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ONE YEAR OLDER _ John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, Sol Star in Deadwood) is 61. Harry Connick Jr. is 53. Taraji P. Henson (Empire) is 50. Ariana Richards (Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park films) is 41. Elizabeth Henstridge (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is 33.

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study found that the filthiest place on an airplane isn’t the bathroom but your fold down tray table. [So grab your meal and eat it on the toilet.]

YOUR SHOWERHEAD IS DIRTY _ The average computer keyboard is five times as filthy as a toilet seat. Flip-flops play host to more than 18,000 bacteria. And now we’ve learned that billions of microbes are lurking in your shower.

… Researchers (University of Colorado-Boulder) looked at 45 showerheads from across the U.S. and found that each showerhead was home to an average of several billion microbes per square centimeter. About half of the particles that come out of a showerhead are sufficiently small to penetrate the deep airways, meaning that each supposedly cleansing breath we take while showering could be full of foreign microbes.

… If you’re otherwise healthy, chances are that a grody showerhead won’t be your downfall. In fact, very few people have probably ever died of — or gotten sick from — showerhead microbes. As the report notes, we move through a “sea of microbial life” in our daily lives, so most of us don’t need to give up showering just yet.

NEVER LEND MONEY TO FAMILY _ What’s the biggest cause of marital fighting? Money. So if you and your spouse fight over money, what makes you think lending money to a family member will have a happy ending? It won’t. According to a poll, 43% of readers who lent to family or friends weren’t paid back in full. And 27% never got a dime back.

THE NO. 1 SIGN YOU’RE IN LOVE, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS _ Love is a mysterious feeling — and while many people know it well, they might not be able to put it into words. However, according to experts, there is a surefire sign you’re in love: you’re a better, happier version of yourself. Life strategist Randi Levin says “the number one sign that you are in love is your increased energy for life. True love fits and aligns with you. It compliments the best you in this moment, and as a result, it stimulates and motivates positive action in your every day.”

THE PROBLEM WITH FRUIT _ Someone tweeted: “Here’s the problem with fruit: it’s inconsistent. Some apples are delicious, some taste bad. Sometimes blueberries are great, sometimes they are disgusting. You know what’s the same every time? Doritos.”

OKAY IS LOVED BY ALL _ The most frequently spoken word on the planet — no matter what the language — is “okay”.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WELL KNOWN FOR HER MANY CAR ACCIDENTS _ In Russia police were called to the scene of a rear-end accident. Police knew the driver well since they’d been to five of her previous accidents over the past year-and-a-half. They ticketed the woman and let her go — and she promptly rear-ended a truck, backed up, and then rear-ended it again. On the spot, police stopped her again. While chatting with her as she sat in her car, she starting to roll down a hill. They ordered her to park the car and call a friend for a ride.


Monday, September 7

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Monday, September 7

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Julie Kavner (The Simpsons) is 70. Comedian Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live) is 53. Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) is 33.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Research shows that plastic fibers are found in 83% of the world’s drinking water. [Pretty soon plastic surgery will be totally redundant.]

TENET DEBUTS ON TOP _ After months of delays, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet finally arrived in U.S. theaters and generated $20.2 million over Labor Day weekend. The espionage thriller is already nearing the $150 million mark globally, thanks to a stronger showing at the international box office.

… Tenet was able to play in about 2,800 cinemas across the country, a smaller release than normal. Currently, about 65 to 70 percent of theater complexes in the U.S. have reopened, though markets like New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco are still off limits.

NAPS ARE EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN _ A study on napping found 1 in 3 adults naps in a typical day. But the study also found that napping is still bashed by society, even though some sleep experts think naps should have the status of exercise. The science geeks say naps make us feel stronger, happier, and able to perform better.

STUDENT GETS ROBBED DURING ZOOM CLASS _ In Ecuador a group of students and their professor were going about their online class when they noticed thieves robbing one of their classmates in the middle of the lesson. The girl was muted throughout the video. She turns around to face her bedroom door, likely hearing the intruders. She stands up and that’s when the intruders come in with what seems to be one of the girl’s family members, and the thieves push them both off-screen.

… At this point, several classmates unmute themselves to alert the professor that, “They are robbing Majo’s house.” One student says he’s going to call the police, and the professor urges others to do the same. For the rest of the video, the Majo’s computer camera was knocked over, and the robbers eventually took her laptop. • VIDEO

PAY BUMPS UP TO $75,000 A YEAR MAKE US HAPPY _ Money can’t buy us love but it can, apparently, buy us happiness — so long as we make $75,000 a year or more. A study examined the responses of 450,000 Americans to a poll, and found that as income increased people reported increasing happiness and decreasing stress … until income hit $75,000. Anything above that point didn’t improve happiness any more, meaning it’s a sort of happiness sweet spot.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR FALL ASLEEP IN STORE _ In Austria police were summoned to the report of a break-in at a furniture store. Investigating officers found the glass front door smashed but once inside couldn’t find anyone. They were getting ready to leave when an officer heard a sound — a sound of someone snoring coming from the carpet racks. And that’s where they found their crook, obviously tired out from the hard work of breaking in.

BRAIN TWISTER _ Name the ten parts of the body that have only three letters — no slang words. Answer: Eye, ear, lip, arm, leg, rib, hip, toe, gum, jaw. (From Reader’s Digest’s Tests and Teasers.)



INTERPREP PRO ★ AUGUST 10, 2020

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 10, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Rosanna Arquette is 61

• Antonio Banderas is 60

• Justin Theroux is 49

• Angie Harmon (Law and Order) is 48

• Lucas Till (MacGyver) is 30

• Jeremy Maguire (Modern Family) is 9

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1846: The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress after $500,000 was given for such a purpose by scientist James Smithson.

• 1981: The head of John Walsh’s son Adam was found in Hollywood, Florida. This event would later prompt the U.S. Congress to pass the Missing Children’s Act, giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation greater authority to track the disappearance of children. It also made Walsh a national spokesman against crime and eventually led to the establishment of America’s Most Wanted.

• 1999: A 32-year-old Egyptian man, pronounced dead after drowning, regained consciousness after spending three hours in a morgue refrigerator.

• 2003: Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space. His bride was on Earth.

• 2005: Lee Seung Seop died from exhaustion in South Korea after playing the computer game StarCraft continuously for 49 hours.

• 2008: American swimmer Michael Phelps won the first of a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics by smashing his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley.

• 2014: Fossils of a new species of giant penguin (Palaeeudyptes klekowskii) were found on Seymour Island in Antarctica. The penguins lived about 40 million years ago and likely weighed about 250 pounds.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Elvis Week

• Assistance Dog Week

• Motorcycle Week

• Lazy Day

• Assistance Dog Day

• Duran Duran Appreciation Day

• Skyscraper Appreciation Day

• S’mores Day

• World Lion Day

• Banana Split Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4,238: Fotomat photo processing booths in the U.S. in the 1970s and ’80s.


NEWS ATTACK!

Today is Lazy Day. [Or as (jock) calls it, Monday.]

The price of a gallon of gas is expected to remain low through the end of the year. [I know what I’m getting the Mrs. for Christmas.]

Researchers say people with simple, common, shorter first names have more success in life. [Here’s proof: Everyone’s heard of Tom Hanks. No one’s heard of his older brother, Ezekielibaba.]

New Zealand has gone 100 straight days of no COVID-19 transmission. [See what happens when an entire country takes it seriously… and is also surrounded by sharks?]

A new survey finds most Americans aren’t concerned about the presidential candidates’ ages. [Or how much napping they do.]

Apparently the White House reached out to South Dakota’s governor about adding Donald Trump to Mount Rushmore. [And made of gold.]

Researchers have diagnosed a 76 million year old dinosaur with cancer. [Awesome. Now how about we put some of that brainpower into keeping my pale body from getting sunburned on weekends.]

Researchers have diagnosed a 76 million year old dinosaur with cancer. [Pretty sure he’s not gonna survive whatever treatment you’ve come up with.]

One of the lesser-known presidential candidates was bitten by a bat. [Where are you campaigning that you’re being bitten by one of those?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

ONE TYPE OF DOG CAN SMELL COVID-19 WITH A 100% SUCCESS RATE _ Across the globe, coronavirus detector dogs are being trained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Belgium. Sweat is used for tests as it’s not considered infectious for COVID-19. This means less risk when humans are handling samples. The dog that is knocking it out of the park is the German Shepherd, though other dog breeds are being used in the detector tests and are delivering success rates well above 80 percent.

… To properly train a dog to detect COVID-19 it takes: 6-8 weeks for a dog that is already trained to detect other scents, or 3-6 months for a dog that has never been trained.

DINOSAUR GETS DIAGNOSED ABOUT 76M YEARS LATER _ A dinosaur that hobbled around some 76 million years ago has finally been diagnosed — with cancer. Researchers in Canada spotted a large growth in a Centrosaurus apertus leg bone and ran it through a battery of tests, making CT scans, constructing a cross-section, and cutting it into thin slices to analyze it at a cellular level under a microscope. Conclusion: The plant-eating dinosaur suffered from advanced osteosarcoma, a kind of cancer that still afflicts humans and other animals.

… Advanced as it was, the cancer likely didn’t kill the dinosaur — which was found in a huge bonebed with other Centrosaurus and probably died along with them.

WHEN THE U.S. SHOULD HAVE LOCKED DOWN _ New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it was able to effectively eliminate the spread of coronavirus. The South Pacific nation suppressed the spread of the virus by implementing a strict lockdown — that closed the borders to foreign nationals — after only 100 people tested positive in late March. During the past three months, the only new cases that have cropped up were among returning travelers who were quarantined at the border of the country, which is home to 5 million.

… New Zealand went into lockdown when just .002% of its population had COVID-19. After lockdown the country was able to keep its infection and death rates low. To date New Zealand has had just 1,500 infections and 22 deaths.

… To accomplish what New Zealand did, the U.S. would have had to go in complete lockdown with fewer than 7,000 COVID-19 cases. The U.S. hit 10,000 cases on March 19.

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK LINKED TO ONIONS SICKENS PEOPLE IN IN 43 STATES _ COVID-19, murder hornets, and a salmonella outbreak caused by onions. 2020 is certainly doing her best to shut down all of humanity. A recall of onions is expanding and has infected 640 people from 43 states. At least 85 of them have been hospitalized. The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to eat onions from Thomson International Inc. The advice applies to red, white, yellow, and sweet onions. Some of the onions were sold at stores including Walmart, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Publix, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and H-E-B, under a variety of brand names.

MOM SHARES HER TRICK TO ‘REVIVE’ DEAD PLANTS _ A British mom has gone viral after sharing her unique method for keeping all the expensive plants in her garden looking green and full of life all of the time. Gail Woollaston decided to “revive” her dead plants right before her children’s eyes. To do it, she visited her nearest hardware store and purchased some green spray paint. Care to guess what happened next? She shared her little trick on Facebook, where she soon went viral. • IMAGE

RESEARCHERS FIND ANCIENT HELL ANT FROZEN IN TIME, LOCKED IN BATTLE _ There are a seemingly countless number of different ant species on Earth today. They range from mundane and unthreatening to incredibly aggressive and even potentially deadly. Nearly 100 million years ago, ants roamed the Earth just like they do today, and researchers just found a specimen of one species that reveals how appropriate its nickname “Hell Ant” really is.

… In a chunk of fossilized tree sap, called amber, a hell ant is seen locked in a battle with another ancient insect. Already known to science, the hell ant’s head is particularly unusual. Rather than a pair of jaws situated horizontally as with most modern ants, the hell ant had a massive vertical jaw that we now know it used to snag its prey and slam them into spikes situated on its forehead.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MISSED RALLY AFTER BEING BITTEN BY BAT _ Libertarian Presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen missed her Mississippi campaign rally on Saturday after being bitten by a bat. She tweeted Friday: “I will not be able to attend the campaign rally [Saturday] morning. I will be getting a rabies vaccine as a precaution after having been bitten by a bat near the start of this campaign tour!”

📞  PHONE or SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC: What crazy animal bite did you suffer?

FORMER UPSTATE NEW YORK MAYOR KILLED BY GUACAMOLE MACHINE _ Talk about an unusual way to die: A former upstate New York mayor has been killed and two others injured after a high-pressure food processor being tested for manufacturing guacamole exploded. Joseph Kapp, a businessman and former mayor of Rensselaer, New York, died at hospital after the explosion on Wednesday morning at Innovative Test Solutions, an engineering firm and test laboratory.

REDS’ YOUNGEST FAN _ When Aaron Nemo was asked to help his brother and sister-in-law announce they were expecting their first child, he wanted to hit it out of the park. So he decided to cut out their sonogram picture and submit baby Nemo to be a fan cutout at the Cincinnati Reds’ spectator-less Great American Ballpark. Adam Nemo, who lives in Florida with his wife, says he didn’t expect his brother, Aaron, to announce the pregnancy in the seats of a ballpark. But his father is a Reds fan, and he was wearing a Reds T-shirt when his wife got an ultrasound. It was actually Aaron’s sister-in-law who suggested to her husband that his brother come up with a fun way to reveal their unborn child’s gender.

… Both brothers say watching games has now turned into “finding Nemo” as they scan the stands for the cutout. Reds officials say family members should be able to see the baby’s cutout on the third baseline.

… Reds officials earlier announced that fans could purchase cutouts for $75 to be placed in the ballpark during the 2020 regular season. There are now a total of 3,200 cutouts ordered and nearly 2,000 installed.

NO COLLEGE FOOTBALL? _ For many college football teams practices have just started. But according to multiple reports, the season could already be over. According to Sports Illustrated the first conference that could pull the trigger is the Big Ten. SI reports the conference could cancel their fall season as early as today (Monday). If the reports are true, other conferences could quickly follow.

BEAR FOLLOWS TWO MEN HOME IN ALASKA, DESTROYS FAMILY’S HOUSE _ Two men escaped with their lives after a bear followed them home. Brandon McVey and Norman Lott were returning to Lott’s mobile home in the a mobile home park in Alaska after a night out last week. When the men left the door open a black bear waltzed in, shocking the men, Lott’s wife and their 10 children. While the children and Lott’s wife tried to hide, the men started yelling at the bear who reared up and lunged at McVey and Lott. McVey was hit and tossed to the floor. Lott was also thrown to the floor before the bear tore up a wall, ripped a window from its frame and escaped. McVey suffered puncture wounds on his chest and deep scratches.

MICHIGAN POLICE HAIL 2 BOYS FOR RETURNING CASH-FILLED WALLET _ Two Michigan boys found a wallet stuffed with more than $500 in cash — and rather than keep it, they turned it in to police. The Wayland Police Department announced in a Facebook post that it was making the boys, Logan Mishoe, age 14, and Austin Nichols, age 13, honorary “Citizens of the Day” for their good deed. Logan and Austin were looking for shade in a park when they found the wallet on a bench. They turned it in to a Wayland officer. Police found the wallet’s owner, who had left it behind after having lunch in the park with a friend.

📞  PHONE or SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC: Ever find a wallet or purse? What happened next?

📞  PHONE or SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC: Ever lose a wallet or purse and get it back with a few things missing?

DOCTOR RUNS 22 MILES IN A FACE MASK TO PROVE THAT THEY ARE SAFE _ A doctor in England wanted to prove that face masks won’t impair your oxygen levels. So he ran for 22 miles while wearing one. Throughout his running journey, Tom Lawton used a pulse oximeter to monitor his oxygen levels. The medical device measures the saturation of oxygen in a person’s red blood cells and typically clips to your finger. The doctor says his oxygen levels were at “98% every time I checked.” He never took the mask off for food or water. The ICU doctor said he wanted to show everyone that masks are safe to wear and are a necessity in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

BOY TELLS JOKES TO RAISE MONEY FOR K-9 FUND _ A boy from eastern New York is receiving praise from his local police department after using a unique method of gathering money to donate to the department. The boy, named Colin, decided he wanted to tell jokes to lift people’s spirits during these tough times. Charging 25 cents a joke, Colin quickly raised over $78. Colin donated the money to the Amsterdam, New York, Police Department’s K-9 Fund.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: GUESS WHO’S MORE RUDE AT WORK? _ Guess who’s more rude at work? If you said men, you’re right. Researchers say men are the rude ones at work 70 percent of the time.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG EATS UNDERWEAR _A veterinarian in Germany who operated on a dog to remove what was thought to be a tumor found undigested underwear instead.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN JAILED FOR ALLEGED FELONY SLURPEE BATTERY _ A Florida Man was jailed over the weekend on a felony Slurpee battery charge. Investigators allege that Brian Duffy doused a 7-Eleven employee with the frozen treat during an argument about the drink’s price. According to an arrest affidavit, a surveillance camera recorded Duffy “back handing the cup full of a Slurpee drink” out of the female victim’s hand. The Slurpee “flew onto the victim’s person.” During police questioning, Duffy recalled there previously was “an incident” but did not recall knocking the Slurpee out of the worker’s hand.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GERMAN NUDIST CHASES DOWN BOAR WHO SNATCHED HIS LAPTOP _ A German nudist had the last laugh after giving chase to a wild boar that had run off with a bag containing his laptop. You got all that? Pictures posted on social media show the naked man running after a sow and her two piglets near a lake where people swim without clothes. The pigs first helped themselves to somebody’s pizza before grabbing the bag. When the owner realized what had happened he gave chase. When he came back with his yellow bag other swimmers clapped and congratulated him for his success.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEXICO TOURISM WEBSITE BOTCHES TRANSLATIONS _ It was a bad week last week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations. Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.” Worse for the VisitMexico.com site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of the names of some fairly well-known tourist towns. The Caribbean resort of Tulum somehow became “Jumpsuit.” The nearby lagoon of Bacalar, on the Caribbean coast, was switched to the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

… The central Mexican town of Aculco somehow became “I Blame,” and the northern Gulf coast city of Ciudad Madero became “Log.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ARRESTED FOR PLAYING BASKETBALL NAKED _ If you’re planning on practicing for your adult naked basketball rec league at your nearest public park, think again. To the surprise of literally no one, it’s illegal to droop and hoop. A Florida man arrested for playing basketball naked learned this lesson when he was approached by police while playing naked b-ball (in Longwood).

… When police asked the 29-year-old man why he was dunking naked, he said he thought playing that way would help improve his basketball skills.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BREWERY APOLOGIZES FOR NAME OF NEW BEER _ (CAUTION) Hell’s Basement, a brewery in Canada, has issued an apology after learning the true meaning behind the name of one of their beers. The brewery recently launched a pale ale called Huruhuru, which they believed meant “feather,” as they wanted to show their beer was “light as a feather”. But it turns out, in Māori the word has multiple meanings and is also commonly known to mean “pubic hair”. And they’re not the only ones who accidentally made this mistake, a leather store in New Zealand also features “huruhuru” branding.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR NABBED TAKING NAP UNDER TABLE _ A guy in China is in police custody after he broke into an apartment and fell asleep during a night time burglary. The apartment’s resident said when he woke up to get a drink of water he heard the sound of snoring coming from under the kitchen table.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAMERA AT GROCERY CATCHES GHOST _ Security cameras at a Lithuanian grocery store captured images of an alleged ghost lurking in its warehouse. The video showed fast-moving shadows in the store’s supply room recorded in the middle of the night. The image moved so fast that it was only visible when video was slowed down. The manager of the supermarket said the shadow was a ghost, no doubt.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON FINALE: THE TITAN GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New. Six elite Titans from the Central, West and Eastern regions return for the final rounds. Then the top two men and women advance to compete on Mt. Olympus one final time.

THE BACHELOR: THE GREATEST SEASONS EVER! (8p ET, ABC) — New. A look back at Jason Mesnick’s journey.

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

SHAQ ATTACK (9p ET, Discovery) — Shaquille O’Neal goes on a mission to determine what shark has the perfect predatory attack. Then Shaq and friends Dude Perfect and Mark Rober put various species to the test to uncover the most mind-blowing hunting techniques.

FINALE: SURVIVING JEFFREY EPSTEIN (9p ET, Lifetime) — The 2-hour conclusion.

PREMIERE: 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW (10p ET, E!) — This new series covers the things (10, presumably) that you don’t know about celebs. Up first are Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez.

GAME ON: A COMEDY CROSSOVER EVENT (Netflix) — The stars of four family-friendly Netflix sitcoms assemble for this new special.


ENTERTAINMENT

AT THE BOX OFFICE _ The Tax Collector, a crime thriller starring Shia LaBeouf and George Lopez, is the No. 1 movie at North American theaters. With most cinemas still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film scored the top spot with $317,000 in sales at 129 theaters.

… One year ago: The Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw was on top
… Five years ago this week: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
… Ten years ago this week: The Other Guys
… Twenty years ago this week: Hollow Man

🎧  NETFLIX’S SIGNATURE SOUND WAS ALMOST THE BLEATING OF A GOAT _ Whenever you watch a Netflix original movie or TV show, there’s that signature sound that plays when the steaming service’s logo appears. The recognizable sound is known in Netflix’s offices as “Ta Dum,” but it was almost something that would have been easier to describe — and a lot more odd.

… Todd Yellin, Netflix’s Vice President of Product, recently revealed that one of the options considered for Netflix’s production logo was the bleating of a goat. Yellin explained that there was a shortlist of possible sound options to go along with their logo. While using the bleating of a goat may sound totally random, Yellin says it was seriously considered because it felt like a riff on another famous production logo. He said: “I liked the sound of the goat. It was funny, quirky and our version of [MGM’s] Leo the Lion.”

… QUIZ YOUR COHOST: Play the Netflix sound and ask them to choose which oddball sound effect was also being considered. We’ve included the goat sound in the audio file.

SIMON COWELL RECOVERING FROM SIX-HOUR SURGERY AFTER SCARY BIKE CRASH _ Simon Cowell was in surgery for six hours on Saturday after breaking his back in a horrible bike crash. Sources say the 60-year-old is resting and recovering in an LA hospital after having a metal rod put into his back. Apparently when Cowell fell off the bike he landed on his back which broke in a number of places.

DISNEY WORLD TO CUT THEME PARK HOURS IN SEPTEMBER _ The magic is back at Disney World, but for fewer hours a day. After lower-than-expected attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic, Disney is scaling back operating hours at the Magic Kingdom and several other Florida theme parks. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will all lose an hour or two per day starting September 8.

JIM CARREY REPORTEDLY RETURNING FOR TWO MORE MASK MOVIES _ A source say Jim Carrey is in talks for not one but two more movie sequels to The Mask.

… The Mask is a 1994 superhero comedy loosely based on the Mask comics published by Dark Horse Comics. Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a hapless bank clerk who finds a magical mask that transforms him into a mischievous troublemaker with superpowers, but who accidentally becomes targeted by the mafia.

… The Mask includes Cameron Diaz in her film debut.

SARAH HYLAND CELEBRATES WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HER WEDDING DAY _ Modern Family alum Sarah Hyland and her fiance, reality television personality Wells Adams, made the most of what should have been their wedding day over the weekend. Hyland wrote on Instagram Saturday: “A couple, a pandemic, & a postponed wedding: A series. We were supposed to get married today. Instead… we took pictures and drank wine. I love you to Pluto & back @wellsadams.”

… The message captioned a photo of her and her fiance laughing and holding hands in a vineyard. She is wearing a white hat with a veil. Hyland and Adams, announced their engagement in July 2019.

SHIA LABEOUF REPORTEDLY EYED FOR BIG ROLE IN X-MEN REBOOT _ Shia LaBeouf may only be 34 years old, but he’s been working solidly for over 20 years now and already finds himself in the midst of the fourth distinctive stage of his constantly-evolving career. What’s next? LaBeouf is rumored to be in talks to join Marvel’s X-Men reboot.

AMC REPORTEDLY DEVELOPING LIMITED SERIES FOR NEGAN _ For years now, there’s been a lot of chatter about whether Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be getting his own Walking Dead spinoff as Negan. The actor himself has stated on numerous occasions that he would love to do it, but so far, no announcement of the sort has been made. But now a source says AMC is developing a limited series starring Negan. According the source, it’ll follow the ex-Savior leader on his own after leaving the rest of the group.

THE HOUSE FEATURED IN EDWARD SCISSORHANDS IS FOR SALE _ In Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands, the title character moves from a dark, remote castle into a pastel blue home in a suburban neighborhood. Now, the Florida home featured in the movie is on the market for $244,000.

… Located in the Carpenters Run neighborhood of Lutz, Florida, the 1,432 square-foot home was built in 1989.

… In the cult classic film, the inventor who creates Edward Scissorhands (played by Johnny Depp) dies before replacing Edward’s scissors hands with human hands. After paying Edward a visit at his castle while selling Avon products, Peg Boggs decides to take him in. While living in the Boggs’ home, he falls in love Peg’s daughter, Kim (played by Winona Rider).


BITS & BREAKS

BAD BREATH

Some stats from a new survey (by OnePoll).

• Adults who say bad breath is a massive turn-off (81%)

• Americans who don’t kiss their partner when they wake up because of dreadful morning breath: 75%

• Adults who have broken things off with a partner because of bad breath issues: 22%

• People who say wearing a mask has made them much more aware of their own bad breath: 57%

• People who are concerned about their bad breath because they don’t want to be perceived as being “dirty”: 52%

• Americans who don’t brush at least twice a day: 35%

• Americans who don’t brush once a day: 10%

• People who feel “off” the rest of the day if they don’t brush in the morning: 79%

• People who say they won’t have a good night’s sleep if they don’t brush before bed: 63%

TIPS FROM A PRO FOR TAKING PICS OF YOUR KIDS

A top photographer who took pictures of a young Prince William and Harry has offered his tips to parents. David Levenson, who shot the young princes on their first day back to school, suggests the following…

• For a good portrait, always stand the subject in the shade and avoid the bright sunshine

• Be aware of the background in your picture. Brick walls don’t photograph well. Stand the subject in front of a cleaner backdrop and move any dustbins or eye sores out of the shot

• If the weather is bad, make it a feature of the photo. For example, have them laughing under an umbrella

• Have the subject reasonably close to the camera, and the point of focus. Just give a hint of anything behind them

• On a sunny day it’s better for the subject to have their back to the light — it will stop them squinting too

• For good pictures of kids, always get yourself down to their level.

• Don’t worry about whether or not your camera is good enough, some of the best photos in history were taken with simple equipment

• A camera flash only travels about 10 feet, so make sure your subject is within that distance

WAYS YOUR NAME AFFECTS YOUR SUCCESS

Some research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success.

• If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favor you more. Researchers (New York University) found that people with easier-to-pronounce names often have higher-status positions at work. One of the psychologists explains, “When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it’s easier to comprehend, we come to like it more.”

• If your name is common, you are more likely to be hired. Researchers (Marquette University) found evidence to suggest that names that people with common names were more likely to be hired, and those with rare names were least likely to be hired.

• Uncommon names are associated with juvenile delinquency. Researchers (Shippensburg University) found that, regardless of race, young people with unpopular names were more likely to engage in criminal activity. The findings obviously don’t show that the unusual names caused the behavior, but merely show a link between the two things. The researchers have some theories about their findings: “Adolescents with unpopular names may be more prone to crime because they are treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to form relationships.”

• If your last name is closer to the beginning of the alphabet, you could get into a better school. Researchers found that even though students with last names that were low in the alphabet tended to get higher test scores overall, among the students who applied to universities and were on the margins of getting admitted or not, those with last names that were close to the top of the alphabet were more likely to be admitted.

• Using your middle initial makes people think you’re smarter and more competent. According to research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, using a middle initial increases people’s perceptions of your intellectual capacity and performance.

• You are more likely to work in a company that matches your initials. Since we identify with our names, we prefer things that are similar to them. In one study (Ghent University) researchers found that people are more likely to work for companies matching their own initials.

• Women with a gender-neutral name may be more likely to succeed in certain fields. According to The Atlantic, in male-dominated fields such as engineering and law, women with gender-neutral names may be more successful. One study found that women with “masculine names” like Leslie, Jan, or Cameron tended to be more successful in legal careers.

IRRITATING PHRASES TO AVOID IN YOUR EMAIL

• “We need to…” — Translation: “XYZ needs to be done, but I’m not actually going to come out and directly tell any of you to do it.”

• “Thanks in advance” — As opposed to thanks from the past?

• “Touch base” — Very old school and dated. Just like the phrase “old school.”

• “To be honest” — Let’s hope you are being honest.

• The worst: “Please consider the environment before printing this email.” — I’ll print it if I need to, whether you nag me or not.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: According to relationship experts, this is the best opening line a guy can use on a woman. (“What time is it?”)

TRIVIA: According to a survey, the majority of women think that jeans and this are the sexiest thing a man can wear. (A plain white T-shirt)

TRIVIA: What does the letter Q stand for in Q-Tips? (Quality)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Driver Brought ______ Along for McDonald’s Run”

In the UK a driver was pulled over when an officer noticed two of the car’s tires were completely bald. After pulling behind the stopped car the officer soon discovered there was a sheep in the back of the car. The driver told police the sheep in the back of his car was just along for the ride to McDonald’s.

SPY THE LIE

• The burrito, a dish served at every Mexican restaurant, was invented in the U.S.

• Placing a rose under your pillow at night will help you to sleep more soundly. (LIE)

• Tom Cruise was considered for the lead in the film The Matrix.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 10, 2020

• 1991: VINCE GILL joined the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1998: PATSY CLINE’s The Patsy Cline Collection boxed set was certified platinum.

• 2002: PORTER WAGONER and Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle were announced as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2006: ALAN JACKSON’s gospel CD Precious Memories was certified platinum.

• 2006: JOSH TURNER scored his second platinum album with Your Man.

• 2009: BROOKS & DUNN announced in a five-sentence note to their fans that they were ending their run as a duo after one last tour.

• 2011: LUKE BRYAN got stitches in his forehead following a skateboard accident in New York’s Central Park.

Mandolin player Gene Johnson of DIAMOND RIO is 71.

JENNIFER HANSON (Beautiful Goodbye) is 47.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

Ryman Auditorium is launching its first-ever livestream concert series, Live at the Ryman, with livestream performances to fans at home. The six-week, Friday night livestream experience kicks off this Friday (August 14) with FOR KING & COUNTRY. The series continues with CAM, CHRIS JANSON, SCOTTY MCCREERY, BRETT YOUNG and Old Crow Medicine Show. Tickets go on sale today (Monday).

FAITH HILL has joined the list of artists changing up their looks during ongoing downtime at home. But she didn’t go for a just a haircut or an out-of-the-box roots touch-up — Faith went full-on quarantine daring and is now sporting pastel pink hair. • IMAGE

… Hubby TIM McGRAW shared a photo of his wife’s transformation on Instagram. Tim caption the pic with “Dang, I love this girl!”

JASON ALDEAN’s wife says the top three arguments in His household are: Alabama vs. Georgia; hunting season; and who loves mama the most.

KANE BROWN says his story about being lost in the woods for seven hours was actually much worse than had been reported. Kane says during a tour around his 30 acres of woods it started raining, it started getting dark, and the temp dropped 40 degrees. Kane called a friend who lives nearby. The friend showed up with a friend and all of them got lost. Kane says while lost they heard shots and “my buddy’s girl who has asthma started then freaking out. We HAD to get her out. So we call the cops.” It’s not clear who was shooting at what or why, but when the police arrived, they heard the gunshots and believed Kane and his friends were firing at them. They were able to yell at the police that they were not armed.

KANE BROWN has released the music and music video Cool Again featuring Nelly. This new version features Nelly delivering a melodic rap verse and background vocals.

ERIC PASLAY has released the title track from his upcoming album Nice Guy, due out this Friday (August 14).

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 11, 2020

• 1952: Hank Williams Sr. was fired from the Grand Ole Opry for unreliability due to alcoholism.

• 1994: At the opening of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, a life-sized statue of GARTH BROOKS was unveiled. The statue had been sculpted out of 250 pounds of butter.

• 1995: REBA MCENTIRE earned her tenth gold album with The Last One To Know.

• 2009: BROOKS & DUNN announced they would split after a tour in 2010.

• 2010: LUKE BRYAN and his wife, Caroline, welcomed a son, Tatum “Tate” Christopher Bryan.

• 2018: GRANGER SMITH’s tour equipment truck was left sprawled across a highway after an accident. Some gear was damaged, but no one was hurt.

JOHN CONLEE is 72.


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 11, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is 70

• Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 67

•  Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder, The Help) is 55

• Joe Rogan (Fear Factor, NewsRadio) is 53

• Anna Gunn (Skyler White on Breaking Bad) is 52

• Chris Hemsworth (Thor in Marvel movies) is 37

• Alyson Stoner (Step Up films) is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1909: The SOS distress signal was first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

• 1929: Babe Ruth became the first to hit 500 homers.

• 1934: The first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

• 1984: President Ronald Reagan joked during a voice test for a paid political radio address that he had “signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

• 1992: The Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the country, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.

• 2001: A man in England was reading a book on self-hypnosis in a park and accidentally put himself in a trance. When he came out of it robbers had stolen his mobile phone and two new shirts he had just purchased.

• 2006: Ten to 15 people wearing masks left six 40-gallon trash bags full of taco sauce packets at an Indiana Taco Bell restaurant in what police described as a prank. A note attached to the bags said the group had been accumulating them for the past three years, storing them in the trunk of a car.

• 2014: Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself. It was revealed shortly after his death that Williams had been suffering from severe depression, Parkinson’s disease, and diffuse Lewy body dementia.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Quit Something Day. Simplify you life and save money by quitting something you no longer use or need.

• Panini Day

• Son and Daughter Day


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DATEBOOK: JULY 13, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Patrick Stewart is 80

• Harrison Ford is 78

• Cheech Marin is 74

• Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is 72

• Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken, Community) is 51

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1923: The Hollywood sign was dedicated.

• 1985: Live Aid, an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, Australia, was held to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

• 1985: The Constitution’s presidential disability clause was invoked for the first time as President Ronald Reagan transferred power temporarily to Vice President George H.W. Bush before undergoing surgery for colon cancer.

• 1994: Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, was sentenced in Portland, Oregon, to two years in prison for his role in the attack on Harding’s skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan.

• 2003: People in the Brazilian town of Pirapora do Bom Jesus were confined to their houses after the whole area was covered with six feet of foam. The foam came from detergents and shampoos dumped into as nearby river and whipped into foam by a small waterfall.

• 2008: Anheuser-Busch accepted a $52 billion cash offer from No. 2 brewer InBev. The new company would be called Anheuser-Busch-InBev.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Embrace Your Geekness Day

• Gruntled Workers Day

• French Fries Day

• World Cup Soccer Day

• Barbershop Music Appreciation Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

25,000: Bacteria on the average telephone.


NEWS ATTACK!

Disney World opened over the weekend even though Florida is seeing a huge spike in COVID-19 cases. [Just remember to wear your water-resistant mask on Splash Mountain.]

Some experts are predicting the earliest we’ll be back to normal is August of 2021. [And by normal I mean going to a movie without a mask so it’s easier to inhale a $17 bucket of popcorn.]

Because of COVID-19 tax deadline day is on Wednesday. [Just don’t lick the stamp before you mail it in.]

The former acting Homeland Security secretary says Donald Trump considered selling Puerto Rico in 2017 after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. [Throw in the US Virgin Islands and I’ll consider buying.]

On her Facebook talk show Jada Pinkett Smith admitted to having a relationship when she and Will Smith were separated. [She saw Gemini Man and said, “I can’t mess up his life anymore than that.”]

A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth. [How do I get on it?]

A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth. [Hold on, it’s 2020… it’s supposed to hit Earth.]

A vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sold for $114,000 at auction. [“Vintage” is the word men use so wives don’t throw our stuff away.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

HOW TO SEE A COMET THAT WON’T BE VISIBLE FOR ANOTHER 6,000 YEARS _ Thanks to COVID-19, you may not get to take your kids to the planetarium any time soon. But if they’re into astronomy you’re in luck, because we should be able to see a comet the next few nights. Known as Comet NEOWISE (aka C/2020 F3), it’s been visible at dawn a few times this month, but has made the switch to dusk this week.

… According to the website Earth Sky, the comet is visible at dusk (just after sunset). It will be low in the northwest horizon. If the comet stays somewhat bright, we might be able to see it towards the end of the month during evening dusk, and will appear a little higher in the sky. Use binoculars for a better shot at seeing it — though some people have reported that once you spot the comet with binoculars, you may be able to see it without them when you know where to look. But, if you want to see the comet’s split tail, binoculars are your best bet.

… The comet will be closest to Earth on July 22-23. It will pass at some 64 million miles from our planet. The next time this comet might be visible again from Earth will be around the year 8,786.

TENNESSEE EXPERIMENTS WITH LARGE CROWD THIS WEEK _ NASCAR will race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on Wednesday and between 20,000 and 30,000 fans are expected at the facility. It will be the largest sports crowd in the country since the coronavirus pandemic put an end to nearly all organized events in March. Bristol Motor Speedway management says it has worked closely with NASCAR and state and local officials to develop a plan that keeps attendees, employees and the community safe. Among the changes? Wednesday’s All-Star Race will be a one-day event, encouraging people to arrive for the race and then leave. Organizers are also doing away with live music, interactive displays, handouts from corporate partners and any other activity that could involve crowds of people. The list of safety protocols also includes the requirement that visitors wear masks in common areas like gates, restrooms and concession stands, but the coverings can be removed once guests reach their assigned seats. Guests will also arrive during designated windows of time at assigned gates, and the speedway is handling ticketing digitally to eliminate points of contact.

… With the speedway being a 150,000-seat facility, Speedway organizers believe they can ensure fans are appropriately distanced in the stands.

DELI TELLS CUSTOMERS TO STOP HITTING ON STAFF _ A restaurant in Upstate New York is telling customers to stop hitting on the staff. Saratoga, New York’s Broadway Deli wrote on Facebook: “This is a PSA for you thirsty bros out there: Stop asking out my staff while they’re trying to work. Owner Daniel Chessare said that customers flirting with employees has been an occasional issue since the Jewish-style deli opened two years ago, but says it has intensified in recent weeks — though he’s not sure why. Chessare said, “Staff come and go, so I’m not sure if it’s because my staff now are particularly attractive or if it’s because people aren’t traveling, so these thirsty bros aren’t on vacation somewhere else.” • LINK

… The Facebook post includes this advice: “If you are going to ask a girl out at least tip. How’re you gonna look her in the eye, tap ‘no tip’ on the tablet, then follow it up with ‘Hey baby, let’s go out.’ Cuz nothing says attractive like treating service people poorly.”

DISCO LIGHTS DEPLOYED AS DEFENSE AGAINST CROP-RAIDING ELEPHANTS _ Researchers in northern Botswana have come up with a unique way to protect farmers’ crops from elephants: disco lights. Lines of flashing multi-colored lights set up around farmers’ fields near Chobe National park have been shown to be highly effective at scaring off elephants. The park is home to 7,500 elephants. It’s the site of a floodplain whose nutrient-rich soils are a draw to farmers. But their maize and sorghum fields are frequently destroyed by elephants on their way to the floodplain to graze and drink.

… Tests, the multi-colored lights were found to be effective at repelling elephants in 75 percent of 104 recorded elephant incursions. The lights, set up at 30-foot intervals on poles up to 5 feet high, constantly flash a different color: red, green, amber, white, blue or yellow. During the study, the color pattern was changed weekly to prevent elephants getting used to it.

CLEANER SEEN ‘SPIT SHINING’ SHOPPING BASKETS AT GROCERY STORE _ A Toronto woman spotted a cleaner at a grocery store spitting on a towel and then wiping down grocery baskets with it. She got video of the incident at a FreshCo location. In the video, the employee is seen using a small white towel to wipe down baskets. At one point, he appears to spit into the towel and continues wiping down the baskets. After the customer reached out to the company’s corporate office it said the employee works for a third-party service provider and that he is no longer working at the store.

🎧  INTERNATIONAL AUCTIONEER CHAMPIONSHIP IS POSTPONED _ The annual International Auctioneer Championship was to be held this week (July 14) in San Diego, part of the International Auctioneers Conference & Show. COVID-19 has moved the conference online, but the Auctioneer Championship was cancelled. Next year they’ll meet in Minneapolis.

… Check out the audio of the CEO of Ohio Real Estate Auctions, then compete against others on your show/air staff in an auctioneer contest.

WIDOWER WRITES HEARTWARMING LETTER TO HAIR STYLIST _ A hair stylist in Virginia, who went above and beyond, was touched to receive a heartwarming letter from a widower. Sara Verkuilen received a personal note from the widower who said his wife, who had dementia, was delighted with her haircut. The letter writer, who didn’t leave his name, wrote: “This is a little bit awkward. But I’ve waited a really long time to pass this on to you. My wife and I came in for haircuts shortly before Christmas of last year. My wife was suffering from dementia, and you treated her as if you’d been working with dementia patients all your life. You let us sit next to each other, and when it came time for her cut you turned her chair towards me so I could watch her expression as you cut her hair. Sadly, she died in March. And that haircut was one of the last, best moments of her life. She felt so pretty. She visited the mirror in her bathroom several times during the day and would come out beaming. To see her so happy was priceless. … I hope you always realize the power of your profession.”

… Sara was moved by the letter and shared it on her Facebook, saying “This is why I love what I do.”

🎧  METAL STRIP IN MEDICAL MASKS IS NOT A 5G ANTENNA _ Social media users have been sharing a video in which a man claims that a metal strip in medical masks is a 5G antenna. Just so you know, this is false. • VIDEO

… In the video a voice narrates: “Yes, indeed. The antenna killer 5G antenna killer that’s inside the masks that they are telling everybody to wear. Now for everybody that don’t speak Hebrew, this video came out in Hebrew saying they wanted to show you the number one killer inside the masks. So, we took this here out which is a 5G antenna that’s inside the mask, right.” The narrator then shows the metal strip that is inside the top part of a medical mask, used to mold the mask around the user’s nose.”

… He continues: “They tell you to put it on so that you can breathe right above your nostrils so you can inhale and it can go straight to your brain and begin to destroy. Like they say they kill people in the First World War, the Second World War, through antennas, through the 5G. Not 5G, 5G is new now. But, this was one of the ways, one of the mechanisms in which they used to kill a whole lot of people so for those people who keep running out, grabbing these masks and trusting in the system, and the way in doing things the way everybody telling them to do it, alright these are the chances you take.”

UK GOVERNMENT WANTS TUBBY BRITS TO PREP FOR COVID SECOND WAVE _ UK-based newspaper The Guardian says the government will launch an “emergency” effort to get citizens to lose weight and reduce the incidence of conditions such as type 2 diabetes. The goal is the get UK residents to drop some pounds before an expected second wave of coronavirus.

… The UK has experienced the highest death rate from coronavirus in Europe, and one potential factor may be high rates of obesity and associated lifestyle-linked conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, which are strongly associated with worse COVID-19 outcomes. In England, 64% of adults are classed as overweight or obese.

VINTAGE SUPER MARIO BROS. VIDEO GAME SELLS FOR $114,000 _ An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sold for $114,000 at auction. A bidder, who wished to remain anonymous, snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game released in 1985 for Nintendo’s NES console during an auction conducted Friday. The $114,000 price eclipsed Heritage Auctions’ previous record amount for a video game, which was a $100,150 bid made early last year for an unopened copy of the same game.

… The Super Mario Bros. copy that sold for a new record was part of a collection of video games from the 1980s and 1990s that sold to various buyers for nearly $700,000. Other titles auctioned off included Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!, a 1987 video game based on the former former heavyweight boxing champion, that sold for $50,400.

MIAMI ZOO GORILLA GETS CORONAVIRUS NASAL SWAB TEST _ A gorilla got into a nasty fight with its sibling at a zoo, and as a safety precaution doctors gave him a coronavirus test. Shango is a 31-year-old, 433-pound lowland gorilla who lives at the Miami Zoo. He got into a brawl with his brother, Barney, and suffered some injuries. Shango was bitten and scratched up — so to be safe, they got him COVID-19 tested. • IMAGES

… A team of vets put Shango under to tend to his wounds and to administer to the test. Shango’s test came back negative.

HUMAN EARS ‘PERK UP’ WHEN HEARING UNEXPECTED SOUNDS _ Pet owners may enjoy seeing their furry friends “perk up” when hearing something interesting. It turns out cats and dogs aren’t the only ones to make these amusing little movements. Recent research finds human ears also perk up from an unexpected sound, just like other animals that move their ears. Researchers say about one in five people can control their muscles and wiggle their ears. Although only a small portion has this talent, a study by the University of Saarlandes in Germany says all humans can actually move their ears — though most of those actions are automatic.

… Researchers said, “It is very likely that humans still possess a rudimentary orientation system that tries to control the movement of the pinna (the visible outer part of the ear). Despite becoming [functionless] about 25 million years ago, this system still exists as a ‘neural fossil’ within our brains.” To test this ancestral wiggling theory, the research team used a technique called electromyography (EMG) to record the electrical activity of the muscles around the ears.

… Study authors say their results show the ear-orienting system moving in the direction of the subject’s attention. So whether you realize it or not, your ears perk up and point towards the things that grab your attention.

BEER IS GOOD — SAYS THE MAKERS OF BEER _ A report says the healthy properties of beer, when consumed in moderation, are a rich source of vitamins, fiber, minerals and antioxidants and that beer has a relatively low calorific value compared with many other alcoholic beverages. The report, commissioned by The Beer Academy — of course — aims to help people enjoy beer sensibly and says that when consumed in moderation, it’s one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks available.

ABDUCTED BY ALIENS? YOU’RE NOT ALONE _ Apparently quite a few of you think you’ve been abducted by aliens. It’s not in the millions, or even hundreds of thousands, but it’s a significant number. According to the Center For UFO Studies, over 30,000 of us believe we have been abducted by aliens.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THIS IS THE AGE WHEN WE MASTER THE ART OF BARBECUING _ If you’re approaching the age of 40 and think life is nearly over, you’re way off — especially if you’re barbecue fan. According to a new study, we truly master the art of barbecuing at the age of 38. This point we are able to successfully grill a burger without turning it into charcoal, cook a brat without it being pink in the middle, and grill a veggie kebab to perfection.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: REMOTE CONTROL CAR COLLECTIONS AT CHURCH _ The world is constantly adapting to a new normal during the pandemic — and that includes churchgoers and their leaders, who are pivoting also. Someone captured an innovative way one Catholic church went about doing its weekly collections. Usually there’s a person going around with a basket, which then gets passed around with people tossing in cash and donations. With COVID-19 going around, that ain’t safe. So one parish got creative to get their dough — strapping a basket to a remote control car and zipping out to the crowd, some of whom threw down some bucks and carried on like normal. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MALFUNCTIONING SPEED CAMERA TRACKS FORD FOCUS AT 437 MPH _ A speed camera in Italy handed a driver a $960 fine for taking her Ford Focus up to 437 miles per hour, or approximately 10 times the maximum speed of that vehicle. It was a computer glitch and the woman didn’t have to pay the fine.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DECEASED CAT GETS VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION IN MAIL _ In a presidential election year, there’s always a push to get people registered to vote. For one Atlanta family, that push got a little interesting. Ron Tims said he checked his mail Wednesday and found a voter registration application addressed to Cody Tims — his cat, who died 12 years ago. Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office said the application did not come from its office and that third-party groups often use mailing lists to get names and addresses.

… The Secretary of State’s Office said it’s quite sure that even if Cody were still alive and showed up at the polls, he wouldn’t be allowed to vote since he does not have a license or state ID.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PIZZA SHOP OWNER THREW PIZZA AT ATTEMPTED ROBBER _ The owner of a pizza shop in Delaware (Greenwood) stopped a would-be robber carrying a machete Friday night by throwing a pizza at him. The owner of Stargate Pizza was closing his restaurant around 10:30 Friday night when he was approached by a man who brandished a long knife and asked for money. The owner of Stargate told the man he did not have any money and then threw a pizza at him, causing the suspect to flee.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: IGUANA CAUGHT IN BICYCLE SENDS MAN TO HOSPITAL _ A man was injured after an animal darted in front of his bicycle and got caught between the front tire and wheel fork, causing him to crash. The man lives in the Florida Keys. The animal was an iguana. The victim said he was riding along a bike path when the iguana darted in front of him and got lodged between the tire and wheel fork, causing the tire to lock. He was thrown over the handlebars and onto the asphalt.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAMPUS SECURITY BREAKS UP DRONE DATE _ At a university in China a student thought it would be romantic to deliver an engagement ring to the love of his life using a drone. The student steered the drone toward his waiting sweetheart — until campus security arrived and put an end to the aerial display of affection. The student had to propose the old fashioned way — down on one knee.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CLIFF DIVING IN A CAR _ Sheriff’s deputies in California responded to a report of a man firing a gun. An update came in: the man had carjacked a Honda and was heading south on the coastal highway. Deputies spotted the car and gave chase at more than 100 mph, but the driver wouldn’t pull over. As they got to town in Santa Cruz, the deputies backed off for safety and local police took over. After a short pursuit they watched the man drive over a cliff into the rocky surf below. Amazingly, the driver not only survived, he climbed back up the cliff, where he was taken into custody.


ON TELEVISION

CMA BEST OF THE FEST (8p ET, ABC) — Luke Bryan hosts this look back at more than 25 unforgettable performances from the previous 16 years of CMA Fest. Featured artists include Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean and Kelsea Ballerini.

THE TITAN GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat. A repeat of Bob Hearts Abishola follows.

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

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

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New.

SERIES PREMIERE: CELEBRITY CALL CENTER (10p ET, E!) — Everyday people are given the opportunity to seek the advice of a celebrity by speaking to them directly over the phone. Nick Cannon hosts.


ENTERTAINMENT

BOX OFFICE CHAMP ONE YEAR AGO _ A year ago, Spider-Man: Far From Home was the top dog at the box office for the second weekend in a row.

… Five years ago the top film was Minions.

… Ten years ago the top film was Despicable Me.

… Twenty years ago the top film was X-Men.

STAR WARS:THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TOPS BOX OFFICE _ For the first time since it’s 1980 release, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is at the top of the box office due to its re-release at drive-in theaters that have sprung up all over the country. The film was expected to bring in a total of $400,000 to $500,000 by the end of the weekend.

… The Star Wars Saga globally has made $10.3 billion.

LIZ LEMON YELLS AT A MAN NOT WEARING MASK IN 30 ROCK TRAILER _ Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon goes off on a man for not wearing a mask in a trailer for the upcoming 30 Rock reunion special. Airing from 2006 to 2013 on NBC, the comedy series starred Fey as the head writer of the fictional sketch comedy show TGS. Co-starring with Fey was Alec Baldwin as meddling network executive Jack Donaghy, Jane Krakowski as neurotic actress Jenna Maroney and Tracy Morgan as outlandish comedy star Tracy Jordan.

… A few days ahead of the show’s premiere, NBC has released a trailer for 30 Rock: A One-Time Special featuring Fey back in character as Liz Lemon, and the clip is certainly timely given the on-going coronavirus pandemic and the controversy over people wearing — or not wearing — protective masks. • VIDEO

DISNEY WORLD’S WELCOME BACK VIDEO GETS HORROR TREATMENT _ Amid exploding coronavirus numbers, Disney reopened Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend. Social media immediately took the entertainment conglomerate to task by criticizing the decision to resume theme parks operations, calling it premature and risky. Someone even transformed Disney’s “welcome home” video into a Jordan Peele horror movie trailer. • ORIGINALHORROR VERSION

POLICE GIVE DETAILS ON NAYA RIVERA’S DISAPPEARANCE _ California authorities held a press conference Sunday to give an update on Naya Rivera’s disappearance. They stated they’re still searching for the actress’ body using divers and specialized equipment to scan the reservoir. Since visibility in the water is very limited, divers have been using sonar to scan the bottom of the lake. In addition, cadaver dogs are assisting the search team. They believe Rivera’s disappearance was accidental, stating that after interviewing her son there was nothing that suggested she had committed suicide.

… Rivera’s four-year-old son was with his mother when she went missing on Wednesday. According to law enforcement, the actress and her son had rented a pontoon on Lake Piru in Ventura, California, to go swimming. However, staff at the rental office became suspicious after three hours had passed and went out to the pontoon where they found the young boy alone in the boat.

THE OLD GUARD 2 REPORTEDLY IN DEVELOPMENT _ The Netflix original movie The Old Guard has been getting some good buzz. The film stars Charlize Theron who leads a team of mercenaries who have battling bad guys for centuries — because they can’t be killed. (SPOILER ALERT) While the movie ends with the good guys winning, it left some doors open for a possible sequel. A source says Netflix is so pleased with the The Old Guard and its critical reception that it’s planning to move ahead with a sequel as soon as possible.

HALLMARK RELEASED HOLIDAY WINES INSPIRED BY THEIR CHRISTMAS MOVIES _ Wine and Hallmark Christmas movies have always gone hand in hand — but this year, Hallmark Channel is making it official. Even though we’re still months away from “Countdown to Christmas,” Hallmark wants everyone to keep their sights on what’s ahead with the launch of their very own holiday-themed wines. • LINK

… Hallmark Channel teamed up with Wines That Rock to create two different varieties to please both red and white wine lovers: Jingle is a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of cherry, dark chocolate, and subtle holiday spice. Joy is a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with notes of tropical fruit, white peach, and pineapple. You can pre-order the wine now and they’ll ship straight to your door in October. Each bottle is $14 each, or you can save some jingle and buy a case.


BITS & BREAKS

HEAVY QUESTIONS

FB icon Start ’em on Facebook, take ’em to the phones…

• What was the moment you realized your significant other didn’t care about you at all anymore?

• What’s a red flag that you ignored in a significant other, only to realize it was a big deal later?

• Not a cheating spouse question: What did you walk in on your significant other doing when they thought you had left the house for a couple hours?

• What does your significant other do that makes you weak in the knees?

I’M PREGNANT!

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How did you tell your man that you were going to have a baby?

FACEBOOK PHOTO IDEAS THAT CAN BE TURNED INTO SALES IDEAS

A Minnesota museum held a creepy doll competition on Facebook to showcase parts of its collection that don’t normally get attention. You can do something similar with stuffed animals, dolls, or even yard tools.

… “Show us your child’s — or your — favorite stuff animal! Comment with a photo.”

… “What’s the creepiest toy your child owns? Comment with a photo.”

… “Snap a pic of the lawn and garden tool that NEVER gets used and add it in the comments!” Got a way for listeners to upload photos to your website for display in a gallery? Turn this into a sales promotion sponsored by a local lawn and garden place.

TOP BATHROOM PET PEEVES

1. Not replacing the toilet paper when it runs out.

2. Leaving the seat up (women) and too many cosmetics on the counter (men).

3. Leaving toothpaste gobs in the sink.

4. Leaving spots on the mirror.

5. Leaving dirty clothes/towels on the floor.

HOW SOME COMPANIES PICKED THEIR NAMES

Google —  The name started as a joke about the amount of information the search engine could search, or a “Googol” of information. (A googol is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.) When founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin gave a presentation to an angel investor, they received a check made out to “Google.”

Volkswagen — Volkswagen literally means “people’s car.” Adolf Hitler initially came up with the idea for “cars for the masses,” which would be a state-sponsored “Volkswagen” program. Hitler wanted to create a more affordable car that was able to transport two adults and three children at speeds of 62 mph. He choose the car manufacturer Porsche to carry out the project, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Canon — Canon was founded in 1933 under the name Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory. Two years later they adopted “Canon” after the company’s first camera, the Kwanon. Kwanon is the Japanese name of the Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy.

Coca-Cola — Coca-Cola’s name comes from the the coca leaves and kola nuts used as flavoring in the soft drink. Eventually Coca-Cola creator John S. Pemberton changed the ‘K’ of kola to ‘C’ to create a more fluid name.

IKEA — IKEA is simply a random collection of letters, based from the first letters of founder Ingvar Kamprad’s name in addition to the first letters of the names of the Swedish property and the village in which he grew up: Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd.

Lego — Lego is a combination of the Danish phrase “leg godt,” which translates to “play well.” Initially the company built wooden toys, and later switched to making plastic bricks. Lego also means “I put together” in Latin, but the Lego Group claims this merely coincidence and the origin of the word is strictly Danish.

Reebok — Reebok is simply an alternate spelling of “rhebok,” an African antelope.

Verizon —  Verizon is a combination of the words veritas, which is Latin for “truth,” and horizon.

PEAK MONTHS FOR STOLEN CARS

July and August are the peak months for automotive thefts in the U.S.

• It took a while after the invention of the gas-powered automobile by Karl Benz in Germany in 1886 for someone to steal some wheels. The first stolen car is said to be of a French aristocrat’s Peugeot in Paris in 1896.

• In the US the first auto theft is believed to have occurred in Trenton, New Jersey in 1902.

• Nationally, around three-quarter million vehicles are stolen every year.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Ever had your car stolen? What condition was it in when you got it back? Was it weird knowing a stranger had been in it?

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY!

• Consumers today encounter from 3,500 to 5,000 marketing messages per day, vs. 500 to 2,000 in the 1970s.

• No wonder the British have a reputation for serving warm beer. Surprise tests in British pubs found that more than 40 percent of the pints were served warmer than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. One pint was 95 degrees.

• Research shows that buying a 3-year-old used car and driving it as long as it is efficient saves 40 percent over buying a new car and doing the same.

• About 157,000 American fathers — less than 1 percent of all dads — have elected to stay home and care for the kids full time.

• Forty-seven percent of Americans say Hollywood movies aren’t as good as they used to be. Thirty-three percent say they’re getting better.

• Eighty percent of college juniors and seniors claim they know how to take care of their money after they graduate. But 32 percent of them have missed a credit card payment and nearly a quarter have bounced a check.

• Sharks get the headlines, but Bambi is the real killer. Shark attacks kill a dozen or fewer people in the United States each year while car-deer collisions kill an average of 130 a year. Wasps and bees kill nearly 50 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Allen and Wright are the guys this drink was named for. (A&W Root Beer. They launched the drink and the restaurant chain.)

TRIVIA: Nineteen percent of men say they’ve done this for Halloween or Christmas. (Dressed up a pet)

TRIVIA: In 1829 the Tremont House, a Boston hotel, became the first to do this. (Offer free soap in every room)

TRIVIA: Abraham Lincoln’s got $3,750; Beethoven’s fetched $7,300; Marilyn Monroe’s brought in $11,500. What am I talking about? (Strands of their hair)

TRIVIA: It has four miles of corridors, 4,000 windows, and one man working full time just cleaning clocks. (Buckingham Palace)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• The singer married to Jay-Z. (Beyonce)

• Overeating or eating too quickly can cause this. (Indigestion)

• The U.S. State which border the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. (New Hampshire)

• If a new mom didn’t have a boy, she had a… (Girl)

• A famous chef whose first name is Jamie. (Oliver)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 13, 2020

• 1996: CountryFest in Atlanta, Georgia, drew 275,000 people. Headliners included ALAN JACKSON, ALABAMA and PAM TILLIS.

• 2004: JIMMY BUFFETT released License To Chill, a country flavored album with collaborations from ALAN JACKSON, KENNY CHESNEY, GEORGE STRAIT, MARTINA MCBRIDE and CLINT BLACK.

• 2006: For the first time in 37 years, JOHNNY CASH held the top spot on both the Country Albums Chart and the Top 200 chart when his CD American V sold 88,000 copies its first week out.

• 2007: GENE WATSON’s bus caught fire near Nashville when the axle broke. Gene battled the flames with his band for 30 minutes before firefighters arrived, then appeared on the Grand Ole Opry the same night.

• 2014: TIM MCGRAW swatted a female fan in the middle of Truck Yeah during a concert in Atlanta when she clawed at his leg. She ripped his jeans and was escorted out of the venue.

• 2019: BLANCO BROWN’s The Git Up reached No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

LOUISE MANDRELL is 66.

RHONDA VINCENT is 58.

Neil Thrasher of THRASHER SHRIVER is 55.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

DARIUS RUCKER and wife Beth Leonard have decided to “consciously uncouple.” Borrowing the phrase made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow and ex Chris Martin’s separation statement in 2014, Darious shared on social media over the weekend: “Beth and I would like to share that after much reflection we have made the decision to consciously uncouple. We remain close friends and parenting partners and continue to be each other’s biggest cheerleaders. Our priority will always be our beautiful family.” Darius and Beth wed in 2000 and share two children together: daughter Daniella, 19, and son Jack, 15. Darius also has a 25-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

BRAD PAISLEY took over the grounds of Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, Missouri, for a special drive-in concert Friday night. Hundreds of fans packed their cars and parked in close to catch Brad jam out in a socially distanced setting.

… Brad posted a gorgeous post-sunset photo of the stage, joking that the last row was a quarter-mile from the stage and “that’s where the corona babies were made tonight.” • IMAGE

… CARRIE UNDERWOOD made a remote appearance at the concert, appearing on-screen behind Brad for a duet.

TIM MCGRAW will release his 16th studio album, Here On Earth, on August 21. The upcoming project will be Tim’s first solo release since 2015’s Damn Country Music. Tim and wife FAITH HILL released a duets album, The Rest of Our Life, in 2017.

… The lead single on Here On Earth is the Top 20 hit I Called Mama.

BRETT ELDREDGE hails from Paris… Illinois. And to record his latest album, Sunday Drive, Brett stayed in-state, cutting his fifth studio album in Chicago.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s new Dark Bars lyric video is a virtual tour of some of Nashville’s best dive bars during the pandemic. Throughout the clip for the somber song, Miranda take listeners inside the places where lonely people gather to drown their sorrows and find a sense of community. • VIDEO

… Dark Bars is featured on her 2019 chart-topping album Wildcard.

If anyone could break down one of the most popular Top 40 songs of the year to make it their own, it would be KEITH URBAN. Keith got out his acoustic guitar to perform his own rendition of Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now for his YouTube fans. The original version of the song features a futuristic disco beat and a booming bass, but Keith makes it his own by strumming the guitar to the quick-paced tempo while singing out the empowering lyrics he loves. • VIDEO

CMA Best of Fest, hosted by LUKE BRYAN, airs tonight (7P CT) on ABC with more than 25 past CMA Fest performances and appearances from artists including JASON ALDEAN, ERIC CHURCH, MAREN MORRIS, KEITH URBAN and BLAKE SHELTON, plus a new performance from Luke and DARIUS RUCKER. CMA Fest was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The festival returns to downtown Nashville in June of 2021.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 14, 2020

• 1986: JOHNNY CASH was dropped by Columbia Records after 28 years. He signed a new deal with Polygram Records later the following year.

• 2008: TAYLOR SWIFT released Beautiful Eyes exclusively through Walmart stores. The album contained a couple of previously unreleased tracks as well as an acoustic version of her hit Teardrops On My Guitar.

• 2008: RANDY TRAVIS released his first country album in nearly eight years with Around The Bend.

• 2012: Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church visited Nashville to protest CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s support for gay marriage. More than 150 pro-Carrie demonstrators staged a counter-rally, and the Westboro group halted its protest.

• 2013: TOBY KEITH was hailed as a “Cowboy Capitalist” on the cover of Forbes magazine as he ranked #43 on the Forbes Celebrity 100.

• 2017: SHANIA TWAIN launched an online auction to raise money for Shania Kids Can Foundation. The outfit she wore for Man! I Feel Like A Woman during her Las Vegas residency was available for $7,500. Dinner with Shain and her husband went for $100,000.

JAMEY JOHNSON is 45.


DATEBOOK: JULY 14, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) is 74

• Jane Lynch is 60

• Matthew Fox (Lost, Party of Five) is 54

• Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1881: The outlaw known as Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

• 1913: Gerald R. Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother’s second husband later adopted and renamed him.

• 1969: The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills were officially withdrawn from circulation.

• 2002: A 34-year-old sky-diving cameraman from Addison, Vermont, filmed his false teeth falling out of his mouth at 9,000 feet during his first jump. He said it was a very expensive lesson, and next time he’d take out his dentures. The fallen dentures could have landed anywhere within a 77-square-mile area.

• 2003: The United States Government admitted to the existence of Area 51.

• 2015: NASA’s New Horizons probe reestablished contact to transmit the first close photos of Pluto and its moons. The probe launched in 2006 and had traveled over 3 billion miles.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cow Appreciation Day (sponsored by Chick-fil-A)

• International Nude Day

• Shark Awareness Day

• Mac & Cheese Day


INTERPREP PRO ★ JUNE 23, 2020

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 23, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson is 64

• Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) is 63

• Director Josh Whedon (The Avengers) is 56

• Selma Blair is 48

• Joel Edgerton is 46

• Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1868: Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer”.

• 1888: Frederick Douglass becomes the first African-American nominated for US president.

• 1926: The College Board administered the first SAT exam.

• 1931: Aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.

• 1991: Sonic the Hedgehog was released in the U.S. and Europe.

• 1992: John Gotti, convicted of racketeering charges, was sentenced in New York to life in prison.

• 1993: Lorena Bobbitt of Prince William County, Virginia, sexually mutilated her husband, John, after he allegedly raped her.

• 2005: In Suffolk, Virginia, three guys walked into a McDonald’s with the intention of robbing it. The place was rather busy so they ordered several burgers and enjoyed their meals while waiting for the crowd to thin out. They then robbed the place and made their getaway. Unfortunately, they left behind an important piece of evidence: their DNA on the leftover portions of the burgers.

• 2012: 76 monks were hospitalized in Thailand following an attack by a swarm of bees.

• 2015: Amazon.com joined eBay and others in removing Confederate flag items from its site after the shooting of nine African American church members.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Widows’ Day

• Let It Go Day

• Eat At A Food Truck Day

• Runner’s Selfie Day

• Pecan Sandy Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

5,800: Pounds of raisins eaten each week in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

A new study shows that prolonged sitting can lead to anxiety disorders. [Suddenly, everything in your life seems like one big pain in the butt.]

A study finds that kids who lie well also have superior verbal memories. [That’s poor consolation if you’re a parent. That’s like being told that your kid is a shoplifter but don’t worry because that means that he has superior manual dexterity.]

Obesity experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say children should get an hour of exercise every day. [The bad news is, the list of approved exercises does not include running your mouth, throwing a fit, or pounding a keyboard.]

Coronavirus case trends are on the rise in half of the U.S. [America: #1 in blockbuster movies; #1 in hot dog eating contests; and #1 in pandemic deaths.]

An update to the Apple Watch will remind you if you’ve not washed your hands for a full 20 seconds. [Now if it would only tell me when I left my fly down.]

The Hubble space telescope has spotted a galaxy about 50 million light-years from Earth. [Or roughly the distance I will sit away from other people when we start going back to movie theaters.]

The 2021 Golden Globes will be delayed a couple of months due to COVID-19. [Put another way, Tom Hanks will have to wait until late February to pick up another trophy.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

CORONAVIRUS LEADS TO THE CREATION OF HAUNTED DRIVE-IN _ The pandemic will likely change how haunted houses work in 2020. In Japan, where Halloween has really caught on the last ten years or so, a company in Tokyo has created what they say is the world’s first drive-in haunted house. Well, technically it’s a haunted garage. According to the event’s provided backstory: “This is a garage where a horrible incident occurred long ago. Now people say that if you park your car inside and honk your horn three times, something will happen.” Additional story details will play over your car’s radio while you’re parked inside (sort of like the system used for sound at drive-in movie theaters), and while the specifics remain shrouded in mystery, it seems a given that at some point zombies, ghosts, or some other class of the undead will pay you a not-so-friendly visit.

… All guests must be inside a vehicle, and admission pricing is $75, which covers everyone inside the car. Each session is approximately 20 minutes long.

… Guests who give their prior consent can also leave with their vehicle “redecorated” by the zombies.

HERE COMES CHRISTMAS _ Just a warning: Come Thursday you’ll have six months to shop for Christmas.

MAN DIES AFTER FAMILY ALLEGEDLY UNPLUGS VENTILATOR TO SWITCH ON AIR CONDITIONER _ A 40-year-old Indian man tragically lost his life after his visiting family allegedly unplugged the ventilator keeping him alive. Normally the hospital would have been running its air conditioning system, but to prevent the spread of COVID-19 it had been shut off. To keep cool during their visit, the man’s family brought and plugged in a portable AC unit. When the man’s family tried to plug in the air conditioner, they noticed that there were no available power outlets. Without bothering to consult with hospital staff, they unplugged the ventilator and plugged in the AC instead. If the ventilator had stopped working at that point, they would have probably panicked and plugged in back in, but seeing that the device continued to function they didn’t even inform the nurses about it. Little did the sick man’s relatives know that the backup battery of the ventilator would soon run out, leaving the patient unable to breathe. When the alarm went off, hospital staff rushed to save the man, giving him CPR, but it was too late.

HOME PROJECT LISTS AVERAGE SIX ITEMS _ A new survey finds the average person has six home repairs or updates on their to-do list — and to complete just the top three would require an average of $680 combined.

… Those with home improvement experience reveal the average repair has three things go wrong.

… More than six in ten homeowners turn to search engines, YouTube or helpful apps to get their repairs and updates done.

BUD LIGHT WILL GIVE CITY FREE SELTZER IF IT CHANGES NAME TO FLAVORTOWN _ Columbus resident Tyler Woodbridge is calling for the city of Columbus, Ohio to permanently change its name to Flavortown. Originally named for Christopher Columbus, Tyler (and many others) are hoping the town gets renamed in honor of one of their more iconic people to ever call Columbus home — Guy Fieri, who was born there in 1968. Here is Woodbridge’s reasoning: “Columbus is an amazing city, but one whose name is tarnished by the very name itself. Its namesake, Christopher Columbus, is in The Bad Place because of all his raping, slave trading, and genocide. That’s not exactly a proud legacy. Why not rename the city Flavortown? The new name is twofold. For one, it honors Central Ohio’s proud heritage as a culinary crossroads and one of the nation’s largest test markets for the food industry. Secondly, cheflebrity Guy Fieri was born in Columbus, so naming the city in honor of him (he’s such a good dude, really) would be superior to its current nomenclature.” • LINK

… And Bud Light is even getting into the mix. Bud promised to the hook up the entire city with free Bud Light Hard Seltzer if they actually come through and make it happen.

HUSBAND OVERHEARS WIFE OF 20 YEARS SAY SHE ‘SETTLED’ FOR HIM _ After weathering 20 years together, it is safe to assume you’d feel safe in a relationship with someone. However, one husband harshly learned that his wife might not have been as happy as he thought she had been after he overheard a conversation she was having with a friend. Now the husband and father of two adult children wants a divorce, but people are thinking he’s seriously taking it too far. The man shared on reddit: “I genuinely thought we were in love … until I overheard her on the phone recently remarking to a friend that she feels she settled for me and thinks about her ex every day. Her exact words: ‘I feel like I settled for him… I love him but he doesn’t excite me the way Tom did. Sometimes I wish Tom had been serious with me.'”

… The husband wrote on reddit: “Tom is her ex who she dated on and off before she met me. I always thought she was done with him because she told me that he ‘meant nothing to her’ because he refused to seriously commit but hearing this all these years later broke my heart.” In that moment, the husband knew in his heart that it was over.

… The man says, “I told her I overheard her and that it’s over. She broke down in hysterics saying it wasn’t what it looked like.” Reddit users were a little divided over how the husband should handle it.

8-YEAR-OLD BRIDGE PLAYER BECOMES YOUNGEST LIFE MASTER _ An California boy has become the youngest bridge player to ever be awarded the title of Life Master by the world’s largest organization dedicated to the card game. The American Contract Bridge League said Andrew Chen of San Jose was granted the title of Life Master just three days after his eighth birthday. The organization said it normally takes players decades to accumulate 500 masterpoints by playing at tournaments and accredited clubs, but Andrew was able to earn his points in just two years by participating in local games and playing online.

… Andrew said he is drawn to the puzzle-solving element of bridge: “Every bridge hand is like a puzzle to solve. I like working things out.”

🎧  APPLE WATCH WILL MAKE SURE YOU’RE WASHING YOUR HANDS FOR THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME _ A new feature for the Apple Watch can detect when you’re washing your hands. Apple revealed the newest update for Watch on Monday.

… Once it senses you’re washing your hands, the Apple Watch will set a timer for 20 seconds, the amount of time the CDC recommends you wash to avoid spreading germs.

NOSTRILS CAN DETECT ODORS INDEPENDENTLY FROM ONE ANOTHER _ A study has concluded that nostrils can detect odors independently from one another and can subconsciously guide you to the source of a smell. Researchers from China found that applying different strengths of odor to people’s nostrils subtly impacted their perception of visually-simulated movement. The findings prove that, even if we are not conscious of it, our sense of smell works ‘in stereo’ — just like our vision and hearing does using our pairs of eyes and ears.

… The researchers found that a stronger concentration of odor in one nostril consistently biased the participants towards thinking that they were moving in that direction — despite being unable to report which side received the stronger smell.

WOMEN PREFER MEN WITHOUT CATS _ Single men who are hoping to land a girlfriend may want to keep images of their cats out of their dating profile, or so suggests a new study. Colorado State University researchers showed photos of two men — posed with and without a cat — to hundreds of women and found that when the man’s feline companion was in the picture, they were viewed “as less masculine; more neurotic, agreeable, and open; and less dateable.”

… Around 38% of women shown a cat-free photo of one subject said they were likely to date him and 37% said they would consider a serious relationship — but this dropped to 33% for both casual and serious dating when they were shown a picture of the same man holding a cat. The percentage saying they would never consider going out with him rose from 9% to 14% when the cat was in the photo.

… With the second subject, the percentage of women saying they wouldn’t go out with him rose from 40% to 45% after they saw him with the cat.

LEGO IS THE WORLD’S MOST LOVED BRAND _ A social analytics company (Talkwalker) has just released its list of the world’s most loved brands. At the top is Lego, the toy that sells seven sets a second and has made enough of those multicolored interlocking bricks for every person on planet Earth to have 80 of them.

… The list of the world’s most love brands doesn’t include companies we all know. The social analytics company that did the study took to forums, social media channels, news sites and blogs in search of postings and discussions about brands — 718 brands and 750 million mentions.

… Which is why, while Lego landed on top, the list also includes The Container Store, Four Seasons Hotels, Tiger Beer, Vertex (which makes cystic fibrosis drug Trikafta), Vroot (an international competitor to Netflix), and Bimbo (a Mexican bakery chain).

STUDY FINDS THE WORLD HAS ACTUALLY GROWN MORE PEACEFUL IN RECENT TIMES _ In these modern times, it seems like there’s a whole lot to feel negative about. Between pandemics, protests, and political vitriol, 2020 is creating more pessimists by the day. Well, if you’re looking for a bit of good news regarding the world we are living in, researchers from the University of York have a piece of positivity. According to their calculations, the world as a whole is much more peaceful over the past 30 years in comparison to the first half of the twentieth century. Of course, 1910-1950 was marred by two extraordinarily violent world wars. Since then, the global death rate has continued to steadily drop.

… The researchers say the change for the better detected over the past 30 years may be due to peacekeeping work by global organizations like the UN and increased collaboration and cooperation between nations.

NASCAR DRIVERS OFFER BUBBA WALLACE SHOW OF SUPPORT _ NASCAR drivers, pit crew members and others walked alongside Bubba Wallace and escorted his Number 43 car in a show of support at the Talladega Superspeedway on Monday a day after a noose was found in his garage. In a video tweeted by a NASCAR executive, Wallace’s car is being followed and pushed down pit row by a large procession of people. Wallace, wearing an American flag face mask, was emotional while hugging drivers and supporters, including NASCAR legend Richard Petty. The race was set to begin Monday afternoon in Lincoln, Alabama, after rain Sunday delayed the event by a day.

… The discovery of the noose Sunday afternoon in Wallace’s garage stall comes as the nation more squarely addresses America’s systemic racism in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top circuit, has been an outspoken advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement and the corresponding protests against racism and police brutality. He wore an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt before one event, repainted his car with the “Black Lives Matter” phrase and pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag.

WHY IT FEELS LIKE THERE ARE A LOT MORE FIREWORKS THIS YEAR _ It would seem America is awash in small-scale fireworks displays. Why? There appear to be a number of factors at work. One is that people are spending more time at home, with more opportunity to notice things. For similar reasons, cities are quieter in general, which makes noises more noticeable. Kids have been stuck at home for months unable to attend school or hang out with friends in normal ways, and fireworks are a fun way to pass the time.

… Just when there’s more potential interest in creating random, unauthorized fireworks displays, there’s extra inventory due to the cancellation of many July Fourth fireworks shows.

… And it’s certainly possible that enforcement of fireworks rules has gotten less vigorous — perhaps as a natural consequence of police power being stretched thin.

WIFE CARRYING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELED _ If ESPN was counting on the Wife Carrying World Championship to get them through a couple of hours of July programming, there’s some bad news: the annual feats-of-strength event held in Finland has been canceled for 2020.

… The event entices representatives from around the world to compete in groups of three couples at a time around a sand track-filled obstacle course, which includes a deep water pool. The Wife Carrying Championship last year attracted 80 competitors that headed to the small town of Sonkajärvi, Finland. The rules say that entrants must carry their wives or their neighbors. The designated ‘wife’ has to be at least 17 years old and weighs in at a minimum of 108 pounds. If the designated ‘wife’ is lighter, she must carry a weighted rucksack, given to her by officials.

… For this great feat of strength, the world champions win the equivalent of the wife’s weight in beer, a bag full of wife-carrying merchandise, and an official statue.

… Australia, the UK, USA, India, Hong Kong, and Germany, now hold their own versions of this freakish event.

… The Wife Carrying Championship is considered one of seven bizarre feats of strength events held around the world:

• Cheese Chasing Roll and Wake, Coopers Hill, Gloucester, UK

• Man vs Horse Marathon, Llanwrtyd Well, UK

• Extreme Ironing World Championships, Bavaria, Germany

• Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island, New York

• Baby Jumping Festival, Spain

• Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri, Japan (where a bunch of near-naked men jostle for good luck charms — nearly ten thousand of them, in one sweaty, heaving cluster).

EASY WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT _ Checking your weight every day could help you slim down. A two-year Cornell University study found that tracking the results of daily weight checks on a chart helped people lose weight and keep it off. People who lost weight with this approach in the first year maintained that weight loss throughout the second year.

TALKING ON YOUR PHONE WHILE DRIVING IS DANGEROUS _ Researchers (Johns Hopkins University) say using a cell phone — even with a hands-free device — will likely distract drivers because the brain cannot handle both tasks. Imaging tests show the brain directs its resources to either visual input or auditory input, but cannot fully activate both at the same time.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: ASK IN THEIR RIGHT EAR _ Science has discovered that the secret to getting someone to do something is to ask them in their right ear. Research shows that people prefer to be addressed in their right ear because they will find it easier to process the information and are therefore more likely to perform a task. Known as the “right ear advantage,” scientists believe it’s because information received through the right ear is processed by the left hand side of the brain which is more logical and better at deciphering verbal information than the right side of the brain.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 20,000 POUNDS OF SMUGGLED MEAT PRODUCTS SEIZED _ Authorities on the west coast recently intercepted 19,555 pounds of prohibited pork, chicken, beef and duck products arriving from China. Most of the animal products were commingled in boxes of headphones, door locks, kitchenware, LCD tablets, trash bags, swim fins, cell phone covers, plastic cases and household goods “in a clear attempt to smuggle the prohibited meats.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 16 CASES OF MEAT, FRIES STOLEN FROM ARBY’S RESTAURANT _ Someone stole 16 boxes of frozen food worth an estimated $1,500 early Friday from an exterior cooler at an Arby’s restaurant in Niagara Falls, New York. Investigators suspect the cooler may have been left unlocked. Stolen were seven cases of roast beef, five cases of corned beef, two cases of turkey and two cases of curly French fries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WAS DRIVING NAKED WHILE EATING PIZZA _ Two people caught joyriding through Italy in the buff were arrested by police. They say a woman was eating a slice of pizza while driving naked. Her passenger was also naked, holding a bottle of wine between his feet.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIRL WALKING AND TEXTING GETS STUCK _ A teen in China got a valuable — and embarrassing — lesson about distracted walking when her entire leg got lodged in a drain while texting. The girl’s leg slipped through the metal grill of the drain, up to her thigh.
Her foot was lodged, and she was unable to move or free herself. Passersby comforted the girl and called the fire department, which was able to remove the bars and free the girl.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIANT SAW BLADE BOUNCES ACROSS HIGHWAY INTO TRUCK _ A freak incident happened in China as a man drove along a freeway. A giant circular saw blade fell from a truck on the opposite side of the road and hurtled towards the man’s truck. The 5-foot-wide circular blade smashed into the driver’s vehicle. The saw stopped just a few inches from the driver’s seat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER DISTRACTED BY SHOE LACE _ In Germany, police are looking for a man who robbed a bank, then left his dufflebag full of money lying on the sidewalk just outside the bank’s doors. Witnesses say the man stopped after the robbery to tie his shoe then, forgetting about the bag, walked away.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — New. The auditions continue. Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) is the guest judge.

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — Two repeats.

DC’S STARGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat. A repeat of Mixed-ish follows.

LOUIE ANDERSON: BIG UNDERWEAR (9p ET, CW) — Stand up special.

SEASON PREMIERE: GREENLEAF (9p ET, OWN) — This Memphis megachurch drama is back for a fifth and final season.

WORLD OF DANCE (10p ET, NBC) — New. The callbacks continue.

THE GENETIC DETECTIVE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Cece Moore helps uncover the identity of a serial rapist through genetic genealogy.

SERIES PREMIERE: CELEBRITY SHOW-OFF (10p ET, TBS) — This new 10-part series, hosted by Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), will find celebrities competing to see who can produce the most compelling content from their own homes. Celebrities include Diplo, Ja Rule, Action Bronson, Gabi Butler, Dwight Howard, Travis Kelce, Nene Leakes, Jason Mraz, Kevin Smith, Tori Spelling, Bella Thorne, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah Willis.

ERIC ANDRE: LEGALIZE EVERYTHING (Netflix) — New stand up special.


ENTERTAINMENT

GOLDEN GLOBES 2021 POSTPONED NEARLY TWO MONTHS _ The 2021 Golden Globes will take place on February 28 — about eight weeks before the 93rd Academy Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the announcement Monday morning. Just a week earlier, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the 93rd Academy Awards telecast has been postponed by two months to April 25, 2021.

… The Golden Globes have usually been held on the first Sunday of the calendar year as a kickoff to the Hollywood awards season. This year’s edition was held on January 5 with the HFPA announcing six days later that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would host the 2021 ceremonies.

TRAILER FOR THE DOCUSERIES ON LEBRON JAMES THE DECISION _ LeBron James’ The Decision turns 10 years old this year, which means that it’s been a full decade since Cleveland Cavaliers fans balled their eyes out after hearing the now three-time NBA champ utter the words, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach,” to join his buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. To many, July 8 is still one of the worst days ever.

… Thankfully, James’ decision to bolt Cleveland for Miami in 2010 wasn’t the end of his time around his hometown in Akron, with LeBron returning to the Cavs in 2014 and leading the team to the 2016 NBA title.

… Of course, that doesn’t mean that LeBron James’ The Decision wasn’t a complete farce, and probably should’ve never been broadcast on national TV to begin with. And thanks to a new docuseries from ESPN about The Decision that’s airing Sunday (June 28) we’ll get to see all the behind-the-scenes ins and outs of the entire process. A trailer was released Monday and, well, it’s pretty clear that a lot of people thought The Decision was a bad idea from the start — a lot of people except LeBron. • VIDEO

MARVEL STUDIOS, STAR WARS AND MORE TO RETURN TO THEATERS _ Now that the world is slowly beginning to reopen following the three-month COVID-19 lockdown, movie theaters are searching for ways to draw customers back to the big screen. Fortunately for film fans, both the studios and theater chains are getting creative and looking to bring both old and new blockbuster films to the big screen one more time.

… Last week we learned cinemas in the United Kingdom were planning to reopen with a remastered 4K edition of The Empire Strikes Back. We’re learning Disney has similar, even bigger plans for theaters in the United States as well. According to a source (tweet by Erik Davis, managing editor at Fandango), Disney plans to release an impressive run of both Marvel and Star Wars films in theaters as they begin to reopen. Disney’s titles, scattered across four weeks, include:

  • The Avengers
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Black Panther
  • Deadpool
  • Zootopia
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Iron Man
  • The Force Awakens
  • Inside Out
  • and more…

… Note that it’s up to each individual theater chain to book these films, so you will not see every title in every available theater.

OSCAR ISAAC SAYS HE’D RETURN TO STAR WARS FOR THE PAYCHECK _ Poe Dameron himself, Oscar Isaac, recently joked that he’ll only return to Star Wars for the paycheck. While speaking with Deadline about his new film, The Cloud Counter, Isaac opened up about his experience on Star Wars and how he’s always been drawn to smaller projects. He said, “I enjoyed the challenge of those films and working with a very large group of incredible artists and actors, prop makers, set designers, and all that was really fun. It’s not really what I set out to do. What I set out to do was to make handmade movies, and to work with people that inspire me.”

… As to whether he would ever return to the franchise, Isaac had a funny response, saying: “Probably, but who knows. If I need another house or something.”

ISAAC ASIMOV’S SCI-FI CLASSIC FOUNDATION GETS A TV SERIES _ Apple TV+ is adapting Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series of sci-fi novels in the form of the 10-episode Foundation. Apple says the series “chronicles the epic saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.” It lands n Apple TV+ next year. • VIDEO

JENNIFER ANISTON AND LISA KUDROW DROP HINTS ON THE FRIENDS REUNION _ Lisa Kudrow has commitment issues. While chatting with Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston, Kudrow confessed that she’s had a hard time saying “yes” to other jobs since working on the beloved sitcom, which signed off in 2004. Kudrow said, “[Friends] worked because we all committed to each other too. It wasn’t just committing to a role, committing to a contract. We all still love each other. Our cast is like that, and that’s why that worked. I think part of me died. I can’t do that again.”

… Aniston revealed that during quarantine she’s been like a lot of us — binging on old Friends episodes and even watching bloopers.

… Kudrow and Aniston are both eagerly awaiting the end of lockdown so they can begin filming the sitcom’s reunion special for HBO Max, which Aniston revealed that they know is “not scripted.”

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA REVEALS HOW HAMILTON WILL BE CENSORED FOR DISNEY+ _ Lin-Manuel Miranda had to do away with some mature language to get the Hamilton movie ready for its debut on Disney+. After much online debate about whether the handful of expletives in the musical would be removed in the filmed version, Miranda has weighed in and revealed which lines have been censored for the family-friendly streaming platform — and which single F-word he kept.

… Miranda tweeted Monday: “On July 3, you’re getting the whole show, every note & scene, & a 1-minute countdown clock during intermission (bathroom!).” However, more than one F-word earns a film an R rating, and there are three F-words in Hamilton. So, as Miranda put it, he “literally gave two Fs so the kids could see it.”

… Miranda explained that in the film, the word will be muted in Hercules Mulligan’s (Okieriete Onaodowan) line “When you knock me down I get [the expletive] back up again.” The Hamilton movie will also censor the line “Southern [expletive]’ Democratic Republicans” in “Washington on Your Side,” replacing it with a record scratch.

The one F-word left will be in the song “Say No to This.”

THE GREAT NORTH RENEWED FOR SEASON 2 AT FOX _ Fox has renewed the animated comedy The Great North for a second season before the first has even aired. The show will debut at midseason in 2021. It comes from a couple of the people behind Bob’s Burgers.

… The Great North follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family, as a single dad, Beef (Nick Offerman), does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close — especially his only daughter, Judy (Jenny Slate), whose artistic dreams lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall. Rounding out the family are Judy’s older brother, Wolf, (Will Forte) and his fiancé, Honeybee (Dulcé Sloan), her middle brother, Ham (Paul Rust), and ten-year-old-going-on-fifty little brother, Moon (Aparna Nancherla).

DIRECTOR JOEL SCHUMACHER DIES AT 80 _ Joel Schumacher, costume designer-turned-director of films including St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys and Falling Down, as well as two Batman films, died in New York City on Monday morning after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80.

MICHAEL KEATON IN TALKS TO PLAY BRUCE WAYNE IN THE FLASH MOVIE _ Michael Keaton is in talks to return the role for which he was best known: Batman. Keaton will make his return as Bruce Wayne in the long-delayed The Flash movie. Back in 2017, as rumors surfaced that the DC films would be moving away from Ben Affleck’s version of the Caped Crusader, source say a Flash movie would involve time travel and alternate universes, would allow them to recast the character without starting over from scratch on this whole film universe.

KRISTEN STEWART TO PLAY PRINCESS DIANA _ Kristen Stewart will play one of the most famous women of all time. It was announced Monday that Stewart will play Princess Diana in Spencer, a biographical drama that follows the late royal as she comes to the decision to divorce Prince Charles. Pablo Larraín, who directed 2016’s Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as the first lady in the days following her husband’s assassination, will direct Spencer. The film is set to begin shooting in early 2021 and will follow Diana over three days in 1992, as she makes the decision to abandon royal life and her loveless marriage to Prince Charles.

COBRA KAI MOVES FROM YOUTUBE TO NETFLIX _ Netflix has acquired the first two seasons of the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai plus its unaired third season. The first two seasons, which aired on YouTube in 2018 and 2019, will premiere on Netflix later this year. Season 3 will air at a date that has yet to be announced. YouTube renewed Cobra Kai in May 2019 before it decided to move away from scripted programming.


BITS & BREAKS

LONG-GONE LANDMARKS YOU STILL USE

FB icon A hyper-local Facebook/phones bit: Are there landmarks that are no longer in your city that you still use when giving directions?

CONVERSATION STARTERS

• 21% of us don’t make our bed daily. 5% of us never do.

• Men do 29% of laundry each week.

• 10% believe in the 10 Commandments.

• 37% claim to know how to use all the features on their TV remote.

• 56% of women pay the bills in a marriage.

FIREWORKS FACTS

• The first fireworks recorded in America were set off by Englishman Captain John Smith, famous in the story of Pocahontas.

• Colored fireworks didn’t exist until the 1800s.

• Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blow-torch.

• Most firework accidents are caused at family backyard parties, closely followed by incidents in the street.

Think sparklers are harmless? Think again — sparklers cause more injuries than most other fireworks combined. As adults, 364 days a year we tell our little ones “Don’t touch!” On the Fourth of July we hand them a wire (sparkler) that burns at a temperature of 1,200 degrees and say, “Have fun!”

SUMMER IS ICE CREAM SEASON

And June is Dairy Month. Some cold facts:

• Ice cream as we know it emerged in 17th century France.

• The cone didn’t appear until 1904, when a Syrian waffle maker at the St. Louis World Fair began rolling his pastries into horns to help an ice cream vendor who had run out of dishes.

T• he average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year — the world’s highest per capita consumption.

• Top selling flavor: vanilla, with 30 percent of the market; followed by chocolate with 19 percent.

• It takes 5.8 pounds of whole milk and one pound of cream to make one gallon of ice cream.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Thirteen percent of people who get this are men. (Botox)

TRIVIA: Name the U.S. President who’s 28 feet tall. (Lincoln. If the seated figure in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. were to stand up it would be 28 feet tall. Lincoln himself stood 6 feet 4 inches.)

TRIVIA: 65% of us do this each day before leaving for work. (Kiss our significant others)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Woman With Medical Condition Wakes Up with Four Different ______”

A woman in the UK who went mute for two months after a mystery brain injury finally has her voice back — but now speaks with four different accents. Doctors were perplexed after countless tests failed to explain why 31-year-old Emily Egan lost the ability to speak. And when she finally began to talk again, Emily’s voice sounded nothing like the English accent she had before. She now mostly speaks with a Polish accent — but her accent can suddenly change to sound French and Italian as well. If she experiences a lot of stress, her accent becomes Russian, and when she is exhausted, Emily can lose the ability to speak altogether.

… After months of confusion, Emily has finally been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome — a rare speech disorder caused by brain damage. Initially suffering from headaches, she went to hospital and medics initially suspected a stroke, but tests ruled out. Eventually she lost the ability to speak altogether and doctors were baffled. They believe her speech disorder was caused by brain damage — but don’t yet know what happened to cause the damage.

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Nigerian Men Tattoo Their ______ Pink”

There’s a Nigerian fashion trend sweeping the country’s tattoo parlors — so-called “pink lips”. The process involves young men having their lower lip “tattooed” or bleached with a pink paint so that their lips are no longer a shade of black, but instead a shade of pink. None of the men would explain to a reporter the reasons why they were getting their lips tattooed pink though one reason seems to be that women find men with pinker lips more attractive.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JUNE 23, 2020

• 1995: GARTH BROOKS’ album The Hits was certified multi-platinum for sales of 6 million copies.

• 2004: LONESTAR made a guest appearance on the NBC daytime series Days Of Our Lives. They performed at the grand opening of a club in the fictional town of Salem.

• 2005: BROOKS AND DUNN sang The Star-Spangled Banner at Game 7 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, Texas.

• 2008: TAYLOR SWIFT’s self-titled debut album was certified triple platinum for sales of 3 million copies. She also earned recognition for 500,000 downloads of her song Our Song.

• 2010: LORETTA LYNN’s Coal Miner’s Daughter and the WILLIE NELSON album Red Headed Stranger were added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry along with audio by The Band, Little Richard and The Staple Singers.

• 2013: A CMT Crossroads edition celebrating WILLIE NELSON’s 80th birthday premiered. It closed with Neil Young, Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Ashley Monroe and Norah Jones joining Willie on Whiskey River.

• 2017: Brad Paisley Park was dedicated in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

RASCAL FLATTS will release a 7-song EP, How They Remember You, on July 31. The set will contain six new songs and a cover of the KENNY ROGERS classic Through The Years. The EP marks the trio’s first new music since the stand alone single Back To Life in 2018.

SAM HUNT’s sophomore album, South Side, will be released on vinyl July 17. Each copy will include a free poster.

American Idol season 17 champ LAINE HARDY is quarantined at home after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Laine says his symptoms are mild at this point.

BRANTLEY GILBERT and LAUREN ALAINA will join TRACE ADKINS as country performers for this year’s A Capitol Fourth. The show will find artists performing from various cities without an audience and will spotlight frontline workers and historical African American figures.

BRAD PAISLEY, DARIUS RUCKER, JON PARDI and others will play the Live From The Drive series, July 10-12. The shows will be held in Nashville, Indianapolis and St. Louis and will be shown in drive-in theaters.

DARIUS RUCKER and LADY A will partner for a new song sometime this summer. Darius says the song was a lot of fun and is excited for fans to hear it. The trio joined Darius on his hit Wagon Wheel a few years back.

CASSADEE POPE plans to release a new acoustic set of tunes. Titled Rise And Shine, the album doesn’t yet have a release, but Cassadee says the eight songs she co-wrote are about where she’s been and where she’s going.

New music is coming from CHRIS YOUNG early next month. If That Ain’t God, a song Chris co-wrote, will be his next single. Chris says after the tune found its way to him earlier this year he felt it was fitting to make it his next release.

THE GATLIN BROTHERS will play a special show at The Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee on July 25. The event, dubbed Fan Favorites, will stream on franklintheatre.com with an audience of 70 in attendance.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JUNE 24, 2020

• 1989: GARTH BROOKS made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

• 1994: COLLIN RAYE topped the charts with Little Rock.

• 1996: JOHNNY CASH made his first public appearance since being diagnosed the previous October with Shy-Drager Syndrome. Johnny appeared in Nashville and joined KRIS KRISTOFFERSON for a song.

• 2003: BLAKE SHELTON’s pet turkey, named Turkey, died of heat stroke on his Tennessee farm.

• 2010: The Eagles and THE DIXIE CHICKS closed a five-stadium concert tour at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

• 2013: Fans learned that LUKE BRYAN and his wife Caroline were building a plantation style home near Nashville.

• 2017: RASCAL FLATTS crashed a wedding in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, playing Bless The Broken Road for the surprised couple’s first dance.


DATEBOOK: JUNE 24, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac is 73

• Peter Weller (RoboCop) is 73

• Nancy Allen (RoboCop) is 70

• Sherry Stringfield (ER) is 53

• Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, The Office) is 41

• Minka Kelly is 40

• Vanessa Ray (Blue Bloods) is 39

• Justin Hires (MacGyver, Rush Hour) is 35

• Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1497: The first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place when explorer John Cabot, on a voyage for England, spotted land, probably in present-day Canada. He claimed the piece of land for England, which is now Newfoundland.

• 1892: Robert Ford was gunned down in a Creede, Colorado, saloon. Ten years earlier, as a new recruit in the Jesse James gang, he had killed Jesse for a $10,000 reward.

• 1997: The Air Force released a report on the so-called “Roswell Incident,” suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies.

• 2010: John Isner of the United States defeated Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history: 11 hours, 5 minutes.

• 2014: The original lyrics to Like a Rolling Stone, handwritten by Bob Dylan on hotel stationery, sold for $2 million at auction.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Fairy Day

• World UFO Day

• Pralines Day

• Swim a Lap Day


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DATEBOOK: APRIL 17, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings) is 61

• Jennifer Garner is 48

• Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls (Posh Spice) is 46

• Rooney Mara (Mary Magdalene, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1865: Mary Surratt was arrested as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

• 1907: Ellis Island immigration center processed 11,747 people, more than any other day.

• 1964: The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Mustang at the New York World’s Fair. Base price was $2,368. Check out the April 12 issue for more facts and trivia about the first Ford Mustangs.

• 1964: The FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics on the Kingmen’s recording “Louie Louie.”

• 1970: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returned safely to Earth.

• 1973: Federal Express delivered its first package.

• 1980: Police in Lansing, Michigan, arrested three adult sisters for running around their neighborhood nude after smearing their bodies with mustard. The ladies said they were looking for the Garden of Eden.

• 2003: A 34-year-old research scientist who’d had too much to drink stumbled home and fell asleep in a house where he had lived seven years earlier. Police were called when a teenager came home to find the intruder asleep in the teenager’s bed in Axbridge, England. Police took the scientist to his own home and did not file charges.

• 2013: 15 people were killed and 100 were injured after a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas.

• 2014: NASA’s Kepler space observatory confirmed the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bat Appreciation Day

• Ford Mustang Day

• Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day

• Cheeseball Day

• Kickball Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

• Hayley Mills is 74. James Woods is 73. Rick Moranis is 67. Eric Roberts is 64. Jane Leeves is 59. Jeff Dunham is 58. Conan O’Brien is 57. Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) is 57. Maria Bello is 53. Melissa Joan Hart is 44. Kourtney Kardashian is 41. America Ferrera is 36. Vanessa Kirby is 32. Alia Shawkat is 31. Chloe Bennet is 28.

• Adult Autism Day. Husband Appreciation Day. Record Store Day (postponed to June 20). Auctioneers Day. Animal Crackers Day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

• Tim Curry is 74. Ashley Judd is 52. Jennifer Esposito is 48. James Franco is 42. Kate Hudson is 41. Hayden Christensen is 39. Ali Wong is 38.

• Bicycle Day. Garlic Day. Poker Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

105: Amount, in dollars, the average person would pay to know what dogs are saying when they bark.


NEWS ATTACK!

The White House has unveiled a three-phase plan for reopening the country. [Hopefully none of them involve getting on a cruise ship.]

When it comes to reopening the country the president told governors Thursday they would call their own shots. [‘Shots’ is the right word considering our economy feels like it’s hung over.]

There’s a lot of speculation over who Joe Biden will choose as his running mate. [Fauci. Paging Dr. Fauci.]

A group of seven governors will work in close coordination to reopen the Midwest regional economy. [They’ll begin with a celebratory meal at Steak n Shake.]

A 99-year-old World War II veteran did 100 laps in his garden to raise millions for charity. [Then I can definitely get off the couch so the pizza guy doesn’t have to deliver to my coffee table.]

Research shows a link between snoring and a decline in mental ability. [It may have something to do with how many times your spouse hits you in the head to stop your snoring.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

🦠 CORONAVIRUS TRACKERS _ New York Times | nCove2019 | Bing | Johns Hopkins | Johns Hopkins county | WorldOMeters

THE PLAN TO REOPEN THE US ECONOMY _ The Trump White House on Thursday announced a three-phase plan to reopen the U.S. economy.

… In Phase One of the Opening Up America Again plan, all vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place, social and physical distancing should still be practiced in public, non-essential travel should be minimized, and teleworking should continue to occur where possible.

Phase Two, which can only begin after a community shows no evidence of rebound or surge in new cases, would allow “large venues,” including “sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship” to operate under “moderate physical distancing protocols.” Schools and organized youth activities can reopen, bars can operate with “diminished standing-room occupancy,” gyms can reopen with “strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols,” and elective surgeries can resume.

… Phase Three allows for visits to senior care facilities and hospitals, gyms to reopen with “standard sanitation protocols” and bars to operate with “increased standing room occupancy, where applicable.” The aforementioned large venues — sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues and places of worship — will be able to operate with “limited physical distancing protocols.”

… The decision on whether to open up businesses again ultimately falls to each state’s governor.

THE ‘SAFEST PLACE’ FROM CORONAVIRUS IN AMERICA? _ The safest place from the coronavirus in the US might be a tiny town on an off-the-beaten-path peninsula connected to Canada south of Vancouver. The 1,300 or so residents of Point Roberts — which is part of Washington state but not directly connected to the US mainland — have not been affected by the pandemic so far. Because the US-Canadian border is shut, Point Roberts is like an island right now.

… The isolated town — about 135 miles northwest of Seattle — may be reached by boat, flying into its single-runway airport or driving past two international border crossings through the southwest corner of Canada.

… Local Fire Chief Christopher Carleton said that on a typical weekend last year, the town would see about 2,000 vehicles travel over its border — but that number has now dropped below 100. Residents can still cross the border for essential travel, including for medical appointments and to pick up prescriptions, but any outsider trying to get into the town would have a tough time getting past border agents.

SOME STIMULUS CHECKS WERE DEPOSITED INTO WRONG BANK ACCOUNTS _ Some Americans say they haven’t gotten their coronavirus stimulus checks because the feds sent the money to the wrong bank accounts. Several taxpayers tried to check the status of their payments on the Internal Revenue Service’s website only to discover the agency put the money in accounts they didn’t recognize or no longer use.

… An IRS spokeswoman (Jodie Reynolds) said money should be rejected by banks and returned to the IRS if it was deposited in the wrong account. If that happens the IRS will cut a paper check.

CAPTAIN TOM RAISED $20 MILLION* FOR NHS _ Tom Moore, the 99-year-old war veteran raising funds for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) by walking 100 lengths of his garden, completed the challenge Thursday and raised more $20 million* in donations. Moore walked the last 10 lengths of his garden on Thursday morning, aided by a walker. Moore began the fundraiser on April 8, initially hoping to raise around $1,200. More than 648,000 individual donations were made to his JustGiving. * CHECK AMOUNT

A 106-YEAR-OLD WOMAN RECOVERED FROM CORONAVIRUS _ A 106-year-old great grandmother in the UK has beat coronavirus. Three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, Connie Titchen was discharged from Birmingham City Hospital. Titchen, who was born in September 1913 and has lived through two World Wars, was admitted in mid-March with suspected pneumonia. She was diagnosed with coronavirus soon afterwards.

FACEBOOK TO WARN USERS WHO ‘LIKED’ CORONAVIRUS HOAXES _ Facebook will soon let you know if you saw or interacted with dangerous coronavirus misinformation on the site. The new notice will be sent to users who have liked, reacted to, or commented on posts featuring harmful or false claims about COVID-19 after they have been removed by moderators. The alert, which will start appearing on Facebook in the coming weeks, will direct users to a site where the World Health Organization lists and debunks virus myths and rumors

WALMART AND SAM’S CLUB ARE TEAMING UP WITH FEEDING AMERICA _ There are many ways to donate to charities and non-profit organizations for their COVID-19 relief efforts and now big name companies are joining the efforts. Walmart and Sam’s Club are teaming up with Feeding America through May 11 to donate. Walmart kickstarted the partnership with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and its member food banks. Walmart shoppers can donate directly on Walmart’s website, or purchase grocery items from participating suppliers.

… For each item purchased from a Walmart or Sam’s Club, the monetary equivalent of one meal will be donated to Feeding America.

PAPER TOWELS MORE EFFECTIVE AT REMOVING VIRUSES THAN HAND DRYERS _ We knew it! We’ve mentioned past studies that say hand dryers in restrooms stink. They don’t dry your hands and, more importantly, they blow droplets off your hands and onto your clothes, the floor, your purse, etc. New research (University of Leeds) once again shows that using paper towels is substantially more effective than jet dryers for removing microbes when still contaminated hands are dried.

BUSCH OFFERING FREE BEER TO COUPLES WHOSE WEDDINGS WERE POSTPONED _ Has your wedding been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic? If so, Busch Beer wants to give you free beer for an entire year. Here’s how it works: post a photo of you and your significant, explain how you’re planning to commemorate the big day when it (eventually) arrives and use the hashtags #BuschWeddingGift and #Sweepstakes. The contest ends at 11:59 PM on May 1. 250 winners will be selected in a random drawing on May 2.

… The beer company says those who aren’t looking to get married can tag a friend and use #MyFriendsWedding and #Sweepstakes for a chance to win Busch merchandise. Those 50 winners will also be selected on May 2.

IDAHO FARM GAVE AWAY POTATOES FOR FREE _ Tough decisions, that’s what a lot of businesses are dealing with as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the economy. One decision for Idaho farmers, what to do with all the crops that they can’t use. Some have been forced to simply throw it away. Cranney Farms in Idaho has thousands of potatoes they were expecting to sell. But with no market for the potatoes, Cranney Farms decided they would share their crop, and advertised on Facebook with two words: “Free potatoes.”

… Cranney says that a majority of potatoes go into food service. A lot of the product, for example, ends up being French fries. With schools and restaurants closed, there’s less of a market for potatoes.

OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING _ Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the bombing happened at 9:02 am and killed at least 168 people, injured more than 680 others, and destroyed one-third of the building. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 other buildings within a 16-block radius, shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings, and destroyed or burned 86 cars, causing an estimated $652 million worth of damage.

… 🎧  This is part of a tape recording from a machine in an office. The voice you hear is Lou Klaver, an official at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board opening a routine hearing on an application to pump and bottle water.

THE PATH TO FRAILTY BEGINS AS EARLY AS 40 _ The term “frail” is usually reserved for elderly individuals over the age of 65. Characterized by general weakness, delicacy, and increased susceptibility to illness, frailty isn’t something most people even consider as a possibility for themselves during middle age. However, a new study (Flinders University) finds that the path to frailty actually begins in many people as young as 40 years old. Researchers say that “pre-frailty” occurs in an astounding 45 percent of 40- to 49-year-olds.

… What should one look out for as indicators of pre-frailty? Poor balance, weak legs, weak trunk stability (the ability to control spinal and pelvic posture), diminished foot sensations, being underweight, poor nutrition. If any of these descriptions apply to you, researchers recommend you do your best to address the issue, no matter your age. Ignoring these conditions could lead to serious frailty later in life.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: OVER 60 PERCENT OF AMERICANS CONSIDER THEIR CAR A FRIEND _ Americans spend an average of 18 full days in their car every year, so it’s not a big surprise that 64 percent of us consider our car a friend.

… Over a third of Americans would rather themselves get a scratch than their car, while another 15 percent would rather break a bone in their own body than have their car break down.

… One in five (21 percent) would rather spend an entire day in jail than have their car get totaled, and a wild 13 percent of Americans would actually break up with their partner before parting with their car.

… 44 percent have named their car.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CITY COUNCIL MEMBER ATTENDS MEETING FROM HOT TUB _ Many of us are getting a bit more casual at work meetings because we’re attending them via video conference from home. Then there’s North Oaks, Minnesota, city council member Martin Long, who recently attended a council meeting from his hot tub. About an hour into the April 9 teleconferenced council meeting, the camera on Long starts to move, and it’s apparent that he’s gone outside. He sits down somewhere outside of his house and after a few minutes, he disappears briefly and then reappears and his polo shirt is gone. For a few minutes, the small window showing Long reveals his bare shoulders. A little later, he puts his shirt back on. Then after he’s recognized to speak by the town’s mayor, Long has trouble unmuting his microphone. He finally says, “I’m trying. My fingers are wet. I’m in the hot tub.” He then holds up a pair of goggles and a toy boat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ASSAULT WITH FROZEN SAUSAGE _ A driver in the UK suffered a broken nose after a frozen sausage was thrown through an open window of his car. After the sausage assault, the man managed to stop his car without hitting anyone else.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: U-HAUL TRUCK FIRE _ A mysterious fire at a U-Haul truck rental lot in Eugene, Oregon, was solved after police viewed security camera video of what happened. In the video, a man in a vehicle and a woman standing at his window can be seen having an argument. At one point, the man lit a small firework and tossed it toward the woman. The video shows she ducked, and it hit the ground and exploded in sparks. The man then drives away. The couple apparently didn’t know there was another man under one of the trucks stealing gasoline from it. He spilled some on the pavement, and the firework lit it on fire, which eventually spread to four trucks; two of them were destroyed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FORGET THE PANDEMIC… CLEAN YOUR DRIVEWAY _ 78-year-old Carol Yerdon got a letter from her homeowners association, which included a picture of her dirty driveway. Despite the stay-at-home order in her Florida county (Osceola County), the HOA demanded she clean her driveway. Because of the pandemic, Yerdon’s daughter tried to reason with the HOA, but the organization’s demand still applied, and the family would face additional actions if they didn’t send pictures of a clean driveway by the end of the week. The next day, a neighbor found a pressure-cleaning company for the Yerdons.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER RUNS, LEAVES BEHIND PHONE AND DRUGS _ Police in England received reports of a reckless driver. Officers pursued the vehicle, but it stopped and the occupants ran. But they left behind their mobile phones, a quantity of cash, and a plastic tub containing drugs.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. Mac is put into a dream state to help him recall key evidence found in Nikola Tesla’s secret lab.

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — New.

THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. A blacklist case forces Liz to choose sides between Red and the Task Force.

WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.

CHARMED (8p ET, CW) — New.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Magnum and Higgins are undercover as a couple on a romantic bus tour working a case.

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

DYNASTY (9p ET, CW) — New.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New.

PREMIERE: FRIDAY NIGHT IN WITH THE MORGANS(10p ET, AMC) — This new weekly series, hosted by husband-wife duo Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton from their farm in upstate New York, will feature guests via video chat discussing how they’re handling life in quarantine and what they’re doing to help their communities. Guests will include Morgan’s fellow The Walking Dead cast members Christian Serratos and Sarah Wayne Callies, as well as Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton, and Jensen Ackles and his wife Danneel.

SERIES FINALE: STRIKE BACK (10p ET, Cinemax) — After eight seasons, this action drama ends its run.

#BLACKAF (Netflix) — From the creator of black-ish, Kenya Barris, this new comedy stars Barris and Rashida Jones (Parks and Rec). The show is based on Barris’s life and his unorthodox parenting style, with Jones as his wife and the mother of their six children. Guest stars for the season include Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Ava DuVernay, and Tyler Perry.

BOSCH (Amazon Prime) — Titus Welliver returns in new episodes of this crime drama based on Michael Connelly’s series of novels.

SERGIO (Netflix) — This new biographical drama is about United Nations diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello,and focuses on his assignment in Baghdad after the US invasion of Iraq. Garret Dillahunt, Brían F. O’Byrne, Will Dalton, and Bradley Whitford star.

HOME (Apple TV+) — This new documentary series tours the world’s most innovative homes.

SATURDAY

ONE WORLD: TOGETHER AT HOME (ABC, NBC, CBS, CW and more, streaming on  Amazon, Facebook, and YouTube) — Presented by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization and curated by Lady Gaga, this 2-hour special will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert. Stars set to appear (remotely) include: Elton John, Billie Eilish, Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.

… Additional stars set to participate include: Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Awkwafina, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Usher and Victoria Beckham.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — Repeat.

SUNDAY

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — New. A deeper look into the lives of the top 21 contestants, including never-before-seen performances.

GOD FRIENDED ME (8p ET, CBS) — New. Miles weighs the consequences of carrying out the God Account’s wishes when his new friend suggestion alleges Miles ruined his life.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New. NCIS helps a former NCIS tech operator search for her missing ex-partner, when they fear he might be working with the gun runners.

THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — New.

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New. Zoey surprisingly finds herself getting into major conflict with Simon, Max, Mo and even Howie.

PREMIERE: THE LAST DANCE (9p ET, ESPN) — Originally set to premiere in June, this 10-part docuseries about Michael Jordan and his final season with the Chicago Bulls will air in two-hour installments over the next five Sundays. The Last Dance features never-before-seen footage from the ’97-98 Bulls season and interviews with Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Phil Jackson, and many more. ESPN will air the uncensored version, while ESPN2 will air a family friendly bleeped version of the curse words.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates the death of a Naval microbiologist whose hobby as a “myth buster” resulted in his death.

GOOD GIRLS (10p ET, NBC) — New. Beth decides to find a solution to her Rio problem once and for all after he backs her into a corner.


ENTERTAINMENT

BRIAN DENNEHY DIES AT 81 _ Actor Brian Dennehy died Wednesday of natural causes. The veteran actor guest starred on a number of 1970s TV shows before landing a recurring role on Dynasty in 1981. Dennehy was a five-time Emmy nominee who won a Golden Globe playing Willy Loman in the 2000 TV movie Death of a Salesman. In recent years, Dennehy had parts on Public Morals, Hap and Leonard and most recently on The Blacklist as Elizabeth Keen’s grandfather.

… His big breakout movie role was as Sheriff Teasle in Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo action flick, First Blood. He’d go on to star in several films in the ’80s and ’90s, including Silverado, Cocoon, Best Seller, and Presumed Innocent. Brian’s most notable comedy role came in 1995, when he played Big Tom Callahan in the classic Chris Farley movie Tommy Boy.

MOVIE THEATERS INCLUDED IN PLAN TO REOPEN US ECONOMY _ The Trump White House on Thursday announced a three-phase plan to reopen the U.S. economy that includes the relaunch of movie theaters in the second phase.

… In Phase One of the Opening Up America Again plan, all vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place, social and physical distancing should still be practiced in public, non-essential travel should be minimized, and teleworking should continue to occur where possible.

Phase Two, which can only begin after a community shows no evidence of rebound or surge in new cases, would allow “large venues,” including “sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship” to operate under “moderate physical distancing protocols.” Schools and organized youth activities can reopen, bars can operate with “diminished standing-room occupancy,” gyms can reopen with “strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols,” and elective surgeries can resume.

… Phase Three allows for visits to senior care facilities and hospitals, gyms to reopen with “standard sanitation protocols” and bars to operate with “increased standing room occupancy, where applicable.” The aforementioned large venues — sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues and places of worship — will be able to operate with “limited physical distancing protocols.”

… The decision on whether to open up businesses again ultimately falls to each state’s governor.

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE MAY END UP AS 2020’s TOP GROSSING FILM _ Bad Boys For Life may end up grossing more money at the box office than any other film of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on both the lives of people around the world and the global economy. In March, most movie theaters began locking doors to the public in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the virus. This box office shutdown has gone hand-in-hand with the delay of dozens of major films, many being pushed back as far as 2022. As one of the only major films to be released in theaters this year so far, Bad Boys For Life is on the track to be the biggest movie at the box office with its haul of $419 million. With its second-place ranking, Sonic the Hedgehog brought in $306 million.

… Everything could change if the world gets good news in the coming months. A rapid and substantial decline in COVID-19 cases could see a reduction in social distancing requirements, meaning businesses may begin to reopen and allow life to resume some sense of normalcy. In that case, it’s possible theater chains could open their doors for some of the big films set to be released later in the year, possibly leading to the action blockbuster losing its current crown.

FYRE FESTIVAL FOUNDER WANTS OUT OF PRISON _ The organizer behind Fyre Festival, the failed music festival that dissolved into chaos and left hundreds stranded on an island in the Bahamas, has requested to be released early from prison due to the spread of coronavirus. Billy McFarland has been behind bars since 2018, after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges related to the infamous event he set up a year earlier. In a letter filed Tuesday, McFarland is asking the federal judge who presided over his case to grant him compassionate release from prison and let him serve the rest of his six-year sentence — of which four years still remain — under home confinement.

… McFarland’s lawyers argue that the Fyre Festival organizer is at a higher risk to developing severe symptoms or dying from the coronavirus due to preexisting health conditions. According to court documents, McFarland has “extreme” allergies and asthma, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said puts individuals at greater risk.

HAIRDRESSER PAYS $50,000 TO CLONE HIS BULLDOG _ A hairdresser to the stars including Britney Spears has welcomed a cloned French bulldog. Celebrity hairdresser Roberto Novo shelled out $50,000 to clone his beloved French bulldog, who died on February 7 last year. The 61-year-old had Machito for 14 years. Machito’s genetic duplicate — who has been named Machitwo — arrived on February 7 this year, exactly one year after Machito died.

HGTV ORDERS REMOTELY FILMED HOME RENOVATION SHOW _ HGTV is launching a coronavirus quarantine-inspired show called Design at Your Door, where “desperate homeowners” will film themselves doing home renovation as experts give them advice remotely.

THE JOY OF PAINTING’S BOB ROSS GETS A ‘BOB ROSS CHANNEL’ _ The late painting instructor Bob Ross now has his own “channel”. The TV series is available on the ad-supported Bob Ross Channel on Samsung TVs and will become more widely available next month. Ross’ Joy of Painting is already free to watch on YouTube. • VIDEO

DISNEY RELEASED A VIDEO RIDE-THROUGH OF BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD _ In case you missed it, there are about a million videos floating around out there that capture the experience of going on some of the most iconic rides at the Disney Parks around the world. That’s all well and good, but this week, Disney released an official video of its own so you can take a virtual ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. • VIDEO

… If you’re not familiar, the ride takes passengers on a train ride through hills and mountains. Also, fun fact: The town you’re riding through is called “Tumbleweed.” Because it’s Disney, the video is also full of magical anecdotes. As you take your virtual ride on the clickety, clackety train, you’ll be treated to all sort of fun facts that appear on the screen.

STEPHEN KING SHARES NETFLIX RECOMMENDATIONS _ No matter how long the coronavirus-induced quarantines last, we’ll never run out of things to watch. Should you have already completed your personal watch list though, fear not, as internationally acclaimed horror and thriller writer Stephen King has you covered.

… By looking at his Twitter, someone has compiled King’s Netflix recommendations over the past couple of years. These include the zombie series Black Summer; the serial killer series Mindhunter; and the supernatural Hotel Beau Sejour.

… He also recommends Calibre, Cam, Dracula, Fauda, Le Mante, Money Heist, The Stranger and Pine Gap.

ANDY RICHTER TO HOST A LIVE WEEKLY ANIMATION DOMINATION RECAP SHOW _ Conan sidekick Andy Richter will host a new show called Anidom Beyond Show on social broadcasting platform Caffeine starting Sunday night. The hourlong program will feature interviews with the cast and crew of Fox animated series The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Bless the Harts, Duncanville and more. Viewers will be able to interact live with Richter.


BITS & BREAKS

WHY YOU SHOULD SLEEP IN THE NUDE

Before you slip under the covers, strip off your clothes. Because science says so!

• You’ll Have Better Skin. It’s good for your skin, which likes to breathe. Especially if you tend to sweat at night, sleeping without clothes can be a great idea.

• You’ll Regulate Your Hormones. Sleeping naked can help regulate your cortisol levels because your body remains cooler than when it’s clothed. Cortisol can creep up when the body gets too warm, leading to anxiety, food cravings, and weight gain.

• You’ll Get a Better Night’s Sleep. Not getting tangled up in clothing makes for a more comfortable night’s rest. A better night’s sleep makes for a better day ahead.

• You’ll Feel Happier. For those who don’t sleep solo, enjoying skin-on-skin contact with your partner on a consistent basis increases the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin is the feel good hormone which boosts our mood and make us happier overall.

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOUR SPOUSE WOULD GET RID OF?

FB icon What’s the thing your spouse owns you wish he or she would get rid of? An old shirt? A favorite chair? Some old slippers?

• My husband has an ugly green shirt that is faded and falling apart. I am thinking of just throwing it out and telling him it fell apart in the laundry!

• His boat. It’s a money pit.

• His tons of pictures of an old girlfriend!

• His recliner — it’s got a spring poking out of the back, and it doesn’t match the rest of the furniture!

• All her Cardinals gear. I would not be sad at all if something mysteriously happened to it all.

• Nothing now. When we moved his Harley Davidson lamps (which didn’t work) mysteriously disappeared.

• The “used car lot” that’s out in my driveway! One more “fixer-upper”and the city is gonna go nuts.

TOP BOARD GAMES PEOPLE ARE BUYING ON AMAZON

A lot of people are buying board games online as they try to find ways to pass the time while staying safe at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the top board games being purchased on Amazon.

10. Scrabble. The word-creation classic.

9. Guess Who. This is a two player game where opponents attempt to guess which character out of 24 possibilities their opponent has picked.

8. Catan the Board Game. A civilization building game is for three to four players.

7. Battleship With Planes. This classic head-to-head strategy game has a little twist as it features airplanes in addition to ships.

6. Zingo. This twist on Bingo is geared for the little ones in your family who can’t read yet or are just starting to read.

5. Sequence. This game of strategy is all about getting five in a row.

4. Codenames. Teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first.

3. Monopoly. No explanation necessary.

2. Sorry. Each player gets four pawns to move around the board.

1. Connect 4. Choose which colored discs you want, gold or red. Then, drop them one at at time into the grid, alternating with your opponent. The first player to get four discs in a row wins.

… You could also go for some smarter games by buying the Mensa organization’s top 2019 picks. They have five games in their ‘select’ category and five in their ‘recommended’ category.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: It costs $70,000 to train one of these. (A Navy Seal dog)

TRIVIA: Uganda’s is the shortest, Greece has the longest. (National anthem)

TRIVIA: A study says doing this relaxes women and boosts their happiness more than shopping. (Watching a favorite TV program)

TRIVIA: The average person will do this 17 times in their life. (Run over animals with their car)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• A round sandwich meat that’s a staple of kids’ lunches. (Baloney)

• When we want to come up with new ideas we use our what? (Imagination)

• So we think they are healthier, many products claim they are all what? (Natural)

• Where you grow vegetables. (Garden)

• In a game, the other team is called your… (Opponent)



DATEBOOK: APRIL 20, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• George Takei (Star Trek) is 83

• Jessica Lange is 71

• Clint Howard is 61

• Crispin Glover is 56

• Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) is 56

• Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) is 50

• Carmen Electra is 48

• Joey Lawrence (Blossom, Brotherly Love) is 44

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1896: The first movie was shown at Koster and Bials Music Hall in New York City. Up until this time, people saw films individually by looking into a kinetoscope. This was the first time in the U.S. that an audience sat in a theater and watched a movie together.

• 1889: Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.

• 1916: Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park — now Wrigley Field. They defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.

• 1980: The first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.

• 1999: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado.

• 2006: Residents in the English town of Luckington started making extra money by charging to pull drivers out of a river that they were accidentally driving into because of a mistake in a satellite navigation system.

• 2008: Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.

• 2010: An oil rig run by British Petroleum exploded in the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, resulting in the largest off-shore oil spill in U.S. history. The fire and explosions on the platform killed 11 workers and injured 17.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• 4/20 Day

• Pot Smokers Day or National Weed Day

• Dictionary Day

• Cheddar Fries Day

• Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day


INTERPREP ★ NOVEMBER 26, 2019

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 26, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Tina Turner is 80

• Kristin Bauer (True Blood) is 53

• Jessica Camacho (Taken, The Flash) is 37

• Rita Ora is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1789: A national Thanksgiving Day was observed in the United States as recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress.

… On this day in 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

• 1842: The University of Notre Dame was founded.

• 1917: The National Hockey League was formed, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams.

• 1942: The film Casablanca opened in theaters, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

• 2004: Police in Minnesota were looking for a blow-up figure of SpongeBob SquarePants that was stolen from a Burger King. They found a ransom note which read, “We have SpongeBob” and demanded ten Crabby Patties, fries and milkshakes.

• 2013: Dennis Rodman was named Least Influential Person of the Year by GQ magazine.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cake Day

UPCOMING

• November 27: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 27-29: Karaoke World Championships in Tokyo, Japan
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 29: Jingle Bell Jump
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 3: Giving Tuesday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 13: College Football National Championship in New Orleans
• January 26: Grammy Awards
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

375: White Castle restaurants in the U.S. For comparison, Subway has around 24,000 in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

The weather service predicts that bad weather could hamper your travel for Thanksgiving. [The bad news is it won’t hamper it enough.]

A man in India underwent a 2-hour procedure to have 50 maggots removed from his nose and sinuses. [Well, I hope it was worth all that just to get into that fraternity.]

A study finds that people weigh less on Fridays. [I bet that won’t apply this Friday.]

Black Friday is coming up. [I’m so excited I stood outside the Target for three hours yesterday just for practice.]

Fashion experts say the holidays are the worst time for keeping clothes clean. Thanks to all the extra special meal-focused events, we’re more likely to spill wine or gravy on our nice shirt or dress. [Here’s a tip: If you get a gravy stain on your tablecloth, don’t throw it away. Soak the whole tablecloth in gravy, let it dry and it’s like brand new again. Works great with ties too.]

At a movie memorabilia auction the piano from Casablanca went for over $3 million. The Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz went for over $3

The Butterball Turkey hotline is getting busy. [Lots of people are calling in to make sure it’s okay to text while they’re basting their turkey.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DEMAND FOR HEMP, CBD OIL COULD LEAD TO CHRISTMAS TREE SHORTAGE _ If you love live Christmas trees, you might want to get yours early. Apparently there could be a shortage … because of CBD oil? Apparently some tree growers are being tempted by faster-growing, more profitable crops like hemp, which is used to make CBD oil. It’s also more profitable to grow carrots and hazelnuts, which are much easier with a quicker turnaround.

🎧 AUDIOBANNED BABY NAMES: ICELAND REJECTS LUCIFER _ Add Lucifer to the long list of baby names banned in Iceland. The controversial choice was recently rejected by the Icelandic Naming Committee after parents tried to give it to their newborn son. Commenting on its decision, the Committee stated: “Since the name Lucifer is one of the devil’s names, the Naming Committee believes it could cause the bearer embarrassment. Besides, the spelling of the name Lucifer cannot be considered in accordance with the general spelling rules of the Icelandic language, since the letter c is not part of the Icelandic alphabet.”

… The remote Nordic country has some of the strictest naming laws in the world. Icelandic parents must choose from a pre-approved list of baby names, or else apply for permission to use a name not yet listed. Other baby names rejected by the Naming Committee in the past year include Ariel, Lady and Zelda for girls, and Aryan, Ezra and Sezar for boys.

… In the U.S. last year 26 babies were named Lucifer.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the strangest names someone’s given their kid?

🎧 AUDIOWOMAN SAYS ULTRASOUND LOOKS LIKE IMAGE OF LATE FATHER KISSING DAUGHTER _ A San Diego woman says her ultrasound revealed what appears to be the image of her late father kissing her daughter. At five months pregnant, Shantel Carrillo posted a photo on social media — and people quickly chimed in saying it looked like “an angel” was kissing her daughter. Carrillo quickly realized it wasn’t just anyone gracing the photo, she believes it was her late father. She grabbed an older photo of her father with her first daughter. Side by side, she says the resemblance is uncanny. Carrillo’s dad Chuck passed away in 2016.

NYC BAR SELLING 160 OUNCE SPIKED HOT CHOCOLATE FOR $3,000 _ When you need some buzz about your Manhattan, New York, bar the quick move is an overpriced cocktail. 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar in Manhattan is offering up a massive 160 ounce spiked hot chocolate featuring gold shavings, Amedei Porcelana Dark Chocolate (often called the world’s most expensive chocolate), housemade whipped cream, marshmallows, and premium melted cocoas and liquors. The cost: $3,000 dollars.

MAN INVENTS NEW DATING APP WHERE HE IS THE ONLY AVAILABLE GUY ON IT _ Dating is tough. With apps like Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Farmers Only and more making it easier than ever to meet somebody, it still feels complicated. For one North Carolina man, that answer was simple. Aaron Smith has made a new dating app where every profile is his own. Women can join the app, but every profile they swipe through will feature one man, inventor Aaron Smith. • VIDEO

1 IN 4 AMERICANS ARE TIRED OF TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING FOOD _ Nothing evokes feelings and memories of Thanksgiving quite like a turkey fresh out of the oven, with some stuffing and cranberry sauce on the side. But, are these foods being served each year more out of habit and tradition than anything else? A new survey has revealed that more than a quarter (26%) have grown weary of the usual Thanksgiving food options and would like to see some new cuisine on the menu this year. How can you grow weary of a feast that happens only once a year? We eat pizza every week but turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie once a year is too much?

THE PERFECT WORK/REST RATIO: 57 ON, 17 OFF _ There are benefits to taking work breaks. Your body and mind benefit from these breaks, which keep you energized so that you may tackle the rest of your day. But what’s the the perfect work/rest ratio? And app called DeskTime played Big Brother, monitoring employees’ computer use. They found the most productive 10 percent worked hard for 52 minutes, then took a break for 17. It’s backed by scientists, pointing to the natural rhythms of our attention span. Our brain can focus for up to 90 minutes, then needs roughly 20 minutes of rest.

RARE BABE RUTH ROOKIE CARD SELLS FOR $110,000 AT AUCTION _ A Babe Ruth rookie card recently sold for more than $110,000 at auction. The rare card features advertising for Herpolsheimer’s clothing store, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer. Herpolsheimer’s distributed the cards 20 at a time to children in their area for 10 weeks. The rare find was sold to an anonymous buyer from Northern California for $110,612, according to the auction house.

TWO SISTER DIVORCEES HOLD YARD SALE TO START FRESH _ Two Sacramento sister divorcees are saying “out with the old” by selling all of the “stuff” from their last relationships. From instruments to formal dining, sisters Anna Sierra and Theresa Plyler held their yard sale Saturday. Their Craigslist post called it the Two Sisters Divorcing Yard Sale.

EXERCISE PREPARES US FOR STRESS _ For years doctors have recommended exercise to enhance our moods. And we can thank a group of overworked rodents for helping to find out why. Researchers (at Princeton University) conducted a study comparing sedentary rats with active ones. Both were dunked in cold water. It turns out that even though all the rats were equally stressed out swimming around in frigid water, the brain activity of the more active rats was calmer overall. The scientists say the rats had created, through running, a brain that seemed biochemically, molecularly, calm.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: OBVIOUS: WINTER IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH, APPEARANCE, AND SEX LIFE _ Winter is bad for your health, appearance and your sex life. A poll of 2,000 adults found the cold and dark winter months result in an increase in illnesses, a lower mood and an overall lack of motivation. People in the survey said they have less energy, struggle to wake up, have sore and achy joints and muscles, and are more likely to consume unhealthy or sugary foods than in the summer months.

… Overall, 46% of adults think winter is bad for their health.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUCK IN A CHIMNEY _ A man who got stuck in a pawn shop chimney for two days was arrested after being pulled out. Fire department rescuers in Spain found the man stuck 20 feet down the two-story chimney. It took two hours to get him out. The pawn shop’s owner called police when he noticed a drain pipe crushed and a phone line knocked off the outside wall when he opened up.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SAID WIND BLEW COCAINE INTO HIS CAR _ A Florida man was arrested after police found a baggie of cocaine in his car. The man was pulled over after he failed to stop at a stop sign. When police found a clear baggie with white residue the man said that it didn’t belong to him and the “wind must have placed it there.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTING MOMS TRY TO BLAME BABIES _ Police in Holland caught two women shoplifting clothes in a store and both women tried to blame it on their babies. They said the babies must have hidden the clothes in their strollers, but the cops didn’t believe them because one was only a year old and the other 14 months.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARROW MISSES TARGET, HITS NEIGHBOR IN THE KNEE _ An Illinois (Aurora) man was arrested after a hunting arrow missed its practice target and landed in the knee of a neighbor across the street. Daniel Smorczewski was charged with a reckless conduct misdemeanor.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates a petty officer’s murder that was live-streamed on a popular gaming app.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. 9 artists are revealed as safe by America’s votes.

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Jackie is faced with a difficult decision that brings the family and community together.

THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — New. When an A-list celebrity enters the hospital after swallowing a wishbone, Logan Kim assigns a new surgeon in the hopes of getting extra publicity.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New.

CHECK INN TO CHRISTMAS (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — New holiday movie

BLESS THIS MESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Rio tries to help Kay get over her jealousy of her sister (guest star Jessica St. Clair, American Housewife). Rita Moreno also guest stars.

DOLLY PARTON: 50 YEARS AT THE OPRY (9p ET, NBC) — This 2-hour special celebrate Dolly’s 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, as Dolly performs her biggest songs with Hank Williams Jr., Emmylou Harris, Dierks Bentley and more on the famous Opry stage in front of a live audience.

FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. A teacher goes missing after an altercation with a student.

MIXED-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Paul struggles when Rainbow and Santamonica want to participate in a beauty pageant.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — New. Cookie discovers an artist with raw talent whom Lucious dismissed years ago.

ARROW (9p ET, CW) — New.

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Dre and Bow are worried about Junior’s future working odd jobs.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. After Eddie Barrett (guest star Eddie Cahill) provides an alibi witness, team is more determined than ever to find a break in the case and avenge Lasalle’s murder.

EMERGENCE (10p ET, ABC) — New. The FBI arrives in Southold, complicating Jo’s efforts to find Emily.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS (10p ET, National Geographic) — New. Rob Riggle joins Bear on an adventure through Iceland’s Vatnajokull Glacier.

LINDSEY VONN: THE FINAL SEASON (10p ET, HBO) — This new documentary gets up close and personal with the champion skier as she chases one last record.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA (Netflix) — This new stand up special features the veteran comic sharing his thoughts on fatherhood.


ENTERTAINMENT

THE MANDALORIAN DETHRONED STRANGER THINGS _ Disney+’s The Mandalorian is the most in-demand original streaming series in the US. The live-action Star Wars series surpassed Netflix’s Stranger Things, which was at the top for 21 straight weeks.

… The Mandalorian isn’t just a hit with audiences — it has a 90% Rotten Tomatoes critic score after three episodes. Business Insider said in its review of the first episode that the series “proves ‘Star Wars’ can make the leap from movies to prestige TV.”

J.J. ABRAMS SAYS RISE OF SKYWALKER SCRIPT ENDED UP ON eBAY _ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t arrive in theaters until December 19, but some savvy fans almost got a chance to find out the conclusion to the Skywalker saga early. Disney and Lucasfilm go through great lengths to keep anticipated movies shrouded in secrecy, but director J.J. Abrams revealed Monday that a real script ended up on eBay. Abrams told Good Morning America, “One of our actors, I won’t say which one — I want to, but I won’t — left it under their bed and it was found by someone who was cleaning their place. It was then given to someone else who went to sell it on eBay.” A Disney employee spotted the for-sale item before anyone could get their hands on it and got it back before it sold.

RUNTIME OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER _ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was originally said to have a runtime of 155 minutes, it now appears that that number wasn’t entirely accurate. J.J. Abrams explains that the runtime is actually a bit shorter, with the film clocking in at 141 minutes. This means that it won’t be the longest entry in the franchise anymore, with that honor still sitting with The Force Awakens and its 152 minutes.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER WAS COMPLETED SUNDAY _ Those of us not in the movie industry sorta kinda think when a movie’s first trailer comes out, the film is basically done. Maybe the opening and closing credits have to be finalized, and some color tweaking or sound effects have to be added. Apparently not. With just 26 days left until Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens, director J.J. Abrams says some reshoots weren’t completed until this past Sunday.

NEW RISE OF SKYWALKER CLIP SHOWS SPEEDER BIKE _ A new clip from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been released. from the film. The new clip depicts a Mad Max-reminiscent speeder bike chase in the deserts of a new planet, Pasaana. In the clip, four First Order troopers chase our scrappy band of Resistance heroes. The speeder bikes propel two jetpack-wearing troopers into the air. Finn yells, “They fly now?!”

🎧 AUDIOSUGAR RAY’S MARK MCGRATH BREAKS UP WITH A WOMAN’S BOYFRIEND FOR HER _ Cameo is an app where everyday folks can pay celebrities to send personalized messages to whomever they please. That means you can give $65 bucks to TV personality Carson Kressley and he’ll wish you a happy birthday, or $135 to Ernie Hudson in the hopes that he’ll celebrate your anniversary in character as Ghostbusters’ Winston Zeddemore. • VIDEO

… Somebody named Cheyenne hired Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath to break up with their boyfriend and McGrath was game for it. McGrath informs “Brayden” that Cheyenne is “having difficulty staying in this long-distance relationship” and “wants to be friends right now, bro.”

FRIENDS THANKSGIVING MARATHON TO AIR ON TV _ All 10 Friendsgiving episodes will be shown on local TV channels on Thanksgiving Day. Find your local station that carries reruns of Friends. Eight of the Friendsgiving episodes were in theaters Sunday and Monday night.

HER WHEEL OF FORTUNE FLUB WENT VIRAL — SHE’S GETTING HER LOST PRIZE _ Kristen Shaw was just four words away from $1,950 and a trip to Nashville. But the Wheel of Fortune contestant instead said five words, and that extra word cost her the prize: The Maine woman, during the episode that was taped in October and aired Thursday, was supposed to read just the words on the board: “right,” “football,” “left,” “Sally.” Shaw knew the rule, but in the excitement of the moment, she inserted an “and” in between “left” and “Sally,” and host Pat Sajak regretfully informed her she had lost. The flub cost her a trip worth more than $8,000.

… LJ Whalen, a director at Nashville-based tourism company AdventureWorks, heard about Shaw’s story and decided to set things right by getting her a trip to Music City. He coordinated with hospitality companies in Nashville, and together the businesses offered Shaw plane tickets, hotel accommodations, and tickets to the Grand Ole Opry.

DAISY RIDLEY REPORTEDLY EYED FOR FEMALE LEAD OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 _ Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are finally set to return as Holmes and Watson for the third time. Fans have been waiting eight years and counting for another movie, but Sherlock Holmes 3 is at last about to enter production. And now we hear Daisy Ridley is being looked at for the female lead. If she proves unavailable, though, then Warner Bros will apparently consider actresses of a similar type.

NBC PEACOCK DETAILS _ NBC Peacock is an upcoming streaming service from NBC/Comcast. On Monday the new streaming service shared some details:

• NBC Peacock will launch in Spring 2020.

• It’s expected to offer a free (ad-supported) version as well as a paid version.

• Peacock will launch with around 15,000 hours of on-demand content. Its library consists mostly of classic shows from NBC, including The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and much more. It will also include lots of movies, including the Bourne series, Fast and Furious, Despicable Me, Meet the Parents and many more.

• There will be no contract or commitment.

• It will work on most devices, including streaming players and mobile devices.

• NBC Peacock will offer several originals and shows that will be exclusive to the platform. A few that have been announced so far

— Reboots of popular shows including Battlestar Galactica, Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster.
— Original shows exclusive to Peacock, including Dr. Death, Brave New World, Rutherford Falls, Straight Talk and more.
— At least two talk shows, including one starring Jimmy Fallon (of The Tonight Show) and one starring Amber Ruffin (of Late Night with Seth Meyers).
— Original films and series from Dreamworks and Universal Pictures.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  PHONER: Weird kid names. Iceland told some parents they can’t name their kid Lucifer (November 26 News & Nuggets). This file has real callers sharing real weird kid names.

  TURKEY MODE: Country band Lady Antebellum did a spoof video of Old Town Road. Here’s a short, radio-ready clip that can be used as a bumper into your turkey talk breaks.

  MARK McGRATH: Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath did a breakup video for fan. (November 26 Entertainment)

  ULTRASOUND: A San Diego woman says her ultrasound revealed what appears to be the image of her late father kissing her daughter. (November 26 New & Nuggets)

  WILLIE: 82-year-old Willie Murphy of Rochester explains how she took down an intruder. (November 25 Wacky-But-True)


BITS & BREAKS

THIS IS HOW TO BE THE ABSOLUTE WORST HOUSEGUEST

‘Tis the season to have houseguests… fa la la la laaa, la la la laaa. A new survey explored the concept of “guest room etiquette” and unveiled the biggest mistakes guests can commit while staying with a host.

  1. Arrive unannounced or without an invitation: 49 percent
  2. Snoop around: 48 percent
  3. Break/damage host’s belongings: 48 percent
  4. Leave a mess when departing: 45 percent
  5. Be too loud: 45 percent
  6. Smoke: 44 percent
  7. Leave a mess in the bathroom: 40 percent
  8. Stay up all night watching TV with volume up high: 39 percent
  9. Come back drunk: 39 percent
  10. Be too demanding: 39 percent

Top 10 worst things hosts say their guests have done

  • Slept in the living room naked.
  • Broke my couch.
  • Caught them taking money out of my wife’s purse.
  • Ate my leftovers from the fridge.
  • Got drunk and redid my Christmas decorations.
  • Left crushed Oreos all over my brand-new mattress.
  • Let a pet sleep in the bed with them.
  • Stole one of my Wii remotes.
  • Set the room on fire.
  • Punched a hole in the wall.

MALL SANTAS DESCRIBE WEIRD THINGS KIDS HAVE ASKED FOR

Santa is magical and has some crazy, time-traveling superpowers. How else is he able to spend time at so many shopping malls, seemingly simultaneously?! Well, he does it.

Mall Santa stopped by the website Reddit to share some of the weird things kids have asked for over the years:

• A fax machine

• A remote-controlled buffalo

• A unicorn starter kit

• Uranium

• Fish and chips

• A Nordstrom gift card

• A flamethrower

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #WaysToRuinThanksgiving

• Bet the kids’ college fund on the Lions.

• Make a pregnancy announcement, and tell them you’ll be moving in with the baby’s father. Then apologize to your husband for having to find out this way.

• Demand more cowbell.

• Serve low-fat side dishes.

SIGNS IT WAS A MISTAKE TO HOST THANKSGIVING

Here are some signs that it was a mistake this year to host Thanksgiving at your house.

• You know it was a mistake to host Thanksgiving at your house when half your guests sit down for dinner and shout, “Aw crud, not turkey again!”

• You know it was a mistake to host Thanksgiving at your house when your niece brings over her new boyfriend: the inspector from the county health department.

• You know it was a mistake to host Thanksgiving at your house when everybody says, “You did such a good job we’re all coming back for Christmas!”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Chocolate manufacturers use 34% of the world’s what? (Almonds)

TRIVIA: 80 percent of us rotate through the same three things every day. (Lunches)

TRIVIA: In Ireland the annual consumption of this food is over 15 pounds per person — the most of any nation. (Cereal)

TRIVIA: Uranus is the only known planet that spins in what way? (On its side; every other planet spins counter clockwise or clockwise.)

THE PSYCHIC GAME

You need two conferenced callers. Ask caller #1 these (or any) five questions:

• Is the next caller (#2) a man or a woman?

• What is their hair color?

• Do they have a college degree?

• In what state were they born?

• Do they like Mexican food?

… Next chat with #2 and see how many questions they match.

… It’s a game that’s a fun bit, so both get prizes.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 26, 2019

• 1955: JOHNNY CASH scored his first top ten song with Cry, Cry, Cry.

• 2005: A CMT Crossroads episode featured KENNY ROGERS and Lionel Richie.

• 2007: BRAD PAISLEY, KEITH URBAN, JOSH TURNER and TIM McGRAW were all featured among People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive as the issue hits newsstands.

• 2010: WILLIE NELSON was arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas, for possession of six ounces of marijuana.

• 2011: Jennifer Nettles married Justin Miller in east Tennessee with SUGARLAND partner Kristian Bush in attendance.

• 2012: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE was awarded a platinum single for Cruise.

• 2015: LOCASH performed the national  anthem at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, where the NFL’s Chicago Bears beat the Packers.

LINDA DAVIS is 57. She sang with REBA MCENTIRE on Does He Love You and had top twenty hits with Some Things Are Meant To Be and I Wanna Remember This.

JOE NICHOLS is 43.

Former TRICK PONY singer Aubrey Collins is 32.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Visit the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE for current and archived files.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

CHRIS YOUNG had a big year on the road in 2019, playing for more than 400,000 fans in three countries and 35 states. His Raised On Country Tour also included a record breaking crowd of 21,500 at its stop in Philadelphia.

DOLLY PARTON’s 50th anniversary performance at the Grand Ole Opry will air tonight (Tuesday) on NBC as part of a two hour special called Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry. The show will also include archival footage of Dolly at the Opry through the years and interviews with artists she has inspired. Other performers for the show include DIERKS BENTLEY, LADY ANTEBELLUM, CHRIS JANSON, and HANK WILLIAMS JR.

CHRIS YOUNG and Gavin DeGraw film the latest episode of CMT Crossroads tonight (Tuesday) at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The show will debut on CMT in early December.

BRAD PAISLEY will guest December 2 on Jimmy Kimmel and December 3 on The Talk to promote his ABC special Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special, airing December 3.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE is partnering with Habitat For Humanity for a toy drive starting December 3. Fans can drop off a toy at the Nashville headquarters of Habitat For Humanity and pick up free drinks and snacks. Tyler and Brian of FGL will help distribute the toys in the Nashville area.

LADY ANTEBELLUM did a Thanksgiving-themed Old Town Road parody. A radio-ready short clip can be found on the Country Audio page.

THOMAS RHETT has a rule that any song he writes should be appropriate for his youngest daughter to listen to.

MIRANDA LAMBERT admits she’s struggled with weight loss, diet and exercise her entire life and while she’s in a comfortable place, she says there’s really no rhyme or reason to how she stays there. Miranda is the first to point out she may spend a couple weeks eating cheeseburgers and drinking beer, but when her stuff doesn’t fit, she’ll spend a month in some exercise routine and watch she eats to take the weight off.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s new single is a winner. Check out Bluebird.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 27, 2019

• 1941: EDDIE RABBITT was born in Brooklyn, New York. He died of lung cancer on May 7, 1998.

• 2002: TIM MCGRAW’s first network television special, Sing Me Home, aired on NBC.

• 2006: MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s Troy Gentry plead guilty in Duluth, Minnesota, to a misdemeanor charge involving his killing of a captive black bear in 2004. As a result of the plea, he paid a $15,000 fine and forfeited the animal’s hide. Additionally, Troy was banned from hunting, fishing or trapping in the state of Minnesota until 2011.

• 2007: ROSANNE CASH underwent surgery for a rare brain malformation.

• 2008: A pregnant JO DEE MESSINA pulled a hamstring during the five-mile Boulevard Bolt run for the homeless in Nashville.

• 2017: Host REBA MCENTIRE sang A Holly Jolly Christmas and TRISHA YEARWOOD did Hard Candy Christmas on ABC’s annual CMA Country Christmas.


DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 27, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is 68

• Bill Nye the Science Guy is 64

• Fisher Stevens (Early Edition) is 56

• Robin Givens is 55

• Michael Vartan (Alias) is 51

• Elizabeth Marvel (Homeland, House of Cards) is 50

• Jaleel White (Family Matters) is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1941: EDDIE RABBITT was born in Brooklyn, New York. He died of lung cancer on May 7, 1998.

• 2002: TIM MCGRAW’s first network television special, Sing Me Home, aired on NBC.

• 2006: MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s Troy Gentry plead guilty in Duluth, Minnesota, to a misdemeanor charge involving his killing of a captive black bear in 2004. As a result of the plea, he paid a $15,000 fine and forfeited the animal’s hide. Additionally, Troy was banned from hunting, fishing or trapping in the state of Minnesota until 2011.

• 2007: ROSANNE CASH underwent surgery for a rare brain malformation.

• 2008: A pregnant JO DEE MESSINA pulled a hamstring during the five-mile Boulevard Bolt run for the homeless in Nashville.

• 2012: The December issue of Harper’s Bazaar hit newsstands with TAYLOR SWIFT on the cover. She admitted in the story that breakups are good for business: “You know that guy you really wish you could erase from your memory? … The answer is track six, eight, 12 and 13.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Jukebox Day

• Bavarian Cream Pie Day

UPCOMING

• November 27: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 27-29: Karaoke World Championships in Tokyo, Japan
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 29: Jingle Bell Jump
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 3: Giving Tuesday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 13: College Football National Championship in New Orleans
• January 26: Grammy Awards
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth.


INTERPREP ★ DECEMBER 29, 2017

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 29, 2017

This is day 363 of 2017. There are 2 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jon Voight is 79

• Ted Danson is 70

• Comedian Paula Poundstone is 58

• Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) is 53

• Jude Law is 45

• Mekhi Phifer is 43

• Jane Levy (Suburgatory) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1845: Texas was admitted to the union as the 28th state.

• 1851: The first American Young Men’s Christian Association was organized, in Boston.

• 1989: Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova were named athletes of decade by the Associated Press.

• 1999: The NASDAQ composite index closed above 4,000 for the first time, ending the day at 4,041.46.

• 2007: Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th touchdown pass, and the New England Patriots became the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0.

• 2011: Financial disputes lead New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to report that the National September 11 Museum would not open on time.

• 2016: President Barack Obama retaliates against Russia for hacking American computer systems and trying to influence the 2016 presidential election by ejecting 35 Russian spies and imposing sanctions.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Tick Tock Day

• YMCA Day (Organization not the song)

• Get on the Scales Day

UPCOMING

• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30

• Fred Ward is 75. Mike Nesmith (The Monkees) is 75. Patti Smith is 71. Meredith Vieira is 64. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 61. Matt Lauer is 60. Tracey Ullman is 58. Tyrese is 39. Ellie Goulding is 31.

• Bacon Day. No Interruptions Day. Baking Soda Day.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31

• Anthony Hopkins is 80. Andy Summers (The Police) is 75. Ben Kingsley is 74. Tim Matheson is 70. Bebe Neuwirth is 59. Val Kilmer is 58. Joe McIntyre (New Kids on the Block) is 45.

• New Year’s Eve. Leap Second Time Adjustment Day. Look On The Bright Side Day. Make Up Your Mind Day. World Healing Day. World Peace Meditation Day. National Champagne Day. National Vinegar Day.

MONDAY, JANUARY 1

• Frank Langella is 80. Don Novello is 75. Grandmaster Flash is 60. Morris Chestnut is 49.

• New Year’s Day. Commitment Day. Global Family Day. World Day of Peace.


NEWS ATTACK!

A line of makeup for kids has been found to contain asbestos. [That brings up an interesting question: Can you sue Santa Claus?]

A Florida woman found several Christmas gifts on the side of the highway. Apparently, someone hit a bump and away the gifts went. [I hope one of the packages contains a new tailgate for the pickup truck.]

A 1939 Mercedes used by Hitler is going to auction in January. It’s a rare model considered a high point of automotive engineering. [And it’s in great condition except for the brakes. It has trouble stopping at borders.]

In Japan, the same country that had the Fukushima disaster, the world’s largest nuclear power plant has been given permission to fire back up. [So much for a happy New Year.]

Authorities in Nepal have rescued that country’s last two remaining dancing bears. The bears were underfed and treated horribly by their owners. [The only thing sadder than a bear in captivity is a bear in captivity forced to do the Macarena.]

An Italian clothing company has won the legal right to name its company Steve Jobs. [The turtleneck is Steve, and the jeans are Jobs.]

A woman on her first date with a man in Houston became irate and damaged over $300,000 worth of his art collection. [Why do I get the feeling that all her dates are first dates?]

The staff for Dr. Phil is accused of supplying guests with alcohol and drugs. [If I were going to spend an hour with Dr. Phil, I wouldn’t want to be sober either.]

The latest research shows that Vitamin D and calcium don’t actually prevent broken bones. [But what does prevent broken bones is staying inside and paying someone else to shovel your walkway.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

US POPULATION ADDS ONE PERSON EVERY 18 SECONDS _ The combined total of births, deaths, and net immigration will add one more person to the total U.S. population every 18 seconds in 2018. The U.S. population on New Year’s Day 2018 is projected to be 326,971,407. At the projected growth rate, the U.S. population could be expected to grow by about 1.75 million in 2018. The data were published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

… The agency’s estimate the country’s population grows by one person every second is based on three elements: one birth every 8 seconds; one death every 10 seconds; and one international migrant (net) every 29 seconds.

… The global population on New Year’s Day is projected to reach 7,444,443,881, a 1.07% increase since last January 1, adding about 78.52 million people to the world’s population.

APPLE APOLOGIZES FOR iPHONE SLOWDOWN CONFUSION _ Apple has been in hot water for the last few weeks after the company admitted that it sometimes reduced processor speeds on iPhones with aging batteries as a way to balance performance and battery life. On Thursday, the company apologized for not being more transparent with its customers and released more details on how exactly iOS manages battery and performance.

… For starters, the company says that “we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

… To help mitigate the confusion Apple caused, the company is now offering reduced out-of-warranty battery replacement. For $29, you can get a new battery for your phone regardless of whether it’s covered by AppleCare or not; that’s down from the old $79 fee. Unfortunately, that’s only a temporary discount that will last through the end of 2018. Additionally, Apple says it is going to release an iOS update early next year that’ll give users more info on the health of their iPhone’s battery so they can see if its condition is affect phone performance.

REFUGEE FAMILY STUCK IN BANGKOK AIRPORT FOR TWO MONTHS _ A Zimbabwean family has been marooned at Bangkok’s main airport for two months. The family of four adults and four children (ages 2- to 11-years-old) have tried to leave Thailand since late October but they lack visas for onward travel, refuse to return to Zimbabwe and are denied re-entry to the kingdom after overstaying, trapping them in limbo in the airport. Airlines have been providing them with food.

… Comparisons are being made with the 2004 film The Terminal, in which a man played by Tom Hanks finds himself stuck in a New York airport after his government collapses, rendering his papers useless.

OCTOMOM SAYS SHE’S FINALLY AT PEACE _ Most people won’t recognize the name Natalie Suleman, but they absolutely know the infamous “Octomom.” In early 2009, Natalie started getting a ton of tabloid coverage for carrying octuplets to term. People started hating on the mother immediately when they found out that she already had six other children. All 14 of Natalie’s children were born through in vitro fertilization treatments, which she began at age 21. Natalie had her first child in 2001 and continued to have more over the next few years. In 2008, Natalie decided to try for a sixth pregnancy in order to not waste her frozen embryos. Although she should have only had two or three embryos transferred, her doctor transferred 12. His medical license was later revoked. Natalie got pregnant with eight babies, who she delivered in January 2009. Now, those octuplets are eight years old and thriving.

… Since Natalie’s kids are pretty grown up now, she’s taken some time to reflect on her time as a mom. After becoming the Octomom, Natalie used her fame to work on her career. She ended up doing a pornographic film, working in strip clubs, and mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. Eventually, she realized she needed to reject her Octomom persona and be herself again. While reflecting on her past, Natalie admitted that having so many kids was “very foolish, immature and selfish.” That said, she can’t imagine her life any other way now. Although Natalie struggles to make ends meet, she says she’s finally at peace. Today, the family of 15 live in a townhouse in Laguna Niguel, California.

VIRAL ROYAL PHOTO TAKEN BY SINGLE MOM RAKING IN THOUSANDS _ The Christmas snapshot of the Royal Fab Four seen ’round the world — taken by a single mother — has already generated thousands of dollars. The photo taken by Karen Anvil — a less-than-amateur photographer — has already raked in about $7,000 from licensing. That money is just from one of eight territories the photo’s being circulated in so far — the figures for the other territories, which includes the U.S., haven’t been fully calculated yet.

HUMANS MAY HAVE INTERNAL BATHROOM SCALES _ You may think your bathroom scales are the only way to weigh yourself. But in a new medical breakthrough, scientists have discovered ‘internal bathroom scales’ already do the job for you. Swedish researchers have uncovered evidence of a mechanism in the brain of mice that operates in the exact same way. According to the researchers (University of Gothenburg) body weight is recorded by the brain whenever someone stands. If it notices an increase in weight, it triggers a signal that subconsciously tells the brain to stop eating so much food.

… However, the internal scales don’t work for those who sit down too long, such as office workers who spend hours sitting at their desk or TV binge-watchers.

SAILOR AND CAT RESCUED AFTER SEVEN MONTHS DRIFTING IN OCEAN _ A sailor has been rescued along with his cat after their boat broke down in the Indian Ocean seven months ago. 54-year-old Zbigniew Reket was pulled from the waters by the French coastguard. He said that his cat was his only company and that he survived on fish that he caught after his rations — enough for just one month — ran out. He was rescued in his modified lifeboat after being spotted by the crew of a yacht on Christmas Day. Reket said that when he left the Comoros Islands in May he was trying to get to South Africa but his boat broke down.

LIST OF OBJECTS DROPPED ON NEW YEAR’S EVE _ They drop a ball in Times Square. Here’s a list of other stuff dropped around the world on New Year’s Eve.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: DIVORCING COUPLES ARGUING OVER UNPAID DEBTS FROM THE WEDDING _ A lawyer in the UK says the pressure on couples to stage increasingly expensive “fairytale” weddings is now so great that some are still trying to pay off the bills when they get divorced.

… One UK law firm, which handles around 300 divorces a year, said that a small but significant number of such disputes that his firm sees center on who should clear loans used to pay for the couple’s honeymoon or the wedding ceremony itself.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ANTI-GAMBLING CRUSADER WINS $25,000 IN GAMING PARLOR SWEEPSTAKES _ Kathy Gilroy has crusaded against gambling for decades, speaking out against casinos, illegal raffles and the recent wave of video poker cafes. As one of the most visible gaming opponents in Illinois, she has warned that the vice erodes society’s values and work ethic, takes money from poor people and can lead to addiction, bankruptcy, crime and suicide. So even she concedes it may seem ironic that she recently won $25,000 by playing a sweepstakes game at a gambling cafe (in Villa Park).

… Gilroy said, “I called a pastor friend, and said, ‘Oh my God, should I send it back? What do I do? Do I donate it?’ He said, ‘Don’t feel guilty. You just got paid for all your volunteer work against gambling.'”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WRECKS HOME AFTER WIFE TAKES KIDS TO CHUCK-E-CHEESE _ An upstate New York (Wayne County) man has been arrested following a domestic incident. Deputies say Michael Cowell wrecked his home because he was upset his wife took their kids to Chuck-E-Cheese. Police say Cowell punched and shot several holes in the wall with his BB gun.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN FINED $5,000 FOR DEFAMING PIZZERIA ON FACEBOOK _ An Israeli woman who complained on Facebook about a pizza she purchased from the local pizzeria was slapped with a $5,000 fine. A judge found that the woman had defamed the owner of the pizzeria, damaging his reputation and causing him financial loss. The complaint she used on Facebook: “Yuck.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STEALS GPS UNIT, WHICH GIVES HIM AWAY _ Police in New York arrested a man on suspicion of theft. Police say they stopped the 33-year-old man after they spotted him trying to ride a bicycle while carrying several items, including a car GPS unit. Police say the cyclist gave evasive answers to questions, and when the officer pressed the home button on the GPS, the unit displayed a nearby address. The resident of that home told police the device was his.


ENTERTAINMENT & TV

IN THEATERS _ Nothing new opens wide today, although All the Money in the World expanded on Monday (Christmas Day). The Last Jedi is expected to stay at No. 1 this weekend.

All the Money in the World (R, opens Christmas Day) – The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom. Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams

… Opening next weekend: Insidious: The Last Key.

PASSENGERS ON CHRISSY TEIGEN’S ‘FLIGHT TO NOWHERE’ GET $265 APOLOGY _ Chrissy Teigen‘s tweets paid off. All passengers aboard the 32-year-old model’s “flight to nowhere” were given $265 for their troubles. Teigen tweeted about her eight-hour journey from LAX to LAX on Tuesday, saying: “a flying first for me: 4 hours into an 11 hour flight and we are turning around because we have a passenger who isn’t supposed to be on this plane. Why do we all gotta go back, I do not know.” She kept her followers up-to-date on her wait in the airport lounge for a makeup flight as well.

… NH Flight 175 departed at 11:36 a.m. that day, but looped over the Pacific Ocean and landed at LAX at again at 7:32 p.m instead of completing its route to Tokyo. Teigen and husband John Legend eventually made it to Japan.

… Fans asked her to explain why she didn’t travel privately. She tweeted: “A lot of people have been asking this and I would just like you all to know that a round trip international private flight is like…300,000 dollars.”

TWO TOP-GROSSING ACTORS OF 2017 _ The two top-grossing actors of 2017 were The Fate of the Furious costars Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. According to Forbes, Diesel and Johnson, who were reportedly embroiled in a feud during the making of the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, also turned out to be the first and second highest-grossing actors of the year, respectively. The Fate of the Furious would go on to earn a whopping $1.2 billion at the global box office in 2017, and the two costars’ massively successful years were largely due to that one film.

… Diesel claimed the top spot this year with $1.6 billion in global ticketing receipts. He also starred in the action film xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, which earned over $346 million at the global box office.

… Johnson came in a close second with $1.5 billion, as his other main project, Baywatch, earned a comparatively low total of $177 million globally.

… Actress Gal Gadot came in at number three on the year-end list, with $1.4 billion earned from the global box office success of her films Wonder Woman” and Justice League.

FORMER GUESTS ACCUSE DR. PHIL OF GIVING DRUGS, BOOZE TO ADDICTS _ It may have been a surprise for viewers of Dr. Phil to see Todd Herzog — the winner of Survivor: China — appear completely drunk in an episode aired in 2013, blowing a whopping .263 in a breathalyzer test. But even more shocking are the bombshell allegations that Herzog is making. In a story published by the Boston Globe Thursday, Herzog, who at the time was battling an alcohol addiction, claims that he was stone-cold sober when he arrived at the show’s Los Angeles studio for the taping — and found a bottle of Smirnoff vodka in his dressing room. Herzog says he was unable to resist drinking the bottle — and claims that, once he had, a show staffer gave him a Xanax to “calm his nerves.” He isn’t alone in his accusations. Several Dr. Phil guests have come forward to allege that Phil has put addict guests at risk, whether by leaving them without medical attention or by helping them score drugs throughout the detox process.

… A Dr. Phil representative declined the paper’s request for an interview. CBS reps did not immediately respond to a separate request.

AMC CONSIDERING CHARGING DIFFERENT PRICES FOR SEATS _ Movie theater chain AMC is looking into the possibility of charging different prices for different seats within the same theater. Someone who’s a member of the AMC Stubs reward program said a survey sent to some of its program members asks where they like to sit in the theater and if they’d be willing to pay more or less money for more desirable seats or less desirable seats. Another AMC Stubs member confirmed the survey on Twitter.

ON TELEVISION _ The TV highlights for the weekend, which includes college bowl games.

FRIDAY

  • 48 HOURS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
  • SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat
  • LAW & ORDER: SVU (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat
  • HELL’S KITCHEN (8p ET, FOX) — A 2-hour repeat
  • IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
  • GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC (8:30p ET, ESPN) — No. 8 USC (11-2) battles No. 5 Ohio State (11-2) as the Pac-12 champion battles the Big Ten champion in the Cotton Bowl.
  • MACGYVER (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
  • 20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — This new, 2-hour special features a young woman that was violently attacked by her abusive boyfriend, but survived to find true love with one of her rescuers.
  • DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition
  • BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
  • SEASON PREMIERE: BILL NYE SAVES THE WORLD (Netflix) — Season 2 begins streaming.
  • SEASON PREMIERE: BLACK MIRROR (Netflix) — This edgy anthology series returns with new episodes. Jodie Foster directs one of the new installments.

SATURDAY

  • CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL (8p ET, ESPN) — No. 10 Miami, the ACC runner-up, takes on the Big Ten runner-up, No. 6 Wisconsin, in the Orange Bowl.
  • ROYAL NEW YEAR’S EVE (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — This new TV movie stars Jessy Schram, Sam Page and Cheryl Ladd.
  • KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD (8p ET, HBO) — Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) stars as Arthur in this 2017 action fantasy. Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and Eric Bana also star.
  • 10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY (10p ET, ABC ) — New
  • ACL HALL OF FAME NEW YEAR’S EVE (11p, PBS) — Back in October, three American musical innovators were inducted into the fourth annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame: singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, New Orleans funk ‘n’ soul collective the Neville Brothers and late rock & roll legend Roy Orbison. This special features music performances and tributes from Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Dr. John, the Mavericks’ Raul Malo, Trombone Shorty, the Nevilles Band and host Chris Isaak.

SUNDAY

NFL Football schedule. Last week of the regular season!

  • DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2018 (8p ET, ABC) — Host Ryan Seacrest celebrates the countdown to midnight live from Times Square with co-host Jenny McCarthy in NYC. Singer Ciara will be in Los Angeles and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale host the Central time zone countdown from New Orleans. Britney Spears, Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas, and Sugarland will perform live in Times Square. In L.A., Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Portugal. The Man, Hailee Steinfeld, Alessia Cara, Zedd, G-Eazy, Halsey, Bebe Rexha, Alesso, Kane Brown, BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Fitz and The Tantrums, Khalid, Marshmello, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, and watt will perform. Imagine Dragons will perform live from New Orleans.
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH STEVE HARVEY: LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE (8p ET, FOX) — Steve Harvey hosts FOX’s first-ever New Year’s Eve special, and Maria Menounos will co-host. Performers include Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys, Macklemore, Skylar Grey, and Flo Rida, as well as Neil Diamond leading the world’s largest sing-along
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE WITH ANDERSON COOPER (8p ET, CNN) — Cooper is joined this year by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, live from Times Square.
  • DAVE CHAPPELLE: EQUANIMITY (Netflix) — Netflix is releasing TWO new stand up special from Chappelle: Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation and Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, marking the 3rd and 4th new specials this year.

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 46% of adults said they have shopped while doing what? (Using the toilet)

BRAIN TEASER

Mike was watching TV and all of a sudden he leaps to his feet and says, “That’s Simon,” pointing at someone who was on the screen. Then his brother Mark comes in, looks at his brother, then looks back at the TV and says, “So it is.” How do they know Simon if they hadn’t seen him before?

Answer: He is their long lost, separated triplet brother.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 2, 2018

This is day 2 of 2018. There are 363 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• TV host Jack Hanna is 71

• Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills, 90210) is 57

• Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World) is 51

• Cuba Gooding Jr. is 50

• Christy Turlington is 49

• Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) is 47

• Dax Shepard (Parenthood) is 43

• Dancer Karina Smirnoff is 40

• Kate Bosworth is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1890: Alice Sanger became the first female staffer for the White House.

• 1929: Canada and the United States agreed on a plan to preserve Niagara Falls.

• 1935: Bruno Hauptmann went on trial for the murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh.

• 1936: Burma Shave erected roadside signs throughout the U.S. promising, “Free! Free! A Trip to Mars For 900 Empty Jars.” Arliss French collected 900 jars and demanded the free trip. He finally settled when Burma Shave supplied a space suit and flew him to Mars (Moers), Germany, a small town near Dusseldorf.

• 1965: The New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000.

• 1974: President Richard Nixon signed a bill lowering the maximum US speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.

• 1983: The musical “Annie,” based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, closed on Broadway after a run of 2,377 performances.

• 1989: Some 200,000 baseball trading card packs were recalled after an obscenity was discovered painted on infielder Billy Ripken’s bat handle.

• 2006: Twelve men were killed in a methane gas explosion in a West Virginia coal mine. One man was found alive after being trapped underground  41 hours.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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

• This is Diet Resolution Week, National Lose Weight/Feel Great Week

• Happy Mew Year for Cats Day

• Motivation and Inspiration Day

• Personal Trainer Awareness Day

• Science Fiction Day

• Pet Travel and Safety Day

UPCOMING

• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


INTERPREP ★ DECEMBER 28, 2017

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 28, 2017

This is day 362 of 2017. There are 3 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Stan Lee is 95

• Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter films) is 83

• TV personality (CBS This Morning) Gayle King is 63

• Denzel Washington is 63

• Country singer Joe Diffie is 59

• Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 57

• Seth Meyers (Late Night With Seth Meyers) is 44

• Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, True Blood) is 41

• John Legend is 39

• Sienna Miller is 36

• Miles Brown (Black-ish) is 13

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1612: Galileo Galilei became the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly cataloged it as a fixed star.

• 1846: Iowa was admitted as the 29th U.S. state.

• 1869: William E. Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patented chewing gum.

• 1902: The first indoor professional American football game was played in New York City at Madison Square Garden.

• 1945: The U.S. Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

• 1975: Trailing 14-10 with only 32 seconds left and no time outs, from 50 yards out Roger Staubach hit Drew Pearson in a crowd at the goal-line to give Dallas the NFC title over Minnesota. In a post-game interview, Staubach said, “You throw it and pray he catches it. I guess it’s sort of a ‘Hail Mary’ pass.”

• 2000: Retail giant Montgomery Ward announced it is going out of business after 128 years.

• 2003: A 38-year-old jewel thief who swallowed a $20,000 diamond ring in Clearwater, Florida, was forced by nature to give up the evidence. The woman was arrested after a surveillance tape showed her putting the 1.5 carat ring in her mouth at a jewelry store. An X-ray showed the ring inside the suspect.

• 2010: Remains of a human that lived 400,000 years ago were discovered in Israel, challenging the theory that humans originated in Africa.

• 2012: Vladimir Putin signed into law a ban on U.S. adoption of Russian children.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Endangered Species Act Day

• Chocolate Day

• Pledge of Allegiance Day

• Card Playing Day

UPCOMING

• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


NEWS ATTACK!

California authorities arrested a couple who used a church parking lot as the landing strip for delivering drugs by drone. [The police campaign was known as Operation Manna from Heaven.]

A flight from L.A. to Tokyo had to turn around after four hours because a passenger had gotten on the wrong plane. [The only thing worse than getting on the wrong plane is walking past all those angry passengers when you get off the plane.]

Jerusalem plans to name a train stop after Donald Trump. [You can’t miss it. It’ll be the one with the KFC showing Fox News.]

According to a new report, over the past year, the world’s 500 richest people became $1 trillion richer. [Well, that’s a relief.]

A new study says that more pregnant women are using pot. [For many of them that’s what led to being pregnant in the first place.]

A new study says that more pregnant women are using pot. [So are more men when they find out they’re going to be fathers.]

A 27-year-old has become the youngest person to ever complete a solo trek to the South Pole. He said that one of the difficulties he had to deal with was problems with his iPod. [He’ll be famous for making it to the Pole and for being the last guy on Earth still using an iPod.]

A Georgia inmate broke free by busting a hole through the wall in his shower. [I wonder at what point during the three-hour shower guards first become suspicious.]

Scientists are worried about North Korea’s intention to use biological weapons after a recently defected North Korean soldier was found to have received a vaccination against anthrax. [And that’s not a shot you can get at your local Walgreens.]

Parts of the nation have been hit by bitter cold. [It’s so cold politicians are actually keeping their hands in their own pockets.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SOME SPEAKERS ARE BEING HIJACKED TO PLAY GHOSTLY SOUNDS _ Researchers (at Trend Micro) have found that certain models of Sonos and Bose speakers have vulnerabilities that leave them open to hijacking. The accessible speakers are being exploited by hackers that are using them to play spooky sounds, Alexa commands, and Rick Astley tracks. Only a small percentage of speakers by the two companies are actually affected, including some of the Sonos Play:1, the Sonos One, and the Bose SoundTouch. All it takes is for the speaker to be connected to a misconfigured network and a simple internet scan. Once the speaker is discovered via the scan, the API it uses to talk to apps can be utilized to tell the speakers to play any audio file hosted at a specific URL. Of all the models, between 2,500 to 5,000 Sonos devices and 400 to 500 Bose devices were found to be open to audio hacking.

GROCERY CHAIN LOOKS TO ELIMINATE CHECKOUT LANES _ As food delivery services and online shopping disrupt the grocery industry, Kroger is looking to eliminate checkout lanes for busy customers. The Cincinnati-headquartered grocery chain will roll out its “Scan, Bag, Go” service to 400 stores in 2018. Shoppers can avoid long checkout lines by scanning barcodes of items they want to buy using a handheld scanner or through Kroger’s “Scan, Bag, Go” app on any smartphone. When customers are finished shopping, they can stop at a self-checkout to pay for their order. Eventually shoppers will be able to pay through the app instead.

NORTH CAROLINA FAMILY COMES TO THE RESCUE ON CHRISTMAS EVE — TWICE _ Crystal Travis helped a family escape a house fire on Christmas Eve in Cleveland County, North Carolina. Crystal and her 14-year-old daughter Tori were driving home from visiting a relative. Crystal saw flames coming from a house but could not tell if something was burning in front of the house or if the house itself was on fire. She said she cut across yards to reach the house. As she drove onto the lawn, a woman ran out of the house clutching a baby and handed it to a neighbor. Realizing what was going on, Crystal said she and her daughter jumped out of the car and into action, calling out to ask if anyone needed help. Meanwhile, a man appeared at the door and began throwing clothing and gifts onto the lawn. Crystal and Tori gathered the items and carried them to safety to keep the path clear. Then, propane tanks exploded, shaking the ground and sending everyone running away from the house. Crystal called 911 and waited for firefighters and first responders to arrive. As the two left the scene, coughing and wheezing from smoke inhalation, Tori called her father to share what happened. They decided to meet Roger Travis at Applebee’s.

… On his way to Applebee’s, Roger Travis said he saw a car in the median in front of the mall. A former volunteer firefighter and first responder, his instincts kicked in and he pulled over. He saw a baby on the ground surrounded by people asking if anyone knew CPR. The little boy was not breathing and a woman who appeared to be the mother was panicked. Roger pushed past the crowd and helped a firefighter administer CPR. They kept working until the baby started breathing and making noises.

FIREFIGHTER ADOPTS BABY GIRL HE DELIVERED ON THE JOB AFTER SAVING HER LIFE _ Firefighter Marc Hadden had saved dozens of life with the department in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but on November 14, 2011, he found himself delivering a baby for the very first time after a woman called 911 complaining of abdominal pain. At the time, Hadden never imagined that just 48 hours later he would bringing the baby girl — whom they named Rebecca Grace — home as her father. Marc and his wife, Beth, who already had two young boys (Will, now 15 and Parker, now 13) had always wanted a third child but because of complications with their first two pregnancies they were forced to take the long and expensive route of adoption. So just hours later at the hospital, when the birth mother made it clear she couldn’t care for her daughter, Marc was the first to raise his hand to take her in as his own. Beth says she remembers getting a phone call from Marc that day where he told her “I delivered a baby.”

… The next day Beth met the baby’s mother. As the two women talked, a doctor walked in to let the mother know that they were ready to move forward with the adoption. It was then that she said to Beth, “I can’t give my baby to someone I’ve never met. … I want you to adopt my baby.” By the end of that day, the couple had signed temporary-custody papers, and just 48 hours after her birth, they brought her home.

SC SENATOR WANTS BIGGER FINES FOR SLOW LEFT LANE DRIVERS _ A South Carolina lawmaker wants to increase the fine for drivers who go slowly in the left lane. State Sen. Ross Turner says his 200-mile round trip commute from Greenville to Columbia helped convince him of the need for a South Carolina law similar to one that took effect last month in Oklahoma. Turner’s bill would increase the fine for driving less than the speed of normal traffic in the passing lane of a multi-lane highway by $200. EDITOR: We have this law in Illinois and it’s pretty much useless.

NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORS MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO RADIATION _ At least four defectors from North Korea have shown signs of radiation exposure, although researchers in South Korea could not confirm if they were was related to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. The four are among 30 former residents of Kilju county, an area in North Korea that includes a nuclear test site.

DONALD TRUMP NOT MOST ADMIRED MAN _ Donald Trump is the first president to lose Gallup’s annual poll of the Most Admired Man during his first full year in office. Gerald Ford didn’t win the honor in 1974, but he’d only been president for four months when the poll was conducted; he assumed the role of commander in chief after Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was named the Most Admired Man that year. To make matters worse for Trump, the man who Americans looked up to most in 2017 is his predecessor, Barack Obama.

MORE PREGNANT WOMEN ARE USING POT TO TREAT MORNING SICKNESS _ An increasing number of women are using marijuana while pregnant, possibly for morning sickness or anxiety. A research letter (published in JAMA) says that from 2009 to 2016, marijuana use among pregnant women increased from 4.2% to 7.1%. Those 18 and younger increased use from 12.5% to 21.8%. Pregnant women ages 18 to 24 increased use from 9.8% to 19%.

… While some studies exist, not a lot is known about marijuana’s effects on an unborn baby. Research cited by the Centers for Disease and Control shows pregnant women who use marijuana could put their child at risk of low birth weight and developmental problems. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discourages marijuana use for women who are planning to become pregnant, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

DON’T BOTHER WITH A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION _ A study by some psychologists in the UK shows that nine out of ten New Year’s resolutions are doomed to failure. The (University of Hertfordshire) study followed the attempts of 3,000 volunteers to stick to their resolutions. At the start of the year, 52 percent said they were confident of success. But by the end of the year, only 12 percent had achieved their goal.

… Men were more likely to succeed when they set themselves goals, such as losing a pound each week, or when they focused on the rewards, such as being more attractive to women.

… Women were more successful if they told their friends and family about their resolution and if they were encouraged not to give up just because they had slipped back into old habits.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: CINNABON DELETES CARRIE FISHER TWEET AFTER USER OUTRAGE _ While the world mourned the passing of Carrie Fisher on Tuesday, Cinnabon saw an opportunity to promote its brand. The mall-based pastry chain tweeted a photo of a cinnamon portrait of Princess Leia, with her infamous coiled bun represented by a cinnamon roll. The caption: “RIP Carrie Fisher, you’ll always have the best buns in the galaxy.” Reaction from the Internet was swift and negative. For example: “Never, never use a death to promote your brand. Poor taste.” And: “Tacky. Get over yourself and stop capitalizing on the tragic loss of an icon.”

… The tweet was deleted in less than an hour.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BAGEL FORCES EVACUATION _The international airport in St. Louis had to be evacuated after the smoke alarms went off. A restaurant had over-toasted a bagel.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HAIRCUT FROM HELL LANDS STYLIST BEHIND BARS _ A bad haircut led to a Wisconsin hairstylist’s arrest. Khaled A. Shabani was arrested after he snipped a 22-year-old customer’s ear. Officers arrested Shabani on suspicion of mayhem and disorderly conduct while armed. The hairstylist then ran the clipper with the shortest attachment down the middle of the customer’s head. The hairstylist said it was an accident. • PHOTO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER DEVOURING 20 TAMALES _ During the holiday season, there are plenty of ways to overindulge. But for one Mexican woman, it’s the tamales that did her in. The 25-year-old woman was hospitalized after eating 20 tacos in a matter of minutes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DISGRUNTLED CUSTOMER SLAMS TRUCK INTO DEALERSHIP SHOWROOM _ A man described as a disgruntled customer rammed his Dodge pickup into the showroom of a Smithfield, North Carolina, auto dealership this week. The man crashed through a window because he was upset over routine manufacturer recalls on his pickup. A dealership spokesman said that there was no record of the man ever having his car serviced at that location.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WIPES NOSE ON COP’S SLEEVE _ A woman in West Virginia was charged with battery on a police officer after the officer said she wiped her nose on the back of his shirt.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF HAS BAD CASE OF HEART BURN _ Shortly after fleeing a California grocery store on foot, a thief was apprehended by deputies at a nearby bus stop. Tucked into his clothing, authorities uncovered over $200 worth of over-the-counter antacids.


ENTERTAINMENT & TV

ON TELEVISION _ Here’s what’s on the tube tonight.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

TO TELL THE TRUTH (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP: A BAD BOY STORY (8p ET, FOX) — This 2017 music documentary celebrates the groundbreaking hip-hop label founded by Sean Combs. Jay Z, Lil’ Kim, French Montana, Usher and Faith Evans all appear.

IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

YOUNG SHELDON (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

WILL & GRACE (8:30p ET, NBC) — Repeat

THE BIG BANG THEORY (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE $100,000 PYRAMID (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

WILL & GRACE (9p ET, NBC) — Repeat

GREAT NEWS (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. Carol is devastated that her parents are getting divorced after 70 years of marriage.

MOM (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

TOP CHEF (10p ET, Bravo) — New. The chefs make upscale versions of kid-menu classics, using child-sized cookware, utensils and mixers.

… And there are more college bowl games.

AIR CANADA’S HEARTFELT AD, VOICED BY RYAN REYNOLDS _ Ryan Reynolds’ casual but earnest delivery really hits home in Air Canada’s latest ad, as he waxes poetic about the Canadian spirit. The new commercial, titled “Our Home,” presents images of compassion, teamwork and diversity. Reynolds concludes, “It’s not where we are; it’s who we are. Because we don’t live at home. Home lives in us.” The tagline, “Fly the flag,” suggests both Canadian patriotism and the carrier’s maple leaf logo. • VIDEO

PADDINGTON 2 TRAILER: THE LOVABLE BEAR GOES TO JAIL _ The new Paddington 2 trailer is online. The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. It comes to theaters on January 12. • VIDEO

CONNIE BRITTON IS COMING BACK TO TV _ Fans of former Nashville star Connie Britton are excited to hear she will be back on TV in just a few days. Connie will star in the upcoming FOX procedural 9-1-1. She’ll play dispatcher Abby Clark opposite fellow American Horror Story alum Angela Bassett and Parenthood’s Peter Krause. The drama premieres on Wednesday, January 3.

… We’ll also catch Connie on Netflix next year in the dramedy film Land of Steady Habits. She’ll play a divorcee who bonds with the lead character, played by Ben Mendelsohn, as he navigates a midlife crisis.

GUNS N’ ROSES GUITARIST SLASH BUYS HOME FOR $6.25M _ It looks like “paradise city” is Encino, California, where the Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has purchased a new home for $6.25 million. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was on the hunt for a new place to settle down after leaving 90210 behind. The 52-year-old, whose actual name is Saul Hudson, and his former wife, Perla Hudson, initially listed their 11,000-square-foot Beverly Hills estate in 2015 for $11 million. In 2016, the price was slashed to $9.5 million. It was finally sold to rapper Big Sean for a reported $8.7 million.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of December 18-24.

  1. NFL Saturday Night Football: Minnesota at Green Bay, NBC, 15.29 million
  2. The OT, Fox, 12.76 million
  3. Young Sheldon, CBS, 11.32 million
  4. Saturday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 11.023 million
  5. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 11.022 million
  6. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 10.91 million
  7. NFL Regular Season: Atlanta at Tampa Bay, ESPN, 9.46 million
  8. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 9.42 million
  9. Mom, CBS, 8.85 million
  10. Survivor, CBS, 8.73 million
  11. Football Night in America, Part 3, NBC, 8.04 million
  12. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 7.91 million
  13. Ellen’s Game of Games, NBC, 7.25 million
  14. Life in Pieces, CBS, 6.72 million
  15. I Love Lucy Christmas Special, CBS, 6.5 million
  16. Kevin Can Wait, CBS, 6.4 million
  17. 60 Minutes, CBS, 6.29 million
  18. S.W.A.T., CBS, 6.28 million
  19. Survivor Reunion, CBS, 5.97 million
  20. The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 5.83 million

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average person sees 11 of these a year. (Rainbows)

WHAT’S IN COMMON?

Each set of three things has something in common. Tell me what it is and you win.

• Dove, Dial, Zest (soap)

• Turtle, taco, sea (Shells)

• End, No parking, Twilight (Zones)

• Donuts, Oreo cookies, basketballs (They’re dunked)

• The earth, a nuclear reactor, an apple (They have cores)


DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 29, 2017

This is day 363 of 2017. There are 2 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jon Voight is 79

• Ted Danson is 70

• Comedian Paula Poundstone is 58

• Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) is 53

• Jude Law is 45

• Mekhi Phifer is 43

• Jane Levy (Suburgatory) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1845: Texas was admitted to the union as the 28th state.

• 1851: The first American Young Men’s Christian Association was organized, in Boston.

• 1989: Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova were named athletes of decade by the Associated Press.

• 1999: The NASDAQ composite index closed above 4,000 for the first time, ending the day at 4,041.46.

• 2007: Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th touchdown pass, and the New England Patriots became the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0.

• 2011: Financial disputes lead New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to report that the National September 11 Museum would not open on time.

• 2016: President Barack Obama retaliates against Russia for hacking American computer systems and trying to influence the 2016 presidential election by ejecting 35 Russian spies and imposing sanctions.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Tick Tock Day

• YMCA Day (Organization not the song)

• Get on the Scales Day

UPCOMING

• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30

• Fred Ward is 75. Mike Nesmith (The Monkees) is 75. Patti Smith is 71. Meredith Vieira is 64. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 61. Matt Lauer is 60. Tracey Ullman is 58. Tyrese is 39. Ellie Goulding is 31.

• Bacon Day. No Interruptions Day. Baking Soda Day.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31

• Anthony Hopkins is 80. Andy Summers (The Police) is 75. Ben Kingsley is 74. Tim Matheson is 70. Bebe Neuwirth is 59. Val Kilmer is 58. Joe McIntyre (New Kids on the Block) is 45.

• New Year’s Eve. Leap Second Time Adjustment Day. Look On The Bright Side Day. Make Up Your Mind Day. World Healing Day. World Peace Meditation Day. National Champagne Day. National Vinegar Day.

MONDAY, JANUARY 1

• Frank Langella is 80. Don Novello is 75. Grandmaster Flash is 60. Morris Chestnut is 49.

• New Year’s Day. Commitment Day. Global Family Day. World Day of Peace.


INTERPREP ★ DECEMBER 27, 2017

Light issues are being published this week. No issue on New Year’s Day. The full prep will return January 2, 2018.
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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 27, 2017

This is day 361 of 2017. There are 4 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Cokie Roberts is 74

• Gerard Depardieu is 69

• Eva LaRue (CSI: Miami) is 51

• TV journalist Savannah Guthrie is 46

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1932: The Radio City Music Hall in New York City opened.

• 1941: Puppets Howdy and Double Doody were born in Doodyville, Texas. They made their TV debut in 1947 on their 6th birthday.

• 1968: Apollo 8 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, ending humanity’s first manned mission to the Moon.

• 1971: Sonny & Cher were given a regular variety show on CBS-TV after their summer replacement show was a big success. “The Sonny & Cher Show” lasted four seasons.

• 1989: The album “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Elmo and Patsy was certified gold.

• 2000: A Milwaukee man who tuned into a police scanner was surprised to hear traffic officers chasing his wife. The woman was arrested. Her husband showed up at the police station to claim the car keys, but refused to bail out his wife.

• 2002: Clonaid, a company founded by a group that believed in space aliens, announced it had produced the world’s first cloned baby. Scientists dismissed the claim when the group supplied no corroborating evidence.

• 2013: An error on the Delta Air Lines website allowed thousands of customers to buy tickets for super-low fares, some 90% below regular ticket prices. Delta took responsibility for the error and honored ticket purchases.

• 2014: Sony’s gaming service went back online after a hacking attack disrupted its PlayStation Network.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Free Balloon Day

• Visit The Zoo Day

• Fruitcake Day

UPCOMING

• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


NEWS ATTACK!

The numbers are in, and Americans racked up record retail sales during the holiday shopping season. [Experts say that this points to an increase in consumer confidence and is a strong indication that we never seem to learn our lesson.]

Someone in San Antonio stole a homeowner’s 16-foot inflatable reindeer decoration. [It’s always interesting how different people are. One man’s holiday tradition involved decorations, and another man’s holiday tradition involved stealing them.]

A report says that pinball is making a comeback. [Because modern civilization is obviously in danger of running out of ways to waste time.]

Tensions between the UK and Russia are running high. [The British accuse the Russians of hacking the royal line of ascension in order to put their candidate on the throne.]

The oldest tree at the White House is scheduled to be taken down this week. [First tax cuts, now axe cuts.]

Vandals in Australia smashed a 115 million-year-old dinosaur footprint. [It’s a shame that dinosaurs went extinct rather than vandals.]

A man in Florida was arrested after he beat up an ATM because it was dispensing too much money. [I can honestly say that that’s a problem I’ve never had with any ATM in my entire life.]

A woman in Pennsylvania received an electric bill for $284 billion. [Next year, she might want to go a little easy on the Christmas lights.]

The World Health Organization plans to declare excessive video game playing as a disorder. [It’s treatable through medication, talk therapy and a swift kick in the butt.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

GOOD NEWS FOR FEDEX, UPS: PEOPLE OPENED $90B IN UNWANTED GIFTS _ Don’t like your holiday present? That’s a gift for FedEx and UPS. Consumers will return about $90 billion worth of goods this holiday season. That sum amounts to close to a quarter of the total value of goods returned each year.

… January marks the peak of returns, accounting for 51 percent of returns, but many consumers waste little time in returning their unwanted items right after Christmas. December 26 through December 31 accounts for 40 percent of returns.

… UPS said 5.8 million packages were shipped back to retailers in the first full week of January this year.

AMERICAN AIRLINES ACCUSED 2 PASSENGERS OF STEALING BLANKETS _ It’s not all glamour for professional basketball players. At least, when you’re playing in the G-League — the NBA’s minor league. Marquis Teague and Trahson Burrell play for the G-League’s Memphis Hustle. On Christmas Eve, they were flying on American Airlines flight 3756 from Dallas to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They weren’t flying First Class. However, two passengers who were gave them their blankets as a gesture of kindness. When the two players took their seats in coach a flight attendant accused them of stealing the blankets. Words were exchanged and, as happens on planes, those words led to the two players being asked off the flight. The Hustle’s assistant coach Darnell Lazare believes this was a clear case of racial profiling.

… American responded: “We apologize for what occurred on this flight. We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down. Our team at American, along with Envoy Air, is reviewing what happened, and will be reaching out to them.”

MOM BEGS FACEBOOK FRIENDS TO DONATE LIVER TO HER DAUGHTER _ When a post from an old friend comes up on Facebook, do you read it? Donya McCoy of Pennsylvania sure is glad her old friends read hers. When Donya’s young daughter was diagnosed with a rare metabolic disease, she didn’t have many options. Her baby’s prognosis was bad — but doctors had a revolutionary idea. The new piece of Kennedy’s liver couldn’t come from someone she was related to. Donya was willing to do whatever she could to get her daughter what she needed. She decided Facebook was her best bet, so she posted a status. It was Donya’s old high school friend, Mike Thompson, who saw the post. He is a firefighter, and was willing to be the donor. And it worked.

‘GAMING DISORDER’ MAY GET CLASSIFIED AS A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION _ There’s a certain point at which a hobby can become too much. The World Health Organization is considering adding “gaming disorder” to the list of mental health conditions in its next update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The 11th version of the ICD is not yet set, but the addition would be a recognition that a pastime can become problematic if it leads to a form of addictive behavior.

… Specifically, the draft’s language states that gaming behavior could be a disorder if it meets three characteristics: if a person loses control over their gaming habits, if they start to prioritize gaming over many other interests or activities, and if they continue playing despite clear negative consequences. This would add gaming to a list of other behaviors that can become problematic if people lose control over them, including gambling and disorders related to the use of substances like alcohol, marijuana, caffeine, or nicotine.

ERIE GOT BURIED IN 53 INCHES OF SNOW IN 30 HOURS _ Be careful what you wish for: Residents of Erie, Pennsylvania who were dreaming of a white Christmas got more than they bargained for when a jaw-dropping 53 inches of snow fell on the city and its surrounding areas over a 30-hour period. The white stuff started to fall on Christmas Day, and by the end of Monday there was a total of 34 inches on the ground. It was a record-setting total for the city, clobbering its previous snowiest-day-ever, when 20 inches fell on November 11, 1956. But Mother Nature wasn’t done with them yet.

… The heavy snowfall continued into Tuesday morning, dropping another 19 inches, for a grand total of 53 inches of snow — just under 4½ feet — by Tuesday morning. But it’s still not over; the snow is expected to continue through today (Wednesday).

Check out some photos.

MISSING SON WAS PLANNING CHRISTMAS SURPRISE _ A single mother who spent her savings to move her family into a new apartment was overcome with worry when her son kept disappearing — but unbeknownst to her, her loving children were planning a Christmas surprise. Sophia Reed recently moved to Oklahoma City after her husband suddenly left her. The move used up most of her savings thanks to the security deposit and rent, and Reed planned to share a nice Christmas dinner with her four children in lieu of buying presents she couldn’t afford. But as the family settled into their new home and surroundings, Reed became increasingly concerned as her 13-year-old son, Darius, kept disappearing for hours on end. So the worried mother turned to the police while Darius was on one of his mysterious excursions in mid-December, and that’s when it was revealed what her son and his siblings were up to. Darius told a police officer that he was collecting hundreds of cans to raise money and bring some Christmas cheer to his mother. At that point, the young boy had collected $13. After learning what he was up to, the officer decided to keep Darius’ secret, and went back to his station to spread the word with the intention of helping the 13-year-old on his mission. The department was able to raise about $800 to buy gifts for Reed and her children, just in time for Christmas.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WILL NO LONGER ARCHIVE EVERY TWEET _ Since 2010, Library of Congress has been archiving every single public tweet: Yours, ours, the president’s. But on Tuesday, the institution announced it will no longer archive every one of our status updates. As of January 1, the library will only acquire tweets “on a very selective basis.” The library doesn’t say how many tweets has in its collection now, but in 2013 it said it was collecting a half a billion tweets a day.

BLAME ROBOTS FOR AMAZON’S ODD BOX SIZES _ Ever order something on Amazon.com — something small, perhaps — and it shows up in a box 20 times the necessary size? Blame robots. Amazon uses some super complicated software to determine which box to use, but it’s not based solely on the size of the product. Instead, the software also takes into account the actual truck that will be carrying your package to a distribution center, as well as the other boxes that will be in the truck. The software is basically playing Tetris to find the most efficient way to stack boxes inside the truck. Sometimes a truck won’t have as many packages to carry, and Amazon will automatically put your product into a larger box. That way there’s less empty room in the back of the truck. Which is good. Otherwise, the packages would slide around and could get damaged.

MEN RESIST GREEN BEHAVIOR AS UN-MANLY _ Women have long surpassed men in the arena of environmental action; across age groups and countries, females tend to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Compared to men, women litter less, recycle more, and leave a smaller carbon footprint. It’s not that men don’t care about the environment. But they also tend to want to feel macho, and they worry that eco-friendly behaviors might brand them as feminine. Yes, it really is almost 2018.

… The research consisted of seven experiments involving more than 2,000 American and Chinese participants. The study showed that there is a psychological link between eco-friendliness and perceptions of femininity. Due to this “green-feminine stereotype,” both men and women judged eco-friendly products, behaviors, and consumers as more feminine than their non-green counterparts.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOPLESS PROTESTER TRIES TO GRAB BABY JESUS _ A topless protester was detained by Vatican police on Monday for attempting to steal the doll of baby Jesus from the Vatican’s nativity scene. The incident occurred as thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to hear the Pope’s Christmas Day message. The woman, who was wearing pants and shoes, was part of the international feminist organization Femen. The group has become well-known for sending topless activists to protest world leaders and challenge the global patriarchy.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAKE TAKES A SEAT, GOES FOR A FALL _ A man said he went into the restroom at a McDonald’s in Georgia and sat down to do his business. It was as he was finishing up that he and the seat fell to the floor. The man said after the fall, his backside and hip hurt. Medics took him to a hospital. A McDonald’s employee said an unknown person had removed the screw bolts that fastened the seat to the toilet bowl.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK MOOSE GETS XMAS LIGHTS TANGLED IN ANTLERS _ A moose in Anchorage, Alaska, binged on fermented crab apples from a tree in front of a local bar. The moose was so drunk that it seemed unaware that its antlers were wrapped in Christmas lights it snagged from a city tree.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FOLLOWS DIRECTIONS IN ANONYMOUS TEXT MESSAGE _ An unidentified man in New Zealand got a series of text messages on his phone saying that two young women wanted to, um, have a little fun. The man proceeded to the indicated address and, as suggested, removed his clothing, tossed it through the front window and let himself in. The house’s occupants had not sent the messages; they called police. Investigators traced the prank to a 17-year-old girl.


ENTERTAINMENT & TV

60 SECONDS LEFT: A MOVIE COUNTDOWN TO THE NEW YEAR _ Video editor Dr. Machakil celebrates the upcoming arrival of 2018 with this supercut of characters from new and classic films counting down from sixty to one. • VIDEO

2017 U.S. BOX OFFICE SET TO FALL TO THREE-YEAR LOW _ The final number for the 2017 North American box office haul will decline by about 2.5% from last year’s record-setting $11.38 billion — even with Star Wars: The Last Jedi adding more than $400 million. As of Christmas Day, the domestic total for the year was $10.68 billion, or 2.7% behind the same time frame a year ago. The final six days of 2017 are likely to generate somewhere between last year’s six-day total of $408 million and 2015’s six-day haul of $431 million. So the final 2017 number will be between $11.09 billion and $11.11 billion — about $270 million behind last year’s final total.

NFL CANCELS SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL THIS WEEK _ The NFL has canceled the final Sunday night football game of the season. Next Sunday’s game had two disadvantages: The games all had a likelihood of being dull by the time Sunday night rolled around. And this coming Sunday is New Year’s Eve, a day when historically few Americans watch television. The last time the NFL held a Sunday night football game on New Year’s Eve was in 2006, when the Chicago Bears hosted the Green Bay Packers. It was quarterback Brett Favre’s last game with the Packers — and widely expected to be his last game ever. Still, only 13.4 million people watched that game, about a quarter fewer than the average Sunday Night Football game that season.

MTV UNPLUGGED CO-CREATOR DIES AT 65 _ Jim Burns, the co-creator of the acoustic performance series show MTV Unplugged, has died. He was 65. Burns was struck by a taxi cab while walking his dog on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.

…. Unplugged ran regularly from 1989 to 1999, spotlighting artists such as Nirvana, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton. Each episode, which ran for about an hour, let popular musicians play their hits with acoustic instruments.

LINDSAY LOHAN OWES U.S. OVER $100,000 IN TAXES _ Lindsay Lohan has been loving her new life overseas, but it seems she still has some unfinished business back in the States. According to a recently filed tax lien, the actress owes Uncle Sam $100,710.55 in taxes from the years 2010, 2014 and 2015. During that time she had a role in the Danny Trejo action flick Machete and a cameo on an episode of 2 Broke Girls. She also appeared in the reality series Lindsay on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. The actress has been living between London and Dubai.

MAD ABOUT YOU’ REVIVAL IN THE WORKS _ Almost two decades after its seven-season run wrapped, producers are considering a potential revival for NBC’s Mad About You. The Emmy-nominated comedy starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. No deals are in place and a network is not currently attached.

ON TELEVISION _ Here’s what’s on the tube tonight.

THE CAROL BURNETT 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — New

COLLEGE FOOTBALL (8p ET, FOX) — Arizona faces Purdue in the Foster Farms Bowl. More bowl games.

EA MADDEN NFL 18 CHALLENGE (8p ET, CW) — Eight world-class players vie for the title of Madden NFL Challenge champion and a share of a $150,000 prize.

THE LIBRARIANS (8p ET, TNT) — Two new episodes

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS COAT OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE (9p ET, NBC) — Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney, Alyvia Alyn Lind, and Dolly Parton star in this 2016 made for TV movie.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

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

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SEAL TEAM (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat


BITS & BREAKS

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE

From JamesShuggins.com

• Falling in love.

• A hot shower.

• No lines at Walmart, Target or any other big store.

• Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

• Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

• Hot towels out of the dryer.

• Chocolate milkshake.

• A good conversation.

• Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter.

• Having someone tell you that you’re beautiful.

• Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

• Hot chocolate.

• Getting butterflies in your stomach every time you see that one person.

• Holding hands with someone you care about.

• Riding the best roller coasters over and over.

• Watching the expression someone’s face as they open a much-desired present from you.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Per person, residents of Maryland use more of this than residents of any other state. (Toilet paper)

IT’S BOWL SEASON

It’s time for college football bowls. Some of these are real, some are made up.

• Grape Nuts Bowl (made up)

• Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

• Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

• Band-aid Bowl (made up)

• Fruit of the Loom Comfy Colored Undies Bowl (made up)

• Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

• Dollar General Bowl

• Camping World Bowl


DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 28, 2017

This is day 362 of 2017. There are 3 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Stan Lee is 95

• Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter films) is 83

• TV personality (CBS This Morning) Gayle King is 63

• Denzel Washington is 63

• Country singer Joe Diffie is 59

• Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 57

• Seth Meyers (Late Night With Seth Meyers) is 44

• Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, True Blood) is 41

• John Legend is 39

• Sienna Miller is 36

• Miles Brown (Black-ish) is 13

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1612: Galileo Galilei became the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly cataloged it as a fixed star.

• 1846: Iowa was admitted as the 29th U.S. state.

• 1869: William E. Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patented chewing gum.

• 1902: The first indoor professional American football game was played in New York City at Madison Square Garden.

• 1945: The U.S. Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

• 1975: Trailing 14-10 with only 32 seconds left and no time outs, from 50 yards out Roger Staubach hit Drew Pearson in a crowd at the goal-line to give Dallas the NFC title over Minnesota. In a post-game interview, Staubach said, “You throw it and pray he catches it. I guess it’s sort of a ‘Hail Mary’ pass.”

• 2000: Retail giant Montgomery Ward announced it is going out of business after 128 years.

• 2003: A 38-year-old jewel thief who swallowed a $20,000 diamond ring in Clearwater, Florida, was forced by nature to give up the evidence. The woman was arrested after a surveillance tape showed her putting the 1.5 carat ring in her mouth at a jewelry store. An X-ray showed the ring inside the suspect.

• 2010: Remains of a human that lived 400,000 years ago were discovered in Israel, challenging the theory that humans originated in Africa.

• 2012: Vladimir Putin signed into law a ban on U.S. adoption of Russian children.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Endangered Species Act Day

• Chocolate Day

• Pledge of Allegiance Day

• Card Playing Day

UPCOMING

• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 26, 2017

This is day 360 of 2017. There are 5 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on Sesame Street) is 84

• Phil Spector is 78

• America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh is 72

• Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk is 70

• Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is 63

• Lars Ulrich of Metallica is 54

• Actor-singer Jared Leto is 46

• Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1825: The Erie Canal opened

• 1862: Four nuns who were volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover were the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.

• 1919: Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees.

• 1933: The Nissan Motor Company was organized in Tokyo, Japan.

• 1933: FM radio was patented.

• 1947: Twenty-six inches of snow fell in 16 hours in New York City.

• 1963: Capitol Records, the EMI-affiliated company which had rejected U.S. rights to every Beatles record until then, finally released “I Want to Hold Your Hand” backed with “I Saw Her Standing There.” Within five weeks, it was #1.

• 1968: Led Zeppelin made its U.S. debut with a performance in Boston.

• 1982: Time Magazine’s Man of the Year was for the first time given to a non-human, the personal computer.

• 1991: The pistol Jack Ruby used to shoot Lee Harvey Oswald sold for $220,000.

• 1999: A 40-year-old Florida man was arrested after letting his 13-year-old son drive a stolen van into two parked cars and through the back deck of a house. The father said he just wanted to give his son a Christmas present.

• 2004: An earthquake measuring 9.3 on the Richter magnitude scale created a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing more than 300,000.

• 2012: A law banning Americans from adopting Russian children was approved by Russia’s parliament.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Whiner’s Day

• Candy Cane Day

• Thank You Note Day

• Kwanzaa begins

Boxing Day in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

UPCOMING

• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


NEWS ATTACK!

Several male executives behind the Miss America contest have been forced out of office after they sent a series of vulgar emails about the women. [What a surprise. Men who like to ogle women were found to be a bunch of dirty old men.]

Police nabbed a couple driving through Nebraska with their truck stocked with 60 pounds of high-grade marijuana. [The smell inside the vehicle was so pungent that the police sniffer dog is now in rehab.]

California residents saw a mysterious object in the sky and immediately called 911 to report a UFO. However, it turned out to be one of Elon Musk’s rockets. [Being pulled by eight tiny reindeer.]

Have you seen that police body cam video from Florida where a policeman’s uniform is caught in the door of a suspect, and the driver decides to try driving away? [Those body cams come in handy. They should make everyone working in Hollywood wear one.]

The CEO of Papa John’s got into trouble and had to step down. [He’s now making deliveries for Domino’s.]

Remember the other week when the price of Bitcoin was bursting through the roof? Well, things changed and now it’s been dropping. [In other words, my brother-in-law is never going to move out of our basement.]

Former baseball great Daryl Strawberry says that he used to have sex during the game. [So much for the argument that baseball’s boring.]

When Maryland police raided a frat party there was so much alcohol that the air tested positive on the Breathalyzer. [The frat will probably use that fact as a recruiting tool.]

Christmas Presents

[Did your family give you any clothes in your size or only in the size that they want you to be?] [I hate the pressure of picking out just the right Amazon gift certificate.]

Christmas Food

[I hate the people who think that just because they have candy canes dangling from their rearview mirrors they’re entitled to park in the handicapped spaces.] [Christmas is over and New Year’s is on the way. That means it’s time to stop pretending that you like eggnog, and it’s time to start pretending that you like champagne.]

Santa

[Santa had fewer deliveries this year. There were so many homes in D.C. and Hollywood that he completely skipped.] [It was a tough night for Santa. He was threatened with missiles over North Korea; he choked on pollution over China; and, as an immigrant, he had to go to federal court just to get permission to enter the U.S.] [Please remember that Christmas is over. Any old fat men with beards still lurking near children at the mall should be promptly reported.]

Christmas Music

[There are two kinds of people: the people who continue to sing Christmas songs after Christmas is over, and the people who are arrested for assaulting them.]

Family

[December 25 is a time to be with your family. December 26 is a time to remember why you moved away.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

QUEEN USES CHRISTMAS SPEECH TO WELCOME MEGHAN MARKLE _  The Queen used her Christmas message to officially welcome Meghan Markle into the family. Displaying a photograph of Prince Harry and Megan as they celebrated their engagement in the garden of Kensington Palace, the Queen said she is looking forward to welcoming new members of the family in 2018. This year the Queen also paid tribute to her husband, the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, in the year of their 70th anniversary, highlighting his “unique sense of humor”.

NEW JERSEY TOWN WILL CLOSE STREETS TO FIGHT NAVIGATION APP TRAFFIC _ Some communities hate traffic-savvy navigation apps like Waze. A congested highway can send hundreds of commuters down streets that clearly weren’t meant for more than more than a handful of cars at any given time. And one town has apparently had enough. Leonia, New Jersey will close 60 streets to everyone but residents and workers at peak driving periods (6AM to 10AM and 4PM to 9PM) from January 22 onward. If you’re using a nav app, the town may effectively cease to exist at rush hour. It’s extreme, but Leonia is in an unusual position. When slow traffic steers people through the town, it can prove a nightmare for residents who might not even have a chance to leave home until the traffic clears. The town’s police chief said Leonia had tried limited closures and warning navigation app providers, but that just pushed problems on to other streets — and that’s assuming drivers heeded the redirections in the first place.

WORKERS ARE TRULY PRODUCTIVE FOR ABOUT 3 HOURS _ Your brain is a muscle. Exercise it, but also give it plenty of rest. A new report says long hours at work increase your risk of heart disease by 40%, making it almost as dangerous as smoking. Also, the extra hours aren’t likely to help you get more done: One British survey found workers were only productive for about 3 hours in an 8-hour work day. You’re better off taking time to do nothing, allowing your brain to enter a resting state called the default-mode network.

OBAMA’S CHRISTMAS TWEET BEATS TRUMP’S _ Former President Barack Obama won the battle of the Merry Christmas tweets. The Obama’s tweet has had over 780,000 likes and 160,000 retweets, compared with Donald Trump’s 195,000 likes and 48,000 retweets.

CREATIVE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS _ Feel like you start the new year ready to reinvent your life, only to find that, a month later, you’ve given up on everything and are living a life that’s totally indistinguishable from last year? Maybe the problem isn’t you. Maybe you’re just bored of making and breaking the same resolutions over and over again. So why not break the rut this year? Try a new resolution — something creative and interesting.

… Choose one person you disagree with and take them out to lunch. Most of us are guilty of “other-ing” people who think or act differently than we do. As a result, we stop seeing their humanity and focus on their differences. Is there anyone you find yourself judging or negatively stereotyping because of their views? Invite them to lunch. However, before you meet, agree on some ground rules — that neither of you will persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, conversational and real. And be sure to listen.

… Schedule weekly time to be bored.
If your brain is always occupied, then you’re probably missing out on some of your best ideas. When you get bored, you ignite a network in your brain called the “default mode,” where we connect disparate ideas and solve some of our most nagging problems. Also during boredom we do something called “autobiographical planning.” This is when we look back at our lives, we take note of the big moments, we create a personal narrative, and then we set goals and we figure out what steps we need to take to reach them.

… Become pen pals with someone in prison. When Marlon Peterson was in prison, he began receiving letters filled with stories and cartoons from schoolchildren. They made him feel like he mattered, and he also shared them with two of his friends who were inmates. Now they’re all published writers, gun violence prevention advocates, and youth program innovators — and Marlon says he owes it to the pen-pal program. Once a month, gather some friends to write letters to people at a local prison. Your words might provide the motivation and hope that they need to rebuild their lives.

… Do one thing that scares you — knowing you’ll get rejected. Want to get over a fear of rejection? Jump head first into it. For 30 days, find a new way to get rejected every day. Like ask for a “burger refill” the next time you’re at a restaurant. Or, ask a stranger for $100. By the end, you’ll desensitize yourself from the pain of rejection — a pain that could be holding you back from goals you want to accomplish.

… Talk to a stranger every week. It’s easy to get swept up in your routine and forget about the people around you. This year, commit to talking to strangers — whether it’s the person waiting in line with you at the grocery store, someone you see everyday on your morning commute, or a parent at your child’s school. Even if it’s just “hello” or a “how are you doing today,” those little interactions can brighten your day and make another person feel seen.

FRIENDS FOR 60 YEARS FIND OUT THEY’RE BIOLOGICAL BROTHERS _ Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have been the best of friends for 60 years. But the Oahu, Hawaii men, got a life-changing surprise just in time for the holidays when they discovered they’re actually biological brothers. Walter had been searching for his father and decided to get a DNA test. When the results came back, the anonymous username Robi747 came back as a match in many ears. Walter knew his friend Alan Robinson often went by the nickname Robi — and he used to fly 747 airplanes.  After a few phone calls back and forth, the men learned they shared the same birth mother. The two best friends who are now brothers say it was the best Christmas present they could have imagined.

CLEVELAND BROWNS SECURE NO. 1 PICK OF DRAFT WITH LOSS TO BEARS _ For the second year in a row, the Cleveland Browns will control the first round of the NFL draft. Cleveland secured the No. 1 overall pick with Sunday’s 20-3 loss to the Bears, a defeat that left the Browns with a staggering 0-15 mark on the year. The Browns become the first team to pick No. 1 overall in back-to-back drafts since Cleveland did the same in 1999 and 2000.

… With the Steelers up next and still fighting for playoff positioning in the AFC, the prospect of an 0-16 season is very real.

WE’RE GAINING WEIGHT AT WORK _ Every employee strives for a fatter paycheck — but a survey shows that most are getting a plumper waistline instead. Cold weather, holidays and office parties can make the problem even worse. Forty-nine percent of workers say they’ve gained weight at their current jobs. Twenty-eight percent of workers have gained more than 10 pounds at his or her present job, while an additional 13 percent of employees have gained more than 20 pounds.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAMILY ELECTRICITY BILL: $284,460,000,000 _ Imagine opening your electric bill and seeing a figure of $284,460,000,000 under the amount owed. Pennsylvania’s Mary Horomanski had exactly that experience. She says, “My eyes just about popped out of my head! We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong.” A utility spokesman said it was merely a decimal error. The actual bill: $284.46.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUSPECT FLEES POLICE BY JUMPING IN RIVER _ Officers with the Springfield, Oregon, Police Department responded to a report of a man pushing a shopping cart that was fully engulfed in flames down a street. Officers arrived and found that the flames were roughly 12 feet in the air and catching tree limbs and surrounding grass on fire. When the suspect noticed police he fled toward a nearby river and then jumped in. He was arrested when he came out of the water. When questioned about the shopping cart fire the man said, “I guess I was just a little too high.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN FIRED FOR ALWAYS TYPING AT WORK _ A woman in Germany was fired from her job at an industrial equipment manufacturer for working on side-project on company time. A few months ago the woman was given a desk job. After a few weeks, her supervisor noticed was typing almost constantly. The company had a computer technician examine the employee’s computer. The investigation showed she was working on what appeared to be a novel.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEN TRY TO ROB TRUCK, CAN’T OPEN IT _ A truck driver in England was forced to stop by an obstruction in the road. After he stopped, two men forced the driver out of the truck and drove off. The truck driver walked to a nearby inn and called police. Four hours later they found the truck unopened. Apparently the two truck hijackers had no clue how to open the cargo container the truck was hauling. There were signs that the men had used sledgehammers and some sort of explosive, neither of which worked. Police are still looking for the men.


ENTERTAINMENT & TELEVISION

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI DOMINATES CHRISTMAS BOX OFFICE _ Star Wars: The Last Jedi neared the $400 million mark Monday at the U.S.-Canada box office. Worldwide The Last Jedi should hit $800 million in ticket sales before the weekend.

… Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made $52 million Friday-Monday.

TOP TEN MOVIES _ Box office numbers for Friday through Christmas Day.

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, $100.6 million
  2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $52.1 million
  3. Pitch Perfect 3, $25.6 million
  4. The Greatest Showman, $14 million
  5. Ferdinand, $9.6 million
  6. Coco, $7.3 million
  7. Downsizing, $7.2 million
  8. Darkest Hour, $5.4 million
  9. Father Figures, $4.9 million
  10. The Shape of Water, $4.3 million

IN THEATERS FRIDAY _ There are no new wide-release movies until January 5: Insidious: The Last Key.

NEW ON DVD _ Released December 26. • LINK

• The Mountain Between Us
• Flatliners
• Jeepers Creepers III
• Manhunt: Unabomber
• Killing Gunther

ON TELEVISION _ Here’s what’s on the tube tonight.

QUICK LANE BOWL (5:15p ET, ESPN) — The Quick Lane Bowl has the 6-6 Duke Blue Devils facing the 8-4 Northern Illinois Huskies in Detroit. This is the first appearance for both schools in this game.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN (8p ET, ABC) — Holiday special

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

LETHAL WEAPON (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

THE FLASH (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

THE 40TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS (9p ET, CBS) — Honorees this year were choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan, hip-hop artist LL Cool J, television writer and producer Norman Lear, and musician Lionel Richie. Stephen Colbert hosts.

RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR (9p ET, ABC) — Rudolph comes to the rescue when an evil bird kidnaps the New Year baby.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (9p ET, NBC) — Repeat

THE MICK (9p ET, FOX) — Two repeats

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

CACTUS BOWL (9p ET, ESPN) — Kansas State vs. UCLA

MAJOR CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — Two new episodes

CHICAGO MED (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

DROP THE MIC (10:30p ET, TBS) — Celebs battling in this new episode are a capella group Pentatonix battling Bell Biv Devoe. Then, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and American Idol’s Randy Jackson throw down.


BITS & BREAKS

BANKS ARE CHARGING TO MAKE CHANGE?

EDITOR: We spotted this complaints on the NextDoor app. Share it as if you saw it yourself on social media, or heard it at a holiday gathering.

“I stopped at the drive up window of a bank and asked if they could change a hundred dollar bill for five 20s. I was refused when they asked if I have an account with their bank and I told them “no.” The only way they would make change is to charge me a 5% transaction fee — meaning I would receive $95. My attempt at trying to explain this is not a check but a genuine $100 bill with a picture Ben Franklin did not go anywhere. I went across the parking lot to a major retail store, and a pleasant young lady at the service desk turned my $100 into 20s with a smile — and no fees.”

WHAT WE STUCK IN OUR BODIES THIS YEAR

It’s that time of year to learn what America shoved inside itself. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s database of emergency room visits, here’s what we stuck into our bodies this year:

EAR

  • Bobby pin
  • Bread
  • Battery
  • Stuffed paper towel in ears to act as ear plugs because roommate was snoring, unable to get it out of ear.
  • A bean
  • Pencil shavings

NOSE

  • Candy wrapper
  • Fuzzy arts and crafts ball
  • Gum
  • Wad of hair
  • Heart-shaped necklace pendant
  • Fishtank gravel
  • Baby bottle nipple
  • One magnet in each nostril

THROAT

  • Open safety pin
  • Cigarette
  • Diary key
  • Aquarium thermometer
  • Sewing needle
  • Confetti
  • Hot sauce packet

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: There are 330 of these in the U.S. Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, North Dakota and Wyoming don’t have any. (Drive-in theaters)

WHO SAID IT?

Which celebrity said their favorite things are “the smell of my daughter’s breath, a fresh-cut lawn, pulling up to a film set for the first time…”

• Katie Holmes*

• Gwyneth Paltrow

• Angelina Jolie

• Julia Roberts


DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 27, 2017

This is day 361 of 2017. There are 4 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Cokie Roberts is 74

• Gerard Depardieu is 69

• Eva LaRue (CSI: Miami) is 51

• TV journalist Savannah Guthrie is 46

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1932: The Radio City Music Hall in New York City opened.

• 1941: Puppets Howdy and Double Doody were born in Doodyville, Texas. They made their TV debut in 1947 on their 6th birthday.

• 1968: Apollo 8 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, ending humanity’s first manned mission to the Moon.

• 1971: Sonny & Cher were given a regular variety show on CBS-TV after their summer replacement show was a big success. “The Sonny & Cher Show” lasted four seasons.

• 1989: The album “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Elmo and Patsy was certified gold.

• 2000: A Milwaukee man who tuned into a police scanner was surprised to hear traffic officers chasing his wife. The woman was arrested. Her husband showed up at the police station to claim the car keys, but refused to bail out his wife.

• 2002: Clonaid, a company founded by a group that believed in space aliens, announced it had produced the world’s first cloned baby. Scientists dismissed the claim when the group supplied no corroborating evidence.

• 2013: An error on the Delta Air Lines website allowed thousands of customers to buy tickets for super-low fares, some 90% below regular ticket prices. Delta took responsibility for the error and honored ticket purchases.

• 2014: Sony’s gaming service went back online after a hacking attack disrupted its PlayStation Network.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Free Balloon Day

• Visit The Zoo Day

• Fruitcake Day

UPCOMING

• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 15, 2017

This is day 349 of 2017. There are 16 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Tim Conway (The Carol Burnett Show) is 84

• Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five is 75

• Don Johnson (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges) is 68

• Helen Slater (City Slickers, The Secret of My Success) is 54

• Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) is 53

• Adam Brody (The O.C.) is 38

• Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) is 36

• Charlie Cox (Netflix’s Daredevil) is 35

• Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1791: The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect following ratification by Virginia. Among other things, these amendments guarantee freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to peaceably assemble, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.

• 1938: Ground was broken for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

• 1939: Gone With the Wind had its world premiere in Atlanta.

• 1944: Bandleader Glenn Miller was killed when his U.S. Army plane disappeared over the English Channel.

• 1966: Walt Disney died at age 65.

• 1979: Trivial Pursuit was conceived.

• 2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after 11 years and $27 million to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.

• 2006: Romanian police said they were looking for two burglars who broke into a woman’s apartment and left her some money. The 86-year-old told police two young men, wearing masks, trashed her apartment. She said they rummaged for money or valuables but found only her wallet with the equivalent of a few bucks inside. The burglars then gave the woman all of their loose change — and left without taking anything.

• 2009: Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.

• 2012: Hilary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, fainted from dehydration and sustained a concussion after falling in her home.

• 2015: The Mayor of Flint, Michigan, declared state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a a criminal investigation.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Underdog Day

• Bill of Rights Day

Free Shipping Day

• International Tea Day

• Cupcake Day

• Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

• Gingerbread Latte Day

UPCOMING

• December 15: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 23: Festivus
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 26: Kwanzaa
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

• Liv Ullman is 79. Lesley Stahl is 76. Steven Bochco is 74. Benjamin Bratt is 54. Country singer Jeff Carson is 54. Miranda Otto is 50. Krysten Ritter is 36.

• Chocolate-covered Anything Day. Day Of Reconciliation.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

• Pope Francis is 81. Ernie Hudson is 72. Chris Matthews is 72. Eugene Levy is 71. Country singer Sharon White of The Whites is 64. Barry Livingston is 64. Bill Pullman is 64. Peter Farrelly is 61. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 51. Duane Propes of Little Texas is 51. Laurie Holden is 48. Sean Patrick Thomas is 47. Sarah Paulson is 43. Giovanni Ribisi is 43. Milla Jovovich is 42. Manny Pacquiao is 39. Shannon Woodward is 33. Emma Bell is 31.

• A Christmas Carol Day. Clean Air Day. Wright Brothers Day. Maple Syrup Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

17,000: Parking spaces at The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.


NEWS ATTACK!

Disney has agreed to purchase most of 21st Century Fox. [Under the deal, Bill O’Reilly will return to play Grumpy, and Sarah Palin will return as Dopey.]

Disney has agreed to purchase most of 21st Century Fox. [This makes Disney a truly massive entertainment giant. It’s now valued at two, maybe three Bitcoins.]

Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold is quitting over sexual harassment allegations. [He said that he’s looking forward to spending more time at home with the kids and their totally hot nanny.]

Police in Philadelphia responded twice to calls that a cow had slipped away from a church Nativity scene. [Well, would you want to spend a winter’s night in a manger?]

Alabama’s Roy Moore says that he will continue to fight. [I don’t know if he’s referring to politics or his attempt to be readmitted to the mall.]

A British surgeon has pleaded guilty to assault after he branded his initials on the livers of at least two patients. [I can’t afford regular surgery, much less pay extra for the monogramming.]

The second most powerful man in North Korea hasn’t been seen in a while. [And in North Korea that doesn’t mean that he’s on vacation.]

A man has had to delay his retirement after his inheritance check was lost in transit by UPS. [The only way this story could be funny is if the job that he was retiring from was UPS driver.]

The Indiana fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm has been given a suspended sentence. [And several thousand hours of mandatory babysitting.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

16-YEAR-OLD LOSES IT WHEN HE SEES NAME ON HARVARD LIST _  ( AUDIO)  Ayrton Little of Louisiana may only be 16, but he already started setting his sights on college. While still attending TM Landry College Preparatory, Ayrton applied to his dream school: Harvard University. In a video he shared on Twitter, Ayrton is seen sitting at a computer, checking on his acceptance status. He’s surrounded by classmates who go crazy when Ayrton discovers he’s going to Harvard.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BERATED FOR SPEAKING KOREAN _ An international student from Seoul, South Korea, was verbally assaulted by a customer at Starbucks in Walnut Creek, California, for speaking Korean. Annie An documented the scene on her phone and later uploaded a video to Facebook. In the post, An says the older woman told her “This is America. Use English only” and “Your language is disgusting.” A Starbucks employee defends An’s right to speak Korean within the establishment and nicely asks the woman to leave. Instead, she continues to berate An. • VIDEO

… As she tapped a single key on her computer the older woman said, “You’re going to be in trouble when I get this letter out,” a bystander responds, “You’re pressing numbers over and over again.” The employee had the cops called and they escorted her off the premises.

OMAROSA HAS SEEN THINGS _  ( AUDIO)  One of Donald Trump’s White House aides has gone public with criticism of the Oval Office. The just-fired Omarosa, who appeared on The Apprentice, told Good Morning America Thursday she saw things while working for the president that made her “very uncomfortable” and “unhappy”.  She did not deny claims she was concerned by Trump’s stance on Charlottesville, where a woman died in clashes with white supremacists, and Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama senate candidate. Omarosa even hinted at producing a tell-all account of her time in the White House, declaring she had “a profound story that I know the world will want to hear”.

AIRBUS SPENT 5 HOURS DRAWING A XMAS TREE ACROSS EUROPE _ Airbus used an A380 on a test flight to draw the outline of Christmas tree over Europe. The plane will soon be delivered to Emirates. Instead of charting some arbitrary route, the superjumbo drew the Christmas tree outline over Germany and Denmark. The flight, which took five hours and 22 minutes to complete, began and ended at the Airbus facility in Hamburg, Germany. • IMAGE

SAD: MOTHER OF HEATHER HEYER HAD TO HIDE ASHES _ If you ask Susan Bro, there is plenty of blame to go around for her daughter’s death: 20-year-old James Fields; unprepared local authorities; white supremacists; and, yes, even Donald Trump. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Bro says she is “starting to come to [the] conclusion” that Trump is responsible for the death of her daughter, Heather Heyer, “because he definitely pushes forward a hateful agenda.”

… Four months after Heyer’s death, Bro says threats of violence continue to pour in from extremists. She’s had to inter her daughter’s ashes in a secret location known only to some family and friends.

YOU CAN ZIP LINE OVER THE MISSISSIPPI DURING THE SUPER BOWL _ February’s Super Bowl will take place in downtown Minneapolis — which sits on the Mississippi River. And for attendees of the big game, backpack company XOOX will set up a zip line to run the width of river. It will span more than 800 feet across and hundreds of feet high. The zip line ride will be $30.

TRAVELING WITH GIFTS? BE PREPARED FOR TSA TO UNWRAP THEM _ If you’re traveling with gifts, you might want to skip wrapping them. As the TSA points out, wrapped gifts are fine, but they may need to be unwrapped in some cases. The TSA explains: “Our officers try their best not to mangle the gift wrap, but it’s not a guarantee and it also slows down the line for everybody else when we have to do this. You can try to avoid this by at least ensuring your gift is a TSA-approved item. However, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and just skip the gift wrap altogether. This way, you don’t hold up the line or waste your own time.”

FACEBOOK IS TESTING MULTIPLE ACCOUNT LOGINS _ Facebook is testing a feature that would give its users the ability to easily switch between accounts on the same computer. You’ll click the image at the top of your page to navigate between accounts. This allows you and your family or friends to more quickly switch between Facebook accounts while using the same computer. You can choose whether or not to save your password for quicker login. If you select Remember my password, you’ll remain logged in to Facebook without having to re-enter your password each time you log in. You can also remove saved login information from your account and add extra security.

DALAI LAMA LAUNCHES FREE IPHONE APP _ The Dalai Lama has launched a mobile app for followers to stay up to date with his travels and teachings. The 82-year-old exiled Tibetan spiritual leader already has a Twitter account with more than 16 million followers. His free app offers news, videos, photos and information.

… In 2013 the Roman Catholic Church launched the Pope App, which followed the Confession app where users could keep track of their sins.

WOMEN OVER 85 ARE HAPPIER BECAUSE THEIR PARTNER IS DEAD _ Women become progressively happier as they age, according to a health survey conducted in England. The survey found women have higher rates of poor mental health than men throughout much of their lives, until over the age of 85, when women’s overall happiness increases. By then, many women become widows.

JUDGE EXCUSES MAN FROM JURY DUTY AFTER HE REVEALS HE’S IN LOVE FOR THE ‘FIRST TIME’ _ A judge in Ireland showed he’s a softie for romance. The judge is being praised for excusing a 54-year-old man from jury duty after the man revealed he had planned a long weekend away with his partner and it was his ‘first time in love’.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WHY CAN’T SOME PEOPLE SMELL ASPARAGUS IN THEIR PEE? _ Good job, science! A research team from Harvard used two big studies of 6,900 men and women to find out why some people can smell asparagus in their pee and some can’t. They looked through 9 million different genes to see why, and found 871 mutations in the majority of people who cannot smell the effects of eating asparagus in their own urine.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SARCASTIC ‘THANK YOU’ NOTE GOES VIRAL _ A sarcastic ‘thank you’ note to a heating company in China has gone viral. The email sent to the heating company and shared anonymously online expressed “gratitude” for forcing the email’s author and partner to find alternative sources of warmth. The email reads: “I would like to thank the [company’s] CEO for saving a marriage. My husband and I have to hug each other when we sleep, otherwise we would freeze.” The author goes on to explain that the couple had been considering divorce and “hadn’t even been sharing the same bedroom.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FUGITIVE SITS ACROSS FROM DEPUTIES IN RESTAURANT _ Perry County, Kentucky, sheriff’s deputies were having lunch at a local restaurant when they spotted a fugitive they’d been looking for — seated directly across from them at  another table. So the deputies let the fugitive finish his meal and then followed him outside to make the arrest.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NON-DRINKER CHARGED WITH THIRD DUI _ Chad Donahue of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was pulled over for allegedly driving 66 in a 35 zone. Donahue showed indications of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests, and his blood alcohol was measured at .2 percent. When asked if he was intoxicated, Donahue replied, “I don’t drink.” He was charged with drunk driving — his third offense.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: $60 PANTS COST COUNTY $4,285 _ When a probation officer went to visit a client at her Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home, she ran — and the officer tore his pants chasing her. So he asked the county to reimburse him $60 for the pants. The County Controller refused — and spent $4,285 on legal fees to fight the issue. A judge ordered the Controller to pay the $60, but called it a “fringe benefit” and withheld taxes. And she appealed the ruling, racking up more legal fees.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF RUNS OUT OF GAS, ASKS COP FOR HELP _ In Massachusetts a guy snatched a woman’s purse as she was coming out of a store. He then made his getaway but didn’t get very far before his truck ran out of gas. Leaving the truck on the side of the road, the purse thief walked to the nearest gas station. And on his way back, he hailed down a police cruiser and asked for a lift back to his truck. Police had already been alerted to be on the lookout for the truck, and after seeing the stolen purse on the front seat the thief was placed under arrest.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TREE THIEVES LEAVE LICENSE PLATE _ Some guys in Maine stole more than two dozen Christmas trees from a local lot, backing a flat bed trailer up and simply hauling them away. One thing the tree thieves did wrong: They backed that trailer a little too far into a snowbank and when they pulled away they left a license plate behind, stuck in the snow.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBERS STOP WRONG TRUCK, GET LOAD OF CHEESE _ In Italy a gang came up with a plan to rob an armored car. They cut down some trees, blocked off a remote country road, and waited for their victims to drive up. Not long after, the truck screeched to a halt at the log barricade. The gang jumped out of their hiding spots and pointed guns at the driver, screaming at him to open the door. The flustered driver did as he was told, but when the gang looked inside, they didn’t see the bags of money they were expecting. Instead, the truck was full of cheese. It was the wrong truck.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF BROUGHT HIS OWN BRA _ In Japan, a 20-year-old man broke into a woman’s home, stole her purse and clothes, and then went to her bank to try to withdraw money from her account. He put on his victim’s beige sweater and pale green skirt, plus his own long wig, pretending to be the woman. But the bank teller got very suspicious and called the account holder’s phone number to verify the transaction. When the real woman answered the phone and told the teller she’d been robbed, the teller called the cops. When they got him to jail, they made him put on men’s clothes and took away the woman’s clothing — but he protested that the bra and panties were his. The victim verified that the thief hadn’t taken any of her underwear, so the cops let him keep it.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) — New.

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. The LAPD arrests Mac for terrorism.

BLINDSPOT (8p ET, NBC) — New. The team runs a covert operation out of Jane and Weller’s apartment.

HELL’S KITCHEN (8p ET, FOX) — New. The remaining chefs compete in the infamous blind taste test challenge.

THE 86TH ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE (8p ET, CW) — Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams host this annual parade.

HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — Two new episodes air tonight.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (9p ET, ABC) — New.

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

SEASON FINALE: THE EXORCIST (9p ET, FOX) — New. The exorcists must make the ultimate sacrifice to save Andy’s life.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR (9p ET, PBS) — Tenor Rolando Villazon joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in this annual holiday special.

RUSH: TIME STAND STILL (9p ET, Showtime) — This documentary follows the Canadian band on their final tour. Paul Rudd narrates.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON (Amazon) — Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this new comedy series as a version of himself. The show is about a former martial arts movie star, who occasionally works dangerous undercover cloak-and-dagger missions.

WORMWOOD (Netflix) — Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris mixes drama and documentary to tell the tale of the CIA’s experiments in LSD-fueled mind-control. Peter Sarsgaard stars as a man who claims that the death of his father was tied to the C.I.A.’s secret experiments.

SATURDAY

I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN (8p ET, ABC) — Christmas special

GOING IN STYLE (8p ET, HBO) — Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin star in director Zach Braff’s 2017 remake of this 1979 heist comedy.

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY (9p ET, ABC) — This Kyra Sedgwick drama returns with 2 new episodes.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. Kevin Hart hosts the final episode of 2017 with musical guest Foo Fighters.

SUNDAY

NFL Football schedule.

A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE (7p ET, FOX) — This three-hour live production will feature Tony winner Matthew Broderick as the grown-up Ralphie Parker. Based on both the movie and the Tony-nominated 2012 Broadway show, this musical event has the narrator (Broderick) looking back on his childhood memories of Christmases spent with his lovably goofy parents (Maya Rudolph and Chris Diamantopoulos). Tony winner Jane Krakowski also stars.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (8p ET, ABC) — Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in the 1965 musical classic.

WISDOM OF THE CROWD (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:30p ET, NBC) — The 6-7 Raiders play their last home game of the regular season when they host the 7-6 Cowboys.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9:30p ET, CBS) — New

MADAM SECRETARY (10:30p ET, CBS) — New


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Star Wars: The Last Jedi should make more than $200 million across North America and close to $440 million globally.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13) – Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Laura Dern

Ferdinand (PG) – After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Voice cast: John Cena, Jeremy Sisto, Bobby Cannavale

… Opening next weekend: The Greatest Showman (Wednesday), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Wednesday), Downsizing (Friday), Father Figures (Friday), Pitch Perfect 3 (Friday).

MARK HAMILL RECALLS ‘MAKING OUT LIKE TEENAGERS’ WITH CARRIE FISHER _ Mark Hamill, who makes a triumphant return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, recalls “making out like teenagers” with Princess Leia herself — Carrie Fisher. Hamill tells The Guardian: “Carrie and I were attracted to one another, but I knew from previous jobs that it would have been a bad idea. But Carrie and I found pretexts. I remember one time — I’m sure alcohol was involved — we were talking about kissing techniques. I said: ‘Well, I think I’m a fairly good kisser. I like to let the women come to me rather than be aggressive.’ And she said: ‘What do you mean?’ Well, next thing you know we’re making out like teenagers.”

PEOPLE FIRE BACK AFTER TAYLOR SWIFT SAID 2017 WAS BEST YEAR EVER _ After Taylor Swift posted and Insta from London about what a great year she’s had, fans fired back. Taylor wrote: “I couldn’t have asked for a better year, all thanks to you…” People responded with messages like: “I mean, yeah there were Nazis and white supremacy marches, and families are being [torn] apart, and there were mass shootings, and people are losing health care, but none of that affects me, so 2017 was great!”

WHAT LENNY KRAVITZ REALLY THINKS OF EX-FIANCÉE NICOLE KIDMAN _ One of the reasons Big Little Lies became so successful was due to its amazing cast, but did you know there’s a history between Nicole Kidman and costar Zoë Kravitz? In 2003, Kidman was engaged to Zoë’s father, Lenny Kravitz. They called the wedding off in 2004 and Lenny opened up about Nicole in the latest issue of The Journal. Lenny says, simply, “Nicole is amazing.”

NETFLIX SLAMS FCC’s REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY REGULATIONS _ Netflix is among the crowd blasting the Federal Communications Commission’s decision Thursday to roll back the Obama-era network neutrality regulations, which were aimed at ensuring content companies aren’t discriminated against by broadband providers. In a statement, Netflix said: “We’re disappointed in the FCC’s decision to gut the net neutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity and civic engagement. Today’s decision is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix will stand with innovators, large and small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.”

… With the move, internet service providers will no longer be officially barred from blocking content or degrading access to it. They also will have the latitude to sell guaranteed access to content providers. The fear among net-neutrality supporters — including companies like Netflix, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon — is that ISPs could now begin charging new fees to both consumers and content companies to access video and other services. Net neutrality advocates are expected to mount a legal challenge to the repeal.

WOMAN EXPLAINS WHY SHE STREAMED BEE MOVIE 357 TIMES IN YEAR _ There’s a simple reason why a woman in the United Kingdom streams Bee Movie nearly every day: Her infant son thinks it’s the bee’s knees. Gemma Chalmers identified herself as the Netflix subscriber who streamed the 2007 animated movie starring Jerry Seinfeld 357 times in the past year, explaining it’s the only movie that keeps her 10-month-old son Jaxson from crying.

… Netflix revealed earlier this week that someone had streamed the movie 357 times between November 1, 2016, and November 2017. The streaming service did not give the name of the user, but Chalmers says she received a series of messages from friends who were certain it was her.

… The Bee Movie data released this week was part of Netflix’s year in review. The service also revealed earlier this week that one New Zealand subscriber had watched Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 331 times and 53 users had watched its original movie The Christmas Prince at least 18 days in a row.

MARIO BATALI FIRED FROM THE CHEW _ TMZ reports Mario Batali is officially cut from The Chew. ABC completed its review into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the celeb chef and says, “While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct.”

… Four women claimed Batali had inappropriately touched them in the past, three of whom used to work for him.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BY 3 MORE WOMEN _ Three more women have come forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, one of whom was a minor at the time of the alleged incident. Cori Thomas told Variety she was 16 and a classmate of Hoffman’s daughter, Karina, in New York at the time of the incident. After the three took a walk in Manhattan, Thomas’ parents were supposed to pick her up at a restaurant but instead, Hoffman suggested they all wait at the hotel he was staying at while leaving a note for Thomas’ parents at the restaurant.

… Thomas says when they arrived at the hotel, “Either Karina or Dustin suggested that [Karina] should go home” because it was a school night. “So she left, and I was left in the hotel room with him alone.” Shortly after Karina departed, according to Thomas, Hoffman went to the restroom. She heard the shower turn on. After several minutes, “He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped. He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do. And he milked it. He milked the fact that he was naked. He stood there. He took his time.” Hoffman eventually put on a robe and sat on the bed. He then asked her to massage his feet. She complied.

… Thomas says: “What saved me was that the phone rang, and it was my mother downstairs to pick me up.” She didn’t tell her mother about the story until decades later.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM RENEWED FOR SEASON 10 _ Curb Your Enthusiasm has been renewed for Season 10. The series returned for Season 9 in October, marking its first set of new episodes since 2011. Production on Season 10 will begin next spring.

THE SIMPSONS PREDICTED DISNEY BUYING FOX 19 YEARS AGO _ The news of Disney’s $66 billion merger with Fox has some worried and others excited. But no one should be surprised by the merger — the deal was predicted by The Simpsons 19 years ago. This moment of cultural clairvoyance took place in Season 10 of The Simpsons, in an episode titled When You Dish Upon A Star. Aired in November 1998, the episode included a scene at the offices of 20th Century Fox — described as “A Division Of Walt Disney Co.”

48 HOURS REMAKE COMING _ The 1982 action comedy 48 Hrs. is getting a remake. The original film stars Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte.

ACTRESSES TO PROTEST SEXUAL HARASSMENT BY WEARING ONLY BLACK TO THE GOLDEN GLOBES _ Amid almost non-stop sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood, a source says that more than thirty female actresses who are attending and or presenting at the 2018 Golden Globes have vowed to wear all black to the ceremony.

… Nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes were announced on December 11. The 2018 Golden Globes will take place Sunday, January 7.


AUDIO

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OMAROSA SPEAKS: Omarosa on Good Morning America.  →  December 15 News & Nuggets

HARVARD: With his high school classmates by his side, a Louisiana teen learns he’s going to Harvard.  →  December 15 News & Nuggets

MUSIC BED: The Jive Turkeys – Get Down Santa

STAR WARS: It’s time for The Last Jedi. Here’s the main Star Wars theme.

CHRISTMAS: Lots of Christmas drops.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

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BITS & BREAKS

PHONER PHUN

How are you different now than a year ago?

… Did you lose weight (or lose a spouse)?

… Are you better educated?

… Making more money?

… Did you land a dream job?

… Are you smarter than a year ago? Why?

WHAT SECRET HAVE YOU AND YOUR SIBLING MANAGED TO KEEP FROM YOUR PARENTS?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What secret have you and your sibling managed to keep from your parents?

A guy shared his sibling secret on Reddit:

We had a huge Chicago snowstorm and got a day off school. My mom still had to go to work but she trusted me to watch over my two little brothers for the day. At the time I was 13 and my brothers were 9 and 5. As soon as she left we decided to go outside to play. My youngest brother and I convinced our middle brother to jump off the roof of our house into a big pile of snow in nothing but his boxers. He climbed up to the roof and started to freak out. We convinced him everything would be fine and with a surprising lack of arm-twisting he belly flopped off the roof. He hit the deep pile of snow and started screaming.

He stood up and his knee looked like raw chicken. There were bloody chunks of meat hanging out of the wound and he was in excruciating pain. The crying wouldn’t stop and I knew I was going to be in trouble. We knew mom was going to kill us when she came home so we came up with a plan. He would just need to suck it up for 8 hours and we’d be in the clear.

When mom came home that evening my brother limped to the garage and said he was going to ride his bike to his friend’s house. He made it to the end of the driveway, fell over, and started screaming and holding his knee. My mom rushed outside, saw the injury, and took him to the hospital.

15 years later and she still has no idea about the belly flop from the roof.

AMAZING FACTS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

• Cockroaches are smarter in the evening than in the morning.

• Around the world 269 billion emails are sent each day.

• For every human on earth there are 422 living trees.

• The average cable/satellite subscribers gets 189 channels but watches just 17.

• 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

• Americans spend $60 billion annually on lotteries.

• There are 41,000 Redbox kiosks across America.

• Philadelphia Cream Cheese is not actually from Philadelphia — it was actually developed in Chester, New York.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Every year, 2.1 billion of these holiday treats are made. (Candy canes)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• A dessert cake cooked in a pan of the same name. (Bundt)

• The kind of spider that went up the water spout. (Itsy-bitsy)

• Mandela, the former president of South Africa. (Nelson)

• Most Christmas trees are this color. (Green)

• In a court, the judge wants to have what? (Order)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

A Nativity scene in an East Tennessee church took a hilarious turn when the little girl playing a sheep decided to play with baby Jesus.

My little sheep took the baby Jesus, breaking all the rules leaving poor little Mary no choice but to take action! Momma to the rescue tried her best to protect her baby at all costs. Definitely a program I will remember. LOVE these kiddos and my church family! Laughed so hard I cried!

Posted by Tana Benson on Sunday, December 10, 2017


IMAGE OF THE DAY


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 15, 2017

• 1955: JOHNNY CASH’s album Folsom Prison Blues was originally released by Sun Records.

• 1986: KENNY ROGERS inked a $17 million deal with Dole Foods to promote their pineapple and other products.

• 1999: SHANIA TWAIN’s album Come On Over was certified multi-platinum for sales of 16 million copies.

• 2005: RASCAL FLATTS became the first non-solo male country act to win Billboard Magazine’s Artist of the Year award.

• 2006: RASCAL FLATTS became the first country act since 1992 to be the best selling artist in all of music for the year. Their Me & My Gang album sold 3 million copies that year.

• 2013: CHRIS CAGLE was arrested on drunk-driving charges near Greenville, Texas.

• 2013: Numerous media reported the death of RAY PRICE following a Facebook posting by his son. Ray was still alive but in a coma. He passed away the next day.

Doug Phelps of THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS and BROTHERS PHELPS is 57.

ALAN JACKSON and wife Denise celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.

• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE on songwriting on the road.

• CARLY PEARCE has a shoe obsession.

• BRETT YOUNG loves Buffalo Wild Wings.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

ZAC BROWN BAND will perform the national anthem before the college football national championship game in Atlanta on January 8.

Three country songs make the list of tunes with the most requested lyrics through Amazon’s Alexa for 2017. BRETT ELDREDGE places highest on the list at No. 9 with Somethin’ I’m Good At, followed by OLD DOMINION’s No Such Things As A Broken Heart at No. 10 and TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL’s Speak To A Girl at No. 12.

KENNY CHESNEY will visit Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday (December 18).

SCOTTY MCCREERY has recorded a version of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. It’s available on SoundCloud. • LINK

CARRIE UNDERWOOD appears in her first photo since the fall that resulted in a broken wrist. The pic was taken with reality star Adrienne Gang after the pair shared a workout space. Carrie sports a brace on her arm from the fall she took at her home last month, but otherwise looks great. • IMAGE

TRISHA YEARWOOD may be involved in many projects, but she says she will always pick music over anything and everything else.

TRISHA YEARWOOD hints that she has two music projects coming in 2018.

Three country Christmas albums are available on vinyl this year — two for the first time. DARIUS RUCKER’s Home For The Holidays and LADY ANTEBELLUM’s On This Winter’s Night get their first vinyl treatment while REBA MCENTIRE’s 1987 album, Merry Christmas To You, is out on vinyl for the second time, marking its 30th anniversary.

THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES

  1. LUKE BRYAN – Light It Up
  2. BLAKE SHELTON – I’ll Name The Dogs
  3. BRETT YOUNG – Like I Loved You
  4. LANCO – Greatest Love Story
  5. ERIC CHURCH – Round Here Buzz
  6. THOMAS RHETT – Unforgettable
  7. MAREN MORRIS – I Could Use A Love Song
  8. RUSSELL DICKERSON – Yours
  9. CHRIS YOUNG – Losing Sleep
  10. GARTH BROOKS – Ask Me How I Know

DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 18, 2017

This is day 352 of 2017. There are 13 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is 74

• Steven Spielberg is 71

• Movie critic Leonard Maltin is 67

• Ray Liotta is 62

• Brad Pitt is 54

• Stone Cold Steve Austin is 53

• Rachel Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters, Six Feet Under) is 49

• Sia is 42

• Josh Dallas (Once Upon A Time) is 39

• Katie Holmes is 39

• Christina Aguilera is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1865: The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by Georgia, fulfilling the two-thirds requirement for ratification, and banning slavery in the United States.

• 1932: The Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first ever NFL Championship Game. Because of a blizzard, the game was moved from Wrigley Field to the Chicago Stadium, the field measuring 60 yards long.

• 1984: Madonna scored her first number one pop hit with “Like a Virgin.”

• 1995: Houston police warned residents that a con man already had sold $25-thousand worth of water he claimed astronauts brought back from the moon. NASA assured police there was no such thing as “moon water.”

• 1996: The Oakland, California, school board passed a resolution officially declaring “Ebonics” a language or dialect.

• 1997: Comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his Chicago apartment. He was 33 years old.

• 1999: Environmentalist Julia ”Butterfly” Hill came down after living two years in the top of an ancient redwood tree in Humboldt County, California, to protest logging.

• 2004: The U.S. officially forgave all of the $4.1 billion owed the government by Iraq and urged other creditors to do the same.

• 2005: A motorist ran over the Nativity scene at a church in Watsontown, Pennsylvania. Sadly, the same thing happened the year before.

• 2006: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld resigned; Robert Gates was sworn in as the new Secretary of Defense.

• 2012: Signatures on an online card for Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims surpassed 1 million.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day

• International Migrants Day

• Bake Cookies Day

• “I Love Honey” Day

UPCOMING

• December 21: First day of winter
• December 23: Festivus
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 26: Kwanzaa
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 1: Supermoon: the first of 2018
• January 6: NFL Playoffs begin
• January 8: College football championship
• January 13: NFL Divisional Playoffs begin
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day


INTERPREP ★ NOVEMBER 6, 2017

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 6, 2017

This is day 310 of 2017. There are 55 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Sally Field is 71

• Journalist Maria Shriver is 62

• Lori Singer (Ariel Moore in Footloose) is 60

• Ethan Hawke is 47

• Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson (The Taste, Chopped) is 47

• Thandie Newton is 45

• Rebecca Romijn is 45

• Zoe McLellan (NCIS: New Orleans) is 43

• Emma Stone is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1947: Meet The Press made its television debut.

• 1861: James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born in Ontario, Canada.

• 1976: Pat Tillman was born. Tillman was an NFL player who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in May 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He joined the Army Rangers and served multiple tours in combat before he was killed by friendly fire in the mountains of Afghanistan.

• 1995: Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced plans to move the team to Baltimore.

• 1997: Former President George H.W. Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

• 2001: Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg was elected New York City mayor.

• 2006: In Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, a guy awoke in a bed full of flames. The man, a smoker, then tried to drag the burning mattress outside the front door. In the process he spread fire through the home.

• 2007: Managers at a company in Australia weren’t worried when a burglar stole a piece of their equipment — probably because the item stolen was a $13,000 GPS tracking device, used by the company’s customers to track really expensive assets. Sure enough, a few days later the thief plugged the unit in and the company was immediately notified of its location. The company then notified police.

• 2012: Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay politician to be elected to the United States Senate.

• 2012: Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Fill Our Staplers Day

• Saxophone Day

• National Nachos Day

UPCOMING

• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

361,000: Number of people who watched all nine Stranger Things episodes within the first 24 hours of their release.


NEWS ATTACK!

Lou Diamond Phillips stopped the police to ask for directions and was arrested for drunk driving. [The moral of the story is never volunteer to be the guy who leaves the party to get more ice.]

Popular Twitter stars have been unmasked as the work of Russian agents. [Sometimes I get the feeling that the internet is only Russian spies talking to robots who are flirting with 45-year-old men masquerading as 13-year-old girls.]

Scientists have found the chemical in the brain that allows us to be able to suppress unwanted thoughts. [Let’s hope that they have a pill ready by the 2020 election.]

According to a new survey, half of the people who are obese don’t recognize themselves as obese. [Despite the fact that they put the survey taker on hold an average of three times to go to the refrigerator.]

An amazing 28% of doctors said that they don’t consider it their job to tell their obese patients to lose weight. [“Blast it, Jim! I’m a doctor, not an infomercial!”]

A Florida woman was rejected as a potential juror in a murder trial because she said that the defendant was so attractive that it would affect her judgment. [She said that even though he’s accused of killing four people, no one’s perfect.]

Sears announced that in addition to the 250 Sears and Kmart stores it has already scheduled to close, it’s closing an additional 45 Kmart and 18 Sears locations. [Is this crazy? I might one of those stores and convert it to either a Radio Shack or a Blockbuster.]

In California a semi carrying millions of bees overturned on the highway. [Drivers became stuck in a river of honey, which wouldn’t have been so bad if it hadn’t been for the bears.]

Wisconsin lawmakers have voted to remove the minimum age restriction for hunting. [That explains those new rifles with the training wheels.]

Wisconsin lawmakers have voted to remove the minimum age restriction for hunting. [It’s not every day that you see a hunter’s vest decorated with Spongebob.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

FIRST US WOMAN TO WIN NY MARATHON SINCE 1977 _ Shalane (shuh-lane) Flanagan on Sunday became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977. Flanagan finished second in New York for her first marathon in 2010 but hadn’t run the race since.

MOM QUIT CLEANING UP AFTER HER KIDS _ How many years of your life have you spent picking up toys? Two? Three? A billion? In a viral Facebook post, one mom shared why she’s officially done picking up after her kids and she’s “shutting the door” on the never-ending battle to have a clean house. Heidi Hamm wrong her Facebook page (Her View From Home): “I love a clean house. I do. It’s the one thing in my life that I feel like I have complete control over. If my environment is organized, life is just, better. But, kids. They don’t care. I don’t get it. Clearly they are lacking in the clean gene department. I don’t know how many times I have had the same conversation with them. Me: ‘How can you stand it? You can’t even walk in here.’ Kids: ‘Yes we can! We just play hopscotch around the toys.'”

… Hamm reveals that one night while she was picking up Lego bricks off of the floor and trying to put them in their color-coordinated boxes, her husband came in with a novel suggestion: “Why don’t you just shut the door?” It sounds easy enough, but we all know it’s not. But on that particular night, Hamm writes, she decided to take her husband’s advice.

… Now Hamm cleans up her kids’ playroom once a week. The rest of the time it looks like a gigantic mess, and she’s okay with that.

WOMAN’S BABY WAS DELIVERED BY THE JOKER _ A Nashville doctor delivered a baby dressed as the Joker. When expectant mom Brittany Selph arrived at the hospital to give birth on Halloween night her doctor, Paul Locus, was dressed up like Heath Ledger’s joker in The Dark Knight. Brittany and her husband arrived at the hospital early in the day to get her labor started and Dr. Locus left to hand out candy in his costume, vowing to change before he returned. But the parents-to-be told Dr. Locus there was no need to change; they hoped he would come back dressed as the Joker. And he did, and that’s how he delivered the couple’s daughter, Oakley Saige. Dr. Locus stayed in costume through the entire delivery. • IMAGE

FOR EVERY TWO POUNDS YOU GAIN, YOU LOSE THIS MUCH TIME OFF YOUR LIFE _ We already know maintaining a healthy weight is important. Now, according to new research, just a few extra pounds here and there will shorten your life. The study (University of Edinburgh) found that people who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every two pounds of weight they carry.

TESLA’S LATEST SOFTWARE UPDATE: ‘CHILL’ ACCELERATION MODE _ High-tech electric vehicle automaker Tesla is rolling out a new feature in its cars that’ll be perfect for anyone looking for a calmer, more relaxing ride. It’s a new acceleration model titled Chill, designed to soften and smooth out the more dramatic, surging acceleration speed. After the software update rolls out there will be two acceleration modes, a “Standard” one for those who like the rapid acceleration and instant torque and a “Chill” one for people who prefer a slower, more gradual speed increase.

WOMAN INJECTS LOVER WITH MERCURY OVER BREAKUP _ In China a woman was sentenced for drugging her boyfriend’s coffee and then injecting him with mercury as he slept to stop him from leaving her. The 35-year-old woman received six years in prison. The victim began showing signs of illness but was unaware he had been poisoned until his ex texted him almost two weeks later. The ex-boyfriend now faces years of lengthy treatments for heavy metal poisoning.

TJ MAXX’s PARENT COMPANY STILL PAYING EMPLOYEES IN PUERTO RICO _ The parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods is still paying their employees in Puerto Rico, despite the fact that their stores remain closed due to damage from Hurricane Maria. A spokesman for parent company TJX said: “We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances.”

… There are 29 TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Homegood stores in Puerto Rico.

‘INFERTILE’ WOMAN AND 77-YEAR-OLD HUBBY ARE PARENTS_ Love works in mysterious ways, and this story is definitely proof of that. Kat King is 39 and thought she was infertile and had given up on the idea of ever having children. But in 2007, the German woman was backpacking around Australia and fell in love with a man she met at a campsite. She’s a bit younger than her man and the two have had a great ten years together. And now, to their surprise, they’re going to be parents. As I said, Kat is 39 and her husband is 77.

DYING MOTHER GIVEN MONTHS TO LIVE IS SAVED BY EX-HUSBAND’S NEW WIFE _ A woman in the UK who was given four months to live by doctors has been told her Stage Four cervical cancer has almost disappeared — after her ex-husband’s new wife led a fundraising campaign to pay for pioneering treatment in Turkey.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING NUNS’ CHEESECAKES _ New York State Police have charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of baked goods from an order of nuns known for their cheesecake. The theft occurred last month at the Nuns of New Skete (skeet) monastery in White Creek, New York. The nuns sell their cheesecakes and pastries on the honor system at the monastery’s unstaffed gift shop. Surveillance cameras caught the woman and her 21-year-old daughter taking merchandise without leaving money in the drop box. The daughter wasn’t charged.

WHY DOES CHRISTMAS START SO EARLY? _ During World War II it was necessary to mail Christmas gifts early for the troops in Europe. Merchants joined the effort to encourage customers to shop and mail early, and the protracted Christmas shopping season was born. So if you’re already tired of seeing Christmas ads… blame World War II.

SANTA CLAUS SCHOOL GRADUATES 80th CLASS _ If you want to be successful, it pays to go back to school now and again. Just ask the graduates of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan. The 80th class of Santas graduated over the weekend. The school was started in 1937 by Charles W. Howard — who served as Santa for Macy’s — in order to instill the utmost values and etiquette in those looking to take on the role. Each year over 100 students from across the world gathered for the three-day intensive course. The $500 tuition gets students all kinds of hands-on training, lectures, and field trips geared toward prepping the Santas for every possible scenario:

• The History of Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus
• Proper dress and use of make-up
• Experience for radio and television interviews
• Santa Sign Language
• Live reindeer habits
• Newest toys and gadgets on wishlists

… Not all of it is warm and fuzzy. The school also helps Santas protect themselves and helps them navigate their rights during the crazy holiday season, from contract issues to making sure they are entitled to regular bathroom breaks.

… The golden rule? Keep your hands where everyone can see them. Even better, wear white gloves so there’s no mistake about it. Liability issues are sadly a part of the biz.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM CRUSHES DAUGHTER’S PHONE WITH PLIERS AT SCHOOL _ During a parent-teacher conference in China, the mom of a 17-year-old was upset that her son wouldn’t stop playing with his phone in class. So, during the parent-teacher meetup the mom pulled a pair of pliers out of her purse, took her daughter’s phone and crushed it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LADY CAUGHT ‘DRUNK-DRIVING’ A HORSE _ A woman in Polk City, Florida, was arrested for DUI last week. She was caught drunk driving a horse.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STOLEN CAR ACTUALLY ROLLED INTO RIVER _ In Germany a man was driving along when he had to go to the bathroom. So he parked his car, got out and went to relieve himself. When he got back, his car wasn’t there. He called the police to report it stolen. When the cops showed up, they figured out it hadn’t been stolen — it had rolled away. Apparently he had parked the car on a hill but it wasn’t fully in park. The car rolled down the hill and into a river. It was a total loss.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN REPORTS WWII BOMB, POLICE FIND ZUCCHINI _ An 81-year-old German man called police to tell them he found a World War II-era bomb in his garden. When officers showed up, they instead found a large zucchini.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FINDS WWII GRENADE WHILE GARDENING _ A British police station was evacuated after a man left a hand grenade on the front desk. Officers called in explosives experts after the World War II device was brought in by the man, who found it while working in his garden. A police spokesman said, “In retrospect we would have preferred him to leave it where it was and give us a call.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOSPITAL TOSSES BOY’S FINGER TIP INTO TOILET _ A Malaysian hospital has acknowledged that it was a mistake to flush a severed fingertip down the toilet. The hospital said in a statement that throwing away a boy’s fingertip that could not be reattached was “against procedures,” and the fingertip should have been returned to the family. The 11-year-old accidentally sliced off part of his left forefinger while cutting a coconut.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LOBSTER RESCUE _ In Virginia a woman called animal control to ask that an officer speak with her six-year-old son. She said that she was about to boil some lobsters for dinner, but the boy didn’t want his mother to kill them, so he grabbed them, ran into his bedroom, and wouldn’t give them back. The animal control staff person who took the call suggested that she try to calm him down by explaining the food chain. If that didn’t work, the mother was advised to ask a neighbor to cook them or take the lobsters back to the store.


ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Knockout rounds continue.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Kevin and Vanessa get locked in the store after hours.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Past season’s winners or finalists are paired with each couple to compete.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Lucifer and Ella go to Las Vegas to find Candy after she goes missing.

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New. Morgan Edge blames Lena’s lead bomb when multiple children get sick.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, ESPN) — The Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SUPERIOR DONUTS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Randy gets aggressive during a traffic stop.

THE GIFTED (9p ET, FOX) — New. Lauren encounters a new friend with useful powers.

VALOR (9p ET, CW) — New.

RIDE WITH NORMAN REEDUS (9p ET, AMC) — In the second episode of season 2 (the premiere was Sunday), The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus and comedian Dave Chappelle ride from Charleston to Savannah.

ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE (9p ET, HBO) — This 2 night documentary looks back at 50 years of the pop-and-politics magazine. Part 1 (airing tonight) tackles the years from Jann Wenner’s creation of the magazine (celebrating its 50th anniversary) through the death of John Lennon, while Part 2 (airing Tuesday) goes from the birth of punk until the present.

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE (9p ET, Starz) — This 2016 documentary shows the importance of investigative journalism.

9JKL (9:30p ET, CBS) — Me, Myself, and I has been pulled from the schedule. This new episode replaces it. Andrew lands a local TV job as a medical correspondent.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team meets their new neighbor (guest star Tina Majorino, Grey’s Anatomy) after she sends smelly chemicals through their shared ventilation as a warning to keep the noise down.

LIVING EVERY DAY: LUKE BRYAN (10p ET, ABC) — In this new special, Robin Roberts visits country superstar Luke Bryan and his family at their Tennessee farm as he prepares to launch his new album, “What Makes You Country,” and join American Idol as a judge. The special also features an interview with CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

THE BRAVE (10p ET, NBC) — New. The team heads to Paris on a mission connected to Amir’s undercover past.


ENTERTAINMENT

THOR: RAGNAROK WINS BIG _ Thor: Ragnarok had one of the year’s best box-office debuts with an estimated $121 million across North America. The 2011 Thor debuted with $65.7 million; 2013’s Thor: The Dark World opened with $85.7 million.

… Thor: Ragnarok brought in $427 million globally.

… The weekend’s other new nationwide release, A Bad Moms Christmas, opened with $17 million.

JIMMY FALLON’S MOTHER GLORIA DIES _ Gloria Fallon, mother of The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, died Saturday at a hospital in New York City of an undisclosed illness. She was 68 years old. In light of the news, The Tonight Show will not air new episodes this week.

PATTON OSWALT MARRIES _ Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger were married Saturday. The happy couple broke the news to fans in a series of posts to Twitter and Instagram Sunday morning that included shots of Oswalt’s 8-year-old daughter, Alice.

UMA THURMAN’S RESPONSE TO WEINSTEIN ALLEGATIONS _  ( AUDIO)  Uma Thurman will not comment on the string of sexual assault allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein until she is “less angry.” The Kill Bill star, who has worked on seven Weinstein films, was asked about the allegations but refused to comment. Uma said, in part, “So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry, and when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say.”

NETFLIX OFFICIALLY SEVERS TIES WITH KEVIN SPACEY _ Netflix, one of the studios behind House of Cards, is officially severing ties with the show’s star and executive producer Kevin Spacey. And the company is also no longer moving forward with Gore, a film Spacey was set to star in.

… So will the sixth and final season of House of Cards go unfinished? The company that co-produces the drama said in a statement: “While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of House of Cards, he has been suspended, effective immediately. MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus.”

AMAZON WANTS A LORD OF THE RINGS TV SHOW _ It appears that Amazon wants to beat HBO by taking a page out of their playbook. Amazon wants to have their own Medieval Europe-esque fantasy TV show like Game of Thrones and would like to do so by creating a The Lord of the Rings TV series. Amazon Studios are in talks with Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to develop a LOTR TV series.

SEAN COMBS CHANGES NAME AGAIN _  ( AUDIO)  Rapper turned businessman Sean Combs has confounded the internet by changing his name for the umpteenth time. The man who has gone by Puff Daddy and P. Diddy and more recently just Diddy on Saturday proclaimed that he now wants to be called “Love” or “Brother Love.” He made the announcement in an online video posted on his 48th birthday.

TOM HANKS HELPS MAN PROPOSE AT BOOK FESTIVAL _ The world may be a troubling place right now, but over the weekend, Tom Hanks lent his talents to spreading some joy by helping one very lucky couple get engaged at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. On Saturday, the two-time Oscar winner was at a talk about his new book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories, and at the end of the event, the superstar had a question-and-answer session. During the Q&A, Hanks read out a question from a man named Ryan McFarling: “Here’s Ryan’s question, and it’s for Nikki Young…’Nikki, will you marry me?'” Hanks then brought the pair on stage and Ryan proposed to his lady love in front of the 1,000-person audience. She said yes.

KATE UPTON MARRIES JUSTIN VERLANDER IN ITALY _ Kate Upton exchanged wedding vows with her fiance Justin Verlander in Tuscany, Italy over the weekend. The couple tied the knot at an old medieval church at the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco resort.

… It’s a double celebration for the couple as the wedding came just days after Verlander’s team, the Houston Astros, won 2017 World Series.

MARGULIES ACCUSES WEINSTEN AND SEAGAL OF HARASSMENT _ Julianna Margulies has revealed her own terrifying encounters with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, as well as action star Steven Seagal. The ER and Good Wife actress said that she’d narrowly avoided potential assaults by the two men, who have been the subject of similar allegations of harassment and assault by other women in the industry. Regarding Seagal, Margulies revealed that she’d been convinced to meet with him when she was 23. When the female casting director who’d coordinated the meeting and promised to be present for it didn’t show up, Margulies was left alone with the actor. She says, “He made sure that I saw his gun, which, I’d never seen a gun in real life. I got out of there unscathed. … I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room. … I sort of squirmed my way out.”

… Years later, that incident would inspire her to insist that an assistant escorting her to a hotel room to meet with Weinstein come with her upstairs. Margulies recalled, “He opened the door in a bathrobe. I could see that there were candles lit in the room, and there was a dinner for two. And I saw him stare at [the assistant]…” Weinstein complimented Margulies on her audition and sent the two on their way. Margulies says she was not given the supposedly Academy Award-worthy role that she’d been brought in to discuss.”

ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE RIPS LARRY DAVID’S ‘SNL’ MONOLOGUE _ The Anti-Defamation League has ripped Larry David for his SNL monologue in which he joked about Jewish sexual predators and dating in a concentration camp. Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL, which fights anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, tweeted on Sunday, “Watched #LarryDavid #SNL monologue this AM. He managed to be offensive, insensitive & unfunny all at same time. Quite a feat.”


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTING: The man who pursued the Texas shooter as the suspect fled from church explains what happened.

SEAN COMBS: Sean Combs would like you to call him Love.

UMA: Uma Thurman responds to question about Harvey Weinstein.

TWITTER: A Twitter tune for when you’re talking about tweets.

THOR’S BEST JOKE: By now you’ve probably seen the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok and the scene where Thor is in a gladiator-type situation about to do battle with someone or something — which turns out to be The Hulk. When Thor sees Hulk he’s excited and tells the crowd, “He’s a friend from work!” It turns out the best part of the joke is actually the story behind it. Chris Hemsworth was hosting a Make-A-Wish kid onset that day and the kid pitched in with an idea. Hemsworth said, “We had a young kid, a Make-A-Wish kid, on set that day. He goes, ‘You know, you should say, ‘He’s a friend from work!’”


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Thor: Ragnarok, $121 million
  2. A Bad Moms Christmas, $17 million
  3. Jigsaw, $6.7 million
  4. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, $4.6 million
  5. Geostorm, $3 million
  6. Happy Death Day, $2.8 million
  7. Thank You for Your Service, $2.26 million
  8. Blade Runner 2049, $2.23 million
  9. Only The Brave, $1.9 million
  10. Let there be Light, $1.6 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Doctor Strange.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Wreck-It Ralph.

… Ten year ago this week the number one movie was American Gangster.

… Twenty year ago this week the number one movie was I Know What You Did Last Summer.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13) – A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish and suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe

Daddy’s Home 2 (PG-13) – Brad and Dusty (Ferrell and Wahlberg), now co-parenting Dusty’s kids, have to deal with their own fathers (Lithgow and Gibson) visiting for the holidays. Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Will Ferrell, John Lithgow

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. Daylight Saving Time
  2. Kevin Spacey
  3. iPhone X
  4. NFL Week #9
  5. College Football
  6. Larry David
  7. Veterans Day
  8. Country Music Awards
  9. House of Cards
  10. Selena Gomez
  11. Stranger Things 2
  12. Papa Johns
  13. North Korea
  14. Jimmy Fallon
  15. Kate Upton/Justin Verlander
  16. Health Care Open Enrollment
  17. Harvey Weinstein
  18. Thanksgiving

WHO CHEATS MORE — THE GUYS OR THE GIRLS?

Cosmo conducted an online poll of 1,000 single men and 1,000 single women, and 55 percent of guys and a shocking 59 percent of ladies said they have cheated on a partner. Relationship therapist Bonnie Eaker Weil, Ph.D. explained why women are more apt to wander:

WOMEN GET OFF ON THE RUSH — Women crave the endorphin high from the initial attraction they feel toward a new guy.

THEY WANT ATTENTION — Girls may cheat because they feel taken for granted. A new lover gives them the TLC that their beau doesn’t.

THEY FEEL PRESSURED — When women stress (especially over their guy), they may seek out another stud to lean on as a distraction.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What American symbol weighs the equivalent of 11,093 tacos? (The Liberty Bell)

SOLVE THE MYSTERY

A man walks into his bathroom and shoots himself right between the eyes using a real gun with real bullets. He walks out alive, with no blood anywhere. And no, he didn’t miss and he wasn’t Superman or any other crusader wearing a cape. How did he do this?

Answer: He shot his reflection in the mirror.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Guy creates a commercial to help girlfriend sell her 1996 Honda.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 6, 2017

• 1947: HANK WILLIAMS recorded his best-known version of Honky Tonkin’ for MGM Records.

• 1948: LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS joined the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1956: WEBB PIERCE recorded I’m Tired for Decca Records, which spent 22 weeks on the Country Chart.

• 1964: TEX RITTER was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 1992: REBA MCENTIRE escaped injury when her twin engine jet crash-landed in Nashville. No one on board was hurt.

• 2002: ALAN JACKSON won five Country Music Association Awards, something accomplished by only three other artists: JOHNNY CASH (1969), VINCE GILL (1993) and GEORGE STRAIT (1996).

• 2002: PORTER WAGONER and Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2003: ALAN JACKSON took home three Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. JOHNNY CASH posthumously won three awards.

• 2003: Pianist FLOYD CRAMER and CARL SMITH were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2003: SHANIA TWAIN was voted country star most fans would like to see pose in Playboy magazine in a poll conducted by Playboy.com.

• 2007: GARTH BROOKS’ The Ultimate Hits three disc set was released. It contained 33 hits and a DVD of music videos.

• 2007: SUGARLAND released a deluxe edition of their album Enjoy The Ride with five bonus holiday tracks, one of them an original song.

• 2010: MARTINA McBRIDE was joined by train to shoot an installment of CMT Crossroads.

• 2011: KICK BROOKS and ALAN JACKSON were added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.

• 2012: RAY PRICE confirmed he was battling pancreatic cancer. Ray died at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on December 16, 2013.

STONEWALL JACKSON (Me and You and a Dog Named Boo, Waterloo) is 85.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• BRETT YOUNG and what his sister thinks of his music and country music.

• DAVID LEE MURPHY and KENNY CHESNEY: Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.

• BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD were on The Chew and Brad was being a bit harsh.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LUKE BRYAN is featured on ABC tonight (10p ET) on the Robin Roberts special Living Every Day, a close-up look at his life, family and rise to stardom.

KENNY CHESNEY is back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his latest live collection, Live In No Shoes Nation. The collection is a compilation of live versions of 29 of Kenny’s biggest hits and fan favorites. Kenny first reached the peak of the all-genre Billboard 200 in 2002 with No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.

On the same day his new album was released, BLAKE SHELTON revealed that the lake house where it was recorded was hit by a car. On Friday, Blake shared on Live with Kelly and Ryan: “This is a weird moment for me. I’m talking about Texoma Shore, and I made the album at my lake house There is a studio at my lake house in Oklahoma, and I just got a phone call. Somebody drove their truck through the front of my lake house, so if this album doesn’t hit, then that’s bad luck.”

… Blake celebrated the release of Texoma Shore by surprising a fan who pre-ordered it on Amazon. Blake dropped by a Nashville-area Amazon hub and hand-delivered the CD to a fan named Scott. • VIDEO

LADY ANTEBELLUM was honored last night (Sunday) by performing rights organization SESAC with the Humanitarian Award for their work through their Lady Aid Foundation.

DARIUS RUCKER will perform November 30 as part of the Disney Magic of the Holidays special on the Disney Channel.

KELSEA BALLERINI will visit ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday (November 8).

MICHAEL RAY has helped feed more than 100,000 shelter dogs and cats through his Wrigley Cares initiative at his concerts. In each city, Michael has asked fans to donate wet and dry food and towels. The campaign will continue on the next leg of the tour starting November 24.

…Michael was inspired to start a drive to help animals in need after rescuing a pup he named Wrigley.

LUKE COMBS was in Houston late last week to help the Country Music Association announce a $1 million donation to Houston Independent School District. The money will go toward music education, the purchase of instruments and aid for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

GEORGE STRAIT’s seventh annual golf tournament in Texas (Vaqueros Del Mar Invitational, October 26) raised $1.5 million. The money goes to Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, for military personnel wounded in action.

TUCKER BEATHARD (Rock On) will release his debut album, Dear Someone, November 17.


DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 7, 2017

This is day 311 of 2017. There are 54 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Evangelist Billy Graham is 99

• Johnny Rivers is 75

• Joni Mitchell is 74

• Christopher Knight (Peter on The Brady Bunch) is 60

• Yunjin Kim (Lost) is 44

• Adam DeVine (Modern Family) is 34

• Lorde is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1874: The Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant for the first time, in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly magazine.

• 1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.

• 1989: Douglas Wilder won the governor’s race in Virginia, becoming the nation’s first elected black governor.

• 1991: Basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the AIDS virus and was retiring.

• 1994: WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provided the world’s first internet radio broadcast.

• 2000: Republican George W. Bush was elected president over incumbent Democratic Vice President Al Gore, though Gore won the popular vote by a narrow margin. The winner was not known for more than a month because of a dispute over the results in Florida.

• 2000: Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first first lady to win public office, defeating Republican Rick Lazio for a U.S. Senate seat from New York.

• 2002: In Bulgaria, 77-year-old Kolio Botev, claimed a world record after living for 60 years with a bullet lodged behind his right ear. He’s refused repeated offers from doctors to have the bullet removed for fear the operation would kill him.

• 2005: Residents of a retirement home in Sweden had to deal with drunk, rowdy animals when a pair of intoxicated moose invaded the premises. The moose had become drunk by eating fermented apples they found outside the home.

• 2015: Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Merlot Day

• Hug A Bear Day (The stuffed kind, not the forest kind.)

• Chocolate with Almonds Day

UPCOMING

• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 31, 2017

This is day 304 of 2017. There are 61 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Dan Rather is 86

• David Ogden Stiers (M.A.S.H.) is 75

• Deidre Hall is 70

• Jane Pauley is 67

• Director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) is 56

• Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 is 56

• Dermot Mulroney is 54

• Rob Schneider is 53

• Mike O’Malley (Yes Dear, Glee) is 52

• Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys is 51

• Vanilla Ice (Rob Van Winkle) is 50

• Piper Perabo is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1926: Magician Harry Houdini died of complications from a ruptured appendix.

• 1938: The day after his “War of the Worlds” broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson Welles expressed “deep regret” but also bewilderment that anyone had thought the simulated Martian invasion was real.

• 1963: At the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis an explosion killed 74 people during an ice skating show. It also injured 400. A faulty propane tank connection in a concession stand was blamed.

• 1970: Singer Michelle Phillips and actor Dennis Hopper were married. They divorced 8 days later.

• 1987: A professional singles tennis match in Coventry, England, ended after a record eight hours and twenty-one minutes.

• 1988: Pop star Debbie Gibson held a séance, attempting to contact Liberace and Sid Vicious.

• 1990: Singer Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish on his opening act, Faith No More, during a Seattle concert and put four pigs and a goat in their dressing room. The group retaliated by parading naked on stage during Idol’s encore.

• 1991: At their Halloween wedding, Jayne and Dale Peterson of Madison, Wisconsin, were married dressed as Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. At the reception, the champagne was chilled in a coffin.

• 2002: A four-year-old Austrian boy was so disgusted by his grandmother’s plum dumplings he dialed 911 for help. The dispatcher pleaded with the boy to give grandmother’s dumplings another chance. He finally agreed and hung up.

• 2003: Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a tiger shark and lost her left arm.

• 2005: British officials announced they were investigating the loss of a satellite phone in Iraq — a phone that may have been stolen by insurgents who ran up an $890,000 bill.

• 2007: Shoppers had to “dive for cover” when a cloud of smoke settled over a neighborhood in London, England. Witnesses said the smoke smelled like “chemicals”. A terror alert was called and a hazmat team responded. It took three hours to trace the cloud to its source: a fire crew smashed through the door of the kitchen of a Thai restaurant, which was cooking up a six-month supply of chili paste.

• 2012: The New York Stock Exchange reopened after a two-day closure due to Hurricane Sandy.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Halloween

• Caramel Apple Day

• Magic Day

• Knock-Knock Jokes Day

UPCOMING

• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

241: Gallons of flatulence the average person releases during their lifetime inside their cars.


NEWS ATTACK!

US News & World Report released its list of the top jobs for millennials. Number one is the field of artificial intelligence where salaries can range from $300,000 to $500,000. [But if you’re really good at what you do, doesn’t that mean that sooner or later you’re going to build a robot that takes over your job?]

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner gave a profanity-laced interview in which he dropped f-bombs on his GOP enemies. [Boehner feels comfortable to speak candidly now that he’s retired… and off the meds.]

Apple fired an engineer after his daughter posted a sneak preview of the iPhoneX. [I thought it was supposed to be the parents who publicly humiliated their children.]

The coast of Wales is being invaded by octopuses. [And the debate over the matter is getting really heated, mainly between the faction that calls them octopuses and those that call them octopi.]

The mugshot of a cute female California gang member has gone viral. [Lonely men everywhere want her number, her measurements and her preferred caliber weapon.]

A serial burglar in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to prison for a series of thefts that include stealing a houseplant he mistook for marijuana. [He has to serve from 7½ to 15 years behind bars while maintaining good behavior and attending a mandatory botany class.]

The International Olympic Committee is looking into possibly making video games an Olympic sport. [The day may come when runners aren’t carrying the Olympic torch but chasing Pokemon.]

In 2018 Saudi Arabia will begin to allow women to attend sporting events. [So I guess that means that it will also be legal for women to curse in public.]

United Airlines is now flying the longest flight of any U.S. carrier —18 hours from Los Angeles to Singapore. [That’s about the same amount of time it takes to drive from one side of LA to the other.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

HOW NOT TO APOLOGIZE _ Kevin Spacey’s being hammered not just for Anthony Rapp’s sexual assault allegation but also the way he apologized. Spacey stacked his apology on top of his first public statement about his sexuality, which brought criticisms from many respected people in and out of Hollywood. But the apology itself fell short of a true, heartfelt “I’m sorry” — as so many apologies often do.

… Spacey says he doesn’t remember (casting doubt on the allegation) and was drunk (being drunk doesn’t excuse reprehensible behavior). So what does make a good apology? Psychologist Karina Schumann published a paper on 1) why it’s so hard to effectively apologize and 2) the eight components that constitute a sincere apology. According to Schumann’s paper, there are eight notes you have to hit:

1. You actually have to use the words “I’m sorry.”
2. Acknowledge that you messed up. (As in, “I take full responsibility for my words.”)
3. Tell the person how you’ll fix the situation.
4. Describe what happened, but without foisting the blame off on someone else.
5. Promise to behave better next time.
6. Make sure the person knows you know exactly how you hurt or inconvenienced them.
7. Much like the first rule, it’s important to use some version of the phrase “I was wrong.”
8. Ask for forgiveness.

Bad apologies, on the other hand, tend to suffer from these four shortcomings:

1. Justifying your words or behavior.
2. Blaming the victim.
3. Making excuses.
4. Minimizing the consequences. (“It was just a joke!”)

SURVEY SAYS WE LOVE THE LIKE BUTTON _ It was ten years ago this week that Like appeared on a social media service. The button originally debuted on a platform called FriendFeed. At the time, it just looked like a blue hyperlink with the word “Like” as anchor text. FriendFeed, which was acquired by Facebook in 2009 and shut down in 2015, may have been the first to debut the feature, but it was Facebook which popularized the feature.

… So how much do online users — meaning all of us — like the Like? A lot, apparently. An online poll shows 88% of regular social media, blog and website visitors say the Like button, or something similar, makes the online experience better.

FACEBOOK DENIES EAVESDROPPING ON YOUR CONVERSATIONS _ Facebook has developed a reputation for doing anything it can to gather your info. That’s why conspiracy theories — like the one that alleges the site is listening to your conversations via your smartphone microphone — are so prevalent. However, a Facebook executive recently came out on Twitter to emphatically deny the practice.

… The theory holds that Facebook is eavesdropping on our conversations in order to gather information about us that it can then use to target super-relevant advertising. PJ Vogt, the host of technology podcast Reply All, put out an open question on Twitter asking his followers to call his show if they believed Facebook used phone mics to spy on them. He received many interesting responses, including one from a user who claimed a coworker received a Facebook ad saying “So you popped the question!” minutes after he proposed. However, Vogt also received a response from a Facebook executive himself: “I run ads product at Facebook. We don’t — and have never — used your microphone for ads. Just not true.”

CONTESTANTS GAVE OUT FACTS ABOUT WOMEN’S RIGHTS AS MEASUREMENTS _ Beauty pageant contestants are used to giving their measurements — bust, waist, hip— in front of a crowd. But in Peru, where women are getting killed in alarming numbers, aspiring beauty queens used their moment on the stage on Sunday to give a different kind of measurement: how many people have been affected by gender violence.

… Contestant Camila Canicoba said into the mic: “I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country.”

… Juana Acevedo said: “my measurements are: more than 70% of women in our country are victims of street harassment.”

… And Luciana Fernández shared: “my measurements are, 13,000 girls suffer sexual abuse in our country.”

… It wasn’t just the contestants who wanted to get the point across to their audience — violence against women was the theme of the night. Organizers of Miss Peru 2018 displayed newspaper clippings of prominent cases of murdered and assaulted women as the contestants made their way across the catwalk in bathing suits.

MOM SHOOTS BURGLAR IN THE BUTT TO PROTECT HER FAMILY _ A South Carolina (Spartanburg) mom defended her family by shooting a man in the rear. The man broke into Sharaia Walker’s home around midnight. When the masked intruder threatened her family, she says she knew what she had to do to make him leave. She grabbed her gun and as the intruder fled she shot him once in the leg and once in the butt. The man was tracked by a K-9.

WOULD-BE KIDNAPPER GRABS 13-YEAR-OLD, SHE FIGHTS WITH BACKPACK _ In Memphis, Cynthia Trotter’s daughter was on her way back home from school when something terrifying and totally unexpected happened. The 13-year-old was almost home when a black van pulled up alongside her. A man rolled down the window and said, “Hey, baby girl.” Instantly, the teen looked away and started walking faster, but the man in the van caught up to her and got out of his vehicle. He grabbed the young girl, and she knew she had to do something to escape her would-be kidnapper‘s clutches. She used the only thing she had on her: a backpack. After getting knocked to the ground the 13-year-old made it home unscathed. The creepy guy in the van hasn’t been caught.

JUDGE GIVES ‘NASTY’ TEXTER A WRITING ASSIGNMENT _ A judge on the Hawaiian island of Maui has handed down a unique sentence to a man who pleaded no contest to violating a protection order preventing him from contacting his ex-girlfriend. The judge ordered Daren Young to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend, in response to the 144 “nasty” text messages and calls that he’s accused of sending her. The judge told Daren: “For every nasty thing you said about her, you’re going to say a nice thing. No repeating words.”

THE STATES THAT CONSUME THE MOST CALORIES ON HALLOWEEN _ We’re all guilty of a little over-indulgence on Halloween. How could we not be? But some folks in some states overdo it more than others. Research (by Achievement) investigated the calories logged on Halloween from various fitness tracker apps. They tallied up the calories logged and the calories burned through walking — racking up steps while roving the neighborhood for candy. The team subtracted the calories burned from the calories eaten and ranked states in order of their net intake for the night. They then compared these numbers to the average calories that each state’s residents usually consumed.

… The state with the No. 1 spot? Florida. New York came in second place, with Arizona in third. The states with the most restraint from Halloween candy temptations were Louisiana and New Hampshire.

… Full list on The Daily Meal.

FRANCE IS RUNNING OUT OF BUTTER FOR ITS CROISSANTS _ France’s much-loved croissant has run up against the forces of global markets. Finding butter for the breakfast staple has become a challenge across France. Soaring global demand and falling supplies have boosted butter prices, and with French supermarkets unwilling to pay more for the dairy product, producers are taking their wares across the border. That has left the French, the world’s biggest per-capita consumers of butter, short of a key ingredient for their sauces and tarts.

126M FACEBOOK USERS WERE SERVED CONTENT FROM RUSSIA-LINKED PAGES _ Facebook says roughly 126 million Americans may have been exposed to content generated on its platform by a Russian government-linked troll farm between June 2015 and August 2017. That estimate is equivalent to more than half of the total U.S. voting population and offers a new understanding of the scope of Russia’s use of social media to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

SOMEONE CREATED STRAWBERRY PIZZA _ Most people like fruit. Most people like pizza. But combine the two, and the results can be controversial. Thanks to Twitter, someone shared a pic and asked, “What about strawberries as an ingredient on pizza?” Twitter user @lebaenesepapi summed up most responses: “Pineapple and non-pineapple pizza eaters must put our differences aside and join forces to defeat this evil.”

MOM INVESTIGATED FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AFTER ‘FUNNY’ TWEET _ A Mississippi mom’s tweet about her son landed her in a human trafficking investigation. Alex McDaniel posted a message on Twitter saying her 3-year-old son was for sale for $12 or best offer. She says she meant the tweet as a joke, but someone saw it and reported it to a child abuse hotline. McDaniel says a CPS worker dropped by her office and demanded to see the child. The investigation was eventually dropped. • LINK

MILLIONS ARE GETTING THEIR PETS IN ON THE HALLOWEEN ACTION _ With Americans projected to spend more than $9 billion on Halloween this year, pets are getting in on the action. One estimate shows pet costumes will account for around $440 million in spending. The most popular pet costumes are:

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Hot dog
  3. Dog/lion/pirate
  4. Bumble bee
  5. Devil
  6. Batman character
  7. Ghost
  8. Cat
  9. Witch
  10. Star Wars character

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: LET YOUR KIDS EAT ALL OF THE HALLOWEEN CANDY THEY WANT _ Letting your kids engage in a sugar-fueled, Snicker wrapper-strewn free-for-all today may seem like irresponsible parenting, but it turns out not micromanaging your child’s candy consumption can teach them to listen to their hunger cues. Registered dietitian Emily Fonnesbeck lets her kids go to town: “It’s tempting for a parent to believe that if they tell their kids what to do with their candy, their kids will do it and be healthier.” But apparently that doesn’t work. Kids won’t learn to listen to their own hunger cues if you’re constantly telling them what and when to eat, she explained. “They either restrict or they have all of it.”

… This doesn’t mean you have to stand idly by while your little Kylo Ren or Elsa inhales boxes of Nerds. Fossenbeck suggests asking questions that encourage kids to listen to their bodies like “How did all that candy make you feel?” and “What would you do differently next time?”

… Also, remember that Halloween is supposed to be fun. One night of wild sugar consumption isn’t going to derail their existence.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOBCAT IN BATHROOM OF NEWSPAPER STARTLES PUBLISHER _ A small-town Oklahoma newspaper publisher found a startling front-page story practically in his newsroom: There was a hissing bobcat in the bathroom. The publisher of the paper (Sapulpa Herald) says the wild animal jumped at him one recent morning as he was heading into the restroom at his office. Sumner shut the door and trapped the adult male cat inside until police and a game warden arrived. Wildlife control workers captured the bobcat in a cage and released it in the wild.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLORIDA MAN SHOOTS AT IMAGINED INTRUDERS _ A Florida man shot at imagined intruders and is now facing several charges. The Volusia County Sheriff’s office says the 71-year-old fired shots inside his home and wouldn’t let his adult daughter leave the house because he thought the intruders were about to hurt them. The dad eventually let his daughter leave — by climbing out a window.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HUSBAND SWALLOWS WIFE’S GOLD MEDAL DURING QUARREL _ Doctors in China had to remove a gold medal from a former athlete’s throat after he swallowed it. The man downed his wife’s 3-centimeter-wide prize during an argument. He soon suffered from severe pains and was taken to a local hospital by his 80-year-old mother. The medal was lodged in his esophagus and operated immediately to remove it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES USE KETCHUP IN ROBBERY _ In Greece, two thieves ambushed a supermarket employee as he was taking cash to the bank. The men were armed only with ketchup. Police say the thieves jumped out of the bushes and threw two big bags of ketchup on the front window to stop the car. The man fought with his attackers who managed to flee on a motorcycle with only a fraction of the money he was carrying.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PICKLE ASSAULT _ In Texas two guys were hanging out at a third guy’s house. One of the two went to the fridge and helped himself to some pickles. According to a police report the homeowner said he couldn’t afford to feed everyone and not to eat his pickles. The pickle eating friend began yelling and swearing and stormed out. Later he came back, went into the fridge, pulled out the jar of pickles and threw it at his homeowner friend. Police were called and the pickle eating friend was escorted out of the home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROMEO AND JULIET PLAN FAILED _ In Italy, a 19-year-old felt the spark had gone out of his relationship with his girlfriend. To try to rekindle the flame, he decided to recreate a scene from Romeo and Juliet. With his girlfriend waiting for him on the balcony, he began to climb up the side of the building. But the lovers did not let neighbors in on their little plan and one of them was awakened by the noise. Noticing a strange man climbing up the side of an apartment building, the neighbor called police. The police awakened the girl’s parents and that’s when Romeo decided to fess up. The cops took pity on him and decided not to press charges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: VANDALS ADVERTISE _ In Texas police didn’t have much trouble finding a couple of teenagers accused of tearing up some lawns. The kids allegedly used a parent’s pickup truck with a business name painted on the side. Seven lawns were damaged by the zigzagging truck early one morning.


ON TELEVISION

WORLD SERIES GAME GAME 6 (8p ET, FOX) — The series moves back to LA as the Astros and Dodgers play game 6. The Astros lead the series 3-2.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. McGee spends hours on a murder victim’s ham radio trying to find a key witness.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — This new episode features the best moments and never-before-seen footage from the season so far. Plus, Kelly Clarkson, joins the coaches for the first ever Voice Halloween Confessional.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Mike asks Sue to put together a romantic evening for his and Frankie’s 25th wedding anniversary.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. Barry runs into Ralph Dibny, his former nemesis.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS (8p ET, PBS) — Scarlett Johansson and Paul Rudd learn about their families in this new episode. John Turturro is also featured.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. The family heads to Houston when Jessica’s aunt passes away, and the boys see Jessica’s father for the first time.

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bull helps his high school sweetheart (Ali Marsh, In Plain Sight) sue a factory that she believes is making people sick by contaminating the water.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Trick-or-treating with the 10-year-olds goes wrong for Jack and Rebecca.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. An incident at school threatens Junior’s future.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p CW) — New. The Legends race back to 1988 to save Ray Palmer.

SEASON PREMIERE: MAJOR CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — The 6th and final season begins.

THE MAYOR (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Public transportation comes to a halt due to the bus drivers’ union strike.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Lasalle’s father (guest star Michael Pniewski, Madam Secretary) arrives in town to discuss the family business.

LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS (10p ET, NBC) — New. The jury hears the brothers testify in court for the first time.

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD (10p ET, ABC) — New. Kevin looks for a different way to help a single mom with her son’s medical bills.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT (10p ET, FX) — New.

DROP THE MIC (10:30p ET, TBS) — Celebs battling in this new episode are James Van Der Beek, Randall Park (Fresh off the Boat), NFL star Rob Gronkowski and Gina Rodriguez.

JUDAH FRIEDLANDER: AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE UNITED STATES (Netflix) — This new stand-up comedy special features the former 30 Rock costar.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released October 31.

• The Dark Tower
• Kidnap
• Humans – Season 2
• Orphan Black – The Complete Series
• Sherlock – The Complete Series

NETFLIX CANCELS HOUSE OF CARDS _ The day after Kevin Spacey apologized following an accusation that he made a sexual advance on a 14-year-old boy in the 1980s, Netflix announced that the next season of his show House of Cards would be its last. Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the studio behind the show, said in a statement Monday they were “deeply troubled by … news concerning Kevin Spacey. Executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”

… A Netflix spokeswoman said the decision to make the sixth season the show’s last had been made months ago. Those episodes are scheduled to be released in 2018.

… Star Trek alums Zachary Quinto and George Takei have joined the ranks of LGBT activists condemning Kevin Spacey’s decision to come out as gay at the same time he apologized to Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp. Spacey was criticized Sunday night by many — including columnist Dan Savage, actor Billy Eichner, and journalist Frank Rich — for linking two things that have nothing to do with each other.

… Quinto tweeted Monday: “It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out. Not by standing up as a point of pride — in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments — thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world. But as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one.”

… Takei wrote: “The timing of this announcement has raised some eyebrows, to be sure. …  Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it.”

HARVEY WEINSTEIN BANNED FOR LIFE FROM PRODUCERS GUILD _ Harvey Weinstein got the death penalty from the Producers Guild of America. The PGA announced Monday: “In light of Mr. Weinstein’s widely reported behavior … the Producers Guild’s National Board has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime ban.” Weinstein plans to continue making movies, but he won’t have the guild’s backing if he’s successful in doing so.

LIAM PAYNE AND GIRLFRIEND HAUNTED BY GHOSTS _ One Direction’s Liam Payne was living with his girlfriend, Cheryl, in L.A. last year while she was pregnant with their son Bear, when they were haunted by a ghost. Payne said that it made Cheryl too scared to sleep in their bed, and they began to feel a presence haunting the house, with lights flickering on and off in the middle of the night. The couple apparently ended up sleeping in their theater room.

JAY-Z CANCELS SHOWS DUE TO POOR TICKET SALES _ Jay-Z was to perform in Fresno on November 1, but the concert was abruptly canceled Friday evening without explanation. Based on tickets available online earlier this week, the concert seemed to have slow sales. According to Stubhub.com, some tickets were selling for just $6.

COREY HAIM’S MOTHER CALLS COREY FELDMAN A SCAM ARTIST _ The mother of late actor Corey Haim slammed her son’s friend and co-star, actor Corey Feldman, who recently announced a $10 million fundraising campaign for a documentary meant to expose Hollywood pedophilia. Feldman posted a YouTube video about the project, and already has brought in more than $140,000 from over 3,000 backers. But Judy Haim believes Feldman is a scam artist. She said, “He’s been talking about revealing the names of his and other abusers for seven years, since my son died. Now he wants $10 million to do it? Come on. It’s a long con. He’s a scam artist. If he was serious about this, he’d share the information he has with the police.”

74-YEAR OLD MICK JAGGER SEEN WITH 22-YEAR OLD PRODUCER _ According to The Sun newspaper, rock legend Mick Jagger and film producer Noor Alfallah have been dating frequently in Paris. The 74-year-old Rolling Stone star is believed to had hooked up with the 22-year-old socialite two weeks ago in Paris  — and she was also in the crowd at the Rolling Stones show at Paris’ U Arena. The pair met through a mutual friend. Last year Jagger became a father for the eighth time when son Deveraux was born. The mother is 31 year old ballerina Melanie Hamrick.

“FROZEN” ACTRESS KRISTIN BELL DRESSES AS “ELSA” FOR DAUGHTER _ Kristen Bell posted a photo of herself dressed as ‘Frozen’ star ‘Elsa’ with the caption, “When your daughter demands you BOTH be ELSA for Halloween … you GRIN AND FORKING BEAR IT. #halloween”. Bell voiced Elsa’s sister Anna in the hit Disney movie, but made her daughter happy by dressing as ‘Elsa’.

TAYLOR SWIFT TO PERFORM ON ‘SNL’ _ Taylor Swift will perform on the Saturday Night Live stage on November 11. She will be the musical guest while Tiffany Haddish will host the show. Swift’s ‘Reputation’ album will be released the same day, just before her performance on the show.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO PAY TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON AT AMAs _ Christina Aguilera will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the movie and the soundtrack for ‘The Bodyguard’ by singing Whitney Houston’s big hits from the album at the American Music Awards November 19 on ABC.

SIMON COWELL REVEALS REAL REASON BEHIND HIS FALL _ Simon Cowell has revealed the reason he tumbled down stairs at his London home on Friday. Doctors believe low blood pressure was the cause of the accident.

STRANGER THINGS STAR APOLOGIZES FOR ALLEGED DRUG POSSESSION _ Charlie Heaton is apologizing for his absence at the Stranger Things 2 premiere. The British actor, who portrays Jonathan Byers, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport for alleged cocaine possession. According to law enforcement, Heaton was sent back to the United Kingdom but not arrested.

… He shared in a statement: “My planned travel to the U.S. last week was affected by an issue at U.S. immigration, and I am working to rectify it as soon as possible. I do want to clarify that I was not arrested or charged with a crime, and cooperated fully with the U.S. officials at LAX. I’m sorry to all the fans and my Stranger Things family for missing the premiere.”

FIXER UPPER STARS HELPING HARVEY VICTIM REBUILD HER HOME _ An 81-year-old woman in Houston was moved to tears as dozens of volunteers arrived to help rebuild her home damaged during Hurricane Harvey. But among the 60 volunteers were two of reality television’s biggest stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines, best known from their hit TV show Fixer Upper. The Waco couple came to help lift Doris Davis’ spirits and help restore her home that was destroyed by the flood.

WE ARE GETTING EVEN MORE GREY’S ANATOMY THIS SEASON _ Good news for Grey’s Anatomy fans: ABC has ordered additional episodes for the 2017-18 season, meaning you’re going to get a grand total of 24 this season.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

PHONER: Things you never thought you would have say to your kids.  →  2 real callers

ALIENS: Arizona man selling ranch because of aliens – local TV report.  →  October 30 Wacky-But-True

DROPS: Lots of Halloween clips.

MUSIC BED: Halloween 01

MUSIC BED: Halloween 02


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BITS & BREAKS

IF YOUR CHILD DREW YOUR TATTOO, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Kids love to doodle, draw, sketch and color. Often, depending on their stage in life, they choose to draw the same types of things, people or animals.

In a viral video, some brave parents agree to get permanently tattooed with a drawing from their young kids’ imaginations.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If you were putting your child’s favorite drawing on your body what would it be?

WHAT IS ONE ITEM ALMOST EVERYONE HAS BUT NEVER USES?

What’s an item almost everyone has but never uses? This was asked on reddit. Can you add anything to the list?

• The extra buttons that come with a dress shirt.

• That battery at the back of a drawer we aren’t sure is dead or not so you keep it there discovering it every four months or so.

• Those four stray birthday cake candles that constantly roll around in the “everything else” drawer in the kitchen. Those candles that don’t match in color or length, but all maintain the amazing ability to disappear the moment you need one.

• Exercise equipment of some sort.

• A charger for an old device.

• Your high school ring.

• Blinkers. I’m talking to you, (nearby local community).

SUPERSTITIONS THAT REFUSE TO DIE

A new study (by PsychTests) indicates that many people still believe in paranormal phenomena and the potentially adverse effects of superstitions.

Karma
73% of women and 51% of men believe what goes around comes around.

Ghosts
72% of women and 52% of men believe that death is not the end of existence.

Fate and Soul mates
70% of women and 45% of men believe that if two people are meant to be together, no force on Earth — or beyond — can keep them apart. Tying into this is the belief that people do not simply show up in our lives at random: 77% of women and 51% of men believe that we are destined to cross paths with certain people, whether it’s through law of attraction or fate.

Prophecies and Premonitions
64% of women and 45% of men believe that future events can be predicted in advance.

Telepathy and Mind reading
51% of women and 38% of men believe that our thoughts are not private, and that some people are born with the ability to send and receive messages telepathically.

Witches
49% of women and 33% of men still believe that real witches with actual powers exist.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: A human uses 200 muscles to do this — and we do this a lot every day. (Take a single step)

HALLOWEEN 9 IN 30

There are 9 letters in the word Halloween. In 30 seconds, your job is to give me a different word that begins with each of the letters in Halloween. There are two Ls and two Es and the words you give for those have to different.

ONE OF US IS LYING

• A typical piece of paper is 500,000 atoms thick.

• eBay has more than 25 Betamax videocassette players for sale.

• In the early stages of developing the sitcom Big Bang Theory it was called The Sci Guys. (LIE)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Watch candy corn perfectly spiral and fall like dominoes.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

McPizza is the scariest thing you’ll see on Halloween.


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 31, 2017

• 1970: LORETTA LYNN’s Coal Miner’s Daughter charted.

• 1982: ALABAMA made its first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1998: SHANIA TWAIN’s Honey, I’m Home became her seventh number one country hit.

• 2005: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Jesus Take The Wheel became the first song by a debut artist to enter the country charts inside the Top 40, coming onto the chart at #39. It would go on to become a multi-week number one.

• 2006: GARTH BROOKS was named Walmart’s best selling artist of all time with over 20 million albums sold.

• 2007: TAYLOR SWIFT went trick-or-treating in Hendersonville, Tennessee, disguised as Star Wars character Chewbacca.

• 2008: MINDY McCREADY was released from a (Williamson County) Tennessee jail after serving 30 days of a 90-day sentence for a probation violation.

• 2010: TRACE ADKINS performed for U.S. soldiers in Basra, Iraq.

• 2015: Days after SHANIA TWAIN concluded her final concert tour, her bus sold for $280,000 at the Toronto Classic Car Auction.

DARRYL WORLEY is 53.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• OLD DOMINION: Brad and Trevor disagree on their sound.

• THOMAS RHETT on binge watching shows.

• A THOUSAND HORSES on overcoming obstacles.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

BLAKE SHELTON is hitting the road in 2018 for the Country Music Freaks Tour with TRACE ADKINS, BRETT ELDREDGE and CARLY PEARCE. Shows begin February 15 in Tulsa. Blake calls this tour his “greatest tour yet”.

BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD will address the mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1 at next week’s CMA Awards. Brad says, “We’re not going to ignore it, but we’re not going to also dwell on that. We have to make sure we honor those we’ve lost, but we also [have to] celebrate this music, which lives on, and do a good job having the heart we need to have on that night.”

Ticket pre-sales for KENNY CHESNEY’s Trip Around The Sun Tour have helped him surpass 1 million fans played for at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The 2018 installment of the Boston area stop will include special guests DIERKS BENTLEY and BROTHERS OSBORNE.

LUKE BRYAN crashed the wedding party of two of his biggest fans. Luke was taping an American Idol episode nearby in Savannah, Georgia, when he heard fans McKenna Neidlinger Lipski and Austin Lipski had been hitched nearby. Luke and his Idol crew listened outside the doors of the reception until they heard his song Crash My Party begin. When Luke stepped through the door to surprise the bride and groom, he was met with wild whoops and cheers. • IMAGE

KELSEA BALLERINI and KELLY CLARKSON will appear as part of the Nickelodeon Halo Awards, airing November 26 across the Nick networks.

THOMAS RHETT’s Life Changes 2018 Tour is set to begin April 5 and run through mid-May, with a second leg beginning September 13 and running through late October. Supporting acts will be BRETT YOUNG (all dates) and on the spring leg for select shows, RUSSELL DICKERSON (Yours), JILLIAN JACQUELINE and CARLY PEARCE. For the fall leg, MIDLAND will join TR and Brett.

KELSEA BALLERINI’s The Unapologetically Tour is set to get underway February 8 in Birmingham. WALKER HAYES will open the shows.

TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL will receive the Billboard Legends Of Live Award during the November 14-15 conference and touring awards in Los Angeles. The honor recognizes the couple for their steadfast commitment to touring and bringing high quality of music to fans.

JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and COLE SWINDELL will headline Country Thunder Arizona 2018, April 5-8 in Florence, Arizona. Others performing at the event will include TRACY LAWRENCE, BIG & RICH, LINDSAY ELL and NEAL MCCOY.

MAREN MORRIS is planning a spring wedding to fiancée RYAN HURD and says the event will be laid back with margaritas and Motown music.

RANDY TRAVIS has multiple projects on the horizon that include an autobiography and a documentary.

In 2018, THE BELLAMY BROTHERS will release their autobiography, Let Your Love Flow: The Life And Times Of The Bellamy Brothers.


DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 1, 2017

This is day 305 of 2017. There are 60 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers is 55

• Toni Collette (The United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine) is 45

• Jenny McCarthy is 45

• Matt Jones (Breaking Bad) is 36

• Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones) is 33

• Penn Badgely (Gossip Girl) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1512: The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, was exhibited to the public for the first time.

• 1800: U.S. President John Adams became the first President of the United States to live in the Executive Mansion, later renamed the White House.

• 1870: In the United States, the Weather Bureau — later renamed the National Weather Service — made its first official meteorological forecast.

• 1913: The forward pass gained national prominence when used in Notre Dame’s startling upset of Army 35-13. Just a few years before, the forward pass had been authorized by a rules committee of what would become the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

• 1938: Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed “the match of the century” in horse racing.

• 1960: While campaigning for President of the United States, John F. Kennedy announced his idea of the Peace Corps.

• 1990: McDonald’s announced it would replace styrofoam burger boxes with heavyweight paper containers.

• 2005: A 67-year-old Wisconsin man who said he didn’t even like watching movies was sued by the film industry for copyright infringement after a 12-year-old grandson downloaded four movies on their home computer. The Motion Picture Association of America filed a federal lawsuit against Fred Lawrence (of Racine) seeking as much as $600,000 in damages for downloading four movies: The Incredibles, I Robot, The Grudge, and The Forgotten.

• 2012: Scientists detected evidence of light from the universe’s first stars, predicted to have formed 500 million years after the big bang.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• November is Movember, American Diabetes Awareness Month, Aviation Month, National Adoption Month, National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, National Novel Writing Month, Vegan Month, National Fun with Fondue Month, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, National Pepper Month, National Stuffing Month, National Raisin Bread Month

• All Saints’ Day

• Bison Day

• International Stress Awareness Day

• Calzone Day

• Family Caregiver Day

• Go Cook For Your Pets Day

• Stress Awareness Day

• World Vegan Day

UPCOMING

• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 26, 2017

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 26, 2017

This is day 299 of 2017. There are 66 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jaclyn Smith (Charlie’s Angels) is 72

• Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is 71

• Hillary Clinton is 70

• Rita Wilson is 61

• Dylan McDermott (The Practice) is 56

• Cary Elwes is 55

• Jeff Probst is 55

• Tom Cavanagh (The Flash, ‘Ed) is 49

• Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) is 44

• Jon Heder (Blades of Glory, Napoleon Dynamite) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1881: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place at Tombstone, Arizona.

• 1951: Boxer Joe Louis came out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano. However, Marciano would win the fight in eight rounds.

• 1965: The Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs).

• 1984: In Loma Linda, California, a baboon’s heart was transplanted into “Baby Fae,” a newborn with a severe heart defect. Baby Fae lived 21 days with her experimental animal heart.

• 1984: John D. McCollum shot and killed himself after spending a day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records; a lawsuit was later filed by his parents over the song “Suicide Solution” but the case was eventually thrown out.

• 1990: Wayne Gretzky became the first National Hockey League player to reach 2,000 points.

• 1996: Prosecutors cleared Atlanta guard Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.

• 1997: St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, issued an SOS after five babies were born and they ran out of green and gold Green Bay Packer caps and booties. Volunteer knitters rushed in to keep newborns warm in Packer colors, including even Packer blankets and quilts.

• 2006; A pole-dancing kit was removed from the toys and games section of a British store’s web site after getting complaints from parents who didn’t want there kids to learn how to “Unleash the sex kitten inside.”

• 2006: In Maryland, Don Fitzhugh was fishing with his wife and three others on the Chesapeake when they came upon a buck swimming near an island. They new the deer had no business being out there, and they say it looked disoriented. Only the deer’s head was above water and his nose was shaking from the cold. So someone grabbed a fishing net to hold one antler and another guy grabbed another. The two held on while the boat’s captain drove slowly toward shore. Half an hour later, they released the deer near shore.

• 2010: Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest water control and utilization project, announced its water levels had reached full capacity.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Howl at The Moon Night

• National Day of The Deployed

• Pumpkin Day

UPCOMING

• October 26: Full release of Kennedy assassination papers
• October 27: Pre-order the iPhone X
• October 27: Stranger Things Season 2
• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1,000: Hours of video collected each day by body cams worn by police in Washington, DC.


NEWS ATTACK!

Since 1988 Queen Elizabeth’s stable of racehorses have taken home nearly $9 million in prize money. The horses have won 451 races. [But the queen is looking for a new talented young jockey because, as she announced, due to age, this is the last year that she will personally ride the horses.]

Fees are likely to double at the country’s most popular national parks. [Well, times are very expensive and Smokey the Bears has several cubs in college.]

The new U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa was counseled about not being culturally sensitive and making insulting remarks at an event he attended on Samoa. [He asked his hosts, “What’s for dinner? I hope it’s not me.”]

The prince who’s heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia said that he’s moving the country toward a more moderate policy that welcomes cultures from the outside world. [That explains the prince new women’s roller derby league.]

Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled that a London casino doesn’t have to pay a gambler the $10 million he won because he cheated. [Picky, picky, picky.]

New Zealand’s National Party has been ordered to pay $415,000 plus interest for ripping off an Eminem song for a political commercial. [After the judge made his ruling he dropped the mike.]

Police were called to a wedding reception in Florida after a woman crashed the event and started a fight that included the bridesmaids. [If this sort of thing happened all the time, women wouldn’t have such a hard time getting men to go to weddings.]

A Utah burglary suspect on the run from police had to call 911 for help after he hid himself in a vacant church’s old boiler room and couldn’t open the door to get out. [In other words, he called the police to get him out of a locked room so that they could transport him to another locked room.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WOMAN FINDS HERSELF ONLY PASSENGER ON FLIGHT TO GREECE _ Karon Grieve had not just the seat next to her empty on her trip from Glasgow to the Greek island of Crete — and not even just both seats next to her. Every other seat on the plane was empty, meaning there were 188 empty seats. When Grieve checked in for the flight and asked how many people were scheduled to be on board, a staffer at the desk told her there would be just three. But the other two would-be passengers never showed up, leaving Grieve with what she calls a “surreal” experience on her $61 flight.

… Grieve says the plane’s captain “came and sat beside me while the first officer did all the flight checks” and then said “Hi there, Karon” from the cockpit every time she made an announcement. When the flight landed, Grieve’s baggage was handed to her rather than sent to the baggage carousel.

MOM SAYS STOP ASKING PEOPLE WHEN THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE KIDS _ Adele Barbaro is the mom behind the blog Real Mumma. She is known for her raw and honest views when it comes to the subject of parenthood, and one of her most recent posts certainly backs that up. In the post Adele appears in a selfie holding up a sign that simply reads “Stop asking couples when they are having kids!” Adele and her husband have two kids now, but recalls the things people would say when they were still childless. She also admits to being occasionally nasty when the question was asked. One day she responded by saying, “It’s not that [bleeping] easy, you know.”

… Adele also goes off of the people who offer  words of “comfort” that she hadn’t asked for, like “You’re not going to be young forever.”

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS GAME HAS BEEN GOING FOR 35 YEARS _ A guy in London, Ontario, says he’s been playing the same game of Dungeons & Dragons since he was 14 — that was 35 years ago. Based out of Robert Wardhaugh’s basement, people from all around the country gather each week to join in the decades-long campaign. And with over 20,000 figurines and dozens of terrains, Wardhaugh keeps the game fresh and exciting, adding to the everlasting adventure. • VIDEO

NEW HOTEL IS COMING TO DISNEYLAND RESORT _ It has been almost two decades since the Disneyland Resort has had a brand new Four Diamond hotel open on their property, but that is all about to change. It was announced on Wednesday afternoon that a 700-room hotel is going to open on the west end of the Downtown Disney District in 2021, and it is set to transform that entire area and open a new gateway into the resort. On Wednesday, the Disney Parks Blog announced the big news that a new resort would be joining the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, and Grand Californian.

SWEETS ON HALLOWEEN DO NOT AFFECT A CHILD’S LONG-TERM HEALTH _ Good news, kids: Eating candy instead of raisins on Halloween does not make a difference to a child’s long-term health. A University of Auckland health education lecturer (Darren Powell) says while eating and food choice discussions have become a “minefield,” “Children have already got enough worries and concerns” and parents should, for Halloween, let them be kids and have some candy. He says, “It doesn’t make a difference to a child’s long-term health to give sweets on Halloween…”

A GEORGE H.W. BUSH SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION _ Earlier this week, actress Heather Lind said in a now-deleted Instagram post that former president George H.W. Bush had sexually assaulted her: “He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again.” That is not the end of things. Jordana Grolnick, a New York actress, has a story to tell that doesn’t sound very different at all.

… In a statement, a Bush spokesperson said Wednesday: “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”

NPS WANTS TO CHARGE MORE FOR VISITS TO PARKS _ Most national parks are free to enjoy, but some of the most popular destinations overseen by the National Park Service charge entrance fees of around $25 to $30 for a full vehicle. On Wednesday the Trump administration announced a proposal to more than double some of those fees for visitors during peak seasons. The White House contends that these increased fees are necessary to pay for maintenance that the park system has deferred for too long.

… Raising fees for 17 of the most-visited parks would mean that the NPS would collect an additional estimated $70 million per year, with at least 80% of that sum required to be spent on the park where it is collected. Less than one-third of all national parks charge admission fees, and annual passes would still be available individual parks and for all federal lands for just a bit more than it would cost to enter a park with one passenger vehicle.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE JFK ASSASSINATION FILES _ Today (Thursday) the National Archives are expected to release thousands of files containing tens or hundreds of thousands of unredacted documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Donald Trump, who has the power to postpone the release of any of the documents for military, intelligence, law enforcement, or diplomatic reasons, has said that he will allow them to be released on schedule. Here’s what you need to know.

… The Files Are Required To Be Released By A 1992 Law: After Oliver Stone released his conspiracy-theory-inspired film “JFK” in 1991, Congress passed a law requiring the National Archives to release all government documents related to the Kennedy assassination by October 26, 2017. Over the years, the National Archives has released most of the documents, either in full or partially redacted. But one final batch remains, and only the president has the authority to extend the papers’ secrecy past the deadline.

… Trump Is Reportedly Under Pressure From The CIA To Block Part Of The Release: A congressional official who has been closely monitoring the issue, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump had been under pressure from the CIA to block the release of some of the assassination documents on national security grounds, possibly to protect CIA tradecraft and the identity of agency informants who might still be alive.

… Trump Tweeted — With A Caveat — That He Will Release The Files: On Sunday, Trump announced on Twitter that he will not block the release of the files “subject to the receipt of further information.”

… The Files Are Not Expected To Contain Any Bombshells: JFK assassination experts say that the files probably don’t contain any information that will challenge the consensus conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing JFK. However, they might contain information about a trip to Mexico that Oswald took not long before the assassination. Many [of the files] are known to involve a mysterious chapter in the history of the assassination — a six-day trip that JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald paid to Mexico City several weeks before the president’s murder, in which Oswald met with Cuban and Soviet spies and came under intensive surveillance by the CIA’s Mexico City station. Previously released FBI documents suggest that Oswald spoke openly in Mexico about his intention to kill Kennedy.

SEARS BRINGS BACK HOLIDAY “WISH BOOK” _ Sears might be selling off brands, taking loans and ending relationships with long-standing partners, but that doesn’t mean it’s giving up just yet. In an apparent effort to strike a nostalgic chord with customers who remember flipping through the Sears catalog and flagging the things they wanted as gifts, the struggling department store chain is resurrecting its once-popular holiday Wish Book.

… The Wish Book — which launched in 1933 and was scrapped in 2011 — makes its return in both physical and digital form with 120 pages of what Sears deems “top quality” products. The company says that it decided to bring back the catalog because customers apparently wanted it.

… The online version of the book allows customers to hover over photos to see product details, create wish lists, and access continually updated prices. You know, like Amazon.com. While the online catalog is already available, Sears says that its “best members” will receive a limited edition printed 2017 Wish Book.

COPS CALLED AFTER SHOPPER ACCIDENTALLY SWIPES BABY _ An absent-minded shopper at a Maine grocery store took somebody else’s cart with a sleeping baby inside, causing a lockdown and a police investigation. Portland police say the shopper was mortified when he realized his mistake but didn’t bother to alert anyone. Instead, the shopper left the cart in another part of the store and retrieved his own cart. Police say store video backs up his claim. Police determined the conduct didn’t warrant criminal charges. The baby was restrained in a car seat and slept through the entire scare.

SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH _ A new Gallup poll finds the highest level of public support for marijuana legalization since the organization first posed the question almost five decades ago. In the survey released Wednesday, 64 percent of Americans favor making marijuana legal ― up four percentage points from last year and 52 points from 1969, when Gallup began taking the public pulse on the issue.

… In another first for the poll, a majority of Republicans ― 51 percent ― back legalizing marijuana, an increase of nine percentage points from the 2016 survey. Majorities of Democrats and independents have supported legalization since 2008 and 2010, respectively.

WOMAN WHO MARRIED HERSELF HAD AN ‘AFFAIR’ _  ( AUDIO)  A woman in the UK who married herself in 2015 says she’s since cheated on herself. Sophie Tanner says marrying yourself doesn’t necessarily exclude someone from being intimate with another person again, but instead is just a means of rejecting bad relationships. Tanner says, “Self-marriage is about self-love. It’s saying that self-compassion and self-care is as important as romantic relationships. It doesn’t mean you’re rejecting all other meaningful relationships in your life and becoming a nun forever more. It means you’re rejecting bad relationships. If only there was more self-love in the world, we wouldn’t need ceremonies like this.”

COP CELEBRATES CHILD’S BIRTHDAY AFTER CHILD IS LEFT AT SCHOOL _ A Green Bay, Wisconsin, police officer brought a little light to a boy in a tough situation. Officer Darryl Robinson was called to a local elementary school. He was there to help a child who was not picked up at the end of the day. The child’s parents were both in jail and the school had no other contacts for the child. It was also the child’s birthday. So, as police tracked down someone to care for the child, Officer Robinson treated him to McDonald’s and gave him a ride in his cruiser. • LINK

YOUNG FAN SENDS £5 TO SOCCER PLAYER WHO SCORED GOAL _ What do you do when you find a fiver but your dad has always told you to “not keep what is not ours”? You send it to your favorite soccer player instead. That’s what a young soccer fan in the UK did when he made the discovery at the soccer stadium. The 9-year-old sent the £5 note as a reward for playing well and scoring.

MISSISSIPPI TO RESUME TEACHING TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD _ A Mississippi school district will resume teaching To Kill A Mockingbird after the book was pulled from a junior high reading list. Biloxi School District administrators removed the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum earlier this month after the district received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.” School officials say they’ll begin teaching it again in class starting Monday. Students have to ask to participate and return a permission slip signed by a parent.

… The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee deals with racial inequality in a small Alabama town.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MOST-GOOGLED AILMENTS REVEAL WHY AMERICA’S CALLING IN SICK _ A new study showing which US cities search for which health conditions most will make you feel sorry for Columbus, Ohio. Researchers (at Sunbelt Staffing, a health care recruitment company) recently examined data revealing which health conditions were most-searched on Google by computer users in different US cities and states.

… Americans search for medical conditions like depression, eczema and anxiety up to 10 times a minute on Google.

… Depression leads the pack, with 450,000 average monthly searches. And the same city tops the list for searches on depression and its frequent companion, stress: Columbus, Ohio.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TAPES FISH TO ATM TO GET A LITTLE HELP FIXING IT _ There’s no arguing that our culture is one of convenience. From cars to smartphones, thousands of produced are constantly being refined to make them easier to use. And when it comes to our money, we want zero glitches. One Australian was so frustrated with his ATM he taped a real fish to the machine. He shared a photo on Facebook with the caption: “Hey COMMONWEATH bank, how about you SERVICE your [freaking] ATMs … I have more fish and tape … FIX THEM NOW.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED 91-YEAR-OLD CONFRONTS INTRUDER _  ( AUDIO)  A Massachusetts couple said their dog helped stop an intruder who had broken into their house. 91-year-old Patricia Mulkeen said she knew something was wrong when Pepper the dog woke her up by barking. Mulkeen said she grabbed a flashlight to look around, thinking Pepper may have seen a raccoon outside. As Mulkeen walked into the dining room, she found a man standing there.

… Mulkeen’s husband said the intruder was probably surprised to see his wife: “My wife at 91 years old gets out of bed and she’s stark naked. And here’s this young guy in his 20’s looking at a naked 91-year-old woman. That’d be enough to make him faint; it’s a shock.” The intruder said, “Sorry, ma’am” to Mulkeen and immediately left her house. Her husband then called police and officers arrested the intruder nearby.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JAPAN POLICE UNMASK 74-YEAR-OLD ‘NINJA’ BURGLAR _ Japanese police have finally nabbed a nimble “ninja” thief who dressed in black and scrambled over walls to commit scores of break-ins over an eight-year career. They were astonished to find the ninja burglar is 74 years old. The thief made a mistake when part of his disguise slipped and his identity was revealed on camera.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE BACKS OFF PLAN TO CALL BABY LUCIFER _ A baby in Germany won’t be named Lucifer. A registrar in the city of Kassel suspected the name could endanger the child’s well-being. The parents were persuaded to change their plan during a closed-door hearing at the local court and decided to call their son Lucian instead. That saved the court from having to decide whether Lucifer was acceptable.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HIDING FROM COPS CALLS FOR HELP _ A Utah man who was hiding from police and fled arrest had to call 911 to be rescued after getting stuck in his hiding spot. Salt Lake City police say the 46-year-old called 911 more than six hours after he accidentally locked himself in a church’s boiler room.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY GETS DRUNK AT WALMART _ A Wisconsin man told police he couldn’t help himself when he took seven bottles of a spiked lemonade drink from the shelf at a Walmart and drank them in the liquor aisle. He’d been shopping with his wife, who was not aware of what he was doing. Security video caught the man drinking the 12-ounce bottles over a 15-minute period. He placed the empty bottles back on the shelf.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWO STRIKES AND THEY WERE OUT _ In Sweden two guys, armed with a handgun and a crowbar, attempted to rob a bank. Unfortunately, they failed to read the sign on the front door stating that this was a “cashless” bank and there was no cash on the premises. Undaunted, they left and headed to a nearby grocery store but were foiled by a quick thinking employee who saw them coming and locked the doors before they could get inside. The same employee also got the license plate number of their car as they attempted to escape.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUSTED FOR TAKING JELLY BEANS _ A Florida man was charged with petty theft after being caught on a surveillance camera taking jelly beans out of a bin and eating them before he got to the cash register. A deputy, who was working an off-duty detail, confronted the suspect after he had paid for the rest of his groceries and asked him if the candy was good. “Yes,” the suspect replied. The deputy told a manager that the suspect had taken about 10 of the candies. The man denied taking more than two. He added that he’d been shopping at the store for 30 years and that he was just trying the candy to see if he wanted to buy it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WET POT _ Police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, arrested a man who tried to dry out his marijuana in the microwave of a convenience store. The man stopped at the convenience store, completely ignored the police car parked outside, put a big bag of pot in the oven and hit ‘Start’.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BAD BURGLAR CAUGHT BY CLOSET _ In Los Angeles a burglar broke into a duplex. Unfortunately, things went bad as soon as he got inside. First, the people who lived there were home at the time. He tried to run out, but picked the wrong door and ended up in a closet. When he finally made his way downstairs and found the front door to make his exit, the police were there, responding to the 911 call from the owners.


ON TELEVISION

NFL THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF (8p ET, CBS) — James Brown hosts this pre-game show with analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. Events leading up to Megan’s kidnapping are revealed in a flashback.

SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — New. A dead body is discovered in the store on Halloween, causing panic.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New. Gordon and Bullock hunt a serial killer who has been dressing victims with pig heads.

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New. Sam helps Jack learn how to control his powers.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:25p ET, CBS) — The Miami Dolphins are in Baltimore to take on the Ravens.

THE GOOD PLACE (8:30p ET, NBC) — New. The neighborhood experiences a small glitch.

SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — New. Mellie prepares for the upcoming Nuclear Summit.

WILL & GRACE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Grace (Debra Messing) gets a job decorating a string of boutique hotels for an obnoxious mogul (guest star Max Greenfield, New Girl).

THE ORVILLE (9p ET, FOX) — New. Ed sends a team to find missing anthropologists on a planet similar to 21st-century Earth.

ARROW (9p ET, CW) — New. A rogue team led by Onyx breaks into Kord Industries and steals something lethal.

PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — New. The designers create looks inspired by women who battled breast cancer.

GREAT NEWS (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. Katie tries to impress her friends by going to a hip Halloween party.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — New. Casey and Severide are at odds over how to save a teenager entangled in barbed wire.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. Bonnie goes to surprising lengths to get answers about Annalise’s big case.


ENTERTAINMENT

MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR BOXING MATCH SOLD 6.7 MILLION PPVs _ UFC President Dana White was recently in New York to promote Saturday’s UFC 217 pay-per-view. Once White finished speaking about the three title fights at the top of that card, he spent some time talking about the promotion’s biggest star, Conor McGregor. More specifically, he looked back on the financial success of McGregor’s August boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. White said, “We broke the (pay-per-view buy) record. The thing ended up doing 6.7 million pay-per-view buys globally.”

… The number White spoke about is much higher than the number a Showtime executive told USA Today shortly after the fight took place. According to Showtime the event sold in the “mid to high” four million range in the U.S. and Canada. However, White says the 6.7 million number he gives is “globally”.

IT’LL BE A BOY FOR KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN _ Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are going to be parents to a son. The reality star and her NBA beau — who have been dating since September 2016 — will welcome a baby boy together early next year. This will be Kardashian’s first child. Thompson has a 10-month-old son named Prince Oliver from a previous relationship.

IT’LL BE A BOY FOR JESSICA ALBA _ Jessica Alba is having a boy. The actress and Honest Company co-founder announced Wednesday that she and husband Cash Warren will be welcoming their first son. The couple is already parents to daughters Haven Garner, age 6, and Honor Marie, age 9.

HULK HOGAN IS CONSIDERING CUTTING OFF ALL HIS HAIR _ Hulk Hogan has revealed that he is strongly considering cutting off all of his hair. At 64, Hogan is apparently focused on taking care of his beach shop in Tampa instead of keeping up with his character on television.

KIT HARINGTON SAYS GAME OF THRONES PILOT DIDN’T LOOK RIGHT _ Kit Harington’s first go as Jon Snow didn’t quite work out. In a new interview (with the UK’s Guardian) the actor explained that the original pilot that he shot for the HBO series Game of Thrones didn’t quite get the look and feel of Westeros right the first time. Harington says the show’s creators “made a lot of mistakes. It didn’t look right, didn’t feel right, had nothing different about it.”

… Harington’s character, Jon Snow, for instance, wore a wig and was clean-shaven for the part, a vast departure from the more rugged appearance that GoT fans are now familiar with. As it turned out, the original pilot fell flat, and so the show’s creators tried a different approach their second go-round, this time giving the entire series and its characters a grittier look more fitting to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. To this day, Harington added, not many people have seen the original pilot — not even himself.

ELLEN DEGENERES UNDER FIRE FOR KATY PERRY BREAST-OGLING TWEET _ Did Ellen DeGeneres make a boob of herself on social media Wednesday? The TV host came under fire after wishing singer Katy Perry a happy birthday — by tweeting a photo of herself staring at Perry’s breasts. The tweet came under fire from some critics who seemed to believe that it constituted a double standard.

… Piers Morgan tweeted: “If a man made this joke, Ellen would lead the cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’” And Michael Rapaport tweeted: “Imagine if Cam Newton or any other Man sent out this tweet & photo. If a DUDE said this the World would stop.”

… Wrote another critic, “Ellen DeGeneres sexually harasses Katy Perry. Wonder how she interviews female employees?”

ACTRESS ACCUSES VAL KILMER OF PHYSICALLY ASSAULTING HER _ Actress Caitlin O’Heaney claims Val Kilmer hit her during an audition for his 1991 film The Doors. O’Heaney detailed the alleged incident to Buzzfeed, saying that she was inspired to come forward by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. She also claims she is breaking a nondisclosure agreement by speaking out. She told the website, “I finally have the confidence to speak about this. It’s too long that I’ve sat on this story.”

… O’Heaney alleged that she and Kilmer were arguing while reading a scene for the Oliver Stone movie, and that he struck her in the face. “When I got to the room and Val Kilmer picked me up and shaked me, throwing me down to the floor, Stone just stood there the whole time laughing.” After the incident, she said, “I went down to my car and I cried for about 20 minutes.” The film’s casting director, Risa Bramon Garcia, reportedly disagrees with O’Heaney’s account of the audition. Bramon Garcia told Buzzfeed that O’Heaney and all other actresses were warned that they would be reading a volatile scene that could result in physical contact.

BAD BOYS SPINOFF SERIES STARRING GABRIELLE UNION _ Add Bad Boys to the list of movies which may see a resurgence on TV as a spinoff series. This one could feature Gabrielle Union’s character from the cop dramedy. Union made her debut in Bad Boys II, the 2003 sequel to the original Will Smith-Martin Lawrence buddy cop action comedy which released in 1995.

… The timing of a new TV series works for Union, who is coming off a four-season run on her own series, Being Mary Jane, which will end in 2018 on BET with a two-hour sendoff movie.

REGAL CINEMAS TO TEST CHARGING MORE FOR BLOCKBUSTERS _ Regal Entertainment Group plans to experiment with its own form of Uber-like “surge pricing”. The company’s CEO said this week the chain “expect[s] to conduct a ticket pricing test in several markets in early 2018”. She outlined a pricing model that charges more for blockbuster movies during peak periods and charging less for duds.


AUDIO

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SHE MARRIED HERSELF: A woman who married herself cheated by dating a guy, but says that’s OK.  →   October 26 News & Nuggets

NAKED 91-YEAR-OLD: 91-year-old in Mass was naked when she confronted intruder.  →  October 26 Wacky-But-True

DROP: Let the carnage begin.

DOG BRAINS: In life, there are many questions that have yet to be answered. And then there are universal facts that are backed up by science, which we must accept. One blogger decided to address one of these facts in her own colorful way. The question of the day? Whether or not dogs have brains. The blogger goes on a rant about how she doesn’t believe that dogs have brains — because they cannot talk to us.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

WEIRD THINGS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GOOGLING

Some of the weird things people have been googling lately, according to the search company:

• Is it healthy to drink your own urine?

• Are there people who are attracted sexually to Pokemon?

• Does your virginity grow back?

• What’s a boyfriend and where can I download one?

• Can Jesus microwave a burrito?

• Why isn’t 11 prounced “onety one”?

WAYS TO CONFUSE TRICK-OR-TREATERS

• Get about 30 people to wait in your living room. When trick-or-treaters come to the door, say, “Come in.” When they do, have everyone yell, “Surprise!”

• Get everyone who comes to the door to come in and see if they can figure out what’s wrong with your dishwasher. Insist that it makes an unnatural “whirring” sound.

• After you give them candy, hand the trick-or-treaters a bill.

• When you answer the door, hold up one candy bar, throw it out into the street, and yell, “Crawl for it!”

• Insist that the trick-or-treaters each do ten push-ups before you give them any candy.

• Hand out menus to the trick-or-treaters and let them order their candy. Keep asking if anyone wants to see the wine list.

• Get a catapult. Sit on your porch and catapult pumpkins at anyone who comes within 50 yards.

• Answer the door dressed as a pilgrim. Stare at the trick-or-treaters for a moment, pretend to be confused, and start flipping through a calendar.

• Instead of candy, give away colored eggs. If anyone protests, explain that the eggs are the only thing you had left over from Easter.

• Answer the door dressed as a dentist and give the trick or-treaters a lecture on tooth decay.

• Answer the door with a mouthful of M&M’s and several half-eaten candy bars in your hands. Act surprised, and close the door. Open it again in a few seconds, and insist that you don’t have any candy.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: When putting on our socks, 90% of us do what? (Put the left sock on first.)

SOLVE THE MYSTERY

Teddy was found dead in his study by Wally. Wally explained his discovery to police: “I was walking by Teddy’s house when I thought I would just pop in for a visit. I noticed his study light was on and I decided to peek in from the outside to see if he was in there. There was frost on the window, so I had to wipe it away to see inside. That is when I saw his body. So I kicked in the front door to confirm my suspicions of foul play. I called the police immediately afterward.” The officer immediately arrested Wally for the murder of Teddy.  How did he know Wally was lying?

Answer: Frost forms on the inside of the window, not the outside. Wally could not have wiped it off to discover Teddy’s body.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Redneck floor jack.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

PHONER: Is it OK for parents to drive into other neighborhoods and drop off the kids for trick-or-treating?


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 26, 2017

• 1936: ROY ACUFF conducted his first recording session.

• 1969: WAYLON JENNINGS and JESSI COLTER were married in Phoenix.

• 1988: WAYLON JENNINGS was hospitalized in California following a concert due to chest pains.

• 1992: COLLIN RAYE made his acting debut on the FOX series Street Justice.

• 2000: Capitol Records held a party celebrating GARTH BROOKS’ 100 million albums sold.

• 2002: THE STATLER BROTHERS gave their final concert in Salem, Virginia.

• 2004: MARTINA MCBRIDE sang the National Anthem prior to Game 3 of the World series in St. Louis. The next night, the Boston Red Sox won game four to clinch their first World Series title in 86 years.

• 2005: DOLLY PARTON’s album Those Were The Days became her 25th album to chart on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

• 2006: REBA McENTIRE was celebrated in the first CMT Giants concert at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre. Participants include BROOKS & DUNN, FAITH HILL, TRISHA YEARWOOD, WYNONNA, MARTINA MCBRIDE, BARBARA MANDRELL, DOLLY PARTON, JENNIFER NETTLES and LEANN RIMES.

• 2015: CARRIE UNDERWOOD graced the cover of the new People magazine.

KEITH URBAN is 50.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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• BRAD PAISLEY performs the national anthem before Game 2 of the World Series.

• On Tuesday’s The Voice Natalie Stovall faced off against fellow Team Blake member Adam Cunningham while performing LITTLE BIG TOWN’s Boondocks, before Stovall was eliminated.

• MADDIE AND TAE’s Maddie is in to couponing.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

( AUDIO)  BRAD PAISLEY was at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles last night (Tuesday) to sing the national anthem prior to Game 2 of the World Series.

GEORGE STRAIT, CHRIS STAPLETON, LITTLE BIG TOWN, KACEY MUSGRAVES and MIDLAND will perform as part of the 2018 Bayou Country Superfest next May in New Orleans.

DOLLY PARTON will appear on the Dr. Oz Show today (Thursday) talking about a variety of topics, including her struggles with kidney stones. The segment will also include footage of Dolly’s recent visit to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

TRACE ADKINS is sporting a new look after cutting his long hair. He posted an Instagram video of himself wandering through Home Depot sporting a ball cap with no long locks coming out.

LADY ANTEBELLUM has composed an original song, Chop To The Top, for the SpongeBob Square Pants Broadway production beginning this fall.

LUKE BRYAN and wife Caroline will be spending their 11th wedding anniversary in New York, because that’s where Luke will be to promote the release of his sixth album, What Makes You Country, which comes out December 8, the same day the two exchanged vows eleven years ago.

REBA McENTIRE’s former Nashville estate has been purchased by a Tennessee businessman. The 18 acres includes a 12,000-plus square foot home with eight car garage, tennis court, pool, movie theater and more. Deron Lichte plans to use the venue for events like wedding receptions, songwriter retreats, family reunions and more.

SHANIA TWAIN wrote all 12 songs on her latest album, Now, by herself for the first time and says when she’s writing, she isolates herself from everyone because she doesn’t want anyone to hear her creative process. On the road, that likely means finding a walk-in closet, but at home her go to place is in the bathroom because it’s the most quiet.


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 27, 2017

This is day 300 of 2017. There are 65 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• John Cleese is 78

• Director Ivan Reitman is 71

• Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 59

• Marla Maples is 54

• Kelly Osbourne is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1938: Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: nylon.

• 1997: The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

• 2004: The Boston Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 4.

• 2004: A theater in Hamburg, Germany, began offering live commercials for anything from soap to beer to kitchen appliances performed by actors before and after performances.

• 2006: On Long Island, New York, Patrick Conaway donned a ski mask and attempted to hold up a gas station. He made the mistake of not trying the mask on before pulling the heist, and in the middle of the crime he got so frustrated at not being able to see that he pulled the mask up to get a better view. Unfortunately, he also gave the clerk a better view. The clerk recognized him as a former employee of the store.

• 2007: Officials put online a 16 billion pixel image of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”. The high resolution allowed experts to examine details of the 15th century wall painting that they otherwise could not — including traces of drawings Leonardo put down before painting.

• 2014: Walmart said it was sorry for labeling women’s plus-sized Halloween costumes as ‘Fat Girl Costumes’ on its website.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cranky Co-workers Day

• Frankenstein Friday, recognizing author Mary Shelly, the novel Frankenstein, her characters, Dr. Frankenstein and the monster.

• Bread Sticks Day

• Navy Day

• Black Cat Day

• Potato Day

• American Beer Day

UPCOMING

• October 27: Pre-order the iPhone X
• October 27: Stranger Things Season 2
• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

• Joan Plowright is 88. Country musician Charlie Daniels is 81. Dennis Franz is 73. Wayne Fontana is 72. Caitlyn Jenner is 68. Annie Potts is 65. Bill Gates is 62. Daphne Zuniga is 55. Lauren Holly is 54. Jami Gertz is 52. Andy Richter is 51. Julia Roberts is 50. Ben Harper is 48. Country singer Brad Paisley is 45. Joaquin Phoenix is 43. Justin Guarini is 39. Frank Ocean is 30. Nolan Gould is 19.

• Champagne Day. Make A Difference Day. National Chocolate Day. St. Jude’s Day. Hug a Sheep Day.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

• Melba Moore is 72. Richard Dreyfuss is 70. Kate Jackson is 69. Dan Castellaneta is 60. Joely Fisher is 50. Winona Ryder is 46. Gabrielle Union is 45.

• Internet Day. National Cat Day. Visit A Cemetery Day. Oatmeal Day.


INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 25, 2017

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 25, 2017

This is day 298 of 2017. There are 67 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Marion Ross (Happy Days) is 89

• Former basketball coach Bobby Knight is 77

• Helen Reddy is 76

• Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons) is 60

• Michael Boatman (The Good Wife) is 53

• Samantha Bee (Full Frontal, The Daily Show) is 48

• Craig Robinson (Darryl on The Office) is 46

• Katy Perry is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1938: The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced Swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”, warning that it leads down a “primrose path to hell”.

• 1970: The wreck of Confederate submarine Hunley was found off Charleston, South Carolina, by underwater archaeologist Dr. E. Lee Spence. Hunley was the first submarine to sink a ship in warfare.

• 1982: The TV show Newhart debuted. It starred Bob Newhart as Dick Loudon. Also on the show: three lovable brothers named Larry, Darryl and Darryl.

•  2001: Windows XP was released.

•  1998: A Danish man said goodbye to his 86-year-old father by taking his corpse for a motorcycle ride and stopping at a bar for a beer and a cigar. Flemming Pedersen asked to be left alone with his dad, dressed the corpse in leather, a helmet, boots, and dark glasses, strapped it to his Harley-Davidson, and rode around Copenhagen for three hours to his father’s favorite places. He said he felt good about the ride.

•  1999: Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota. Stewart was 42.

•  2002: The Utah State Court of Appeals dismissed Robert Paul Rice’s claims that the Utah State Prison was violating his right to practice his religion by failing to provide him with a “vampire” diet. The so-called vampire diet apparently would have involved a conjugal visit from a “vampress.”

•  2007: According to a British paper, human branding had become the latest twisted fashion trend for young professionals who regard straightforward tattoos and piercings as passe. They were happily paying up to $140 to have red-hot metal brands or cauterizing pens, which burn at more than 1,800 degrees, permanently scar their skin with a design.

• 2010: Sony took its original cassette Walkman off the market.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Chucky The Notorious Killer Doll Day

• International Artists Day

• Sourest Day, for fans of sour foods

• World Pasta Day

• Punk for a Day Day

• Greasy Food Day

UPCOMING

• October 26: Full release of Kennedy assassination papers
• October 27: Pre-order the iPhone X
• October 27: Stranger Things Season 2
• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

7.5: Calories in each kernel of candy corn.


NEWS ATTACK!

The World Series started last night (Tuesday) in Los Angeles and boy, was it hot. [Players substituted their sunflower seeds for ice cubes.]

Critics are calling for an investigation into why Scott Pruitt, the head of the EPA, warrants a huge 30-person security team at a cost of $2 million a year. [It’s probably has to do with all the death threats he’s gotten after he okayed coal-fired daycare centers.]

The dogs of an Iditarod champ have tested positive for pain-killers. [If I had to pull a sled at top speed in the cold for days on end, I’d test positive for more than pain-killers.]

A group of men in Australia swam to a crocodile trap and got inside with the bait. [That’s how stupid people die — then they aggravate everyone else with their six-block-long funeral procession.]

According to a new study, massive floods that used to hit New York City only once every 500 years could start occurring every 5 years. [That explains why the new taxicabs have outboard motors.]

Kim Cattrall said in a new interview that she and her fellow cast members of Sex and the City were never friends. [And I seriously doubt the interview is going to change things.]

A fired Nickelodeon producer apologized for sexually harassing female coworkers. [It’s sad when a woman can’t even work at a kids TV network without being slimed.]

A former Canadian TV sports anchor was arrested for robbing two banks in two days. [In the criminal sports world that’s called a doubleheader.]

Scientists have engineered pigs with low body fat. [“No chicken and fish for me. My doctor has me on a strict bacon-only diet.”]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SONY REPORTEDLY ANNOUNCING NEW ROBOT DOG NEXT MONTH _ Sony is planning next spring to roll out a dog-shaped pet robot similar to its discontinued Aibo with updated components that could allow it to control home appliances. Wall Street Journal reports Sony is preparing for a media event in November to show off the product. Last year Sony’s CEO said that the company was developing “a robot capable of forming an emotional bond with customers, and able to grow to inspire love and affection.”

JUDGE WROTE AN EVICTION NOTICE FOR MOM’S OVERDUE BABY _ If you’ve never experienced the agony that is being pregnant and past your due date, you should count yourself lucky. There’s the extreme discomfort, the nervousness, and the strong desire to finally, finally see your baby. Those feelings can lead to some extreme actions, like getting a judge to issue an eviction notice for your overdue baby. Kaylee Bays was expecting her third child when she went into labor last week. Unfortunately, her labor stalled and she was sent home by the hospital. The next day, tired and eager to bring her baby into the world, she went back to her job as a judicial assistant at the Fourth District Court in Utah and jokingly asked Judge Lynn Davis to draft up an eviction notice for her unborn child. Surprisingly, the eviction notice worked! A little less than 12 hours after the notice was signed and officiated, Kaylee’s daughter, Gretsel, was born.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Moms, when you were past your due date what did you do that made you go into labor?

A CAFE IS SEARCHING FOR SOMEONE TO EAT AVOCADOS ALL DAY _ If you’ve ever dreamt of swapping your commute to become a professional avocado taster, you could be in luck. The avocado is set to be the main attraction at the world’s first avocado café opening in Sydney, Australia, next week. The Head of Avo Control (yes, that is a real job) will have the task of taste-testing 20 avocado options on the menu. The job description reads: “The Head of Avo Control will also be an avocado “avocate” willing to snap, gram, tweet and FB your avo experience…”

Thought it was too good to be true? You’re probably right. It’s an unpaid gig — the person who gets the job will just be able to eat for free and get their avo fix for the entire month the pop-up is open.

SAUDI ARABIA WILL BUILD $500B MEGA-CITY 33 TIMES THE SIZE OF NYC _ Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter, but falling oil prices have made it more difficult for the country to pay its oil workers. Now the Saudi Arabian government has come up with a project that could give its economy a boost: a $500 billion mega-city that will connect to Jordan and Egypt and be powered completely by renewable energy. The business and industrial-focused city will span 10,230 square miles. To put that size in perspective, 10,230 square miles is more than 33 times the land area of New York City.

TRAIN BLOCKS MICHIGAN RAILROAD CROSSING FOR NINE HOURS _ Commuters in a Detroit-area city faced an unexpected detour the other day when a train blocked a railroad crossing for nine hours. The city manager of Plymouth, Michigan, called the train’s owner, CSX, who told him the situation should be resolved in a week to 10 days. But they didn’t tell the city what the situation is.

REPORTER HELPS NEW COP PROPOSE TO GIRLFRIEND LIVE ON AIR _ Phillip Santana had just been sworn into the NYPD as a new police officer. His girlfriend Jennifer waited to congratulate him. After meeting and congratulating him, Jennifer joined Phillip when he was being interviewed by a reporter with a TV station about graduating police academy. Little did Jennifer know, the reporter and Phillip had joined forces for a very special surprise. While asking him about his new role as a police officer, the reporter asked Phillip to spell out his name and that of his fiancée. Of course, both Phillip and Jennifer were taken aback; she was his girlfriend, not his fiancée. “Fianceé?” Phillip asked, turning to Jennifer… and then to the officer next to him. Then Phillip turned back around with an engagement ring box in his hand. Live, on TV, he proposed and she said yes.

LISTEN TO TUNES WHILE YOU WORK OUT _ People who listen to tunes while exercising put more “umph” into their workout. A study finds music is a mood-enhancer, distractor, and makes you more likely to push yourself.

RAMEN FORK WILL PLAY NOISES TO COVER UP YOUR GROSS SLURPING _ A new invention out of Japan is taking on the problem of “noodle harassment,” which basically involves the rather unpleasant slurping sound that accompanies eating ramen. Japanese company Nissin, makers of the Cup Noodle, has invented the Otohiko — a tech-enhanced fork that will detect slurping noises and camouflage them with other sounds. The tech-enhanced fork can detect multiple types of slurping sounds. When the fork hears you engaging in noodle harassment, it will connect to an app on your smartphone and direct it to play customizable sounds to cover up your shame.

COUPLES IN THESE STATES ARGUE LESS THAN REST OF U.S. _ A new study (by Mattress Clarity) says couples in Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and West Virginia fight the least. — nine times a month. The national average is 19 times. Hawaii couples fight the most — 47 times per month.

… The study also found that the average couple in the U.S. spends the night in separate beds 5.5 times per month.

Find the rest of the map here.

BAD WEATHER MIGHT MAKE US BAD DRIVERS _ A study has found bad weather may make drivers more hostile. On cloudy days, people are more likely to feel angry and irritable behind the wheel than on sunny days.

PRINCE HARRY REVEALS HE’S NEVER TOASTED A MARSHMALLOW _ Prince Harry hung out with a group of teens at a U.K. nature reserve on Monday and revealed a personal tidbit that left many baffled. Prince Harry told the kids: “I’ve never toasted marshmallows over a campfire. They’re too sweet for me.” To his credit, the former military man says he’s “made campfires and slept under the stars more than I’ve slept in a bed.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What food has everyone but you eaten?

COUPLE CROWDFUNDING FOR WHISKEY-BASED DEODORANT _ A Colorado (Loveland) has launched a Kickstarter for a deodorant called Pit Liquor — all-organic spray deodorant using whiskey and essential oils. Jason and Erica Feucht are looking to raise $12,000. • LINK

WE’RE NOT LIVING IN A COMPUTER SIMULATION _ If you love the Matrix movies and often think you’re living in a computer simulations, you can relax. A team of theoretical physicists from Oxford University in the UK have shown that life and reality cannot be simulations generated by a massive extraterrestrial computer. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, researchers show that constructing a computer simulation of a particular quantum phenomenon that occurs in metals is impossible — not just practically, but in principle.

COMMANDER OF FIRST FLIGHT OF SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER DIES _ Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early 1970s, has died. He was 85. Weitz died at his retirement home in Flagstaff, Arizona. A NASA biography says Weitz was among the class of 19 astronauts who were chosen in April 1966. He served as command module pilot on the first crew of the orbiting space laboratory known as Skylab during a 28-day mission in 1973. Weitz also commanded the first launch of the shuttle Challenger in April 1983. The five-day mission took off from the Kennedy space Center in Florida and landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The Challenger was destroyed and seven crew members killed during its 10th launch on January 28, 1986.

MAN PAYS OFF $85,000 IN DEBT BY LIVING IN CAMPER FOR 4 YEARS _ A man in Calgary has paid off more than $85,000 of debt by spending nearly four years living in a 20-foot-long camper parked on city streets. Geoffrey Westlock says he was working in a warehouse in late 2013 when his boss frightened him by suggesting the business might shut down. He was renting a two-bedroom townhouse, making payments on a pickup truck, owed tens of thousands of dollars to a friend and was barely making the monthly minimums on three credit cards. Westlock crunched some numbers and says he realized “if I just got rid of my rent I’d be fine.” He traded rent checks for lower trailer payments and cut his spending to nearly nothing. Westlock says his humble home was very cold in winter and it needs to be moved frequently to avoid parking fines, but the sacrifice has been worth it. Now that the debt is gone, Westlock says he plans to sock away savings until he can buy a piece of land.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WHY WE PROCRASTINATE — AND HOW TO FIX IT _ Learning a new thing or doing something you would rather not do can be stressing. This can cause anxiety at first. This activates the area associated with pain in the brain. Your brain looks for a way to stop that negative feeling by switching your attention to something else more pleasant. That’s procrastination.

… The solution: Just start. Researchers discovered that not long after people start actually working out what they didn’t like, that neuro-discomfort disappeared.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ROBS STORE WEARING SCUBA MASK _ A man wearing a mask used a knife to commit a robbery at a Largo, Florida, convenience store. Police caught the man — who was wearing a scuba mask as a disguise — as he exited the store.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GARBAGE TRUCK HITS STORE NAMED A BEAUTIFUL MESS _ A runaway garbage truck has slammed into the front of a New York gift shop named A Beautiful Mess. The truck caused extensive damage.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SAYS SHE SLIPPED ON SANDWICH LEFTOVERS _ A Delaware judge says a woman who says she slipped on the remnants of a sandwich can continue her lawsuit against a popular convenience store chain. Lisa Donovan says she slipped and fell on “hoagie guts,” or discarded sandwich pieces, in the parking lot of a store in 2014.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PILFERED PANTIES _ Cops in Nevada say they received a call from a woman reporting her underwear had been taken from the laundry room at her apartment building. When police investigated they found other women whose panties had also been stolen. Through a little investigating, cops found a man that had more than 65 pairs of stolen panties. Cops are looking to speak with anyone who is missing panties. They also hope to reunite the missing panties with their rightful owners.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MISSED MARRIAGE PROPOSAL _ A Malaysian woman missed a giant banner announcing a marriage proposal from her boyfriend because she didn’t take her usual route to work. The girlfriend started getting phone calls from her friends asking her if she had seen the banner. She freaked when she found out — and then accepted her boyfriend’s offer.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HALLOWEEN THIEVES LEAVE PAINT TRAIL _ In Michigan some teens tried getting ready for Halloween by stealing several large blow-up Halloween ornaments from the front yard of a home. They might have gotten away with it if they had not decided to paint a few choice words on a nearby building. In the process, they spilled some paint and then stepped in it, giving the police a nice paint trail to follow right to their house.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CLERK TELLS ROBBER SHE’S TOO BUSY _ In the U.K., a woman was behind the cash register at a gas station when a man with a gun came in and demanded everything in her drawer. But instead of surrendering the cash the 51-year-old turned to the robber and told him she was too busy to deal with him.


ON TELEVISION

WORLD SERIES GAME 2 (8p ET, FOX) — The Dodgers and Astros play game 2.

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New.

THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. Red and Hawkins (guest star Aida Turturro) lay the groundwork for their new business venture.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. The Goldbergs celebrates its 100th episode.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New. Jughead befriends a Southside Serpent on his first day.

2017 AMERICAN HUMANE HERO DOG AWARDS (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — Beth Stern and James Denton host the seventh annual ceremony.

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. After eating old candy, the DiMeo kids have bad dreams.

SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team must protect the American Embassy in South Sudan when the ambassador refuses to evacuate.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Phil and Claire start to question their enthusiasm for Halloween.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — New. An old kidnapping case is reopened when a young woman is found in Central Park.

DYNASTY (9p ET, CW) — New. Fallon fights to use the family name in her new business venture.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — New.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. A meth lab bust uncovers a scam involving children adopted from foreign countries.

CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Morgan (Shemar Moore) returns to to help Penelope deal with a case.

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. MI-6 agent Damian Rennett joins FBI agent Hannah Wells to solve an international murder.


ENTERTAINMENT

CLINT EASTWOOD’S THE 15:17 TO PARIS IS ARRIVING IN FEBRUARY _ Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris will arrive in theaters on February 9, 2018. The film tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a highspeed railway ride.

… In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris — an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The 15:17 to Paris follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack.

PAUL WALKER’S DAUGHTER MEADOW SETTLES WITH PORSCHE _ It’s been almost four years since the world lost Paul Walker in a high-speed car crash while he was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT. Three years and 11 months after the actor’s death, his 18-year-old daughter Meadow Walker is still missing her father, but one important chapter has come to a close — her wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche has finally been settled. The lawsuit was settled with the German car company on October 16. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but documents state that now that a settlement has been reached, both parties have requested for a dismissal of the suit.

JAMIE FOXX JOINS JOHNNIE COCHRAN MOVIE _ Jamie Foxx has been cast as Black Panther leader Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt in Signal Hill, the Johnnie Cochran biopic starring Anthony Mackie. Signal Hill will be centered on the 1981 wrongful death case of college football star Ron Settles. Signal Hill police ruled that Settles had hanged himself in a city jail cell in despair over his arrest for speeding, but Cochran suspected foul play and persuaded the Settles family to request that the body be exhumed for an autopsy, which showed Settles had been choked to death.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN ACCUSER HITS WEINSTEIN CO. WITH $5M LAWSUIT _ A woman accusing Harvey Weinstein of behaving inappropriately with her has filed a lawsuit against The Weinstein Company, claiming that the company was aware of accusations against Weinstein well before her encounter with the disgraced film mogul. In her suit Huett says that, as an aspiring actress in 2010, she arranged a meeting with Weinstein at the Peninsula Bevery Hills hotel, where Weinstein was living at the time. Huett says she wanted to discuss the possibility of Weinstein helping her procure roles. Instead, she says, he asked to see her breasts and asked if she had a “boob job,” cautioning her that breast-augmentation surgery would be detrimental to finding work.

… The pair went to Weinstein’s room, the suit says, where Weinstein went to the bathroom and returned “wearing only a bathrobe.” According to the suit, Weinstein demanded a massage from Huett and asked for sexual favors.

KARDASHIANS SIGN RENEWAL DEAL WITH E! _ The Kardashians are staying put at E! The reality TV family has inked a rich new multiyear deal with the channel. An inside source said the deal runs through 2020 but disputed the $150 million-dollar price tag reported by TMZ, instead estimating the new pact is south of $100 million.

JUSTICE LEAGUE RUNTIME REVEALED _ The runtime for Justice League has been revealed, and it’s the shortest of all the DC movies so far. Justice League — featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman — will top out at 1 minute over 2 hours. The next-shortest DC flick was Suicide Squad, which clocked in at 123 minutes. The longest — Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — was 151 minutes in length. Man of Steel was 143 minutes, Wonder Woman was 141

ROBERT GUILLAUME, BENSON’ STAR, DIES AT 89 _ Actor Robert Guillaume, best known for his title role in the TV series Benson, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89. His wife Donna Guillaume said he had battled prostate cancer in recent years.

MARK WAHLBERG SAYS HE HOPES GOD FORGIVES HIM FOR BOOGIE NIGHTS _ Mark Wahlberg says he hopes God will forgive him for his role as a porn star in the 1997 film Boogie Nights. Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune ahead of an event with a Chicago’s Cardinal that he hopes “that God is a movie fan and also forgiving” because he says he’s made “some poor choices” in the past. Wahlberg listed Boogie Nights when asked if he’s prayed for forgiveness for any of his movies. Boogie Nights follows the career of Wahlberg’s character Dirk Diggler through the porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

CATE BLANCHETT ON ‘LOOKING SEXY’: IT’S NOT AN INVITATION _ On Monday night at the InStyle Awards, freshly anointed 2017 ‘Style Icon’ Cate Blanchett stood up with a message that cut through the news noise. Though Harvey Weinstein’s name went unsaid during the glittery evening at the Getty Center, Blanchett subtly addressed one of the criticisms directed at women who have accused the movie mogul of harassment. She took the podium and outlined a reality in which women dress for themselves, not because they’re ‘asking for it.’ Blanchet said, “It’s about women who feel free to wear what they want, when they want and how they want to wear it. I mean, you know we all like looking sexy but it doesn’t mean we want to (boink) you. No one says to Steve Bannon: ‘You look like a bag of trash, do you want want me to throw you out?'”

TOP TV SWS _ Week of October 16-22.

  1. NFL Football: Atlanta at New England, NBC, 19.24 million
  2. 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.58 million
  3. NFL Football: Kansas City at Oakland, CBS, 14.39 million
  4. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 13.85 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 13.08 million
  6. NCIS, CBS, 12.85 million
  7. The Walking Dead, AMC, 11.44 million
  8. This is Us, NBC, 10.65 million
  9. The Good Doctor, ABC, 10.6 million
  10. Bull, CBS, 10.49 million
  11. Football Night in America, Part 3, NBC, 10.44 million
  12. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 10.37 million
  13. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 10.03 million
  14. Major League Baseball: ALCS, Game 7, New York Yankees at Houston, Fox Sports, 9.92 million
  15. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 9.58 million
  16. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 9.54 million
  17. Blue Bloods, CBS, 9.07 million
  18. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 8.67 million
  19. NFL Football: Indianapolis at Tennessee, ESPN, 8.44 million
  20. NCIS Los Angeles, CBS, 8.18 million

AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

DOG BRAINS: In life, there are many questions that have yet to be answered. And then there are universal facts that are backed up by science, which we must accept. One blogger decided to address one of these facts in her own colorful way. The question of the day? Whether or not dogs have brains. The blogger goes on a rant about how she doesn’t believe that dogs have brains — because they cannot talk to us.

PHONER: What do you want to be buried with? A recent survey said we want to be buried with pets ashes, team jerseys, a favorite piece of jewelry.  →  2 real calls for launching a phoner

DROPS: Contest clips package.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

THE BEST TIME

There’s an optimal time to do everything. When is the best time to…

THE HARDEST THING YOU’LL DO ALL DAY: Early morning — Your stress hormone cortisol rises just before waking, increasing your blood-sugar level, giving you the energy and momentum to manage difficult situations effectively.

MAKE A PRESENTATION: 10am — Morning is the time of day when your voice is most rested. And by 9 or 10, you’ve had a chance to drink some water; a good dose of hydration will help eliminate early-morning raspiness.

MAKE MAJOR STRATEGIC DECISIONS: Late morning –Your body temperature is rising. Your alertness is up. Your brain’s ability to process information is at its best.

BEST TIME TO MAKE YOUR MOVE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX: 11:55am — If you are lusting after a coworker, ask him or her out just before lunch — when his or her mood is likely to be best. People are usually more receptive right before they leave for lunch, because their minds aren’t cluttered with what they have to do that day or what they’re planning to do when they get home.

BEST TIME TO READ TEDIOUS REPORTS WITH LOTS OF NUMBERS IN THEM: Early afternoon — Your vision is often a bit blurry in the early morning and sharpens over a few hours.

BEST TIME TO SNACK: 2pm — Eat a handful of nuts. The protein will increase your energy, and the fat will keep you full until dinner.

BEST TIME TO FIRE SOMEBODY: Mid-afternoon — Even if you have to ruin your employees’ day, you don’t have to ruin their lives. Heart attacks are more likely to hit in the first three hours after you wake up than at any other time.

BEST TIME TO TEE OFF WITH CLIENTS: 4:50pm: Typically, hand-eye coordination reaches optimal levels in the late afternoon.

BRAIN AEROBICS

If you want your brain — and your memory — to work better, you have to exercise it. Stretch it in new ways. At least that’s the word from neurobiologists at Duke University who say you need to cross-train your brain to keep it limber enough to remember names, master new skills, and stay creative. Here’s a sample of things you can do to keep your brain fresh.

• When you get ready in the morning (you know the drill — shower, shave, eat breakfast), use your non-dominant hand.

• Find things like the shower faucet, the soap, your car keys, and the ignition with your eyes closed.

• Learn the Braille numbers for some floors in your office building.

• Visit the spice aisle and use all your senses to experience the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells.

• Fill small bottles with different aromatic herbs and sniff up the scent when you dial a new phone number. Why? This may help you recall the number.

• When you travel, avoid American-style hotels and eateries. Go local and try what’s new and different.

THE 15 WORST TV SHOWS EVER MADE

According to Rotten Tomatoes.

15. 2011 – I Hate My Teenage Daughter, starring Jaime Pressly

14. 2009 – Hank, starring Kelsey Grammer

13. 2014 – Friends With Better Lives, starring James Van Der Beek

12. 2012 – Rob, starring Rob Schneider

11. 2016 – Hunters, starring some people on the SyFy network

10. 2014 – Saint George, starring comedian George Lopez

9. 2016 – Damien, starring some guy

8. 2015 – Dr. Ken, starring Ken Jeong

7. 2011 – Charlie’s Angels, starring, uh, who knows

6. 2013 – Dads, starring Seth Green

5. 2015 – Rosewood, starring Morris Chestnut

4. 2017 – The Kennedys: After Camelot, starring Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear

3. 2011 – Allen Gregory, an adult animation created in part by Jonah Hill

2. 2013 – We Are Men, starring Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn an Tony Shalhoub

1. 2012 – Work It, starring two guys who dress up like women to find employment in St Louis


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average one of these has 127 layers. (Onion. And that’s just an onion the size of a tennis ball.)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• They give you gas. (Beans)

• Cleveland’s baseball team. (Indians)

• When Ronald Reagan was president, she was the First Lady. (Nancy)

• The three-letter gadget that tells you exactly where you are. (GPS)

• An eye care professional who provides lenses for the correction of vision defects. (Optician)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Airport employee dances while directing plane on runway.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Chicken socks.


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 25, 2017

• 1912: Sara Ophelia Colley was born in Centerville, Tennessee. She was better known to the world as MINNIE PEARL.

• 1984: ALABAMA’s albums Mountain Music and Feels So Right were certified triple platinum while The Closer You Get and Roll On each achieved double platinum status.

• 1992: ROGER MILLER died in Los Angeles at the age of 56 of lung cancer.

• 1997: The DIXIE CHICKS made their chart debut with I Can Love You Better.

• 2000: VINCE GILL and DOLLY PARTON hosted a television taping honoring the Grand Ole Opry’s 75th birthday.

• 2010: TAYLOR SWIFT’s Speak Now album was released.

• 2015: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, THE BROWNS and guitarist Grady Martin were inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

SAWYER BROWN frontman Mark Miller is 59.

CHELY WRIGHT is 47.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• On Tuesday’s The Voice Natalie Stovall faced off against fellow Team Blake member Adam Cunningham while performing LITTLE BIG TOWN’s Boondocks, before Stovall was eliminated.

• MADDIE AND TAE’s Maddie is in to couponing.

• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE is inspired by old sounds.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

The Country Music Association has revealed collaborations between KELSEA BALLERINI and REBA MCENTIRE, DIERKS BENTLEY and RASCAL FLATTS, MAREN MORRIS and Niall Horan, and BRAD PAISLEY and KANE BROWN will take place during the 2017 CMA Awards, airing November 8 from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show will also include performances by GARTH BROOKS, MIRANDA LAMBERT, JON PARDI, LUKE BRYAN and CARRIE UNDERWOOD, who will co-host with Brad once again.

MAREN MORRIS is the first country artist to sign a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. She will partner with the agency as a celebrity model to showcase various fashion looks that will include future album artwork and more.

JASON ALDEAN’s Concert For The Cure raised more than $330,000 for the Louisville chapter of Susan G. Komen.

ERIC CHURCH will release a 15 LP vinyl set of his 61 Days In Church Tour. Pre-orders begin October 27 at 61daysinchurch.com. The first shipment, which will go out December 15, will include the first three LPs, a tour book, special poster and road case. An additional LP volume will ship once a month throughout the month of 2018.

LUKE BRYAN will be the focus of Living Every Day: Luke Bryan airing November 6 on ABC. The documentary style special, hosted by Robin Roberts, follows Luke on his farm as well as how he juggles his music career and new gig as a judge on American Idol. The show will include an interview with CMA Awards hosts BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD along with Luke’s family.

LUKE BRYAN is the 2017 Songwriter/Artist of the Year from Nashville Songwriters Association International. He took home the honor Monday night.

KENNY ROGERS’ final concert, All In For The Gambler, is set for tonight (Wednesday) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. In addition to his final performance with DOLLY PARTON, the show will also includes performances by REBA MCENTIRE, LADY ANTEBELLUM, CHRIS STAPLETON and Lionel Richie.

It’s two in a row for LUKE COMBS, whose tune When It Rains, It Pours, tops the Country Airplay (Billboard) chart this week, following the number one success of his debut, Hurricane, back in May.

KIP MOORE scores his fourth number one this week (Mediabase) with More Girls Like You.


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 26, 2017

This is day 299 of 2017. There are 66 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jaclyn Smith (Charlie’s Angels) is 72

• Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is 71

• Hillary Clinton is 70

• Rita Wilson is 61

• Dylan McDermott (The Practice) is 56

• Cary Elwes is 55

• Jeff Probst is 55

• Tom Cavanagh (The Flash, ‘Ed) is 49

• Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) is 44

• Jon Heder (Blades of Glory, Napoleon Dynamite) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1881: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place at Tombstone, Arizona.

• 1951: Boxer Joe Louis came out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano. However, Marciano would win the fight in eight rounds.

• 1965: The Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs).

• 1984: In Loma Linda, California, a baboon’s heart was transplanted into “Baby Fae,” a newborn with a severe heart defect. Baby Fae lived 21 days with her experimental animal heart.

• 1984: John D. McCollum shot and killed himself after spending a day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records; a lawsuit was later filed by his parents over the song “Suicide Solution” but the case was eventually thrown out.

• 1990: Wayne Gretzky became the first National Hockey League player to reach 2,000 points.

• 1996: Prosecutors cleared Atlanta guard Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.

• 1997: St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, issued an SOS after five babies were born and they ran out of green and gold Green Bay Packer caps and booties. Volunteer knitters rushed in to keep newborns warm in Packer colors, including even Packer blankets and quilts.

• 2006; A pole-dancing kit was removed from the toys and games section of a British store’s web site after getting complaints from parents who didn’t want there kids to learn how to “Unleash the sex kitten inside.”

• 2006: In Maryland, Don Fitzhugh was fishing with his wife and three others on the Chesapeake when they came upon a buck swimming near an island. They new the deer had no business being out there, and they say it looked disoriented. Only the deer’s head was above water and his nose was shaking from the cold. So someone grabbed a fishing net to hold one antler and another guy grabbed another. The two held on while the boat’s captain drove slowly toward shore. Half an hour later, they released the deer near shore.

• 2010: Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest water control and utilization project, announced its water levels had reached full capacity.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Howl at The Moon Night

• National Day of The Deployed

• Pumpkin Day

UPCOMING

• October 26: Full release of Kennedy assassination papers
• October 27: Pre-order the iPhone X
• October 27: Stranger Things Season 2
• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52