giving them a ‘natural’ high.


1954 [66] Barry Williams, Santa Monica CA, TV actor (‘Greg’ on “The Brady Bunch” 1969-74)

1957 [63] Fran Drescher, New York City NY, TV actress (“The Nanny” 1993-99, “Happily Divorced” 2011-13)

1961 [59] Eric Stoltz, Whittier CA, movie actor (“Mask”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”)

1963 [57] Eddie Montgomery, Danville KY, country singer (Montgomery Gentry-‘Back When I Knew It All’)

1964 [56] Robby Takac, Buffalo NY, rock bassist-singer (Goo Goo Dolls-‘Slide’, ‘Iris’)

1971 [49] Jenna Elfman, Los Angeles CA, TV actress (“Dharma & Greg” 1997-2002, “Fear the Walking Dead” since 2018)

1975 [45] Marion Cotillard, Paris France, movie actress (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Midnight in Paris”)

1982 [38] Lacey Chabert, Purvis MS, TV actress (“Party of Five” 1994-2000)/movie actress (“Mean Girls”)

1984 [35] T-Pain (Faheem Rasheed Najm), Tallahassee FL, hip-hop/R&B singer-songwriter (Flo-Rida ft. T-Pain-‘Low’)/2019 winner in inaugural season of “The Masked Singer”

1992 [28] Ezra Miller, Wyckoff NJ, movie actor (“Justice League”, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”)

• “Ask a Stupid Question Day”, created by some unknown keener who decided that ‘asking a stupid question is better than repairing a stupid mistake’. It’s a good excuse to pose perplexing questions like…
⇒ If our knees were bent the other way, what would a chair look like?
⇒ Why did Yankee Doodle name the feather in his hat ‘Macaroni’?
⇒ Can we spell the word ‘creativity’ however we want?
⇒ Can you be a ‘closet claustrophobic’?
⇒ If winning isn’t important … why do we keep score?
⇒ Why aren’t blueberries blue?

• “Hot Mulled Cider Day”, a day to cradle a warm cup of spiced cider in your hands, breathe in the fragrance, and then take a sip. It’s a cool-weather treat for all your senses.

• “Chewing Gum Day”, Thomas Adams received a patent on the first gum-making machine in 1871. After experimenting with different flavors, he manufactured the first flavored gum in the United States, ‘Adams’ Black Jack’, a licorice-flavored gum. Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint gum soon followed.

• “International Blasphemy Day”, encouraging individuals and groups to openly express criticism of religion, and blasphemy laws. It was founded in 2009 by the Center for Inquiry.

• “International Translation Day”, introduced in 1991 by the International Federation of Translators. Online translators allow you to switch from language-to-language instantly. Try translating an English message to another language then back to English. Odds are you’ll get something that’s really wonky.

• “Orange Shirt Day”, a day when we honor the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada, and to learn more about the history of those schools. LINK:

[Thurs] CD Player Day
[Thurs] Homemade Cookie Day
[Fri] Name Your Car Day
[Fri] Guardian Angels Day

1960 [60] “The Flintstones” debuts on ABC. It is the first animated series to hold a prime-time slot on television

2017 [03] Game show host Monty Hall (“Let’s Make a Deal”) dies at 96

1995 [25] Mariah Carey’s ‘Fantasy’ becomes just the second single to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the first was Michael Jackson’s ‘You Are Not Alone’). It stays at the top spot for eight weeks.

2012 [08] Faith Hill becomes the first country artist to debut a song on Twitter when she posts ‘American Heart’.

2004 [16] The first images of a live Giant Squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles (965 km) south of Tokyo, Japan


✓ You have about 70,000 thoughts a day.
✓ Your mouth produces a bottle’s worth of spit every day. (0.5-1.5 liters)
✓ The big toe carries the most weight of all the toes, bearing about 40% of the load.
✓ One in 8 men snores. One in 10 grinds his teeth in his sleep.
✓ Being hungry causes serotonin to drop, causing anxiety, stress, anger, and sadness.
✓ “Phobatrivaphobia” is a fear of trivia about phobias.
-FactSlides, WhattheFFacts

Best of BS . . .

• Did your parents name you that because you’re so smart?
• Is it hip to be MC Squared?
• Any theories on why my relatives hate me?
• Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie?
• How does it feel to be so smart that people use your name to ironically call others stupid?
• Is a light year really the same as a regular year but with less calories?
• So…toilet paper…over or under?
• Don’t you know it’s “I before E except after C?
• Selfie?
• Dude, what’s with the hair?
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ A study found that apes love slapstick humor. (Researchers made the conclusion after the apes laughed hysterically watching the refs work the NBA Western Conference Finals.)
➠ A new study says that couples who choose Elton John’s ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ as a ‘first dance song’ at their wedding, stay married longer. (But you’re on your own with ‘The Bitch is Back’!)
➠ Grammy winner Ariana Grande has launched a new fragrance. (So, great news for anyone eager to smell like overexposure…)
➠ A Minnesota pastor quit church to become a stripper – and says she’s never been happier. (That explains those crisp one-dollar bills in the collection plate…)
➠ Police responding to calls of a “cult or activist group gathering” in Northern California, discovered a four-foot model of a vagina. (They call themselves:  CIALISIS.)

He asked for it:

A limbo champion walks into a bar. Aaaand he’s disqualified!

What word do you find very difficult to pronounce? (Risks? Rural? Sixth? Worcestershire?)

• I am a word. I become longer when the third letter is removed. What am I?
Answer:  Lounger

• What has roots that nobody sees, is taller than trees. Up, up it goes, and yet never grows?
Answer:  A mountain

• I am a protector. I sit on a bridge. Some people will look through me while others wonder what I hide. What am I?
Answer: Sunglasses (They sit on the bridge of your nose)

Question:  It’s weird, but 11% of people enjoy the taste of THIS. What is it?
Answer: Envelope glue

Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.



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