November 16 2022

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – Edition: #7360

Good Morning, Sheetheads!


★ Liam Hemsworth and Gabriella Brooks are still going strong. The couple made their red carpet debut at the premiere of the actor’s latest movie, “Poker Face,” on Tuesday, debunking rumors that they broke up over the summer. 32-year-old Hemsworth, and Brooks, who is 26, smiled for the cameras at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter in Sydney, Australia, in their first public appearance since they started dating 3 years ago. The “Hunger Games” star looked dapper in a classic black suit, while the model wore a gold knit turtleneck dress. Hemsworth also posed for pictures with his sister-in-law Elsa Pataky, who stars in “Poker Face” as well.
★ Gisele Bündchen is reportedly cozying up with a new squeeze in Costa Rica, new photos show. The 42-year-old supermodel was seen out on the town with Joaquim Valente, a jiujitsu instructor, with her 2 children Benjamin and Vivian in tow. A Brazilian gossip site reported that the pair are dating. Valente, who lives in Miami, has known Bündchen for at least a year and a half. She took lessons from him, and then signed her kids up for lessons as well. Plus, Gisele and Joaquim did a sexy photoshoot together more than a year ago for Dust Magazine — about the art of jiu-jitsu. The snaps follow a public divorce between Tom Brady and Bündchen, which ended their 13-year marriage last month.
-TMZ, PageSix
★ Word is starting to come in about how serious that fire was that seriously burned Jay Leno on Saturday. TMZ says he could have died in the fire that erupted in his Burbank garage — and a friend of his may have saved his life. Leno says he was working on his 1907 White Steam Car, fixing a clogged fuel line, when a fuel leak sprayed gasoline on his face and hands. Almost simultaneously, a spark triggered an explosion, setting the comedian on fire. He said his quick-thinking buddy Dave was right there and jumped on him, smothering the flames. The left side of Leno’s face was badly burned, and his hands as well. He says he’s now dealing with 3rd-degree burns and may need skin grafts. The burns did not damage his eyes or ears, and he said in a statement that he just needs “a week or two” to get back on his feet. Leno is a major car and motorbike enthusiast and has hosted the show “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC since 2015.
-TMZ, HuffPost
★ Apparently, Nick Cannon is totally cool with jokes about how many kids he has. On Instagram, he shared a meme poking fun at his rate of procreation. The image is headlined, “National Geographic determined what Americans will look like in 2050, and it’s beautiful,” along with a photo of Cannon’s face photoshopped onto other people’s heads. In the caption, Cannon wrote: “Wow! Everybody got jokes! 🤣.” Last week, Cannon welcomed his 11th child with Abby De La Rosa, their third baby together. He is also expecting baby #12 with Alyssa Scott sometime next year. LINK:

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kumail Nanjiani, Pink
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Anya Taylor-Joy, Glen Powell, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Michael Shannon, Tig Notaro
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): John Leguizamo, Zoe Kazan, Paolo Nutini, Arjuna Contreras
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Idina Menzel, James Marsden, Beth Orton
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Lisa Barlow, Amber Tamblyn
• The View” (ABC/CTV):  John Leguizamo, Julie Taymor
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kristen Bell, Ben Platt, Dustin Milligan, Karan Soni
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jessica Chastain, Shangela
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Tim Allen, Elizabeth Allen-Dick, Misty Copeland
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Ina Garten, Zosia Mamet
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Tichina Arnold, Jaren Lewison
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Charlamagne Tha God, Jake Smollett
• “The Goldbergs (ABC): Geoff and Erica are stressed over the new baby; an unexpected Goldberg relative arrives for Thanksgiving, making everyone highly suspicious.
• “The Masked Singer” (Fox): The panelists roast one another as two 2 characters enter the competition; guest appearances by Drew Carey and Jon Lovitz.
• “The Amazing Race” (CBS): Teams embark on a megaleg in Spain, where racers become grill masters and brave rough waters.
• “Guy’s Grocery Games” (FOOD): The 3 youngest members of the Fieri family are paired with all-star chefs to prepare a Thanksgiving feast; Guy gives them a special of pie and turkey that they must use in both their appetizer and entrée.

• (***UPDATE***) Beyoncé — has tied her husband Jay-Z as the artist with the most career Grammy nominations, with 88. She added 9 to her total after this year’s nods announced, including album of the year for “Renaissance” and record of the year and song of the year for “Break My Soul.” Her project also helped her husband increase his total, as he snagged 5 additional noms, including as one of the songwriters of ‘Break My Soul’. ***FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS***:
• Lizzo — has added more dates to her “Special” tour for 2023. Following a run of shows in the UK and Europe in Feb. and March, she’ll launch her second North American leg April 21 in Knoxville TN, ending June 2 in Palm Desert CA. Her documentary “Love, Lizzo” drops Nov. 24 on HBO Max.
• Lewis Capaldi – after his 2018 single ‘Someone You Loved’ overtook Ed Sheerans ‘Shape of You’ as the UK’s most-streamed song of all time (562 million), he celebrated by posting a pic of himself wearing an inflatable crown, and said to the press: “He’s been nothing but kind and gracious and beautiful, a good friend in an ever-changing industry. So to Ed I say… nice guys finish last. You snooze you lose, kiddo!”
• Nickelback – has been named to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The rockers from Hanna, Alberta will be recognized with the honor at the Juno Awards in Edmonton on March 13. The 12-time Juno winners will also perform on the broadcast.
• Elton John – has announced he’ll be joined by Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee and Brandi Carlile onstage for “Elton John: Farewell From Dodger Stadium,” his final North American performance ever, on Nov. 21. The 3-hour show will be live-streamed on Disney+. (For the record, his farewell tour, which began Sept. 8, 2018, is scheduled to end in July 2023. Yup, his “farewell” has lasted longer than most music CAREERS!) LINK:
• Pat Benatar – She and Neil Giraldo will appear as special guests at several shows with Pink. Pink’s “Summer Carnival” tour kicks off July 24 in Toronto, where Brandi Carlile will open. July 31, Benatar and Giraldo will join the tour and perform at Boston’s Fenway Park, followed by shows in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee and Los Angeles.
• Foreigner — has announced the beginning of their “Historic Farewell” tour , which will kick off next summer, with Loverboy as opening act. The North American first leg launches July 6 in Alpharetta GA, and runs through Sept. 3 in Holmdel, NJ. More dates for the international tour, expected to run through the end of 2024, will be announced later.
• Ingrid Andress – The breakout artist has announced her first headlining tour, to begin early next year. “The Good Person Tour” will hit select cities across the US, before stopping at cities across Europe starting in May. It begins Feb. 24 in Salt Lake City.
• Garth Brooks – has announced a new Las Vegas residency – nearly a decade after the end of his previous one. “Garth Brooks/Plus ONE” is set for The Colosseum at Caesars Palace May-Dec. 2023. He promises that each of the 27 solo shows will feature special guests, including his own bandmembers.


Friends can certainly come in handy. But never in a million years did I think that they’d be good for my stomach. Researchers from the University of Oxford say they found that friendship is just as important for our physical health as it is for our mental well-being. The research team discovered that the more social monkeys are, the more beneficial gut microbes they have in their system. It has previously been shown that a person’s gut microbiome plays a major role in physical and mental health. Scientists discovered the good gut bacteria abundant in the more sociable monkeys had strong immune system functions and anti-inflammatory properties. These bacteria can be transmitted socially, by something as simple as a touch. Monkeys who spent less time hanging out with their friends had higher quantities of Streptococcus, the bacteria that causes diseases such as strep throat and pneumonia.
(I’m glad to hear this. Because up ‘til now, the only thing my friends have been good for is when I need to borrow a pick-up truck!)
(You wouldn’t say friends are the key to a healthy gut if you had ever been to an all-you-can-eat with MINE!)

A cure for baldness could be on the way. Scientists in China say they have developed a simple patch that helps people grow their hair back. In testing, the patch, made from tiny needles and created by artificial intelligence, effectively regenerated hair in mice. Within 13 days the creatures regained thick hair strands more effectively than other mice treated with testosterone or drugs used in anti-balding products. The patch works by neutralizing chemicals that cause hair to thin out and eventually disappear.
(Ever notice that they invent a new ‘miracle cure’ for baldness about every 6 months? How about they just come up with one – that actually WORKS?)
(I guess it all depends on how you say it. Because when I first saw this, I thought they had come up with something that helps grow “back-hair”, not “hair back”!)

Lite-Brite. When was the last time you heard those words? The game, dating back to the 1960s and based on the placement of colorful pegs, is among the new honorees for The National Toy Hall of Fame. Also inducted into the hall for 2022 are the “Masters of the Universe” line of muscle-bound action figures, and the ‘top’ the spinning toy that dates back to ancient times. Those 3 were chosen from a field of 12 finalists that also included bingo, Breyer Horses, Catan, Nerf, the piñata, Phase 10, Pound Puppies, Rack-O and Spirograph. The Toy Hall of Fame inducts a new class of toys each year in a ceremony at The Strong Museum in Rochester NY, where the hall is housed.
(Is it just me, or are they running low on toys that deserve to go in the hall? – Kinda like the Rock Hall of Fame!)
(I’m sorry but I want no part of any ‘Toy Hall of Fame’ that doesn’t include Spirograph!)

It’s an essential body function. So, how much sleep do you need to be healthy? The answer depends largely on your age…
• Newborns (0-3 months):  14-17 hours per day. (It never seems like they sleep that much, does it?)
• Babies (4-12 months):  12-16 hours, including naps. (Usually at the worst-possible time…)
• Toddlers (1-2 years):  11-14 hours, including naps. (This is mainly so Mom or Dad can have a nap, too!)
• Kids (3-5 years):  10-13 hours, including naps. (This is known, among those who have kids, as “recharging”…)
• School kids (5-12 years):  9-12 hours. (And remember, by this age, they’re playing video games when you think they’re sleeping!)
• Teens (13-18 years):  8-10 hours. (Which conveniently leaves 14-16 hours each day for eating…)
• Adults (18-60 years): 7-9 hours. (When you consider all the “life” things that can get in the way of you getting that much sleep, just think of 7-9 hours as a “first offer”!)
• Seniors: (60+):  Recommended sleep time is the same as other adults – 7-9 hours. But for seniors, it’s sometimes harder to get high-quality sleep, and extra naps may help with that. (This explains so much!)
(I’ve never thought about how much sleep I need. I just adjust my coffee intake accordingly…)

If you really listen, your pet turtle might have something to say to you. A new study published in Nature Communications has identified sounds made by 53 species, many of which were previously thought to be mute. Fifty of the species were turtles, with tuataras (a reptile found in New Zealand), caecilians (a limbless amphibian), and the South American lungfish rounding out the group. Each species was recorded for at least 24 hours, and results revealed sounds including clicking, chirping, hissing, and purring. Some turtles “made many different types of sounds.” Others, although they had a more limited vocabulary, “wouldn’t stop chatting,” according to the researchers. (After also learning this week that rats headbang to Lady Gaga music, nothing surprises me…)


• “Fast Food Day”, a day when we’re encouraged to celebrate by going out to our favorite fast-food joint. (Like I need an excuse…) LINK:
• “National Button Day”, celebrating buttons that are used on clothing, for ornamentation or as fasteners. Button collecting, which is most popular in the US, varies from people having buttons in a container for future use, to casual collecting, to competitive collecting.
• “International Day for Tolerance”, established by the UN in 1996 to promote the need for worldwide tolerance and understanding. (Uh, doesn’t seem to be working.)
• “Have a Party With Your Bear Day”, since this refers to “your” bear, the idea is to spend some time with your Teddy Bear and have a party with some balloons and cake. (Unless, of course, you happen to have a pet bear, then it is perfectly acceptable to sit down and have some cake with it…)
• “Check Your Wipers Day”, reminding drivers to regularly check their windshield wipers to ensure optimum visibility in the event of inclement weather. (I just got new set of windshield wipers for my 15- year-old minivan. Great trade…)

[Thurs] Take a Hike Day
[Thurs] Baklava Day
[Fri] Mickey Mouse Day
[Sat] Family Volunteer Day
This Week is…Young Readers Week
This Month is…Aviation History Month

1958 [64] Marg Helgenberger, Freemont NE, TV actress (“Intelligence” 2014, “CSI” 2000-15)/movie actress (“Mr. Brooks”, “Species” movies)

1964 [58] Diana Krall, Nanaimo BC, jazz singer-pianist (‘The Look of Love’)/married to Elvis Costello since 2003/Canada’s Walk of Fame 2004/Order of Canada 2005

1964 [58] Harry Lennix, Chicago IL, TV actor (‘Harold Cooper’ on “The Blacklist” since 2013)

1966 [56] Dave Kushner, LA CA, rock guitarist (Danzig, Velvet Revolver-‘Slither’, ‘Fall to Pieces’)

1967 [55] Lisa Bonet, San Francisco CA, TV actress (“Ray Donovan” 2016, “The Cosby Show” 1984-91)/married to Jason Momoa since 2017 (separated 2022)

1977 [45] (Margalit) Maggie Gyllenhaal, NYC, movie actress (“The Dark Knight”, “Crazy Heart”)/married to Peter Sarsgaard since 2009/older sister of Jake Gyllenhaal

1993 [29] Pete Davidson, Staten Island NY, comedian (“Saturday Night Live” 2014-22)/movie actor (“The King of Staten Island”)/ex-of Kim Kardashian, ex-fiancé of Ariana Grande. COMING UP…“Bupkis” TV series

2006 [16] Mason Ramsey, Golconda IL, country singer (‘Famous’)/also known as “The Walmart Yodeling Boy”, who went viral in a video of him yodeling in an Illinois Walmart

2001 [21] The first ‘Harry Potter’ film, “Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone”, opens in an unprecedented 7,000-plus movie screens (outside the US and India, it titled “Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone”)

2010 [12] Prince William & Kate Middleton announce their engagement (they wed April 29, 2011)

2006 [16] “Queen’s Greatest Hits” is declared ‘Most Popular Album of All-Time’ in Britain, with more than 5½ million units sold (The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper” is #2)

2010 [12] The Beatles’ back catalogue is finally made available on iTunes, after years of negotiations (Steve Jobs says it had been “a long and winding road”)

2014 [08] U2’s Bono is involved in a “high energy bicycle accident” in NYC’s Central Park and is rushed to hospital where he undergoes 5 hours of surgery (a planned week-long residency on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is postponed)

2012 [10] “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” grosses $500 million in 24 hours to become the biggest entertainment launch of all time


✓ Fishing is the sport with the most participants worldwide.
✓ The largest TV audiences are drawn by (in order): the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.
✓ The song ‘Silver Bells’ was called ‘Tinkle Bells’ until co-composer Jay Livingston’s wife told him “tinkle” has another meaning.
✓ Dueling is legal in Paraguay, as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
✓ It’s a myth that no 2 snowflakes are exactly the same. In 1988, a scientist found 2 identical snow crystals in Wisconsin.
✓ Before settling on the Seven Dwarfs we know today, Disney also considered Chesty, Tubby, Burpy, Deafy, Hickey, Wheezy, and Awful.
-DidYouKnow, RandomFactGenerator

Best Of BS . . .

• Squeezed into a crowded subway car with all of the other early birds
• Eaten by the early cat
• The freshest donuts
• Grouchy later in the day
• To walk around without pants on because no one else is up yet
• On my nerves
• The 4pm Early Bird Special
• Invited nowhere, because everyone knows they’ll just fall asleep
• I’ll never know
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

• You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
• You’re actually proud of your leaf-blower.
• When someone famous dies, you check their age to get an idea how long you have left.
• You enjoy hearing about other people’s operations.
• There’s nothing left to learn ‘the hard way’.
• Your joints are more accurate than the weather forecast.
• That gleam in your eyes is from the Sun hitting your bifocals.
• You can actually go bowling without drinking.
-First published in BS 2004

TRUTH OR BS (‘Urban Myths’ edition):
• Three Washington streakers had their car stolen as they ran naked through a Denny’s restaurant in Washington on a frigid January morning. [TRUE]
• Duck quacks don’t echo. [BS. This story might have derived from the fact that they usually quack from a low-lying duck pond, in a flat landscape, where there’s nothing for the sound waves to echo against.]
• Cobras can by hypnotized by a snake charmer’s music. [BS]
• The premiere game of the ill-fated X-treme Football League in 2001 was the least-watched event in the history of US prime-time network programming. [BS. The game on Week 7 was.]
• A California man caught speeding by photo radar sent a picture of money to pay for the fine. [TRUE]
• Tupac Shakur hinted that he might fake his own death to escape the limelight. [TRUE]
• Elephants are afraid of mice [BS. But they can be startled by them.]
• The tomato is a fruit. [TRUE]
• Toilet flushes spin a different direction in the opposite hemisphere [BS. Both directions can be found in both hemispheres.]

Thanks, Grandpaw:

As far as I’m concerned, if you hit “like” on any social media picture over 6 months old, you should get an “are you sure?” warning before it goes through.

Describe that awesome time when you got to tell someone “I told you so!”

Question:  If time travel was possible, 53% of people say they would use it to change THIS about their life. What is it?
Answer:  Their college major

Man must exist in a state of balance between risk and safety. Pure risk leads to self-destruction. Pure safety leads to stagnation. In between lies survival and progress.


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