February 14, 2017

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Edition: #5911

Another Sheetload of Bull!

★ Father of twins Denzel Washington has offered some advice to George Clooney after it was revealed the 55-year-old actor and wife Amal are expecting a double bundle of joy. His words of wisdom? “Sleep now!” “Fences” star Denzel is father to 25-year-old twins Olivia & Malcolm with wife Pauletta. Amal’s pregnancy news was announced by Julie Chen on “The Talk” last Thursday, and she further revealed the babies are due to arrive in June. George & Amal Clooney wed in Italy in September 2014.
– “Entertainment Tonight”
★ Nick Cannon doesn’t see himself shooting the next season of “America’s Got Talent”, after NBC-TV and the show’s producers considered firing him over a supposedly racial joke he told in his comedy special that aired Friday night on Showtime. Producers felt Nick disparaged them and breached his contract by joking they were taking his “black card” (hiring him due to his race). That news has ticked off Nick who now says, he doesn’t care about the millions they pay him. Quote: “I can not see myself returning.”
– TMZ.com
★ Madonna had to end her custody battle over son Rocco or her bid to adopt 2 kids from Malawi would have come to a grinding halt. The judge who greenlit Madonna’s adoption last week spent a long time looking into the circumstances surrounding her custody dispute with ex-hubby Guy Ritchie. It was deemed of “paramount concern” because the judge didn’t want the adopted kids thrown into a “toxic” family environment. Since the case settled and all seems copacetic with Guy, the judge has given the thumbs-up. However, a court-appointed guardian will travel to the US and evaluate the family dynamic before the adoption is finalized.
– DailyMail.co.uk

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Middle Kids (“Edge of Town”).
• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Ed Sheeran (“Divide”, out March 3rd).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Lukas Graham (“Blue Album”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Temples (“Volcano”, out March 3rd).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Lisa Hannigan (“At Swim”).
• “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” – Tonight a live taping in Los Angeles of a Recording Academy tribute to the music of the brothers Gibb, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their classic disco album “Saturday Night Fever”. Performances by Andra Day, Céline Dion, Demi Lovato, DNCE, John Legend, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Nick Jonas, and Pentatonix. Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb performs songs from the film soundtrack. The special airs on CBS-TV later this year.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – NxWorries (“Yes Lawd!”).
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Erika Jayne (“Xxpensive”).

• Big Sean – The “Blessings” hitmaker has collaborated on Eminem’s music before but he says it ”meant a lot” to him to be able to work with Em on his own new album “I Decided”.
• John Legend – He’s encouraging couples that are having trouble conceiving naturally to try IVF. The 38-year-old has revealed to “Newsweek Europe” that he and his model-wife Chrissy Teigen conceived their 9-month-old daughter Luna through in-vitro.
• Keith Urban – He didn’t immediately call Nicole Kidman back after they first met in January 2005 because he thought she was … ”out of his league”. Nicole waited 4 months for her now-husband to get back to her.
• Prince – His most popular records released on Warner Bros between 1978 and 1996 are now on streaming services. It was recently announced that Universal Music Group has inked a deal covering his non-Warner releases, but those aren’t available for streaming as yet.

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Arrival” ( PG13 Sci-Fi Thriller ): Based on Ted Chiang’s sci-fi short story, Denis Villeneuve’s film is said to be challenging for audiences. When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team, led by a linguist (Amy Adams) and a physicist (Jeremy Renner) strive to learn to communicate with the mysterious aliens.
• “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” ( R-Rated War Drama ): Directed by Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”), this Iraq War drama stars Joe Alwyn as the title character, a 19-year-old US Army private who returns to America as a hero and is sent on a cross-country propaganda campaign. Co-stars Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, and Chris Tucker.
• “The Edge of Seventeen” ( R-Rated Dramedy ): In this high school comedy, school life gets even more unbearable for ‘Nadine’ when her best friend, ‘Krista’, starts dating her older brother. Stars Hailee Steinfeld, Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson. Anyone who’s learned the hard way how close together the ‘send’ and ‘delete’ functions can be on your phone, this is your movie.
• Also being released: “Beavis & Butt-Head: The Complete Collection” (Compilation); “It Ain’t Pretty” (Documentary); “Mercy Street Season 2” (TV); “The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble” (Kids); “Quarry: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); and “Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown” (Kids Animation).

Online dating site Match.com has asked more than 5,500 singletons aged 18-and-over about their views surrounding dating and technology. The poll has found that iPhone owners are more discriminating about the technology a prospective mate uses, preferring people who share their taste. In other words, they’re more likely to look down their noses at Android fans. Android users, on the other hand, appear to be more technologically promiscuous and more open to iPhone owners as potential partners. The survey results don’t mention users of Windows Phone devices, leaving one to infer that such people are undatable. Is this evidence of the snobbery of which iPhone users have often been accused? Could be. Though iPhone users tend to earn more than Androiders, so that may also be a factor. (Seriously, you’re picking a life partner based on a frickin’ phone?)
– CNET.com

Red . . . symbolizes love & passion.
White . . . innocence, purity, & sometimes death.
Yellow . . . friendship or jealousy.
Yellow & Red . . . represents happiness.
Deep Pink . . . gratitude & appreciation.
Pale Pink . . . conveys admiration.
– Association of the Canadian Floral Industry

A University of Massachusetts study has found that 60% of people can’t go 10 minutes without lying, whether it be a little white lie … or a big whopper. On average, those that do lie, do so an average of 2-to-3 times per 10-minute conversation. To be fair, many so-called ‘lies’ are the result of conversational banter, ie: “I’m fine, thank-you”; “Nice to see you!”; “We’ve really missed you”; “You look great!”; “We’ll talk again soon”, etc. Other lies may be attempts to kindly evade what could be hurtful answers to questions: “Do you like my new hairdo?” Whatever the cause, it seems that just 40% of us can be completely honest for a mere 600 seconds. (Biggest lie you’ve ever told …?)
– “Mental Floss Magazine”

Ew, who would eat this? Spirulina, the blue-green algae that grows in freshwater (and sometimes saltwater) and is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids, is popping up in lattes, smoothies,and sushi. It’s typically sold as a powder, to be sprinkled into everyday foods and drinks. The sea-blue drink called a ‘Unicorn Latte’, which you may have seen all over social media, incorporates a tablespoon of spirulina extract with the option of garnishing the latte with more of the powder as well. While many people may be buying the beverage for its pretty color, it’s also said to promote energy and reduce anxiety. (And you can just rake up the ingredients at your local beach.)
– “NY Daily News”

There are about 200 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. In the brain of 3-year-old child, there are about 1 quadrillion synapses, and in an adult there are about half that many. The bottom line is – even with a measly 500,000 trillion synapses, there are far more synapses in your brain than stars in our galaxy.
– List25.com


1942 [75] Michael Bloomberg, Boston MA, media mogul (Bloomberg News)/estimated net worth of $43.9 billion (2017)/NYC mayor 2002-13

1948 [69] (Raymond) Teller, Philadelphia PA, Las Vegas magician (the shorter, less obnoxious half of Penn & Teller)/TV personality (“Penn & Teller Fool Us” since 2011)

1970 [47] Simon Pegg (Beckingham), Brockworth UK, movie actor (“Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, “Hot Fuzz”)

1972 [45] Rob Thomas, Landstuhl Military Base, Germany, pop singer (“Lonely No More”, 3 Grammy Awards w/Santana-“Smooth”, Matchbox 20-“Push”, “3 AM”)

1990 [27] Brett Dier, London ON, TV actor (‘Michael Cordero Jr’ on “Jane the Virgin” since 2014)

1992 [25] Freddie Highmore, London UK, TV actor (‘Norman Bates’ on “Bates Motel” since 2013)

• “Call In Single Day”, when those not celebrating Valentines are encouraged to take a day off work and set aside some time for themselves. After all, nobody can love you like you do. Similarly, it’s “Singles Awareness Day” and “International Quirky Alone Day”, a reminder to value yourself, develop individuality, and celebrate the possibilities available to single people.

• “Donor Day”, the 20th annual observance encouraging us to fill out an organ & tissue donation card and also to donate blood. You could save a life! How appropriate that it’s on the day when we give hearts.

• “Ferris Wheel Day”, celebrating the 1859 birth of George Washington Gale Ferris, the Galesburg IL engineer who invented the ‘Ferris wheel’ for the 1893 “Chicago World’s Exposition”. The original wheel measured 250 feet in diameter and could hold 1,440 people.

• “Have-A-Heart Day”, when vegetarians encourage you to quit eating animals. (So go kill a carrot today!)

• “Library Lovers Day”, an annual salute to the people who like to book it.

• “Pet Theft Awareness Day”, promoting awareness of the need for pet protection in public places. (Go ahead … just try and steal my pitbull!)
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• “Safer Internet Day”, observed the 2nd Tuesday of February since 2004. It’s a day to be aware of and take measures to prevent online dangers, ie: bullying, identity theft, etc.

• “Valentines Day”, the most widely celebrated unofficial holiday. A few interesting facts …
– The Catholic Church recognizes at least 3 different saints named Valentine, all of whom were martyred, one for performing secret weddings for young lovers.
– Pope Gelasius declared February 14th “St Valentine’s Day” around 498 AD, in part to replace the ancient Roman fertility festival “Lupercalia”.
– About 1 billion Valentine cards are exchanged, making it the 3rd largest card-sending occasion after Christmas and Fathers Day. It’s also the 4th-biggest flower-selling occasion.
– Teachers receive the most Valentines Day cards, followed by school children, mothers, wives, and then … sweethearts.

2011 [06] TV game show “Jeopardy!” begins a series pitting human players Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings against an IBM computer named ‘Watson’, which eventually wins over 3 times as much money

2015 [02] Lady Gaga gets engaged to TV actor Taylor Kinney (“Chicago Fire”), but it fails to last the test of time

2016 [01] Adele’s 3rd album, “25”, debuts at #1 and breaks first-week sales records in multiple countries

2005 [12] YouTube is launched by a group of college students, eventually becoming the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos

2013 [04] Bankrupt airline American Airlines and US Airways merge, forming the world’s largest air carrier under the name American Airlines

2014 [03] California’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest solar energy plant, opens in the Mojave Desert

[Wed] Gum Drop Day
[Wed] Westminster Dog Show begins (NYC)
[Wed] Hippo Day
[Thurs] Almond Day
[Fri] “Fist Fight”; “The Great Wall” open in movie theaters
This Week Is … Celebration of Love Week
This Month Is … Cat Health Month


This week is “National Condom Week”, a good excuse to review these …
• “Don’t be a fool, vulcanize your tool!”
• “Don’t make a mistake, cover your snake!”
• “If you can’t shield your rocket, leave it in your pocket!”
• “Cover your stump before you hump!”
• “Don’t be silly, protect your willy!”
• “No glove, no love.”

I never, ever repeat gossip. So listen carefully …

☎ Where would you go if your next trip was going to be your last?

Q: What romantic souvenir did Peter the Great give to his unfaithful wife?
A: He had the head of his wife’s lover cut off and put into a jar of preserving alcohol, which he then placed by her bed.

Q: It takes exactly 18 minutes to cool this Valentine treat. What is it?
A: The hot chocolate that makes up a Hershey’s ‘Kiss’.

Q: Whose heart beats faster – your lover’s after a bout of passion or your dog’s when you walk in the door?
A: A dog’s heart beats up to 40 times faster than a human’s.

Q: Why is it that we love someone with ‘all of our heart’? Why not the spleen?
A: It was widely believed in the Middle Ages that the heart was the center of human intelligence.

Question: Men like doing THIS before breakfast; but women like it best after dinner.
Answer: Exchanging Valentine gifts.

If music be the food of love, put it in high rotation!

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