February 20 2018

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Edition: #6160

Our Sheet Don’t Stink!

★ Mark Hamill reassured fans on the weekend that social media reports of his death were greatly exaggerated – but he managed to jump-start some hearts in the process. The Star Wars icon wrote that he was alive and well…with a little joke, posting: “HAMILL DIES: Much of Nation Mourns…GOP(says): Meh. #DontRushMe.” Hamill has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and the GOP.
(Revenge of the Jedi?)
★ Fergie sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All-Star game, but not everyone was impressed.  In fact, a lot of people hated it.  The Black Eyed Peas alum took to a microphone to sing a bluesy rendition of the national anthem, and the A-listers in attendance appeared to be unimpressed. Other people took to Twitter to compare it to Roseanne Barr’s performance of the national anthem in 1990…or to Marilyn Monroe’s sexy version of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”.
★ Harry Connick Jr.’s daytime show is coming to an end later this year. NBC Universal Domestic Television has announced that “Harry,” will wrap after two seasons. The show, which lagged in viewership behind daytime programs like “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” will tape through September.
(Oh, no. Just in time to make another Christmas album!)
★ Lifetime is pulling out all the stops to document Meghan Markle’s epic romance with Prince Harry. The network has officially cast two more major characters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana. New Zealand actress Bonnie Soper will play Diana while British star Maggie Sullivun will portray Her Majesty. They join Murray Fraser, who is playing Prince Harry, and Parisa Fitz-Henley, who will star as Markle. Fitz-Henley is best known for her role in Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’. Filming is already underway in Vancouver and the movie, called ‘Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance’ is expected to premiere sometime this spring.
★ When it was announced that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning to her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the ‘Halloween’ franchise, fans’ interest immediately peaked. Now that filming has been completed, Curtis took to her social media accounts to mark the occasion with a black and white behind-the-scenes picture. Showing “three generations” of Strode family members, Curtis promises that the horror will be an “astonishingly scary revisit to Haddonfield.”
★ We’ve discovered what Jennifer Lawrence plans to do for the next year. Earlier, she announced she was taking a break from making movies, and now she has announced that over the next year, she plans to focus on activism, and encouraging young people to become more engaged with politics.

• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Tom Hanks, Katy Tur, Mac DeMarco ( R )
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kyra Sedgwick, Ed Helms, Lena Waithe, Stefflon Don ( R )
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): James Franco, Ari Graynor, Noomi Rapace, Gary Clark Jr. ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Lala Kent, Carl Radke
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Jay Pharoah
• “The Talk” (CBS): Michelle Monaghan, Ingo Rademacher
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Cheryl Hines, Letitia Wright
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Chrissy Teigen
• “The Bachelor Winter Games” (ABC): All-stars from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” compete in winter-themed challenges.
• “2018 Winter Olympics” (NBC/CBC): Snowboarding, Bobsled, Alpine, Figure Skating, Curling, Freestyle Skiing, Men’s Hockey.

• Kanye West – has once again deleted his Instagram account. He took a hiatus from Instagram almost a year ago, but returned on Wednesday to share a Valentine’s Day message to his wife Kim Kardashian. But just 24 hours later, he once again pulled the plug on his account – with no explanation. (At least we know he didn’t forget his password!)
• Katy Perry – caught the bouquet, at what was reported to be her brother David’s wedding, and got pretty excited about it. She posted video of herself catching the bouquet and then promptly running off with it, much to the amusement of her fellow wedding guests.
• Janelle Monae – the actress and sometime singer is returning to music with her first album in five years. No release date yet, but it will be accompanied by a narrative film, which is being screened in select U.S. theaters before the movie ‘Black Panther’.
• The Who – A much bootlegged Who concert will soon gets its first official release. ‘Live at the Fillmore East 1968′, which documents the last show of a two-night stand at the New York venue, arrives on April 20.
• Gene Simmons – has a theory and he’s going to share it in a new book. ‘27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club’, has Simmons exploring the phenomenon of rock stars who died at 27, including Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. The book comes out August 14.
• Pearl Jam – are lending their support to calls for gun control legislation after last week’s killing of 17 people at a Florida school. Their hit ‘Jeremy’ was about a school shooting. The band has tweeted: “We’re done with ‘leaders’ who refuse to lead on commonsense gun safety laws”, and “It’s time to #ThrowThemOut. We deserve to live in a country where children live free from gun violence in their schools, in their homes, and in their communities. #EndGunViolence”.
• Smashing Pumpkins – The worst kept secret in music was confirmed with their announcement of a North American reunion tour that will be called the ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour’. It starts July 12th in Glendale, AZ, and runs through September 7 in Boise, ID.
• Montgomery Gentry – Troy Gentry’s wife Angie has filed a lawsuit over his death in a helicopter crash in September. Angie Gentry is suing the manufacturers of the aircraft, claiming they failed to make the Sikorsky Model 269 helicopter crashworthy, leaving its occupants no chance of survival.
• Kacey Musgraves – posted a video Sunday complaining about a fan who crossed the line while she walked through the audience after a show. A man can clearly be seen clutching her arm. Musgraves reacted by crying out, “Ow! Stop that,” and wrestling him off. Her caption: “ASSHAT ALERT:…Guess I’m gonna have to start carrying a rolled up newspaper out there with me.”

• “Thor: Ragnarok” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok–the destruction of his homeworld. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger–the Incredible Hulk. (Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett)
• “Daddy’s Home 2” (PG-13, Comedy): Having finally gotten used to each other’s existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays. (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson)
• “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (PG, Comedy/Drama): The journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday. (Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer)
• “Same Kind of Different as Me” (PG-13, Drama): International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. (Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight)
• “The Florida Project ” (R-Rated, Drama): Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World. (Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe)
• “The Star” (PG, Action/Kids): A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. (Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant)

You probably don’t think of a public washroom as the cleanest place in the world, but you also probably thought that once you are through with washing your hands, you are in the clear. Not so fast. Nichole Ward from Carlsbad, Calif., did her own experiment on hand dryers and was amazed at what she found after just three days. According to her, she placed a petri dish inside an enclosed hand dryer for just three minutes. The video shows what she identifies as “several strains of possible pathogenic fungi and bacteria that you’re swirling around your hands, and you think you’re walking out with clean hands. You’re welcome.” Experts believe the featured bacteria in Ward’s image is most likely E.coli, which comes from fecal matter and fungus. Her Facebook post, which started as a warning to family and friends has now been shared more than 575,000 times.
(Talk about going VIRAL!)
(So my 8 year-old, who dries his hands on his pants, had it right all along?)
(Uh, is someone drying the wrong part of their body with these things?)

A new study finds that climbing stairs can alleviate some of the effects of menopause, especially in women with high blood pressure. The report, published in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society, shows that stair climbing led to a reduction in blood pressure and an increase in leg strength. The study assigned women to climb 192 steps…or about 12 flights, every day for 12 weeks.
(Not surprisingly, climbing all those stairs did not, however, help with the hot flashes!)
(Would that qualify as a newsflash…or a hot flash?)
(Those scientists have more nerve than I do…asking women who are going through menopause to go up and down 12 flights of stairs!)

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Kittenfishing’ – Embellishing or exaggerating one’s online dating profile. (“He said he was 28, but I could tell he’s been kittenfishing me when he showed up with jeans older than that!)”
• ‘Deathiversary’ – The anniversary of the demise of a person or an entity such as a business or service. (“What is the traditional gift for the 10th deathiversary?”)
• ‘Failson’ – An adult son who is under- or unemployed and lives with his parents, particularly one who has no goal other than to spend the day playing video games and watching TV. (I would hope that he’s at least doing some creative ‘kittenfishing’ while he’s home!)
• ‘Begpacker’ – A backpacker who finances their food, lodging, or transportation expenses by asking for handouts. (So the only difference between a ‘begpacker’ and a ‘bum’ is that one has a backpack?)

1. “Mean Girls” (2004)
2. “Get Over It” (2001)
3. “13 Going On 30″ (2004)
4. “Save the Last Dance” (2001)
5. “A Walk to Remember” (2002)
6. “Step Up” (2006)
7. “Freaky Friday” (2003)
8. “The Princess Diaries” (2001)
9. “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging” (2008)
10. “A Cinderella Story” (2004)


1966 [52] Cindy Crawford, DeKalb IL, fashion model (600+ magazine covers)/Mrs Rande Gerber since 1998

1975 [43] Brian Littrell, Lexington KY, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-‘Quit Playing Games With My Heart’, ‘I Want It That Way’)/cousin of BSB’s Kevin Richardson

1978 [40] Chelsea Peretti, Contra Costa CA, TV actress (‘Gina Linetti’ on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” since 2013)

1979 [39] Coy Bowles, Carrollton GA, country guitarist-keyboardist (Zac Brown Band-‘Beautiful Drug’, ‘Chicken Fried’)

1984 [34] Trevor Noah, Johannesburg, South Africa, TV host (“The Daily Show” since 2015)

1988 [30] Rihanna (Fenty), Saint Michael, Barbados, pop singer (w/Kanye and Paul McCartney -‘FourFiveSeconds’, ft. Jay-Z -‘Umbrella’)

1989 [29] Jack Falahee, Ann Arbor MI, TV actor (‘Connor Walsh’ on “How to Get Away With Murder” since 2014)

• “Cherry Pie Day”, honoring the 2nd-most-popular fruit pie, behind only apple pie.

• “Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Immigrants”, observed annually on February 20th since 2002.

• “World Day of Social Justice”, the 9th annual initiated by the UN to promote solutions to global issues such as poverty, exclusion, and unemployment. 2018 theme: ‘Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice’

• “Love Your Pet Day”, as if you need some kind of excuse.

• “Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day”, when you’re encouraged to go outdoors and yell ‘Hoodie-Hoo!’ at the top of your lungs at noon local time to relieve Winter blahs and encourage the arrival of Spring, which is one month away. (***Could make an interesting on-air bit with callers***)

• “Clean Out Your Bookcases Day”, how about giving away the books that no longer interest you? By donating your old books you could enrich the lives of others. Today, go to one of your bookcases at work or home and get organized! (Bookcases? How many do they think I have?)

[Wed] Sticky Bun Day
[Wed] Card Reading Day
[Thurs] Be Humble Day
[Thurs] Chili Day
This Week Is…National Engineers Week
This Month Is…National Snack Food Month

2009 [09] TV personality Conan O’Brien hosts his final “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” show on NBC-TV (he moves on to briefly replace Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show”, then gets pushed out and has to move to TBS)

2003 [15] During a Great White concert in West Warwick RI, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 fans

2009 [09] The White Stripes play the last episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” on NBC-TV (coincidentally ends up being their final performance as a band)

1937 [81] 1st ‘flying car’, combination auto/airplane, is tested (‘Aeromobile’ in Santa Monica CA)

2013 [05] Estonia becomes the 1st country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network , capable of a full charge within 30 minutes

2011 [07] At age 20, rookie driver Trevor Bayne becomes the youngest winner in the 53-year history of the Daytona 500 auto race


✓ After eating a large meal, a lion can sleep for up to 24 hours straight.
✓ If you are 6 feet 2 inches tall, then you are taller than 94% of the people in the world.
✓ The term “genuine leather” does not mean ‘real’ leather, it is a distinct grade of leather and is the second lowest-quality type.
✓ If you browse the web while logged into your Facebook account, Facebook tracks and records almost everything you do online.
✓ If you keep going North, you will eventually go South but, if you keep going East, you will never go West.
✓ A zombie outbreak would never last more than 2 days due to natural predators like maggots and hot weather tearing them apart.

Yesterday was Presidents Day in the U.S. So here are some…
• To qualify to be President, you first must graduate Electoral College.
• Donald Trump asked if his face could be on the bitcoin.
• Lincoln’s rapper name was 1 Cent.
• Warren G. Harding was his stripper name.
• James A. Garfield’s favorite food was lasagna.
• Prior to being elected, Grover Cleveland was a muppet.
• Andrew Jackson isn’t related to Samuel Jackson, but they both have done credit card commercials.
• The ‘W’ in George W. Bush’s name stands for ‘Mike’.
• Brian Williams covered Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
• Presidents use social media for productive and informative purposes exclusively.

I wish I was as clever as the guy who decided there should be a ‘b’ in the word ‘subtle’.

How many women competed at the first ‘modern’ Olympic Games in Athens, Greece (1896)?
a. 0 [CORRECT]
b. 2
c. 112
– VitalStatistics

• Your work rival is about to give an important presentation. His fly is down. What do you do?

Question: 3/4 of homes that have one of these don’t use it. What is it?
Answer: A Pool table

It’s always too early to quit.

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