February 8 2018

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Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Edition: #6153

We’ve Got Our Sheet Together!

★ Leave it to Sarah Silverman to make a joke of her breakup. She revealed that she has split with actor Michael Sheenby tweeting: “The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas, I mean, not ‘over Christmas’ – like that wasn’t the fight that ended it.” She went on to say that there was no fight, just a great deal of distance. “We just live in different countries & it got hard,” she wrote. The couple were together for four years.
★ Remember when Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio auctioned themselves off for charity last summer? Turns out, there’s a happy ending to that story. Winslet recently revealed that the money raised from the auction helped save the life of 28-year-old Gemma Nuttall, a dental nurse who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer during the first months of her pregnancy. Winslet said, “There are miracles out there and this is one of them. It actually worked. We raised the money and the treatment has worked”.
★ Kylie Jenner revealed that her newborn daughter’s name was Stormi, but she revealed even more when she edited her Instagram caption later in the day. Jenner later edited her post — which included the first public photo of the baby girl, born February 1 — from just saying the baby’s first name to say “Stormi Webster.”   The baby’s father, rapper Travis Scott’s real name is Jacques Webster.
★ Christie Brinkley says that Donald Trump didn’t let marriage stop him from “chasing skirts.” according to Christie Brinkley. In a new interview , Brinkley spoke of an incident more than two decades ago when Trump tried to get her to join him on his private jet despite his being married to Ivana Trump at the time. Brinkley said, “I knew he was married, and there he was asking me to go on his plane. He was kind of flirty about it. He was out chasing skirts.”
★ Rob Gronkowski was hit with a double loss this week after he returned home from the Super Bowl and discovered his home had been burglarized. According to the emergency dispatch audio, officials say they spoke with the New England Patriots star, who informed them the burglary happened while he was “away on his trip.” They also say that the house was broken into, and “multiple safes, possible guns taken.”
(Somehow, the crooks knew he’d be away…)
★ Meghan Markle’s ‘Suits’ castmates knew about her relationship with Prince Harry as it was developing, and they used the secret code “’London” to talk about it on set, Markle’s onscreen dad, Wendell Pierce, revealed on an episode of Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show. According to him, the conversations could go something like this: “How you doing?” ‘Oh, I’m going to London, coming from London, whatever.’”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Ellen Pompeo, Elise Trouw
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Andrew Garfield, Rachel Brosnahan, Alice Merton
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Joel McHale, Yara Shahidi, Joywave
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jason Jones, the Broadway cast of “Once On This Island”, Alan Cage
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Taylor Kitsch, Dan Stevens, Ron Funches
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Jamie Dornan, Jenna Fischer, Jena Friedman
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Maury Povich, Connie Chung
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Antonio Sabato Jr., guest co-host Whitney Cummings
• “The Talk” (CBS): Francisco Caceres
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Lisa Rinna, Rachael Harris, Ira Storr and the Spank Band
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Sean “Diddy” Combs
• “Big Brother” (CBS): Celebrity Edition
• “Olympics 2018 Prime Time” (NBC): Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing. Team competition in men’s and pairs’ short gets underway for figure skating, while freestyle skiing begins with moguls.

• Lana Del Rey – reportedly broke down in tears at her first concert since a man was arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap her. Monday, Del Rey returned to the stage in Atlanta and was visibly emotional as she discussed the incident, telling the crowd that “After what happened in Orlando, I just really wanted to be here with you guys tonight.”
• Katy Perry – closed out the North American leg of her tour in Vancouver by delivering an onstage butt-whooping to her infamous nemesis, the Left Shark. At one point Perry was dragged across the stage by her fishy friend, but in the end she was the victor. Left Shark became a viral sensation after Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl halftime show when he went off-script during the dance number.
• Backstreet Boys – have added 21new dates to their Vegas residency, extending their stay through the rest of 2018. They are also working on their 10th studio album.
• *NSYNC – Lance Bass has just confirmed that the whole group will be reuniting for a public event, but it’s not the reunion you were hoping for. Bass said that the group will be together when the group receives their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
• AC/DC – will continue as a recording and touring band with Axl Rose handling vocal duties, according to band biographer Murray Engleheart. Rose took over for Brian Johnson in 2016 to finish out their tour when Johnson was diagnosed with hearing loss.
• Aerosmith – Joe Perry says the band hopes to release new music. Perry says that it’s just a matter of him and frontman Steven Tyler finding the time to get into a studio together to work on some songs, but at the moment they are both busy with their own projects.
• Queen and Adam Lambert – have announced a summer tour of Europe. The plan is to play the major cities that they missed in their fall tour. It kicks off in Cologne, Germany June 13.
• Gord Downie – the late singer of the Tragically Hip is up for 3 Junos. Arcade Fire and Daniel Caesar lead the way with five nominations each. The Juno Awards will be held on March 25 at the Rogers Centre in Vancouver.
• Willie Nelson – has halted his latest batch of tour dates on doctor’s orders. The 84 year-old scrapped all eight February concert dates, including six in Florida. A rep says that Willie looks great but “his doctor has determined that his voice needs more time to recuperate…”
• Garth Brooks – surprised a lucky fan with the invitation of a lifetime. During a Facebook Live show, he received a video message from a Swedish fan named Elizabeth. She asked him for advice on where to visit in the U.S. on her honeymoon. Brooks’ reply? “I’m going to get my butt kicked by my wife on this one…why don’t you stop in Nashville, and why don’t you come to our house and have dinner with me and [Trisha Yearwood]? And we’ll just talk her into cooking something.”
• High Valley – will release acoustic versions of some tracks from their debut album, “Dear Life”. Recorded in their farmhouse outside of Nashville, “High Valley: Farmhouse Sessions” is set for release March 23, and will feature their debut single ‘Make You Mine’ as well as the Canadian chart topper ‘I Be U Be’.
• Chris Janson – was surprised during his sold-out Ryman Auditorium concert on Monday by Opry member Keith Urban, who invited Janson to become an official Grand Ole Opry member.

FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS (some restrictions apply…):
There’s nothing like finding a brand new pair of jeans that fit perfectly. But buy ‘em while you can, because according to a survey by a British company ‘CollectPlus’, people over the age of 53 shouldn’t wear jeans. Why? By the time you reach that age, shopping for jeans is just too darn stressful. According to the survey, you actually are ok hanging on to your old jeans, its just not worth it to shop for a new pair by age 53. One in 10 people over 50 try on six pairs of jeans and spend five days looking to find a pair that fits (women spend twice as long as men looking for that perfect pair). The study also says that by this age, the process of jean shopping is so traumatic that six per cent burst into tears while doing it.
(Burst into tears? Only when I see the price tag…)
(In MY wardrobe, there’s only one alternative to jeans, and that ain’t gonna be pretty!)
(I actually find jean shopping quite easy. If she says to get them, I get them.)

Don’t panic, but the world is facing a tequila shortage. Because of the recent spike in global tequila consumption, there are reports that there may be a tequila shortage in the near future. From 2002 to 2014, high-end tequila brands have grown 189% in volume and super-premium tequila has skyrocketed 568% in the same time period. But tequila farmers can not keep up with the rising demand. Yes, there is such a thing as a tequila farmer. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant that can legally only be classified as tequila if it is grown in certain regions of Mexico. There is a shortage of blue agave plants and thus an impending tequila shortage, which could raise prices of your favorite alcohol.
(OK, panic!)
(Does this mean there will also be a shortage of worms?)
(This will bother me a lot more on the weekend…)

Sometimes I think all the best inventions come from Japan. Case in point: Before the technology boom of the 1980s, toilet users would either flush the toilet or turn on a sink to mask the sounds they made when relieving themselves. However, a more eco-friendly solution was sought, and thus the concept of the toilet sound generator was born. Now, Japanese homeware brand Lixil has partnered with instrument maker Roland to address the sensitive issue of bathroom noises. They’ve created a new device called the “Sound Decorator”, which, unlike current solutions that only try to mask noises by emitting another sound, this one generates a pattern that makes the original sound less audible altogether. They achieved this by engineering a sound with a similar but stronger wavelength to that of urination, and, through what is known as the “auditory masking” effect, they were able to cancel out the unwanted noise. When the device is activated, it makes the sound of a serene forest, with a babbling brook and the chirping of songbirds. How much? $200-$300.
(Uh, is the ‘number one’ sound the one we really want to be hiding here?)
(Still need a match, though…)

This week, 1,100 new words and phrases were added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Here are some highlights (or lowlights…)
➠ ‘Mansplaining’: explaining something “needlessly, overbearingly, or condescendingly (typically when addressing a woman), in a manner thought to reveal a patronizing or chauvinistic attitude.” (As if you didn’t know…)
➠ ‘Hangry’: a word used to describe that agonizing experience of being both starving and increasingly angry. (For me, it’s more like ‘hurious’!)
➠ ‘Snowflake’: used as an insult for “a person characterized as overly sensitive or easily offended, or as feeling entitled to special treatment or consideration”. (Sometimes I feel like I live in a blizzard!)
➠ ‘Me time’: time devoted to doing what one wants, typically on one’s own, as opposed to working or doing things for others. (And if you don’t know this one, you need some serious ‘me time’!)
➠ ‘Ransomware’: A type of malicious software designed to block access to applications or files on a computer system until a sum of money is paid. (And quite often, even AFTER the money is paid…)
➠ ‘Selfy’: Self-centred; selfish. (I swear there is another meaning to this word!)
➠ ‘Swag’: Bold self-assurance in style or manner; an air of great self-confidence or superiority. (Also: radio station t-shirts!)


1932 [86] John Williams, Long Island NY, composer (one of cinema’s all-time greatest composers who wrote the theme music for the “Star Wars” movies, “Superman”, and “Indiana Jones” and “Jaws”) BS FACTOID: He has never seen a Star Wars movie for which he composed the music

1943 [75] Creed Bratton, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (“The Office” 2005-2013)/pop guitarist (The Grass Roots-‘Midnight Confessions’)

1953 [65] Mary Steenburgen, Newport AR, movie actress (“Step Brothers”, “Elf”/ TV actress “Last Man on Earth” since 2015

1955 [63] John Grisham, Jonesboro AR, lawyer-turned-novelist (“Rogue Lawyer”, “The Firm”) BS FACTOID: Movies made from his books include “The Pelican Brief” (1993), “A Time to Kill” (1996), “Runaway Jury” (2003), and “Christmas With the Kranks” (2004)

1961 [57] Vince Neil (Wharton), Hollywood CA, rock vocalist (Motley Crue-‘Kickstart My Heart’, ‘Girls Girls Girls’)

1969 [49] Keith Nelson, Pittsburgh PA, rock guitarist (Buckcherry-‘Sorry’, ‘Lit Up’)

1974 [44] Seth Green, Philadelphia PA, movie actor (“Austin Powers” movies, “The Italian Job”/TV voice actor (Chris Griffin on “Family Guy” since 1999)

1977 [41] Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, Plymouth MA, rock musician (Linkin Park-‘The Catalyst’, ‘Shadow of the Day’)

• “Laugh & Get Rich Day”, in recognition of laughter’s power to add to the bottom line. It’s claimed that people who laugh are more effective and tend to remember things better.

• “Opera Day”, for those who like listening to every word of a story being sung. (Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.) A few facts…
– The first ‘modern’ opera was written in 1597.
– The longest opera ever written was Wagner’s “The Ring Cycle” at a gruelling 15½ hours.
– For all the attention and publicity that it gets, only 3% of us have ever attended an opera.

• “Propose Day”, the 2nd day in the Valentine week from February 7-14. In India on this day, large numbers of young people give roses to girlfriends, boyfriends, relatives, or friends.

• “Boy Scout Day”, celebrates the birthday of Scouting in America. On February 8, 1910, Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed incorporation papers in the District of Columbia to create the Boy Scouts of America.

• “National Kite Flying Day”, why Kite Flying Day is held in the middle of winter, we have no idea. BS FACTOID: Kites were first used by the military in ancient China over 3,000 years ago.

[Fri] Chocolate Day
[Fri] Toothache Day
[Sat] Flannel Day
[Sat] Umbrella Day

2007 [11] 39-year-old wannabe actress, model, and million-heir Anna Nicole Smith is found dead in room #607 of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida

2012 [06] Late screen actress Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of artwork by Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas sells for over $20 million at Christie’s in London UK

2009 [09] Chris Brown is questioned by police in Los Angeles after assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. The two were scheduled to perform together at the Grammys that night.

2011 [07] Ashlee Simpson files for divorce from Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, citing irreconcilable differences

2015 [03] Beck wins ‘Album Of the Year’ and Sam Smith wins both ‘Song’ and ‘Record Of the Year’ at the 57th Grammy Awards

2004 [14] OutKast becomes the 1st hip-hop act to win a Grammy Award for ‘Album Of the Year’ (“Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”)

2004 [14] Beyoncé wins 5 trophies at the Grammy Awards, tying the then-record for female artists co-held by Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, and Norah Jones (Adele and Beyoncé have since raised the mark to 6)


✓ Double stuffed Oreos are only stuffed 1.86 times more than regular Oreos.
✓ Americans spend more than a year of their life flipping channels.
✓ People eating popcorn remember ads less.
✓ 30% of people with smartphones never download a single app.
✓ Chocolate frosting is more nutritious than Nutella.
✓ Birds don’t pee.

• You refer to one of your legs as “My good leg”.
• You need to calculate your age in your head, because you’re not sure how old you are anymore.
• You start 8-12 sentences a day with the words “These damned millennials…”
• That crap your dad always said starts to make sense.
• They keep remaking your movies
• The Urban Dictionary is your homepage.
• The hot guys all call you “ma’am”.
• Ibuprofen has become a food group.
• Your biggest enemy? Gravity.
• When you fall down at a party, rather than laugh like they used to, people panic & run to help you.
• 50 shades of grey is your hair, not your sex life.

• What’s your guilty pleasure, the thing you’re too embarrassed to admit you enjoy?

To be or not to be. That’s not really a question.

• What is the phrase Marie Antoinette known for?
a. Off with his head!
b. Let them eat cake! [CORRECT]
c. You’ll catch your death of a cold!

• According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, what is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?
a. Money
b. Love
c. 42 [CORRECT]

Question: It takes the typical person 17 months and 26 days to do what?
Answer: Get over an ex.

It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.

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