September 8 2021

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – Edition: #7062

Ah, Some BS to Look Forward to In the Morning!


★ Mark Hamill stumbled onto a theory on Sunday that just tweeting his name can draw thousands of likes and become a trending topic on Twitter, so he decided to test it. And it turns out the theory is true. At last check, Hamill’s tweet with just his name has chalked up over 600,000 likes in just a day. He’s become a master of social media, using his “Star Wars” and “Batman” fame to create multiple viral moments. Several years ago, he read out Donald Trump’s tweets in Joker’s voice, and he has also been known to post pictures of himself in disguise at Comic-Con, taking pictures with unsuspecting fans. (***LINK for updates:
★ Romeo Beckham, the son of soccer superstar David Beckham and “Spice Girls” star Victoria, has signed with Fort Lauderdale CF, and took part in his first game over the weekend. Now retired from playing, dad David is co-owner of Inter Miami CF. Victoria recently told British Vogue that Romeo wants to play professionally and since they have been spending more time in Florida with David’s team, Romeo has been training there.
★ Jodie Foster says she was scared of Anthony Hopkins when they filmed “The Silence of the Lambs” together. The horror movie celebrated its 30th anniversary in January. Foster portrayed FBI trainee ‘Clarice Starling’ opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins as imprisoned murderer and cannibal ‘Dr. Hannibal Lecter’. She admits she was genuinely frightened of Hopkins due to his performance as Lecter and it wasn’t until shooting ended that she mustered up the courage to talk to him out of character. Quote: “On the last day of shooting, we were at lunch and I said, ‘Well, you know, I was a bit afraid of you.’ And he said, ‘Yes, well, I was afraid of you, too!’ After that, we gave each other a big hug and became staunch friends.”
★ As ABC prepares to kick off a new season of “Dancing With the Stars” on Sept. 30, Tyra Banks is prepping to return as host, but many viewers aren’t happy about it. Banks took over hosting duties in Season 29 as the network opted for “a new creative direction,” but calls to bring Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews back are growing louder. The official social accounts for DWTS have shared multiple posts promoting the season, but they’ve been bombarded with comments from fans demanding Banks be ousted as host in favor of Bergeron and Andrews’ returns.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Drew Barrymore, Sebastian Maniscalco, Rufus Wainwright
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Pete Davidson, Meredith Hagner, Baby Keem
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Chris Wallace, Holland Taylor
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Selena Gomez, Glenn Howerton, Walker Hayes
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Eileen Davidson, Camille Grammer-Meyer
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Steve Martin, Martin Short, guest co-host Mia Love
• “The Talk” (CBS): Martin Henderson, guest co-hosts Jerry O’Connell & Akbar Gbajabiamila
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Regina Hall, Blue Man Group
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Favorite Moments From Season 18, featuring Tracee Ellis Ross, Diane Keaton, Michelle Buteau, Lily Tomlin, Allison Janney
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Kym Whitley, Elizabeth Olsen, Mario López, Eiza González, Serena Williams, Blake Shelton
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Best Of Week: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, José Andrés
• “Women of 9/11: A Special Edition of 20/20 With Robin Roberts” (ABC): Women whose lives were changed on Sept. 11, 2001, including the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center.
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): Semi-Finals Results 2
• “Curb Appeal Xtreme” (HGTV): Series premiere. A couple have spent over a year repairing their Nashville home after it was destroyed by a tornado.

• Cardi B – Her husband Offset officially announced the arrival of their new baby (their second together, his fifth) by posting a cute pic with his son and the caption: “Chapter 5.” Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday.
• Beyoncé – Her new song ‘Be Alive’ plays over the end credits of Will Smith’s new film “King Richard”, about the life of Richard Williams, father to tennis superstars Venus and Serena. The movie premiered at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, prompting one reviewer to write: “That means that Beyoncé will perform at the Oscars next year.”
• Walk Off the Earth – have announced their new children’s album “Romeo Eats Vol. 1”, alongside a companion web series and the single ‘The Dragon Fruit Song’. The web series is a food discovery show hosted by singer Gianni Laminate and his 3-year-old son Romeo. Each episode will feature a song from the new album about the food being discovered.
• ABBA — UK pre-orders for their new album “Voyage” – their first studio album in 40 years – surpassed 80,000 within just 3 days, becoming Universal Music UK’s biggest ever album pre-order, breaking the previous record set by Take That for their “Progress” and ‘III” albums.
• Deep Purple — have launched a countdown clock with the words “Turning to Crime” – suggesting that it may be the title of the band’s upcoming 22nd album. Visitors to the site are redirected to a page containing the repeated words “Turning to crime” and police-style mugshots of the 5 band members.
• Eagles – Their song ‘Hotel California’ plays an important part in Marvel’s new movie “Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings”. The tune turns up several times in the film, as Shang-Chi’s friend ‘Katy’, played by Awkwafina, repeatedly sings it to confuse and distract people she’s annoyed, in order to make a safe escape. The movie earned an estimated $71.4 million in the U.S. over Labor Day weekend.
• The Faces – Drummer Kenney Jones says he, Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood they have recorded 14 new songs since reuniting. The fresh material is a mix of previously unreleased and newly-written songs, and they are discussing playing some “really big gigs like The O2, Maddison Square Garden, some other big venues in America.”
• Tim McGraw – shared his video reaction to the 6-member a cappella group The Trills singing his 2004 hit ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ on TikTok. In his vid, McGraw says: “Wow. You gotta check out The Trills. Man they blew me away with this cover of ‘Live Like You Were Dying’.” LINK:
• Yola – was forced to cancel 2 concerts after testing positive for COVID-19. Those shows include her appearances Sept. 3 in Milwaukee, and in Aspen, Colo., on Sept. 5. A statement says she “is fully vaccinated, feeling ok with only mild symptoms at this time.”
• Tanya Tucker – Friday, she will release her new duet with RuPaul ‘This Is Our Country’. Tucker also appears as a surprise guest visiting the Top 4 contestants on the latest edition of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 6”, streaming now on Paramount+.


Whew! We made it! It’s Wednesday, and that means if your online purchase hasn’t been delivered yet, it’ll probably make it. Mondays and Tuesdays are apparently the worst days for porch pirates. A poll of over 1,000 people found that 3 in 10 Americans have been victims of package theft from their home, and nearly half say they never receive a refund for their stolen merchandise. Monday and Tuesday afternoons are the peak times for stolen deliveries. When it comes to keeping your deliveries safe, some suggestions include subscribing to delivery alerts, installing a security camera, and having your packages sent to a neighbor’s address, or to your place of employment.
(So, I guess you could say Mondays and Tuesdays are “Amazon Prime” time for porch pirates?)
(Of course, some people already have their shopping sent to them at work. Right, honey?)

A nightclub in Scotland plans to capture energy from dancers to provide power for the venue. In the run-up to the UN’s climate conference in Glasgow this November, “SWG3” is working to use a pioneering system called “BODYHEAT” which could save the popular nightspot up to 70 tons of CO2 per year. A release from the club says they are introducing “a state-of-the-art renewable heating and cooling system to the complex, transforming body heat from clubbers and gig-goers into a source of energy to be used again.” BODYHEAT uses heat pumps and fluids to capture body heat generated by crowds, channeling their energy into twelve 150m-deep bore holes drilled beneath the venue. This heat can then either be used immediately to cool the audience, or stored underground until it’s needed to heat the building.
(Like, for instance, in the moments after I introduce myself to a woman…)
(I’ve been to Scotland. They’ll never need to cool the building.)

A hair expert says it’s true that stress can cause your hair to turn grey. According to Richard Spencer, a Trichologist at the Institute of Trichologists, recent studies show that things like stress, anxiety, trauma and shock can set off our “fight or flight” response due to the production of the stress hormone cortisol. This can cause hair to grey prematurely by affecting the stem cells responsible for hair pigment production. He points out that grey hair is, in fact, white or “near-colorless”, meaning it is non-pigmented, but it looks grey due to the mixture of some darker and white hair. The good news? Sometimes, though rarely, grey hair can regain its natural color, post-trauma. But he is quick to point out that premature whitening has other causes…it is most often linked to genetics.
(***Old joke alert*** I know. You get it from your kids!)
(So, if I have this right, sometimes grey hair stresses people out, and sometimes the stress causes grey hair? Sounds about right…)
(I’ll never forget the first time I had a grey hair. I never let Grandma cook for me again!)

⇒ Outgrown and unworn clothes:  If those jeans haven’t fit since high school, and that sweater is even too ugly for an ugly Christmas sweater party, throw it out. (But my jeans were ill-fitting, even in high school!)
⇒ Broken jewelry:  Throw out or donate any costume jewelry that isn’t being used, and throw out broken necklaces or earrings that have no worth. Broken pieces that are valuable can be sold at many jewelry stores.
⇒ Expired cosmetics:  The old stuff has a plethora of bacteria, mold and yeast. Toss mascara after 3 months, liquid foundation after 6, and lipstick after 2 years.  (No one has old makeup laying around, do they?)
⇒ Wire hangers:  Replacing them with sturdy plastic or wood ones will freshen up your closet space. They’re better for your clothes too.
⇒ Old shoes:  Old smelly shoes cluttering a closet serve no purpose. Donate the ones that are OK, and trash the rest.
⇒ Expired medication:  Not only is it unsafe, it’s just not that effective. It’s best to find a drug disposal program in your area.
⇒ Games and puzzles with pieces missing:  They’re no good to anybody. (What’s Monopoly without the race car?)
⇒ Movies and books you’ll never use again: Donate ‘em…sell ‘em…or if they’re in poor condition, chuck ‘em!
(Whew! I thought for sure “garage full of mannequins with no arms“ was gonna be in there somewhere! What? Just me?)
(What can you add to the list – that your partner should get rid of, of course?)

The youngest winner of one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions can’t claim her prize—playing piano at Carnegie Hall—because she’s too young to get the vaccine. 4-year-old Brigitte Xie just started playing piano a year ago, but her parents soon found she could read music and play a perfect rendition of Beethoven’s Sonatina in F Major—her feet dangling far above the pedals. She won first place at the American Protégé International Competition, which gets her an invitation to perform at world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York this November, but all performers are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Fortunately, she’ll be given the chance to perform at a future concert in 2022.


1941 [80] Bernie Sanders, Brooklyn NY, politician (Vermont senator since 2007, unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party nomination for president of the US in 2016 and 2020, finishing second both times)

1960 [61] Aimee Mann, Richmond VA, pop singer (‘Til Tuesday-‘Voices Carry’, Rush-‘Time Stand Still’)

1971 [50] David Arquette, Winchester VA, movie actor (“Scream” movies)/retired pro wrestler (ranked #453 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in 2019)/brother of actresses Patricia & Rosanna Arquette/married to Courteney Cox 1999-2013

1971 [50] Martin Freeman, Aldershot UK, TV actor (‘Dr John Watson’ on “Sherlock” 2010-17, “Fargo” 2014)/movie actor (“Black Panther”, “The Hobbit” trilogy)

1971 [50] Brooke Burke, Hartford CT, TV host (“Dancing with the Stars” winner with Derek Hough 2008, co-host 2010-13)

1979 [42] Pink [Alecia Moore], Doylestown PA, pop singer (‘Get the Party Started’, ‘Raise Your Glass’)

1987 [34] Wiz Khalifa [Cameron Thomaz], Minot ND, rap artist (f/Charlie Puth-‘See You Again’, ‘Black & Yellow’)

2002 [19] Gaten Matarazzo, Little Egg Harbor NJ, TV actor (“Stranger Things” since 2016)

• “Ampersand Day”, a celebration of the ‘&’ symbol. The term is believed to have evolved circa 1820-30 as a contraction of ‘and per se’.

• “International Literacy Day”, established by the UN in 1967 to promote reading & writing programs. Worldwide, 1-in-5 adults are illiterate, and 75 million children are not in school. Millions leave school without a level of literacy adequate for productive participation in today’s information society. LINK:

• “World Physical Therapy Day”, initiated in 1951 to recognize the work that physical therapists do for their patients and community (when you need ’em, you love ’em!)

• “Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day”, honoring the special RNs who are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to patients with cancer and blood disorders.

• “Pardon Day”, a day to seek forgiveness where needed. (My favorite word is “pardon”. It’s a problem when people ask me what my favorite word is…)

• “Star Trek Day”, the first episode of the original TV Series aired on September 8, 1966. Star Trek was first seen in Canada on the 6th — 2 days before the US got to see it.

• “Actors Day”, take part in your local theater, whether it’s a high school, college, or a youth theater in your community. If you’re not much for acting, support your local theater by donating money, theater props, or buying tickets to see your favorite plays.

[Thurs] Teddy Bear Day
[Thurs] Wonderful Weirdos Day
[Fri] Hot Dog Day
[Fri] International Make-Up Day

2014 [07] Prince William & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, announce they are expecting their second child (Princess Charlotte would be born May 2, 2015); baby Prince George had celebrated his first birthday just 2 months previously

1994 [27] Newlyweds Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley (billed as the ‘King of Pop’ and the ‘Princess of Rock and Roll’) open the 11th MTV Video Music Awards…with an awkward kiss

2017 [04] Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry dies at the age of 50 in a helicopter crash en route to a gig in Medford, New Jersey

2003 [18] To celebrate the release of his new album “Reality”, David Bowie performs the first ‘interactive concert’, broadcast to 21 theaters across the UK and allowing him to take requests through microphones connected to the internet


✓ The call of the humpback whale is louder than a Concord jet and can be heard 500 miles (800km) away.
✓ According to experts, rubbing orange peel on furniture will discourage a cat from scratching it.
✓ The average lightning bolt is only an inch (2.5cm) in diameter.
✓ During WWII, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined as “the Steagles”.
✓ In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting ad space on his cows.
✓ In Chinese, saying “yeeha” means you need to use the restroom.

Best of BS . . .
• It will be exactly like the job description said.
• You will probably be asked to wear a tasteful, stylish uniform.
• It is good to always answer the boss’s questions with a question.
• Your mom can just write you a note if you miss work.
• You’ll never be replaced by a robot.
• ALWAYS use “reply all”.
• You’ll get a lot of respect from your coworkers, especially if you can do their jobs more efficiently than them.
• You’ll be promoted if you show up the first day with no pants on.
• JC Penney is hiring.
• You’ll love it.

➠ Over 80% of Washington D.C. schoolchildren aren’t proficient in math, says a report. (“Yeah, but that means 58% of us ARE proficient!”, replied the students…)
➠ Coffee loses 70% of its flavor within 2 minutes of being brewed, according to a study. (Not a big deal for me, because within 2 minutes, mine GAINS its brandy flavor!)
➠ NASA has released a breathtaking panoramic view of Mars. (But since it’s not Kylie Jenner in a bikini, nobody noticed.)
➠ According to a study, spending too much time sitting can increase your cancer risk. (Fortunately, I get up twice an hour to have a cigarette!)
➠ Thought of the Day:  People are quick to judge others’ faults, but never quick to point out their own. (Of course. That’s what Facebook is for.)

• What was the name of the boy who won Willy Wonka’s factory?
a) Charlie Baxter
b) Charlie Brown
c) Charlie Bucket [CORRECT]
d) Charlie Puth

• In the movie “Men in Black”, what are the two FBI agents hunting?
a) Aliens [CORRECT]
b) Serial killers
c) Ghosts
d) Rabbits

• In the movie, ‘Edward Scissorhands’ is known for cutting what?
a) Hair
b) Bushes
c) Clothes
d) Everything [CORRECT]

Struttin’ into Tuesday like:

Mr. Rogers did not adequately prepare me for the people in my neighborhood.

What one life lesson that you taught your children would you like them to remember?

Question:  When it comes to getting a new car, 45% of us say that we have done THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Cried

No matter how far you have traveled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around.


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