InterPrep PRO – January 5, 2021

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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


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

90,000: Separate state and local governments in the United States.


NEWS ATTACK!

Scientists say Neanderthals wore makeup some 50,000 years ago. [But putting mud on your face didn’t become really popular until someone put it into a jar and sold it for $150.]

A dog in the UK had surgery after swallowing sticks, rocks, and its owner’s engagement and wedding rings. [What it should have grabbed was its owner’s glasses.]

Tom Hanks had to shave his head for a role in an upcoming film about Elvis Presley. [And then he’ll segue into the lead role in a biography about Mr. Clean.]

A study says that dogs only arrived in North America 10,000 years ago. [When they followed some kid home from school.]

In a survey, 94 percent of women said they would not trade their pet for $1 million. [However, those 94 percent of women DID say they’d trade in their husbands for a million bucks.]

A study says that binge drinkers are most likely to be middle aged white guys. [Now, suddenly Congress is beginning to make sense.]

McDonald’s has added three new sandwiches to compete in the chicken wars. [Chicken Wars sounds like a reality show on Discovery after they ran out of ideas.]

A study says the calories listed on a menu are usually undercounted. There are really far more. [Kinda like the number of people who admit to watching The View.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

THE FATTEST STATES IN AMERICA IN 2021 _ For many Americans, the past year may have been particularly difficult for staying in shape or losing weight. The pandemic-related activity limitations, shutdowns of gyms, and cancellations of sports likely has only exacerbated an existing problem.

… WalletHub is out with its annual list of the fattest states in America. To do this the website looked at Obesity & Overweight Prevalence, Health Consequences, and Food & Fitness. The obesity and overweight prevalence category weighs data on the number of adults, teens and children in each state who are obese or overweight, as well as the projected obesity rate in 2030.

… The health consequences category considers data on adult residents with health problems typically related to obesity: high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity-related cancer and heart disease, as well as the obesity-related death rate, plus data on health care costs and insurance.

… Lastly, in the food and fitness category, each city is scored based on factors that include the share of adults with low fruit and vegetable consumption, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among adolescents, access to healthy food, share of physically inactive adults, school nutrition and physical activity policies, number of fast-food restaurants, and fitness centers per capita.

… The fifth least healthiest state in 2020 was Tennessee. In fourth was Kentucky. Third Arkansas. Second Mississippi. And at number one is West Virginia.

YOUR KID EATS 5,500 SUGAR CUBES A YEAR _ A public health campaign in the UK said kids between the ages of 4 and 10 consume the equivalent of 5,500 sugar cubes a year. The sugar comes in the form of juices, soft drinks, cookies, breakfast cereals, desserts, etc.

… Experts say a five year old shouldn’t have more than 19 grams of sugar per day — that’s five cubes.

WHEN YOU GET THE VACCINE, AVOID ALCOHOL _ Experts are warning us that when we receive the COVID-19 vaccine we should avoid drinking alcohol because it can reduce the body’s immune response to the jab. Alcohol changes the make-up of the trillions of microorganisms that live in the gut which play an important role in preventing the invasion of bacteria and viruses. This leads to the damage of immune cells in the blood, known as white blood cells, including lymphocytes, which send out antibodies to attack viruses.

… A specialist (Dr. Ronx Ikharia) conducted an experiment where they took blood samples before and after drinking three glasses of wine. It was found this was enough to bring down the levels of lymphocyte cells in their blood by as much as 50 percent. The reduction in lymphocytes could lower the effectiveness of the body’s immune response.

REMORSEFUL MAN RETURNS STATUE’S STOLEN SWORD AFTER 40 YEARS _ A veteran returned a sword he stole from a statue of a Revolutionary War general 40 years ago, telling the head of the Massachusetts town’s historical commission that he regretted taking it. Cindy P. Gaylord, the chair of Westfield’s Historical Commission, said a man contacted the city hall saying he had the sword stolen from the town’s statue of Gen. William Shepard in 1980. Gaylord agreed to give the man anonymity if he returned the bronze sword and arranged for him and his wife to drop it off at her home.

… Gaylord said the man “had a great deal of shame and remorse. He is a veteran and told me the fact that he did this to another soldier troubled him. He wants the story printed to remind people that something you do in your youth could haunt you for the rest of your life.”

… The man said he had worked at a bar in the town while he was enrolled as a student at a local university. After a night of drinking, he and a group of friends went to steal the sword, which he said he wrenched loose with just his own strength. When they realized what they had done the next morning, they were not sure how to return the sword without facing consequences. The stolen sword was replaced with the help of a local sculptor and paid for by an anonymous donor. The returned sword is likely to be preserved by a local museum.

THE GREAT SANDWICH SURVEY OF 2021 _ And now for something completely serious: How do you cut your sandwiches? The results of The Great Sandwich Survey of 2021 are in and 54% of you cut your sandwiches diagonal. 28% cut them horizontal. And 18% don’t cut them.

… We also find that 84% of you eat your sandwich crust on. The rest… crust off.

CONGRATS, NEW MOTHER, YOU JUST RAN A MARATHON _ According to research, giving birth can be as traumatic to a woman’s body as hardcore sports like running a marathon. The authors of the University of Michigan study said childbirth is “one of the most dramatic musculoskeletal events the human body undergoes.”

… And it turns out that women can get very similar injuries from childbirth as the ones serious athletes get. A quarter of women in the study had stress fractures similar to the kinds athletes often suffer. Forty-one percent had pelvic muscle tears, and two-thirds had injuries similar to a severe muscle strain.

WE HAVE THIS MANY NATIONAL PARKS _ Can you guess how many national parks the U.S. has? The 63rd national park is New River Gorge in West Virginia. The new park designation will be an upgrade for a parcel of land that has been a national river since 1978. Redesignation as a national park is projected to increase the number of visits by 21 percent. The area will include about 6,000 acres of the 73,000 acres of federal land in the area.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: CHATTERING AWAY TO BABIES IS EVEN BETTER FOR THEM THAN READING _ Parents of tiny babies: When you’re home with the kid, keep a one-sided conversation going about anything and everything while you’re folding laundry, making dinner, or doing whatever else around the house. The the results of a study reveal that a steady stream of idle chatter from mom or dad’s mouth improves the child’s cognitive development, even more so than reading to them does.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIES TO PASS OFF DRUGS AS BAKING INGREDIENTS _ A traffic stop in Florida (Port St. Lucie) ended with a man being arrested for having “baking ingredients” in his car. The man — named Jethro Geneus — was in a car pulled over around 3AM. The officer noticed Geneus, a passenger in the car, moving something around by his feet. When police discovered Geneus had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, he was taken out of the car and officers noticed a backpack on the front floorboard of the car. Inside the backpack were a scale and two large bags of a white and brown substance. Geneus said the items were “sugar and a bag of corn starch to bake a cake.” Police said both substances tested positive for drugs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CONSPIRACY THEORISTS’ 5G COVID CHIP IS REALLY GUITAR PEDAL SCHEMATIC _ An image of a “5G chip” being circulated by COVID conspiracy theorists is in fact the schematic of guitar pedal. • LINK

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN APOLOGIZES TO WIFE WITH HUNDREDS OF ‘SORRY’ ADS _ A man in China must have messed up pretty badly for him to take out hundreds of social media ads displaying an apology to his wife. The ads read, “My dear, I am wrong. Please forgive me.” The husband spend over $4,500 of on the messages. There’s no word on why he apologized.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S BRIDE WAS REALLY A DUDE _ An Egyptian man discovered on his wedding day that his fiancee of three years was a man who had been concealing his identity behind a veil. The groom-to-be was notified by a female guest attending his wedding that his would-be wife was a man in women’s clothing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COPS TRACK THIEF BY CALLING STOLEN PHONE _ In Japan a man robbed an apartment. When police called the number of a phone the guy stole, the crook picked up but didn’t say anything. He also never bothered to hang up, letting the cops hear his conversation with a taxi driver he had hired for his getaway. The open phone connection allowed the cops to track down and arrest the thief.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (8p ET, NBC) – Season two picks up six weeks after the finale from last season, with Zoey still dealing with the aftermath of her father’s death. Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows) and AFelix Mallard (Locke & Key) join the cast this season.

THE LION KING (8p ET, ABC) — This computer animated remake of the 1994 film features the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and more.

GORDON RAMSAY’S AMERICAN ROAD TRIP (8p ET, FOX) — In this 2-hour special, Gordon Ramsay and his friends travel across the United States by RV, enjoying the sights, adventures and hidden culinary gems along the way.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. (8p ET, PBS) — New.  Gayle King, Jordan Peele and comic Issa Rae explore their family secrets.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Randall’s brush with viral fame leads to an unexpected discovery.

NURSES (10p ET, NBC) — New. Grace is forced to confront her own past trauma when she encounters a patient whose diagnosis proves to be elusive.

HISTORY OF SWEAR WORDS (Netflix) — Nicolas Cage hosts this new docuseries that examines the origins and influence of curse words. Celebrity guests will include Nikki Glaser, Patti Harrison, London Hughes, Jim Jefferies, Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, and more.


ENTERTAINMENT

TANYA ROBERTS STILL ALIVE _ Former Bond girl Tanya Roberts was mistakenly announced as dead late Sunday night. Her rep (Mike Pingel) told Variety that although her husband was originally told she had died, the hospital called Monday morning to report she was still alive. However, the rep said that Roberts remains in the ICU in “dire” condition.

… Roberts played Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill as well as Midge Pinciotti on That ’70s Show. The 65-year-old performer was admitted to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles after collapsing on Christmas Eve.

EMMA STONE IS PREGNANT _ E! News is reporting that Emma Stone is expecting a baby. This will be her first child with Saturday Night Live writer Dave McCary. This past September, People confirmed that the actress and writer had exchanged vows.

CHRIS ROCK: TOTAL BLACKOUT TRAILER _ Chris Rock is back with a new Netflix comedy special. Well, it’s not exactly new. Instead, Chris Rock: Total Blackout is an extended version of Rock’s 2018 Netflix stand-up special Chris Rock: Tamborine. In the Total Blackout trailer, Rock himself tells us that the best way to describe this is as “a remixed version of a special.” The remix will feature about 27 extra minutes of material, including “never-before-seen jokes, interviews, and behind the scenes footage.” • TRAILER

… Total Blackout won’t be the last time we see Rock in 2021. He’s also set to appear in Spiral: From the Book of Saw, a reboot of the Saw franchise. Rock came up with the pitch for the film himself, and co-stars with Samuel L. Jackson. The film was originally set to open in October, 2020, but will now arrive on May 21 of this year.

KATHIE LEE GIFFORD REVEALS BILL COSBY ONCE TRIED TO KISS HER _ For many years, Bill Cosby was America’s dad. He played the patriarch Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, which was a high point for many of its actors‘ careers. But behind the scenes, Cosby had been drugging and assaulting women for decades before finally ending up behind bars in 2018. Some of Cosby’s victims were high-profile celebrities, such as supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson. Now, one other person in Hollywood has come forward with their own experience of Cosby’s actions: longtime TV host Kathie Lee Gifford.

… In an interview with People magazine, Gifford opened up about her experience with Cosby and detailed how he treated her — as well as her reaction to it all. The two worked together for two years and had a seemingly normal relationship. But it all changed one night. She recalled: “He tried to kiss me. He was not the first man during a multi-decade career that came on to me, and I’m just very grateful that I never let any of them take it any further than that. … I said, ‘No. Bill, you’re my friend.’ He goes, ‘You’re right. Good night.'”

BRIDGERTON SEEN BY OVER 63 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS _ Bridgerton enjoyed a royal welcome upon its debut on Netflix. According to the streaming giant, the series is projected to reach 63 million households within 28 days of its Christmas Day debut. That would make it the fifth largest Netflix original series launch of all time. The show has also reached the number one spot on Netflix’s top 10 rankings in 76 countries.

WE CAN BE HEROES SEQUEL IN THE WORKS AT NETFLIX _ It looks like your favorite next-gen superheroes will be suiting up again: In a tweet posted on Monday, Netflix confirmed that a follow-up to We Can Be Heroes, the spinoff of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and the Spy Kids franchise, is already in development. Robert Rodriguez, who wrote, directed and produced the 2020 film, will be back for the sequel.

… We Can Be Heroes centers on a whip-smart tween who is determined to rescue her super-powered dad and the rest of Earth’s grown-up superheroes who’ve been kidnapped by aliens. According to Netflix, the film — which debuted on Christmas day — was viewed by more than 44 million subscribers over the holidays.

QUIBI COULD LIVE ON _ Quibi is in talks to sell its content catalog to Roku. Quibi launched in April but never gained traction and said in October that it was shutting down. Roku, which sells the most popular streaming-media player in the U.S., is pushing aggressively into content with its own ad-supported app, the Roku Channel, which offers movies and shows produced by other companies. A deal with Quibi would give Roku some exclusive programming.

… Quibi’s shows, with episodes less than 10 minutes in length, feature such stars as Anna Kendrick, Liam Hemsworth and Sophie Turner. The shows include Most Dangerous Game, a thriller about human-hunting; Dummy, a series about a talking sex doll; and Murder House Flip, a fusion of home-improvement programming and true-crime shows.


AUDIO

🎧  New to the PRO AUDIO page.

• John Oliver with new year resolution suggestions. A fun clip from 2016.

• Drops: Loads of Friday-related movie-TV drops.

• 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.


BITS & BREAKS

100 THINGS TO TOSS FROM YOUR HOME IN THE NEW YEAR

The Today show posted this a few years back, but it’s fund to bring back around after a new year begins.

FACEBOOK THIS: COOKING HACKS

My (your) friend’s microwave has died so for now they’re reheating food in the air fryer. What’s your kitchen hack or trick?

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR CHILD?

Facebook or phone topic: Parents, fess up — what’s the least favorite thing about your child?

• My kid can literally talk non stop for hours though I’ve been making an effort to stop what I’m doing and just listen.

• Both of my children think being in a lockdown/virtual school situation means they never need to bathe or use deodorant again.

• Sock balls. He is constantly making balls out of socks and throws them around endlessly. He never has any socks to wear because they are nowhere to be found due to constant sock balling.

• Lack of volume control.

• He likes to randomly spin with his arms out. I recently got backhanded in the groin in the middle of Walmart. It’s the third time this week.

• My 4-year-old always wants me to pretend I’m eating stuff he brings me. Like, “Hey mom, eat this banana” and gives me the TV remote. I don’t know why, but I hate this game so much.

OUR FAVORITE SOOTHING SOUNDS

In a survey adults were asked to name their favorite soothing sounds.

1. The ocean
2. Waterfalls
3. A wood fire crackling
4. Birds singing
5. Rain on a window
6. The wind in the trees
7. A cat purring
8. Rainforest sounds
9. Crunching snow
10. Crunching leaves
11. Food sizzling in a pan
12. Animal noises
13. Thunder
14. A bath running
15. Pouring a drink
16. A clock ticking
17. Train going over the tracks
18. Whispering
19. The swoosh of car windscreen wipers
20. A child snoring
21. A shower running somewhere in the house
22. Typewriter keys
23. The hum of the central heat coming on
24. Kettle boiling
25. Bottle cork popping
26. Running a tap
27. Humming
28. A cold chocolate bar being broken into pieces
29. Popcorn popping
30. A soda can opening
31. A pen on paper
32. Pouring seeds into a bowl
33. Paper being crinkled
34. An apple crunching
35. Chopping/crushing nuts
36. Tearing a baguette
37. Hairdryer
38. The sound of carrots being snapped
39. Snapping of a breadstick
40. Vacuum cleaners


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average person swallows about a quart of this a day. (Snot. The nose makes a new batch of snot every 20 minutes.)

TRIVIA: The average person does this about 15 times a day. (Burps. The average person also passes gas 14 times, we’ve got gasses coming out of us more than once an hour.)

TRIVIA: Eight percent of adults plan to do what with at least one of the gifts they received at Christmas? (Sell it online)

I SAW IT IN THE MOVIES

Give the hint, listener gives the answer.

• An X-wing fighter (Star Wars)

• A DeLorean with a flux capacitor (Back to the Future)

• The Tesseract (Marvel films)

• A T-Rex (Jurassic Park)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “MAN WHO ATE ______ DURING ROBBERY GETS STUCK IN WINDOW!”

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.



DATEBOOK: JANUARY 6, 2021

BIRTHDAYS

• Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) is 66

• Chef Nigella Lawson is 61

• TV chef Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) is 52

• Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) is 52

• TV personality Julie Chen is 51

• Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) is 39

• Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters, SNL) is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1838: Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, New Jersey.

• 1975: Wheel of Fortune premiered. Created by Merv Griffin, it is the longest-running syndicated game show in television history.

• 1994: Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant in Detroit. Four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison.

• 2001: With the vanquished Vice President Al Gore presiding, Congress certified Republican George W. Bush the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.

• 2007: A man had to be taken to the hospital after police called to his house found his hand had been nailed to a coffee table. Officers in Swansea in Wales said that while there were others in the home at the time, no formal complaint was filed so police didn’t investigating.

• 2014: Janet Yellen became the first woman to hold the post of chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Shortbread Day

• Technology Day

• Bean Day

• Cuddle Up Day