December 13 2022

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022 – Edition: #7378

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★ Prince Harry says his family was more than “happy to lie to protect” Prince William, but failed to look out for him. The official trailer for the second half of Netflix’s “Harry & Meghan” shows the Duke of Sussex and his wife, Meghan Markle, reflecting on their decision to quit their duties and flee to California, describing their plane’s departure out of the UK as a “freedom flight.” Harry adds that they couple have been victims of “institutional gaslighting”, before the Duchess says: “I wasn’t being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed to the wolves.” The trailer goes on to claim that the royal family were “practically recruiting people” to disseminate false stories about the couple. The next 3 episodes of the series will be released on Thursday. LINK:
★ Martin McDonagh’s comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” leads the 2023 Golden Globes nominations with 8 nods in total. The dark comedy, which stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as friends in 1920s Ireland, is up for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy as well as acting nods for both Farrell (Best Actor) and Gleeson (Best Supporting Actor). It is followed by “Everything Everywhere All at Once” with 6 nominations. On the TV side, ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” leads all contenders with 5 nominations. Mayan Lopez and Selenis Levya, stars of the new NBC comedy “Lopez vs Lopez,” presented the 5 nominees for each of the 27 award categories on Monday. The Golden Globes ceremony will take place on Jan. 10, hosted by Emmy Award-winning comedian Jerrod Carmichael.
★ Aaron Taylor-Johnson is being tipped as the next ‘James Bond’ and has reportedly already filmed a version of the 007 films’ iconic gunshot opening. The “Kick-Ass” actor, who is 32, will reportedly be revealed as the spy franchise’s new star in March, according to The Sun. A film source told the publication: “Aaron has impressed bosses so much that he has filmed one of the franchise’s famous gun barrel teaser scenes, something all the Bond actors do. That move takes him a step closer to signing a deal. The source also claimed filming on the next movie may start in winter 2023. Taylor-Johnson, who also starred in “Bullet Train” is now at 4/5 odds with bookmaker William Hill to be the next 007.
★ The director of the upcoming film “Joker: Folie à Deux” has revealed a first look at Joaquin Phoenix’s return as ‘Arthur Fleck’ through an Instagram post. Todd Phillips captioned a simple pic of Phoenix having a shave with the words: “Day 1. Our boy. #joker.” The plot of the upcoming film is under tight wraps, but it is known that Phoenix will reprise his role as disturbed villain Arthur Fleck. The 48-year-old will be joined by Lady Gaga, who reportedly plays the villain ‘Harley Quinn,’ and word is that Brendan Gleeson has been cast but in an unknown role. Phillips and his original “Joker” film scored a whopping 11 Academy Award nominations, and Phoenix earned the Best Actor Oscar. The new film is slated to hit theaters October 9, 2024, exactly 5 years after the original “Joker.” LINK:

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Sigourney Weaver, Jovan Adepo, Dawes
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Stanley Tucci, Michael Che, Sean Patton, Muni Long
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): RuPaul, Ed Sheeran
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kate Hudson, Angie Rito, Scott Tacinelli, Kevin Murphy
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Edward Norton
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kumail Nanjiani, Annaleigh Ashford, Natalie Morales
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Antonio Banderas, Ashanti
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Amy Poehler, Gabriel LaBelle, Samara Joy, Tamera Mowry-Housley
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Ellen Pompeo, Meghan Trainor, Mikel Welch
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Regina Hall, Russell Dickerson
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Cast of “Death Of A Salesman”, Kahlana Barfield Brown
• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Semi-finals – Argentina vs Croatia
• “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC): Celeb contestants London Hughes, Fortune Feimster, Bobby Berk
• “Avatar: The Deep Dive — A Special Edition of 20/20” (ABC): An inside look at one of the most anticipated movie sequels ever, with James Cameron and cast.
• “The Voice” (NBC): Season 22 live finale. Host Carson Daly reveals the winner; the star-studded finale features performances by chart-topping artists and finalist/coach duets.

• Bad Bunny – Following a particularly hectic 2022, where he was named Billboard’s Artist of the Year, he has decided to take it easy in 2023. Quote: “2023 is for me, for my physical health, my emotional health to breathe, enjoy my achievements. We’re going to celebrate.” He does have a few commitments, however, that he plans to honor.
• Dua Lipa – says her new album will be “different sonically” to her earlier music. She’s still working on her 3rd studio album, but says it is “different” “and there’s more of a lyrical theme.” Quote: “If I told you the title, everything would make sense – but I think we’ll just have to wait.”
• Snoop Dogg — says it’s a “minor setback for a major comeback” that his breakfast cereal Snoop Loopz has been stripped of its name following interference from an unnamed competitor. He wrote on Instagram: “So they don’t want us to use Snoop Loopz on our cereal box even though that’s my name.”  Kellogg’s owns the Fruit Loops brand trademark. LINK:
• Mariah Carey – amid news that her ‘All I Want Christmas is You’ single has been certified diamond in Canada for the equivalent of 800,000 units, she brought her daughter Monroe on stage during her Toronto “Merry Christmas to All” concert on Friday. Carey and the 11-year-old performed their first-ever duet — the hymn ‘Away in a Manger’. LINK:
• Neil Young – says he’s working on  a “big mess” of unfinished records. He recently released his 42nd album “World Record”, and a 50th anniversary edition of “Harvest”, but he has a “lot of stuff to clean up”, and now he has time to deal with it. “But at the same time, anything new takes precedent. Always.”
• Tim McGraw – has covered yet another Christmas tune for the holiday season. This time, he’s has taken on George Strait’s ‘Christmas Cookies’. In a video he shared to social media, McGraw sits with his guitar player and fiddle player as he sings, and makes a slight lyrical change in an effort to make them laugh. LINK:
• Zac Brown – is engaged. People says it has confirmed that he proposed to model/stunt woman Kelly Yazdi “a while ago.” Their social media accounts show very few photos and videos of each other – but Yazidi is present on an Instagram video from July when she was celebrating Brown’s birthday on tour with his band. LINK:
• Ashley McBryde — was officially inducted as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday. Fellow member Terri Clark inducted her after the pair collaborated on ‘Girl Goin’ Nowhere’, the song that had earned McBryde a standing ovation the night of her Opry debut, June 16, 2017.


There are those who fear change – and then there are those who seem to thrive on it. And yes, making big life decisions, like switching jobs or moving, can be stressful. But according to a new study, it’s probably a good idea to make a change. A University of Chicago study asked 22,000 people to make a decision on a dilemma based on the outcome of a coin toss. Questions ranged in seriousness from “Should I start my own business?” and “Should I propose?” to “Should I grow facial hair? They found that for important decisions (e.g. quitting a job or ending a relationship), “overwhelmingly, the people who made a change were more content than those who didn’t.” Study participants who made a change were more likely to say they would make the same decision if they had to do it all over again. What’s more, those who decided to NOT to make changes were happy about their decision at first, but by the 6-month mark, they were not.
(So, they “changed” their minds about not making a change?)
(So, always make the decision to accept making a change. Except when dealing with a telemarketer!)

There’s a song that’s so relaxing that drivers are actually being warned not to listen to it while behind the wheel. Said to be the most calming song ever, the 8-minute piece of music has been found to reduce blood pressure, slow the heart rate and decrease levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). Also — it can even make people so relaxed, they become drowsy — which is why it shouldn’t be listened to while driving. A study by shower gel brand Radox Spa found the song – which is called ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union – is even more relaxing than a peaceful walk, having a massage or enjoying a cup of tea. In a study, the song was found to be 11% more effective than any other song, reduce anxiety by 65%, and it made some of the participants ‘drowsy’. What makes it so relaxing? The band that recorded it worked with sound therapists in producing the song, using pianos, guitars, chimes, and Buddhist chants to create the melody. LINK:
(The dance remix? Not so much…)
(I was going to play it for my dad after dinner last night…but he was already asleep!)

What, to you, is the one essential ingredient that makes the holiday season feel festive? In a new poll 56% of people globally agreed that the festive season requires snow on the ground. 8,500 people were surveyed across 14 countries, and 40% said they want to travel somewhere colder and snowier than where they live, rather than hotter and sunnier (34%) for the festive season. While those in the US said they’d rather hit up a busy city than anywhere else, people in the UK prefer a rural holiday getaway, and Canadians dream of a beach vacation. The OnePoll survey also found that respondents around the world rated Canada (20%) as their top bucket list holiday destination, followed by Italy (15%) and Iceland (14%).
(For me, the thing that makes the holiday season feel festive is definitely watching one of those corny Lifetime Christmas movies!)
(You’ll notice that Canadians didn’t choose to travel to someplace “colder and snowier” than where they live. That’s because they couldn’t think of one – besides Russia!)

Things that many people believe to be true…that aren’t…
✗ The “used” blood that’s in your body is blue:  Nope. It’s still red. Oxygenated blood is a brighter red than deoxygenated blood. But it’s always red. (So please explain why my veins are blue!)
✗ Humans must establish “alpha” dominant status over pet dogs:  Dogs do not subscribe to an “alpha” based social structure. Wolves don’t either. Don’t be mean to your dog.
✗ All opinions are equal:  Yes, everyone may have opinions, and should be allowed to speak their mind. But when debating a topic, there’s a big difference between someone who has spent their entire professional career and education on the subject, versus someone who saw a post on social media… (Put a little star beside this one!)
✗ The best time to buy a home is when interest rates are low:  When interest rates are high, home prices lower accordingly, plus you’ll have a chance to refinance at a lower rate in the future.
✗ “Schizophrenia” means a split personality:  It’s actually a disorder with episodes of psychosis and symptoms like paranoia or hallucinations.
✗ I before E except after C:  Except when your foreign neighbor Keith receives eight counterfeit reindeer sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters. (Wow! I need a Budweiser!)
(Next, I suppose you’re going to tell me that our parents didn’t walk 3 miles to school in 2 feet of snow…uphill both ways!)

Elon Musk says Twitter will eventually increase its character limit from the current 280 to 4,000. In reply to a question whether rumored plans for Twitter to increase the character limit to 4,000 were true, the CEO (and “Chief Twit”) responded “Yes,” without providing additional information. Twitter originally had a character limit of 140, before it was increased to 280 in 2017. 4,000 characters would enable Twitter users to create posts of 570-1,000 words, with spaces.


• “Geminid Meteor Shower”, this annual event peaks tonight and into tomorrow morning. As Earth crosses the debris field of asteroid 3200 Phaethon, we often are able to witness as many as 120 meteors per hour. But with a bright moon this year, we may just see a nice (albeit short) show of “shooting stars.” LINK:
• “Hot Cocoa Day”, because there’s nothing like a steaming mug of the stuff on a bitter cold December day. (BS FUN FACT: Although the term is used interchangeably with ‘Hot Chocolate’ by many, Hot Cocoa has a thinner consistency and tends to be creamier and sweeter because of its additives. True Hot Chocolate is much richer and denser, and can have bittersweet notes.)
• “Violin Day”, so pick up your Stradivarius and let’s make some sweet music together.
• “St Lucy’s Day”, honoring her birth in 304 AD. Legend has it that, in order to follow a life of religious devotion, she cut out her eyes and sent them on a plate to a persistent lover who was haunted by them (especially afterward!). Today, hotels in Sweden feature their own ‘Lucia’, a young blond girl in white gown who serves guests coffee & ‘lussekatter’ (saffron buns).
• “National Day of the Horse”, encouraging us to be mindful of the contribution of horses to history, the economy and to the character of the places they inhabit (of course, of course…).
• “Ice Cream Day”, it’s so good that there are multiple holidays dedicated to it. Most of them take place in summer, but this one is in December! A few fun facts …
– Perhaps surprisingly, the most popular flavor is vanilla, usually snagging about 26% of total sales. Chocolate comes in a distant 2nd, with about 13% of the market.
– One of the major ingredients in ice cream is air. Without it, the stuff would be as hard as a rock.
– Among the most unusual flavors ever concocted are avocado, garlic, azuki bean, jalapeno, and pumpkin. Perhaps the weirdest of all – dill pickle ice cream – was once targeted at expectant mothers. Sales were disappointing.
– 1 out of every 5 ice cream eaters has shared their treat with a pet dog or cat.
– The largest ice cream sundae in history was made by Palm Dairies in Edmonton AB on July 24, 1988. It weighed in at over 24 tons.
– It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a typical single-scoop ice cream cone.

[Wed] Monkey Day
[Wed] Roast Chestnuts Day
[Thurs] Cat Herders’ Day
[Fri] Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
This Month is…Read a New Book Month
This Month is…Write a Business Plan Month

1925 [97] Dick Van Dyke, West Plains MO, TV actor (“The Dick Van Dyke Show” 1961-1966)/movie actor (“Mary Poppins”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Night at the Museum” movies)

1948 [74] Ted Nugent, Redford MI, rock singer/guitarist (‘Cat Scratch Fever’, w/Damn Yankees-‘High Enough’)

1949 [73] Randy Owen, Fort Payne AL, country singer (Alabama-‘Mountain Music’, ‘Forever’s as Far as I’ll Go’)

1954 [68] John Anderson, Apopka FL, country singer-songwriter (‘Straight Tequila Night’, ‘Money in the Bank’)

1957 [65] Steve Buscemi, Brooklyn NY, TV actor (“Boardwalk Empire” 2010-15, “The Sopranos” 2004-05)/movie actor (“Reservoir Dogs”, “Fargo”)

1967 [55] Jamie Foxx, Terrell TX, movie actor (“Ray”, “Django Unchained”)/R&B singer (f/T-Pain-‘Blame It’, f/Ludacris-‘Unpredictable’) COMING UP…“They Cloned Tyrone”, 2023

1975 [47] Tom DeLonge, Poway CA, rock singer (Blink 182-‘All the Small Things’, ‘I Miss You’, Angels & Airwaves-‘Everything’s Magic’)

1981 [41] Amy Lee, Riverside CA, rock singer (Evanescence-‘Call Me When You’re Sober’, ‘Bring Me To Life’)

1989 [33] Taylor Swift, Reading PA, pop singer (‘You Need to Calm Down’, ‘Shake It Off’)

1995 [27] Emma Corrin, England, TV actress (‘Princess Diana’ in “The Crown” 2020)

2004 [18] Dick Clark bows out from hosting his annual TV event, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” due to complications from a recent stroke (he dies in 2012). Regis Philbin is named as stand-in

2016 [06] Alan Thicke suffers an aortic dissection while playing hockey and dies shortly after, at age 69

2012 [10] Police bust a bizarre murder plot by a team of 3 hitmen in Albuquerque NM, targeting Justin Bieber

2013 [09] Beyoncé’s self-titled album is released with no advance notice, sending radio stations scrambling to get its songs on-air (it sells over 600,000 digital copies in 3 days and debuts at #1)

2010 [12] In China, a 2,400-year-old pot of soup is discovered near the ancient capital of Xi’an (“It’s almost ready…”)


✓ More boys than girls are born during the day; more girls are born at night.
✓ Contrary to popular belief, lightning travels from the ground upward, not from the sky downward.
✓ An elephant’s tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds.
✓ The energy of a discharge of an electric eel could start 50 cars.
✓ If you take a plant with you on a long airplane flight, it, too, will suffer from jet lag.
✓ Pageant Models often smear Vaseline on their teeth so their lips won’t stick when smiling.
-RandomFactGenerator, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .
• “We have so much in common. I love me too.”
• “That’s just because you haven’t gotten to know me yet.”
• “Have we met?”
• “Pull my finger.”
• “I’m still not sleeping with you.”
• “Thank you.”
• “And Iiiiiiiiiiiiiii will always love youuuuuuuuuuuu.”
• “It’ll pass.”
• “For the third time, license and registration, please.”
• “New phone.  Who ‘dis?”
• “Who doesn’t?”
• “Get away from my window!”
• “It’s another $50, if you want me to say it back.”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2017

• “We Tweet You a Merry Christmas”
• “Pimp the Hallz”
• “I Saw Mommy Kissing Mrs. Claus”
• “Angels We Have Heard While High”
• “Joy To the World Wide Web”
• “Groot King Wenceslas”
• “Deck the Halls With Boughs of Pre-lit Holly Made From Durable Poly-carbon Fiber and Powered by 3 Lithium Batteries, Also Comes With an Alternate USB Plug for Power – fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la”
• “We Three Queens”
• “Have Yourself a Merry Little Holiday”
• “Silent Meh”
• “Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Too Bad You Gotta Go, Before I Get Accused of Something”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

Out for a drag:

Shout out to all of the people who don’t know what the opposite of in is.

What is the best gift you ever received that wasn’t purchased from a store?

Question:  The average family will do THIS 8 times during the holidays. What is it?
Answer:  Eat leftovers

Friends are those rare people who ask how you are, then wait for the answer.


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