December 12 2022

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Monday, December 12, 2022 – Edition: #7377

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★ “Saturday Night Live’s” next episode on December 17 with host Austin Butler will now feature musical guest Lizzo. She is stepping in for previously announced musical guest the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They have announced they are pulling out of their scheduled appearance on the show because of guitarist Nick Zinner’s ongoing battle with pneumonia. He has been dealing with the illness for the past month and has not recovered enough to perform. Lizzo will perform as musical guest for the third time. She most recently pulled double duty as host and musical guest in April. Lizzo, a recent Emmy winner for “Lizzo’s Watch Out For the Big Grrrls”, is currently nominated for 6 Grammy Awards and is on tour supporting her newest album “Special”.
★ Steve Harvey will no longer host the Miss Universe competition. Miss Universe’s CEO Amy Emmerich has confirmed that Harvey will not host the 2023 pageant set for Jan. 14, and a female emcee will take his place, in an effort at a “restart in a whole new place”. Most pageant fans remember Harvey as the host who announced the wrong winner during Miss Universe 2015. He was supposed to call Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines, but initially announced Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia as the winner. FOX retained Harvey as host for 5 more years as part of its deal with the organization. The new host is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.
★ HBO has published a new video that seems to tease the “Game of Thrones” spinoff about ‘Jon Snow’. “SNOW” is reportedly in development, but with the release of this new sizzle reel, some fans suspect that a big announcement is coming. The new video is essentially a highlight reel depicting “Jon Snow’s Journey” in Game of Thrones. It says nothing about another show, but by now most fans know that Harington is heavily involved in developing a spinoff with the working title SNOW. According to author George R.R. Martin, the idea behind SNOW is to be a sequel about Jon Snow’s life beyond The Wall after the events of the Game of Thrones TV series. LINK:
★ Next month’s AFI Awards will honor films, including the “Avatar” sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Elvis” and popular television series like “Abbott Elementary”, “Better Call Saul” and “The White Lotus”. The American Film Institute announced its slate of honorees Friday ahead of its gala luncheon on Jan. 13 in Beverly Hills. The institute selects 10 movies and shows for its ceremony, which honors projects deemed among the best of the year culturally and artistically. Additional film honorees are: “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, “The Fabelmans”, “Nope”, “She Said”, “Tár”, “The Woman King” and “Women Talking”. The other television series being honored are: “The Bear”, “Hacks”, “Mo”, “Pachinko”, “Reservation Dogs”, “Severance” and “Somebody Somewhere”.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Michelle Obama, Marc Maron
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kate Hudson, Morris Chestnut, a performance from “A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical”
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Common, Lily Collins
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Aubrey Plaza, Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle, Kevin Murphy
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Larsa Pippen, Lisa Hochstein
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Lily Collins
• “The Talk”(CBS): Jaime Camil
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Edward Norton, Naomi Ackie, Millie Peartree
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Backstreet Boys
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Meghan Trainor, Richard Fierro
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Blake Shelton, James Corden
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): T.D. Jakes, Katie Lee Biegel
• “The Voice” (NBC): Live Finale, Part 1. The top 5 artists perform a ballad and an up-tempo song to compete for the title of The Voice.
• “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (ABC): Finale. A light show featuring 3D-printed snowflakes; a 30-foot mega tree, an elaborate walkthrough set on 4 acres; a pirate ship made from a converted school bus; judge Taniya Nayak decides the winner.
• “A Nashville Country Christmas” (CMT): Tanya Tucker stars as a country star who escapes her hectic life to spend the holidays at her family home. Instead of rest, she finds romance, a return to her musical roots and an unexpected family.

• Taylor Swift – will make her feature film directorial debut with an original script she has written. While details about the plot and casting have not been shared, the movie will be produced by Searchlight. In a statement, Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield called her a “once in a generation artist and storyteller”.
• Camila Cabello – debuted her new holiday hair color on Instagram, and promoted her new remix of rising star Oxlade’s breakthrough hit “Ku Lo Sa.” She posted a pic of herself in a red bodysuit, red boots, and displaying her sleek red hairstyle, and wrote: “When Ox said he wanted me to remix this song, I was so stoked.” LINK:
• Backstreet Boys — ABC has canceled their Christmas special in the wake of the sexual assault lawsuit filed against Nick Carter. “A Very Backstreet Holiday”, was scheduled to air this Wednesday. Last week, Carter was sued by a woman who alleges she was 17 when Carter sexually assaulted her on a tour bus after a concert in 2001. He denies the allegations.
• Alanis Morissette – has released her version of the holiday classic ‘Little Drummer Boy’. She uploaded the single’s cover art to Instagram, showing her leaning her head on Mary’s shoulder as Mary cradles baby Jesus on a California street lined with palm trees. Her caption: “I played my best for you. #thedrummerboy…” LINK:
(***CAUTION – content***) • Guns N’ Roses — Axl Rose appears to be taking his recent mic-throwing controversy in stride. During the group’s show in New Zealand, he joked that he’s now attending “Tossers Anonymous” meetings. Quote: “It’s a 12-step thing…The first step, you know, you’ve got to admit you have a problem. So, my name is Axl, and yes, I’m a tosser.”
• Elton John – Friday, he announced he’s leaving Twitter, because it is allowing “misinformation to flourish unchecked.” Twitter stopped taking action against accounts spreading misleading information about Covid-19 last month. In response, Twitter CEO Elon Musk wrote: “I love your music. Hope you come back. Is there any misinformation in particular that you’re concerned about?” LINK:
• Kane Brown and BRELAND – are performing on “The Voice” Season 22 finale tomorrow night. Each coach will sing with their final artist. In addition, Brown will perform alongside Shelton and Breland by himself.
• Elle King – has pulled out of 3 shows after falling down the stairs, resulting in a concussion. On her Instagram Story, she revealed that she took a tumble “in the middle of the night” while making a bottle for her 15-month-old son Lucky Levi. Shows in Tampa, Detroit, and Seattle have been cancelled. LINK:
• Kenny Chesney – has released ‘Da Ruba Girl’ — a song inspired by his late dog Ruby. Proceeds will be donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. He wrote on Instagram: “Ruby was everything good, and in her memory, this is her way of continuing to give and bring love where it’s most needed.” LINK:


When it comes to dirty dishes, are you a “doer, or an “ignorer”? The average dirty dish lays untouched in the sink for a day and a half, according to a survey about people’s kitchen habits. The study of 2,000 Americans also found that about half run their dishwasher 3 times per week. What other dirt did the OnePoll survey dig up? 54% believe pots and pans should be washed by hand, followed by fine-dining ware (46%), glasses (38%), and coffee mugs (37%). Interestingly, there is almost universal agreement on where certain things belong in dishwashers. Respondents say plates (75%), cutlery and utensils (67%), pots and pans (55%), and fine dining ware (37%) all belong on the bottom rack. The top rack is reserved for coffee mugs, glasses, travel mugs, plasticware, and bowls. About half of Gen Z and millennials believe it’s OK to leave dishes in the sink for 1-4 days before putting them in the dishwasher, compared 66% of Gen X, and 72% of baby boomers – who all believe that one day is the limit.
(They’re right. Nobody wants to look at dirty dishes. On the other hand, obviously EVERYBODY would rather look at dirty dishes than clean ‘em!)
(Well, you DO have to let them marinate in their own juices for a while…don’t you?)

It’s common question when the winter weather hits. Should we leave our windshield wiper blades up or down before a snowfall or ice storm? The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) recommends keeping them down, because raising them is likely to reduce their pressure against the windshield over time, resulting in visibility issues. As well, wipers could snap back and crack your windshield, especially on a very cold day. While lifting your wipers prior to wintery weather may reduce some wear on the rubber, the vast majority of wear happens while actually using the wipers, so you won’t be doing much to increase their longevity.
(I’m not too concerned about increasing their longevity. Every time I get an oil change, my mechanic goes and charges me to replace them anyway!)
(Or be like my Grandmother, and cover them with knitted socks!)
(In my neighborhood, if you raise them up, it’s like putting up a sign that says “Please remove!”)

➢ A team of neighbors, firefighters, and animal control officers worked for hours in the freezing weather to rescue 4 horses that fell through an icy pond. A video shared to YouTube shows the numerous attempts to pull the horses from Patrick Creek in Montana, each one failing until the rescuers eventually harnessed some extra ‘horse power’ from a tractor. A dozen people all worked together to save the horses. They first tried to make makeshift pontoons from pallets of wood in an attempt to make a ramp. Next, they tried to pull one horse out of the water with a rope, but couldn’t free the animal completely. Eventually, all 4 were removed safely by using a harness attached to a tractor. They were all taken to a veterinary clinic where they received care. LINK:
➢ Brenda Gomez Hernandez recently gave birth to a baby girl… but her exciting day was only half-over. Just hours later, she learned she won a $100,000 lottery jackpot!  And even better, Gomez Hernandez, of Concord NC, said that she won the prize thanks to her other children: She used her sons’ birthdays to pick her winning numbers for the Nov. 9 Powerball lottery. The Concord NC woman says she literally cried when she found out. She plans to use the cash to pay for her house. (Coincidentally, my wife tells me that I won the lottery the day I met her…but I still haven’t seen the cash…)

The man who went viral over the summer for listing off the reasons his wife has yelled at him – is back. This time, the Maine comedian, who posts as “the_leighton_show” on Instagram, hilariously reads “texts from your college freshman” submitted by parents. Here are some of what must be the dumbest things college kids have ever texted their parents . . .
• “Daughter asked what blinker she should use to go straight.”
• “Driver pulled in front of us, my son screamed ‘quick, press the honk button!’”
• “Two students got in a car accident and exchanged health insurance info.”
• “Son asked if Italian is a language… ‘I thought it was just an accent’”
• “Daughter kept referring to her insurance co-pay as a cover charge.”
• “Nephew filling out a form, when asked for his height, he put ‘5 feet, 12 inches.’”
• “Daughter thought the Brita pitcher refilled itself with the humidity in the refrigerator.”
• “Daughter asked how I make pancakes round.”
• “(My) college freshman asked if the Pink Panther was a lion.”
• “(My) kid asked me if she had a live birth.”
• “Boy getting ready for college: ‘Ugh…I need a pap smear.’”

Young people in France will have free access to condoms beginning in January. Speaking at an event for young people’s health, President Emmanuel Macron said those aged 18-25 will be able to collect them from pharmacies, describing the move as a “small revolution in prevention”. In 2020 and 2021 France experienced a 30% national increase in STI rates. (Alternately, they could have just made everyone wear the same hairstyle as [***Afternoon guy***]!!)


• “Green Monday”, an online shopping day similar to Cyber Monday, it occurs on the last Monday when there are at least 10 to go until Christmas, considered by many to be the last day to order gifts and expect that they will arrive in time (as if anyone in my household needs another excuse to order something online…)
• “Fresh Breath Day”, 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 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, the US diplomat to Mexico who introduced the plant to the US in 1825. Now a favorite decoration for the holiday season, about 60 million are grown in North America each year. Though 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.
• “National Ambrosia Day”, the mythical “food of the gods,” is a heavenly treat for we mortals 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”, a day where celebrants should call people they haven’t seen in years, in order to rekindle old friendships. (So, call up the first person who popped into your head when you heard the word ‘ding-a-ling’…)

[Tues] Ice Cream Day
[Tues] National Violin Day
[Wed] Monkey Day
[Thurs] Cupcake Day
This Week is…Computer Science Education Week
This Month is…Tie Month

1923 [99] Bob Barker, Darrington WA, TV game show host (“The Price Is Right” 1972-2007)/sometime actor (legendary fight scene in “Happy Gilmore”)/animal rights activist

1940 [82] Dionne Warwick, East Orange NJ, pop singer (‘I Say a Little Prayer’, w/Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder-‘That’s What Friends Are For’)/1990s infomercial host (“Psychic Friends Network”)/cousin to the late Whitney Houston

1943 [79] (Forrest) Dickey Betts, West Palm Beach, FL, rock guitarist/singer (Allman Brothers-‘Ramblin’ Man’)

1949 [73] Bill Nighy, Caterham, England (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Love Actually”)

1957 [65] Sheila E. (Escovedo), Oakland CA, pop singer/drummer (‘The Glamorous Life’)/biological aunt to Nicole Richie

1970 [52] Jennifer Connelly, Round Top NY, movie actress (“Top Gun: Maverick”, Oscar-“A Beautiful Mind”)/TV actress (“Snowpiercer” since 2020)/married to Paul Bettany since 2003

1970 [52] Regina Hall, Washington DC, movie actress (“Scary Movie” films, “Girls Trip”)/TV actress (“Ally McBeal” 2001-02, “Law & Order: LA” 2010–2011)

1975 [47] Mayim Bialik, San Diego CA, TV host (“Jeopardy!” since 2021)/TV actress (‘Amy Farrah Fowler’ on “Big Bang Theory” 2010-19, “Blossom” 1990-1995)

2001 [21] Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

2016 [06] “Rogue One”, the first of the Star Wars Anthology films (and prequel to 1977’s “Star Wars”), directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles

2003 [19] Rolling Stones’ frontman (Sir) Mick Jagger is knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace (QEII didn’t want to do it)

2012 [10] The star-studded “12-12-12″ concert takes place at NYC’s Madison’s Square Garden, with proceeds 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)

2020 [02] Bad Bunny’s “El Último Tour Del Mundo” hits #1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first album entirely in Spanish to top the chart

2012 [10] Pope Benedict XVI sends out the first papal tweet through his personal Twitter account, using the handle @pontifex


✓ As a child, Jim Carrey wore tap shoes to bed just in case his parents needed cheering up in the middle of the night.
✓ On average, one square inch of your skin has 60 hairs, 90 oil glands, and 19 feet of blood vessels.
✓ In Chinese, the word for computer literally translates to “electric brain”.
✓ Gin and tonic was originally used as a medicine to fight malaria.
✓ Research shows that, for luxury brands, the ruder the sales staff, the higher the sales.
✓ The world record for the loudest thing ever shouted belongs to an Irish teacher. She shouted the word “quiet” at 121 decibels, the equivalent of a jet engine.
-BathroonReadersInstitute, WTFFacts

Best of BS . . .
• You woke up in court … with your pants on backwards.
• A champagne cork became lodged in your trachea … 6 times.
• You made the front page of the paper for interrupting the church choir practice next door … with your interpretative dancing … while naked.
• The boss was really impressed with your cannonball into the punchbowl.
• Your daily commute now involves a bus ride … to the employment office.
-First published in BS in 2019

✓ A quick and easy way to look like you aren’t wearing makeup: Wash your face.
✓ If you don’t want to say hi to someone, run very far away from them.
✓ Want the perfect pizza but don’t know how to cook? Order one from a nearby pizzeria.
✓ Don’t have a fork at the office? Tape 3 pens together. You can’t even tell the difference.
✓ Don’t want to embarrass yourself by sneezing in public? Disguise it with a very loud laugh.
✓ Want to seem more aloof to a guy? Wear earplugs so you can’t hear anything he’s saying.
✓ Trying to quit late-night snacking? Don’t buy Herb Garden Triscuits; they get you every time.
✓ Want DIY curls? Wrap your hair around warm boiled hotdogs and fall asleep.
✓ Pain from a stubbed toe? Punch yourself in the face and your toe will feel better instantly!
✓ Need to get motivated for your morning run? Throw a rock at a beehive.
-First published in BS in 2016

• The song ‘Jingle Bells’ was originally written for which holiday?
a) Thanksgiving [CORRECT]
b) Christmas
c) Easter
d) Houseplant Appreciation Day

• Christmas pudding was originally made up of which combination of ingredients?
a) Chocolate and nutmeg
b) Flour and plum
c) Raisins and wine [CORRECT, a soup]
d) Partridge and a pear tree

• Which celeb grew up on a Christmas Tree farm?
a) Taylor Swift [CORRECT]
b) Justin Bieber
c) Ed Sheeran
d) Judy Garland

Busted (sound up):

In most places, you can get a drivers license when you’re 16 years old – which made a lot of sense to me when I was 16 – but now it seems insane!

If you found a surprise $100 in your pocket, how would you spend it? (In a poll, the top answers were shopping, dining out, filling the car with gas.)

THIS happens more in the 2 weeks before Christmas than any other time of the year. What is it?
Answer:  Couples break up

Great opportunities to help others seldom come; but small ones surround us every day.


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