June 18 2020

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Thursday, June 18, 2020   Edition: #6722

Ah, the Sweet Smell of BS!

★ Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 72nd Emmy Awards on ABC. This marks the third time Kimmel has hosted the Emmys, following the 64th event in 2012 and 68th in 2016. The Primetime Emmy telecast will take place as planned on Sunday, Sept. 20th.  That’s about all we know at this point. Information about the telecast’s producer, and how the show will look in these pandemic times, will be announced at a later date. Kimmel quote: “I don’t know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it.” He will also serve as executive producer. (Seems like he has a handle on it…)
★ Competitive eater Joey Chestnut expressed concern in early April that the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest would not take place due to the pandemic. Now, officials have announced that the competition will happen, albeit with major changes. Fans will not be allowed to attend, and the competition will feature just five eaters this year. The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest traditionally pits 15 eaters against each other, but Major League Eating made the reduction in order to maintain social distancing. ESPN will air the contest on July 4th.
★ Keanu Reeves is auctioning off a 15-minute virtual date to raise money for a children’s cancer charity. He’s giving one lucky fan the chance to spend 15 minutes with him on a virtual date over video calling app Zoom, providing they are the highest bidder in his auction for children’s cancer charity Camp Rainbow Gold. Bidding for “A Little One on One with Keanu” – which is valued at $10,000 – stood at $16,300 as of Tuesday evening.  UPDATE HERE
★ “The Bold and the Beautiful” will become the first U.S. television series to return to production as things continue to open up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The CBS soap returned to its Television City soundstage on Wednesday. It is currently in preproduction. Last month, the series was renewed for two more seasons, which will take it through Season 35 in 2022. The hope is for new original episodes to begin airing in early-to-mid July, though no airdate has yet been set.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Amy Schumer
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Don Cheadle, Rev. Al Sharpton, Luke Bryan
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sherrilyn Ifill, Mike Birbiglia
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Judd Apatow
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker, Leon Bridges featuring Terrace Martin
• “Conan” (TBS): Mayor Melvin Carter (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Laverne Cox
• “The Talk” (CBS): Brooke Shields, Ross Butler
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Bryce Dallas Howard
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, James Bay
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Bryce Dallas Howard, Bob Saget, Adam Rodriguez
• “Holey Moley” (ABC): Celebrity friends cheer on a competitor on Slip N’ Putt; mini golf meets baseball on The Distractor; a competitor faces off against an opponent dubbed “Mister Mini Golf”; a twist sends one contestant into the final round on Double Dutch Courage.
• “Celebrity Watch Party” (FOX): A Party With the Fab Five
• “Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn” (HBO): Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol examines the fascinating and controversial life of the high-profile lawyer.

• Katy Perry – She and Black Eyed Peas will co-headline tonight’s Democracy Summer 2020 virtual concert. The event aims to encourage US citizens to register to vote. Logan Browning and Rosario Dawson will host.
• Khalid and Victoria Monet – will release a collaboration tomorrow in hopes of providing some positivity amid dark times. In a statement written by Monet posted to both artists’ Instagrams, she notes: “It’s important to us to highlight and celebrate Black joy and love in the middle of so much pain and trauma.”
• Alice Cooper – when asked if the coronavirus pandemic has made him think about retiring, this was his response: “Not in the least. That word doesn’t exist in my vocabulary. A long, long time ago, I said if I come into your town and put on a show and nobody shows up, well, then I know I’m done. That hasn’t happened.” He’s 72.
• Motorhead — Plans for a biopic about the life of late bassist and frontman Lemmy Kilmister are underway. It’s expected to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
• Rush — On Monday, they premiered their new official conceptual music video for ‘The Spirit of Radio’. The animated clip pays tribute to the FM rock radio format and to late drummer Neil Peart. It’s to promote their 40th anniversary reissue of “Permanent Waves”.
• Luke Bryan – Because the usual CMA Fest has been canceled this year due to the pandemic, tonight he will host “CMA Best of the Fest”, a three-hour special that will look back at unforgettable CMA Fest performances from years past, plus a brand-new performance from Bryan and Darius Rucker. It will air at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
• Craig Morgan – got into a fight with a machete, and the machete won. He shared gory pics of his bloody knee, before and after stitches, to his Instagram with the caption: “Got a little machete gash.” No more details, except the words: “God I love Alaska”.
• Kenny Rogers – His “The Gambler” TV movie series is being rebooted into a television series. Shout! Factory has also acquired rights to 5 other Rogers-starring movies for possible remakes, Including “Coward of the County”.

While much of exactly how the novel coronavirus is spread remains a mystery, we do know that it can last on some surfaces for days. Now, designers are working on what they’re calling “no-touch technology” in an effort to make things like elevators and checkout screens safe. Prototypes are being developed that would allow us to press an elevator button, for example, by hovering a finger in the air and using sensors rather than making contact. And imagine just holding up two fingers to input a “2” into a touchscreen. This could be achieved through the use of ultraviolet light and sensors. In some cases, voice technology can also replace touchscreens. As one of the engineers puts it, “Avoiding the need for touch is likely a better solution than relying on cleaning.”
(Because I really want to have to yell my PIN into a microphone!)
(When they come up with a “no-touch” car wash, then I’ll be interested. Oh. Never mind…)
(Ummm…No-touch toilet seat. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?)

⇒ Science might have the answer to why when you finally get close to your weight loss goal, you always seem to hit a plateau with only a few pounds to lose – and they just won’t seem to budge. The answer is twofold: For one, your metabolism slows because fewer calories are required to maintain and move a lighter body. So, the lighter you get, the fewer calories you burn. Secondly, weight loss is accompanied by an increase in appetite. A hormone tells our brain how much fat is stored in our body. When we lose body fat, the “brake” on our appetite is partly released, making us feel even more hungry, and temptation to eat makes that last few pounds ever harder to lose.
(It seems obvious that the solution is to set your goal five pounds heavier…)
⇒ Scientists have calculated that there could be a minimum of 36 active, communicating intelligent civilizations in our Milky Way galaxy, according to a new study. However, due to time and distance, we may never actually know if they exist or ever existed. To determine this, researchers from the University of Nottingham used a complex series of equations, including the history of star formation in our galaxy and the ages of stars, the metal content of the stars and the likelihood of stars hosting Earth-like planets in their habitable zones where life could form. (Does this make us the planet that aliens lock their doors and ride right past without stopping?)
⇒ A last-minute pee before you leave the house “just in case” is bad for your bladder, according to Dr. Steven Kaplan, director of Benign Urologic Diseases and The Men’s Health Program at the Mount Sinai Health System. He says a healthy bladder holds 400-500ml, and if we continually empty it before it fills, it could train our bladders to want to empty when it’s only about half-full, and it will eventually even shrink a bit. (That’s why I fill it right up every Saturday night…just in case!)
-Inverse, CNN, Healthing


• Twitter logo:  Larry Bird
• Casper the Friendly Ghost:  Casper McFadden
• Jughead:  Forsythe P. Jones
• Scooby Doo:  Scoobert
• Shaggy:  Norville Rogers
• MacGyver:  Angus MacGuyver
• Turtle (from “Entourage”):  Salvatore Assante
• The Skipper (from “Gilligan’s Island”):  Jonas Grumby
• Woody (from “Toy Story”):  Woody Pride
• Mr. Peanut:  Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe

✓ Early bird:  A 2019 study found that people are probably genetically predisposed to be morning larks or night owls.
✓ Coffee obsession:  A study found that those with more of a certain gene drank less coffee, maybe because they metabolize caffeine slower, so they need less of it to feel happy and awake. (Freaks…)
✓ Trust:  A study of twins found that trust in others is 30% heritable (which is, apparently, a word). Distrust, oddly, is not an inherited trait and “appears to be primarily socialized”. (Especially if you have friends like mine…)
✓ Sweaty hands:  It’s not all nerves. Researchers found that 2/3 of patients with “sweaty palms syndrome” have a family history of it. (I’m much more comfortable about this now that I haven’t shaken anyone’s hand for 3 months!)
✓ Sweet tooth:  A study found that nearly 80% of preschoolers carried at least one of the genotypes that makes them want to snack on sweets instead of veggies. (Well, what did they THINK???)
✓ Ability to smell “asparagus pee”:  Self-explanatory. Not kidding.

Taking up a hobby can be a significant buffer against depression, according to new research from University College London. The study of 8,780 adults found that having a hobby reduced the risk of developing depression by about 30%. The effects were observed in both men and women.


1942 [78] (Sir) Paul McCartney, Liverpool UK, rock billionaire (The Beatles-‘Hey Jude’, Wings-‘Band on the Run’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1999)

1952 [68] Isabella Rossellini, Rome Italy, movie actress (“Death Becomes Her, “Blue Velvet”)/daughter of Ingrid Bergman

1965 [55] Kim Dickens, Huntsville AL, TV actress (‘Madison’ on “Fear the Walking Dead” 2015-18/ movie actress (“Gone Girl”, “Thank You for Smoking”)

1971 [49] Nathan Morris, Philadelphia PA, R&B singer (Boyz II Men-‘I’ll Make Love to You’, ‘End of the Road’)

1976 [44] Blake Shelton, Ada OK, country singer (‘Boys ’Round Here’, ‘God’s Country’)/TV personality (“The Voice” since 2011)

1980 [40] David Giuntoli, Milwaukee WI, TV actor (‘Nick Burkhardt’ on “Grimm” 2011-17)

1981 [39] Scooter Braun (Scott), New York City NY, record executive (talent manager who represents musical acts such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato)

1986 [34] Richard Madden, Elderslie Scotland, TV actor (‘Robb Stark’ on “Game of Thrones” 2011-16, “The Bodyguard” since 2018

1990 [30] Jacob Anderson, Bristol UK, TV actor (‘Grey Worm’ on “Game of Thrones” 2013-19)

• “Autistic Pride Day”, an annual celebration of the ‘neuro-diversity’ of people on the autism spectrum that’s designed to shift views of autism from ‘disease’ to ‘difference’.

• “International Picnic Day”, It’s a pseudo-holiday for humans, but a regular working day for ants.

• “Go Fishing Day” which, if you can pull it off, would allow you to post a sign on your door saying ‘Gone Fishing’. Work, after all, is for people who don’t know how to fish.

• (Perhaps it’s NOT a coincidence that today is also…) “International Sushi Day”, the 12th annual observance conceived originally as a Facebook page. If you’re looking for an excuse to eat raw fish, this seems as good a day as any. NET: http://bit.ly/10Xizp

• “Splurge Day”, when we’re encouraged to go out and do something indulgent. If funds or guilt were no problem, what would you blow bucks on? (I’m not sure, but it would involve bacon…)

• “Panic Day”, when you’re encouraged to run around all day telling people you just can’t handle it anymore. In other words … just a regular day.

[Fri] Garfield the Cat Day
[Fri] Flip Flop Day
[Sat] American Eagle Day
[Sat] Vanilla Milkshake Day
[Sat] Summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere

2009 [11] Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a 32-year-old woman from Minnesota, is found guilty of illegal sharing of music files via the Internet and is ordered to pay $1.92 million, $80,000 per song

2011 [09] Clarence Clemons, saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, dies at age 69 after suffering a stroke. He is eventually replaced in the band by his nephew, Jake Clemons

2018 [02] Rapper XXXTentacion [Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy] dies after being shot during a robbery

1905 [115] The wooden chair that’s become a symbol of Summer, the ‘Adirondack Chair’, is patented by Harry Bunnell of Westport NY (in Canada, it’s known as the ‘Muskoka Chair’)

2014 [06] Internet retailer Amazon.com releases its own smartphone, ‘Fire’

2000 [20] Tiger Woods wins the US Open Golf Championship by a record 15 strokes

2013 [07] The biggest version of Boeing’s Dreamliner plane, the 787-10, debuts at the Paris Air Show in France


✓ Squirrels can climb trees faster than they can run on the ground.
✓ Electronic dance music has been shown to ward off mosquitos.
✓ Pigs always sleep on their side.
✓ Cats cannot taste sweet things due to a genetic defect.
✓ Dragonflies have six legs, but can’t walk.
✓ The oldest-known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.
-TotallyAwesomeUselessInformation, BestLife

(Just in time for Father’s Day this Sunday, here are some Dad-isms:)
• “You want something to do? I’ll give you something to do!”
• “Don’t make me stop this car!”
• “What did I just finish telling you?”
• “Don’t give me any of your lip, young lady.”
• “Act your age!”
• “Do you think I’m made of money?”
• “You call that noise ‘music’?”
• “Because I said so. That’s why!”
• “I’m not just talking to hear my own voice!”
• “Pull my finger.”
• “Ask your mother.”
– First published in BS 2000

Summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on Saturday. Here are some…

• Cleaning the grill with your wife’s hairbrush is unsanitary.
• Always double-check you’re not barbecuing the dog’s chew toy.
• Shave hands and arms to prevent flame-ups.
• Singed eyelashes normally grow back in about 3 weeks.
• A ‘BBQ spit’ does NOT refer to saliva.
• If it moos when you put a fork in it, slap it back on.
• Friends don’t let friends grill drunk! A message from MABB, Mothers Against Burnt Burgers.
-First published in BS in 2015

➠ New albums are out from Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Nick Lowe, Indigo Girls, Steve Earle, and Jimmy Buffett. (For those of us who can let go of our cash, but not our past!)
➠ Google says it’s receiving an alarming rise in requests for censorship. (Meanwhile, Yahoo would like to remind everyone that they’re still a thing…)
➠ A 91-year-old woman graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont this past month. (Even better news: she’s already been offered a job in heaven!)
➠ Paul McCartney is 78 today. (He was knighted in 1997, making him one of only a few musicians to be called “Sir.” There’s McCartney, Elton John and, of course, Mix-a-Lot…)
➠ Fact of the Day:  The more a child practices a musical instrument, the better they are at paying attention, managing anxiety, and controlling their emotions. (And if that doesn’t work: Netflix!)

Can I get a hand here, please?  https://t.co/7nteXT0Oyk

What ‘Dad-ism’ did you hear while growing up…over and over and over…?

I bet you’d be really motivated if the weight you lost went to someone you don’t like.


Question:  45% of people say THIS is on their bucket list. What is it?
Answer:  A hot air balloon ride

Speed is only useful if you’re running in the right direction.


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