January 9 2023

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Monday, January 9, 2023 – Edition #7391

You’re Up to Your Eyeballs in Sheet!


★ Adam Rich, the child star known for his role as ‘Nicholas Bradford’ in the enormous hit TV show “Eight Is Enough” has died at age 54. TMZ reports Rich died Saturday at his LA area home. No word on a cause of death, but police sources are saying foul play is not suspected. Eight Is Enough ran between 1977 and 1981, when Rich became known for his pageboy haircut, which inspired thousands of parents to imitate the look for their young sons. His role on the show led him to be known as “America’s little brother.”
★ By now, you’ve heard about 100 “leaked stories” from Prince Harry’s new memoir “Spare”, which is officially out Tuesday. But have you heard THIS? Apparently, Prince William is “burning” with anger over Harry’s claims, but would “never retaliate”, according to close friends. The Sunday Times reports that William’s confidante described him as a “sitting duck” amid the heaping revelations made by the Duke of Sussex in his book, which is dominated by his rivalry with his brother and the death of their mother, Princess Diana in 1997. The friend said that the Prince of Wales has kept quiet “for the good of his family and the country.”
★ Todd Field’s “Tár”, a psychological drama about the downfall of a fictional composer and conductor, starring Cate Blanchett, won another major critics award on Saturday, with the National Society of Film Critics naming it the best film of 2022. That gives Tár a near-sweep of the major critics awards. It also won the top prize from the New York Film Critics Circle and tied with “Everything Everywhere All at Once” for top honors with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
★ “M3GAN” made a killing in its box office debut weekend, but not enough to scare “Avatar: The Way of Water” from the top spot. The new horror film took a $30 million stab, making it the first movie to open above $20 million in the first weekend of January — typically a slow, post-holiday time — since 2018’s “Insidious: The Last Key.” But M3GAN will have to settle for second place, as “Avatar: The Way of Water” looked set to make about $40 million in its 4th weekend, floating its domestic take above $500 million, and $1.7 billion worldwide.
★ Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott have reportedly broken up again, but remain as amicable as ever. The 2 have been together on and off since 2017 and have 2 children together – Stormi and Wolf Webster. Jenner and Scott dated from April 2017 to September 2019, then spent the first leg of their COVID-19 quarantine together in 2020 to be with their daughter. They officially confirmed that they had rekindled their romance in September 2021, along with the news that they were having another child. But now, insiders say they have split up once again.
★ Your nightmares have been answered. Netflix has confirmed that the massive hit series “Wednesday” will return for a second season. No date for a premiere has been announced, but creators/executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar said: “We can’t wait to dive headfirst into another season and explore the kooky, spooky world of Nevermore. We just need to make sure Wednesday hasn’t emptied the pool first.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Austin Butler, Bella Ramsey, Iggy Pop, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Al Pacino, Logan Lerman, Rupert Grint, Dry Cleaning
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Tom Hanks, Rachael & Vilray
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Allison Williams, S.S. Rajamouli, Fab Moretti
• “James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, Self Esteem
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Capt. Sandy Yawn, Oriana Schneps
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rita Wilson
• “The Talk” (CBS): Chris O’Donnell, Vanessa Lachey, Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Katrina Law
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Theo James
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Howie Mandel, Jackie Shultz, Terry Crews, Emily Kaufman
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Stacey Abrams, José Andrés, Carlota, Inés & Lucía Andrés
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings):  Mario Lopez, Todrick Hall
• “The Parent Test” (ABC): Series premiere. Ali Wentworth and parenting expert Dr. Adolph Brown explore different parenting styles by putting 12 families under the microscope — from helicopter to child-led — in the ultimate parenting stress test, and sharing the learnings.
• “America’s Got Talent: All-Stars” (NBC): Auditions continue as winners, finalists, favorites and viral sensations audition. One act earns a spot in the finals.
• “NCIS” (CBS): Agents from Washington, LA, and Hawaii attending the retirement party of a beloved professor find themselves investigating his shocking suicide. Followed by new episodes of “NCIS: Hawai’i” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”.


• Jessie J – says her mind “hasn’t fully processed” her pregnancy news. Friday, the 34-year-old announced she’s expecting her first child, 13 months after she suffered a miscarriage, and on her Instagram Story, she thanked fans, writing: “As I lay here (2am) can’t sleep…Your overwhelming instant outpour of love is felt, received and appreciated beyond measure.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2s4zxfpe
• Lil Baby and Sam Smith — will be “Saturday Night Live’s first 2 musical guests of 2023. Smith will appear alongside host Aubrey Plaza on January 21. And January 28, Lil Baby will hit the stage while Michael B. Jordan hosts.
• Cage the Elephant – singer Matthew Shultz was arrested Thursday at a New York City hotel. The 39-year-old faces several firearms charges after a staff member saw a person brandishing a handgun in a bathroom of the Bowery Hotel, and alerted a superior, who called 911.
• Eminem — A TV series about his life based on his biopic movie “8 Mile” is in the works, according to 50 Cent, who will be helping to produce the show. No more details, but Em’s close friend Fiddy did say “I think it should be there for [Eminem’s] legacy because it’s important to me that they understand it.”
• Daughtry – has teamed up with Lzzy Hale, singer of Halestorm, to release a cover of Journey’s hit ‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”. They dropped their version exactly 40 years to the day after the original song was released (January 5, 1983). LINK: https://tinyurl.com/54phyz3e
• Peter Gabriel – Friday, he released the song ‘Panopticom (Bright Side Mix)’, a new song from his upcoming album “i/o”, which will come out sometime this year. It’ll be his first collection of completely new material in 20 years. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3zdn3sam
• Shania Twain – Friday, she released the new single ‘Giddy Up!’. It will appear on her “Queen of Me” CD, out Feb. 3. Regarding the title, Twain said: “Let’s Go Girls!” is such a wonderfully uplifting sentiment now…and I guess that’s the same for Giddy up!…Giddy up!’ is a way to call to the audience and say ‘let’s get ready for some fun’.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3tx9bes4
• Carrie Underwood — Long known as one of the fittest singers in country music, she has shared a cute video of her 3-year-old son, Jake, working out. With the caption “Jake starting the day out right”, she wrote: “”The boys found one of my old Tae Bo DVDs…And Jake thought he’d have himself a little morning workout! I may soon have myself a gym buddy! LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yc4nnszc
• Jimmie Allen and Callista Clark – it seems they have a collab coming. Both have been teasing “you think they’re ready for this?” on their socials, with a pic of the 2 of them, back-to-back. The posts indicate that all will be revealed this Friday. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bdxsua5t


Today is the last possible day that you can wish someone a “Happy New Year” without committing a social faux pas, according to a pair of etiquette experts – and that’s only if today is your first day back to work after the holidays. Ann Elizabeth Burnett, founder of Elizabeth Etiquette, says while there’s no set expiry date for wishing someone the best in the New Year, “by the end of the first week, after New Year’s, the greeting has sort of waned.” An exception could be granted, for example, if someone you know was offered a new job later in January…you might consider saying something like “what a great start to the new year”, and wish them the best. For Suzy Fossati, founder of Avignone Etiquette, there is there is a fluid timeline for the greeting. She feels that for many, the celebrations actually on Epiphany, which was Jan. 6, but with many going back to the office today for the first time in 2023, you’re OK wishing clients and colleagues a “Happy New Year”. But after today, it’s just awkward.
(But why WOULD you – when you could instead wish everyone a “Happy International Choreographers Day”?) [***See “Reasons to Party”, below***]
(In my mind, as long as there are still lineups for the treadmill at the gym, it’s still the “New Year”!)

A few more revolutionary products that were unveiled at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, which wrapped up in Las Vegas yesterday . . .
⇒ Would you pay $3,300 for a…stroller? What if it was a self-driving stroller? Canadian baby gear startup Gluxkind was showing off its Ella AI Powered Smart Stroller. Using similar tech to that seen in autonomous cars, the Ella stroller can drive itself for hands-free strolling – but only when a child is NOT inside. It uses cameras to monitor surroundings and navigate the sidewalks. In a video, the manufacturer uses these cases to showcase its usefulness:
– A parent walking a stroller downhill rushes to save a child’s dropped toy that is rolling away. The stroller brakes on its own.
– A child is tired of sitting in the stroller and wants to be carried. The Ella rolls along itself while the parent carries the child. (And passersby recoil in horror, while police receive numerous reports of a “possessed” stroller. Hollywood starts work on a movie about it…)
⇒ BMW unveiled 2 concept cars, which look the same, and are both called “i Vision Dee”. Dee stands for Digital Emotional Experience. One version features, literally, color-changing body panels. At last year’s CES, BMW showed off a “color-changing” concept vehicle, but that one only changed into various shades of gray. This year’s model changes through a full palette, with different parts of the car’s body showing different colors all at once. And even the wheels change color. The other version was built to show off new ideas for the “user interface,” which is how drivers and passengers interact with the vehicle. Even the outside (the front of the car, the area around the headlights and the “grille” – which, on this car, is really a display panel) can exhibit different shapes and hues, creating something akin to facial expressions. The car can show different moods or reactions, such as approval, happiness, or astonishment, according to BMW. (Except the only reaction a BMW driver ever needs is “the finger”…!)

➢ This is buzzworthy: The US Department of Agriculture has granted a conditional license for a vaccine to help protect honeybees from American foulbrood disease, which can weaken and kill hives. This is the world’s first vaccine for honeybees, and is being called a “breakthrough,” Annette Klesier, chief executive of vaccine manufacturer Dalan Animal Health, said. There is no cure for foulbrood, which is caused by the larvae of the bacterium Paenibacillus. It originated in the US but has spread around the world. When it’s discovered, beekeepers must destroy and burn infected colonies. The vaccine is given to queen bees, which pass on immunity to the next generation. (Side effects include breaking “out” of hives!)
➢ On Dec. 31, Gary McKee completed his goal of running a marathon on every day of 2022 — and he has more than 20 pairs of worn-out sneakers to prove it. The 53-year-old father of 3 from England ran the 26.2-mile route each day . . . before going to work. What’s more, at the same time, he was raising money for 2 charities: a cancer support organization and a hospice center, bringing in US $1.2 million from supporters. On his final run, a crowd cheered him on, and fireworks went off when he was finished. McKee ended up running more than 9,500 miles total (equal to 3 times across the US), and in completing the “unbelievable challenge,” a rep from the hospice center said he also “sprinkled magic on the local community and brought people together.” (Do you think he gets mad when he can’t find a parking spot close to the front door at work, or no?)

For the 6th year in a row, the Mediterranean diet — a way of eating focused on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fat — is the best overall diet, according to US News & World Report’s annual ranking. The DASH diet, which aims to lower blood pressure, and the flexitarian diet, a modified vegetarian pattern of eating, tied for second place. The 5 best overall diets are:
1. Mediterranean diet
2. DASH diet (tie)
2. Flexitarian diet (tie)
4. MIND diet (aims to reduce dementia and decline in brain health that often occurs as people age)
5. TLC diet (focuses on lowering saturated fat and increasing fiber in order to lower “bad” cholesterol)
The best diets for losing weight are: WeightWatchers (WW), followed by DASH, Mayo Clinic and TLC Diet.

A ranking of 85 countries by US News and World Report, looking at how much influence countries have, as well as their political, economic, and military power. Here are the top 10…
1. United States
2. China
3. Russia
4. Germany
5. United Kingdom
6. South Korea
7. France
8. Japan
9. United Arab Emirates
10. Israel
[Other ‘Bull Sheet countries’ on the list: Canada (12), Australia (16), Switzerland (20), Sweden (22), Netherlands (24), Denmark (27), South Africa (33), Norway (34), New Zealand (35), Thailand (36), Finland (47), Jordan (50), Ireland (52), Oman (62)]

Stress speeds up vision loss, according to new research. A team at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine found that stress forces retinal tissue to go through changes similar to those that occur from natural aging. The mass aging and death of retinal ganglion cells in the eye are a major risk factor for glaucoma. (Just in case you needed something else to get stressed about…)


• “Clean Off Your Desk Day”, encouraging you to organize your office desk or cubicle. Why bother? It’s said that a clean and organized workspace can ‘inspire a sense of serenity’.  (Plus, it’s good to actually be able to SEE the top of your desk at least once per year…)
• “Word Nerd Day”.  A word-nerd fact according to the Oxford Dictionary: “bookkeeper” is the only word in the English language without any hyphens, with 3 consecutive repeated letters.
• “Apricot Day”, saluting the fruit that inspired the name of a color. The word ‘apricot’ means ‘precious’ in Latin. The apricot tree emerged in China more than 4,000 years ago.
• “International Choreographers Day”, observed on the birth date of George Balanchine, one of the world’s greatest choreographers, born in 1904 in Russia. Altogether everybody: five, six, seven, eight ….”
• “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” (in the US), First observed in 2015, it came about at a time when there was much scrutinization of police officers and concerns about police brutality. Today, you’re encouraged to thank police officers, wear blue, and turn on blue lights at home.
• “Play God Day”.  So, what would you do if you were the Big Guy/Big Gal for a day?
• “Static Electricity Day”.  I guess you can count on this being a bad-hair day…
• “Gluten-Free Day”, stated in 2014 to encourage a day of gluten-free living. Why? To spread awareness that for some, gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale, causes insensitivities, or worse yet, serious health problems. The most well-known complication is celiac disease.

[Tues] Houseplant Appreciation Day
[Tues] Peculiar People Day
[Wed] Hot Toddy Day
[Thurs] Kiss a Ginger Day
This Week is…Home Office Safety and Security Week
This Month is…Clean Up Your Computer Month

1944 [79] Jimmy Page, Heston England, classic rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin-‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1992-Yardbirds, 1995-Led Zeppelin

1951 [72] Crystal Gayle, Paintsville KY, country singer (‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’, w/Eddie Rabbitt-‘You and I’)/sister of Loretta Lynn

1955 [68] J.K. Simmons, Grosse Pointe MI, movie actor (Oscar-“La La Land”, “Spider-Man” movies)/TV actor (“Law & Order” franchise 1997-2010) COMING UP… “Red One” 2023

1967 [56] Dave Matthews, Johannesburg, South Africa, alt-rock singer (Dave Matthews Band-‘What Would You Say’, ‘Don’t Drink the Water’)/Farm Aid Board of Directors

1965 [58] Joely Richardson, London England, TV actress (“Nip/Tuck” 2003-10, “The Tudors” 2010)/movie actress (“101 Dalmatians”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)

1973 [50] Sean Paul, Kingston Jamaica, rapper, singer, producer (‘Get Busy’, w/Sia-‘Cheap Thrills’)

1978 [45] A.J. (Alexander James) McLean, West Palm Beach FL, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-‘Quit Playing Games [With My Heart]’, ‘I Want It That Way’)

1982 [41] Catherine, Princess of Wales (Kate Middleton), Reading, England, British royal (married to William, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the British throne, making her the likely next queen consort)

1989 [34] Nina Dobrev, Sofia Bulgaria (raised Toronto ON), TV actress (“The Vampire Diaries” 2009-15, “Degrassi: The Next Generation” 2006-09) COMING UP… “Reunion”

2006 [17] “The Phantom of the Opera” becomes the longest-running Broadway show, marking its 7,486th performance at the Majestic theater, breaking the record held by “Cats”, another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (currently at 13,861…and counting, closing set for April 16, 2023)

2022 [01] Bob Saget (“Full House”, “America’s Funniest Home Videos”), dies at 65 after a fall in a hotel room

2002 [21] Michael Jackson receives the ‘Artist of the Century’ award at the American Music Awards

2008 [15] Spice Girl (and ironically, future fashion designer) Victoria Beckham is named “Worst Dressed Celebrity” in critic Mr. Blackwell’s annual list of fashion disasters

2014 [09] “Rolling Stone” magazine ranks “The 10 Greatest Double Albums of All-Time” …
5. Led Zeppelin – “Physical Graffiti”
4. Bruce Springsteen – “The River”
3. Rolling Stones – “Exile on Main Street”
2. Pink Floyd – “The Wall”
1. The Beatles – “The White Album”

2007 [16] Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the ‘iPhone’ at the Macworld convention in San Francisco CA (within days, people stop looking up)

2011 [12] “Chaser” the border collie is reported to have learned 1,022 words at Wofford College in North Carolina, and can act in accordance with each of them


✓ Overpaying for something activates the part of the brain associated with guilt and pain.
✓ Mexico’s official name is United Mexican States.
✓ Two-thirds of the world’s lawyers live in the United States.
✓ Only 3 countries in the world are officially not allowed to sell Coca-Cola: North Korea, Cuba and now, Russia.
✓ Until 1997, “The Joy of Cooking” included recipes for armadillo and stuffed boar’s head.
✓ People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.
-BathroomReadersInstitute, FactSlides

Best of BS . . .

• If your name is Jim, you get 10% off of your membership.
• Men never notice a woman’s yoga pants.
• It only works if you take a selfie before you start.
• More people have died using a treadmill than have died because they didn’t use a treadmill.
• If you get a personal trainer, you will seem more interesting at a party.
• The first rule of CrossFit: Always talk about CrossFit!
• Planet Fitness replaced Pluto as the ninth planet in the solar system.
• Wearing workout clothes all day is equivalent to a 1 hour workout.
• It doesn’t count unless you grunt.
• I do it all the time.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

• “I think I’ll try using only my left hand today.”
• “After this one, I’ll be just 3 kidneys away from paying off my student debt.”
• “I’ll remove both, just in case.”
• “Let’s see what else is good in there.”
• “Nurse, start the YouTube video…”
• “Hi – I’m Johnny Knoxville and welcome to Jackass.”
• “The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone…”
• “Quick! Pick up the scalpel. Five second rule!”
• “Get me 50cc’s of ketamine, stat! And something for the patient, too!”
• “We’re out of lubricant, Doctor!”
-Reddit, first published in BS in 2020

• What 90s boy band member bought the social media site Myspace in 2011?
a) Nick Lachey
b) Justin Timberlake [CORRECT]
c) AJ McLean
d) Liam Gallagher

• What is the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time?
a) The Lion King [CORRECT]
b) Wicked
c) Kinky Boots
d) Scream 5

• Which is the highest-grossing video game franchise?
a) Mario
b) Pokemon [CORRECT]
c) Call of Duty
d) Star Trek Wars

Hey man, nice shot:  https://tinyurl.com/yeebhyxk

Home is where the dog hair sticks to everything – except the dog.

What’s the worst – or most depressing meal you’ve ever eaten?

Question:  23% of women say THIS is their partner’s worst habit. What is it?
Answer:  Leaving a wet towel on the bed

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.


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