Show Notes for Friday, December 22, 2023

Today we visit with Susan Gallagher (Cobra Kai) about her new holiday comedy titled MERRY GOOD ENOUGH. The film was released on VOD on 12/19.



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December 22nd

National Date Nut Bread Day

Abilities Day

Mathematics Day

National Cookie Exchange Day

National Date Nut Bread Day

National Short Person Day

Snood Day

Forefathers Day

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Pet owners spend more on dogs than cats at Christmastime. A poll of 2,000 pet owners found that kitties typically receive $24 worth of gifts, while pampered pooches can expect about $34 worth of puppy presents. Chew toys top the Christmas list for dogs this year, with many likely to get a new snuggly blanket and their own turkey dinner to enjoy on the big day. Cats are most likely to receive new toys and scratching posts under the tree. One in 3 pet owners said they will also be buying a pet stocking this year.

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A gifting enthusiast known as “The Gift Girl” on TikTok has revealed the 3 presents you should avoid getting for women. According to Leah, who is from Dallas TX, the gifts NOT to give to any woman (unless she specifically asks for them) are: (#1) household cleaning supplies, (#2) a scale, supplements, weight loss or weight gain items, and (#3) any kind of anti-aging skincare. LINK:

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Oompa Loompa doopity doo — here’s a box office opening for you. “Wonka” is off to an OK start in North America after earning a projected first weekend domestic total of $39 million. That’s a so-so start for the film, which carries a hefty $125 million production budget. The prequel musical is also benefiting from golden ticket prices for premium large format auditoriums like Imax. After taking first-place in its opening last weekend, “The Boy and the Heron” has fallen to third place, after Wonka and “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”.

A big update on the TV adaptation of the iconic cult classic “Cruel Intentions”: “Gossip Girl” star Savannah Lee Smith has been added to the cast. Released in 1999, the original Cruel Intentions film starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, and followed a web of sexual and psychological warfare between affluent highschoolers. First confirmed in April, the TV version has now officially received a series order from Amazon. Khobe Clarke of “Firefly Lane” fame has also been cast as a regular.

James Cameron reflected on the making of “Titanic,” the most expensive film of its time, in an interview with the LA Times for the film’s 4K remastering home video release. The complex engineering and needed to create large sets and sequences contributed to the high cost of making the film. The director noted that “The scale of everything was beyond anything we could imagine…At the time we thought, wow, there’s no way this movie could ever make its money back…Well, guess what?” In addition, Cameron said to save money, he and his team only cast short extras in order to “make the set look bigger”. Quote: “Anybody above five foot eight, we didn’t cast them. It’s like we got an extra million dollars of value out of casting.”

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A survey found that women spend over 13 hours looking for the perfect gift for their mate — while men spend only 4 hours.

62% of teens surveyed want a smartphone for Christmas.

If you find yourself with a hangover this holiday season, simply walk it off. Research shows that light exercise can help you through a “day after the night before”, but trying to “sweat it out” will have the opposite effect. A 2020 study found that “hungover participants experienced significantly more exhaustion when performing physical activity at the same level as non-hungover participants”. This also means that your body is working hard to get rid of toxins — and intense movement adds another chore to its to-do list, creating extra stress that your body probably won’t cope well with. On the other hand, “a walk in fresh air or some gentle stretching can feel good when you feel run down”, according to an expert. It’s also good for you mentally.

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✓ ‘Jingle Bells’ was originally a Thanksgiving song.

✓ ‘Silent Night’ is the most-recorded Christmas song (over 138,000 versions).

The real St. Nicholas was a wiry Greek-Turkish archbishop who lived on a sunny Mediterranean beach.

The original Elf on the Shelf in the 1970s was named ‘Fisbee’.

Rudolph was almost named Rollo. Other reindeer names before the ones we’re familiar with today were settled upon include: Flossie, Glossie, Racer, Pacer, Scratcher, Feckless, Ready, Steady and Fireball.

The Germanic word for mistletoe literally means “dung on a twig.”


Question: Before the end of the year, the average person will say THIS 56 times. What is it?

Answer: “Merry Christmas”

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A high-end restaurant in Chicago is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the movie “Elf” by recreating the sugar-coma-inducing pasta dish enjoyed by Will Ferrell’s title character in the Christmas classic. Miss Ricky’s, an eatery located inside the Virgin Hotel, is selling the sweet surprise through Dec. 31. For $16, daring diners can order the mashup, which features sugar-coated spaghetti, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, M&Ms, crunchy wafers, and maple syrup. LINK:

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(Among newsreaders and others on TV, according to The Captioning Group…)

Travis Kelce: His last name can be pronounced 2 ways, and he has said both are correct! Pronunciation: Kel-see or Kels

Iam Tongi: This is the stage name of Hawaiian William Tongi, who moved judges to tears en route to winning “American Idol”. Pronunciation: Ee-am Dong-ee

Psammophile: It is a word to describe plants that love sandy soil – which wasn’t a spelling challenge for 14-year-old Dev Shah, who clinched the National Spelling Bee with it in June. Pronunciation: Sam-uh-file

Vivek Ramaswamy: He’s the GOP presidential candidate who rebuked political strategist Donna Brazile for mispronouncing his name on “Real Time with Bill Maher”. Pronunciation: Vih-vake Rah-mah-swah-me

Choupette: Celebs rushed to pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, at the Met Gala in May, with Jared Leto simply getting into a massive white cat costume and sending other guests wild. Pronunciation: Shoo-pet

Kīlauea: The second volcano to bubble its way onto the list, Kīlauea, went quiet for 3 months, then exploded impressively in June. Pronunciation: Kil-uh-way-uh

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