April 17 2023

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Monday, April 17, 2023 — Edition: #7454

When You Can’t Dazzle Them with Brilliance, Baffle Them with Bull!


★ Comedian Kathy Griffin has revealed she’s been diagnosed with “complex post-traumatic stress disorder”. She began a candid TikTok video by saying: “Let’s talk about PTSD. Never talked about it publicly. If any of you know my story, you’ll understand that this really started for me about 5 and a half years ago.” That seemingly refers to her personal and professional fallout in 2017 after she posed for a photograph with a bloodied replica of former President Donald Trump’s head. As a result, Griffin said: “Every single morning I wake up terrified to see if I’m gonna be okay or not.” Her openness about PTSD resonated with many followers, as Griffin took to TikTok again later, stating that she’s “really grateful for [the] response”, also saying: “So far I’m okay and that’s how it is… day by day.”
★ Raquel Leviss — the “Vanderpump Rules” personality, whose affair with co-star Tom Sandoval has been splashed all over the internet for the last month — has checked into a mental health treatment facility. A rep said: “Raquel and her family decided before the relationship was discovered that she would enter a voluntary facility for mental health counseling…but decided she wanted to finish her filming commitment (first).” The rep added that Leviss is not in rehab for substance abuse issues but in a program focused on “mental health and trauma therapy.”
★ Could television’s most famous gang of lifeguards be heading back to beach? Maybe, according to a report that says a new reboot of “Baywatch” is in development. Production company Freemantle, which owns the rights, has been holding “early talks” with TV broadcasters and streaming services, geared at finding a home for a new “Baywatch” series. The original 1990s series made international stars of the likes of David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, and spawned a spin-off and a 2017 feature film.
★ There’s no stopping “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” At a time when many blockbusters in the post-shutdown box office are taking drops of over 60% in their second weekend, the animated film dropped just 41% for an estimated $87 million haul in its second weekend. If that number stands, “Super Mario Bros.” will have a 10-day domestic total of $340 million, 61% ahead of the pace set last summer by “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and even ahead of last year’s highest grossing domestic release, “Top Gun: Maverick.”
★ “Stranger Things” character ‘Eddie Munson’ will get his own prequel story in the form of a new book, set to arrive on October 31. “Stranger Things: Flight of Icarus”, was written by author Caitlin Schneiderhan, the co-writer of the show’s next season. The story takes place in 1984, 2 years before the events of season 4, and follows metalhead Munson as he embarks on a musical career with his band Corroded Coffin. In order to fund his dreams, however, he must work alongside his father on various shady ventures.
★ As the search for the next ‘James Bond’ presses on, video game company Unwind Media enlisted the help of DeepDream artificial intelligence software to manufacture the ideal 007. The current requirements for the secret agent — being under 40, and, of course, devilish good looks – were entered into the AI generator. The result bares a striking resemblance to actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he of the chiseled jaw and tousled hair. Coincidentally, the 32-year-old “Bullet Train” star is on the short list of Hollywood heartthrobs rumored to be in the running for the coveted Bond role.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Freddie Highmore, Amanda Peet, Dinner Party
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Chris Evans, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Toosii
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Josh Groban, Sheryl Lee Ralph
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Fred Armisen (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Seth Meyers, a performance by the Broadway cast of “Six”
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Lindsay Hubbard, Samantha Feher
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rep. Katie Porter
•  “The Daily Show” (COM): Guest host Jordan Klepper
• “The Talk” (CBS): Erika Christensen, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Char Margolis
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Giancarlo Esposito, Brandon Scott Jones, Priyanka Naik, Hailey Whitters
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Jennifer Garner, Dr. Will Cole
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Conversations with incredible women, including Viola Davis, Lindsey Vonn, Hannah Waddingham, Allyson Felix
• “American Idol” (ABC): Top 26 at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii: Noah Cyrus serves as mentor.
• “The Voice” (NBC): Reba McEntire serves as mega mentor for the knockouts.
• “90 Day Fiancé: Love in Paradise – The Caribbean” (TLC): Season 10 premiere. Jessica went cruising for love and fell for bartender Juan; Scott thinks he’s found the one in Pedro’s mom, Lidia; Carlos’ feelings for another could derail his plans with VaLentine.
• “NHL Playoffs” (Check local listings): NYI @ Carolina, Florida @ Boston, Minnesota @ Dallas, LA @ Edmonton

• Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Andrea Bocelli — will head up King Charles’ coronation concert. Also on the bill for the May 7 extravaganza on the grounds of Windsor Castle: Take That, Sir Bryn Terfel, Freya Ridings and Alexis Ffrench, plus the Coronation Choir.
• Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes – may have rekindled their romance. The ‘Señorita’ singers reunited at Coachella 2023, a year and a half after they broke up. The 2 were caught on video passionately kissing while standing among the crowd. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2a3ehf8b
• George Michael – has a comfortable lead in Rock Hall of Fame fan voting, with the April 28 deadline approaching. In 2nd place is Cyndi Lauper, with Warren Zevon in third, ahead of Iron Maiden and Soundgarden in 4th and 5th. Vote at www.RockHall.com .
• Blink-182 – Friday, the pop-punk legends played live with guitarist Tom Delonge for the first time in 9 years. The trio, also including Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, made a surprise appearance at Coachella, having just announced that they were playing a few days prior. It also marked the band’s first performance since Hoppus’ 2021 cancer battle. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2fudhypw
• The Tragically Hip – is releasing the children’s book “The Tragically Hip ABC,” described by its publisher as “a love letter to the Hip.” The picture book, out Oct. 24, features Hip-themed caricatures and drawings for each letter, including “A” is for “Ahead by a Century” and “B” is for “Bobcaygeon.”
• Luke Combs – He and Opry Entertainment Group have announced plans for a multi-level entertainment complex in downtown Nashville to open in 2024. The 69,000-square-foot complex with a capacity of nearly 3,200, will reflect Combs’ passions for music, song-writing, whiskey and sports.
• Austin Burke — has dropped his fresh spin on Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy’. Called ‘Crazy, Crazy’, Burke wrote the song with Brandon Day and got the stamp of approval from Willie Nelson, who penned the 1961 Cline hit. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4yfdzuu6
• Garth Brooks – was named country music’s best living performer on episode 1 of “Certified”, a new video series on Taste of Country. Numbers 2 through 5, in order, are: Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Shania Twain. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yh8candd


Here we are, deep in the heart of “spring cleaning” season. For some, anyway. What would you say is the longest stretch you’ve gone without cleaning your home? A poll of 2,000 Americans found that while half claimed the longest they’ve gone without ever housecleaning is just one month (52%), one in 10 admitted they’ve gone more than 6 months. It was found that on average, it takes 2 hours to do a “light cleaning” at home, and 5 hours to “deep clean.” That includes chores like cleaning the large appliances and washing windows. That may be why 40% said they deep clean twice a year or less. Some tips survey respondents shared to make cleaning easier are to “do one room at a time, then move on,” have “a cleaning schedule for specific things that get cleaned daily” and do “the hardest job first, then it seems to go easier.”
(I find its easier to just move…)
(Six months? They should be ashamed! Amateurs!)

A Russian fish salad, known as “Indigirka salad”, was recently voted the worst dish in the world by the readers of online food guide Taste Atlas. Indigirka salad originated in Yakutia, which is known as the coldest inhabited region in the world. It’s a simple dish, consisting of diced whitefish combined with onions, and seasoned with oil, salt, and pepper. So, what’s so bad about that? In Indigirka salad, the fish is not only raw, but frozen solid, which may be expected from a dish born in a region where temperatures routinely drop below -70°C (-94°F). It is usually served as an appetizer, accompanied by lemon wedges and a shot of vodka.
(Lots and lots of vodka…)
(The great thing about living there is that you can buy Indigirka at a summer market, and the stuff’s STILL frozen!)

➢ Tigers have clawed their way back from the brink in India, according to the country’s latest big cat census. It recorded 3,167 tigers, more than double the 1,411 recorded when the census began in 2006. The turnaround is thanks to Project Tiger, a conservation program launched 50 years ago to save India’s iconic but endangered big cats. And tigers aren’t the only big cats being helped in India, which recently launched a project to bring back the cheetah. (Up next, the honest politician…and the dollar beer!)
➢ Thanks to emergency vaccine research conducted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say vaccines for heart disease and cancer may be available by 2030. Therapies based on mRNA work by teaching cells how to make a protein that triggers the body’s immune response against disease. And Dr. Paul Burton, chief medical officer of Moderna, thinks his pharmaceutical company will offer treatments for “all sorts of disease areas” by 2030, and is developing cancer vaccines targeting multiple types of tumors. Personalized cancer vaccines alone could “save many hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives.”
-PositiveNews, TheWeek

➢ Sunshine: A ravenous appetite often develops because of a lack of serotonin. Sunshine brightens up your mood and minimizes the risk of binge eating. (I get hungry just thinking about it!)
➢ Tea: Hot, unsweetened tea can be very soothing for your stomach and can ease the craving sensations.
➢ Meditate: It helps you cope with stress, which is often the cause of these seemingly insatiable attacks.
➢ Cool off your palate: An ice-cold sensation in your mouth works wonders against cravings. Feel some cravings coming on? Just suck on an ice cube.
➢ Vitamins: Instead of chocolate or other sweet stuff, eat a handful of dried fruits. This way your body receives not only the sweetness you’re seeking, but also vitamins and minerals.
➢ Coffee break: Coffee or green tea can reduce your appetite and boost your metabolism. (You already told me to drink tea – AND I’M STILL HUNGRY!!)
(And of course you can always try MY tried and true method: The Buffet.)

“Preply”, an online language learning platform — has developed the Community Spirit Index, a ranking of 53 cities worldwide, based on their friendliness to non-natives, including factors such as ‘friendly staff’, ‘visitor return rate’, ‘happiness’, and more. Here is the top 10…
1. Toronto, Canada
2. Sydney, Australia
3. Edinburgh, UK
4. Manchester, UK
5. New York, US
6. Montreal, Canada
7. Melbourne, Australia
8. San Francisco, US
9. Dublin, Ireland
10. Copenhagen, Denmark
Other Bull Sheet countries in the top-20: Amsterdam, Netherlands (11), Auckland, New Zealand (12), Singapore (16). LINK (including “unfriendliest cities”): https://preply.com/en/blog/worlds-friendliest-cities/

An Australian father has set a new world record for pushups, completing more than 3,206 in just one hour – that’s 53 every minute, or almost one per second. Lucas Helmke powered through the pushups at his local gym in Brisbane to claim the title set by another Australian man last year. The 33-year-old accountant was required to perform each pushup flawlessly, keeping his body straight on his way up, without bending his knees and waist, while reaching at least a 90-degree angle at the elbow when he lowered himself. (Wow – A lifetime supply in just one hour!)


• “Bat Appreciation Day”, a day to generate positive awareness about bats ahead of possible negative interactions with people after their Winter-long hibernation (…plus some bad press in the past few years!) LINK: http://www.batcon.org
• “Nosy Neighbor Appreciation Day”, a day to salute with a laugh the prying nature of those who continually insist on peeking-a-boo to find out what’s cooking in the neighborhood. (Why not give them something to talk about today?)
• “Blah Blah Blah Day”, a day to do all the things that people have been nagging you to do. This might include quitting a habit, losing weight, working on home projects, blah blah blah…
• “Cheese Ball Day”, saluting the hors d’oeuvre made with cream cheese, seasonings, and chopped nuts. (Also, apparently to celebrate the sense of humor displayed on this radio show…)
• “Haiku Poetry Day”, a celebration of the genre of poetry whose origins date back a millennium in Japan. To create one of these short poems, stick to a syllable pattern of 5-7-5. For example:
Haikus are easy,
But sometimes they don’t make sense

• “World Hemophilia Day”, a day of awareness of the genetic disorder that impairs the body’s ability to control bleeding through clotting or coagulation. LINK: https://wfh.org/world-hemophilia-day/

[Tues] Holocaust Remembrance Day
[Tues] Piñata Day
[Wed] Bicycle Day
[Thurs] High Five Day
This Week is…Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week
This Month is…Celebrate Diversity Month

1948 [75] Jan Hammer, Prague Czechoslovakia, rock keyboardist (‘Miami Vice Theme’, work with Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana…)

1959 [64] Sean Bean, Handsworth England, TV actor (‘Ned Stark’ on “Game of Thrones” 2011-19), “Snowpiercer” 2020-21)/movie actor (“Lord of the Rings”)

1961 [62] (Norman) “Boomer” Esiason, West Islip NY, sports commentator (“The NFL Today on CBS” since 2002, “ABC Monday Night Football” 1998-99)/radio host (WFAN New York)/former NFL QB (Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals)/NFL MVP 1988

1964 [59] Maynard James Keenan, Ravenna OH, alt-metal singer/songwriter (Tool-Sober’, Schism’)/Vineyard owner

1967 [56] Liz Phair, New Haven CT, indie-rock singer-songwriter (‘Why Can’t I’, ‘Extraordinary’)

1972 [51] Jennifer Garner, Houston TX, movie actress (“Dallas Buyers Club”, “Elektra”, “Daredevil” films)/TV actress (“Alias” 2001-06)/married to Ben Affleck 2005-18

1974 [49] Victoria Beckham, Harlow England, pop singer (‘Posh Spice’ of Spice Girls-‘Wannabe’)/fashion maven (dVb, Victoria Beckham)/married to David Beckham since 1999

1985 [38] Rooney Mara, Bedford NY, movie actress (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, “Women Talking”)

1937 [86] Cartoon character ‘Daffy Duck’ debuts in “Porky’s Duck Hunt”

2011 [12] “Game of Thrones”, based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, premieres on HBO

1983 [40] Joe Strummer of The Clash runs the London Marathon, finishing with a time of 4 hours 13 minutes. He claims his training included 10 pints of beer the night before

2019 [04] Beyoncé releases a live album of her 2018 Coachella performance on the same day as the debut of her Netflix documentary “Homecoming”

1964 [59] The Ford Mustang debuts at the World’s Fair in NYC (base price: $2,368)

1979 [44] It’s the smallest crowd in MLB history as just 653 fans show up for an Oakland A’s game. (…until in 2015, at least, when due to civil unrest, no spectators are admitted to a Camden Yards game between Baltimore and the White Sox)

2012 [11] Europe’s oldest intact book, the 8th century “St. Cuthbert Gospel”, is purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds


✓ Post-it notes should be peeled horizontally, not in an upward motion, which causes the paper to curl.
✓ ‘Jim’ pranked ‘Dwight’ 114 times throughout the entirety of the U.S. version of “The Office.”
✓ Being called ‘Baby’ has a positive effect on the female brain, causing instant emotional stress relief.
✓ Being ignored causes the same chemical reaction in the brain as experiencing a physical injury.
✓ Men and women who listen to similar music tend to be better communicators and have longer- lasting relationships.
✓ Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history.
-WhattheFFacts, FactSlides

Best of BS . . .

• Seinfeld: The one that was about something.
• Gilligan’s Island: The one where it turned out to be a peninsula.
• Leave it to Beaver: The one where June vacuums the living room while wearing sweats and smoking a cigarette.
• A “Co-pilot” episode. We often see “Pilot” episodes, but we never see the “Co-pilot”.
• Jersey Shore: The one where someone reads a book.
• The Dukes of Hazzard: The one where Bo and Luke finally realize Daisy is their SECOND cousin.
• Friends: The one where Angelina Jolie replaces Jennifer Aniston.
• The Dick Van Dyke Show: The one where he finally decides to throw out that ottoman he keeps tripping over.
• Sopranos: The one where we get to see what the heck happened.
• Maury: The one where Maury Povich finds out HE’S the father.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020

➠ Arnold Schwarzenegger made the news for fixing a ‘pothole’ in his LA neighborhood, which turned out to be a utility trench. (You’d almost think a guy like him would be more concerned with PLOT holes…)
➠ 19-year-old Millie Bobby Brown is marrying Jon Bon Jovi’s son Jake Bongiovi, who is 20. (Leo DiCaprio’s reaction? “Huh, I guess he’s into older chicks!”)
➠ Disneyland’s Splash Mountain will close next month. The log flume ride is being shuttered to make way for the California park’s new “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” attraction. (Disney sure is well-run…for a Mickey Mouse operation!)
➠ A woman has pleaded not-guilty to zipping her boyfriend into a suitcase, where he suffocated to death, during a game of hide and seek. (Oddly, both the prosecution and defence attorneys agree it’s an open and shut case…)
➠ Fact of the Day: People who feel an urge to correct other people’s grammar are actually suffering from a form of OCD called Grammar Pedantry Syndrome. (I would have put that last part in quotes…)

Needed this on a Monday [I’m just here for the air guitar!] (sound up):  https://tinyurl.com/mt3bf3rn

What did you think would be easy, but turned out to be extremely difficult once you attempted it?

It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.

• Which of the following is not a Bee Gees song?
a) Tragedy
b) Blackbird [CORRECT]
c) You Should be Dancing
d) Night Fever

• What is Dwight’s official job title in “The Office”?
a) Deputy Office Manager
b) Assistant to the Regional Manager [CORRECT]
c) Backup Chief of Staff
d) Beet-keeper

• Which pill allows you to leave the matrix?
a) Red [CORRECT]
b) Blue
c) Green
d) Ozempic

Question:  Stats say THIS happens to 90% of people — at least once in their life. What is it?
Answer:  An automobile accident

When you make a commitment, you build hope. When you keep it, you build trust.


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