March 26 2021

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Friday, March 26, 2021 — Edition: #6953

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★ Chrissy Teigen has deleted her Twitter account, saying that it has started to serve her “negatively.” The model and TV personality, who had more than 13.7 million followers, announced that she would be leaving the site in a series of tweets on Wednesday, writing to her followers (Quote:) “I truly consider so many of you my actual friends. But it’s time for me to say goodbye. This no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively, and I think that’s the right time to call something.” Teigen is known for her witty Twitter comebacks, and has had several colorful spats which have trended on the platform — including with former US President Donald Trump.
★ The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards is bringing together the cast of “Glee” for the tenth anniversary of character ‘Santana Lopez’ (portrayed by the late Naya Rivera) coming out as lesbian. Demi Lovato, who played Santana’s girlfriend on the show, will introduce the special tribute, which will feature “Glee” cast members including Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, and Heather Morris. Rivera drowned in July, 2020. The GLAAD Media Awards will air on GLAAD’s YouTube channel and HULU on April 8
★ In 2018, Evan Peters said he was done playing dark characters, having portrayed everyone from a school shooter to a serial killer to a Trumpian cult leader on the “American Horror Story” series. Apparently, that decision was short-lived. Peters is set to star in the upcoming Netflix series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” as the title serial killer/cannibal. The show is apparently largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims, and focuses on how the incompetence of law enforcement allowed Dahmer to murder and dismember 17 men and boys from 1978-91.
★ “Sesame Street” is adding two new Muppets to encourage conversation about race and promote racial literacy among children. The new Muppets — a Black father named ‘Elijah’ and his 5-year-old son ‘Wes’, were introduced in a short video created by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the show. As part of Sesame Workshop’s “Coming Together” initiative, additional resources to support families who want to discuss race and racism with their children will also be released. LINK:


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Michelle Obama, Brittany Howard (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Viola Davis
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Amy Poehler, Phoebe Bridgers, John Herndon (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Noah Centineo, Madison Cunningham (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Tom Selleck (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Chandra Wilson, Meaghan Murphy, guest co-host Harry Connick Jr.
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Joe Manganiello, Dominique Fishback, guest host tWitch
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Chrissy Teigen, Eiza González, Pentatonix
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Edgar Ramirez, Cleo Wade, Kendra Scott, Roshara Sanders

• “52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards” (CBS): The virtual ceremonies will recognize winners in more than 60 non-televised categories in the fields of television and streaming, music, literature, film and activism.
• “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (HALLMARK): Sparks fly between a woman who runs a boot camp for the brokenhearted and a reporter who’s investigating whether it’s a fad or a phenomenon.
• “Tina” (HBO): Never-before-seen footage, audio tapes, personal photos and intimate interviews provide insight into the remarkable life and career of legendary singer Tina Turner.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Maya Rudolph, with musical guest Jack Harlow
• “NCAA Basketball” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): The “Sweet 16” portion of the tournament begins

• “American Idol” (ABC): The contestants showcase their talent by performing with a band for their last chance to make it into the coveted top 24
• “City on a Hill” (SHOWTIME): Season 2 premiere
• “V.C. Andrews’ Hidden Jewel” (LIFETIME): When Pearl’s younger brother becomes deathly ill, she travels back to the bayou to find Ruby and uncover the mysterious secrets of her past.

• Taylor Swift – Her first “from the vault” tune from the re-recording of her 2008 album “Fearless” drops today. She announced on Wednesday that ‘You All Over Me’ (with background vocals from Maren Morris), will be the first of 6 never-before-heard songs from “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”.
• Machine Gun Kelly — sings a cover of Edwyn Collins’ 1994 hit ‘A Girl Like You’ in the trailer for the new Amazon series “Paradise City”. The show’s cast includes Fairuza Balk, Bella Thorne, Mark Boone Junior, Drea De Matteo and Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, but not MGK – yet.
• Boy George, Snoop Dogg, Lionel Richie — and others are all set to release exclusive content on’s new NFT platform. Earlier this month, Kings of Leon became the first band to release an album as an NFT (non-fungible token), a cryptocurrency that gives access to art, content, and tickets, as opposed to money. Other big names on the bandwagon include Post Malone, Charli XCX, and Grimes.
• Prince — fans will soon be able to pay their respects to him in person, when Paisley Park opens its doors to the public and displays his ashes in the museum’s atrium. 1,400 people will be allowed inside the Minnesota compound for a 30-minute visit on April 21, the 5th anniversary of Prince’s death.
• Janet Jackson – Her “Rhythm Nation 1814” album is among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry for 2021. The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape. Also being inducted: Labelle’s song ‘Lady Marmalade’ and Kool & the Gang’s ‘Celebration’.
• Fleetwood Mac – ex-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham performed a reworked rendition of their song ‘Never Going Back Again’ on a new web series from Fender guitars called “Re-Creation”. The song was famously written in the wake of the breakup of his relationship with frontwoman Stevie Nicks.
• Carly Pearce – When she performed at the Grand Ole Opry last weekend, she debuted a new song, which is a tribute to one of her heroes, Loretta Lynn. Pearce explained that she wrote ‘Dear Miss Loretta’, as a letter to Lynn, who she has never met. Quote: “We have a lot and common, and … she told her truth, a lot more than I ever thought I would.”
• Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Scotty McCreery, and Shy Carter — are joining forces with MLB’s Chris Taylor to help kids with cancer – tonight! Paisley posted: “My friend and Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Chris Taylor put together a live concert HOME RUN FOR HOPE on March 26 from 8pm – 10pm! It’s going to be an evening of ALL-STAR ENTERTAINMENT to benefit kids with cancer. Sit back and enjoy a night of SPECIAL UNPLUGGED music right from our living rooms.” TICKETS:
• Jason Aldean — says he’s looking forward to seeing Morgan Wallen get back into full swing in his career after being sidelined by scandal. In a new interview, Aldean calls Morgan his current favorite artist, adding that he wants him to return “sooner than later.” Wallen was caught on video using the N-word on a recording that went viral after TMZ published it on Feb. 2.


⇒ Here’s a brand-new way to tempt shoppers into buying snacks while they grocery shop: Say hello to the new “snack rover”, now stalking unsuspecting peckish shoppers at a New York state supermarket. In a collaboration between Mars Wrigley and a company known as Saviok, a ShopRite store is now home to “Smiley”; Think of a Roomba, but instead of cleaning your house, it’s trying to get you to buy sweets. Smiley offers up Snickers, M&Ms and Orbit gum. It can roam around the store while maintaining an awareness of people and other objects. And if you walk within 4 feet of the robot, it’ll react with sounds and notices on its display. Some have given it the nickname “Mars Bar Rover” (I still prefer the old method of supermarket snacking: Opening a bag of cookies and then having to ask the cashier to scan an empty package along with my groceries!)
⇒ A developer has created a handy tool, called “Zoom Escaper”, which allows you to sabotage video meetings and hopefully get yourself booted out. Sam Lavigne unveiled his creation this week, saying the app will make a person’s presence on a Zoom call “unbearable” to others. How? It allows users to choose from a series of fake, annoying sounds and add them to their audio stream. The real time effects include the sounds of a bad connection and that of a man weeping in the background who requires comfort. The idea is that your colleagues, so fed up with the disruption, will then ask you to excuse yourself. (And to stop punching your roommate!)

➢ A top Philadelphia prosecutor has been demoted because he was caught moonlighting for DoorDash during work hours. Gregg Shore, who served as an aide to a district attorney in suburban Philadelphia, was demoted from the office’s first assistant to deputy district attorney. The DA said Shore had been working for DoorDash, delivering food during work hours, from October to February. His salary as first assistant was $125,000. Shore pointed out to a reporter that he “primarily” delivered food at night and on weekends, but did make “the incredibly poor decision to deliver during the workday at times.” (It goes to show you that money isn’t everything. Especially when you can sneak a few free French fries!)
➢ A judge has ruled that a physics lecturer at the UK’s University of Loughborough, acted in an “unnecessarily aggressive” and “intimidating” way by putting lots of question marks at the end of messages. Dr. Binoy Sobnack – who still works as a lecturer – was dismissed from his other role as the warden of a residence last year after several students complained about his text messages. He responded by suing the university, and an employment tribunal has now ruled that the lecturer was unfairly dismissed, awarding him US $19,700. But the judge also ruled that Sobnack’s messages could indeed be considered “brusque, blunt and unnecessarily aggressive in tone,” and that many question marks “cannot sensibly be read as a genuine question.” Examples of his messages: “Why don’t you listen??????” (6 question marks), and “Do you have to stay for dinner????” (4 question marks) [If those are intimidating, my teenagers are MMA warriors!]

Most people fall into an “internet wormhole” 5 times per week. According to a new study, the average person gets “lost” online for 40 minutes each week, losing track of time to get the bottom of a lingering question. In the survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll and education site FutureLearn, the average respondent reported that they spend about 8 minutes, 5 times per week, falling to an “internet wormhole” while leisurely researching a topic of interest. Most said they’ll turn to the web about 5 times a day to quickly look something up, which, of course, doesn’t always turn out to be quick.


1934 [87] Alan Arkin, NYC, movie actor (“Argo”, “Little Miss Sunshine”)

1940 [81] James Caan, The Bronx NY, movie actor (“The Godfather”, “Elf”, “Misery”)

1944 [77] Diana Ross, Detroit MI, pop singer (‘I’m Coming Out’, w/Lionel Richie -‘Endless Love’, The Supremes-‘You Can’t Hurry Love’)

1948 [73] Steven Tyler (Tallarico), Manhattan NY, classic rock singer (Aerosmith-‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’, ‘Dream On’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001)

1950 [71] Martin Short, Hamilton ON, movie actor (“Three Amigos”, “Father Of the Bride”)/TV comedian (“Saturday Night Live” 1984-85, “SCTV” 1982-84)

1960 [61] Jennifer Grey, New York NY, movie actress (“Dirty Dancing”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, season 11 winner of “Dancing with the Stars”)

1968 [53] Kenny Chesney, Knoxville TN, country singer (‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems’, ‘Beer in Mexico’)

1972 [49] Leslie Mann, San Francisco CA, movie actress (“Blockers”, “Knocked Up”, “This is 40″)/married to filmmaker Judd Apatow since 1997

1973 [48] Larry Page, East Lansing MI, co-founder & CEO of Google/estimated net worth of $88.9 billion (2021)

1985 [36] Keira Knightley, London UK, movie actress (“Pride & Prejudice”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies)

SATURDAY- Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction”) is 58; Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) is 52; Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”) is 51; Mariah Carey (‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’) is 51; Nathan Fillion (“The Rookie”) is 50; Fergie [Stacy Ferguson] (‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’) is 46; Jessie (‘Bang Bang’) is 33

SUNDAY- Reba McEntire (‘Fancy’) is 66; Rodney Atkins (‘Take a Back Road’) is 52; Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”) is 51; Kate Gosselin (“Jon and Kate Plus 8”) is 46; Julia Stiles (“Save the Last Dance”) is 40; Lady Gaga (‘Born This Way’) is 35

• “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day”. What ingredients make for a good holiday? Special foods? Parades? Costumes? Fireworks? Religious obligations? A day off from the sweatbox?
• “Legal Assistants Day”, honoring all those who help lawyers with their briefs.
• “Purple Day”, an event begun in 2008 to raise awareness of epilepsy by wearing purple or lavender. The idea is to dispel myths about the condition by getting people talking, and to reassure those with seizures that they are not alone. LINK:
• “Spinach Day”, it’s not just Popeye who will be strong to the finish on Spinach Day. Packed with nutrients like Iron, Vitamin A and Calcium, spinach is a healthy part of a balanced diet. (What is this? The Spinach Inquisition?)
• “Nougat Day”, a mixture of honey, sugar, nuts and more, it is soft, chewy, a little sticky, and filled with utter honey-nut deliciousness. Nougat comes from the Old Provencal French word, “nogat” which simply means “nut cake”.
• “Solitude Day”, A little isolation can do wonders for your mental health. Here are a few benefits to spending some time alone: It helps to clear your head, spark creativity, increase productivity, and can help improve your relationships with others (although these days, the phrase “too much of a good thing” might come to mind…)

• “Earth Hour”, an effort initiated by the World Wide Fund to raise awareness of the need to reduce energy consumption. Show support by turning off your lights for 1 hour at 8:30 pm local time. This year, as you do so, WWF will drop a must-watch video aimed at creating the same unmissable sight online by taking over the social media feeds of millions around the world. LINK:
• “Joe Day”, when people who hate their names are to be given a break and simply called ‘Joe’. (***Ask listeners for the most horrific given names they’ve come across***)
• “Spanish Paella Day” [pie-AY-uh], celebrating the saffron rice dish that’s basically a stew that might include, chicken, sausage, shellfish, and vegetables. It’s often cooked and served in a flat round pan.
• “World Theatre Day”, established in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. A celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”. Generally, the British prefer the “r-e” spelling of the word, while Americans tend to spell it ending with the letters “e-r”.
• “Viagra Day”, celebrating the 1998 date when the ‘Little Blue Pill’ for men was approved for retail sale. (Are you up for this?)
• “Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day”, how about these, for instance …
– ‘I Gave Her the Ring, and She Gave Me the Finger’
– ‘I Wish I Were a Woman (So I Could Go Out With a Guy Like Me)’
– ‘Get Off the Table, Mabel (The Two Dollars is for the Beer)’
– ‘My Phone Ain’t Been Ringing, So I Guess It Wasn’t You’
– ‘He’s Got a Way with Women…and He’s Just Got Away with Mine’

• “Children’s Picture Book Day”. And the best one of all-time is? “Hop on Pop”, of course.
• “Hot Tub Day”, time to soak yourself in a steaming hot tub and bust the stress. Human stew!
• “Something on a Stick Day”, celebrating corn dogs, shish kebabs, Popsicles, ice cream bars, and any of the estimated 3 dozen other foods regularly served on a stick.
• “Weed Appreciation Day”, NOT what you’re thinking. It’s a salute to plants that grow wild which, though classified as weeds, have a beauty all their own. Think of them as wildflowers and see if that helps.
• “Black Forest Cake Day”, the cake is named not directly after the Black Forest in southwestern Germany but rather from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser, and distilled from tart cherries.

1990 [31] ‘Under the Sea’ from the Disney movie “The Little Mermaid” is named ‘Best Song’ at the 62nd Academy Awards

2012 [09] Filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person in over 50 years to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth

1971 [50] The Rolling Stones’ lips and tongue logo appears for the first time when it is used on VIP passes for their show at the Marquee Club in London

2013 [08] Ariana Grande’s first single, ‘The Way’, is released

2000 [21] Vladimir Putin is first elected president of Russia (‘elected’ to a fourth term in 2018)

2018 [03] E-commence company Alibaba Group and car maker Ford unveil a ‘car vending machine’ (without sales people) 5 stories high in Guangzhou, China


✓ Contrary to popular belief, blowing into video game cartridges did not fix them by removing dust. Reinserting the cartridge fixed the connection.
✓ The modern “popped collar” originated as a way to keep tennis players’ necks from getting sunburnt.
✓ People fluent in multiple languages almost always swear in their native tongue.
✓ The distinctive smell of Crayola crayons is mostly due to beef fat.
✓ Flamingos are pink because they eat a lot of shrimp.
✓ Male fruit flies look for alcohol to consume after being rejected for sex.
-UberFacts, MentalFloss

Best of BS . . .
• You wake up wearing clothes that aren’t yours.
• You receive a text back that says “Fine”.
• Your last four status updates have been from prison.
• You receive an invitation to a “mandatory” meeting with HR.
• Your priest tells you to gargle holy water.
• Strangely, there is a horde of reporters gathered outside your office.
• Your lawyers have lawyers.
• You ask where your pillow is, and she points toward the couch.
• You recognize your house on ‘COPS Live’. Then the doorbell rings.
• You got caught.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2012

➠ Krispy Kreme is giving customers a free donut every day as long as they show their COVID-19 vaccination card. (This morning, millions of Americans sped to the drive thru, quickly seized their donuts, and scurried off to work…THEN heard about the COVID-19 offer!)
➠ Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut every day to anyone who can show their COVID-19 vaccination card. (So . . . if you’re the kind of person who will FINALLY get a vaccination just to get a free donut, then yes, you’ve hit rock bottom…)
➠ It’s Spring! (That wonderful time of year where we spend endless hours of amusement watching the dog hump everything in sight…)
➠ Diana Ross (77) and Steven Tyler (73) both have birthdays today. (So, today music fans are celebrating the birthday of a diva known for long, flowing outfits . . . and also the birthday of Diana Ross!)
➠ Clay Aiken says he hasn’t watched ″American Idol″ in 10 years. (So, I guess Clay and I DO have more than one thing in common . . . [wink])

As if there’s ever any leftovers:

What is the absolute WORST movie you’ve ever watched?

The one thing my mother wanted was a successful son. I did MY part. I urged her to have more children…

Question:  Research says we do THIS about 20% more on weekends than on weekdays. What is it?
Answer:  Smile

It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated.


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