July 13 2020

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Monday, July 13, 2020 – Edition: #6738

Thanks For Being a Bull Market!

★ The “Batman” universe is expanding, with a TV series set in Gotham City’s police department that will explore corruption. HBO Max has announced that the show will be produced by Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming movie “The Batman”, which stars Robert Pattinson. Reeves says the TV series is “an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a long-form format can afford.” No casting, title or launch date has been announced.
★ Broadway star Nick Cordero — who passed away after a battle with COVID-19 — will have a table named in his honor at Cafe Fiorello near Lincoln Center. Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, has said that the spot was their “favorite neighborhood restaurant” and that the couple had a “regular table outside.” The owner was so touched by Cordero’s courageous fight that she decided to name a table in his honor. She has also named tables after stars such as Daryl Roth, Harvey Fierstein, Joan Rivers and Cindy Adams.
★ Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers are getting divorced after 10 years of marriage. He announced on Instagram that the pair have separated after “13 years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents.” The former couple had been quarantining together with the rest of their family in the Cayman Islands amid the coronavirus pandemic. They share two children together, five-year-old daughter Harper Grace, and three-year-old son Ford.
★ Demi Moore is making the move into audio erotica. She’ll star in the upcoming scripted drama series, “Dirty Diana”. It will consist of six 30-minute episodes telling the story of a dying marriage and how two partners find their way back to each other through perseverance, connection and sex. It premieres today on various platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Charlize Theron, Little Big Town
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Norah O’Donnell, IDK
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Andy Samberg, Jalen Rose
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Hugh Jackman, Stanley Tucci, Alec Benjamin (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Lauren Lapkus
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Robert Westergaard, Malia White
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Regina Hall, Elaine Welteroth
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Luke Bryan
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Tyler Perry, Marshmello & Kane Brown (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Rob Lowe, Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, Kirk Franklin, Bill Engvall
• “CMA Best of Fest” (ABC): A retrospective of more than 25 performances from 16 years of CMA Fest, hosted by Luke Bryan; featuring Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean and Kelsea Ballerini.
• “Celebrity Call Center” (E!): Series premiere. Together in a virtual call center, Nick Cannon, Jax & Brittany, Vivica A Fox, and Reza Farahan take phone calls and speak to real people seeking their advice.

• Katy Perry – On Thursday, she released her uplifting new song ‘Smile’,” the title cut from her upcoming fifth album, set to be released next month. She posted that she wrote the song when she “was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life and had lost my smile.”
• Cardi B — is set to launch her own children’s clothing line. The rapper, who has a two-year-old daughter, has filed a trademark for a kid’s clothing company in her own name. It will include clothes, onesies and bibs for babies and children.
• Alice Cooper – will release his own brand of chocolate milk this fall. Proceeds will benefit Solid Rock, his non-profit organization that operates The Rock Teen Center in Phoenix where people between 12-20 receive free instruction in music, music recording, dance, art, film and photography. (Right now, Gene Simmons is kicking himself for not thinking of it first…)
• Bon Jovi – have released the new single ‘American Reckoning’, which chronicles the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing outrage and protests. Proceeds will support Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative. Sample lyrics: “America’s on fire, there’s protests in the street/Her conscience has been looted and her soul is under siege /Another mother’s crying as history repeats, I can’t breathe.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y7fdjkbb
• The Rolling Stones – released ‘Criss Cross’ on Friday. The song was written and recorded in the early 1970s while making the “Goats Head Soup” album, and will appear on a new 4LP/CD re-issue, alongside another unearthed song, ‘Scarlet’, featuring Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
• Creed Bratton – is most familiar to fans of the show “The Office” fans as the company weirdo, but he is also an accomplished musician, and was once a member of The Grass Roots. On Friday, he released ‘The Ride’, originally written as a parody of “The Office” theme song. It will appear on his eighth solo album, “Slightly Altered”, out this Friday. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y786z2z5
• Rascal Flatts – released the new song ‘Quick, Fast, in a Hurry’ on Friday. It’s the story of two former lovers reuniting for one more night together. The song will appear on the EP “How They Remember You”, out July 31.
• Tim McGraw – On Friday, he dropped the title track of his upcoming album “Here on Earth”. The album is available for pre-order now, and will be released Aug. 21. Because he is unable to tour these days, he’ll celebrate his new music with a “first-of-its-kind album livestream experience.” No details yet.

We’ve always been told that it’s important to eat a good breakfast in order to “rev up” your metabolism for the day and to prevent overeating later. And that those who don’t eat in the morning actually tend to weigh more than those don’t. But a new analysis of seven past studies has found just the opposite. The results, published in “The BMJ”, showed that those who skipped breakfast over a period of at least four weeks lost an average of 1.19 pounds, compared to those who didn’t . There was no significant difference between the groups when it came to Body Mass Index or fat mass. The researchers concluded that while results showed those who don’t eat breakfast lost weight, skipping breakfast won’t have a significant effect on weight loss. Instead it is the quality of breakfast that matters most.
(It isn’t breakfast that causes me to gain weight. It’s breakfast BUFFETS!)
(It’s the quality of breakfast that matters most…that’s why I stay away from the generic brand Pop-Tarts!)
(All I know is that I feel much better ever since I scaled my breakfast down to 3 cups!)

TOP 2020:
Pop music is getting faster. And happier. That’s according to mathematician Natalia Komarova, who, in 2017, was so shocked by the negativity she heard in the songs her daughter listened to, she decided to investigate. She used a program called “AcousticBrainz,” which allows you to examine the musical properties of songs, and, along with her colleagues at the University of California, examined half a million song released between 1985 and 2015. They found a significant downturn in the positivity (and the tempo) of pop songs around 2015, but since then, the trend has reversed. The average tempo of 2020’s top 20 best-selling songs is a pulse-quickening 122 beats per minute. That’s the highest it’s been since 2009. Why? Music journalist Charlie Harding says that “During moments of great distress, music provides hope. A pop song gives us permission to access joy, even when the world is burning.” He points out that the same upbeat shift happened during the Great Depression, and during World War II. The study determined that Drake and Lady Gaga are the pop stars creating the “happiest” songs in 2020.
(Ah! The old “Shut up and dance” routine!)
(At the risk of sounding like the Grinch, no music has made ME happy in about 15 years!)
(Maybe someone could make the world a better place by creating some miserable music then?)

A Calgary, Alberta brewery is pulling their “Karen Cherry Sour” beer from store shelves after facing backlash over the name. Common Crown Brewing Company has apologized for the beer, whose name was inspired by a widely recognized term for a demanding, privileged white woman. The now-discontinued beer can featured a drawing of a woman with the company’s crown logo on her head. The company advertised the beer alongside slogans such as “Can we speak to your manager?” and “Celebrate Karen with us today!” Common Crown now says the brand missed the mark” by being “tone deaf to racial developments”.
(Now what triggered this?)
(I wonder who complained…)

HABITS TO INCREASE YOUR ENERGY (on a Monday or any other day…)
⇒ Go to sleep early:  While some claim to work best on six or less hours of sleep, research says they’re kidding themselves. Seven to eight hours are pretty much mandatory if you’re going to stay cognitively sharp in the long-run. (Doing this, of course, requires that you forego having children…)
⇒ Do your hard work in the morning:  The benefits to your energy here are mostly psychological. Energy levels depend a lot on your mood. If you’ve completed important work done, you’ll feel energized and productive.
⇒ Exercise every day:  It’s a long-term investment in your energy levels. If you keep up some level of fitness, you’ll be better equipped to think straight and stay alert throughout the day.
⇒ 20-minute naps:  A short nap can turn you back on for work in the afternoon, when you’d normally be exhausted.
⇒ Set your intention the day before:  Visualizing what you need to do and writing it into your schedule can make it happen more automatically when you wake up. (Woke up. Check…)
⇒ Get better friends:  Sounds harsh, but some friends leave you feeling excited and energized. Others you leave feeling worse than you did beforehand. Don’t exclude friends who are going through tough times, but consider who you spend your time with and how it affects you. (I just hope my friends aren’t hearing this…)

A recent survey of 2,000 Americans (aged 35+) found that forgetting someone’s name is the most embarrassing memory lapse — even more so than forgetting a partner’s birthday or anniversary. 32% said that drawing a blank on someone’s name which they feel they should know is the #1 faux pas when it comes to things they should remember.


1940 [80] Patrick Stewart, Mirfield England, TV actor (‘Jean Luc Picard’ in “Star Trek” 1987-1994)/movie actor (‘Professor Xavier’ in X-Men” movies)

1942 [78] Harrison Ford, Chicago IL, movie actor (“Star Wars” films, “Indiana Jones” movies)

1946 [74] Cheech Marin, Los Angeles CA, movie actor (“Up in Smoke”, “Born in East L.A.”)

1957 [63] Cameron Crowe, Palm Springs CA, movie director-screenwriter (“Almost Famous”, “Jerry Maguire”)/musical documentary maker (“Pearl Jam Twenty”, “The Union”)

1962 [58] Tom Kenny, Syracuse NY, voice actor (“Spongebob Squarepants”, ‘Rabbit’ in “Winnie the Pooh”)

1969 [51] Ken Jeong, Detroit MI, movie actor (‘Leslie Chow’ in “Hangover” movies), TV actor (“Ben Chang” in “Community” 2009-2015) COMING UP…”Boss Level”, 2020

1988 [32] Steven R McQueen, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (‘Jimmy Borrelli’ on “Chicago Fire” 2015-16, “Vampire Diaries” 2009-15)/grandson of legendary late actor Steve McQueen

1988 [32] Colton Haynes, Wichita KS, TV actor (“Arrow” 2013-20, “Teen Wolf” 2011-17)

• “Beans ‘n Franks Day”. (Tomorrow is ‘Evacuate the Studio Day’)

• “Embrace Your Geekness Day”, a great day to be a Geek … or to know a Geek. Some people view the term with a negative connotation. Are they jealous of your knowledge and skills? Of your pocket protector? Of your taped glasses? (And if you’re not one, embrace one!)

• “French Fries Day”. The ‘french’ in french fries has nothing to do with France, but the method of preparation. Food that’s chipped into pieces is said to be ‘frenched’. It’s thought that french fries most likely originated in Belgium.

• “Gruntled Workers Day”. We always hear about ‘disgruntled’ workers, but what about people who are happy with their jobs and can’t wait to go to work each day? Gruntled workers, this is your day … ya eager-beaver keeners.

• “Go West Day”, today is all about going west…at least until your GPS says, “Recalculating!”

• “Barbershop Music Appreciation Day”,  a day to relax and enjoy the sweet voices of the Sweet Adelines, or a Barbershop Quartet.

[Tues] National Grand Marnier Day
[Tues] Mac & Cheese Day
[Wed] Gummi Worm Day
[Wed] National Pet Fire Safety Day
This Week Is…Everybody Deserves a Massage Week
This Month Is…National Peach Month

1923 [97) The ‘Hollywood’ Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads “Hollywoodland”, but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949

2013 [07] “Glee” star Cory Monteith is found dead in a Vancouver hotel room after accidentally ingesting a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol. The 31-year-old played ‘Finn Hudson’ on the popular musical series

1985 [35] The “Live Aid” concerts take place in Philadelphia and London, raising money for African famine relief. Performers include: a reunited Led Zeppelin, a reunited The Who, plus Queen, U2, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Elton John, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Madonna, Phil Collins (in both locations, thanks to a Concord), and many more

2015 [05] 50 Cent files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (coincidentally, the move comes just days after a jury rules he must pay $5 million to a woman suing over a sex-tape case) His current net worth? $30 million

2016 [04] Theresa May sworn in as British prime minister (she is the second woman to become PM, following Margaret Thatcher)

1976 [44] ‘Longest Bagpipe Concert’, featuring 4 student pipers, ends after 100 (ungodly) hours (Salisbury, Rhodesia)


✓ The Arctic is classified as a desert because annual precipitation is less than 4 inches per year.
✓ The color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around.
✓ The game “Simon Says” was originally called “Do This, Do That”.
✓ Mozart wrote the melody of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ at the age of five.
✓ Ketchup used to be considered a medicine.
✓ From the time of their invention until about the 1600s, high heels were exclusively worn by men.
-BestLifeOnline, BathroomReadersInstitute

• Do not buy used.
• Make sure it is tight but comfortable.
• Wear the right side out.
• Make sure it is clean (at least daily).
• If it is stained, throw it away (but not on the street).
• Do not touch or adjust (especially in public).
• Do not borrow or lend it.
• If it is damp, change it.
• Don’t go commando!

Best of BS . . .
• Start referring to your tool shed as the quote-unquote ‘summer house’.
• Take the kids to a car wash and tell them it’s Disney’s latest attraction, “The Land of Really Shiny Minivans”.
• When taking a car trip, keep freezer bags in the glove compartment in case you hit a deer.
• Take the kids to your new backyard attraction, “The Garden Slug Petting Zoo”.
• Save money at Hertz. With the right tools, ANY rental car can be a convertible.
• Go for a really long drive and wait for the kids to fall asleep. After they wake up, tell them they slept right through the Grand Canyon.
-First published in BS in 2016

➠ A British police department took to Facebook with an important reminder: An appliance delivery to the wrong address is not considered a police emergency. (The bigger emergency here is obviously the department’s use of Facebook.)
➠ Fact of the Day:  Being a gentleman never goes out of style.  (Unless you’re around the right Feminist…)
➠ The Arabic Comedy, “Mama’s Boy,” has just been released on Netflix.  (. . So, TAKE THAT, insomnia!)
➠ Sofia Vergara had a birthday on Friday. She’s 48 (. . . double D)
➠ The Greek Orthodox Church has put out a ruling to its members stating that yoga is “incompatible” with the Christian faith, essentially barring them from doing the exercise.  (The news left many people members really bent out of shape. Ouch.)

Just when you thought you’d seen everything:  https://tinyurl.com/yaawvg9k

What inspiring words changed your life forever?

I’m a pretty nice person, but I also realize that if there were an irritating contest, I’d definitely place respectfully in my weight class.

• Which character is NOT friends with Harry Potter?
a) Ron Weasley
b) Neville Longbottom
c) Draco Malfoy [CORRECT]
d) Hermione Granger

• Which animal does NOT appear in the Chinese zodiac?
a) Dragon
b) Rabbit
c) Dog
d) Hummingbird [CORRECT]

• Which band was Lionel Richie once a part of?
a) King Harvest
b) Spectrums
c) Commodores [CORRECT]
d) The Marshall Tucker Band

Question: Experts say when it’s sunny, we’re 50% more likely to do THIS in the car. What is it?
Answer: Sing

Don’t overestimate your problems, or underestimate yourself.


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