March 7 2019

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Thursday, March 7, 2019 – Edition: #6408

Bully For You!

★ Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly desperate to make a new Conan movie, but he doesn’t have rights to the character. Arnold says that while a “finished script” isn’t far away, he has no control over what the Robert E. Howard estate does with the character. The new movie would follow a 70-year-old Conan, played by Schwarzenegger, who has become disillusioned with life as the king.  Schwarzenegger has wanted to reprise the role for over 20 years, a character he was specifically chosen for after producers reportedly saw him in “Pumping Iron”.
★ King Kong Bundy, the legendary WWE wrestler know as the “walking condominium,” has died at the age of 61.  A cause of death was not immediately released. Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, starred in the first two Wrestlemania events in the 1980s. The WWE described Bundy by saying he was “so dominant that he demanded referees count to five when he pinned his opponents to show that there was no way they were getting up.”
★ At age 21, reality TV star and makeup guru Kylie Jenner is the world’s youngest billionaire, according to Forbes. The magazine has released its annual ranking of the planet’s richest people for 2019, and Jenner not only made the billionaires’ list for the first time but is the “world’s youngest billionaire” as well as the “youngest self-made billionaire of all time.” Joining her on Forbes’ youngest billionaire list for 2019 is Alexandra Andersen and her sister Katharina, who own a Norwegian holding company, and Snapchat creator Evan Spiegel. (***See “Forbes’ Richest People in the World”, below***)
★ Theatre producers are already working on a stage adaption of “A Star Is Born”.  George Stiles – who composed “Mary Poppins The Musical,” says ”There have been a lot of people developing the stage musical. The fact this movie has come out has changed everything…It’s a brilliant story and you can endlessly reinvent it.”
★ “School of Rock” star Joey Gaydos Jr. is facing four felony charges for allegedly stealing guitars in Florida. Gaydos, who played the lead guitarist in the 2003 film starring Jack Black, has been arrested four times within the past five weeks for heisting a few guitars and an amplifier. He’s now facing charges of larceny and grand theft. TMZ reports that he has “confessed and blamed a drug problem.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kate Beckinsale, Jason George, Sam Fender
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler, Stephen Merchant, Big Bird, Metro Boomin featuring Gunna (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sen. Cory Booker, Pamela Adlon, Mumford & Sons
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Ice T, Paul Schrader, Tucker Rule (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Cole Sprouse, Dan Levy, the Jonas Brothers
• “Conan” (TBS): Judd Apatow
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Julianne Moore, Diane von Furstenberg
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Brie Larson, Annette Bening, Janice Dean
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Ricky Gervais
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jennifer Lopez (R)
• “A.P. Bio” (NBC): Season 2 premiere:  With no archrival to combat, Jack sets his sights on a new mission: write the most brilliant philosophy book ever and get out of Toledo for good.
• “For The People” (ABC): Season 2 premiere: Sandra, with the help of new investigator Ted, defends a teenage gamer whose online argument leads to a police raid that ends with the death of a U.S. senator.

• Ariana Grande – Starbucks has named a drink after her. Released this week, the “Cloud Macchiato” consists of espresso, whipped cold foam, and caramel drizzle. It was released for International Women’s Day. Starbucks is also playing a curated list by Grande of her songs. (Go ahead…make your best “Grande” joke…)
• Cardi B — has released a video for her latest single, ‘Please Me’ with Bruno Mars. It is streaming now at her official YouTube channel and is available at all DSPs and streaming services. The song debuted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
• Britney Spears – Her father will undergo more surgery next week.  Jamie Spears’ colon spontaneously ruptured in November and he was left hospitalized for nearly a month after an operation.  At the time, Britney postponed her Las Vegas residency to tend to her father.
• Michael Jackson — Spotify and Apple Music have not taken action against his music catalog following the release of “Leaving Neverland,” the documentary that accuses him of sexually abusing two young boys in the ’80s and ’90s. That is a departure from the stance the two companies took against R. Kelly after he was hit with new accusations of sexual misconduct.
• The Who — Pete Townshend’s debut novel “The Age of Anxiety” will be published on November 5. What he refers to as a “magnum opus” is the result of a decade of work, and consists of a book, opera and art installation about society’s fears for the future.
• Woodstock — A number of artists performing at Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glen, New York have been paid in full after rumors surfaced that the anniversary event was in financial trouble.  Payment happened a few days later than originally planned.  Woodstock 50 is expected to draw 100,000 fans.
• Justin Moore – has revealed the track listing for his new album “Late Nights and Longnecks”, out April 26.  He says the album was inspired by his family life and his country idols Dwight Yoakam and Keith Whitley.
• Tim McGraw — is not only releasing a new album this year, he’s also releasing a new book. “Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life”, will be released on Nov. 5. In it, McGraw shares his journey towards health, and encourages others to create their own goals.

Have you ever spent an afternoon at the beach or at a barbecue, diligently slopping on the sunscreen every hour…and still ended up with a burn?  You’re not the only one.  The U.S. FDA is making moves to crack down on sunscreens which may not only make false claims regarding the amount of protection they offer, but may also contain unsafe chemicals.  If passed, a bill would require more testing on sunscreen.  Only two sunscreen ingredients are generally recognized as safe – zinc oxide and titanium oxide.  Any other ingredients will require more research to prove they are ok.  The crackdown would also require a disclaimer if the sunscreen hasn’t been shown to prevent skin cancer.  And those “SPF” numbers they use?  The FDA says manufacturers have long “bamboozled” consumers into believing they’re getting more protection from the sun than they actually are. There should be a ruling on the proposal later this year.
(The best sun protection around here is the weather!)
(As long as I can get sunscreen without that horrible fake coconut smell, I’m happy…)
(Just as well.  I’m sick and tired of all those girls in bikinis who are always asking me to rub it on them!)

The French sports car brand Bugatti has unveiled the most expensive sports car ever built.  The Bugatto LaVoiture Noire made its public debut this week at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland.  List price?  16.7 euros ($19 million US).   It was developed to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary and only one has been built.  The sleek black roadster features an 8-liter engine with 16 cylinders which can generate 1500 horsepower.  Bugatti, which is owned by Volkswagen, has not identified the owner of the unique set of wheels, but whispers in the industry indicate that company chairman Ferdinand Piech has added it to his collection of high-end cars.
(I guess with a name like “Noire”, it’s out of the question to get one in red?)
(I would have bought it, but premium gas is way too expensive…)
(How is it in the snow?)

$ Richest:  Jeff Bezos –Amazon: $131 billion (#1 for the 2nd year in a row)
$ Others of interest in top 10:  Bill Gates (#2-$96.5 billion), Warren Buffett (#3-$82.5 billion), Mark Zuckerberg (#8-$62.3 billion), Michael Bloomberg (#9-$55.5 Billion)
$ Youngest billionaire:  Kylie Jenner (21) – Kylie Cosmetics: $1 billion (also youngest self-made billionaire ever)
$ Richest woman:  Francoise Bettencourt Meyers – L’Oréal heiress: $49.3 billion
$ Richest billionaire newcomer:  Colin Huang (Huang Zheng) — online discounter Pinduoduo: $13.5 billion
$ Richest President:  Donald Trump: $3.1 billion
(But you have to ask yourself:  Are these people really happy?  And the answer would probably be “YES!!”)

A study found that the ideal work-to-break ratio is 52 minutes of work, followed by 17 minutes of rest. People who maintained this schedule were shown to be 100% dedicated to the task at hand.  They didn’t check Facebook “real quick” or get distracted by e-mails. When they felt fatigue (after about an hour), they took short breaks, during which they completely separated themselves from their work. This helped them to dive back in refreshed for another productive hour of work.


1956 [63] Bryan Cranston, Canoga Park CA, TV actor (“Breaking Bad” 2008-13, “Malcolm In the Middle” 2000-06)/movie actor (“Trumbo”, “Argo”)

1964 [55] Wanda Sykes, Portsmouth VA, actress (“Black-ish, since 2015, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” 2001-2011)

1970 [49] Rachel Weisz, London UK, movie actress (“The Bourne Legacy”, “The Constant Gardener”)/married to Daniel Craig since 2011

1973 [46] Jay Duplass, New Orleans LA, TV actor (“Transparent” 2014-17, “The Mindy Project” 2012-17)

1974 [45] Tobias Menzies, London UK, TV actor (“Outlander” 2014-2017, “Game of Thrones” 2013-2016)

1974 [45] Jenna Fischer, Fort Wayne IN, TV actress (“The Office” 2005-13)/movie actress (“Hall Pass”, “Blades of Glory”)

1975 [44] TJ Thyne, Boston MA, TV actor (‘Dr Jack Hodgins’ on “Bones” 2005-2017)

1980 [39] Laura Prepon, Watchung NJ, Netflix TV actress (‘Alex Vause’ on “Orange Is the New Black” since 2013, “That ’70s Show” 1998-2006)

• “Be Heard Day”, a time for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and solo professionals to find their voice, tell their story, and be heard (If you want to be seen, stand up. If you want to be heard, speak up…and if you want to be appreciated, shut up!)

• “Cereal Day”, a day to share in the delights of crunchy n’crispy breakfast cereals. Celebrated on the anniversary of the world’s first corn flakes being served to Dr John Kellogg’s sanitarium patients in Battle Creek, Michigan (1897).

• “National Crown Roast of Pork Day”, crown roast of pork earns its name when a pork loin is formed into a circle with the ribs pointing upwards forming the points of a crown. Often, they are held together with twine. It is then seasoned, and often stuffed, roasted and served, making a beautiful centerpiece on the table. The ends of the bones may be given a paper frill treatment for added decoration.

• “Nametag Day”, today’s celebration of names stipulates that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you wear a “Hello, I’m [your name here]” nametag. Or rename yourself!

[Fri] International Women’s Day
[Fri] Middle Name Pride Day
[Sat] Barbie Day
[Sat] False Teeth Day

2007 [12] A British movie theater allows a patron to propose to his girlfriend with a 3-minute video inserted among the trailers before the main feature (unfortunately, she was at the snack bar … kidding)

2011 [08] Charlie Sheen is fired from the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men”

1985 [34] ‘We are the World’ by USA for Africa is released.  The song, written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, was recorded to help battle famine in Africa. USA for Africa features a stunning list of singers, including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and many more.

2014 [05] After completing treatment for an eating disorder, Ke$ha drops the ‘$’ from her stage name and changes her Twitter handle from @Ke$haSuxx to @KeshaRose (Rose is her middle name)

2015 [04] Drake places an astounding 14 songs in the ‘Billboard Hot 100′ singles chart, thanks to the release of his mixtape “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” (The Beatles are the only other act to accomplish this, in 1964)

2010 [09] Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) becomes the 1st female director to win an Oscar

1992 [27] ‘World’s Largest Crêpe’ is fried and flipped in Bloemfontein, South Africa (41 feet, 2 inches in diameter; an inch-and-a-half deep; weighing 5,908 lbs)


✓ The Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to spot the light of a firefly at a distance of 7,000 miles.
✓ It would take less than 6 months to get to the Moon by car at 60mph (95km/h).
✓ If you were to put Saturn in water, it would float.
✓ It snows metal on Venus.
✓ The soil on Mars is particularly good for growing asparagus.
✓ The summer in Uranus is 42 years long.
✓ Mickey Mouse’s dog “Pluto” was named after the planet, not the other way around.

• Eating pizza with a knife and fork
• Saying, “This is too much wine.”
• “Like and retweet”
• Pooping with the door open despite complaints from the other Starbucks customers
• Eating my own weight in Chinese food
• Actually crying, “Help!”
• My browser history
• “Uncle!”
• Pretty much anything posted on Facebook
• Socks with sandals

Best of BS . . .

• FBI Surveillance Van
• Get Off My LAN
• 404! Network Not Found
• The Password Is Password
• Abraham Linksys
• Nachowifi
• Pretty Fly For A Wifi
• The LAN Before Time
• It Burns When IP
-Ranker, first published in ‘BS’ in 2018

What is the most disturbing or weirdest thing that you walked in on and can’t “unsee”?

A picture is worth a thousand words, but try saying THAT with a picture.

Question:  15% of men did this when proposing. What is it?
Answer:  Broke out in a cold sweat

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.


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