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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 8, 2021

BIRTHDAYS

• Larry Storch (F Troop) is 98

• Charles Osgood is 88

• Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game) is 83

• Michelle Forbes (True Blood) is 56

• North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is 37

• Actor-singer Noah Cyrus is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1675: The first corporation was chartered in the United States. It was a New York fishing company.

• 1790: George Washington delivered the first State of the Union Address address in New York City.

• 1901: The first bowling tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, Illinois.

• 1935: Elvis Presley was born. He died in 1977.

• 1947: David Bowie was born. He died in 2016.

• 1975: Ella Grasso became Governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to serve as a Governor in the United States who did not succeed her husband.

• 1992: U.S. President George H.W. Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair and promptly vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister.

• 2011: An attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords occurred at a grocery store near Tuscon. Thirteen people were injured and six others were killed in the shooting, among them federal judge John Roll.

• 2016: Mexico announced the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Argyle Day

• Bubble Bath Day

• English Toffee Day

• Winter Skin Relief Day

• War on Poverty Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9

• Joan Baez is 80. Jimmy Page is 77. Buster Poindexter is 71. Crystal Gayle is 70. J.K. Simmons is 66. Joely Richardson is 56. Joey Lauren Adams is 53. Kate Middleton is 39. Nina Dobrev is 32. Tyree Brown is 17.

• Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Static Electricity Day. Apricot Day.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

• Rod Stewart is 76. Pat Benatar is 68. Evan Handler is 60.

• Cut Your Energy Costs Day. Oysters Rockerfeller Day. Sunday Supper Day. Bittersweet Chocolate Day. Houseplant Appreciation Day. Peculiar People Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

3.5: Minutes of animation for a film that Pixar produces in a single productive week.


NEWS ATTACK!

There’s evidence that dinosaurs performed mating dances. [Scientists think the dances may have been the cause of their extinction. They died of embarrassment.]

Donald Trump’s online store got shut down. [Now what am I gonna do with this buy-one/get-one coupon I have?]

Police arrested a man in Argentina after he left his baby at a liquor store so he could go into the strip club next door. [It’s not the baby who needs adult supervision.]

Elon Musk is now the richest man in the world. [But Bill Gates is still the sexiest.]

Our trucks and SUVs are so big standard garages aren’t able to hold them. [“Yeah, the family’s moving… we need more room. We just welcomed a crew cab to our family.”]

A survey reveals that the iPhone is addictive. [I’d read the punchline, but I’m too busy playing with my iPhone.]

According to new research, healthy men have better sex than healthy women. [But neither gender likes doing it on a bed of lettuce.]

Pandemic experts in this country say the worst is yet to come and we should prepare. [I’m good. I still have leftover Halloween candy.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WORLD’S LARGEST CONFERENCE FOR CHILI PEPPERS GOES ONLINE _ New Mexico State University is preparing to host the world’s largest conference dedicated to chili peppers. The 2021 New Mexico Chile Conference is February 2 and will be all virtual this year. The university’s Chile Pepper Institute has been organizing the annual conference for about three decades.

… The conference draws experts in breeding, processing, pest management and sustainable ways to give growers a competitive advantage.

… Chili has long been one of New Mexico’s signature crops. It’s the state vegetable and the basis for the official state question: Red or green?

DO YOU KNOW YOUR TEEN’S PASSWORD? _ Can you get into your teen’s social media or email accounts? What about their phone? About half of parents say they know the password to their teen’s email account, 43 percent know their teen’s phone password, and just over a third know the password to at least one of their teen’s social media accounts.

TRUMPSTORE.COM GETS SHUT DOWN _ While Facebook and other social networks suspended Donald Trump from their platforms in the wake of his support for a mob that stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, another tech firm took a different tack on Thursday. Shopify shut down his online merch stores. Shopify, the Canada-based tech company that makes popular software tools to help merchants run online stores, shuttered the Trump Organization’s TrumpStore.com on Thursday morning, as well as the e-commerce portion of the president’s election website. • LINK

… A Shopify spokesman said: “Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence. Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”

GIRL READS 1,000 BOOKS BY AGE 4 _ Lisa Leech of Moorhead, North Dakota, grew up reading, so naturally she read a lot to her daughter, Audrey. By the time she was 14 months old, Audrey’s mom and grandparents had read her 1,000 books. By the time Audrey was 3, she took over reading for herself, and just hit 1,000 books in that effort. Mom Lisa finds books at the library, on eBay, and at thrift stores. Recent tests shows Audrey’s reading level is at the third- or fourth-grade level, even though she’s only 4 years old, and hasn’t even started kindergarten. Audrey says her favorite book so far is The Digging-est Dog.

THE BEST WAY TO GET RICH: SAVE MONEY _ While more than one in five Americans believe the best way to get rich is to win the lottery, and 11 percent say inheriting money is the way to go, 55 percent says saving something each month for many years is best.

… Three percent of those surveyed thought a big insurance settlement was the best way to become wealthy. The poor were the most likely to say winning the lottery was the most practical way to gain wealth.

🎧  FLOSS OR BRUSH — WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT? _ Brushing and flossing are both important for your oral health but if you had to do just one it would be flossing. Dr. Ann Laurent in Lafayette, Louisiana says, “Flossing and brushing isn’t really an either/or equation for optimum health. However, if you had to pick one, flossing is more important if done correctly.” The goal of flossing and brushing is to remove plaque buildup. Brushing only removes plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth. Flossing, on the other hand, allows you to remove plaque from between your teeth and underneath the gums. These hard-to-reach spots are where the most destructive microbes live.

… So why do we like to brush? In large part because the toothpaste industry has cunningly convinced us that to be socially acceptable, we must be minty fresh. Preoccupied as we are with our social standing, we wake up, feel the mint deficit in our mouths and immediately brush.

THE BRAIN LOVES MUSIC THE WAY IT LOVES FOOD _ Ever had goosebumps or felt euphoric chills when listening to a piece of music? If so, your brain is reacting to the music in the same way as it would to some delicious food or a psychoactive drug such as cocaine. According to scientists the experience of pleasure is mediated in all these situations by the release of the brain’s reward chemical, dopamine. Music seems to tap into the circuitry in the brain that has evolved to drive human motivation — any time we do something our brains want us to do again, dopamine is released into these circuits.

WOMAN’S WINNING LOTTERY TICKET ALMOST ENDED UP IN A CHRISTMAS CARD _ An Australian woman who bought a handful of scratch-off lottery tickets to put in her Christmas cards said she ended up with one ticket left over — and it won almost $8,000.

DO YOU HAVE $79,000 AND WANT TO OWN A LIBRARY? _ If you’re a fan of libraries, you can now live in one. For $79,000 you can have your very own library in Ely, Minnesota. It’s three stories high, spans 28,834 square feet, and even comes with a cafeteria that can seat hundreds of people. You know, for when the pandemic is over. There’s also an auditorium on the top floor. • IMAGE

IDENTICAL TWINS AREN’T PERFECT CLONES _ If you’re an identical twin who’s always resisted being called a clone of your sibling, scientists say you have a point. New research shows identical twins are not exactly genetically the same. Scientists in Iceland sequenced DNA from 387 pairs of identical twins, which allowed them to find “early mutations that separate identical twins.” What they found was about 15 percent of identical twin pairs have up to 100 genetic differences. These differences represent a tiny portion of each twin’s genetic code, but they could influence why one twin is taller or why one twin is at greater risk for certain cancers.

JUST 10 MINUTES OF EXERCISE A DAY DURING MIDDLE AGE CAN HELP _ As we age, many people try to keep their mind sharp through reading and solving puzzles. A new study finds working out may help the mind just as much as it helps the body. Researchers from Columbia University Irving Medical Center say just 10 minutes of physical exercise a day in middle age helps protect the brain from decline. Study authors say regular physical activity — such as walking briskly, running, or cycling — from middle age onwards can result in less brain damage 25 years later.

PROTECT YOUR BABY FROM STRANGERS’ GERMS WITH A ‘NO TOUCH’ SIGN _ There’s this thing that happens when a person sees a brand new human. Their hands turn into large magnets that pull straight up and out with a primal need to touch that baby. Just one big problem: the germs.

… Like the zoo has to post signs all over with the very common sense directive to not tap on the glass, parents also need to remind strangers that their babies are not for touching. For these moments, Etsy shop LittleLoveCanada has a solution: The “Please Don’t Touch” sign, which clips to your child’s car-carry seat or stroller. • LINK

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: VALENTINE’S DAY TREES _ Back in early 2020 — also known as Normal Times — people were showing off their Valentine’s Trees on social media. People were simply removing all signs of Christmas from their Christmas tree and adding Valentine’s Day decorations. What seemed like a pretty silly Instagram-worthy stunt last year sounds like a pretty good idea to life our spirits today.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN POISONS COWORKERS TO GET DAY OFF _ A guy in China was arrested after police said he poisoned coworkers by sprinkling his medication into their food. He did it in an attempt to have his workplace shut down so he could have a day off work.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KNOCKED OUT BY THE GOOD BOOK _ A priest in Germany needed to get his watch repaired at a local jeweler and came back a hero. The 68-year-old priest walked in on a robbery and luckily was toting his Bible. He walked up to the would-be robber and knocked him out cold with the Good Book.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED FUGITIVE RESCUED BY FISHERMEN _ A naked fugitive was found sitting on a tree branch in an Australian crocodile habitat by two fishermen. The fishermen heard Luke Voskresensky yell for help on Sunday as they were setting crab traps. Voskresensky — who was covered in mud, cuts, and insect bites — explained that he had been lost for four days and was able to survive by eating snails. Voskresensky had been free on bail after being charged with armed robbery. He had cut off his electronic monitoring device and attempted to evade police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN JAILED AFTER ‘SNORING LOUDLY’ AT McDONALD’s _ A 28-year-old Florida man was arrested after apparently sleeping behind the wheel — and snoring loudly — in a McDonald’s drive-thru lane. A deputy spied the man asleep in his pickup, woke him up and asked for his license. The man said he didn’t have one. The deputy noted that the truck smelled of booze and the man’s speech was slurred. The man participated in field sobriety tests and was arrested on charges of DUI.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK WANDERS IN SEWAGE DUCTS _ A South Korea man who fell into a manhole after a year-end drinking binge was rescued after days of wandering through dark sewage ducts. The heavily intoxicated man lost consciousness after he fell into the manhole. When he came to he lost his way in the dark maze of the sewage system. The man said he wrapped his body in plastic bags to fend off the cold.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: A REAL FLORIDA MANN STORY _ David Mann was found in a parking garage at Florida State University in Tallahassee holding a fire extinguisher, and it was clear he had just sprayed it on himself. Mann was not on fire. Rather, he told them, he had been drinking, fell asleep, and when he woke up fell into some water. Mann apparently thought the extinguisher would dry him off.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LIGHT, COURT, ACTION _ Joseph McConnell found his neighbor’s lights a nuisance, but Manheim Township, Pennsylvania, officials said there was nothing they could do. So McConnell put up his own lights, and suddenly the police were able to do something: they charged him with disorderly conduct for using eight “construction-grade” floodlights and lighting up the neighborhood. McConnell was convicted and fined $25; he appealed and the fine became $200; he appealed again and lost again.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. Mac’s meeting with Desi’s parents goes sideways when her brother finds himself in trouble and desperately needs their help

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — New. A former WNBA player knows what athletes want in a sports drink.

WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.

SEASON PREMIERE: WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8p ET, CW) — New.

20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Magnum and Higgins help an up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighter who is being pressured by a gang to throw an illegal fight.

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (9p ET, CW) — New.

ACL HALL OF FAME: THE FIRST 6 YEARS (9p ET, PBS) — This special includes highlights from the first six years of Austin City Limits’ Hall of Fame celebration, with performances by Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Erin is conflicted by the weight of her authority in the sentencing of a man guilty of vehicular homicide.

SEASON PREMIERE: DICKINSON (Apple TV+) — Hailee Steinfeld returns as the beloved poet in a second season of this comic drama. Finn Jones, Nick Kroll and Timothy Simons join the cast this season.

PRETEND IT’S A CITY (Netflix) — Martin Scorsese celebrates Fran Lebowitz in this seven episode series, with commentary from both Lebowitz and Scorsese about New York City.

CHARMING (Netflix) — A fairy-tale prince shares his side of the story in this animated musical, with the voices of Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato.

HERSELF (Amazon Prime) — In this new film, a Dublin woman (Clare Dunne) flees an abusive relationship and struggles to create a safe space for her children.

SATURDAY

AFC WILDCARD GAME (1p ET, CBS) — The Indianapolis Colts head to Buffalo to take on the Bills.

NFC WILDCARD GAME (4:30p ET, FOX) — The L.A. Rams play the Seahawks in Seattle.

NFC WILDCARD GAME (8p ET, NBC) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on Washington.

THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND (8p ET, HBO) — Pete Davidson and Maris Tomei star in Judd Apatow’s 2020 comedy.

SEASON PREMIERE: A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES (Sundance Now) — Season 2 begins right after the events of the season 1 finale, with Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) time walking into the past (to 1590 London to be exact) to escape the Congregation and find Diana a magic teacher. James Purefoy, Steven Cree (Outlander), and Tom Hughes (Victoria) join the cast this season. Season 1 is available to stream for free through Jan. 18 via Sundance Now, Shudder and AMC+. A Season 1 marathon will also run Sunday, Jan. 24 on AMC, with the second season set to air in June.

SUNDAY

AFC WILDCARD GAME (1p ET, ABC and ESPN) — The Baltimore Ravens are in Tennessee to take on the Titans. This game will be presented on several platforms (part of a MegaCast), including Freeform, whose coverage will feature a Watch Party during which celebrity guests will discuss several topics with ESPN’s Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor. Freeform’s coverage will also include a halftime show hosted by DJ Khaled. ESPN and ABC will offer a “traditional” simulcast of the game.

NFC WILDCARD GAME (4:30p ET, CBS) — The Chicago Bears take on the Saints in New Orleans.

NFL FOOTBALL (8p ET, NBC) — The Cleveland Browns battle Pittsburgh.

60 MINUTES (8p ET, CBS) — New.

CRITICS CHOICE SUPER AWARDS (8p ET, CW) — Kevin Smith and Dani Fernandez host this event, honoring the most popular, fan-obsessed genres across both TV and movies, including superhero, science fiction/fantasy, horror, action and animation.

TIGER (8p ET, HBO) — This two-part, three-hour documentary (that Tiger Woods had no participation in) looks at the rise, fall, and comeback of Woods. It includes never-before-seen-footage and interviews with his former caddy and close friend, Steve Williams; golf legend Sir Nick Faldo; his father Earl Woods’ friend and biographer, Pete McDaniel; Tiger’s first true love, Dina Parr; and Rachel Uchitel, the woman at the center of the sex scandal, breaking her silence for the first time.

SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICAN GODS (8p ET, Starz) — Season 3 finds Shadow (Ricky Whittle) trying to make his own destiny in Wisconsin, only to find the town where he’s living is hiding some secrets. Marilyn Manson, Blythe Danner, and Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) join the cast this season.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New.

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (9p ET, ABC) — New. Ray Romano plays for charity.

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (9p ET, PBS) — This new adaptation of the James Herriot veterinary memoirs features one of Diana Rigg’s (Game of Thrones) last performances.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New.

THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Nolan and Harper are assigned to a community policing center in an attempt to rebuild their station’s reputation in the community.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ The Reason I Jump is in select theaters. Based on the book by Naoki Higashida this immersive film explores the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people around the world.

DON’T EXPECT BORAT 3 ANYTIME SOON _ After making waves with Borat in 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s fictional reporter from Kazakhstan disappeared for nearly 15 years, even if many of his catchphrases did not. But last year, the ignorant, inappropriate journalist returned in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, and against all odds, it was perhaps even better than Borat’s first big screen outing. However, the success and critical claim doesn’t mean Borat will be back again anytime soon. Speaking with Variety, Sacha Baron Cohen explained why he brought back Borat last year, even as the coronavirus pandemic threatened to stop the movie from being completed: “I brought Borat out because of Trump. There was a purpose to this movie, and I don’t really see the purpose to doing it again. So yeah, he’s locked away in the cupboard.”

JORDAN PEELE RETIRED FROM ACTING _ After announcing in 2018 that he was retiring from acting to pursue filmmaking, Jordan Peele is now opening up about why he’s no longer interested in being seen on screen. In a recent conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Peele says it’s always been uncomfortable watching himself perform.

LOKI REPORTEDLY ALREADY RENEWED FOR A SECOND SEASON _ The upcoming Disney+ project Loki only finished filming last month and is set to premiere on the streaming service in May, but a source says the show has already been renewed for a second season.

HUNGER GAMES TV SHOW REPORTEDLY IN DEVELOPMENT _ A Hunger Games TV show is reportedly in development and could land on Netflix. There are no further details available.

STRANGER THINGS SEASON 4 RELEASE DATE REPORTEDLY LEAKED _ It’s been about a year and a half since Stranger Things 3 arrived on Netflix, and fans have been waiting to find out what happens next ever since. Twitter account Netflix Updates has shared what appears to be a screenshot of a Netflix overview page that reveals when we can expect the next batch of episodes to debut on the streamer. According to the tweet, ST4 is coming on August 21. Netflix Updates isn’t a Netflix verified account, so it isn’t an official announcement or anything, and the origins of the info aren’t clear.

BRITNEY SPEARS EX-HUSBAND JOINED CAPITOL PROTEST _ Britney Spears’ ex-husband — the one who isn’t Kevin Federline — had a front-row view to the attempted coup at the Capitol because he was part of the pro-Trump protest. Jason Allen Alexander — whom you might remember for being married to Britney for 55 hours after their wild, 2004 Sin City wedding — trekked to D.C. for Wednesday’s show of support for Donald Trump, which turned into an attempted coup. Jason looked proud to be there — snapping selfies in his Trump 45 beanie.

ACTRESS TANYA ROBERTS DIED FROM URINARY TRACT INFECTION THAT CAUSED SEPSIS _ The actress Tanya Roberts died from a urinary tract infection that developed into sepsis, an outcome that is more common than realized. Roberts, who was 65, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, had a urinary tract infection, or UTI, that spread to her kidneys and gall bladder. The most common type of UTIs begin as bladder infections, which usually respond to antibiotics. But it can become potentially fatal if the infection spreads to the kidneys. Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune system goes haywire when trying to stamp out an infection that has gotten into the bloodstream and starts attacking the organs.

LAW & ORDER: SVU TURNS TO A BROADWAY FOR JOB-HUNTING ACTORS _ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit wants Broadway actors. Next week’s episode features Tony-nominated Hadestown actor Eva Noblezada and Beetlejuice himself Alex Brightman. And that’s just the beginning. This week, SVU’s producer tweeted: “We are trying to hire every Broadway actor we can while we and they wait for the curtains to rise again. … The goal is to get as many jobs to as many theater actors as we possibly can.”

… The offer couldn’t come at a more opportune time. The National Endowment for the Arts recently released figures indicating that while the overall unemployment rate has averaged 8.5 percent, the average among actors was 52 percent. (The figures do not distinguish between Broadway, film and TV performers.)

9 MONTHS WITH COURTENEY COX RENEWED FOR SEASON 3 _ Facebook is pregnant with its third season of the docu-series 9 Months With Courteney Cox. The company’s Facebook Watch service has renewed the unscripted show, which originally debuted in January 2019. The weekly pregnancy docu-series takes an intimate approach to giving viewers raw access of people from all over America of various race, religion, and class as they self-document their 9-month journey of pregnancy.

… The first season featured a range of stories, from a cancer-stricken mother to pregnant teenagers considering adoption to a 50-year old woman struggling to conceive and more. Friends star Cox will continue to narrate and provide commentary across the series as it enters its next season.


AUDIO

🎧  New to the PRO AUDIO page.

• Do you floss every day? (1/8)

• A wrong number guy calls your studio and sounds like he’s about to fall over.

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

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

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


BITS & BREAKS

SHARE YOUR BEST GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE

Facebook this, take it to the phones: I’m in the mood for one grilled cheese sandwich — what’s your secret recipe?

On Reddit, people suggested:

• White bread. Sea salt butter on outside. Shredded cheddar. Shredded mozzarella. Shredded asiago. Thin slice of Swiss. Soft cooked bacon. Smoked sea salt.

• Sharp cheddar inside. Use mayo on the outside to get the perfect level of browning (fat + egg = amazing browning). Best eaten with bread and butter pickles. The sweet/vinegar and melty cheese flavors are perfect together.

• Add pesto and bacon.

• Toast the bread in a toaster. I don’t bother with butter. Slice up some cheddar and put it right on the toast. Splash some Worcestershire sauce over the top, and put it under the grill until the cheese is browned.

IF YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT A LONG, LOVING MARRIAGE

Some love experts were asked by Yahoo for some “rules” for a long, loving marriage.

• Don’t criticize your partner’s parents or friends

• Tell your spouse about any ex encounters.

• Keep unsolicited advice to yourself.

• Don’t take charge all the time. ‘

• Don’t bring up past arguments.

• Choose your battles, but don’t stifle your feelings.

• Don’t post private thoughts or photos publicly.

• Log off (the computer/phone/iPad).

• Don’t use the “D” word (divorce, that is).

• Be each other’s number one.

HOW TO WIN THE LOTTERY

Tips from people who’ve actually won.

• Leave the Number Picking to the Computer — Rather than picking numbers based on birthdays, anniversaries or other meaningful dates, lottery organizers note that the majority of past winners have left the big decisions up to the computer. About 70 percent of past winners used Quick Picks.

• Sign the Back of the Ticket — Imagine beating the nearly impossible odds and having the winning ticket but someone else claiming the money as their own. That’s what could happen if a stranger gets hold of an unsigned ticket and turns it in.

• Stay Anonymous, If You Can — States have different rules when it comes to publicly announcing the winner’s identity. If anonymity is possible, take that option.

• Assemble a Money Management Team — State-run lottery organizations do not give tax or financial advice to winners and they urge people to seek outside counsel.

• Once You Win, Don’t Spend — Wait at least six months — if not a year — before making any purchases. According to a 2015 study 44 percent of winners spend their entire winnings within five years.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Worldwide, nearly 40 billion of these were used on the Internet in 2020. (Digital coupons)

TRIVIA: Over the course of its life, the average dog will eat 32 of these. (Worms)

WHO SAID IT?

“I had someone correct my grammar on a blind date once, and I knew within the first 10 minutes that the date was over.”

• Selena Gomez

• Reese Witherspoon*

• Emma Stone

• Scarlett Johansson

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “CHOKING MAN SAVED WITH ______ BY HIS DAUGHTER!”

A) Potato peeler
B) TV remote
C) Vacuum*

A 70-year-old Japanese man was eating his usual rice dish when he suddenly began choking on the stuff. His daughter, thinking quickly, grabbed the vacuum cleaner and sucked out the food.



DATEBOOK: JANUARY 11, 2021

BIRTHDAYS

• Felix Silla (Cousin Itt on The Addams Family is 84

• Kim Coles (Living Single) is 59

• Kyle Richards (Real Housewives) is 52

• Mary J. Blige is 50

• Amanda Peet is 49

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1935: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

• 1964: U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry reported smoking may be hazardous to one’s health. This was the first such statement from the U.S. government.

• 1974: The world’s first surviving set of sextuplets — six kids — was born to Susan Rosenkowitz in Cape Town, South Africa.

• 1991: A man walked into a New York City garage and asked a mechanic to hold his lion for a minute, he’d be right back. The guy never came back and the 150-pound lion cub wound up at a wildlife preserve.

• 2003: Two-year-old Elliot O’Sullivan, who wanted to build a snowman, was upset when no snow fell near his home in Totton, England. So his dad Shaun, who was working 110 miles away in snow-covered Kent, filled his car with snow and drove the whole way home with the heater off to keep the snow from melting. Then, dad, mom, and son built a snowman.

• 2009: One of the world’s most famous chocolate makers, Cadbury, announced it would warn chocolate lovers that its product contains milk. Cadbury said it was necessary to print warnings in capital letters in yellow boxes saying “CONTAINS: MILK” in case people who are allergic to milk do not realize that there is milk in Cadbury milk chocolate.

• 2020: Diego the giant 100-year-old tortoise retired after his high libido was credited with saving his species. He lived for years at the San Diego Zoo and then on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, before retiring there. Diego fathered more than 900 offspring.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day

Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day

• Clean Off Your Desk Day

• Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day

• Human Trafficking Awareness Day

• Hot Toddy Day

• Milk Day