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Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, October 21

A teenager in Forsyth County, Georgia, has turned her passion for making jewelry into a charity effort that helps a hospital in India.
A few years ago, Dhriti Pentela visited India and volunteered at a hospital that runs entirely off donations.
She was so amazed by what she saw that she wanted make an impact after returning back home to Georgia.
So, she created a charity organization called Empathy Designs, which allows her to create and sell jewelry — and then send the profits to that hospital.
Her website, EmpathyDesigns.org, is now her online store and it features earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
The effort has been such a big success that she now donates to multiple organizations, both overseas and in her community.
Dhriti says it “feels amazing” to do something she loves — that also makes a difference in communities all around the world.

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, October 21

It’s been a couple of years since anyone has seen Bill Cosby, but TMZ has obtained his updated mugshot and he’s not looking good.
The 83-year-old disgraced comedian, who was sentenced in 2018 to three-to-ten years in a Pennsylvania prison for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, appears unshaven and an in need of a haircut as he cracks a small smile. It’s the first time anyone has seen him since his last mugshot which was taken two years ago.

Ever wanted to smell like Anthony Hopkins? Here’s your chance.
The onetime Hannibal Lecter has launched his own fragrance collection. His perfume, Anthony Hopkins AH Eau de Parfum, is described as “a timeless elegant fragrance for men and women” that will “awaken your soul and unleash what’s hidden inside your heart.”
The Oscar-winner tells Vogue, “Aromas are a form of meditation, they simply change my psychology. Whether I’m playing music or painting in my studio, fragrance creates a mood of peace and invokes a strange sense of gratitude.”
The line also includes candles and diffusers.

Jussie Smollett is back in show business, but this time he’s behind the camera.
The former Empire star, who was accused of faking a hate crime nearly two years ago, is directing a movie called B-Boy Blues in New York City.
Jussie directed two episodes of Empire and several music videos.
The star still claims his “attack” really happened and he still faces criminal charges and a civil lawsuit from the City of Chicago in the case.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, October 21

TODAY IS:
  • Apple Day
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day

Jeff Bridges has been in the news this week, after revealing the sad news that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma. But Bridges is ready to face the challenge – with his wife of 43 years, Susan Geston, by his side. In a recent interview with Today he revealed that he always carries a photo with him of the moment he and his wife spoke for the very first time. It was taken by the makeup artist on the set of the 1975 movie Rancho Deluxe. Susan, who turned him down when he first asked her out, was a local in the small Montana town where the movie was filmed. 10 years into their marriage, the makeup artist who took the picture sent him a copy … and he’s kept it in his wallet ever since.

Now here’s a costume that really captures 2020 … You can now dress as a Franzia wine box. Franzia is selling the costumes for $25 via their online store. You can choose a Chillable Red or a Sunset Blush. (Delish)

Just when you thought a law school graduate going into labor while taking the bar exam was impressive, along comes Makenna Myler. The 28-year-old ran a mile last week in just 5 minutes and 25 seconds — an impressive feat for anyone — but she did it while nine months pregnant and just a week shy of her due date. Her husband captured her run on video and shared it on TikTok.

47% of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s – and if you’re a millennial or gen-z’er looking for an over-the-top proposal, two hotels in Santa Monica, California, are here for you. Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar are offering a “The Sky’s the Limit” engagement package – and when they say the sky’s the limit, they’re not kidding. The packages, which begin at $9,900, include the engagement ring delivered by a drone and the entire proposal filmed by hidden cameras and a second drone, so you can use the footage on your social media later. The package also includes a one-night stay in an ocean-view suite, a bottle of champagne, dinner for two, and a fully-produced engagement documentary. Not enough for you? You can upgrade the package with a number of options – including having a message on the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier that reads, “Marry Me.” (Travel & Leisure)

Music News – Wednesday, October 21

Shawn Mendes pulls back the curtain on his life in the first trailer for his Netflix documentary In Wonder and reveals… He’s just like the rest of us.
In the clip he says, “This isn’t the story of a famous musician. This is a story about a guy growing up. I used to feel like my idols were born legendary. That’s just not the truth. If I tell the world that I’m just a normal human, are they just going to stop coming to the shows? Maybe I should pretend that I’m Superman for a little bit longer.”
In Wonder hits Netflix on November 23rd. Wonder drops on December 4th.

If you celebrate Christmas, chances are you hear “Silent Night” every year, but how much do you know about the classic song?
Well, you’ll get schooled on the history of the tune when Kelly ClarksonJosh Groban and Katherine McPhee gather for Silent Night – A Song for the World, a musical documentary that promises musical performances and enlightenment. For instance, did you know that “Silent Night” caused a Christmas ceasefire in World War One? Or that Bing Crosby’s version is still the third best-selling single ever.

Coast Social Network with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber – Tuesday, October 20

Sarah from the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber joins Zack to talk about their business support services and ribbon-cuttings going on in the area. If you are a business owner with questions about rules and regulations around doing business in the era of COVID, the Chamber is happy to help, even if you aren’t a member. Visit smrchamber.com for details.... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Tuesday, October 20

In England, a 93-year-old woman called the police because her beloved dog, Toby, had gone missing. She hadn’t seen Toby in two days and was very worried.
The police took down the report — and followed up by visiting the woman to perform a wellness check.
While talking to the woman, the officer reached down on the floor to pick up something that had fallen over and — wouldn’t you know it? — the officer found the dog … stuck underneath the woman’s recliner.
Fortunately, Toby was in good health. He was a bit hungry and thirsty, but otherwise was totally fine.
After freeing the dog from beneath the chair, the officer fed him and gave him some water.
The woman, of course, was very thankful to be reunited with Toby and appreciative of the care the officer showed her. (Fox News)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, October 20

Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
The Big Lebowski star broke the news on Twitter Monday writing: “As the Dude would say… New [stuff] has come to light.”
He added, “I have been diagnosed with lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”
In a second tweet, the 70-year-old star thanked his friends and family and encouraged everyone to vote.

What’s the scariest movie of all time? Science has the answer.
A new study ranked the most terrifying horror flicks by monitoring viewers’ average heart rates. And according to the BroadBandChoices “Science of Scare” project, the movie that got hearts pumping the most was 2012’s Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke.
Viewers experienced a 32% rise in their heart rate, on average – from 65 beats per minute to 86.
However, Insidious had the scariest moment with an average jump to 133 bpm, while Sinister‘s moment had hearts rising to 131 bpm.
The scariest movies, according to heart rate.
  1. Sinister
  2. Insidious
  3. The Conjuring
  4. Hereditary
  5. Paranormal Activity
  6. It Follows
  7. The Conjuring 2
  8. The Babadook
  9. The Descent
  10. The Visit
  11. The Ring
  12. A Quiet Place
  13. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  14. Halloween
  15. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  16. 28 Days Later
  17. The Exorcist
  18. Hush
  19. It
  20. Scream
  21. The Grudge
  22. The Witch
  23. The Blair Witch Project
  24. Alien
  25. The Thing
  26. Poltergeist
  27. Annabelle
  28. Friday the 13th
  29. The Orphanage
  30. Dark Skies
  31. Wolf Creek
  32. The Omen
  33. The Shining
  34. Get Out
  35. Audition

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, October 20

TODAY IS:
  • International Chef Day
  • Information Overload Day

First there was the sexy hand sanitizer costume … and now … the sexy mail-in ballot costume. You can get them both at Yandy.com. They even have a sexy quarantine banana bread costume. Yes, really … (Mashable)

Speaking of Halloween … Seems there’s a new TikTok trend where people are super-gluing vampire fangs to their teeth. What could go wrong? Yep, superglue is super strong – and they’re having a super hard time getting the fangs off. There are tons of videos of teens yanking on their teeth to try and remove them. No surprise – dentists are warning against this. First, they say to never use superglue or nail glue on your teeth. If you’ve tried it and your fangs get stuck, see a dentist immediately to remove them. If you aren’t able to see a dentist, don’t pull on them – just leave them alone until they fall off on their own. And if you really want to put fangs on your teeth for Halloween, dentists say to use something safe – like denture adhesive. (Insider)

A new study by Maastricht University in the Netherlands reveals that mood lighting in restaurants may make food taste bad. Researchers say, ”Guests dining in a brightly lit restaurant perceive the overall taste of a dish – created for the purpose of the study – to be more intense than guests dining in a dimly lit restaurant. The results thus show that modifying the ambient illuminance level in a restaurant does not only affect the overall ambience, but also changes the overall taste experience of the food being served”

The Daily Mail says brushing your teeth can help ward off the coronavirus because toothpaste contains some of the same antibacterials as hand sanitizer.
Professor Martin Addy tells the paper, ”Toothpaste contains the same detergents as those found in handwash gels recommended. The antimicrobial action of toothpaste in the mouth persists for three to five hours and, thereby, would reduce the viral load in saliva or infection by viruses entering the mouth. For the vast majority, the timing of tooth brushing should be focused when they are about to go out of their homes for exercise or shopping. Ideally, tooth brushing frequency should be increased.”

Music News – Tuesday, October 20

Taylor Swift has a real surprise for fans who’re about to receive signed copies of her Folklore album — and it’s coming courtesy of her beloved cats Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson and Benjamin Button .
Tay took to Twitter to write, “Along with the signed CD, some lucky purchasers of these items may even receive complimentary cat hair stuck inside the pages. Or the aromatic scent of white wine I occasionally spill while signing.”

Demi Lovato has been having some really spaced-out experiences lately — with actual visitors from space.
Demi shared an Instagram story, complete with video, in which she talked about an actual alien encounter. She wrote, “Over the past couple months I have dug deep into the science of consciousness and experienced not only peace and serenity like I’ve never known, but I also have witnessed the most incredibly profound sightings both in the sky as well as feet away from me.”
She went on to say that just about anyone can get in on the alien action. “To make contact yourself you can download the CE5 app and it will teach you the protocols to connect to life from beyond our planet! If it doesn’t happen on the first try — keep trying — it took me several sessions to tap into a deep enough level of meditation to make contact!”

Lewis Capaldi says there was a time when he couldn’t connect with ladies because he was a big weenie — and smelled like one.
The “Someone You Loved” singer shared some memories with the Headliners podcast, and spoke frankly, saying “I wasn’t a [stud] by any means. It wasn’t my reality. Anyone who has two hot dogs with mayonnaise on them for their lunch every day is never going to be a lothario … and walks around smelling like a hot dog sweat.”
Lewis recently split with gal pal Catherine Halliday after seven months, but blamed COVID distancing, not frankfurters. (Edinburgh News)

The Daily Dish – Monday, October 19

Bruce Willis has reprised his John McClane role, but he’s not starring in a new Die Hard movie. He’s starring in a new DieHard car battery commercial. The two-minute ad debuted Sunday night. (Variety)

Adele will be live from New York next weekend.
On Sunday, the singer announced she’ll host Saturday Night Live on October 24th with singer-songwriter H.E.R. as the musical guest.
On Instagram, Adele writes, “I’m so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified! My first ever hosting gig and for SNL of all things!!!! I’ve always wanted to do it as a stand alone moment, so that I could roll up my sleeves and fully throw myself into it, but the time has never been right. But if there was ever a time for any of us to jump head first into the deep end with our eyes closed and hope for the best it’s 2020 right?”
Adele appeared on SNL in 2008 and 2015 as the musical guest.

Lily James apparently doesn’t want to answer questions about getting cozy with married co-star Dominic West. She’s reportedly canceled an appearance on the Today show set for Monday.
A source tells Page Six that Lily was supposed to promote her new Netflix drama Rebecca, alongside co-star Armie Hammer, on the morning talk show, but she pulled out over the weekend.
Lily was photographed kissing Dominic in Rome, where they reportedly shared a suite in the Hotel De La Ville.
Last week, he and his wife Catherine FitzGerald did damage control, kissing for the paparazzi and handing photographers a note that read, “Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together.”

Former Home Improvement star Zachery Ty Bryan was arrested in Oregon on Saturday for allegedly trying to strangle his girlfriend.
Police were called to Bryan’s residence in Eugene Friday night after a neighbor reported a “physical dispute.”
The 39-year-old was taken into custody and charged with strangulation, assault in the fourth degree and interfering with making a report, according to OregonLive.com.
Bryan, who played the oldest son on the Tim Allen sitcom, allegedly “assaulted the victim, impeded her breathing, and [took] the victim’s phone from her when she tried to call 911,” police told E News.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, October 19

TODAY IS:
Evaluate Your Life Day: It’s a day to pause and reflect upon your life — where it’s been, and where it’s going.

If you’re lucky enough to be working from home, are you still showering first thing in the morning, before you start work? Or, have you started showering at night? If you’ve changed to a night-time shower … it’s probably a good habit to keep. According to experts, showering at night is better for you. It helps you sleep, washes off the dirt and germs of the day (especially important in these times of COVID-19), and it’s better for your skin – rinsing off all the makeup, oil, dirt, and pollutants built up during the day. (Best Life)

Tech neck is real … and getting worse. A new survey found that 30% of women have suffered “tech neck” – strain on the neck and shoulders — from looking down at their phone too much. And it’s gotten worse during the pandemic. 42% of respondents said they have spent more time than usual looking at their phones over the last several months and 50% admitted they spent too much time staring at their phones – checking them an average of 13 times an hour. 25% said their neck has aged “noticeably” because of all the time looking down. (SWNS)

Hug a cow … So, cow hugging is the latest wellness trend. It originated in The Netherlands and is now becoming popular all over the world, with farms offering cow hugging as stress therapy for people. Apparently, the cow’s large size, warm body temperature and slow heartbeat helps humans relax. (People)

Last week we told you how Hormel was making a bacon-scented mask – and now, here comes the chicken … southern and western fast food chain Jack-in-the-Box has launched a fried chicken-scented face mask to promote their new plant-based offering: the Unchicken sandwich. They are giving away the masks for free on October 23rd, while supplies last, on the company’s website. (People)

You love taking adorable pics of your pup, but what about those not-so-flattering shots? There’s a place for them. Twitter has an #unflatteringdogphotochallenge – and it’s awesome. Find the worst/funniest pics of your pups and post them. We can all use a laugh these days. (Pop Sugar)

Music News – Monday, October 19

Sam Smith is still single — and now has one less place to go looking for love.
In an appearance on Watch What Happens Live Thursday night, Sam answered a fan question by saying, “I’m still single, I’m on the frontline with all the single people. It’s been difficult… I’ve gone on all the apps and stuff… That’s all I’ve got.”
When host Andy Cohen followed up by asking the star about those apps, Sam replied that it didn’t work out well on Hinge. “They chucked me off of it after one night ’cause they thought I was a catfish pretending to be me.”

One of Taylor Swift‘s high school besties just gave us a peek into Tay’s past — by opening up their yearbook for a look inside.
Christina Hamilton dusted off the treasure for a TikTok conversation that asked, “Who’s the most famous person from your school?” She shared a bunch of photos, as well as Tay’s senior sign-off, which read “X-Tina, so I’ve come to terms with the fact that I wish I looked like you, dressed like you, danced like you, and pretty much will want to be you for the rest of my life…so have a nice summer knowing that it is DISGUSTING how beautiful you are. B—-.”
By the way, Christina admits she did know “Drew,” the guy Taylor swooned over in “Teardrops on My Guitar.”

Furry Friends Friday featuring Daniel Tiger from Animal Aid – October 16

Daniel Tiger is a neutered male Tabby cat who is estimated to be approximately two years old. Daniel Tiger was discovered in August as a stray cat in Stevensville. Daniel Tiger loves children, and especially adores toddlers. He gets along well with other cats but has not yet been tested with dogs. His loving personality and huge green eyes are guaranteed to melt your heart and coax a few extra kitty treats out of you! Please contact Becky with Animal Aid at 269-926-4279 for more information about our handsome Daniel Tiger.... [Read Full Story]

The Daily Dish – Friday, October 16

John Legend wrote a lengthy love letter to Chrissy Teigen. Then tweeted it for all to read.
He complimented her resilience. Chrissy is recovering from a miscarriage, which she shared on social media.
John Legend told Chrissy (quote) “We’ve experienced the highest highs and lowest lows together. Watching you carry our children has been so moving and humbling. I’m in awe of the strength you’ve shown through the most challenging moments.”
The previous night, at the Billboard Music Awards, Legend dedicated his performance to Chrissy. He explained the message behind the song “Never Break.” He tweeted, (quote) “I have faith we will hold each other’s hands through every test. We promised each other this on our wedding day seven years ago. Our love will remain. We will never break.” (Entertainment Tonight)

There wasn’t much to choose from for the 2020 Tony Awards, since Broadway shut down in March, but that didn’t stop them from announcing the nominees on Thursday.
Jagged Little Pill, based on Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album, earned a leading 15 nods. It will compete for best musical against Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.
In the acting categories familiar names include Jake Gyllenhaal (Sea Wall/A Life), Tom Hiddleston (Betrayal), Laura Linney (My Name Is Lucy Barton), Audra McDonald (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune), Mary-Louise Parker (The Sound Inside) and David Alan Grier (A Soldier’s Play).
Only 18 plays and musicals were eligible. Last season, there were 34 shows.
The ceremony will be broadcast digitally later this year.
Meanwhile, Broadway will stay closed until at least May 30th.

A Holocaust survivor is suing the creators of the Borat sequel, claiming she was tricked into being in the Sacha Baron Cohen movie.
The estate of Judith Dim Evans says the “well-known speaker” was contacted by producers “under false pretenses” and believed she was participating in a documentary about the Holocaust and Jewish culture.
Her estate says Judith, who died this past summer, traveled to Atlanta to be interviewed by Sacha but was never told the movie was a comedy. When she learned the truth, she was allegedly “horrified and upset.”
Judith, they claim, refused to be paid for her participation, and now they want her scenes cut from the film and other damages.
The Borat sequel premieres on Amazon Prime next week.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, October 16

TODAY IS:
  • World Food Day (a day to try food from other countries)
  • Dictionary Day (a day to find random words in the dictionary to learn)
  • National Boss’s Day (a day to be super nice to your boss)

Working from home is quickly becoming working from anywhere … A new survey by Airbnb of work-from-homers found that 60% want to spend some time working from somewhere other than their homes. And no surprise – their ideal destinations are near water. 37% want to work at a place near the ocean and 18% want to rent a place by a lake. The survey found that 54% are looking for a change of scenery, and 29% said a new location would make them more creative. 19% said they wanted to stay somewhere closer to friends and family. (The Sun)

Speaking of working from anywhere … First it was Ferris wheels as restaurants, and now … offices. Remote workers are being lured to an amusement park in Tokyo, which promises free WiFi and the opportunity to use a Ferris wheel car as your office desk. Talk about a change of scenery. For just $18, work-from-home employees have full access to work from anywhere in the park — including on the Ferris wheel. And the best part? After quitting time, anyone who worked remotely at the park gets full access to all the other attractions. (Daily Motion)

Is the election stressing you out? Maybe it’s time to live under a rock for a while. Hotels.com is offering a five-night stay in a room under a rock, in a cave about 50 feet underground in New Mexico. The website says the room is perfect for “those who are experiencing election stress disorder” — and it costs just $5 a night. But I can’t imagine it will very comfortable.

Speaking of stress … Nature really helps lift your mood — even if you’re just watching it on TV. Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK found that watching nature programs not only made people happier – but it also significantly reduced feelings of boredom.

Music News – Friday, October 16

When Dolly Parton wants to get in touch, she doesn’t direct-message you on social media — she sends a fax!
Miley Cyrus, who’s actually Dolly’s god-daughter, made the revelation in a chat with British chat show host Graham Norton. When he asked if Dolly called her or DM’d her, Miley replied, “She faxed me. She gets upset when you don’t respond, and it’s like, I’m sorry, I don’t even know. Half the people watching your show might not even know what a fax machine is.”
Fortunately for everyone, Miley’s dad Billy Ray still has one hooked up, so Billy Ray got the fax, sent it to Miley, showing an invitation for Miley to perform on the track “Christmas Is,” from the upcoming A Holly Dolly Christmas release.

A.J. McLean says he hit rock bottom last year after a drug-and-booze bender in Vegas, but got sober after hearing the wisdom of a child — his three-year-old daughter.
The Backstreet Boys’ singer tells People that he planned one big blow-out night before flying back to California, but screwed it up by partying too hard and missed his flight. While he was driving home. A.J. recalls,  “My wife and I had always had this agreement which was, if I smelled like alcohol, I couldn’t be around my kids. What really hit me was the moment my youngest daughter, Lyric, said to me that night, ‘You don’t smell like my daddy.’ When she said that to me, that was it. Enough said. I felt disgusting.”
McLean admits he’s had many wake-up calls but believes that was the last straw. He says, “That was it for me. As we say in the sober world, that was my moment of surrender.”

Ariana Grande is ready to Netflix and giggle — in a dark new comedy about the end of the world.
The singer will join Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in “Don’t Look Up,” a tale of two scientists (DiCaprio and Lawrence) who learn that a meteor will hit Earth in six months and try to convince the world of the danger. Spoiler alert: A lot of folks call it “fake news” and only a few believe them.
Meryl Streep and Matthew Perry will also appear in the film, which is scheduled to begin filming in Boston just before Thanksgiving. (Billboard)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, October 15

Lady Gaga could earn another Oscar. This time for Best Actress.
Gaga has been cast in the bio-pic of fashion designer Maurizio Gucci. She earned the juicy role as his murderous ex-wife. Patrizia Reggiani was convicted of arranging for Gucci’s assassination. He was murdered in the ’90s by a hitman on the steps of Gucci’s office building.
When production starts in the spring, Lady Gaga’s co-stars are three Best Actor Oscar winners, Robert De NiroAl Pacino and Jared Leto. Plus Adam Driver will appear in the Maurizio Gucci bio-pic.
Patrizia Reggiani spent 18 years in an Italian prison. She was released in 2016. (Deadline)

A Los Angeles judge granted Britney Spears a minor legal victory over her father.
Jamie Spears fought Britney, who wanted to hire more lawyers ahead of next year’s conservatorship hearing. Dad claimed it was a financial issue.
In reality, Britney is collecting a team of skilled attorneys to once and for all defeat her father. She wants him removed as her conservator. Britney also wants somebody other than Jamie Spears to handle her financial matters.
Britney bleeds money. She stopped performing and documents show that she pays more than a million dollars in legal and conservator fees. Her father is paid more than $10,000 monthly to keep control of Britney. The #FreeBritney movements claims it is to her detriment. (Variety)

Dexter will return to Showtime as a limited-series. Michael C. Hall will reprise his role for the 10-episode run, which will debut in the fall of 2021. (Deadline)

John Cena “secretly” wed his girlfriend Shay Shariat-zadeh.
According to TMZ, the couple tied the knot Monday in Tampa, Florida. They even got engaged on the “down-low.”
John and Shay began dating in early 2019, after his high-profile breakup with Nikki Bella in 2018.
The two wrestlers were engaged but they split because he didn’t want children. Only a few weeks back, Nikki gave birth to a baby boy with boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev.
This is John’s second wedding. He was married to Elizabeth Huberdeau from 2009 to 2012.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, October 15

TODAY IS: National Grouch Day

Have things gotten boring in the bedroom? It might be time to repaint. A survey by Travelodge found that people who painted their room a caramel color had more sex – three times a week on average. And if you thought painting your room red would equate to more passion … yeah, not so much. People who slept in red bedrooms did it just once a week on average.

Let’s face it — no one enjoys wearing masks. It makes our faces hot, fogs up our glasses, and forces us to smell our own breath. But help is on the way … thanks to Hormel. Yes, the company known for processed meat. Hormel is now offering bacon-scented facemasks. If you love the smell of breakfast, you can now wear Hormel’s Black Label Breathable Bacon mask. As Hormel says, “Don’t just eat bacon. Inhale it.”
But if you want one (and who doesn’t?) you’ll have to win one. Head over to BreathableBacon.com and enter for your chance to score one.

Bored with traditional Christmas trees? Among the latest trends in holiday decorating are giant cactus Christmas trees. Yep, Amazon is selling artificial trees shaped like a cactus. They come in three sizes – 5, 6 and 7 feet — are pre-lit with LED lights, and come with red and gold ornaments and a big gold bow. (Insider)

The Los Angeles Fire Department has a new robot — called the RS3 — that battles flames too dangerous for humans.
It looks like a miniature tank and is equipped with a plow nose and water cannon. And, most importantly, it can blast 2,500 gallons of water or foam per minute, with enough power to knock someone off their feet. (MSN)

Music News – Thursday, October 15

Rihanna has always blazed her own trail, and Forbes magazine says she’s done pretty well — giving her a prime spot on its list of Richest Self-Made Women.
RiRi is the highest ranking female musician on the list, landing at number-33 with a fortune of $600 million. She filled her coffers through music first, but most of the dough came from her Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty lingerie lines. RiRi’s tally doesn’t include the cash from her charitable Clara Lionel Foundation, which raised $22.5 million for COVID-19 relief.
Other female musicians on the list include Madonna, with a net worth of $550 million; Celine Dion, who’s saved up $455 million; and Beyoncé, who’s banked $420 million. Barbra StreisandTaylor Swift and Lady Gaga also made the Top 100.

In case you were “Wonder” -ing, Shawn Mendes will release a documentary about his new album just before Thanksgiving.
Wonder, which premiered earlier this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, will start its streaming run on November 23rd. The film chronicles the making of Shawn’s Wonder album and looks at some of the charitable work he does through the Shawn Mendes Foundation.
The album drops on December 4th.

Miley Cyrus has been promising a new album for nearly two years, but she’s now insisting that, like she pledged way back when, “Miley Cyrus Is Coming.”
She tells Nashville’s River 107.5 that the comeback set, now titled She Is Miley Cyrus, is completely wrapped up. Miley says, “I actually listened to a bunch of it in my car today and everything is so sounding so wicked. And one of the things I love about it is the diversity of sound that it does have, just like the  Backyard Sessions that I’m going to do with the covers. It really just tells a story and I feel like the is sonically me. If it could take a physical form, it would paint a picture of myself. So, the influences range from Dolly [Parton] to Stevie [Nicks], to Joan [Jett], to [Chris] Cornell.”
In addition to looking forward, Smiley is doing a little looking back — to her Hannah Montana days. She says, “At some point, I’m definitely getting the wig out of storage.”

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, October 14

Coming 2 America might be coming to Amazon. Variety reports that Paramount Pictures is selling the highly anticipated sequel to the streaming service in a deal worth about $125 million. The movie could be available as soon as December 18th. Eddie Murphy just has to sign off on it. The comedy was set to open in theaters on Christmas Day.

Dominic West is doing damage control after he was caught getting cozy with co-star Lily James.
The actor and his wife Catherine FitzGerald released a statement on a handwritten piece of paper that read, “Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together. Thank you. Catherine and Dominic.”
To drive the point home, the couple kissed in front of the paparazzi outside of their London home.
The day before, the Daily Mail published photos of Lily “passionately kissing” Dominic in Rome.
The Affair star and the Downton Abbey star are shooting a BBC mini-series called The Pursuit of Love.

Jonah Hill isn’t getting married.
The star and his fiancée, Gianna Santos, have called off their engagement. A source tells People magazine the split is “amicable.”
The breakup comes a little over a year after the couple got engaged.
Amid the news, a slimmed-down and bearded Jonah posted his first selfie in months. He wrote, “I always feel very vulnerable when I shave my beard.”

Two and a Half Men star Conchata Ferrell has died following a cardiac arrest. She was 77.
Ferrell played housekeeper Berta on the CBS comedy. The role earned her two Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy nominations, in 2005 and 2007.
The actress also appeared on such TV shows as Good Times, E/R and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her movie credits include Network, Mystic Pizza, True Romance, Edward Scissorhands and Krampus.