June 21 2018

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 – Edition: #6239

We’ve Got Our Sheet Together!

★ Millie Bobby Brown stole the show at the MTV Awards by shaming cyber bullies. The ‘Stranger Things’ star was unable to attend in person after breaking her knee cap, but she sent a video message to accept the gong for Best Performance in a Show. In it, she said that “There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it and neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how worthy you are…message me on Instagram.” That came days after she deleted her Twitter account after becoming the target of trolls, who flooded the platform with homophobic memes which attributed hateful comments about the LGBTQ community to her.
★ The 2018 Television Critics Association Awards nominations have been revealed. The FX network received the most nominations this year with a total of 10, including for “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”, “The Americans” and “Atlanta”. Netflix had the second most nominations, with nine. Their programs “Alias Grace”, “The Crown” and “GLOW’ were recognized.
(Go figure. Nothing for Roseanne…)
★ Fran Drescher has graduated from considering a “Nanny” reboot to talking about it potentially being in the works. We think. She told ET that she and her ex-husband and collaborator Peter Marc Jacobson, who created the show with her, are “Talking about it. We’re working on a very big project. It’s going to be very exciting for the fans, but I’m not at liberty to announce it yet. But it’s gonna be big.”
(Excuse me while I mentally prepare myself to hear that voice again!)
★ So much for Netflix and chill? The online streaming service is prohibiting employees on its shows from looking at each other for longer than five seconds in the new post-Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo movement era. Film crews are also now forbidden from asking their co-workers for phone numbers, and if workers are feeling harassed, they are encouraged to yell: “Stop! Don’t do that again!”
(I HATE it when film crews ask for my phone number!)
★ Tori Spelling recently posted a picture of herself in one-piece swimsuit with the hashtag #body love,” but she got no love from her fans in return. Instead she was accused of photoshopping. Many of her 1.1 million fans weren’t impressed, because they were convinced that she edited her image, which has since been deleted. One disproving fan said the criticism is warranted because “she’s talking about body positivity and she photoshopped the picture.”
★ Eva Longoria and José Bastón are the proud new parents of a baby boy. The couple have released the first picture of their son and revealed his name is Santiago Enrique.  Santiago is Longoria’s first child. Bastón has three children from a previous marriage. It’s been one milestone after another for her lately — she also recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Drew Barrymore, David Harbour, Andrea Bocelli
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michael Strahan, Dave Matthews, Dave Matthews Band
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Seth Rogen, Mike Colter, Death Cab for Cutie
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Missy Robbins
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Foo Fighters, Sophie Turner, Paul McCartney
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Bill Hader, Alexandra Shipp, Natalie Prass ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Alison Brie, Billy Porter
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Cynthia Nixon
• “The Talk” (CBS): Craig T. Nelson, guest co-host Carrie Ann Inaba
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jared Leto, Emily Blunt, Michael Franti & Spearhead
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Favorite moments with sports stars from Season 15, including Steph Curry, Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant
• “The Gong Show” (ABC): Season 2 premiere. Celebrity judges Fred Armisen, Will Arnett and Rita Wilson.
• “Take 2” (ABC): Series premiere. Rachel Bilson plays a former TV cop show star who attempts to restart her career (after a very public breakdown and stint in rehab) by shadowing a private detective (Eddie Cibrian) in preparation for a new role.

• Shawn Mendes – says fans can look forward to a collaboration with Korean boy band BTS. He says the group are “Busy people….It’ll happen. Promise. I can’t give you a date because we haven’t hung out and wrote a song yet, but it will happen”.
• Ariana Grande – has revealed the artwork for her upcoming album, “Sweetener”. She has been teasing the cover on Instagram, revealing it tile by tile. It features an upside down headshot, with her hair tied back in a low ponytail. The single, ‘The Light is Coming’, which she wrote with Nicki Minaj, was released yesterday. “Sweetener” comes out this summer.
• Zayn Malik – may deviate from his music career to enter politics. He told GQ magazine that he does have an interest in running for office in America, saying, “Maybe. It’d be cool. I feel like it’s a beautiful place.” Malik is from England, and therefore would not be eligible for a presidential run, but he would be permitted to run for other positions. (What is it about actors and singers that makes them think they could run the country? And reality-show hosts?)
• Plain White T’s – they have released two new singles: ‘Your Body’ and ‘Bonnie I Want You’. Both are from their forthcoming album “Parallel Universe”, out August 24.
• Lisa Marie Presley – claims her ex-money manager paid himself an annual salary of more than $700,000 – while he was losing her $100 million fortune. She accuses Barry Siegel and his firm of running the $100 million trust fund her father set up for her ‘into the ground’ with ‘reckless and negligent’ investments – the largest of which was American Idol’s holding company, which ended up in bankruptcy.
• The Cardigans – have announced that they’ll be ‘sort-of’ touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1998 album “Gran Turismo”. They’ll be performing the album in full at their ‘only shows of 2018’ in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, all in December.
• Marvin Gaye – Dr Dre is making a movie about him. The biopic has been given go-ahead and Dre has secured rights to Gaye’s music. Marvin Gaye died in 1984 at age 44 after being shot by his father following an argument.
• Pearl Jam – were forced to cancel their Tuesday show at London’s O2 arena because Eddie Vedder had “completely” lost his voice. They did play a show there on Monday, but Vedder has been ordered to go on complete ”vocal rest” in order to be able to play the rest of their tour dates.
• Miranda Lambert – says signing off social media is good for her…and for her music. She took three months off social media as she wrote her 2016 album “The Weight of My Wings”, and recently stepped away from her phone for a week. She says that sometimes social media makes her nervous, “’Cause I’m private. I want to have some mystery, and I want people I’m fans of to have mystery, too.”
• Keith Urban – Lindsay Ell, who spent time with him on the road, says that Urban is a shining example of how to treat others, whether you’re on or offstage, and that he’s had a tremendous impact on her career as an artist. Urban returned the kind words, saying Ell has the “heart” to really make it big.

The running joke about the avocado’s very short window of ripeness is this: “Not yet, not yet, not yet, EAT ME NOW, aw, too late.” Well, not so….fast….some Costco stores are selling avocados that stay ripe TWICE as long as your conventional millennial-fruit. Apeel Sciences, has been working on a technology to extend the shelf life of produce since 2012, and it’s finally here. To prolong the ripeness-window of the avocado, they apply a “peel”, which “naturally reinforces the peel that’s already there.” The imperceptible layer is made of plant material. It slows down the rate that water is lost and keeps oxygen from getting in–the two factors that lead to spoilage. Although this involves an extra step, and extra expense, these avocados are priced the same as their conventional counterparts because retailers can expect to reduce the amount of product they lose to spoilage.
(It’s a good thing they do last longer….because if you’re getting them at Costco, you have to buy 36 of them!)
(More importantly, how will this affect my guacamole dip?)
(Can we get this for bananas too?)

It is getting harder and harder for smartphone manufacturers to ‘Wow’ us. It could be that they have reached their limits when it comes to impressing consumers with new design elements or features to really stand out. That could be one reason why they have turned their attention to the screen..Foldable screens…that’s right, flip-phones, where the screen actually folds in two when not in use. All the major smartphone makers are quietly working on foldable phones. These devices might use two or more bendable OLED panels that form a large screen when unfolded. Huawei might reveal theirs as soon as October. Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X is reportedly due for launch sometime this year or next, and Apple’s version could come as soon as 2020. If these devices work well and look sleek, experts say they could really shake up the smartphone market like nothing else has since, well, the smartphone was launched.
(Ummm…because my smartphone is so huge that I have trouble taking it with me?)
(How about instead of a foldable screen , they work on making one that doesn’t crack every time I take a selfie?)
(I can’t even fold a shirt properly, and you expect me to fold a thousand-dollar phone?)

✗ That if you eat a watermelon seed, a watermelon will grow in your stomach.
✗ That it is illegal to turn on the interior light of a car while it was moving.
✗ That teachers had no personal lives and probably lived at the school.
✗ That white cows made white milk and brown cows made chocolate milk.
✗ That you could accidentally encounter quicksand anywhere, at any time.
✗ That all dogs are male and all cats are female.
✗ That Mom had eyes on the back of her head, just like she said.
✗ That if you cross your eyes, they might stay that way (Thanks again, Mom!).
✗ The blue part of the eraser could erase ink.
✗ That the ‘coin return’ button on a vending machine or video game might actually work.
(I’m still trying to accept the fact that everything wasn’t in black and white before the 70s!)
-Buzzfeed, ReadersDigest


1950 [68] Joey Kramer, NYC, rock drummer (Aerosmith-‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’, ‘Dream On’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001)

1951 [67] Nils Lofgren, Chicago IL, rock guitarist (“Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band”, “Neil Young”, “Crazy Horse”)

1964 [54] David Morrissey, Liverpool, England, TV actor (‘The Governor’ in “The Walking Dead” 2012-2014)

1973 [45] Juliette Lewis, Los Angeles, CA, movie actress (“Natural Born Killers”, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”) TV actor (“Secrets and Lies” 2015-2016)

1979 [39] Chris Pratt, Virginia MN, movie actor (“Jurassic World”, “Guardians Of the Galaxy” films)/TV actor (“Parks & Recreation” 2009-15) COMING UP…”The Kid”

1981 [37] Brandon Flowers, Henderson NV, pop/rock singer-keyboardist (The Killers-‘Somebody Told Me’, ‘Mr. Brightside’)

1982 [36] Prince William (William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor), London UK, Duke of Cambridge/eldest son of Prince Charles & the late Princess Diana/married to Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge) 2011/2nd-in-line to the British throne after his dad

1983 [35] Jussie Smollett, Santa Rosa CA, TV actor (‘Jamal Lyon’ on “Empire” since 2015)

1985 [33] Lana Del Rey (Elizabeth Grant), NYC, pop singer-songwriter (‘Summertime Sadness’, ‘Born to Die’)

• “First Day of Summer”, in the Northern Hemisphere. Also known as Summer Solstice. It is observed when the Sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky. This year, summer arrives at 6:07AM EDT. (It’s gonna be a loooooong day!)
➢ The solstice is also when those in the northern hemisphere see the highest sun of the year. But it’s getting lower over time. That’s because Earth’s tilt is slowly decreasing.
➢ The solstice is when the sun is lowest in the sky for those at the equator.
➢ The word ‘solstice’ comes from the two Latin words “sun” and “stoppage.” Makes sense: the sun stops moving north that day. (Sounds scary, though…)
➢ Today, the sun rises farthest left on the horizon, and sets at its rightmost possible spot. Sunlight strikes places in your rooms that get illuminated at no other time. (Should’ve dusted!)
➢ Most importantly: “It’s the start of Summer!” (Or, Winter, if you live below the equator)

• “Atheist Solidarity Day”, a day of awareness when atheists everywhere are encouraged to be open about their lack of belief in god and not fear harmful consequences.
➠ What is an atheist? Someone with no invisible means of support.
➠ What is atheism? A non-prophet organization.

• “Go Skateboarding Day”, an unofficial annual holiday conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies to promote boarding. (BYOBandaids)

• “International Day of Yoga”, first declared by the UN in 2015 to recognize the importance of yoga as a physical, mental, and/or spiritual practice. (And to some, a great spectator sport!)

• “Peaches & Cream Day”, not the complexion nor the corn variety but the real deal. You won’t find a better Summer treat than fresh-sliced peaches covered with real cream.

• “Selfie Day”, encouraging the world to take selfies and post them online. (Is it Kim Kardashian’s birthday or something?)

• “World Handshake Day” … but only after you use your hand sanitizer, OK?

• “World Humanist Day”, a day for spreading awareness of Humanism as a means to affect change. Humanism is a philosophy that promotes human reason, ethics, and justice. (Someone should bring that idea to politics!)

• “World Music Day”, an annual musical celebration on the days of the solstice, which originated in France and has since been adopted in 120 countries.

[Fri] Chocolate Éclair Day
[Fri] Take Your Dog to Work Day
[Sat] National Pink Day
[Sat] Public Service Day

2003 [15] “Harry Potter & The Order Of the Phoenix” (book 5) is released in bookstores and grosses more in 1 day than the heavily-hyped movie opening of “Hulk”, an unprecedented feat in publishing

2011 [07] Maroon 5 releases “Moves Like Jagger”, f/Christina Aguilera (eventually hits #1)

2015 [03] Apple Music reverses its payment policy, agreeing to pay artists for music streamed during trial periods, a day after Taylor Swift threatens to ban her latest album “1989″ from the service

2004 [14] ‘SpaceShipOne’ rocket punches through Earth’s atmosphere, then returns to glide to a landing on California’s Mojave Desert in the 1st privately-financed manned spaceflight

2000 [18] ‘World’s Longest Bench’ is unveiled at a flower show in Japan, measuring 1,832 feet and seating 900 people (world’s largest collection of chewing gum wads is soon found underneath)

2015 [03] Golfer Jordan Spieth wins the US Open golf championship at age 21, making him the youngest to win since Bobby Jones over 90 years previously


✓ The word “summer” is from the Proto-Indo-European root *sam-, meaning summer. *sam comes from the word *sem, meaning “together/one”.
✓ The first day of summer is always between June 20th and June 22nd. It varies due to the Earth’s rotation not exactly reflecting our calendar year.
✓ The “dog days of summer” refer to the weeks between July 3 and August 11 and are named after the Dog Star (Sirius)
✓ Television used to show only reruns during the summer months. The idea was that everyone was outside enjoying the weather.
✓ Scientists say that summer babies are significantly more likely to suffer from mood swings than babies born in other seasons.
✓ In the summer heat, the iron in France’s Eiffel Tower expands, making the tower grow more than 6 inches

• Putting on last year’s swimsuit requires Vaseline and a shoe-horn.
• You’re still trying to untangle the Christmas lights from the weed whacker.
• You used all your bikini wax to polish your skis during the winter.
• Your belly has more rolls than Sara Lee.
• Still hungover from Spring Break.
• Your nickname down at the fitness club … ‘Chicken Legs’.

• Make vanilla pudding. Put in mayo jar. Eat in public.
• Wear shirt that says “Life”. Hand out lemons on street corner.
• Hire two private investigators. Get them to follow each other.
• Get on a crowded elevator and say, “I bet you’re all wondering why I gathered you here today,” with a straight face.
• Buy a horse, name it “Oscar Takes The Lead,” enter it in horse races.
• Buy a parrot. Teach the parrot to say,”Help! I’ve been turned into a parrot!”
• Put blue Gatorade in a Windex bottle. Drink it in public.
• Follow joggers around in a car, blasting “Eye of the Tiger”.

What sound most exemplifies Summer to you? (***Get your SFX library ready!***)

I need summer to be longer so I have more time to do nothing.

Question: 1/3 of us say this is rude to do THIS on text?
Answer: One word answers

Always speak well of your enemies, after all, you made them.

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