November 14 2022

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Monday, November 14, 2022 – Edition: #7358

If You Can’t Dazzle Them with Brilliance, Baffle Them with Bull!


★ Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dome are married! The “Twilight” actor, who is 30, and 25-year-old Dome, who is a registered nurse, exchanged vows at a California winery on Friday. Lautner first met his bride while on a hiatus from acting, stating that he wanted to “take a step back and enjoy life and spend some time with my family and friends.” He told People that his sister introduced the couple after calling him and saying: “Dude, I found your future wife. You need to meet this girl.” They went public with their relationship in 2018, and Lautner popped the question on November 11, 2021, in front of a fireplace decorated with rose petals and candles. (So, if she takes his last name, she’ll be…)
★ Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is proving to be the box office drought-buster that movie theaters hoped for, earning an excellent $84 million opening day — including $28 million in previews — and was in line, at last check, to meet projections of a $175 million domestic opening weekend ($300 million worldwide). That means the Black Panther sequel is set for the second highest opening weekend of 2022. Depending on final tallies for Saturday and Sunday, the film could get closer to the $187 million domestic opening posted by “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” back in May.
★ Here we go again – again. Nick Cannon is now a dad of 11! “The Masked Singer” host — who already shares 16-month-old twins Zion and Zillion, with his ex Abby De La Rose, announced the news by sharing a sweet picture with his former girlfriend and their little one as they doted on her, and wrote: “A BEAUTIFUL DAY for ‘BEAUTIFUL ZEPPELIN CANNON’ to arrive! Mommy @hiabbydelarosa you make it ALL look so easy and effortless but I am forever indebted to your tireless work of constant dedication.”
He is also expecting his 12th child with Alyssa Scott.
-DailyMail, People
★ Saying he wants to clear his name, Alec Baldwin is suing the people involved in handling and supplying the loaded gun he was using when it fired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the 2021 “Rust” filming accident in New Mexico. Baldwin filed a cross-complaint in LA superior court, stating: “This tragedy happened because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun”, and alleging negligence against some of the people sued by script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell. Among other things, it seeks a share of any damages that Mitchell may win and asks that they pay for any damages assessed against him.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Chris Hemsworth, Meghann Fahy, Måneskin
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Bruce Springsteen, Chloë Grace Moretz
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Michelle Obama, Stromae
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Chelsea Handler, Martin McDonagh, Arjuna Contreras
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Emily Blunt, Jonathan Majors, Murray Bartlett
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Natalya Scudder, Faye Clarke
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey
• “The Talk” (CBS): Danielle Pinnock
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Linda Cardellini, Louis Tomlinson
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Kyle Chandler, Ruby Bridges
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Ziwe Fumudoh, Melissa Villaseñor, guest host Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Jonathan Majors, Starr Andrews
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Robin Roberts, Kelle Stewart
• “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC): Stars and villains from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” get another chance to find love.
• “The Voice” (NBC): The top 16 perform live for the first time for their chance at a spot in the top 13.
• “NFL Football” (ESPN): Washington Commanders @ Philadelphia Eagles

• Lizzo – has shared the first trailer for her upcoming HBO documentary “Love, Lizzo”. It gives her millions of “Lizzbians” an inside look at her life. In the clip, she says: “No matter what part of my story you come in at, I’m always chasing the music.” The doc arrives Nov. 24. LINK:
• Offset — Drake was among those who spoke at his public celebration of life at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Friday. He was also remembered by Migos bandmates Offset and Quavo. The service included musical performances from Chlöe Bailey, Justin Bieber, Yolanda Adams, and Byron Cage. The rapper was fatally shot November 1 at age 28.
• The Offspring — has released ‘Bells Will Be Ringing (Please Come Home For Christmas)’, a take on the Charles Brown holiday classic ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’. It’s the group’s second-ever Christmas release, following the 2020 release of ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’.
• Robert Plant – The former Led Zep singer stunned patrons at an Aberdeen, Scotland bar when he performed during an open mic night. He was in the city for a performance with his band, Saving Grace. After his show at the Tivoli Theatre, he unexpectedly appeared at Under the Hammer, to the delight of the Tuesday night crowd.
• Slash, Alex Lifeson and Paul McCartney – Guitars played by them on stage were sold over the weekend to benefit the people of Ukraine. Gibson’s Guitars for Peace program raises funds by auctioning the custom-made guitars, also including ones played by Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Slash, Brian May, Lewis Capaldi and more.
• Brantley Gilbert – joined forces with Blake Shelton and Vince Gill for the new single ‘Heaven By Then’, which dropped on Friday. He says: “Those two brought so much to the table and gave it a voice I didn’t have.” The collab appears on Gilbert’s album “So Help Me God,” out now. LINK:
• Lindsay Ell – says “It’s so surreal” that she was selected to tour with fellow Canadian Shania Twain on her “Queen of Me” tour, beginning in April. Ell also has been in LA writing music with producer Aja Lange, the 21-year-old son of Twain and ex-husband, Mutt Lange, who is also a music producer.
• Lainey Wilson – says her biggest musical inspirations are Lee Ann Womack, Tim McGraw and Dolly Parton. Quote: “When I’m going through things, I do ask myself the question, ‘What would Dolly do?’ Also known as ‘W, W, double D.’ You see what I did with them double D’s?” She released the 2021 song ‘WWDD’ in tribute to Parton.


We’ve always been taught that money doesn’t buy happiness. But apparently, it does — at least to a point. A study published in the journal PNAS looked at the effects of giving 200 people a one-time sum of $10,000. Those who got the money were required to spend it all within 3 months. They recorded how happy they felt on a monthly basis, on a scale of 1-7. After 3 months of spending, those who received the cash reported higher levels of happiness than a control group that did not receive money. After 3 MORE months had passed, the recipients still reported levels of happiness higher than when the experiment started. However, people with household incomes above $123,000 did not report noticeable improvements in their happiness.
(In fact, they were quite upset that other people also were given 10 grand!)
(A scale of 1-7? I promise you, if someone gave me 10 grand, I’d rank my happiness at least an 8!)

➠ Japanese clothing and housewares company Nissen recently launched a line of bed linens and blankets – made to mimic the look and feel of cat fur. You may be aware that studies show that petting a cat reduces levels of stress hormones in people. But what about those who live where they can’t have a pet, or those who are allergic? That’s where the new Neko Feel (“Cat Feel”) material developed by Nissen comes in. Nissin’s offerings include a mattress pad, a blanket, a smaller throw blanket, and a ‘circle relaxation cushion’ that goes on the floor. Prices range from US $13-41, for the double bed-size blanket. The problem? They sold out within hours of Nissen’s Twitter announcement. (Is that “verified”?) LINK:
➠ Undertaker Isabelle Plumereau cycled around Paris recently, powering a bicycle hearse that she hopes will soon bring a new “green” way of conducting funerals to the French capital. Quieter, environmentally conscious burials are a growing trend, and she says transporting the coffin with a specially designed cargo bike can confer a more down to earth pace to a funeral. While bicycle hearses already exist in a few other countries, hers is a first in France. She says it makes sense because “Everyone walks at the same pace (behind a bicycle hearse) and we hear each other, we hear the sounds of nature around us”, making it “the best way to console yourself.” She says she has government approval to use the bicycle hearse, and is just waiting for the green light from her insurer. (The only problem is that people keep stopping her to buy ice cream!)
-OddityCentral, Reuters

➢ A woman’s bad luck has definitely turned after she won £300,00 (US $342,154) in the lottery. Karen Parkin of London began playing scratch cards after witnessing a woman win £50,000 (US $57,000). She’s had a rough few years as she was forced to give up her job due to arthritis of the spine. That resulted in a serious cash flow problem, and the feeling that “If something bad is going to happen someone then it’s always me.” But on October 18, while standing in a store lineup, she remembered the lucky scratch card winner and decided to buy 2 Cosmic Cash tickets. When she got home, one of the scratch cards revealed that she had won the top prize. The 51-year-old says she didn’t get a ‘wink of sleep’ that night, and it didn’t take long for her to splurge on a new campervan. She also plans to treat her mum to a trip to Cairo and the Maldives.
➢ Just moments after James Verpaele was crowned homecoming king at Merritt Island High School in Florida, he lifted off his crown and gave it to someone he thought was more deserving: his friend, Parks Finney. Finney, who is developmentally disabled, is the manager of the softball and track and field teams at the school, and as Verpaele put it: “Parks comes to all the games and most practices and cheers us on.” Verpaele and the other nominees for king had agreed the winner would give Finney the crown and sash because “he’s a friend to all of us,” Verpaele said. Finney’s mom, Amy, said. “It’s a testament to the culture at our school, but also shows how kind teenagers can be.”
-LADBible, TheWeek

According to Rolling Stone…
10. “‘The 40 Year Old Virgin” (2005):  For his directorial debut, Judd Apatow showed the knack for connecting heavy improvisation from an ensemble cast with a surprisingly overall sweetness that would become his signature. (Plus, Steve Carrell shouting “Kelly Clarkson” is a great moment in modern filmmaking!)
9. “Shaun of the Dead” (2004): Best spoof of the century? Director Edgar Wright’s breakthrough film mocks horror movies, zombie flicks and post-apocalyptic dramas — and still delivers a pretty riveting mash-up of those styles on top of it.
8. “Toni Erdmann” (2016):  Oddly, one of the greatest comedies of the last 2 decades is a 162-minute movie from Germany. The triple whammy of karaoke, comic nudity and costumed lunacy is on par with anything in the Apatow universe. (We haven’t heard of it, either. Consider it a recommendation…)
7. “Punch Drunk Love” (2002): Adam Sandler displays an underlying rage via a love story in which businessman Barry Egan falls for’ Lena’ (Emily Watson). Also, did we mention the Utah phone-sex operators and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s vengeful mattress king?
6. “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007):  John C. Reilly stars in this merciless takedown of the music-biopic formula. You can picture the producers compiling a genre checklist and masterfully skewering each entry one by one. (“And I want an army of digeridoos. Fifty thousand digeridoos!”)
5. “‘Idiocracy” (2006):  Mike Judge’s satire is the go-to comedy of the Trump Era, a fun place to laugh about the dystopic trash pile that currently engulfs us. (Even though it takes place 500 years in the future…)
4. “Step Brothers” (2008):  Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play stunted adults forced into the same family when their parents remarry. Their bozo back-and-forth idiocy makes this a modern classic.
3. “Bridesmaids” (2011):  Proudly feminine, this ensemble raunch-com celebrates the inner paranoia and outer politeness of best frenemies. (And then there’s Melissa McCarthy’s instantly classic food-poisoning scene – “It’s coming out of me like lava!”)
2. “In the Loop (2009): “Veep” creator Armando Ianucci’s bitter, foul-mouthed political satire about the backroom back-and-forth between the US and UK in the run-up to a new war, demonstrates how terrible decisions can be made thanks to ineptitude, spite and cover-your-butt cowardice.
1. “Best in Show” (2000):  16 years after “This Is Spinal Tap”, Christopher Guest executes another milestone mockumentary about a competitive dog show. Canines play straight men while every caricature becomes a sympathetic character. Then, halfway through, Fred Willard steals the show as a borscht belt TV commentator. Ridiculous, yes. But you walk away feeling that you’ve spent 90 minutes watching real people.

A film crew hunting for World War II artifacts lost at sea stumbled on something else — a 20-foot-long piece of debris from the Space Shuttle Challenger, which was destroyed shortly after takeoff in 1986, killing all 7 crew members aboard. The History Channel and NASA have revealed that the Challenger segment was discovered off Florida’s east coast during the filming of a new series called “The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters.” The series will premiere this month on the History Channel.
-CNN, HuffPost


• “International Girls Day”, instigated by Kappa Delta Sorority to celebrate all kinds of girls with all kinds of interests and abilities. It’s an opportunity to build confidence in girls and help them realize their potential. Theme: “She can do anything”.
• “Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day”, encouraging us to take things a little slower, take a mental step back and find some balance. And laugh. (Then realize it’s Monday, and get back to work!)
• “Operating Room Nurse Day”, initiated in 1989 to honor RNs who provide TLC in the OR.
• “Pickle Appreciation Day”, a day to gear up for some tangy, spicy and yummy fun. (Never a dill moment…until today!)
• “Spicy Guacamole Day”, a day to show your true green colors by adding some jalapeño to your avocado dip.
• “Seat Belt Day”, as the holiday travel season approaches, this day reminds us that the first thing we should do when we get in a vehicle, is to buckle up. (My car doesn’t give me a choice – if I want to hear the radio!)
• “World Diabetes Day”, to help improve the lives of the more than half a billion people living with diabetes worldwide. 1 in 2 people currently living with diabetes are undiagnosed. LINK:

[Tues] Little Red Wagon Day
[Tues] Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
[Wed] Fast Food Day
[Thurs] Great American Smokeout
This Week is…Pursuit of Happiness Week
This Month is…International Games Month

1948 [74] King Charles III (Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor), London England, British royal (King of the UK and the 14 other Commonwealth realms, Prince of Wales 1958-2022)/married to Queen consort Camilla Parker Bowles since 2005/married to Lady Diana Spencer 1981-96

1954 [68] Yanni (Yiannis Chryssomallis), Kalamata Greece, new age composer-keyboardist (‘Aria’, ‘The Rain Must Fall’)

1962 [60] Harland Williams, Toronto ON, comedian-movie actor (“Dumb and Dumber”, “There’s Something About Mary”)

1964 [58] Patrick Warburton, Peterson NJ, TV actor (‘Joe Swanson’ on “Family Guy” since 1999, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, 2017-19)

1964 [58] Joseph “Run” Simmons, Queens NY, rapper (Run-DMC-‘King of Rock’, w/Aerosmith-‘Walk This Way’)/practicing minister (as ‘Reverend Run’)

1968 [54] Brian Yale, Woodbridge CT, rock bassist (Matchbox Twenty–‘Unwell’, ‘Bent’)

1972 [50] Josh Duhamel [PRON: ‘due-MEL’], Minot ND, movie actor (“Transformers” films)/TV actor (“All My Children” 1999-2002/married to singer Fergie 2009-19. COMING UP…“Shotgun Wedding” 2023

1974 [48] Chip Gaines, Albuquerque NM, reality star (“Fixer Upper” 2013-18, since 2021)

1975 [47] Travis Barker, Fontana CA, rock drummer (Blink 182-‘All the Small Things’, ‘I Miss You’), session drummer for Machine Gun Kelly, Avril Lavigne)/married to Kourtney Kardashian since 2022

1977 [45] Brian Dietzen, Barrington IL, TV actor (‘Jimmy Palmer’ on “NCIS” since 2004, “NCIS Hawai’i”)

1986 [36] Cory Michael Smith, Columbus OH, TV actor (‘The Riddler’ on “Gotham” 2014-19, “Utopia” since 2020)

2002 [20] ‘Kermit the Frog’ receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2006 [16] “Casino Royale”, the 21st James Bond film, and first starring Daniel Craig, premieres in London

1991 [31] Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White’ video premieres on FOX-TV (after critics blast the violence and crotch-grabbing, Jackson issues an apology and a cleaned-up version)

1998 [24] Lauryn Hill becomes the first female rap solo artist to hit #1 on the Hot 100 without a guest artist, with ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’

2000 [22] As promised, The Offspring give away $1 million of their own money to a lucky fan, the 14-year-old winner of a trivia contest on “MTV’s Total Request Live”

1997 [25] Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies wins NL MVP, the first Canadian to be so honored

2008 [14] The first “G-20” economic summit opens, in Washington DC

1993 [29] Don Shula becomes the coach with the most wins in NFL history (retired with 328 regular season victories)


✓ In 2007, a filled, 1000-gallon inflatable swimming pool was stolen from a New Jersey backyard without a single drop of water being found.
✓ Most tropical marine fish could survive in a tank filled with human blood.
✓ Snoop Dogg’s real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. His nickname came from his mother, who thought he looked like ‘Snoopy’ from “Peanuts”.
✓ During his or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.
✓ Kraft singles cannot be advertised as cheese because USFDA standards state food can only be identified as cheese if it contains “at least 51% real cheese”. Instead, they’re labelled: “Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product”.
✓ Radio code “Wilco” (as in Roger Wilco) is short for “Will Comply”!
-Diply, RandomFactGenerator, BestLife

Best of BS . . .
• Make sure you know which fork to use for soup.
• Don’t show him your Pinterest page with all the wedding stuff. That’s more of a second date kinda thing.
• Don’t interrupt her mom while she’s talking.
• Leave the fidget spinner at home.
• Do NOT get a babysitter.  Everyone loves kids!
• Never order spaghetti. Never.
• When your date returns from the bathroom, don’t ask if their drink tastes funny.
• Ask your parole officer to keep his distance.
• Do not, under any circumstances, utter the phrase, “I’m not rich but… ”
• Take your ring off.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2017

• Welcome Back Otter
• Shrubs
• Swinefeld
• M.A.R.S.H.
• L.A. Law of the Jungle
• Golden Squirrels
• How I Met Your Mother Nature
• It’s Always Bunny in Philadelphia
• Parks and Procreation
• Mad About Ewe
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2021

• Finish the Elton John lyric: “It’s a little bit funny, this feeling …”
a) “inside…” [CORRECT]
b) “within…”
c) “I love…”
d) “of crocodile rock…”

• Finish the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars lyric: “Ride to Harlem, Hollywood, Jackson, Mississippi. If we show up, we gon’ show out. Smoother than …”
a) “honey when it’s drippy”
b) “a fresh jar o’ Skippy” [CORRECT]
c) “a rapper named Nicki”
d) “a greasy-haired hippy”

• Finish the Shakespeare-esque chorus to the classic Manfred Mann song: “Do wah diddy diddy dum …”
a) “diddy do” [CORRECT]
b) “giddy goo”
c) “diggy doo”
d) “kitty poo”
-Adapted from WeLoveQuizzes

Human iPhone sound effects:

Did you ever notice that prison walls aren’t built to scale?

It is easy to notice irritating habits in others. What habit do YOU have that others probably find irritating?

Question:  A survey found that THESE are the best second-hand gifts to give for the holiday season. What are they?
Answer:  Books


Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.


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