April 22 2021

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 — Edition: #6971

Sheet for Brains!


★ Joe Exotic is calling out his longtime adversary, Carole Baskin. In a new interview, the “Tiger King” star broke his silence on Baskin’s husband, Howard, who said they would support his early release from prison on the condition that he support the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Exotic says he is accepting their offer. Quote: “It is time for Carole and Howard to put up or shut (CAUTION***the hell***) up because I’m accepting their offer…But we need to keep our end of the deal and get Joe a pardon because this wasn’t really about murder for hire or shooting five tigers — this was about exploiting Joe to support Carole’s agenda.”
★ Kelly Osbourne has relapsed after nearly four years of sobriety. She shared the news in a series of Instagram stories on Monday. Osbourne began her emotional video by saying: “So this is a little hard for me to talk about. But I always promised you I will always be honest with you about where I’m at and what’s going on in my road to recovery.” The 36-year-old TV personality and daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne went on to say that she is “back on track” and “sober today — and I’m going to be sober tomorrow. But I’ve learned it truly is just one day at a time”. She promised to share more details later in a podcast.
★ Harassment allegations against former “Bachelor” star Colton Underwood have led to over 28,000 people signing a petition for Netflix to cancel an upcoming show about him. The change.org petition, which was started by an anonymous user, states: “Colton is a former bachelor lead who stalked his final pick, Cassie Randolph. He placed a tracker on her car, sent her and her friends anonymous threatening texts, and was even seen standing outside her window extremely late in the night.” LINK (for updates): https://tinyurl.com/yjzkwe5d
★ Pat Sajak recently had a bit of misfortune on “Wheel of Fortune”. The host accidentally gave away the bonus round answer during Thursday’s broadcast of the game show. After just 6 of the puzzle’s 12 letters were revealed, Sajak commented: “Yikes. Well, I’d rather be standing here than there, quite frankly.” “Quite frankly” turned out to be the answer, though the contestant didn’t seem to realize it and still failed to correctly figure out the puzzle before time ran out.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Gal Gadot, Eric Andre, Kale
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kevin Bacon, Simone Biles, Ritt Momney
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Bebe Rexha
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Gwen Stefani, Adam McKay, Emmanuelle Caplette
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Dominic Cooper, Static and Ben El x Black Eyed Peas
• “Conan” (TBS): Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Lindsay Hubbard, Kyle Cooke, Ciara Miller
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Sarah Chalke, Parker Young, Adhir Kalyan
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Gal Gadot, Jonathan Tucker, Monica Mangin
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Mickey Guyton, Dr. Julian Fennessy
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Alexis Nikole Nelson, Chris Noth, Nikki Reed, John “Griff” Griffith, Lainey Wilson
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS):  Danny Seo, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nicky Hilton
• “Hell’s Kitchen” (FOX): Season 19 finale
• “Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World” (PBS): Thunberg witnesses impacts of climate change, including melting glaciers and dying trees in Canada and fire devastation in California; a U.N. conference in Madrid.

• Billie Eilish — On IG, she posted a pic of herself in a cardigan to tease her 81.6 million followers that new music is seemingly on the way soon, writing “things are coming”. In February, she said she was “almost done” with her new album. She’s also set to release a photobook and audiobook about her life.
• The Weeknd — excited fans by posting a snippet of his remix of ‘Save Your Tears’, featuring Ariana Grande. Last month, he hinted that he had some unfinished business with his acclaimed “After Hours” album, which features the original version of the song.
• Boy George – The movie biopic of the “Culture Club singer, called “Karma Chameleon”, is tentatively set for release this summer in London and Bulgaria. George says a casting search is underway for the actor to play him, and teased that “Line of Duty” actor Danny Mays will play his father, and “there are rumors of Keanu Reeves popping in.”
• Ted Nugent – says he tested positive for COVID-19, though he’s called the pandemic a “hoax” in the past. In December, he dismissed it as “scammy.” In a Monday Facebook Live broadcast, he changed his tune, saying: “I have had flu symptoms for the last 10 days and I thought I was dying.”
• Styx – will hit the road with Collective Soul for a summer 2021 U.S. tour. The two bands will team up  for 7 dates, starting June 16 in Alpharetta, Ga., and wrapping June 27 in Oklahoma City. Tickets go on sale April 23 or April 30, depending on the venue.
• Meat Loaf — Jim Steinman, the songwriter and producer best known for writing his entire 1977 masterpiece “Bat Out of Hell”, has died at 73. No cause was given. Steinman also wrote grandiose ballads sung by Bonnie Tyler (‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’), Air Supply (‘Making Love Out of Nothing at All’), and Celine Dion (‘It’s All Coming Back to Me Now’).
• Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and Chris Martin — are among 156 people who have written a letter to British Prime Minister Johnson asking for an overhaul of the streaming industry. They say streaming platforms have “not kept up with the pace of technological change” and “today’s performers should receive a share of revenues, just like they enjoy in radio.”
• Kacey Musgraves – will release the follow-up to her 2018 Grammy-winning “Golden Hour” later this year. What can we expect? She told Rolling Stone that her new music “venture(s) into, like, a Bill Withers land. We’ve got that synth stuff that we always loved. And we’ve got some Eagles or America territory. There’s a little bit of a dance vibe.”
• Luke Bryan — is on the mend after his bout with COVID-19. Quote: “I was very fortunate to not have a long set of symptoms and stuff.” Though he recovered fairly quickly, Bryan said that it was “still quite challenging for a couple of days”, and his wife, Caroline helped by nursing him “back to health”.
• Eric Church, Darius Rucker and Ashley McBryde – all appear in a public service announcement encouraging viewers to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and get their shots so live music can return to its full potential. The PSA first aired during Sunday’s ACM Awards.


Facebook has definitely had our eyes for a while. Now it’s coming for our ears. The company has announced several new tools for creating and sharing audio. Similar to when it moved into video after YouTube, and introduced disappearing photos after Snapchat, and short-form content on the heels of TikTok, Facebook is big on audio these days because of its resurgence with the rise of podcasts and live social audio on Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces. Facebook will introduce its own live audio product, called “Live Audio Rooms”, which should be available to all users this summer. Podcasts are also coming to Facebook. Soon, people will be able to listen to and discover new podcasts directly on the Facebook app. And “Soundbites” features short-form audio clips like TikTok videos, but audio-focused, with captions. Facebook also announced plans for creators to be able to make money with these new audio tools. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “A big part of the creator economy is that it’s empowering individuals,” and he sees that as a positive trend.
(And the fact that he can make money off of them? Even MORE positive!)
(Man, if this keeps up, we’ll be on Facebook all day, and never have to leave our homes. Oh. Like now.)

How about some good news? A new study has found that when it comes to eating almonds, chances are you can eat them without worrying about calories. University of Toronto researchers say that when it comes to almonds, the calories listed don’t equal the amount that we absorb when we eat them. Principal study investigator John Sievenpiper, points out that although nuts have been thought of as healthy, they often come with the disclaimer that they are high in fat and calories. But his study found that the body does not absorb roughly 20% of the calories coming from almond fat after digestion. An ounce of almonds contains about 14 grams of fat. Almonds also offer lots of beneficial protein, vitamins, and minerals. Previous studies find almonds, and other nuts, also can contribute to good cardiovascular health. The hope is that this study will help eliminate the “nuts lead to weight gain” stigma.
(Almonds are also an excellent chocolate-delivery system!)
(You realize, of course, that this means I’m going to eat 20% more…)
(I don’t like ALL-monds, but I do like SOME-monds…)

How about some Chicken Soup…for the kids? The multimillion-selling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” franchise is reaching for a younger demographic. Chicken Soup for the Soul (the company) announced that it has partnered the children’s publisher Charlesbridge for two new series of books: “Chicken Soup for the Soul Babies” will be for babies and toddlers, up to age 3, and “Chicken Soup for the Soul Kids” will be for ages 4-7. The initial 4 books in the new project will be launched on Sept. 21, including the title: “Everyone Shares (Except Cat).” The publisher pointed out: “Today’s parents grew up with the original series, and we look forward to bringing Chicken Soup for the Soul’s positive and inclusive storytelling to the next generation.”
(…except they’re expected to re-name them “Chicken NUGGETS for the Soul”!)
(I think for today’s kids, they’d do better with an app!)
(Are these books going to make my kids cry? Because that’s all my wife does when she reads them!)

⇒ A fun way to spice up any marriage is to surprise your spouse by doing a chore and then when they thank you, reply with “no problem, somebody had to do it.” – Mark
⇒ Me: wow. Wife: *lording over the many amazon boxes* it is a bountiful harvest – Village Person
⇒ I hate it when my husband uses my favorite fork and I have to wash his black socks in bleach to teach him a lesson. – Felicia
⇒ My wife needlessly woke me up from a nap yesterday to tell me about her friend’s weight loss, so I woke her up at three am to tell her about my new lawn mower. – Forward March
⇒ My husband went to the grocery store this morning which was super helpful so now I’m headed to the grocery store to get all the things we need. – Mommy Owl
⇒ If you think marriage sounds romantic, my husband just asked if I minded if he pooped while I’m in a bubble bath… – Anti-bodies Betty

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 11% of women say they shave their legs every day.
• 14% of adults say that, thanks to the pandemic, they no longer wear deodorant.
• 10% of us have tried meditation during the pandemic.
• 23% say they have beautiful feet.
• 71% of adults say they eat unhealthy food behind their significant other’s back.
• 9% of us say we don’t miss hugging because we never did it before the pandemic anyway!

Happy Earth Day! According to new research, extraterrestrial dust from space is adding about 5,200 metric tonnes (11,464,000 pounds) of weight to planet Earth each year. That’s the equivalent of 28 Boeing 747 jumbo jets, 433 yellow school buses, or 882 African elephants. (And I thought MY “Quarantine 15” was bad…!)


1937 [84] Jack Nicholson, Neptune City NJ, movie actor/3-time Oscar winner (“As Good As It Gets”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Terms of Endearment”)

1950 [71] Peter Frampton, Kent UK, rock singer/guitarist (‘Do You Feel Like We Do’, ‘Show Me the Way’)

1959 [62] Ryan Stiles, Seattle WA, improv comedian/TV personality (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” 1998-2006, 2013-present)/TV actor (“The Drew Carey Show” 1995-2004)

1966 [55] Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Seattle WA, TV actor (‘Negan’ on “The Walking Dead” since 2016, “Grey’s Anatomy” 2006–2009)

1967 [54] Sherri Shepherd, Chicago IL, TV actress (“30 Rock” 2007-12, “Mr. Iglesias” since 2019)

1972 [49] Willie Robertson, Bernice LA, reality star (“Duck Dynasty” 2012-17)

1986 [35] Amber Heard, Austin TX, movie actress (“Aquaman”, “The Rum Diary”)/infamously married to Johnny Depp 2015-17. COMING UP…”Aquaman 2″, 2022

1990 [31] Machine Gun Kelly (Colson Baker), Houston TX, rapper (w/Camila Cabello-‘Bad Things’)/movie actor (“The Dirt”, “Bird Box”)

• “Earth Day”, the 51st anniversary of the international celebration of the planet we all call home. Begun in 1970, it’s now the largest environmental event worldwide. This year’s all-virtual celebrations culminate with “Earth Day Live” at 12pm ET. LINK: http://www.earthday.org

• “Girl Guide/Scout Leader Appreciation Day”, observed since 1982 to honor the many adult volunteers who help keep the program running. Thanks, ‘Brown Owl’!

• “Jelly Bean Day”. Originally they only came in a few colors, but nowadays you can get them in lip-smacking flavors like Toasted Marshmallow, Café Latte, and Piña Colada.
NET: https://www.jellybelly.ca/flavours-english

• “April Showers Day”, to enhance the celebration of May Flowers Day next month. We could use a good rain, as they say.

• “In God We Trust” Day”, on this date in 1864, Congress passed an act allowing for “In God We Trust” to begin appearing on U.S. coins. That same year it appeared on the newly minted two-cent piece and was soon used on other coins.

• “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”, a day for parents take their children to work with them for one day. The day is designed to inspire children to explore the workforce. It also helps them to see the different roles required to run a business or to build a project. (“Gee, Mom, since the pandemic, your workplace looks an awful lot like our living room. Oh, wait. It is…”)

[Fri] German Beer Day
[Fri] Day of Silence
[Sat] New Kids on the Block Day
[Sat] World Meningitis Day

2011 [10] A judge orders Lindsay Lohan to 120 days in jail for violating terms of her probation after she’s charged with theft of an expensive necklace from a Venice CA boutique (she serves a few hours of hard time, then files an appeal)

2019 [02] The Marvel film “Avengers: Endgame” starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and an ensemble cast, premieres in Los Angeles. It would become the top-grossing movie ever, at $2.8 billion (since exceeded by “Avatar”)

1989 [32] Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” album hits #1 in the US and stays for 6 weeks. It’s her third consecutive #1 album. Thanks to a controversial music video, the title song hits #1 the same day

2007 [14] Beyoncé & Shakira hit #1 with ‘Beautiful Liar’ (the song later wins “Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration” at 2007 MTV Video Music Awards)

2011 [10] Benedict XVI becomes the first pontiff to participate in a TV interview (pre-recorded for Italian television)


✓ Beverly Hills was once most-famous for its Lima beans.
✓ Oranges aren’t even in the top ten list of foods when it comes to vitamin C levels.
✓ Bacon was used to make explosives during World War II.
✓ There are only about 2 tablespoons of sugar in a bag of cotton candy.
✓ Frankincense and myrrh are tree resins, which have been used in incense and perfume for 5,000 years.
✓ When it comes to wine, an aroma similar to cat pee is a considered a good thing.
-MentalFloss, BathroomReadersInstitite

Best of BS . . .
• All too-often confused with ‘Smurf Day’.
• CBC Newsworld coverage of this year’s event is brought to you by Exxon Mobil.
• Saying that you’re a member of Greenpeace just doesn’t have the same pickup power in bars anymore.
• Sting now shows up for ‘Save the Rain Forest’ benefits in a Lincoln Navigator.
• In 1990, organizers actually got Shelley Long to come out for it. In 2020, organizers got Shelley Long to come out for it.
-First published in BS in 2001

• When one door closes, that’s a sign.
• When life hands you lemons, feed them to your kids and enjoy the laugh.
• The cheapest things in life are free.
• Just do your okay-est.
• If you can dream it, keep dreaming.
• There is no try. So don’t.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020

➠ Today is Earth Day! “And once again, we get no respect,” said Wind and Fire.)
➠ Dunkin’ says its plan is to double in size over the next ten years. (How? By feeding itself Dunkin’ Donuts, of course!)
➠ A recent study showed that the more selfies you share on social media, the less likeable you become. (I just can’t picture myself doing it…)
➠ A study claims that the more time people spend on Facebook, the less active they are. (I’m going to post that study on Facebook. Once I get enough energy to get out of this lawn-chair…)
➠ Jack Nicholson is 84 today. (Nowadays, he’d settle for a “Few Good Bowel Movements.”)

Just that kind of day, I guess:  https://tinyurl.com/2an7n9cp

If the voices in my head sounded like Morgan Freeman, I’d listen to them more often.

What’s your favorite song lyric?

Question:  If you’re an average woman, you have 38 of THESE. What are they?
Answer:  Things in your purse


Better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn’t smile back.


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