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• Kirk Douglas is 103

• Judi Dench is 85

• Beau Bridges is 78

• Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is 67

• John Malkovich is 66

• Donny Osmond is 62

• Felicity Huffman is 57

• Lori Greiner (Shark Tank) is 50

• Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) is 39


• 1851: The first YMCA in North America was established in Montreal, Quebec.

• 1992: Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation.

• 2000: The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida presidential vote count.

• 2004: Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional.

• 2005: A man accused of burglarizing an auto-repair shop and stealing cash and a digital camera apparently didn’t plan on a fresh snowfall. Lansdale, Pennsylvania, police said footprints in the new snow led to the arrest of David J. Schild Jr. The footprints went right from the scene of the burglary to the front door where he lived.

• 2008: A 3-year-old Virginia boy was rescued after spending the night in the woods with only his puppies to keep him warm. Jaylynn Thorpe was found about a half-mile from where he disappeared after wandering away from his baby sitter’s house. They found him wet with his dogs with him. Officials believe the boy slept sandwiched between the two 12-week-old puppies, which they say helped keep him warm through the 21-hour ordeal.

• 2008: The Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich, was arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency.

• 2014: The U.S. Senate intelligence committee released its report on CIA interrogation methods after 9/11. The report found that the CIA hid many of its actions from Congress and former President George W. Bush.


• Cremation Day

• Christmas Card Day

• Pastry Day

• Llama Day

• Green Monday. An online retail industry term similar to Cyber Monday. The term was coined by eBay in 2007 to describe the best sales day in December, usually the second Monday of December.


• December 9: Golden Globe nominations
• December 11: Time’s Person of the Year is announced
• December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.
• December 13: Friday the 13th
• December 14: Heisman Trophy winner announced
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 22: Hannukah starts
• December 24: Festivus
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 28: College Football Playoffs (LSU v Oklahoma; Ohio State v Clemson)
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 7: Support for Microsoft Windows 7 ends
• January 13: College Football National Championship in New Orleans
• 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


13: Most number of people aboard the International Space Station at one time. This occurred in 2009.


A report says distracted goes up during the holidays. [I mean, of course — you’re trying drive while holding a peppermint latte and wrap a present.]

I got my Christmas light up on the house over the weekend. [They’re so bright that the commander of the International Space Station tweeted at me that my display looks good from up there.]

A guy who said his Tesla was in auto pilot mode hit the back of a police car on a Connecticut highway. [His auto pilot didn’t work but his auto stupid did.]

In a workplace survey, 64 percent of people say the don’t tell coworkers when ‘good snacks’ are on the break room table. [I want to know who those people are at (your station) so I can use the last square of toilet paper in the bathroom before they go in.]

A poll found that 78 percent of Americans believe in miracles. [I’m one of them. My favorite brand of vodka is Miracle and I believe in it every day after work.]

City officials in Wausau, Wisconsin, produced a video letting people know that national stories that snowball fights were forbidden are wrong. [My wife and I are relieved… we love snowball fights and have Wausau on our list of retirement cities.]


DISTRACTED DRIVING RISES IN SUMMER AND AT HOLIDAYS _ A new report (from Bloomberg News) analyzed the data of approximately 30,000 drivers and found distracted driving rises during the summer during the holidays.

TORONTO SUBWAY MUSICIAN STUNNED BY SWEET CHRISTMAS PAYDAY _ A Toronto street musician got the biggest payday of his life when a group of people he believed were commuters suddenly tipped him hundreds of dollars as he serenaded them at a subway station. Mo Guzman, who performs at a subway stop full-time, wash shocked when people starting dropping $20, $50 and $100 dollar bills in his guitar case. The money actually came from Toronto marketing company (Zulu Alpha Kilo), which wanted to do a good deed for the holidays.

… At the time the big tips started coming in Guzman was singing the Motown classic How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) with his beagle Milo by his side. The timing couldn’t have been better as Guzman’s a new dad.

MAN DONATES $12,000 WORTH OF TOYS _ On Saturday, a man donated $12,000 worth of toys to kids in need around neighborhoods in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Adam Armstrong showed up to the Harris Garden Apartments basketball court with a 24 foot box truck filled with more than 1,300 different toys, bicycles, and scooters. Armstrong said he got the idea a few weeks ago and just wanted to share some Christmas spirit.

5-YEAR-OLD ABANDONED IN REMOTE HOME CARRIES TODDLER HALF A MILE _ A five-year-old boy carried an 18-month-old toddler a half a mile in sub-zero temperatures through the Alaskan wilderness after being abandoned in a remote cottage. The temperature was 31 degrees below zero. When the two young boys made it to a neighbor’s home Alaska state troopers were called in. The two young boys were both suffering from their exposure to the cold.

… Wearing only socks and light clothing, the older boy carried the younger one about half a mile through the snow in extremely dangerous temperatures to get to a neighbor’s house. Police arrested 37-year-old Julie Peter, the adult accused of leaving the children alone in the home.

SILICON VALLEY’S NEWEST STARTUP: SHOELESS OFFICE POLICIES _ The tech world has become inextricably linked to a very specific work uniform: hoodie, T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. Now some are strutting around the office in house slippers or socks, or for some, bare feet. Why? A simple reason: The CEOs grew up in households with no-shoe policies.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL _ Louisiana State, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma will compete for a national title after their selections on Sunday for the College Football Playoff.

… No. 1 Louisiana State will meet No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on December 28.

… No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson will play in the Fiesta Bowl near Phoenix later that day.

… The winners of the semifinal matchups will advance to the national championship game, scheduled for January 13 in New Orleans.

WOMAN STUNG BY SCORPION ON UNITED AIR FLIGHT _ A woman on a San Francisco to Atlanta flight went to the plane’s bathroom after feeling a “stinging sensation” on her leg, when out dropped a scorpion. A flight attendant was able to snag the critter. The crew provided medical assistance and the woman was rushed to a hospital upon landing.

UNICORN RABBIT _ A couple of weeks ago the world fell in love with a unicorn puppy — a golden retriever born with a tail on its forehead. Now we have Wonky the unicorn rabbit — called that because of the ear in the middle of his head. One ear sits on Wonky’s head as it should, the other sits right in the middle of his forehead and sometimes points upwards, making it look like a unicorn horn. He’s currently at an animal shelter about 50 miles northwest of London, England.

AVERAGE AMERICAN WILL SPEND NEARLY $30,000 ON SNACKS _ Ever wonder how much you spend just on snacks? I don’t either, but a study (by Moonstruck Chocolate) found your lifetime supply of snacks will cost you around $30,000.

TRUMP FRUSTRATED WITH TOILETS _ Donald Trump has had enough of water efficiency standards and is taking a stand. At the White House on Friday, Trump said he ordered a federal review of those standards because they are making bathrooms unusable. Trump told reporters: “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water.”

WHEELCHAIR THIEF IN REINDEER SLIPPERS FOILED BY TRAIN PASSENGERS _ Riding a Phoenix, Arizona, light-rail train the day after Thanksgiving, a man abruptly leaped to his feet and wrestled a woman for her wheelchair. The man unlocked the brakes on the wheelchair, then wheeled the struggling woman toward the open train door as she grabbed onto nearby railings. He finally flips the wheelchair, dumping her to the floor, and bolts off the train with it. But video provided by Phoenix police shows other passengers crowd out after him into the station, where they shove him into a wall and retrieve the stolen wheelchair. The wheelchair thief then runs away from the other passengers. Police say the man was “wearing reindeer slippers at the time of the crime.” After release of the video the man was picked up this past Saturday.

TESLA IN ‘AUTO-PILOT’ HIT BACK OF POLICE CAR ON CONNECTICUT HIGHWAY _ A Tesla that a driver said was in auto-pilot hit the back of a police car that was stopped on Interstate 95 in Norwalk, Connecticut, early Saturday morning. Troopers on scene were stopped behind a disabled vehicle with their emergency lights activated. There was an additional flare pattern behind them. The Tesla hit the back of one of the police cars and then continued and hit the disabled vehicle. The driver of the Tesla told state police that he had his vehicle on “auto-pilot” and explained he was checking on his dog in the back seat before the collision. No serious injuries were reported.

STARBUCKS IS LETTING EMPLOYEES HAVE FACIAL PIERCINGS _ Starbucks is now letting its employees wear facial piercings. A spokesman for Starbucks said, “We believe the Starbucks experience is best delivered when partners can bring their whole selves to work. Based on partner feedback, we have simplified our resources and approach to dress code to provide more clarity and make it easier for partners to select their wardrobe for work.”

… While the changes allow for one facial piercing, it can be “no larger than the size of a dime.”


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LIVE GRENADE FOUND IN DRESSER DONATED TO THRIFT STORE _ A live grenade was found in a dresser donated to a North Carolina thrift store. An employee noticed the explosive in one of the drawers after the furniture was donated (to the Habitat for the Humanity ReStore in Durham) on Saturday afternoon. The volunteer then “very calmly” took the grenade outside the building before alerting management. The store was then evacuated and the bomb squad took it away.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MYSTERY MAN DIRECTS TRAFFIC WITH FROZEN PEAS _ Police in Italy were called about a man who was standing in the middle of the busy road directing traffic. But when they arrived the man had left the area and couldn’t be located. Witnesses say the man was directing traffic with a bag of frozen peas.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LAW-ABIDING JEWELRY THIEF CAUGHT A CROSSWALK _ In Romania an unidentified man snatched a valuable necklace from a jewelry store. He fled the scene on foot and got 40 feet down the sidewalk before he came to a crosswalk. The light was red and our crook politely waited for it to turn green before attempting to cross the street. Unfortunately, this gave the jewelry store owner time to catch up with him, wrestle him to the ground and hold him until police arrived.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HUMAN WASTE SPILL SHUTS DOWN PART OF STREET IN PHOENIX _ Part of a Phoenix road had to be shut down Saturday morning due to a stinky situation. Police say the road was shut down due to what was believed to be a human waste spill. Police said it was “the type of material found in a septic tank or a temporary toilet, such as a port-a-john.” The spill was approximately 75 feet long and 3 inches deep.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MILK THIEF _ Scottish police are hot on the trail of a serial milk thief near. The perpetrator has snatched up to 300 pints at a time from a school.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARIZONA MAN REGISTERS BEEHIVE AS SERVICE ANIMAL _ David Keller isn’t a beekeeper and he’s never owned any bees. But when the Arizona man wanted to prove a point last month, he registered a beehive as a service animal. Keller said the whole thing started after he saw what appeared to be a service dog misbehaving. He said he could “very easily tell that it was not a service animal because it was pulling the owner to the parking lot.” So, he decided to take a stand. He was thinking that it’s just too easy to get any animals to be service animals. He went to a site called, and successfully registered the picture of the beehive as a service animal. He simply wanted to bring awareness to the issue that anyone could do it.


THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The top 8 perform

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT (8p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD (8p ET, CBS) — New. Calvin reluctantly agrees to let Marty create a website for his auto shop.

BEAT SHAZAM (8p ET, FOX) — New. A holiday themed episode

BATWOMAN (8p ET, CW) — New. Brandon Routh, Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Candice Patton, Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch and Kevin Conroy all guest star in Part 2 of the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, ESPN) — The Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) host the New York Giants (2-10), with two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning back as QB, after Daniel Jones was ruled out with a foot injury.

BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Abishola goes on another date with Chukwuemeka (Toni Tambi).

ALL RISE (9p ET, CBS) — New. Lola exercises a rarely used judicial power when she fires a lawyer for failing to provide a robust defense for his client.

THE MOODYS (9p ET, FOX) — New.


BULL (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MAKING IT (10p ET, NBC) — New. In the Master Craft, they must turn a boring cubicle into an inspirational workspace.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat


TOP TEN MOVIES _ The animated adventure Frozen 2 is the No. 1 movie in North America again, earning an additional $34.7. This is the third weekend in a row the Disney picture has won the box-office race.

  1. Frozen 2, $34.6 million
  2. Knives Out, $14.1 million
  3. Ford v. Ferrari, $6.5 million
  4. Queen & Slim, $6.5 million
  5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, $5.2 million
  6. Dark Waters, $4.1 million
  7. 21 Bridges, $2.8 million
  8. Playing with Fire, $2 million
  9. Midway, $1.9 million
  10. Joker, $1 million

… Playmobil debut in 14th place.

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Ralph Breaks the Internet.
… Five years ago this week: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
… Ten years ago this week: The Blind Side.
… Twenty years ago this week: Toy Story 2.

… In theaters Friday: Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13); Richard Jewell (R); Black Christmas (PG-13); Bombshell (R, limited)

CAROLL SPINNEY, AKA BIG BIRD, HAS DIED _ Sometimes he stood 8 feet 2 inches tall. Sometimes he lived in a garbage can. Caroll Spinney, who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for decades on Sesame Street died Sunday at his home in Woodstock, Connecticut, at 85. Spinney also performed his characters in live concerts around the world and at the White House many times and was featured in films, documentaries and recorded albums.

RENÉ AUBERJONOIS DIES AT 79 _ René Auberjonois, best known for his roles in Boston Legal and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died at his home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 79.

CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2020 _ Nominations for the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television, were revealed on Sunday.

Best Picture nominations:

  • 1917
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Parasite
  • Uncut Gems

Best TV Drama Series:

  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • David Makes Man (OWN)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • This Is Us (NBC)
  • Watchmen (HBO)

Best TV Comedy Series:

  • Barry (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Amazon)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
  • Mom (CBS)
  • One Day at a Time (Netflix)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

LA FILM CRITICS SAY PARASITE IS 2019’S BEST PICTURE _ The Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced its 2019 winners for the best in film Sunday with top honors going to Parasite.

WARNER BROS. OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES SHAZAM 2 _ Unsurprisingly, Shazam 2 is officially in the works with Zachary Levi returning in the lead role.

AUDIOPELOTON WIFE GETS BOOZY IN NEW AD FOR RYAN REYNOLDS’ AVIATION GIN _ After the week she’s had, the Peloton wife needed a girls’ night out — and thanks to Ryan Reynolds, she got one. In Peloton’s infamously ridiculed TV ad, actress Monica Ruiz plays the already-thin-and-fit wife whose husband bought her the $2,245 exercise bike that she dutifully rode day-after-day. The ad was panned as sexist for perpetuating unhealthy body image messages and pushing gender and marriage stereotypes.

… Over the weekend, Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation Gin dropped a hilarious ad of its own, giving the “Peloton wife” the opportunity to blow off some steam. The 42-second video opens with Ruiz sitting in a bar, staring blankly into the camera, barely blinking, while her two female friends look on with concern. Finally, she drinks and says, “This gin is really smooth.” Relieved their friend’s soul hasn’t been sucked out of her, one cheerily says, “We can get you another one if you like.” The other adds, “You’re safe here.” As the camera zooms in on the bottle of Aviation Gin, one of the friends is heard saying, “You look great, by the way.”

… We noticed that Ruiz’s two friends are wearing wedding rings while Ruiz isn’t. Maybe Peloton Wife is out after splitting with her man?

COCA-COLA IS SELLING BOTTLES WITH LIGHTSABERS THAT LIGHT UP _ The release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is on its way and brands are taking advantage of the excitement with all sorts of themed foods and products. The latest addition to the bunch might be the coolest, with Coca-Cola releasing drink labels that have light up lightsabers on them. In an advertisement featuring the labels, Rey and Kylo Ren’s sabers light up blue and red. The illuminating effect comes from a specific type of battery-operated LED. Coca-Cola has wrapped its bottles in a thin flexible OLED panel and electronics, including a battery, allowing images to actually glow.”

… Unfortunately only 8,000 of them were made, and they are only available in Singapore.

BEETLEJUICE 2 REPORTEDLY MOVING FORWARD _ Back in the spring of 1988, an odd little horror comedy titled Beetlejuice made its way into theaters, where it collected a respectable sum of money and earned pretty positive reviews. Director Tim Burton has been hesitant about making a sequel, but folks haven’t given up hope just yet. In fact, just the other week, composer Danny Elfman hinted that a follow-up might still happen, with Michael Keaton said to be interested in returning. Now a source says Warner Bros. is indeed moving forward with a Beetlejuice 2.

WONDER WOMAN 1984 GETS A TRAILER _ Wonder Woman 1984 comes to theaters June 5 and the film’s first trailer was release Sunday. Gal Gadot returns as the super hero, along with Chris Pine. Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal also star.

CAPTAIN MARVEL MOST MISTAKE-FILLED MOVIE OF 2019 _ Captain Marvel is most mistake-filled film of 2019. The movie finished in first with 59 mistakes, well ahead of Avengers: Endgame and Midsommar, which finished in second and third place with 51 and 45 errors, respectively.

… A lot of Captain Marvel’s blunders stemmed from the movie’s inability to remain in the time period in which it was set. For example, characters could be seen using a version of Windows and playing a version of Street Fighter that both hadn’t been released in 1995. There were also movies visible inside Blockbuster that hadn’t hit theaters yet.

… The ten films with the most movie mistakes of 2019:

  1. Captain Marvel
  2. Avengers: Endgame
  3. Midsommar
  4. Stuber
  5. Batman: Hush
  6. Adventures of Aladdin
  7. Alita: Battle Angel
  8. Kim Possible
  9. The Irishman
  10. The Dead Don’t Die


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There’s a good chance a gift under your Christmas tree may be re-gifted.

• 26% of respondents say they’ve re-gifted an item once in their life.

• 33% of women say they’ve done it and 19% of men admit to giving second-hand presents.

• People in the North Central and Midwest are twice as likely to be a “frequent re-gifter” compared to people in the North Eastern and Western parts of the U.S.

• People who have completed the least amount of education are the most likely to re-gift.


Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.


FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the weirdest thing your child wanted for Christmas?

• After waiting two hours in line my daughter asked Santa for a hot dog.

• My 5-year-old asked for a live octopus or shark.

• I had a student who kid asked for a new liver. Apparently he was healthy and just wanted one “to play with.”

• I was at a kids holiday party and every child was asked to share what they wanted. A kid said a whistle that she could blow at night to wake her mom up and scare her.

• My kid told Santa she wanted a piece of toast. We have toast for breakfast almost every morning.


TRIVIA: It is estimated that at any one time, .7% of the world’s population is what? (Drunk)

TRIVIA: The standard weight of this piece of sporting equipment is .09 ounces. (Ping-Pong ball)

TRIVIA: If you are indoors, there is a 92% chance you are sharing the room with one of these. (A spider)

TRIVIA: In a survey 83% of people say they are “above average” in what way? (Intelligence)


Disney+ is here — and doing well. HBO Max comes next year. There are now dozens of streaming services, many of which you’ve probably never heard of.

• Fubo (real)

• Weeble (fake)

• FilmDrip (fake)

• Philo (real)

• Pluto (real)

• Tubi (real)

• Slinky (fake)

• Zeus (fake)



• Susan Dey (Partridge Family; Golden Globe winner for LA Law) is 67

• Kenneth Branagh is 59

• TV chef Bobby Flay is 55

• Raven-Symone is 34


• 1901: The first Nobel Prizes were awarded.

• 1906: U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first American to win a Nobel Prize of any kind.

• 1935: The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, was given to halfback Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago. This award was given to the best college football player east the Mississippi River.

• 1964: Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.

• 1993: Donald Trump married Marla Maples in the Grand Ballroom of Trump’s Plaza hotel in New York City. Guests included Susan Lucci, Howard Stern, Bianca Jagger, Evander Holyfield, and O.J. Simpson.

• 2008: A study reported that women feel sexiest when they’re 34 years old.


• Human Rights Day

• International Animal Rights Day

• Nobel Prize Day

• Lager Day


• December 11: Time’s Person of the Year is announced
• December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.
• December 13: Friday the 13th
• December 14: Heisman Trophy winner announced
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 22: Hannukah starts
• December 24: Festivus
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 28: College Football Playoffs (LSU v Oklahoma; Ohio State v Clemson)
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 7: Support for Microsoft Windows 7 ends
• January 13: College Football National Championship in New Orleans
• 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