August 18 2023

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Friday, August 18, 2023 – Edition: #7536

Thanks a Sheetload for Choosing “BS”!


★ Britney Spears made an unexpected announcement on shortly after it was confirmed that her husband Sam Asghari has filed for divorce after just over one year of marriage. Spears took to social media to tell fans — she is planning to buy a horse, of course. On Insta, she posted a pic of herself riding a horse on a beach, writing: “Buying a horse soon!!! So many options it’s kinda hard !!! A horse called Sophie and another called Roar??? I can’t make up my mind!!! Spears was also spotted driving her Mercedes on Wednesday, sporting a naked ring finger. LINK:
★ Jamie Foxx says he is “finally startin’ to feel” like himself following his health scare earlier this year. He posted a series of pics of himself on Instagram, writing: “You’re lookin at a man who is thankful…it’s been an unexpected dark journey… but I can see the light…” Foxx also mentioned that he has a lot of people to thank for their well-wishes and prayers, and he “will be thanking all of you personally.” Still no official word on the nature of the “medical complication” he experienced in April. LINK:
★ Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger have listed their Pacific Palisades home – for $32 million. Robb Real Estate says on Instagram that the mansion is up for sale after being “Completely rebuilt in 2021…the hillside home is tucked away within a gated community and boasts views of mountains, the ocean and Catalina Island.” The nearly 13,000-square-foot structure offers 6 bedrooms, a golf simulator, a state-of-the-art gym, and a wellness center with a steam room and sauna. The couple bought the home for $15.6 million in 2018. LINK:
★ “American Horror Stories” is returning to spook you with a 4-episode ‘Huluween’ event series premiering October 26 on Hulu. Former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Rinna will headline an episode titled “Tapeworm”. American Horror Stories is a spinoff of “American Horror Story”, with each episode telling a different horror tale. It was also announced this week that American Horror Story Season 12, named “Delicate” will consist of 2 parts, the first of which will premiere Sept. 20.
★ Feel like hangin’ out, by the beach with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis? For some lucky fans that’ll soon be a reality. The couple is offering the chance to spend a night in the guest cottage of their beach house near Santa Barbara CA, for free, through Airbnb. The “That ’70s Show” pair announced the news with a video on social media, which begins with Kutcher saying to Kunis: “Hey babe? I have a really dumb idea. I think we should have complete strangers come and stay with us at the beach. It’s so nice here.” LINK:
★ Universal Orlando has officially unveiled Minion Land. Guests of all ages can now step into the beloved world of the Minions franchise like never before at the Florida theme park. Developed in partnership between Universal’s creative team and the filmmakers from Illumination, visitors “are welcomed to the land with a fun, photo-worthy Minion Land marquee featuring 22 Minions, before embarking on more mayhem that awaits along Illumination Ave., including the groundbreaking new attraction – Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast – where guests can “blast their way to supervillain stardom.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Owen Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, Ke Huy Quan (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kieran Culkin, Method Man, Jimin (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Steven Spielberg, John Williams (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Vice President Kamala Harris, Geena Davis (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rep. Zooey Zephyr, Nick Mohammed (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Drew Carey, Corey Feldman (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Kelly and Ryan Seacrest look back at some of their viewers’ favorite moments (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Jay Leno, Ayo Edebiri (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Brooke Shields (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Russell and Nina Westbrook, Dianne Austin, Pamela Shaddock (R)
• “Secret Celebrity Renovation” (CBS): Beth Behrs gifts her longtime friend Lauren with a special makeover to her Buena Park, California home.
• “Time of Essence” (OWN) At the dawn of the ’70s, as Black women yearn for representation in media and politics, Essence magazine is born. But there are also battles taking place within Essence.

• “Stand Up to Cancer” (Multiple networks in US and Canada): Live. Film, TV and music stars salute the work of scientists and researchers and raise awareness about the continued need for cancer research; Appearances by Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Biel, Don Cheadle, Katie Couric, Danai Gurira, Tony Hale, Ken Jeong, Maria Menounos, Julianne Moore, Tig Notaro, Jimmy Smits, Justin Timberlake and more.
• “FIFA Women’s World Cup” (Check local listings): Match for third place: Sweden vs. Australia
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Quinta Brunson; musical guest Lil Yachty (R)

• “FIFA Women’s World Cup” (Check local listings): Final: Spain vs. England
• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): Celeb contestants Chris Redd, Fortune Feimster, Stephen A. Smith and Tamron Hall.
• “TMZ Investigates: Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Missed Warning Signs” (FOX): A look into how mistakes in the investigation of a series of murders on Long Island may have led to more deaths.

• BTS — will end its hiatus in 2025. The K-Poppers went on break last year, so some members could focus on solo projects and complete mandatory military service. During a livestream, RM said: “We’ll be joining together again. And that will be in 2025.”
• Drake — Drake is featured on 2 songs on DJ Khaled’s upcoming LP. Khaled quote: “Ayo Drake fan hub, you know I got two Drakes in the can. Mixed. Mastered. You know I got two Drakes, two Champagne Papi’s on my album. You know that right? The album’s Til Next Time.”
• Doja Cat – says in a new Harper’s Bazaar cover story that she plans to pause her music career someday to pursue acting. She also confessed to being “very committed and very much in love”. Rumors are that she’s dating comedian and Twitch streamer J. Cyrus.
• Ed Sheeran – says he wouldn’t play the Super Bowl Halftime Show as headliner, but he’d consider appearing as a guest artist. Quote: “I’m just not that, I’m not gonna have dancers on stage. I’m not gonna have fireworks.”
• Talking Heads – After 21 years of bitter estrangement, they have agreed to come together for the first time since their Rock Hall of Fame induction – at a 40th-anniversary screening of their “Stop Making Sense” movie at the Toronto International Film Festival. Spike Lee will moderate a post-screening Q&A. LINK:
• Greta Van Fleet — singer Josh Kiszka says he was apprehensive about the reaction he might get to his recent Instagram post about the “loving, same-sex relationship” he’s been in for 8 years. But to his delight, his announcement was “met with love and acceptance and humility and respect…a huge weight was lifted.”
• ZZ Top – Billy Gibbons will be presented with BMI’s Troubadour Award at BMI’s Nashville office on Sept. 18. The prestigious accolade recognizes a songwriter who has made a profound impact on the creative community as their craft continues to set the pace for generations to follow.
• Morgan Wallen — is the most-nominated act at the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards, a new fan-voted awards show, an extension of the People’s Choice Awards, to be broadcast Sept. 28. Wallen’s 11 noms include one for the highest award of the night, the People’s Artist of 2023. Luke Combs and Hardy have 9 nods each, Jelly Roll is up for 8, and Lainey Wilson is the most-nominated woman, with 7.
• Lainey Wilson — recently visited some of the kids at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Tennessee She chatted with, and even played some songs for them, later writing on IG: “I’m happy to get to play a small part in bringing joy into these kids lives every time I get a chance.” LINK:
• Brett Young – got the stamp of approval from Tim McGraw for his cover of ‘Don’t Take the Girl’, which appears on Young’s new “Across the Sheets” album. Quote: “Tim said, ‘He sings his butt off. Great work.’ And that was good for me.” Young says it was McGraw’s 1994 original version that inspired him as a 13-year-old to pursue a career in country music.


• “Blue Beetle” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): An alien scarab chooses Jaime Reyes to be its symbiotic host, bestowing the teen with a suit of armor, unpredictable powers, and turning him into the superhero known as Blue Beetle. (Xolo Maridueña, Bruna Marquezine, Becky G) Tomatometer: 79%, No audience score.
• “Strays” (R, Comedy): An abandoned dog teams up with other strays to get revenge on his former owner. (Will Forte, voices of Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx) No Tomatometer rating.
• “Back on the Strip” (R, Comedy): Merlin moved to Las Vegas in hopes of becoming a famous magician, but gets waylaid by his natural gifts — and a place with the Black male strippers ‘The Chocolate Chips’. (Wesley Snipes, Tiffany Haddish) No Tomatometer rating.
• “The Adults” (R, Comedy/Drama, limited): The plan to make a trip back home as short as possible unravels as Eric finds himself balancing the challenging relationship with his 2 sisters and his addiction to a local poker game. (Michael Cera, Hannah Gross) Tomatometer: 79%, No audience score.

According to a study, half of all TikTok posts about baby boomers perpetuate ageist stereotypes. And researchers from the National University of Singapore warn that this is only widening the hostile divide between younger and older generations. The team analyzed 673 TikTok videos, marked with the hashtags #Boomer and/or #OkBoomer, collectively garnering over 5.4 billion views. They found that half of the videos cast boomers in a negative light or reinforced negative stereotypes of older adults, including portraying them as slow, irrelevant, and incompetent. Baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are now between 58 and 75 years-old.
(…and think a TikTok is a small, hard mint sold in a transparent plastic box!)
(It’s OK…Boomers are doing the same to younger people…on Facebook!)

(As recommended by a panel of fitness experts…)
1. ‘Stronger’ by Kayne West
2. ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem
3. ‘Push It’ by Salt-N-Pepa
4. ‘Numb/Encore’ by Linkin Park feat. Jay Z
5. ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor

➢ An Atlanta man who lost his house after the city tore it down by mistake is now facing a lawsuit to have the entire property foreclosed, unless he pays the demolition costs. Everett Tripodis’ says the city did provide warnings that the property had been labeled unfit for habitation, but they were sent to the wrong address, in a different zip code. He and his mother had bought the century-old house as an investment and had been working on remodeling it when the city tore it down. To make matters worse, the city of Atlanta is now suing him and threatening to foreclose on the empty land — unless he pays the $68,000 cost of the demolition. (He plans to pay it in full – to the city of Baltimore!)
➢ A Utah mother had her hands full – literally — when she was called for jury duty and couldn’t find a babysitter. Torrey Scow, a mother of triplets, said of her adventure: “I just knew it was gonna be a crap show so that’s why I’m like, ‘I’m gonna film some of this.’” At times, her children’s screams drowned out the judge’s questions to jurors. Video shows her children continued to cry in the courtroom despite the fact that the mom “fed them more snacks than they’ve ever had in their entire life to keep them quiet.”  After 2½ hours, they were dismissed from jury duty, much to Scow’s delight. (They had such a great day, from there, they went to a restaurant, then church, then booked a cross-country flight…!) LINK:
-OddityCentral, CTV

Some wise-guy used AI to create “The Most Unhinged State Fair Food imaginable”, and I don’t think I’ll ever be the same…
❑ Root Beer Float Ravioli: Semisweet pastry raviolis filled with vanilla gelato and smothered in root beer–cherry syrup. (Tell me more…)
❑ Cornhusker Candy Corn: Homemade candy corn infused with sweet corn flavor and dusted with sea salt.
❑ Spicy Unicorn Horns: Rainbow-colored twisted breadsticks, sprinkled with spicy “unicorn” seasoning and served with a magical color-changing slushy.
❑ Biscuit and Gravy Ice Cream Sandwich: Butter pecan–flavored ice cream with swirls of savory white gravy, served on a warm vanilla biscuit and topped with chunks of fried sausage and pecans. (OK, so we’ve got breakfast covered…)
❑ The Churroctopus: An octopus-shaped churro where each tentacle has a different flavor: chocolate, caramel, strawberry, matcha, blueberry, coconut, almond, and cinnamon sugar. (You know this one will show up at a fair next year, FOR REAL!)
❑ Pecan Pie Poppers: Miniature pecan pies deep-fried and drizzled with bourbon caramel.
❑ Buffalo Blue Cheese Funnel Cake: Funnel cake batter infused with blue cheese crumbles and shredded buffalo meat, fried until golden, and drizzled with hot sauce and ranch dressing.
❑ Cheese Curd Fondue Fountain: Deep-fried pretzels and cheese curds dipped into a flowing fountain of pure Wisconsin cheddar cheese.
❑ Cotton Candy Corn Dogs: A fluffy cotton candy core wrapped in a crispy corn dog batter, deep-fried, and served on a stick, then smothered in flavored icing and sprinkles.
❑ Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Spaghetti Donuts: Spaghetti rings mixed with spicy marinara and cheese, then deep-fried and topped with Parmesan and more marinara for dipping.
❑ Pickle Sundae: Vanilla soft serve garnished with dill pickle slices, drenched in a tangy-sweet pickle syrup, and topped with pickle-flavored whipped cream.
LINK (You’ve gotta see ‘em!):
(Some interesting stuff here – but to make it believable, I’d need to hear the word “fried” about twice as often!)
(On the other hand, these aren’t all THAT WEIRD, if you’ve seen some of the things that actually ARE available at a state fair…!)

Men say “I love you” first. In a study published in the SAGE Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, researchers had over 3,000 adults from Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Poland, and the UK complete online questionnaires about their relationships. Contrary to stereotypical gender norms, they found that in 6 of the 7 regions, men were more likely to admit love first. On average, men said “I love you” 69 days into a relationship, while women didn’t think about it until 77 days in. The lone outlier? Women in France tend to say “I love you” before men.


• “Bad Poetry Day”, a day to compose a really-rotten rhyme as revenge against all that ‘good poetry’ you were forced to study in school. (But remember: All poets write bad poetry. Bad poets publish them, good poets burn them.)
• “Fajita Day”, originally made from throwaway cuts of beef by Mexican vaqueros in Southwest Texas, the fajita was developed as a regional staple in the early 1930s. These cowboys cooked the steak over an open fire or grill and served it with flour or corn tortillas.
• “Mail Order Catalog Day”, it’s a publication, not unlike a magazine, that lists items available to buy from a business, and their prices (Old-school Amazon?).
• “Serendipity Day”, According to author Madeleine Kay, serendipity is “the willingness to live your life as if everything is a miracle…with the belief that at any moment, something wonderful is about to happen.” Serendipity is also recognized as one of the most beautiful words in the English language.
• “Never Give Up Day”, a celebration day focused on cultivating a mindset of determination. This day not only applauds people for reaching their goals, it also supports those who are still trying to achieve theirs. LINK:
• “Pinot Noir Day”, named for the dark color of the grapes, and the pine-cone shaped clusters they grow in on the vine. Showing a strong preference for cooler climates, the grape of the same name is grown primarily in Burgundy, France. (Sorry if I sound extra “winey” today…)
• “Helium Discovery Day”, It was this date in 1868 that French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovered the gas, which is now used to fill balloons and make human voices sound ridiculous. Helium is also crucial for things like the flight of airships, in MRI scanners, rockets, solar telescopes, and arc welding. (And getting laughs at kids’ birthday parties!)
• “Kool-Aid Days” begin, the annual weekend celebration of the soft drink mix originally made in Hastings, Nebraska. Edwin E. Perkins first marketed the stuff in 1927 in 6 flavors (raspberry, cherry, grape, lemon, orange, and root-beer). “Oh, yeah!”

• “Aviation Day”, an annual observance honoring the 1871 birthdate of Orville Wright, who piloted the first self-powered flight in history on December 17, 1903.
• “Hot and Spicy Food Day”, Some common foods that are often made spicy include chili, gumbo, chicken wings, and burritos. Wasabi and horseradish are made with peppers that have a high capsaicin content, which is good for your health. (So, go ahead and enjoy, if you dare!)
• “Potato Day”, did you know that more than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the US alone each year? They are used make baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, home fries, French fries, hash browns, potato soup, potato salad, vodka… (and to remove broken light bulbs from the socket!)
• “International Orangutan Day”, encouraging us to take action in preserving this amazing yet endangered species. Orangs are the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry.
• “International Bow Day”, recognizing the accessory that has been changing fashion for centuries. Adding a bow can make just about any look, so much better. (Today we bow to the bow!)
• “Soft Ice Cream Day”, celebrating the swirled delight also known as ‘soft serve’, for which ice cream vendors use a special machine to produce. They also use a special technique to double the amount of air in soft ice cream, which creates its light, smooth texture. (And increases profit!)
• “World Honey Bee Day”, recognizing both the honey bee and the beekeepers who tend hives. It also encourages everyone to buy and enjoy locally produced honey.

• “Lemonade Day”, honoring the old-fashioned summer refreshment favorite. Many sources say that lemonade was invented in Paris on this day in 1630. (And remember, unless life also hands you sugar and water, your lemonade is going to suck!)
• “National Radio Day”, for no apparent reason other than someone penciled it in on a calendar years ago. To celebrate, all on-air personalities get a hefty raise and a day off. (In my dreams…) There is also a “World Radio Day” on Feb. 13.
• “World Mosquito Day”, commemorating the 1897 date when British doctor Sir Ronald Ross discovered the link between malaria transmission and mosquitoes. (At the time it created a lot of buzz…)
• “Bacon Lovers Day”, saluting one of the oldest of all processed meats. The Chinese began salting pork bellies as early as 1500 BC. What odd dish do you include bacon in … or on? (Bacon is the duct tape of the kitchen. It can fix anything!)
• “Medical Transporters Day”, can be traced back to World War I, where Field Ambulances transported those in need of care to medical facilities. This innovation moved into hospitals in the form of Medical Orderlies, and into the community in the form of ambulances.
• “Virtual Worlds Day”. Whether you enjoy on-line games or simulating real life events for training, or connecting with colleagues around the globe inside a virtual workspace, this day is for you. (Is “The Sims” still a thing?)

1933 [90] Roman Polanski, Paris France, movie director (“Rosemary’s Baby”, “Chinatown”)/longtime fugitive of the US criminal justice system/his wife Sharon Tate was murdered by members of the Manson Family

1936 [87] Robert Redford, Santa Monica CA, movie actor (“The Sting”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”)/movie director (“A River Runs Through It”)/Sundance Film Festival founder, 1978

1957 [66] Denis Leary, Worcester MA, TV actor (“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” 2015-16, “Rescue Me” 2004-11)/movie actor (“Ice Age” films, “The Ref”)/comedian (“No Cure for Cancer”)

1969 [54] Christian Slater, NYC, TV actor (“Mr. Robot” 2015-19, “Breaking In” 2011-12)/movie actor (“Broken Arrow”, “Heathers”) COMING UP… “Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story”, 2023

1969 [54] Edward Norton, Columbia MD, movie actor (“Fight Club”, “American History X”)

1978 [45] Andy Samberg, Berkeley CA, TV actor (‘Jake Peralta’ on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 2013-21)/comedian (“Saturday Night Live” 2005-12, “The Lonely Island” comedy troupe)/movie actor (“Hot Rod”)

1979 [44] Brad Tursi, Harrisonburg VA, country guitarist (Old Dominion-‘Snapback’, ‘Break Up With Him’)

1992 [31] Frances Bean Cobain, LA CA, visual artist/model/musician/daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love (estimated net worth: $200 million)

SATURDAY- Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) is 78; Former US President Bill Clinton is 77; Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”) is 75; John Deacon (Queen) 72; Peter Gallagher (“The O.C.”) is 68; John Stamos (“Full House”) is 60; Kyra Sedgwick (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) is 58; Lee Ann Womack (‘I Hope You Dance’) is 57; Matthew Perry (“Friends”) is 54; Clay Walker (‘She Won’t Be Lonely Long’) is 54; Régine Chassagne (Arcade Fire) is 47; Tammin Sursok (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 40; Ethan Cutkosky (“Shameless”) is 24

SUNDAY- Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 75; Al Roker (“Today”) is 68; Joan Allen (“Jason Bourne” films) is 67; Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”) is 54; Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 53; Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) is 49; Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider-Man” films) is 40; Demi Lovato (‘Sorry Not Sorry’) is 31

2014 [09] Long-time TV announcer Don Pardo (“The Price Is Right”, “Jeopardy!”, “Saturday Night Live”) dies at age 96 (his career at NBC spanned 70 years).

2019 [04] Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson marries Lauren Hashian (daughter of Boston drummer Sib Hashian) in Hawaii.

1969 [54] Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix & the Band of Gypsys as the final act.

2014 [09] Ed Sheeran’s album “X” notches it’s 8th week at #1 in the UK, tying James Blunt’s “Back to Bedlam” (2005) for longest chart-topper by a male solo artist.

1922 [101] The first ‘Caesar Salad’ is concocted in Tijuana, Mexico (named for Caesar’s Restaurant).

2016 [07] Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in the men’s 200m for the 3rd successive Summer Olympics, with a time of 19.78 in Rio de Janeiro.


✓ High heels were originally made for – and long worn by – men.
✓ Coffee beans aren’t beans; they’re fruit pits.
✓ The Yo-Yo was invented as a weapon.
✓ In the 1800s, tornados were called “twirlblasts” and “twirlwinds”.
✓ There are more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky than there are people (11.4 million to 4.5 million).
✓ It would require close to 2 million mosquito bites to lose a life-threatening amount of blood (2 liters).
-BestLife, BathroomReadersInstitute, RandomFactGenerator

Best of BS . . .
• Nine Inch Toe Nails
• Pumpkin Spice Girls
• Cancel Culture Club
• Iron Deficiency Maiden
• New Kids on the Chopping Block
• Vegetarian Meat Loaf
• Pink Eye Floyd
• Rage Against the Washing Machine
• Flat Earth Wind and Fire
• Dairy Queen
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020

➠ A report claims that people who drink coffee are less likely to be depressed or commit suicide. That is, until they see their Starbucks receipt!)
➠ The 2023 Burning Man Experience will begin on August 27th in Black Rock City, Nevada. (…just in case you’re wondering why your local Whole Foods has ZERO employees that week.)
➠ A study finds that men are most physically fit at age 27. (Good thing, too. They need to be able to outrun Madonna!)
➠ Bill Clinton turns 77 tomorrow. (Bill celebrates his birthday differently: He prefers to give a little spankin’, as opposed to getting one…)
➠ (***CAUTION***) Roman Polanski turns 90 today. (But he still feels like a 17-year-old…)

 When the boss says you can leave early on a Friday (sound up):

My parents sent my brother through law school. Now, he’s suing them for wasting 7 years of his life.

What’s the most exotic food you’ve ever eaten?

Question:  10% of us have at least one of THESE in our car. What is it?
Answer:  A French fry

The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are.


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