July 14 2020

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 – Edition: #6739

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★ The zoo at the center of the “Tiger King” Netflix docuseries was searched by Oklahoma authorities after an investigation by The Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” team led them to believe there were human remains on-site. The sheriff considered the matter closed after they found no sign of human remains, although some small animal bones were uncovered. Zoo operator and convicted felon Joe Exotic has said that the ashes of four people have been buried on the property as a memorial.
★ “Bird Box 2” is in development. Josh Malerman, the novelist whose work inspired the original smash hit Netflix movie starring Sandra Bullock, says that efforts have begun to create a follow-up to the 2018 thriller. At this point, plot details are unclear, but some hints about the film could come from the synopsis for the sequel novel, “Malorie”, which coming out this month. The novel is set 12 years after the events of the original, which would mean that the kids in the movie are now teenagers. (And their blindfolds must now cover their mouth and nose, too!)
★ Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have sold their mansion in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles one month before their sentencing date in the college admissions case. Tinder cofounder Justin Mateen purchased the property for approximately $18 million — a steep discount from the house’s most recent asking price of $28.7 million.
★ The life of late Broadway star Nick Cordero was remembered during a private memorial service with close family and friends on Saturday. Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, who regularly updated his fans on social media during his grueling battle with the coronavirus, took to Instagram to share details of the “beautiful and perfect” gathering. Cordero, who was known for his work in “Bullets Over Broadway”, “Waitress” and “A Bronx Tale: The Musical”, died from COVID-19 complications on July 5 at age 41.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Eric Andre, Rema, guest host Whitney Cummings
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Colin Jost, Davido
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Tom Hanks, Noah Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Demi Moore, Paul Scheer, KALEO
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Tracy Morgan, Bazzi (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): John Lithgow
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Ben Platt, Judith Light
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Amy Schumer
• “The Talk” (CBS): Amanda Peet, Tom Lennon
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Christopher Jackson
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): David Spade, Steve Spangler (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): David Schwimmer, Nick Mohammed, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Joey King, Jordin Sparks
• “Celebrity Show-Off” (TBS): “NeNe Has Entered the Building”. Mayim Bialik hosts to see which celebrities can produce the most compelling content from their own homes.
• “Showbiz Kids” (HBO): A look at the high-risk, high-reward business of working as a child actor.

• Katy Perry — has reportedly chosen Jennifer Aniston to be her daughter’s godmother. Perry is currently preparing for the arrival of her first child with Orlando Bloom, and has reportedly grown close to Aniston during lockdown, going for socially distanced walks, and catching up. Aniston is already the godmother of Courteney Cox’s 16-year-old daughter, Coco.
• Bebe Rexha – posted that she’s delaying the release of her new album. Though she acknowledges that her fans are “frustrated” at the lack of new music, she says she wants to wait “until the world is in a better place” to share new music. Her last album was 2018’s “Expectations.”
• Cranberries – A remastered and expanded version of their 17-million-selling 1994 album “No Need to Argue” will be released on Sept. 18th. The 2LP/digital versions will include 19 previously unreleased tunes and 3 B-sides.
• Bret Michaels – The Poison singer is among the artists performing on tonight’s livestream fundraiser for the David Z Foundation, in memory of T.David Zablidowsky, who died in an accident in 2017 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. The David Z Scholarship Fund offers education and financial aid to young musicians. Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad) will also participate. It will be broadcast on the David Z Foundation Facebook page.
• Great White — have apologized for playing a North Dakota show with no social distancing, mandatory masks or other COVID-19 safety protocols. A band statement says: “We understand that there are some people who are upset…North Dakota’s government recommends masks be worn; however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws. We have had the luxury of hindsight and we would like to apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement.”
• Darius Rucker – has announced that he and his wife, Beth Leonard, have split after 20 years of marriage. The pair met in 1998 when Rucker was touring with Hootie & the Blowfish, and share two children together.
• Brad Paisley – was joined by a surprise special guest during his drive-in concert in St Louis on Friday night. Carrie Underwood virtually dropped in, appearing on a large screen behind Paisley, for a duet during the socially distant safe concert.

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment downtown where the action is, you know that sometimes that action happens at the wrong time. Like in the middle of the night, when you’re trying to sleep, and your choice is to close the window and suffer with no ventilation, or try to sleep in spite of the noise outside. Now, researchers in Singapore say they’ve come up with an apparatus that can be placed in a window to “cancel” those irritating street sounds, while allowing the window to remain open. Borrowing from the technology used in noise-canceling headphones, the team expanded the concept to fit an entire room by placing 24 small speakers in a window. The speakers emit sound waves that correspond to the incoming racket and neutralize it — or, at least some of it. The system uses a microphone outside the window to detect the sound waves of the offending noise source. A computer deciphers the proper wave frequency needed to neutralize the sound, which is transmitted to the speakers. The speakers then emit the proper “anti” waves, to cancel incoming waves, and there you have it: near blissful silence. At this point, it is still a work in progress, for a few reasons: For one, the development team admits that it’s ugly. And for another, there are some sounds that are at a frequency that are difficult to cancel. Among them: The human voice. And sporadic noises like firecrackers and car horns.
(So, exactly what noises DOES it eliminate? The sound of a window opening?)
(With my kids, I’d turn it around to cancel out noises coming from inside!)
(It’s funny, because when I lived in a downtown apartment, I also had 24 speakers in the window!)

It’s an image you’ve certainly seen more than once: A child frantically tries to get their parent’s attention while mom or dad is staring at their smartphone. But in spite of that stereotype, according to a new study from Edith Cowan University, parental smartphone use is rarely a legitimate sign of a bad parent. Researchers had over 3,600 Australian parents fill out a series of surveys that tested 12 different aspects of smartphone use, in an effort of finding and analyzing any negative associations between parenting and using a smartphone. Their conclusion? When a parent’s smartphone use doesn’t cut into family time all that often, a smartphone habit is actually linked to better, rather than worse parenting. The study’s authors also found that smartphones often help parents connect with other parents, find parenting information quickly, and establish a support network.
(And occasionally hook up with other parents. Take that any way you want!)
(What about parents who let their toddlers play with a smartphone just so they can get A FEW MINUTES OF PEACE & QUIET????? …Asking for a friend…)
(I’d be less worried about “screen time” and more worried about “scream time”!)

While most experts now agree that it is a good idea to wear a facial covering when in public these days, the jury is still out on the use of gloves to protect yourself against COVID-19. An infectious diseases physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, ON says we shouldn’t be wearing them. Zain Chagla, who is also an associate professor at McMaster University, recently tweeted his thoughts on the matter, writing that gloves are basically pointless when it comes to protecting against COVID-19, because the disease is “much more related to droplets”, and “outside of hospitals, contaminated surfaces…are rarely a source of transmission.” He also emphasized that because other microorganisms transmit on gloves, you could actually be spreading those, thereby risking the health of others, and if you aren’t trained in the proper removal of gloves, risking your own health as well.
(And just like masks, if you DO wear them, don’t throw them on the ground when you’re done!)

☞ Use their name:  Simple but effective. It tells them they’re worth your time and worth knowing. (When the boss uses my name, it isn’t usually to deliver a compliment!)
☞ Make it as specific as possible:  Instead of “Good job”, take a moment to what was so special about what they did or the effect it had on others.
☞ Don’t praise and run:  Follow up with something like: “What made you decide to do it that way?” Or “Where did you get that sweater?” And be sure to really listen to the answer.

A statistical breakdown of life by the numbers …
• 14% of us eat the watermelon seeds.
• 69% of us eat the cake before the frosting.
• 22% of us skip lunch daily, while 9% of us skip breakfast daily.
• 53% of women will not leave the house without makeup on.
• 33% of guys think it’s sexy when women swear.
• 85% of men never use the slit in their underwear.

Spending 2 hours in nature every week significantly boosts your health, according to new research.
A study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that people who spent at least 120 minutes per week in nature reported higher psychological well-being and better physical health than those who didn’t visit nature at all, or those who went for less than two hours a week. It didn’t seem to matter if the 120 minutes were spent in nature all at once or spread out throughout the week in shorter bursts. However, spending more than two hours didn’t seem to bring about any additional benefits.


1960 [60] Jane Lynch, Dolton IL, TV host (“Hollywood Game Night” since 2013)/TV actress (“Glee” 2009-15)/movie actress (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “Talladega Nights”)

1966 [54] Matthew Fox, Abington PA, TV Actor (‘Charlie Salinger’ in “Party of Five” 1994-2000, ‘Jack Shephard’ in “Lost” 2004-2010)

1975 [45] Jamey Johnson, Enterprise AL, country singer (‘In Color’, ‘The Dollar’)/country songwriter (‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’, ‘Give It Away’)

1975 [45] Taboo (Jaime Gomez), LA CA, hip-hop musician/MC/dancer (Black Eyed Peas-‘I Gotta Feeling’, ‘Where Is the Love?’)

1985 [35] Phoebe Waller-Bridge, London England, TV actress (“Fleabag” 2016-19)/movie actress (“Solo: A Star Wars Story”)

1987 [33] Dan Reynolds, Las Vegas NV, pop-rock singer (Imagine Dragons-‘Demons’, ‘Radioactive’)

1988 [32] Conor McGregor, Dublin Ireland, retired MMA Fighter/boxer (Ultimate Fighting Champion 2013-2016)

• “Bastille Day”, the national holiday of France that commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, when patriots stormed the Bastille prison. (Off with their heads!)

• “Grand Marnier Day”, celebrating the cognac concoction that’s used in mixed drinks (ie: Cosmopolitan) and in desserts (ie: Crêpe Suzette). It was an 1880s French invention by one Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle.

• “Shark Awareness Day”, to create awareness that these magnificent creatures are more threatened by people than people are by sharks. Demand for shark-fin soup and shark-tooth medallions combine to make sharks endangered, with millions killed each year.

• “International Nude Day”, a serious celebration of the ‘naturist’ lifestyle. (Then why does everyone laugh if they see me naked?)

• “Mac & Cheese Day”, an annual salute to the cheap food that sustains most people under 25. In Canada, the most popular brand is known as “Kraft Dinner”, In the US and Australia, it’s “Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner” or “Kraft Mac & Cheese”, and in the UK, it’s called “Macaroni Cheese” or “Cheesey Pasta”.

• “Pandemonium Day”, a day to embrace and even celebrate the pandemonium that often seems to surround us.

[Wed] Be a Dork Day
[Wed] Gummi Worm Day
[Thurs] Fresh Spinach Day
[Thurs] Personal Chef Day

2008 [12] “The Dark Knight” directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, premieres in New York. It would become the highest-grossing film of 2008 and net a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Ledger

2012 [08] London’s West End closes it’s all-time longest-running musical, “Chicago”, after 15 years

1984 [36] Eddie Van Halen joins Michael Jackson on stage at The Jacksons’ tour stop at Texas Stadium, for a live rendition of his guitar solo from ‘Beat It’

2015 [05] Las Vegas Coroner’s Office confirms that blues legend BB King died of natural causes stemming from Alzheimer’s disease, not murder (2 of his daughters had alleged he was poisoned by long-time associates)

2015 [05] NASA’s “New Horizons” probe performs the first flyby of Pluto (launched in 2006 and travelling over 3 billion miles, it continues transmitting data for the next 16 months)


✓ LEGO has an underground vault containing every set ever made.
✓ Scientists have found evidence of take-out restaurants in the remains of Pompeii.
✓ Like casinos, shopping malls are intentionally designed to disorient visitors.
✓ A study found that dunking an Oreo in milk for 3 seconds gives the optimal balance of sogginess and structural integrity.
✓ It is impossible to hum and whisper at the same time.
✓ Goldfish can distinguish the music of one composer from another.
-1,234 Quite Interesting Facts to Leave You Speechless, MentalFloss

• Show up in a wedding dress.
• Casually mention an incredible investment opportunity.
• Tell him about this one time at band camp.
• Kiss her with your mask on and tell her it was the best kiss you’ve ever had.
• Speak Klingon and hope she’s really into it.
• Really, I just need to be myself.
• Check Tinder

Best of BS . . .
• “We had to amputate your legs, but the guy in the next bed would like to buy your slippers.”
• “Just think of jail as a vacation from your family.”
• “On the plus side, you won’t have to pay an inheritance tax.”
• “It’s not contagious.”
• “I don’t like you, but I’m sure somebody will.”
• “Yes you did sprain your ankle after slipping in dog poo, but it was Bill Gates’ dog.
• “Sorry to hear about your divorce. Try to think of your bank account as “half-full”…
• “The surgery was a success, but you’re still ugly.”
• “You’re always saying that you’re so hungry you could eat a horse…”
• “Yes, that dress does make you look fat, but big butts are in.”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ A Florida man fists-fights an alligator to save his dog, a week later in S.C., a lady was severely bitten by an alligator while gardening in her backyard. (But the biggest reptile tragedy is still all those grown men wearing Crocs…)
➠ Kylie Jenner just uploaded some steamy bikini shots from her trip to the Utah desert. (She wanted to take a break from posting her theories on particle acceleration…)
➠ Harrison Ford turned 78 yesterday. (Instead of the Ark of the Covenant, now he spends most of his time trying to find his reading glasses!)
➠ Yesterday marked the 58th anniversary of The Rolling Stones’ first concert, a gig at London’s Marquee Club. (Keith Richards marked the occasion by somehow being alive one more day…)
➠ Instead of cancelling, the organizers of Comic-Con are planning “Comic-Con@Home”, a digital version of the event, for July 22-26. (So, sorry, but it looks like next year will be your best chance to have sex with Boba Fett while dressed as Pikachu.)

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Whose posters did you have on your wall when you were growing up?

Nothing is impossible to those who don’t have to do it themselves.

Question:  89% of couples admit to doing THIS – even when their partner is away. What is it?
Answer:  Sleeping on the same side of the bed.

Your attitude is either the lock on, or the key to the door of success.


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