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This is day 334 of 2017. There are 31 days remaining.


• Director Ridley Scott is 80

• Writer/director David Mamet is 70

• Mandy Patinkin (Homeland, Chicago Hope) is 65

• Billy Idol is 62

• Ben Stiller is 52

• Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, Sideways) is 47

• Elisha Cuthbert (24) is 35

• Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) is 32

• Chrissy Teigen is 32


• 1934: The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman became the first to officially exceed 100mph.

• 1940: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz married in Greenwich, Connecticut.

• 1954: In Sylacauga, Alabama, an 8.5 pound sulfide meteorite crashed through a roof and hit Elizabeth Hodges in her living room after bouncing off her radio, giving her a bad bruise. It is the only confirmed case of a human being hit by a space rock.

• 1982: Thriller, Michael Jackson’s sixth studio album, was released. Seven songs from the album would chart inside the top ten.

• 1985: The world’s largest beer mug was unveiled by the Selangor Pewter Company of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 6-foot tankard held 615 gallons.

• 1993: President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill) into law.

• 1997: A 34-year-old man walked into the Bielefeld, Germany, police station and confessed to an armed bank robbery in the town ten years earlier. The man told police he had found God after finding a Bible in the street and wanted to confess.

• 2002: A shoplifter who stuffed a frozen chicken drumstick down his underpants was caught because he couldn’t stop hopping around at a supermarket in Saronno, Italy. A cashier spotted the 25-year-old man “bouncing about and adjusting himself” repeatedly. A security guard held the man for police, with the evidence in his pants.

• 2004: Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings finally lost, leaving him with $2,520,700, television’s all-time biggest game show haul.

• 2007: Leeland Eisenberg entered the campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire, with a device suspected of being a bomb and held three people hostage for 5 hour.

• 2013: Actor Paul Walker died in a single-vehicle collision alongside friend Roger Rodas. Three films that he was involved in at the time were released posthumously: Hours (2013), Brick Mansions (2014) and Furious 7 (2015).


• Computer Security Day

• Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

• Mason Jar Day

• Meth Awareness Day

• Mousse Day


• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


422: Living trees for every human on Earth.


Two American men were arrested in Thailand for posing for butt selfies in front of a holy temple. [What in the world got into Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose?]

Two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants has been benched. [It has to do with his poor game performance. Finally, someone’s career is in trouble for something other than sexual harassment.]

Experts report that the latest North Korean missile flew 10 times higher than the International Space Station and had even power to hit Washington, DC. [In other news, Donald Trump announced plans to spend more time at Mar-a-Lago.]

The top baby boy and girl names of 2017 have been revealed. [Congratulations, Tesla and Pumpkin Spice.]

The latest scientific analysis of purported samples of Yeti DNA from the Himalayas reveals that the famous Abominable Snowman is most likely simply a bear. [With a heck of a publicist.]

American Airlines is trying to fix a computer glitch that gave too many pilots time off over the upcoming Christmas holiday travel period. [It sounds like someone in the IT department must have gotten into the eggnog a little early.]

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are reportedly shopping for a house. [They’re in a bidding war with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.]

New research shows that the arms of prehistoric women were stronger than even those of today’s top rowers. [Any day now I’ll bet the local health club will start replacing spinning and soul cycling with rock busting classes.]

Scientists want to ban glitter because of the danger it presents once it enters the oceans. [The oceans? What about my carpet?]

According to WalletHub, Hawaii is our least charitable state. [I can understand that. I don’t like sharing my Mai Tai either.]


TOP BABY NAMES OF 2017 _ (SEE RELATED IN BITS & BREAKS) Are you pushing a Sophia or Jackson around in your baby stroller? Congratulations, your kid has the hottest baby name of 2017. BabyCenter released its list of the Top 100 Baby Names of 2017 on Wednesday. The parenting and pregnancy website compiled 500,000 names of babies born in 2017 and combined those that sound the same but have different spellings (such as Sophia and Sofia) to create a true measure of popularity.

… GIRLS: Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Ava, Isabella, Mia, Aria, Riley, Zoe, Amelia

… BOYS: Jackson, Liam, Noah, Aiden, Lucas, Caden, Grayson, Mason, Elijah, Logan

… The Social Security Administration will release a more accurate list of top baby names early next year. SSA’s data come from the Social Security forms parents fill out.

VOLVO WILL SELL CAR SUBSCRIPTIONS _ If the car buying, insuring and repairing process is too much of a hassle, Volvo’s got an idea that you might be interested in. At the 2017 L.A. Auto Show on Wednesday, Volvo revealed an entirely new way of owning and operating their vehicles. For $600 a month, the car company will sell customers an XC40 crossover SUV. That number includes not only the cost of the car, tax and delivery, but also insurance (regardless of your age or location) and access to Volvo’s new “concierge” service. All you have to pay for is the gas you use. They’re calling it Care by Volvo.

… It’s a subscription for a car. You’ll still be able to buy or lease Volvos if you prefer.

PIZZA HUT UK ADDED A NEW CHEESE _ After years of serving customers a heavy diet of meat and cheese, companies have started offering plant-based alternatives. Earlier this year McDonald’s rolled out a McVegan in Finland, in addition to their McVeggie in Norway and Le Grande Veggie in France. Taco Bell now offers over 27 different vegan combinations on its menus across the globe.  Pizza Hut Restaurants is the latest to get in on the act. After numerous requests from customers to add a non-dairy cheese to their menu, the UK arm of the company rolled out a test in a handful of stores throughout England. After a strong response from customers, the company announced they will be putting a vegan cheese option on menus nationwide by the end of the week.

JIM BEAM HAS A VOICE-ACTIVATED SHOT DISPENSER _ In the world of mostly-useless voice-activated technology, Jim Beam has finally created something worth having. Their new voice-activated decanter will pour you a shot on command. No bells and whistles, no fancy smart thermostat control or smart TV technology — just an easy-to-use shot of whiskey. The first generation “JIM” device is voiced by seventh generation Master Distiller Fred Noe and is available in limited quantities at for $34.90 while supplies last. • VIDEO

SCIENTISTS CALL FOR BAN ON GLITTER _ Whether you love to add a little sparkle to your skin, or douse your favorite craft piece in the stuff, some scientists are now claiming that glitter is a hazard to the environment. Glitter, along with microbeads, are considered to fall under the category of microplastics, which are defined as plastics which are less than five millimeters in length. Microbeads are often found in facial scrubs, toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics and more. These microbeads pass through water filtration systems after usage but don’t disintegrate, and often end up being consumed by marine life, causing concern among scientists keeping a close eye on how pollution effects fish.

… Researchers think glitter and microbeads should be banned and are becoming more vocal.

STRANGERS SPOT TROUBLED MAN UP ON ROOF AND SHOW SUPPORT _ In Springfield, Missouri, police were called after a man was spotted standing on the edge of a roof. But when officers arrived, they found the man already had a support system on the ground. It all started on a Monday afternoon. Concerned citizens saw the man perched on the edge of a three-story building. No one knew why he had climbed to the roof and was standing there, but he appeared troubled. Judging from his frantic pacing, bystanders knew something was wrong. After the cops were called, a group of strangers gathered closer to the building. None of them knew the man, but the group still treated him as a loved one. They created signs with messages of support, holding them up for him to see. They sang to him, and they did not leave the area for as long as the man stayed up there. Police estimated that lasted for about 15 hours. Finally, they were able to get the man down safely and take him to the hospital.

MYSTERIOUS NOTE FOUND INSIDE JESUS STATUE’S BOTTOM _ Restorers of an 18th century wooden statue of Jesus Christ have reportedly found a note that a priest hid in the Messiah’s rear end. The note dates back to 1777 and is signed by Joaquin Minguez, priest of the cathedral of Burgo de Osma at the time. It discusses popular Spanish pastimes, the local village’s economy, political and religious matters, famous people, and other topics. The legitimacy of the discovery has not yet been confirmed by historians or archaeologists.

… The document was recently unearthed by workers in Spain.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE BEST TIME OF WEEK TO CALL IN SICK + THE BEST EXCUSE _ A market research company (Attest) has come up with the formula for getting a day off work sick. A survey of 1,000 employees revealed their most successful excuses and the time they felt you’ve got the best chance of getting them past the boss. The best time to call in for a sick day is early Tuesday morning. Calling in early my help dispel any suspicions. You clearly didn’t oversleep, so there’s less reason to doubt a big night out or pure laziness. Tuesday’s the best day because, well, if it’s a Monday it just screams “big drunken weekend.”

… The best excuse, according the survey, is “stomach problems.” When you return the work the next day it’s not at all suspicious that you’re feeling near 100% and eating like your old self. If you had “the flu” or “a sinus infection” or “a cold” the boss would expect lingering issues.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOOKER ROBS MAN, RIDES OFF ON BIKE _ Police in Florida say a man filed a complaint that a 300-pound prostitute robbed him of $100 before pedaling away on a blue bicycle.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LOST BRACELET SHOWS UP IN THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS _ In Minnesota a woman was spooning some Thanksgiving leftovers into a pot when she spotted something shiny. Nestled inside the thick, cold green bean casserole was a silver bracelet. The Friday after Thanksgiving the woman discovered she’d lost the piece of jewelry but figured it would turn up — and it did.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OLD GUY FIGHTS OFF ROBBER _ A 72-year-old was working on his outdoor Christmas light display Tuesday afternoon when a man followed him into his suburban home on Long Island, New York, and confronted him with a gun. Demanding cash and jewelry, the robber tore down the old man’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene. But he managed to fight back — and punched so many times the robber ran away.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OLD WOMAN TAKES WRONG TURN _ An elderly woman in Spain went out to do some shopping last week and took a wrong turn, ending up on a four-lane highway. The 80-year-old woman traveled for hours before she found herself 250 miles from home — frightened, exhausted and almost out of fuel. With the help of some good Samaritans along the way, her nightmarish trip ended with a ride home in a police car.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LOW-SPEED LOADER CHASE _ A dozen cops in the UK chased a front-end loader that was carting away a bank money machine. After seven miles the guy behind the wheel finally stopped and was surrounded by the cop cars. And the cash machine was empty the entire time.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LEASH LAW FOR GUINEA PIGS _ A German man was fined over $300 for letting his guinea pig run free in a park which has a law banning dogs without leashes. The man tried to explain the difference between a dog and a guinea pig to the dog warden but it didn’t work.


A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (8p ET, ABC) — The classic animated special.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — New. A seven-year-old video reveals a secret about Leonard and Penny’s relationship.


GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New. Gordon tries to broker a deal with Penguin.

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New. Sam and Dean agree to steal a mysterious trunk belonging to a demon named Barthamus.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:20p ET, NBC) — Washington is in Dallas to take on the Cowboys.

YOUNG SHELDON (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Sheldon goes on a mission to disprove a NASA representative.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION (9p ET, ABC) — Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey host this 2-hour special, that features performances by Fitz and the Tantrums, Lea Michele, Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, 98 Degrees, and the cast of the new Club Mickey Mouse. The event will close with Frozen stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell singing a duet from the upcoming Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. An injury temporarily puts Bonnie in a wheelchair.

THE ORVILLE (9p ET, FOX) — New. The Orville is damaged by a mysterious spatial anomaly..


PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — All of the designers are reunited for the Reunion Special, hosted by Tim Gunn.

LIFE IN PIECES (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Jen and Greg try to potty train Lark before her first day of preschool.

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. SWAT imposters break into homes.


REPORT: MATT LAUER WAS ‘FIXATED ON WOMEN’ _ In a Variety exclusive that follows a two-month investigation, we learn that Matt Lauer was “fixated on women, especially their bodies and looks.” Three women tell Variety they were sexually harassed by Lauer, and their stories were corroborated. A former producer says Lauer kept it “within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.” Several women say they did complain to NBC executives but were ignored.

According to Variety:


• Lauer once gave a sex toy to a colleague as a gift. In an explicit note, he told her he wanted to use it on her.

• He called an employee to his office and exposed his penis to her. He then berated her for refusing to do anything with it.

• Lauer had a button installed under his desk that allowed him to lock his office door. Two women say it “allowed him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him.”

• He asked female producers to name people they’d slept with.

• He sent sexually suggestive text messages to employees.

• He often invited female NBC employees to his hotel room late at night during Olympic coverage.

KATIE COURIC SAID MATT LAUER “PINCHES ME ON THE A** A LOT” _  ( AUDIO)  Shortly after Matt Lauer was fired from Today over complaints of “inappropriate sexual behavior,” an old video of Katie Couric saying Lauer liked to “pinch me on the a** a lot” started circulating throughout the web. The video was from Couric’s 2012 guest appearance on Watch What Happens Live. During the show, host Andy Cohen asked Couric to play “Plead the Fifth” — a frequently played game on the Bravo show in which celebrity guests are asked three questions and can pass on only one. For the final question, Cohen asked Couric about Lauer’s most annoying habit. Couric replied, “He pinches me on the a** a lot.”

DMXMAS: DMX RELEASES RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER _  ( AUDIO)  If you’re in the mood for an entirely different kind of holiday music to put you in the festive spirit, on Wednesday, Spotify released a collection of covers of Christmas classics — like Demi Lovato doing I’ll Be Home for Christmas. But there’s one track that stands out: Rapper DMX’s rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR TRAILER LANDED TUESDAY _ If you thought Captain America: Civil War had a big cast, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. On Tuesday Marvel released the first full-length trailer for The Avengers: Infinity War with the whole crew (now including Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther) taking on an entire army led by the mad titan Thanos (Josh Brolin). • VIDEO

… It’s a story so big that it will continue in 2019’s untitled Avengers 4, which the Marvel bosses have said will be the final chapter for many of the Universe’s main superheroes.

… The Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters on May 4, 2018. Thor: Ragnarok is now playing in theaters. Other upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include: Black Panther on February 16, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019; the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019; the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019; and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD TRAILER: SPACEY OUT, PLUMMER IN _ Director Ridley Scott (who is 80 today, November 30) is not messing around. On Wednesday a brand new full trailer for All the Money in the World was released — with Christopher Plummer replacing fired actor Kevin Spacey. Scott has seemingly defied the odds and managed to quickly alter his already completed film, just in time to keep its established December 22 release date. • VIDEO

DISNEY HAS CAST THE STAR OF ITS MULAN REMAKE _ Disney announced Wednesday that Chinese actor Liu Yifei has been cast to play Mulan in the live-action remake of the studio’s 1998 animated feature. Liu, who is also known as Crystal Liu, is no stranger to martial arts pictures, having been in The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Jet Li. In addition to being an award-winning actor in China, she has also been a brand ambassador for Dior, Pantene, and Garnier.

DAISY RIDLEY PLANS TO BOW OUT OF STAR WARS AFTER EPISODE 9 _ Back in 2005 Daisy Ridley told Rolling Stone that she’d be willing to play the part of Rey forever. Now, she’s reconsidered and is looking forward to “inhabiting” as many characters as possible. When the sequel trilogy is over, Ridley plans for her part in the Star Wars franchise to come to an end. Ridley says in a new interview: “I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out.”

… But never say never. At the beginning of November, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that the Lucasfilm Story Group were working on “future stories beyond Episode 9, with these new characters; Rey, Finn, Poe.” So while Daisy says it’s three and out, you gotta think a solid story and a large paycheck will change her mind.

SUPER FLY REBOOT IN THE WORKS _ Sony Pictures has closed a rights deal to develop a reboot of the blaxploitation classic Super Fly. The 1972 movie starred Ron O’Neal as a coke dealer named Priest. Curtis Mayfield composed the hit soundtrack.

ESPN FIRES 150 _ As has been widely reported for the past few weeks, ESPN has let go 150 employees. The sports network has been making cuts to try to keep up with declining revenue due to lost subscribers. Wednesday’s cuts mark the third major round of layoffs at the company in the past 25 months.

GEOFFREY RUSH DENIES ALLEGATION OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR _ Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has issued a statement denying that he engaged in “inappropriate behavior” during the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of King Lear. Early on Wednesday, Australia’s Daily Telegraph published a statement from the Sydney Theatre Company, which said it “received a complaint alleging that Mr Geoffrey Rush had engaged in inappropriate behavior” and that “The Company received the complaint when Mr Rush’s engagement with the Company had ended.”

… Neither the Sydney Theatre Company nor Rush’s statement through his lawyers detailed the nature of the allegation. Rush’s statement maintains that the complaint was made 21 months ago, and says that Rush “abhors any form of maltreatment of any person in any form.”

DIANA ROSS IS LAUNCHING FRAGRANCE _ What do Diana Ross, Mariah Carey and Paris Hilton all have in common right now? It has nothing to do with music. Ross has some major beauty news, as she has announced that she’s entering the beauty world with a new fragrance, aptly titled Diamond Diana. It’s a “love and music”-inspired scent that launches on HSN on December 5 and will be priced starting at $74.95.

… After launching upwards of 20 fragrances herself, Paris Hilton has dreamt up yet another beauty launch: a “magical” rose face mist, called Unicorn Mist, which is a blend of pure rose extracts and hydrating ingredients to create the product. The only bad news here: you can’t get your hands on the goodness just yet, but you can pre-order it for $29 ahead of its 2018 launch date.

… And Mariah Carey has a brand new beauty endeavor as well. She’s now teaming up with skincare brand Trésor Rare. And while we’re not totally sure what the partnership will entail, we do know that the brand’s products are luxurious, with one face mask boasting a price tag of $1,999.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of November 20-26.

  1. NFL Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at Pittsburgh, NBC, 18.95 million
  2. NFL Thursday Night Football: New York at Washington, NBC, 16.91 million
  3. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 13.32 million
  4. NCIS, CBS, 12.54 million
  5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 12.23 million
  6. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 12.13 million
  7. Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 11.44 million
  8. Young Sheldon, CBS, 11.43 million
  9. NFL Football: Atlanta at Seattle, ESPN, 10.82 million
  10. Dancing With the Stars (Monday), ABC, 10.15 million
  11. The Good Doctor, ABC, 9.97 million
  12. Football Night in America, NBC, 9.9 million
  13. Thursday Night NFL Pre-Game, NBC, 9.54 million
  14. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 9.36 million
  15. This Is Us, NBC 9.34 million
  16. Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 9.2 million
  17. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 9.15 million
  18. Bull, CBS, 8.99 million
  19. The Walking Dead, AMC, 8.28 million
  20. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 8 million


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DMX DOES XMAS: DMX sings Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.mp3

KATIE COURIC: Katie Couric on Watch What Happens Live.  →  November 30 Entertainment

MATT LAUER: Clips from Wednesday morning’s Today show.

PHONER: With Christmas coming, your listeners share some gifts you shouldn’t buy kids.  →  4 real callers




When it comes to giving gifts, in-laws are the worst. I’m not speaking from experience — naturally I LOVE my in-laws. No, a new study (conducted by Vistaprint UK) claims that in-laws are the worst gift-givers, following close behind co-workers, aunts, and sisters.

… In the survey of 2,000 adults, mothers-in-law and fathers-in-law both have a knack for giving terrible gifts. According to the survey, participants have received everything from a broken toilet brush to corny romance novels.

… What are the worst gifts anyone can receive? The survey ranked the list by responses:

  1. Ugly clothes
  2. Toiletry kits
  3. Bath salts/bubble bath
  4. Socks
  5. Slogan t-shirts
  6. Movies you’ve already seen
  7. Candles
  8. Handkerchiefs
  9. A scarf
  10. Soap on a rope


See News & Nuggets for related. This list comes from The Stir.

• Brent reached its peak popularity in the ’70s, coming in at #82 out of the 1,000 most popular baby names in America. Since then, the name has steadily become less and less popular.

• Belinda was THE name of the ’50s and ’60s. While Belinda held on to her popularity well into the ’60s, the name has since been forgotten.

• Caitin (and its various spellings) was the “it” name for decades, but this baby name has been losing steam over the years. Peaking in the ’80s at #87, the name last ranked at #609 in 2015.

• Chad has always had an ’80s preppy vibe. In the 1970s, it was the 30th most popular name in the country and continued to be popular into the ’80s, peaking at #55. These days, there aren’t as many new babies being named Chad.

• Colleen peaked in the ’60s, just squeaking by the top 100 and landing at #96.

• Deanna last ranked on the top baby names list in 2013, where it only reached #911.

• Janice is a modern variant of Jane, meaning “God is gracious.” In the 1940s, the name was all the rage, peaking at #23.

• Kasey, a variant of Cassie or Cassandra, rode a wave of popularity for decades before it slowed down. The name first caught on in the 1970s, and as it traveled from #551 to #243 on the most popular name charts in the ’90s, it was seemingly everywhere. Today the name has fallen off the charts.

• Katrina fell out of favor following the horrific hurricane that swept the gulf coast in 2005.

• Lindsay was truly a name of the ’80s — at one point the name was the 44th most popular in the country. But as of the late 2010s, it has dropped to #846 on the top 1,000 baby names.

• Shannon is a name that works for both boys and girls, though for girls in particular, it seems to have run its course. In the ’70s and ’80s, the name Shannon was everywhere.

• Shaun is the name of a popular Olympic snowboarder — and is derived from the names John and the Irish Seán — but is falling lower and lower on the top names list.

• Sheila was super popular in the ’50s and ’60s but the name is no longer trendy in the States.

• Steve. So many cool men have been named Steve; Steve Carell, Steve McQueen, Steve Jobs. But alas, Steve is no longer the baby boy name staple that it used to be. In 2015, the name ranked at #937, while the full version, Steven, ranked #154 the same year.

• Tara became popular due to its association with the novel Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. It had small blips of popularity in the ’70s (rising to #43) and ’80s (rising to #53), but lost favor in the ’90s and ’00s.

• Todd has unfortunately completely fallen off the baby name map. The name peaked in the ’60s, coming in at #31 of the most popular baby names.


Chalk it up to short attention spans, instantaneous everything and ultra-busy lives, but we just don’t have time to listen any more. Consider that most of us speak about 120 to 180 word per minute and think at four or five times that rate. So our attention wanders, and we only pick up about half of what the other person is saying.

• Listen with your whole self. Block out all other distractions. And show you’re listening with good eye contact, an encouraging nod, and by not tapping your fingers or feet.

• When the conversational ball bounces into your corner, don’t feel you’ve got to hang on to it — bounce it back. A good listener has the ability to make the person speaking feel like the most important person on earth.

• Help draw the other person out by posing brief comments or questions that show you’re really listening.

• Develop a sensitivity for what is left unsaid in most messages — the inner thoughts that words often hide. Even with those we love most, it’s easy to hear only the words and miss the real message.

• Listen without being judgmental. By handing down judgments instead of listening, we’re effectively cutting off all lines of communication.


TRIVIA: In a poll of expectant moms, what food ranked as the most-craved? (Nachos)


In this one, two listeners go head-to-head just like on the TV show. Ask a question and let one listener (maybe the first to call in) give their answer. If they match the #1 survey response (“Survey Says…”) they win a point and get first crack at the next question. If they miss the #1 survey response the other caller gets first shot at the next question.

• Name the age when a man might start to lose a lot of hair. (30)

• Name something they ask you to do in church. (Pray)

• Name something Santa would have to do to join the Witness Protection Program. (Shave)

• Name something a woman might leave behind after she spends the night at a man’s house. (Earrings)

• Name a way someone might ruin their smartphone. (Get it wet)


Climber Brian Koralewski sustained leg injuries after a huge, blocky chunk of rock suddenly broke off and fell on him. He was able to hike out.




This is day 335 of 2017. There are 30 days remaining.


• Woody Allen is 82

• Bette Midler is 72

• Treat Williams (Everwood) is 66

• Author Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City) is 59

• Sarah Silverman is 47

• Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) is 46

• Janelle Monae is 32

• Zoe Kravitz (Insurgent, Divergent) is 29


• 1885: Although the exact date is unknown, the U.S. Patent Office acknowledged December 1st, 1885 as the first day Dr. Pepper was served.

• 1913: Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line.

• 1982: At the University of Utah, Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.

• 1990: British and French workers met under the English channel, dug a hole large enough to walk through, and shook hands, linking their nations with the Channel Tunnel.

• 1992: In New York Amy Fisher was sentenced to 5-to-15 years in prison for shooting and wounding Mary Ann Buttafuoco. Within a year there were three TV movies about the case.

• 1998: Exxon announced a $73.7 billion deal to buy Mobil, creating Exxon-Mobil, the largest company on the planet.

• 1998: Cuba declared Santa Claus and nativity scenes could return to the island nation, 30 years after Christmas was abolished as a public holiday.

• 2004: Tom Brokaw anchored his last broadcast of NBC Nightly News.

• 2001: A Florida man wanted by police for drug possession was arrested when his 15-month-old son accidentally dialed 911. Jacksonville police responded to the call, heard the child crying, and kicked in the door. The toddler’s father later said he saw police at the door but was afraid to answer.

• 2003: A pair of National Guard soldiers were married among the plastic smiling snowmen, lighted reindeer and holiday poinsettias of the Iowa Walmart store where they worked, met and fell in love. Brett Hamilton and Erin Sapp were married just days after the bride-to-be received orders signaling a likely deployment to the Middle East.

• 2012: In ceremonies held at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, was officially inactivated after a 51-year U.S. Naval career.


• National Salesperson’s Day

• Rosa Parks Day

• Antartica Day

• Basketball Day

• World Aids Day


• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52



• Dan Butler is 63. Brendan Coyle is 54. Lucy Liu is 49. Rena Sofer is 49. Monica Seles is 44. Nelly Furtado is 39. Britney Spears is 36. Country singer Jana Kramer is 34. Charlie Puth is 26.

• Bartender Appreciation Day. Earmuff Day. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day. National Mutt Day. Special Education Day.


• Ozzy Osbourne is 69. Mickey Thomas is 68. Daryl Hannah is 57. Julianne Moore is 57. Katarina Witt is 52. Brendan Fraser is 49. Anna Chlumsky is 37. Dascha Polanco is 35. Amanda Seyfried is 32. Jake T. Austin is 23.

• International Day of Persons With Disabilities. Make A Gift Day. Peppermint Latte Day.