January 15 2018

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Monday, January 15, 2018        Edition: #6135

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

★ Mark Wahlberg is giving away the $1.5 million he made for his reshoots on “All the Money in the World” … after the outcry that he made more than Michelle Williams.  Wahlberg is making a donation to Time’s Up, and his agency WME — which also represents Williams — is donating $500,000 as well. Wahlberg says, “I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.
★ Tom Cruise has returned to the London set of ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ to film the same stunt that he was attempting when he broke he ankle last year.  On Saturday, 55 year-old Cruise was spotted shooting a scene which involved him running actress the top of a railway station chasing a helicopter, which pretty much confirms that he has fully recovered from his injury.
★ It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson-themed movie. That means DiCaprio and Tarantino will work together for the first time since 2012’s ‘Django Unchained’.  Word is that Margot Robbie has been offered the role of Sharon Tate in the film, and roles have also been offered to Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.  It seems that Leo will be playing an aging actor in Tarantino’s story, but we don’t have any details on the plot.  We do know the movie’s release date – Aug. 9, 2019.
★ Liam Neeson described the wave of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood as “a bit of a witch hunt.” In an interview on an Irish talk show, Neeson said, “There’s some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee or something, and suddenly they’re being dropped from their program or something.”  His comments did not go over well in the Twitterverse.
★ Cindy Crawford is heading back to the Super Bowl: The model has recreated her iconic 1992 Super Bowl ad for Pepsi, now featuring her 18-year-old son.  Crawford recently filmed the commercial, which will debut at Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4. It includes her son, Presley Walker Gerber, as well as footage from Michael Jackson’s memorable Pepsi commercial.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Gerard Butler, Melissa Benoist, Mavis Staples
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Cole Sprouse, Walk the Moon
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): John Lithgow, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Black Eyed Peas
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): David Duchovny, Megan Boone, Jillian Jaqueline, John Stanier
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV):  Cedric the Entertainer, Usain Bolt, Jesus Trejo ( R )
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Allison Janney, Pete Holmes, Daniel Sloss
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Brittany Cartwright, Ariana Madix
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rep. John Lewis, Common, Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker, guest co-host Jordin Sparks
• “The Talk” (CBS): Selma Blair, Derrick Levasseur, Preacher Lawson
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Camila Mendes
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Hugh Jackman, Demi Lovato
• “The Bachelor” (ABC): As the charming race car driver intensifies his search for his soul mate among the 18 remaining women, Arie selects eight women to battle for supremacy in the wrestling arena with two top veterans of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW)

• Cardi B – has managed to match Beyoncé, becoming only the second woman to place four songs in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the second week in a row.
• Britney Spears – has reportedly signed a deal for a new Las Vegas residency starting in 2019. She is said to be returning to the stage for a brand new residency at Las Vegas’ Park Theater, inside the Monte Carlo resort, shortly after Lady Gaga completes her residency there.
• Ansel Elgort – the actor who played ‘Baby’ in the movie “Baby Driver” has released the pop ballad, ‘Supernova’.   Though he has released music before, he thinks he’s nailed it with this one:  “For the first time with my music, it really feels like it’s really coming from me. I was able to let my subconscious take over and never second-guess any artistic impulse while writing.”
• John Mayer – wants you to write him a letter. Not an email message or blog post, but an actual ink and paper letter. A letter written on a typewriter, no less.  He has posted on Instagram that he wants to start a network of typewriting pen pals.  He says he will reply to “a few every morning”.
• Sting – is working on a reggae album with Shaggy.  He posted on his website that the two got together last year ”to jam and create music that reflects their mutual love of Jamaica, its music, people and culture”.  The pair’s first single ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ is set for release on February 2.
• Billy Joel – welcomed Foreigner’s Mick Jones and former singer Lou Gramm to the stage at Madison Square Garden on Friday night to play their hits ‘Cold as Ice’ and ‘Urgent’.
• Heart – Ann Wilson is working on a new solo project honoring musicians that have passed.
According to her, “It’s a project very dear to me — a collection of songs by artists who have departed in the last several years: Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Tom Petty, and Chris Cornell to name a few”.  The working title?   ‘PDG’ (project dead guys).
• Kid Rock – his upcoming U.S. tour is no longer ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’.  Following a lawsuit filed in December by Feld Entertainment, owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus over the right to use that trademarked tagline, Rock has changed the name of his jaunt to ‘The American Rock N Roll Tour’.
• Miranda Lambert – has announced that she’ll be hitting the road this summer with Little Big Town.  The initial dates for the co-headlining ‘Bandwagon Tour’ is set to kick off July 12 in Charlotte, NC and run through August 24 in Clarkston, MI.
• Brantley Gilbert – has announced the inaugural “Kick It In the Ship” Cruise, set to sail October 23-27 from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas on the luxurious Norwegian Jade.  The cruise will feature Gilbert in a pair of unique performances onboard, as well as an “up close, intense and personal Q&A session.”

Some Facebook users say they are already noticing changes to their newsfeed, after it was announced last week that Facebook would be adjusting the algorithms which determine what appears in your newsfeed.  The supposed goal of the changes is to have users spend their time in a more ‘meaningful’ way.  On the weekend, some users reported that they were seeing more posts from friends and family members, and relatively few posts from organizations or people they follow.  Facebook also said they planned to reduce the number of videos which appear, which they consider passive.  The changes come as the company faces criticism that social media can make people feel depressed and isolated.
(On the other hand, seeing all these posts from MY family is also making me feel depressed and isolated!)
(I can’t believe it, but even Facebook is finally sick of all those cat videos!)
(Plus now they can charge those organizations to have their posts start showing up again…)
-BusinessInsider, AP

Could it be that the Super Bowl commercials don’t sell out?  With less than three weeks to go, NBC says that they still have about 10 commercial slots remaining for the most-watched TV program in the U.S., the Super Bowl.  And those spots could be yours for just $5 million each.  Roughly 100 million Americans watch the game, more than 3 times the number of people who watched the #2 program in 2017, the Academy Awards.  Why did commercial slots not sell out long before the event, as is usually the case?  A few possible reasons: There is a chance of protests at this year’s game, after the controversy of kneeling during the national anthem erupted this season.  That could take the focus off the game…and its advertising.  And, the Pyeongchang Olympics begin just a few days after the Super Bowl. While the Olympics are a different marketing platform, advertisers have to consider it as an alternative.
(Plus there’s that whole $5 million dollar thing…)
(Plus no matter what cool ad you come up with, someone is going to get offended…)

✗ You Lose Most of Your Heat from Your Head:  Where your body loses heat is closely related to surface area, and the head has only about 9 percent of the body’s surface area.  But on the other hand, if the rest of you is all covered up and your head isn’t, then you DO lose most of your heat from your head!  (I can confirm that you lose most of your HAIR from your head, however…)
✗ To Warm Up, Sip Coffee or Brandy:  Caffeine and alcohol actually hinder the body’s ability to produce heat. They can also cause your core temperature to drop. Instead, drink warm water, or something with sugar.  (Can I have brandy if I put sugar in it?)
✗ If You Go Out in the Cold, You’ll Catch a Cold:  You catch cold from a virus, not from cold temperatures.  (Now stop listening to old wives!)
✗ Rub Your Fingers or Toes to Warm Them:  Wiggle them instead. If exposed skin (including that of your face and ears) becomes cold, cover it with a warm hand until it feels better. Rubbing can cause tissue damage.
✗ Try to Resist Shivering:  Shivering means that your body is trying to warm up, and that’s good. In fact, shivering can triple your body’s heat production.
✗ If I’m Feeling Cold, You Must Be Feeling It Too:  Age, gender, fitness level, acclimatization all determine when you “feel” cold.  And it’s been proven that women generally feel cold before men do, possibly because they have less heat-generating ability.  (Just ask me about my first wife!)
(Cold, hard facts….that aren’t facts!!)

• 7% of millionaires do not consider themselves ‘wealthy’.
• 25% of us think that God helps decide the outcome of football games.
• 40% of us would save our dog over a foreign tourist.
• 20% of men gamble at least once per year without their wife’s knowledge.
• 30% of women wish their husband would hold their hand more often.
• 40% of women say they crave chocolate, but only 15% of men do.
• 20% of adults say they have climbed a tree…since becoming an adult.


1947 [71] Andrea Martin, Portland, ME, movie actress (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”)/ TV actress (“SCTV” 1976-84, “Great News” since 2017)

1968 [50] Chad Lowe, Dayton OH, TV actor (‘Byron Montgomery’ on “Pretty Little Liars” 2010-17)/movie actor (“Unfaithful”)/brother of actor Rob Lowe

1981 [37] Pitbull (Armando Pérez), Miami FL, rapper (‘I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]’, feat. Kesha – ‘Timber’)

1988 [30] Skrillex (Sonny Moore), LA CA, electronic dance music DJ-producer (‘Bangarang’)

2004 [14] Grace VanderWaal, Lenexa KS, pop singer (season 11 winner of “America’s Got Talent”.  She first caught the judges’ attention after she performed her original song “I Don’t Know My Name”)

• “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in America, a federal holiday observed annually on the 3rd Monday of January celebrating the life and achievements of late civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr (1929-68)

• “Fresh Squeezed Juice Day”. So what’s your preference … Orange? Grapefruit? Red Man Chaw?

• “Hat Day”, a 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 enthusiastically to disrupt the vicious cycle of poverty, hunger, and neglect.

“Martin Luther King Jr Day”, a federal holiday across the USA commemorating the life and achievements of the late civil rights leader (1929-1968)

• “Elementary School Teachers Day”, honoring those who spend all day with our kids because we certainly couldn’t. You just might be a teacher if …
– You can’t have children of your own because there is no name you could give a kid that wouldn’t bring on high blood pressure the moment you heard it.
– Meeting a student’s parents instantly answers the question, “Why is this kid like this?”
– You can tell there’s a full moon without ever looking outside.
– You want to slap the next person who says, “Must be nice to have holidays & summers free.”
– You believe ‘Shallow Gene Pool’ should have it’s own box on the report card.
– You think people should be required to get a government permit before being allowed to reproduce.

[Tues] Hot and Spicy Food Day
[Tues] Fig Newton Day
[Wed] Hot-Buttered Rum Day
[Wed] Judgment Day
This Week Is…Hunt for Happiness Week
This Month Is…National Hobby Month

2005 [13] Spearheaded by actor George Clooney, celebrities from music, TV, and movies band together for “Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope”, a 2-hour telethon to benefit victims of the 2004 tsunami that devastated regions in SouthEast Asia and Eastern Africa.  Musical acts included Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton

2009 [09] Pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger makes a successful emergency landing in the Hudson River shortly after US Airways Flight 1549 takes from NYC’s LaGuardia Airport (leads to the 2016 Tom Hanks movie “Sully”)

1972 [46]  Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ hits #1 in the US for the first of four weeks. The single runs 8:36 – you have to flip the 45 over to hear all of it

1967 [51] 1st ‘Super Bowl’ (although it isn’t called that until 2 years later) as 61,946 fans pay 10 bucks a ticket to watch legendary coach Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers beat the KC Chiefs 35-10 in Los Angeles (MVP is Packer QB Bart Starr)…30-second TV commercials cost $42,000

2001 [17] ‘Wikipedia’, the free online encyclopedia, goes online

1983 [35] Tom Syles of Van Nuys, California sets a world record by keeping a single Life Saver candy intact in his mouth for 7 hours, 10 minutes


✓ The human brain has enough memory to hold three million hours of television.
✓ The least common PIN number is 8068.
✓ Disney was sued by a biologist for defaming the character of hyenas in The Lion King.
✓ Pencil sales increased 700% the year after Sudoku became popular.
✓ New bacteria grows on a kitchen sponge every 20 minutes.
✓ The average Las Vegas visitor gambles away $447.

• Don’t worry about what people think, they don’t do it very often.
• A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
• If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
• Never lick a steak knife.
• You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
• People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
• There is a very fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness.’
• There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
• Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
• Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

If the world really was flat, cats would’ve knocked everything off the edge by now.

☎ What is your favorite board game?  Why?

Question:  30% of us say we never leave the house without this. What?
Answer:  Gum

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

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