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• Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) is 65
• Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez is 63
• Chef Nigella Lawson is 60
• Sportscaster and Hall of Fame football player Howie Long is 60
• Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) is 51
• TV personality Julie Chen is 50
• Volleyball player Gabrielle Reece is 50
• Eddie Redmayne (The Aeronauts, The Theory of Everything) is 38
• Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live) is 36
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1838: Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, New Jersey.
• 1975: Wheel of Fortune premiered. Created by Merv Griffin, it is the longest-running syndicated game show in television history.
• 1994: Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant in Detroit. Four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison.
• 2001: With the vanquished Vice President Al Gore presiding, Congress certified Republican George W. Bush the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.
• 2007: A man had to be taken to the hospital after police called to his house found his hand had been nailed to a coffee table. Officers in Swansea in Wales said that while there were others in the home at the time, no formal complaint was filed so police didn’t investigating.
• 2014: Janet Yellen became the first woman to hold the post of chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
• Lose Weight/Feel Great Week
• Cuddle Up Day
• Apple Tree Day
• Bean Day
• Shortbread Day
52,800: Rough number of participants in the annual New York City Marathon. In November the marathon will celebrate its 50th running.
New research shows that if you feel younger than your actual age, you’ll live longer. [So, I guess, on second thought, my family shouldn’t be so upset over grandma getting her nose pierced.]
Two-thirds of office workers say they are interrupted up to 20 times a day. [Sorry to bother you but I’m not feeling ‘worky’ today — could I borrow you Netflix login?]
The Golden Globes were Sunday night. [Also known as The Ricky Gervais Show.]
Adam Sandler’s getting a lot of praise for his performance in Uncut Gems. [So there is hope for my other favorite actors — David Spade, Rob Schneider and Kevin James.]
Donald Trump says if Iran retaliates, the U.S. has 52 targets already picked out to bomb. [Plus 42 Starbucks and 13 Home Depots.]
Back to real life. [You know the holidays are officially over when your kids go outside and build a playhouse out of dead batteries.]
Sleep researchers say that some of us are ‘sleep eaters’: people who, while still asleep, raid the fridge. Some sleep eaters even devour stuff like cat food and medicine. [Which would explain the taste of Preparation H in your mouth in the morning.]
A court in Italy ordered a man to pay money to his divorced wife for the care of their pet dog. The woman took her ex to court because she felt that, with food and vet bills, the dog costs as much as a child to raise. [Boy, either that’s one well-fed pooch or those kids should start checking the labels on the cans of beef chunks mom’s been serving them.]
What’s the best pick-up line in a bar? A study says the word ‘hi’ has the greatest rate of success. When men used it on women, the success rate was 71%. [Least successful pickup line: “Gosh, you’re ’bout as pretty as a prize pig at the state fair!”]
PASSING GAS IN FRONT OF A PARTNER LEADS TO STRONGER RELATIONSHIP _ If you ever felt the desire to cut the cheese in front of your partner but decided to hold it, you may be putting your relationship in jeopardy. At least that’s the conclusion of one study done on tooting and relationships. Relationship guru Cynthia Powell claims that couples who ‘get over’ the initial embarrassment of breaking wind in front of each other early in a relationship are more likely to stay together and live healthier lives. The New York-based relationship expert says once couples get over the initial embarrassment of farting in front of a new partner, it seems to open up a whole new period of openness, honesty and trust.
CHARMIN THINKS YOUR BATHROOM NEEDS ROBOTS AND VR _ Charmin, the popular toilet paper brand, has big plans for the Consumer Electronics Show. Its Charmin GoLab will showcase conceptual prototypes all meant to improve the bathroom experience.
… There’s a rolling robot, the RollBot, that will deliver you a fresh roll of toilet paper and can be controlled with your phone via Bluetooth.
… SmellSense will check how a bathroom smells before you enter by scanning for carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, two smelly compounds. SmellSense will provide real-time bathroom stench updates with a “GO/NO GO” display.
… V.I.Pee is Charmin’s vision for the future of porta potties. It’s equipped with a virtual reality headset and it will show you what you’re missing outside the bathroom. That could come in handy if you have to use the potty during a concert, for instance.
SOMEONE LURED SEAGULLS WITH POPCORN THEN RAN THEM OVER WITH A CAR _ On Saturday morning, someone intentionally killed a group of seagulls in a Laurel, Maryland, shopping center. When police arrived they found several dead seagulls in the parking lot. After investigating, officers believe someone purchased a bag of pre-popped popcorn from a Dollar Tree. The individual then emptied the bag of popcorn in the parking lot intentionally luring the group of seagulls. The person then ran the group of seagulls over with their vehicle, killing at least 10 of the birds.
COUPLE DISCOVERS ELABORATE HOSE SYSTEM THIEVES SET UP TO STEAL WATER _ A San Jose, California couple returned to their home one night last week to discover that someone had been in their backyard — apparently to steal water. What the couple discovered was a series of connected hoses running from their backyard for about a half mile, toward an encampment of homeless people. The hose ran from their house, into and up a creek, then out into the encampment.
2 IN 5 ADULTS CAN’T FIX A SINGLE HOUSEHOLD PROBLEM WITHOUT GOOGLE _ The internet is supposed to make our lives easier, and it’s hard to argue that it hasn’t. However, a new survey of 1,000 American adults suggests that all of that convenience may be robbing an entire generation of basic home maintenance skills. In all, about two in five (38%) respondents said they are helpless and unable to fix any common household problems (patching up drywall, fixing a running toilet) without the help of the internet.
… Respondents were asked about their ability to fix a variety of different house problems without turning to Google for help, and while close to half (43%) said they know how to unclog a drain, only 25% know how to install a drywall anchor. Another 39% said they can stop a running toilet all by themselves, and 38% can find a stud. Additionally, 31% know how to patch a hole in a drywall, and 29% said they can replace a washer on a leaky faucet.
… Age is also a factor; 85% of survey participants over the age of 65 said they can accomplish at least one of the aforementioned tasks without the internet.
OFFICE BUILDING GETS MOVED IN CHINA _ The term “snail’s pace” took on a new meaning in China after it took 76 hours to move an object 82 feet. The move involved a five-story government office building weighing more than 800,000 tons that was in the way of a new expressway. It took 74 days of work to move the long concrete building laterally to the east about 80 feet, which was determined to be a better solution than rerouting the road or demolishing and rebuilding the building.
… While office workers continued to work in the building, the structure was first lifted onto wheels on a track. When the day of the move came the building rolled along the track at a speed of one centimeter an hour.
… 800,000 tons is about 30 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty.
DON’T SWERVE – HIT THE DEER _ White-tailed deer are the deadliest animals in North America. Every year an estimated 1.25 million deer-vehicle crashes result in about 150 human fatalities, more than 10,000 injuries, and insurance payouts approaching $4 billion.
… A writer for Slate.com hung out with a Wisconsin state trooper for a day and came away with this advice: If there’s a deer in the road, hit it. The trooper explained: “Cars can be fixed or replaced. As long as no one’s tailgating you, hit the brakes. But if you can’t do that, then hit the deer.”
… Another trooper tip: “Adjust your headrest so it’s at the right height to prevent whiplash. You’d be surprised how many people just leave them shoved all the way down. Maintain your lights, brakes, and tires so you can see, be seen, and stop. Wear your seat belt, don’t tailgate, and slow down.”
… “And when you’re driving, drive. At deer crashes, and at a lot of other crashes, too, the number one excuse I hear is ‘I wasn’t paying attention.'”
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Ever hit a deer? What happened?
36 CORVETTES, HIDDEN FOR YEARS, WILL BE GIVEN AWAY THIS YEAR _ Thirty-six Corvettes — one from each production year between 1953 and 1989 — they have languished in one New York City parking garage or another. This year they will be given away in a contest. It will be the second time they have served as contest prizes, but this time, the collection will be broken up. There will be 36 winners, not just one.
… The current owners did not win that first contest, a VH1 promotion in 1989. They bought the cars from the artist Peter Max. He had not entered the VH1 contest, either. He bought the Corvettes from the actual winner, who did not even have a garage.
… The owners have set up a group called Corvette Heroes and have promised money from ticket sales to the National Guard Educational Foundation. One ticket — one chance to win one of the Corvettes — costs $3. There are discounts for larger purchases.
… The 36 winners will be chosen at random, said Scott Heller, one of the owners. Another drawing will decide which winner gets which Corvette.
… By the way, the winner of the 1989 VH1 contest — Dennis Amodeo, a carpenter from Huntington, New York — couldn’t figure out where to store them. Then he heard from Max, who offered to buy all 36 cars.
AUDIO – WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DISTRESSED HOSTAGE UNVEILED AS A PARROT _ Shouts for help were piercing and alarmed neighbors in a Florida community (Lake Worth Beach). They said the screams sounded like a woman yelling “Help, help, let me out.” A neighbor called police, fearing that somebody was being held hostage. Four police officers discovered a man working on his wife’s car in the driveway. Asked about the alarming shrieks which were coming from his property the man told cops: “I’ll bring out the screamer to you.” The culprit turned out to be “Rambo,” a 40-year-old green parrot. Rambo had been taught to say “let me out” when he was younger and lived in a cage.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR SUCKS VICTIM’S TOES _ A man in Florida (Bradenton) told police he was sleeping when he was awakened by a suspect sucking on his toes. The victim asked the suspect what he was doing and the suspect simply stated he “was there to suck toes.” A fight ensued and the victim managed to force the suspect out of the home. Deputies tried to track the suspect with a K9 but were unsuccessful.
AUDIO – WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 20-YEAR-OLD MCDONALD’S HAMBURGER _ Utah’s David Whipple is the owner of what he calls “the world’s oldest hamburger” — a 20-year-old McDonald’s hamburger. The tale of David’s zombie-burger began at a McDonald’s restaurant in Logan, Utah on July 7, 1999. That’s when David bought his burger to use in presentations he was giving about enzymes and how things deteriorate.
… The 20-year burger experiment began accidentally. David said the burger was placed in a coat pocket. The coat was thrown in the back of his van, and he then hung the coat in a closet. Years later his wife was going to give the coat away and checked the pockets. Now, with its 20th birthday coming in July, the burger doesn’t look a day over 2 weeks and has a smell similar to that of cardboard.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER WHO BLEW A .25 SAID SHE ‘IS A PROFESSIONAL DRINKER’ _ An Omaha police officer shared a story of a DUI driver on social media. The officer (Jeremy Zipay) tweeted that a woman who blew a .256 on the breathalyzer said she “had very little to drink” and “was not impaired because she is a professional drinker.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED FLORIDA MAN SHAKES OFF TAZERS, BITES K-9, FIGHTS OFFICER _ How did you ring in your new year? Most of us did some celebrating with friends and family or joined in public celebrations. A Columbia County, Florida man (Donald Watts) did something a little different. Officers responded to a call of a man doing meth. When they showed up this guy was fully naked except for being covered in mud. To no one’s surprise he ran into a nearby mobile home. He proceeded to come out the door swinging, resulting in a fist fight with one of the officers. Which lead to two different TAZER deployments that he shrugged off. He ran off into the woods. Upon the arrival of backup which included a K-9, they proceeded to follow him. When the dog tracked him down he jumped on it, put it in a choke hold and bit it’s ear. The dog managed to fight back and bit him on the head and the officers subdued him. Of course, just to ensure he checked off another box on the crazy list, he spit on an officer as they lead him to the police car.
LENDING TREE BOWL (7:30p ET, ESPN) — Miami (Ohio) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin’ Cajuns (10-3) and RedHawks (8-5) compete in Mobile, Ala.
SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (8p ET, NBC) — Heidi Klum returns as a judge, with Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Britain’s Got Talent alum Alesha Dixon. Terry Crews is back as host. Season 2 brings back popular acts from around the world to compete for a brand new title.
SEASON PREMIERE: THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — Airline pilot Peter Weber begins his search for love. Hannah Brown returns to host the second group date.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD (8p ET, CBS) — New. Dave’s patience is tested when Gemma’s freeloading sister (guest star Deborah Baker Jr.) shows up with plans for an extended stay.
9-1-1 (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat
SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
SEASON PREMIERE: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (8p ET, PBS) — The 24th season begins in Delaware.
BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Bob and Abishola struggle to pull Dottie out of her depression. Wendie Malick and Marilu Henner guest star.
ALL RISE (9p ET, CBS) — New. Benner assigns Lola a politically charged eco-terrorism trial that involves a senator’s son.
PRODIGAL SON (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat
CRISIS AFTERMATH (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
BULL (10p ET, CBS) — New. Bull tries to pick jurors who can empathize with an individual’s need for personal privacy when he helps Marissa’s friend sue a notable philanthropic businessman.
SEASON PREMIERE: MANIFEST (10p ET, NBC) — Season 2 begins with Ben on a mission to locate two Flight 828 passengers who have gone missing.
BOX OFFICE _ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker continues to hold tight to the No. 1 slot at the box office as it took in $33.7 million in its third weekend, giving it a domestic total of $450.7 million and a worldwide total of $918.7 million. For comparison, the domestic total for 2017’s The Last Jedi in its third weekend was $517.2 million while 2015’s The Force Awakens was at $742.2 million.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, $33.7 million
- Jumanji: The Next Level, $26.5 million
- Little Women, $13.5 million
- The Grudge, $11.3 million
- Frozen II, $11.2 million
- Spies in Disguise, $10 million
- Knives Out, $9 million
- Uncut Gems, $7.8 million
- Bombshell, $4 million
- Cats, $2.6 million
… One year ago this week the number one movie was Aquaman
… Five years ago this week: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
… Ten years ago this week: Avatar
… Twenty years ago this week: Stuart Little
GOLDEN GLOBES _ The Golden Globes were handed out Sunday night. Winners and info.
NEXT STAR WARS MOVIE RUMORED TO TAKE PLACE 400 YEARS BEFORE THE SKYWALKER SAGA _ A new rumor says the next Star Wars saga will take place during an era being referred to as “The High Republic Era.” Similar to previous rumors, this new series will take place 400 years before The Skywalker Saga. But unlike the saga that just wrapped up, we won’t be looking at a new trilogy. This new Star Wars saga will be made up of a series of films that will take place in the same story era and connect with each other in a way similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Apparently this storytelling approach was meant to be applied to the Star Wars Story line-up of films, but since Solo ended up being a disappointment, Lucasfilm decided to pull back and focus their attention elsewhere.
RUMOR: THERE ARE PLANS TO BRING BACK CARRIE FISHER AGAIN FOR STAR WARS _ There are rumors that Lucasfilm has plans to bring Carrie Fisher back for another Star Wars film. And yes, that’s despite the fact that Lucasfilm has already told us they won’t be doing so and that Rise of Skywalker would be the last time we see her on the big screen.
PARASITE NAMED BEST PICTURE BY THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS _ Parasite has earned the National Society of Film Critics’ biggest honor with its best picture win.
RITA WILSON’S GOLDEN GLOBES HAIR AND MAKEUP TEAM GOES MIA _ Rita Wilson was trying to remain calm during a glam squad nightmare ahead of the 77th Annual Gold Globe Awards. Just one hour before the red carpet was set to begin, the 63-year-old actress revealed she was having a major dilemma as her hair and make-up team appeared to be missing.
… She wrote on Twitter: “My hair and makeup person is one hour and twenty minutes late … trying to be zen.” She then added, “Booked this person in September. Hair and makeup still not here.”
IRWIN FAMILY SAVES 90,000 ANIMALS _ The Irwin family is continuing Steve Irwin’s legacy of rescuing and saving wildlife in danger. Bindi Irwin, Steve’s daughter, and the rest of the Irwin family have rescued and treated over 90,000 animals, many of which were injured in Australia’s recent devastating wildfires. Ollie, an orphaned platypus, was patient No. 90,000 at the Wildlife Hospital.
… Bindi has confirmed that the Australia Zoo, which is owned and operated by the Irwin family, and their conservation properties are not endangered by the fires.
NICOLE KIDMAN, KEITH URBAN DONATE $500K TO FIGHT AUSTRALIAN FIRES _ Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have donated $500,000 to help combat the fires that are devastating Australia. Kidman said in a social media post over the weekend: “Our family’s support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now.”
… A representative for Kidman said that the couple, who own a home in Australia, donated the money to the Rural Fire Service. Their house is not on fire but is under threat.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S TRIAL TO KICK OFF THIS WEEK _ Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will finally answer for rape allegations against him starting this week. More than two years after the first of more than 80 sexual assault or sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein kickstarted the #MeToo movement, the celebrity-laced case will take center stage in New York City when jury selection begins Tuesday.
… Pre-trial motions begin today (Monday) with the trial itself expected to last six weeks following two weeks of jury selection.
… 150 journalists from throughout the US and the world have obtained credentials for the trial — not counting the New York City press corps.
… Weinstein is facing five charges, including two counts of predatory sexual assault.
DANIEL CRAIG’S KNIVES OUT CHARACTER WILL GET A SEQUEL _ Knives Out director Rian Johnson has been asked to write a sequel of sorts to his clever, funny murder mystery Knives Out. Johnson will write a new story for Daniel Craig’s charming Southern detective Benoit Blanc. Johnson said it “will have all new characters and a crime to solve for Benoit Blanc.”
Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.
Golden Globes – An edited, clean version of Ricky Gervais’ opening segment.
Utah man has 20-year-old McDonald’s hamburger – January 6 Wacky-But-True
Florida parrot sound like its a kidnap victim – January 6 Wacky-But-True
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What are the best karaoke songs?
… At a New Year’s Eve party there was karaoke and the songs that were the biggest hits were Sweet Caroline and Total Eclipse of the Heart.
THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY
• The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
• In Japan, the number four is considered to be unlucky because the Japanese word for four sounds very similar to the word death.
• Being unmarried can shorten a man’s life by ten years.
• Studies show that divorced women have more trouble starting new relationships than divorced men.
• The average day is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds. We have a leap year every four years to make up for this shortfall.
• In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans each year.
• There are over 1 million swimming pools in Florida, even though the ocean is no farther than 80 miles away.
• In the U.S. the most common excuse made to get out of paying a ticket is to say they missed the sign.
• Annually 17 tons of gold is used to make wedding rings in the United States.
From reddit users.
• People say your “not acting like yourself” when you’re truly acting like yourself and just don’t have the energy to mask it.
• Dogs are living antidepressants.
• Hot-headed is bad, but warm-hearted is good. Cool-headed is good, but cold-hearted is bad.
• Teens today are not dumber than older generations. They just have the technology to record and preserve all of the stupid things they do.
• Your birth certificate is your certificate for being the youngest person in the world.
• The only Stormtroopers that can aim went rogue.
• When a woman says “smell this” it’s usually nice; when a man says it, beware.
• Microwaves are not microwave safe.
TRIVIA: According to a survey of 1,800 office workers, two-thirds said this happened up to 20 times a day. (They were interrupted)
TRIVIA: You’ll eat about 37 pounds of these this year. (Eggs)
TRIVIA: This happens on December 27 more than any other day. (More merchandise is returned)
REAL LIFE OR FACEBOOK?
Did I overhear these in real life, or read them on Facebook?
• I think I’m making spaghetti for dinner tonight. (RL)
• I’m pretty sure I left my wallet on the back of the toilet at the bookstore. (FB)
• I swear I think my chest changed three sizes last night. (RL)
• Tired, tired, tired. Coffee in my veins, please. (FB)
• This cold weather is making me sooo itchy. (FB)
• Kenny Loggins is 72
• David Caruso (NYPD Blue) is 64
• Katie Couric is 63
• Nicolas Cage is 56
• Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy) is 49
• Dustin Diamond (Saved By The Bell) is 43
• Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) is 38
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1927: The Harlem Globetrotters played their first game.
• 1992: AT&T released a video telephone. The price was $1,499.
• 2002: A 40-year-old Romanian woman stopped hiccuping for the first time in 14 years following surgery in Bucharest. Doctors said the hiccups were caused by a lymphatic cyst which grew after an earlier operation.
• 2006: A retired Arkansas nurse saved her brother’s chicken, Boo Boo, by administering mouth-to-beak resuscitation after the fowl was found floating face down in the family’s pond.
• I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
• International Programmers Day
• Bobblehead Day