July 11 2022

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Monday, July 11, 2022 – Edition: #7269

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★ “Thor: Love & Thunder” has given the box office its third $100 million-plus opening in the past month, taking in $69.5 million on opening day and an estimated weekend tally of $135-145 million. While that’s slightly below the $150-170 million opening estimated by independent trackers prior to release, it is consistent with Disney’s pre-release projections, and tops the $122 million opening of 2017 predecessor “Thor: Ragnarok.” Thor’s latest is close to matching the $145 million opening that “Jurassic World: Dominion” earned last month. “Minions: The Rise of Gru” enjoyed an Independence Day weekend take of $123 million.
★ Vernon Winfrey, Oprah’s father, died late Friday at age 89, after a battle with cancer. In an Instagram post, Oprah said: “Yesterday with family surrounding his bedside I had the sacred honor of witnessing the man responsible for my life, take his last breath. We could feel Peace enter the room at his passing.” Vernon Winfrey was a well-known barber in his community and served on the Metro Nashville Council for 16 years. A tribute written on Oprah Daily, Oprah’s lifestyle outlet, said Oprah was able to spend time with her father in Nashville during his final weeks.
★ The cast of “The Sopranos” has paid tribute to Tony Sirico, who played the menacing, loyal ‘Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri’ in the classic HBO series. The actor died Friday at 79. Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti, called him “truly irreplaceable.” The Sopranos creator David Chase called Sirico “so uproarious, so funny, so talented.” And Steven Van Zandt, who played ‘Silvio Dante’, Paulie Walnuts’ best friend, and also starred with him in Netflix’s “Lillyhammer”, called Sirico “Legendary. A larger-than-life character on and off screen”.
★ Megan Fox is proving there are no hard feelings with Brian Austin Green by sending a gift to her ex-husband and his girlfriend, Sharna Burgess, to celebrate their first child together. Sources say Fox sent a floral arrangement to the couple, who welcomed their baby boy Zane Walker Green, last Tuesday. The couple received a few dozen flowers in a white, floral arrangement with a card that said, “Congratulations Brian and Sharna”. For what it’s worth, TMZ reports that the card and flowers were only from Megan – Machine Gun Kelly’s name was nowhere to be found.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Elizabeth Banks, Gabby Windey, Rachel Recchia, CAAMP, guest host Anthony Anderson
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Melissa McCarthy, Henry Winkler, Iman Vellani, Marcus King (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Shaquille O’Neal, Sebastian Stan, Sharon Van Etten (R)
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Adam Scott, James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn, Ralph Alexander (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Niecy Nash, Paul W. Downs, Smashing Pumpkins (R)
• Watch What Happens Live (Bravo): Aesha Scott, Capt. Sandy Yawn
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Kevin Jonas, Frankie Jonas
• The Talk (CBS): Vivica A. Fox, guest co-hosts Lisa Ann Walter & Finesse Mitchell
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Dave Coulier, Kevin Jonas, Frankie Jonas
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Eric Stonestreet, Positive Impact Movement (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Tom Selleck, Monét X Change, Shea Couleé, Raja, Yvie Oddly, Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show (Check local listings): Gayle King, Tony Dokoupil, Nate Burleson, Audrina Bigos (R)
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): Season 19 premiere. Fan favorites Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey set out on a journey to find love.
• “Claim to Fame” (ABC): Series premiere. The hosts introduce the 12 celebrity relatives competing for a $100,000 prize; they compete in a talent show for their first challenge.
• “POV” (PBS): Season 35 premiere. Exploring the early days of COVID-19 when Chinese citizens and frontline health care workers in Wuhan grappled with a mysterious virus.
• “Better Call Saul” (AMC): New. An unexpected visitor forces Jimmy and Kim to face the consequences of their actions.


• Shawn Mendes — postponed his world tour to focus on his mental health. On Instagram, he said he is pushing back the next 3 weeks of shows “until further notice,” writing that “unfortunately the toll of the road and the pressure has caught up to me and I’ve hit a breaking point.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/45nv84vz
• Cardi B — A fan felt her wrath Friday night in London. She had just finished her performance at the Wireless Festival, and was greeting attendees in the first row while on the shoulder of a security guard. Video shows her suddenly looking down, then beating on somebody with a microphone. It’s reasonable to assume that her target touched her. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4d76fup2
• Guns N’ Roses – are featured prominently on the soundtrack to the new movie “Thor: Love and Thunder”. It includes ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘Paradise City’, and ‘November Rain’ (ABBA, Enya…and Dio are also on the soundtrack.) Oh, and there’s also a scene where Heimdall’s son (Kieron L. Dyer) says he’s renamed himself ‘Axl’, a nod to singer Axl Rose.
• The Cult – Oct. 7, they’ll release “Under the Midnight Sun” the group’s first new album since 2016. Friday, the band premiered the video for ‘Give Me Mercy”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/35t34afe
• Blondie – has shared ‘I Love You Honey, Give Me a Beer’ — an early version of what would end up as the song ‘Go Through It’ on the 1980 album “Autoamerican”. It will appear among a treasure trove of previously unreleased recordings on the new box set, “Against the Odds 1974-1982”, out Aug. 26. LINK:   https://youtu.be/blGFL-8dlsA
• Tyler Hubbard – His new video for the song ‘35’s’ shows him digging up a time capsule that he buried when he was “8 or 9 years old”.  He also posted a short show-and-tell-like video where he explains the inspiration behind the song, and the value behind each gem that he uncovered, including a toy car, a bible and some old pics. LINKS: https://tinyurl.com/mvek28jx  https://tinyurl.com/bdexmskp
• Keith Urban – is one of the big names who released new music on Friday. He dropped his first single of 2022, ‘Brown Eyes Baby’, which he debuted on the opening night of his “The Speed of Now World Tour”. LINK: https://youtu.be/ln7xbYZcl8k . Friday also saw new releases from Nicolle Galyon (‘self-care’) and Jason Aldean (That’s What Tequila Does’).
• Carrie Underwood – Her new album “Denim & Rhinestones” is coming out on purple vinyl. There are also new signed CD and vinyl box set versions, which include perks like an exclusive t-shirt, rhinestone pack, denim tote and more. Next month, she’ll complete the throwback feel of Denim & Rhinestone by releasing it on…cassette.


Which trendy diet is better for you: Keto or Mediterranean? A new controlled clinical trial compared the diets by asking 33 people with prediabetes or diabetes to do both diets, one after the other, for 3 months. What did the Harvard researchers find? While both diets resulted in improved blood sugar levels and both groups lost a similar amount of weight, when it came to the impact of the 2 diets on levels of blood fats that contribute to heart disease, the Mediterranean diet was the clear winner, according to the study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The low-carb Keto diet was found to increase LDL (bad) cholesterol by 10% in study participants, while those on the Mediterranean diet (which emphasizes healthy fats, grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts) experienced an average reduction in LDL cholesterol of 10%. High LDL cholesterol is a powerful and important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, raising concerns about the potential long-term effects of the Keto diet.
(What exactly did they expect from a diet where you’re allowed to eat bacon – every day??!!??)
(I’ve always heard that the best diet is the one that you can stick to. Which is why I’m on the “Pizza buffet” diet!)

Admit it – roughly how many times per week do you find yourself saying how tired you are? Is the problem that we’re just going to bed too late? Actually, no. For most adults, the average time their head hits the pillow is 9:54 p.m. — and many say they still wake up feeling awful the next day! In a poll of 2,000 adults, 4 in 10 people described themselves as bad sleepers, and 60% admit their nighttime routine needs some work. Why, then, are we tossing and turning at night rather than sleeping soundly? Summertime may be one factor. Three in 10 adults say they can’t go to bed before 10 p.m. and more than half need it to be completely dark outside to fall asleep. Another 27% said they need to have all the doors locked before turning in and 1 in 5 need their room to be a certain temperature to fall asleep comfortably. One-third say they can’t fall asleep unless they brush their teeth first. And just one in 3 people call themselves a “good sleeper.”
(I know I could definitely be a “good sleeper” at 6:30 in the morning, if I were just given the chance!)
(My co-workers call me “The Computer”. For years, I thought they were saying that I’m smart, but it turns out it’s just because I go to sleep every time I’m left alone for 15 minutes!)

➢ While on lunch break, Lindsey Russell heard a strange noise coming from the Pepsi vending machine at the Walmart she works at in Morristown TN. Upon investigating, she found that a tiny, gray kitten had somehow managed to get inside. After she and some co-workers found they were unable to free it, Russell called the fire department. Firefighters removed a few panels from the machine, and after 10 minutes, the kitten was out. Russell and her mom have rescued animals before, and they have decided to keep the kitty, who is doing well, and is in high spirits. Which may mean she likes her new name: ‘Pepsi’.
➢ A group of third-graders sat on a sunny New Jersey lawn and watched their heroic teacher receive the Key to the City. After all, classmate 9-year-old Robert Stonaker, might not be here today if Mrs. JaNiece Jenkins hadn’t saved him from choking in their East Orange classroom. Stonaker explained: “I was trying to open the bottle…and I couldn’t because the bottle cap was too tight, so I opened it with my mouth and I was squeezing it and it went down my throat.” First, he ran to the sink to try to spit out the cap. When that didn’t work, he ran across the room to his teacher for help. Jenkins said that she could see that he was “mouthing” but no sound was coming out, “So I saw that he needed help. I acted on my training, and I performed the Heimlich maneuver. We got the cap out Robert was okay. And I was grateful.” She’s glad she is certified to give first aid, and says everyone should consider doing the same: “Get certified pay attention because you never know.”
TheWeek, USAToday

(Local results may vary…)
✓ Strawberries:  It’s peak season, there’s a surplus out there, and farms don’t need to transport these a long distance, which keeps costs low.
✓ Vegetables:  Produce like cucumbers, potatoes and onions have remained inflation-resistant and tomatoes are up only 2% in some areas.
✓ Breads:  While stats show some breads have increased about 9% over the past year, you may be able to find some types that have only fluctuated by a few cents.
✓ Tea:  While some coffees have gone up by 10% or more, tea has remained more or less the same price. (Yeah, but it tastes like TEA!)
✓ Pantry items:  Dry goods such as cereal, pasta, crackers, chips, sauces and condiments haven’t seen huge increases in many areas. (But I can only survive on crackers dipped in Ranch dressing for so long…!)

Wimbledon, which wound up yesterday, has an official hawk named Rufus. Every morning, from 5 to 9, before thousands of spectators enter and play gets underway, the beloved Harris’s hawk flies over the world’s most manicured tennis courts and keeps the pesky nuisance birds away, such as pigeons. Described as an “important member of the Wimbledon family”, Rufus has been scaring away the birds for about 15 years, taking over from his predecessor, Hamish.
-QI, LATimes


• “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 snap off a few JPEGs. (And don’t forget to further humiliate the poor critter by decking it out in a dress and funny hat. And be sure to photoshop the result and add the torso of a platypus…)
• “Slurpee Day”, honoring the signature frozen beverage that 7-Eleven began selling in 1967. Drop by for a free 12 oz Slurpee, and try the new mystery flavor (while supplies last — so get there early, to guarantee yourself a free brain-freeze!)
• “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 in 1999 and 7-billion in 2011. Current world population? Over 7.9 billion. Current projections say the global population will reach 8 billion late this year or in early 2023. (And I still can’t get a date for my niece’s wedding…)

[Tues] Cow Appreciation Day
[Tues] Pecan Pie Day
[Wed] Embrace Your Geekness Day
[Thurs] Mac and Cheese Day
This Week is…Non-Binary Week
This Month is…Anti-Boredom Month

1934 [88] Giorgio Armani, Piacenza, Italy, fashion designer/entrepreneur (music, sport, hotels)/2021 net worth: $9.5 billion

1953 [69] Mindy Sterling, Paterson NJ, movie actress (‘Frau’ in “Austin Powers” movies)/TV actress (“iCarly”, “The Goldbergs”)

1959 [63] Richie Sambora, Perth Amboy NJ, rock guitarist (ex-Bon Jovi-‘Livin’ on a Prayer’)/currently in RSO with Orianthi/Rock Hall of Fame with Bon Jovi, 2018

1959 [63] Suzanne Vega, Santa Monica CA, folk-rock singer-songwriter (‘Luka’, ‘Tom’s Diner’)

1963 [59] Lisa Rinna, Medford, OR, TV actress (‘Billie Reed’ on “Days of Our Lives” 1992-2018)/reality TV star (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” since 2014)

1965 [57] Scott Shriner, Toledo OH, rock bassist (Weezer-‘Buddy Holly’, ‘Beverly Hills’)

1970 [52] Justin Chambers, Springfield OH, TV actor (‘Dr Alex Karev’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” 2005-20/former fashion model

1974 [48] Lil’ Kim (Kimberly Jones, New York NY, rapper (w/Christina Aguilera, Mýa and Pink-‘Lady Marmalade’)/reality TV star (“Dancing With the Stars”, 2009)

1975 [47] Nadya Suleman, Fullerton CA, reality star (best known as “Octomom”, she gave birth to 8 babies on January 26, 2009)

1996 [26] Alessia Cara (Caracciolo), Mississauga, ON, pop singer-songwriter (w/Zedd-‘Stay’, ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’)

2007 [15] “Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix” opens in movie theaters (goes on to make $940 million worldwide at the box office)

2013 [09] “Orange Is the New Black” premieres on Netflix. It’s the first series to be nominated for comedy and drama Emmy awards

1969 [53] David Bowie releases the single ‘Space Oddity’, 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

2009 [13] Black Eyed Peas single ‘I Gotta Feeling’ begins a 14-week run at #1, ending the 12-week run of the group’s previous single ‘Boom Boom Pow’

2012 [10] Astronomers announce the discovery of Styx, the 5th moon of Pluto (how did they know its name?)

2021 [01] Billionaire Richard Branson flies to the edge of space on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane in a space tourism test-flight


2019 [03] The final Volkswagen Beetle models are produced in Pueblo, Mexico, ending production worldwide after 80 years (23.5 million sold)


✓ Jamaica is the only country in the world whose flag does not contain the colors red, white or blue.
✓ When you’re 31 years old, you’ll live your billionth second.
✓ Hamsters can store half their own weight in food in their cheeks.
✓ No one knows for sure why tennis points go 15-30-40, or even why ‘0’ is called love.
✓ Aerosmith made more money from “Guitar Hero” than from any of their albums.
✓ The real “Top Gun” school (at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada) imposes a $5 fine on any staff member who quotes the movie.
-WhattheFFacts, UberFacts

• Eat the same food for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 3 weeks.
• Wear nothing but underwear and shoes while Grandma is visiting.
• Tell strangers the truth about their appearance.
• Get an extra cookie from the sample lady because she’s cute.
• Demand an audience while pooping.
• Fit entire body in the bathtub.
• Completely fill a phone’s memory with nostril selfies in under 2 minutes.
• Convince people to assemble in the living room to watch him sing a song that he just made up.
• Look cool wearing a cape.
• Get super-excited about grocery shopping.
-Nickmom, first published in BS in 2019


➠ Shark Week begins on July 24th. (All I know is this: Shark Attacks still kill way fewer people than Big Mac attacks!)
➠ Taste of Chicago 2022 just wrapped up. (It’s a huge food fest where people sample soups at Grant Park, sandwiches on Michigan Avenue, and bitter defeat at Wrigley Field…)
➠ A 72-year-old woman broke a world record by cycling across the United States. (In fairness, she was 62 when she started…)
➠ Barnes & Noble has just announced its annual “Best Books” list for 2022. (For anyone under the age of 30, “Barnes & Noble” is a place where people used to buy these things called BOOKS.)
➠ This week back in 1962, the Rolling Stones stepped on stage for the first time [July 12th, 1962]. (Can you believe it’s been 60 years? Without looking at Keith Richards, I mean.)

(Fictional addresses…)
• ‘Wisteria Lane’, located in Fairview town, Eagle State, is featured in which TV show?
a) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
b) Pretty Little Liars
c) Desperate Housewives [CORRECT]
d) SpongeBob SquarePants

• What TV family lives at 518 Crestview Drive?
a) The Simpsons
b) The Clampetts [CORRECT]
c) The Munsters
d) The Belchers

• ‘Avengers Tower’, also known as ‘Stark Tower’, constructed by Iron Man, is located in which US city?
a) Los Angeles
b) New York City [CORRECT]
c) Miami
d) Metropolis

Mondays:  https://tinyurl.com/mmcjrfu6

It finally happened:  I started watching a teen show and became more interested in the parents’ plotline.

What’s the worst summer job you ever had?

Question:  In a survey, 87% of people said that while traveling via plane, THIS is the worst thing a fellow passenger can do. What is it?
Answer:  Take off their socks

Don’t work for recognition — do work worthy of recognition.


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