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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, June 21

  • National Seashell Day
  • International Yoga Day
  • National Selfie Day
  • National Daylight Appreciation Day

Vacation on our minds … new survey by Hilton Hotels found that more than 75% of respondents plan to take the “vacation of a lifetime” this year. 64% said they are in desperate need of a vacation after the stress of the last year and a half. 49% said they used the pandemic as an opportunity to save money for a dream trip.
According to the survey these are Americans’ Top 10 Wish List Destinations:
  1. The Grand Canyon in Arizona  — 26%
  2. The Eiffel Tower in France — 24%
  3. Niagara Falls — 22%
  4. The Statue of Liberty in New York City — 21%
  5. The Colosseum in Rome — 21%
  6. The Northern Lights in Iceland — 20%
  7. The Las Vegas Strip — 20%
  8. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia — 20%
  9. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy — 19%
  10. The Acropolis, Greece — 17%

Twitter is going crazy over a butcher shop that sells hots dogs – in the shape of a hamburger. Yep, you can eat a hot dog – on a hamburger bun. Rastelli’s butcher is selling the hot dog patties on their website in a pack of four for $10. “Run out of hot dog buns? No problem,” says the product description on their website. “Our Round Dog is everything you love in a hot dog in the shape of a burger.” Twitter users say it looks like a thick piece of bologna. (Insider)

You weren’t imagining things … everybody was drinking more in 2020. The International Wines and Spirits Record (IWSR) released its annual report – and alcohol sales in 2020 were at their highest levels in nearly 20 years. Alcohol consumption increased by 2% last year over the year before – that’s the biggest yearly increase since 2002.  And it looks like 2021 is going to be just as boozy. Alcohol sales are still surging – and IWSR research predicts 2021 will end with a 3.8% increase over 2020. (Food & Wine)

And, when our relationships get rocky, if we truly love each other enough, we’ll do just about anything to save it. A couple from the Ukraine made a final attempt to save their relationship … by handcuffing themselves together. After 123 days of doing everything together … they’re breaking up. Yep, the cuffs came off and they decided to go their separate ways. Seems instead of bringing them closer together, the experience brought them even further apart. (Reuters)

Music News – Monday, June 21

A charity event in support of Pride attracted a supergroup dubbed Back-Sync. Guys from *NSYNC joined a pair from BackStreet Boys for their sold-out debut performance on Friday.
AJ McLean and Nick Carter jumped on stage with Joey Fatone and Lance Bass. The show was so well-received that people murmured about a possible Las Vegas residency. Joey Fatone revealed, (quote) “It’s interesting to have the four of us knuckleheads do something together. BSB fans are very loyal, so we’re going, ‘We get it – certain people liked one band or the other back in the day, but now it’s okay to like both.’”
During rehearsals, the guys traded off in teaching choreography from their biggest hits. A TikTok clip from rehearsals went viral (Variety)

Taylor Swift just threw her fan base a curveball — by announcing that her next re-recorded album will be Red.
Swifties had been burning up social media with rumors that Tay was set to take on 1989 with her next outing, but she nixed that thought on Friday night by unveiling plans for Red: (Taylor’s Version).
In a long Instagram post, she explained that the revamped album would be her most over-the-top release yet, writing “Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing/ This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long.”
Red: (Taylor’s Version). is set for release on November 19th.

Adele just ensured that she’ll never have problems with her neighbors — by buying the mansion next door for herself.
She already owns two multi-million-dollar spreads on her Beverly Hills block, and she just spent another $10 million to purchase the estate from pal Nicole Richie and her husband, Good Charlotte‘s Benji Madden. There aren’t any of those luxurious listing photos, because the home was never really on the market, just sold between friends.
The surrounding gated community has plenty of allure for paparazzi, with neighboring homes owned by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Keith UrbanJennifer Lawrence and Katy Perry. (Domain)

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, June 18

Employees of a Waffle House in Center Point, Alabama, went the extra mile to make sure their co-worker could attend and enjoy his high school graduation.
Last week, Timothy Harrison showed up for work at the Waffle House, confusing his manager and co-workers. It was the day of his graduation. Not a day to be at work.
When his manager, Cedric Hampton, asked Timothy what was going on, Timothy explained that he didn’t have a ride across town to the ceremony, so his plan was to just skip it.
That’s when Cedric and the rest of the crew sprung into action.
One employee drove Timothy over to the high school to get his cap and gown. Other employees went to a clothing store to buy Timothy a new pair of pants, a dress shirt and a tie.
They got Timothy ready and in the right place, just in time for the commencement.
Timothy was thankful that those close to him wanted him to succeed, explaining that putting on the special clothes for the ceremony made him feel like “a million dollars” and that it was “the best feeling.” (BoingBoing)

The Daily Dish – Friday, June 18

Nothing can stop Kim Kardashian from posting sexy photos — not even a law degree.
The mogul, who’s studying for the bar, says she did give her risque pics a second thought. On Thursday night’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians reunion, she told Andy Cohen, “I thought about this. And then I thought, ‘You can do it all. You can do whatever you want.'”
Kim says it’s actually empowering to lead this double life. “I remember going to the White House one time and I was like, ‘I just posted a bikini pic, I hope they’re not looking at my Instagram while I’m in here.’ And then I thought, you know what, you’ve gotta be you. But I will say that, I don’t know, there’s something so freeing about feeling like, ‘…I’m 40 and I’m in the best shape of my life and I want to post a bikini studying if I want to.’”
But she does think about her children before posting photos. “I don’t want to embarrass my kids or make them feel a way if they’re in high school and I’m the embarrassing mom that’s like posing in selfies and in bikinis. There will be limits.”

Move over, Bennifer. There’s a new celeb couple reunion hitting the tabloids.
Angelina Jolie and her ex-husband Jonny Lee Miller are reportedly “reconnecting” more than two decades after their divorce,  according to the US Sun.
Angelina recently introduced her sons Pax, 17, and Knox, 12, to Jonny during her family’s recent trip to New York.
A source says, “On her first evening with Jonny, Angelina only took Knox along, and they got on like a house on fire. Knox is a sweet kid, and I imagine she decided he was the easiest one to begin introductions with.”
The insider claims the actress returned to her first husband’s apartment with Pax a day after so he could get to know the “guy she’s always spoken so fondly about.”
The insider did not reveal whether the former couple’s new relationship is romantic, but added that “she wanted to spend some time reconnecting with Jonny” during her New York trip.
In a 2004 interview, Angelina said divorcing Jonny “was probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.”
They were married from 1996 to 1999.

Elizabeth Olsen wed singer Robbie Arnett — and the two have kept it a secret from the public for months.
According to Us Weekly, the two “quietly tied the knot” in 2020. The confirmation comes after the WandaVision star accidentally referred to Robbie as her husband during a conversation with Kaley Cuoco for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series.
The couple were also recently spotted wearing matching gold bands on their ring fingers.
Elizabeth and Robbie reportedly got engaged in 2019.

Furry Friends Friday with Simon from Van Buren County Animal Control – June 18

King Simon is an adult neutered cat who loves to have conversations late into the night! He can spend long hours just cuddling and making you feel like the one and only person in the entire world! How great is that? Please contact Van Buren County Animal Control at 269-621-4624 for more information about our sensational Simon.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, June 18

  • International Picnic Day
  • Flip Flop Day
  • Go Fishing Day
  • Splurge Day

Married … Without Children … According to a new study, 25% of coupled adults have no interest in having kids. And researchers from Michigan State University found that child-free couples were just as happy and satisfied as their peers who had kids.

Think earthquakes won’t happen around here? Well, Indiana just had one yesterday. The 3-point-8 magnitude rumbler hit about 60 miles outside of Indianapolis and shook houses in the middle of the afternoon. Earthquakes in Indiana aren’t unheard of but they can’t remember the last time they felt one in the middle of the state like yesterdays.

If you have a dad bod, you’re the current sex symbol of society, it would appear. According to a new survey by Planet Fitness, 72% of women and 68% of men not only accept the dad bod as the norm … but 65% of women and 50% of men said dad bods are sexy. And most women (59%) said they would rather be with a man who has a dad bod than someone really muscular. 48% of women and 44% of men even say that dad bods are the new six-pack.
That said … Men still feel judged for having them. 50% of men with dad bods feel judged by others for their bodies, and 47% of guys who don’t have dad bods said they would probably feel judged if they had one.

new survey found that 50% of respondents said the COVID-19 pandemic was so stressful for them, they don’t think they’ll ever be able to de-stress … even when it’s over. 25% said they are so stressed they want to escape to a cabin in the woods by themselves to get away from it all. 15% said a cabin in the woods didn’t go far enough — they want to go a deserted island, alone, to get away from everyone. For how long? The survey found that respondents would need 10 days away, by themselves, to completely de-stress.

Music News – Friday, June 18

Britney Spears returned to Instagram to answer burning questions from her 30 million followers. Instagrammers learned she wears a size-seven shoe. Her favorite business trip happened in Italy thanks to host Donatella Versace.
Britney addressed a third question: “Will I ever take the stage again?”
Her father and the judge in Britney’s conservatorship case ought to take notice of her shocking answer, (quote) “I have no idea. I’m having fun right now. I’m in a transition in my life and I’m enjoying myself.”
Basically, Britney is on a work strike. She promised, as long as her father serves as conservator, Britney refuses to work.
Next week, at the court hearing, if Judge Brenda Penny rules in favor of Jamie Spears, it will effectively force Britney into retirement six months shy of her 40th birthday. (Billboard)

Diana Ross is back in style with a new album dropping this fall. The 77-year-old who rose to fame as the lead singer of ‘The Supremes’ will release her first studio album since 2006. Ross is known for hits with ‘The Supremes’ like ‘Baby Love’ and hit it big in her solo career with songs including ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’ This new album, called ‘Thank You,’ was written during lockdown and recorded in her home studio. The title track is already available for streaming and download.
The full album will be released September 10th.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, June 17

In Harbison Canyon, California, a seven-year-old Labrador retriever named Marley protected his owner by battling a rattlesnake.
The owner, Alex Loredo, was outside his home when he heard a noise — a big rattle, coming from a foot-long rattlesnake within striking distance.
Marley heard the rattle also and came running to the rescue. Marley pushed Alex out of the way and barked a few times at the snake.
The snake lunged at Marley and bit him twice — once on the tongue and once on the lip. After those quick strikes, the snake retreated.
Alex then rushed Marley to the veterinarian, where Marley received four doses of antivenom. Things weren’t looking so good for a day or so, but Marley turned a corner, got better — and was able to return home.
Alex explained that if it wasn’t for Marley, he would have been bitten and “it probably would have been really bad.”
Alex says Marley is “a hero” and his “best friend” and once his tongue heals, Alex plans to reward Marley with a bunch of burgers, which happens to be Marley’s favorite food. (WBTV-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, June 17

The brother of Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles  has been acquitted of all charges stemming from a 2018 New Year’s Eve shooting in Ohio, according to TMZ.
Tevin Biles-Thomas, who pled not guilty, was charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the shooting that took the lives of three people, including his 23-year-old cousin.
On Tuesday, the judge in the case granted his attorney’s request to acquit Tevin on all charges because of a lack of evidence.
Following the ruling, things got tense when a mother of one of the victims lunged at Tevin, saying, “I’m going to kill you.”
Simone, who is estranged from her brother, spoke about Tevin’s arrest back in 2019, saying, “My heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families. There is nothing that I can say that will heal anyone’s pain, but I do want to express my sincere condolences to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.”

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe and actress Priyanka Chopra have joined Victoria’s Secret as spokeswomen.
The two won’t be donning skimpy lingerie. They’ll be the face of the declining company’s rebranding to be more inclusive and to have a wider audience. TMZ says Megan and Priyanka will “spearhead the new VS mission: inspiring change and positivity.”
The two women will appear on a podcast and in other marketing materials.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was cancelled in 2019 after 23 years.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will rocket to space next month, and thousands of his critics are trying to block his return to Earth.
Change.org petition, which refers to the billionaire as “Lex Luthor, disguised as the supposed owner of a super successful online retail store,” was started by someone who says it’s the only way to stop “an evil overlord hellbent on global domination.” So far it has received more than 10,000 signatures. Bezos has not yet commented on the petition.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, June 17

  • Eat Your Veggies Day
  • Cherry Tart Day
  • Apple Strudel Day

Have you become an “outdoor” person since the pandemic?new survey found that 60% of respondents said they had transformed from “indoor people” to “outdoor people” during COVID. One of the biggest reasons? 67% said it was to get away from the people they were stuck indoors with. The survey found that people took their workouts outdoors over the last year as well, with those surveyed said they now prefer outdoor workouts like walking, hiking, running, and biking to indoor workouts like yoga and Pilates.

Don’t throw your banana peels in the trash — turn them into bacon! A growing foodie movement aimed at reducing food waste has discovered an unexpected use for discarded banana peels. You could actually make banana peel bacon. People say it’s pretty good — and much healthier than real bacon. Just scrape off all the banana remnants inside the peel. Then, marinate it in soy sauce, maple syrup, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. Then fry it up and enjoy your new smoky, crispy snack while feeling good about producing less waste. Click here for the recipe.

Never waste cookies … it’s not the Girl Scouts’ way. There are at least 15 million boxes of unsold cookies sitting in Girl Scout warehouses. This surplus is largely due to declining sales and memberships during the pandemic. But the troops aren’t letting that spoil their mission. The Girl Scouts are pledging to donate boxes to various food banks, first responders and others deserving of some delicious cookies. (People)

Music News – Thursday, June 17

Things are heating up on the Gwen Stefani-Blake Shelton wedding front — according to a new report that says they’ll walk down the aisle this summer.
A source close to the couple tells People magazine, “They are both ecstatic that it can finally happen. They are getting married this summer. Gwen’s boys will be very involved. Blake is a great extra dad and very close with the boys.”
As for the reason for the delays? The insider says, “Ever since they got engaged, they have both been adamant that no wedding will happen until it’s safe for family and friends to attend. Gwen was upset earlier this year when it seemed to be no end in sight for the pandemic. She slowly started planning the wedding this spring though.”

Ed Sheeran just gave fans something to sink their teeth into — a teaser for the vampire-themed video for his comeback single, “Bad Habits.”
In the clip, a pasty-faced Sheeran shows his fangs and wipes a suspicious-looking red liquid from his lips while a creepy crew trails him down the street.
In a separate tweet. Ed hyped the single by promising a gift to one fan who pre-orders it, offering up a video of him “dedicating the song to you or a friend.”
“Bad Habits” is set for release on June 25th.

Some people have all the luck! A guy in a tiny town in Ontario, Canada bought a painting at a thrift shop – and after a little digging, found out it was an original work by David Bowie. Yeah, THEE David Bowie! It’s part of a series the singer painted in the late 90s. The guy bought it for 4-dollars-and-9-cents but it’s already gotten more than 30-grand in bids and the online auction runs until next Thursday.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, June 16

High school graduate Verda Tetteh will be attending Harvard University in the fall on a full scholarship. Verda had such a successful high school career that she earned an extra $40,000 in scholarship money.
Upon learning about this extra $40,000 award, Verda turned it down — and asked that it be transferred to someone attending community college.
You see, even though Verda will be attending one of the most prestigious universities in the world, she has a soft spot in her heart for community colleges as her mother attended one — at age 39.
Her mom’s experience at that community college gave her mom — and the family — a big boost. So, giving that scholarship money to someone on that path who needs it was a special way of paying it forward. (YR Media)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, June 16

Harvey Weinstein is about to get a change of scenery.
A judge has ordered the convicted producer to be extradited from New York to Los Angeles to face sexual assault charges.
Weinstein, who’s serving a 23-year sentence in upstate New York, is charged with rape, sexual battery and other crimes in connection with five incidents that allegedly occurred between 2004 and 2013, according to CNBC.
His lawyers had argued that Weinstein shouldn’t be extradited to California because of his poor health, among other reasons.
He faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted in the Los Angeles case.

No one acts or sings like Gaston . . . literally.  LUKE EVANS and JOSH GAD are back as the “Beauty and the Beast” duo, Gaston and LeFou.
Disney+ is doing an 8-episode prequel series . . . and the best part?  It’ll be a musical just like the live-action film.
Briana Middleton from “The Tender Bar” will play LeFou’s step-sister Tilly.  The series is set years before the movie, with the three characters going on a journey that includes lots of comedy, adventure and romance.
Josh will produce and write scripts, along with the creators of “Once Upon a Time”.
Alan Menken will return and compose the soundtrack . . . just like he did for both the cartoon and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films.

While JEFF BEZOS is preparing to launch himself into space . . . basically because he can . . . his ex-wife MACKENZIE just gave another $2.7 BILLION to various charities.  That’s on top of the $6 billion she gave away last year.
MacKenzie and her new husband Dan Jewett say they’re troubled by the increasing concentration of wealth among just a few people, and their goal is to, quote, “give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change.”
MacKenzie is worth roughly $60 billion.  She and Jeff divorced in 2019, and she walked away with a 4% stake in Amazon.
After the split, she signed the Giving Pledge, which is a promise by rich people to give away the majority of their wealth.  It was designed by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, June 16

  • World Tapas Day: A good day for tiny plates of food
  • Fresh Veggies Day: A good day to eat your veggies
  • Fudge Day: A great day to stop by your favorite fudge place and indulge!

Are simple things like going out to dinner with friends making you downright giddy? You may be experiencing post-pandemic joy. Mental health experts say the happiness people are feeling as they head out into the world again is very real. Reconnecting with people – and being out and about without worrying you might get sick – is releasing a whole lot of the feel-good hormone oxytocin in the brain — and making people downright euphoric. (Healthline)

Get ready for a shortage of teachers … A new survey found that 25% of teachers said they may leave their jobs at the end of the school year. That’s up from before the pandemic, when about 17% of teachers said they wanted to leave their jobs. Seems teachers were already stressed before the pandemic, and that stress increased during COVID. The survey also found that teachers were twice as likely to experience job-related stress than other working adults and three times as likely to experience symptoms of depression. (Market Watch)

Can’t sleep? Try lettuce water. The latest trend sweeping TikTok is drinking lettuce water to help with insomnia. Seems you boil some lettuce leaves and then drink the water – and it’s supposed to make you sleepy. Can it be true? Maybe. According to Dr. Christopher Winter, of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine and author of the book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It, lettuce contains something called lactucarium, which can make you feel drowsy. Lactucarium is that milky substance you see at the base of some types of lettuce – like romaine.
“It has a similar structure to opium, and has some sedative properties,” Dr. Winter says. That said, you would need a “tremendous” amount of lettuce to get the effects, according to the doctor. “The amount of lactucarium you’re getting from four to five lettuce leaves is unlikely to do much,” he says. But he does say that the warmth of the water could help make you sleepy – not to mention the placebo effect. If you do decide to try it, the good news is that drinking the water of boiled lettuce isn’t harmful. (Health)

Music News – Wednesday, June 16

Adele hasn’t forgotten the victims of London’s Grenfell high-rise fire, which killed more than 70 people back in 2017, and she wants to make sure no one else does either.
The singer made a rare appearance at a memorial for the fire victims one year after the tragic blaze, and was spotted singing along with a choir at the event. She just marked another anniversary by contributing a video message to a survivors group.
In the clip, she says “The trial is taking way too long and still no one has been held accountable for that night’s events and yet Grenfell United are still out here fighting tirelessly for the justice and for the change that not only they deserve but their community deserve – the whole country deserves.”

Taraji P. Henson will host this month’s BET Awards.
She says, “For more than 20 years, the BET Awards have been a celebration of Black creativity, art and excellence… Returning live, this year’s show will be unlike anything we have ever seen before, and I am honored to be sharing the stage with so many powerful and prolific women in music and entertainment. The BET Awards will once again be at the forefront of Black culture.”
Queen Latifah will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
BET exec Connie Orlando says this year’s event will spotlight Black women. “Black women have been essential drivers of change throughout history, from the political sphere to the cultural zeitgeist.”
It all goes down June 27th on BET.

Harry Styles proved what a nice guy he is by simply laughing it off when pal Salma Hayek‘s rescue owl hacked up a hairball on his head.
In an interview on Ellen DeGeneres, Salma revealed that her bird got a little too up close and personal with Harry, but was relieved when he didn’t let the incident ruffle his feathers. She recalled, “He was really excited about the owl and was hoping the owl would go on his head because it was on me, But then [the owl] did the thing, and this thing came out, this ball of rat hair was on his head. He was okay. He was kind of cool, he didn’t scream. That happens sometimes when you have guests in this house!”
As we’ve reported, Salma also meditates with her owl.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, June 15

Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England — but that didn’t stop freediver Angus Hosking from stepping up and making the day of a woman who lost her diamond engagement ring there.
Just two days after the proposal — and two days after receiving the ring — a woman named Rebecca Chaukria accidentally lost the ring.
Local people connected Rebecca with Angus — and Angus got to work.
Wearing a snorkel and wetsuit — and using an underwater metal detector — he dove deep and searched for about 20 minutes before finding the ring at the bottom of the lake and returning it to the happy couple.
Angus has a great reputation in the community as he and a friend spend their free time removing litter from nearby lakes. Because of this goodwill and notoriety, he says more and more people are calling on him “in their time of need.”
The couple were all smiles when Angus came to the surface with the ring in hand. And, if travel restrictions allow it, they would love to invite Angus to their wedding in August. (WLS-TV)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, June 15

Chrissy Teigen returned to social media to apologize again for being an online bully.
Over the past few weeks, the model and TV personality has lost several endorsements and deals after she was called out for once encouraging media personality Courtney Stodden to kill herself and suggesting that Lindsay Lohan harm herself, among other incidents of cyberbullying.
In a post on Medium and Instagram Monday, the model and TV personality, broke her silence, addressing the “very humbling few weeks” and offering her apologies.
She writes, “Not a day, not a single moment has passed where I haven’t felt the crushing weight of regret for the things I’ve said in the past.”
Chrissy adds, “I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry,” and that “there is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets.”
She ends her post by promising to do better and spread nothing but love from now on.

Salma Hayek has a pet owl who helps keep her calm.
The actress tells People magazine, “You won’t believe this. I do meditate with the owl very, very often.”
Salma says the rescued pet owl, which she named Kering, knows when she’s centered. “The minute I go deep into meditation, she stays super still.”
But meditation isn’t the only thing Salma does with her owl. They also like to watch TV on her iPad and eat meals together.

Comedian and former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle has accused his estranged wife of spying on him during their time together.
In court documents obtained by TMZ, the actor claims he suspected Tiffany Riggle of being privy to private conversations he’d had in the office of his home. (They were staying in different homes at the phone). So he planted false information to see if it would come back to him — and it did. He had his home swept for devices in April, and a spy camera was allegedly found hidden in his smoke detector. One clip from the camera allegedly showed Tiffany counting money after $28,000 of his emergency funds disappeared.
Rob also believed that Tiffany had hacked into his Apple account to download his emails, texts, contacts and photos.
Rob has been granted a temporary restraining order against Tiffany, who filed for divorce from the comedian in October 2020 after 21 years of marriage.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, June 15

  • Smile Power Day
  • Nature Photography Day
  • Lobster Day

How important is astrology to you? Do read your horoscope every day? Do you do or not do certain things based on your sign? How about planning when your baby will be born? A new survey found that 20% of respondents said they would consider planning when their child is born – to make sure they are a certain sign. Millennials, in particular, are concerned with the sign their baby will be (31%), followed by 25% of Gen Z, who said they were concerned about their future baby’s zodiac sign. What signs are particularly popular? According to the survey, if people could choose their signs, they would pick Scorpio, Aquarius or Taurus.
The survey found that the average American checks their horoscope twice a week – with Taureses being the most likely to check their horoscope. 42% of those surveyed said they feel luckier after checking their horoscope and 44% said they would check their horoscope before making a big decision — especially Geminis (52%). The number one thing people have turned to astrology for? Their love lives, with 49% saying they consulted their horoscope for matters of romance.

Do we live in a fun state? WalletHub compared all 50 states using key fun metrics, including number of restaurants, theaters, gyms, golf courses, marinas, and casinos per capita — as well as accessibility to national parks and amount of state funding for parks and recreation areas. These 5 states are the most fun, according to the data:
  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Nevada
  4. New York
  5. Illinois
The least fun states?
  1. West Virginia
  2. Mississippi
  3. Delaware
  4. Arkansas
  5. Rhode Island
Michigan, by the way, is fairly far down in the list at the #19th placement.

Do you ever feel like you are more productive in the summer? According to a study from the University of Liege in Belgium, our brains actually work better in the summer. Researchers found that brain activity was higher in the summer, particularly when it came to focus and retaining information. Seems like the summer is the perfect time to tackle that project you’ve been wanting to accomplish … (Best Life)

Music News – Tuesday, June 15

Next week, Britney Spears will try to convince a judge to remove her father as conservator. She won’t appear in person. Britney will link with the Los Angeles County Superior Court via Zoom.
Despite pressure from the #FreeBritney crowd, she’s focused on only one goal. That’s for the court to appoint a new conservator. Britney has pledged that as long as Jamie Spears controls her life and finances, she effectively retired from showbiz.
A source said, (quote) “Britney is able to do as she pleases within her own home. But whenever she wants to step foot outside, it immediately has to become a bigger conversation because lawyers and other people must get involved.”
Judge Brenda Penny revealed on Monday that the hearing will be conducted virtually. Britney and her lawyers won’t be in the courtroom. Nor will her father. They have not been on speaking terms for more than a year. (Us Weekly)

Can you imagine Ed Sheeran as a musical theater geek? No need to imagine when you can see it — in a newly unearthed video of 15-year-old Ed in a high school production of Grease.
Ed plays the part of burger-loving tough guy Roger, a character that didn’t make it into the movie version of Grease. Omega Auctions shared a three-minute montage of Ed’s best moments from the show, including bits from the classic “Summer Nights” and the solo song “Mooning,” which explains where his character picked up the nickname “Rump.”
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather says the video is “a great watch and we think it definitely gives a hint as to Ed’s star potential.” Omega expects it to fetch between $5000 and $10,000 when the hammer drops on June 29th.

It looks like Madonna may be tweaking that bio-pic she’s been working on for the past couple of years.
The Material Mom tweeted a photo of herself with screenwriter Erin Wilson over the weekend, calling Wilson “my favorite [rhymes with witch]…I mean, writer.” She also added the hashtag #screenplay, leading followers to think that Wilson, who’s penned such screenplays as Secretary and The Girl on the Train, is on board for the project.
Oscar-winner Diablo Cody, who was Madge’s “favorite writer” earlier this year, walked away from the bio-pic in April after repeated conflict with Madonna.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, June 14

Eight-year-old Bryson Kliemann of Lebanon, Virginia, has two passions in his life — his Pokémon card collection and his puppy, Bruce.
But when Bruce was diagnosed with a dangerous virus and would need expensive medical treatment, Bryson decided to help out by putting his Pokémon card collection up for sale.
Bryson put a wooden sign on his lawn that read, “Pokemon 4 SALE,” and then spent two afternoons on the front lawn, selling those cards to raise money for Bruce.
But when news of this special card sale got around, neighbors started asking if there was a way to help. Bryson’s mom set up a GoFundMe campaign that was a huge success, raising enough money to cover the cost of Bruce’s treatment.
Not only that, but a Pokémon store in Seattle heard the news and sent Bryson cards to make up for the ones he sold.
Thanks to Bryson’s compassion and the help of strangers who pitched in, Bruce is “back to his puppy self.” (New York Daily News)

The Daily Dish – Monday, June 14

Veteran actor Ned Beatty has died at age 83.
In a statement, his manager, Deborah Miller, says, “Ned passed away from natural causes Sunday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones. His family has decided to keep details private at this time. Ned was an iconic, legendary talent, as well as a dear friend, and he will be missed by us all.”
Beatty made his film debut in the 1972 film Deliverance, and then went on to have memorable roles in NetworkSupermanToy Story 3All the President’s Men, Homicide: Life on the Street and Roseanne. (TheWrap)

John Legend has his eyes on his latest project — and it involves the story of the late great comic Bernie Mac.
Legend’s company Get Lifted, which brought WGN’s Underground and the movie La La Land to screen, have partnered with Bernie Mac’s estate, with hopes to produce a bio-pic chronicling the life of the King of Comedy.
Bernie died in 2008 at 50, due to complications with pneumonia.

Former American Idol contestant David Archuleta has come out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Mormon singer detailed his nearly 20-year struggle with his sexuality and faith in an Instagram post.
He wrote, in part, “I’ve been open to myself and my close family for some years now that I am not sure about my own sexuality. I came out in 2014 as gay to my family. But then I had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual. Then I also have learned I don’t have too much sexual desires and urges as most people which works I guess because I have a commitment to save myself until marriage. Which people call asexual when they don’t experience sexual urges. There are people experiencing the same feelings of being LGBTQIA+…who are wrestling to follow their beliefs that are so important to them, just as I have.”
The 30-year-old added, “You can be part of the LGBTQIA+ community and still believe in God and His gospel plan.”
Archuleta lost to David Cook on the seventh season of American Idol in 2008.