July 15 2020

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Edition: #6740

You’re Up to Your Eyeballs in Sheet!

★ The Hallmark Channel is set to make the classic pairing of drinking wine and watching movies even more delightful. The network has teamed up with Wines That Rock to launch “Hallmark Channel Wines”, a set of holiday-themed wines inspired by the network’s many Christmas films. The wines can be purchased as a 2, 4, or 6-pack or a case of 12, but only a limited number will be bottled in time for the holiday season. The wines will ship in October and arrive just in time for the launch of “Countdown to Christmas,” the annual marathon of Hallmark movies that begins later that month and runs through the new year. (Why do I have the feeling that these wines will be sickeningly sweet?)
★ Daniel Craig has been voted the best ‘James Bond’ ever. More than 18,000 readers of the British website LADBible voted in the final round, with Craig coming out on top with 51% of the vote, beating Sean Connery in second (24%), Pierce Brosnan in third (17%), and Roger Moore in fourth (9%). In the earlier rounds of voting, Timothy Dalton, who starred in two movies, was decisively eliminated by Connery and Brosnan, with just 3.7% of the vote, while George Lazenby fared even worse, receiving just 1.5% against Moore and Craig.
★ Giancarlo Esposito believes that joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be ”the next step” for his career. Esposito, who is best known his role as drug baron Gus Fring in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”, says he’d like to work on ”something enduring” with Marvel, and as he told Entertainment Tonight: ”There’s been all these rumors about (me) being with Marvel. I want to work with those guys, I’ve put it out into the world.”
★ Johnny Depp claims his ex-wife Amber Heard hit him with a “haymaker” punch the night of her birthday, hours after he learned he had lost a staggering $650 Million. Depp detailed the shocking event while on the stand during his libel trial against a UK tabloid The Sun, which called him a “wife-beater”. Depp testified: “I had not only lost $650 million, but I was $100 million in the hole because they had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years.” He says the “bad meeting” with his financial advisors made him late for his wife’s 30th birthday party which he says made her upset.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, J.J. Watt, guest host Sebastian Maniscalco
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): James McAvoy, Stacey Abrams, My Morning Jacket
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Ricky Gervais, W. Kamau Bell
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Charlize Theron
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Rep. Val Demings, M. Ward (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Dakota Fanning, Erika Jayne
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Khloe Kardashian, Jacob Soboroff
• “The Talk” (CBS): Mark Feuerstein
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Dakota Fanning
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Trevor Noah (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Chrissy Metz, Scott Eastwood, Jo Koy, Michael Tubbs
• “United We Fall” (ABC): Series premiere. Bill and Jo juggle a typical day, which starts with a parent-teacher conference and ends with a trip to the emergency room.
• “Game On!” (CBS): Former pro football player Tiki Barber and actor Ken Jeong compete against each other in monster truck driving, a pony race and an arctic assault obstacle course.

• Lady GaGa – will be the face of Valentino’s new Voce Viva fragrance. She’ll front the campaign for the latest fragrance from the Italian fashion house, which will launch this Autumn. A statement from Valentino calls her “the icon of a generation.”
• Kanye West – released the new song ‘Donda’ to mark the birthday of his late mother, Donda West, who passed away in 2007 at age 58. The song features a recording of West’s mother reciting rapper KRS-One’s lyrics at the opening.
• Spice Girls — reunited last week. The quintet got together for a walk in the country, but were sure to stick to social distancing guidelines. While Victoria Beckham may have joined her former bandmates for the walk, it’s been reported recently she has no plans to get back on stage with them for a proposed 25th anniversary tour next year, having previously shunned their reunion concerts in 2019.
• Mariah Carey — is releasing her memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey”, on Sept. 29th. According to her, it is “composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival, and my songs. Unfiltered.”
• The Black Crowes – have announced the launch of their first e-commerce merchandise shop in almost 10 years. The new site is set to launch with an assortment of new and classic designs from the band’s history, which will be exclusive to the store.
• Queen – Drummer Roger Taylor has a released the new solo single ‘Isolation’. It was written while in pandemic lockdown, but has an optimistic message. There is also an animated video. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y7sb5jxa
• Toby Keith – posted a tribute to Kelly Preston, who died Sunday at 57. Keith, who starred with Preston in the 2006 movie “Broken Bridges”, posted a photo of the two alongside Willie Nelson, with the words: “I was blessed to do a film with you. You were our daily sunshine. What a sweet soul. Rest well, girl.”
• Sam Hunt – uses a sample of Webb Pierce’s 1953 #1 hit ‘There Stands the Glass’ in his current single ‘Hard to Forget’. While some purists aren’t too fond of sampling, Hunt says he had a gut feeling that it would work: “I knew it was right, and I don’t know why, it just felt right.”

Vermont has become the first state to “ban” food waste. A new law prohibits the disposal of compostable food waste like egg shells, coffee grounds, old bread, and fruit skins. While it’s obviously difficult to enforce, state officials consider it an opportunity to spread awareness, and they’re hoping that most people will comply. It’s part of Vermont’s plan to cut 50% of all trash that ends up in landfills, instead diverting it to facilities where it can be reused, recycled or composted. While the state will not be policing people’s roadside garbage, it does plan to expand its composting infrastructure by investing in incentives to businesses that handle compost to buy more equipment and build more facilities.
(Food waste isn’t a problem in my house. We have teenagers. And a hound!)
(Never before has someone been looked at as a hero for eating all the leftovers…!)

Uh-oh. I hadn’t thought of THIS. In the wake of the pandemic, how are we going to have Black Friday? As you know, in the US (and now other countries), that’s when shoppers gather by the dozens, hundreds or thousands as early as 5 pm Thanksgiving Day, jostling for the mad dash into their favorite stores to grab Black Friday doorbuster deals on TVs, clothing, holiday toys, and pretty much anything else. Macy’s, for one, is also concerned, but CEO Jeff Gennette says the store is considering a much earlier start to its Black Friday marketing in order to spread the crowds out over a longer period of time, and they will also offer curbside pickup. Meantime, some industry watchers point out that in recent years, consumers have increasingly turned to the internet for their Black Friday shopping, which is a fortunate thing in the midst of the pandemic.
(Well that kinda wrecks “Cyber Monday”, doesn’t it?)
(And what about all the crowds when it comes to Christmas shopping…and more importantly Boxing Day!)

We’ve heard that those attending Donald Trump’s recent campaign rallies were required to sign COVID-19 liability waivers as a requirement for admission. Now, some universities are requiring students do the same in order to attend classes this fall. And a Halifax, NS law expert says waivers could become a regular occurrence in many places. St. Frances Xavier in Antigonish is using a mixture of online and in-person classes in the fall semester, and students were sent a waiver, that by signing, gives up their right to sue the university for any “loss, damage, illness, sickness, expense or injury, including death … as a result of COVID-19 risks.” Wayne MacKay, professor emeritus at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law, says while it is a way for the university to protect itself, the document is not necessarily “airtight” if someone were to take the university to court, and it by no means absolves them of doing everything it can to meet the standards expected by public health experts.
(Good….because you know the students won’t!)

➢ Ramp up your cardio:  Studies show that higher levels of cardiovascular fitness are associated with better memory function and that exercising can protect against dementia and increase cognitive performance.
➢ Learn an instrument:  Musical pursuits drive the brain’s ability to ‘rewire’ itself, and creates more ‘grey matter’. That means it makes you smarter, and guards against the effects of aging. (What does it say about my brain if I can’t hold a note in a bucket?)
➢ There’s an app for that:  Download a brain-training app so you can flex your brain muscles while commuting or waiting in line. “Lumosity” and “Peak” are two of the more popular ones.
➢ Ditch the GPS:  A study found that the brains of cab drivers actually grew on the job as they learned more and more about their city. Ditch the GPS every once in a while, to gain an intellectual edge. (I do that…I call it “dead battery time”!)
➢ Take notes:  Storing more items in your short-term memory is linked to greater intelligence. Carrying a notebook to jot down thoughts, ideas and to-dos is a great way to increase the amount of information you memorize.
➢ Play chess:  It engages both hemispheres of the brain, which helps you use both creativity and logic simultaneously. (When I’m asked, I try to be smart and creative enough to get out of it!)

Corona killed the elevator star. Mood Media, which owns Muzak, the company most famously associated with providing piped-in music to public-access elevators (and retail stores), has filed for bankruptcy. Many of the current struggles the company faces are due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and the virus’s “widespread devastation” on consumer habits and a reorganization of priorities at its retail clients.


1952 [68] Terry O’Quinn, Sault Ste. Marie MI, TV actor (‘John Locke’ on “Lost” 2004-10, “Hawaii Five-0” 2011-18)

1956 [64] Joe Satriani, rock guitarist (‘Surfing With the Alien’, w/Chickenfoot-‘Oh Yeah’, also played with Mick Jagger and Deep Purple)

1961 [59] Forest Whitaker, Longview TX, movie actor (“The Butler”, Oscar-“The Last King of Scotland”) COMING UP…”Respect”, 2020

1963 [57] Brigitte Nielsen, Rødovre Denmark, movie actress (“Red Sonja”, “Rocky IV”, “Creed 2”) married to Sylvester Stallone 1985-87

1967 [53] Adam Savage, New York City NY, TV show host (“Mythbusters” 2003-18)

1972 [48] Scott Foley, Kansas City KS, TV actor (‘Capt. Jake Ballard’ on “Scandal” 2013-18)/ex-Mr. Jennifer Garner (2000-04)

1973 [47] Brian Austin Green, Van Nuys CA, TV actor (“Beverly Hills, 90210” 1990-2000, “Anger Management” 2012-14)

1976 [44] Diane Kruger, Algermissen Germany, movie actress (“Inglourious Basterds”, “National Treasure”) girlfriend of “Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus

1981 [39] Taylor Kinney, Lancaster PA, TV actor (‘Lt Kelly Severide’ on “Chicago Fire” since 2012)/movie actor (“Zero Dark Thirty”)

• “Be a Dork Day”, an annual excuse to wear goofy clothing, not brush your teeth, eat yucky food, and trip over your own feet. (In other words, act normal.)

• “Give Something Away Day”, an opportunity to share some of your bounty, whether it be buying a meal for someone, donating clothing, or giving flowers to someone confined to their home. (#GiveSomethingAwayDay)

• “Gummi Worm Day”, celebrating the ooey-gooey candies first created by German company Trolli in 1981. ‘Gummi’ means ‘rubber’ in German.

• “Pet Fire Safety Day”, a day to consider ways to keep your 4-legged friend(s) safe from house fires. The #1 tip is to have an escape plan that includes your pets. (Some fire stations offer free Pet Fire Safety window stickers so first responders know to look for any pets inside, in the event of a fire.)

• “St Swithun’s Day”, honoring the 7th-century Bishop of Winchester. According to legend, if it rains on St Swithun’s Day, it will rain for the next 40 days. If it is clear, no rain will fall for 40 days. (Sort of a saintly Groundhog Day.)

• “Tapioca Day”, honoring that stuff you put in pudding that looks like fish eyes.

• “I Love Horses Day”, to salute one of the greatly loved animals and pets. Horses played an important part of our history by helping us explore new territories, deliver mail, and have served in wars. And horses such as Silver, Trigger, and Mr. Ed have even become TV stars.

[Thurs] Fresh Spinach Day
[Thurs] World Snake Day
[Fri] National Tattoo Day
[Fri] World Emoji Day

2011 [09] “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2” (last in the series) opens in movie theaters (grosses $1.3 billion in worldwide box office, still #13 all-time)

2016 [04] Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin divorce after 12 years of marriage

2015 [05] A judge trims more than $1 million from the $7.4 million in damages Pharrell Williams and co-writer Robin Thicke must pay after the ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright trial (also awards Marvin Gaye’s family 50% of future earnings from the song)

2018 [02] ‘November Rain’ by Guns N’ Roses becomes the first ’90s video to pass a billion views on YouTube (currently: 1.3 billion). The next closest is ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries, at 739 million

2003 [17] A Japanese company unveils the ‘Meowlingual’, a gadget it claims can translate cat meows and purrs into human phrases

2006 [14] Twitter is launched, and quickly becomes one of the largest social media platforms


✓ Before the 1800s, shoes weren’t designed specifically for the right or left foot.
✓ No Spanish words begin with the letter ‘W’.
✓ Caterpillars have about 4,000 muscles. Humans have about 600.
✓ Queen Elizabeth II was Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” for 1952.
✓ Some robots in Japan have to pay union dues.
✓ An iceberg contains more heat than a match.
-TotallyAwesomeUselessInformation, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .

• Must contain zero letters and zero numbers.
• Must rhyme with orange.
• Must include the word, or some variation of the word “PASSWORD”
• Must include a chemical element, a doughy product and a color that reflects your soul.
• You must be at least this tall to create a password.
• Must include GPS coordinates of your house and a time you usually aren’t home.
• Must contain your father’s maiden name.
• Must be at least 280 characters long.
• Must contain the letters ‘A’ and ‘F’, in that order.
• Must contain up to 6 letters (no less than 4), up to 4 numbers, your Hogwarts House, and the maiden name of your favorite movie’s director’s mom. Also, that’s not a strong password. Please try again…*signs in with Google*
• Must be Snoopified. As in “Passwizzle”.

➠ Production on Marvel’s “Ant-Man 3” will begin in June of 2021. (Ant-Man is the world’s smallest action hero. Not counting Tom Cruise.)
➠ A photographer is building a home that resembles a camera. (Good news ladies . . . he’s single!)
➠ On the Rob Lowe podcast, Magic Johnson revealed that he isn’t the one who posts those provocative and sometimes controversial Tweets on his Twitter account.  (The NBA hasn’t been shocked like this since a player took responsibility for his illegitimate kids.)
➠ The Syfy channel has hinted that another “Sharknado” movie is in the works. (With the pandemic going on, this one’s a little less exciting . . . it’s just a boardroom full of Syfy Channel lawyers with a fan on…)
➠ Thought of the Day:  A beautiful face attracts more partners than a beautiful body, according to a scientific survey.  (In related news:  How’s that coronavirus vaccine coming?)

What common cliché is actually true?

People are awesome:  https://tinyurl.com/ycuxba4d

Be nice to other people…they outnumber you almost 8 billion to 1.

• In 1880s England, THIS was considered a dirty word. What is it?
a) Noodle
b) Pants [CORRECT]
c) Dance
d) Ca-ca

• You are average if you have between 40 and 50 billion of THESE. What are they?
a) Fat cells [CORRECT]
b) Brain cells
c) Leg hairs
d) Plastic bags

• The average adult’s weighs about one ounce. What is it?
a) Toenail
b) Eyeball [CORRECT]
c) Hair strand
d) Urine sample

Question:  In this situation, men are statistically three times more likely to faint than women are. What is it?
Answer:  A trip to the dentist

Love is giving someone the power to destroy you, but trusting them not to.


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