July 20 2022

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – Edition: #7276

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★ Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy have split up just ahead of their 1-year dating anniversary, but awkwardly, not before recording a celebratory video. Monday, Handler took to Instagram to share a heartwarming video she and Koy, also a comedian, playfully recorded ahead of their first dating anniversary. In it, she said: “In anticipation of celebrating our first year together, Jo and I recorded this video early,” before sweetly asking the “Easter Sunday” star what he had learned from being in a relationship with his “lover”. Koy responds “that it’s fun to be in love and always be in the moment.” But despite their anticipation for their 1-year dating milestone, Handler and Koy weren’t able to make it. Handler broke the news in the accompanying caption writing, “it is with a heavy heart to announce that we have decided together that it is best for us to take a break from our relationship right now.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3t84vbfs
★ July 16, 2022, will go down in history as the day J. Lo officially became J. Aff. After surprising fans with news of her Las Vegas wedding to Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez indicated in a message emailed to fans that she’s changed her last name to match her new husband’s. In a note sent to subscribers of her “On the JLo” newsletter, she divulged the details of her Little White Wedding Chapel ceremony — from how she and Affleck almost didn’t make it there before midnight, to their photoshoot in a pink Cadillac convertible supposedly used by Elvis. But what really stood out was Lopez’s – or rather Mrs. Affleck’s — signature. She concluded her note with the words: “Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things — and worth waiting for. With love, Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
★ Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard have gone their separate ways after 4 years of marriage. Reps for the couple haven’t commented, but a source was quoted by People as saying: “They split recently. It was Em’s decision. She is doing okay. She is strong and focused on her son.” The insider added that Ratajkowski plans to file for divorce. Speculation began last week after the model was seen running errands without her wedding ring. She’s also not wearing it in her recent Instagram photos. The two were first romantically linked in Feb. 2018. After dating for only a few weeks, the model and producer tied the knot in a surprise ceremony at N.Y.C.’s City Hall that same month.
★ “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage has joined the cast of “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.” Dinklage will play the role of ‘Casca Highbottom’, dean of the Academy and the unintentional creator of the Hunger Games. The cast already includes Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, ‘Euphoria’ Star Hunter Schafer and Josh Andrés Rivera. The prequel film in the franchise, which has grossed more than $3 billion, is based on the bestselling novel by Suzanne Collins and is slated to hit theaters Nov. 17, 2023.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Dwayne Johnson, Derek Jeter, Wiz Khalifa, Lizzo, guest host Kerry Washington
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Daniel Kaluuya, Sarah Hyland, Denzel Curry
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Ice-T, Michael Pollan
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Katie Holmes, Joe Pera, Andrew Marshall
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Patricia Arquette, Ben Schwartz, Ophira Eisenberg (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Sutton Stracke, Lesa Milan
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Ice-T, Spike, guest co-host Lindsey Granger
• “The Talk” (CBS): Bill Bellamy, guest co-hosts David Begnaud & Kym Whitley
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): David Muir, Bailee Madison, Dr. Doris Day
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Peter Sarsgaard, Avril Lavigne featuring Travis Barker (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Randy Jackson, Michael Bublé (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (R)
• “The 2022 ESPYS” (ABC): Celebrating inspiring humanitarian efforts and the year in sports; Dick Vitale receives the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance; Vitali Klitschko receives the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage; Gretchen receives the Pat Tillman Award for Service.
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX): Six favorite all-stars, including Comfort Fedoke, Lex Ishimoto, Amy Yakima, Ezra Sosa, Koine Iwasaki and Bailey Munoz, return to dance.
• “Mysteries Decoded” (CW): A U.S. Navy vet turned P.I. and a paranormal researcher investigate a series of mysterious encounters with a creature in the hills of Kentucky.

• Drake – seems to have confirmed he was detained in Sweden after his team denied the rumors. He shared a pic to Instagram of a handout entitled: “Information for Those Suspected of a Crime and Subsequently Detained”. Last week, rumors swirled that he had been arrested on marijuana-related charges while partying in a Swedish club. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5294juz2
• Usher – 15 years after helping kickstart Justin Bieber’s career, he’s still keeping an eye on him. When asked for an update on Bieber’s health following last month’s announcement that the pop star was struggling with facial paralysis, Usher revealed that he and Bieber just recently hung out together on vacation, and said: “He is doing great.”
• Marcus Mumford – his first-ever music video as a solo artist was directed by Steven Spielberg. The clip for ‘Cannical’ was shot in a high school gym in New York. Spielberg “directed his first music video, in one shot, on his phone,” according to an Instagram post by Mumford. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p8w2c6f
• Noel Gallagher – warms up his vocal cords before a gig – by singing into a straw. The former Oasis guitarist says when he was having vocal issues while on tour with U2 in 2019, he was advised by a doctor: “Half an hour before you go on…put some music on and put this straw in your mouth and just hum along to whatever comes on and your vocal cords will warm up.” He says it works.
• Pearl Jam – has announced an intimate show at New York’s Apollo Theater. They’ll play there on Sept. 10, making up for a show that was first scheduled to happen March 26, 2020. That concert, along with the rest of the group’s tour in support of “Gigaton”, was postponed near the beginning of the pandemic.
• Kane Brown – has announced that his highly anticipated 3rd album “Different Man” will be released Sept. 9. He partnered with CMT to become the first artist to reveal his album cover on Paramount’s Times Square Billboard. Last week, Brown shared 2 album cover options on Instagram and asked fans to choose their favorite. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/m68c82by
• Mickey Guyton — opened up about her friendship with LeeAnn Rimes, whom she joined for an episode of “CMT Crossroads” in April. Guyton told People that she has looked up to Rimes as a child and even recalls seeing Rimes as a teen star perform the National Anthem at a Texas Rangers game. Guyton says that Rimes has “been so instrumental” in her career, and “What’s been so fun about getting to know her is knowing what a kind-hearted, thoughtful, caring, loving, nurturing person that she is.”
• Jason Aldean – kicked off his “Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour” this week, giving him a chance to introduce fans to the songs from his new double album “Macon, Georgia”, named after his hometown. He says of the city: “It all started there. That’s where I learned to play guitar and where I learned to sing and where I played bars for the first time.”


New emojis set to be released this year will include a shaking head, new heart colors, and a familiar goose. Unicode Consortium’s latest list contains only 31 new emojis, a much smaller release than last year’s 112. Other newbies on the Emoji 15.0 draft list are ‘Donkey’, ‘Jellyfish’, ‘Hair Pick’, and a ‘Khanda’ – the symbol of the Sikh faith, plus a moose, a comb, a donkey, a jellyfish, a ginger root, maracas, the WiFi symbol, and a “talk to the hand” icon. The inclusion of the goose emoji has drawn comparisons to “Untitled Goose Game”, where players take control of a horrible goose. The emojis will go through a final round of approval in September before they are released.
(A ‘donkey’ emoji?  I think we’re approaching maximum-level emoji-hood here!)
(I don’t know about you, but I spend more time trying to find the right emoji than it would take to draw it myself!)
-BBC, Emojipedia

➠ A new study says viewing art galleries and museum exhibits online can benefit your mental state and overall well-being — just like going to an arts center in person. Researchers in Vienna say cultural institutions quickly had to convert to an online format during the early months of the pandemic, making digital museums and online art galleries a popular outlet during quarantine. In the study, scientists found that after just 1-2 minutes spent looking at an online art gallery, participants reported lower levels of negative mood, anxiety, and loneliness, as well as higher subjective well-being. (Of course, I can get the same effect looking at the Home Depot sales flyer!)
➠ They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but researchers from Aston University have found that eating more fruit may also keep the therapist away. They determined that people who frequently eat fruit are more likely to report greater mental well-being and less likely to experience depressive symptoms. Their study indicates HOW OFTEN we eat fruit is more influential on mental health than the overall amount we consume over the course of a usual week. On the other hand, study also found that people who eat more “savory” snacks, like chips, tend to deal with more anxiety. (Dudes – the reason I ate the entire bag of chips is because I’m anxious – not the other way around!)
-Study Finds

An Italian couple spent just $3,500 on their dream wedding — and managed to keep it zero waste. Anna Masiello and Diogo Linhares decorated their family’s home with vegan unpackaged candles, wore second-hand or recycled clothing and ran through a flurry of heart-shaped leaf confetti and birdseed before serving their guests a sustainably sourced, plant-based menu. The eco-conscious couple, who met at a zero-waste event in 2019, jumped headlong into the lifestyle in 2020, and wanted their special day to reflect their values. 28-year-old Anna says: “This is the way we live day to day, so we wanted to apply it to our wedding day…I also wanted to prove everyone wrong that being sustainable doesn’t mean losing out on anything.” The bridal party wore second-hand outfits, and the ceremony took place at Masiello’s uncle Federico’s garden in Trieste, Italy, decorated with second-hand or rented furniture and decor. Anna, who is a sustainability influencer, had her dress designed from off-cuts of factory materials. She shared the behind-the-scenes hacks of her zero-waste wedding with her 43,000 Instagram followers.
(A-ha! So, it WASN’T zero-waste! She’s an influencer – she wastes people’s time!)
(To ME, a zero-waste wedding would be one where I didn’t have to sit through 2 hours of rambling, drunken speeches!)

As many areas experience record-breaking heat and humidity this week, it may be an understatement to say that sometimes, emotions can run as high as the thermostat. Psychologist Kirsty Leah from mental health support platform SupportRoom says that while warm weather can make us happier, sweltering heat is linked to greater irritability. Here are some tips on keeping your cool – literally and figuratively…
☞ Make your life easier:  Avoid the high afternoon heat, stay hydrated, and invest in lighter sheets or a fan. Remember, getting enough sleep goes a long way in “keeping your cool”.
☞ Be patient:  You might be ready to snap at others, but remember that if you are feeling it, they are, too, so try to be extra patient and lower your expectations of people until things are cooler.
☞ Postpone meetings:  Whether it’s an important conversation or a routine check-in, consider holding back on work and social meetings until the heat subsides. (Unless the person you were going to meet up with has a pool and a well-stocked beer fridge!)
☞ Avoid big decisions:  You might be prone to making rash calls if struggling in the heat, but it’s important not to make any big decisions until you are well-rested and can focus on the situation in hand to make an informed choice. (You tell me this NOW, after I just decided to blow off a big meeting with my boss?)


Four visitors to Paris came up with a novel solution to their travel dilemma after their flights to London were canceled – they caught an Uber. And although the ride cost $1,340, and took more than 6 hours through the night, it was still cheaper and faster than trying to find an alternative flight. After looking into their flying options, and dismissing the idea of renting a vehicle, the group realized they could split the cost of an Uber and get from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to London by morning. The passengers found a willing Uber driver, who happened to have his passport on him, and agreed to a $605 fee, plus an additional $240 to take the train that transports vehicles from France to the UK under the English Channel.


• “Moon Day”, the anniversary of the first lunar landing in 1969. Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first to walk on the Moon. Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin joined him later, while Michael Collins remained orbiting above. A few things you likely didn’t know about the lunar landing … NET: http://tinyurl.com/l5p7kb (Celebrate how you want, but please don’t do the obvious!)
• “National Hot Dog Day”,  Hot dogs gained in popularity in the US in the early 20th century, being traditionally sold at hot dog stands and carts, and were especially popular in New York City and Chicago. They have become a prominent part of American culture, and are closely associated with baseball. (So much so, that a hotshot player is often referred to as a “hot dog”!)
• “International Chess Day”, observed since 1966, honoring the game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for people of all ages. There are an estimated 605 million regular chess players around the world. And 70% of adults have, at some point, played chess. (Except they play on their tablet now…)
• “Lollipop Day”, celebrating the 1908 invention of the famous candy on a stick. Pieces of hard candy were put on the ends of pencils for kids to nibble much earlier than that, but the treat had no name.
• “Ugly Truck Day”. Sure, a brand new, shiny truck with all the gadgets is a great thing, but there’s something noble about an old, worn, ugly truck. (Or maybe that’s just a guy thing?)
• “Nap Day”, grab a chaise lounge out in the yard, spread a blanket at the beach, string a hammock between two trees or curl up on your bed under a ceiling fan with the air conditioner cranked. (You had me at “nap”!)
• “National Fortune Cookie Day”, Although this fun tradition is more Asian-American than strictly Chinese, it’s an essential ending to a Chinese dinner in most Western countries. Here’s to forecasting the future and pop psychology, cookie-style!

[Thurs] Legal Drinking Age Day
[Thurs] Junk Food Day
[Fri] Hammock Day
[Fri] Summer Leisure Day
This Month is…National Picnic Month
This Month is…National Water Gardening Month

1947 [75] Carlos Santana, Autlan de Navarro Mexico, rock guitarist (w/Rob Thomas-‘Smooth’, ‘Black Magic Woman’)

1964 [58] Terri Irwin, Eugene OR, reality TV star (“The Crocodile Hunter” 1997-2004)/naturist/author/widow of Steve Irwin, the late “Crocodile Hunter”)

1966 [56] Stone Gossard, Seattle WA, rock guitarist (Pearl Jam-‘Jeremy’, ‘Last Kiss’)

1969 [53] Josh Holloway, San Jose CA, TV actor (‘Sawyer’ on “Lost” 2004-2010, ‘Will Bowman’ on “Colony” 2016-2018, ‘Roarke Morris’ on “Yellowstone” since 2020)

1971 [51] Sandra Oh, Nepean ON, TV actress (“Arliss” 1996-2002, “Grey’s Anatomy” 2005-14, “Killing Eve” 2018-22)/movie actress (“Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Sideways”)

1980 [42] Gisele Bundchen, Três de Maio Brazil, model (once among the highest-paid in the world)/environmental activist/actress (“The Devil Wears Prada”)/married Tom Brady since 2009

1988 [34] Julianne Hough, Sandy UT, movie actress (“Rock of Ages”, “Footloose”)/country singer (‘That Song in My Head’)/TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars”)

2012 [10] Batman sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” opens in theaters, eventually raking in over $1 billion worldwide

2017 [05] Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is found dead, a victim of suicide by hanging. The 41-year-old was close friends with Chris Cornell, who died in similar fashion 2 months earlier.

2015 [07] Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage.

1969 [53] Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step out from Apollo spacecraft 11 to become the first to walk on the moon. 600 million watch on live TV.

2021 [01] Amazon founder Jeff Bezos goes into space in the first unpiloted suborbital flight with all-civilian crew, aboard a rocket (“RSS First Step”) developed by his company, Blue Origin.

2006 [16] German student Torsten Lauschmann claims to have organized a record 600 million people in the Western Hemisphere to jump simultaneously on “World Jump Day” in order to reset Earth’s orbit and fix global warming (turns out to be a hoax ‘art installation’).

2014 [08] Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, making history with his third major championship — at age 25.


✓ Elephants drink a minimum of 50 gallons (189 litres) of water per day.
✓ Crocodiles swallow stones to help them dive deeper.
✓ A lobster’s blood is colorless, but when exposed to oxygen, it turns blue.
✓ It is possible to be allergic to one cat, but not another.
✓ At birth, dalmatians are always white.
✓ The Canary Islands are named after dogs. (Latin name: Insularia Canaria – Island of the Dogs)

Best of BS:
July is “Ice Cream Month”, a good excuse to review –
• Hardened Toothpaste Mint Swirly
• Cocktail Wiener Supreme
• Baskin-Robbins Gravy Ripple
• Chunky Tuna & Fudge
• Ben & Jerry’s Monkey Clumps
• Old Fashioned Grease & Weasel
• Raspberry Rash
• Low-Fat Pralines & Trout
– First published in BS 1997

• Are asparagus just artichokes that grew funny?
• Is it illegal to use shower curtains as regular curtains and vice versa?
• If the plural of octopus is octopi, why isn’t the plural of rabbit rabbi?
• Do newborn birds ever try to land on clouds?
• Why is it ‘incapable’ and ‘unable’ instead of ‘uncapable’ and ‘inable’?
• If everyone is unique … then are they?
• If you put a bunch of chameleons on top of a bunch of chameleons on top of a bowl of Skittles, what would happen?
-FuriouslyHappy, first published in BS in 2015

• The blender or the toaster? [The toaster was invented in 1893, the blender in 1919]
• Cappucino or latte? [Latte dates to the late 17th century, cappuccino, the early 1900s]
• Baseball or basketball? [Baseball goes back to 1839, at least, while basketball started in 1891]
• The microwave oven or television? [The first TV came to market in 1927, the first microwave in 1947]
• The Zipper or Velcro? [The Zipper was invented in 1851, Velcro showed up in 1948]
• Adidas or Nike? [Adidas was created in 1949, Nike was named in 1971 (formerly ‘Blue Ribbon Sports’)]
• Ketchup or mustard? [Mustard goes back as far as 3,000 BS. Tomato ketchup dates back to 1812]
• Twitter or Instagram? [Twitter launched in 2006, Instagram in 2010]

The definition of frustration:   https://tinyurl.com/2p8c7e6f

Ever notice that once you have kids, you need to ask your Mom again if you can go out?

What is the best, or most historic, sporting event you’ve seen live?

Question:  A survey says that when you move, THESE are the possessions you’re least likely to pack up and take with you. What are they?
Answer:  Books


If you can’t excel with talent, triumph with effort.


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