July 20 2023

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Thursday, July 20, 2023 – Edition: #7520

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★ Maria Menounos has welcomed her first child! The TV personality and her husband Keven Undergaro’s baby girl — named Athena — was born on June 23 via surrogate, she announced yesterday. Her arrival comes after 10 years of fertility struggles and Menounos’ pancreatic cancer battle. The former “Today” correspondent said that her daughter’s birth “was the most special moment of my life.” Menounos announced that she and her hubby were expecting their first child in February. A few months later, the 45-year-old revealed that she battled pancreatic cancer and beat the disease while waiting for her daughter’s arrival.
★ “Barbenheimer” is about to arrive, and with it the battle between the bomb and the bombshell at the box office. Greta Gerwig’s cotton candy-colored “Barbie,” starring Margot Robbie, is expected to generate about $100 million domestically over the weekend, with some experts putting the doll’s totals closer to $140 million. In any case, Barbie will claim the top spot over Christopher Nolan’s atomic bomb drama “Oppenheimer,” which is looking at a solid $50 million through Sunday. The Barbenheimer combo, plus last weekend’s champion “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” is expected to fuel one of the biggest box office weekends in ages.
★ Margot Robbie hasn’t always been a Barbie Girl, in a Barbie World. Just ahead of the release of the highly-anticipated Barbie movie, hitting theaters tomorrow, the film’s star revealed to People that as a kid, she didn’t own a Barbie doll, that she can recall. When asked if she remembers playing with Barbies growing up in Queensland, Australia, Robbie said: “My sister (owned one) and I remember my cousin did. I would play with my cousin’s, but I wasn’t actually that much of a Barbie girl as a kid.” So, what kind of girl was she? Robbie says she “was more of a roll-around-in-the-mud kind of gal.”
★ Gigi Hadid was arrested and fined $1,000 after marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia was found in her luggage upon arriving in the Cayman Islands last week, says People. Her reps say she had purchased the drugs “legally in NYC with a Medical license”, adding “It has also been legal for medical use in Grand Cayman since 2017. Her record remains clear and she enjoyed the rest of her time on the island.”
★ Madonna thanked fans Tuesday for their continued support as she recovers from her brief but brutal hospital stay, after contracting a bacterial infection. The Material Girl posted a pic of herself on social media, embracing a bunch of pink roses with the caption: “A single rose can be my garden. A single friend my world.” The quote is meant to remind us to find joy in the smallest of things, and look at the world from a new perspective. But many fans’ first reaction was to comment on the fact that the 64-year-old looks unrealistically flawless in the pic, leading to accusations that it has been heavily-edited. (Yup!) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2wpnfshj
-NYPost, PageSix
★ Peyton Manning and Netflix are searching for more quarterbacks to profile in a second season of their NFL docuseries. Manning, who exec produces “Quarterback”, which starred Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota, has revealed that the streamer has greenlit a second season. On “The Pat McAfee Show”, the Colts legends said, “I don’t want to hear ‘It’s going to be a distraction’ because that’s not true, Patrick Mahomes proved that…We’re hoping that guys…say this is going to be a cool thing that I can show to my kids when I’m older, show to my grandkids one day.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Seth Rogen, Mike Tyson, Iggy Azalea (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Ryan Gosling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Pete Lee (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Betty Gilpin (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Amy Poehler, Lucinda Williams (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Oscar de la Hoya
• “The Talk” (CBS): Rob Riggle (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Simu Liu, Matchbox Twenty, guest co-host Maria Menounos
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Kenny Lattimore, Judge Faith Jenkins (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Mindy Kaling (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Melanie Lynskey, Brooklyn Peltz Beckham (R)
• “Generation Gap” (ABC): The contestants need to put all their chips on the table when Erik Estrada appears as celeb guest.
• “The Chase” (ABC): Season 3 finale
• “Before We Die” (PBS): Season 2 finale
• “FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023” (Check local listings): From Australia and New Zealand: Nigeria vs Canada; New Zealand vs Norway; Australia vs Ireland

• Jennifer Lopez – Monday — one day after the anniversary of her marriage to Ben Affleck at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, she teased her new song ‘Midnight Trip to Vegas’. She posted 2 pics of her wearing a white minidress and wrote: “One year since our Midnight Trip To Vegas …” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4k8vxv35
(***Caution – content***) • Olivia Rodrigo – nearly dropped some of the lyrics of her hit ‘Vampire’. She and co-writer Dan Nigro went back and forth over the phrase “fame f—er” in the chorus of the song, which scorches an ex for leeching off her stardom. Quote: “Some people said…it’s not relatable,’ yada, yada, yada”, but she left it in because “the theme of using you for all you’re worth” is “universal”.
• Alice Cooper and Demi Lovato – have written a song together, according to Nita Strauss. The guitarist, who has toured with both musicians, said in an interview that the pair “loved” working together. She is “hoping to get that call” to play on the tune.
• Paul McCartney – is launching a podcast. He has teamed up with poet Paul Muldoon on a companion pod to the book they released in 2 years ago. “‘McCartney: A Life in Lyrics” launches Sept. 20, to coincide with the release of the paperback edition of the book, which is titled: “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yxs9mtmu
• The Who – Sept. 14, they’ll will release a massive box set featuring their classic “Who’s Next” album and their shelved “Life House” project. “Who’s Next/Life House” will contain 155 songs, including 89 that are previously unreleased, plus a book and graphic novel. It’s available to preorder now in a variety of formats. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2xscrwax
• Lady A, Scotty McCreery, Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina, and Trace Adkins – have been announced as performers in the “Opry Country Christmas” show. The annual series, held at the Grand Ole Opry, will run November 26-December 18 for 9 nine holiday shows. More artists will be announced soon. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/34nffk5j
• Toby Keith — popped up at a recent LoCash show in Orlando, surprising the crowd with a fiery rendition of ‘Johnny B. Goode’, plus a few other songs, as continues to recuperate from stomach cancer treatments. LoCash shared video, writing: “We loved gettin’ to play some songs up there with him and tear it up.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4dhyzu4u
• Luke Combs – While there are currently no plans in the works for him to share a stage with Tracy Chapman, the original artist behind ‘Fast Car’, if the opportunity ever did arise, he says he’d jump at the chance to duet with her. Speaking about the song, Combs recently pointed out that he has played it in his live show for “6-plus years and everyone…relates to the song and sings along.”


As you’re likely aware, there’s a little movie called “Barbie” opening tomorrow. And as you’ve also probably noticed from the trailers and stuff, Barbie is absolutely dripping in pink. Pink, it turns out, is not only an often-misunderstood color, it’s also a divisive one. While it is usually considered a frilly and feminine color, pink has gone through a reappraisal in recent years. And that’s probably why director Greta Gerwig chose to go overboard with it in the movie. Pink has been reclaimed as a symbol of power for breast cancer awareness and feminist campaigns, but it still belongs to everyone. The color authority Pantone says pink is “slightly aloof, it won’t be pinned down. Being both feminine and masculine, modern and playful, refined and expressive, it’s this enigmatic quality that keeps the conversation going.” Plus, pink looks stunning on almost anyone, in shades from subtle “millennial pink” to vivid magenta.
(How is it that there isn’t a shade of pink yet named “Barbie pink”? Or is there?)
(I don’t know if I have the “Kenergy” to wear it…)

Maybe your dad or your grandad worked in the same field (or even in the same job) for his entire career…but that’s certainly not usually the case these days. In fact, according to a new survey, the average worker is most likely to change their career direction by the time they are 31. According to the poll of 5,000 employed adults, 26% are considering a career change in the not-too-distant future, while 44% have already made the leap to something new. Why the restless feet? One in 3 said they made a change because they wanted to pursue a career that offered the chance to make more money, while 32% were looking for work that they felt more passionate about. 19% said the key motivation was a better work-life balance. For those who have changed or are considering a career move, healthcare, education, and IT are the most popular industries that workers are considering moving into.
(Me? Yup, I’m looking…for a job . . . where I’m politely ignored and left to my own devices — with unlimited internet, donuts, and coffee!)
(And the way things are going, half of us are going to make a career change soon – whether we like it or not!)

Do you ever check the date on the bread tag…find that it’s getting pretty close to the expiration date, but you pop the loaf into the fridge, in hopes of wringing a few more days out of it before it starts turning green? If the answer’s yes, you’ve apparently been doing it all wrong. A food expert is advising against keeping bread in cold temperatures, and that’s not the only item she says shouldn’t be kept in the fridge. Lora, who posts in Instagram as “lorafied’, says that while many people believe that keeping bread in the cold can help it stay soft and fluffy for longer, “It can stale twice as fast in here.” It seems that colder temps make the starch recrystallize — and then become dry. That makes the bread develop a stale flavor and texture – which you can slow down by wrapping it tightly in plastic. She suggests freezing it as a better option, which prevents bread from going stale, and stops the ‘spoilage microbes’ from developing at all. Some other food items that Lora advises against storing in the fridge:
• Tomatoes: They “do best between 65-85 degrees (18-29 degrees Celsius]…Grab a paper towel and store these guys stem side down”
• Potatoes: They “can end up a little gritty and even a little sweet…Toss those guys in a bag and wrap it up.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3bwnbwb8
• Also, keep garlic, onions, honey, and olive oil out of the fridge.
(Bread in the fridge? Not a problem at my house. We’ve got teenagers!)
(I’m happy to say that with these tips, I’ve just freed up a whole lot of fridge space for beer…and that industrial-sized bottle of ketchup I just got at Costco!)

➢ Pool & Billiards: The most obvious difference is the number of balls used. Billiards uses 3: a white, a yellow, and a red ball. A full set of pool balls, on the other hand, consists of 16.
➢ Soap & Detergent: They’re often mistaken as the same thing, but in reality, soap is made from natural ingredients and is limited in its applications, while detergent is synthetic and can be formulated for all types of cleaning purposes. Detergent works well at any water temperature, while soap needs warm water to work properly. (Uh-oh!)
➢ Bug & Insect: All bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. Only the insects that belong to the order Hemiptera are considered bugs. True bugs usually have tough forewings and 3-part bodies. Bugs also have mouths shaped like straws, used to suck juices from plants.
➢ Straw & Hay: Straw is the byproduct of cereal plants made by removing the grain and chaff, and it’s used for animal bedding or compost. Hay is made from dried grasses or legumes, and is used as animal feed. (Plus, we understand only one of them can be made “while the sun shines”?)
➢ Seltzer & Tonic Water: Just like sparkling water and club soda, seltzer water and tonic water are different types of carbonated water. But seltzer doesn’t contain added minerals. Tonic water contains added quinine and sugar. (And like any other mix, they all taste exactly the same after you’ve had 2!)
➢ Mint & Peppermint: While all peppermint is mint, not all mint is peppermint. There are more than a dozen different types of mint, including peppermint. Peppermint is a crossbreed of water mint and spearmint, popular for its medicinal uses. (And in gum flavor, apparently!)
➢ Cement & Concrete: Cement is a binder that sets, hardens and adheres to other materials to bind them together. It is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of sand and gravel or crushed stone mixed with water…and portland cement.
➢ CV & Résumé: A résumé is a one-page summary of your skills and experience. A CV is commonly used for academic or scientific positions, and requires detailed listings of your academic background and accomplishments. (Ah! So for me – a work of fiction!)


Taco Bell has prevailed in its so-called effort to “liberate” the phrase “Taco Tuesday,” as competing fast-food chain Taco John’s has announced it will abandon its “Taco Tuesday” trademark. Taco Bell had asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the trademark, calling it a common phrase that Taco John’s had monopolized unfairly. In a statement, Taco John CEO Jim Creel said: “We’ve always prided ourselves on being the home of Taco Tuesday, but paying millions of dollars to lawyers to defend our mark just doesn’t feel like the right thing to do.” Taco John has 400 locations in the US, while Taco Bell has more than 7,200.
(Next, they’re going after Vin Diesel, so they can rename their washrooms “Fast” and “Furious”!!)


• “Moon Day”, the anniversary of the first lunar landing in 1969. Apollo 11 Neil Armstrong became the first to walk on the Moon. Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin joined him later, while Michael Collins remained orbiting above. (Celebrate how you want, but please don’t do the obvious!) [***A few things you likely didn’t know about the lunar landing: http://tinyurl.com/l5p7kb ]
• “International Chess Day”, observed since 1966, honoring the game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for people of all ages. There are an estimated 605 million regular chess players around the world. And 70% of adults have, at some point, played chess. (Except they play on their tablet now…)
• “Lollipop Day”, celebrating the 1908 invention of the famous candy on a stick. Pieces of hard candy were put on the ends of pencils for kids to nibble much earlier than that, but the treat had no name.
• “Ugly Truck Day”, Sure, a brand new, shiny truck with all the gadgets is a great thing, but there’s something noble about an old, worn, ugly truck. (Or maybe that’s just a guy thing?)
• “Nap Day”, grab a chaise lounge out in the yard, spread a blanket at the beach, string a hammock between two trees or curl up on your bed under a ceiling fan with the air conditioner cranked. (You had me at “nap”!)
• “Fortune Cookie Day”, Although this fun tradition is more Asian-American than strictly Chinese, it’s an essential ending to a Chinese dinner in most Western countries. Stats show that people believe their fortune cookie is “spot-on” 25% of the time.
• “World Jump Day”, the first World Jump Day took place on July 20, 2006, when German student Torsten Lauschmann claimed to have organized 600 million people in the Western Hemisphere to jump simultaneously — in order to “reset Earth’s orbit and fix global warming” (It turned out to be a hoax ‘art installation’, but, nice thought!)

[Fri] Legal Drinking Age Day
[Fri] Be Someone Day
[Sat] Summer Leisure Day
[Sun] Peanut Butter & Chocolate Day
This Month is…Water Gardening Month
This Month is…Picnic Month

1947 [76] Carlos Santana, Autlan de Navarro Mexico, rock guitarist (w/Rob Thomas-‘Smooth’, ‘Black Magic Woman’)

1964 [59] Terri Irwin, Eugene OR, reality TV star (“The Crocodile Hunter” 1997-2004)/naturist/author/widow of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin)

1966 [57] Stone Gossard, Seattle WA, rock guitarist (Pearl Jam-‘Jeremy’, ‘Last Kiss’)

1969 [54] Josh Holloway, San Jose CA, TV actor (‘Sawyer’ on “Lost” 2004-2010, ‘Will Bowman’ on “Colony” 2016-2018, ‘Roarke Morris’ on “Yellowstone”, 2020) COMING UP… “Duster” TV series

1971 [52] Sandra Oh, Nepean ON, TV actress (“Arliss” 1996-2002, “Grey’s Anatomy” 2005-14, “Killing Eve” 2018-22)/movie actress (“Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Sideways”) COMING UP…”Quiz Lady”, 2023

1980 [43] Gisele Bundchen, Três de Maio Brazil, fashion model (once among the highest-paid in the world)/environmental activist/actress (“The Devil Wears Prada”)/married to Tom Brady 2009-2022

1988 [35] Julianne Hough, Sandy UT, movie actress (“Rock of Ages”, “Footloose”)/country singer (‘That Song in My Head’)/TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars”) COMING UP…”One Hit Wendy”

2012 [11] Batman sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” opens in theaters, eventually raking in over $1 billion worldwide.

2017 [06] Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is found dead, a victim of suicide by hanging. The 41-year-old was close friends with Chris Cornell, who died in similar fashion 2 months earlier.

2015 [08] Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage.

1969 [54] Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step out from Apollo 11, becoming the first to walk on the moon. 600 million watch on live TV.

2021 [02] Amazon founder Jeff Bezos goes into space in the first unpiloted suborbital flight with all-civilian crew, aboard a rocket (“RSS First Step”) developed by his company, Blue Origin.

2014 [09] Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, making history with his third major championship — at age 25.


✓ Elephants drink a minimum of 50 gallons (189 litres) of water per day.
✓ Crocodiles swallow stones to help them dive deeper.
✓ It is possible to be allergic to one cat, but not another.
✓ ‘Minnie Mouse’s’ first name is actually ‘Minerva’. Minnie Mouse is a nickname given to the character …which stuck.
✓ A “jiffy” is a proper unit of time, measuring exactly 1/100th of a second.
✓ A computer search program determined April 11, 1954 to be the most boring day in the world. No significant occurrences happened that day.
-DidYouKnows, Facts

Best of BS:
July is “Ice Cream Month”, a good excuse to review the –
• Hardened Toothpaste Mint Swirly
• Cocktail Wiener Supreme
• Baskin-Robbins Gravy Ripple
• Chunky Tuna & Fudge
• Ben & Jerry’s Monkey Clumps
• Old Fashioned Grease & Weasel
• Raspberry Rash
• Low-Fat Pralines & Trout
• Mint
-First published in BS 1997

Today is the anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon. To celebrate, we present…

• How do you make sure you’re not going to hit anything before you make the jump to light speed?
• Can you bring me back that balloon I lost when I was 5? It’s red.
• Do you have to wear a suit to work?
• If you diet in space, do you lose weightless?
• It’s not really cheese, right?
• Does anyone call you Maurice…or just Space Cowboy?
• What do you call it when you moon the Earth while on the moon?
• Why is it dark in space — when the sun is right there?
• How’s Uranus?
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2017

Who knew?  https://tinyurl.com/35dd3afv

A psychiatrist is someone who charges you money for answers that you can get for free from your friends.

What’s the pettiest reason you’ve given for ending a relationship?

Question:  Stats show that 21% of us will lose THIS some time this year. What is it?
Answer:  A credit or debit card


Sometimes, when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.



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