INTERPREP ★ DECEMBER 10, 2019

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 10, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• 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

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Human Rights Day

• International Animal Rights Day

• Nobel Prize Day

• Lager Day

UPCOMING

• 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 22: National Hot Sauce Day
• January 23: National Pie Day
• 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

136: Americans who injure themselves sneezing each day.


NEWS ATTACK!

In a survey 82 percent of women said that uncomfortable underwear can ruin a good day. [I have to agree. Whenever I wear uncomfortable women’s underwear, I feel lousy.]

Relationship experts who looked at Facebook posts way this is the biggest breakup week of the year. It’s always about two weeks before Christmas. [I’m sorry, but you and my credit card just aren’t meant to be together.]

The Golden Globe nominations were announced Monday. [Remind me, is this one of the award shows Washington D.C. politicians hate?]

If you have some time off over the holidays, be sure to winterize your car. [I did it over the weekend. I filled the windshield washer with brandy so I’ve got something to keep me warm till the tow truck arrives.]

A study finds the average person will spend the equivalent of 43 days of their lifetime struggling to open troublesome packaging. [43 days? What… are people wearing mittens while trying to open Doritos?]

Police in Germany arrested three men dressed as Santa Claus who stole a Christmas tree. The cops caught the Santas dragging the tree down the street and made them return it before booking them on theft charges. [The three Santas were also given breathalyzer tests and found to be four times over the legal limit for milk-and-cookies in their bloodstream.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

THIS IS THE BIGGEST BREAK-UP TIME OF THE YEAR _ ‘Tis the season to be dumped. Today, tomorrow and Thursday (December 10, 11, 12) are the dates couples are most likely to breakup. Statisticians looked at data from Facebook, analyzing thousands of messages looking for signs of a break up. From their investigations, they deduced that the peak break-up periods around the holidays fall two weeks before Christmas Day.

… The reasons for the breakups vary. For some, the idea of spending the festive period with someone they’re having doubts about brings a wave of dread. For new couples, many decide that they don’t want to bring their new date home to meet the parents or they don’t want to meet yours. For the thrifty, some realize that they’re new partner is not worth spending on.

PETE FRATES, INSPIRATION FOR ‘ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE,’ DIES AT AGE 34 _ Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge, died Monday. He was 34. Frates died peacefully, surrounded by his family, they said in a statement. The ice bucket challenge began in 2014 when pro golfer Chris Kennedy challenged his wife’s cousin Jeanette Senerchia, whose husband has ALS. ALS patient Pat Quinn, of Yonkers, New York, picked up on it and started its spread, but when Frates and his family got involved, the phenomenon exploded on social media. The process was simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, post a video on social media and challenge others to do the same or make a donation to charity. Most people did both. The challenge has raised about $220 million worldwide, including $115 million alone for the Washington-based ALS Association.

SAY GOODBYE TO ROBOCALLS? _ There may soon be an end to those pesky robocalls. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill making it harder for the calls to get through to you. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, or TRACED Act would push carriers to implement a caller authentication system and require companies to block the calls for free. The vote passed in the House of Representatives with a nearly unanimous vote, 417-3. The TRACED Act is anticipated to be passed by the Senate in the coming weeks.

WALMART APOLOGIZES FOR UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS _ Walmart has issued an apology and pulled several “ugly Christmas sweaters” from it’s Canadian website that featured Santa in some pretty un-Santa-like situations. One featured Santa sitting in front of a pile of “snow” cut into lines on a table with the words “Let It Snow” underneath. The best part was the description of the product on the website: “We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America. That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole. That’s why Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow. He packs it in perfect lines on his coffee table and then takes a big whiff to smell the high quality aroma of the snow.”

… Walmart said in a statement that these sweaters were sold by a third-party seller on their website and “do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website.” The good news(?) is that the seller, FUN Wear, still has the sweaters available on their website.

ONE IN FIVE PLANNING TO GIVE SOMEBODY A ‘TAKE THE HINT’ HOLIDAY GIFT THIS YEAR _ That gift you get this holiday season just might be trying to tell you something. According to a survey, one in five Americans are planning on giving somebody a “take the hint” gift this year. The most popular “hint” gift Americans give is deodorant or perfume/cologne, with self-help books scoring high, too. Also on the list were cookbooks, exercise equipment, razors, toothpaste, cleaning supplies and even breath mints.

… Statistically, men are much more likely to go for a passive aggressive gift than women, with 26 percent of men — compared to just 17 percent of women — saying they’ll be giving a “hint gift” this year.

WE’LL WILL SPEND 43 DAYS STRUGGLING TO OPEN PACKAGING _ A study finds the average person will spend the equivalent of 43 days of their lifetime struggling to open troublesome packaging. The survey claims we spend 19 minutes a week trying to get into tricky packaging which is secured with too much tape, cable ties or even items which are screwed into place. Vacuum-packed plastic wrap and stuck jars are also among the encasements many find themselves struggling to open.

THE COWBOYS CUT KICKER AFTER HE VISITED SICK KIDS _ The Dallas Cowboys cut kicker Brett Maher on Monday. No surprise as Maher had hit just 1-of-4 kicks from 40 yards and beyond the past three games and was an awful 20-of-30 on the season. Sadly, Maher was cut just after visiting some sick kids in a hospital with his teammates.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the nasty way you were fired?

RUNNER WHO SLAPPED TV REPORTER’S BEHIND IS BANNED FROM FUTURE RACES _ A pervy jogger who slapped a TV reporter’s behind during a 10K in Georgia has been identified by officials — and banned from future races. Race organizers had immediately vowed to find the handsy creep who left WSAV-TV anchor Alex Bozarjian feeling “violated, objectified, and embarrassed” while she reported on Saturday’s Savannah Bridge Run. The Savannah Sports Council tweeted: “We identified him and shared his information with the reporter and her station.” They did not name him publicly.

… In a video viewed more than 10 million times, Bozarjian was seen recoiling in shock as a runner in a hat and sunglasses smacked her as he ran past. She tweeted after the incident: “To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better.”

NEW RESTAURANT ONLY SELLS MILKSHAKES AND FRENCH FRIES _ Let’s be honest… two of the most delicious items on this planet are milkshakes and fries. And now there’s a new spot that serves both of them almost exclusively. Holyshakes in Doral, Florida, focuses on shakes and fries. These shakes are not your basic vanilla or chocolate flavor. The Creamy Cookies shake is a cookies and cream shake with a rim covered in vanilla frosting and crushed Oreo, topped with a chocolate donut tower and a silky Oreo “creampeak” and topped with a cookie.

… There’s also the Cocada, a creamy coconut shake with a vanilla frosted rim with toasted coconut flakes, topped with a passionfruit ice pop, sour passion fruit jellycubes, vanilla cream, coconut chips and edible flowers.

… Miami fruit lovers can order a Tropical Blitz, a mango smoothie with sour tamarind, a lime peaks rim, chili sugar topped with lime cotton candy, mint sauce, chili powder and edible flowers.

… You want fries with that shake? Holyshakes offers a choice of twisted baked fries or sweet potato baked fries. Toppings include pulled pork, carne asada, truffle and cheese and buffalo chicken.

NJ BILL WOULD REQUIRE SCHOOLCHILDREN TO BE TAUGHT CURSIVE HANDWRITING _ Should children be required to learn cursive? A New Jersey legislator says so. Assemblywoman Angela McKnight has introduced a bill that would require elementary schools to teach kids how to read and write in the graceful, flowing loops taught to previous generations. California, Texas, North Carolina and other states have moved to encourage cursive in recent years.

… Even in the days of texting, some research shows cursive still can improve cognitive development, spelling and writing speed. The International Dyslexia Association says when writing cursive, “the word becomes a unit, rather than a series of separate strokes, and correct spelling is more likely to be retained.” Also, “The Declaration of Independence and many other important archival documents are written in cursive. A cursive signature is more difficult to forge than a printed one.”

WOMAN PUNCHES MOUNTAIN LION TO SAVE DOG FROM DEADLY ATTACK _ A California woman tried to pry open a mountain lion’s jaws when it attacked her miniature Schnauzer in her backyard. The woman was letting her 10-year-old miniature Schnauzer named Pumbaa out to the yard to relieve himself early Thursday morning when the mountain lion attacked the pup. In response, the pet owner pounced on the wild animal and punched it in an attempt to pry her dog from its jaws, police said. Unfortunately, Pumbaa did not survive the attack.

NOW THAT OK BOOMER IS OVER YOU CAN BUY OK BOOMER BEER _ Every joke has a life cycle, and social media has made the life cycle of “OK Boomer” pretty darn short. But Dogfish Head Brewery didn’t get the message, and just unveiled its latest beer called — ready? — “OK, Boomer”.

… It’s a winter beer with a spice blend including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and star anise, with house-toasted walnut flour and kiln coffee malt.

LET KIDS PLAY VIDEO GAMES IN THE O.R. _ Researchers say letting children play video games in the operating room before undergoing surgery can help relax them better than tranquilizers or holding Mommy’s hand. Doctors found that allowing children a few minutes to play the games reduced their anxiety until the anesthesia took effect.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: PARENTS ARE USING ANKLE MONITORS TO TRACK MISBEHAVING KIDS _ A company called Tampa Bay Monitoring has begun marketing law-enforcement style ankle monitors to parents who want to keep an eye on older children. The company, which touts the fact court orders are not necessary to attach irremovable equipment to a child, has apparently found an audience among parents concerned about delinquent children.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOUND UNDER CAR WAS KITTEN _ After driving 275 miles nonstop, a couple in Germany heard a strange sound coming from under the hood of their car. When they opened it up they found a kitten that had been riding next to the engine the entire trip.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NOT-SO-GOOD DISGUISE _ When a robber held up a betting parlor in England he probably thought his disguise was pretty good: he wore a baseball cap to hold a veil over his face. He escaped with $665. But when police detectives viewed security camera footage, they could see right through the veil — and two officers immediately recognized the robber.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WHEN YOU NEED TACOS, YOU NEED TACOS _ A woman in Washington state is in jail after a suspected DUI incident at a Taco Bell. Anastacia Etzwiler drove her RV the wrong direction through the Taco Bell drive-through, and the vehicle became stuck.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN RESCUED AND ARRESTED AFTER GETTING STUCK IN CHIMNEY _ Fire crews in Tucson responded on Friday to a call to rescue a man stuck in a chimney at a vacant home, which did not belong to the stuck man.

… Last week I told you about Arizona teen who tried to shimmy down her chimney in an attempt to sneak home after a late night out. She got stuck for 90 minutes and a friend had to call 911.

… The week before, in Spain, a man who got stuck in a pawn shop chimney for two days. Fire department rescuers in Spain found the man stuck 20 feet down the two-story chimney. It took two hours to get him out.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TACO BELL WORKER ALLEGEDLY SWINGS MACHETE AT DRIVE-THRU CUSTOMER _ One fast-food customer’s trip to Taco Bell over the weekend quickly turned sour after the employee working at the drive-thru ended up threatening them. The customer drove up to the speaker at a Taco Bell in Austin, Texas, on Sunday afternoon, but was having difficulty communicating with the employee working the drive-thru. The employee said, “Can you not hear?” and then allegedly began cursing at the customer. When the customer drove forward, they saw that the employee was holding a machete out of the window. The Taco Bell employee allegedly went so far as to strike the customer’s driver’s side mirror before the customer drove away and called 911.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SEIZE 20 POUNDS OF METH MAILED INSIDE AN AIR FRYER _ Authorities in Kentucky seized an odd gift sent through the mail to a Kentucky man’s home. Inside the package was approximately 20 pounds of methamphetamine, stuffed inside an air fryer. And not just ANY air fryer, but a Hamilton Beach 31323 Sure-Crisp Air Fry Toaster Oven, 6 Slice Capacity, Stainless Steel. Narcotics officers who intercepted the parcel say it contained about $100,000 worth of meth.


ON TELEVISION

ELLEN’S GREATEST NIGHT OF GIVEAWAYS (8p ET, NBC) — In this 3-night special, Ellen DeGeneres gives life-changing gifts to unsuspecting people, and features appearances by Michelle Obama, Justin Timberlake, Jason Momoa, Jennifer Aniston and Robert Downey Jr.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Dan is disappointed when everyone but Becky forgets about his birthday. Katey Sagal and Jay R. Ferguson guest star.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three

BLESS THIS MESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Mike and Rio are thrilled about having their first Christmas alone together as a married couple, but they are interrupted by crisis after crisis.

THE VOICE (9p ET, NBC) — New. In the live semi final results show, three artists are revealed as safe. The bottom two will be eliminated, while the middle three will compete in the instant save for the last spot in the finale.

MIXED-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Alicia and Paul try to maintain their “Winter Solstice” traditions from the commune, but their parents want a more traditional Christmas with the kids.

FBI (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat.

FINALE: THE MOODYS (9p ET, FOX) — In the final 2 episodes, Sean Sr. invites some unexpected guests to Christmas Eve dinner, and Ann starts to unravel.

CRISIS AFTERMATH (9p ET, CW) — New. Director Kevin Smith hosts this special behind-the-scenes look.

BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING (9p ET, HBO) — The New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick and Nick Saban of Alabama’s Crimson Tide are profiled in this new sports documentary that examines the four-decades-long friendship between the two most powerful coaches in football history. It also offers an exclusive look at their annual coaching retreat, where the two have an in-depth conversation about their history and coaching philosophies.

BLACK-ISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Pops shows up to the house full of holiday cheer with Lynette (Loretta Devine). This episode was directed by series star Anthony Anderson.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat.

MAKING IT (10p ET, NBC) — New. In the Master Craft, they design a fun and unique bedroom any kid would enjoy.

EMERGENCE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Jo and Chris must evade the FBI as they investigate an elusive group of cyber terrorists.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS (10p ET, National Geographic) — New. Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) joins Bear in the Arizona desert.

MICHELLE WOLF: JOKE SHOW (Netflix) — New stand up special


ENTERTAINMENT

FIRST GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE TRAILER IS HERE _ We finally have the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The movie stars Paul Rudd and is about a single mom and her two kids who begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the “secret legacy their grandfather left behind.” Afterlife will also feature cameo appearances by Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts

… The film is set for release in July of 2020.

WARNER BROS. REPORTEDLY ADDING A SEVENTH VILLAIN INTO THE BATMAN _ The Batman is the upcoming reboot of DC’s Dark Knight, following Ben Affleck’s run as the iconic superhero. Robert Pattinson is played Batman, and the film will feature not just one or two but six villains from the comics. And now, it seems, that Warner Bros. may be adding one more. According to sources, Clayface will be making his debut in The Batman. In the comics, the villain has a look and powerset similar to Spider-Man’s Sandman and has been been the alter-ego for a number of different characters throughout the years.

… And with Clayface now joining the Riddler, Mad Hatter, Two-Face, Catwoman, Penguin and Firefly as the villains, it seems like the Dark Knight is going to have his hands pretty full.

EVIDENCE MOUNTS THAT ACE VENTURA 3 IS DEFINITELY IN THE WORKS _ Next year’s Sonic the Hedgehog will mark Jim Carrey’s first role in a major comedy movie in a while. By the looks of things the rumor last week that Carrey will revisit his Ace Ventura character is basically confirmed. Two sources now say Ace Ventura 3 is in the works.

2019 YEAR ON TWITTER UNVEILED _ Twitter unveiled its top tweets of the year Monday. Topping the list for most retweeted tweet of 2019 is World Record Egg.

… The most discussed TV shows worldwide include Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and The Simpsons. The top movies include Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4 and Joker.

… Topping the list of actors worldwide are Tom Holland, Chris Evans and Zendaya, and the top musicians are BTS, Ariana Grande and Drake. The sports teams that dominated include FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

… Twitter also shared the top emoji of the year, which include the heart eyes emoji, fire emoji and crying emoji.

RYAN REYNOLDS SAYS FREE GUY IS HIS FAVORITE MOVIE HE’S EVER MADE _ Ryan Reynolds has never kept his love for Deadpool a secret. But it’s not his favorite movie he’s ever made. That distinction belongs to Free Guy. In his own words: “Free Guy is my favorite movie I’ve ever made, and that means a lot to me because I made Deadpool.” • TRAILER

… In the action comedy Reynolds stars as a bank teller named Guy who finds out that he’s actually a non-playable character in an open world video game entitled Free City. After coming to grips with this stunning reality, he decides to finally take charge of his life and does whatever it takes to stop the game’s developers from shutting it down.

… Free Guy comes out in July.

NETFLIX DOMINATES GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS WITH 17 NODS _ Netflix made history on Monday. The streaming service finally clinched its first-ever best picture nomination at the Golden Globes. In total, Netflix scored 17 nominations, the most of any studio. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented January 5.

The nominations (main categories):

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • 1917
  • Irishman
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • The Two Popes

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Dolemite is my Name
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Knives Out
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Rocketman

Best Television Series – Drama

  • Big Little Lies (HBO)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Killing Eve (BBC America)
  • The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
  • Succession (HBO)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Barry (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Amazon)
  • The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
  • The Politician (Netflix)

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BITS & BREAKS

HOLIDAY TWEET

“I need a box to return stuff to Amazon. Easiest solution is to just order more stuff from Amazon.” @tapbot_paul

THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T BUY YOUR WIFE FOR CHRISTMAS

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the worst gift your man got you?

Here’s what one shopping blogger has to say:

• Kitchen Utensils: Some men are very fortunate to still have a wife that cooks supper every evening. Unfortunately, those are the same foolish men that will turn around and buy their wife a griddle for Christmas. This is a really bad idea. Unless you enjoy getting bashed in the head with an Instant Pot.

• Clothing That Is Not One-Size-Fits-All: Clothing is simply too risky because you are likely to pick the wrong size. Too big and they think you are saying they are fat, and too small means that you are hoping they will lose weight. Either way, you come out looking like a fool. Leave that whole category alone.

• Self Improvement Anything: Along the same lines as the clothing category, a husband should never attempt to be a self help guru. Buying your wife that “How to Become A Gardener Overnight” book is not likely to draw rave reviews. Leave the whole yoga, weight loss, personal growth area to the men that like sleeping on the couch.

• Any Small Appliance: Okay so you really do need a new vacuum cleaner. Gentlemen, if you attempt to slide that in as a Christmas gift you will likely be the only one that ever uses it. A gift for Christmas should not be something that requires her to do daily work.

• Fake Anything: While most men are smart enough to not try to the fake jewelry thing, they are not above going for that fake Gucci bag or iPod. Have the common sense to buy your wife a Christmas gift that did not come from the back of someone’s van. Yes, guys. They know the difference.

WHAT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE SAYS ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY

What does your tree style reveal about your personality? The website First for Women thinks it knows…

• The “We Went a Little Over the Top With Decorations” Christmas Tree – You are probably a parent, and you really love your kids — enough to let them create the beautiful disaster that will be taking over a corner in your living room for the next month and a half.

• A Charlie-Brown Christmas Tree – You, like Charlie, see beauty where others see none. You are a glass half full kind of person with a big heart. Your heart is so big that you have a ridiculous amount of rescue dogs because you just can’t say no. You cry easily and are no longer able to watch the Notebook because last time you did it took you over a week to stop crying.

• A Pure White Christmas Tree – Those who gravitate towards an all-white Christmas tree tend to be fond of dramatics and prone to making bold statements. You are confident, ultra-modern, and post regularly on social media.

• A Table-Top Christmas Tree – The tree isn’t important to your holiday. You shop at farmers markets every weekend and are a prolific baker. You don’t worry about what other people think and prefer to focus on you.

• A Way Too Big Christmas Tree – You’re hiding something… but what? Nobody knows the real you because you’re hiding behind glitz, glamour, and very big trees.

• The Perfectly Decorated Christmas Tree – You remember every birthday and anniversary without the help of Facebook, and you manage to juggle home and career life with complete ease. The thought of “winging it” fills you with dread, and you’ve been planning the perfect Christmas since August.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: A study found that employees in this government agency are happiest. (NASA)

TRIVIA: What flower has more varieties than any other — more than 30,000. (The orchid)

TRIVIA: The ones located in New York City’s Central Park are the most heavily-used in the world. (Park benches)

TRIVIA: November is the busiest month of the year for what profession? (Barbers)

WHICH ONE DOESN’T FIT?

  • Tide
  • Windex *
  • Cheer
  • Arm & Hammer
  • Purex

* It’s not a laundry detergent.


DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 11, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Rita Moreno is 88

• Donna Mills (Knots Landing) is 79

• Brenda Lee is 75

• Teri Garr is 72

• Gary Dourdan (CSI) is 53

• Mo’Nique is 52

• Rapper-actor Mos Def is 46

• Hailee Steinfeld is 23

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1946: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.

• 1972: Apollo 17 became the sixth mission to land on the Moon.

• 1994: A burglar in Brede, Holland, hammered through a factory roof and four inches of concrete, then drilled into the safe. It was empty. The factory had been closed for ten years.

• 2008: Australian astronomers announced that the fabled star that led the wise men to that chilly stable where Jesus was born was most likely a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter that occurred on June 17.

• 2012: British physicist Stephen Hawking won the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world.

• 2015: Playboy magazine published its last nude issue, featuring Pamela Anderson on the cover. It would begin publishing nude photos again in early 2017.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Kaleidoscope Day

• App Day. The phone kind, not the restaurant pre-dinner kind.

• Sobriety Day

• Noodle Ring Day

• Have a Bagel Day. Weird, since Bagel Day is in January.

UPCOMING

• 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 22: National Hot Sauce Day
• January 23: National Pie Day
• 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