September 8 2020

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – Edition: #6803

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

★ Carole Baskin might seem like an unlikely member of the “Dancing With the Stars” cast, but she is working hard to change that view. When she agreed to star on the series, she began prepping at home by going to YouTube to learn some basic steps. Salsa, cha-cha and the Venezuelan waltz were among the dance styles she brushed up on. One of her team members at Big Cat Rescue is a dance teacher who also helped her learn a thing or two. Dancing With the Stars premieres on Monday, Sept. 14.
★ Former “Jeopardy!” superstar Ken Jennings is returning to the game show in a permanent role, just months after winning the first “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” tournament. Jennings has signed on to serve as a consulting producer and will introduce special video category clues. The show comes back for a new season on Monday (Sept. 14). Jennings tweeted: “This is so exciting for me…I’m not supposed to talk about this, but normally old contestants get sent to a farm upstate.”
★ Bradley Cooper has slammed Hollywood’s awards season as “utterly meaningless.” In a recent interview, Cooper said that an artistic production of any kind is a collaborative effort, and singling someone out from an artistic project like a film can make it difficult to stay grounded. Some of Cooper’s many award nominations include eight Academy Award nods, eight BAFTAs, and six Golden Globes, which resulted in one win – the BAFTA for Best Film Music, which he shared with co-star Lady Gaga. He also won two Grammys for the soundtrack.
★ Laverne Cox is set to be honored by Equality California. The “Orange Is the New Black” actress and Norman Lear will be celebrated by the organization as a part of the Golden State Equality Awards. Lear will receive the Ally Leadership Award for his work on “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”. Meanwhile, Cox, along with director Sam Feder and editor Amy Scholder will receive the Equality Visibility Award following their work on Netflix’s “Disclosure”. The Golden State Equality Awards will stream live this Sunday.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Daisy Ridley, guest host Josh Gad
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michael Strahan, Big Sean
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sen. Bernie Sanders, Jon Batiste & Nathaniel Rateliff (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jane Fonda, Jorma Taccone, BONES UK
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl
• “Conan” (TBS): Judd Apatow
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Mary J. Blige, Method Man
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sarah Huckabee Sanders
• “The Talk” (CBS): Elton John (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): John Leguizamo, Monica Mangin
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ali Wong, Dr. Mehmet Oz (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Jeff Foxworthy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kayla Greer, Brittany O’Grady, Stephanie Quayle (R)
• “What Would You Do?” (ABC): Season 15 finale
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): 11 semifinalists perform for a chance to win $1 million.
• “Biography: I Want My MTV” (A&E): Charting the rise of a cultural phenomenon that came to define a generation. Includes interviews with VJs, artists and journalists, and rarely seen archival footage.

• Cardi B – says she wanted Lizzo to appear in the ‘WAP’ music video, but she was on vacation when they were shooting. Quote: “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ because I had a whole vision about how I want to see Lizzo and everything.”
• Kanye West — has put more than $6.76 million of his own money toward his presidential bid, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. He has only made the ballot in 10 states, making it mathematically impossible for him to be elected.
• Rihanna — is ”healing quickly” after being involved in an electric scooter accident. She suffered some bruising to her face, but a rep says she is now ”completely fine”.
• John Legend – says he is “so ready” to end his reign as People’s Sexiest Man Alive. He says the experience has been “funny” and “humbling”, and he has “truly enjoyed just making fun of myself throughout it”. A new Sexiest Man Alive will be announced this Fall.
• Eric Burdon – The former “Animals” singer is the latest to take issue with having his music played at Donald Trump’s rallies without permission. He wrote on Instagram: “I wasn’t surprised to learn that Trump used #HouseoftheRisingSun for his rally the other day.” The song is about a house of ill repute in New Orleans.
• The Rolling Stones — Keith Richards says the group has no plans to retire and hopes they will all still be playing together in two years to celebrate the group’s 60th anniversary. Quote: “You might call it a habit. I mean, that’s what we do. And also, there’s that thing between us, like, ‘Who’s going to be first to get off the bus?’ You have to be kicked off or drop off, right?”
• Men Without Hats – Their songs ‘Safety Dance’ and ‘Pop Goes the World’ (written by leader Ivan Doroschuk) have been enshrined in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also inducted on Friday: The Rankin Family’s ‘Fare Thee Well Love’, written by Jimmy Rankin.
• Eric Church – is among the second round of announced performers for the 55th ACM Award on Sept. 16. Mickey Guyton, Morgan Wallen, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan have also been added to the list.
• Kelsea Ballerini – will release acoustic versions of the songs on her “Kelsea” album on a new disc titled “Ballerini”, out Sept. 11. The first single is ‘Club’.

You’ve probably heard how microfibers from your synthetic clothes, like yoga pants and stretchy socks slough off when you do laundry and wind up in the environment. The tiny plastic fibers (5mm long) have even been found in the deep sea. Now, University of Toronto researchers say your blue jeans are doing the same thing. Environmentalists had hoped that organic fibers might not be as persistent as plastic ones, but tiny pieces of jeans and other cotton clothing have been found in the Arctic Ocean in Canada’s north, far from human activity. How? Our wastewater treatment plants don’t filter all the microfibers out, and from there, they are deposited into bodies of water, with deep-sea currents eventually transporting them almost anywhere. What’s the risk? Fish and other sea creatures consume them, thereby allowing them to enter the food chain. What can you do about it? There are special filters which can be attached to washing machines to filter the microfilters from flowing to wastewater treatment plants. Those should become standard on all washing machines. Oh, and don’t wash your blue jeans so often.
(I’m on lockdown. I haven’t worn jeans since March!)
(Now I’m distressed about my jeans!)

A “flying boat” has made its debut on Switzerland’s waves. The world’s first electric-powered hydrofoil speedboat, which reduces energy consumption by seemingly flying above the water, can hit speeds of 34 mph (55kph), and its Swedish manufacturer says it travels further and smoother than other electric boats. Just 3 foils on the Candela Seven extend into the water, reducing water friction, and the effect of waves slamming into the boat, thereby cutting energy consumption by 80% compared to diesel-powered boats, and extending the craft’s range to 56 miles (90 km). The boat also carries an on-board computer which automatically adjusts the foil positions 100 times per second to reduce rolling and sea-sickness.
(Challenge accepted!)
(Well, props to them!)
(I’m holding out until they invent hydrofoil skis!)

⇒ A dog in Ireland has given birth to one of the largest-ever litters – after an appointment to have her spayed was cancelled because of Covid-19. Bella, a Labrador and Collie cross, and Irish setter-English spaniel Archie should both have been “fixed” but weren’t able to due to the lockdown. Despite the best efforts of their owner to keep the pair apart, Bella gave birth to 16 pups. Sadly, one died, but it is still one of the largest single deliveries ever. (The owner is asking for donations of old newspapers…)
⇒ A pair of centenarians in Ecuador have been crowned the world’s oldest married couple by Guinness World Records. 104-year-old Waldramina Quinteros, and her 110-year-old husband Julio Mora have been married for 79 years. They wed in secret in 1941 because “both families disapproved” at the time, but they say they knew it was “meant to be”. While there are longer marriages, Quinteros and Mora hold the title as the eldest – just shy of a combined 215 years. (But they’ve only been married for like, a combined 158…)
-DailyStar, NYPost

For September, has released its biggest update ever. Among the 650 new entries are these words:
• amirite:  an informal variant spelling of the phrase “am I right”
• battle royale:  a fight, often to the death, sometimes featured in video games or TV/movies
• contouring:  a makeup application style in which foundation and bronzer are used to create definition along the bone structure of the face
• ecoanxiety:  anxiety caused by a dread of environmental perils, especially climate change
• GOAT:  greatest of all time: (to refer to a person or thing that is considered to be the best ever)
• janky:  inferior in quality
• nothingburger:  an often highly publicized event or situation that has less impact or significance than expected:
• swole:  (especially of a man) very muscular
• zhuzh (pron: zhoosh):  to make more lively and interesting, stylish, or appealing, by a small change or addition (usually followed by up), as in “Zhuzh up your living room with throw pillows”
• (***Caution***) DGAF:  to not care at all (an abbreviation used to indicate an indifferent or unbothered attitude, without explicit vulgarity)

The N95 mask was inspired by a bra cup—and Sara Finkelstein, the woman who designed it, also helped create bacon bits and Bugles.


1941 [79] Bernie Saunders, 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)

1971 [49] David Arquette, Winchester VA, movie actor (“Scream” movies)/professional wrestler (ranked #453 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in 2019 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated)/LA nightclub owner (Bootsy Bellows)/brother of actresses Patricia & Rosanna Arquette

1971 [49] Martin Freeman, Aldershot UK, TV actor (‘Dr John Watson’ on “Sherlock” 2010-17, “Fargo” 2014)/movie actor (“Black Panther”, “The Hobbit” trilogy)

1971 [49] Brooke Burke, Hartford CT, TV host (“Dancing with the Stars” winner with Derek Hough 2008, co-host 2010-13)

1979 [41] Pink (Alecia Moore), Doylestown PA, pop singer (‘Get the Party Started’, ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ f/Nate Ruess)

1987 [33] Wiz Khalifa (Cameron Thomaz), Minot ND, rap artist (f/Charlie Puth-‘See You Again’, ‘Black & Yellow’)

2002 [18] Gaten Matarazzo, Little Egg Harbor NJ, TV actor (“Stranger Things” since 2016)

• “Another Look Unlimited Day”, always the day after Labor Day, devoted to lessening the flow to landfills. Take a look around your house, attic, basement, garage or any other storage area where you may find possessions you no longer need. (And do what?  Take them to the landfill?)

• “Telephone Tuesday”, calls to businesses often peak on the day following Labor Day. There are several reasons for this. It follows a long weekend, summer is ending and people want to take care of things they’ve been putting off the whole season, school is starting, and people want to get things in order before the holiday season begins.

• “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 1965 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.

• “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”, an opportunity to seek forgiveness where needed.

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

• “Nose Hair Maintenance Day”, your annual opportunity to take proper care of nose hair by trimming, styling, brushing, or some such thing.

[Wed] Teddy Bear Day
[Wed] Wonderful Weirdos Day
[Thurs] Hot Dog Day
[Thurs] International Make Up Day
This Week Is…Waffle Week
This Month Is…Classical Music Month

2014 [06] 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 [26] 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 [03] 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 [17] To celebrate the release of his latest 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


✓ Teachers originally did not want pencils to have erasers because it was believed it would encourage children to make mistakes.
✓ The crayon ranks #18 on the list of most recognizable scents, according to a Yale study.
✓ Before the school calendar became national, students in rural areas of the US went from December to March and May to August so kids could be home for spring planting and fall harvesting. In urban centers, kids were given the hot summer off to prevent the spread of disease.
✓ In Chile, students are given 12 weeks off from mid-December to early March. German children? Just 6 weeks.
✓ The biggest school in the world is in Lucknow, India, with more than 64,000 students.
✓ ‘Didaskaleinophobia’ is the fear of going to school. It’s estimated that 2.4% of school-aged kids have it.
-TodaysParent, KidsPlayandCreate

Best of BS . . .

✓ To live up to all those teachers who inspired you … like good old Mrs What’s-Her-Name.
✓ You didn’t pay much attention the first time through school.
✓ Kids need to know the Moon landing was faked.
✓ You may work long hours, but at least the pay is bad.
✓ If you could make a difference in just one student’s life … actually, that wouldn’t be a very good average.
✓ So you can spend your summers watching all the losers going to the office.
✓ The desire to help kids talk good.
✓ The glamour.
-First published in BS in 2016

• The Weather Channel
• A 12-part series on the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle
• Paint drying
• The Food Network. Unless you plan to eat all day
• Pittsburgh Pirates games
• Your husband binge-drinking
• Teletubbies. Although that works quite well for a certain age group…
• Water boiling
• Your parents’ unlabeled video collection that you found waaaay back in the back of the closet
• Real Housewives of Anywhere
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

➠ A Virginia bike rider has been assaulting locals on bike trails by fighting, arguing and pulling down his shorts to flash his butt. (He’s been categorized by police as a cycle path.)
➠ Monday was Labor Day. (Or as the Kardashians Call it:  Monday)
➠ An earthquake rocked western Texas last week.  (Luckily no casualties, as every single local resident was on a horse heading back from the Republican National Convention…)
➠ A study claims that about 15% of men say they’d give up sex to win their fantasy football league. (But something tells me if you spend your free time frantically researching the Chargers’ fourth-string fullback, giving up sex probably wouldn’t be too big of an adjustment.)
➠ Beyoncé turned 39 last Friday. (She’s celebrated by continuing to be better than you and I in every imaginable way…)

Basketball beaning:

Who was the weirdest teacher that you ever had? What did he/she do?

Every novel is a mystery novel if you never finish it.

Question:  THIS happens approximately 75 times per year in the average home. What is it?
Answer:  The TV remote is lost

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?


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