August 10 2021

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021 – Edition: #7042

Get Your BS Here, Hot ‘n Fresh!


★ In the last week or so, there have been a number of, um, somewhat alarming headlines about various actors’ approach to personal hygiene. First, Kristen Bell said that she and her husband Dax Shepherd are big on “waiting for the stink” before bathing their children, then Jake Gyllenhaal piped up, admitting that he doesn’t feel it necessary to shower every day. While the world waits to find out which A-lister will be next to reveal they rarely wash, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wants to make it clear that it’s not going to be him. He tweeted: “I’m the opposite of a ‘not washing themselves’ celeb,” before detailing the three showers he takes every day — a cold shower when he rolls out of bed, a warm one after a workout and before work, and a hot shower after his usual 12-hour workday.
★ You could call it a ‘modern’ rescue. Minnie John got quite the surprise when “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen came to her aid during an August 2 trip to Utah’s Arches National Park. John was hiking with her husband and son when she started feeling dizzy. She decided to rest and sent her family on without her. But while the two were out of sight, John fainted and hit her nose on a rock. According to John’s Facebook post, that’s when Bowen and her sister Annie, who is a doctor, came to her aid. John wrote: “All I remember is sitting there with my head in my hands…Next thing I hear someone with a familiar voice kept asking me questions. I wondered if I might be watching TV.”
★ Barbra Streisand doesn’t want a movie to be made about her until she’s dead. She’s currently writing her autobiography and wants fans to read the book to learn the truth about her life. Babs admitted she’d be “upset” if a biopic was made while she is still alive, because she’d hate there to be any inaccuracies. Streisand has spent the past 8 years handwriting her memoir because she never learned how to type. (Gee, do you think it’ll be called “Memories”?)
★ “The Suicide Squad,” the R-rated adaptation of the comic book directed by James Gunn, underwhelmed in its box office debut over the weekend, collecting US$26.5 million from 4,002 North American theatres. There were several factors contributing to its less-than-stellar start, including growing concern over the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Warner Bros. film’s hybrid release on HBO Max at no extra charge to subscribers, and its R-rating.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Molly Shannon, Addison Rae, Morgxn with Sara Bareilles, guest host David Spade
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Barbra Streisand, Marlon Wayans, Snoh Aalegra
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Brian Stelter, Big Red Machine
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Smith
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ben Platt (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jackie Hoffman, Dorinda Medley
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Bernie Sanders (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Mena Suvari, Shota Nakajima, guest co-host Terrence J
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jennifer Hudson, Eric Ripert, guest co-host Ali Wentworth
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Cecily Strong, Ann Dowd (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Anna Kendrick, Justin Baldoni (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Michael Strahan, Jamie Oliver, Leslie Osborne (R)
• “Fantasy Island” (FOX): Series premiere. An island birthday bash exposes fault lines in the relationships of 3 friends.
• “DC’s Stargirl” (CW): Season 2 premiere
• “Hart to Heart” (E!): Series premiere. Miley Cyrus joins Kevin Hart and reflects on her journey from Hannah Montana to acclaimed musical artist, the way Hollywood treats child actors and why she’s still reaching for new goals.
• “Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys” (HBO): Season 16 premiere

• Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion – Their hit ‘WAP’ was released exactly a year ago, and both seem to be more than willing to collaborate again. They celebrated the anniversary of their hit song on Saturday, with Cardi tweeting: “we should do it again sometime.” Megan replied: “Happy WAPIVERSARY…Thank you for having me. I think the people deserve another collab.”
• Adele – is in talks for a multi-million dollar Las Vegas residency. Reportedly, she’s been speaking to session musicians to see if they are available to make a long-term commitment for a concert series in Sin City. There is also talk of a new album, which would be her first since “25” in 2015.
• Queen – Guitarist Brian May says a “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie sequel is being discussed. Quote: “We have been looking at ideas. It’s going to be hard to follow that one as none of us could have predicted how massive that was going to be.” The first Queen biopic, starring Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury, premiered in 2018.
• Def Leppard — has announced a worldwide broadcast event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band’s “High ‘N’ Dry” album. It will premiere on Aug. 28 inside the Def Leppard Vault. LINK:
• Sebastian Bach – The former Skid Row singer says he has tested positive for COVID-19, but feels “totally great” thanks to the fact he has been vaccinated. In a video update, he shared a list of places he had recently visited, and said that after a period of isolation, he will continue with live shows.
• Lynyrd Skynyrd – Their U.S. tour has hit a roadblock after guitarist Rickey Medlocke tested positive for COVID-19. The band revealed Medlocke’s diagnosis on social media Friday, saying he is home and “responding well to treatment.” Four shows set for this week were cancelled.
• Miranda Lambert – said in a new interview that she’s still got a long way to go in learning how to be an ally for the LGBTQ+ community — but she’s learning with some help from her brother, Luke and his husband. She says she wants to be part of the changing attitudes, and that she calls her brother and his husband, Marc when she doesn’t know what to say about a given issue.
• Trace Adkins – says he feels a guilty because things are going so well for him during a time that’s been so difficult for most others. He feels that 2020 was the “best year” of his life. He used his pandemic down time to record the bulk of his upcoming album, “The Way I Wanna Go”, out Aug. 27. He also filmed 3 movies.
• Kacey Musgraves – shared some songs from her as-yet-untitled fifth studio album on a new episode of the “A Slight Change of Plans” podcast. In it, she also said she underwent a huge shift in perspective after a psychedelic mushroom trip she took while writing the upcoming album.


As a way of encouraging a return to in-person workplaces, some companies are wooing workers with some pretty sweet perks. Luxurious vacations by private jet, cash prizes of $10,000 and even a Model S Tesla are all being raffled at random to vaccinated, in-person staff at global real estate group CoStar. New York-based digital marketing agency Wpromote’s perks include catered breakfasts, lunches, free snacks and after-work happy hours for returning staff. Healthy food with a fun twist is also an incentive for Tikehau Capital workspaces, which recently rolled out specialty vending machines offering meals such as roasted salmon, cauliflower and feta with salad at the touch of a button. And one company has found a way to offer something to workers who are concerned that returning to the office means less time to golf. Nuveen Real Estate is installing high-tech virtual greens — used by the likes of Tiger Woods, which cost about $55,000 and use infrared technology and cameras to analyze your swing.
(We should get that! A golf simulator . . . For an office full of work simulators!)
(So, we were fools to jump immediately when the boss offered us a free coffee and donuts party?)
(What perk would make YOU excited to return to the office?)

Scientists are using squirrels to help them develop more-agile smart robots. Engineers from the University of California-Berkeley say they’ve gotten to the bottom of the split-second thinking the “acrobats of the animal kingdom” are capable of. Squirrels’ lightning-quick reflexes enable them to leap and land on the sturdiest wall or the flimsiest branch. In a study, the team enticed squirrels with peanuts as high-speed cameras captured their skillful maneuvers, as they decided where to leap based on factors such as branch flexibility and the size of the gap they must overcome. The researchers believe their breakthrough will lead to advances in artificial intelligence in the coming years. Future nimble machines modelled after the bushy-tailed rodents could search for survivors in collapsed buildings and other disaster zones.
(That’s it, in a nutshell…)
(I would have sworn that the “bat” would be the ‘acrobat’ of the animal kingdom!)
(Does this mean that future A.I. is going to chew through my car’s rad hose, too?)

It seems everyone, everywhere loves a good crime show these days, like “Law and Order” or “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. But binging TV crime dramas can alter your perception of the real world, according to a new study. Researchers in Vienna say 1 in 5 people who regularly watch American crime shows believe the death penalty is still a form of punishment in their nation, even if they live in a country where it has been abolished. American crime television shows portray the U.S. justice system, where the death penalty remains a relatively common form of punishment for the most serious crimes in some states. The researchers surveyed Austrians about the death penalty, which was abolished there in 1969, and found that 18% of respondents did not realize the death penalty is no longer in use. The more crime shows people watched, the more likely they were to think Austria was still giving out the death penalty.
(These poor people just sat through a “Law and Order” marathon. Is that not punishment enough?)
(Well, we’d better not let them watch “F9” then…They’ll end up driving on the wrong side of the road!)
(Now just imagine what kind of damage shows like “The Bachelor” are doing…)

Yes, tons of studies have shown that walking comes with a wealth of benefits…here are the latest things everyone should know about the wide-ranging benefits of this simple form of exercise…
⇒ It improves your health:  A walking regimen can help you lose weight; lower your blood pressure and cholesterol; and reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer, among other benefits.
⇒ It is good for your brain:  Walking has been shown to improve memory and cognitive capability. It also lessens the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. (It makes you smarter? Man, imagine how dumb I’d be if I didn’t walk to work…)
⇒ It boosts mood and lowers stress:  Walking just a few minutes a day calms anxiety and enhances your mood. Especially if you’re walking outside in nature. (Unless it rains!)
⇒ It is energizing – but also helps you sleep:  Yes, walking boosts your energy levels, but those who walk every morning are less likely to suffer from insomnia. (Or hit 2 birds with one stone…try sleepwalking!)
⇒ It’s free, can be done anywhere, and it doesn’t take much:  Just put on your shoes and head out the door. While many groups suggest you aim for 10,000 steps per day, a study showed that health benefits begin at just 4,400 steps.
(Not only that, but walking also keeps the dog from peeing on the carpet!)

The pumpkin spice fad is taking off early this year as ramen-in-a-cup brand Cup Noodles prepares to launch one of the most “unexpected” and unusual varieties: pumpkin spice noodles. The company promises the “saucy” and “not soup-based” product will be the “quickest, tastiest, and most outlandish” pumpkin spice experience ever. The fall-inspired concoction will hit Walmart shelves in October. LINK:
(I think I just threw up a little in my mouth…anyone got some pumpkin spice mouthwash?)


1943 [78] Ronnie Spector [Veronica Bennett], New York City, pop singer (The Ronettes-‘Be My Baby’, w/Eddie Money-‘Take Me Home Tonight’)

1959 [62] Rosanna Arquette, New York City, movie actress (“Pulp Fiction”, “The Whole Nine Yards”)/sister of actors David Arquette & Patricia Arquette COMING UP…”Not Born”

1960 [61] Antonio Banderas, Malaga Spain, movie actor (“The Legend of Zorro”, “Shrek” movies) COMING UP…”Official Competition”, 2021

1971 [50] Justin Theroux, Washington DC, TV actor (“The Leftovers” 2014-17)/movie actor (“American Psycho”, “Lady and the Tramp”)/screenwriter (“Zoolander 2″, “Iron Man 2″)

1979 [42] ‘Mama’ June Shannon, McIntyre GA, reality star (“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” 2012-2014, “Mama June: From Not to Hot”, 2017-21)

1987 [34] Charley Koontz, Concord CA, TV actor (‘Daniel Krumitz’ on “CSI: Cyber” 2015-2016, ‘Fat Neil’ on “Community” 2011-15)

1997 [24] Kylie Jenner, Los Angeles CA, fashion model/reality TV star (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” 2007-21)/owner of Kylie Cosmetics/current estimated net worth of $700 million . . . after being named “the youngest self-made billionaire of all time” by Forbes in 2019

• “Lazy Day”, a day to take it easy. Just another day ‘round here. (And that’s all I could be bothered to come up with for that…)

• “S’mores Day” celebrating one of our favorite campfire treats, a toasted marshmallow sandwiched between graham crackers with piece of chocolate. The original recipe, published in Scout leader Loretta Scott Crew’s “Tramping & Trailing with the Girl Scouts” (1927), referred to the delicacy as “Some Mores”.

• “Smithsonian Day”, celebrating the series of Washington DC museums that form the Smithsonian Institution, basically “America’s Attic”. It was created on this date in 1846.

• “Spoil Your Dog Day”, like you have a choice. Just look at those big sad eyes … and those dangly-wangly ears … aren’t you just the cootest little thing … er, sorry. (What is the most extraordinary way you’ve heard of someone spoiling theirs?)

• “Duran Duran Appreciation Day”, a celebration of the 1980s teen heartthrob band who pushed the limits of acceptable music video content. (**BS FAST FACT: Duran Duran was named after a character in the movie “Barbarella”, ‘Dr. Durand Durand’.)

• “World Lion Day”, to celebrate lions globally. It is estimated that there are as few as 20,000 lions left in the wild. As a result, they’re now officially classified as ‘vulnerable’.

• “Vlogging Day”, a celebration of online creators and their work, encouraging people to share their stories via video. (Because there aren’t enough already?)

[Wed] Annual Medical Checkup Day
[Wed] Play in the Sand Day
[Thurs] Middle Child Day
[Thurs] Vinyl Record Day

2008 [13] Isaac Hayes, singer (“Theme From Shaft”) and actor (‘Chef’ on “South Park”) dies in Memphis TN of a stroke at age 65

1985 [36] Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (including publishing rights to every Beatles song) for $47 million

2004 [17] The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts confirms he is undergoing treatment for throat cancer, which eventually goes into remission (He recently announced he won’t participate in the group’s fall tour as he recovers from an unspecified medical procedure)

2008 [13] Katy Perry’s song ‘I Kissed a Girl’ hits #1 in over 20 countries

2003 [18] Temperatures in the UK top 100°F (38°C) for the first time in recorded history, during a European-wide heat wave

2003 [19] Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko becomes the first to marry in space, wedding Ekaterina Dmitrieva (who is in Texas) while he’s 240 miles over New Zealand aboard the International Space Station

2017 [04] A 100-year-old fruit cake by Huntley & Palmers is deemed “almost eatable” after being discovered in a hut used by Captain Scott’s expedition in Antarctica

2014 [07] Rory McIlroy wins his 4th major championship, the PGA, making him one of 4 golfers in history to reach that benchmark by age 25


✓ The human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap.
✓ Only two mammals like spicy food: humans and the tree shrew.
✓ Humans are bioluminescent (produce light, glow in the dark), but the light isn’t perceptible to the human eye.
✓ A newborn expels its own body weight in waste every 60 hours.
✓ In his lifetime, the average man removes 28 feet of hair through shaving.
✓ Riding a roller coaster can help you pass a kidney stone.
-WhattheFFacts, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .
• A watched Insta Pot never goes on sale.
• Don’t cry over spilt Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato.
• You can’t judge a movie by its score on Rotten Tomatoes.
• To make a long Instagram story short…
• Beauty is only Snapchat filter deep.
• A DM a dozen.
• God helps those who Yelp themselves.
• It’s raining cat gifs and dogs.
• That’s the last plastic straw!
• You can lead a girl to Starbucks, but you can’t make her even.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ The release of the new Batman movie with Robert Pattinson has been pushed to March 4th, 2022, due to the pandemic. (Fans haven’t been this disappointed since it was announced they’re making a new Batman movie with Robert Pattinson…)
➠ The average person spends 33 minutes a day on Facebook. (“Like”, “Comment” and “Share” if that describes you!)
➠ National Elvis Week begins on Wednesday. (Elvis is one of those singers who becomes more popular as time goes by. Like Dave Matthews. But the opposite.)
➠ Fact:  Billions of years from now, days on Earth will be 30 hours long. (But no worries, your teenage son will still sleep for 24 of them…)
➠ Happy 24th birthday Kylie Jenner. (I had to tell you because Kylie and her family won’t mention anything about it on social media…)

Copy-dog: (sound up):

Some cause happiness wherever they go — others whenever they go.

What is one mystery that you would like the answer to?

Question:  You’re nearly 3 times more likely to lose weight if you do THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Diet with your significant other

A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.


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