This is day 349 of 2016. There are 17 days remaining.
• Dee Wallace Stone (Cujo, Elliot’s mom in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) is 68
• Cliff Williams of AC/DC is 66
• Vanessa Hudgens is 28
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1903: The Wright Brothers made their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It crashed. Three days days later, after repairs, they get it to fly.
• 1959: The Motown record label was founded in Detroit by Berry Gordy.
• 1977: The film “Saturday Night Fever” was released.
• 1989: New York City police announced they had lost the trail of Sylvia Matos, who had registered her car at 19 addresses with 36 different license plates. She had 2,800 unpaid parking tickets totaling $171,000 in fines.
• 1991: Michael Jackson’s Dangerous debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard pop album music chart.
• 1999: Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, announced his retirement.
• 2003: U.S. President George W. Bush announced the capture of Saddam Hussein.
• 2008: President George W. Bush made his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and almost got struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a farewell conference in Baghdad.
• 2012: The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
• Monkey Day
• Yoga Day
• Roast Chestnuts Day
• Biscuits and Gravy Day
• December 25: Christmas
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
• January 21: Women’s March on Washington
3.8 billion: Dollars spent annually by Americans on outdoor holiday decorations.
Use of alcohol and drugs dropped among American teenagers this year. [That is until after the election results.]
An Arkansas sheriff’s department had to pay $2,400 in ransom to hackers in order to regain control of the department’s computer system. [And they had to pay another $500 to keep the hackers from releasing photos of last year’s Christmas party.]
A new artificial intelligence system can analyze what’s taking place in photos and predict what will happen next. [I wish they had had this a few years ago. I could have asked it to look at pictures of me and my ex on our first date.]
A cargo ship has reached the international space station with Christmas gifts for the astronauts. [“Just what I need— a telescope.”]
A cargo ship has reached the international space station with Christmas gifts for the astronauts. [“Dang! Forgot the batteries.”]
The Transportation Department wants all new cars and trucks to talk wirelessly with each other. [They already talk to each other. They even made a documentary about it. It’s called Cars.]
Donald Trump and Kanye West had a meeting together. [They were in the same room but spent the entire time tweeting each other.]
Cuisinart is recalling eight million food processors. [Something about the air bags.]
A family argument ended with a man in Maine being arrested after he used a front-end loader to repeatedly pick up and drop his son’s mobile home. [He kept pleading with the cops not to arrest him so that he wouldn’t miss his anger management class.]
EMOJI TRANSLATING BECOMES A JOB _ A translation company is advertising for an emoji translator. The ad is looking for somebody to provide “the human touch where translation software is inadequate.” Today Translations says it has a network of 3,000 linguists covering more than 200 languages, but doesn’t yet have a dedicated expert for what it calls the world’s fastest-growing language. It says that at the moment most attempts to translate emoji are automated and aren’t up to the task of dealing with “the many cultural differences in usage and interpretation.”
… The ad says the company is looking for “cutting-edge knowledge and awareness of areas of confusion and cultural/international differences.” The successful candidate will not only carry out translations, but carry out research and produce reports into emoji use and potential confusion.
… Either a bachelor degree in translation or three years’ professional translation experience are desirable.
WHY STARBUCKS SPELLS YOUR NAME WRONG (MAYBE) _ Most people who have treated themselves to a Starbucks coffee have had a chuckle about the coffee chain spelling their name incorrectly on the cup. Caffeine fanatics tend to just brush off the misspelling as a funny mistake, but YouTube channel Super Deluxe has a crazy theory. According to the channel, Starbucks spells your name incorrectly on purpose. The reason is simple. Think about it: Starbucks are the largest coffee chain in the world. Meaning that millions of people all around the world have their names misspelled on cups of coffee. They take pictures of their butchered names and post them on Facebook, Instagram, Tumbler, etc. And what do all these pictures have in common? Two things. A misspelled name and that familiar green logo. That’s right, you’ve been giving Starbucks free advertising for years.
LOW-CARB DIETS MAY BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN LOW-FAT DIETS _ Low-carb diets are so early 2000s. But hold on. A recent report says the low-carb diets — such as Atkins, South Beach and Paleo — may be more effective for weight loss than low-fat diets. An report (published in Journal of the American Osteopathic Association) reported a slight advantage of low-carb diets at reducing weight over low-fat diets and that low-carb diets are relatively safe in the short term.
11-YEAR-OLD DONATES HAIR FOR CHRISTMAS _ A New Zealand girl has given an unusual gift this Christmas. Eleven-year-old Meadow Bodkin-Allen has gifted her hair to Freedom Wigs for children who have lost their hair because of cancer treatments. Fellow students at her school gathered around Meadow to show support as a her hair was cut off and put into bundles and plastic bags on Monday.
THIS COMPANY WANTS TO BE YOUR PERSONAL PHOTO EDITOR _ There’s a new service for the busy photography lover. Relonch charges $99 a month. For that they send you a a nice, digital camera. As you snap photos throughout the day they are sent instantly via 4G network to the Relonch servers, where the best of them are edited automatically and sent back to your smartphone the next morning. That’s the first time you actually get to see the photos you took.
BOSTON SQUIRRELS ARE GNAWING AROUND THE XMAS TREES _ Voracious squirrels are going nuts for Christmas lights in Boston. The Boston Globe reports the furry rodents have chewed through electrical wires for the colorful, festive lights strung in trees on Boston Common. City parks officials say they’ve received numerous reports about holiday light outages on the city’s online reporting app. One recent visitor noted nearly half the lights on the Common’s 47-foot Christmas tree were out. The lights are hanging in about 60 trees, the visitor’s center and other buildings in the historic downtown park. The contractor hired to string and maintain the lights has turned to using an animal repellent derived from hot peppers to deter the animals.
ZOO EMPLOYEES DISCIPLINED FOR GIVING PANTS TO OTTER, RESULTING IN ITS DEATH _ Two Calgary Zoo employees have been disciplined for giving an otter a pair of pants, leading to its death. The pants were given to the animal as an “unauthorized enrichment item.” The otter became tangled in the clothing and then drowned. Zoo curator Colleen Baird said, “This error is simply unacceptable. Our animal care protocols are among the most stringent in the industry and must be followed. We will be reinforcing our protocols with every member of our animal care staff to prevent an incident like this from ever happening again.” A zookeeper jumped into the pool to its aid, but the 12-year-old animal did not survive.
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER BUYS HATS AND GLOVES FOR HIS YOUNG PASSENGERS _ John Lunceford is a bus driver in Washington state who recently spotted a six-year-old on his bus with his hands and ears reddened by bone-chilling weather. Lunceford, who is a grandfather, gave him his own gloves and told him everything would be OK. The Army veteran, who has driven school buses for three years, dropped off his students at school then went to a dollar store and bought 10 hats and 10 pairs of gloves in black and pink. He went back to the school and, with an administrator’s help, found the little boy to give him a hat and a set of gloves. But Lunceford didn’t stop there and told all the children in the school’s library that if they found themselves on his bus and in need of a hat or gloves, he’d have them covered.
ONES, ZEROES STOLEN OFF ADDRESSES ON HOMES ARE RETURNED _ Scores of ones and zeroes stolen from addresses mounted on the homes of Philadelphia residents have been returned. A white trash bag containing 83 metal address markers was left Monday night at one of the homes. Back in September one of the homeowner released surveillance footage of a man and woman going around the neighborhood ripping zeroes and ones off the front of homes. It’s not known whether the bag containing 56 ones and 27 zeroes was returned by the thieves or by a good Samaritan who found the numbers.
WITH ‘DITTO’ IN LIGHTS, FAMILY CONCEDES TO NEXT-DOOR DISPLAY _ Jami Kelly’s Christmas decorations are pretty simple this year. His neighbor in suburban Detroit went all-out with lights, so Jami used plywood and a few strings of white lights to form the word “Ditto” with an arrow pointing toward the home next-door. • LINK
BOAT OAR GOES THROUGH WINDSHIELD OF WOMAN’S CAR _ A Florida woman’s quick instincts likely saved her life when a boat oar crashed through the driver’s side windshield of her sport utility vehicle. The Florida Highway Patrol says the oar either dropped from a recreational vehicle as Christina Kay Theisen passed by, or it kicked up from the asphalt. It struck the front end of her Suburban before going through the windshield. Theisen says she quickly ducked to the right and was able to keep control of the vehicle.
CAN A HAIR SALON SINK WASH BE A STROKE RISK? _ A man who suffered a stroke after getting his hair washed in a salon has been talking about his “life-changing injury”. Doctors who treated him said it was likely to have been a case of “beauty parlour syndrome” — which can occur when the neck is over-extended. This can damage arteries, which can lead to a clot and then a stroke. But the Stroke Association said the risk was “very small”, and experts said hair stylists should use a cushion. Dave Tyler of England said that two days after he visited a salon he started having headaches and collapsed during a business meeting. He also felt his body go numb. He spent three months in hospital before learning to walk again, but he still can’t drive and is often in pain.
OFFICE WORKERS INTERRUPTED 11 TIMES AN HOUR _ Researchers says office workers are getting interrupted on the job as often as 11 times an hour, costing as much as $588 billion to (U.S.) businesses each year. And those interruptions don’t count the distractions from emails, text messages and general web-surfing. One study showed a typical manager is interrupted six times an hour; another found the average cubicle worker is interrupted more than 70 times a day.
WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO _ One year ago, the (YOUR SHOW) was talking about… PEOPLE WHO SWEAR ARE MORE ARTICULATE THAN THOSE WHO DON’T _ Research shows people who swear more have bigger vocabularies than those who opt for an expletive-free life. The study (published in the Languages Sciences journal) found those whose sentences, statements and questions are peppered with colorful expletives are not lazy or uneducated communicators. In fact, those who were more confident using swear words were also more articulate in other areas of language use.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: REVENGE WITH A FRONT-END LOADER _ A family argument ended with a man in Maine being arrested after he used a front-end loader to repeatedly pick up and drop his son’s mobile home.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FINDS ALLIGATOR WATCHING HIM FROM STORM DRAIN _ A Florida man investigating vibrations he felt while getting his mail discovered an 8-foot alligator hiding in a storm drain. Louis Camacho said he believed the gator is the same one he previously spotted in a retention pond behind his house — the same spot where he recently captured video of his encounter with a bear.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NEWS ANCHOR CRASHES SCOOTER LIVE ON-AIR _ A TV news anchor (Lisa Breckenridge) was admitted to a Los Angles hospital on Tuesday after injuring herself live on-air while attempting to ride a motorized scooter. The mishap occurred during a holiday gift segment on Good Day L.A. that featured a look at some of the season’s hottest presents. One of the goodies was a mobile scooter that reaches speeds up to 25 mph. Anchor Lisa Breckenridge said, “I have to drive it” as she sat down on the vehicle and proceeded to take it for a spin around the studio. But the reporter wound up crashing the bike into heavy equipment. Breckenridge can be heard yelling “Oh my face!” Luckily she wasn’t badly hurt. • VIDEO
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHINESE MAN TELLS COPS HE’S A US CITIZEN TO GET OUT OF TICKET _ A guy in China thought he could weasel his way out of a jaywalking ticket by claiming to be a U.S. citizen. Video of the incident shows a number of traffic officers arguing with the man near an intersection. The man claimed he’s a U.S. citizen and implied traffic rules did not apply to him.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUSPECTS BUTT DIAL 911, DISCUSS PLANS TO ROB RESTAURANT WHERE POLICE CHIEF WAS EATING _ Two suspects were sitting inside their car outside a Kentucky barbecue place discussing their plans to rob the restaurant. Unfortunately for them, one of the men had accidentally butt-dialed 911. Even more unfortunate: the Danville, Kentucky, chief of police was in the restaurant at the time the butt-dial was made. And because the suspects mentioned the chief’s name during their in-car conversation, the dispatcher knew she could call the chief to alert him to what was about to go down. The chief and other responding officers searched the parking lot until they found the men in their car. One of them had a mask on his person.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ARRESTED FOR FLASHING MAN DURING PARKING DISPUTE _ A 34-year-old man from Florida was arrested — accused of flashing another man during a parking dispute. The crime report said: “Following a verbal dispute between two parties over parking, a male subject allegedly exposed his genitals to a male victim.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRAZIL MAN CATCHES BURGLAR WHILE IN GERMANY _ A man from Brazil was in Germany when he got an alert on his cell phone telling him that someone might be breaking into his home. Sure enough, when the guy looked at the security app on his smartphone he saw the intruder. That’s when he phoned his wife back in Brazil, who called police. In less than 15 minutes police officers had surrounded the residence. The man kept them informed about the thief’s movements from his virtual vantage point, and the burglar was caught in the act.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRAG-AWAY ATM THEFT _ A Texas sheriff’s department is looking for two men who robbed an ATM at a convenience store. Well, they didn’t rob it so much as they dragged it out of the store and took it with them. The men can be seen on surveillance video putting a chain around the machine and then driving away.
SEASON FINALE: SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — The 2-hour season finale is followed by the reunion special at 10p ET.
A PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (8p ET, NBC) — A Cappella supergroup Pentatonix performs holiday favorites with special guests Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson.
THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Beverly talks Erica into writing a Hanukkah song.
EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — New. The FBI continues to investigate Lucious and freezes all of Empire’s assets.
TOP 12 GREATEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES OF ALL TIME (8p ET, CW) — Host Dean Cain counts down the Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time in this new special.
WWE TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS (8p ET, USA) — Pro wrestling salutes America’s fighting men and women in this 14th annual special.
SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Ray and JJ join the choir. Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) guest stars.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (9p ET, NBC) — This 2-hour special features holiday themed sketches.
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Manny and Luke are in charge of the school’s winter dance.
SERIES PREMIERE: STAR (9p ET, FOX) — This new drama, from EMPIRE Co-Creator Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy, follows a group of three women hoping to become music superstars in Atlanta. Queen Latifah stars as a surrogate mother to the young crew. Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) plays a down-on-his-luck talent agent looking to revitalize his career.
THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. With Zoey heading to college soon, Dre tries to plan the best Christmas ever. Daveed Diggs and Tyra Banks guest star.
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. President Kirkman suspects there may be a traitor in the White House.
WORST MOVIES OF 2016 _ TheWrap.com is one of the first to release a “worst movies of 2016 list” (in no particular order):
- Alice Through the Looking Glass – Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
- Believe / God’s Not Dead 2
- Genius – Colin Firth, Jude Law
- Keeping Up with the Joneses – Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot
- Nina – Biopic of the great Nina Simone
- Suicide Squad / Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
- War Dogs – Jonah Hill and Miles Teller
- X-Men: Apocalypse / Gods of Egypt
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY EYES MASSIVE OPENING _ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to be the biggest hit of the holiday movie season and one of the biggest blockbusters of this or any year. Rogue One is expected to open with $120 million to $150 million in ticket sales in North America this weekend.
… Rogue One will likely put up the second-largest December opening in history, behind The Force Awakens’ $248 million debut.
ABC ORDERS EXTRA HELPINGS OF BLACK-ISH, SPEECHLESS, OTHERS _ ABC is extending its episode orders for six of its comedies. The Middle, American Housewife, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Speechless, and Black-ish have all been given additional episodes.
CHRISTINA EL MOUSSA DUMPS WEDDING RING? _ Christina El Moussa’s marital status is unknown — the Flip or Flop star is going out of her way to keep her wedding ring a mystery. Christina was shopping Tuesday — the first time we’ve seen her since TMZ broke the story about her separation from Tarek. She kept her left hand under wraps though — so, it’s unclear if she’s still wearing a wedding band.
PIERS MORGAN IS AN IDIOT _ Piers Morgan has launched a battle with Lady Gaga by dismissing her claim that she suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because she was sexually assaulted. Morgan suggests that the pop star may have fabricated claims that she was sexually assaulted for attention. He wrote on Twitter that she did not have PTSD: “soldiers returning from battlefields do”. Gaga replied that the condition is “not just a military disorder”. She wrote: “If anyone in your family suffers from it, I pray they have more good days than bad. It has affected me and my whole family.” Morgan shot back: “I know numerous soldiers with PTSD, it’s a very serious thing. I also know people who claim to have it but clearly don’t.”
… He added that he worried sexual assault had “become the latest celebrity accessory”.
ALY RAISMAN IS DATING NFL PLAYER COLTON UNDERWOOD _ Olympic star Aly Raisman is now officially dating NFL player Colton Underwood, thanks to social media and a little matchmaking from U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson. This week the gold medal gymnast revealed that the athletic pair had “kept [their courtship] quiet for a while” after meeting in Denver. She was in town for 12 hours, he was flying in for a few days.
… Their modern romance began with an innocent video message from Underwood to Raisman as a part of a Yahoo Sports segment on Facebook, where Underwood asked her out on a double date with his Oakland Raiders teammate Andrew East and Shawn Johnson, who happened to be Raisman’s former Olympic teammate and East’s wife. According to Raisman, Johnson had mentioned Underwood as a potential love interest before. • VIDEO
WINTER SOLDIER JOINS MARGOT ROBBIE IN TONYA HARDING BIOPIC _ Captain America: Civil War actor Sebastian Stan has joined the cast of the Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie as the figure skater. Stan will play Jeff Gillooly, the estranged husband of Harding, who helped plot the attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly later revealed he and Harding’s bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired Shane Stant to break Kerrigan’s leg so she couldn’t compete in the upcoming 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
TORI SPELLING MOVES FOR THE EIGHTH TIME IN SIX YEARS _ Tori Spelling is gearing up for baby No. 5 with a brand new home — her eighth in six years. Tori, her husband Dean McDermott and their four children, ages 4-9, are moving into a 4,714-square-foot home with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a private tennis court and a pool. Tori will rent the home for an estimated $8,000 per month.
KANYE WEST DISCUSSED ‘MULTICULTURAL ISSUES’ WITH TRUMP _ Kanye West dropped by Trump Tower on Tuesday. He later explained on Twitter: “I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues. These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago. I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”
… He ended with a cryptic hashtag, “#2024.” Kanye once said he might run for president in 2020.
KANYE WEST NOT PERFORMING AT DONALD TRUMP INAUGURATION _ #fakenews said Kanye West would be performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. Not true.
RUBY ROSE IN TALKS TO APPEAR IN PITCH PERFECT 3 _ Ruby Rose, recognizable from Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, has started negotiating for a role in the upcoming Pitch Perfect sequel. The third installment of the movie is due in theaters December, 2017. Elizabeth Banks will back in the movie. Other returning cast members will include Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow.
UNITED NATIONS DROPS WONDER WOMAN AS HONORARY AMBASSADOR _ The United Nations will no longer move forward with Wonder Woman’s honorary ambassadorship amid public uproar. The U.N.’s decision to drop the Amazonian superheroine comes after a petition, asking U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reconsider the selection, collected nearly 45,000 signatures, including from staff members of the organization.
… The petition reads: “It is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overtly sexualized image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls. The image that Wonder Woman projects is not culturally encompassing or sensitive — attributes the United Nations expects all its staff members to embody in the core value of respect for diversity.”
… The petition also said, “A large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots” is not an appropriate spokeswoman for gender equity at the United Nations.
LAMAR ODOM TO STAR IN NEW REALITY SHOW _ Lamar Odom is making a return to the TV screen. The former NBA star and soon-to-be ex-husband of Khloé Kardashian has a deal to star in a new reality series — which has not yet filmed — set for airing sometime in 2017. A source says the show “will be about his life, recovery — all about him.”
KIM KARDASHIAN NEW ROBBERY VIDEO IS FAKE NEWS _ A story purporting to have new video from Kim Kardashian’s robbery is #fakenews. On Tuesday, RadarOnline ran a “world exclusive” that blared, “Kim’s Robbers CAUGHT! Bombshell New Video Exposes Thug Behind Heist Nightmare.” According to the sensational article, “an explosive new video tied to the seedy underbelly of Paris could crack Kim Kardashian robbery case wide open at last — by revealing one of the culprits!” The site claims to have obtained “a copy of alleged security camera footage taken of the chilling heist that unfolded.”
… It’s alleged that the “thieves demanded that staff at the property give them footage from the cameras on site, in the hopes that they would remove any trace of evidence. But since that fateful night, they’ve been showing the stunning video to their fellow crooks.”
… One sign the video claim is fake: The webloid’s “insider” speculates that it may be Kardashian’s “nanny” in the video. But the reality star did not have her kids in Paris with her at the time of the robbery, so there’d be no reason to have a nanny on the trip.
MOZART HAS SOLD MORE CDs IN 2016 THAN BEYONCÉ _ The artist who sold the most CDs in 2016 hasn’t toured in over 200 years, but is still more famous than Beyonce, Drake and Garth Brooks. According to a report on Billboard, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made a massive comeback this year with a career-spanning box set that left other CD sales look weak in comparison. Released in October, Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition is a 200-disc collection of Mozart’s entire musical catalog. From his symphonies to his concertos, down to little scraps and fragments of his work, the set is one of the most comprehensive collections of Mozart’s music ever released.
… The box set itself is a fascinating collection, and now it has the modern honor of moving more CDs than Beyonce, Kanye West, Adele, or David Bowie. While the set has sold just over 6,200 units, thanks to the hundreds of CDs it contains, it means that Mozart has sold 1.25 million discs.
TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of December 5-11.
- NFL Football: Dallas at New York Giants, NBC, 26.50 million
- Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 19.00 million
- NFL Football: Oakland at Kansas City, NBC, 17.40 million
- NCIS, CBS, 14.69 million
- Football Night in America, NBC, 12.91 million
- The OT, Fox, 11.89 million
- Bull, CBS, 11.68 million
- 60 Minutes, CBS, 11.13 million
- This is Us, NBC, 10.95 million
- NFL Football Pre-Kick: Oakland at Kansas City, NBC, 10.88 million
- The Walking Dead, AMC, 10.59 million
- Blue Bloods, CBS, 10.18 million
- The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 10.16 million viewers.
- The Voice (Monday), NBC, 10.08 million
- The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 9.67 million
- Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 9.40 million
- NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 9.36 million
- Hairspray Live!, NBC, 9.05 million
- Survivor, CBS, 8.50 million
- NFL Football: Indianapolis at NY Jets, ESPN, 8.093 million
MOST RECENT ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE
• OBAMA SINGS: President Obama sings Jingle Bells.
• PRATT & LAWRENCE: Here’s Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence playing (BBC Radio One’s) Playground Insults, where the objective is to make the other person laugh. Whoever delivers the “killer insult” or absolutely dies from laughter wins.
• DROP: There’s no master plan behind any of this.
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FARTING IS GOOD FOR US!
IT HELPS BLOATING – Bloating may indicate a buildup of gas that needs to be released. While the buildup of such gas isn’t usually harmful or dangerous, it can bring about much discomfort. This is where passing gas can lessen any bloating and any associated symptoms.
THE SMELL IS ACTUALLY HEALTHY – When we pass gas, we release a small amount of a substance called hydrogen sulfide, which may be beneficial in thwarting off future illnesses. Studies suggest that the element may also prevent cell damage, and even prevent heart attack or stroke.
IT MEANS BOTH A HEALTHY GUT AND BACTERIA COMPOSITION – According to a doctor of gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, “Eating foods that cause gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients. If we didn’t feed them carbohydrates, it would be harder for them to live in our gut.” The foods the doc is referring to includes those rich in fiber, such as beans and lentils, broccoli, cabbage, and kale. These foods improve our digestive functions, and also produces more gas.
IT CAN HELP WITH A BALANCED DIET – When we don’t consume enough fiber we rarely pass gas. When overindulging on meat, our gas may give off a very unpleasant odor, indicating that we need to cut back a little.
IT CAN SERVE AS A HEALTH ALARM – Unhealthy characteristics of farts include: extreme odors, pains when passing gas, and an increasing frequency. These symptoms may help diagnose anything from food intolerance to colon cancer.
IT’S INSTANT RELIEF – Gas buildup, bloating, and stomach pains can all be alleviated or reduced simply by letting out a fart.
TRIVIA: The average American will eat 11,113 of these in their life. (M&Ms)
TRIVIA: Besides being colors, what do the words orange and silver have in common? (No other words rhyme with them)
SPY THE LIE
• The shape of the Clorox bleach bottle is a registered trademark of The Clorox Company.
• The CIA once used poison toothpaste for assassinations.
• The peanut is a member of the walnut family. (LIE. It’s a member of the pea family.)
BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY
I didn’t do it, he did.
This is day 350 of 2016. There are 16 days remaining.
• Tim Conway (The Carol Burnett Show) is 83
• Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five is 74
• Don Johnson is 67
• Helen Slater (The Legend of Billie Jean, City Slickers) is 53
• Adam Brody (The O.C.) is 37
• Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) is 35
• Charlie Cox (Netflix’s Daredevil) is 34
• Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) is 33
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1791: The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect following ratification by Virginia. Among other things, these amendments guarantee freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to peaceably assemble, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
• 1938: Ground was broken for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
• 1939: Gone With the Wind had its world premiere in Atlanta.
• 1944: Bandleader Glenn Miller was killed when his U.S. Army plane disappeared over the English Channel.
• 1966: Walt Disney died at age 65.
• 2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after 11 years and $27 million to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
• 2006: Romanian police said they were looking for two burglars who broke into a woman’s apartment and left her some money. The 86-year-old told police two young men, wearing masks, trashed her apartment. She said they rummaged for money or valuables but found only her wallet with the equivalent of a few bucks inside. The burglars then gave the woman all of their loose change — and left without taking anything.
• 2009: Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.
• 2012: Hilary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, fainted from dehydration and sustained a concussion after falling in her home.
• Bill of Rights Day
• Cupcake Day
• Gingerbread Latte Day
• Cat Herders Day – You’ve probably heard the saying that something is as impossible as “herding cats,” used in reference to a seemingly futile or difficult task. This is a day for everyone who has to face the frustration of trying to manage the unmanageable, anyone whose day to day life involves insurmountable tasks.
• December 25: Christmas
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
• January 21: Women’s March on Washington