InterPrep PRO – January 4, 2021

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 4, 2021

BIRTHDAYS

• Dyan Cannon is 82

• Fashion designer and famous mom Tina Knowles is 67

• Julian Sands (24) is 63

• Author Harlan Coben is 59

• Dave Foley (NewsRadio, Kids in the Hall) is 58

• Dot-Marie Jones (Glee) is 57

• Julia Ormond is 56

• D’Arcy Carden (Janet on The Good Place) is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1493: Christopher Columbus left the New World, ending his first journey.

• 1863: James Plimpton of New York City patented 4-wheeled roller skates with one wheel at each corner of the skate. Previous skates had wheels in a line.

• 1962: New York City introduced a train that operates without a crew on-board.

• 1965: CBS bought the Fender Guitar Company from Leo Fender for $13 million.

• 1999: Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.

• 2004: Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, landed successfully on Mars.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• January is Book Blitz Month, Cervical Cancer Screening Month, Coffee Gourmet International Month, Family Fit Lifestyle Month, Financial Wellness Month, International Business Resolutions Month, International Creativity Month, International Life Balance Month, International Wealth Mentality Month, National Be On-Purpose Month, National Clean Up Your Computer Month, National Get Organized Month, National Glaucoma Awareness Month, National Hot Tea Month, National Mail Order Gardening Month, Nation Mentoring Month, National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month, National Radon Action Month, National Returns Month, National Yours, Mine And Ours Month, Oatmeal Month, Senior Women’s Travel Month, Slow Cooking Month, Walk Your Pet Month, Eye Care Month, National Blood Donor Month, National Hobby Month, National Soup Month, National Thank You Month.

• Divorce Monday. The first Monday of the year is supposedly when more divorces are filed.

• National Weigh-In Day

• Trivia Day

• Hypnotism Day

• Spaghetti Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

80 million: American adults who live with obesity.


NEWS ATTACK!

Federal tax forms will be hitting your mailbox soon. [In an attempt to show it has a human side, the IRS has come up with what it thinks is a catchy new slogan: “We’ve got what it takes to take what you’ve got.”]

Federal tax forms will be hitting your mailbox soon. [Considering the government screwed up the pandemic and economic relief, I’d rather not pay any more for 2020 — and I’d like a refund on what I already paid.]

Donald Trump asked Georgia election officials to “find” some extra votes. [Well, he is accustomed to his Secret Service agents “finding” his lost golf balls in the weeds.]

Research shows that if you feel younger than your actual age, you’ll live longer. [So, I guess, on second thought, my family shouldn’t be so upset over grandma getting her nose pierced.]

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? [I think I’ll open a gym for everyone who made a New Year’s resolution. The hook is after two weeks it turns into a bar.]

I wanted to help my kids celebrate the new year. [But you’d be surprised how hard it is to find champagne that comes in a juice box.]

According to a study, a third of 9-month-old babies are obese. [Well, no wonder — it’s impossible to stay on a treadmill when you’re in footie pajamas.]

A study said that children are no safer riding in sport utility vehicles than in passenger cars because the increased risk of rollovers in SUVs cancels out the safety advantages of their size and weight. [If you ask me, the safest vehicle for kids to ride in is one that’s easy to turn around and drive home until they behave.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

INFLATABLE COSTUME COULD BE BEHIND COVID OUTBREAK HOSPITAL _ A hospital in California is facing a coronavirus outbreak among its staff that might be tied to an inflatable costume worn on Christmas to cheer up patients. At least 43 staff members tested positive for the virus between December 27 and New Year’s Day. The hospital is looking into whether the fan on an “air-powered costume” could have spread droplets after a staff member briefly wore it in the emergency department on Christmas Day.

INDIANA TOWN LIFTS 50-YEAR-OLD ‘ANTI-HIPPIE ORDINANCE’ _ An Indiana town has lifted a mass-gathering ban meant to deter “hippies.” Officials in LaGrange recently abolished the ordinance installed back in 1971 that regulates gatherings of more than 500 people that last over 12 hours. The law was originally installed to prevent another Woodstock from happening there. Some in LaGrange called it the “anti-hippie ordinance.” Officials decided in December to remove the law as part of an annual sweep of the books to eliminate archaic regulations.

BEAN DAD MAKES 9-YEAR OLD STRUGGLE TO OPEN CAN FOR 6 HOURS _ In a great start to 2021, Twitter brutally took to task a father — now dubbed #BeanDad — whose intended “teaching moment” for his 9-year-old daughter turned into the hungry girl spending six hours trying to operate a can opener and to get inside a can of baked beans. The phrases #BeanDad along with “she’s 9” and “SIX HOURS” all trended on Sunday, as people mocked and criticized the dad, musician and podcaster John Roderick, with some calling him “abusive.”

… One Twitter user wrote: “Some day, Bean Dad is going to need her help with technology, or end of life care, and she will have her revenge.”

In a 23-post Twitter thread, Roderick on Saturday described in great detail a scenario in which he discovered that his daughter didn’t know how to use a common manual can opener and challenged her to figure it out on her own. This, he said, went on for “SIX HOURS on and off,” with her eventually breaking down in tears — all while he worked on a jigsaw puzzle. In his thread Roderick wrote: “I said, ‘The little device is designed to do one thing: open cans. Study the parts, study the can, figure out what the can-opener inventor was thinking when they tried to solve this problem. I went back to my jigsaw puzzle. She was next to me grunting and groaning trying to get the thing. … I knew this would be a challenge. But it was a rainy weekend.”

… He even said told her that they wouldn’t be eating anything until they managed to get the can open, equating it to an apocalypse scenario in the book ‘The Road’ where such a skill would be necessary for survival.

ORIGINAL FARMVILLE IS DONE _ Farmville on Facebook is no more. The game hit Facebook on June 19, 2009. However, the FarmVille franchise isn’t going away entirely. Fans of the agricultural pastime will still be able to play spinoffs such as FarmVille 2: Tropic Escape and FarmVille 2: Country Escape.

… Then there’s the upcoming FarmVille 3, which will soon be available on mobile apps worldwide.

INFANT GIFTED BREAST MILK WHILE QUARANTINED ALONE WITH DAD _ An 8-month-old in Beijing went into COVID-19 quarantine alone with its dad. The baby’s mom and grandma were both confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 on the last day of 2020. The baby and dad had to be put under observation in a quarantine site. The dad was nervous and since the baby was so unfamiliar with its strange surroundings, added to the fact that the mom and grandma weren’t with it, the baby refused to drink baby formula. To help feed the infant, a relay of love began, lasting into the New Year. A call for help circulated in the part of Beijing where the family lives. A message stated, “An 8-month-old is under quarantine, in urgent need of fresh or frozen breast milk. Please contact me as soon as possible if you can offer.” The family eventually got a phone call from a woman who was on maternity leave, offering all 20 bags of frozen milk originally intended for her own daughter.

… An official drove over to retrieve the milk and after every bag was disinfected, the milk was delivered to the baby’s room by medical workers. The hotel where the quarantine site took place even offered a refrigerator to freeze the remaining milk. The baby was served the heated breast milk and much to the relief of the dad, it happily accepted the milk. Five more breastfeeding moms offered their frozen milk. The family was also gifted a crib, mattress, quilt, milk heater, toys, and clothes. The baby is doing much better now.

WOMAN FALLS DOWN 650-FOOT CLIFF MOMENTS AFTER PROPOSAL _ A romantic proposal ended in near-disaster for one couple as the woman fell down a 650-foot cliff moments after saying “yes”. The incident occurred shortly after a 27-year-old man proposed to his girlfriend in Carinthia, Austria.
The woman, 32, accepted the proposal just moments before she slipped and plunged off the mountain on December 27. The couple had trekked up the mountain one day earlier. Miraculously, the unnamed woman survived the 650-foot drop off the cliff — thanks to the snow breaking her fall.

… Her partner, who tried to hold on to her, also lost his footing and fell 50 feet through the air. He was left gripping a cliff edge. They were both rescued after the woman was found lying motionless by a passerby, who contacted emergency services. Her fiance, meanwhile, had to be rescued by a helicopter from the cliff edge he was clinging on to.

POLICE OFFICER PAYS FOR SHOPLIFTING SUSPECTS’ HOLIDAY DINNER _ A Massachusetts police officer declined to charge two women accused of trying to steal groceries. Officer Matt Lima (of Somerset ) responded to a report of shoplifting where two women with two young children were accused of putting groceries into bags at a self-checkout kiosk without scanning them. The women said they had fallen on hard times and were trying to provide a Christmas dinner for the children. Lima says he was reminded of his own children and used his own money to buy $250 in grocery gift cards.

ANNUAL LIST OF BANISHED WORDS, TERMS _ Even as vaccines are being rolled out to battle the coronavirus, wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula say they want to kick any trace of it from the English language. On the school’s light-hearted list of banned words and phrases for 2021: COVID-19; social distancing; “we’re all in this together; in an abundance of caution”; and “in these uncertain times”. Out of more than 1,450 nominations sent to the school, about 250 words and terms suggested for banishment due to overuse, misuse or uselessness had something to do with the virus.

… This year seven of the 10 selected are connected to the virus, with “COVID-19” leading the way. “Unprecedented,” which was banished back in 2002, is back on the list. Also on the 2021 list is “social distancing” and “pivot”.

… The school in Sault Ste. Marie has compiled the list each year since 1976 it says to “uphold, protect, and support excellence in language by encouraging avoidance of words and terms that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical — and otherwise ineffective, baffling, or irritating.”

… Let’s time travel. Ten years ago the banned words list included “wow factor”; “a-ha moment”; “back story”; “BFF” (Best Friends Forever); “Facebook”; “Google”; and “man up”.

BRIDE RANTS ABOUT NOT RECEIVING ENOUGH GIFTS _ It’s customary to give a gift at a wedding, but anyone who’s gotten married knows that there are always a few people who show up empty-handed. One bride’s rant about the low number of gifts she received sparked a debate over what’s worse: not giving a gift or complaining about not getting enough gifts. The post originally appeared on Facebook and was shared to Reddit’s Bridezilla forums. The original post begins: “This is crazy to me. I’m writing out thank you cards, I’m writing a total of 30 cards, we had over 100 guests. People apparently don’t do wedding gifts.” A later edit to the post explains, “I don’t care about gifts, we already have everything we could need. It’s just annoying that most of the people that came and didn’t bring gifts are people who had events and we got them gifts. Weddings are expensive. We spent $1,000 just on beer and our guests took it upon themselves to take the leftovers at the end of the night without asking us.”

… The rant sparked a debate among commenters about whether or not the woman was acting like a “bridezilla” for complaining about apparently only getting 30 gifts at her wedding. One commenter raised several questions, asking, “Maybe her friends couldn’t afford gifts? Maybe they ordered gifts to be delivered to the house later on? Maybe they teamed up to get gifts? Maybe some of them contributed to decorations or made the dresses or something like that in lieu of a tangible gift. There are lots of reasons why she might not actually have one gift per guest under her wedding tree.”

… Another user defended the bride, writing, “It’s pretty bad to go to an open bar wedding of someone who gave you a gift at your own wedding and give nothing. And then take home leftovers. She needs better friends.”

WOMEN ARE DRINKING MORE THAN MEN RIGHT NOW _ When the pandemic hit, people stuck at home sometimes passed the time with a drink. Or two, or four. Not only have many states deemed liquor stores “essential services” allowed to remain open, but some states now even allow alcohol take-away and delivery. But with the pandemic dragging on, it’s becoming a real problem for many drinkers. Women in particular have been impacted, with their “heavy drinking” increasing 41 percent, vs 7 percent in men, according to a study.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: ‘NOT’ RESOLUTIONS _ Instead of resolving what you will do in the new year, AllThingsFrugal.com suggests you can make resolutions of what you will NOT do:

• “I will not over-schedule my day.” Things tend to take longer than you plan for. Schedule 75% of your time; keep 25% free.

• “I will not say Yes to everything.” Saying Yes to everything clogs your day. Make sure you are saying Yes to what you intend to.

• “I will no longer put what I want at the moment over what I want in the long run.” Like that extra 20 minutes of sleep that feels good but puts you behind. Think about the long term effects of your actions today.

• “I will no longer get trapped in media microwave mentality.” Things take time. Problems are resolved in less than 30 minutes only on sitcoms. Appreciate the stages of projects and goals instead of expecting instant results.

• “I won’t give up.” Never give up. When it seems like there’s no answer, push on. The answer may be just around the next corner. Don’t let fear, or anger, or frustration, or your money, or your in-laws, stop you from living your life.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBERS STEAL FIRST AID KIT _ Armed robbers in Germany held up a man carrying what they thought was a money transfer satchel. They were probably kicking themselves when they got back to their hideout and found out they stole a first aid kit instead.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PIE-EATING ROBBER GETS STUCK _ In Romania a man broke into a restaurant and stole $450 in cash. As he was preparing to leave, he was tempted by something he just couldn’t resist: a display of delicious pies. After stuffing himself, the 300 pound crook tried to exit through the same window through which he had entered. But that was before the pies, and he found himself stuck tight. And he was still stuck when the owner arrived the next morning to open up.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN LEGALLY CHANGED HIS NAME TO CELINE DION WHILE DRUNK _  A guy in England changed his legal name to “Celina Dion” following a night of intoxication. The 30-year-old man formerly known as Thomas Dodd was a huge fan of the singer and claimed to have had the idea to change his name while watching a virtual concert. He told local media: “I am slightly obsessed with [Dion], I’m not going to lie. During lockdown, I’ve been watching a lot of live concerts on the TV. I Can only think I’ve been watching one of hers and had a ‘great idea’ after a few drinks.”

… After arriving home from work one day after Christmas, Dodd found a “big white envelope” waiting for him. He stated he “nearly passed out” after opening the document in his kitchen. He said, “My initial concern was how on earth do I tell the HR department at work that I need to change my email footer? Now I’m thinking it could be a great way to get backstage. I’m just praying I don’t get pulled over by the police for anything — that could get awkward.” The man formerly known as Dodd said he did not intend on changing his name back, for the time being.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TAXI DRIVER TAKES DRUNK WHO REFUSED TO WEAR MASK TO POLICE STATION _ A Canadian (Victoria, British Columbia) taxi driver whose drunken New Year’s Day passenger refused to wear a mask in his cab drove straight to a police station where the man was arrested and fined a total of $690. The driver called 911 just after 1AM to report that a man was refusing to wear a mask in his cab, touching the driver’s face and “belligerently” refusing requests to adhere to guidelines under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act. When the cab arrived at the police station it was met by officers. The passenger refused to leave the vehicle and was removed and taken into custody.


ON TELEVISION

JEOPARDY! (Check local listings) — The final episodes featuring host Alex Trebek air this week. Taped in late October, upcoming episodes took place just before Trebek died on Nov. 8. The first episode that airs today will feature a message about the importance of the holiday season of giving. The last episode on Friday will include a tribute to Trebeck. Guest host Ken Jennings will take over Jan. 11.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD (8p ET, CBS) — New. Gemma’s troublemaking sister (guest star Deborah Baker Jr.), returns, claiming she’s turned over a new leaf.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — This season’s bachelor is Matt James, who was originally cast for Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette, but was changed when filming was delayed due to the pandemic. James is a 28-year-old real-estate broker, entrepreneur, and community organization founder.

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.

SEASON FINALE: L.A.’S FINEST (8p ET, FOX) — New. Season one wraps up. The show has been cancelled by Spectrum, but no word on if FOX will air the second season.

BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Thanks to Abishola’s brutal honesty, Bob finds himself in a feud with Kemi.

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (9p ET, NBC) — New.

ALL RISE (9p ET, CBS) — New. Anne Heche and Rick Fox guest star.

CELEBRITY IOU (9p ET, HGTV) — New. Rainn Wilson surprises his son’s nanny with a home makeover.

SERIES PREMIERE: 30 COINS (9p ET, HBO) — This 8-episode Spanish language horror series follows Father Vergara (Eduard Fernández), an exorcist, sent away by the church, to become the local priest of a remote town in Spain. When inexplicable terror begins to plague the idyllic community, the local vet (Megan Montaner) and the town’s mayor (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) form an unlikely alliance to understand the source of the strange and demonic events.

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — New. Bull worries he can’t convince a jury his religious leader client didn’t kill his wife when a major secret the pastor is hiding about the marriage is revealed.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE WALL (10p ET, NBC) — Season 4 begins.

SERIES PREMIERE: THE HUSTLER (10p ET, ABC) — Craig Ferguson hosts this new game show, where five contestants work together to answer a series of trivia questions worth $10,000 each. But the twist is that one of the five, the Hustler, already knows the answers and must keep their identity a secret. The Hustler will eliminate two contestants and at the end, the remaining will guess who is the hustler. If the contestants get the answer right they share the prize and if they get it wrong then the hustler will get it all.

Discovery+ launches today, with more than 55,000 episodes of content from HGTV, TLC, Food Network, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, ID programs, and the Discovery Channel. Here are some of the new shows that will be available:

SERIES PREMIERE: MAGNOLIA TABLE WITH JOANNA GAINES (Discovery+) — This new cooking series features Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines.  In the premiere, Joanna will share a cherished family favorite of her Grandpa Stevens; a classic Lebanese dish, Fatayer, served with Lebanese salad, hummus and baklava for dessert. In the second episode, she shares a rich and decadent Friendsgiving casserole, cranberry sauce, green beans amandine and a cherry almond crisp for dessert.

JUDI DENCH’S WILD BORNEO ADVENTURE (Discovery+) — Dame Judi Dench and conservationist David Mills set out on a trip of a lifetime to uncover the lush rainforests, magical wildlife and spectacular coastlines of Malaysian Borneo in this two-part series.

RACE ACROSS THE WORLD — In this real-world adventure series, five teams of two race from point A to B without flying. Each team must travel across the globe by whatever means they can: foot, car, bicycle, boat, bus, ferry, motorbike, horse; with only the price of a flight ticket in their pocket.

MYSTERIOUS PLANET — Narrated by David Schwimmer, this epic journey to the ends of the earth combines humor with the awe and beauty of the natural world to unlock the greatest mysteries behind the world’s most incredible species.


ENTERTAINMENT

BOX OFFICE _ Wonder Woman 1984 brought in $5.5 million over the New Year’s holiday. The sequel also made another $10.1 million from overseas markets, bringing its global total to $118.5 million.

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
… Five years ago this week: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
… Ten years ago this week: Little Fockers.
… Twenty years ago this week: Cast Away.

ALEX TREBEK’S FINAL WEEK ON JEOPARDY _ The final Jeopardy episodes featuring host Alex Trebek air this week. Taped in late October, these episodes took place just before Trebek died on November 8. The first episode that airs today (Monday) will feature a message about the importance of the holiday season of giving. The last episode on Friday will include a tribute to Trebeck. Guest host Ken Jennings will take over January 11.

TARAJI P. HENSON TALKS ABOUT SUICIDE _ Taraji P. Henson has created a safe space for stars like Tamar Braxton to open up about their mental health journeys, and now she’s doing the same. On the December 23 installment of her Facebook Watch series, Peace of Mind With Taraji, the Golden Globe winner disclosed that she recently considered taking her own life. Taraji detailed the “dark moment” she faced after the coronavirus pandemic left her feeling withdrawn and isolated: “During this pandemic it’s been hard on all of us, and I had a moment. I had a dark moment. I was in a dark place. For a couple of days, I couldn’t get out of the bed, I didn’t care. That’s not me. Then, I started having thoughts about ending it. It happened two nights in a row.”

… Prior to this, Taraji said she had purchased a gun. The actress remembered thinking to herself, “I could go in there right now and just end it all, ’cause I want it to be over.” After Taraji said she began “withdrawing” and stopped responding to concern loved ones who had reached out, she realized she needed to speak up about her feelings.

🎧  MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY KICKS OFF 2021 WITH MESSAGE _ Now that 2020 is in the rearview mirror, we can look back and say that doctors, nurses, scientists and first responders on the front lines were the heroes. And Matthew McConaughey. Matthew released a book last year, called Greenlights, and it was his promotion of the book that helped us, in a small way, to get through the ongoing pandemic. Matthew popped up in all sorts of places, dispensing some very McConaughey advice for getting through life. But he’s not done in 2021, and on New Year’s Day he dropped a new video on Instagram encouraging us to keep moving forward. • VIDEO

THE MANDALORIAN TOPS LIST OF MOST PIRATED TV SHOWS OF 2020 _ The Mandalorian Season 2 was a hit for Disney+ and impressive from start to finish, bringing back fan-favorite characters from other Star Wars projects while also expanding the dynamic of Mando and Grogu even further. Some viewers around the globe didn’t have access to Disney+, and this made them find other ways to watch streaming originals like The Mandalorian. As a result, this led to the series being crowned a unique title in 2020. The website TorrentFreak shared in a report that The Mandalorian was the most pirated TV show released in 2020. The Mandalorian “dethroned” HBO’s Game of Thrones, as, in 2019, the HBO epic was the most-downloaded TV series. Last year, The Mandalorian earned its spot as the third-most-pirated TV series.

… The top 10 most-pirated shows of 2020:

1. The Mandalorian

2. The Boys

3. Westworld

4. Vikings

5. Star Trek: Picard

6. Rick and Morty

7. The Walking Dead

8. The Outsider

9. Arrow

10. The Flash

ADAM SANDLER EYED FOR NEW NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM MOVIE? _ Believe it or not, the Night at the Museum franchise was a huge one for Fox, with the three films in the family series raking in over $1.3 billion at the box. The rights are now in the hands of Disney following their takeover of Fox, and an insider says Ben Stiller wants Adam Sandler involved in the fourth movie. At the moment, Disney has yet to confirm any plans for a fourth, but there is an animated continuation in the works which Stiller isn’t part of.

… FYI — the first three films were Night at the Museum (2006); Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009); and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).

RUBIK’S CUBE MOVIE AND GAME SHOW IN DEVELOPMENT _ A film and game show based on Rubik’s Cube are being developed. Details of both are still slim.

… One of the most recognizable global toys around, 450 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold around the world. Created by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik in 1974, the toy requires the player to unlock a web of six, mixed-up colors, twisting the cube to show just one color per side.

DISCOVERY+ LAUNCHED TODAY _ A new streaming service launched today. Discovery+ features more than 55,000 episodes of content from HGTV, TLC, Food Network, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, and the Discovery Channel.

… One of the new streamer’s benchmark programs is Magnolia Table With Joanna Gaines (Discovery+). In the premiere, Joanna will share a cherished family favorite of her Grandpa Stevens; a classic Lebanese dish, Fatayer, served with Lebanese salad, hummus and baklava for dessert. In the second episode, she shares a rich and decadent Friendsgiving casserole, cranberry sauce, green beans amandine and a cherry almond crisp for dessert.


AUDIO

🎧  New to the PRO AUDIO page.

• Matthew McConaughey delivers an odd new year message on Instagram. (1/4)

• Phoner: I sent him to buy one thing and he came home with this instead. Four real callers.

• Florida woman finds iguana in toilet. (12/24)

• Blippi made $17 million on YouTube in 2020. If you don’t know who Blippi is, your little kids do. He’s the Mr Rogers of YouTube with 27 million subscribers. Here’s part of his video on Christmas trees.

• Who still leaves voicemail messages? Good conversation about whether there’s a point to leaving voicemail. If you get no answer, most people just hang up and text, right? Here’s a call that will add to the conversation.


BITS & BREAKS

FACEBOOK THIS: MOVIES THAT NEVER GET OLD

🗣 What’s a movie, that although you’ve seen it a million times, it never gets old?

BUTCHERED EXPRESSIONS

A malaphor is when you mix two different expressions up, like, “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it.” Online, people were asked to share other butchered expressions.

• You’ve opened this can of worms, now lie in it.

• That train has sailed.

• This ain’t rocket surgery.

• Not the sharpest egg in the drawer.

• Don’t count your chickens over spilled milk.

• Let’s address the element in the room.

• Throw a wrench in your parade.

SHOWER THOUGHTS

Gathered on Reddit.

• Maybe the reason female serial killers seem to be a rarity is because they’re better at it than men.

• Vampires look neat and tidy despite the fact that they can’t see themselves in the mirror.

• Of the five senses, touch is the only one that doesn’t require using a part of your head.

• Walking under the light of the moon is technically walking under sunshine.

• If life longevity was determined by the same number of heartbeats for every human, those who don’t exercise would live longer.

• Many people have tried to make imitation meat from vegetables, but no one has bothered to make imitation vegetables from meat.

• Candles are fire we keep as short-term pets.

FAVORITE FACTS FOR 2020

The New York Times asked its editors to keep lists of some of the more interesting facts they came across in 2020.

• Fishing remains the United States’ second most dangerous profession, after logging.

• McSorley’s Old Ale House, established in 1854 in the East Village, served beer to Abraham Lincoln and John Lennon.

• Dog the Bounty Hunter met Beth Chapman, his late wife, in 1986 when he posted her bond after she shoplifted a lemon.

• The ginkgo is the oldest surviving tree species, having remained on the planet for some 200 million years.

• The Scott Paper Company was the first company to introduce toilet paper with cardboard rolls, back in 1890.

• According to a 2008 study by the United States Institute of Peace, nearly 90 percent of women in Afghanistan will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime.

• The summit of Mount Everest is about the size of two Ping-Pong tables.

• Samsung was founded in 1938 as a shop selling vegetables and dried fish.

• In Finland, a tradition of getting drunk at home in your underwear is so commonplace that there’s a word for it, “kalsarikännit.” The rough translation is “pantsdrunk.”

• Before the Industrial Revolution, the principal sources of noise were thunder, church bells and cannon fire.

• If they were a country, cows would rank as the world’s sixth-largest emitter of methane gas, ahead of Brazil, Japan and Germany.
The Business of Burps: Scientists Smell Profit in Cow Emissions

• Fungi can be trained to eat cigarette butts, used diapers, oil spills and even radiation.

• In March, as the coronavirus pandemic intensified, Americans bought two million guns, the busiest month for sales since January 2013.

• Gone With the Wind is still the highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation.

• We breathe roughly 25,000 times a day.

• The world’s population is expected to start shrinking in about 45 years.
Matthew Yglesias Thinks There Should Be ‘One Billion Americans’

• Often, the screams we hear in movies and TV are created by doubles and voice actors. One stock scream is so well-used it’s got a name, the Wilhelm. It’s in hundreds of films.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson did it, then it went away for roughly 100 years until Woodrow Wilson brought it back. (The State of the Union Address. After Jefferson did his first he switched to a written state of the union to Congress.)

TRIVIA: Thirty-nine percent of us say this is becoming obsolete. (Marriage)

TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S. 4,615 people go to the emergency room for an injury caused by what? (Snowblowers)

TRIVIA: An average of 100 people choke on what each year? (Pens and pencils)

SPY THE LIE

• Sports teams first visited the White House in 1865.

• Drew Barrymore, as an 11-month-old, was featured in a TV commercial for puppy food.

• The average human body has roughly 2,000 sweat glands. (LIE. It has over 2 million.)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “PET STORE ROBBER WOULD PAUSE TO EAT ______!”

A) Cat food*
B) Beggin’ Strips
C) Employee fridge leftovers

Police in Germany caught the person responsible for breaking into a number of pet stores. The man would break in and pocket a few dog toys. He would also open and eat a can of cat food before leaving each store.



DATEBOOK: JANUARY 5, 2021

BIRTHDAYS

• Robert Duvall is 90

• Former talk show host Charlie Rose is 79

• Diane Keaton is 75

• Ted Lange (Isaac the bartender on The Love Boat) is 73

• Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) is 62

• Vinnie Jones (Deception, X-Men: The Last Stand) is 56

• Carrie Ann Inaba (The Talk, Dancing with the Stars) is 53

• Heather Paige Dubrow (Real Housewives of Orange County) is 52

• Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) is 52

• Bradley Cooper is 46

• January Jones (X-Men: First Class) is 43

• Kristin Cavallari is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1914: Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labor.

• 1940: FM radio was demonstrated to the FCC for the first time.

• 1970: All My Children premiered on ABC.

• 1972: President of the United States Richard Nixon ordered the development of a space shuttle program.

• 1993: The last legal hanging in the U.S. Washington state executed Westley Allan Dodd.

• 1998: Actor-turned-politician Sonny Bono was killed when he hit a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, California. He was 62.

• 2004: After 14 years of denials, Pete Rose admitted publicly he had bet on baseball games involving his own team.

• 2015: The tomb of an Egyptian queen Khentakawess III was discovered by a team of Czech archaeologists. The queen lived during the Fifth Dynasty and was likely the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre.

• 2020 Chinese professor Zhang Yongzhen published the first SARS-CoV-2 genome map online, allowing health professionals worldwide to identify COVID-19.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bird Day

• Keto Day

• Screenwriters Day

• Monopoly Game Day

• Whipped Cream Day