November 21 2022

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Monday, November 21, 2022 – Edition: #7363

Another Sheetload of Bull!


★ Michael J. Fox was praised for his work seeking a Parkinson’s disease cure and Cher presented songwriter Diane Warren with a long overdue Oscar at the Governors Awards Saturday night. From the podium, 61-year-old Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, used the Bruce Springsteen song ‘No Surrender’ to describe his battle to find a cure, saying: “That is sort of a personal anthem of mine — No retreat, no surrender.” He was presented with an Academy Humanitarian Award. Warren had set an Oscar record for most nominations (13) for one category (best original song) without a win before clutching the honorary award. Cher, who had several hits with Warren compositions, including ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’, called her the “most prolific writer of my generation, of any generation.”
★ Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde are hitting the brakes on their romance. Multiple sources have confirmed that the ‘As It Was’ singer and the “Don’t Worry Darling” director are “taking a break” from their relationship after nearly 2 years. Apparently, the 2 are “still very close friends” and have made “a very amicable decision. He’s still touring and is now going abroad. She is focusing on her kids and her work in L.A.” A source was quoted by Page Six as saying there is “no bad blood” between the couple and neither party dumped the other. Representatives for Styles and Wilde did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Last week, Wilde was seen attending Styles’ Los Angeles show with 6-year-old daughter Daisy, and 8-year-old son Otis, her kids with ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis.
★ “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth has announced he’ll be taking a “good chunk of time off” after making a shocking health discovery while filming his show “Limitless”. The new Disney+ docu-series sees Hemsworth exploring different ways humans can live longer and healthier lives. He told Vanity Fair that in the 5th episode, titled “Memory”, he underwent a test that showed he had 2 copies of the gene APOE4, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Quote: “The plan was to on-camera tell me all the results and then talk about how you can improve this and that.” But, he says, the doctor featured in the episode didn’t want to have to tell him the result on camera, preferring to have an “off-side” conversation to see if he even wanted this info to be featured in the show. Hemsworth discovered that he is 8-10 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease, a revelation that prompted him to decide to take some time to be with his family. He decided he wanted to leave his diagnosis in the program, as a “motivator” for others.
★ Quentin Tarantino is sticking to his 10-movie promise. In a new interview with CNN, the filmmaker confirmed that his next movie will be his last, after directing 9 standalone films over the past 3 decades (plus 2007’s “Death Proof”, half of the double feature “Grindhouse”). The 59-year-old said: I’ve been doing it for 30 years. And it’s time to wrap up the show. I’m an entertainer. I want to leave you wanting more.” Tarantino kicked off his big-screen directorial career with 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs”, and most recently handled 2019’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. He has won 2 Academy Awards for screenwriting: for “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained”.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Carey Mulligan, Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly, Angela Alvarez
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Tim Allen, Lacey Chabert, Brent Faiyaz
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Daniel Craig, Josh Johnson
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jim Parsons, Amber Ruffin, Lacey Lamar, Bryan Carter
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Amy Adams, Franz Ferdinand
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Rev Run
• “The Talk” (CBS): Peter Billingsley, Duff Goldman
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): David Duchovny, Brian Tyree Henry, Mark Consuelos
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, Octavia Spencer, Sunita Mani, Dwayne Johnson
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Queen Latifah, Chris Appleton, Mikel Welch
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): David Arquette, Robin De Jesus
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Kandi Burruss, Kym Whitley
• “The Neighborhood” (CBS): When Calvin’s favorite restaurant is replaced by a pet spa, he starts a campaign to only buy local; Tina helps Necie prepare a special surprise for Marty.
• “The Voice” (NBC): The top 13 perform songs that include special dedications, for their chance at a spot in the top 10.
• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Day 2 matchups include Senegal vs. Netherlands, England vs. Iran, US vs. Wales

• Taylor Swift — Following the disastrous ticket sale fiasco for the “Eras Tour,” Ticketmaster has offered a formal apology to the singer, as well to ‘Swifties. The company tweeted a lengthy breakdown of how fans were locked out of purchasing tickets for her much-anticipated tour. LINK:
• BTS – Jung Kook’s new single ‘Dreamers’, dropped yesterday, the same day he performed it at the Opening Ceremony at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The song will appear on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 soundtrack, joining tunes by Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares, and more. LINK:
• Adele – Never mind the fact that she began her much anticipated “Weekends With Adele” residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Friday, or that that she scored 7 Grammy nominations a few days earlier, as she told her opening night crowd, the reason “it’s a bloody massive week” for her, is that “It’s the Walking Dead finale on Sunday!”
• Duran Duran – This Friday, they’ll release the “Complete Edition” of their most recent album, 2021’s “Future Past”, an expanded version including a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’. LINK:
• The Doors — have released the band’s last known unissued studio recording. ‘Paris Blues’, which has taken on a mythic quality among Doors’ fans, was recorded in the late 1960s. The song appears on the compilation album of the same name, dropping this Friday for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. It will also include 2 previously unreleased live recordings. LINK:
• Queen — Brian May says they hope to tour with Adam Lambert “one more time” in 2023. Quote: We’re talking about that as you and I speak, making those decisions. Now, it does get to be more of a decision as you get older…it’s a strong possibility.”
• Blake Shelton and Jimmie Allen – are a few of the big names set to perform at the annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” tree lighting special, Nov. 30 on NBC. Also on the bill: Dan + Shay, Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli David Foster and Katharine McPhee, Brett Eldredge, Mickey Guyton, the Muppets of Sesame Street, The Shindellas, Louis York, and more.
• Granger Smith — surprised fans on Friday by dropping the new album “Moonrise”. He said he didn’t expect to release an album this year, but the opportunity to write and record the project came alongside the chance to star in a movie, also called “Moonrise”. He plays the role of a country singer who is grieving the death of his wife while raising 3 children.  The film will be out via PureFlix on Dec. 15.
• Brian Kelley – Friday, he released ‘Florida Strong’, a tribute to his home state, to benefit victims of Hurricanes Ian and Nicole. Royalties will go to the American Red Cross and Florida Disaster Fund to support hurricane relief. He also released a lyric video of the song. LINK:


If you’re having a “ruff” time when it comes to meeting someone special, maybe the answer is right under your…kitchen table…or wherever else your 4-legged friend likes to hang out. A survey of dog owners found that 34% of them met their significant other thanks to their pupper. And it’s not just romantic love that people are finding, thanks to their dogs: one in 3 respondents said they met their best friend because of their pet (That is, their best friend – aside from their dog…). How are these meetups happening? The majority of respondents to the survey of 2,000 US dog owners conducted by OnePoll (68%) said it’s easier to start a conversation once their pet has broken the ice, and provided something to talk about. That might explain how 72% of those surveyed said they have struck up a conversation with someone specifically because of their pet. For those people, those conversations happen an average of 172 times per year.
(Oh, man. I was going to get a dog – until I found out I’d have to talk to 172 more people every year…!)
(They’re absolutely right. 90% of the conversations I’ve had with people in my neighborhood started with them saying: “Yeah, about your dog…”!)

It very well could be the best Black Friday deal – ever. Denny’s restaurants is selling a T-shirt, which gets the wearer access to free breakfast for a year. Each T-shirt, which will sell for $5.99, has a unique QR code sewn onto the sleeve, making it easy for customers to redeem their free breakfast. The T-shirt can used to get a free “Everyday Value Slam” (2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon or sausage strips, and your choice of 2 pancakes, a slice of French toast, or a biscuit and gravy). The “Everyday Value Slam” goes for about $5.99, so the T-shirt is worth up to $2,186, according to Denny’s. The only problem is that the famous diner is only selling 150 of the shirts, beginning at midnight ET this Thursday on Denny’s online store. The company says the wearable coupon is a response to the ongoing inflation crisis.
(…and next year, they’ll sell a shirt in response to the ongoing cholesterol crisis?)
(I’m going to see what I can do about finding someone who’ll give me “the shirt off his back” on days he isn’t wearing it!)

A New Mexico woman, who had been missing for 2 days, was finally rescued after a train passenger saw her waving from her window. The woman had gone hiking along the Colorado Trail when she fell off a cliff while trying to take pictures. She broke her leg in the 90-foot fall, and had been unconscious for an unknown period of time. When the train passenger saw the woman waving for help, she immediately alerted the conductor. A 9-11 call would confirm that the family of the hiker had been looking for her. Thankfully, riding in the next train passing the location were 2 trained medical and emergency professionals. They were able to cross the river to examine the woman, assess her injuries, bring emergency supplies, and assist in a helicopter rescue. There were 327 passengers on the train at the time, and they all waited as the couple helped the injured hiker, who was not dressed to battle the wilderness temperatures throughout her ordeal.
➢ Drones can be crucial during natural disasters by transporting supplies to people in need. But what if the delivery drones themselves were made of food? A team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has developed a small flying craft with wings made of rice cakes, to enable it to deliver more life-sustaining nutrition or medication. To fashion the wing, the rice cakes are laser-cut into hexagons and fixed together by gelatin. These are then wrapped in protective plastic, before being affixed to the drone. Gelatin was found to be an adequate adhesive. The wingspan of about 27 inches (70 centimeters) results in enough rice cake and gelatin glue to deliver the equivalent of one breakfast serving—with 80 grams remaining for a payload of vitamins or water. The developers say the wing tastes like “a crunchy rice crisp cookie with a little touch of raw gelatin.” (These people do know that drones are capable of delivering pizza – right?)
-InspireMore, GoodNewsNetwork

A few tips from health experts ….
✓ Colds and the flu are viral infections that usually bring fever, aches, and fatigue.
✓ Allergies do not come with a fever.
✓ If you’re sneezing and blowing your nose endlessly, it could be a cold or allergies, but a cold will leave after a week-to-10 days. Allergies linger.
✓ Allergies are not accompanied by pains, upset stomach, or exhaustion like the flu.
✓ Symptoms for allergies include ‘allergy shiners’, where blood vessels under eyes dilate, creating dark circles; and the ‘allergy salute’, whereby people constantly rub their nose.
✓ For colds, well, grandma was right. Chicken soup really is a good remedy, though doctors are not sure why. (It’s the ‘extra love’ she puts in it.)
(If it’s COVID you’re concerned about – take a test.)

Friday, it was announced that alcohol would no longer be available in stadiums for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, despite officials originally promising it would be. But for those heading to the Middle East, there’s still a way to enjoy an alcoholic beverage at stadiums – although it certainly won’t be cheap. The only way for fans to drink alcohol at any of the 8 World Cup stadiums is by purchasing a corporate hospitality ticket, which will set you back a cool US $22,600 (£19,000). Fan parks will continue to sell alcohol despite the change of plan from officials, though it will cost around US $14.25 (£12) a pint. Another loser out of all of this is Budweiser – which struck a massive $75 million (£63 million) deal with FIFA for exclusive rights to sell beer at the World Cup. When FIFA announced it was dropping alcohol in stadiums just 2 days before the first game, Budweiser posted a tweet saying: “Well, this is awkward”.


• “Pumpkin Pie Day”, celebrating a truly North American food phenomenon. What’s your secret ingredient? And your favorite topping? Ever try it with honey?
• “National Stuffing Day”, the usual turkey stuffing consists of bread cubes or crumbs combined with onions, celery, salt and pepper along with spices and herbs such as summer savory, sage or poultry seasoning. Other varieties include adding sausage, hamburger, tofu, oysters, egg, rice, apple, raisins or other dried fruits.
• “National Gingerbread Day”, whether it’s a crisp cookie or soft cake, or a big house you can make, now is the perfect time to whip up a brand-new recipe, if you’re a gingerbread fan.
• “World Hello Day”, the 50th annual celebration of the simplest salutation that now takes place in 180 countries. Today, you’re asked to spread goodwill by saying ‘hello’ to 10 people.
• “World Fisheries Day”, to draw attention to overfishing, habitat destruction, and other serious threats to the sustainability of our marine and freshwater resources. LINK:
• “World Television Day”, established in 1996 by the UN to encourage nations to exchange cultural programming focusing on peace, security, and economic & social development. (So, not wrestling shows?)
• “National Red Mitten Day (Canada)”, Since their launch ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Hudson’s Bay’s Red Mittens have become an most iconic symbol of Canadian Olympic pride. $3.90 from the sale of each $15 pair of Red Mittens goes to support Canadian athletes. Red Mittens sales have raised more than $32 million for the Canadian Olympic Foundation (now sold by Lululemon).
• “False Confessions Day”, highlighting the problem of innocent people being coerced into admitting guilt.

[Tues] Go For a Ride Day
[Tues] Humane Society Anniversary Day
[Wed] Doctor Who Day
[Thurs] Family Volunteer Day
This Week is…Better Conversation Week
This Month is…Fun with Fondue Month

1945 [77] Goldie Hawn, Washington DC, movie actress (“Overboard”, “The First Wives Club”)/mother of Kate Hudson

1963 [59] Nicollette Sheridan, TV actress, Worthing England (“Desperate Housewives” 2004-2009, “Knots Landing” 1986-1993, “Dynasty” 2018-19)

1965 [57] Bjork (Guðmundsdóttir), Reykjavik Iceland, pop singer (‘It’s Oh So Quiet’, ‘Big Time Sensuality’)

1966 [56] Troy Aikman, West Covina CA, TV football analyst (“Monday Night Football” since 2022, “NFL on FOX” 2001-21)/former NFL QB (Dallas Cowboys 1989-2000, 3 Super Bowl wins)/Pro Football Hall of Fame 2006

1971 [51] Michael Strahan, Houston TX, TV personality (“GMA Day” 2018-20, “Good Morning America” since 2016, “Live! With Kelly & Michael” 2012-16, “FOX NFL Sunday” since 2008)/former NFL player (NY Giants 1993-2007)

1975 [47] Jimmi Simpson, Hackettstown NJ, TV actor (‘William’ on “Westworld” 2016, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” 2005-13)

1985 [37] Carly Rae Jepsen, Mission BC, pop singer (‘Call Me Maybe’, ‘I Really Like You’)

1987 [35] Sam Palladio, Pembury England, TV actor (‘Gunnar Scott’ on “Nashville” 2012-18)

2000 [22] Isabel May, Santa Monica CA, TV actress (‘Elsa’ on “1883” 2021-22, ‘Veronica on “Young Sheldon” 2018-20)

1976 [46] “Rocky”, starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Oscar-Best Picture, 1977)

2014 [08] “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ opens in movie theaters

2015 [07] Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are married in Palm Beach, Florida

1981 [41] Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Physical’ single goes to #1 & stays there for 10 weeks

2003 [19] The acoustic guitar on which The Beatles’ George Harrison learned to play is sold at a London auction for £276,000 (original price … £3.50)

2017 [05] David Cassidy dies at 67 after suffering liver and kidney failure. His role as ‘Keith’ on “The Partridge Family” led to his becoming a teen idol and superstar pop singer in the 1970s

2010 [12] Jimmy Johnson becomes the first driver ever to win 5 straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships

2000 [22] Backstreet Boys’ “Black & Blue” album debuts with one of the biggest initial retail shipments ever, about 6 million units


✓ Scientists don’t know what causes the “shower-curtain effect”, where a shower curtain gets blown inward during a running shower.
✓ Females are better than males at distinguishing colors, while males are better at tracking moving objects and discerning detail from a distance.
✓ The 10th largest pyramid in the world houses a Bass Pro Shop, in Memphis TN.
✓ A snail can sleep for 3 years.
✓ It would take 1.2 million mosquitoes biting you simultaneously to drain all your blood.
✓ There is no speed limit for bicycles in the United Kingdom, but you can be charged with ‘cycling furiously’.
-FactRepublic, UnnecessaryKnowledge

• Two-Buck Upchuck
• Daddy’s Angry Juice
• Relapse
• Drunk Text-Fuel
• Beer: Now With Shampoo
• Yellow Snow
• Make You Forget About Your Divorce-weiser
• Guinness Clear
• I Can’t Believe it’s Not Beer
• Non-Alcoholic
• Pumpkin Spice
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

Best of BS . . .
• “This is just like Christmas without the presents: Happy Thanksgiving!”
• “So, so sorry I couldn’t make it to the 17 fun family events you scheduled: Happy Thanksgiving!”
• “No, I’d rather not help with the cooking, but thank-you for asking: Happy Thanksgiving!”
• “Yes, I have gained weight. Let’s discuss it at length while I cry into this slice of pecan pie: Happy Thanksgiving!”
• “Please stop giving me romantic advice: Happy Thanksgiving!”
• “Let’s wrap this up before the game starts: GO SPORTS! Happy Thanksgiving!”
• “Please stop baiting me into a political debate. I know you haven’t changed your mind since 1985: Happy Thanksgiving!”
• “I am never going to accept your Facebook friend request, like ever: Happy Thanksgiving!”
• “I will get there when I get there and I will leave when I leave: THIS IS NOT A DEBATE: Happy Thanksgiving!”
• “I wish I hadn’t come: Happy Thanksgiving!”
-CetoriaTomberlin, first published in BS in 2014

• Which French dish is also the name of a Disney movie?
a) Escargot
b) Bouillabaisse
c) Ratatouille [CORRECT]
d) French fries

• Which one of the following would you NOT find in a full traditional English breakfast?
a) Baked beans
b) Mushrooms
c) Broccoli [CORRECT]
d) Bacon

• Which US city does deep-dish pizza come from?
a) Chicago [CORRECT]
b) New York City
c) San Francisco
d) Shallow Rapids

Still great:

The toughest part of a diet isn’t watching what you eat. It’s watching what OTHER people eat.

What are you interested in…that most people aren’t?

Question:  27% of women wish their partner had less of THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Chest hair

The work you do when you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.


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