February 13 2018

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Edition: #6156

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★ Fergie has clarified comments she made about Quentin Tarantino “biting her” on the set of 2007 movie Planet Terror. She told Entertainment Tonight that, “We were just kind of having banter. We were having a little bit of fun. But make no mistake, I don’t want to take away from anyone’s story, and I stand with every victim and everyone’s story everywhere.”
★David Duchovny doesn’t want people to “mourn” the X-files because of Gillian Anderson’s exit. He says that, “It’s unfortunate that’s kind of like ‘the headline’ because, to me, the headline is: We just made 10 really kick-a** episodes of television, and please enjoy and don’t mourn the death of this show quite yet.” With the future of the series at stake, creator Chris Carter recently suggested that Anderson’s inclusion wasn’t necessary for the show to go on. Carter says her departure could be the catalyst for some new and unique storylines.
★ Bill Murray will perform at the Sydney Opera House later this year. Murray will sing and read classics from Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway as part of his ‘New Worlds’ show when he visits Australia in November, when he will also be promoting a new movie. Murray will appear alongside acclaimed German-American cellist Jan Vogler, with whom he has been playing to sold-out audiences in America on the back of their ‘New Worlds’ album.
★ Andrew Garfield has opened up about his sexuality in an interview with Out magazine, saying, “I want to know as much of the garden as possible before I pass. I have an openness to any impulses that may arise within me at any time.” Garfield, who dated his ‘Spider-Man’ co-star Emma Stone for almost four years, also said that he still identifies as heterosexual.
(Who knew that Spider-Man swings both ways?)
★ Elizabeth Moss has another epic project lined up. The star of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has signed on to star in an upcoming biopic about Rosemary Kennedy. ‘A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy’ will document the life of John F. Kennedy’s older sister, who was lobotomized on her father’s orders, when she was 23 years old.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Oscar Isaac, Massimo Bottura
• • “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV):
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Ricky Gervais, Matt Czuchry, Bon Jovi ( R )
• • “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV):
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Armie Hammer, Juno Temple, Charlie Puth, Kelly Clarkson ( R )
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Jean-Claude Van Damme, Barkhad Abdi, Dina Hashem ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Teddi Mellencamp, Camille Grammar
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Chadwick Boseman, guest co-host Sherri Shepherd
• “The Talk” (CBS): Regina King, Keltie Knight
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Holly Hunter, Anna Chlumsky, Phillip Phillips
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jerry Seinfeld, Nick Foles, Dua Lipa
• “The Bachelor Winter Games” (ABC): In the premiere, 25 bachelors and bachelorettes from around the world meet in the streets of Manchester, Vt., for a grand celebration of unity and love.
• “2018 Winter Olympics” (NBC/CBC): Snowboarding, Speed Skating, Luge, Short Track, Women’s Hockey.

• Justin Timberlake – reduced ‘SelfieKid’ to tears with a surprise phone call on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ryan McKenna went from high school student to worldwide star when he grabbed a selfie with Timberlake as he performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, leading to the 13-year-old’s nickname ‘SelfieKid’ and going viral on the Internet.
• Kendrick Lamar – his concerts are becoming a no phone zone. He will join some other high-profile acts who are banning the use of cell phones at concerts, including Alicia Keys, Guns N’ Roses, Jack White, and the late Prince, who famously wouldn’t even allow interviews to be recorded.
• Spice Girls – Victoria Beckham says there won’t be a reunion after all. She told Vogue magazine, “I’m not going on tour. The girls aren’t going on tour. It was so great to see the girls.”
• Jay-Z – paid a touching tribute to Trayvon Martin at the sixth annual Peace Walk and Talk in Miami on Saturday. He spoke about the 17 year old’s legacy and said he would be a ”beacon of light” alongside the likes of Martin Luther King and Ghandi. Martin was shot and killed by neighbor George Zimmerman in 2013
• Donna Summer – In the wake of an accusation by producer Quincy Jones that Michael Jackson “stole” Donna Summer’s 1982 single ‘State of Independence’ for his own ‘Billie Jean’, streams of “State” skyrocketed by 12,000 percent to 150,000 streams in the two days after Jones’ remarks, compared to the two days before.
• Elton John – the guessing is that he has scored an invite to the royal wedding. He is rescheduling two performances of The Million Dollar Piano in Las Vegas that were originally set for May 18 and 19 — the weekend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
• Smashing Pumpkins – it’s been known for a while they are planning something. Now we know that an announcement will be made on Thursday at noon Eastern. That’s when the countdown clock on their website reaches zero. Billy Corgan has been in the studio with two other original members of the band, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.
• Blake Shelton – is set to start his 14th season as a judge on ‘The Voice’ Feb. 26. Shelton feels that it’s the perfect job for someone whose entire life revolves around music. According to him, music “Truly did, at some points in my life, it saved my life.”
• Billy Currington – is hitting the road for a 16-stop tour with support act LOCASH beginning March 30 in Wallingford, CT. The tour wraps up September 1 in Farmingville NY.

• “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ” (R-Rated, Comedy/Drama): A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit. ( Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell)
• “Justice League” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. (Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa)
• “Coco” (PG, Animation/Comedy): Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. (Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt)
• “Wonder” (PG, Drama): Based on the New York Times bestseller. The inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. (Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson)
• “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (PG-13, Drama): A driven, idealistic defense attorney finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action. (Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell)
• “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” (R-Rated, Western): A Western about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice. (Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda)

For the first time since its launch in March 2006, Twitter has finally turned a profit!! The social network announced that it made a profit of $91 million in the last quarter of 2017. Twitter claims to have 330 million users, a figure that remains unchanged since the last quarter. They blame the lack of growth in users on their clampdown on fake accounts. But they aren’t cracking the Dom Perignon just yet. In the previous 2 years, the company has posted losses totaling $746 million.
(I think I found the problem. I found this story on Facebook!)
(They lost money for 12 years? That explains the name!)
(12 years of losing money? Who owns them, the government?)

We’re not sure if the world is ready for this, but this guy is ready to sell them to the world. A New Brunswick woodworker has come up with the do-it-yourself casket kit. That’s right. After selling simple caskets for a few years, he found that shipping them was too expensive for his business to expand. So he invented the ‘stripped-down’ ready-to-assemble casket kit. For $700, he’ll send you the parts and instructions, and the rest is up to you. In the two weeks since he started marketing his idea, he’s had orders from across Canada.
(No complaints so far!)
(Assembling one of those is the type of thing that I’d never get around to doing until it’s too late…literally!)
(Like Ikea, but with no Allen keys!)

CHEAP VALENTINE’S GIFTS (That she or he WON’T hate!):
Not that we’re putting a price on love, but all of these should come in at under 30 bucks . . .
➢ The Q&A a Day Journal: How much do you know about your lover? This Q&A journal lets you ask fun questions and track them. The 3-year Journal for 2 People, $21, at Overstock.com
➢ The Soap Your Girlfriend Will Love: This handmade soap set from Etsy is natural, vegan and unscented. $23 on Etsy. (But if you use it, she’ll yell at you!)
➢ Leather Tablet Cover: If the lady or guy in your life loves his or her iPad a little too much, help them protect it with this leather case. The Stand Leather Case with Bluetooth Keyboard, $29, at Overstock.com
➢ UO Heart-Shaped Sunglasses: Your fashionista will adore the UO Heartbreaker Sunglasses, $16, at Urban Outfitters (Yes, both lenses are heart-shaped…kinda like the emoji!)
➢ Kleer Vu Leatherette Photo Album: Yes, before Facebook there were photo albums. Print out a couple dozen of the snaps you have of the two of you for an even better surprise. $22 at Overstock.com
➢ Cath Kidson Cupcake Kit: Help your kitchen mess-maker create beautiful cupcakes with this adorable little kit. $16, at Amazon (plus, then she’ll make cupcakes!)
➢ 3D Puzzle For Two: Yes, a puzzle. How much fun would it be to put together a red 3D heart…together? $24, at Overstock.com (A great way to start a fight on Valentine’s Day!)
➢ Position of the Day book: you and your partner will both enjoy this playbook. $13 at Urban Outfitters (And we ain’t talking ‘football’ positions!)
(For when money IS an object!)


1942 [76] Peter Tork, Washington DC, pop singer, bassist, keyboardist, actor (The Monkees – ‘I’m a Believer’, ‘Last Train to Clarksville’)

1944 [74] Stockard Channing, New York City NY, actress (“Grease”, “The West Wing 1999-2006)

1944 [74] Jerry Springer, Highgate England, TV show host (“Jerry Springer” since 1991)

1950 [68] Peter Gabriel, Chobham England, rock singer (‘In Your Eyes’, ‘Sledgehammer’), co-founder of Genesis (‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’)

1972 [46] Todd Harrell, Escatawpa MS, alt-rock musician (3 Doors Down-‘Here Without You’, ‘When I’m Gone’)

1974 [44] Robbie Williams, Stoke-on-Trent UK, pop singer (‘Angels’, ‘Rock DJ’)/former member of Brit pop group Take That

1976 [42] (Leslie) Feist, Amherst NS, pop singer (“1-2-3-4”, “Mushaboom”)

1979 [39] Mena Suvari, Newport RI, movie actress (“American Beauty”, “American Pie” movies)

1985 [33] Dash Hutton, LA CA, pop-rock drummer (Haim–‘The Wire’, ‘Want You Back’)

1997 [21] Prince Michael Jackson Jr, Beverly Hills CA, Michael Jackson’s first son with ex-wife/baby carrier Debbie Rowe

• “Mardi Gras”, aka “Fat Tuesday” or “Pancake Day”, the last big blow-out before Lent begins. So here’s a look at . . . .
• Price of syrup doubled yesterday.
• ‘Aunt Jemima’ has just made “Fortune” magazine’s “Top 10”.
• You shake hands and your palms stick.
• A whole lot of wacky-lookin’ Frisbees in the schoolyard.
• Only day of the year anyone uses the word “shrove”

• “Tortellini Day”, saluting the yummy little pasta rings stuffed with goodies such as cheese or prosciutto. They are sometimes described as ‘navel-shaped’, hence their alternative Italian name of ‘ombelico’ (‘belly button’).

• “World Radio Day”, a UN observation to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe. (Shouldn’t we get the day off or something?)

• “Get a Different Name Day”, set aside to give us opportunity to pick one we’d really like. (***Find listeners with really odd names and ask them what nickname they’d like to be called***)
(***See “BS Alternate names for Valentine’s Day”, below***)

• “International Condom Day”, initiated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV through safe sex practices. Since its inception in 2009, it has been an informal observance celebrated in advance of Valentine’s Day. (The 2,925 Olympic athletes at the PyeongChang games have access to 110,000 condoms — that’s more than 37 condoms each)

• “Paczki Day”, (poonch-kee) Polish communities celebrate by mowing down on round, sugar-coated, fruit-filled pre-Lenten pastries called ‘paczkis’

• “Employee Legal Awareness Day”, a day to make employees aware of the legal duties involved in conducting their day-to-day activities and the legal risks incurred by failure to fulfil those duties.

[Wed] Valentine’s Day
[Wed] Ash Wednesday
[Wed] Library Lovers Day
[Thurs] Hippo Day
[Thurs] Gumdrop Day

2000 [18] The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers, one day after creator Charles M. Schulz dies

2007 [11] Rod Stewart is paid $1 million to perform for 1 hour at billionaire Steve Schwarzman’s 60th birthday bash in NYC’s Park Avenue Armory

2011 [07] At the 53rd Grammy Awards, Lady Antebellum wins “Song Of the Year” and “Record Of the Year” for ‘Need You Now’; Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ scoops “Album Of the Year”

2016 [02] Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ replaces his song ‘Sorry’ at #1 on the “Billboard Hot 100″ (the 3rd consecutive #1 single from his ‘Purpose’ album)

2003 [15] Dan Price completes a 4,000-mile cross-country ride from Joseph, Oregon to Key West, Florida … on a tricycle (averages 50-to-60 miles a day, camps out at night)


✓ Studies show that movies and books are better when you experience them for a second time.
✓ Eating cheese before going to bed can help improve sleep quality.
✓ The average woman packs 26 items in her suitcase that she’ll never need.
✓ The human brain has the capacity to store everything that you experience.
✓ If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
✓ Humans can beat every animal in long-distance running.

• You’d Better Get Her Something Even if She Says She Doesn’t Want Anything Day
• Netflix and Ch…ocolate Day
• You Didn’t Get Her The Right Gift For Christmas Do Over Day
• Keep Florists in Business Day
• Make Singles’ Self Esteem Plummet Day
• Unrealistic Expectations Day
• Cheesy Card Day
• Procrastinate Getting Your Significant Other Something Until the Day Before Day
• Please Forgive Me for Everything in the Past Year Day
• Discount Chocolate Eve
• Ash Wednesday (this year…)

Money can’t buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.

Question: 97% of women do this….less than a third of men do. What is it?
Answer: Close their eyes when they kiss

• Finish this sentence: “I hate it when my significant other …”

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.

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