September 29 2020

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – Edition: #6818

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★ The cast of “Veep” will reunite to raise funds for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and aid Joe Biden’s campaign for the White House, according to a tweet from star Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Joining her will be will be Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Sam Richardson, Tony Hale, Timothy Simons, Clea DuVall, and Matt Walsh, along with showrunner David Mandel. Wisconsin is one of several key battleground states in the presidential election. Fans can view the virtual reunion, which will be livestreamed this Sunday, at 7 p.m. ET, by making a donation.
★ “Malcolm In The Middle” actor Frankie Muniz and his wife Paige Price are expecting their first child together. He took to YouTube to announce the happy news, saying: “We were shocked and thrilled to hear the news that we’re going to be parents. Nothing compares to hearing your little one’s heartbeat…”  In the video, Paige revealed that they are “15 weeks along and counting.” The couple got engaged in November 2018 and wed earlier this year.
★ Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins are in talks to be the next cast members of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”. The plan is that Hutchins would be the main cast member and Jenner would be considered a ‘friend’ of the show and would pop in occasionally. Sophia is already friendly with current cast members Lisa Rinna, and Caitlyn is tight with Harry Hamlin. In other words, it would be a natural transition if it were to happen.
★ Some of the world’s biggest stars will put adults to sleep when HBO Max’s new show, “A World of Calm”, hits screens in October. Idris Elba, Nicole Kidman and Priyanka Chopra Jonas are among the celebrities who will feature in the new series, which is based on the popular “Calm” app for users with anxiety and trouble sleeping. The 10 half-hour episodes promise to “[transport] the viewer into tranquility through scientifically-engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage to naturally calm your body and soothe the mind.”

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): John Cena, BTS
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sen. Cory Booker, Public Enemy
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Sarah Silverman, Lili Reinhart, Phoebe Bridgers, Jessica Burdeaux
• “Conan” (TBS): Jason Sudeikis (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Zachary Quinto
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Matt Bomer, Dr. Doris Day
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Amy Schumer
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Derek Hough, Molly Sims, Jay Leno, Lawrence Zarian
• “Presidential Debate” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden meet in the first presidential debate. Hosted by Chris Wallace.
• “Baseball Post Season” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): American League Wild Card Series begin
• “Weakest Link” (NBC): Premiere. Jane Lynch hosts a revival of the game show; eight strangers work as a team to play a high-stakes game of trivia and vote each other off for a chance to win up to $1 million
• “Little People, Big World” (TLC): Season 21 premiere
• “Sweet Home Sextuplets” (TLC): Season 3 premiere

• Rihanna – Her Savage x Fenty line is moving into menswear — with help from Diddy’s son, model Christian Combs. The new collection includes satin monogram print pajamas, boxers, trunks and even a smoking jacket. It will be featured in her runway show on Amazon Prime on Oct. 2, along with performances by Travis Scott, Lizzo, Halsey and more.
• BTS – will release BE (Deluxe Edition), the follow-up to 2020’s “Map of the Soul: 7”, on Nov. 20th. According to the official announcement, “The new album imparts a message of healing to the world by declaring, ‘Even in the face of this new normality, our life goes on.’”
• Ozzy Osbourne – is already working on a follow-up to his “Ordinary Man” album, which he released in February. Quote: “It’s what gets me up in the morning, and it’s what I’m here to do.” He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last year, and has credited making his most-recent album with saving his life.
• Derek & the Dominos — 50th Anniversary editions of their “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” will be released on Nov. 13 on 4LP and 2CD sets. Both versions will feature plenty of unreleased material. The album is often regarded as Eric Clapton’s greatest musical achievement.
• Van Halen — original bassist Mark Stone, has died at an unknown age after a battle with cancer. He played alongside drummer Alex Van Halen and guitarist Eddie Van Halen in the pre-Van Halen bands Genesis and Mammoth, and was a member of Van Halen from 1972 to 1974, when he was replaced by Michael Anthony.
• Carrie Underwood – celebrated the release of her first Christmas album, “My Gift”, on Friday by buying a copy for herself at Target. She’s also starring in an HBO Max Christmas special highlighting songs from the record.
• Zac Brown Band — Multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook and his wife, Brooke welcomed their third child on Friday. Cecilia “Ceci” Ellen Cook was born in Newnan, Georgia, weighing 7 lbs., 11 oz. The couple chose their daughter’s first name in honor of the patron saint of music.
• Chris Stapleton – has shared the second song, ‘Cold’, from his upcoming album “Starting Over” which drops on Nov. 13. The album features 11 songs that were co-written by Stapleton, as well as three covers: John Fogerty’s ‘Joy Of My Life’ and Guy Clark’s ‘Worry B Gone’ and ‘Old Friends’.

You know that awkward feeling when you’ve left home and suddenly have that moment of doubt when you wonder if you remembered to turn off the stove or lock the door? Well, technology to the rescue! Instead of making the trip back home, possibly for nothing, soon you’ll be able to check on the inside of your home…with a security camera-enabled flying drone. “The Ring Always Home Cam” actually flies around the INSIDE of your home and allows you to see what’s happening there in real-time. It flies predetermined paths set by the user, meaning you’re not stuck with the one view you set the camera to before leaving home. It can also be used with an alarm accessory to fly “appropriate paths” to check for disturbances when a sensor is triggered. The Ring Always Home Cam will sell for US $250 when it becomes available next year.
(And getting it stuck in a ceiling fan isn’t the worst thing that could happen – but it’s definitely up there!)
(Do you get the feeling they are going to sell a million of these things just because it sounds like an awesome toy that dudes want to be able to show their buddies?)
(I’ll tell you exactly what’s happening inside my house when the dog sees a small plane flying around – I’m going to have a huge mess to clean up!)

One of the great pleasures for some people, especially in COVID times when you might be seeing a bit TOO much of your loved ones, is to close the bathroom door, light some scented candles, pour some nice wine, and soak in a hot bath. That’s probably a good idea, because now scientists are saying that by enjoying a hot bath (or a hot tub) regularly, you could be setting yourself up for significant health benefits. A Japanese study of 1,300 people with type-2 diabetes found that in addition to relaxing us and, you know, cleaning us, baths may be a vital tool capable of staving off cardiovascular diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. How do baths benefit our health? The study author thinks we may benefit from heat therapy similar to the way we benefit from exercise. Previous studies have suggested that heat stimulation could improve insulin sensitivity and enhance energy expenditure, which also happens during exercise. Bathing also increases blood circulation, body temperature, and the production of nitric oxide, which are all good things.
(Health benefits or not, I refuse to soak where my teenager’s feet were less than 12 hours before…)
(Have I ever mentioned that I’ve got my own private jet? Of course, the rest of the jacuzzi belongs to my mom…)
(Now, if I could just find a way to have my health plan pay for a hot tub…)

Hey look! It’s another one of those “weird dream job” opportunities! A luxury resort in the Maldives is looking for a live-in book lover to assist guests on their ‘reading journeys’. The eco resort of Soneva Fushi, on Kunfunadhoo Island (southwest of India) is looking for their latest “barefoot bookseller” to run a small shop on the private island, which is, as the owner puts it, “pretty much COVID-free”. The job application calls for “excellent written and verbal English skills; a lively tone of voice to write entertaining blogs and newsletters that capture the exhilarating life of a desert island bookseller, and the skills to host workshops and events”, as well as “a can-do attitude with a strong understanding of working independently”. How’s the pay? We’re not sure, but the last time the job was advertised, they received applications from everything from “White House press corps, film directors, lawyers, IT managers, beach poets, and retired librarians.”
(so if you’re a book lover, go ahead and apply. Don’t be so ashamed of yourSHELF!)
(They are looking for someone who knows how to book a trip and book a book…)
(Wouldn’t it be easier to just hire someone in New York who could send a download link?)

(according to this year’s poll of over 45,000 people in 42 countries and territories…)
1. Michelle Obama (#1 last year)
2. Angelina Jolie (#3)
3. Queen Elizabeth II (#4)
4. Oprah Winfrey (#2)
5. Jennifer Lopez (new)
6. Emma Watson (#5)
7. Scarlett Johansson (new)
8. Peng Liyuan (Chinese singer – #7 last year)
9. Taylor Swift (#10)
10. Shakira (new)

1. Barack Obama (#2 last year)
2. Bill Gates (#1)
3. Xi Jinping (President of China – #4 last year)
4. Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India – #6)
5. Jackie Chan (#3)
6. Christiano Ronaldo (#5)
7. Jack Ma (Co-founder of “Alibaba” – #5)
8. Dalai Lama (#8)
9. Elon Musk (#13)
10. Lionel Messi (#8)
(Somewhere, Kanye is crying…)

Scientists say we shouldn’t be so sure that there isn’t alien life on the Moon and Mars. The team, from the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and the Florida Institute of Technology, believe that simply analyzing if there’s water on the surface isn’t enough to determine if there’s life on another world. In a report, they say both the Moon and Mars lack an atmosphere that would allow liquid water to exist on their surfaces, but the warmer and pressurized regions under the surface “could allow the chemistry of life in liquid water.”


1935 [85] Jerry Lee Lewis, Ferriday LA, pioneering rock & roll singer (‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’, ‘Great Balls of Fire’)

1948 [72] Bryant Gumbel, New Orleans LA, TV personality (“Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” since 1995, “The Early Show” 1999-2002, “Today” 1982-97)/4 Emmy Awards

1957 [63] Andrew Dice Clay, Brooklyn NY, foul-mouthed comedian/movie actor (“The Adventures of Ford Fairlane”, “A Star is Born” [2018])

1973 [47] Danick Dupelle, Montréal QC, country guitarist-vocalist (Emerson Drive-‘Moments’, ‘She’s My Kind of Crazy’)

1970 [50] Russell Peters, Toronto ON, comedian (first comedian to have a Netflix stand-up special [“Notorious”]/actor/producer (“Hop-Hop Evolution”)

1979 [41] Chrissy Metz, Homestead FL, TV actress (“American Horror Story”, ‘Kate Pearson’ in “This Is Us” since 2016)

1980 [40] Dallas Green, St Catharines ON, indie-rock singer-songwriter (City & Colour-‘Thirst’, ‘Fragile Bird’, Alexisonfire-‘Young Cardinals’)

1982 [38] Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Montgomery AL, dancer (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” since 2012)

1994 [26] Halsey (Ashley Frangipane), Clark NJ, pop singer (‘Gasoline’, ‘Colors’)

• “National Coffee Day”, celebrating one of the world’s favorite beverages. It’s also intended to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness of the plight of coffee growers. Today is also “Biscotti Day”, an appropriate accompaniment for any cup of strong coffee.
✓ You call a radio talk show and they ask you to “turn yourself down”.
✓ You finish your 60-minute presentation before everyone is seated.
✓ You’re passing everybody on the freeway when suddenly you realize … you’re not in a car.
✓ You can keyboard 70 words per minute … with your feet.
✓ Starbucks owns the mortgage on your house.
✓ You have a picture of your coffee mug … on your coffee mug.
✓ Your boss asks to meet with you at 2, and you eagerly ask, “AM or PM?”
✓ Your birthday is a national holiday in Brazil.

• “Michaelmas”, the feast day of St Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of exorcists. It’s also known as “Goose Day” in some places, thanks to the old English proverb which says, “If you eat goose on Michaelmas Day, you will never want money all the year round.” In the Middle Ages, it celebrated the end of harvest, when laborers were paid for their work with meat, ale, fish, ale, good bread … and ale.

• “World Heart Day”, a chance for people across the globe to take part in the world’s biggest intervention against cardiovascular disease.

• “Confucius Day”, born in China on October 18, 551 B.C., Confucius was one of the earliest, and perhaps the first great philosopher. He was also a teacher, a scholar, and a politician. He gave the world many teachings, and gave the world 499 famous sayings.

[Wed] Chewing Gum Day
[Wed] Hot Mulled Cider Day
[Thurs] World Vegetarian Day
[Thurs] CD Player Day

2013 [07] The highly-anticipated series finalé of “Breaking Bad” airs on AMC, drawing a record 10.3 million viewers

1984 [36] Prince and the Revolution start a two-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Go Crazy’. It was the opening track on both the album and the film “Purple Rain”.

2001 [19] Jennifer Lopez marries her second husband, Chris Judd, in Los Angeles (they separate 8 months later)

2015 [05] The original 1962 contract signed by The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein (said to be one of the most important contracts in popular music history) sells at Sotheby’s auction house for £365,000 ($548,000)

2018 [02] Kanye West announces on Twitter he is changing his name to “Ye”

1916 [104] American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world’s first billionaire

2014 [06] eBay Inc announces that it’s splitting off its PayPal unit into a separate company


✓ According to a 2015 study, less than half the world’s cultures kiss romantically.
✓ Geckos can turn the stickiness of their feet on and off at will.
✓ The plural of cul-de-sac is culs-de-sac.
✓ Volvo gave away the 1962 patent for their revolutionary three-point seat belt for free, in order to save lives.
✓ “Bloodcurdling” isn’t just an expression: Research shows that watching horror movies can increase a certain clotting protein in our bloodstreams.
✓ Chinese checkers was invented in Germany.

Best of BS . . .

• Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
• Arson Suspect is Held in Massachusetts Fire
• British Union Finds Dwarfs in Short Supply
• Ban On Soliciting Dead in Trotwood
• Lansing Residents Can Drop Off Trees
• Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
• Man Minus Ear Waives Hearing
• Old School Pillars are Replaced by Alumni
• Bank Drive-in Window Blocked by Board
• Hospitals Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
• Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy
-Emmitsburg, first published in BS in 2017

➠ Two men were hit with felony charges for cheating in a Utah fishing contest after forensic analysis of the winning fish proved it came from another lake. (We’ll find out more at their upcoming Herring!)
➠ A heat wave is hitting Los Angeles and parts of California again. (L.A. residents are trying to cool down by standing between Will and Jada…)
➠ China’s new ‘richest person’ isn’t into oil, politics or drug dealing. . . he’s a bottled water tycoon. (Well, that’s refreshing…)
➠ A man from India accidentally swallowed a toothbrush last Wednesday while brushing his teeth. Doctors removed it from his stomach. (And if you thought THAT left a bad taste in his mouth. Just wait until he pays the deductible!)
➠ Having sex after a heart attack could boost your chances of survival, experts claim. (Although if I’d recently had a heart attack, I’d prefer to be WITH someone!)

Pickin’ and sleepin’ (sound up):


What’s the best name for a pet that you’ve ever heard? (Ours is “Ask ’em”)

I was thinking of running a marathon, but I think it might be too difficult getting all the roads closed and providing enough water for everyone.

Question:  A world-wide study found that, on average, women do THIS for 6 minutes, and men for 3 minutes. What is it?
Answer: Cry


Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.


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