INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 23, 2018

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 23, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Director Ang Lee is 64

• Weird Al Yankovic is 59

• Neurosurgeon and TV journalist Sanjay Gupta is 49

• Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) is 42

• Ryan Reynolds is 42

• Meghan McCain (The View) is 34

• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1915: Some 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote.

• 1958: The Smurfs appeared for the first time.

• 1998: A Danish man said goodbye to his 86-year-old father by taking his corpse for a motorcycle ride, and stopping at a bar for a beer and a cigar. Flemming Pedersen asked to be left alone with his dad, dressed the corpse in leather, a helmet, boots, and dark glasses, strapped it to his Harley-Davidson, and rode around Copenhagen for three hours to his father’s favorite places. He said he felt good about the ride.

• 2001: Apple unveiled the iPod. It officially went on sale on November 10, 2001, for $399.

• 2005: Near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Laatsch called police to report that a deer in her yard had a pumpkin stuck on its head. It turned out the deer had a large brown or gold plastic ball stuck on its head, a lawn ornament or possibly a Halloween decoration.

• 2010: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project estimated 1 in 3 adult Americans will have diabetes by 2050.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• TV Talk Show Host Day

• Boston Cream Pie Day

• Croc Day. The ugly shoes, not the animal.

• National Paralegal Day

• Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day

UPCOMING

• October 23: World Series begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 4: New York City marathon
• November 6: Election day
• November 6: College basketball season begins
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 12: Veterans Day
• November 21: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

15: Percentage of women who drove themselves to a hospital before giving birth.


NEWS ATTACK!

According to a new study, elephants are very good at math. [Yeah, the world’s greedy poachers have made the elephants true experts on subtraction.]

In Montana, a grizzly bear had to be removed from a family’s garage. [They didn’t know the bear was there until they ran across the bear’s Facebook page where he had posted pictures of his new cave, complete with paved floor, an automatic door, and a refrigerator stocked with his favorite brand of beer.]

In Kentucky, a two-headed copperhead snake has been donated to a wildlife center. [The wildlife center wasn’t the first choice but there wasn’t room for any more snake donations at the state’s center for political policy.]

While a father at a train station in China wasn’t looking, his toddler crawled onto a conveyor belt and went through the baggage X-ray screening. [Being a father was a lot easier in the days before the Internet took perverse joy in immediately reporting to your wife every stupid thing that you did.]

In North Carolina, a customer at a restaurant only asked for two glasses of water before leaving behind a tip for $10,000. [I’ve never been THAT dehydrated.]

Rescue workers had to cut a hole in a home’s ductwork to free the family’s little dog from the heating system. [“I don’t get. I’ve dusted and vacuumed this room over and over again and yet it still smells like puppy breath.”]

The Bible Museum in Washington, D.C. has discovered that its fragments of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls are fakes. [Experts became suspicious over the section about Moses where in order to free his people from Egypt, Moses has to fight Pharaoh’s pet dragon.]

The new Halloween movie had the biggest opening weekend of any movie starring a lead actress over 55. [But just wait until next week’s debut of the remake of Pretty Woman with Betty White.]

Scientists spotted a nearly perfectly rectangular iceberg in the Antarctic. [If you’ve been out of school for a while, it’s okay if you need to look up the word iceberg, but not if you have to look up the word rectangle.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

LOTTERY: SHOULD YOU TAKE THE CASH PAYOUT? _ While $1.6 billion is the number that’s being advertised, Mega Millions won’t be handing over a check for that amount to the winner. Whoever holds the winning lottery ticket will be given two options: They can collect their winnings as a one-time lump sum that’s less than the value of the total jackpot (in this case, it would be $904,900,000), or they can receive the full amount in annual installments stretched out over 29 years. Winners who choose the installment or annuity plan will be given one large payment upfront followed by checks that grow by five percent each year.

… Collecting the money and running is tempting, and it’s the option that most lottery winners end up choosing. But according to money experts, that’s the wrong move — not only because you’re getting less money in the long run, but because it leaves you vulnerable to bad luck and poor financial planning. Even Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban agrees that annuity is the safer bet. In 2016, he told the Dallas Morning News that it helps winners avoid blowing all their winnings at once.

… The tax bite on the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot:

  • Lump sum option: $904 million
  • 24% federal tax withholding: less $217 million
  • 13% more (difference between 24% and top tax rate of 37%): less $117.5 million
  • State tax of 0% to 8.82%: less 0 to $79.7 million
  • After-tax bottom line: $489.8 million to $569.5 million

THE FORMULA FOR THE PERFECT ROAD TRIP _ A survey has uncovered the formula for the perfect road trip: it involves three people, covers 190 miles and is accompanied by rock music. The study of 2,000 adults found the ideal drive should take place in a VW camper van, Range Rover or Ford Mustang.

… There needs to be at least one bathroom stop every 100 miles, good weather and GPS — even though one in three of those surveyed said getting lost is the fun part of a road trip.

AMERICANS ARE AFRAID TO GO TO THE DOCTOR _ Six in 10 Americans have delayed seeking medical attention. A new study finds we’re avoiding the doctor mainly because of financial worries and fears of a bad diagnosis.

GOOGLY EYES EFFECTIVE AT REDUCING BIRD/PLANE COLLISIONS _ New research has found googly eyes to be effective at reducing bird-on-plane collisions at airports. A team of scientists (University of Rennes), with some help from the Airbus corporation, applied their knowledge of avian physiology to the problem. After 300 tests, only one pattern triggered the desired avoidance behavior: a pair of looming googly eyes. By “looming,” the researchers are referring to a motion effect in which the image gradually grows larger over time. Doesn’t sound very threatening, but it likely presents an optical illusion to the birds. The looming eyes trigger the impression of an imminent collision, likely with another bird.

ELON MUSK WANTS TESLAS TO HAVE ‘DOG MODE’ _ When asked on Twitter whether new Teslas might feature a “dog mode” that keeps pets left in cars safe, founder Elon Musk simply answered, “yes.” What Twitter user Josh Atchley specifically wanted to know was if the Tesla Model 3 might automatically play music, turn the air conditioning on, and display ‘I’m fine. My owner will be right back’ on a screen. Apparently, Musk had already considered the idea or simply thought it was a great innovation that could be easily integrated into the electric cars. Teslas, as well as other electric vehicles, usually come with a system that regulates the car’s internal temperature.

GALLUP: MORE AMERICANS THAN EVER FAVOR LEGALIZING MARIJUANA _ A new poll (by Gallup) shows about two-thirds of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana — the greatest majority ever recorded. The number has climbed dramatically since Gallup asked the question in 1969, when only 12 percent supported legalization. Approval by a majority of respondents was first seen in 2013, when Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational use.

… Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.

MODERN WOMEN NEED A 28 HOUR DAY TO GET EVERYTHING DONE _ A new survey finds six in 10 women wish they had a longer day, with three hours and 36 minutes being the ideal amount of extra time to maintain their social, career and home lives.

… Half of those polled are sacrificing sleep in order to fit things in — like daily exercise, additional work, or more family time.

FEDS SHUT DOWN DRIVERLESS SCHOOL BUS TESTS IN FLORIDA _ A technology company operating in Florida was ordered by the US Department of Transportation on Friday to cease activity on a pilot-program using autonomous vehicles to transport school children. News came out last month that tech startup Transdev had entered an agreement with the city of Babcock Ranch to demonstrate its autonomous shuttles.

ROAD WORKERS UNCOVER 130,000-YEAR-OLD WOOLLY MAMMOTH BONES _ Remains of an ancient woolly mammoth believed to be 130,000 years old were dug up by road workers expanding a highway in England. The patch of land where the remains were found is believed to be an ancient river. Mammoths, which are thought to have weighed up to eight tons, became extinct around 8,000 BC.

SERVER GETS $10,000 TIP FROM CUSTOMER WHO ORDERED WATER _ A server at a restaurant in North Carolina was given a huge cash tip by a customer who ordered two waters. Alaina Custer was shocked when she discovered a stack of bills left on the table Saturday. The amount she found: $10,000. The large tip was left with a note that said “thanks for the delicious water.” It turns out the tippers were two men at a nearby table filming the server’s reaction for their YouTube channel. They told her they were “going around blessing servers.”

DELAWARE COUPLE WAS MARRIED FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, OR SO THEY THOUGHT _ After nearly 62 years of marriage, Betty Jean Crispin and Charles Morrison got married for real last month. Because after raising three kids in Newark and more than half a century together, nobody can find their original marriage license. Not them. Not the small town of Elmer, New Jersey, where they married. Not Salem County, where Elmer is located. And not the state of New Jersey. A letter from the state of New Jersey read: “A very careful and exhaustive search failed to reveal any record of (the marriage). This means (1) the event did not happen in the year stated by you, (2) the report was made under an entirely different name, or (3) the person who should have filed the report failed to do so.” The Morrisons believe it was #3.

ALMOST 11% OF TEXTS ARE DECEPTIVE _ There’s a good chance that about 11% of the text messages you send and receive are deceptive. Researchers (Cornell University) examined over 5,000 texts and found that 10.7% of them are used to tell people we’re some place we’re not, or that we “have to go” when we really just want to end a conversation.

CALLING IN SICK _ If you’re calling in and faking sick just for a free day off, one out of three bosses are onto your game. In a survey on absenteeism, 33 percent of workers have played hooky from the office — calling in sick when they were well — at least once this year.

… Around 9 percent who played hooky admitted to calling in sick because they wanted to miss a meeting, buy some time to work on a project that was already due or avoid the wrath of a boss or colleague.

… Others missed work because they just needed to relax and recharge (30 percent), go to a doctor’s appointment (27 percent), catch up on sleep (22 percent), run personal errands (14 percent), catch up on housework (11 percent) or spend time with family and friends (11 percent).

… Another 34 percent just didn’t feel like going to work that day.

… See related in Wacky-But-True.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: NEW ZEALAND MEN RATED WORST LOVERS IN THE WORLD _ A global survey completed by more than 22,700 members of online dating site Saucy Dates has rated New Zealand men as the world’s worst lovers, while Australian, South African and American men have come out on top.

… Saucy Dates members were first asked to rank the last person they slept with from 0 (worst ever) to 10 (best ever), and then reveal which country their lover had hailed from. Those surveyed gave New Zealand guys a rating of 4 out of 10 — well below men from the United Kingdom who were the next lowest with a 6/10.

… New Zealand women did marginally better, rating 6 out of 10, but still sitting at the lowest of the 11 countries included in the survey, along with Australian and Spanish women.

… Women from the US, Canada, France, and Italy were voted the best female lovers, with all nabbing the ‘very good’ eight score.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TV TOSSER _ A 60-year-old German woman enraged over boring television programs and re-runs tossed her TV out the window of her fifth floor apartment window.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOSS TO EMPLOYEE: PROVE YOU’RE SICK, TAKE A PIC _ A guy in China had to send photographic proof that he was in the hospital so that his boss would let him take sick leave. The man first sent a photo of an IV bottle next to his arm. The boss replied, “That doesn’t prove that’s your hand. Where is your face?” The man then sent photos of him lying on a hospital bed. Again, the boss questioned its authenticity, telling him to take photo while holding a watch. The last photo in the series shows the man lying on a hospital bed, in a hospital, holding a wristwatch in his left hand and his right wrapped in gauze. The man shared the texts with his boss on social media and they went viral.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE WON’T TAKE WOMAN’S DONATION _ A 75-year-old woman in India has been trying to donate her entire life savings to the local police but for some reason they won’t take the money. She says she just wants to thank the police for keeping her neighbors from playing loud music late at night.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BUSTED TAKING BREAK DURING BREAK-IN _ In San Francisco a guy used a cinder block to break a window of a liquor store. It was, apparently, hard work, so the guy decided to take a little break inside the liquor store’s walk-in beer cooler. And that’s where the cops found him, enjoying a refreshing beverage.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED BURGLAR FOUND IN CHIMNEY _ British police say they found a naked burglary suspect trapped in the chimney of a supermarket. He’d been stuck overnight and employees heard him yelling when they opened the store.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR USES TREE BRANCH TO GAIN ENTRY _ A burglar in Michigan broke into a business and stole a garbage bag full of wine, ball caps and other items before taking off. His tool for entry was a tree branch. He used it to break the glass of the business.


ON TELEVISION

2018 WORLD SERIES (8p ET, FOX) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 at Fenway Park.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Battles continue.

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. David introduces his girlfriend (guest star Juliette Lewis) at a parent-teacher conference. Justin Long also guest stars.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Kevin meets someone from his father’s past.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE GUEST BOOK (10p ET, TBS) — The second season of this comedy anthology series begins. Guest stars include Nat Faxon and Kether Donohue.

ADAM SANDLER: 100% FRESH (Netflix) — Sandler debuts a new standup special.


ENTERTAINMENT

AMY SCHUMER IS PREGNANT _ Amy Schumer is pregnant. The actress and comedian is expecting her first child with her husband, Chris Fischer. In a statement, Schumer joked, “Chris and I are thrilled and almost positive he’s the father. I look forward to competing with [Meghan] Markle every step of the way.”

DANIEL RADCLIFFE SAYS KIDS DON’T RECOGNIZE HIM AS HARRY POTTER _ The first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001 and the last of the core films was released seven years ago. It’s been so long, in fact, that series star Daniel Radcliffe — who made his debut in the role at age 11 — will turn 30 next summer. Apparently that separation of time has caused Radcliffe to lose some of his fame among the younger generation. He told MSNBC, “I meet kids now and their parents will bring them up to me and they’ll be like, ‘This is Harry Potter’ and the kids will be like ‘No it’s not.'”

BOB BARKER RUSHED TO HOSPITAL _ Bob Barker was hospitalized in L.A. after paramedics responded to his Hollywood Hills home. His manager says Bob woke up Monday morning with major back pain. His family decided to call in the professionals to transport him to the hospital. 94-year-old Bob suffered a nasty fall last year that required medical care.

ELLEN DEGENERES HAD NO IDEA TINDER LIVE WAS A SHOW _ Ellen DeGeneres has responded to a comedian who said that she originally created a “new game” that Ellen played on her show Monday. Ellen played a game with guest Sarah Silverman that she called Tinder Live, in which Ellen played matchmaker with Silverman and did some live swiping of some celebrities. Comedian Lane Moore, who has hosted her own show called Tinder Live for nearly five years, told DeGeneres on Twitter that it has a Wikipedia page and has been featured in The New York Times.

… Ellen responded, “I had no idea, but you’re clearly brilliant. Now I do have an idea, and I’ll go and watch.”

NETFLIX RELEASES CHILLING ADVENTURES TEASER _ Netflix has released a new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina teaser, giving us a glimpse of the hallowed halls that our favorite teenage witch attends. • VIDEO

WILLY WONKA ACTRESS DIES _ The actress who played golden ticket-winner Charlie Bucket’s mom in the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie has died. Diana Sowle died early on Friday. She was 88. Sowle is best remembered for her role in the 1971 film, her first-ever screen credit, where she memorably sang Cheer Up Charlie.

RYAN MURPHY DONATES $10 MILLION TO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL _ Ryan Murphy owes a lot to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles — and is paying it forward. The television creator is a proud father to two boys, but two years ago, his family’s fate was tested when his second son, Ford, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. As Murphy recalled in a touching Instagram post on Monday, it was during a routine checkup that the youngster’s pediatrician discovered he had an abdominal tumor “the size of a tennis ball.” Murphy wrote that today his son, now four, is “thriving”. To say thanks to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Murphy donated $10 million.

WONDER WOMAN 1984 PUSHED BACK SEVEN MONTHS TO 2020 _ Warner Bros. has moved Wonder Woman 1984 back seven months from November 1, 2019, to June 5, 2020. The sequel, which is set in 1984, replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which has been taken off the schedule. A bigwig with Warner Bros. says the company had “tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman during the summer” and decided to put the sequel there.

TAYLOR SWIFT DONATES OVER $15,000 TO FAN WHOSE MOM IS IN A COMA _ There’s a reason why Taylor Swift is well-liked by many. It’s not uncommon for the 28-year-old to make grand gestures to fans, including doing anything from offering tickets to fans, surprising them at various events, and even donating money to them. Most recently, Swift made one heartbroken fan’s wish come true by donating a good chunk of change to help her ailing mother. Swift put her money where her mouth is and donated $15,500 to a fan who wrote about her mom’s health issues on Twitter.

… The fan wrote: “My Mom has been in a coma for three years now. She had an ulcer that bled out that led to lack of oxygen to the brain which resulted in brain damage.” In the post, the teen explained that her dad is not able to work because he takes care of her mother full time and it’s up to her and her older brother to provide for their family. Along with the post, the teen included a link to her mother’s Go Fund Me page and somehow the post caught the attention of Swift as she left a generous donation for the family. • LINK

… See related in Audio.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• MYSTERY VOICE: Taylor Swift.

• DROP: Wow. You know what, way to go — way to go.

• HALLOWEEN: A big collection of Halloween related drops.


BITS & BREAKS

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #UnhelpfulAdviceToTeens

• Pro Fortnite player is an acceptable alternative to college.

• Smoking makes you cool.

• Stay on your phones all day and don’t look up from them.

• Life is all about likes and retweets.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD YOU NAME YOUR YACHT?

If you won the Mega Millions or Powerball, what would you name the yacht you buy? Some popular names, according to the Boat Owners Association of the U.S.

  • Serenity
  • Obsession
  • Therapy
  • Destiny
  • Fantasea
  • Escape
  • Odyssey

LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

• Dress in pink and carry a feather. What are you? Tickled pink.

• Wear all black and put a postage stamp (enlarged if possible) on your chest. What are you? Blackmail.

• Wrap yourself in some (or all) aluminum foil. What are you? A baked potato.

• Affix one couch cushion to the front of you and one to the back. What are you? The lost TV remote.

• Paint a shoebox black and attach it to your back. What are you? A refrigerator magnet.

• Dress normally. Pin some socks, dryer sheets, hand towels to your shirt. Static cling.

• Wear all white. Attach old cups, milk cartons etc to you. What are you? White trash.

SCORPIO

Today (October 23 through November 21) begins the astrological sign Scorpio. No any Scorpios?

• Their best day of the week is Tuesday

• Their greatest overall compatibility is Taurus and Cancer

• Their lucky numbers are 8, 11, 18, 22

• Date range: October 23 – November 21

• Strengths: Resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn, a true friend

• Weaknesses: Distrusting, jealous, secretive, violent

• Scorpio likes: Truth, facts, being right, longtime friends, teasing, a grand passion

• Scorpio dislikes: Dishonesty, revealing secrets, passive people


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 28% of Dial sales, 24% of Del Monte sales, 23% of Clorox sales and 23% of Revlon sales have this in common. (Walmart. That’s how much of each company’s product is sold at the retail giant’s stores.)

TRIVIA: How did Levan, Utah, get its name? (Levan is “navel” spelled backwards. It’s named because it’s in the middle of Utah.)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN

• What is a Starbucks store’s primary product?

• What do you usually dip into salsa?

• What does T.G.I.F. stand for?

WHAT’S IN COMMON?

What do the following have in common?

• Hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling (Senses)

• Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario (Great Lakes)

• Messenger, mountain, trail, comfort (Bikes)


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 24, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 82

• F. Murray Abraham is 79

• Kevin Kline is 71

• B.D. Wong (Jurassic movies, Law & Order: SVU) is 58

• Reality star Korie Robertson is 45

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1939: Nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Delaware.

• 1940: The 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.

• 2001: The House passed a $100 billion economic stimulus package in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

• 2003: The era of supersonic jet travel came to an end as three British Airways Concordes landed at London’s Heathrow Airport.

• 2005: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks died at age 92.

• 2006: A man tried to walk through the drive-through window at a Burger King in Salt Lake City, Utah, at around 9:30pm. When the restaurant staff told him they didn’t serve pedestrians at the window, the man beat on the glass and then stepped to a nearby pay phone in sight of the staff. The suspect then called police and made a bomb threat on the Burger King. He was found a few minutes later and was arrested.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Food Day

• United Nations Day

• Bologna Day

UPCOMING

• Director Ang Lee is 64

• Weird Al Yankovic is 59

• Neurosurgeon and TV journalist Sanjay Gupta is 49

• Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) is 42

• Ryan Reynolds is 42

• Meghan McCain (The View) is 34

• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1915: Some 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote.

• 1958: The Smurfs appeared for the first time.

• 1998: A Danish man said goodbye to his 86-year-old father by taking his corpse for a motorcycle ride, and stopping at a bar for a beer and a cigar. Flemming Pedersen asked to be left alone with his dad, dressed the corpse in leather, a helmet, boots, and dark glasses, strapped it to his Harley-Davidson, and rode around Copenhagen for three hours to his father’s favorite places. He said he felt good about the ride.

• 2001: Apple unveiled the iPod. It officially went on sale on November 10, 2001, for $399.

• 2005: Near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Laatsch called police to report that a deer in her yard had a pumpkin stuck on its head. It turned out the deer had a large brown or gold plastic ball stuck on its head, a lawn ornament or possibly a Halloween decoration.

• 2010: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project estimated 1 in 3 adult Americans will have diabetes by 2050.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• TV Talk Show Host Day

• Boston Cream Pie Day

• Croc Day. The ugly shoes, not the animal.

• National Paralegal Day

• Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day

UPCOMING

• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 4: New York City marathon
• November 6: Election day
• November 6: College basketball season begins
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 12: Veterans Day
• November 21: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day