January 6 2021

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – Edition: #6882

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★ You won’t find many people who loved the 2013 series finale of “Dexter,” which left everybody’s favorite serial killer in a self-imposed isolation as a lumberjack. But Michael C. Hall, who played ‘Dexter Morgan’ over eight seasons of the Showtime series, says he hopes the upcoming revival can make up for it. A 10-episode limited run is tentatively scheduled to premiere this fall. As Hall put it: “I include myself in the group of people that wondered, ‘What the (heck) happened to that guy?’ So, I’m excited to step back into it.”
★ Louis Gossett Jr., best known for his role in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” is fighting the coronavirus in quarantine at home after checking himself out of a hospital in Georgia. He first experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, and reportedly struggled to stand as he was admitted to a hospital on Dec. 27. At 84 and a cancer survivor, he’s considered among those at higher risk of complications, but refused to listen to doctors and decided to quarantine at home with his son while he continues battling the virus.
★ Some members of the cast of the 1970s TV show “The Waltons” will appear in tomorrow’s episode of the charity benefit program “Stars In The House”. The episode, which will be available on both the Stars In The House website and its official YouTube channel, will feature a live Q&A session along with a musical performance. Mary Beth McDonough, Kami Cotler and Eric Scott will be among the series regulars who will be featured on the live discussion.
★ Chris Rock is back with a ‘somewhat’ new Netflix special. He’ll release “Chris Rock: Total Blackout, The Tamborine Extended Cut” — a long version of his 2018 show – next Tuesday. The special will see Rock “take the stage with searing observations on race, fatherhood, and politics.” The extended cut includes never-before-seen jokes, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage.” In the official trailer, Rock says: “For the first time in history, a remix version of a special. It’s a Netflix special, not a normal, not a routine. It’s a special.”


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Regina King, Jake Tapper, Best Coast
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Don Cheadle, Taylor Kinney, Michael Kiwanuka
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Samantha Bee, Paul Mescal
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Hailee Steinfeld, Seventeen
• “Conan” (TBS): Thomas Middleditch (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Emily Simpson, Mary Cosby
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Ken Jeong
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jane Krakowski
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Tim Allen, Julia Collin Davison
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Diane Keaton, Isla Fisher (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Mayim Bialik, Bobby Moynihan, Andrew Rea, Don Miguel Ruiz
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Charlize Theron, Eitan Bernath
• “The Price Is Right at Night” (CBS): Adam Devine plays for the Children’s Miracle Network, alongside contestants playing for prizes including luxury cars and $100,000 in cash.
• “Name That Tune” (FOX): Jane Krakowski hosts a revival of the classic music game show.
• “Nature Gone Wild” (A&E): Series premiere. Two fisherman play tug of war with a massive croc; a father and son get caught in a wildfire; a bow hunter gets a bear hug.
• “Undercover Billionaire” (DISCOVERY): Season 2 premiere. With just $100 in their pockets, three business titans are dropped in unfamiliar cities, stripped of their names, money and contacts and challenged to build $1 million businesses in 90 days.

• Justin Bieber – still wants to take on Tom Cruise in the boxing ring. He first made headlines in 2019 when he randomly challenged Cruise to a fight via Twitter. Now, he has shared a pic of himself in the ring from his new video ‘Anyone’, in which he plays a fighter, with the caption: “Tom Cruise is toast.”
• Lewis Capaldi – His 2019 debut “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” has been named the most-streamed album in the UK for a second year running. Also in the top-5: Harry Styles’ “Fine Line”, Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia”, Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and Stormzy’s “Heavy is the Head”.
• Eminem – says he had to relearn how to rap because of his drug addiction. Speaking about his apology to Rihanna on his new song ‘Zeus’ for leaked controversial lyrics about Chris Brown, he said that he had “zero recollection” of the verse, and was just rapping whatever rhymed because he was relearning how to rap around the time of his 2009 “Relapse” album.
• Bee Gees — Barry Gibb says he won’t watch the critically acclaimed documentary about his band because he doesn’t want to relive his brothers’ deaths. He’s the last surviving member following the passing of Maurice and Robin, in 2003 and 2012, respectively. “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” streams until Jan. 17 on HBO.
• Steve Earle & The Dukes – Their new “J.T.” album, a collection honoring Earle’s late son, Justin Townes Earle, came out on Monday, on what would have been Justin’s 39th birthday.  It contains covers of 10 songs from Justin’s discography, plus Steve’s heartfelt tribute ‘Last Words’. Justin died from an accidental overdose on Aug. 20.
• Brandi Carlile – has made her Soundgarden collaboration available to streaming services. In September, she released “A Rooster Says”, featuring her versions of ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Searching With My Good Eye Closed,’ recorded with the group’s surviving members, as part of Record Store Day 2020. Now, the 2-song album is available via streaming services.
• Michael Ray – says his next album will be as country as “all get out”. He has always made it clear that he’s a student of ’80s and ’90s country music, especially the likes of Shenandoah, Gary Allan, Joe Diffie and Travis Tritt. Now working on his third album, he says: “There’s songs on there really about where I’m from…Man, it’s country!”
• Loretta Lynn — will pay homage to women with “Still Woman Enough,” a new studio album coming out May 19. It traces American traditional music, spotlighting a handful of songs popularized by the Carter Family, and new renditions of some of Lynn’s biggest early hits. Special guests on the album will include Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Margo Price and Tanya Tucker.


So, you’re working from home these days…do you REALLY need to shower every day? Short answer: No. For most adults, the biggest reason for showering is to reduce body odor, according to Elaine Larson, professor emerita at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York. She says showering less can be a good idea because it helps keep beneficial microbes on your skin. She recommends that adults shower every 3-7 days, unless they are very active or prone to infections. And older people with drier skin may benefit from showering less frequently too.
(Every 3-7 days? Who knew that 11-year-old me was WAAAAY ahead of my time?)
(But I can’t go 3 days without singing!)
(I’m stuck at home with a stir-crazy spouse, 3 teenagers and 4 pets. I NEED to take a shower every day!)

If you’ve had just about enough of that New Year’s resolution to avoid the sweets or to exercise more…or even to spend less, this might put you over the edge. A motivational expert says you’re better off throwing your 2021 goals out now because few ever get accomplished. Richard Ryan, who is the professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Rochester, says that to change things up, and make yourself happier, the best thing to do is to resolve to help others. According to him, most of the time, people aren’t successful in keeping their New Year’s resolutions because they are coming from pressure…pressure to look good, or to seem successful, rather than a goal that you really value such as health or vitality. He contends that we’d probably be much more successful with goals that include giving back to others. He and his colleagues have found that when people are focused on giving to others, they experience deeper satisfaction than when their goals are more self-oriented: Quote: “Experiments show that doing something benevolent for others, even when you will never meet the beneficiary, increases your positive mood and energy.”
(Plus, if I give away my stockpile of Christmas treats, I might lose weight!)
(That’s why I decided to give back to the community. Starting next week, I’m volunteering as a crossing guard for an online school!)
(Sounds possible, but I’m not willing to risk it!)

New research shows that exercising in the cold burns off more fat than normal, at least when it comes to short bursts of high-intensity exercise. In the study, 11 “moderately fit, overweight volunteers were put through a set of standard workouts involving high-intensity interval training. It was found that lipid oxidation, which is the technical term for burning fat, increased by more than 3 times during exercise at 0°Celsius (32° F). In a scientific first, researchers also checked the effect of cold weather exercising on test subjects the next day, and the news wasn’t quite as good. They found that after a high-fat breakfast there was no substantial difference in the rate that fat is burned the next day. The scientists say that their results still show the benefits of staying active throughout the winter months.
(But…the cold is my best excuse NOT to exercise!)
(Short bursts of high-intensity exercise? Oh, like when you slip on ice!)
(If that were true, with the amount of shoveling I’ve done in the past 2 weeks, I’d have disappeared by now!)


(Names in brackets are last year’s rank, if it was in the top-10)
• Boys:                                         • Girls:
1. Liam (1)                                   1. Olivia (2)
2. Jackson (2)                              2. Emma (3)
3. Noah (3)                                  3. Mia (8)
4. Lucas (4)                                 4. Sophia (4)
5. Oliver (9)                                 5. Zoey
6. Grayson (5)                             6. Charlotte (6)
7. Leo                                           7. Amelia (7)
8. Jack                                           8. Aria (5)
9. Benjamin                                 9. Mila (9)
10. William                                  10. Hannah
Also of note:
• The only girl’s baby names remaining from the 2000 list are Olivia, Emma and Hannah. Other names in the top-10 that year included Emily, Sarah, Jessica, Madison, Ashley, Megan and Taylor.
• Only Benjamin appears on the top-10 list for boy’s names in both 2000 and 2020. Twenty years ago, Joshua, Matthew, Jacob, Ryan, Nicholas, Ethan, Michael, Brandon and Alexander were the other favorites.
-DailyHive, Narcity

A Harvard professor claims that aliens visited Earth in 2017. Avi Loeb says that a mysterious object spotted at that time, Oumuamura, was a harbinger of things to come. In his upcoming book, “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth”, the professor says that the weird rock was only the first sign of foreign visitors, and the next visit might be more active. Loeb believes that Earth’s inhabitants need to get our act together and prepare for future visits from aliens, just in case they aren’t friendly, but “Instead, we are wasting a lot of resources on Earth fighting each other and other negative things that are a big waste.”


1955 [66] Rowan Atkinson, Consett UK, movie actor (“Bean”, “Four Weddings & A Funeral”, “Johnny English” movies)/TV comic (“Mr. Bean” 1990-95, “Blackadder” 1983-89)/Order of the British Empire, 2013

1960 [61] Nigella Lawson, London UK, celebrity chef (“Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat”, “The Taste” 2013-14, “Nigella Bites” 1999-2001)

1960 [61] Howie Long, Charlestown MA, TV football analyst (“FOX NFL Sunday” since 1994)/retired NFL DE (Raiders 1981-93)/Pro Football Hall of Fame (2000)

1969 [52] Norman Reedus, Hollywood FL, TV actor (‘Daryl Dixon’ on “The Walking Dead” since 2010, “Ride with Norman Reedus” since 2016)

1969 [52] Ree Drummond, Bartlesville OK, chef (“The Pioneer Woman” since 2011)

1970 [51] Julie Chen (Moonves), Queens NY, TV host (“The Talk” 2010-18, “Big Brother” since 2000)/wed to CBS-TV president-CEO Leslie Moonves since 2004

1982 [39] Eddie Redmayne, London UK, movie actor (“Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them”, “The Theory of Everything”) COMING UP…”Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3″, 2022

1984 [37] Kate McKinnon, Sea Cliff NY, comedian (“Saturday Night Live” since 2012)/movie actress (“Ghostbusters”)

• “Cuddle Up Day”, an opportunity to snuggle up to someone or something on a cold Winter’s day.

• “Take Down the Christmas Tree Day”, as the official holiday season ends today with Epiphany.

• “Epiphany” (aka “Three Kings Day”), a Christian celebration and public holiday in Spain, Italy, Sweden, and Puerto Rico. In Ireland it’s known as “Little Christmas”; in Italy the kindly witch ‘La Befana’ slides down chimneys on her broom to bring toys & goodies for kids; in Mexico, where it’s known as “Dia de los Santos Reyes”, kids leave shoes out to be filled with toys by ‘Los Tres Reyes’ (The Three Kings), who tote gifts while riding camel-back.

• “Carnival Season” begins, running from today (“Epiphany”) until February 16th (“Shrove Tuesday”). Although some people use Carnival and Mardi Gras interchangeably, they are actually different things. Carnival is a time to eat, drink and be merry before the rigorous fasting and sacrifice during Lent.

• “Apple Tree Day”, started as a celebration of an apple tree that was almost two centuries old. It is unknown which tree it was—maybe it was the Original Bramley apple tree, or Granfer’s apple tree, both of which stood for over two centuries. (And lived “appley” ever after?)

• “Smith Day”, celebrating the most-common surname in the English-speaking world.

[Thurs] Tempura Day
[Thurs] Harlem Globetrotter’s Day
[Fri] Argyle Day
[Fri] Bubble Bath Day

1975 [46] “Wheel Of Fortune” debuts on NBC

2016 [05] “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breaks the North American box office record, passing the $760.5m record set by “Avatar” (current total: $936.6 million)

2003 [18] Rocker Elvis Costello weds jazz singer Diana Krall in a ceremony at Elton John’s mansion in England

2012 [09] Wiz Khalifa is sued for $2.3 million over his hit song ‘Black & Yellow’, which rapper Maxamillion claims is a rip-off of  his obscure 2007 tune ‘Pink & Yellow’

2019 [02] Kanye West debuts his weekly Sunday Service series at his home in Calabasas, California. The event, teased on social media by wife Kim Kardashian, features gospel-soul takes of his hits with the rapper’s celebrity pals rounding out the congregation

2016 [05] It’s reported that in the UK, more money has been spent on vinyl than downloaded albums for the first time since downloads became available

2012 [09] Andy Coyne manages to wear 249 T-shirts at one time, weighing in at more than 200 pounds, at a trade show in Las Vegas – setting the new world record for the most t-shirts worn at once

2013 [08] The electric guitar played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is sold at auction for a record $965,000 (the Fender Stratocaster had been in the possession of a New Jersey family for 48 years after Dylan left it on a private plane)


✓ If you ran (literally) at a snail’s pace, it would take you 18 months to finish a marathon.
✓ The country with the most Olympic medals per capita is Liechtenstein.
✓ A high quality Persian rug can last for 500 years.
✓ Incidences of déjà vu decrease with age.
✓ TV’s Mr. Rogers and golfer Arnold Palmer were high school pals.
✓ Tom Cruise writes with his right hand, but does almost everything else with his left hand.

➠ Nearly 500 teens got into a massive brawl at a Missouri mall. (From what I know about the area, I’m guessing it began over the reciprocity theorem in linear gradient elasticity and the corresponding Saint-Venant principle. That, or a Cinnabon…)
➠ A study shows that people are more likely to lie and cheat in the afternoon. (Which explains Congress’ new motto: It’s two o’clock somewhere.)
➠ Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, turns 9 this week. (And, if I know her parents, I’m sure the celebration will be a low-key affair, devoid of any extravagance or pretense…)
➠ The British actor and comedian who played “Mr. Bean,” Rowan Atkinson, is 66 toay. (At his birthday party, all his European friends laughed and laughed and laughed, but as usual, his American friends thought it was boring…)
➠ Self-driving car startup Ouster is nearing a $1.9 billion dollar deal to go public. (GREAT! Now if they’d just invent a self-drinking vodka, my weekends would be complete!)

Cute kitty overload:  https://tinyurl.com/yd54uxe2

• The 2014 film “Maleficent” is based on which story?
a) Cinderella
b) Sleeping Beauty [CORRECT]
c) Snow White
d) The Hunchback of Notre Dame

• What is the official term for animated programs that originate in Japan?
a) Kimono
b) Ginkgo
c) Anime [CORRECT]
d) Anna Mae

• In the title of the Beatles album, to which club do Sergeant Pepper’s band members belong?
a) Magical Mystery
b) Lonely Hearts [CORRECT]
c) Mensa
d) Shriners


There’s no ‘I’ in “denial”.

What ‘little thing’ causes you to immediately lose your temper?

Question:  It is estimated that 22% of your coworkers could say THIS about their spouse. What is it?
Answer:  They met at work

The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases with the acquisition of it.


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