INTERPREP ★ JANUARY 25, 2019

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 25, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Adventurer Kay Cottee is 65. She was the first woman to perform a solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the world.

• Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids, Ugly Betty) is 48

• Alicia Keys is 38

• Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1924: The 1924 Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, France (in the French Alps), inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games.

• 1984: Apple’s Macintosh computer went on sale for $2,495.

• 1995: In its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles, the defense said Simpson was the victim of a ”rush to judgment” by authorities who had mishandled evidence and ignored witnesses.

• 1999: A man in Louisville, Kentucky, received the first hand transplant in the U.S.

• 2011: A former Miss Canada finalist became the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles. Canadian singer Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy was one of the first students to sign up for the course on the Fab Four when it launched at Liverpool Hope University in March 2009.

• 2017: Mary Tyler Moore died.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• It’s 11 months till Christmas!

• Irish Coffee Day

• National Pre-school Fitness Day

• Opposite Day

• Thank Your Mentor Day

UPCOMING

• January 27: SAG Awards
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 5: Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig
• February 10: Grammy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

• Bob Uecker is 84. Actor Scott Glenn is 80. Eddie Van Halen is 64. Ellen DeGeneres is 61. Andrew Ridgeley is 56. Sara Rue is 41.

• Fruitcake Toss Day. Peanut Brittle Day. Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. Spouse’s Day.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

• James Cromwell is 79. Mikhail Baryshnikov is 71. Mimi Rogers is 63. Guitarist Janick Gers of Iron Maiden is 62. Bridget Fonda is 55. Alan Cumming is 54. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 51. Patton Oswalt is 50.

•  Holocaust Memorial Day. Thomas Crapper Day. Chocolate Cake Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

38 million: Americans who smoke.


NEWS ATTACK!

The San Diego Humane Society removed 84 cockatiels from an apartment. [The lease clearly sets the limit at 75.]

A sea lion in Alaska jumped into a fishing boat and tried to drag a fisherman into the sea. [Sounds like it’s mating season.]

The Massachusetts doctor who removed a kidney from the wrong patient has received an official reprimand from the state. [Well, that should certainly even the score.]

The NASA Mars rover, Opportunity, turns 15. However, NASA hasn’t heard from the spacecraft in some time. [It’s the same old story. For years, you have good communication with your young spacecrafts, and then as soon as they become teenagers you can’t get a word out of them.]

Walmart is hiring 900 truck drivers. [The robots aren’t going to like this.]

A Florida man whose mother had a one-night stand with William Shatner is trying to prove that Captain Kirk is his father. [He probably is. Heaven knows that the good captain wasn’t too shy about spreading his DNA across the galaxy.]

An online company is now selling pre-infected boxes of tissues for $80 to expose you to colds so that you can build up an immunity. [It’s like stonewashed, pre-ripped jeans but with a huge gross factor.]

Australia is on pace to record its hottest January ever. The city of Adelaide had a temperature of 115.9 degrees. [It’s so hot in Australia that even the film career of Vince Vaughn could catch fire.]

The priciest home in America just sold in New York City. An apartment went for $238 million. [Of course, they’ll be some additional remodeling costs if the new owner wants a full bathroom.]

A school superintendent in Indiana was arrested and charged with fraud after she used her personal insurance to help a poor student receive medical care. [Well, we certainly don’t need dedicated, selfless, do-gooders like that teaching our children.]

An Italian couple’s housecat has set a new world record with its size. It’s nearly four feet long. [By the time it finishes licking itself from top to bottom, it’s time to start over again.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

MAN SAVES WOMAN WITH CPR HE LEARNED FROM THE OFFICE AUDIO  Cross Scott is the the lead shop technician at a tire and auto place in Tuscon, Arizona, and he was test-driving a customer’s car when he saw a white sedan with its hazard lights blinking at the side of the road. Figuring the driver of the sedan might need help he pulled in front of it and then saw a woman sitting in the driver’s seat. As he approached her car, he noticed it was rolling. He quickly stuck a big rock under the front wheel. When he saw the woman was unconscious, he began banging on her window and yelling for her to wake up. Cross never brings his phone when driving customers’ vehicles, to avoid the distraction of taking a call while driving. Cros broke one of the car’s windows with a rock. He reached in and unlocked the driver-side door. He checked the woman’s pulse and didn’t think she had one.

… What popped into Cross’ head was an episode of the television show The Office in which character Michael Scott sings the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive while doing chest compressions on a dummy. As Cross straddled the woman and began chest compressions, he sang the song out loud. All he was thinking about was Michael Scott’s face, singing “Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.” After a minute, the woman took a breath and threw up. A couple of women who’d pulled over to help called 911. Cross says one of the paramedics with Tucson Fire told him if he hadn’t helped her, the situation could have turned out very differently.

Back in April of last year (2018) a Central Michigan University student rescued a drowning squirrel. Natalie Belsito apparently wouldn’t have known what to do without the help of The Office. She said, “Honestly, when I was doing it, I was thinking of the episode of The Office when they do CPR,” referencing the scene in which the employees learn to time chest compressions to the tune of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees. “I was literally singing that song as I tried to do it.”

MORE AMERICANS ARE RIDING MOTORCYCLES THAN EVER BEFORE _ More than 1.5 million American households have added the joy of two wheel travel to their garages in the last four years, according to the newest rider statistics report from the Motorcycle Industry Council. The percentage of American households with motorcycle ownership has increased to 8 percent.

… The 2009 record for motorcycle ownership was 11,704,500 bikes in circulation in the U.S. For 2018, that number rose to 13,158,100.

EVEN A 20-SECOND EXERCISE ‘SNACK’ CAN IMPROVE FITNESS _ A new study (McMaster University) shows as little as 20 seconds of brisk stair climbing, done several times a day, might be enough exercise to improve fitness. The study finds that people can complete a meaningful series of insta-workouts without leaving their office building or even changing out of their dress shoes, offering hope — and eliminating excuses — for those of us convinced that we have inadequate time, expertise, income or footwear to exercise.

ONE SERVING OF FRIED CHICKEN A DAY LINKED TO HIGHER RISK OF DEATH _ A new study shows a regular serving of fried chicken is associated with a higher risk of death. The study, which looked at the food habits of 107,000 women, found those who enjoyed fried chicken once or more per day had a 13% higher risk of death compared with women who did not eat any fried food.

AMERICANS STRUGGLE WITH HARD-TO-READ HANDWRITING _ A new study examining handwriting usage in both professional and personal circumstances finds one in two people have been told by others that their handwriting is hard to read. The survey also found that the average respondent has experienced two instances in their working life where their handwriting led to a miscommunication or caused a real problem.

… Even more interestingly, 45 percent of Americans struggle to read their own handwriting.

AVERAGE AMERICAN LAUGHS 8 TIMES A DAY _ Life may seem tough at times but the average American still laughs eight times a day.

HOW MUCH THE SUPER BOWL WILL COST EMPLOYERS _ Once again we’re hearing that Americans are going to “cost” their employers over a billion dollars in productivity by wasting time talking about, reading about and researching the Super Bowl. Plus, allegedly, they waste another $421 million the Monday after the big game. The thinking is that if football fans spend 10-15 minutes a day talking about the Super Bowl, they’ll be wasting lots of time/money.

… Of course, what’s more likely is that people are just replacing some of the time they waste talking about other things, or doing social media, with Super Bowl talk.

TINY FRACTION OF TWITTER USERS SPREAD FAKE NEWS _ A new study (Northeastern University) finds a tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more.

… Scientists examined more than 16,000 U.S. Twitter accounts and found that 16 of them — less than one-tenth of 1 percent — tweeted out nearly 80 percent of the misinformation masquerading as news. About 99 percent of the Twitter users spread virtually no fake information in the most heated part of the election year.

… Misinformation ‘super sharers’ flood Twitter: an average of 308 pieces of fakery each between August 1 and December 6 in 2016.

SERIAL KILLER CAUGHT THANKS TO THE GPS ON HIS RUNNING WATCH _ Mark Fellows is a cyclist marathoner. Mark Fellows is an avid cyclist. Mark Fellows is a serial murderer. The 38-year-old Englishman was known as the “Iceman” in mob circles for his reputation as a murder-for-hire, no questions asked killer. Fellows was recently handed a life sentence after a jury found him guilty of the murders of two rival gangsters. Fellows was a suspect for the murder but authorities were unable to tie him to any evidence. That is until a detective spotted a photo of Fellows wearing his Garmin Forerunner during the 2015 Great Manchester 10K, a racing event that took place two months before one of the murders. Police snatched the running watch from Fellows’ home and analyzed the GPS data to see if they could mine any pertinent information.

… With help from an expert in satellite navigation, prosecutors were able to see that Fellows was traveling to the field near the victim’s home and saw his on-bicycle speed drop when the victim was gunned down.

WE’VE BEEN STORING PEANUT BUTTER WRONG _ Peanut butter is one of the foods of the gods. It’s right up there with potato chips, pizza, wings, and kale. (Just kidding about kale.) But did you know that the peanut butter you have sitting in your cupboard on in the pantry could be even better if you just stored it correctly? Yes. Stored it correctly. According to Delish.com, when you have a jar of natural peanut butter it develops a little pool of oil on the top. Which is when the churning and twisting of a knife or spoon is necessary, in order to happily consume oil-free PB. But, when you store the good stuff upside down, the oil will evenly distribute throughout the entire jar, instead of in a stagnant liquid bath on top.

CONSUMERS READ, BENEFIT FROM INFORMATION ON FOOD PACKAGING _ New research confirms what many have suspected for years: Having more information about food can help people make smarter food purchases. According to a survey, 69 percent of people look at nutritional facts to get food information and 67 percent get information from the ingredient list.

FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CHEF WINS LOTTERY THANKS TO MOM _ A former presidential chef who won a $250,000 lottery prize in North Carolina will use the money to feed the hungry. Chef Roberto Mendoza of Charlotte, who has cooked for presidents Trump and Obama as well as catering the Academy Awards, told North Carolina lottery officials he bought a ticket from a 7-Eleven store on the advice of his mother.

… Mendoza said, “She told me she had a lucky feeling and knew I was going to win the lottery, so I bought a ticket.” The $5 scratch-off ticket turned out to be $250,000 jackpot winner. Mendoza said his winnings will go toward finishing construction on a cafeteria to feed the hungry in the Dominican Republic.

NEW DAD REWARDED WITH BMW AFTER DRIVING BURNING CAR AWAY FROM HOSPITAL _ Usually, when your wife has just given birth to your first child, that’s the most memorable thing that happens to you that day. But one brand new dad had something else to attend to. Travis Trent was at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Tacoma, Washington for the birth of his baby when his car caught on fire in the parking garage. Rather than make a run for it, the new father drove out of the garage to protect the other cars. He also made sure he got his girlfriend’s makeup and their new car seat out of the car. His car was completely charred, but a local auto shop (Sunset Auto Wholesale) was so impressed they gave Travis the exact same car he had before — a BMW 528 — which they happened to have on their lot.

LIES TAKE LONGER _ Liars take longer to tell their story. Research shows it takes on average 30% longer to tell a fib than to be honest.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: IS WEIGHT GAIN CONTAGIOUS? _ If you think the journey to optimal health is a solo one, you might want to reconsider. A new study showed that when it comes to maintaining your happy weight, where you live matters — a lot. The study (published in the Journal of the American Medical Association) analyzed data from over 1,500 military families who were stationed at about 40 different military bases all around the world. The purpose of the study was to see if exposure to communities with higher rates of obesity affected the BMI of the participants and increased the individual risk of weight gain.

… What they found was pretty shocking: living in an area with higher rates of obesity is associated with a higher BMI and an increased risk of obesity in both children and adults. The study’s lead author explained: “Subconsciously, you are affected by what people around you are doing. When I travel to the Bay Area, for example, everyone is riding bicycles. You get there, and it seems like you have to buy a bicycle. If you move to a community where a sedentary lifestyle is the norm, you join that. There is this social influence.”


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HAS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ALLIGATOR _ A Pennsylvania man said his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression. Joie Henney said Wally the alligator likes to snuggle and give hugs. Wally is about 5 feet long. Henney said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRASHING A SPEEDING TICKET DOESN’T MAKE IT GO AWAY _ If you’re caught throwing your speeding ticket out your car window, it could cost you big bucks for littering — according to the Manitoba, Canada, police. On Tuesday they showed dash cam video of a female driver crumpling up their speeding ticket and throwing it out their window — all in front of the officer who issued it. The driver was dinged for $174 for the littering, plus the fine for speeding.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUDENT ACCUSED OF CALLING IN FAKE BOMB THREAT TO STOP PARENTS FROM VISITING _ A flight carrying 159 passengers from Lyon to Rennes in France was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff. A 23-year-old phoned in a bomb threat hoax so that his parents, who were on the plan, wouldn’t come visit him. The man could face five years in prison if found guilty.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DANCING NAKED IN WAFFLE HOUSE PARKING LOT _ A 38-year-old woman was arrested by Florida deputies after she dropped her pants, blocked traffic and exposed herself at a Waffle House.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRAIN HOPPER _ In Germany, an intoxicated man jumped onto a moving train but couldn’t get inside. He had to hold on between two cars as the train rolled at 125 mph. The man survived without a scratch.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY TRIES TO OFF HIMSELF THREE TIMES _ For some reason a middle-aged Croatian man stabbed himself with a butcher’s knife, then set his apartment on fire, then jumped out of a first-floor window. He survived with minor injuries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN RUNS INTO BURNING HOME TO SAVE HIS XBOX _ A Kansas man could not bear the idea of being without his favorite gaming device. So when the man woke up and found his house on fire he quickly ran outside. Then he remembered that his beloved Xbox was still inside. He rushed back inside to rescue his system and suffered only minor smoke inhalation.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOFA TRAPS SENIOR _ In the UK, a senior citizen who got trapped under his own sofa survived for two and a half days by drinking a conveniently-placed bottle of whiskey.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8p ET, ABC) — New. For his 40th birthday, Louis decides that the family needs to go camping.

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP FIGURE SKATING (8p ET, NBC) — Coverage of the ladies’ free skate.

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Kenneth turns to an unwilling Jimmy for help with Joyce.

HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — New. This 2-hour episode looks into the past and crimes of Cary Stayner, who terrorized Yosemite National Park in 1999, murdering four women.

HELL’S KITCHEN (9p ET, FOX) — New.

THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (Netflix) — The final 6 episodes of the 4th and final season.

KINGDOM (Netflix) — This Korean zombie thriller is set during medieval times and begins with a kingdom beset by strange rumors about their ill king. The crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

BLACK EARTH RISING (Netflix) — An investigator (Michaela Coel) from the International Criminal Court tries to take down an African militia leader in this imported thriller. John Goodman also stars.

SATURDAY

2019 NHL ALL-STAR GAME (8p ET, NBC) — Go!

DYNASTIES (9p ET, BBC America, AMC, IFC, Sundance TV) — This new episode features group of chimps in Senegal that is led by an alpha male named Dave.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (11p ET, PBS) — Country music legend Willie Nelson performs.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. James McAvoy hosts, with musical guest rapper Meek Mill.

SUNDAY

2019 PRO BOWL (3p ET, ABC and ESPN) — The best of the AFC and NFC compete in Orlando. Like the past five years, the Pro Bowl will have no kickoffs, and there will be a two-minute warning in every quarter.

RENT (7p ET, FOX) — This live production of the Tony Award-winning musical is about seven struggling artists in New York’s gritty East Village. Jordan Fisher, Vanessa Hudgens, Tinashe, and Brandon Victor Dixon star.

CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (8p ET, ABC) — New

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New

25TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS (8p ET, TBS, TNT) — Megan Mullally hosts this awards show with actors honoring actors in TV and movies.

SEASON FINALE: OUTLANDER (8p ET, Starz) — Outlander has already been renewed for a 5th and 6th seasons.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (9p ET, NBC) — Drew Drechsel, Jesse Labreck, Mathis “The Kid” Owhadi, Najee Richardson and Barclay Stockett represent Team USA against top athletes from Europe and Australia.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — Products featured include a collection of curated wines with straightforward labels; a hair product helps amplify natural curls; and a subscription service that delivers educational toys.

CHARMED (9p ET, CW) — New

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (9p ET, CNN) — This award winning 2018 documentary tells the incredible story of triplets who were separated when they were just six months old and placed in three different homes. In 1980, thanks to a case of mistaken identity, the brothers discovered one another. Looking into the triplets’ family histories, it is discovered the men were part of a twin study, a psychological research project aimed at figuring out whether it’s nature or nurture that shapes human behavior. The documentary features interviews with the triplets and their families, and archival footage, to tell this unbelievable tale.

MADAM SECRETARY (10p ET, CBS) — New.

SHARK TANK (10p ET, ABC) — Products featured include an innovative storm shelter/safe house; a multipurpose container that protects sandwiches; and a solution to stinky feet. Charles Barkley guest judges.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ It’s predicted that Glass will once again win the weekend with between $16 and $20 million, followed by The Upside and The Kid Who Would Be King.

… Opening this weekend: Serenity (R); The Kid Who Would Be King (PG)

… Opening next weekend: Miss Bala (PG-13)

STAN LEE TRIBUTE EVENT WILL BE ATTENDED BY MARK HAMILL _ An event honoring the life and work of legendary comic book writer Stan Lee has a star-studded guest list. The event, entitled Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee, will be held in Hollywood on January 30 at TCL Chinese Theatre.

… The event will provide opportunities for fans to sit in on discussions with celebrities and top dogs in the comic book industry, who plan to share their favorite memories about Lee. Photos, artwork, and Lee’s classic comic books and memorabilia will also be on display throughout the event for fans to enjoy.

… The event will also feature a red carpet for guests to enter on. Notable guests include Mark Hamill, Kevin Smith, RZA, the creative team from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Clark Gregg, Felicia Day, Bill Duke, and cast members from Marvel’s The Runaways, FX’s Legion, and Fox’s The Gifted.

JEFF BRIDGES TEASES THE RETURN OF THE DUDE FROM THE BIG LEBOWSKI _ Jeff Bridges is the Dude, now and forever, and it wouldn’t be The Big Lebowski 2 without him. Some time ago, when asked about playing the part again Bridges said, “I think it’s a great idea. Yeah, it might be fun playing a little cameo as the Dude.” On Thursday Bridges tweeted a video of himself looking very Dude-like, along with the caption: “Can’t be living in the past, man. Stay tuned.” • VIDEO

BABY SHARK IS COMING TO NETFLIX IN 2019 AUDIO  It’s a new year and there is a new way to be annoyed by Baby Shark — on Netflix. PinkFong, the South Korean company behind the hit song Baby Shark, is launching a series of short videos on Netflix this year. There could also be cartoon series and online games coming.

… The Baby Shark phenomenon began in 2016 with a simple video of two adorable kids — one of whom now lives in New Zealand — dancing to the catchy song. The video has now had 1.7 billion views. And it has spawned a Christmas version, pirate version and Valentines version.

NETFLIX’S LATEST UMBRELLA ACADEMY TRAILER SHOWCASES AN OFFBEAT SUPERHERO SAGA _ One of the biggest original titles coming to Netflix next month is The Umbrella Academy, and the first full trailer for the superhero show has landed. The adaptation of the award-winning comic book centers on a group of young people who were born on the same day in 1989 — to mothers who weren’t pregnant before that morning.

… A billionaire adopts several kids, who showcase some extraordinary abilities, and trains them to protect the planet. When he dies several years later, the misfit siblings reunite to solve the mystery behind his death, all the while trying to stave off the apocalypse. • VIDEO

CHRIS HEMSWORTH LAUNCHING HIS OWN HEALTH AND FITNESS APP _ Chris Hemsworth is launching a new health and fitness app to give fans access to the experts who helped whip him into superhero shape. The Thor star has unveiled plans for Centr, a new subscription-based program which will allow users to follow the meal plans, daily workouts, and meditation exercises which have transformed his mind, body, and soul. Centr will have a global launch next month.

PINK TO RECEIVE STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME _ Pink will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 5. The artist is recognized in the recording category and will receive the 2,656th star on Hollywood Boulevard.

VIN DIESEL IS PUTTING TOGETHER A TEAM FOR THE FEMALE-LED FAST AND FURIOUS SPINOFF _ Last year Vin Diesel teased a Fast and Furious female spin-off. Now it’s confirmed. Look for it in 2020.

CASE AGAINST CHRIS HANSEN DISMISSED _ The case against TV host Chris Hansen, best known as the former host of NBC’s To Catch a Predator, on charges of issuing a bad check has been dismissed. The 59-year-old allegedly failed to pay a $13,000 bill despite a Connecticut police warning. On Wednesday, the court said the state would not prosecute,  and the case was dismissed. Hansen allegedly ordered 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals from Promotional Sales Limited in Stamford, Connecticut, receiving an invoice for $12,998.05 in September 2017. The owner then filed a complaint in April, saying a check he received had bounced.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• SONG: Baby Shark. It’s coming to Netflix.

• SONG: Stayin’ Alive helped a man revive a woman.

• DROP: I’m so excited for you guys right now!

• DROP: You know you’re very pretty?


BITS & BREAKS

WORD SPY!

Not-so-real words popping up in every day conversations.

• GLUCOAX – The little shake you give a packet of sugar or sweetener to settle the contents before you rip it open.

• DAMNESIA – The moment of loss, hesitation and confusion that occurs when you enter a room and immediately forget why.

• FLOPTION – The choice least likely to succeed.

• FURBODING – Being woken up by a pet “who is quietly but intently staring at you from the edge of your bed.

• BIJAMAS – Pajamas that either men or women can wear.

• METRIFIED – Being frightened of the metric system.

• SNOW BORED – The prevailing mood of the winter-weary resident. Example: “I’m snow bored of this whole season.”

WOMEN SHARE THE WORST PREGNANCY ADVICE THEY EVER GOT

Shared on Reddit

• “I was eating an apple with peanut butter on it during my lunch break when a co-worker told me that eating peanut butter would give my baby cancer.”

• “My mother-in-law told me it’s OK to drink mixed drinks. She went on to say that my husband was a margarita baby. I now call him that when he gets on my nerves.”

• “I was told that, because the baby grows inside the mother’s stomach, everything she eats or drinks just falls right onto the baby.”

• “Not to drink hot tea because if I did I’d boil my baby.”

• “Don’t sit on stairs — it will cause you to have a miscarriage.”

• “I was eight months pregnant when I mentioned at a family dinner that I was scared of labor. My grandma shouted, ‘You should smoke a blunt!'”

• “My grandma told me not to argue with my husband because it would cause the baby to be ‘fussy’ and ‘difficult’.”

THE LAZIEST THING EACH ZODIAC SIGN DOES

ARIES (March 21 – April 19) – Aries aren’t known for being lazy. The laziest thing that Aries does is text, message, or call someone who is only a room away.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) – The laziest thing they’ll do is order food from an app. That way, they don’t have to cook, clean up afterward, or even set the table.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) – The laziest thing they do is procrastinating and putting off things. Sometimes they just don’t want to have to deal.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22) – The laziest thing Cancers do is insist that their friends and family come to their house to hang out, or for social gatherings.

LEO (July 23 – August 22) – The laziest thing Leos will do is delegate and make others do tasks that Leo is too lazy to do themselves.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) – The laziest thing a Virgo might do is not make their bed, or not do some household chore right away.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) – Libras revel in laziness and they can give 10 reasons why everybody should indulge in laziness from time to time. The laziest thing that Libra does is stay in their pajamas all day.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) – The laziest thing that Scorpio does is ignore their social media and not post anything or comment.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) – The laziest thing that Sagittarius does is sleep a lot, and while this may seem lazy, they probably didn’t get much sleep leading up to the massive sleep day.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) – The laziest thing that Capricorn will do is binge-watch a series, but they tend to look at it as a task that must be completed.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) – They love to find time-saving apps, but that’s not the laziest thing they do. They won’t do simple programming like setting the clock on their coffee-maker.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20) – The laziest thing they do is not decide on something for themselves and just follow what someone else is doing. “I’ll just have what their having,” a Pisces might say at a restaurant.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Which actor has played the characters Buster Moon, Fenton Meiks, Dirk Pitt, Tip Tucker and Buddy Deeds? (Matthew McConaughey)

TRIVIA: This gets updated 150,000 times a day. (Wikipedia. That’s edits, new entries, etc.)

AMAZING HEADLINES!

Which of the following was not a real news headline?

• Small Town Residents Vote Birthday Clown Into Mayor’s Job*

• County to Pay $250,000 to Advertise Lack of Funds

• Army Vehicle Disappears After Being Painted With Camouflage

• Meeting on Open Meetings Closed

Got a contest that works for you? Send us an email.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 28, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Alan Alda is 83

• Sam Phillips is 57

• Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) is 50

• Mo Rocca is 50

• Joey Fatone of ‘N Sync is 42

• Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) is 40

• Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is 39

• Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) is 38

• Ariel Winter (Modern Family) is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1813: Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom.

• 1887: In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes were reported: 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

• 1958: Godtfred Kirk Christiansen patented the Lego brick.

• 1985: USA for Africa recorded the hit single We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

• 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on-board, including Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to be the first teacher in space.

• 2006: In Leavenworth, Kansas, Thomas Haynes was an enterprising young drug dealer. So enterprising that he had some business cards made up to advertise himself as the town’s “boss” drug dealer. Police officers got one of the cards, called the number, set up the buy and when he showed up to make the delivery he was arrested.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Data Privacy Day

• Kazoo Day

• Pediatrician Day

• Fun at Work Day

• Blueberry Pancake Day

• Rubber Duckie

• Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

UPCOMING

• January 27: SAG Awards
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 5: Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig
• February 10: Grammy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards