October 26 2020

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Monday, October 26, 2020 – Edition: #6836

Sheet Happens!

★ Oh, look! It’s another cast reunion, but this this one you’ll be McLovin’! Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen and others from “Superbad” will reunite to benefit the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader, Martha MacIsaac, director Greg Mottola, producer Judd Apatow and co-writer Evan Goldberg will also take part in the virtual script reading and watch party. It will be live-streamed at 8 pm. CT tomorrow.
★ Hilary Duff is pregnant with baby number three. The “Cheaper by the Dozen” star and her husband, musician Matthew Koma, will welcome the new addition to their family next year. On Instagram, Duff shared a video clip of Koma embracing her from behind and rubbing her growing belly as they smiled for the camera. Koma shared the same footage on his profile and joked about conceiving the baby during COVID-19 lockdown.
★ Ryan Reynolds and Emilia Clarke both celebrated their birthdays on Friday, and Reynolds, of course, resorted to desperate measures to jokingly make things all about him. As the birthday boy marked his big day, his production company and marketing agency tweeted out birthday wishes to Clarke instead of sending him a birthday message. Reynolds responded, writing: “So sorry. I moved her birthday this year. It was feeling a little crowded for me.” Then, hours later, he tweeted: “Excited to announce February 29th as Emilia’s new birthday. Congratulations!”
★ Julia Roberts’ iconic “Pretty Woman” boots are being auctioned off. She donned the classic pair of shiny black high-heeled boots in the 1990 movie, which has since become a memorable screen-style moment. The boots are expected to sell for between $13,000 and $19,000 when the auction goes live December 1-2. Also up for grabs: iconic items from “The Matrix Reloaded”, “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”, “Batman”, the TV show “Friends”, and more.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Bill Maher, Louis Partridge, 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Sterling K. Brown, Zoe Lister-Jones, Matthew “Super” DeLisi, Rina Sawayama
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeff Tweedy
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Gwen Stefani, Giancarlo Esposito
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Aaron Sorkin, the Shins
• “Conan” (TBS): Heidi Gardner
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): “Below Deck Mediterranean” Reunion, Part 2
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Kamala Harris
• “The Talk” (CBS): Malin Akerman, guest co-host Amanda Kloots
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Anne Hathaway
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV):  Ashley Graham, Skai Jackson, SAINt JHN, guest host Stephen “tWitch” Boss
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Kim Cattrall, Sofia Carson
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Adam Sandler, Jill Kargman
• “Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event” (CBS): Bringing joy, awareness and aid to the Latinx community that has been deeply impacted by and played an essential role in fighting COVID-19.
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC): Villains Night
• “The Voice” (NBC): The Blind Auditions, part 3

• Lewis Capaldi and Craig David — are among those that have been announced as part of a series of free gigs presented by McDonald’s. “I’m Lovin’ It Live”, this Fri. Through Sun., will also feature Stormzy, Kaiser Chiefs, Jess Glynne and more. Shows can be accessed by downloading the “My McDonald’s” App.
• Ed Sheeran – has reportedly spent tens of thousands to convert a field on his estate in England to what will become a dense forest, and he has planted trees six deep around the perimeter for privacy. His estate, known as “Sheeranville,” includes 5 properties and features a pub, swimming pool and spa, greenhouses, an underground cinema, a recording studio, a gym, a wildlife pond and an area for livestock.
• AC/DC — bassist Cliff Williams has warned fans he won’t be with the band for long, because he isn’t healthy enough for a grueling tour. He retired from the group in 2016, partly due to vertigo, but agreed to return to honor late bandmate Malcolm Young on the group’s latest album, “Power Up” (out Nov. 13).
• Bruce Springsteen – now has his own emoji. It appears when the hashtag #Springsteen is used on Twitter, but can’t be embedded in messages. His new “Letter to You” album was released on Friday.
• Jack White – bought a Scottish busker a $4,000 Fender Stratocaster after his was vandalized by a drunk passer-by. Matt Grant, had started a GoFundMe, but when he went to purchase a replacement, the music store manager told him: “Jack saw what happened bud, and he wants to get you a guitar.” Grant says he was able to buy an “absolute beauty” of an ax, and he called White a “legend.”
• Jason Aldean – has another epic idea for Halloween. He and his wife Brittany have a lot to live up to, after their Game of Thrones costume from 2019, the Star Wars theme from 2018 and his Joker costume in 2016. This year, he says: One of my ideas was to go as Joe Exotic, her to go as Carole Baskin and then the two kids go as tigers. So, we’ll see how that works out.”
• (***Caution: “Asses”***) Kix Brooks – was among the country artists who honored Jerry Jeff Walker, who died on Friday at 78. Brooks tweeted that Walker as “one of the great Lone Star bad asses”. Walker’s 1968 song ‘Mr. Bojangles’ became a standard of the American songbook, spawning covers from artists including Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sammy Davis Jr., John Denver, Neil Diamond and many more.
• Johnny Cash – An deluxe version of “Forever Words”, the 2018 album that features artists setting Cash poems and lyrics to music for the first time, will be released in four “waves,” including new tracks from Hard Working Americans and Shawn Camp, which came out on Friday.

NASA says it has an “exciting new discovery” about the moon, and it will be revealed today. Here’s what we know: The new discovery has something to do with the Artemis program, which is the plan to send humans back to the Moon in 2024, and Mars in the 2030s. The info is coming from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the world’s largest airborne observatory. SOFIA’s instruments have previously been given credit for detecting oxygen in the Martian atmosphere and countless infrared measurements that are very important to people who understand that kind of stuff. All will be revealed in a live audio briefing at 12 noon EDT on NASA’s website.
(Any other year, I wouldn’t have automatically assumed they are going to tell us that the sky is falling…)
(Please confirm: Will this discovery be exciting everyone, or just to space-nerds? Asking for a non-nerd…)
(Please tell us it’s made of cheese…Please tell us it’s made of cheese…Please tell us…)

While children who have their tonsils removed sure enjoy the fact that they can look forward to lots of ice cream, researchers in Australia say a procedure that focuses on shrinking tonsils instead of completely cutting them out causes less pain and reduces bleeding risks. The 10-year study at Flinders University found a “tonsillotomy” can cut recovery times in half, to about 4.6 days, and patients are three times less-likely to bleed compared to full surgery. Why? A full tonsillectomy exposes the muscles of the throat. But by removing just 90-95% of the tonsil, a small crescent of tissue is left intact, allowing for less pain and bleeding.
(In light of this information, schoolyard bullies are being asked to threaten to only “rip most” of their victims’ tonsils out…)

A scientific study has determined that the 2012 supernatural horror film “Sinister” is the scariest movie ever, according to UK website. To identify the scariest movie of all time, Dan Clifford, who conducted the study for consumer comparison website “broadbandchoices”, outfitted 50 people from a range of ages with heart rate monitors. Participants watched more than 120 hours of the most acclaimed horror films in surround sound. Their average resting heart rate of 65 beats per minute was measured against their increased heart rate during different films and the difference determined “Sinister” to be the winner.
The film, starring Ethan Hawke, follows a true crime writer who investigates a string of grisly family murders by moving into the home of one of the victims. The average heart rate among participants while watching Sinister was the highest at 86 BPM, with the highest spike to 131 BPM. Second scariest movie? 2010’s “Insidious”, which made viewers’ hearts pump, on average, at 85 BPM. Here is the rest of the top 10:
3. The Conjuring (84 BPM)
4. Hereditary (83)
5. Paranormal Activity (82)
6. It Follows (81)
7. The Conjuring 2 (80)
8. The Babadook (80)
9. The Descent (79)
10: The Visit (79)
(Well, I know what movie I won’t be watching on Saturday night – or EVERRRR!)
(I got the same spike when I found out the babysitter watched The Conjuring with my kids!)
(Of course, you can get the same effect by ordering snacks from “Larry’s Emporium of Deep Fried Everything” and watching anything else!)

(A viral social media trend is to post “I was today years old when I learned that …” and follow it with an obscure [or not-so-obscure] fact that has just been revealed to the poster. Whether correct or not, here are some recent ones…)
I was today years old when I learned that…
➢ The first episode of a show is called a “pilot” because it’s the first time they are on air!
➢ ‘Fes’ in ”That 70s Show” really just stands for “foreign exchange student” and that’s not his actual name.
➢ The “club” in club sandwich stands for Chicken Lettuce Under Bacon.
➢ The Tinder logo is a flame because you get matches.
➢ When someone says “hold your horses” they’re telling me to be stable.
➢ If you’re not there, you’re “square” because you’re not “a-round”.
➢ When someone tells you to “break a leg” in an audition it is because they are hoping you end up in the cast. Now my head is exploding.
➢ ‘Stan’ (Eminem song) means fan and stalker……..
➢ The word bed is shaped like a bed.

Halloween 2020 will be brightened by a rare blue moon Though not actually blue in color, the name is given to the second full moon in a single calendar month, or when there are three or four full moons within one season. Astronomers say blue moons only take place once every two and a half to three years. For trick-or-treaters, the occurrence is even more special because it only falls on Halloween roughly every 19 years. For those who miss it, don’t fret — it’ll happen again – in the year 2039.
(A full, blue moon on Halloween? Hey, it’s 2020 – why not?)


1945 [75] Jaclyn Smith, Houston TX, TV actress (“Charlie’s Angels” 1976-1981)/“Jaclyn Smith Brands” fashion & skincare icon since 1985

1946 [74] Pat Sajak, Chicago IL, TV game show host (“Wheel of Fortune” since 1981)

1947 [73] Hillary Rodham Clinton, Park Ridge IL, former US presidential candidate/Secretary of State 2009-13/US Senator 2001-08/First Lady 1992-2000/wed to Bill Clinton since 1975

1954 [66] James Pickens Jr, Cleveland OH, TV actor (‘Dr Richard Webber’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1956 [64] Rita Wilson, Los Angeles CA, movie actress (“That Thing You Do!”, “Jingle All the Way”) /married to Tom Hanks since 1988

1961 [59] Dylan McDermott, Waterbury CT, TV actor (“The Practice” 1997-2004, “American Horror Story”)

1962 [58] Cary Elwes, London England, movie actor (“The Princess Bride”, “Saw”, “Twister”)

1967 [53] Keith Urban, Whangarei New Zealand, country singer (‘Wasted Time’, ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’)/married to Nicole Kidman since 2006

1973 [47] Seth McFarlane, Kent CT, TV show runner-writer-actor (“Family Guy” since 1999, “American Dad!” since 2005, “The Cleveland Show” 2009-13)

1975 [44] Paula Faris, Jackson MI, TV personality (“The View” 2015-18, “Good Morning America Weekend” 2014-18)

1977 [43] Jon Heder, Fort Collins CO, movie actor (“Napoleon Dynamite”, “Blades of Glory”)

• “Mincemeat Day”. Odds are you either love it or you can’t stand the stuff. Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits, spices, and sometimes beef suet. Originally, it always contained meat; many modern recipes use vegetable shortening in its place.

• “Horseless Carriage Day”, in the early days of automobiles, it was common that carriages were pulled by animals, typically horses, but automobiles were not. In recent years, the phrase has been compared to terms like ‘cordless phone’ and ‘wireless internet’, when a new technology is described by what it does not have, compared to older technology.

• “Pumpkin Day”, celebrating the orange member of the squash family best known for being carved into jack-o-lanterns or made into pie filling. Did you know that pumpkins are 90% water? At one time, they were recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites. (Not saying it worked, just that it was recommended…)

• “Mule Day”, to celebrate these unique hybrid animals. Mules are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse and are more common than hinnies, the offspring of a female donkey and a male horse. Because donkeys and horses are actually different species with a different number of chromosomes, their offspring are nearly always sterile. (And stubborn!)

• “Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night”, an annual pre-Halloween tradition. A wolf howl can carry up to 10 miles in areas where there are no trees. Owoooooo!

[Tues] Cranky Co-Workers Day
[Tues] Boxer Shorts Day
[Wed] International Animation Day
[Wed] Plush Animal Lover’s Day
This Week Is…National Massage Therapy Week
This Month Is…Financial Planning Month


1984 [36] “The Terminator,” directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, is released in the U.S.

2010 [10] Keith Richards releases his autobiography “Life”, which details his drug use and his thorny relationship with Mick Jagger, among other things

2011 [09] A coroner’s inquest on the death of Amy Winehouse reaches a verdict of ‘misadventure’, a nice way of saying her blood alcohol content was more than 5 times the legal driving limit

2015 [05] Justin Bieber cleans up at the MTV European Music Awards, winning ‘Best Male’, ‘Best North American Act’, ‘Best Collaboration’, ‘Biggest Fans’, and ‘Best Look’

1901 [119] The first recorded use of a “getaway car” occurs after a hold-up of a shop in Paris

1975 [45] ‘Heimlich Maneuver’ is first approved as an aid for people choking on food (named for its co-developer, Dr Henry Heimlich, who was able to use his own maneuver in 2016 at age 96 to save an 87-year-old woman at his senior living center)

1990 [30] Wayne Gretzky of the LA Kings becomes the first NHL hockey player to reach 2,000 career points


✓ It is physically impossible to tickle yourself.
✓ Scientists have determined that that your body truly can feel happiness from head to toe.
✓ The University of Minnesota is older than the state of Minnesota.
✓ Lego bricks can be used approximately 37,112 times before they won’t stick to other pieces anymore.
✓ The world’s tallest tomato plant grew to a height of 65 feet (19.8m).
✓ If you cut a hole in your fishing net, it will have fewer holes.
-Short-Funny, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .
• The phrase “If these walls could talk” isn’t just a saying at your place.
• At midnight, you hear a voice that says “Get out!”, and for once it’s not your wife.
• When you bought it, there was a “Haunted House for Sale” sign in the front yard.
• There are actual skeletons in the closet.
• Your kids’ Halloween treats disappear. (It’s gotta be a ghost…honest!)
• There is a vehicle marked “Mystery Machine” with a bunch of meddling kids and a Great Dane in it, parked out front.
• The ghost dragging the dead corpses around tells you it’s haunted.
• Someone hired a bunch of C-level actors and made a crappy movie about it.
• Ectoplasm on the stairs!
• The ceiling bleeds blood down the walls. Not a definite sign, but a really strong indication.
-Twitter, first published in ‘BS’ in 2018

➠ There are now more than 1 billion devices running Windows 10. (When they heard the news, Linux users were so psyched, they paused the VHS, quit shopping for a new pager, and immediately called all their buddies from their landline!)
➠ Katy Perry turned 36 yesterday. (Didn’t get her a present yet? You can’t go wrong with one of those “My Eyes Are Up Here” shirts.)
➠ Hillary Clinton is 73 today. (If you’re looking for a gift, you can’t go wrong with a pantsuit!)
➠ In the new “Borat” movie, cameras captured Rudy Giuliani in a hotel bedroom with his hands down his pants. (This is the worst hotel-tragedy for a conservative since that time Stormy Daniels . . .wait, since the Russian Pee-Pee tapes. . . uh . . . It’s bad, okay?  This is bad…)
➠ A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Iceland last week. (I’m guessing it’s God’s long-overdue punishment for Björk…)

Florida man:  https://tinyurl.com/y32u38su

• Which song has the most views of all-time on YouTube?
a) ‘Despacito’ — Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee [CORRECT]
b) ‘Baby Shark Dance’ — Pinkfong
c) ‘Gangham Style’ — Psy
d) ‘Eat it’ – Weird Al Yankovic

• After kissing Britney Spears onstage at the 2003 VMAs, who did Madonna kiss next?
a) Justin Timberlake
b) Missy Elliott
c) Christina Aguilera [CORRECT]
d) Her husband, of course

• Which name has rapper Sean Combs never been known as?
a) P. Diddy
b) Puff Daddy
c) Puffy
d) The Notorious D.I.D. [CORRECT]

Do you get the feeling that Halloween is unnecessary this year? I’ve already been wearing a mask and eating candy for 7 months!

Couple’s Halloween costumes: good thing or bad thing? And what is the best one you’ve ever seen?

Question:  76% of us say we can only do THIS for one minute. What is it?
Answer:  Stay on hold

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.


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