September 27 2018

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 – Edition: #6302

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★ While Meghan Markle’s style remains enviable, it doesn’t come cheap—just like her stunning engagement ring from Prince Harry. If getting your hands on a triple-diamond ring like Meghan’s, which could cost up to $350,000, is out of the question, Buckingham Palace has a more affordable alternative.  On Monday, a fan noticed the palace is selling engagement ring knockoffs for $40. Made up of three sparkling crystals that are set on set on metal, it appears they would be perfect for a Meghan Halloween costume or even as an accessory that could be paired with the souvenir shop’s matching earrings and necklace.
(Are we sure Harry bought the real thing?)
★ Season 15 of “Grey’s Anatomy” premieres tonight, and star Ellen Pompeo hinted in a recent interview that the show could be ending after Season 16. Pompeo said that she isn’t ready to make a formal announcement, but she feels that they have told most of the stories they can tell. She is one of four actors who has been on the show since it premiered in 2004 — and her contract is up at the end of Season 16. Pompeo says that it’s about time to mix things up, and she is looking for a change.
(Zombies.  They need zombies.)
★ Netflix has announced “Making a Murderer” will be returning for Part 2 on October 19. The streaming giant has confirmed the Emmy Award-winning documentary series, which followed Steven Avery’s journey in the much-talked-about first season, will be returning to the Midwest to continue the investigation.
★ Andrew Lincoln shocked fans of “The Walking Dead” in July when he confirmed rumors that he will leave the show during the upcoming ninth season. But while his days as Rick Grimes are numbered, he may not be finished with the series just yet. He plans to return in the 10th season, only this time behind the camera. Lincoln says he will be back to “shadow a director”, with an eye toward directing an episode in the future.  The new season of Walking Dead premieres Sunday, Oct. 7.
(We knew he’d come back.  Everyone in that show does!)
★ Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina Lohan has filed for bankruptcy. In documents filed in federal bankruptcy court, Dina declared she was over $1.5 million in debt. The largest debt listed was $1,554,240 to mortgage company PennyMac Loans.  The house was put in foreclosure earlier this year and was set to be auctioned off this week, but her bankruptcy filing will put an end to the foreclosure. Lindsay had previously tried to stave off the bank, giving her mom $40,000, in October 2012.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Casey Affleck, Jay Ellis, T.I. featuring Yo Gotti
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Ricky Gervais, Shawn Mendes
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jeff Bridges, Cedric the Entertainer, Mark Leibovich
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Pete Davidson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Zainab Johnson, Ben Sesar
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Damon Wayans Jr., Gina Rodriguez, Mark Normand
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Jim Gaffigan, Seann William Scott, Gavin Turek
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Terrence Howard, Elle Macpherson
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): America Ferrera
• “The Talk” (CBS): Faith Ford, guest co-host Jodie Sweetin
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kevin Hart, Faith Ford
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Lady Gaga
• “The Good Place” (NBC): Season 3 premiere
• “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC): Season 20 premiere
• “Mom” (CBS): Season 6 premiere
• “Murphy Brown” (CBS): Series premiere
• “S.W.A.T.” (CBS): Season 2 premiere
• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC):  Season 15 premiere
• “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC): Season 5 premiere

• Lady Gaga – Says the fact that she was bullied in high school helped her understand how Ally, her “A Star is Born” character, felt.  She says: “My character in this film, she doesn’t believe in herself at all. She’s very jaded by the music industry and she’s given up on herself.” The film comes out on October 5.
• Nicki Minaj — has made good on her promise to pay “Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens $25,000 after he was job shamed for working at Trader Joe’s. He, however, has chosen to donate it to an actor’s fund in memory of Earle Hyman — who played Cosby’s father, ‘Russell’, on “The Cosby Show”.
• Kanye West – has trademarked “YANDHI” to market everything from jewelry to underwear. “Yandhi” is also expected to be the name of his new album, expected Sept. 29. (Yesus.)
• Pink Floyd — Drummer Nick Mason says that he isn’t waiting by the phone for colleagues Roger Waters and David Gilmour to call him about a reunion.  Mason made his lighthearted comment during a show with his band, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, telling the audience that he’d “finally given up waiting for that phone call from Roger or David.”  They last performed together in 2005.
• Metallica – their 1991 self-titled album has made chart history by becoming one of only four albums to spend more than 500 weeks on the Billboard 200.  The “Black” album, currently at #147, scored its 500th non-consecutive week to achieve the rare feat alongside Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of The Moon” (937 weeks), Bob Marley and The Wailers’ 1984 collection “Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers” (539 weeks) and Journey’s 1998 “Greatest Hits” package (539 weeks).
• Garth Brooks — has disinvited “America’s Got Talent” finalist Michael Ketterer from appearing at his October concert at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana following the arrest of the aspiring singer for domestic violence. Brooks will become the first musician to perform at Notre Dame’s iconic college football stadium on October 20th.
• People’s Choice Awards — The finalists for 2018 have been announced.  In addition to the Country Artist of the Year category that features Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett, Urban picked up a nomination in the all-genre Male Artist of the Year category, where he’ll face Bruno Mars, Drake, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes.  The People’s Choice Awards will be televised on Nov. 11.

By now the phrase ‘swipe right’ has become a part of the lexicon of the English language.  And from what I’ve been told, the act of swiping right on…oh, say…the Tinder app, is a very addictive thing.  According to Tinder executive Jonathan Badeen, that is completely by design.  He admits basing the ‘swipe’ on a psychological experiment that transformed pigeons into ‘gambling fanatics’.  In 1948, A Harvard behavioral psychologist proved that pigeons were superstitious by placing eight of them into cages and dispensing food pellets to them every 15 seconds, regardless of their behavior. He found that six of eight pigeons developed consistent rituals, one banging its head in the corner of the cage while another spun around, all believing that their rituals were earning them more food.  Badeen, the guy from Tinder, made the connection between the gambling pigeons and the people who would one day use his app, saying that the bird doesn’t know when he will get food, so he keeps on pecking, “He might get it, he might not.  That’s the whole swiping mechanism. You swipe, you might get a match, you might not.  And then you’re just like excited to play the game.”
(Ah. But do the pigeons spend all their disposable income buying dinner for another pigeon that it has no chemistry with, and never talking to them again?)
(I’m not sure how far we want to pursue the comparison, but pigeons have also been known to swipe French fries, right?)

Yes, honesty is still the best policy.  But maybe you’ll get a little farther in a job interview by s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g the truth just a bit.  On the other hand, you might get caught.  How? SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk asks one simple interview question to catch a candidate’s bluff: “What were the most difficult problems you faced and how did you solve them?”  The tech billionaire claims that this “very important” question goes a long way to truly reveal the role an applicant had at a project or company. From this question, he can tell whether the applicant was truly the one who took ownership and found solutions to a problem, or if he was simply a member on a team that did so.  As Musk puts it, “People [who] really solved the problem, they know exactly how they solved it.  They know the little details. These candidates are able to talk in-depth about the struggles that they faced and the strategies they used.
(But on the other hand, how much honesty can a guy who is facing a criminal probe into one of his Tweets expect?)
(And what would your answers be?)

Here is the latest negative label for people who aren’t raising their kids they way you would:  “Lawnmower parenting”.  You’ve heard of helicopter parenting, free-range, tiger, and maybe elephant parenting.  The latest is Lawnmower parenting, which has become a thing thanks to a viral post by a member, an online community for teachers.  One anonymous member wrote in an essay that lawnmower parents “mow down all of their children’s challenges, discomforts and struggles”.  The example he or she used was this: “Being called to the office, expecting to retrieve a student’s forgotten meal money or inhaler. Instead, a sheepish parent was dropping off an expensive water bottle after repeated texts from a child. Water fountains exist all over the school.” Don’t be a lawnmower parent.
(No fear of that.  My kids won’t go anywhere NEAR a lawnmower!)
(This kid may not like the taste of fountain water…but he’d better get used to ‘swirlies’!)

1.  Set (430 definitions):  Set commands the longest entry in the dictionary at 60,000 words, or 326,000 characters.
2.  Run (396 definitions):  I hate to say it, but with 29 new definitions for this word in the latest edition of the dictionary, ‘run’ is gaining fast…
3.  Go (368 definitions):  It’s one of the most multipurpose words in the language. Many in the top 10 can use ‘go’ as a synonym.  (And you could say that numbers 1 and 2 “passed go”)
4.  Take (343 definitions):  You can take a class, you can take a class off.  When you take a muffin, you end up with one more muffin than you had before, but when you take a bathroom break, well, you’re hopefully leaving something behind.  (And you can take off.  Take that any way you want…)
5.  Stand (334 definitions):  You can take a stand, and you don’t even have to stand up to do it. You do, however, have to stand to play the timpani — and you’ll probably want a music stand while you’re at it.  (Can you still stand this?)
The rest of the top 10:  ‘get’, ‘turn’, ‘put’, ‘fall’, ‘strike’.
(And as soon as someone decides to get REAL creative, these words will all have one more definition…in the Urban Dictionary!)
(But really, it all depends on what you mean by ‘definition’…)

You would have to do 54 minutes of burpees or jog 4.6 miles to burn off the calories from a Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte with whip cream and milk.


1947 [71] Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), Dallas TX, rock singer (‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’, ‘I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)’

1958 [60] Shaun Cassidy, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (“Hardy Boys” 1977-1979)/singer (‘Da Doo Ron Ron’)

1964 [54] Stephan Jenkins, Oakland CA, rock singer (Third Eye Blind-‘How’s It Going to Be’, ‘Semi-Charmed Life’)

1972 [46] Gwyneth Paltrow, LA CA, ‘Goop’ lifestyle website founder/movie actress (“Iron Man” movies, “Shakespeare in Love”)/Mrs. Chris Martin (Coldplay) 2003-16.

1978 [40] Brad Arnold, Escatawpa MS, rock singer (3 Doors Down-‘Here Without You’, ‘Kryptonite’)

1982 [36] Anna Camp, Aiken SC, TV actress (‘The Mindy Project’, ‘True Blood’) Movie actress (‘Pitch Perfect’ franchise)

1982 [36] Lil’ Wayne (Dwayne Carter Jr), New Orleans LA, rapper (‘How to Love’, ‘Lollipop’)

1984 [34] Avril Lavigne, Napanee ON, pop singer (‘Girlfriend’, ‘Complicated’)/wed to Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley 2006-10, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger 2013-15

• “Ancestor Appreciation Day”, a day to learn about and appreciate one’s forebears. (Hey, without them, you wouldn’t be here!)

• “Chocolate Milk Day”, something unheard of until the Van Houten company in Amsterdam, Holland invented a cocoa pressing method in 1828. In 2006, a study determined that chocolate milk is a better post-workout recovery drink than white milk, water, or most sports drinks.

• “Crush a Can Day”, a day to remind everyone to do their part in recycling. Here are some facts about cans:
⇒ If you laid all the aluminum cans recycled in 2010 end to end, they would circle the earth 169 times.
⇒ In America, 105,800 cans are recycled every minute.
⇒ Your television can run for 3 hours from the energy saved by recycling one can.
⇒ Aluminum cans are worth about a penny each.
⇒The industry pays more than $1 billion annually for recycled cans.

• “World Tourism Day”, as declared by the UN’s World Tourism Organization. The 2018 theme is ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’.

• “World Maritime Day”, The theme for 2018 is “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future”.

[Fri] Ask a Stupid Question Day
[Fri] National Drink Beer Day
[Sat] Broadway Musicals Day
[Sat] Confucius Day

2008 [10] Scarlett Johansson weds Ryan Reynolds at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia (they divorce in 2011)

2014 [04] George Clooney weds lawyer Amal Alamuddin at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice, Italy

2011 [07] 85-year-old Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living person to top the album chart with “Duets II”, featuring collaborations with Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, etc.

2000 [18] The 1st Olympic Gold Medal ever in taekwondo is won by Greek athlete Michail Mouroutsos in Sydney, Australia

2013 [05] Tiger Woods is named ‘PGA Tour Player of the Year’ for the 11th time


✓ The Russian language doesn’t have a word for “fun.”
✓ Per calorie, broccoli has more protein than beef.
✓ Ice cream actually makes your body warmer because of its fat content.
✓ The creator of Barbie and the creator of Hot Wheels were married.
✓ You breathe on average about 8,409,600 times a year.
✓ Mario and Luigi’s last name is ‘Mario.”

• If you plant wildflowers in your yard, are they technically still ‘wild’ flowers?
• You ever notice that the word ‘engaged’ has the word ‘gag’ in the middle of it?
• Practice makes perfect. But if nobody’s perfect, why practice?
• Do you ever get the feeling that your stuff has strutted without you?
• If time heals all wounds, how come the belly-button stays the same?

Best of BS:

• Pumpkin Spice was the sixth Spice Girl.
• Dried up leaves are difficult to spot.
• I will not gain any weight this Autumn.
• The ‘m’ is silent.
• During Autumn, the average household consumes 3.14 pumpkins.   Or as it’s more commonly known, ‘pumpkin pi’.
• No pumpkins were harmed during the making of your pumpkin spice latte.
• Nothing and no one falls in Autumn.
• Every time a pumpkin gets smashed, a demon gets its horns.
• People actually call it Autumn.
-Twitter (First published in BS in 2017)

What is your favorite movie quote of all time?

Probably the worst thing you can hear when you’re wearing a bikini is “Good for you!”

Question:  Almost 40% of women say they are jealous of women who have THIS.  What?
Answer:  Smaller feet

When you love what you have, you have everything you need.


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