January 19 2022

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 – Edition: #7149

Our Sheet Don’t Stink!


★ Not even Andrew Garfield’s “Amazing Spider-Man” costar (and former girlfriend) Emma Stone knew about his involvement in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”. Garfield famously kept hush-hush about his appearance in the film — and that rule extended to Stone. In a podcast appearance, Garfield said that Stone “kept on texting me. She was like, ‘Are you in this new Spider-Man film? ‘And I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ Then, according to Garfield, “She saw it. She was like, ‘You’re a jerk.'”
★ Daniel Radcliffe has been cast as the lead in the upcoming biopic, “WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story”. Tongue-in-cheek, producers say the biopic will hold “nothing back, exploring…Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle.” In a statement, Weird Al said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for.” Production begins next month.
★ Piers Morgan has returned to breakfast television for the first time since storming off “Good Morning Britain” in March 2021 after making controversial comments about Meghan Markle. He made his TV comeback on BBC’s “Sunday Morning Show” by referencing the incident, which prompted 55,000 complaints to Ofcom, the UK’s broadcast regulator. He said: “It feels weird but sort of nice. My one question for you is: Am I allowed to have an opinion? Because that was the problem last time.”
★ The robe worn by Muhammad Ali before his famous 1965 fight with Sonny Liston is up for auction, and it could sell for over $500,000. Ali donned the garment on his way to the ring in his rematch with Liston — which many consider one of the most memorable fights ever. Ali not only knocked out Liston in iconic fashion in the ring (you’ve no doubt seen the picture of the KO), but the fight also marked the first time he ever boxed under the name Muhammad Ali. Bids will be taken by Goldin Auctions through Feb. 5. Current bid? $150K. LINK:  https://tinyurl.com/2p83dnvd

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Rachel Brosnahan, Eric Andre, Damon Albarn
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): The winner of “Clash of the Cover Bands”
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Christine Baranski, Nation of Language
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Judi Dench, Huma Abedin, Teddy Swims, Daniel Fang
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Dakota Johnson, Josh Gad, Jackie Kashian
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Shannon Beador, Marysol Patton
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): David Muir, Bill Murray, Jan Vogler
• “The Talk” (CBS): Drew Barrymore
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jenna Dewan, Sydney Sweeney, Emma Lovewell
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Rob Lowe, Monica Aldama
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Milo Ventimiglia, Alana Haim
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Ginnifer Goodwin, Eliza Coupe, Maggie Q
• “The Price Is Right at Night” (CBS): “The Talk” hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood play alongside contestants for “Feeding America”.
• “The Amazing Race” (CBS): Teams gather in Switzerland to restart the race nearly 20 months after production was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• “Animals With Cameras, A Nature Miniseries” (PBS): A first-person look at the lives of ocean creatures including sharks, elephant seals, turtles and gannets.

• Kelly Clarkson – says it would be “really fun” to re-record her early hits, like Taylor Swift. Unlike Swift, Clarkson has no reason related to the legal rights to her music to re-do her hits, but says she prefers the way her voice sounds now, because it is stronger and her “range is bigger”.
• Lana Del Rey – will preview the new song ‘Watercolor Eyes’ on this Sunday’s episode of the HBO teen drama “Euphoria”. A trailer for season 2, episode 3 provides a snippet of the new tune.
• John Mellencamp – told Forbes that he “always detested” hit huge hit ‘Jack & Diane’…that is until the last few years. He explained that he recently saw 80,000 people singing the song at a football halftime, and thought: “How do all these…people know this song?” Jack & Diane, which hit #1 in 1982, was notoriously difficult to record.
• Bruce Springsteen – is #1 on Rolling Stone’s list of highest-paid musicians of 2021, with reported earnings of $590 million. Jay-Z ($470 million), Taylor Swift ($80 million) and Kanye West ($250 million) are the only artists to make the list without selling their catalogues. Also in the top-10: Paul Simon, Ryan Tedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lindsey Buckingham, Mötley Crüe and Blake Shelton.
• Joe Walsh — will appear in tonight’s episode of “The Conners”. He plays the father of ‘Aldo’, going head-to-head with John Goodman as ‘Dan Conner’. Walsh’s character is described as a “gritty, no-nonsense roofer” who is upset about Aldo’s relationship with Dan’s daughter.
• Brett Eldredge – woke up in the middle of the night to write his new song ‘Want That Back’. He says he was “feeling the weight of everything going on in the world” when he awakened at 3:33 one morning, and while longing for the “moments that I feel bring purpose” into his life, he couldn’t go back to sleep until he wrote the whole chorus. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3mscvrpd
• Chris Stapleton — will be featured on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. In a preview clip, he talks about the unpredictability of knowing if a song he has written will be a hit. In addition, he and his wife Morgane chat about their life together, and he shows off his rehearsal space, which is lined with memorabilia and awards. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bdz29wms
• Dolly Parton – The birthday girl’s collaboration with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is back. The artisan ice cream company will release ‘Strawberry Pretzel Pie’ for another limited run. The flavor, made as an ode to Parton, first dropped in April, selling out in minutes. As before, sales will benefit Parton’s Imagination Library.


Everybody is going bananas about “Wordle” these days. It’s a daily word-guessing game hosted by a British site called Power Language, and played on a web browser. But the weird thing is that many people assume Wordle is an app. And as a result, an old app, called “Wordle!” (with an exclamation point) has suddenly gotten a ton of downloads, about 200,000 total in a week. The 5-year-old Wordle! is a totally different game, and has nothing to do with the new game that everyone’s playing. But here’s the GOOD news: Steven Cravotta, the man who developed and owns the old app feels that he doesn’t deserve to make any money off the confusion, so he’s donating his profits to charity. He says he’s made about $2,000 so far, and that’s going nowhere but up from there. He says he’ll make an announcement of the full amount at the end of the month.
(Don’t worry – if you miss the result, I’m sure it’ll be posted on Facebook!)
(He’d be able to donate even more if he sued the new Wordle people!)
(Guess the charity in 6 tries – I dare you!)

A black diamond that’s literally out-of-this-world will go to the highest bidder at Sotheby’s next month. The record-breaking, 555.55-carat gemstone, named “The Enigma,” has been ranked among the largest and toughest diamonds in the world. And little wonder — it’s thought to have dropped from outer space millions of years ago. Black diamonds like this, also called carbonados, are formed by a meteoric impact to Earth, or from the asteroid itself, according to Sotheby’s. The House of Gübelin in Switzerland and the Gemological Institute of America both have declared it the largest known of its kind, and it was first listed by Guinness World Records in 2006. The 1-billion-year-old diamond is expected to fetch at least $6.8 million when it goes up for auction from Feb. 3-9.
(Do you think my wife would be happy with a ‘carbon copy’?)
(I’d be lying if I said I didn’t just do a quick online search for an “Enigma” cubic zirconia!)
(Wait! What were those dates again?)

➢ Face mask policies and mandates not only make a difference in limiting the spread of coronavirus – they also go a long way in preventing death. That’s the conclusion of a group of scientists in Sweden. They analyzed 27 countries with national policies for face masks and 17 countries without face masks, and found significantly higher rates of COVID-19-related deaths in countries without mask mandates than those who had them. The average COVID-19 mortality per million people was 48.4 in countries with mask mandates. Countries without mask mandates had an average 288.5 deaths per million. (Wow! Imagine if people in the “mask-mandated” countries wore them properly!)
➢ It sounds like a pipe dream, but the key to beating COVID-19 just might be – marijuana. Researchers from Oregon State University found certain hemp compounds can prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells. Their studies determined that a pair of cannabinoid acids in hemp bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, preventing a critical step in the COVID-19 infection process. The spike protein that those two cannabinoid acids bind to is the very same viral destination COVID-19 vaccines and antibody therapies target. (Well, “weed” better get to work on some preventive therapy!)

☞ Take an online test:  The “Anytime Test”, as it’s known, consists of 50 clues — but you only have 15 seconds to answer each one. If you’re unsuccessful, you can’t take it again for a full year. (What is the “Anytime Test”? I think I’m catching on!)
☞ You must answer all questions as a question:  If you’re selected to play, you probably know this already. Your answer is considered invalid if you do not start your answer with “what is” or “who is.”
☞ You may have to film 5 episodes in a day:  If you’re the champion of your episode, you move on to the next taping, which could happen the same day. They record 5 shows per day.
☞ Bring extra clothes:  Players must bring 3 outfits. Among the restricted items are all-white tops, olive-colored tops and any clothing with busy patterns. (That eliminates our entire sales staff…)
☞ The buzzer:  Don’t hit it before the host finishes giving the clue. If you buzz early, you’ll lose out on the question, due to an automatic delay.
☞ No mascara:  Contestants must arrive wearing no makeup, and although the show’s pros make contestants camera-ready, no mascara or eyeliner is used, to avoid running if you sweat heavily.
☞ Spelling counts:  A teen contestant lost out on $3,000 because of a spelling error, and people were so upset that the show had to issue a response, explaining that her question was, technically, an incorrect response.
☞ You are taxed on your winnings:  Although winners are issued a check for their earnings on the spot, they are also immediately taxed by the state of California, where the show records.

A single page of a Spider-Man comic book has been sold for over $3 million. The page, which depicts Spider-Man’s first time donning his infamous all-black suit, fetched $3.36 million at auction last week, becoming the “world’s most valuable page of original comic book artwork,” according to Heritage Auctions. The winning bidder hasn’t been revealed, but whoever it was clearly knew their Spider-Man history. The page came from the 1984 Marvel crossover series “Secret Wars”. In the story, Spidey encounters an alien symbiote — sound familiar? — who gloms onto his traditional red-and-blue suit, which he damaged in battle.


• “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. Today, we celebrate all outlaw artists, whether they work in visual arts, music, film, writing, or another type of art.
• “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.

[Thurs] Disc Jockey Day
[Thurs] Cheese Lovers Day
[Fri] Granola Bar Day
[Fri] Hugging Day

1930 [92] Tippi Hedren, New Ulm MN, movie actress (“The Birds”)/mother of Melanie Griffith

1946 [76] Dolly Parton, Sevierville TN, country singer-songwriter (‘I Will Always Love You’)/movie actress (“9 to 5″)/amusement park owner (“Dollywood”)

1947 [75] Paula Deen, Albany GA, celeb chef (Emmy Award for “Paula’s Home Cooking” 2002-12, “Positively Paula” since 2016)/author of 15 cookbooks

1954 [68] Katey Sagal, Hollywood CA, TV actress (“Sons of Anarchy” 2008-14, “Married With Children” 1987-97, voice of ‘Leela’ on “Futurama” 1999-2013) COMING UP…”Tattered Hearts”, 2022

1972 [50] Drea de Matteo, Queens NY, TV actress (‘Det Tess Nazario’ on “Shades of Blue” 2016-18, “The Sopranos” 1999-2006)

1982 [40] Jodie Sweetin, LA CA, TV actress (‘Stephanie Tanner’ on “Full House” 1987-95 and “Fuller House” 2016-20)

2011 [11] Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler makes his debut as a judge on the Season 10 premiere of FOX-TV’s “American Idol”, replacing Simon Cowell

1993 [29] Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks return to Fleetwood Mac to perform at Bill Clinton’s campaign song, ‘Don’t Stop’, at his Presidential Inauguration ceremony

1994 [28] 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 [05] 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

2013 [09] Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all 7 of his Tour de France victories

2006 [16] NASA launches the first-ever Pluto space probe with the $700 million ‘New Horizons’ mission (it reaches Pluto in 2015)

2015 [07] American skier Lindsey Vonn wins her 63rd World Cup, surpassing the 35-year-old record of 62 by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell (Vonn retired with a total of 82)


✓ It takes 120 litres of water to make one glass of wine.
✓ Cans of diet soda float, but regular soda cans sink.
✓ 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.
✓ The brain named itself.
-Did-You-Knows, UberFacts

Best of BS . . .

• A stitch in time saves duct tape.
• Love means constantly having to say you’re sorry.
• Get dizzy living or get busy dying.
• Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.
• Life begins deteriorating at 40.
• Just don’t do it.
• Better latte than never.
• People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them food.
• It’s the little thongs that matter.
• You CAN fix stupid.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019


➠ A study found that two-thirds of people on antidepressants aren’t actually depressed. (Big deal. Three-quarters of people who eat a lukewarm burrito at 1am aren’t hungry. It’s a free country.)
➠ A survey found that 4 out of 10 people avoid having friends and family over because their place is such a mess. (The other 6 avoid it because their friends and family are jerks!)
➠ A poll suggests that people spend an average of 44 minutes a week thinking about regrets. (Wow, I spend that much time just eating ice cream…)
➠ 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…)

(Name the company behind the slogan)
• “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands” [M&Ms]
• “Think outside the bun” [Taco Bell]
• “Think different” [Apple]
• “The choice of a new generation” [Pepsi-Cola — and more recently, Better Oats]
• “Because you’re worth it” [L’Oreal]
• “The breakfast of champions” [Wheaties]
• “Just do it” [Nike]
• “A diamond is forever” [De Beers]
• “The ultimate droving machine” [BMW]
• “What’s in your wallet?” [Capital One]
• “That was easy” [Staples]
-QualityLogo, Adobe

Good riddance:   https://tinyurl.com/2ebxzx8t

When one door closes, another opens. Or you can open the closed door. That’s how doors work.

What is the strangest way you met one of your friends?

Question:  According to a poll, the average person has about 1600 of THESE. What are they?
Answer:  Unread emails

Whatever you are, be a good one.


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