July 10 2020

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Friday, July 10, 2020 — Edition: #6737

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★ Kanye West is reportedly dealing with a serious bipolar episode, and those around him are concerned it has impacted his decision-making and some of the things he’s said in the last week. As you know, Ye announced he’s running for president, and also did a rambling interview with Forbes — in which he dumped on President Trump, slammed Joe Biden, revealed he’s running as part of a new party called the “Birthday Party,” claimed he had COVID-19, and pushed an anti-vaxx narrative. Those close to him are reportedly worried, but they believe things will stabilize as they have in the past.
★ “The Bachelor” franchise has had 40 seasons of its two flagship dating shows and spawned a number of spinoffs. And what do all of those shows have in common? The cast members are typically in their 20s. Earlier this year, before the entertainment industry was forced into quarantine, ABC teased a casting call, airing a promo that read, “Now casting seniors looking for love.” That show was in serious consideration to air this fall, but has been delayed due to the pandemic. It currently has no air date, but ABC producers say they are confident that it will happen, possibly for the 2021-22 TV season.
★ Rumor has it that Jude Law is heading to Neverland to take on the Lost Boys. He’s currently in talks to play ‘Captain Hook’ in Disney’s live-action remake of Peter Pan. “Peter Pan & Wendy” will be based on Disney’s 1953 animated movie, which follows a group of siblings as they team up with a magical boy, who brings them to Neverland. The film has inspired adaptations and sequels for the big screen several times—including “Hook” in 1991 and “Pan” in 2015. However, this is the first time that Disney is putting a live-action twist on the story.
★ A reboot of “The Wonder Years” has landed a pilot production deal at ABC. The new half-hour comedy series would focus on how a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960’s made sure it was ‘The Wonder Years’ for them too.  That puts the new show in the same time period as the original, which was set between 1968 and 1973. Fred Savage, the star of the original series, will direct the pilot and executive produce.

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Hugh Jackman, Rose Byrne, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Kesha (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): John Dickerson, Black Pumas (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Beanie Feldstein, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Chris Wallace, Adrienne Bankert (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Ben Platt, Jack Osbourne
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Mark Consuelos
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Kevin Hart (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Jane Lynch, Deon Cole, Lawrence Zarian (R)
• “The New York Times Presents” (FX): New York City doctors and nurses document their lives during the coronavirus, capturing awe-inspiring resolve in the face of a breakdown in the health care system.

• “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC): Season 20 premiere
• “Vacation House Rules” (HGTV): Series premiere. Battling floods and years of neglect, the crew transforms a sinking lakefront cabin into a beach-inspired retreat that’s perfect for waterfront renting.

• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): NFL Players Association Hall of Famers and rising stars compete.
• “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?” (TLC): Catching up with cast members from previous seasons.


• The U.S. Postal Service – has unveiled, along with Universal Hip Hop Museum, the new Hip Hop stamps, highlighting “four elements of hip-hop: DJing, graffiti art, MCing and b-boy.” They’re available now.
• Harry Styles — has narrated a new ‘Sleep Story’ for the Calm meditation app. He’ll lull listeners to sleep as he reads the story “Dream with Me”. Styles invested in Calm in 2018.
• Twenty One Pilots – are among the artists announced for The Mad Cool Festival 2021 in Madrid. The postponed 5th-anniversary bash will also feature The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Deftones, Placebo, Pixies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carly Rae Jepsen, and about 120 more acts between June 7th – July 11th, 2021.
• The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — is moving this year’s induction ceremony to HBO due to the pandemic. Officials have called off an in-person gathering in Cleveland, after initially postponing the event. The Doobie Brothers, T-Rex, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails and The Notorious B.I.G. will now be honored virtually on Nov. 7. The ceremony will also stream on HBO Max.
• Rolling Stones – released their new song ‘Criss Cross’ yesterday. The video was directed by Diana Kunst, who has previously worked with Madonna, James Blake and A$AP Rocky, among others. Criss Cross follows the April release of ‘Living in a Ghost Town’, the group’s first new song in eight years.
• Lady A — The group formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing Anita “Lady A” White, the blues singer who has been performing under the name for over 20 years, over the rights to her name. The band is not seeking monetary damages or an injunction, only that they be allowed to legally use the Lady A trademark without infringing on any of White’s rights.
• The Chicks – Their new album “Gaslighter” is a week away from release, and the trio shared the tracklist on Wednesday. It is themed around Natalie Maines’ divorce from actor Adrian Pasdar, which was recently finalized after a drawn-out legal battle. In March, they released the title track, which implies Pasdar cheated on Maines.
• Blake Shelton – has announced a drive-in concert event on July 25. It will kick off the Encore Drive-In Nights concert series, with special guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins, and will include “interviews and storytelling.” The broadcast will be shown at drive-in theaters across the United States and Canada. Tickets are set at US $114.99 per vehicle.

Do you know anyone who you think is coping just fine during the coronavirus pandemic? Is that person by any chance a fan of horror movies? Probably, according to the research of a team of University of Chicago psychologists. In their study of who was coping well these days, they found that horror movie fans – and those who were deemed “morbidly curious” in a personality test – seem to be less psychologically distressed by COVID-19. They study doesn’t answer why, but the finding suggests that those who seek out terrifying fiction may have been better prepared, or more readily able to stay positive as the pandemic unfolded around them. Coltan Scrivner, who worked on the study, says that horror movie fans reported fewer negative mental states regarding the pandemic, which suggests “maybe with horror, it’s about emotion regulation”, and eventually conquering the fear.
(Fine. As long as they aren’t asking for 3 or 4 sequels!)
(Maybe they’re just used to hiding under the covers for months on end…)
(When this thing started, I kept saying it was just like a movie – “The Stand”, mainly!)

➢ Public transportation officials in Berlin have asked riders to stop wearing deodorant, and let their natural odors waft through the shared air, as a cheeky way of encouraging riders to wear masks properly. Alongside a graphic showing a red circle and a slash over a person spraying deodorant into their armpit, BVG Transportation tweeted a message translated as: “You leave us no choice. Given that so many people think they can wear their masks under their noses, we’re getting tough. So, now do you still want to have your nose out?” In Germany, which is known for not having much air conditioning, covering both the mouth and nose are required on public transportation and in shops — and those who don’t comply are subject to large fines.
(They’re a little late to the party. I stopped wearing that stuff the minute someone used the word “lockdown”!)
➢ A municipal councillor in Spain has offered to resign after accidentally broadcasting video of himself showering during a meeting which was livestreamed to journalists and residents. As the 8am videochat for Torrelavega council stretched past midday, Bernardo Bustillo worried that he wouldn’t have time to shower and shuttle his daughter to her commitments before heading to his other job as a swim instructor, so he hauled the computer into his bathroom and minimized the chat screen so he could hear the meeting as he showered. However, an image of him showering appeared on bottom left of the screen. The sound of running water drowned out the constant ringing of his phone, as frantic colleagues tried to warn him that the camera was still rolling.
(I wanted to shower during a Zoom meeting once, but I have selfie-esteem issues!)
-NYPost, TheGuardian

7-11 has canceled this year’s “Free Slurpee Day”. The convenience store chain’s annual celebration of their signature icy confection has been celebrated every 7/11 (get it?) since 2002, when customers are invited to bring their own containers…sometimes using empty KFC buckets or plastic Halloween pumpkins, to test the limits of what ‘free’ means. Sadly, Free Slurpee Day has been called off this year to discourage people from gathering in stores and potentially spreading or contracting the coronavirus.
(First the pandemic. Then the murder hornets. Now this…)
(***See “Whack Facts” below***)


1951 [69] Phyllis Smith, St. Louis, MO, TV actress (‘Phyllis Lapin-Vance’ on “The Office” 2005-2013)

1952 [68] Kim Mitchell, Sarnia ON, rock singer-guitarist (‘Patio Lanterns’, ‘Go For Soda’, Max Webster-‘Paradise Skies’)

1953 [67] Rik “Rocket” Emmett, Toronto ON, rock guitarist-singer (Triumph-‘Magic Power’)

1970 [50] Gary LeVox, Columbus OH, country singer (Rascal Flatts-‘Bless the Broken Road’)

1972 [48] Sofia Vergara, Barranquilla Colombia, TV actress (‘Gloria Pritchett’ on “Modern Family” 2009-20, “America’s Got Talent” since 2020)/movie actress (“The Smurfs”)/model/world’s highest-paid TV actress (2019)

1976 [44] Adrian Grenier, Santa Fe NM, TV actor (“Entourage” 2004-11)/movie actor (“The Devil Wears Prada”)

1980 [40] Jessica Simpson, Abilene TX, reality TV star (“Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” 2003–05)/movie actress (“Dukes of Hazzard”)/pop singer (‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’’)/fashion designer (“Jessica Simpson Collection”)

SATURDAY- Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is 86; Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers”) is 67; Richie Sambora (ex-Bon Jovi) is 61; Lisa Rinna (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) is 57; Justin Chambers (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 50;  Nadya Suleman (“Octomom”) is 45

SUNDAY- Bill Cosby (“The Cosby Show”) is 83; Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) is 77; Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 72; Cheryl Ladd (“Charlie’s Angels”) is 69; Cheyenne Jackson (“American Horror Story”) is 45; Topher Grace (“That ’70s Show”) is 42; Michelle Rodriguez (“Fast & Furious”) is 42; Kristen Connolly (“House of Cards”) is 40; Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) is 37; Ta’Rhonda Jones (“Empire”) is 32

• “Don’t Step on a Bee Day”, a warning that now is the time when going barefoot can mean getting stung by a bee. And with the recent disappearance of millions of the crop-pollinating critters, EVERY day should be Don’t Step on a Bee Day. (And if your porch is near a hive…Don’t be on a step!)

• “Piña Colada Day”, saluting the refreshing tropical cocktail that originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The name means ‘strained pineapple’ in Spanish. The traditional recipe calls for pineapple juice, light rum, and coconut cream poured over crushed ice. Don’t forget the mini umbrella!

• “Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day”, an annual excuse to have a picnic with your stuffed animals. (Why? ‘Because today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their pic–nic!’) ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ was originally a song consisting of a 1907 melody by US composer John Walter Bratton with lyrics added in 1932 by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy.

• “Kitten Day”, a day to celebrate the incredible magic of kittens and encourage adoption.

• “Blueberry Muffin Day”, celebrating the only morning snack we can think of that turns your teeth blue.
• “Cheer Up the Lonely Day”, an opportunity to make a lonely person happy by spending time with them. (It’s a good day to give [afternoon guy] a call!)
• “Mojito Day”, an annual salute to the traditional Cuban cocktail consisting of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. This refreshing highball is particularly popular in the summertime. (Especially if you like leaves in your drink)
• “Pet Photo Day”, a day to pose your little darlin’ and upload a few pics to Insta. (And don’t forget to further humiliate the critter by decking it out in a dress and funny hat. And be sure to add the “platypus torso” filter.)
• “Swimming Pool Day”, although we think EVERY hot Summer day should be swimming pool day. (And that’s what friends with swimming pools are for!)
• “World Population Day”, declared by the UN as a day to focus on the problems of overpopulation. About 150 people are born each minute. World population crossed the 5-billion mark on this day in 1987. We reached the 6-billion mark sometime in 1999 and 7-billion in 2011. Current world population? Over 7.8 billion. (and I still can’t get a date for my niece’s wedding…) According to current projections, the global population will reach 8 billion in 2023.

• “Different Colored Eyes Day”, celebrating the diversity of eye color as well as people with eyes that are a different color from one another. Celebs with what’s called ‘heterochromia’ include the late David Bowie, Mila Kunis, and Kiefer Sutherland.
• “Pecan Pie Day”, celebrating one of the most decadent of all desserts. The crust and pecans aren’t necessary … just the yummy goo in the center! Is it ‘PEE-can or ‘puh-CAHN’? Or is it ‘pee-CAHN’?
• “Simplicity Day”, a day to focus on ways to simplify your life. Which would be …?
• “Paper Bag Day”, the paper bag has become a household staple. Uses include bringing your groceries home, carrying your lunch, curing your hiccups and making puppets. (And carrying a bottle?)

2007 [13] Turkish adventurer Erden Eruç begins the first solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world at Bodega Bay CA (hiking, using rowboats, kayaks, and bicycles, he finishes in July 2012)

2008 [12] Shazam’s free smartphone app is released. For the first time, by simply tapping an app button on an iPhone, music fans can get an answer to the timeless question, “What’s that song?” And it actually works.

1965 [55] The Rolling Stones start a four-week run at #1 with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, the group’s first chart-topper in the US. Keith Richards claims he wrote the main riff in his sleep, waking only long enough to record it

2010 [10] Actress and fourth season “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood weds Nashville Predators hockey player Mike Fisher in Greensboro, Georgia

2018 [02] Drake surpasses The Beatles’ record of 5 singles in the Billboard Hot 100, charting 7 songs from his new album “Scorpion”

1999 [21] ‘Largest Crowd to Attend a Women’s Sporting Event’ as 90,185 fill the Rose Bowl in Pasadena CA to watch US defeat China to win a 2nd Women’s World Cup of soccer

2017 [03] With nearly 2.9 billion views, ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth breaks the record for most-viewed video on YouTube, overtaking ‘Gangnam Style’ by PSY (current title-holder: ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – over 6.85 billion views)


✓ The stomach of an adult can hold 1.5 liters of material (Approximately one Bug-Gulp).
✓ About 700 grapes go into one bottle of wine (approx. 2.6lbs – 1.18kg)
✓ The speed of a computer mouse is measured in “Mickeys.”
✓ A new word in English is created every 98 minutes.
✓ Ounce by ounce, nutritious food costs up to 10 times more than junk food.
✓ Your real accent comes out when you’re drunk. The more alcohol you consume, the harder it is for the brain to control the way words are pronounced.
-FactSlides, GoodHousekeeping

Best of BS . . .
• Chocolate covered Salmon
• Carrot dogs
• Beard hair salad
• Leftover potato salad from last week’s cookout
• Veggie tray. Don’t be that guy.
• Fava beans and a nice Chianti
• Gas station sushi
• Anything that is imprisoned inside Jell-O
• Fruitcake
• Anything and everything containing mayonnaise
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

➠ Donald Trump has extended existing US sanctions on North Korea for another year, due to  Kim Jong-Un’s continued threats to the U.S. and abuses of human rights. (Well, as long as we’re calling out notorious abusers, let’s include his barber…)
➠ The Titanic II is scheduled to set sail in 2022 and will retrace the route of the original ship. (If you’re a skeptic like me, you can safely book your travel on the new, totally safe aircraft, “The Hindenburg II”)
➠ Aston Martin is building James Bond’s classic DB5 again after 55 years. (That sound you just heard was everyone’s dead grampa screaming:  “Hell Yeah!” from beyond the grave…)
➠ Splash Mountain at Disneyland will be “completely reimagined,” because it was based on the controversial 1946 film “Song of the South”. (Everybody is talking about this except Fox News… They’re screaming about it!)
➠ A woman in Florida once dropped her purse at a Starbucks and a gun inside went off and shot her friend in the leg. (Unfortunately, her friend lost the other leg and one arm when she paid for the coffee…)

Smile – The weekend’s almost here:  https://tinyurl.com/yd3rcvph

What is the most “drunk” thing you’ve heard someone say at a party?

I haven’t been this excited about Friday since last Friday.

Question:  53% of men admit they have pretended to like THIS while in a relationship.
Answer:  Her cat

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