INTERPREP PRO ★ DECEMBER 2, 2020

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 2, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day

• Special Education Day

• Fritters Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

19,902: People who have played Major League Baseball.


NEWS ATTACK!

A CDC panel voted 13-1 to give health workers and long-term care facility residents the first vaccine doses. [Please tell me the Kardashians are last.]

According to a study, 71 percent of pregnant women get some form of anesthesia during childbirth. [And 94 percent would like to receive some for of medication until their child is out of the house.]

It’s the holiday season. [I’ll never complain about siding salesmen coming to my door again. Last night the doorbell rang and it was a group of mimes acting out Christmas carols.]

23 shopping days till Christmas. [Things got a little scary as I was shopping online yesterday. I ended up having to take my credit card to intensive care.]

After a swingers convention was held in New Orleans, 41 participants tested positive for coronavirus. [Another reason to avoid playground equipment until we get a vaccine.]

Over a third of Americans now say they weigh 200 pounds or more. [I dunno  once you hit the 190s why not just round up?]

We finished up the Thanksgiving leftovers last night. [I’ve gained so much weight I couldn’t fit into my pants this morning, so I had my (wife/husband) spray paint some pants on me.]

A study finds that boys actually spread more vicious gossip than do girls. [I wonder who started that nasty rumor.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S WORD OF THE YEAR 2020 _ Merriam-Webster is out with its Word of the Year for 2020 and I bet you can guess what it is. Yep, it’s “pandemic.” The word of the year is often determined by how many people look up the word in the online dictionary compared to previous years, which reveals what is significant about the year. They noticed the first big spike for “pandemic” on February 3, although lookups had increased earlier in 2020.

… On March 11, the World Health Organization officially declared “that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,” and this is the day that pandemic saw the single largest spike in dictionary traffic in 2020, showing an increase of 115,806% over lookups on that day in 2019. What is most striking about this word is that it has remained high in our lookups ever since, staying near the top of our word list for the past ten months—even as searches for other related terms, such as coronavirus and COVID-19, have waned.

… The dictionary site also revealed the eleven next most-looked-up words of 2020.

COUPLE BUILDS VIKING HUT OF THEIR DREAMS DURING PANDEMIC DOWNTIME _ Most pandemic pastimes are designed to help you live in the moment, but for one Canadian couple (St. François Xavier) it’s all about spending time in the past. In the backyard of their home Wendy Speary and Pedro Bedard now spend their days and some nights tending a fire outside their brand new Viking hut. Bedard chops wood with his handmade axe, while a pot he forged from steel plates hangs above the flames. Speary and Bedard are regulars at an annual Icelandic Festival, where they reenact life in the Viking age. With more time at home the couple decided to build a real, working Viking hut. The couple spent much of their spare time from May to September building the hut. • IMAGE

… Their plans were based off a study they found on Viking building techniques, but they had to adapt. Manitoba, Canada, doesn’t have the thick reed straw ideal for thatched roofs, so they settled for prairie grass instead — about 175,000 individual strands they estimate — painstakingly organized into bundles of 100 before layering them on top of each other to make the roof. Power tools were also taboo. Instead, they tried their best to use tools and techniques available in Scandinavia from 793 — 1066 CE.

… Spear says, “So far it’s gone through lots of rain. It’s gone through snow and it’s still solid. So hopefully it will survive the winter. We don’t know, we’ve never done this before.”

STARBUCKS IS GIVING AWAY COFFEE TO FRONTLINE WORKERS _ Starbucks is giving a free tall coffee (hot or iced) to doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers for the entire month of December. This offer is also extended to “public health workers, pharmacists, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, dentists and dental hygienists, mental health workers, hospital staff such as janitor/housekeeping/security, and active-duty military.”

BEST AND WORST US CITIES FOR DATING _ Some cities are better than others when it comes to dating, and Madison, Wisconsin, is apparently better than everywhere else. So says WalletHub in a new ranking of 182 US cities designed for those who are single and looking for a partner. It used a number of factors, including the number of single people, things to do, and the cost of actually going out on a date. Ranking dead last in the survey is Glendale, California.

… Best cities for singles:

  1. Madison
  2. Atlanta
  3. Denver
  4. Salt Lake City
  5. Columbia, South Carolina
  6. Fargo
  7. Missoula, Montana
  8. Portland, Maine
  9. Boise, Idaho
  10. Tempe, Arizona

… Worst cities for singles:

  1. Laredo, Texas
  2. Warwick, Rhode Island
  3. Pembroke Pines, Florida
  4. Brownsville, Texas
  5. Glendale, California

AVERAGE ADULT WILL SPEND $87,000 OVER THEIR LIFETIME ON GADGETS _ A new survey finds the average adult will spend just over $87,000 over their lifetime on gadgets, which includes almost $6,400 on phonesa and almost $5,000 on TVs. The study classified kitchen appliances as gadgets and revealed we’ll spend almost $16,000 on those over our lifetime.

PIZZA TOPPED WITH OVER 250 CHEESES BREAKS WORLD RECORD _ A French chef (Benoît Bruel) has set a Guinness world record for baking a pizza with 254 distinct cheeses. The French chef said he decided to go for the record when he heard that an Australian held the title for a pizza topped with 154 cheeses. To qualify, the pizza has to be 12 inches.

… The cost of the record-setting pizza was around $1,000.

REAL CHRISTMAS TREES ARE SELLING FAST _ If you’re planning to get a real Christmas tree you better do it soon. The real Christmas tree industry, which has been battling increased interest in artificial trees, is glad to see that more Americans appear to be flocking to fresh-cut evergreens this season, seeking a bright spot amid the pandemic. Real tree sellers say they are seeing more people and earlier than ever.

… Between 75 percent and 80 percent of Americans who have a Christmas tree now have an artificial one, and the $1 billion market for fake trees has been growing by about 4 percent a year.

… Over one million acres of land have been planted in Christmas trees. The industry employs over 100,000 people. Many Christmas tree growers grow trees on a part-time basis to supplement farm and non-farm income.

… In North America, there are over 15,000 Christmas tree farms.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: AVERAGE AMERICAN RECEIVES 18 SPAM CALLS A MONTH _ According to a study (from Truecaller) the average American received 18.2 unwanted spam calls a month. The damages from those phone scams in America tops $10.5 billion annually.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF STEALS CAR WITH NO BREAKS _ In Russia an unidentified man stole a nice looking car from a repair garage and was really enjoying its acceleration when he noticed something. It had no brakes. He sailed through a couple of traffic lights before crashing into another car. Police helped him from the wreckage before hauling him off to jail.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FISHERMAN FINDS WHALE VOMIT ON BEACH _ There are a handful of ways to become instantly rich. You could get a big inheritance. Win the lottery. Play the right machine at the right time in Las Vegas. Or, like the guy I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, have a meteorite land in your yard and sell it for over a million bucks to researchers.

… Or you could find whale vomit on a beach. A fisherman in Thailand has become an overnight millionaire after discovering a blob of whale vomit washed up on a beach. The rare substance, ambergris, is produced in the guts of sperm whales. While a synthetic version has been devised, the real thing is still highly prized by perfumers who use it to prolong and deepen scents.

… The 60-year-old’s ambergris is worth roughly $3.2 million.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SUSPECTED OF STEALING 100 SCHOOL GIRL UNIFORMS _ Police in Japan have arrested a 43-year-old man over the alleged theft of a school girl’s uniform earlier this month. The man was busted for stealing one girl’s uniform, but police believe he may have stolen as many as 100 from a high school changing room near the gym.


ON TELEVISION

NFL FOOTBALL (3:40p ET, NBC) — The Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) host the Baltimore Ravens (6-4). This game has been postponed 3 times due to Covid.

CHRISTMAS AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER (8p ET, NBC) — The 88th edition of the New York tree-lighting ceremony will feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Dolly Parton, Meghan Trainor, Brett Eldredge, Tori Kelly, Goo Goo Dolls, Leslie Odom Jr., Dan & Shay, the cast of Ain’t Too Proud and the Radio City Rockettes.

THE AMAZING RACE (8p ET, CBS) — New. The final five teams race through Siem Reap, Cambodia, where they face the second and final double U-turn of the season.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Pop-Pop (guest star Judd Hirsch) surprises the family with an ill-advised winter cruise to Canada.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. The finalists from all three groups perform in the semi-finals, and three contestants are unmasked in this 2-hour episode.

DEVILS (8p ET, CW) — New.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Katie pushes Anna-Kat and Franklin to take a risk and try an activity outside their comfort zone.

SEASON PREMIERE: SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — Season 4 begins with 2 new episodes.

THE CONNERS (9p ET, ABC) — New. Harris’ job is in jeopardy after joining a protest she strongly believes in, leading to tense discussions within the family.

SEASON FINALE: CORONER (9p ET, CW) — Season 2 wraps up.

SERIES PREMIERE: TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER (9p ET, National Geographic) — This docuseries finds the award-winning journalist venturing into the darkest corners of the black market. Another new episode follows.

SEASON PREMIERE: COURT CAM (9p ET, A&E) — Season 3 of this docu series begins with a former child actor losing his cool in court.

BABY GOD (9p ET, HBO) — This new documentary is a shocking examination of the work of a Las Vegas fertility specialist and the many women he guided to pregnancy through use of his own sperm, often without their knowledge or consent. The documentary follows his newly-discovered offspring as they deal with the scope of his misdeeds and the impact that his genes may have on their own identities.

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Dre realizes he’s out of touch with his roots so he takes the family to his hometown of Compton

FOR LIFE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Aaron defends a woman charged with holding hospital workers at gunpoint to secure lifesaving treatment for her son.

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR STARRING THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES – AT HOME HOLIDAY SPECIAL (10p ET, NBC) — The world-famous Rockettes perform in their celebrated show.

SERIES PREMIERE: RESCUE CAM (10p ET, A&E) — This spinoff series begins with a construction worker trapped in an apartment complex inferno.

ALIEN WORLDS (Netflix) — This new docu series imagines how life might evolve on other planets.


ENTERTAINMENT

WONDER WOMAN 1984 WILL BE HBO MAX’S FIRST 4K MOVIE _ When Wonder Woman 1984 comes out on December 25 it will be the first film to stream in 4K on HBO Max. Provided you have the proper hardware, you’ll also have the chance to watch the movie with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

… HBO says it will offer more content in 4K throughout next year. Good thing too because resolution is one of the areas where HBO Max falls behind other streaming services. At the moment, all of the content on the service maxes out at 1080p, while companies like Netflix have offered 4K streaming for years.

NO ZOOM FOR OSCARS 2021  _ There will be no “virtual” Oscars next year. A rep for the Academy said Tuesday the Oscars will be an in-person event. To make sure it happens that way, the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences has moved the show back two months to April 25, 2021. By pushing the awards ceremony back, the Academy hopes that theaters will be open again in the spring, allowing for more movies to compete in the annual celebration of the year’s best films.

… Four televised ceremonies lead up to the Oscars: Golden Globes (February 28), Critics Choice (March 7), SAG (March 14) and BAFTA (April 11).

ROBERT DE NIRO TURNED DOWN HOME ALONE _ His character was fairly beaten up in Home Alone, but Joe Pesci as Harry Lime is part of what makes the holiday film so iconic. Lime’s partner-in-crime was Marvin “Marv” Merchants, portrayed by Daniel Stern. However, there were a two other actors who almost got Pesci’s Home Alone gig. When it comes to who would portray Harry Lime, Robert De Niro was up for the role but turned it down. Jon Lovitz also turned down the role in Home Alone.

WILL FERRELL TURNED DOWN $29M FOR ELF SEQUEL _ Will Ferrell starring as Buddy the Elf remains one of the actor’s most beloved roles ever. However, Ferrell wasn’t keen on revisiting his role as Buddy, even if it would have meant a giant payday for him. Apparently the actor turned down a whopping $29 million to do the sequel and doesn’t regret it now.

… Elf was released in 2003 and made $220 million worldwide.

NETFLIX IS GETTING STOWAWAY, STARRING ANNA KENDRICK AND TONI COLLETTE _ Netflix has picked up Stowaway, a sci-fi film featuring Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim, and Shamier Anderson (Race, Destroyer). The movie involves a mission to Mars gone wrong. An unintended stowaway (Anderson) accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist (Kim).

… There’s no word yet on when we might see Stowaway.

SEE JIM CARREY AS THE JOKER IN NEW DEEPFAKE _ Jim Carrey mastered The Riddler, so imagine what he could do with the Joker. Thanks to a deepfake published on YouTube, you won’t have to strain your brain too hard for a pretty good idea. YouTuber stryder HD inserted Carrey’s face in place of Joaquin Phoenix’s in scenes from the Joker trailer. This year Phoenix won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of the unhinged Arthur Fleck, who later dons a mask to transform into his Joker ego. • VIDEO

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN TEARFULLY RECALLS ‘UNCOMFORTABLE’ FAN ENCOUNTER _ Millie Bobby Brown is tearfully asking fans to respect her boundaries following an “uncomfortable” encounter with a fan while she was Christmas shopping with her mom. The 16-year-old Stranger Things star took to her Instagram Story in tears after a fan went against her wishes and recorded Brown without her consent after the teen star declined. Milly shared: “She said, ‘Can I take a video of you?’ I said, ‘No.’ At the end of the day, I don’t need to justify it to anyone. If I don’t want to be taken a video of, I don’t have to be.” Despite saying no, Brown said the fan proceeded to record her anyway. “I said, ‘I’m a human being. What more can I ask from you?’ … She said, ‘So I can’t take a video of a human being?’ And I said, ‘No, not when I said no.'”

… Brown said the incident made her “upset” and she asked her supporters to respect her privacy and boundaries. She said, “I’m still trying to navigate this all and it’s still overwhelming. I will take a picture with you, but when you push the boundary and try and fight me on it … where are my rights to say no?” Brown followed up her video with a Instagram Story message saying she’s “totally fine now, but was emotional in the moment because I felt uncomfortable and disrespected.”

JEOPARDY IS COMING BACK THIS JANUARY _ The new season of Jeopardy — the first without the late Alex Trebek as host — will begin airing January 11. But instead of naming a new host right away, the show will instead have several guests fill in as host while it searches for a new long-term replacement. Ken Jennings is the first interim host.

VIN DIESEL STOPS ON LA FREEWAY TO HELP NYC WOMAN CHANGE HER TIRE _ A New York City woman named Joan Wall shared her awesome celebrity encounter while in Los Angeles: “On the 405 (freeway) near Los Angeles airport, my car broke down. A flat. I pull over to the shoulder, put on the emergency blinkers, hang a white hanky out of the driver’s side, and I call AAA. A car stops behind me. Out steps someone who knows from automobiles. You can’t believe this. It’s Fast and Furious classic American car collector Vin Diesel! I open the trunk. He pulls out the jack and spare. Changes the flat tire. I thank him, give him a hug and some Handi Wipes. He jumps back in his car and off he went.”

THE MAURITANIAN TRAILER _ The trailer for a true-life courtroom drama with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster and Shailene Woodley has been released. The Mauritanian is based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi who, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, was held captive and tortured by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay detention camp for 10 years without charge or trial. • VIDEO

… The Mauritanian is scheduled to hit theaters on February 19.

ELLEN PAGE COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER NON-BINARY _ Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, has announced that he’s transgender. The star of Juno, The Umbrella Academy and more, shared the news on social media in a lengthy statement, saying that they feel “overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported” them on their journey, while also promising to “strive for a more loving and equal society.”

KATE WINSLET WANTS $5.7 MILLION FOR MANHATTAN PENTHOUSE _ After more than 16 years, actor Kate Winslet has made the, ahem, titanic decision to sell a sun-filled duplex penthouse in the heart of New York City’s artsy and upscale West Chelsea Arts District. Listed at just under $5.7 million, and located on a block lined with trees and art galleries, the slightly more than 3,000-square foot condo was purchased in July 2004 for $4.995 million by Winslet and her then new but now ex-husband, Oscar-winning filmmaker, producer and director Sam Mendes. Tax records show Winslet bought out Mendes’ interest in the property in 2012, the year following their divorce, and since then the Oscar winner has primarily used the three-bedroom and three-and-a-half bath unit as an income producing rental for $20,000 per month.


BITS & BREAKS

A FEW THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• The oldest woman to give birth was 72.

• T-Rex lived closer in time to us than it did to Stegosaurus.

• Cleopatra’s life was closer in time to the space shuttle than to the building of the Pyramids.

• Pelicans can push their spines out of their mouth.

• Ketchup actually started out as a medicine.

• Butterflies rely on their feet to taste food.

• The combined weight of all the ants on earth is heavier than all the humans.

STUFF MY LATE RELATIVES USED TO DO

A cable TV installer truck was in my neighbor’s driveway and it had a single orange cone behind it — as if someone could maybe hit it while sitting in the driveway. It reminded me of my uncle who used to put wheel chocks under his front tires when he parked in the driveway every day. His driveway slightly declined so I always thought it was funny.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What was something a grandparent used to do that only they did?

HELP ME DECIDE MY NEW HOBBY

I saw this unusual request on Reddit. A guy is looking for a new hobby to occupy his free time. He gave two choices: the fiddle/violin or tap dancing.

Uh, no third choice?

But seriously, what unusual hobby do you have that I should try?

SECRETS OF THE STRONG START TO LOSING WEIGHT

Ever wanted to know the techniques and tricks used by those who successfully lost weight, and kept it off? Thanks to a survey conducted by weight loss site SparkPeople we have some road-tested tips to give you the best chance at managing weight.

• Track Food and Calories — Both strong and false starters ranked “food tracking” as the one action that made the biggest difference in their programs. 82% of strong starters tracked food every day vs. 65% of false starters, and strong starters were twice as likely to track their calories.

• Don’t put certain foods off limits — Strong starters were less likely to label foods “good” or “bad” and forsake certain foods, and were three times more likely to use portion control techniques that supported consumption of unhealthier foods in moderation.

• Spend LESS time exercising — On average, strong starters exercised for 30 minutes during the first two weeks; false starters for 60 minutes, suggesting that false starters burned themselves out.

• Focus on both diet and exercise — 74 percent of false starters made both fitness and dietary changes from the outset, compared to 50 percent of false starters.

• Engage more with others/have a support network — Strong starters were more than twice as likely to communicate with other members online.

• Weigh yourself weekly, not daily — Most strong starters weighed themselves weekly, while the majority of false starters did so daily.

• Focus first and foremost on developing healthy habits, not losing weight — Most strong starters viewed their #1 goal as “building a strong foundation of healthy habits.” A majority of false starters made losing 3-4 pounds in their first two weeks their #1 goal, which backfired.

USE ‘THANKSGIVING EFFECT’ TO FEEL HAPPIER YEAR-ROUND

Study after study proves that saying “thanks” regularly can have the same mood boosting benefits as prescription medication — without the negative side effects. In fact, gratitude is so powerful there’s a whole field of research dedicated to it. Here’s how to use gratitude everyday.

• The next time you have a small setback — like a fight with a friend or a stressful assignment from the boss — jot a note to a friend or relative thanking them for doing something that made you happy. People who do that automatically feel stronger in the face of adversity.

• If a friend does you a favor don’t say “I owe you one.” Being indebted to someone increases feelings of stress. Instead, just say thanks. People who regularly feel appreciation toward others have healthier heartbeats.

• Writing in a gratitude journal is another way to add years to your life, but it doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. People who list the things they’re thankful for only once a week get the same benefits as those who write daily.

• You can even use gratitude to reduce your stress on the way to work. People who are stressed out and unhappy at work are more susceptible to heart attack and stroke. You can squash all those negative effects on the way in. No matter how late you’re running, do a gratitude exercise. Focus on everything that’s gone right. Thinking those thoughts will immediately boost your enthusiasm, alertness and energy — and reduce your blood pressure and stress.

THE 5 BEST TOYS OF ALL TIME

Skip the video game console or drone — get your kid a stick for Christmas. Wired magazine says the stick is the best toy of all time.

1. Stick — This versatile toy is a real classic — chances are your great-great-grandparents played with one, and your kids have probably discovered it for themselves as well. It’s a required ingredient for Stickball, of course, but it’s so much more. Stick works really well as a poker, digger and reach-extender. It can also be combined with many other toys (both from this list and otherwise) to perform even more functions. Stick comes in an almost bewildering variety of sizes and shapes, but you can amass a whole collection without too much of an investment.

2. Box — Depending on the number and size you have, Boxes can be turned into furniture or a kitchen playset. You can turn your kids into cardboard robots or create elaborate Star Wars costumes. A large Box can be used as a fort or house and the smaller Box can be used to hide away a special treasure. Got a Stick? Use it as an oar and Box becomes a boat.

3. String — The most obvious use of String is tying things together. You can use it to hang things from doorknobs or tie little siblings to chairs or make leashes for your stuffed animals. Use String with two cans for a telephone (and teach your kids about sound waves), or with stick to make a fishing pole.

4. Cardboard Tube — If you happen to be lucky enough to get a large size, the best use is probably whacking things. Granted, Stick is also great for whacking, but the nice thing about Cardboard Tube is that it generally won’t do any permanent damage. It’s sort of a Nerf Stick, if you will. Cardboard Tube comes free with purchase of toilet paper, paper towels, and wrapping paper.

5. Dirt — There’s just no getting rid of it, so you might as well learn to live with it. First off, playing with Dirt is actually good for you. It’s even sort of edible (in the way that Play-doh and crayons are edible). But some studies have shown that kids who play with Dirt have stronger immune systems than those who don’t. So what can you do with Dirt? Well, it’s great for digging and piling and making piles. Need something a little gloopier? Just add water and — presto! — you’ve got Mud!


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Per capita, Washington, D.C. has more of these than any other city in the world. (Interns)

TRIVIA: Americans in the Pacific states — California, Oregon and Washington — buy more of these than any other region. (Books)

FIND THE FAKE TOWN

Which of the following is a fake town?

• Boring, Maryland

• Ding Dong, Texas

• Lint, New Jersey*

SPY THE LIE

• The last American president to sport facial hair was William Howard Taft, who left office in 1913. He had a mustache.

• Chili is the official state dish of Texas.

• The first Hummer manufactured for civilian use was sold in 1992 to Mick Jagger. (LIE. Arnold Schwarzenegger bought the first. A new Hummer was unveiled in October, 2020 and will be in driveways next fall.)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Man Sells ______ After Wife Finds Out It Wasn’t an Air Purifier!”

A) PlayStation 5*
B) Beer fridge
C) Tackle box

As the year comes to an end, the hype for the release of the new PlayStation 5 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.



DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 3, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Ozzy Osbourne is 72

• Daryl Hannah (Splash) is 60

• Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games movies) is 60

• Brendan Fraser (The Mummy trilogy, Doom Patrol) is 52

• Holly Marie Combs (Charmed) is 47

• Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) is 41

• Anna Chlumsky (My Girl films, Netflix’s Inventing Anna) is 40

• Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1818: Illinois became the 21st U.S. state.

• 1990: ABC’s Nightline aired Madonna’s Justify My Love video a week after MTV had banned it.

• 1999: NASA lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.

• 1999: Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. The trip from the Canary Islands to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe took 81 days.

• 2003: Driving mostly on fear and just three tires, a 62-year-old Milwaukee man traveled roughly 5 miles with a bullet in his abdomen after his car was shot. After arriving home and showing the wound to his wife, the man was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The bullet was successfully removed.

• 2012: Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, reached the end of our solar system and entered interstellar space.

• 2019: Spotify said Drake was the most streamed star of the 2010s with 28 billion streams.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Baboon Day

• International Day of Persons With Disabilities

• Peppermint Latte Day