July 28 2020

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Edition: #6749

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★ Tom Hanks has become a Greek citizen. He and his wife Rita Wilson have both officially become citizens of the European country, with Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis marking the occasion with an Instagram post. Wilson is of Greek descent, and the couple own a property on the island of Antiparos. The couple and their children became honorary Greek citizens last year after officials highlighted Hanks’ role in helping raise awareness about the 2018 fires that devastated areas near Athens and claimed the lives of more than 100 people.
-ContactMusic, CTV
★ David Letterman has shared a heartfelt tribute to the late Regis Philbin, who died Friday. Letterman wrote: “Regis is in the same category as [Johnny] Carson. Superlative. He was on our show a million times, always the best guest we ever had, charming, lovable and could take a punch. When he retired, I lost interest in television. I love him.” Philbin racked up 150 appearances on “Late Night” and “Late Show with David Letterman” — more than any other guest in Letterman’s talk show history.
★ Ryan Reynolds is practically Canada’s superhero at this point. And now, he’s now asking his followers to help find a missing stuffed bear. A Herschel backpack was stolen in Vancouver along with an iPad, but it is the bear that owner Mara really wants back. Inside the bear is a voice recording of her mother saying, “I love you I’m proud of you, I’ll always be with you.” Mara’s mother died last year. Reynolds retweeted the story, and is offering a reward of $5,000 to whomever returns the bear. Reynolds wrote: “I think we all need this bear to come home.”
★ The much-anticipated sequel to “Bird Box” – the book that became a smash-hit Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock – is finally finished, according to author Josh Malerman. The Penguin Random House website describes the plot like this: “Twelve years after Malorie and her children rowed up the river to safety, a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. One glimpse of the creatures that stalk the world will drive a person to unspeakable violence. There remains no explanation. All Malorie can do is survive-and impart her fierce will to do so on her children…Don’t take off your blindfold. AND DON’T LOOK…But then comes what feels like impossible news.” Netflix is currently developing the movie version of the sequel.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global):  Billy Porter, Kim Petras, guest host Billy Eichner (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michael Che, Megan Rapinoe, Angel Olsen
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Ibram X. Kendi, Patton Oswalt (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Cameron Diaz, Jason Aldean
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Dan Levy, Meghan Trainor (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Kevin Bacon
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Andy Cohen
• “The Talk” (CBS): Howie Mandel, Leeza Gibbons
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Christopher Meloni, Katie Brown
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Adam Levine, Maroon 5, Nicholas Braun, Tiffany Haddish (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Chris Jackson, Okieriete Onaodowan (R)
• “American Catastrophe: How Did We Get Here? — A Special Edition of 20/20” (ABC): Why the United States was unprepared for COVID-19, how officials missed the warning signs, and what the country needs to do to return to normalcy.
• “Tell Me a Story” (CW): Series premiere. Troubled teen Kayla and her dad, Tim, try to make a fresh start at grandmother Colleen’s home; estranged siblings Gabe and Hannah are reunited under extreme circumstances; Jordan and his girlfriend Beth can’t see eye-to-eye on their future together.
• “Stockton on My Mind” (HBO): Michael Tubbs works tirelessly to effect change after he becomes the first African American mayor of Stockton, CA.

• Taylor Swift – her new album ‘folklore’ broke the record for first day album streams on Spotify by a female artist, with 80.6 million, and became the most-streamed album on Apple Music in 24 hours, achieving 35.47 million streams in a single day. It also sold over 1.3 million copies within the first 24 hours of its release on Thursday night.
• Noah Cyrus – released a cover of Mac Miller’s ‘Dunno’. on Thursday. In a press release, she said: “Mac was such a beautiful and respected artist, and his loss was felt around the world”. She’s encouraging fans to support the Mac Miller Fund, which supports youth in underserved areas.
• Whitney Houston – Music mogul Clive Davis says he is ”firmly dedicated” to presenting her ”full story” in an upcoming biopic. He says it is important to focus just as much on her career as her personal struggles, including a battle with drug addiction. The upcoming movie has a working title of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
• Judas Priest – Rob Halford is getting a ReAction figure. The 3 3/4-inch singer comes complete with his classic stage outfit, microphone, and whip. Super 7 is taking pre-orders now. They’ve also made action figures for “Star Wars”, as well as musicians such as Iron Maiden, Misfits and King Diamond.
• Bon Jovi – has announced that their new album “2020” will be released on Oct. 2. The group has recorded two new songs addressing the pandemic and racial equality issues since the album’s originally scheduled release date in May. “American Reckoning” and “Do What You Can” encompass these events.
• Jimi Hendrix – “The Authentic Hendrix Shop” is now online, offering music and exclusive authorized merchandise such as clothes, accessories, collectibles…and face masks. LINK:  https://www.authentichendrix.com/store/
• Tucker Beathard — has announced the second installment of his debut album, “King”, and released the lead single ‘Faithful’. Out Aug. 21, King continues the story started with 2018’s “Nobody’s Everything”.
• Blake Shelton – He and Gwen Stefani have made good use of their time in quarantine. The couple released the new duet single ‘Happy Anywhere’ on Friday. He says “there’s never been a better time” for the song, given the pandemic that is keeping people at home for the most part.
• Alan Jackson – is featured on Caylee Hammack’s new version of an old song. ‘Lord, I hope This Day Is Good’ was a #1 hit for Don Williams in the early 80’s. Her debut record “If It Wasn’t for You” comes out Aug. 14, and also features a collaboration with Reba McEntire.

With more and more special events like graduation ceremonies, weddings and family reunions being cancelled due to the pandemic, a new study has found that we could use events like these more than ever these days. Researchers from the University of Connecticut say that rituals, events, and traditions foster significant stress relief. In a release, the research team said: “Normally, rituals like weddings or even a barbecue party serve as a familiar source of comfort for people. Looking forward to and planning for such events help us cope with daily stressors and anxiety, and function as “mechanisms of resilience.”
Unfortunately, the coronavirus is robbing us of many of these events and traditions this year, which partially explains why so many people feel so overrun with stress.
(Obviously these guys have a different family than I do!)
(OK, the fireworks party may have helped YOUR stress levels…the dog? Not so much…)
(Judging by the racket from up the street on Saturday night, I’m gonna say my neighbors are living a stress-free existence these days!)

Elon Musk, who runs both SpaceX and Tesla, has announced that he wants to stream music directly into our brains. Yup, that’s his latest venture. His startup “Neuralink” plans to make use of an implantable microchip, or a “brain-computer interface”, which will allow wearers to stream music directly into their brain, bypassing the ears. He also says that Neuralink could help control hormone levels and use them to our advantage, whatever that means. The implantation process, which he compares to Lasik laser eye surgery, will involve a neurosurgical robot that fits flexible “threads” into the brain connected to a tiny computer chip. He promises more info about Neuralink on Aug. 28. Can’t wait.
(I mean, sure, you’ll have a hole in your head…but no more tangled headphone cords!)
(I, for one, welcome our new evil tech overlords…)
(With my luck, I’d be accidentally hooked up to the 24-hour polka channel!)


➢ Researchers from Kansas State University say there’s one less risk factor to worry about when it comes to the pandemic. According to their latest findings, mosquitoes aren’t capable of spreading COVID-19 to humans. While the World Health Organization has previously stated that mosquitoes cannot transmit the virus, this new study “is the first to provide conclusive data supporting the theory,” according to the researchers.
(Thanks. Now, what about those murder hornets?)
➢ Despite being blamed by some for spreading the coronavirus, bats are better at social distancing than people are, according to a University of Texas study. Scientists found that hypersocial vampire bats were found to “decrease physical social encounters through reduced movement” when they are sick. They also significantly dialed back their grooming and mating habits. And while healthy bats call out for each other when apart, their ill counterparts will vocalize less, effectively reducing “the probability of physical contact between individuals.”
➢ Considering the fact that the aim of wearing face coverings is to reduce the distance that your breath spreads away from your body, rather than to protect the wearer, Simon Kolstoe, Senior Lecturer in Evidence Based Healthcare at the University of Portsmouth, suggests testing your mask’s effectiveness by trying to blow out a candle directly in front of you with your face covering on. A mask which makes it hardest to divert the candle flame will provide the best barrier for projecting the virus forward and through the face covering.
-StudyFinds, NYPost, ScienceAlert

Country Time drink mix company is offering a “bailout” for young entrepreneurs in a seasonal industry hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic: The lemonade stand. The makers of Country Time Lemonade have announced that its “Littlest Bailout” program will distribute $100 checks to kids under the age of 14 whose lemonade stand plans were foiled by the COVID-19 crisis. Would-be lemonade stand managers are being asked to submit an essay about how they would spend their bailout money along with a photo of the sign they would have used for their stand. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 14.


1957 [63] Scott Pelley, San Antonio TX, TV news anchor (“CBS Evening News” 2011-17)/TV news correspondent (“60 Minutes” since 1999)

1964 [56] Lori Loughlin, New York City NY, TV actress (Aunt Becky on “Full House” 1988-95, “When Calls the Heart” 2014-19)/scheduled to be sentenced on August 21 after pleading guilty in the college admissions scandal

1969 [51] Dana White, Manchester CT, Entrepreneur (President of the Ultimate Fight Championship, played a pivotal role in its growth into a mainstream sports spectacle)

1972 [48] Elizabeth Berkley, Farmington Hills MI, movie actress (“Showgirls”)/TV actress (“Saved by the Bell” 1989-93, 2020)

1976 [44] Jacoby Shaddix, Mariposa CA, alt-rock singer (Papa Roach-‘Last Resort’, ‘Face Everything and Rise’)

1990 [30] Soulja Boy (DeAndre Way), Chicago IL, rapper (‘Crank That [Soulja Boy]’)/TV personality (“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” 2014-16)

• “Milk Chocolate Day”, an excuse for chocoholics everywhere to chow down! (Which would you rather have: chocolate milk, or milk chocolate?)

• “World Hepatitis Day”, to create awareness that 1-in-12 people worldwide is living with either chronic hepatitis B or C, far higher than the prevalence of HIV or any type of cancer.

• “Hamburger Day”, honoring the world’s favorite sandwich whose origins can be traced back as far as the Middle Ages. Reportedly, Louis Lassen, owner of Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, sold the first hamburger and steak sandwich in the U.S. on this date in 1900. Today, close to 6 billion burgers are served annually by restaurants.

• “National Waterpark Day”, in the United States. Nearly every state has a waterpark. Impressively, Wisconsin Dells, WI (pop. 3000) is the Waterpark Capital of the World. However, the largest indoor park in America is at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Sandusky, OH.

• “Buffalo Soldiers Day”, it was on July 28, 1866, with the passage of the Army Reorganization Act, that Congress created six army regiments of all-black soldiers, consisting of two cavalry units and four infantry units—which were later consolidated into the 24th and 25th infantry units. They all eventually were known as Buffalo Soldiers.

[Wed] International Tiger Day
[Wed] Chicken Wing Day
[Thurs] Father-in-Law Day
[Thurs] Cheesecake Day

2000 [19] Kathie Lee Gifford makes her final appearance as co-host of the ABC talk show “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee”

2006 [14] Actor-director Mel Gibson unleashes an ill-advised anti-Semitic tirade as he’s arrested for DUI in Malibu CA (the ensuing police mug-shot is pretty much a career-killer)

2019 [01] The first Fortnite World Cup is won by US teenager Kyle Giersdorf with largest ever e-sports prize of $3 million at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York

2011 [09] American swimmer Ryan Lochte sets a new world record for the 200-meter individual medley, winning gold at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, China


✓ A giraffe can clean its ears with its tongue.
✓ Even though Fruit Loops come in different colors, they all have exactly the same taste.
✓ A duel between three people is called a ‘truel’.
✓ The television was invented only two years after the invention of sliced bread.
✓ A full bladder is about the size of a softball.
✓ Bullfrogs do not sleep.
-TheFactSite, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .

• If you clean your vacuum cleaner, aren’t you making your vacuum cleaner, and YOU’RE a vacuum cleaner?
• If a dentist makes money off people with bad teeth, why would I use toothpaste that 4 out of 5 dentists recommend?
• Can you get cavities in your dentures if you use too much ‘artificial sweetener’?
• When you weigh fish, should you include the scales?
• Are funerals held in the daytime because we can’t have mourning at night?
• Did you ever wonder if your dog named you?

• ‘Vulnerable’ (Playing ball without a cup.)
• ‘Communication’ (Firing off a text before taking off for a weekend with the guys.)
• ‘Commitment’ (Not trying to pick up other women while out with one’s girlfriend.)
• ‘Flatulence’ (An endless source of entertainment, self-expression and male bonding.)
• ‘Making love’ (What men have to call ‘boinking’ to get women to ‘boink’.)
• ‘Remote control’ (A device for scanning through all 300 channels every 2 minutes.)
• ‘We’re going to be late.’ (Now I have a legitimate excuse to drive like a maniac.)
• ‘You cook just like my mom did.’ (She also used the smoke detector as a meal timer.)
-First published in BS in 2018

➠ This week back in 1939, according to the story, Bruce Wayne’s parents were shot and killed, thus the birth of Batman took place. (Batman is one of the few superheroes without any superpowers. In other words, he’s just another guy overcompensating with a cool car.)
➠ A report says that students are abusing ADHD prescription drugs in an effort at studying late and staying focused during exams. (So parents, if your kid is suddenly taking an interest in school and getting good grades, she’s probably on drugs.)
➠ Author J.K. Rowling will celebrate her 55th birthday on Friday. (You can tell she’s getting up there, too… Her new book will be called: “Harry Potter and the Seven-Years of Night-Sweats”!)
➠ Fact of the Day: Eating tomatoes helps prevent sunburn. (Yeah, but those wrinkles will eventually ketchup…)
➠ I just read that about 30% of people who take prescription drugs misuse them. (The other 70% had vision so blurry, they couldn’t read the survey.)

Me trying to end a conversation:  https://tinyurl.com/yxqvjszm

I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym yesterday. That’s 7 years in a row now.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve had stolen from your home, work or car?

Question:  40% of married couples say they do THIS separately. What is it?
Answer:  Laundry

If you hate starting over, stop quitting.


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