January 13 2023

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Friday, January 13, 2023 – Edition: #7395

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★ (***UPDATE***) Lisa Marie Presley, singer-songwriter and daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, has died at 54. In a statement, Priscilla Presley said: “She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known.” EMT responded to the singer’s home in Calabasas, California on Thursday for a possible cardiac arrest, just 2 days after Presley attended the 2023 Golden Globes with Priscilla and “Elvis” star Austin Butler. -People

★ Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson are officially parents. The “Dancing With the Stars” couple took to Instagram to share that welcomed their first child, a baby boy, on Tuesday. Sharing a photo of their newborn son grabbing Johnson’s thumb while Chmerkovskiy cradles both their hands, the new parents wrote in the caption that their “world is forever changed.” The happy news was met with a wave of congratulations from their Dancing With the Stars family, including judge Derek Hough and former host Tom Bergeron. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2dhfwpuk
★ Prince Harry’s jaw-dropping memoir “Spare” – which details his drug-taking, sex life and spats with members of the Royal Family – sold an equally jaw-dropping 1.4 million copies in the US, UK and Canada on its first day of sales. That includes e-books. Publisher Penguin Random House says the book smashed all records for any first-day nonfiction book it has ever released, including the previous record-holder, Barack Obama’s presidential memoir “A Promised Land.”
★ Jeremy Renner is making a lot of progress, but still faces “a long road to recovery,” a source has said. An insider gave People an update on Renner’s condition after that horrific snow plow accident in Reno, Nevada on New Year’s Day. He’s been hospitalized ever since, and “is overwhelmed by the showing of love and support”. Renner received well-wishes from around the world following the incident, including from stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt, to name just a few. The sources’ comments echo Renner’s sister Kym, who said that the 52-year-old star of “The Avengers” was “crushing all progress goals.”
★ “Lord of the Dance” Michael Flatley announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with an “aggressive” form of cancer. The 64-year-old “Riverdance” icon made the diagnosis public on Instagram, and revealed that he has undergone surgery. An online statement also says that Flatley “is in the care of an excellent team of doctors” and “We ask only for your prayers and well wishes.” Flatley battled melanoma in 2003.
★ While Alec Baldwin has settled things on the civil side of the “Rust” tragedy, he’s not out of the woods criminally, and reportedly, a decision on that will come down by month’s end. Santa Fe’s First Judicial District Attorney’s Office indicates that the D.A. is set to make an announcement about whether she’ll pursue criminal charges against anyone that was directly or indirectly involved in the death of Halyna Hutchins. TMA says that everyone involved — including Baldwin — is under the D.A.’s microscope.
★ Do good lawyers exist? ABC is about to help viewers find out with “The Good Lawyer”, the first spinoff to “The Good Doctor”. ‘Nancy Drew” star Kennedy McMann will be introduced as the titular good lawyer in the March 6 episode of The Good Doctor. Felicity Huffman will also guest star in the episode and later appear in the series, which is expected to debut during the 2023-2024 TV season.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Anna Kendrick, Jermaine Fowler, Sabrina Carpenter (R)
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Sadie Sink, Dayglow
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Shania Twain, Ayo Edebiri (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Brendan Fraser, Roy Wood Jr., Maya Stepansky (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Olivia Colman, Sam Mendes, Micheal Ward (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Melissa Rauch
• “The Talk”(CBS): Tichina Arnold, Julia Schlaepfer
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Morris Chestnut, guest co-host Jenny Mollen
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Nick Jonas, Wendy Raquel Robinson
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Jonathan & Drew Scott, Brandon Marshall
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Gabriel Iglesias
• “Shark Tank” (ABC): DoorDash CEO Tony Xu; a clean beauty brand alternative; tech to maximize progress at the gym; a modern twist on a traditional healthy beverage.
• “Gold, Lies & Videotape” (DSC): Series premiere. The Noss family discovers a treasure worth $28 billion; when the land is annexed by the U.S. government, a mystery goes unsolved for decades; the family reveals all in its quest for the truth and its fortune.
•”Dateline NBC” (NBC): Killings in a College Town: Insiders speak out about the latest in the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students.
• “World’s Funniest Animals” (CW): Special guest Sara Waisglass; commentary by Anna Maria Perez De Tagle, Devon Werkheiser, Katherine Murray and Brian Cooper.
• “NFL Football” (Check local listings): Wild Card games: Seattle @ San Francisco; LA Chargers @ Jacksonville
• “Finding Nemo (ABC): A clown fish embarks on a journey to find his son after losing him in the Great Barrier Reef.
• “NFL Football” (Check local listings): Wild Card games: Miami @ Buffalo; NY Giants @ Minnesota; Baltimore @ Cincinnati
• “The 28th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” (CW): Chelsea Handler hosts; Janelle Monáe receives the SeeHer Award; Jeff Bridges receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.

• Iggy Azalea – has new music and more on the way soon. In response to a fan asking her directly when new music would arrive on Twitter, she wrote: “Music?… summer. Scandalous s(tuff)?… Friday.” That would be today. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p89h22c
• Kanye West – has been spotted with a new mystery woman. Ye appeared to be all smiles as he drove around Bev Hills, and strode into the Waldorf Astoria hotel hand in hand with the unidentified female. Ye’s been off the map for several weeks, and rumors started spreading he was missing when his ex-business manager said he was nowhere to be found.
• Pink Floyd – The 50th anniversary of the release of their classic “Dark Side of the Moon” album will be celebrated in a new book, out March 7. It will feature unseen backstage and onstage pics from the album’s tours of 1972-75. A new luxury box set will drop at the same time.
• Twisted Sister – will perform for the first time since 2016 at this month’s Metal Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Jan 26 at the Canyon Club in LA., they will be inducted by Steve Vai and ex-ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy at the annual charity gala. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3bnp4f6v
• Peter Frampton — has announced he’ll return to the stage for a “one night only special performance” on Jan. 22. The show, at Middle Tennessee State University in Nashville, will be free to attend. It will be filmed for a later “special broadcast presentation”. Frampton concluded his farewell tour in November.
• Luke Combs – has surprised fans with another unreleased track. He posted a teaser clip of ‘Love You Anyway’, filmed inside a stadium with 2 of his guitarists. It’s a poignant ballad about a heartbroken man grieving a romantic relationship. His new album drops March 24. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yyay2dy3
• Eric Church – has announced “The Outsiders Revival Tour”, beginning in Milwaukee on June 22 and hitting outdoor venues in 26 cities in the US and Canada, winding up Sept. 30 in Tampa. Some of the opening acts: Cody Jinks, Jelly Roll, Ashley McBryde, Midland and Lainey Wilson.
• Thomas Rhett – hasn’t given up on his bucket list goal of becoming a pilot. It’s a dream he once pursued, but pressed pause on the idea, while he builds up his courage. Quote: “I could definitely see me still wantin’ to do that…I have so many pilots in my family.”


• “Women Talking” (PG-13, Drama): Do nothing. Stay and fight. Or leave. In 2010, the women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling a brutal reality with their faith. (Jessie Buckley, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy) Tomatometer: 90%; Audience score: 86%
• “Plane” (R, Mystery-Thriller): A pilot finds himself caught in a war zone after he’s forced to land his commercial aircraft during a storm, and the only person he can count on for help is an accused murderer. (Gerard Butler, Mike Colter) Tomatometer: 61%
• “The Devil Conspiracy” (R, Horror, Fantasy): A biotech company’s breakthrough technology allows it to clone history’s most influential people with just a few fragments of DNA. Behind this company is a cabal of Satanists that steals the shroud of Christ, putting them in possession of Jesus’ DNA. (Alice Orr-Ewing, Joe Doyle, Eveline Hall) No Tomatometer yet.

Earlier in the week, you may have heard about the Starbucks barista, who listed on TikTok the top “icks” that customers do. Now, let’s get personal. Because according to a survey, 65% of us have ended a relationship because of an ‘ick’ — a trait that turns them off. And what are some of the most common – and most offbeat — ‘icks’ that would cause someone to call it quits with their s/o? According to the survey of 2,000 American adults . . .
• The top ‘ick’ is when someone simply smells bad, selected by 24% of those surveyed.
• That was followed by pretending to be more knowledgeable about something than they really are and being rude to a waiter, both 21%.
The rest of the top-10 things that can give adults the ‘ick’, in order are:
• Living in a mess
• Being overbearing and rude
• Having dirty fingernails
• Being too clingy
• Having bad teeth
• Double texting (sending a secondary text if you haven’t yet responded to the first one)
• Talking too loudly
• 15% have dumped someone because they were obsessed with star signs (astrology).
• 14% have ended it with someone who clapped when a plane landed.
• 16% of women say wearing a tacky watch is enough of an ‘ick’ to end it with someone.
• 14% of men say they would drop someone who wanted to share food on the first date.
• 15% say those who refer to their favorite sports team as “we” are ‘icky’ enough to end it.
• 58% believe they have given someone the ‘ick’ themselves.
(Anyone else get totally “icked out” by the word ‘ick’?)
(Really. I mean, who would dump someone just because they’re interested in astrology? I’ll tell you…A Virgo, that’s who!)

Every year, some passengers take a mental vacation, and try to board airplanes with dangerous, illegal and downright ridiculous objects. In honor of these mile-high morons, the TSA has unveiled a video listing the most ridiculous things they confiscated last year. Here are “The TSA’s Top 10 Catches of 2022:
1. Fentanyl inside candy wrappers:  A flier put the “high” in “mile high club”, getting busted at LA Airport when authorities found 12,000 fentanyl pills hidden inside SweeTARTS, Skittles and Whoppers candy packages.
2. A gun inside a raw chicken:  Someone tried to smuggle a plastic-wrapped handgun inside a whole uncooked chicken. The fire-y poultry seasoning was pecked up by officials at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. (Glock-a-doodle don’t?)
3. Peanut butter firearm:  A traveler was busted at New York’s JFK for trying to smuggle a disassembled .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun through security in 2 jars of Jif. (Peanut butter and jail?)
4. A gun in an arm-sling:  A sling-wearing passenger at Greater Rochester International Airport explained he couldn’t remove his cast, because it was heavy due to having metal in it. He wasn’t lying. (A real gun “sling”er?)
5. A knife in a laptop:  A passenger was busted with a knife hidden deep within the bowels of his laptop at Virginia’s Richmond International Airport. (Cutting-edge technology?)
6. Drug Scrunchies:  In a hair-raising incident, officers at Idaho’s Boise Airport found drugs hidden inside hair scrunchies. (Not a good way to put your hair “up high”!)
7. A gun inside a PlayStation:  The owner was questioned, and admitted he’d put his piece inside an old PlayStation to transport it. Atlanta police subsequently confiscated the weapon. (I knew there were a lot of guns in video games…!)
8. Cattle prod guitar case:  Guitar cases have been used to smuggle all kinds of illegal things, but one flier tried to transport 3 cattle prods in his instrument holder at Dulles Airport in Washington. After making the “shocking” discovery, TSA allowed him to repack them into his checked luggage.
9. Inert grenade:  A Milwaukee agent identified a bomb-shaped image on an X-ray. The passenger explained that it was a replica grenade he’d bought for his son at an air show.
10. Soiled money crutches:  Agents learned that money can be a crutch after confiscating a pair of them crammed with soiled money at the airport in El Paso Texas.  LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4fm5ypy8
(And just imagine the ones that got away!)

➢ A Pennsylvania man held a pizza delivery driver hostage because he didn’t have his drink. 42-year-old Leo Lamont Toney of Johnstown, ordered a pizza from Primo’s Pizza. The driver told police that when he began to walk away from the customer’s apartment, Toney asked where his soda was. When the found the delivery driver didn’t have the drink, Toney allegedly pulled the man inside and locked the door. The delivery man said he managed to escape by pushing Toney, fled the scene and called police. When cops arrived, they noticed the accused smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. He was charged with false imprisonment. It’s unknown if Toney actually ordered a beverage. (We know he’d been drinking, but he definitely tested negative for Coke!)
➢ Two people in Florida were arrested after one of them made a 911 call to get help moving things from a home they were burglarizing. Police responded after a 911 call was made but nobody spoke, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. At the home, deputies concluded that nobody lived there, but they found a male suspect and his girlfriend inside. The female told them she had called 911 for the purpose of having law enforcement help them move their “belongings” from the house they were burglarizing. They also wanted a ride to the airport so they could spend the weekend in New York. (Police say they DID give the couple a ride, but not to the airport!)
-Canoe, AP

Many people love nothing better than to relax with a nice hot cup of tea, but Australia’s favorite scientist has revealed in a TikTok clip that there are DNA traces of up to 400 insects in every teabag. In the video, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki says: “This DNA is usually fairly fragile, and can be destroyed by ultraviolet light and can be washed away by the rain…but it can survive if conditions are dark and dry – like the inside of a tea bag.” He also points out that all this means “that tea fields are a hive of biodiversi-tea.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5964k4aw
(Well, we DID love to relax with a nice hot cup of tea…)


• “Friday the 13th”, a bad day for those who suffer ‘triskaidekaphobia’ (fear of number 13) or ‘paraskevidekatriaphobia’ (fear of Friday the 13th). Every year has at least 1, but never more than 3. It’s also…
• “Blame Someone Else Day”, taking place on the first Friday the 13th of the year, today is a day when anything that goes wrong can be blamed on someone else. (Or someTHING else?)
• “Skeptics Day”, occurs each Friday the 13th, as well as every US Election Day. (Or DOES it?)
• “Make Your Dream Come True Day”, Even if your dream seems impossible, you’ll never know for sure unless you try. (Never give up on your dreams…keep sleeping!)
• “Rubber Duckie Day”, celebrating the tub-toy that tots treasure. Observed annually on the ‘birth anniversary’ of “Sesame Street” character ‘Rubber Duckie’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2etfa6b6
• “St. Knut’s Day” (“Tjugondag Knut”), the last day of Christmas (!?!) in Finland and Sweden.
• “Sticker Day”, Historians credit European merchants in the 1880s as the first to stick labels to their products in order to promote them to passersby. Thanks to them, you now have to gouge and mutilate your fruit in order to get the stickers off…
• “Stephen Foster Memorial Day” in the USA. Altogether now – “Way down upon dah Swaneeee Ribber …”
• “Peach Melba Day”, made up of peaches poached in vanilla syrup, then served with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce. It was created by renowned French Chef Auguste Escoffier, and named after Australian opera singer Nellie Melba.

• “Caesarean Section Day”, commemorating the first successful procedure of its kind, performed in 1794 by Dr Jesse Bennet in Edom VA on his wife. (To celebrate, leave your house this morning by going out through a window . . .)
• “Dress Up Your Pet Day”, today, dress up your furry family member in comfortable pet clothing — maybe even get matching outfits, if you want to get crazy. And of course, be sure to post the results on your social media (or your pet’s!)
• “Organize Your Home Day”, a day make sure there’s a place for everything and to then put everything in its place. The first step to organizing is to unclutter. (Better make that “Organize Your Home MONTH”!)
• “International Kite Day”, which originated in India. The annual kite festival, called “Uttarayan” in Hindi, celebrates the day that Winter ends and Summer begins.
• “Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day”, New York kosher butcher Sussman Volk produced the first pastrami sandwich in 1887. He claimed to have gotten the recipe from a Romanian friend in exchange for storing his luggage. Volk later converted his butcher shop into a restaurant to sell pastrami sandwiches.

• “Fresh Squeezed Juice Day”. So, what’s your preference … Orange? Grapefruit? Red Man Chaw?
• “Hat Day”, to dispel the boredom of mid-Winter by wearing the goofiest hat you can find. (Always hilarious on radio…)
• “Humanitarian Day”, encouraging people to work together to disrupt the vicious cycle of poverty, hunger, and neglect. It is one of 3 annual Emancipation Days of Respect in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The others are Victims of Violence Holy Day (April 4), and Dream Day Quest and Jubilee (August 28).
• “Bagel Day”, a food holiday celebrating the deli favorite that involves topping a fresh-baked bagel with a shmear of cream cheese.
• “Wikipedia Day”, today, some Wiki fans traditionally organize parties to discuss Wikipedia and share cake. Typical activities include editors sharing what they did in Wikipedia last year, talks from those proposing to share info on Wikipedia in the coming year, training for newcomers, and socializing (and cake!).
• “Strawberry Ice Cream Day”, It’s the 3rd most popular flavor, after vanilla and chocolate. It is unknown when strawberry ice cream was created, but we do know that Dolley Madison served it in 1813, at her husband’s second Inaugural celebration.

1961 [62] Julia Louis-Dreyfus, NYC, TV actress (‘Selina Meyer’ on “Veep” 2012-19, “New Adventures of Old Christine” 2006-10, ‘Elaine’ on “Seinfeld” 1989-98)

1961 [62] Wayne Coyne, Pittsburgh PA, psychedelic rock singer/guitarist (Flaming Lips-‘Do You Realize’)/Miley Cyrus collaborator (‘Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz’)

1962 [61] Trace Adkins, Sarepta LA, country singer (‘You’re Gonna Miss This’, ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’)

1966 [57] Patrick Dempsey, Lewiston ME, TV actor (“Grey’s Anatomy” 2005-15, 2020)/movie actor (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”)

1970 [53] Shonda Rhimes, Chicago IL, TV show runner/executive producer (“How to Get Away With Murder” 2014-20, “Scandal” 2012-18, “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1976 [47] Michael Peña, Chicago IL, movie actor (“American Hustle”, “Ant Man”) COMING UP… “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”, 2023

1977 [46] Orlando Bloom, Canterbury UK, movie actor (“The Hobbit” movies, “Pirates of the Caribbean” films)/engaged to Katy Perry. COMING UP… “Gran Turismo”, 2023

1982 [41] William Hung, Hong Kong, infamous “American Idol” contestant (known for his unbearable rendition of ‘She Bangs’ on the show in 2004)/currently a motivational speaker

1990 [33] Liam Hemsworth, Melbourne Australia, movie actor (“The Hunger Games” films, “The Expendables 2”)/married to Miley Cyrus 2018-20. COMING UP… “The Witcher” TV series

1997 [26] Connor McDavid, Richmond Hill ON, hockey pro (#1 pick by Oilers in 2015, 3X fastest skater at NHL skills competition/4X First Team All-Star/4X Art Ross Trophy/3X Ted Lindsay Award/2X Hart Trophy

SATURDAY- Faye Dunaway (“Bonnie and Clyde”) is 82; Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”) is 80; Steven Soderbergh (director-“Magic Mike”) is 60; LL Cool J (‘Mama Said Knock You Out’) is 55; Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) is 54; Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) is 54; Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon) is 41; Grant Gustin (“The Flash”) is 33

SUNDAY- Andrea Martin (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is 76; Chad Lowe (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 55; Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) is 52; retired NFL QB Drew Bees is 44; Pitbull (‘Timber’) is 42; Electronic dance music DJ-producer Skrillex is 35; Grace VanderWaal (‘I Don’t Know My Name’) is 19

2015 [08] The TV comedy “Schitt’s Creek”, created by and starring Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, premieres on CBC in Canada

2018 [05] Mark Wahlberg donates his $1.5m reshoot fee “All the Money in the World” to the “Time’s Up” movement after it was revealed that co-star Michelle Williams was only paid $1000 for hers

2003 [20] British police arrest The Who guitarist Pete Townshend for possessing indecent computer images of children (he’s later cleared)

2022 [01] ‘Baby Shark’ becomes the first video to reach 10 billion views on YouTube (currently 12.1 billion)

2000 [23] Bill Gates resigns as CEO of Microsoft to focus on his charitable foundation

2010 [13] 14-year-old Brenden Adams of Ellensburg, WA sets the world record for tallest teenager at 7 feet, 5 inches (2.26m)


✓ Forgiveness is the number one trait linked to happiness in humans.
✓ The Ancient Romans dropped a piece of toast into their wine for good health – that’s why we now “raise a toast”.
✓ The international dialing code for Russia is 007.
✓ Those competing in Wimbledon are not allowed to swear. Because of this, line judges must learn curse words in every language.
✓ Police in Belfast, Northern Ireland, once used music from an ice-cream truck to calm angry teen rioters. It diffused a tense situation, but the officers were reprimanded for it.
✓ Pants are responsible for twice as many accidents as chain saws.
– 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off, TheFactSite

Best of BS . . .
• If you break a mirror, you are doomed to 7 years of bad shaves.
• Throwing spilled salt over your shoulder … into the face of a Hell’s Angel.
• Receiving a surprise note from your crush … that turns out to be a restraining order.
• Getting a hotel room on the 14th floor … because you know it’s not really.
• Accidentally putting your contacts in … with Super Glue.
• Getting out of bed on the opposite side you got into it … where there’s a wall.
• Opening an umbrella in your pants.
• Donating your jeans to a thrift store … then realizing there was $20 in the pocket.
• Walking under a black cat.
• (***Caution – ‘Ass’***) Texting “LMAO”, and your ass actually falls off.
-First published in BS in 2017

• “I’m glad you chose a rescue.”
• “That reminds me, I have to pick up rump roast.”
• “At least we know she won’t be lonely once she has her 11 cats.”
• “I’ll get the bug spray.”
• “That’s either the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen, or the cutest iguana.”
• “He looks just like his Grandpa – bald, toothless, and crying for a bottle.”
• “So, I hear they’re casting for a ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ remake…”
• “Nice ears.”
• “At least we know it’s yours.”
• “DAMN!”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2021

Weekend goals – try this camera filter challenge:  https://tinyurl.com/5n9bzw5u
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If you really love something, set it free — unless it’s a tiger.


What was the last thing that made you “face-palm”?

Question:  In a survey, nearly half of people said they never experienced THIS as a child. What is it?
Answer:  Being grounded

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