Born on this day!! Actor David Proval (“The Sopranos”) is 79. Singer-actor Cher is 75. Actor Dave Thomas (“Grace Under Fire,” ″SCTV”) is 73. Musician Warren Cann of Ultravox is 71. Actor Dean Butler (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 65. Guitarist Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s is 63. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 62. Singer Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills is 62. Actor John Billingsley (“True Blood,” ″Enterprise”) is 61. Actor Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) is 61. Singer Nick Heyward of Haircut 100 is 60. TV personality Ted Allen (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) is 56. Actor Mindy Cohn (“Facts of Life”) is 55. Guitarist Tom Gorman of Belly is 55. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 49. Bassist Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne is 46. Actor Matt Czuchry (“The Good Wife,” ″Gilmore Girls”) is 44. Singer-actor Naturi Naughton (3LW) is 37. Country singer Jon Pardi is 36.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1506 – Christopher Columbus died in Spain.
1861 – North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
1927 – Charles Lindbergh began the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, departing from Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.
1932 – Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
1961 – A mob attacked a busload of “freedom riders” in Montgomery, Ala., setting the bus on fire.
1978 – Mavis Hutchinson, 53, became the first woman to run across America. The 3,000-mile trek took her 69 days. She ran an average of 45 miles each day.
1996 – In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court rejected a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination.
2002 – East Timor became the what was then the world’s newest nation.
Today Is: Eliza Doolittle Day, Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, International Red Sneakers Day, National Association of Psychometrist’s Day, National Rescue Dog Day, Stop The Bleed Day, Weights & Measures Day, World Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day, World Bee Day
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – Young Sheldon / 8:30 – The United States Of Al / 9:00 – Mom / 9:30 – Be Positive / 10:00 – Clarice
NBC – 8:00 – Manifest / 9:00 – Law and Order / 10:00 – Law and Order
ABC – 8:00 – Station 19 / 9:00 – Grey’s Anatomy / 10:00 – Rebel
FOX – 8:00 – Family Guy / 8:30 – Let’s Be Real / 9:00 – Last Man Standing
CW – 8:00 – Walker / 9:00 – Legacies
TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Kimmel: Ryan Seacrest, Yvonne Orji, Counting Crows
Jimmy Fallon: Dayglow
Stephen Colbert: John Krasinski, Yo-Yo Ma
Seth Meyers: Rob McElhenney, Ryan O’Connell, Brian Frasier-Moore
James Corden: Sara Bareilles
Lilly Singh: Ryan O’Connell
Conan: Bill Burr
Watch What Happens Live: P!nk
The View: Day of Hot Topics
The Talk: Guest co-hosts Jerry O’Connell & David Begnaud
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Uzo Aduba, Monica Mangin
Ellen DeGeneres: Jake Tapper, Tig Notaro
Wendy Williams: Joy Ann Reid
The Real: Daniel Dae Kim, David Arquette, Baron Davis
Kelly Clarkson: Billy Crystal, Olivia Liang, Danielle Kartes
Tamron Hall: Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade
Drew Barrymore: Hugh Grant, Nicole Beharie
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
QUESTION: From the mouths of babes?? This 10-year-old boy speaks at a school board meeting, and OBLITERATES their mask mandate!! Future politician!!!!!!!!!
QUESTION: We almost lost SALMA HAYEK to COVID?? The Oscar winner says she almost didn’t make it, because she refused to leave home and go to the hospital!!
QUESTION: Is Matthew Perry HAMMERED in the promo for the “Friends” reunion?? Fans are worried over his weird stare and SLURRED SPEECH!!! Not good……..
QUESTION: WHY did this YouTube couple call off their adoption of a Thai baby?? Because they couldn’t post about her on social media for a year!!! Shallow? Much???
QUESTION: Why are people in Palm Springs up in arms about this statue of MARILYN MONROE? Because it’s 26 feet tall, with her skirt blowing up, leading to UPSKIRTS!!
ABC released the first teaser of the network’s Wonder Years reboot ahead of their Upfront presentation to advertisers. The new series features a Black family growing up in the ’60s. The teaser includes Joe Cocker’s rendition of “With a Little Help From My Friends” which served as the theme song of the original series. It shows Elisha Williams riding his bike down the neighborhood street as his older self (Don Cheadle) remembers. “It’s the little things that you remember all your life,” Cheadle says. The teaser continues to show Williams playing baseball and pining after a classroom crush. It ends when his father (Dule Hill) comes to watch him play baseball. The Wonder Years ran for six seasons from 1988 to 1993. See the teaser HERE.
*******At least we love the theme song!!!
*****Will Wonder BREAD ever get a reboot??
*****Can this be the LAST show they redo?? No????
Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly upset after her five-month-old dog, Fergus, died. According to The Independent, one of the British monarch’s two new puppies died over the weekend after falling ill in February. The dachshund and Welsh corgi mixed breed pup joined the queen’s household shortly after Prince Philip fell ill and was hospitalized earlier this year. Fergus, along with a corgi named Muick, were given to the queen by her son Prince Andrew in an effort to lift her spirits after Philip was hospitalized in February. The outlet reports that the dog was named after the queen’s maternal uncle, Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died in France during the First World War. Muick, meanwhile, was reportedly named after Loch Muick, a lake in Scotland. The death of Fergus came a little more than a month after the Duke of Edinburgh, the queen’s husband of 73 years, died at age 99.
*****First Phillip, now the dog!! Bad year for the Queen!!
******Phillip came to her and said, “They can save me, or the dog. Which do you choose?” She said, “Well, I’ll miss you!!”
*****This just proves that Andrew can’t do anything right!!
The timing of Princess Beatrice’s pregnancy announcement was a “total dig” at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, royal insiders believe. Beatrice chose to announce that she was expecting her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi early Wednesday — on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s third wedding anniversary. The Sussexes revealed that they were expecting their son, Archie, at her sister Princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12, 2018, and a highly placed source speculated of Beatrice’s announcement: “It was a total dig at Harry and Meghan. They stole Eugenie’s thunder on her big day, after all, and it appears that has not been forgotten.” Another royal watcher with close links to the Palace says that the cousins all get along — hence Eugenie, her husband, Jack Brooksbank, and their baby son, August, currently living at the Sussexes’ UK home, Frogmore Cottage. But they added: “Beatrice and Eugenie do really like Harry and Meghan, but Beatrice must have known what the timing would look like, surely?”
*******Oooohhh!!! Take THAT!!!
******We’d love to see a Royal “Gender Reveal” party!!! With cannons and a Royal Air Force flyover!!!
Tom Brady is reportedly in talks with Fox over a new reality show. In a brief statement Monday, the network hinted that they are working with Tom on a yet-to-be-described series, according to Deadline. “We also have an unscripted project with Tom Brady. Yes, that Tom Brady,” said Charlie Collier, CEO of Fox Entertainment. The project may involve “Love Is Blind” and “Married at First Sight” producer Kinetic Content, as well as Brady’s own 199 Productions, an insider told The Post. No further details were released about the project, but Brady’s life seems well-suited for a reality show. His offseason has been “pretty intense,” he recently said, as he faced rehabilitation following knee surgery post-Super Bowl 2021. And while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office seems optimistic about his future, he does harbor his own fears.
********His company is called “199” because that’s all he’ll have left after Gisele divorces him!!
*******Should they call it “Keeping Up with the Gronkowskis??”
*******Actually, we’re thinking “Flat Balls” would be better!!!
Ozzy Osbourne defended his wife, Sharon, following her departure from “The Talk” over accusations of racism. Sharon left the daytime talk show after 11 years only a few weeks after a heated exchange with her co-host Sheryl Underwood, in which she expressed support for Piers Morgan, who left his own position at “Good Morning Britain” after he made controversial comments about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry following their sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. Ozzy spoke out about the situation on the May 17 episode of his SiriusXM show “Ozzy Speaks.” He explained that he would be open to calling out his wife if he believed she were actually guilty of any racism, but stood firm that she is the most “un-racist” person he knows. “As you know Sharon, poor old Sharon, has been going through the mill lately,” he explained to co-host Billy Morrison. “She’s been through the mill a bit and, you know, all I can tell you is if my wife was slightly racist, I’d tell you. She’s possibly the most un-racist person I’ve ever met and I’m not just saying that.” Morrison said he “totally concurs” with Ozzy’s statement, prompting the rocker to go on and explain that the situation has definitely taken its toll on his wife, but said she’s powering through. “But she’s weathered the storm. She’s marching on,” he said.
********Ozzy spoke for 90 minutes, and that’s as much as anyone could understand!!
*******If Sharon can stay married to HIM for 40 years, she can get through ANYTHING!!
******Ozzy was gnawing on a bat all through the interview!!
Lollapalooza announced its full line up, with Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler, the Creator and Miley Cyrus headlining. And the fest will be at full capacity, too. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the festival’s return on Tuesday. In a tweet, she said, “In alignment with our public health guidance, the world class festival returns to the city later this summer. However, full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test will be required to enjoy the festivities.” The Lollapalooza website specifies that entrants who are unvaccinated will have to provide proof of a negative test “within 24 hours of attending Lollapalooza each day.” On a typical day, the festival attracts 100,000 people. The rollout of the announcement is meant to encourage Chicagoans to get vaccinated. Chicago’s public health commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady, teased out in a press conference that there will be “more in the days to come about ways in which we may tie Lollapalooza tickets to opportunities for vaccination.”
********Damn!! They sure wanna get those jabs into your arm!!
*****The lower the poll numbers go for politicians, the more we’ll see things open up!!!
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Kat of “2 Broke Girls” Hits Pay Dirt: Andrew-(National Enquirer)
“2 Broke Girls” cutie Kat Dennings has sparked romance rumors with singer Andrew W.K.! Kat, 34, shared a picture showing her puckering up for the camera, while the rocker, 41, planted a kiss on her forehead. He shared a similar pic of the pair locking lips that Kat reposted. She also revealed two more photos of Andrew and captioned them with a heart emoji.
Granny-to-be Gayle King, 66, doesn’t want to be called “Grandma” by daughter Kirby Bumpus’ first baby with her hubby, Virgil Miller. The aging CBS This Morning diva proclaims, “I like Gala-that means Mother Earth.”
She Said Yes!-(Us Weekly)
On May 4, Tallulah Willis announced her engagement to director Dillon Buse, 32. The 27-year-old parents, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, couldn’t be more thrilled for their daughter. Gushed Moore, it was a “happy day for the whole family.”
Battling Over Bee Gee!-(Star)
Maybe they’ll have a disco dance-off! With Kenneth Branagh signed on to direct the upcoming Bee Gees biopic, all of young Hollywood wants in on the white suit and feathered hair action. At the top of the list are Liam Hemsworth, 31, and Garrett Hedlund, 36, who a source says are vying to play Barry Gibb, the only surviving brother of the “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever” group. “The producers are zeroing in on actors who can pull off the complicated dance numbers the film requires,” notes the source. They’re not just looking for mirror-ball glory, either. With the recent success of the Elton John biopic Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, about Queen, adds the insider. “They’re looking at Oscar buzz.”
Exes Channing & Jenna: Warring Over Money-(Life & Style)
Their divorce was reported as finalized in 2019, and Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan both seemed to move on. While he enjoyed an on-and-off relationship with singer Jessie J., she got engaged to actor Steve Kazee shortly before welcoming their son, Callum, last year. But now the exes are headed back to court. New legal docs allegedly say Jenna, 40, is unhappy with funds she’s received from Channing’s super-popular Magic Mike franchise, among other financial issues, and wants a trial to settle matters. “Channing thinks she’s being greedy,” claims an insider. “Things are getting ugly.” Though Channing, 41, was the face of the Magic Mike movies-and later, live shows-Jenna is thought to have played an integral behind-the-scenes role in the success of the franchise, which helped her ex amass an $80M fortune. Not only did she reportedly choose the choreographer for the live Las Vegas revue, but she also moved to London along with Channing and their daughter, Everly, 7, when the show opened there.
One Last Thing: Laura Prepon-(People)
The actress, 41, and mom of two is launching a new cookware line, PrepOn Kitchen, on HSN.
Last time I heard ‘I love you’-
This morning, with my kiddos over breakfast. My daughter is 3 ½ and her vocabulary is growing. Her latest thing is she sits down in front of me and says, “Let’s talk about it.”
Last road trip-
My friend and I drove around Bavaria in Germany to go paragliding over Neuschwanstein Castle, the one the Disney castle is modeled after. When I got hooked up in tandem to my guide, he just yelled in my ear, “Run,” and we ran to the end of the cliff, and I was paragliding!
Last time I won something-
One of my husband’s friends claimed to be the champion of rock, paper, scissors, so I said, “Whoever loses pays for our dinner.” I won, and needless to say, I had a nice steak.
Sibling Rivalry of the Week-(In Touch)
“We don’t talk. We’re just really different. She doesn’t understand me, and I don’t understand her.”
-on her older sister, Aimee.
Record Breakers Are Stuck At A Bridge
A group of paddlers seeking the Guinness World Record for fastest canoe trip down the Mississippi River said they are ahead of schedule, despite delays from a bridge shutdown. A spokesman for the Mississippi Speed Record team said the paddlers, who departed from Minnesota on May 4, said the team was about 6 1/2 hours ahead of schedule Monday evening, with about 500 miles left of a 2,300-mile journey. The spokesman, Todd Foster, said the team has recently faced new challenges resulting from last week’s shutdown of the Interstate 40 bridge in Tennessee. “Over the last 24 hours, they’ve been paddling through that neck of the woods they’ve had to deal with more barges than they usually would or at least closer together,” Foster told WMC-TV. “And canoeing next to a barge is not for the faint of heart. They kick off some really big waves and it can be quite dangerous.”
*********Yes, but some records are worth dying for!! (This isn’t one of them)
*******Our weird uncle had the world record for “being paddled,” but that’s another story!!
“Hangry” Gator Relocated
Sheriff’s deputies in Florida responded to a Wendy’s restaurant to relocate a “hangry” alligator that chased customers through the parking lot. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrived alongside Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission personnel after the 6-foot gator was reported chasing customers in the parking lot. “He may have just been ‘hangry’ for a cheeseburger, but he gave many quite the scare!” the sheriff’s office tweeted. The alligator was safely captured and relocated to a more suitable area. See the pics HERE.
*****Hey… a guy’s gotta eat!!
*******Tell us again: WHY are we saving gators in Florida?? Are they going extinct??
******He was slightly injured, and needed “gator-aid!!!”
Get Paid To Drink Cocktails
A British beverage company is seeking an “official cocktail tester” to get paid more than $280 to spend a year drinking free cocktails. The Liquor Lab, a company that offers mobile cocktail bars for events, announced it is seeking an “official cocktail tester” to spend a year sampling new alcoholic beverages and giving feedback. The selected candidate will be paid $283 and will receive a year’s supply of free cocktails delivered to their door. The position is open only to British residents over age 18. Interested applicants are being asked to submit a review of their favorite cocktail on the company’s website by May 23rd.
********So…. you get paid $283 for entire YEAR??? That would be a raise for us!!!
*******It might be more enticing to say, “Free Sex on the Beach for a year!!!”
*******So a giraffe walks into a bar and says, “The high balls are on me!!!”
An employee at a Kentucky grocery store picked up what he thought was a piece of trash on the floor and discovered it was a $1,000 money order. Terry Rush, a greeter who has worked at the Dixie Highway Kroger store for about a year, said he was cleaning up inside the store when he made an unexpected discovery. “I’m old,” Rush told WDRB-TV. “I hate seeing trash on the floor, and I’m always picking it up.” Rush said he quickly discovered the slip of paper on the floor was more valuable than the usual trash he picks up — it was a $1,000 money order. “A bare check, which anybody could’ve cashed,” he said. “And I immediately took it to the service desk.” A man called the store a short time later to report losing the money order. The caller said he was shocked to learn someone had turned it in, and he wanted to thank Rush in person. “He contacted the store,” Rush said. “Everything else was up to him. He rifled through and found out who I was and came up to talk to me. He was quite emotional.” Rush said the man was in tears as he thanked him.
**********He’ll never get ahead in life by helping people like that!! Wise up, dude!! (kidding)
TOPIC: Ever find something valuable and return it to the owner?? What are you, stupid???
STUFF THAT’S COOL AND VIRAL
VIDEO: LITTLE KITTEN IS OUT FOR THE COUNT!!
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A LIST FOR THURSDAY
5 Worries People Are Having About Returning To The Office
- I’m worried about returning to a germ-filled office.
Over the last year, Caitlyn, a licensing specialist in the health insurance industry in Iowa, has been in and out of her office. Her workforce was first called back in June, only to be sent back home shortly after when an employee tested positive for COVID-19. They returned to the office later in the month, but in early November, roughly 30 people in the office tested positive, so it was back to work from home.
Now everyone is due back to the office by the first of June. Caitlyn is dreading having to experience awkward water cooler talk again while also staving off germs.
“My top concern is the fact that not all people wear their masks the same way ― some cover mouth and nose, some just cover their mouth, some take their mask down all the way when speaking ― and not everyone cleans up after themselves,” she said. “You can’t count on everyone to wipe down the door handles or table after use.”
- I love my work-from-home setup and can just as easily do my job remotely.
Like many people, Jonas, a Ph.D. student in formal mathematics and knowledge management, first struggled to adjust to working from home. At this point in the pandemic, though, his work-from-home setup is perfectly suited to him ― he bought a second monitor and a green screen for professional video calls and figured out a system to avoid distractions ― and he’s loath to give it all up (not to mention he’s still concerned about possible COVID-19 infections).
“Spending all that time, effort and money and now having to go back to the pre-pandemic routine seems like it was all for naught,” said Jonas, who lives in Erlangen, Germany.
“All the freedoms we enjoy in our home offices ― wearing whatever pants you like, structuring the day so it fits you better than the default 9-5, taking a quick half-hour nap if a work problem stresses you out ― that’s all about to go away.”
Jonas said it currently seems likely that higher-ups at his university are pushing for a return to the classroom. “They think in-person discussion is crucial to academic success, but I think hopping on a Zoom call is, in some senses, almost as good and, in some senses, even better.”
If the final plan is to go back, Jonas said he’s prepared to involve his union and see if, collectively, he and his colleagues can push for a more open-ended policy.
- I’m an introvert dreading the small talk. And I gained some weight and feel self-conscious about that.
The fears are twofold for Stacey, a financial manager in health care research who lives in Salt Lake City. First, as an introvert, she’s really not looking forward to having to perform as an extrovert at work. She’s tried putting herself back out there, but finds it draining.
“I recently volunteered at a vaccination clinic, and in the space of four hours I talked to more people than I had in the entire year previous,” she said. “I was exhausted at the end. I felt so ‘peopled out.’”
Then, to be honest, she said she feels self-conscious about the weight she’s gained during lockdown.
“I know that everyone else has also gained some weight during the pandemic, but I feel self-conscious about feeling self-conscious at this point,” she said. “Plus, what am I even going to wear to the office?”
Luckily for Stacey, her department at work has been sympathetic to workers’ individual needs. Her managers recently held a meeting where people openly discussed their preferences. Many employees felt similarly to Stacey and want the flexibility to do the laundry or dishes or care for their kids between meetings. Others feel like they thrive in the workplace and need to get out of the house.
“The main takeaway from that meeting was that we will get to choose what we want to do, and I am so thankful for that,” Stacey said. “I will probably go into the office on Mondays and Thursdays and work from home the rest of the week.”
- I’m Asian American and I’m terrified of being targeted for hate crimes.
Jerry is an industrial designer working in the tech industry in New York City. He started his position in June 2020 and has been working from home from the jump.
“Right now, my responsibilities can be fulfilled remotely and I don’t have to be in-office,” he said. “I have co-workers in other departments (sales, IT, etc.) who are in-office most days, if not the entire week, but since my company spans several time zones, working from home means I can split up my workday into blocks. It’s much more efficient than me refreshing my inbox waiting for a response and finding ways to kill time when things are slow.”
Jerry is also Asian Pacific Islander, so working from home also means he’s been able to avoid riding the subway in the midst of the national uptick in harassment against Asian Americans.
“My anxieties around returning to the office are mostly rooted in social fear right now,” he said. “Last year I already faced harassment over my race and being blamed for COVID. As a New Yorker, I don’t want to go outside, especially if I can work from home and minimize contact with the outside world.”
- I’m disabled and terrified of being forced to go back into the office and lose the gains I’ve made in quality of life.
Rebecca is a problem management specialist in telecommunications who lives in Washington state, which was hit hard early by COVID-19. She’s disabled, and said that when her office went fully remote in March of last year, her quality of life suddenly skyrocketed.
“I wasn’t losing two hours a day to commute, plus two to three hours a day spent crashed out recovering from the work day,” she said. “I had energy, I developed a baking habit.”
When her managers hinted at a return to the office earlier this year, Rebecca said she had anxiety attacks over it.
“In January, I started having nightmares that it was a new year and we had to go back,” she said. “I was and am terrified of being forced to go back into the office and lose the gains I’ve made in quality of life.”
“I don’t know how much I can express my terror over the thought of having to go back into the office, of having to commute an hour each way five days a week and sit under fluorescent lights that trigger migraine attacks daily,” she added.
Rebecca even started searching for a new job that would allow her to work on a remote basis. Given all that, it was hugely relieving when her managers recently announced that employees could pick the days they want to go back into the office or even stay fully remote, if that’s their preference.
“When my office announced that staying 100% remote was possible, I think I lost 100 pounds in sheer relief. I literally teared up,” Rebecca said. “I’ve been fighting to be allowed to work from home for years and it took a pandemic to prove I was right about being able to be productive and effective from home.”
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