Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – Edition: #7038
Here’s More Bull Roar!
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ It was LeVar Burton’s highly-anticipated debut as a fill-in “Jeopardy!” host Monday, and while it remains to be seen if the episode broke any ratings records – a different kind of record was broken — the record for lowest score ever. The contestant was Patrick Pearce, and with his number of wrong answers dipping into double digits, he was climbing out of the hole most of the night before taking a major blow during a Daily Double. It was a question about U.S. government buildings overseas that finally put him into record breaking territory. Pearce’s final score of MINUS $7,400 breaks a record previously held by Stephanie Hull since March of 2015.
★ On Sunday’s episode of CNN’s “History of the Sitcom”, two of the top writers and producers of “The Office”, Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, talked about the moment they realized their workplace comedy was actually quite popular with younger audiences. And it’s all thanks to the big-ticket holiday item of 2005. Schur said that he “wrote a Christmas episode where Michael had bought Ryan a video iPod, which had just come out. About 4 days later, Apple announces that it has made content deals with NBC. The first episode back was the highest-rated episode because everyone had spent weeks doing nothing but watching The Office on their video iPods.” This was astounding to the people at NBC, because, as star Rainn Wilson said: “These are high school and college kids watching the show in droves. And they’ve never set foot in an office.”
★ A new “Pokemon” series is in development at Netflix. Because the project is still in its early days, details are scarce, but sources say that Joe Henderson is attached to write and executive produce. He currently serves as co-showrunner and executive producer on the popular Netflix series “Lucifer,” which is preparing to air its sixth and final season. The project will be a live-action series similar to the “Detective Pikachu” film starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith that was released in 2019.
★ Joe Exotic has dubbed himself “The New King of Cannabis.” That slogan is front-and-center in the packaging of his new cannabis brand. The colorful packet for Joe Exotic Cannabis, will be unveiled next week at the cannabis CHAMPS Trade Show in Las Vegas. The packaging has Joe’s touches all over it, from paying homage to his nickname as the so-called “Tiger King,” to celebrating his sexual orientation with a display of the Pride flag at the bottom of the package.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Cedric the Entertainer, Chris Tucker, guest host Anthony Anderson (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jim Gaffigan, JP Saxe with John Mayer (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Carey Mulligan, Jhene Aiko (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Anisha Ramakrishna, Bali Chainani, Brian Benni, Monica Vaswani, Vishal Parvani
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Robin Roberts
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jill Scott, guest co-host NeNe Leakes
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Minnie Driver, Jen Selter, guest co-host Maria Menounos
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Kenan Thompson, Maria Bakalova (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Eddie Murphy, Bella Murphy, Nico Santos, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Neil Patrick Harris, Duff Goldman, Michaela Watkins, Aliza Kelly (R)
• “The $100,000 Pyramid” (ABC): Ana Gasteyer vs. Rachel Dratch and Joe Gatto vs. James Murray
• “2020 Tokyo Olympics” (NBC, CBC): Gymnastics, Diving, Swimming, Equestrian, Rowing, Athletics
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Ed Sheeran – says he considered quitting his music career and being a stay-at-home dad after the huge success of his 2017 “Divide” album and the tour that followed, which earned him $776 million. He felt “really sad” and “directionless” but realized that he wanted his “daughter to grow up knowing that her parents have work ethic and…love creating and enjoy their jobs.”
• Pink – has offered to pay the 1,500 Euro fine (US $1,766) the Norway female beach handball team incurred for refusing to wear bikini bottoms in competition. She tweeted her offer, writing that she is “very proud” of the 10-member team “FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform.'” And “The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM.”
• Billie Eilish – We have some info on her upcoming BBC special “Billie Eilish: Up Close”. According to a press release, “BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo will talk to Billie about her latest album ‘Happier Than Ever’, her extraordinary rise to fame…the effect it has had on her life and her role as an inspiration for young people all over the world.” It airs this Saturday on BBC One.
• U2 — Bassist Adam Clayton says the rest of the band would support Bono if he decided to make a solo album. He also revealed the group has “been recording acoustic versions” of some of their songs “in different keys” as a challenge,” and they will have a song on the upcoming “Sing 2” soundtrack.
• Steely Dan — have announced a U.S. tour kicking off in Miami Beach Oct. 5, and ending 28 shows later on Nov. 5 in Boston. Tickets for the Absolutely Normal tour will go on sale Friday. The band will also release “Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live!” on Sept. 24.
• Metallica – Shoemaker Vans has started taking orders for their new Metallica footwear collection. It celebrates the 30th anniversary of the band’s “Black” album. The designs for the SK8-Hi and Classic Slip-Ons feature artwork from Brian ‘Pushead’ Schroeder, who created the cover art for the “St. Anger” album.
• Mickey Guyton – says she received the sweetest baby gift for her 5-month-old son Grayson–courtesy of Carrie Underwood. Guyton shared a video over the weekend of Grayson playing a toy-sized piano that Underwood sent for him. She also wrote: “To watch him light up as he plays is the heart explosion I didn’t know I needed.”
• Morgan Wallen — has sold the home where he was caught on video using a racist slur in his driveway. The Nashville home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and extensive other amenities sold this month for about $835,000.
• Parmalee — have announced the release date for their new album “For You”. It’s scheduled to drop this Friday. The band has released 2 new songs, which fans will receive instantly when they pre-order the record: ‘Greatest Hits (ft. FITZ)’ and ‘Take My Name’. LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rASAyqGujs0
SHOOTING THE BULL
ADULTHOOD – IT’S A TRAP:
How old were you when you first felt like an adult? According to a new poll, 7% of adults still don’t feel like grown-ups – or around 1 in 14 people. That includes about 5% of people in their 30s and 40s, and 1% of people over 55. The most common age at which people say they feel like an adult is 18, and the second most common answer was “under 18”. The rest of the top five ages to feel like we’ve left our formative years behind are 21, 25, and 20 – with 6% of people saying they were over 30 when they finally felt like an adult. A quarter of adults under 25 said they STILL don’t feel like a real grown-up. The top life event that made people feel like a grown-up was owning a home. That was followed, in order by getting your first full-time job, moving out of your parents’ house, worrying about bills and saving, and graduating from school.
(Still waiting, here…)
(I would have said I feel like an adult…until I woke up this morning with a huge ZIT on the end of my nose…)
(Oh, no they don’t! I’m not going to cop to feeling like a grown-up! If I do that, next they’ll be wanting me to pay taxes!)
Roads that can charge electric cars or buses while you drive aren’t a new concept, but so far, the technology is expensive and inefficient. But Indiana’s Department of Transport says it is testing a new type of cement with embedded magnetized particles that could one day provide efficient, high-speed charging for drivers at “standard roadbuilding costs.” INDOT teamed with Perdue University and German company Magment on the project, which will begin with testing of the magnetized cement (called “magment”, naturally) in a lab, then try it out of a quarter-mile section of road. Magment (the company) says its product delivers “record-breaking wireless transmission efficiency [at] up to 95%.” And slabs with the embedded ferrite particles can be built locally.
(To me, any technology that helps eliminate cars with those brain-rattling exhaust tips, is something worth investing in!)
(“Magment” is the best they could come up with? They couldn’t have gone with “Electric Avenue”?)
(Who cares what it costs? Just charge it!)
THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTION TO SCIENCE FICTION:
Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas is alerting visitors that summer rains are bringing out a type of scorpion with an acid-shooting, whip-like tail. The arachnids, called vinegaroons,” have come out of their burrows “in search of food and love.” These three-inch creatures, also known as whip scorpions, can pinch with their heavy mouthparts, according a Facebook post from the park. They also have long, whip-like tails which can shoot a spray of 85% acetic acid, a main component of vinegar. If that sounds scary to you, you’re not alone. The critters have inspired sensational headlines about “acid-shooting land lobsters.” But the vinegaroons, which are nocturnal and can’t see very well, are “relatively benign unless you annoy them,” according to the park. And they’re not poisonous.
(I still wouldn’t want to accidentally pitch my tent on one…)
(I never thought I’d say it, but I long for simpler times, like last summer, when we only had to worry about murder hornets!)
(So, if you think you smell a chip truck while camping in the middle of Big Bend National Park, don’t reach for the ketchup….reach for the safety goggles!)
CELEBS WHO ARE NOT JUST TALL, BUT VERY SURPRISINGLY TALL:
➢ Machine Gun Kelly – 6’4”
➢ Ben Affleck – 6’4”
➢ Post Malone – 6’2”
➢ Dwayne Johnson – 6’5”
➢ Taylor Swift – 5’11”
➢ Whitney Cummings – 5’11”
➢ Brooke Shields – 6’ 0”
➢ Ireland Baldwin — 6’0″
➢ Liam Neeson – 6’4”
➢ Tyler Perry – 6’5”
➢ Brad Garrett — 6’8″
DID YOU KNOW:
Jeff Bezos could be the world’s first trillionaire by 2026. The Amazon founder was studied by business software comparison site Comparisun, which used data collected by the Forbes Rich List to calculate the yearly wealth growth rate of the world’s richest people. Applying his average annual growth rate over the coming years, the study concluded that Bezos – who is estimated to be worth more than $203 billion – could become the world’s first trillionaire in 2026, at the age of 62. (For the record, one trillion is one thousand times one billion.)
BS CHRONOMETER 7.28.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1957  Scott Pelley, San Antonio TX, TV news anchor (“CBS Evening News” 2011-17)/TV news correspondent (“60 Minutes” since 1999)
1964  Lori Loughlin, New York City NY, TV actress (‘Aunt Becky’ on “Full House” 1988-95, “When Calls the Heart” 2014-19)/In 2020, she and husband Mossimo Giannulli pled guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal. She was fined and sentenced to two months in prison
1969  Dana White, Manchester CT, Entrepreneur (President of the Ultimate Fight Championship, played a pivotal role in its growth into a mainstream sports spectacle)
1972  Elizabeth Berkley, Farmington Hills MI, movie actress (“Showgirls”)/TV actress (“Saved by the Bell” 1989-93, 2020)
1976  Jacoby Shaddix, Mariposa CA, alt-rock singer (Papa Roach-‘Last Resort’, ‘Face Everything and Rise’)
1985  Dustin Milligan, Yellowknife NT, TV actor (‘Ted Mullens’ on “Schitt’s Creek” 2015-2020)
1990  Soulja Boy [DeAndre Way], Chicago IL, rapper (‘Crank That [Soulja Boy]’)/TV personality (“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” 2014-16)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Milk Chocolate Day”, an excuse for chocoholics everywhere to chow down! (Which would you rather have: chocolate milk, or milk chocolate?)
• “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. Here are four food finds about hamburgers:
✓ The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
✓ Americans eat more burgers at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
✓ The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Seymour, Wisconsin.
✓ Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg, Germany.
• “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.
• “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. (And the longest waterslide in the world is in Malaysia: https://tinyurl.com/2s2kr9d3 )
• “Buffalo Soldiers Day”, it was on July 28, 1866, with the passage of the Army Reorganization Act, that Congress created 6 army regiments of all-black soldiers, consisting of 2 cavalry units and 4 infantry units—which were later consolidated into the 24th and 25th infantry units. They all eventually were known as Buffalo Soldiers.
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] International Tiger Day
[Thurs] Chicken Wing Day
[Fri] Father-in-Law Day
[Fri] Cheesecake Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2000  Kathie Lee Gifford makes her final appearance as co-host of “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee”
2006  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)
TODAY IN MUSIC . . .
1973  The “Summer Jam” concert takes place at Watkins Glen racetrack in New York, outdrawing Woodstock with a crowd of over 600,000. The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Band play to the massive crowd that paid $10 a ticket – if they bought one
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2019  The first Fortnite World Cup is won by US teenager Kyle Giersdorf with the largest ever e-sports prize of $3 million at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2011  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
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Married women were banned from watching the ancient Olympic games. The penalty was execution.
✓ At the first modern Olympics in 1896, there weren’t any gold medals. Winners received a silver medal and an olive branch.
✓ Olympic gold medals are made mostly of silver.
✓ The longest wrestling match in the history of the games took more than 11 hours.
✓ The 1912 games in Stockholm had an event for literature.
✓ The winner of the first modern Olympic Marathon stopped at a tavern mid-race for a glass of wine.
Best of BS . . .
BS REJECTED ANNIVERSARY CARDS:
• You’re the best starter husband a girl could wish for!
• You’re 40! (…months behind in your child support payments)
• Happy “Got Drunk in Vegas and Did Something Stupid Day.”
• I really thought you’d be dead by now.
• Here’s to another year of not finding anyone better.
• I love you… by the way, that dress DOES make you look fat.
• We’re such a great match. I like to travel, and you like to get around.
• When I said “For better or worse”, that was actually rhetorical.
• We need to talk.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Facebook just rolled out a new bunch of privacy settings. (But as long as my Mom is out there tagging me in embarrassing photos from my teen years, there’s no use in hiding!)
➠ A report found that running burns more fat than lifting weights. (Maybe, but running doesn’t allow me to impress the ladies by screaming and grunting loudly into the mirror while curling a 5-pound dumbbell in my torn Affliction shirt.)
➠ 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.)
➠ About 40% of airline pilots admit to falling asleep while in the cockpit. (In their defense, alcohol does make you sleepy…)
➠ Fact of the Day: Eating tomatoes helps prevent sunburn. (Yeah, but those wrinkles will eventually ketchup…)
BS SLURPEE FLAVOR OR CRAYON COLOR:
• Jazzberry Jam [Crayola crayon color]
• Purple Pizzazz [Crayon]
• Grapermelon [Slurpee flavor]
• Red Licorice [Slurpee]
• Banana Mania [Crayon]
• Wild Blue Yonder [Crayon]
• Outer Space [Crayon]
• Mango Bango [Slurpee]
• Piñata Colada [Slurpee]
• Laser Lemon [Crayon]
BS WEB GOODIE:
Everyone has Olympics fever: https://youtu.be/NBkyth_KT3E
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I’m not a “glass half-full” type of person. I’m more of a “where did I put my glass” kind of person.
BS PHONE STARTER:
If your ex came with a warning label, what would it say?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: When it comes to relationships, experts say you’re not expected to do THIS for your significant other until you’ve been together about 7 months. What is it?
Answer: Plan a birthday party
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by ignorance.