November 25 2022

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Friday, November 25, 2022 – Edition: #7367

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★ Have you Heard? Amber Heard is the most-Googled celebrity of the year. Research from Hollywood news site CelebTattler analyzed Google search trends in 2022, tracking over 150 notable celebs, eventually crowning “Aquaman” star Amber Heard as #1. Presumably due to her high profile court battle with her ex, the 36-year-old actress prompted an average of 5.6 million searches every month in the US. The ex in question, Johnny Depp, trailed closely behind in second place, with 5.5 million searches per month. Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September, came third, followed, in order, by Tom Brady, Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson.
★ Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger may be pals now, but they didn’t used to be so friendly. Stallone told ETCanada about how he and Schwarzenegger once saw each other as “competition.” Quote: “We were so adversarial. I used to dream about beating him up and he used to dream about punching me out too. That’s his nature and that’s my nature and I’m not trying to make light of this.” The “Rocky” star said that his one-time nemesis got to where he is today because he knew how to “psyche out the competition”, and “backed it up with hard work”, and added that they were like “two boxers” who “brought out the best and worst of each other.” Stallone says that these days, Schwarzenegger likes to text him and ask if he wants to grab coffee.
★ “Dancing With the Stars” pros Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov are expecting their first child together. People reports that Karagach found out she was pregnant on the same day Season 31 premiered. The baby is due to arrive in May. The couple, who wed in 2014, spoke about the happy news during an interview with People. Karagach said, “We’ve wanted a family ever since we’ve gotten married and we’ve been married for 8½ years, so we are more than ready.”
★ Cher says that “love doesn’t know math” when it comes to her relationship with Alexander Edwards. She recently confirmed she is in a relationship with her 36-year-old boyfriend – who is 40 years younger than her – and while she admits the age gap definitely exists, she doesn’t think it’s an issue. She tweeted: “On paper This Looks strange (Even 2 ME) A.E Says Love Doesn’t Know Math.” Then, she added: “We’re grownups.” Cher previously dated Tom Cruise with whom she had a 16-year age gap.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Jason Momoa, Luke Grimes, Lainey Wilson (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Will Ferrell, Lindsay Lohan, The 1975 (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Tracy Morgan, James Acaster, Benny Greb (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jimmy Smits, Zach Woods, Greg Stone (R)
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Matthew Perry (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Mark Wahlberg, Tisha Campbell, Steve Patterson
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Rosie O’Donnell, Tyler James Williams, Fitz and the Tantrums (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Regina Hall, Cameron Diaz (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Howie Mandel (R)
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Chef Melba, Trenyce
• “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (NBC): Boris Karloff narrates an animated tale about the lonely and heartless Grinch, who dresses as Santa to steal Christmas decorations, gifts and the feast from the people of Whoville (“Frosty the Snowman” airs on CBS).
• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Wales vs Iran; Qatar vs Senegal; Netherlands vs Ecuador; England vs USA
• “A Royal Corgi Christmas” (HALL)” Premiere. Sparks fly between a crown prince and a canine behavior expert as they train a rambunctious dog before a holiday ball.

• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Tunisia vs Australia; Poland vs Saudi Arabia; France vs Denmark; Argentina vs Mexico
• “Byron Allen Presents TheGrio Awards” (CBS): Celebrating Black excellence across film, music, comedy, sports and education; recognizing those who are making an impact in their work and everyday lives.
• “The National Dog Show” (NBC): More than 2,000 purebreds vie to be named “Best in Show” at the event, hosted by John O’Hurley and David Frei, with Mary Carillo.

• “FIFA World Cup 2022” (Fox, TSN): Japan vs Costa Rica; Belgium vs Morocco; Croatia vs Canada; Spain vs Germany
• “The Simpsons (Fox): ‘When Nelson Met Lisa’. A future tale of Springfield’s most unlikely couple.
• “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” (ABC): Performers include Becky G, Chloe Flower, Black Eyed Peas, Katharine McPhee, Il Volo, Jordin Sparks, Maren Morris, Meghan Trainor, Ne-Yo and Run DMC; Derek Hough and Julianne Hough host.


• Rihanna – There is apparently a documentary in the works, covering her live comeback at the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show, after being absent from music in recent years. She has reportedly signed “a huge deal with Apple” for it to appear on Apple TV+.
• Drake – has donated an astounding $100 million to restore Luna Luna, an art-themed carnival that’s been in storage for 35 years. It contained amusement park rides that were designed by famous artists, including Salvador Dali and Keith Hering, debuting in 1987 in Germany, but financial issues shut it down 3 decades ago.
• Taylor Swift — has released her holiday tune ‘Christmas Tree Farm (Old Timey Version)’ on streaming platforms. The swing-inspired remix of her 2019 song ‘Christmas Tree Farm’ was released last year as an Amazon Original, but it is available in wide release now. She recorded it at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios with a 70-piece orchestra. LINK:
• Nickelback – Unlike many singers, Chad Kroeger doesn’t mind when a fan lights up a joint at one of his concerts. Quote: “I usually say, ‘Blow it this way…I turn around and go, ‘Whoa, something smells really good right around here!’ I mean yeah, that’s what rock concerts are supposed to be. You’re supposed to get a little bit of that.”
• John Lennon – will be a focal point of the upcoming doc “REVIVAL69: The Concert That Rocked the World”. Coming in Jan., it tells of how, in 1969, “young, scrappy concert promoter” John Brower organized the Toronto Rock n Roll Revival music fest. With dismal ticket sales, he “took a one-in-a-million chance in inviting Lennon, propelling the concert into a massively successful event”. LINK:
• Elton John – After wrapping his final US tour over the weekend, he joined husband David Furnish and their sons Zachary Elijah (11 and 9 years old) at Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday night to unveil the luxury retailer’s annual holiday display. He appeared in a blinged-out golf cart, and the family did a quick countdown as the windows and a dazzling light display were revealed on the Saks facade.
• Lady A – singer Charles Kelley shared a vulnerable song he wrote called ‘As Far as You Could’, which he calls his “goodbye letter to alcohol.” He posted on Instagram: This song was very therapeutic to write and I hope it can meet someone where they are.” LINK:
• Carrie Underwood – John Legend thinks that she should replace the departing Blake Shelton as a coach on “The Voice”. Legend, who is also a coach, told Extra that Shelton’s replacement “should be someone in country…I could see Carrie doing it. She could be good.”
• Garth Brooks – Tickets for his year-long Vegas residency sold out on day 1 of presale. Last week, he revealed that his new show “Garth Brooks/Plus ONE” would begin in 2023 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Monday, on Facebook, he said: “What an unbelievable day this was for us. Every show in ’23 is pretty much…done.” As many as 60,000 couldn’t get tickets.


• “Strange World” (PG, Kids-Action, animated – opened Wed.): Disney’s original action-packed adventure introduces a family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a mischievous blob, a 3-legged dog and a slew of ravenous creatures. (Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Gabrielle Union)
• “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (PG-13, Comedy-Crime drama, opened Wed.): Famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece for his latest case, where, as in all the best murder mysteries, everyone harbors their own secrets, lies and motivations. (Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson)
• “The Fabelmans” (PG-14, Drama, opened Wed.): Young Sammy Fabelman falls in love with movies after his parents take him to see “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Armed with a camera, he starts to make his own films at home, much to the delight of his supportive mother. (Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle)

This’ll be interesting: A new Netflix series can be watched in any order, and it’ll give you a completely different viewpoint on the story, depending on in which order you watch the episodes. The non-linear anthology series “Kaleidoscope” is about a heist, and features 8 episodes, each named after a color. The series follows a team of masterful thieves over the course of 25 years. They attempt to break into a seemingly unbreakable vault to get their hands on what might be the biggest criminal payday in history. The usual “heist hijinks” ensue, but of course, the interesting thing is that Kaleidoscope offers a “unique immersive experience”, where you can start with any episode, and you’ll still be left with a story that makes sense. According to executive producer Russell Fine, “All the information is there to be able to connect the dots and know the story”, but you’ll have a different viewpoint on what’s happening, depending on the order you watch them. Kaleidoscope, starring Giancarlo Esposito of “Better Call Saul”, debuts Jan. 1 on Netflix.
(So…basically “Star Wars”?)
(I can’t wait to see what they do for Season 2…or is that included in all this, too?)

Today is “Black Friday” (you may have heard). And it’s also “Shopping Reminder Day”, marking one month until Christmas. And tomorrow? That’s “Small Business Saturday”. With that in mind, here’s your friendly-neighborhood reminder to support small businesses in your neighborhood. And we seem to be doing an OK job, because according to a survey, the average person “shops small” 213 times per year. The OnePoll survey, conducted in the US, revealed nine in 10 (93%) people rely on a small business for certain things. 88% of us know someone who is employed at a small business in their community, with the average person knowing 4 small business employees. Some of the most-common things that people regularly rely on a small business for include: manicures and pedicures (54%), handyman services (45%) and ​​haircuts (44%). Items people regularly buy there include tea (44%), groceries (43%), flowers (40%) and soda (40%). More than half say the products are better quality at their local retailer than those available online…and the best things about shopping small? Being able to see and touch products before buying them, having products available within walking distance, and socializing with the salespeople, owner or with other customers while shopping.
(And not driving through 45 minutes of traffic, only to find you have to park a half-mile from a big-box store and run across the parking lot in the rain?)
(And not having to wait for delivery?)

➢ A record-breaking goldfish has been caught in Champagne, France, where an angler dragged a 30-kilogram (67 pound) specimen – about the same as a 10-year-old child — from BlueWater Lakes. The carp fishery released the behemoth, known as ‘The Carrot’, 20 years ago and it has since grown to be one of the largest in the world. It took a fisherman 25 minutes to reel her in before snapping a few photos and letting her go. Experts say the enormous size of The Carrot serves as a reminder not to release pets into the wild, because certain types of goldfish can grow to enormous sizes. Gigantic goldfish have been a problem in some areas where they upset the silt bed and rip up plants, and authorities believe pet owners are partly to blame. (Didn’t I just read that the guy who caught The Carrot . . . released her into the wild?) LINK:
➢ A dad who hates hearing Christmas songs too early came up with the ultimate solution – programming his Amazon Alexa to reject his kids’ festive requests until December. England’s Mark Lovell says he was forced to act when he overheard his 3 children chatting about Christmas tunes in the first week of November. The 42-year-old gets “irritated by Christmas starting too early” so he opened the Alexa app and set up a “skill” to respond to phrases such as “play Christmas music.” Facebook video shows him testing his handiwork by requesting festive tunes, only to have one of his 4 smart speakers tell him: “I’m sorry, I can’t do that until December.” It then recalls the day’s date, which Mark added to emphasize the request’s earliness. He also programmed Alexa to block the phrases “play holiday music,” “play Christmas albums,” “play Christmas carols,” “play Christmas tunes” and “play Christmas hits.” Before you assume he’s a Grinch, we should point out that he insists he loves festive music – but not until December. (Maybe that’s a “skill” that a certain music programmer around here should think about getting!) LINK:
-IFLScience, SWNS

Budweiser has a special prize for the winners of the 2022 FIFA World Cup following Qatar’s decision to ban alcohol at game venues. The beer brand is offering a massive warehouse-sized slab of free beers to the winning country. Budweiser is one of the sponsors of the tournament, and planned to sell a whole lot of beer at the event. But Qatar decided to prohibit the sale of alcohol inside stadiums just 2 days before the World Cup kicked off. In response, earlier this week, Budweiser tweeted a picture of some enormous skids of beer inside a warehouse, with the caption: “Winning Country gets the Buds. Who will get them?” (We’ll just hope Qatar doesn’t win!) LINK:


• “Black Friday”, the day after US Thanksgiving, that’s touted as the biggest single shopping day of the year in America, though that’s statistically untrue. The ‘black’ refers to retailers finally turning a profit after spending much of the year ‘in the red’. These days, many retailers kick off their annual sales sooner (waaay sooner…). It is also now celebrated to varying degrees in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, France, Switzerland, and other countries.
• “Buy Nothing Day”, a 24-hour moratorium on holiday shopping (observed today in North America; tomorrow internationally), created as a protest against outlandish consumption and commercialism, particularly during the holiday season.
• “Shopping Reminder Day”, marking exactly 1 month until Christmas Day. Just what you wanted to hear, huh? (If anyone is shopping for me, I take a size large in cash!)
• “Parfait Day”, saluting the yummy treat that’s concocted from layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits. Yes, it’s basically a fancy word for a sundae . . . likely because it’s usually served in a fancy glass.
• “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”, initiated by activists in 1981 and adopted by the UN in 1999 to help raise awareness of this worldwide problem. LINK:
• “Blasé Day”, a perfect day for the world-weary to revel in their apathy. (Eh, who cares.)
• It’s also “Leftovers Day and “Flossing Day”. (I get it. I’ve eaten A LOT this week…)

• “Small Business Saturday”, an annual shopping holiday on the Saturday after US Thanksgiving, a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The day is dedicated to supporting local small businesses.
• “Good Grief Day”, a phrase often used by ‘Charlie Brown’ of Charles Schulz’s comic strip, “Peanuts”. Schulz was born on this day in 1922, and today is dedicated to both him and his enduring comic strip.
• “Cake Day”, an annual salute to the classic dessert that’s the climax of many a celebration. What’s the best kind? Angel Food? Black Forest? Red Velvet? Double Chocolate Fudge?
• “International Aura Awareness Day”, Some believe that all living things are surrounded by an energy field — or “energy body” — called an aura. They believe they change color and intensity, depending on mood and health. (I’ve heard a person’s aura takes a particular color right before they die – “Cyan Aura”!)

• “Advent Sunday”, celebrated by Christians, it marks the beginning of the new liturgical calendar year, which delineates when church feasts and the celebration of saints will be observed. It also marks the beginning of Advent, which goes until Christmas. The word “adventum” means “coming” in Latin.
• “Bavarian Cream Pie Day”, an annual salute to the delicious, chilled dessert made with cooked egg custard layered with whipped cream and toppings in a pie shell.
• “Pie in the Face Day”, rather than Bavarian, can I opt for pumpkin instead? After all, it IS the holidays!
• “National Electric Guitar Day”, it’s also, not-so-coincidentally, Jimi Hendrix’s birthday (born in 1942).
• “Pins and Needles Day”, may refer to that tingling feeling you get after sitting or lying in an awkward position – but I see it as Christmas decorating. We have pine needles and metal pins all over the house now – and I won’t be able to walk around barefoot until probably February…

1944 [78] Ben Stein, Washington DC, movie actor (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Mask”)/TV game show host (“Win Ben Stein’s Money”)

1947 [75] John Larroquette, New Orleans LA, TV actor (“Night Court” 1984-92″, “Boston Legal” 2007-08) COMING UP…“Night Court” sequel series

1955 [67] Bruno Tonioli, Ferrara Italy, choreographer/dancer-TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars” judge since 2022, BBC “Strictly Come Dancing” 2004-22)

1960 [62] Amy Grant, Augusta GA, country-pop-gospel singer (‘Baby Baby’, w/Peter Cetera-‘The Next Time I Fall’)/6-time Grammy winner/married to Vince Gill since 2000

1971 [51] Christina Applegate, Hollywood CA, TV actress (“Dead to Me” 2019-22, “Married with Children” 1987-97)/movie actress (“Anchorman” movies, “Bad Moms” movies)

1975 [47] Kristian Nairn, Lisburn Northern Ireland, 6′-10” TV actor (‘Hodor’ on “Game of Thrones” 2011-16)/“Our Flag Means Death” since 2022)

1983 [39] Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, Vallejo CA, competitive eater (holds or has held 50 gluttonous world records, including for eating 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes in 2021/currently ranked #1 in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating) LINK:

Tina Turner (‘What’s Love Got to do With it’) is 83; John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) is 77; Peter Facinelli (“Twilight” movies) is 49; DJ Khaled (ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne-‘I’m the One’) is 47; Joe Nichols, (‘Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off’) is 46; Natasha Bedingfield (‘Unwritten’) is 41; Mike Gossin (Gloriana) is 38; Rita Ora (‘How We Do [Party]’) is 32

SUNDAY- Kathryn Bigelow (director-“Zero Dark Thirty”) is 71; Bill Nye (“Bill Nye the Science Guy”) is 67; Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg (US ambassador, only surviving child of JFK) is 65; Robin Givens (“Riverdale”) is 58; Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 60; Michael Vartan (“Alias”) is 54; Jaleel White (“Family Matters”) is 46; Aubrey Peeples (“Nashville”) is 29

1992 [30] “The Bodyguard”, starring Whitney Houston in her first film role (and Kevin Costner), is released. The highlight is Houston’s rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’, which hits #1 3 days later. (Best-selling soundtrack album of all-time)
2002 [20] Actor and major Elvis fan Nicholas Cage files for divorce from Lisa Marie Presley (Elvis’ daughter) after less than 4 months, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.

1984 [38] In London, Bono, George Michael, David Bowie, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney and a host of other stars record ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’. The song, credited to Band Aid, is the first big all-star charity single.
2021 [01] “The Beatles: Get Back”, a 3-part series comprised of outtakes from their “Let It Be” documentary, debuts on Disney+. Directed by Peter Jackson, it provides a very detailed look at the 1969 recording of their album “Let It Be” (wins 5 Primetime Emmys, among other awards).

1867 [155] Chemist Alfred Nobel patents dynamite as an alternative to highly unstable nitroglycerin. He would later use his will to establish Nobel Prizes “to those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind”.


✓ The year on a bottle of wine refers to when the grapes were picked, not when the wine was bottled.
✓ Dark roasted coffee is weaker than medium roast. Roasting burns off caffeine.
✓ Elvis Presley owned $60,000 worth of prescription sunglasses when he died.
✓ Calling “shotgun” when riding in a car comes from the term “shotgun messenger”, a reference to the guard who sat next to a stagecoach driver, who used a shotgun to keep robbers away in the wild west.
✓ The words Arctic and Antarctic can be traced to the simple meanings: “Bears” and “Opposite the Bears.”
✓ Your earlobes line up with your nipples.
-BathroomReadersInstitute, BestLife

Best of BS . . .
• Pricking your finger to check your blood sugar yielded only gravy.
• Dad had to use electric knife to carve you out of your pants.
• You’ve been sweating ham glaze ever since.
• When you plopped onto the couch, your spouse flew through the window.
• You’ve been assigned a probation officer … by Weight Watchers.
• You received a Sumo Wrestler application in your e-mail.
• You’re suffering from ‘Dunlap’s Disease’ …  your gut has dunlapped over your belt.
• They had to use the Jaws of Life to remove you from your recliner.
• GPS now tells local drivers “Turn left at the bloated guy.”
• You decide to take a little nap after dinner, and wake up in March.
-First published in BS in 2001

• “Black Friday has become so commercialized.”
• “I do hate missing my kid’s birthday.”
• “Someday, there’ll be a way to shop from home.”
• “This isn’t the line to vote?”
• “I’m just waiting to return something.”
• “Just 4 more hours in line and boom! … 10 whole dollars off a giant-screen TV!”
• “Sale? I’m avoiding my family.”
• “So, where did YOUR life go wrong?”
-First published in BS in 2017

Cutest laugh EVER (sound up):

Every day when I come home, my dog runs at me like we’re finally gonna nail the lift from that scene in “Dirty Dancing”!

Which sport is the most exciting to watch? Which is the most boring?

• Question: 62% of people say they would be mortified if any of their friends ever saw THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Their high school yearbook photo
• Question:  3 Nobel prize-winning scientists came up with this invention, and it was on a lot of tables yesterday. What is it?
Answer:  Stove-Top stuffing

Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.


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