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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, November 10

  • U.S. Marine Corps Birthday
  • National Vanilla Cupcake Day

Has COVID led to the return of handmade holiday gifts? A new survey found that a third of respondents said they had started a new hobby in 2020 — and 85% of those plan to use that hobby to make homemade gifts for people this holiday season. 68% believe their homemade gifts will be more meaningful than anything they could buy in a store … particularly this year. (SWNS)

Speaking of gifts … We may not all be together around the Thanksgiving table this year, but you can still send your nearest and dearest the gift of … Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits. The seafood chain announced on Monday that, starting November 16th, they will be offering limited-edition Biscuit Gift Boxes for purchase online. They can be picked up from the restaurant or delivered to your door where available. (Taste of Home)

And speaking of Thanksgiving … One of the best parts of the day is the after-meal nap … and Arby’s has you covered with a new Deep Fried Turkey Pillow. You wear the turkey pillow like a hat on your head – and it covers your eyes. It apparently lets you lay your head down comfortably anywhere. They’re $59.95, and you can get one at arbysdeepfriedturkeypillow.com while supplies last. You can also enter for a chance to win one for free. (Food Beast)

Maybe it’s time to add a little spice to your life … New research from the Cleveland Clinic has found that people who regularly eat chili peppers live longer – and  have a “significantly reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer,” according to the study authors. (Independent)
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Music News – Tuesday, November 10

Ed Sheeran‘s trash turned out to be treasure for some of his hometown charities — which raised more than a half-million dollars by auctioning off personal items he donated.
The Ed Sheeran: Made In Suffolk auction was made up of items from a long-running exhibit that a hometown museum set up to honor the star a couple of years back. Items that went on the block included handwritten lyrics, clothing items and the actual “Lego House” immortalized in that song. The big ticket item was an original painting that went for $50,000.
Half of the money will be spent creating a new playground  for youngsters with additional needs, while the rest will go to the St Elizabeth’s Hospice, which supports young people who have life limiting conditions. (East Anglia Daily Times)

Beyoncé had big plans for next year: A new album and a world tour to promote it.
She’s nixed the touring due to concern the pandemic will still be raging through much of 2021. Beyoncé will pivot to virtual, pay-per-view streaming concerts.
An inside source confirmed, (quote) “Now that she can’t tour because of COVID, Beyoncé is currently mapping out a plan to create a virtual live show. She’s prepared to pull out all the stops to make it a real spectacle.” (The Sun, UK)

Liam Payne is roaring mad about an “out of context” tabloid story about the amount of time he’s been spending with his young son, Bear.
Liam admits to giving an interview to Britain’s Daily Mail in which he said he and baby mama Cheryl Cole agreed he’d keep his distance. But he insists the paper skipped printing the important part — that he was steering clear over concerns over COVID-19.
Liam took to Instagram to say, “Usually I let these things slide, but this is completely out of context. I couldn’t see my son because of the worldwide pandemic that is happening, not because I had anything wrong with me like this headline hints at. I wish sometimes these people would do the research and give context instead of painting people a certain way for click bait.”
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The Daily Dish – Monday, November 9

Johnny Depp has resigned from the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
On Instagram, he wrote, “I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.”
The move came a few days after Johnny lost his libel case against The Sun, which published an article in 2018 calling him a “wife beater.”
A Warner Bros. spokesperson said, “Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.”
In his statement, Johnny added, “The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.”

All Lori Loughlin wants for Christmas is her freedom and she just found out that she’ll be home just in time for the holiday.
The Full House star, who began serving a two month prison sentence last week for her role in the college admissions scandal, was given a release date of December 27th. But since the 27th is a Sunday, the Bureau of Prisons will allow her to leave two days earlier on Christmas Day. It’s also possible that she will be released sooner, as was the case with Felicity Huffman who served only 11 days. (TMZ)
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, November 9

  • World Freedom Day: This day commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • National Scrapple Day: This Mid-Atlantic regional breakfast favorite is basically leftover pig parts mixed with spices, cornmeal, and flour, which is formed into a loaf and then sliced and pan fried till crispy.

Alex Trebeck passed away at the age of 80 after a brave battle with Pancreatic cancer. The internet was pretty upset about that news all day yesterday. Since Jeopardy tapings were being done in blocks to allow Alex to rest and get treatments, they produced enough shows through the end of the year that Alex’s final Jeopardy taping will be aired on Christmas Day, according to People magazine.

So because of COVID, we know that store and mall Santas can’t do their typical visits and photos with kids. But some stores are finding new ways to have kids still meet Santa with “Contactless Claus.” They are putting Santa inside plexiglass boxes – or even inside a makeshift snow globe. Clever or creepy? (Bro Bible)

Pasta have it … England is going under another COVID lockdown – and one man wanted to make sure he had enough carbs to get him through. According to Britain’s Evening Standard, an unnamed man was seen buying dozens of boxes of pasta at his local Aldi’s grocery store. (The Takeout)

Women with spears … This kinda puts a dent in the whole, men were hunters and women were gatherers version of history. The recent discovery of the burial site of a 9,000-year-old female hunter in the Andes Mountains of South America changes that story, according to research from University of California-Davis. In fact, according to analysis of burials during that time period in North and South America, 30%-50% of the hunters in these populations were women. (EurekAlert)
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Music News – Monday, November 9

Lewis Capaldi made a rare serious post on Instagram Thursday night, revealing that his beloved dog had died.
The Scottish singer shared a photo of 16-year-old Paddy, simply saying, “Rest in peace to the Major.”
Earlier this year, Lewis revealed his dog was almost fully blind and was getting up there in years, but still seemed to be in good spirits. At that time, he shared a photo of the pooch and wrote, “Today is my dog Paddy’s birthday. He is 16 (old) and mostly blind (sad) but still happy (good).” (Scottish Daily Record)

Miley Cryus said earlier this year that Stevie Nicks‘s “Edge of Seventeen” was an inspiration for her song “Midnight Sky,” and now Stevie appears in a new remix of the track.
“Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)” uses the vocals and guitar riff from “Edge of Seventeen” along with some newly recorded vocals from Nicks. Miley also added new vocals where she sings the “Edge of Seventeen” chorus. Check out the track on YouTube. Stevie tweeted that the track was “Magical! Loved singing with her!”
This isn’t the first time a pop hit has sampled “Edge of Seventeen.” Back in 2001 Destiny’s Child hit number-one with “Bootylicious.”

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Furry Friends Friday with Pumpkin from Paws of Hope – November 6


Pumpkin is a beautiful little Calico kitten with a unique black patch around her left eye. Pumpkin’s estimated date of birth is September 1st, 2020. Pumpkin and her sister, Spice, get along nicely with dogs as well as other kittens and cats. Pumpkin has a calm and quiet personality. She is already litter box trained. Pumpkin has started the vetting process with regular dewormings, the first of her series of kitten distemper vaccines, and a negative test for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids. Paws of Hope will work with her local adopter to complete the vetting process, including spay surgery and the remainder of her vaccinations. Please contact Paws of Hope at 269-340-0272 or https://www.pawsofhope.org/contact for more information about our sweet little Pumpkin.... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, November 6

When Robert Carter of Cincinnati, Ohio, was 12 years old, he entered the foster system — and struggled as he was separated from his eight siblings.
Now 29 years old, Robert has been active in the foster system — this time as a parent. Back in 2018, he became a foster parent to three brothers. And, it didn’t take long to learn that these boys had two sisters.
That news inspired Robert to dedicate himself to reuniting the five siblings.
Well, he did it. After successfully bringing the five kids back together, Robert took the extra — important — step and adopted all of them as his own.
Because of Robert’s selflessness and sacrifice, Marionna, Robert Jr., Makayla, Giovanni and Kiontae — with ages ranging from four to 10 — will have a chance to grow up together and always be by each other’s sides.
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The Daily Dish – Friday, November 6

Spoiler alert for those of you Bachelorette watchers… the huge Claire Crawley bombshell has ended in an engagement.
She quit early because she had eyes only for former NFL player Dale Moss. He got down on one knee to propose to Clare.
She said, (quote) “You’ve shown me that you’d never run away and never leave me. I’ve never, ever had a man that would stay. You continue to show up for me. I promise you, I want to show up for you each and every single day. You make me so happy.”
Paparazzi photographed Clare shopping this week in her Sacramento, California hometown wearing that huge diamond engagement ring.
On last night’s Bachelorette, Clare swore on her dad’s grave that she did not have “one single contact” with Dale in advance of the show. She addressed finding Dale as the “love of her life” with the other men, who felt blindsided and cheated. (Entertainment Tonight)

Michael J. Fox reveals that his acting career is in jeopardy.
The actor, who suffers from Parkinson’s, tells People magazine he’s been having trouble remembering his lines because his “short-term memory is shot.”
He admits, “I always had a real proficiency for lines and memorization. And I had some extreme situations where the last couple of jobs I did were actually really word-heavy parts. I struggled during both of them.”
With acting becoming more difficult, Fox is dedicating more of his time to writing. His fourth memoir, No Time Like the Future, publishes November 17th.
He’ll also reunite with the Family Ties cast. Fox (Alex P. Keaton), Meredith Baxter (Elyse Keaton), Michael Gross (Steven Keaton), Tina Yothers (Jennifer Keaton), Marc Price (Skippy) and Scott Valentine (Nick Moore) will appear on the live-stream series Stars in the House on Tuesday to talk about the classic sitcom.

OK! magazine says Simon Cowell is walking again following his bike accident and subsequent back surgery. A source tells the magazine, “Simon was walking around looking energetic and perfectly happy/ Even though Simon was clearly taking it easy, he seemed to be in great spirits. He’s found the rehabilitation process difficult, especially since it’s meant a prolonged absence from his job. Thankfully, he’s over the worst of it now, and everyone’s delighted to see him back on his feet.’’
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, November 6

TODAY IS: National Nachos Day: A good day for some tortilla chips and melted cheese.

How much time would you say you’ve spent on the couch since March? A new survey found that, since March, the average American spent an extra two hours a day sitting on their couch — or 448 hours in the past 32 weeks. And of the respondents working from home, 61% say they are using their couch as their workstation.

Have we hit comfort food overload? According to a new report by the CDC, more Americans are dieting right now than ever before. According to the report, more women than men said they were dieting and more people 40 and over said they were on a diet. (Eat This, Not That)

The nose knows … What’s your biggest first-date pet peeve? According to a survey by dating site Zoosk, for women their biggest first date pet peeve is a guy who smells. 45% of women surveyed said bad body odor was their biggest first-date turn-off. That was followed by a guy who spends too much time on his phone. That was an annoyance for 22% of the single women surveyed.
Guys had similar complaints – but flipped. 55% said their biggest first-date turnoff was someone who spends way too much time looking at her phone, and 21% said a date who didn’t smell nice was a deal-breaker. (Your Tango)

Fortune Magazine says AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the end of 2020. AstraZeneca’s CEO Pascal Soriot tells the magazine, “At the end of the day, we don’t yet know if the vaccine works. We would hope that large-scale vaccinations would be possible starting in January next year—possibly even December.”
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Music News – Friday, November 6

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are in wedding-planning mode. But the ceremony and reception won’t be a big, splashy affair.
A source close to Gwen tells People, “Neither wants a big wedding.” The guest list will likely include a small group of family and close friends.
Though no date has been announced, the wedding is likely to be soon.

Justin Bieber tells Rolling Stone magazine that he used to perform on the streets to make money. “I sang ‘I’ll Be,’ by Edwin McCain; ‘You and Me’ by Lifehouse; ‘U Got It Bad,’ by Usher; and ‘Cry Me a River.’ I’d make $200 a day. My mom and I went on vacation to Disneyland with the money I made.”

Matthew McConaughey tells Entertainment Tonight that his kids freaked out when they discovered he had Shawn Mendes’s phone number. “He reached out a while back and we’ve stayed in contact and will continue to. My kids have seen him and know his music and et cetera. They’re like, ‘You got his number? You got his number?’ And they’re like, ‘No, no, no. Not yet. I got to think about what I want to say.”
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The Daily Dish – Thursday, November 5

Britney Spears has had enough of her father.
After trying to make him a co-conservator, the pop singer now wants him completely out of her business affairs, TMZ reports.
Brit made the decision after her manager unexpectedly quit at the end of October — and Jamie hired a new one without telling her.
She’s filed court papers demanding that the Bessemer Service Trust become her sole conservator — and that Jamie Spears be removed entirely from the conservatorship, which she’s been under since her infamous mental breakdown in 2007.

Lori Loughlin is five days into her two-month prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal and hasn’t been handling it well, according to sources close to her.
The 56-year-old actress reported to federal prison in Dublin, California last Friday and a source tells Us Weekly that she has been “a wreck” so far. The source added, “Lori tried her best to be brave and look at the end result but there was nothing that could dissipate her fears. It’s only two months but she’s dreading it. Her mind keeps telling her that something will go horribly wrong in prison or that her stay could be prolonged.”
Another source says, “Lori really went into prison strong, she had her faith and the support of her family, but the first few days and road ahead are daunting.” Loughlin is doing time at the same minimum security facility that Felicity Huffman served her sentence in. Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli is expected to begin serving his five-month sentence on November 19th.

Woman’s Day magazine says Jennifer Aniston is allegedly worried about what Matthew Perry will reveal in his upcoming memoir. A source tells the magazine, “She’s worried Matthew will reveal how flirty she was with him on set, even while she was married to Brad Pitt. Jen also managed to keep rumors of an affair with Matt Le Blanc out of the media, but a book might bring that all up. She knew how much Matthew wanted their on-screen romance to translate to off screen. Their close relationship is still a bone of contention with her fiancé, even though Courtney insists nothing ever happened. She fears that Matthew might say something did, even if it only sells copies. Jen and Courtney have begged her to be the go-between for them and Matthew. If it gets off the ground, this book could end in him being cut out of the fold.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, November 5

National Men Make Dinner Day
National Doughnut Day
National Love Your Red Hair Day

The results are in … for Election Night Google searches. Seems there were three things lots of people were Googling on Election night: “Liquor near me,” Fries near me,” and “Moving to Canada.”

Have you noticed you’re shedding more hair than usual? You’re not alone. According to medical experts, people have been reporting increased hair loss since the beginning of the pandemic … and it has nothing to do with contracting coronavirus. The cause? Stress. Doctors call it “shock hair loss,” but, thankfully, it’s completely reversible. The solution is to lower your stress levels. Yeah, we know – easier said than done. But eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and making time to relax and tune out for a while go a long way in helping to reduce anxiety. (Real Simple)

The world’s first flying car — the PAL-V Liberty — is now street legal in Europe. It’s a two-seat, three-wheeled, 100-horsepower machine that can reach a top speed of 100 miles per hour on the road and a top speed of 112 in the air.
Unfortunately, it requires a 540 feet runway to take-off, which means when you’re stuck in traffic with this thing, you’re still stuck — wings or no wings. (Science Times)

The Washington Post says cruise ships won’t start sailing again in U.S. waters with passengers until 2021 because of the coronavirus. Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean are part of a coalition that has agreed not to sale because of covid-19

A French bulldog has been elected mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. Wilbur garnered 13,143 votes. The Rabbit Hash Historical Society holds elections for canine mayors every three years as a fundraiser. This year, they raised $13,156
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Music News – Thursday, November 5

A study conducted in Germany may have pointed a way for concerts to resume during the pandemic.
On August 22nd, German musician Tim Bendzko performed in front of 1200 fans at Leipzig Arena in Leipzig, Germany with a wide set of safety protocols in place. Researchers found that the risk of the coronavirus spreading at similar events was “low to very low” if the protocols include “adequate ventilation, strict hygiene protocols and limited capacity.”
However, the study has yet to be peer reviewed, and the New York Times reports: “Some experts expressed skepticism about the results, saying they needed to be replicated and reviewed, and that more information was needed about how researchers used the modeling.”
Fans and production staff volunteered to take part in the study, and all were tested before going inside the arena. Each person was given a hand disinfectant laced with a florescent dye and a digital location tracker. Different social-distancing scenarios were employed over a 10-hour period, including breaks for fans to go to the bathroom and to simulate buying food and drinks.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello just confirmed they’re definitely still “on” as a couple — by showing off pictures of a puppy they just adopted.
The couple shared an adorable video showing them driving home with the Golden Retriever pup, who seems to have a whole lotta love for Camila, judging by all that licking. For the record, they’ve named him Tarzan.
Tarzan joins the three other dogs Camila keeps at her family home in Miami — a Shih Tzu named Leo, a Chihuahua named Eugene, and a black German Shepherd they call Thunder.
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Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, November 4

Cathy Herman-Harsh of Chester County, Pennsylvania, has become known in her community as the “pet finder” because she’s able to track down dogs and cats when they go missing.
She admits that finding a lost animal takes persistence. And, it requires doing things that don’t seem right. Instead of running through the woods, chasing a pet and calling its name — which seem to never work — Cathy has other tricks that include luring the pets with lots of food, not making eye contact and scattering clothing that has the owner’s or pet’s scent.
Cathy explains that “every search is different,” but the rewards are great as it’s “an incredible feeling being able to help a distraught pet owner get their baby back.”
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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, November 4

Celebrities made a point on social media to highlight the fact they voted. Many encouraged their millions of followers to go to the polls. These A-listers lost their voting virginity:
Selena Gomez confessed to skipping previous elections. Now 28 years old, she realized that “my vote counts.” Selena’s healthcare options could be limited if pre-existing conditions are not protected.
Kanye West at age 43 wrote his name in for president of the United States. He stated on social media, (quote) “Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it’s for someone I truly trust … me.”
Meghan Markle became the “first modern royal member to vote in the U.S. presidential election.”
Ryan Reynolds acquired dual Canadian-USA citizen two years ago. He said last month. (quote) “This is my first time voting in America. It was super scary at first, then exciting and now I’m a little tired. But proud.”

Celebrity chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri is the star of a new video game that gives him the task of saving the world — the world of Flavortown, that is. You can check out Once Upon a Time in Flavortown on YouTube.

Hollywoodlife.com says Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani plan to marry in 2021. A source tells the website, “The goal for Blake and Gwen would be to get married after COVID so they have a chance to celebrate with everyone they want there. Planning is already taking place and the dream would be later next year [2021], when hopefully everyone is out of this COVID mess, or it is at least more contained.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, November 4

  • National Stress Awareness Day: A day to breathe and take it easy, even if the currently undecided election results are consuming you!
  • National Candy Day: Which is odd, given that Halloween seems like National Candy Day…

A new study found that adults will ask for help and advice more than 6,000 times in their life. In a typical week, the average adult will ask for help or advice twice – 104 times a year. According to the research, here’s who people are likely to turn to for different help and advice:
  • Help with relationship advice — Friends
  • Help with moving — Dad
  • Help with gardening — Partner/spouse
  • Help with finances — Dad
  • Help with career advice – Partner/spouse
  • Help with cooking — Mom
  • Help with technology — Partner/spouse
  • Help with fixing/buying a car — Dad
  • Help with health issues — Mom
  • Help with parenting advice — Mom
  • Help with fashion advice – Friends (SWNS)

So, apparently, there’s a reason you instantly get in a better mood when your favorite song comes on the radio. Researchers in France say your brain goes into “pleasure overload” when your favorite song starts playing.

There’s always that one person who’s impossible to buy a gift for during the holiday season, but thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Gift Guide, you’re saved! This year, in addition to a candle that smells like a va-jay-jay you can also give your loving friends and family a coloring book of the female anatomy. Your nearest and dearest will either get a good laugh out of your gift choice, or a much-needed lesson in the female reproductive system. (She Knows)

Zoom meetings have become the norm these days – and an unexpected result is an increase in demand for cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgeons are calling this the Zoom Effect. People aren’t liking the way they look on video calls, so they are going in for procedures from Botox and fillers to liposuction. (The Ladders) Wouldn’t it just be cheaper to start applying Instagram and Snapchat filters to Zoom calls?
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Music News – Wednesday, November 4

Remember Kelly Clarkson‘s “amicable” split from hubby Brandon Blackstock? Well, it’s not so amicable anymore.
According to OK! magazine, things started to get ugly when Kel’s former manager, who happens to be Brandon’s dad, sued her for $1.4 million in allegedly unpaid fees. A pal of Kelly’s says, “The lawsuit really took the wind out of Kelly. She was with them for 13 years and made the company so much money. Now it feels like they’re going after her life savings.”
The spy adds that she’s ready to fight on all fronts. “If Brandon thinks he’s got the upper hand with this lawsuit and that he can get more money out of her in the divorce, he can think again. Kelly’s prepared to play hardball in court and drag out his dirty laundry on her daytime talk show, too. There will be no gagging her.”

It’s all about that blue for Meghan Trainor — who’s just revealed that she’s expecting a baby boy.
She tells Entertainment Tonight that she was positive that she was carrying a baby girl, until her doc delivered the news. Meghan says, “I spent so long where I’m like ‘it,’ or ‘baby,’ and I didn’t know when I could say it, but, it’s a boy.”
And Meghan has learned to dismiss those old wives’ tales. “So, there’s all these myths of, oh, if the heartbeat is really fast, it’s a girl, and if your hips are the first to go out, then it’s a girl, and so I was like, ‘It’s a girl.’ Like, I got it. I was so confident, and then when [the doctor] called us and I was like, ‘OK, tell us,’ and she’s like, ‘What do you think it is?’ And my husband is like, ‘A girl.’ And she’s like, ‘Actually, it’s a boy.'”
Meghan’s due date is in early February.

And, in case you’re in the market for a mansion, Realtor.com says Justin Bieber is selling his Beverly Hills home for $9 million. He bought the home last year for $8.5 million. The home has five bedrooms, a theatre, a wine cellar, a bar, a fireplace, a pool and a cabana.
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The Daily Dish – Tuesday, November 3

Harrison Ford has paid tribute to his on-screen father, Sean Connery, who died Saturday at age 90.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison said, “He was my father…not in life…but in Indy 3. You don’t know pleasure until someone pays you to take Sean Connery for a ride in the sidecar of a Russian motorcycle bouncing along a bumpy, twisty mountain trail and getting to watch him squirm. God we had fun — if he’s in heaven, I hope they have golf courses. Rest in peace dear friend.”
In a making-of featurette, director Steven Spielberg said casting Dr. Jones’s father in 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was simple. “There is only one option when it comes to playing Indy’s father and that is James Bond. The original James Bond, the great James Bond: Sean Connery.”
Of Connery’s death, Indiana Jones co-creator George Lucas said, “Sir Sean Connery, through his talent and drive, left an indelible mark in cinematic history. His audiences spanned generations, each with favorite roles he played. He will always hold a special place in my heart as Indy’s dad. With an air of intelligent authority and sly sense of comedic mischief, only someone like Sean Connery could render Indiana Jones immediately into boyish regret or relief through a stern fatherly chiding or rejoiceful hug. I’m thankful for having had the good fortune to have known and worked with him. My thoughts are with his family.”

Britain’s High Court ruled yesterday morning against Johnny Depp in his libel suit against British newspaper The Sun.
The judge wrote that the tabloid published a “substantially true” article calling Depp a “wife beater.” Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard testified in court that Johnny beat her when they were married. She photographed her bruised face to prove it. Depp dubbed that stunt a “choreographed hoax.” His attorneys called Amber Heard a “compulsive liar.”
The three-week libel trial featured “sordid and salacious testimony” ranging from accusations of vengeful bedroom pooping, unfaithfulness, “deep misogyny,” gold-digging, drug and alcohol abuse plus screeds written on mirrors in blood. (The Guardian)
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, November 3

Election Day: Many companies are offering freebies and discounts to help you get through the day. Here are just some of them:
  • Krispy Kreme is giving away glazed doughnuts and a voting sticker.
  • McDonald’s is giving away new pastry items with the purchase of coffee.
  • Planet Fitness is offering a way to work off the election stress with a free workout and massage.
  • Uber and Lyft are offering discounted rides to the polls.
  • Hertz is giving a free day for a rental car “to perform your civic duty.”
  • Door Dash will have free delivery on all orders of at least $15 placed on Election Day.
  • Chili’s is offering their Presidente margaritas for just $5 (USA Today)

As we reported yesterday, lots of people expect today to be the most stressful day of their lives. And new research from the American Psychological Association seems to confirm that. Their research found that 68% of Americans say the 2020 election is a significant source of stress in their lives — up from 52% in 2016. And it seems the stress is equally felt, regardless of party – 76% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans and 64% of Independents said they had stress related to the election. (NBC)

Well, we now know what has helped us get through this pandemic … butter. Land O’Lakes says their butter sales will likely be up 20% this year over a normal year. And with all the baking, home cooking, and comfort food eating we’ve been doing, we can’t say it’s a surprise. (Food & Wine)

Sick of working from home? Some Marriott hotels are offering “day passes” for members of their Bonvoy travel program. You’ll get a hotel room from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., a desk area and wifi, coffee, water and room service – and you can even use hotel perks like gyms and pools – depending on the location. Currently, Marriott is offering the day pass package at hotels in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Phoenix, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Singapore and Toronto. They have plan to add more locations in the near future. (NY Post)

A great reason to grab the remote … New research has found that couples who watch TV and movies together are closer and have better relationships. So if you’re arguing more these days, just grab the remote and snuggle up. (People)
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Music News – Tuesday, November 3

Mariah Carey pulled a Halloween-worthy trick on fans over the weekend — by using creepy images to hint at that she has a Christmas announcement coming … eventually.
Mimi’s ornate post begins with a horror-movie styled door featuring dripping blood, handprints and the words “not yet.” It opens to show Mariah looking festive in front of a Christmas tree while “All I Want for Christmas Is You” plays in the background.
The kicker? She stopped short of a big reveal, saying “IT’S TIME! (But let’s get through Thanksgiving first)”

Taylor Swift just took the time to pay tribute to a seriously ill eight-year-old British fan and her dad — who literally walked the walk to raise funds for the girl’s illness.
Taylor made a cameo at the Pride of Britain awards to single out Hasti Brannigan, an eight-year-old who suffers from Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a condition that causes stunted growth and serious bone abnormalities. Hasti’s dad, known as “Major Chris,” walked 750 miles for the cause — and he did it barefoot while carrying a 30-pound backpack.
The Hope For Hasti Just Giving page has raised nearly one million dollars. You can donate here.

Back when Justin Bieber was a tabloid troublemaker in public, he was a depressed dude in private — so much so that he considered suicide.
In the latest episode of his YouTube series, Next Chapter, Justin opened up about his darkest days. He says, “There were so many people that were just so mean. Random people saying like, ‘You suck! You look like a girl!’ I  would shake it off like it didn’t bother me but that stuff bothered me and it affected how I acted and how I treated people.”
The “Intentions” singer continued, “It was so consistent, the pain was so consistent. There was times where I was really, really suicidal.” He concluded by urging followers to seek help if they get to that point.
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