January 12 2021

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – Edition: #6891

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★ The full list of winners for the 2021 Critics Choice Super Awards has been unveiled. The ceremony, hosted by Kevin Smith and Dani Fernandez — was produced remotely with COVID safety protocols in place. Amazon’s “The Boys” took home the most awards, with four, including Best Superhero Series, Best Actor in a Superhero Series, Best Actress in a Superhero Series, and Best Villain in a Series. The Critics Choice Association also presented the Legacy award to the “Star Trek” franchise, recognizing the cultural impact it has had across multiple decades while continuing to appeal to and grow its loyal fanbase with new stories and characters.
★ The Kardashians have filmed the final scene of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, and Kanye West was a no-show at the wrap party. The reality show is set to end in 2021 after 14 years, and while members of the family and crew were present to celebrate KUWTK’s final day of filming and the mark the series made on reality TV, there was one glaring absence. When Kim shared her behind-the-scenes look at the party on Instagram, fans were quick to take notice that there was no place setting for Kanye, but Rob Kardashian, Scott Disick, and Corey Gamble were all included. Kanye’s absence at the event is being said by some to speak volumes in supporting the rumors of his relationship with Kim being on the verge of divorce.
-Canoe, Fansided
★ Gal Gadot’s husband works out more since she became Wonder Woman. Gadot says Yaron Varsano – with whom she has two daughters, is a very supportive spouse and, but her stardom has changed one thing in her marriage to the property developer. Quote: “He is super happy to be married to Wonder Woman. He is so proud. He’s my biggest fan. The only thing that has changed is that he has started training more because I became so strong!”
★ Tom Holland lost and gained 30 pounds for his role in “Cherry”. He plays the lead role in the new crime drama, and according to director Joe Russo, Holland “really shredded himself for the part. He lost 30 pounds, he gained it back.” In the film, Holland plays the role of an army medic with PTSD who becomes addicted to opioids and starts robbing banks to pay for his addiction.
★ Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange showed kindness to those in need while walking in New York on Friday. The acclaimed actresses gave money to members of the homeless community during their stroll around Manhattan’s East Village. And that wasn’t all. The screen legends were also spotted helping an elderly woman in a wheelchair.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kyra Sedgwick, Aldis Hodge, JP Saxe
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Anne Hathaway, Lilly Singh, Jazmine Sullivan
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): James Comey, Lili Reinhart
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Carey Mulligan, Leslie Jordan, Neil Gaiman
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Liam Neeson, Pillow Queens
• “Conan” (TBS): Marshawn Lynch (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kameron Westcott, Cheyenne Jackson
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Anne Hathaway, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Jeanette Jenkins
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Milo Ventimiglia, Folake Olowofoyeku, Ronnie Woo
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Carrie Underwood
• “The Resident” (FOX): Season 4 premiere
• “Prodigal Son” (FOX): Season 2 premiere
• “Two Sentence Horror Stories” (CW): Season 2 premiere
• “Trickster” (CW): Series premiere. When a drug dealer threatens his mom over an outstanding debt, Jared struggles to come up with the money to save her, while frightening hallucinations hint at much bigger troubles lurking right around the corner.

• Ashanti – She and Keyshia Cole were forced to postpone their VERZUZ battle again. The online event was pushed back last month after Ashanti revealed she had tested positive for coronavirus. A new statement explains that the Jan 9 date was delayed again “to protect the artists and everyone who works with us” as COVID numbers continue to rise.
• Taylor Swift – has made history, again. Her “Folklore” album closed out 2020 as the top selling album of the year in the U.S., and the only album to sell at least a million copies. She has now claimed the top selling album of the year 5 times, the first act to do so dating back to the first year of MRC tracking in 1992.
• Nirvana – Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl says he still dreams about playing in Nirvana. Grohl, who was Nirvana’s drummer until frontman Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, only plays the group’s songs live with former bandmates Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear and guest vocalists. Quote: “I wouldn’t feel comfortable singing a song that Kurt sang. I feel perfectly at home playing those songs on the drums.”
• Duran Duran – singer Simon Le Bon says David Bowie inspired him to start writing songs. Duran Duran performed virtually as part of the 24-hour “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day” event on Saturday, and covered his song ‘Five Years’ to mark the occasion. In a statement, Le Bon also said: “My life as a teenager was all about David Bowie.”
• The Black Crowes – On Feb. 26, they’ll will release a 30th-anniversary reissue of their debut album, “Shake Your Money Maker”. The Super Deluxe version will include a remastered version of the original album, plus 3 previously unheard studio recordings. One of them, ‘Charming Mess’ was originally earmarked to be the group’s first single. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y6etbumk
• Queen – Guitarist and animal activist Brian May is launching a “sandalwood and badger” scent to help protect wildlife. The perfume is called “Save Me” after group’s 1980 European hit. Money raised will go to May’s Save Me Trust, which he launched to “protect the welfare and dignity of wild animals”.
• Morgan Wallen – ‘865’, one of the new songs on his new album “Dangerous” features the lyric: “This bottle tastes like 865-409-1021”. When a reporter dialed the number, she reached US Telepunch, an automated answering service that, according to its website, “offers businesses a way to connect their remote employees to time clocks, company benefit details and more via phone.”
• Kane Brown – shared a clip of himself dancing along to his soon to be released song ‘Nothing ‘Bout Loving You I’d Change’ on Instagram. He can’t help but grin as he mouths the words, with his elbows pumping. In the caption, he wrote: “we ready for 2021” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y3qtf7f5


Not only has Burger King updated its logo for the first time in 20, making it look more like a hamburger and less like an NBA G League team logo, the restaurant has announced a number of changes aimed at making it “the restaurant of tomorrow”, according to parent company Restaurant Brands International. Many branches have halted indoor dining not only due to the pandemic, but also because they are getting major overhauls and adding some interesting ordering and eating options…like food lockers, conveyor belts and even motorcycle lanes. Future Burger Kings will have 3 car collection options – drive-in, drive-thru and curbside collection, plus outdoor dining. The revamped sites will be 60% smaller, and diners will be able to park in what is called the “drive-in area” under a solar-powered canopy. Customers place their orders through an app by scanning a QR code at their parking spot, and staff deliver their order to the car. The drive-thru lanes will double and triple to speed up the process, and some locations will have a designated motorcycle lane. And, check this out…most of these lanes will include CONVEYOR BELTS because the kitchens will be on the second floor in busier areas. What’s the ‘food locker’ option? Order food on the app and pick it up in a metal box, for later. The first new-look BK will open soon in Miami, and shortly afterward in Latin America and the Caribbean.
(That’s awesome! My doctor told me to eat at Burger King more often. Well, he actually said I shouldn’t have McDonald’s anymore, but I know what he meant…)
(All that, and I bet I still can’t understand a word they say in the drive-thru speaker!)

It should come as no surprise that that “ultra-processed foods” like candy, soda, microwave meals, and hotdogs aren’t healthy, but a recent study takes concerns about eating that stuff to a whole new level. Italian researchers say that regularly eating “ultra-processed foods” over an extended period (eight years) led to a 26% higher risk of death from any cause and a 58% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease among study participants. What exactly are ultra-processed foods? A huge percentage of foods in grocery stores. From candies, chips, and ice cream to pre-packaged soups, frozen fries, and chicken nuggets, it encompasses a large part of many people’s diets. Most ultra-processed foods are loaded with sugar, but the researchers say that’s only part of the problem. They feel that an important part is played by industrial processing itself, which severely “modifies the structure and composition of nutrients.”
(But still, don’t you think Count Chocula is worth it?)
(On the other hand, that last part? That’s going to happen if I’m trying to cook vegetables, too!)

This invention hasn’t made it to the CES yet (***See “Dept. of Awesome”, below***), but scientists say there could be a way to charge your smartphone just by walking. Researchers at the University of Bath say clothing “smart” enough to turn gentle body movements into electricity could keep our phones charged while on the move. Nylon fibers, which produce electricity from simple body movements known as “swirl power,” could be useful at powering sensors and mobile devices. They generate a charge when touched, which can then be harnessed and stored in a battery. The electricity harvested from the fibers of this special clothing would be stored in a battery nestled in a pocket. The battery would be connected to a device either via a cable or wirelessly. Even the simplest movement, like swinging your arms, while wearing smart clothing would be enough to produce electricity for wearable electronics and portable devices.
(Probably not something that you’d want to wait for the dollar-store knockoff…)
(So instead of sweating a dead battery, you’ll be trying to sweat so you can charge it…)

A few things that you didn’t know you needed, expected to be featured at this year’s all-virtual Consumer Electronics Show, on now through Thursday . . .
➢ 5G:  Many sessions will dive into how 5G will reinvent various industries, from automobiles and smart cities to healthcare and farming. 5G-connected laptops may also make an appearance. (I’m looking forward to my computer being able to freeze…faster!)
➢ Health tech:  Next-level wearables will go beyond traditional tracking, like the one that claims to influence your dreams. Others will tell you if you are showing signs of infection — raised body temp, elevated heart rate and respiration — or if you are socially distanced enough. (Or you could just dress like [co-host]!)
➢ Digital transformation:  Expect new developments to make online ‘everything’ – work, learning, healthcare, streaming – more effective. And we could see a chip that helps computers better handle multiplayer games. (I’m not buying it. Literally!)
➢ Smart home:  With millions staying home, companies are adding more smart devices and systems into living rooms, kitchens and elsewhere. Beyond smart refrigerators and washers, appliances such as robot vacuum cleaners and air filters may get smarter with voice integration. (Because I don’t hear enough loud voices at home all day…)
➢ Samsung Galaxy S21:  The company will use the conference’s last day to unveil 3 new smartphones.  Expect the lineup to include an improved camera, a flatter design and a lower starting price. (But no access to Parler?)
LINK: https://www.ces.tech/About-CES.aspx

LG smartphones top the list of electronic devices that have broken the most over the last five years, according to a survey. 3,201 Canadians were asked about smartphone, laptop and tablet breakdowns and repairs, and it was found that an overwhelming majority of them are dealing with broken technology that is too difficult or too expensive to repair. 65% said they had multiple devices break down within the last 5 years. And what about Apple vs. Samsung? The survey found that Samsung smartphones experience more breakdowns relative to market share than Apple iPhones.


1951 [70] Kirstie Alley, Wichita KS, TV actress (“Cheers” 1987-1993, “Veronica’s Closet” 1997-2000)

1952 [69] Ricky Van Shelton, Danville VA, retired country singer (‘Life Turned Her That Way’, ‘Keep it Between the Lines’)

1954 [67] Howard Stern, New York City NY, satellite radio host (Self-proclaimed “King of All Media”/judge on “America’s Got Talent” 2012-2015)

1964 [57] Jeff Bezos, Albuquerque NM, entrepreneur/internet billionaire (Amazon.com founder & CEO with an estimated net worth of $186 billion, now 2nd in the world to Elon Musk)

1965 [56] Rob Zombie (Cummings), Haverhill MA, movie director (“Halloween” films, “The Devil’s Rejects”)/metal rocker (White Zombie – ‘Thunder Kiss ‘65′, ‘More Human Than Human’)

1968 [53] Rachael Harris, Worthington OH, TV actress (“Lucifer” since 2016, “SUits” 2012-2019)

1970 [51] Zack de la Rocha, Long Beach CA, rock singer (Rage Against the Machine- ‘Killing In the Name’, ‘Guerrilla Radio’)

1974 [47] Mel C (Melanie Jane Chisolm) “Sporty Spice”, Lancashire England, pop singer (Spice Girls – ‘Wannabe’, ‘Spice Up Your Life’)

1993 [28] Zayn (Zain Javadd Malik), Bradford UK, pop singer (‘Pillowtalk’, w/Taylor Swift-‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, One Direction-‘What Makes You Beautiful’)/boyfriend of model Gigi Hadid

• “International Kiss a Ginger Day”, an annual event that encourages folks to pucker up and plant one on a redhead (um…with permission, of course!)
✓ Movie star Emma Stone (“La La Land”)
✓ Actress Amy Adams (“Arrival”)
✓ TV host Conan O’Brien (“Conan”)
✓ Movie actress Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
✓ Actress Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”)
✓ Brit ex-royal Prince Harry
✓ Pop star Ed Sheeran (‘Shape of You”)
✓ US President Donald Trump (or at least it used to be…)

• “Pharmacists Day”, honoring drug dealers everywhere
☞ Counts out pills, “One for you, two for me . . .”
☞ Claims he can’t read the doc’s writing so he’ll have to take a guess.
☞ Writes on the pill bottle, “Take a bunch a couple times a day.”
☞ Makes people with high blood pressure wait in line longer.
☞ Every day at 5pm, he yells “Happy Hour!”
☞ Wears a shirt that says “A day without Prozac is like . . . Depressing, man”.

• “Marzipan Day”, celebrating the sweet, mold-able treat made from mostly sugar and almond meal or paste. It can end up looking like a big ball of Play Doh that you can color with food coloring and then form into different shapes.

• “Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution Day”, more power to you if you made it this far!

• “Hot Tea Day”, celebrating the rich culture and history, diverse types, health benefits, and soothing qualities of tea, and encouraging ‘tea-totalers’ “to raise their cups in honor of the beloved beverage.”

[Wed] Rubber Ducky Day
[Wed] Sticker Day
[Thurs] Kite Day
[Thurs] Caesarean Section Day

2002 [19] Conan O’Brien weds Liza Powell, a Seattle ad executive he met when she made an appearance on his show

2004 [17] The satirical TV newsmagazine show “Rick Mercer Report” debuts on CBC

1998 [23] The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas & The Papas, Lloyd Price, Santana, and Gene Vincent are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2005 [16] It’s announced that the Strawberry Field Children’s Home immortalized in The Beatles’ song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ is closing. John Lennon wrote the song after playing there as a child

2013 [08] The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury until his 1991 death is sold at auction for £74,000 (about $90,000), more than 5 times the pre-sale estimate

1967 [54] Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation. He remains preserved…


✓ If “The Simpsons” aged normally, Bart would now be older than Marge was in the first season.
✓ Monkeys floss their teeth.
✓ Your brain literally heats up when you’re stressed. Smiling can cool it down.
✓ It takes 120 litres of water to make one glass of wine.
✓ Cans of diet soda float, but regular soda cans sink.
✓ Applying hemorrhoid cream to your chest and waist can make you look more muscular.
-ValueofWater, UberFacts

• AfternoonQuil
• Jumping on one leg. But only when Simon says.
• Excessive self-pity.
• A shot of whisky and a slap on the butt.
• Thoughts and prayers.
• Filling a nettipot with siracha and ghost pepper oil.
• Well wishes on Facebook.
• Catch the flu. You’ll forget all about that puny cold.
• Call in sick for work.
• Telling the person who is chronically coughing to shut the hell up.
• More cowbell
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

➠ The Consumer Electronics Show is taking place virtually this week from Las Vegas. (It’s the only time of year Las Vegas is introduced to technology beyond E-cigarettes and motorized scooters…)
➠ A report claims that a so-called “miracle molecule” in red wine could help improve mobility and prevent falls. (Meanwhile, my wife just gave me the ‘big okay’ signal with her fingers, polished off another box of Almaden, stumbled through the living room and face-planted onto the couch…)
➠ According to a study, nearly 80% of people sometimes suspect their coworkers are lying and not really ill when they use a sick day. (You know what those people are called? Correct.)
➠ Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is 57 today. (If only there were a website where I could order an overpriced gift with same day delivery…)
➠ Fact of the Day: Drinking alcohol improves your ability to speak a foreign language.  (FINALLY! . . . an explanation for Johnny Depp getting those roles.)

That didn’t go exactly as planned:  https://tinyurl.com/y38s6p4q

When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison.

What do you own a ridiculous amount of?

Question:  A survey of workers found that 35% would forgo a pay raise in exchange for THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Having their boss fired

There’s a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.


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