INTERPREP ★ DECEMBER 11, 2019

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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


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

63,360: Inches in a mile.


NEWS ATTACK!

According to study, if you have complications after you return home from surgery, you stand a better chance of survival if you return to that same hospital rather than seek out a different hospital. [That’s because the original hospital will have a better idea of exactly which surgical instrument they left inside you.]

A self-driving truck completed a cross-country trip. [So weird that a robot driver is still stopping every 4 hours for McNuggets and Diet Coke.]

A study says that people who go to bed earlier have fewer worries. [That’s because they don’t see the late news.]

Research reveals that around 80 percent of vegetarians return to eating meat within only a year. [Well, it’s hard to really say goodbye to meat. Popcorn shrimp is simply another name for lightly battered crack.]

Disney+ is remaking Home Alone. [Only this time the kid invites the burglars in for a Fortnite all-nighter as long as they spring for DoorDash.]

Disney+ is remaking Home Alone. [This time an 8-year-old named Thanos snaps his fingers and makes his family disappear.]

With two weeks to go, 8 in 10 guys say they’re starting to panic over the wives’ Christmas gifts. [Here’s a tip, fellas: No matter what the salesman at Ace Hardware says, a diamond necklace is better than a diamond drill bit.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

AMERICA’S FAVORITE SNACK IS NOT FLAMIN’ HOT CHEETOS _ What’s America’s favorite snack for 2019? If you believe the delivery service goPuff then it’s Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. But… nope. That’s the top snack food item ordered from goPuff’s 150 facilities across the country, but seeing as how goPuff’s typical customer is under age 30, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is not all of the country’s favorite snack.

… The best selling category is potato chips. However, the top selling specific snack product is Goldfish (source: Amazon). After that it’s Cheez-Its, then Cool Ranch Doritos.

… And if you’re looking at the top snack food by net profit, that would be movie theater popcorn. For every dollar you spend on popcorn at your local cinema the theater makes 85 cents in profit.

13% OF US ARE CAT WHISPERERS _ Cats are complicated animals. While dogs are relatively easy to figure out, forming a relationship with a cat usually takes a whole lot more time and patience. On that note, cats’ facial expressions can be very hard to interpret. Well, at least for most people. A new study (University of Guelph) finds that certain people are more adept at understanding the emotions and moods cats convey in their faces.

… While some appear to be born with these “cat-whispering” skills, the study also found that it is quite possible for people to develop feline face reading abilities over time. Liking or enjoying the company of cats doesn’t seem to be a requirement either.

… Overall, both women and individuals with at least some veterinary training were found to be the most likely demographics to excel at interpreting cats’ facial expressions.

… The research encompassed over 6,300 people spread across 85 different countries. Each participant was asked to watch 20 short online videos of cats expressing a variety of different emotions spread across various scenarios. For example, one video showed a cat being played with, while another showed a cat experiencing a stressful situation. However, the participants couldn’t actually see what was happening to the cats in the videos, as each piece of footage was zoomed in so that viewers could only see the felines’ faces. After watching each video, the participants were asked to indicate if each cat was in a positive state, a negative state, or they could also choose a “I’m not sure” option.

… The average score among study subjects was 12 correct answers out of 20, but 13% actually excelled at the test, answering at least 15 questions correctly. It was this group that the study’s authors dubbed “cat whisperers.”

WALMART WILL TEST DRIVERLESS GROCERY DELIVERIES IN HOUSTON _ Walmart is about to experiment with autonomous grocery delivery. Wa-Wa is launching a pilot program in Houston that will use a Nuro R1 self-driving vehicle to shuttle food from select stores to customers who’ve opted into the program. The companies didn’t outline how customers would enroll, but Houstonians can expect service to start in the “coming weeks.”

SELF-DRIVING TRUCK COMPLETES FIRST EVER CROSS-COUNTRY TRIP _ A self-driving truck has completed the first cross-country commercial freight run. The truck traveled 2,800 miles autonomously from California to Pennsylvania hauling a fully-loaded refrigerated trailer of perishable cargo. According to the company that did it (Plus.ai), the vehicle was “fitted with advanced autonomous driving system that utilizes multimodal sensor fusion, deep learning visual algorithms and simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) technologies.”

… A safety driver and engineer were on-board. The truck traveled for three days, day and night through the plains of Kansas, winding roads of the Rockies, road construction, multi-mile tunnels, over 11,000 feet elevation, and was greeted with rainy and snowy roads heading east.

MAINE GIRL’S MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE FOUND 36 YEARS LATER _ An 11-year-old Maine girl threw a message in a bottle into the water and it was found by a man walking the Cape Cod beach in Massachusetts. Joshua Mendes said he was beach combing two days before Thanksgiving when he found the glass Coke bottle mostly buried in the sand. In the bottle was a message dated May 14, 1983, from Jenny Brown, which identifies her as an 11-year-old. It gives an old post office box address and has a simple note: “Please write me.” Mendes is currently trying to track down Brown.

PLAYING THE DRUMS CHANGES BRAIN STRUCTURE _ There’s an old cliche in the rock scene that drummers are always the forgotten members of a band. The drums aren’t quite as exciting as guitar and don’t demand the same attention as a mic stand. But it turns out if you’re kid wants to pick up a rock instrument, drums could be the thing — for their brain. A team of researchers (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) analyzed a group of seasoned drummers’ brains. They discovered that playing the drums changes one’s brain structure; drummers’ motor brain areas are organized more efficiently, and also appear to have fewer than normal, but also thicker, connecting fibers between the two halves of the brain.

… It was observed that the drummers’ brains were less active while performing motor tasks, in comparison to the control subjects. Essentially, this means the brain of a veteran drummer is more efficiently organized and connected, meaning it does not need to use as much energy.

HUNTER SPRAYED BROTHER’S STANDS WITH DEER REPELLENT _ A Michigan man has admitted to intentionally sabotaging his brother by spraying deer repellent around his hunting stands. The brother whose stands were repellent-ized called the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on his sibling. A DNR Conservation Officer examined two SD cards from trail cameras, which showed the brother wearing a backpack sprayer and spraying two hunting stands located on public U.S. Forest Service property. The DNR collected and tested samples of the liquid sprayed on the stands. The man was reportedly upset because he felt his brother was intentionally cutting off the deer by hunting the public land next to the private camp the pair owned.

WHAT SURGEONS SHOULD AND SHOULDN’T PLAY AT WORK _ Almost three quarters of surgeons’ operating rooms are filled with music when patients go under the knife. Most operating room staff say music boosts communication between team members, reduces stress levels and improves efficiency. It also appears to enhance surgical performance by increasing focus, particularly among surgeons who listen to music regularly.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: HOW TO GET THROUGH A HECTIC DAY _ Need a way to help yourself get through a hectic day? Use this ancient accupressure move to stimulate your nervous system meridian, which is the pathway by which energy travels through your body. Close your eyes and grasp the bottom of each earlobe between your thumb and forefinger. Briskly rub them, moving your fingers from bottom to top and back again. Do this for 20 seconds and see how you feel.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN NOTICES INDENTATION IN YARD, STEPS ON IT, FALLS 25 FEET _ An 87-year-old man was rescued after falling 25 feet into an abandoned well in California (Simi Valley) Monday afternoon. The man (Ron Sparks) suffered a broken ankle after he fell into the abandoned well in his front yard. He was mowing the yard and noticed an indentation in the grass, stepped on it and fell. A fire department spokesman said the man told him it was “like a bad ride at Magic Mountain.” The mud at the bottom of the hole broke his fall, but he continued to sink.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SCHOOL BUS EVACUATED DUE TO SMELL, ENDS UP BEING BODY SPRAY _ A Florida school bus had to be evacuated after students complained of a noxious smell. The bus was taking home 33 students when they smelled the odor. There were no injuries and no students needed to go to the hospital. The noxious smell was due to a student’s body spray that was released on the bus.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ASSAULT WITH GRITS _ A Louisiana woman was charged after allegedly pouring a pot of hot grits onto her sleeping boyfriend. The man told police that he came home from work, got into an argument with his girlfriend, told her that he was breaking up with her, then went to bed.


ON TELEVISION

ELLEN’S GREATEST NIGHT OF GIVEAWAYS (8p ET, NBC) — New. Special guests Robert Downey Jr., Taylor Swift and Melissa McCarthy.

SURVIVOR: ISLAND OF THE IDOLS  (8p ET, CBS) — New.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Hoping to outdo the Kremp family, Beverly decides the Goldbergs must do an even better family holiday card.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. The remaining five masked celebrities compete for a spot in the finals, while 2 celebs are revealed.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New.

SCHOOLED (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. CB hopes getting Lainey a Beanie Baby for Christmas will show his true feelings for her, but it doesn’t go as planned.

SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Jason leads the team on his first mission back following surgery. The episode was directed by series star and veteran Tyler Grey.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Cam hopes to keep everyone happy for their annual Christmas dinner as he prepares for his big interview for a head coaching position out of state.

MAKING IT (9p ET, NBC) — New. Makers must transform an ordinary tool shed into a space representing their ideal vacation getaway.

ALMOST FAMILY (9p ET, FOX) — New.

NANCY DREW (9p ET, CW) — New.

SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Graham writes a letter to Santa asking for either a white Christmas or to meet his father.

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. Hondo’s father (guest star Obba Babatundé) tries to make amends to his mother (guest star Debbie Allen).

STUMPTOWN (10p ET, ABC) — New. Dex goes undercover as a high school substitute teacher to find out who planted drugs the daughter of an old classmate.

FINALE: MAKING IT (10p ET, NBC) — New.


ENTERTAINMENT

JOKER PRODUCER SHUTS DOWN RUMORS OF A SEQUEL _ There have been at least two sources who say a Joker sequel is being considered. And why not? After all, the movie recent surpassed the $1 billion mark at the box office and it’s up for four Golden Globes, include Best Motion Picture-Drama.

… But in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Joker producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff downplayed rumors about a sequel already being set in stone: “I’ve not been involved in any conversations. I would think that I would be one of the first to know. I would love to see anything that [the director] and Joaquin come up with for Joker 2.”

26.4 MILLION ACCOUNTS WATCHED THE IRISHMAN IN ITS FIRST WEEK _ Netflix had a lot riding on The Irishman — the Martin Scorsese crime saga starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The film has been in the works for almost a decade, and Netflix, which reportedly invested as much as $200 million, has been involved for years. So, the company is understandably braggadocious that, in The Irishman’s first seven days on the platform, it was watched by 26.4 million accounts globally — 26,404,081 to be precise.

… In the film’s first 28 days it’s expected to reach about 40 million household accounts. To be counted, users must watch at least 70 percent of the film.

HOME ALONE REBOOT _ A Home Alone reboot is coming to Disney+. Archie Yates, who had his breakout role in Jojo Rabbit, will star. He will not be playing the iconic Kevin McCallister, but a new character in a similar premise to the original franchise. The reboot will also star Ellie Kemper (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Rob Delaney (Catastrophe).

TRUMP TEAM USES DISNEY’S THANOS TO VANISH DEMOCRATS _ In the climax of Avengers: Endgame, the chief villain Thanos utters the now-famous line “I am inevitable” before snapping his fingers in an attempt to destroy all life in the universe. On Tuesday, that scene took on new meaning when the campaign for Donald Trump released a video with Thanos replaced by Trump. After Thanos-Trump says “I am inevitable,” he snaps his finger and the Democrats who announced the impeachment vanish to dust.

… Jim Starlin, the comic book writer and artist who created Thanos in 1973, was not amused by the use of his creation in the video: “After my initial feeling of being violated, seeing that pompous fool using my creation to stroke his infantile ego, it finally struck me that the leader of my country and the free world actually enjoys comparing himself to a mass murderer.”

… What Trump’s team failed to notice is the clip they used was the part of the movie when Thanos discovers that he’s been outsmarted, and he dies two minutes later.

JACK BLACK SAYS HE MIGHT RETIRE AFTER JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL _ Is it the end of the acting road for Jack Black? The star’s days on the big screen may well be numbered, and that’s according to the man himself. His newest film, Jumanji: The Next Level could even be his last, if his latest interview (with Balance) is anything to go by: “Well, I’ve got another Tenacious D record that I’d like to make. Maybe one more movie. I’m kind of enjoying the idea of early retirement. Not so early. I’m 50. I’ve been saying for a long time that this is the last movie. We’ll see. I can’t really say what my next thing is because it’s too early; it’s a jinxer. I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve. But not too many. I’m looking to wrap it up pretty soon. Ride off into the sunset.”

QUENTIN TARANTINO SAYS KILL BILL VOL. 3 IS DEFINITELY IN THE CARDS _ Black Mamba will return… but not for another few years at least. That’s according to Quentin Tarantino himself, who provided a brief update on the status of Kill Bill Vol. 3. The good news: It’s “definitely in the cards,” after Tarantino confirmed as much during his sit-down interview with Andy Cohen.

… And while it’ll be a few years before Kill Bill Vol. 3 gets going, we can take satisfaction in knowing that Tarantino is now in possession of a story he’s satisfied with.

MISSISSIPPI HOPES BABY YODA CAN GET DRIVERS TO USE CAR SEATS FOR KIDS _ The force is strong … in Mississippi. The state’s department of transportation has jumped on the Baby Yoda bandwagon in an effort to remind drivers to use car seats for their children. The popular “The Mandalorian” character is shown in the Disney+ series riding around in a hovering carrier — which looks a bit like a car seat. The image of Baby Yoda in his carrier has been turned into a meme that the agency referenced on a traffic sign. The sign reads: “Baby Yoda uses the force but still needs a car seat.” • IMAGE

PAUL MCCARTNEY’S ADVENTURE NOVEL FOR KIDS IS BECOMING A NETFLIX MOVIE _ Paul McCartney is about to have much more of a presence on Netflix than the occasional documentary or Beatles homage. Netflix is producing an animated movie based on McCartney’s children’s adventure novel High in the Clouds (co-written by Philip Ardagh and Geoff Dunbar). The book follows the tale of a teenage squirrel who lands in a group of rebels after he inadvertently makes enemies with a tyrannical owl.

SIGNED HARRY POTTER BOOK BOUGHT FOR PENNIES COULD FETCH THOUSANDS _ A British collector with more than 1,000 Harry Potter books is hoping to get thousands by auctioning off some of his rarest items. Mark Cavoto began trading books from the series after noticing how well they sold on online auction site eBay. Among the books being sold by Cavoto is a first edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets signed by author JK Rowling, bought for pennies. The auction takes place Thursday. The signed book is expected to fetch up to $3,000.

STEVE HARVEY IS REVIVING HIS DAYTIME TALK SHOW FOR FACEBOOK WATCH _ Steve Harvey’s talk show is coming back… on Facebook Watch. The reboot is scheduled to premiere on January 6, featuring many of his Steve daytime talk show staples, including advice-giving and interviews with celebrities. Harvey already taped the first batch of episodes last week at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. The first batch is scheduled to run for 10 weeks, with multiple segments a week.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  PHONER: It’s comfort food season. What’s yours? Four calls to help with the phones.

  DROP: Crazy man who lives in the woods and has lots of out there ideas.

  DROPS: Our huge Christmas clips package.

  DROPS: A charity event clips package.


BITS & BREAKS

A SNOWBALL POEM

I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as could be,
I thought I’d keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head,
Then last night it ran away,
But first it wet the bed.

DIAL-A-CAROL OPENS THURSDAY

Dial-A-Carol is back Thursday (December 12) for its 59th season. Dial-A-Carol is a student-run holiday program at the University of Illinois. Each year the students of Snyder Hall, a University Housing residence hall, host Dial-A-Carol, which was started in December 1960 by Betty Gordon, an office secretary, and the residents of Snyder Hall who wanted to spread some holiday cheer around campus.

… Anyone from anywhere can call and request a holiday tune be sung to them. Dial-A-Carol runs 24 hours a day for seven days.

… Each year the line logs more than 10,000 calls from all 50 states and dozens of countries.

… Check out the 132 songs in their songbook!

… (217) 332-1882.

Website

CHRISTMAS TUNE TWISTERS

I’ll give you a clue, you name the popular Christmas song:

• Oh, member of the round table with missing areas. (OH, HOLY NIGHT)

• Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres. (JINGLE BELL ROCK)

• Vehicular homicide was committed on Dad’s mom by a precipitous darling. (GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER)

• Wanted in December: Top forward incisors. (ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TWO FRONT TEETH)

• The lad is a diminutive percussionist. (THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY)

• Sir Lancelot with laryngitis. (SILENT NIGHT)

• Decorate the entryways. (DECK THE HALLS)

• Cup-shaped instruments fashioned of a whitish metallic element. (SILVER BELLS)

• Far off in a hay bin (AWAY IN A MANGER)

• Our fervent hope is that you thoroughly enjoy your Yuletide season. (WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS)

• Listen, the winged heavenly messengers are proclaiming tunefully. (HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING)

• Jubilation to the entire terrestrial globe. (JOY TO THE WORLD)

• Parent was observed osculating a red-coated unshaven teamster. (I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS)

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.

THE FOOD MYTHS HALF OF US BELIEVE

In survey, half of adults believe these food myths:

• If you swallow gum, it takes seven years to digest

• Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are always less healthy than fresh ones

• You should drink eight glasses of water a day

• You need to wait an hour after eating before swimming to avoid stomach cramps

• Fat-free and low-fat foods are always better for you than full-fat versions

• Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs

• Eating spinach builds muscle

• Eating celery burns more calories than it takes in

• Turkey makes you sleepy

• Eating bread crusts will make your hair curly

• Coffee stunts your growth


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average American eats about 50.4 pounds of what a year? (Apples)

TRIVIA: When you blush your face turns red. This other body part (internal) also turns red when you blush. (Stomach lining)

TRIVIA: The average person’s what weighs 29 pounds? (Skeleton. That’s on an average 160-pound person.)

TRIVIA: The average American can name only eight of these. (Presidents)

WHO SAID IT?

“If my life had been turbulence free, no bumps in the road at all, maybe my music would be more beige, maybe the stadiums wouldn’t be so full and the mantle would be a little more empty.”

• Celine Dion

• Garth Brooks

• Taylor Swift *

• Justin Bieber


DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 12, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Bob Barker is 96

• Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean) is 70

• Jennifer Connelly is 49

• Madchen Amick (Twin Peaks) is 49

• Regina Hall is 49

• Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) is 44

• Lucas Hedges (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Manchester By The Sea) is 23

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1914: The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average occurred, down 24.39%.

• 1989: The U.S. issued a patent (#4,885,809) to Charles Muchmore of St. Bernard, Ohio, for his Portable Pocket Spittoon, a flesh-colored plastic flask-like container for tobacco chewers who prefer to spit more privately.

• 1992: A Norway court ruled that Oslo University did not have to re-admit a 39-year-old student until he bathed. The astrophysics major, who had lived in a cave for 14 years, sued the university for a half-million dollars after he was expelled for stinking.

• 2000: A divided U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida, effectively making Republican George W. Bush the winner.

• 2003: Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the “Free Willy” movies, died in the Norwegian fjord that he’d made his home.

• 2003: A disabled cyclist who fell into an icy river was saved when he used his false leg as a float. Brian Denman grabbed the plastic limb which had come off as he lost balance and slid down a bank. He clung to it in the dark for half an hour until fire crews hauled him from the River Tone in the UK.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Gingerbread House Day

• Poinsettia Day

• Cocoa Day

UPCOMING

• 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