INTERPREP PRO ★ NOVEMBER 17, 2020

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 17, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Homemade Bread Day

• Entrepreneurship Day

• National Unfriend Day

• Take A Hike Day

• Baklava Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

25,000: Children injured by shopping carts each year.

According to Wikipedia one of the first shopping carts was introduced on June 4, 1937, the invention of Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma. One night, in 1936, Goldman sat in his office wondering how customers might move more groceries. He found a wooden folding chair and put a basket on the seat and wheels on the legs. Goldman and one of his employees, a mechanic named Fred Young, began tinkering. Their first shopping cart was a metal frame that held two wire baskets. Since they were inspired by the folding chair, Goldman called his carts “folding basket carriers”.


NEWS ATTACK!

There’s a myth that the average person gains up to seven pounds over the holidays, but it’s really like a pound or two. [Don’t worry about the extra weight… your wallet will lose 25 pounds buying Christmas gifts.]

Science tells us an occasional drink with dinner may reduce the risk of having a stroke. [As always, they advise limiting your intake to one drink. Anything more than that and you run the risk of getting drunk and telling your wife what her cooking really tastes like, which increases your chances of being impaled on a butter knife.]

A study claims that coffee preserves good health. [So, I guess America really does run on Dunkin’.]

The NCAA says the men’s basketball tournament will happen in a bubble in one city, probably Indianapolis. [Which, ironically, has more women named Bubbles than any other U.S. city.]

A study said hamsters suffering extreme jet lag show decreased brain functions. [I can’t take more than two ounces of any liquid on a plane with me but they’ll let a hamster on?]

In the video, Baby Yoda is spotted bouncing around alongside astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi. The four astronauts on Sunday became part the second-ever crewed flight of a SpaceX spacecraft. The first Crew Dragon to launch humans, which was still considered a test mission, took off in May.

Actor Ryan Reynolds is now the co-owner of a Welsh soccer team. [I didn’t even know Welshland had a professional sports team.]

Caesarian sections in the U.S. have climbed to an all-time high, despite efforts by public health authorities to reduce the number of these deliveries. [Not only are they more dangerous for the mother, they’ve resulted in a generation of kids who prefer climbing out of a car’s sunroof to using the door.]

Researchers (Center for Preventative Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center) discovered that people who laugh are less likely to have heart disease than people who don’t. [So if you want to keep from having a heart attack, exercise, watch your weight and avoid watching Seth Rogen movies.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

NORAD TO TRACK SANTA ON CHRISTMAS WITH SMALLER CREW _ The North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, announced preparations on Monday for its annual tracking of the arrival of Santa Claus. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” program that traditionally follows a simulated track of Santa Clause from the North Pole around the world on Christmas Eve will happen again this year, but the command has made some changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While NORAD will track Santa’s journey most people who call 1-800-HI-NORAD for updates on the Christmas Eve trip may get a recording instead of a live volunteer.

… Officials at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado said that the NORAD Tracks Santa call center will only have a small number of volunteers taking calls this year as part of ongoing public concern about increasing COVID-19 cases. Of course, Santa will be trackable on NORAD’s website, noradsanta.org, on December 24.

… NORAD has been tracking santa every year since 1955.

PENCIL-SHARPENING SERVICE FOR $100 _ You could sharpen your own pencils, but who would want to go to all the effort? Instead, hire David Rees of Artisanal Pencil Sharpening in New York’s Hudson Valley. He’ll sell you a pencil and whittle it to perfection before returning it to you with the shavings and a certificate of authenticity. Seriously. And it’s $100. • LINK

WOMEN BRACE FOR FAMILY FEUDS THIS THANKSGIVING _ According to a survey, women count family conflict as traditional as turkey and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving. In a poll, 68 percent of respondents said they are expecting family drama before dessert.

See related in Bits & Breaks.

ITALIAN ARTIST BREAKS WORLD RECORD WITH 6,119-SQUARE-FOOT DRAWING _ An Italian sketch artist broke a Guinness World Record when he spent five days creating a drawing that covers 6,119 square feet. Francesco Caporale took on the challenge of creating the world’s largest drawing by an individual in Altomonte, Italy’s, central square. The drawing included doodles of objects, textures and imaginary characters. The artwork is being donated to the city of Altomonte, which said a portion of the canvas will be sold to raise money for community programs.

61-YEAR-OLD DIPLOMAT RESCUES UNCONSCIOUS STUDENT FROM RIVER _ A student fell into a river and a British diplomat in China jumped in and saved her life. 61-year-old Stephen Ellison helped rescue the 24-year-old woman when he spotted her in the river not moving.

YOU MAY PEE IN THE SHOWER IF YOU FOLLOW THIS RULE _ Peeing in the shower is gross — but like nose-picking, more people do it than care to admit. Probably. Not me, of course. So online someone suggest that should you need to pee in the shower then go for it — but never admit it. • LINK

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Is it OK to pee in the shower?

USE ZOOM FOR FREE ON THANKSGIVING, ALL YOU WANT _ Zoom is letting you use its video chat service for free on Thanksgiving Day. Better yet, Zoom is going to lift all video chat restrictions that day so you can talk to your loved ones — remotely — all day if you want to.  You’ll need an account to host any virtual Thanksgiving meetings you want to throw, so make sure you create one ahead of time in case there’s a digital rush on Thanksgiving.

METAL DETECTOR HOBBYIST REUNITES CLASS RING WITH OWNER _ A Massachusetts man found a 40-year-old class ring while out with his metal detector. James Gilbert was treasure hunting near a pond (in Fitchburg) when he unearthed a white gold ring from Auburn High School’s Class of 1980. Gilbert said he contacted the school and officials identified the ring’s engraved initials, CLB, as likely belonging to 1980 graduate Carol L. Bartlett.

… The metal detecting enthusiast said he spent months trying to track down Bartlett before seeking help on a Facebook group called Metal detecting Massachusetts. He said it was only a matter of hours before another group member had located the woman, now named Carol Mulvey. Mulvey recognized the ring, but said she had no memory of losing it.

JETLINER HITS BEAR ON RUNWAY IN ALASKA _ An Alaska Airlines jetliner struck a brown bear while landing early Saturday evening in Yakutat, Alaska, killing the animal and causing some damage to the plane. No one in the plane was hurt. Airport crew members had cleared the runway about 10 minutes before flight 66 was expected to land. The crews did not see any signs of wildlife during the check, but as the plane began to slow after landing, the pilots spotted two bears crossing the runway. The Boeing 737-700 struck and killed a brown bear sow, but its cub, thought to be roughly 2 years old, was uninjured.

ANCIENT GREEK GOD’S BUST FOUND DURING ATHENS SEWAGE WORK _ A bust of the ancient god Hermes, in good condition, was discovered in central Athens during sewage work. The Greek Culture Ministry said that the head, one of many that served as street markers in ancient Athens, was found Friday and it appears to be from around 300 B.C. After serving as a street marker, the head, at some point, had been built into the wall of a drainage duct.

JUST OVER 1 IN 5 ADULTS WILL BY THEMSELVES A CHRISTMAS PRESENT _ Just over 1 in 5 adults say they will buy themselves a Christmas present this year. The top thing adults will buy themselves is new clothing, followed by a new phone and then a new computer/laptop.

… By the way, there’s a name for this: Self Gifting.

AVERAGE PERSON STARTS FEELING OLD AT THE AGE OF 47 _ They say age is more about state of mind than the date on your birth certificate, but a new survey of 2,000 adults over 40 is challenging that narrative. According to the study, the average adult starts feeling old at the age of 47. And the average respondent starts to really worry about age-related bodily changes around 50 years old.

KFC UNVEILED LIMITED-EDITION HOLIDAY BUCKETS _ It’s that special time of year when everything we love gets a holiday makeover. Breakfast cereal tastes like sugar cookies, Oreos get dipped in snowy white fudge, and we will eat anything that reminds us of a candy cane. In yet another effort to get you into the holiday mood, KFC is releasing some nostalgic holiday buckets that will have you thinking about Christmases of the past while chowing down on some fried chicken.

… The seasonal buckets are nothing new for KFC — the chain’s locations around the world have been creating festive buckets since the 1960s. This year, they’re bringing back both the 1966 and 1971 U.S. holiday buckets, as well releasing a new vintage-inspired design specially made for 2020.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WHY COFFEE IS MORE PRONE TO SPILLS THAN BEER _ Coffee simply does not like to stay in place. Restaurant servers soon learn to pour coffee at the table or to carry the poured cup and saucer separately, lest they wind up with a half-empty coffee cup sitting in a pool of spilled liquid. Beer, however, presents no such challenge. Servers can maneuver through crowds while carrying a fully-loaded tray of beers fresh from the tap and filled to the top — all without spilling so much as a drop.

… Why is one of those beverages so much more prone to sloshing over the edge of its cup or glass than the other? Curious physicists identified the answer and it all comes down to foam. Just as solid foam reduces noise by absorbing sound waves, liquid foam does the same for motion. The researchers discovered foam’s insulating effects by performing controlled lab experiments on coffee and beer. They used high speed cameras to record the waves of motion that rocked through the surface of coffee, an amber beer and Guinness. The more foam that was present, they observed, the more energy was absorbed and the less sloshing occurred.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING CASH FROM PIZZERIA WHILE MAKING A PIE _ A thief in California (Fullerton) decided to build his own pizza while in the middle of burglarizing the restaurant. Security footage shows a man who broke into Big Slice Pizza slip on a pair of gloves before tossing a lump of dough in the restaurant’s kitchen. The suspect topped and baked the pizza while emptying the business’s cash drawers. Police identified the man in the video and tracked him down.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUSTED FOR DUI AFTER DOING DONUTS IN FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL PARKING LOT _ A Florida man was arrested for DUI Sunday after attempting to do donuts in his car in the Florida Highway Patrol’s parking lot (in Fort Myers). Dallas Ziemski was driving his 2016 Dodge Charger around 8:30 PM when he turned into the parking lot of the FHP and began “aggressively accelerating and turning.” Ziemski was pulled over and arrested for DUI.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MASSACHUSETTS MAN FINDS MORTAR ROUND BURIED IN BACK YARD _ Authorities in Massachusetts (Westborough) were summoned to the home of a man who made an unusual discovery while doing yard work. The man told authorities he was working in his back yard when he dug up an object that resembled a bomb. The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad transported the device to a safe location, where it was detonated. The origins of the apparent mortar round — and how it came to be buried in the man’s yard — were unknown.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CLAIMS ELECTRICITY ALLERGY IS MAKING HIM PRISONER IN HIS HOME _ A man who has a rare allergy to electricity has said the condition has made him a prisoner in his own home, forcing him to coat the home’s interior walls in special paint. Bruno Berrick lives with his partner and three daughters in a specially designed home which he says helps to block out radio waves. He said the family keeps electricity usage to a minimum, leaving lights off in the evening, keeping the heating off, and not doing normal day-to-day activities like watching TV. The dad is now building himself a special low-tech shelter in the garden, where he plans to spend the winter so the family can have the heat on. Bruno said he was a “normal guy” before he began to suffer from the debilitating condition four years ago, and said it all started with a “popping” burning sensation in his head. Bruno and partner Lisa have painted their home in 5G protective paint to help protect him from electrosensitivity, a condition that has been disputed by medics but Bruno insists is real.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CRUDE CROP CIRCLE IS VISIBLE FROM SPACE _ (CAUTION) A Canadian farmer trimmed his field into the shape of a giant penis that can be seen on Google Maps, which collects imagery with satellites more than 22,000 miles above the surface. Prince Edward Island resident Jamie Rix originally cut his soybeans into a crop circle about a year and a half ago. After he added a straight line so he could drive directly down the field, a friend dared him to turn it into “a giant Johnson.” Rix replied, “Challenge accepted.” The 800-foot man-part is something of a protest against the government.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — In the season 18 premiere, Gibbs and Fornell (Joe Spano) attempt to track down the leader of a drug ring who supplied drugs to Fornell’s daughter.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Knockouts begin.

THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Eight men prepare for wrestling matches under the guidance of WWE and UFC fighters Amy Dumas and Tatiana Suarez.

COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (8p ET, FOX) — New.

SWAMP THING (8p ET, CW) — New.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. (8p ET, PBS) — New. Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and chef Lidia Bastianich research their family histories.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Kevin struggles to connect with his new movie director.

SEASON PREMIERE: FBI (9p ET, CBS) — The team welcomes a new member in the season 3 premiere, as they search for killers who orchestrated a mass shooting at a media company.

NEXT (9p ET, FOX) — New.

TELL ME A STORY (9p ET, CW) — New.

SEASON PREMIERE: F.B.I.: MOST WANTED (10p ET, CBS) — Terry O’Quinn joins the cast in a recurring role for season 2.

TRANSPLANT (10p ET, NBC) — New.

SERIES PREMIERE: BIG SKY (10p ET, ABC) — This new mystery drama, from David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Big Little Lies), is based on a series of books and follows the sudden disappearance of two sisters in Montana and the people who band together to find them, only to realize that they aren’t the only girls who have gone missing in the area. Ryan Phillippe, Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury, and John Carroll Lynch star.

THE LEGO STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL (Disney+) — This new special picks up after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, with Rey heading out for another adventure with BB-8 in order to seek a deeper knowledge of the Force. The Holiday Special welcomes the return of franchise stars Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), as well as Star Wars: The Clone Wars Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Tom Kane (Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Dee Bradley Baker (clone troopers).

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS (Netflix) — This new docuseries focuses around a different outlandish competition in each episode and examines what makes the competitors tick. The competitions include cheese rolling, chili eating, fantasy hair styling, dog dancing, frog jumping, and yo-yo-ing. Rainn Wilson narrates.


ENTERTAINMENT

NCAA TO MOVE MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TO SINGLE SITE _ After the timing of the coronavirus pandemic upended the NCAA tournament last season, the NCAA is taking steps to make sure it will be played in 2021. The NCAA said Monday it is moving its men’s basketball tournament from the usual multi-city format to a single-site location in an effort to safely conduct the event that crowns the season’s Division I national champion. The location will likely be Indianapolis, where the Final Four was scheduled to take place April 3 and 5. The NCAA staff are in “preliminary talks” with Indiana and the city to host the tournament.

DONNIE WAHLBERG LEAVES SERVER $2,020 TIP, SHE PAYS IT FORWARD _ One of the famed Wahlberg brothers dined at one of his regular restaurants (Marshland Restaurant) in Massachusetts. After paying his $35.27 bill, Donnie Wahlberg left his regular waitress, Denise Andrews, a surprisingly big tip of $2,020.

… But Denise didn’t keep all of that money to herself. She split it with her coworkers and even donated some of it.

RYAN REYNOLDS COMPLETES PURCHASE OF WELSH SOCCER TEAM _ Not content with being one of the most recognizable, popular and highest-paid movie stars in the world, Ryan Reynolds continues to grow his rapidly expanding business empire. The head honcho of the Maximum Effort ad agency, part owner of Mint Mobile and still co-owner of Aviation Gin has now completed his takeover of soccer team Wrexham A.F.C. Reynolds recently partnered up with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator and star Rob McElhenney to put together a pitch to convince shareholders to sell up to the star-studded duo. Wrexham, which is based in Wales, had been owned by fans since 2011, meaning that the decision to sell was entirely up to them — and they voted overwhelmingly in favor of handing control to the duo.

TAYLOR SWIFT’S MUSIC SELLS FOR $300 MILLION _ Earlier this month Taylor Swift fans celebrated the fact that she’s now legally free to re-record her old albums — something she said last year that she intended to do. Well, she might want to get to it. Variety reports music manager Scooter Braun has sold the master rights to Taylor’s first six albums to an investment fund. He first purchased the masters — as well as Taylor’s former record label, Big Machine — 17 months ago for a little more than $300 million. At the time, a furious Taylor said the sale took place without her knowledge and claimed she hadn’t been offered the chance to buy the masters herself outright.

… Taylor also said at the time that she planned to re-record her catalog in order to ensure that the new recordings — and not the old ones owned by Braun — would be the ones that are streamed by fans and used in ads, TV shows and movies.  In this way, Taylor hoped to rob Braun of any income he planned to make from her old songs. Taylor’s decision was partly driven by the fact that she considers Braun an enemy.

… Swift wrote on Monday that she was never even given a chance to buy her masters back: “I would have to sign a document that would silence me forever before I could even have a chance to bid on my own work. My legal team said that this is absolutely NOT normal, and they’ve never seen an NDA like this presented unless it was to silence an assault accuser by paying them off. He would never even quote my team a price. These master recordings were not for sale to me.” She said that she was only made aware of Braun selling her masters after she received a letter from a private equity company, Shamrock Holdings, letting her know they had purchased her music, videos and album art.

SINBAD IS RECOVERING FROM A STROKE, HIS FAMILY CONFIRMS _ Actor and comedian Sinbad is on the mend after suffering from a recent stroke. The actor is known for his role in the early ’90s Cosby Show spin-off series A Different World, where he played guest star-turned-permanent cast member Coach Walter Oakes alongside Lisa Bonet and Marisa Tomei, among others; as well as The Sinbad Show, where he portrayed a bachelor who takes in two orphaned children.

HOME ALONE DIRECTOR IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT DISNEY+ REBOOT _ Chris Columbus, who directed the Christmas classics Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, has some choice words for where Disney can leave the change, you filthy animal. The director is not happy about the Home Alone reboot in the works at Disney+, which is set to star Jojo Rabbit scene-stealer Archie Yates. While on the press circuit for his latest holiday movie, The Christmas Chronicles 2, the topic of Home Alone came up. But in his interview, Columbus had less than sweet things to say about the Disney+ reboot, which he revealed he wasn’t even consulted on.

… Columbus said: “What’s the point? I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone. You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. It’s just not going to happen. So why do it? It’s like doing a paint-by-numbers version of a Disney animated film — a live-action version of that. What’s the point? It’s been done. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original.”

ZENDAYA’S BORING TRAVEL TRADITION _ Despite her young age, Zendaya is pretty well-traveled. Thanks to her career, the Spider-Man star has gotten the opportunity to travel around the world. And Zendaya has a tradition that she keeps when she travels. The daughter of teachers, the actress has a love of learning and uses her travels as educational opportunities. She say, “Anytime I go on either a press tour or travel for work, which is really the main reason why I travel, I try to find as many museums and educational tours as I can. Some people think it’s boring, but I absolutely love it.”

BRIE LARSON’S REPORTEDLY MADE A DEAL WITH NETFLIX _ Brie Larson is one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood having headlined a superhero blockbuster that earned over a billion dollars at the box office and boasting a trophy cabinet that includes an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and an Emmy. Larson even moved into directing recently, leading 2017’s warmly-received comic drama Unicorn Store for Netflix.

… A source says that Larson has signed a deal with Netflix for several new movies.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX REPORTEDLY ASKING FOR A LOT OF MONEY FOR JOKER 2 _ While there have been constant rumors about a sequel to the blockbuster Joaquin Phoenix film Joker, nothing has been announced. However, a source claims Phoenix is willing to come back for at least $50 million for a part two and part three.

… Joker was released in early October of last year and made just over $1 billion globally.

ALEC BALDWIN AND KELSEY GRAMMER TEAM FOR AN ABC SITCOM _ ABC has given a straight-to-series order for a sitcom starring Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer. The show will revolve around three guys who were “roommates in their 20s until their warring egos drove them apart who reunite decades later for one more run at the lives they’ve always wanted.” Baldwin and Grammer will play two of the three guys, while the third role has yet to be cast.


BITS & BREAKS

WHO HAS A CAT?

A simple but crazy effective post for Facebook:

FB icon  Who loves cats? Comment with the name of your cat!

🗣 The conversation: Are you a cat person? Your co-host? Why or why not? Share some of the fun cat names shared on Facebook.

BLACK FRIDAY

With mask mandates and a rise in COVID cases, here’s one to post on Facebook. Yep, you might get some nasty comments.

FB icon  Honest answer: Are you going out to malls, stores, etc. on Black Friday?

ONE FOR FACEBOOK: WHOSE FOREHEAD IS THIS?

Answer: Mark Zuckerberg

WHAT DO YOU DREAD MOST ABOUT THANKSGIVING DINNER?

5. Feeling pressured to eat a food you don’t like.

4. Snide comments about weight/health issues.

3. Relatives asking personal life questions.

2. Relatives that insult your life choices.

1. Relatives fighting with each other.

🎧  Check out the related Real Caller phone starter on the PRO AUDIO page.

CORRUPT A WISH

On Reddit someone started a game called Corrupt a Wish. Someone would post a wish, then someone would corrupt it. Example: User 1: “I wish I could fly!” User 2: “Granted, but you can only fly one foot off the ground.”

Some of the wishes that were posted, and how they were corrupted:

• I wish I could duplicate myself. Granted, but you age twice as fast every time you duplicate yourself.

• I wish I was able to have perfect marksmanship. Granted, but only with a Nerf gun.

• I wish I had telekinetic powers. Granted, but you can only use them on toast and toast related objects.

• I wish I could time travel. Granted, but you can only travel to the day you die.

• I wish I could teleport. Granted, but your clothes don’t teleport with you.

• I wish I could become a doctor and open my own practice. Granted, but your first patient sues you for malpractice and you lose your license.

• I wish I could understand animals. Granted, but you can’t understand humans.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Among presidents, Jimmy Carter holds the record for this. (Living the longest. He’s 96.)

TRIVIA: 43 percent of us do this 2 to 4 times a week; 28 percent almost daily; 15 percent about once a week. (Microwave leftovers)

PHOBIA GAME

• Is novercaphobia the fear of step-mothers or the fear of overseas travel? (Step-mothers)

• Is oenophobia the fear of wines or the fear of noses? (Wines)

• Is hedonophobia the fear of pleasure or the fear of heads? (Feeling pleasure)

• Is philemaphobia the fear of kissing or the fear of orchestras? (Kissing)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Woman Jailed After Allegedly Biting ______!”

A) Walmart employee
B) Dog*
C) Lamp post

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.

AMAZING HEADLINES!

Which of the following was not a real news headline?

PEOPLE WHO EAT CHILI PEPPERS MAY LIVE LONGER — Not traditionally a fan of spicy foods? You may want to reconsider. Along with adding intense flavor to a dish, red chili peppers, research suggests, may also add a few years to your life. According to research, red chili peppers have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and blood sugar-regulating properties. Some studies have even shown the food may be beneficial in protecting against certain types of cancer. All of these health benefits have been linked to capsaicin, an active component in the pepper that gives it its distinctive spicy flavor.

NASA EXPECT TO LAUNCH FIRST BATTERY-POWERED SPACECRAFT IN 2022 — NOT

McDONALD’S TO BEGIN SELLING ‘McPLANT’ PATTY NEXT YEAR — McDonald’s will introduce plant-based burgers as part of a new line of faux meat products starting in test markets next year. The company says the “McPlant” products would eventually include chicken and breakfast sausage.

GROCERY STORE WILL INSURE YOUR THANKSGIVING MEAL _ The most complicated part of the Thanksgiving meal is undoubtedly the tricky turkey. This year, Whole Foods is offering insurance just in case the cooking goes wrong. Together with Progressive, Whole Foods is offering “insurance” in the form of a free $35 gift card to customers who “commit a turkey cooking fail.” The idea was prompted by coronavirus restrictions forcing households to host smaller gatherings and, in some cases, having inexperienced cooks prepare the stressful, multi-course meal. Theo Weening, Whole Foods’ vice president of meat and poultry, said: “As we anticipate more smaller Thanksgiving gatherings and first-time cooks tackling turkey preparation this year, the Thanksgiving Turkey Protection Plan allows customers the freedom of culinary exploration, knowing all is not lost should their cooking go astray.”



DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 18, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Linda Evans (Dynasty) is 78

• Jameson Parker (Simon and Simon) is 73

• Delroy Lindo (The Good Fight) is 68

• Comedian Kevin Nealon is 67

• Oscar Nunez (The Office) is 62

• Elizabeth Perkins is 60

• Owen Wilson is 52

• Mike Epps (Next Friday) is 50

• Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) is 50

• Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) is 46

• Nate Parker (Birth of a Nation) is 41

• Designer Christian Soriano (Project Runway) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1307: According to legend, using a bow and arrow, William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head.

• 1928: Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, premiered at the Colony Theatre in New York.

• 1963: The first phone with push buttons went into service in Pennsylvania.

• 1991: Suzanne Ferrer of Loire Valley in France became a great-grandmother at age 49. She had her first child at age 16; the daughter gave birth at 17; the granddaughter at 15.

• 1995: Prison officials in Douaihad, France, admitted they had to change the locks on 300 cell doors because someone lost the master key.

• 1999: A log pile being constructed for an annual bonfire at Texas A&M University collapsed killing a dozen people.

• 2003: A 57-year-old Florida woman recovered from a stroke to find she had a British accent. Experts diagnosed Judi Roberts as suffering from “foreign accent syndrome,” one of less than 20 cases reported worldwide in 80 years.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Guinness World Record Day

• Mickey Mouse Day

• Apple Cider Day

• Princess Day

• Adoption Day