Born on this day!! Actor-comedian John Cleese is 82. Country singer Lee Greenwood is 79. Director Ivan Reitman is 75. Country singer-guitarist Jack Daniels (Highway 101) is 72. Bassist Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is 72. Author Fran Lebowitz is 71. Guitarist K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) is 70. TV personality Jayne Kennedy is 70. Actor-director Roberto Benigni (“Life Is Beautiful”) is 69. Actor Peter Firth (“That’s Life”) is 68. Actor Robert Picardo (“The Wonder Years,” ″China Beach”) is 68. Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 63. Keyboardist J.D. McFadden (Sixpence None the Richer, The Mavericks) is 57. Drummer Jason Finn of Presidents of the United States of America is 54. Actor Sean Holland (Film and TV “Clueless”) is 53. Actor Channon Roe (“Murder in the First”) is 52. Actor Sheeri Rappaport (“CSI,” ″NYPD Blue”) is 44. TV personality Kelly Osbourne is 37. Actor Bryan Craig (“General Hospital”) is 30. Actor Troy Gentile (“The Goldbergs”) is 28.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1787 – The first of the Federalist Papers, which called for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, was published.
1904 – New York City’s first rapid transit subway, the IRT, opened.
1938 – Du Pont announced that it would name its new synthetic yarn nylon.
1978 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their work toward a Middle East accord.
1997 – The Dow Jones industrial average fell 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down.
2004 – After an 86 year wait, the Boston Red Sox finally captured a World Series trophy.
Today Is: Black Cat Day, Cranky Co-workers Day, Navy Day, World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – Survivor / 9:00 – Tough As Nails / 10:00 – CSI: Vegas
NBC – 8:00 – Chicago Med / 9:00 – Chicago Fire / 10:00 – Chicago PD
ABC – 8:00 – The Goldbergs / 8:30 – The Wonder Years / 9:00 – The Conners / 9:30 – Home Economics / 10:00 – A Million Little Things
FOX – 8:00 – World Series
CW – 8:00 – Legends Of Tomorrow / 9:00 – Batwoman
TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Kimmel: Dan Levy, Rüfüs Du Sol
Jimmy Fallon: Nick Kroll, Ava DuVernay, Walker Hayes
Stephen Colbert: TBA
Seth Meyers: Beanie Feldstein, Norman Lear, Lady A, Atom Willard
James Corden: Edgar Wright, Glass Animals
Watch What Happens Live: Tayshia Adams, Austen Kroll
The View: Drew Barrymore, Pilar Valdes
The Talk: Yvette Nicole Brown
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Alan Cumming, Rachael Ray, Dayna Isom Johnson
Ellen DeGeneres: Lester Holt, Michael Thomas, Brandi Carlile
Wendy Williams: Ms. Pat, guest host Whitney Cummings
The Real: Candiace Dillard
Drew Barrymore: Alyssa Milano, Jake Cohen
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
QUESTION: Are the new “DAD BOD T-SHIRTS” fat-shaming, or a fashion lifeline for guys who can’t get that little gut under control?? YOU be the judge!!!!!!!!!!!!
QUESTION: Who’s to blame for the “Rust” tragedy?? The man who held Halyna Hutchins in his arms as she died tells HIS version of the story.. worth reading!!!!
QUESTION: Ever been SPIED ON?? This Tik Tok star hid a listening device in his DAUGHTER’S IPAD to catch his wife and her boyfriend.. then he KILLED THEM BOTH!!
QUESTION: Ready for the “WTF” TV show of the DECADE?? It’s called “Breastfeeding My Boyfriend,” and just the SOUNDS are enough to make you barf!!!
QUESTION: What’s better than a plain, old space station?? A LUXURY SPACE STATION!! And Jeff Bezos is gonna build one… along with a space business park!!
Eliza Hutton, the fiancée of late actor Brandon Lee, spoke out about the tragic accidental shooting on the set of “Rust” that so closely mirrored the death of the late actor in 1993. Lee died on the set of the 1994 film “The Crow” toward the end of filming when actor Michael Massee fired a gun that was improperly loaded with dummy rounds directly at the actor’s chest. It didn’t take long before people drew similarities between Lee’s death and the accidental shooting involving Alec Baldwin that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead on the set of the indie-western “Rust.” Speaking for the first time since Lee died at age 28, Hutton explained to People how heartbroken she is to know that yet another group of loved ones is feeling the same heartache she felt all those years ago. “Twenty eight years ago, I was shattered by the shock and grief of losing the love of my life, Brandon Lee, so senselessly. My heart aches again now for Halyna Hutchins’ husband and son, and for all those left in the wake of this avoidable tragedy,” she told the outlet. Lee and Hutton reportedly planned to marry in April of 1993 after filming on “The Crow” wrapped. However, he was killed in the March 31 accident in the final week of production when the gun used on set was not properly checked before filming a scene in which his character was murdered. Lee’s sister, Shannon, also spoke out about the “Rust” shooting, writing on his official Twitter page: “Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on ‘Rust.’ No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”
********Although.. we may make an exception for Harvey Weinstein!! (too soon?)
*******Now we wait to see whether Alec Baldwin is charged with negligent manslaughter. We’d say there’s a less than 50% chance, but it’s still possible.
Despite becoming a bona fide cultural phenomenon with a record viewership, Netflix’s “Squid Game” hasn’t exactly proven a cash cow for the Korean show’s mastermind. Series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has revealed that the smash hit survival drama has basically provided him “enough to put food on the table.” “It’s not like Netflix is paying me a bonus,” he told the Guardian. He also pointed out that despite its astronomical success — “Squid Game” recently eclipsed “Bridgerton,” becoming Netflix’s most-watched show ever — the streaming platform is still paying him the amount stipulated in the original contract. Hwang joked he will likely never be as “rich” as “Squid Game’s” gambling-addicted protagonist Seong Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-Jae) who— spoiler alert! — ends up winning the deadly decathlon’s $38,460,271.20 prize. However, the auteur admitted he does have enough to get by. Still, this might seem like pittance considering that that the dystopian thriller has been viewed by 142 million households and upped Netflix’s subscriber figures by 4.4 million. Currently, the show is estimated to be worth approximately $900 million to the streaming service.
*********As they say in Hollywood, “you always get screwed on your first show!!”
*****He’ll make it up on his next one, “The Octopus Olympics!!!”
*******We just did a deal with Netflix: $14.99 a month, unlimited streaming.
Gwyneth Paltrow recalled the “crazy” experience giving birth to her daughter, Apple Martin, and revealed she nearly died in the process. She opened up about the two cesareans she had — one for Apple, 17, and one for son Moses, 15 — and how they left her with a “big scar.” “My daughter was an emergency, it was crazy, we almost died. It was like not good,” she shared on the “Armchair Expert” podcast Monday. “Anyway, there’s a big scar across your body, and you’re like, ‘Oh wow, that didn’t used to be there.’ And it’s not that it’s bad or you want to judge it, but you’re just like, ‘Oh, my God.’” She criticized social media for placing unrealistic expectations on women to bounce back immediately after giving birth. “Thank God there wasn’t Instagram when I had babies because now it’s like if I see someone, ‘Oh, I just gave birth two weeks ago and I have a completely washboard stomach,’ and I’m like, ‘Wow that’s not what I [looked like].’ “And like great, more power to the lady with the washboard [abs], but that is totally the exception,” she continued, “and then now we’re being fed all of these other images of what we’re supposed to look like all the time — babies, no babies, whatever.”
*******Wa-wa-wa. Gwyneth Paltrow: Celebrity Victim!!
******She couldn’t have natural childbirth because there was a jade egg in the way!! (too much?)
TOPIC: Everyone has a crazy birth story. What did your mother tell you about YOUR birth??
Queen Elizabeth II has carried out her first official engagements — virtually, from Windsor Castle — since spending a night in hospital and canceling a trip to Northern Ireland last week. “Her Majesty The Queen today conducted two virtual audiences via videolink from Windsor Castle,” Buckingham Palace said Tuesday in a press release. She received the ambassador from the Republic of Korea Gunn Kim, and the ambassador of Switzerland Markus Leitner, it said. Last week a Buckingham Palace spokesman said the 95-year-old monarch was admitted for “preliminary investigations” after she followed doctor’s orders to cancel the trip and rest. She returned to Windsor Castle on Thursday and “remains in good spirits.” While the Queen doesn’t appear to be slowing down when it comes to her ceremonial responsibilities, she has since handed off long-haul tours to other family members.
******She checked the mirror and said, “I’m just too damned sexy to stay inside!! I gotta spread this around!!!”
*******When they say she’s in “good spirits,” it means she’s hitting the gin!!
*****Apparently, the Queen loves late-night TV!! (true) She grabs a cocktail in a can, some Pringles and dip, and watches James Corden!!!
A teaser of Lori Loughlin’s return to TV following her release from prison last December is here. She appears in a preview of GAC Family’s “When Hope Calls Christmas,” the two-part season premiere of the network’s “When Hope Calls” series, which previously aired on the Hallmark Channel. The “When Hope Calls” series is a spinoff of the Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” series, which she starred in for six seasons. She is set to reprise her role from the show playing Abigail Stanton in season two of the spinoff on GAC Family. “When Hope Calls Christmas” debuts Sat., Dec. 18. Loughlin’s return to acting comes after she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were famously charged in the 2019 college admissions scandal. Loughlin reported for her two-month prison sentence in late October 2020 and was released the following December. See the teaser HERE.
********In the opening scene, she’s rowing across a lake!! It’s a subtle reference, “ripped from the headlines!!”
*****Later, her character is thrown in prison, where she celebrates Christmas with her new friends!!!
*****Please… let Felicity Huffman make a surprise guest appearance!!!
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Kanye’s No. 1 Fan: Himself!-(National Enquirer)
Kooky Kanye West hit a Big Apple club alone at 3 a.m.-and listened to his own tunes for 15 minutes! “Kanye walked in by himself without any friends or security,” a spywitness spilled. “He took a seat onstage and listened to his own music. It was weird, creepy and kind of amazing. No one could believe what they were seeing at first. But there was the former Mr. Kim Kardashian listening to himself as everyone watched!”
Kieran Wooed Wife With Crass Pickup-(Globe)
Isn’t it romantic? “Succession” star Kieran Culkin, 39, croons he won over his 33-year-old London-born wife, Jazz Charton, in 2012-using a tone-deaf pickup line that made her chuckle. “I said, ‘I’m Kieran. You have an English accent. What’s your name?’” says the younger brother of “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin. “She said, ‘Jazz.’ I said, ‘J-A-Z-Z, like the music?’ And she said, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s f**king stupid.’” Guess it was music to her ears, ‘cause a year later, the pair heard wedding bells!
Andie’s Fears For Margaret-(Us Weekly)
As a mentally ill free spirit in Netflix’s Maid, Andie MacDowell’s Paula is a source of constant worry for her daughter Alex, played by the 63-year-old’s real daughter Margaret Qualley. Offscreen, the tables are turned, insiders say with the former model fretting about the “wild-child” 26-year-old. “Andie is over-the-top proud of Margaret,” says an insider. “But she’s terrified because she hangs with a wild crowd and dates bad boys.” Among Margaret’s past loves: SNL manchild Pete Davidson and accused abuser Shia LaBeouf.
Say What?!-(Life & Style)
“She is talking, but she thinks everything is a cat….When a person will walk in, she will say, ‘Hi, gato!’ I don’t now why she is so fascinated with cats.”-Katy Perry, on 13-month-old daughter Daisy Dove.
“His blazers are such a perfect oversize fit for me. I also wear his shirts, his ball caps, and sometimes when I haven’t done my laundry, I wear his socks.”-Jeannie Mai, on borrowing rapper husband Jeezy’s clothes.
“Harry and William are my boys. As soon as I knew they were fans, I reached out to them and we’ve been cool ever since. I look out for them, and they can reach out to me whenever they want. They know that.”-Snoop Dogg, on his friendship with the British princes.
Rapper Eve, 42, is expecting her first child, due in February, with her husband, businessman Maximillion Cooper, 49. “You all know how long we’ve been waiting for this blessing! The Queens star wrote on Instagram.
Nurses Have Rooftop Proposal
A pair of ER nurses who fell in love at the Georgia hospital where they both work became engaged in an elaborate proposal on the roof of the building. Kelsey Dunlap, an ER nurse at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, said she wheeled a stretcher up to a helicopter on the building’s roof, expecting to pick up a patient, but instead was greeted by her boyfriend and co-worker, Jacob Young. “It didn’t register what was going on until he dropped to a knee and then it clicked,” Dunlap told WGCL-TV. “I was like oh my gosh he’s asking me to marry him.” Video of the proposal went viral after being posted to TikTok and Instagram. “I was in complete and total shock, and I’m not an easy girl to surprise,” Dunlap told CNN. Young said it came as a massive relief when Dunlap said, “Yes.” “It was by far the most stressful day of my life but it was worth it,” Young said. See the video HERE.
*********Thanks!! You just raised the bar for everyone else!!!
*******We didn’t think actual non-TV medical personnel were this good-looking! They should be on “Chicago Med!!!”
******You know what they say about love: proximity + opportunity = romance!!!
Man Spends 3 Hours On Ice
A Lithuanian man put his endurance to the test by spending 3 hours and 1 minute submerged up to his neck in ice to break a Guinness World Record. Valerjan Romanovski took on the Guinness record for longest duration of full body contact with ice by climbing into a glass container filled with ice cubes on the main square in the historic Vilnius Old Town in Lithuania. Guinness World Records representatives were on hand to monitor the attempt, which lasted for 3 hours and 1 minute. Guinness officials said it will take some time still to verify the record. The record is currently held by French endurance enthusiast Romaine Vandendorpe, who spent 2 hours and 35 minutes submerged in ice in December 2020. See the video HERE.
********His penis didn’t just shrink… it’s actually coming out of his back!!!
*******His ‘nads are the size of a pinhead!!!
*******When they say your career’s “on ice,” this is what they mean!!!
Hiker Ignored “Unknown” Rescue Calls
A Colorado hiker who had wandered off the trail and got lost ignored repeated phone calls from rescuers because the hiker didn’t recognize the number, officials said. The person started hiking Mount Elbert from the South Trailhead on October 18 around 9 a.m., Lake County Search and Rescue said. The hiker did not return by evening. Five LCSAR members searched for the hiker until early the next morning but were unsuccessful. The missing hiker finally showed up at their place of lodging around 9:30 a.m. and the search was called off, LCSAR said. The hiker told rescue officials they had wandered off the trail around nightfall and could not find their way back. They said they spent the night searching for the trail, and once located, bounced around onto different trails trying to locate the proper trailhead – all while not realizing that a rescue team was out looking for them. LCSAR said the subject ignored “repeated phone calls” because they simply didn’t recognize the number. LCSAR has now left other hikers with some advice: “If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone.”
********You can’t fix stupid!!!
TOPIC: How many times have you ignored a phone call, only to find it’s someone you really wanted to talk to??
Polar Bear Gets Root Canal
A polar bear with a “very painful” broken tooth underwent dental surgery at a popular wildlife park. Keepers at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, in Doncaster, became concerned after noticing one of Sisu’s three-inch canine teeth was broken. The three-year-old polar bear was operated on for an hour by animal dentist Dr Peter Kertesz to clear the infected root canal to prevent an abscess from growing. Dr Kertesz said the 600kg animal will now have a “pain and infection free tooth for the rest of his life”. He said: “It was wonderful that the keepers have been so observant and attentive to the animals, and noticed this. “I was glad we operated swiftly because a broken tooth can lead to severe infection and be very painful.” Dr Kertesz carried out the tooth root filling along with dental nurse Monika Mazurkiewicz and a vet specialized in the use of anesthetics. He added: “It was a standard procedure, where we cleaned out the infected root canal of the canine tooth, which was over three inches long, and filled it. “Sisu will now have a pain and infection free tooth for the rest of his life.
**********Oops! Forgot the anesthetic!!!
*******How do you give a polar bear a root canal?? Verrrrry carefully!!
*******This is what happens when they drink all that Coca Cola!!
STUFF THAT’S COOL AND VIRAL
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A LIST FOR WEDNESDAY
7 Mindless Habits That Are Making You Unproductive At Work
- You constantly check your personal phone when there is a lull.
“So many of my clients are guilty of sitting down at their desks and having their [personal] phone right next to them,” said time management coach Anna Dearmon Kornick. “And if a webpage is taking too long to load or they have a few seconds where they are just still, they have this compulsion to just reach for their phone and go into this almost zombie autopilot mode where you tap-tap over to those apps you use the most. For me, it’s always Instagram. And that can end up becoming a five-, seven-, 10-minute block of wasted time.”
Instead of constantly losing time to social media rabbit holes, Kornick recommends you schedule “scroll time” in your day.
“When you know that you have your little guilty pleasure phone indulgence scheduled, it makes you less likely to pick up your phone randomly in the middle of a project,” she said.
- You do unrelated tasks that will “only take a second.”
One second you’re diligently chipping away at a task, and the next you find yourself online shopping, writing down a grocery list, calling for a dinner reservation and forgetting whatever you were supposed to be doing.
“We have this mindless habit of doing whatever it is that pops up in our head, because we don’t want to forget it,” Kornick said. “We tell ourselves it will just take a second, but then one thing leads to the next.”
Kornick recommends creating a “shiny thing list” of off-work tasks to keep your chunks of work time uninterrupted and to figure out what you can delegate, defer or handle later.
Career coach Anyelis Cordero noted juggling multiple work and home demands is a common energy-draining problem people face while working remotely during the pandemic. That’s why she recommends working in distraction-free intervals.
“I get more done in 90-minute focused work sprints than in three hours of mindless multi-tasking,” she said.
- You open too many tabs on your browser.
If you are guilty of hoarding tabs until your web browser is a cluttered mess, here is your warning: Each browser tab can represent one more pull at our attention.
Adam Stiles, who invented browser tabs, previously explained to HuffPost that some of us cannot handle the freedom of unlimited tabs: “The invention gives people freedom. Perhaps it gives some people too much freedom.”
If you find 20 open tabs stressful and distracting, use tab organizers like One Tab that turn all of your tabs into a list, or background managers like Tab Auto Close and Tab Wrangler that automatically close tabs after too much inactivity.
- You impulsively check Slack and other work chat platforms.
Checking your work chats throughout the day is normal, but if you find yourself compulsively refreshing or checking your chats and immediately addressing every message that comes your way, you may be stuck in a common mindless habit.
“Similar to text messaging, an impulse develops to view incoming updates, and that repeated habit can interrupt focus big-time, as well as cause scatterbrain,” said life coach Shanita Liu.
When you make a habit out of responding immediately to notifications and work Slacks, it can also send a message that you are someone who will drop everything to handle someone else’s request or emergencies, creating more work for yourself.
It sets “a precedent to team members that you will reply immediately,” Liu said, “which might suggest that chat is a better way to address non-urgent matters, as well as indicate that they can bypass using email to reach you quicker by chat.“
To break this habit, “set boundaries with teammates so that they know when your focus cannot be interrupted,” Liu said. If your company uses Slack, try manually updating your status to “away.” If your co-workers have access to your calendar, block your calendar with “non-interruption” times, so they know you should not be contacted, Liu suggested.
- You start solving problems right away, before determining if they’re actually your problems to solve.
Tanya Menon, a management professor at Ohio State University who researches work time-wasters, said that people who see themselves as experts can impulsively dive into being problem-solvers who make decisions based on what they know, which stops them from taking a step back to first check if addressing the problem is the best use of their time and resources.
Menon said that people who see themselves as experts may “want the answer quick,” but in doing so, they narrow down the possibilities of how they can approach the problem.
To be a better problem-finder, don’t look for solutions right away. First, ask yourself if solving it is your role, and welcome questions. Menon said an exercise she gives students involves asking them to brainstorm only questions about a problem, so they are “engaged in the process of finding the problem” instead of jumping to find answers.
- You assume you are right.
Norma Reyes, a career coach who works with women to help them gain clarity on their next career moves, said one mindless habit she sees professionals repeat is when they believe they have mastered a part of their jobs and get stuck in a “fixed mindset” in which they become more resistant to change at work and use up their time and energy to fight it.
“This can be maybe just nitpicking at the changes, maybe even rallying people around the changes, versus seeing that the change is necessary for a different reason,” Reyes said.
- You schedule unnecessary meetings.
Forty-seven percent of workers surveyed by Salary.com in 2012 said “too many meetings” was their top workplace distraction. If you have a voice in how your company’s meetings are handled, question why you are having them and solicit regular feedback from attendees about length and usefulness.
As meetings researcher Steven G. Rogelberg previously told HuffPost, “One of the things that I advocate is that a leader can think about their agenda not necessarily as topics, but as questions to be answered.”
When meetings are mainly for distributing information, he suggests using other forms of communication.
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