INTERPREP ★ NOVEMBER 21, 2019

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 21, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Marlo Thomas is 82

• Goldie Hawn is 74

• Nicollette Sheridan is 56

• Michael Strahan (Good Morning America) is 48

• Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 44

• Jena Malone is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1877: Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record sound.

• 1969: The first ARPANET link was established. ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), developed by the United States Department of Defense, was the world’s first operational packet switching network, and the ancestor of the Internet.

• 1980: The Dallas episode “Who Done It?” aired on U.S. television. It was one of the highest-rated episodes of a TV show ever aired.

• 1995: Toy Story was released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.

• 1995: British Airways Captain Rex Gravely received a Royal SPCA plaque for diverting a jumbo jet 1,000 miles to save a miniature Shitzu dog named Louise. When the jet’s cargo-hold over-heated, 200 passengers voted to divert the Houston-to-London flight to Boston to save the dog.

• 1996: Cathy Mullikin of Jackson, Tennessee, cooked her Thanksgiving turkey a week early, and she may not have been the only one. Cathy was one of 40-thousand people who got a free 1996 calendar from the county hospital that showed Thanksgiving on the wrong Thursday.

• 2013: The song Happy by Pharrell Williams was released. It would be Billboard’s Song of the Year for 2014 and win a Grammy in 2015.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Great American Smokeout

• National Rural Health Day

• Use Less Stuff Day

• World Hello Day

• Stuffing Day

• Cranberry Day

• Gingerbread Cookie Day

UPCOMING

• November 24: American Music Awards
• November 27: 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 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 3: Giving Tuesday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 26: Grammy Awards
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

55 million: Thanksgiving related posts expected to be shared on Instagram over the four day weekend.


NEWS ATTACK!

A new study says the average Thanksgiving dinner only goes 64 percent as planned. [It goes from 90 percent to 64 percent when the first relative arrives.]

This holiday season the average person plans to donate $241 to charity. [That’s nice. Now Charity will be able to afford those new Apple AirPods.]

Amazon is planning to launch a grocery store under its own name. [Amazon delivered groceries will be packed in plain cardboard boxes and tossed onto your front porch.]

Some Massachusetts parents gave their one-year-old a Costco-themed birthday party. [“I know it’s your birthday, Timmy, but I’m going to need $12.99 before you drop your face into your cake.”]

Thanksgiving is a one week away! I was planning to have a big ham for Thanksgiving dinner this year but (jock) told me he already made other plans.

In a survey, over half of Americans believe stuffing and dressing are different. [The difference: Stuffing” is the seasoned bread you stuff inside the turkey before roasting it. Dressing is what you have trouble doing after stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving.]

A record number of Americans are expected to travel this year for Thanksgiving. [Because there’s no place like home for contracting a cold or the flu.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

EVER BEEN TURKEY DUMPED? _ Breakups are hard, no matter who you are. Even harder? When it qualifies as a turkey dump. In it’s purest form, it’s a breakup that happens over Thanksgiving to first-year university students… high-school sweethearts who tragically part ways after promising each other they’d stay true and do the long-distance thing after being admitted to separate colleges.

… It goes like this — one freshman in the relationship starts blossoming like a flower. Explores new interests. Makes new friends. Goes to cool parties. Realizes boring ol’ boy/girlfriend back home isn’t remotely as interesting as all these college hunks/babes. Being a good person, decides not to do the breakup via phone/text/email/etc. Only solution? Meet up over Thanksgiving weekend and deliver the killing turkey dump blow.

STUFFING AND DRESSING ARE THE SAME _ Every year around November, the same old question resurfaces: what exactly is the difference between stuffing and dressing? And every year we believe it to be a simple answer: stuffing is what you call that delicious mix of bread that’s cooked inside the bird, and dressing is what you call it when you cook that same bread mixture outside of the bird.

… Unfortunately the answer is not as clear cut as that. It turns out we use different terms based on what region we live in, no matter what ingredients we use, or whether we stuff the bird or not. Most differences in regional recipes are a result of what’s available locally ― oyster dressing is popular in coastal areas, cornbread stuffing is popular in the South, and sourdough stuffing is big in Northern California.

… In the South, it’s typically referred to as dressing. In the Northeast, it’s almost always stuffing. In Pennsylvania Dutch Country, it’s actually called filling and is mixed with mashed potatoes. In the rest of the country, it’s mostly referred to as stuffing, but not always. There’s one state north of the Mason Dixon line that prefers the term dressing, and that’s Iowa.

… Despite the South’s affection for dressing, often times in those states it’s also called stuffing. According to Epicurious, the only states that searched for dressing recipes over stuffing recipes were Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

FDA RECALLS BOXES OF POPULAR NABISCO CHEESE NIPS _ The FDA on Wednesday announced sad news for snackers nationwide: the recall of certain boxes of Nabisco’s popular cheddar Cheese Nips. The manufacturer of the snacks, Mondelēz Global, reported the voluntary recall to the agency last Friday, revealing that a “limited quantity” of their 11-ounce Cheese Nips boxes may contain plastic inside them. Mondelēz Global said that if present, the yellow pieces would be from a dough scraper that’s used in their production process.

DOG EUTHANIZED AFTER BEING CRUSHED BY FEDEX PACKAGE DELIVERY _ A California family is asking FedEx to make changes to their delivery process, claiming their small Yorkshire terrier was crushed and severely injured by a package this week, forcing them to euthanize the pet. The couple allege they found their 4-pound dog, Cooper, suffering from multiple injuries after a FedEx delivery driver threw a large package over their fence, and the box landed on the sunbathing pup.

… FedEx issued a statement regarding the incident, which the couple says is “not satisfactory.” In the statement FedEx says it will cover the couple’s vet bills.

UBER WILL REPORTEDLY AUDIO-RECORD RIDES FOR SAFETY _ Uber will apparently start recording audio during rides in the U.S., as part of the ride-hailing company’s recent safety push. The feature will let users opt in for trips and come with a warning that journeys can be recorded. The company will test the feature in Brazilian and Mexican cities in December, and it will share recordings with law enforcement upon request. Neither riders nor drivers will be able to listen to the recordings, and the audio will be encrypted for privacy purposes. After a trip, people will apparently get the chance to report a safety incident and send the recording to Uber customer support agents, who’ll assess the situation.

WOMAN LEFT CHILD ALONE IN CASINO SO SHE COULD GAMBLE _ Authorities in Pennsylvania say a New Jersey woman left a 4-year-old girl alone in a hotel room while she gambled at a casino. Police went to to the casino (Wind Creek) around 4 AM Saturday after the girl was found wandering alone in the casino’s hotel lobby. The girl told the officers she was looking for her mother, 26-year-old Rebecca Yandoli, who was soon found gambling on the main floor of the casino.

PBR IS DONATING $9,999.99 TO A TEXAS FOOD BANK _ You probably already know that Pabst Blue Ribbon is finally releasing its 99 can pack beer in the U.S. But you may not know that PBR is donating $9,999.99 to a Texas food bank in honor of the original creators of the pack. PBR announced in a release that it would be donating to the Central Texas Food Bank because PBR didn’t actually come up with the 99-pack themselves. The brand drew inspiration from Austin Beerworks, who actually had the original 99-pack of beer.

ONE-YEAR-OLD HAD A COSTCO-THEMED BIRTHDAY _ A Massachusetts couple is so in love with Costco they decided to throw Costco-themed birthday party for the one-year-old. Josie and Sebastian Gonzalez threw their son Mason a party that was Costco-themed from snacks to signage. Guests showed up wearing Costco-themed outfits, sporting red, white, and blue just like the store’s logo — some even wore hair nets. The centerpiece of the party was an “Employee of the Year” sign that showed photos of Mason each month in his first year.

TSA ASKS TRAVELERS TO PLEASE LEAVE THE CHAINSAWS AT HOME _ The TSA is making its annual “please don’t make holiday travel more miserable than it already is” push, in which the agency begs travelers not to bring obviously prohibited items into checkpoints for at least the next few months. TSA officials try something like this every year, and it usually more or less completely fails. The problem isn’t with the airport security organization. The problem is that the kind of person who tries to bring chemical-soaked sparklers on board an airplane — really happened — isn’t the sort of person who reads TSA-related press releases.

… Four tons of prohibited items are collected every year at John F. Kennedy International Airport alone. Over the past year the TSA has confiscated sparklers, nunchucks, fake chainsaws and lots of toy weapons.

MORE WOMEN THAN MEN THINK SEX IS ESSENTIAL _ An international survey found that women think sex is more important than men. In a poll of 10,500 people across 114 countries, more women than men thought sex was essential.

MEN MIGHT BE MORE HELPFUL TO WOMEN IN HEELS _ You probably already know that women in high heels are generally perceived as more attractive than their ballet-flat-wearing counterparts. But according to a French study, women who choose high heels might be more likely to get a helping hand, too — from men, anyway. The study was made up of four distinct experiments, each of which featured women in flat shoes, medium-heeled shoes (2 inches) and high-heeled shoes (3½ inches). Other than their heel height, the shoes were basically the same — black, professional and in fashion.

… Two of the experiments measured how likely someone was to agree to complete a survey when a woman in business casual stopped them on the street. The third experiment recorded how many people helped a researcher who pretended to accidentally drop her glove, and the fourth measured how quickly women were approached in a bar, with all things being equal except her footwear.

… In all cases, the highest heels prevailed — but only when men were involved. While females weren’t more or less likely to respond to requests for help (or clear signs of a need for it, as with the dropped glove) based on the shoes worn, men were more likely to be responsive in all cases if the heels were higher.

STUDY FINDS COLLEGE STUDENTS MAY BENEFIT FROM MORE SLEEP _ Researchers (Penn State) found that when asked to extend their sleep, college students who got an additional 43 minutes of sleep per night experienced less sleepiness during the day and were able to lower their blood pressure.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: SURVEY REVEALS THE BEST ADVICE GRANDPARENTS GIVE US _ A new survey about grandparents compiled the most important pieces of advice people ever received from their grandpas and grandmas. The top five things we learned from our grandparents: How to be thankful; How to cook; How to clean; How to be smart with money; How to do basic DIY.

… The top pieces of advice we’ve received from our grandparents: Don’t grow up too fast; Don’t take your family for granted; Don’t be afraid to fail or lose.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CONDOM MACHINE THIEF _ A man was charged with stealing a condom machine from the men’s restroom at a bar in Michigan. A police spokesman said, “All we can figure is, he was anticipating a big weekend.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: INMATES TOLD TO GO ON A PICNIC TO BEAT STRESS _ Until recently, inmates at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington, were handed a flier when they were being checked in to serve their time. The flier offered 101 Ways to Relieve Stress and included tips like “Go on a picnic,” “Plant a tree”, and “Put air freshener in your car.” When it was pointed out to corrections officials that much of the flier’s advice was impossible for inmates, they agreed it “missed the mark” and it would be dropped.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE STOLE ITEMS FROM GARAGE FREEZER DURING OPEN HOUSE _ A Sacramento, California, realtor says a couple who visited a home’s open house took food from a freezer. The realtor said her clients noticed something was off after the open house on Saturday, prompting them to check their security camera footage. It showed as couple walking into the garage, opening several cabinets and then the female opening the refrigerator door, taking something, putting it in her large handbag. The homeowners later discovered the couple took ice cream.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRUCK RUNS INTO HOME _ In Croatia, a man who had just sat down to watch an action movie got some action in his own living room when a runaway truck full of produced crashed through the wall. The homeowner and truck driver came out of it uninjured.


ON TELEVISION

SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — New. Amy’s brother (guest star Broadway star George Salazar) visits the store, and Amy thinks she sees a spark with Mateo.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. Jo becomes a safe haven volunteer and gets a call that a baby has been dropped off at Station 19.

YOUNG SHELDON (8p ET, CBS) — New. The University makes George Sr. a lucrative job offer in the hopes of recruiting Sheldon.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, FOX) — Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New

PERFECT HARMONY (8:30p ET, NBC) — New. Jax convinces Arthur to join the choir’s progressive Thanksgiving dinner and snoop in choir members’ homes to find a missing item.

THE UNICORN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Wade and the girls host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for friends and extended family.

THE GOOD PLACE (9p ET, NBC) — New. In an attempt to plan a better future, Chidi considers his past.

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (9p ET, ABC) — New. Rome helps PJ through a personal crisis.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bonnie’s therapist (guest star Rainn Wilson) offers tools to help her better communicate with Adam.

LEGACIES (9p ET, CW) — New.

WILL & GRACE (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. Grace and Jack hire the Grief Panda to help Will get over his breakup.

CAROL’S SECOND ACT (9:30p ET, CBS) — New.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC) — New. A fellow detective asks for help when he suspects his two daughters are being groomed by a serial predator. Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue) guest stars.

EVIL (10p ET, CBS) — New.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. On the eve of graduation, Oliver gifts Connor, Michaela and Asher something unexpected.

THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Netflix) — Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) stars in this holiday romance.

SEASON PREMIERE: NO ACTIVITY (CBS All Access) — Season 3 begins, with Tim Meadows and Patrick Brammall.

COLDPLAY: EVERYDAY LIFE – LIVE IN JORDAN (8p ET, YouTube Originals) — This two-part live-streaming special captures the British rockers playing a pair of concerts, 10 hours apart, in that Middle East nation.


ENTERTAINMENT

LUCASFILM STILL PLANNING NEW STAR WARS MOVIE FOR 2022 RELEASE _ While the guys behind Game of Thrones are no longer a part of it, Lucasfilm says a new Star Wars movie is still scheduled to hit theaters in 2022.

… Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes out Thursday, December 19.

JOKER SEQUEL IN THE WORKS _ It appears the talk of a Joker sequel is no longer just that. The film’s director and screenwriter are striking deals as we speak for the next movie.

WHY CELEBS ARE GIVING OUT THEIR PHONE NUMBERS ON INSTAGRAM _ To get in touch with celebs such as Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Schumer and The Jonas Brothers, you’ll no longer need to have your people call their people. Stars have been giving out their phone numbers like candy on Instagram lately. But there’s a catch: these aren’t their actual digits. They’re using a new service called Community, which lets customers set up a separate phone line which they can use to discreetly interact with fans, including calls and texts.

… The company launched in July and has already enlisted the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Amy Schumer, Karlie Kloss, J.J. Watt, Kerry Washington and Ryan Seacrest, among others. Though there’s currently a waitlist for the common folk to sign up, millions have reportedly already hit up their favorite entertainers. The service works by supplying a unique 10-digit phone number which is tied to an exclusive messaging app, allowing celebs to keep their fan mail separate from standard texts and DMs. All fans have to do is text the number from their preferred messaging service — and wait.

… Some celebs are already putting the function to good use: Ashton Kutcher bought shoes for an entire cross-country team in McAllen, Texas after one of the runners’ mothers got a hold of Kutcher’s Community contact.

CHANNING TATUM AND JENNA DEWAN LEGALLY SINGLE _ Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan are officially single. The two exes were declared divorced by a judge on Tuesday, though they still need to settle their property assets and a child custody agreement.

HARRISON FORD’S CALL OF THE WILD FILM _ Harrison Ford goes on the adventure of a lifetime with his new dog in the trailer for The Call of the Wild. Adapted from Jack London’s novel of the same name, The Call of the Wild follows big-hearted dog Buck after his blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is taken from his California home and transplanted to the frigid Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.

A KEANU REEVES SUPERHERO MOVIE IS IN DEVELOPMENT _ Keanu Reeves is a box office superhero, but he’s yet to play a superhero. Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame co-director Joe Russo aims to change that. The film is in its early stages and we have no other details.

… Before then we’ll see Keanu in Bill & Ted Face the Music and another Matrix movie.

TREMORS 7 IS FILMING _ Is everyone excited about Tremors 7? Did anyone know they were making Tremors 7? Michael Gross will return. The last entry in the series was Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, which came out in 2018.

HOLLY HUNTER TO STAR OPPOSITE TED DANSON ON TINA FEY COMEDY _ In an upcoming NBC sitcom, Holly Hunter will play a longtime councilwoman opposite Ted Danson’s role as mayor of Los Angeles. The show is a co-creation of Tina Fey. The description: Having dedicated her life to the betterment of Los Angeles, Hunter’s character makes no secret of her disdain for the newly elected mayor, whom she considers unqualified, sexist and too tall to be trusted.

SNL’S DECEMBER TO FEATURE JENNIFER LOPEZ AND SCARLETT JOHANSSON _ Jennifer Lopez will host Saturday Night Live for the third time on December 7, joined by musical guest DaBaby. Lopez previously hosted in 2001 and 2010, and was a musical guest in 2000. Scarlett Johansson will host for the sixth time on December 14. She’ll be joined by musical guest Niall Horan. Johansson previously hosted in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2016 and 2017. Eddie Murphy, whose December 21 hosting stint was announced way back in August, will be joined by musical guest Lizzo.

SNL TRAILER SHOWS WILL FERRELL DIGGING UP $ HE BURIED IN 1995 _ Will Ferrell is hosting SNL this weekend and the promo for the episode shows the actor-comedian digging up $500 cash he buried under the stage in 1995.

PRESS YOUR LUCK, CARD SHARKS, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD RENEWED BY ABC _ ABC’s summer 2020 programming lineup is going to look very similar to the network’s 2019 roster. Announced Wednesday, the network has renewed Press Your Luck, Card Sharks, Match Game, Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, and The $100,000 Pyramid for the 2020 season.

MINDHUNTER SEASON 3 IS ON HOLD _ Mindhunter season 3 has yet to receive an official greenlight from Netflix, but even if the streaming service were ready to announce a renewal, the show’s creator is currently too busy to jump back into the world of serial killers. A new report says that the third season is on hold until David Fincher, who runs the crime drama, wraps production his next movie.

… There were almost two years between the first and second seasons debuting, so it’s not surprising to hear that a similar break may happen this time.

BILLIE EILISH AND LIZZO MAKE GRAMMY AWARD HISTORY _ The 2020 Grammy Award nominations were announced Wednesday and it was a big day for Lizzo and Billie Eilish. Both singers have completed the Grammy Grand Slam together. This means that they’ve each been nominated for the four main awards: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. Two artists have never managed this feat in the same year. Eilish is also the youngest artist to ever achieve it at only 17-years-old.

… Lizzo is the most-nominated for the 2020 award show with eight nominations.The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will air January 26.


AUDIO

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🎧Song: Let’s Turkey Trot. A few seconds of this oldie can be a fun way to jump into something Thanksgiving related.

🎧 Phoner: It’s toy-buying season. Share the story of your favorite toy and invite listeners to tell you their stories. We have three calls to help with the phones.

🎧 Drops: A big collection of Black Friday-related drops.

🎧 Drops: A big collection of Thanksgiving-related drops.


BITS & BREAKS

ODD FACTS ABOUT LOVE

IF YOU LIKE GO-GET-‘EM TYPES — Look at their hands. People whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers tend to be logical, decisive and ambitious.

DON’T ASK MARRIED PEOPLE FOR ADVICE — The last people you should ask for advice about your love life are your married friends. Psychologist Frank Bernieri had volunteers watch videos of couples, and then rate how “in love” each couple was. The result? When married people chose the couples they thought were “most in love,” they were wrong almost every time. While singles were almost always right! Married couples project their own happiness onto others who may not be as blissful as they are.

LOVE CHEMISTRY — If you want a woman to fall for you, it helps if you smell like her father. People are programmed to perpetuate their genetic blueprint ­ and finding someone with similar genes means you’re more likely to have healthy babies.

GET HIS OR HER ADRENALINE PUMPING — Researchers had male subjects walk across either a shaky bridge or a sturdy one. Afterwards, an attractive assistant gave the men her phone number. The result? The men who walked across the shaky bridge called the woman more often. So, if you want someone to really dig you, skip the bars and the singles mixers, and try rollerblading, rafting, or a scary movie.

SHOPLIFTING

Every day, more than $31 million worth of goods are stolen from retailers. Who’s doing it? People you know! One in 11 people shoplifts.

Contrary to what many people believe, most people do not shoplift because they need something and can’t pay for it. Nor do they do it because of greed. Most shoplifters steal simply to get something for nothing.

Shoplifters can be broken down into seven distinct groups. They are:

• Addictive-compulsive shoplifters (75 percent) — These people often have other compulsive addictions, such as overeating, shopping, drug use, or gambling, and often have repressed anger as well.

• Professionals, who steal for profit or lifestyle (5 percent)

• The impoverished, who steal out of economic need (5 percent)

• The thrill seekers, who steal on a dare or for excitement (5 percent)

• Drug and gambling addicts, who steal to pay for their habit (5 percent)

• Kleptomaniacs, who steal for no reason (1 percent)

• The absent-minded, such as the elderly, people on medications, people in a hurry or those with cognitive or memory issues (1 percent)

HOW TO TELL IF ALIENS KIDNAPPED YOU

From the Enquirer, which is probably our most reliable resource on all things alien abduction.

• Do you wake up paralyzed with a sense of a strange person in the room?

• Do you go through a period in which you apparently lost an hour or more, but couldn’t remember why — or where you had been?

• Do you see unusual lights or balls of light in a room, without knowing what was causing them?

• Do you feel that you had actually been flying through the air, although you couldn’t recall how or why?

• Do you find puzzling scars on your body, but neither you nor anyone else could remember how you got them or where you got them?

… If you answered ‘yes’ to at least three of these questions, there is a 60% chance you’ve been abducted.

THINGS TO DO TO LIVEN UP THANKSGIVING DINNER

• Load your plate up high, then take it to the kitchen, toss it all in the blender, and take your “shake” back to the table. Announce that it’s the new Thanksgiving Weight Loss Shake.

• When everyone goes around to say what they are Thankful for, say, “I’m thankful I didn’t get caught” and refuse to say anything more.

• Bring a date that only talks about the tragic and abusive conditions known to exist at turkey farms.

• During the meal turn to mom and say, “See mom, I told you they wouldn’t notice that the Turkey was past expiration date. You were worried for nothing.”

THE DUMBEST THANKSGIVING JOKES YOU WILL EVER HEAR

• If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!

• Why did the turkey cross the road? It was the chicken’s day off.

• If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for? Their age!

• What happened when the turkey got into a fight? He got the stuffing knocked out of him.

• Why can’t you take a turkey to church? Because they use such fowl language.

• What are the feathers on a turkey’s wings called? Turkey feathers.

• What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving? The turkey trot.

• Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building? Absolutely — a building can’t jump at all.

• How can you make a turkey float? You need two scoops of ice cream, some root beer and a turkey.

• What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? Plymouth Rock.

• Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? The outside.

• What key has legs and can’t open doors? A turkey.

• Why didn’t the turkey eat dessert? Because he was stuffed.

• What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children? If your father could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: This appears in Webster’s dictionary 31,200 times. (The word ‘the’)

TRIVIA: A quarter of 911 calls placed on Thanksgiving day are about what? (Family disputes)

TRIVIA: In 17 U.S. states there are laws explicitly banning what from bike lanes? (Unicycles)

TRIVIA: What do the ten least-visited national parks have in common? (They’re all in Alaska)

TRIVIA: On May 2, 1970, Diane Crump became the first woman in sports to do what? (Ride in the Kentucky Derby)


DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 22, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Terry Gilliam (Monty Python) is 79

• Jamie Lee Curtis is 61

• Mariel Hemingway is 58

• Mark Ruffalo is 52

• Scarlett Johannson is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1963: In Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Texas Governor John B. Connally was seriously wounded. Later the same day, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States.

• 1986: At age 20, Mike Tyson became the youngest world heavyweight boxing champion with a second-round  knockout of Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas.

• 1999: Wayne Gretzky was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, his number 99 permanently retired by the NHL.

• 2007: Sleep was named the new sex. Trendspotters said that not only is sleep at a premium in our mad-dash daily routine, but “sleep sells, whether it’s flat beds on airlines, sleep consultancy, or a nap at MetroNaps in the Empire State Building. In America, growing numbers of couples are installing ‘sleep chambers’ to give them a sleep-alone option as well as a sleep-together option.

• 2012: A dense fog near Beaumont, Texas, caused a 100-vehicle pileup, leaving 120 people injured and 2 killed.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Humane Society Day

• Substitute Educators Day

Eat a Cranberry Day

Cashew Day

UPCOMING

• November 24: American Music Awards
• November 27: 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 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 3: Giving Tuesday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 26: Grammy Awards
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

• Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts is 59. Oded Fehr (The Mummy) is 49. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is 32. Miley Cyrus is 27.

• Family Volunteer Day. International Image Consultant Day. National Adoption Day. Espresso Day. National Survivors of Suicide Day.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

• Former Beatles drummer Pete Best is 78. Colin Hanks is 42. Katherine Heigl is 41. Sarah Hyland is 29.

• Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. Evolution Day. Sardines Day.