October 19 2017

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Edition: #6079

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★ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had words of condolence Wednesday morning for the lead singer of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, who passed away from brain cancer on Tuesday night at age 53. Visibly shaken, Trudeau praised Downie and the music he created with his band, noting the impact he had on Canadians from coast to coast. Through tears, the PM said that “Gord was my friend, but he was everyone’s friend … our buddy Gord, who loved this country with everything he had”. The pair had many notable public meetings and shared many hugs.
★ The new ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo spin-off will be called ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’.  Director Ron Howard – who took over from Phil Lord and Chris Miller – appeared in a video posted on Twitter to announce the film’s title and confirm that filming has wrapped on the Alden Ehrenreich-starring vehicle.  ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is slated for release in May 2018.
★ Jennifer Lawrence has spoken about how she felt ‘degraded’ by Hollywood producers.  During an emotional speech at the Elle Women in Hollywood event, Lawrence talked about how she was shamed her for her weight and forced to strip naked in front of skinnier actresses.  She went on to say that she didn’t  want to be a whistleblower, or to have these stories written about in a magazine.  She just wanted a career.
★ Cher has become such a sensation for her tweets that you might sometimes forget she’s an Oscar-winning actress too.  But it appears she’s not done with the movie world yet, because she has just confirmed (via Twitter, of course) that she is somehow involved with the ‘Mamma Mia!’ movie sequel, ‘Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again’.  So far there is no word on what character she might be playing, but this could be a clue: She also tweeted the word ‘Fernando’.(Uh, does anyone hear drums?)
-Cosmopolitan, Twitter
★ Robert Pattinson has been leaning on his ‘good friend’ Katy Perry in the wake of his recent split from fiancee FKA Twigs. The story is that Pattinson has turned to Perry for emotional support after it was confirmed he had split from the musician – real name Tahliah Barnett – last week.  Although Robert and Katy are reportedly ‘flirtatiously romantic’, sources say that they are, and intend to continue to be, just close pals.
(But what else are they going to say, right?)
★ Kensington Palace has announced that Kate Middleton and Prince William’s third child is due in April 2018.  The confirmation arrived over a month after the couple announced they are expecting royal baby number three.
★ The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced that filmmaker George A. Romero will be honored posthumously with the 2,621st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, October 25.
-Walkof Fame

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Billy Joel, Tracy Morgan, Paul Shaffer
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Reese Witherspoon, U2 ( R )
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jeff Bridges, Sen. Jeff Flake, Miguel ( R )
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jim Parsons, Chrissy Metz, Ruston Kelly, Gregg Bissonette ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Michael Keaton, Dylan O’Brien, Superfruit ( R )
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Carl Reiner, Nikki Glaser, Pokey LaFarge ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Pink
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Julianne Moore, Patti LuPone
• “The Talk” (CBS): Anjelica Huston, Francisco Caceres, Curtis Stone, guest co-host Garcelle Beauvais
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Josh Brolin, Lauren Cohan
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jeremy Renner, HAIM
• “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (ABC): Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the elusive Halloween symbol to appear.

• Kelly Clarkson –  channeled years of dealing with comments about her weight into a new song, ‘Whole Lotta Woman’, which will appear on her upcoming album ‘Meaning of Life’, set for release on Oct. 27.
• Bruno Mars – rolled out a stripped-down bilingual version of ‘Just the Way You Are’ at the ‘One Voice: Somos Live!’ Puerto Rico benefit telethon over the weekend.
• Demi Lovato – is the subject of a new YouTube documentary, ‘Simply Complicated’, where no topic is off limits as she allows a peek into her life, dating back to her pre-Disney childhood.
• Pink – is slated for the biggest debut by a woman in 2017 with her new album, ‘Beautiful Trauma’.  According to Billboard, the album will garner more than 300,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 19.
• Robert Plant – is still ruling out any chance of a Led Zeppelin reunion as promotes his new ‘Carry Fire’ album.  Quote: “You can’t ever really go back.  It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old.  I’ve got to keep moving.” (The Who would tell you different, Robert!)
• Bob Seger – his new album ‘I Knew You When’ comes out November 17. It will feature Seger originals, as well as several covers. The deluxe edition will include Seger’s personal tribute to his late friend Glenn Frey, titled, ‘Glenn Song’. The two met as young men in Detroit where they grew up.
• Dustin Lynch – his ‘Current Mood’ album, released earlier this month, is the culmination of three years of hard work, tenacity and patience. He says he wouldn’t have been able to make this album before now: “I’ve learned that it pays to be authentic.  It’s a lot more fun when I can be me”.
• Chris Stapleton – following the release of ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ in May, he has announced that Volume 2 will be released on Dec. 1. Taking its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A—where it was recorded, Volume 2 will feature nine songs, including seven co-written by Stapleton.
• Dolly Parton – says that while children are drawn to her because she looks like “Mother Goose or one of those over-exaggerated characters”, she doesn’t regret never having kids.  Quote: “God has a plan for everything.  I think it was probably his plan for me not to have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine”.  (I think I have no money for the same reason!)

The Internet is changing the way your brain works, according to research from Columbia University professor Betsy Sparrow, PhD, published in the journal ‘Science’.  How?  I dunno.  But she seems to:
✖ Driving: GPS makes it easy for your brain to fog out.  Your brain has a limited capacity for processing too much information at one time, making it hard to both pay attention to directions on your GPS screen and the actual road in front of you.  (And the tunes on the radio, and the kids in the back…)
✖ ‘Halfalogues’:  Overhearing half a conversation—like someone on a cell phone—is far more distracting and annoying than listening to a dialogue between two people.  In fact, when you hear only half a conversation, your brain tries to fill in the other half, cutting your effectiveness at accomplishing the task you were doing.
✖ Grammar and Spelling: You know it.  With all the sloppy grammar and use of autocorrect, nobody can spell or write anymore.  (Except Gramma!)
✖ We can’t remember what we read: Those who read a short story on paper remember significantly more detail than those who read it on a screen.  (I don’t know why I’m even reading this…)
✖ Just looking at your cell phone wrecks your brain: In a study, test-takers fared far better when their phone was in another room than they did when it was present, even if it was turned off or out of reach. This could be because it takes effort to ignore our phones. (Don’t think about it…don’t think about….darn!)
✖ Video games are replacing reading: Kids don’t read anymore.  And gaming skills have very little positive effect on academic performance, whereas reading activities have important associations with cognition and especially school tests.  (Maybe if there were more video game questions?)
✖ Fake News:  It used to be that you knew where the fake news was: Supermarket tabloids.  Now it shows up in social media feeds and looks real.  (And no, Elvis still hasn’t been found alive!)
✖ Kids: They learn to speak later and have trouble learning to read emotions when they are constantly plugged into technology.  (Hear that, kids?  Now give me back my tablet! No, I’m NOT kidding…)

It’s the secret weapon for when you have nothing to feed the kids for lunch.  Or for when you have nothing to feed yourself, for that matter.  It is an incredible cheese and ketchup delivery system.  And we’ve been making it wrong all this time.  Australian food writer Tristan Lutze says that we’ve all been missing a key ingredient in the classic grilled cheese: mayonnaise. If you want to up your game, swap butter for mayonnaise to ensure a perfectly crisp grilled sandwich every time.  Mayonnaise is apparently more effective than butter because it browns more evenly once in contact with heat, and delivers a more crisp and delicious result.  While it does change the taste of the finished product, hey, has mayo ever done you wrong before?
(And never forget the first rule of cheese: There is no such thing as too much cheese.)
(As a rookie cook, just to be clear, when they say “grilled”, they don’t mean to do it on the BBQ, right?)

Use ‘em all at once or one-at-a-time as the zodiac reading of the day …
• Aries – Love will no longer be just another 4-letter-word to you today. It will also be your average score at the tennis club … loser.
• Taurus – You’ll finally discover what you were born to do when you turn out to be the only person at Gorilla Taco who fits in the combination gorilla/taco suit
• Gemini – Although the secrets of heaven and earth are denied to you, the secret of pancakes turns out to be the use of sour cream
• Cancer – They say it’s never to late to do something meaningful with your life, which is a nice idea, but you actually have about nine days
• Leo – Kindly strangers will do you a favor this week by removing your blindfold, taking away the stick, and explaining exactly what is meant by the word ‘pinata’.
• Virgo – Stinky feet day today. Best not to go to a Japanese restaurant.
• Libra – You will finally meet the man of your dreams, which sounds like good news until you remember some of your dreams.
• Scorpio – It’s simply not true that most people think you’re an anonymous loser. In fact, most people have never heard of you.
• Sagittarius – You will soon come into a great deal of money, resulting in your arrest and immediate dismissal from your job as a bank teller.
• Capricorn – The Sun does not wear a hat. Purple clouds are not usual. Nor is red rain. You really must stop pretending the pictures your niece draws for you are real.
• Aquarius – The stars say that you’re having a decent week, but will forget to buy milk tomorrow and will wear the wrong shoes for the weather Friday. Seriously, there are around 200 billion stars in the Milky Way alone, and some of them can be pretty specific.
• Pisces – Love may come your way this week, but if it doesn’t you can at least console yourself with the fact that you haven’t made a complete fool of yourself. That happens next week. Enjoy!


1940 [77] Michael Gambon, Dublin Ireland, movie actor (‘Dumbledore’ in the “Harry Potter” franchise)

1945 [72] John Lithgow, Rochester NY, movie actor (“The Accountant”, “Interstellar”)/TV actor (“Dexter” 2009, “3rd Rock From the Sun” 1996-2001)

1966 [51] Jon Favreau, Queens NY, movie actor/director (“Swingers”, directed “Elf”, “Iron Man 1 &2”)

1969 [48] Trey Parker, Conifer CO, TV producer-writer (“South Park” since 1997)

1970 [47] Chris Kattan, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (“Saturday Night Live” 1996-2012, “The Middle” 2009-2014)

1977 [40] Jason Reitman, Montréal QC, film director (“Up In the Air”, “Juno”)/movie producer (“Whiplash”)

1986 [31] Zac Barnett, Boston MA, indie rock singer (American Authors-“Best Day of My Life”)

• “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!

• “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’.  Hey, it shouldn’t take long.
(I would make a joke here about my life, but my life beat me to it…)

• “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.

• “National Get to Know Your Customer Day”.  (Tomorrow is ‘Lock the Front Door, Here Comes That Pain-in-the-Butt Again Day’)

• “Get Smart About Credit Day”, when bankers and members of the credit industry give talks and presentations at schools, colleges, and workplaces about the importance of good financial management.  (Do they mention the part about banks only lending money to people who don’t need it?)

[Fri] Suspenders Day
[Fri] Brandied Fruit Day
[Sat] Apple Day
[Sat] Celebration of the Mind Day

2003 [14] Magician David Blaine emerges from 44 days of isolation in a clear plastic box suspended over the Thames in London UK

2012 [04] Justin Timberlake weds Jessica Biel at a super-secret ceremony in Italy

1986 [31] Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” hits #1 (goes on to become an anthem of acceptance and is reinterpreted many times)

2010 [07] In an interview with ‘Radio Times’ magazine, Elton John describes today’s songwriters as “pretty awful”, pop music as “uninspiring”, and TV talent shows as “boring”

2011 [06] Coldplay releases a 5th studio album, “Mylo Xyloto”, which debuts at #1 in 34 countries

2010 [07] 1st Muslim mayor of a large North American city, as Naheed Nenshi is elected in Calgary, Alberta (re-elected in 2013 and 2017)

2006 [11] Dow Jones Average closes above 12,000 for the 1st time (today it’s circa 23,000)


✓ Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
✓ Coca-Cola would be green if coloring wasn’t added to it.
✓ The average mattress doubles in weight over the course of 10 years due to accumulation of dust mites and dust mite poop.
✓ The United States, Burma, and Liberia are the only countries in the world that have not officially adopted the metric system.
✓ If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.
✓ Cows have best friends and experience stress when they are removed from them.

• You can’t nap here. You need to go to your bed.
• We never touch our private parts in public.
• Chew with your mouth closed.
• Keep your fingers out of your nose.
• I am not playing that song again. We have heard it 15 times. Put on your pants.
• I know, couch is a funny word.
• We need to use our “inside” voice.
• Don’t point, it’s rude.
• Yes, those are boobies, but we don’t touch those.
• Please go back and wash your hands.
• Do you really think whining will get you what you want?
• I don’t have any more money. Please stop asking.
• I am not going to ask you to sit down again. SIT DOWN.
• I need you to use nice words.
• Why are you holding yourself? Do you need to pee?
• I told you to sit here. Why did you leave? You have to tell me when you’re going somewhere.

Look at the writing on the wall.  The kids found the crayons.

☎ What travel experience would you most like to have within the next year? (In a poll, the most respondents [29%] say ‘a cruise’.)

Question:  Just under half of us secretly wish we could be what?
Answer:  Taller

Art is how we decorate space; music is how we decorate time.

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