November 4 2020

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – Edition: #6843

Wow, You Really Know Your Sheet!

★ Jeannie Mai is putting her health first as her “Dancing With the Stars” journey comes to an end. The co-host of “The Real”, who was competing on season 29 of the dancing series, has been hospitalized due to an inflammatory condition called epiglottitis. In a statement, she said that doctors (QUOTE) “discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery”, and that she is “heartbroken that my DWTS journey has to end here.”
★ Tye Sheridan, Tom Hardy, Pete Davidson and Bill Skarsgard have all joined the cast of “The Things They Carried,” a Vietnam war movie that will be directed by Rupert Sanders and is based on the collection of short stories from Tim O’Brien’s 1990 book. The film is an ensemble project without a true lead, and it’s based on O’Brien’s stories of a platoon of soldiers during Vietnam and their experience on the front lines. Production is expected to begin in early 2021 in Thailand.
★ Chrissy Teigen has honored her late son Jack by having his name tattooed on her wrist. She took to Twitter to share the inking with fans, just weeks after she and husband John Legend announced they had suffered a pregnancy loss. Tiegen also recently wrote an essay, reflecting on Jack’s passing, and revealed the reasons she chose to share her story and images from the hospital with fans.
★ A new documentary about Princess Diana is in the works. Director Ed Perkins says that although the Princess’s story has been told and re-told many times, he aims to “reframe it for a modern audience and make it feel as fresh and relevant as it ever has”.  His plan is to use only archive footage in the film, which he says “will allow us to immerse audiences in the narrative as if it were being told in the present.” It will premiere on HBO in the US and on Sky Documentaries in the UK.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kanye West
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Sarah Silverman, Dua Lipa, Steve Kornacki, Common featuring Black Thought
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Leslie Jones
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Henry Winkler, the Kills
• “Conan” (TBS): Al Franken
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jenny McCarthy, Emily Simpson
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Patrick J. Adams, guest co-host Amanda Kloots
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Chris O’Donnell, Darius Rucker, Dr. Gail Saltz
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ellen reminisces about some of her favorite moments on the show throughout the years
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Kristin Chenoweth, Ledisi
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): David Dobrik, Fortune Feimster
• “The Amazing Race” (CBS): Teams race through Asunción, Paraguay, where they must either stack a pyramid of watermelons or perform a traditional Paraguayan bottle dance.
• “The Masked Singer” (FOX): The Group C contestants return for their second performance of the season.
• “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC): Season 12 finale

• Taylor Swift — can finally re-record her old material. She’s spent the past year feuding with music manager Scooter Braun, who bought the master recordings of her first six albums along with her former label, Big Machine Records. Swift claimed that Braun had banned her from recording the songs that he now owned until November 2020.
• Idris Elba – The award-winning actor is also a DJ and has revealed on Twitter that he’ll release the single ‘No More Looking Back’ in January. In a short clip, he is seen dancing along to the music in an empty room.
• Mel B — has asked for a court hearing with her ex Eddie Murphy to hash out child support arrangements for their 13-year-old daughter. She is asking that he reveal all about his income, and pay for her legal costs, after her income has been “dramatically reduced”.
• Neil Young – has spent a lot of this year releasing unheard music. Now, he’s offering up a previously unreleased version of his classic ‘Powderfinger’. While the song was actually released in 1979, this version was recorded on June 12, 1975, with Crazy Horse. LINK:
• Bruce Springsteen – With his new album “Letter to You” debuting at #2 on the Billboard albums chart, he has become the first artist with a top-five charting album in each of the last six decades. Letter to You is Springsteen’s 20th studio effort.
• Mötley Crüe — Nikki Sixx posted that he is working on new music, but not for Mötley Crüe. On Instagram, he wrote: “Got a chance to work on a song for an upcoming movie with some super bad a** friends.”
• Pink Floyd — A rare book about late co-founder Syd Barrett will finally get a wide (and affordable) release. “Barrett: The Definitive Visual Companion”, which came out as a high-quality luxury book in 2011, will be available in paperback on November 24th.
• Steve Earle – has been announced as one of the newest members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bobbie Gentry, Kent Blazy, Brett James and Spooner Oldham have also been elected. The induction ceremony won’t be held until Nov., 2021 due to the pandemic.
• Granger Smith — has announced a Nov. 27 release date for “Country Things, Vol. 2”. It’s the second part of his album project that began with the eight-song Vol. 1, issued in September. He has also launched a contest to give away his very own pickup truck. Five fans will be transported to his Texas farm, and one will emerge with the vehicle.
• Tim McGraw – has never seen the Christmas movie that he is in. In an interview, he said that that when he tried to watch his performance in “Four Christmases”, he could barely even get through the trailer. Quote: “I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m never, I can’t look at myself like that for an hour and a half, two hours, heck no'” The 2008 film stars Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon.

The city of Montreal, Quebec has embarked on an interesting recycling project. Construction crews are using old wine bottles to make bridges. A project has been launched to use 70,000 glass bottles to create a bridge on the city’s Nuns’ Island. Similar to the way wine bottles have been used in pavement, the glass will be powdered and mixed with cement to achieve a strong structure. A second bridge is set to begin construction next year. About 10% of the bridges will be made from recycled glass, which is said to not only be good for the environment, but also effective at strengthening the bridge.
(But, to be honest, not so good for tires…)
(If this causes a shortage of wine bottles, these guys are going to be in BIG trouble with a whole lot of my female relatives!)
(Do you think they need any help emptying them?)

It’s rare enough to be a twin. It’s even rarer when they’re both females, and pregnant at the same time. So, what are the odds of two female twins being pregnant at the same time, and both giving birth to girls on the same day – on their birthdays? That was exactly the story for Autumn Shaw and Amber Tramontana of Knoxville, YN, who welcomed their daughters on Thursday in separate rooms at the same hospital. Amber admitted that having children around the same time was part of their plan for their “kids to have the same experience that we had growing up”, but they didn’t expect their girls to be born THIS close together. By the way, the twin sisters have 2-year-old sons who were born just 10 weeks apart.
(Which, for a first try, wasn’t bad…!)
(For their Mom’s sakes, I hope those two kids get along!)
(And there will never, ever be any competition among the Moms in regard to their kids, right?)

➢ A device developed by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can reportedly extract and condense clean water from dry air, without the use of electricity. The solar powered device uses temperature difference to transfer water molecules onto adsorbent materials, where it is condensed using heat from the sun, before being moved into a container. When there’s no sunlight, molecules can be collected before being harvested the next day. Scientists have warned that accelerating climate change is likely to cause severe droughts in many areas of the world, and this invention could help alleviate that. (Does it also make it less humid outside?)
➢ A British entrepreneur says he has created the world’s first diamonds “made entirely from the sky.” Dale Vince, the founder of green energy provider Ecotricity, says his lab-grown diamonds are environmentally friendly because they are made using carbon drawn from air. His new venture, SkyDiamonds, claims to be capable of creating the world’s first “zero impact diamond.” The stones are made by specialized machines which transform carbon into diamonds that are “physically and chemically identical to Earth-mined diamonds.” (And now, Mr. Vince is “a girl’s best friend”!)
-CNN, IFLScience

A statistical breakdown of life by the numbers …
• 81% of us admit we have faked someone else’s signature.
• 45% of men think scrubs or a lab coat are the sexiest job uniforms.
• 60% of women say they flush with their foot in a public restroom (40% of men do).
• 53% of men say they do not know how to tie a tie.
• 20% of adults say they couldn’t pass a written driving test if they were asked to do it today.
• 17% of us have gone through a neighbor’s garbage at night.
• 5% of women admit they have taken a selfie on the toilet.

Smokers are more likely to quit if they live near green spaces, according to research. Scientists also found that those who live in leafy neighbourhoods are less likely to smoke. They concluded that the findings support the need to protect and invest in natural resources to “maximise the public health benefits they may afford.” They believe that nature-based interventions could be prescribed to “assist people in attempting to give up smoking.” The research, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, is based on data from more than 8,000 adults in England.


1937 [83] Loretta Swit, Passaic NJ, TV actress (‘Hot Lips Houlihan’ on “M*A*S*H” 1972-83)

1947 [73] Ivonne Coll, Fajardo Puerto Rico, TV actress (‘Alba Villanueva’ on “Jane the Virgin” 2014-19)

1960 [60] Kathy Griffin, Oak Park IL, standup comedian/TV personality (“Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D-List” 2005-10)

1961 [59] Ralph Macchio, Long Island NY, movie actor (“The Karate Kid”, The Outsiders”)

1961 [59] Jeff Probst, Wichita KS, TV reality show host (“Survivor” since 2000)

1969 [51] Matthew McConaughey, Uvalde TX, movie actor (“Dazed and Confused”, Oscar-“Dallas Buyers Club”)/TV actor (“True Detective” 2013)

1969 [51] Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (also known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Puffy), Harlem NY, hip-hop artist (with Faith Evans –‘I’ll Be Missing You’, ‘Shake Ya Tailfeather’)/recording mogul (Bad Boy Records)/fashion designer (Sean John)/entrepreneur (Ciroc Vodka)

1975 [45] Curtis Stone, Melbourne Australia, celebrity chef/TV personality (“My Kitchen Rules”, “Top Chef Masters”)

• “Candy Day”, for some unknown reason. Maybe a day to try to figure out what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy before your entire family’s teeth are ruined?

• “Use Your Common Sense Day”, promoting the idea of making use of the knowledge and experience which we all allegedly have.

• “King Tut Day”, celebrating the date of the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb. King Tut’s rule lasted just nine years, from 1333 B.C. to 1324 B.C. His cause of his death is uncertain. Murder, malaria and an innocent accident are the main theories.

• “International Stress Awareness Day”, to provide information about how stress affects the body and mind, what causes stress, and how it can be coped with and managed.

• “Easy-Bake Oven Day”, this pop-culture icon has struck a note with kids and adults. It’s even been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. (We’re in luck! The brownies I started baking in 2004 are just about ready…)

[Thurs] American Football Day
[Thurs] National Love Your Red Hair Day
[Fri] Basketball Day
[Fri] National Jersey Friday

2001 [19] “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, the first film adaptation of the books by J. K. Rowling, premieres, is released, starring Daniel Radcliffe (In the US, India and Pakistan, it is released as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”)

2015 [05] Katy Perry is the highest paid musician of the year, earning $135 million, according to Forbes Magazine

2018 [02] Camila Cabello wins four awards at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Bilbao. Janet Jackson accepts the Global Icon award

2008 [12] Barack Obama is elected 44th president of the United States. He would become the first African-American to assume the country’s highest office

2010 [10] The oldest stone axe ever discovered is dated at 35,500-years-old (found in Australia’s Northern Territory in the lands of the Jawoyn people)


✓ A dropped piece of toast has a 62% chance of landing butter-side down.
✓ Polar Bears trying to blend in with the ice will cover up their black nose with their paws.
✓ In an average NFL football game, there are only about 12 minutes of actual play time.
✓ It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, all sucking at once, to completely drain the average human of blood.
✓ If you started with $0.01 and doubled your money every day, it would take 27 days to become a millionaire.
✓ Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.
-All-That-Is-Interesting, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .

• Dirty Dancing With Wolves
• A Nightmare on Sesame Street
• When Dirty Harry Met Sally
• The Breakfast Fight Club
• The Best Little Chainsaw Massacre in Texas
• Rosemary’s Muppet Babies
• The Phantom Menace of the Opera
• A Star is Borat
• Good Will Hunting Bambi
• Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Deadpool
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ We moved clocks back to standard time on Sunday. (So far, I’m really enjoying my microwave showing the correct time again…)
➠ More people have died this year from selfie-related accidents than from shark attacks. (But no one’s died yet from taking a selfie with a shark, so maybe give THAT a try…)
➠ Dunkin’ has introduced the new Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut baked with cayenne. It combines two of America’s favorite things: Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes…)
➠ A study says having a tattoo INCREASES your chance of getting a job. (…at a strip club.)
➠ Fact of the Day:  There are about 30 million dead people on Facebook. (And that’s not counting people who post pictures of their cats or what they ate for lunch — who are dead inside…)

I did not expect that:

Opening lines – Name the classic 80s song from the first line…
• “She’s got eyes of the bluest skies…”
a) ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ – REO Speedwagon
b) ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ – Guns N’ Roses [CORRECT]
c) ‘Careless Whisper’ – George Michael
d) ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ – Kim Carnes

• “Every now and then I get a little bit lonely…”
a) ‘Take My Breath Away’ — Berlin
b) ‘Faithfully’ — Journey
c) ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ – Bonnie Tyler [CORRECT]
d) ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ – Whitney Houston

• “Well, my friends, the time has come…”
a) ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ – Bon Jovi
b) ‘Take On Me’ – A-ha
c) ‘All Night Long’ – Lionel Richie [CORRECT]
d) ‘Coward of the County’ – Kenny Rogers

I don’t have Instagram, but I wanted you to know that I had oatmeal for breakfast. No sugar, mixed with water. And a glass of orange juice.

What’s one guilty pleasure that you refuse to live without?

Question:  The average person has 158 of THESE and hasn’t touched 20% of them. What are they?
Answer:  Books

Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.


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