Monday, July 4, 2022 – Edition: #7264
Can You Believe This Sheet?
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ A judge in Puerto Rico has issued a restraining order against Ricky Martin. The order was signed Friday, and authorities visited an upscale neighborhood in the north coastal town of Dorado where the singer lives to try to serve the order, according to police. At last report, the Puerto Rican had not been located, but Martin has denied the allegations through his reps. It was not immediately known who requested the restraining order, and details were not released because the order was filed under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law. A local newspaper said the order states that Martin and the other party allegedly dated for 7 months before recently breaking up, but the petitioner says Martin did not accept the separation and has been seen loitering near the petitioner’s house at least 3 times. Martin has been married for 5 years to husband Jwan Yosef — with whom he shares 4 children. The order prohibits Martin from contacting or calling the person who filed it.
★ Taylor Swift and her British boyfriend Joe Alwyn have reportedly gotten engaged in secret. The Sun reported late last week that the couple has no plans to reveal the news formally. According to a friend of 31-year-old Alwyn, the actor gave Swift, who is 32, a “beautiful” ring that she wears “behind closed doors.” The outlet stated that the pair had not informed some members of their teams. The Sun cited a source close to Alwyn that said, “They’ve actually been engaged for a few months but have only told their inner-inner circle — basically immediate family, and trusted, very old friends. Everyone has been sworn to secrecy, too.”
★ Netflix’s “Stranger Things” set a record, becoming the most-viewed program in one week from May 30 to June 5 in the newly released Top 10 Streaming charts. The science-fiction series collected a record-breaking 7.2 billion viewing minutes in Season 4 Volume 1’s first full week of streaming availability. Over the US Memorial Day weekend, “Stranger Things” also landed in the #1 slot for viewing. That week, Season 4 of the hit sci-fi series became the most-watched season of an English-language show in a single week on Netflix, hit the #1 spot in 91 countries (a first for an English-language series) and became the first TV show to jump into the Top 3 Most Popular List in less than 2 weeks since its premiere. Two more episodes launched over the 4th of July weekend.
★ Former ‘Mean Girl’ Lindsay Lohan is now a married girl, according to an Instagram post Saturday morning. The 36-year-old posted a selfie with Bader Shammas for his birthday, but fans were quick to notice Lohan referred to her former fiancé as her husband. She wrote: “I am the luckiest woman in the world. You found me and knew that I wanted to find happiness and grace, all at the same time. I am stunned that you are my husband. My life and my everything.” Lohan, who now lives in Dubai, was first linked to the 35-year-old businessman in 2019, and the couple reportedly became engaged in November. As for the wedding itself, the couple reportedly planned to have 2 secret ceremonies, one in the U.S. and one abroad. LINK: http://tinyurl.com/muc55twj
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Natalie Portman, B. Scott, Meghan Trainor featuring Teddy Swims, guest host Sean Hayes (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler, Ben Falcone, Nimesh Patel (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Bonnie Raitt (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Miley Cyrus, Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Tyra Banks, Leslie Odom Jr. (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Raja, Jinkx Monsoon, Jaida Essence Hall, Monét X Change, Trinity the Tuck, Shea Couleé, Yvie Oddly, The Vivienne, guest co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kelsey Grammer, Cristela Alonzo
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Janelle James, Goo Goo Dolls
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Penélope Cruz, Demian Chapman (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Mindy Kaling, Logan Shroyer, Maná (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Anderson Cooper, Dan Churchill (R)
• “CMT Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th Concert” (CMT): Old Dominion performs in downtown Nashville.
• “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC): Celebrating America’s birthday in New York with a live fireworks display, and performances by 5 Seconds of Summer, Brett Eldredge, Joaquina Kalukango, Carly Pearce, Pitbull with Filmore and more.
• “A Capitol Fourth 2022” (PBS): A concert celebrating America’s 246th birthday pays tribute to the US military. Includes a celebration of the 65th anniversary of “West Side Story” and a salute to the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial; host Mickey Guyton.
• “An Independence Day Celebration” (FoxNews): Lawrence Jones, Carley Shimkus, “Joey” Jones and Kayleigh McEnany celebrate America and its heroes. Performances from Lee Greenwood, Chris Janson and Kameron Marlowe, and fireworks, from Washington DC.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
(***CAUTION – LANGUAGE***) • Cardi B – revealed in a Twitter Q&A promoting her new single ‘Hot Shit’ (w/Kanye West and Lil Durk), that her fave member of BTS is Jimin. Another revelation from the session: She wants her kids names tattooed on her face and neck.
• Justin Timberlake – is being sued by a man who was hired to make a documentary about his album “The 20/20 Experience” in 2012. Director John Urbano says Timberlake proposed an arrangement where he would share profits from the film with Urbano instead of paying him his normal fee, but the doc was never released, and the director feels he’s out $2.4 million as a result.
• Whitesnake – has canceled all their remaining European farewell tour dates, citing “health challenges” recently experienced by several band members. Most recently, frontman David Coverdale was ordered by doctors not to sing due to a sinus and trachea infection. Whitesnake’s farewell tour is scheduled to resume on Aug. 18 in Providence RI.
• Goo Goo Dolls – announced on Friday their 13th album “Chaos in Bloom” will drop Aug. 12. The news came with the premiere of a music video for ‘Yeah, I Like You’, a critical look at “celebrity culture” and how we process fame in the social media age. LINK: https://youtu.be/RGfHJxvGaLE
• Randy Bachman – The former Guess Who and BTO guitarist was reunited in Japan, with a cherished guitar, 45 years after it was stolen in Toronto. He had used the orange 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins to record a number of rock classics, including ‘American Woman’. In 2020, a fan launched an internet search and located it in Tokyo, where musician, TAKESHI had unknowingly bought it at a music shop.
• Carrie Underwood – once again surprised fans by joining Guns N’ Roses on stage, this time at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday. The longtime GNR fan sang ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ with Axl Rose, and later returned during the encore for ‘Paradise City’.
• Chris Stapleton – is the subject of the newest exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. “Chris Stapleton: Since 1978” highlights his journey from a small town in Kentucky to his breakthrough as a solo artist after establishing himself as one of Nashville’s most talented songwriters. It features an array of instruments, awards and keepsakes from Stapleton’s life and career.
• Jason Aldean — is the latest country star to showcase his songs in a different light for CMT Campfire Sessions. In a clip, he strums a guitar while surrounded by bandmates, offering a stripped-down version of ‘Trouble With a Heartbreak’, which spent 3 weeks at the top of the country radio charts last month.
SHOOTING THE BULL
THERE’S A DASHBOARD APP FOR THAT:
Apple is working on a new feature that will not only direct users to the nearest gas station, it’ll let them pay to fill their tank directly from their car’s dashboard. The feature is expected to roll out as part of the major CarPlay update Apple announced at WWDC 2022 last month. Here’s how it works: iPhone users will need to download a fuel company’s app and set it up with their payment credentials. Once that’s done, users will be able to activate pumps at stations and pay for gas from their car’s navigation screen. Fuel purchasing will start rolling out to CarPlay-enabled models when Apple starts releasing software updates later this fall. Essentially, it’s integrating what’s already possible through gas station apps on the iPhone, but into the car.
(Still, just because I CAN pay for gas through my dashboard doesn’t mean I’m ABLE to, these days!)
(I always love hearing about new car technology that I can look forward to — 10 years and 2 used-car purchases down the road…)
The new 2022 Gucci Pet Collection includes a $7,500 French-inspired chaise-style dog bed – and a $460 poop bag holder, among other things. Also available for pampered pooches: $220 embellished AirTag holders, $895 bowl covers, $4,050 pet carriers with the iconic Gucci house monogram and a “travel bowl set” with a case emblazoned with the “GG” logo and priced at $4,250. Oh, and who can do without a $500 leash? Studded, bedazzled and adorned with plumage, there’s also a line of apparel, from T-shirts to hats. The Italian luxury house released a whimsical ad campaign last week with a wide range of cutie-patootie pups rocking the new line, offered in a variety of materials including plain leather, canvas, web stripe and herbarium print. According to the company, “the Gucci Pet Collection infuses the everyday with a magical aura. Unveiled in a colorful, retro-inspired campaign, the pieces allow each animal’s personality to shine as an ode to the Creative Director’s vision of individuality.” LINK: https://youtu.be/qM_w2uCyF8w
(Trust me…instead of a $7,500 dog bed, your pooch would much prefer to cuddle with you and spend all that money on treats!)
(So…hard…to…keep…my…“Rich Bitch” comments…to…myself…)
NEW GOOD NEWS:
➢ A Tennessee Highway Trooper recently rescued a dog collapsed on the side of a highway in the sweltering summer heat, but little did he know that it would be the beginning of a special friendship. Trooper Pumpy Tudors was alerted by a good Samaritan to the small dog, which was “parched and desperately needing water and shelter from the heat.” Tudors stepped in to offer water, shade from an umbrella, and some snacks he had on hand. He set up a chair beside the dog and worked to establish trust before eventually taking the panting pup to an animal shelter for further care. After no one claimed the dog, Tudors officially adopted the dog and named her Princess, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a Facebook post.
➢ Social media was furious on behalf of Kevin Ford, a food service employee, who recently posted an Instagram ‘video unwrapping’ of a thank you gift he received for 27 years of perfect attendance on the job. Underwhelmed by seeing that the dedicated employee received just a reusable Starbucks cup, candy, a pen, and a single movie ticket, they decided to give Ford their own gift for his exemplary service. In just over a week, his daughter’s online call for appreciation of a good man who works at the Burger King at Las Vegas McCarren International Airport amassed $270,000, including $5,000 from comedian David Spade. He has also received a number of job offers. LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd-JQvvu2tu/
CAR DEALER LINGO:
Colorful expressions from the world of auto sales…
⇒ Whopper with Cheese: A car deal with a huge profit margin.
⇒ Ham Sandwich: A car deal that brings only a modest profit.
⇒ Flopper: A customer who agrees to the first price quoted by a salesperson. (Like a fish that jumps into a boat and flops around before you’ve even started fishing…)
⇒ Grinder or Chiseler: A customer who, no matter how good a deal they’re offered, insists on trying for a better one.
⇒ Lay Down: A buyer who agrees to every proposed extra, adding thousands to the price. They’ve been “run over”.)
⇒ Mickey Mouse: When the dealer has to finance even the down payment in order to make a sale.
⇒ Shout Out: Announcing a pending sale over the PA, to keep the buyer from backing out at the last minute.
DID YOU KNOW?
A Denver couple scored an unforgettable moment after the Stanley Cup was mistakenly delivered to their home instead of to its intended recipient — Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. It’s a well-known tradition that every member of a Stanley Cup-winning team gets to spend a day with the prized trophy. Monday, Dmitri Rudenko and his husband Kit Karbler were returning home, when they saw someone pulling into their driveway, and opening the trunk to reveal a case. It turns out that Landeskog lives in the same area, and has an address that’s “only one digit off”, according to the couple.
BS CHRONOMETER 07.04.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “U.S. Independence Day”, also known as the Fourth of July, takes place on the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It celebrates the United States and its independence from Great Britain. It is a patriotic holiday extolling the positive aspects of America, and themes such as freedom and liberty. (And road trips, fireworks, mattress sales and competitive eating contests!)
• “Barbecue Day”, Almost everyone loves the taste of freshly grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and steak! (So, gather up the gang and celebrate the time-honored tradition of singeing your eyebrows and arm hair…)
• “Country Music Day”, celebrating the roots music movement that began in America with the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and first-ever commercial country record, Fiddlin’ John Carson’s ‘Little Log Cabin in the Lane’ in 1923. Country is actually a mishmash of several other styles, including folk, Celtic, blues, gospel, hokum, and old-time music. (***See “BS Web Goodie”, below***)
• “Alice in Wonderland Day”, the day that commemorates Lewis Carroll’s first telling of the famous children’s story to his young inspiration, Alice Liddell. It is the day on which Carroll sent his child friend Alice down a rabbit hole in his far-fetched tale, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.
• “Sidewalk Egg Frying Day”, it’s July, the middle of summer. It’s hotter than blazes. Why, it’s so hot that you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Here’s your chance to go ahead and prove it! (What if I wanted them poached?)
• “Invisible Day”, if you could be invisible for just one day, what would you do?
• “Caesar Salad Day”, is not named after Julius Caesar. It’s actually named after the chef who created it – Caesar Cardini, who first concocted it at Caesar’s Place Restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico
COMING UP . . .
[Tues] Bikini Day
[Tues] Workaholics Day
[Wed] National Fried Chicken Day
[Wed] International Kissing Day
[Thurs] Chocolate Day
This Week is…Clean Beaches Week
This Month is…Cell Phone Courtesy Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1952  John Waite, Lancaster, England, rock-pop singer-guitarist (‘Missing You’, The Babys-‘Every Time I Think of You’, Bad English-‘When I See You Smile’)
1943  [Gerald] Geraldo Rivera, New York NY, news personality (“Geraldo” 1987-98, “20/20”)
1961  Andrew Zimmern, New York City NY, chef (co-host of “Bizarre Foods” 2006-18)
1971  Al Madrigal, San Francisco CA, TV actor (“About a Boy” 2014)/comedian (correspondent on “The Daily Show” 2011-16)
1981  Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, New York NY, reality star (“Jersey Shore” 2009-12, “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” since 2018)
1983  Melanie Fiona [Hallim], Toronto ON, R&B singer (w/Cee Lo Green-‘Fool for You’, ‘It Kills Me’)
1995  Post Malone [Austin Post], Syracuse NY, rapper (w/21 Savage-‘Rockstar’, ‘Circles’)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1982  Former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne marries his manager Sharon Arden
1999  Victoria Adams, better known as ‘Posh Spice’ of The Spice Girls, marries soccer star David Beckham
2015  Ashton Kutcher marries his “That 70s Show” co-star Mila Kunis in Los Angeles
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1992  The king of all booty songs, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back’, hits #1 in America
2015  Ariana Grande touches off a social media firestorm when she is caught on camera licking some donuts on a display counter at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1996  ‘Hotmail’, the free internet email service, makes its debut, one of the first webmail services. The name was chosen because it contains the letters ‘HTML’, the language used to create web pages. Microsoft acquired Hotmail in 1997, and it was replaced by Outlook.com in 2012
2009  The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public in NYC’s harbor after 8 years of closure due to security concerns following the 9/11 attacks
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2021  Competitive eater Joey Chestnut wins his 14th championship at the annual ‘Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest’ at NYC’s Coney Island, by eating a record 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes (How will he do today?)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ If a man’s tie is too tight, his vision gets worse.
✓ Worker performance declines by about 1% for each degree that an office temperature varies (hotter or colder) from 22C (72F).
✓ Earth is farthest from the sun in July, and closest to the sun in January.
✓ The filling in Kit Kats is made from damaged Kit Kats.
✓ The use of the abbreviation “OMG” can be traced back to 1917.
✓ The majority of your brain is fat.
BS WHACK U.S.A. FACTS:
✓ Scottish band The Bay City Rollers chose their name after sticking a pin in a map of America, which landed on the Michigan city.
✓ Redondo Beach, California adopted the Goodyear Blimp as the city’s official bird in 1983.
✓ Alaska is simultaneously the westernmost and easternmost state.
✓ Abraham Lincoln had the opportunity to populate the United States with elephants. He turned it down.
✓ The Square Dance is the official state dance of 24 states.
✓ Prior to President Trump, the first president, George Washington, was also the wealthiest ever, with assets worth more than $500 million (in today’s dollars).
Best of BS . . .
BS REALLY ROTTEN SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS:
• Roadkill Culinary Camp
• Camp Itchibug of Muskoka
• Lil’ Toiler Textile Mill & Summer Camp
• Incontinent Palomino Trail Riding Camp
• Bring-Your-Mommy Sissy-Kid Camp
• Skeeter Camp of the Canadian North
• Mr & Mrs Cranky’s Camp for Kids Whose Parents Don’t Love Them, Don’t Want Them Around, and Won’t Even Pay for a Halfway Decent Camp
• Learn-to-Swim or Else Camp
-First published in BS 2001
BS THINGS FOUND IN GRANDMA’S JUNK DRAWER:
• Hundreds of old KFC wet-naps
• A giant bag of those really weird hard candies that she keeps in her purse.
• A VHS copy of “Cocoon.”
• Those weird figurines that came in Red Rose Tea
• The “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” button that’s supposed to be around her neck.
• A phonebook from 1956.
• All the kids stolen noses that grandpa left behind when he died.
• A collection of miscellaneous keys for god knows what, and 45 years worth of newspaper clippings.
• Her marbles.
• All the nickels she plans to give me on my next birthday.
• An autographed copy of the Bible.
• Junk that didn’t fit in her trunk.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• What is the oldest city in the United States?
a) Jamestown, Virginia
b) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
c) Saint Augustine, Florida [CORRECT, 1565]
d) Plymouth, Massachusetts
• Which city has never been the federal capital of the USA?
a) Baltimore, Maryland
b) Tahlequah, Oklahoma [CORRECT]
c) Lancaster, Pennsylvania
d) Princeton, New Jersey
• Which is NOT a USA territory?
b) US Virgin Islands
c) Puerto Rico
d) Micronesia [CORRECT]
BS WEB GOODIE:
It’s “Country Music Day”. Why beat your brains out trying to write a country hit? You can instantly create clever lyrics for a new country song with the online ‘Country Song Lyrics Generator’ …
BS RANDOM JOKE:
The weather looks good for fireworks tonight. The forecast is calling for scattered fingers…
BS PHONE STARTER:
If you could acquire any skill that you don’t have, what would you choose?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 20% of singles say they are looking for someone who is passionate about THIS. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
You can waste your life drawing lines, or you can live your life crossing them.