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Born on this day!! Actor Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”) is 88. Actor-singer Liza Minnelli is 75. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 73. Singer Bill Payne of Little Feat is 72. Actor Jon Provost (TV: “Lassie”) is 71. Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 65. Actor Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”) is 65. Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jackson Five is 64. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 61. Actor Titus Welliver (“Deadwood”) is 59. Actor Julia Campbell (“Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion”) is 58. Actor Jake Weber (TV’s “Medium,” film’s “Dawn of the Dead”) is 58. Actor Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight”) is 53. Guitarist Graham Coxon of Blur is 52. Drummer Tommy Bales of Flynnville Train is 48. Actor Rhys Coiro (“Hostages,” “Entourage”) is 42. Country singer Holly Williams is 40. Actor Samm Levine (“Freaks and Geeks”) is 39. Actor Jaimie Alexander (TV’s “Blindspot”) is 37. Actor Tyler Patrick Jones (“Ghost Whisperer”) is 27. Actor Kendall Applegate (“Desperate Housewives”) is 22.


1912 – Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts.
1930 – Mohandas Gandhi began his 200-mile march to protest the British salt tax.
1930 – Mohandas Gandhi began his 200-mile march to protest the British salt tax.
1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the first of his nation-wide “fireside chats” on radio.
1938 – “Anschluss” took place when Hitler incorporated his homeland of Austria into the Third Reich.
1947 – President Truman established the “Truman Doctrine” to aid in the containment of Communism.
1993 – Janet Reno was sworn in as the first female attorney general of the United States.
1994 – The Church of England ordained women priests for the first time in 460 years.
2002 – The color-coded terror alert system was unveiled by Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge.
2003 – The prime minister of the Serbian state (of Serbia and Montenegro), Zoran Djindjic, was assassinated.

Today Is: Girl Scout Birthday Day, Middle Name Pride Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  MacGyver  /  9:00 – Magnum PI  /  10:00 – Blue Bloods
NBC – 8:00  – Blacklist  /  9:00 – Dateline NBC
ABC – 8:00 –  Shark Tank  /  9:00 – 2020
FOX – 8:00 – Friday Night Smackdown
CW – 8:00 –  Whose Line Is It  /  8:30 – Whose Line Is It  /  9:00 – Penn and Teller Fool Us

TV Talk Shows

Seth Meyers: David Spade, Jason Mantzoukas, Raghav Mehrotra (R 2/25/21)
James Corden: Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson, the Weeknd (R 2/8/21)
Lilly Singh: Jay Pharoah (R 2/8/21)
The Talk: Rashad Jennings
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Kelsea Ballerini, Dr. Jennifer Jellison
Ellen DeGeneres: Guest host Brooke Baldwin
The Real: Ross Mathews, Cece Winans
Kelly Clarkson: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jason Biggs (R 2/11/21)
Tamron Hall: Shaunie & Shareef O’Neal, Eric Nies, Heather B. Gardner, Kevin Powell

WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!

QUESTION: Will he send him a MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE?? Prince Williams opens up “lines of communication” with brother Harry after the bombshell interview!!!!!!


QUESTION: Ever wonder who came up with terms like “NERD,” and “BOOTY CALL??” This guy has done the research, and the answers may SURPRISE you!!!!!


QUESTION: Would YOU buy a house in ITALY for ONE DOLLAR?? That’s the deal this small town is offering, and all you have to do is FIX THE HOUSE UP!! Check it out!!


QUESTION: Did you hear the story about the Village People KICKING OUT THE COP, because.. “defund the police??” You can relax… it’s just more FAKE NEWS!!! Whew!!!!


QUESTION: Is eating MORE the key to LOOKING LIKE THIS?? This Aussie fitness expert says adding calories BOOSTS YOU METABOLISM!! OK, we’ll give it a try!!!!
Australian fitness coach Sophie Allen has explained the importance of 'reverse dieting' - a method used to re-introduce calorie intake following a period of restriction

Prince William Defends The Royal Family

Britain’s Prince William on Thursday defended the royal family against accusations of racism that have been leveled against the crown by his younger brother and his wife Meghan Markle.  He was touring a school in East London Thursday when he was asked about the accusations made by Prince Harry and Markle in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired earlier this week.  William rejected the accusations of racism.  “We’re very much not a racist family,” he told reporters.  Prince William said he hasn’t spoken to his brother since the interview, but said he plans to.  William is the first member of the royal family to speak publicly about the interview. Buckingham Palace said in a statement Tuesday that it’s “concerned” about the issues raised by Prince Harry and Markle and is addressing them privately.
********Why, “Othello” is the Queen’s favorite Shakespeare play!!!! (Featuring a black protagonist, in case you have a government education)
******The Queen is calling everyone in, one by one, and grilling them like a cheese sandwich!!!
******The palace has a team of scientists trying to determine which race Charles is!!!!!
*******Camilla’s DNA came back: 38% horse!!!!!

Matthew McConaughey May Enter Politics

Matthew McConaughey could be headed for a career in politics in the near future.  In a recent appearance on “The Balanced Voice” podcast, host Rania Mankarious said Texans would be “very happy” to have McConaughey as governor of Texas.  He then briefly replied, “It’s a true consideration.”  In November, McConaughey also discussed running for office in his home state of Texas and hinted at a future run in politics if the demand was there.  “I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me,” the actor said on “The Hugh Hewitt Show”. “It would be up to the people more than it would me.”  He explained further: “I would say this. Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.”  As for what policies he wishes both Democrats and Republicans could rally behind, McConaughey said he’s interested in getting “behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again.”
******What’s up with all these celebrities wanting to get into politics??
*****Do they realize that half of your fans will immediately hate your guts???
*******Right now, he’s teaching “Naked Bongos” at the University of Texas!!!

Piers Morgan Celebrates High Ratings

Piers Morgan boasted Thursday that his former TV show “Good Morning Britain” beat its competitor in the ratings on his final episode — amid controversy over his comments about Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.  Morgan who quit the show after a heated on-air clash with a co-star over his criticism of the Duchess of Sussex Tuesday — said the number of viewers who tuned into the program that day finally surpassed its on-air rival “BBC Breakfast.”  “I had one goal when I joined @GMB- beat @BBCBreakfast in the ratings. On my last day, we did it. That was down to the hard work & dedication of the whole team. They don’t all agree with me, some don’t even like me, but we were a team.. and we won. Thanks guys. I’ll miss you,” Morgan tweeted.  A total of 1.29 million viewers watched Morgan’s final episode —  which included his now infamous dispute with the show’s weatherman, Alex Beresford, Deadline Deadline reported.  The episode may be the ITV show’s best ratings since it launched in April 2014, Deadline reported.
*********That’s the way to go out… on top!!
******Of course, it’s even better to STAY IN at the top!!!
********He’s now shopping a new TV show: “Piers Morgan is Pissed Off!!”

Demi Lovato Still Drinks and Smokes Marijuana

Demi Lovato isn’t restricting herself from marijuana and alcohol after her near-fatal overdose because she believes it would set her up for failure.  She said in a Glamour’s March cover story that balance has helped her make progress with her eating disorder and says the “all-or-nothing world” of sobriety wouldn’t work for her.  “I called [my recovery case manager, Charles Cook] and was like, ‘Something’s not right. I’m living one side of my life completely legalizing and this other side following a program that’s telling me if I slip up, I’m going to die,’” she said.  Cook asked her how she wanted to proceed, and she responded, “I think I want to try this balance thing in the substance side of my life too.”  Her team, led by Scooter Braun’s management company, predictably was concerned.  “But they were like, ‘She deserves this opportunity to make that choice for herself.’ So I did.”  She also said her approach toward recovery isn’t for everyone.  “A one-size-fits-all solution does not work for everybody,” she said. “What I’m encouraging people to do is just make choices for themselves.  “Autonomy, for me, is what changed my life.”
*******What could go wrong???

Meghan Markle Still Traveled Despite Passport Claims

Meghan Markle took at least 13 personal trips abroad after she started dating Prince Harry — despite claiming that the palace took her passport away when she joined the royal family, according to a report.  The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey that she handed over her passport when she joined the royal fold in 2016.  “You couldn’t just go. You couldn’t. I mean, you have to understand, as well, when I joined that family, that was the last time, until we came here, that I saw my passport, my driver’s license, my keys,” Markle said.  “All that gets turned over. I didn’t see any of that anymore,” she added.  But insiders told the Sun that she visited at least 10 different countries as a tourist — and must have presented her passport.  Besides Queen Elizabeth II, all members of the royal family are required to have a passport on foreign trips, according to the outlet, which reported that Markle flew off on 13 holidays after she started seeing Harry, including jaunts to New York, Ibiza, Botswana, Italy and Amsterdam.  It is understood from royal sources that her passport had to be kept safe to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands, though she still would have had to use it on trips abroad, the Sun reported.
*********When someone asks for her ID, the Queen just holds up a pound note with her picture on it!! “Good enough for you??”
*******As for Meghan, someone probably had her passport and went in front of her to smooth the way. (true) BUT, she still suffered!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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This Is Not Us!  Justin & Chrisell Are Done-(National Enquirer)

This is done!  “This Is Us” stud Justin Hartley and “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause are officially divorced.  The two wed in October 2017 and the reality star, 39, claimed 44-year-old Justin texted her that he was filing for divorce in November 2019.  He’s now snuggling with soap actress Sofia Pernas and she’s dating “Dancing with the Stars” pro Keo Motsepe.

Julia’s Trial Separation-(Globe)

Perturbed “Pretty Woman” Julia Roberts’ long miniseries shoot in Australia is a secret trial separation with her hubby, Danny Moder, say pals, who predict the months apart could make or break their shaky 18-year marriage.  “Julia is a strong, opinionated, not to mention loud, person and she’s been leading Danny by the leash for a long, long, time, and he’s tired of it.  It’s always her way or else there’s a fight.”  And lately, she’s tried to flip his life upside down by insisting they pull up stakes in Malibu and settle in San Francisco, sources say.  But the one-time movie cameraman is determined to stay put in Malibu-setting up a potential $250 million divorce showdown, according to insiders.

Celeb Odd Jobs:  Jack of All Trades-(Us Weekly)

Leslie Jones has truly done it all.  On her long rise to fame, the Saturday Night Live alum, 53, cut her teeth as a receptionist, waitress, cook, cashier, perfume salesperson, justice of the peace, UPS employee-and even worked as a Scientology telemarketer.  “It was a very easy interview,” Jones once said of the kinky gig.  “I just acted crazy!”

Artistic Expressions-(Star)

New York City, Feb. 20

Behold, the many faces of Steve Martin!  The 75-year-old showed off a wide range of emotions while filming Only Murders in the Building around the Upper West Side.  In the upcoming Hulu mystery-comedy series, the Emmy winner plays a true-crime enthusiast who finds himself in a sticky situation with two strangers, played by Martin Short and Selena Gomez.  (The trio also serve as executive producers.)  Steve has been a wild and busy guy recently, reprising his Father of the Bride character, George Banks, for a Netflix reunion with his former costars last fall.  And just this past month, the Saturday Night Live alum-who collects Aboriginal art with wife Anne Stringfield-was praised for helping launch the National Endowment for Indigenous Visual Arts in Australia.

Romance Report Card-(Life & Style)

Clare Crawley-  Sealed with a kiss!  The Bachelorette alum was recently spotted packing on the PDA with ex-fiance Dale Moss on the beach in Florida amid reports of a reconciliation.



Hailey Baldwin-  Her secret to a happy marriage?  Sharing beauty supplies with hubby Justin Bieber!  “I wouldn’t even bat an eye if I walked into the bathroom and he’s using my eye cream,” the model said.



Paris Hilton-  Ouch!  When asked about the one thing she does that slightly annoys him, Carter Reum admitted the heiress can’t keep a clean house.  “Every day is like a treasure hunt,” said the businessman.


Happy Anniversary-(People)

Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen

Weeks after winning the Super Bowl, the Buccaneers quarterback, 43, and the supermodel, 40, celebrated 12 years of marriage on Feb. 26.  “How blessed am I?” posted Brady.

Last Laughs-(In Touch)

“After 28 years together, Daft Punk is splitting up.  They picked a pretty weird time to stop wearing their masks.”-Jimmy Fallon.

“Reality star Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West, despite her mom asking her to hold off until sweeps.”-Seth Meyers.

“Almost 200 pounds of illegal bologna were seized at the New Mexico border.  Subway said they had no idea what illegal bologna is, but ordered 10 crates of it anyway.”-David Spade.



Escaped Donkeys

The owners of a California animal sanctuary said the escape of 11 donkeys could have ended in tragedy if it hadn’t been for the actions of some neighbors. Carlen and Jim Eckford, owners of the Rancho Burro Donkey Sanctuary in Arroyo Grande, said they were approached by a cyclist Monday night after 11 of their 14 donkeys had escaped through a back gate.  The Eckfords said they soon located the herd and were surprised to find a number of neighbors on foot and in cars attempting to keep the donkeys clear of the main road. “We don’t know who all the people were and a lot of people came to help us. That was just amazing to us and we want to thank all of those people,” Carlen Eckford told KSBY-TV.  The Eckfords said all of the donkeys made it back to the sanctuary safely, but one of the animals, named Tutti, was injured by a car. The donkey spent the night in an animal hospital, where her injuries were found to be minor, and is now recovering at the sanctuary.  See the video HERE.
********What a bunch of jackasses!!!!
*******True: A “burro” is a donkey, and a “burrito” is a “little donkey!!” You are what you eat!!

Worker Gets 2021 Tip

Two women who bonded with their server at an Ohio restaurant over a shared grief surprised the worker with a $2,021 tip.  Rebecca Riemer, marketing coordinator for Slyman’s Tavern in Independence, said the women came into the restaurant recently and struck up a conversation with their server, identified only as Tanya.  They told Tanya they were both widows who didn’t cook for themselves very often anymore.  “Tanya could relate to them, because she lost her husband this past April, 2020,” Riemer told “They were bonding over that. The women said ‘You know, it’s Restaurant Week and we’re going to take care of you.'”  The women, whose bill totaled $100.21, left Tanya a $2,021 tip.  “She was completely shocked. She didn’t know what to do. She was crying, they were hugging. She has never received anything like that before,” Riemer told WEWS-TV.
*********Come to think of it, we’re a widow, too!! (tacky??)
TOPIC: Have you been tipping big??
ALSO, when you get a food delivery, do you tip in person or on the app???

Guy Uses Camping Chair To Drive

The Wisconsin State Patrol shared a photo from a traffic stop in which a trooper discovered the driver of a vehicle was sitting on a camping chair.  Troopers posted the photo on Twitter, explaining that the vehicle had been stopped by a trooper from the North Central Region.  The vehicle was pulled over for an “equipment violation,” the tweet said.  “On his approach, the trooper noticed the vehicle was not equipped with seats and the driver was seated in a camping chair,” the state patrol tweeted.  The tweet did not say whether the driver was ticketed or given a warning.
*********Let’s hope they pulled him and clubbed him!!!
********This used to be standard equipment on Korean cars!! They upgraded a long time ago!!
*******Did the seat recline??
****Most importantly, did the car have cupholders???

Bean Dip Hot Tub

A California stuntman spent 24 hours sitting in a pool of bean dip to promote a Los Angeles-area restaurant that has suffered losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Hunter Ray Barker said he climbed into the wading pool filled with bean dip outside Los Toros Mexican Restaurant in Chatsworth at 3 p.m. Monday because he wanted to support the restaurant, which he described as one of his favorites for years.  Baker’s 24-hour tenure in the pool coincided with a block party at the eatery, which featured the stuntman receiving a tattoo of the restaurant’s logo while sitting in the dip.  “Obviously, a stunt like this is ridiculous — it’s absurd, it’s wild, but as with any stunt, I’m always in favor of something that edges on the side of absurdity if it can celebrate and at least make a couple of people laugh,” Barker told Patch before climbing into the bean dip.  See the video HERE.
*********When he got out, he noticed his Johnson looked like a Beanie Baby!!
******Because of financial losses, the restaurant was forced to serve those beans later!!
*******Now that there’s a recall of the Governor in California, restaurants are going to open. Funny how that works!!!









9 Things Sleep Doctors Would Never Do At Night Before Going To Bed

Huffington Post


  1. They don’t watch the news.

“Even though nighttime might seem like the perfect time to catch up on the latest COVID-19 information or the presidential race, we should try to avoid things that can cause anxiety before bed. Unfortunately, nowadays the news is filled with things that can cause worry and other unwanted emotions that you definitely want to avoid if you are hoping to get a good night’s sleep. The news, in some ways, keeps people up late at night the same way that a horror movie can. Images and information regarding violence or fear stimulate your mind preventing you from having a smooth transition into sleep.” — Raj Dasgupta, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine


  1. They avoid working in bed.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant proportion of our population is working from home these days, and as such, your home has become your office. You want to avoid at all costs working from your bed, however, as you want to maintain the relationship with the brain that the bed is only for two things — sleep and sex.

As you do more and more mentally stimulating activities in bed, the brain slowly develops a psychological association of the bed being a place to stay awake rather than sleep. This, in turn, can trigger people to develop sleep-onset insomnia. Your house is already your office, so during these difficult times, use the bed as your sanctuary — a place to relax, escape work and sleep.” ― Ruchir P. Patel, medical director of the Insomnia and Sleep Institute of Arizona


  1. They don’t work out.

“Exercise in the morning or during the daytime can go a long way to helping improve insomnia symptoms at night, but exercise late in the day can be counterproductive. Many people try to exercise at night with the goal of ‘wearing themselves out,’ but are inadvertently making it harder for themselves to fall asleep.” ― Stacey Gunn, sleep medicine physician at the Insomnia and Sleep Institute of Arizona


  1. They steer clear of tense conversations.

“Try your hardest to avoid a heated conversation with your significant other before bed. As the saying goes, never go to bed angry, or bad feelings will harden into resentment. There is research to support the idea that negative emotional memories are harder to reverse after a night’s sleep.

Plus, anger is a huge turn-off. If you do this repeatedly, it creates an unhealthy pattern, and destroys potential opportunities for sexual intimacy. Confrontations lead to a stress response, which is exactly opposite of what you want if you’re trying to fall asleep easily. It’s important to create a peaceful environment for you and your partner to have a good night’s sleep. Instead of fighting, maybe snuggle up together and watch ‘Love Actually,’ one of my personal favorites.” — Dasgupta


  1. They absolutely do not consume caffeine.

“Avoid drinking any caffeinated drinks past 2 p.m. Caffeinated drinks —including coffee, soda, iced tea, pre-work out drinks or energy drinks — act as a stimulant. Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors — and adenosine [plays a role in] sleep homeostasis.” — Anupama Ramalingam, sleep medicine physician at the Insomnia and Sleep Institute of Arizona


  1. They try to avoid drinking alcohol.

“Some people end up self-medicating with a nightcap, because it does help them to fall asleep more easily at the beginning of the night. But I recommend against it because it causes the sleep architecture to be disrupted later on, resulting in poor quality sleep. If I do have a drink in the evening, I try to separate it from bedtime, and give the alcohol a chance to clear out of my system before going to sleep.” ― Gunn


  1. They don’t use electronic devices (without a blue light filter).

“In sleep and circadian science, we use the term ‘zeitgeber’ — or ‘time giver’ — to describe environmental cues that help us entrain to a 24-hour cycle. Light is the most powerful zeitgeber that signals the brain to stay awake. Prolonged exposure to bright light around bedtime keeps us awake and reduces the amount of sleep we get. Exposure to light at night also suppresses the brain’s natural production of melatonin, a hormone that is released in response to darkness and helps us to fall asleep.” ― Anita Shelgikar, clinical associate professor of neurology and director of the sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan


  1. They also don’t keep the lights in their home turned up bright.

“I was reminded during a fishing trip to the Outer Banks [in North Carolina] with my nephews of the importance of avoiding artificial light before bedtime. We were forced to use propane lanterns on the island each night as there was no electricity available. Several of the parents on the fishing trip remarked that the darkness had improved their sleep so much that they might pitch the idea of ‘Lantern Tuesday’ to their spouses: A night each week dedicated to reducing light exposure and improving sleep sounds like a great idea to me!

Exposure to bright light suppresses melatonin secretion. Plus, alteration of the circadian rhythm (or the daily rhythmic sleep-wake cycle) by nocturnal light exposure may contribute to cardiovascular and metabolic disease. What sort of practical steps can one take to avoid bright light? Dim the lights in the home except for a few lamps several hours before bed.” — William J. Healy, assistant professor of medicine and director of sleep quality improvement at Augusta University.


  1. They make sure they don’t spend a long time awake in bed.

“Many of our patients will give themselves a 10-hour sleep window but realistically are only asleep for six to eight hours. Please do not spend more time in bed than you really need. All the extra time in bed awake results in your brain starting to develop an association that the bed is a place to be awake and also sleep. But this, in turn, can result in disruption of your sleep drive and thus result in poor sleep efficiency and sleep quality.” — Patel



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