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• Director John Carpenter (Halloween films) is 72
• Supermodel Kate Moss is 46
• Actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns, Hamilton) is 40
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1987: Red M&Ms returned for the first time in 11 years after being banned because the original red dye used in the candy had caused cancer in laboratory rats.
• 1996: Jamaican authorities fired upon on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither was hurt.
• 2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia took off on what would be its final mission. Columbia would disintegrate 16 days later on re-entry.
• 2007: In Tallahassee, Florida, a hunter’s wife said when she opened her refrigerator, the duck her husband killed two days earlier raised its head and looked at her. The woman said she freaked out and told her daughter to “get that duck to the hospital right now!” The lucky duck was patched up and taken to a wildlife sanctuary.
• 2007: Senator Barack Obama of Illinois launched his bid for the White House.
• 2015: New U.S. rules loosening trade restrictions with Cuba went into effect, including permission to sell instruments, tools, equipment and supplies to private businesses.
• Appreciate A Dragon Day
• Fig Newton Day
• Get to Know Your Customers Day
• Quinoa Day
• Religious Freedom Day
• Hot and Spicy Food Day
70: Percentage of fast-food restaurant transactions which occur at the drive-thru window.
A 102-year-old Indiana man is finally retiring. [But only because he forgot where he works.]
The latest Star Wars movie just hit $1 billion in global ticket sales. [Thank goodness. I was really starting to think Disney wasn’t making enough money.]
The NFL season is just a few weeks away from ending. [The timing is right. I’ve nearly finished off my 50 gallon drum of nacho cheese.]
The average adult sticks with a new hobby for about 16 months. [Then comes the break-up text: “It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve come to realize that I’m just not a square dance kind of guy.”]
Happy birthday to supermodel Kate Moss. [Source say she’s throwing a crazy all-you-can eat celery party tonight.]
A Wisconsin cheese maker is about to sell some that goes for over $200 a pound. [I hope it’s self-slicing.]
A Wisconsin cheese maker is about to sell some that goes for over $200 a pound. [Just in time for Americans’ Super Bowl parties.]
A study finds that people who work extra hours are more likely to drink more. [So, apparently, they’re just working overtime to pay for the drinks.]
Oprah Winfrey’s not into Valentine’s Day. She says an old boyfriend ruined it for her. [She’s planning to buy it and make some improvements.]
RICH PEOPLE LIVE ALMOST A DECADE LONGER THAN POOR PEOPLE _ A new study shows your wealth could impact how long you live. Researchers (University College London) found that richer men and women are living an average of nine years longer than poor people. People with more money, the study found, were living “disability-free” lives for nearly a decade longer than those with less money.
WILL PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN CONSIDER SIT DOWN FOR INTERVIEW? _ A headline claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are considering sitting down for a “no-holds-barred” television interview about their decision to step back from their royal duties. But that’s not exactly true. Tom Bradby, the anchor of a British news program and a friend of Prince Harry and Prince William, has said the couple could talk candidly about their reasons for effectively resigning. Bradby did not expand on what Prince Harry and Markle would reveal, or hint at where the interview might take place. British tabloid The Sun speculated that the pair could speak to Oprah Winfrey, with whom Prince Harry is making an Apple TV+ series on mental health. There was a rumor a few days ago that the royal couple would be sitting down with Gayle King.
… A Hollywood media/PR consultant says Harry and Meghan should skip any and all TV interviews on the entire Megxit situation: “On social media they said all they needed to say. Now that the royal family meeting is behind them — and they have the Queen’s blessing — I would tell them to let the story fade away. Besides, how can you claim you want more privacy and less royal responsibility and then sit down for an interview that will have a billion worldwide viewers?”
AVERAGE ADULT WILL TRY 126 DIFFERENT DIETS DURING THEIR LIFE _ Are you on a diet? Odds are, this time of year, you are. Maybe you’re not calling it a diet — you’re just eating, well, differently. Either way, a new study reveals the average adult will try 126 different diets during their lifetime. Assuming you begin adulthood at 18, that’s about two diets a year.
U.S. NEWS RANKS 2020 BEST COUNTRIES _ What’s the best country in the world? USA! USA! Oh, wait: “SWITZ-ER-LAND! SWITZ-ER-LAND!” In the U.S. News 2020 Best Country rankings, Switzerland remains the best country in the world and Canada has moved up to the second spot. For Switzerland, it’s the the fourth consecutive year it’s been judged No. 1 by residents of 36 countries. Canada was chosen second, overtaking Japan. The Best Countries report is produced from an annual global survey of more than 20,000 people in 36 countries. The U.S. ranks seventh overall.
… The Top 5 Countries in the World:
ARIZONA MAN USES INFLATABLE RAFT TO RESCUE DUCK _ An animal rescuer in Arizona ventured out into a pond in an inflatable boat to rescue a duck spotted struggling with some fishing wire and driftwood. After the Arizona Humane Society was called, an animal medical technician borrowed an inflatable raft from a colleague and was able to venture out onto the water. The duck is being treated for its injuries and will be returned to the wild.
DEBATE: IS IT OKAY TO PULL THROUGH ONE PARKING SPOT INTO ANOTHER EMPTY ONE? _ When you’re in a parking lot with spots that meet back-to-back, is it okay to drive through one empty spot and directly into the empty spot connected to its end? Some comments online:
… “When I encounter a situation with an open spot staring right at me, it’s like a little treat: you get to position your car in the easier-to-exit arrangement of being nose-out, for really no extra effort. So why not do it?”
… “Uh, yes. It’s statistically much safer to exit a parking space going forward, because even with backup cameras and little doohickies that beep at you when you’re about to mow down a grocery cart, your view from your car is still much better via the front windshield.”
… “Well, if the parking lot is very crowded, it’s possible you could be pulling through into a spot as another driver is turning into it to park, causing momentary confusion and, if both drivers really suck, a low-speed wreck.”
INDIANA’S OLDEST STATE EMPLOYEE RETIRING AT 102 _ A World War II veteran who is the oldest person working for the state of Indiana has decided that it is finally time for him to retire. He has worked as a surveyor, gathering field data for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, for about 6 decades. Bob Vollmer is 102 years old. Vollmer said he plans to spend his retirement devoting himself to reading and farming. He also plans to take trips to some of the South Pacific islands he was on during his wartime service with the U.S. Navy. Vollmer enlisted in the Navy after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
AUDIO – FLOSS OR BRUSH – WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT? _ Brushing and flossing are both important for your oral health. But if you had to do just one it would be flossing. Dr. Ann Laurent of Laurent’s Dental Artistry in Lafayette, Louisiana says, “Flossing and brushing isn’t really an either/or equation for optimum health. However, if you had to pick one, flossing is more important if done correctly.” The goal of flossing and brushing is to remove plaque buildup. Brushing only removes plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth. Flossing, on the other hand, allows you to remove plaque from between your teeth and underneath the gums. These hard-to-reach spots are where the most destructive microbes live. * Download a related call from the Pro Audio page.
… So why do we like to brush? In large part because the toothpaste industry has cunningly convinced us that to be socially acceptable, we must be minty fresh. Preoccupied as we are with our social standing, we wake up, feel the mint deficit in our mouths and immediately brush.
CHIMPS SEEN ‘READING’ A NEWSPAPER _ A video of two chimpanzees in a Chinese wildlife park that suggests they have the ability to read a newspaper. The video (on Weibo) shows two chimpanzees living in a wildlife park in Northwest China holding a few pages of a newspaper and seemingly reading the text and looking at the images. One of the chimps seems to finish reading part of the paper and then gently place it on the floor. The two chimpanzees even occasionally turn the pages like humans. Park staffers regularly put a newspaper in the chimps’ enclosure after a paper was accidentally left there and the animals seemed interested in it.
RARE 20-YEAR AGED CHEDDAR TO SELL FOR $209 PER POUND _ Hook’s Cheese Co. in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, has churned out a very special 20-year aged cheddar that is set to sell for $209 per pound. The award-winning cheese company has released this very rare dairy option only once before, in 2015, also for $209 per pound at the time. Its 450 pounds sold out completely in two days. This year, owners Tony and Julie Hook have upped production, making 500 pounds for the limited 2020 run.
… Tony Hook says he taste-tests the cheddar each year during the two-decade aging process, and has confirmed that this year’s batch tastes similar to the popular 2015 cheese. He says it’s “very smooth” with a “nice, clean flavor.” The cheese will be available for purchase on May 23.
… Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Dairy Innovation Hub at the University of Wisconsin.
COCA-COLA WITH COFFEE IS EXPECTED TO HIT SHELVES THIS YEAR _ Coca-Cola is making it socially acceptable to crack open a can of soda first thing in the morning. The brand is launching a line of soda with coffee drinks. The soda-coffee hybrid canned beverage is expected to come in Dark Blend, Vanilla, and Caramel flavors. The 12-ounce cans pack in 70 calories.
… This isn’t the first time Coca-Cola has gone the coffee route. Coca-Cola BlāK, a coffee-flavored soda, debuted in 2006 and was pulled from shelves two years later.
… The Coca-Cola with Coffee news comes not long after Pepsi announcing the launch of Pepsi Café, which is also schedule to hit shelves this year, in April.
THE BEST WAY TO FILL THE DISHWASHER MAY SURPRISE YOU _ If your dishwasher’s not doing the job, maybe it’s the fault of the instructions given by your dishwasher’s manufacturers. Researchers (University of Birmingham) have done the dirty work and say the trick is to load the dishwasher in a circular fashion — not in straight rows. And dishes should also be grouped together by stain. Carbohydrate-stained dishes should be placed in the middle of the dishwasher’s drawers while protein-stained items should be put in an inward facing ring around them.
IS THIS MONDAY THE MOST DEPRESSING DAY OF THE YEAR? _ The third Monday in January became a black day in 2005 when Cliff Arnall was paid by a public relations firm to identify the most miserable date on the calendar in order to promote a vacation company. The psychologist and self-styled ‘freelance happiness guru’ chose the date based on a pseudo-mathematical formula involving the weather, debt, motivational levels and time elapsed since Christmas.
… Arnall has since admitted the idea of a single most depressing day was “not particularly helpful” because it became “a self-fulfilling prophecy” and that achieving happiness and being less materialistic was a year-round aim. He said the third Monday in January should instead be used to “get a bit of perspective” about our own lives.
REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: HOW LONG THE AVERAGE PERSON WILL STICK WITH A HOBBY _ The shelf-life of a hobby is just 16 months. Researchers who polled 2,000 adults identified work commitments, busy family life and lack of motivation as the reasons we don’t stick with interests for longer.
… 25% of adults have quit a hobby having never used any of the items or accessories they purchased especially for it.
… For those with a hobby, the average person will dedicate 245 hours a year to it — more than 10 days over a 12-month period.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GRANDPA OVER THE LIMIT ON MOBILITY SCOOTER _ In the UK a grandpa on a mobility scooter was nearly four times the legal drinking limit when he was stopped by police — with a woman on his knee. The grandpa, who admitted that he had “knocked back a rum or two and a couple of pints of bitter,” said: “The police over-reacted. I don’t regret it as I don’t think I was doing anything wrong. You should be allowed to enjoy yourself.” And the woman on his lap? She apparently owed him some money and he wanted to be sure of getting it so he was taking her to the bank.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HAUNTED ELSA DOLL RETURNS TO FAMILY WHO TRIED TO THROW AWAY THE FROZEN CHARACTER _ A family in Houston thinks that their old Elsa doll might be “haunted” after the Disney princess reappeared in their home weeks after they threw it away. In a spooky Facebook post, mom Emily Madonia said her daughter had found the toy yet again after her husband had thrown it out for a second time. Madonia admitted she’s contemplated “supernatural solutions” after being unable to think of a logical reason for the doll’s reappearance.
… She wrote: “To recap for those of you who have not been following our Elsa doll saga, Mat threw it away weeks ago and then we found it inside a wooden bench.” After tossing it the first time, Madonia said they “tightly wrapped it in its own garbage bag and put that garbage bag INSIDE another garbage bag filled with other garbage and put it in the bottom of our garbage can underneath a bunch of other bags of garbage and wheeled it to the curb and it was collected on garbage day. Today [my daughter] says, ‘Mom, I saw the Elsa doll again in the backyard.’ HELP US GET RID OF THIS HAUNTED DOLL.”
… Even weirder, the ghostly doll started speaking only in Spanish after they Let It Go.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN USES BADLY PHOTOSHOPPED PIC OF FLAT TIRE AS EXCUSE FOR BEING LATE FOR WORK _ An unnamed Oklahoma woman is being mocked on social media after one of her co-workers shared a poorly edited photo of a flat tire that she had allegedly used to justify being late for work. Twitter user Sydney Whitson posted the photo that her colleague allegedly sent her boss last week. A close look at the photo reveals there’s something not quite right about the nail. It looks very cartoonish, and the tire it seems to be stuck into appears heavily edited as well. Unfortunately for the anonymous woman, her boss was quick to notice too, and apparently shared the photo with the rest of the workplace.
… Whitson tweeted with the photo: “My co-worker called in (yet again) and said she had a nail on her tire that caused her to have a flat. I need everyone to stop what they’re doing and zoom into the nail in the picture she sent to my boss.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLARS TOOK EVERYTHING DURING HOMEOWNER’S THREE-MONTH ABSENCE _ A homeowner in China was shocked to discover his house had been completely emptied by burglars sometime while he was away on a three-month business trip. The burglars took his furniture, the TV, the refrigerator, an air-conditioner, a computer, and the beds. Even the decorative paintings hanging in the living room disappeared.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ASKS JUDGE’S LEAVE FOR SWORD BATTLE WITH EX-WIFE _ A Kansas man has asked an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he can “rend their souls” from their bodies. David Ostrom said in a court filing that his former wife and her attorney had “destroyed (him) legally.” The Ostroms have been embroiled in disputes over custody and visitation issues and property tax payments. David Ostrom added that the judge had the power to let the parties “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally,” adding in his filing that trial by combat “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States.” He also asked the judge for extra time so he could secure Japanese samurai swords.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 86-YEAR-OLD MAN ROBBED A BANK _ An 86-year-old bank robber was easily captured Monday in South Carolina, after he apparently drove too cautiously to make the necessary fast getaway.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: U.S. MAN TRIED TO ENTER ISRAEL WITH $260,000 HIDDEN IN OREO BOXES _ A U.S. businessman was caught trying to sneak $260,000 in cash into Israel hidden inside Oreo boxes. The man (Saeed Mahmoud Yahya), an American resident of Puerto Rico who owns eight gas stations there, did not declare the money when he entered Israel. Customs officials searched his suitcase and discovered the $100 bills stashed inside the cookie boxes. The man claimed the money was his profits from gas station dealings but the labels used to wrap the bills had banks tamps from 2015. He’s been fined a bunch of money.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED MAN WORE ONLY FACE MASK ON INTERSTATE FOR THE ‘RUSH’ _ Police in northern Indiana believe they may have finally nabbed the man responsible for wearing nothing more than a face mask while standing alongside Interstate 94 on several occasions within the last several months. Jason Rouse, who was taken into custody Wednesday on a misdemeanor count of public nudity, reportedly told police he appeared naked along the busy highway “for the adrenaline rush.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PANTSLESS MAN TRIES TO BREAK INTO COUPLE’S HOME THROUGH DOGGY DOOR _ Police in California (Fairfield) say a pantsless intruder entered a couple’s backyard and tried to get inside the home through the doggy door. The owners of the home called 911 and the guy was caught.
SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The employees wrestle with the loss of beloved coworker Myrtle; and the fact that she left a large sum of money to Jonah. And Dina reconnects with a surprise visitor in the store: her father (guest star Dean Norris). The actress who played Myrtle, Linda Porter, passed away in September.
YOUNG SHELDON (8p ET, CBS) — New.
MIXED-ISH (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat. A repeat of Black-ish follows.
LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, FOX) — Two new episodes.
SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New. Dean and Cas work together in the hopes of getting a step ahead of Chuck.
SEASON PREMIERE: GROWN-ISH (8p ET, Freeform) — Zoey (Yara Shahidi) prepares for her junior year at college in season 3.
THE GOOD PLACE (8:30p ET, NBC) — New. Chidi gets some good advice from Jason.
THE UNICORN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. The women from the Widow’s Support Group offer Wade unexpected advice for getting out of his dating rut. Betsy Brandt returns as Caroline.
SERIES PREMIERE: EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OKAY (8:30p ET, Freeform) — Josh Thomas, creator of the Australian series Please Like Me, created and stars in this new dramedy as a young, gay, slightly feckless Australian who must step up to be a surrogate father to his two teenage American half sisters (Kayla Cromer and Maeve Press) after their father is diagnosed with cancer. A new 30 minute episode follows the hour long premiere.
THE LAST DAYS OF RICHARD PRYOR (9p ET, ABC) — This new special remembers the famously funny and foul-mouthed stand-up comic, including interviews with his widow, Jennifer Pryor, and comics and actors who worked with him.
WILL & GRACE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Will decides it’s time for Jack to grow up, and cuts him off financially.
MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Christy and Bonnie support Marjorie when she attempts to reconnect with her estranged son.
DEPUTY (9p ET, FOX) — New.
LEGACIES (9p ET, CW) — New.
PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Bravo) — New. The designers are challenged to think about their family histories and channel those stories into a look of their choosing.
PERFECT HARMONY (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. Arthur gets a surprise visit from his former Princeton colleague (guest star John Ross Bowie, Speechless) causing him to re-examine his life in Conley Fork.
CAROL’S SECOND ACT (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. The interns are given performance evaluations by Dr. Frost and Dr. Jacobs, and everyone takes the critique well… except for Carol.
EVIL (10p ET, CBS) — New. Kristen is called into court to testify while her daughter, Laura, undergoes emergency heart surgery.
LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — New. After a sexual assault investigation is stalled for months, a woman puts her accusations against a popular athlete on a billboard.The episode was directed by series star Mariska Hargitay.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER CROSSES THE $1 BILLION MARK _ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has joined the billion-dollar club. The film hit the billion mark on Wednesday.
THE ROCK’S FATHER DIES AT 75 _ WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died Wednesday. He was 75. Johnson spent most of his career in the National Wrestling Alliance, winning several championships and emerging as a tag team specialist. He joined WWE in 1983 and won the tag team championships with Tony Atlas, becoming the first black tag team champions in WWE history. Upon his retirement from in-ring competition, Johnson worked as a trainer — most notably with his son, The Rock.
… Johnson was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame alongside “High Chief” Peter Maivia by The Rock in 2008. He is survived by The Rock as well as his other son, Curtis, and his daughter, Wanda.
TRAVEL GUIDE ANTHONY BOURDAIN WORKED ON WILL BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER _ It’s been about a year and a half since Anthony Bourdain’s death and later this year fans will get to read a travel guide that the chef worked on before his passing. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide will be released in October. The guide will “feature essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid. World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.”
… The book will feature lots of Anthony’s writings because he began working on it alongside his longtime assistant Laurie Woolever prior to his death. Woolever was a co-author on the cookbook Appetites with Anthony and the two are listed as co-authors on this upcoming book as well.
DIRECTOR SUING M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING HER FILM _ A director is suing Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, accusing him of stealing her 2013 film. Francesca Gregorini wrote and directed “The Truth About Emanuel,” a psychological thriller about a woman who forms a relationship with a doll after the death of her infant. In the copyright suit that she filed on Wednesday, Gregorini accuses Shyamalan of lifting elements from the film for his new Apple TV+ series, Servant. The series debuted in November with Shyamalan as executive producer. It also tells the story of a couple who raise a doll as their son after the death of an infant. According to the suit, Gregorini’s story emerged from her difficulty with conceiving a child and from growing up with an absent mother.
JAMES BOND WILL ALWAYS BE MALE _ This April will see the release of the 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die, which is also going to be the last time we see Daniel Craig as 007. The owners of the Bond franchise say the next Bond will definitely be male, no matter what, but not necessarily white.
… During a lengthy interview with Variety, producer Barbara Broccoli said: “I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
YOUNG SHELDON CASTS REBA MCENTIRE _ Reba McEntire will guest-star in a February episode of the Big Bang Theory prequel series Young Sheldon. Reba will play June, the “fun and fiery” ex-wife of Craig T. Nelson’s Dale Ballard. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Meemaw (Annie Potts), who is currently dating the little league coach.
GAME OF THRONES SPINOFF PREQUEL COMING IN 2022 _ Game of Thrones’ first spinoff has the beginnings of a premiere date. House of the Dragon, a prequel series focused on the Targaryen family (Daenerys’ ancestors), received a 10-episode series order in October 2019. HBO leadership is pretty confident it will be on the air air “sometime in 2022.”
… The spinoff was co-created by Thrones author George R.R. Martin and Colony creator Ryan J. Condal. It is set 300 years before the original Thrones series and will follow House Targaryen.
TBS RENEWS AMERICAN DAD FOR TWO MORE SEASONS _ American Dad has been renewed for two additional seasons at TBS. The adult animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane will reach its 300th episode milestone this year.
OPRAH WINFREY REVEALS HOW AN OLD BOYFRIEND RUINED VALENTINE’S DAY _ Oprah Winfrey says an ex-boyfriend of hers has forever put a damper on Valentine’s Day. In her magazine, Oprah says, “Lots of people make a big deal about Valentine’s Day. I don’t — and haven’t since I was a young contestant in the Miss Black America Pageant (I was Miss Black Tennessee). Many of the other girls were receiving flowers and gifts from their beaux. My boyfriend at the time, Bubba — yes, real name — sent me nothing. I felt bad about that and complained to another contestant. She laid this wisdom on me: ‘Girl, if your man has put a flower on your mind, you won’t need no flowers in a vase!'”
SPOTIFY LAUNCHES PLAYLISTS FOR DOGS LEFT HOME ALONE _ Spotify has made playlists and a podcast for dogs to listen to in their owners’ absence. Spotify says it has launched a podcast featuring soothing music, “dog-directed praise,” stories, and messages of affirmation and reassurance narrated by actors to alleviate stress for dogs who are home alone. Also, playlists aimed at pets offer tracks selected by algorithms to match pets’ characteristics such as energetic or slow.
… Spotify said it found in a survey that one in four pet-owners play music for their pets to listen to for company when they are away from home, with 42% of owners saying their pets have a favorite type of music. A quarter of pet owners said they have even seen their pets dancing to music.
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Caller: Why you should floss. See January 16 News & Nuggets.
Baby Yoda song. The Mandalorian character is coming to Build A Bear.
Phoner Topic: This woman shared a cheapskate tip … know anyone like her in your family?
WHAT’S THE UNHEALTHIEST TIME OF THE DAY?
Some claim that Monday (January 20) is the most depressing day of the year. It’s really just a day made up by a PR firm to advertise winter vacations. However, there are specific times of the day when your health is more vulnerable.
• Heart Attacks: Research shows that the most common day for heart attacks is Monday. Statistics spike on Monday mornings, since heart attacks occur between 4 and 10 AM more than any other six-hour period. Apparently blood platelets are stickier in the morning hours, which can contribute to an attack. Of course, British research says heart attack risk may increase any day your favorite sports team is playing. They say an emotional upset—such as watching your team lose—could trigger a heart attack.
• Morning migraines: When asked to identify the time of day when most migraine headaches start, subjects in a study most commonly answered “anytime.” But the first runner-up was “morning,” which is supported by other studies as well. Reports also suggest that migraines in children are more likely to occur on Mondays. Maybe returning to school after a weekend?
• Heart attacks in the hospital: It’s unfortunate that Saturday is the second most common day for heart attacks since survival rates for in-hospital cardiac arrest are lower during nights and weekends. A 2008 study found that a patient’s chances are substantially better during daytime hours than at night. Weekday survival rates were better than weekend rates, too.
• Hump-day statistic: A study found that the Wednesday effect on suicide was much stronger than for any other day. Wednesday incidences accounted for a full 24.6 percent of reported suicides. Monday, by contrast, was at only 14.3 percent and came in third (following Saturday). The same study showed that suicides among both men and women were more prevalent in the summer than any other season, controverting earlier research that men were more prone in spring and women in spring or autumn.
Trying to simplify in 2020? BecomingMinimalist.com tells us we can jumpstart by decluttering.
• Dump the clothes you don’t wear. Most of us have too many, but we still wear the same things over and over again.
• Unidentifiable items in your junk drawer. Too soon to jettison the entire junk drawer? You can easily remove the items that have no name, no place, and no meaning that haven’t been touched or even thought of in a year or more.
• Lotions and potions. Get all of your lotions, potions, makeup, shampoo, and other products into one place. Put the things you use every day back where they belong. Toss the rest.
• Kid stuff. Instead of shaming your kids into decluttering, make it fun for them. Announce a prize for every 10 things they can collect for donation.
• Extra dishes. If you have two sets of dishware, silverware, or glassware, one can go.
• Other people’s stuff. If your home has become a storage facility for friends and family, make a few phone calls. Be kind, give notice, and politely ask them to remove their stuff or offer to help if they aren’t interested.
Trending on Twitter was the hashtag #MyLastWordsIn5Words. A few tweets:
• Oops, I did it again
• I prefer dollar store antibiotics.
• Please delete my browsing history
• Hold my beer, watch this
• Why’s the oven door open
• It’s definitely the red wire!
TRIVIA: Each year this organization uses almost 150,000 pounds of peanut butter. (Girl Scouts, for the cookies)
TRIVIA: The average one of these travels at about 3 miles per hour. (Snowflake)
A clerk in the butcher shop is 5′ 10″ tall. What does he weigh? (Meat)
• Betty White is 98
• James Earl Jones is 89
• Maury Povich is 81
• Joanna David (Downton Abbey) is 73
• Steve Harvey is 63
• Jim Carrey is 58
• Kid Rock is 49
• Zooey Deschanel is 40
• Kelly Marie Tran (Rose in the latest Star Wars films) is 31
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1806: The first child was born in the White House. James Madison Randolph was the son of Thomas Mann Randolph and Martha (Jefferson) Randolf, the daughter of President Thomas Jefferson.
• 1929: Popeye debuted in a comic strip called Thimble Theatre.
• 1962: The first indoor ski slope, the Ski-Dek Center in Buffalo, New York, opened in a former movie theater.
• 2001: U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously raised Captain Meriwether Lewis’ rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
• 2006: A 24-year-old Kansas man reported to police that he heard gunshots between 2:30 and 3 AM, realized he had been shot in the chest, then tried to remove the bullet with the pointy end of a meat thermometer. He was unsuccessful and walked to a nearby hospital.
• 2017: The search for missing aircraft MH370 over the Indian Ocean was called off.
• International Mentoring Day
• Bootleggers Day
• Popeye Day
• Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day
• Hot Buttered Rum Day
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
• Kevin Costner is 65. Country singer Mark Collie is 64. Dave Attell is 55. Jesse L. Martin is 51. Jason Segel is 40.
• Use Your Gift Card Day. Winnie the Pooh Day. Thesaurus Day. Gourmet Coffee Day.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
• Tippi Hedren is 90. Shelley Fabares is 76. Dolly Parton is 74. Paula Deen is 73. Katey Sagal is 66. Paul Rodriguez is 65. Drea de Matteo is 48. Jodie Sweetin is 38.
• Popcorn Day. World Day of Migrants and Refugees. World Snow Day. Peking Duck Day.