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• Dick Van Dyke is 94

• Christopher Plummer is 90

• Wendie Malick is 69

• Steve Buscemi is 62

• Reality TV star NeNe Leakes is 53

• Jamie Foxx is 52

• Taylor Swift is 30


• 1972: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt began the sixth and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or “Moonwalk” of Apollo 17. This was the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th century.

• 1983: The Denver Nuggets and the Detroit Pistons played in the highest scoring NBA game in history, with the Pistons winning 186-184 in triple overtime. In addition to most points in a game, this game also set the record for most field goals made (136), and most assists (93).

• 2003: Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured near his home town of Tikrit.

• 2007: A farmer in Devon, England, unveiled a multi-bird roast. The 48 birds of 12 different species weighed 55-pounds, cost $1,300, and had enough meat to serve 125 people. It contains about 50,000 calories and took more than eight hours to cook. The roast contained turkey, goose, chicken, pheasant, partridge, pigeon squab, Aylesbury duck, Barbary duck, poussin, guinea fowl, mallard-and quail with herb and fruit stuffings.


• Day of The Horse

• Salesperson Day (also in March)

• Ice Cream Day

• Violin Day

• Popcorn String Day


• 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 20: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
• 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



• Dee Wallace (E.T.) is 71. Jackson Rathbone (Twilight movies) is 35. Vanessa Hudgens is 31.

• Monkey Day. Wreaths Across America Day. Yoga Day. Biscuits and Gravy Day.


• Don Johnson is 70. Adam Brody (The O.C.) is 40. Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) is 38. Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) is 36.

• Bill of Rights Day. International Tea Day. Cupcake Day. Wear Your Pearls Day.National Lemon Cupcake Day.


720: Times Vanna White claps her hands on each episode of Wheel of Fortune.


Research shows that people who have youthful faces are more likely to live to an old age than those who look more than their years. [That’s the good news. The bad news is this means we’ll have to put up with Jared Leto in movies until he’s 120.]

A survey of husbands revealed the obvious: We stress the most over buying gifts for our wives. [Here’s a Christmas shopping tip for you married guys: Never buy your wife a thong unless you know how to untie it from around your neck.]

More and more people are reporting that their video cameras are being hacked. [It freaks me out to think that a complete stranger could be watching me, stealing my fashion look.]

Doctors in India removed 90 metal objects from a man’s stomach. [The surgery took longer than the doctors had planned because the man woke up once during the operation and swallowed two scalpels and a stethoscope.]

Online and brick and mortar pet stores say they expect 2019 to be record year for Christmas shopping, as pet owners love to spend on their cats and dogs when the economy is good. [Things are going great for my neighbor. He just got a raise, and his dog just got a Tesla.]

According to a survey, 20 percent of the people surveyed said cheap perfume is the worst Christmas gift. [This is why I give a brand of perfume called ‘Expensive’. Then I’m guaranteed to hear my wife say, “You bought me expensive perfume!”]


UPDATE: HACKS OF RING SECURITY CAMERAS LINKED TO PODCAST _ The Ring security video of the guy talking to an 8-year-old in her room? That was a guy who’s on a podcast called NulledCast. According to a report from Motherboard, the podcast has been involved in a number of hacks on the Amazon-owned Ring security cameras in which hackers commandeer the device’s microphone to harass victims on the other side. In addition to the hack of the camera in the 8-year-old’s room, the group is also linked to an incident in Florida, in which one of the hosts who calls himself ‘Chance,’ hacked into a device to blare loud noises and berate a family with racial slurs.

CREWS LOOKING FOR MANATEE WITH BICYCLE TIRE WRAPPED AROUND ITS BODY _ Florida officials are trying to rescue a manatee with a bicycle tire wrapped around its body. Even though manatees often appear relaxed, they can be hard to catch because they’re strong, and can swim fast if they want to. Once captured, the manatee — nicknamed Wheelie — will be taken to SeaWorld for treatment.

FACEBOOK IS WATCHING YOU SHOP AT PHYSICAL STORES _ Facebook is ‘watching’ you make purchases in physical store in order to show you relevant ads on its platform. The social media giant has partnered with numerous retailers to gather customer data, allowing it to find profiles on the site and target them with specific ads. Users can opt-out of being served ads by selecting ‘Ads’ in Facebook settings and choosing ‘Not allowed’ under ‘ads based on data from partners’.

… Consumers have shared their experience of seeing ads on their Facebook page on Twitter. A guy named Matt tweeted: “Two weeks ago I spent an evening in a bar drinking a beer I’d not heard of before (a canned IPA). Since then I have Facebook ads for the brand more than daily.” Others chimed in to explain that using a card is what opens to door for Facebook to see what you are spending money on.

MAN RESCUE’S DOG AFTER LEASH GETS SHUT IN ELEVATOR DOORS _ A quick-acting Houston man saved a small dog from what could have been a horrific accident with an elevator when its leash became caught between the doors. Video of the incident shows Johnny Mathis exiting the elevator, while a woman with a Pomeranian dog on a leash enters. The doors quickly shut before the dog is able to get onto the elevator.

… Mathis notices the dog left behind while still attached to the leash — and quickly grabs the dog to try and remove it. He said someone was already on the elevator going up to the sixth floor before he got off, so he knew he had to act quick or else the dog would be in trouble.

… As soon as the door shut Mathis said he could hear the dog’s owner screaming. The end of the video shows Mathis successfully rescuing the dog from its leash and waiting at the elevator for its owner to return.

CHRISTMAS CARDS _ Christmas cards are over 175 years old. The custom originated in England, where college students at the Royal Academy sent letters home at the end of the year on religious stationery. They told their parents how good they had been and asked for money.

… In 1843, London businessman Henry Cole manufactured 1,000 cards with the greeting “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Who sends you silly or weird Christmas cards every year?

WHY BABIES CAN’T WALK AT BIRTH _ Scientists have figured out the underlying reason why human babies can’t walk at birth while foals and other hoofed animals get up and go within hours of being born. Turns out, all mammals essentially take their first steps at the same point in brain development.

… The bottom line is that while humans might not walk until just under 1 year of age and an elephant shrew at just 1 day old, both hit this milestone at the same point in their brain development.

AMERICANS’ CREDIT CARD DEBT IS CRAZY HIGH _ The economy is good, unemployment is low, and Americans have recession amnesia. According to the latest data, Americans are projected to fall seriously behind on their credit card bills at the highest rate in a decade. The share of credit card borrowers who are at least 90 days past due on their accounts will probably tick up next year to the the highest level since 2010.

MLB REMOVES POT FROM LIST OF BANNED SUBSTANCES _ Baseball fans who like to catch a buzz while watching from the stands can do so with a few beers. Now Major League Baseball players will be able to as well. MLB will remove marijuana from its list of banned substances.

… This was announced Thursday. Also: Players who test positive for opioids, fentanyl, cocaine and synthetic THC under random drug tests will be referred for treatment before being disciplined. The sweeping changes, which take effect from Spring Training in 2020, “favor a treatment-based approach to Drugs of Abuse,” according to the joint announcement from the MLB and its players’ union.

ARBY’S HAS A HOLIDAY SHOP WITH MEAT WRAPPING PAPER _ If you’ve ever taken a look at your Christmas wrapping paper and said “Hmmm, needs more roast beef,” Arby’s has you covered. The fast food meat restaurant released a holiday collection this year that includes meat-printed wrapping paper. The paper features a print of all sorts of different meats, including roast beef, ham, and chicken, along with some Swiss cheese for good measure.

… If you’re sold on buying the wrapping paper, it can be yours from Arby’s Holiday Shop for $10. Also in the shop is a red Arby’s holiday sweatshirt for $40.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: HERE’S HOW LONG IT TAKES TO DECIDE TO MARRY SOMEONE _ A new study (University of Chicago) polled married people and found that, on average, it took them just 172 days to decide that they wanted to get hitched. That’s about six months — and it’s less time, researchers found, than most people estimate they’ll need before making that big call. Surveyed singles told the researchers that they’d need about 210 days to make up their minds about their potential suitors.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 89-YEAR-OLD WOMAN GRANTED ‘BIG BICEPS’ STRIPPER _ An 89-year-old England woman’s Christmas wish came true when she received a visit from a stripper with “a large chest and big biceps” at her retirement home. Joan was given the almost “full Monty” after she placed her request on a “wishing tree” at the home. Managers said most residents ask for a trip to the beach or a nice afternoon tea but Joan got what she wanted when a “fireman” arrived and stripped off.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRUCK SPILLS LOAD OF GRAPEFRUIT ONTO FLORIDA’S TURNPIKE _ Traffic on a stretch of Florida highway came to a standstill when a truck lost its load of up to 1,000 grapefruits.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BREAKING AND ENTERTING AND BATHING _ A Texas couple called 911 to report that a man had kicked in the front door of their house. While en route to the home, officers were advised the resident had vacated, but the intruder remained inside. After they arrived, officers carefully entered the house and found the suspect in the bathroom. He was taking a bath.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRAWL INVOLVING SALAMI AND CHEESE _ Authorities in Germany said two shoppers were hospitalized following a brawl involving the use of salami and Parmesan cheese as weapons. The incident began as a tug-of-war over an empty cart in the parking lot of a supermarket. Punches were thrown and when one of two men went into the store, the other followed and grabbed salami. That’s when the other man used a wedge of sharp Parmesan cheese as a knife to jab at the man.



HAWAII FIVE-O (8p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates a tourist helicopter that was shot down by a missile, and trace the stolen artillery to a ghost from McGarrett’s past.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8p ET, ABC) — New. A surprise visit from Katie’s mom (guest star Wendie Malick) threatens her holiday cheer. Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project) also guest stars.



THE 88TH ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE (8p ET, CW) — Hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams, Elizabeth Stanton and Mario Lopez.

THE PHANTOM MENACE (8p ET, TNT) — Leading up to the Dec 19th release of The Rise of Skywalker, TNT is airing a marathon of all the films on the weekends, beginning with Episode 1. Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith follow tonight. The rest will air on Saturday and Sunday.

DISNEY CHANNEL HOLIDAY PARTY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD (8p ET, Disney Channel) — Performers include Shaggy and Pentatonix. Plus, get a first look at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and an exclusive look at the Disney Channel original movie sequel Zombies 2.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Eddie, Emery and Evan find themselves on the naughty list for breaking an expensive gift.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Magnum is called up from the reserves for a top secret mission, but it’s all a setup.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

20/20 (9P ET, ABC) — New. 20/20 examines the late Lou Pearlman’s criminal dealings in this two-hour special. Featuring interviews with NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick and O-Town’s Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, and Dan Miller, the former bandmates open up about working with Pearlman and how he affected their lives.

MEL BROOKS: UNWRAPPED (9p ET, HBO) — The comedy legend looks back on his decades-long career this new documentary.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CMT CROSSROADS (10p ET, CMT) — New. Pop star Gavin DeGraw and Chris Young share the stage.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE EXPANSE (Amazon Prime) — This sci-fi drama, canceled after three seasons on Syfy, returns for a fourth as a streaming series.

SEASON PREMIERE: MARVEL’S THE RUNAWAYS (Hulu) — The third and final season.

6 UNDERGROUND (Netflix) — Ryan Reynolds stars in this new action film at the head of a globe-trotting team of presumed-dead operatives.


ATTACK OF THE CLONES (12:50p ET, TNT) — The Star Wars Marathon continues with Attack, Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (8p ET, CBS) — A night of holiday specials, as this classic is followed by Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns.


HOLIDAY DATE (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — In this new movie, Joel (Matt Cohen) poses as Brooke’s (Brittany Bristow) former boyfriend when she goes home for the holidays.

HELLBOY (8p ET, HBO) — David Harbour (Stranger Things) stars in this 2019 reboot of the action-horror franchise. Milla Jovovich also stars.

GREEN BOOK (9p ET, Showtime) — Viggo Mortensen and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali star in this fact-based, Oscar-winning 2018 drama.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. Scarlett Johansson hosts for the 6th time, with musical guest Niall Horan.


RETURN OF THE JEDI (7:35a ET, TNT) — The conclusion of the Star Wars Marathon, with Return of The Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

THE 42ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS (8p ET, CBS) — LL Cool J hosts this awards ceremony. This year’s honorees are Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, TV show Sesame Street and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (8p ET, ABC) — Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in this 1965 classic musical.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, NBC) — The 8-5 Pittsburgh Steelers host the 9-4 Buffalo Bills.

PREMIERE: THE CHRISTMAS CAROLER CHALLENGE (8p ET, CW) — Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie host this Christmas caroling competition series, which features 12 groups performing for three celebrity judges. A new second episode follows.

SEASON FINALE: WATCHMEN (9p ET, HBO) — The intertwining stories of Angela, Manhattan and Ozymandias all come to a head. The show has not yet been renewed for a 2nd season.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat


IN THEATERS TODAY _ Jumanji: The Next Level will take the top spot at the weekend box office, likely making close to $50 million.

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

… Opening next weekend: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (PG-13); Cats (PG); Bombshell (R)


According to People’s TV critic…

1. Fleabag (Amazon)

2. Chernobyl (HBO)

3. The Crown (Netflix)

4. Unbelievable (Netflix)

5. When They See Us (Netflix)

6. Leaving Neverland (HBO)

7. The Mandalorian (Disney+)

8. Russian Doll (Netflix)

9. Succession (HBO)

10. Modern Love (Amazon)

JOHN BOYEGA RESPONDS TO BACKLASH OVER HIS COMMENT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA ABUSE _ John Boyega took to Twitter to apologize after he was hit with backlash from fans over a comment he made in a recent interview. Speaking to Variety, the Star Wars actor told the publication, “Through social media, we get to engage, we get to have fun. But at the same time, for those who are not mentally strong, you are weak to believe in every single thing that you read.”

… Fans of the science fiction franchise were quick to misinterpret his comments, accusing the actor of criticizing his co-star Kelly Marie Tran, who deleted her Instagram posts after receiving a torrent of abuse following the release of 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

… On Thursday John took to the site to clarify his words, insisting he was musing on social media generally and was in no way targeting anyone with his thoughts: “In no way was I referring to Kelly when I made my comments although the interviewer mentioned her given the topic. I was really speaking from my own perspective throughout this franchise. Sometimes I’ve felt strong and sometimes I’ve felt weak. Badly worded though. I apologize.”

BEVERLY HILLBILLIES MANSION SELLS FOR $150 MILLION _ What was once the most expensive home for sale in America is officially off the market, sold for a record-breaking price in California. The Chartwell Estate in Bel-Air, famously featured in the credits of The Beverly Hillbillies, has recently sold for about $150 million, effectively making it the most expensive home ever sold in the Golden State. The buyer of the mansion is said to be Lachlan Murdoch, FOX Executive Chairman and CEO and co-chairman of News Corp.

… The 25,000-square-foot mansion stretches across 10 acres of land, boasting 18 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, an underground garage with room for 40 vehicles, and a wine cellar with the capacity for 12,000 bottles — along with a $1.3-million property tax bill.

… The sweeping grounds of the private residence include a 75-foot swimming pool, a tennis court, fountains, a pool house and a guest home. A “secret” tunnel also reportedly runs from the basement of the main residence to the swimming pool.

… The Bel-Air manor first hit the market for $350 million in 2017. With no immediate takers, its asking price was gradually dropped to $245 million, and then $195 million by June 2019.

ADAM DRIVER USED TO EAT A ROTISSERIE CHICKEN EVERY SINGLE DAY _ Adam Driver used to eat an entire rotisserie chicken in class when he was a student. This bit of trivia comes from Adam’s former classmate, Scott Aiello, who plays Tommy Barkow on Billions. Scott says Adam used to walk around with a bottle of water in one hand and a rotisserie chicken in the other when they were at Juilliard.

AMAZON RENEWS THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL FOR SEASON 4 _ Less than a week after its Season 3 premiere, Amazon has renewed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for Season 4.

WARNER BROS. ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SHAZAM! 2 _ Shazam! was a big success, making just over $363 million worldwide. On Thursday Warner Bros. announced that Shazam! 2 will be released on April 1, 2022.


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  PHONER: Gifts you shouldn’t buy kids! Use one or all four of these real callers to get your own phones going.

  ROOF LIGHTS: A woman in Kansas put lights on her roof in the shape of a male body part.

  CREEPY: A guy hacked a Ring security camera in an 8-year-old girl’s room and talked to her.

  DROPS: Our huge Christmas clips package.



• Grandpa, Pregnant Mom Tasered at Party

• Great-Grandma Dared Cop to Tase Her, So He Did

• Chance of Rain Today Depends on Where You Live

• Shopper Stole Lingerie and Bacon

• Gold Tooth Missing After Crutch Attack

• Allegedly Lured by Tacos, Man Shot in Buttocks by Pellet Gun

• Speeding Bullet Stopped By Hair Weave

• Woman Steals $650 in Gum from Hospital Gift Shop

• Pet Dog’s Underwear Fetish Almost Proves Fatal

• Machete-wielding Man Steals Tacos


I went shopping for a Christmas tree
I wanted a fir that was big
But then I found out how much they cost
And settled for a Christmas twig.


Job website CareerBuilder asked workers about odd holidays gifts given by co-workers. Some of the strangest:

• A box of Hot Pockets

• A chess piece (just one piece, not a set)

• A fire extinguisher

• A Ziploc bag with coffee (enough to make one pot)

• A “Gun of the Day” calendar

• A bag of chips

• A Christmas ornament with the co-worker’s and spouse’s photos on it.



A blogger with wrote an open letter to her child’s grandparents listing the things they should not buy their grandchild for Christmas.

• Anything alive. Because you know what happens to things that are alive? They die. And you know what sucks? Explaining to my kid why Fluffer Nutter the hamster is as hard as a rock and stuck in his tube. And you know what sucks even worse? Fucker Nutter living a healthy life for years and years to come. Because guess who has to clean his E coli-infested poop cage.

• Stocking stuffers. Or as I like to call them, cheap pieces of junk. I get enough crappy stocking stuffers year-round for free. They’re called McDonald’s Happy Meal toys.

• Any toy that hurts when I accidentally step on it with bare feet. Getting a Lego surgically removed from my heel is not worth it.

• Any toy without an off button. And you know what, I’m going a step further and saying any toy with an off button that doesn’t turn off IMMEDIATELY when you push it. You know what I’m talking about. You push the off button and it keeps on yapping, “Woof, woof! Thanks for playing! I’ll see you again later!”

• Any toy that requires me to play it with them. Toys are how I keep my kids busy while I’m trying to get important things done around the house. Like the laundry, and the dishes, and pooping.

• Stuffed animals. To say we don’t need anymore is the understatement of the year. You know that game where there are a million stuffed animals in a big glass box and you have to steer the claw to try to pluck one out? Sometimes I feel like I live in that. One day I fully expect the claw to drop down through our skylight.

• Talking dolls. For one, they creep me out. The way they talk without their lips moving like ventriloquists. Freeeaky. And here’s another reason I can’t stand them. Do you know what talking dolls say? Things like, “Mommy, feed me,” and “I wet myself Mommy. Time for a diaper change!” This is the kind of stuff I already hear like 40 times an hour from my own kids, so why in God’s name would I want to hear more of that?


TRIVIA: Las Vegas is home to 18,000 of these every year. (Conventions)

TRIVIA: More people in Alaska do this than in any other state in the U.S. (Walk to work)

TRIVIA: On average, this will happen to a person eight times every waking minute. (They will be bombarded with some form of advertising)

TRIVIA: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas have this in common. (They have dry counties)

TRIVIA: You come home from work and ask your wife what you’re having for dinner and she tells you “little tongues.” What are you eating? (Linguine. The literal meaning of the Italian word is “little tongues”.)


The following movies have something in common. Tell me what it is.

Pulp Fiction
Captain Marvel
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
The Incredibles

(Samuel L. Jackson)



• Lesley Stahl (60 Minutes) is 78

• Benjamin Bratt (Law and Order) is 56

• Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings films) is 52

• Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones, Breaking Bad) is 38

• Stephan James (Race, Selma) is 26


• 1770: Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany.

• 1773: The Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.

• 1998: President Bill Clinton ordered a sustained series of air strikes against Iraq by American and British forces in response to Saddam Hussein’s continued defiance of UN weapons inspectors.

• 2000: President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to become the first African-American secretary of state.

• 2003: President George W. Bush signed the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law. The law established the United States’ first national standards for the sending of commercial email and requires the Federal Trade Commission to enforce its provisions.

• 2010: Larry King concluded his CNN talk show after 25 years.

• 2014: Astronauts on the International Space Station created a specialized wrench in their 3D printer using a custom-designed blueprint emailed from engineers on Earth. Previously, objects had been printed from pre-loaded design files.


• Gluten-free Baking Week

• Cookie Exchange Week

• Chocolate-covered Anything Day

• Day of Reconciliation