July 19 2023

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023 – Edition: #7519

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★ An update on Sofia Vergara’s divorce from Joe Manganiello: The Daily Mail quotes an unnamed source who laid out an explanation of what went wrong between the “Modern Family” actress and the “Magic Mike” star. Apparently, their differences in lifestyle simply drove them apart. Manganiello was described as a “big kid” who “chases fun” by going to live events and playing video games and roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons. While this was initially an attraction for Vergara, she “is more concerned with the finer things in life, the trips, lavish dinners, being a celebrity, and everything that comes with all of that,” the source claims. Some shade from the informant, as well, who said she’s a bit vain and “has a temper and gets upset over stupid things very easily.”
★ Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” has already received some strong first reactions, but now comes a huge claim from “Taxi Driver” writer and “The Card Counter” director Paul Schrader. The Oscar nominee attended the New York premiere of Nolan’s atom bomb epic, and took to social media to hail it as “the best, most important film of this century.” In a Facebook post, Schrader wrote: “If you see one film in cinemas this year it should be Oppenheimer. I’m not a Nolan groupie but this one blows the door off the hinges.” Oppenheimer opens tomorrow.
★ A week after reporting that 20,000 members of its loyalty program have bought advance tickets to see “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” as a double feature, AMC Theatres now says that total has doubled to 40,000. The “Barbenheimer” double feature meme has become a cultural sensation, as cinephiles have delighted in how the movie release schedule has led to Greta Gerwig’s lighthearted comedy about the famous doll being released at the same time as Christopher Nolan’s tense drama about the creation of the nuclear bomb. To accommodate those who are so excited for both films that they want to see them as a double feature, AMC has staggered screentimes for “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” this weekend. In case you’re interested, keep in mind that the 2 films have a combined run time of just under 5 hours, not counting trailers.
★ Writer-director Richard Curtis, known for iconic British romantic comedies “Love Actually,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill,” has revealed his next venture. “Christmas Actually” is a stage show encompassing live music, poetry and comedy that will serve as a fundraiser for the Comic Relief charity. It is not a sequel to the 2003 hit “Love Actually.” A percentage of ticket sales will go to Comic Relief to support projects changing lives across the UK and around the world. Christmas Actually will play at London’s Royal Festival Hall Dec. 7-11.
★ In the wake of the writers and actors strikes, CBS has changed up its 2023 fall schedule. Paramount Network’s hit drama “Yellowstone” will now make its network debut on Sundays starting from Season 1. Paramount+’s “Seal Team” and “FBI True” will also be coming to CBS. Specific dates for programming, as well as additional series will be announced at a later date.
★ Following in the footsteps of movies like “Pet Sematary” and ‘Friday the 13th”, another classic ’80s horror flick is getting a reboot. Movie studio Living Dead Media is developing a remake of 1985’s “The Return of the Living Dead”. So far, there’s no word on casting, nor who will write or direct the film. -PopCulture

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kevin Hart, Marshmello and Chvrches perform (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michael Cera, Keke Palmer, Simon Taylor (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Rev. Al Sharpton, Jessica Williams (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Matt Damon, Kristin Chenoweth (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jennifer Pedranti and Vivica A. Fox (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Former Rep. Will Hurd
• “The Talk” (CBS): Shailene Woodley, Jack Whitehall, Jaime Camil (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Ryan Gosling, Joel Kinnaman (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Ari Melber, Kountry Wayne (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Victoria Beckham, Zanna Roberts Rassi (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Larry Wilmore, Adam Blackstone (R)
• “CMA Fest” (ABC): Highlights from the 4-day Nashville festival. Performers include: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban. Hosted by Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Lainey Wilson.
• “Court Cam” (A&E): Season 6 premiere
• “Mayans M.C.” (FX): Series finale

• Taylor Swift – has become the first female artist to have 4 albums chart in the Billboard Top 10 simultaneously, following the release of “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)”. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, while “Midnights” is at #5, “Lover” is at #7, and “Folklore” at #10.
• Ariana Grande – She and Dalton Gomez are divorcing. Reports say she and the luxury real estate broker have been separated since January — but have remained amicable. The pair secretly tied the knot in May 2021 at her Montecito CA home.
• Demi Lovato – says her near-fatal overdose in 2018 has left her with vision and hearing impairment. In an interview, the 30-year-old also said: “I don’t drive because I have blind spots in my vision.” She also revealed that Kelly Clarkson is her dream collaborator.
• Rush – Alex Lifeson has been a guitar icon for almost 50 years, but in a recent podcast appearance, he revealed he’s never been fully satisfied with his playing. Quote:  “I’ve always been a little bit insecure about my playing. I always felt like I could be better than I was”.
• Guns N’ Roses – Their longtime production manager Tom Mayhue has confirmed that a new single will drop “any day now”. According to him, the band has already finished recording some new material, and will likely hit the studio again later this year – probably in Oct., once they have wrapped up their world tour.
• Santana — A trio of Santanas — Carlos, his son, Salvador, and Carlos’ nephew, Jose Santana, have teamed up on ‘Energía’, a lively new song celebrating both their family ties and their Bay Area roots. It is the title cut from the album which dropped July 14. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5dvb4df5
• Miranda Lambert – paused a recent Las Velvet Rodeo residency show to call out some fans near the stage. She killed the music and said: “I’m gonna stop right here for a second. I’m sorry. These girls worried about their selfie and not listening to the songs is (peeving) me off a little bit.” She laughed through the moment, but was clearly upset by the distraction. The crowd roared in approval. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/437d3hde
•  Lainey Wilson – gave an impromptu acoustic performance in North Carolina on Saturday after her equipment was damaged by a lightning strike. She later posted video, and thanked fans for sticking around after a weather delay, writing: “We ain’t ever gonna let it rain on this parade…” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/sa3fwapw
• Morgan Wallen – hosted the family of Ethan Chapin at his San Diego show on Friday. Chapin was one of the 4 University of Idaho student victims murdered in Nov., and was a big Wallen fan. The Chapins were able to meet with Wallen backstage for pictures, and were presented with a donation to the Ethan’s Smile Foundation, which his parents started to help students find higher education pursuits.


“South Park” watchers will know what I mean when I say it’s time, once more, to “Blame Canada”. A Wisconsin brewing company has created a beer called “Blame Canada”, which is inspired by the wildfires that have caused smoke to billow to the US – and beyond. G-Five Brewing Company teamed up with fellow brewer Rocky Reef to create the IPA. G-Five head brewer Tim Goers said that when it came to choosing a name for the new brew, 1999’s “South Park: The Movie” came to mind. The film featured the anthemic song-and-dance number ‘Blame Canada’, putting the show’s fondness for making fun of Canadians on full display. How are sales? Let’s just say the beer has caught on like the proverbial wildfire. Of 12 available options, Blame Canada is the company’s #3 seller, “and it hasn’t even had a full month of sales.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3rmv7vpd
(As if the US needed another smelly, hazy reminder of what they’ve already been getting…)
(We understand a Canadian brewer is working on a similarly-themed beer for the US market…named “Sorry!”)

OK, with today being “Hot Dog” day and all, it’s time to answer that age-old question: Which is healthier hot dogs or hamburgers? According to Ben Schuff, a licensed dietitian nutritionist and director of nutrition at BIÂN Chicago, in a head-to-head comparison, “you can much more easily choose a healthier option in hamburgers relative to hot dogs, simply because hot dogs are, by nature, a significantly processed product without quality meats…for the vast majority of products.” A burger made with lean meat and loaded with veggies can offer a better balance of protein, healthy fats and nutrients. But on the other hand, hot dogs are lower in calories and fat. The bad news? Schuff summarized by saying: “Both hamburgers and hot dogs are hyper-caloric foods with a higher saturated fat content relative to other foods or sources of meat.” But most experts agree: enjoying hamburgers or hot dogs as part of a balanced diet and as an occasional summer indulgence is perfectly fine.
(Best to have one of each – just to be sure!)
(I guess the bottom line is that how healthy a hot dog is depends on how healthy the horse was that it came from!)

If you have young kids, you know how it goes: It’s late in the day, and the “witching hour” arrives. The children become whiny, needy and, let’s come right out and say it — irritating. You can’t seem to calm them, and you’re too tired to deal with it. And then you start counting down the minutes until bedtime…
Well, one TikTok mom has shared her brilliant parenting hack for beating the witching hour blues. The   “Whatever Makes You Happy Hour” is when content creator and mom Jessie Meeks simply lets her kids do whatever the heck they want for one hour of the day (except for screen time), while she and her husband “sit back, relax, and let our kids be wild, free, and chaotic.” As an example, she says “Today, we started off with an ice cube painting activity that progressively got messier and messier.” Despite the huge mess and inevitable clean up later, Meeks says the tradition lets the kids release some pent-up energy, and allows for some freedom in order to avoid any pre-bedtime meltdowns. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2ybejcny
(The only problem is that for that hour, daddy would rather hang with the kids than with mommy!)
(What is YOUR “Whatever Makes You Happy Hour”? I’m at that age when it more than likely involves a couch and a nap!)

➢ Sweet Potato & Yam: Even though some stores sell orange-fleshed sweet potatoes as yams, they are 2 different vegetables. Real yams are more like yucca when it comes to texture and flavor, and they have starchy flesh, not sweet.
➢ Great Britain & United Kingdom: Great Britain is a geographic term that refers to the island of Britain. It is made up of England, Scotland and Wales. United Kingdom is a political term that encompasses all of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) as well as Northern Ireland. (This totally explains why I’ve never heard of Scotland winning an Olympic gold medal!)
➢ Rat & Mouse: Although they’re both rodents, they are different animals. While rats are larger and heavier. Their tails are also different: mice have long, tails covered in hair, and rats have hairless, shorter, and thicker tails. (Ewwww…..)
➢ Llama & Alpaca:  They’re completely different animals. Llamas are bigger, have a longer face with a larger muzzle, and have longer ears than alpacas. Both animals are native to the Andes Mountains of South America. (Actually, this one doesn’t come up that often in my circle of friends…)
➢ Highway & Freeway: All freeways are highways, but not all highways are freeways. Highways are main, direct roads. Freeways have controlled access, meaning a ramp is required to access them. Highways that have pedestrian crossings or traffic lights are not considered freeways.
➢ Iced Coffee & Cold Brew: Iced coffee is simply coffee that is brewed hot, then served over ice. Cold brew is made chilled and never heated. This results in a naturally sweeter and smoother beverage.
(What else? Jennifer Garner and Hillary Swank? Matchbox 20 and 3 Doors Down?)

A woman is crediting a bodysuit from Kim Kardashian’s shapewear company with saving her life. Kardashian reposted a TikTok from May 18th, in which 22-year-old Kansas City resident Angelina Wiley claims her SKIMS bodysuit helped her survive a mass shooting. Wiley explains that the shooting occurred on New Year’s, as she waited for a ride to go home after celebrating. She was left with 4 gunshot wounds, a ruptured bladder, and a fractured pelvic bone. She believes her SKIMS Sculpt Thong Bodysuit helped protect her from further harm. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3pjf77w5


• “Flight Attendant Safety Professionals Day”. In celebration, you’ll notice the Captain has turned on the ‘Fasten Seat Belt’ sign. If you haven’t already, please stow your carry-on luggage underneath the seat in front of you or in an overhead bin. Please take your seat, fasten your belt, and make sure your seat back and folding trays are in the full upright position. And please turn off all personal electronic devices. (And for the love of all that is holy, please, no more singing flight attendant viral videos!)
• “Stick Your Tongue Out Day”, for some long-forgotten reason. But now that you have it out, try rolling it into a cylinder … only 1-in-14 of us can do that!
• “Hot Dog Day”, Hot dogs gained in popularity in the US in the early 20th century, traditionally sold at hot dog stands and carts, and were especially popular in New York City and Chicago. They have become a prominent part of American culture, and are closely associated with baseball. (So much so, that a hotshot player is often referred to as a “hot dog”!) [***See “Hot Dogs vs. Hamburgers”, above***]
• “Daiquiri Day”, An engineer named Jennings Cox supervised a mine in a Cuban village named Daiquiri in 1898. After work, he and his colleagues would gather at the local bar. One day Cox mixed Bacardi, sugar, and lime into a glass of ice. Named after the Daiquiri mines, the drink became a popular staple in Havana…and beyond.
• “Triple Play Day”, marking the first MLB unassisted triple play, accomplished on this date in 1909 by Neal Ball of the Cleveland Naps. It’s one of the rarest events in baseball. (Why do they call it a ‘triple-play ball’ rather than a ‘Neal Ball’?)
• “New Friends Day”, celebrating brand-new friends, those fine and fabulous folks that have recently come into our lives to brighten our days with camaraderie and joy (and make our old friends jealous…).
• “National Words With Friends Day”, to celebrate the popular app that became a global sensation. And now we have “Words With Friends 2”…

[Thurs] Chess Day
[Thurs] Moon Day
[Fri] Invite an Alien to Live with You Day
[Sat] Hammock Day
This Week is…Zookeeper Week
This Month Is…Hemp Month

1947 [76] Brian May, London England, classic rock guitarist-songwriter (Queen-‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Will Rock You’)/astrophysicist

1947 [76] Bernie Leadon, Minneapolis MN, country-rock singer-multi-instrumentalist (Eagles-‘Witchy Woman’), The Flying Burrito Brothers

1962 [61] Anthony Edwards, Santa Barbara CA, TV actor (“ER” 1994-2008)/movie actor (“Top Gun”, “Revenge of the Nerds”)

1976 [47] Benedict Cumberbatch, London England, movie actor (‘Dr. Strange’ in Marvel Cinematic Universe, “The Imitation Game”)/TV actor (“Sherlock” 2010-2017)/CBE for services to the performing arts and charity, 2015. COMING UP… “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”, 2023

1982 [41] Jared Padalecki, San Antonio TX, TV actor (‘Sam Winchester’ on “Supernatural” 2005-20)

1983 [40] Trai Byers, Kansas City KS, TV actor (‘Andre Lyon’ on “Empire” 2015-20)/movie actor (“Selma”)

1961 [62] TWA (Trans World Airlines) shows the first-ever ‘in-flight movie’ (“In Love Possessed”, starring Lana Turner & Efrem Zimbalist Jr)

2007 [16] The TV drama “Mad Men” debuts, starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, and January Jones

1986 [37] Genesis hits #1 in the US with ‘Invisible Touch’. At the same time, the group’s former singer Peter Gabriel is at #2 with ‘Sledgehammer’

2014 [09] Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine weds Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2017 [06] ‘Depacito’ by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee becomes the most streamed song ever, with 4.6 billion

2003 [20] A 42-year-old Austrian man receives the world’s first transplanted tongue in a 14-hour surgery in Vienna


✓ One in 10,000 clovers has 4 leaves.
✓ On land, a tortoise can move as fast as 1 mph.
✓ The doctor who discovered that hand washing prevents the spread of disease was thrown in a mental institution for his ‘crazy ideas’.
✓ In 75 years, the human heart pumps enough blood to fill an oil tanker 46 times.
✓ In Victorian times, sausages were called “bags of mystery.”
✓ The national instrument of Polynesia is the nose flute, played with one nostril.
-BathroomReadersInstitute, UberFacts

Best of BS . . .
• Brush teeth with air conditioner drippings.
• Keep TV on a low setting, no higher than channel 7.
• Post ridiculous messages that cause hundreds to turn off their computers.
• Turn off lights at Oakland Coliseum…no one really cares.
• Separate the two-ply – make it last twice as long.
• Make fruit smoothies from leftover wiener water.
• Try not to fall asleep while leaning against the bug zapper.
• Less A/C, more naps on top of the frozen peas at the supermarket.
• Quit drinking gas.
• Instead of electric fans, chimps waving wrestling magazines.
-First published in BS in 2013

• Jeoparduh!
• Are You Smarter Than a Kardashian?
• Who Wants to See a Millionaire?
• Name That Number
• The Price is $3.25
• Crash Cab
• Here’s $500. Try Not to Embarrass Yourself
• Tic Tac D’oh
• Scribble
• How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up?
• Love Island
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

Why I don’t need an alarm clock. Thanks, Dad (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/57s3fjve

The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is because they have a common “enemy”.

Each word of the 2-word answers to the following begin with the letter ‘C’…
• An all-time classic breakfast cereal. [Cap’n Crunch]
• The actress who starred in “Friends” and Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ video. [Courteney Cox]
• What your toddler calls a train. [Choo Choo]
• A brand of rye whisky. [Canadian Club]
• The first TV show to film people when they weren’t expecting it. [“Candid Camera”]
• They come in 120 colors including ‘fuzzy wuzzy brown’ and ‘robin’s egg blue’. [Crayola Crayons]
• GM’s trailblazing sports car. [Chevrolet Corvette]
• A yummy kind of cookie. [Chocolate Chip]
• Movie director of “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire”. [Cameron Crowe]
• Silent film star of the 1920s, known as “The Tramp”. [Charlie Chaplin]
• A risqué dance that began in Paris nightclubs like the Moulin Rouge. [Can-Can]

Where is the most uncomfortable place you’ve ever slept?

Question:  One in 6 people say they forget to do THIS on a daily basis. What is it?
Answer:  Drink water

If it’s still in your mind, it’s worth taking the risk.


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