January 9 2018

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – Edition #6031

You’re Up to Your Eyeballs in Sheet!

★ The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki says ‘everyone’s very comfortable’ with the idea of the comedy wrapping up after next season.  Galecki made the remarks while appearing on a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, when he was asked about the future of the program.  That would mean  the wildly-successful CBS program could wrap up when the show’s 12th season concludes after the 2018/2019 TV season.
(Wait!  I’M not comfortable with that!)
★ Meghan Markle managed to find the perfect Christmas gift for Queen Elizabeth II, but her adorable corgis “mauled” it.  Markle managed to find a singing toy hamster outfitted in a Santa suit for the Queen. When she gave to it to her, she couldn’t help but laugh and say that her dogs will now have company. The royal family is known for giving each other symbolic and hilarious gifts for Christmas as opposed to expensive ones.
(Apparently, the Queen loved her gift.  The corgis didn’t.)
★ O.J. Simpson is playing high stakes with the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas – by claiming he will sue them for $100 million. The Juice wants to sue them for being ‘racist’ after they banned him for being drunk and disruptive.  The hotel counters that on November 9, the infamous football legend was actually drunk and disruptive.
(It turns out you SHOULDN’T mix vodka and O.J…..)
★ Barbra Streisand criticized the Golden Globes for it’s lack of female director nominations and winners while presenting the final award at the ceremony on Sunday evening.  Quote: ”So, backstage I heard they said something about me, I was the only woman to get – did I hear right – the only woman to get the Best Director award, and you know that was 1984. That was 34 years ago. Folks, time’s up. We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director. There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women.”
★ Letting go of his high-profile lifestyle seems to be too much for former Today show host Matt Lauer to handle, and reports are surfacing that he is ready for a comeback just weeks after NBC fired him for sexual misconduct.  Word is that he may already be looking for another network gig.  The story is that Lauer misses the spotlight of being on national TV every morning, and the stay-at-home dad life isn’t working for him.
(…And the reason for leaving your last job?)

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Gary Oldman, Phil Rosenthal, Huncho Jack
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Hugh Grant, Desus & Mero, A$AP Ferg, PJ Morton
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): James Franco, Lena Waithe, Anderson East
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jordan Peele, Patrick Wilson, Lewis Black, Allison Miller
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Gillian Anderson, Sally Hawkins, Daya
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Mila Kunis, Maria Bamford, King Krule ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Lisa Vanderpump
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Greta Gerwig, guest co-host Ashley Graham
• “The Talk” (CBS): Paul Reiser, Monica Berg
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Hugh Grant, Patrick Wilson, Leanne Vogel
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep
• “America’s Next Top Model: (VH1): In the Season 24 premiere, Tyra Banks returns as host alongside returning judges Ashley Graham, Law Roach and Drew Elliott, who they welcome 26 aspiring models to compete for the title.

• Drake – has laughed off criticism about his dental hygiene, insisting that a speck on his tooth in a recent photo is actually a pink diamond.  He posted a series of images from a night out on Instagram, but one pic caught the attention of a follower, who called Drake out for apparently missing a spot of food or other substance pictured on his front tooth.
• Bruno Mars – pays tribute to the classic sketch comedy show ‘In Living Color’ with the new music video for his ‘Finesse’ remix.  He revealed on Wednesday that he had recruited Cardi B to revamp the song, which was originally featured on his 2016 album 24K Magic.
• Lana Del Rey – says Radiohead is suing her for copyright infringement because they say her song ‘Get Free’ copies elements of its1993 hit song, ‘Creep’.  She wrote on Twitter, “It’s true about the lawsuit … Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”
• Moody Blues – multi-instrumentalist Ray Thomas has died just months before his long-awaited induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He had just turned 76 on Dec. 29.  His record company says that he “passed away suddenly at his home in Surrey on Thursday.”  No cause of death was mentioned.
• Roger Waters – He, Peter Gabriel, Tom Morello and Brian Eno are among the musicians, actors and artists who signed an open letter supporting Lorde after she canceled her Israel concert. The open letter came to her defense after a prominent rabbi called the singer a “bigot” for canceling the Tel Aviv show amid pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which opposes Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
• KISS – Gene Simmons held his first ‘Vault Experience’ box set event Saturday in Los Angeles and fans were treated to an eight-hour day full of songs and stories, plus appearances by Kiss alumni Ace Frehley, Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer.
• Kelsea Ballerini – is honeymooning with her new husband Morgan Evans.  She is posting a variety of stunning photos on social media…including one containing a rather hilarious blooper.
Evans was filming Ballerini while she jumped into the water, but the phone slipped out of his grasp and sank…while still filming.  Remarkably, the device wasn’t damaged. “Somehow, no iPhone was harmed in the making,” Ballerini wrote, calling it an “amazing #fail.”
• Carrie Underwood – Fans tuning into the NFL wild-card match-up between the Atlanta and Los Angeles Saturday night were treated to a sneak preview of her new and highly anticipated football anthem, “The Champion”.  It is scheduled to be released before the Super Bowl in February.

• “It” (R-Rated, Drama/Horror):  A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children. (Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard)
• “The Foreigner” (R-Rated, Action/Adventure):  A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities. (Katie Leung, Jackie Chan, Rufus Jones)
• “Marshall” (PG-13, Drama): The story of a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. (Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson)
• “Friend Request” (R-Rated, Horror/Mystery):  A popular college student graciously accepts a social outcast’s online friend request, but soon finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends. (Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley)
• “November Criminals” (PG-13, Drama/Suspense):  After the murder of his friend is dismissed as gang violence, high schooler Addison decides to launch an investigation of his own. With help from his girlfriend Phoebe, he quickly discovers that the mystery is darker and deeper than he ever imagined. (Chloë Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort)
• “My Little Pony: The Movie” (PG, Animation/Comedy): After a dark force conquers Canterlot, the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their homeland. (Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber)

The latest health craze in the U.S. just might not turn out to be so healthy.  There are actually people who are purposely drinking untreated, unfiltered water.  And paying a pretty penny to do it.  It is called “raw water” and it is exactly that….straight from the ground…or the river…or wherever.  Last week, the New York Times ran an article about the bizarre trend of raw water. At the Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco’s Mission District, the store was selling raw water for $36.99 for 2.5 gallons. After the New York Times article was published, demand grew and they then started charging $38.49 for the same 2.5 gallons, or $60.99 for the raw water in a decorative jug.  Reminder: A typical 2.5-gallon jug of regular old filtered water costs approximately $5 and a glass of tap water is basically free.  Despite the ludicrous price of the raw water, it sold out. What does it taste like?  One convert describes it like this: “It has a vaguely mild sweetness, a nice smooth mouth feel, nothing that overwhelms the flavor profile.”
(Unless there is a farm in the area…)
(And that’s why they call it a health ‘craze’….these people are crazy!)
(So I guess by ‘Raw’, they don’t just mean that it hasn’t been cooked…)

NASA says it has found evidence that the hole in the ozone layer above earth is healing.  The 2017 Antarctic ozone hole was the smallest seen in nearly 30 years. In September 2017, the Antarctic ozone hole reached its smallest maximum area since 1988, dropping below 20 million square kilometres.  It was in 1987 that the United Nations met to sign the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This agreement phased out the production of chlorofluorocarbons, in favor of chemicals that would perform the same function, but not have as large an impact on stratospheric ozone. With this study, we have the first direct evidence of the success of the Montreal Protocol.  The ozone layer is a region of Earth’s stratosphere that absorbs most of the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
(I also attribute this to the fact that I asked my parents to stop burning my kid’s diapers when they are babysitting my kids!)
(To me, the good news is that even without the use of chlorofluorocarbons, they are still able to make spray cheese in a can!)

According to Productivity coach and professional organizer Clare Kumar of Streamlife…
✗ Cellphones – we all have old ones lying around.  Wipe them and either sell them or recycle them.  (I don’t see ever having a use for that 1990s flip phone that’s lying behind the work bench in the basement…)
✗ Cords and chargers – cords from old phones, tablets, computers, televisions or just back-ups that have been piling up for years.  Recycle them or just give them to someone who could use them.  (How do I know who could use them when I don’t even know what most of them are for?)
✗ Clothes – they end up being the largest pile of unnecessary junk in your home because we can’t seem to let go of them.  If you have good clothes in good condition that you never wear anymore, consider selling them at a consignment store or online.  (What if you have bad clothes in bad condition that you still wear all the time?  Asking for a friend…)
✗ Old cameras – unless you are a professional photographer or you have some type of sentimental connection to the device, you probably have zero use for your bulky old digital cameras.  Save the photos, wipe the cameras and recycle them.
✗ Treasured items – we hold on to vintage or family heirlooms as keepsakes, and if you don’t want to let go of them, find a use for them.  If you have a tea set from your mother sitting around, use it to hold makeup brushes or lipstick.  Or integrate keepsakes with your workstation or use them as art.  (Or you know, use it to drink tea…)
✗ Gifts – Often we hold on to gifts because we’re afraid to offend the gift-giver.  Donate it, sell it, re-gift it — whatever the item is, if it has no value or space in your life, get rid of it.  (Hard to find a taker for those knitted ties from Grandma, though…)
✗ Makeup – make it a habit to let go of fancy packaging, limited edition beauty tools and colors or trends you don’t see yourself wearing anymore.  If they are gently used, you can also consider selling or trading them online. If unused, donate it to a shelter.  (Wait…you’re telling me that women sometimes let makeup accumulate?)
✗ Magazines and newspapers – people end up with mountains of magazines and newspapers because they don’t have a proper system for filing them. It can also be hard to let go of print publications that don’t exist anymore.  Keep any clipping that holds nostalgic value to you, scan the ones sitting in boxes, and recycle the rest. (Newspapers aren’t the type of thing you want to read more than once anyway…)
(My friend sent this to me.  I’m not sure how to take it…)


1944 [74] Jimmy Page, Heston UK, classic rock musician (Led Zeppelin-‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1992-Yardbirds, 1995-Led Zeppelin)

1955 [63] JK Simmons, Grosse Pointe MI, movie actor (“La La Land”, “Spider-Man” movies) COMING UP…”The Front Runner”, 2018

1967 [51] Dave Matthews, Johannesburg, South Africa, alt-rock singer (Dave Matthews Band-‘What Would You Say’, ‘Don’t Drink the Water’)/Farm Aid Board of Directors

1978 [40] AJ (Alexander James) McLean, West Palm Beach FL, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-‘Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)’, ‘I Want It That Way’)

1982 [36] Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), Reading UK, wife of Britain’s Prince William/mother of George and Charlotte

1984 [34] Drew Brown, Boulder CO, pop guitarist (OneRepublic-‘Counting Stars’, ‘Love Runs Out’)

1989 [29] Nina Dobrev, Sofia, Bulgaria [raised Toronto ON], TV actress (“The Vampire Diaries” 2009-15, “Degrassi: The Next Generation” 2006-09) COMING UP…”Dog Days”, 2018

• “Consumer Electronics Show”, opens today in Las Vegas and runs through Friday. CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years.

• “Apricot Day”, saluting the fruit that inspired the name of a color. The word ‘apricot’ means ‘precious’ in Latin. The apricot tree emerged in China more than 4,000 years ago.

• “International Choreographers Day”, observed on the birth date of George Balanchine, one of the world’s greatest choreographers, born in 1904 in St Petersburg, Russia. Altogether everybody: five, six, seven, eight ….”

• “Play God Day”. So what would you do if you were the Big Guy/Big Gal for a day?

• “Static Electricity Day”.  I guess you can count on this being a bad-hair day…

[Wed] Bittersweet Chocolate Day
[Wed] Peculiar People Day
[Thurs] Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
[Thurs] National Milk Day

2000 [18] Sitcom “Malcolm In the Middle”, starring Frankie Muniz & future “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston, premieres on FOX-TV

2008 [10] Spice Girl (and ironically, future fashion designer) Victoria Beckham is named ‘Worst Dressed Celebrity’ in an annual list of fashion disasters by critic Mr. Blackwell

2002 [16] Michael Jackson receives the ‘Artist of the Century’ award at the American Music Awards

2014 [04] “Rolling Stone” magazine ranks ‘The 10 Greatest Double Albums of All-Time’ …
5. Led Zeppelin – “Physical Graffiti”
4. Bruce Springsteen – “The River”
3. Rolling Stones – “Exile on Main Street”
2. Pink Floyd – “The Wall”
1. The Beatles – “The White Album”

2007 [11] Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the ‘iPhone’ at the Macworld convention in San Francisco CA (within days, people quit looking up)

2011 [07] ‘Chaser’ the border collie is reported to have learned 1,022 words at Wofford College in North Carolina and can act in accordance with each of them


✓ Tuesday is the day when the highest number of job applications are submitted.
✓ Statistically, January 9th is the day that people are most likely to sign up to a dating website for married people.
✓ Parmesan cheese is the most shoplifted item in Italy.
✓ Your taste buds are replaced every 10 days.
✓ Samsung’s first product was dried fish.
✓ The soil on Mars is particularly good for growing asparagus.
-WhattheFFacts, Daily Mail

• If your name is Jim, you get 10% off of your gym membership.
• It only works if you take a selfie before you start.
• More people have died using a treadmill than people who died because they didn’t use a treadmill.
• If you get a personal trainer, you will seem more interesting at a party.
• The first rule of CrossFit: You always talk about CrossFit!
• Men never notice a woman’s yoga pants.
• Planet Fitness replaced Pluto as the ninth planet in the solar system.
• Wearing workout clothes all day is equivalent to a 1 hour workout.
• It doesn’t count unless you grunt.
• I do it all the time.

I wonder if my vet’s receptionist realizes how many people’s passwords she knows?

What percentage of British drivers pass the driving test on their first attempt?
a. 47 [CORRECT–stat for the years 2013-14]
b. 61
c. 89
– Telegraph

☎  If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Question:  As a man gets older, the more likely he is to wear one of these.  What?
Answer:  A Sweater

When you’re not sure, flip a coin – because while the coin is in the air, you’ll realize which one you’re hoping for.

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