Wednesday, May 24, 2023 — Edition: #7480
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Prince Harry is facing a royal setback in his quest for protection. London’s High Court has ruled against the Duke of Sussex over his attempt to pay for his own security when he’s in the UK. After he and wife Meghan Markle stepped back from royal duties amid their move to America in 2020, they lost access to police security that usually accompanies royal members. Now, it’s been ruled his lawyers can not move forward with a judicial review that would explore whether he could pay for the protective agents himself. A judge said that allowing payment for protection would be against public interest.
★ Big Brother’s motto has always been “expect the unexpected,” and there are 2 surprises coming for viewers of the show. CBS has announced there will be a completely new cast, and a delayed premiere date. Unlike the past 2 seasons of the show, which premiered the first week of July, season 25 will not premiere until almost a full month later, on August 2. CBS also revealed: “In a special 90-minute episode, Big Brother premieres its milestone 25th season as a group of all-new Houseguests moves into the Big Brother House.” Many had assumed that the landmark 25th season of the show would feature returning “all-stars”.
★ A massive rock to match their massive yacht. Lauren Sánchez showed off her stunning engagement ring from Jeff Bezos while lounging on the Amazon Founder’s $500 million yacht. Bezos kept it casual in a black shirt and blue jeans while Sánchez showed off her enviable abs in a cropped white tank top and a low-rise, beige skirt. But the main focus of her casual ensemble was the diamond sparkler on her finger. Ajay Anand from Rare Carat estimates the “absolute monster” ring to clock in at 20 carats and cost roughly $2.5 million. The billionaire popped the question last week while sailing around Europe.
★ Ray Stevenson, known for his work in “Thor” and the “Star Wars” franchise, has died at age 58. His publicist says he died on Sunday, but gave no further details. Stevenson first broke into acting in 1993, appearing in various TV shows before landing a role in the 1998 flick, “The Theory of Flight” alongside Helena Bonham Carter. He went on to appear in projects including “The Book of Eli” and “Rome”, before landing the role of ‘Volstagg’ in “Thor” in 2011, and returning for 2 sequels. “Star Wars” fans will remember him lending his voice to the character ‘Gar Saxon’ in “Rebels” & “The Clone Wars.”
★ Vin Diesel says spinoffs of the “Fast & Furious” franchise are already in the works, including a female-led installment. Speaking at the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project Block Party, he revealed that he started developing the female spinoff “in 2017 with other spinoffs, and the sooner I deliver the finale, the sooner I can launch all the spinoffs.” “Fast X” is supposedly the first of a 2-part ending, but in a recent interview, he teased that the ending might be spread out over 3 films.
★ He’s back! Arnold Schwarzenegger has accepted the position of Netflix’s CAO — Chief Action Officer. A press release from the streamer says: “Arnold is working around the clock to bring you the most explosive series and films on earth! Get ready for a hard-hitting roller coaster ride as Netflix cranks its action slate into the next gear.” In a promo video, Arnold pulls up to the streaming service’s headquarters in an army tank, and says: “No one loves action as much as I do. That’s why I’ve accepted a big new job as Netflix’s Chief Action Officer.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Bill Hader, Jane Goodall, Metallica (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michelle Obama, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Sampa The Great featuring Angélique Kidjo (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Shania Twain, Ayo Edebiri (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Rob Lowe, John Owen Lowe, Judd Winick, Ruston Kelly (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Phil Keoghan, Janine Rubenstein (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Hailee Steinfeld, Michael Urie
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Allison Williams, Aisha Tyler (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lily Rabe
• “The Prank Panel” (ABC): Series premiere. Johnny Knoxville, Eric Andre and Gabourey Sidibe help everyday people get payback on their loved ones.
• “Survivor” (CBS): Season 44 finale
• “Chicago Med” (NBC): Season 8 finale, followed by season finales of “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”
• “Master Chef” (FOX): Season 21 premiere
• “Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars” (FOX): Series premiere. Competitors are tasked with creating a food shack on the beach.
• “The Flash” (CW): Season 9 finale
• “NHL Playoffs” (Check local listings): Carolina @ Florida
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Bad Bunny — Fans are guessing his new song is about rumored girlfriend Kendall Jenner. ‘Where She Goes’ dropped last week, and although the lyrics are in Spanish, it hints he had a one-night stand with a woman — possibly Jenner — who he can’t stop thinking about.
• Megan Thee Stallion — Madame Tussauds has unveiled new wax figures of her at its locations in Las Vegas and New York. She wrote on IG: “Hotties we are officially legendary go see me at @madametussaudsusa.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mvn2nr8d
• Doobie Brothers – singer-guitarist Tom Johnston has been forced out of the upcoming leg of their 50th-anniversary tour due to a back injury. He will undergo surgery, but the tour will proceed with Pat Simmons, Michael McDonald and John McFee, beginning tomorrow in Hollywood FL. Johnston is expected to return to the stage after he recovers.
• The Beatles — Ringo Starr revealed why he refused to write a memoir, even though he’s been “offered lots of money” to do so. He said the idea bores him because he’d be expected to start the story in 1962 when he joined the group, and he’d need to write “3 volumes before I get to that year….I don’t want to do Ringo the drummer, because we’re all a bit more than that.”
• Tom Petty – His wardrobe hit the auction block on Friday and bids will be taken until June 18. The highlight of the lot, which contains 45 pieces of Petty’s prized possessions, is the black-and-white striped satin jacket he wore for the UK cover of his 1978 hit ‘Listen to Her Heart’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4rnsytfe
• Travis Denning — is a married man. He said “I do” to his fiancée, Madison Montgomery, on Saturday . Afterward, he shared a snapshot from the ceremony, “Not a bad Saturday if I do say so myself.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2utjvc3d
• Brandy Clark – The Grammy nominee has dropped her highly anticipated self-titled album. The 11-song set features ‘Dear Insecurity’, a collaboration with Brandi Carlile, who produced the record. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2s4k7b5y
• Bailey Zimmerman – The chance to record a collab with rapper NBA YoungBoy and pop singer Dermot Kennedy for the new “Fast X” soundtrack was a full-circle moment for him. When producers sent him a demo for ‘Won’t Back Down’, he remarked that he had been listening to both singers “since I was 16 years old driving my Chevy Silverado…So I was like, ‘Yeah, I’d be honored to do it.’”
SHOOTING THE BULL
I may have just found a dream job for like, almost everyone I know. A company is offering to pay 3 people $100 per hour to watch TikTok – for 10 hours straight. Ubiquitous, an Influencer marketing agency, is hoping this will assist it in gauging emerging trends online. To apply for the TikTok Watching job, subscribe to the company’s YouTube channel, and send a message, telling them why you’re the best person for the job. Ubiquitous says it is looking for people 18 and older who are very familiar with how the platform works – particularly trends. After the watching session, participants will be asked to post their experience on any social media platform, and tag the company.
(I’d recommend [***Afternoon guy***], but I’m not sure he wants to limit his TikToking to just 10 hours…)
(I think the first trend you’ll spot is that suddenly, you’ll wish you never agreed to be on TikTok for 10 hours straight!)
❑ Seasonal allergies are no fun, but some experts say that what you eat may help calm your symptoms. Among them: vegetables that contain vitamin C, which helps regulate the body’s inflammatory responses, such as Brussels sprouts. Of course, fruits, such as oranges that have vitamin C, will deliver the same effect. In addition, raw honey may help manage seasonal allergy symptoms. Quercetin — a type of antioxidant found in many types of fruits and veggies, such as red onions, asparagus, kale broccoli and capers, may also help pacify an overactive immune system. (So, I’m supposed to suffer through allergy season AND eat healthy? Darn.)
❑ New research says the reason it seems mosquitos are especially attracted to you could be your…smelly armpits. That’s why some people are so delicious to the annoying critters — while others get off scot-free, according to scientists. Mosquitos are drawn to body odor, also known as BO — and mosquitoes can find us from 350 feet away once they get a whiff. In the study, BO was a more attractive bait than CO2, which is a known cue for mosquitoes. (Some day the future, scientists will discover what I already know: Mosquitos are not only drawn to BO and heavy breathing, but also to beer-breath, cigar smoke, pot-bellies, bald-spots, brown cargo shorts, acoustic guitars and off-key singing. As you may have guessed, I’m sort-of a target whenever we have a campfire!)
I’m sure you’ve heard that eating ‘fast food’ isn’t the most healthful way to eat. But did you know that eating “fast” isn’t very good for you either? According to Zoe Science and Nutrition, eating quickly can cause you to gain weight, because doing so doesn’t give the brain time to fully digest (pardon the pun) the fact that some eating has been happening and the stomach is getting full. What’s more, a higher eating speed is also correlated with higher levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and higher blood sugar. That’s right: research has “drawn a link between eating faster and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. Want more? Eating too quickly can also cause acid reflux and digestive issues.
(Coincidentally or not, all the above health concerns related to eating quickly have also been linked to eating food that I’ve cooked…)
(On the other hand, if you grew up with brothers like mine, eating quickly was also linked with actually having the chance to eat!)
7 TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER RELATIONSHIP — WITH YOUR PHONE:
The average person spends about 7 hours a day on screens connected to the internet. If you’re “above-average” in this regard, or simply feel that tech is ruling your life, these should help…
⇒ Practice putting down your digital devices consciously: Keep them out of sight and put them away when you aren’t using them, especially at night. Get an alarm clock and keep your phone out of the bedroom.
⇒ Set screen time limits: Too much screen time can give you headaches. Be mindful of the way your use tech, and use features like voice notes, which allow you to stay up-to-date with communication without staring at a screen for a long time. (And that’s EXACTLY when you’ll remember something that you “meant to look up”!)
⇒ Stop allowing digital distractions: Constant interruption can bring stress. Turn off notifications when you want to fully focus on a task. And keep your phone off your desk. Having it nearby, even if it’s not buzzing or ringing, can hurt your performance.
⇒ Schedule proper digital-free time: Getting away from your digital world for a while is important, and can help with anxiety and depression. Take a walk in nature, read a book, go for a bike ride – just get away from screens for a while. (I do – ‘cept I call it sleeping!)
⇒ Make screens easier on the eyes: Screen overuse can strain your eyes and affect eyesight. Don’t squint at tiny screens to do work that should be done on a laptop. Reduce the blue light, and make use of other helpful accessibility features. And beware of screen glare.
⇒ Take control of info overload: Organize your phone, computer and tablet so you can use them more efficiently. Some apps really do help you take charge of your life and work more calmly and effectively. Time-tracking apps measure how much time you’re spending (or wasting) on your screen – prepare to be horrified! (Yeah, not gonna use that to check TikTok…)
⇒ Sit well when you’re digitally engaged: Slouching over a phone or hunching over your laptop will harm your neck and your back. Sit upright, stretch regularly and exercise often – without your phone. (Pretty sure there’s an app for that. Whoops!)
DID YOU KNOW?
A new Philadelphia restaurant is serving hamburgers with a $700 price tag. The delicacy — on the menu at the DBG, the Drury Beer Garden, and nicknamed the “Gold Standard” — is made of A5 Wagyu beef, caviar, truffle, lobster flambeed with Louis XIII cognac, gold leaf and Wexford aged Irish cheddar. But don’t forget the accompanying French fries – they’re drizzled with rare and potent 1500+ Manuka Honey, produced from the nectar of the mānuka tree that is native to New Zealand. DBG’s expensive entrée is also served with a 1-ounce side of Louis XIII cognac, which costs about $4,100 per bottle. If a $700 burger sounds like a lot, you can justify it by knowing that the world’s most expensive burger, currently sells for $5,964. (At least it comes with cheese!)
BS CHRONOMETER 05.24.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Asparagus Day”, honoring the only ‘spears’ most of us ever eat. Essayist Marcel Proust wrote in the late 1800s that asparagus “transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.” (Someone needs to get his nose checked!)
• “Brothers Day”, a day to give yours a quick punch on the arm … just to let ’em know you care.
• “Escargot Day”, celebrating the gourmet food you can harvest off your driveway. (How come we’ll eat snails but not slugs? Aren’t they the same thing?)
• “International Tiara Day”, a day for women to celebrate their leadership powers. Real or virtual tiara-wearing is optional.
• “Scavenger Hunt Day”, a game where individuals or teams compete to find items or perform tasks provided to them as a list by the organizers of the game. (My friend’s mom kicked me out of the birthday party when I’d clearly won the scavenger hunt. She was all like “I don’t care how many vultures you shot, get those things out of here!”)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Thurs] Plastic Free Day
[Thurs] Wine Day
[Fri] Paper Airplane Day
[Sat] Nothing to Fear Day
This Week is…Emsculpt Week
This Month is…International Drum Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1938  Tommy Chong, Edmonton, AB, movie actor (“Cheech and Chong” comedy movies and albums)/TV actor (‘Leo’ in “That 70’s Show”)
1941  Bob Dylan (Zimmerman), Duluth MN, folk-rock-pop singer-songwriter (‘Like a Rolling Stone’), Traveling Wilburys-‘Handle With Care’)/Lifetime Achievement “Grammy Award” 1991/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1988/Nobel Prize in Literature 2016
1945  Priscilla Presley, Brooklyn, NY, TV Actress (‘Jenna Wade’ on “Dallas” 1983-1988)/movie actress (“Naked Gun” movies)/married to Elvis Presley 1967-1973
1953  Alfred Molina, London England, movie actor (‘Doc Ock’ in “Spider Man 2”, “Spider-Man: No Way Home”) COMING UP…”When We Get There”
1955  Rosanne Cash, Memphis TN, country singer (‘Seven Year Ache’, ‘I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party’)/daughter of Johnny Cash
1960  (Dame) Kristin Scott Thomas, Cornwall England, movie actress (“The English Patient”, “Mission: Impossible”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”)
1960  Doug Jones, Indianapolis IN, movie actor (“The Shape of Water”, “Pan’s Labyrinth”)
1965  John C. Reilly, Chicago IL, movie actor (“Step Brothers”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”)
1969  Rich Robinson, Atlanta GA, rock guitarist (Black Crowes-‘Hard to Handle’, ‘She Talks to Angels’)
1986  Mark Ballas, Houston TX, professional dancer (“Dancing With the Stars” 2007-2016)
1988  Billy Gilman, Westerly RI, country-pop singer (‘One Voice’)/reality TV contestant (“The Voice” Season 11 runner-up)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1991  The Oscar-winning road movie “Thelma & Louise”, starring Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon, opens in theaters
2014  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are married in Florence, Italy (divorced March 2022)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2006  Taylor Hicks wins Season 5 of “American Idol”, defeating Katharine McPhee
2016  The Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie announces he has a terminal brain cancer called glioblastoma. He does one last tour with the band, closing with a show in his hometown of Kingston ON on August 21. (He died Oct. 17 2017)
TODAY IN SPORTS . . .
1935  In the first night game in MLB history, the Cincinnati Reds defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati (This lamp post brought to you by…)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2003  Paul McCartney sits down for tea with Russian president Vladimir Putin, then heads to Moscow’s Red Square for his first-ever performance in the country
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Applesauce was the first food eaten in space by astronauts.
✓ When you look at a bright sky and see white dots, you are looking at your white blood cells.
✓ On average, a 150-pound (68kg) person burns 114 calories per hour while standing and doing nothing.
✓ A wildlife technician once calculated that a woodchuck would chuck 700 pounds of wood if it “could chuck wood”.
✓ Some fish cough. Really.
✓ Herring fish communicate through flatulence.
Best of BS . . .
MORE BS LAWS OF GOLF:
• The more expensive the golf ball, the greater its attraction to water.
• Golf carts always run out of juice at the farthest point from the clubhouse.
• Any ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.
• A good golf partner is one who’s always slightly worse than you are.
• A stroke does not occur unless it is observed by another golfer.
• No matter how bad your last shot was, the worst is yet to come.
• An extra ball in the pocket is worth 2 strokes in the bush.
• The last 3 holes of a round will automatically adjust your score to what it really should be.
• You can put ‘draw’ on a ball, you can put ‘fade’ on a ball, but no golfer can put ‘straight’ on a ball.
• Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white; sold by the dozen; and you need to buy fresh ones each week.
-First published in BS in 2013
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ An avocado truck spill in Pennsylvania shut down a highway. (First responders showed up with toast, a bib and a couple talkative white friends…)
➠ Scientists say they can create an invisibility cloak with a 3-D printer. (“I wonder if it’s anything like the one I’ve been wearing for the past 15 years,” sighed Freddie Prinze Jr…)
➠ Research shows marijuana smokers tend to be skinnier. (The study has a margin of error of “plus or minus one Seth Rogen”…)
➠A study shows that 42% of women and 50% of men have talked dirty on the phone. (I have, but for some reason, those bill collectors don’t think it’s near as hot as I do!)
➠ In a report, doctors claim that sitting too much is bad for your health. (So, kids, the lesson here is: always stand when you light-up!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
True ‘dat (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/yztd9xvp
BS RANDOM JOKE:
One minute your kids are babies, and the next, you’re sleeping until 9:30am because they have iPads and can reach the cereal.
TRUTH OR BS:
• The black box in a plane is actually black. [BS. It is orange.]
• Google was initially called “Goggle”. [BS. It was, at first, called “BackRub”.]
• Lightning is seen before it’s heard, because light travels faster than sound. [True.]
• Bananas are berries. [True.]
• Spider silk was once used to make guitar strings. [BS. It was used to make violin strings.]
• A chicken can live without a head long after it’s chopped off. [True.]
• Giraffes say “moo”. [True.]
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the oldest thing you own?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 13% of people admit they have hit THIS while driving. What is it?
Answer: Garage Door
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Today is your chance to build the tomorrow you want.