December 2 2022

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Friday, December 2, 2022 – Edition: #7371

Can You Believe This Sheet?


★ Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming documentary on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “Harry & Meghan” sheds light on the highs and lows of the couple’s love story. The intimate first look at the documentary series, which will premiere in December across 6 episodes, includes personal footage from the couple’s life together, including at their wedding reception, on a trip to Africa and during Meghan’s pregnancy. In addition to moments of joy, they also show the difficulties they faced in the royal spotlight. Meghan is seen wiping away tears in one shot and the couple is shown at the 2019 Commonwealth Day ceremony amid tensions with the royal family and the media. At one point in the promo, Harry is asked why he wanted to make the documentary. His answer: “No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors. I had to do everything I could to protect my family.” LINK:
★ Simu Liu will return to emcee the 2023 Juno Awards after making his hosting debut for Canada’s music awards in Toronto earlier this year. Liu, best known as the Marvel superhero ‘Shang-Chi’, arguably captured the biggest buzz in the 2022 ceremony with his “I am Canadian” speech, a satirical take on a classic beer commercial, and sang his own rendition of Avril Lavigne’s ‘Complicated’ while playing a guitar. The “Kim’s Convenience” star will be back hosting the 52nd Junos  in Edmonton on March 13. In a statement, Liu said: “If you thought my rendition of ‘Complicated’ was good, just wait until you hear my Nickelback cover”.
★ Al Roker sent a message of thanks on Thursday morning’s “Today” show, as he remains in the hospital amid ongoing health issues. The longtime weather personality has been absent from the NBC morning news program since Nov. 4. He was first hospitalized to receive treatment for blood clots in his leg and lungs, released weeks later and then returned to the facility by ambulance after Thanksgiving. In the process, Roker missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — for this first time in 27 years — and Wednesday’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center. Today co-anchor Hoda Kotb said Thursday: “He’s resting and his doctors are keeping a close eye on him.” She went on to mention that she and Craig Melvin FaceTimed Roker from the tree lighting, and “He gave us a big thumbs up. So good to see ya, [Al]!”
★ Director Baz Luhrmann has mentioned his 4-hour cut of “Elvis” in the past, but he’s sparked more anticipation for it by revealing that a longer version of the music biopic would restore Austin Butler’s full concert performances as The King of Rock and Roll. While many of Butler’s performance scenes in the movie are abbreviated, Luhrmann filmed the majority of them in full — just as the real Elvis performed them. And Luhrmann wants the world to see Butler’s uninterrupted shows. He said: “Austin just did it and it was an out of body experience to watch him do those full concerts, so one day I will cut those full concerts together.” But don’t hold your breath. The earliest Luhrmann could see himself starting to work on the 4-hour “Elvis” would be in 2025.

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kevin Bacon, Theo James, Jay Jurden
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Quentin Tarantino, Emily Ratajkowski, Seth Reiss, Will Tracy, Arjuna Contreras (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Amos Lee (R)
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Gloria, Emily & Sasha Estefan
• “The Talk”(CBS): Paul Greene, Rebecca Budig, Elvis Cordero
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): James Marsden
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Cher, Reneé Rapp
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Katherine Heigl, Dr. Charles Sophy
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Jennifer shares some favorite memories with music’s biggest stars
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Tyler Perry, Fall movie preview
• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): South Korea vs Portugal; Ghana vs Uruguay; Serbia vs Switzerland; Cameroon vs Brazil
• “Shark Tank” (ABC): Daniel Lubetzky guest sharks; a way to attract hummingbirds; easing anxiety with an entertaining product; an update on Basepaws, a pet genetic testing company.
• “A Big Fat Family Christmas” (HALL): Premiere. A photojournalist gets close to a co-worker as she shoots her family’s annual holiday party for a cover story.
• “Dateline NBC” (NBC): A hunting safari in Zambia’s Kafue National Park ends in a nightmare when a shot rings out from the cabin of dentist Dr. Larry Rudolph and his wife Bianca.

• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Round of 16 – Netherlands vs USA; TBD vs Australia
• “The Story of Santa Claus” (CBS): A jolly couple comes to live at the North Pole and begins a toy-giving tradition; voices of Ed Asner, Betty White, Tim Curry.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Keke Palmer; SZA performs.

• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Round of 16 – France vs TBD; England vs Senegal
• “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC): Celeb contestants RuPaul, Gayle King and Julie Bowen
• “NFL Football” (NBC): Indianapolis Colts @ Dallas Cowboys

• Bad Bunny and Taylor Swift – are the most-streamed artists of the year, according Spotify’s 2022 Wrapped campaign. Bad Bunny’s tunes generated more than 18.5 billion streams so far this year on Spotify. Swift, Drake, The Weeknd and BTS round out the top-5 most-streamed artists. Spotify’s most-streamed song was Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was,’ with more than 1.6 billion.
• Pink – reportedly purchased a $5,000 “ape abstract” painting at what’s being called the “first-ever exhibit of art by chimpanzees.” An organizer of “@rt by chimps” in Miami said she purchased a large acrylic on black canvas “featuring vivid swaths of blue, white, and, you guessed it, pink!”
• Mariah Carey – has partnered with for “Mariah Carey’s Ultimate Holiday Experience”. Two lucky fans will get to visit her New York penthouse, a 3-night stay in the Grande Luxe King room at Plaza hotel, tickets to Carey’s holiday concert Dec. 16 at MSG, dinner at her favorite restaurants, and more. LINK:
• Rolling Stones – are opening their vaults for the Feb. 10 release of what they are calling a “live greatest hits album”. “GRR Live!” was recorded in 2012 in Newark NJ during the band’s “50 and Counting” tour, and features multiple special guests, including Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga. It will be available on vinyl, plus 2-CD, DVD + 2-CD, Blu-Ray+ 2-CD sets. LINK:
• Alice Cooper – On Jan. 31, just a few days before he turns 75, veteran rock journalist Gary Graff will publish “Alice Cooper @ 75”, a lavish illustrated biography “examining an extraordinary career through the lens of 75 key events, releases, and collaborations”, according to Motorbooks.
• Kane Brown – Could a collab with Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds be in the works? Reynolds recently shared a photo of the 2 walking in North Hollywood, sending fans into speculation overdrive. One wrote: “I Love Kane Brown such an awesome talent and if you are making a song then for sure it will be great.” Another commented: “Now that’s a pair! Are we getting a song from this duo?” LINK:
• Luke Combs – says things have definitely changed for him since he became a dad in June. Quote: “I would say 180 [degrees], but it’s like 360, you know. It’s completely different.” He points out that he still works on his career, but “the rest of my time — the small amount of free time that I did have is just squandered. It is completely gone” because he’s busy doting on young Tex.
• Tanya Tucker – shows off her acting skills in the new trailer for her upcoming film “A Nashville Country Christmas”. She plays a stressed fictional country star seeking refuge at her grandmother’s farm in Tennessee, where she encounters someone from her past who shakes up her plans. It debuts Dec. 12 on Paramount Network. LINK:


• “Violent Night” (R, Holiday/Thriller): A group of mercenaries targeting a wealthy family on Christmas Eve think they have everything covered… but they forgot about one man: Santa Claus. And. He. Is. ANGRY. (David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Beverly D’Angelo, Cam Gigandet)
• “Emancipation” (R, History/Drama – limited): The triumphant tale of a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith, and love for his family, to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. (Will Smith, Ben Foster, Charmaine Bingwa)

The classic baguette, the long, crusty bread loaf that is a delicious staple of French life, has been awarded special protected status, placing it alongside other regional food delicacies from around the world. The “artisanal know-how and culture of the baguette” is now officially recognized on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the organization has announced. The bread sticks, with their crusty exterior and soft middle, have remained a quintessential part of French life that President Macron calls “250 grams of magic and perfection.” The baguette joins other foods and culinary cultures with UNESCO heritage status, including the making of Neapolitan pizza, kimchi, Belgian beer culture, the “Mediterranean diet”, and Arabic coffee.
(So, to put it in local terms, it’s kinda like the French fry of Paris?)
(You know how to make a Frenchman cry? Buy one, then cut the crust off!)

A psychologist says that you can tell a lot about a person’s personality based on when they do their holiday decorating. Dr. Carmen Harra claims that if you hang decorations before November 1st, you might have trouble “living in the moment”— but that’s not necessarily bad. It could mean “You enjoy planning and executing well ahead of schedule, to avoid the rush”. If you tend to decorate in November or early December, you also like to get things done ahead of schedule, but in addition, it shows “that you genuinely look forward to the holidays because you have plenty of time to add to or change your decorations before the big day.” Those who light up their homes in early December are “more realistic in nature” and like to do things the “correct and proper” way. So, what about those who wait to decorate until the week — or even the day — before Christmas? That signals procrastination and tardiness. Dr. Harra says these people “prefer to see Christmas come and go” — possibly because it doesn’t have the same happy feeling as when they were kids — but they still make an effort to keep the decorating tradition going.
(Either that, just like in my wife’s case, it means you own about 5 cats, and CAN’T put up the tree until the 24th!)
(With the price of Christmas trees this year, we’re not putting one up until the Boxing Day sales!)

➢ A Nevada man’s home security camera captured footage of an apparently confused bear that attempted to make a meal out of an inflatable Rudolph holiday decoration. Dave Lester woke Saturday morning to find the inflatable Rudolph he had put out for Christmas had been shredded by an early-morning visitor. He shared video showing the decoration being mauled by a bear that visited his yard about 5am. He said that last year, the local bears occasionally showed interest in the inflatable Rudolph, but never damaged it. Lester wrote on Facebook: “Woke up this morning to Rudolph laying on the ground unresponsive. No amount of CPR or duct tape could revive him.” (His kids probably had to be given CPR, too!) LINK:
➢ A Florida man’s hope for a romantic sunset proposal was sunk after he accidentally fumbled the engagement ring while proposing to his girlfriend onboard a boat. Scott Clyne and his then-girlfriend Suzie Tucker were standing on the boat admiring the view when Clyne attempted to propose…only to accidentally drop the box into the ocean, as can be seen in a now-viral TikTok. The 35-year-old then dove into the sea in an effort to keep the romance afloat, while Tucker simply laughed as their moment literally sunk. Clyne managed to retrieve the ring and still went through with the proposal – and she said yes! A friend managed to capture the whole “ring overboard” moment. (It’s nice to see a ‘Florida man’ story where he ends up in the ocean – rather than in jail!) LINK:
-UPI, NYPost

A new study by Japanese researchers suggests caffeine helps competitive runners improve their performance. Study authors found that test subjects’ 100-meter sprint time was significantly shorter for athletes who took caffeine supplements. Compared to those who took placebos, caffeinated runners ran the 100 an average of 0.14 seconds faster. (I’m no athlete…but I’ve gotta admit…caffeine sometimes makes me “run” too!)


• “Bartender Appreciation Day”, created by Sailor Jerry Rum to recognize the efforts of bartenders and to honor them for the great service they provide. (It’s just a shame there are no jokes about them…)
• “Fritters Day”, honoring the yummy treat made by frying up small cakes of dough in butter or oil. (Yum! Really good for you, too!)
• “International Day For the Abolition of Slavery”, a UN observance begun in 1949. An estimated 40.3 million people are victims of modern slavery. LINK:
• “Play Basketball Day”, This day honors the founder of basketball, James Naismith, born in Almonte, Ontario on this date in 1861. He moved to the US to teach Phys-ed at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he invented the game.
• “International Sweater Vestival”, the “annual celebration of solidarity, superiority, and sartorial splendor that is expressed through the collective wearing of sweater vests.” (A normal day for [***co-host***])
• “Mutt Day”, saluting all dogs that are cross-breeds, no-breeds, or all-breeds. (And what do you get if you neuter your dog? Nixed mutts!)
• “Special Education Day”, initiated in 1975 to promote access to education for all children, including those with disabilities.
• “Business of Popping Corn Day”, honoring this day in 1885 when Charles Cretors founded C. Cretors & Company, which invented the first large-scale commercial oil popcorn popper. (Perhaps “Toothpick Day” should be celebrated today, too?)
• “United Arab Emirates National Day”, celebrating the anniversary of independence of the federation of 7 Persian Gulf states from Britain in 1971.

• “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”, promoted by the UN since 1992. Its objective is to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of those with disabilities. LINK:
• “Roof Over Your Head Day”, an annual observance to draw attention to the plight of the homeless.
• “Coats and Toys for Kids Day”, all about people coming together to create positive change. Today, people donate cold-weather gear like coats, boots, gloves, and toys, to families who need them.
• “Homemade Gift Day”, Better start now if you hope to have that ugly knitted hat finished in time for the big day!
• “Apple Pie Day”, (also observed on May 13th, because ‘pie’) The first printed apple pie recipe was in England in 1381. The list of ingredients included: “good” apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and cofyn, a type of pastry crust. (We’re just glad it didn’t call for BAD apples…or apple pie may never have caught on!)
• “Earmuff Day”, also known as “Chester Greenwood Day”, honoring the Farmington, Maine man who was just 15 when he designed the first pair, made from wire, beaver fur, and cloth. At 19, he acquired a patent, and by age 28, his company was shipping them worldwide.
• Let’s Hug Day”, hugs release the hormone oxytocin into the bloodstream. This helps lower blood pressure, heart rate, and the stress hormone cortisol. Hugging also reduces anxiety, improves mood and memory, and increases bonding and closeness. (A small hug is worth a million unspoken words!)
• “National Green Bean Casserole Day”, its main ingredients are green beans and cream of mushroom soup, and it is usually topped with French fried onions. The recipe was created by “Dottie” Reilly in 1955, while working for Campbell’s, and trying to come up with something that could be made with ingredients found in most people’s homes.

• “Cookie Day”, celebrating the yummiest treat of all. What’s the best kind? Chocolate chip? Oatmeal and raisin? Peanut butter with macadamia nuts? (Anything, as long as there’s milk?)
• “Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day”, created in 2000 as a day to pass out ‘attaboys’ to employee teams that work extraordinarily well together to produce significant results for their company or organization. (It’s far cheaper than year-end bonuses…)
• “Santa’s List Day”, the day the big guy purportedly decides who’s been naughty and who’s been nice (Does that make tomorrow “Do Whatever You Want Because Santa has Already Made his List Day”?)
• “Wear Brown Shoes Day”, for some unknown reason. To get the full effect, make sure you wear ’em with something black. (To get half-effect, wear ONE brown shoe)
• “World Wildlife Conservation Day”, to raise awareness and engage conservationists to put an end to wildlife crime. Some species are still being slaughtered by criminal networks driven by a voracious demand for illegal animal parts and products.

1960 [62] Rick Savage, Sheffield, England, rock bassist (Def Leppard-‘Hysteria’, ‘Rock of Ages’)

1968 [54] Lucy Liu, Queens NY, TV actress (‘Joan Watson’ on “Elementary” 2012-19, “Dirty Sexy Money” 2008-09)/movie actress (“Kung Fu Panda” movies, “Kill Bill: Volume 1”) COMING UP…“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” 2023

1968 [54] Nate Mendel, Richmond WA, rock bassist (Foo Fighters-‘Learn to Fly’, ‘Best of You’)

1978 [44] Nelly Furtado, Victoria BC, pop singer (‘I’m Like a Bird’, ‘Promiscuous’)/10 Juno Awards, Canada’s Walk of Fame 2010

1981 [41] Britney Spears, McComb MS, pop singer (‘Baby, One More Time’, ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’)

1983 [39] Jana Kramer, Rochester Hills MI, country singer (‘Why Ya Wanna’, I Got the Boy’)/actress (“One Tree Hill” 2009-12), multiple Lifetime network movies/reality star (“Dancing With the Stars” 2016)

1983 [39] Aaron Rodgers, Chico CA, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers)/Super Bowl winner 2010; Super Bowl MVP 2010; 4-time NFL MVP; 10-time Pro Bowl

1983 [39] Daniela Ruah, Boston MA, TV actress (‘Kensi Blye’ on “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2009)

1988 [34] Alfred Enoch, Westminster England, movie actor (“Harry Potter” franchise)/TV actor (“How to Get Away with Murder” 2014-20)

1991 [30] Charlie Puth, Rumson NJ, pop singer (‘See You Again’ w/Wiz Khalifa, ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ w/Selena Gomez)

SATURDAY- Ozzy Osbourne (‘Crazy Train’) is 74; Julianne Moore (“Boogie Nights”) is 62; Daryl Hannah (“Splash”) is 62; Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy” films) is 54; Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”) is 43; Jenna Dewan (“Step Up”) is 42; Dascha Polanco (“Orange Is the New Black”) is 40; Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia!”) is 37

SUNDAY- Jeff Bridges (“The Big Lebowski”) is 73; Marisa Tomei (“My Cousin Vinny”) is 58; Fred Armisen (“Portlandia”) is 56; Jay-Z (‘Empire State of Mind’) is 53; Kevin Sussman (“The Big Bang Theory”) is 52; Tyra Banks (“Dancing With the Stars”) is 49

2003 [19] The reality show “The Simple Life” with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie premieres on Fox

2012 [10] Blues legend Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, and the surviving members of Led Zeppelin receive Kennedy Center Honors for contributions to culture

1983 [39] Michael Jackson’s 14-minute ‘Thriller’ video debuts on MTV

2009 [13] Beyoncé leads nominees for the 52nd Grammy Awards with 10 nominations

2009 [13] Adam Barta of Girard, OH throws 191 bowling strikes in an hour, breaking the previous record by 15


✓ Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
✓ The average woman has 17 square feet of skin. It stretches to 18½ square feet during pregnancy.
✓ Horses can kick backward, forward, and sideways.
✓ Statistically, the safest form of travel (miles travelled versus number of deaths) is the elevator.
✓ Due to Plate Tectonics, Europe and North America are drifting apart at the same speed a human fingernail grows.
✓ Barry White’s music has been used by marine biologists to encourage sharks to mate.
-Unnecessary Knowledge, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .

• “For a quick start, just plug it in and turn it on. Read directions later at your leisure.”
• “One heavy thick layer will work better than several thin layers applied over time.”
• “To service this unit without removing the back, insert 2 fingers in the holes marked ‘Maintenance’ and pull.”
• “This material can be applied under any weather conditions.”
• “Breathing the vapors from this fluid is harmless and may result in a feeling of increased energy.”
• “Avoid wearing safety glasses that may hinder visibility.”
• “If you are in doubt as to whether the outlet is properly grounded, try different wiring combinations or modify the plug to fit.”
• “After applying, tools need not be cleaned since material will disintegrate in an hour.”
• “Parts and accessories approved by the manufacturer may be more expensive and no more effective than second-party parts.”
• “Unlimited Warranty: We guarantee this product to be free of defects in material and workmanship, missing features, and annoying characteristics.”
• “If part will not fit easily, apply force with a large blunt instrument.”
• “Extra batteries included.”
-First published in BS in 2019

➢ ‘Forks’ would be called ‘stabby-grabbies’
➢ ‘Spoons’ would be called ‘soupy-scoopies’
➢ ‘Wigs’ would be called ‘hairy-wearies’
➢ ‘Socks’ would be called ‘feetie-heaties’
➢ ‘Limousines’ would be called ‘roomy-vroomies’
➢ ‘Computers’ would be called ‘starey-squareys’
➢ ‘Microwaves’ would be called ‘heatie-eaties’
➢ ‘Cowbells’ would be called ‘cattle-rattles’
➢ ‘Defibrillators’ would be called ‘hearty-starties’
(Got any more?)

It’s Friday. Current mood:

I went to the store to buy some candleholders, but they didn’t have any, so I bought a cake.

What current celeb do you really like? Why?

Question:  30% of people say they avoid talking about THIS at Holiday get togethers. What is it?
Answer:  Money/finances

Change your thoughts and you change your world.


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