May 5 2022

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Thursday, May 5, 2022 — Edition: #7224


★ Dolly Parton, the country star who changed her mind last week, saying she would gracefully accept an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, is among the nominees selected for a spot in the hall. Other artists chosen through the Hall’s membership voting process are Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Eurythmics and Carly Simon. In addition, the Rock Hall’s board, as usual, selected its own slate of honorees in various special categories, including Judas Priest, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten. On the Rock Hall’s website, the organization wrote, “With her trailblazing songwriting career, distinctive voice, campy glamour, business savvy and humanitarian work, Dolly Parton is a beloved icon who transcends the genre she changed forever.” The Hall of Fame ceremony is set for November 5.
★ The “Arsenio Hall Show” is coming back – for one week only. Arsenio Hall will bring back his 1990s talk show during the Netflix Is A Joke Festival in Los Angeles on Monday. He’ll host his show from the Roosevelt Theater at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Neal Brennan is his guest for the first night, while others scheduled throughout the week include Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, 85 South, Katt Williams, Snoop Dogg, and Chelsea Handler. This is Hall’s latest return to late night, as he recently hosted “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” during Kimmel’s summer hiatus.
★ We hope you’re ready for this. Daniel Radcliffe inhabits the frizzy-haired, mustachioed persona of “Weird Al” Yankovic in the new teaser trailer for the Roku original film about the parody artist, which is coming to the platform’s free streaming channel this fall. The trailer for “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” shows the “Harry Potter” star bare-chested on stage taking a swig from a bottle of… something, and then spitting it into the air, and saying dramatically: “Anyone got an accordion?” Yankovic co-wrote the script with Eric Appel, who is also directing. LINK:
★ “Jackass” is heading back to the small screen, with a new series from the original creators in the works at Paramount+, following the immense popularity of “Jackass Forever.” Jackass Forever, the 4th film in the long-running franchise, debuted at the top of domestic box office in February with a better-than-expected $23.5 million. The film included cast members such as Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren and Preston Lacy, as well as several new faces. The original “Jackass” series was a sensation on MTV from 2000 to 2001. It’s unclear which members of the cast will be a part of the new show.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kevin Hart, Hannah Einbinder, Guest host Mike Birbiglia
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Chris Pratt, Benedict Wong, Ingrid Andress
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Matt Walsh
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Sutton Foster, Hugh Jackman, Ali Wentworth, Kristina Schiano
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Walker
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): “Best of One-On-Ones”, Part 2
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Queen Latifah, Marcela Valladolid, guest co-host Lindsey Granger
• “The Talk” (CBS): Rebecca Romijn
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Rebel Wilson
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jessica Biel, Behati Prinsloo
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Cameron Diaz, Ryan Eggold, Daughtry
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Elisabeth Moss
• “Call Me Kat” (FOX): Season 2 finale
• “Nightwatch” (A&E): Season 6 finale

• Lady Gaga – Tuesday, she released ‘Hold My Hand’, the song she wrote and performed for the movie “Top Gun: Maverick”. On Insta last week, she it “a love letter to the world during and after a very hard time.” Top Gun: Maverick jets into theaters on May 27. LINK:
• Jack Harlow – Drake, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake and Lil Wayne all appear on his new album. He recently shared the 15-song tracklist for “Come Home the Kids Miss You”, out tomorrow. The album also features the lead single ‘Nail Tech’, and a song entitled ‘Dua Lipa’. LINK:
• Ozzy Osbourne – His wife Sharon has tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to LA to look after him. Ozzy contracted the virus last week, prompting Sharon to step away from her new “TalkTV” show in the UK. Sharon also revealed that their daughter Kelly has tested positive.
• Cyndi Lauper – is getting her own documentary. Now in production, “Let the Canary Sing” will be directed by Alison Ellwood. The title comes from a judge’s words, said after finalizing her 1980 bankruptcy court case.
• Sex Pistols — A new extended trailer for “Pistol”, a 6-episode limited series about guitarist Steve Jones, has been released. The series will premiere May 31 on Hulu in the U.S. and on Disney+ in U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. LINK:
• Jimmie Allen – taught rapper Cardi B a few tricks. On the most recent episode of “Cardi Tries __” on Messenger, she called Allen in to teach her how to line dance, ride a mechanical bull, and even to turn her 2020 hit ‘Money’ into a honky-tonk hit. LINK:
• Maren Morris – has stage dreams. After an 18-month pandemic hiatus, Broadway’s lights are back on, and Morris took to Twitter on Sunday to write: “Gonna send an audition tape in for Wicked on Broadway. What the hell. Let’s see what happens.” In less than 24 hours, the post received over 5k likes.
• Chris Janson and Travis Tritt — will co-headline the “Can’t Miss Tour”, kicking off on Oct 7 in West Virginia. Joining them as special guests are War Hippies, the newly-formed duo of Scooter Brown and Donnie Reis. Friday, Janson released his album “All In”, featuring the song ‘Things You Can’t Live Without’, featuring Tritt. The tour ends Nov. 19 in Atlanta.


➠ Elon Musk has answered the question so many people have been wondering since he agreed to spend $44 billion on Twitter: why not use that money for charity? Entertainment Tonight decided to broach the topic with Musk at the Met Gala on Monday, asking why he didn’t use the money for charity, philanthropy, or to do “more good”. His response: “I do do a lot of things philanthropically and really my companies are intended to do good for the future of humanity.” He out that Tesla aims to “accelerate…sustainable transport and energy”, while SpaceX is “providing internet to the least served people around the world.” He also cited his work in Ukraine, where he has sent Starlink terminals to help keep the country connected amid its ongoing war with Russia. (It’ll be interesting to see, in the future, how he’ll be able to argue that Twitter is a force for good!)
➠ Last week, we learned that SpaceX and Tesla CEO had reached an agreement to purchase Twitter for $44 billion – and now it’s us who might wind up paying. Here are a few of his ideas: In a tweet that he posted, then quickly deleted, last month, Musk suggested a change to the Twitter Blue premium subscription service, which included banning advertising and the option to pay using the cryptocurrency Dogecoin. Twitter Blue costs $2.99 USD a month. There was also talk of Musk charging for users to obtain a coveted blue checkmark. He has also mentioned charging a fee when a third-party website wants to quote or embed a tweet from verified individuals or organizations. (Oh, like every news service on earth – outside of Russia!)
-TheBlast, LADBible

⇒ Take THAT, oil companies! Clean energy may be about to get a whole lot cheaper, because British scientists have developed a new type of hydrogen fuel cell using iron instead of costly platinum. The breakthrough brings the widespread commercialization of hydrogen cell electric vehicles a step closer to reality. They are an environmentally-friendly alternative for portable power, with water vapor the only by-product. The development puts the common metal ahead in the race to find cost-effective catalysts. Currently, platinum accounts for about 60% of the cost of a fuel cell. A release from Imperial College London says: “Our cheaper catalyst design should (bring the cost down for) systems that use hydrogen as fuel, ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions and putting the world on a path to net-zero emissions.” (First slogan for a car with this engine: “I am Iron, man!”)
⇒ Public safety campaigns designed to reduce car crashes are actually having the opposite effect, according to new research. Highway signs that show the number of traffic fatalities end up causing more accidents, a joint study by the universities of Toronto and Minnesota has found. Researchers studied data from Texas, where highway sings display those messages one week per month. Displaying fatality messages was found to increase the number of crashes in the next 6 miles by 4.5%. Fatality messages were found to cause an additional 2,600 crashes and 16 deaths each year. The professors in charge of the study believe that traffic death signs are distracting to drivers who are already overburdened by multiple sources of information. (It’s definitely not a good sign…)
-StudyFinds, InsideEdition

Do you believe in ghosts? If so, you’re not alone. A new survey found that 42% of us believe the dead can contact us from the other side. And 2 in 3 people (63%) who responded to the OnePoll survey claim they’ve seen signals or signs from a dead loved one. The most common signs indicating that a spirit is nearby? Sensing a presence in the room (27%), pets behaving strangely (23%), and smelling a particular scent and not knowing the source (22%). To top it off, 1 in 4 people believe the spirit of a loved one plays a major role in their life — guiding them, helping them to secure jobs, watching over them when they’re sick, and keeping them safe when they travel.
(Well, at least our ghosts are friendly. Because I’d hate to be contacted by a departed “hated one”!)
(…although I’m not sure it’s wise to take career advice from a dead guy…!)

53-year-old Kylie Minogue has been crowned the surprise-winner of a new poll of the “sexiest celeb over 50”, beating perennial pinups Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Hurley, and, well, everyone else – guys and gals included. Ourtime, a dating app for singles over the age of 50, asked 1,500 users to vote on the celebrity they find sexiest. Here are the top-10 . . .
1. Kylie Minogue (53-years-old)
2. Elizabeth Hurley (56)
3. Jennifer Aniston (53)
4. George Clooney (60)
5. Nicole Kidman (54)
6. Brad Pitt (58)
7. Tess Daly (British TV presenter, 53)
8. Julia Roberts (54)
9. Hugh Jackman (53)
10. Dame Helen Mirren (76!)
(Who did they miss? Cindy Crawford? Halle Berry? Salma Hayek? Denzel Washington? Jon Bon Jovi? All of the above?)

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do, with Mother’s Day in mind . . .
• 81% of women 40-to-44 years-old are mothers.
• 14% of women have broken up with a man because they didn’t like his Mother.
• 18% of us say we have quit a job because our Mother told us to.
• 60% of moms say the best way to discipline their kids is to take away their video games.
• 24% of consumers shopping for “Mother’s Day” will buy their gifts from discount stores.
• 11% of moms end their childbearing years with 4 or more children.
• 12% of Mothers admit that what they want most for Mother’s Day is the day to themselves.

The world might be headed toward a shortage of – wait for it – SAND, according to a UN report. Sand is the world’s most-exploited resource after water, playing a vital role in both construction and the natural environment. The report argues that we need to “drastically change the way we produce, build and consume products, infrastructures and service.” or humanity and the natural world could face some very real difficulties. Sand is the key ingredient in concrete, asphalt, and glass, and the UN says around 50 billion tonnes of sand and gravel are used each year, enough to build a wall around the planet 27 meters (88 feet) wide and 27 meters (88 feet) high.


• “Cinco de Mayo”, a Mexican holiday commemorating the 1862 victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla. Mexicans (and honorary Mexicans) everywhere celebrate with parades and fiestas. (The only downside to Cinco de Mayo is “Seis de Hangover”!) Today is also called . . .
• “Totally Chipotle Day”, a celebration of the smoked jalapeño pepper.
• “Revenge of the Fifth”, the day after the Star Wars-themed “May the Fourth Be With You”, a play on “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”, celebrating the Sith Lords and other villainous characters from the Star Wars series.
• “Cartoonists Day”, kicking off “Cartoon Art Appreciation Week”, to create greater public awareness of and appreciation for the cartoon. Why today? “The Yellow Kid”, the first newspaper comic strip, was initially published on this day 127 years ago (1895).  What’s your favorite?  Least favorite?
• “Hoagie Day”, celebrating the super-sized sandwich also known as a sub, grinder, hero, Italian sandwich, po’ boy, wedge, zeppelin, or torpedo. What’s the best combo?
• “International Midwives Day”, observed since 1991 in over 50 nations to recognize and honor these healthcare professionals who are experts in women’s reproductive health.
• “International Roller Derby Day”, an unofficial worldwide holiday celebrating the unique sport. (***Find your roller derby name here…***) LINK:
• “Oyster Day”, celebrating the mollusk delicacy enjoyed by many. (What brave soul could have first decided to eat one of these things?)
• “World Password Day”, an annual reminder to promote better password habits and digital security. A few things to consider today:
☞ Change an old password to a long, strong one
☞ Turn on two-factor authentication for your important accounts
☞ Password protect your wireless router
☞ Don’t store passwords on your computer or phone (Whoops…)
☞ Log off when you’re done with a program or password-protected site

[Fri] Nurses Day
[Fri] Beverage Day
[Sat] Cosmopolitan Day
[Sat] Tourism Day

1959 [63] Brian Williams, Elmira NY, broadcast journalist/retired TV news anchor (MSNBC chief anchor 2015-21, “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” 2016-21/“NBC Nightly News” 2004-15)

1981 [41] Craig David, Southampton UK, pop/R&B singer-rapper (‘Fill Me In’, ft. Bastille: ‘I Know You’)

1983 [39] Henry Cavill, Saint Helier Jersey Channel Islands, movie actor (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, “Man of Steel”) COMING UP…”Enola Holmes 2″, 2022

1988 [34] Adele [Adkins], London England, pop/soul singer-songwriter (‘Hello’, ‘Rolling In the Deep’)/Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), 2013

1988 [34] Brooke Hogan [Bollea], Tampa FL, pop singer-actress-reality star (“Hogan Knows Best” 2005-07/“Brooke Knows Best” 2008-09)/daughter of wrestler Hulk Hogan

1989 [33] Chris Brown, Tappahannock VA, R&B/hip-hop singer (‘Forever’, ft. Drake: ‘No Guidance’)

2000 [22] Angelina Jolie marries Billy Bob Thornton at The Little Church of The West Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They would divorce in 2003

2002 [20] “Spider-Man” becomes the first movie to top $100 million in its opening weekend

1999 [23] Garth Brooks is named ‘Artist of the Decade’ at the “Academy of Country Music Awards”

2014 [08] Beyoncé’s sister Solange attacks Jay-Z in an elevator after the Met Gala in New York. Leaked footage shows Jay taking his whooping before a security guard restrains Solange. Beyoncé later mentions the incident in her song ‘Flawless’

1904 [118] Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in “modern” baseball as the Boston Americans beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0

2013 [09] The world’s first plastic gun is produced by Defense Distributed in Austin TX using a 3-D printer (security officials fear plastic weapons cannot be detected in airport screenings)

2004 [18] Picasso’s 1905 painting “Boy With a Pipe” sells for $104 million at Sotheby’s in NYC, setting a record-to-date for an auctioned painting


✓ On average, you breathe 23,000 times a day.
✓ Over the last 150 years, the average height of people in industrialized nations increased by 10 cm (4 inches).
✓ Stilts were invented by French shepherds who needed a way to get around in wet marshes.
✓ People who are lying tend to look up and to their left.
✓ Cold water weighs more than hot water.
✓ Major league baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear in case their pants split.
-KickassFacts, DidYouKnow?

Best of BS . . .
In honor of Mom’s Day this Sunday, we present . . .
• Never let her brush your hair.
• She stops speaking English and starts swearing in her mother tongue.
• You’d better hide all the slippers in the house.
• …is the only time I ever hear my middle name.
• Pack your bags, because you’re about to go on a guilt trip.
• Do not, under any circumstances, ask her if it’s “that time of month”.
• She yells so loud that the neighbors brush THEIR teeth and go to bed.
• I have to come up from the basement and get my own snacks.
• Just tell her how pretty she is and hand her a glass of wine.
• Dad is scared.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

• They keep scooping your “Star Trek Fan Club” newsletters before you get the chance to read them.
• You have to plan your dating schedule around Bingo Night.
• You find dentures laying around, and you’re not sure if they’re theirs or yours.
• You have to keep cancelling stockholder meetings because you’ve been grounded.
• They only allow you to watch TV if you’ve eaten everything on your plate.
• Your kids are just getting out of diapers and your parents are just getting into them.
• The new owners just can’t make cookies the way Mommy did.
-Adapted from Top5, first published in Bs in 2009

Instant regret:

It may be Cinco De Mayo, but I don’t celebrate, because it promotes stereotypes. Plus, I can’t be trusted with alcohol since I’m Irish!

Without using the words “Tik” or “Tok”, what’s your favorite way to waste time online?

Question:  1 in 5 married couples say their first fight was about THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Laundry

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.


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