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My youngest brother has a girlfriend for the very first time. He's never been much of a ladies man, but he found a beauty. They have been dating for about three months now. She was at a recent family get together and I recognized her as an ex-girlfriend of one of my class-mates from college. I tried to see if I could bring up something to get on that topic, but when I mentioned the school, it seemed that the conversation changed. I have not reached out to my former class-mate, but I seem to remember things ending poorly. He claimed that she was crazy. I kinda want to warn my brother, but I'm not even 100% sure it's the same girl. She's about the same age and has the same first name, but it is a common name for girls her age. Do I say something? Do I just butt out?
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Looks aren’t everything. You’ve heard that saying, but do you actually believe it? According to a survey by online dating service Match, the traits singles are looking for have nothing to do with looks. In fact, there are 5 qualities people are looking for in a potential partner, ahead of good looks, according to Match data. They are…
• someone they can trust and confide in (94%)
• someone who is comfortable communicating their wants and needs (92%)
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“Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party” is returning to NBC, and this time Miley Cyrus will be joined by country icon Dolly Parton to ring in the holiday. Parton replaces Pete Davidson, who co-hosted the special last year. The event is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and will feature a star-studded lineup of performers and special guests, which have yet to be announced. Parton is also Cyrus’ godmother and one of her biggest musical influences. This year, Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party will air live on NBC from Miami on Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET and will stream live on Peacock.
The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Cate Blanchett will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for “Tár,” in which she plays a driven orchestra conductor. Palm Springs Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner said: “Cate perfectly embodies Lydia Tár as an orchestra conductor at the height of her career whose life begins to unravel. There is no one better suited for this role.” She joins this year’s previously announced honorees Colin Farrell (actor) and Sarah Polley (director). The Palm Springs International Film Awards will take place on Jan 5.
Harrison Ford goes back in time in the eagerly anticipated “Indiana Jones 5” opening sequence, and even he says seeing his younger self is “a little spooky”. Fans are taken back to 1944 in the first scenes, featuring a castle swarming with Nazis. Director James Mangold, who is taking over from Steven Spielberg, said in Empire magazine that visual effects were used to de-age Ford and “give the audience an adrenaline blast,” before the movie jumps ahead to 1969. Ford, who is 80, said of coming face-to-face with a younger ‘Indy’: “This is the first time I’ve seen it where I believe it…I don’t think I even want to know how it works, but it works.” “Indiana Jones 5” is scheduled to hit theaters June 30, 2023.
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COVID-19 is almost 3 years old, and pandemic-related words are still the most-commonly-used words in the English language. According to Global Language Monitor (which keeps track of things like this…), “denier” and “COVID” are the 2 most used words of 2022. The group tracks usage across the internet as well as in print, online, and social media. The Texas-based analysts pulled together a list of 37 of the most used words and phrases in the English-speaking world. Others making the cut include: “vaccine,” “variant,” “pandemic,” “booster dose,” “lockdown,” and “Omicron”. “Ukraine” was the top non-pandemic word or phrase this year, while “climate change” and “global warming” continue to be 2 of the top phrases this century. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down Roe v. Wade, “right to life” finished as the third-most used phrase this year.
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When you’re looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate. When you’re looking at someone you hate…same.
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If you’ve got picky eaters at your table for the holidays, steer clear of the color red. As festive as it is, red dishware makes fussy eaters even less likely to eat a meal, researchers from the University of Portsmouth found. Their analysis found that study participants’ desire to eat potato chips was impacted by the color of bowl they were presented in. This was especially so among the pickiest of eaters, who claimed the chips were saltier in blue and red bowls. Red bowls ranked last when it came to desirability.
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• Whyzit when you see someone with their mouth open singing or yelling, you don’t yawn … but you do if they’re yawning?
• Whyzit people with loud car sound systems never listen to good music?
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• Whyzit when a lawyer writes a 10,000 word document, it’s called a ‘brief’?
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