July 19 2022

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022 – Edition: #7275

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★ Emilia Clarke is sharing more details about the health scares that almost ended her life. The 35-year-old “Game of Thrones” star said that she went through the “most excruciating pain” while suffering from 2 separate aneurysms in 2011 and 2013. In a BBC interview, she said: “(With) the amount of my brain that is no longer usable—it’s remarkable that I am able to speak, sometimes articulately, and live my life completely normally with absolutely no repercussions.” She also said she is “in the really, really, really small minority of people that can survive that.” Clarke recalled seeing scans of her brain after the aneurysms, saying that there’s “quite a bit missing” from that vital organ, but blood finds a different route to get around”.
★ Britney Spears and her mother Lynne are apparently burying the hatchet. Their relationship had been strained in recent months, with Britney accusing her mom last year of being the mastermind behind her controversial conservatorship. But in a new post she shared on Instagram, featuring a photo of Selena Gomez, and thanking her for attending her recent wedding to Sam Asghari, Britney wrote: “P.S. My mom was asked by the paparazzi 3 times on the street ‘How does your daughter feel about your response to her wedding’ … she said all she wanted for me was to be happy!!! Mom and Selena, I’m so happy to have such a supportive family!!! God bless you.”
★ It sounds like Chris Evans is ready to leave the bachelor life behind. Although he’s best known for portraying ‘Captain America’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems he’s looking to settle down and start a family, and he says he’s “laser focused” on finding the right person. Evans stars in the new Netflix movie, “The Gray Man” as an assassin obsessed with tracking down his target, played by Ryan Gosling. When asked if he’s searching for something so intensely in his own life, Evans joked that he was “gonna give [the interviewer] a good answer”, and went on to say that, yes, he is “maybe laser-focused on finding a partner”, and added that it’s pretty difficult to make a genuine love match in Hollywood.
★ Megan Fox is apparently just blessed with a perfect body. The 36-year-old took to Instagram on Friday to share a photo of herself rocking a lime green top and matching pants, which was snapped the same day as her fiancé Machine Gun Kelly’s Los Angeles concert on July 13. The midriff-baring outfit also shows off Fox’s sculpted abs. She quoted comedian Joan Rivers in her caption, writing, “I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/27ujm3zn

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): David Spade, Maria Bakalova, Whitney, guest host Dana Carvey
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michael Cera, Keke Palmer, The Black Keys
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Ethan Hawke, Courtney Barnett
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Lisa Kudrow, Alex Holder, Hoodo Hersi, Andrew Marshall
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Chris Laker (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Issa Rae, Paul Hollywood, guest co-host Lindsey Granger
• “The Talk” (CBS): Marcia Gay Harden, guest co-hosts Derek Hough & Kym Whitley
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Cat Deeley, Christina Perri, Dr. Holly Phillips
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ben Platt (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Anne Hathaway, Matt Iseman, Louisa Jacobson, Chris Janson (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Jane Krakowski (R)
• “2022 MLB All-Star Game” (Fox, SN): The 92nd MLB All-Star game from Dodger Stadium in LA.
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): Auditions continue as a variety of acts vie for the chance to win $1 million.
• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): The cast of “Abbott Elementary” plays against the cast of “Hacks”; Kal Penn goes head-to-head with Erika Christensen.

• The Weeknd — has shared a wild teaser for his new HBO series “The Idol”. Saturday, he previewed the trailer for the music-industry drama during his concert at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, then unveiled it on social media the next morning. The Idol, which does not yet have an official release date, is described as “the sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5n7jtswb
• Bad Bunny – was the star of the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game. First, he brought out baseball legends Vladimir Guerrero and David Ortiz to pinch hit for him in his first 2 at-bats, and later hit a pair of singles himself. Quavo, JoJo Siwa and Simu Liu were also among those taking part in the game at Dodger Stadium.
• *NSYNC – Lance Bass said on Instagram that the group invented “sending nudes”. He posted a video of him sipping tea while the *NSYNC’s ‘Digital Get Down’ played. The caption: “*NSYNC originated sending [nudes] and cyber hook ups. Just sayin’.” The song’s chorus goes: “Digital digital get down get down just you and me/ You may be Twenty thousand miles away but I can see ya”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/635u2h4a
• Smashing Pumpkins – frontman Billy Corgan will play a benefit show for the survivors of the Highland Park IL shootings. He and his partner Chloe Mendel will host the livestream charity show on July 27, which will feature drummer Jimmy Chamberlain “and other parts of the Pumpkins family”. Corgan has lived in the area for about 20 years.
• ZZ Top – is streaming a video trailer for the July 22 release of the live album “Raw.” It was recorded in connection with the group’s 2019 Netflix documentary “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2fmrrj42
• Blake Shelton – His wife Gwen Stefani says that being back on the set of “The Voice” (where she first met her future hubby) for the new season beginning Sept. 19 “was very surreal.” But she promises that her return to the judge’s table will result in some entertaining moments, because, “It doesn’t really matter where we are, we always have fun together.”
• Luke Combs — has been quiet on social media for a few weeks, as he focuses on life at home with his wife, Nicole, and their newborn son, Tex. But he offered a peek into things on Saturday, sharing a couple pics and writing: “This is what my days at home look like now. Couldn’t be happier about that. Been amazing getting to spend time with [Nicole] and little Tex.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yj8xs5ns
• Luke Bryan — turned 46 on Sunday, and his wife Caroline documented the fun on Instagram, capturing Bryan’s reaction when first saw his custom birthday cake with a huge Two Lane beer can in the middle of it. Two Lane is Bryan’s brand of beer. LINK:  https://tinyurl.com/yzjvndk8


A backpack, lunch box, crayons and at least 10 hours of sleep each night are all things children need to get off to a good start in kindergarten, according to a new study. Researchers monitored the sleep patterns of kindergarteners, and had their teachers evaluate their transition into the school system. What they found is that the more consistently kids got 10-plus hours of sleep per night, the better they got along with peers and teachers, and the better their overall academic performance was. While the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that kindergarten-aged kids get 10-13 hours of sleep – that includes naps. The study shows that it’s best for young school goers to have that 10-plus hours of sleep during the night. The researchers involved in the study, published in the journal “Pediatrics”, say that if your child is starting school this September, now is the time to begin the adjustment to a school-year sleeping schedule.
(Great idea. Now could you tell that to my neighbors, who insist on lighting fireworks every weekend ALL SUMMER LONG!!)
(Hear that, kids? All you need is 10 hours of sleep. No new smartphone, no new shoes. Thanks, science!)

➢ Twitter is in the process of testing a “co-Tweet” feature. The company’s social media consultant and mobile developer each recently posted a co-tweet as a test, which displayed both usernames above the content. If and when the feature officially rolls out, users will be able to send an invitation to “co-tweet” for other users to decline or accept. Co-tweets will appear on both users’ timelines. It could be put to use by businesses to make joint announcements with partners, joint press releases, or joint statements from executives of a company. (Or in Hollywood, joint divorce announcements!)
➢ A ‘death care’ digital marketplace has been launched by tech startup Autumn. It aims to connect grieving families with necessary services such as grief specialists, funeral homes, attorneys, appraisers, accountants, and other organizations that assist families in handling financial, legal, and other logistics after a loved one’s passing. It’s the latest entrant to a cottage industry that is springing up around end-of-life and bereavement care that’s expected to be worth $148 billion in the US alone by 2026. (I think this “cottage industry” is worth more than the actual cottage industry!)

Apparently, going to work on Fridays is becoming less of a thing. The last day of the workweek, once synonymous with long lunches and early departures, has increasingly become a day to skip the office altogether. The trend, which was already on the upswing before the pandemic, has become more widely adopted in recent months. US stats show that just 30% of office workers physically showed up to work on Fridays in June, the least of any weekday. That’s compared to 41% on Mondays, the day with the second-lowest turnout, and 50% on Tuesdays, when the biggest share of workers are in the office. Peter Cappelli, director of the Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania, says it’s becoming the cultural norm not to be physically at work on Fridays, and to telecommute if at all possible. According to him, “Before the pandemic, people thought of Friday as a kind of blowoff day. And now there’s a growing expectation that you can work from home to jump-start your weekend.”
(The problem is when you “jump-start” your weekend on Thursday night…!)
(Well, if you don’t like sharing, now you know when to bring donuts to work!)

⇒ If you sleep through your alarm, put it in a cup or glass. It’ll wake you, for sure. (And possibly the entire neighborhood!)
⇒ Place a cutting board on an open drawer for extra counter space in a small kitchen.
⇒ To open a stuck lid, use duct tape. Simply stick some on the lid and start pulling. It works. (It’s duct tape — of COURSE it works…)
⇒ For a genuine-looking smile in your pictures, squint your eyes while it is being taken. (This is why I look like I’m wincing in my wedding photos. Honest…)
⇒ If you’re a student, proofread with your ears. Paste your essay into Google translate and you’ll “hear” any typos and other weird stuff. (This alone is worth the time you took to listen to our show today!)
⇒ Use an empty ketchup bottle for perfect pancake batter pouring.
⇒ Use a can opener to open those tough blister packs.
⇒ Freeze coffee in an ice cube tray and use these instead of water cubes for iced coffee. It prevents it from becoming watered down.
⇒ To boost your Wi-Fi signal, wrap a sheet of cardboard in aluminum foil, bend it slightly, put it behind your router, and point it in proper direction. (Note: Do NOT try this at Starbucks!)

The future of farming could involve multi-colored fields. Rather than using typical pesticides to keep produce-loving bugs off crops, farmers could soon simply turn to a technique called “camo-cropping”, which is undergoing trials in England as a means to confuse pests. Soil is dyed red, blue and green to hide emerging sugar beet crops from disease-carrying aphids. In the test, using food-based dyes, the aphids flying overhead don’t see the beet coming through due to the spectacular multi-colored fields. The pests have become an increasing problem for farmers in the absence of banned pesticides.


• “Flight Attendant Safety Professionals Day”. In celebration, you’ll notice the Captain has turned on the ‘Fasten Seat Belt’ sign. If you haven’t already, please stow your carry-on luggage underneath the seat in front of you or in an overhead bin. Please take your seat, fasten your belt, and make sure your seat back and folding trays are in the full upright position. And please turn off all personal electronic devices. (And for the love of all that is holy, please, no more singing flight attendant viral videos!)
• “Stick Your Tongue Out Day”, for some long-forgotten reason. But now that you have it out, try rolling it into a cylinder … only 1-in-14 of us can do that!
• “Daiquiri Day”, An engineer named Jennings Cox supervised a mine in a Cuban village named Daiquiri in 1898. After work, he and his colleagues would gather at the local bar. One day Cox mixed Bacardi, sugar, and lime into a glass of ice. Named after the Daiquiri mines, the drink became a popular staple in Havana…and beyond.
• “Triple Play Day”, marking the first MLB unassisted triple play, accomplished on this day in 1909 by Neal Ball of the Cleveland Naps. It’s one of the rarest events in baseball. (Why do they call it a ‘triple-play ball’ rather than a ‘Neal Ball’?)
• “New Friends Day”, celebrating brand-new friends, those fine and fabulous folks that have recently come into our lives to brighten our days with camaraderie and joy (and make our old friends jealous…).
• “National Words With Friends Day”, the second annual, to celebrate the popular app that has grown to a global sensation. Beginning today, players can take part in multiple in-game events which will stretch out to all of the social media platforms, featuring different ways to play the game, giveaways, challenges, and sweepstakes (Coming soon: “National Wordle Day”…)

[Wed] Chess Day
[Wed] Moon Day
[Thurs] Junk Food Day
[Fri] Hammock Day
This Week Is…Zoo Keeper Week
This Month Is…Peach Month

1947 [75] Brian May, London England, classic rock guitarist-songwriter (Queen-‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Will Rock You’)/astrophysicist

1947 [75] Bernie Leadon, Minneapolis MN, country-rock singer-multi-instrumentalist (Eagles-‘Witchy Woman’), The Flying Burrito Brothers

1962 [60] Anthony Edwards, Santa Barbara CA, TV actor (“ER” 1994-2008)/movie actor (“Top Gun”, “Revenge of the Nerds”) COMING UP…“Tales of the Walking Dead” series

1976 [46] Benedict Cumberbatch, London England, movie actor (‘Dr. Strange’ in Marvel Cinematic Universe, “The Imitation Game”)/TV actor (“Sherlock” 2010-2017)/appointed in 2015 a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to the performing arts and to charity. COMING UP…“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”

1982 [40] Jared Padalecki, San Antonio TX, TV actor (‘Sam Winchester’ on “Supernatural” 2005-20)

1983 [39] Trai Byers, Kansas City KS, TV actor (‘Andre Lyon’ on “Empire” 2015-20)/movie actor (“Selma”)

1961 [61] TWA (Trans World Airlines) shows the first-ever ‘in-flight movie’ (“In Love Possessed”, starring Lana Turner & Efrem Zimbalist Jr)

2007 [15] The TV drama “Mad Men” debuts, starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Vincent Kartheiser

1986 [36] Genesis hits #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Invisible Touch’. At the same time, the group’s former singer Peter Gabriel is at #2 with ‘Sledgehammer’.

2014 [08] Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine weds Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2017 [05] ‘Depacito’ by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee becomes the most streamed song ever, at 4.6 billion views (currently around 7.9 billion, second only to ‘Baby Shark Dance’)

2003 [19] A 42-year-old Austrian man receives the world’s first ‘Transplanted Tongue’ in a 14-hour surgery in Vienna.


✓ One in 10,000 clovers has 4 leaves
✓ Only 2 mammals like spicy food: humans and the tree shrew.
✓ The English word with the most definitions is “set.”
✓ In 75 years, the human heart pumps enough blood to fill an oil tanker 46 times.
✓ Space smells like seared steak, according to those who have been there.
✓ The national instrument of Polynesia is the nose flute, played with one nostril.
-BathroomReadersInstitute, BestLife

Best of BS . . .
• The uniform includes a name tag, a hairnet, and an orange vest with a fluorescent yellow ‘X’.
• Each day begins with the North Korean pledge of allegiance.
• They make everyone share the whistle.
• A sign in the restroom reads: “Employees Must Wash Each Other”.
• Your parents lie and tell people you’re temporarily working as a stripper.
• A big part of your day involves dodging Federales and the opposing cartel.
• Even the interns berate you with “Out of the way, loser!”
• To go home at the end of the day, you have to escape.
-First published in BS in 2015

➠ Nelson Mandela Day was celebrated around the world yesterday. (And in the United States, Morgan Freeman is still going through his well-wishes!)
➠ A global study has found that alcohol is not good for people under 40 years of age. (This message brought to you by the Obvious Department of Obviousness…)
➠ The beating of a Cricket Wireless employee in Phoenix by a disgruntled customer was captured on camera, leading to a man’s arrest. (Well, he’s finally gonna get what he’s been wanting: More Bars!)
➠ A woman is dead after falling into pond full of alligators at a Florida golf course. (Investa-gators are on the scene…)
➠ A survey suggests that July is the month people are most likely to cheat. (Or, as Megan Fox calls it:  JULY!)

Something a little different:  https://www.arealme.com/mental/en/

My wife and I promised to never go to sleep angry. We’ve been awake since Saturday.

What “lost skill” does no one seem to know how to do anymore? (Proper grammar? Writing thank-you notes? Civil discourse?)

Question:  According to a survey, 6% of us have cried while doing THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Trying on jeans

It always seems impossible until it’s done.


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