January 25 2022

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – Edition: #7153

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★ Idris Elba as ‘007’? Could happen. Elba is “part of the conversation” to be the next ‘James Bond’, the franchise’s producers have confirmed. He’s long been mentioned as a possible successor to Daniel Craig as the suave spy, and in a podcast appearance, producer Barbara Broccoli said she is aware that the “Luther” actor would be a popular choice. Broccoli said that there is no rush from Bond bosses to cast a new James Bond just yet, as they want to let the cast and crew savor the success of Craig’s final 007 movie “No Time To Die”.
★ Pat Sajak surprised “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” viewers on Sunday by admitting he has no clue who Benedict Cumberbatch is. The host made the admission after “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star Tatyana Ali solved the puzzle “Eggs Benedict Cumberbatch”. Sajak said, “We know eggs benedict, explain Benedict Cumberbatch”. Ali replied, saying: “Benedict Cumberbatch is an actor. Right?”, then Sajak admitted it was his “little host trick” to pretend he knew who the actor was when he actually didn’t, and wanted Ali to tell viewers. All this, of course, got the Twitter crowd going, enough that the official “Wheel of Fortune” account posted an apology, along with the ‘crying-laughing’ emoji.
★ “Mission: Impossible 7” won’t be released until 2023. The latest installment of Tom Cruise’s action saga was first set to drop in July 2021, but was pushed back to May of this year, and later delayed again to September 30. Now, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have announced the movie won’t be in cinemas until July 2023, due to the impact of the pandemic on production. As a result, the eighth film in the series, which was expected to be released in July 2023, won’t come out until the summer of 2024.
★ Disney has lined up another “live-action” remake of a beloved animated classic. The studio is putting together a remake of the hit 1970 film “The Aristocats”, best known today for the Sherman brothers song ‘Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat’. The new movie is inspired by the original film, which followed a group of aristocratic cats from Paris who are about to inherit a fortune from their owner. After the woman’s jealous butler kidnaps them to hold them for ransom, they get lost in the countryside.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kristen Bell, Ike Barinholtz, Eric Bellinger
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jamie Dornan, Nicole Byer, Imagine Dragons
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Joy Reid, Thomas Middleditch
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Margaret Qualley, Mike Schur, Larnell Lewis
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Christina Ricci, Jeremy O. Harris, a performance by the cast of “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Alexia Echevarria, Lisa Hochstein
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rachel Lindsay, guest co-host Lisa Ling
• “The Talk” (CBS): Francia Raisa
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ciara, Tabitha Brown
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Janet Jackson, Lacey Chabert, Autumn Reeser, Alison Sweeney, Syncopated Ladies
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Huma Abedin, Maddie Ziegler
• “Our Kind of People” (FOX): Season 1 finale
• “Shipping Wars” (A&E): Season 9 finale
• “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” (HBO): Season 28 premiere

• The Weeknd – is officially the most listened-to artist on Spotify. He broke the record previously set by Justin Bieber on Saturday, amassing 85.66 million monthly listeners on the streaming service, weeks after releasing his “Dawn FM” album. Bieber’s record was just under 84 million monthly listeners.
• Demi Lovato — is ready to rock. Friday, they jokingly shared an image posing with both middle fingers up, joined by music execs and manager Scooter Braun, all wearing black. Lovato captioned the image: “A funeral for my pop music”. Lovato also shared 2 snippets of a new rock song.
• Foo Fighters — have released ‘Fraggle Rock Rock’, which is, of course, the theme song for “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock”, a reboot of the 1980s Jim Henson series. The 13-episode Apple TV+ series premiered on Sunday. LINK (sound familiar?): https://tinyurl.com/5fzzyhvp
• Eric Clapton – says he found new inspiration by writing the protest songs that caused a backlash and lost him friends. In a new interview, Slowhand said he hadn’t felt “socially involved” with his own performances in recent years, and his objection to COVID-19 measures – expressed in the Van Morrison collaborations ‘Stand and Deliver’ and ‘This Has Gotta Stop’ helped him find new motivation.
• The Ventures – Co-founder and rhythm guitarist of the instrumental guitar band, Don Wilson, has died at 88. The band’s hits included ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ and the ‘Hawaii Five-O’ theme. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
• Eric Church – gave some posthumous props to Meat Loaf while on stage Saturday in Detroit. Near the end of the show, Church and his band broke into Meat Loaf’s 1993 hit ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’, with the crowd of 16,000 singing along. Church finished by pointing towards heaven.
• Dustin Lynch – will follow up his recent 6-week #1 song ‘Thinking ’Bout You (feat. MacKenzie Porter)’ with his fifth studio album “Blue in the Sky”, out Feb. 11. Quote: “Get ready for a collection of songs that are going to make you feel good and want to mix a drink and party with your friends.”
• Carrie Underwood – She and her family celebrated her son Jacob’s third birthday on Friday, and she posted pictures of the incredible Paw Patrol-themed cake she had made for the occasion. Jacob and his friends were treated to a visit to DEFY Nashville, an air sports complex with a trampoline park. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p856vpr


⇒ There will be no “fine-dining” at White Castle this Valentine’s Day. The burger chain’s restaurants in select markets have long held a special dining-in experience on Feb. 14 for lovesick couples who want to celebrate the special day with $1 burgers and French fries. White Castle would transform its restaurants into romantic “fine dining” rooms, complete with reservations, hostess seating, tableside service and festive red décor. The company said the unique setup drew as many as 30,000 people to participating locations, but as the Omicron surge continues, White Castle has announced it won’t be doing the event at all this year. (Good! That’s ONE fewer way I can screw up Valentine’s Day this year!)
⇒ McDonald’s has launched a brand-new nugget. The limited-time Peppercorn Garlic Spicy Chicken McNuggets are debuting alongside two new sauces — in Japan. The Peppercorn Garlic nuggets are made with a mixture of coarse-ground black pepper, garlic, white pepper, and chili peppers. No word yet on where these clock in on the Scoville Scale, but the fact that the nuggets are being served with two kinds of dairy-based sauce indicates they’re probably pretty hot. The Garlic Soy Sauce Mayo and the Smoked Cheese sauces are seasoned with a mixture of black pepper and onion powder — offering a sort of “hair of the dog” treatment, but for spices. (So be careful next time you roll your eyes about the kids crying at the next table…it might be me!)
⇒ Introducing – Coffee-flavored Coca-Cola! Coke announced an all-new caffeinated beverage last week — Coca-Cola with Coffee Mocha. The new drink features Coca-Cola infused with a rich mocha flavor, which is apparently “the number one flavor in ready-to-drink coffee.” Coca-Cola with Coffee Mocha will hit store shelves on Feb. 7. (Does this mean I can finally have a Coke for breakfast without my mother yelling at me?)
-CNN, MSN, PopCulture

If you make it a point to include a daily walk in your routine for health reasons, you might want to step it up a bit. Why? According to a study, walking briskly, instead of at a gentle pace, can cut risk of heart failure by a third…at least among women aged 50-79. Dr. Charles Eaton, senior author of the study from Brown University in Rhode Island, said the research “confirms other studies demonstrating the importance of walking speed on mortality and other cardiovascular outcomes.” He also pointed out that because limited time for exercise is frequently given as a barrier to regular physical activity, walking faster for a shorter period of time “might provide similar health benefits to the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity.”
(…and just the other day, I was saying: “Do the women around here all walk fast…or is it just when they see me?)
(Trust me, the way the weather’s been lately, if I’m walking, it’s briskly!)

Research carried out in some unique Canadian lakes backs a strange evolutionary theory that has never before been proven. Given the right circumstances, fish get old — like, decades old — but they don’t age. Craig Purchase of Newfoundland’s Memorial University, studied trout in Ontario’s Experimental Lakes Area, a series of isolated watersheds set aside as a biological laboratory. Living in these lakes means the old fish eat the same things the young ones do, which made for the perfect opportunity to study how the trout age. What they found is that not only do the fish continue to grow for their whole lifetime, they also stay reproductively capable…meaning they don’t biologically age.  Unfortunately, none of this helps humans, because, as Purchase points out, “We might get fat, but we don’t continue growing.”
(Fish don’t age? That pretty much explains everything. Jennifer Aniston is a lake trout!)
(I don’t know. Sounds like a bunch of carp to me!)

Forbes’ 2022 list of the Top Philanthropic Billionaires in the US…
1. Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway): Lifetime giving: $46.1 billion, focusing on health and poverty alleviation
2. Bill Gates & Melinda French Gates (Microsoft):  $33.4 billion, for health, poverty alleviation
3. George Soros (Hedge finds):  $18.1 billion, toward democracy, education, antidiscrimination, health
4. Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg LP):  $12.7 billion toward fighting climate change, health
5. Mackenzie Scott (Amazon):  $8.61 billion for racial, gender and economic inequality
6. Chuck Feeney (Duty Free Shoppers):  $8 billion toward science, human rights, youth
7. Gordon & Betty Moore (Intel):  $5.5 billion for science, environment, health care
8. Jim & Marilyn Simons (Hedge finds):  $3.3 billion for STEM research
9. Phil Knight & family (Nike):  $3.1 billion toward education
10. Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan (Facebook, I mean Meta): $3 billion for science, education, criminal justice
NOTE: Because we know you’re wondering, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is #16, with lifetime giving of $2.1 billion.)
(Elon, where are you?)

Is it a “Cool Runnings” reboot? For the first time in over 20 years, Jamaica will field a team in the 4-man bobsled event at the Winter Olympics. It’s the first time the four-man Jamaican team has earned a berth in the Winter Olympics since the 1998 Games in Nagano. Their famous origin story in their journey from the small island nation to their first Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988 was the subject of the 1993 movie “Cool Runnings.” That bobsled team famously trained with a slapped-together sled on a concrete track, and had never even seen a bobsled before.


• “Robbie Burns Day”, party time for Scots everywhere! Honoring Scotland’s national poet, who was born January 25, 1759, and whose most famous composition was ‘Auld Lang Syne’. A traditional “Burns Supper” includes cock-a-leekie soup (fowl, leeks, and herbs), haggis (minced sheep’s heart, lungs, and liver mixed with oatmeal), neeps and tatties (mashed turnip and potatoes). The meal is then washed down with Scotch whisky toasts. (***See “Scots or Not?”, below***)
• “Intravenous Nurse Day”, saluting nurses whose main ambition in life is finding a good vein in patients’ forearms in which to insert a needle. In fact, medical insiders will tell you nurses often ogle and discuss the veins of unsuspecting people in public places. This is known as “nurse porn”.
• “Irish Coffee Day”, a delicious cocktail made with black coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream. Joe Sheridan, a bartender at Foynes Airbase in Ireland, invented the concoction in 1942 as replenishment after a miserably cold 18-hour journey across the Atlantic.
• “Opposite Day”, a day to do everything backwards (eat wrong-handed, say the opposite of what you mean, etc.) as a fun way to get out of your tedious, day-in, day-out, lackluster, humdrum, milquetoast, run-of-the-mill rut. (I’m wearing my socks on the wrong feet!)
• “Plan for Vacation Day”, in the US, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, to encourage people to plan their time off. Recent stats show 52% of Americans don’t use all their vacation time, and 24% haven’t taken any paid leave in more than a year. (Take your time!)

[Wed] Peanut Brittle Day
[Wed] Spouse’s Day
[Thurs] International Holocaust Remembrance Day
[Thurs] Thomas Crapper Day

1953 [69] “The Honky Tonk Man” [Roy Wayne Farris], Gilbert AZ, pro wrestler (held the WWF Intercontinental Championship for a record 64 weeks/WWE Hall of Fame, 2019, currently working in the independent circuit)

1962 [60] Chris Chelios, Chicago IL, retired pro hockey player (3-time Stanley Cup champ, second oldest person to play in the NHL, at age 48 in 2010)

1981 [41] Alicia Keys [Cook], NYC, pop-R&B singer (‘Fallin’’, w/Jay Z-‘Empire State of Mind’)/movie actress (“The Secret Life of Bees”, “The Nanny Diaries”)/TV personality (coach on “The Voice” 2016-18)

1985 [37] Michael Trevino, Montebello CA, TV actor (‘Tyler Lockwood’ on “The Vampire Diaries” 2009-2017)

1996 [26] Calum Hood, Sydney Australia, pop vocalist-bassist (5 Seconds of Summer-‘Youngblood’, ‘Don’t Stop’)

2004 [18] “The Lord Of the Rings: Return Of the King” wins both musical categories (‘Best Original Score’, ‘Best Original Song’) at the “Golden Globe Awards”

2017 [05] Mary Tyler Moore, best known for her roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, dies at 80

2003 [19] Billy Joel escapes relatively unharmed when he totals his Mercedes on a Long Island NY highway (his defence: he was in a “mental fog” caused by lingering depression due to the 9/11 attacks … 16½ months earlier)

2011 [11] 53-year-old Canadian singer Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy becomes first in the world to graduate from Liverpool Hope University with a Masters degree in “The Beatles”

1924 [98] The first Winter Olympic Games begin in Chamonix, France


✓ Your brain literally heats up when you’re stressed. Smiling can cool it down.
✓ Applying hemorrhoid cream to your chest and waist can make you look more muscular.
✓ You are more likely to be attacked by a cow than a shark.
✓ Some species of ants explode when attacked (T-ant-T?).
✓ Listening to sad music when you’re feeling sad can actually make you happier.
✓ July 16th is said to be the happiest day of the year… Only 172 days to go.
-WhattheFFacts, UberFacts

• If you thought January lasted forever BEFORE, now, it’ll just fly by…
• If you want to participate, there’s a 3-drink minimum.
• Non-alcoholic beer and mocktails are perfectly sufficient as substitutes.
• You are allowed to enjoy dry gin, dry cider, or a dry martini.
• If it rains during Dry January, you have to start all over again. Some years, it lasts ‘til August.
• People really enjoy listening to you explain why you’re taking part.
• It would be even harder if it didn’t ‘pause’ every night at 8pm.
• It’s fun.
• I also won’t be drinking on Feb. 1st.

➠ Research shows that running more than 30 miles a week can cause heart disease. (“Then consider me heart-healthy for life!” I wheezed, after waddling to the fridge, grabbing another pint of Ben and Jerry’s and collapsing onto the couch…)
➠ A new study says mosquitoes are more attracted to beer drinkers. (…just like my loser cousin, Irma.)
➠ 3 out of 4 people say they look for a wedding ring before they start flirting with someone. (And the fourth? Yeah, that’s Megan Fox.)
➠ The 39th annual AVN’s took place over the weekend. (This year’s awards featured tributes, tons of stars from the industry, and, of course, Hand Sanitizer. Lots and lots of Hand Sanitizer…)
➠ Fact of the Day:  Anhedonia is the word for that feeling when you cannot find joy in the things that usually bring you joy. (I cannot pronounce that word, so I’ll just stick with the medical term, “Erectile Dysfunction.”)

A mirthful way to celebrate “Robbie Burns Day”. Which of the following were born in Scotland?
• “Fargo” actor Ewan McGregor. (Aye, he’s a Scot. Born in Perth, Scotland in 1971.)
• Classic rocker Rod Stewart. (Och, he’s not! Born in London, he’s of Scottish ancestry)
• Tennis star Andy Murray. (Scot. Born in Glasgow in 1987.)
• “300” movie actor Gerard Butler. (Scot, born in Paisley in 1969.)
• AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. (Scot. Born in Glasgow in 1955, moved to Australia at age 8.)
• Singer Lewis Capaldi. (Scot. Born in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland in 1996.)
• Comedian and “Whose Line Is It?” star Colin Mochrie. (Scot, born in Kilmarnock; moved to Canada at age 7.)
• TV chef Gordon Ramsay. (Aye, a Scot. Born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland.)
• Designer Tommy Hilfiger. (Not, but claims to be a direct descent of Robert Burns on his mother’s side.)
• Movie actor Liam Neeson. (Not. He might have played famed Scot ‘Rob Roy’, but he’s Irish.)
– FamousBirthdays

The game stunk . . . but the crowd was GREAT!  https://tinyurl.com/2p84ed6t

Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, arthritis, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person 3 or 4 times…

What place name in your neck of the woods, when pronounced, immediately reveals whether the speaker is a local or not?

Question:  When asked what’s their most prized possession, only 1% of women said THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Their wedding ring

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.


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