• Woody Allen is 85
• Bette Midler is 75
• Treat Williams is 69
• Charlene Tilton (Dallas) is 62
• Sarah Silverman is 50
• David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 45
• Singer-actress Janelle Monáe (Antebellum) is 35
• Zoe Kravitz (Insurgent, Divergent) is 32
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1885: Although the exact date is unknown, the U.S. Patent Office acknowledged December 1, 1885 as the first day Dr. Pepper was served.
• 1913: Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line.
• 1913: The nation’s first drive-in gas station opened at the intersection of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street in Pittsburgh. Before this innovation, gasoline was dispensed from sometimes awkwardly located pumps at such places as grocery and hardware stores, and even some pharmacies.
• 1990: British and French workers met under the English channel, dug a hole large enough to walk through, and shook hands, linking their nations with the Channel Tunnel.
• 1992: In New York Amy Fisher was sentenced to 5-to-15 years in prison for shooting and wounding Mary Ann Buttafuoco. Within a year there were three TV movies about the case.
• 2004: Tom Brokaw anchored his last broadcast of NBC Nightly News.
• 2001: A Florida man wanted by police for drug possession was arrested when his 15-month-old son accidentally dialed 911. Jacksonville police responded to the call, heard the child crying, and kicked in the door. The toddler’s father later said he saw police at the door but was afraid to answer.
• 2003: A pair of National Guard soldiers were married among the plastic smiling snowmen, lighted reindeer and holiday poinsettias of the Iowa Walmart store where they worked, met and fell in love. Brett Hamilton and Erin Sapp were married just days after the bride-to-be received orders signaling a likely deployment to the Middle East.
2014: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson, premiered in London.
• December is Lifestyle Wellness Month, MADD’s Tie One On for Safety Holiday Ribbon Campaign, National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, National Sign Up for Summer Camp Month, Safe Toys and Gifts Month, Universal Human Rights Month, Hi Neighbor Month, National Stress Free Family Holiday Month, Read A New Book Month, Write to a Friend Month.
• Giving Tuesday
• Rosa Parks Day
• World Aids Day
• Fried Pie Day
• Eat a Red Apple Day
• Basketball Day
1,300: Languages spoken in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. There are around 7,000 different languages globally.
Yesterday was Cyber Monday. [It’s the day that Americans all across the land submit the same question to online customer service: Does this come in a bigger size?]
The Association for Pet Obesity says there’s an epidemic of overweight pets in America. [Not enough time running around in the backyard and too much time spent on the couch watching Animal Planet.]
Medical researchers in Italy found that medicine works better if the doctor says positive things about it before handing over the prescription. [Researchers also found that the number one positive thing a doctor can say about a medication is: “It’s covered by your insurance.”]
It’s time to go holiday shopping. [You know you spent too on Christmas last year when you pull up to Walmart this year and the manager offers to park your car.]
Winter’s almost here. [I’ve switched to my winter socks. They’re the same as his summer ones only with fewer holes.]
Our Christmas tree is up. [I sprayed some of that fake snow on my Christmas tree and my wife thinks I put too much on. Anybody know where I can get a fake snow plow?]
Books for kids are expected to be big sellers for Christmas. [My favorite growing up was Bob The Germ’s Wondrous Journey Into And Back Out Of Your Digestive System.]
Books for kids are expected to be big sellers for Christmas. [My favorite growing up was Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will.]
ANOTHER MYSTERIOUS MONOLITH POPS UP IN ROMANIA _ Last week, a shiny 12-foot monolith was discovered in Utah. Then, over the weekend, it vanished. Now a similar monolith has appeared on a hillside in Romania. This monolith looks almost exactly like the one in Utah, except it has scribbles scratched across its surface.
… UTAH MONOLITH WAS REMOVED BY ANNOYED ‘LOCALS’ _ The mysterious monolith in Utah vanished over the weekend and photographer Ross Bernards knows why. He wrote on his Instagram that he witnessed the monolith being removed by a group of men he surmised were locals. The monolith, discovered in the desert only last week, vanished days later. How it got there will remain a mystery, for now, but its disappearance seems to be a closed case. • LINK
… Bernards says as some friends and he wrapped up photographing the monolith, “4 guys rounded the corner and 2 of them walked forward. They gave a couple of pushes on the monolith and one of them said ‘You better have got your pictures.’ He then gave it a big push, and it went over, leaning to one side. He yelled back to his other friends that they didn’t need the tools. The other guy with him at the monolith then said ‘this is why you don’t leave trash in the desert.’ Then all four of them came up and pushed it almost to the ground on one side, before they decided push it back the other when it then popped out and landed on the ground with a loud bang. They quickly broke it apart and as they were carrying to the wheelbarrow that they had brought one of them looked back at us all and said ‘Leave no trace.'”
OPERATION CHRISTMAS A GO WITH SOCIALLY DISTANCED TEAMS _ Operation Christmas Drop, a U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored multinational training and humanitarian assistance operation, takes off Saturday for its 69th annual mission. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian airlift training operation. It began during the Christmas season in 1952, when a B-29 Superfortress air crew saw islanders waving at them from the island of Kapingamarangi. In the spirit of Christmas, the crew dropped a bundle of supplies attached to a parachute to the islanders below, giving the operation its name. Today, airdrop operations include more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific.
… The charity effort allows Air Force members from Andersen Air Force Base Guam, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Yokota Air Base, Japan, to work with allies in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to execute low-cost, low-altitude training.
NEGATIVE SCENTED CANDLE REVIEWS COULD BE TIED TO RISE IN COVID CASES _ After seeing a tweet about the recent rise of frustrated reviews on the Yankee Candle website, a researcher by the name of Kate Petrova did some quick data plotting during her free time. Petrova decided to do some poking around the reviews of candles. She found found the number of Amazon candle reviews that mentioned “lack of smell” grew from less than 2% in January to nearly 6% in November.
… Petrova stresses these findings are “just a fun exercise” and it would take a much more in-depth study in order to conclude if there is a correlation between the two factors. While loss of smell is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19, some patients who have recovered from the virus have reported that their sense of smell was distorted once they recovered from the virus, which could also contribute to the influx of unsatisfactory reviews.
… Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported that 10-20% of those who lose their smell while battling the virus may find french fries “smell like putrid, rotting meat,” and the smell of coffee might remind someone of “burning tires.”
WOMAN DISCOVERS LOTTERY ‘SCAM’ IS A REAL $150,000 JACKPOT _ An Australian woman who won a lottery jackpot of nearly $150,000 said she was unaware of her win for 10 days because she thought the emails from lottery officials were “scams.” It wasn’t until she received a letter in the mail that she decided to check her online lottery account. The woman discovered she had won a jackpot of $146,879. She says most will go toward her and her husband’s retirement.
FEDEX DRIVER UPGRADES BOY’S BASKETBALL HOOP _ FedEx driver Aubrey Robinson was halfway through her deliveries in Indiana early last month (November) when she came across a familiar sight: an 11-year-old boy shooting baskets at the mobile home park she regularly passes on her route. Robinson had seen the boy in his driveway on multiple occasions, practicing his jump shot. The basketball hoop he used was rusted and bent, but that didn’t stop him. It looked like basketball was his happy place.
… Robinson is working long days during the beginning of the holiday delivery rush. But on her day off, November 7, she made a decision: She was going to buy the boy a proper basketball hoop and a new ball. The boy’s rusty old hoop reminded her of her days playing with a bent rim. She picked out the best Spalding hoop and basketball she could find at the Target store near her home, then spent six hours putting it together and borrowed a friend’s truck to deliver it to the boy’s home, about 25 miles from Cincinnati on the Indiana and Ohio border. Robinson set the new hoop next to the old one, then wrote a note on a FedEx slip and stuck it on the porch: “Just wanted you and your son to have the best hoop that’ll grow with him, and all his friends!”
… That night, when Coledo Wheeler, the boy’s mother, pulled in with her boyfriend, Dan Rooster, after a long day delivering takeout for Grub Hub, she read the note and burst into tears. She had no idea who Aubrey was, but Wheeler says the gesture “made me believe in people again.”
EXERCISE YOUR YOUNG’UNS AND THEY’LL THANK YOU LATER _ A study suggests young adults who exercise may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and higher survival odds decades later. Fitness has long been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease in older adults. The new study offers fresh evidence that workout routines started years before cardiovascular problems are generally encountered may help keep them from developing in the first place.
HOW LITTLE CAN YOU RUN TO REAP ALL THE BENEFITS? _ If people who run all the time make you LOL, there’s a reason to make fun of their certifiably crazy habits: In a review of 15 years’ worth of studies on the health benefits of running, researchers found that you don’t have to run all that much to max out on running’s health benefits. Lacing up just once or twice a week for just 50 cumulative minutes — no more than 6 miles per week — provides plenty of protection against cardiovascular disease, chronic disease, and early death by any cause.
… RUNNERS STILL NEED TO WATCH WHAT THEY EAT _ Running will certainly benefit your health but you need to look at what you’re eating too. Dieticians say it’s a myth that running will automatically result in weight loss. So remember the 80-20 rule: weight loss is 80 percent diet or nutrition and 20 percent exercise.
LOTS OF ADULTS STILL DON’T WASH THEIR HANDS _ Despite the ongoing pandemic, a new study finds a quarter of adults don’t wash their hands after coughing and 16 percent will even sneeze while covering their mouths without sanitizing afterwards. Incredibly, a third of adults admitted the increase in COVID-19 cases had no bearing on how important they thought it was to wash more regularly. In fact, while the average person spent 19 seconds soaping their hands in July following the first wave, this has now dropped to just 16 seconds.
.. The study found that the more diligent adults are washing and sanitizing their hands eight times a day — the same as at the beginning of the pandemic.
DASHCAM CAPTURES HEAD-ON CRASH BETWEEN SNOWPLOW AND TRUCK _ A Canadian man was lucky to walk away after a snowplow crashed into his vehicle on Friday morning. Dave Landine was driving along a highway (east of Prince George, British Columbia) when he was hit by a snowplow he said “clipped the bank and shot right into me.” The crash, caught on Landine’s dashcam, flipped his truck into a ditch off the side of the road. Landine says he walked away “basically fine. Sore all over but nothing broken other than some teeth.” • VIDEO
… The snowplow was clearing the highway when the crash occurred. Evidence at this time suggest that the blade may have caught some ice on the road, causing the snowplow to go into the east bound lane, colliding with the pickup.
WHY DO CATS MEOW? _ Every day your cat walks into your office, looks at you indignantly and utters a despondent “meooow.” You may not speak cat, but her meaning is clear: “You haven’t fed me yet, you monster!” House cats are unique in the way they use their voices to communicate with their human companions — they rarely meow at one another. So what makes our feline friends so chatty with us? The answer has to do with domestication.
… According to the website Live Science, before cats took up residence with humans almost 10,000 years ago, they were loners. Because these ancestral cats rarely encountered other members of their own species, they didn’t need to use their voices to communicate. Instead, these wild cats communicated through their sense of smell, or by rubbing against or urinating on objects like trees.That’s still largely the way cats communicate with one another.
… But humans don’t have nearly as fine-turned a sense of smell as felines. So, cats communicate with their humans in the way that is most likely to get them what they want: by meowing. Many cats even develop a repertoire of meows to express different needs and feelings or elicit different responses.
… ALEXA DEVELOPER’S APP TO TRANSLATE CAT’S MEOW _ An app that aims to translate your cat’s meow has been developed by a former Amazon Alexa engineer. MeowTalk records the sound and then attempts to identify the meaning. The cat’s owner also helps to label the translation, creating a database for the AI software to learn from. Currently, there are only 13 phrases in the app’s vocabulary including “feed me!”, “I’m angry”, and “leave me alone”. Research suggests that, unlike their human servants, cats do not share a language. Each cat’s meow is unique and tailored to its owner, with some more vocal than others. So, instead of a generic database for cat sounds, the app’s translation differs with each individual profile.
… The app is available free on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Have you figured out what your cat is saying?
WOMEN WEAR PAINFUL SHOES _ The average woman can stand her new pair of shoes for just 34 minutes before grimacing with pain on a night out. Researchers discovered once women have stepped out of the car or taxi, they survive just over 30 minutes before their feet hurt.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MOST AMERICANS AVERAGE ABOUT FIVE GOOD DEEDS A MONTH _ A new survey finds the average American carries out five good deeds a month. 66 percent have helped someone with directions. 65 percent held a door open for a stranger. 53 percent have paid for a stranger’s meal. 53 percent have picked up litter or garbage.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN ORCHESTRATES FAKE KIDNAPPING FOR iPHONE _ In China the parents of a 16-year-old reported what they thought was her kidnapping after she had gone missing. The shaken parents said the alleged kidnapper had sent a text to the girl’s cousin demanding $7,820 and an iPhone as ransom. But police became suspicious when the cousin received another text message pushing for the iPhone but reducing the cash demand to $75. Officers arranged a meeting place with the alleged kidnappers but were instead met by the 16-year-old, who admitted she that she orchestrated the hoax because her parents would not buy her an iPhone.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HAD MARGE SIMPSON AS PASSENGER _ In the UK a driver was pulled over and fined for having Marge Simpson along for the ride. The woman was stopped by an officer and told to remove a plastic Marge Simpsons doll from her dashboard. The woman was told the doll’s glowing blue hair could have made other drivers mistake her car for an emergency vehicle.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SPEED CAMERAS GET ABUSED _ In Switzerland a driver hated that a camera had caught him speeding again. So he went after it with a pick ax, smashing it free from its mountings. Of course, the camera caught the whole thing and the guy was arrested.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED BANK ROBBERS _ Authorities in El Salvador uncovered an attempted bank heist when police found two naked would-be robbers in a tunnel. The men had stripped bare while working their way to the vault in the stiflingly hot tunnel.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SELLS PS5 AFTER WIFE FINDS OUT IT WASN’T AN AIR PURIFIER _ As the year comes to an end, the hype for the release of the new PS5 was at an all time high. Unfortunately for many, scalpers and hoarders quickly bought stocks to sell at a higher price. Meanwhile, for some who already had their hands on the new console, another storm was brewing: their wives. A man from Taiwan tried to trick his wife into thinking that the PS5 was an air purifier for their home. His little ruse worked at first. However, there was an incident where a rat died inside their home. Sadly, the PS5 has no air purifying features and did nothing to mask the smell of the rat. According to a news report out of Taiwan the man got an earful from his wife and he had to sell it.
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The results show.
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (8p ET, CBS) — The classic animotion cartoon.
THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — New. JoJo Fletcher arrives to help Tayshia navigate unsettling emotions.
COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (8p ET, FOX) — New.
SWAMP THING (8p ET, CW) — New.
DOLLY PARTON: I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU (MY MUSIC) (8:30p ET, PBS) — This special, narrated by Pam Tillis, looks at the first two decades of Dolly Parton’s career to become one of the world’s most popular and celebrated artists on stage, television and film..
LET’S MAKE A DEAL: PRIMETIME (9p ET, CBS) — New. This special celebrates the holidays with Christmas decorations and festive-themed games and deals.
NEXT (9p ET, FOX) — New.
TELL ME A STORY (9p ET, CW) — New.
SERIES PREMIERE: ATLAS OF CURSED PLACES (9p ET, National Geographic) — This new series examines supposedly cursed locations around the globe, beginning with the Bermuda Triangle.
TRANSPLANT (10p ET, NBC) — New.
BIG SKY (10p ET, ABC) — New. Cassie grows more suspicious of Legarski after a threatening conversation.
ANGELA’S CHRISTMAS WISH (Netflix) — A girl in Ireland tries to bring her family together in this animated tale, based on characters created by Frank McCourt.
THE HOLIDAY MOVIES THAT MADE US (Netflix) — This spinoff of The Movies That Made Us will look at holiday classics The Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf. The show takes you through the development process of each movie and features many clips and discussions about the impact of the movies.
FELICITY HUFFMAN TO MAKE ACTING COMEBACK IN TV BASEBALL COMEDY _ Felicity Huffman, the Desperate Housewives star who was convicted last year in the college admissions scandal, just got a new lease on her acting life. Huffman has signed a deal for a comedy pilot for ABC. In the half-hour TV show (as yet untitled) Huffman will play the unlikely owner of a minor-league baseball team that she inherited after her husband’s death. Peanut Butter Falcon actor Zack Gottsagen will costar as Huffman’s eldest son, a baseball fanatic who has Down syndrome.
… The story is based on the life of Susan Savage, owner of the Triple A World Champion Sacramento River Cats.
… Huffman, who is married to actor William H. Macy, was sentenced to 14 days in prison plus a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service after she was convicted of paying William “Rick” Singer $15,000 to rig her daughter’s college entrance exam scores. She wound up serving 11 days in October 2019 at a minimum security federal prison.
KELLY CLARKSON’S EX WANTS OVER $400K IN MONTHLY SPOUSAL SUPPORT _ Kelly Clarkson‘s divorce from Brandon Blackstock keeps bringing the drama: Shortly after reports that Clarkson was able to secure primary physical custody of their two children, a new report claims the amount of money Blackstock is demanding is $436,000 a month, which allegedly covers both child and spousal support.
… Clarkson filed for divorce from Blackstock in June after seven years of marriage.
STAR WARS DAVID PROWSE REPORTEDLY DIED FROM COVID-19 _ The death of David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has led to a number of tributes to the English actor and his contribution to the franchise. Prowse passed away Sunday at the age of 85 after a short illness, and it’s now been revealed via family that COVID-19 was one of the complicating factors.
… Speaking to the press, Prowse’s daughter Rachel explained that he’d been hospitalized for the past two weeks, meaning they were unable to see him and say their goodbyes. The former bodybuilder was also suffering from Alzheimer’s, making it even more tragic that COVID-19 restrictions prevented family visits, and there will now need to be a delay before arranging a large memorial service.
BILLY MADISON SEQUEL REPORTEDLY IN EARLY DEVELOPMENT _ Before he took his talents almost exclusively to Netflix, Adam Sandler was one of the few stars in the business who could open a movie at the box office based on the strength of his name and personal brand alone. The actor’s filmography has brought in over $5.5 billion globally, which is even more impressive when you consider that he doesn’t really tend to make many sequels. However, a source says that a sequel to Billy Madison is in early development, which would see Sandler reprise his first ever big screen leading role.
… The movie ended with the title character graduating the twelfth grade and giving up his multi-billion dollar inheritance to go to college and become a teacher, which is presumably where any intended sequel would pick up 25 years later.
STEVE CARELL IS A STRESS-EATING SANTA IN XFINITY’S HOLIDAY AD _ Throwing out the old plans and making new ones has been a major theme of 2020. And now it’s happening at the North Pole too, in Xfinity’s holiday ad, where Santa Claus — played by Steve Carell — and his merry band of elves try to reimagine Christmas in the time of covid. In the long-form ad, Santa is getting pretty stressed out about how to deal with gift-giving this year. It’s not totally clear why he and the elves need a wholesale rethink of their process — perhaps social distancing has made toy making more difficult. In any case, Santa declares that “the usual gifts are just not going to cut it,” and that’s that. After he briefs his minions over video chat, they get to work on ideas. And indeed, they decide to deliver something a little different this year. • VIDEO
… “The Greatest Gift” follows Xfinity’s big holiday ad from last year, which featured an E.T. reunion.
NETFLIX CELEBRATES LEFTOVERS WITH BEST LEFTOVERS EVER _ If you’ve got extra food left over from your holiday feasts, Netflix’s new cooking competition show Best Leftovers Ever! is where you’ll want to go for ideas like turning a tamale into gnocchi. Three cooks compete for two rounds to make completely new dishes out of unfinished old meals in hopes of winning $10,000. Best Leftovers Ever! premieres December 30 on Netflix. • VIDEO
CARDI B APOLOGIZES FOR HOSTING THANKSGIVING WITH 37 FAMILY MEMBERS _ It’s no secret that Thanksgiving this year was different because of coronavirus. Whether you enjoyed the family festivities virtually, had a small gathering with the people you already live with, or cooked a small feast for one, the general consensus from the CDC was to keep things tight this year and limit interaction with people who aren’t from your immediate household. Looks like Cardi B missed the memo, because she hosted nearly 40 people at her place in a blatant disregard for health guidelines.
… On Twitter, Cardi wrote that she had “12 kids and 25 adults over the holidays. It was lit!!” Naturally, this upset a lot of her followers who didn’t have the luxury of spending time with their loved ones this year. Under her post, one user wrote, “Bragging about your large gathering during a pandemic to your millions of impressionable fans who do not have the money that you have to get rapid tests is irresponsible.” Shortly after, others started following suit.
… Following the backlash, Cardi then tweeted out an apology to those who were upset by her actions. “Sorry, my bad, wasn’t trying to make nobody feel bad. I just had my family in my home for the first time and it felt so good and uplifted me. I spent so much money getting everyone tested but it felt worth it. I wasn’t trying to offend no1.”
BUY THE PERFECT GIFT, EVERY TIME
Streamline your holiday shopping by asking yourself these four questions first.
• “What did we talk about last?” People are always dropping ideas. His train commute sucks? Buy him an App Store gift card so he can download a game app. She just signed up for yoga class? Buy her a mat for home.
• “Can I tie in a personal experience?” You know what’s better than a gift card? One to a restaurant you’ve been to together. Use nostalgia to your advantage. The thoughtfulness behind it will make a small gift seem bigger.
• “What does he or she do regularly?” Can’t think of anything? Then you’re not trying hard enough. Think about it: Your wife brews coffee every morning. Your brother hikes every week. Your buddy has two dogs. Your list writes itself.
• “What’s the purpose of the gift?” If you can’t answer this question, keep shopping. Ultimately gifts should be a reflection of how well you know the needs of the person you’re buying them for.
If your stomach is starting to churn
And your vision is getting murky
Maybe it’s time to open the fridge
And toss out that leftover turkey.
THE GIFTS WOMEN DON’T WANT
In the hopes that the men get it right this year, here’s a little cheat sheet for what gifts NOT to give girlfriends or wives:
• Any gift that makes reference to losing weight. Includes an annual membership to the local gym and even a new scale for the bathroom.
• An item, such as a lawnmower, that you say is for her but is really for your benefit.
• Something extremely useful and needed, like new tires on her car, do not count as a gift for her.
• Kitchen appliances, even the small electric ones like a blender or food processor.
• Cash. Sure money is nice to have but just handing your sweetie a folded up $20 bill is not thoughtful.
• Underwear, even if it’s fancy, is not a good idea. Lingerie is good if it’s classy not trashy.
• A pre-made gift basket from anywhere including one of those bath stores. She doesn’t want liquid soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioner all smelling like some vanilla hazelnut blend.
• The same thing you got her last year, even if she loved it. Think outside of the box and dare to be different.
COMMON THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW HAD EXTREMELY RANDOM NAMES
• Nurdle: a tiny dab of toothpaste.
• Zarf: the cardboard sleeve on a coffee cup.
• Tittle: the dot over an “i” or a “j.”
• Philtrum: the groove located just below the nose and above the middle of the lips.
• Paresthesia: that “pins and needles” feeling.
• Wamble: stomach rumbling.
• Glabella: the space between your eyebrows.
• Natiform: something that looks like a butt.
• Lunula: the white, crescent-shaped part of the nail.
• Purlicue: the space between the thumb and forefingers.
• Ferrule: the metal part at the end of a pencil.
TRIVIA: The average person (North America) will eat 11.9 pounds of what this year? (Breakfast cereal)
TRIVIA: Besides shoes and normal clothing, what will you find in over 50 percent of the closets in America? (A pro or college sports team jersey)
I’ll describe four unrelated things or places or people. The first begins with the letter ‘F’; the second begins with the letter ‘O’; and so on.
• The U.S. president who’s first name was Gerald. (Ford)
• A large bird with a long neck. (Ostrich)
• An Irish rock band. (U2)
• The late comedian-actor Williams’ first name. (Robin)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Teen Caught Driving 107 Mph to Buy ______ for His Geckos!”
D) Christmas presents
Tennessee Highway Patrol officials ticketed a driver accused of traveling over 100 mph. According to the THP, 18-year-old Jacob Fannon was pulled over after a trooper clocked Fannon for driving 107 in a 65 zone. Fannon stated he was “on his way for crickets to feed his geckos.”
• Dan Butler (Bulldog on Frasier) is 66
• News anchor Stone Phillips is 66
• Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) is 57
• Lucy Liu is 52
• Rena Sofer (24, Just Shoot Me) is 52
• Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is 50
• Britney Spears is 39
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1901: Gillette patented the first disposable razor.
• 1927: The first Ford Model A was unveiled in New York City’s Waldorf Hotel and in 35 other cities around the U.S., Canada and Europe. It replaced the Model T and sold for between $395 and $495.
• 1952: In what could be called one of the earliest reality shows, Denver’s KOA-TV transmitted the first human birth to be seen on TV to 49 stations on the NBC network. It was a part of the program The March of Medicine.
• 1978: At a double wedding in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a confused father gave his two veiled daughters in marriage to the wrong grooms. Days later, when dad discovered the mistake, both girls said it was okay; they were quite happy with the wrong husbands.
• 1994: “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss was convicted in Los Angeles of three counts of pandering.
• 2001: A New Zealand motorist told police he was driving with his lights off at night because he was looking for a black hole in space. The 35-year-old amateur astronomer lost his driver’s license for 15 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.
• 2004: An intense fire consumed half of the roof of the Associated Milk Producers Inc. butter packaging plant in New Ulm, Minnesota, sending melted butter flowing out of the facility. The plant was holding an estimated 3 million pounds of butter at the time of the fire.
• International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day
• Special Education Day
• Fritters Day