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This is day 340 of 2017. There are 25 days remaining.


• JoBeth Williams is 69

• Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is 65

• Tom Hulce is 64

• Steven Wright is 62

• New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is 60

• Janine Turner (Cliffhanger, Northern Exposure) is 55

• Director Judd Apatow is 50

• 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is 25


• 1768: The first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was published.

• 1877: The Washington Post newspaper was first published.

• 1884: The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. was completed.

• 1897: London became the world’s first city to have motorized taxi cabs.

• 1947: The Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated.

• 1995: Vegetarian Linda McCartney, the wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, paid $4,600 at a London charity auction to save a prize turkey from the dinner table. Traditionally, the champion bird was purchased and served by a restaurant.

• 2000: A Kazakh man who was electrocuted and buried shocked friends and family by showing up for his own funeral feast. After two days in a shallow grave, the man regained consciousness and rose naked from the ground. Reportedly, he had difficulty flagging down a car to take him home.

• 2002: Actress Winona Ryder was sentenced to community service for stealing more than $5,500 in merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, California.

• 2006: NASA revealed photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.

• 2012: A 243 million year old Nyasasaurus fossil was discovered in Tanzania.


• National Miners Day. In appreciation, honor and remembrance of the accomplishments and sacrifices of miners.

• Saint Nicholas Day

• Pawnbrokers Day

• Microwave Oven Day


• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year announced
• 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


41,000: Redbox kiosks across America.


Russia has been banned from the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. [But they plan to hack the results to make it look like they won all the gold medals.]

Congressman John Conyers says he’s retiring after yet another accusation of groping. The latest came from a woman who said the congressman groped her in church. [No wonder he’s retiring. His career didn’t have a prayer.]

A skydiving Santa in Florida crashed into a tree and a light pole before hitting the beach. He broke his leg. [And his bottle of eggnog.]

World leaders are upset that Donald Trump is planning to upset world diplomacy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel rather than Tel Aviv. [Even Kim Jong-Un is shaking his head.]

Weight Watchers is adding over 200 new items to its list of foods that you can eat without any calorie guilt. [Oh, I never get stuck with guilt — just pounds.]

McDonald’s is going to introduce a new revamped Dollar Menu. [Order any Dollar Menu item after 6PM and napkins are free.]

Starbucks is opening a 30,000-square foot café in Shanghai. [“Coffee? I thought I was standing in line for the train station.”]

Pizza Hut will now deliver cold beer and wine. [So between cold beer, pizza and Netflix is there really a reason to leave the house other than death?]

The video of the naked arrest in 2012 of Randy Travis has been made public. [That’s one of the few drawbacks of officers equipped with bodycams.]

Massachusetts has become the first state to be hit heavily this year by the flu. [Finally, teams have a chance of beating the Patriots.]


TIME’S PERSON OF THE YEAR _ Time will announce its Person of the Year this morning (Wednesday).

LOCAL SMOKE-FREE LAWS TIED TO FEWER LUNG CANCER CASES _ Researchers say communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws have lower lung cancer rates than those with no smoke-free laws. The new study was conducted in Kentucky, which has one of the highest lung cancer rates in the United States. University of Kentucky researchers examined 20 years of data on new lung cancer cases among state residents aged 50 and older. The lung cancer rate was 8 percent lower in communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws than in communities without smoke-free laws.

STUDENT IS WEARING XMAS TREE COSTUME UNTIL END OF SEMESTER _ College student Kelsey Hall told her Twitter followers that if she got at least 1,000 retweets, she’d wear a Christmas tree costume to class for the rest of the semester. Can you guess what happened? The University of Alabama student’s social post got more than enough attention — somewhere around 20,000 retweets. And so, till Christmas break, Kelsey will be dressed as a Christmas tree. • IMAGE

WOMEN ARE NATURALLY FITTER THAN MEN _ A study says women are naturally fitter than men — and it’s all down to processing oxygen efficiently. Females process oxygen 30 percent more efficiently than their male counterparts. Quick oxygen uptake is a measure of fitness and associated with a reduced risk of muscle fatigue.

PIZZA HUT TO TEST WINE AND BEER DELIVERY _ Pizza and a buzz in 30 minutes or less. Pizza Hut is testing home alcohol delivery in Phoenix. The delivery options include six-packs of Budweiser and Bud Light, Shocktop and local Arizona-based craft brewer Four Peaks beers. The packs will cost a flat rate of $10.99. The company is still deciding on the details on wine delivery, which will begin in January. The pizza chain began selling alcohol in its sit-down restaurants across the country in 2016.

… Taco Bell also recently introduced beer, alcohol and frozen mixed drinks with tequila, rum, vodka and whiskey, but only KFC chains in Tokyo and Australia have sold beer with their chicken in recent years.

6-YEAR-OLD NAMED “MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD” _ 2017 will go down as the year gropers dominated the news. So it’s no surprise that a number of Internet news sources are sharing the story out of Russia about the “most beautiful girl in the world”. It would be fine if this “girl” were 18 or 19 — but the girl is 6. No doubt the little Russian girl is cute, but this year especially stories like this give most of us the creeps. • IMAGE

MOST POPULAR BREWERY AND BEER IN EACH STATE _ Need a winter date idea that doesn’t suck? Try hitting up a local brewery. Someone crunched some Google data on and came up with the most-searched breweries and beer style in each state. • 3 IMAGES

TACO BELL INTRODUCES NEW FRIES-STUFFED BURRITO _ Taco Bell is no stranger to combining all kinds of weird things. Kit-Kat quesadillas, egg wrapped tacos… and now fries-stuffed burritos. The Loaded Fries Burrito will come in three varieties: a “Supreme” version that’s made with ground beef, fries, tomatoes, nacho cheese, and sour cream; a “California” version that features all the same ingredients plus guacamole; and a “Chipotle” version that’s made with spicy chipotle sauce.

EMPLOYEES SMASH CHUCK E. CHEESE’S HEAD _ Chuck E. Cheese is ushering in a new era of violent entertainment. In August, Chuck E. Cheese’s announced they would be getting rid of the animatronic band that had been part of the restaurant and arcade for decades. The popular children’s entertainment chain is in the process of phasing out the legendary robotic rockers in exchange for more “realism and special effects” that kids have come to expect. And what happens to the famed fake musicians? They get beat with sledgehammers. In a video taken at an Illinois Chuck E. Cheese’s location that was closing, employees were recorded taking turns smashing the beloved icon’s big smiling head in with a sledgehammer. • VIDEO

EATING ALMONDS WITH CHOCOLATE MAY LOWER CHOLESTEROL _ Overweight and obese people who eat almonds and chocolate every day may have lower cholesterol than their counterparts who don’t consume these foods. For the study, researchers tested cholesterol levels in 31 overweight and obese people. For four weeks, all of them followed a typical American diet. Every day for another four weeks, they all added almost one-third of a cup of almonds to the typical diet. In another four-week period, participants added almost one-quarter cup of dark chocolate and about 2½ tablespoons of cocoa powder per day. Everyone also had a four-week period of adding both the nuts and the dark chocolate with cocoa to their diet. Adding just the almonds was good for the study participants. Combining almonds with dark chocolate and cocoa was also good.

BALLET-INSPIRED MEN’S FITNESS CLASSES LURES MEN WITH BEER _A ballet class in New Zealand (Christchurch) is attracting men with beer. On Pointe Studio started the class as a Father’s Day promotion that’s now gone on for months. The hour-long class combines elements of yoga, pilates and barre and uses small weights to work smaller muscle groups. It has the same format and flow as the studio’s women’s classes, but is a little easier. And offers a beer at the end.

BIKINI BARISTAS CAN STAY _ A federal judge granted bikini baristas a preliminary injunction, temporarily preventing the city of Everett, Washington from enforcing its ban on bikini barista stands. In August, Everett’s city council unanimously passed two ordinances that required baristas to cover “minimum body areas,” effectively banning the scantily clad coffee stands. As a result of the ordinances, seven bikini baristas and the owner of a chain of coffee stands called “Hillbilly Hotties” sued the city. In their lawsuit, the baristas argue that the ban passed by the city of Everett denies bikini-stand employees the ability to communicate through their attire, and is vague, confusing and unlawfully targets women.

… The judge issued an order Tuesday that found the baristas were likely to succeed on the merits of their case as the bans were likely to be considered vague and in violation of the constitution’s equal protection clause. The judge also found that the ban likely violates the First Amendment. The injunction only temporary prevents the enforcement of the law as the case continues its way through the federal court system.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: BEER GRANOLA BARS _ Now there’s a better drunk food than pizza. A company in San Francisco called Regrained is selling beer granola bars. Sadly, they don’t actually contain alcohol. Because only 10 percent of the ingredients used to make beer make it to the final product, Regrained sought out a way to repurpose those leftovers. With the slogan “Eat Beer,” the company turns the scraps of grain left over from the beer-making process — along with ingredients like organic honey, puffed quinoa, chocolate and sea salt — into tasty snack bars.

… The bars are available in two flavors: Chocolate Coffee Stout and Honey Almond IPA.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLOWER POT HELPS CAR THIEF _ A thief in Germany used a flower pot to steal a sports car. Reversing out of his open garage, the car’s owner heard a scraping noise and got out of the car to investigate. As the man was bending down to remove a flower pot jammed against a tire, a man pushed him aside, leaped behind the wheel and drove off. Police say all the shocked man could do was jump to one side to avoid being run over.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN TRIES BANK ROBBERY DRIVE-THROUGH _ A Florida woman was arrested after attempting a bank robbery. She slipped a note into the tube at the drive-through and waited for a response from the teller. The teller was able to inform the manager, who called 911. Oh, and because the bank is just down the road from the police station, three officers arrived in less than a minute.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 911-1 CALL BRINGS POLICE _ A woman in Canada accidentally called police because her son told her dialing an extra one after 911 would connect her with a taped message explaining whether police officers were tapping her phones. The woman hung up as soon as she realized she had actually reached the police. However, officers, concerned there might be an emergency at the house, quickly showed up at her door. Inside the home police discovered a reasonably sized marijuana growing operation.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KFC ROBBER SHOULDA HAD A PLAN _ A 19-year-old man chose to rob the same Pennsylvania KFC where he was working. He didn’t wear a mask, or hide his face in any way. He also didn’t get any money. The safe he tried to force his boss to open was time-locked — a detail he should have known from his two years as a cook there.


THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Adam and Barry write a song called Dads Just Don’t Care.


EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — New. Diana DuBois’ master scheme unfolds.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New. Jughead learns that F.P. is getting released from prison.

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. JJ gets two tickets to the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Phil takes a solo camping trip in the wild to boost his confidence.

SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team must rescue a Russian scientist and his wife and bring them across the Afghanistan border.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — New. The cops get tangled in an elaborate online hoax.

STAR (9p ET, FOX) — New. A radio interview doesn’t go as planned.

DYNASTY (9p CW) — New

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Greg and Katie are ecstatic to meet new friends that don’t have kids.

CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Two members of a conspiracy group in Roswell, New Mexico die in quick succession. Series star Joe Mantegna directed this episode.

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. Hannah and Damian chase down leads to exonerate the first lady.

CHICAGO P.D. (10P ET, NBC) — New. Voight discovers who’s been leaking information from the 21st.

CROSSROADS (10p ET, CMT) — Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show share the stage in this new episode.

KNIGHTFALL (10p ET, History Channel) — This new historical drama series follows the Knights Templar, the famed Christian warriors who protected Christianity’s most precious relics, including the Holy Grail. After the fall of the Templar’s last stronghold in the Holy Land, the Grail is lost. Years later, a clue emerges to the whereabouts of the Grail and sends the Templars on a life or death mission to find it. Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), Sam Hazeldine (Peaky Blinders), and Simon Merrells (Spartacus) star.

SERIES PREMIERE: HAPPY (10p ET, Syfy) — This new series, based on a graphic novel of the same name, stars Christopher Meloni as a drunk, corrupt, ex-cop/now hitman. After a hit gone wrong, his life is changed forever by a tiny, super-positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt).


NETFLIX FIRES DANNY MASTERSON MONTHS AFTER RAPE ALLEGATIONS WENT PUBLIC _ Danny Masterson is done at Netflix. The actor, who is facing multiple allegations of rape, has been fired from the streaming giant’s scripted comedy The Ranch. In a statement released Tuesday Netflix said: “As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. [Monday] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.” Masterson will still appear in the second half of season two, due December 15, and could return for parts of the previously announced third season as the streaming giant writes him out of the Ashton Kutcher comedy. It’s unclear if another actor will be brought in to make up for the void.

TOP GOSSIP EDITOR ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT _ The Associated Press reports the top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other major gossip publications openly described his sexual partners in the newsroom, discussed female employees’ sex lives and forced women to watch or listen to pornographic material. The AP spoke with former employees about the behavior by Dylan Howard, currently the chief content officer of American Media Inc. His conduct led to an internal inquiry in 2012 by an outside consultant, and former employees said he stopped working out of the L.A. office after the inquiry. Howard quit soon after the report was completed, but the company rehired him one year later with a promotion that landed him in the company’s main office in New York.

TERRY CREWS SUES HOLLYWOOD AGENT _ (CAUTION) Actor and former football player Terry Crews filed a sexual assault and battery lawsuit Tuesday against agent Adam Venit and Venit’s employer, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Crews, star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, states in the lawsuit that he is seeking to hold Venit and WME accountable for the alleged February 2016 sexual assault by Venit on Crews. Crews said he had never met Venit before, when the agent “viciously grabbed [his] penis and testicles so hard that it caused [him] immediate pain in a blatant and unprovoked sexual assault.” Crews said the groping occurred at an entertainment industry event. Crews said he went over with his wife to introduce himself to Venit but that the agent only stared at him “intently, like a rabid dog, sticking his tongue in and out of his mouth provocatively.” Crews said that when he reached out to shake Venit’s hand, the agent instead grabbed Crews’ genitals, squeezing them so hard that it caused him to leap back in pain. Crews said Venit then repeated this groping several times despite the fact that Crews pushed him away and told him to stop.

JOHN MAYER HOSPITALIZED _ John Mayer has been hospitalized after undergoing an emergency appendectomy surgery on Tuesday. The singer was reportedly rushed to a New Orleans hospital after falling sick on his current tour with the Grateful Dead.

MARK HAMILL MADE A DYING BOY’S WISH COME TRUE _ A screenwriter by the name of Ed Soloman shared a heartwarming story on Tuesday about the time Mark Hamill made a sick child’s wish come true. Soloman wrote on Twitter: “When a friend’s son (who was, so tragically, dying from an incurable illness) made a wish: to meet Luke Skywalker, it fell on me — the only person the dad knew who worked in the film business — to make a call. Not knowing Mark, I called his agent and explained that this lovely boy watched Star Wars every day and wanted to meet NOT Mark Hammill, but, rather, the actual CHARACTER that he played.”

… Soloman explained that the boy’s illness had progressed to the stage where he could no longer separate fiction from reality. The agent called Hammill, who 90 seconds called Soloman. The actor not only met with the boy, but spent hours answering question after question as Luke.

DWAYNE JOHNSON TO RECEIVE STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME _ Dwayne Johnson is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The December 13 ceremony will honor The Rock in the motion pictures category for his status as a global box-office powerhouse. Johnson will soon be seen alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which hits theaters December 20.

GAME OF THRONES TOPS LIST OF MOST TWEETED ABOUT SHOWS _ In news that will shock basically no one, Game of Thrones was officially the most tweeted about show in 2017. Twitter released the list of the top 10 shows talked about on the site, and the HBO monster hit is obviously number one. Stranger Things takes second place, while 13 Reasons Why, The Voice, and The Walking Dead also make the list.

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Stranger Things
  3. Big Brother
  4. 13 Reasons Why
  5. Saturday Night Live
  6. The Walking Dead
  7. Grey’s Anatomy
  8. The Voice
  9. Supernatural
  10. Pretty Little Liars

RARE PAUL MCCARTNEY CHRISTMAS ALBUM HAS RESURFACED _ Paul McCartney’s long-lost Christmas album Unforgettable has been posted on YouTube more than 50 years after it was created. It’s not an album of McCartney-recorded songs — it’s more of a radio show hosted by the former Beatle — made as a Christmas gift in 1965 for his bandmates. According to the Huffington Post, only three additional copies were made in addition to McCartney’s original, which he created in his home.

… In a 1995 interview McCartney explained: “I had two Brenell tape recorders set up at home .. once I put together something crazy, something left-field, just for the other Beatles, a fun thing which they could play late in the evening. It was just something for the mates, basically.”

… The album features McCartney playing the role of a DJ as he introduces a playlist of various songs from The Rolling Stones, Elvis, and Nat King Cole. There is no new content on the album from The Beatles or McCartney. • VIDEO

‘DIRECTV NOW’ PASSES 1 MILLION CUSTOMER MARK _ The DirecTV Now streaming video service has reached its first million subscribers. The service offers a mix of live television channels and on-demand content over the internet to your phone, tablet or TV box like a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick. By comparison, Sling TV has two million customers.

ADULTS MAY GET CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE NETFLIX SHOWS _ Netflix is bringing back a childhood pastime … but for adults this time. Remember those “choose your own adventure” books that were so fun to read in the mid-’80s? Well, the streaming service is reportedly working on a way to create a show where users can create small screen stories of their choosing on the service.

… Netflix was inspired by the success of their interactive children’s shows Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.

QUENTIN TARANTINO AND J.J. ABRAMS TEAM UP FOR STAR TREK MOVIE _ Quentin Tarantino is ready to explore strange new worlds. The filmmaker has a pitch for a Star Trek film, and he has shared his vision with J.J. Abrams. Tarantino and Abrams have plans to bring together a writers room to develop a film at Star Trek studio Paramount. Tarantino might even direct the potential project.

MICHIGAN STATE COACH TOM IZZO MAKES CAMEO ON ‘JUDGE MATHIS’ _ College basketball coaching icon Tom Izzo appeared on a recent airing of Judge Mathis, and he appeared to really enjoy it. The footage debuted on Tuesday. It featured a man and a woman in a dispute. The woman discussed the man talking about her being from Ohio. The man, who is from Michigan, is an Ohio State fan. Mathis says: “The good news is, my favorite coach in college, who happens to be here today, they routinely…beat Ohio state. You know who I’m talking about? I’ll let you say his name Mr. Ohio State.”  The man never uttered his name, so the judge helped him out: “Tom Izzo. Right behind you.” The Michigan State coach, who couldn’t stop smiling, waved at the man. Judge Mathis posted a photo with Izzo on his Twitter account in August, during the filming of the episode. • VIDEO

TV SHOWS SHUT DOWN PRODUCTION BECAUSE OF WILDFIRES _ The Southern California wildfires that broke out Tuesday morning are beginning to impact film and TV production in the area. Filming on HBO’s drama Westworld was temporarily suspended due to the flames fueled by the Santa Ana winds. In addition, production on the CBS drama S.W.A.T. was also been temporarily halted.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of November 27-December 3.

  1. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Seattle, NBC, 19.69 million
  2. NFL Football: Washington at Dallas, NBC, 15.6 million
  3. Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special, CBS, 15.36 million
  4. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 13.84 million
  5. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 13.82 million
  6. College Football: Ohio St. vs Wisconsin, Fox, 12.92 million
  7. Young Sheldon, CBS, 12.11 million
  8. 60 Minutes, CBS, 11.46 million
  9. This is Us, NBC, 10.94 million
  10. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 10.6 million
  11. The OT, Fox, 10.19 million
  12. Football Night in America, Part 3, NBC, 9.71 million
  13. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 9.6 million
  14. Big 10 Championship Pregame, Fox, 9.254 million
  15. The Good Doctor, ABC, 9.25 million
  16. Christmas in Rockefeller Center, NBC, 9.03 million
  17. Blue Bloods, CBS, 8.86 million
  18. Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 8.82 million
  19. Mom, CBS, 8.6 million
  20. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 8.58 million


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From the Facebook Group:


• The objective is to go as long as possible without hearing WHAM’s Christmas classic; “Last Christmas”.

• The game starts on December 1st, and ends at midnight on December 24th.

• Only the original version applies. Enjoy remixes and covers.

• You’re out as soon as you recognize the song.

• Post on social media with the #whamageddon hashtag when you get hit.




The next time you’re on hold with tech support, try this sure-fire way to get a human being on the line FAST. While you’re on hold, go to the bathroom. The moment you begin to do your business someone from tech support will come on the line.

Works every time.


According to Webster’s Dictionary, drama is “a state, situation or series of events involving intense conflict or force.” Passion, on the other hand, is defined as “a devotion to some activity, object or concept.” Do you live your life in drama or passion? Are you attracting partners who live in drama or passion?

A life filled with drama looks something like this:

• Everything gets a huge, emotional response.
• The emotional response is often followed by a big action.
• Peace is seldom experienced and often much wished for.
• Life is either really great or very terrible.
• Relationships, work and life in-general feel like a roller coaster.
• There is a general feeling of being drained.

A life filled with passion looks something like this:

• Emotions run deep and grow in intensity over time.
• Actions are thought out and lead toward the object of passion.
• Peace coexists with elation and excitement.
• Life is good, even when it’s filled with ups and downs.
• Relationships, work and life feel balanced.
• There is a general feeling of being energized.

What can you do if you are living with drama right now? Whenever you feel like reacting to a situation ask yourself the following questions:

• Is this as important as it seemed a few minutes ago?
• Is my reaction appropriate for this situation?
• What am I feeling?
• What is my biggest concern here?
• What do I really want out of this situation?
• How do I need to act in order to get what I want?
• Is what I want possible?
• Why do I want this?
• What are my needs that I need to care for right now?
• What is the truth that I need to communicate?


Got some good prizes to unload? Line up a few listeners to come on the show for your Gas Station Christmas. A hour or so before the listeners arrive send a co-host or stunt guy to a local gas station convenience store to buy Christmas gifts. Be sure he’s on-air for a break or two. Get him back to the station in time to wrap the gifts — sound effects and all — before your guests arrive.

Listeners come in and get to open a couple of gifts, describing the, uh, interesting things your guy found at the gas station. At the end, reward your listeners with the good stuff… concert tix, gift cards, T-shirts, etc.

Use the opportunity to talk on-air with listeners, to ask them about their favorite toys found under the tree, what they like/dislike about going to the inlaws, whether or not they shopped on Black Friday, etc.


New York Times

Myth: Better specs mean better devices
We often hope that spending a little more to get the fastest phone will make it last longer, or that the computer with the most memory and storage will run faster. In reality, top-of-the-line specs don’t guarantee that your phone or computer will work any better for you than one with more modest features. For example, spending more on a laptop with the absolute fastest processor won’t matter much unless you’re doing processor-heavy tasks like editing video or encoding music. Similarly, worrying about whether your smartphone has the latest processor versus the one in last year’s model probably won’t matter as much as more practical details, like whether the storage space or the camera quality fits your needs. For most people, obsessing over specs is a waste of time.

Myth: A battery should be at zero before you recharge it
Years ago, when nickel–metal hydride (NiMH) and nickel-cadmium (NiCad) batteries were common, they suffered from an issue called “battery memory”: Unless the battery was completely spent before being recharged, it would “remember” how much power it had used and only charge back up that amount. If done repeatedly over time, the battery would never charge totally again. Fortunately, the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery that’s probably in your phone or laptop right now doesn’t suffer from this issue, at least not in any significant way. In fact, with Li-ion batteries, you can actually do more harm than good by letting them die before charging them again, because they have a limited number of charge “cycles” (meaning times you can completely discharge and recharge them) before batteries start to hold less overall power.

Myth: More megapixels mean better cameras
When small, portable point-and-shoot cameras took off  there was a brief rush among manufacturers to push out models with greater numbers of “megapixels,” the unit of capacity used to define how much information a digital camera’s sensor can capture. Megapixels still count, but it doesn’t necessarily tell you how good the photos taken by that camera will be. Look for examples of photos taken with a certain phone or camera and compare them to those from other popular models — or even the one you already have. Look for reviews that mention a camera’s lowlight performance.

Myth: “Planned obsolescence is why your phone slows down right before a new model comes out
It happens every year or so: Just before the latest and greatest phone comes out, your phone suddenly starts running slowly. Maybe it starts freezing, or the apps you use get sluggish. Either way, if you can relate, you can probably also understand the common feeling that this is all a plan by tech companies to force you into upgrading. In reality, it’s not a conspiracy, and it’s not some corporate trick to force you into the newest tech, or trap you on the consumerist treadmill. It’s just a side effect of an ever-evolving and ever-improving industry. As those new phones are released, they come with more memory, better screens, faster processors and other specs that, in general, you shouldn’t care about — unless developers start building their apps around them. When they do, they optimize their apps for the newer devices, leaving your older ones in the dust.

Myth: Extended warranty plans are worth your money
In many cases, the pricey extended warranty runs right alongside the existing manufacturer’s warranty, which means you may be paying twice for coverage the phone’s maker already provides. So be sure to research the warranty that comes with your device. Similarly, if you use a credit card, you may even have extended warranty protection through the card’s issuer — check with that company before you add the pricey phone to your cart.


TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S., 13 people are killed by what? (Vending machines)


I’ll give you clues, you tell me the famous person I’m describing.

  • TV
  • Red head
  • Late Night
  • Named like the barbarian

(Conan O’Brien)


I don’t sell crack. I’m a prostitute.


source: Mike Wheless


This is day 341 of 2017. There are 24 days remaining.


• Philosopher Noam Chomsky is 89

• Ellen Burstyn is 85

• Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 70

• Tom Waits is 68

• NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird is 61

• Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) is 52

• C. Thomas Howell is 51

• Jennifer Carpenter (Limitless, Dexter) is 39

• Aaron Carter is 30

• Nicholas Hoult (X-Men movies) is 28


• 1787: Delaware became the first state to ratify the US Constitution.

• 1930: W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts, broadcast video from the CBS radio orchestra program The Fox Trappers. The broadcast also included the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers.

• 1941: Attack on Pearl Harbor. The Imperial Japanese Navy attacks the US Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, causing a declaration of war to Japan by the USA.

• 1968: History’s most overdue library book, Dr. J. Currie’s Febrile Diseases, was returned to the University of Cincinnati Medical Library. It had been checked out 145 years earlier by Mr. M. Dodd and was returned by his great-grandson, Richard Dodd. The fine, estimated at $2,264, was waived.

• 1972: Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, was launched. As they left Earth the crew took the photograph known as “The Blue Marble”.

• 1982: In Texas, Charles Brooks Jr. became the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the U.S.

• 1984: Michael Jackson testified in Chicago that he wrote the song “The Girl is Mine,” not an Illinois man who claimed the song. Jackson won the case.

• 1998: Officials of Madame Toussaud’s traveling wax museum in Sydney, Australia, finally sewed the zipper up on U.S. President Bill Clinton’s pants because visitors kept unzipping it.

• 2000: The Plain English Campaign gave its annual “Foot in Mouth” bafflement award to actress Alicia Silverstone who said, “I think that the film ‘Clueless’ was very deep. I think it was deep in the way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it’s true lightness.”

• 2003: A 12 by 26-inch painting of a river and sailing vessel by Martin Johnson Heade was sold at auction for $1 million. The painting had been found in the attic of a suburban Boston home where it was stored for over 60 years.

• 2011: Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of the State of Illinois, was issued a sentence of 14 years in jail for corruption.

• 2015: Time Magazine named Bernie Sanders Person of the Year>

• 2015: Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed banning all Muslims from entering the U.S.


• National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

• Cotton Candy Day


• 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