October 22 2020

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Thursday, October 22, 2020 — Edition: #6834

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

★ The cast of “Everybody Loves Raymond” will reunite for the first time since the show ended in 2005 to honor late co-star Peter Boyle and raise money to battle the disease that ended his life. The 90-minute event tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET will include table readings of popular scenes from the series. Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Monica Horan and Executive Producer Phil Rosenthal will all participate (Doris Roberts died in 2016). It will benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund of The International Myeloma Foundation.
★ “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin has come out as bisexual. The big cat conservationist went public during an online interview, revealing she has always considered herself open about her choice of partners, even though she has never had “a wife”. Baskin said she discovered the truth about her sexuality in the 1980s and now feels she may have been born in the wrong body, because she was also such a tomboy when she was younger.
★ Dominic West might be preparing to take on the role of ‘Prince Charles’ on “The Crown”. The 51-year-old is reportedly in talks to star as the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth in seasons 5 and 6 of the Netflix drama. West is best known for his roles on “The Wire” and “The Affair”. Charles famously had an affair with his now-wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, while she was married to her first husband Andrew Parker-Bowles, and the Prince of Wales was married to the late Princess Diana.
★ AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) has announced that Glenn Close will be the first to receive an honorary Purpose Prize Award during a virtual ceremony on Dec. 3. The Oscar-winning actress will be recognized for her work with “Bring Change to Mind”, an organization that strives to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Five individuals will be awarded the AARP Purpose Prize, which honors people 50 and older who “tap into the power of life”.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Octavia Spencer, Lauv featuring Conan Gray
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Nicole Kidman, Of Monsters and Men
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Matt Berninger
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Michael Keaton, HAIM, Todd Sucherman
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Josh Gad, The Score and AWOLNATION
• “Conan” (TBS): Jane Lynch (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Marlon Wayans, Olivia Newton-John
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Elizabeth Warren
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kristin Chenoweth, guest co-host Rumer Willis
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Laverne Cox, Juan Archuleta
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Chelsea Handler, Tom & Lucy Riles
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Cecily Strong, Cheryl Burke, Parvesh Cheena
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Karamo Brown, Darcy Miller
• “The Second Presidential Debate” (ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN): President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden discuss issues; Kristen Welker moderates.
• “Big Brother” (CBS): Following a live vote, a houseguest is evicted and interviewed by host Julie Chen Moonves; remaining houseguests compete to become the next head of household.

• Miley Cyrus – says she is recording an album of Metallica covers. She’s covered the group (and many other classic rock songs) in the past, including a faithful version of the band’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival. She’s also working on an album of originals.
• Kendrick Lamar – says he takes so long to make albums because he would never want to repeat anything he’s done before. In an interview, Lamar, whose last studio effort was 2017’s “Damn” – said that he can spend an entire year just working on executing a new sound.
• Tegan and Sara — Amazon’s free, ad-supported streaming service “IMDb TV” is developing a coming-of-age comedy series based on the duo’s bestselling memoir. “High School” the book was published in September 2019, and will be available in paperback November 17.
• The Outfield — Frontman Tony Lewis, whose distinctive high-pitched vocals can be heard on the 80s smash ‘Your Love’, has died at 62. Your Love — which has been prominently featured in many TV shows, films and commercials — peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. No cause of death has been revealed.
• Spencer Davis – has passed away due to pneumonia at 81. His namesake band “The Spencer Davis Group” had hits including ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and ‘I’m A Man’, both featuring a teenaged Steve Winwood on lead vocals.
• Paul McCartney — has announced the release of “McCartney III”, a one-man-band effort that arrives on Dec. 11. Recorded during lockdown, the album completes the trilogy begun with the “McCartney” album in 1970 shortly after the breakup of The Beatles. He followed it up with “McCartney II” a decade later.
• Enrique Iglesias – was honored last night as the Top Latin Artist of All Time at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards. It’s in recognition of his stellar career including selling more than 180 million records. His music has been streamed 19 billion times and he has 17 billion video views. Over 10 million people have attended his concerts worldwide. He has another tour planned for next year.
• Jennifer Nettles –was named the inaugural recipient of the new “CMT Equal Play Award” during last night’s 2020 CMT Music Awards. CMT said she earned the award because she is “that rare artist who speaks her truth, calling out injustice wherever she sees it.”
• The Cadillac Three — Less than a year after the release of “Country Fuzz”, they have surprise-announced the release of their latest album “Tabasco & Sweet Tea”. It drops tomorrow.
• Garth Brooks – Not only does his new album “FUN” drop on Nov. 21, that also the day he will release “Triple Live Deluxe”, featuring 30 songs recorded during recent tours.

I’m sure you’d agree that the pandemic has turned a lot of us into binge watchers. But maybe you’re sick and tired of sitting in front of the TV, and the thought of starting another series just about makes you want to go out and buy a treadmill instead. Well, British researchers say there may be a way to cure your boredom and get back in touch with nature, without ever leaving your couch: Nature shows. They took 96 bored volunteers, and showed them scenes of an underwater coral reef. Participants watched these scenes either on television, or using a virtual reality headset. The results showed both formats minimized feelings of sadness and significantly reduced boredom in every participant. With so many people working from home these days, study authors say this shows that viewing nature programs could have positive therapeutic effects.
(Thank God they’ve found a way to do this without having to go to the extreme of using exercise equipment…or [SHUDDER] going outside!)
(I’m bored – but I’m not THAT bored!)
(Is that why everybody is baking these days, too?

A Hungarian restaurant hit by a plunge in business after foreign tourists vanished has found a new way to generate customer turnover…literally. Michelin-starred “Costes” was generating about 10% of pre-lockdown business when owner Karoly Gerendai came up with the idea of a skyline dining event on the nearby Budapest Eye Ferris wheel as a way to generate sales in a coronavirus-proof environment. Tickets for the novel dining experience cost up to $154.40 each for a four-course meal and sold out within days. Gerendai notes that its an opportunity for diners to be separate from other guests, while enjoying the landmark attraction, which has also experienced a drop in patrons. There are plans to repeat the event when warmer weather arrives in the spring.
(And after they’ve had a chance to clean up from the last time…)
(Can’t they do this on a merry-go-round for those of us who are deathly afraid of…(AHEM!) I mean those of us who have young children?)
(And of course, I’d be the one stuck at the top when I need to go to the bathroom…)

You know how it goes: You finish a show on Netflix and take a final scroll through your social media feeds, then head to bed. Problem is…you can’t seem to drift off…and when your alarm goes off in the morning, it feels like you had just fallen asleep. For many of us, our busy lives and our use of electronics have put our natural sleep-wake cycle out of whack. But help might be on the way. US company “TUO” has created an LED light bulb that they say uses different types of light to either wake-up or wind-down your body clock. Users connect to the $59 smart bulb with an app and set it to suit their schedule and sleep preferences. The bulb creates a lighting schedule and runs through three modes each day: wake, active, and calm, plus a “regular” setting. Each setting appears as a normal white light. While circadian lights aren’t a new idea, TUO says most are based on blue light, but its bulb focuses on changes in light color. For instance, in the morning, TUO’s bulb mimics the light pulses of sunrise to help wake you.
(Science never ceases to amaze me. In 10 years, we’ve gone from a 59-cent light bulb – to a 59 DOLLAR bulb!)
(OK, I never thought I’d be saying this, but I’m officially a science-denier!)
(Can it do anything about making my neighbors fall asleep when they’re having an all-night party?)

⇒ spelling bee judge: your word is “steve” starbucks barista: oh no – Abbie
⇒ interview with the vampire would be much more compelling if the vampire was actually just interviewing for a job at old navy – Anne T. Donahue
⇒ Dolly Parton has been married for 54 years and I have never seen her husband not one time. goals? – Fawn Moscato
⇒ *leaves my phone at home* Is this camping? Am I camping? — Jessie
⇒ I’m not a chef but boyardees days getting tiring and harder to get through – Kourtney K
⇒ (***Caution***) I’m my own worst critic but I’m also everybody else’s worst critic, basically a huge bitch – Audrey Kaufman
⇒ My 5-year old is rebelling against zoom school by mouthing words instead of speaking so as to make her teacher think there’s something wrong with the unmuting function – Spencer Ackerman
⇒ What I say: Be ready, we are leaving in five minutes. What the child hears: Get undressed. Start finger painting. Lose at least one shoe. – Rodney Lacroix
⇒ Can you imagine taking your kids somewhere fun and no one complains and everyone has a good time and then you come home and they say “thank you” and you don’t even threaten to cancel all fun until the end of time? – Mommy Owl
⇒ I want my 13-year-old to understand how important honesty is but also know that she is 12 when kids eat free. – Simon Holland

Production crews working on the latest James Bond film used 8,400 gallons of Coke to make the streets easier to perform on. Stunt coordinators spent £55,000 ($71,000) on the drink and splashed it around the town of Matera, Italy before shooting a motorbike scene, which saw a stunt double jump over a 60ft wall. Why? Coca-Cola was used to leave a sticky residue over the cobbles, allowing the bike to grip properly when it landed.


1938 [82] Christopher Lloyd, Stamford CT, movie actor (“Back to the Future” franchise, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) COMING UP…”Nobody”, 2021

1952 [68] Jeff Goldblum, West Homestead PA, movie actor (“The Fly”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Jurassic Park” movies) COMING UP…”The Boss Baby 2″, 2021

1962 [58] Bob Odenkirk, Berwyn IL, TV actor (‘Saul Goodman’ on “Better Call Saul” 2015-present, “Breaking Bad” 2009-13) COMING UP…”Nobody”, 2021

1968 [52] Shaggy (Orville Burrell), Kingston, Jamaica, reggae singer (‘Angel’, ‘It Wasn’t Me’)

1969 [51] Spike Jonze (Adam Spiegel), Rockville MD, movie director (“Where the Wild Things Are”, “Being John Malkovich”)/music video director (Arcade Fire-‘The Suburbs’, Jay-Z & Kanye West-‘Otis’)

1975 [45] Jesse Tyler Ferguson, TV actor, Missoula MT (‘Mitchell Pritchett’ on “Modern Family” 2009-20)

1981 [39] Michael Fishman, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (‘DJ Conner’ on “Rosanne” and “The Conners”)

1985 [35] Zac Hanson, Arlington Virginia, pop singer/drummer (The Hansons-‘MMMBop’)

1990 [30] Jonathan Lipnicki, Westlake Village CA, movie actor (“Jerry McGuire”, “Stuart Little” movies)

• “international caps lock day” or is it “INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY”? In any event, it’s the annual celebration of one of the more useful keys on the keyboard. (Unlike ‘Scroll Lock’)

• “International Stuttering Awareness Day”, originated in 1998 to raise public awareness of the millions who suffer from the speech disorder.
NET: http://www.stutteringhelp.org

• “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.” It’s one of nature’s most perfect foods. (BTW, ‘indehiscent’ means “not splitting open to release the seeds when ripe”)

• “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.

• “Used Car Dealership Day”, marking the opening of the world’s first used car dealership on this day in London, England in 1897. (“What do I have to do to put you in this car today?”)

• “Clean Up the Earth Day”, exactly six months after Earth Day. It is a day to reflect on the progress that has been made to make a cleaner world in the past half-year, and a day to redouble efforts to make the world a cleaner place in the future.

• “National Color Day”,  is about learning how colors can affect both body and mind, and to encourage us to learn about how colors can influence mood, emotions, productivity, and behavior. (Sounds pretty black and white to me…)

[Fri] iPod Day
[Fri] Canning Day
[Sat] Black Thursday
[Sat] National Bologna Day

2001 [19] “Grand Theft Auto III” is released, popularizing a genre of open-world, action-adventure games, and spurring controversy around violence in videogames

2001 [19] Tennis power couple Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf are married in a private ceremony by a Las Vegas judge

2012 [08] Lance Armstrong is stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles (1999-2005) due to doping allegations

2000 [20] George Michael pays almost $3 million for John Lennon’s famous upright Steinway piano, on which he wrote his iconic anthem ‘Imagine’

2005 [15] ABBA’s 1974 hit ‘Waterloo’ is voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, decided by voters from 81 countries during a ceremony to mark the event’s 50th anniversary

2012 [08] Garth Brooks is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor perform at the ceremony

2013 [07] The iPad Air and OS X “Mavericks”, are introduced by Apple


✓ A study found that 70% of pet owners sign their pet’s name on greeting cards.
✓ A good pitcher can make a baseball curve as much as 17½ inches (44½ cm) from a straight path.
✓ Research shows that if you touch an item in a store, you’re more likely to buy it.
✓ In Medieval times, the average person met about 100 people in their lifetime.
✓ There is one strand of corn silk for each kernel on an ear of corn.
✓ The first archaeological evidence of soup dates back to 6000 B.C. The main ingredient: hippopotamus.

• The Bar Association is actually a drinking club.
• A defendant is presumed innocent until he is pronounced broke.
• Most of them name their daughter “Sue”.
• If you and 10 of your friends want to sue someone, you’ll get a group discount.
• If you ask about some pro-bono, they usually say “I hope you find what you are looking for.”
• Or they will say, “I’m more of a Cher fan.”
• They don’t judge.
• “Lawyered up” is a real term.
• Since the invention of Siri, they are no longer required.
• “My Cousin Vinny” is based on a true story.
• They’re worth every cent.
• The word “attorney” is an anagram for “Ya Rotten”. Hold on. That one is true.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ Kim Kardashian turned 40 yesterday. (“Time for cake! Has anyone seen the knife O.J. gave Dad?”)
➠ A new COVID-19 face mask that smells like bacon is on sale by Hormel Foods.  (They already have this. . . it’s called:  The face mask worn by ANY cook at Denny’s!)
➠ I just read that Dennis Rodman’s father has 29 children with 16 different women. (Who knew Rodman’s father also played in the NBA?)
➠ In the red-light district of Tokyo, a new adult-only theme park with strippers and porn stars has opened. (It’s the only theme park where YOU have to pat-down security — but, REAL SLOW this time…)
➠ (***Caution***) A U.K. man who had sex with chickens in his basement while his wife filmed, has been jailed for three years. (I didn’t know “chicken porn” was a thing. I think they call that genre: ‘Hen-tai’  […oh shut up!])

Ironing Man:  https://tinyurl.com/yyv7jeww

What was your very first Halloween costume?

I put my Grandma on speed dial the other day. I call it “insta-gram”.


Today’s Question:  A study on “random acts of kindness” found THIS to be the most common one. What is it?
Answer:  Letting someone in front of you in line

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.


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