January 17 2023

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023 – Edition: #7397

Another Sheetload of Bull!


★ “Titanic” director James Cameron wasn’t kidding when he said he conducted a “scientific study” to debunk the theory that Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio could have both fit on a piece of floating debris at the end of his 1997 movie. In a new clip from an upcoming documentary, the filmmaker is on hand as stunt people re-enact the scene, proving once and for all that ‘Jack’ and ‘Rose’ could not both have survived the shipwreck. The experiment is featured in “Titanic: 25 Years Later With James Cameron”, premiering Feb. 5 on National Geographic. Another interesting tidbit: That piece of floating debris isn’t a door at all, as is commonly surmised. It’s a piece of wood paneling from a first-class cabin, according to the director.
★ Angela Bassett continues to be honored for her work in the industry. The 64-year-old will receive the 2023 Distinguished Artisan Award from the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild  on Feb. 11. The award highlights her bold collaborations with over 706 makeup and hair teams to create a career’s worth of memorable movie looks. That’s after winning both a Golden Globe last Tuesday and a Critics Choice Award on Sunday for best supporting actress in a motion picture, both for her role as ‘Queen Ramonda’ in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.
★ Pink’s husband, former motocross competitor Carey Hart, is fighting a concerning health battle. He took to Instagram to reveal that he has an infection in “some old hardware” in his body and will spend the next 6 weeks injecting himself with antibiotics. He shared several pics of the catheter attached to his chest with a plunger full of antibiotics. He wrote: “Found out a couple days before Christmas that I have an infection in some old hardware in my body. After stressing my brains out through the holidays, I got this tunneled catheter installed in my chest. Now for the next 41 days I have to inject antibiotics to knock this sucker out.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y2k3hzr4
★ Jeff Bridges didn’t think he was “going to make it” after battling both COVID-19 and cancer. The 73-year-old was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2020 and contracted COVID-19 shortly afterwards, and says it was important for him to express his gratitude towards his family when he received the Lifetime Achievement award at the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday. He explained that he was “sick for 2 years…I wanted to, you know, talk about their support during that time.” He explained that, thanks to them, he was able to go back and finish “The Old Man” (season 1). He also said he’s “so happy” that shooting will begin for another season in March.
★ Danai Gurira is teasing that her Marvel character ‘Okoye’ will be getting a spinoff Disney+ show. The “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” actress stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, where she was asked if she could confirm reports of a spinoff show featuring her popular character. Hesitant at first, Gurira eventually told Colbert, “I have been told that I can gently allude to this possibility. So, I am gently alluding, just gently.” Disney hasn’t confirmed the show, but it was reported that Gurira would reprise her Black Panther role in a spinoff series for Disney+ by The Hollywood Reporter in 2021.
★ With the revival of the “Night Court” series premiering tonight, Bryan Cranston hopes you’re in the mood for another classic sitcom revival. Cranston has confirmed that discussions are underway about reuniting the cast of “Malcolm in the Middle”. He told E! News that there is “some talk about the possibility of doing like a reunion movie”. Cranston, who played hapless dad ‘Hal’ on the Fox sitcom, feels that the cast of the show was so great, it “would be fantastic to explore what happened to this family 20 years later.”


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Rob Lowe, Storm Reid, Seal
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Katie Holmes, Danielle Deadwyler, Anuel AA
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jesse Eisenberg, Atsuko Okatsuka
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Common, a performance by the Broadway cast of “Some Like It Hot”, Daniel Fang
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): James Corden: Danny DeVito, Lucy DeVito, Madison Cunningham
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Bianca Belair, Montez Ford
•  “The Daily Show” (COM): Guest host Leslie Jones
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Dolly Parton, Stephen A. Smith
• “The Talk”(CBS): Melissa Rauch, Brandon Sklenar
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kristin Chenoweth, Harry Hamlin
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Jenna Dewan, Sam Jay, Jillian Michaels, Aoife O’Donovan
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Brendan Fraser
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Michael Chiklis, Rosanna & Elaina Scotto
• “Night Court” (NBC): Series premiere. Judge Abby Stone follows in the footsteps of her late father Harry as she takes over the night shift of a Manhattan court; when a public defender is needed, Abby sees potential in former prosecutor Dan Fielding. Followed by episode 2.
• “The Resident” (Fox): Season 6 finale. Conrad is pulled away from celebrating Gigi’s birthday when Sammie comes into Chastain with a fever; a heart arrives for Gov. Betz’s transplant surgery.
• “New Amsterdam” Season 5 finale. Everyone’s story reaches a surprising conclusion. 2 episodes.

• Rihanna – In spite of what she has said in the past, the trailer she just dropped for her Super Bowl halftime show seems to indicate a new album may be on the way. It opens with a collage of media voices pointing out it’s been over 6 years since “Anti” in 2016. As the voices mesh into nonsense, the sound stops, the camera cuts to black, Rihanna puts a “Shh” finger to her lips. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yjk25swf
• Harry Styles – After being featured in a video from a Pilates studio, he’s become the victim of some hilarious memes. In the vid, Styles is seen working out in a green sweatshirt, green shorts – and socks. Through editing, the internet has turned him into Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, a zip-liner, a kid on the monkey bars, and even hanging from a chandelier. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3nv4reee
• Madonna — Rumors are swirling that she’s preparing for what’s being described as her biggest tour ever, later this year. Her 40th anniversary tour will reportedly feature hits spanning her entire career, and will include “over-the-top production that delivers both ‘Material Girl’ kitsch and occasionally outrageous sex appeal, with plenty of show-stopping moments made for social media.”
• Green Day – has unveiled a previously unreleased demo version of Elvis Costello’s ‘Alison’, which will appear on their upcoming “Nimrod” 25th-anniversary box set, out Jan. 27. It will include the original album, a disc of previously unreleased demos and a 1997 live performance. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/26cdckuz
• U2 – Bono and the Edge give David Letterman a tour of their native Dublin in an upcoming Disney+ music special, out March 17. In “Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, With Dave Letterman”, the host explores the city with the rock stars, with documentary cameras in tow. The special culminates with an intimate U2 concert at a local landmark. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/46cmbz7z
• Elle King – gives fans a glimpse of her son Lucky’s first birthday celebration, while also sharing a snippet of a new song, in a video she posted to Instagram. It shows her boy’s cake smash, as the song, aptly titled ‘Lucky’, plays. Her new album “Come Get Your Wife” drops Jan. 27. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5yhxvwd6
• Dierks Bentley – has announced he’ll release his 10th studio album, “Gravel & Gold: on Feb. 24. He calls the 14-song collection, which he re-wrote and re-recorded twice before he felt it was right, “a story of renewal, family, persistence and devotion to making the music authentic and timeless.”
• Jordan Davis – says that in spite of all his career success last year, his proudest moment of 2022 was watching his son learn to walk and say “dada”. He and wife Kristin welcomed Locklan Joseph in Sept. 2021. The country couple is also parents to Eloise Larkin, born in Nov. 2019.


Well, it’s official. Going to work makes you miserable. Wait. That’s not it. But working less makes you happier, according to science. A new study published in Health Economics Review, has shown you experience higher life satisfaction, the fewer hours you work. An analysis of 10 relevant studies by researcher Qinglong Shao also shows that working less affects your health positively – and of course, improved health equals greater life satisfaction. Shao feels people are happier if they work fewer hours for one main reason: They then have more time to spend with family, and for other commitments and responsibilities outside their working lives. She suggests that countries enact or strengthen regulations to limit hours worked, and thereby protect employees’ health.
(Sorry, boss, I can’t come in today. Because science…)
(I guess in those surveys, they never talked to any of those weirdos who get all their happiness in life from their job!)

First, it was disposable cameras. Then it was low-rise jeans. Now, Gen-Z’s latest “vintage” obsession is the flip phone – that mid-90s-era phone that has suddenly become oh so popular with millennials. these smaller, lightweight devices – some available for as little as $20, Are showing up in TikTok videos of young people unboxing them, bedazzling their cases just like earlier generations did, and filming tutorials on how to use the low-quality camera. One 18-year-old says she and her friends make it a habit to leave their smartphones behind when they go out for the evening, contacting each other only through their flip phones throughout the night, and take pictures using them, despite the primitive camera. She also points out that their devices are a big conversation starter.
(Especially if they want to be hit on by my father-in-law!)
(I never thought I’d see it, but I’m finally an influencer!)

You’re familiar with the acronym F.O.M.O. (Fear Of Missing Out). Well, move over, FOMO, because F.O.S.Y. is here. What’s FOSY? The Fear Of Saying Yes. And it does hit a mark. Many people struggle with saying “no” to friends, family, and colleagues when asked to do something. In fact, according to a new survey, more than half of adults regularly deal with FOSY. Psychologist Emma Kenny says FOSY is linked to the emotions we experience when faced with opportunities that push us outside our comfort zone. She explains that when we feel it might be a situation where we’ll be judged or not do well at something, “our instinctive, knee-jerk reaction is to say ‘no.’” A poll found the average adult says no to something they actually want to do every 10 days. This fear of saying yes means 35% think they have missed out on making new friends, while 33% have avoided going out on a date. And 32% say it has held them back from trying a new hobby.
(Naw, I’m not afraid of trying new things. Just broke…)
(I’m pretty sure I have a FOMO on FOSYing!)

So, how about those New Year’s resolutions? Or should I say…do you remember your New Year’s resolutions? With today being “Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day”, here’s a friendly reminder that stats show 80% of people who made New Year’s resolutions have tapped out by the second week of January. On the other hand, 8% of people are successful in keeping them on a permanent basis. If you’re one of those who’ve been less-than successful at keeping yours, here are some things you can keep in mind today, as you officially let go of the positive change you tried (and failed) to make, for another year…
1. Celebrate your past achievements:  Even though you quit on some goals, that doesn’t make you a failure. You’ve accomplished some great things in the past, and you should value that. So, organize some form of celebration with friends and colleagues, to be encouraged to do better in the future.
2. Revise your goals:  This is a perfect time to take an in-depth look into the goals you previously set. This will help recognize the lapses and loopholes in them and to create a better, more effective plan.
3. Teach others:  After learning and practicing effective techniques for achieving your goals, help others learn to do likewise. They’ll be grateful, and you’ll be helping them.
(And #4: Enjoy the heck out of doing whatever it was that you made a resolution to stop doing!)
(***See “BS Reasons to Party”, below***)

Transparent wood could soon replace plastics for see-through packaging and biomedical tools. The new renewable and biodegradable material could reduce the strain on the environment and reduce fuel bills because it is 5 times more efficient than glass. Around 400 million tons of plastic waste is produced across the globe each year, with single-use plastic increasingly the culprit. Transparent wood is emerging as one of the most promising future substitutes. The wood was created in 1992 by German scientist Seigfried Fink, who removed the lignin content in wood and traded it for transparent materials.


• “Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day”. Face it, some have already been broken, and the rest you were never going to keep anyway, right?  (My “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day” started before the end of ‘Auld Lang Syne’!)
• “Customer Service Day”, a great day to reflect on the most important asset of any business — customers. A chance for business owners to thank customers and clients for their business, and maybe offer special promotions for VIPs and loyal customers. (Which, of course, might create some extra revenue, too!)
• “Hot-Buttered Rum Day”, celebrating the warm alcoholic beverage flavored with butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. These ingredients form a batter that is then mixed with rich, dark rum.
• “Kid Inventors Day”, to acknowledge the accomplishments of kid inventors and encourage the creativity of future kid inventors. It’s estimated a half-million children and teens invent things each year. Among them – water skis, earmuffs, and the Popsicle. LINK: http://www.kidinventorsday.com
• “Bootleggers Day”, honoring the makers of ‘hooch’ throughout history. Why today? It’s the birthday of famed bootlegger Al Capone. Also, the US officially went “dry” with the start of prohibition on Jan. 17, 1920. (Also because Templeton Rye Whiskey came up with this excuse for free promotion!)
• “Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day”, on the Tuesday of “Healthy Weight Week”, which is focused on maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, and feeling good. (What’s the weirdest – or worst – fad diet that you’ve heard of?)
• “Benjamin Franklin Day”, Born on this date in 1706. Ben Franklin was a polymath – an expert on a variety of subjects. In addition to being one of America’s founding fathers, he was a prolific inventor, author, printer, politician, diplomat, musician, and postmaster. He also stopped attending school at the age of 10. (***See “BS Deep Thought”, below***)

[Wed] Maintenance Day
[Wed] Thesaurus Day
[Thurs] New Friends Day
[Fri] Sweatpants Day
This Week Is…Hunt for Happiness Week
This Month Is…CBD Month

1931 [92] James Earl Jones, Arkabutla MI, movie actor (voice of ‘Darth Vader’ in the “Star Wars” franchise, also known for “This is CNN” and as the voice of ‘Mufasa’ in both the 1994 and 2019 “The Lion King” films)

1939 [84] Maury Povich, Washington DC, retired TV host (“Maury” 1991-2022)/married to Connie Chung since 1984

1955 [68] Steve Earle, Fort Monroe VA, rock/country/folk singer-guitarist (Copperhead Road’, ‘Guitar Town’)

1957 [66] Steve Harvey, Atlanta GA, TV personality (“Steve Harvey” 2012-17, “Family Feud” since 2010)/movie actor (“Madea Goes to Jail”)/standup comedian/host of Miss Universe 2015-19, 2021

1959 [64] Susanna Hoffs, Los Angeles CA, pop singer (The Bangles-‘Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian’/married to filmmaker Jay Roach since 1993

1962 [61] Jim Carrey, Newmarket ON, movie actor/comedian (“Dumb & Dumber”, “Ace Ventura”)

1964 [59] Michelle Obama, Chicago IL, US First Lady 2009-17/wife of 44th US President Barack Obama/fashion icon/poverty awareness and healthy eating advocate/author/keynote speaker

1971 [52] Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie), Romeo MI, country-rock-hip hop singer (‘All Summer Long’, ‘Picture’ w/Sheryl Crow)

1980 [43] Zooey Deschanel, Los Angeles CA, TV actress (‘Jessica Day’ on “New Girl” 2011-18)/movie actress (“Elf”)/pop singer (She & Him-‘In the Sun’, ‘I Can Hear Music’) COMING UP… “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, 2023

1980 [43] Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Odessa Ukraine pro dancer/choreographer (“Dancing with the Stars” 2006-2017)

1984 [38] Calvin Harris, Dumfries Scotland, DJ/singer-songwriter/producer (f/Rihanna-‘This Is What You Came For’, f/Ne-Yo-‘Let’s Go’)

1997 [26] Jake Paul, Cleveland OH, influencer/YouTube personality/MMA fighter/pro boxer/TV actor (“Bizaardvark” 2016-18)

1984 [39] The US Supreme Court rules that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

2007 [16] Humorist, journalist, and author Art Buchwald dies at age 81, and has his video obituary posted in which he declares, “Hi. I’m Art Buchwald, and I just died.”

2006 [17] Kristen Hall announces she is leaving Sugarland so she can “stay home and write songs” (the band continues with only Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush)

2015 [08] Police are called to a Las Vegas hotel where a fight involving The Weeknd is raging (he’s arrested after allegedly punching a cop who tries to intervene)

2016 [07] David Bowie reaches #1 on North American album charts for the first time with “Blackstar”, released 2 days before his January 10 death

1995 [28] NFL’s LA Rams announce their move to St Louis (the USA’s #2 market goes without a pro football team for 20 years, but in the 2017-18 season there were 2 – the returned Rams and the former San Diego Chargers)

1910 [113] The man believed to be the main developer of the flush toilet mechanism dies at age 72. His name? Thomas Crapper


✓ The can opener was invented 48 years after the can.
✓ In the 1830s, the ruler of Egypt wanted to disassemble the Giza Pyramids and use them as pre-cut building materials.
✓ No matter how cold it gets, gasoline will not freeze.
✓ The most-used hashtags on Instagram are: #love, #instagood, #me, #cute and #follow.
✓ Wal-Mart data shows that prior to a hurricane, people stock up the most on strawberry Pop-Tarts and beer.
✓ The inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Edison, was afraid of the dark.
-RandomFactGenerator, TheFactSite

Best of BS . . .
• Get ready for work the night before, and sleep in the car.
• Pour the chocolate syrup in your mouth, take a swig of milk, and swish. No need to waste time with a glass and tedious stirring.
• Put a watch in a time capsule.
• Shower together.
• Just put a straw in the wine bottle.
• Celebrate No-shave November all year.
• Have an affair with someone who lives close to your job.
• Eat all of those cupcakes now, so they won’t distract you later.
• Procrastinate. Because if you put everything off, you got nothing but time!
• Don’t bother even finishing this sent . . .
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

• Pot’s Landing
• Fine Young Cannabis
• That’s How We Roll
• I Was Going to Name This Place, But Then I Got High
• The Coughy Shop
• We Be Weed
• Herb, Your Enthusiasm
• Gone to Pot
• Doobie Tuesday’s
• The Joint Joint
• Yes, We Cannabis
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020

The manual probably says not to do that:  https://tinyurl.com/z3ectwa8

My kid has a great deal of willpower—and even more WON’T power.

What really needs to be modernized?

Question:  A survey found that couples argue about THIS the most in the first 10 years of marriage. What is it?
Answer:  What to name the baby

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
-Benjamin Franklin


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