Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Edition: #6117

Here’s More Bull Roar!

★ Comic Hannibal Buress was arrested in Miami Saturday night for disorderly intoxication.  A video shared widely on Twitter shows him arguing with police about whether or not they have probable cause to detain him. During the confrontation, Buress can also be heard telling one of the officers that the other cop is “just salty because I roasted his (butt).” Buress posted bail Sunday morning.  By that point, the hashtag #FreeHannibalBuress was already trending.
★ When it comes to Disney’s Frozen, everyone has a favorite sister: Anna or Elsa. Well, it looks like Kristen Bell’s children have made their decision very clear, and it’s not Anna. On Saturday, the actress, who voiced Anna in the hit animated film, posted a particularly grim photo of their family’s Frozen Christmas ornament, featuring an apparently decapitated Anna.  She captioned it “This will be the cover of my autobiography and it will be titled, ‘My children keep me grounded’.
(That’s not Frozen…that’s COLD!)
★ Chris Evans has shown the world just what kind of actor he is.  After seeing a video of a young boy who is the victim of bullying, Evans has invited the teen to the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ next year along with his mother. Speaking in the original video that his mother posted to social media, young Keaton Jones said through tears: “Why do they bully? What’s the point of it? People that are different don’t need to be criticised about it. It’s not their fault.
★ Patrick Stewart wants to return as Jean-Luc Picard if Quentin Tarantino directs the next ‘Star Trek’ movie.  According to Stewart, “One of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction, so if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr. Tarantino, I would embrace it.”
(Prepare to boldly expand your vocabulary, Mr. Picard!)
★ Jeffrey Dean Morgan is hinting that he wants the role of Batman.  Although he has been one of the frontrunners to take over as Bruce Wayne for some time, during a recent panel at ‘Walker Stalker Con’, he was asked about his hopes about the future of the DC Extended Universe…to which he replied: “There’s a role in the DC Universe I’ve got my eye on.”  Warner Bros. will of course have sworn Morgan to silence, but some writers say that it is pretty obvious that talks are taking place and he will likely be taking on the Batman role sooner rather than later.  He has  already played Thomas Wayne (Batman’s father) in the flashback sequence shown in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’.

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Annette Bening, Judd Apatow, SZA
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Tom Hanks, Katy Tur, Mac DeMarco
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Seth Rogen, Jenna Coleman, Clean Bandit & Julia Michaels, Mark Guiliana
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Owen Wilson, Jane Krakowski, Joel Edgerton, Seal
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): James Franco, Ari Graynor, Noomi Rapace, Gary Clark Jr.
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): “Below Deck” Reunion Show
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Jimmy Fallon
• “The Talk” (CBS): Niecy Nash, Walker Hayes, guest co-host Scott Wolf
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Matt Damon, Noah Schnapp, Lawrence Zarian
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Dwayne Johnson, Luke Bryan
• “The Voice” (NBC): The bottom two artists are sent home; middle three artists compete for the last spot in the finale.
• “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (CW): Victoria’s Secret models showcase the company’s lingerie in Shanghai.
• “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas” (NBC): Gwen Stefani is joined by Blake Shelton, Chelsea Handler, Ken Jeong, Seth MacFarlane and Ne-Yo in this holiday special, which features music and holiday-themed sketches. She sings songs from her “You Make It Feel Like Christmas”.
• “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown” (CW): A countdown of the 12 best holiday commercials ever—one for each of the 12 days of Christmas. In addition to the top 12, the special features other great commercials from both the U.S. and abroad, from the heartfelt to the hilarious.
• “A Gift to Remember” (HALLMARK): A bicycle collision leaves a pedestrian without his memory, so the cyclist involved helps him try to figure out who he is, and in the process, she takes risks and discovers things about herself.

• Ed Sheeran – thinks it was ”healthy” deleting his Twitter account. He decided to take a break  and says it is the best thing he has done because it has stopped him reading negative things about himself. (Someone has mean things to say about Ed Sheeran?)
• Niall Horan – wants to collaborate with Justin Bieber on a fundraising single for victims of the California fires.  Bieber recently revealed that wants to help those who have been affected, and Horan, who has a home in Los Angeles, says a charity single is a “no-brainer”.
• Fifth Harmony – Dinah Jane and Leona Lewis have shared a new Christmas medley. The medley features original verses written by both Lewis and Dinah, as well as traditional holiday standards including ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.
• Journey – guitarist Neal Schon has released his first-ever holiday EP. The four-song set includes ‘Ave Maria’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, and instrumental renditions of Journey hits ‘Open Arms’ and ‘Faithfully’. (Um, which one is the holiday song?)
• Guns N’ Roses – has been named by Forbes as the highest earning rock artist of 2017, raking in about $84 million.  Here are the top 5 earning music acts:
1. Diddy – $130,000,000
2. Beyonce – $105,000,000
3. Drake – $94,000,000
4. The Weeknd – $92,000,000
5. Coldplay, 88,000,000
• John Mayer – Dead &Company–with John Mayer back in the fold after recovering from recent emergency surgery–are set to get back on the road to make up for the shows they missed due to his emergency appendectomy.  The New Orleans show is now set for Feb. 24, while the band’s Ft. Lauderdale gig has been rescheduled for Feb. 26, and they will play Orlando on Dec. 27.
• Blake Shelton – is set to have a very special guest in attendance when he plays in Moline, IL, in February. He will host 8-year-old Sammy Hodgett, survived a furious bout with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia three years ago.  The boy was in a coma for six weeks, and had to relearn how to walk, talk and eat again.  Shelton extended the invitation after seeing a story that his song ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ inspired young Sammy during his recovery.
• Trace Adkins – pays respect to those who serve in America’s military with his new video for “Still a Soldier.” It features a day in the life of real-life Army Specialist Bryan Gerwitz. Interspersed throughout the clip are images of Adkins and his band performing the song, and Gerwitz spending time with his family.
• Garth Brooks – opened up the first of  seven dates in Nashville on Saturday night.  At a pre-show press conference, he answered the question of whether there would be any guest stars joining him onstage with this:  “There’s a dream of mine that started with a Carrie Underwood post of her husband [retired NHL player Mike Fisher] singing ‘The River’ three years ago.  And I told him, come on, let’s finish it here!” According to Brooks, he has called Fisher “a hundred times” to invite him onstage.

• “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (R-Rated, Action/Adventure):  When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy. (Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong)
• “Detroit” (R-Rated, Drama/Suspense):  Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds. (John Boyega, Anthony Mackie)
• “Home Again” (PG-13, Comedy):  Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. (Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen)
• “All Saints” (PG, Drama):  When a group of Burmese refugees join the congregation, the pastor of a failing Anglican church attempts to aid them by planting crops and enlisting the help of the community. (Cara Buono, Barry Corbin, John Corbett)
• “A Trip To Spain” (PG, Comedy/Drama):  Actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Europe. This time they’re in Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way. (Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio)

A campaign in the UK urging motorists to open car doors using the opposite hand when exiting a vehicle is being greeted with just what you would expect…a lot of skepticism.  Cycling UK has written to the government calling for the launch of a campaign encouraging all car occupants to learn the ‘Dutch reach’, which involves using their ‘far’ rather than ‘near’ hand when opening the car door.  The idea is that it forces a vehicle’s occupants to twist into all kind of unnatural positions, thereby almost forcing people to take a look and see if there happens to be a bicycle coming down the road before they open the door.  In the UK, that would mean a driver opens the door with their left hand.  In North America, we would open it with our right.  Some proponents of the idea even suggest you roll the window down and open the door with the outside door handle.  Why is it called the ‘Dutch reach’?  The method is thought to have originated in the Netherlands.
(Just a guess here, but maybe it would be more popular if they came up with a name that didn’t sound like something that someone would try on you in a sauna…)
(They also don’t like it because if it catches on, then there will be even MORE cyclists!)
-Telegraph, DailyMail

For many, the holidays are a time when you give yourself a get-of-jail-free card in terms of your diet.  According to Dr. Jonny Bowden, a nutritionist and weight loss expert, there are two key things you should do to end the holidays at the same weight you started them:
➠  Write down what you plan on eating before your meals: Map out what you’re going to eat for the day when you wake up first thing in the morning — when your blood sugar is stable and you’re not craving any particular foods. This should involve visualizing each of your meals and deciding what you’re going to let yourself have and what you’re going to avoid.  You might not stick to your proactive food diary completely, but you’re likely to have more discipline when someone brings a fresh-baked plate of cookies to the office.  (And really: How hard is it to wake up and write ‘Everything!!!’)
➠ Start your meal with a soup or salad: Eating a small green salad (without a lot of dressing), or a bowl of soup (something broth-, not cream-based) can keep people from overeating during a meal.  A small appetizer can help to take the edge off your appetite, discouraging you from eating everything in sight in an attempt to conquer your hunger.  (To me, salad tastes like I’d rather be fat!)
(Or be like me, and accept that you are going to gain weight at Christmastime, and concentrate on getting taller instead!)
(My favorite part of the holiday season is blaming my long-term weight gain on the holiday season!)

According to the official listing of what every country in the world is best at, in 2017 Canada went from being the best country in the world at ‘personal freedom’ to being the best country in the world at ‘doughnuts’.
NET: http://bit.ly/2go7NHv


1923 [94] Bob Barker, Darrington WA, game show host (“The Price Is Right” 1972-2007)

1940 [77] Dionne Warwick, East Orange NJ, gospel singer (“I Say a Little Prayer”, “That’s What Friends Are For”)

1949 [68] Bill Nighy, Caterham, England (“Pirates Of the Caribbean” films, “Love Actually”)

1970 [47] Jennifer Connelly, Round Top NY, movie actress (“Noah”, “A Beautiful Mind”)/wed to actor Paul Bettany since 2003

1975 [42] Mayim Bialik, San Diego CA, TV actress (‘Amy Farrah Fowler’ on “Big Bang Theory” since 2010, “Blossom” 1990-1995)

• “Fresh Breath Day”, a gentle reminder to all of us to pay attention to oral hygiene. If you’re average, you have over 10 billion bacteria in your mouth right now. Some of them churn out truly stinky chemicals such as hydrogen sulphide, the same gas that gives rotten eggs their odor. Some germs release putrescine, another sulfurous compound that has the essence of rotting meat. (***Ask listeners for old folk remedies for bad breath like chewing cloves or scraping your tongue with a spoon.***)

• “Gingerbread House Day”, time to get at it if you want one in time for the holidays. Also known as “Eat Yourself Out of House and Home Day”.

• “Poinsettia Day”, honoring Dr Joel Roberts Poinsett (1799-1851), the US diplomat who popularized the Central American plant named for him in 1828. Now a favorite decoration for the holiday season, about 60 million are grown in North America each year. Although proper pronunciation of the word DOES include the ‘e’ sound prior to the last syllable (poin-SET-ee-uh), many dictionaries now also accept the more commonly used ‘poin-SETTA’ pronunciation. (***see ‘U-Pick Trivia’ below***)

• “National Ambrosia Day”,  the mythical “food of the gods,” is a heavenly treat to real mortal diners at any time of the year. This cool and creamy citrus fruit salad is a light and tasty side dish or dessert.

• “National Ding-a-Ling Day”,  you should brace yourself for bizarre and crazy behavior, from all of the people you encounter today. Even normally conservative people have been known to go a little crazy on this day.

[Wed] Ice Cream Day
[Wed] National Cocoa Day
[Thurs] Monkey Day
[Thurs] Roast Chestnuts Day

2012 [04] The star-studded “12-12-12″ benefit concert takes place at NYC’s Madison’s Square Garden, with proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy relief (performers include Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Eric Clapton, Kanye West, Roger Waters, Rolling Stones, The Who)

2016 [01] “Rogue One”, 1st of the Star Wars Anthology films, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles

2003 [14] Rolling Stones’ frontman (Sir) Mick Jagger is knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in London (QEII didn’t wanna do it)

2007 [10] A copy of John Lennon’s book, “A Spaniard In the Works”, which contains a lock of Lennon’s hair, sells at auction for £24,000 ($48,000)

2016 [01] Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony he does not attend in Stockholm

2012 [05] Pope Benedict XVI sends out the 1st papal tweet through his personal Twitter account, using the handle @pontifex


✓ Golf balls were once made out of solid wood.
✓ Black bears sometimes hibernate in the tops of trees.
✓ Camels originated in North America, but became extinct on the continent 10,000 years ago.
✓ Male pandas do a handstand while peeing to mark trees.
✓ Blood makes a loop around your body more than 1,000 times a day.
✓ Your brain generates enough electricity to power a lightbulb.

• All of the Christmas cards you receive are addressed to “Resident.”
• You’re riding in a one-horse closed sleigh, and your wife keeps whining, “Oh what fun we’d be having if only this were an open sleigh!”
• The first words your daughter’s new talking doll says are, “Take me back to the store.”
• You’ve had more than one fist fight with a mall cop.
• Every person you know gets you an industrial-sized bottle of Clearasil.
• The FBI finds your handprints on Mrs. Claus’s dress.
• A week after Christmas, you notice a bizarre smell coming from the chimney.
• Two words: tinsel rash.

• What’s this ‘free gift’ we always hear about in ads? Aren’t all gifts free?
• Do those oft-pictured poker-playing dogs own paintings of humans playing ‘fetch’?
• If writers ‘write’, why don’t fingers ‘fing’, grocers ‘groce’, and hammers ‘ham’?
• Do illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?
• If white wine goes with fish, do white grapes go with sushi?

✳ The poinsettia has become the traditional Christmas flower. Where did it originally grow?
a. Canada.
b. China.
c. Mexico. [CORRECT. In Mexico, the poinsettia is known as the ‘Flower of the Holy Night’.]
– TriviaPark.com

When cats and dogs finally rise up against us, the first thing they’ll do is strap Santa hats to our heads and take pictures.

☎ Which aspect of the holidays would you get rid of if you could?

Question:  In 2003 adults bought an average of 15 of THESE a year; now they only buy 3.  What?
Answer:  DVDs

No matter how far you push the envelope, it will remain stationery.

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