November 30 2021

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – Edition: #7118

Another Sheetload of Bull!


★ Spider-Man still has a long future ahead of him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s been some speculation that this month’s release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” will end the working arrangement between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios and bring Tom Holland’s time playing ‘Peter Parker’ to a close. But Sony’s Spider-Man movie producer Amy Pascal says that is not the case. In a new interview, she said there are plans for at least three more Spider-Man movies — and Holland is returning for at least the next film. The first major clue that Holland would return as Spider-Man was the post-credits scene in “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, teasing a more tightly connected Spider-Man film universe. Spider-Man: No Way Home (out Dec.17) is a multiversal adventure, meaning Spider-Man’s cinematic future could take any form.
★ Ryan Reynolds thanked musician Steven Page and Canada’s Governor General after receiving a prestigious Governor General’s Award. He took to Twitter Saturday to gush about it and to offer a few jokes on the side, writing: “Last night, Canada honoured me with a Governor General’s Award…I’m not crying. It’s just maple syrup.” He was nominated for the National Arts Centre Award recognizing performing artists in 2020, but the ceremony was delayed due to the pandemic. Former Barenaked Ladies frontman Page performed a recorded tribute to the Vancouver-born actor, spotlighting his accomplishments, career and charitable work.
★ Alfonso Ribeiro has always been supportive of his friend and former co-star Will Smith, but admits that he may never crack the cover of his recently released memoir. Ribeiro, who played ‘Carlton’ on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” acknowledges that people have speculated about Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett “for many, many years”, and now, quote: “They are laying it out there in a way that is their truth. I don’t know if I’ll read the book because I know the people.” The Smith family’s personal details that have come to light between Will’s self-titled memoir and Jada’s “Red Table Talk” series have kept their names in headlines in recent months, with stories from entanglements to vomiting after sex, and more.
★ Faizon Love says a potential “Elf” sequel doesn’t need the star power of Will Ferrell … he says America is ready for a Santa’s helper redo – featuring a Black elf. Love, who played the store manager in the original Elf, says he is surprised Ferrell turned down a $29 million payday for a sequel, but that just opens the door for the movie to go in a new direction. Tongue-in-cheek, Faizon says America got warmed up with a Black president and then an “orange” president, so a Black elf is the next logical step.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Billy Crystal, Jay Ellis
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Rita Moreno, Nicholas Braun, Dusty Slay
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Peter Dinklage, Lee Jung-Jae, Aaron & Bryce Dessner
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Pete Davidson, Emily Ratajkowski, Elmo Lovano (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kristin Chenoweth, Kal Penn
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): J. Smith-Cameron, Harry Hamlin
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): John McWhorter, Uzo Aduba, guest co-host Jane Coaston
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kristin Chenoweth
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Vanessa Williams, Arianna DeBose
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Peter Sarsgaard, Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Paula Patton, Darren Criss, Adam Lambert
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Brooke Shields, Erin French, Chiké Okonkwo
• “The Voice” (NBC): Live Top 10 Eliminations
• “Life of Crime 1984-2020” (HBO): Examining the highs and lows of the vicious cycles of drug addiction and street crime in one of the roughest parts of New Jersey.
• “Saying Yes to Christmas” (LIFETIME): A magical Christmas wish makes a career-obsessed woman say “yes” to every invitation while she’s home for the holidays. But past feelings are reignited when an old flame joins her hectic schedule of yuletide activities.
• “A Chestnut Family Christmas” (OWN): A talented pastry chef accidentally commits to hosting her family for the holidays, so she poses as a wealthy homeowner to impress them.

• DJ Khaled — has confirmed that he has another collaboration with Drake on the way, calling it a “crazy” song. They teamed up last year on the singles ‘Popstar’ and ‘Greece’, which both appeared on Khaled’s album, ‘Khaled Khaled’.
• Adele – She has over 26 million fans on Twitter and 44 million followers on Instagram, but in a recent interview, she explained she rarely posts because: “I would find myself not getting my errands done for the day.” She finds social media addictive, so she feels she would end up “looking at someone else’s life or looking at nail designs, interior design sites or reading hours of news that actually made me feel bad.”
• Def Leppard — drummer Rick Allen says the band will release new music “in the not-too-distant future.” In a podcast interview, he said that there is “always new music on the go” the question is “just whether it makes it to a collection”.
• The Beatles – After watching the documentary “Get Back”, many fans now feel that Yoko Ono didn’t break up the band. Footage seems to indicate that Ono was not a meddling, corrosive influence on the Beatles, as she is often characterized, but more of a benign presence. Ono herself tweeted an article recapping fans’ comments on social media supporting her.
• The Darkness — has released a beer named after their festive hit ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)’. The band collaborated with London’s Signature Brew on the new bitter which has launched as “Pub in a Box, Bells End Edition”. The collector’s box includes 4 cans of ‘Bells End’ limited edition glassware, beer mat and an art print, plus snacks, a Spotify playlist and pub quiz.
• Walker Hayes — LeAnn Rimes found the viral dance for his hit ‘Fancy Like’ is not as easy as it looks. She and her husband, Eddie Cibrian posted their version of the dance, which appears to be a spur of the moment thing. It did not go well, hence her use of the hashtag #fancylikedancechallengefail LINK:
• Vince Gill – sings with actress-singer (and wife of Tom Hanks) Rita Wilson in her new, gratitude-focused holiday track ‘Count Your Blessings’. The longtime friends have collaborated in the past, and Wilson says Gill’s voice “transports me to a place that is physical and spiritual”. LINK:


Well, this is different: Some airline passengers these days are apparently paying extra to board flights LAST, despite the fact that people often rush in order to board first. Gilbert Ott, who runs the God Save The Points blog, says that celebrities and A-listers often prefer to board last. Why? For one, boarding last can be considered a status symbol. He points out that it often occurs that after about 15 minutes of a plane idling, and everyone appears to be settled and ready for liftoff, “A true ‘A-lister’ magically appears, and the aircraft door practically closes behind them, on command, and the words ‘cabin crew, boarding complete’ comes over the loudspeaker.” Ott says anyone can pay for this perk at certain airports, for between $100-$4,000. That might also include a personal assistant to help you check-in and board, a limo and a private suite. And remember, as much as you sometimes wish you could beat the boarding rush and be first onto the plane, with assigned seating, doing so isn’t going to get you a better seat.
(But if you pay to be last, don’t think that you’ll find space in the overhead bins!)
(I’d pay extra just to miss the safety demonstration!)

⇒ A California town has been overrun by peacocks, with the colorful birds clamoring on housetops, gathering on people’s lawns and porches, and doing what birds are famous for, all over the place. Terina Lacey of Tracy, CA says the funky peafowl – the word ‘peacock’ actually refers to males of the species — are “reproducing and causing property damage, stomping on the roofs. (It) sounds like there’s people up there.” A postal worker says if you get too close, the birds will also charge at you. The city has contracted a wildlife services company to have them humanely removed. (When you have that many birds, obviously your town has too many statues!)
⇒ A picture of a great white shark seen in Mexico looks just like the classic poster for the movie “Jaws”. The owner of the Be A Shark Adventure Travel Instagram account Nikki Brant Sevy, took the eerie photo off the coast of Guadalupe Island, showing the 13-foot shark named “Nicole” jettisoning toward the surface of the water — jaws open and poised to strike. Sevy says that when sharks are serious about catching what she calls “hang bait”, they often make a fast vertical approach from the depths. (And the great thing is, we know that there’ll be about 5 more just like it in the coming years!) LINK:

The average person touches their face an astounding 26 times per hour while driving. So say researchers from the University of Nottingham. And if that driver isn’t practicing proper hand hygiene, all those rubs and scratches can spread germs and infections. The researchers found, in an analysis of 36 experienced drivers, that they absent-mindedly touched their face 26.4 times per hour, with each touch lasting about 4 seconds. Drivers most often touched somewhere on their face (79.6%), followed by their hair (10%), neck (8.6%), and shoulders (1.7%). And worse, drivers made contact with mucous membranes roughly every 5 minutes. The inner lining of the lips, nostrils, and eyes are all examples of mucous membranes. The study’s co-author said: “Face-touching behaviors present a transmission risk to the driver, particularly if that vehicle is shared or occupied by multiple parties, and where hand hygiene is poor.”
(Hey, you have to do SOMETHING while you’re headed for the drive-thru!)
(Imagine how many times you touch your face when you have TWO free hands!)
(When I saw this, the first thing I did was a “facepalm”!)

The streaming giant has revealed its top 10 movies & shows of all time after implementing its new method of calculating a film or show’s popularity. It now determines rankings by total number of hours viewed in the first 28 days of a show or movie’s release.
1. Bird Box – 282 million hours
2. Red Notice – 277.9 million hours
3. Extraction – 231 million hours
4. The Irishman – 215 million hours
5. The Kissing Booth 2 – 209 million hours
6. 6 Underground – 205 million hours
7. Spenser Confidential – 197 million hours
8. Enola Holmes – 190 million hours
9. Army of the Dead – 187 million hours
10. The Old Guard – 186 million hours

1. Squid Game: Season 1 – 1.6 billion hours (Was there any doubt?)
2. Bridgerton: Season 1 – 625 million hours
3. Money Heist: Part 4 – 619 million hours
4. Stranger Things 3 – 582 million hours
5. The Witcher: Season 1 – 541 million hours
6. 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 – 496 million hours
7. 13 Reasons Why: Season 1 – 476 million hours
8. Maid: Limited Series – 469 million hours
9. You: Season 3 – 468 million hours
10. You: Season 2 – 457 million hours

Petroleum stockpiles aren’t the only strategic reserves being tapped amid supply shortages and sky-high prices. The Canadian federation that controls close to three-quarters of the world’s maple syrup production has announced it will release about 50 million pounds of maple syrup from its emergency stockpile — almost half of the reserve — to keep Quebec’s liquid gold flowing to breakfast tables worldwide. The announcement from the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers comes after supply was strained by a drop in production and a pandemic-fueled surge in demand.


1937 [84] Ridley Scott, South Shields UK, movie producer-director (“The Martian”, “Gladiator”, “Alien”)

1952 [69] Mandel “Mandy” Patinkin, Chicago IL, TV actor (‘Saul Berenson’ on “Homeland” 2011-20)/movie actor (“The Princess Bride”)/Broadway actor

1955 [66] Billy Idol [William Broad], Stanmore UK, punk-ish rocker (‘White Wedding’, ‘Rebel Yell’)/author (‘Dancing With Myself’)

1957 [64] Colin Mochrie, Kilmarnock Scotland [raised Vancouver BC], improv comedian (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” 1998-2004, 2013-present)

1965 [56] Ben Stiller, NYC, movie actor (“Night at the Museum” films, “Meet the Parents” films)/movie producer-director (“Tropic Thunder”, “Blades of Glory”)

1965 [56] Ryan Murphy, Indianapolis IN, TV producer (“American Horror Story” since 2011, “Glee” 2009-15) COMING UP…“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”, 2022

1982 [39] Elisha Cuthbert, Calgary AB [raised Longueuil QC], TV actress (“The Ranch” 2016-20, “24″ 2001-10)/movie actress (“Old School”)/married to ex-NHL player Dion Phaneuf since 2013

1985 [36] Kaley Cuoco, Camarillo CA, TV actress (“The Big Bang Theory” 2007-19, “8 Simple Rules” 2002-05, “The Flight Attendant” since 2020)

1985 [36] Chrissy Teigen, Delta UT, TV host (“Lip Sync Battle”)/fashion model (“Sports Illustrated”)/married to John Legend since 2013

• “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.
• “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…)

[Wed] Advent Calendar Day
[Wed] Pie Day
[Thurs] Mutt Day
[Thurs] Business of Popping Corn Day

2004 [17] Canadian journalist/historian Pierre Berton (“Klondike Fever”) dies at age 84

2013 [08] “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker (40) and a friend are killed in a single car accident in Santa Clarita CA

1977 [44] Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special airs. It was recorded in September, and Crosby dies that October. 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 [39] Michael Jackson releases “Thriller”, which becomes the best-selling album worldwide (currently at 48.9 million in certified sales)

2004 [17] 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)


✓ ‘Yoda’ from “Star Wars”, was modeled after the appearance of Albert Einstein.
✓ The average speed of a PGA Tour golf ball in flight is 160 mph (257 kph).
✓ On an average night, it takes the average person 7 minutes to fall asleep.
✓ If it happened before the year 476 A.D., it’s ‘ancient’. After 476 A.D., it’s ‘medieval’.
✓ Jack Nicholson once had a job answering Tom & Jerry’s fan mail.
✓ At -90°F (-68°C), your breath will freeze in mid-air – and drop to the ground.
-DidYouKnow, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .

• Makes a good “before” picture
• Harder to kidnap
• No longer need to ask the question, “Does my butt look big in these jeans?”
• Big savings on home heating
• Friends all want to come to visit because they know that you have pizza, cookies and pie
• The only running you have to do is to get in the front of the line at Krispy Kreme
• Make extra cash by selling your skinny jeans on eBay
• Thinner friends want you in all their pictures
• Hides your summer body, which was also last year’s winter body
• You can still say your stomach is flat…but the “L” is silent
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

➠ Yesterday was Cyber Monday. (I’m just not into it. I like to spend my money locally. Plus, I actually have more fun shopping in my underwear when I’m at the mall…)
➠ Almost 10,000 Facebook users die every day. (Mostly from embarrassment right after accepting their Mom’s friend-request!)
➠ Scientists are working on a pill that helps you stay sober while you drink. (Its only downside is you have to come up with a new excuse for your behavior at the office Christmas party!)
➠ A study of the world’s plants reveals that 1 out of every 5 is threatened with extinction. (Even sadder, none of them are kale.)
➠ Rocker Billy Idol is 66 today. (He was given one slice of cake and then screamed: “More, More, More!”)
➠ According a new study, women think about sex 10 times a day. (Less when I’m around!)

The type of co-worker we all need (sound up):

Because it’s WAY too cool not to share (the most-often used words by almost any artist):


I made a huge to-do list for today. I just can’t figure out who’s going to do it.

Tell us about the weirdest conversation you’ve had with a stranger.

Question:  23% of adults say they are better at THIS activity now than they were at 21. What is it?
Answer:  Kissing

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.


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