May 21 2019

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019       Edition: #6455

You Really Know Your Sheet!

★ Arnold Schwarzenegger received quite a surprise during an event in South Africa. The 71-year-old was drop-kicked by a man while he was chatting with fans at the jump-rope competition for the Arnold Classic Africa multisport event in Johannesburg on Saturday. In a video shared on Twitter, a man rushes behind Schwarzenegger and kicks him in the back. The actor then stumbles forward as security quickly detains the man. Schwarzenegger is said to be fine after the incident and wrote on Twitter that he is not pressing charges, adding, “I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track.”
★ The original design blueprints for 3 original “Star Wars” vehicles are up for auction. RR Auction are handling the bids featuring blueprints for the iconic vehicles used in the first Star Wars movie in 1977. First up … Luke Skywalker’s X-34 Landspeeder. There’s also the famous TIE fighter, the Imperial fleet’s main ride. And if you’re more of a Rebel Alliance type … they’ve got the Y-wing starfighter blueprint. The designs are the work of Steve Gawley, who went on to earn an Oscar nom for Best Visual Effects on “Back to the Future Part II.” The auction ends Thursday.
★ Pauly Shore’s father, Sammy Shore, the legendary stand-up comedian and co-founder of the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, has died at age 92. He passed away Saturday from natural causes while in his home in Las Vegas, surrounded by his wife, Suzanne, and the rest of his family. Shore’s career began in the Catskills, where he partnered with Shecky Greene. Shore’s career took off when Elvis Presley chose him to open for his comeback at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1969, and he continued to open for Elvis over the next three years.
★ Matthew McConaughey has finally received his high school diploma, more than 30 years after graduating. McConaughey was given his original diploma Friday night when he returned to his Texas alma mater to address the class of 2019. He graduated from Longview in 1988. He responded to receiving his diploma with one word: “proof.”


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Will Smith, Elizabeth Banks, Jakob Dylan & Jade Castrinos
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kevin Hart, Beanie Feldstein, Mabel
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Howard Stern, the National
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Bryan Cranston, Eric Stonestreet, Chromeo, Sebastian Thomson
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union
• “Conan” (TBS): Jake Tapper
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Camille Grammer
• “The Talk” (CBS): Renée Zellweger, guest co-host Mary McCormack
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Julianna Margulies, Billie Lourd, the runner-up of “American Idol”
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
• “Blood & Treasure” (CBS): In the premiere, the discovery of the tomb of Antony and Cleopatra sets off a worldwide chase between a brilliant antiquities expert, a cunning thief and a ruthless terrorist.
• “American Housewife” (ABC): Season 3 finale
• “Black-ish” (ABC): Season 5 finale
• “NCIS” (CBS): Season 16 finale
• “The Voice” (NBC): Season 16 finale


• Jay-Z and Timbaland – are being sued for $2 million by 81-year-old soul musician Ernie Hines, who says his 1969 song ‘Help Me’, was sampled on both Jay-Z’s ‘Paper Chase’ and Ginuwine’s 1999 song, ‘Toe 2 Toe’. Hines is suing for copyright infringement and demanding at least $2,000,000. Timbaland produced both songs.
• Justin Bieber — Iceland’s Fjadrárgljúfur (***Good luck!***) canyon, has been closed to visitors because the vulnerable landscape cannot sustain more visitors. Bieber’s music video ‘I’ll Show You’ was filmed there and seen by millions, creating overwhelming demand for the once-pristine spot. But word his fans aren’t letting a few fences, signs or park rangers keep them away.
• Spice Girls — Mel B was rushed to hospital after temporarily losing her sight. According to reports, she received “swift and very good” care but will still require medication and further intensive treatment. Mel B, who has no vision in her left eye after laser surgery went wrong – was rushed to London’s Moorfield Eye Hospital after she was suddenly unable to see out of her right eye.
• Janet Jackson – received largely glowing reviews for the first night of her Vegas residency, and some big-name stars were there to see it. Queen Latifah, Magic Johnson, Gabrielle Union and Yvette Nicole Brown were in the audience for the first of her 15 scheduled “Metamorphosis” performances at Park MGM.
• The Who – Roger Daltrey has clarified his stance on pot after he recently cursed at some dope-smoking concertgoers at a Madison Square Garden stop on the Who’s Moving On! orchestral tour, and the video went viral. He told Billboard: “All I ask for is a little respect for someone doing their best to deliver a good night out for everyone.” Daltrey said he has an “extreme allergic reaction” to marijuana smoke, something that “is quite well known amongst real Who fans.”
• Kurt Cobain — A sweater he wore during his last photoshoot with Nirvana sold for $75,000 at auction Saturday. The cardigan, which he donned at a pre-In Utero photo session in the summer of 1993, more than tripled its pre-auction estimate of between $10,000 and $20,000.
• Travis Tritt – His tour bus overturned in an accident on Friday night near Myrtle Beach, FL. Tritt tweeted that the bus swerved to avoid a collision with two other vehicles. No one on the bus was injured, but two people in other vehicles died. At least one person was reportedly driving under the influence.
• Big & Rich – a recording of their cover of Madonna’s pop hit ‘Like a Virgin’ has emerged online. The Big & Rich version, featuring two-part harmonies, swelling synthesizers and a scream going into the final chorus, has been a part of their live show for years.  LINK

• “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (PG, Animation/Kids):  When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first. (Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera)
• “The Upside” (PG-13, Comedy/Drama):  A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him. (Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman)
• “Isn’t It Romantic” (PG-13, Comedy/Romance):  A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy. (Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine)
• “Ladies in Black” (PG, Comedy/Drama):  Adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John. In the summer of 1959, a shy schoolgirl, takes a job in Sydney’s prestigious department store Goode’s. There, her life is changed forever when she meets the “ladies in black.” (Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice)

We hear the word “snowflake” thrown around a lot these days in reference to young adults. And a new study finds that “Generation Snowflake” really are more flaky than older people…but you probably shouldn’t mention it, because it will just upset them. New research found that young adults become “distressed” by labels such as “entitled” and “narcissistic” or being described as more self-centered or oversensitive than their older counterparts. While the accuracy and fairness of such labels is fiercely debated among academics, there haven’t been many studies on how young people react to the labels. Researchers at Bowling Green State University found that emerging adults believe adolescents and members of their own age group are indeed “exceptionally” narcissistic and entitled.  They also found that people of that age group reacted negatively to being labeled as narcissistic and entitled, and to other undesirable labels, such as oversensitivity.
(In their defense, wouldn’t anyone take exception to being called something negative?)
(Don’t worry, kids, I know a lot of snowflakes who aren’t in your age group!)
(I understand they also get a bit sensitive when you mention “avocado toast” too!)

Scientists are always finding neat ways to make their work look interesting.  From naming a horsefly after Beyoncé, to naming a spider after Pink Floyd, it’s a good way to thrust their work into the limelight, and possibly a way to guarantee future funding into what they like to study.  And maybe that’s why they’ve decided that we have “zombie” cells in our bodies. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota say that these zombie cells are actually called “senescent cells”. They start out as normal but then encounter a stress, like damage to their DNA or viral infection. At that point, a cell can choose to die or become a “zombie”, basically entering a state of suspended animation, while pumping out substances which harm other cells around them.  Animal studies suggest that killing these zombie cells could treat a wide variety of conditions such as Alzheimer’s, cataracts, osteoporosis, and age-relate muscle loss. Researchers have found drugs that attack zombie cells, but more research is needed.
(…and more funding…)
(They can’t just shoot them in the head?)
(Will they call it the “Rick Grimes” drug?)

☞ Movement and light:  Get moving — ride your bike to work, get off the bus or subway one stop early and walk, or park your car farther away from your workplace – it will help wake you up. You will also be exposed to more daylight or sun, which helps block the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. And make sure that your workspace is well-lit.
☞ Stay hydrated:  When you’re dehydrated, you feel even more tired. Drink a large glass of lukewarm water with a squeeze of lemon juice in the morning. You’ll see how it really boosts your energy. (Plus, all that extra movement of going to the bathroom all day…)
☞ Take a cold shower:  Contrast showers (alternating between hot and cold) stimulates your circulation. During the day, splash some cold water on your face or put a cool wet cloth on your neck.
☞ Add variety to your day:  When you haven’t had enough sleep, you may be less active and not very productive. If you can, for today, do things that are easy to manage and don’t require too much thought. (That’s my goal EVERY day!)
☞ Eat the right foods:  Don’t overdo the coffee. Grab a refreshing piece of fruit, or foods rich in protein (nuts like almonds or cashews, yogurt, chicken, fish, etc.). Stay away from large meals and fast food.
☞ Try power-napping:  A mini-nap at lunch could be a big help, but don’t sleep for more than 20 minutes, or you’ll feel worse. (Especially if the boss sees you…)
(Can we just be honest and admit that we’re dealing with a hangover here?)

You can now find a “Game of Thrones” therapy session near you. Following Sunday’s finale, counselors are making themselves available to help fans talk through their feelings about the series and detach. Through, an online local service marketplace, you can book 30-minute or 60-minute sessions for $25-$51.


1951 [68] Al Franken, NYC, US Senator (Minnesota)/former talk show host (Air America Radio)/former “Saturday Night Live” writer-performer (1975-80, 1985-95)

1952 [67] Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud), Chicago IL, TV actor (“The A-Team” 1983-87)/movie actor “Rocky III”

1957 [62] Judge Reinhold, movie actor, Wilmington DE (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Beverly Hills Cop” movies)

1966 [53] Lisa Edelstein, TV actress, Boston MA (Dr. Lisa Cuddy on “House” 2004-11, “The Good Doctor” since 2018)

1980 [39] Gotye (Wouter De Backer), Bruges, Belgium [raised Melbourne, Australia], pop singer-songwriter (f/Kimbra-‘Somebody That I Used to Know’)

• “Rapture Party Day”, an excuse for an impromptu bash on the anniversary of late radio evangelist Harold Camping’s 2011 prediction that the world would end on this day.

• “Wait Staff Day”, set aside for restaurant managers and patrons to show appreciation for the efforts of servers. A few questions to consider …
– What percentage is the proper tip these days?
– Are there occasions when you don’t tip?
– Should restaurant owners get away with paying minimum wage and expecting customers to supplement servers’ incomes?
– What other occupations deserve tips?

• “World Day for Cultural Diversity”, a UN-sanctioned event to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

• “Red Cross Founder’s Day” marks the anniversary of the American Red Cross, which was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, the first president of the organization.  Barton led the organization for the next twenty-three years.

[Wed] Canadian Immigrants Day
[Wed] Vanilla Pudding Day
[Thurs] Lucky Penny Day
[Thurs] Crohn’s and Colitis Day
This Week Is…National Emergency Medical Services Week
This Month Is…Dental Care Awareness Month

2012 [07] Final episode of “House” starring Hugh Laurie airs on FOX-TV, after 8 seasons and numerous awards


2003 [16] Ruben Studdard beats Clay Aiken to win the 2nd “American Idol” competition

2016 [03] Following the release of his album “Views”, Drake places a record 20 songs on the Hot 100, besting Justin Bieber’s mark of 17 set in December, 2015


2014 [05] ‘National September 11 Museum’ in NYC opens to the public


2005 [14] ‘Tallest Roller Coaster In the World’, Kingda Ka, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey (456 feet or 139 meters, still a record)


✓ Nintendo has so much money; the company could lose roughly $257 million every year and still survive until 2052.
✓ Some drug-sniffing dogs are now being trained to ignore marijuana.
✓ Seven people have keys with the power to restart the World Wide Web in the event of a catastrophic event.
✓ Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn.
✓ The average human would have to consume 300 hamburgers to match the equivalent of what hummingbirds eat every day to survive.
✓ The English language has about 3,000 words to describe the state of being drunk —  one of which is “ramsquaddled.”

• “Money is the square root of all evil.”
• “An opinion without 3.141 is jut an onion.”
• “I got 99 math problems and they’re all due tomorrow.”
• “Silly rabbit – trig is for kids.”
• “What we have here is failure to multiplicate.”
• “Be there or b squared.”
• “All my X’s live on an axis.”
• “Here’s looking at Eu, clid.”
• “Neither a borrower nor a carrier be.”
• “It was the best of sines, it was the worst of sines.”
• “Houston, we have a math problem.”

Best of BS . . .

• No matter how bad your last shot was, the worst is yet to come.
• Your best round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever.
• Brand new golf balls are water-magnetic.
• The higher a golfer’s handicap, the more qualified he deems himself as an instructor.
• Every par-3 hole in the world has a secret desire to humiliate golfers.
• Golf carts always run out of juice at the farthest point from the clubhouse.
• All 3-woods are demon-possessed.
• The person you would most hate to lose to will always be the one who beats you.
• The last 3 holes of a round will automatically adjust your score to what it really should be.
• Golf should be given up at least twice per month.
– Adapted from, first published in ‘BS’ in 2015


Your secrets are safe with me.  I wasn’t even listening.


What was the worst summer job that you ever had?


Question:  Having THIS increases your chances of landing a job by 10%. What is it?
Answer:  White teeth.


Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.


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