This is day 322 of 2016. There are 44 days remaining.
• Director Martin Scorsese is 74
• Lauren Hutton is 73
• Danny DeVito is 72
• Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels is 72
• Stephen Root (Office Space, NewsRadio) is 65
• RuPaul is 56
• Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) is 53
• Daisy Fuentes is 50
• Rachel McAdams (Doctor Strange, Sherlock Holmes movies) is 38
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1800: The United States Capitol building in Washington, DC held its first session of the U.S. Congress.
• 1827: The Delta Phi Fraternity, America’s oldest continuous social fraternity, was founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
• 1968: NBC preempted the final 1:05 minutes of a very close NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders with the film Heidi, prompting an outrage among sport fans.
• 1970: Douglas Engelbart received the patent for the first computer mouse.
• 1995: The movie Goldeneye, starring Pierce Brosnan as Agent .007, premieres throughout the U.S.
• 1996: A Tampa, Florida, packaging distributor introduced Biofoam, a new grain-based packing “peanut” more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam peanuts. Biofoam, which smells like popcorn, was originally developed as a snack food, but it didn’t sell.
• 1997: The wait at Baltimore-area Pizza Huts was up to three hours for their $1.69 bargain pizzas. The chain had promised a dollar off their large pizza for every sack the Baltimore Ravens got against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Ravens got nine sacks in a 10-10 overtime tie.
• 1998: The public heard Monica Lewinsky’s voice for the first time as the House Judiciary Committee released 22 hours of recordings secretly made by Linda Tripp.
• 2002: An Indian man who became famous for smoking through his ears announced he would begin smoking through both his mouth and ears simultaneously. Dharmendra Singh of Bikaner also whistled through his nose, but he said that didn’t really impress anybody.
• 2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger was inaugurated Governor of California.
• 2004: Kmart announced it was buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion.
• 2008: The worldwide box office total for The Dark Knight reached the billion dollar mark.
• 2013: A rare late-season tornado outbreak struck the Midwest. Illinois and Indiana were most affected with tornado reports as far north as lower Michigan. In all around six dozen tornadoes touched down in approximately an 11-hour time period, including seven EF3 and two EF4 tornadoes.
• Great American Smokeout
• Homemade Bread Day
• National Unfriend Day
• Use Less Stuff Day
• Take A Hike Day
• November 24: Thanksgiving
• November 25: Black Friday
• December 25: Christmas
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
17,775: U.S. highway deaths in the first six months of the year, a jump from 2015.
The AP reports that the nation’s police departments are now much more likely to overlook a potential recruit’s past marijuana use. [Because the duty of a good police officer is to serve and protect and pass it on.]
United is offering a new basic economy fare. However, you can’t bring carry-on bags, you’re the last to board the plane [and in the event of a water landing you will serve as everyone else’s flotation device].
Bob Dylan is telling the Nobel Prize Committee that he won’t be able to be at the award ceremony due to other engagements. [Well, he has a point. You never know exactly what time the cable guy is going to get to your house.]
Bob Dylan is telling the Nobel Prize Committee that he won’t be able to be at the award ceremony due to other engagements. [What exactly are these mysterious other engagements? Surely the man has a DVR.]
A new record has been set for the most watched movie trailer in 24 hours. It was set by the new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. [Also known as Melania and Donald.]
In her new book Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia, admits to having an affair with Harrison Ford when they were first working on Star Wars. [But he ended it because during sex he got tired of her screaming out, “Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi! You’re my only hope!”]
Three apartment buildings formerly owned by Donald Trump have had their names changed to remove the word “Trump” from the complex. [He’s not even president yet and already three buildings have been impeached.]
Three apartment buildings formerly owned by Donald Trump have had their names changed to remove the word “Trump” from the complex. [The residents voted on it, not the electoral college.]
An Alaska Airlines jet this week became the first commercial flight to use a renewable alternative fuel made from trees. [The flight couldn’t have gone better. The plane flew beautifully and received numerous comments on its lovely pine forest fragrance.]
COLD & FLU SEASON: BREATHING _ ( AUDIO) Cold and flu is here so here’s an interesting question: Can you cut your risk of infections by breathing through your mouth rather than through your nose? Just possibly, but only if you can figure out a way to travel with your eyes closed as well, and if you wash your hands frequently, too.
… A small but frequently cited 1981 study in the journal Infection and Immunity compared the risks of contracting a respiratory infection by way of transferring it to the nose, eye or mouth. The results suggested that the eyes and the nose were equally sensitive to infection, while the mouth was less sensitive. Viruses like the common cold and influenza can take different routes to the next victim. They are spread by sneezes and coughs, which produce medium-size droplets that can be carried though the air. Besides your eyes, nose and mouth, the droplets can also land on hands.
STEPHEN HAWKING SETS TIME LIMIT FOR MANKIND _ So how long have we got to sort out this mess? No, I’m not talking about the political system. I’m talking about mankind itself. Stephen Hawking has reportedly decided to put a time limit on our survival. Earlier this week the celebrated physicist said he doesn’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.
… In January, Hawking explained that the next 100 years are the most frightening. There won’t, he believes, be any Mars colonies before then.
THIS HUSBAND SAYS A MAN CAN NEVER BE MARRIED TO ‘ONLY ONE WOMAN’ _ An Oregon man is touching hearts everywhere after sharing his heartfelt marriage lesson. In a recent Facebook post, Dale Partridge, 31, gushed about his wife Veronica and the different versions of her he’s fallen in love with over the years. He wrote: “Men are so worried that marriage will leave them with ‘only one woman’ for the rest of their lives. That’s simply not true. I fell in love with a 19-year-old rock climber, married a 20-year-old animal lover, started a family with a 24-year-old mother, then built a farm with a 25-year-old homemaker, and today I’m married to a 27-year-old woman of wisdom.” • LINK
… Partridge says it took him five minutes to write it. He says he was inspired to write the post because he wants people to realize that while you’re in a relationship, you constantly develop and evolve over time.
GRANDMA INVITES WRONG TEEN TO THANKSGIVING _ 17-year-old Jamal Hinton lives in Phoenix. He was minding his own business when he got a text from someone about Thanksgiving plans. When Jamal asked who it was that texted him the person at the other end replied, “Your grandma.” He didn’t recognize the number so he asked for a photo. It was a grandma, but not Jamal’s. He sent a selfie back to the woman to let her know she’d texted the wrong person. He also asked if he could still “get a plate” at dinner and she said, “Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do…feed everyone.” Jamal says he’s in contact with the grandma’s daughter now and plans to take her up on the Thanksgiving offer.
‘POST-TRUTH’ DECLARED WORD OF THE YEAR _ The truth is overrated. We live in an age of post-truth. There was a lot of post-truth in 2016, which is why it’s been named the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford Dictionaries defines post-truth as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY, QUIT FACEBOOK _ Staying off Facebook could make you happier. The study out of Denmark used 1,095 participants — with half being asked to dump Facebook for a week. The results showed that those who left Facebook reported significantly higher ‘life satisfaction’.
TRUMP SUPPORTERS MAD AT PEPSI OVER COMMENTS CEO NEVER MADE _ Donald Trump supporters are angry with Pepsi — over something that never happened. The President-Elect’s supporters are threatening to boycott Pepsi over fabricated statements circulating on social media. Twitter users, many citing debunked news articles, claim Pepsi’s CEO (Indra Nooyi) told Trump fans to “take their business elsewhere.” Sites designed to trick people, including Truthfeed and Gateway Pundit, published the fake quote while encouraging readers to stop buying Pepsi’s products. Gateway Pundit also incorrectly claimed Pepsi’s stock plunged 5% because of the comment that was never actually made.
… Pepsi’s CEO never told Trump’s supporters that Pepsi doesn’t want their business and she even congratulated the president-elect on his victory. But she condemned the ugly rhetoric of the campaign.
CHINA TELLS TRUMP CLIMATE CHANGE ISN’T A HOAX IT INVENTED _ China has had it with Donald Trump’s claim that global warming is a hoax they started. The country’s vice foreign minister set the record straight this week by saying China couldn’t have invented global warming as a hoax to harm U.S. competitiveness because it was Donald Trump’s Republican predecessors who started climate negotiations in the 1980s.
… The Chinese officials said Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush supported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in initiating global warming talks even before China knew that negotiations to cut pollution were starting.
PHOTOGRAPHER GETS A WEDDING PARTY TO DO MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE _ Wedding photographer Suzanne Delawar managed to get an entire wedding — wedding party and guests — to stand perfectly still several times for the #mannequinchallenge. Most wedding photographers can’t get wedding guests to simply stay out of their way, but somehow Delawar was able to get them to all stand perfectly still several times over. • VIDEO
CAFE LETS CUSTOMERS EAT AND PAY WHAT THEY CAN _ At EAT Cafe in Philadelphia, customers pay only what they can afford. The EAT Cafe, a project that has been two years in the making, is the city’s first non-profit “community cafe.” EAT is short for Everyone At the Table. The cafe serves dinner four days a week for a suggested $15, but you can pay what you can. It’s a soup kitchen, but EAT is a full-service restaurant serving three-course meals.
… The cafe seats 30 and there’s a no-tipping policy — staffers make a flat hourly wage. The menu changes weekly, and can range from Caribbean to Tex-Mex to Thai.
FREE SKATES ARE COMING _ Last year’s hot ride was the hover-board. Literally hot since many of them caught fire. 2017’s hot ride could be Free Skates. Imagine cutting a small skate board in half and putting one half under each foot. The free skates aren’t attached to each other or the rider’s feet, so you can move your legs around any way you want and even flip them as you jump • VIDEO
DOMINO’S DELIVERS WORLD’S FIRST DRONE PIZZA _ Domino’s Pizza has delivered the world’s first pizza via drone in New Zealand. Domino’s performed a public drone test in June, but Thursday’s delivery marked the first time a customer had their pizza arrive from a flying robot. The customer reportedly ordered two pies at 11:19 AM local time, a peri-peri chicken pizza and a chicken and cranberry pizza.
… Domino’s is working with the drone delivery company Flirtey on the project, which sends drones to customer’s homes utilizing GPS navigation while a drone pilot watches to make sure nothing bad happens.
@MIKEPENCE IS A REGULAR DUDE WITH A FAMOUS TWITTER _ The Mike Pence we all know is, obviously, a yuuge fan of Donald Trump. But the guy with the Twitter handle @mikepence — his real name — is not. The software engineer is getting bombarded by Trump supporters and anti-Trumpers. For the most part, @MIKEPence’s social media presence is the exact inverse of the Indiana governor: liberal, supportive of Hillary Clinton, and tech savvy.
CANADIAN BREWERY CUTS FREE BEER FOR LIFE _ For decades, a job at Labatt, one of Canada’s two major breweries, came with an unusual perk: free beer for life. But now, the company’s retirees have been cut off. In a memo to employees, the brewer, which is owned by the beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, said it would gradually turn off the retirees’ beer tap over the next two years.
… Labatt retirees were getting about eight 24-bottle cases a year. Current employees, by contrast, get a free case every other week and bonus cases at Christmas and for Canada Day. Their free beer will continue as long as they are employees.
… Routine free beer for retirees was ended at Molson Coors, Canada’s other large brewery, several years ago.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVER BLAMES DONALD TRUMP FOR CAR CRASH _ A motorist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area reportedly told cops that Donald Trump’s presidential win was to blame for an alleged drunk-driving-related, three-car accident that occurred on the evening after Election Day. The Lino Lakes Police Department posted the following information on its Facebook page: “We heard a new excuse for driving over 4 times the legal limit and hitting two vehicles at a stop light. The driver said, ‘I am upset over the outcome of the election and you should let me go home.’”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY STEALS CREDIT CARD, USES IT TO BUY HOME SECURITY CAMERA _ Police in Colorado are looking for a man accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase a home security system, which, is of course useful when trying to keep people from stealing your stuff. Police say the suspect broke into a parked car and took the credit card from a purse, then used the card to buy the security system at a Best Buy store.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARGUING PARENTS LEAVE TODDLER ON STREET _ In China the parents of a two-year-old were arguing in a square when they stormed off in opposite directions. Neither noticed the child had been left alone. A local resident spotted the girl alone in the square and notified police. The husband assumed that the child had followed his wife because they had been together before the argument began. Officers criticized the parents before releasing the child into their custody. No charges were filed.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SPRAYED AXE BODY SPRAY INTO MOUTH DURING DUI STOP _ A South Carolina man accused of drinking and driving made an interesting move when police pulled him over: He sprayed AXE body spray in his mouth. He was then given three separate field sobriety tests, which police say he failed.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SEEK PENNSYLVANIA DETERGENT THIEF _ Authorities in Hershey, Pennsylvania, say an unidentified man loaded up his shopping cart with more than a dozen 150-ounce bottles of laundry detergent at a grocery store then left without paying. Police believe the same man stole detergent form the same store early this month, too.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TV THIEF FORGOT REMOTE CONTROL _ A thief in France broke into a home and stole a TV and some jewelry. Shortly after the robbery the thief went back to the same house, but this time was caught. He went back because when he took the TV he forgot to take the remote control.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF LEAVES BUSINESS CARD _ In Texas a guy stopped by a pizza restaurant. He hadn’t been there very long when he decided to take a couple of bottles of wine from behind the bar, without paying. After a brief scuffle with restaurant employees the guy fled. Police had no trouble tracking him down. Before he stole the wine he had struck up a conversation with the bartender and given him his business card.
FOOTBALL NIGHT IN CAROLINA (8p ET, NBC) — As Thursday night football comes to NBC, Bob Costas, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison preview tonight’s game.
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — New. Stephen Hawking returns to guest star as himself.
GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. The hospital treats victims of a building collapse.
ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — New. The investigation into the death of a food truck vendor reveals the victim has a connection to Slade’s past.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — New. In the Old West, the Legends find Jonah Hex in trouble with his arch-nemesis.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, NBC) — Drew Brees and the Saints visit Cam Newton and the Panthers in a crucial NFC South matchup.
THE GREAT INDOORS (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. The team cleans out Jack’s old storage unit, discovering secrets about his love life.
MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Christy and Bonnie are concerned that Roscoe may have a drug problem.
NOTORIOUS (9p ET, ABC) — New. Jake thinks Dana Hartman (guest star Melina Kanakaredes) can help in the murder case against her daughter.
PITCH (9p ET, FOX) — New. An unexpected visit from Ginny’s brother (guest star BJ Britt, UnReal) causes friction with Amelia.
SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — New. A demon starts picking off hunters that have gathered to celebrate the life and tragic death of one of their own.
PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — New. The designers must create an editorial, high fashion look for Marie Claire magazine. Actress Camilla Belle and editor Anne Fulenwider are the guest judges.
LIFE IN PIECES (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Jen plans a small affair for Lark’s first birthday.
PURE GENIUS (10p ET, CBS) — New. James uses risky robotic surgery to treat his elementary school teacher’s aggressive cancer.
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. Annalise has a heated confrontation with Nate after receiving a tip about ADA Atwood.
CARRIE FISHER DENIES CALLING HARRISON FORD ‘BAD IN BED’ _ Carrie Fisher would like it to be known: She never called Harrison Ford a lousy lover. Fisher, who revealed this week that she had an affair with her Star Wars co-star while they were filming the 1977 sci-fi blockbuster, refuted reports that she had denigrated his lovemaking skills.
… Fisher would seem to be referring to a Radar Online report from earlier this week, which delivered the headline: “Secret Affair Exposed! Carrie Fisher Accuses Harrison Ford of Being Bad in Bed” and claimed that Fisher “recalled that their first lovemaking experience didn’t exactly send her to the stars” in the book. Carrie said that the relationship, which occurred when she was 19 and Ford was a 33-year-old married father of two, ended when the film wrapped shooting.
BOB DYLAN WILL NOT ATTEND NOBEL CEREMONY _ Bob Dylan will not attend the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm next month to accept the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy, which bestows the award, said that the only requirement for prizewinners is to give a lecture within six months of the ceremony, which is scheduled for December 10.
FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE RENEWED THROUGH 2017 _ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Daily Show alum’s acclaimed news comedy series on TBS, has been renewed through 2017. The weekly show, which regularly skewers politics and current events with a feminist bent, was picked up for a second season thanks to Bee’s unique voice.
TAYLOR SWIFT VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP STORY IS FAKE NEWS _ Since the election there’ve been a lot of stories about the role fake news stories played in the outcome. The issue is so serious both Facebook and Google say they’re starting to crack down. A story claiming Taylor Swift voted for Donald Trump in the election is filled with inaccuracies, despite it being widely shared on social media and fooling many readers. The piece tries to make it appear as if the pop star is a staunch supporter of the president-elect, but there’s no actual proof to back up such an assertion. The headline reads: “Taylor Swift SHOCKS Music Industry: ‘I Voted For Trump'”. The accompanying article features a photoshopped image of Swift wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, and also contains fake quotes wrongly attributed to the singer.
… The story has been fact-checked and, well, it’s wrong. A quote attributed to Swift was actually spoken by civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who died in 1963. In addition, while Swift did snap a photo of herself in line to vote, she never shared who she voted for.
TAYLOR SWIFT IS BIGGEST-EARNING CELEBRITY UNDER 30 _ Taylor Swift tops another list for the richest. According to Forbes, the 26-year-old singer becomes the highest-earning celebrity under 30 in 2016. She made a whopping $170 million. Her biggest earning comes from her 1989 world tour which raked in $200 million from North America alone.
… One Direction comes in the second place. The British boy band earned $110 million. Argentinean soccer star Lionel Messi rounds out the top three with $81.5 million.
BEN HIGGINS AND LAUREN BUSHNELL’S WEDDING IS OFF _ Ben Higgins called off his wedding with Lauren Bushnell, and the no-longer-a-bride-to-be shared that she was “blindsided” by his decision. On Tuesday’s episode of Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After, the Bachelor alums went to group therapy. Higgins revealed in the session that while he does want to marry Lauren at some point in the future, he’s not ready to do it as soon as they had planned. Higgins confessed: “The wedding’s off. I think this thing sped up real fast, and we haven’t had a second to breathe.” He also added that he thinks they “haven’t done anything,” to which Lauren was understandably incensed. Lauren told Ben, “When you say that we just haven’t done anything, it hurts because I’ve moved to Denver and had to switch jobs, and I left my life in L.A. to come and do the life with you.”
… She revealed to the camera, “I have no idea what just happened. I feel completely blindsided.”
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. TO DIRECT NEW TV SERIES ‘SINGULARITY’ _ Robert Downey Jr. is heading to the small screen to try his hands at directing. Downey is confirmed to sit behind the camera for a pilot of an upcoming TV series called Singularity. The plot remains scarce, but actor Anthony Michael Hall is expected to play the lead role.
MADONNA A CARPOOL KARAOKE VIRGIN NO MORE _ Madonna on Wednesday revealed that she’ll soon join James Corden for a round of Carpool Karaoke, Instagramming a photo of herself with the Late Late Show host in New York City. An airdate for Madonna’s appearance has yet to be announced.
PAUL BLART: MALL COP AS A SERIOUS ACTION MOVIE _ Paul Blart: Mall Cop is widely considered the best movie comedy about a Segue-riding mall security guard. In the film — which the Oscars ignored — Kevin James plays Blart, the security guard who takes mall safety to a new level. Blart took his job as Mall Cop Prime so seriously, with a few minor adjustments the movie could have been serious action movie. The proof is in the fake trailer someone created. • VIDEO
TOM HANKS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN GET PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM _ President Barack Obama named several activists, scientists, philanthropists, athletes and artists as recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The 21 recipients announced Wednesday include entertainers such as Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Lorne Michaels, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross and Cicely Tyson. Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor — it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better.” Former athletes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan, as well as longtime Dodgers baseball broadcaster Vin Scully were also honored.
… Bill and Melinda Gates were also honored for their philanthropy through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The recipients will be presented with the award on at the White House on November 22.
BROOKE MUELLER AND TWIN SONS NO LONGER MISSING _ Brooke Mueller and her 7-year-old twin sons, Bob and Max, are currently safe after reports that Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife had gone missing with their kids. TMZ reported early on Wednesday that Brooke had taken off with Sheen’s two sons and was somewhere in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. The ordeal started when Brooke allegedly showed up at a bar the night before with both young boys in tow. Brooke reportedly tried to bum a cigarette from another bar patron before getting into an argument with the nanny. Police were called because of the fight between Brooke and the nanny but that they all had taken off before police arrived.
… E! News reported that Brooke was spotted trying to check into a hotel around 4 AM Wednesday but then checked out again around 6 AM. A desk clerk at the hotel said that Brooke claimed three women had tried to rob her. She also said that both boys were with Brooke at check out and that both were crying. It was at 6:30 Wednesday morning that Brooke reportedly contacted police. Police now say Brooke and her twin sons are fine. A source told People magazine: “Brooke went off of her medications. She is being treated for the issue now.”
MARK BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNEY WILL LAUNCH LIGHT TV _ After a year of planning, the new faith and family entertainment channel planned by MGM, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey finally has a name: Light TV. The new channel will feature many of MGM’s library of titles as well as new programming. Light TV will air “wholesome family and faith-based entertainment programming” and will also be a way for MGM to make a little money on its film and TV library at the same time.
… Among the programming scheduled to appear on Light TV channel include Mark Burnett’s game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, the Michael Landon TV series, Highway to Heaven and CBC series Heartland plus a slew of MGM classic movies like Rocky, Hoosiers, Red River, Little Man Tate, The Nutcracker, Lilies of the Field, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Black Stallion, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Pink Panther, Fame and Mr. Mom.
COREY FELDMAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND, BLAMES TRUMP _ Looks like the recent presidential election spurred Corey Feldman to action when it comes to his love life. The 45-year-old actor is engaged to his girlfriend of four years, Courtney Anne. Corey proposed last weekend in Palm Springs, California, and admits that part of the decision is because he didn’t want to take the chance that 27-year-old Courtney — who’s Canadian — could be deported.
MOST RECENT ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE
• COLD & FLU SONG: It’s cold and flu season.
• DROPS: A big batch of Thanksgiving-related drops.
• MYSTERY VOICE: Anne Hathaway.
THANKS FOR SHARING, CHRIS!
More prep in the Facebook Group.
TOP 10 MOST DANGEROUS TOYS LIST
Because it’s the time of year when we spend too much money on toys, the group WATCH — World Against Toys Causing Harm — is out with it’s annual 10 Most Dangerous Toys List. Or as I like to call it: “The 10 toys you should buy your kid if you want them to know what it was like when you were a child.”
• Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family. Target, Amazon.com. Choking hazard from small parts.
• Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow. Amazon.com. Suffocation hazard, but no warning.
• Slimeball Slinger. Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon.com. Slimeball ammunition can be fired with enough force to cause eye injuries.
• Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers. Walmart, Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Sears.com. Potential for impact injuries.
• Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster. Walmart.com, Target.com, Amazon.com, Kmart.com. Potential for eye injuries but carries no warning.
• The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch. Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Toys ‘R’ Us.com. Potential for puncture wounds due to pointed tail. Warns about small parts but not about puncture wound threat.
• Peppy Pups. Toys ‘R’ Us. Risk of strangulation due to long cord. Carries no warning.
• Flying Heroes Superman Launcher. Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Sears.com, Ebay.com, BigW.com. Risk of eye and facial injuries. There are Batman, Spider Man and Iron Man versions.
• Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby. Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon.com, Sears.com. Spoon that comes with doll has the potential to be mouthed and block a child’s airway. Has no warning.
• Warcraft Doomhammer. Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon.com. Risk of blunt impact injuries.
HOW TO ARGUE FAIRLY
Thanksgiving gatherings are sure to be interesting affairs this year, as families split between Trump and Clinton supporters try to sit down to dinner without maiming one another — if they show up at all.
From the New York Times, here are a few suggestions for arguing fairly
LISTEN CAREFULLY — The aim of an argument should not be proving who is right, but conveying that you care about the issues. Show the person with whom you are speaking that you care about what he or she says. When you listen, go all in. Don’t half-listen while figuring out what you’re going to say next,.
DON’T ‘DROP THE ANCHOR’ — Some people start an argument by staking their position and refusing to budge, an impulse called “dropping the anchor.” Instead, try to understand the other person’s point of view; it does not mean you have to agree with him or her, or that you are abandoning deeply felt objections to, for example, racism or sexism.
MIND YOUR BODY LANGUAGE — Your body language can send messages that are more compelling than the words coming out of your mouth. Try to avoid gestures that are patronizing or defensive, like crossing your arms or clenching your jaw. Maintain eye contact in a way that is not a stare-down. Lean forward slightly to show you are interested. And no eye-rolling.
DON’T ARGUE TO WIN — Don’t think of an argument as an opportunity to convince the other person of your view; think of it as a way to test and improve your opinions, and to gain a better understanding of the other side. It’s rarely productive to nitpick errors in your opponent’s remarks or to argue just to “win.”
KNOW THE FACTS — A good argument is supported by evidence, but that is just a starting point. Sometimes, especially with political back-and-forths, one side will look only at evidence supporting its own position, conveniently leaving out the full picture.
TRIVIA: Women were asked if they could change one thing about their man, what would it be? (Hair style)
TRIVIA: Of all the aircraft in the U.S., 382 are dedicated to what? (Fighting fires)
Q: Who is this?
A: Anne Hathaway
source: Jane Galbreth
This is day 323 of 2016. There are 43 days remaining.
• Linda Evans is 74
• Jameson Parker (Simon & Simon) is 69
• Delroy Lindo (Gone In 60 Seconds, Ransom, The Heist) is 64
• Kevin Nealon is 63
• Oscar Nunez (The Office) is 58
• Elizabeth Perkins is 56
• Owen Wilson is 48
• Mike Epps is 46
• Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) is 46
• Chloe Sevigny is 42
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1307: According to legend, using a bow and arrow, William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head.
• 1928: Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, premiered at the Colony Theatre in New York.
• 1959: The motion picture Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, premiered.
• 1963: The first phone with push buttons went into service in Pennsylvania.
• 1991: Suzanne Ferrer of Loire Valley in France became a great-grandmother at age 49. She had her first child at age 16; the daughter gave birth at 17; the granddaughter at 15.
• 1995: Prison officials in Douaihad, France, admitted they had to change the locks on 300 cell doors because someone lost the master key.
• 1996: Robo-Nurse debuted at a Middlesex, England, hospital. The medical robot could carry blood, bedpans, and a cup of tea.
• 1999: A log pile being constructed for an annual bonfire at Texas A&M University collapsed killing a dozen people.
• 2003: A 57-year-old Florida woman recovered from a stroke to find she had a British accent. Experts diagnosed Judi Roberts as suffering from “foreign accent syndrome,” one of less than 20 cases reported worldwide in 80 years.
• 2003: Barry Bonds was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player for a record sixth time.
• 2006: In Oregon, a mushroom picker lost in the woods at night used his cell phone to dial rescuers. He was able to describe his surroundings and then use the light of his iPod to lead rescuers right to him.
• 2012: Nintendo released the Wii U.
• Mickey Mouse Day
• Apple Cider Day
• Substitute Educators Day
• November 24: Thanksgiving
• November 25: Black Friday
• December 25: Christmas
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
• Larry King is 83. Dick Cavett is 80. Ted Turner is 78. Kathleen Quinlan is 62. Allison Janney is 57. Meg Ryan is 55. Jodie Foster is 54. Country singer Billy Currington is 43. Adam Driver is 33. Country singer Cam is 32.
• Equal Opportunity Day. Family Volunteer Day. Have A Bad Day Day. International Games Day. International Men’s Day. National Adoption Day. Use Less Stuff Day. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. World Toilet Day.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
• Estelle Parsons is 89. Dick Smothers is 78. Judy Woodruff is 70. Joe Walsh is 69. Bo Derek is 60. Ming-Na is 53. Mike D is 51. Country singer Dierks Bentley is 41. Country singer Josh Turner is 39. Jeremy Jordan is 32.
• Hug A Runner Day. Peanut Butter Fudge Day. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.