Monday, December 3, 2018 Edition: #6348
Sheet For Brains!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Gerard Butler has been hospitalized in the Dominican Republic with abdominal pain. According to reports, Butler checked into a private medical centre in Santo Domingo after suffering with stomach pain for more than three days. Doctors suspected appendicitis, but tests showed that Butler is actually suffering from diverticulitis – which “is inflammation or infection of small pouches called diverticula that develop along the walls of the intestines.”
(And we’re sure that he is happy that the rest of the world is aware of this…)
★ Just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah, the makers of “Game of Thrones” have released a line of single malt scotch whisky paying homage to the Houses of Westeros and The Night’s Watch. The eight varieties – marked with various house crests – range in price from $29.99 and $149.99, and were crafted by specialized Scottish distilleries echoing each vibe.
★ Matthew McConaughey says he won’t publicize his movies until he’s seen the finished product because of bad experiences in the past. He says: ”I’ve given this advice: don’t do press junkets or talk about the film until you’ve seen it. I’ve done that before and I went and saw the movie and I was like: ‘Every interviewer I’ve talked to must have been thinking, what fricking movie is he talking about?’ ”
★ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is developing a sequel to the 1986 movie “Big Trouble in Little China” as a starring vehicle for himself, but original star Kurt Russell says that he “probably won’t” make an appearance in the new movie. Russell’s bumbling Jack Burton character wooed Kim Cattrall and helped a bud take down evil mythical sorcerers in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the first film, a box-office flop that became a cult classic and even a comic book.
★ Ken Berry, a popular TV actor in the 1960s and ’70s who starred in “F-Troop,” “Mama’s Family” and “Mayberry R.F.D.,” died Saturday. He was 85. Berry also appeared in the comedy films “Herbie Rides Again” and “The Cat From Outer Space” and made frequent guest appearances on shows including “The Golden Girls,” “Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island” and “CHiPs.” “F-Troop” co-star Larry Storch wrote on Facebook: “We hope you know how much you were loved. Goodnight Captain.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Julie Bowen, RuPaul, Phosphorescent
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Margot Robbie, Elsie Fisher, Hootie & the Blowfish
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucas Hedges, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Michael Douglas, Rufus Wainwright, Nikki Glaspie
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Sara Gilbert, Jeff Goldblum
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Matthew Broderick
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jason Momoa, Joe Alwyn, Emily Mortimer
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): John Cena, Martha Stewart, Julia Garner
• “The Voice” (NBC): Live Top 10
• “Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas” (HALLMARK): Amy Grant, Kellie Pickler, and Vince Gill share stories, holiday memories, and performances.
• “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” (HBO): In 2015 black activist Sandra Bland died in police custody. Exploring the nature of her crime, her wrongful arrest and her alleged suicide in her police cell.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Taylor Swift – Her “Reputation”’ tour has broken the US record for the highest-grossing US tour. She sold 2,068,399 tickets to make a total of $266.1 million. According to Billboard, that beats the record previously held by The Rolling Stones, who grossed $245 million from their “A Bigger Bang” tour between 2005 and 2007.
• Demi Lovato — has taken her home off the market after it sat for months following her overdose, and it is now listed for rent at $39,500 per month. She’s apparently not interested in returning to the home and revisiting the traumatic incident.
• Kelly Clarkson — claims Dr. Luke tried to take sole credit for writing songs that she worked on, according to unsealed testimony the pop star gave in Kesha’s legal battle with Dr. Luke. Clarkson gave a deposition in June 2017, describing when Dr. Luke claimed that he had written ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’ when it was her relationship-gone-bad that the song was about.
• Tommy Lee — Last week, when the former Motley Crüe drummer caught wind of rapper Travis Scott’s “ASTROWORLD” tour setup featuring a roller coaster and Ferris wheel, Lee accused him of ripping off his old stage concepts, and posted side-by-side videos of both stage designs, telling Scott to “lawyer up”. Blink-182’s Travis Barker chimed in with an old photo of Buddy Rich playing drums upside down and wrote, “EVERYBODY COPIED Buddy Rich!!!”
• Kid Rock — was fired from his role as grand marshal of the Nashville Christmas Parade Friday night, following a morning appearance on “Fox & Friends” in which he called Joy Behar derogatory name. Parade organizers quickly announced that Rock would be replaced by James Shaw Jr., who was celebrated as a hero in April after wrestling away the rifle from a gunman during a shooting at a Waffle House near Nashville.
• Maren Morris – says her husband, Ryan Hurd is her best sounding board when it comes to writing. Quote: “He would never say, ‘I don’t like this song, he would just be like, ‘I like this part and this part, but I think this other song you did last week is way cooler.'” Hurd also co-wrote two songs with her for her next album, expected early next year.
• Scotty McCreery – admits he hasn’t finished sending out wedding thank you notes yet. He married longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal in June. McCreery says “Gabi is doing most of them but I’ll sign them or whatever. People can’t read my handwriting.” He figures they are about halfway done.
DON’T BLAME THE AVOCADO TOAST:
The millennial generation (those now between the ages of 21 and 35) have been accused of “killing” a lot of things that other generations have held dear: malls, golf, home ownership, mass-produced beer, even casinos and bars of soap. But a new study from the U.S. Federal Reserve suggests a simple reason behind a lot of what millennials, or don’t do: They don’t have as much money as previous generations. The report says that while millennials seem to want the same things as those of earlier generations, they “are less well off than members of earlier generations when they were young, with lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth.” Why? Lack of good job opportunities, stagnant salaries, and rapidly increasing costs of education, health care and housing.
(Yet, still they walk around like they rent the place!)
(If we millennials had a dollar for every time a Baby Boomer complained about us, we’d be able to buy a house in the market they ruined!)
(We only have our selfie to blame!)
(***See “Motivational Quotes for Millennials, below***)
THE VERY, VERY FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS:
I’m sincerely sorry that I’m a little late on this, but if you hurry, you might still be able to take advantage of some residual joy of the season. A study says that if you decorate for Christmas in November, you are a happier person than those who leave things until closer to Dec. 25. Experts say that if you’re itching to get festive shortly after the leaves start turning color, chances are you’re more in touch with your inner child. Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown says, “In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy, and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood. Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement.” So, yes, putting up your Christmas decorations earlier can make you feel happier by reminding you of your childhood, when you didn’t have to deal with all of the stresses and responsibilities of life as an adult.
(You know, like the stresses and responsibilities of HAVING TO HURRY AND GET THE DARN CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS UP BEFORE SOME NERD WITH A CLIPBOARD AND A PEN PROTECTOR CALLS YOU “THE GRINCH”!!!)
(From what I’ve seen, we must have some VERY happy businesspeople around here…)
(I’m so childlike that I don’t take them down until it’s time to put them up again!)
MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES FOR 2018:
COOLEST SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES OF 2018:
➠ Whale earwax shows their stress levels: Over their lives, whales accumulate earwax plugs that can grow as long as ten inches. Researchers discovered the earwax grown in a particular year changes color according to their levels of the stress hormone cortisol. High stress time periods include when they were being actively hunted, during WWII, and in recent times of warming sea temperatures.
➠ It looks like there’s a lake on Mars: Radar scans detected an underground lake on the red planet, below the southern ice cap. Even more intriguingly, astrobiologists say the lake could be conducive to life.
➠ There’s new evidence for a ninth planet: Astronomers identified an object called 2015 TG387 moving in an unusual elliptical 40,000-year orbit around the sun. Not all astronomers agree that Planet Nine (or Planet X) is the only explanation, but they’re continuing to investigate.
➠ Climate change’s worst-case scenario can still be avoided: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that we have only a dozen years to take serious action if we want to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Limiting warming to 1.5 C would help reduce the risk of catastrophic heat events, rising ocean levels, and species loss.
➠ The first genetically-designed babies might have been born: A Chinese scientist claims he used gene-editing technology called CRISPR to alter the DNA of two embryos, and then implanted them in the mother; the two baby girls were born healthy. His team disabled a gene, and in doing so, reportedly made the babies immune to HIV. His claims have not been verified.
DID YOU KNOW:
The code word used to notify friends and family of U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s death on Friday was “CAVU”, an old pilot’s term meaning “Ceiling and visibility unlimited”. Bush had a plaque in his office bearing the same word on its inscription.
BS CHRONOMETER 12.03.18
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1948  Ozzy (John) Osbourne, Birmingham UK, rock singer (‘Crazy Train’, ‘Mama I’m Coming Home’, Black Sabbath-‘Paranoid’)/former reality TV star (“The Osbournes” 2002-05)
1960  Julianne Moore, Fayetteville NC, movie actress (“Boogie Nights”, “The Hours”) COMING UP…”The Woman in the Window” 2019
1960  Daryl Hannah, Chicago IL, movie actress (“Splash”, “Steel Magnolias”)/married Neil Young, 2018
1968  Brendan Fraser, Indianapolis IN, movie actor (“The Mummy” films, “Crash”)
1980  Jenna Dewan, Hartford CT, movie actress (“Step Up”)/TV actress (“Witches of East End” 2013-14)/TV host (“World of Dance” 2017–2018)/separated from Channing Tatum, 2018
1982  Dascha Polanco, Dominican Republic, TV actress (‘Dayanara Diaz’ on “Orange Is the New Black” since 2013)
1985  Amanda Seyfried, Allentown PA, movie actress (“Mean Girls”, “Mamma Mia!”) COMING UP…”The Art of Racing in the Rain” 2019
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”, sponsored by the United Nations
• “Roof Over Your Head Day”, an annual observance to draw attention to the plight of the homeless
• “Homemade Gift Day”. Better start now if you hope to have that ugly knitted hat finished in time for the big day!
• “Apple Pie Day”, (observed annually on May 13th and December 3rd) The first apple pie recipe printed was in England in 1381. The list of ingredients included good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and cofyn (a type of pastry crust)
• “Hanukkah”, first full day Hanukkah (runs from the evening of Sunday, December 2 through the evening of Monday, December 10). Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for “dedication”. It is a Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where, according to Jewish belief, a miracle occurred that allowed oil to light a menorah for eight days, when there only was enough oil for one day.
COMING UP . . .
[Tues] Cookie Day
[Tues] Santa’s List Day
[Wed] International Ninja Day
[Wed] Bathtub Party Day
This Week Is…National Cookie Cutter Week
This Month Is…National Pear Month
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1964  1st broadcast of the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” TV special (wow, that claymation looks almost real, doesn’t it?)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2015  Scott Weiland, (ex-Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer) dies at age 48 when he suffers cardiac arrest on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, where his band The Wildabouts are scheduled to perform
1979  11 fans are killed in a stampede to get unreserved seats at a concert by The Who in Cincinnati, Ohio . The resulting controversy (and lawsuits) force promoters to rethink the practice of selling “festival seating” concert tickets
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2005  XCOR Aerospace makes the 1st manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail, in Kern County CA (“The mail’s here … incoming!”)
2010  The ‘Leaf’, 1st mass market electric car, is launched by Nissan
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1984  Oldest-known bridegroom (103-year-old cradle-robber Harry Stevens weds 83-year-old Thelma Lucas in Wisconsin)
BS WACK FACTS:
✓ The term “Blue Chip” comes from the color of the poker chip with the highest value, blue.
✓ The term “smart money” comes from gamblers who had inside information or arranged a fix.
✓ On every continent there is a city named Rome.
✓ Virgina Woolf wrote all her books while standing.
✓ Statistics show that people in high, medium and low income groups spend about the same amount on Christmas gifts.
✓ 80% of millionaires drive second-hand cars.
BS BAD WAYS TO BE WOKEN UP:
• With your hand in a glass of warm water.
• Police lights in your rear view mirror.
• With the words, “Mom, Dad…don’t be mad…”
• A bear growling outside your tent.
• Anything that wakes you before the alarm.
• The alarm.
• With the words, “Get out! My wife’s home!”
• Before you Go-go.
• By your clock, followed by the realization that it is Monday.
• Actually, any way is bad.
Best of BS . . .
BS MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES FOR MILLENNIALS:
✓ “Better to have swiped right and lost than never to have swiped at all.”
✓ “Keep calm and carry condoms.”
✓ “Do one thing every day that scares your bank account.”
✓ “Be so good they can’t ignore your Linked-In request.”
✓ “You regret 100% of the shots you take after 2 am.”
✓ “Add to your Amazon cart like no one is watching.”
✓ “Where there’s wi-fi there’s a way.”
✓ “Life is 10% what you’re tagged in, and 90% how you react to it.”
✓ “Emojis speak louder than words.”
✓ “The best things in life are pizza.”
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com, first published in BS in 2015
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
1. Which is more likely to predict somebody might be looking for an extramarital affair?
a. They make more than $90,000 per year.
b. Their age ends with a ‘9’. [CORRECT]
c. They’ve been married 9 years.
d. They are a Virgo (9th Astrological sign)
– The Guardian
2. Which is the actual title of Clement Clarke Moore’s 1822 classic poem that begins “’Twas the Night Before Christmas …”?
a. “A Visit From St Nicholas” [CORRECT]
b. “Santa’s Surprise”
c. “A Yule Tale”
d. “There’s a Fat Guy in the Fire Flue”
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I have to plug my phone in to recharge so often, basically I have a land line again.
BS PHONE STARTER:
Which profession that doesn’t receive tips should?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Studies show the average person forgets THIS at least once a day. What?
Answer: What day of the week it is.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.