June 23 2021

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – Edition: #7014

Good Morning, Sheetheads!


★ The rift between Prince William and Prince Harry was the result of an angry phone call when William confronted Harry about reports that Meghan Markle had been bullying royal staff. That’s the bombshell claim in “Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult”, a new book by British historian Robert Lacey, who is the historical adviser to “The Crown”. According to the book, one aide told a colleague “I can’t stop shaking” in advance of an encounter with Meghan, while another reported that her interaction with Meghan made her “feel sick.”
★ Netflix has announced a deal with Steven Spielberg for his production company to supply multiple movies a year. The Academy Award-winning director of big-screen classics such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan” had been at odds with the streaming service in recent years, arguing that movies seen primarily on television should be eligible for Emmys but not Oscars. In a statement, Spielberg said discussions with Netflix showed “it was abundantly clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell new stories together and reach audiences in new ways.”
★ Adrien Brody and Georgina Chapman made their red-carpet debut on the weekend at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival after nearly two years of dating. It was confirmed in February 2020 that Chapman was dating the Oscar-winning actor after divorcing disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who remains behind bars. It’s the fashion designer’s first relationship since Weinstein, who was convicted in New York in 2020 of rape and criminal sexual assault.
★ The Los Angeles Lakers will be featured in a new sitcom. Netflix has announced a straight-to-series order for an untitled workplace comedy inspired by the NBA team. The show will take place in the front office, and the first season will feature 10 half-hour episodes “inspired by the personal and professional dynamic between the family owners and front office team that together run one of the most iconic franchises in all of sports: the Los Angeles Lakers,” according to Netflix.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Billy Crystal, Emma Corrin, Seventeen
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): John Cena, Henry Winkler, Majid Jordan
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Christine Baranski, Joy Oladokun
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Bill Clinton, James Patterson, Titus Welliver, Weezer, Kristina Schiano
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Josh Gad, Chloe Moriondo
• “Conan” (TBS): Dana Carvey
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kathy Hilton, Crystal Kung Minkoff
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Iliza Shlesinger, Shan Boodram, guest co-host Victor Cruz
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jennifer Garner, Delroy Lindo, Dr. Jennifer Jellison
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Henry Golding, Damien Caillaud, Urbain Ngobobo, Sakura Kokumai, Haley Anderson, Ashleigh Johnson, members of the Berywam French beatboxing crew
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Vin Diesel, Caroline Rhea, Ruth Righi, Ezra French, Jennifer Nettles
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Laura Prepon, Abbi Jacobson (R)
• “Kids Say the Darndest Things” (CBS): Season 2 finale
• “The Blacklist” (NBC): Season 8 finale
• “In the Dark” (CW0: Season 3 premiere

• Ariana Grande – Monday, she kicked off a live performance video series in partnership with Vevo, built around songs from her latest album “Positions”. The first vid, for her song ‘POV’, shows her singing in front of a spotlight in a field of flowers. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ynx9nam3
• Lorde — After releasing her comeback single ‘Solar Power’ earlier this month, she has announced the album of the same name will drop Aug. 20. Her 2022 world tour will kick off in New Zealand in Feb., and in North America on April 3. Tickets go on sale Friday.
• Bruce Springsteen – fans (including many Canadians) who received the AstraZeneca vaccine will no longer be denied entry to his Broadway show this summer. The venue has now announced that anyone fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine will be permitted to attend. Previously, only vaccines approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration were acceptable, which does not include AstraZeneca.
• Foo Fighters –brought out comedian Dave Chappelle to sing Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. It was the legendary NYC venue’s first full-capacity show since the beginning of the pandemic.
• Joni Mitchell — has released “Blue 50”, a 5-song digital collection of outtakes and demos from her acclaimed album “Blue”, which came out 50 years ago this week. The EP includes a rare recording of ‘Hunter’, recorded at the 1970 Vancouver Greenpeace benefit with James Taylor. It also contains alternate versions of ‘River’ and ‘Urge for Going’, and early demos for ‘California’ and ‘A Case of You’.
• KISS — have launched an official, Kiss-branded gin, called, of course “Cold Gin” after the band’s 1974 classic. Following the launch last year of the “Rum Kollection portfolio”, Cold Gin” gin is available to pre-order now at brandsforfans.com  (What took them so long?)
• Kane Brown – On Father’s Day, not only did he spend time with his toddling new daughter Kingsley, and celebrate his wife Katelyn’s birthday, he also continued to unveil potential releases from what he’s described as a 12-to-15 song forthcoming album. This time, he uploaded a sample to Instagram of a ballad titled ‘I Can’t Love You Anymore’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/nfxvma8
• Tyler Farr – His new song ‘Cover Girl’ takes a stand against domestic violence. Quote: “This happens to a lot of people, or folks may know someone in this situation, and not everyone knows how to talk about it.” The video includes the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s phone number (1-800-787-3224), which can also be reached via text.
• Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall — fired up their acoustic guitars for an unplugged edition of NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert on Monday. The trio, who spent a week of quarantine recording the intimate album “The Marfa Tapes”, stripped their set all the way down, opting for spare lighting, tall stools, a white cowboy hat for each. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/kv89458


You’ve heard of “intermittent fasting” right? Weight loss approaches such as alternate day fasting or the ‘5:2’ diet have exploded in popularity lately. But a new study says the restrictive diet might not be all that effective. Researchers from the University of Bath conducted an experiment using 36 volunteers, separated into 3 groups: one group fasted every other day and ate 50% more food than usual on eating days, the second group reduced calories by 25%, representing a traditional dieting approach, and group 3 fasted on alternating days, but was instructed to eat 100% more food on eating days. What they found is that both groups 1 and 3 ended up losing less weight than those in group 2. This held up even when calorie intake was virtually identical across groups. The researchers say that at the end of the dieting day, intermittent fasting is no magic bullet and “there is nothing special about fasting when compared with more traditional, standard diets people might follow.”
(And how can you tell when someone is on an “intermittent fasting” diet? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you!)
(I’m doing all my eating within a window these days. A drive-thru window!)

If there is a silver lining from the past 15 months of quarantining and social-distancing, it might be a financial one. According to Statistics Canada, Canadians have saved a record amount of money during the pandemic, from the combined impact of reduced spending and receiving money from government support programs. The government agency figures Canadians amassed $212 billion last year. That works out to $5,574 per Canadian, compared to just $479 each the previous year. At the same time, discretionary expenses — spending at places like restaurants and movie theatres — dropped sharply. While the good financial news doesn’t hold true for everyone — some people have seen their income drop sharply since March 2020, many businesses affected by the pandemic are hopeful that pent up demand and customers’ savings will translate into a blockbuster summer.
(Well, as all my work Zoom buddies know, I certainly saved on clothing!)
(Fortunately, my wife was able to buck that trend – thanks to a little something called “Amazon”!)
(My crazy Uncle Larry saved that much in empty beer bottles alone!)

A survey has found that among young adults, over a quarter have zero interest in ever having children. And these grown-ups are just as happy and satisfied are their peers who do have children. Researchers from Michigan State University polled 1,000 ‘child-free’ adults – defined as those who have chosen not to have children, and found that no differences in life satisfaction between child-free individuals and parents, not-yet-parents, or childless individuals. What’s more, they found that people who aren’t child-free feel substantially “less warm” toward those who choose to be child-free. More than one in 4 people identified as child-free, significantly more than the rate of 2-9% found in previous studies.
(And with the way real estate is going these days, many have also chosen to be “house-free”!)
(And if you’re already a parent, you know that there’s nothing ‘free’ about children!)
(If you live in Michigan and have children…your kids just might be the reason why!)


People on Reddit have been sharing “scary” science facts they believe the public knows nothing about, and inviting scientists to reveal the details. To be honest, some of these you’d rather not know. Nonetheless, here are some highlights…or rather lowlights – whether they are 100% true or not…
➢ In 1958, a 7600 lb. nuclear bomb was lost off the Georgia coast near Savannah. It’s never been found – Unlucky-Pomegranate3
➢ Some forms of anaesthesia don’t numb you to pain — they make you forget that you felt it. — dwimmerlaik
➢ Hearing is supposedly one of the last senses to fade upon death based on EEG (brainwave recordings) – Feeling_Bathroom9523
➢ Smallpox is really easy to bring back and it’ll kill 1/5 of the planet when it happens. Takes some genocidal anger, knowledge that 10s of thousands have, and about $100K. — tcellcrypto
➢ The government protocol for disposing of nuclear waste is to pack it with kitty litter in barrels and bury it. If the wrong brand is used it can cause massive environmental problems. This mistake has been made. – ndisa44
➢ One of the first things you learn in funeral sciences classes is that people over a certain body fat percentage will start a literal grease fire in your crematory oven if you don’t bake them at the proper temp and duration. Cold start, low and slow is key. – all0fherheart

In the latest viral TikTok trend, insomniacs are drinking ‘lettuce water” as a supposed sleep aid. A beauty influencer who goes by ‘Shapla’ recently documented her alleged success in a video that accumulated 1.4 million likes and 7.2 million views. Shapla washed off lettuce, poured boiling water over it, added a peppermint tea bag and let it steep for 10 minutes before removing the ingredients and drinking it. In a series of real-time reactions, she first reported feeling “slightly drowsy — not hella sleepy.” Later, she shared her now-heavy-eyed perspective, saying: “Lettuce has crack because your sis is GONE.” Experts say anyone who feels that lettuce helps them sleep is likely just experiencing a placebo effect.


1956 [65] Randy Jackson, Baton Rouge LA, TV personality (“American Idol Judge” 2002-2014, “America’s Best Dance Crew” 2008-2010), bassist-singer (re-joined Journey in May 2020, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G)

1957 [64] Frances McDormand, Chicago IL, movie actress (“Burn After Reading”, “Almost Famous”, Oscar–“Fargo”)/married to filmmaker Joel Coen (of The Coen Brothers) since 1984. COMING UP…”The French Dispatch”, 2021

1972 [49] Selma Blair, Southfield MI, TV actress (“Anger Management” 2012-14)/movie actress (“Cruel Intentions”)

1977 [44] Jason Mraz, Mechanicsville VA, pop-folk singer (‘I’m Yours’, ‘I Won’t Give Up’)

1980 [41] Melissa Rauch, Marlboro NJ, TV actress (‘Bernadette Rostenkowski’ on “The Big Bang Theory” 2009-19) COMING UP…”Night Court”

1984 [37] (Aimee Anne) Duffy, Bangor Wales, pop singer (‘Warwick Avenue’, ‘Mercy’)

• “International Widows Day”, a UN-sanctioned day of action to address the poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.

• “Typewriting Day”, a celebration of the anniversary of the granting of a patent to American inventor Christopher Sholes in 1868. So, take your old typewriter from the attic, dust it off, and get started on your magnum opus! (Would his first model be called a “proto-typewriter”?)

• “Let It Go Day”, a day to release pent-up emotions. Whatever is bugging you, let it go!
(Aaaaad now you’ll be singing that song all day!)

• “National Pink Day”, not to be confused with “International Day of Pink” (against bullying and discrimination) in April. For some unknown reason this is just a day to dress in pink, from your lipstick to your toenail polish. (So, let’s get this party started….!)

• “Pink Flamingo Day”, saluting the tacky lawn ornament created by Don Featherstone in 1957. BS FAST FACT: Worldwide, there are more fake flamingos than real ones.

• “Runners Selfie Day”, a day to celebrate your run with a pic that you post at #runnersselfie.

• “Pecan Sandies Day, a tribute to those fabulous shortbread cookies that are rich with both butter and toasted nuts. Perfect with iced tea or milk or coffee, they really require no embellishment.

[Thurs] Celebration of the Senses
[Thurs] World UFO Day
[Fri] Global Beatles Day
[Fri] Leon Day

2009 [12] TV personality Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s former sidekick on the “Tonight Show” (1962-92), dies at age 86

2018 [03] “Game of Thrones” actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie marry in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

2016 [05] After a trial in which the 3 living members of Led Zeppelin testified, a jury rules they are not guilty of plagiarizing the intro of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ from the 1968 song ‘Taurus’ by the band Spirit. The ruling is upheld in 2020

2016 [05] Actress-singer Mandy Moore and singer-songwriter Ryan Adams divorce after 7 years

2013 [08] Millions watch on TV as Nik Wallenda becomes the first to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope

2007 [14] After passing through 50 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and the USA, an around-the-world relay celebrating sports-car maker Ferrari’s 60th anniversary finishes up at company headquarters in Maranello, Italy


• The average person falls asleep in 7 minutes.
• The fingernails on your dominant hand grow faster.
• Your voice tires more quickly from whispering than from speaking in a normal tone.
• Your eyes can distinguish about 10 million different colors
• Your tongue is the fastest-healing part of your body.
• Your sweat is odorless. It is the bacteria on your skin that blends with it and produces the stink.
-Did-You-Knows, Playbuzz

Best of BS . . .

• Put a ‘For Sale’ sign on the lawnmower. Let everybody who comes by take a test drive.
• Kill half the grass, let the other half grow long. Do a ‘comb over’.
• Mount your entire yard on a giant hydraulic platform. Lower it 1 inch per week.
• Tell your wife you can’t stand the screams of the poor defenseless blades of grass, then go sit in a corner gently rocking back and forth.
• Have a kid. Wait 10 years. Make him do it.
• Be like my neighbor. Just don’t.
-First published in BS in 2017

• You’ve been married 3 times and still have the same in-laws.
• You wonder how gas stations keep their restrooms so clean.
• You think a woman who is ‘out of your league’ goes bowling on a different night.
• Your junior prom had a daycare.
• The bluebook value of your truck goes up and down … depending how much gas is in it.
• Your toilet paper has page numbers on it.
• You allow your 12-year-old daughter to smoke at the dinner table … in front of her kids.
-First published in BS in 2015


➠ All-time record temps have been recorded in Arizona. (It’s so hot Arizonan’s were finding Maricopa County Auditors, just so they could stand next to something shady!)
➠ A study claims that cats have terrible short-term memories. (The good news is: After 30 minutes, they’ve already forgotten they hate you.)
➠ Fact:  Judy Garland’s diet while filming “The Wizard of Oz” consisted of chicken soup, coffee and 80 cigarettes a day. (Or, as we call it in our Trailer Park: A Wednesday.)
➠ Former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson is 65 today. (That’s 455 in “Yo Dawg” years…)
➠ Fact of the Day:  Some penguins are prostitutes – offering sex in exchange for pebbles. (Thank goodness this business of guys giving a woman a rock for sex doesn’t happen with humans!)

(Give contestant the clues, they must tell you what all three have in common…)
• A saw, a comb, a shark
Answer: They all have teeth

• A city, a song, a nose
Answer: They all have bridges

• Stove pipes, Clamdiggers, Knickerbockers
Answer:  They are all types of pants

It wasn’t THAT funny (sound up):  https://tinyurl.com/55tw9r9u

I wish summer was even longer so I could have more time to do nothing.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve found in your kid’s bedroom?

Question:  According to a survey of employees, what phrase irks them most in meetings?
Answer: “Think outside the box!”

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.


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