October 23 2020

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Friday, October 23, 2020 — Edition: #6835

Thanks For Being a Bull Market!

★ Scott Baio is definitely not a fan of Ron Howard’s upcoming “Happy Days” reunion. The Republican actor, who played ‘Chachi’ on the hit sitcom, which ran from 1974 to 1984, voiced his opinions on the skit on Twitter, calling it “shameful.” The reunion is set to benefit the Democratic party of Wisconsin and is scheduled to air Sunday. Cast members Henry Winkler, Howard, Don Most, Anson Williams, Marion Ross, and writer Lowell Ganz have been confirmed for the event. Baio also hit out at John Stamos for asking Howard if he could “play Chachi.” Baio tweeted: “This is what Hollywood has come to #shameful.”
★ “Leaving Neverland.” director Dan Reed is currently filming in a Los Angeles Superior Court as Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two men who alleged they were assaulted at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch some 30 years ago, remain embroiled in lawsuits with Jackson’s companies. Reed’s plans to shoot a sequel to the documentary have been challenged by MJJ brands, which is seeking to entangle the director in court proceedings. Subpoenas have been served to the documentarian and his production company, and Jackson’s attorneys are seeking a ban on filming in the courtroom.
★ Anthony Hopkins is getting creative – and giving back. Today, the legendary actor and artist launches his fragrance collection “Anthony Hopkins”. Consisting of an Eau de Parfum, candles and diffusers, the seven-piece assortment ranges from $45 to $75 and is available at anthonyhopkins.com. Hopkins says the product line, “is rooted in my commitment to [our] partnership [with] No Kid Hungry.” For each item sold, the non-profit will be able to provide up to 50 meals for children in need.
★ There can only be one true ‘Batman’. Michael Keaton appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and was asked about rumors that he will be reprising his role as billionaire-turned-superhero Bruce Wayne in the upcoming movie “The Flash”. His response? He said he can’t confirm anything, but “We’re having discussions…We’ll see if that happens.” Kimmel then asked, of all the actors who’ve donned the cape to play Batman, who was the best? Keaton responded with no hesitation: “Me”.

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Chelsea Handler, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the War on Drugs
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): 2020 Campaign Coverage Special
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jeremy Strong, SuperM
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Leslie Jones
• “The Talk” (CBS): Blair Underwood, Piers Morgan
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Anthony Anderson, Dr. Sandra Lee
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Magic Johnson, Keith Barry
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Marlon Wayans, Cleo Wade, Tiana Major9
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Seth Macfarlane, Liza Gillies
• “2020 World Series” (FOX/SN): Game 3. Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
• “American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself” (SHOWTIME): Alexandra Pelosi captures a snapshot of America as the country faces a pandemic, a presidential election and a costly financial collapse.
• “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (PRIME VIDEO): Sacha Baron Cohen’s return to his most famous character, the Kazakhstani TV host Borat Sagdiyev.

• “2020 World Series” (FOX/SN): Game 4. Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
• “Jingle Bell Bride” (HALLMARK): A wedding planner finds romance with a handsome local after traveling to a remote town in Alaska to find a rare flower for a celebrity client.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Adele, with musical guest H.E.R.

• “2020 World Series” (FOX/SN): Game 5. Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
• “Alaska: The Last Frontier” (DISCOVERY): Premiere. As spring approaches, the Kilchers prepare for a potentially devastating wildfire season. But when Covid-19 threatens the homestead and crews are evacuated, the family must come together and adapt like never before.
• “The Undoing” (HBO): Premiere. Therapist Grace Fraser has a perfect life in New York with her family, but a murder, a disappearance and several horrendous revelations push her to the limit of suffering.

• Ariana Grande – Her new single, ‘Positions’ dropped at midnight. She posted the single’s artwork on Wednesday, and teased the song in a video posted to Instagram last week. Earlier in October, she revealed that she would be releasing her sixth studio album in full “this month”.
• Miley Cyrus – says she was left shaken after a freaky close encounter with a UFO. She says while driving with a friend, they were “chased down” by an alien in a glowing yellow “flying snowplow”. One caveat: She says she’s “pretty sure about what I saw, but I’d also bought weed wax from a guy in a van in front of a taco shop”.
• Chris Brown — designed his own pairs of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, and because he claims Nike won’t work with him, he posted them on Instagram. He iincluded three different designs including two named after himself: “Easy Breezy” and the “Air Breezy: Viper 3.” The other is named “The Goat”.
• Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, Diddy, Gwen Stefani are all featured prominently in a teaser released by HBO for the upcoming virtual induction ceremony. Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex will be inducted Nov. 7th.  LINK:  https://youtu.be/yQnkggjPbwU
• Tom Petty — Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Jackson Browne, Stephen Stills, Adam Sandler and Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench will participate in a virtual festival today celebrating what would have been his 70th birthday. The “Tom Petty Birthday Bash” starts at 7pm on Amazon’s Twitch music channel and the Tom Petty website.
• Toto — Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams have revealed a new lineup, and the new members will debut in a livestream concert on Nov. 21. Among the musicians joining the two band veterans are bassist John Pierce (Huey Lewis and the News), keyboardist Dominique “Xavier” Taplin (Prince) and multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr).
• Jason Aldean – says he has discovered the bright side to wearing a mask. He says, naturally, fewer people recognize him when they can’t see the lower half of his face. Quote: “The mask, as much as I hate ’em, has been kind of cool because you kind of blend in with everybody else.”
• Garth Brooks – His cover of ‘Shallow’ with Trisha Yearwood will appear on his upcoming album “Fun”. The song, which was first recorded by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga for the movie “A Star Is Born”, is their next single, and received its official debut during a live interactive preview of the album.
• Dolly Parton — joined forces with Monica, Jordin Sparks, Rita Wilson and Sara Evans for the new charity single ‘PINK’. The song, released in the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will raise money for breast cancer research organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Almost any fancy restaurant features dim lighting as part of its ambience, but a new study found that poorly lit food can actually make it taste worse. Researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands had 138 participants eat a four-course meal at a restaurant under various lighting conditions. Under the impression they were testing a new menu, they were asked to rate both “taste intensity” and the dining room’s lighting. Guests dining under the brighter lights rated the overall taste as “more intense” as opposed to guests eating under dimmer lights. The scientists say this adds evidence to the study of what sensory factors encourage consumers to spend.
(Then why is it that those dark, drunken midnight wedding buffets are always THE BEST FOOD I’VE EVER EATEN!!)
(That explains a whole lot about airplane food!)
(I think this is just a case of when it’s dark, we tend to miss with the salt shaker!)

➢ A shameless British man is being ridiculed for going on TV to try and sell a Banksy — and admitting he ripped it off a public wall. The unidentified man went on BBC’s “Antiques Roadshow” to get an evaluation for the small Banksy artwork of a rat holding onto a power drill that he found on a wall on Brighton seafront. He admitted that he took it in 2004 “with a little bit of a tug”. He was told it would have fetched at least $25,000 — but it is likely now worthless because Banksy has refused to authenticate it, as he always does with items ripped off from the public spaces. (Banksy leaves a picture on a wall and they call it “valuable art”. My kid does the same thing, and it’s “vandalism, punishable by fining his parents”!)
➢ To celebrate its 50th anniversary, U.K.-based supermarket “Iceland Foods” sent a single chicken nugget into space. It took about 2 hours for the breaded, deep-fried chicken snack to reach more than 33,000 metres (20.5 miles) above Earth. After reaching its height, the piece of chicken — Iceland Foods’ most popular selling item — plummeted back down to Earth at 322 km/h (200 mph) before a parachute opened to ensure a safe landing. The company says the altitude reached equals the height of 880,000 chicken nuggets. (I have so many questions…starting with “Why?”)
➢ A couple have named their baby girl after an internet service provider – yes, an internet service provider – in exchange for free Wi-Fi. The new dad spotted a Facebook ad from Swiss start-up company “Twifi”, offering free Wi-Fi for 18 years to anyone who named their kid after the company. A son would be named ‘Twifus’, while a daughter would be given the name ‘Twifia’. And Twifa it is! The parents, who wish to remain anonymous, gave their little girl the second middle name Twifia. They say they’ll keep the money they would have spent on Wi-Fi and put it into a savings account for their daughter. Twifus’ full name wasn’t revealed either. (But we think we may know her parents’ Wi-Fi password…)
-Canoe, NYPost

NFL teams that employ more female executives see a significant drop in the number of players being arrested, according to researchers. Franchises that have a “critical mass” of women in the front office (two or more) have a 21% decrease in incidents involving police, according to a team from Syracuse University. A spokesperson said the findings “Also have implications for organizations beyond those employing professional sport players.”


1954 [66] Ang Lee, Chaochou Taiwan, movie director-producer (“Life of Pi”, “Brokeback Mountain”)

1956 [64] Dwight Yoakam, Pikeville KY, country singer (‘Fast as You’, ‘Guitars, Cadillacs’)/movie actor (“Crank” films, “Sling Blade”)

1959 [61] Sam Raimi, Royal Oak MI, movie director-producer (“Poltergeist”, “Spider-Man” movies)

1959 [61] (Alfred) ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Lynwood CA, parody singer (‘My Bologna’, ‘Eat It’)

1964 [56] Robert Trujillo (Roberto Agustín Miguel Santiago Samuel Perez de la Santa Concepcion Trujillo Veracruz Batista), Santa Monica CA, rock bassist (Metallica since 2003-‘The Day that Never Comes’, ‘All Within My Hands’)

1976 [44] Ryan Reynolds, Vancouver BC, movie actor (“Deadpool” movies, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”)/wed to Blake Lively since 2012

1976 [44] Cat Deeley, Birmingham UK, TV host (“So You Think You Can Dance” since 2006)

1986 [34] Emilia Clarke, London England, TV actress (‘Daenerys Targaryen’ on “Game of Thrones” 2011-19)

1995 [25] Ireland Baldwin, Los Angeles CA, model/actress/daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger

SATURDAY- Kevin Kline (“A Fish Called Wanda”) is 73; Korie Robertson (“Duck Dynasty”) is 47; Monica (‘So Gone’) is 40; Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”) is 40; Drake (‘Hotline Bling’) is 34; Shenae Grimes (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) is 31

SUNDAY- Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) is 63; Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 59; Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”) is 51; Craig Robinson (“The Office”) is 49; Katy Perry (‘I Kissed a Girl’) is 36; Ciara (f/Ludacris-‘Ride’) is 35

• “Canning Day”, honoring the birth of French chef/chemist Nicolas Appert, who came up with the concept of sealing perishable food in jars. For this, he is known as “the father of canning”, but he also came up with many other inventions … including the bouillon cube.

• “TV Talk Show Host Day”, to celebrate those ‘gifted with the personality and intellect to bring out the best in their guests’. It’s an annual observance on the birth anniversary of iconic talk show host Johnny Carson in 1925. Who’s today’s best?

• “Boston Cream Pie Day”, although it is called a pie, Boston cream pie is actually a cake. It consists of two round layers of sponge cake with a thick vanilla custard filling. It is usually frosted with a chocolate glaze but it can also be topped with confectionary sugar. The dessert is served in wedges just like a pie.

• “Croc Day”, crocs are everywhere, from college campuses to fashion runways, on celebrity feet and in the garden. And why not? They’re versatile, vibrant, and most of all, comfortable. (And NEVER the butt of any jokes…)

• “Slap Your Irritating Co-Worker Day”, we’re kidding! (Honest! The HR department told us we are!) But just for fun, here are the rules you must follow…
* You can only slap one person per hour – no more.
* You can slap the same person again if they irritate you again later in the same day.
* You are allowed to hold someone down as other co-workers take their turns slapping the irritant.
* No weapons are allowed…other than going upside somebody’s head with a stapler or a hole-puncher.
* If questioned by a supervisor [or police, if the supervisor is the irritant], you are allowed to LIE, LIE, LIE!
(We don’t recommend that you actually slap anyone, but sometimes it sure is nice to think about it…)

• “Bologna Day”, a good day to fry up a slice to add to your peanut butter sandwich. Yummers!
• “Food Day”, a day to resolve to make changes in your diet and take action to solve food-related problems in our communities.
• “United Nations Day”, honoring the 75th anniversary of the day in 1945 that the majority of the world’s countries adopted the charter that formed the UN.
• “National Crazy Day”, a day to bring out the child who lives in all of us, and do something outlandish to make others roll with laughter. (I wore one brown and one blue sock. Crazy, I know!)
• “Good and Plenty Day”, this is one of those candies that you either like or don’t.  The licorice treat is the oldest brand of candy in the U.S.A. Good and Plenty was first made in 1893 by the Quaker City Confectionery Company of Philadelphia.

• “Cartoonists Against Crime Day”, honoring cartoonists, graphic artists, and illustrators who promote crime prevention through their works. (Stop varmint … or I’ll draw!)
• “Chucky the Notorious Killer Doll Day”, celebrating the murderous, knife-wielding doll brought to life in the horror films: “Child’s Play” (1988); “Child’s Play 2″ (1990); “Child’s Play 3″ (1991); “Bride of Chucky” (1998); “Seed of Chucky” (2004); “Curse of Chucky” (2013); “Cult of Chucky” (2017); “Child’s Play [Reboot]” (2019) NET: http://tinyurl.com/9g5yms4
• “Greasy Foods Day”. From pizza and nachos to burgers and French fries, it’s nearly impossible to ignore this guilty pleasure. (Especially if it’s someone else’s!)
• “International Artists Day”, honoring the contribution artists make to society. It’s a day to visit a gallery, participate in something creative, or buy that painting that you’ve been admiring.
• “Punk for a Day Day”, so get on your faux-hawk, your stick-on tats, your imitation leather and strut your stuff!
• “World Pasta Day”, honoring one of Italy’s greatest gifts to the world. It’s estimated there are circa 350 different types of pasta and about 4 times that many names for them.

2010 [10] Katy Perry weds Russell Brand at a luxury resort in Northern India (They divorce in 2012)

1993 [27] Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a World Series winning walk-off home run against the Philadelphia Phillies. It is only the second-ever walk-off HR to win a World Series

2004 [16] Pop singer Ashlee Simpson is caught lip-synching during an appearance on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” (pretty much a career killer)

2015 [05] Adele releases her single ‘Hello’ – it becomes the first song with more than a million downloads in its first week– 1.1 million (and inspires approximately the same number of viral video cover versions…)

2015 [05] Carrie Underwood releases her album “Storyteller”. It makes her the first artist in history to have six consecutive #1 albums on the Country chart

2001 [19] The first Apple ‘iPod’ is unveiled, which goes on sale on November 10th for $399


✓ The term “footage” comes from the early days of movie-making, when films were measured in feet while being edited.
✓ Toy company Hasbro now owns Death Row Records (home of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, among others).
✓ Deep-sea fish can explode when brought rapidly to the ocean’s surface.
✓ There are two rivers in Florida named “Withlacoochee”.
✓ There are now more mobile phones than there are humans.
✓ King Tut was buried with 145 pairs of loincloth underwear.
-FunFacts, TheFactSite

Best of BS . . .
• The Princess Bride of Frankenstein
• Peggy Sue Got Buried
• Date Night of the Living Dead
• Notting Hell
• Headless in Seattle
• Look Who’s Stalking
• Bridget Jones’ Autopsy
• Slay Anything
• When Harry Met Carrie
• He’s Just Not That Into Boo
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

➠ NASA is launching a 4G phone network on the moon with help from Nokia. (It was a tough call for NASA to make, but then again, EVERY call with Nokia is a tough one…)
➠ Any time first base is ‘stolen’ during the World Series, everyone gets a free Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell. (And after Tyler Glasnow’s performance on Tuesday, we’re all wishing they’d make the same offer for every walk!)
➠ In Tokyo, a new adult-only theme park featuring strippers has opened. (On the first day, there was a mad-rush to the exits when they announced someone named “Bambi” had left her headlights on…)
➠ (***Caution***) A U.K man has been jailed for three years for having sex with a chicken. (In his defense, he was just trying to figure out ‘”Who came first?”)

Not so fast:  https://tinyurl.com/yy3hnbxh

What item do you use even after it’s broken?

My teachers told me I’d never amount to anything because I procrastinate so much. I told them, “Just you wait!”

Question:  When it comes to our yards, THIS is the #1 complaint our neighbors have about us. What is it?
Answer:  Blowing leaves into their yard

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.


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