March 2 2023

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Thursday, March 2, 2023 – Edition: #7429

Sheet For Brains!

★ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly leaving their UK residence, Frogmore Cottage. The Sun says King Charles has made the decision to evict the couple and hand disgraced Prince Andrew the keys instead. Harry and Meghan are reportedly now working on plans to ship their remaining belongings to California, where they moved in 2020, after stepping down as senior members of the royal family. An insider told the tabloid: “This surely spells the end of Harry and Meghan’s time in the UK.”
★ Madonna paid for the care of her late brother — who died late last week at the age of 66 — despite their rocky relationship, according to reports. Anthony Ciccone had reportedly spent time living on the streets and then in a rehab center before his death, which was announced on Saturday. Madonna, who reportedly had a complicated relationship with her brother, didn’t comment until Monday, when she posted to her Instagram story to thank him for planting “many important seeds” in her life. The same day, TMZ reported that she had been paying for Ciccone’s bills at the Michigan rehabilitation center.
★ Hoda Kotb’s absence from “Today” has been explained. Fans of the NBC morning show have grown concerned in recent days as the anchor continues to be missing from her chair. But during yesterday’s show, Craig Melvin shared an update, saying: “Hoda is OK. She’s got a family health matter that she’s been dealing with.” No further details were shared. While Kotb, who has not been seen on Today since mid-February, hasn’t directly addressed her absence, she has shared a few quotes on social media recently. On Monday, she posted an image to her Instagram that read, “Chose hope,” captioning the post with two heart emojis.
★ Even though “Schitt’s Creek” ended less than 3 years ago, fans still want to see more of the Rose family. And in a new interview, star Eugene Levy admitted he has “never stopped thinking” about going back to the series, which he created and starred in with his son Dan. When asked about a potential Schitt’s Creek revival, Levy said, quote: “We’d love to get together with these people again and take the show and the characters to yet another level.” Levy said while there is “nothing in the works right now”, they’re open to it, and “when the idea that is the right idea presents itself, we’ll probably act on (it)”.
★ Bob Saget’s former L.A. home has finally found a buyer – a year after the comedian’s unexpected death. The 6-bedroom, 7-bath house sold off-market last week for $5.4 million. It was originally listed for $7.7 million last June but dropped down to $6.9mil 3 months later. Saget’s wife Kelly saw the property as “too much of a burden,” and decided to unload it despite all the fond memories they shared there.
★ Tom Brady might be adding Netflix to his business portfolio. The retired QB is in talks to be the center of a roast special with the working title, “The Greatest Roast of All Time”. TMZ says that separate reports about Brady pursuing a career in standup comedy are untrue. Although there aren’t many more details at this point, the 7-time Super Bowl winner has dabbled in comedy. He hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2005, and made cameos in the 2015 comedy, “Ted 2” and Paul Rudd’s Netflix series, “Living With Yourself” in 2019. He also produced and appeared in this year’s “80 for Brady”.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Paul Mescal, Kali Uchis
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Brendan Fraser, Tan France, Lizzy McAlpine
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Steven Spielberg, John Williams
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jonathan Majors, Riley Keough, Atom Willard
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Martin
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): John Oliver, Rebel Wilson
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Adam Lambert
•  “The Daily Show” (COM): Kevin O’Leary, guest host Hasan Minhaj
• “The Talk”(CBS): Charli D’Amelio, Nate Burleson
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Willem Dafoe, Lea Michele
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Chris Pratt, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Charlie Day, Meet Me @ the Altar
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Rebel Wilson, Lauren Makk, Eliza VanCort, Garcelle Beauvais
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Ernie Hudson, Madison Bailey
• “Alaska Daily” (ABC): The stakes are high when Eileen is taken hostage in the newsroom; as the clock ticks, the team races to help before it’s too late.
• “Young Sheldon” (CBS): The Coopers can’t be found as Mandy goes into labor; Sheldon is excited about the launch of his database.
• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC): Teddy makes a challenging decision; Maggie and Winston aren’t on speaking terms; Link preps for a surgery on a well-known athlete.

• Ed Sheeran – 2 items: He’s appeared to confirm the name of his new album is “–” (subtract).  after fans spotted a clue on Instagram. Also, he has announced the launch of his new hot sauce, “Tingly Ted’s”, a nod to his childhood nickname. LINKS:
• The Weeknd – Spotify has announced that he is the first-ever artist to reach 100 million monthly listeners. For perspective, Drake currently sits at 68.6 million, Taylor Swift is garnering 80.3 million and even with the record-breaking success of current #1 ‘Flowers’, Miley Cyrus has 82.5 million.
• Greta Van Fleet and Robert Plant – are both on this bill for this year’s Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis May 5-7. The mind boggles with thoughts of a possible stage collaboration. Also on the bill: Plant’s current tourmate Alison Krauss, plus The Lumineers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Hardy, and more.
• Dave Grohl — Last week, the Foo Fighter headed to The Hope Mission in LA to cook up a storm. TMZ reports he arrived Wed. night with overnight gear and a huge meat smoker, and spent 16 hours preparing a feast, which included ribs, pork butt, brisket, cabbage, coleslaw and beans, at his own expense, to feed about 450 shelter guests and 50 staff members. LINK:
• Skid Row – has launched the official ‘18 And Life’ cover song challenge. The group is asking fans to upload their own versions of the 1989 hit to Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube with the hashtag #18AndLife, for a chance to win a Dave “Snake” Sabo Kramer signature guitar. More info at . The band has also announced a summer US tour with Buckcherry.
• Morgan Evans – has dropped a 5-part documentary on YouTube, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest show of his career, headlining the CMC Rocks Festival in his home country of Australia. Evans wrote ‘Over For You’ in the wake of his high-profile divorce from Kelsea Ballerini and debuted the heartwrenching ballad on stage at the festival in front of 25,000 people. LINK:
• Carrie Underwood – Her son Isaiah Fisher celebrated his 8th birthday on Mon. She posted a pic of a cake featuring a panda with basketball in hand, plus a football, baseball and soccer ball on top. Her caption: “Isaiah wanted a @dudeperfect cake and taco night for his birthday!” Dude Perfect is a popular YouTube channel built on trick shots and good-natured competition. LINK:
• Blake Shelton – During his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday, he joked that when he was an up-and-coming artist, there was one particular purchase he wanted to make to cement his status in the genre. Quote: “One of the first things I bought when I had a hit as a country artist — because you’re not crap in country music unless you have your own bulldozer — So I bought a bulldozer.” LINK:


Believe it, achieve it. That’s the key to success, according to a new study. University of Essex researchers found that hope, positive perceptions and feelings of being in control give us a greater desire for accomplishment. The study looked at people’s reactions and emotional reasoning when faced with challenging circumstances. Interestingly, negative feelings like anxiety and anger were found to act as stimulators to get tasks done much as enjoyment and hope. The downside to negative motivation is that dark thoughts can be self-sabotaging, leading to stress-related ailments such as headaches, back pain and lack of sleep. The researchers concluded: “Overall hope was the healthiest and best way to spark success and promote long-term happiness.”
(My problem is that while I definitely believe I can do it, I also believe I’d like to do it LATER!)
(The problem? No matter how much hoping you do, there’s still gotta be some doin’!)

If still feel tired after sleeping all night – try a mask. And we’re not talking about a medical mask! A new study has found that wearing an eye mask to sleep will help you feel more alert the next day. How? Researchers from Cardiff University found that the simple hack of blocking out as much light as possible will boost the sleeper’s alertness the following day. Some of those sources of light that may affect sleep quality include electronics, sunlight or street lamps. The study showed that those who wore an eye mask to sleep for a week performed better on cognitive and reaction time exercises. The study author said that masks could be an “effective and inexpensive solution” to improving alertness and work performance.
(OK, I’ll try it…but I don’t see how that’ll make the college students next door any quieter!)
(Alternately, you could also try closing your eyes…!)

OK, what’s this business about everyone eating oranges in the shower? Ah. Another TikTok trend, of course. Here’s how it goes: Turn on your shower, grab an orange, get in and start peeling and eating the fruit. Why? “Supposedly, the shower’s heat enhances the smell and taste of oranges,” according to registered dietician and nutrition writer Alyssa Northrop. And as a result, if some influencers are to be believed, your at-home shower may feel more like a fancy hotel or spa stay, and the smell of orange can be extra delectable, transforming a daily task into an aromatic experience of relaxing self-care. The smell of citrus is known to be energizing, mood-enhancing and stress-reducing. LINK:
(Also, when all that sticky orange juice starts running down your arm – no problem!)
(Just another TikTok trend, I’m sure. But as a parent, I’m less concerned about oranges in the shower, and more concerned about cameras in the shower!)

To reach the best beach in the world, it’ll take some doing, but it’ll all be worth it. TripAdvisor has released its 2023 list of the Top 10 beaches, and coming in at #1 this year is “Baía do Sancho” a stretch of heaven in Brazil that’ only accessible only by boat — or via ladders descending down steep cliffs to the golden sand below. The beach is in Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago 220 miles (354 kilometers) off the coast of mainland Brazil. Visitors to the islands arrive by plane or boat. Here’s the rest of the top-10…
2. Eagle Beach – Aruba, Caribbean
3. Cable Beach – Broome, Australia
4. Reynisfjara Beach – Vik, Iceland
5. Grace Bay Beach – Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
6. Praia da Falésia – Olhos de Agua, Portugal
7. Radhanagar Beach – Havelock Island, India
8. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Sicily, Italy
9. Varadero Beach – Cuba, Caribbean
10. Ka’anapali Beach – Maui, Hawaii
(But let’s face it – the best beach is where ever you happen to be while on vacation…as long as its sunny!)

Experts are now saying that it’s safe to store potatoes in the fridge. For years, people were told that putting them in the fridge would increase the risk of cancer when they are cooked. But now, the Food Standards Agency is backtracking. Researcher Shefalee Loth said: “Experts now say storing spuds in the fridge – previously thought to be a health risk – is a good way to get the most out of them, especially if you won’t use them straight away.” (And I thought we kept potatoes out of the fridge so we’d have room for more guacamole!)


• “Dr Seuss Day”, celebrating the 1904 birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield MA, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of children’s books including “The Cat in the Hat,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and many other classics. He died in 1991. Fun Fact: “Seuss,” which was also his mother’s maiden name — was pronounced “Zoice” by the family, and by Geisel himself.
• “Old Stuff Day”, a celebration of antiques (either that, or someone is finally appreciating my home decor!)
• “Banana Cream Pie Day”, the English version of banana cream pie is called ‘banoffee’ pie, being a portmanteau of ‘banana’ and ‘toffee’. The recipe for this dessert is much richer than its American counterpart, calling for lashings of condensed milk and toffee, and often served with ice cream.
• “International Rescue Cat Day”, a good day to add a new member to your family by adopting a cat! There are so many out there just waiting for a home, so make sure to get a rescue when you decide to adopt a cat.
• “World Teen Mental Wellness Day”, to raise awareness about mental health issues among teens and to provide education about removing stigmas surrounding preventative mental health. Teens are encouraged to practice self-care and silence their self-doubt. LINK:

[Fri] Dress in Blue Day
[Fri] I Want You to be Happy Day
[Sat] Pound Cake Day
[Sun] Cinco de Marcho
This Week is…Write a Letter of Appreciation Week
This Month is…Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month

1962 [61] Jon Bon Jovi (John Bongiovi), Perth Amboy NJ, rock singer (Bon Jovi-‘Livin’ on a Prayer’, ‘It’s My Life’)/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2018

1968 [55] Daniel Craig, Chester England, movie actor (‘James Bond’ in 5 films, including “Skyfall”, “Casino Royale”, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”)/married to Rachel Weisz since 2011​

1977 [46] Chris Martin, Exeter England, pop-rock singer (Coldplay-‘Viva La Vida’, ‘Yellow’)/married to Gwyneth Paltrow 2003-16, partner of Dakota Johnson since 2017

1980 [43] Rebel Wilson (Melanie Bownds), Sydney Australia, movie actress (“Pitch Perfect” movies, “Senior Year”) COMING UP… “The Almond and the Seahorse”

1981 [42] Bryce Dallas Howard, LA CA, movie actress (“Jurassic World” films, “The Help”)/daughter of Ron Howard. COMING UP… “Argylle”

1982 [41] Ben Roethlisberger, Lima OH, former NFL QB (2 Superbowl wins with Pittsburgh Steelers: 2006, 2009/6-time Pro Bowl)

1989 [34] Nathalie Emmanuel, Southend-on-Sea England, TV actress (“Game of Thrones” 2013-19)/movie actress (“Fast and Furious” movies) COMING UP… “Fast X”, 2023

1990 [33] Luke Combs, Charlotte North Carolina, country singer (‘Better Together’, ‘Forever After All’)

1997 [26] Becky G (Rebbeca Gomez), Inglewood CA, pop singer (‘Shower’, w/Pitbull-‘Can’t Get Enough’)

1935 [88] Porky Pig, the cartoon character created by Friz Freleng and Frank Tashlin, makes his debut in “I Haven’t Got a Hat”

2009 [14] “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” premieres on NBC, as the new host takes over for Conan O’Brien (who moves to the “Tonight Show” … temporarily)

2008 [15] Canadian blues rocker Jeff Healey dies of cancer at age 41 in Toronto ON

2014 [09] Fast-food chain Arby’s buys the hat Pharrell Williams wore to the Grammys on eBay for $44,100 and donates it to the Newseum in Washington DC (the hat resembles the Arby’s logo)

1983 [40] The first CD players are released in America, along with 16 albums in the format

1989 [34] Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ becomes the first hit song to debut in a commercial, premiering in a 2-minute Pepsi ad

1962 [61] Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores a pro basketball record 100 points vs the NY Knicks (breaking his own record of 78 set earlier the same season)


✓ The most popular reading material in North America in 1900 was The Bible and Sears catalog.
✓ No matter which way his head points, Mickey Mouse’s ears face forward.
✓ Perspiration is odorless; it is the bacteria on the skin that creates an odor.
✓ There are about 4,000 wax glands in each of your ears.
✓ Sniffing Crayola crayons has been found to lower blood pressure.
✓ Knitting was initially a male-only occupation. In fact, when the very first knitting union was established in Paris in 1527, no women were allowed.
– BathroomReadersInstitute, FactRetriever

Best of BS . . .
• Cats’ facial expressions.
• The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
• Why bean sprouts aren’t just weeds.
• ‘Fat clothes’.
• The difference between beige, off-white, and eggshell.
• Cutting your bangs to make them grow.
• The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
• OTHER women.
-First published in BS in 2011

• Best Buds
• Weed Be Great Together
• Just Say High
• 419 Plus One
• Higher Love
• Kush and Tell
• Reefer A Friend
• Plenty of Phish
• I’d Hit That
• OKStupid
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020


That face, tho’:

My kid did terribly on his college aptitude test. But in his defense, at high school, they didn’t even teach aptitude…

What is your weird bedtime ritual?

Question:  Today, almost 1 in 5 adults will forget THIS. What is it?
Answer:  What day it is

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.


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