August 27 2021

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Friday, August 27, 2021 — Edition: #7055

Bully For You!


★ The trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” broke the record for the most views in 24 hours after it was released online, a record previously held by the biggest box office hit of all-time, “Avengers: Endgame.” The new Spidey trailer racked up 355 million views in 24 hours, about 65 million more than “Endgame” did prior to that movie’s release in 2019. This comes after the trailer for “No Way Home” was initially leaked online over the weekend, spurring immediate online buzz and speculation that continued through the week. Sony plans to release the third film in the current Spider-Man series on Dec. 17.
★ A cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland where J.K. Rowling wrote some of the Harry Potter books has been damaged in a fire. The Elephant House sustained smoke and water damage after a blaze broke out next door on Tuesday. The Elephant House is a regular stop for Harry Potter fans and it proudly displays a sign declaring itself the “birthplace” of the fictional young wizard. Rowling has disputed that, saying she began writing the magical stories before she moved to the city, but she confirmed she frequented the cafe while penning some of the 7-book series.
★ Whoopi Goldberg has announced that her dream is to be the next ‘Doctor Who’. She’s currently being celebrated as this year’s International Icon at the Edinburgh TV Festival, where she spoke about her 40-year career, saying: “I wanted to be Doctor Who and I still do. I think it would mean an evolution into being American and I don’t know that that’s correct for Doctor Who.” She added, “There are certain things that are blatantly all English. Doctor Who is like that to me. It’s like Marmite. It’s very English and needs to stay that way.”
★ Tony Hawk is once again taking the skateboard game to new heights. Liquid Death Mountain Water has announced that Hawk is selling the “Liquid Death Skateboard” which is infused with “100 % real Tony Hawk” blood. There were only 100 of the limited-edition skateboards available, and according to the Liquid Death website, they’ve already sold out. Fans paid $500 each, and each board comes with a certificate of authenticity.

• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sanjay Gupta, Rita Moreno (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Ben Platt, Dana Bash, Jeff Bowders (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Chelsea Handler, the Wallflowers (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Julia Haart (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Sarah Michelle Geller, guest co-host Daymond John (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jenna Elfman, Lauren Graham, Forest Blakk, guest co-host Ali Wentworth
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Mark Wahlberg, Brandi Carlile, Nessa Barrett, Jxdn, Travis Barker (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Vin Diesel, Caroline Rhea, Ruth Righi, Ezra Frech, Jennifer Nettles (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Emma Roberts, Big Bird, Danny Seo (R)
• “Secret Celebrity Renovation” (CBS): Former NFLer Emmitt Smith returns to Pensacola, Fla., to renovate the humble home he grew up in for his father.

• “NASCAR Cup Series” (NBC): Drivers try to nab the final playoff spot in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona.
• Sweet Pecan Summer” (HALLMARK): Sparks fly between a young woman and her ex-boyfriend as they work together to sell her aunt’s pecan farm.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Dan Levy, with musical guest Phoebe Bridgers

• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): NFLPA All-Stars vs. NFLPA Legends and Oliver Hudson vs. Joe Buck
• “9/11: One Day in America” (National Geographic): This 7-hour, 6-part series (airing across 4 consecutive nights) retraces the events of Sept. 11, 2001 through first-person accounts from first responders and survivors of the attacks.
• “I Love a Mama’s Boy” (TLC): Season 2 premiere
• “90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way” (TLC):  Season 3 premiere

• Shawn Mendes, Doja Cat and Twenty One Pilots – will perform at the 2021 MTV Music Video Awards. The ceremony will take place on September 12 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was revealed last week that Foo Fighters will be the recipients of the Global Icon Award.
• Kanye West — has filed to legally change his name to ‘Ye’. The documents say he wants to make the change for “personal” reasons. Born Kanye Omari West, he has been using the ‘Ye’ nickname for years – it’s also his username on Twitter – and he titled his eighth studio album “Ye” in 2018.
• Megan Thee Stallion – a judge has granted her permission to release her remix of BTS’ ‘Butter’. She accused her label and distributor of blocking its release because they didn’t think the remix was “good for her career as a recording artist”. She claimed NOT releasing it would cause her career to “suffer irreparable damage”, including a “devastating impact” to her relationship with her fans.
• Alice in Chains — Guitarist Jerry Cantrell has announced a 29-date North American tour in support of his new solo studio album “Brighten”, out Oct. 29. The tour kicks off in Minneapolis on March 24 and continues through May 8 in San Diego.
• David Lee Roth — Gene Simmons has apologized to him for implying that he is past his prime. In a new interview, Simmons said: “I am so sorry and ashamed, actually, that I hurt David’s feelings…in the course of an interview…I just sort of stream of consciousness…I don’t mean to hurt people’s feelings, and every once in a while, diarrhea of the mouth comes out.”
• Eagles — returned to the road on Tuesday, launching their rescheduled “Hotel California” tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show, which was originally scheduled for Aug. 22 but was postponed due to Hurricane Henri, was the band’s first live performance since March 2020.
• Keith Urban – Played in front of a crowd for the first time in 18 months on Tuesday. Surprisingly guitar-less, he walked to the lip of the stage of the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville during the ACM Party for a Cause event, dropped to his knees, soaked in the audience, tapped his heart and exclaimed: “Real people!” The sellout crowd responded with a roar.
• Josh Turner – His 2005 hit ‘Your Man’ has been streamed 100 million times on YouTube. In a celebratory tweet, Turner wrote: “It was the first video [my wife, Jennifer] and I shot together, which makes it all that more special. Thanks to y’all for all the watchin’ and support these past 15 years.”
• Kacey Musgraves – will release her highly-anticipated 4th album “Star-Crossed” on Sept. 10. The 15-song collection is structured as a modern-day tragedy in three acts, with themes of heartache and healing. She’ll also release “Star-Crossed: The Film”, directed by Bardia Zeinali, on Sept. 10 via Paramount+. The title song is out now. LINK:


• “Together” (R-Rated, Drama/Comedy): A husband and wife are forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of the COVID-19 lockdown. (James McAvoy, Sharon Horgan)
• “Candyman” (R-Rated, Horror/Mystery): A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film “Candyman” that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began. (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris)
• “No Man of God” (R-Rated, Mystery/Thriller): The story of the complicated relationship that formed between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and serial killer Ted Bundy during Bundy’s final years on death row. (Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby)

⇒ Soon, TikTok users will be able to buy products directly within the app, thanks to a partnership with e-commerce site Shopify. Businesses on TikTok in the US and UK (and other countries later) will be able to add shopping tabs to their TikTok profiles, allowing them to directly sell products they promote in videos. Users will check out through the Shopify platform. The move represents a challenge to rival Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram, which have both offered similar e-commerce options for years. (I just hope I don’t fall for their shopping suggestions as easily as their viewing suggestions!)
⇒ Now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received full FDA approval, with it comes a new brand name. And this is a toughie . . . “Comirnaty”. Got that? Really, that’s the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine name. Comirnaty. I can’t even say it, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to have trouble remembering it. Comirnaty. And believe it or not, an actual branding agency came up with the name. The word is a mashup of “Covid-19 immunity” + “mRNA” in the middle, and is meant to evoke “community.” OK, here is the pronouncer: It’s pronounced “koe-mir’-na-tee”, according to the FDA. (I can’t wait to hear what Moderna comes up with!)

➢ A man has been arrested after being caught with a stolen horse…in his bedroom. Police say they caught up with Garry Chase Coble Jr. following reports that he was seen riding a horse down the street and ushering it into his South Carolina home. When his father opened the door for police, they say they were greeted by the sight of horse poo on the living room floor. One of the officers wrote in his report that when Coble’s father demanded his son come out of his room, “It was at this time that I observed a full-size quarter horse standing in the middle of the bedroom.” The horse, named Jubilee, stayed calm throughout the whole ordeal, and appeared to be unharmed. (So…you COULD say he is in ‘stable’ condition?)
➢ Instead of having to worry about jellyfish or sharks, beachgoers in Corsica have to keep their eyes out for…cows. Bovines have literally taken over beaches on the Mediterranean island, and they’re not friendly. Corsica has more than 15,000 cows and they apparently think they own the place after not seeing many beachgoers due to lockdown for the last year-plus. One man was sent to the hospital after being gored in the neck. And in town, cows have been spotted chasing tourists down streets, and a woman was air-lifted to a hospital after suffering a ‘severe leg wound’ from a cow attack as she was hanging her laundry to dry. Cows have also been seen rampaging through picnics. Before you laugh at THAT mental picture, keep this in mind: These cows have horns. (I wasn’t going to laugh…then my mind added the “Jaws” theme!)

The US Food and Drug Administration is discouraging people from taking part in the “Milk Crate Challenge”. That’s the TikTok craze where a person gathers a bunch of milk crates and stacks them as high as they can, then attempts to step up one side and down the other without the crates tumbling underneath them. Playing off the FDA’s approval this week of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Conan O’Brien tweeted about it, joking that he is “Waiting for FDA approval before I take the Milk Crate Challenge.” The official account for the FDA replied: “Although we regulate milk, we can’t recommend you try that. Perhaps enjoy a nice glass of 2% and return all those crates to the grocery store?”


1952 [69] Paul Reubens/Pee-wee Herman, Peekskill NY, comedian/TV actor (“Pee-wee’s Playhouse” 1986-1990)/movie actor (“Blow”, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”)

1953 [68] Alex Lifeson [Zivojinovich], Fernie BC, rock guitarist (Rush-‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Closer to the Heart’)

1961 [60] Tom Ford, Austin TX, fashion designer (head designer for the fashion brands YSL and Gucci/2008 Menswear Designer of the Year)

1969 [52] Chandra Wilson, Houston TX, TV actress (‘Dr Miranda Bailey’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1969 [52] Cesar Millan, Culiacan Mexico, dog trainer/reality star (“Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” 2004-12)

1970 [51] Tony Kanal, Kingsbury UK, rock bassist (No Doubt-‘Don’t Speak’, ‘It’s My Life’)

1972 [49] Mike Smith, New Glasgow NS, TV actor/comedian (‘Bubbles’ on “Trailer Park Boys” 2001-18, voice actor on “Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series” 2019-20)/movie actor (“Trailer Park Boys: The Movie”)

1976 [45] Sarah Chalke, Ottawa ON, TV actress (“Scrubs” 2001-10, “Roseanne” 1993-97, 2018)

1979 [42] Aaron Paul [Sturtevant], Emmett ID, TV actor (‘Jesse Pinkman’ on “Breaking Bad” 2008-13, voice actor on “BoJack Horseman” 2014-20)/movie actor (“Need for Speed”) COMING UP…”Dual”

1981 [40] Patrick J. Adams, Toronto ON, TV actor (‘Mike Ross’ on “Suits” 2011-19)

SATURDAY- Jennifer Coolidge (“American Pie”) is 60; Shania Twain (‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’) is 56; Jack Black (“School of Rock”) is 52; Jason Priestly (“Beverly Hills 90210”) is 52; Jake Owen (‘I Was Jack [You Were Diane]’) is 40; LeAnn Rimes (‘How Do I Live’) is 39; Florence Welch (‘Dog Days are Over’) is 35; Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) is 35; Alana Thompson (“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”) is 16

SUNDAY- Elliot Gould (“Ray Donovan”) is 83; Astronaut Chris Hadfield is 62; Rebecca De Mornay (“Risky Business”) is 62; Carla Gugino (“Watchmen”) is 50; Lea Michele (“Glee”) is 35; Liam Payne (One Direction) is 28

• “Banana Lovers Day”, an annual celebration of the fruit with appeal. (***Some ’nana facts here:***) LINK:
• “Rock Paper Scissors Day”, it’s the only game that, regardless of language, gender or age, everyone has a chance of coming out victorious in the end. (Have you ever noticed that it is just as hard to try to LOSE at Rock Paper Scissors as it is to win?)
• “Just Because Day”, a chance to do something spontaneously without rhyme nor reason. Most often in life, we do things because we have to, we want to, or they’re expected of us. None of those reasons apply on this day…just because.
• “Petroleum Day” (aka Oil & Gas Industry Appreciation Day), honoring the world’s first commercially successful oil well, drilled near Titusville, Pennsylvania 162 years ago today, in 1859. (You might call it a “crude” awakening…)
• “Kiss Me Day”, also known as “First Kiss Day”, commemorating Popeye’s first kiss with Olive Oyl. Some sources claim today marks the date of their first on-screen kiss, when Olive Oyl said “My hero” after kissing Popeye.
• “Tarzan Day”, on this day in 1912, Tarzan made his magazine debut. Tarzan was the creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and 2 years later, Burroughs published the first of a series of novels based on the character.

• “Bow Tie Day”, saluting the look that involves “a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar in a symmetrical manner such that the 2 opposite ends form loops”. (Some people just can’t ‘pull off’ a bow tie…and that’s why their face is red!)
• “Cherry Turnover Day”, celebrating the yummy treat made with a little puff pastry, some cherries, some butter …. and a little more butter.
• “Crackers Over the Keyboard Day”, honoring the time-honored tradition of snacking and web surfing. What’s the worst thing you’ve spilled on your computer keyboard? Or someone else’s?
• “Radio Commercials Day”, commemorating the first-ever radio ad, broadcast on this date in 1922. Queensboro Realty received 10 minutes of air time on NYC station WEAF for $100.
• “Red Wine Day”, whether you prefer a fine wine after a hard day at work, with a few of your favorite friends at the local pub, or enjoy a glass or 2 during dinner, red wine is perfect any time! (Except the shower. Wine is MUCH better in the bath…) Here are some benefits:
✓ Good for your heart – Grapes are loaded with antioxidants. Resveratrol is believed to be the key ingredient in red wine that is good for blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and increases the good kind of cholesterol – HDL.
✓ Cancer – Drinking dark red wine may also reduce the risk of colon, lung and prostate cancer. Some believe resveratrol attacks cancerous cells and “inhibits their ability to function.”
✓ Brain Power – Resveratrol may also help keep your memory sharp-as-a-whistle.
✓ Colds – Red wine may help keep the common cold at bay.
✓ Red wine may help prevent tooth decay.
✓ Resveratrol testing on animals suggests it may also help protect against obesity and diabetes. The skin of red grapes may help regulate blood sugar. (Never mind the wine…get me a bottle of resveratrol!)

• “According to Hoyle Day”, honoring Britain’s Edmond Hoyle on the anniversary of his death in 1769. He’s the guy who took the time to formalize rules to many popular games. Thus, the expression “according to Hoyle” has come to mean ‘playing by the rules’.
• “International Day Against Nuclear Tests”, a UN observance to underscore the need for a unified attempt to prevent any further nuclear weapons testing.
• “More Herbs, Less Salt Day”, because it’s ‘healthier, zestier and lustier!’ So, go ahead, spice up your life! What’s the world’s most-used spice? Black pepper.
• “Chop Suey Day”, a stir fry made with a hodgepodge of ingredients like egg, meat, and vegetables. In fact, the name “chop suey” comes from a Cantonese word meaning “odds and ends”.
• “Lemon Juice Day”, the oddest juice. You’d never drink it straight up, but without it, a lot of our food and drinks would be flat and dull. Lemon juice can also play an important role in food preservation when used in home canning.

2001 [20] Angelina Jolie is named a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva

1990 [31] 35-year-old blues-rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan (who also played in David Bowie’s band) dies in a helicopter crash near East Troy, Wisconsin, following a concert in which he appeared with Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and his older brother, Jimmie Vaughan

1991 [30] Pearl Jam release their debut album “Ten”, which launches them to stardom and puts them in the forefront of the Seattle grunge movement

1992 [29] John Lennon’s original handwritten lyrics for The Beatles’ ‘A Day in the Life’ fetch $87,000 at auction

2017 [04] Former 5-weight world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats MMA fighter Conor McGregor in his debut match in the 10th round in Las Vegas


1955 [66] The “Guinness Book of World Records” is first published. Over 143 million copies have been sold. (It’s the world’s best-selling copyrighted book, which means it’s a ‘Guinness World Record’ holder!)

2012 [09] The first interplanetary human voice recording is broadcast from the Mars Rover Curiosity

1994 [27] 1,592,744 balloons are released by Disney Home Video in England to promote the European launch of the “Alladin” video

1998 [23] The Canadian dollar drops to its lowest point ever … 63.31 cents US (today, about 79 cents)


✓ You can charge an iPhone with oranges. It takes 595 of them.
✓ Studies show that toast lands butter-side-down 62% of the time.
✓ Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
✓ Frogs don’t drink. Anything. (They absorb water through their skin.)
✓ There is a prison in Uruguay called “Freedom”.
✓ One glass of milk can make a person blow .02 on a Breathalyzer test.
-LearnSomethingEveryDay, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .

• If the school photographer couldn’t fit all of your hair into your picture, your yearbook was free.
• “The Safety Dance” saved millions of lives.
• Video had an alibi and in fact, DIDN’T kill the radio star.
• The “Just say no” campaign was very effective.
• If you jumped out of a plane with parachute pants, you did not need a parachute.
• Wearing blue eye shadow was illegal.
• Even Santa Claus sported a mullet.
• Mobile phones were available at reasonable cost.
• There were no movies produced for the teen demographic.
• Girls just wanted to have fun.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ The Pumpkin Spice Latte returned to Starbucks this week. (We’ll talk about this more in an hour, for the benefit of all the white women getting into work late…)
➠ Researchers say a broken heart can increase your risk of cardiac arrest. (So, I almost died the day Nick Jonas got married? Scary.)
➠ “Virtual Burn 2021” (the online version of Burning Man) started on the weekend, and continues through Sept. 7. (Just In case you’re wondering why Trader Joe’s has ZERO employees this week. ..)
➠ A study shows that women are better than men at multitasking. (When it comes to my wife, that’s true! She has the amazing ability to nag and complain at the same time…)
➠ Pee Wee ‘Paul Reubens’ Herman is 69 today. (He received a bunch of birthday wishes from fans . . . but not too many handshakes!)

 Weekend plans:


This weekend I’m going to hand out some candy, toss a turkey in the oven, open a few presents, and call it a year.

What is something that you always say you’ll do, but probably never will?


Question:  Nearly 15% of college freshmen have never done THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Iron their clothes

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


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