January 10 2018

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Edition: #6032

Bully For You!

★ Oprah Winfrey’s stirring speech at the Golden Globes may have been a precursor for a presidential run in 2020…or at least that’s the hope of some famous folks who watched and listened — and her longtime companion says she’s in. Partner Stedman Graham went way further and said that Oprah would “absolutely do it” and now it’s up to the people. Oprah has made it clear in the past that she has no interest in politics.
(But as you know, all great politicians backtrack at some point…)
★ Gwyneth Paltrow is engaged once again.  Paltrow and her boyfriend Brad Falchuk announced the happy news on Monday morning.  In a statement, the couple said, “We feel incredibly lucky to have come together at this juncture in our lives when our collective successes and failures can serve as building blocks for a healthy and happy relationship.”  Paltrow was married to Chris Martin before splitting in 2014 after 10 years.
(Is she calling this a ‘conscious coupling’?)
★ As you probably know, Carrie Underwood took a fall in November which resulted in a broken wrist and supposedly, a serious facial injury.  But TV Show host Wendy Williams is convinced she has undergone a facelift, and that might explain why Underwood warned fans that she may not look the same when they next see her.  When Williams’ audience reacted by roaring in shock, Williams tried to dial back her comment, saying: “No…We are cynical!  She was already cute, so I do not know what she is doing or what happened.”
(Kinda makes sense, though…)
★ ABC will air a new season of the ‘90s sitcom ‘Roseanne’ in March, and reports are that one of the new Conner grandchildren was written to “represent the world” we live in today.  Darlene and David’s 9-year-old son Mark, played by Ames McNamara, is gender-nonconforming; he likes to wear girls’ clothing, but doesn’t  identify as gay or transgender.  Though Mark will wear girls’ clothes throughout the season, one episode in particular will be centered around what his clothing choices mean.
★ A woman armed with DNA results that she says prove she is the secret daughter of the late Rock Hudson has had an appeals court overturn a lower court’s 2016 ruling that denied her paternity claim.  Susan Dent wants to officially establish that Rock Hudson is her father. Dent is a woman in her early-70s from Canada.  She maintains that several years ago her mother told her that Rock Hudson was her real father.  According to sources, the DNA test confirmed her mother’s story.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Chris Hemsworth, Darren Criss, Elvis Costello
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Camila Cabello
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sarah Jessica Parker, Pete Holmes, Jack Black
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): James Franco, Lawrence O’Donnell, the Roots featuring Bilal, Allison Miller
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Judd Apatow, Aaron Sorkin, Rachel Platten
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Justin Verlander, Jay Pharoah, Langhorne Slim ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Guest co-host Ana Navarro
• “The Talk” (CBS): Peter Krause, Ellen K
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Taraji P. Henson, Chrissy Teigen, Dr. Melina Jampolis
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Margot Robbie
• “The Amazing Race 30” (CBS): The race continues in Antwerp, Belguim.
• “The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala” (CW): Stand-up performances from the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Included: Cedric the Entertainer; Cristela Alonzo; Ron Funches; Orny Adams; Gad Elmaleh; John Heffron; Martin Urbano; and Gina Yashere. Howie Mandel hosts.
• “Animal Crackers” (CW): Professional mascots surprise unsuspecting passersby with hilarious pranks. Dan Marino hosts.

• Pink – will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl Feb. 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
• The Weeknd – has announced that he is cutting ties with fashion retailer H&M following a controversy over a recent ad.  The company has been hit with accusations of racism after a promotional image showed a black child wearing a hoodie that read “Coolest monkey in the jungle”.  The company has apologized.
• Kelly Clarkson – finally met Steve Carell, 13 years after her yelled her name in a now-iconic scene from ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’.  Fans noticed the pair laughing and joking together at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, and then they posted a photo of themselves together.
• Mariah Carey — Meryl Streep was not expecting to find Carey in her seat at the Golden Globes, but that’s exactly where she was.  Carey says that she was told to take a seat beside Steven Spielberg after a commercial break, and when Streep returned, Mariah apologized for seemingly stealing her seat.  Streep replied by saying, “You can take my seat anytime!”
• David Bowie – his son Duncan Jones  posted a touching tribute to the late star on his birthday.  Bowie passed away two years ago today, just  2 days after he turned 69.  To celebrate what would have been his 71st birthday on Monday, Duncan posted a picture of a birthday card he had given to his father, and commented:  ”8th of Jan again. A strange feeling for me”.
• The Doors – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of their first album last week, Los Angeles city officials unveiled new street signs in Encino that pay tribute to frontman Jim Morrison and drummer John Densmore.  Morrison Street intersects with Densmore Avenue and up until recently, Densmore was unaware of the street that bears his name.
• KISS – Gene Simmons says that they didn’t sue Bruce Springsteen over the similarity of his 2009 song ‘Outlaw Pete’ and KISS’ 1979 hit ‘I Was Made for Loving You’ because they “like” Springsteen.
• John Mellencamp – his film “John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken: From the Chicago Theater” will be available via Netflix Feb. 1.  The self-narrated film “presents John Mellencamp, with his full band, performing at the landmark Chicago Theater”  It also features “highly personal voice-overs” offering fresh insights into his “upbringing, career, and his outlook on life.”
• Keith Urban – according to wife Nicole Kidman, Urban is ‘disturbed’ by her role in the HBO series ‘Big Little Lies’.  In an interview, she said that when Urban hears her scream or cry…”It’s almost like it goes straight into him and he has a…reaction immediately…it throws him”.
• Maren Morris – when a fan asked via Twitter for some advice for up and coming country singers, this was her response: “”Be patient, lose your ego, be friendly but not aggressive, find your tribe, LISTEN, and learn from the best.  Go to rounds, go to meetings, hole up and figure out why your favorite songs are your favorite.  And wait.”
• Loretta Lynn – is doing “as well as can be expected,” according to her sister, Crystal Gayle, after falling and breaking her hip.  Gayle shared the news via Twitter and asked for love and prayers for her 85-year-old sister.

Did your teenage son receive video games for Christmas and you haven’t seen him since?  You know, except to use the restroom and to grab all the snacks from the cupboard?  Do you hear him late at night yelling at the game or at whatever online opponent from a far-flung country that he managed to coerce into a game of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds?  Or maybe we are talking about your husband here.  Or like, YOU!  It turns out that there may be a serious ‘World Health Organization’– recognized addiction in your household.  Yep, the WHO has decided to classify video game addiction as a mental health condition in 2018.  In the next revision of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the affliction known as a “gaming disorder” will be classified as a mental health condition. The first draft of the WHO’s 11th ICD describes gaming disorder as an addiction to video games “characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior” including not feeling like you have control over how much you play, placing gaming over other life priorities, and continuing to play games despite negative consequences.  Addictive gaming will be classified in the same category as the disorders related to drugs, alcohol, and gambling.
(I don’t mind ruining my life with my video game addiction….I’ve got 2 extra lives!)
(And what are the negative consequences?  Losing, of course!)
(My kid isn’t addicted to video games…he’s just allergic to doing anything else!)

The recent brutal cold snap which enveloped most of North American may have brought with it an unexpected positive:  Brainpower.  A new study by Stanford University and Israel’s Bar-Ilan and Ben-Gurion universities found that cold weather can make you smarter…at least temporarily.  In fact,   mere representations of temperature – a photo of a snowy landscape, for example – can improve cognitive control. In layman’s terms, that means your brain works better when it’s served something cold.  Several studies over the years have shown links between hot temperatures and aggressive or impulsive behaviors, as well as poorer performance on tasks requiring brainpower.  This study found that cool-temperature images, compared to warm images, led to “improved performance” on tasks given.  But don’t delete those tropical beach sunset photos from your phone…warm-weather images produce their own set of benefits, such as a relaxed attitude.
(So why does ice cream give me ‘brain freeze?)
(Then why doesn’t my dog have the brains to come in out of the cold?)
(They’re right.  That cold snap made me smart.  Smart enough to realize that I need to move south!)

You’ve seen the annual list of words “Banished from the English language”.  Now, Wayne State University is out with their list of words that we should use more often.  Here are Wayne State’s Word Warriors’ “Words that should be retrieved from the linguistic cellar”:
✓ Insuperable:  Impossible to overcome.
✓ Eucatastrophe:  A sudden and favorable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.
✓ Frangible:  Fragile; brittle.  (Sounds like a fruit!)
✓ Couth:  Cultured, refined and well mannered. (I’ve heard of UNcouth…go figure!)
✓ Compunction:  A feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad.  (Sorry.  Never heard of it.  Is that bad?)
✓ Recondite:  (Of a subject or knowledge) little known; abstruse.  (Great.  Now, what does abstruse mean again?)
✓ Nugatory:  Of no value or importance.  (Which explains the nugatory balance of my bank account….)
✓ Bilious:  Spiteful; bad-tempered.
✓ Littoral:  Relating to or situated on the shore of the sea or a lake.  (Littorally?)
✓ Picaresque:  Relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero.
(I’d challenge you to use all of these in a sentence, but someone would…)


1945 [73] Rod Stewart, London UK, rock/pop singer (‘Maggie May’, ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1994)

1948 [70] Donald Fagen, Passaic NJ, classic rock singer (Steely Dan-‘Reeling In the Years’, ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001)

1949 [69] George Forman, Marshall TX, boxer, (Two-time heavyweight boxing champion/Olympic gold medalist/cooking grill spokesperson/father of five sons….all named George Foreman

1953 [65] Pat Benatar (Andrzejewski), Brooklyn NY, classic rocker (‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’)/4 consecutive Grammy Awards for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ 1980-83

1961 [57] Janet Jones, Bridgeton MO, movie actress (“A League of Their Own”, “Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach”, wife of Wayne Gretzky since 1988)

1978 [40] Brent Smith, Knoxville TN, rock singer-songwriter (Shinedown-‘The Crow & The Butterfly’, ‘Second Chance’)

1981 [37] Nasri (Nasri Tony Atweh), Toronto ON, pop/reggae singer-songwriter (Magic!-‘Rude’, ‘Don’t Kill the Magic’)

• “Bittersweet Chocolate Day”, the kind you can eat with less guilt because it has less sugar. And unlike milk chocolate or white chocolate, it does not contain any milk solids.

• “Cut Your Energy Costs Day”, a day to help both the environment and your bottom line. So what’s your best tip?

• “Houseplant Appreciation Day”, a day to salute their therapeutic value in lifting your mood and outlook. And if you’re a gardener, they give you an opportunity to play in the dirt until Spring arrives in the seemingly far, far, distant future.

• “Peculiar People Day”, to celebrate the leaders of the strange and unusual, those who refuse to succumb to the world’s idea of what is normal.  Which is great until you find out that people are talking about YOU!  (***A good day to have listeners call in stories about the extraordinary, unusual, strange, odd, uncommon, intriguing, different, abnormal, and quirky people they know***)

• “Save the Eagles Day”,  some species of eagles are on the endangered list. However, due to the work of scientists and the public, the Bald Eagle was removed from this list in June 2007.

[Thurs] Hot Toddy Day
[Thurs] Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
[Fri] Kiss a Ginger Day
[Fri] National Pharmacist Day

1999 [19]  “The Sopranos”, starring James Gandolfini as mobster Tony Soprano, debuts on HBO

2009 [09] Singer Fergie marries actor Josh Duhamel in Malibu CA (separated in 2017)

2008 [10] Radiohead tops album charts with the physical release of  “In Rainbows”, originally sold via the Internet for a price chosen by fans

2016 [02] Singer-songwriter, producer, and actor David Bowie dies of liver cancer at age 69 in NYC

2008 [10] Panic! At the Disco announces they’ll be dropping their ‘!’ with the release of their next album, “Pretty. Odd.”

2008 [10] Tata Motors, India’s largest automaker, unveils the ‘World’s Cheapest Car’, the Nano (MSRP around $2,000, the model is expected to be discontinued in 2018)

2010 [08] China surpasses Germany to become the ‘World’s Largest Exporter’


✓ While he was President of the USA, Bill Clinton sent just 2 emails.
✓ Abraham Lincoln actually hated to be called Abe.
✓ New York’s area code is 212 because it was fastest to dial on a rotary phone.
✓ 60% of apps in the Apple App Store have never been downloaded.
✓ Netflix has over 76,000 categories. They include “Cool Mustaches” and “Imaginative Time Travel Movies From The 1980s.”
✓ On average,  95% of a car’s lifetime is spent parked.

• Boulevard of Broken Dreams
• Drunk Drive
• Jurassic Parkway
• Vicious Circle
• Muhammad Alley
• Triple Heart Bypass
• USB Drive
• No Way
• Route 666
• Psycho Path (that one’s actually real…in Traverse City, Michigan)
• Roady McRoadface

Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.

What is the second most common street name in the U.S.?
a. Main
b. Second [CORRECT.  ‘Main’ street is the most common.]
c. Elm
– WallStreetJournal

What year was the first Hummer sold to the general public?
a. 1992 [CORRECT]
b. 1995
c. 1998

☎ What always seems to last too long?  What never seems to last long enough?

Question:  Almost 70% of Dads will not let their children touch this at the house. What?
Answer:  The thermostat

Love isn’t only blind, it’s also deaf, dumb, and stupid.

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