September 24 2020

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 — Edition: #6815

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Alex Villanueva over leaked photos from the site of January’s helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna and 7 others. She alleges multiple deputies took personal cellphone pictures of the victims. Bryant claims she was made aware of the “gratuitous images” after one deputy allegedly used the photos of the victims “to try to impress a woman at a bar.” She is suing for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.
★ Jimmy Kimmel rejoined his ABC late-night show on Monday. His return to the studio came 24 hours after that other hosting gig, the 72nd Emmys. On his show, Kimmel said: “They’re saying it was the highest-rated Emmys ever. Oh, the lowest? Well, we set a record, let’s just say that.” The 72nd Emmy Awards settled for 6.1 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. Both of those Nielsen numbers are new all-time lows for the annual best-of-television special.
★ “Prison Break” star Dominic Purcell appears to have confirmed that the show will return…again. Purcell, who played the role of ‘Lincoln Burrows’ in the drama, took to Instagram to post a picture of himself and the words: ”Rumour number 1. I’m old. Yes. I’m 50…..Rumour number 2. I’m bald. No I have a full head of hair; the people demand I shave it. Rumour number 3, Will season pb6 happen. Yes….. Rumour number 4. Do I like humans? No. Not on mass. Definitely not.” Prison Break originally ran from 2005-2009, before being revived for an additional run in 2017.
★ Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell are preparing to welcome a baby girl into their family. They announced the sex of their first child Tuesday, posing with a massive tortoise to show off a new sonogram and show how big their unborn baby is right now. Irwin captioned the photo: “Baby girl, you are our world. Our beautiful daughter is now about the same size as a hatchling Aldabra tortoise and is as healthy as can be. We can’t wait for her arrival next year.”


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Norman Reedus, Aminé
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Chris Rock, Jonathan Majors, Sasha Sloan
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Alicia Vikander, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jason Schwartzman, Alicia Keys
• “Conan” (TBS): Jane Lynch
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Bethenny Frankel
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Chris Rock
• “The Talk” (CBS): Rob Lowe
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jeff Daniels, Carole Baskin, Bola Sokumbi
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Kris Jenner
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Little Big Town, Machine Gun Kelly
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Rosario Dawson, Retta
• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): Kathie Lee Gifford vs. Ricki Lake and 2 Chainz vs. Big Boi
• “Big Brother” (CBS): Following a live vote, a houseguest is evicted and interviewed by host Julie Chen Moonves.

• Post Malone – scored 16 nominations for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Among them: top artist, top male artist, top rap artist and top streaming songs artist. Lil Nas X has 13 noms, while Billie Eilish and Khalid each scored 12. Malone, Eilish and Khalid will compete for the biggest award, top artist, along with Taylor Swift and Jonas Brothers. The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 14.
• Taylor Swift — took to Instagram Stories on Tuesday — National Voter Registration Day — to urge Swifties to use their voices ahead of the Nov. 3 election. She wrote: “I’ve put together a ‘swipe up’ of resources.” Once viewers swipe up on her Stories, they’re directed to a T-Swift page of voting resources.
• Bruce Springsteen – says at some point, he’ll release a second volume of “Tracks”, his 1998 four-CD box set of unreleased songs and B-sides. Quote: “There’s a lot of really good music left.” As he’s done with some of his archival releases, he’s not just remastering, but overdubbing some as well.
• The Four Seasons — Tommy DeVito of the legendary doo-wop group has died from complications of the coronavirus. The baritone vocalist and lead guitarist was 92. He was a co-founder of the group, which had hits including ‘December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)’, ‘Walk Like a Man’, and ‘Sherry’.
• Elton John – will release the box set “Elton: Jewel Box” on November 13. It will contain 148 songs spanning 1965-2019 on 8CD, 4LP, 3LP, 2LP, digital download and streaming formats. It covers deep cuts, rarities and B-sides from his career, including 60 unreleased songs.
• Elvis Costello – has introduced “50 Songs For 50 Days”, in which is he is rolling out “a-song-a-day” from his catalog on Spotify, leading up to and including Nov. 3 (US election day). It’s to promote his new album “Hey Clockface”, set for release October 30.
• Ashley Gorley — For a record fifth time he has been named songwriter of the year at the Nashville Songwriter Awards. Among the 11 hits he wrote during the eligibility period: ‘Catch’ by Brett Young, Chris Janson’s ‘Good Vibes’, Thomas Rhett’s ‘Remember You Young’ and Lee Brice’s ‘Rumor’.
• Runaway June – has announced the Oct. 16 release of the holiday EP “When I Think About Christmas”. It will contain three holiday classics and two originals, including the title track and ‘Christmas On the Radio’.
• Blake Shelton – is developing a TV show based on his hit ‘God’s Country’. The drama, called “In God’s Country”, has a script commitment at NBC and would focus on a farm family in the midwest. When the family’s patriarch dies, the adult children discover he was keeping a secret from them.

Halloween 2020 just got a little more interesting. Because of the pandemic, theme parks are, of course, rethinking how they are going to celebrate the spooky season. Because of crowd control measures, some have created new, socially-distant experiences, and one park in Japan has come up with a unique one – a “haunted toilet”. It’s part of The Lagunasia theme park’s “Horror Fest 2020”. The haunted toilet is based on a Japanese folk-legend about the ghost of a dead girl who haunts bathrooms (typically in schools). Guests will enter the bathroom one at a time, and after each guest leaves, the area will be cleaned and disinfected. It’s one of several new attractions designed to scare guests in a socially-distant way, including one that allows guests to climb into a coffin, where they will be terrorized by a ghost through a plastic panel.
(It took a pandemic for someone to finally come up with a public toilet that gets cleaned after every use?)
(I’d wager money that our toilet in college was a lot scarier than that one!)
(If they want a scary toilet, just remove the toilet paper in the washrooms near the chili stand!)

If you’re looking for a really good workout to get your heart pumping and strengthen your legs, arms and your core, you can’t do much better than tennis. That’s according to a study by scientists at Harvard, who call it one of the “most perfect workouts”. They found that because tennis matches incorporate a lot of bursts of energy coupled with moments of rest, it’s considered an “HIIT”, or “high-intensity interval training.” Tennis and other racquet sports boost cardiovascular health because you engage your core, upper and lower-body muscle groups. A tennis match also burns twice the amount of energy you would during your nightly brisk quarantine stroll. A separate Australian study found that tennis also contributes to better aerobic capacity, lower resting heart rate and blood pressure, enhanced metabolic function, increased bone density and lower body fat. Need more? It also improves flexibility and quickens reflexes.
(Actually, for me, a perfect workout is any one that DOESN’T involve the words “high” or “intensity”!)
(As you may have guessed if you’ve seen my picture on social media, I’ve never played a game of tennis in my life!)
-Ladders, HarvardHealth

➢ Anyone who has taken a nasal swab test for COVID-19 will tell you it’s not a pleasant experience. But now, scientists are working on a “breathalyzer” device which works like a drunk-driving test. An international research team is developing a prototype that will scan the air after a patient exhales, just like current breathalyzers detect alcohol particles in a person’s breath. (Because 2020 doesn’t already blow enough?)
➢ Could social distancing make you MORE likely to contract COVID-19? A new study in Portugal is reviewing the “double-edged sword” of social distancing. While most health professionals agree that social distancing helps curb the spread of the coronavirus, doing so might weaken the human microbiome, making us more vulnerable to future infections. They say there seems to be a connection between social isolation and less diversity of healthy gut bacteria. And when people suffer from an extreme lack of bacterial diversity, it can lead to higher risks of suffering infections and contracting influenza infections in the lungs. (So, should we stay away from others or not? Who are you going to believe? The person who spent their life studying viruses…or the other person who spent his life studying viruses?)

⇒ My tween is mad at me and it could be because of any number of horrible things I did this morning: stood in the kitchen, poured coffee, stared out the window, said good morning, breathed… -@mommajessiec
⇒ in a recent study 100 toddlers were surveyed about what they hate the most. 100 out of 100 said “clean windows”. -@dadmann_walking
⇒ If any of you have 3 hours to kill, our youngest has a great story about how she picked her favorite color. -@RodLacroix
⇒ She was rare, like an item of kid’s clothing in the hamper that’s not inside out — @divergentmama
⇒ My 10yo rejected a pair of socks because she could “feel the polka dots” if you’re wondering what the girl from The Princess and the Pea is up to these days. -@copymama
⇒ I love when my kid cries for me to wait for her as I’m walking out the door, as if I’d ever go to school drop off WITHOUT her. -@sarabellas123
⇒ That feeling of relief when your kid is dressed up for pajama day and you see another kid in pajamas at drop off. -@simoncholland
⇒ i’ve always wanted to be a whistleblower but unfortunately i don’t know anything -@shutupaida
⇒ My husband wants to make cauliflower crust pizza so now I have to run to the grocery store and find a new husband.

A survey of 1,000 Americans found that 40% would rather give up their dog for a month than their smartphone. The same survey found that 72% of respondents would give up alcohol for a month in order to keep their smartphone in hand, and 64% would rather be separated from coffee than their device.


1946 [74] (Charles) “Mean Joe” Greene, Temple TX, retired NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers 1969 -81/two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year/five first-team All-Pro selections/ten Pro Bowl appearances/considered one of the greatest defensive linemen ever/classic Coke commercial: “Hey kid, catch!”)

1959 [61] Steve Whitmire, Atlanta GA, Muppet voice actor (after the death of Jim Henson in 1990, he became the voice of ‘Ernie’, ‘Kermit the Frog’, ‘Rizzo the Rat’, ‘Beaker’, ‘Bean Bunny’, and ‘Doozer’ until 2016)

1962 [58] Nia Vardalos, Winnipeg MB, movie actress/screenwriter (“My Life in Ruins”, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” franchise)

1964 [56] Robert Irvine, Salisbury England, celeb chef (“Dinner: Impossible” 2007-10; Restaurant Impossible” 2011-16, 2019-present)

1969 [51] Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan (“#6”), Des Moines IA, metal rock percussionist/vocalist (Slipknot-‘Psychoscocial’, ‘Duality’)/

1976 [44] Stephanie McMahon, Hartford CT, wrestling personality (WWE Chief Brand Officer)/married to wrestler “Triple H” since 2003

1979 [41] Ross Mathews, Mount Vernon WA, TV personality (“The Tonight Show”, “Chelsea Lately”, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”)

1994 [26] Hannah Brown, Tuscaloosa AL, reality star (season 28 winner on “Dancing with the Stars”, “The Bacherlorette” 2019, “The Bachelor” 2019)

• “Cherries Jubilee Day”, celebrating the decadent dessert that’s always served flambé. Wanna make a home version easily? All you need is a can of cherry pie filling, some cognac (or brandy), vanilla ice cream, and … a match.

• “Punctuation” Day!”, the 17th annual, celebrating the traffic signs of written language. (Wow! Eh?) Why? It’s the difference between “Let’s eat, Grandma!” and “Let’s eat Grandma!”

• “The Festival of Latest Novelties”, famous novelty items include Big Mouth Billy Bass, Bobbleheads, Groucho glasses, and X-Ray Specs, some of we’ve all owned at some point!

• “Kiss Day”, to remind us to give an extra peck to those we love and cherish (who are in our ‘social bubble…)

• “Bluebird of Happiness Day”, the mythology of the bluebird of happiness goes back thousands of years. The bluebird is widely accepted as a symbol of cheerfulness, good health, new births, prosperity, and hearth and home.

• “Remember Me Thursday”, pet lovers from around the world come together on Remember Me Thursday to shine a light on orphan pets that are in shelters and rescue facilities while waiting for their forever homes.

[Fri] Binge Day
[Fri] National Comic Book Day
[Sat] Lumberjack Day
[Sat] Johnny Appleseed Day

2005 [15] Ashton Kutcher (27) & Demi Moore (42) wed in a secret ceremony at a private residence in Beverly Hills CA (they would divorce in 2013)

2007 [13] “The Big Bang Theory”, starring Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, premieres on CBS.


1988 [32] Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ becomes the first a cappella song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

1991 [29] Nirvana’s breakthrough album “Nevermind” is released


1979 [41] CompuServe portal opens, the first ‘Online Service’ (later absorbed by AOL)


1984 [36] Guinness Record for “Longest Recorded Kiss” is set (17 days, 10.5 hours) by Eddie Levin & Delphine Crha in Chicago IL


✓ Surgeons who play video games for three hours per week have been found to perform surgery 27% faster and make 37% fewer errors.
✓ The movie “Grease” was released in Venezuela under the name “Vaselina”.
✓ If you’re an average adult, you’ll eat 2,000 pounds (907kg) of food this year.
✓ On eBay, someone once listed “Nothing at all. Wanna buy it?” It sold for $22.04.
✓ Lightning bolts are only about 2 inches wide (5cm).
✓ No matter what you’ve been told, elephants are NOT afraid of mice.
-TheFactSite, BathroomReadersInstitute

• To bring you the remote control
• To calm down
• If she is going through “the change”
• If THAT’s what we’re having for dinner
• Why she’s not nice like Grandma
• What her problem is
• If she’s done being dramatic
• If she can clean house later so she can drive you to the mall now
• Why she is always angry
• Anything
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ Pizza Hut has revealed a new large $10 tastemaker pizza with 680 topping combinations. (It’s the first pizza ever developed that promises 30-minutes or less wait time…at the ER…)
➠ You can make a political campaign donation using your Amazon Alexa device. (Not me. If I wanted to throw-down money for a tool, I’d just drive to the hardware store.
➠ The Apple iPhone 12 release date has been pushed back to October. (Should I just wait two weeks until they release the iPhone 13?)
➠ A 65-year-old in India, claims to have become a ‘mom’ 8 times in the past 14 months! (One of the benefits of being that old and having children is that you don’t have to bend over much to breastfeed!)
➠ An Oregon man shot himself in the groin while showing off a gun in a supermarket checkout line. (In his defense, the coupon did say “Sausage half off”!)

Fake…or real?

I just burned 2,000 calories. That’s the last time I leave brownies in the oven while I nap.

What is the weirdest thing that some people are offended by? (Someone who doesn’t want children? Having to wear a mask? Pineapple on pizza?)


Question:  31% of younger children have asked their parents to stop doing THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Swearing


When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening.


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