Tuesday, November 22, 2016 – Edition: #5856

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ Today Barack Obama presents the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ to 21 recipients in a White House ceremony. The medal is the USA’s highest civilian honor and recognizes individuals for their contributions to America, to world peace, or to cultural endeavors. This year’s recipients represent a mix of artists, athletes, activists, scientists, philanthropists, and public servants. Among them: Bruce Springsteen, singer Diana Ross, TV personality Ellen DeGeneres, architect Frank Gehry, “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels, actor Robert De Niro, actor-director Robert Redford, and actor Tom Hanks. The event is being live-streamed.
– ConsequenceOfSound.net
★ Scott Gimple, show-runner of “The Walking Dead”, has joked that William Shatner could be the ideal actor to play ‘Rick Grimes’ in a movie version of the popular TV series. The show is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. While the TV series is still in full swing, Scott thinks it is inevitable the show is destined to eventually hit the bigscreen one day. The series is in its 7th season with another on the way in 2017.
– ComicBook.com
★ Ciara & Russell Wilson know whether they are expecting a boy or a girl and have already chosen a name for the baby. The 31-year-old singer – who already has 2-year-old son Future (Jr) via ex-fiancé Future – revealed last month she and her 27-year-old NFL quarterback-husband (Seattle Seahawks) are expecting a child, and she’s now revealed they know the baby’s gender and have chosen a name. So, what is it? She won’t tell.
– ContactMusic.com

• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) – In the Season 23 finalé the 3 finalists compete to be crowned champion.
• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Sting (“57th & 9th”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – The Killers (“Don’t Waste Your Wishes”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Elliphant (“Living Life Golden”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Green Day (“Revolution Radio”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – Viewer votes reveal which artists are safe; the bottom 2 compete for the ‘Instant Save’.

• Bob Dylan – Word has it he’s likely to give his Nobel Prize lecture in Stockholm, Sweden next year. The 75-year-old has been announced as the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, and although he won’t be attending the December 10th award ceremony, he has 6 months to give a lecture in order to remain eligible for the award.
• Kanye West – After a weird few days in which he claimed he would have voted for Donald Trump (if he’d voted) and cut short a gig after ranting about Beyoncé & Jay Z, he abruptly canceled his Sunday night concert at LA’s Forum. The venue informed fans around 5 pm that the gig was off and their money would be refunded. “Billboard” notes that the Sunday show was supposed to be a make-good for a November 3rd cancellation due to throat problems. He’s likely going to have a lot more trouble selling tickets from now on.
• Spice Girls – Mel B claims she is the only member of the ’90s girl group that hasn’t slept with Brit pop singer Robbie Williams. Speaking on Australian radio network KIIS FM, the 41-year-old said: ”He actually publicly apologized to me for … saying he had gotten it on with all 5 Spice Girls. He wishes!”
• A Tribe Called Quest – They’ve scored their 1st #1 album in 20 years on today’s new ‘Billboard 200’ chart. Two decades after their “Beats, Rhymes and Life” hit #1 for a single week in 1996, the band is back on top with “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service”. The gap between chart-topping albums is the longest in the hip hop genre.

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life” ( NR Dramedy ) – The Netflix 4-part “Gilmore Girls” revival is released this Friday, taking fans back to ‘Stars Hollow’ so the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, can finally end the series the way she always intended (she was not involved in the 7th and final broadcast TV season). Lauren Graham & Alexis Bledel co-star.
• “Hell or High Water” ( R-Rated Thriller ): A modern Western about 2 brothers (Chris Pine & Ben Foster) who turn to crime in order to save their family farm from the clutches of the bank. They decide to rob the bank’s branches, putting themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges). Co-stars Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, Katy Mixon.
• “Kubo & The Two Strings” ( PG Animated Adventure ): A young boy in ancient Japan named ‘Kubo’ must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Voice cast includes Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, and Ralph Fiennes.
• “War Dogs” ( R-Rated War Comedy ): Todd Phillips’ true story about 2 unlikely war profiteers, Efraim Diveroli & David Packouz (played by Jonah Hill & Miles Teller), who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on US military contracts to win a $300-million deal from the Pentagon to arm the USA’s allies in Afghanistan.
• Also being released: “Chicken People” (Documentary); “Masterpiece: Poldark Season 2” (TV); “Sneakerheadz” (Documentary); “Texas Rising/Sons of Liberty” (History Channel Miniseries); and “The Wild Life” (Animation).

Candy canes are a classic seasonal snack that you can pluck right off the tree. Many might argue that the traditional red-and-white candies are perfect the way they are, but some other holiday deviants disagree. If you’re sick of peppermint, you might be tempted to try a candy cane that tastes like … a pickle. Believe it or not, Amazon has a whole slew of flavors to choose from: bacon, wasabi, gravy, and coffee among them. The unusual flavors are perfect for anyone with offbeat taste buds or a mean sense of humor. The pickle canes are decorated in bright green, so they look festive enough for even the most traditional tree. (We say if it isn’t peppermint, it’s blasphemy.)
– SimpleMost.com

Since making its streaming premiere on November 4th, “The Crown” has become an indisputable hit for Netflix. The 10-part series follows the ascension and early reign of Queen Elizabeth II (played by Claire Foy). Here’s what we know about the future of the series …
✓ Yes, there will be a 2nd season.
✓ In fact, production on Season 2 began before Season 1 premiered.
✓ Season 2 focuses largely on the Suez Crisis of 1956.
✓ Netflix would like to see a total of 6 seasons.
✓ Future seasons could see some major cast changes, including the main roles of Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
– DigitalSpy.com

City employees in Bloomington, Indiana will indeed get paid time off for ‘Good Friday’ and ‘Columbus Day’ in 2017, but the holidays won’t go by those names anymore. Bloomington mayor John Hamilton has announced that the days are to be redubbed ‘Spring Holiday’ and ‘Fall Holiday’ as a way to “demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity”. Good Friday, of course, precedes the Christian celebration of Easter and commemorates the day Christ was crucified. Columbus Day marks the 1492 arrival of explorer Christopher Columbus in the Americas. Hamilton claims the new names better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace. (But they have about as much pizzaz as the ‘Bank Holiday’ in Britain.)
– Fox59.com

“A Paranoid’s Handbook” by Vancouver BC author Christopher Hyde offers paranoiacs all kinds of everyday things to worry about including …
• 15% of all accidents in British homes involve impact with a door.
• 25% of blinding injuries are caused by people poking themselves in the eye with their glasses.
• 35% of all marriage failures are partially blamed on a mother-in-law.
• There are 50 times more fatalities per mile traveled on elevators than in commercial aircraft.
– PA News

A new ranking of the world’s poorest countries based on Gross National Income per capita …
1. Democratic Republic of Congo: $680/yr
2. Liberia: $683
3. Burundi: $691
4. Niger: $889
5. Guinea: $1,058
(Keep these figures in mind next time you’re tempted to complain about your weekly pay.)
– 247WallSt.com

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson arrived at the International Space Station over the weekend. This is the 3rd space station mission for Whitson, who at 56 is older than any of her crewmates. She already holds the record for most time in space for a woman: nearly 400 days during her various missions. By the time she returns, she should break the record for any American (534 days, 2 hours, and 48 minutes set by Jeff Williams earlier this year). A biochemist by training, Whitson will celebrate her 57th birthday in the orbiting lab this coming February.
– “New York Post”

• At least 1 million metric tonnes of chemical weapons have been dumped in the sea.
– Hakai.com
• There are 1,800 chemical components in a single cup of coffee.
– BBC.co.uk


1950 [66] (‘Little’) Steven Van Zandt, Winthrop MA, rock guitarist (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band)/TV actor (“Lilyhammer” 2012-15, “The Sopranos” 1999-2007)

1958 [58] Jamie Lee Curtis, LA CA, movie actress (“Freaky Friday”, “True Lies”)/daughter of actors Janet Leigh & Tony Curtis

1967 [49] Mark Ruffalo, Kenosha WI, movie actor (“Now You See Me” films, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”)

1968 [48] Sidse Babett Knudsen, Copenhagen, Denmark, TV actress (‘Theresa Cullen’ on “Westworld” 2016)

1970 [46] Chris Fryar, Birmingham AL, country music drummer (Zac Brown Band-w/Alan Jackson-“As She’s Walking Away”, “Chicken Fried”)

1978 [38] Karen O (Orzolek), Busan, South Korea, indie rock singer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs-“Heads Will Roll”, “Zero”)

1984 [32] Scarlett Johannson, NYC, movie star (“Iron Man” films, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”)

• “Go For a Ride on Something Day”, a day to take a breather and go for a relaxing ride on a bus, horse, motorcycle, boat … whatever! (Or go to a used car dealer and get taken for a ride.)

• “Start Your Own Country Day”, a good excuse to ask listeners what 3 things would be different if they ran their own nation. (How about no taxes, no taxes, and no taxes?)

• “Stop The Violence Day”, observed annually on the anniversary of the assassination of US President John F Kennedy (1963).

2002 [14] “Die Another Day”, starring Pierce Brosnan, is released 40 years after the first ‘Bond’ film, “Dr No”

2005 [11] XBox 360 videogame platform is released by Microsoft

2003 [13] ZZ Top plays the final show at the Compaq Center (formerly The Summit) in Houston TX before it is closed down (and renovated into TV evangelist Joel Osteen’s mega-church)

2005 [11] 16 pages of poetry written by University of Minnesota student Robert Zimmerman (using his new name, Bob Dylan, for the first time) are auctioned off for $78,000 in NYC

1995 [21] Disney’s “Toy Story” opens in movie theaters, the 1st computer-animated movie

2005 [11] Angela Merkel becomes the 1st female Chancellor of Germany (remains one of the world’s most powerful women)

1986 [30] At age 20, Mike Tyson becomes ‘Youngest World Heavyweight Boxing Champion’, after a 2nd-round knockout of Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas

2010 [06] After just 1 week of availability at the iTunes store, Beatles music sells more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs

[Wed] “Allied”; “Bad Santa 2” opens in movie theaters
[Wed] Espresso Day
[Thurs] Thanksgiving (USA)
[Thurs] Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
[Fri] “Moana” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Black Friday
This Week Is … Game & Puzzle Week
This Month … Pomegranate Month


• Is there someone who breaks into your car and turns up the radio when you leave it parked?
• How come when your hands are coated with grease, your nose begins to itch?
• When sign-makers go on strike, is anything written on their picket signs?
• Isn’t an airplane landing just a controlled collision with Earth?
• Why are guinea pigs never actually used as ‘guinea pigs’?
• How come dumb stuff seems so smart while you’re doing it?
• Since life is short, shouldn’t we be eating our dessert first?
• If you have an ant farm, can you apply for a government subsidy?
• If a color blind person gets a bruise, do they get gray and dark gray?
• If a fat MAN sings, does that mean it’s half-time?

☎ At what age would you consider someone to be old?

• Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
• Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
• Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or in strip joints.

Lighten up! We all make big mistakes we pay for forever.

UK-based travel broker AttractionTix has located and mapped the real-life filming locations of movies and TV shows including “Friends”, “Harry Potter”, “Gilmore Girls”, and “Game of Thrones”. It has also listed handy details on how to get there, how long it takes to see the sites, and the best time to go.
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Question: Professional cleaners say THIS object at the office collects some of the most germs.
Answer: Coffee machine button.

Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are.

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