This is day 26 of 2017. There are 339 days remaining.
• Scott Glenn is 78
• Lucinda Williams is 64
• Eddie Van Halen is 62
• Ellen DeGeneres is 59
• Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) is 54
• Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect) is 39
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1802: Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.
• 1875: The dental drill was patented by George F. Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
• 1920: Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launched the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.
• 1979: The Dukes of Hazzard premiered. The show ran for seven seasons.
• 1998: President Bill Clinton denied having an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, telling reporters, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
• 2006: Western Union discontinued use of its telegram service.
• 2009: A Japanese toy maker (Gamu-Toys) released action figures of Barack Obama wielding a samurai sword and a Star Wars lightsaber.
• Clashing Clothes Day
• Peanut Brittle Day
• Spouses Day
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 26: 89th Academy Awards
2.1 billion: Dollars per year it will cost to maintain the wall Donald Trump plans to build along the entire Mexican border.
Usain Bolt has to return one of his gold medals after a teammate on his relay team was found to have been doping. [If Usain Bolt is on your team, why in the world do you need to cheat? That’s like having Superman on your team in a street fight but deciding that you better bring a brick just in case.]
A 10-year-old boy in Ohio is charged with fleeing the police after he stole his parents’ vehicle and led police on an 11-mile chase. He said he took the vehicle in order to go to the store for soda. [His lawyer is asking that he be placed in rehab for high fructose corn syrup.]
The latest satellite in orbit is sending home some astonishing photos in startling detail. [Even though it’s 22,300 miles above the earth’s surface it has absolutely no problem finding the outline of Donald Trump’s toupee.]
The Chicago man who hacked nude photos of celebrities has been sentenced to nine months. [Without clothes.]
To lessen wage discrimination Philadelphia has banned employers from asking potential hires for their salary history. [I wish that same rule applied on first dates.]
Walmart is going to begin selling cars. [I can’t wait to see the size of that shopping cart.]
A Virginia zoo was searching for its missing red panda. [She wasn’t in her pen, and she wasn’t answering her cellphone.]
Are you familiar with Amazon’s voice assist device called Echo? You can wake up the device by calling out, “Echo” or “Alexa,” which is the name of the device’s artificial intelligence service. But now Amazon has expanded the list of words that will wake up the device. [I’ll bet that list still doesn’t include the same words my mom used to use to wake me up.]
President Trump is moving forward with his plan to build a wall. [Which explains why the stock price of Legos has gone through the roof.]
U.S. IS NO LONGER A FULL DEMOCRACY _ From the first day we set foot in a classroom we’re taught that the U.S. is the greatest democracy on the planet. But apparently we’ve been taken down a notch. According to the most recent Democracy Index the U.S. has been downgraded from a “full democracy” to a “flawed democracy” because of a further erosion of trust in government and elected officials.
… Almost one-half of the world’s countries can be considered to be democracies of some sort, but the number of “full democracies” has now declined from 20 to 19.
… The report is the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ninth annual Democracy Index, which looks at the state of governments across the world.
GERMANY IS SCRAPPING LAW THAT BANS INSULTING FOREIGN LEADERS _ Germany is scrapping a controversial law that makes it a criminal offense to insult foreign heads of state. Germany’s Justice Minister said the law “dates back to a long-gone era, it no longer belongs in our criminal law.”
A BAD LIP READING TACKLES INAUGURATION DAY _ The gang at A Bad Lip Reading have delivered one of Donald Trump’s inauguration. • VIDEO
WEBSITE SLAMMED FOR RATING AIRLINES BY BEAUTY OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS _ A travel website has been accused of objectifying women after publishing a survey that rated airlines on the beauty of their flight attendants. Trippy.com reportedly took the photos of 50 women from various airlines off LinkedIn to create a composite image to represent each company. It then asked 2000 people to rate the employees’ physical experience on a scale of 1-10.
… The post by Trippy, which has since been removed, began with “Cramped seats and fewer free snacks usually make air travel a real drag, so it’s always nice to have a friendly face to connect with during this moment of suffering”.
GOOGLE HAS BANNED 200 PUBLISHERS OF FAKE NEWS _ Google kicked 200 publishers off one of its ad networks recently, partly in response to the proliferation of fake news sites. The company banned the publishers from its advertising (AdSense) network that automatically serves text and display ads on participating sites based on its audience. Google regularly weeds out advertisers for false or misleading claims, but impersonating news sites became an addition following the rapid rise of fake news during the recent election.
YOUR SIBLINGS LIKE YOUR PET MORE THAN THEY LIKE YOU _ According to a new study (University of Cambridge) children get more satisfaction from the relationships they have with their pets than with their brothers and sisters. The research also found that many children get along with their pets better than their siblings. While not the best news for moms and dads with multiple kids, the study does seem to speak to the importance an animal can play in childhood development, helping kids foster social skills and emotional maturity.
JAPANESE GYM LETS YOU WORK OUT WITH A CUTE MAID _ Maid cafes have been a big part of Japanese pop culture for a while and the maid phenomenon is transitioning into other areas as well. For example, a new gym in Tokyo offers customers the chance to work out while assisted by beautiful trainers wearing maid costumes.
DADDY-DAUGHTER DUET CAPTURES HEARTS OF 90 MILLION VIEWERS _ Dave Crosby and his daughter Claire, age 4, teamed up to perform a heartwarming rendition of Randy Newman’s You’ve Got a Friend in Me that has been viewed over 90 million times on Facebook. Dave says the family loves music and that Claire “just feels something when she sings…” Dave posts videos of his daughter singing on his YouTube channel, Claire and the Crosbys, where they have a large following. But the father never expected the You’ve Got a Friend in Me spot to reach so many people. • VIDEO
POSTMATES’ LATEST SERVICE BRINGS YOU ALCOHOL IN 25 MINUTES OR LESS _ It sucks to run out of alcohol at times you really need a drink. And heading to the closest liquor store or beer shop can be a headache when you have friends over. Thanks to a new option from Postmates, that frustration could be a thing of the past. The restaurant and store delivery service will now bring you alcohol in 25 minutes or less. For now, the new service is only available in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
… A 50-minute training session with a maid trainer will cost almost $70.
MOM HOPING TO TAKE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR LONGEST LEGS _ A mother of two is hoping to smash the current record for the longest legs in the world. Former model Caroline Arthur has legs measuring a whopping 51½ inches from hip to heel.
… But the 39-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, has competition — and may come up short. The current Guinness World Record holder is Russia’s Svetlana Pankratova, who has legs that are 51.9 inches long. Caroline thinks because it’s so close she wants to get an official measurement from Guinness. • IMAGE
MARILYN MONROE STAMPS USED PIC OF DRAG IMPERSONATOR _ A New York artist has threatened to sue an African nation over a commemorative Marilyn Monroe stamp. The Central African Republic has stamps featuring a range of famous people including the late Hollywood icon. But New York artist Jimmy James was shocked to discover one of the stamps, issued in 2014, is actually based on a famous picture of him impersonating Marilyn. He’s threatening legal action if he is not compensated. • IMAGE
TRY ROACHES FOR AN UNUSUAL VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT _ The Bronx Zoo is offering people the chance to name one of its Madagascar hissing cockroaches in honor of someone for Valentine’s Day. The zoo in New York City started offering the name-a-roach program in 2011 as a fun way to fundraise. For $10, recipients get an emailed certificate telling them one of the insects from the world’s largest roach species has been named for them. This year, the zoo is also offering to send along chocolates or a Madagascar cockroach plush toy for higher donations.
MCDONALD’S TO GIVE AWAY 10,000 BOTTLES OF SPECIAL SAUCE _ To get you come into McDonald’s and buy new versions of its Big Mac, the chain is giving away 10,000 bottles of its trademark special sauce for people to use at home. The promotion is to celebrate the introduction of the Mac Jr. and the Grand Mac, two different-sized variations of the classic sandwich. The bottles will be available today (Thursday) at a limited number of participating locations. • INFO
WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO _ One year ago, the (YOUR SHOW) was talking about WHAT’S GROWING INSIDE YOUR PILLOW _ A study (University of Manchester) analyzed the microbial contents of 10 household pillows, ages ranging from 18 months to 20 years. Researchers found more than a million spores and up to 16 species of fungi, including bread and shower molds, in each pillow. Fascinating fact: 20 gallons of one person’s sweat is soaked up by bedding each year.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PIGEON TAKES OUT DRONE _ A drone operator taking video over Slovakia ended up losing the aircraft when a pigeon crashed into it and knocked it off balance.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER TOLD POLICE HE WAS SPEEDING BECAUSE WIND _ An emergency, needing the toilet, and not seeing the sign are all common excuses people give for breaking the speed limit. But this one? We’ve not heard this one before. A driver in Australia told police it was the wind’s fault after he was caught allegedly speeding almost 10 miles per hour over the limit.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CARJACKERS DROP 10-YEAR-OLD AT SCHOOL _ A 10-year-old Chicago boy was in a car as it was carjacked. The carjackers didn’t know the kid was in the back seat when then stole the car, which had been left running while it was parked. Once the suspects discovered the boy was in the car they dropped him off at his school and told him to have a good day.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBERY SUSPECT LOSES HIS PANTS _ Police in Louisiana caught a 16-year-old robbery suspect who had eluded them on several previous occasions. An officer spotted the teen standing on a street corner and called for backup. The officers converged on the suspect from different directions. He started to run but was caught when his low-riding pants fell down.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WITH 95 LICENSE SUSPENSIONS ARRESTED _ Police on Long Island, New York, arrested a man who has had his driver’s license suspended nearly 100 times. The 47-year-old has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN OWES MORE THAN $50,000 IN TOLLS, FEES _ New Jersey transit police arrested a New Jersey woman who owes more than $50,000 in unpaid tolls and fees.
THE PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN (7p ET, ESPN) — This special will feature AFC and NFC All-Stars in unique competitions, including a dodgeball game, a precision passing contest, and an activity involving drones.
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New.
SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — Two repeats.
HELL’S KITCHEN (8p ET, FOX) — New. VIP guests include Tara Reid (Sharknado), pro baseball player Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Letscher (The Carrie Diaries) and TV personality Taylor Ann Hasselhoff.
SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New. Sam and Dean must find a way to escape from a government-run detention facility.
MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat
MARY TYLER MOORE: LOVE IS ALL AROUND (9p ET, CBS) — Hosted by Gayle King, this hourlong special will pay tribute to longtime network star Mary Tyler Moore.
CHICAGO MED (9p ET, NBC) — Repeat
SEASON PREMIERE: SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — The Season 6 premiere skips ahead to the dramatic events of election night. Last season ended with the Presidential candidates naming their running mates.
MY KITCHEN RULES (9p ET, FOX) — New. Andrew Dice Clay and Valerie Silverstein’s turn to host falls into chaos.
SERIES PREMIERE: RIVERDALE (9p ET, CW) — This new drama is a dark take on the Archie Comics characters, and was developed and written by Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguire-Sacasa. The cast includes Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210), Madchen Amick (Twin Peaks), Skeet Ulrich (Scream) and Molly Ringwald.
TOP CHEF (9p ET, Bravo) — New. Previous winner Michael Voltaggio gives the remaining chefs a blindfolded taste test.
NASHVILLE (9p ET, CMT) — New. Scarlett fights with the music video director.
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. The D.A.’s office continues to build a case against Annalise for arson and murder.
THE BLACKLIST (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat
SEASON FINALE: PURE GENIUS (10p ET, CBS) — In the (likely series) finale, Angie tries to target her mother’s illness using a radical technology.
LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike) — New. Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black) goes up against Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil).
MARY TYLER MOORE DEAD AT 80 _ ( AUDIO) Mary Tyler Moore passed away Wednesday at the age of 80. She died in the company of friends and her husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. Moore had reportedly been on a respirator for more than a week before her death. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was just 33 and in 2011 she underwent elective surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. In 2014 friends reported that she had heart and kidney problems and was nearly blind.
… Moore was a six-time Emmy winner who brought laughs to the public for years, first as part of The Dick Van Dyke Show and then on her own Mary Tyler Moore Show, followed by notable film roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Ordinary People, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She also received a special Tony Award for her performance in Whose Life Is It Anyway? on Broadway.
CBS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MARY TYLER MOORE WITH SPECIAL _ CBS is paying tribute to longtime network star Mary Tyler Moore. The network on Wednesday announced that an hourlong special, Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around, will air tonight (Thursday, 9p ET). The special will be anchored by CBS This Morning’s Gayle King.
JOSH GAD GRILLS DAISY RIDLEY ABOUT THE LAST JEDI _ ( AUDIO) Josh Gad is an actor, comedian and singer best known for voicing Olaf in Frozen. On the set of the upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express, the actor invited co-star Daisy Ridley to his trailer to work on a scene. But that’s not the real reason he invited her to his trailer. Gad wanted to know who are The Last Jedi? The Last Jedi is the newly announced title of Star Wars Episode 8 and Ridley is someone who has an intimate knowledge of that, being that movie’s star. Does the title refer to Rey? Luke? Both of them? Jedi can be plural or singular. Gad asked and Ridley was having none of it. He recorded their conversation on video and shared it with all of us. • VIDEO
FEMALE-DRIVEN WHAT ABOUT BOB? PICKED UP TO PILOT AT NBC _ NBC is going forward with a TV reboot of the 1991 movie What About Bob? The female-focused take on the Bill Murray-Richard Dreyfuss film will be called What About Barb? The sitcom revolves around a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.
… The original movie starred Bill Murray as Bob Wiley, a good-natured and divorced man who seeks therapy from Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss), a New York psychoanalytical psychiatrist with an ego.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND HER MAN ARE ENDING THEIR MARRIAGE _ Another Hollywood love story has come to an end. Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac have split after two years of marriage. The former couple shares one child together, a daughter named Rose, born shortly before Scarlett and Romain tied the knot in 2014. A source says the two have been separated since summer.
… In 2008 Scarlett married Ryan Reynolds. Two years later they announced their separation.
THE CROWN: MATTHEW GOODE JOINS SEASON 2 _ Downton Abbey alum Matthew Goode has been signed to play another back-in-the-day Brit, this time Antony Armstrong-Jones in Season 2 of Netflix’s The Crown. Armstrong-Jones, who died earlier this year at age 86, was a photographer of England’s elite and was married to Princess Margaret (played by Vanessa Kirby on The Crown) for nearly 20 years beginning in 1960. The couple had two children and divorced in 1978.
BRENT MUSBURGER IS LEAVING ESPN _ Brent Musburger will call his final game for ESPN this month.
DEBRA MESSING THREATENED BY DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTER _ Debra Messing was threatened with “genital mutilation” by an apparent Donald Trump supporter. After President Trump signed executive actions on the border wall and immigration on Wednesday, a peaceful protest was started in New York’s Washington Square Park to oppose the orders. The goal of the non-violent rally is to show support for Muslims and other groups. Before the event kicked off, Messing tweeted, “#SolidaritySelfie I join the Virtual March in solidarity with Muslims and Immigrants. #NoBanNoWall.” The tweet was “liked” by Twitter users more than 1,000 times. A Trump supporter threatened her.
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• MARY TYLER MOORE: Show theme (short)
• DAISY RIDLEY GRILLED: Josh Gad grills Daisy Ridley about The Last Jedi. → January 26 Entertainment
• ANNOYING SOUND: Dumb and Dumber: Most annoying sound in the world → January 25 News & Nuggets
• ALEXA: Alexa, tell me a Donald Trump joke. → January 24 News & Nuggets
More prep in the Facebook Group.
LOOSE LIPS SINK RESUMES
It’s hard enough to figure out what you should say in an interview, but knowing which details to avoid discussing with a potential employer can mean the difference between landing that new job and going back to square one in your job hunt. Skip these subjects:
Complaints About Previous Employers – No matter how much you disliked your previous employers stop yourself from badmouthing them at all costs. The reason? The potential employer will look at you and say, “That person will feel the same way about my company five years from now.”
Childcare Issues – At first blush, few subjects seem as wholesome and relatable as talking about one’s children, but job candidates should be careful about discussing particular child care issues, regular doctor appointments, etc. Even less serious conversations about your children could come back to haunt you after the interview if they belie the possibility that you’ll have too many outside obligations competing with work. It’s fine to mention your children, but talking about how you coach their soccer team or want to be president of the PTA would all be a distraction from work.
Financial Problems – No matter how sympathetic the person conducting the interview may seem, applicants should avoid talking about credit issues, foreclosures and any other financial problems that may make you seem like a riskier candidate.
Your Age – It might seem like an odd fact to conceal, but there have been plenty of lawsuits in recent years alleging that workers were discriminated against based on their age. Indeed, this can cut both ways as some employers may have an unspoken bias against workers who are seen as too young (inexperienced), or workers who are seen as too old (costly, with outdated skills).
Questionable Hobbies – At a certain point in the interview, you may be asked to open up about some of your hobbies, but think twice before you answer. Your love of Scrabble may be harmless enough, but your love of hunting may not be. Even more commonplace activities like drinking with friends or playing video games could potentially give off the wrong impression to an employer. So if asked, it’s generally a safer bet to focus on some of your plainer hobbies, even if it seems a little more boring.
TRIVIA: One in five adults say they never eat what? (Fruit)
TRIVIA: The average health nut eats 450 of these a year. (Carrot sticks)
ANSWER WRONG AND WIN
I’ll ask you a few questions… get them all wrong and you win. (Example: Who was the maid on The Brady Bunch? Yes, it was Mohammad Ali.)
• Name a city with an NFL team.
• Name something you’d put in a toaster.
• What is Starbuck’s famous for?
• What date is typically tax deadline day?
• What does Coors make?
End of the road.
This is day 27 of 2017. There are 338 days remaining.
• James Cromwell is 77
• Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 73
• Mimi Rogers is 61
• Patton Oswalt is 48
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1756: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.
• 1880: Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.
• 1963: The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced.
• 1977: The Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests.
• 1981: President Ronald Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House.
• 1998: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC’s Today show, said that allegations against her husband were the work of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
• 2002: In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush described “regimes that sponsor terror” as an Axis of Evil, in which he included Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
• 2010: New York City’s Transit Authority said it would investigate a video posted on YouTube that appeared to show a man on a subway kissing and cuddling a live chicken.
• Fun at Work Day
• Holocaust Memorial Day
• Pre-school Fitness Day
• Thomas Crapper Day
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 26: 89th Academy Awards
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
• Alan Alda is 81. Sarah McLachlan is 49. Kathryn Morris is 48. Mo Rocca is 48. Joey Fatone of ‘N Sync is 40. Rosamund Pike is 38. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is 37. Elijah Wood is 36. Ariel Winter is 19.
• Kazoo Day. Seed Swap Day. Rubber Duckie Day. Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
• Tom Selleck is 72. Ann Jillian is 67. Oprah Winfrey is 63. Nicholas Turturro is 55. Sam Trammell is 48. Heather Graham is 47. Sara Gilbert is 42. Andrew Keegan is 38. Adam Lambert is 35. Country singer Eric Paslay is 34.
• Puzzle Day. Seeing Eye Dog Day.