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Fonseca Show - with Aaron Fonseca

Today's Fonseca Show Best of Calls:


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- People Magazine says Taylor Swift has donated $1 million to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. She is helping people affected by this past weekend's deadly tornadoes in Tennessee. The storms caused at least six deaths and extensive damage across multiple counties.

- The Daily Mail says major retailers like Walmart, Wayfair, and Target are selling artificial pink Christmas trees. The trend was inspired by the "Barbie" movie and has been further popularized by Paris Hilton. The trees cost between $30 and $230. Retail analyst Neil Saunders says, "Every Christmas, we see something totally different, and every year there is a trend tree. This has been a year of pink."

- A new survey by DoorDash reveals that on the days after St Patrick's Day, Halloween and New Year's Eve, DoorDash drivers see a 400% spike in orders for ibuprofen. The top food items paired with ibuprofen include Cheesesteaks, Cognac, Nacho Fries, Bacon Egg and Cheese, and Cold Brew.


- CNBC says Macy's has received a buyout offer of $5.8 billion from Arkhouse Management and Brigade Capital Management. Macy's has been struggling to compete with online retailers and has seen a decline in sales.

- Money Control says a man recently opened a package of Lay's potato chips, which claimed to have "25% more chips," and only found two chips. A video of the incident has gone viral, showing the customer expressing his disbelief and questioning the company's packaging standards.

- Giant Freakin Robot says SpongeBob SquarePants is set to call the Super Bowl for Nickelodeon. The network is going to target children with their broadcast. Other characters including Sandy Cheeks and Larry the Lobster will also be a part of the broadcast.

- Page Six says Adam Driver and wife, Joanne Tucker, recently welcomed a baby girl. Driver and Tucker, who are notoriously private, have not openly discussed their first child

- The Athletic says baseball star Shohei Ohtani has agreed to defer $68 million of his annual $70 million salary with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This will give the team more financial flexibility to comply with Major League Baseball’s luxury tax. The deferred amount will be paid out without interest from 2034 to 2043.

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Santa Shortage Getting Worse Ahead Of Xmas: The Telegram says the Santa shortage is getting worse due to increased demand and a dwindling supply of Santa’s. The New England Santa Society says the demand for Santas has grown exponentially in the past two years. Families are now paying for at-home visits from Santa, which became more popular during and after the pandemic. Santa’s are promoting visits during the week and adjusting their schedules to accommodate parents who work during the day.


Xmas Decorations Secretly Slowing You Wi-Fi: The Sun says Christmas decorations could be slowing down your Wi-Fi. Expert Richard Dowden, from Uswitch.com, says Xmas lights, tinsel, and Christmas trees can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal. The lights emit a weak electromagnetic field, tinsel can bounce signals, and placing your router behind a Christmas tree can disrupt the signal strength. To boost your Wi-Fi, keep decorations away from the router.


People Magazine says Taylor Swift has donated $1 million to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. She is helping people affected by this past weekend's deadly tornadoes in Tennessee. The storms caused at least six deaths and extensive damage across multiple counties.


Dua Lipa tells Elle magazine that she thinks it's important to have a bold, liberated persona. "I think it's important to have a really bold personality and be brave in the decisions you make, which is difficult because people can be quite judgmental. But I always think about the people who love me so much and are proud of me and that gives me the flash of fire that I need to keep moving forward."



Tate McRae tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper that she prefers to live in the moment. "My thought process is very on-the-spot. It's very in the moment. I'm like, 'Let's just do it now, and then we can think about it afterwards.' I feel like it's so important to live in the moment and just go with it because life is too short to constantly be planning or worrying about what's going to happen next."


Taylor Swift tells Rolling Stone magazine that she often feels unsure of her own identity. "I take things too far sometimes, and sometimes I take things too close to heart. I get confused about who I am, but I always want to learn and grow. I'm not a perfect person, but I try my best to navigate through this confusing world."


Mashed Magazine says Nick Jonas has his own customized sandwich at Jersey Mike's. His sub consists of turkey, ham, salami, provolone cheese, lettuce, pickles, oregano, and oil and vinegar on whole wheat bread


Jennifer Aniston tells Variety magazine that she was texting with Matthew Perry just hours before his death on October 28th. “He was happy. He was healthy. He had quit smoking. He was getting in shape. He was happy — that’s all I know. I was literally texting with him that morning, funny Matty. He was not in pain. He wasn’t struggling. He was happy.”


The Daily Mail says Kevin Costner and Jewel are dating. A source says, ‘’They are having fun, but are not serious. Jewel likes herself a man’s man and she is all about Kevin’s country western vibe. 'Richard invited Jewel to hold her charity fundraiser on Necker and, honestly, the hookup happened organically. They hit it off well and Jewel seems to be happy about it.’’

The News International says Kevin’s ex, Christine Baumgartner, is relieved that he is not dating a "fame-seeking bimbo". A source says, “She said she's happy for him, but it still isn't a great feeling seeing your ex with someone new. She never could have imagined him and Jewel dating, but in retrospect it makes sense. They're both into music, into that cowboy thing. What's not to like about her?”



Ace Showbiz says Chris Rock and four other A-list actors have reportedly declined offers to host the 2024 Golden Globes. Ali Wong, Will Arnett, Sean Hayes, and Jason Bateman have all passed on offers to host. Celebrity publicists claim that hosting award shows is a thankless job and not worth the politics and stress involved. The Golden Globes return to CBS on January 7th


Mariah Carey tells People magazine that she dislikes artificial Christmas trees. "I'm not really a fan of artificial trees [but] it's all the way you decorate it and the love you put into the room. I like popcorn garlands. Slay - especially with cranberries and popcorn. Tree skirts can be cute. It's all about the way they're zhuzhed. You got to zhuzh them properly. Tinsel, nay. I am not really a tinsel fan. But I don't want to take that away from other people because it's fun. You could throw it at people. It's fun for a moment."


Cinemablend says Tim McGraw and “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan have started a wine club called 1883 Reserve Napa Valley. The wine club offers various options for fans to choose from and provides exclusive discounts.


The Sun says the next James Bond film may have two actors playing the iconic role, one younger and one older. Producers are considering Oscar-nominated actor Paul Mescal to play the younger MI6 spy. He is staring in Ridley Scott's Gladiator sequel. Fans may have to wait until 2026 for the release of the next 007 film.



Top 5 Highest Grossing Tours Of 2023 ... According to a new article by FOX Business

1. Taylor Swift's "Eras Tour" - $1.04 billion

2. Beyonce's "Renaissance Tour" - $579.8 million

3. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - $379.5 million

4. Coldplay's World Tour - $325.5 million

5. Harry Styles' "Love on Tour" - $290.5 million


Bro Bible says Deion Sanders’ ex-girlfriend, Tracy Edmonds, claims she is the one who ended their relationship. She posted, “I want to clarify that it was my decision to end the relationship, despite any different narratives being presented. I’ve chosen to prioritize myself and my family, moving forward towards a future where I am valued, treated with honesty, and free to embrace the happiness and respect I deserve. I hate to have to respond to the media, but sometimes it’s necessary when the falsehoods get out of control!’’


The New York Post says a rare first-edition copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was recently sold at an auction for $69,000. The seller found the book in a discount bin in a Scottish bookstore in the late 1990s. The book is one of only 200 early editions. It has no dust jacket and was stored in a cupboard under some stairs before being authenticated.


 


Top 5 Holiday Foods A Cardiologist Avoids... According to a new article by Eat This, Not That!

1. Eggnog - High in calories, cholesterol, saturated fat, and added sugars.

2. Rolls/Bread - Most are high in empty calories and sodium.

3. Pre-Dinner Snacks - Calorie-dense and nutrient-poor, saving room for healthier options is key.

4. Mixed Drinks - Deliver a lot of added calories and sugars, along with negative cardiovascular effects.

5. Holiday Cookies - Sweets should be avoided or eaten in moderation to maintain a healthy weight.



Holiday Gift Survey

A new survey by Paddy Power Bingo reveals that 90% of people would not admit if they hated a Christmas gift they received. Other findings:

- 58% of people have never re-gifted

- 50% of people would never return a Christmas gift

- Tech items are the least likely to be returned at 3%, while candles and clothing are the most likely at 12%

- Cash is the top gift people want to receive this year, followed by an air fryer


Top 5 Most Disappointing Holiday Gifts … According to a new survey by Patty Power Bingo

Cleaning products (36%)

Practical items (batteries etc.) (27%)

Christmas decorations (25%)

Candles (20%)

Fitness products (17%)



Top 10 Most Annoying Christmas Songs... According to a new study by Finance Buzz

1. "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey (10 states)

2. "Run Rudolph Run"

3. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

4. "Jingle Bells"

5. "Deck the Halls"

6. "Feliz Navidad" by José Feliciano

7. "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" (Massachusetts)

8. "White Christmas" (Maine)

9. "Wonderful Christmastime" (Vermont)

10. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" (Rhode Island)


Holiday Office Party Survey

A new survey by The Daily Express reveals that 83% of workers prefer a bonus or gift over a holiday get-together with colleagues. Other findings:

- 50% of workers spend an average of $17 on Secret Santa gifts

- The average worker contributes $41 to cover the costs of their staff Christmas party

- 92% of workers would like to have the choice between a bonus or a party.




Dear Fonseca,

My brother and I went Christmas shopping for our families this past weekend. He thought I was joking when I bought a fit tracker for my wife. He said that's the worst gift you can give someone who is overweight. I like to refer to my wife as curvy. My brother says you should never give a hint gift to someone, especially your wife. I am hoping the gift motivates her to lose weight. She won't only look better, but will also feel better. If you were me, would you give the fit tracker to my wife? Will it spark a fight? Will she appreciate the gesture or be insulted by it?



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