January 4 2018

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Thursday, January 4, 2018 – Edition: #6028

Bully For You!

★ Logan Paul is once again apologizing for posting a video on his popular YouTube channel that showcased a dead body, and the disrespectful reaction of him and his entourage.  The popular vlogger, with more than 15 million subscribers, uploaded a video that showed what appeared to be the body of an apparent suicide victim in a Japanese forest.  He has since deleted the video and posted a statement, and now he has posted a video apology.  In the clip, he says: “I should have never posted the video.  I should have put the cameras down, (and) stopped recording…There are a lot of things I should have done differently, but I didn’t.  For that, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry.”
★ Kim Kardashian West’s son Saint is ”all better” after being admitted to hospital with pneumonia. Kim has confirmed her two-year-old son was treated for the condition, which involves infection and inflammation of the lungs, and says it was the scariest thing seeing her little boy hooked up on oxygen machines and IVs.  Saint was rushed to hospital in an ambulance on Thursday.
★ Paris Hilton is getting married.  Everyone’s favorite heiress/DJ/mogul announced her engagement to boyfriend Chris Zylka on Tuesday.  She Tweeted (of course…): “I am so excited to be engaged to the love of my life and my best friend.  I have never felt so happy, safe and loved. He is perfect for me in every way and showed me that fairytales really do exist!” The couple have been dating for nearly two years.
(Why do I feel like I’ve already seen the wedding video?)
★ Rumer Willis is removing the tattoo she got as a permanent reminder of her time on ‘Dancing with the Stars’.  Rumer, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, won the reality show in 2015 with professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy, and she celebrated her victory by having an image of the pair embracing one another inked onto the inside of her right bicep.
(PERMANENT reminder?)
★ Rose McGowan will star in a docu-series about her life. The five-part series – which will air on E! – will be called ‘Citizen Rose’ and will help to ”amplify” Rose’s messages of ”bravery, art, joy and survival” in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations made against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and other powerful Hollywood men.
★ You might know the correct response to a clue on “Jeopardy!”, but if you pronounce it wrong, it could cost you. On a $1,600 clue in Double Jeopardy on Monday, Alex Trebek asked the contestants to name a song from rapper Coolio’s “Dangerous Minds” soundtrack album that shared a word with John Milton’s famous 1667 novel. The correct response is “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which  Nick Spicher correctly identified.  But later on, Trebek informed him that judges deemed his response incorrect because he pronounced the title as “Gangster’s Paradise” rather than “Gangsta’s.” That lack of street cred cost him $3,200. Fortunately for him, he still won the game.
(But you have to admit, it WAS a pretty gangsta way to lose $3,200!)

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kobe Bryant, Khloe Kardashian, Prophets of Rage
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Martin Short, Gina Rodriguez, Spoon ( R )
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): 50 Cent, Rachel Brosnahan
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jeff Daniels, Danielle Brooks, Daniel Caesar ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Jaden Smith ( R )
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): JB Smoove, Whitney Cummings, Joel Kim Booster ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Anderson Cooper, Kim Zolciak Biermann ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Guest co-host Greta Van Susteren
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jessica Chastain, Cameron Mathison
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kate Hudson, Gaten Matarazzo, Gina Rodriguez
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Khloe Kardashian
• “The Four” (FOX): The premiere of the singing competition series that features four reigning champs competing against newcomers each week. The celebrity judging panel includes Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, and label executive Charlie Walk. Fergie hosts.
• “Truth and Lies: Waco” (ABC): An examination of the 1993 ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, that resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and six Branch Davidian members.

• Justin Timberlake – his new album “Man of the Woods” comes out on February 2.  He says it was inspired by his home city of Memphis, Tennessee, as well as his wife, Jessica Biel, and their two-year-old son Silas.
• Louis Tomlinson — wants his fans to help mold his new music.  He says he’d like his fans to take a more proactive interest in his career and he urges them to offer advice on the music they’d like to hear. (Please!  SOMEBODY write me a hit song!)
• Amy Winehouse – not only is a Broadway production based on her life in the works, but her father Mitch claims that the ghost of his late daughter visits him regularly at his home in Kent, England.
• U2 – singer Bono has revealed that he was very nearly another 2017 rock star casualty.  He made the revelation in a Rolling Stone interview, but did not reveal the nature of his health scare.
• Chris Cornell – his final recording, ‘The Promise’ is up for a possible Academy Award nomination.  It was used in the movie of the same name.  Also up for Oscar consideration: Songs by Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks and Elvis Costello, among others.  Nominations will be announced on January 23.
• Ratt – plan to hit the road in 2018. Although no specifics have been announced, it’s expected the lineup will feature classic-era members Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, and Juan Croucier.
• Taylor Swift – her pop hit ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ has been given a country music makeover an in a new CMT performance video that is going around online.  Kalie Shorr, Kelleigh Bannen and Lindsay Ell came together to take the song back to Swift’s Nashville roots.
• Luke Bryan – is being criticized by PETA for gifting his wife two baby kangaroos for Christmas.  Their statement appears on the PETA website under the headline “Luke Bryan Should Send Christmas Kangaroos to a Sanctuary.” The statement explains that “baby kangaroos belong in their mothers’ pouches, not in gift bags.”
• Reba McEntire – has been announced as a 2018 inductee into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.  The award is bestowed on “admired leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities”

You’ve heard the term ‘cashless society’ thrown about in recent years.  It is the concept that with the use of credit cards, automatic deposits and billing, and debit cards and the like, that pretty soon we may never carry cash.  But how about this?  Now, money experts are saying that we may also go without credit cards in the near future.  Or at least credit cards as we know them….in their current plastic form.  Word is that plastic credit cards will be completely phased out some day, replaced by a new system that involves digital money transfers through smartphones and other devices.  We are already seeing things like Apple Pay, e-transfers, and Amazon Cash, which allow you to pay online without the use of a credit card.  And digital peer-to-peer payments are becoming increasingly popular because they can eliminate high transaction fees and processing or service fees, all while remaining secure.  And yes, the big knocks on the current credit card method of payment are exactly that: Security and high fees.
(I don’t know about the end of credit cards, but I HAVE reached the end of my credit!)
(I suppose the problem might be when you drop your phone in the toilet, and then you can’t pay for a new one, because your phone is in the toilet!)
(I don’t know what this new system will be, but remind me to invest in it!)

According to Tom Corley, an accountant and financial planner who did a survey among self-made millionaires, 80% of them share a common trait.  What is it?  Confidence?  Independent thinking?  Extroversion? Nope.  None of the above.  He found that 4 out of 5 self made millionaires were not ‘A’ students in school.  In fact, more of them were ‘C’ students than were ‘A’ students.  Why?  He says that he can only conclude that, “…success in life does not come easy. It is fraught with pitfalls, obstacles, failure, and mistakes.  Success requires persistence, mental toughness and emotional toughness.  Individuals who struggle academically may be more accustomed to dealing with struggle and making it a daily habit to overcome pitfalls.”
(Let’s all say it together: “There is hope for me yet!”)
(I’m also used to struggling, but unlike them, MY struggle doesn’t involve getting the lid off my jar of grey poupon!)
(I don’t care if I’m a SELF-MADE millionaire….I just want to be a millionaire….Oh.  Wait.  NOW I get his point!)

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 2% of us claim that we never eat cookies.
• 22% of us say we disconnect from social media when on vacation.
• 40% of single people say they have a current profile on a dating website.
• 20% of us say we start Christmas shopping in January.
• 70% of men have gone to see a movie they didn’t like just to please their partner.
• 12% of us don’t like supermarket self-checkout lanes because they make us feel stupid.
• 45% of pet owners say they have a birthday party for their pet.


1930 [88] Don Shula, Grand River, OH, NFL player/coach (2-time Super Bowl winner as a player, most regular season wins as head coach (328)

1954 [64] Tina Knowles, Galveston TX, fashion designer (Mother of Beyonce and Solange Knowles who became known as the head designer of the “House of Dereon” brand)

1960 [58] Michael Stipe, Decatur GA, rock singer-songwriter (REM-‘Stand’, ‘Losing My Religion’), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2007

1965 [53] Julia Ormond, Epsom UK, movie actress (“My Week with Marilyn”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”)/TV actress (“Mad Men” 2013-15)

1966 [52] Deana Carter, Nashville TN, country singer (“How Do I Get There”, “Strawberry Wine”)

1989 [29] Kevin Pillar, Los Angeles CA, MLB baseball player (center fielder for the “Toronto Blue Jays” since 2013)

• “Spaghetti Day”, celebrating the Italian pasta dish that seemingly everyone loves. Marco Polo brought the recipe for pasta back to Europe with him after his famous trip to China in the 13th century.

• “Trivia Day”, honoring those with ‘doctorates in uselessology’.
– Who uttered the famous salute “Live Long and Prosper”? (“Star Trek’s” ‘Spock’.)
– Who wrote the French romantic novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”? (Victor Hugo.)
– What famous phrase is Marie Antoinette known for? (“Let them eat cake.”)
– In the sport of bullriding, which hand do you ride with? (Either.)
– A group of porcupines is known as what? (A ‘prickle’.)

• “World Braille Day”, observed on the anniversary of the 1809 birth of Louis Braille of France. In 1829, he published “Method of Writing Words, Music & Plain Song by Means of Dots, for Use By the Blind”. Today, the ‘Braille method’ is used in virtually every language as the standard form of reading and writing by those with vision-loss.
NET: http://www.cnib.ca/en/living/braille/louis-braille

• “World Hypnotism Day”, with the objective of correcting the myths and misconceptions about hypnotism while promoting the truth and benefits of the process that helps many put aside fears, and change what they believed was unchangeable. (Not to mention bark like a dog.)
NET: http://www.worldhypnotismday.com

[Fri] National Bird Day
[Fri] Whipped Cream Day
[Sat] Cuddle Up Day
[Sat] Apple Tree Day

2009 [09] Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is voted the ‘Greatest Voice In Rock’, followed by Queen’s Freddie Mercury, and Free’s Paul Rodgers

2012 [06] Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry (66) weds Amanda Sheppard (29), who dated Ferry’s son for a brief time

1996 [22] 1st ‘Live Rock Concert On the Internet’ features Deborah Harry, Joan Jett, Joey Ramone, The Lunachicks

1975 [43]  Ice thickness measured at 4776 m, at Wilkes Land, Antarctica

2010 [08] The Burj Khalifa, ‘World’s Tallest Building’ (828 m or 2,717 ft), is officially opened in Dubai UAE


✓ You do not need a driver’s license to be a NASCAR driver.
✓ The use of seat belts in F1 racing wasn’t mandatory until 1971.
✓ Watching a horror movie can burn up to 200 calories – the same as walking for 30 minutes.
✓ People whose names start with ‘A’ have the longest life expectancy.
✓ Reincarnation is forbidden in China without government permission
✓ Your earlobes line up with your nipples.

More people sign up at fitness clubs this week than any other time of the year. Beware if …
• The door to the front desk has a slot in it that slides open to verify your membership.
• There’s a KFC between the aerobics area and the free weights.
• The personal trainer claims that carrying his groceries up 30 flights is much better than a Stair-Master.
• It’s not actually carpet in the locker room, it’s really thick shower mold.
• On the way to the workout area, you pass several members’ memorial plaques.
-First published in BS in 2017

• Are children who act in rated ‘R’ movies allowed to see them?
• Are eyebrows considered facial hair?
• Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?
• Can crop circles be square?
• Can you cry under water?
• Can you daydream at night?
• Can you “stare off into space” when you’re in space?
• Can you still say “Put it where the sun don’t shine ” on a nude beach?
• Did Noah have woodpeckers on the ark? If he did, where did he keep them?

My New Year’s resolution is to stop procrastinating next year.

• Which celeb was NOT born in the 1990s?
a. Kate Upton
b. Scarlett Johansson [CORRECT–she was born in 1984]
c. Jennifer Lawrence

• Which celeb WAS born in the 1970s?
a. Ryan Reynolds [CORRECT–he was born in 1976]
b. Ryan Gosling
c. Seth Rogen

☎ What’s one thing you really want to do in 2018 that you didn’t get to do last year?

Question:  According to a recent survey, 29%percent of us admit to ovespending on this during the holidays.  What?
Answer: Alcohol

There are two kinds of friends: Those who are around when you need them, and those who are around when they need you.

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