November 28 2022

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Monday, November 28, 2022 – Edition: #7368

Another Sheetload of Bull!


★ Jennifer Grey has teased “a few other characters” will be returning for the “Dirty Dancing” sequel, though she didn’t confirm who. The 62-year-old actress will reprise her role as ‘Frances “Baby” Houseman’ in the long-awaited follow-up to the 1987 classic movie and hers won’t be the only familiar face. According to her, “It’s happening”, with filming set to begin in spring. Grey said that in the sequel: “Baby is quite a few years older. You will see a few other characters from the original. It’s tricky and also exciting.” She also confirmed that the new movie will share the same setting as the original. Grey, who will also executive produce the sequel, previously confirmed the late Patrick Swayze’s role as ‘Johnny Castle’ won’t be recast — but director Jonathan Levine has teased that Johnny will still be “a part” of the plot.
★ The Thanksgiving box office brought some good and some bad for Disney. While Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” continued to perform strongly with an estimated 5-day total of $65 million, the Disney Animation newcomer “Strange World” is turning out to be one of the biggest bombs in the history of the studio. Projected for an already poor 5-day opening of $30 million, “Strange World” will now be lucky to even hit $20 million for the extended period after making just $11.2 million between Wednesday and Friday. With a reported budget of $120-130 million, the film’s performance is drawing comparisons to Disney’s infamous 2002 bomb “Treasure Planet,” which earned just $16.6 million during its Thanksgiving opening and went on to make just $110 million against its $140 million budget, before inflation.
★ A familiar face was missing from this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Al Roker, who has covered the iconic parade for “Today” for 27 years, was not at this year’s event because he’s recovering from blood clots in his leg and lungs that sent him to the hospital earlier this month. During NBC’s broadcast on Thursday, his co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie sent Roker well wishes. Meanwhile, the “Today” meteorologist celebrated his “version of the Thanksgiving Day Parade” by leaving the hospital. He shared on Instagram that he would be “home for thanksgiving dinner”, and later wrote that he was able to “catch some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
-CNN, Fox
★ Jennifer Lopez is back. She took to Instagram Friday with a video announcing her upcoming album “This Is Me… Now”, a follow-up to her 3rd album, “This Is Me… Then.” This came a few days after her social media accounts had been wiped, spurring rumors of a major announcement. In the clip, she poses as she did in the 2002 album cover, wearing a white sheer dress and a beanie. Sitting down, she says: “This is me then”, and the video transitions into her new album cover, where she’s wearing a black leather jacket, white bustier and black leather pants, and says: “This is me now,” as the camera reveals her toned body. In the caption is the album’s track list, which includes a son titled: ‘Dear Ben pt. II’. LINK:

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kathryn Hahn, Dominic West, Beach Weather
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Zoe Saldana, James Austin Johnson, a performance by the Broadway cast of “& Juliet”
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Ice-T, John Irving, Rina Sawayama, Dena Tauriello (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Keegan Michael Key, Emily Deschanel, Black Eyed Peas (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Capt. Lee Rosbach, Leva Bonaparte
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Katherine Heigl
• “The Talk”(CBS): Omari Hardwick
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Zoe Saldana, David Harbour
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Sarah Hyland, Natasha Leggero
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): David Duchovny, Kirby Howell Baptiste, “Grill Dads” Mark Anderson & Ryan Fey
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings):  Tony Hale, 10-year-old Khloe Joiner, who has given more than 27,500 books to children
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Zachary Levi
• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Cameroon vs Serbia; South Korea vs Ghana; Brazil vs Switzerland; Portugal vs Uruguay
• “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (ABC): An incredible interactive display with custom-made inflatables and a giant piano; a motorized amusement park ride; a light display on a farm; a light show brought to life through music; a whimsical stairway.
• “The Voice” (NBC): The top 10 perform songs selected by the fans for a spot in the top 8.


• Beyoncé — earned 3 awards at Saturday’s Soul Train Awards: Song of the Year for ‘Break My Soul’, Album of the Year for ‘Renaissance’, and Best Collaboration for ‘Make Me Say It Again, Girl’ with Ronald Isley and the Isley Brothers. The ’90s R&B group Xscape was presented with the Lady of Soul prize.
• Zayn Malik – Friday, he paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix, on what would have been his 80th birthday, by dropping a cover of the rock legend’s song ‘Angel’. Hendrix’s estate invited the former One Directioner to “create a new version of the classic song” using original music by Hendrix, recorded months before his death in 1970. LINK:
• Irene Cara – has died at the age of 63. The singer/actress was best known for her title track in the 1980 film “Fame” (in which she played the role of ‘Coco’), as well as co-writing and singing the smash hit ‘Flashdance… What a Feeling’, for which she won an Oscar and a Grammy. Her publicist said she died at home in Miami, and the cause is “currently unknown”.
• Ringo Starr – is selling limited-edition life-size replicas of his hand. The figures, which are signed, depict his signature “peace” symbol, and bear the words “Peace & Love”. The bronze edition is $2,000, the stainless-steel version is $5,000, and only 250 of each is available.
• Guns N’ Roses — Axl Rose is asking drone pilots to stop interfering with the group’s performances, following recent experiences on tour in Australia. He tweeted: “obviously someone thought it was just ok coming that close in front of the stage, and then actually over and on stage.” He called it “distracting” and said that drones are being used to bootleg their shows. LINK:
• Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Jon Pardi – will headline Country Thunder Saskatchewan this summer. It runs July 13-16 in Craven, north of Regina, and will also feature High Valley, Midland, Jess Moskaluke, Josh Ross, and many more. LINK:
• Luke Bryan — The man behind ‘Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day’ took his love of the outdoors and applied it to his latest song too. He says he always wanted to release ‘Prayin’ in a Deer Stand’ during hunting season. And hunting is exactly what he planned to do over Thanksgiving. LINK:
• Tracy Lawrence – His 17th annual Mission:Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit concert raised over $250,000 to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission last week. With help from over 250 volunteers, the event produced over 1,200 fried turkeys, to be distributed in Tennessee this holiday season.


It’s no wonder we look forward to the holidays with so much anticipation. With them come a number of special moments that we just don’t get to enjoy at other times of the year. Among them, the chance to get together with loved ones, beautiful decorations and music to celebrate the season, gifts…and food, of course! According to a survey, cinnamon is the top holiday-season flavor. The OnePoll survey of Americans found that both kids and adults named cinnamon as the top taste to evoke feelings of holiday nostalgia and comfort, with 58% of respondents putting it at the top of their list. Cinnamon was followed by pumpkin (54%), peppermint (52%), cocoa (47%), and nutmeg (39%). When it comes to the most cherished holiday traditions, decorating the Christmas tree came out on top (43%). Second was seeing friends and family (40%), followed by decorating the home (29%), watching holiday movies (26%), and eating holiday meals (25%).
(Ummmm…food fights? What? Just my family?)
(What odd or offbeat holiday tradition does your family participate in?)

➠ Twitter CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet that Twitter will launch its delayed “Verified” service this week, with different colored checks depending on the type of account. The plan is for there to be a “gold check” for companies, a grey check for government accounts, and the existing blue one is for individuals, whether they are celebs or not. This comes after he was forced to pause the $8 per month “Twitter Blue” service, which allowed anyone to pay the subscription for the blue verification tick, after users abused the system by impersonating brands and famous people. Musk said that all verified accounts will be “manually authenticated” before the check is activated on Friday. (If Twitter still exists by then…) LINK:
➠ Elon Musk has a plan if Apple decides to boot Twitter from the App Store. He’ll simply create his own smartphone. Musk wrote in a Friday tweet he would “make an alternative phone” to compete with Apple’s iPhone if the tech giant ends up blocking Twitter from its powerful App Store. Musk’s comments come after Phil Schiller, an Apple exec who’s responsible for leading the App Store, deleted his Twitter account, and Yoel Roth, former head of trust and safety at Twitter, said in a New York Times column that the social media giant risks being expelled from Apple and Google’s app stores if they fail to adhere to guidelines, with regards to content moderation. (The ePhone?)
-CNBC, Insider, Fox

➢ A man who unearthed a platinum and diamond ring worth $40,000 buried on a beach in Florida has returned it safely to its owners. Joseph Cook found the ring while using his metal detector at Hammock Beach in St Augustine. He immediately posted the video of him unearthing it to his social media channels and called local jewelry stores looking for people who may have lost rings. He says he ended up facetiming with a couple from Jacksonville, who had lost a similar ring, when the wife “said, ‘oh my god I can’t believe it’, and then she just started crying.” Joseph met up with the ring’s owners and returned the piece, making him feel “really good” He figures he has now returned $60,000 worth of found items to their owners this year…and he plans to keep looking. After all, “Karma’s always good, every time I return an item, I find something better.”
➢ Japan cleaned up on and off the field at the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday. After its national team delivered a thrilling 2-1 upset victory over Germany, Japanese fans continued a tradition by staying to clean up all the trash at Khalifa International Stadium before leaving to celebrate the win. They were applauded for their thoughtfulness as they could be seen roaming the seats with garbage bags to pick up all the garbage accumulated during the match. Numerous videos showing the considerate gesture were posted to social media, including one from soccer’s governing body, FIFA, with the caption: “Tidying up after one of their greatest #FIFAWorldCup wins. Huge respect to these Japanese fans.” By the way, Japanese fans make sure to clean up whether their team wins or loses. (It sure beats turning over a bus and torching a cop car!) LINK:
-SWNS, Today

Word experts say using them makes you sound ‘insecure’ and ‘arrogant’…
✗ “I don’t mean to brag, but …”:  This automatically signals that you are about to, yes, brag, which turns listeners off. (No one wants to hear about your collection of celebrity fingernail clippings, anyway…)
✗ “I already knew that …”:  You might think it makes you sound knowledgeable, but it actually sounds dismissive. Try “thanks.” (Also bad: “You have an incredible grasp of the obvious…”)
✗ “I’m pretty sure that …”:  Especially if you’re not sure. Be confident enough to say that you don’t know something. That makes others feel OK to explain things to you.
✗ “No offense, but ….”:  This immediately indicates you’re probably about to offend someone. Textbook passive-aggressive behavior.
✗ Overusing “I” (or “me):  Makes you sound self-centered or narcissistic. Try inclusive words like “we” and “our team.” (Unless you’re being self-deprecating. Then, stick to “me”!)
✗ “I’m just kidding!”:  It’s better to simply not say something that has to be laughed off in the first place. (Saying “Kidding, not kidding” doesn’t really work here, either!)
✗ “You probably don’t know this, but …”:  Practically guaranteed to irritate the listener. It is dismissive of the other person’s knowledge or capabilities. (You probably didn’t know that, did you?)
✗ “I’m surprised you’re having problems with this. It’s so easy!”:  This makes you sound like a know-it-all. Same goes for “It’s just common sense!”
✗ “You just don’t get it”:  Narcissists rarely admit that their ideas might not be the right thing to do, and this kind of statement can make people suspect you’re one.
✗ “If I were you, I’d ….”:  Comes across as arrogant instead of helpful. If you want to give advice, rephrase it to be supportive by asking questions like, “Have you tried …?” or “What about …?” (Trust me, you don’t want to be me…!)
(What would you add to this list?)

Earth can now be said to weigh about 6 ‘ronnagrams’, instead of 6,000 yottagrams. Jupiter can be described as having a mass of about 1.9 quettagrams, instead of 1.9 million yottagrams. And an electron’s weight is one rontogram, or 0.001 yoctograms. The ability to more succinctly describe the weight of our planet and the particles of our world came at this month’s General Conference on Weights and Measures in Paris. Scientists agreed to introduce the ronna, quetta, and ronto as prefixes for the International System of Units, better known as the metric system. Ronna, for example, now refers to the use of 27 zeros after a first digit. Earth weighs approximately 6 of those. They join the more familiar prefixes kilo, mega, milli, and micro.


• “Cyber Monday”, also known as “Blue Monday”, it happens on the Monday after US Thanksgiving. It was created by retailers to encourage people to shop online (and get a great deal on something that yesterday, you didn’t even know you wanted!) [and yes, you CAN shop online – locally!]
• “Turkey Leftover Day”, apparently, today is the last day you have to eat up your Thanksgiving leftovers. The 5 most popular ways to serve leftover turkey are: sandwich, stew or soup, salad, casserole, and stir-fry. (You’ve probably had enough by now, anyway…!)
• “Letter Writing Day”, when we’re encouraged to take a few minutes to send someone a handwritten letter. Letter-writing has almost become a lost art. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone, either printed or in cursive? (Well, I left a note on someone’s windshield yesterday…and it was FULL of ‘cursive’!)
• “French Toast Day”. Either bread dipped in egg and fried … or, if you prefer, another approach to ‘French Toast Day’ would be enjoying a big ol’ glass of Champagne!
• “Make Your Own Head Day”, a crafty day often celebrated by artists and grade-school children. The idea is to create your own head through one of many different artistic options. The rule is that the head you make must be your own. (Looks like I’m getting a head of myself!)
• “Red Planet Day”, commemorating the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28,1964. The 228-day mission of Mariner 4 brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965.

[Tues] Customer is Wrong Day
[Tues] Giving Tuesday
[Wed] Computer Security Day
[Thurs] Wear a Dress Day
This Month is…Raisin Bread Month
This Month is…Novel Writing Month

1929 [93] Berry Gordy Jr., Detroit MI, record exec/producer/songwriter (Motown Records founder known for his work with The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and more)/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1988

1943 [79] Randy Newman, Los Angeles CA, pop singer-songwriter (“Short People’, ‘I Love L.A.’)/Disney/Pixar film scores include “Toy Story”, “Cars”, “The Princess and the Frog”, and “James and the Giant Peach”

1949 [73] Paul Shaffer, Thunder Bay ON, multi-instrumentalist/TV bandleader-sidekick (“Late Night With David Letterman” 1982-93, “Late Show with David Letterman 1993–2015”/movie actor (“Spinal Tap”, Scrooged”)/session player (Cher, Chicago, Robert Plant…)

1950 [72] Ed Harris, Tenafly NJ, movie actor (“Apollo 13”, “The Right Stuff”)/TV actor (‘The Man in Black’ on “Westworld” 2016-22) COMING UP…“Downtown Owl”

1959 [63] Judd Nelson, Portland ME, movie actor (“The Breakfast Club”, “St. Elmo’s Fire”)

1962 [60] Jon Stewart (Leibowitz), NYC, TV host (19 Emmy Awards-“The Daily Show” 1999-2015, “The Problem with Jon Stewart” since 2021)

1962 [60] Matt Cameron, San Diego CA, rock drummer (Pearl Jam-‘Jeremy’, Soundgarden-‘Black Hole Sun’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 2017 with Pearl Jam

1974 [48] (Allan Pineda Lindo Jr), Angeles City Philippines, pop singer/rapper (Black Eyed Peas-‘I Gotta Feeling’, ‘Where Is the Love?’)

1984 [38] Trey Songz (Tremaine Neverson), Petersburg VA, rapper/producer/singer-songwriter (‘Can’t Be Friends’, f/Nicki Minaj-‘Bottoms Up’)

1987 [35] Karen Gillan, Inverness Scotland, TV actress (‘Amy Pond’ on “Doctor Who” 2010-13), movie actress (‘Nebula’ in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers” movies)

1993 [29] Bryshere (“Yazz”) Gray, Philadelphia PA, TV actor (‘Hakeem Lyon’ on “Empire” 2015-20)/rapper

1997 [25] The final episode of “Beavis & Butt-head” airs on MTV (until reboots in 2011…and 2022)

2004 [18] Julia Roberts gives birth to twins, a girl and a boy, whom she and husband Danny Moder name ‘Hazel Patricia’ and ‘Phinnaeus Walter’ (Thanks, Mom…)

2010 [12] Leslie Nielsen, the star of “Airplane” and the “Naked Gun” movies, dies at age 84

1987 [35] The “Dirty Dancing” hit ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes hits #1 in the US, as the “Swayze-lift” becomes a popular dance move

1974 [48] John Lennon makes his last-ever concert appearance, at an Elton John concert at Madison Square Garden in New York

1925 [97] The Grand Ole Opry premieres as the “WSM Barn Dance” on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee

2009 [13] A 26 feet and 2 inches tall gingerbread man is unveiled at the “Gingerbread Cookie Factory” fundraiser in Madison, WI

2016 [06] “Hamilton” sets a new record for most money earned in a week on Broadway – $3.3 million


✓ The 2022 Subaru Ascent SEV has 19 cupholders.
✓ BBCSport determined that the precise speed at which jogging becomes running is 6mph (9.7kph).
✓ Fried maple leaves are a popular snack in Japan.
✓ There are no muscles in your fingers: They are controlled by muscles in your palms and arms.
✓ People in Medieval England had rap battles.
✓ The official bird of Redondo Beach, California is the Goodyear Blimp.

Best of BS . . .
• “Wow, you’ve gained weight!”
• “Why did you bring your wife?”
• “I’ll start off the karaoke.”
• “The doctor said it’s contagious.”
• “So, who else is sleeping with the boss?”
• “Do you have a plunger?”
• “Who wants to start with the Airing of Grievances??!!”
• “I want a divorce.”
• “I could have sworn you said ‘clothing optional.’”
• “We’re out of booze.”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2017

• Whyzit when you see someone with their mouth open singing or yelling, you don’t yawn … but you do if they’re yawning?
• Whyzit people with loud car sound systems never listen to good music?
• Whyzit if you read a lot of books you are considered ‘well read’, but if you watch a lot of TV you’re not considered ‘well viewed’?
• Whyzit if you run into a man that smiles all the time he’s probably selling something … something that doesn’t work?
• Whyzit when a lawyer writes a 10,000 word document, it’s called a ‘brief’?
• Whyzit when you talk about marriage, these 2 words always come up — ‘commitment’ and ‘institution’?
-First published in BS in 2014

• I am a Swiss professional tennis player who has won 20 Grand Slam titles. Who am I?
a) Rafael Nadal
b) Roger Federer [CORRECT]
c) Andy Murray
d) Hulk Hogan

• I am a character in “Lord of the Rings”, who finds a magic ring left behind by my Uncle ‘Bilbo Baggins’. Who am I?
a) Frodo Baggins [CORRECT]
b) Drogo Baggins
c) Bungo Baggins
d) Harry Potter

• I am a famous YouTuber from Sweden who is known for gaming videos, with more than 110 million subscribers. Who am I?
a) MrBeast
b) PewDiePie [CORRECT]
c) Like Nastya
d) Deadmau5

“Unhinged” soccer fans:
I do all my own stunts, but never intentionally.

What was cool when you were young — but isn’t cool now?

Question:  In a survey, 11% of adults said THIS is the worst Christmas gift they ever received. What IS It?
Answer:  Decorations

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It may be the only sunshine he sees all day.


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