November 20 2017

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Monday, November 20, 2017        Edition: #6101

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★ ‘The Partridge Family’ star David Cassidy was hospitalized on the weekend in critical condition. A representative for Cassidy has confirmed that both his kidney and liver are failing.  The former teen heartthrob, now 67, is “currently conscious and surrounded by family.”  Cassidy reportedly checked into a Florida hospital late last week, and his family has been told to “prepare for the worst.”
★ Ryan Seacrest is insisting any allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward a wardrobe stylist  are false, and the person making the accusations is being “reckless.”  In a statement, Seacrest said:  “Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her.  If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry. I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result.”
★ If you’re desperate for more Star Wars, it sounds like you won’t be disappointed by the latest installment – because it’s the longest one ever.  Director Rian Johnson has confirmed that ‘The Last Jedi’ will clock in at 150 minutes (two and a half hours), including the credits. That’s a full 26 minutes longer than 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens’, and it even beats ‘The Revenge of the Sith’s’ 140-minute runtime.
(The problem is that 45 minutes of it is the “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…blah, blah, blah” nonsense at the beginning…)
★ We’ve already had to say goodbye to ‘Nashville’ once, only for it to be saved following its cancellation on ABC. But now the end really has come.  CMT has announced that the upcoming sixth season will be the last.  If you think about it, this has probably been in the works ever since Connie Britton’s beloved Rayna died. The final season of Nashville will premiere Thursday, January 4th,  with the series finale scheduled for summer of 2018.
★ Pamela Anderson thinks the late Hugh Hefner was ”lonely” when he passed away. The Playboy founder was 91 when he dies in September.  Despite being married to his third wife Crystal Harris at the time of his death, Anderson, who was close friends with Hefner, believes he felt alone, even though he was “surrounded by women”.
(If that’s what it means to feel alone, bring it on!)

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Bryan Cranston, Stephen Curry, Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global):  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Desus & Mero, Vic Mensa
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Amy Sedaris, Greta Gerwig, Jessie Reyez
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kate Bosworth, Shemar Moore, Portugal. The Man
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Jackie Chan, Tig Notaro, Gov’t Mule ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Latocha Scott, Tamika Scott ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Kiefer Sutherland, Lori Greiner
• “The Talk” (CBS): Katey Sagal, Carey Pena, Stuart O’Keeffe, guest co-host Scott Wolf
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Denzel Washington
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Garth Brooks
• “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC): The finalists compete during the 10th week of performances.
• “The Voice” (NBC): Live Top 12 Performances

• AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young, considered by many to be the best rhythm guitarist in rock history, died at 64 on Saturday after a battle with dementia.  Here, according to Ultimate Classic Rock, are some of the top Malcolm Young AC/DC songs:
➠ “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (1976) – the sort of menacing, driving riff that perfectly exemplifies his precise role within the band’s hard rock hot rod: which is, its engine.
➠ “Touch Too Much” (1979) – twisting, turning and churning metronome riffs behind brother Angus and singer Bon Scott is what made AC/DC’s rhythm section.
➠ “Money Talks” (1990) – shows a more flexible and accessible side; equally efficient at weaving around the catchy melodies plucked by Angus – or hammering each chorus home with ringing power chords.
➠ “Walk All Over You” (1979) – teases listeners with slow, ominous strums before unleashing one of the band’s patented galloping riff machines.
➠ “Let There Be Rock” (1977) – If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame could bronze a rhythm guitar track, this would be the ultimate expression of the form, right here.
• Neil Young – will open his online music archive for free on Dec. 1. Fans will be able to access every song he has ever recorded in “the highest quality your machine will allow”.  His new album ‘The Visitor’ comes out the same day.
• Gene Simmons – is banned for life from Fox News.  He was there to discuss his new book ‘On Power’, when some bizarre comments and actions got him in trouble with the station.  Among them: “The lunatics have taken over the insane asylum when respected business entities such as yourself ask guys that like to stick their tongues out what I think of Harvey Weinstein.” and “Hey chicks, sue me”.
• Harry Styles – he and R&B star Miguel will perform at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai tonight. Karlie Kloss and Bella Hadid are among the 55 models participating.
• Katy Perry – A long-running struggle over the ownership of a former convent ended on Friday when a jury ruled in favor of Perry and the archdiocese of Los Angeles, allowing her $14.5 million purchase of the property to go through, pending appeal.
• Taylor Swift – has come back to her musical roots to release her new song ‘New Year’s Day’ as a country single.
• Carrie Underwood – her broken wrist resulted in cancellation of her planned induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame because she was unable to attend.  She is eligible to be nominated again.  (If attendance is required, I’m guessing they don’t do a lot of posthumous inductions?)
• Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – their exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is now open. The exhibit features clothes (including Hill’s wedding dress), childhood toys, pictures, awards  and other memorabilia.

You know that thing on your refrigerator door where you are supposed to put your eggs?  Yeah, don’t use that.  Experts say that when it comes to preserving them, the door is actually the worst place to store your eggs.  Not only is the fridge door mobile (making eggs more likely to crack), but it’s also the warmest part.  Due to extreme temperature fluctuations, storing your eggs in the fridge door makes them turn rotten faster, according to storage expert Vlatka Lake.  Believe it or not, where to store eggs is the source of some discussion, with arguments for storing eggs on the counter, on the fridge door, or buried in a deeper, colder section of the refrigerator. Good Housekeeping magazine says that  “Eggs are at their best when stored at a consistent temperature, so we recommend keeping them in the fridge on the middle shelf.”  They suggest storing foods that aren’t as likely to go bad in the door.
(But the door is a whole lot better than where chickens keep them!)
(That explains that rotten egg smell….)
(Storage expert?  I was going to take that same course at university, but for some reason I could never properly pack up to move to school!)

For years, young children have been ‘encouraged’ to be on their best behavior at Christmastime by Santa’s little helper, ‘The Elf on the Shelf’, who watches their every move.  He (or she) is said to keep an eye on kids by day, and each night, he returns to the North Pole to report on whether the children were naughty or nice.  Creepy?  Yes.  A little threatening…well, yes.  Children’s author Adam Reed has invented a new character who could spell the death knell for the Elf.  The ‘Reindeer in Here’ is a cute and cuddly character whose objective is to replace the elf on the shelf with a more friendly presence.  The Reindeer in Here is still a bit of a spy, but he is billed as a ‘friendly’ spy whom children are encouraged to interact with.  They can move it, take it with them, and play with it as they would with a stuffed animal.  And rather than ‘tell’ on kids, this guy has a different approach.  After naming their reindeer, the child is encouraged to show it around, taking it to a different place each day, both inside and out of the house, so that when Santa comes on Christmas Eve, he knows as much as possible about the child, how good they’ve been and exactly where to deliver the presents.”  The Reindeer in Here will be available on Amazon on Friday for $24.99, and comes with a book.
(Gotta admit…it IS cute.)
(I always thought that if Santa “sees you when you’re sleeping”, etc, what the heck does he need the Elf for anyway?)

A few tips from health experts ….
✓ Colds and the flu are viral infections that usually bring fever, aches, and fatigue.
✓ Allergies do not come with a fever.
✓ If you’re sneezing and blowing your nose endlessly, it could be a cold or allergies, but a cold will leave after a week-to-10 days. Allergies linger.
✓ Allergies are not accompanied by pains, upset stomach, or exhaustion like the flu.
✓ Symptoms for allergies include ‘allergy shiners’, where blood vessels under eyes dilate, creating dark circles; and the ‘allergy salute’, whereby people constantly rub their nose.
✓ Unless it is the flu, antibiotics do not work very well on viruses.
✓ For colds, well, grandma was right. Chicken soup really is a good remedy, though doctors are not sure why. (It’s the ‘extra love’ she puts in it.)


1942 [75] Joe Biden, Scranton PA, US Vice President 2009-17/retired US Senator (Delaware) 1973-2009

1947 [70] Joe Walsh, Wichita KS, classic rock guitarist (‘Life’s Been Good’, Eagles-‘Hotel California’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1998)

1956 [61] Bo Derek, Long Beach CA, movie actress (“10”, “Tommy Boy”, TV/”Fashion House” 2006)

1971 [46] Joel McHale, Rome Italy, TV actor (“Community” 2009-2015, “The Soup” 2004-2015)

1975 [42] Dierks Bentley, Phoenix AZ, country singer (‘Somewhere on a Beach’, ‘Drunk On a Plane’)

1977 [40] Josh Turner, Hannah SC, country singer ‘All Over Me’, ‘Why Don’t We Just Dance’)

1986 [31] Jared Followill, Mt Juliet TN, rock bassist-pianist (Kings of Leon–‘Use Somebody’, ‘Sex on Fire’)

1995 [22] Michael Clifford, Sydney, Australia, boy-band singer (5 Seconds of Summer-‘Good Girls’, ‘She Looks So Perfect’)

• “Absurdity Day”, a chance to put your hair in pigtails or wear that shirt you like but haven’t because it is too ‘loud’.  Today you don’t have to explain anything … just do it.

• “African Industrialization Day”, an annual UN initiative to encourage deployment of new technologies in order to raise living standards on the continent and build industries of the future.

• “Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day” (GOHARD), the 7th annual day of support for those who challenge themselves through long-distance running. The day’s motto: ‘Hug a Runner and Share the Sweat!’.   (Ewww!)

• “Name Your PC Day”, what name have you bestowed on yours? (And does it come when it’s called?)

• “Peanut Butter Fudge Day”.  Who cares why? Bring it!

• “Transgender Day of Remembrance”, the 19th annual commemorating those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender bias, prejudice, or hatred.

• “Universal Children’s Day”, 1st proclaimed by the UN in 1954 to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children.

[Tues] National Gingerbread Day
[Tues] World Television Day
[Wed] Blackout Wednesday
[Wed] National Family Caregivers Day
This Week Is…National Family Week
This Month Is…National Gratitude Month

2009 [08] Holding back tears, Oprah Winfrey announces she’ll end her highly successful Chicago-based daytime talk show at the end of its 25th season on September 9, 2011

2003 [14] Famed “Wall of Sound” producer Phil Spector is formally charged with 1st-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his LA home (now doing life)

1982 [35] Actress Drew Barrymore 1st hosts NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” … at age 7

2008 [09] The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997


✓ Up to 27% of upstream web traffic is from the uploading of photos and videos to Facebook.
✓ 27,000 trees are cut down each day to make toilet paper.
✓ All the batteries on earth store just 10 minutes worth of the world’s electricity needs.
✓ The U.S. retail industry makes $6.8 billion per year from unredeemed gift cards.
✓ Human stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.
✓ A lethal does of chocolate for a human would is 22lbs., or about 40 Hershey bars.

• That’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen!
• Just wait your turn, you’ll get some!
• Are you ready for seconds yet?
• Don’t play with your meat.
• Just lay back & take it easy…I’ll do the rest.
• If I don’t undo my pants, I’ll burst!
• Do you think you’ll be able to handle all these people at once?
• Are you going to come again next time?
• It’s Cool Whip time!

✓ “What’s a nice girl like you doing in … wait, where am I?”
✓ “Forget the spit, wanna swap teeth?”
✓ “Much like high-sodium foods, you send my blood pressure skyrocketing!”
✓ “Excuse me while I slip into something orthopedic.”
✓ “How’d you like to be in my will?”
✓ “Wanna see my cane?”
✓ “Ever done it in a Craftmatic adjustable bed?”
✓ “My arteries aren’t the only things that have hardened”
-First published in BS in 2015

☎ What meal were you regularly served as a child that you hated, and have never eaten as a grown-up?

No matter how bad it gets, I’m rich at the dollar store.

Question:  If you have more than one child, you probably do this every night or morning.  What is it?  Answer: A load of laundry

When you let go of what no longer serves you, you create space for what’s meant to be.

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