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This is day 349 of 2014. There are 16 days remaining.
• Actor-comedian Tim Conway (The Carol Burnett Show) is 81
• Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five is 72
• Don Johnson is 65
• Helen Slater (The Legend of Billie Jean, City Slickers) is 51
• Adam Brody (The O.C., Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Thank You For Smoking) is 35
• Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) is 33
• George O. Gore II (My Wife and Kids) is 32
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: The movie “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: Movie producer Walt Disney died at age 65.
• 2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after 11 years and $27 million to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
• 2004: American telecommunications giants Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. announced they would merge in a $35 billion deal.
• 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: The Washington, D.C. City Council voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
• Gluten-free Baking Week
• Free Shipping Day. The purpose of the day is to offer free shipping and guaranteed delivery on online orders in the run up to Christmas.
• Gingerbread Latte Day
• Lemon Cupcake Day
• Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day): December 17
• Christmas Day: December 25
• New Year’s Day: January 1
80 million: Americans with a criminal record.
At a Toys R Us in Massachusetts all 150 layaway accounts of strangers were paid in full by an elderly woman. She forked over $20,000. [Minutes later she realized that this wasn’t where you buy lottery tickets.]
Media outlets misquoted Pope Francis, and are printing retractions. He didn’t say that dogs go to heaven. [Think about it. They eat whenever they want, sleep whenever they want, and roll around in dirt. It doesn’t get any better than that.]
An 11-year-old girl in Arkansas, who wanted to find a boy she meet two years ago, hired a cab to drive her to Florida after stealing $10,000 from her grandmother . [Hard to believe she’s only 11. I was at least 15 before I committed my first felony.]
Two would-be carjackers in Florida (Ocala) couldn’t make a clean getaway because they didn’t know how to drive a stick shift. [They were arrested when they unwisely stuck around long enough for AAA.]
Mexico has issued a ban against circuses using animal acts. [The ban is designed to prevent animals from being mistreated. Increasing scientific evidence shows that animals have an intense fear of clowns.]
A stray cat at an airport in Russia sneaked into a deli and did $1,000 worth of damage. [Imagine that: a Russian seizing someone else’s property.]
A Florida couple won a $1 million lawsuit against Bank of America for being harassed by phone calls over late payments. [One million dollars? Please, Bank of America, harass me! Harass me!]
The federal government has just given the okay for Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana on tribal land, but so far there doesn’t seem to be much interest. [However, there is increasing interest in people pretending to be Native American.]
No one was injured but 32 apartments were damaged in the Netherlands when a crane rented by a lovestruck guy tipped over as he was preparing to propose to his girlfriend. In the end she said yes. [The insurance company said no.]
Los Angeles was hit by a freak tornado. [You just don’t associate the word tornado with Los Angeles. Freak, yes, tornado, no.]
THERE IS ALMOST 270,000 TONS OF PLASTIC IN THE OCEAN _ According to a new study, there are over 5 trillion plastic particles floating in the Earth’s oceans, weighing nearly 270,000 tons combined. The researchers say their estimates are “highly conservative,” meaning there is likely much more plastic in the ocean.
NO ST. NICK AT SCHOOL CONCERT BECAUSE A PARENT COMPLAINED _ Parents at a Boston-area elementary school were alarmed to find a rather noticeable absence at this year’s annual “holiday” concert. Santa Claus, who usually makes an appearance at the end of the concert, was absent this year because a parent complained. The principal of Andrew Peabody School in Cambridge sent out an email to parents on Thursday, telling them that there would be no Santa Claus this year.
BABY TRAVELER’S NOTE GOES VIRAL _ Most frequent airline travelers know that it’s definitely not easy having an assigned seat next to a small child flying on an aircraft for the first time. However, one little girl recently gave the passenger next to her a fair warning. On December 12, a Reddit user uploaded a picture of a note and care package he received from the little passenger. The caption for the picture read, “A baby just handed me this on my flight. I ain’t mad.” A note, which was sealed inside of a plastic bag, basically revealed that the flight would be her first time flying. It also cited a number of the possibilities that could make the ride a little less than desirable. The letter read: “Hi Stranger! My name is Madeline. I will be 1 on December 17th and this is my first flight. I’ll try to be on my best behavior, but I’d like to apologize in advance if I lose my cool, get scared or my ears hurt. My mom and dad packed you this goodies bag with a few treats. There are also earplugs in case my first public serenade isn’t as enjoyable to you as it is my mom and dad. Have a great flight!”
MISS SOUTH AFRICA CROWNED 2014 MISS WORLD _ Rolene Strauss, a fourth-year medical student representing South Africa, was crowned the 64th Miss World in London on Sunday. The runner-up was Hungary’s Edina Kulcsár, with Elizabeth Safrit representing the United States in third place.
MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370: MAIN SEARCH COULD END IN MAY _ Investigators searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 say that they may conclude their search of the priority zone in the Indian Ocean in May, over a year after the jet mysteriously disappeared. Three vessels have been scouring the region for any sign of Flight MH370, attempting to detect the plane on the bottom. The Fugro Equator is currently mapping the seafloor in the search zone. The Fugro Discovery returned to the area on December 4, resuming underwater operations in the search for Flight MH370, while GO Phoenix rejoined the other ships last week.
ODDS-DEFYING BABIES BORN AT 10:11 12/13/14 _ Baby Hazel Grace was born at 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14 to parents Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman of Cleveland, Ohio. And Quincy Kessler was born at a hospital in Billings, Montana, at 10:11 on 12/13/14.
MANY AMERICANS WOULD RATHER HAVE ROOT CANAL THAN GO SHOPPING _ According to a recent study, as many as one in three Americans hate holiday shopping so much that they would rather have root canal procedure than have to shop.
MAN WHO MADE CITY’S UNUSED TOILET PAPER A PRECIOUS GIFT _ Leon Delong sure wasn’t aiming to become king of an underground empire. But now that he’s stepping away from what he started, people are noticing. Fifteen years ago Delong retired from his cable-splicer job at Seattle City Light. Like a lot of new retirees, he instantly got restless. At the same moment his daughter, a manager for downtown high-rises, was puzzling over a toilet-paper conundrum that has bedeviled prime office buildings for decades. To make sure no lawyer or bank executive ever draws a blank while sitting on a toilet many of Seattle’s premier office towers instruct the janitorial crews to install full, fresh rolls every night, whether the ones in use are finished or not. This creates a lot of “stub rolls.” And most were going in the trash. So Leo and his daughter hatched a plan: Ask the janitors to save the stub rolls, and Leon-who-needed-something-to-do would pick them up and drive them to a food bank. By the time he called it quits earlier this month at age 76, most of the downtown Seattle skyline had become Leon’s TP supply. Every other week he hauled three heaping pickup loads of toilet-paper stubs out of Seattle’s top business addresses. Leon collected 2,000 to 3,000 stub rolls every other week. The food bank vows to keep the program going, with other drivers.
95-YEAR-OLD GRANDMA KNITS HOLIDAY SCARVES FOR TROOPS _ Nikki Smith of Encino, California says she wakes up everyday, puts her feet on the floor, and thanks God for being given another day. With an attitude of gratitude, the 95-year-old woman knits hundreds and hundreds of scarves for those deployed overseas. Smith is a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Two years ago she went with her church group to the local armory to volunteer. She saw a woman knitting in the corner and thought, I can do that. Her scarves are now included in care packages sent by a charity called Operation Gratitude, which sends 150,000 care packages annually.
A BOX OF NOTHING FOR CHRISTMAS? _ What do you get the person who has everything this Christmas? A box of nothing. A company called You Need Nothing is selling boxes containing nothing. You get your choice of a white or black box. All proceeds will go to the charity Oxfam. The cheapest Box of Nothing sells for about $40.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: VEGETABLES FORCE EMERGENCY LANDING OF JET _ A fire alarm activated by vegetables forced the crew of a transatlantic passenger jet to declare an emergency and divert to Ireland’s Shannon Airport. The Boeing 747-400 was was traveling from the Dominican Republic to Paris with 142 passengers and 12 crew. Although the onboard extinguishers had activated no fire was found on board and it’s believed that heat generated by peppers activated the fire system.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 11-YEAR-OLD SPENDS $1,300 ON CAB RIDE TO SEE CUTE BOY _ After stealing $10,000 from her grandmother’s sock drawer, an 11-year-old Arkansas girl reportedly gave a cab driver $1,300 to drive her to a 16-year-old crush who lived over 800 miles away. Alexis Waller says she told the cab driver: “I need to go to Jacksonville, Florida. He’s like, ‘do you have money’ and I’m like, ‘yes.'” A spokesman for the cab company said Alexis was “in a sweat suit with a lot of makeup and she looked like she was 17 or 18 years old.” The driver was not charged. Waller had met the boy on vacation two years ago. According to police, he was not aware of her plan.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CANADIAN BAND INVOICES U.S. GOVERNMENT FOR ROYALTIES _ Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy have invoiced the U.S. government $666,000 in royalties after learning their music was used as a torture device at Guantánamo Bay. Cevin Key, the band’s keyboardist, says the band at first planned to design an album cover based on an invoice for the U.S. government, rather than sending a physical invoice. But after learning that the government had allegedly used their music without permission, Key says the band was told it could bring a suit against the Department of Defense. Key said band members were “offended” to learn that their music was played in the notorious prison to “inflict damage” on detainees.
… Other music reportedly used in Guantánamo Bay as torture include works by Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Queen, Eminem and, apparently, David Gray.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CRANE CRASHES THROUGH ROOF DURING MARRIAGE PROPOSAL _ A guy in the Netherlands became a homewrecker when a crane he was using to make a marriage proposal fell through the neighbor’s roof. The man hired a crane (in Ijsselstein) to lower him over his girlfriend’s house and into her garden for the surprise proposal early on Saturday morning. But the crane tipped and fell on a house. During the attempt to right it, the crane fell on the house again. The would-be fiance jumped to safety and no one else was hurt. Some good news: the girlfriend accepted the marriage proposal.
2 BROKE GIRLS (8p ET, CBS) — New
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The final four perform tonight.
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT (8p ET, ABC) — More families decorate in the hopes of winning $50,000.
AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS (8p ET, FOX) — Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard host this new awards show. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Brett Eldredge are set to perform.
SEASON PREMIERE: HART OF DIXIE (8p ET, CW) — The 4th season begins tonight.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, ESPN) — The Chicago Bears (5-8) host the New Orleans Saints (5-8).
MIKE & MOLLY (8:30p ET, CBS) — New
SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — New
JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — New
MAJOR CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — Tom Berenger returns in this new episode.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — New
CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat
STATE OF AFFAIRS (10p ET, NBC) — New
EXODUS: GODS & KINGS TOPS MOVIE CHART _ Exodus: Gods and Kings debuted the top of the weekend movie chart. The biblical epic picked up $24.5 million — a long way from the $140 million it cost to make.
… Exodus fell short of the launches of other religious-themed films such as Noah ($43.7 million), Son of God ($25.6 million) and The Passion of the Christ ($83.8 million).
… Chris Rock’s Top Five debuted at No. 4.
SCREENPLAY FOR NEW JAMES BOND FILM STOLEN IN SONY CYBERATTACK _ The producers of the James Bond films say an early version of the screenplay for the new movie Spectre is among the material stolen in the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Eon Productions said Sunday it is concerned that third parties who received the screenplay might seek to publish it. | James Bond theme
… Other recently revealed dirt includes revelations that Sony execs were extremely unhappy with the script for Spectre. One exec yelled in capital letters in August about the movie’s ending: “THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME KIND OF A TWIST RATHER THAN A SERIES OF WATERY CHASES WITH GUNS.”
SONY HACKERS VOW ‘CHRISTMAS GIFT’ _ The Sony hackers who apparently stole an early version of the next James Bond script have publicly announced: “We are preparing for you a Christmas gift. The gift will be larger quantities of data. And it will be more interesting. The gift will surely give you much more pleasure and put Sony Pictures into the worst state.”
GEORGE CLOONEY WAS UPSET BY MONUMENTS MEN REVIEWS _ The Sony hack has given us a peek inside the daily inner-workings of a big Hollywood studio — and how stars react when faced with bad reviews. George Clooney said in an email to Sony’s Amy Pascal that bad reviews for The Monuments Men were eating him up: “I need some protection from all the reviews. It’s getting worse. I haven’t slept in 30 hours. And it’s 7 am.” When she responded, “we will protect you by making money… that’s the best revenge,” he emailed back, “I adore you Amy. You are literally the only person running a studio that loves film. I fear I’ve let you all down. Not my intention. I apologize. I’ve just lost touch… Who knew? Sorry. I won’t do it again.”
LISA KUDROW: MOVIE EXECS NEED TO KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT _ Lisa Kudrow has some thoughts for the movie execs who run major Hollywood studios — particularly, it would appear, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal. Basically, the Friends alum in an interview told the Hollywood bigwigs that they need to keep their big mouths shut, even in their own private emails. Kudrow appeared on the online interview program HuffPost Live, where she offered her thoughts on the embarrassing leaks by as-yet-unidentified computer hackers of emails in which Pascal and other movie bigshots offered some highly candid, even insulting remarks about various big-name Hollywood stars. Kudrow, who has not been referenced in any of the emails released to date by a hacker group calling itself “Guardians of Peace,” said she was in disbelief that high-level studio execs did not simply assume that email correspondence could be easily sent anywhere, to anyone. Kudrow said, “Don’t write anything you don’t want broadcast.”
SONY DEMANDS MEDIA STOP POSTING DATA LEAKED BY HACKERS _ Sony Pictures Entertainment on Sunday demanded that news agencies stop running stories on “stolen” data released by hackers. In a sharply worded letter sent to news organizations, a Sony lawyer called the documents posted online “stolen information” and demanded they not be posted and urged that they be destroyed. The letter says the studio “does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use” of the information.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON SINGS PROTEST SONG REFERENCING “RACIST POLICE” _ Samuel L. Jackson wants celebrities who “poured ice water” on their heads to use their star power for something more political. In a video posted on his Facebook page, the 65-year-old actor addresses celebs who this past summer shared videos of themselves undergoing the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for charity efforts. He says: “All you celebrities out there who poured ice water on your head, here’s a chance to do something else. I challenge all of you to sing the We Ain’t Gonna Stop Till People are Free song.” He is making reference to a song sung by scores of people during demonstrations held in New York over the past week to protest recent deaths of blacks.
TIM BURTON THINKS THEY’RE “CLOSER THAN EVER” TO BEETLEJUICE SEQUEL _ Nearly 27 years since Tim Burton and Michael Keaton first teamed together for the comedy Beetlejuice, the movie is as popular. In a recent interview, Burton said: “It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with him again.”
OPRAH WINFREY ADMITS HER CAREER WOULDN’T BE WHAT IT IS IF SHE HAD CHILDREN _ Oprah Winfrey is named one of “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014.” The media billionaire told Barbara Walters that if it wasn’t for being childless, she wouldn’t have the career she now does. The Oprah Winfrey Show ended in 2011, and Oprah says she doesn’t miss it at all. She doesn’t miss “always chasing numbers” for ratings. She says the past 25 years are nothing but a “blur” to her since all she did was work the entire time.
TRACY MORGAN’S LAWSUIT WILL NOT BE DELAYED, JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF LAWSUIT _ A judge has ruled in favor of Tracy Morgan. Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper hoped the federal case would delay until his criminal case is over with. The federal judge refused to delay the suit. Comedian and film star Tracy Morgan is trying to sue Walmart after Roper slammed into his limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike over the summer. As a result of his injuries, Morgan is suing Walmart for negligence since they allowed the driver to operate the vehicle without proper rest.
COSBY PRAISES WIFE, DISPARAGES MEDIA IN NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW _ Comedian Bill Cosby, besieged by a wave of sexual misconduct allegations, has praised his wife for supporting him and criticized the media for its coverage of a scandal that has already compromised his career. In the New York Post’s telephone interview, Cosby was asked how his wife of 50 years, Camille Cosby, was holding up amid the controversy. Cosby said, “Love and the strength of womanhood. Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”
… But Cosby did not speak highly of the media: “Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”
KING KONG PREQUEL GETS TITLE _ A King Kong prequel that tells the origin story of the giant ape is coming in 2017 — and it has a title. Kong: Skull Island will star The Avengers’ Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston’s character reportedly leads a group of explorers into the heart of Skull Island.
MAMA JUNE SHANNON GETS OFFER TO STAR IN SEX TAPE _ Vivid Entertainment, an adult film company, is allegedly offering June Shannon a contract. The website posted a letter from Steve Hirsch, the founder of Vivid Entertainment which has released celebrity sex tapes starring Kim Kardashian, Kendra Wilkinson and Tila Tequila. Hirsch offers the former TLC star June Shannon and her partner Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson a chance to star in their own tape which could net them as much as one million dollars. Hirsch says that Vivid would make the experience “an enjoyable one for both of you and give you as much creative input as you would like.” In October TLC announced the cancellation of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after reports surfaced that June was dating a man convicted of child molestation. She denied the charges.
HAYDEN PANETTIERE WELCOMES BABY GIRL _ Hayden Panettiere and fiancé Wladimir Klitschko are the proud new parents of a baby girl. The Nashville actress welcomed daughter Kaya Evdokia Klitschko on Tuesday.
KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN WELCOMES BABY NO. 3 _ Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick welcomed a baby boy Sunday — which is also the birthday of their son Mason, 5. This is the third child for the couple, who are also parents to 2-year-old Penelope Scotland.
FUN DOG NAMES
From Angus to Ziggy and everything in between, Rover.com dug into its database to discover the most popular dog names of 2014. Top Male Dog Names were Max, Buddy, Charlie, Jack, Cooper, Rocky, Toby, Tucker, Jake and Bear. Top Female Dog Names are Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Molly, Lola, Sophie, Sadie, Maggie, Chloe and Bailey.
KIDS: WHAT DO YOU PUT OUT FOR SANTA ON CHRISTMAS EVE?
We asked kids what they put out for Santa on Christmas Eve. Good for launching a phoner, a Facebook topic, or for some mushy Christmas Day promos in between the tunes. » download
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GRANDMA GOT MOLESTED AT THE AIRPORT
Thanks to Andy R. for reminding us this was on YouTube: Grandma Got Molested at the Airport
Our annual clips package continues to grow. Loads of offbeat, funny Christmas drops — updated for 2014. » download
Got a charity event or fundraiser coming up? Here are some random clips. » download
TOP TEN MOVIES
- Exodus: Gods and Kings, $24.5 million
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, $13.2 million
- Penguins of Madagascar, $7.3 million
- Top Five, $7.2 million
- Big Hero 6, $6.1 million
- Interstellar, $5.5 million
- Horrible Bosses 2, $4.6 million
- Dumb and Dumber To, $2.7 million
- The Theory of Everything, $2.5 million
- Wild, $1.5 million
… One year ago this week the number one movie was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was The Princess and the Frog.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Ocean’s Twelve.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Disclosure.
- Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.
- Martin Freeman and Company
- A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.
- Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz
- Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
- Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke
- A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
- Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern
WEEKLY HOT LIST
Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.
- Christmas Shopping
- Stephen Colbert
- Pictures of Prince George
- The Flu
- Heisman Trophy
- I Can’t Breathe Protests
- Office Holiday Parties
- Taylor Swift
- Angelina Jolie
- Dogs Go to Heaven
- Christian Bale
- Torture Report
- Golden Globe Nominations
We’ve all heard of re-gifting, but have you heard of re-giftbagging? Re-giftbagging is keeping a collection of gift bags and boxes to re-use.
TOP JUKEBOX ARTISTS OF 2014
If you were in a venue with a jukebox in 2014, chances are, you heard a Luke Bryan song. According to TouchTunes, the largest in-venue interactive entertainment platform in North America, Bryan was the Top Played Artist in 2014, based on songs played across its network of over 60,000 jukeboxes. The top ten jukebox artists of 2014:
- Luke Bryan
- Eric Church
- Jason Aldean
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Kid Rock
- Johnny Cash
- The Rolling Stones
- George Strait
A SNOWBALL POEM
I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as could be,
I thought I’d keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head,
Then last night it ran away,
But first it wet the bed.
WHAT WE DO WITH BAD HOLIDAY GIFTS
According to a USA Today survey, what adults say they do with that not-quite-right holiday gift:
- 31%: Keep it
- 30%: Hide it
- 13%: Toss it
- 12%: Give it away
- 6%: Return it
ODDEST CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY GIFTS GIVEN BY CO-WORKERS
Job website CareerBuilder asked workers about odd holidays gifts given by co-workers. Some of the strangest:
• A box of Hot Pockets
• A chess piece (Just one piece, not a set.)
• A fire extinguisher
• A turquoise leather vest
• Zombie action figures
• A Ziploc bag with coffee (Enough to make one pot.)
• A “Gun of the Day” calendar
• A bag of chips
• A Christmas ornament with the co-worker’s and spouse’s photos on it.
TRIVIA: Las Vegas is home to 18,000 of these every year. (Conventions)
TRIVIA: Scientists tells us the first of these weighed just 12 pounds. (Horse)
BEAT THE TOASTER!
When I drop the toaster lever you have ten seconds to list four maintenance tasks you should regularly perform on your car. Are you ready to Beat the Toaster? Here we go…
Grab your Beat the Toaster sound effects here.
The phone in a college dean’s office rang, and his secretary answered, “Hello, Acme University.” “Howdy,” replied a man with a heavy Texas accent, “Could Ah please speak to the Head Hog at the Trough?” After a long pause, the secretary said coldly, “Excuse me?” “Ah want the Head Hog at the Trough,” said the Texan. “Listen, Redneck,” snapped the angry secretary, “The dean of our fine school is referred to as ‘Dean Brown’ or ‘Doctor Brown’. We do NOT refer to him as the ‘Head Hog at the Trough’! DO YOU UNDERSTAND?!” After an even longer pause, the Texan replied quietly, “Yeah, Ma’am. Ah understand. Guess Ah heard wrong about your school bein’ nice and neighborly. Looks like Ah’ll jest have to donate muh poor ol’ pappy’s hundred million bucks to another place.” “Wait, wait!” shouted the secretary. “Here comes the Big Pig now!”
• Newest Mad Max: Fury Road trailer cranks up the action.
• Parking lot incompetence.
• Esther Anderson just wanted to sleep, but her baby had other plans.
• Trailer: Terminator: Genisys.
• Star Wars: Episode VII teaser trailer (Michael Bay Edition).
• Poo Doh.
• Download Our Boring Radio Station App.
• In one minute, this model goes through 100 years’ worth of hair and makeup trends.
• Random request generator.
• If toddlers texted.
• Remove your personal info from data brokers.
• What if George Lucas was making the new Star Wars movie instead of JJ Abrams?
• The safest gift to get anyone on your holiday list.
• The world sends us garbage, we send back music.
• So you want to own a food truck?
• Comedian does spot-on impressions of celebrities stuck in traffic.
This is day 350 of 2014. There are 15 days remaining.
• TV journalist Lesley Stahl (60 Minutes) is 73
• Writer-producer Steven Bochco is 71
• Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is 65
• Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, The Cleaner) is 51
• Miranda Otto (Éowyn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy) is 47
• Michael McCary of Boyz II Men is 43
• Krysten Ritter (Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl) is 33
• Amanda Setton (The Mindy Project, Gossip Girl) is 29
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1707: The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan occurred.
• 1770: Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany.
• 1773: The Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.
• 1985: Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant.
• 1998: President Bill Clinton ordered a sustained series of air strikes against Iraq by American and British forces in response to Saddam Hussein’s continued defiance of UN weapons inspectors.
• 2000: President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to become the first African-American secretary of state.
• 2003: President George W. Bush signed the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law. The law established the United States’ first national standards for the sending of commercial email and requires the Federal Trade Commission to enforce its provisions.
• 2007: British forces formally handed over to Iraq responsibility for Basra, the last Iraqi region under their control.
• 2007: Presidential candidate Ron Paul raised a record amount of money online in a single day: over six million dollars in 24 hours.
• 2010: Larry King concluded his CNN talk show after 25 years.
• Chocolate Covered Anything Day
• Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day): December 17
• Christmas Day: December 25
• New Year’s Day: January 1