Wednesday, November 25, 2015         Edition: #5579

Get a Load of This Sheet!

★ This week a dress worn by late actress Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) has sold for $1.56 million at the Bonham’s and Turner Classic Movies Hollywood Memorabilia Auction in NYC.  The blue & white gingham dress features Garland’s sweat stains (ick!) around the neck. It had been expected to fetch $800,000-to-$1.2 million. The buyer has not been identified.
★ Former reality TV star Kristin Cavallari (“The Hills”) and her football quarterback-husband Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) have welcomed their 3rd child this week. Cavallari has posted a photo of her new daughter’s birth announcement alongside a pink onesie. They’ve named their latest ‘Saylor James’ (!?!?). Cavallari and Cutler, who wed in 2013, are already parents to 2 sons.
★ And NYC has thousands of restaurants, but Monday night there was one table at one restaurant that stood out among the rest – the one where superstar singer Adele (“25”), movie star Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”), and actress Emma Stone (“Birdman”) were seated. The ladies dined together at Cosme. The burning question … who picked up the tab?

• “Adele: Live in London” (CTV) – Filmed before a live audience at BBC studios, she sings past hits as well as songs from her new album “25”; and chats about her life and career with host Graham Norton. Recorded November 2nd, the special first aired last Thursday on BBC One.
• “Daily Show” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Timbaland (“The Emperor of Sound: A Memoir”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – One Direction (“Made In the AM”) perform outdoors on LA’s Hollywood Blvd. Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Tove Lo (“Queen Of the Clouds”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – A Great Big World (“Is There Anybody Out There?”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Gloria Estefan (“The Standards”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Mariah Carey (“A Christmas Melody”).
• “The Making of The Wiz Live!” (NBC) – An hour-long special offering a behind-the-scenes look at what has gone into creating the upcoming TV ‘event’. “The Wiz Live!”, starring Queen Latifah, David Alan Grier, and Shanice Williams airs December 3rd.
• “Meredith Vieira” (syndicated) – Andrea Bocelli (“Pasión”).
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Erykah Badu (“But U Cain’t Use My Phone”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) – Special edition with fan-favorite Thanksgiving-themed sketches.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Adele again.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Chris Brown (“Royalty”, out Friday).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Ne-Yo (“Non-Fiction”).

• Adele – She’s on course to smash “Billboard” album chart records as “25” has already sold at least 2.3 million in pure album sales, according to Nielsen Music. *NSYNC’s single-week sales record of 2.4 million for “No Strings Attached” on 2000 is likely about to tumble.
• Ed Sheeran – He’s confirmed he is working on the new “Bridget Jones” movie by tweeting a picture from the set. It seems he’s landed a cameo appearance in the 3rd installment of the romantic comedy franchise, “Bridget Jones’s Baby”, due (so to speak) next year.
• Fetty Wap – He’s given shoppers in the Garden State Plaza mall near his hometown of Paterson NJ an early holiday gift by tossing thousands in cash over a balcony. In all, he hurled $2,000 onto screaming fans below. (Nothing says nouveau-riche rapper like  …)
• Jennifer Lopez – Her ex, Marc Anthony, is selling off the Long Island NY estate they purchased after wedding in 2004. They raised their now-7-year-old twins there until their split in 2011. Anthony is looking for $9 million for the 10 bedroom, 8 bathroom hovel.
• Meghan Trainor – The 21-year-old sparked speculation she’s dating her “Marvin Gaye” collaborator Charlie Puth when they locked lips onstage at the “American Music Awards”, but she’s since taken to Instagram to set straight her status, saying she’s definitely ‘single’.
• Pitbull – He performed a surprise set at Sofia Vergara’s weekend wedding at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach FL. The “Modern Family” star and “Magic Mike” actor Joe Manganiello tied the knot in front of nearly 400 friends & family Sunday.
• One Direction – Is model Gigi Hadid dating former 1D member Zayn Malik? Well, according to “Us Weekly” they’re the next ‘it’ couple. A source says their relationship is a very new thing, and they’re just seeing ‘where it goes’.
• Rihanna – Rumor has it her new album “Anti” will finally be out this Friday … but only on Tidal. The story goes that Jay Z’s streaming service will have it exclusively for 1 week ahead of a wider traditional release on December 4th. Although she’s been cranking the promo machine into gear ahead of the new project, she’s yet to confirm a release date.
• Tyler Farr – The “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” country singer has had to clear his schedule for the rest of the month as he battles bronchitis. Last Thursday’s show in Oxford OH was first to be scrapped; now the rest of his November gigs have also been shelved. He is expected to resume his tour in Houston TX on December 1st.
• U2 – They’ve now rescheduled 2 shows in Paris postponed after the Friday the 13th attacks in the city. The new shows are set for December 6th and 7th. The 2nd date is due to air on HBO, replacing the previously shelved special.
• Wilco – Main man Jeff Tweedy is the latest musician to get a book deal, as he is currently writing his memoir. In a statement announcing the book, Tweedy describes his upcoming autobiography as “funny, disarming, and honest”.

• “Creed” ( PG-13 Sports Drama ): In yet another sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” series, the former world heavyweight champ serves as a trainer and mentor to ‘Adonis Johnson’, the son of his late friend and former rival ‘Apollo Creed’. Stars Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad. Writer/director Ryan Coogler successfully pitched this idea to Stallone.
• “The Good Dinosaur” ( PG Animated Adventure ): Disney’s epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named ‘Arlo’ makes an unlikely human friend. Voice cast is led by Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple. Soundtrack includes “Crystals” by Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men.
• “Victor Frankenstein” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Horror ): Told from the perspective of lab assistant ‘Igor’ (Daniel Radcliffe), the story of the young medical student ‘Viktor Von Frankenstein’ (James McAvoy) and how he became the legend we know today. Co-stars Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott. Shot in the UK.

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 88% of men owned a squirt gun as a kid. (At least, that’s what mom nicknamed it.)
• 50% of people who are allergic to latex are also allergic to bananas. (Makes it tough for the sex ed teacher at school.)
• 40% of women hate it when their man uses ‘baby talk’. (“Muh-muh …”)
• 30% of women have changed their hairstyle without first telling their partner. (Who are you again?)
• 18% of women say the first thing they look for when entering a guy’s home is if he has dirty dishes in the sink. (And then how gross the bathroom is on a scale of 1-to-10.)
• 7% of people grew up with a black light. (“Look, my underwear is glowing!”)

• ‘Tabletop Fireplace’ … Open flame on your coffee table … great idea. ($180)
• ‘Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster’ … Or use the microwave. ($70)
• ‘Darth Vader Pancake Maker’ … This is beyond fandom. It’s stupid. ($40)
• ‘James Earl Jones Narrated New Testament’ … ‘Darth’ can make “Revelations” truly frightful. ($40)
• ‘The Mistletoe Drone’ … Move it over whomever you wish. Creepy. ($70)
• ‘The 80-Ft Snowball Launcher’ … What could possibly go wrong? ($35)
• ‘The Heated Steering Wheel Cover’ … Or wear gloves. ($20)
• ‘The 8-ft Inflatable Elsa’ (“Frozen”) …. Somehow a bit kinky, no? ($150)
• ‘The Self-Finding Wallet’ … Why not try keeping it in your pocket? ($100)
• ‘Golf Ball Locating Glasses’ …. The way you golf. you’re gonna need GPS. ($40)
• ‘The Selfie Toaster’ … Burns your mug on your toast. Um, why? ($70)
• ‘The Electric Kazoo’ … Because true obnoxiousness requires an amp. ($80)
• ‘Handcrafted Hippopotamus Sofa’ … Yep, a sofa that looks like a hippo. ($95,000)

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Dudefussing’ – Making numerous small, needless adjustments as a pretense of effort, particularly by a man.
• ‘Reducetarian’ – A person who purposefully reduces the amount of meat in their diet.
• ‘Skunk Water’ – A foul, fecal-smelling liquid that is sprayed on protesters in some parts of the world in order to disperse them. Invented by Israeli firm Odortec.
• ‘Stealth Dorm’ – A house zoned as single-family residential that is actually rented on the down-low by a group of unrelated individuals, particularly students.

Don’t be fooled by Black Friday hype, it’s not necessarily the cheapest day to buy everything. Every year software giant Adobe crunches numbers and makes predictions about the best buys for the upcoming season. Some of its suggestions on what NOT to purchase this Friday …
✗ Electronics – You can find bigger single-item discounts on products afterward, but you’ll also see a lot more ‘out-of-stock’ notices if you wait.
✗ Toys – Cyber Monday traditionally has the cheapest toy prices, but you’ll get 3 times the ‘out-of-stock’ notices. However, if you wait until the week before Christmas, that will double.
✗ Jewelry – Thanksgiving Day is the best day to buy jewelry. You should see discounts of up to 25% across 20% of available items.
✗ Apparel – Clothing and other apparel items are one area where Black Friday and surrounding shopping days don’t matter as much. Prices traditionally drop even more in December, with December 23rd being the lowest.
And here’s a really good tip: Be aware that around 76% of shoppers buy the same 1% of product makes and models. So you’ll get far better deals on products that aren’t the #1 sellers in their category. (“Hey I got 90% off an ‘Acme Tablet’!”)
– @USAToday

The average person has around 30-40 moles. (OK, let’s all count …)
– BBC News


1955 [60] Bruno Tonioli, Ferrara, Italy, TV personality (ABC-TV “Dancing With the Stars” judge since 2005, BBC-TV “Strictly Come Dancing” judge since 2004)

1960 [55] Amy Grant, Augusta GA, country-pop-gospel singer with 6 Grammy Awards (“Simple Things”, “Baby Baby”) who’s sold over 22 million albums/Mrs Vince Gill since 2000

1971 [44] Christina Applegate, Hollywood CA, movie actress (“Anchorman” movies, “Alvin & The Chipmunks” movies)/TV actress (“Samantha Who?” 2007-09, “Married With Children” 1987-97)/breast cancer survivor

1975 [40] Kristian Nairn, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, 6′-10¾” TV actor (‘Hodor’ on “Game of Thrones” since 2011)

1983 [32] Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut, Vallejo CA, competitive eater (currently ranked #2 in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating)

• “Beaver Moon”, the Full Moon of November which gets its name from olden days when it was time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm Winter furs. Also called the “Frosty Moon”.

• “Blasé Day”, a perfect day for the world-weary to revel in their apathy. (Eh, who cares.)

• “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”, initiated by women’s activists in 1981 and adopted by the UN in 1999 to help raise public awareness of this worldwide problem.

• “Parfait Day”, saluting the yummy treat that’s concocted from layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits. Yes, it’s basically a fancy word for a sundae … likely because it’s usually served in a fancy glass.

• “Shopping Reminder Day”, marking exactly 1 month until Christmas Day. Just what you wanted to hear, huh?

• “Tie One On Day”, celebrating the apron and the previous generations of women who’ve worn one. It was initiated by Ellyn Anne Geisel, author of “The Apron Book”.

2004 [11] Dan Rather announces he’ll step down as anchorman of “CBS Evening News” in March 2005 (leads to the 2015 film “Truth”, starring Robert Redford as Rather)

1984 [31] Bob Geldof and dozens of pop music stars record “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, to raise funds for Ethiopian hunger relief

2002 [13] The US Department of Homeland Security is formed (“Red Warning, Red Warning!”)

2013 [02] In its opening weekend “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” grosses $158 million domestically, becoming the most successful film ever released in November

[Thurs] Gray Thursday
[Fri] Black Friday
[Fri] Buy Nothing Day
[Sat] International Aura Awareness Day
[Sun] “Soul Train Awards” (BET)
[Sun] Sofa Sunday
This Week Is … Better Conversation Week
This Month Is … Manatee Awareness Month


✗ “The Plumbers’ Union Pipe Band”
✗ “Pets on Display” float sponsored by Woody’s Taxidermy
✗ The Central Junior High Marching Piano Band.
✗ “The Black Friday Mob Trampling an Elderly Walmart Greeter” float.
✗ “Bambi’s Peeler Parlor North Pole-Dancing Bonanza”
✗ Uncle Earl’s souped-up purple Dodge Duster convertible.
✗ “The Pit Bull Drill Team”
✗ “The (Local) PD Pepper Spray Extravaganza!”

Hand me another doughnut. I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.

What’s the only food that is naturally blue?
a. Blueberries.
b. Cheese.
c. There isn’t one. [CORRECT. According to “Land O’ Useless Facts”, there is no such thing as naturally blue food, as even blueberries are actually purple.]

☎ What is the most stressful time of the year for you?

Question: According to a poll, THIS is the biggest holiday shopping pet peeve.
Answer: Other people.

Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.

Printer Friendly Version