INTERPREP ★ DECEMBER 11, 2017

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 11, 2017

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

BIRTHDAYS

• Rita Moreno is 86

• Donna Mills (Knots Landing) is 77

• Former US Secretary of State John Kerry is 74

• Brenda Lee (Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree) is 73

• Teri Garr is 70

• Bess Armstrong is 64

• Jermaine Jackson is 63

• Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) is 59

• Gary Dourdan (CSI) is 51

• Rapper Mos Def is 44

• Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1816: Indiana became the 19th U.S. state.

• 1941: Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.

• 1946: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.

• 1964: Singer Sam Cooke was shot to death at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles.

• 1972: Apollo 17 became the sixth mission to land on the Moon.

• 1972: Genesis debuted in the U.S. at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. The group included Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks.

• 1977: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally won an NFL game by defeating New Orleans 33-14. The Bucs had lost their first 26 regular season games, 11 by shutout.

• 1994: A burglar in Brede, Holland, hammered through a factory roof and four inches of concrete, then drilled into the safe. It was empty. The factory had been closed for ten years.

• 2000: A Romanian man, paralyzed from the waist down, called out the fire department four times in eight hours because he could not reach his cigarette lighter. The 63-year-old man said he was desperate for a cigarette and was so nervous he kept dropping the lighter on the floor.

• 2003: A Romanian man refused to undergo surgery to remove his house keys from his stomach because he didn’t want his ex-wife to use them. Eugen Groza swallowed the keys to keep his ex out of the home they shared together, which was legally hers.

• 2006: Nintendo announced that the just-launched Wii video-game machine might have a problem with a strap that secures its trademark wandlike remote-controller to the player’s wrist. Nintendo said it was investigating reports about the Wii’s strap coming off as players swung around the controller, at times causing the remote to fly out of their hands.

• 2008: Australian astronomers announced that the fabled star that led the wise men to that chilly stable where Jesus was born was most likely a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter that occurred on June 17.

• 2012: HSBC bank settles with U.S. authorities to pay $1.9 billion for drug cartel money laundering.

• 2012: British physicist Stephen Hawking won the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world.

• 2015: Playboy magazine published its last nude issue, featuring Pamela Anderson on the cover. It would begin publishing nude photos again in early 2017.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Mountain Day

• Have a Bagel Day

• Green Monday. The term was coined by eBay to describe its best sales day in December, usually the second Monday of December.

UPCOMING

• December 11: Golden Globe nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 14: Net neutrality decision
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 15: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 23: Festivus
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 26: Kwanzaa
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

34: Microseconds Santa has to visit each home. A study out of Sweden says with 2.5 billion homes, Santa needs only 34-microseconds at each stop.


NEWS ATTACK!

The UN’s cultural organization has added Neapolitan pizza-making to its list of global cultural forms of expression important to humanity. [Especially to bachelors / college students.]

The Texas prison system is on the hotseat after it became public knowledge that it bans prisoners from reading the Where’s Waldo children’s series, but lets them read books by Adolph Hitler and David Duke. [So, apparently, they’re not against ALL cartoon characters.]

Firefighters in England responded to a call where a man cemented his head inside a microwave oven. [He’s fine, but he’s still a little dizzy from all that rotating.]

Valdez, Alaska was hit by 10 inches of snow in just one hour. [It takes me longer than that just to put on my boots and remember where I left the snow shovel.]

During a New York performance of Cats a service dog in the audience rushed the stage to go after one of the actors dressed as a giant cat. [I think that over the years a lot of people dragged to a performance of Cats have had that same impulse.]

Organizers of the Winter Olympics are worried about the Opening and Closing Ceremonies being held in an arena with no roof. The temperature is expected to dip to seven degrees Fahrenheit. [It’ll be so cold that people will be fighting for the opportunity to hold the Olympic Torch.]

A couple has been sentenced to prison after they conned an elderly Oregon man out of $3 million and then blew the money in Vegas. [It’s one thing to be mean, but it’s quite another to be mean AND stupid.]

The Department of Defense is about to undergo its first ever financial audit. [The only thing scarier than SEAL Team Six knocking down your door is an accountant asking to see your receipts.]

That Massachusetts state senator who was arrested on bribery charges accepted part of his bribes in hundreds of pounds of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. [I wonder if they’ll use that in their commercials.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

KEATON JONES BULLYING VIDEO _  ( AUDIO)  At this point, it’s highly likely you’ve already seen the Facebook video that Kimberly Jones (of Tennessee) posted of her son Keaton sharing the pain of bullying. In the clip, which has now been viewed over 17 million times since Jones uploaded it on Friday, Keaton can be seen asking his mother why kids bully.

… In the video Keaton, seated in the passenger seat of his mom’s car, shares that he was bullied again, then asks: “What’s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay.” Mom can be heard asking her son what other kids at school do to him, leading Keaton to tell his mother that they make fun of his nose, call him ugly and tell him he has no friends. With tears beginning to run down his face, he also said that they pour milk on him and stuff food into his clothes.

… At the end of the video, as he struggles through his emotions, Keaton still manages to provide a word of hope to others going through bullying: “If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you. Just stay strong, I guess. It’s hard. But… it’ll probably get better one day.” • VIDEO

MAN SPOTS HIMSELF IN THE BACKGROUND OF HIS FIANCEE’S FAMILY PHOTO _ As far as romantic coincidences go, this one is pretty hard to beat. Verona Koliqi, who lives in the UK but is originally from Kosovo, was looking through old family photos with her fiance, Mirand Buzaku, when the couple noticed something odd about a photo of Koliqi and her family visiting a beach in Montenegro a decade ago. After examining the photo, which features a group of kids smiling in the water, the pair noticed a young boy wearing a white T-shirt on a yellow inflatable bed in the background. The couple were amazed to realize the boy in the background was Buzaku, who just happened to be visiting the same beach at the very same time. The couple never actually met at the beach as kids, but they bumped into each other in Kosovo years later when Koliqi was visiting from London. They got engaged in Turkey a year later. • IMAGE

ENTIRE GERMAN VILLAGE SELLS AT AUCTION _ The sole bidder at a bizarre auction has bought an entire East German village complete with buildings, sheds and garages for $167,000. An anonymous buyer who bid buy telephone is now the official owner of Alwine, 75 miles south of Berlin. They bought the small village — which has just 20 residents — at an auction over the weekend.

… In 2000, the village was sold to private investors for a dollar. The two brothers who were the original buyers of its dozen buildings, plus sheds and garages, could not stop its slide into neglect.

MAN THROWS STAR WARS-THEMED PARTY FOR HIS SERVICE DOG BIRTHDAY _ Last week, Pennsylvania man Charles Wilson-Adams threw a very special party to celebrate his pooch’s first birthday — going all out to make sure his best pal Deuce had everything a dog could ever want. Charles threw Deuce a Star Wars-themed birthday party. Deuce is Wilson-Adams’ service dog and got a lightsaber-embroidered sweatshirt to wear when guests arrived.

WOMAN DO MORE TRIP CHAINING _ Ever hear of the phrase “trip chaining”? A study says women make complex trips with multiple stops in the family car far more often than men. The study (out of Canada) has found that “trip chaining” — the practice of stopping at intermediate points during a journey — is a woman’s domain. The study said the longer the trip chain — stopping for coffee, dropping children off at school, picking up dry cleaning, all on the way to work — the more likely the driver was a woman. Men and women were equally likely to make two-stage trips, but women led men in complex trips of three, four or five and more stages.

YOU CAN STOP FORWARDING FUNNY EMAILS _ If you like to forward funny jokes, memes and videos to co-workers, you can stop now. 77% of the 12,000 people surveyed about work email says joke and humor emails are no welcome. Why? Time. Most survey respondents said their inboxes are flooded with enough emails and your jokes and memes aren’t helping. Plus, if they want a bit of humor they can check their social media feed.

… Bosses, your jokes and funny emails aren’t interesting at all. Almost 90% of employees said owners, bosses and managers who forward joke/funny emails should be spending their time on something else.

CHRISTMAS TREE EYEBROWS _ Christmas tree eyebrows are the latest craze in fashion. They were created by a lifestyle vlogger. Just days after an Instagram user named Taylor R. posted a photo of herself with a “decorated” eyebrows, her image quickly become popular. • IMAGE

TRUMP’S DAY INCLUDES 4 HOURS OF TV, 12 DIET COKES _ The New York Times spoke with dozens people who’ve spent the first year of the Trump presidency in the White House and what we’ve learned is not surprising: he loves cable TV — especially Fox & Friends — and he drinks a dozen or so Diet Cokes a day.

… Breaking down Trump’s DC habit: Each 12 ounce can contains 40mg of sodium, 46mg of caffeine, as well as other ingredients like phenylalanine, aspartame, phosphoric acid, and potassium benzoate.

… The president Consimes 480mg of sodium and 552mg of caffeine every day with his dozen Diet Cokes. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended daily intake of sodium for most adults is, ideally, no more than 1500mg. Meanwhile, the Mayo Clinic says that “up to 400mg of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults.”

MEN USE ‘PASSWORD’ AS THEIR PASSWORD MORE THAN WOMEN _ Surveys regularly show that our password habits are horrible. But you know who’s the worst? Men. Yep. Men are almost three times more likely then women to use the word ‘password’ as their password. Women are 1½ more times likely to use their significant’s name in their password.

DON’T PAINT YOUR OFFICE WALLS WHITE _ White walls in a room might feel crisp and clean, like a blank slate, but if they’re in your workplace, it’s time to repaint. Color not only affects a person’s mood, but it can also hinder a worker’s effectiveness. In a study from the University of Texas, researchers tested the impact of color on productivity by giving three groups of people clerical tasks to complete in three different rooms, each painted a different color: red, white, and aqua. Some individuals were able to block out the color “noise” of their surroundings, while others were affected by it. Some had no difficulty working in the red room, while others tended to be distracted by the color. Both groups, however, made more errors when they worked in the white room.

… Sadly, most work environments are white, off-white and gray — colors that doesn’t help us to be productive.

… Red For The Detail-Oriented. A powerful color, red stimulates the pulse and can raise blood pressure — and help increase performance in employees who have detail-oriented assignments.

… Blue For Creative Types. Blue is calming. It promotes communication, trust, and efficiency. It also helps people with creativity by opening the mind to new ideas. In the workplace, blue would be a good color in a room that is used for brainstorming.

… Don’t Paint Conference Rooms Yellow. The color of optimism, yellow is stimulating. Too much of it, however, can cause anxiety, and studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in yellow rooms, which might make it a bad choice for conference rooms.

… Green For Inspiring Innovation. Similar to blue, green is a calming color that promotes harmony and balance. Green would be a good choice in an office where innovation is a key component.

… Avoid Gray To Keep Morale Up. While gray is psychologically neutral, the color also lacks energy. It is suppressive and prepares people for hibernation.

TODAY IS THE BIGGEST BREAK-UP DAY OF THE YEAR _ ‘Tis the season to be dumped. Today (December 11) is the date couples are most likely to breakup. Digital statisticians looked at data from Facebook, analyzing thousands of messages looking for signs of a break up. From their investigations, they deduced that the peak break-up periods around the holidays fall two weeks before Christmas Day.

… The reasons for the breakups vary. For some, the idea of spending the festive period with someone they’re having doubts about brings a wave of dread. For new couples, many decide that they don’t want to bring their new date home to meet the parents or they don’t want to meet yours. For the thrifty, some realize that they’re new partner is not worth spending on.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURNED DOWN HOME TRYING TO GET RID OF BEDBUGS _ While getting rid of bedbugs is definitely a priority, there are better ways to go about it. A Cincinnati woman burned down her house trying to get rid of bedbugs. Authorities say that the woman was trying to get rid of the pests using rubbing alcohol, which then ignited due to a nearby open flame. The fire did an estimated $250,000 to the multi-family structure.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SIX FLAGS CANCELS SNOWBALL FIGHT DUE TO SNOW _ Six Flags Over Georgia had a 1,000-person snowball fight with fake snowballs planned for Saturday. That is, until real snow arrived and forced the cancellation f the event. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHILI STABBING _ A Louisiana man told police he stabbed his roommate after they argued over the flavor of their chili. The stabber was taken to jail, the stabbee was taken to the hospital to be checked out. The chili spoiled on the stove overnight.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FLEEING POLICE CRASHED WHILE CHECKING PHONE _ A Milwaukee man who led police on a high-speed chase told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his phone for directions.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FARTING OLD FART TOLD TO FART OUTSIDE _ In the UK, a man who describes himself as “an old fart” has received a written request from the social club where he drinks to step outside when he passes gas. The 77-year-old received the formal request from the club after some complaints his flatulence was “disgusting” other customers. The man admitted, “I do get a bit windy — I’m an old fart now.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHEERFUL ROBBER GETS AWAY EMPTY-HANDED _ In Kansas City a man knocked on the door of a residence supposedly to ask for directions. But when the homeowner opened the door, the stranger pulled out a handgun and demanded cash. The homeowner convinced The robber that he had no cash or valuables in the home. So the robber apologized and, as he was leaving, wished the homeowner a Merry Christmas.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR-TO-BE CAUGHT ON VIDEO _ In Louisiana a guy was casing a house to burglarize. When he peeked through a window, he spotted his image on a video surveillance monitor. Thinking quickly, he broke into the house and stole the monitor, throwing it away in the woods nearby. However, he wasn’t thinking quickly enough to remember to also steal the camera and hard drive, which contained the recording of his crime.


ON TELEVISION

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT (8p ET, ABC) — New. In the first neighbors versus neighbors episode, featured attractions include a synchronized light show, an 80-foot tree, and a massive mountainside display.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Top 8 perform, and for the first time ever, the artists team up for competitive mashup duets.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Vanessa asks Kevin to help her get a date with a handsome personal trainer.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — New.

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

DISNEY FAIRYTALE WEDDINGS: HOLIDAY MAGIC (8p ET, Freeform) — Go behind the scenes to see some of the most magical weddings and proposals at Disney destinations around the world.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, ESPN) — The 10-2 Patriots heading to Miami to play the 5-7 Dolphins.

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Andi accuses Adam of bias after he only interviews men for a job.

SUPERIOR DONUTS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Franco convinces Arthur to help a homeless man.

THE GIFTED (9p ET, FOX) — New.

VALOR (9p ET, CW) — New.

9JKL (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. The director of Josh’s new film hires his parents as background actors.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team anxiously awaits the verdict of Cabe’s trial.

SEASON PREMIERE: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (10p ET, NBC) — George Foreman, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw, and William Shatner travel around the globe again in season two. In the premiere, the men go to Munich for Oktoberfest.

THE BACHELOR (10p ET, ABC) — Meet the new Bachelor: auto racing’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. in this special.

A GRAY STATE (10p ET, A&E) — This documentary, directed by Erik Nelson (Grizzly Man) and executive produced by renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog, examines the 2015 murder case of David Crowley and his family. Crowley, an Iraq veteran and aspiring filmmaker, began production on his film Gray State in 2010. It was set in a dystopian near-future where civil liberties are trampled by an unrestrained federal government. In January of 2015, Crowley was found dead with his family in their suburban Minnesota home.


ENTERTAINMENT

COCO TAKES BOX OFFICE AS LAST JEDI LOOMS _ Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on Thursday night and is expected to make over $200 million. So for the last two weekends the movie studios chose to hold back and not release a major film. Over the weekend Coco was again the No. 1 film, making about $18 million.

THE LAST JEDI SPOILERS AND REVIEWS ARE HERE _  ( AUDIO)  Now that The Last Jedi has had a couple of premiere showings, spoilers are showing up online. So… SPOILER ALERT.

• Anthony Breznican — who’s a senior staff writer at EW — said that Luke Skywalker was correct in his assertion that “this isn’t going to go the way you think,” a line Luke speaks in a Last Jedi trailer. And that while fans will appreciate a lot of the references to the previous movies when they watch the film, Luke himself is “more broken than your toys from the 1970s.”

• According to website Inverse.com, the next — and, ultimately, last — installment of the Skywalker Saga will lead to a lot of things being wrapped up. Specifically, said the outlet, “veterans” will realize that they can become “more powerful than they can possibly imagine,” suggesting that Luke will realize his power beyond his wildest dreams.

• Though the movie is being compared to The Empire Strikes Back, this is mostly a reference to the tone, not to the plot.

• One character — Rose, played by newcomer Kelly Tran — realizes her full potential, and has a jaw-dropping moment towards the end of the film.

• One comment someone posted on Twitter says: “Poor Poe.”

• Twitter user Yusef Farrell posted: “This new movie blew my expectations out of the water. So, so didn’t expect all the twist and turns in this movie. My word of advice is stay away from spoilers. You’ll be shocked throughout the movie.”

• Twitter user Germain Lussier wrote: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi is everything. Intense, funny, emotional, exciting. It’s jam-packed with absolutely jaw dropping moments and I loved it so, so much. I’m still shaking.” And: “I can’t believe The Last Jedi exists. [Director] @rianjohnson is a madman and I love him for it. He takes Star Wars to the edge and throws it over. What a crazy, awesome movie. We’ll be talking about this one for a long, long time.”

• IGN.com’s Joshua Yehl‏ wrote: “I am STUNNED … I gasped, I laughed, I screamed, I cried and I had the time of my life. Rian Johnson pulled it off, making what might be the best Star Wars movie ever.”

… And: “#StarWarsTheLastJedi is NOT a remake of Empire. Rian Johnson knows you’re thinking it will be and uses that to absolutely SHATTER your expectations. We were SCREAMING at the craziness of it all. As Luke says in the trailer, “This is not going to end the way you think.”

• Twitter user @ava said: “The last 40 minutes had me on the edge of my seat in every moment. Superb storytelling. Exceptional design. I laughed. I cheered. A total joy-ride through the galaxy. So fun.”

• Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm wrote: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi is so very different, exciting, surprising. So many emotions, so many amazing moments. Stay away from spoilers.”

• Then there’s a guy named Alex who may or may not know anything. HUGE POTENTIAL SPOILERS: “Kylo kills Luke. Rey’s future unclear. Snoke kills Kylo at the very end with Anakin’s original blue lightsaber to ‘abolish the light forever’. Credits roll…”

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS _ Nominations for the Golden Globe Awards will be announced this (Monday) morning at (8:15AM ET).

… The Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, air January 7 on NBC.

NEW READY PLAYER ONE TRAILER _ On Sunday the first, full-length trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One was released. Based on the Ernest Cline’s novel,the film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, a virtual reality universe created by a brilliant eccentric. When he dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger. • VIDEO

STRANGER THINGS GETS AWESOME BAD LIP READING TREATMENT _ The people behind the Bad Lip Reading videos have granted the many wishes of Stranger Things fans. Bad Lip Reading overlays funny phrases over the show’s own dialogue. The 18-minute video starts off by giving the sci-fi/horror drama some 1980s sitcom-style titles and includes Wonder Years-style narration. • VIDEO

CELEBS TWEET WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO KEATON JONES _ Young Keaton Jones bullying video (see News & Nuggets) didn’t only get the attention of most of North America — it was also noticed by many, many celebrities, who offered words of encouragement on social media:

• Chris Evans: “Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?”

• Mark Ruffalo: “Little buddy, I was bullied when I was a kid. You are right #ItGetsBetter! You are my own personal super hero. Protect Yo Heart. You got a pal in the Hulk.”

• Mark Hamill: “Keaton-Don’t waste time wondering why a bully would be so mean-They’re sad people who think hurting others will make them feel better because they really don’t like themselves-They’re just jealous because you’re so smart & handsome”

• Millie Bobby Brown: Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend (but srsly) ur freakin awesome”

• Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “This is heartbreaking. But the response of support for him is a beautiful thing. Add me to your long list of friends Keaton.:

MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES DROPS REVVED-UP TRAILER FOR SEASON 2 _ Jessica Jones is back for a second season, with Netflix dropping a teaser trailer and premiere date over the weekend. The Marvel series will return on March 8. What can we expect from Season 2? Your favorite tough-as-nails private investigator, Jones (Krysten Ritter), is putting her life back together post-Kilgrave. She’s now known throughout New York City for her super-powers. So she’s gonna jump into a little soul searching and figure out her origin story — Wolverine style. • VIDEO


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

KEATON JONES: A video of bullied kid Keaton Jones goes viral.  →  December 11 News & Nuggets

SKIER: Announcer comments as downhill skier takes a shot to the groin. Here’s the video.

STAR WARS: It’s time for The Last Jedi. Here’s the main Star Wars theme.

CHRISTMAS: Lots of Christmas drops.

PHONER: Mispronounced words.  →  6 real callers


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Coco, $18.3 million
  2. Justice League, $9.5 million
  3. Wonder, $8.4 million
  4. The Disaster Artist, $6.4 million
  5. Thor: Ragnarok, $6.2 million
  6. Daddy’s Home 2, $6 million
  7. Murder on the Orient Express, $5.1 million
  8. The Star, $3.6 million
  9. Lady Bird, $3.5 million
  10. Just Getting Started, $3.1 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Moana.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Skyfall.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was The Golden Compass.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Flubber.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13) – Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Laura Dern

Ferdinand (PG) – After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Voice cast: John Cena, Jeremy Sisto, Bobby Cannavale

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. Christmas Shopping
  2. Christmas
  3. Hanukkah
  4. NFL Week #14
  5. College Football Playoffs
  6. The Elf on a Shelf
  7. Star Wars – The Last Jedi
  8. Holiday Parties
  9. Charlie Sheen
  10. Heisman Trophy
  11. Healthcare Open Enrollment
  12. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

RESTAURANT WORKERS, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE?

Ask restaurant workers — fast food or sit-down — what their favorite and least-favorite menu item is.

BAD POETRY

My house is covered in Christmas lights
There’s far too many to count them all
My neighbors think they’re so beautiful
They don’t know I’m plugged into their wall.

HOLIDAY NUTRITION ADVICE

• Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.

• Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something.

• If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

• As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

• Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

• Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

• If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes, or Nintendo Wii. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.

• Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert?

• One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Re-read the tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: This time of year, 15,000 of these are used every second in the U.S. (Credit cards)

WHO SAID IT?

“I always say that you need three things to succeed in life: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”

• Oprah Winfrey

• Reba McEntire *

• Michelle Obama

• Ellen Pompeo


VIDEO OF THE DAY

A guy was being pulled over by cops as he was driving the town’s streets in his Polaris RZR, when he decided to make a run for it. He took the chase off-road, and as you’d expect, got away.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

I like butter!


source: unknown

DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 12, 2017

This is day 346 of 2017. There are 19 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Bob Barker is 94

• Connie Francis is 79

• Dionne Warwick is 77

• Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) is 74

• Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) is 69

• Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean) is 68

• Former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby is 65

• Jennifer Connelly (voice of Karen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Oscar for A Beautiful Mind) is 47

• Madchen Amick (My Own Worst Enemy, Twin Peaks) is 47

• Regina Hall is 47

• Mayim Bialik (Blossom, The Big Bang Theory) is 42

• Lucas Hedges (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Manchester By The Sea) is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1914: The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average occurred, down 24.39%.

• 1917: In Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys.

• 1968: The Rolling Stones filmed their “Rock & Roll Circus” in London with guests John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, the Who, Jethro Tull, Mitch Mitchell, Marianne Faithful, and Mia Farrow. The show was finally released 28 years later in 1996.

• 1989: The U.S. issued a patent (#4,885,809) to Charles Muchmore of St. Bernard, Ohio, for his Portable Pocket Spittoon, a flesh-colored plastic flask-like container for tobacco chewers who prefer to spit more privately.

• 1992: A Norway court ruled that Oslo University did not have to re-admit a 39-year-old student until he bathed. The astrophysics major, who had lived in a cave for 14 years, sued the university for a half-million dollars after he was expelled for stinking.

• 2000: A divided U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida, effectively making Republican George W. Bush the winner.

• 2003: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was knighted by Great Britain.

• 2003: Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the “Free Willy” movies, died in the Norwegian fjord that he’d made his home.

• 2003: A disabled cyclist who fell into an icy river was saved when he used his false leg as a float. Brian Denman grabbed the plastic limb which had come off as he lost balance and slid down a bank. He clung to it in the dark for half an hour until fire crews hauled him from the River Tone in the UK.

• 2005: A court in China dismissed harassment charges against a man who broke into the home of a neighbor he secretly  loved and stole one of her bras. The judge decided the man had good intentions because he also did the woman’s laundry, washed her dishes and fixed her computer.

• 2009: Houston became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor, with voters handing a solid victory to City Controller Annise Parker.

• 2012: The International Space Station suspends some of its non-critical systems after an ammonia cooling pump fails.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Gingerbread House Day

• Fresh Breath Day

• Cocoa Day

• Poinsettia Day

UPCOMING

• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 14: Net neutrality decision
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 15: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 23: Festivus
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 26: Kwanzaa
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day