INTERPREP ★ JANUARY 20, 2017

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 20, 2017

This is day 20 of 2017. There are 345 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin is 87

• David Lynch is 71

• Paul Stanley of Kiss is 65

• Bill Maher is 61

• Lorenzo Lamas is 59

• James Denton (Desperate Housewives) is 54

• Rainn Wilson (The Office) is 51

• Stacey Dash (Clueless) is 50

• Skeet Ulrich is 47

• Musician Questlove is 46

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1961: John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated as the youngest man and first-ever Roman Catholic to become elected President of the United States.

• 1981: Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States.

• 1986: The United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

• 2004: The Salvation Army announced it had received a $1.5 billion donation from the estate of Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.

• 2005: A 32-year-old Czech man got himself locked up in a Prague pizzeria to have free access to beer overnight. When the restaurant’s staff left, he broke into a cooler containing a keg, disconnected the pipes leading to the tap, put them in his mouth and drank as much as he could. The man, drunk and fast asleep, was found by staff the next morning.

• 2008: A 9-year-old Washington state boy who had a history of stealing cars and running away sneaked onto a plane bound for Texas, getting caught during an airport connection. Semaj Booker apparently found a Southwest Airlines boarding card and made it through airport security, hopping two separate flights but landing in San Antonio, Texas — just short of his Dallas destination. The fourth-grader was trying to get to his grandfather in Dallas, where he used to live.

• 2009: Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becoming the United States’ first African-American president.

• 2013: President Barack Obama was inaugurated in the Blue Room of the White House for his second term in office.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Inauguration Day

• Zodiac Aquarius begins

• Sweatpants Day

• Cheese Lovers Day

• Disc Jockey Day

• Penguin Awareness Day

• Take a Walk Outdoors Day

UPCOMING

• January 20: Presidential Inauguration

• January 21: Women’s March on Washington

• January 24: Oscar nominations announced

• February 2: Groundhog Day

• February 26: 89th Academy Awards

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

• Placido Domingo is 76. Mac Davis is 75. Jill Eikenberry is 70. Billy Ocean is 67. Robby Benson is 61. Geena Davis is 61. Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton is 41.

• Granola Bar Day. Hugging Day. New England Clam Chowder Day. Squirrel Appreciation Day.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22

• Piper Laurie is 85. John Hurt is 77. Steve Perry is 68. Teddy Gentry of Alabama is 65. Linda Blair is 58. Diane Lane is 52. DJ Jazzy Jeff is 52. Guy Fieri is 49. Olivia D’Abo is 48. Phoebe Strole is 34.

• Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. Hot Sauce Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

110: Calories burned while typing for one hour.


NEWS ATTACK!

A dog in Philadelphia is being hailed as a hero after it woke up its human family in the middle of the night, saving them from a house fire. [Not only did the dog lead everyone to safety, but it was also the one that called 911, and then later drafted a paw-written heartfelt thank-you note to each and every firefighter.]

The White House released another batch of items seized from the home of Osama bin Laden. [Included were his own twisted recipes for death, destruction and his mom’s blueberry tart.]

The White House released another batch of items seized from the home of Osama bin Laden. [Who would have guessed that he would have had an autographed copy of the original cast album of Fiddler on the Roof?]

The Oakland Raiders have filed an application with the NFL to move to Las Vegas. [The decision will be decided with one cut of the cards.]

A Montana state legislator is asking that the law be changed so that passengers in a car will be free to openly drink alcohol. [I think we know who else has been taking a few nips.]

New Hampshire police arrested a woman for driving 91 in a snowstorm because she had an appointment to get a new car stereo installed in her 2008 Saturn. [That’s right. Skip the snow tires for something that truly matters.]

Donald Trump’s choice as budget director was caught failing to pay $15,000 in taxes. [So apparently the belief is that you send a thief to catch a thief.]

McDonald’s is rolling out an even larger Big Mac called the Grand Mac. [It’s for people who like to eat only once a week.]

Another group of scientists have sealed themselves for eight months into a dome on the slopes of a volcano in Hawaii to simulate life on Mars. [They took their favorite movies and TV shows: The Shawshank Redemption and Prison Break.]

Another group of scientists have sealed themselves for eight months into a dome on the slopes of a volcano in Hawaii to simulate life on Mars. [I wonder how soon it will be before they begin forming alliances to get other people kicked out.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

INAUGURATION DAY SCHEDULE _ Inauguration Day begins with an early-morning service at Washington’s St. John’s Episcopal Church, which is just a few steps from the White House. Following, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will ceremonially welcome Donald Trump and incoming First Lady Melania to the White House. The two families will then travel via motorcade to the Capitol.

… 9:30 AM: The inauguration ceremonies officially begin with musical performances. Teenage opera star Jackie Evancho will sing the National Anthem, and some of the Rockettes will also be performing, though many of the performers have chosen not to appear at the inauguration.

… Most members of Congress will be in attendance. Also in attendance will be the justices of the Supreme Court, all living former presidents (minus George H.W. Bush, who is in poor health), and Trump’s opponent for the election, Hillary Clinton.

… 11:30 AM: religious leaders will be praying, reading Scripture, and offering opening remarks. Following, Mike Pence will be sworn in as Vice-President, by Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas.

… 12:00 PM: Donald Trump will officially place his hand on the Bible and recite the Oath of Office. The Oath will be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Trump will be using two Bibles for his inauguration: the same Bible on which Abraham Lincoln took the Oath of Office in 1861, and a Bible Trump was given by his mother when he graduated Sunday School in 1955. Trump will then deliver his inaugural address. Trump and Pence will then have lunch in the Capitol building.

… 3:00 PM: The Inaugural Parade will march from the Capitol to the White House, 1½ miles away on Pennsylvania Avenue. Some 8,000 people are expected to participate in the parade, including various high school and college marching bands, various military service personnel, veterans groups, and a tractor brigade.

… 7:00 PM: Mr. and Mrs. Trump will join Mr. and Mrs. Pence at three inaugural balls. Various unofficial inaugural balls will take place throughout Washington, attended by various politicians and dignitaries.

MOVING DAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE _ It’s Inauguration Day, aka the 5 Craziest Hours in the White House. The outgoing family’s moving trucks, escorted by the Secret Service and officers of the U.S. Park Police, will pull into the west side of the South Portico driveway. The incoming president’s moving trucks will pull into the east side of the South Portico. All boxes owned by the incoming First Family are emptied and clothes are placed in closets and drawers. The First Family’s favorite products were purchased ahead of time and will be ready for them to use — everything from mattresses and linens to shower heads and shaving cream.

CHROME EXTENSION CHANGES PRESIDENT TRUMP TO “PRESIDENT” TRUMP _ If you’re not on board with President Trump, then download the “President” Trump Chrome Extension. It looks at any web page you visit and changes the words President Trump to “President” Trump. The creators says it’s “a subtle reminder to the illegitimacy of his presidency.” • LINK

BARRON TRUMP NOT GETTING GOLDENDOODLE PUPPY AFTER ALL _ Barron Trump won’t get a Goldendoodle puppy after all. It looks like he’ll have to wait a little longer before getting the family’s “first dog” in the White House. Back in November it was reported that Donald Trump was approached about taking a Goldendoodle puppy as Barron Trump’s “first dog” in the White House. He knew Barron would love the pup and it was a possibility they’d adopt the pooch — a half Golden Retriever and half Poodle breed of dog. He was even named “Patton” after one of Trump’s favorite military heroes.

… Lois Pope, a philanthropist and longtime friend of Donald Trump’s, rescinded her offer to give the family its “first dog.” Pope has bonded with the dog over the course of last few months and can’t bring herself to part with him. Ironically, Barron Trump’s father was reconsidering the offer as well. Pope explains that the President-elect cited his busy life over agreeing not to take the dog.

SUPER MARIO RUN TO HIT ANDROID IN MARCH _ Super Mario Run, which has been on iPhones and iPads since December, is coming to Android devices in March.

A REDHEAD EMOJI IS FINALLY COMING _ Emoji with red hair are on the agenda for the next meeting of the Unicode Technical Committee, the organization that sets standards for the emoji you see on the smartphones and social networks billions use every day. Apple is hosting the meeting, which begins January 23, at its campus in Cupertino, California.

TODDLER GIRL BUSTED, LET SLIP SHE WATCHED WALKING DEAD _ ( AUDIO) As we all know, kids say and do the darnedest things. A recently uploaded video is proof. The footage is of a little girl letting slip that she watches The Walking Dead TV show. When mom asks what she wants to be for Halloween, the girl says a “wombie” — meaning a zombie. When asked to explain, that’s when the girl let’s slip she’s been watching The Walking Dead.

FB icon How did your kid let their ‘crime’ slip.

GUY WHO GOT THE COWBOYS SUPER BOWL TATTOO HAS UPDATED IT _ Remember the Dallas Cowboys fan who got a tattoo declaring the Cowboys Super Bowl champions for this season? He took quite a bit of abuse on Twitter when Green Bay beat Dallas last week. But now he’s back, having updated the tat by placing another I on it to make it read “Super Bowl LII”. So he’s declaring for next season.

PRESIDENT OBAMA PENS FAREWELL LETTER TO AMERICANS _ Though it’s a tradition for the sitting president to leave a letter to his successor in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama took the time Thursday morning, on his final full day in office, to pen a letter to Americans. In it he wrote, “You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.” In the letter posted on Facebook, he wrote of meeting all types of citizens during his eight years in office, showing him grace, community, strength, and more.

… He wrote: “I’ve seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I’ve seen our future unfolding.”

RACCOONS RECOVER AT CALIFORNIA ZOO AFTER CROSS-COUNTRY RIDE _ Baby raccoons that inadvertently hitched a cross-country ride to Northern California are recovering at a zoo in Oakland. In September a man had unknowingly transported the raccoons from Florida to California in a moving truck. The truck had been burglarized while in Florida, allowing a pregnant raccoon to enter through a broken window and give birth. The man discovered the raccoons while unloading his truck. Five of six baby raccoons survived but were near death after being without food or water for days. Wildlife education center staff nursed the raccoons to health, but found they could not release the animals into the wild. The Oakland Zoo is caring for the raccoons until they can be placed at a sanctuary or another zoo.

SCIENTISTS WILL LIVE IN A DOME FOR 8 MONTHS TO SIMULATE MARS _ Six carefully selected scientists will spend the next eight months living inside a man-made dome on a remote Hawaii volcano as part of a human-behavior study that could help NASA as it draws up plans for sending astronauts on long missions to Mars. The four men and two women were scheduled to move into their new simulated space home Thursday afternoon, settling into the vinyl-covered shelter of 1,200 square feet, or about the size of a small, two-bedroom home. They will have no physical contact with people in the outside world and will work with a 20-minute delay in communications with their support crew, or the time it would take for an email to reach Earth from Mars. The NASA-funded project will study the psychological difficulties associated with living in isolated and confined conditions for an extended time. NASA hopes to send humans to an asteroid in the 2020s and Mars by the 2030s.

… The team members on the dome project include engineers, a computer scientist, a doctoral candidate and a biomedical expert. They were selected from 700 applicants who were subjected to personality tests, background checks and extensive interviews.

MAN ASSAULTED WIFE AFTER DREAM THAT SHE WAS CHEATING _ Police say a Pennsylvania man tried to strangle his wife after he woke up from a dream in which she was cheating on him. 49-year-old Conrad Rudalavage had been drinking before he fell asleep, then woke up Saturday convinced that his wife was unfaithful.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER CLOCKED AT 91 DURING SNOWSTORM WANTED NEW STEREO _ New Hampshire State Police said a woman accused of driving 91 miles per hour in a snowstorm said she was late for an appointment to have a new car stereo installed. Police said they stopped the 21-year-old woman for going 91 on a highway covered with snow and slush.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THOUSANDS OF RED SKITTLES SPILL ONTO ROAD _ A Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy came across something odd in the road Tuesday evening — hundreds of thousands of Skittles. No one knew where the candy came from or where it was going, but county road crews said the Skittles spill was actually helpful, as the roads in the area have been icy and the thousands of little candies improved traction. The next day officials confirmed the Skittles fell off the back of a flatbed truck. They were in a large box and because it was raining, the box got wet and the Skittles spilled. The Skittles were intended to be feed for cattle. Candy makers and bakeries often sell rejects to be used as cattle feed because they provide “cheap carbs.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WRONG COTTAGE _ In Canada, a guy left his friend’s lake cottage in the middle of the night to “relieve himself.” Stumbling back through the dark, he unknowingly ended up at an empty neighboring cottage. He found the door locked and no one answered his knocks. Upset and determined to get in, he climbed onto the roof and slid down the chimney — the wrong chimney — and became stuck, where he spent about five hours in freezing conditions before contractors working near the cottage heard his cries for help.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DON’T ROB A SPY STORE _ Spy Spot Investigations Spy Store in Deerfield Beach, Florida, has warnings posted that some of the cameras are in use. Nevertheless, someone decided to take a crack at it. First the guy threw a rock at the shop door — caught on video. Then he tries to kick the door — caught on video. The man left behind clear video of his face.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

45th PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION (9a ET) — Several broadcast and cable news networks will offer live coverage as Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States. Musical performers, including singer Jackie Evancho and the Radio City Rockettes, are expected to start start at 9:30a ET. Opening remarks by religious leaders are scheduled for 11:30a ET. At Noon ET,  Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in the president-elect. Following the ceremony, the inaugural parade will begin at the Capitol Building and head down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

… Twitter, in a partnership with PBS NewsHour, will livestream special coverage of the Inauguration from 11a ET to 5p ET.

CHANGE AND CHALLENGE: THE INAUGURATION OF DONALD TRUMP (8p ET, CBS) — This special includes interviews with the men and women of the Trump administration.

GRIMM (8p ET, NBC) — New. Nick devises a plan that will take Capt. Renard out of his element.

LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — New. Mike and Vanessa ask newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to tone down their PDA’s.

ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — New. An escape artist is found dead in a wooden trunk.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New. Sybil asks Stefan and Damon to return to Mystic Falls while she continues her search.

DR. KEN (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. A documentary producer (guest star Yvette Nicole Brown, Community) shadows Ken at the office.

EMERALD CITY (9p ET, NBC) — New. Dorothy and Lucas encounter a mysterious young girl who has lost her way.

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team faces a contentious U.S. Marshall (guest star Lou Diamond Phillips) after a murder suspect escapes capture.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) —  Repeat

SLEEPY HOLLOW (9p ET, FOX) — New. One of Crane’s greatest foes threatens the safety of Washington’s highest officials.

MY CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (9p ET, CW) — New. Rebecca and Nathaniel become better acquainted.

PUPPY BOWL: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? (9p ET, Animal Planet) — This new special catches up with some of the cute dogs who’ve participated in past editions of this annual Super Bowl Sunday special.

TRUMP: PATH TO THE WHITE HOUSE (9p ET, History) — This 2-hour special details Donald Trump’s life: two broken marriages and several failed businesses, reinventing himself as a TV personality, and then launching a successful bid to become president of the United States.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Frank intervenes when diplomatic immunity complicates a child abuse case

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New. Coverage of The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New.

FRONTIER (Anytime, Netflix) — This new action drama, set in the 1700s, stars Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as a part-Irish, part-native American outlaw on a bloody quest to undermine the fur trading monopoly.

SATURDAY

BEACHES (8p ET, Lifetime) — Broadway superstar Idina Menzel and Nia Long (Third Watch)  star in this made for cable remake of the classic 1988 film that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — Aziz Ansari (Master of None) makes his hosting debut in this new episode. The musical guest, also making his SNL debut, is rapper Big Sean.

SUNDAY

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP (3p ET, FOX) — Atlanta takes on Green Bay.

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP (6:30p ET, CBS) — The New England Patriots host Pittsburgh.

TO TELL THE TRUTH (8p ET, ABC) — Two repeats are followed by a repeat of Quantico.

SERIES PREMIERE: HUNTED (10p ET, CBS) — This new reality/game show follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they try to hide from highly skilled investigators trying to catch them. The team that can stay on the run and avoid being caught for 28 days will win $250,000.


ENTERTAINMENT

NCIS: LOS ANGELES STAR DIES AT 61 _ Miguel Ferrer, a veteran actor who has played NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles since 2012, died Thursday of cancer at 61. Ferrer began his career in the early ’80s with a series of bit parts, and as it evolved, he became known mainly for villainous roles. He also entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing the vice president in 2013’s Iron Man 3.

… He played Albert Rosenfield for both seasons of ABC’s ’90s cult classic Twin Peaks and will revisit that role in Showtime’s revitalized Twin Peaks limited series, set to premiere in May. Ferrer also starred opposite Jill Hennessy for six seasons as Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Garret Macy in NBC drama Crossing Jordan.

A DOG’S PURPOSE: HUGE FINE AND JAIL POSSIBLE _ The crew members of the upcoming film A Dog’s Purpose are under investigation by Canada’s Chief Veterinary Office, and jail time is on the table if the agency finds any wrongdoing. TMZ says the CVO received a formal complaint on Wednesday and has begun looking into what went down on the set during filming in Winnipeg. In a video Hercules, a German Shepherd, appears terrified to get in churning water to shoot a scene for the movie. The trainer tried for about 40 seconds to put Hercules in the pool. The CVO says it wasn’t involved with the filming because a rep from the American Humane Association was on set. TMZ says that rep has since been suspended. The Office could levy a fine up to $10,000 and/or sentence offenders to up to 6 months in jail.

… The movie opens nationwide next weekend (1/27).

RYAN LOCHTE’S FIANCÉE SHOWS OFF HER 5-MONTH BABY BUMP _ Ryan Lochte‘s fiancée Kayla Rae Reid is showing off her growing bump in a new photo. The baby boy — they are still discussing a name — is due in June, and the couple is putting off wedding planning until after Reid gives birth.

CHIP FLIPS THE HAMMER _ Fixer Upper star Chip Gaines can hammer flip with the best of them. He proved it with a video on Instagram. • VIDEO

LOGAN TRAILER NO. 2 _ The second trailer for Marvel’s Logan is out, and this one shows us more of what the movie is about. In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. The movie comes out March 3. • VIDEO

CHRIS EVANS PRANKS FANS WITH THE HELP OF A CAPTAIN AMERICA DOLL _ Chris Evans got into character for a great cause. The Captain America star recently channeled the big screen hero in the name of charity when he collaborated with for-charity experience company Omaze to surprise strangers shopping in a comic book store in Massachusetts. Chris is giving fans the opportunity to participate in an Escape Room challenge with him to raise money for charity. To help promote the Omaze fundraiser his team transformed the comic book store into a mock room crawling with riddles and puzzles geared to test participants.

… Evans kicked off the game with a Captain America doll that was set up in the middle of the store and hooked up to a speaker. While hiding in a separate room, Evans spoke to unsuspecting shoppers and asked them if they were willing to take on his challenge. Once he had their attention, the star gave them a series of objectives. After uncovering a secret door in the store, players crept into a dark basement, but their flashlights suddenly shut off. Fortunately, Evans was waiting for them there to make the grand reveal. • VIDEO

LADY GAGA’S WORKING OUT FOUR HOURS A DAY FOR SUPER BOWL PERFORMANCE _ Lady Gaga has been so focused on being in shape for her Super Bowl halftime show on February 5 that she’s spending up to four hours a day exercising. According to an inside source, she increased the intensity of her workouts to “get her body in Super Bowl worthy shape.” After her split with Taylor Kinney she lost 25 pounds. An insider claims Lady Gaga believes she could lose a few more pounds.

… According to the report, she is still losing quite a bit of weight due to her low-carb diet and rigorous four hours a day workouts.

MONICA LEWINSKY SAGA IN THE WORKS AS ‘AMERICAN CRIME STORY’ SEASON _ With seasons two and three of the FX anthology American Crime Story already in the works, producer Ryan Murphy is eyeing the franchise’s future beyond that. Murphy has set his sights on exploring the Monica Lewinsky scandal and has optioned author Jeffrey Toobin’s 2000 best-seller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President as source material.

… Sources say that Murphy and producers are fast-tracking the drama and already are meeting with actresses to portray Lewinsky and colleague Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded Lewinsky’s conversations about her alleged affair with then-President Bill Clinton. Lewinsky claimed to have intimate relations with Clinton between November 1995 and March 1997. The scandal and its repercussions included impeachment hearings. Clinton was ultimately acquitted by the Senate, while two other charges of perjury and abuse of power failed in the House.

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Inauguration weekend could see a close battle between M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Vin Diesel’s extreme action extravaganza xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Split is projected to gross $23 million or more. That’s the same range for Xander Cage.

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

… Opening next weekend: A Dog’s Purpose, Gold, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter


AUDIO

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• INAUGURATION: Presidential patriotic music.

• BUSTED: Little girl busted for watching Walking Dead. → January 20 News & Nuggets

• PHONER: Strangest place you fell asleep.


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BITS & BREAKS

WHAT YOUR HANDWRITING SAYS ABOUT YOU

The week of January 21 is National Handwriting Week. Get in touch with handwriting experts Sheila Lowe or Theresa Ortega to look at your scribbles.

Theresa: HandwritingSensei@gmail.com
Sheila: sheila@sheilalowe.com

KNOW THE SNOW

• A rough estimate of the number of snow crystals that fall to Earth per year is about 1 followed by 24 zeros.

• A typical snow crystal weighs roughly one millionth of a gram. This means a cubic foot of snow can contain roughly one billion crystals.

• The number of cubic feet of snow that falls on the planet each year is about 1 followed by 15 zeros (a million billion).

HATE MONDAYS?

Unless you work in Congress where you can vote yourself a day off to watch college football, Mondays are a fact of life. But here are a few things you can try to make Mondays a little less stressful, thanks to Nancy Rosenberg and her book Outwitting Stress…

CLEAN UP YOUR ACT ON FRIDAY — Take five minutes and get rid of all that clutter before you leave for the weekend. Put all those files, papers and supplies back where they belong   that way, a messy desk isn’t the first thing you see Monday morning. Because just looking at clutter can stress you out

MAKE A TO-DO LIST — Before you start your weekend, figure out everything you have to do next week, and assign those projects to specific days. That way, you won’t feel overwhelmed by projects the minute you walk in on Monday

REWARD YOURSELF — Look forward to the beginning of the week by planning a fun in-office activity. Treat yourself to a favorite breakfast, bring in some special coffee to brew in the break room, or make a Monday morning email pact with your friends. At least you’ll know one email in your inbox isn’t an urgent, business-related crisis.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In the NFL, Baltimore has one, as does Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia. New England doesn’t. Neither does Minnesota, Tennessee, or Pittsburgh. What? (Teams named after animals)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in BINGO.

• He’s been played by Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and George Clooney. (Batman)

• A beach destination in Mexico. (Acapulco)

• Another name for a geek or dork. (Nerd)

• A hit medical drama on ABC. (Grey’s Anatomy)

• Where you’ll find sharks and whales. (Ocean)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Motorcyclist crashes into car, ends up sitting on the trunk.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Slow day at the grocery store.

source: unknown

DATEBOOK: JANUARY 23, 2017

This is day 23 of 2017. There are 342 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Rutger Hauer is 73

• Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 69

• Richard Dean Anderson is 67

• Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is 64

• Princess Caroline of Monaco is 60

• Gail O’Grady (American Dreams) is 54

• Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) is 53

• Tiffani Thiessen (Saved by the Bell) is 43

•Tito Ortiz is 42

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1845: Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

• 1849: English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree, from the Medical Institution of Geneva, New York.

• 1985: O.J. Simpson became the first Heisman Trophy winner elected to the Football Hall of Fame.

• 1986: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

• 1997: Madeleine Albright became the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.

• 2002: Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by a group demanding the return of prisoners from the Afghan campaign. He was later murdered.

• 2004: Bob Keeshan, TV’s “Captain Kangaroo,” died at age 76.

• 2005: Former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson died at age 79.

• 2007: A new rule requiring U.S. airline passengers to show a passport upon their return from Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean took effect.

• 2013: The U.S. armed forces overturned a 1994 ban on women serving in combat.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Handwriting Week

• National Handwriting Day

• Measure Your Feet Day

• Pie Day

• Rhubarb Pie Day

UPCOMING

• January 24: Oscar nominations announced

• February 2: Groundhog Day

• February 26: 89th Academy Awards

More holidays