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The Daily Dish – Monday, August 31

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died on Friday following a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. Chadwick is survived by his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, and his mother, Carolyn Boseman. Chadwick married his wife, Taylor, prior to his passing. She is a singer and once auditioned to be on “The X Factor.” Chadwick learned he had colon cancer one year into their relationship.
TMZ says children are honoring Chadwick with action figure memorials.

Brad Pitt’s new girlfriend has another man in her life — her husband.
The Daily Mail says 27-year-old German model Nicole Poturalski has been married to restaurateur Roland Mary, 68, for eight years, and they have a 7-year-old son. But it’s all good, because Nicole and Roland have an open relationship.
An insider says Mary has been married three other times and he doesn’t mind his younger wife dating the Hollywood hunk.
It’s believed Brad met Nicole at her husband’s restaurant last summer. A few weeks later, then model flew to Los Angeles, and they began hooking up.

OK! magazine claims Cher is allegedly planning to marry a 27 year-old man. She is 74. A source tells the magazine they met through a mutual friend before he proposed with a 16 karat ring. “Cher’s dated a lot of men in her life but it’s different from her beau. They just get along so well. Cher’s planning to wear an outrageous dress. It’s a partially sheer, sequined gown with a glittery headpiece designed by her good friend, Bob Mackie. The groom’s attire will be Elvis-inspired. Cher swears this time is forever. Cher’s got a great guy, plus she’s talking about getting into politics and maybe even doing a final tour with her man beside her. One thing about Cher is, she never stops.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, August 31

Do you suffer from nomophobia? Nomophobia is the fear of being without your smartphone — and a new study found that 90% of college students have this fear. Researchers found that nomophobia is also linked to unhealthy sleep habits. “We found that college students who experience more ‘nomophobia’ were also more likely to experience sleepiness and poorer sleep hygiene such as long naps and inconsistent bed and wake times,” said lead author Dr. Jennifer Peszka of Hendrix College in Arkansas.

A sanitation crew cleaning out a public vault toilet in Montana’s Flathead National Forest were surprised to find a “poop-soaked phone in the toilet tank, and even more surprised that it still worked.
The guys used a grabber to pull the phone out and cleaned it off. After letting it dry out for a couple of days they plugged it in and were shocked that it powered up. The screen was locked, but they were eventually able to bypass the passcode and left a voicemail for the phone’s owner with a callback number.
A woman called them back and said she knew she had dropped the phone down the toilet, but was shocked that they were actually able to get it out. The phone is now on its way back to its grateful owner. (KRTV-TV)

Sorry, New Jersey – your accent isn’t sexy. A new survey has found that the Jersey accent is the “least sexy” in the U.S. The sexiest accent? We’re looking at you Texas. The Texas accent was voted sexiest in the Big 7 Travel Survey.
Here are the Top 5 Sexiest Accents:
  1. Texas
  2. New York
  3. Boston
  4. Alabama
  5. Chicago
Here are the 5 Least Sexy Accents:
  1. New Jersey
  2. Long Island, New York
  3. Florida
  4. Minnesota
  5. Pittsburgh
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Music News – Monday, August 31

The MTV VMAs made the most of their New York City backdrop Sunday night, with performances from iconic locations all over the Big Apple. Other remote performances made the most of green screen and graphics to make it look as if they were in N.Y.C., with many pre-taped.
Other than that, Lady Gaga’s dominance was the story of the night, as she came out five different times to receive award after award, rocking a unique outfit complete with mask each time, and she also performed with Ariana Grande.
The evening kicked off with host Keke Palmer denouncing police brutality and dedicating the show to Chadwick Boseman.
Other highlights included:
  • The Weeknd performed “Blinding Lights” 1,000 feet above Manhattan complete with a light show and fireworks display, as well as makeup that made it look like he’d been beat up.
  • Miley Cyrus served up throwback vibes with “Midnight Sky.”
  • BTS performed “Dynamite.”
  • Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande performed “Rain on Me” and later, Gaga sat down at a piano that looked like a giant brain to perform “Stupid Love.”

The Daily Dish – Friday, August 28

R. Kelly was thrown into solitary Thursday after a fellow inmate attacked the singer at a Chicago federal lockup.
According to Page Six, the man was frustrated over recent lockdowns caused by pro-R. Kelly protests outside the jail. The star’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, says, “My understanding is, every time there is a pro-R. Kelly protest outside of the jail, they lock down the entire facility.”
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer, who’s awaiting trial on child sex abuse charges, was in his cell when another inmate walked in and attacked him.
Greenberg adds that he’s not hurt too bad.” Kelly reportedly received only “minor injuries, nothing broken or anything like that.”
He was placed in solitary confinement because it’s the only place jail staff “can protect him.”

It’s been rumored for days and now it’s finally official. Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean will compete on Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars.
On Thursday, the 42-year-old singer-dancer confirmed that he’ll be on the show. Also joining the cast will be Kaitlyn Bristowe of The Bachelorette, but who their professional partners will be has yet to be revealed.
AJ made the reveal on Good Morning America and said his two daughters, ages three and seven, are particularly excited to see him put on his dancing shoes on TV. (quote) “They are stoked – especially my oldest.” (Fox News)

Apparently, Miranda Kerr has a fine relationship with ex-husband Orlando Bloom. The model was among the many on Thursday who offered Orlando and Katy Perry congratulations on the birth of their daughter, Daisy Dove.
Before divorcing in 2013, Miranda and Orlando were married for three years, and they co-parent their nine-and-half-year-old son, Flynn. Miranda wrote, (quote) “I’m so happy for you guys. Can’t wait to meet her.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, August 28

National Red Wine Day … It’s Friday – and in case you need another excuse to have some wine, today is a great day to have a glass or three of your favorite red.

Make your bed … How much of a turn-off is an unmade bed? According to a new survey, 40% of respondents said it would be a total turn-off to date someone who doesn’t make their bed. And if you don’t make your bed every day, here’s more incentive: The survey found that people who make their beds every day are having more sex during quarantine than those who don’t make their bed. And another reason to make your bed … 48% of the bed-makers surveyed said the quality of their sleep had increased – even during these uncertain times. 30% of non-bed-makers reported a decrease in the quality of their sleep. (SWNS)

2020 has been a very rough year for everybody … especially if your name happens to be Karen. The Karen meme really took off this year and is used to describe any middle-aged entitled woman or someone who complains and asks to speak to the manager. A recent poll in the UK found that 69% of people say they would never name their child Karen and would also be concerned about talking to someone named Karen. 6% say they wouldn’t even want to be matched up with a Karen on a dating site. And 18% of respondents said they would feel uneasy if their mother-in-law had the name. (Sky News)

So-long She Sheds … and goodbye Man Caves. Seems with lots of people working from home and lots of kids learning from home, the new trend in sheds is home office sheds. And people are willing to spend a boatload of cash on these backyard office/home school spaces. Studio Shed, a company based out of Boulder, Colorado, builds some impressive outdoor work spaces, which range in price from 10 grand to 30 grand. As of March, the company has seen 100% growth — thanks to the high demand for extra space that many people just don’t have in their home’s square footage. (Distractify)

Music News – Friday, August 28

The MTV Video Music Awards air on Sunday at 8:00 pm ET, and they’re shaping up to be one of the most memorable TV events of the pandemic.
The show was originally going to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but the performances have all been moved outside due to COVID-19 concerns. The acts set to perform include The WeekndLady Gaga with Ariana Grande, and Miley Cyrus, among others.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are the leading nominees with nine nods apiece. The Weeknd and Billie Eilish snagged six nominations each, followed by Taylor Swift with five.

It’s been rumored for days and now it’s finally official. Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean will compete on Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars.
On Thursday, the 42-year-old singer-dancer confirmed that he’ll be on the show. Also joining the cast will be Kaitlyn Bristowe of The Bachelorette, but who their professional partners will be has yet to be revealed.
AJ made the reveal on Good Morning America and said his two daughters, ages three and seven, are particularly excited to see him put on his dancing shoes on TV. (quote) “They are stoked – especially my oldest.” (Fox News)

New mother Katy Perry not only has a new album out today, she’s got a video game, too.
Perry plays “Katy’s Quest,” a circus-themed video game, in the video for Smile‘s title track. The game is now live at Alienware.com/Smile. It has you helping circus characters Strong Man, Frog Prince and Wolf Boy’s find their smiles again.

The Daily Dish – Thursday, August 27

Brad Pitt definitely has a type. The star’s new girlfriend is a dead ringer for Angelina Jolie.
Brad, 56, was recently spotted boarding a private jet in Paris with 27-year-old German model Nicole Poturalski. The blue-eyed brunette goes by Nico Mary when modeling. OK! Magazine reports that they were acting like “loved-up teenagers.”
According to The Daily Mail, the model speaks five languages, has one child and founded an organization that provides aid for sharks

Lori Loughlin is said to be “terrified about going to prison.”
The Full House star was sentenced to two months in jail for her part in the college admissions scandal. Her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, got five months.
A source tells People magazine, “It’s all been like a black cloud hanging over them.”
Lori and Mossimo have been ordered to report to jail on November 19th. They’ve requested that their sentences not overlap, but one of them will definitely miss the holidays.
In the meantime, the insider says, Lori fears contracting COVID-19 behind bars and “has been trying to stay as healthy as possible, and also takes supplements to boost her immune system. It’s definitely something that she has been losing sleep about.”

Macaulay Culkin recently turned 40 and said he’s having a midlife crisis. He posted, ”Hey guys, wanna feel old? … I’m 40 … You’re welcome … Since I’m 40 I think it’s about time to start my midlife crisis. I’m thinking of picking up surfing. Do you all have any suggestions? … Do any of you have photoshop skill? Can you put my head on a surfer so I can get an idea of how cool I’d look?”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, August 27

TODAY IS:
National Just Because Day … It’s a day to do something … just because. So do something today that you want to do … just because.

How hard would it be for you to give up all electronic devices for 48 hours? Do you think you could do it? How about for $1000? Satellite Internet, a Salt Lake City-based Internet provider, is offering people to take the “Digital Detox Challenge.” One randomly-selected applicant will be offered a cool grand to spend 48 hours living an RV parked at a U.S. national park without any Internet or phone service.
When the 48 hours are up, the newly digitally-detoxed winner will be provided an Internet hotspot so that they could post about their experience online. Applicants must be at least 25 years old and have a valid driver’s license. A winner will be selected on September 23rd.

Have a brew … with your favorite furry friend. This week, Busch announced that they have launched a line of non-alcoholic beers for dogs called Dog Brews. The 1- ounce cans, which are sold in 4 packs, have a bone broth base and are flavored with healthy pup ingredients like celery, basil, mint, turmeric, and ginger. And as an added incentive, for every case of Dog Brew sold, Busch will donate $1 to Best Friends Animal Society, up to $50,000. It’s only available online — and for a limited time — so get your pup his very own brew before they’re sold out! (People)

The #LayOnYourToddlerChallenge is the latest TikTok trend, and while it sounds weird, just watching a few of the short videos will have you tearing up with major feels. Here’s how it works: Parents simply lay their head on their toddler’s lap while they are watching their favorite TV show and wait to see what happens. Sure, some toddlers are not happy about getting disrupted during Paw Patrol, but more often than not, your heart will absolutely melt when you see how much they love showing mom or dad affection. It’s a great reminder to simply stop and have a cuddle every once in a while. If you need a smile, it’s certainly the sweetest thing you’ll see all day. (GMA)

Music News – Thursday, August 27

Britney Spears would like control of her life again at some point — and her dad Jamie to get out of her life.
People reports a source close to Britney saying the star “still wants the conservatorship to end at some point. But more urgently right now she doesn’t want her dad to regain the sole conservator role.”
The conservatorship was recently extended through February of next year. Jamie asked the court to become the sole person in charge again after he took on help in September 2019 because of health issues. Britney “strongly prefers” that Jodi Montgomery, the licensed conservator who came on board, to “continue in that role as [she] has done for nearly a year.”
The source says, “Britney wants someone who is respectful and considerate to be in charge of her conservatorship. Someone from the outside who is not her family. Someone who will treat her like an adult and listen to her. She will never have this relationship with Jamie… She dreams about the conservatorship ending, but this doesn’t seem realistic. She needs to be surrounded by people who look out for her.”

Aaliyah’s music could be coming soon to a streaming service near you.
Fans of the late R&B star have lamented for years that the only way you can access her music in the modern era is on Youtube. That means most music fans who’ve moved on from physical media to streaming are missing out — as-is an entire generation of music fans who’ve never been able to play her music on their favorite apps.
Yesterday (Tuesday), on the 19th anniversary of her tragic death, Aaliyah’s estate updated fans on the status of her catalog on streaming services. The official Twitter for Aaliyah posted, “To our loyal fans, We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalog, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future. Thank you for your continued love and support. More updates to come!”

Hollywoodlife.com says Lady Gaga is preparing for Sunday’s MTV VMAs by soaking in an ice tub.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, August 26

About four years ago, Paxton Burns had an idea to set up a food box on the front yard of his home, allowing people to donate and pick up non-perishable food to help others in his community.
Thanks to Paxton’s hard work and generous spirit, there are now 75 Paxton’s Blessing Boxes found outside homes and schools in Sedgwick County, Kansas — as well as other parts of Kansas and even in five other states.
And, his efforts to help those in need get food with no questions asked has resulted in Paxton winning a special humanitarian award during a virtual ceremony.
Paxton is clearly wise beyond his years, explaining that he thinks it’s “pretty cool” that he can “help people who sometimes don’t have the stuff that he has.” (The Wichita Eagle)
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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, August 26

Decider magazine says Kate McKinnon’s new Tiger King series is going to air on NBC, Peacock and the USA Network. The Saturday Night Live star is going to play Carole Baskin.
The show’s description reads, “She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as her hypocrisy. The results prove dangerous.”
 Nicolas Cage is going to play Joe Exotic in a Tiger King series for CBS

The cast of The West Wing — including Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen — will reunite for an HBO Max special to encourage voting in the 2020 Election. (People)

Home Improvement stars Tim Allen and Richard Karn will re-team for a new competition series called Assembly Required on the History channel. According to People magazine, the show, which will debut next year, will have contestants “rebuilding everyday household items in desperate need of fixing.”

Comedian Kevin Hart reveals he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year — but jokes that he kept it quiet because he was outranked by a much bigger star.
At Dave Chappelle’s stand-up show in Yellow Springs, Ohio on Saturday, Kev joked that the “problem is…I had it around the same time as Tom Hanks, and I couldn’t say anything because he’s more famous than I am.”
Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced on March 11th they tested positive for COVID-19 while in Australia. They were the first well-known celebs to be diagnosed.
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Music News – Wednesday, August 26

BuzzFeed News says Billie Eilish’s puppy recently went to the bathroom in her room and ruined her Louis Vuitton, limited-edition Nikes, Burberry and Chanel sneakers. Damage is estimated in the thousands

Justin Timberlake tells Apple Radio that he and Timbaland created “Sexyback” while listening to David Bowie. ”I was listening to David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel, which essentially is about a cross-dresser, and so I was picturing guys, girls, all iterations of that in a club, singing this to each other.  And I said, this has to be so simple and a vibe and just like an attitude. And I was like, what’s the most audacious thing you could possibly say. And that was the first line of the song. We got to bring dance music back’: And the funny thing is Tim’s playing the beat, right? This is exactly how it happened. I’ll never forget this moment. So he’s like, “All right man. I think we got to bring dance music back. So he’s [beatboxing]…He’s like, “What are you going to say?” I just go like this, “I’m bringing sexy back.” And he goes, “Yeah!”‘

Harry Styles tells Billboard magazine that he might consider doing a “Zoom reunion” with One Direction. “I don’t know if that’s the reunion that we’ve had in mind. I don’t know if that’s how … if that would be the way to do it, but, yeah, I’ll have a quick whip round.”

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Tuesday, August 25

Two sisters from Nebraska who haven’t seen each other in 53 years were – amazingly – reunited, due to coronavirus.
Back in May, 73-year-old Doris Crippen ended up in the emergency room and battled back from coronavirus.
When Doris was released from the hospital, she had to spend some extra time getting some rehab work on her arm.
It was in the rehab center that she encountered a wonderful surprise … Her long-lost sister, 53-year-old Bev Boro, was working there.
Bev recognized Doris’ name on a patient board – and the lives of the two women changed forever.
Doris and Bev have the same father, but different mothers – and they haven’t seen each other in 53 years, when Bev was just a baby.
Doris admitted that she had tried to find her siblings several times over the years, but failed.
It ended up taking a global pandemic to, finally, bring these two women together… and inspire them to begin planning a family reunion. (WTTG-TV)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, August 25

Queen Elizabeth is abandoning Buckingham Palace — at least for this year.
According to Britain’s Sunday Times, the monarch won’t return to the palace, which is her primary residence, “for the foreseeable future.”
The Queen will “continue working from Windsor [Castle] and is understood to be keen on commuting into London for engagements and events at Buckingham Palace, if it is considered safe for her to do so,”
She would usually return to Buckingham Palace in October following her summer holiday in Scotland. But this year, she’ll return to Windsor. It’s believed to be the longest period in her 68-year reign that she’s spent away from Buckingham Palace.
In other royal news, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s infant son Archie will become a prince, despite the couple not giving the infant a title when he was born. According to the Express, Archie will automatically get the title when his grandfather, Prince Charles, ascends to the throne.

A live-action version of The Powerpuff Girls is in development at The CW, according to Variety. The series will follow the “now disillusioned 20-somethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting.” Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody is one of the executive producers.

The Nutty Professor is getting another remake, this time from the production company behind Scream 5. The 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy was last remade in 1996 with Eddie Murphy.

Backstreets back competing for the mirror ball. AJ McLean will compete on season 29 of Dancing With the StarsUs Weekly reports.
The 42-year-old singer joins Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe as the second contestant named for the upcoming season of the ABC dancing competition.
AJ McLean teased the news to his Instagram followers, writing, “I’m on a very strict diet…and completely sober for almost nine months… I can’t tell you guys exactly what yet but I’m doing this for two reasons: one, to get in the best shape of my life, and to be healthy and to be happy, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and there’s something else coming up. Can’t tell you what it is but believe me you’ll know why based on that.”
Last year, AJ made a cameo on season 28 of DWTS when contestant Lauren Alaina prepared for their rumba set to Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way.”
His bandmate Nick Carter competed on season 21 of the show in 2015. He came in second place.
The rest of the cast for Season 29, which kicks off September 14th, has yet to be announced.

Music News – Tuesday, August 25

Miley Cyrus took to her Instagram over the weekend to reveal that her grandmother “Mammie” died.
Loretta Finley was 85-years old and known to Cyrus’s fans through her appearances with the singer over the years, including being on The Voice in 2016. Cyrus wrote, “Even though you are gone… NOTHING has or ever will change. You will FOREVER be my inspiration and fashion icon. Even more than that, the ultimate model of being a true LIGHT in a dark world.”
In another post Cyrus wrote about an appearance with Snoop Dogg, with a caption that said “Mammie baking brownies with Snoop Dogg — she never knew we snuck weed in them.”

OK! magazine says Justin Bieber’s wife, Hailey, has allegedly warned him to stay away from Kanye West. A source tells the magazine, “Justin comes back from these meetings with Kanye super arrogant and talking in riddles. Plus, Hailey’s worried his relationship with the Kardashians would lead to him reconnecting with (former fling) Kourtney Kardashian. Justin’s always trying to push the idea that they should spend more time with Kanye — but it makes Hailey uneasy, even if she is close with other members of his family, like Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.”

Harry Styles tells Another Man magazine that he lived in a “bubble” when he was a member of One Direction. “It’s this bubble where things happen around you and it’s not real life. It’s amazing, but it’s not realistic. So when you come out of that, it’s nice to catch up with everything … I loved it and it was what I wanted, but I’m enjoying writing at the moment; trying new things. I’ve been asking myself, ‘What do I want to say?’”

The Daily Dish – Monday, August 24

Larry King has broken his silence on the deaths of two of his children in the last three weeks.
On Sunday the TV journalist wrote on Facebook, “It is with sadness and a father’s broken heart that I confirm the recent loss of two of my children, Andy King and Chaia King. Both of them were good and kind souls and they will be greatly missed.”
Chaia was 51 and Andy was 65.
King explains that “Andy passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 28th, and Chaia passed on August 20th, only a short time after having been diagnosed with lung cancer. Losing them feels so out of order. No parent should have to bury a child.”
The 86-year-old TV host is also the father to three adult sons, Larry JuniorChance and Cannon.

Paris Hilton opens up about her troubled teen years in the upcoming documentary This Is Paris, where she reveals that she was abused at a boarding school in Utah.
She tells People magazine, “People might assume everything in my life came easy to me, but I want to show the world who I truly am.”
The Simple Life star says she was a rebellious teen, which prompted her parents to send her to several boarding schools in the late 1990s. The last one was Utah’s Provo Canyon School, where she stayed for 11 months.
Paris says, “From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture.”
She adds that “the staff would say terrible things. They were constantly making me feel bad about myself and bully me. I think it was their goal to break us down. And they were physically abusive, hitting and strangling us. They wanted to instill fear in the kids so we’d be too scared to disobey them.”
Three of her former classmates, who claim they were force-fed medication and held down by restraints as punishment, appear in This Is Paris, which premieres September 14th on Paris Hilton’s YouTube channel.

The first trailer for The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, is here — and it’s dark.
The superhero flick, also starring Zoë Kravitz and Colin Farrell, opens October 1st, 2021.

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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, August 24

Before COVID, lots of people thought that remote workers had it made. Now, people are beginning to understand the downsides of working from home. According to voters on ranker.com, here are the Top 10 Worst Things About Working From Home:
  1. People not understanding that you actually work really hard.
  2. People thinking your life is one big vacation.
  3. All the distractions.
  4. Needing to master time management skills.
  5. Having to wait for a response to a simple question via e-mail.
  6. Missing out on co-worker interactions.
  7. It can be hard to get in touch with people.
  8. Feeling like you need to prove you’re being productive.
  9. Not being able to collaborate as easily.
  10. Having too little human interaction throughout the week.

You’ve got to wear a mask … why not match with your dog? Dog supplement company Goodboy is selling matching human face mask and dog bandana sets. For $33 a set, you and your favorite furry friend can look extra stylish on your daily walks. (People)

 The USDA has recalled Progresso Organic Chicken Noodle Soup because the cans do not contain chicken or noodles. The mislabeled cans contain meatballs and pasta and have a “best buy” date of “BestByMAY262022.” The USDA posted the recall after customer complaints.

American Girl is making dolls to honor COVID-19 heroes. American Girl asked fans to nominate people for their “Heroes with Heart” contest. The five winners are workers who have risked their lives during COVID-19. The dolls are: April, a paramedic; Laurent, a pilot; Sarah, a healthcare worker; Xavier, a grocery store worker; and Pam, a teacher. (Mental Floss)