INTERPREP ★ JANUARY 16, 2017

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 16, 2017

This is day 16 of 2017. There are 349 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• John Carpenter (Halloween films) is 69

• Debbie Allen is 67

• Sade is 58

• David Chokachi (Baywatch) is 49

• Kate Moss is 43

• Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1909: Ernest Shackleton’s expedition found the magnetic South Pole.

• 1920: The U.S. outlawed alcohol and went “dry,” a year after states ratified the 18th Amendment. Fourteen years of “prohibition” followed.

• 1939: The comic strip Superman made its debut.

• 1957: The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. Originally a jazz club, it became famous as the first home of the Beatles.

• 1976: The TV variety series “Donny & Marie” premiered on ABC.

• 1987: Red M&Ms returned for the first time in 11 years after being banned because the original red dye used in the candy had caused cancer in laboratory rats.

• 1991: The United States of America declared war on Iraq, beginning the Persian Gulf War.

• 1996: Jamaican authorities fired upon on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither was hurt.

• 2000: Disney animator Marc David died at age 86 after suffering a stroke. He created Cinderella, Bambi, Tinkerbell, Sleeping Beauty, and Cruella de Ville.

• 2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia took off on what would be its final mission. Columbia would disintegrate 16 days later on re-entry.

• 2007:  In Tallahassee, Florida, a hunter’s wife said when she opened her refrigerator, the duck her husband killed two days earlier raised its head and looked at her.  The woman said she freaked out and told her daughter to “get that duck to the hospital right now!” The lucky duck was patched up and taken to a wildlife sanctuary.

• 2007: Senator Barack Obama of Illinois launched his bid for the White House.

• 2015: New U.S. rules loosening trade restrictions with Cuba went into effect, including permission to sell instruments, tools, equipment and supplies to private businesses.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

• National Day of Service

• Appreciate a Dragon Day

• Elementary School Teacher Day

• Hot and Spicy Food Day

• Fig Newton Day

• Religious Freedom Day

• National Nothing Day

UPCOMING

• 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

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

79: Organs in the human body. This includes the mesentery, a new organ Irish researchers says we have.


NEWS ATTACK!

Careercast.com has released its list of the five most stressful jobs in America. Number one is enlisted U.S. military personnel. [Hmm. I would think the most stressful job would be the one that gets you targeted by U.S. military personnel.]

A man in Oregon, who was stuck home in the snow, used the day to clean. That’s when he found a forgotten lottery ticket worth $1 million. [My wife showed me that story. Then she handed me a broom.]

A preschool in Norway is in hot water for taking five-year-olds on a field trip to see reindeer get slaughtered and skinned. [But it did straighten out a few behavioral problems among the kids.]

A Florida maid-of-honor got bombed, stole the best man’s car, punched a guest and exposed herself to police. [How is this not a movie?]

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have at last finalized their divorce. [She got a huge wad of cash, and he got to keep of wad of bad movies.]

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have at last finalized their divorce. [You can tell it’s over because their lawyers just bought new yachts.]

The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it’s shutting down for good in May. [So, you know what this means. From now on, THIS show is now the greatest show on earth.]

The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it’s shutting down for good in May. [That guy that get shot out of the cannon — where in the world is he going to get a new job?]

American Apparel is now out of business. [Its death is due to changing times. Not enough teenagers today are familiar with the word “apparel.”]

A Mississippi husband and wife were born on the same day. Now they’ve welcomed their firstborn who was also born on the same day. [What’s with this family? I thought MY life was stuck in a rut.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DONALD TRUMP CANCELS MLK DAY MUSEUM VISIT _ Donald Trump has pulled the plug on today’s (Monday) scheduled visit to the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Without offering many more details, representatives for the Republican president-elect cited “scheduling issues” for his cancellation, which came about after a week of publicly sparring with Lewis, who worked side by side and marched with King at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

DONALD TRUMP’S INAUGURATION DESCRIBED AS TWILIGHT ZONE _ (See Image of the Day) Donald Trump’s approaching inauguration as the 45th President of the United States has evoked a variety of reactions, but Scotland’s The Herald newspaper sums it up as “The Twilight Zone.” The paper printed in its TV section: “After a long absence, ‘The Twilight Zone’ returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have dabbled often with alternative history stories — among the most common is the ‘What If The Nazis Had Won The Second World War’ setting — but this huge interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years, sets out to build an ongoing alternative present.”

THERE IS GOING TO BE A GLOBAL CLAPPING EVENT TO APPLAUD OBAMA _ Americans who want to honor President Barack Obama’s eight years as commander-in-chief can stand up… and clap. The Thanks Obama “clapping event” has over 60,000 people who have reported that they want to, or are going to, attend the D.C. event on January 19. While the Trump transition team refused to allow the organizers to use federal land for the clap-a-thon — the goal was originally to stand outside the White House and “clap out” Obama — plan B, a 600-person indoor venue, has already sold out.

GUYS SHOULD GO COMMANDO WHEN THEY SLEEP _ New advice from a men’s health expert advises men to go commando when they sleep. Dr. Brian Steixner, Director of the Institute for Men’s Health at Jersey Urology Group, says that who sleep in their boxer or briefs could lead to fertility problems. According to the Steixner, sleeping in underwear can affect the quality of sperm because men’s crotches become too warm in the night. He adds that your “nether regions” should be left unclothed to decrease chafed or irritated skin.

UFO HUNTERS CRY COVERUP _ Some UFO hunters claim that an astronaut is purposely attempting to obscure the view of an object passing the International Space Station. In a YouTube video posted by SecureTeam10 — an organization that self-describes itself as a “source for reporting the best in new UFO sighting news, info on the government coverup, and the strange activity happening on and off of our planet” — it’s claimed that astronauts have been “trying to hide” evidence of actual unidentified objects during their missions in space. SecureTeam10 says footage from the ISS highlights “deliberate” attempts by astronauts to block any video evidence of UFOs.

… In a video clip posted by SecureTeam10 we see a view from the ISS that has picked up an object passing by the space station. The object is very small and barely noticeable, but SecureTeam10 slows down the footage and shows the passing object(s) frame-by-frame. The small object moves from the upper-right of the video frame diagonally to the left, disappears from view (blocked by the ISS), then reappears (or is a totally separate object) moving back upward, only to curve around and disappear. At the same time, SecureTeam10 points out that it is only then when the astronaut, for some unknown reason, places his gloved hand across part of the viewing lens, obscuring much of the view of open space. • VIDEO

D.B. COOPER SHED TIE BEFORE JUMPING OUT 727 _ The story of D.B. Cooper has never died, but the same can’t be said for the man who boarded a Boeing passenger jet back in 1971, calling himself D.B. Cooper. Several decades have passed since this man, who was dressed in a suit and tie, strapped on a parachute while hijacking a Boeing 727 jetliner full of passengers and crew. Before taking the mid-flight plunge out the jetliner’s rear door, D.B. Cooper took off that tie. Just like that, he was gone with thousands of dollars in ransom money into the high-altitude air. After laying dormant for over 45 years that tie has given up a treasure trove of clues, thanks to the help of modern-day technology.

… The year was 1971 when D.B. Cooper jumped from a Boeing 727 with $200,000 in cash, trusting that a parachute would float him safely to the ground. The true identity of the man who parachuted out of that jetliner has never been uncovered, along with not knowing if the man is dead or alive.

… That tie that was left behind on the plane before D.B. Cooper jumped wasn’t much help in 1971, but in 2017 it is teeming with clues. Paleontologist Tom Kaye and his team found thousands of particles proving that the tie came from the retail store JC Penney. Some of the particles were identified as Cerium, Stontium, Sulfide and titanium. After doing a little research, they were able to find that these elements were all used together in one spot during the late 1960s and earlier 1970s, and that was the Boeing plant. Because these particles were on a tie, this suggested that Cooper, or the man who called himself D.B. Cooper, wore this tie to work. Today this one question is making the rounds online: “Did D.B. Cooper work at Boeing?”

UTAH WOMAN CALLS WRONG NUMBER FOR HELP, GETS RIGHT PERSON _ An 80-year-old Utah woman who was unable to move for hours after a fall dialed a wrong number for help. But she got just the right person. Halene Johnson meant to call her son when she finally reached a phone following the fall. The wrong number she dialed happened to belong to a police detective. He helped get paramedics to her house and stayed on the phone until help arrived.

SUPREME COURT SAYS BUILDINGS HAVE A RIGHT TO BE UGLY _ The Vermont Supreme Court says buildings are allowed to be ugly. The court makes the ruling in response to a pair of challenges to planned solar power developments. Nearby landowners sued, making the contention that the developments would be ugly and hurt property values. The supreme court found unsightliness does not render a building a nuisance under the law.

MAN RETURNS 100-YEAR OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOK _ A book of short stories titled Forty Minutes Late has been returned to a San Francisco library — 100 years late. Webb Johnson returned the book Friday. There was no fine. Johnson’s great grandmother had checked it out in 1917. She passed away a week before the due date. Johnson found the 1909 book in an old steamer trunk in 1996.

MOM, DAD, SON ALL SHARE A BIRTHDAY _ Luke and Hillary Gardner never have a problem remembering each other’s birthday — the Mississippi husband and wife were born the same day. And so was their son, 27 years later this past December. The odds of that happening are about one in 133,000. During their pregnancy the couple used a smartphone app and calculated a due date of December 15, three days before their joint birthday. Her obstetrician called it for December 19. The night of December 17 they went walking. Whether or not the exercise sped things up, Cade was born at on December 18 — exactly 27 years after his parents’ birthdate.

… Mom Hillary was born at 8:10 AM, dad was born at 2:10 PM and new baby Cade was born in between — at 10:01 AM.

SISTERS MAKE ROOT BEER TO FUND COLLEGE _ Rising tuition has some young entrepreneurs thinking outside the box. A freshman at the University of Minnesota is bottling her future with her younger sister. The two have their own line of artisanal root beer they sell in Wisconsin. Nineteen-year-old Haley Jurena and her 14-year-old sister Annabelle have grown up making and selling the drink with one goal in mind: to save money for college. They have sold 60,000 bottles over the years. So far, the sisters have saved about $50,000 for college.

JANUARY IS A KILLER _ If you’re not feeling well this month, you might want to pay a visit to your doctor, as January has the distinction of being the seasonal peak of deaths for the year. A professor (at the University of Alberta) believes the January increase is due to many factors, including the harsh effects of cold weather and people unconsciously postponing death until after Christmas.

LOST DOGS ARE LUCKIER THAN LOST CATS _ A study finds lost dogs are more likely to be reunited with their owners than are lost cats. In the study (in southwestern Ohio), researchers found 71 percent of lost dogs were found, compared with just 53 percent of lost cats. And more than a third of the recovered dogs were found by a call or visit to an animal shelter. One big reason for lost cats remaining lost is that only 19 percent of found lost cats had a tag or microchip at the time they were lost.

WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO One year ago, the (YOUR SHOW) was talking about: GUY WANTS POPCORN BANNED INSIDE MOVIE THEATERS _ Enough is enough for a frustrated movie fan who’s calling for popcorn to be banned from theaters because he says it’s too noisy. Mike Shotton, from Newcastle in northeast England, says his enjoyment of films is constantly ruined by others chomping down on the snack. So he wants its sale and consumption to be outlawed in all U.K. movie theaters. He set up a petition (last year) on PetitionBuzz.com.

… Shotton complained that theater chains “bombard us with constant reminders to be quiet during the film and then they sell the loudest food known to man on the premises.” He describes popcorn as being loud, smelly and tasting of nothing — and “sharing a consistency with weakened polystyrene.”


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FISHERMAN REELS IN MORTAR SHELL _ A guy in Russia got a shock while fishing — reeling in a live mortar shell. He called police and they called in the military.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SNACKED ON DIRT EVERY DAY FOR 50 YEARS _ For decades a 55-year-old woman in China has had appetite for dirt. Her unusual habit began some 50 years ago when she got a taste while cleaning the family home. She estimates she’s eaten 5 tons of dirt.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SERIAL TOLL EVADER WITH $12K TAB ARRESTED _ New York and New Jersey authorities arrested a man who owes $12,000 in unpaid tolls and fees.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DAD THANKS STRANGER AND THE “POWER OF THE BOOBIES” _ A dad took to the Internet to thank a woman for taking care of his eight-month-old baby while he took a quick nap on the flight. According to his post, his son was crying and fighting to get over to the stranger sitting next to him. The man wrote: “After brief introductions and him fighting me trying to crawl over to [the stranger], she opens her arms and says: ‘Oh just give him to me!’ He (and I, exhausted) willingly oblige to the stranger’s request. Not 60 seconds later he puts his head down on her chest and falls asleep.” In the viral photo, the tot can be seen lying face down on the woman’s chest. The dad said the woman jokingly said it was “the power of boobies.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN MISTAKES SMOKE ALARM FOR TRAPPED BIRD _ In the UK, animal welfare officials were called about a trapped bird in a loft. After some searching they discovered the noise was a smoke alarm with a low battery.

… Just a few months ago the same animal welfare office rushed to a home following reports of a stranded baby crocodile. It turned out to be a plastic toy.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLORIDA MAN GETS CAUGHT WITH LICENSE PLATE GADGET _ If you’ve ever seen Goldfinger or basically half of the James Bond movies, you’ve probably thought about how neat the rotating license plate gadgets on the British superspy’s cars were. The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a man after he remotely activated a license plate frame gadget that slid a cover down while driving, blocking his plate number from toll cameras. He would have gotten away with it too, if he hadn’t done it right in front of a State Trooper.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 10 YEARS AGO _ Ten years ago: A New Zealand bride and groom played 18 holes of mini-golf to decide who would give up their surname. Greg Marshall and Adrienne Foley wore their wedding outfits for the high stakes game. They agreed on the contest after Adrienne complained: “Why do [brides] always take the guy’s name?” Adrienne had some great shots during the mini-golf match, and even managed a hole-in-one. But in the end Greg was the winner, meaning the couple would take his last name.


ON TELEVISION

THE NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The contestants must create a marketing campaign for Kawasaki motorcycles.

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. The Backstreet Boys announce that they will be joining Nick on a group date.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — New.  Kevin is intimidated by his neighbor’s son (guest star retired MMA Fighter and UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten) when he ask to cut down one of her trees.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New. Falcone places a hit on Gordon. Guest stars Cameron Monaghan and Paul Reubens return.

HOWIE MANDEL ALL-STAR COMEDY GALA (8p ET, CW) — This 2-hour special, hosted by Howie Mandel, features stand-up performances from Jay Pharoah, Iliza Shlesinger, Russell Peters, J.B. Smoove and more.

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Andi and Marcy realize they were high school rivals.

2 BROKE GIRLS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Max and Caroline are cast as zombie extras on Randy’s movie set. Beth Littleford guest stars.

LUCIFER (9p ET, FOX) — New. Two of Lucifer’s ex’s are murdered.

THE ODD COUPLE (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Oscar competes with a penguin to predict the winners of hockey games. Former NHL player Luc Robitaille guest stars.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. After the team is tricked into making counterfeit money, they rely on Paige’s mom (returning guest star Lea Thompson) to save them.

TIMELESS (10p ET, NBC) — New. Harry Houdini may be the only one who can save Lucy after she’s kidnapped.

BIG FAN (10p ET, NBC) — New. Kim Kardashian West competes with three of her fans.

BIG FAN (10:30p ET, ABC) — In the second new episode tonight, Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Veronica Mars) battles it out with three of her fans.


ENTERTAINMENT

HIDDEN FIGURES DOMINATES AT THE BOX OFFICE _ Hidden Figures took the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row. Figures faced an influx of new movies, including a crime drama by Ben Affleck and the based-on-true-events drama Patriots Day. Neither had a chance. Hidden Figures made $20.5 million over the weekend.

OCTAVIA SPENCER BUYS OUT HIDDEN FIGURES SCREENING _ Octavia Spencer kicked off Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend with a generous gift in honor of her late mother. The 46-year-old actress offered a free screening of her critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures for families in need — buying out Friday’s 8 PM showing at a movie theater in Los Angeles. Spencer wrote on Instagram: “If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can’t afford it have them come. It’s first come, first served. “My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I’m honoring her and all single parents this #mlkweekend.”

CREEPY ‘WHAT’S IN THE BOX’ ENDING TO SE7EN WAS AN ACCIDENT _ ( AUDIO) If you’ve seen Se7en, you know how chilling the final scene is. The unimaginable ending made Brad Pitt’s “What’s in the box?” line infamous, thanks to a creepy special delivery his detective character receives. Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker told The Hollywood Reporter the ending made it into the film by accident. Original director Jeremiah S. Chechik told Walker to rewrite the script with the Gwyneth-Paltrow’s-head-in-the-box scene taken out. But when David Fincher was brought on to direct, Walker said the movie company accidentally sent Fincher the head scene. Then they sent him the vastly rewritten draft, which had a completely different ending and Fincher said, “No, I wouldn’t be interested in doing that.”

CONSPIRACY THEORISTS: ELVIS PRESLEY IS ALIVE _ Conspiracy theory fans of the late rock icon Elvis Presley claim that a photo has emerged showing that he is alive and well. According to Elvis “truthers,” the late rock star was spotted in a photo taken during an event at this Graceland mansion marking his 82nd birthday. The photo, uploaded to a Facebook page called “Evidence Elvis Presley is Alive,” allegedly proves that their hero did not die on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42. The photo shows a stout, white-bearded Elvis “look alike.” The photo has reignited speculation that Elvis is still alive and well 40 years after it was claimed that he died of a suspected heart attack. • PHOTO

… Elvis truthers say the bodyguards standing around the man prove that he was an important person in disguise.

NO PLANS TO DIGITIZE FISHER IN FUTURE ‘STAR WARS’ FILMS _ The makers of “Star Wars” have put a quick end to rumors that while Carrie Fisher has died, her Princess Leia may live on. Over the weekend producers said there are no plans to digitally recreate Fisher to appear in future episodes of the movie saga. The company said in a statement: “There is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.”

… Fisher had finished shooting “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” due out next December, when she died December 27 of cardiac arrest at age 60. Fisher had also been signed to appear in “Episode IX,” scheduled for release in 2019. That film is still being written and the writers are deciding how to handle her death.

AURORA, ILLINOIS, IS THROWING A WAYNE’S WORLD 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY _ Wayne’s World turns 25 this February, and to celebrate, the Chicago suburb of Aurora — where the film’s action takes place — is putting together a months-long anniversary celebration. The 1992 film starred Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as best buds Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, who broadcast a no-budget cable-access show from Wayne’s basement in Aurora.

… The celebration will include roughly a dozen events, spread from early February to early July. Plans include a look-alike contest and an air guitar competition, plus screenings of the cult classic.

JOHNNY DEPP SUES EX-MANAGERS ALLEGING MILLIONS IN LOSSES _ Johnny Depp sued his former business managers alleging they mismanaged his earnings throughout a lucrative period of his career, although the company says the actor’s spending is to blame. Depp’s lawsuit against The Management Group seeks more than $25 million, alleging its owners failed to properly pay his taxes, made unauthorized loans and overpaid for security and other services. An attorney for The Management Group calls Depp’s lawsuit a “fabrication” and wrote in a statement that Depp never alleged any wrongdoing. The attorney said the company “did everything possible to protect Depp from his irresponsible and profligate spending.”

… Depp’s lawsuit accuses the company and its owners of receiving $28 million in payments for their services over the roughly 16 years they managed his finances. The company “actively concealed the true state of Mr. Depp’s finances while driving him deeper and deeper into financial distress.”

PORTLANDIA WILL END AFTER NEXT YEAR _ Portlandia will end its run after next year. The IFC sketch series starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein was recently renewed for an eighth and final season. The show’s seventh season is currently airing.

BEN AFFLECK: ‘BATMAN’ CHALLENGES INCLUDE FINDING BETTER BATSUIT _ A Ben Affleck Batman movie may not be happening anytime soon, and in an interview with USA Today the actor helps shed light on why there has been a delay. Among many other things, the getting in and out of the unwieldy Batsuit is one of the issues that have to be dealt with first. Affleck says, “I played the part, so I know what it’s like to be in the suit, but I think we’ll have to modify the suit to make it a little bit easier to put on and take off if I was really going to be directing a movie as well.” Affleck says, “When you are just in it, you can be sweating, crazy and exhausted, and you can kind of just do your part and then walk away. But when you’re a director, you can’t walk away. You got to answer all of the questions. You got to be there for everybody.”

JESSICA BIEL IS A HUMAN VACUUM CLEANER _ Jessica Biel calls herself the human vacuum cleaner. At the end of a meal, she says she’ll make a whole plate of her 21-month-old son’s leftovers disappear. “That is what happens when you are a mom or a dad. You make food, they eat what they eat, and you literally — as they are running off trying to grab something — you are shoveling the last few bites off of their plate. And that is your lunch.”

KEN BURNS TEASES NEW BASEBALL DOC TIED TO CUBS WORLD SERIES WIN _ With his new documentary The Vietnam War scheduled to premiere on PBS in September and multiple other films in the works, Ken Burns has a full plate. But he’s looking to add another project: an addendum to his 1994 series Baseball, tied to the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

… Burns says he’s “sort of obligated” to add another hour to the series — especially since last year he said that he would direct a new Baseball episode if the Cubs won a World Series

BIG BANG THEORY CANCELED? _ Is The Big Bang Theory going to be canceled? New rumors suggest that the super popular CBS show might be coming to an end after Season 10. According to Tripped Media, the network has not confirmed that the show will continue after the current season, despite the cast signing sizeable contracts to move forward with the sitcom. According to the report, actor Jim Parsons could be the reason why the show won’t go on after Season 10. The site claims that the actor may want to do other things with his career, perhaps choosing to leave Sheldon Cooper in the dust.

… The report indicates that the new rumors surfaced after it was announced that there would be a Sheldon Cooper spinoff of The Big Bang Theory. Although Jim Parsons won’t be on the new show, he will reportedly be a consultant and an executive producer.


AUDIO

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• SE7EN: A “What’s in the box?!” clip. → January 16 Entertainment

• SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Trump press conference.

• AUSSIE TV: An Australian news anchor tells a reporter to put a dark jacket on.

• PHONER: What have cellphones ruined? → January 11 Bits and Breaks


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Hidden Figures, $20.4 million
  2. La La Land, $14.5 million
  3. Sing, $13.8 million
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, $13.7 million
  5. The Bye Bye Man, $13.3 million
  6. Patriots Day, $12 million
  7. Monster Trucks, $10.5 million
  8. Sleepless, $8.4 million
  9. Underworld: Blood Wars, $5.8 million
  10. Passengers, $5.6 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Ride Along 2.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

The Founder
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
Split
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
20th Century Women

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. MLK Day
  2. Trump Inauguration
  3. Inauguration Entertainment
  4. Ringling Brothers
  5. Saturday Night Live
  6. NFC/AFC Championships
  7. Steve Harvey
  8. Fake News
  9. New Year’s Resolutions
  10. 3 Doors Down
  11. The Flu
  12. Russian Hacking
  13. Obamacare Repeal
  14. John Lewis
  15. Amazon’s Alexa
  16. Ben Affleck

15 FOODS YOU SHOULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT

Add these foods to your diet and add years to your life.

• Apples — The old saying really is true. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and maybe even some damaging diseases. They pack more Vitamin C than an orange and they are full of antioxidants that will help your body stay healthy.

• Flaxseed — As little as two tablespoons a day can help maintain bone health and cut your risk of breast cancer. Make sure you grind it properly before eating, so that you can properly digest it. Flaxseed is great on salads, or even sprinkled into a healthy shake.

• Carrots — These little roots are chock full of beta carotene, which your body turns into Vitamin A. They are essential for eye health. Cooking carrots does tend to lessen their benefits, so try to eat them raw when possible. Beta carotene can even help ward off cancer.

• Tomatoes — Tomatoes are also important for eye health. Plus they also contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant. Recent studies have shown that eating a few slices of tomato a day can halve your risk of developing cancer, including bladder, stomach and colon cancer.

• Onions — Onions have been shown to help lower blood pressure and they contain flavonoids, which are believed to protect your body against cancer.

• Garlic — It can help lower blood pressure, and may even reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood stream. It may even help prevent cancer of the stomach. To remove garlic’s odor from your hands, rub them on stainless steel. For garlic breath, try a sprig of fresh parsley.

• Cauliflower — This vegetable is believed to help prevent cancer and promote a healthy liver. In fact, it may even be beneficial to those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

• Plums — If you suffer from anemia, adding plums to your diet may actually help your body absorb more available iron from your blood stream. Plums are also rich in Vitamin C and it may even help reduce the threat of macular degeneration.

• Green Tea — Green tea has been found to reduce the risk of stroke and promote a healthy immune system. You can drink it hot or cold and still benefit from its incredible properties.

• Cranberries — These little berries are very important to urinary tract health and they are also rich in antioxidants and vitamins. In fact, the latest research has shown that cranberries can even be used as a very effective antibiotic.

• Yams — Candied or not, yams are very good for you. They are an excellent source of Vitamin B6, which is essential for heart health. They also contain a high amount of potassium, which is very important in controlling blood pressure.

• Celery — Celery is a great source of Vitamin C and helps to maintain good blood vessel health.

• Olives — Whether you like them green or black, olives are an excellent source of Vitamin E and it can even act as an anti-inflammatory. They are also a good source of iron, copper and dietary fiber.

• Strawberries — This favorite berry is good for your heart and can protect against cancer and they can even act as an anti-inflammatory, making them a wonderful addition for arthritis or chronic pain sufferers. Recent studies have shown that strawberries can also protect you from macular degeneration.

• Honey — If you’re looking for a natural sweetener that’s actually good for you, honey is an excellent choice. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and can protect your body from free-radicals and promote quick healing of wounds.

PICK THE WORST

Toss the questions out to co-hosts as conversation starters.

The website PickTheWorst.com asks visitors to compare to unpleasantries:

Pick the Worst:

  • Hitting every red light on your way to work.
  • Getting stuck behind a “Student Driver” all the way to work.

Pick the Worst:

  • An IRS audit.
  • A root canal.

Pick the Worst:

  • Mosquito bites
  • Sunburn

Pick the worst:

  • Lemon juice on a paper cut.
  • Stepping barefoot on a Lego.

Pick the worst:

  • Stubbing your toe.
  • Biting your tongue.

Pick the worst:

  • You wake up and realize you’ve gone bald overnight.
  • You wake up and realize you’ve grown a mullet overnight.

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Which former U.S. President’s Secret Service code name was “Deacon”? (Jimmy Carter)

TRIVIA: Besides being a famous inventor, Thomas Edison was known for collection what? (Dirty jokes)

RHYMES WITH

I’m going to give you some words. As I give you each word I’ll ask you to give me a certain number of words that rhyme with it. If you get stuck say “skip it.” But you must complete 4 of the 5 tasks. Ready? Give me…

• 5 words that rhyme with REAL: deal, meal, feel, heel, keel, steal, peal

• 5 words that rhyme with GREAT: hate, mate, ate, rate, gate, late

• 4 words that rhyme with JUMP: pump, hump, stump, chump, lump

• 2 words that rhyme with HEAVEN: seven, eleven


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Truck in Colorado blown over by wind.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Scotland newspaper’s TV listing for the inauguration.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 17, 2017

This is day 17 of 2017. There are 348 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Betty White is 95

• James Earl Jones is 86

• Maury Povich is 78

Muhammad Ali would have been 75. He died June 3, 2016.

• Joanna David (Downton Abbey) is 70

• Steve Harvey is 60

• Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles is 58

• Jim Carrey is 55

• Michelle Obama is 53

• Naveen Andrews (Lost) is 48

• Kid Rock is 46

• Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy is 37

• Zooey Deschanel is 37

• DJ Calvin Harris is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1806: The first child was born in the White House. James Madison Randolph was the son of Thomas Mann Randolph and Martha (Jefferson) Randolf, the daughter of President Thomas Jefferson.

• 1899: Gangster Al Capone was born today in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrants from Naples, Italy.

• 1916: The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) was formed.

• 1917: The United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

• 1929: Popeye debuted in a comic strip called Thimble Theatre.

• 1949: The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first aired.

• 1962: The first indoor ski slope, the Ski-Dek Center in Buffalo, New York, opened in a former movie theater.

• 1994: Actors Donny Osmond and Danny Bonaduce slugged it out in a three-round charity boxing match in Chicago, Illinois. The winner: Bonaduce, who bloodied Osmond’s nose in the two-to-one decision. The match was set up after Osmond taunted Bonaduce at the gym where both men were working out.

• 1998: Paula Jones accused President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.

• 2001: U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously raised Captain Meriwether Lewis’ rank from Lieutenant to Captain.

• 2006: A 24-year-old Kansas man reported to police that he heard gunshots between 2:30 and 3am, realized he had been shot in the chest, then tried to remove the bullet with the pointy end of a meat thermometer. He was unsuccessful and walked to a nearby hospital.

• 2007: The Doomsday Clock was set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.

• 2013: Japan unveiled plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Mentoring Day

• Customer Service Day

• Ditch New Years Resolutions Day

• Rid the World of Fad Diet and Gimmicks Day

UPCOMING

• January 20: Presidential Inauguration

• January 21: Women’s March on Washington

• January 24: Oscar nominations announced

• February 26: 89th Academy Awards

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