November 23 2022

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – Edition: #7365

Sheet Happens!


★ Finally, we know when “Top Gun: Maverick” will be streaming on Paramount+. The highest-grossing film of 2022 will hit the streaming service on Dec. 22 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK and some other markets. It will be available in South Korea and France in 2023. The streaming release comes 7 months after Top Gun: Maverick first hit theaters. Producer and star Tom Cruise was reportedly adamant that the “Top Gun” sequel not land on Paramount+ too close to the film’s theatrical release date, and that move paid off to the tune of $1.49 billion at the box office. Most Paramount films begin streaming at Paramount+ 45 days after opening in theaters. The second Top Gun movie was made available to purchase or rent on Digital in August, followed by a 4K Blu-ray and DVD release on Nov. 1.
★ “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party” is returning to NBC, and this time Miley Cyrus will be joined by country icon Dolly Parton to ring in the holiday. Parton replaces Pete Davidson, who co-hosted the special last year. The event is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and will feature a star-studded lineup of performers and special guests, which have yet to be announced. Parton is also Cyrus’ godmother and one of her biggest musical influences. This year, Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party will air live on NBC from Miami on Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET and will stream live on Peacock.
★ The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Cate Blanchett will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for “Tár,” in which she plays a driven orchestra conductor. Palm Springs Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner said: “Cate perfectly embodies Lydia Tár as an orchestra conductor at the height of her career whose life begins to unravel. There is no one better suited for this role.” She joins this year’s previously announced honorees Colin Farrell (actor) and Sarah Polley (director).  The Palm Springs International Film Awards will take place on Jan 5.
★ Harrison Ford goes back in time in the eagerly anticipated “Indiana Jones 5” opening sequence, and even he says seeing his younger self is “a little spooky”. Fans are taken back to 1944 in the first scenes, featuring a castle swarming with Nazis. Director James Mangold, who is taking over from Steven Spielberg, said in Empire magazine that visual effects were used to de-age Ford and “give the audience an adrenaline blast,” before the movie jumps ahead to 1969. Ford, who is 80, said of coming face-to-face with a younger ‘Indy’: “This is the first time I’ve seen it where I believe it…I don’t think I even want to know how it works, but it works.” “Indiana Jones 5” is scheduled to hit theaters June 30, 2023.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Chris Hemsworth, Meghann Fahy, Måneskin (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jesse Eisenberg, Madelyn Cline, Jacques Pépin
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jake Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth Debicki
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Mike Birbiglia, Bryan Carter
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Linda Cardellini, Neal Brennan, Gianmarco Soresi
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Kumail Nanjiani, Patti LaBelle
• “The Talk” (CBS): Glen Powell, Jet Tila
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Gabrielle Union, the Dancing with the Stars runner-up
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Scarlett Johansson, Guy Branum
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): George Clooney (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Toni Braxton, Anika Noni Rose
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Alfonso Ribeiro
• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Belgium vs. Canada, Germany vs. Japan, Spain vs. Costa Rica, Morocco vs. Croatia
• “The Masked Singer” (Fox): Two new contestants enter the competition, 2 are unmasked.
• “The Amazing Race” (CBS): Teams continue on to Ronda, Spain, where they must choose to build an arch brick by brick or dress for success.
• “Countdown to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” (NBC): A look at the incredible stories behind the floats, balloons and bands on their journey to the streets of New York.

• Miley Cyrus — has new music on the way. Mike WiLL Made-It (who produced her “Bangerz” album) took to his Instagram Story to share a series of pics posted by hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd that shows them with Miley, Mike, and others in the studio, with the caption: “EAR DRUMMERS & HEAD BANGERZ!” LINK:
• DJ Khaled — is giving fans a chance to walk in his shoes — literally. He’s giving away 2 exclusive 1-night stays for $11 at a beautiful home in Miami, featuring a recreation of his legendary sneaker closet, featuring a ton of his personal kicks. Guests also get a pair of We the Best Jordan 5s and a catered dinner from his restaurant, The Licking. Try to book you stay on Airbnb starting next Tues.
• Nickelback – frontman Chad Kroeger says Metallica’s James Hetfield is his “rock god”. In a BBC interview, Kroeger said: “he’s not only talented — amazing singer, songwriter, guitar player — but he’s also one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. So, that’s gotta be my choice.”
• Jack White – He and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails are 2 of the latest celebs to quit Twitter over new owner Elon Musk’s policy decisions. White called the reinstatement of Donald Trump’s account the final straw. Reznor called the move “the arrogance of the billionaire class”. Musk responded by calling him a “crybaby”.
• Elton John — The LA Dodgers announced a $1 million donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation during one of his weekend performances at Dodger Stadium, the last North American stop on his final tour. John thanked the team for its generosity and called Dodger Stadium “an iconic venue which has meant so much to me and my career.” LINK:
• Miranda Lambert — is serving up some delicious Southern recipes in her first cookbook “Y’all Eat Yet? Welcome to the Pretty B*tchin’ Kitchen”. Out April 25, it will feature her fav recipes, including some from her childhood in Texas, plus stories from Lambert’s life off the road. Dishes featured include: Nonny’s Banana Pudding and Dutch Oven Campfire Cobbler. LINK:
• Kenny Chesney – after spending much of 2022 playing sold out stadiums on his “Here and Now Tour”, he has announced he’s taking a turn down memory lane for 2023’s “I Go Back Tour”. The trek, beginning March 25 in State College PA, will take him to venues he played while building his career more than 2 decades ago. Kelsea Ballerini will join him for all 19 dates. LINK:
• Kane Brown – has not only just released a version of ‘Blue Christmas’, he has also added 7 dates to his “Drunk or Dreaming Tour” between June and early August. Darius Rucker, Gabby Barrett, LoCash and Restless Road are also on the bill, divvying up dates across the US.


Who knew? When you shelled out $250 for your fancy Apple AirPods Pro, you were also buying a set of hearing aids. A group of Taiwanese researchers have found that using AirPods Pro can be just as effective as professional hearing aids, at a fraction of the price. In 2016, Apple released a feature called “Live Listen” that allows people to use AirPods for sound amplification purposes. The researchers tested 4 devices with 21 participants with mild to moderate hearing loss. They found AirPods Pro performed comparably to basic hearing aids in a quiet environment, only slightly less effective than premium hearing aids. In a noisy environment, AirPods Pro performed similarly to premium hearing aids. The study author says that whether because of the cost or due to social stigma, people are reluctant to invest in regular hearing aids, but this information may be a good starting point in assisting those with compromised hearing.
(What they didn’t mention is that AirPods not only help with hearing loss – they also caused it!)
(So that’ll really solve a big problem…for about 24 hours until one of them gets lost!)

COVID-19 is almost 3 years old, and pandemic-related words are still the most-commonly-used words in the English language. According to Global Language Monitor (which keeps track of things like this…), “denier” and “COVID” are the 2 most used words of 2022. The group tracks usage across the internet as well as in print, online, and social media. The Texas-based analysts pulled together a list of 37 of the most used words and phrases in the English-speaking world. Others making the cut include: “vaccine,” “variant,” “pandemic,” “booster dose,” “lockdown,” and “Omicron”. “Ukraine” was the top non-pandemic word or phrase this year, while “climate change” and “global warming” continue to be 2 of the top phrases this century. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down Roe v. Wade, “right to life” finished as the third-most used phrase this year.
(In my house, the most-commonly-used word is definitely “Uber-Eats”!)
(Still, I’m a bit surprised that ‘Kanye’ isn’t in there…or ‘Taylor’!)

Spicy foods equal a spicy life. Or at least it would seem, according to a survey, which found that people who enjoy spicy foods are more likely to consider themselves “hot”. 2,000 American adults were polled, in an effort at finding if there are any personality correlations between people who are spicy food enthusiasts. What did they find out? Spicy food eaters are more likely to enjoy trying new things (76%), consider themselves attractive (62%) and are more content with their lives (66%) than those with milder heat preferences. 93% of respondents prefer some level of heat in their food. Nearly 4 in 10 (36%) say they go for medium, 33% go for mild and 24% like their spice level set to hot. What else did we find out about those who find spice nice? They’re more likely to describe themselves as creative (54%), confident (51%) and adventurous (44%). Meanwhile, those who walk on the “mild” side are more likely to describe themselves as empathetic (41%) and shy (37%). Oh, and here’s a heads-up, just in case you expect to see your hot-wings-loving Uncle Larry over the holidays: Those who love spicy food are also most likely to “stir the pot” at get togethers, causing drama with friends and family.
(Don’t worry…he’ll get burned in the end!)
(How could you possibly find the sight of someone sweating out of their eyes and nose – attractive?)

As we all get set to do our holiday shopping, the group “World Against Toys Causing Harm” (W.A.T.C.H.) has unveiled its annual “10 Worst Toys” list for 2022. According to W.A.T.C.H., here are the toys that parents (and Santa) should avoid getting for kids, due to potential hazards…
• Cocomelon Musical Learning Watch – for potential battery ingestion
• Disney Raya’s Action & Adventure Sword – potential for blunt force and eye injuries
• Li’l Woodzeez Tickle-Your-Taste-Buds Bakery- choking hazard
• Zeus Lion – potential for ingestion or aspiration
• Dingray Musical Bath Toy- choking hazard
• Ooze Labs Chemistry Station – potential for chemical-related injuries
• Bunny Rabbit Cuddly Pillow: potential for suffocation
• Pop’n Fidget Spinners – choking hazard
• Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic Blasters – potential for eye or facial injuries
• Black Panther Wakanda Battle Claws – potential for eye or facial injuries
(And this is why, like Santa, we make our list – and check it twice!)

Grabbing just 30 seconds of sunlight every morning could slash your chances of developing most types of cancer significantly, research by one of the UK’s leading specialists suggests. Dr. Mohammad Muneeb Khan says that less than half a minute’s exposure to the sun’s near-infrared (NIR) light between sunrise and 9am may offer a higher level of protection to adults and children than eating 2,500 bananas or a kilogram of Brazil nuts per day. Stepping outside during these times could cut the odds of developing cancer from a 1 in 2 chance to 1 in 10, making it a more effective inhibitor than any other single preventative measure. NIR light, which is invisible to the human eye, is most effective at dawn.


• “Cashew Day”, celebrating the yummy nut that sounds like a sneeze. (ca-SHEEEWW!)
• “Espresso Day”, a good excuse to have a wake-me-up shot this morning.  Luigi Bezzera invented the espresso coffee machine in Italy in 1901. His objective was to decrease his employees’ coffee break time and increase their productivity. The small cup in which an espresso is served is called a demitasse.
• “Dr. Who Day”, the 59th anniversary of “An Unearthly Child,” the debut episode of Doctor Who, and the origin point of an ever-expanding universe. Originally airing on the BBC, William Hartnell’s character hopped in his TARDIS and embarked on an adventure that has enamored millions of fans. Happy birthday, Doctor. (***See “This Day in Show Biz”, below***)
• “Blackout Wednesday”, sometimes referred to as “Drinksgiving”, takes place the night before Thanksgiving Day. In some parts of the US, it’s one of the biggest drinking and party nights of the year. (Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with a side of Aspirin tomorrow!)
• “Jukebox Day”, the name jukebox is thought to originate from places called ‘juke houses’ or ‘juke joints.’ In the early 1900s, people congregated in these establishments to drink and listen to music.
• “Eat a Cranberry Day”, native to North America, cranberries are grown in bogs, primarily in New England. When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, they found Native Americans harvesting and eating them. They were also used as dyes for clothing, and for medicinal purposes.
• “Fibonacci Day”, November 23 — or 11/23 — is Fibonacci Day because the first series of numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 1, 1, 2, and 3. The sequence is created by adding the previous 2 numbers to get the third number, so it begins as follows: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, and 144.

[Thurs] Thanksgiving Day (US)
[Thurs] Brownielocks Day
[Fri] Buy Nothing Day
[Sat] Small Business Saturday
This Week is…International Restorative Justice Week
This Month is…Inspirational Role Models Month

1954 [68] Bruce Hornsby, Williamsburg VA, pop-rock-jazz keyboardist/singer (‘The Way It Is’, Mandolin Rain’)/former Grateful Dead touring member

1959 [63] Maxwell Caulfield, Belper England movie actor (“Grease 2”, “Empire Records”)/TV actor (“Emmerdale” 2009-10, “The Colbys” 1985-87)

1960 [62] Robin Roberts, Tuskegee AL, TV host (“Good Morning America” since 2005, “SportsCenter” 1990-2005)

1971 [51] Lesley Fera, Los Angeles CA, TV actress (“Pretty Little Liars” 2010-2017, “24” 2009-10)

1971 [51] Chris Hardwick, Louisville KY, comedian (“@Midnight” 2013-17), TV host (“Talking Dead” since 2011)

1987 [35] Snooki (Nicole Polizzi), Santiago Chile, reality TV star (“Jersey Shore” 2009-2012, “Snooki & JWOWW” 2012-2015, “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” since 2018)/TV host (“Messyness” since 2021)

1992 [30] Miley Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), Nashville TN, pop singer (‘Wrecking Ball’, ‘The Climb’)/TV actress (“Hannah Montana” 2006-10)/daughter of singer Billy Ray Cyrus

2012 [10] Larry Hagman, star of “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Dallas”, dies at age 81

2011 [11] Lady Gaga’s 90 minute “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving” special airs on ABC. She directed the program, which features her singing, eating, visiting her old school, and being interviewed by Katie Couric

1979 [43] Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” is released. It sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

2013 [09] One Direction hosts “1D Day”, a 7½ hour interactive live-stream on YouTube and Google+ Hangout that includes live performances and celeb guests (an unprecedented use of social media)

2018 [04] Justin Bieber confirms he has married model Hailey Baldwin

2013 [09] A special episode of “Doctor Who” titled ‘The Day of the Doctor’ airs simultaneously in 94 countries to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary (Guinness Record for the largest-ever simulcast of a TV drama, and the first episode to feature the 12th “Doctor”, Peter Capaldi)


✓ If you bought an iPhone in 1991, part by part, it would have cost you US$3.56 million.
✓ It takes an average of 2 months to climb Mount Everest.
✓ The world seems quieter right after a snowfall because the blanket of fresh powder absorbs sound, making things seem “calmer.
✓ Coconut shells can absorb more impact than most crash helmets.
✓ The Battle of Waterloo (1815) wasn’t fought in Waterloo. It was fought in Pancenoit, Netherlands, 4 miles away.
✓ The day after tomorrow is called “Overmorrow.”
-WhattheFFacts, BathroomReadersInstitute

✓ An adult turkey has about 3,500 feathers.
✓ Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.
✓ A 15-lb turkey usually has about 70% white meat and 30% dark meat.
✓ A 16-week-old turkey is called a ‘fryer’. A 5-7 month-old turkey is called a ‘young roaster’ and a year-old bird is a ‘yearling. A turkey 15 months or older is called ‘mature’.
✓ Nutritionists believe that the amount of tryptophan in turkey is insufficient to induce sleepiness. Rather, it’s the traditional bun-potato-stuffing-pie Thanksgiving meal as a whole that triggers after-dinner lethargy (plus all that wine…).
✓ For the record, turkeys do NOT have belly buttons.
-CNN, Smithsonian

Best of BS . . .
• “They call it a Quarter Horse, but I’m pretty sure that’s all of it…”
• “Why the long face?”
• “We’re trying to find investors for our Stirrup Company.”
• “I thought they said ‘nude’ ranch.”
• “So, what does a rough n’ tough cowboy like me have to do to get a soy-latte around here?”
• “Where’s my car?”
• (***Caution***) “That’s a steer, sir. The milking barn is over there.”
• (***Caution***) “I thought you said I’d have my own whores.”
• “This IS my first rodeo!”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

• Family discussions usually begin with the words: “Put the weapon down.”
• Your mother and your pre-teen sister are always fighting over the last beer.
• You’re 42, but your dad still makes you watch the parade on his shoulders.
• All of mom’s recipes involve 3 parts gin and 1 part tonic.
• Breaking the turkey wishbone usually involves a trip to the hospital
• Instead of spouses, each family member brings an attorney to get-togethers.
• Local cops save money by making your house a precinct station.
• The bikers next door are always complaining about the noise.
• No more sunny breakfast nook now that the kitchen is a meth lab.
• Your vacations are planned through AA instead of AAA.
• Your step-mom’s name is Camilla.
-First published in BS in 2010

(***You run down the list while your caller decides which choice is more palatable …***)
• Would you rather give up bathing for a month or give up the internet for a month?
• Would you rather give up watching TV/movies for a year or give up playing games for a year?
• Would you rather be free from junk mail or free from email spam for the rest of your life?
• Would you rather have amazingly fast typing/texting speed or be able to read ridiculously fast?
• Would you rather never be able to drink soda again or ONLY be able to drink soda and nothing else?
• Would you rather get one free round trip international plane ticket every year or be able to fly domestic anytime for free?
• Would you rather talk like Yoda or breathe like Darth Vader?
• Would you rather have a hamster-sized dog or a dog-sized hamster?
• Would you rather have spaghetti for hair or sweat mayonnaise?

Snack smarter, not harder:


Planning meals in advance — now that’s some “food forethought”!

If you could learn the answer to one question about your future, what would it be?

• Question:  27% of men do THIS when they are having a bad day. What is it?
Answer:  Break something
• Question:  26% of Americans say they’d prefer THIS as the main course for Thanksgiving. What is it?
Answer:  Steak

Focus on being productive instead of being busy.


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