- A new study by the speaker manufacturer Sonos reveals that a person gets sick of a holiday song after hearing it 104 times
- The San Francisco Gate newspaper says LeVar Burton has been hired to host the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The spelling competition will take place in late May or early June.
- NBC says airlines are warning that the new 5G wireless network that will encompass the cellular industry next year could interfere with sensitive aircraft electronics and disrupt thousands of flights every day.
- Brobible says Lay's Potato Chip Vodka is now for sale. Portland, Oregon's Eastside Distilling created the limited edition 80-proof vodka. It costs $40 a bottle
- Chewboom says Ben & Jerry's is releasing a new flavor called Mint Chocolate Chance. Inspired by Chance the Rapper, the mint chocolate chip ice cream has brownies and mint
- Totally the Bomb says Lucky Charms is now selling a marshmallow pancake mix.The pancakes taste just like the cereal and are topped with the famous marshmallows. Some people are melting marshmallows on top of the pancakes.
- WGN says Harbor Breeze is recalling their Belleisle Bay and Rio ceiling fans because the blades can detach while in use. The company has received 60 reports of detaching blades. Three of the reports involve property damage. The fans were sold at Lowe's and other retailers
Santa's Home Worth Over $1 Million: KSAT says Zillow has valued Santa's home at the North Pole at more than $1 million. It's the first time the home has passed the seven-figure mark. The property sits on seven acres and has a toy making factory, a large garage for Santa's sleigh and guest homes for Santa's elves. The gourmet kitchen has a custom oven with 12 cookie settings. The house was built in 1822 and then remodeled in 2013 Zillow estimates Santa’s home to be worth $1,031,401. That's up 19% from 2020.
Zillow's description reads ...
A winter lover’s paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres. The property includes Santa’s main living quarters, a community of tiny elf homes, a state-of-the-art toy-making facility, garage with space for an all-weather sleigh and stables that board eight live-in reindeer, plus a bonus stall for red-nosed company. This year, the Clauses updated their home photos, and it looks like they have a few new additions to their home, including a stationary bike and newly-adopted pup. Use our hints here to see if you can spot all eleven!
Santa’s Living Quarters... The home, constructed in the 1800s, is steeped in Old World charm but thanks to a recent renovation, offers modern-day amenities. Find a floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace for roasting chestnuts in the living room. The gourmet kitchen is a baker’s dream, boasting an oven with 12 different cookie settings. Cookies are served directly from oven to table in the adjoining dining room, along with cocoa on tap. Boughs of holly deck the hall leading to the primary bedroom and two charming guest rooms. Tiptoe to Santa’s quiet study where an impressive writing desk is flanked by the same sewing table he used to make the original Teddy bear.
DONT Hide Holiday Presents In Your Car: News Chain says insurance companies are warning people not to hide holiday presents in their car because thieves may steal them. Ryan Fulthrope from GoCompare says: "We always recommend that you do not leave expensive gifts in the back of the car – even if you are hiding them from your nearest and dearest – as there are many caveats in both car and home insurance policies which mean that you might not always be covered."
World's Most Admired Men For 2021 …. According to a new survey by YouGov
1. Barack Obama
2. Bill Gates
3. Xi Jinping
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
5. Jackie Chan
6. Elon Musk
7. Lionel Messi
8. Narendra Modi
9. Vladimir Putin
10. Jack Ma
Keanu Reeves tells Red Table Talk that he once wore Dolly Parton's Playboy outfit."My mother was a costume designer and she made some costumes for Dolly Parton and she once did the cover of Playboy. Somehow I guess she didn’t take that one home, so we had it, and it was Halloween. I put on the ears and the bustier. I wore sneakers with fishnet stockings and the bowtie. I had some pretty long hair, and I was Dolly Parton as a Playboy bunny."
The Hill website says 100 people recently contracted the coronavirus after attending a Taylor Swift-themed party in Sydney, Australia. The country's Health Department is now asking as many as 600 people to test for the virus because they may have come in contact with party attendees
Radar Online claims Kim Kardashian plans to bring Pete Davidson to her family's Christmas dinner. A source tells the website, "Kim is flying into New York City this week to see Pete and will also attend the Christmas special of SNL."
"Spider-Man: No Way Home" opens in theaters today. Tom Holland tells Yahoo News that he won't do a love scene with Zendaya in future Spider-Man movies. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for the Spider-Man franchise. We are still very much young kids. Should there be a future for this character maybe one day we will explore that. But at the moment, this is a film about celebrating friendships and young love.”
The Daily Mail says Keifey Bankhead is a Tom Hardy doppelganger. He says, ''I've been inundated with messages about my resemblance to Tom Hardy from women, and men actually. get hundreds of messages a day from different women since making TikTok. My inbox is a little crazy. I've had people wanting me to fly around the world saying 'get a flight to Canada and I'll marry you' or 'I'll pay for your train tickets to Berlin' or whatever. There's a pattern emerging, the women tend to be very much on board with it and it's usually the men or the people without profile pictures, the trolls, that are like "you look nothing like him". There's not really many women that say I don't, which I find quite funny.''
Unilad says two women are accusing ''Sex and the City'' star Chris 'Mr Big' Noth of assault. They claim the incidents occurred in Los Angeles in 2004 and in New York in 2015. One woman claims Chris assaulted her while returning a book he borrowed. Another woman says she was assaulted after Chris invited her to his apartment to see his whiskey collection. He says, ''The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false. These stories could’ve been from 30 years ago or 30 days ago — no always means no — that is a line I did not cross. The encounters were consensual. It’s difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out. I don’t know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women.''
Perez Hilton says Peloton has pulled their ad starring Chris. They released a statement saying, “Every single sexual assault accusation must be taken seriously. We were unaware of these allegations when we featured Chris Noth in our response to HBO’s reboot. As we seek to learn more, we have stopped promoting this video and archived related social posts.”
Music Feeds says a live music venue inspired by "The Simpsons" is set to open in Melbourne, Australia. The "Shotkickers" venue is inspired by the bar that Marge Simpson visits in the episode, "Marge on the Lam." It will open in early January.
Entertainment Tonight says a search warrant has been issued for Alec Baldwin's iPhone. Law enforcement officials want to look at the phone as they continue to investigate the fatal shooting that took place on the set of his film "Rust". Baldwin's emails, social media accounts, text messages and cloud drives are all going to be reviewed by the police. They are looking for more information as to why Halyna Hutchins was shot on the set.
Perez Hilton says Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are expecting their second child together. They have a 16 month-old daughter named Lyla. Chris and Anna Faris have a nine-year-old son named Jack
Perez Hilton says Ben Affleck's former online girlfriend, Katie Cherry, allegedly did an interview with In Touch Weekly. They asked about his relationship with JLo. Katie said, “When he and I were together, I asked him, ‘What was J. Lo’s a** like?’ I had to ask him. She’s an icon. She’s awesome. And he said it’s ‘phenomenal.’ He seemed very enthusiastic about it. That’s literally the only time he spoke about her.”
Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson recently posted a video of his six-year-old daughter, Jasmine, using a marker to draw on his head. She drew eyeballs on his forehead and marked up his nose.
The NY Post says Jennifer Garner's friends are upset with Ben Affleck for saying that he drank because he felt trapped in their marriage. The friends tell the paper, "It’s disgusting. Jen has been the only one picking him up time and time again when he’s done horrible things — fallen off the wagon or worse. Jen stood by him because she loves him. This is the mother of his children. Anyone who knows addict behaviour knows how untrue those comments could be for any addict, but particularly Ben. It’s one of the first tenets of AA not to place blame for your disease."
The Sun says Betty White is holding a star-studded party for her 100th birthday next week. The guest list includes: Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendy Malick, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Toy Survey A new survey by the toy company Premium Joy reveals that 80% of children play with 20 or fewer of their toys. Other findings:
- 44% of children play with just 10 of their toys
- 21% of children play with 11 to 20 of their toys.
Top 10 Gift Givers … According to a new survey by Memento
Significant others (12%)
HOW ARE HOLIDAY FOOD TRADITIONS CHANGING? … According to a new survey by the food technology company Eat Just Inc
Eating smaller portions - 43%
Eating healthier - 42%
Purchasing sustainably-sourced food - 35%
Eating more plant-based - 32%
Cooking healthier - 30%
FAVORITE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH LOVED ONES … According to a new survey by Chinet
Cooking/baking - 56%
Talking/catching up - 52%
Playing games - 48%
Opening presents - 46%
Having meals - 46%
Watching holiday movies - 45%
Decorating the home - 43%
Wrapping presents - 41%
Listening to holiday music - 40%
Taking photos - 35%
KINDS OF GIFTS CHILDREN WOULD ENJOY THE MOST … According to a new survey by Spin Master
I am a single mother of four children. The kids are wild and misbehaving because Christmas is coming and their Winter break is starting. They are not listening to me. I'm frustrated and have tried everything. A friend suggested I wrap fake Christmas presents and throw one or two in the fireplace to scare the kids into behaving. Part of me loves the idea while the other half thinks it's cruel and will scare them. What do you think of the tactic? I've been reading about it online. Am I a bad mother if I do this?