October 21 2020

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 – Edition: #6833


★ Julia Louis-Dreyfus has called out President Donald Trump in a tweet, accusing him of stealing material from two of her hit shows. And for good measure, she took aim at First Lady Melania Trump, too. To her 1.2 million followers, Louis-Dreyfus tweeted: “First he stole all of Veep. Now he’s stealing from Seinfeld. Melania deserves an Emmy for acting like she’s attracted to THIS.” Attached was a video comparing the president’s jerky dance moves to a shimmy made famous by Louis-Dreyfus’ “Seinfeld” character ‘Elaine Benes’. Her show “Veep”, was, of course, about a dysfunctional presidential administration.
★ Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will reunite — er, rise from the dead — in a “Hocus Pocus” reunion special called “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover”. Midler teased a sneak peek on her Instagram and said, “‘In Search of the Sanderson Sisters’ is the best thing to happen to #Halloween since Hocus Pocus + Reeses Pieces.” The one-hour special on Oct. 30 will be hosted by none other than Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and will feature the Sanderson Sisters — Winifred, Mary and Sarah — returning from beyond the grave to once again wreak havoc on a small New England town at the spookiest time of year.
★ Yippee-ki-yay! He’s back. Bruce Willis has reprised his iconic role of ‘John McClane’ from “Die Hard” in a new Advance Auto Parts “Die Hard” battery commercial – and it’s epic. The 2-minute mini-movie debuted Sunday during the Fox’s Game of the Week telecast of Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay. It not only features a lot of action and classic McClane snark, but also reunites with De’voreaux White, who played ‘Argyle’ and Clarence Gilyard (‘Theo’) from the 1988 film.
★ Nineteen years after the premiere of the hit comedy film “Legally Blonde”, the cast will gather again for a virtual reunion. Star Reese Witherspoon teased the reunion, which will benefit World Central Kitchen, Monday on Instagram. The reunion will premiere Tuesday, October 20 on Witherspoon’s “Hello Sunshine” YouTube Channel, and will be hosted by SNL’s Chloe Fineman. In addition to Witherspoon, who starred as Elle Woods, it will feature cast members including Selma Blair, Jessica Cauffiel, Jennifer Coolidge, Matthew Davis, Ali Larter, and Luke Wilson.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Tracee Ellis Ross, Eric Andre, Tate McRae
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Anthony Mackie, Lily James, Black Thought featuring Portugal. The Man and The Last Artful, Dodgr
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Bruce Springsteen
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Sen. Cory Booker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Todd Sucherman
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Bill Gates, the Head and the Heart
• “Conan” (TBS): Michelle Obama (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Glennon Doyle
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Dr. Jill Biden, Natalie Portman
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Eddie Redmayne, Monica Mangin
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Sarah Hyland, Chasten Buttigieg
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Matthew McConaughey, Lauren Ash, Jonny Cota, Lawrence Zarian, Delta Goodrem
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Glennon Doyle, Michelle Buteau, Christian Siriano
• “The Goldbergs” (ABC): Season 8 premiere
• “The Conners” (ABC): Season 3 premiere
• “black-ish” (ABC): Season 7 premiere
• “2020 CMT Music Awards” (CMT): Rescheduled from July. Hosted by Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde and Sarah Hyland. Performers include Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato, Diplo, Idina Menzel, Jessica Chastain, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Rob Thomas, Tanya Tucker and Taylor Swift
• “2020 World Series” (FOX, SN): Game 2, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Cardi B – has deleted her Twitter account following fan backlash over her decision to reconcile with her husband Offset. On Instagram live, she clapped back at fans for trying to “dictate” how she should live her life, saying: “I’m so tired because of ya, I’ve got to continuously explain myself. I didn’t put my divorce out there, a (expletive) court clerk put it out there.”
• Billie Eilish – revealed on her Instagram Stories she will be dropping a new tune next month, and hinted it will have an autumnal theme. She was one of the big winners at the Billboard Music Awards last week, winning Top Female Artist, Top New Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Album for ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’.
• Taylor Swift – Her 2018 Gibson acoustic guitar will be auctioned off to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts. She has signed and dated the instrument, which she used during her performance of ‘Betty’ on the Academy of Country Music Awards in September. It’s expected to go for up to $40,000.
• Van Halen — Two of the late Eddie Van Halen’s iconic guitars — a custom red-and-white-striped, stage-used 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series, and a black-and-white striped Fender Stratocaster-style, will be sold at auction Dec. 4-5. Each is expected to sell for $40,000 – $80,000.
• Beastie Boys – have historically been opposed to having their music used in ads, they made an exception “because of the importance of the election”. The Joe Biden campaign was allowed to use a snippet of their 1994 song ‘Sabotage’ in a spot aired during the Pittsburgh Steelers/Cleveland Browns football game on Sunday.
• Miranda Lambert – has shared a teaser for her new music video for the song ‘Settling Down’. The short clip shows her riding on a gallant steed, but the most interesting part is an appearance by her husband Brendan McLoughlin. The full video premieres today at 6pm ET.
Garth Brooks — As the Nov. 20 release of his new album “FUN” nears, the cover has been released, featuring a picture of Brooks…with a serious look on his face. Why not a smile – or a laugh? He told “People” magazine that when he smiles, “Here come the chins. Here come the cheeks…. It’s a Brooks kind of thing. So, it’s just cheeks and chins when I smile.”
• Doug Supernaw – The ‘I Don’t Call Him Daddy’ singer, who announced last year that he is battling stage 4 cancer, has been put under hospice care. His wife posted: “Doug’s cancer has spread to the brain and spine…please keep Doug in your thoughts and prayers, as you all have been.” Supernaw is 60.

I’m sure you’ve heard it said that people in long-term relationships start to look more like each other over time. In fact, a 1987 study came to that exact conclusion. But according to a new analysis from researchers at Stanford University, it’s just not true – for the most part. The new research collected images of 517 married couples, and compared their faces shortly after they were married with images taken 20 to 69 years later. The researchers didn’t find anything to suggest that couples start looking more like each other as the years pass, but here is what they DID find: People tend to pick long-term partners who look similar to themselves. The scientists concluded that facial appearance, “similar to other traits such as interests, personality, intelligence, attitudes, values, and well-being, show initial similarity, but do not converge over time.”
(For once, I can say my wife is a very lucky woman!)
(Yet scientists admit they still have no explanation for couples who DRESS the same…)
(So if you look a lot like your spouse, at least it isn’t going to get worse!)

2020, being 2020 and all, has people seeking calm wherever they can find it. Some are binge-watching TV shows, some are baking, and some…they’re hugging cows. People in several parts of the world have begun to embrace the wellness trend, which reportedly originated in the Netherlands, where it is known as “koe knuffelen.” Cow-hugging supposedly reduces stress in humans by releasing the bonding hormone oxytocin. Why cows? They were chosen for their warm body temperatures and calm demeanor.
Farms in the US and Switzerland have also adopted the fad, which also benefits the cows, according to a study. Researchers found that when they are rubbed, massaged or petted, they experience relaxation and pleasure as well, similar to “social licking” that cows carry out on each other.
(I guess it’s just an udder day in paradise!)
(I’m not sure about hugging cows, but I sure get a feeling of calm when I SMELL pigs…frying!)
(What’s even more surprising is that someone was able to get funding for a study on hugging cows!)

Last week, Apple announced a bit of price relief for consumers who don’t want to spend over $1,000 on the new iPhone 12, by also offering up the iPhone 12 mini for a more reasonable US $699. But in case you’d like to spend even less, or even nothing to upgrade, a number of wireless carriers are giving customers big discounts to trade in their old devices. T-Mobile and Verizon are offering trade-in credits of $200-$850, depending on the age of the phone, and AT&T is offering a free new phone to those who commit to a 30-month unlimited data plan while trading in an older phone. Why are old devices worth so much to these companies? It helps boost sales by prompting more frequent upgrades (a recent concern of smartphone makers), it gives carriers a way to lure customers into long contracts, delivers more affordable devices for use in secondary markets, and provides raw materials that companies can reuse to make new phones more environmentally friendly. Plus, there is a growing market for used smartphones. It’s expected that there will be 333 million used smartphones sold in 2023 — nearly double the number sold in 2018 — for a total market value of $67 billion.
(Are they Siri-ous?)
(But if we start trading in our old phones, what will we ever put in that huge box in the closet?)
(And for once, because I’ve been hanging onto my iPhone 4S for about 11 years, I’m way ahead of the tech curve…)

(A Tumblr user posted “My parents aren’t teaching me life lessons. I need some adults to TEACH ME [stuff] ABOUT LIFE. I’m an adult” Here are some of the responses…)
⇒ Even if you get along great with your family, you will get along even better with them after moving out
⇒ Generic is almost always just as good as name brand. But there are some things you never buy generic: peanut butter, ketchup, liquid NyQuil, Chips Ahoy chewy chocolate chip cookies
⇒ thrift stores
⇒ do the dishes before the sink grows its own ecosystem
⇒ you can’t put Dawn dishsoap in the dishwasher
⇒ everyone else is too busy panicking about everyone else noticing every tiny thing that could possibly be wrong about them to notice any tiny thing that could possibly be wrong with you
⇒ you will screw up. a lot. You live and you learn…just tell yourself that what’s done is done. There’s no changing it, so just forget it and move on. It’s the only way to stay sane.

A study found that the worst color to wear to a job interview is orange. The survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers for CareerBuilder found that about 23% of employers said that blue is the most professional color, while 15% prefer black. Overall, they agreed that neutral colors are the best bet to wear to a job interview. Orange was determined to be the color most likely to be associated with someone “unprofessional”.


1942 [78] Judy Sheindlin, Brooklyn NY, TV judge (“Judge Judy” since 1996, she announced this year that the show will conclude in 2021, then she will launch “Judy Justice”, a similar series)/net worth of $445 million, according to Forbes

1949 [71] Benjamin Netanyahu, Tel Aviv, Israel, 9th Israeli Prime Minister (1996-99, 2009-present)

1957 [63] Steve Lukather, San Fernando Valley CA, rock guitarist (Toto-‘Africa’, Hold the Line’, session work includes Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album)

1977 [43] Matthew Ramsey, Buchanan VA, country singer (Old Dominion–‘Break Up with Him’, ‘Snapback’)

1980 [40] Kim Kardashian, Los Angeles CA, media personality/businesswoman/socialite/model (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” since 2007)/Mrs. Kanye West since 2014

1993 [27] Kane Brown, Chattanooga TN, country singer (‘Lose It’, ‘Heaven’)

1995 [25] Doja Cat (Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini), Calabasas CA, R&B singer (‘Say So’,’Mooo!’)

• “Back to the Future Day”, Today is the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled to the future (from 1985 to 2015) in their DeLorean time machine, in Stephen Spielberg’s “Back To The Future: Part II.”

• “Babbling Day”, a day of tolerance for those who run off at the mouth. (And yet, despite the look on my face, they’re still talking…)

• “International Day of the Nacho”, celebrating the popular snack food that originated in Mexico. First created in 1943 by Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Anaya at the “Victory Club” restaurant in Piedras Negras, original nachos consisted of fried tortilla chips covered with melted cheese and jalapeño peppers.

• “Garbanzo Bean Day”, celebrating the legume also known as the chickpea. They can be eaten cold in salads or cooked in stews. They’re also the basis of the popular dip hummus.

• “Pumpkin Cheesecake Day”, a seasonal dish traditionally made with a graham cracker crust and a pumpkin purée cheesecake filling.

• “Reptile Awareness Day”, to raise awareness that habitat-loss and the threat of extinction are significant concerns in the world of reptilian life. (And hopefully, we can come up with a way to provide some gator-aid…)

[Thurs] Clean Up the Earth Day
[Thurs] Eat a Pretzel Day
[Fri] Canning Day
[Fri] iPod Day

1992 [28] Madonna’s book “Sex” is released. Everything about it is shocking: the $50 price, the Mylar wrapping, the metal covers, and especially the images inside

2011 [09] The end of the world fails to materialize despite the prediction of 89-year-old radio preacher Harold Camping (his 4th attempt)

1977 [43] Meat Loaf releases the landmark album “Bat Out of Hell”. Featuring the epic ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’, it’s one of the best-selling albums of all time, with sales of over 43 million

2006 [14] Evanescence tops the chart with their secnd album “The Open Door” (the 700th #1 album in “Billboard Magazine” since the chart became a weekly feature in 1956)

1918 [102] Margaret Owen sets the world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 min (On a typewriter! In 1918!)

1998 [22] NY Yankees set a Major League Baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and post season combined


✓ 90% of the world’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
✓ In 2005, Mark Zuckerberg unsuccessfully tried to sell Facebook for $75 million. It was known as “TheFacebook” at the time. Current value? $758 billion.
✓ According to research, dogs prefer reggae and soft rock over other music genres.
✓ Eating cinnamon cools your body by up to two degrees and maintains the integrity of the stomach wall.
✓ It is theoretically possible to dig a hole to China…if you start digging in Argentina.
✓ Sunsets on Mars are blue.
-TheFactSite, UberFacts

Best of BS . . .
The World Series starts tonight, so here are…

• “Swing, batter, batter, batter…. swing!”
• “You’re out! I think.”
• “You’re in!”
• “I like big bats and I cannot lie.”
• “Get off my lawn!”
• “Touchdown!”
• “I also work at Foot Locker.”
• “Who’s on first?”
• “My bad.”
• “Strike four!”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ A man who was arrested for fondling himself in the Louisiana State University parking lot, claims he was just playing “air drums” in his truck.  (There’s gonna be repercussions for this…)
➠ Florida woman was arrested for smashing goose eggs 2 weeks away from hatching, police say.  (It’s stuff like this that makes me feel down…Bye! . . no touching, I’m on my way out…)
➠ A bobcat wandered the aisles of a Dollar General store in Kentucky, before local animal rescue officials picked it up. (Which is strange, because I go to the dollar store specifically to PICK UP cougars. What? Only me?)
➠ In the red-light district of Tokyo, Japan, an adults-only theme park is opening that features strippers and adult movie actors. (Be careful when you go home humming the tune:  ‘When you wish upon a porn star’…)
➠ Kim Kardashian turns 40 today. (Kim is hard to buy for because she already has everything she could possibly want. Or at least that’s what Kanye told her the day they got married…)

Sometimes you have to wonder why we have them:  https://tinyurl.com/y3peckge

Some of these statement are true, some total BS. Which are which?
• Prince Harry is taller than Prince William. [BS – Prince William is 1.91m, Prince Harry is 1.86m]
• There is seaweed in toothpaste. [TRUE – Carrageenan, or Irish Moss, is a common ingredient in toothpaste … and ice cream]
• The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. [TRUE]
• ‘A’ is the most commonly-used letter used in the English language. [BS – ‘E’ is]
• Madonna’s real name is ‘Madonna’. [TRUE – Madonna Louise Ciccone in full]
• The sound of a snore can be almost as loud as a pneumatic drill. [TRUE. Snores reach up to 69 decibels; jackhammers 70-90 decibels.]
• After the USA, Canada has the world’s greatest number of tornadoes. [BS. Australia has a few hundred a year, a distant 2nd to the US which experiences about 1,000 annually]
• It takes the human eye an hour to adapt completely to seeing in the dark. [TRUE]
-TrueorFalse?, Cosmopolitan

Question:  What ONE splurge would you pay for if you could? Housekeeper? Gardener? Chef? (A housekeeper who cooks and looks after the flowers?)

I like to refer to my fashion style as “clothes that still fit”.

Question:  A survey says THIS is the #1 snack food people take on road trips. What is it?
Answer:  Beef jerky

Happiness often sneaks in a door you did not think was open.


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