October 20 2017

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Friday, October 20, 2017 – Edition: #6080

You Really Know Your Sheet!

★ Johnny Depp claims he was swindled out of nearly $35 million by a top Hollywood lawyer and his firm.  According to the complaint, Depp hired Jacob A. Bloom and his firm to handle his legal affairs in 1999, but instead of protecting Depp’s interests, Bloom and his firm engaged in “misconduct for their own financial benefit and violated some of the most basic tenets of the attorney-client relationship.”  The complaint is just the latest in a bitter series of allegations made by Depp against his former business managers and attorneys, whom he claims mismanaged the $650 million he’s made in the last two decades to the point of depletion.
($650 million?  I’m taking my kid right out of basketball and signing him up for drama class!)
★ Karlie Kloss has landed her own talk show.  The supermodel will host ‘Movie Night With Karlie Kloss’, where she will interview her A-list friends, including the likes of Kendall Jenner, Ashley Graham and Kaia Gerber, while they watch films and play games together.
(THAT’S what we need…more chances for the Jenner family to be on TV!)
★ After five years off the air, Discovery Channel is reviving the iconic motorcycle-construction reality series ‘American Chopper’. The famously feuding father-son team of Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. are back on board as the show’s bike-building craftsmen.  American Chopper will return to Discovery in the winter.
(I was pretty disappointed when I found out this isn’t about helicopters…)
★ 80s TV star Mindy Cohn has revealed her five-year battle with breast cancer.  51 year-old Cohn, who starred as ‘Natalie’ in “The Facts of Life”, underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. Today, Cohn reports she is cancer free – and back in Hollywood. She’s recently become more active on her Twitter and Instagram.
★ ‘Gotham’ star Cory Michael Smith is joining Damien Chazelle’s new Neil Armstrong biopic ‘First Man’ alongside Ryan Gosling.  Smith, who is best known for playing ‘The Riddler’ in ‘Gotham’ – will play astronaut Roger Chaffee, the Apollo astronaut who served as capsule communicator for the Gemini 3 and Gemini 4 missions. ‘First Man’ is slated to be released in October next year.
★ Tommy Hilfiger is set to launch a clothing line for disabled people, which will feature magnetic and velcro fastenings and wider leg openings. The niche range will include 37 menswear garments, and 34 womenswear items.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Woody Harrelson, Paul Shaffer
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Hillary Rodham Clinton, Miley Cyrus ( R )
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Steve Martin, Mark Feuerstein, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers ( R )
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Sofia Vergara, Craig Robinson, Julie Klausner, Gregg Bissonette ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Matt Bomer, Niecy Nash, Julia Michaels ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sheila E., Rep. Nancy Pelosi
• “The Talk” (CBS): Gerard Butler, Susan Kelechi Watson, guest co-host Garcelle Beauvais
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kyra Sedgwick, Anne Heche
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Paris Jackson, Niall Horan
• “George Michael: Freedom” (Showtime): The formative period of the artist’s life and the death of his first love.
• “The Walking Dead” (AMC): Season 8 Premiere. “Mercy”

• Katy Perry – opened the financial floodgates for an aspiring designer who wore one of her own outfits to Katy’s concert.  Perry liked it so much she asked the woman to design one for her AND for her dog.
• Ed Sheeran – has confirmed the news that his fans have been dreading – the bicycle crash he suffered over the weekend means that he will be cancelling some live gigs on his world tour.  He reported fractures to his right wrist and left elbow.  So far, 15 Asian dates have been cancelled.
• Demo Lovato – Selena Gomez has posted a comment after viewing Lovato’s revealing new documentary, ‘Simply Complicated’.  “This was beautiful,” Gomez commented on Lovato’s Instagram post supporting the YouTube project.
• One Direction – a superfan experienced a collapsed lung after screaming too much for her favorite boy band, according to a doctor who treated the teenager three years ago.  According to him, “I told her she’d be famous and get to go on the Jimmy Fallon show and meet One Direction but she was too embarrassed.”
• Billy Joel – is set to become a father for the third time.  He has announced that his fourth wife, Alexis Roderick, is seven months pregnant with their second baby together. (He’s 68.  She’s 35.)
• ZZ Top – have postponed the remaining dates of their 2017 ‘Tonnage Tour’ as bassist Dusty Hill takes time off on doctor’s orders to take care of a “tummy ailment”.
• Tom Petty – guests at his post-funeral reception on Monday were treated to a swag bag, and…souvenir t-shirts!  Among the guests: Rick Rubin, Jimmy Iovine and Sean Penn.  (Today would have been Petty’s 67th birthday)
• Chris Young – is officially the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. He performed several songs — including “Getting You Home” and “I’m Comin’ Over,” before he was inducted by his good friend Brad Paisley.
• Carrie Underwood – will be headlining ‘WE Fest 2018′.  It is scheduled for Aug. 2-4, at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minn. It’s billed as the world’s largest country music and camping festival.

• “Geostorm” (PG-13, Action/Adventure):  When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone. (Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish)
• “The Snowman” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery):  Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. (Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg)
• “Only The Brave” (PG-13, Action/Adventure):  Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire. (Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly)
• “Same Kind of Different As Me” (PG-13, Drama):  International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. (Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou, Greg Kinnear)
• “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (R-Rated, Drama):  Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister. (Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Colin Farrell, Raffey Cassidy)

The key to living longer?  Exercise.  That’s not new, but this is:  A new study shows that all you need to do to benefit dramatically from exercise is to do….something.  Anything.  Any kind of exercise for 150 minutes per week.  The study found a huge reduction in death rates for people who did the equivalent of 150 minutes of exercise a week — 30 minutes, 5 days a week.  But the most important takeaway was that it didn’t really matter what kind of exercise people did….work, housework and even walking to work were just as beneficial as traditional workout routines in reducing the risk for premature death and heart disease.  The study concluded that getting that 150 minutes of exercise resulted in a 28% reduction in premature death, and a 20% reduction in heart disease, no matter what type of movement was utilized, even walking the dog.
(The good news is you don’t have to pay for a gym membership anymore.  The bad news is a vet costs way more!)
(So if I walk to the gym, I don’t have to go in?)

• Wonder Woman
• Harley Quinn
• Clown
• Moana
• Unicorn
(Are we only sending our girls out trick-or-treating this year?)
• Bonnie and Clyde
• Beauty and the Beast
• Forrest Gump and Jenny
• Lilo and Stitch
• Tarzan and Jane
(Or you could go as Kylie Jenner and Tyga….just not together…)

The apple that never browns, even when cut into pieces, will be available next month in U.S. supermarkets.  And apparently it tastes just like any other apple, and has the same nutritional benefits.  Normal apple flesh begins to turn brown when it’s cut or bruised because of enzymes that turn copper upon oxidation. Thanks to some clever engineering, the ‘Arctic Apple’ company has managed to ‘silence’ the enzyme that makes this browning happen.  Although the bite-sized, forever-unblemished Arctic Apple may appeal to those who can’t stand to see an apple “go bad,” its status as a GMO may turn off some concerned consumers.  The company assures us that they are as safe as other apples.  They will be sold pre-sliced so shoppers can see that they remain fresh-apple colored.
(How convenient.  Now apples will come in packaging!)
(That’s like comparing apples and franken-apples…)
(If they’re bite-sized, they won’t have a chance to turn brown!)


1958 [59] Viggo Mortensen, NYC, movie actor (“Eastern Promises”, “Lord Of the Rings” films)

1971 [46] Jimi Westbrook, Sumiton AL, country guitarist-vocalist (Little Big Town-‘Better Man’, ‘Pontoon’)/wed to bandmate Karen Fairchild since 2006

1971 [46] 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 [39] Paul Wilson, Kinlochleven, Scotland, alt-rock bass player (Snow Patrol-‘Take Back the City’, ‘Chasing Cars’)

1979 [38] John Krasinski, Newton MA, movie actor (“Monsters vs Aliens”, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”)/TV actor (“The Office” 2005-13)/wed to Brit actress Emily Blunt since 2010. COMING UP…A Quiet Place, 2018.

1979 [38] Daniel Tichenor, Bowling Green KY, indie rock bassist-vocalist (Cage the Elephant-‘Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’, ‘Come a Little Closer’)

1942 [75] Judy Sheindlin, Brooklyn NY, TV judge (‘Judge Judy’ since 1996)

1949 [68] Benjamin Netanyahu, Tel Aviv, Israel, 9th Israeli Prime Minister (2009-present, 1996-99)

1977 [40] Matthew Ramsey, Buchanan VA, country singer (Old Dominion–‘Break Up with Him’, ‘Snapback’)

1980 [37] Kim Kardashian, Los Angeles CA, burglary victim/socialite/apparel retailer/TV personality (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” since 2007)/Mrs Kanye West since 2014

Movie actor Jeff Goldblum (“Grand Budapest Hotel”) is 65; TV actor Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) is 55; Film director Spike Jonze (“Where the Wild Things Are”) is 48; TV actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) is 42.

• “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.  (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.

• “Mammography Day”, observed since 1993 on the 3rd Friday in October, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, to encourage women to undergo screening for breast cancer.

• “World Students’ Day”, a nonpolitical celebration of the multiculturalism of international students.

• “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.

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

• “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.

• “Babbling Day”, a day of tolerance for those who run off at the mouth … Admit it: as soon as I said that, you immediately thought of someone in particular!

• “International Stuttering Awareness Day”, originated in 1998 to raise public awareness of the millions who suffer from the speech disorder.

• “Nut Day”. Ask anyone to name a nut and most will say ‘peanut’, which isn’t a nut at all but a legume. Definition of a nut: A hard, dry, indehiscent fruit formed from 2 or more carpels but containing only 1 seed. In any event, it’s one of nature’s most perfect foods.

• “Smart is Cool Day”, a day to celebrate those who are often labeled ‘egghead’ or ‘smarty-pants’. If there’s ever a time to show off your IQ test results, this is probably it.

• “Mother-In-Law Day”, the 15th annual salute celebrated on the 4th Sunday in October. This is one of two such days in the year … best remember them both!

2014 [03] Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at age 82 at his home in Kent CT after battling cancer for 8 years

2001 [16] “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

2011 [06] John Mayer has throat surgery to treat a problem with his vocal cords, pushing back the release of his new album “Born and Raised”

2014 [03] The childhood home of former Beatle George Harrison, where The Quarrymen held some of their first rehearsals, sells for $250,000 at an auction in Liverpool UK’s Cavern Club

2010 [07] Astronomers discover the new galaxy UDFy-38135539, the most distant object observed from Earth


✓ The world’s longest musical piece lasts 639 years.
✓ 90% of the world’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
✓ Bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper.
✓ 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.
✓ Scientists have discovered that your body truly does feel happiness from head to toe.

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

I never wanted to believe that my Dad was stealing from his job as a road worker; but when I got home, all the signs were there.

Question: This will actually make your lunch taste better.  What?
Answer:  Having someone else make it for you

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

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