October 19 2020

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Monday, October 19, 2020 – Edition: #6831

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★ Alex Trebek and Megan Thee Stallion might sound like an unusual fusion of stars, but the pair have been brought together under some unlikely circumstances. “Jeopardy!” host Trebek has gotten his own ‘Savage’ remix after hilariously reading out the lyrics of the hit Megan Thee Stallion song during Friday’s show. He put some extra pizazz into his reading of the lyrics “classy, bougie, ratchet” and “sassy, moody, nasty.” Of course, the contestant got the answer right away, saying: “What is ‘Savage’?” Now, a cheeky Twitter user has mashed up 80-year-old Trebek’s voice with the original song to create a whole new interpretation. LINK:  https://tinyurl.com/y35ckqw6
★ Johnny Depp has been ordered to give an in-person deposition in his $50 million defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard. This comes after a previous delay in the lawsuit because of the coronavirus pandemic. Depp must sit for three days in the offices of Heard’s lawyers in Virginia to be deposed between Nov. 10-12. Depp is seeking damages after Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence.
★ Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have been named Honorary Naval Aviators for their work in “Top Gun”. Cruise starred in the producer’s classic 1986 movie and is also fronting the sequel “Top Gun: Maverick”, and now the duo are officially part of the United States Navy thanks to their onscreen depiction of fighter planes. The two were awarded with certificates by U.S. Navy Commander of Naval Air Forces, Vice Admiral DeWolfe Miller III, last month. According to the Air Force, “In the history of motion pictures, there is not a more iconic aviation movie than…Top Gun…The movie captured the hearts of millions, making a profound positive impact on recruiting for Naval Aviation.”
★ George Clooney and Bob Dylan will work on a new film together. The pair will adapt John Grisham’s acclaimed book “Calico Joe” for a feature film. Calico Joe is the story of a father and son, set against the backdrop of Major League Baseball in the United States. Clooney said: “John has written a beautiful story and the chance to collaborate with Bob to bring it to the screen is just fantastic.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Sacha Baron Cohen, Emma Roberts, Ozuna featuring Doja Cat
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Gwen Stefani, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, Bebe Rexha featuring Doja Cat
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Joy Reid, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Ego Nwodim, Todd Sucherman
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ken Jeong, Alicia Keys (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): DIY Conan (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): “Below Deck Mediterranean” Reunion, Part 1
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): America Ferrera
• “The Talk” (CBS): Luke Wilson, guest co-host Rumer Willis
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Sarah Gilbert, Melba Wilson
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Marlon Wayans, Ron Finley, guest host Tiffany Haddish
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Blake Shelton, Cynthia Nixon, Ian Cauble
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Marie Kondo, Rachael Ray
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC): Top 11 celebrity and pro-dancer couples compete.
• “The Voice” (NBC): Season 19 premiere. Gwen Stefani joins returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton as they vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon.

• Justin Bieber – says his new song ‘Lonely’ (released Friday) was “hard to listen to” at first because it brought back memories of “tough” chapters of his life. Bieber – who was discovered aged 13 – says it made him “emotional” seeing a young actor playing a version of himself and revisiting the dark side of childhood fame. The vid had over 8 million views by Saturday.
• Sam Smith – said on “Watch What Happens Live”, that they (CORRECT) tried using the British dating site Hinge, but no one believed it was really Smith, “and they chucked me off of it after one night because they thought I was a catfish pretending to be me.”
• 50 Cent — is moving into horror movies. The rapper and actor has signed a three-movie deal with the production company headed by Roger Birnbaum, Eli Roth and Michael Besman to bring the “same fun and danger” that he brings to his music to a “new fantastic slate of elevated scary films.”
• Bruce Springsteen – has hinted that if Donald Trump is re-elected, he’ll leave the country. He told the Daily Telegraph: “I’m predicting right now he’s gonna lose — if by some happenstance he should be (re-elected), I’ll see you on the next plane (to Australia)”.
• The Who – Peter Frampton claims in his new book “Do You Feel Like I Do?”, out tomorrow, that Pete Townshend asked him to take his place in the Who. The incident took place in the 1980s when Townshend called Frampton and explained his plan to continue writing for the group, but not tour anymore. Townshend backtracked about three weeks later.
• Marilyn Manson – says he has found the coronavirus pandemic “mentally devastating”. He usually spends so much time performing that he has struggled with isolating at home, and feared he was going “insane” from not having any company beyond his cats.
• Eagles – Former guitarist Don Felder and “Inside Edition” anchor Diane McInerney have broken off their engagement. She reportedly called it off after their long-distance relationship became too difficult. Felder, who at 73 is 24 years older than McInerney, lives in California, she lives in New York City.
• Ashley McBryde – has been named as a co-host of the 2020 CMT Music Awards. The multi-nominee will share duties with previously announced hosts Kane Brown and Sarah Hyland. Some presenters have also been revealed for the show this Wednesday: Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato, Diplo, Idina Menzel, Jessica Chastain, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Rob Thomas, Tanya Tucker and Taylor Swift.
• Florida Georgia Line – were presented with the Randy Owen “Angels Among Us” award during a livestream event on Thursday. It’s in recognition of their dedication to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have supported St. Jude families for many years, including involving their own families and pets in the This Shirt Saves Lives social media campaign since 2017.
• Carrie Underwood – On her TV show, Kelly Clarkson recalled a time when she was mistaken for her fellow “American Idol” winner Underwood, despite saying they “look nothing” alike. Clarkson said: “This girl came up to me and was like, ‘Oh my god, your song ‘So Small’ is one of my favorites’…I was so embarrassed for her that I…totally signed ‘Carrie Underwood.’ I think that might be illegal!”

As the saying goes, the pen is mightier than the sword. But what about the keyboard? Researchers are saying that both children and adults learn more and remember things more efficiently when writing by hand rather than a keyboard. And they say that all children should receive at least some instruction in handwriting. Studies carried out at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) looked at the brain activity of 12 young adults and 12 children — once while writing in a notebook, and again while typing on a keyboard. Both adolescent and adult brains are much more active while writing in comparison to typing. The scientists concluded that the use of pen and paper gives the brain more ‘hooks’ to hang your memories on: “A lot of senses are activated by pressing the pen on paper, seeing the letters you write and hearing the sound you make while writing. These sense experiences create contact between different parts of the brain and open the brain up for learning.” They say it is essential to a child’s development to both write and draw from an early age, something that increased digital activity is taking away.
(I know MY brain is a lot more active when using a pen. Same with the person trying to read it!)
(On the other hand, when it comes to using a keyboard, you only forget to hit ‘save’ once!)
(Of course, their report was written on a keyboard, so who knows what the hell they really meant…)

Yes, spinach is great for you. In fact, some call it a ‘superfood’. But now, a study has found that spinach might help save the planet too. Researchers from American University say the vegetable is a better catalyst for batteries and fuel cells than precious metals. The study says spinach, which is rich in iron and nitrogen, is an inexpensive and natural resource which can replace more toxic options. It can be used to create “nanosheets” to produce enough current to create energy and power anything from electric cars to military equipment. Study authors add that the vegetable is great to work with because it survives at low temperatures and is easy to grow.
(Be happy, kids — As soon as the government hears about this, they’ll tax the heck out of it!)
(Interesting that now spinach can be used for battery-power…AND gas!)
(Awesome. I made it through that whole story without mentioning Popeye once. Doh!)

It hasn’t been a great year for women named ‘Karen’ by any stretch, but a Canadian flower shop is trying to show them some love. Edmonton, Alberta’s “Flowers on 50th” recently started a promotion offering free flowers to anyone named Karen. This comes, of course, as the name has recently become associated with a certain type of middle-class white woman exhibiting her privilege and demanding to “speak to a manager”. Store co-owner Karen Ferguson says although she doesn’t take the ‘Karen’ memes or jokes to heart herself, she knows that some Karens do, and they deserve some love. Since posting the sign, Ferguson has received a lot of support on social media from women named Karen, with one writing: “I don’t want free flowers, I just want to say I love this. Well done. So proud of my name that my Dad gave me.” The promotion is running this week only.
(Can you imagine the irony if a “Karen” shows up a day late, can’t get free flowers, and asks to speak to a manager?)
(Of course, any self-respecting Karen will “require” free delivery…)
(So, guys, if your wife’s name is Karen, go get her some free flowers. She deserves it. And so do you!)

(According to dog toy and treat subscription company “BarkBox”, who point out that more pets than usual were adopted this year as people looked to canine companions to keep them company while staying at home due to the pandemic…)
1. Bella
2. Luna
3. Charlie
4. Lucy
5. Cooper
6. Max
7. Bailey
8. Daisy
9. Sadie
10. Lola
Also in the top 100: Classic names like Buddy, common human names like Jack, and Ellie, and names inspired by ancient mythology like Zeus, Thor, Apollo, and Loki. Some pups’ names came from other animals, like Bear and Moose, others from the pantry, such as Ginger, Pepper, and Olive. Colorful names like Hazel, Blue, and Ruby made the list, as did titles from movies, like Rocky, and Nala from “The Lion King.”

“The Price is Right” host Bob Barker was not Adam Sandler’s first choice for the classic golfing fight scene in the 1996 comedy “Happy Gilmore”. Sandler revealed in a recent interview that the scene was written for Johnny Carson sidekick Ed McMahon. But McMahon was so NOT interested in the opportunity that he never responded to Sandler’s offer to be in the movie. Eventually, Barker agreed to appear on the condition that he win the golf course throwdown.


1940 [80] Michael Gambon, Dublin Ireland, movie actor (‘Dumbledore’ in the “Harry Potter” franchise)

1945 [75] John Lithgow, Rochester NY, movie actor (“Footloose”, “Interstellar”)/TV actor (“3rd Rock From the Sun” 1996-2001, “Dexter” 2009) COMING UP…”The Old Man”

1966 [54] Jon Favreau, Queens NY, movie actor/director (“Swingers”, director of “Elf”, “Iron Man 1 &2”) COMING UP…”Jungle Book 2″

1969 [51] Trey Parker, Conifer CO, TV producer-writer (“South Park” since 1997)

1970 [50] Chris Kattan, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (“Saturday Night Live” 1996-2012, “The Middle” 2009-2014)

1977 [43] Jason Reitman, Montréal QC, film director (“Up in the Air”, “Juno”)/movie producer (“Whiplash”)

1986 [34] Zac Barnett, Boston MA, rock singer (American Authors-‘Best Day of My Life’)

• “Evaluate Your Life Day”, a time to “sit back and reflect on your contribution to humanity, and see if you’re really heading toward where you want to be”. (I would make a joke here about my life, but my life beat me to it…)
• “Dress Like a Dork Day”, when all you need to do is slick back your hair, get out the plaid polyester pants, hideous shirt, suspenders, white knee socks, and your favorite dickey. Add horn-rimmed glasses fixed with masking tape, a fanny pack, and a pocket protector and you’re good to go! (Just another day at the office for me…)
• “Seafood Bisque Day”, celebrating the smooth, creamy, and highly-seasoned soup of French origin. Based on a strained broth of crustaceans, it’s made with lobster, crab, or shrimp.
• “Gin and Tonic Day”, gin and tonics have been substantially a British drink for the longest time. A staple cocktail, gin and tonics have a high level of bitterness, but it dies down with lime and sugar to make it palatable for most people.
• “New Friends Day”, it’s all about making room for new connections in your life, and celebrating the potential for friendship everywhere you go. Research shows that strong social support is a key to living your happiest, most fulfilled life. So, get out there and add some new friends to your docket!

[Tues] Brandied Fruit Day
[Tues] Suspenders Day
[Wed] Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
[Wed] Reptile Awareness Day
This Week Is…National Pharmacy Week
This Month Is…Halloween Safety Month

2003 [17] Magician David Blaine emerges from 44 days of isolation in a clear plastic box suspended over the River Thames in London UK

2012 [08] Justin Timberlake weds Jessica Biel at a super-secret ceremony in Italy

1977 [43] Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines die when the band’s plane crashes in Mississippi. Gaines’ sister, backup singer Cassie, is also killed, along with two pilots and the band’s manager. The band regroups in 1987 with Ronnie’s brother Johnny on vocals

1986 [34] Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors’ hits #1 (it goes on to become an anthem of acceptance and is reinterpreted many times)

1722 [298] Frenchman C Hopffer patents the fire extinguisher

1957 [63] Maurice “Rocket” Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first NHLer to score 500 goals


✓ 90% of all airplane collisions occur on the ground.
✓ It would take a manned rocketship 70,000 years to reach the next closest solar system.
✓ If you pour salt into a glass of water, the level of the water will go down instead of up.
✓ Chickens can see daylight 45 minutes before it is visible to humans.
✓ The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%.
✓ Butterflies can get drunk on the juice of rotten fruit.
-WhattheFFacts, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .

• You drink wine by the box.
• You think that the opposite of white is red.
• You didn’t know that burgundy was a color.
• You think that raisins are a waste of a grape.
• You have no fewer than 5 tools to open a bottle at any given time.
• Your glass is always half-empty, not half-full.
• Your man-friend/roommate/dog instinctively refills your glass anytime they go to the kitchen. Without being asked.
• You find yourself swirling the glass even if it’s water.
• You wonder why so many people dislike the French.
• You can’t finish lists because you finished the bottle instead.
-LaLaLisette, first published in BS in 2018

➠ Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee says he’s moving to Europe if Trump wins re-election. (Sorry, I hate to change my vote from Biden, but I can’t turn this opportunity down…)
➠ There’s a new bacon-scented PPE face mask, made by Hormel Foods, now available. (So… great news for anybody who wants to smell like Chris Christie…)
➠ Kylie Minogue has announced a new album and eventual tour. (And in other HUGE news from the 90’s, a dude in an Eight-Ball jacket shouted, “Whoomp! There it is!” and did the Running Man, after getting the last Beanie Baby at Jordan Marsh.
➠ Evander Holyfield is 58 today. (These days he likes to relax and loves talking boxing, …if you’ll just lend him an ear.)
➠ A well-known pastor from North Carolina is accused of relieving himself on a sleeping woman in the backseat of a Delta plane. (I’ve said this all along, Delta has the BEST In-Flight Movies!)

I’m pretty sure I played high school football with this guy:  https://tinyurl.com/yycvuaum

Just because it’s a bad idea doesn’t mean it won’t be a good time.

What was your “I am surrounded by idiots” moment?


Question:  A worldwide survey on grooming found that 16% of people believe women should NOT do THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Shave their legs

I don’t need an inspirational quote today. What I need is a freakin’ cup of coffee!


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