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• 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


• 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.


• Meat Week

• Data Privacy Day

• Kazoo Day

• Pediatrician Day

• Fun at Work Day

• Blueberry Pancake Day

• Rubber Duckie

• Bubble Wrap Day


• 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


1.3 billion: Chicken wings eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.


Congressman Steve King, who was officially rebuked by the U.S. House of Representatives for making white supremacist statements, was greeted with applause during a public appearance in his home state of Iowa. [It was impossible to tell who the cheering people were because they were all wearing white hoods.]

In women’s bobsledding, the U.S. women’s team won the World Cup, snapping Germany’s 24-race win streak. [However, Germany is protesting that the officials missed a rather obvious pass interference call.]

The Vince Lombardi Trophy, which will be given to the winner of the Super Bowl, was delivered to the site of the big game by FedEx. [Unfortunately, the driver was in a hurry so he just tossed it into the hedges.]

The winner of this year’s Women’s U.S. Figure Skating Championship was Alysa Liu who is only 13 years old. [That explains her use of boy band music for her routine and the incredible amount of body glitter left on the ice.]

Veterinarians in Oklahoma repaired a puppy’s paws. His paws pointed up instead of down. The problem made it impossible to walk. [But it made the puppy unbeatable in the backstroke.]

A series of loud cannon blasts at the inauguration of the Governor of Idaho set off car alarms. [So much for the peaceful transfer of power.]

A woman arrested in Connecticut for driving under the influence was drunk on vanilla extract. [It’s not every day that you encounter a drunk person who you actually don’t mind breathing on you.]

YouTube is promising to stop promoting stupid videos with outlandish non-scientific claims. [Good. Maybe we’ll finally get some work done around here.]

An inmate escaped an Alabama prison by hiding in a trailer hauling furniture. [Authorities have alerted the general public to be on the lookout for anyone bearing a strong resemblance to a coffee table.]

A family was removed from an American Airlines flight after complaints about their body odor. [If you smell worse than what the airline is serving for dinner, you’ve got a problem.]


LOTTERIES TOP $100 MILLION _ Both of the country’s national lotteries have jackpots over $100 million. Tuesday’s Mega Millions is worth $109 million; Wednesday’s Powerball is worth $174 million.

TRUCK DRIVER WINS $298.3 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT AUDIO  A truck driver in Brooklyn is headed toward easy street after winning last month’s $298.3 million Powerball jackpot. 56-year-old David Johnson won the December 26 jackpot. He was awarded his winnings Friday.

YOU’LL EAT OVER 12,000 CALORIES AT THE MOVIES THIS YEAR _ The average Brit tucks into almost 13,000 calories a year – while watching movies at the cinema, according to a survey. Researchers says movie fans will eat sweets, popcorn and other food containing 1,795 calories each time they watch a flick on the big screen — almost the same as a woman’s recommended daily amount. With the average adult making seven trips to the theater a year, that amounts to a total of 12,565 calories annually.

CDC OFFICIALLY WARNS AGAINST KISSING, SNUGGLING HEDGEHOGS _ Don’t kiss or snuggle hedgehogs. That’s the official warning from the CDC due to a salmonella outbreak. Eleven people across eight states have all been infected with the same strain of the bacteria, and 10 of those people said they’d had contact with a hedgehog. Officials have identified the strain of salmonella in at least two of the hedgehogs involved. In its warning, the CDC notes that getting too close to hedgehogs — which have recently become more popular as pets — “can spread salmonella germs to your face and mouth and make you sick.” There are a variety of ways animals can pick up salmonella, including from their mothers before they’re born or by eating contaminated food; the bacteria sometimes even lives naturally in their intestines.

MISSING 3-YEAR-OLD SAYS HE SPENT TIME HANGING OUT WITH A BEAR _ A North Carolina community came together Friday night to celebrate officials finding a 3-year-old boy who was lost in the woods for nearly three days. Casey Lynn Hathaway, who was found alive Thursday night after disappearing from his grandmother’s yard, is doing well. His mother shared on Facebook: “Casey is healthy, smiling, and talking. He said he hung out with a bear for two days…”

CAN AIRPLANES HANDLE ALL OF THE FARTS? _ There’s a lot to worry about when flying on an airplane. One frequent flyer with anxiety about about one issue turned to Twitter to ask Delta Airlines for input. The topic: farts. DJ Rankan, a corporate and globe-trotting DJ and event planner, pointed out that “on an average flight there’s 368 liters of fart expelled into the air.”

… Rankan was referencing an article in a British publication (The Sun) that delved into how much flatulence would be expelled on a flight from London to Singapore on an Airbus 380 plane that seats 525. On the 12-hour and 50-minute flight, the passengers would release a grand total of 368 liters or 13 cubic feet.

… Rankan asked the official Twitter account of Delta Airlines a simple question: “Where do all the farts go on airplanes?” The social media customer service agent for Delta provided a very thorough answer: “These systems actually gradually allow the air to seep out of the cabin, while bringing fresh air back in. So, do we have a ‘Fart Filter’ … Not really, we just allow the airplane to fart the human farts out of the aircraft.”

… A little research by (YOU) uncovered the following: Boeing says their planes are capable of removing between 95 and 99 percent of airborne contaminants. The airplane manufacturer boasts that the air in the cabin is completely refreshed within five minutes. Cooled air is put into the cabin through the plane’s air-conditioning ducts. It circulates for a while before moving down into the belly of the plane; at that point, about half is released back into the atmosphere through one-way outflow valves. The other half cycles through a large multi-stage filter before mixing back in with the external air supply and re-entering the cabin.

… By the way, science says that being 30,000 feet in the air makes humans extra fartsy. Jacob Rosenberg, a clinical professor at the University of Copenhagen, said that the low cabin pressure causes gas inside the stomach to expand by 30 percent. While the plane can handle all the farts, fellow passengers may not. One flight had to make an emergency landing after one flyer couldn’t stop cutting the cheese. The passengers on the flight from Dubai to Amsterdam got into a fight with the fearless farter for breaking wind.

USPS TRUCK EXPLODES IN FLAMES _ A United States Postal Service mail delivery truck caught fire while attempting to deliver mail on Thursday morning in a suburb of Kansas City (Missouri). The driver is seen on camera spinning tires for several minutes attempting to drive up an icy hill. It is not clear exactly what started the blaze.

… One homeowner, whose home security camera captured the incident, said, “There was a point where, for almost 10 minutes straight, he did not let up on the gas. He was pushing it beyond insanity, and you could just tell the way he was going that he was getting more and more mad the whole time.”

… After the truck burst into flames, the mail person evacuated and the driverless flaming truck rolled back down the hill before coming to rest in a nearby yard. • VIDEO

FOREVER STAMPS TO JUMP TO 55 CENTS _ Beginning today (Monday) the price of Forever stamps is increasing by 10 percent, and will go from 50 cents to 55 cents. The change is the biggest jump in the history of the United States Postal Service. Old Forever stamps remain valid for mailing a letter regardless of how much the price changes.

PUPPY RECOVERING AFTER SURGERY TO FIX UPSIDE DOWN PAWS _ A puppy born with his front paws facing up instead of down and unable to walk is recovering after surgery at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The 8-pound puppy, named Milo, had elbow surgery January 9.Milo, apparently part beagle and coon hound, suffered from congenital elbow dislocation. Dr. Erik Clary inserted pins in Milo’s elbows to realign the joints and help the dog eventually learn to walk.

WORKER DIES IN CHEESE MACHINE _ A worker at an Orangeburg, New York, cheese company died in a mixing machine at the facility. Authorities say Edwin Nunez died on January 15 at ICCO Cheese Co. The 41-year-old was found in a mixing machine at his work station; paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

TOMORROW IS FREE BACON DAY _ A reminder: tomorrow (Tuesday) is free bacon day at McDonald’s. You can crumble it in your hot fudge sundae, add it to your Filet-O-Fish sandwich or eat it with some hash browns. McDonald’s is giving away free bacon for one hour tomorrow from 4 to 5 PM in celebration of three bacon-themed items being added to the chain’s Classics menu for a limited time. They include the Big Mac bacon burger, the Quarter Pounder bacon burger and cheesy bacon fries.

… Customers will receive two half pieces of thick cut, applewood smoked bacon with any purchase. The giveaway is limited to one free side per person.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LAWYERS SUED FOR NOT ADVISING THAT DIVORCE WOULD END MARRIAGE _ In London, a woman has appealed the dismissal of a professional negligence claim against several divorce lawyers. She sued because, among other things, the lawyers failed to advise her that divorce would mean the end of her marriage.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MONOPOLY GAME ENDS IN ATTACK _ In Kansas City, Kansas, A family dispute over a game of Monopoly ended with an attack. The victim argued with his cousin during the game and the cousin’s girlfriend hit him, then shoved him into a mirror. The victim required stitches.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF LEAVES BEHIND HIS SHOES _ A thief in North Carolina was quickly caught. He broke into a home and stole a pair of expensive shoes. The police tracked him down in no time because he left behind his old shoes which the homeowner recognized.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR HIDES IN HOT ATTIC _ In Australia — where it’s summertime — a guy broke into a home. When he heard the homeowners return, he climbed up into the hot attic to hide. After two hours, with the hot sun beating down on the roof, the burglar passed out and fell through the ceiling onto the hardwood floor of the living room, right in front of the shocked homeowners. He staggered out into the backyard before collapsing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER LOCKED IN TRUNK BY DRIVER _ In Germany a bank robber was arrested after the driver of his getaway car left him locked in the trunk and walked away. The police found the man in the trunk between shopping bags and a tool box still holding the money he had stolen.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOODEN SPOON WEAPON _ In Holland, a 67-year-old woman woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and found a burglar in the house. She happened to be near the kitchen when she first heard the burglar, so she grabbed a large wooden spoon and hit him repeatedly over the head with it until he fled.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES FORGOT WHERE THEY PARKED _ Two alleged thieves in Germany were caught by police when they couldn’t remember where they parked the getaway car. Shortly after robbing an electronics store the men were found by cops wandering around frantically looking for their car.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLUE FERRARI IN THE BLUE OCEAN _ A police officer in Palm Beach, Florida, saw a blue Ferrari parked on a dock and told the driver he couldn’t park there. The officer watched as the man behind the wheel backed his car up — and then suddenly accelerate toward the dock again at a high rate of speed. The car and driver shot off the end of the pier into the ocean. He got out of the floating car and was picked up by a passing boat, and came back to the police officer to talk with him. He told the cop: “Jesus made me the smartest man on Earth and it’s so hard to have this much responsibility.”


AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (8p ET, NBC) — New. Ten fan favorites from around the world face off, and two acts move on to the Finals.

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. The group travels to Singapore, as 13 women explore the city, visiting a leech therapy center and trying different foods.


BRESLIN AND HAMILL: DEADLINE ARTISTS (8p ET, HBO) — This new documentary salutes New York newspaper columnists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill, whose dedication and wit spoke for everyday people and transformed reporting. Celebs including Spike Lee, Robert De Niro, Gloria Steinem, Tom Wolfe, and Garry Trudeau are interviewed.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Magnum investigates the murder of a man who, before his death, hires Thomas to find his killer.

PREMIERE: I AM THE NIGHT (9p ET, TNT) — Inspired by true events surrounding the the Black Dahlia murder of 1947 (and from Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman), this new limited series is set in 1965 Los Angeles tells the story of a teenage girl (India Eisley), who is given away at birth, and makes a discovery when she is older that leads her to question everything. Chris Pine also stars.


BULL (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MANIFEST (10p ET, NBC) — New


TOP TEN MOVIES _ M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is the No. 1 movie in North America for a second weekend, earning an additional $19 million.

  1. Glass, $19 million
  2. The Upside, $12.2 million
  3. Aquaman, $7.3 million
  4. The Kid Who Would be King, $7.2 million
  5. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, $6.1 million
  6. Green Book, $5.4 million
  7. A Dog’s Way Home, $5.2 million
  8. Serenity, $4.8 million
  9. Escape Room, $4.2 million
  10. Dragon Ball Super: Broly, $3.6 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Ride Along.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Varsity Blues.

… In theaters Friday: Miss Bala (PG-13)

SAG AWARDS 2019 WINNERS _ Updating Sunday night, the Screen Actors Guild winners.

TARAJI P. HENSON TO RECEIVE STAR ON WALK OF FAME _ Actress Taraji P. Henson is getting her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today (Monday). Guest speakers scheduled to appear include musician and actress Mary J. Blige and film director and screenwriter John Singleton. Henson’s star is the 2,655th on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she is going in under the Motion Pictures category.

BRADLEY COOPER CRASHES LADY GAGA’S VEGAS SHOW _ Bradley Cooper joined Lady Gaga at a Las Vegas show on Saturday night. Video released by Gaga Daily shows the pair hugging on stage as the crowd cheers them on. Cooper starts off singing Shallow from A Star Is Born as Gaga kneels on the floor. Then Gaga joins him while playing the piano. At the end of the song, Cooper puts his arm around Gaga. The two are nominated for the Best Actor and Best Actress in the upcoming Academy Awards. Shallow is also up for an Oscar for Best Song. • VIDEO

KATE BECKINSALE HOSPITALIZED WITH RUPTURED OVARIAN CYST _ British actress Kate Beckinsale shared on Instagram photos of her in a hospital bed after suffering a medical emergency. She captioned one of the photos with: “Turns out a ruptured ovarian cyst really hurts and morphine makes me cry. So thankful to everyone who looked after me #wobbly.”

TRAILER FOR MOVIE ON TED BUNDY HAS RAISED A LOT OF EYEBROWS _ The first trailer for the upcoming film on American serial killer Ted Bundy has set off fierce debate, with people worried that the film glorifies his deadly legacy and could hurt those impacted by his crimes. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile premiered at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend, and stars Zac Efron as the killer. Authorities believe Bundy murdered 30 women or more before he was executed at the Florida State Prison in 1989. • TRAILER

JIMMY KIMMEL BEACH RENTAL HOME TARGETED _ (DEVELOPING) TMZ reported Sunday that a slew of cops swarmed Jimmy Kimmel’s Hermosa Beach, California, home — a house that is not his primary residence. Jimmy and his family were not there. A friend of his — Adam Perry Lang — was staying at the house and sleeping. Lang is a chef and best selling author. Police helicopters were flying above, and there was also at least one police-operated drone. TMZ obtained dispatch audio of cops explaining: a male called 911 saying he had two explosives in the home and he’d assaulted his girlfriend with a rifle. One person was taken into custody — Lang, who apparently woke up, walked outside and was escorted to a police car without incident. Jimmy went to the Hermosa Beach Police Department Sunday at around noon and bailed his friend out.

MULE BECOMES CLINT EASTWOOD’S 5TH MOVIE AS DIRECTOR TO CROSS $100 MILLION _ Clint Eastwood has now made five films that have crossed the $100 million mark. On Sunday, Mule made it number five. The others were American Sniper ($547 million), Gran Torino ($148 million), Million Dollar Baby ($100.4 million) and Unforgiven ($101 million).

CBS RENEWS FBI, THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND MAGNUM P.I. _ CBS has announced it has renewed three of its freshmen series for the 2019-20 season: FBI, The Neighborhood and the Magnum P.I. reboot.

WWE CHAMPION ROMAN REIGNS JOINS HOBBS AND SHAW _ The Hobbs and Shaw family continues to grow: WWE champion Roman Reigns, aka Joe Anoa’i, has joined the cast for the upcoming Fast and Furious spin-off. The film will follow Dwayne Johnson’s Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s assassin Deckard Shaw.

KEVIN BACON SAYS HE’S ‘SUPER JEALOUS’ OF WIFE KYRA SEDGWICK _ Kevin Bacon knows he got lucky marrying Kyra Sedgwick. While honoring his wife Saturday during an event at the Sundance Film Festival, Bacon gushed about Sedgwick’s talent and the awards she’s received for it: “She got this whole boatload of awards and nominations. I know this because I was super, super jealous of that. I’m hoping that’ll happen for me someday.”

… Bacon won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in 2010 for his role in Taking Chance, and has been nominated for a plethora of other awards.


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• LOTTERY WINNER: A truck driver in Brooklyn won last month’s $298.3 million Powerball jackpot. 56-year-old David Johnson was awarded his winnings Friday. He plans to buy a red Porsche.

• PHONER: In Britain, where the Super Bowl won’t wrap up until early Monday morning, a newspaper offered tips for how to get out of work. What’s the dumbest excuse a coworker’s used to get out of work?  →  5 real callers

• DROP: You’re not buying this are you. You’re not listening to a word I’m saying.

• SONG: Baby Shark. It’s coming to Netflix. January 25 Entertainment.

• SONG: Stayin’ Alive helped a man revive a woman. January 25 News & Nuggets.



The Chinese New Year begins a week from tomorrow (Tuesday, February 5). According to tradition, the events that occur on the first day of the Chinese New Year may have an impact on the rest of the year so be careful with your words, your deeds, what you eat and whom you greet:

• Don’t wash your hair or you will wash away any good luck for the new year

• Wear brand new clothes.

• Wear the color red for joy and happiness.

• Don’t wear white or black as they are colors of mourning.

• Greet your relatives, neighbors, and friends and wish them well.

• Don’t greet people in mourning.

• Give red envelopes with money to children and unmarried people.

• Don’t sweep the floor or clean or you may sweep away your luck.

• Don’t say the number “four” (which sounds like the Chinese word for death).

• Don’t mention death or tell ghost stories.

• Don’t cook.

• Don’t use knives or scissors or you may cut off fortune.

• Don’t lend money or you will be lending all year.

• Don’t borrow money.


There’s science that proves men everywhere are forgetful. According to research (published in BMC Psychology), men are more forgetful than women, regardless of their age.

Some other behaviors researchers need to study:

• Why does he always leave the seat up?

• Farting in bed. Hello, there’s someone else in there!

• Leaving bathroom cabinets open.

• Leaving at least three pairs of shoes by the front door at all times.

• Illegible handwriting.


Today (January 28) is Bubble Wrap Day.

• Bubble Wrap Burglar Alarm — Make a burglar alarm for your home. Lay Bubble Wrap on the floor inside your doors and windows. When a thief breaks in and walks across the floor, the “pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop” will alert you to the intruder.

• Bubblehead — Improvise a football or motorcycle helmet. Wrap massive quantities of Bubble Wrap around your head and seal in place with clear packaging tape. If Bubble Wrap can protect a hand-painted egg shipped from France across the Atlantic, it can protect your head when it hits asphalt.

• Bubble Wrap Insect Repellent — Prevent mosquito bites on arms and legs by covering your extremities in Bubble Wrap. When mosquitoes do try to bite you, the Bubble Wrap bubble will pop and the tiny explosion of air will send the mosquito spiraling through the air.

• Sweet Dreams — Sleeping while camping can be a real pain in the back, unless you are carrying a lightweight six-foot roll of Bubble Wrap as a mat to place under your sleeping bag. Or fold a twelve-foot-long piece of Bubble Wrap in half and duct tape the sides to make the padded sleeping bag of your dreams. CAUTION: If you are sleeping on the beach, high tide may cause you to float out to sea.

• Bubble Wrap Instead of Cash — Impress your date by padding your wallet with a piece of Bubble Wrap behind your money. It will look like you have a lot more money than you actually do.


TRIVIA: Over 400 people die in the U.S. each year while doing this. (Getting out of bed)

TRIVIA: What do swim fins, the odometer and bifocals have in common? (They were invented by the same person: Benjamin Franklin)

TRIVIA: Dogs have about 1,700, while humans have about 9,000. (Taste buds)



• Tom Selleck is 74

• Oprah Winfrey is 65

• Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue) is 57

• Director-actor Ed Burns is 51

• Heather Graham is 49

• Sara Gilbert is 44


• 1924: Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio, patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.

• 1949: The Newport News was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship.

• 1999: Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles appeared together in public for the first time, posing for photos outside London’s Ritz Hotel, where they had attended a party.

• 2000: A teenage boy in Thessaloniki, Greece, survived a 63-foot fall from his seventh-story apartment balcony after landing on two plastic dumpsters. The 17-year-old was hospitalized with a broken leg and a mild concussion.

• 2006: In Boston Tyrone Brown posted an online ad offering cocaine for sale. He included his phone number. Cops called the number, set up a purchase and busted him.

• 2006: Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron said in an interview that she often gets turned down for action roles because her boobs aren’t big enough. She starred in one of the top action movies of 2015: Mad Max: Fury Road.


• Curmudgeons Day

• Puzzle Day

• Seeing Eye Dog Day

• Cornchip Day


• 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