October 20 2020

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – Edition: #6832

You Really Know Your Sheet!

★ Kim Kardashian rose to fame on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” but that isn’t her primary source of income. While on David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”, she revealed that she makes more money from paid posts on Instagram than in an entire season of her TV show. TMZ did the math, estimating that after the money is split between the cast members, and Kris Jenner takes her 10% cut as their manager, each member of the family earned amount $4.5 million a season in 2017.
★ Disney+ is flagging its own content for racial stereotyping. Last week, the streaming service began putting up a content advisory warning for some of its older films like “The Aristocats,” “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan” and “Swiss Family Robinson” that Disney says feature “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.” The graphic will run for 12 seconds at the beginning of the flagged content. The decision is similar to how HBO Max handled “Gone With the Wind,” which has been criticized for romanticizing the Antebellum South.
★ Mena Suvari has revealed that she’s pregnant. Known for her roles in three “American Pie” films as ‘Heather’, plus “American Beauty” and “American Horror Story”, the 41-year-old and her husband Michael Hope are gearing up to welcome their first child – a baby boy – after two years of marriage.
She posted a photo of herself holding her baby bump on Instagram, with the words: “The greatest, most precious gift has come our way.” (Why do I get the feeling she’s gonna name her child ‘American Kid’?)
★ Legendary cannabis connoisseur Tommy Chong is not exactly catering to the common stoner with his latest merch drop, because his glassware will set you back $5,000. The 82-year-old has been promoting his “amazing” new glass bongs, which are being produced in a very small quantity. Although they carry a big price tag, a portion of proceeds will be donated towards fighting injustices for those wrongly incarcerated over cannabis.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Michael Keaton, Blackpink
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Natalie Portman, Billy Porter, Lous and the Yakuza
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Dolly Parton, Ty Dolla $ign
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler, Jason Alexander, Todd Sucherman
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Sharon Stone, Alicia Keys (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Evan Rachel Wood (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Alicia Garza
• “The Talk” (CBS): Tim Robbins, Alexandra Wentworth
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Matthew McConaughey, the Crafty Lumberjacks
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ken Jeong, Jaylen Brown, AJR
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Joel McHale, Neve Campbell
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Pilar Valdes, DJ D-Nice
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): Clare goes on the first one-on-one date of the season; ten of the men compete in a revealing game of dodgeball.
• “The Voice” (NBC): Blind auditions, part 2
• “2020 World Series” (FOX, SN): Game 1: Tampa Bay Rays vs. LA Dodgers

• Ariana Grande — has unveiled a countdown, likely leading to new music. On Saturday night, after posting a mysterious teaser by typing the word “positions”, she updated the homepage of her website to count down to two dates — presumably the release dates for her new single and album.
• Adele – will host “Saturday Night Live” this Saturday. She has been the show’s musical guest twice (in 2008 and 2015). This is the first time she’s been tapped for host duties. H.E.R. will be the musical guest.
• John Fogerty — is sending a cease-and-desist order to President Donald Trump to stop him from using the CCR song ‘Fortunate Son’ at campaign rallies. Fogerty is the latest in a long line of musicians furious that Trump has appropriated their songs to promote himself without permission.
• Mötley Crüe – Drummer Tommy Lee (who has a new solo album) won’t perform virtual concerts because they lack the “energy” of actual live shows. He says: “It just doesn’t come across on a computer screen on a phone or on a TV set as it does when you are there…But it would be so much fun to go play.”
• Rush — “Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes”, the first — and only — official collection of illustrated quotes from the late drummer and lyricist – will be released on January 12. The book pairs elegant illustrations with some of Peart’s greatest remarks.
• David Lee Roth – said in an interview that he plans to become the “king of Las Vegas” now that Van Halen can never return. The interview took place before the death of Eddie Van Halen. Roth kicked off a brief Las Vegas residency in January.
• Carrie Underwood – Her “fit52” app is now a family affair, as her husband Mike Fisher has joined the program as a trainer. She launched the workout app in March, alongside her book “Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the fit52 Life”. The app now includes “Mike’s Path”, inspired by the former NHL player’s workout routine.
• Russell Dickerson – will release his second album, “Southern Symphony” on Dec. 4. The lead single, ‘Love You Like I Used To’ is currently #6 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
• Runaway June – On Friday, they released their new holiday EP “When I Think About Christmas”. It contains the holiday standards, ‘Sleigh Ride’, ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Let It Snow’, plus the originals ‘Christmas on the Radio’ and the title track.

Theater chain AMC is guessing that some of us are tired of watching movies on the couch, so they’re offering customers the chance to rent out entire theaters for as low as $99. As part of the company’s effort to remain afloat as the pandemic contributes to record industry losses, the “Private Movie Showing” program allows up to 20 people to have a theater to themselves for a few hours. Customers can pick from a list of 34 movies, including older releases like “Jurassic Park” and newer films like “The New Mutants” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenant.” Older movies start at $99, and new movies cost $149. Customers can bring their own food, for a $250 catering fee — but AMC won’t allow food that requires a “heating element.” Customers also aren’t allowed to bring food that the theater already sells.
(So…no fake butter?)
(It’s a great idea for those of us who, after 7 months of isolation, still know 20 people!)
(Do we have to watch a movie, or could we just use it to get away from our kids and have a nap or something?)
-TheWrap, CNN

Apparently, the trendy pet for Pandemic 2020 is…the snail? Over the past few months, a number of the slimers have been crawling onto the scene, and have become internet-famous. First, a woman on TikTok known as Lazy_Mermaid posted a video of her sister’s pet snail taking a “shower” in the sink set to the song ‘Dissolve’ by Absofacto, and it got nearly 500,000 likes. In New York, an artist known as “Okimoto” found a bunch of snails in the backyard and decided to offer a few up for adoption. Ramona Sadiq two, and wrote: “They’re almost like those Instagram cakes that are blobby and weird, or those blobby ceramics.” In July, a “Letter of Recommendation” was printed in the New York Times, titled “I Didn’t Mean to Adopt a Dozen Pet Snails,” by Rebecca Giggs, who kept a box of snails that were ordered as props for her partner’s play. She wrote: “Watching them uncurl, I have ceased to lament the future the pandemic upended, and have begun instead to find small raptures here.” In the past couple of weeks, snails have slid into fashion: promoting Sophie Buhai’s fall collection (they were photographed crawling across models’ backs and nibbling slices of watermelon) and as earrings in Online Ceramics’ most recent drop. The sterling-silver snails sold out almost immediately.
(And the best part? If you get sick of them, you just put them back in the garden!)
(Isn’t the saying “Go big or go with a pet that comes with its own home”?)

With pandemic travel restrictions a reality, some people are learning to be industrious in the “new normal”. A Canadian couple got married on the Canada-U.S. border, to allow family and friends from both countries to attend, despite the fact that only essential travel is allowed between the two countries. Lindsay Clowes and Alex Leckie exchanged vows on October 10 on a pier along the St. Croix River in New Brunswick, surrounded by loved ones. But their guests at St. Stephen Wharf weren’t the only ones to witness the ceremony. Across the river in Calais, Maine, a group of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also watched them tie the knot. And a boat in the middle of the river between the two countries allowed Clowes’ grandparents to attend the special day from a safe distance. The couple got engaged in November and planned to get married in August. But when the pandemic broke out, shutting down borders, schools, and businesses, their plans had to change. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the couple had to make sure they didn’t exceed 50 people on the Canadian side and 15 people on the U.S. side, and all had to social distance.
(I’ve often wished that my wife’s family was in another country when WE got married…)
(As long as they figured out a way for guests to ‘float’ their gifts across the river…)

Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, and according to a new survey, many people will be making their own costumes this year. The survey polled 1,500 Americans and found that 65% plan to make a costume rather than buying one this year, and 53% will spend one to three hours making it. Here are the most popular DIY costumes in the US for 2020:
1. Harley Quinn (DC comic and movie character)
2. Cat
3. The Joker
4. Baby Yoda
5. Carole Baskin
6. Karen
7. Witch
8. Pumpkin
9. Nurse
10. Joe Exotic

These are the most searched-for Halloween costumes:
1. Witch
2. Dinosaur
3. Harley Quinn
4. Rabbit
5. Clown
6. Angel
7. Fortnite
8. Devil
9. Ninja
10. Spiderman

Here are the top couples’ costumes for this year:
1. The Joker and Harley Quin
2. Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin
3. Gomez and Morticia Addams
4. Trump and Biden
5. Ross and Rachel
(Or you could go as Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich — just not together…)

…And the top kids’ costumes…
1. Supergirl
2. Flamingo
3. Hocus Pocus (Disney witch characters)
4. Witch
5. Glinda the Good Witch
(Are we only sending our girls out trick-or-treating this year?)
-GoogleTrends, TheBump

A woman has run an incredible five minute 25 second mile – while nine months pregnant! 28-year-old Makenna Myle of Australia has been dedicated to fitness for years, and adjusted her workout frequency to with the approval of medical professionals while pregnant. For context: a non-competitive fairly healthy runner would usually complete a mile in around nine to ten minutes. New runners? Probably between 12 and 15 minutes. Elite marathon runners do a mile in four to five minutes. Makenna’s time again: 5:25.


1958 [62] Viggo Mortensen, NYC, movie actor (“Green Book”, “Lord of the Rings” films)

1964 [56] Kamala Harris, Oakland CA, American politician (US Senator from California since 2017, Democratic US Vice Presidential nominee 2020)

1965 [55] William Zabka, New York City NY, movie actor (“Karate Kid”)/TV actor (“Cobra Kai”) since 2018

1971 [49] Jimi Westbrook, Sumiton AL, country guitarist-vocalist (Little Big Town-‘Tornado’, ‘Girl Crush’)/wed to bandmate Karen Fairchild since 2006

1971 [49] Snoop Dogg (Cordozar Calvin Broadus), Long Beach CA, rapper (w/Katy Perry-‘California Girlz’, f/Pharrell-‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’)/movie actor (“Soul Plane”, “Old School”)

1978 [42] Paul Wilson, Kinlochleven Scotland, alt-rock bass player (Snow Patrol-‘Take Back the City’, ‘Chasing Cars’)

1979 [41] John Krasinski, Newton MA, movie actor (“A Quiet Place” movies)/TV actor (“The Office” 2005-13)/wed to Emily Blunt since 2010

• “Brandied Fruit Day”, a day to celebrate booze with a pit.

• “International Day of the Air Traffic Controller”, to recognize the attentive people who keep flight passengers safe by acting as an eye in the sky. (It’s considered one of the most stressful jobs, but it’s the pilot who gets the applause when the plane lands safely!)

• “Suspenders Day”. If you prefer suspenders instead of a belt (how snappy!), this would be your day to celebrate. (We think the inventor of suspenders deserves the “No belt” prize!)

• “World Osteoporosis Day”, focusing awareness on a major cause of bone fractures in older populations. Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone is reduced, increasing the risk of fracture.

• “Information Overload Day”, the observance was created to call attention to the fact that some people are drowning in information and that the issue of information overload brings an extremely high cost to the economy. While many people believe that the pace of information today speeds up what we do, the opposite can also be true.

[Wed] Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
[Wed] Reptile Awareness Day
[Thurs] National Nut Day
[Thurs] Stuttering Awareness Day

1998 [22] Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the first-ever Mark Twain Prize for American Humour

2000 [20] Ice-T, who in 1992 released the incendiary song ‘Cop Killer’, makes his debut on the TV show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, playing a cop: ‘Detective Fin Tutuola’.

2001 [19] “The Concert for New York City”, a benefit show for victims of the recent 9/11 terrorist attacks is staged at Madison Square Garden, featuring The Who, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, James Taylor, and David Bowie

2016 [04] Little Big Town release the single “Better Man,” which they later reveal was written by Taylor Swift, marking the first time she pitched a song to another artist.

1992 [28] The first World Series game is played outside United States. The Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 3 at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada

2010 [10] Astronomers discover the new galaxy UDFy-38135539, the most distant object observed from Earth


✓ There’s no mercury on Mercury — most of it is solid iron.
✓ Horror is the only movie genre in which more women appear than men.
✓ Frogs croak, bark, cluck, click, grunt, snore, squawk, chirp, whistle, trill, and yap.
✓ Most people who are allergic to cats aren’t allergic to the fur or dander, they’re allergic to ‘sebum’, a substance secreted by the cat’s sebaceous glands.
✓ As a child, Houdini often broke into his family’s locked cookie cupboard.
✓ During happy hour, you’re actually more tolerant to the effects of alcohol compared to other times of the day.
-WhattheFFacts, UberFacts

• KFC & the Sunshine Band
• Burger Kings of Leon
• Apple Bee Gees
• StarBecks
• Jackson Five Guys
• Jimmy’s Buffett
• Fleetwood MacDonald’s
• Simply Red Lobster
• Men at Wok
• Hooters & the Blowfish

Best of BS . . .

Feeling bad about having to move back home? Consider the upside …
• Your roommates are morally obligated to like you.
• Your childhood bedroom is a way less depressing place to be hung over.
• Your toothpaste lasts WAY longer.
• You never run out of toilet paper.
•  Instead of a bottle of vodka and frozen pizza, your refrigerator contains actual food; groceries magically replenish; and you’re encouraged to eat delicious leftovers.
•  Unlimited access to vintage workout equipment.
•  Unlike your inconsiderate previous roommate, less chance of finding your parents passed out face-down on your bedroom floor.
•  They can afford better cable channels.
•  Free batteries!
•  Two Words: Liquor. Cabinet.
– Adapted from Buzzfeed.com, first published in BS in 2017

➠ The largest US Chinese restaurant chain “Panda Express” has opened its first restaurant in China. (It’s a GREAT day for the franchise, but an even better day for irony…)
➠ The latest in COVID-19 PPE accessories comes from Hormel Foods, the makers of “Black Label Bacon”. They’ve developed a mask that smells like bacon. (It’s perfect for the person who wants the stigma of high cholesterol — but none of the fun…)
➠ The two Maine police officers who beat-to-death porcupines back in June have FINALLY been fired. (It’s taken so long to prosecute because the commanding officer wanted to get the point across, but is also a slow-poke. [Rim Shot!])
➠ Snoop Dogg celebrates his 49th birthday today. (This is one of the few times when the birthday boy is ‘baked’ more than his cake!)
➠ An adult-only theme park has opened in Japan, featuring strippers and porn stars. (For obvious reasons, the main attractions are the log ride, house of horrors . . . and the lady tearing the tickets…)

Your college tuition dollars at work:  https://tinyurl.com/y6adzmx3

• In what country did the sport of “curling” originate?
a) England
b) Scotland [CORRECT]
c) Canada
d) Kazakhstan

• What is the first organism to grow after a fire?
a) Grass
b) Spiders
c) Moss [CORRECT]
d) Bananas

• Which is the hottest planet in the solar system?
a) Mars
b) Mercury
c) Venus [CORRECT]
d) Neptune

Whiteboards are remarkable.

What’s an interesting or unusual fact about yourself?

Question:  In a survey, 57% of singles said that someone who does THIS often is a “turn-off”. What is it?
Answer:  Takes a lot of ‘selfies’

Perfection is boring. Getting better is where all the fun is.


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