Monday, September 25, 2017        Edition: #6062

Sheet For Brains!

★ As the internet continues to freak out over the news that Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are expecting their first child together, some fans have come up with a juicy conspiracy theory: what if she’s actually Kim Kardashian’s surrogate?  The surrogate remains anonymous, but she is reportedly three months pregnant with a baby girl for the Wests, who is due at the end of January 2018.  (Sounds logical…)
★ Martin Scorsese is launching an online course in movie-making. The legendary director – whose movies include ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Casino,’ ‘Cape Fear,’ ‘The Aviator’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ – has joined forces with online-education startup MasterClass for the new class, which will begin in 2018. Students will pay $90 for unlimited access to over 20 video classes in which Scorsese will lecture on filmmaking and provide select feedback.
(Expect a lot of violent, profane, history-based gang movies in the coming years….)
★  In the world of celebrity baby stories, Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder’s might just fill you with a quick dose of rage. Or confusion. In a new interview on Dr. Berlin’s ‘Informed Pregnancy’ podcast, the couple opened up about their journey to pregnancy. According to Nikki, her feelings about kids at the time were mixed and she wasn’t sure if she wanted to be a mom. And then, according to her: Somerhalder “threw out all my birth control pills. That was it. That was also presumptuous.”  Nikki gave birth to a baby girl, Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder, on July 25.
★ Margot Robbie wants to see Harley Quinn and The Joker ”end in flames”.  Robbie starred as the female villain in the DC Extended Universe ensemble movie ‘Suicide Squad’ alongside Jared Leto’s evil Joker, and the pair will reprise their roles for a spin-off film, but Margot doesn’t think there’ll be a happy ending for the pair.  According to her, “’Their love story has to end in flames! It has to, it just wouldn’t be right.”
★ Warner Bros. Television says the safety of the cast and crew of its Vancouver-based ‘Riverdale’ set is of “paramount importance.” The studio spoke out in the wake of a car crash involving star K.J. Apa, who escaped injury in a collision that occurred as he drove home after a 14-hour day. The studio says that “K.J. has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him.  Apa plays ‘Archie Andrews’ in the Riverdale series.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Viola Davis, Freddie Highmore, Grizzly Bear
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Madonna, Camila Cabello
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sterling K. Brown, Chance the Rapper
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jim Parsons, Chrissy Metz, Ruston Kelly, Gregg Bissonette
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jeremy Piven, America Ferrera, Lior Suchard
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Diego Luna, Aisha Tyler, Moses Storm
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Aidy Bryant, Lydia McLaughlin
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kaley Cuoco, Big Boy, guest co-host Sabrina Soto
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kristin Chenoweth, Jussie Smollett
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, Macklemore & Kesha
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC): Each couple performs a ballroom dance; the first elimination of the season.
• “The Voice” (NBC): “The Blind Auditions Premiere, Part 1” Jennifer Hudson joins Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton; vocalists vie to be selected.
• “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS): “The Proposal Proposal” Season 11 premiere.
• “The Good Doctor” (ABC): Series premiere, stars Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel)

• Bad Company – A new “secret” live CD and DVD set from their most recent tour has gone on sale exclusively at Walmart.  ‘Bad Company Live at Red Rocks’ contains 14 songs from a May 15, 2016 stop on the band’s U.S. tour with Joe Walsh.
• Marilyn Manson – blames the 1999 Columbine High School shooting for destroying his “entire career”.  Teenagers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students and one teacher at the Colorado school, before turning the guns on themselves.  Following the tragedy, reports emerged that the shooters were fans of Manson’s music.
• Nick Carter – warns that his brother Aaron will be sued if he tells lies about him. The pair have a notoriously fractured relationship and Nick recently hit back at Aaron with a legal letter after the younger sibling spoke out about their personal drama.
• Lady Gaga – says there was drama during the shoot for her ‘Edge of Glory’ video in her new Netflix documentary ‘Five Foot Two’.  But director Joseph Kahn took to Twitter to hit back at her claims, writing: ”That story Gaga says about the Edge of Glory video shoot is complete bull____ lol. But have at it.”
• Foo Fighters – Some ticketholders were turned away from their O2 Arena Tuesday night because they did not have identification.  The band has had a long-standing policy to require ID as a way of thwarting ticket scalpers.
• Frank Zappa – The proposed Zappa hologram tour has the backing of the Zappa Family Trust, but not Frank’s son, Dweezil. The guitarist said that he will not take part.  Last year, Dweezil clashed with the Trust over his ‘Zappa Plays Zappa’ tour, claiming that his siblings threatened to fine him $150,000 each time he played a song without proper permission.
• Jason Isbell – Due to a death in his bassist Jimbo Hart’s family, he has postponed concerts scheduled through Wednesday (Sept. 27). The band announced the news on Friday, and plan to play make-up dates in 2018.
• Carrie Underwood – she and her ‘Something In the Water’ co-writers are being sued for copyright infringement.  Canadian songwriters Ron McNeill and Georgia Lyons claim they pitched a song with the same title to Underwood’s producer, Mark Bright, before she released her song.  They say they never heard back from Bright, Underwood or any of her representatives.

Netflix and other streaming services have made it so easy to spend the evening…or the entire weekend doing nothing but ‘binge-watching’ your favorite TV shows or movies.  But at what cost?  Excessive hours of sitting to watch TV has been linked to an increased risk of dying from inflammatory diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, according to an Australian study.  The study of 8,900 adults found each additional hour of TV viewing was associated with a 12 percent increased risk of inflammatory-related death. Those who spent more than four hours a day watching TV were at greatest risk.  Lead investigator at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Dr. Megan Grace, says while more research is needed, the findings build on growing evidence about the negative impact prolonged sitting has on health.  She says that “People should be attempting to sit less and move more throughout their day because we do believe there are health benefits.” Inflammatory diseases cover a vast array of disorders and conditions including kidney disease, diabetes, asthma and Alzheimer’s disease.  The researchers found a 54 percent higher risk of inflammatory-related death in those who watched between two and four hours of TV a day.
(Binge-watching does NOT encourage exercise.  My step counter only had to count the steps to the bathroom over the weekend!)
(I guess the same appies if I’m binge-watching Sunday football?  With chips and chicken wings?)
(On the plus side, my couch got a helluva workout!)

A Mexican modeling agency has had to cancel their male beauty contest because they weren’t able to find enough handsome men to compete.  The ‘Mr. Model Tabasco 2017′ male beauty contest was supposed to bring together the most handsome men in the Mexican state of Tabasco, but the modeling agency behind the event was forced to announce its cancellation, after failing to find candidates that met their beauty requirements.   In order to be accepted as a contestant, candidates needed to have a height of at least 1.78 m (5’11”), be between 17 and 27 years old, have a “harmonious face and body”, have a college degree or equivalent, speak English, have a valid passport, and not be a stripper.  There were six contestants accepted before the event’s cancellation.
(…and not be a stripper?  What if I’m not a stripper….anymore?)
(What about those poor six dudes? “Sorry…we just can’t accept that you might end up winning.  The whole thing is cancelled!”)
(Not enough hot men for a ‘Tobasco’ beauty pageant.  Who writes this stuff?)

1. Strength Train With Cardio: Make strength training your number one priority, followed by cardio. Add in yoga or Pilates and walking on your active rest days. (I generally save those days for catching my breath!)
2. Challenge Yourself at Every Workout: Try to increase the weight you lift almost every week, even just two pounds.  The same rule applies for cardio, yoga, and Pilates. Challenge yourself a bit each time, whether it is increasing the mileage, holding side plank for longer, or perfecting your 100 series with straight legs. (My challenge rests in showing up)
3.  Cut Out Sugar:  Working out is only part of the equation. Diet is even more important.  Say ‘no’ to sugar.  Pay attention to nutrition labels and avoid anything with more than four grams of sugar.
4. Choose Protein and Fat Instead of Carbs: Reframe your meals so they consist of mostly protein and healthy fats. You could go with coffee and smoked salmon with avocado for breakfast rather than a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. For lunch, it’s veggie-chicken soup or salads loaded with diced chicken. For dinner maybe baked fish, steak, or chicken with a plate full of vegetables.  (Sure.  Tell that to my mother.  She’d never cook me salmon for breakfast!)
5.  Stop Drinking Alcohol: When training, even one drink can cause DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) to flare up and last for days.  Cut way back and reserve drinking for special occasions.  (I usually experience delayed soreness after drinking too!)
6. Schedule Carbs For Before and After Workouts:  Eat brown rice, whole-wheat crackers, fruit, potatoes, and beans before or after a workout and limit carb intake the other times of the day. (Actually, save the beans for after.  The rest of the gym will thank you!)
7.  Cook Mostly at Home, but Plan For Meals Out:  Keep the kitchen stocked with frozen meat, canned tuna, and vegetables galore.  Use an Instant Pot to make big batches of brown rice, oatmeal, beans, and lentils on Sunday to last through the week. It’s OK to have one off day per week where you indulge in the bad stuff.  Having a cheat day helps you stay on track and feel balanced.  (I told my wife I needed a cheat day…and she threw the Instant Pot at me!)
(And that, boys and girls, is why losing weight is HARD!)


1929 [88] Barbara Walters, Boston MA, retired TV personality (“The View” 1997-2014, “20/20″ 1978-2004)/1st female network news anchor (“ABC Evening News” 1976-78)/TV Hall of Fame (1990)

1944 [73] Michael Douglas, New Brunswick NJ, movie actor (“Wall Street” movies, “Basic Instinct”)/TV actor (2013 Emmy for “Behind the Candelabra”)/Mr Catherine Zeta-Jones since 2000. COMING UP: Ant-Man and the Wasp, 2018

1951 [66] Mark Hamill, Oakland CA, movie actor (‘Luke Skywalker’ in the original “Star Wars” trilogy) COMING UP: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017

1958 [59] Michael Madsen, Chicago IL, movie actor (“Reservoir Dogs”, “Kill Bill”)

1968 [49] Will Smith, Philadelphia PA, TV and movie actor (‘Himself’ on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” 1990-96, “Hancock”, “Men In Black” films)/sometime rapper (“Switch”, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”)/Mr Jada Pinkett since 1997. COMING UP: Bright, 2017

1961 [56] Heather Locklear, Los Angeles CA, TV actress (“Melrose Place”, “Hot in Cleveland”)

1969 [48] Catherine Zeta-Jones, Swansea, Wales, movie actress (“Rock of Ages”, “Chicago”)/Mrs Michael Douglas since 2000 (she’s 25 years younger)

1980 [37] TI (Clifford Harris Jr), Atlanta GA, rapper-producer (“No Mediocre” f/Iggy Azalea, “Live Your Life”)/movie actor (“Fast & Furious”, “American Gangster”)/ex-con

1983 [34] Donald Glover, Edwards Air Force Base CA, TV actor (“Community” 2009-2014), movie actor (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

• “Comic Book Day”, honoring the books you ‘read’ by looking at pictures (and the inspiration behind 75% of the movies coming out these days…)

• “One-Hit Wonder Day”, honoring artists who made it big only once before fading into obscurity. (Or milking it for the next 30 years…)  What is your favorite?

• “Psychotherapy Day”, the 6th annual when therapists, clients, and therapy advocates unite to promote the profession, fight stigma, educate the public, and draw attention to the needs of community mental health centers.

• “World Pharmacists Day”, recognizing the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. Here’s to the drug pushers!

• Sign out front reads: “Wholesalers Welcome.”
• Her wall-mounted diploma is made from cut-up newspaper headlines.
• Instructs you to: “Take 27 of the big red ones, twice a day … with a tequila slammer.”
• Asks if you brought along your ‘subscription’.
• Asks if you want your Viagra regular or extra crispy.
• Instead of “Good morning, can I help you?” he greets you with “You’re not a cop, are you?”
• Counts out pills by saying, “One for you, two for me …”
– First published in “BS” 1999.

• “Cooking Day”, established to honor and commemorate the joys of home cooking. Often taken for granted or deemed a time-consuming chore.

• “Food Service Employees Day”, to appreciate the hard work that food service employees put in every day to take care of people dining away from home.  (Give them a break today and eat at home. After all, it’s also “Cooking Day”.)

[Tues] Lumberjack Day
[Tues] Pancake Day
[Wed] Chocolate Milk Day
[Wed] Ancestor Appreciation Day
This Week Is…Active Aging Week
This Month Is… Self Improvement Month

1964 [53] ‘Mary Poppins’, starring Julie Andrews as the magical nanny in an Oscar-winning role, opens in wide release in movie theaters

1980 [37] Led Zeppelin drummer John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham is found dead at age 32 from asphyxiation on his own vomit after drinking 40 shots of vodka on the eve of the band’s US tour

1974 [43] Scientists first report Freon gas from aerosol spray cans is destroying the ozone layer (it’s banned in 1978)

1965 [52] 60-year-old Satchel Paige becomes the oldest-ever Major League Baseball player (pitches 3 scoreless innings for Kansas City)


• If you put a can of Diet Coke in water, it floats. Regular Coca-Cola sinks.
• The number one tire manufacturer in the world is Lego.
• The yo-yo was originally designed as a hunting weapon.
• Blue eyes are the most sensitive to light.  Dark brown eyes are the least sensitive.
• Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the phone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.
• The word ‘emoji’ comes from the Japanese words for ‘picture’ (e) and ‘letters’ (moji).
-Pinterest, AP

• I always try to go the extra mile at work, but my boss always finds me brings me back.
• I find it ironic that the colors red, white and blue stand for freedom, until they are flashing behind you.
• Apparently taking a day off is not something you should do when you work for a calendar company.
• People say I’m condescending (that means I talk down to people).
• If spiders can sit on the web all day, So can I.
• You know you’re ugly when it comes to a group picture and they hand you the camera.
• I haven’t slept for three days, because that would be too long.

In golf, 1 under par is a ‘birdie’, 2 under par is an ‘eagle’; so what’s 3 under par called?
a. Albatross. [CORRECT]
b. Whale.
c. Impossible.

☎ What is the weirdest reason for breaking up that you have ever heard of?

I have 2020 vision. That’s right, I can see 3 years into the future.

Question:  30% of us have had this stolen at work.
Answer:  An idea.

A mind is like a parachute.  It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.

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