InterPrep PRO – January 27, 2021

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• James Cromwell (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, American Horror Story: Asylum) is 81

• Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers, Two and a Half Men) is 65

• TV host Keith Olbermann is 62

• Bridget Fonda (Single White Female, Jackie Brown) is 57

• Alan Cumming (Spy Kids) is 56

• Comedian Patton Oswalt is 52


• 1756: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.

• 1880: Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.

• 1963: The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced.

• 1977: The Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests.

• 1981: President Ronald Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House.

• 1998: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC’s Today show, said that allegations against her husband were the work of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

• 2002: In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush described “regimes that sponsor terror” as an Axis of Evil, in which he included Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

• 2010: New York City’s Transit Authority said it would investigate a video posted on YouTube that appeared to show a man on a subway kissing and cuddling a live chicken.


• Auschwitz Liberation Day

• Holocaust Memorial Day

• Library Shelfie Day

Thomas Crapper Day

• Chocolate Cake Day


2.5 billion: Value, in dollars, of gift cards which go unused each year in the U.S.


Mike Lindell, also known as the My Pillow Guy, has been banned from Twitter. [So it’s lights out for the My Pillow guy… heh, heh.]

The boss just walked in with something unusual on his head. I’m not sure if it’s a new toupee or if he’s wearing his Groundhog Day hat a week early.

The Super Bowl is a week from Sunday. [Which means I only have less than two weeks to train my dog how to make nachos.]

A study says the handles on our kitchen appliances are the grossest, germiest things in our homes. [Not mine. I’ve trained my dog how to lick the spilled food of the oven door handle.]

It’s almost the end of January. [I’m finally beginning to remember to write 2021 on everything. What they should do is start the new year on February 1, giving us an extra month to practice.]

A survey finds 40 percent of people snoop when alone in someone else’s bathroom by checking out cabinets and drawers. [I like to scare my nosy guests by filling a couple of the drawers with stuff like beef jerky, super blue, and raw popcorn.]

In 2020, TSA agents discovered 3,257 firearms in passengers’ carry-on bags — and about 83% of the firearms were loaded. [You never know when you have to defend yourself from someone attacking with a germy, outdated airline magazine.]

New Zealand’s prime minister said the country’s borders are likely to remain closed to most travelers for the majority of 2021. [However, if you’d like to buy a traveler coffee mug with the New Zealand flag on it those are available on the (your station) website.]


🎧  GEMSTONE DISCOVERED IN BRAZIL LOOKS LIKE COOKIE MONSTER _ A new rare gemstone has been discovered in Brazil, and it bears striking resemblance to a popular children’s TV show character. A gemologist recently discovered a precious agate gemstone in the Brazilian region of Rio Grande do Su. The stone — now owned by a California resident — was found inside a volcanic rock and resembles Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster. It is expected to be worth somewhere between $10,000 and $12,000, and its prices will only go up once it’s out in the market. • IMAGE

NETFLIX, DISNEY NAMED BEST THINGS TO COME OUT OF AMERICA _ The British love Netflix. According to a survey of 2,000 Brits, Netflix, Disney and Coca Cola have been named the best things to ever come out of America.

… Top ten: Netflix; Disney; Coca Cola; McDonald’s; Apple; KFC; Barack Obama; Hollywood movies; Elvis Presley; NASA.

… Next ten: Levi’s; Tom Hanks; Ben and Jerry’s; Stephen Spielberg; Martin Luther King; Star Wars; Friends; Nike; Facebook; Stephen King.

… Also on the list (in no particular order): The Simpsons; Michelle Obama; Hamburgers; Hot dogs; Johnny Cash; Harley Davidson; Starbucks; Bruce Springsteen; Back to the Future; Rosa Parks; Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson; Fender guitars; Oreos; Gibson guitars; Breaking Bad; Taylor Swift; Super Bowl; Will Ferrell

… The twenty worst (worst first): Donald Trump; Obsession with guns; Kardashians; Racial inequality; Politics in general; Confusing political system; Kanye West; Calling football ‘soccer’; Deep fry everything; Children can drive; Facebook; Rudy Giuliani; Jerry Springer; The NRA; Pumpkin pie; The legal drinking age; American cheese; Crocs; Not allowed to drink outside; The accent.

YOUTUBE EXTENDS TRUMP’S SUSPENSION _ YouTube on Tuesday said it’s again extending its suspension of Donald Trump, who’s been banned from posting videos to his channel since January 12. Comments on Trump’s videos will also remain disabled indefinitely. A YouTube spokesperson said: “In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended. Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments.”

LAUGHTER CAN HELP EASE DAILY STRESS _ There’s an old saying: Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. When it comes to the stressors that build up every day, laughter may be just what the doctor ordered. Researchers (University of Basel) say laughing can serve as a source of relief when it comes to dealing with stress. Their study finds even cracking a smile can help ease the negative effects of stress. The study’s authors estimate people laugh about 18 times a day. Typically, it’s during interactions with others or experiences that bring them pleasure.

… Using a mobile app, participants answered questions eight times a day for a 14-day stretch. Using the results, researchers examined the connection between laughter, stress, and psychological and physical symptoms they cause. Their findings revealed that when participants frequently laughed, stressful events were more related to minor symptoms of personal stress.

GESTURES MAKE WHAT WE SAY MORE MEMORABLE _ Searching for a way to make your point? Then look no further than your hands. Gestures such as slicing the air or waving can make what we are saying more memorable. It may explain politicians’ annoying habit of making chopping motions to emphasize words in their speeches — and why people in some countries such as Italy tend to gesticulate when they speak. The research (Max Planck Institute) shows gestures can affect the sounds people hear, for example making vowels seem longer.

… They say that practical implications are that speech recognition systems may be improved by including looking at hand signals and that computer figures, when speaking, would benefit from animated hand gestures along with computer generated sounds.

RESOLUTIONS WE’VE STRUGGLED WITH _ New Year’s resolutions… remember those? These are the resolutions we’ve struggled with most:

1. Exercise more
2. Eat a healthier diet
3. Lose weight
4. Save money
5. Go to bed earlier

SMART DOGS CAN LEARN NEW WORDS QUICKLY _ They may be a little biased, but most dog owners probably think their furry friend is the smartest canine on the block. Some owners even believe their dog knows every word they’re saying. Well a new study finds they could be right, if their pet is brainy enough. Researchers in Budapest (Eötvös Loránd University) say talented dogs have the ability to quickly learn new words after hearing them a few times.

… Researchers say this isn’t the case for most pooches. Their ongoing studies find dogs either have to be extensively trained or possess exceptional abilities to quickly interpret what humans say. In other words, if your dog demonstrates that they know what an object is after hearing its name for the first time, you’ve got a really smart pup on your hands.

FLORIDA OFFERS TO HOST OLYMPICS IF TOKYO BACKS OUT _ You know what America needs in the middle of a pandemic? Thousands of athletes, coaches, family and media coming in from all parts of the world. Right? Florida’s chief financial officer told the International Olympic Committee that the state would be happy to host the Olympics Games if Japan backs out. The Summer Games were to have taken place last year, but were moved to July 23 through August 8 of this year.

AMERICA’S BILLIONAIRES HAVE GROWN $1.1 TRILLION RICHER DURING PANDEMIC _ Billionaires are minting money during the pandemic, even as millions of Americans join the ranks of the poor. US billionaires have collectively become $1.1 trillion — nearly 40% — richer since mid-March. It’s in large part because of the sizzling stock market. Elon Musk alone is about $155 billion richer, boosted by Tesla’s skyrocketing market valuation.

EMPLOYEES ARE HAPPIER WITH FREE SNACKS _ A survey shows employees that get free snacks on the job are happier overall. One thing the survey found that most companies get right is the coffee. Only 18 percent, however, go further and provide daily free snacks.

GET HIM A GADGET FOR VALENTINE’S DAY _ Not surprisingly, most men would prefer to receive a gadget rather than candy or flowers from their partners on Valentine’s Day. Of the 607 male and female respondents, 61 percent of men said that tech gear would be their gift of choice. The poll found that an increasing number of women, 23 percent, would rather receive a tech item than bouquets or sweets on Valentine’s Day.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THIS ONE THING IN YOUR KITCHEN IS DIRTIER THAN YOUR TOILET SEAT _ Ask anyone what the grossest spots in their home are and they’ll likely answer with one of the following: the toilet, the dish sponge, or the grimy stovetop. But according to a new study, your appliance handles could be even more disgusting.

… Researchers studied the amount of bacteria on 14 common sites in your home and found that the kitchen was the most contaminated spot. And appliance handles — like that of your oven door — were some of the worst offenders.

… Think about it: You just prepped raw meat and, before washing your hands, go to put it in the oven. Your bacteria-covered fingertips are all over the oven door handle. Add to that any oil or grease that splatters from the stovetop and you have a recipe for a disgusting door. And since you don’t realize just how dirty it is, you likely rarely show your oven door handle any sanitizing love.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE CALLED TO APARTMENT OVER VIDEO GAME _ Police in Sweden raided an apartment after receiving a report of gunfire and cries of help only to find several teenagers playing Call of Duty.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PIMPLE-SQUEEZING NURSES _ Two female Russian went back to work after a week’s forced leave after being caught squeezing the pimples of an unconscious patient in the surgery recovery room.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OLD GUY CONFESSES TO CRIME _ In Germany, an 84-year-old man whose guilty conscience finally got the best of him went to his local police station and confessed that he put a firecracker on a railroad track when he was a teen.. The cops told him that the statute of limitations had passed and no charges would be filed against him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEFORE YOU RETURN YOUR RENTAL CAR _ A couple of guys returned their rental car at the Albany, New York, Airport, but one of them realized he had forgotten an important piece of luggage in the car. The men rushed back and were met by local authorities. The car agency had called them after finding the bag: it was allegedly packed with drugs and $5,600 in cash.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED FLORIDA MAN STOLE, CRASHED POLICE CAR _ In Florida, officers responded to reports of a naked man running along Interstate 10 in western Jacksonville. Police found a 22-year-old man lying in the the road. Apparently the naked man had stolen a marked police vehicle and crashed it into a wooded area before fleeing and ending up on the interstate.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DON’T DRINK AND BOAT _ The U.S. Coast Guard was called in to rescue a boater in the Florida Keys. The Coast Guard took possession of the allegedly stolen boat. Its skipper, who after giving a fake name was identified as Tylyn Earl Morlang of Missouri, was turned over to Florida Fish and Wildlife officers. Morlang allegedly stole the craft from Cruisin’ Tikis; the boat is a motorized floating Tiki Hut. The Coast Guard posted a photo of the incident suggesting “Don’t drink and boat!” As officers tried to take Morlang into custody, he screamed “I’m not going to jail! I can’t go to jail!” He eventually had to be Tasered into submission.


THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Chris “Ludacris” Bridges plays for charity.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Beverly enlists Erica’s help to sue her cookbook publisher after finding her book in the bargain bin.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. Halstead faces an uphill battle in getting participants involved in his clinical trial.

THE MASKED DANCER (8p ET, FOX) — New. The three finalists from group A and group B come together for the super six. Whitney Cummings is the guest panelist.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Greg ropes Katie into a double date with Principal Ablin (Jerry Lambert) and Maria (Julie Meyer) to further his political aspirations.

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Gallo is forced to make a surprise rescue of one of their own when the firehouse is called to the site of a construction explosion.

SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Ensign Davis tracks Ray’s location to a shipping container in the Mediterranean Ocean.

THE CONNERS (9p ET, ABC) — New. Darlene earns a promotion at Wellman Plastics, while Ben decides on a new career path.


NANCY DREW (9p ET, CW) — New.

CALL YOU MOTHER (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Jean plans a girls’ night for just her and Jackie to bond, but it doesn’t go as smoothly as planned.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. A cop is murdered, and suspicion falls on someone who has been holding a grudge against the officer.

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. SWAT searches for a group of extremists carrying out coordinated attacks against local businesses.

FOR LIFE (10p ET, ABC) — New. After an urgent call from Bellmore concerning the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Aaron heads back to the prison to investigate

SERIES PREMIERE: RESIDENT ALIEN (10p ET, Syfy, USA) — Alan Tudyk (Firefly) stars in this new dark comedy as an extraterrestrial who must assume human form after crash landing in a small Colorado town. His mission to kill all humans becomes complicated when he starts to assimilate into his new surroundings.

SEASON PREMIERE: BONDING (Netflix) — Zoe Levin and Brendan Scannell star in season 2 of this comedy.

PENGUIN BLOOM (Netflix) — Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln star in this 2020 based-on-a-true-story drama film about Sam Bloom (Watts), a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her unable to walk. Sam’s husband, (Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Jacki Weaver) are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin.


YOUNG ROCK TRAILER _ NBC just released the full-length trailer for Young Rock, giving a glimpse of the pro-wrestler-turned-Hollywood star’s journey from young kid growing up in Hawaii to getting his start in professional athletics. The trailer also reveals the How I Met Your Mother-esque setup for the show, which has Dwayne Johnson playing himself as a presidential candidate in 2032, recalling his early life history. • VIDEO

… The series, which is by the creator of Fresh Off the Boat, focuses on three different chapters of Johnson’s life, from growing up in a strong and resilient family, to being surrounded by the wild characters of his professional wrestling family, to playing football at the University of Miami.

KEVIN HART TO JOIN CATE BLANCHETT IN BORDERLANDS _ Kevin Hart has gone from finding himself stuck in a video game in the rebooted Jumanji movies to returning to the gamer world, in the big screen adaptation of the hit video game series Borderlands. The plot of Borderlands centers on the planet Pandora, where players hunt for a mysterious Vault and its jackpot of alien tech and other assorted treasures. Cate Blanchett was already cast as Lilith, one of a rare race of super-powered women known as Sirens.

SHAQ SELLS FLORIDA MEGA-MANSION FOR $16.5M _ Shaquille O’Neal sold his Orlando mansion for $16.5 million — almost $12 million under its original 2018 asking price. The 31,000-square-foot complex on an almost four-acre lot has 12 bedrooms, 11½ bathrooms and a 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court.

… The property outside Orlando has a 17-car showroom, a cigar bar with walk-in humidor, and a soundproof home theater. The anonymous buyer will also enjoy the home’s wine storage, three fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen, some nice smart-home technology, and a lakefront office.

… Shaq bought the property for $3.95 million in 1993.

WE SPEND $47 A MONTH ON STREAMERS _ According to a new survey (J.D. Power), Americans are currently spending an average of $47 per month on video subscription services, up from $38 per month back in April.

BETTER CALL SAUL’S BOB ODENKIRK GOT A TATTOO IN HONOR OF THE SERIES _ Better Call Saul has had viewers hooked since its 2015 premiere. A spinoff of AMC’s Breaking Bad, it tells the story of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), a do-good lawyer who gradually transforms into the seedy attorney we met in the first series. Better Call Saul has scores of fans and consistently ranks as one of the best television shows of all time. But Odenkirk took the fandom to a new level when he got a Better Call Saul-themed tattoo etched onto his body. In 2018, ahead of the fourth season, Odenkirk attended the Television Critics Association press tour, where he spoke about the show — and dropped his pants to reveal the tat. Odenkirk mentioned in a later appearance on The Tonight Show that the tattoo was only temporary.

… Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White in Breaking Bad, paid tribute to the show with a tattoo of its logo on one of his fingers.

TYLER PERRY COVID-19 VACCINE SPECIAL TO AIR ON BET _ BET will air COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community: A Tyler Perry Special on January 28. With a goal to address the public’s concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, Perry met with Dr. Carlos del Rio and Dr. Kimberly Dyan Manning of Atlanta’s Emory School of Medicine for the special, which is produced by Perry.

NETFLIX’S CRIME SCENE HAS A TRAILER _ Netflix just released the trailer for Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, which launches on February 10. The show is the first season of a docuseries that deconstructs the mystery of infamous locations in contemporary crime, focusing on the disappearance of college student Elisa Lam from the downtown Los Angeles Cecil Hotel. • TRAILER

NBC ORDERS SEASON 9 OF BLACKLIST _ NBC has renewed The Blacklist for a ninth season.

ZENDAYA TEASES NEXT SPIDER-MAN _ Spider-Man costar Zendaya has dropped a hint about the third film in the current series. The actress says, “We still have a lot [of filming] to do. It’s like running from aliens and things you can’t see.”

DISNEY REVEALS BLACK WIDOW’S RUNTIME _ Let’s be honest — a lot of us miss the movie-going experience. Some of us are so ready to get into a well-worn theater seat — and pay $12 for a large bucket of theater popcorn — we perk up at any bit of film news. Like the Marvel movie Black Widow. There’s no new release date or a new trailer — but we do know the film’s runtime. Marvel says the movie will clock in at 2 hours 13 minutes.



Cookie Monster sings his favorite song. Some guy cracked open a gem and found Cookie Monster’s face inside. (1/27)


One sign that 2021 is going to be better than 2020 is the sea shanty craze on TikTok — which has spilled over to other social media sites. Nickelback added their own vocals to the original done by Scottish 26-year-old Nathan Evans. (1/26)


Millie Bobby Brown


@ThatVeganTeacher on TikTok wrote a song for Gordon Ramsay. (1/26)



A great, heartwarming topic for social media and on-air conversation. You’ll get responses like banana bread, stews, lasaga, and various cookies.


When my (brother/friend/dad) is bored and sitting in a room he tries to figure out the dimensions of the room. Weird, right? Sometimes he’ll check his guess by using the Measure app on his iPhone.


Groundhog Day (not Groundhogs Day) is next Tuesday.

• The tradition can be traced to Candlemas, an early Christian holiday. Those who celebrated Candlemas decided that clear skies on the holiday meant a longer winter.

• The Germans eventually began to believe that if the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, a hedgehog would cast a shadow — predicting six more weeks of winter.

• When German immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania, they found a large number of groundhogs. So they decided that the groundhog, which resembles the European hedgehog, could predict the weather.

• The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club was founded in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in 1887 by a group of groundhog hunters. The editor of the Punxsutawney newspaper was a member of the club, and he claimed that Punxsutawney Phil was the only true weather-predicting groundhog. Eventually, the furry Pennsylvania rodent — known as Punxsutawney Phil — became famous.


• In the 1980s, some French women marketed a musical napkin that was placed inside a baby’s diaper and played “When the Saints Go Marching In” as soon as it became wet.

• William A. Calderwood of Peoria, Arizona, patented helium filled furniture that would float to the ceiling when not in use to allow extra floor space and be pulled back down by a rope as needed.

• It was in 1966 that America’s Thomas J. Bayard invented a vibrating toilet seat, acting on the belief that physical stimulation of the buttocks is effective in relieving constipation.

• James Moreau developed a bra in 1988 which surrounded the breasts with water, so that a buoyant force provided improved and independent support for each breast.


Some employee embarrassing moments:

• “I called my boss ‘my love’ by complete accident.”

• “I called my boss by the wrong name during a meeting.”

• “I said something inappropriate about my boss and found out he was standing right behind me.”

• “I stapled one of my fingers with the stapler while I was assisting an employee.”

• “I slammed my foot into the copy machine and had to be taken to the emergency room.”

• “I fell off a chair while talking to my boss.”


Yes, some states do have an official state drink! (Full list of known state drinks here. If your state doesn’t have a drink, ask listeners what it should be.)

• Arkansas – Milk

• California – Wine

• Florida – Orange juice

• Maine – Moxie

• Massachusetts – Cranberry juice

• Nebraska – Milk, Kool-Aid

• New Hampshire – Apple cider

• Ohio – Tomato juice

• Rhode Island – Coffee milk


TRIVIA: Someone did a survey about household chores we hate. Men hate doing laundry the most. What chore does women hate most? (Cleaning bathrooms)

TRIVIA: Thirty-one percent of us say we wish we “had the guts” to get rid of what? (Our TV)

TRIVIA: It takes about three months for one of these to grow back completely. (A missing fingernail)


• GMC Sierra

• Chevy Camaro*

• Jeep Cherokee

• Toyota 4Runner

* It’s not an SUV.


Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “WOMAN SUFFERS INJURY AFTER FALLING OVER PILE OF ______!”

A) Legos
B) Elephant dung
C) Accident claim forms*

In Scotland a woman suffered pain and loss of earnings after falling while at work. The woman was an insurance worker. She won a settlement after she tripped and fell over a pile of accident claim forms left on the floor by a fellow employee.


• Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) is 85

• Barbi Benton (Playboy, Hee Haw) is 71

• Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) is 52

• Mo Rocca is 52

• Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett is 49

• Joey Fatone of N Sync is 44

• Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, I Care A Lot) is 42

• Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is 41

• Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) is 40

• Ariel Winter (Modern Family) is 23


• 1813: Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom.

• 1887: In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes were reported: 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

• 1958: Godtfred Kirk Christiansen patented the Lego brick.

• 1985: USA for Africa recorded the hit single We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

• 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on-board, including Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to be the first teacher in space.

• 2006: In Leavenworth, Kansas, Thomas Haynes was an enterprising young drug dealer. So enterprising that he had some business cards made up to advertise himself as the town’s “boss” drug dealer. Police officers got one of the cards, called the number, set up the buy and when he showed up to make the delivery he was arrested.


• Kazoo Day

• Pediatrician Day

• Blueberry Pancake Day

• International Lego Day