May 10 2023

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023 — Edition: #7471

Sheet Happens!


★ Robert De Niro is a dad again — at age 79! The legendary actor revealed in an interview for his new movie “About My Dad” that he recently welcomed his 7th child, telling ET Canada: “I just had a baby”. He corrected the interviewer who asked about his 6 kids, saying: “Seven, actually.” He didn’t give any other details, such as who the child’s mother is, though his girlfriend, Tiffany Chen, showed her baby bump on a dinner date last month. The new baby joins De Niro’s other kids, who range in age from 11 to 51.
★ Jeremy Piven says Mark Wahlberg is the key to “Entourage” making a comeback. Wahlberg recently went on the record in support of an Entourage reboot, but he hasn’t committed to starring in a potential series. He was a co-executive producer on the original show and Piven said that now, it’s just a matter of Wahlberg stepping up to the plate and giving fans what they’re clamoring for. He feels that all that needs to happen for Entourage to return is for Mark to carve out time from his notoriously busy schedule, and get on the phone with HBO.
★ “The Kelly Clarkson Show” is making a major move for next season. The daytime talk show, hosted by “The Voice” coach, is officially relocating to New York City this fall, where it will film in front of a live audience at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. Clarkson’s talk show has been based out of the Universal City lot in LA since its debut in 2019 but opened its last 2 seasons with week-long stints out of New York City.
★ The American Film Institute has confirmed that its 49th annual “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Nicole Kidman” is being postponed due to Hollywood’s ongoing writers strike. The event was scheduled for June 10. The AFI said in a statement. “Due to the division in our community at this time, AFI has decided to postpone this year’s event with the goal to offer a celebratory environment worthy of our recipient.” Kidman was set to become the first Australian actor to receive the AFI honor.
★ Nick Cannon has clapped back at the haters calling him a bad dad, by sharing his yearly salary. In a new interview with the LA Times, he touched on his decision to have 12 kids with 6 different women, including 5 new additions in the last year. Cannon said: “I hear all the time: ‘You can’t be present for all those children.’ So therefore, I get this deadbeat dad title.” The host of “The Masked Singer” addressed a report that he pays $3 million per year in child support, saying: “That’s not a lot of money. When you think about my lifestyle, I have to generate at least $100 million a year.” He later confirmed that he brings in $100 million annually, and said: “Everybody thinks Ryan Seacrest has tons of money. I do everything that he does times 10. Well, not times 10 — times 3. Because he does a lot.”
★ Mark Zuckerberg has been putting his martial arts training to good use. The Facebook founder won gold and silver medals at a local jiu-jitsu tourney in Northern California — his first time competing. 38-year-old Zuckerberg kicked butt at a tourney in Redwood City, where he put his new skills on display, competing in both Gi (jacket) and no Gi. Not bad for a guy who is fairly new to the sport. Last year, Zuckerberg told Joe Rogan that he began practicing martial arts during the pandemic.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): James Corden, Richard Madden, They Might Be Giants (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Drew Barrymore, Lizzy Caplan, Young Mazino, the National (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Brian Cox, Keri Russell (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Beanie Feldstein, Matthew Modine, Alexis McGill Johnson, Billy Strings (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Karen Gillan, Katie Maloney
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Andy Cohen, Aurora James
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Sylvester Stallone, family members from “The Family Stallone”
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Helen Mirren, Adam Brody, Aly & AJ (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Mindy Kaling, Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Ike Barinholtz, Zach Stafford, Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones
• “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC): Season 3 finale
• “The Masked Singer” (ABC): Semi-Finals: The remaining 3 celeb singers perform, but only 2 move on.
• “Survivor” (CBS): Castaways must keep their heads above water in the immunity challenge to be guaranteed a spot in the final 6.
• “The Game Show Show” (ABC): Series premiere. The evolution of the quiz show provides a glimpse into the transformation of American culture and its shifting relationship with knowledge through changes to the kinds of questions hosts ask and the responses they garner.
• NHL Playoffs” (Check local listings): Toronto @ Florida; Las Vegas @ Edmonton

• The Weeknd – plans to retire his stage name. The artist, real name Abel Tesfaye, told W Magazine: “I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd. But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will…I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn.”
• Charli XCX — will make her movie debut in the upcoming horror film “Faces of Death”. She has been cast in a remake of the 1978 classic alongside “Stranger Things” stars Barbie Ferreira and Dacre Montgomery. The film is currently in production in New Orleans.
• Buckcherry – has dropped the new single ‘Shine Your Light’, from their new album “Vol. 10”, out June 2. They’ll hit the road later this month, with North American dates lasting through December, and will be joined by Skid Row beginning in September. LINK:
• Mammoth WVH —  Wolfgang Van Halen has unveiled ‘Like a Pastime’, the latest song from Mammoth WVH’s upcoming “Mammoth II” album, which drops Aug. 4. Same as on his first record, Van Halen wrote and performed every part of the new project. LINK:
• Sum 41 – The Canadian pop-punkers have announced their breakup after 27 years. A statement says they will release the new album “Heaven :x: Hell” and embark on a “final worldwide headlining tour to celebrate.”
• Cole Swindell — announced on Monday that he is engaged to his girlfriend Courtney Little, a former dancer for the Charlotte Hornets and 2017 Miss Teen North Carolina. He posted a carousel of engagement pics, writing : “Still couldn’t tell ya everything I said down on one knee. All I know is she said ‘YES’! We’re so excited!” LINK:
• Parker McCollum — has notched his 3rd consecutive chart-topper with ‘Handle On You’. The song follows in the footsteps of #1 hits ‘Pretty Heart’ and ‘To Be Loved By You’. Handle On You is the lead single off McCollum’s “Never Enough” album, out May 12.
• Scotty McCreery – On the new episode of CMT’s Stages” (on YouTube now), he reveals that after winning “American Idol”, he returned to high school, where he had to have armed guards escort him to each class. In the special, he also performs ‘5 More Minutes’ and ‘Damn Strait’. LINK:


Quick – When was the last time you chatted with your neighbor? If it was in the past week or so, then you’re above average. According to a poll, most adults have not spoken to their neighbors in 3 weeks. And here the interesting thing: That doesn’t stop us from bashing our neighbors on social media community pages. A survey of 2,000 adults in the UK discovered that 56% of those in local online groups encounter sniping and mudslinging. 34% described that as “pure entertainment”. In addition, 47% say they’ve shared some posts with family and friends because they were either outrageous or amusing. The study, commissioned by mobile network “giffgaff” to examine levels of community spirit, also found that one in 20 participants can’t remember the last time they spoke to their next-door neighbor face-to-face.
(Neither can I…but that’s because it was late on Saturday night!)
(People have been talking crap about their neighbors for hundreds of years…the only difference is that now it’s online!)

❑  Veronica Taylor has turned dumpster-diving into a $5,000 dollar per month job. The 32-year-old, from Quakertown PA, has salvaged items from household brands including Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors. While she makes a point of donates most of the food and hygiene products she finds to charities and the homeless, she sells the high-end items – and has turned what started as a hobby with her friend Liz Wilson, into a business. Their job takes them far and wide, driving from city to city to discover new bin locations. The ladies say their gig is like “being on vacation all the time”, having just returned from a 3-day trip to Boston. A typical night might find them “searching and hanging out” from 10pm-3am. Other times, they might “go to rich people neighborhoods” during the day, which Taylor says yields “fantastic” results. (“Sorry ladies, but just because I parked my Porsche by the curb doesn’t mean it’s free for the taking…”)
❑ A beautician who left her job doing hair and nails is now raking in £7k (US $8,800 USD) a month – working as a full-time witch. 29-year-old Brit Jessica Caldwell, who works only on social media, reads tarot cards for celebrities, friends and family. She quit her previous job after a ”spiritual awakening” while scrolling through Instagram during a shift as a nail technician. After purchasing witchcraft books online, Caldwell discovered her talent for reading tarot cards and ”fell in love with crystals.” She says she now can work from home, choose her own hours, and has over 5,000 clients, making 3 times what she made as a beautician. (And more than a dumpster-diver, too, apparently!) LINK:

⇒ Don’t be too hasty about returning to the office. A study has found that commuting to and from work can be atrocious for your health. Researchers from Stockholm University wrote: “A lengthy commute to work is associated with being less physically active, being overweight, and having sleep problems.” The science team found that commutes of just 2 miles (3.2km) were enough to increase the likelihood of being physically inactive, overweight and having poor sleep. And what’s more, they found that, depending on how far your office is from home, “you may also be more likely to drink in excess.” (I knew that my workplace drove me to drink…but I didn’t know that driving TO work does!)
⇒ Many Gen Z workers don’t know the meaning behind common workplace phrases such as “bite the bullet” and “back to the salt mines”, according to new research. The study – from the visualization platform Rethinkly – discovered that those under the age of 26 are more comfortable with language such as “quiet quitting” and “take this offline.” Other phrases that more than 40% of Gen Zers are struggling with include “cut the mustard”, “flogging a dead horse”, “throw in the towel” and “burning the midnight oil”. A few more? “Let sleeping dogs lie” and “What’s the beef” also made the list of phrases that Gen Z didn’t understand. (On the other hand, I’ve gotta admit that I don’t understand half the things Gen Zers say, either!)

Studies show that 8 in 10 (82%) parents watch TV game shows with their kids, including “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” (39%) and “Wheel of Fortune” (37%). Here are the best of all-time, according to fans . . .
1. “Jeopardy” (1964 – present): This show has become an American institution. It’s fun to watch because it’s a game show you feel like you could play and win. (Well, not me, but maybe you…)
2. “Wheel of Fortune” (1964 – present): It’s the longest-running syndicated game show in the US, and cohosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White have been around for just about every spin of the wheel since the syndicated version premiered in 1983. (Just imagine how many vowels they’ve seen bought!)
3. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (1998 – present): Answer 15 questions and win a million dollars. What’s not to love? Originally a British import, this show debuted in the US in 1999 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. (Yes, that’s my final answer!)
4. “Family Feud” (1976-present): The game, which pits families (and sometimes celebrities) against each other, is highly engaging and easy to play along with at home. (I watch it just to see Steve Harvey’s facial expressions!)
5. “The Price is Right” (1956 – present): Yes, people have been invited to “Come on Down!!!!” since 1956, and while these days, Drew Carey does a decent job as host, The Price Is Right made Bob Barker a legend, with his skinny microphone and welcoming hugs. (At least he didn’t kiss everyone, like [“Family Feud’s] Richard Dawson did!)

If the sound of others chewing REALLY irritates you, you may suffer from misphonia. Researchers at Oxford say up to 1 in 5 adults suffer from the condition, in which one becomes angry at the sound of people making minor noises such as chewing or breathing. People with misophonia have strong negative reactions when hearing certain other common sounds, like sniffing, slurping or yawning. The sounds create a fight-or-flight response that triggers anger…and a desire to escape. (But on the other hand, I did marry her!)


• “Receptionists’ Day”, in recognition of the frontline personnel in business and education, the ones responsible for a good first impression (and the ones who REALLY know what’s going on…!)
• “National Golf Day”, it’s time to pull those clubs out of storage, dust them off, and get ready to hit the green again! Golf Day heralds the beginning of the more ‘Golfer friendly’ part of the year. To honor the occasion, here are some…
⇒ It’s nice to get out and see some grass that’s actually been mowed.
⇒ If you hang around the house, you end up having to fix something.
⇒ That wonderful feeling of accomplishment when you hit the ball 20 yards into the
⇒ We need more frustration in our lives.
⇒ Too old for baseball, too young for checkers. (***See “BS Deep Thoughts From Golfers”, below***)
• “Clean Up Your Room Day”. What, once a year? Were you born in a barn?
• “Trust Your Intuition Day”, a day to listen to your ‘gut-feelings’ and act upon them. Is it true … are women better at this than men? (I had a feeling they were…)
• “Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity”, whether you have trouble keeping up with charitable donations and you want to make a difference, or you believe that you should make a pledge that matters once a year, today’s the day to do it. (I can’t. I just donated a day’s wages to my gas tank…)
• “National Small Business Day”. A ‘small business’ is commonly defined as one with fewer than 100 employees. (Many of today’s small businesses used to be big businesses…)
• “World Lupus Day”, to create awareness of the potentially fatal auto-immune disease that can damage virtually any part of the body. 9-out-of-10 people with lupus are women (including Selena Gomez)
• “National Shrimp Day”, Some shrimpy Whack Facts:
✓ Generally speaking, the colder the water, the smaller and more succulent the shrimp.
✓ Shrimp change color when you cook them, due to a heat-induced chemical change in their shells.
✓ Some shrimp can loudly snap their pincers.
✓ Jumbo and colossal shrimp are referred to as prawns – although the prawn is actually a different species.
✓ Shrimp are low in calories, high in protein, and in many parts of the world, are eaten with the heads on.
✓ The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant was inspired by 1994 film “Forrest Gump”. It operates about 35 restaurants worldwide.

[Thurs] Ego Awareness Day
[Thurs] Eat What You Want Day
[Fri] International Nurses Day
[Sat] Hummus Day
This Week is…Pet Week
This Month is…Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month

1946 [77] Donovan (Leitch), Glasgow Scotland, psychedelic rock singer-songwriter (‘Mellow Yellow’, ‘Sunshine Superman’)

1955 [68] Chris Berman, Greenwich CT, TV sportscaster (“ESPN Monday Night Countdown” panelist since 2017, “NFL Primetime” host, former roles on “SportsCenter”, “Sunday NFL Countdown”, “Baseball Tonight”)

1960 [63] Bono (Paul Hewson), Dublin Ireland, rock singer (U2-‘With or Without You’, ‘Mysterious Ways’)/the only person nominated for an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Nobel Prize

1965 [58] Linda Evangelista, St. Catharines ON, supermodel (over 700 magazine covers, famous for saying about supermodels: “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.”)

1967 [56] Young MC (Marvin Young), London England, rapper (‘Bust A Move’)

1978 [45] Kenan Thompson, Atlanta, GA, TV Actor (“Kenan” 2021-22, “Saturday Night Live” since 2003)/longest-tenured SNL cast member in history – 20 seasons. COMING UP…”Trolls Band Together”, 2023

1986 [37] Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee marries actress Heather Locklear (They would divorce in 1993)

2005 [18] Heidi Klum marries singer Seal in Costa Careyes, Mexico (They would divorce in 2014)

2019 [04] Rihanna announces her new upmarket fashion label “Fenty” with the world’s largest luxury group LVMH, becoming their first black female designer

2019 [04] The #FreeBritney movement gains traction as supporters gather outside the LA courthouse where Britney Spears speaks to a judge about her conservatorship, putting her father Jamie in control of her affairs

2011 [12] Microsoft announces plans to purchase Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion

2017 [06] Apple becomes the first company to be worth more than $800 billion (current worth: $2.75 trillion)

2022 [01] Apple ends production of the iPod music player, after 21 years


✓ When written, no number before 1,000 contains the letter ‘A’.
✓ Contrary to popular belief, no study has proven that eating chocolate causes acne.
✓ In 1966, Mercedes invented a car controlled by a joystick, replacing both the steering wheel and pedals. It could also be driven from the passenger seat.
✓ Babies sometimes smile, not because they’re happy, but because they know it makes their parents happy.
✓ If you go blind in one eye, you only lose about one-fifth of your vision.
✓ The CIA headquarters has its own Starbucks, but baristas don’t write names on the cups.
-ReadersDigest, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .
• “Why is it called a sand “trap”? The sand is supposed to be there. It should be called a ball trap.”
• “Highest score doesn’t win…Highest score doesn’t win…Highest score doesn’t win…”
• “I can’t believe people actually showed up to watch this.”
• “If I throw this club, my game will get better.”
• “I wonder if Jeremy Irons and Minnie Driver play…”
• “Why CAN’T I dress this way in everyday life?”
• “Why is this guy carrying my clubs and following me everywhere?”
• “Screw you, windmill!”
• “I’m not going in there to find my ball, there could be a tiger in the woods.”
• “Why is “fore” not spelled F-O-U-R?”
• “They call it golf because all the other 4-letter words were taken.”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2022

• When you grab a snack and it spoils your dinner.
• When you don’t know the difference between there, their and they’re.
• When you refer to her as “Mother”.
• Having to say everything twice. Having to say everything twice.
• When you chew with your mouth open.
• When you let her call go straight to voicemail.
• When she calls everyone for dinner and they don’t come immediately.
• Yo’ Momma jokes
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

It starts early:

Last night my girlfriend and I watched 3 movies back-to-back. Luckily, I was the one facing the TV.

• What country is affectionately called ‘Mother’ by its citizens? [Russia]
• What do you call the main circuit board in a computer? [The ‘motherboard’]
• According to the old proverb, what is the ‘Mother of Invention’? [Necessity]
• What was the collection of children’s stories published in 1697 by French poet Charles Perrault called? [“Tales of Mother Goose”]
• The British version of “Mother’s Day” is celebrated in March. What’s it called? [“Mothering Sunday”]
• Where does ‘Mother-of-Pearl’ come from? [The abalone shellfish]
• What’s the maternal name for a loose, unbelted dress? [ A ‘Mother Hubbard’]
• What’s the proper name for a mother sheep? [A female sheep is called a ‘ewe’, but when she becomes a mommy, she’s a ‘dam’]

What did you believe for way too long as a child?

Question: 62% of women admit they have made their man do THIS before leaving the house. What is it?
Answer:  Change their shoes

Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.


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