July 4 2019

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Thursday, July 4, 2019 – Edition: #6486

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ “Breaking Bad” fans are poring over a new image that star Aaron Paul shared of himself and Bryan Cranston. In the photo, the two men hold their shoes as they walk barefoot through a creek, Paul slightly in front of Cranston. Paul captioned the photo: “Even sooner.” Fans immediately responded with Breaking Bad reactions, GIFs and memes. Many wondered if Paul’s vague caption had to do with the project’s release date possibly being sooner than anticipated.
★ Russell Crowe lived up to his reputation for losing his cool after flying off the handle during a press event for his new Showtime series, “The Loudest Voice”. Crowe had an epic meltdown in New York City over the negative way “HuffPost Live” host Ricky Camilleri introduced him. Co-stars Sienna Miller, Naomi Watts, Annabelle Wallis and Seth MacFarlane remained onstage following the incident and Crowe ended up doing a private interview after Camilleri apologized. Crowe’s camp is claiming he didn’t actually get that upset, saying, “Russell did not ‘freak out,’ and there was no ‘curse-filled tirade.’ “The Loudest Voice” premiered on Sunday.
★ The man who has accused Kevin Spacey of sexual battery will have to reveal his identity. “John Doe” has been fighting to keep his name out of proceedings, but has now been told he will have to “reveal his true and complete name” to the actor’s lawyers. Spacey filed documents earlier this year, demanding his accuser reveal his name, arguing pseudonyms are rarely allowed in court. The judge overseeing the case originally denied the request and ruled the plaintiff could continue as John Doe, due to his “vulnerability to humiliation, harassment, and threats”
★ Bravo is reviving “Cash Cab,” with plans to bring it back on air after Discovery Channel’s own revival of the series ended last year. Ben Bailey will return to host the new version of the game show, in which unsuspecting cab riders have the length of a ride to answer trivia questions for the chance to win big money. Bailey was the host during the show’s original run on Discovery Channel from 2005 to 2012. It’s set to begin shooting this summer and will premiere later this year.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Seth Rogen, Mike Tyson, Iggy Azalea (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Ramy Youssef, Ivan Orkin (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, BTS (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andrew Rannells, Carla Lalli Music (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Laura Dern, Alfonso Cuaron, Beck (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Martin Short (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Bethenny Frankel (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Elisabeth Moss (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Greg Kinnear, Amanda Seales
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, O.A.R.
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Rob Lowe, Tig Notaro, Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde, Hannah Brown (R)
• “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC): The 43rd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will launch from the Brooklyn Bridge and four barges along the lower East River.
• “Stranger Things” (NETFLIX): Season 3 premiere

• Billie Eilish – Elton John says that “Talent like hers doesn’t come along very often.” In an interview, he also said: ”Her album was amazing. She’s come a long way very quickly. She’s an incredible word-of-mouth artist. I can’t wait to see her live because she has something very special going on.”
• Cardi B – Her application to trademark her signature phrase “okurrr” for use on merchandise has been refused by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Registration was refused because it is a “commonplace term, message, or expression widely used by a variety of sources…”
• Taylor Swift — Scooter Braun is ”open to having a private conversation” with her following his acquisition of Big Machine records, which includes Swift’s master recordings from 2005 to 2018. Following the news, Swift posted a lengthy statement in which she said she felt ”grossed out” by the business deal.
• Bryan Adams – plays Toronto’s Budweiser Stage tonight as part of his “Shine a Light” world tour. Adams was the venue’s very first performer when it opened 25 years ago (as the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre).
• Neil Diamond — A musical about him is coming to Broadway. The new, as-yet-untitled stage production will document his life using an array of the 72-year-old singer’s greatest hits. Neil quote: “The inspiration for many of my early songs came from shows like West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof. So it seems only fitting to bring my songs to The Great White Way.”
• Joan Jett – is getting her own guitar. Gibson has announced the Joan Jett ES-339 in Wine Red. It will be produced in a very limited run of just 150, with the first 50 hand-signed by Jett.
• Garth Brooks –his Saturday night performance at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon featured a choir of 800 singers, which accompanied Brooks for ‘We Shall Be Free’ and the classic R&B song ‘Shout’. ‘Shout’ is a tradition among University of Oregon students, and is blasted out at the end of every third quarter during Oregon Ducks football games.
• Kane Brown – has teased his new song ‘Rodeo’. He shared on Instagram a video of himself in the studio, lip-syncing and dancing along to a demo version of the song. He promised fans that if the video got one million views, he’d release it — and his fans quickly took care of that.
• Rascal Flatts — Jay DeMarcus says the trio will be making music together “until one of us kicks the bucket.” Quote: “I don’t think we’ll ever be one of those bands that can’t play and [doesn’t] make music together somehow. It may be years from now, when we’re just doing the Opry a few times a year and [we’re] old men sitting on our porch, sitting around playing with guitars.”

You know that horrible feeling when you’re on your way to the airport and you suddenly wonder if you remembered to bring your passport? Wouldn’t it be a lot handier to just be able to use your smartphone? It could happen. The governments of Canada and the Netherlands have launched a test project which will allow travellers to fly between certain airports in each country without a passport. The pilot project is called “Known Traveller Digital Identity” (KTDI) and the idea is to alleviate the extreme spike in international travel, which is estimated to grow to 1.8 billion passengers by 2030. So far, just 3 airports (Toronto, Montreal and Amsterdam) are included in the project. Here is how it works: Identity details that are usually stored on a chip on travellers’ passports will instead be encrypted on their smartphones. Over time, the program will allow travellers to work their way up to “known traveller status”. It is believed that this system could allow travellers to clear border crossings more quickly, in a more secure way. The first end-to-end paperless travel is expected to happen next year.
(And when they accidentally wipe your phone in one of those X-Ray scanners at customs, THEN what happens?)
(As far as I’m concerned, the fewer people who see my passport photo, the better!)
(Both these places have legal marijuana. It’s not like anyone is trying to smuggle anything!)

You might have heard yesterday about the fact that some researchers found that social media may in fact be GOOD for you. Well, these people haven’t got the message yet.  Some Australian parents are paying $5,000 to send their technology-addicted teenagers to military-style bootcamps to learn things like teamwork and honesty. The program is organized by Australian army veterans and is described as ideal for the 12-17 crowd who “demonstrate poor behaviors, low self-esteem, lack of respect, and addiction to technology.” During their nine-day stay, participants will have their devices put on lockdown, and can look forward to learning about real things like nutrition, making beds, polishing boots, cleaning their barracks and marching, as well as participating in climbing rock walls, a high ropes course, an Army-style obstacle course, survival training and a tandem parachute jump from 12,000ft.
(All those activities, and no way to post a selfie of them doing it?!?!)
(No cell phone…that’s ONE way to make it seem like your summer vacation lasts forever!)
(“Making beds?  Like, when am I going to need to know how to do that in real life?”)

The 107th Calgary Stampede opens tomorrow. While some people definitely go for the rodeo, some are just there for the food. Here’s a sampling of this year’s menu:
➠ Rose lemonade:  The perfect balance of fruity, raspberry sweetness paired with a lemon aftertaste. And to top it off? Real edible roses and slices of lemons.
➠ Dill everything:  There will be no shortage of dill-flavoured goodies — in places where the herb has not usually gone. From the Pickle Pop to Dill Cotton Candy and Pickle Ice Cream. And DO NOT leave without trying the Dill Pickle Pizza.
➠ Flamin’ Frog Legs:  It’s a frog leg covered in spicy CHEETOS, breaded, and then (of course) deep fried and dusted with more of the hot crumbs. Said to be surprisingly juicy. (And is that a good thing?)
➠ Creamy Truffle Lobster Dumpling:  Filled with cream cheese, lobster, green onion and garlic. And deep-fried. Said to be crispy on the outside, but melts in your mouth at first bite.
➠ Garlic Parmesan Freakk Fries:  These are foot-long fries. They’re made with a “special potato recipe” and cooked to a crisp. There are six sauces to choose from, ranging from garlic Parmesan, chipotle mayo, butter chicken, and chocolate — because why not?
➠ Sweet potato soft-serve:  You heard right. Soft-serve ice-cream made from sweet potatoes. Sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds. And it’s served in a pineapple.
(Try one of each, then go try to ride a bull for eight seconds!)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says that the single best sign that someone is intelligent is that they are often wrong. His explanation for this counter-intuitive concept? He says that people who end up being right a lot often change their minds along the way in getting to that right answer. They do so because they accept new information, they revisit their understanding and knowledge, they find holes in their own proposed solutions, and stay open to new ideas and to those who challenge their viewpoint.


1938 [81] Bill Withers, Slab Fork WV, soul singer (‘Lean on Me’, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’)

1961 [58] Andrew Zimmern, New York City NY, chef (co-host of “Bizarre Foods” 2006-18)

1971 [48] Al Madrigal, San Francisco CA, TV actor (“About a Boy” 2014)/comedian (regular correspondent on “The Daily Show” since 2011)

1981 [38] Mike Sorrentino (The Situation), New York City NY, reality star (“Jersey Shore” 2009-12, “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” 2018)/currently serving time for tax evasion, scheduled to be released on September 12

1983 [36] Melanie Fiona (Hallim), Toronto ON, R&B singer (w/Cee Lo Green-‘Fool for You’, ‘It Kills Me’)

1995 [24] Post Malone (Austin Richard Post), Syracuse NY, Rapper (‘White Iverson’, ‘Too Young’)

1998 [21] Malia Obama, Chicago IL, Former US presidential daughter/first offspring of Barack & Michelle Obama

• “U.S. Independence Day”, celebrating the country’s declaration of nationhood in 1776. Among the more unusual 4th of July festivals: “Sidewalk Egg-Frying Challenge” in Oatman AZ; “World’s Greatest Lizard Race” in Lovington NM; and the vegan-inspired “Independence from Meat Day”

• “Barbecue Day”, Almost everyone loves the taste of freshly grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and steak! So gather up the gang and celebrate the time-honored tradition of singeing your eyebrows and arm hair…

• “Country Music Day”, celebrating the roots music movement that began in America over 90 years ago with the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Country is actually a mishmash of several other styles, including folk, Celtic, blues, gospel, hokum, and old-time music. (***See ‘BS Web Goodie’, below***)

• “Alice in Wonderland Day”, the day that commemorates Lewis Carroll’s first telling of the famous children’s story to his young inspiration, Alice Liddell. It is the day on which Carroll sent his child friend Alice down a rabbit hole in his far-fetched tale, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

• “Sidewalk Egg Frying Day”, it’s July, the middle of summer. It’s hotter than blazes. Why, it’s so hot that you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Here’s your chance to go ahead and prove it! (what if I wanted them poached?)

• “Invisible Day”, if you could be invisible for just one day, what would you do?

• “Caesar Salad Day”, is not named after Julius Caesar. It’s actually named after the chef who created it – Caesar Cardini, who first concocted it at Caesar’s Place Restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico

[Fri] Bikini Day
[Fri] Workaholics Day
[Sat] National Fried Chicken Day
[Sat] International Kissing Day

1982 [37] Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne marries his manager Sharon Arden.

1999 [20] Victoria Adams, better known as ‘Posh Spice’ of The Spice Girls, marries soccer star David Beckham.

1992 [27] The king of all booty songs, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back’,” hits #1 in America.

2015 [04] Ariana Grande touches off a social media firestorm when she is caught on camera licking some donuts on a display counter at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California

1996 [23] ‘Hotmail’, the free internet email service, makes its debut, one of the first webmail services. The name was chosen because it contains the letters ‘HTML’, the language used to create web pages. Microsoft acquired Hotmail in 1997, and it was replaced by Outlook.com in 2012

2009 [10] The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public in NYC’s harbor after 8 years of closure due to security concerns following the 9/11 attacks

2018 [01] Competitive eater Joey Chestnut wins his 11th championship at the annual ‘Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest’ at NYC’s Coney Island, by eating a record 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes (How will he do today?)


✓ Scottish band The Bay City Rollers chose their name after sticking a pin in a map of America, which landed on the Michigan city.
✓ Redondo Beach, California adopted the Goodyear Blimp as the city’s official bird in 1983.
✓ Alaska is simultaneously the westernmost and easternmost state.
✓ Abraham Lincoln had the opportunity to populate the United States with elephants. He turned it down.
✓ The Square Dance is the official state dance of 24 states.
✓ Before President Trump, the first president, George Washington, was also the wealthiest, with assets worth more than $500 million (in today’s dollars).

• Hundreds of old KFC wet-naps
• A giant bag of those really weird hard candies that she keeps in her purse.
• A VHS copy of “Cocoon.”
• Those weird figurines that came in Red Rose Tea
• The “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” button that’s supposed to be around her neck.
• A phonebook from 1956.
• All the kids stolen noses that grandpa left behind when he died.
• A collection of miscellaneous keys for god knows what and 45 years worth of newspaper clippings.
• Her marbles
• All the nickels she plans to give me on my next birthday.
• An autographed copy of the Bible.
• Junk that didn’t fit in her trunk.

Best of BS . . .

• Couldn’t we just do this via email?
• Does anyone know how to get past this level on Bejeweled? I’m stuck!
• Do I need a lawyer?
• You mean everyone except me, right?
• Does anyone have some toenail clippers I could borrow?
• What exactly do you mean by “crippling layoffs?”
• Don’t you feel like you’re overpaying us?
• Can you wake me when this is over?
• Can you guys smell that?
• Any question asked right as the meeting is ending.
-Twitter, first published in ‘BS’ in 2018

If you could acquire any skill that you don’t have, what would you choose?

• What was the first U.S. city to host the Olympics?
a. St. Louis [CORRECT, 1904]
b. Los Angeles
c. Atlanta
d. Lake Placid

• What is the oldest city in the United States?
a. Jamestown, Virginia
b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
c. Plymouth, Massachusetts
d. Saint Augustine, Florida [CORRECT, 1565]

It’s “Country Music Day”. Why beat your brains out trying to write a country hit? You can instantly create clever lyrics for a new country song with the online ‘Country Song Machine’ …
NET: http://www.outofservice.com/country

The difference between America and England is that Americans think 100 years is a long time, while the English think 100 miles is a long way.

Question: 4.4% of women say a man who has THIS is just looking for attention. What is it?
Answer:  A mustache

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. – Harry S. Truman


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