November 29 2022

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – Edition: #7369

Sheet for Brains!


★ Will Smith has acknowledged that his fans may not be “ready” to watch him on screen in the upcoming drama “Emancipation.” The movie is his first project following his controversial slapping of Chris Rock at the Oscars earlier this year. During an interview on the show “Good Day DC,” Kevin McCarthy asked Smith what he “would tell people who say ‘I’m not ready’ ” to watch him again. His answer: “I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready. My deepest concern is my team – [director Antoine Fuqua] has done what I think is the greatest work of his entire career.” Smith elaborated, saying that his “deepest hope” is that his actions don’t “penalize” his team. The film stars Smith as a runaway slave named ‘Peter’ who finds asylum in Louisiana and winds up joining the Union Army. “Emancipation” will premiere in theaters Dec. 2, and on Apple TV+ on Dec. 9.
★ Laughter appears to be the best medicine for Jay Leno. Two weeks after suffering serious burns in a fuel fire, the 72-year-old returned to stand-up comedy Sunday night. Speaking with reporters outside the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, Leno made light of the accident, assuring everyone that he felt good, and joking: “I never thought of myself as a roast comic.” He also joked that he had “two shows tonight: regular and extra crispy.” A frequent performer at the comedy spot, Leno’s show on Sunday was sold-out, according to a club spokesperson. The former Tonight Show host performed for more than an hour, and “looked great” and was “full of energy”, according to a clubgoer interviewed by NBC.
-People, TheWrap
★ Nicole Kidman received a warm welcome on Broadway Saturday night when she made a surprise appearance at a performance of Hugh Jackman’s “The Music Man” revival. During an auction for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Kidman made her presence known when she bid the hefty sum of $100,000 for a hat signed by Jackman. Taking the mic at the Winter Garden Theatre, Kidman said: “I love you. I love Broadway. And I love what they do, Broadway Cares, but I also want to say this show is extraordinary.” Kidman’s shouted bid of $100,000 drew an enthused response from the crowd, leading Jackman to joke “I just want to be clear, this is not Australian dollars.” Jackman and Kidman are two of Hollywood’s most prominent Australian actors.
★ The Netflix original series about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may have its release date at last. Sources close to the production say it will drop on Thursday, Dec. 8. This is surprisingly soon, especially considering that the docuseries still doesn’t even have a title. The Duke and Duchess have been quietly working with Netflix on a documentary series about their lives, but their plans to release it have become complicated. Reportedly, Netflix decided to hold off on releasing it after the generally negative reaction to “The Crown” Season 5. This series is part of a multi-million-dollar deal that the Sussexes struck with the streamer when they first left their royal duties behind and moved to live in the US.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Billy Crystal, Kate Berlant, Camilo
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Worthington, Gabe LaBelle, Manuel Turizo
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sally Field, Maria Ressa
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Cecily Strong, Evan Rachel Wood, Dena Tauriello (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Chloë Grace Moretz, Glen Powell, Renee Rapp
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Alyssa Milano
• “The Talk”(CBS): Sarah Chalke, Paulina Porizkova
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Sigourney Weaver, Paul Dano
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Chloë Grace Moretz, Matt Rogers, P1Harmony
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Jessica Biel, Derek Blasberg, Fat Joe, Natasha Leggero
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Jameela Jamil, Josh Dallas
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Niecy Nash-Betts
• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Ecuador vs Senegal; Netherlands vs Qatar; Iran vs USA; Wales vs England
• “The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later — A Diane Sawyer Special” (ABC): Celebrating the holiday classic; interviews with the film’s stars, writer and director.
• “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (CBS): The 1964 Christmas stop-motion animated classic about the reindeer with the incandescent nose who guides Santa’s sleigh through a stormy Christmas.
• “The Voice” (NBC): The top 7 artists are voted safe; the bottom 3 compete in the instant save; Gwen Stefani and John Legend perform with their teams for the first time.

• BTS — Jin has asked the group’s devoted fans to stay away from his South Korean army training center. The 29-year-old, BTS’ oldest member, will begin mandatory military service Dec. 13 at Yeoncheon army base, beginning with 5 weeks of basic training, before being assigned to a unit.
• Dua Lipa – Does she have a Rolling Stones collab in the works? Saturday, she shared pics of her and 79-year-old Mick Jagger together in a recording studio, with the caption: “Sweeeet weeeek.” No official word, yet, but the Stones are set to drop a new album next year. LINK:
• Journey — Neal Schon says that Journey is not ending, despite his financial dispute with bandmate Jonathan Cain. He tweeted a pic of himself with co-founding Journey keyboardist Gregg Rolie, and wrote: “I think my brother Gregg Rolie should join us for 2023 tour. What do you think, friends?” LINK:
• Eurythmics – have reportedly been offered about $120 million to reform for a world tour. The duo split in 1990, but have reunited several times since. Apparently, their recent performance at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has stirred the interest of promoters.
• Pink Floyd – guitarist David Gilmour is one of several guests who will appear on Donovan’s upcoming album “Gaelia: The Sulan Sessions”, out Dec. 15. He can be heard on the songs ‘Lover O’ Lover’ and ‘Rock Me’, which is out now. LINK:
• Kelsea Ballerini – Her new “dream home” is already familiar to some country fans. It previously belonged to Kacey Musgraves, who featured it in a magazine photo spread before selling it. Ballerini paid $2.5 million for the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3,500-square-foot home in a fancy area of Nashville in a deal that closed Nov. 16, the day after she finalized her divorce from Morgan Evans.
• Keith Urban – says the country music community is being “ripped apart” during a time when people should be coming together. In an interview, he said: “We’re really a tight family, and we all need each other,” but he has felt a rift developing lately. He didn’t share specifics, except to say “It’s getting ripped apart…multitudes of reasons, and I think keeping it strong and keeping it together is really important.”
• Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson and Kacey Musgraves – are some of the stars who have decorated Christmas trees to support Gaylord Opryland Resort’s 39th annual A Country Christmas event, to benefit the First Responder’s Children’s Foundation. Guests can enjoy the Parade of Trees, which are decorated to coincide with the artist’s style or album theme. Also participating: Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan and more. LINK:


As we enter the holiday season, or as we call it in my family, “the eating season”, new research shows that a quarter of us are still carrying the weight we gained at the end of last year. A survey of 2,000 people shows that 60% of us gained weight toward the end of 2021, probably due to the fun and food of the season. But despite the fact that 24% of us never lost our holiday weight gain, we’re still planning to go hardcore again this year — in fact, 4 in 10 respondents (42%) are using the end of the year as an excuse to postpone eating healthily. Conducted by OnePoll, the survey, conducted in the US, found that 60% of those planning to postpone their healthy habits over the holidays — have already started, admitting mid-November is their cut-off. The average respondent expects to gain 5½ pounds (2.5kg) before 2023 — and that’s on top of any weight they’re still carrying around from last year’s indulgences. On the plus side, 46% plan to make a New Year’s resolution. The most common one is to save more money, followed by eating healthier and exercising more.
(…closely followed by lying less!)
(The correct approach here is to refer to it as “Winter weight gain”. Then you don’t have to worry about losing it until Spring!)

A bit of good news, if you’re a parent concerned that your child is too young to have a smartphone. There is no significant link between childhood phone ownership and kids’ well-being, according to new research out of Stanford University. Researchers followed more than 250 children from low-income families for 5 years, to track their well-being as they transitioned to phone ownership. They found the age at which kids received their first phones had no meaningful impact on their grades, sleep habits or depression symptoms. Whether or not the children in the study had a mobile phone, and when they got their first mobile phone, did not affect their well-being, according to lead author Xiaoran Sun. As a result, “There doesn’t seem to be a golden rule about waiting until eighth grade or a certain age” to allow your child to get a smartphone.
(My 7-year-old wants an iPhone. I told her OK, as long as she gets good grades and does her chores. Otherwise, she’ll get a cheaper phone. . . because “it’s my way or the Huawei”!)
(They couldn’t have told me this BEFORE Black Friday?)

➢ “Good” cholesterol might not be as good as we thought, according to a new study. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) has been referred to as “good cholesterol” by medical experts, because it absorbs “bad” cholesterol”. But a new study carried out by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University shows that high levels of HDL (good) cholesterol aren’t always associated with a lower chance of cardiovascular events. What’s more, low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol were found to have increased cardiovascular disease risk for White patients, but the same wasn’t true for Black patients. (I’m not the first to say it, but I drive WAAAY too fast to worry about cholesterol!)
➢ The widely-held belief that humans need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day — also known as the 8 x 8 rule — is simply not true, according to scientists. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted the most comprehensive research on hydration and the human body to date, measuring the water consumption of more than 5,600 people from 26 countries. They found that water consumption varies widely around the world, ranging from about 4 to 25 cups a day. Water needs peak for men in their 20s, while they remain level for women from age 20-55, but only vary by about 2 glasses for each gender, with men requiring more. Physical activity level contributed to the largest differences in water turnover, followed by gender, the Human Development Index (those living in less-developed countries require more drinking water), and age. (…and whether I had to cook for myself that day!)

⇒ The space between your eyebrows is called a “glabella”.
⇒ The coating at the end of your shoelaces is called an “aglet”.
⇒ When your stomach rumbles, that’s a “wamble”.
⇒ The lights you see when you close your eyes and rub them are “phosphenes”.
⇒ The tiny plastic thing place in the middle of a pizza box is a “box tent”.
⇒ Your little finger or toe is called the “minimus”.
⇒ The wired cage that holds the cork on a bottle of champagne is called an “agraffe”.
⇒ The ‘na na nas’ and ‘la la las’ in a song that don’t have any meaning are called “vocables”.
⇒ When you combine a question mark with an exclamation mark (?!), that’s an “interrobang”.
⇒ That sick feeling you get after eating or drinking too much is called “crapulence”.
(I’ve gotta admit, I already knew that last one…all too well!)

A Florida woman is suing the parent company of Velveeta’s microwavable Shells & Cheese cups, because she says it takes longer to prepare the meal than the 3½ minutes the box label says. Amanda Ramirez is the plaintiff in the $5 million class-action lawsuit that was filed against Kraft Heinz Foods. The claim quotes the 4 steps to prepare the meal that are printed on the box, and alleges that the 3½ ready time is “just the length of time to complete one of several steps” (the time it takes to microwave the product), and doesn’t include the time needed to mix in other ingredients, as instructed in previous steps. The suit does not state how long it took Ramirez to prepare the cups for eating. (But when you consider how long it takes to rip the top off the box, you can understand her concern…!)


• “Giving Tuesday”, a global day of giving that kicks off the charitable giving season. Coming just after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it was created in part as a response to the commercialism and consumerism of those days. (Anyone know of a store holding a “Giving Tuesday” sale?)
• “Customer is Wrong Day”, if you work in retail, celebrate at your own risk, even if they usually are! (Retail workers…what’s your best “nightmare customer” story?)
• “Throw Out Your Leftovers Day”, after a couple of days of heating and cooling and heating and cooling your leftovers, it’s time to let them go… (I’m trying to quit “cold turkey”!)
• “Electronic Greetings Day”, another excuse to interact with others via messaging, Facebook, email, voicemail, etc.
• “Square Dance Day”, a chance to get out and ‘dosey-doe’ with your partner.
• “National Chocolates Day”, and no, you can’t have one from the second tray until all the lame ones on the top are gone!

[Wed] Computer Security Day
[Wed] Personal Space Day
[Thurs] Pie Day
[Fri] Bartender Appreciation Day
This Week Is…Real Jewelry Month
This Month Is…Sleep Comfort Month

1954 [68] Joel Coen, Minneapolis MN, movie producer-director-screenwriter (“No Country for Old Men”, “Fargo”)/brother of ‘Coen Brothers’ filmmaking partner Ethan Coen

1955 [67] Howie Mandel, Toronto ON, TV personality (“America’s Got Talent” since 2010, “Deal or No Deal” 2005-19)/stand-up comedian

1962 [60] Andrew McCarthy, Westfield NJ, movie actor (“Pretty in Pink”, “Weekend at Bernie’s”)/TV actor (“The Resident” since 2022)/TV director (“The Blacklist”, “Orange is the New Black”)

1964 [58] Don Cheadle, Kansas City MO, movie actor (“Avengers: Infinity War”, “Hotel Rwanda”)/TV actor (“House of Lies” 2014-16)

1968 [54] Jonathan Knight, Dorchester MA, pop singer (New Kids On the Block-‘Step by Step’, ‘Hangin’ Tough’)

1972 [50] Brian Baumgartner, Atlanta GA, TV actor (‘Kevin Malone’ on “The Office” 2005-2013)

1976 [46] Anna Faris, Baltimore MD, movie actress (“Brokeback Mountain”, “22 Jump Street”)/TV actress-“Mom” 2013-20)

1978 [44] Lauren German, Huntington Beach CA, TV actress (“Lucifer” 2016-21, “Chicago Fire” 2012-15)/movie actress (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” [2003])

1979 [43] The Game (Jayceon Taylor), LA CA, rapper (f/Lil Wayne-‘My Life’, f/50 Cent-‘Hate It or Love It’)

1982 [40] Lucas Black, Decatur AL, TV actor (‘Christopher LaSalle’ on “NCIS: New Orleans” 2014-19)/movie actor (“Fast and Furious” movies)

2011 [11] Convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Dr. Conrad Murray receives a 4-year sentence for Michael Jackson’s 2009 death

2017 [05] Matt Lauer is fired from NBC’s “Today” show after an allegation of sexual misconduct

2001 [21] George Harrison of The Beatles dies in LA of cancer at age 58

2010 [12] Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ single is released (Billboard Song of the Year 2011, Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year 2012)

2014 [08] Taylor Swift replaces herself at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as ‘Blank Space’ knocks ‘Shake It Off’ from the top, making her the first female artist to do so

1972 [50] Atari releases “Pong”, the first commercially successful video game, in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California


✓ People who look young for their age tend to live longer.
✓ Google got its name from the word ‘googol’, which refers to the number 1 with 100 zeros after it.
✓ The average person unlocks his or her smartphone 110 times each day.
✓ Cats adapted to living with humans by hunting rodents in grain stores, and basically domesticated themselves.
✓ Watching horror movies burns more calories than any other genre.
✓ Walt Disney’s autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.
-DidYouKnow, F’dUpFacts

Best of BS . . .
• “Flask Concealment 101″
• “Placing Finger BESIDE Nose as Opposed to IN It”
• “How to Get Rid of Pee on your Knee”
• “Things Santa Never Says” (“Touch my beard and I’ll put the hurt on you!”, “Off my lap, tubby!”, “Dream on, peewee!”, or perhaps “You’ve been bad and now you’re going down, punk!”)
• “Snowy White Beard? Yes. Snowy White Nose Hair? No.”
• “How to Fill Out a bank loan form to get an Xbox Series X”
-First published in BS in 2005

• He introduces himself last name first, then first name followed by last name again.
• Someone is always trying to run you off the road.
• When you tell him about your day, he says, “I know.”
• Whenever you use his pen, the grocery list turns into a smoking heap of ash.
• You grab the wrong book, and a secret door swings open.
• When you sneak up on her to scare her for fun, she does a spin move and chokes you out.
• He owns an assortment of trench coats and has a penchant for hiding in bushes. Note: He also might be a pervert.
• All text messages self destruct after 30 seconds.
• The names of all the women in his address book suspiciously sound like double-entendres.
• He sets his Amazon account to reorder piano wire every month, but you don’t own a piano.
• She tells you to talk dirty in bed. But closer to the microphone.
• You are a spy and you both work at the same place.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2017

Is this even possible?

I have an L shaped couch . . . Lower case.

What weird trend did you follow when you were younger?

Question: 45% of us agree that THIS has been the most stressful event in their life. What is it?
Answer:  Moving


If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?


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