November 30 2022

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – Edition: #7369

Another Sheetload of Bull!


★ Hailey Bieber has clarified that she is dealing with an ovarian cyst and is not pregnant, despite rumors that consistently swirl. Posting a selfie with her shirt pulled up to reveal her stomach, the Rhode Beauty founder pointed out that her non-existent belly is “not a baby.” She wrote over the photo, which was posted to her Instagram Story: “I have a cyst on my ovary the size of an apple.” She indicated that she does not have endometriosis or PCOS, but has had an ovarian cyst “a few times and it’s never fun. It’s painful and achey and makes me feel nauseous and bloated and crampy and emotional.” The 26-year-old concluded her message by encouraging other women who might be dealing with the same issue, writing: “I’m sure a lot of you can overly relate and understand. We got this.”
★ Clarence Gilyard Jr., the actor best known for playing computer hacker ‘Theo’ in “Die Hard” and naval flight officer ‘Marcus “Sundown” Williams’ in “Top Gun,” has died at the age of 66. His death was announced on Monday in a statement from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where he had been working as an associate professor at the College of Fine Arts. He also played ‘Conrad McMasters’ on the NBC legal drama “Matlock,” and portrayed Chuck Norris’ crime-fighting partner ‘Jimmy Trivette’ on “Walker, Texas Ranger.” UNLV did not state a cause of death.
-CNN, Variety
★ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson spent Sunday to “right the wrong” back home in Hawaii. The 50-year-old shared 2 Instagram posts detailing his trip to a 7-Eleven where he stole king-size Snicker bars as a kid. Johnson walked into the store and straight to the chocolate aisle. He emptied the entire stock, walked up to the cashier and paid $298 for the lot. He wrote that back in 1987, he was broke, so he “used to steal a king-sized Snickers EVERY DAY from 7-11 for almost a year when I was 14yrs old, on my way to the gym. The Snickers was my pre daily workout.” Johnson said that whenever he returned to Hawaii, he was reminded that he “needed to go in and clean out every Snickers bar they had – the right way.” LINK:
★ The official trailer has dropped for “1923”, the latest prequel in the “Yellowstone” saga, coming next month. In the trailer for Taylor Sheridan’s new series, which stars Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford as ‘Cara’ and ‘Jacob Dutton’, fans get their first extended look at the Dutton’s early conflict with Timothy Dalton’s ‘Donald Whitfield’, who moves into the ranch next to theirs. As Whitfield’s intention to take over the whole valley becomes clear, Cara makes it clear to her new neighbor, “Well, this is the Yellowstone, and you have no rights here.” Soon after, Jacob approaches the sheriff about starting a range war with Whitfield. 1923 will premiere on the Paramount Network and on Paramount+ Dec. 18. LINK:

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): David Harbour, Lisa Ann Walter, Thee Sacred Souls
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Dolly Parton, Claire Foy, DOMi & JD Beck, Mac DeMarco
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Janet Yellen, Rob Delaney
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): John Leguizamo, Zoe Kazan, Paolo Nutini, Arjuna Contreras (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Beth Behrs, Avril Lavigne & Yungblud
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Mauricio Umansky, Heather Gay
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Gabrielle Union, Elegance Bratton, Sam Worthington
• “The Talk”(CBS): Justin Long
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jim Parsons, Sam Worthington
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Annaleigh Ashford, Murray Bartlett, Quentin Plair, guest host Kumail Nanjiani
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Cameron Diaz, Tiki Barber, Anne Burrell
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Glen Powell, Aurielle Marie
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Nicole Sherzinger, Eleanor Kerrigan
• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Tunisia vs France; Australia vs Denmark; Poland vs Argentina; Saudi Arabia vs Mexico
• “The Masked Singer” (Fox): Season 8 finale. In 2 1-hour parts. The best moments of Season 8; both finalists sing one last time; one takes home the trophy.
• “90th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (NBC): The lighting of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, plus appearances by Jimmie Allen, Andrea Bocelli, Brett Eldredge, David Foster & Katharine McPhee, Mickey Guyton, Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Rockettes, Maya Rudolph, The Muppets, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, and more.


• Billie Eilish – will perform during the Earthshot Prize Ceremony in Boston on Friday. Founded by Prince William, the initiative works to “search, select, accelerate, award and scale the best and most ingenious solutions to repair and regenerate our planet (and nurture) eco-innovators”. lso performing: Annie Lennox, Finneas, Chloe x Halle and Ellie Goulding. Wills and Kate will be there.
• Adele – was shocked to realize Shania Twain attended her Vegas residency over the weekend. She shared a pic of an incognito Twain in the audience, writing: “Thank god you had a hat on @shaniatwain. I would have self combusted had I seen it was you!! I adore you, I can’t believe you came to my show.” LINK:
• Imagine Dragons — frontman Dan Reynolds and actress Minka Kelly have sparked romance rumors after being spotted out together in LA. She split from Trevor Noah in May, while he and his wife broke up in September.
• AC/DC – For some reason, there’s a current TikTok trend, where people post video of someone playing the group’s ‘Back in Black’ on an acoustic guitar while being rhythmically beaten about the helmet with a frying pan. (Who are we to judge?) LINK:
• Metallica — has announced its new album “72 Seasons” will be released April 14. The band also dropped the old-school first single, ‘Lux Æterna’, and announced a world tour, stretching from April 2023 -September 2024, playing 2 nights in each city — with each “No Repeat Weekend” featuring 2 completely different setlists and support acts. LINK:
• Shania Twain – Sunday, she dropped the deluxe edition of her iconic 1997 album “Come on Over”. In addition to hits like ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’, the 25th anniversary edition features live duets with Elton John, Chris Martin, and Nick Jonas. LINK:
• Brett Young – has announced the “Brett Young: 5 Tour 3 2 1”. Kicking off in Columbus OH March 30, the 17-date trek will cross the US, and end at the Greek Theatre in LA on May 20. Morgan Evans and newcomer Ashley Cooke will serve as openers.
• Sam Hunt — Fresh off his recent #1 with Ingrid Andress, ‘Wishful Drinking’, and with ‘Water Under the Bridge’ in the top-25, he has dropped another new song. Hunt calls ‘Start Nowhere’ “a song about going home”, so for the video, he used old VHS clips of him and his family growing up. LINK:


A company is selling a video game system – for dogs. The Avdar company says its “Joipaw” games aren’t just fun, but they will also “unleash your dog’s cognitive potential.” The Joipaw console includes “​a dog-tailored touchscreen, a height-adjustable stand and an automated treat dispenser,” plus “running interactive puzzle games that are constantly new and challenging.” How does it work? Dogs wear a tracker on their collar, and it sends data on their activities to an app – things like steps, time spent resting, playing, walking, etc. The dog also plays games on the console and receives treats when they’re successful. All the while, the system “gathers cognitive data in the background, which is also shown in the app.” The doggie-video game system also includes speakers, a microphone and an HD camera. The company, which calls it “the smartest dog tech product to ever hit the market,” is now taking orders for Joipaw, which it hopes to build into “Apple Health, but for dogs.” LINK:
(Sounds great. But as a parent of teens, I’m a bit skeptical about how much “cognitive potential” a video game system can “unleash”!)
(Sounds expensive…but the good news is that if your dog is smart enough to ask for this for Christmas, he doesn’t need it!)

A man has won the legal right to NOT have “fun” at work. The man, referred to as “Mr. T”, was fired from the Paris consultancy firm Cubik Partners in 2015 for refusing to participate in after-work drinks and team-building activities. The way the company put it, he was let go for “professional incompetence” — namely his refusal to adhere to the company’s “fun” values. The court found that the company’s “fun” values included regular obligatory social events that culminated in “excessive alcoholism encouraged by colleagues who made very large quantities of alcohol available.” The court ruled that Mr T was exercising his “freedom of expression” by refusing to participate in the company’s social activities, and that performing this “fundamental freedom” could not be a reason for his dismissal — and therefore, he had been wrongfully fired.
(Still, at his next job interview, it’s going to be tough to explain why he “left his last position”…!)
(Wow. This guy would be a lot of fun at a party, huh?)
-HuffPost, BusinessInsider

The fairly recent health trend of “intermittent fasting”, practiced by fit celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Kourtney Kardashian and Gisele Bundchen, might not be such a good idea, after all. According to a new study out of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, intermittent fasting could send you to an early grave. Researchers found that skipping breakfast is associated with a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Those who skip lunch or dinner increase their risk of death from all causes. Similarly affected were people who ate 3 meals a day, but at least 2 were less than 4.5 hours apart. The scientists determined that missing meals led to people consuming more calories in a shorter period of time, and that overloads the body’s metabolism with glucose – leading to other metabolic issues. Those who ate less than 3 meals a day also tended to have unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking alcohol.
(That settles it. Everyone should do what I do:  Eat. All. Day. Long.)
(I ‘fasted intermittently’ before it was cool. Or, as I call it, “too lazy to pack a lunch, too cheap to buy one” …!)

We all want our children to grow into happy, healthy…and successful adults. And when it comes to that last one (success), there is so much advice out there, it can be overwhelming. But there are common threads among parents who raise resilient, confident, well-adjusted children. Here are 3 things parents of highly successful kids have in common, according to experts:
• They teach empathy:  Share you own emotions so your kid feels safe sharing theirs. And ask your kids to notice the feelings of people around them. Point out someone and ask “How do you think that person is feeling?” (If you’re pointing at them, they’re probably feeling singled out!)
• They show an interest in their child’s interests:  Sports, video games, debating, music, whatever it is, parents of successful kids encourage their hobbies because it keeps them mentally active. And even if it’s not a hobby, showing interest in what your child is doing can have a monumental impact.
• They are optimistic:  Optimistic kids view challenges and obstacles as temporary and possible to be overcome, so they are more likely to succeed. As a parent, be mindful of your own behaviors. Do you describe situations in a negative or positive way? Would your friends say you are a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of person?
(When my father taught me to be optimistic that I could beat him at beer pong when I was 8 — that might not have been the “optimistic” approach they’re talking about here…)
-CNBC pocket

As misinformation, fake news, deepfakes, and conspiracy theories continue to roll around on our tech platforms, it’s really no surprise Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2022 is “gaslighting.” The dictionary says gaslighting, or “the act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one’s own advantage,” saw a 1,740% increase in lookups this year. Gaslighting beat runners up “oligarch,” “omicron,” “codify,” “LGBTQIA,” “sentient,” “raid,” and “Queen Consort.” (…or DID it?)


• “Stay Home Because You’re Well Day”, a day to call in ‘well’ instead of having to fake sickness in order to get a day off. (Try it…your co-workers will love you!) [A survey found that 6% of adults have “called in well” in order to go holiday shopping. Have you?]
• “International Computer Security Day”, to remind us to protect our computers, programs, and data at home and work. (There was a huge cyber-attack over the weekend, and the government is still looking for the hacker. They think he ‘ran some ware’. Sorry about that…)
• “Mousse Day”, an annual celebration of the divine dessert made from egg whites and cream. Did you know that ‘mousse’ is the French word for ‘foam’? It’s a fitting name for this light, fluffy, and decadent confection.
• “National Methamphetamine Awareness Day”, a day of education and awareness of the dangers of methamphetamine. Meth is a potent and highly-addictive stimulant, and one of the most dangerous drugs. Today, learn more about meth addiction or spread the word by using #NationalMethAwarenessDay.
• “Choose Women Wednesday”, this glass ceiling-shattering holiday is for listening to, supporting, and standing up for women. Supporting women-owned businesses is the main focus of the day, but it has the broader goal of closing the gender gap in all areas.
• “St Andrew’s Day”, honoring the patron saint of Scotland who hurled his last haggis in 60 AD. It’s Scotland’s official national day. Be sure to dust off your sporran!
• “Personal Space Day”, to promote and support awareness of personal space boundaries. (Something my toddler definitely doesn’t understand when I’m in the bathroom…)

[Thurs] Christmas Lights Day
[Thurs] Wear a Dress Day
[Fri] Mutt Day
[Sat] Earmuff Day
This Month is…Spinach and Squash Month
This Month is…Tie One on For Safety Month

1937 [85] Ridley Scott, South Shields UK, movie producer-director (“The Martian”, “Gladiator”, “Alien”)

1952 [70] Mandel “Mandy” Patinkin, Chicago IL, TV actor (‘Saul Berenson’ on “Homeland” 2011-20)/movie actor (“The Princess Bride”)/Broadway actor

1955 [67] Billy Idol (William Broad), Stanmore UK, punk-ish rocker (‘White Wedding’, ‘Rebel Yell’)

1957 [65] Colin Mochrie, Kilmarnock Scotland (raised Vancouver BC), improv comedian (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” 1998-2004, 2013-present)

1965 [57] Ben Stiller, NYC, movie actor (“Night at the Museum” films, “Meet the Parents” films)/movie producer-director (“Tropic Thunder”, “Blades of Glory”)

1965 [57] Ryan Murphy, Indianapolis IN, TV producer (“American Horror Story” since 2011, “Glee” 2009-15, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”)

1978 [44] Clay Aiken (Clayton Grissom), Raleigh NC, pop singer (‘Invisible’, ‘This is the Night’/2nd -place finisher behind Ruben Studdard on the second season of “American Idol”)/stage actor (“Spamalot”)

1982 [40] Elisha Cuthbert, Calgary AB (raised Longueuil QC), TV actress (“The Ranch” 2016-20, “24″ 2001-10)/movie actress (“Old School”)/married to ex-NHLer Dion Phaneuf

1985 [37] Kaley Cuoco, Camarillo CA, TV actress (“The Big Bang Theory” 2007-19, “8 Simple Rules” 2002-05, “The Flight Attendant” since 2020)

1985 [37] Chrissy Teigen, Delta UT, TV host (“Lip Sync Battle” 2015-19)/fashion model (“Sports Illustrated”)/married to John Legend since 2013

2013 [09] “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker (age 40) and a friend are killed in a single car accident in Santa Clarita CA

2017 [05] Comedian/actor/singer Jim Nabors (“The Andy Griffith Show”, “Gomer Pyle, USMC”) dies at age 87

1977 [45] Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special airs, 1½ months after his death. It is remembered for his duet with David Bowie, a modified version of ‘Little Drummer Boy’, with Bowie singing his new ‘Peace on Earth’ lyrics

1982 [40] Michael Jackson releases “Thriller”, which becomes the best-selling album worldwide (currently at 50.2 million in certified sales)

2004 [18] After amassing $2,520,700 on “Jeopardy!”, Ken Jennings is finally knocked off by Nancy Zerg on a question about taxes (during his record 75-game run, he gives correct responses to over 2,700 clues, and was the winner of TV’s all-time biggest game-show haul; he currently hosts the show)


✓ Parents of new babies miss out on 6 months worth of sleep in the first 2 years of their child’s life.
✓ The average speed of a PGA Tour golf ball in flight is 160 mph (257 kph).
✓ Freddie Mercury and Paul McCartney used the same piano to record ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Hey Jude’.
✓ If it happened before the year 476 A.D., it’s ‘ancient’. After 476 A.D., it’s ‘medieval’.
✓ The inventor of rolled toilet paper filed his patent in 1891, clearly showing in illustrations that the paper should hang OVER the roll, not under it.
✓ At -90°F (-68°C), your breath will freeze in mid-air – and drop to the ground.
-DidYouKnow, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .

• You schedule your panic attacks
• You perform your own open heart surgery.
• You changed your neighbor’s dog’s name.
• You are a helicopter parent, but you don’t have kids.
• You can’t help but pass on a few driving tips…to your driver’s ed instructor.
• Your husband wears the pants in the family, but you tell him which ones to wear.
• If you want someone else’s opinion, you’ll gladly give it to them.
• You organize your own surprise party.
• You have on any occasion flipped the toilet paper roll to the “right way” at someone else’s house.
• You don’t consider yourself a control freak…but you do know what’s better for everyone else.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

➠ Did you get any good deals on Cyber-Monday? (Cyber-Monday is a made-up holiday where we spend all day shopping online for Christmas…or just for yourself. Or as my wife calls it: “Monday”!)
➠ Cyber-Monday is the day when you try to get a deal online, rather than braving the crowds on Black Friday. (It’s just not for me! If you haven’t given someone a forearm shiver for $99 off a 16-hundred-dollar TV, it just doesn’t feel like you’ve earned it!)
➠ Ariana Grande has debuted a new fragrance. (It’s perfect for those who wanna smell like Christina Aguilera’s shadow…)
➠ A woman tried to run over a man with her minivan following an argument at a South Carolina Waffle House. (Things went from batter to worse!)
➠ Rocker Billy Idol is 67 today. (He was given one slice of cake and then screamed: “More, More, More!”)

(Give contestant the clues, they tell you what all 3 have in common…)
• Surprise, Search, Slumber
Answer:  They are all parties

• String, Navy, Green
Answer: Types of beans

• Gray, Red, Lone
Answer:  Types of wolves


Yesterday, I donated my watch, my phone and the $500 I was going to use for Christmas shopping to a poor guy. You have no idea how happy that made me feel . . . when I saw him put his knife back in his pocket!

What is the craziest conversation you’ve ever overheard?

Question:  The average woman owns 6 of THESE, and the average guy owns one. What is it?
Answer:  Bottles of scent (perfume/cologne)

If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your own path.


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