Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – Edition: #6896
Our Sheet Don’t Stink!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Liam Neeson says he’s retiring from action films…again. In an interview, the star of the “Taken” series of movies was asked whether the time has come for him to take a step back. His response: “Oh, yeah. I think so. I’m 68 and a half. 69 this year.” He went on to say that there are “a couple more” action films he plans to do this year, “hopefully, Covid allowing us…and, then I think that will probably be it.” Although he’s decided to leave the genre, he admitted that he’ll miss “beating up guys half my age”. Fans may recall Neeson making a similar announcement in 2015, then backtracking 2 years later, when he was quoted as saying: “I’m going to be doing action movies until they bury me in the ground.”
★ The Ottawa Senators NHL team saluted a beloved Canadian, late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, with a moment of silence before their season-opening game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night. During the pre-game salute in which Trebek was hailed as a “Canadian icon,” it was noted that the hockey-lover celebrated his induction as a member of the Order of Canada in 2017 at a Senators home game. Trebek often mentioned his Canadian roots in his chats with “Jeopardy!” contestants and had appeared during All-Star Game events and at the NHL Awards.
★ Dwayne Johnson sparked excitement among fans on Saturday with a surprise announcement. He dropped the first trailer for “Young Rock”, the upcoming NBC series about his life. Johnson posted the clip on his Instagram one day after commemorating the one-year anniversary of his father Rocky Johnson’s death. Young Rock will premiere on Feb. 16. LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKHiuXblMeJ/
★ Russell Crowe is defending one of his movies, nearly 20 years after it was released. Ian McNabb, frontman for 1980s band The Icicle Works — recommended Crowe’s 2003 seafaring adventure “Master and Commander” as a cure for insomnia, tweeting that he’d never been able to “make it past the 10-minute mark.” Crowe clapped back, writing: “That’s the problem with kids these days. No focus. Peter Weir’s film is brilliant…Definitely an adults movie.” (“Kids”? For the record, McNabb is 60. Crowe? 56.)
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Casey Affleck, Rep. Adam Schiff, Jack Harlow
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Dakota Johnson, Yara Shahidi, Tate McRae
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jason Segel, Black Pumas
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Rachel Maddow, Billie Piper, Sarah Thawer
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Anthony Mackie, Machine Gun Kelly
• “Conan” (TBS): Aubrey Plaza
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Evan Ross Katz, Sasha Morfaw, Samantha Bush, Danny Pellegrino
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Andrew Yang
• “The Talk” (CBS): Iain Armitage
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Leslie Odom Jr.
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Howie Mandel, Gitanjali Rao, Pete Yorn
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ella Hunt
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Cole Sprouse, Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry
• “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” (PBS): Season 7 premiere
• “Skyville Live: Kris Kristofferson and Friends” (CMT): Performances from Lady A and Jason Isbell; Kristofferson performs some of his most memorable songs.
• “Life Below Zero: Next Generation” (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC): Season 2 premiere. As fall wanes across the Arctic, the next generation of Alaskans prepare for dark winter.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Post Malone — is donating 10,000 of his sold-out “Duet Max Clog II” Crocs to frontline healthcare workers at 70 US hospitals.
• Demi Lovato – claimed to have spotted “another” UFO in a Sat. Instagram video. In it a voice that sounds like hers says: “Another day, another UFO sighting”, as the camera follows unidentified lights in the sky. She recently shared her interest in aliens in a podcast conversation with Kesha.
• Mariah Carey – says that having virtually the entire year off in 2020 due to the pandemic has been tremendously helpful for her voice. Quote: “Not having to sing for my supper and travel around and not get the right amount of sleep or just be put on this thing where there’s a certain amount of stress, for me, that takes away a lot of stuff.”
• Rod Stewart – revealed in an interview one of the more unusual onstage tributes he has experienced. While performing in Vegas, a pair of men’s underwear landed on the stage, and “They were really horrible.” He went on to explain that his wife “hid in the audience and threw a pair of men’s undies up.” He also pointed out that it’s normally female undergarments that are thrown onstage while he sings.
• Heart – Guitarist Nancy Wilson has written a song “dedicated to Eddie Van Halen”. The instrumental, called ‘For Edward’, will appear on her upcoming solo album, reportedly titled “You and Me”, scheduled for release later this year.
• Barry Gibb – The former Bee Gee has scored his first solo UK #1 album with “Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook (Vol. 1)”. It’s a collection of country interpretations of Bee Gees hits, featuring collaborations with the likes of Dolly Parton Keith Urban and Little Big Town.
• Blake Shelton – Says he’d like to lose 20 pounds before he his wedding to Gwen Stefani. Speaking to his friend Luke Bryan on Bryan’s Apple Music Show, Party Barn Radio, Shelton joked that he “readjusted all the mirrors in the house” due to his quarantine weight gain, because he can’t stand to look at himself in the mirror.
• Dolly Parton — We already have Dollywood, and now a Tennessee lawmaker is proposing a Dolly Parton statue, and it’s getting a ton of traction on social media. More than 25,000 have people signed a petition to replace one of the many statues of Confederate officers littering the state with one immortalizing a “true Tennessee hero”.
SHOOTING THE BULL
CLIMBNG THE SOCIAL (DISTANCING) LADDER:
A study says thanks to better health care access, job stability and a cushy home, the wealthy are socially distancing at higher rates than low-income households. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that people making more than $230,000 per year are up to 54% more likely to engage in pandemic safety measures, such as wearing masks or maintaining distance from others, compared to those who bring in around $13,000 annually. The survey of 1,000 Americans asked participants to describe how their life had changed since the beginning of the pandemic. While almost all respondents noted some changes in the interest of safety, higher earners were 32% more likely to socially distance and 30% more likely to wash their hands often and wear masks. Researchers also found that higher-earners are more likely to have the option of working from home. It’s thought these findings could help epidemiologists predict spread and help inform pandemic policy.
(And which group do you think will get the vaccine first?)
(Believe me, people who make that kind of money socially distanced themselves from me LONG before the pandemic!)
(On the other hand, those who aren’t socially distancing have been to a lot more parties in the past year…!)
CAT SCRATCH TEACHER:
A cat behavioral expert says most of us are petting our cats completely wrong. Dr. Lauren Finka of Nottingham Trent University says although some cats may enjoy the traditional “human” way of stroking a cat: starting behind the head and continuing through to the base of the tail, a lot of kitties don’t enjoy that. They’re probably just being tolerant because of the other benefits you bring to the relationship, such as food, treats and attention. Finka admits that there isn’t a lot of science on the subject, but her limited research has shown that although people think cats like being stroked down to the base of their tail, this can actually produce the most negative behavioral responses from cats. So, how should we pet a cat? She says it depends very much on the individual animal, and the only way to know for sure is to pay attention to its body language, and look for signs she is enjoying it, such as purring, kneading and gentle tail waving.
(And remember, with a cat, what she loved yesterday, she may HATE today!)
(Believe me, if MY cat didn’t enjoy it, she’d let me know!)
(Cats don’t even know how cats want to be petted. Any place is fine for about 3 seconds, and then they want to rip your face off!)
AN HONEST MEIN:
A Chinese restaurant in Montreal has gone viral, thanks to its honest menu. Feigang Fei, the owner of “Aunt Dai” restaurant, says the food he serves is pretty good, but not perfect, and he’s not afraid to let customers know in his menu item descriptions. Examples: Beside the orange beef, it says: “not that good — but it’s your call.” The sauté beef is a new item, and, as Fei puts it: “I didn’t have the chance to try it yet.” He also lets patrons know that he’s not a big fan of the sweet and spicy pork strips, saying “it’s very tasty, but not the same as ones I had in China.” Fei has been writing the blurbs on his menu for years, but it went viral last week, when a Twitter user wrote: “Aunt Dai is my favourite Chinese restaurant in Montreal, but the REAL treat is the menu, featuring extremely honest commentary from the owner.” In a few days, the tweet garnered tens of thousands of likes and retweets. What should you order if you ever have the chance to visit? Might I suggest the Singapore Noodles? According to the menu, “It has curry flavor, so don’t expect it to be SO tasty, but it’s a safe choice and make you happy.”
(His menu might be MOSTLY honest, but I still have a hard time believing that a chicken fried the rice!)
(I’m just looking for a restaurant that’s honest about when my order will be ready!”)
THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW YOU INHERIT FROM YOUR PARENTS:
☞ Your mood: Studies show that the brain’s system that controls emotional regulation is passed on to children, particularly from mothers to daughters. (My mood is also affected by my parents. Because I still get grounded regularly…)
☞ Your ability to lose weight: Your body has “good” brown fat, which increases your metabolism and helps you maintain a healthy weight, and “bad” white fat, which can cause obesity. How much brown fat you have—and therefore how high your metabolism is—is inherited from your mom, according to a study.
☞ How easily you gain weight: You can blame dad for your white fat. How much fat you store, particularly around your organs, is partly thanks to dear old dad, although your lifestyle choices play an even bigger part.
☞ The genders of your children: Obviously, genes from you and your partner determine your children’s gender. But which gender genes you pass on may be inherited from your father. A man with many brothers is more likely to have sons, while a man with many sisters is more likely to have daughters. (And more likely to have pigtails…!)
☞ Your ability to focus: If your mom has lower levels of serotonin, a brain chemical linked to mood, you’re more likely to develop attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder later in life. These genes also seem to influence your ability to focus. (Sorry, you lost me there…)
☞ Early maturity: Both parents’ genetics play a part in when exactly you start the big change known as puberty. (Good to know. Now when does my voice STOP cracking?)
☞ Your laugh lines: How well you age and how much you show is determined on a cellular level by the accumulation of damage over your lifetime to your mitochondrial DNA—genes you only get from your mom. Of course, environmental factors play a large roll as well. (So does Mariah Carey…because, just like her, I’m trying to avoid wrinkles by not laughing or smiling!)
DID YOU KNOW?
As if it’s not enough that snakes can slither, sidewind, swim on top of water, jump and glide between trees. Now, scientists have found a new way for them to get to you: climbing like a lasso. Researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Cincinnati inadvertently made the discovery while working on the conservation of Micronesian starlings in Guam. They had installed tall metal cylinders known as baffles to prevent snakes from climbing up to bird boxes. But the author of the study says he and a colleague witnesses a brown tree snake “form what looked like a lasso around the cylinder and wiggle its body up.”
BS CHRONOMETER 01.19.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1930  Tippi Hedren, New Ulm MN, movie actress (“The Birds”)/mother of actress Melanie Griffith
1946  Dolly Parton, Sevierville TN, country singer-songwriter (‘I Will Always Love You’)/movie actress (“9 to 5″)/amusement park owner (“Dollywood”)
1947  Paula Deen, Albany GA, celeb chef (Emmy Award for “Paula’s Home Cooking” 2002-12, “Positively Paula” since 2016)/author of 15 cookbooks
1954  Katey Sagal, Hollywood CA, TV actress (“Sons of Anarchy” 2008-14, “Married With Children” 1987-97, “Futurama” 1999-2013) COMING UP…”Rebel”, 2021
1972  Drea de Matteo, Queens NY, TV actress (‘Det Tess Nazario’ on “Shades of Blue” since 2016, “The Sopranos” 1999-2006)
1982  Jodie Sweetin, LA CA, TV actress (‘Stephanie Tanner’ on “Full House” 1987-95 and “Fuller House” 2016-20)
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Popcorn Day”, a day to celebrate the healthy (until you load it with salt & butter) and addictive treat
• “Tin Can Day”, marking the U.S. patent of a process for storing food in tin cans issued to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett in 1825. (FUN FACT: The can opener wasn’t invented until 1858.)
• “Edgar Allan Poe Birth Anniversary”, celebrating the 1809 birth of the famed American writer of “The Raven”, who’s also credited as being the inventor of the mystery novel.
• “Brew a Potion Day”, so “brew a potion for all your near and dear ones to make their day bewitched with fun.” A potion (from latin ‘potionis’, meaning beverage, potion, poison) is a consumable medicine or poison, usually possessing magical properties. (Oh! Like NyQuil!)
• “Artist as Outlaw Day”, while most outlaw artists forever remain outside of the mainstream, some popular stars have introduced avant-garde concepts and ideas—the Beatles and Bob Dylan are 2 examples. Celebrate all outlaw artists today, whether they work in visual arts, music, film, writing, or any other type of art.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Cheese Lovers Day
[Wed] US Inauguration Day
[Thurs] Granola Bar Day
[Thurs] National Hugging Day™
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2011  Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler makes his debut as a judge on the Season 10 premiere of FOX-TV’s “American Idol”, replacing Simon Cowell
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1993  Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks return to Fleetwood Mac to perform at US President Bill Clinton’s campaign song, ‘Don’t Stop’, at his inauguration ceremony.
1994  Honorees at the 9th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony include Elton John, John Lennon, Rod Stewart, Bob Marley, The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy and The Grateful Dead.
2017  3 Doors Down, Toby Keith and Sam Moore are among the performers at US President Donald Trump’s inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
TODAY’S (NON)SPORTING EVENT . . .
2013  Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all 7 of his Tour de France victories.
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2006  NASA launches the first-ever Pluto space probe with the $700 million ‘New Horizons’ mission (reaches Pluto in 2015)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2015  American skier Lindsey Vonn wins her 63rd World Cup, surpassing the 35-year-old previous record of 62 by Austrian skier Annemarie Moser-Proell. (Vonn retired with a total of 82)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Cheerios cereal was originally called “Cheerioats”.
✓ Sponges hold more cold water than hot.
✓ The average lifespan of an NBA basketball is 10,000 bounces.
✓ Wearing a hat helps to keep your feet warm.
✓ Cats can’t move their jaw sideways.
✓ Elvis Presley made only 1 television commercial.
Best of BS . . .
BS WAYS TO GET OUT OF JURY DUTY:
• 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.
-Twitter, first published in ‘BS’ in 2018
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Bones return for a new season of “American Idol” on Feb 14th. (Some thought “American Idol” would die last year, but it not only stayed alive, it wound up being more entertaining than ever. It’s the reality TV version of Betty White!)
➠ I just read that the death rate among middle-aged white people is on the rise. (But on the bright side, there’s a much shorter wait at Cracker Barrel these days!)
➠ According to the census bureau, Americans speak more than 350 different languages. (And not one of them resembles whatever the hell it is that Sofia Vergara is speaking…)
➠ Fact of the day: During WWII, Hershey made a chocolate bar for U.S. soldiers that was meant to taste so bad, soldiers would only eat it if they were starving. (So, no change then.)
➠ Fact of the day: Caffeine is more addictive than marijuana. (But after seeing your monthly Starbucks bill, you’ll wish you had some marijuana…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Yes, but why? https://tinyurl.com/y6tmjlx3
BS PHONE STARTER:
If you could live in any TV home, which one would it be?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
How do people make new mates? Asking for a friend…
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Almost 60% of people agree that you should not do THIS before 8 a.m. What is it?
Answer: Call someone
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.