November 10 2021

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – Edition: #7104

Here’s More Bull Roar!


★ When the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” trailer dropped in August, one character stole the show: Alfred Molina’s returning ‘Doc Ock’, who was last seen in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2” and has now found his way into the MCU. But he wasn’t the only villain teased in that trailer – there was also a shot of a familiar-looking pumpkin bomb, along with a distinctive cackle that will have sent fans all the way back to 2002. It seems that Molina will be joined by Willem Dafoe, returning as the ‘Green Goblin’ from Raimi’s first Spidey flick – and he can be glimpsed on the film’s first poster, which dropped this week. If you look past the Doc Ock tentacles, the flash of lightning (hello, Electro!), those swirls of sand (hello, Sandman!), and Spider-Man himself (hello, Peter!), you’ll see Goblin flying on his glider – looking pretty much exactly how we remember him from the original Spider-Man. Now, we just need confirmation that Willem Dafoe will be back too. Spider Man: No Way Home hits theatres on Dec. 17. LINK:
★ Alec Baldwin is calling for every film and TV set that utilizes guns on set, fake or otherwise, to require the production hire a police officer to “specifically monitor weapons safety.” Baldwin tweeted the statement on Monday morning. It’s his latest update in the wake of the tragedy on the set of his film “Rust,” in which the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed. Baldwin previously told reporters that he was “extremely interested” in limiting the use of firearms on sets following the accidental shooting.
★ Kenan Thompson has been tapped to host the 2021 People’s Choice Awards. The Emmy-nominated “Saturday Night Live” and “Kenan” star is nominated for 2 awards for his work on SNL: Comedy TV Star and Male TV Star, and recently started his 19th season on Saturday Night Live as the show’s longest-running cast member. The People’s Choice Awards will air December 7 from Santa Monica.
★ Last week, social media was flooded with joyous reactions to the announcement that Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo will star in the film adaptation of the musical “Wicked.” But fans were also quick to say who they do NOT want to see anywhere near the Emerald City — “Late Late Show” host and perennial movie musical trouper James Corden. A petition created Friday “Keep James Corden out of Wicked the movie” has gathered 50,000 signatures and counting. Corden has had a role in nearly every big-budget musical movie in the last several years, including “Into The Woods”, “Cats”, “The Prom” and “Cinderella”. LINK:


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Ryan Reynolds, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Will Ferrell, Lucy Hale, Dusty Slay
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Aubrey Plaza, Bruce Springsteen
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Gayle King, David Copperfield, Aurora, Elmo Lovano
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Dwayne Johnson, Avril Lavigne
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Lindsay Hubbard, Luke Gulbranson, Andrea Denver
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Dr. Vivek Murthy, Keke Palmer
• “The Talk” (CBS): David Alan Grier
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Lucy Hale, Jon Batiste, Dr. Holly Phillips
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jamie Foxx
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Kal Penn, Haylie Duff, Yung Bleu
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Emily Ratajkowski, Jenny McCarthy
• “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” (ABC): Performers include Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer, Madeline Edwards, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde and Blake Shelton; Luke Bryan hosts.
• “Survivor” (CBS): The castaways must work to make amends after betrayals; an interesting turn of events takes place at the reward challenge.
• “The Masked Singer” (FOX): The final 4 Group A singers compete in the semifinals and 2 are eliminated; guest panelist
• “Married at First Sight” (LIFETIME): Season 13 finale

• Travis Scott and Drake – are being sued for allegedly “inciting mayhem” after 8 people were killed and dozens injured in a crush during the Astroworld festival. The plaintiff is a 23-year-old, who was one of those “severely injured” at the Friday concert. Monday, Scott said he will cover all funeral costs for the victims, and offer refunds to all attendees.
• Cardi B – will host the 2021 American Music Awards Nov. 21 at the Microsoft Theatre in LA. The first-announced group of performers includes Bad Bunny, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, and Olivia Rodrigo.
• Justin Bieber – has teamed up with coffee chain Tim Hortons for…something. On Insta, Bieber posted a photo of a Tim’s cup beside an assortment of jewelry and sunglasses with the caption, “Working on something.” He tagged both Tim Hortons Canada and Tim Hortons U.S.
• Foo Fighters — Dave Grohl Co. secretly shot a horror comedy film that will open in theaters in February. “Studio 666” is about how the group aim to record their 10th album in an Encino mansion, only to find themselves fighting supernatural forces.
• Kiss — Paul Stanley’s father has died at the age of 101. In a social media post, Stanley wrote: “My dad William Eisen has left this earth after 101 years & 7 months. His pride in my accomplishments was heartwarming as was seeing his love of my family. He said he’d always be with me and he will.”
• Van Morrison – is being sued by Northern Ireland’s health minister after Morrison accused him of mis-handling the pandemic and repeatedly called him “dangerous.” Robin Swann’s lawyer, Paul Tweed, said the matter will be addressed in court in early 2022.
• CMA Awards – Presenters for tonight’s 55th Annual CMA Awards will include Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady A, Trace Adkins, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Russell Dickerson, Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves, Amy Grant, Elle King, Zachary Levi, Scotty McCreery, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Darius Rucker, Susan Sarandon, Lainey Wilson and Trisha Yearwood. Luke Bryan will host.
• Travis Tritt – has announced an early 2022 solo acoustic tour. “An Evening With Travis Tritt” Kicks off in Jackson TN on Jan. 13 and runs through Feb. 27 in Wilkes Barre PA.


COVID lockdowns led to a surge in sales of large-ticket items as people looked to make their time at home as pleasant as possible. But just one in 10 of us regret buying those items, according to a new survey. Buyer’s remorse has kicked in for some, who admitted typically spending nearly US $1,900 on lockdown-related items. Hot tubs, DIY tools, gaming equipment, home gyms, bikes, clothing, musical instruments, outdoor furniture, and kitchen appliances such as bread makers, and pizza ovens all appeared on the regret list. The survey of 4,000 people, by Aviva Insurance, found that some people have already sold or given away the items they regretted buying. Some used money which would have normally been spent on holidays or social events, to finance their purchases. Many said they bought big-ticket items with the intention of starting a new hobby.
(One of those hobbies was shopping online, apparently!)
(The only big-ticket item I bought during the pandemic was a jar of almonds!)
(What is the best – or worst purchase you made since beginning of the pandemic?)

Dogs pick up and understand our words using similar brain patterns as babies, according to new research. Scientists at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary found that our furry friends’ brains perform complex statistical calculations to determine whether the syllables they hear are likely to form a word or not. As you know, young children can spot new words in speech long before they understand what they actually mean. The researchers tested family dogs’ brain capacities by measuring their electrical activity using an EEG. Surprisingly, they noticed brain wave differences in the dogs for syllables that always occur together compared to syllables that only occasionally do. The scans prove that dogs keep track of complex statistics, such as the chances of 2 syllables being paired, as well as simpler calculations, in much the same way that young children do.
(There you go…Apparently there’s ANOTHER family member who’s better at math than me!)
(That explains why both my dog and my kids spend half their lives looking at me with their heads tilted sideways!)
(If this is all true, I feel really sorry for my poor puppy trying to understand whatever that is that comes out of my mouth on a Saturday night after last call!)

Because there can never be enough stories about ketchup, the Heinz Company has announced it has manufactured ketchup from tomatoes grown in a Mars simulator. The experiment was conducted at the Florida Institute of Technology’s AldrinSpace Institute, in a greenhouse dubbed the “RedHouse,” using
soil similar to Mars regolith — the dusty, nutrient-sparse dirt that covers the Red Planet. One goal of the project was to “see what the possibilities are for long-term food production beyond Earth.” The scientists say their methods could also be applied to help grow crops here on Earth, as the effects of climate change worsen. Heinz claims their new “Marz Edition” ketchup is indistinguishable from the type produced using conventional, Earth-bound tomatoes.
(You thought it’s hard to open those ketchup packets now, try doing it while wearing astronaut gloves!)
(It’s interesting to note that the good people at Budweiser developed a way to make beer on Mars as far back as 2017…so you can see where our priorities as a species lie!)

⇒ Prevent blisters:  Swipe it on the part of your feet that gets rubbed by your shoes. (Works on thighs, too. Don’t ask me how I know that…)
⇒ Jean therapy:  If you’re having problems getting into your tight pants, rub deodorant on your hips. Your jeans will slide on much more easily. (Just hope the deodorant is still on there when you want to take them off!)
⇒ Freshen a closet:  Leave a stick of deodorant with the cap off in the back of the closet. (Not your spouse’s deodorant…unless you’re looking to start a fight!)
⇒ Soothe a mosquito bite:  The aluminum salts in deodorant fight swelling and irritation. (This also keeps you from scratching. Because who wants deodorant under their fingernails?)

“Elf on a Shelf” the popular doll that parents place around their home in the runup to Christmas to “monitor” if the kids are being naughty or nice is the latest item that could be in short supply this year, thanks to the supply chain backlog. All kinds of businesses across the globe have been scrambling to manage a stalled supply chain that’s created a serious backlog of inventory at major ports and a shortage of workers to deliver it. But the problem is particularly harrowing for companies that make a highly seasonal product with a tight sales window, like The Elf on the Shelf. (Tell your kids the Elf is still judging them, but this year from a dark shipping container in a crowded, far-off port…)


1944 [77] (Sir) Tim Rice, Amersham England, author and lyricist who’s worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber (“Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Evita”) and Elton John (“The Lion King”, “Aida”)

1956 [65] Sinbad [David Adkins], Benton Harbor MI comedian/TV actor “A Different World” 1987-91)/movie actor (“Necessary Roughness”, “First Kid”)

1963 [58] Hugh Bonneville, London England, TV actor (‘Robert Crawley’ on “Downton Abbey” 2010-15)/movie actor (“Paddington”, “The Monuments Men”)

1968 [53] Tracy Morgan, NYC, comedian-TV actor (“30 Rock” 2006-13, “Saturday Night Live” 1996-2006)

1968 [53] Chris Cagle, DeRidder LA, country singer (‘What Kinda Gone’, ‘I Breathe In, I Breathe Out’)

1969 [52] Ellen Pompeo, Everett MA, TV actress (‘Dr Meredith Grey’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1975 [46] Jim Adkins, Mesa AZ, rock singer-guitarist (Jimmy Eat World-‘Pain’, ‘The Middle’)

1978 [43] Diplo [Thomas Wesley Pentz] Tupelo MS, DJ (w/ Ellie Goulding & Swae Lee-‘Close to Me’)/producer (Drake, Beyoncé Justin Bieber)

1983 [38] Miranda Lambert, Lindale TX, country singer (‘Bluebird’, ‘The House That Built Me’)/married to Blake Shelton 2011-15

1986 [35] Josh Peck, New York City NY, TV actor (“Drake & Josh” 2004-07, “Turner & Hooch” 2021) COMING UP…”How I Met Your Father”

1989 [32] Taron Egerton, Birkenhead England, movie actor (“Rocketman”, “Eddie the Eagle”) COMING UP…”Tetris”, 2021

• “Vanilla Cupcake Day”. While they may not be most people’s favorite cupcake, hardly anyone DISlikes them. Another advantage is that any kind of frosting tastes good on them. (You’ll notice it is plural . . . ‘CupcakeSSS Day’, so have as many as you want!)
• “Forget-Me-Not Day”, a day for remembering those whose lives have touched us in some way. You’re encouraged to think of people who had an impact on your life and the way in which they changed it. (Then go see a lawyer and file charges…)
• “Sesame Street Day”, saluting the 1969 debut of the landmark children’s TV show on PBS. It was the first preschool educational TV show to base its contents on laboratory research. (Teaching kids while they play and have fun … what a concept!)
• “World Science Day for Peace & Development, established by UNESCO in 2001.
• “Accounting Day”, an annual observance to promote the profession and provide an opportunity for networking among accountants in public practice, industry, and government. (Sounds exciting.)
• “Area Code Day”, area codes were introduced in the 1940’s to solve the issue of not enough phone numbers to go around. Initially, densely populated regions were assigned codes with lower numbers at the beginning and end. Why? It was determined that those in urban areas should be able to dial faster. And how do you make rotary phones dial faster? By using lower numbers, which had a shorter “pull time”.

[Thurs] Veterans Day
[Thurs] Remembrance Day
[Fri] Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
[Fri] National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

1969 [52] The educational children’s TV series “Sesame Street” debuts on PBS. (***See BS Reasons to Party, above***)

2002 [19] Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer guest star on “The Simpsons” in an episode where they run a rock & roll fantasy camp

2013 [08] At the MTV Europe Awards, Miley Cyrus smokes a joint while accepting the “Best Video” award for ‘Wrecking Ball’ (the ceremony is held in Amsterdam, where pot is legal)

2014 [07] ‘Uptown Funk’ is released by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (winner, Billboard Song of the Year 2015, Grammys for Record of The Year, Song of the Year 2016)

2017 [04] Carrie Underwood takes a nasty fall outside her home, breaking her wrist and injuring her face. She doesn’t appear in public again until April, 2018, when she performs ‘Cry Pretty’ – a song partly inspired by the incident – at the ACM Awards

2007 [14] For the first time, country(-ish) artists occupy the top 3 spots on the ‘Billboard 200’ albums chart (Carrie Underwood’s “Carnival Ride”; Alison Krauss & Robert Plant’s “Raising Sand”, and Gary Allan’s “Living Hard”)

1996 [25] Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins becomes the first NFL quarterback to pass for 50,000 career yards, and the first to reach 4,000 completions


✓ The Hollywood sign weighs 450,000 lb., an average of 50,000 lb. per letter.
✓ Snails have teeth.
✓ The letter combination “o-u-g-h” can be pronounced in 8 different ways.
✓ You can buy horseradish ice cream in Tokyo.
✓ Using your car’s brakes generates enough heat to warm your house.
✓ You cannot burp in space.
-WhattheFFacts, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS:
• You wake up to find a bird’s head in your bed.
• Seems mighty chummy with the dog all of a sudden.
• Actually DOES have your tongue.
• Droppings in litter box spell out “REDRUM.”
• You catch him with a new mohawk, looking in the mirror saying, “Mew looking at me? Mew looking at me?”
• Takes attentive notes every time “Itchy and Scratchy” are on.
• Has taken a sudden interest in the wood chipper.
• Instead of dead birds, leaves cartons of Marlboros on your doorstep.
• Ball of yarn playfully tied into a hangman’s noose.
• You find a piece of paper labelled “MY WIL” which says “LEEV AWL 2 KAT.”
• Lately, sharpens claws on your car’s brake lines.
-Poddy’s, first published in BS in 2010

➠ Researchers say guppies are able to reproduce after they die. (Big deal. Tupac’s released seventeen albums since HE died . . .)
➠ A study found that “cooler” kids can become losers later in life. (The study was performed by the International Institute of Karma…)
➠ A study has shown that plastic surgery doesn’t make you look more attractive. (The research began and ended with a quick glance at Melanie Griffith and Mickey Rourke…)
➠ Fact: A 99-year-old man divorced his 96-year-old wife after 77 years of marriage because he discovered an affair she had in the 1940’s. (NOW he’ll be happy for the rest of his life, or next week, whichever comes first…)
➠ Fact of the Day:  Studies show that Wednesday is the best day of the week to go on a first date. (So much so, we now call it “Dry Hump-day”!)

(***You run down the list while your participant decides which choice is more palatable …***)
• Would you rather be able to talk with animals or speak all foreign languages?
• Would you rather go into the past and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet your great-great-grandchildren?
• Would you rather win the lottery or live twice as long?
• Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales?
• Would you rather be Batman or Spiderman?
•  Would you rather be stuck on a broken ski lift or in a broken elevator?
• Would you rather go to a movie or to dinner alone?
•  Would you rather be the most popular person at work or school, or the smartest?
• Would you rather always say everything on your mind or never speak again?


I installed a stripper pole in my bedroom . . . I needed something to lean on while I put on my socks.

Funny or not, what is your phobia?

Question:  21% of us refuse to eat THIS. What is it?
Answer:  A fortune cookie

To be successful, you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.


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