This is day 12 of 2017. There are 353 days remaining.
• Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson on Little House on the Prairie) is 92
• Kirstie Alley is 66
• Howard Stern is 63
• News correspondent Christiane Amanpour is 59
• Oliver Platt is 57
• Hall of Fame basketball player Dominique Wilkins is 57
• Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is 53
• Rob Zombie is 52
• Model Vendela is 50
• Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) is 43
• Jeremy Camp is 39
• Naya Rivera (Glee) is 30
• HAL, the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey (“born” in Urbana, Illinois) is 25
• Zayn Malik (formerly of One Direction) is 24
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1908: A long-distance radio message was sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
• 1966: Batman the TV series debuted on ABC.
• 1969: Led Zeppelin’s debut album was released.
• 1971: All in the Family debuted on CBS.
• 1981: Dynasty debuted on ABC.
• 1991: An act of the U.S. Congress authorized the use of military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.
• 1994: Burglars tore through a wall at Anducci’s Pasta Bar in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made off with 500 servings of lasagna and cannelloni. No cash was missing.
• 1995: The televised murder trial of football superstar O.J. Simpson began in Los Angeles. He was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicol Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.
• 2001: A Missouri man was arrested for dropping his pants and taking a picture of his butt on a photocopier in the crowded lobby of a St. Louis courthouse. The man told police he wanted the copies of his backside as a practical joke for his girlfriend. He was still making copies when police arrived.
• 2006: Firefighters in Budapest, Hungary, spent five hours removing a window, taking down part of a wall and using a forklift to take a 700-pound woman to the hospital to undergo a weight-loss program.
• 2010: A powerful earthquake rocked Haiti, killing at least 230,000 people and leaving a million homeless.
• Curried Chicken Day
• Kiss a Ginger Day
• Hot Tea Day
• Pharmacist Day
• January 13: Friday the 13th!
• January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
• January 21: Women’s March on Washington
• January 24: Oscar nominations announced
• February 26: 89th Academy Awards
1.1 million: Calories consumed by the average adult each year. That’s too many. Each day the average adult eats over 800 calories above the recommended amount.
Scientists in Brazil have made history by being the first to witness a tarantula in the wild eating a snake. [They’ve obviously never been to one of our family gatherings.]
Hostess is recalling its Holiday White Peppermint Twinkies due to salmonella. [So you have to apologize to your sister-in-law. Her turkey wasn’t undercooked after all.]
Star Wars creator George Lucas announced that the site of his new billion-dollar film museum will be Los Angeles. [Not only will it educate, but it will also have the ability to destroy an entire planet.]
United Airlines had to delay a flight after the New York Giants, upset over being eliminated from the NFL playoffs, trashed the plane. [Not a single tray had been returned to its full and upright position.]
According to a new study, rhinos use the chemical makeup of their dung to tell other rhinos their gender, age and whether they’re looking for a hookup. [“Hey, smell that? Carla just updated her profile.”]
There’s been the suggestion that Russia is controlling Donald Trump. [It would make sense. It’s hard to believe that anyone could dream up such lousy cabinet picks all by himself.]
Wildlife researchers caught a monkey trying to mate with a deer. It’s only the second time anyone has ever witnessed an attempted pairing between vastly different species. [The first time was me with my prom date.]
The Philippines plans to give six million women free contraceptives. [Because it’s never too early to plan for Valentine’s Day.]
FedEx has worked out a deal that will allow you in the very near future to drop off and pick up packages at your neighborhood Walgreens. [In other words, you can go to Walgreens to pick up the mail order drugs you ordered that are too expensive to buy at Walgreens.]
Folgers coffee just increased its price. [But sadly, not its taste.]
SCIENCE! MOON OVER THE HILL AT 4.51 BILLION YEARS OLD _ It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971. The moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system. Previous estimates ranged within 100 million years, all the way out to 200 million years after the solar system’s creation.
… Scientists conducted uranium-lead dating on fragments of the mineral zircon extracted from Apollo 14 lunar samples. The pieces of zircon were minuscule — no bigger than a grain of sand.
SEE A STAR EXPLODE IN 2022 _ Five or so years from now, you may be able to witness a new “star” appearing in the night sky, a cosmic event that should glitter in the northern wing of the constellation Cygnus (the swan) for a good portion of a year. For the first time, astronomers are confidently predicting that a specific stellar system will explode within a defined period of time, becoming more than 10,000 times brighter than it is now. The explosion will be visible from Earth with the naked eye, and it could be about as bright as Polaris, the north star. Astronomers are predicting an explosion date of 2022, give or take a year.
ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE SCOLDS TRUMP FOR NAZI GERMANY REMARK _ The Anti-Defamation League scolded Donald Trump for his remark Wednesday about Nazi Germany in reaction to “fake news” about him. Trump tweeted: “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” In response, the ADL expressed great concern about the glibness of his language. It tweeted: “To answer your question: No, the US isn’t remotely like #Nazi Germany. Please explain or apologize for your remark comparing US to #Nazi Germany.”
JIMMY JOHN’S EMPLOYEES CAUGHT ON VIDEO JUMPING ROPE WITH DOUGH _ Employees at a Jimmy John’s location in Florida have been fired after play with dough and jumping rope with it. Obviously this isn’t sanitary (though the dough was not used to make any bread for sandwiches) but the video went viral. In a statement, managers said, “Our investigation confirmed the dough used in the video video was immediately discarded after the incident, however we do not condone this behavior from our employees and appropriate action has been taken to prevent this from ever happening again.”
DALLAS COWBOYS CREATED ‘BANDWAGON FAN’ APPLICATION _ The Dallas Cowboys’ social media department is calling out its own fans for bandwagon behavior. The folks who run their Twitter created and shared a Cowboys Bandwagon Fan Application, to let certain fans back on board after giving up on the team over the past 20 years. • PDF
7-YEAR-OLD BOY SAVED 10K FOR COLLEGE BY RECYCLING _ What had you already accomplished before the ripe age of seven? For Ryan Hickman of California (San Juan Capistrano), he’s built a business that’s saved him $10,000 for college and counting. With trash! When Ryan was three years old, his father took him on a trip to their local recycling plant. Yep. From a young age, Ryan always loved sorting. As his father explained: “He likes to sort pretty much anything, and he liked putting the bottles in the machine. He probably got two or three bucks, and he was so excited about it…” Ryan watched his father cash in a few bags of empty bottles and just like that — he was hooked.
… The very next day, Ryan rallied his entire community to start saving their empty recyclables for him to collect and recycle at the local recycling center. In just four years, he’s expanded efforts throughout the entirety of his county. The now 7-year-old devotes time each week to sorting his bounty, prepping cans, bottles, and other recyclables for his recycling center delivery. Ryan’s recycling efforts have already earned him $10,000, all of which he’s saving for college.
YOUR MORNING CUP OF COFFEE WILL GET MORE EXPENSIVE _ If the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup, then be prepared to pay a bit more for your morning caffeine fix. Smucker, which owns the Folgers brand and also has a license to sell Dunkin’ Donuts-branded coffee in supermarkets, said Wednesday it was raising prices by an average of 6%.
MOOSE FAMILY VISITS APARTMENT BUILDING TO LICK SALT _ A shocked Colorado resident captured video of a moose family visiting her apartment building to lick salt. Kelly Jones captured video of the mother moose and her two calves licking the salt from the outdoor stairs of her apartment building in Steamboat Springs.
DOG SAVES INJURED MAN FROM FREEZING TO DEATH IN THE SNOW _ What was supposed to be a night of celebrations quickly turned into a nightmare for a northern Michigan man as he laid helpless in the snow for nearly 20 hours on New Year’s Eve. About an hour before the big countdown, Bob ran out of his house in pajamas and slippers to grab another log for his fireplace when he slipped and fell, breaking his neck. He tried to scream for help, but the only one who heard his cry was his Golden Retriever, Kelsey. By morning Bob’s voice was gone and he couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.
… The temperature dipped to 24 degrees as Bob laid paralyzed in the snow, Kelsey still barking by his side. The dog prevented Bob from falling victim to hypothermia by laying on top of him and licking his face and hands to keep him awake. Eventually, he lost consciousness. But the silence didn’t stop Kelsey from barking, and eventually the dog’s efforts paid off. The next day, Bob’s neighbor found him and called 911.
TEEN RESCUED AFTER LOCKING SELF IN SHUTTERED PRISON _ A teenage girl who slipped into an abandoned Illinois prison for an urban adventure ended up serving a short sentence when she accidentally locked herself inside a cell. Illinois State Police say two teenage girls entered the Joliet Correctional Center through a hole in its fence. The teens were exploring the suburban Chicago prison that’s been closed since 2002 when one of them locked herself inside a cell. The other girl got firefighters to the site, and they used a sledgehammer to break through a brick wall and free her companion. The teen spent 45 minutes in the cell.
TACO BELL IS GOING NATIONAL WITH FRIED CHICKEN TACO SHELL _ Taco Bell will go nationwide this month with its taco with a shell made entirely out of fried chicken. The shell of the Naked Chicken Chalupa is made up of all-white seasoned chicken. The rest of the taco is packed with lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and avocado ranch sauce. The fast food chain says the taco tested well in markets in Bakersfield, California, and Kansas City, Missouri, over the past two years. It will be available at Taco Bells across the country on January 26. • LINK
FLASHING THE PEACE SIGN CAN GET YOUR IDENTITY STOLEN _ Thanks to improvements in technology, the following popular hand gestures are no longer advised in photos: waving, giving the thumbs up, and flashing the peace sign. Raising the double bird or a fist remain excellent options. Researchers at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan say that smartphone cameras are now so good it’s possible to steal someone’s fingerprints from a photo taken up to 10 feet away. Fingerprints are increasingly being used for access to everything from phones to bank accounts, not to mention secure buildings.
WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO _ One year ago, the (YOUR SHOW) was talking about: THE BEST WAY TO COMPLIMENT SOMEONE YOU’VE JUST MET _ Good tip from the Lifehacker people. If you’re not sure to how to connect with someone you’ve just met, networking expert Robbie Samuels suggests you pay them a compliment about any accessories they may be wearing. It could be a jacket, some sunglasses, jewelry, or anything you could consider peripheral gear. This kind of compliment acknowledges a choice that they made, something they can control. You start things off on good terms, and you avoid being disrespectful or acknowledging something out of their control (like their physical appearance or name).
… Good things to say to someone you just met:
• “Stylish glasses… very unique!”
• “That tie has great color.”
• “Your earrings are amazing.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CHARGED AFTER ALLEGED ASSAULT WITH MOP _ A Canadian (Kingston, Ontario) woman is facing charges after allegedly assaulting an apartment building superintendent with a mop. The super confronted the woman after he saw her mopping the walls in the building’s hallway. The woman began cursing at the man claiming he was harassing her and hit him in the head with the mop after he followed her to the laundry room.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BORED GREAT-GRANDMA CONVICTED OF SHOPLIFTING _ A 79-year-old great-grandmother in England is been convicted a 39th time for shoplifting. After her latest theft — items totaling $28 — she told police she does it because she’s bored.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FOOD DELIVERY MAN GETS REVENGE WITH POOP THREAT _ In China, a woman who fought with her food delivery man four months earlier got an unpleasant surprise when she received a text from him saying he had sneaked poop into her food. The hoax message was sent out of a revenge over a complaint the woman filed against him.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANGLADESH COURT ORDERS DOCTORS TO WRITE LEGIBLY _ Doctors are famous for their bad handwriting. In Bangladesh prescriptions became so illegible that patients were taking the wrong medicines. A court in the country has ruled that doctors will now have to either type their prescriptions or write them in block capitals.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ALLEGEDLY ROBS BANK, POSTS PIC FLASHING CASH _ A New York City man is accused of robbing a bank and then posting on Instagram while wearing the same shirt he allegedly wore when he robbed the bank. He also posed with a pile of cash that police say he stole from the bank.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOY STEALS MOM’S SAVINGS, BLOWS CASH ON CLASSMATES _ A boy in China stole his mom’s savings from their home and splashed part of the cash on his classmates. Altogether the boy stole and shared $1,445 dollars with his friends.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR STEALS JEWELRY, BEER, BURRITO AND BEEF _ Jewelry valued at about $2,000 was reportedly stolen during a burglary of an Athens, Georgia, home, along with two beers, a bottle of Southern Comfort, a pound of ground beef and a burrito.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ONE-ARMED BANDIT _ A car thief with just one arm was jailed a seventeenth time in Bulgaria after he was spotted trying to force open a car door.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SMUGGLER WAS CARRYING A SMALL ZOO _ A man was caught after he tried to make his way through Hong Kong airport with a crocodile, six snakes, 11 flying squirrels and 46 turtles and tortoises in his suitcase.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAR THIEF NEEDED DRIVING LESSONS _ A guy in Florida stole an SUV. He quickly crashed the vehicle two times, with the second crash disabling the vehicle. He then dialed 911 to report the accident. He was waiting on the curb when police arrived.
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — New. A corporate vice president (guest star Ravi Patel, Grandfathered) comes to help with the rollout for a storewide rebranding.
SEASON FINALE: THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW (8p ET, ABC) — New. The final two bakers face off.
HELL’S KITCHEN (8p ET, FOX) — New. A series of three challenges that will determine the recipients of a black jacket. For the first time, there will be no reward, no punishment and no dinner service.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
THE GREAT INDOORS (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. The president of an adventurer’s’ society (guest star Barry Bostwick) accuses Roland of faking the story of an expedition.
THE GOOD PLACE (8:30p ET, NBC) — New. Eleanor and Tahani create a plan, and Michael makes a shocking discovery.
MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bonnie and the ladies keep Jill’s pregnancy a secret.
CHICAGO MED (9p ET, NBC) — New. The police officer who arrested Maggie is brought in with a serious injury.
TAKING THE STAGE: AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC AND THE STORIES THAT CHANGED AMERICA (9p ET, ABC) — This special celebrates the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. With Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Dave Chappelle, Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Jon Batiste, Jamie Foxx, Gladys Knight, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, NeYo, Usher, and many more.
SERIES PREMIERE: MY KITCHEN RULES (9p ET, FOX) –This new cooking series pits celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other’s food. The celebrity duos include Lance Bass, R&B recording artists Brandy and Ray J, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, Naomi Judd and reality TV star Brandi Glanville. First up in the premiere is sibling duo Brandy and Ray J. The second dinner party takes place at the home of Lance Bass, where he and his mother, Diane, prepare a southern feast. The judges are Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters) and Cat Cora (Iron Chef America).
SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
TOP CHEF (9p ET, Bravo) — New. The chefs cook dishes using ingredients corresponding to their zodiac signs.
NASHVILLE (9p ET, CMT) — New. Maddie starts an internship at a recording studio, Avery struggles while producing a young Internet sensation, and Juliette meets her guardian angel.
LIFE IN PIECES (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Heather freaks out when the high school musical director (guest star Andy Richter), doesn’t give Samantha a part.
THE BLACKLIST (10p ET, NBC) — New. Someone leaves a diorama showing a soon-to-be committed crime at Liz’s doorstep.
PURE GENIUS (10p ET, CBS) — New. James and Zoe work to help a teenage girl with a rare skin blistering disorder.
SEASON PREMIERE: COLONY (10p ET, USA) — Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) return to star in season 2.
LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike) — New. Don Cheadle takes on Wanda Sykes.
OBAMA TO MAKE LAST NETWORK APPEARANCE AS PREZ ON 60 MINUTES _ President Barack Obama will appear in his last presidential interview on network television on 60 Minutes Presents: Barack Obama: Eight Years in the White House, an hour-long special airing Sunday.
CARRIE FISHER BOOKS SELLING OUT _ Carrie Fisher’s books saw a noticeable uptick in sales after her death on December 27. The Star Wars actress was a prolific author of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a renowned Hollywood script doctor. Now Fisher’s publishers are rushing to reprint all of her novels after demand for her books outsold their available supply.
… The trend started on Amazon with Fisher’s latest book, The Princess Diarist, a memoir collection released earlier this year, rocketing to number one on Amazon’s best-seller list within hours of the actress’s death.
CARS 3 TRAILER _ The new Cars 3 trailer is online. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win. • VIDEO
ANNA KENDRICK IN TALKS TO PLAY A FEMALE SANTA CLAUS _ Anna Kendrick is in talks to play a female Santa Claus. The film is going by the working title Nicole and “revolves around Santa’s daughter who is forced to take over the family business when her father decides to retire and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight.”
… Kendrick has just started filming Pitch Perfect 3, which is scheduled for a December release.
DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT SUSPECTS IN KARDASHIAN PARIS HEIST _ The police investigation into Kim Kardashian’s Paris heist is still going strong — and new details have emerged. According to major French network TF1/LCI police are now aware of the identities of the individuals that were directly involved with the robbery, which took place at the No Address Hotel during the early hours of October 3 and involved the reality star being held at gunpoint by masked men who stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry — including a $4 million ring — during Paris Fashion Week.
… The report states that there were six men in total: the five robbers that disguised themselves as policemen and forced their way into Kardashian’s room, plus a sixth accomplice who was waiting in a car not too far from the hotel. According to the network, the sixth individual is the son of one of the five robbers.
… In total, 14 people remained in custody Wednesday.
LA LA LAND STAGE MUSICAL COULD HAPPEN _ The producers of La La Land may capitalize on its success by transforming it into a stage musical.
CAITLYN JENNER WILL REPORTEDLY BE AT DONALD TRUMP’S INAUGURATION _ President-Elect Donald Trump‘s inauguration is not going to be A-List-less after all. According to Us Weekly, Caitlyn Jenner has accepted an invitation to attend the event. Jenner is a Republican, and over the summer she spoke at an LGBT event at the Republican National Convention, saying “I think our best move to get back to a constitutional government is in the Republican party. I won’t give up hope on it.”
… Trump has reportedly had trouble getting celebrities to perform at and attend the inauguration.
RUSSIA RELEASES TRAILER FOR SUPERHERO FILM GUARDIANS _ Russia got a superhero movie coming out — and it looks pretty good. It’s called Guardians. The description: During the Cold War, an organization called “Patriot” created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again. Guardians will hit the big screen in Russia on February 23 and will be released in the U.S. later this year. • VIDEO
HERE’S HOW MUCH MORE ASHTON KUTCHER GOT PAID _ In a new interview, Natalie Portman reveals that Ashton Kutcher was paid triple what she made for the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached. (CAUTION) Portman says, “I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been.”
JUSTIN BIEBER NOT PLAYING GEORGE MICHAEL IN MOVIE _ #fakenews: Justin Bieber wants to play George Michael in a movie. Not true.
ALEC BALDWIN’S TRUMP MAY SHOW UP IN ‘OTHER VENUES’ OUTSIDE OF SNL _ Alec Baldwin is taking his Trump on the road. Baldwin says his Donald Trump impression may show up in “other venues” in the future. Baldwin says he’ll continue to appear on NBC’s weekly sketch-comedy series “as much as I can” while looking into other ways he can lampoon the president-elect in a public setting.
SWIFT AND MALIK ARE ARE ON FIFTY SHADES DARKER SOUNDTRACK _ You may have heard Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik made a song for Fifty Shades Darker. The upcoming film’s full track list was revealed on Wednesday. Not only does it feature 19 songs, but there are also quite a few more famous names. Nick Jonas will team up with Nicki Minaj and we’ll get new songs from John Legend, Halsey, Tove Lo, Sia, Kygo, The-Dream and more. • LINK
WILL SMITH IN EARLY TALKS TO STAR IN TIM BURTON’S ‘DUMBO’ _ Will Smith is in early talks to star in Disney’s live-action version of Dumbo, being directed by Tim Burton. The script is based on Disney’s classic animated 1941 movie about a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for his large ears and is separated from his mother. The character that Smith would play, if a deal is made, is that of a father who works at the big top and whose children develop a relationship with Dumbo.
PETER DINKLAGE EYED FOR A KEY ROLE IN AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR _ Are Tyrion Lannister and Tony Stark about to cross paths? Sources say Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is in early talks for a key role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.
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• PHONER: What have cellphones ruined? → January 11 Bits and Breaks
• DROP: She’s a slob and a disaster.
• PHONER: Tying in with the childhood punishments item (January 9 Bits & Breaks), here are 5 real phone calls about punishing kids.
• VOICEMAIL: You got a complaint because someone on your show used the words “diddly squat”.
THANKS FOR SHARING, ANDY!
More prep in the Facebook Group.
Cooped up inside for the winter? Say hello to your little friends.
• If given a choice, cockroaches will choose shelters with other large groups of cockroaches (as opposed to seeking shelter alone).
• Cockroaches have lived for over 300 million years — 10 times longer than humans.
• There are 5,000 species of cockroaches worldwide.
• A cockroach can live for one week with no head, and then it dies of dehydration because it can’t drink water. A cockroach can live for one month with no food.
• Cockroaches can run up to three miles an hour.
• A cockroach’s heart can pump blood backward and forward, and can stop beating without harming the insect.
• Bandages made of crushed cockroaches have been applied to wounds to help ease pain.
• The largest roach, which lives in South America, can grow up to six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.
• A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes.
• A British man holds the title for consuming the most cockroaches — 36 in all, according to the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records.
FIVE DOG MYTHS
What do you really know about dogs? PetPlace.com has five common misconceptions:
1. “A dog’s nose can tell you if he’s healthy or sick.” Nope. Cold and wet, or warm and dry, a nose is just a nose. The only accurate way to test a dog’s temperature is with a thermometer. Normal dog temperature between 100-point-5 and 102-point-5 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. “Dogs who eat grass are sick.” Dogs are descended from wild wolves and foxes, which means grass was once part of the normal canine diet. So if they eat small amounts of grass and barf it up, don’t worry — totally normal.
3. “Mixed breed dogs are healthier than purebreds.” Studies show that’s not always true. However, mutts generally do have fewer of the genetic diseases common in purebred lines.
4. “Dogs love to the petted on the head.” Not necessarily. Some dogs hate it because they have very sensitive eyes and ears.
5. “Dogs are picky eaters.” Not true! Dogs have very poor taste buds, and eat primarily based on their sense of smell.
TRIVIA: The U.S. has over 25,000 of these. Many of them are on wheels. (Public libraries. Combined there are 25,000 libraries, branches, and bookmobiles.)
WHAT’S IN COMMON
Each set of three things has something in common. Tell me what it is and you win…
• Schwinn, Trek, Cannondale (Bikes)
• A jelly fish, a squid, a coward (They’re spineless)
• A League of Their Own, The View, Sleepless in Seattle (Rosie O’Donnell)
• Roller, demolition, Kentucky (Derbies)
‘Ghosts’ caught on camera stealing computers.
This is day 13 of 2017. There are 352 days remaining.
• Richard Moll (Night Court) is 74
• Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep, Seinfeld) is 56
• Penelope Ann Miller is 53
• Patrick Dempsey is 51
• Traci Bingham (Baywatch) is 49
• Writer-producer Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) is 47
• Nicole Eggert (Baywatch) is 45
• Orlando Bloom is 40
• Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) is 27
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1928: Couch potatoes can trace their roots to this date when three experimental television sets were installed in private homes in Schenectady, New York. Not that there was much to see — the test broadcast by General Electric and RCA was of a person smoking, followed by a man playing a ukulele. The first home receivers’ screens were only 1½ inches square.
• 1957: The Frisbee as we know it was introduced today.
• 1968: Johnny Cash recorded a live concert at Folsom Prison in California.
• 1989: New York City subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz was sentenced to one year in prison for possessing an unlicensed gun that he used to shoot four youths he said were about to rob him.
• 1999: Basketball player Michael Jordan announced his retirement. He returned to the NBA in 2001.
• 2000: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive and promoted company president Steve Ballmer to the position.
• 2005: In Croatia, a quick-thinking bank teller foiled a robbery by an Austrian bank robber by pretending she didn’t understand him. When the crook handed over a note which read: “I have a bomb, give me the money,” the clerk kept saying she didn’t understand it until he finally yelled it so loud that the security guards heard it and stopped him.
• 2010: It was announced that, for the first time ever, Punxsutawney Phil would text his weather prediction on February 2, Groundhog Day.
• 2016: The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was won by three ticket holders. $1.5 billion would eventually be split by winners in California, Tennessee and Florida.
• Blame Someone Else Day
• International Skeptics Day
• Rubber Ducky Day
• January 13: Friday the 13th!
• January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
• January 21: Women’s March on Washington
• January 24: Oscar nominations announced
• February 26: 89th Academy Awards
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
• Blues singer Clarence Carter is 81. Faye Dunaway is 76. Holland Taylor is 74. Carl Weathers is 69. LL Cool J is 49. Jason Bateman is 48. Dave Grohl is 48. Kevin Durand is 43.
• Kite Day. Dress Up Your Pet Day. Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day. Organize Your Home Day.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
• Mario Van Peebles is 60. Chad Lowe is 49. Regina King is 46. Eddie Cahill is 39. Pitbull is 36. Victor Rasuk is 32. Jessy Schram is 31. Skrillex is 29.
• Fresh Squeezed Juice Day. Hat Day. Strawberry Ice Cream Day. World Religion Day.