January 18 2023

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023 – Edition: #7398

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★ Jeremy Renner tweeted he is home from the hospital more than 2 weeks after being seriously injured in a snowplow accident. The Marvel star had been hospitalized since New Year’s Day, following an accident while clearing a driveway near his Nevada home. Monday night, the “Mayor of Kingstown” star replied to a Twitter post from the show, writing, “Outside my brain fog in recovery, I was very excited to watch episode 201 with my family at home.” Season 2 of the show premiered Sunday. During his hospital stay, Renner underwent 2 surgeries and was treated in the intensive care unit. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p8nzxvs
★ Sally Field has been named the 58th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Field, who has previously won 2 Oscars, a SAG Award, 3 Emmys, and more, will be presented with the honor at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live on Netflix’s YouTube channel, on February 26 from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
★ Details have been announced for a public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley. She’ll be honored at Graceland, her father’s former home, this Sunday. A 9am service has been planned for the front lawn of the Presley family estate in Memphis, Tennessee. The family asks that those who wish to send something do so in the form of a donation to The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, which offers support to various charitable organizations, especially those focusing on arts, education, and children’s programs.
★ Reza Farahan is ready for Kyle Richards to move on from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” — but she has other plans. The “Shahs of Sunset” alum didn’t hold back when Andy Cohen asked him to name the “most overrated” star of the “Real Housewives” franchise. Farahan responded that his answer would get him in a lot of trouble, “but Kyle Richards. Sorry, Kyle.” He then shared his idea for her replacement: former “RHOBH” cast member Lisa Vanderpump, with whom Richards has feuded for years. Richards’ online response: “Wasn’t his show cancelled? And wasn’t he the first one voted off on Traitors? I can’t even be offended.”
★ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have responded to Jeremy Clarkson’s latest apology over his recent column in The Sun in which he said he “hates” the Duchess of Sussex. In a tweet via a spokesperson, the couple wrote: “What remains to be addressed is his long-standing pattern of writing articles that spread hate rhetoric, dangerous conspiracy theories, and misogyny…it is clear that this is not an isolated incident…” It’s been reported that Clarkson, who makes “The Grand Tour” and “Clarkson’s Farm” for Amazon, won’t be invited to sign another deal with the streamer, following the controversial column.
★ Last week, news broke that Disney is working on a revival of the beloved cartoon “Phineas and Ferb”, and fans are still ecstatic over the news. Disney officially announced the news on Friday at a Television Critics Association panel. Original series creator Dan Povenmire will be overseeing the revival. Disney Branded Television has ordered 40 new episodes of Phineas and Ferb – 2 seasons with 20 episodes each.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Jennifer Lopez, Chris Perfetti, Fall Out Boy
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Yara Shahidi, SG Lewis
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Trevor Noah, Stephanie Hsu
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): George Lopez, Sadie Sink, Daniel Fang
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Angela Bassett, Julia Wolf
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kim Petras, Brad Goreski
•  “The Daily Show” (COM): Guest host Leslie Jones
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Julie Bowen
• “The Talk”(CBS): Phil Keoghan, Janine Rubenstein
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): David Muir, Melanie “Mel B” Brown
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Rob Lowe, Marcus Scribner, Lawrence Zarian
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Chelsea Handler
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Debbie Allen
• “Name That Tune” (Fox): Celeb contestants Craig Ferguson, Jack McBrayer, Tisha Campbell and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren.
• “The Conners (ABC): Darlene and Ben get into a fight and ignore Becky’s boundaries in the house; Dan accuses Jackie of losing their home videos.
• “Chicago Med” (NBC): Goodwin, Maggie and Marcel help victims of a hit-and-run; Halstead struggles to diagnose a patient with seizures; Asher and Archer clash with Jack Dayton. Followed by new episodes of “Chicago Fire” and Chicago PD”.

• Haim — are back in studio to work on their 4th album, as revealed in a clip posted to TikTok. It shows Este and Danielle pulling sister Alana through a door as she struggles to escape. The text reads: “When your sisters are making you get back in the studio but you were born to be an Oscar award winning actress”, a reference to Alana’s starring role in the 2021 film “Licorice Pizza”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/47nduk8c
• Skrillex – In a series of tweets, he let fans know that 2022 was “The toughest year” of his life, and some festival cancellations and music release delays were due to his mental health. While he doesn’t make a promise of any new material coming, he assured fans that he’s doing better, and “for the first time in 4-5 years I’ve found a new sense of peace. It took so much work and sacrifice to get here.”
• Foo Fighters — Dave Grohl is the subject of a new comic book. “Orbit: Dave Grohl” is the latest in a series from TidalWave Productions, which focuses “on personalities who impact the world”. Previous musical entries include David Bowie, John Lennon, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yns66bph
• Kenny Loggins – His hit ‘I’m Alright’ is featured in some new “Caddyshack”-inspired Super Bowl ads for Michelob beer. One recreates the famous scene film where groundskeeper Carl Spackler, played by Bill Murray, in the movie and by Tony Romo in the new ad – gives a play-by-play of his golf swing. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5n8ajf26
• Rolling Stones — have shared a new live version of ‘Wild Horses’ from their live album “GRRR Live!”, out Feb. 10. The show, which took place in 2012 in Newark NJ, was originally broadcast as the pay-per-view event “The Rolling Stones: One More Shot”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ycyh46v2
• Iron Maiden – Bruce Dickinson recounted during his spoken-word show in Norway that a highlight of his professional career came when one of his heroes, Johnny Cash, approached him backstage in Toronto, asking for an autograph. It turns out one of Cash’s daughters is a huge Maiden fan.
• Jimmie Allen – performed with his “favorite band of all time” on the weekend. He joined Matchbox Twenty onstage in Atlantic City NJ, for renditions of the group’s 2000 hit ‘If You’re Gone’, and returned later to perform 2003’s ‘Unwell’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4zyh4kpy
• Gabby Barret – is technically still on maternity leave after welcoming her son, Augustine Boone, in November, but she’s also hard at work on her next album. And she says it will feature a song written by Luke Combs. Not only is she a big fan of Combs, but she said: “He was very adamant about the song and me recording it.” She added “It’s an awesome song, and it’s coming out this year.”
• Priscilla Block – has dropped the new song ‘Me Pt. 2’, in anticipation of her upcoming “Welcome to the Block Party Deluxe Album”, out Feb. 10. She calls it “hands down one of the most honest songs I’ve ever written”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4ke7h9uj


If your last name is “Zoolander”, you probably don’t want to hear this – but scientists are looking into the theory that your last name could play a role in how well you perform in school — AND your overall success in life. According to a study from the University of Colorado Boulder, people whose last initial is among the beginning letters of the alphabet are more likely to see greater achievements, especially in school. You know what’s coming: Conversely, those who have to wait the longest to raise their hand during roll-call are less likely to do well in school — and on the job. Why? According to a co-author of the study: “If your name is at the end of the alphabet, you’re less likely to be identified by teachers as an outstanding student.” Researchers determined that a 10-letter gap holds a weight of about 10%. That means a student whose last name is “Morris” was about 10% less likely to be viewed in a more positive light by a teacher than a classmate whose last name is “Brown.” Fortunately, the effect, called “alphabetism,” seems to affect people mostly in their younger years, including early adulthood, and fizzle later in life.
(Still waiting…)
(Also, it isn’t particularly good for your academic career if your teacher refers to you as “Whatshisname”!!)

With a number of substantial winter storms lately, you may have noticed an increase in drivers who elect to brave their way through the conditions – with their 4-way flashers on. Why? Well, you’d have to ask them. While I’m sure they feel they are increasing their visibility, or sending the signal to other drivers that extra care is needed, but they may be surprised to know that the vast majority of experts advise against the practice. Plus, it’s actually illegal to do so in most US states and Canadian provinces. As pointed out by a specialist in a Reader’s Digest article, drivers should “Realize that in bad weather it is hard enough to see you, but now with no turn signals, other drivers also don’t know where you may be going to.” A Charlotte meteorologist tweeted about driving with hazard lights on after a recent rainstorm: “Please stop! No one knows what you are doing. Are you stalled? Turning left and right? In a funeral procession? Wipers on, lights on, is all you need.” In fact, many experts say if the rain or weather is bad enough to turn on hazard lights, then the driver should assume the conditions are too bad to continue driving the vehicle.
(And besides, the whole idea behind using your 4-way flashers is to signal to others that you need help. You can take that any way you like!)
(I suppose the fact that my car only has ‘3-way’ flashers doesn’t make a difference?)

We keep hearing about our favorite TV shows and movies being “rebooted”, how about our favorite tech devices? Well, wait no further, because the iconic Sony Walkman is back — as a hi-resolution streaming player. The Walkman cassette player was first released in 1979, selling over 500,000 units in its first year. It became a huge leap forward in portable music consumption, eventually selling over 400million units. The new Walkman is available in two models, and Sony says both offer “evolutionary sound” while allowing listeners to download music to the playing card-sized device or stream via Wi-Fi. You can use “your favourite streaming and music apps right on your Walkman or connect to a PC to access your music collection”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y2up7fsk
(But…I’ve still got all those old cassettes in my basement with nothing to play them on…)
(Now, tell me what it does that my iPhone doesn’t…!)

(Thanks to those who responded to a question posted in Reddit…)
➢ “When you buy pizza from a place that only sells it by the slice, you’re pretty much having a pizza party with a bunch of strangers that day.”
➢ “Charcuterie is just a Lunchable that went to Harvard.”
➢ “A fish stick and a hot dog served together on the same plate is basically surf ‘n turf.”
➢ “Macaroni and cheese with sliced hot dogs is carbonara if you’re super vague about the details.”
➢ “A corn dog is really just a cheaper version of beef Wellington.”
➢ “The flavor of water is its temperature.”
➢ “Gazpacho is a vegetable smoothie.”
➢  “The best part of a cucumber tastes like the worst part of a watermelon.”
➢ “A chicken nugget is a meatball, and nothing can change that fact.”
➢ “Strawberry Cheesecake is essentially a plate of fruit, cheese, and eggs, perfectly acceptable for breakfast.”
➢ “A bowl of cereal is just breakfast soup.”
➢ “Corn is really just a speedometer that measures how fast your digestive system is working.”

A new study warns that more than a billion young people are at risk for hearing loss from wearing headphones and earbuds. The findings, published in the journal BMJ Global Health, say the (loud) use of personal listening devices, as well as going to loud live music gigs is placing the younger generation at risk. Currently, more than 430 million people have disabling hearing loss, and young people are especially vulnerable because of the use of these devices. (Kinda makes me question why I chose to do what I do for a living…)


• “Gourmet Coffee Day”, honoring the “good stuff” that costs you an arm and a leg. And then the barista spells your name wrong on the cup. (Wandy?)
• “Maintenance Day”, honoring all janitors and building maintenance personnel. (What’s the correct term these days? Caretaker? Custodian? Attendant?)
• “Thesaurus Day”, celebrating the birthday of the author of “Roget’s Thesaurus”. Peter Roget was born on this day in 1779. (Quick! What’s another word for thesaurus?)
• “Winnie the Pooh Day”, honoring the birthday of “Winnie-the-Pooh” author AA Milne (1882-1956) in London UK. (Disney says thanks for the profits, dude.)
• “Peking Duck Day”, Peking Duck (the national dish of China) is made with a specific breed of duck—the Imperial Peking. It is typically roasted in a brick oven, which causes the skin to become crispy. It can be eaten with pancakes, spring onions, and either hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce.
• “Museum Selfie Day”, this internet event invites fans, curators, and museum managers to snap a photo of themselves in front of their favorite collections and share it on Instagram and Twitter. (#nerd?)

[Thurs] Get to Know Your Customers Day
[Thurs] Brew A Potion Day
[Fri] Disc Jockey Day
[Sat] Playdate Day
This Week is…Fresh Squeezed Juice Week
This Month is…Blood Donor Month

1955 [68] Kevin Costner, Lynwood CA, movie actor (“The Bodyguard”, “Field of Dreams”)/movie director (“Dances With Wolves”)/TV actor (“Yellowstone” since 2018) COMING UP… “Horizon”

1962 [61] Alison Arngrim, Queens NY, TV actress (‘Nellie Olson’ on “Little House on the Prairie” 1974-1982)

1969 [54] Dave Bautista, Washington DC, wrestler-actor (“Guardians of the Galaxy” movies/2-time WWE Wrestling Champion) COMING UP… “Dune: Part Two”, 2023

1969 [54] Jesse L. Martin, Rocky Mount VA, TV actor (“The Flash” 2014-23, “Law & Order” 1999-2008)

1971 [52] Jonathan Davis, Bakersfield CA, rock singer-drummer-bagpiper (Korn-‘Word Up!’, ‘Freak on a Leash’ ft. Amy Lee)

1980 [43] Jason Segal, LA CA, TV actor (“How I Met Your Mother” 2005-15)/movie actor (“The Muppets”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) COMING UP… “Shrinking” TV series, 2023

1996 [27] Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson

2004 [19] Jennifer Lopez’s divorce from her second husband Cris Judd becomes final (his estimated settlement for a year of marriage … $15 million)

1989 [34] The Rolling Stones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Dion, Otis Redding, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder

2016 [07] Glenn Frey, Eagles co-founder, singer-songwriter, and guitarist, dies of pneumonia at 67

2005 [18] The Airbus A380, ‘World’s Largest Commercial Jet’ (800 passengers), is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France

2013 [10] NASA scientists achieve a first in laser communication when they successfully beam a picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ to a spacecraft orbiting the Moon

2014 [09] 16-year-old Lewis Clarke of Bristol, UK becomes the youngest to trek to the South Pole

2015 [08] Over 6 million people attend a mass given by Pope Francis in Manila, Philippines


✓ Since 1770, there has been a global flu pandemic about once every 20 years.
✓ The word ‘facetiously’ contains all 5 vowels and the letter “y”, in alphabetical order.
✓ On average, 3 people die each year from using their tongue to check if a battery works.
✓ People who often feel guilty tend to be the hardest workers.
✓ Goodyear Rubber Company research concluded that shoes wear out faster on the right foot than the left.
✓ In Victorian times, sausages were called “bags of mystery.”
-DidYouKnow, WhattheFFacts

Best of BS . . .
• A person saying “Goodbye” at the end of a phone call.
• A reality show about the cameramen who film reality shows.
• An actual star on “Dancing With the Stars”.
• A commercial for a wonder-drug whose side-effects don’t sound horrifying.
• Actual directions on how to get to Sesame Street.
• Characters staring at their phones for hours on end.
• A commercial that says it ISN’T the best time to buy a car.
• A functional family.
• How am I supposed to know what I HAVEN’T seen?
• Full frontal nudity. (Although I do keep offering…)
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

• Make the ‘Law & Order “chung-chung” sound every time someone finishes a sentence.
• Ask if the defendant is married, because you’re single and ready to mingle!
• Tell the judge his wife says “Hi”.
• Bring in a magic 8-ball to help everyone with their decision.
• Tell them you’re pro death-penalty. In all cases, especially divorces.
• Admit that you did it.
• Lose the silent but keep the deadly.
• Shout “Guilty!” when the judge walks in.
• Tell then you’re a ‘stable genius’.
• If all else fails, pull out a flask.
-Twitterfirst published in BS in 2018

DEFINITELY a dad-joke (sound up):   https://tinyurl.com/2xebpssu

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless.

Are the following oft-repeated statements true — or just an urban myth?
• Women have one more rib than men. [Myth]
• Cedar chests deter insects. [True]
• Fright can turn a person’s hair white overnight. [Myth]
• Milk is good for an ulcer. [Myth]
• Lightning never strikes in the same place twice. [Myth]
• The first frisbees were empty pie tins from the Frisbie Pie Co. [True]
• A baby bird’s mother will reject it if you pick it up because your scent will be left on it. [Myth]
• Adidas is an acronym for ‘All Day I Dream About Sex’. [Myth]
• Cooties are in fact a kind of body lice. [True]
• The letters on the standard keyboard were originally placed to slow typists down. [True]
• NASA spent over $165 million on a space pen, while Russia just used pencils. [Myth]

What is a non-negotiable rule in your home?

Question:  The average family uses only about 8% of THESE. What are they?
Answer:  TV channels

You just can’t beat someone who never gives up.



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