July 18 2022

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Monday, July 18, 2022 – Edition: #7274

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***UPDATE***★ Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have reportedly tied the knot. Months after getting engaged, the celebrity couple obtained a marriage license in Clark County, Nevada, over the weekend, according to court records, and TMZ reports that the pair have indeed tied the knot. 52-year-old Lopez, and Affleck, who is 49, announced their engagement in early April. The news was revealed through the superstar singer and actress’ “On the JLo” newsletter, where she shared a video of herself wearing an engagement ring.
★ Another Marvel film has taken a sharp second weekend drop, as “Thor: Love and Thunder” made an estimated $45 million over the weekend in the US, a 68% drop from its $144 million opening. That drop is roughly the same as what “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “Eternals” experienced in their second frames. Despite the decrease, the latest Thor movie easily held onto the #1 spot. “Minions: The Rise of Gru” was second over the weekend, with an estimated take of $25 million, and in third is “Where the Crawdads Sing” with an estimated opening of $15.5 million.
★ ‘Spider-Man’ actor Andrew Garfield, who just landed his first Emmy nomination for the limited series “Under the Banner of Heaven” has just signed on to star as Richard Branson in another project, “Hot Air”. Garfield will headline the limited series about the famous British entrepreneur, which is apparently the subject of a furious bidding war among the major streamers. Hot Air comes from Universal International Studios, with “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch at the helm, according to reports.
★ Bruce Willis made a return to the famed “Nakatomi Plaza” as seen in his classic action film “Die Hard,” 34 years after its release. His wife Emma Heming Willis posted a video to her Instagram showing the “Die Hard” star standing on top of the Nakatomi Plaza skyscraper – which is actually the Fox Plaza building in Century City, Los Angeles – and looking out on the city skyline. The video includes a montage of some of Willis’ highlights from Die Hard, scored to ‘Ode to Joy’ by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. In March, it was announced that Willis has been diagnosed with aphasia, a brain disorder that affects the ability to speak or communicate. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4ajcpb52
★ Chris Pratt once seemed like a shoo-in to become the next ‘Indiana Jones’ after Harrison Ford left the role. Shia LaBeouf was teased for the role during the 4th installment of the franchise, but that never came to fruition, then Pratt became the next rumored heir to Ford’s role. So, with the 5th Indy film coming soon and Ford still playing the part, what happened? During a podcast appearance, Pratt said, (quote), “I once saw a quote from Harrison Ford-and I don’t even know if it was really him, but it was enough to scare me-that was like, ‘When I die, Indiana Jones dies.’ And I’m like, am I gonna get haunted by the ghost of Harrison Ford one day when he dies if I play…?”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Quentin Tarantino, Julia Garner, DOMi & JD Beck featuring Anderson .Paak, guest host Dana Carvey
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jane Fonda, Joe Keery, Saucy Santana
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Billy Crystal, Paul Hollywood
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Billy Bob Thornton, Nikki Glaser, Andrew Marshall
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Olivia Rodrigo, Renate Reinsve, a performance from Cirque du Soleil’s OVO (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Lizzo
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kim Fields, guest co-hosts Cristela Alonzo & Justin Baldoni
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Billy Bob Thornton, Joe Keery, Dr. Wendy Bazilian
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jared Leto (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Nicolas Cage, Ms. Pat, Duff Goldman, Lawrence Zarian (R )
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Chip & Joanna Gaines (R)
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): Gabby and Rachel surprise the 29 men left at the mansion by daring them to compete in a swimsuit pageant for a spot at the group date after-party.
• “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” (FOX): Two teachers try to take down 10 songs for $1 million.
• “Better Call Saul” (AMC): Gus attempts to smooth things over with the cartel while Mike ties up loose ends north of the border.

• The Weeknd — made a 6-year-old megafan’s month at his tour opener in Philadelphia. Phoenix Prince went viral after he was photographed crying outside the Toronto venue where the tour was originally set to launch, but the show was canceled due to a network outage. The Weeknd managed to get in touch, and flew Prince and his dad to Philly and arranged to meet him for a photo backstage.
• Calvin Harris — has shared ‘Stay With Me’, another single from his upcoming album “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2”, and this one features Justin Timberlake, Halsey and Pharrell Williams. After dropping the track, he also premiered an accompanying music video that sees the whole gang dressed in their best ’70s getup. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/43pvuzbh
• Britney Spears – posted a new version of her breakthrough 1998 hit song ‘…Baby One More Time’ on Friday. In the caption, she wrote that she hadn’t shared her voice “in an extremely long time … maybe too long”, and she “wanted to record this slinkier version for years, but her “TEAM said No.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bdhw6ysc
• Bruce Springsteen – is a grandpa. His wife, Patti Scialfa, took to Instagram to gush over their new “Jersey Girl,” posting a photo of Lily Harper Springsteen, the daughter of their youngest son, Sam.She shared a pic of the newborn’s carriage with Sam, a Jersey City firefighter, and his fiancée smiling behind it, and another of the new bundle of joy. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4dbswukn
• Roger Waters — threw shade at both the Weeknd and Drake after being overshadowed in the Toronto press by the 2 hometown artists. His July 8 show in the city went off despite an internet outage which caused the cancellation of a concert by The Weeknd. Quote: “With all due respect to the Weeknd or Drake or any of them, I am far, far, far more important than any of them will ever be, however many billions of streams they’ve got.”
• Queen — guitarist Brian May has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from England’s University of Hull. Already a Doctor of Astrophysics, the 74-year-old accepted his new honor via video link, as he’s currently on tour in Europe. LINK: https://youtu.be/TBgz6joDh1w
• Mickey Guyton – joined LeAnn Rimes and percussionist Sheila E. for ‘The Wild’, a new song from Rimes’ forthcoming new album “god’s work”, out Sept. 16. LINK: https://youtu.be/rWARl6vjTqI
• Carrie Underwood – fresh off a few concert appearances with Guns N’ Roses, she has now dropped a scorching cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s 1991 hit ‘Mama I’m Coming Home’, that she says she’s wanted to put her own spin on for a long time. It’s part of her new Apple Music Sessions EP. LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/CgCKYi3DA4S/
• Lady A – singer Hillary Scott joined forces with FOR KING + COUNTRY on a new recording of their already chart-topping hit ‘For God Is With Us’. During a tour stop in Fargo ND, FOR KING + COUNTRY’S Joey Smallbone told the crowd: “We’ve dubbed this FOR KING + LADY.” LINK: https://youtu.be/w87nhz4DrfI


I waited until Monday to tell you this, so you could enjoy your weekend. Now brace yourself. A new study says just about 2 spoonfuls of alcohol is the maximum “safe” amount for people under age 40. The University of Washington’s School of Medicine analyzed the risk of alcohol consumption based on 22 health outcomes, including injuries, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, and found that younger people face higher health risks from alcohol. Adults age 40 and older without underlying health conditions may benefit from drinking a little more than those 2 tablespoons — such as a small glass of red wine a day — as it could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. No health benefits were found from drinking alcohol among those age 39 or younger. Here’s how much the scientists recommend, according to the results of the study:
• For young men, the recommended daily amount of alcohol that’s “safe” before “risking health loss” is 0.136 of a standard drink a day (about 2.6 tablespoons of beer or 2 teaspoons of wine).
• For young women, a little over a quarter of a standard drink, or about 3.3 ounces of beer.
• For those aged 40-64, 2-7 ounces (59-207ml) of wine, or 6-15 ounces (177-433ml) of beer.
(The most alarming thing about this is that some people are going to want the drinking age raised to 40!)
(Two spoonfuls? That’s OK…I can only afford about that much, these days!)
-CNN, NYPost

Now, instead of having to see your friend’s Wordle results on social media, you’ll be able to actually play it with them. Wordle owner The New York Times has partnered with Hasbro to create the board game “Wordle: The Party Game.” The new analog version lets up to 4 players take turns being the “Wordle Host” and writing down a 5-letter secret word. The others then compete to guess what the word is, in the fewest attempts. There are also 3 variations of the main Worldle game included called “Fast”, “Timed” and “Team” modes. Wordle: The Party Game comes out Oct. 1, and will sell for US $19.99. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/566hw4ys
(At least when you play it online and can’t solve it, no one has to know…)
(Because when you think of going to a party, I’m sure you, too, immediately think of isolating yourself at a table with just 3 others to play a nerd-word game, right?)

➢ A new type of “supercharged” tree could help fight climate change. Living Carbon, a San Francisco-based startup, says it has created a genetically modified hybrid poplar tree, which grows up to 53% faster, enabling it to absorb about 27% more carbon dioxide – thus helping to minimize the damage of climate change. Carbon dioxide has grown rapidly in the atmosphere since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, leading to extreme climate effects. The company plans to plant about 4 million trees by 2023. Living Carbon says if it doubles its existing acreage of planted trees every year, by 2030 it will have removed 604 million metric tons of carbon, 1.66% of global emissions in a typical year. (It’ll probably make a “poplar” Christmas Tree, too!)
➢ Paula and Peter Closier became concerned when their 5-year-old beagle-mix, Bonnie, disappeared from their home in Bolney, UK.  Little did they know that she was busy – winning a ribbon at a local dog show. After she escaped, Bonnie, who had been adopted as a stray 4 years ago, was found on the side of the road by John Wilmer, who happened to be driving his own 2 pups to a dog show. After posting her picture on Facebook, he decided to take her along to the contest. Bonnie was a hit with the judges, and ended up winning third place in the rescue dog class. Of course, while Bonnie was winning ribbons, her family was frantically looking for her, and Bonnie was returned after the Closiers saw Wilbur’s Facebook post. The kicker? Bonnie’s step-sibling doggo, Cleo, has won prizes at a number of dog shows, but the Closiers had never thought to enter Bonnie in one.
-CNN, TheWeek

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 20% of us say we would garden if we had more free time.
• 35% of us say we get stressed driving in wet weather.
• 11% of men say they read a book for the first time during the pandemic.
• 15% of moms say they still do laundry for their adult children.
• 48% of women say they weigh themselves every day.
• 11% of us say we enjoy the same treats as our pet!

Because of the first-ever “Red” heat alert declared by the national weather service in England, with temperatures this week expected to reach into the low 40s (104°F – plus), theater chain Showcase Cinemas is offering free admission to redheads, so they can chill in the cool, air-conditioned space. The combination of red hair and a fair complexion makes it famously unpleasant (and dangerous) for gingers to spend a lot of time in the blazing heat that the country is experiencing.


• “Global Hug Your Kids Day”, Hugging is practiced by almost all cultures as a way to connect to others without using language. This day reminds mom and dads, especially working parents who are often away from home, to show affection to their kids by hugging them every day. (And if it bugs them, do it twice!)
• “Caviar Day”, saluting the mega-expensive roe (eggs) of the sturgeon fish, proving that we’ll eat just about anything if it is given an attractive name and costs a lot of money.
• “Nelson Mandela International Day”, as initiated by the UN in honor of the late civil rights leader and former South African president. Celebrated on his birth date (1918-2013).
• “World Listening Day”, to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology. A joint effort of the World Soundscape Project, World Listening Project, and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. (I AM listening…for a chance to get a word in edgewise!)
• “Perfect Family Day”, Does anyone have a perfect family? (Mine can only claim to put the ‘fun’ in ‘dysfunction.’)
• “Insurance Nerd Day, celebrating everyone employed in this industry, and to help attract young people to the business, by dispelling the myth that insurance work is a “boring” career path. (Sorry, you lost me for a minute there…)

[Tues] National Daiquiri Day
[Tues] Stick Out Your Tongue Day
[Wed] Nap Day
[Thurs] National Junk Food Day
This Week is…National Triathlon Week
This Month is…Disability Pride Month

1950 [72] (Sir) Richard Branson, London UK, entrepreneur (founder of Virgin Group, which includes Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Megastores, etc./estimated net worth: $5.7 billion

1954 [68] Ricky Skaggs, Cordell KY, country-bluegrass singer-musician (‘Highway 40 Blues’, ‘Country Boy’)/awarded the US National Medal of Arts, 2021

1961 [61] Elizabeth McGovern, Evanston IL, TV actress (‘Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham’ on “Downton Abbey” 2010-16)

1964 [58] Wendy Williams, Ocean Township NJ, TV personality (“The Wendy Williams Show” 2008-22)/former radio ‘shock jockette’

1967 [55] Vin Diesel (Mark Sinclair), NYC, movie actor (“Fast & Furious” films, “Thor: Love and Thunder”) COMING UP…“Avatar: The Way of Water”, 2022

1975 [47] MIA (Mathangi Arulpragasam), London UK, rapper/record producer (‘Paper Planes’)/visual artist/activist/photographer/fashion designer/model

1980 [42] Kristen Bell, Huntington Woods MI, movie actress (“Zootopia”, “Frozen” films)/TV actress (“House of Lies” 2012-16, “Veronica Mars” 2004-07) COMING UP…“The People We Hate at the Wedding”, 2022/married to Dax Shepard since 2013

1981 [41] Michiel Huisman, Amstelveen Netherlands, TV actor (‘Daario Naharis’ on “Game of Thrones” 2014-16, “Orphan Black” 2014-15)

1982 [40] Priyanka Chopra, Jamshedpur India, TV actress (‘Alex Parrish’ on “Quantico” 2015-18) movie actress (“Baywatch”)/married to Nick Jonas since 2018. COMING UP…“It’s All Coming Back to Me”, 2023

2008 [14] ‘Batman’ sequel “The Dark Knight” opens in theaters, setting an opening weekend record of $158 million at the domestic box office (eventually wins Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of ‘The Joker’)

1991 [31] The first Lollapalooza music festival is held in Tempe AZ. Artists include Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Ice-T, Violent Femmes and more.

2014 [08] Shakira becomes the first person to accumulate 100 million likes on Facebook.

1994 [28] Crayola announces introduction of scented crayons. Available in coconut, cherry, and licorice, they are taken off the market within a year because parents feared kids would eat them—and indeed, some did…

2012 [10] Kim Jong-un, son of Kim Jong-il, is announced as official ‘Supreme Leader of North Korea’ and also now holds the rank of ‘Marshal in the Korean People’s Army’ (as well as ‘Grand Poobah’) (***BS Fun Fact: According to King Jong-il’s official biography, the leader never used a toilet — he apparently didn’t need to urinate or defecate.***)

2014 [08] Amazon announces its new ‘Kindle Unlimited’ program, a subscription service providing borrowing rights to a large selection of books for a monthly fee (like the Public Library … only not free)

2013 [09] The government of Detroit MI, $20 billion in debt, files for the largest municipal bankruptcy in USA history


✓ Speed dating was invented by a rabbi.
✓ The term “sniper” comes from how hard it is to shoot the snipe bird.
✓ In the original 1902 stage version of “The Wizard of Oz”, ‘Dorothy’ did not have a dog named ‘Toto’, but a faithful cow named ‘Imogene’.
✓ Drug companies spend on average 24% of revenue on marketing and just 13% on research and development.
✓ The lifespan of a rock star is 25 years shorter than average.
✓ Wild birds in Australia have been heard swearing, having learned the words from escaped pets.
-WhattheFFacts, BestLife

Best of BS . . .
• I see by your beer that you like beer.
• I dress up as Santa Claus at malls. No, it’s not a job. I just like to do it.
• Boy, do you suck at staring contests. I’ve been having them with you all night, and you’ve lost like 12 times in a row!
• Whoa! Is that a mole?
• Pick a card, any card. Hey relax! OK, OK…I’ll wait until you’re done in the restroom.
• Check out my wallet. That’s real velcro.
• I’ll tell you what. Let’s get out of here and go to this place I know. We’ll need to pick up a mattress on the way.
-Stuff, first published in BS in 2017

(2022 Comic-Con International: San Diego runs July 21-24…)
• The ‘Inappropriately Ogling the Lone Woman’ guy.
• The ‘Hoping that His Costume Will Make Him an Internet Meme’ guy.
• The ‘Blogging This to a Blog that Nobody Reads’ guy.
• The ‘Overestimated How Many Red Bulls He Could Drink’ guy.
• The ‘Thinks He Knows More than the Expert Panelists but Makes the Audience Groan with His Inane Questions’ guy.
• The ‘I’m Never Doing This Again for Him’ girl.
• Disappointed hookers.
-Adapted from BBSpot, first published in BS in 2019

• In France, most toilet paper sold for home use is available in which color?
a) Blue
b) Pink [CORRECT]
c) Green
d) Pewter

• What is the word for “pie” in Italian?
a) Venice
b) Pizza [CORRECT]
c) Focaccia
d) Ferrari

• Which British Prime Minister once said: “My dear, you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober, and you will still be ugly.”
a) Winston Churchill [CORRECT]
b) David Cameron
c) Boris Johnson
d) Margaret Thatcher

That face, tho’:  https://twitter.com/MorissaSchwartz/status/1545751961399689216

I’m going to donate my body to science, and keep my Mom happy – she always wanted me to go to medical school…

What’s the dumbest thing your spouse has ever called to ask you at work? (Are you busy? Know where the TV remote is? Okay if I buy granola instead of corn flakes? Do you love me?)

Question:  15% of us say we’ve taken a day off work for THIS questionable reason. What is it?
Answer:  “I stubbed my toe!”

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.


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