InterPrep PRO – January 6, 2021

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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


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2: Years we spend taking showers.


NEWS ATTACK!

Researchers say the average kid eats the equivalent of 5,500 sugar cubes a year. [My 8-year-old self would call that a rookie year.]

So far I’ve kept my New Year’s resolution. [I haven’t eaten anything without nacho cheese flavoring on it.]

Some robbers were arrested on a beach in Brazil after a man noticed two of them were wearing clothes stolen from his house. [The man hesitated calling the cops because the clothes were stuff he got for Christmas from his grandmother and he didn’t really want them back.]

Americans are back to buying vehicles at their pre-pandemic pace. [Apparently a $750 a month payment is a small price to pay to get away from our family during lockdown.]

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons reminds us that falls on icy surfaces are a major cause of ankle sprains and fractures. [These people must be related to the one who give summer warnings that water is a major cause of drowning.]

By now about 1 in 3 people have blow their New Year’s resolution. By March only 12 percent of us will still be at it.  [(Jock) said this year he’s resolving to eat less. For him that’s ONCE around the Taco Bell drive-thru.]

A slab from ancient Rome was found in an English woman’s garden. [You know some Roman was on vacation and lost it. His wife was like, “I told you not to bring the slab!”]

Mike Pence told Donald Trump that he does not have the authority to block certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win. [And he’s hoping that doesn’t get him kicked out of this weekend’s White House Putt-Putt tournament.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

MEDITERRANEAN DIET IS BEST OVERALL DIET AGAIN _ For the fourth year in a row, the Mediterranean diet continues to be named the best overall diet, according to US News & World Report’s annual ranking. The Mediterranean diet, which is consistently backed by studies showing a correlation with decreased risk of disease, also nabbed the No. 1 spot for best diets for healthy eating, easiest diets to follow, best diets for diabetes, best plant based diets and best heart-healthy diets.

… The diet guides people to eat plenty of plants and foods that are low on “bad” cholesterol, such as legumes, nuts, wheat, fruits and veggies. For example, in this diet, you replace butter with healthy fats like olive oil, salt with herbs and spices, and red meat with fish and poultry. Plus, it’s totally cool to have a glass of red wine on occasion.

… Following the Mediterranean diet, the DASH and Flexitarian diet tied in at No. 2 for Best Overall Diet. The DASH diet, short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is a US government-backed plan aimed at helping followers lower their blood pressure, while the Flexitarian diet is a modified vegetarian diet where users eat animal products in moderation.

MAJORITY OF JAPANESE WANT TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL OLYMPICS _ The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics have been bumped to this coming summer, but many in Japan don’t want it. 36 percent of Japanese surveyed say the Olympics should be postponed again, while 34 percent want them canceled outright.

WINNINGS FROM $200 LOTTERY TICKET LEAD COUPLE TO $100,000 JACKPOT _ A North Carolina couple said they were feeling lucky after winning $200 from a scratch-off lottery ticket so they bought another ticket the next day — and won $100,000. Nicki Condon said she and her husband each scratched off half of the $100,000 Millionaire Bucks scratch-off ticket they bought from a convenience store and they were elated to win $200. The couple cashed in their ticket while running errands the next day and decided to buy another of the same ticket. The couple will pay off some bills and celebrate their upcoming 30th wedding anniversary with a nice vacation.

BABY FLIPPING EVERYONE OFF IN AN ULTRASOUND IS PERFECT END TO 2020 _ 2020 was basically one big dumpster fire, so much so that literally everyone — including those who haven’t been born yet — was ready to see it end. Chelsea Furnival, a 23-year-old mother in Wales, is currently 23 weeks pregnant with her second child, a girl. Recently, she was feeling an alarming amount of kicks at night, so she decided to get a 4D ultrasound. Chelsea was mid-sonogram, happily chatting away with her partner Adrian and the sonographer, when an interesting image popped up on the screen: the girl had her middle finger up. • IMAGE

THE UNIVERSE IS ALMOST 14 BILLION YEARS OLD _ The more we learn about the universe the more we discover about its true age. Researchers from Cornell University say their scans of space have confirmed previous estimates about the age of the universe. Their study finds the cosmos is closing in on a big milestone, as it nears its 14 billionth birthday. Data from the observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert, along with some cosmic geometry, finds the universe is 13.77 billion years-old — plus or minus about 40 million years. The findings also back up another study by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite. That one measured remnants of the Big Bang between 2009 and 2013.

EARTH IS SPINNING FASTER THAN AT ANY TIME IN THE PAST 50 YEARS _ Time is passing quicker now than at any point in the last half century. The world’s timekeepers say Earth’s rotation is faster than normal and, as a result, the length of a day is currently ever-so-slightly shorter than the regulation 24 hours. The timekeepers are now debating whether to delete a second from time to account for the change, and bring the precise passing of time back into line with the the rotation of the Earth.

… While the addition of a so-called ‘negative leap second’ has never been done before, a total of 27 ‘leap seconds’ have been added since the 1970s, in order to keep atomic time in line with solar time. This is because, for decades, the Earth has taken slightly longer than 24 hours to complete a rotation, but since last year it has been taking taking slightly less.

🎧  TORONTO TAVERN IS OFFERING VHS RENTAL SERVICE _ If 2020 was the kind of year that left you longing for simpler times, a tavern in Toronto is serving up movie classics along with its selection of craft beers. In an effort to survive lockdown legislation, Farside Bar has turned into a video rental store. The bar has created a membership-based, VHS rental service — the type of thing that went out of fashion more than a decade ago. Mike Reynolds, a self-confessed videophile and co-owner of Farside Bar, had 5,000 tapes sitting in the back room and decided to do something interesting during the pandemic. Reynolds was able to source surplus VCRs from thrift stores, along with HDMI adapters to enable the machines, many of which were manufactured in the ’80s and ’90s, to operate on today’s HDTVs.

HIDDEN VALLEY IS MAKING A VEGAN RANCH _ As plant-based and flexitarian lifestyles become more and more popular, mainstream brands are creating new products that allow those with dietary restrictions to enjoy the classic foods they love without changing their diets drastically. The latest is Hidden Valley Ranch, which has a dairy-free version of their dressing coming in 2021.

… Hidden Valley Plant Powered Ranch will include ingredients that are all gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free while still maintaining the fan-favorite creamy and zesty taste.

TO LIVE LONGER, WALK FASTER _ When doctors want a clue to which seniors might have many years still ahead of them it seems one of the best pieces of evidence could be simply how fast the person walks. That’s the conclusion of a study (University of Pittsburgh). The work reviewed the results of nine other studies over the years that included more than 34,000 people aged 65 or older. When they tallied the total results, the numbers jumped off the page: only 19 percent of the slowest walking 75-year-old men lived for 10 more years compared to 87 percent of the fastest walking ones. Only 35 percent of the slowest walking 75-year-old women made it to their 85th birthday compared to 91 percent of the fastest walkers.

FOR GOOD LUCK, PUT YOUR TOILET OUTSIDE _ The layout of your bathroom could be causing your luck to go right down the drain. That’s according to Rohit Arya, an expert in “vaastu,” which is the Indian equivalent of Chinese “feng shui.” Arya says it’s considered extremely bad luck to have your toilet in the same room as your shower or bathtub because it supposedly pollutes the same area where you clean yourself. Vaastu practitioners say you can’t really become prosperous unless you move your toilet out of your house — or at least put it in a separate room.

… Since nearly all bathrooms usually combine toilets with tubs, Arya says you can reduce your bad luck by simply keeping the lid of the toilet shut whenever you’re not using it. Arya is the author of the book Vaastu: The Indian Art of Placement.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WE’RE GONERS IN 1 TO 4 BILLION YEARS _ The end of the world is close. Or at least much closer, according to research (in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society). The prevailing view has been that our Milky Way would crash into its neighboring Andromeda galaxy sometime between 6 and 8 billion years from now. The latest research suggests that there is a good chance the Milky Way may instead crash into the Large Magellanic Cloud in only 1 to 4 billion years from now.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 1st AND 2nd WIVES ATTACK MAN OVER MARRIAGE TO 4th _ Here’s one distinct disadvantage of being a polygamist: your wives can gang up and beat the snot out of you. In Pakistan a guy was beaten up by his first and second wives for allegedly conducting a secret wedding with a fourth wife — and planning a fifth marriage. No word on where the third wife was in this little drama.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN RIDES AIRBOAT ON NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS _ Deputies in Brevard County, Florida, were called to a neighborhood last Thursday night and saw a man, later identified as Joseph Prohaska, riding an airboat on the streets before pulling it into a yard. Police say Prohaska knocked over trash cans and was shooting off fireworks during the incident.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: I REALLY NEED YOU TO BE MY FRIEND _ Caleb Burczyk of Williston, North Dakota, spotted a former co-worker on Facebook, and sent a friend request. The friend apparently didn’t respond. Burczyk allegedly told the would-be friend’s wife he would “come at” him if he didn’t accept his friend request. What did that mean? Burczyk allegedly told the unnamed target: “Accept my friend request or I’m going to murder you.” He then allegedly kicked in the couple’s front door. Security camera footage captured clear photos of the culprit, and Burczyk was arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SET FIRE TO HOTEL BECAUSE HE WAS CURIOUS _ Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, police say Andrew Higdon is facing numerous felonies including arson, reckless burning, risking catastrophe, burglary and criminal trespassing. Why? Police say Higdon set fire to an old hotel. Why would he do that? Police say Higdon told them he was “curious and bored.”

… Higdon helped police catch himself. Police say Higdon exited a nearby auto garage and approached police claiming to have seen a man exit the hotel right before the fire started. According to officials, Higdon provided police with a very detailed description of the suspect — details that police say Higdon wouldn’t have been able to see from his vantage point, about 100 feet away.


ON TELEVISION

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Adam Devine plays for the Children’s Miracle Network.

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (8p ET, ABC) — In three new back to back episodes, Amanda Peet, Zachary Quinto, Karamo Brown and Ray Romano play for charity.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. Dr. Charles and April team up to take on a mysterious patient.

THE MASKED DANCER (8p ET, FOX) — New. The second and final group of five characters is introduced.

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. A mishap on the aerial ladder in the midst of a fire rescue leaves Mouch shaken and questioning his abilities.

SERIES PREMIERE: NAME THAT TUNE (9p ET, FOX) — Jane Krakowski hosts this rebooted game show, with Randy Jackson as band leader. Contestants test their musical knowledge as they battle each other for cash and prizes. The music will be played by a live band. There’s a rotating variety of games based on the original show before the iconic Bid-a-Note round.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. Ruzek and Burgess discover a child walking alone in the middle of the street. When they take her home, they discover that her entire family has been murdered.

SURVIVING DEATH (Netflix) — This six-episode docuseries combines new research with first-hand accounts of near-death experiences, and is based on a book by best-selling author and journalist Leslie Kean.

TONY PARKER: THE FINAL SHOT (Netflix) — This new sports documentary about the former San Antonio Spurs point guard’s life as a professional basketball player covers Parker’s journey from an early age, through the struggles, and until the very end. It also includes interviews with coach Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Bruce Bowen as well as late Kobe Bryant.


ENTERTAINMENT

GRAMMYS POSTPONED IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS SURGE _ The Trevor Noah-hosted 63rd annual Grammy Awards’ January 31 airdate has been scuttled over the coronavirus, which has spread rapidly in Los Angeles County in recent days. While a new date hasn’t been announced, organizers are eyeing March.

PEDRO PASCAL DETHRONED AS THE MOST POPULAR STAR IN THE WORLD _ The IMDb Star Meter is less an indicator of popularity and more of an insight into which actors are trending in terms of profile views and searches. For weeks, the top spot was held by Anya Taylor-Joy as The Queen’s Gambit reigned supreme as the most popular TV show on the planet, before she was bumped by Pedro Pascal a few days ago. Of course, it helped that the actor can currently be seen in three of the most-watched projects across a trio of streaming services thanks to The Mandalorian, the Netflix family film We Can Be Heroes, and HBO Max’s Wonder Woman 1984.

… However, Pascal’s time at the top of the Star Meter was short-lived, because he’s already been dislodged by Bridgerton actor and rumored James Bond contender Regé-Jean Page. In fact, the success of Netflix’s buzzy new period drama has seen fellow cast members Phoebe Dynevor, Claudia Jessie, Jonathan Bailey and Nicola Coughlan all take up residency in the Top 10 as well.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING NEW BATMAN MOVIE _ A wild rumor seems to suggest that Christopher Nolan might be returning to direct a new film centering around Batman. The legendary filmmaker’s most recent flick, Tenet, underperformed at the box office amid the ongoing pandemic. A source now claims that Nolan is considering directing a new Batman movie, though which one he could helm remains unknown at this point.

… Nolan was the man behind the blockbuster trilogy of Batman films that starred Christian Bale: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.

SUPER BOWL NOT SEEMING AS SUPER THIS YEAR _ A poll found that fewer adults plan to watch Super Bowl 55 than watched it last year.

TANYA ROBERTS HAS DIED _ Tanya Roberts, who found fame in the 1980s as a detective on Charlie’s Angels and as a brave earth scientist in the James Bond film A View to a Kill, died on Monday night in Los Angeles. She was 65. Her death was confirmed on Tuesday by her companion, Lance O’Brien. Her publicist, who was given erroneous information, had announced her death to the news media early Monday, and some news organizations published obituaries about her prematurely. The publicist said Roberts collapsed on December 24 after walking her dogs near her Hollywood Hills home and was put on a ventilator at the hospital. He did not give the cause of death, but said it was not related to COVID-19.

REPORT: SANDRA BULLOCK MARRIED _ Sandra Bullock is probably not married. According to OK!, Bullock and her man of six years have “quietly tied the knot in an intimate idyllic ceremony at Sandra’s” ranch in Wyoming. An insider told the tabloid “it was very low-key” because “neither of them wanted anything big or flashy.” Both of them “were thrilled at how beautifully it turned out.”

… Except that US Weekly, which shares an owner with OK!, recently reported the exact opposite of this story. It reported Bullock and her guy were in no rush to get married, and “it doesn’t take a piece of paper or formality to ensure happiness.”


AUDIO

🎧  New to the PRO AUDIO page.

• Toronto tavern is offering VHS rental service. (1/6)

• Drop: This is serious stuff. Do you realize what you people have done?

• 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

HERE’S AN IDEA FOR AN APP

A woman on Twitter has a good idea for couples who can never agree on what to watch: “What if there was an app that both you and your partner have where you both swipe right or left on movies that are on your streaming services and when you find a match it lets you know.”

WHAT DO YOU OWN A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF?

Toss this one up on Facebook: What do you own a ridiculous amount of?

• Paperclips. I have a whole drawer full of them.

• Houseplants. It’s hard to stop buying/trading or just propagating and making more.

• Empty boxes from ordering stuff.

• Cables. There is an unwritten law of the universe: If you throw away a cable, you will need it within a month.

• Guitar picks

• Plastic bags from the grocery store.

WHEN IT’S OK TO WEAR FLIP-FLOPS

This was found on the internets. It sure seems like there are no flip-flop rules anymore — I see people wearing them in the dead of winter.

No Flip-Flops Between October and March — Yes, there are certain occasions when you can wear white between Labor Day and Easter, but there is no reason to be wearing flip-flops in the winter. Unless you’re in a warm spot on vacation.

Never Wear Flip-Flops to Work — Never, as in not ever. Even if it’s casual Friday.

Do Not Wear Flip-Flops to a Bar — Or a nightclub or a concert or a parade or anywhere you are going to be standing in a crowd of people. First of all, it’s unsightly. Secondly, it’s dangerous. You are going to get your feet stomped on. That is what happens in crowds of people.

Do Not Wear Flip-Flops to a Formal Occasion — Weddings, funerals, retirement dinners, bar mitzvahs, and anything similar are not the time to let your dogs breath. In fact, if it’s any occasion where other people will be wearing jackets and fancy dresses then you need to put on your big-boy or big-girl shoes.

There Is No Such Thing as a Dressy Flip-Flop — No matter what it is made out of, what sort of design flourishes it has, or how much it cost you, your flip-flop will never be classified as “dressy.”

If the Choice Is Between Flip-Flops and Crocs, Choose Flip-Flops — Flip-flops are horrible for so many reasons, but they’re still better than the holey plastic abomination known as Crocs.

Flip-Flops Are Always OK at Home — It’s your house, so you can do whatever you want. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, who is coming over, or what you do for a living.

WHY ALCOHOL SHOULD BE SERVED AT WORK

When this is over…

Many of you will be ready to get back to the office. But some will need an incentive (uh, hello… paycheck?). One incentive could be alcohol, so here’s why it should be served at work.

• It leads to more honest communications.

• It reduces complaints about low pay.

• Employees tell management what they think, not what management wants to hear.

• Increase job satisfaction because if you have a bad job, you don’t care.

• It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work.

• It makes fellow employees look better.

• Burping during a meeting isn’t so embarrassing.

• Employees work later since there’s no longer a need to relax at the bar.

THREE WAYS TO MAKE A DECISION WITH CONFIDENCE

1) You’ll be happier with a decision if you make it between 9 and 11am. Science shows we’re biologically primed to think more clearly and make more intelligent choices during that time. The reason: In the old days, our ancestors had to decide their hunting routes in the morning and since figuring out where to find food was a major daily decision, we’re now hard-wired to be better decision-makers in the morning. Plus, morning’s the time your confidence is highest, and you’re less likely to be anxious or depressed.

2) Don’t make a decision when you’re hungry. Cambridge University researchers found that subjects who had skipped a meal were 50 percent more likely to make an irrational decision. It makes sense: When you’re hungry, you’re more likely to be cranky and irritable, which can lead to bad decision making. Also, Florida State University researchers found that low blood sugar — which can occur when you don’t eat for a while — can also affect our decision making. In fact, when given a choice of three different answers, over 60 percent of subjects picked the worst, most illogical one when their glucose levels were low.

3) Think about something else. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that thinking too hard about something actually disrupts the balance of the two hemispheres of the brain, leading to poor decision making. So if you’re struggling with a decision, think about something else for a while. The answer should come to you.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: One what game will you find pips? (Pips are the dots on dominoes)

TRIVIA: What’s significant about 40 degrees below zero? (It’s the only temperature at which the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales coincide)

TRIVIA: To what family of animals do the Chinstrap, Macaroni, and Gentoo belong? (Penguin. All three are Antarctic penguins.)

SPY THE LIE!

• The muscles humans use most is the eye muscle.

• It’s estimated that 12,000 Americans lose their phone every day. (LIE. 160,000)

• If you suffer from gamophobia, you fear marriage.

2 BEGIN

In this game you have 20 seconds to name ten words that begin with the letters QU. Ready?



DATEBOOK: JANUARY 7, 2021

BIRTHDAYS

• Kenny Loggins is 73

• Erin Gray (Silver Spoons) is 71

• David Caruso is 65

• Katie Couric is 64

• Nicolas Cage is 57

• Doug E. Doug (Cool Runnings, Cosby) is 51

• Jeremy Renner (Marvel films) is 50

• Dustin Diamond (Saved by the Bell) is 44

• Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead) is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1927: The Harlem Globetrotters played their first game.

• 1992: AT&T released a video telephone. The price was $1,499.

• 2002: A 40-year-old Romanian woman stopped hiccuping for the first time in 14 years following surgery in Bucharest. Doctors said the hiccups were caused by a lymphatic cyst which grew after an earlier operation.

• 2006: A retired Arkansas nurse saved her brother’s chicken, Boo Boo, by administering mouth-to-beak resuscitation after the fowl was found floating face down in the family’s pond.

• 2015: A terrorist attack on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris killed 12.

• 2019: Amazon topped Microsoft to become the world’s most valuable listed company for the first time.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• I Am A Mentor Day

• I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day

• Programmers Day

• Bobblehead Day

• Tempura Day