March 3 2023

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Friday, March 3, 2023 – Edition: #7430

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(***Preview for content***) ★ Chris Rock is finally talking about the slap. With his new Netflix special on the way, the comedian has been workshopping jokes for the set, including directly addressing for the first time being slapped by Will Smith. Rock made reference to the incident during a gig in Charleston, saying: “The thing people want to know . . . did it hurt? Hell yeah, it hurt — He played Muhammad Ali! I played Pookie!” a reference to the character he played in “New Jack City”. Rock continued: “Even in animated movies, I’m a zebra, he’s a (f-ing) shark.” And referencing one of Smith’s rap songs, Rock joked, “I got hit so hard I heard ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.” Rock’s live Netflix special is set to stream live from Baltimore tomorrow night.
★ Get ready for the return of Frasier Crane’s ex ‘Lilith Sternin’. Bebe Neuwirth is set to reprise her role in Paramount+’s upcoming “Frasier” revival series and will guest star in an episode revolving around son Freddy’s birthday party. The episode’s official description says: “When they reunite, Lilith, in classic form, is far from pleased about having to share Freddy. What begins as a fun party with friends and family inevitably becomes a Lilith and Frasier showdown for the ages.” The Frasier revival, which began production last month, follows Kelsey Grammer’s character as he moves to a new city to face new challenges.
★ USA Network is bringing back “Barmageddon” for a second season. This comes after the celebrity game show hosted by Nikki Bella and exec produced by Blake Shelton and Carson Daly became the cable network’s best series premiere in nearly 3 years. The show, filmed at Shelton’s Ole Red bar in Nashville, sees celebs playing games such as Air Cannon Cornhole, Keg Curling and Drunken Axe Hole. Season 1 featured Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow, Trace Adkins, Kane Brown, Lil Rel Howrey and Malin Ackerman, with Shelton and Daly heckling from the sides.
★ Chris Pine is finally willing to discuss the controversy surrounding the world premiere of “Don’t Worry Darling” at the Venice Film Festival, and the rumor that co-star Harry Styles publicly spat on him. While Pine’s rep shut down the narrative from the jump, now Pine is agreeing. In a new interview with Esquire, he says: “Harry did not spit on me. Harry is a very kind guy. I was on the plane…flying back from Venice…and my publicist wakes me up and says, ‘We have to craft a statement on what happened in Venice.’ She showed me the thing and it did look, indeed, like Harry spit on me. He didn’t spit on me.” Pine later indicated that Styles leaned down to whisper an inside joke.
★ Fox Nation will revisit the infamous Jussie Smollett saga with a 5-part docuseries titled “Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax.” Set for March 13, the series will feature exclusive interviews with brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who were part of an elaborate plot to perpetrate a staged hate crime on the “Empire” actor. They have apparently never spoken to the media about their role in the hoax. Smollett continues to maintain his innocence.
★ Robert De Niro will star in and executive produce his first TV series, Netflix’s “Zero Day,” the streamer has announced. The logline for the 6-episode drama, a conspiracy thriller, goes like this: “‘Zero Day’ asks the question on everyone’s mind — how do we find truth in a world in crisis, one seemingly being torn apart by forces outside our control? And in an era rife with conspiracy theory and subterfuge, how much of those forces are products of our own doing, perhaps even of our own imagining?” Deep. No release date yet.


• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Tessa Thompson, Andy Cohen, the National
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sen. Bernie Sanders, Little Simz (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): David Harbour, Kathryn Newton, Zoë Brecher (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Angela Bassett, Brian Tyree Henry, Julia Wolf (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Ron Klain
• “The Talk”(CBS): Ana Gasteyer, Ms. Pat Williams
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Nettles
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Riley Keough, Suki Waterhouse, Camila Morrone, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunny War
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Bobby Farrelly, Madison Tevlin, Kevin Iannucci, Joshua Felder, Chris Freimuth
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Paula Abdul, Jillian Michaels
• “Grand Crew” (NBC): Season 2 premiere. Noah responds to Simone’s marriage proposal; Nicky deals with tension between her and her secret boyfriend, and there’s wine.
• “Shark Tank” (ABC): An edible flower company; a way to be protected while under the sun; a clean makeup brand; a modern dental tool; an update on Foam Party Hats
• “Lopez vs Lopez” (NBC): George shows he is a less-than-perfect babysitter when he loses Chance at a store; Quinten discovers Mayan’s been holding out on him.
• “Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2023” (NIK, CMT): Celebrating fan favorites from film, TV, music, and sports. Performances by Bebe Rexha, Young Dylan. Hosted by Nate Burleson and Charli D’Amelio.
• “Black Girl Missing” (Life): A Black mother enlists the help of a community of amateur internet sleuths to try to find her missing daughter after authorities and the media quickly dismiss her case and focus on the search for a missing white girl.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Travis Kelce; Kelsea Ballerini performs.
• “American Idol” (ABC): Auditions in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Nashville.
• “The Equalizer” (CBS): When the mother of a patient dying of a rare brain disease holds a hospital hostage in an attempt to get her daughter a lifesaving surgery, McCall races to resolve the situation peacefully while dealing with pushback from government forces.
• “Family Guy” (Fox): Meg joins the basketball team; Stewie goes down a rabbit hole of conspiracies, which ends with him developing multiple personalities.


• Rihanna — will be singing at the Oscars! She’s set to perform her nominated hit ‘Lift Me Up’ at the 95th Academy Awards on March 12. The song, from the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” soundtrack, is up for Best Original Song.
• Miley Cyrus —  is giving fans a gift today to celebrate her hit ‘Flowers’ spending its 6th week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She posted a pic of herself in a shimmering gold unitard, and wrote: “To THANK YOU I’m dropping the Flowers demo on Friday.” LINK:
• Justin Bieber — has officially cancelled the remaining dates in his “Justice World Tour” that would have seen him perform in the US, Europe, Australia and parts of Asia. No official word why, but in June, he postponed a number of shows after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which caused partial facial paralysis. LINK:
• Kiss – has announced the final 50 shows of its farewell tour.  The group will conclude its “End of the Road” tour with shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Dec. 1 and 2. That’ll be just shy of 51 years after the band’s first show at the Popcorn Club in nearby Queens. LINK:
• Extreme – has announced the new album “Six”, out June 9. The first single ‘Rise’ is out now. The group’s 6th album and first in nearly 15 years was inspired by the death of Eddie Van Halen. Nuno Bettencourt (most recently seen playing guitar for Rihanna at the Super Bowl halftime show) said: “I felt some responsibility to keep guitar playing alive. So, you hear a lot of fire on the record.” LINK:
• Queen — Brian May has been in discussions about the possibility of making a sequel to the 2018 Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. He says that while the first film climaxed with the group’s 1985 Live Aid show, “an awful lot happened between the end of the film to the end of the glory days of Queen.”
• Dierks Bentley – Expect a tour announcement from him today. After a fan tweeted that she’s waiting for him to “release some tour dates”, he responded: “There’s an announcement you might want to hear this Friday [curious eye emoji].” He just dropped his 10th studio album “Gravel & Gold”.
• Jordan Davis – His “Bluebird Days” has debuted at #3 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, his best showing ever on the list. Morgan Wallen hangs on at #1 with “Dangerous: The Double Album”, while Zach Bryan lands at #2 with “American Heartbreak”.
• Garth Brooks – Rehearsals have started for his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. He said on his weekly edition of “Inside Studio G” that what he loves about his “Plus ONE” residency (which kicks off May 18) is “this is something that we’ve never done before.” He plans to bring out a guest each show, which may include band members, wife Trisha Yearwood, and others.


• “Creed III” (PG-13, Drama): Adonis Creed has been thriving in both his boxing career and family life. When a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy resurfaces after serving a long prison sentence, Adonis must put his future on the line against a fighter who has nothing to lose. (Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors) Tomatometer: 91%
• “Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre” (R, Action/Comedy): In order to stop a deadly new weapons technology from upsetting the balance of power, M16 Agent Orson Fortune recruits one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. (Cary Elwes, Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett) Tomatometer: 63%

When people talk about the “best” diets to lose weight, they’re usually not talking about its effect on the environment. But it seems some of the trendiest ways to lose weight may not only be unhealthy, they’re also some of the least “green”. A Tulane University study has found that the keto and paleo diets score among the lowest on overall nutrition quality and among the highest on carbon emissions. The study examined 6 popular diets, and estimated the meat-centric keto diet generates about 6.6 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 1,000 calories consumed. The paleo diet, which avoids grains and beans in favor of meats, nuts, and vegetables, received the next lowest diet quality score and also had a high carbon footprint, at 5.7 pounds of carbon dioxide per 1,000 calories. Vegan diets had the lowest carbon footprint, generating only 1.5 pounds of carbon dioxide per 1,000 calories consumed — less than 25% of that generated by the keto diet.
(The good news is that no one ever stays on keto for long!)
(Gee, I bet they didn’t have any problems finding people who are on keto, to use in the study!)

(***Caution – preview****) OK. NOW it’s alright to use the words “rage farming”, “trauma dumping” “hellscape” and “petfluencer”. is adding those 3 words, plus 310 others to keep up with the ever-changing modern lexicon. The online and language resource adds new words and definitions, and reworked definitions 4 times per year to keep up with how the English language is used in a modern context. For the record, “rage farming” is defined as intentionally provoking political opponents by posting inflammatory content on social media, to elicit angry responses and thus widespread exposure for the original poster, “trauma dumping” is to share intense, traumatic information or emotions with others, unsolicited, while “hellscape” is a place that’s hopeless or irredeemable. (Signs of the times?) A petfluencer is “someone who attracts a following by posting content of their pet”. Also new this time around: “deadass”, which, if you have teens, you know means genuinely, sincerely or truly.
(Uh, is starting to become the Urban Dictionary?)
(I just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was ‘disgraceful’, ‘disgusting’, and ‘dishonest’!)

➢ New York City’s Department of Transportation swung and missed with a road sign for the Jackie Robinson Parkway that spelled the baseball Hall of Famer’s first name as “Jakie.” The sign, installed in Queens, featured a picture of Robinson, MLB’s first African American player in the modern era, over the words “Jakie Robinson Parkway.” The botched sign has since been replaced. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He is celebrated as a civil rights trailblazer and as a superstar athlete who was a 6-time all-star. (Would this be scored an error – or a “missed sign”?)
➢ A grandmother in Arizona made sure her funeral would reflect her colorful and fun personality — with an M&M-shaped casket. Mary Stocks Martin died Feb. 9, at the age of 86. Her grandson told a TV reporter that the retired teacher “used to initial everything ‘MSM,’ but that ‘S,’ in cursive…looks like M&M. The students started bringing her M&Ms, memorabilia and it turned into something that she reflected on as part of her success as a teacher.” Martin built her M&M-shaped casket, with help from her son, years before her death. It was modeled after her favorite M&M spokecandy — the one named “Blue”. It featured the close-eyed M&M while his hands held miniature candies bearing the names of Martin’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Parts of the M&M-themed funeral were shared in a video slideshow that was uploaded to TikTok, and has been viewed more than 9 million times. (Rest in pieces…or should I save that for the “Reese’s Pieces” grandma?) LINK:
-AP, Fox

TikTok is taking steps to curb screen time for younger users as it stares down growing scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers over its security and the safety of children on the platform. The video sharing site will implement an automatic 60-minute screen-time limit for all users under the age of 18. Once the 1-hour mark is reached, teens will be prompted to enter a passcode to continue using the app, “requiring them to make an active decision” to keep scrolling, the company said. A study last year found 67% of American teenagers used TikTok, with 16% saying they used it “constantly.” (Wow. Harsh. And what a shame that teens have no idea what to do when encountered with a “pop-up”, right?)


• “I Want You to Be Happy Day”, a day to show love, care, and concern for others. (Tomorrow is “OK, My Turn Day”.)
• “American National Anthem Day” in observance of the bill designating ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ as the US national anthem being passed by Congress and signed into law by President Hoover on this date in 1931.
• Employee Appreciation Day”, when employers are encouraged to express gratitude to employees who make that extra effort. (…by allowing you to keep your job for another day…)
• “Cold Cuts Day”, You might pop deli meats into sandwiches, you might have them drizzled with oil and with a few slices of cheese – whatever way you like them, today is all about celebrating the tasty meats that are somehow even tastier when served up in slices. (No matter what science tells us about how healthy they are…) But more importantly, it’s also…
• “Canadian Bacon Day”, as it’s known in the US (“back bacon” to Canadians). It is actually a little more like ham than bacon. It is served formed into a cylindrical shape and is sold ready to eat.
• “33 Flavors Day”, all about ice cream, of course! Baskin Robbins is known for its 31 flavors, not 33, so we’re not really sure why today is called 33 Flavors Day, but just go with it…
• “Dress in Blue Day”, to raise awareness about colon cancer, to celebrate survivors, and to help patients in need during “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month”.
• “Mulled Wine Day”, one of the most delicious ways of serving up your usual cheeky glass of red. Laden with spices and fruit, mulled wine brings out the natural sweetness of the alcoholic drink and gives it an extra sparkle of flavor. On a chilly night, curling up with a warm glass is the perfect tonic to winter blues.
• “International Ear Care Day”, to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world. (As mom used to say, “Never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear”)
• “World Wildlife Day”, the 9th annual, proclaimed by the UN to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora (the famous nature twins). This year’s theme is “Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation” LINK:
• “Talk in Third Person Day”, the day is quite simple—it is spent speaking in the third person. During the first celebration, in 2006, the day’s creator said, “It’s finally here. Russell is very excited!”

• “March Forth and Do Something Day!”, a day of motivation celebrated each March 4th. Today, you’re encouraged to do something new that enriches your life, or the life of someone else.
• “Snack Day”, usually smaller than a meal and often eaten between them, they are sometimes even eaten late at night and called ‘midnight snacks’. The word “snack” comes from the Dutch word “snacken,” which means to bite. (What’s your “go-to” snack?)
• “Courageous Follower Day”, to dispel the myth that followers are passive or weak individuals. We often celebrate the concept of leadership, but all leaders require followers and, in fact, virtually all of us are followers at some times and leaders at others. (You follow?)
• “Grammar Day”, to celebrate clean, correct sentences, and shun ungrammatical writing. (Sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Good(er) Grammar) LINK:
• “Poundcake Day”, honoring the hearty dessert that sits in your stomach like a lead anchor. (When’s ‘Pound Salt Day’?)
• “Scrapbooking Day”, More than just saving mementos, modern scrapbooking involves sorting, cropping, pasting, and writing captions for chosen pictures. Professional “scrapbooking kits” are available, and “scrappers” or “scrapbookers”, get together and scrapbook at each other’s homes, scrapbook stores, scrapbooking conventions, retreat centers, and even on cruises(!!).
• “Toy Soldier Day”, is actually intended to unite fans of various role-playing activities. Ranging from nurses to scouts (and yes, soldiers), one of the primary goals is to collaborate, compare and share costume ideas.

• “Cheese Doodle Day”, honoring the snack food (aka “Cheezies”) made with cornmeal that has been puffed, baked, and coated with cheddar cheese. Morrie Yohai of The Bronx, NY invented the cheese doodle in the 1940s.
• “Poutine Day”, the dish comprised of French fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Poutine is a particularly popular dish in the Canadian province of Quebec, but it is enjoyed in many other places as well.
• “Multiple Personalities Day”, saluting the adage ‘We have only one person to blame, and that’s each other.’ (Can people with multiple personalities deduct themselves as dependents on their income tax?)
• “Absinthe Day”, also known as ‘The Green Fairy’, ‘The Green Goddess’ or ‘The Green Lady’, the drink was popular with artists and writers as far back as the 18th century, perhaps because of its rumored hallucinogenic effects. Studies have shown its psychoactive properties (alcohol aside) were exaggerated. (But it DOES make the heart grow fonder…)
• “Cinco de Marcho”, marks the beginning of the season to ‘train’ the liver for St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday known for drinking that is just 12 days away. Today is really the only drinking holiday for people who don’t drink that often. (Well, today and New Year’s Eve…)

1945 [78] George Miller, Brisbane Australia, movie producer-director (“Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Happy Feet” films) COMING UP… “Furiosa”, 2024

1958 [65] Miranda Richardson, Southport England, movie actress (“Harry Potter” films, “The Hours”)

1966 [57] Tone Loc (Anthony Smith), Los Angeles CA, rapper (‘Funky Cold Medina’, ‘Wild Thing’)

1970 [53] Julie Bowen (Luetkemeyer), Baltimore MD, TV actress (2 Emmys-‘Claire Dunphy’ on “Modern Family” 2009-20)/movie actress (“Happy Gilmore”, “Horrible Bosses”)

1977 [46] (Bartolo) ‘Buddy’ Valastro, Hoboken NJ, baker/reality TV star (“Cake Boss” 2009-20, “Kitchen Boss 2011-12, “Buddy’s Big Bakedown” since 2018)

1982 [41] Jessica Biel, Ely MN, movie actress (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” [2003], “Hitchcock”)/TV actress (“7th Heaven” 1996-2006)/married to Justin Timberlake since 2012

1984 [39] Joe ‘Blower’ Garvey, Oklahoma City OK, rock guitarist (Hinder-‘Lips of an Angel’, ‘Better Than Me’)

1997 [26] (Karla) Camila Cabello (Estrabao), Havana Cuba, pop singer (w/Shawn Mendes-‘Señorita’, ft. Young Thug-‘Havana’, ex-Fifth Harmony-ft. Ty Dolla $ign-‘Work From Home’)/reality TV contestant (“The X Factor” 2012)

SATURDAY- Chris Rea (‘Fool [If You Think It’s Over]’ is 72; Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”) is 69; Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”) is 65; Steven Weber (“NCIS”) is 62; Jason Newsted (Metallica) is 60; Chaz Bono [born Chastity Bono] (“American Horror Story”) is 54; Patrick Roach (“Trailer Park Boys”) is 54

SUNDAY- Murray Head (‘One Night in Bangkok’) is 77; Eddy Grant (‘Electric Avenue’) is 75; Las Vegas magician Penn Jillette is 68; Religious leader Joel Osteen is 60; John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 53; Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”) is 49; Eva Mendes (“Hitch”) is 49; model Niki Taylor is 48

2019 [04] Undeterred by a lawsuit from Michael Jackson’s estate, HBO airs the first part of the 4-hour documentary “Leaving Neverland”, leveling new accusations of child abuse at Jackson, 10 years after his death


2009 [14] To celebrate the release of U2’s album “No Line on the Horizon” and their appearance every night for a week on “Late Show with David Letterman”, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renames part of 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan “U2 Way”

2017 [06] Nickelback’s “All The Right Reasons” album is certified Diamond for sales of over 10 million in the US, making them just the 4th Canadian act to reach that level. The other 3: Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Alanis Morissette

2009 [14] The uber-luxurious Maybach Zeppelin sedan goes on sale, with a starting price of $524,000-to-$611,000 (automaker Daimler-Benz announces only 100 will be built, each to owner specifications)

2004 [19] Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agree to merge in a $11.2 billion-deal that forms InBev, the ‘World’s Largest Brewer’ (now “Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV”)

2005 [18] Steve Fossett flies the ‘Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer’ aircraft to a world record by completing the first non-stop, non-refueled, solo flight around-the-world (40,000km-25,000 miles/67 hours, 2 minutes)


✓ The average speed of a dog sled pulled by 10 dogs is 15mph (24.1 kph).
✓ The vibrations caused by a cat’s purring can speed up the healing of fractured bones and wounds.
✓ To make one kilogram (2.2 lbs) of honey, bees have to visit 4 million flowers, traveling a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.
✓ Cows have best friends and experience stress when removed from them.
✓ A giraffe can clean its ears with its tongue.
✓ According to “The Joy of Cooking”, one ostrich egg will serve 24 people.
-DidYouKnow, WhattheFFacts

Best of BS . . .

• Can I get a letter of reference for future relationships?
• How would you like your stuff — burned or smashed?
• Which one of the ‘50 ways to leave your lover’ is this?
• Do our Sims replicas have to break up, too?
• How are we going to split the goldfish?
• Can we make this classy and call it a ‘Conscious Uncoupling’?
• Uh, what’s your sister’s number?
• (***Caution – ‘ASS’***) Do you know where I can get your name tattoo removed from my ass?
• Can I still use your Netflix password?
• Do I HAVE to see them every other weekend?
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2022

• Why does one recite at a play, but play at a recital?
• If a dentist makes money off people with bad teeth, why would I use a toothpaste that 4 out of 5 dentists recommend?
• If ‘love is blind’, how can we believe in love ‘at first sight’?
• Do sore thumbs really stick out?
• If someone ever gets addicted to counselling, how can they be treated for it?
• Is ‘cheese’ the plural of ‘choose’?
• Why do women always ask questions that have no right answers?
• Do cannibals get engaged to be marinated?
-First published in BS 1998

Caption says it all:

Laughing at your mistakes can lengthen your life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.

If you could hack into any one computer, which computer would you choose?

Question:  The average woman does THIS 150 times a year. The Average man? 10 times. What is it?
Answer:  Check their horoscope


Now and then, it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.


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