The main thing most people do on Thanksgiving is eat....and eat....and, well, eat. The Calorie Control Council (CCC) estimates the main meal alone can be 3,000 calories, with many Americans downing another 1,500 calories between appetizers and drinks. The council estimates the average Thanksgiving meal to consist of some appetizers, turkey, several side dishes, a glass of sweet tea, a slice of pecan pie, and the use of one tablespoon of butter which will run you 3,150 calories and 159 grams of fat. But of course, this is merely an estimate and you might eat a lot more calories. Dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot recommends you treat Thanksgiving like a normal day and eat your breakfast and lunch before the big meal as this can help you curb the urge to overeat. (Fox)
Fans of David Cassidy are bracing themselves for the worst as the '70s heartthrob has reportedly been moved to ICU after undergoing organ failure on Sunday (November 19th). The New York Daily News has reported Cassidy, who is 67 and suffering from dementia, was admitted to a Florida hospital on Wednesday (November 15th) and initially placed in a medically induced coma. On Saturday (November 18th), Cassidy's publicist JoAnn Geffen told The Associated Pressthat there was nothing "imminent" about his condition, and doctors are hoping to "keep him as well as they can until they can find another liver."
Cassidy, who is reportedly now conscious and in pain, is surrounded by close family -- including previously estranged ex-wife Sue Shiffrin and their son Beau Cassidy. Although there was early talk about a possible kidney transplant for the famed Partridge Family star, an unnamed source told TMZ: "There's really no issue anymore for a transplant. It's futile." On Sunday (November 19th), Beau Cassidy posted a message to fans on his father's Facebook page, which reads in full: Unfortunately David is very sick. However he is getting the support he needs, surrounded by the people he loves most. Thank you very much for your love and concern that you have expressed in your messages to him.
David Cassidy achieved stardom in the early '70s as teen heartthrob Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family, which ran on TV from 1970 to 1974, and helped garner Cassidy his early-'70s pop classics -- "I Think I Love You," "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat," "I Woke Up In Love This Morning," and "I'll Meet You Halfway."
Cassidy devoted a large portion of the past 25 years as a theatrical performer, mainly in musical theater on Broadway and in Las Vegas, starring in shows such as Blood Brothers, FX, At The Copa, and most recently The Rat Pack Is Back!
In 2011 Cassidy appeared on -- and was fired from -- NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.
"Justice League" had a $96 million opening weekend, but nobody over at DC or Warner Brothers is cheering. Not only is this the lowest opening for a live-action DC Comics movie since "Green Lantern", but they were projecting the movie to make $110 to $120 million.
On the flipside, a little feel-good movie called "Wonder", starring Julia Roberts, Woody Harrelson and Jacob Tremblay from "Room", opened stronger than expected with $27.1 million.
Here's the Top 10 . . .
1. NEW: "Justice League", $96 million.
2. NEW: "Wonder", $27.1 million.
3. "Thor: Ragnarok", $21.8 million. Up to $247.4 million in its 3rd week.
4. "Daddy's Home 2", $14.8 million. Up to $50.6 million in its 2nd week.
5. "Murder on the Orient Express", $13.8 million. Up to $51.7 million in its 2nd week.
6. NEW: The animated Christmas movie "The Star", $10 million.
7. "A Bad Mom's Christmas", $6.9 million. Up to $50.9 million in its 3rd week.
8. "Lady Bird", $2.5 million. Up to $4.7 million in its 3rd week.
9. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", $1.1 million. Up to $1.5 million in its 2nd week.
10. "Jigsaw", $1.1 million. Up to $36.5 million in its 4th week.
Most people, if given the choice, would not reach for veggies as their first-choice snack. But eating vegetables is super healthy, and will likely make us live longer. Scientists are trying to get us to eat more of them, and they have a few psychological tricks up their sleeves. First of all, they say if we see beautiful images of vegetables on social media we might automatically eat more of them, without even really knowing it. However this method won't last long-term. Instead, psychologist Elizabeth Loftus with the University of California, Irvine, says she planted "warm, fuzzy memories" about health foods in participant's minds, and says, "When people believed they had shared some good times with asparagus, they wanted to eat more of it." It's thought therapists, if given permission from patients, could use this method to get patients to adopt healthier lifestyles. (PopSci)
If you're still hitting clubs in your 40s, here's another reason to retire that Ed Hardy shirt and go to a nice, quiet pub instead. It could help with those increasingly bad hangovers you're getting . . .
Someone came across a study from 2008 that looked at how loud music affects alcohol consumption. And it actually makes a pretty big difference.
Researchers went to bars where the music was either played at 72 decibels, or 88 decibels. 88 isn't even that crazy. Really loud clubs can be well over a hundred decibels.
But even at 88, people drank 31% more, and also drank faster. The average person took 14-and-a-half minutes to drink a beer when the music wasn't that loud, compared to 11-and-a-half minutes when it was louder.
Apparently it happens for two reasons: The added stimulation gets your adrenaline going, so you drink faster. Other studies have found the same thing happens with food.
And the other reason is it's just harder to have a conversation when there's loud music in the background. So you end up talking less, and drinking more.
Forget your fingerprint, or your face, soon you'll be unlocking your smartphone with your sweat. A chemist from the University of Albany explains, "Using sweat as an identifier cannot be easily mimicked/hacked by potential intruders. It's close to foolproof." The device would first build a sweat profile for the user that when complete would allow the device to recognize when the owner was holding or wearing the device. (Daily Mail)
Approximately every single person in the country will get on an airplane in the next week.
So this seems like a good time to address this very important question: Who deserves the ARMRESTS?
Well . . . according to a new survey, the majority of Americans DON'T think the person in the middle seat automatically should get the armrests on both sides. Only 42% say that person deserves both of them. The other 58% don't think so.
The most common answer is that everyone is entitled to ONE armrest. And since that leaves one left over, it should go to the person who puts their arm on it first . . . or who asks for it politely.
The survey also found that 59% of people say you should NOT take off your shoes on a flight and 87% say you shouldn't take off your socks.
And 54% say the polite way to get out of the row if someone is sleeping is to climb over them. But they say you should climb over face-to-face where you basically straddle them to get out . . . don't climb out with your butt in their face.
The NFL season is now about half over, so "USA Today" put together a list of '20 Mind-Blowing Stats from the 2017 NFL Season.'
So, if you're boycotting the NFL because of the National Anthem protests . . . if you're boycotting because the owners are black-balling Colin Kaepernick . . . or if you're boycotting because the game is LITERALLY 'mind-blowing' for players . . .
This is a GREAT opportunity to catch up on what's happening, without anyone knowing about it. Don't worry, it'll be our little secret. Here are the 10 best ones:
1. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett has already thrown four touchdown passes that have gone for 60-plus yards. Peyton Manning never did it more than three times in a season.
2. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won seven games. The rest of the AFC North . . . the Bengals, the Browns, and the Ravens . . . have won seven COMBINED.
3. The San Francisco 49ers win over the New York Giants was their first in over 700 days against a team that wasn't the L.A. Rams.
4. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has more completions that have gone for negative yards than completions that have gone for over 20 yards.
5. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 5-0 in ODD weeks with a point differential of plus-128 . . . and 1-3 in EVEN weeks with a point differential of minus-31.
6. After Tom Brady's touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen on Sunday, he's now thrown a touchdown to 68 different receivers in his career. Vinny Testaverde has the record at 70, and he had the benefit of playing for seven different teams.
Regardless, Brady will likely pass his mark soon. There are four New England running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends on the active roster who have yet to catch a touchdown pass from Brady.
7. Patriots coach Bill Belichick would have to lose 610 games in a row for his career winning percentage to match Hue Jackson's win percentage as Browns head coach (.040). That would be 38 0-16 seasons in a row.
8. The 0-9 Browns have actually out-gained their opponents in more than half of their games. (#ThatsSoBrowns)
9. Nine NFL teams are currently on win streaks of at least three games . . . the Rams, Vikings, Patriots, Saints, Eagles, Steelers, Titans, Jaguars, and Panthers.
10. After the Patriots' win over the Broncos on Sunday, 29 teams have a losing record versus New England during the Belichick era. The three that don't are the Giants, the Packers, and the Panthers, and they have TIED records. So, NO team has a winning record against them. (Hit up USAToday.com for the rest.)
Binge-watching shows may be all the rage, but it's really not great for your health. Researchers from University of Vermont's Larner Medical College looked at two groups of people: those who watched TV often, and those who never watched TV. They found those who watched TV often were ran a 70 percent higher risk of developing a venous thromboembolism (or VTE), a dangerous blood clot. To lower your risk, exercise while you watch TV, or watch and episode and then do 20 minutes of physical activity afterwards. (UPI)
Sometimes a company launches a new product that complements their business SO well, you can't believe it took them this long to figure it out. This is one of those cases.
Stove Top stuffing just launched a brand new product called Thanksgiving Dinner Pants. They've got a big expandable waistband and, basically, they look like maternity pants. But they're not for people who are pregnant, just gorging.
They're selling them at ThanksgivingDinnerPants.com for $20 with free shipping. You should grab some quick before they sell out.
Would you ever want to try a soda with a "sweet and tart strawberry armoa?" Well Pepsi is releasing one such beverage in Japan and calling it "Christmas Cola." The drink is a white soda and is meant to taste like Japan's seasonal sponge cakes covered with white whipped cream and strawberries. If that's not appealing Pepsi will also be releasing Salted Caramel Pepsi here in the U.S. for a limited-run. Early reviews say despite the special flavor's cloyingly sweet tastes, it is said to have less sugar than original Pepsi. Would you try it? (Newser)
This guy REALLY wants to save $350 on a TV, and maybe also get a Blu-Ray of "Moana" for $8.
There's a guy who's already camping out in front of a Best Buy in Laredo, Texas for Black Friday. And apparently he put his tent down last Tuesday, so as far as we know, he was the first person in the country to start lining up.
When a news reporter went to interview him, he didn't want to be on camera or give his name . . . maybe he's self-aware enough to know what he's doing is stupid? He also didn't say what he's hoping to buy.
Believe it or not, there are people who think there's just not enough "Star Wars" in the world right now. And for those people, we have this:
There's ANOTHER "Star Wars" trilogy in the works. The first movie will be written and directed by Rian Johnson . . . the guy who did the upcoming flick, "The Last Jedi" . . . which is the second movie in the CURRENT trilogy.
He and his producing partner released a statement saying, quote, "'Star Wars' is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can't wait to continue with this new series of films."
Apparently, this trilogy won't be part of the "Skywalker saga" that's being told over the three main trilogies. It'll have all new characters.
Meanwhile, a live-action "Star Wars" series will hit Disney's digital streaming service in 2019. There's no word yet on the details.
O.J. SIMPSON should probably just lay low . . . not attract attention to himself . . . and enjoy the fact that he's FREE. In other words, just act like a normal 70-year-old man.
But of course, O.J. isn't a normal senior citizen. And he still doesn't have the acumen to just NOT do stupid things . . . allegedly.
TMZ claims O.J. was kicked out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas Wednesday night, after he got wasted . . . and a little too rowdy.
They say he's been hitting up the bars at that hotel since his release from prison, and on Wednesday he started arguing with the staff, and, quote, "glasses broke at the bar." Technically, they don't say O.J. broke the glasses.
Security showed up, and escorted him out. He went without causing a scene . . . but he's been permanently 86'd from the Cosmopolitan.
For what it's worth, O.J.'s lawyer admits that he was banned from the hotel, but denies that he did anything wrong. He says they just decided they didn't want to have him around.
Folks on the East Coast need to brace themselves for a blast of arctic air that will bring with it the coldest temperatures of the season so far. Record lows 20 to 25 degrees below normal are possible on Friday night into Saturday morning throughout the region. New York City could dip into the mid-20s on Friday night.
Meanwhile, in Minnesota...
Are you ready for this? Driving this afternoon in International Falls, MN. So far more than a foot of #snow this season....about double their average to date. pic.twitter.com/O4Yn1Uepuj
If you were given the choice between: A 75% chance at a brand new car . . . or $1,500 to walk away, which would you choose?
On "The Price Is Right" this week, a contestant named Kevin was playing the game, 'Let 'Em Roll.' It's a dice rolling game, where you get a car if ALL FIVE of the rolled dice show the car symbol. On his first roll, he got four cars, but the fifth die showed a dollar amount of $1,500.
Three sides of the dice had a car, and the other three had dollar amounts. And he had two more chances to roll that fifth die and get the car.
If the car did NOT come up, he'd have to take whatever dollar amount was on that die on the last roll. That could be $500, $1,000, or $1,500.
Kevin had already beaten the odds with four cars on his first roll. There's only a 6.25% chance of that happening. The crowd was pumped . . . but despite a 75% chance of winning the car, Kevin chose to walk away with $1,500.
Drew Carey tried to talk him out of it . . . and made sure he understood how the game worked. But Kevin's mind was made up. He was done.
He confirmed that he just wanted the $1,500 . . . FIVE TIMES . . . and then yelled, quote, "I love 'The Price Is Right'! Wooooo!" (???) The crowd was shocked, and there were even some boos.
Naturally, some people are saying this was a dumb decision, but a blog points out that it's actually expensive to "win" a car on a game show. For starters, you have to pay the sales tax on it before you can even take possession of it . . . and that's probably going to be a couple thousand.
Game show loot is also considered income, so you'd have pay federal tax, which could be between 10 and 40% percent. And the state also gets a cut. Plus, there's a possibility that this added "income" pushes you into a higher tax bracket.
One woman who won a car on "The Price Is Right" says she paid about $9,000 in taxes on a $20,000 car. She immediately sold it for $14,800, and ended up netting about $6,000 . . . but it definitely wasn't hassle-free.
That said, the guy didn't seem to be weighing any of this. He was just adamant about taking $1,500 . . . or about $800 to $1,100 after taxes.
(Here's video. Before you slam this guy, it's also worth noting, there's a chance he has an intellectual disability. It's hard to say from the video. That, or maybe he was just nervous and caught up in the moment.)
This probably won't make swatting flies any easier. But it might be less frustrating once you know why it's so difficult . . .
It's really hard to hit a fly with a fly swatter because they're basically seeing everything in SLOW MOTION.
Humans and other animals don't really see things as one continuous video. Our brains are constantly piecing together images so everything LOOKS like it's continuous.
How fast it happens is called "flicker fusion rate." For humans, it's about 60 times a second. Kind of like a video camera that shoots 60 frames per second. But not all animals have the same flicker fusion rate.
For turtles, it only happens about 15 times a second. So things look like they're moving a lot faster for them than for us.
For houseflies, it's around 250 times a second. Which means they're seeing the world move four times SLOWER than us. So if they see a fly swatter coming their way, they can move before it hits them.
We're just smarter than flies, so sometimes we catch them by surprise.
If you're hoping to travel sometime around Christmas and New Year's, book now. The best fares will be gone by mid-November, according to NBC News. After that, airline tickets will rise $3 or $4 a day. Then, after Thanksgiving, they'll go up by $6 or $7 a day. And, you can double that price rise if you're heading anywhere warm. One tip for the frugal: The best holiday fares could be on Christmas Day or New Year's Day, not shortly before or after.
Twitter is going to look a LOT different from this point forward. No, no, they haven't gotten rid of the racists and trolls and Russian bots . . . that's their bread and butter. It's going to look different because everyone can now tweet LONGER stuff.
A little over a month ago, Twitter gave some users the chance to use 280 characters in their tweets instead of the normal 140. And I guess they liked how the test went, because yesterday, they rolled out that longer limit to EVERYONE.
Just THINK of how many more racial slurs or spam keywords people can fit into their tweets now. Thanks, Twitter!
The Green Bay Packers fell 30-17 to the Detroit Lions in Monday night's football game. It was the third straight loss for the Packers. Their luck turned bad when Aaron Rogers hurt his collarbone on Oct. 15 at Minnesota.
Most people love Netflix, but if you see an email claiming your Netflix account was suspended, don't fall for it. Deadline reports Netflix subscribers are being targeted with phishing emails like these, asking them to update their account information. The sketchy email has the subject line, "Your suspension notification." Victims are taken to a fake Netflix landing page and asked to log in with their personal information. Stay vigilent! (Time)
It's good to see a company that knows what its customers want. The people at Hidden Valley salad dressings know that one little bottle of ranch isn't enough to meet your daily ranch needs. But THIS might be.
They've just started selling KEGS of ranch dressing. Well, technically mini kegs. But still: KEGS OF RANCH DRESSING.
The kegs are about 10 inches tall, they keep the dressing insulated and fresh, and the company says each one contains a YEAR'S SUPPLY of ranch. And . . . they only cost $50. You can get them at FlavourGallery.com.
Humans like to mock the Tyrannosaurus Rex for its little arms and big body, but scientists now have a theory as to what those little arms were used for. University of Hawaii paleontologist Steven Stanley explains, "Its short, strong forelimbs and large claws would have permitted T-Rex, whether mounted on a victim's back or grasping it with its jaws, to inflict four gashes a meter or more long and several centimeters deep within a few seconds. And it could have repeated this multiple times in rapid succession." We're quite lucky the 20-foot-tall creature with nine-inch-long teeth is extinct. (Fox)
Even MORE sexual misconduct accusations against KEVIN SPACEY were made over the weekend . . . and Netflix has had enough. On Friday, they fired Kevin from their show "House of Cards".
Kevin was also going to star in a Gore Vidal biopic for Netflix, but they scrapped that project too.
It's been an incredibly fast downfall for Kevin. We heard the first accusation last Sunday night. The next day, Netflix said "House of Cards" would end after one last season . . . but now that season is in doubt because, if it happens on Netflix, it'll have to happen WITHOUT Kevin.
This scandal is moving so fast it's hard to keep up with it, but there are now 12 specific people who have accused Kevin of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past, and several of them were underage at the time.
One of the newer ones is actor Harry Dreyfuss, the son of Richard Dreyfuss. Harry claims Kevin slid his hand up his leg, and grabbed his junk and fondled him, while they were in the SAME ROOM as his dad. This happened when he was 18.
These accusers don't include the "multiple anonymous cast and crew members" from "House of Cards".
(Vox.com has a rundown of all his accusers so far.)
Well, these people just set the bar for "world's most amicable divorce."
There's a 41-year-old woman named Nicola Hitchen in Cheshire, England. And back in March, she was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer and her doctors estimated she had four months to live.
But Nicola did some research, and found there was a hospital in Turkey doing an advanced chemotherapy treatment that just might be able to help her. Unfortunately, she couldn't afford it . . . it was over $165,000 for just five sessions.
But get this . . . her ex-husband's NEW WIFE stepped in to raise money for her to get the treatments. Her name is Claire Hitchen, and she and Nicola's ex-husband Andy launched a massive online fundraising campaign.
Claire said she did it because Nicola's two sons are her stepsons, and, quote, "She's an amazing mom . . . [she] continues to put them first throughout all of her treatment . . . and she deserves the chance to watch them grow into men."
And they WERE able to raise the money . . . and the chemo treatments WORKED. Nicola is now in remission and almost all of the cancer is completely gone.
For a few minutes, it was as if God had answered the prayers of millions of Americans: PRESIDENT TRUMP's Twitter account went down for several minutes. It looked like he'd either abandoned it, or been kicked off.
But that wasn't the case. Twitter said, quote, "Earlier today [Trump's] account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee.
"The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again."
Later on, they blamed it on a customer service employee, who did it on their last day on the job. (Time)
If you leave your Halloween candy bowl out, you run the risk of some greedy kids emptying it. And now thanks to home security cameras, we're finding out that adults aren't much better. Two videos from Halloween are going viral showing just that.
In the first one, a guy nearly empties a bucket full of candy. And in the other, three adults and a kid help themselves to extra candy in bowl that's sitting out. But one of the adults comes back . . . takes more candy . . . then just STEALS the entire bowl. And to make matters worse, it looks like she's dressed as a NUN.
If you want a beer that's absurdly expensive AND illegal in most of the south, then oh baby, today's your day.
Samuel Adams just announced they're making a special craft beer called Utopias. It's 56 PROOF, which makes it just as potent as a lot of hard alcohol. And a bottle of it will cost you $199.
But the best part? Because of that high alcohol content, it's ILLEGAL in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington.
It should go on sale in the other 38 states next month, but it's going to be pretty tough to find . . . they only made 13,000 total bottles, so you may have to call around to find places that are carrying it.
"House of Cards" not coming back for a seventh season had nothing to do with KEVIN SPACEY's sexual assault scandal. But THIS does:
Production on the sixth and final season has been suspended indefinitely. The cast and crew were notified yesterday morning.
Netflix and the company that produces the show said they need time to, quote, "review the current situation and address any concerns of our cast and crew."
"House of Cards" was supposed to end its run with a 13-episode season, starting in the middle of next year. Obviously, it's not clear right now if that's going to happen.
In related news, MasterClass has dropped Kevin's $90 online acting seminar . . . a London theater Spacey ran from 2004 to 2015 has opened a tip line for people who may have been victimized by him during that time . . .
And a line about Kevin was removed from last night's episode of "This Is Us".