May 11 2023

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Thursday, May 11, 2023 — Edition: #7472

Good Morning, Sheetheads!


★ Kevin Costner reportedly will not commit to returning to film the final season of “Yellowstone” until he approves how his role is written off the show. Puck News says the 68-year-old actor wants to feel “comfortable with how his ‘John Dutton’ character is written out of the franchise” and he “wants to prevent what Shonda Rhimes did to Patrick Dempsey, killing off the race car-driving Grey’s Anatomy star in a (spiteful) car accident. So [Yellowstone creator Taylor] Sheridan may not be able to dispose of his Western-loving leading man via a kick from an angry horse.” It’s also said that Costner’s relationship with Yellowstone producers and network execs have worsened, as evidenced by how last week’s announcement that the series would come to an end after season 5 was handled, without giving its leading man a courtesy heads-up.
★ Even “America’s dad” Tom Hanks has days where he isn’t a perfectly nice guy. He admitted that he can be a nightmare on movie sets while promoting his debut novel “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece”, centered on the production of a superhero movie, and featuring an egotistical actor who disrupts filming. Hanks told BBC: “I have pulled every single one of those moments of behavior myself on a set. Not everybody is at their best every single day…I’ve had tough days trying to be a professional when my life has been falling apart…and the requirement for me that day is to be funny, charming and loving.” He declined to mention on which movie sets he was “a nightmare” to work with.
★ “S.W.A.T.” fans had quite the roller coaster ride – but one that ended on a high note, as CBS reversed its decision and un-canceled the cop show for one more season. Fans were appropriately upset about the series being canceled, and Shemar Moore even spoke out about it, using some dirty language while calling it a mistake. Next, the network and Sony Pictures TV came to an agreement and renewed S.W.A.T. for a 13-episode final season. As soon as news broke, fans took to social media in droves to share their excitement that 20-Squad will indeed be back for another season.
★ Nick Cannon’s marriage to Mariah Carey was a complicated one. In a new interview, he said of their relationship, which ended in divorce in 2014, “Imagine if, like, Trump and Putin had to live in the same house.” Cannon stressed that he and Carey have “always been good,” but “It was more about us understanding that instead of making it about our relationship and what I want or what you want, we should just do what’s best for the children.” Cannon and Carey have 2 children together, twins Moroccan and Monroe, who were born in 2011.
★ “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” quickly established its reign over Netflix‘s English-language TV charts for the week of May 1-7, amassing 148.28M viewing hours in its first weekend on the streamer. Such a strong start for the Shonda Rhimes prequel series could indicate it will join both seasons of “Bridgerton” among Netflix’s most-watched series of all time. Each season drew more than 600M hours viewed in their first 28 days on the service. “Queen Charlotte” appeared in Netflix’s top-10 in 91 countries.
-TheWrap, Deadline
★ Warner Bros. has set a release date for Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice 2.” Sadly, saying his name 3 times won’t summon the movie any earlier than Sept. 6, 2024. The sequel follows Burton’s 1988 horror comedy, which starred Michael Keaton as a ghoulish “bio-exorcist” hired by a recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to rid their home of the pushy new humans who have moved in. The movie was embraced for its offbeat sense of humor, inventive visuals, and music – both Danny Elfman’s unforgettable score and the Harry Belafonte songs on the soundtrack.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Lukas & Micah Nelson (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Edward Norton, Ego Nwodim, Parker McCollum (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Elizabeth Olsen, Jena Friedman (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Bill Burr, Keith Morrison, Abby McEnany (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Chris Tucker, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges
• “The Talk” (CBS): Rose McIver, Dania Ramirez
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Ludacris, Bear Grylls
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Caitlyn Smith
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Kate Bosworth, Damona Hoffman, Andy Baraghani, Echo Kellum
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Charity Lawson, Lewis Howes
• “Ghosts” (CBS): Season 2 finale
• “Next Level Chef” (FOX): Season 2 finale
• “Walker” (CW): Season 3 finale
• “NHL Playoffs” (Check local listings): New Jersey @ Carolina; Seattle @ Dallas
• “NBA Playoffs” (Check local listings): Boston @ Philadelphia; Denver @ Phoenix
• “58th Academy of Country Music Awards” (Prime): Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks host. Performers include Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson…and Ed Sheeran.

• Ed Sheeran – has been announced as a surprise additional performer at tonight’s 58th Academy of Country Music Awards. Hosted by Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, it will stream live on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch.
• Jonas Brothers – The navigation company Waze has announced they are the next celebrity driving instructors through the new “Drive with Jonas Brothers” experience. Available now, the brothers’ voice instructions will keep fans entertained on their commutes through witty directions and touring anecdotes. LINK:
• Daft Punk – Today, they will unveil the never-before heard song ‘Infinity Repeating’ through Paris’ Centre Pompidou. The song was recorded as the robot-helmeted pair were working on their 2013 album “Random Access Memories.” Two years after the duo broke up, fans can head to the modern art museum to hear the tune, featuring the voice of The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas.
• U2 – The Edge says he’s “been working a lot on new guitar music, and I’m very excited about it.” In addition to the group’s new acoustic release “Songs of Surrender”, he revealed: “We have a lot of great material in the pipeline.”
• Aerosmith – Steven Tyler is uncomfortable with the name of the band’s newly-announced “Peace Out” tour. In a funny video, he phones The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson to brainstorm some alternate tour names. Tyler spitballs a number of ridiculous tour name suggestions, like “Wings Over America,” before shouting: “There’s a (freakin’) writer’s strike, you expect me to come up with all of these on my own?” LINK:
• Darius Rucker and The Black Crowes – Following their wildly popular CMT Music Awards performance, the 2 acts will headline the latest installment of “CMT Crossroads.” “CMT Crossroads: The Black Crowes & Darius Rucker” is a one-hour episode premiering May 16. LINK:
• Morgan Wallen — reinjured his vocal cords following 3 shows over the weekend, and is now on mandatory vocal rest for 6 weeks. That means he had to pull out of his performance at tonight’s ACM Awards. He posted that his team is working on rescheduling all affected live shows. LINK:
• Garth Brooks & Dolly Parton – are co-hosting tonight’s 2023 ACM Awards, and when asked if that collaboration might lead to a musical one, Parton said: “We were just talking that we’d never even done anything together, so who knows?” Parton will also close the show by performing the lead single from her forthcoming rock album.


Have you ever received a text containing an “upside-down smiley face” and wondered what the heck THAT’S supposed to mean? Me too. That’s a strange one, but the “woman tipping hand” emoji is among the most confounding for people, according to a study, which also put the “money with wings” and “nail polish” icons at the top of the list. The survey, by Preply, a language learning app, also asked people what they believed the emoji of a woman tipping her hand meant. 35% of respondents checked the box next to “feeling sassy,” while 31% took it to mean “I have a suggestion,” and 20% said “feeling sarcastic.” The official “Emojipedia” website reveals that the symbol “is commonly used to express sassiness or sarcasm.” As for the “upside-down smiley face”, it can mean sarcasm, passive aggression, irony, or even goofiness or flirting.
(THAT’S why it was so weird when I received it – from the boss!)
(Gee, no wonder some emojis can cause uncomfortable situations, am I right?)

⇒ Wendy’s restaurants will begin testing an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot next month that will take drive-thru orders, becoming the latest fast-food chain to employ the technology. The system, powered by Google Cloud’s AI software, will, according to the company, be as natural as talking to an employee, and will not only be able to understand speech, it will also have the ability to answer frequently asked questions. Wendy’s is one of several restaurants incorporating AI and automation while dealing with labor shortages. Additionally, drive-thrus have surged in popularity during the pandemic, with the chain saying 80% of its customers prefer ordering that way. (We’re pretty sure that the guy who invented AI never imagined it would be used to ask: “Would you like fries with that?”!!)
⇒ You may not know this, but just in case you ever have an unfortunate incident with your iPhone, a ”Water Eject” function is available with any model running iOS 12 or newer. The Water Eject function is designed quickly remove water from your iPhone’s speaker, and prevent it from causing long-term damage. When activated, Siri will automatically play a tone designed to push water out of the speaker. The sound vibrations created by the tone can help to dislodge water that may be trapped inside the speaker grille. To have it on standby, simply open your iPhone’s web browser and download the Water Eject shortcut from the Shortcuts Gallery. (Or just get Siri to do it for you – After all, it’s her life we’re saving here!)
-FinPost, ReadersDigest

This is awesome. With Mother’s Day approaching, a new survey has found that 73% of Moms feel they are they best in the world. In the poll of 2,000 moms, 8 in 10 said they believe that they are the driving force of their family and that the family would be lost without them. And what are Mom’s “superhero traits”? 52% said they are most confident in their problem-solving. That was closely followed by nurturing (50%), multitasking (41%), organization/time management (36%), and communication (34%) skills. The OnePoll survey also found that 83% of moms look to other moms for support and advice.
(Well, that…and wine!)
(Let’s face it: For most Moms, when you’re talking about superhero traits, the correct answer is “all of the above”!)

This was recently posted by “A Barking Chance Animal Rescue” in Albuquerque NM. It definitely struck a nerve, garnering 8,000 comments and over 134,000 shares. Whether you have pets or not, we think you’ll get something out of this…
“Two beers and a Puppy” is a test that I developed while working on an Esquire story…The test is: In order to find out how you actually feel about someone, ask yourself, “Would I have2 beers with this person?” And: “Would I allow this person to look after my puppy over a weekend?” Some people are no and no. These people are to be avoided at all costs. Some people are yes and no. These people are to be cautiously trusted. Some people are no and yes. These people are no fun but they make the world a better place – for puppies, especially. And some people are yes and yes. These people are wonderful people and your life and work are better for having them in your life. Seek them out. Collaborate with them. Enjoy their company.”
(I enjoyed this – and then I realized that I wouldn’t trust ANYONE to look after my puppy for a weekend!)

Using a cell phone for just 30 minutes a week may increase the risk of high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes, according to new research. People who spent that amount of time talking, even hands-free, saw their risk for hypertension rise by 12%. Those who spent 6 hours a week on the phone raised this risk by 25%. The research team, at Southern Medical University in China, surmised that mobile phone use could be contributing to the growing number of cases of the deadly disease, as rates have more than doubled in recent decades. Cell phones emit low levels of radiofrequency energy, which has been linked to increases in blood pressure after short-term exposure. (Sorry, Mom…I can’t call on Sunday…!)


• “Eat What You Want Day”, a day to ignore all the warnings, avoid worrying and counting calories, and fight our obsession with being thin. If healthfulness was not a concern, what would you really, really want to eat? (We’re going with bacon-stuffed bacon!)
• “Twilight Zone Day”, that mysterious 24 hours that should be highlighted with eerie background music and unexplainable occurrences. Why today? It’s not the anniversary of the first episode of the show. It isn’t the anniversary of the birth or death of its creator, Rod Serling. It’s just…totally…unexplainable….
• “Foam Rolling Day”, It was, at one point, called the ‘poor man’s massage’. The once-mysterious technique used only by pro athletes, coaches, and therapists, became a familiar everyday practice for people at all levels of fitness – until it was more or less replaced by the electric massager. (It’s just how people roll these days…)
• “Hostess Cupcake Day” a day to celebrate and enjoy one of America’s most beloved snack cakes.
• “World Ego Awareness Day”, to raise social awareness about egotism. The day supports those affected by egotism, both the abused and perpetrators, and aims to prevent people from experiencing this invisible form of abuse. (So, today, leggo your ego…)
• “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day”, shining a spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health, and reinforcing that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

[Fri] International Nurses Day
[Fri] Shades Day
[Sat] Apple Pie Day
[Sun] Mother’s Day
This Week is…Nurses Week
This Month is…Gifts From the Garden Month

1941 [82] Eric Burdon, Walker-on-Tyne England, rock singer (Animals-‘House of the Rising Sun’, War-‘Spill the Wine’)

1952 [71] Frances Fisher, Hampshire England, movie actress (“Titanic”, “Unforgiven”) COMING UP… “Reptile”, 2023

1959 [64] Martha Quinn, Albany New York, actress/TV personality (an original MTV VJ when the station signed on in 1981)/current radio host

1982 [41] Jonathan Jackson, Orlando FL, TV actor (‘Avery Barkley’ on “Nashville” 2012-18, ‘Lucky Spencer’ on “General Hospital” 1993-2015)

1988 [35] Blac Chyna (Angela White), Washington DC, model/reality star (“Rob & Chyna” 2016, “The Real Blac Chyna” since 2019)

1989 [34] Cam Newton, Atlanta GA, NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers in 2021, current free agent/3-time Pro Bowl/NFL MVP 2015/Heisman Trophy 2010

1997 [26] Lana Condor, Can Tho Vietnam, movie actress (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, “X-Men: Apocalypse”) COMING UP… “Wile E. Coyote”, 2023

1999 [24] Sabrina Carpenter, Lehigh Valley PA, TV actress (“Girl Meets World” 2014-17, “The Goodwin Games” 2013)/movie actress (“Adventures in Babysitting (2016)”, “Work it”)/pop singer (‘Thumbs’)

1969 [54] The British comedy troupe “Monty Python” forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

2000 [23] George Clooney makes a surprise return appearance on “ER” as ‘Dr Doug Ross’ (he’d left the show in 1998 after 5 seasons to pursue a movie career)

1981 [42] Legendary reggae musician Bob Marley dies of brain cancer in Miami FL at age 36 (today is “Bob Marley Day” in Jamaica)

2011 [12] One of the rarest rock T-shirts in the world, a 1979 Led Zeppelin tee, sells on eBay for $10,000, the most ever paid for a vintage tee

1812 [211] ‘The Waltz’ is introduced to English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral

2000 [23] The population of India officially crosses the 1 billion mark, the second country to do so, following China (Last month, India’s population surpassed that of China)

2003 [20] Gary Duschl of Virginia, who began a chain of gum wrappers as an 11-year-old in Canada in 1965, passes the 1 million mark (his chain of wrappers stretches over 8 miles and weighs 600lbs)


✓ Napoleon Bonaparte was afraid of cats.
✓ The average baby spends 27.5 months in diapers.
✓ The harmonica is the world’s best-selling music instrument.
✓ You can tell a pig is sick when it stops curling its tail.
✓ People living in the southern hemisphere see the moon upside down, compared to those living in the northern hemisphere.
✓ In 1908, the New York Times advised readers to wash their hair “about every 6 weeks.”
-BathroomReadersInstitute, DidYouKnow

Best of BS . . .
• You have the ability to hear a sneeze through closed doors in the middle of the night, two bedrooms away, while your husband snores next to you.
• Peeing with an audience is part of the daily routine.
• You think of physical pain on three levels: pain, childbirth, and stepping on a Lego.
• You realize you’ve been watching Nickelodeon alone, even though your kids have been in bed for an hour.
• You have a secret chocolate stash because frankly, you’re sick of sharing.
• You use your own spit to clean your kid’s face…and your husband’s.
• You’ve been washing the same load of laundry for three days because you keep forgetting to dry it.
• You hire a sitter because you haven’t been out with your husband in ages, then spend half the night checking on the kids.
• By the end of the day, brushing your teeth feels like a huge accomplishment.
-First published in BS in 2017

➠ It’s National Nurses Week. (I read that Nursing is the fastest-growing profession in the United States. Number 2 is ‘Coach for the Buffalo Bills’!)
➠ Scientists have discovered a frog with glowing bones. (You DO know what this means, don’t you? It means the Syfy Channel has now found their next crappy TV Series!)
➠ Hooters is once again offering FREE chicken wings for Mothers on Mother’s Day! (Know what else is free? The 57 most uncomfortable minutes of your life as you try to keep eye-contact with your mother as the waitresses walk by. . .!)
➠ Hooters is once again offering FREE chicken wings for Mothers on Mother’s Day! (I’d take my Mom there, but I just took her there for Easter, her Birthday, and New Year’s . . . so. . .)
(***Caution***) ➠ Mother’s Day is this Sunday; meanwhile May is Masturbation Month. (This just shows you that we’ve got our priorities straight . . . Mom barely gets 24 hours, and masturbation gets 31 whole days!)

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Repeat after me: We are all individuals.

What still makes you cringe when you think back on it?

Question:  92% of us have at least one kind of THIS in our fridge right now. What is it?
Answer:  Cheese

Don’t let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future.


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