July 16 2020

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 — Edition: #6741

Bully For You!

★ MTV’s parent company ViacomCBS has fired the host of “The Masked Singer” Nick Cannon after he shared anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and comments on a June 30 episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast on YouTube. Cannon’s comments took place during an interview with former Public Enemy group member Professor Griff, whose anti-semitic comments in the 1980s triggered the split of the hip hop group. A spokesperson for the media giant said in a statement that Cannon “promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” during that episode. On Monday, Cannon tweeted a thread saying: “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions” but he holds himself accountable for “this moment”.  Cannon has hosted a string of shows for ViacomCBS-owned Nickelodeon over more than 20 years, including the “Wild ‘N Out” improv show, which will come to an end.
-Forbes, HuffPost
★ Queen Elizabeth II is selling her own brand of botanical dry gin. The official Buckingham Palace product is made of ingredients handpicked from the gardens at her world-famous London residence. The tipple is infused with bay and mulberry leaves found in her back garden, and is best served with tonic, ice and a slice of lemon. That’s believed to be how the 94-year-old monarch likes to enjoy her gin just before lunch. (I say, if the BAND Queen can sell vodka, why can’t the real ONE sell gin?)
★ Mike Tyson doesn’t mess around when it comes to his budding cannabis empire, and the former heavyweight champ is about to once again shock the world by combining science and technology for a new product set to revolutionize the industry. Tyson is getting ready to market the world’s first CBD “printed beverage” after partnering with a company called Smart Cups to license the technology they have perfected. The breakthrough has also led to a new dosing system that will put an end to the main gripe with edible forms of cannabis – the lack of precise dosage measurements, and the risk of a user over or underdosing themselves.
★ “Dirty Dancing” fans, prepare to have the time of your life all over again. For years, visitors to the Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, VA, where the 1980s classic was filmed, were greeted with a dry bed where Mountain Lake used to be. That’s the body of water where Patrick Swayze’s ‘Johnny Castle’ character hoisted his new dance partner ‘Baby’ (played by Jennifer Grey) in the air as they prepared to wow the crowd at the talent show at the film’s fictional Catskills resort. Twelve years after the water receded, Mountain Lake is suddenly filled again. Researchers say the lake exists on a natural cycle of rising and receding waters thanks to a one-of-a-kind system of small holes that routinely drain it.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Alex Rodriguez, guest host Sebastian Maniscalco
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jim Carrey, Jenny Slate, Luke Combs
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): The Chicks
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Martin Short, Kiki Layne
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Nicholas Hoult, Lior Suchard, Sam Fischer (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Emily Mortimer
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Dorinda Medley, Michael Rapaport
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Tiffany Cross
• “The Talk” (CBS): Vivica A. Fox
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Camila Mendes, Monica Mangin
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ali Wong, Dr. Mehmet Oz (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Judd Apatow, Justina Machado, Kate Flannery (R)
• “30 Rock: A One-Time Special” (NBC): Liz Lemon, Tracy Jordan, Jack Donaghy, Jenna Maroney and all of the TGS team reunite to help their old friend Kenneth Parcell — now chairman of the company — and while doing so, they rediscover their love of television.
• “Killer Camp” (CW): Series premiere. The crew settles into life at Camp Pleasant, tackling slippery slopes, facing electrocution, and battling for immunity, all the while wondering who will become the killer’s first victim.
• “Holey Moley” (ABC): Competitors include two transplants from Poland, a former world-ranked golfer, a model, a British stuntman, a man with magical whiskers, a cat lady, and a longtime putting hopeful. Greg Louganis and Steve Guttenberg guest judge.
• “Labor of Love” (FOX): Season 1 finale

• Katy Perry – will headline “The Tomorrowland Around the World” virtual music festival, which takes place July 25-26. This year’s edition will be a fully interactive 3D festival combining the gaming, 3D design, video production, and special effects.
• Lizzo — After recently encouraging people to ”let love spread” during the pandemic, she paid for the lunches of all the nurses and doctors at an Arizona hospital on Monday. She made the generous gesture following a surge in coronavirus cases in the state, which has put extra pressure on healthcare workers.
• Maroon 5 — have announced new tour dates for 2021 after their 2020 tour was cancelled due to the pandemic. More than 40 shows are scheduled across the US and Canada in July, August, September, and the beginning of October. Tickets purchased for the original 2020 dates will be honored where possible.
• The Beatles – are the world’s most-streamed rock artist, according to figures for 2020 just released by Neilson. They are followed in order by Queen, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac, and Metallica. The most-streamed rock album this year is “Queen’s Greatest Hits”, and the most-streamed rock song is ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons.
• AC/DC — is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its classic 1980 album “Back In Black” by launching the new video series, “The Story Of Back In Black”. Episode one is available now on the group’s official YouTube channel. Last December, the album was certified for sales of 25 million in the US alone. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ycndtkno
• Alanis Morissette – says her iconic single ‘Ironic’ was almost left off the album “Jagged Little Pill” because she considered it nothing more than a demo. She says she had to be pushed by producers and managers to include the song, and had no idea it was going to be a massive hit.
• Jefferson Starship — have released their first single in 12 years. ‘It’s About Time’ was co-written with ex-singer Grace Slick, and is the first single from their upcoming EP, “Mother of the Sun”, out August 21.
• Reba McEntire and Vince Gill – will take to the stage on Saturday at The Grand Ole Opry. The Opry’s weekly shows have aired for more than 90 years, and this will be the Opry’s 4,933rd consecutive Saturday night broadcast. Shows have aired without an audience since March 19 due to the pandemic.
• The Chicks – The artist formerly known as Dixie Chicks have revealed that when in the process of changing their name, if they weren’t able to use the name the “Chicks” for legal reasons, singer Natalie Maines was leaning toward “MEN”, which would stand for their first names “Martie”, “Emily”, and “Natalie”.

Scientists say they may be able to detect COVID-19 by listening to a patient’s voice. According to a study from MIT, it could be possible to identify asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus through their speech signals. How? By closely analyzing recorded speech, they detected some very subtle vocal changes among asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. These changes are undetectable to the human ear, but through the use of a mobile app, the findings may lay the groundwork for a new, inexpensive way to detect active COVID-19 infections among asymptomatic carriers. The voice fluctuations are believed to stem from disruptions in the muscle movements of carriers’ articulatory, laryngeal, and respiratory systems.
(I’m glad they’ve got this…but they’re not using MY phone!)
(You can also tell if they have the virus by what they are saying. Examples: “I went to a crowded beach on the weekend” and “I refuse to wear a mask”.

Many people work right past retirement age and into their golden years, either by choice or by necessity.
But new research has revealed the ideal age to retire, sort of. According to a Newcastle and Keele University study of more than 15,000 men and women in England, a 50-year-old worker can expect to be healthy and continue working for approximately nine more years. The problem is that means that your health is likely to begin failing before you reach “state pension age”. The authors of the study point out that everyone’s lives are different, but their results suggest that many people will find it challenging to work full-time until they are eligible to collect a full pension.
(I say: Just make sure you think about your retirement before the boss does!)
(I’m just looking forward to retirement do I can do nothing without worrying about getting caught!)
(I can’t retire. I don’t even know how to play golf!)

If you can’t embrace friends and family these days, try the next-best thing – a tree. That’s the advice Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority is spreading on social media to help people overcome the sense of detachment that coronavirus social-distancing rules can bring. Orit Steinfeld, the authority’s marketing director, says his organization is recommending that people “go out in nature, take a deep breath, hug a tree, express your love, and get love”.
(Sounds great. Where does the “get love” part come in again?)
(Tomorrow’s headline: “Man accused of inappropriately touching entire forest”)


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered 81 national addresses during the first four months of the COVID-19 crisis. According to CTV news, here are his most commonly-used words and phrases…
• Most repeated phrases:
⇒ “Make sure” – 392 times
⇒ “Move forward” – 189 times
⇒ “Wage subsidy” – 161 times
⇒ “Right across the country” – 132 times
⇒ “Keep Canadians safe” – 126 times
⇒ “Public health – 116 times
⇒ Other popular phrases: “Long term care”, “Continue to work”, Social distancing”, “People need”, “Staying home” and “Coming weeks”.

• Most used verbs:
⇒ “Need” –- 846 times
⇒ ”Get” – 612 times
⇒ “Make” – 576 times
⇒ “Continue” – 575 times
⇒ “Know” – 542 times

• Most used adjectives:
⇒ “Many” – 552 times
⇒ “Sure” – 499 times
⇒ “Safe” – 435 times
⇒ “Able” – 411 times
⇒ “Right” – 364 times
(…And as far as we know, he only used the phrase “Speaking moistly” once!)

The next pandemic-induced shortage? Aluminum cans. Can makers have seen a significant increase in demand over the past several months and are struggling to keep up, which has caused shortages of popular soda brands in some areas. Why? When the lockdown occurred, Americans began stocking up on their favorite drinks at grocery stores, favoring canned drinks over bottles since they are easier to stack and store. This has resulted in some stores being unable to get certain brands of soda into stock.


1943 [77] Jimmy Johnson, Port Arthur TX, sports analyst (“Fox NFL Sunday”)/former NFL coach (Miami Dolphins, 2 Super Bowls-Dallas Cowboys)/Pro Football Hall of Fame (induction pending)

1952 [70] Stewart Copeland, Alexandria VA, rock drummer (Police-‘Every Breath You Take’, ‘King of Pain’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2003)

1963 [57] Phoebe Cates, New York City NY, movie actress (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Gremlins”)

1967 [53] Will Ferrell, Irvine CA, movie actor (“Anchorman” movies, “Elf”)/TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 1995-2002)

1971 [49] Corey Feldman, Los Angeles CA, movie actor (“Goonies”, “The Lost Boys”, “Stand By Me”)

1979 [41] Jayma Mays, Bristol TN, TV actress (‘Debbie’ on “The Millers” 2013-15, “Glee” 2009-15)/movie actress (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” films, “The Smurfs” movies) COMING UP… “Bill & Ted Face the Music”, 2020

1987 [33] AnnaLynne McCord, Atlanta GA, TV actress (“90210” 2008-13, “Nip/Tuck” 2007-09)

1996 [24] Luke Hemmings, Sydney Australia, pop singer (5 Seconds of Summer- ‘She Looks So Perfect’)

• “Fresh Spinach Day”, an occasion to make use of some healthful leafy greens in your favorite recipes. Spinach & sharp cheese omelet, anyone?

• “World Snake Day”, an annual celebration by wildlife enthusiasts of the age-old fascination with these beautiful but misunderstood creatures. (Snakes are so creepy that even snakes are afraid of snakes…)

• “Guinea Pig Appreciation Day”, as far as small fuzzies go, the Guinea Pig is certainly one of the world’s favorites. Having been domesticated in South America for thousands of years, they’re one of the longest-serving companions to humans. (Be sure to keep them away from those snakes!)

• “Personal Chefs Day”, an annual reminder to consider hiring a private chef for a day, a unique way to entertain friends and business guests in your home. It’s not as costly as you might think. (Funny enough, there is also a Personal Chef Day in February. Was this part of the contract?)

• “Corn Fritter Day”, a celebration of comfort food and simple cooking. With some corn, egg, flour, milk, and melted butter, anyone can throw together a batch of these side dish favorites. With some creativity, you can add your own favorite ingredients to spice them up, or create your very own fritter monstrosity. Sardines and chocolate chips, anyone?

[Fri] National Tattoo Day
[Fri] World Emoji Day
[Sat] National Caviar Day
[Sat] Perfect Family Day

2004 [16] Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

2017 [03] BBC announces the first-ever female ‘Doctor Who’ will be played by Jodie Whittaker

1988 [32] Hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky and actress Janet Jones (“Police Academy 5″) wed in Edmonton

2017 [03] Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic for a record 8th Wimbledon men’s title

1981 [39] Singer-songwriter Harry Chapin dies in a car crash at age 38

2011 [09] ‘Party Rock Anthem’ by LMFAO hits #1 after first appearing on the Hot 100 on February 12 at #78. The song starts the “shufflin'” dance craze and spends a staggering 68 weeks on the chart (six at #1), longer than any other chart-topper

1935 [85] World’s first parking meter, the ‘Park-O-Meter #1’, is installed in Oklahoma City OK

1969 [51] Apollo 11 is launched, carrying the first men to land on the Moon (July 20)

2003 [17] A drink sold at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France is recognized as ‘Most Expensive Commercially Available Cocktail in the World’ by Guinness World Records (‘The Sidecar’, containing hundred-year-old Champagne Cognac, costs $440.88 a glass … plus tip)


✓ Apples ripen after being picked. Oranges don’t.
✓ Plants, like people, run a fever when they are sick.
✓ Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.
✓ On average, a sheep trained to turn the lights on and off will leave them on 82% of the time.
✓ Bees know when it’s going to rain, so they put in extra work the day before.
✓ In 2007, a man named Jeremy Harper counted to one million. He did not leave his apartment or shave until he finished, and it was all broadcast live on a webcam. It took him 3 months.
-WhattheFFacts, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .
• Every time you go to a concert, it’s a “farewell tour”.
• You find yourself making frequent use of the word “newfangled”.
• Landline.
• You have a VCR, and aren’t afraid to use it.
• You still call “hashtags” “poundsigns”.
• You’re still trying to text her, even though she unfriended you on Facebook and blocked you on Twitter.
• All your calendars are B.C.
• Aladdin, Lion King and Dumbo are all in your local theater.
• Every once in a while, you still call 867-5309 to see if someone answers.
• Like me, your paycheque is the same as it was 20 years ago…
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ NBA star Russell Westbrook has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of NBA restart. (Hopefully, he’ll treat the coronavirus like he does a basketball: By keeping it all to himself without passing it along!)
➠ A “Sleepy America” survey shows nearly two-thirds of Americans believe their sleep routine is permanently ruined thanks to the pandemic. (The other one-third doesn’t watch the news!)
➠ A man from Warilla, Australia, has been jailed after converting a doll he bought from Kmart into a sex toy, after authorities found it during a welfare visit.  (Note to self: Avoid Warilla, Australia. Way too judge-y!)
➠ I just read that a lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away. (Which explains why I can hear the beginning of every movie from the theater down the street…)
➠ Fact of the Day:  The ancient Egyptians had 12 months of 30 days each, with five days of partying at the end of the year to bring the total to 365. (Then they spent the next 360 days living in ‘Denile”!)

2020’s Spirit animal:   https://tinyurl.com/y8b3r3sw

Name something that is legal…but shouldn’t be?  (Using speakerphone in public? Taking 2 parking spots? Using a urinal beside someone when there are others available?)

Just because something’s vegan doesn’t mean its cruelty-free. For example, my ex.

Question:  A study shows that in a typical marriage, the wife does THIS 4 times more often than her husband. What is it?
Answer:  Make decisions

We judge ourselves by our intentions, but others by their actions.


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