July 7 2022

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Thursday, July 7, 2022 – Edition: #7267

It’s Another Running Of the Bull!


★ For the first time, Hayden Panettiere is opening up about a secret addiction to opioids and alcohol that nearly cost her career — and her life. In the new issue of People, the 32-year-old former “Nashville” star says: “I was on top of the world and I ruined it.” She spent years battling her addiction, as well as a devastating bout with postpartum depression, where, “I’d think I hit rock bottom, but then there’s that trap door that opens.” Eventually, Panettiere — who shares a 7-year-old daughter, Kaya, with her ex, Wladimir Klitschko — was hospitalized, suffering from jaundice, and doctors told her that her liver was going to “give out,” she recalls. She decided to get help, undergoing both trauma therapy and inpatient treatment within the last year. Now she’s returned to set to reprise her fan-favorite character ‘Kirby Reed’ in the next “Scream” film, and she’s pouring her heart into her work with Hoplon International, the charity she founded to raise funds for war-torn Ukraine.
★ Hugh Bonneville doubts that another “Downton Abbey” movie will be made. The 58-year-old, who played ‘Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham’ in both the period drama TV series and the 2 movies believes that the franchise has “probably run its course”. Speaking to Screen Rant, Bonneville said: “I was thinking for a while that (there) would be; we’re all up for it, and let’s go. But I think it’s probably run its course now. And it’s been a fantastic 12 years on and off that we’ve visited this family. But I think probably enough is enough.” He doesn’t’ regret his involvement in the movie sequel, though, saying that it “was a huge jolly” to film in the south of France.
★ “Schitt’s Creek” star Sarah Levy and Graham Outerbridge announced the birth of their son on Tuesday. Levy shared a photo of her newborn baby boy’s feet online, writing: “He decided to make an early entrance but we are so glad sweet James Eugene Outerbridge is in the world We’ll take all the salt and vinegar chips and the hottest hot sauce you have, thanks!” Levy’s “Schitt’s Creek” co-stars went gaga over the baby news. Jennifer Robertson, who played ‘Jocelyn Schitt’ wrote: “Sarah!!!!! I’m SO excited for you and Graham! I’ll send you All Dressed chips from Canada!!!” Annie Murphy (‘Alexis Rose’) wrote “REMEMBER HOW YOU’RE PREGNANT?!”. Dan Levy (‘David Rose’) also chimed in, teasing that he’s excited to “finally” like a baby. The new arrival’s middle name, of course, is a nod to her dad, Eugene Levy.
★ She’s not seeking a new ‘view’. Joy Behar’s rep has shut down rumors that she is set to quit “The View” ahead of her 80th birthday in October. Rumors circulated that Behar’s 3-year contract with ABC expires this summer, with one publication reporting that the veteran panelist could be gearing up to announce her retirement “any day now.” Her rep responded this week, calling it “fake news”, and revealing that Behar has signed a new 3-year deal with ABC, keeping her tied to the network until 2025. It’s unclear how much money ABC forked out to keep her, but it’s likely a lot. Behar, the only original panelist remaining at The View, was reportedly paid $7 million per year as part of her previous deal.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Paris Hilton, Matteo Lane, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Taika Waititi, Aespa, guest host Chelsea Handler (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Dakota Johnson, Adam Scott, Carrie Underwood (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jimmie Allen (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Michael Che, Kylie Minogue, Leila Mottley, Joe Russo (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): James Marsden, Minnie Driver, GAYLE (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Vanessa Williams, Julianne Hough, Rachel Dratch, guest co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Joe Manganiello
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Gabby Windey, Rachel Recchia, Meg Donnelly, Monica Mangin
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Andrew Garfield, Sherri Shepherd (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Lin-Manuel Miranda, Matt Iseman, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch, ENHYPEN (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Carla Hall, Annaleigh Ashford (R)
• “Generation Gap” (ABC): Series premiere. Ryan Seacrest makes a surprise appearance during the “Who Am I” challenge; the winning team’s chance at a bonus prize is left up to the “Toddler’s Choice.”
• “Press Your Luck” (ABC): Season 4 premiere
• “The First 48″ (A&E): When a man is found shot and dumped in the road, detectives learn how his struggle left him headed for a collision with someone on the edge.
• “2022 NHL Draft” (ESPN, SN): Round 1, live from Montreal

• Rihanna — is now the youngest self-made billionaire woman in the US — knocking Kim Kardashian to second place. The 34-year-old made Forbes’ annual list for the 3rd year in a row, ranking 21st with a net worth of $1.4 billion. She’s the only billionaire under age 40 on the list.
• Travis Scott – halted his show Monday in Coney Island because some fans put themselves in danger, and he didn’t want another tragedy like what happened at Astroworld. While opening for Meek Mill, a few fans, one in a Spider-Man costume, climbed a lighting truss and dangled as they watched the show. Scott stopped the show, ordering the fans to climb down. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2tuuzfcm
• Kiss – Their 1979 hit ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’ is enjoying an unlikely second life as a modern dance floor banger after Dutch DJ/producer Oliver Heldens remade the song with Chic guitarist and disco legend Nile Rodgers. The new version features vocals from the House Gospel Choir, a London collective who perform covers of house and garage anthems. LINK: https://youtu.be/oJ7_knx3JdE
• Def Leppard – have released a behind-the-scenes “making of” clip for their new music video ‘Fire it Up’. The song followed ‘Kick’ and ‘Take What You Want’ as the 3rd single from their recently-released 12th studio album, “Diamond Star Halos”. LINK: https://youtu.be/-ET0RVdAikI
• Metallica — Kate Bush isn’t the only artist to have a song from their 1980s catalog return to the charts thanks to “Stranger Things.” Their 1986 song ‘Master of Puppets’ which spans 8 minutes and 38 seconds, is currently at #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart. The headbanger is at #29 on the iTunes chart for all music, holding its own alongside modern hits like ‘About Damn Time’ from Lizzo.
• Lainey Wilson – says her new single ‘Heart Like a Truck’ is a story of resilience. Quote: (It’s) a song about finding freedom and strength, and not being scared of the scars and the dents and the bumps along the way…that’s what builds character.” When she first moved to Nashville, she spent 3 years living in a camper and struggling to make ends meet as she chased her dream. LINK: https://youtu.be/rNReepITjN0
• Miranda Lambert – Pam Tillis, is a biiiig fan. Speaking with Tracy Lawrence on his radio show, Tillis gave kudos to a few current singers, saying: “There’s some great young talent I like. I’m proud of the ladies like Lauren Alaina and Carly Pearce. Miranda [Lambert] has paved the way for this new crop of ladies. I think she’s our Loretta Lynn.”
• Kenny Chesney –broke his own record over the 4th of July weekend. He made his grand return to Kansas’ Arrowhead Stadium and performed for a crowd of 57,852 people, surpassing his previous record there by about 300 people, set during his 2018 “Trip Around the Sun Tour”. He posted a thank you on Instagram, and included a pic of him holding up a Kansas City Chiefs helmet. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4a836ea6


If you love picnicking but have found that dragging a cheese board around to be a bit of a pain, let me introduce you to the greatest innovation to portable food since the picnic basket – the “Snacklebox”! As you might have guessed by its name, it’s much like a tackle box you’d use for fishing – but instead of being loaded with wriggly worms and hooks and bobbers and stuff, it’s filled with snacks. It’s suggested you start with a meat, a cheese, and a carb, and build it out from there with pickles, olives, fruit, nuts, and any other items you’d like to add. Those who know say it’s perfect for bringing snacks on a boat, to a park, or even to a sporting event. Thanks to the wonder that is TikTok, it has now graduated from a Google curiosity to a full-fledged viral idea. One vid, posted by an American woman named Skylar, shows off the epic selection she and her mother made for her cousin’s bachelorette party. The now-viral video has over 2 million views, with thousands of commenters marvelling at the brilliance that is the Snacklebox. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y724vhys
(I’ve seen it. That woman could feed an entire wedding with what she had in there – and the couple could still eat from it on their honeymoon!)
(This is a good idea – based only on the fact that I hate trying to say “charcuterie”!)

Have you ever gone on a trip – only to discover that you’ve forgotten to bring along something that you REALLY need? Well, you’re definitely not alone. A new survey found that a shocking number of us forget travel essentials – including phones – before a trip, and a surprising number of us won’t go back to grab that ever-so-important item. OnePoll surveyed 2,000 Americans on behalf of DoorDash, and found that 39% of people forget more than 5 items each month and the average person has to return home to retrieve 4 forgotten items in that same period. Other findings in the survey:
• 31% of adults accidentally leave their cellular device at home.
• 28% forget water bottles or drinks.
• 25% forget to pack items such as deodorant, body lotion and makeup.
Respondents said that usually, they will carry on without their essentials, with just 19% saying they’d go back for their left-behind items – if they are just one street away. 14% said they would never go back. One in 5 people said they’d be able to travel without their phone.
(Trust me…if you’ve seen the delays at the airport lately, you’d know – you’ve definitely got time to go back!)
(I forgot my swimming trunks once. Now THAT was a crazy vacation!)

The classic mullet is not only a beautiful thing, it has also come back into fashion (in certain circles, at least) in Australia in recent years. And there probably isn’t anyone who loves a mullet more than the people at Mulletfest, who, for the first time ever, are holding an online competition. Mulletfest is an annual event in Kurri Kurri that honors the very best of the “Business in the Front, Party in the Back” style. Mulletfest holds competitions in multiple categories including ‘ranga’, ‘grubby’, ‘extreme’, ‘international’, and ‘everyday’, in an effort at highlighting and championing the different shapes, sizes and colors of a mullet. And this year’s online-only competition, which is open to every mullet-owner in Australia, invites neck-warmer-wearing Aussies to upload a pic of their Melbourne mud flaps by July 31. Winners in each of the earlier-mentioned categories will be announced on August 20. Entrants are also asked to give a background story behind their mullet, such as the length of time they’ve had it and why they love it. The contest is a fundraiser for a brain cancer charity. LINK: https://www.mulletfest.com.au/christmas-in-july/
(In case you’re wondering, “ranga” means ‘a red-haired person’. I looked it up in my Australian-to-English dictionary!)
(What can you win? A haircut?)

Each year, certain baby names emerge as hugely popular choices for American parents. As the Social Security Administration’s latest data shows, the top picks for 2021 were Olivia, Emma and Charlotte for girls, and Liam, Noah and Oliver for boys. Here are some of the more “unconventional” choices…

GIRLS:                      BOYS:
Infant                       Fenway
Coast                       Time
Brilliance                 Thanos
Epic                          Zero
Fairy                         Grit
Rhapsody                Wealth
Anime                      Science
Comfort                  Rambo
Rocket                     Clever
Mama                      Keeper (I would HOPE he’s a keeper…!)

The legendary landmark, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, is reportedly riddled with rust and badly in need of repairs. But instead, it is being given a paint job costing 60 million euros in preparation for the 2024 Olympics, according to a confidential analysis cited by French magazine Marianne. The Eiffel Tower, built in the late 19th century, is among the most visited tourist sites in the world, welcoming about 6 million people annually. The company that oversees the tower is reluctant to close it for a long time because of the revenue that would be lost, according to the magazine. (“Wait…THAT tower’s not supposed to be leaning, is it?”)


• “Chocolate Day”, started by the Confectioners Association to promote what is almost every woman’s (and many a man’s) weakness. Some say chocolate from the New World (mostly Mexico) was introduced to Europe on this date in 1550. Suggestions for today’s menu …
– Breakfast: Chocolate cereal; chocolate cream-filled donuts; hot chocolate.
– Morning Snack: Chocolate bar to give you a boost until lunch.
– Lunch: A big tall glass of chocolate milk; chocolate pie or pudding for dessert.
– Afternoon Snack: Chocolate covered raisins, which contain both vegetable and fruit (Chocolate is a product of the cacao bean).
– Dinner: Chocolate liqueur aperitif; chocolate-flavored coffee; chocolate cake.
– Evening Snack: Chocolate ice cream, of course!

• “Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day”. If she’s a teenager, good luck! Like, are you tryin’ to embarrass her or what?
• “Global Forgiveness Day”, begun in 1994 as an excuse for us to get in touch with our need to forgive and be forgiven. A good day to knock that chip off your shoulder and make peace.
• “Macaroni Day”, saluting one of the more popular forms of pasta. How would the average student survive without mac & cheese?
• “Tell the Truth Day”, challenging us to go an entire day without telling a lie or saying anything misleading or dishonest. Is this possible? (The only time a politician tells the truth is when he calls another politician a liar!)
• “National Dive Bar Day”, From the one-time speakeasy to the little hole-in-the-wall, the dive bar is like an old pair of jeans; it just fits right. Urban Dictionary calls a dive bar “A well-worn, unglamorous bar, often serving a cheap, simple selection of drinks to a regular clientele.” (I’ll drink to THAT!)


[Fri] Ice Cream Sundae Day
[Fri] National Freezer Pop Day
[Sat] National No Bra Day
[Sun] Piña Colada Day
This Month is…Picnic Month
This Month is…Independent Retailer Month

1940 [82] Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), Liverpool UK, rock drummer-singer (‘You’re Sixteen’, The Beatles-‘Yellow Submarine’)

1949 [73] Shelley Duvall, Houston TX, movie actress (“The Shining”, “Popeye”)

1963 [59] Vonda Shepard, New York NY, pop singer (‘Searchin’ My Soul’, w/Dan Hill-‘Can’t We Try’)/TV actress (“Ally McBeal” 1997-2002)

1966 [56] Jim Gaffigan, Elgin IN, comedian (“The Jim Gaffigan Show” 2015-16)

1968 [54] Jorja Fox, New York City NY, TV actress (‘Sara Sidle’ on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” 2000-15)

1968 [54] Amy Carlson, Glen Ellyn IL, TV actress (‘Linda Reagan’ on “Blue Bloods” 2010-17)

1972 [50] Kirsten Vangsness, Pasadena CA, TV actress (‘Penelope Garcia’ on “Criminal Minds” 2005-20)

1994 [28] Ashton Irwin, Sydney Australia, pop drummer (5 Seconds of Summer-‘Youngblood’, ‘She Looks So Perfect’)

1995 [27] Maddie Marlow, Sugarland TX, country singer (Maddie & Tae-‘Fly’, ‘Girl in a Country Song’)

2011 [11] “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, the final film based on the wizard fantasy books, premieres in London on its way to becoming the year’s top-grossing movie

2007 [15] “Live Earth: Concerts For a Climate In Crisis” take place in 11 locations on all 7 continents, featuring performances by over 150 acts including Garth Brooks, Kanye West, Metallica, Genesis, Duran Duran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi, Shakira, and Lenny Kravitz (and emits about 7 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere)

2009 [13] Hundreds-of-thousands converge on LA’s Staples Center at a public memorial for Michael Jackson (millions more watch on TV and the internet)

1928 [94] Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri. It is described as the greatest thing since bread was wrapped.

2007 [15] The ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ are unveiled (Great Wall of China, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, Peru’s Machu Picchu, Mexico’s Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, the Colosseum in Rome, India’s Taj Mahal, and Petra in Jordan)

2013 [09] Andy Murray defeats Novak Djokovic in straight sets to become the first Brit to win men’s singles at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships since Fred Perry in 1936


✓ Elvis Presley didn’t write any of his songs.
✓ None of The Beatles could read music.
✓ There was a successful Tinder match in Antarctica in 2014.
✓ The average car has 30,000 parts.
✓ Every odd number that exists has the letter “e” in it.
✓ Alexander Graham Bell refused to have a phone in his study because the ringing drove him nuts.
-BestLife, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .
• Each passenger being asked to bring a quart of oil in their carry-on.
• After flight attendants demonstrate seat belts, oxygen masks and life vests, they run through how to settle a flight insurance claim.
• The First Class seat next to you is reserved for the spare tire changer … and the spare tire.
• Flight attendant makes “air quotes” with her fingers every time she says “Captain”.
• In addition to being able to purchase drinks, snacks, and a pillow, flight attendants offer a wide array of parachutes.
• Observing other passengers go into a screaming mid-flight panic … out your window … on a different plane.
• The pilot’s guide dog has a major attitude problem.
-First published in BS 2011

• You have to attach an orange antenna flag to your kid before she plays outside.
• Your lawn flamingo was taken down by hungry jackals.
• Taking out the garbage requires a machete and a 4-day supply of water.
• Suddenly your yard is THE hot-spot to watch bison do it.
• The last time it was cut, the neighbor kid did it for 5 bucks. Today, his son wants a hundred.
• Your ABOVE-ground pool is now an IN-ground pool.
-First published in BS 2004

Smooth, yes…but it still didn’t work:   https://tinyurl.com/57z8ba2v


If you don’t know what introspection is, you need to take a long, hard look at yourself.

What trend or style made you say: “That’s it – I don’t need to be ‘with it’ anymore”?

Question:  On average, we do THIS 20 times per day. What is it?
Answer:  Complain about something

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.


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