INTERPREP ★ NOVEMBER 15, 2016

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 15, 2016

This is day 320 of 2016. There are 46 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Judge Joseph Wapner is 97

• Ed Asner is 87

• Sam Waterston is 76

• Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation) is 65

• Fashion designer Jimmy Choo is 64

• Kevin Eubanks (The Tonight Show With Jay Leno) is 59

• Johnny Lee Miller (Elementary) is 44

• Sean Murray (McGee on NCIS) is 39

• Rapper B.o.B is 28

• Shailene Woodley is 25

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1492: In history’s first written reference to a new discovery, Christopher Columbus made notes in his journal about the use by New World Indians of tobacco.

• 1926: The NBC radio network debuted with 24 stations.

• 1939: In Washington, D.C., President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.

• 1956: The movie Love Me Tender starring Elvis Presley opened in New York.

• 1969: Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s fast food restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

• 1979: A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski began smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

• 1990: Producers acknowledged that Milli Vanilli, who won the 1990 “Best New Artist” Grammy Award, did not sing on their album.

• 1992: Richard Petty drove in the final auto race of his 35-year career.

• 1995: A truck accident near Muncie, Indiana, spilled onto the highway 22 tons of turkey legs.

• 2003: Mourners at a funeral chapel in Belgium were gathered around the coffin of their loved one when a cell phone started ringing inside the casket. Relatives filed a complaint against the undertaker, charging he could not have prepared their relative’s body properly if he left a phone inside his pocket.

• 2004: New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey left office, three months after resigning due to a gay extra-marital affair. State Senator Richard Codey took over as interim governor.

• 2005: In Amiens, France, Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to undergo a partial face transplant. She had been attacked by a dog earlier in the year.

• 2006: The Al Jazeera English news channel was launched.

• 2013: The new number one activity on the Internet was social media, overtaking porn.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• America Recycles Day

• Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

• Entrepreneurs’ Day

• Raisin Bran Cereal Day

• I Love to Write Day

UPCOMING

• November 24: Thanksgiving

• December 25: Christmas

• January 20: Presidential Inauguration

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

96: Percentage of adults who say they participate in some form of retail therapy.


NEWS ATTACK!

For the fourth time Air New Zealand has been named the world’s best airline. [Their pilots are not allowed to drink until the plane reaches cruising altitude.]

Michael Moore said that if Democrats want to win in 2020, they’re going to have to get a celebrity to run. [In other words, it’s time to put on your big girl pants, Oprah.]

Michael Moore said that if Democrats want to win in 2020, they’re going to have to get a celebrity to run. [“Good morning, President Hanks.”]

More email controversy. But this time it’s Vice President-Elect Mike Pence who is trying to prevent his emails from becoming public. [No wonder. They were late night emails that he sent to Anthony Weiner.]

A formerly engaged New York couple is battling in a lawsuit over who owns the $125,000 engagement ring after the wedding was called off this month. [Wow. That election really is dividing people.]

In her new book Megyn Kelly says that Donald Trump bribed reporters with expensive gifts. [“You know what would look good with your eyes? A golf course.”]

Ivana Trump, one of Donald’s exes, says that she should be made the new ambassador to Czech Republic. [I thought that one of the advantages of having Secret Service protection was that they could keep your ex-wife from bugging you.]

Ivana Trump, one of Donald’s exes, says that she should be made the new ambassador to Czech Republic. [Most people can only dream of sending their ex to a faraway land.]

An extensive study finds that American parents have stopped spanking their kids as much as they once did. [Yeah, all the kids got smart and lawyered up.]

In a special ceremony Jackie Chan was awarded an honorary Oscar. [He graciously accepted the statue despite breaking three bones jumping from the balcony onto the stage.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

YOUR QUIET HYBRID MUST NOW MAKE NOISE AT PEOPLE _ Electric and hybrid vehicles can be eerily quiet at low speeds, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes it’s a safety problem. Starting in 2019, the NHTSA will require all new electric and hybrid light-duty vehicles to make noise at speeds below 19 miles an hour to alert pedestrians they’re there. • SUGGESTED SOUND

… Above that speed, the NHTSA claims that tire and wind noise are usually adequate to let pedestrians know these cars are coming

SOME GUY WENT FOUR DAYS WITHOUT KNOWING WHO WON ELECTION _ Some guy in California voted on Election Day, then went on a total media blackout. In fact, to make sure he wouldn’t find out who won the election he went camping for four days. Then he videoed himself looking up the results on his smartphone. Turns out he was as surprised Donald Trump won as Donald Trump was. • VIDEO (NSFW LANGUAGE)

… This would’ve been better: Total media black out and living in the woods until inauguration day. Then his friends put him in front of a TV and turn it on just as Trump’s about to be sworn in.

AIRLINER’S NEAR MISS WITH DRONE INJURES TWO CREW MEMBERS _ The threat of drone collisions near airports isn’t just scary — it can lead to very real injuries, even if there’s no accident. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident where a flight (Porter Airlines) bound for Toronto took evasive maneuvers in an attempt to avoid a reported drone, injuring two crew members.

AMAZON SWITCHING OUT WRAPPING PAPER FOR REUSABLE CLOTH BAGS _ When you hear that your online purchase will be “gift wrapped,” what do you picture? Most people would picture a package wrapped up in paper, maybe with a bow, right? That’s not what Amazon customers are getting in their boxes this holiday season: for the same price, shoppers are getting velvet gift bags of various sizes. The bags solve two key gift-wrapping problems for the unfathomably large e-commerce company: they’re re-usable multiple times, and they’re also a lot faster than having someone wrap the gifts the old-fashioned way. The company is emphasizing the eco-friendly aspects of the change: “Wrapping paper has no value.”

THIS TOY IS ALREADY SOLD OUT AND PARENTS ARE LOSING THEIR MIND _ How far would you go to make sure your child has a Merry Christmas? Apparently a lot of parents are willing to pay above the $60 retail price for Hatchimals — hundreds and even thousands of dollars more on sites like eBay. And that’s pretty much the only way to get the hot holiday toy. The makers of Hatchimals released a statement informing customers they plan on increasing production for 2017. The company says: “In the interim, some retailers are developing pre-sale and/or rain-check programs for redemption in January.” • EBAY LINK

OLYMPIAN’S MEDAL FOUND IN TRASH PILE _ An Olympic fencing champion whose Rio Games gold medal was stolen as he slept on a train was celebrating Sunday after receiving news of its discovery by a stranger on Facebook. Daniele Garozzo, who won Olympic foil gold for Italy in Rio, was traveling by train to Turin to watch his favorite soccer team when he awoke from a snooze to find the medal gone from his bag.  A woman found his medal among a pile of trash outside a train station. Luckily, she knew of the fencer and contacted him via Facebook on Saturday.

MYSTERY: CANADIAN HOUSEBOAT WASHES UP ON IRISH BEACH _ A houseboat believed to have been built in Canada has washed up on a beach in Ireland. The boat is thought to have drifted across the Atlantic. The boat is believed to have been built by an adventurer named Rick Small, from Thunder Bay, Canada. Inside the the houseboat was a note that said Small had donated the boat to a homeless youth to give them a better life.

90-YEAR-OLD MAN DIGS HIS OWN GRAVE _ ( AUDIO) A 90-year-old on Prince Edward Island, Canada, has been digging for a living for most of his life — mostly trenches for sewer mains and underground utility wires. Jimmy Kickham says, “I love digging.” So it should come as no surprise that Kickham decided to dig his own grave. Kickham’s not expecting to die any time soon. It’s just that, one day he was digging graves and I figured if he lived to 90 he’d dig his own. He turns 90 this week.

… Kickham dug a hole five feet deep, put in an empty pine box and covered it again with soil. The idea is that when he and his casket are ready to go into the ground, the only work left will be to remove the few inches of soil on top. On the day of the funeral, the pine box will be opened, the casket will be lowered into it, and then dirt shoveled on top.

PUPPY THROWN FROM CAR FINDS HOME WITH POLICE OFFICER _ On Halloween night in Albany, New York, two women walked into the police station with a puppy they reported was tossed out of a moving car. Shaking and scared, the tiny pitbull mix looked to have a severely broken leg. As the women tried to calm the black pup, desk patrolman Jon-David Hill called animal control. They told him they couldn’t do anything for him and would have to put him down. That wasn’t the answer Hill wanted to hear. So he took the frightened puppy to the a 24-hour animal hospital. A day later Hill found out the puppy’s leg injury was an old one and couldn’t be repaired. It would have to be amputated. By then, Hill had named the pup Jack, as in jack-o’-lantern, a nod to the night he was found. Fast forward two weeks and Jack is now living with patrolman Hill and moving around quite well on his three legs. A GoFundMe has been set up to offset some of the $4,000 in medical bills.

TEXAS MAN HANDS OUT $100 BILLS TO McDONALD’s EMPLOYEES _ ’Tis the season for random acts of kindness. A man in Texas recently got the ball rolling on the 2016 season by handing out money at a McDonald’s. The regular customer of the Fort Worth McDonald’s handed out $100 bills to unsuspecting workers, asking for nothing in return. In all, the man left enough cash for all 33 employees at the restaurant, even for those who were not working at the time.

BLACK FRIDAY: MANY AMERICANS THINK IT’S THE WORST _ For some, the chance to wake up early on Black Friday and get virtually all of your Christmas shopping done in the span of a few hours is simply too tempting to pass up. But a new survey from BestBlackFriday.com reveals that more than a third of Americans (35.1 percent) hate Black Friday while another 50.7 percent think it’s “just OK.” The remaining 14.7 percent say they love it.

… The disdain for Black Friday runs deepest among shoppers 60 and older.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DESTROYED ATMs OVER INACCURATE CLOCK _ A man in China smashed up two ATMs while drunk. He told police he was angry because the displayed time on the screen didn’t match the one on his mobile phone.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PIZZA THIEF GIVES PHONE NUMBER _ In Florida police charged a teen with felony robbery when he confessed to stealing $200 cash and a pizza from a deliveryman. He was easily caught because he gave his phone number when ordering the pizza.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUM-LOVING THIEF _ In Italy someone was doing small burglary jobs at businesses. One here, one there — there seemed to be no pattern. There were no finger prints and in most cases there was no surveillance video to check. But then police figured something out. Outside of each business that was robbed was a gum wrapper. Apparently the burglar would pop a piece of gum into his mouth before he did a job. Cops tried to get prints or DNA off of nine different gum wrappers — and found a match on one. They found their thief in the police system and arrested him at his home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BULLET FROM NOWHERE _ In Alabama a man was sitting in his kitchen when he heard a ‘pop’ sound immediately followed by the sound of breaking glass. The broken glass was a kitchen window, which shattered from inside the guy’s house. What the guy discovered was that a bullet came into his home through the living room wall, past his head and out his kitchen window. The guy went into his back yard hoping to find the bullet stuck in a tree or in his shed but he couldn’t find it. Police aren’t sure who shot the bullet since the guy lives in the middle of nowhere.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Robert Wagner returns as Tony DiNozzo Sr.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The bottom two artists compete for the Instant Save on tonight’s results show, and one artist is eliminated.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Frankie and Mike realize it’s time to teach Brick to drive.

BROOKLYN NINE NINE (8p ET, FOX) — New. Pimento and Rosa decide to tie the knot, so the squad prepares a wedding under Amy’s direction.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. Wally starts having dreams about being Kid Flash.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Trying to get Anna-Kat invited to a popular girl’s birthday party, Katie dresses up like the other moms and hits the yoga studio.

NEW GIRL (8:30p ET, FOX) — New. Jess decides she’s ready to date again, so Schmidt presses her to date her workout partner (guest star Nelson Franklin, Veep).

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. William unexpectedly reveals a secret to Beth.

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bull hires a previous client’s attorney.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (9p ET, ABC) — New. Louis and Jessica decide to open the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day.

SCREAM QUEENS (9p ET, FOX) — New. After the events on Halloween, Dean Munsch is forced to go to the authorities, which leads to new patients.

NO TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — New. Xavier’s unsettled debts catch up to him.

SERIES PREMIERE: GOOD BEHAVIOR (9p ET, TNT) — Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery stars in this new drama as a thief, a con woman and a drug addict caught up in a complex relationship with a hitman. The 10-episode series is based on the books by Blake Crouch. Another new episode airs at 10p ET.

THE REAL O’NEALS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Pat and Eileen shake up Thanksgiving tradition when they invite Gloria and VP Murray to dinner. The Food Network’s Graham Elliot, Alex Guarnaschelli and Antonia Lofaso guest star as themselves.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. A Navy SEAL candidate is murdered weeks before his graduation. Steven Weber returns as Mayor Douglas Hamilton.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — New. Herrmann is determined to catch a mysterious tagger that targets the firehouse.

DAVID BLAINE: BEYOND MAGIC (10p ET, ABC) — This new special features Blaine impressing celebs, including David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Drake, Steph Curry, Dave Chappelle, John Travolta, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and more.

SERIES PREMIERE: SHOOTER (10p ET, USA) — After being delayed twice (due to real life mass shootings), this new series, based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film, makes its debut. Ryan Phillippe stars in Wahlberg’s role expert marksman Bob Lee Swagger, who’s enlisted to help prevent an assassination attempt on the U.S. president. But things go wrong, making Swagger a target of those he was supposed to assist. Omar Epps (House), Tembi Locke, David Marciano (The Shield), and Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill, The Flash) also star.

SEASON PREMIERE: BILLY ON THE STREET (10:30p ET, TruTV) — In the season 5 premiere, Billy hits the streets with Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released November 15.

• Finding Dory
• Army of One
• Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season
• Peanuts Holiday Anniversary Collection

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’: FIRST FULL-LENGTH TRAILER _ Fans still have to wait until next spring before they can finally watch the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast on the big screen, but Monday we got a glimpse of Disney’s new take on the “tale as old as time.” The clip reveals a series of scenes faithful to 1991 animated feature — from images of the dark and dreary castle, to Belle’s first meeting with the Beast, to all the magic that lies within the cursed walls. • VIDEO

MARK WAHLBERG’S BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING MOVIE _ The new trailer for Patriots Day is online. The movie is “based” on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. It stars Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman and Kevin Bacon. The movie comes out in January. • VIDEO

THE ROCK ‘WOULDN’T RULE OUT’ RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020 _ The 2016 election showed us that many people of the United States wanted dramatic change. If that continues, we may be looking at a Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Presidential run in 2020. At a press conference for his upcoming film Moana, when asked about it, he told Vanity Fair, “I wouldn’t rule it out… It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible. This past election shows that anything can happen.”

JUDGE ORDERS BRENDAN DASSEY OF ‘MAKING A MURDERER’ RELEASED _ A judge in Wisconsin has ordered that Brendan Dassey, whose trial for murder was the plot of the Netflix documentary series Making A Murderer, must be released from prison. In August, Judge William Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction for killing a woman in 2005, and said he must be released within 90 days unless prosecutors file an appeal. Wisconsin’s attorney general did file a notice of appeal in September, calling the August decision “wrong on the facts and wrong on the law.” But Dassey’s lawyers petitioned the court to release him despite the appeal, on the grounds that he did not pose a danger to the community and was not likely to run away. On Monday, the judge granted that petition, allowing Dassey to be released.

… Wisconsin’s Attorney General told The Associated Press on Monday that he would file an emergency appeal to prevent Dassey’s release.

HBO STILL ISN’T RULING OUT THAT ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL _ An HBO executive says they definitely aren’t ruling out a Game of Thrones prequel. We’ve heard news about a potential Game of Thrones prequel before and the latest piece of news doesn’t offer much more than we already know.

WESTWORLD RENEWED FOR SEASON 2 _ HBO has renewed Westworld for Season 2. The network ordered 10 episodes to air in 2018.

MARVEL AND ABC TEAM UP FOR THE INHUMANS TV SERIES _ Marvel has landed another series on ABC: The Inhumans. The comic book studio will debut the eight-episode live-action drama series in the fall of 2017.

… The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics in 1965.

… The big-screen version of The Inhumans was announced two years ago for a 2018 release. It was pushed back to 2019 as part of a shuffle to make room for Spider-Man: Homecoming, before being pulled from the schedule in April.

CINDY CRAWFORD SELLING MALIBU HOME _ Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber are selling their secluded Malibu compound for $60 million. Four bedroom, six bathrooms, beachfront, lots of renovations.

THE GOOD WIFE CREATORS DEVELOPING COMEDY SERIES AT CBS _ If you liked The Good Wife and also like to laugh, here’s some good news: The creators of The Good Wife are doing a sitcom for CBS. The comedy is about an extremely non-confrontational single mom who is promoted to Dean of Students at the high school where she teaches and must contend with overly-involved parents, demanding administrators and a challenging student body — which includes her two teenagers.

JIM BOB & MICHELLE DUGGAR BREAK SILENCE ABOUT GETTING DIVORCED _ They’re no strangers to rumors, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have responded directly to divorce gossip that cropped up over the weekend. The former 19 Kids and Counting stars have faced a ton of gossip in the past year and a half, ever since it came out that their eldest child Josh had molested five underage girls as a teen, including four of his own sisters.  Anonymous sources have reported that Michelle was unhappy with how Jim Bob had handled the situation, and was further distressed when Josh confessed to cheating on his wife Anna and their four children, and subsequently spent seven months in rehab for alleged sex addiction.

… The Jim Bob and Michelle say, “Don’t believe everything you read in the tabloids! Michelle and I have been married for over 32 years and are more in love than ever.”


AUDIO

MOST RECENT ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE

• GRAVE DIGGER: 90-year-old on Prince Edward Island, Canada dug his own grave. → News & Nuggets November 15.

• PHONER: ‘Tis the season to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. What do your listeners think? → 5 real calls.

• PHONER: Life was better off before what? → 2 real calls.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

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BITS & BREAKS

WHY IS YOUR PET AN IDIOT?

FB icon We love our pets but sometimes they do dumb stuff. What’s the dumb thing your pet does? Here’s what a few people on reddit had to say:

• My last dog was terrified of thunder to the point that she would need to get on someone’s lap and shake for hours. Here’s a small list of things she often mistook for thunder: The UPS truck; any song with even a small amount of bass; a plane flying overhead; a cloud’s shadow if she was outside.

• She’ll go to the back door and ask to be let out, see it’s raining, and change her mind. And then she’ll go to the front door and ask to be let out, see it’s raining, and change her mind. And then she’ll go to the side door…

• She will chase the shadow of a thrown ball rather than the ball itself.

• His own farts confuse him. Often when he’s lying down and starts to let one out, he turns his head around and looks at his backside all puzzled.

• Whenever my cat will chase a spider, and eventually catch it, she lifts up her paw to make sure it is still there, allowing it to escape and hide.

• My cat is loud all the time — just walks around the house yowling his head off. Unless he’s stuck somewhere. Then he’s very patient and silent. Hours later we’re like, “Hey, anyone seen the cat?” and we realize the dummy locked himself in a closet.

• My chocolate lab is 9 months old and doesn’t know how to drink water properly. Instead of standing and lapping up the water like a normal dog he lays on his side and dunks half his head into his water bowl and gulps it.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Before they were sold nationally, this classic breakfast treat was tested in Cleveland in 1963. (Pop-Tarts)

TRIVIA: What ubiquitous phrase was first seen in the Dallas Morning News in 1951? (“Fast Food”)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in BINGO.

• A 1980s comedy/fantasy starring Michael Keaton as a ghost. (Beetlejuice)

• Name a rapper who co-stars on Law & Order: SVU. (Ice-T)

• This natural wonder is located on the border between the United States and Canada. (Niagara Falls)

• It’s what a jury finds bad people. (Guilty)

• It’s a fruit that’s also a color. (Orange)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Car gets revenge on man blocking its tailpipe.

https://youtu.be/mtSUn_clNDU


IMAGE OF THE DAY


source: twitter

DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 16, 2016

This is day 321 of 2016. There are 45 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• David Leisure (Empty Nest) is 66

• Marg Helgenberger (CSI) is 58

• Jazz singer Diana Krall is 52

• Martha Plimpton is 46

• Reality star Brandi Glanville is 44

• Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) is 44

• Maggie Gyllenhaal is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1896: The first transmission of electricity between a power plant and a city was sent from the Niagara Falls hydroelectric plant to industries in Buffalo, New York.

• 1977: Close Encounters of the Third Kind opened in theaters.

• 1981: Luke and Laura married on the soap opera General Hospital.

• 1991: A Cromwell, Connecticut, construction worker was arrested for reckless endangerment for allegedly driving too close to a police officer with his steamroller.

• 1996: Mother Teresa received honorary U.S. citizenship.

• 1996: The $127.5 million Jumbotron at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena fell to the ice hours before a hockey game; no one was injured.

• 1999: Autobahn 33, a major German highway, was closed for several hours after a truck flipped and spilled 16 tons of apples on the highway. Three cars and two trucks crashed as they slid on the smashed apples. No one was killed, but one person was injured. Applesauce was four inches thick.

• 2001: The first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in theaters.

• 2005: Anthony Sheppard of Oakland, California, shocked his mother with a telephone call, a day after he was reported dead. Oakland police had messed up after finding Sheppard’s identification card on a shooting victim. Authorities alerted his mother of the shooting, and released the details to reporters. The 23-year-old Sheppard said he was shocked when he walked up to friends who were crying about a newspaper account of his death. Sheppard told police he had lost the I.D. card several years earlier.

• 2012: Hostess Brands revealed its plan to file for bankruptcy and liquidate its assets.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Day for Tolerance

• Button Day

• Have a Party with Your Bear Day

• Fast Food Day

UPCOMING

• November 24: Thanksgiving

• December 25: Christmas

• January 20: Presidential Inauguration

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