INTERPREP ★ NOVEMBER 18, 2016

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 18, 2016

This is day 323 of 2016. There are 43 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• 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.

• 2012: Nintendo released the Wii U.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Mickey Mouse Day

• Apple Cider Day

• Substitute Educators Day

UPCOMING

• November 23: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.

• November 24: Thanksgiving

• November 25: Black Friday

• December 25: Christmas

• January 20: Presidential Inauguration

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

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.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

22: Deaths in thermal pools and geysers at Yellowstone National Park.


NEWS ATTACK!

The Coast Guard issued a rare warning that a whale had been spotted near the Statue of Liberty. [It’s probably trying to immigrate while it still can.]

Russia plans to kill 250,000 reindeer by the end of the year. [Does this have anything to do with the Russian Arby’s new reindeer burger?]

Russia plans to kill 250,000 reindeer by the end of the year. [Apparently, these are all reindeer that didn’t vote for Putin.]

Scientists say there is evidence that below the surface of Pluto is so much frozen water that the weight of it actually at one time caused Pluto to flip over. [You know, like your Uncle Ed when he’s lying on the couch after a heavy Thanksgiving meal, and makes the mistake of reaching too far over for the TV remote that fell on the floor.]

Police arrested a man driving around El Segundo, California at four in the morning waking people up with blasts from an air horn. [Everyone was upset except one lady who said it at least drowned out the sound of her husband’s snoring.]

Scientists report that the recent earthquake in New Zealand moved the earth by as much as 27 feet. [Which explains the sudden increase in the number of arrests of people who find themselves suddenly in violation of restraining orders.]

A survey of food prices shows that the Thanksgiving meal with your extended family will actually be cheaper this year. [Financially cheaper that is. As always you’re going to pay a really steep price psychologically.]

Professor Stephen Hawking said that mankind has only 1,000 years left to find a new planet to live on. [I had planned to sleep in this weekend, but I guess I’d better try to get to a few open houses.]

Kim Kardashian is back on social media. [Well, it is that time of the year when family members all get together to gather around the Wi-Fi.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DIVORCE RATE IN U.S. DROPS TO NEARLY 40-YEAR LOW _ The U.S. divorce rate dropped for the third year in a row, reaching its lowest point in nearly 40 years. The 2015 rate was 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women age 15 or older, which is down from 17.6 in 2014 and a peak of almost 23 divorces in 1980.

… It’s tough to know why divorce rates are going down, but it could be that as co-habiting becomes less stigmatized, people don’t look to marriage to shore up an unstable relationship.

THANKSGIVING DINNER IS GETTING CHEAPER _ The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 is $49.87 this year, down from last year’s $50.11. One big change: a drop in the price of turkey. And in its annual survey of Thanksgiving dinner prices, the American Farm Bureau Federation reports that cheaper food in October helped offset a 7 percent leap in gasoline prices. The AFBF surveyors check grocery store prices for classic Thanksgiving items: turkey, bread, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie and coffee and milk. They search for the lowest prices, excluding coupons and promotional offers. The most significant change this year was a 30-cent drop in the price of a 16-pound turkey.

… The Consumer Price Index done in October by the Bureau of Labor Statistics also showed that the cost of food at the supermarket — known as “food-at-home” prices — fell for the sixth straight month. Such prices are now down 2.3 percent from the same time last year.

STUDENTS ‘SOLVE’ FACEBOOK’S FAKE NEWS PROBLEM IN 36 HOURS _ Four Princeton students have created a program which highlights fake news on Facebook. The group created the computer algorithm in just 36 hours. It was a response to the claim that fake news sites may have played a part in the U.S. presidential election.

… How does the program work? There are two checks. First, the source is checked by a few databases, which produce a score to say how reliable it is. Then, the actual content of the article is checked. The algorithm extracts keywords from the article to find related news. This checks whether other news companies have run the same story and creates another score based on this. The program decides whether the story is real or not based on the two scores.

DONALD TRUMP’S HOLLYWOOD STAR ATTACKER CHARGED _ The guy who destroyed Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame could go to jail. James Otis was charged Thursday with a single count of felony vandalism. Otis has admitted attacking the star with a pick-ax and a sledgehammer in the early morning hours of October 26, in protest of Trump’s alleged sexual assaults. He also took the brass medallion at the center of the star. Otis is scheduled for arraignment today (Friday). The charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in county jail, though that is unlikely in this instance.

HILLARY CLINTON’S LEAD GROWS _ The election is over and Donald Trump will be sworn in as our 45th president in two months. But votes are still being counted in several states as absentee and mail-in ballots reach vote-tallying facilities — and Clinton’s lead is growing. Clinton’s popular vote lead over Trump as of this morning (Friday) is 1.4 million. • DATA

SOMEONE DIED ON A PLANE THURSDAY _ A plane landed at Boston’s Logan Airport on Thursday afternoon with a body on board. Police say the flight was from Fort Meyers, Florida, and that the person is believed to have died while the plane was in flight. A police spokesperson said that the person who passed away was elderly and the death was likely from natural causes.

THIS NEW GAME IS GOING TO RUIN YOUR PRODUCTIVITY _ Every now and again a craze comes along to ruin your productivity. Over the summer it was Pokemon Go and now there’s a new inside/sitting down activity you can lose yourself in. It’s called Quick, Draw. The game gives you a prompt to draw an image of a written word or phrase in under 20 seconds with your mouse cursor. The game isn’t just meant for entertainment — it’s an exercise in how artificial intelligence can self-learn over time in key areas like image recognition and optical character recognition. • PLAY!

… Here’s a Seattle news anchor attempting to draw a cannon and drawing something almost not safe for work instead.

NYC TAXI DRIVERS CALENDAR _ Forget the beefcake firefighters and the pretty pin-ups that typically grace the pages of the nation’s calendars — the yearly New York City Taxi Drivers Calendar is back for 2017, and it’s bigger, better and hairier than ever. The tongue-in-cheek series of photos features real New York City cab drivers in various states of undress next to their yellow cabs, often showing off their on-the-soft-side physiques in silly and provocative poses. The calendar, which is released every year as a sort of spoof on the FDNY’s muscle-packed yearly calendar, sees a different cabbie, who come in all ages and races, posing with the cars that provide them with their livelihood.

56-YEAR-OLD NASA ASTRONAUT TO BECOME OLDEST WOMAN IN SPACE _ Peggy Whitson has spent most of her life breaking barriers, and her 57th birthday will just be one more. That’s because Whitson will be celebrating her birthday aboard the International Space Station in February, after becoming the oldest woman in space Thursday when she launched off from Kazakhstan. This is Whitson’s third time in space, and her second time as commander. She’s a year older than the previous woman who held the record — Barbara Morgan, who nabbed the record when she was 55 in 2007. Whitson is also the first woman to serve as commander of the ISS.

MISSING FAMILY SURVIVED ON HALLOWEEN CANDY AND RAIN WATER _ A missing family was found Thursday after two days trapped in their car, surviving on Halloween candy and rain water. Authorities had been searching rural Washington state for Jason and Melissa McAlister and their two young children. The McAlisters were reported missing Tuesday night after they failed to pick their older children up from the school bus. The McAlisters were spotted Thursday by a hunter, who called 911. Jason says the family was driving along a logging road Tuesday when they tried to go around a fallen tree and got stuck. They slept in the car Tuesday night then tried to walk to safety on Wednesday but got lost and returned to the car for the night, listening to news of search efforts on the radio while eating Halloween candy. The hunter saw them as they tried again to walk to safety on Thursday, called 911, and drove them to meet authorities at a general store.

FAMILY DOG COMES TO RESCUE OF BOY TRAPPED IN TUMBLING DRYER _ A 5-year-old Irish boy has his dog to thank for saving his life after he became trapped in a tumble dryer Sunday. The machine started automatically after Riley Gedge-Duffy, who has Down’s syndrome, climbed in and closed the door. The family dog, Teddy, started barking and running back and forth to the dryer. Riley’s mom heard “banging and crashing,” pulled the boy out, and poured cold water over him. He’s now hospitalized with bruises and burns to his arms, back, and head, but it could have been much worse.

URGED TO EAT LESS MEAT, AMERICANS ARE ACTUALLY EATING MORE _ For most of the past decade, consumption of meat in the United States remained flat or declined. For environmental, health, and animal welfare advocates, this was great news. But then U.S. meat consumption jumped in 2015. Not only was last year noteworthy for the near 5% increase in per capita consumption, but also due to the fact that the growth was achieved without the help of beef — consumption of which was flat. What drove the decline in consumption in the first place? Price. Ranchers and farmers trimmed their herds because of the recession, historically high feed costs, and drought in the Great Plains. But by 2015, many of these issues driving higher prices were resolved.

… Meat consumption is back, baby!

GIRL SUSPENDED FOR CUTTING PEACH WITH CHILD BUTTER KNIFE _ A South Florida couple is outraged after they said their daughter was suspended from her middle school for using a child butter knife at lunchtime to cut a peach. Ronald Souto is the girl’s dad and he says there’s “no one there trying to educate and to be reasonable to say, ‘Let’s work this out.'” Souto’s daughter is an honor roll student.

HUMAN DRIVERS WILL BULLY ROBOT CARS _ Self-driving cars are here, though they’re not mainstream yet. But when they are there could be a problem: bullies. The chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA says that while technology is advancing fast, even if completely driverless cars were available now, they’d be sharing the road with traditional cars for 20 to 25 years. The CEO says he’s worried that humans will “bully” driverless cars. Human drivers already speed, drive erratically and cut in line. Driverless cars will be programmed to be polite and follow the law. When someone tries to cut in line at a traffic merge, humans won’t let them in. But a driverless car will be programmed to stop when it sees an obstruction — like a line cutter. Theoretically, robot cars could be programmed to be more aggressive, but he doubts regulators would allow that to happen.

11-YEAR-OLD FINDS ENVELOPE FULL OF CASH _ An 11-year-old student in Eureka, California, found an unexpected surprise at school recently: An envelope filled with $454 in cash. The boy, Elijah, is in a class at the school for severely handicapped students, in which he learns pre-vocational skills like shredding documents. In an envelope — which dated back 16 years — the wad of cash was found by Elijah and an aide who assists him with the shredding task. The envelope and its contents were traced to Western Chainsaw, a family owned business in Eureka that essentially “spring cleans” its old paperwork through Elijah’s school’s pre-vocational shredding program. John Hague, owner of Western Chainsaw, was so impressed when the school contacted him about returning the cash that he bought Elijah and his classmates three dozen donuts and wrote a check for $500 for the school.

MAN RESOLVES 22-YEAR-OLD DRUNK DRIVING CHARGE _ A South Carolina man appeared in a Massachusetts court to resolve a drunken driving case more than 20 years after he was arrested on the charge. Police in Massachusetts say 54-year-old Alexander Richey admitted to sufficient facts for a finding of guilt in court. The case was continued without a finding for a year and will be dismissed if Richey stays out of trouble. Richey contacted a Massachusetts attorney last week to clear up the case, which has been open since his July 1994 arrest. Richey never showed for a court date that month. Richey returned from South Carolina to Massachusetts because he couldn’t renew his license due to the outstanding warrant.

55-YEAR-OLD MAN IS TRYING TO MAKE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY _ South Carolina State has an old guy on its team. Like, really old. 55-year-old Joe Thomas Sr. is a senior at the college and is on the team but has never played game. South Carolina State has just two games left and if Joe doesn’t play he won’t set the new record for oldest college football player. His team plays Savannah State University tomorrow (Saturday).

… The reason Joe enrolled in college four years ago, at age 51, was to be able to get a stable job — and to prove to himself that it is never too late in life to start over.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN USES PLASTIC FORK TO FEND OFF SWORD-WIELDING ATTACKER _ A woman in Scotland managed to fight off a sword-wielding attacker at a fast food restaurant armed with only a plastic fork.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIED TO BURN DOWN EX-GIRLFRIEND’S HOUSE USING CHEETOS _ A Massachusetts man was recently convicted of malicious destruction of property after he attempted to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s home while she was still in it, using the bizarre combination of Cheetos and a propane tank. An investigation revealed that the man tried to light his ex-girlfriend’s home on fire in five different locations. Police located him roughly 100 yards from the home with two lighters in his pocket and an empty bag of Cheetos.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: VAMPIRE TRIES TO SAVE WOMAN _ A woman doing some work outside a Concord, New Hampshire, store was greeted by a man claiming to be a vampire. “Just touch me,” he said. “I can save you.” The woman fell and the “vampire” took her in his arms. A co-worker intervened and began fighting him, eventually trying to lock the “vampire” in a freezer. The vampire was arrested, and also claimed to be Capt. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LOTS OF AIRPLANE COMPLAINTS _ In the first 9 months of this year, Colorado’s Denver International Airport received over 4,400 complains about airplane noise — and 3,349 of them came from one man. That’s more than 12 complaints a day, 7 days a week. The same man made 3,555 complaints in 2015. What’s weird is the man lives 30 miles away from the airport.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HIGH HERO SAVES DOG FROM NON-FIRE _ State troopers arrived at a call in upstate New York (Halfmoon) to find a man standing “heroically” with a large dog in his arms. The man told troopers he had saved the dog from the raging house fire right there. The homeowners say the man had driven his BMW from his house to theirs across neighbors’ yards, rammed through their fence and onto their lawn, broke into the house through the front door, grabbed the dog, and ran out. The house was not on fire. Troopers questioned the dog hero a bit more and the man allegedly admitted to have mixed cough medicine with LSD.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOONWALKER ARRESTED _ A clerk at a convenience store in Toms River, New Jersey, called police at 11:30 PM to report a suspicious customer. When officers arrived, they found the customer had a warrant out for his arrest and took him into custody. When they searched him, they found hypodermic needles and heroin. And the the reason the convenience store clerk called cops? The customer was moonwalking in the aisles.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PHONE LIGHTS THE WAY FOR RESCUERS _ In Russia a mushroom picker lost in the woods at night used his phone to dial rescuers. He was able to describe his surroundings and then use the light of his phone to lead rescuers right to him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY BREAKS INTO PRISON _ The staff at a prison in India were more than a little surprised when they spotted a man breaking in to the facility. Authorities say the intruder scaled an 8 foot fence to get into the prison and was cornered as he tried to climb over the same fence to get back out. The man had broken into the prison to deliver drugs to an inmate.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. MacGyver and his team must defend a group of U.S. embassy workers in Latvia from extremists.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH NICK CANNON (8p ET, NBC) — New

LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — New. Mike wants Chuck to sell him the car he recently inherited. Jay Leno guest stars.

HELL’S KITCHEN (8p ET, FOX) — New. The teams prepare special menu items for the International Ballroom Invitational.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New. Matt tries to decipher a strange box of messages.

DR. KEN (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Allison loses her cool on a road trip to her parents’ house for Thanksgiving.

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — New. A conspiracy theorist with compelling information that JFK’s own cabinet planned his assassination is murdered.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — This new edition features a subscription service for puppy products, algae as a nutritional supplement, and a fishing line cutting tool.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

THE EXORCIST (9p ET, FOX) — New. Marcus, Tomas and Mother Bernadette race against the clock to stop the demon.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (9p ET, CW) — New. Rebecca finds she has more in common with Valencia than just Josh.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Danny and Baez look into the death of a socialite with a secret life.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

OBJECTIFIED: DONALD TRUMP (10p ET, Fox News) — This new special, taped in September before the election, will feature an interview with Donald Trump as he offers the stories behind the objects (pictures, letters, trophies) in his home and their significance to his life. The special is hosted by TMZ’s Harvey Levin.

COLIN QUINN: THE NEW YORK STORY (Anytime, Netflix) — This new off-Broadway comedy special was directed by Jerry Seinfeld.

THE GRAND TOUR (Anytime, Amazon) — Original Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May debut their new online series.

SATURDAY

Here’s the college football schedule, showing every network and game.

DOCTOR WHO: THE POWER OF THE DALEKS (8:25p ET, BBC America) — This six-part special uses animation to reconstruct some long-lost 1960s-era episodes.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — Kristen Wiig returns for her second hosting job in this new episode. The musical guest is xx, making their SNL debut.

SUNDAY

Here’s the NFL schedule. Where you live will determine what game you see

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (8:30p ET, CBS) — This new episode is followed by new episodes of Madame Secretary and Elementary.

2016 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (8p ET, ABC) — Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah host this musical awards show, with performances by Bruno Mars, Sting, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Twenty One Pilots, James Bay, Fifth Harmony, The Chainsmokers and Halsey.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE LIBRARIANS (8p ET, TNT) — Noah Wyle and Vanessa Williams join the cast full time for season 3.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, NBC) — The Green Bay Packers continue visit the Washington Redskins.

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New. Saddled with grief and surrounded by enemies, members of the group try to find safety.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will debut at No. 1 this weekend and is expected to make between $70 million and $90 million.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13) – Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman
The Edge of Seventeen (R) – Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick
Bleed for This (R) – Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal

… Opening next Wednesday: Allied; Bad Santa 2; Moana; Rules Don’t Apply

KONG: SKULL ISLAND — OFFICIAL TRAILER _ The full trailer for Kong: Skull Island is online. The movie centers on King Kong’s origin and stars Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson. • VIDEO

FULL TRAILER FOR ‘A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS’ IS HERE _ Netflix’s adaptation of the beloved children’s book series Lemoney Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will be out January 13, and the new trailer has everything that made the source material so great: creepy characters, inspiringly resilient orphans, slowly unraveling mysteries, strange ankle tattoos and harpoon guns. • VIDEO

BEFORE I FALL IS THE LATEST TIME LOOP MOVIE _ The first trailer for a film titled Before I Fall has been released. Adapted from a novel of the same name, this time loop story involves a high school teenager who ends up dying at the end of the night, only to wake up and restart the same day. The synopsis says this give her a chance to “question just how perfect her life really was.” • VIDEO

BRENDAN DASSEY OF MAKING A MURDERER TO REMAIN IN PRISON _ A Wisconsin appeals court says Brendan Dassey, who was 16 when he confessed to helping his uncle rape and kill a woman, must remain in prison while the state appeals a lower judge’s decision to overturn his conviction. The crime is the subject of the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. A lower court overturned Dassey’s conviction in August, and the same court ordered his release last week. But the state filed an emergency injunction to keep Dassey behind bars and on Thursday a three-judge panel granted the motion. They did not give a reason for the decision.

KALEY CUOCO CONFIRMS SHE’S HAD PLASTIC SURGERY _ Kaley Cuoco is opening up about her rumored plastic surgeries. The 30-year-old actress confirms in the December issue of Women’s Health that she’s had nose and boob jobs. The told the magazine, “Years ago, I had my nose done. And my boobs — best thing I ever did. … As much as you want to love your inner self … I’m sorry, you also want to look good. I don’t think you should do it for a man or anyone else, but if it makes you feel confident, that’s amazing.”

… The Big Bang Theory star also exercises and eats well in an effort to stay healthy and look young. She said she tried a number of different workouts before settling on spinning, hot yoga and horseback riding.

WILLEM DAFOE TO APPEAR IN AQUAMAN _ Willem Dafoe will appear in Aquaman. Dafoe who will play Vulko, a trusted advisor to Aquaman and Atlantean politician, will first appear as the character in next year’s Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder. The first Justice League movie will swoop into theaters in November, 2017. Aquaman will follow on July 27, 2018.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH IS GQ AUSTRALIA’S MAN OF THE YEAR _ GQ Australia announced Aussie native Chris Hemsworth is its Man of the Year for 2016 during an awards ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday. The magazine said of the actor: “Proud Aussie, talented surfer, doting dad, charitable, grounded, funny, successful. The guy is Thor, for Norse’s sake. He’s as good as faultless; hence the inability to pen sentences even a little objective. Still, we can but try.”

ISLA FISHER CONFIRMS WEDDING CRASHERS 2 _ Wedding Crashers is getting a sequel. Isla Fisher confirms it’s happening but that it’s still in the early stage of development.

MORGAN FREEMAN TO RECEIVE AARP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD _ Morgan Freeman is adding another lifetime achievement prize to his mantelpiece. AARP said Thursday the actor will receive its Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award at a ceremony next year. The 79-year-old actor has already received the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award and a National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama. Previous recipients of the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award include Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Robert Redford.

KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY’S MOTHER DIES AFTER BATTLE WITH DEMENTIA _ Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s mother, Linda Payne Williams, died Wednesday after a long battle with dementia. She was 73.

JACKIE CHAN’S ACTION WESTERN IS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES _ Jackie Chan hasn’t really been churning out much work to theaters in the United States in recent years. Though the Hong Kong action star rose quickly to fame thanks to movies like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon, the quality of his American movies quickly declined and his incredible stunt work just wasn’t enough to keep audiences interested.

… The Shanghai Noon sequel Shanghai Dawn is back in development but in the meantime we’ll get a chance to check out Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong action comedy Railroad Tigers with a release in the U.S. planned for early next year. • VIDEO


AUDIO

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• DROP: That’s what’s called a firm grasp of the obvious.

• COLD & FLU SONG: It’s cold and flu season.

• DROPS: A big batch of Thanksgiving-related drops.


BITS & BREAKS

THE (JOCK) SHOW MICROWAVE THANKSGIVING DINNER

Can you cook a good Thanksgiving meal with only a microwave? Let’s find out. Buy a pre-cooked turkey breast, potatoes, microwaveable stuffing, a pumpkin pie, etc. and photograph the effort. Of course, you’ll want to taste-test it, too.

THANKSGIVING FOOD

Some of what you indulge in on Thanksgiving day has health benefits, too:

• Pumpkin. It’s remarkably healthy food, packed with vitamin A and fiber.

• Roast turkey. It has tons of protein with practically no fat — and it’s low in calories. Plus it’s got niacin and vitamin B6.

• Sweet potatoes. They have as much beta-carotene as carrots, 50% of your daily requirement of vitamin C, as much potassium as a banana and a good amount of fiber.

• Cranberry sauce. This contains a cancer preventing compound.

• Figgy pudding. Figs are a good source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and niacin. A nutritional gold mine!

OBAMA’S FIRST TWO WEEKS

Donald Trump’s first week-and-half since being elected has been, well, interesting. I (you) decided to go back to the same time period eight years ago, just after President Obama was elected. I found the following controversial stories:

• OBAMA’S BUDGET MAN HAD A HAIR CAP — President elect Barack Obama announced that Peter Orszag would be placed in charge of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The Internet was buzzing about his hair, or maybe it’s a toupee? • IMAGE

• OBAMA’S LIMO WAS NOT SO GREEN — On the campaign trail, Barack Obama promised to get a million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015. His own new presidential limousine was far from green, however. The Obamobile that was being prepared for the president-elect was a monster gas-guzzler made by General Motors. It got less than 10 miles to the gallon.

• BARACK OBAMA APOLOGIZED TO NANCY REAGAN _ In his first apology as president-elect, Barack Obama apologized to Nancy Reagan for a seance remark. He called Reagan to apologize for joking that she held seances in the White House.

SECRETS OF THE WHITE HOUSE

• Will the Trumps renovate? The Trumps will have their own decorator of their choosing who will help them personalize the private residence. This area consists of nine rooms. The Lincoln Bedroom and the Queen’s Room will remain untouched.

• What if The Donald wants a midnight snack? There is a kitchen in the private residence.

• What if the First Couple wants to, well, you know. Is there Secret Service standing outside their bedroom door? The Secret Service keep an eye on the perimeter of the private residence, but privacy is negotiated with each family.

• Is there a TV in their bedroom? What about Netflix and a DVR? If they want them, they can have them.

• Do people pick out the President’s clothing in the morning? Clothing is a private concern, although if there is something he should be aware of, such as appropriate attire to meet a Head of State, he has an appointed valet who will help him.

• How is the chef picked? Usually it is someone who is established in the food industry. Trump may very well keep the Obama’s chef. But if they want a certain specialty of cuisine, they may change the head chef. There is a whole cooking staff who is there to serve at the pleasure of the President.

• What if the President is “indisposed” in his bathroom and there’s a national emergency? Someone will knock and let him know he is needed.

• Can they order a pizza? It’s not like they can call up and have the delivery person show up at the door 30 minutes later. Every restaurant they eat at and all food that comes in must be examined for security reasons. But, if they planned ahead, of course.

• Does the First Lady really pick new china? She only picks new china if there is too much wear and tear of the older sets.


THANK YOU, PHIL!

More prep in the Facebook Group.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: About 1 in 6 of us have this for breakfast or with breakfast. (Soda)

TRIVIA: There are 24,000 of these in the U.S. and they’re visited mostly by women. (Jewelry stores)

HISTORY MYSTERY

• Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

• During a visit to Berlin, Germany, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

• The Reverend Jesse Jackson launches his second campaign for U.S. President.

• Prozac makes its debut in the United States.

• Poltergeist was in movie theaters.

• World Population reaches five billion.

What year was it? (1987)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

A hydraulic press shatters a deck of cards.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Shoe parking.


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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 21, 2016

This is day 323 of 2016. There are 43 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Marlo Thomas is 79

• Goldie Hawn is 71

• Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives) is 53

• NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman is 50

• Football player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan is 45

• Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 41

• Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is 32

• Singer Carly Rae Jepsen is 31

• Sam Palladio (Nashville) is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1877: Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record sound.

• 1922: Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia took the oath of office, becoming the first woman United States Senator.

• 1934: Ella Fitzgerald made her singing debut at age 16 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

• 1969: The first ARPANET link was established. ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), developed by the United States Department of Defense, was the world’s first operational packet switching network, and the ancestor of the Internet.

• 1974: George W. Bush was honorably discharged from the US Air Force Reserve.

• 1980: A deadly fire broke out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada (now Bally’s Las Vegas). 87 people were killed and more than 650 were injured in the worst disaster in Nevada history.

• 1980: The Dallas episode “Who Done It?” aired on U.S. television. It was one of the highest-rated episodes of a TV show ever aired.

• 1995: Toy Story was released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.

• 1995: British Airways Captain Rex Gravely received a Royal SPCA plaque for diverting a jumbo jet 1,000 miles to save a miniature Shitzu dog named Louise. When the jet’s cargo-hold over-heated, 200 passengers voted to divert the Houston-to-London flight to Boston to save the dog.

• 1996: Cathy Mullikin of Jackson, Tennessee, cooked her Thanksgiving turkey a week early, and she may not have been the only one. Cathy was one of 40-thousand people who got a free 1996 calendar from the county hospital that showed Thanksgiving on the wrong Thursday.

• 2003: A British tourist accidentally ordered a $1,702 bottle of wine in a Prague restaurant. Andy Freegard was dining with girlfriend Helen Kelly when he picked a Chateau Margaux 1987 Premier Grand Cru Classe which in the dark restaurant he thought was $34. He got worried when waiters started flocking to his table to sniff the cork. Once opened, the wine couldn’t be sent back, so the couple “tried to enjoy it” — at $85 a sip.

• 2007: In Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, three teenage boys made big plans to rob an electronics store. They put on ski masks to conceal their identity, armed themselves with a hunting knife, and had their getaway car waiting outside. But as they entered the store, they failed to notice the two uniformed police officers standing directly outside the store, directing traffic. A customer alerted police to what was going on and the young crooks were quickly placed under arrest.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• World Hello Day

• World Television Day

• Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week

• Gingerbread Cookie Day

UPCOMING

• November 23: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.

• November 24: Thanksgiving

• November 25: Black Friday

• December 25: Christmas

• January 20: Presidential Inauguration

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