April 20 2018

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Friday, April 20, 2018 Edition #6202

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★ Dwayne Johnson is launching his own brand of tequila. His company filed documents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in January, to register the brand name ‘Mana’ for use in selling the Mexican spirit. In fact, Mana is a Polynesian term for “spirit”, or a supernatural force that confers power and authority, and is close to Dwayne’s heart due to his Samoan heritage.
(Why not? George Clooney sold his tequila company for a billion bucks!)
★ Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva are married! Silva, who was born in Spain, is a publicist, business woman and activist. The wedding took place at the beginning of April, and the pair plan to celebrate with family and friends on May 6 at their home in New York. Gere is 68 and Silva, who says that the couple would like to start a family in the future, is 35.
★ Nicolas Cage says he will only grace us with classic performances — like the ones he gave in “National Treasure” and “Raising Arizona” — for few more years before he makes the move behind the camera. He was in Puerto Rico discussing his new film, “Primal” when he revealed that he plans to focus more on directing within “three or four years”.
(I can’t imagine a world without a Nicholas Cage stinker once or twice a year!)
★ Lynda Carter has spoken out further about her #MeToo story after she revealed in a recent interview that she had been targeted by a famous man. Carter explained that she didn’t want to reveal any further details about the sexual abuse, but did add: “He is famous and he is being prosecuted now, and it is in the newspapers now”.
★ Jeff Daniels had a pleasant surprise during his Tuesday night appearance on Conan when his “Dumb and Dumber” co-star and real-life pal, Jim Carrey, made cameo. It started when Conan asked Daniels if he knew how successful the beloved 1994 buddy comedy would be. Daniels said that he knew 14 year-old boys would love it, but he wasn’t prepared for the guys in their 70s with the tuxedo and the martini coming up and going, ‘Dumber and Dumber might be the best movie of all time.’ At that point, Carrey appeared on-set, pretending he was disappointed that Daniels never called when he got to LA.
(“Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself.”)
★ “Homeland” star Claire Danes has revealed she is expecting her second child with husband Hugh Dancy. She told Howard Stern: “I am pregnant. I’m like seriously pregnant… I’m deep into the second trimester.” When Stern asked if this was “an exclusive”, Danes replied: “It is, I haven’t told anyone.”

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Anthony Mackie, Ralph Macchio, Kiry Shabazz
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): James Marsden, Coyote Peterson
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Emily Blunt, Zazie Beetz, Ryan Reiss, Steve Smith ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jeff Goldblum, Marlon Wayans, Jack Hanna ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Amy Schumer, Rory Scovel, Diane Sawyer
• “The Talk” (CBS): Busy Philipps, Sebastian Stan
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Anthony Mackie, Auli’i Cravalho
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Elisabeth Moss, Van Jones
• “Meghan Markle: American Princess” (CBS): A profile of Meghan Markle featuring remarks from friends, co-workers and others, including photographer Alexi Lubomirski; her sorority sisters, and Wendell Pierce, who played her father on “Suits”.
• “Stanley Cup Playoffs” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Colorado vs. Nashville, Minnesota vs. Winnipeg, Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh
• “NBA Playoffs” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Cleveland vs. Indiana, Toronto vs. Washington, Boston vs. Milwaukee

• “American Idol” (ABC): Twelve of the top 24 finalists perform duets with celebrity partners at Academy LA in Hollywood.
• “Stanley Cup Playoffs” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Columbus vs. Washington, New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay, Toronto vs. Boston
• “NBA Playoffs” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Philadelphia vs. Miami, Portland vs. New Orleans, Houston vs. Minnesota

• “Into the Badlands” (AMC): Season 3 premiere
• “Stanley Cup Playoffs” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Nashville vs. Colorado (if necessary), Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia (if necessary), Winnipeg vs. Minnesota (if necessary)
• “NBA Playoffs: (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Boston vs. Milwaukee, Golden State vs. San Antonio, Toronto vs. Washington, Cleveland vs. Indiana

• Kanye West – dropped another bombshell in his confounding return to Twitter on Wednesday: His entire Twitter feed may, in fact, be that philosophy book he’s been teasing, written for all to see in real time. (And at least at this point, he still has more followers than his new niece, ‘True’!)
• Ariana Grande – After a nearly four-month hiatus, she returned to social media on Tuesday night to announce that she will release the new single ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ today.
• Lana Del Rey – was knocked over by a male fan who jumped the security barrier and rushed the stage at her gig in Antwerp earlier this week. Some witnesses claim that the man ‘landed’ on her. Spokespeople for Del Rey have not yet commented.
• Josh Groban – he and fellow pop singer-turned-Broadway-star Sara Bareilles will co-host the Tony Awards, the theatre industry’s biggest ceremony. The Tony Awards will be held June 10 at Radio City Music Hall.
• Aerosmith – Joe Perry says the band has a light schedule this year, but next year, “we will be closing in on our 50th anniversary, so we are planning some dates and a tour to celebrate that.”
• Guns N’ Roses – Original drummer Steven Adler says that he and former guitarist Izzy Stradlin are “heartbroken” about being left out of the band’s reunion tour. Quote: “The thing about Guns N’ Roses that made us so great and so magical is because we were a magic band, like Led Zeppelin, or Aerosmith, or Queen. Once we were together we couldn’t do anything wrong.” Then he added, “If they want me, they know my number – I’m ready to rock.”
• KISS – Paul Stanley will give the commencement speech at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware on May 12. (“Yes, kids, you CAN rock and roll all nite. But try to keep your partying to every other day”)
• Carrie Underwood – has announced her new album. ‘Cry Pretty’ will arrive on Sept. 14. She said in a statement. “It’s emotional, it’s soulful, it’s real, and we also have some fun on there too.”
• Eric Church – will release an exclusive live collection of cover songs tomorrow for Record Store Day. He began recording ‘61 Days In Church’ in 2017 during his 61-date Holdin’ My Own Tour. The set will be available on LP with 2,500 exclusive copies available to fans at participating record stores only.

• “Super Troopers 2” (R-Rated, Comedy): When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. (Lynda Carter, Jay Chandrasekhar, Rob Lowe)
• “I Feel Pretty” (PG-13, Comedy): A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed? (Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams)
• “Traffik” (R-Rated, Mystery/Suspense): A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. (Paula Patton, Missi Pyle)
• “Kodachrome” (Not Rated, Drama): Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good. (Elizabeth Olsen, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris)
• “Ghost Stories” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery): Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’. (Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman)

On Wednesday, NASA launched TESS, a satellite whose mission is to search for planets outside the solar system, including those which could support life. Over the course of two years, TESS, which is slightly larger than a refrigerator, will use its four wide-field cameras to stare at different sectors of the sky for days at a time. TESS will look at many nearby small, cool red dwarf stars and see whether there are exoplanets around them. Red dwarf stars have been found to host exoplanets within the “habitable zone”, and many astronomers believe they could be the best candidate for hosting Earth-size planets with conditions suitable for life.
(Could someone be clear here: Are we searching for aliens, or searching for a planet to send people to when we’ve finally completely destroyed THIS one?)
(I hope TESS is also looking for some disc-shaped planets to house a future colony of flat-earthers!)

Much of North America has experienced such a freakishly long winter this year that some are wondering if spring will ever really arrive. Others are making plans to lynch the weather-forecasting rodent. But some scientists are theorizing that the main reason for the extension of the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ is that melting Arctic sea ice has weakened the jet stream, causing the cold northern air to migrate south, rather than be hung up in the Arctic where it belongs. So yes, in short, the cold, snowy, icy spring could in fact be caused by…global warming. North Pole temperatures have been 30 degrees higher than normal this year.
And Ontario? Canada’s capitol Ottawa’s warmest day so far this year was…January 12…more than 3 months ago. The city has not seen double-digit temperatures since (Celcius)
(Like they say, it’s not April 20, it’s January 110!)
(I hope that you are having a nice winter this spring!)
(If we didn’t have the weather to complain about, we’d complain that we don’t have the weather to complain about!)

(According to a poll of 2,000 adults, who are also dealing with a disproportionate
number of these telltale signs):
✗ Forgetting people’s names
✗ Losing hair
✗ Groaning when you bend down
✗ Not knowing any songs in the top ten
✗ Misplacing your glasses/ bag/ car keys etc
✗ Getting more hairy – ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc.
✗ Saying ‘in my day’
✗ Finding it tricky to sit cross-legged on the floor
✗ Hating noisy pubs
✗ Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style
✗ Falling asleep in front of the TV every night
✗ Thinking policemen/teachers/doctors look really young
(This basically looks like my end-of-day journal entry…and yes, having one of those is ANOTHER dadgum sign!)
(Hey! I found one that doesn’t apply to me!)
(I’d post this to our Facebook page if I could remember how!)


1937 [81] George Takei, Los Angeles CA, actor (“Mr. Sulu” on Star Trek 1966-69 and in 6 movies)/has over 10 million Facebook followers

1949 [69] Jessica Lange, Cloquet MN, movie actress (Oscars-“Blue Sky”, “Tootsie”)/TV actress (“American Horror Story” 2011-2015)

1964 [54] Andy Serkis, Ruislip UK, movie actor (“Planet of the Apes” franchise, “Lord Of The Rings”)

1970 [48] Shemar Moore, Oakland CA, TV actor (‘Derek Morgan’ on “Criminal Minds” 2005-2017, “S.W.A.T.” since 2017)

1976 [42] Joey Lawrence, Philadelphia PA (“Blossom” 19910-1995, “Melissa & Joey” 2010-2015)

1978 [40] Clay Cook, Snellville GA, country musician (Zac Brown Band-‘Beautiful Drug’, ‘Chicken Fried’)

1983 [35] Miranda Kerr, Sydney, Australia, fashion model (Victoria’s Secret)/wed to Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel

1926 [92] Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Mountbatten-Windsor), London UK, British Monarch BS FACTOID: The ‘Queen’s Official Birthday’ takes place on the second Saturday of June each year. This year the ‘Queen’s Birthday Parade’ is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th

1947 [71] Iggy Pop (Jim Osterberg Jr), Muskegon MI, ‘The Godfather of Punk Music’ (‘Real Wild Child’, The Stooges-‘Search and Destroy’)

1958 [60] Andie MacDowell, Gaffney SC, spokesmodel (L’Oreal)/movie actress (“Four Weddings & A Funeral”, “Groundhog Day”)

1979 [39] James McAvoy, Glasgow, Scotland, movie actor (“Atonement”, “Last King of Scotland”, “Split”) COMING UP…”Glass” 2019

1980 [38] Tony Romo, San Diego CA, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)

Actor Jack Nicholson (“The Shining”) is 81, Improv comedian Ryan Stiles (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”) is 59, Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”) is 52, Actress Amber Heard (“Magic Mike XXL”) is 32

• “420” or “Pot Smokers Day”, the unofficial holiday of potheads. A few facts, man:
☞ ‘Four-twenty’ became an emblematic number for dopers in the 1970s. It comes from the time 4:20 pm, the secret ‘burn time’ originated by a group of pot-smoking students at California’s San Rafael High School in 1971.
☞ Marijuana is the most lucrative domestic crop in the USA, worth almost $36 billion … more than corn and wheat combined.
☞ More than 1 person every minute is arrested for marijuana possession in the US.
☞ In 2020, 420 will last an entire month!
(***See ‘Today’s Firsts’, below***)

• “Lima Bean Respect Day”, encouraging us to recognize the protein power offered by the tasteless, mealy morsel that most of us avoid at all costs. (You have to admit, it has some pretty serious competition today with 420 and all…)

• “Look-Alike Day”, a day for people who are constantly mistaken for rich and famous celebrities to have some recognition of their own. So who do people say you look like?

• “Volunteer Recognition Day”, honoring the legions of people who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others, thereby making both big and small differences in the lives of millions worldwide.

• “Cheddar Fries Day”, who can resist crispy, golden french fries topped with cheddar cheese? Add some chives, bacon or jalapenos and you have a culinary delight that will satisfy even the most discerning taste buds (the perfect snack for “420”, or am I overdoing it just a bit?)

• “Kindergarten Day”, honoring the 1782 birth of German educator Friedrich Froebel, who established the 1st kindergarten in 1837. (Thanks for all the finger paintings, Freid.)

• “Chocolate Covered Cashews Day” The cashew is a tree from the family Anacardiaceae. Surprisingly, the shell of the cashew nut is toxic, which is why the cashew is shelled before it is sold to consumers.

•”Big Word Day”, a day to use humongous words on purpose just to impress yourself. So go ahead and facilitate this celebration of excess verbiage! Find a big word for any word here …
…but remember: Never use a large word when a diminutive one will do.

• “Earth Day”, the international celebration of the planet we all call home. Begun in 1970, it’s now the largest environmental event worldwide.
NET: http://www.earthday.org

• “Girl Guide/Scout Leader Appreciation Day”, observed since 1982 to honor the many adult volunteers who help keep the program running. Thanks, ‘Brown Owl’!

• “Jelly Bean Day”. Originally they only came in a few colors but nowadays you can get them in lip-smacking flavors like Toasted Marshmallow, Café Latte, and Piña Colada.
NET: http://www.jellybelly.com/flavor-guides?guide=original50

2002 [16] In a dispute over who owns rights to Nirvana’s recordings, former members Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic ask a Seattle court to prove that Courtney Love is mentally stable (they claim she’s “irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable”)

1971 [47] Five friends at San Rafael High School in California coin the term “4:20” as a euphemism for smoking pot. April 20th becomes a popular day to spark one up, and 4:20 pm becomes a popular time. (Note that the Boston song ‘Smokin’’ clocks in at 4 minutes, 20 seconds, and if you multiply the title numbers in Bob Dylan’s ‘Rainy Day Women #12 And #35′, you get 420. Dude!)

2008 [10] Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the 1st female driver to win an Indy car race

2010 [08] ‘Deepwater Horizon’ drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and beginning an oil spill that lasts 6 months (“Deepwater Horizon”, a movie version of the disaster starring Mark Wahlberg, followed in 2016)


✓ You can change your language on Facebook to “Pirate.”
✓ If you search for “askew” in Google, the content will tilt slightly to the right.
✓ When Montenegro became independent from Yugoslavia, its Internet domain name went from .yu to .me.
✓ 2.6 million Kenyans practice the “sport” of naked night-running.
✓ In 2011, a woman bought a “non-visible” piece of art for $10,000.
✓ A Cleveland Browns fan requested six Cleveland Browns pallbearers at his funeral so “the Browns could let him down one last time”.

• Let’s just say I get winded playing UNO.
• I pump my own gas.
• I run late a lot…
• Currently hiding from exercise… I’m in the fitness protection program.
• Jogging… my memory to figure out the last time I exercised.
• My Fitbit thinks I’m dead.
• ‘Fat.’ With an ‘F’, not a “PH”
• Less Jersey Shore and more Pauly Shore.
• I named my dog “Five Miles” so I can brag that I walk Five Miles every day
• I once did a high jump to reach the Oreos on the top shelf at Walmart.
• If you see me running, call the police.
• Presidential!

Words cannot express how limited my vocabulary is.

What pet names do your kids use for their parents, other than ‘mom’ and ‘dad’?

Question: Over 1/3 of us ignore this, even though it could be harmful to our health. What? Answer: Food/beverage expiration dates

Happiness is having a large, caring, close-knit family in another city.

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