June 23 2023

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Friday, June 23, 2023 – Edition: #7502

There’s Nothing Like a Good Sheet, Early in the Morning!


★ Billy Crystal, Bee Gees member Barry Gibb, rapper/actress Queen Latifah, and singers Dionne Warwick and Renée Fleming will receive the 46th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. On Dec. 3, the group will be recognized in a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage by leading performers from from New York, Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world. Crystal said he is “overwhelmed to be part of this fantastic group of artists.”
★ We’re not sure if they’re joking, but the thought of a billionaire brawl between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk is definitely tantalizing. And who knows, the wild cage match might actually happen, because the Meta CEO just clapped back at the Twitter honcho’s callout by saying he’s totally down to fight. Musk recently pitched the fight idea in response to a report claiming Zuck’s company plans to rival Twitter with a new platform of its own, to which Musk replied, “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.” The Facebook co-founder got wind of that, and replied: “Send me location.” Musk refused to back down, tweeting Wednesday night: “Vegas Octagon”. If you’re the betting type, you might want to put your money on Zuckerberg, who recently won a gold and a silver medal in a jiu-jitsu tournament. On the other hand, Musk listed his fighting credentials thus: “I have this great move that I call ‘The Walrus,’ where I just lie on top of my opponent & do nothing.”
-TMZ, TheWrap
★ Kevin Costner’s estranged wife has requested nearly a quarter million dollars in monthly child support. Christine Baumgartner wants $248,000 per month, a figure that is “less than the amount needed to maintain the (3) children in their accustomed lifestyle.” Additionally, the 49-year-old is requesting the actor pay 100% of their kids’ private school tuition, extracurricular activities, and health care expenses. The kids range in age from 13-16 years old. Costner previously agreed to pay $38,000 a month.
★ Lorne Michaels and his team are preparing to mark a half-century of “Saturday Night Live” in 2024 — a celebration that will include a night of nostalgia and SNL folklore at Radio City Music Hall. Speaking at Cannes Lions Festival during an event to mark the late-night comedy phenomenon, he said the 50th anniversary celebrations will kick off as part of NBC’s coverage of the Paris Olympics next summer. Of the Radio City celebration, Michaels said: “You’ll see bands that have left a mark on the show, and stand-ups that were part of it from the beginning or relatively recent”, and there are “some documentaries being made.”
★ “Indiana Jones” fans haven’t seen Harrison Ford as the fedora-wearing archaeologist since 2008’s “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” The final installment to include Ford, who is 80, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” comes out June 30. In a recent interview, he explained why there’s a 15-year gap between the 4th and 5th films. Quote: “Well, it wasn’t as though we sat around for 10 years waiting to come up with an idea. When we finished the last film, I don’t think anybody thought about going and doing another film for some time.” That lag could also be attributed to “Crystal Skull’s” not-so-good reviews. Ford said that while “there were some interesting ideas that were floated” over the last few years, producers weren’t too keen on them, “And then we found an idea, and a script, and a strong story that we wanted to tell.”
★ Olivia Wilde was spotted wearing what appeared to be one of her ex-Harry Styles’ old T-shirts Tuesday — 7 months after the pair broke up. She wore a white tee printed with the logo for Space Fruity Records, a Beijing-based record label. Styles wore the same shirt to Ariana Grande’s London concert in 2019, and while knockoffs are available online, based on its faded appearance, Wilde’s seemed to be vintage — and likely plucked from her former beau’s closet.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Wolfson (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Austin Butler, Rob Gronkowski, Tyler Hubbard (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): John Oliver, a performance by the Broadway cast of “The Lion King” (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Lizzo, Kate Hudson, Angie Rito, Scott Tacinelli (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Francis Suarez, Dermot Mulroney
• “The Talk” (CBS): Lena Waithe, Kym Whitley (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Michael Bublé, Jenna Dewan
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Henry Winkler, Melissa Barrera, Brian Hart Hoffman, Kay Adams, Jackson Dean (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Taylor Schilling, Wolfgang Puck (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Beth Behrs, Aldis Hodge (R)
• “The Great American Joke Off” (CW): Season 1 finale
• “Guy’s All-American Road Trip” (FOOD): Season 2 finale

• “Make Me a Match” (HALLMARK): Vivi enlists the help of matchmaker Raina to change her fate in love. But Raina’s son may just be the change she needed all along.
• “Keyshia Cole: This Is My Story” (LIFETIME): Adopted at a young age, she overcomes a difficult childhood to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. As her star begins to rise, Keyshia reunites with her sisters while struggling to keep her biological mother in rehab.
• “Evil Dead Rise” (HBO): A reunion between estranged sisters is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival.

• “2023 BET Awards” (BET): Live from Los Angeles, celebrating hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. Performers include Lil Uzi Vert, GloRilla, Coco Jones, Doechii and Big Daddy Kane.
• “NASCAR Cup Series” (NBC): Ally 400. From Nashville Superspeedway.
• “Love at First Lie” (LIFETIME): Kate is looking for the perfect match online when she falls for Walker, a jet-setting art dealer. Then, she learns he’s a hustler who cons women out of their money.

• Jonas Brothers – July 7, they release the single ‘Do It Like That’, a collab with Tomorrow X Together. A press release calls it the “ultimate summer anthem”.  The groups shared a TikTok together, recreating a skit from “Zoolander”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y6khavuh
• Taylor Swift — A Canadian Member of Parliament is filing an “official grievance” with the House of Commons, calling on her to bring her Eras Tour to Canada. Alberta’s Matt Jeneroux wrote: “Not only is this leaving Canadian fans without the opportunity to see her tour, but it is also leaving Canada out of the economic opportunities her shows generate.” This week, she announced shows in in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
• Adele – Sylvester Stallone claims she threatened to scrap a deal for his $58 million mansion if he didn’t include a massive “Rocky” statue. When she bought his LA home last year, Stallone had planned to take the Rocky statue he installed overlooking the infinity pool, but he told the Wall Street Journal that she said: “‘That’s gonna blow the whole deal’. She wanted the statue.” It’s still there.
• Greta Van Fleet — frontman Josh Kiszka publicly came out on Tuesday. Speaking out about proposed bills in Tennessee that restrict LGTBQ+ rights, Kiszka posted that he has been “in a loving, same-sex relationship with my partner for the past 8 years.” He said that it was important he speak his truth “in hopes to change hearts, minds, and laws in Tennessee”, where he lives. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/jktun9n8
• Kate Bush – Her 1985 hit ‘Running Up That Hill’, buoyed by its renewed popularity after being used in “Stranger Things”, has become the first 80s song by a female artist  to reach one billion streams on Spotify. On her website, Bush wrote: “Thank you so much for sending this song on such an impossibly astonishing journey. I’m blown away.”
• Van Halen — The scaled-down version of Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat guitar, played by ‘Young Eddie’ in the infamous ‘Hot for Teacher’ video, is up for sale for $150,000. The eBay seller calls it “possibly the oldest piece of legitimate Van Halen memorabilia to ever go up for sale.” The signed prop is a smaller version of Van Halen’s iconic red, black and white guitar. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yh7exzmf
• Keith Urban — had a message for wife Nicole Kidman on her 56th birthday Tuesday: A few days ahead of the couple’s 17th wedding anniversary, he shared a photo of his wife, writing: “To my gorgeous, sexy, adventurous, curious, nature loving, owl spotting, artist, wife: happy birthday baby!” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mutx3mp2
• Bailey Zimmerman — surprised fans at the recent Tailgate N’ Tallboys festival in Bloomington IL, when he joined Nickelback for their performance of ‘Rockstar.’ He shared video, with the caption: “@nickelback let me sing Rockstar with them [fire + mindblown emoji] was insane to say the least [rock on emoji].” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3fnuj6ds
• Fancy Hagood – The LGBT country artist is celebrating Pride Month by teaming up with a bunch of friends for an Apple Music Sessions EP. Brooke Eden joins him on the Eli Young’s ‘Even If It Breaks Your Hear’, TJ Osborne on Shania Twain’s ‘From This Moment On’, Jamie Wyatt and She Returns From War on Pistol Annies’ ‘Hell on Heels’, and Kentucky Gentlemen duet with him on Little Big Town’s ‘Better Man’.


• “No Hard Feelings” (R, Comedy): Financially strapped Maddie discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, before he leaves for college. Maddie soon discovers the awkward Percy is no sure thing. (Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Matthew Broderick) Tomatometer: 58% Audience: 94%
• “Asteroid City” (PG-13, Comedy/Romance, expanding to wide release): In a fictional American desert town circa 1955, the itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events. (Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks) Tomatometer: 73% Audience: 60%
• “God Is a Bullet” (Action/Mystery): When detective Bob Hightower finds his ex-wife murdered and daughter kidnapped by a cult, he’s frustrated by bumbling official investigations. He quits the police force, gets tattoos, and infiltrates the cult to hunt down its charismatic leader. (Jamie Foxx, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe) No Tomatometer score.

It’s a commonly asked question, but now we have an answer, straight from the source. How often should you wash your jeans? Not very, says Levi’s design director Paul O’Neill. He has personally shared that he washes his every “30 to 50 wears.” O’Neill told the Australian Financial Review that he recommends washing jeans alone on a gentle cycle with cold water so the color doesn’t fade, and hanging them outside to dry — never in the dryer. And remember, he says: “The more you wash your denim, the lighter it will become”. He did point out, however, that how often jeans should be washed is up to personal preference, and there’s no “official” rule. Rather than washing them, some people have other ways to freshen their jeans, such as putting them in the freezer, spraying them with vinegar, or hanging them in the sun for a “UV wash” to kill off bacteria.
(Yeah, that would never work for me. You’d know what I mean if you ever saw what I do with a bottle of ketchup!)
(Never in my life have I been able to wear a pair of jeans “30-50 times” before ‘growing’ out of them!)

➢ The owner of an auto repair shop who paid a former employee with 91,500 oily pennies has been ordered to pay nearly 4 million more cents. A judge ruled that Miles Walker, who owns A OK Walker Autoworks in Peachtree City GA, owes $39,934 to 9 workers for unpaid overtime and damages. Walker agreed to the payments to settle a lawsuit that accused him of retaliating against former employee Andreas Flaten in 2021. After Flaten filed a complaint saying Walker owed him a final $915 paycheck, the employer dumped that amount in oil-covered pennies in Flaten’s driveway. The mountain of coppers came with a pay stub signed with an expletive. The Labor Department said further investigation found that Walker’s business also violated overtime laws for 9 workers. (But we understand he has promised to “change”!)
➢ An inmate in Bangladesh has had his murder sentence reduced by 4 years as a thank you…for killing 26 people during his time in prison. In 1991, Shahjahan Bhuiyan was sentenced to 42 years for murder, but he served 4 years and 4 months less — by carrying out executions of 26 fellow inmates at the jail. Coupled with his good behavior, the 74-year-old shortened his sentence by almost a decade. Shahjahan became a hangman at Dhaka Central Prison in 2001, after informing officials that he knew how to handle a rope. Bangladesh is one of the few countries that carries out death sentences by hanging, so his skills were highly valued. (Only valuable INSIDE the prison, Shahjahan…remember that!)
-AP, OddityCentral

In a survey, 82% of people said that ice cream is their #1 favorite dessert. Here are the top-5 best flavors, according to “expert rankings” among websites run by people who are experts in this kind of thing…
1. Chocolate: Even though vanilla is still consistently the #1 best-selling flavor…
2. Vanilla: The classics are classic for a reason.
3. Cookies and Cream: You’re right. It IS pretty much a combination of chocolate and vanilla…
4. Mint Chocolate Chip: You either love it or hate it. Seems that a lot of people love it. (Seems a lot of people love toothpaste-flavored ice cream…)
5. Cookie Dough: Perfectly marries the guilty pleasure of unbaked cookie dough with the refreshing creaminess of vanilla ice cream. (And no risk of salmonella…I think!)
(Ice cream is their #1 favorite dessert? Heck, ice cream’s my #1 favorite main course!)

Gen Z are the worst restaurant tippers, according to a study. The younger generation was found to clench their wallet the tightest when it comes to adding gratuities for service workers. The survey, conducted by Bankrate, found that the tendency to tip correlates with increased age. Gen Zers are the least likely to give extra cash to waitstaff, hairdressers and other service employees while baby boomers are the most likely. Just 35% of Gen Zers said they always tip when they eat at a sit-down restaurant — compared to 83% of baby boomers. Millennials were somewhere in the middle. But interestingly, one category where Gen Zers appear to be the most generous generation, is for home services or repairs.


• “Let It Go Day”, a day to release pent-up emotions. Whatever is bugging you, let it go! (Aaaaad now you’ll be singing that song all day! You’re welcome…)
• “International Widows Day”, a UN-sanctioned day of action to address the poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.
• “Typewriting Day”, a celebration of the anniversary of the granting of a patent to American Christopher Sholes in 1868. So, take your old typewriter from the attic, dust it off, and get started on your magnum opus! (Would his first model be called a “proto-typewriter”?)
• “National Pink Day”, not to be confused with “International Day of Pink” (against bullying and discrimination) in April. For some unknown reason, this is just a day to dress in pink, from your lipstick to your toenail polish. (So, let’s get this party started….!)
• “Pink Flamingo Day”, saluting the tacky lawn ornament created by Don Featherstone in 1957. BS FAST FACT: Worldwide, there are more fake flamingos than real ones.
• “UN Public Service Day”, celebrating “the value and virtue of public service to the community”, and to recognize the work of public servants, and encourage youth to pursue careers in the public sector.
• “Runners Selfie Day”, a day to celebrate your run with a pic, and post it with #runnersselfie.
• “Pecan Sandies Day, a tribute to those fabulous shortbread cookies that are rich with both butter and toasted nuts. Perfect with iced tea or milk or coffee, they really require no embellishment.
• “Take Your Dog to Work Day”, began in 1999 to celebrate companion dogs and to encourage adoptions. Since then, some offices have adopted office pets as well. (Why not? He could sleep all day, and still not be the least-productive one there…) [***See “Potential Problems With Taking Your Dog To Work”, below***]: LINK: http://takeyourdog.com

• “Celebration of the Senses”, when we’re encouraged to treat ourselves to stimulation of each of our 5 senses. What would be the best sensation for each?
• “Pralines Day”, saluting the sweet & creamy taste treat made from sugared pecans or almonds. Pralines were invented in France by Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (hence the name).
• “International Fairy Day”, a holiday for believers, collectors, and the young at heart, to celebrate all that is ‘Fae’, and to reconnect with their imagination and child-like wonder.
• “St-Jean Baptiste Day”, the “Fête Nationale” holiday in the province of Québec and in French-Canadian communities across the country. Besides Québec, St John the Baptist is also the patron saint of auto routes, candlemakers, health spas, road workers, and wool workers.
• “Swim a Lap Day”, the pool equivalent of ‘Walk a Block’, an easily achievable step to getting your fitness initiative underway. (Or in my case, my drowning initiative!)
• “World UFO Day”, marking the anniversary of one of the first UFO sightings in the US, when Kenneth Arnold reported seeing 9 high-speed crescent-shaped objects near Mt. Rainier, WA in 1947. July 2 is the anniversary of the famous Roswell UFO incident, which also happened in 1947.
• “Great American Campout”, The goal is to get as many people as possible to camp outside tonight, and throughout the summer. It’s also “Great American Picnic Day”, so that works out nicely.
• “Global Smurfs Day”, on the Sat. closest to the June 25 birthday of the Smurfs’ creator Peyo (Pierre Culliford). He died in 1992, having lived long enough to see his creation achieve massive success. Today, Smurfs are celebrated all around the world!

• “Leon Day” (‘Noel’ spelled backwards), observed exactly 6 months from Christmas, meaning we’re as far away from all that holiday rush and stress as we can be (and that you’ll start seeing Christmas stuff show up in stores in about 3 weeks…)
• “Catfish Day”, first initiated in 1987 to celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish. (Not the social media move where you pretend you’re someone you’re not, although it’s equally creepy…)
• “Day Of the Seafarer”, initiated by the International Maritime Organization to salute those in the shipping industry who bring us food, clothing, and other basic needs. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/k3fdjw
• “Global Beatles Day”, celebrating the phenomenon of The Beatles and their long-lasting gifts to the world, including the promotion of peace and love. Held on the date that, in 1967, the group participated in the BBC program “Our World” performing ‘All You Need Is Love’, in the first-ever live global television link (broadcast to 26 countries). LINK: http://globalbeatlesday.com
• “World Vitiligo Day”, to build awareness of the chronic condition characterized by areas of skin losing pigment. The disfiguring disease can have a negative social and psychological impact on patients. (Michael Jackson, who died on this date in 2009, suffered from vitiligo.)
• “Color TV Day”, this date in 1951, CBS broadcast the first color television show, “Premiere”. The variety show included Arthur Godfrey, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore and Robert Alda. (Unfortunately, almost no one had a color TV to watch it on, but they had to start somewhere…)

1948 [75] Myles Goodwyn, Woodstock NB, now-retired-from-touring rock singer-guitarist (April Wine-‘Roller’, ‘Just Between You and Me’)

1956 [67] Randy Jackson, Baton Rouge LA, TV personality (“American Idol Judge” 2002-2014, “America’s Best Dance Crew” 2008-2010), rock-pop bassist/singer (Journey, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G)

1957 [66] Frances McDormand, Chicago IL, movie actress (“Burn After Reading”, “Almost Famous”, Oscar-“Fargo”)/married to filmmaker Joel Coen (of The Coen Brothers) since 1984

1972 [51] Selma Blair, Southfield MI, TV actress (“Anger Management” 2012-14)/movie actress (“Cruel Intentions”)

1974 [49] Joel Edgerton, Blacktown Australia, movie actor (‘Owen Lars’ in ‘Star Wars’ films “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith”)

1977 [46] Jason Mraz, Mechanicsville VA, pop-folk singer (‘I’m Yours’, ‘I Won’t Give Up’)

1980 [43] Melissa Rauch, Marlboro NJ, TV actress (‘Bernadette Rostenkowski’ on “The Big Bang Theory” 2009-19, “Night Court” since 2023)

1984 [39] (Aimee) Duffy, Bangor Wales, pop singer (‘Warwick Avenue’, ‘Mercy’)

SATURDAY- Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) is 76; Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”) is 62; Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) is 62; Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) is 44; Minka Kelly (“Titans”) is 43; Solange Knowles (‘Cranes in the Sky’) is 37; Soccer superstar Lionel Messi is 35

SUNDAY- Carly Simon (‘You’re So Vain’) is 78; Jimmie Walker (“Good Times”) is 76; Tim Finn (Split Enz) is 71; Ricky Gervais (“The Office”) is 62; Retired NHLer Doug Gilmour is 60; Angela Kinsey (“The Office”) is 52; Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) is 51; Linda Cardellini (“Bloodline”) is 48; Busy Philipps (“Cougar Town”) is 44

2009 [14] TV personality Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” sidekick (1962-92), dies at 86

2018 [05] “Game of Thrones” actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie marry in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

2016 [07] After a trial in which the 3 living members of Led Zeppelin testified, a jury rules they are not guilty of plagiarizing the intro of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ from the 1968 song ‘Taurus’ by the band Spirit. The ruling is upheld in 2020

2021 [02] Britney Spears asks a court to end her conservatorship, which is controlled by her father, saying “I deserve to have a life.” Her request is denied, but she gets her wish 5 months later

2013 [10] Millions watch on TV as Nik Wallenda becomes the first to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope

1981 [42] In the longest-ever pro baseball game, the Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (the game began April 18)

2007 [16] After passing through 50 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and the US, an around-the-world relay celebrating Ferrari’s 60th anniversary finishes at company headquarters in Maranello, Italy


✓ You can buy eel-flavored ice cream in Japan.
✓ Jellyfish are not fish. (They have no brain, heart, or bones)
✓ Most heart attacks happen on Mondays.
✓ People prefer blue toothbrushes over red ones.
✓ Your tongue is the fastest-healing part of your body.
✓ We really are made of stardust. The calcium in our bones and the iron in our blood come from the ancient explosions of giant stars.
-MentalFloss, NectarSleep

Best of BS . . .
• You’ve been married 3 times — and still have the same in-laws.
• You wonder how gas stations keep their restrooms so clean.
• You think a woman who is ‘out of your league’ goes bowling on a different night.
• Your junior prom had a daycare.
• The bluebook value of your truck goes up and down … depending how much gas is in it.
• Your toilet paper has page numbers on it.
• You allow your 12-year-old daughter to smoke at the dinner table … in front of her kids.
-First published in BS in 2015

(It’s “Take Your Pet to Work Week” culminating with “Take Your Dog to Work Day” today…)
• He thinks every day is ‘Hump Day’.
• Just one more obnoxious individual slobbering over the cute receptionist.
• Constant assembly line shutdowns at your job in the hydrant factory.
• Spends all day chasing tail, just like the slimy guys in sales.
• Total confusion when your Doberman finds the employee washroom has 8 ‘drinking bowls’.
• The sight of your Chihuahua wearing scrubs in the Operating Room keeps your patient in stitches.
• It just adds one more to the long list of those ‘barking orders’ at you.
• At the end of the day, your future has a lot in common with the boss’ left leg.
-First published in BS in 2000

Sweet revenge:  https://tinyurl.com/yf39yz73

The question “Fries or salad?” sums up every adult decision you have to make.

If you were in charge renaming things so their names would be more accurate, what names would you come up with?

Question:  A little more than half of all men will post a selfie this summer of them doing THIS. What Is it?
Answer:  Barbecuing

There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.


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