July 7 2020

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 – Edition: #6734

It’s Another Running Of the Bull!

★ The very thought of the White House being occupied by Kim and Kanye is causing many people to lose their minds on social media. Over the weekend, Kanye West took to Twitter to claim he is running for US President this year. While Elon Musk was quick to offer his support, Kim’s only response was leaving an American flag emoji in the comments. Meantime, many others took time to comment, with one imagining “filming Keeping Up With the Kardashians” in the White House, and another “checking to see if the Simpsons predicted anything about Kanye” becoming president.
-TheBlast, Buzzfeed
★ Mark Wahlberg says he’s happy now to play ”the old guy” in his movies. He signed up to play the lead role in “Uncharted” a decade ago, but the movie was never made until now, and at 49, he’s signed on to play the father of Tom Holland’s main character. He’s fine about it because he thinks it looks ”weird” when actors try to ”hold on to youth”. Wahlberg says: “You have these kind of weird movies where older guys are paired up with younger actresses, and we all know how unfair that is. I’m more driven now than ever before and I’m also more comfortable in my own skin.”
★ Viewers are not happy after Netflix accidentally revealed the ending of “The Truman Show”. The streaming service shared a clip of the 1998 movie’s final scene on Facebook, to celebrate the film’s arrival to the platform. What the company might not have realized, however, is that the clip – starring Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank – started to auto-play on Facebook, and spoiled the ending for many viewers. Netflix captioned the video: “Yes, this is the final scene. No, you shouldn’t watch it if you haven’t seen the film yet. But the final moments of The Truman Show are truly perfect.”
★ Catherine Zeta-Jones is getting her own lifestyle brand. She’s announced plans to launch her Casa Zeta-Jones range of vegan shoes, coffee, love spoons, and make-up this week. Quote: ”Everything I have designed has truly been a passion project. I wanted to take this passion a step further and create a brand that’s beautiful and luxurious, while still being attainable.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): D.L. Hughley, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., guest host Anthony Anderson
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Demi Lovato, Jonathan Van Ness (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Stacey Abrams, Megan Rapinoe, the Flaming Lips (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Janelle Monáe, Patton Oswalt (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ray Romano, Mike D & Ad-Rock, Alec Benjamin (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Rob Lowe
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Josh Altman, Josh Flagg, Tracy Tutor, James Harris, David Parnes
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Tim Scott, Yvette Nicole Brown (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Denise Richards, Ian Karmel
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jada Pinkett Smith, Buddy Valastro
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Finneas
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Sherri Shepherd, Kym Whitley, Paul Reiser, Katie Lee, Lauren Daigl
• “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times” (ABC): Celebrities re-create original episodes of “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” (R)
• “What Would You Do?” (ABC): Season 15 premiere
• “Dirty Jobs” (DISCOVERY): Series premiere. Mike Rowe and his dirty crew hit the highway to see the sights and reminisce about classic American infrastructure jobs from the show’s history.

• Pharrell Williams — is bringing gospel music to Netflix. He’ll star in the upcoming series “Voices of Fire,” which takes place in his hometown of Hampton Roads, VA. It follows him as he builds “one of the world’s most inspiring gospel choirs.” The series is set to premiere later this year.
• Justin Bieber – turned to Instagram to thank Jesus Christ for making him feel “loved, chosen, and forgiven” for past indiscretions, and urged fans to turn to their faith amid the pandemic.
• Spandau Ballet – Bassist Martin Kemp says Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran were “ridiculously competitive like Oasis and Blur” about their chart positions and how much money they spent on videos.  But he pointed out it was ”only friendly” between them.
• Dexys Midnight Runners – tweeted that that they “did not and would not” approve their music being used as part of Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. That comes after a military band performed a ska rendition of their hit ‘Come On Eileen’ ahead of Trump’s event at Mount Rushmore.
• Guns N’ Roses – Slash says he’s been doing a lot of writing and recording on his own during quarantine. But he’s also spent some time jamming with Duff [McKagan, bassist] and singer Axl Rose. Some of that material may surface as new GN’R music.
• The Beatles – Their Lego set has been unveiled. The 2933-piece set allows fans to create pop art portraits of the Fab Four. The “Lego Art” sets are priced at US $120. For each Beatle.
• Maren Morris — deleted all of her social media pictures of her son, Hayes, after being subjected to online mom-shaming. Recently, she shared a picture of herself and Hayes seated on an automobile-themed float with the caption, “Motor floatin’.” Some trolls criticized Morris for what they claimed was endangering her son.
• Keith Urban – his upcoming collaboration with country-trap artist Breland can be described as a “country twerk” song, according to Breland, who recently worked with Sam Hunt on ‘My Truck’.

The most popular method of calculating your dog’s age in “human years” is to multiply his age by 7. But researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new formula that takes into account the fact that dogs and humans don’t age at the same rate. In tracking dogs’ DNA, they found that dogs age at a much faster rate than humans early in their lives, then slow down after reaching maturity. Their new formula for calculating a dog’s age in human terms is this: Multiply the natural logarithm of a dog’s age by 16, then add 31. That makes a 2-year old dog 42 in human terms, rather than 14 using the usual method. A 5-year-old dog is approximately a 57-year-old human, while a 6-year-old dog is nearing 60 in human years—a minor difference. Things level out as the dog gets much older, with a 10-year-old dog nearing a 70-year-old human. While this formula isn’t completely accurate for every breed, as different dogs age at different rates, it probably beats the old, unscientific 7-year rule.
LINK TO DOG AGE CALCULATOR: https://tinyurl.com/yzk45tnz
(Yeah, I knew there was something wrong with the old method when my dog had puppies at 10-months!)
-CTV, DidYouKnowFacts, ScienceMag

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted plenty of discussion about facemasks and which material is most effective at warding off the coronavirus. Now, a new study published in the journal Physics of Fluids on Tuesday claims to have found the optimal homemade mask design. Researchers compared four face-mask styles: a bandanna tied over the nose and mouth, a loosely folded handkerchief, a cone-style commercial mask, and a fitted, sewn mask made of two layers of quilting fabric. Using mannequins, researchers employed a smoke generator to mimic coughs and sneezes. A laser and camera were set up to detect and capture the path of the “respiratory droplets.” And perhaps surprisingly, the quilt fabric performed best as a protective shield. The study found that masks made with quilting fabric fit faces better than loosely tied material. Plus, two-ply material gives a mask an added layer of protection.
(Grandma is going to be a busy girl!)
(If I could only make one at home that looks as cool as the ones that keep popping up on my computer screen…)

From the department of “Why didn’t we think of this sooner?”, car company BMW has announced that they’d like their customers to start paying for a “subscription” to enjoy things like heated seats on their vehicles. That’s one of the features of their just-announced Operating System 7, which will arrive next year. While some features of OS7 sound great, like using an iPhone instead of the key fob, the “feature” that garnered the most attention is the fact that the company is asking drivers to pay an annual fee for some things that they might be enjoying for free on current models, like heated seats, advanced driver assistance systems and adaptive suspension. Those options could be offered on a subscription basis, with periods mentioned ranging from one month to three years. And yes, that does mean the cars would be manufactured with the features included, and the purchaser would need to pay a fee to “unlock” them.
No word on prices yet.
(And some will…just so they can brag about it!)
(I’m pretty sure BMW already does this with turn signals!)

➢ Chocolate chip cookies:  A baker was trying to make regular cookies when she ran out of baker’s chocolate. So, she broke sweetened chocolate into pieces and added them to the cookie dough, expecting the chocolate to melt, but the little bits held their form.
➢ Green Hulk:  The Incredible Hulk was supposed to be grey, but when the first comic issue was printed, he looked like a glop of clay who was a different shade on every page. In the next issue, he was turned to green, and carried on as if nothing happened.
➢ Star Trek’s transporters:  As cool as the concept of a matter transporter is, the plan was for the crew to take shuttles to alien planets, but the props would have been too expensive. Because of that, they inadvertently created one of the show’s most iconic elements (And inspired the catch-phrase “Beam me up, Scotty!”).
➢ Jason’s mask:  In part 3 of “Friday the 13th, the plan was to finally show his face, but producers discovered it would take a lot of work for every shot, so instead, they stuck a goalie mask on him and a horror icon was born.
➢ Money for Nothing:  Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler was shopping when he overheard an electronics shop employee ranting about musicians on MTV. He copied the rant verbatim, threw them over some chords and started cashing checks!
➢ Nachos:  Created by a maître d’ at a restaurant in Mexico when a group of US military wives showed up expecting to be fed after closing time. He improvised by covering a plate of tostadas with grated cheese, passed it through a broiling unit that heats food from above, and topped it off with jalapeños.

A study has found that most people are willing to eat high-risk foods such as undercooked chicken or moldy bread in certain social situations in order to maintain decorum or to avoid embarrassment on the part of the host. Researchers in Norway evaluated 17 different situations to assess people’s feelings about the consequences of not eating the food we are served and found that being invited to one’s future parents-in-laws for the first time was the situation where people felt the most pressure to be polite and not refuse food. Being served a dish by a 13-year-old daughter was second.


1940 [80] Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), Liverpool UK, rock drummer/singer (‘You’re Sixteen’, The Beatles-‘Yellow Submarine’)

1949 [71] Shelley Duvall, Houston TX, movie actress (“The Shining”, “Popeye”)

1966 [54] Jim Gaffigan, Elgin IN, comedian (“The Jim Gaffigan Show” 2015-16)

1968 [52] Amy Carlson, Glen Ellyn IL, TV actress (‘Linda Reagan’ on “Blue Bloods” 2010-17)

1981 [39] Synyster Gates (Brian Elwin Haner Jr), Huntington Beach CA, metal rock guitarist-vocalist (Avenged Sevenfold-‘This Means War’, ‘Hail To the King’)

1994 [26] Ashton Irwin, Sydney Australia, pop drummer (5 Seconds of Summer-‘Youngblood’, ‘She Looks So Perfect’)

1995 [25] Maddie Marlow, Sugarland TX, country singer (Maddie & Tae-‘Fly’, ‘Girl In a Country Song’)

• “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.
– Dinner: Chocolate liqueur aperitif; chocolate-flavored coffee; chocolate cake.
– Evening Snack: Chocolate ice cream, of course!
(***See “Water Cooler Question”, below***)

• “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 Italian pasta. How would the average student survive without mac & cheese?

• “Tell the Truth Day”, challenging each of 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”, Urban Dictionary calls a dive bar “A well-worn, unglamorous bar, often serving a cheap, simple selection of drinks to a regular clientele.”

[Wed] Be a Kid Again Day
[Wed] National Ice Cream Sundae Day
[Thurs] Call of the Horizon Day
[Thurs] Fashion Day

2011 [09] “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, the final film based on the wizard fantasy books, premieres in London, UK on its way to becoming the year’s top-grossing movie

2007 [13] “Live Earth: Concerts For a Climate In Crisis” take place in 11 locations on all 7 continents, featuring performances by over 150 musical acts including Garth Brooks, Kanye West and Metallica (and emits about 7 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere)

2009 [11] 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 [92] 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 [13] 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 [07] 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.
✓ The average car has 30,000 parts.
✓ A one-day-old antelope can run 23 mph (37 kph).
✓ A New Yorker could dine out in town every night of their life and never eat at the same place twice.
✓ Alexander Graham Bell refused to have a phone in his study because the ringing drove him nuts.
-Buzzfeed, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .
• The moon landing was scheduled during a full moon in order to minimize chances of missing.
• The guy who does the launch countdown gets invited to thousands of New Year’s parties annually.
• When astronauts see a cute girl, they say, “Hubble, hubble.”
• Beyoncé tried to buy Saturn from NASA, saying she liked it because it has a ring on it.
• NASA originally stood for New And Spectacular Anagram
• Alice Kramden was the first woman on the moon.
• Ground Control is still looking for Major Tom.
• Donald Trump is building a wall on the moon and Mars is going to pay for it.
• Neil Armstrong taught Michael Jackson how to moonwalk.
• What happens on Uranus stays on Uranus.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ A laptop is to blame for a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to an apartment building in Windsor, ON. (That’s what you get for Googling Google!)
➠ A former Disney employee issued herself and her family over $100K in fraudulent refunds.  (That’s right — she stole the equivalent of two annual family passes!)
➠ Vanilla Ice canceled his planned concert in Texas due to coronavirus concerns. (He knew if anyone was going to get sick, he’d be the illest…)
➠ A 103-year-old Texas man just broke a Guinness record for world’s oldest skydive. (It sounds dangerous, but plummeting from the sky it’s actually the safest place to be when you’re in Texas…)
➠ (***Caution***) A man stole 126 flip flops so he could have sex with them. (I don’t know how he does it. They make me limp…)

That won’t work either:  https://tinyurl.com/yd822ge9
Bonus:  Charlie Daniels tribute:  https://tinyurl.com/yy89qh48

My favorite childhood memory is not paying bills.

The last thing you said to your pet is your 2020 Presidential campaign slogan. What is it?

Question:  66% of women say doing THIS relaxes them. What is it?
Answer:  Eating chocolate

The problem is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people are so full of doubt.


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