April 21 2021

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 — Edition: #6970

Can You Believe This Sheet?


★ The “Joe Exotic” series that’s in the works at NBCUniversal has found its title character. John Cameron Mitchell, best known for his roles on “The Good Fight” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, will play the role of Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel, the Oklahoma zoo owner made infamous in the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King”. The limited series will also star Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin, the self-described conservationist who discovered how Joe Exotic was breeding big cats and using them for profit.
★ Dwayne Johnson is gearing up for his superhero debut as ‘Black Adam’, but his youngest daughter is more of an ‘Aquaman’ fan. Tia turned 3 over the weekend, and there was an Aquaman theme for the party. She watched the movie with her dad, and made him draw and frame a picture of Aquaman for her. Her birthday present? A video message from Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa.
★ When it comes to planning the next phase of their careers, some celebrities start wellness companies, some start podcasts, and some decide to become politicians. Matthew McConaughey? He could be running for governor of Texas. He’s been open about his interest in running for governor of his home state in the past, and according to a new poll, it looks like his fellow Texans may actually be open to the idea. 45% of those surveyed say they want McConaughey to be their next governor, while only 33% say they would vote to reelect Republican governor Greg Abbott.
★ Vin Diesel will develop and star in a live-action “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” movie, based on the classic tabletop game. And that’s not the only game headed to the big screen. Other Mattel Films projects in development include movies based on “American Girl,” “Barbie,” “Barney,” “Hot Wheels,” “Magic 8 Ball,” “Major Matt Mason,” “Masters of the Universe,” “Thomas & Friends,” “UNO” and “View-Master.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): George W. Bush, Maroon 5
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Elisabeth Moss, James Cameron, Carlos Vives, Ricky Martin
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Ed Helms, Susan Page
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Christine Baranski, Melissa Villaseñor, Emmanuelle Caplette
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Cher, Jackson Wang
• “Conan” (TBS): Kevin James (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Brad Goreski, Jackie Goldschneider
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rickie Lee Jones
• “The Talk” (CBS): Amy Brenneman
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV):  Scott Foley, Jane Levy, Hunter Hayes, Howie Mandel, Dr. Andrew Weil
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Topher Grace, Kit Hoover, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, Daughtry
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Willie Geist, Leo Kelly, Maddie Michalik
• “The Masked Singer” (FOX): The top four singers from both Group A and Group B unite for a sing-off in this double-elimination episode.
• “Married at First Sight” (LIFETIME): With 9 days until Decision Day, the couples travel to Hilton Head, S.C., for a break from their normal married lives, an adventure that could bring them closer together or expose the cracks in their foundations.

• Taylor Swift – While her newest release “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” made its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, making it her 3rd chart topper in less than a year, she was in the studio making another album. On Sunday, she tweeted: “Been in the studio all day recording the next one – it’s really so amazing what you all have done here.”
• BTS — has teamed up with McDonald’s as part of its “Famous Orders” campaign to reveal what they get when they visit the burger chain. The ARMY will be able to buy the band’s favorite meal in almost 50 countries when the promotion rolls out on May 26.
• Foo Fighters — are the latest in the growing list of bands to push their tour dates back for another year. On Twitter, they announced that their rescheduled European 2020 tour, which was set to mark their 25th anniversary, will now be taking place in 2022.
• Morrissey – blasted the producers of “The Simpsons” for their parody of him on Sunday’s episode. In the show, ‘Lisa Simpson’ becomes obsessed with the militantly vegan singer of a 1980s indie band. But her dreams are shattered when ‘Quilloughby’, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, is revealed to have become a bitter, overweight, anti-immigrant meat-eater. A statement on Morrissey’s Facebook called the show “hurtful and racist”.
• Genesis — Mike Rutherford says their twice-delayed reunion tour may come to North America after all. The band announced “The Last Domino?” tour just before the pandemic. In a new interview, Rutherford said he doubts the U.K. and Ireland dates will happen this fall, but he can see the group playing some North American dates near the end of the year.
• Chris Stapleton — has rescheduled dates for his “All-American Road Show” tour and added some. The rescheduled tour begins July 17 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The tour now includes 57 dates between July 2021 and June 2022. New stops include Detroit, Atlanta and Houston.
• Boots and Hearts – Organizers of the annual country music festival north of Toronto have been forced to cancel the event again this year, due to the pandemic. Taking place over three days in August at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont. since 2012, Boots and Hearts has become one of the biggest festivals in Canada.
• Academy of Country Music Awards — CBS’ coverage of Sunday’s 56th annual ACM Awards drew a 0.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 6.08 million viewers in early Nielsen numbers, making it the lowest-rated and least watched ACM Awards to date.


As you probably know, product placement in movies and TV shows is big business. And it’s about to get bigger. The advertising industry is now turning to technology that can seamlessly insert computer-generated images, and add products and branding into films and television shows RETROACTIVELY. That’s right. Someday you could be watching a classic movie like “Casablanca”, and notice there are new labels on the champagne bottles in Rick’s Café. Or different background neon advertising signs in “Ocean’s 11”. And then a few months or years later, the added products can be easily switched to different brands. That’s if the UK advertising company Mirriad gets its way. The company, which got its start in special effects, is now using its technology for a Chinese video streaming website, and the makers of the US TV show “Modern Family” have also tried it out. The music industry, hit hard by the pandemic, is also looking to get in on act. Older artists could make new money from old videos, and current artists who sport the latest shoes, phones or bags, could have them changed a year later to newer designs, without ever having to put them on, or re-record a video.
(Is nothing sacred anymore? By the way, this story is brought to you by Joe’s Plumbing Repair…)
(Let’s face it, it’s a miracle that they haven’t started inserting commercial breaks into the middle of movies at the theater yet. Whoops…I shouldn’t have even said that…)

A smartwatch has been developed that could revolutionize the detection and treatment of COVID-19. The device identifies patients at highest risk of dying — by analyzing their sweat. How? It picks up signs of a potentially deadly over-reaction by the immune system. When this occurs, antibodies ravage the heart, lungs and other organs, triggering inflammation. The phenomenon, known as a “cytokine storm,” is a major reason Covid kills. “Sweatsenser Dx”, aims to alert doctors and patients to an impending attack. It opens the door to faster and more effective therapy, according to its inventors from the University of Texas. Steroids and other drugs work if administered quickly, offering hope of reducing hospitalizations and mortality.
(It’s great news, I’m just not sure how reliable something could be that was invented by someone who doesn’t know how to spell “sensor”!)
(So, probably not the type of smartwatch you ask for, for Christmas?)

The “real life Rapunzel” who held the Guinness World Record for the longest hair on a teenager has chopped off her mane. Nilanshi Patel, of India, decided to stop cutting her hair when she was 6 after a bad experience at the hairdresser. Over the next 12 years, her hair kept growing, and growing…and growing, and by the time she was 18, it measured a whopping 6 feet 6.7 inches (2m). That was good enough for multiple Guinness World Record titles, including longest hair on a teenager and longest hair EVER on a teenager, smashing her own record three times. But she finally decided it was time for a change, and went for a radical new look – a bob. After being cut last week, her hair was found to weigh 9.4 ounces (266g). Nilanshi’s 6-foot-long ponytail is now being shipped to California, where it will be displayed at the “Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Hollywood” museum.
(Fly-away hair – literally!)
(She might miss her hair, but her shower drain definitely won’t!)
(What do you suppose the bad experience at the hairdresser was? Someone dyed?)

(Because self-care is not selfish. When you put your best foot forward, everybody wins…)
☞ End your shower with an invigorating blast:  Switch to cold water for 30 seconds. You’ll get a big burst of energy as your body kicks your circulation into gear. It also helps to release endorphins. (Among other things…)
☞ Tea up:  Adding a cup of tea to your morning routine is good for you. Drinking green tea regularly may lower your bad cholesterol levels. And people with a habit of drinking black tea have a lower risk of developing heart disease.
☞ Clear clutter:  Devote 20 minutes to tidying a messy area, and you’ll feel better. Studies have linked cluttered environments with stress and lower self-control (say, around food), which can put a damper on your physical health. (I had some clutter around here somewhere…)
☞ Take a lunchtime stroll:  A 15-minute midday walk boosts energy throughout the workday. It’s also good for the brain. (Unless you’re listening to [***competing station***]!)
☞ Give your eyes a break:  So much of our days are spent in front of screens; prevent dry eyes, headaches, and blurred vision by following the rule of 20: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away.
☞ Breathe like a yogi:  Studies say that 20 minutes of yoga breathing can lift your mood and even improve your memory.
☞ Donate your time:  Volunteering gives people purpose, which raises self-esteem and lowers loneliness. (It helps others, too…which is a good thing!)
☞ Plant something:  A study found that adults who garden are happier, healthier, and more likely to eat vegetables. (Dirty fingernails, though…)
☞ Create a “Yay!” list:  Every night, write down anything that made you say “Yay!” during the day. Think finding hidden money in your pocket, a surprise call from a friend, sunny skies…these help you recognize things going right in your life instead of focusing on the negative.

Sales of vehicles with manual transmissions have been “gearing down” in North America for quite some time. Only 1.2% of vehicles sold on the continent are manuals. Safety systems like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are generally incompatible with manual transmissions, and in some markets, including Canada, they may become mandatory, which could mean the end of the stick shift. The increasing popularity of electric vehicles, which don’t have transmissions at all, may also be a fatal blow to manual transmissions.


1926 [95] Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Mountbatten-Windsor), London UK, British Monarch (Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952, plus and 15 other Commonwealth realms) BS FACTOID: ‘Trooping the Colour’, the traditional parade held annually in mid-June to mark the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday, has been canceled again this year due to the pandemic.

1947 [74] Iggy Pop (Jim Osterberg Jr), Muskegon MI, ‘The Godfather of Punk Music’ (‘Real Wild Child’, ‘Lust for Life’, The Stooges –‘Search and Destroy’)

1951 [70] Tony Danza (Antonio Iadanza), Brooklyn NY, TV actor (“Taxi” 1978-83, “Who’s the Boss” 1984-92)

1958 [63] Andie MacDowell, Gaffney SC, movie actress (“Four Weddings & A Funeral”, “Groundhog Day”)/spokesmodel (L’Oreal)

1959 [62] Robert Smith, Blackpool UK, rock singer-guitarist (The Cure-‘Friday I’m in Love’, ‘Lovesong’)

1970 [51] Rob Riggle, Louisville KY, movie actor (“The Hangover”, “21 Jump Street”)

1978 [43] Dave Brenner, Delta BC, rock guitarist (Theory Of a Deadman-‘Santa Monica’, ‘Bad Girlfriend’)

1979 [42] James McAvoy, Glasgow Scotland, movie actor (“Last King of Scotland”, ‘Professor Charles Xavier’ in “X-Men” films) COMING UP…”My Son”, 2021

1980 [41] Tony Romo, San Diego CA, retired NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys 2003-16)/4-time Pro Bowl/current CBS NFL football analyst

• “Administrative Professionals Day”, recognizing the work of secretaries, receptionists, administrative assistants, and other administrative support professionals. (The REAL office boss!)

• “Kindergarten Day”, honoring the 1782 birth of German educator Friedrich Froebel, who established the first kindergarten in 1837. (Thanks for all the finger paintings, Freid.) BS FAST FACT: The word ‘kindergarten’ literally means “garden of children” in German.

• “Chocolate Covered Cashews Day”, The cashew is a tree from the family Anacardiaceae.  Surprisingly, the shell of the cashew nut is toxic, which is why the cashew is shelled before it is sold to consumers.

• “Keep Off the Grass Day”, can mean different things to different folks. This green holiday is observed in-between two momentous events – the day before Earth Day and one day after 4/20, when marijuana enthusiasts participate in smoke-outs, rallies, marches and “pot-ties”. Coincidence?

• “Big Word Day”, a day to use humongous words on purpose just to impress yourself. So, go ahead and facilitate this celebration of excess verbiage! Find a big word for any word here … LINK: http://www.bigwords.com/bigwords (But I was taught never to use a large word when a diminutive one will suffice!)

• “Bulldogs are Beautiful Day”, in 2005, Jackie Valent published the children’s book “Stinky the Bulldog”, and she created Bulldogs are Beautiful Day in 2007. Since bulldogs are a little different looking, she hoped the holiday would help people look beyond appearance and accept those who may be a little different.

[Thurs] Earth Day
[Thurs] Jelly Bean Day
[Fri] English Language Day
[Fri] German Beer Day

2018 [03] Actor Verne Troyer (‘Mini-Me’ in “Austin Powers” movies), dies at 49, a victim of suicide

2006 [15] Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s co-headlining “Soul2Soul II Tour″, kicks off in Columbus OH (ends 116 shows later as the highest-grossing country music tour ever, grossing $141 million)

2016 [05] Prince is found dead of a fentanyl overdose at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, after police are summoned to his Paisley Park estate and find his body in an elevator

2001 [20] In the XFL’s first (and last) championship game, the LA Xtreme beat the San Francisco Demons 38-6 (it folds soon afterward – the 2020 league revival filed for bankruptcy last year, but Dwayne Johnson and financial partners have plans to resurrect the XFL again for 2022)

1959 [62] Using just a rod and reel, a man hooks a 2,664lb, 16′ 10″ (1,208kg, 5.13m) great white shark off the coast of Ceduna, Australia


✓ Roughly 33% of cats are not affected by catnip.
✓ Kangaroos keep growing until they die.
✓ 1912 was the last year that Olympic gold medals were made entirely out of gold.
✓ According to real estate industry data, the average person looks at 8 houses before buying.
✓ According to hotel industry data, men generally leave their hotel rooms cleaner than women do.
✓ In the middle ages, having ants in the house was a sign of good luck.

Best of BS . . .

• Can no longer kick the Queen of Sweden’s butt at croquet.
• Often jokes with Charles that his ears are now hairier than his head, then almost smiles.
• Often has erotic dreams about prunes.
• No longer able to throw the ceremonial first punch at English soccer riots.
• Has asked Prince Harry to cease wearing T-shirts that say, “Wanna See the Royal Jewels?”
• Her son Prince Charles has already been on ‘Basic State Pension’ for several years.
• It’s almost 9 o’clock in the morning and she’s still on the throne.
-First published in BS in 2016

➠ Scientists have found a lost world of deep-sea creatures in Antarctica. (The discovery was made in a cold, inhospitable part of Antarctica, called Antarctica.)
➠ A study claims that Facebook is involved in one out of EVERY three marriages that ends in divorce.  (See! This is why I don’t get married. Now, time to photograph my lunch before watching some cute cat videos…)
➠ Superman is now a year older. He was first published this week back in 1938. (I’m not gonna say he’s old, but if there’s a crime between 6:00 PM and 5:00 AM, it’s just not gonna get fought…)
➠ Former quarterback Tony Romo is 41 today. (I hope he has a better party than last year. . . when he blew out the candles and broke three bones in his back.)
➠ Robert Smith of The Cure is 62 today. (He’ll probably do what he does every birthday: Blow out the candles, then write a song about how at home he feels in the ensuing darkness.)

• Which famous actress shares her name with William Shakespeare’s wife?
a) Helen Mirren
b) Anne Hathaway [CORRECT]
c) Julia Roberts
d) Mary Todd Lincoln

• Which sport is NOT part of a triathlon?
a) Biking
b) Weightlifting [CORRECT]
c) Swimming
d) Running

• Where does wiener schnitzel come from?
a) Austria [CORRECT]
b) France
c) The Netherlands
d) Slowienia

When everyone is busy, so you have to entertain yourself:  https://tinyurl.com/4mpj3fjv

What song immediately reminds you of a certain movie?

I don’t think there needs to be two ‘S’s in “excessive”.

Question:  37% of pet owners say they do THIS for their pet on a daily basis. What is it?
Answer:  Leave the radio on when they go out.

The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.


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