INTERPREP ★ JANUARY 14, 2019

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 14, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Faye Dunaway is 78

• Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice) is 76

• Carl Weathers (Rock films) is 71

• Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is 55

• LL Cool J is 51

• Jason Bateman is 50

• Dave Grohl is 50

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1952: NBC’s “Today” show premiered.

• 1954: Baseball player Joe Dimaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe were married at San Francisco City Hall.

• 1973: Super Bowl 7: The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins. The Dolphins became the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season.

• 1993: Late-night TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.

• 2006: A nude tourist was arrested at the international airport in Cancun, Mexico as she tried to raise funds for her return airline ticket by stripping in the terminal and asking for money from other tourists. Police suspect the woman was under the influence of an unspecified drug.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Dress Up Your Pet Day

• Clean Off Your Desk Day

• Organize Your Home Day

• Pastrami Sandwich Day

UPCOMING

• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• January 21: Blue Monday
• January 22: Oscar nominations
• January 27: SAG Awards
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 24: Academy Awards


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

60 million: Value of towels stolen from U.S. hotels each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

NBC News and Meghan Kelly reached an agreement on their separation. [They’ll share custody of Kathie Lee Gifford.]

The half-brother of Meghan Markle was arrested for drunk driving. [It’s caused a crisis in the family. They’re scrambling to figure out how to blame this on Meghan.]

A Utah teenager crashed her car when she covered her eyes as part of the Bird Box challenge. [More like Bird Brain challenge.]

The Police Chief of Houston stopped a driver going 140 mph. The chief could have arrested him, but decided to just give him a ticket. [What?! If just my brake light goes out, they start measuring me for an orange jumpsuit.]

The school administration at a middle school on Long Island sent parents a letter asking them not to let their kids wear a trendy winter hat to school because the kids keep losing the $350 fashion accessory. [They keep losing the hats? You mean the hats cost $350 and don’t include GPS?]

In Ohio, a man doing doughnuts in a car that he had just purchased, crashed it. [Even worse, he was still in the showroom.]

Russia has lost control of one of its satellites. [Oh, if only the Russians had a good hacker.]

Starting next month, Bud Light packages will have larger labels so that you can easily read the amount of calories and fat. [Yeah, I’m sure that’ll make a difference at frat houses across the country.]

Thousands of people have signed a petition to combine North and South Dakota into one state. [Good idea. That way the rest of us will have only one, instead of two states, that we don’t know anything about.]

Scientists have a new theory about those giant heads on Easter Island. It’s now thought that the heads were placed in certain spots to designate a source of fresh water. [Or a barbershop.]

SpaceX is cutting 10% of its workforce. [The company can put a Tesla into space but can’t pay the guy who empties the wastebaskets.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SCHOOL TELLS STUDENTS TO LEAVE $350 HATS AT HOME _ Administrators at a New York middle school are begging students to leave their winter hats made by Italian apparel company Moncler at home because the pricey caps keep getting lost. Administrators at Great Neck North Middle School on Long Island wrote a letter to parents asking them to “try and redirect your middle schooler from wearing these hats to school.” Moncler’s knit hats with fur pom poms cost $350. Administrators said time spent looking for lost Montcler hats has been “disruptive to the students’ focus and time.”

PHOENIX MAN TO ATTEND STRANGER’S BACHELOR PARTY IN VERMONT _ Thanks to an email typo, a Phoenix man is about to head out for the party of his lifetime. He’s going to a bachelor party for a man he’s never met on the other side of the country, using money he raised on GoFundMe. The GoFundMe campaign was titled: Help me go to the bachelor party of a stranger!”

… Last Monday, Will Novak got a group email with the subject line ‘URGENT INFO: Angelo’s bachelor party.’ He almost deleted it, but his curiosity led him to open it. It was a bunch of guys talking about going on a ski resort vacation for a bachelor party Martin Luther King Day weekend. It turns out Angelo and all his buddies live in Vermont. One of Angelo’s friends is also William Novak. His email address is only one letter off from Will Novak’s in Arizona. Hence the mistaken invitation.

… Part of the invitation read: “ATTIRE: Bring your ’80s attire, ridiculous awesome get-ups, etc. For skiing, ask yourself, “What would Angelo wear?’ Wear that.”

… Will Novak from Arizona responded with an over-the-top reply: “I do not know who Angelo is. I am a Will Novak who lives in Arizona. Vermont seems like a very far way for me to travel for the bachelor party of a guy I’ve never met. That being said: (expletive) count me in! From the contents of this email, Angelo sounds tremendous and I want to help send him off in style. I hope his bride (or groom) to be, is awesome. I should note that being a desert dweller, I’ve only been skiing once and I was real bad at it. I hope you all are patient with me on the slopes. In exchange for said patience, I can bring my sweet Nintendo Switch so we can play games in the cabin/chalet/whatever in the evenings. If Angelo isn’t into video games I’m happy to bring Sudoku puzzles or just Indian Leg Wrestle or whatever he likes.”

… The guys replied: “We agree that your timely response may have been one of (if not the best) responses to an e-mail that has ever been sent. And we insist on you coming, this would surely make Angelo’s day. We can pick you up from the airport. … Don’t worry about the video games, but bring Sudoku puzzles (Angelo loves those), and yes we would prefer Indian Leg Wrestling.”

FIREFIGHTER REUNITES WITH BABY HE SAVED 17 YEARS AGO _ A firefighter who saved a baby from a house fire 17 years ago joined the rescued girl for her high school graduation Saturday night. 17 years ago, when Mike Hughes arrived at the scene of the fire, it was out of control — and firefighters had no idea a baby was trapped in her crib. Hughes had a hunch, and found the 9-month-old girl in her crib, overwhelmed by smoke inhalation. Seven years ago Hughes was compelled to connect with the baby he rescued a decade before. Hughes found Dawnielle Davison on Facebook, and they’ve stayed in touch ever since.

GLITTER COFFIN GUARANTEES AN OVER-THE-TOP FUNERAL _ Nothing says “I’ve lived a fabulous life so I’m going out in the most fabulous way possible” quite like a glitter coffin. The Glitter Coffin Company, based in the United Kingdom, will make your final goodbye super extra. The coffins are made to order and can be shipped worldwide. • IMAGE

THE SHOWER BEER IS THE BEST BEER FOR YOU _ Having a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine after a long, stressful day at work releases feel-good chemicals in the brain, like endorphins and dopamine, as well as norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that aids in arousal. But if you imbibe responsibly, you know that already. What’s surprising is that you can punch up the entire experience by sipping in the shower.

… According to Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth of NYC Surgical Associates, the shower beer “is actually a great way to improve productivity and creativity. Showers are a great way to release dopamine, and adding one drink to that can assist your creative juices due to your relaxed mindset.”

SIMPLE HACK WILL MAKE SURE YOUR KID CLEANS UP THEIR TOYS _ One mom came up with the perfect solution for kids who refuse to clean up after themselves. A recent Instagram post shows a plastic bin labeled “Toy Jail,” which holds toys hostage until children complete their chores. The message on the clear plastic bin says: “Toy Jail. You left it out and I picked it up, I’ve got your stuff, you’re out of luck. To get it back, please do a chore, then it’s yours, just like before.” • IMAGE

POLICE DEFUSE STANDOFF BY HAVING ROBOT DELIVER VAPE PEN _ A six-hour standoff between police and a 40-year-old man who allegedly splashed gasoline on the floor of a California (Novato) convenience store “while threatening to burn it down” ended when police defused the situation with a vape pen. The suspect was angry with some kind of problem at the pumps early on Saturday morning before he attempted and failed to ignite a gasoline-soaked floor mat at the convenience store. Police also said he was angry over family issues. After failing to set the convenience store on fire the man fled to his car.

… Officers delivered a cell phone to the man using a robot and were eventually able to use it to negotiate with the suspect. An initial request for a cigarette was denied due to the possibility he was covered in gasoline, though law enforcement later talked him into accepting a vape pen instead. This defused the situation. After the item was delivered by the robot, the man stepped out of his vehicle and was arrested without further incident.

WOMAN CANNOT HEAR MEN’S VOICES DUE TO RARE HEARING DISORDER _ A woman in China has a rare hearing disorder and can no longer hear men’s voices. The woman was initially suffering from ringing in the ears and vomiting. When she woke up the next morning, she could not hear her boyfriend speaking. Her doctor diagnosed the woman with reverse slope hearing loss. She can no longer hear low frequencies — which include the average male voice. Her doctor believes the condition was brought on by stress and is only temporary.

HOW TO HAVE A HAPPIER MARRIAGE: DON’T HAVE KIDS? _ One way to keep the love alive in your marriage? A study out of Britain suggests not having kids could do the trick. Research (by Open University) found that childless people reported having better, happier, more fulfilling relationships and feeling more valued by their partners. The child-free also reported taking more time to “maintain” their connection through things like date nights and just talking.

… But if you’re not so concerned with your romantic relationship, consider this: When subjects in the study were asked to rate overall happiness with their lives, mothers were found to be the happiest group — even if their romantic relationships were less than perfect — and women with no children were found to be the least happy. The findings were flipped when it came to men: Men without kids were slightly happier than men with them.

WOMAN WITH DEMENTIA REMEMBERS TO PICK UP DAUGHTER AT KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL SHE LEFT 30 YEARS AGO _ An 84-year-old woman in China who suffers from Alzheimer’s confused people at a kindergarten when she came to pick up her daughter who had left the school 30 years ago. Walking with the help of a cane, the woman took a bus to the kindergarten school. She could only tell the security guard that she had come to pick up her daughter. The security guard couldn’t find the daughter’s name in the school’s list of students and called police who contacted the woman’s daughter. The woman said, “My mom has had dementia for years and has forgotten a lot of things, but she still remembers she needs to pick me up [30 years later].”

CORRECTIONS OFFICERS FIND STOLEN WATCHES IN SUSPECT’S VAGINA _ (CAUTION) Police in Florida (Miami Springs) say a woman stole her date’s expensive watches and then bolted with the booty. During a jailhouse strip search shortly after, corrections officers found four Rolex watches inside her vagina.

… The couple met at a nightclub and later ended up at a hotel. After the man freshened up in the bathroom, he came back into the hotel room and noticed his Crown Royal whiskey bag — containing five watches valued at a total of $108,000 — gone. The woman then dashed out of the room, went outside and hailed a taxi. Before she could get into the cab, the guy saw his whiskey bag inside her purse and demanded it back. She then beat him on his head with an unknown object. He became dazed and fell to the ground. Cops tracker her down a short time later in a nearby alley.

PEOPLE START TO FEEL TOO OLD TO WORK OUT AT THIS AGE _ Six in ten Americans say 2019 is their year to get in shape. But as over two in five Americans feel “too old” to work out, with 41 officially being the age Americans feel too old to exercise. Age, it turns out, is only one of multiple barriers to exercise Americans face, according to the study (by OnePoll), and “not having time” took home the first-place crown with 42 percent saying that time is the biggest reason they fail to work out.

CANADIAN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS BUY PIZZA FOR U.S. COLLEAGUES _ Canadian air traffic controllers are carrying out a simple but heartfelt gesture for their American counterparts — they’re buying them dinner during the U.S. government shutdown. Air traffic controllers in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, sent pizza down the coast to controllers manning the stations at the New York Air Traffic Control Center on Ronkonkoma, Long Island, New York, on Friday night in support of their colleagues who are working unpaid as the American government’s partial shutdown drags into its fourth week.

… That Air Traffic Control Center on Long Island is a radar facility that handles a large chunk of domestic and international air traffic. Part of the center’s airspace lies up against Canadian airspace, so in other words, these controllers ‘hand off’ aircraft to one another, and work together to keep airplanes safe.

BREWDOG WORKER PRINTS BAD WORD ON CANS _ A brewery worker at craft beer brand Brewdog is responsible for a nasty word (‘Mother F***er Day’) being printed on the bottom of thousands of cans of beer — and has been rewarded by being named Employee of the Month. The batch of 200,000 cans of Punk IPA had to be recalled after Brewdog management were made aware when customers uploaded images of the cans on to social media.

… Graeme Wallace, a packing manager at the Scotland-based company, was annoyed that his bosses demanded that employees “be more punk” and decided to print the swear word on the bottom of the beer cans. But despite the recall the bosses laughed it off and named him Employee of the Month. Probably because the free publicity has been worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

‘HERO’ CAT APPARENTLY DIALS 911 TO HELP OWNER _ Police aren’t sure how else to explain it. But when an officer walked into an apartment Thursday night to answer a 911 call, an orange-and-tan striped cat was lying by a telephone on the living room floor. The cat’s owner, Gary Rosheisen, was on the ground near his bed having fallen out of his wheelchair. Rosheisen said his cat, Tommy, must have hit the right buttons to call 911. Rosheisen said he couldn’t get up because of pain from osteoporosis and ministrokes that disrupt his balance. He also couldn’t reach a cord above his pillow that alerts paramedics that he needs help.

INSTAGRAM EGG ACCOUNT MIGHT BREAK KYLIE JENNER’S RECORD FOR LIKES _ A mystery account on Instagram is trying to break Kylie Jenner’s record for the most likes on Instagram — with a photo of a literal egg. The photo is the lone post on @world_record_egg’s account. It was published on January 4. Accompanying text reads: “Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this.” • CHECK LIKE COUNT

CAFFEINE ENHANCES MEMORY _ Sweet… another reason to drink coffee! That cup of java might serve a purpose beyond giving you a jolt of energy. According to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, caffeine enhances memory.

ABOUT THAT QUIT SMOKING RESOLUTION _ Promised yourself to quit smoking in the new year, but just can’t stop lighting up? You’re not alone, with a new survey (out of Australia) showing that only 3 percent of smokers who made such resolutions stuck with them. More than half of smokers who said they were going to quit this year were back to lighting up within a week. Around 15 percent lit up within hours of making the pledge.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN BANNED FROM WALMART AFTER RIDING A SCOOTER WHILE DRINKING FROM A PRINGLES CAN _ A Texas (Wichita Falls) Walmart has banned a woman after she was caught riding a mobility scooter while drinking wine from a Pringles can.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER CRASHES TRYING ‘BIRD BOX’ BLINDFOLD CHALLENGE _ A Utah teenager crashed into another car when she covered her eyes as part of the so-called “Bird Box Challenge.” Police say the 17-year-old drifted into oncoming traffic and hit another car after she pulled a hat over her eyes to emulate “Bird Box,” the Sandra Bullock movie on Netflix where characters must be constantly blindfolded to avoid visions that urge them to die. No one was hurt in the crash.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY CRASHES INTO GAS STATION, EATS BANANA _ Late one night a man in Connecticut crashed his car through the doors of a gas station, swiped a single banana, then causally ate the banana in the store before getting back into his car and driving away.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DON’T CALL 911 OVER BIGFOOT STATUE _ A statue of Bigfoot on a rural road in North Carolina has apparently prompted a number of 911 calls. The latest call to 911 over the statue prompted a local animal shelter to joke on Facebook that the “handsome fellow” sitting off Pine Ridge Road is an unmoving sculpture, and not the elusive Bigfoot. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HE WON’T WARM MY FEET _ In China, a woman called emergency services to complain that her boyfriend refused to warm her feet. Then, a few minutes later, the boyfriend called the same emergency number to complain that his girlfriend wouldn’t remove her cold feet from atop his stomach, where she was warming them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HELP WITH A CROSSWORD PUZZLE _ In Germany a woman called an emergency number and asked the operator to help her finish a crossword puzzle.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (8p ET, NBC) — New.

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. Eight of the women share personal stories with Colton and a live audience, with the guidance of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. And comic Billy Eichner oversees three challenging contests.

GRETCHEN CARLSON: BREAKING THE SILENCE (8p ET, Lifetime) — In this new special, Carlson, the former Fox & Friends co-host, shares the stories of survivors of sexual harassment and abuse.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Magnum helps a woman (guest star Vera Cherny) find her missing cousin.

SERIES PREMIERE: THE PASSAGE (9p ET, FOX) — This new drama series is about a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease. But it may also wipe out the human race. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Henry Ian Cusick star.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New.

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — New. Bull and his romantic rival (guest star Jill Flint) join forces when her niece and her niece’s husband are charged with armed robbery.

MANIFEST (10p ET, NBC) — New.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ After three weeks on top, Aquaman sunk a notch to second place thanks to the Brian Cranston-Kevin Hart dramedy The Upside.

  1. The Upside, $19.5 million
  2. Aquaman, $17.2 million
  3. A Dog’s Way Home, $11.3 million
  4. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, $9 million
  5. Escape Room, $8.9 million
  6. Mary Poppins Returns, $7.2 million
  7. Bumblebee, $6.7 million
  8. On the Basis of Sex, $6.2 million
  9. The Mule, $5.5 million
  10. Vice, $3.2 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Lone Survivor.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Gran Torino.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was A Civil Action.

… In theaters Friday: Glass (PG-13)

AQUAMAN IS FIRST DCU FILM TO MAKE $1 BILLION _ 38 days after its initial release in China, the latest movie in the DC Extended Universe has become the only DC Extended Universe release to reach $1 billion. That’s especially impressive when you realize that Aquaman, with just $287.9 million earned so far in the U.S., is so far the worst-performing DC movie domestically after Justice League. Most of Aquaman’s success has from audiences outside the United States.

… Aquaman also becomes the 37th movie in history to make more than $1 billion at the global box office.

MAROON 5, BIG BOI, TRAVIS SCOTT CONFIRMED FOR SUPER BOWL 53 _ Big Boi and Travis Scott will join Maroon 5 in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Maroon 5 had been the widely reported halftime show act since September, but the NFL officially announced the band as its headliner Sunday. The league says Maroon 5 will feature guest artists including Big Boi, the Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Scott.

… Many acts have turned down the halftime show this year in support of Colin Kaepernick and other players who have taken a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice. An online petition urges Maroon 5 to withdraw from the gig.

… This year’s Super Bowl will be broadcast from Atlanta by CBS on February 3.

TABLOID YANKS THE ROCK’S ‘SNOWFLAKE GENERATION’ INTERVIEW HE SAID WAS FAKE AUDIO  A story posted Friday on the cover of the UK tabloid Daily Star with the headline “The Rock Smacks Down Snowflakes” was taken down. Daily Star promoted the piece as an “exclusive” interview with the box office champ, whom the paper said went on a “PC rant” about “snowflakes,” a derogatory term for those deemed easily offended and with a sense of entitlement. The story quoted Johnson as saying, “Generation Snowflake or, whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backwards.”

… Johnson took to social media later on Friday, posting a video saying that the interview “never took place, never happened, I never said any of those words, completely untrue, 100% fabricated. It’s not a real [Dwayne Johnson] interview if I’m ever insulting a group, a generation, or anyone because that’s not me. That’s not who I am, and that’s not what we do.” • VIDEO

TOTO’S AFRICA AS SUNG BY OVER 50 MOVIES AND TV SHOWS _ Here’s Toto’s Africa as sung by (pieced together from snippets of dialogue from) more than 50 movies and TV shows. • VIDEO

CHRIS PRATT HELPS GIRLFRIEND KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER MOVE _ Chris Pratt helped girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger move out of her home in Santa Monica, California, on Friday — and shared his excitement on Instagram. In the video, Pratt shows of his new Chevy pickup with its bed filled with cardboard boxes and large plastic garbage bags fill with Katherine’s stuff. It’s nice to know celebs move the same way we normal people do!VIDEO

EDDIE MURPHY CONFIRMS COMING TO AMERICA SEQUEL _ Eddie Murphy has confirmed he will revisit his role of fictional African Prince Akeem in a sequel to his 1988 comedy Coming to America. It will follow Akeem as he returns from Zamunda to the United States to re-connect with his estranged son, the heir to the throne. The original film co-starred Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos.

TOM HARDY AND CHARLOTTE RILEY WELCOME SECOND BABY _ English actor Tom Hardy and his wife Charlotte Riley recently welcomed a baby boy to their family. What’s more, the couple reportedly decided to name him after the title character from the 1994 film Forrest Gump. A friend of the couple says they “love the name Forrest as it’s earthy and strong.” Plus “Tom has always found the movie Forrest Gump very inspiring and enjoyable and thinks it fits.”

… The birth of little Forrest marks the third child for the 41-year-old Hardy and it’s the second child for the couple, who are already parents to a 3-year-old. The actor became a first-time dad when his former girlfriend, Rachael Speed, gave birth to a son, who is now 10 years old.

CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER SEASON 2 CAST RELEASED BY CBS _ The cast of Celebrity Big Brother Season 2 has been confirmed. The 12 house guests are Tom Green (actor, Road Trip), Lolo Jones (Olympian), Tamar Braxton (singer, reality TV star), Ricky Williams (former NFL running back), Natalie Eva Marie (former WWE Superstar), Joey Lawrence (actor, Melissa & Joey), Jonathan Bennett (actor, Mean Girls), Anthony Scaramucci (former White House Director of Communications), Kato Kaelin (actor, witness in O.J. Simpson trial), Dina Lohan (mother of Lindsay Lohan), Kandi Burruss (Real Housewives of Atlanta), and Ryan Lochte (Olympian). • PROMO VIDEO

… Caitlyn Jenner and Bobby Moynihan were rumored to have been a part of the cast but backed out after signing their contracts because they discovered the cast was not getting equal pay.

… The 12 new house guests will play an expedited version of Big Brother which lasts for three weeks, and not 99 days as the original version does.

… Celebrity Big Brother Season 2 debuts Monday, January 21, on CBS.


AUDIO

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• THE ROCK: The Rock sets the record straight on tabloid story. January 14 Entertainment

• PHONER: When should kids begin shoveling sow? My neighbor came home from a business trip to find his two teenage kids hadn’t picked up a snow shovel. They thought it was too cold and mom didn’t force them out. What’s the snow shoveling rule at your house?

• DROP: Are you guys nuts?!

• MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON: Tuesday, January 15, is the 10th anniversary.

• CALLER: You get paid a compliment


BITS & BREAKS

CONFESSION SESSION

Hat tip to Shelley Stevens for sharing this in our Facebook Group!

Our morning show does a slightly outrageous bit called “confession session”. You take three callers and the one with the best confession wins a prize.

I filled in for them today and gave away Queen tix to a woman that admitted not making it to the bathroom one time and leaving her poo pants in a public restroom trash.

It’s amazing the things people will admit to for a prize. Always a great feature!

SEVEN ROMANTIC RULES THAT WILL KEEP YOUR RELATIONSHIP PASSIONATE AND FUN

The book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Romance is filled with ways to make romance a part of your relationship. However, before you can incorporate romance, there are some rules you should honor:

• Stop Talking about Romance and Get to Work

• Don’t expect your partner to make changes. If you want more romance in your relationship, you have to give it.

• Make your partner a part of your life. Top priority is ideal.

• Don’t expect romance to just happen, you have to create it.

• Don’t view romance as a chore, consider it a privilege. It’s a blessing to have someone in your life to be romantic with.

• A relationship requires daily attention to keep it alive. If you put in the minimum work, it will be reflected in the degree of happiness and satisfaction you feel in your relationship.

• Keeping the lines of communication open will keep romance burning bright.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE QUIZ

A tongue-in-cheek quiz to play with a cohost, or to use as an actual(and very winable) contest with a listener. For reference, here’s the cookie page. A zip code search also tells you when the cookies go on sale in your area.

Tasty cookies topped with creamy peanut butter and covered with a luscious, chocolatey coating.

• Follow-me-here’s
• Tag-a-longs*
• Skip-here-n-theres

Crisp n’ crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling. No artificial color. No artificial flavor.

• Alamine Lefts
• Grab-you-partner-by-the-hands
• Do-si-dos*

Short, tender, delicate-tasting shortbread that melts in your mouth.

• Trefoils*
• Treebarks
• Shortbreads

A thin wafer covered with a smooth chocolatey coating. Made with natural peppermint

• Mint crunchs
• Doublemints
• Thin Mints*

Tender vanilla cookies, covered with caramel, rolled in coconut, and striped with chocolate.

• Pago Pagos
• Samoas*
• Coco-luaus

8 THINGS POSITIVE PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY

Find something every day to look forward to. Whether it’s catching up on a favorite Netflix show, trying out a new dessert recipe, or having coffee with a friend, these things don’t have to be big. Having concrete activities to look forward to will make your days unique, distinct, and hopefully give each one a sheen of happiness.

Celebrate the small stuff. Don’t prolong happiness. Find joy in even the tiniest things — your favorite song coming up on shuffle, a funny text from a friend, a beautiful sunny day — because it adds up. Soon, you won’t have to stop and smell the roses because you’ll be smelling them all the time.

Be kind. When in doubt, choose kindness. Positive people look on the bright side, sure, but they also tend to pay it forward by passing on their positive energy to others. Giving is generous, but it also makes the giver feel even better.

Stay busy. “Busy” isn’t code for “stressed out of your mind.” Instead, being busy means filling your life with fulfilling activities. It relates back to having something every day to look forward to. Start a hobby. Structure your weekends with fun things to look forward to. Most of all, be proactive about keeping busy, because living your life to the fullest is up to you.

Accept responsibility for your actions. Being positive doesn’t mean being delusional. By owning up to where you trip up or make mistakes, you’re being honest with yourself. So, since you’re not hiding from yourself, you can then…

Forgive yourself. As much as you want to treat others with kindness, you deserve the same treatment. Okay, so we all make mistakes, and we all have regrets. Learn from them. Forgiving yourself will make it infinitely easier to…

Know when to move on, and not dwell on defeat. You gotta pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and valiantly forge ahead. A positive person knows that a defeat isn’t the end of the journey, but part of the journey.

Resist comparisons. Being positive is far simpler when you do not set yourself against others, as we all have separate strengths and struggles. Instead, work on achieving your own fulfillment, which you can only find by searching inwards–and, of course, by staying positive.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Sales of this normally boring food are best in January. (Chicken Noodle Soup)

TRIVIA: Based on research with the human body’s internal clock, the period between the hours of 4 and 6 in the afternoon is when people are the most what? (Irritable)

TRIVIA: What tourist destination generates about 120,000 pounds of garbage every day? (Walt Disney World in Florida)

FREE ON CRAIGSLIST

I was looking in the ‘Free’ section of Craigslist and found a bunch of stuff. But one of these is not free. Which one?

• Lumber – all sizes

• Presbyterian hymnal

• Cat tunnel – bought for my cat but she will not use it*

• Bathroom scale – works fine, tired of looking at it


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 14, 2019

• 1963: JIMMY DEAN was the first guest host on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show.

• 1986: REBA MCENTIRE became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1999: GARTH BROOKS made a guest appearance on Sesame Street.

• 2000: After 37 years of publication, Music City News magazine closed its doors.

• 2010: MINDY McCREADY suffered a seizure on camera at the close of the season’s second episode of Celebrity Rehab on VH1.

• 2018: DIERKS BENTLEY held a grand-opening party for his Whiskey Row venue in Nashville. Guests included THOMAS RHETT, MAREN MORRIS, BROTHERS OSBORNE, LAUREN ALAINA and JON PARDI.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

OLD DOMINION rescheduled three concerts in February so that lead singer Matthew Ramsey can undergo foot surgery.

Songs by KACEY MUSGRAVES, MAREN MORRIS (with Zedd and Grey) and KELLY CLARKSON will be among those appearing on the 25th annual Grammy nominees album, coming out January 25.

KANE BROWN will perform this morning (Monday) on ABC’s Good Morning America. While in New York, he’ll also film an appearance on CBS’ The Late Show With Steven Colbert.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE will host a concert February 13 at their FGL House in Nashville. Sponsored by the magazine Nashville Lifestyles, the standing room only concert will also include performances by MORGAN WALLEN, RAELYNN and HARDY.

DIERKS BENTLEY loves Nashville, but reveals his heart is still in his home state of Arizona. In fact, Dierks, who has lived in Music City for 25 years, says one day when his career winds down, he’ll return home to Arizona.

DYLAN SCOTT will release a six song EP, Nothing To Do Town, April 26. Dylan co-wrote five of the six songs on the project.

New releases from MAREN MORRIS, OLD DOMINION and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE are included on Billboard magazine’s list of the most anticipated albums of 2019.

TRISHA YEARWOOD says the secret to her 13 year marriage to GARTH BROOKS is that sometimes the marriage has to be a priority, even when it’s difficult.

Singer/songwriter JAMESON RODGERS has signed with Columbia Nashville. Jameson wrote FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s latest single, Talk You Out Of It.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 15, 2019

• 1992: JOHNNY CASH was among 11 artists inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

• 1993: BILLY RAY CYRUS’ album Some Gave All was certified multi-platinum for sales of 6 million copies. Hits included Achy Breaky Heart, She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore and Could’ve Been Me.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS reached an undisclosed settlement with songwriter Guy Thomas who claimed Garth had lifted rifts from a tune he wrote for pop singer Kenny Loggins called Convictions of the Heart and used them for Standing Outside the Fire.

• 1999: During the first show of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in 25 years, TRISHA YEARWOOD was asked to become a member of the Opry.

• 2012: GRETCHEN WILSON sold her 340-acre farm in Wilson County, Tennessee, for $2.9 million.

• 2016: WILLIE NELSON was honored with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in a special aired by PBS.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 15, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Mario Van Peebles is 62

• Lisa Lisa of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam is 52

• Chad Lowe is 51

• Regina King is 48

• Eddie Cahill (Conviction, CSI: New York) is 41

• Pitbull is 38

• Skrillex is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1889: The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.

• 1892: James Naismith published the rules for basketball.

• 1967: In the first ever Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. Tickets to the first Super Bowl ranged from $6 to $12.

• 2009: The Miracle on the Hudson. US Airways flight 1549 made an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River. No one was injured.

• 2011 Wikipedia turned ten.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Humanitarian Day

• Bagel Day

• Hat Day

• Strawberry Ice Cream Day

UPCOMING

• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• January 21: Blue Monday
• January 22: Oscar nominations
• January 27: SAG Awards
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 24: Academy Awards