• Marg Helgenberger (CSI) is 62
• Lisa Bonet is 53
• Martha Plimpton is 50
• Missi Pyle (DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story) is 48
• Maggie Gyllenhaal is 43
• Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) is 27
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1977: Close Encounters of the Third Kind opened in theaters.
• 1996: Mother Teresa received honorary U.S. citizenship.
• 1996: The $127.5 million Jumbotron at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena fell to the ice hours before a hockey game; no one was injured.
• 1999: Autobahn 33, a major German highway, was closed for several hours after a truck flipped and spilled 16 tons of apples on the highway. Three cars and two trucks crashed as they slid on the smashed apples. Applesauce was four inches thick.
• 2001: The first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in theaters.
• 2012: Hostess Brands revealed its plan to file for bankruptcy and liquidate its assets. On November 21, 2012, a U.S. bankruptcy judge approved Hostess’ request to shut down, temporarily ending Twinkie production in the United States. On March 18, 2013, it was reported that Twinkies would return to store shelves in May of that year.
• 2019: Two South Carolina roommates who contacted cops to report that their home was burglarized listed the following items as stolen: frozen pizzas, hot dogs, a bottle of Jack Daniels, and the cremated remains of a relative.
• International Day for Tolerance
• Button Day
• Have a Party with Your (Teddy) Bear Day. Not to be confused with Teddy Bear Picnic Day, which is July 10.
• Fast Food Day
11,600: Participants in Saturday’s Million MAGA March in Washington, D.C., per the DC Park Service.
Today is National Fast Food Day. [Or as I like to call it, Christmas in November.]
Crowned Miss Lebanon in 2018, Maya Reaidy will keep her title for the third year in a row after the beauty pageant was canceled in 2019 and 2020. [You can tell the responsibility is getting to her. She’s now showing up to events in a robe and slippers.]
Something to keep in mind this Thanksgiving: According to the American Heart Association, eating a big meal can quadruple your risk of having a heart attack. [It’s not the food that kills you. It’s the severe recoil that happens when you unbuckle your belt and your stomach collides with the table.]
Researchers say an apple a day really does keep the doctor away, thanks to strong antioxidants that fight cell damage. [Another way to stay healthy: knock-knock jokes. Do them enough and soon no one will want to be around you, which means you’ll catch fewer colds.]
Thanksgiving is a week from Thursday. [To make carving the turkey easier and faster, replace the middle leaf of the dining room table with a table saw.]
Studies show that uninsured patients in the hospital suffering from traumatic injury are twice as likely to die as insured patients suffering from the same injury. [The difference lies in their treatment: the standardized life support machine versus the manually operated one.]
Researchers say that children who are fearless at age three are more likely to grow up to be criminals. [“That’s a very nice cookie jar ya got there. Be a real shame if anything should happen to it.”]
A study finds that you can improve the mental health of children by holding them back from starting kindergarten for one year, and keeping them at home. [Of course, that’s not going to do much good for the mental health of the parents.]
SEVEN-YEAR-OLD CREATES STUFFING-FLAVORED KETCHUP _ A seven-year-old boy is set to be a star in the culinary world after seeing the stuffing-flavor ketchup he designed go on sale ahead of Christmas. The UK boy, named Berty, came up with the idea of a ketchup flavored with onions, sage and parsley to give the taste of a festive stuffing. It also has a sprinkling of breadcrumbs for a touch of classic stuffing texture.
… His product, called Berty’s Stuffing Ketchup, will be sold by Sauce Shop, an artisan British sauce maker.
… The limited-edition sauce’s launch followed a nationwide competition which saw children submit their ideas for their perfect Christmas ketchup.
… Runners-up include nine-year old Finley’s Rudolph’s Ketchup, featuring crunchy carrots, hot chilies and juicy tomatoes; nine-year-old Kitty’s Jingly Gingerbread Ketchup; and seven-year-old Dan’s Reindeer Poop, which features a BBQ sauce base with added raisins.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your kid’s signature dish? What do they most like to cook?
FIGHT CLUB IN NYC BROKEN UP BY AUTHORITIES _ A 200-person unlicensed fight club in New York City was broken up by authorities on Saturday night. Attendees of “Rumble in the Bronx” were discovered drinking, smoking and fighting — but not socially distancing at the event. At around 11:15 Saturday Night, New York City sheriffs entered a warehouse and found the crowd watching and participating in the fighting. In a tweet, the NYC Sheriff said loaded firearms were discovered and 10 organizers were charged with multiple crimes.
BELGIAN RACING PIGEON FETCHES RECORD PRICE OF $1.9 MILLION _ A wealthy Chinese pigeon racing fan paid a record price of $1.9 million for a Belgian-bred bird. During a frantic last half hour Sunday at the end of a two-week auction, two Chinese bidders — operating under the pseudonyms Super Duper and Hitman — drove up the price.
… A successful Belgian breeder (Gaston Van de Wouwer) retired at 76 and his son had too busy a professional life to continue in the pigeon business. All 445 birds were put on auction.
WHAT FUELS OUR ROAD TRIPS _ A writer for the Arizona Republic newspaper asked: What fuels your road trips. As you can probably guess, it isn’t kale chips and fancy water. Some of the replies writer Karina Bland received:
• Teriyaki beef jerky and orange Gatorade
• Chocolate-covered Donut Gems and coffee
• Funyuns and Diet Coke
• Twizzlers and Diet Coke
• Ruffles and Coca-Cola
… One reader said the family never goes to McDonald’s when they’re at home, but on road trips it’s 100% allowed.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What food fuels your family’s road trips? Do you have special food rules on the road, like junk food is OK?
HATFISHING HAS SEEN A RECENT SURGE ONLINE _ The dating phenomenon known as ‘hatfishing’ — when someone conceals their baldness under a hat on social media or dating apps — has seen a recent surge. Research has revealed that of those who suffer from thinning hair or baldness, 21 percent have tried to conceal their lack of hair on dating apps or social media. Most of them have used a hat to do so, turning them into a “hatfisher”.
… Roughly one in ten women say they’ve been hatfished. Almost half of women who have taken an interest in a guy say they’ll go no further with him once they discover he’s hatfished.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR CREDIT SCORE IS? _ Here’s a survey result that I don’t think is all that surprising: More than half of us have no idea what our current credit score is. Obviously if you’re planning to make a major purchase or rent an apartment, knowing your credit score ahead of time is important. But if you already own a house, have a car, etc. you probably don’t care what your credit score is.
WAFFLE HOUSE IS RELEASING BEER THAT SMELLS JUST LIKE BACON _ If you’re a fan of Waffle House here’s some good news. After over 60 years in business, the popular chain — which is known for never closing and serving breakfast 24/7 — is gearing up to release its first-ever beer. And, get this: it smells just like bacon. Collaborating with Greensboro, Georgia brewing company Oconee Brewing Company, the new brew will be called Bacon & Kegs and offers up a 6.5% ABV.
… Waffle House fanatics will also appreciate the awesome design of the can, featuring cartoon-like renderings of bacon, beer, and of the iconic Waffle House restaurant. • IMAGE
… Don’t rush out to your local liquor store to grab them just yet though. The beer won’t be available until Friday, December 18 and unfortunately, for those not local to the state of Georgia, you’ll only be able to nab it at the Greensboro brewery.
OXFORD CHILDREN’S WORD OF THE YEAR 2020 _ It’s the time of year when dictionaries begin announcing their words of the year. First out of the gate is the 2020 Oxford Dictionaries for Children Children’s Word of the Year. And that word is coronavirus. Yeah, well, not all that surprising. In fact, it’s a safe bet that most dictionaries will choose words that have to do with the pandemic or the election.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: AVERAGE PERSON DROPS PHONE AT LEAST FOUR TIMES A WEEK _ A new survey finds one in three Americans currently have a crack in their phone’s screen. And according to the poll, the average American drops their phone on the ground four times every week.
… The unfortunate places people said they dropped their phone:
- Pot of rice
- Bowl of soup
- Dog’s water bowl
- Beer cup
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Where did you drop your phone?
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN JAILED AFTER ALLEGEDLY BITING DOG _ In Oregon (Roseburg) a deputy was sent to a disturbance. A neighbor reported that a woman was chasing vehicles and causing the disturbance. The deputy’s report said a man was observed running towards a camper. Screaming was heard from inside it. When the deputy got into the camper, he allegedly saw 41-year old Andrea Kytola with a black retriever in a hold while she was biting its ear. After getting the woman away from the dog, the deputy took her into custody.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NUDE MAN ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING INTO GROCERY STORE _ A man who crashed his car into a Montana grocery store and fled the scene was later arrested after running nude through a nearby retirement home.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STOLEN BIGFOOT STATUE FOUND ALONG ROAD IN CALIFORNIA _ Police officers in the mountains north of Santa Cruz, California, responded to a suspicious figure in a roadway early Thursday and found Bigfoot. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office had urged people to keep their eyes peeled for the 4-foot-tall wooden statue after it was stolen from outside the Bigfoot Discovery Museum on Monday.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FULLY-CLOTHED MAN FOUND SHOWERING IN STAFF-ONLY AREA OF HOTEL _ Nashville police responded to a call at a Hilton Hotel after receiving reports of a fully-clothed man taking a shower in the staff’s shower room. They reported he was asked to vacate the premises, but he refused, then began to destroy the showers, towel dispensers, walls, and toilet paper rolls.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN LOSES EYE TO ANTS _ A woman receiving treatment for diabetes at a hospital in eastern India lost one of her eyes after ants nibbled away at it. The patient recovering from a post-surgery infection shrieked for help as the ants attacked her, but nurses told her it was normal to feel pain from the infection. The next day the patient’s family saw a hole with swarming ants in it when they lifted the bandage on her left eye.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HAMSTER SURVIVED BEING SWALLOWED BY DOG _ A lucky hamster in Russia was rescued by veterinarians after it was swallowed alive by the family dog. A young girl was playing with her hamster when it jumped from her knee and the dog pounced and swallowed the critter in one gulp. The family could hear the hamster squeaking from inside the dog, so they knew it was still alive. The dog was rushed to the vet and the hamster was removed, unconscious, but alive.
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The battle rounds conclude.
SEASON PREMIERE: THE NEIGHBORHOOD (8p ET, CBS) — In the season 3 premiere, the Butlers and Johnsons unite when a member of their community is the victim of racial injustice.
DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — New. The celebs repeat a dance style they struggled with earlier in the season.
L.A.’S FINEST (8p ET, FOX) — New.
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8p ET, CW) — New.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, ESPN) — The Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings.
SEASON PREMIERE: BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (8:30p ET, CBS) — In the season 2 premiere, Bob’s plans to propose to Abishola are upended by her belief that a traditional marriage is more trouble than it’s worth.
SEASON PREMIERE: ALL RISE (9p ET, CBS) — Samantha Marie Ware (Glee, What/If) joins the cast for season 2.
SEASON FINALE: PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (9p ET, CW) — TV personality Jonathan Scott makes an appearance on the finale.
FILTHY RICH (9p ET, FOX) — New.
SEASON PREMIERE: HIS DARK MATERIALS (9p ET, HBO) — Season 2 picks up after Lord Asriel opened a bridge to a new world. Lyra follows Asriel into the unknown world where she meets Will, a young boy who is running from his past. Together, Lyra and Will learn that their destinies are intertwined. Terence Stamp, Jade Anouka, and Simone Kirby join the cast for Season 2.
SEASON PREMIERE: BULL (10p ET, CBS) — In the season 5 premiere, Bull and the team struggle to adjust to a virtual court system as they deal with the New York City shutdown due to the coronavirus.
THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. With several candidates vying for residency, Dr. Lim tasks Shaun, Claire and Alex with mentoring the top first-year resident contenders.
THE WEAKEST LINK (10p ET, NBC) — New.
BOX OFFICE _ The Vince Vaughn-Kathryn Newton horror-comedy Freaky is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $3.7 million over the weekend. Coming in at No. 2 on the weekend roster was Let Him Go with $1.8 million, followed by The War with Grandpa at No. 3 with $1.3 million, Come Play at No. 4 with $1.1 million and Honest Thief at No. 5 with $800,000.
… One year ago this week the number one movie was Ford v. Ferrari
… Five years ago this week: Spectre
… Ten years ago this week: Megamind
… Twenty years ago this week: Charlie’s Angels
MARVEL RULES OUT REPLACING CHADWICK BOSEMAN WITH CGI _ Chadwick Boseman won’t feature in the forthcoming Black Panther sequel. The late actor starred as King T’Challa in the hit 2018 flick and had been due to reprise the role before his death following a private struggle with colon cancer earlier this year. Asked about rumors that Chadwick could appear in CGI form as Black Panther, a Marvel spokeswoman said, “No. There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to the story and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”
NEW TRAILER FOR STEPHEN KING’S PANDEMIC EPIC THE STAND _ CBS All Access has released a trailer for the upcoming limited series adaptation of The Stand, based on Stephen King’s epic horror novel about a deadly global pandemic. • VIDEO
… The trailer focuses closely on Whoopi Goldber’s Mother Abagail and her evil opposite, the Dark Man Randall Flagg — played by Alexander Skarsgård. In the novel, they encounter each other in dreams and visions and Flagg grows frustrated because he can’t use his possibly demonic powers to affect her. The Stand also stars James Marsden as everyday good guy Stu Redman, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Greg Kinnear, and more.
… Stephen King has written an all-new epilogue for the series as well. It premieres on Thursday, December 17, and will stream exclusively on CBS All Access.
HGTV GOOD BONES STAR KAREN LAINE’S HOME BURGLARIZED _ Good Bones star Karen Laine’s home is the perfect place to drop one’s pants and leave a mark — at least that’s what a brash burglar thinks. The HGTV home renovator had her Indianapolis home burglarized recently, which made for the third time her house had been broken into and the second time someone left behind poop.
… Laine thinks this is personal, because whoever did the doody has done so twice now in the same place (the garage) where she says there’s an obvious bathroom right there for the using.
MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING RICK MORANIS ARRESTED IN NEW YORK _ Rick Moranis’ alleged attacker has been arrested. The NYPD announced on Saturday that thanks to an “eagle-eyed” NYPD Transit sergeant, the “suspect has been apprehended and charged.”
… In October, surveillance video showed a man wearing an “I Love NY” sweatshirt approach the 67-year-old Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Ghostbusters actor on the sidewalk in New York City’s Upper West Side, punching him in the head and knocking him to the ground. The assailant fled after the assault, which took place in broad daylight. Police said the man in question is 35-year-old Marquis Ventura.
BULLET TRAIN WILL REUNITE ZAZIE BEETZ WITH BRAD PITT _ A couple years ago, Deadpool 2 featured a literal blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role for Brad Pitt as an invisible member of the mercenary squad known as X-Force. That was enough to skyrocket the actor to fame and land him an Oscar-winning role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Before that, no one knew who he was. Joking aside, Pitt will be reuniting with one of his Deadpool co-stars for his next movie.
… Bullet Train is a new action thriller about a group of assassins on a speeding train in Tokyo. Pitt’s newest costar in the film is Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz, who also played Arthur Fleck’s neighbor in 2019’s Joker.
… Bullet Train is based on a Japanese novel.
TOM BERGERON THRILLS FANS WITH NEWS OF NEW HOSTING GIG _ Tom Bergeron just shared exciting news about a new hosting gig he has taken on. In a post shared on his Instagram page, the former Dancing with the Stars emcee announced that he will serve as host for a Christmas special presented by the Ed Asner Foundation. On his social media account, Bergeron posted a teaser and “save the date” for “A Star-Studded Virtual Gala & Table Reading of It’s A Wonderful Life” set for December 13. He captioned the post with: “I’ll be your virtual host.” Bergeron provided no further details about the table reading of the beloved 1947 holiday classic that originally starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
JOAN JETT, BILLY IDOL FEATURED ON UPCOMING MILEY CYRUS ALBUM _ Miley Cyrus recently released a collaborative track with Stevie Nicks called Edge of Midnight, and the pop singer has now revealed that her upcoming studio album, Plastic Hearts, will feature guest appearances by two other rock legends — Joan Jett and Billy Idol. Jett is featured on the 12-track collection on a song called Bad Karma, while Idol appears on a tune titled Night Crawling.
… Plastic Hearts, which is due out November 27, also includes Cyrus’ recent top-20 hit, Midnight Sky, which samples Nicks’ classic 1981 song Edge of Seventeen.
TAYLOR SWIFT’S CATS NAMED THE MOST-SEARCHED CELEBRITY PETS ON GOOGLE _ Taylor Swift isn’t the only one obsessed with her cats —it seems the rest of us are, too. Taylor’s three kitties — Meredith, Olivia and Benjamin Button — were the most-searched celebrity pets on Google over the past 12 months.
… Trailing Taylor’s cats at number two were Kylie Jenner’s dogs, followed at number three by Ariana Grande’s many dogs and her pet micro pig Piggy Smallz.
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR CAST REUNION SPECIAL GETS TRAILER _ Will Smith took to social media over the weekend to reveal that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special will air on HBO Max this Thursday (November 19). The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons from 1990-1996, featured Smith playing a fictionalized version of himself named Will, a teen from West Philadelphia sent to live in a Bel-Air mansion with his rich Uncle Phil. • VIDEO
… The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special was filmed on September 10, exactly 30 years after the series originally premiered in 1990.
NETFLIX ORDERS SPACE FORCE SEASON 2 _ Most streaming show renewals are expected or even humdrum affairs, but not this one. Netflix has renewed Space Force for a second season, with filming due to start in 2021. The show was originally formed as a riff on Donald Trump’s real Space Force, which has since completed its first missions.
SYLVESTER STALLONE JOINS THE CAST OF THE SUICIDE SQUAD _ Sylvester Stallone has joined the cast of The Suicide Squad, the sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad. The revelation was made by none other than director James Gunn, who tweeted the Rocky star had gotten on board with the already star-studded project. The cast includes Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, and John Cena. Stallone’s addition will mark a reunion with Gunn following his role as Stakar Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
MERYL STREEP IN STEVEN SODERBERGH’S LET THEM ALL TALK _ HBO Max has released the first trailer for Meryl Streep and Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated film Let Them All Talk. The comedy follows a renowned author, Alice Hughes (Streep), who embarks on a journey with old friends in the hopes of healing old wounds. Her nephew also comes along to accompany the ladies, until he finds himself involved with a young literary agent. As they are all stuck together on a cruise ship, tensions begin to rise, and Streep’s character is forced to confront the ways in which she may have hurt the ones she loves the most. Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hedges and Gemma Chan round out the cast. • VIDEO
TOPIC: WHAT’S YOUR CRAZY SANDWICH?
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your crazy sandwich combo?
🎧 Get some ready-to-air calls on the PRO AUDIO page.
ARE THESE BURNED?
Twitter user @jebba67 shared: “My son says these are burned. Are they burned?”
Post it and watch the comments explode…
HOW YOU DANCE REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY
This is just about the most obvious study I’ve seen this year, but researchers in Finland (University of Jyvaskyla) felt we needed it. They gave volunteers personality tests, then observed how they broke it down to different types of music. Then they analyzed their moves using motion-capture technology. Here’s what they found:
• Extroverts move around the most, with big head and arm movements
• Neurotic people do the “shuffle,” jerking their hands and feet
• Agreeable people are “smoother” dancers who move side to side
• Open-minded people bob up and down
• Conscientious people move about the dance floor the most
WHAT DID YOU DO AFTER THE BREAK-UP THAT YOU COULDN’T DO BEFORE?
What should you do after a break-up? One therapist says you don’t jump into any new relationships, but you should jump out of a plane — or any other activity, new hobby or new interest you couldn’t do while you were in the relationship.
… Another therapist say make a short post-breakup bucket list — things that will not only make you feel better but make you realize you’ve been held back, either by your ex or by yourself.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What did you do after the break-up that you couldn’t do before?
OBSOLETE WORDS THAT SHOULD MAKE A COMEBACK
Jargogle – To confuse, jumble. Example: “Seriously, I don’t need you to further jargogle my brain.”
Deliciate – To take one’s pleasure, enjoy oneself, revel, luxuriate. Example: “After dinner, we deliciated in chocolate cream pie.”
Corrade – To scrape together; to gather together from various sources. Example: “The boss needs me to corrade a list of every top-spending client from the last five years.”
Kench – To laugh loudly. Example: “After Lois downed a few glasses of wine she would kench about everything. It was embarrassing.”
Ludibrious – Apt to be a subject of jest or mockery. Example: “How could I resist? He’s just so ludibrious.”
Jollux – Slang phrase used in the late 18th century to describe a “fat person”. “Fat” has such a negative connotation, but if you say “He’s a bit of a jollux” it doesn’t sound so bad.
Brabble – To quarrel about trifles; esp. to quarrel noisily, brawl, squabble. Brabble basically means to argue loudly about something that doesn’t really matter, as in “Why are we still brabbling about who left the dirty glass by the sink?”
Freck – To move swiftly or nimbly. Example: “I hate it when I’m frecking through the airport and other people are going so slow.”
Brannigan – A drinking bout; a spree or binge. Example: “Shall we go for a brannigan on Friday?”
Quagswagging – The action of shaking to and fro. Example: “I wouldn’t call what he was doing dancing. It was more like quagswagging.”
Hoddypeak – A fool, simpleton, noodle, blockhead. Example: “Lois’ latest marketing idea was her lamest yet. That woman’s suck a hoddypeak.”
Widdendream – A state of mental disturbance or confusion. Example: “While working on writing my project outline, I find I am constantly in widdendream.”
PICK THE WORST
According to the ongoing surveys at PickTheWorst.com, which is worse:
• Mullets (51%)
• Beer guts (49%)
• Your significant dumps you (52%)
• Your boss fires you (48%)
• Sitting next to a very smelly person on a plane who keeps sneezing (73%)
• Sitting next to a very fat person on a plane that takes up a good portion of your seat (27%)
• Eating 52 hard boiled eggs (66%)
• Eating 52 hotdogs (34%)
• Commercials before a movie at the theater (37%)
• Junk mail (63%)
• Hitting your “funny bone” (62%)
• Standing up and realizing your foot has fallen asleep (38%)
• Bee stings (72%)
• Splinters (28%)
TRIVIA: While 63 percent of us want to see this, 32 percent definitely don’t and 5 percent don’t know. See what? (Their 100th birthday)
TRIVIA: According to a survey, 12 percent of women say this is not allowed on Thanksgiving. (Watching football)
ANSWER WRONG AND WIN
• What color are White Castle restaurants?
• The centerpiece food item at many Thanksgiving meals is what?
• What do you use to cut the grass?
• What company’s logo is the Golden Arches?
• The primary navigation directions are north, south, east, west and…
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Train Makes Emergency Stop Due to ______ on Tracks!”
A) House plant
B) Pinball machine
C) Stuffed penguin*
Passengers on a train in Germany were left stranded after the engineer pulled to an emergency stop when he saw what he thought was a man lying face down and wearing a black and white tuxedo. Officials who came to investigate found only a man-size soft toy penguin lying on the tracks.
• Director Martin Scorsese is 78
• Lauren Hutton is 77
• Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels is 76
• Danny DeVito is 76
• Stephen Root (King of the Hill, NewsRadio) is 69
• RuPaul is 60
• Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck, Brooklyn Bridge) is 57
• Daisy Fuentes is 54
• Leslie Bibb (ER, Popular, Christine Everhart in Iron Man movies) is 47
• Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers, The Notebook) is 42
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1970: Douglas Engelbart received the patent for the first computer mouse.
• 1996: A Tampa, Florida, packaging distributor introduced Biofoam, a new grain-based packing “peanut” more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam peanuts. Biofoam, which smells like popcorn, was originally developed as a snack food, but it didn’t sell.
• 1998: The public heard Monica Lewinsky’s voice for the first time as the House Judiciary Committee released 22 hours of recordings secretly made by Linda Tripp.
• 2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger was inaugurated Governor of California.
• 2004: Kmart announced it was buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion.
• 2008: The worldwide box office total for The Dark Knight reached the billion dollar mark.
• 2013: A rare late-season tornado outbreak struck the Midwest. Illinois and Indiana were most affected with tornado reports as far north as lower Michigan. In all around six dozen tornadoes touched down in approximately an 11-hour time period, including seven EF3 and two EF4 tornadoes.
• Homemade Bread Day
• Entrepreneurship Day
• National Unfriend Day
• Take A Hike Day
• Baklava Day