Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – Edition: #6049


★ Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be set to play The Joker in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming origin film.   Last week, we learned that Warner Bros. is planning on making a movie chronicling The Joker’s origin story.  What really made the news noteworthy was the fact that Martin Scorsese is attached as producer.  Some people found it unusual that Scorsese would be connected to a franchise film like this one, but it appears his involvement is part of a longer play on the studio’s part. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner is hoping that with Scorsese aboard, DiCaprio will agree to take on the role of Batman’s nemesis.  The two have collaborated on five films together, and the plan could be for Leo to continue in the Joker role under Scorsese for future Batman and Joker installments.
(Quick!  Name another DiCaprio movie that had a sequel or spin-off.  Nada.)
★ ‘Indiana Jones 5′ won’t feature Shia LaBeouf’s character (Mutt Williams). According to screenwriter David Koepp, Harrison Ford plays Indiana Jones, and that’s all he can say.  Koepp has written a script for the fifth film in the storied Indiana Jones franchise, and he does confirm that LaBeouf’s character is not in the film. ‘Indiana Jones 5′ is set for release in 2020.
(Although it will have a much longer title by then!)
★ Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom spent the weekend paddleboarding. Together.  The on again, off again couple were seen catching some waves during the Labor Day holiday. They officially split back in March but they have been seen together occasionally since, fueling speculation they are back together. That comes after Katy admitted she likes having Orlando in her life.
(“You’re hot and you’re cold, you’re yes and you’re no…”)
★ Sylvester Stallone is hinting that ‘Creed 2’ will start production next year. Sly shared a post on his official Instagram account showing co-star Michael B. Jordan – who played Apollo Creed’s son Adonis Creed 2015 film – in character in a boxing ring and the caption indicates that Jordan is in training for his return in the role.  Dolph Lundgren is also expected to appear in the film, reprising his ‘Ivan Drago’ character from ‘Rocky IV’.
★ Bill Skarsgard wants his Pennywise character in Stephen King’s ‘It’ movie to traumatize moviegoers. According to Skarsgard, “It’s more than just a scary movie.  People are going to be surprised by how emotionally invested they will get in the characters.” ‘It’ is expected to be one of the biggest box office hits of the fall.  Look for ‘It’ on Friday.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Dr. Phil McGraw, Mike Tyson, Martin Urbano
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Seth MacFarlane, Elisabeth Moss, Thomas Rhett
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Liev Schreiber, Joe Buck, Sonequa Martin-Green, Sheila E.
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Trevor Noah, Maggie Gyllenhaal
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jane Lynch, Jim Gaffigan, James Van Der Beek, Liam Payne
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Luann De Lesseps
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Huckabee
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Liev Schreiber, Taylor Kitsch, Rosanna Pansino
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Reese Witherspoon, Pink
• “Big Brother” (CBS): House guests vie for the power of veto.
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): “Semi Finals Results 1” Viewers have one last chance to send their favorite act to the next round.

• Lil Wayne – was hospitalized on the weekend after suffering seizures in Chicago.  He was found unconscious in his hotel room after having multiple seizures and then rushed to hospital. Wayne’s Sunday show in Vegas was cancelled and doctors advised him to remain in hospital for a few days.  Lil Wayne suffers from epilepsy.
• Sir Tom Jones – has been forced to delay a planned U.S. tour until 2018 due to health concerns.
The 77-year-old was scheduled to begin the month-long tour in Bethlehem, Pa., on Wednesday. But on Saturday, he posted a statement saying he was “following medical advice” by delaying the tour.  No additional details were given.
• Ozzy Osbourne – his wife Sharon claims that Ozzy has cheated on her with six women during their marriage, including with a Russian teenager, a masseuse in England, a masseuse in America, and their cook.”  According to her, “if you’re a woman giving Ozzy either a back rub or a trolley of food, God help you.”
• Adele – is reportedly considering an offer to star in a big screen remake of iconic movie musical ‘Oliver!’  She is thought to be considering taking the starring role of Nancy – a petty criminal and prostitute who looks after the orphaned Oliver.
• Kelly Clarkson – has revealed the title of her new single: ‘Love So Soft’, will be released on Thursday.  She has released a short preview of the video on Twitter.
• John Legend – he once tried to dump Chrissy Teigen – but she wouldn’t let him. Legend says that he tried to call things off at a time when he felt ”stressed and busy”, but things went back to how they were within half an hour of having a serious talk together.
• Burning Man festival – the man who died after running past security into the flames at the Man Burn event has been identified as 41 year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell.  Police are still investigating the incident at the festival’s signature event, in which a giant wooden effigy is set ablaze.
• Keith Urban – he and Miranda Lambert lead the nominations for The 2017 CMA Awards with 5 each.  They will compete against each other in three categories: music video of the year, single of the year and song of the year. The 51st Annual CMA Awards air live on Nov. 8, with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosting for the10th time.
• Little Big Town – has four CMA Award nominations.   That helped Taylor Swift earn her first CMA Award nomination in three years as the songwriter for the band’s hit single ‘Better Man’.

Smoking pot can affect the way your knees, elbows and shoulders move when you are walking, a new study has found.  The study, from the University of South Australia, found that there are differences between the way marijuana users and non-users walk.  Specifically, marijuana users have stiffer shoulders, more flexible elbows and quicker knees, which move faster than those of non-users, while walking.  While differences in their movements were detected, there were no significant differences between the balancing abilities and neurological functions of users and non-users.
(This is too good!  You’re telling me that marijuana users have different joints?)
(Why are users’ shoulders stiffer?  From trying to hold it in while saying “Ere!”)
(Of course it affects how you walk.  If it didn’t, you’d be mad!)

Could you survive with just 1990’s technology?  That’s the object of the game in a new MTV competition show called ‘90s House’.  Christina Milian and Lance Bass (in parachute pants) will host the show, where a group of 12 tech-addicted millennial housemates will live together in a ’90s-inspired home, forcing the contestants to unplug their modern-day devices and exist with only the technology available in the 1990s.  Housemates will face elimination by competing in various ’90s-themed challenges featuring catch phrases, fashion and of course, guest cameos, including from Mario Lopez, Michelle Williams, Joey Fatone, and Joey Lawrence.  Prizes include $90,000, tickets aboard a 90s cruise, and a Mazda Miata.  Not a Miata from the 90s.  I think.  ‘90s House’ premieres September 26.
(I’m going to TiVo it…just to spite them!)
(I’m way ahead of them.  My car is from the 90s.  Plus I haven’t been able to figure out any of the features on my TV that were invented since then!)
(Why do I have the feeling we’ll be hearing the dreaded sound of ‘dial-up’ internet more than once?)

When you see the pained look on the face of a long-distance runner, you certainly HOPE that it is doing that person some good.  And you would figure that it does, but we never knew how much good.  Until now.  According to a report in ‘Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases’, running adds THREE YEARS to your life.  And that is what you can expect if you run, regardless of age, weight, or how fast or how far you go.  Other vigorous workouts increase lifespan, but nothing beats running, which lowers your risk of dying by 40 per cent.  The study also says that for each hour you jog, you can expect to add an extra seven hours on to your life.
(Seven hours for every hour you jog?  I believe we have just found the secret to immortality!)
(If you see ME running, call the police!)
(My doctor told me that jogging would add years to my life, and he was right.  I already feel about 10 years older!)

☹ Using words more than body language:  Dogs might be able understand some words, but what they rely on to figure out what we mean is our body language.
☹ Hugging:   Most dogs hate hugs. Rather than camaraderie, if a dog places a foreleg or paw on the back of another dog, this is considered an act of dominance
☹ Petting a dog’s face or patting her head:  Like hugging, many dogs will put up with this if it’s someone they know and trust, but most dogs don’t enjoy it.
☹ Walking up to a strange dog while looking her in the eye:  When you look a strange dog right in the eye, unblinking, you might be smiling and trying to warm up to them but the dog is probably reading it as an act of dominance or even aggression.
☹ Not providing structure and rules:  Dogs want, need and love rules. Dogs really want to know what’s what according to their leader.
☹ Forcing your dog to interact with dogs or people she clearly doesn’t like:  Read the body language she gives you when she doesn’t want to be around certain other individuals and don’t force it.
☹ Going for walks without opportunity to explore and smell:  it’s important to allow a dog to have some time to explore her surroundings.  Dogs see with their noses, and they place as much importance on their sense of smell as we place on our sense of vision for interpreting the world around us.
☹ Being boring:  If your dog is making trouble — getting into boxes or closets, eating shoes or chewing on table legs — she’s basically showing you just how incredibly bored she is.
(The thing I do that my dog hates is finish my dinner!)


1943 [74] Roger Waters, Cambridge UK, classic rock singer-bassist (Pink Floyd-“Another Brick in the Wall Part 2”)

1958 [59] Jeff Foxworthy, Atlanta GA, TV host (“American Baking Competition” 2013, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” 2007-15/stand-up comedian (“You Might Be a Redneck If …”)

1967 [50] William DuVall, Washington DC, alt-rock vocalist-guitarist (Alice in Chains-“Rooster”,“Man in the Box”)

1967 [50] Macy Gray (Natalie McIntyre), Canton OH, pop singer (“Beauty In the World”, “I Try”)

1971 [46] Dolores O’Riordan, Ballybricken, Ireland, alt-rock singer (The Cranberries-“Linger”,”Zombie”)

1972 [45] Idris Elba, London UK, TV actor (“Luther” 2010-15, “The Wire” 2002-04)/movie actor (“Finding Dory”, “Thor” movies) COMING UP…Molly’s Game, 2017

1983 [32] Pippa (Philippa) Middleton, Reading UK, British socialite/sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

• “Coffee Ice Cream Day”, which offers a wake-up and a treat all in one.

• “Fight Procrastination Day – Do It! Day”,  a day to get things done.  Or at least finish one of those things you meant to do on this day LAST year!

• “Read a Book Day”, a day to take time out of your busy life, and relax with a good book.  (Because who relaxes with a bad book??)

• “Great Egg Toss Day”, probably Humpty Dumpty’s least favorite day!  (***See Today’s Records***)

[Thurs] Feel The Love Day
[Thurs] Salami Day
[Thurs] Grandma Moses Day
[Fri] Literacy Day
[Fri] Pardon Day
[Fri] Stand up to Cancer Day

1916 [101] The world’s first ‘true’ supermarket opens in Memphis, Tennessee.  It’s name?   The “Piggly Wiggly”

2007 [10] Operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (The Three Tenors) dies of pancreatic cancer in Modena, Italy at age 71

2011 [06] A California judge rules that Madonna does not hold a trademark over the phrase “Material Girl” for her line of clothing just because she wrote a song by that name in 1985

1981 [36] In Siilinjarvi, Finland, Risto Antikainen throws a fresh egg 317 feet, 10 inches (more than the length of a football field), and Jyrki Korhonen catches it without breaking it

2003 [14] Rockford College Regents beat Trinity Bible College Lions 105-0, setting a new NCAA Division III football scoring record (Lions seemingly didn’t have a prayer)


✓ The closer your fourth and second finger are in length, the more verbally aggressive you are.
✓ There is a ‘noticeable change’ in British accents every 25 miles.
✓ Holding money in your hand reduces stress and pain.
✓ The 100 richest people in the world earn enough money in a year to end global poverty 4 times.
✓  When someone tickles you, the laugher is a panic response — You can’t tickle yourself, because your body doesn’t sense any real danger.
✓ The reason why honey is so easy to digest is because it has already been digested…by a bee!

✗ 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 published in BS in 2014

☎ How did your pet get its name?

There is no ‘I’ in denial.

Question:  A recent survey found that around 17% of us have one of these at work but not at home.  What is it?
Answer:  A candy dish

50% of everyone graduated in the bottom half of their class.

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