INTERPREP ★ DECEMBER 22, 2017

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 22, 2017

This is day 356 of 2017. There are 9 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Hector Elizondo is 81

• Diane Sawyer is 72

• Luther Campbell (2 Live Crew) is 57

• Ralph Fiennes is 55

• Senator Ted Cruz is 47

• Heather Donahue (The Blair Witch Project) is 44

• Jordin Sparks is 28

• Meghan Trainor is 24

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1937: The Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic in New York City.

• 1956: Colo was born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity.

• 1964: Comedian Lenny Bruce was convicted of obscenity.

• 1980: An album entitled The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan was released. The entire LP contained no sound at all.

• 1993: Singer Michael Jackson, fighting child molestation allegations, issued a video statement in which he said he was “totally innocent of any wrongdoing.”

• 1999: Members of the 900-year-old thatched Norman Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mautby, England, announced the church would celebrate Christmas for the first time ever with electric lights. An anonymous benefactor had installed lights in the church that had always worshiped by candlelight because it could not afford electricity.

• 2000: Singer Madonna and film director Guy Ritchie were married in Scotland.

• 2001: Richard Reid attempted to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.

• 2005: A $1.7 million diamond-studded cake went on sale in Tokyo, Japan. The sparkling pink creation, on sale at a department store in central Tokyo, featured 223 diamonds — including a 5-carat, heart-shaped stone.

• 2010: The repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

• 2014: Someone in Kansas City, Missouri, put his gold tooth into a Salvation Army kettle.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Capricorn, The Goat

• Be A Lover of Silence Day

• Date Nut Bread Day

UPCOMING

• 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
• 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


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23

• Harry Shearer is 74. Susan Lucci is 71. Eddie Vedder is 53.

• Festivus. Roots Day.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24

• Mary Higgins Clark is 86. Jeff Sessions is 71. Lee Daniels is 58. Diedrich Bader is 51. Ricky Martin is 46. Stephenie Meyer is 44. Ryan Seacrest is 43. Louis Tomlinson is 26.

• Christmas Eve. Eggnog Day. Chocolate Day.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25

• Jimmy Buffett is 71. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 69. Sissy Spacek is 68. Karl Rove is 67. CCH Pounder is 65. Annie Lennox is 63. Country singer Steve Wariner is 63. Justin Trudeau is 46.

• Christmas. Christmas Pudding Day. Pumpkin Pie Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4,500: Mentions of Americans Airlines every hour on Twitter. The company’s social teams are staffed by long-time employees who are familiar with the airlines’ systems.


NEWS ATTACK!

Apple finally admitted that it’s been slowing down older phones. [That explains why my iPhone is just now giving me reminder alerts not to miss the big solar eclipse.]

The crime rate in New York City has dropped again. New York City is now as safe as Wyoming. [That is if Wyoming also has rats the size of bison.]

A confidant to the British Prime Minister has lost his job after he lied about porn found on his work computer. [“It came with the computer. I thought it was like Minesweeper or solitaire.”]

A woman wrote a short story for the New Yorker about a bad date and wound up with a $1 million book deal. [All I ever got from a bad date was a permanent ban from Chuck E. Cheese.]

Another North Korean soldier defected. [Everybody wants to see the new Star Wars movie.]

Another North Korean soldier defected. [I guess North Korea’s not the vacation paradise we always thought it was.]

Facebook is being criticized for targeting job ads to users based on their age. [That explains why I’m being seeing nothing but ads for a nursing home night watchman.]

Matt Lauer’s estranged wife was spotted visiting a divorce lawyer. [I guess that she likes to do her Christmas shopping at the last minute.]

Matt Lauer’s estranged wife was spotted visiting a divorce lawyer. [Why would she want to divorce Matt Lauer? Is there something that I should know?]

A new study finds that if kids eat lots of fish, they really will be smarter. [Smart enough not to eat at any seafood restaurant that calls itself The Bait Shop.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

PAPA JOHN’S FOUNDER STEPS DOWN AS CEO _ John Schnatter, the founder and public face of global pizza chain Papa John’s, will step down as the company’s chief executive officer. Papa John’s did not provide a reason for Schnatter’s departure, other than saying that, in addition to retaining his role as chairman, he will also “pursue his personal passion for entrepreneurship, leadership development and education.” 2017 has been turbulent for the pizza chain, whose stock has fallen over 30%.

CHIPS AHOY! CEREAL HITS STORE SHELVES TUESDAY _ Cookies and milk for breakfast is just nuts — except in the U-S-of-A. Chips Ahoy! cereal hits store shelves Tuesday (December 26). It’s like Cookie Crisp, only instead of small cookies that don’t get too soggy too fast in milk, you get Chips Ahoy cookies that don’t get too soggy too fast in milk. Each cereal bit looks like a mini-me of the original cookie and is specked with tiny chocolate chips.

VINCE MCMAHON FILES FOR XFL TRADEMARKS _ WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon reportedly made more moves towards possibly bringing his former professional football league back. The failed XFL was a project of McMahon’s back in 2001 which lasted just that year. It now looks like he will attempt to resurrect that concept, or build something new out of it, based on reports of trademarks and recently sold shares of WWE stock.

WE KNOW WHEN OUR SUN WILL DIE _ Astronomers have spotted a red giant, a dying star, similar to our sun. It’s 530 light-years away and the images reveal what will happen to our own sun in about 5 billion years. And it’s not good. Researchers say our sun will have grown into a red giant star, more than a hundred times larger than its current size. While this metamorphosis into the giant star will change the solar system, scientists are unsure what will happen to Earth.  It will probably destroy any form of life on our planet, but whether the Earth’s rocky core will survive is uncertain.

TINY TIM TOY FACTORY BRINGS HOLIDAY JOY _ Santa has wheels. Thousands of them, cranked out by hand from throw-away wood scraps, then painted and polished to bring smiles to the faces of kids around the world who may never have owned a toy of any kind, let alone a speedy roadster from Tiny Tim’s Toy Factory in West Jordan, Utah. 82-year-old Alton Thacker started his toy workshop and foundation in 2002 and now gives away more than 85,000 cars a year to children from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe in addition to needy kids at children’s hospitals and homeless shelters in his own community. Thacker, a retired barber, says, “Basically, we’ll give cars to anyone who wants them, especially if they’re going on an overseas trip and have room to tuck a few into their suitcases.”

EVEN 10-MINUTE EXERCISE ROUTINES CAN IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION _ Exercise is something most of us need more of, but often don’t have the time to do. But a new study (Western University in London, Canada) has found that even short, 10-minute aerobic exercise routines can dramatically boost our critical thinking skills and ability to focus. During the study, researchers examined two groups of people. One group was inactive for 10 minutes while the other did 10 minutes of medium to fast-paced physical activity on a stationary bike. After the 10 minutes were up, each participant from both groups went through a grueling cognitive task devised to test the parts of their brains that are responsible for decision-making skills and inhibition. The group that did 10 minutes of exercise scored higher than the participants who were inactive. They answered more questions correctly, and their response times were better.

RECORD-BREAKING CABLE CAR OPENS IN GERMANY _ After more than two years of work on Germany’s highest construction site, a world record-breaking cableway in the Bavarian Alps opened today (Friday). The gondola breaks three records for any hanging cable car system — the tallest steel tower, the longest cableway span and the highest elevation difference. The $59 million cableway will shuttle thousands of service members and families who go skiing on the German Alps. Aside from the view, the new cable car brings other benefits, like decreased wait times. Compared to the previous gondola, 30 minutes was cut from the travel time and four times many passengers, 580 per hour, can travel up the mountain.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: GIFTS TO AVOID _ Still looking for the perfect gift for the woman in your life? Here’s some things to avoid if you still want her to be the woman in your life the day after Christmas: A video game called Grand Theft Dishwasher. Lingerie from Home Depot with the optional tool belt. Do-it-yourself shoes. Any DVD starring actors or trucks named Diesel. Any liquor whose bottle you can open with your teeth.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HAS PHOBIA OF TASMANIAN DEVIL _ A guy in New York who has a lifelong phobia of the Tasmanian Devil accuses his father-in-law of “coming at him” with his toupee, which he claims looks like the crazed cartoon character. The 36-year-old has his 62-year-old father-in-law arrested last month for harassment. It seems the father-in-law and son have been disputing since 2013 when they got into an argument that turned physical. The son-in-law explained: “[My father-in-law] walked in … He removed his wig [and] made hand gestures. It’s just a very large fear of mine, his damn wig … him and his hair reminds me of the Tasmanian Devil hair. I truly and genuinely have a large fear of wigs now, (and) it’s a genuine fear. I have nightmares.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF BROUGHT DOWN BY SAGGING PANTS _ A 26-year-old probably wishes that he didn’t try to steal from a Family Dollar store, and if he doesn’t, he probably wishes that he wore different pants. Now nicknamed the ‘Saggy Bandit,’ the man assaulted the clerk who tried to stop him, and while the two were struggling on the ground, the suspect nearly lost his pants. Whether they were too big or if he just needed a belt, his getaway was hampered by the pants that would have fallen to his ankles if he didn’t catch them in time. A bystander caught the entire scene on camera and shared it on social media. The Saggy Bandit drops a few items and scrambles to pick them up before taking off. His pants slowed him down enough that cops were able to get a good look at his face, and he was arrested soon after the incident.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE CHRISTMAS BASKET STING RESULTS IN MULTIPLE ARRESTS _ With Christmas rapidly approaching, British police (South Yorkshire) detectives knew the offer of a free basket full of luxury treats and several bottles of wine would be difficult to turn down. Almost 70 suspected criminals fell into the trap after police reeled them in with a fake offer suggesting they had been selected to receive the festive gift. Officers sent fake vouchers to the last-known addresses of more than 400 local suspects wanted for crimes including burglary, drunk-driving and drug offenses, asking them to phone in to arrange a delivery time with a fictitious company. Almost 50 of the suspects fell for it and unknowingly got in touch with police to let them know when they would be home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STABBED FOR OPENING GIFT TOO EARLY _ I don’t know what the rule in your house is, but when it comes to Christmas gifts we can open one on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning. A guy in Wyoming apparently didn’t follow the gift rules in his house because his wife stabbed him with a kitchen knife following an argument that began when she accused him of opening a Christmas present early.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK DRIVING TEST-SKIPPER _ In Lowell, Massachusetts, a woman appeared to be driving drunk. She led an officer on a pursuit, but eventually pulled over. When the officer approached her car, she fled again. After doing that twice, other officers were able to box her in. The woman was given a field sobriety test. The officer told her to stand on one foot, but instead she did a test that hadn’t been explained to her yet — the “nine step walk and turn.” That gave the officer the suspicion that she had been through this before. Sure enough, it’s was her third drunk-driving arrest.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (8p ET, CBS) — Two classic episodes from 1955-56 are colorized in this special.

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

BLINDSPOT (8p ET, NBC) — New. A toxic secret threatens to tear Jane and Weller apart.

HELL’S KITCHEN (8p ET, FOX) — A 2-hour repeat

MASTERS OF ILLUSION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – NOW IN LIVING COLOR (9p ET, CBS) — Similar to the Lucy special, a classic episode is colorized.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (9p ET, ABC) — New.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN 2017 (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

CHRISTMAS AT BELMONT 2017 (9p ET, PBS) — Sheryl Crow hosts as nearly 700 student musicians at Belmont University’s School of Music present traditional carols and seasonal favorites

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS (9p ET, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel) — A special Friday debut for this new Christmas Movie, Sarah Davis (Lindy Booth, The Librarians) heads to her uncle’s struggling ranch to escape New York and a recent breakup. Complications arise when an entitled Hollywood star (Kristoffer Polaha) arrives to prepare for his next film. Treat Williams also stars.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

BRIGHT (Netflix) — Will Smith stars in this action/drama film as a human cop in L.A., partnered with an orc (Joel Edgerton), in a world where magic, elves and fairies are real.

THE LAST POST (Amazon) — This series, set during the social and political unrest of the mid-sixties in Yemen, centers on the lives of a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families.

SATURDAY

TV Marathons:

  • Doctor Who (All day, BBC America)
  • Roseanne (6a ET, TV Land)
  • Criminal Minds (10a ET, WE)
  • Say Yes to the Dress (11a ET, TLC)
  • Pawn Stars (Noon ET, History)
  • Reba (4p ET, TV Land)

NFL FOOTBALL (4:30p ET, NFL Network) — The Baltimore Ravens host the Indianapolis Colts.

NFL FOOTBALL (8:20p ET, NBC) — The Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings.

CHRISTMAS GETAWAY (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — Bridget Regan and Travis Van Winkle star in one of the final new movies of the Countdown to Christmas.

THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE (8p ET, HBO) — Jessica Chastain stars in this 2017 fact-based drama about a Polish couple who helped save hundreds of Jews and others from the Nazis in Warsaw.

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY (10p ET, ABC) — New

SUNDAY

TV Marathons:

  • Golden Girls (7:45a ET, TV Land)
  • Fixer Upper (11a ET, HGTV)
  • Storage Wars (11a ET, A&E)
  • Doctor Who (All day, BBC America)
  • CSI: Miami (4p ET, WE)
  • The Santa Clause 2 (5p ET, FX)

NFL Football schedule.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (8p ET, NBC) — Celebrate Christmas Eve with this 1946 classic, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore.

A CHRISTMAS STORY (8p ET, TBS) — This 24-hour marathon is back for the 15th year!

CHRISTMAS DAY

TV Marathons:

  • Doctor Who (All day, BBC America)
  • Storage Wars (7a ET, A&E)
  • The Karate Kid (8a ET, IFC)
  • South Park (9a ET, Comedy Central)
  • Love Actually (Noon ET, CMT)
  • Criminal Minds (4p ET, WE)

THE DISNEY PARKS: MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION (10a ET, ABC) — Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey host this special, with musical guests and Disney stars. Idina Menzel will also perform the classic “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

NFL FOOTBALL (4:30p ET, NBC) — The first of 2 Christmas Day games features the Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston to play the Texans. Game 2 is at 8:30p ET on ESPN: Oakland at Philadelphia.

WHEN CALLS THE HEART: THE CHRISTMAS WISHING TREE (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — Lori Loughlin stars in this Christmas movie featuring the series’ beloved characters.

DOCTOR WHO: TWICE UPON A TIME (9p ET, BBC America) — In this Christmas special, the current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) comes face-to-face with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley, as they team up to save the world and their own future. During the one-hour special, fans will also get the first appearance of the 13th Doctor: Pearl Mackie.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND _ The Last Jedi will win the long weekend box office race, with Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle coming in second.

The Greatest Showman (PG, opened Wednesday) – Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13, opened Wednesday) – Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas

Downsizing (R, opened Friday) – A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis

Father Figures (R, opened Friday) – Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him. Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Christopher Walken, J.K. Simmons, Glenn Close, Ving Rhames, Terry Bradshaw

Pitch Perfect 3 (PG-13, opened Friday) – Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. Rebel Wilson, Ruby Rose, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Alexis Knapp, Elizabeth Banks, John Lithgow

All the Money in the World (R, opens Christmas Day) – The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom. Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams

… In theaters next weekend: No new wide releases.

WATCH THE KELLY MARIE TRAN STAR WARS AUDITION _ One of the many cool new additions to the Star Wars franchise in The Last Jedi is Kelly Marie Tran‘s Rose. The character isn’t Force sensitive, or a big player in the Resistance, yet she makes a huge difference anyway, and Tran’s performance is as good as every other actor’s on the screen. A new behind-the-scenes video reveals Tran’s audition with Star Wars actor John Boyega. • VIDEO

… This is a fun video, mostly because you can literally see director Rian Johnson realizing Tran was right for the part in real time as it unfolds. Watching the audition tape, Johnson says it felt “like the character I had in my head when I was writing…showed up to read.”

THE HANGMAN GETS RARE 0 PERCENT ROTTEN TOMATOES RATING _ He may have multiple Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and even two Tony Awards, but Al Pacino’s newest movie, The Hangman, has received the rare 0 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Pacino’s latest bomb joins Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6 in the zero percent club along with Elle Fanning’s The Nutcracker in 3D, and the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive.

… The Hangman centers on a decorated homicide detective (Pacino) who partners with a criminal profiler (Karl Urban) to catch one of the city’s notoriously vicious serial killers, who is playing a twisted version of murder using the child’s game Hangman.

… The film opens in limited release today (Friday) and is available on demand.

GQ NAMES TOM HIDDLESTON MOST STYLISH MAN OF 2017 _ Two million votes have been counted, and GQ magazine has named actor Tom Hiddleston the Most Stylish Man of 2017.

TRAILER: ANNA FARIS FAKES A MARRIAGE IN OVERBOARD REMAKE _ The first trailer for the Overboard remake, starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez, came out Thursday, showing the two in reversed roles made famous by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in the 1987 original. This updated version has Faris playing a version of Russell’s character. Russell played a lowbrow handyman who convinced Hawn’s wealthy, amnesiac heiress that he was her husband. • VIDEO

… In the trailer, we see Faris as a carpet cleaner who goes on a yacht for a job. The owner of the boat doesn’t take lightly that she refuses an order, and fires her on the spot while throwing her machine overboard. When an accident prompts Derbez’s character to fall overboard, he suffers from amnesia — and Faris’ character seizes her moment to seek revenge. Overboard comes out April 20.

OLIVIA MUNN WRITES ESSAY ABOUT HOLLYWOOD’S SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PROBLEM _ Actress Olivia Munn addressed Hollywood’s sexual harassment and abuse issue in an essay for Entertainment Weekly on Thursday. Munn, who was one of six women to accuse Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct, called attention to Woody Allen’s BBC interview, where he warned of a “witch-hunt atmosphere where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.” Munn wrote: “The possibility of an over-correction is much less worrisome than all of the injustices that led us to this moment. Woody’s gut instinct to fear what this might become would be better suited to a gut instinct to hold back an urge that could be wrong.”

Read Munn’s full essay here.

SUBSCRIBERS OF NETFLIX AND CABLE TV ARE NECK AND NECK _ According to a new report (from PricewaterhouseCoopers) the number of Americans who subscribe to cable TV is now on par with the number who subscribe to Netflix. The survey found that 73% subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service, down from 76% in 2016 and 79% in 2015. Meanwhile, the percentage who said they subscribe to Netflix is also at 73% — putting it dead even with cable.

MEL B CUTS EX-HUBBY’S NAME OUT OF HER _ Tattoos aren’t forever — just ask Spice Girl Mel B, aka Scary Spice, who literally cut a chunk out of her torso just to get rid of ex-husband Stephen Belafonte’s name. While the more commonly used method is laser removal, Mel took a more extreme approach to make sure the ink was gone as fast as possible. The original tat read, “Stephen, till death do us part you own my heart,” but Mel only removed Stephen’s name, so she can always get a new one tatted in — once the scar heals.

THE BEST SONGS OF 2017, ACCORDING TO EVERYBODY _ Digg.com rounded up all the Top 10 lists they could find, smashed ’em together in a big spreadsheet, and spit out the overall Best Songs of 2017:

  1. Harry Styles – ‘Sign of the Times’
  2. Dua Lipa – ‘New Rules’
  3. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – ‘Despacito’
  4. Lorde – ‘Green Light’
  5. Selena Gomez – ‘Bad Liar’
  6. Kendrick Lamar – ‘DNA’
  7. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘XO Tour Llif3’
  8. Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and Migos – ‘Slide’
  9. Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’
  10. Cardi B – ‘Bodak Yellow’

AUDIO

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IMPERIAL MARCH ON GUITAR: The Star Wars Imperial March created with many guitars. • WATCH

PHONER: What do you do in bed? It used to be we’d crawl into bed and read. Then we’d crawl into bed and watch TV. Now, thanks to smartphones and tablets, the world is at our fingertips. Share your pre-snooze ritual — Words with Friends? Facebook? Cat videos? — then take calls.  →  1 real caller

FRANKIE WEATHER: Frankie MacDonald of Nova Scotia does maintenance at a mall, but his passion is weather. Here’s his warning for South Dakota. • LINK


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BITS & BREAKS

DAD WITH 3 KIDS RECOUNTS DISNEYLAND TRIP

Clint Edwards runs the No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog and recently shared what happened when he and his wife took their three kids to Disneyland. Some of what Clint shared on Facebook:

• Connecting flights with three children is comparable to competing in an Iron Man.

• Flight attendant gave 3yo half cup of juice, and the kid handled it like a drunk woman in heels stumbling on a dance floor with a martini.

• Stopped in candy store on Disneyland Main Street. Left having spent $500 bazillion on 1\4 lb. of salt water taffy and small bag of cotton candy shaped like a mouse.

• Placed 3yo on leash backpack because she was acting like a wild honey badger and we received a million dirty looks for keeping her alive.

• Spent yearly salary on churros and children began to actually sweat cinnamon and sugar. Developed growing suspicion that Disneyland churros contain nicotine.

• Rode Pirates of the Caribbean with 8yo and she called me her protector. Heart melted.

• Hauled 3yo out of Sleeping Beauty’s castle sideways like a kicking and screaming surfboard and it became the background of a million selfies.

• Pretended to rip out 10yo’s still beating heart while waiting in line for the Indiana Jones Adventure ride, and he punched me in the [man parts]. People laughed. I probably deserved it.

• 10yo discovered collectible Disneyland pins, so I cashed out my retirement fund to afford his new hobby.

• 3yo peed in all 13 pairs of underwear. Hotel didn’t have washing machines, so we washed them in the hotel sink with shampoo and hung them around the room to dry like we were a bunch of hillbillies.

• Went to the hotel pool and the 3yo informed me that it was the best part of the trip, as if all this Disneyland stuff was runner up to 5 feet of cold half-chlorine and half-pee water.

• Woke up before God created the earth to catch flight home.

• Swore up and down that we were Disneyland-out, but feel confident that this will all happen again and again and again until we are broke or dead.

FOOD MYTHS THAT ARE WILDLY UNTRUE

FOOD MYTH: VITAMIN C CAN KEEP YOU FROM CATCHING A COLD — Research has shown that vitamin C does not ward off colds, except among marathoners, skiers, and soldiers on sub-Arctic exercises.

FOOD MYTH: EATING CELERY BURNS MORE CALORIES THAN YOU TAKE IN — It’s a food myth that celery has “negative” calories. But, with less than 10 calories per serving, it’s great to munch on to lose weight.

FOOD MYTH: RAW CARROTS ARE MORE NUTRITIOUS THAN COOKED — Cooking actually increases carrots’ nutritional value. The process breaks down the tough cellular walls that encase the beta-carotene.

FOOD MYTH: TO MINIMIZE FAT AND CALORIES, ALWAYS REMOVE THE SKIN BEFORE COOKING CHICKEN — Baking, broiling, grilling, or roasting poultry with the skin intact helps preserve its natural juices. Cook with the skin—and then remove before serving.

FOOD MYTH: AVOID EGGS BECAUSE OF THEIR CHOLESTEROL CONTENT — The latest research shows that they don’t actually contribute to high cholesterol.

FOOD MYTH: NUTS ARE AS BAD AS JUNK FOOD — Nuts are excellent sources of protein and other nutrients, as long as you keep servings to a handful. Harvard researchers found that women who ate that amount about five times a week were 20 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t eat them as often.

FOOD MYTH: YOU’LL SLEEP BETTER AFTER A NIGHTCAP — Drinking alcohol before bed may disrupt your sleep and increase wakefulness, even in healthy

FOOD MYTH: CARBONATED DRINKS ARE BAD FOR YOU — Sodium-free seltzer with a wedge of lemon or lime quenches thirst without hurting your health. Soda, on the other hand, will contribute to weight gain, cavities, high blood pressure, and many other unhealthy problems.

FOOD MYTH: DON’T DRINK MILK WHEN YOU HAVE A COLD — There’s absolutely no truth to the idea that milk increases mucus production, so there’s no need to skip it when you feel congested.

FOOD MYTH: SPICY FOOD GIVES YOU AN ULCER — Spices don’t trigger ulcers. We now know that the bacteria Helicobacter pylori causes almost all ulcers, except those triggered by certain medications, like aspirin. What spices can do is exacerbate an irritable bowel, which people often mistake for an ulcer.

FOOD MYTH: FEED A COLD, STARVE A FEVER — There’s no medical reason to limit foods when you’re feverish. While you may have less of an appetite, you should eat whatever you can tolerate.

FOOD MYTH: FROZEN AND CANNED FRUITS AND VEGGIES ARE LESS NUTRITIOUS — Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than the frozen and canned variety — the instant they are picked. However, the foods you find in the produce section have often had a long journey, often spending days or even weeks in transit from the farm or orchard. During shipping and storage, natural enzymes are released in fresh fruit and vegetables that cause them to lose nutrients. By contrast, food processors quick-freeze fresh-picked produce, which preserves much of its vitamin and mineral content.

FOOD MYTH: RED WINE IS THE ONLY GOOD-FOR-YOU ALCOHOL — It’s true, red wine gets a lot of good press. But recent studies have found that ethanol itself — that is, the stuff that makes alcohol — is what raises levels of protective HDL, or good cholesterol, and helps reduce clotting factors that contribute to heart attack and stroke. That means that in moderation, any type of alcoholic beverage will make for a happier heart.


FUN & GAMES

NAME GAME TRIVIA

Use the first letter of your first name to answer each question. For example, if your name were Mark and I asked for a U.S. state, you could say Maine. We’ll put 30 seconds on the clock and you need to answer all our questions in that time. Remember, all your answers must begin with the first letter of your first name.

• Something you watch on television.

• A food or beverage typically served at breakfast.

• An office supply.

• A U.S. state.

HALLMARK OR HALLMISS?

A big thanks to Phil Reeder for sharing this in the private Facebook group!

I’ll give you the names of holiday movies… you have to guess if they were Hallmark Christmas movies or not.

• Christmas Next Door (Hallmark)

• My Christmas Love (Hallmark)

• A Christmas Wish (Hallmark)

• Surviving Christmas (HallMISS)

• Santa with Muscles (HallMISS)

• Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (HallMISS)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

This is why your kid hates snow.

https://youtu.be/4aO2JjRO_8I


IMAGE OF THE DAY

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 26, 2017

This is day 360 of 2017. There are 5 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on Sesame Street) is 84

• Phil Spector is 78

• America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh is 72

• Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk is 70

• Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is 63

• Lars Ulrich of Metallica is 54

• Actor-singer Jared Leto is 46

• Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1825: The Erie Canal opened

• 1862: Four nuns who were volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover were the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.

• 1919: Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees.

• 1933: The Nissan Motor Company was organized in Tokyo, Japan.

• 1933: FM radio was patented.

• 1947: Twenty-six inches of snow fell in 16 hours in New York City.

• 1963: Capitol Records, the EMI-affiliated company which had rejected U.S. rights to every Beatles record until then, finally released “I Want to Hold Your Hand” backed with “I Saw Her Standing There.” Within five weeks, it was #1.

• 1968: Led Zeppelin made its U.S. debut with a performance in Boston.

• 1982: Time Magazine’s Man of the Year was for the first time given to a non-human, the personal computer.

• 1991: The pistol Jack Ruby used to shoot Lee Harvey Oswald sold for $220,000.

• 1999: A 40-year-old Florida man was arrested after letting his 13-year-old son drive a stolen van into two parked cars and through the back deck of a house. The father said he just wanted to give his son a Christmas present.

• 2004: An earthquake measuring 9.3 on the Richter magnitude scale created a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing more than 300,000.

• 2012: A law banning Americans from adopting Russian children was approved by Russia’s parliament.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Whiner’s Day

• Candy Cane Day

• Thank You Note Day

• Kwanzaa begins

Boxing Day in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

UPCOMING

• 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
• 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