May 12 2021

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 — Edition: #6985

100% ‘Grade A’ Bull!


★ Gina Carano has been recommended for an Emmy by Disney, for her performances in “The Mandalorian”. That’s despite the fact that she was sacked by the company following controversial comments on social media. She was dropped from the “Star Wars” spin-off in February after she shared an image on her Instagram Stories which compared the treatment of Republicans in the US to Jewish people in Nazi Germany. Disney’s ‘For Your Consideration’ poster for The Mandalorian suggests Carano for a ‘supporting actress’ award at the upcoming ceremony, for her role as ‘Cara Dune’.
★ Tom Cruise has reportedly called in security to deal with trespassers breaking into the “Mission: Impossible 7” set. The movie has been filming in the village of Stoney Middleton in England, with a large quarry providing the backdrop for a number of scenes. The vast area has proven problematic, as it’s been difficult to seal it off and stop keen fans from trying to climb the production’s equipment. Trespassers have been getting in and attempting to scale the rigs and equipment set up for the stunts.
★ “Grey’s Anatomy” lives on! The ABC series, already the longest-running medical drama in primetime television, has been renewed for season 18. This season has tackled the COVID-19 pandemic, putting the life of ‘Meredith Grey’, played by Ellen Pompeo, in danger as she battled the virus. Its spinoff, “Station 19,” has also been renewed for season 5.
★ Ralph Lauren has landed a multi-year deal with Major League Baseball to design a range of clothing…for major teams. The collection – which first includes the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals – will feature polo shirts, jackets, sweatshirts and New Era caps for adults and children, and will include special team-themed Polo Bear polos and sweatshirts.
★ There’s one very famous cow roaming the fields in India … which was named after Kim Kardashian and rescued by PETA, just in time for Mother’s Day. The animal rights organization said it rescued the “drop-dead gorgeous” momma cow with “striking eyes and long, dark eyelashes” … and named her ‘Kim KOWDASHIAN’, “to thank the mother of 4 for showing compassion to mums of all species by promoting a dairy-free diet to her more than 200 million followers.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Wanda Sykes, Max Minghella, Mod Sun featuring Avril Lavigne
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Dave Chappelle, Nikki Glaser, J.PERIOD featuring Dave Chappelle, Black Thought & Tiffany Gouché
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sen. Elizabeth Warren, David Boreanaz
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Aidy Bryant, Barry Jenkins
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Sharon Stone, Matthew Rhys
• “Conan” (TBS): Lisa Kudrow
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Ziwe, Teresa Giudice
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Jake Tapper
• “The Talk” (CBS): Dean Norris, guest co-host Jerry O’Connell
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Hank Azaria, Scott Keyes
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Allison Janney, Jaime Pressly, Kristen Johnston, Beth Hall, Mimi Kennedy, Machine Gun Kelly
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Seth Rogen, Bethenny Frankel
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Andrew McCarthy, Molly Baz, Sunny Hostin
• “The Hills: New Beginnings” (MTV): Season 2 premiere. After almost a year apart, the group reunites to bury the past with the hope of starting anew.
• “Siesta Key” (MTV): Season 4 premiere

• Taylor Swift — became the first female winner of the Global Icon award at the Brit Awards on Tuesday. She is also the first non-British recipient of the prize, which the Brits characterize as their highest honor. Only 3 other artists have been named Brits Icons – Sir Elton John, David Bowie and Robbie Williams.
• A$AP Rocky – will headline the Summer Smash Festival, one of the Midwest’s largest indie music festivals. Chicago’s Summer Smash is returning as a three-day event Aug. 20-22, with Lil Baby and Lil Uzi Vert also set to headline. The 2019 festival played host to over 40,000 people over 2 days.
• DMX – His first posthumous album is on the way. “Exodus”, out May 28, was produced by longtime DMX friend and collaborator Swizz Beatz, and will feature original material. Exodus is also the name of DMX’s son.
• Prince – His estate and make-up brand “Urban Decay” have teased an upcoming capsule collection. Fans can expect “never-before-seen essentials inspired by [Prince’s] iconic style and unparalleled self-expression.” The collection, arriving May 27, will come in Prince’s “signature color highlighted alongside gold and black”.
• Fleetwood Mac – In an interview, Lindsey Buckingham says he never got “closure” with former bandmate and partner Stevie Nicks. He now says he struggled to move on once the pair’s relationship had broken down as they were still making records.
• Styx — have released the new single ‘Crash of the Crown’, the title track from their upcoming album, out June 18. It’s the first song in Styx history to feature three lead singers: James “JY” Young, Tommy Shaw and Lawrence Gowan. LINK:
• Zac Brown Band – have announced that their “2021 Comeback Tour” will put them back onstage 14 months after calling off all concert plans for 2020. They’ll hit the road Aug. 5, in Holmdel, N.J., and are set to tour the US until Oct. 17, concluding with a show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday.
• Sam Hunt – says he’ll have new music out “between June, July and August”. In a new interview, he said: “I’ve written a handful of songs and have some other songs that I need to finish to finish out a record.”
• Miranda Lambert – has lived in some amazing houses over the years, but she and her husband, Brendan McLoughlin, are currently living the simple life. She told an interviewer they are living in a small cabin on some land they own. It’s temporary, though. They’re just there while their new house is being built.


If there are laundry baskets full of old Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars in your closets or basement, Mattel has great news for you: They want their toys back. The toy company is launching a program called “Mattel PlayBack”, which is designed to recover and reuse materials used in old toys, for use in new ones. Mattel previously committed to using 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials in all of its products and packaging by 2030. To have your kids’ (or YOUR) toys recycled, print a free shipping label at the Mattel website. Once received, the toys will be sorted and separated by material type and processed and recycled. The toy company is kicking off the program with three brands — Barbie, Matchbox and MEGA toys — and plans to add other brands in the future.
(But if I wanted to give away my old dinky cars, I would have given them away!)
(Is Mattel getting like the TV industry, where all they can do is recycle old ideas?)
(Or, just put the toys out at the curb, and let some neighborhood kids REALLY give them another life…)

Sure, it’s fun to receive clicks, likes, love, and comments on the things you post to social media. But a new study has found that online interactions and social media support just don’t cut it in comparison to the real thing. Dar Meshi of Michigan State University, says the purpose of the study was to compare the differences between real-life support and support provided over social media to see if the support provided over social media has beneficial effects. What they found is that social media support doesn’t appear to have a major impact on mental health either way – positively or negatively. Only real-life social support was linked to better overall mental health. Because typical interactions over social media are limited, the researchers believe they don’t allow for more substantial connection, which may be needed to provide the type of support that protects against negative mental health. They theorize that the more a person uses social media, the less social support that person gets in real life, which can lead to poor mental health.
(If you’ve spent any time reading the comments on Twitter, you’ll know what they’re talking about!)
(I guess next, they’re going to tell us it’s “untweetable”!)
(Actually, I theorize that just following a Kardashian on social media can lead to poor mental health!)

This sounds like a tough gig: A company is offering to pay 5 people $1,500 each to take a nap every day for a month. The mattress review company “Eachnight” is looking for “nap reviewers”, who will be required to sleep alone, and “take part in a variety of experiments testing out theories such as the best nap duration for feeling refreshed, the effects of napping on overall levels of fatigue, and the effects of napping on memory, motivation and productivity.” Duties also include participating in video calls and completing a questionnaire about the nap. The company says the purpose behind hiring nap reviewers is to test some theories about the pros and cons of napping, and to make the results available to the public. Eachnight is accepting applications from all over the world until May 31.
(Could YOU nap every day for a month? I can. And I do. I call it “getting up at 3:30 AM!”)
(I’m already paid to nap. My boss just doesn’t know about it…)
(The problem is what do you do when you’re sick and tired of napping?)

I hate to be the one to tell you, but all these things happened 20 short years ago…
⇒ Wikipedia was launched. Whether always correct or not, it quickly became the go-to resource for looking up a quick fact. (Especially for radio people…)
⇒ Lifehouse’s ‘Hanging By A Moment’ was Billboard’s top song of the year.
⇒ The Game Boy Advance — which dominated holiday wish lists for years– first became available.
⇒ Apple introduced its first-ever iPod (from which we now have the word ‘podcast’).
⇒ Pierce Brosnan was named People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive.”
⇒ Billie Eilish was born.
⇒ Time magazine named Rudy Giuliani its “Person of the Year.”
⇒ Michael Jordan became the 4th-ever NBA player to score 30,000 points, accomplishing the feat as a member of the Washington Wizards.
⇒ “Gladiator” won the Oscar for Best Picture, and star Russell Crowe won Best Actor.
⇒ We were introduced to ‘Shrek’ and ‘Donkey’ for the first time.
⇒ “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (or “Sorcerer’s Stone”) was the biggest movie of the year, eventually grossing more than $1 billion).
⇒ Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman called it quits after 11 years of marriage, while Jennifer Lopez and P. Diddy broke up after three years together.
⇒ 9/11, of course. 2 hijacked American airliners plowed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, causing them to collapse, and one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Nearly 3,000 died.
(20 years ago is also the last time it was cool to say “Chillax”!)
-Awkward, Buzzfeed, Billboard

Villagers in the Solomon Islands were left stunned after finding a frog the size of a human baby, weighing almost a kilogram (2.2 lbs.). Footage shows the Cornufer guppyi frog – propped up on a villager’s knee after it had been found in the nearby bush. Another photo of the huge hopper – which usually will grow up to 10 inches long – shows the frog’s full length as it covers half the body of a child from head to feet. Locals refer to the capture as “bush chicken,” in reference to the Islands affinity for serving the frog as a meal, which could serve a feast for 50 people at that size. LINK (pics and vid):


1950 [71] Billy Squier, Wellesley MA, rock singer-guitarist, (‘The Stroke’, ‘Everybody Wants You’)

1955 [66] (Leon) Kix Brooks, Shreveport LA, country singer (Brooks & Dunn- ‘Boot Scootin’ Boogie’, ‘My Maria’)

1959 [62] Ving Rhames, NYC, movie actor (“Mission: Impossible” films, “Pulp Fiction”)

1962 [59] Emilio Estevez, Staten Island NY, movie actor (“Breakfast Club”, “The Outsiders”, “Mighty Ducks” movies)/brother of Charlie Sheen, son of Martin Sheen

1968 [53] Tony Hawk, Carlsbad CA, pro skateboarder (became a star for redefining vertical skateboarding, founding Birdhouse, and launching a successful video game series)

1969 [52] Kim Fields, NYC, TV actress (‘Tootie’ on “The Facts of Life” 1979-88, “Living Single” 1993-98)

1978 [43] Malin Akerman, Stockholm Sweden [raised Niagara-on-the-Lake ON], TV actress (‘Lara Axelrod’ on “Billions” 2016)/movie actress (“Rock of Ages”)

1978 [43] Jason Biggs, Pompton Plains NJ, movie actor (“American Pie” franchise)

1981 [40] Rami Malek, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (‘Elliot Anderson’ on “Mr. Robot” 2015-19)/movie actor (Best Actor Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody”) COMING UP… “No Time to Die”, 2021

1986 [35] Emily VanCamp, Port Perry ON, movie actress (“Captain America: Civil War”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”)/TV actress (“Revenge” 2011-15)

• “International Nurses Day”, a highlight of “Nursing Week” that commemorates the 1820 birth date of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Here’s to you, RNs, NPs, and all nurses!

• “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…!)

• “Limerick Day”, celebrating the 1812 birthday of Edward Lear, author of the first collection of limericks, “The Book of Nonsense”. (You’ll find some ‘Loony Limericks’ here: LINK: )

• “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day”, promoting awareness of the syndrome officially known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or ‘M-E’. Today is also “Fibromyalgia Awareness Day”, a similar malady that can cause debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness.

• “Odometer Day”, to remind people that odometers help us anticipate the lifespan of our cars and remind us to schedule maintenance (in hopes that our cars will “go that extra kilometer” for us…)

• “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…)

[Thurs] National Apple Pie Day
[Thurs] Cough Drop Day
[Fri] Dance Like a Chicken Day
[Fri] Buttermilk Biscuit Day

1956 [65] According to the show, ‘Homer Simpson’ of “The Simpsons”, is born in Springfield

2008 [13] NBC-TV announces Jimmy Fallon will succeed Conan O’Brien as host of “Late Night”

2008 [13] Neil Young has a spider named for him after a biologist calls his recently discovered species ‘Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi’

2013 [08] After Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield records the David Bowie song ‘Space Oddity’ on board the International Space Station, his rendition is posted to YouTube, and quickly garners millions of views

1941 [80] Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin


✓ Pollen can travel up to 500 miles (800km) in a day.
✓ In England, in the 1880’s, “Pants” was considered a dirty word.
✓ When you walk down a steep hill, the pressure on your knees is equal to three times your body weight.
✓ Penicillin was originally called “mold juice”.
✓ Wild carrots can range in color from white to yellow to purple.
✓ Penguin urine makes up about 3% of Antarctica’s glaciers.
-Livin3, RandomFactGenerator

Best of BS . . .

It’s “National Etiquette Week” …
• When drinking directly out of a wine bottle, always hold it so your fingers cover the label.
• Your dinner table centerpiece should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.
• While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this is a job that should only be done using one’s OWN truck keys.
• Livestock is usually a poor choice as a wedding gift.
• Never take a beer to a job interview.
• If you have to vacuum the bed, it is time to change the sheets.
• Even if you’re certain that you are included in the will, it’s considered tacky to drive a U-Haul to the funeral home.
-BBBS, first published in BS 2003

➠ A poll found that 66% of people suffer from a fear of being without their cell phone. (That number jumps to 100% if that person is a Kardashian . . . and there is perfect lighting for a snap at the pool…)
➠ I just read that bike-riding builds 5 times more muscle than running. (Then again, I don’t ride a bike for muscle building. . . I ride it because after the last DUI arrest, I’m no allowed anywhere near a vehicle.)
➠ National Nurses Day is today. Nursing is the fastest growing profession in the United States. (Number two is “Police Officer in Minnesota”.)
➠ A recent study suggests that women who fantasize about ‘great sex’ tend to have more fulfilling sex. (…and women who DON’T fantasize about great sex tend to have sex with me.)
➠ A 61-year-old Vietnamese woman just gave birth to a baby boy. (I sure hope this kid likes powdered milk…)

(***Run down the list while your participant decides which choice is more palatable …***)
• Would you rather be forced to dance every time you heard music or be forced to sing along to any song you heard?
• Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again?
• Would you rather lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak?
• Would you rather only be to use a fork or only be able to use a spoon?
• Would you rather give up all drinks except for water or give up eating anything that was cooked in an oven?
• Would you rather be married to a 10 with a bad personality or a 6 with an amazing personality?
• Would you rather be able to talk to land animals, animals that fly, or animals that live under the water?
• Would you rather travel the world for a year on a shoestring budget or stay in only one country for a year but live in luxury?
• Would you rather have one real get out of jail free card or a key that opens any door?

One of these days:

Just like my dad always told me: I’m not the dumbest guy in the world, but I’d better hope he doesn’t die!

What’s the most embarrassing thing that you’ve had to go to the emergency room for?

Question:  49% of people don’t know THIS about their parents. What is it?
Answer:  Their first jobs

The best way to help someone is not to change them, but to help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.


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