Wednesday, August 16, 2023 – Edition: #7534
Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Sean Tuohy has spoken out about former NFLer Michael Oher’s legal petition, which alleges the Tuohy family did not legally adopt him, but tricked him into making them his conservators — before making millions from his falsified life story, as depicted in “The Blind Side”. Tuohy told a reporter: “It’s upsetting to think we would make money off any of our children. But we’re going to love Michael at 37 just like we loved him at 16.” Oher, whose story was depicted in the 2009 Academy Award-winning movie, filed a petition Monday seeking to dissolve the conservatorship, alleging Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy did not legally adopt him.
★ Ashley Olsen gave birth to a baby boy — without the public even knowing she was pregnant. Olsen welcomed her first child with husband Louis Eisner “a few months ago in New York”, it has been revealed. The pair, who are “ecstatic”, named their son Otto. The 37-year-old former “Full House” star, and Eisner, who is 35, were married last December at a private home in Bel Air. Olsen, who helms the luxury fashion brand The Row alongside her twin, Mary-Kate Olsen, has been dating Eisner, who is an artist, since 2017.
★ Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott are engaged! The “Property Brothers” host popped the question to the “Physical” actress on Sunday during a family trip to Scotland. In a photo, the couple are seen posing in front of the rugged Scottish scenery at the foot of a stone castle and smiling. Deschanel holds up her hand adorned with her unique ring, set with clear, pink and purple stones in a flower pattern. Both posted the news on Instagram, with the caption “Forever starts now”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/msmdtm8r
★ Fox has moved up the Season 10 premiere date for “The Masked Singer” by 2 weeks to Sunday, September 10, immediately following the NFL Double Header. The competition series will then take 2 weeks off, and return Sept. 27 for its official slot from 8-9 PM ET/PT for the remainder of the season. Last season, The Masked Singer was Fox’s most-popular unscripted cross-platform program, and it has ranked as Fall’s #1 unscripted series for 4 consecutive years.
★ Todd and Julie Chrisley are less than a year into their prison sentence for tax evasion and bank fraud, but that won’t stop their family from mounting a comeback. The Chrisley family will return to reality TV in an upcoming series, which will chronicle the family’s adjustment to Todd and Julie’s imprisonment. The family was last seen in “Chrisley Knows Best’s” 10th season, which concluded in March. Chase, Savannah, Grayson, Chloe, and “Nanny” Faye Chrisley are all set to return. Absent is Todd’s son Kyle, who was recently arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
★ When it comes to Tracy Morgan’s weight loss, he admits that Ozempic is doing most of the heavy lifting. The “30 Rock” star shared insight into his health and fitness journey on “Today with Hoda & Jenna”, explaining that while he goes to the gym every morning, the Type-2 diabetes drug has also helped him slim down. Quote: “That’s how this weight got lost. I went and got a prescription, and I got Ozempic.” He then quipped that the drug cuts his ““appetite in half,” and “Now I only eat half a bag of Doritos.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Wanda Sykes, RZA; Bailey Zimmerman (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Elizabeth Olsen, Gaten Matarazzo, Samantha Ruddy (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Tom Hanks, Rachael & Vilray (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Colin Jost, Paul Mescal, 5 Seconds of Summer (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Andy Grammer (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jo Koy, Dr. Rheeda Walker (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Naomi Watts, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mark Cuban
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Teresa Giudice (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Holly Robinson Peete, Bruce and Glen Proctor (R)
• “The Wonder Years” (ABC): Season 2 finale
• “Superfan” (CBS): Five of Shania Twain’s most devoted supporters battle it out to be crowned her biggest fan.
• “Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars” (FOX): Season 1 finale
• “Battle of the Decades” (FOOD): Series premiere. Jonathan Bennet celebrates 2002’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” by having the chefs transform moussaka for guest judge Nia Vardalos.
• “Depp v. Heard” (Netflix): Documentary examining the infamous defamation case that captured the world’s attention, and exploring the nature of truth and the role it plays in modern society.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Ed Sheeran – Fans suspect he has a fall collab with Lego coming, after he posted a vid showing him working as a “brick specialist” at the Lego Store in the Mall of America in Minnesota. Shoppers freaked out as they recognized him, and he finished off by revealing a Lego version of himself, and performing outside the massive shopping center. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/wkwvm759
• Drake – brought Bad Bunny on stage during his Sunday show in Inglewood CA, to announce their upcoming collab. Quote: “It’s been like 6 years since me and Benito did a song, so we got a song coming for y’all on my album and it’s real.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2pept88e
• The Cult – Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy will honor their post-punk roots with a tour this fall under their pre-fame name Death Cult. They’ll play one LA show on Oct. 23, plus a dozen in the UK in November. The tour will also honor The Cult’s first 2 albums, “Dreamtime” and “Love”.
• Foo Fighters – Lately, Dave Grohl has made a habit of welcoming a fan on stage to offer their rendition of Michael Bublé’s song ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’. But on Sat. in San Francisco, that “superfan” holding an “I heart Bublé” sign turned out to be Bublé himself, who joined Foos to sing his chart-topper. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2xztappx
• Elvis Presley – 46 years after his death, a cherry-red electric guitar that helped save his career may be the world’s most valuable musical instrument. Described as his good luck charm, the iconic Hagstrom Viking II used in his ’68 Comeback Special’ has just been officially valued at $5 million.
• Zach Bryan — surprised a Minneapolis crowd recently by having WWE star Brock Lesnar join him for a lively few lines of ‘Revival’. The 6’3”, 286-pound wrestler donned jeans, a black Coors shirt and black cowboy hat, and belted out his part of the tune, with the audience singing along. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mrbrvhsf
• Jelly Roll — fulfilled an emotional TikTok request while in Virginia for a sold-out show. He stopped by Chesterfield County Jail, home of the Helping Addicts Recover Progressively program, where he led his audience in a group sing-a-long of ‘Need a Favor’, ‘Son of a Sinner’ and ‘Save Me’, and expressed his admiration for the inspiring work the HARP program members do. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ykbuvkp3
• Old Dominion — are expanding their “Memory Lane” EP into an album — with help from some special guests. Blake Shelton will appear on the twangy ‘Ain’t Got a Worry’. And Megan Moroney guests on ‘Can’t Break Up Now’. The 16-song album drop Oct. 6.
SHOOTING THE BULL
I hate to take the wind out of sails of all those “doomsday predictors” who think that Artificial Intelligence might someday lead to the downfall of humanity, but according to a theoretical physicist, anxiety over new AI technology is misguided. Futurist Michio Kaku feels that chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT will benefit society and increase productivity. And as for the fact that fear has driven people to largely focus on the negative implications of the programs, he calls them “glorified tape recorders.” Kaku points out that ChatGPT simply “takes snippets of what’s on the web created by a human, splices them together and passes it off as if it created these things. And people are saying, ‘Oh my God, it’s a human, it’s humanlike.’” To him, humanity is only in the second stage of computer evolution, and the next stage, quantum computing, could being with it huge advances in health care, including possible cures for diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s.
(I’d believe him, too, except for this: Yesterday, I typed into ChatGPT: “Is there a God?” And it responded: “There is now”!!)
(So, we have nothing to fear? Well, just in case, in the immortal words of Kent Brockman, “I, for one, welcome our new AI overlords!”)
LEFT IS RIGHT:
Everyone knows the saying “laughter is the best medicine”, but according to a new study, that may only be true if you’re hearing it – from your left side. Swiss researchers have discovered that the direction from which sounds originate can influence our emotional response. They found that sounds approaching from behind may trigger negative emotions, possibly due to our evolutionary instincts to think of them as potential threats. And the neuroscientists found that positive human sounds, like laughter, have a stronger impact when they come from the left. Why? They aren’t really sure yet, but one theory is that it is linked to hand preference – or the asymmetric arrangement of our internal organs.
(Interesting. Maybe if I try sleeping on my other side, my wife’s snoring won’t be quite so unbearable…!)
(Well, they’re right about sounds from behind seeming negative. And I’m not just saying that because I got pulled over for going 65 in a 30 on the way to work this morning, either!)
Coffee-breath or not, you shouldn’t brush your teeth immediately after enjoying a cup of coffee. And according to an expert, there are a number of other foods and drinks that you shouldn’t have just before putting the toothpaste on your brush. Dr. Derek Chung, a dentist who is also the founder of Toronto’s Paste Dental office, says that because coffee is acidic, brushing too soon after can wear down the enamel on your teeth. How so? After eating something acidic, “the enamel actually becomes thinner for a temporary period of time, and it will wear away more quickly”, so you’ll literally be brushing away your tooth enamel. In addition, anything acidic is also going to stain your teeth if you brush too quickly afterward. In a TikTok vid, Chung also warns against teeth-brushing immediately after eating pickles or pickled vegetables, eating citrus fruits, drinking carbonated water… or even vomiting. Other, less obvious acidic foods that could be weakening your enamel include sauces like salad dressings (particularly with lemon juice and vinegar), as well as balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, hot sauce, ketchup, and mustard. Chung suggests you hold off for 20-30 minutes to give your enamel a chance to harden up again. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yvmfmysf
(Oh, don’t you worry. I drink my morning coffee so fast, it never has a chance to touch my teeth!)
(Great! My teenager can use that time in between to floss. Hahahahahahahahaha!)
AVOID THESE WORDS AND PHRASES AT WORK:
Want to sound more intelligent? Less annoying? According to a survey of managers, recruiters and employees, these buzzwords and clichés should be retired . . .
➢ “Bandwidth”: Many use this word to refer to human capacities to take on a task. (And your co-workers don’t have the bandwidth to hear it again!)
➢ “End-user”: Another computer word that spread to more general use, especially in marketing and advertising. It’s dehumanizing and impersonal. How about customer, or client?
➢ “Hack”: Now, millions of enthusiastic people are “hacking” all sorts of things — from cookie recipes to clogged toilets. (Has anyone got a “solution” to this problem?)
➢ “I did a thing”: This is a petty one, but it turns a lot of people off. How about “I made this”?
➢ “It is what it is: In the past few years, this phrase is everywhere. (My reaction? Nope. Not gonna say it…!)
➢ “Influencer”: These days, anyone with a small social media following can be called one. So what?
➢ “Pivot”: It has lost its meaning, since everyone is now “pivoting” all the time.
➢ “Take it offline”: Maybe we should think of taking ‘Take it offline’ offline.
➢ “Thought leader”: Sounds contrived. “Leader” should be sufficient.
➢ “We remain cautious”: It’s excess verbiage. You’d better be being cautious, or you’re not doing your job!
(One more for you: “Can you hear me”? Sorry. That’s SO 2021!)
THE BEST SONGS OF THE 1960S:
(According to a panel of music experts…)
1. ‘What A Wonderful World’ — Louis Armstrong (1967)
2. ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’ — Bobby Lewis (1961)
3. ‘All Along the Watchtower’ — The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
4. ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ — The Rolling Stones (1965)
5. ‘Fortunate Son’ — Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
(What? No Motown? No Beatles? No ‘Monster Mash’?)
DID YOU KNOW?
Do you sometimes find yourself wistfully remembering your favorite childhood toys? A new survey reveals that 4 in 5 of us may be “kidults” — still reminiscing about their childhood “stuff” for nostalgia. The poll of 2,000 American Gen Zers and millennials found that, given the opportunity, 67% would buy a replica of something from their childhood, and 76% feel a sense of nostalgia in the process. Two in 3 adults also say they happily realize that they can now buy things for themselves that their parents wouldn’t let them have, or couldn’t buy for them when they were children. (Me? I’m just looking for a place to find all those awesome candies that we used to get as kids!)
BS CHRONOMETER 08.16.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Bratwurst Day”, celebrating the spiced sausage usually enjoyed on a roll with mustard, or by itself with a side of sauerkraut. The term ‘bratwurst’ is a compound of 2 German words – ‘braten’, meaning ‘fried’; and ‘wurst’, which means ‘sausage’.
• “Roller Coaster Day”, celebrating every amusement park’s fast-track to fun. The idea for the roller coaster was first patented by LaMarcus Adna Thompson on this date in 1885.
• “Tell a Joke Day”, an excuse to fill your workday with chuckles and laughs . . . and the occasional groan. Here are the rules for telling a joke…properly:
➠ Before you open your mouth, know your joke. Even if you’re ad-libbing, you must have a clear idea of where you’re headed.
➠ Know your audience. All jokes are not appropriate for all gatherings.
➠ Do not ask permission to tell a joke. Surprise is crucial.
➠ Do not tell everyone how funny your joke is beforehand.
➠ There must be ample set-up to the joke, providing the pertinent details the audience needs to know.
➠ There must be a punchline or strong conclusion.
➠ Avoid detours. As a rule, jokes work best in a straight line.
➠ Commit to your joke. Once you begin, follow through to the end. (Then, pray like hell that someone laughs…)
• “Rum Day”, celebrating the distilled clear alcoholic beverage, which is a by-product of molasses production, or made directly from sugar cane juice. (It’s also a day that gives you an excuse to say “Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”)
• “Airborne Day”, designated by US Congress to honor the airborne division of the Armed Forces. (NOT a day to celebrate those who are bad at lighting BBQs!)
• “True Love Forever Day”, a day for those who have that feeling of love — to show it to and share it with each other (because Valentine’s Day wasn’t enough?)
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Thrift Shop Day
[Thurs] Black Cat Appreciation Day
[Fri] Bad Poetry Day
[Sat] Hot & Spicy Food Day
This Week is…Resurrect Romance Week
This Month is…Dog Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1953  Kathie Lee Gifford, Paris France, TV personality (“Today” 2008-19; “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee” 1988-2000)/sometime movie actress (“Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!”)
1953  James “J.T.” Taylor, Laurens SC, R&B/pop singer (Kool & the Gang-‘Celebration’, ‘Cherish’)
1954  James Cameron, Kapuskasing ON, movie director-producer-writer (box office champs “Avatar” $2.85 billion; “Avatar: The Way of Water” $2.32 billion; and “Titanic” $2.19 billion) COMING UP…“Avatar 3″, 2025
1958  Madonna (Ciccone), Bay City MI, pop singer (‘Like a Virgin’, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’)/sometime film actress (“Desperately Seeking Susan”, Evita”)
1958  Angela Bassett, NYC, movie actress (“What’s Love Got to do With it”)/TV actress (“American Horror Story” 2013-18)/movie director (“Whitney” 2015). COMING UP…”Damsel”, 2024
1962  Steve Carell, Concord MA, movie actor (“Despicable Me” movies, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”)/TV actor (“The Office” 2005-11) COMING UP…”Imaginary Friends”, 2024
1972  Emily Strayer (formerly Robison), Pittsfield MA, country singer-instrumentalist (Dixie Chicks [now The Chicks]-‘Wide Open Spaces’, ‘Landslide’, Court Yard Hounds-‘The Coast’)
1975  Taika Waititi, Wellington New Zealand, movie director (“What We Do in the Shadows”, “Thor: Ragnarok”) COMING UP…”Next Goal Wins”, 2023
1980  Vanessa Carlton, Milford PA, pop singer (‘A Thousand Miles’, ‘Ordinary Day’)
1987  Dan Smyers, Wexford PA, country singer (Dan + Shay-‘From the Ground Up’, w/Justin Bieber-’10,000 Hours’)
1988  Rumer Willis, Paducah, KY, movie actress (“House Bunny”), TV actress (“90210” 2009-2010, “Empire” 2017), season 20 winner of “Dancing with the Stars”/daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
1993  Cameron Monaghan, Santa Monica CA, TV actor (“Shameless” 2011-21, “Gotham” 2015-19) COMING UP…”Tron 3″, 2025
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1985  Madonna marries Sean Penn on her 27th birthday. They divorce in 1989
2005  P Diddy (Sean Combs) appears on the “Today Show” and announces he’s altering his stage name (again) by referring to himself simply as ‘Diddy’. (We think he’s legally ‘Sean Love Combs’ now. Stay tuned for updates…)
2008  Ellen DeGeneres marries actress Portia de Rossi in Beverly Hills, California
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1977  Elvis Presley dies at Graceland at age 42. The official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia
2002  25 years to the day Elvis Presley’s death, an album containing 30 of his #1 hits is released, with ‘A Little Less Conversation’ as a bonus track (a remixed version of the song hits #1)
2018  Aretha Franklin dies at 76, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2010  China overtakes Japan as the world’s second-largest economy (after USA … for now)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2009  Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins the 100m in a world record time of 9.58 seconds at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Pineapples are named after pinecones, mainly due to the similarity of their spiky skin.
✓ Your funny bone is actually a nerve.
✓ You can learn the High Valyrian language from “Game of Thrones” through an online course.
✓ Apple introduced a clothing line in 1986.
✓ There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea.
✓ The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word meaning, “A tribe of hairy women.”
Best of BS…
LAWS FOR WOMEN TO LIVE BY:
• Don’t imagine you can change a man – unless he’s in diapers.
• Go for younger men. You might as well – they never mature anyway.
• Men are all the same – they just have different faces so you can tell ‘em apart.
• The best way to get a man to do something – suggest he’s too old for it.
• Love is blind – but marriage is a real eye-opener.
• The children of Israel wandered around the desert for 40 years. Even in biblical times, men wouldn’t ask for directions.
• Remember: a sense of humor does not mean that you tell him jokes, it means that you laugh at his.
• Definition of a bachelor: a man who has missed the opportunity to make some nice woman miserable.
• Women don’t make fools of men – most are the do-it-yourself type.
• Sadly, all men are created equal.
-Jokes2Go, first published in BS in 2017
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Facebook (Meta) has announced plans to drop SMS support in Messenger starting September 28th. (I can’t wait for it to go! Apparently, our receptionist is convinced it was conceived specifically for her to send pictures of her cat dressed as a fireman…)
➠ Facebook (Meta) has announced plans to drop SMS support in Messenger starting September 28th. (It’s sad to see it go. It’s been a GREAT way to keep in touch with people you don’t really want to keep in touch with…)
➠ A ticket sold in Florida won the $1.58 billion Mega Millions jackpot last week. (I’m so glad I didn’t win….the last thing I need is my aunt pressuring me to fund my hipster-nephew’s crappy screenplay!)
➠ A ticket sold in Florida won the $1.58 billion Mega Millions jackpot last week. (I’m so glad I didn’t win….I’m caviar intolerant.)
➠ An Italian man was crushed to death by falling wheels of cheese. (There was de brie everywhere!) [ba-dum-tss!]
BS WEB GOODIE:
When your cats watch WWE (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/v9hrkfw3
BS RANDOM JOKE:
If life was fair, Elvis would still be alive, and all the impersonators would be dead.
BS HERE OR HEREAFTER?
Are the following celebs stiff or still kickin’?
• Actor Nick Nolte [Alive and 82]
• Beatle George Harrison [Died in 2001]
• MLB pitching legend Nolan Ryan [Alive and 76]
• Actress Judi Dench [Alive and 88]
• Comedian Rodney Dangerfield [Died in 2004]
• Broadcast journalist Barbara Walters [Died in 2022]
• Heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali [Died in 2016]
• Actor Charlie Sheen [Alive and 57]
• Actress Candice Bergen [Alive and 77]
• Singer Tina Turner [Died in 2023. What, too soon?]
BS PHONE STARTER:
What weird ice cream flavor have you seen or heard of – or should be invented?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A survey says that, these days, 47% of new relationships start this way. What is it?
Answer: Sliding into someone’s DMs.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.