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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 29, 2014

This is day 363 of 2014. There are 2 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Mary Tyler Moore is 78

• Jon Voight is 76

• Country singer Ed Bruce is 75

• Ted Danson is 67

• Paula Poundstone is 55

• Jude Law is 42

• Mekhi Phifer is 40

• Jessica Andrews is 31

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.

• 1956: Elvis Presley made chart history by having 10 songs on Billboard’s Top 100.

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

• 2007: The New England Patriots became the first NFL team in 35 years to finish the regular season undefeated when they beat the New York Giants 38-35 to go 16-0.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Get on the Scales Day

• Tick Tock Day, which puts the pressure on you to cram in some last-minute work before the end of the year to achieve your goals.

UPCOMING

• New Year’s Day: January 1 (Thursday)

• January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Tuesday)

• January 31: Chinese New Year (Saturday)

• Groundhog Day: February 2 (Monday)

• Valentine’s Day: February 14 (Saturday)

• President’s Day: February 17 (Tuesday)

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

5,000: Visa card transactions every minute in the U.S.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on Saved By The Bell, is in trouble again. He was arrested for stabbing a guy in a Wisconsin bar. [Things turned ugly after the guy mistakenly referred to Diamond as Andy Dick.]

A dog in Sacremento with poor eyesight survived a 15-story fall off a balcony. [The even better news is that he’s getting a new friend– a seeing eye dog.]

In Hong Kong the doors of a money van flew open, spilling millions of dollars. Police have already arrested several people who helped themselves to the money. [Especially the guy with the vacuum cleaner.]

A Delta Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing on Christmas night due to an unruly passenger. [He wouldn’t stop singing Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. ]

The local fire department had to be called to a Florida intensive care unit after a patient ignited his room when he lit up the crack his friend brought. [What ever happened to candy and flowers?]

In Alaska an injured man survived three days in subzero temperature while being hunted by a hungry wolverine. [He said that he would have simply lain down and given up hope if he hadn’t remembered that his brother-in-law owned him money.]

New research shows that if you feel younger than your actual age, you’ll live longer. [So, I guess, on second thought, my family shouldn’t be so upset over grandma getting her nipple pierced.]

A Los Angeles funeral was delayed after a thief stole the hearse with the deceased inside. [Did the police also charge him with kidnapping?]

North Korea is having internet problems again. [But this time it appears to have something to do with its AOL bill.]

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ON TELEVISION

HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN (8p ET, ABC) — While other members of the gang plan a holiday celebration, Charlie Brown reads.

2 BROKE GIRLS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

STATE OF AFFAIRS (8p ET, NBC) — It’s a mini-marathon with three repeat episodes in a row.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

MIKE & MOLLY (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR (9p ET, ABC) — In this animated special, Rudolph sets out in a midnight fog to find Happy, the New Year baby.

SLEEPY HOLLOW (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

MAJOR CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — Sarah Lafleur (Ugly Betty) and Brandon Barash (General Hospital) guest star in this new episode.

REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS (9p ET, History Channel) — This 2-night special is a dramatic interpretation of how the ancient prophecies of The Book of Revelation could unfold in the modern world.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

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AUDIO

NEW YEAR DROPS

Here’s a package of New Year-related drops for your show intros/rejoiners, promos, etc. » download

More audio after the holidays. Visit the Audio Archives.

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

Friday-Sunday totals

  1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, $41.4 million
  2. Unbroken, $31.7 million
  3. Into the Woods, $31 million
  4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, $20.6 million
  5. Annie, $16.6 million
  6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, $10 million
  7. The Gambler, $9.3 million
  8. The Imitation Game, $7.9 million
  9. Exodus: Gods and Kings, $6.7 million
  10. Wild, $5.4 million

… The Interview debuted in 16th place with $1.8 million. It opened in very limited release.

… One year ago this week the number one movie was The Hobbit 2.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Avatar.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Meet the Fockers.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Dumb and Dumber.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH (PG-13, OPENS FRIDAY)  http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.
  • Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Returns after the holidays.

NEW YEAR’S TRIVIA FACTS

• More cars are stolen in the U.S. on New Year’s Day than on any other holiday.

• January 1st was first established as the New Year by Julius Caesar.

• The earliest recorded festivities to welcome the New Year took place in Babylon 4,000 years ago (and were celebrated in late March).

• The Italians, Spanish, Mexicans and Bolivians all share a custom of celebrating the New Year by wearing red underwear for good luck.

• The first inhabited place to experience New Year each year is Kiritimati, more commonly known as Christmas Island.

• Banging bread on the walls to frighten away dead relatives was a traditional Irish custom for celebrating the New Year.

• The Dutch have a custom of welcoming the New Year by firing homemade cannons created by heating milk-jugs with tight lids.

• Throwing furniture out of the window to welcome the New Year is a custom in the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg, South Africa.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: If you are fortunate enough to own an Eames original, you’re the owner of what? (A chair)

TRIVIA: In in 1989 the World Series was interrupted by an earthquake. The San Francisco Giants were playing against what team? (The Oakland A’s, who won the game and the World Series)

WHAT’S IN COMMON?

Each set of three things has something in common. Tell me what it is and you win.

• Toilets, trash cans, eyes (Lids)

• Prunes, knuckles, senior citizens (Wrinkles)

• A pool table, blue jeans, pita bread (Pockets)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A guy was hired by a marketing department and as low man on the totem pole he had to go out and do consumer surveys. He was happy when the first person he encountered agreed to answer his survey questions. The new employee asked, “Which shaving cream do you use?” The man replied, “Bubba’s.” The marketing employee hadn’t heard of that brand, but he wrote it down and went on to the next question: “Which aftershave do you use?” Again, the answer was “Bubba’s.” And he got the exact same answer to the rest of his questions: Which deodorant do you use? Which toothpaste do you use? Which shampoo do you use? Which soap do you use? They were all “Bubba’s.” Impressed with a company with such a full range of products, the interviewer finally asked, “Is this ‘Bubba’ company local, national, or international?” “No,” the guy says. “He’s my roommate.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Astronomically correct version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• You can buy farts on Amazon.

• Five Airbus jets fly in formation.

• Paul Harvey’s father was a cop killed in the line of duty. Here, he opines on the role of the police officer.

• Two idea-packed books for sales, promotions and stunts in 2015. Here’s one, here’s the other.

• Conversations with My 4-Year-Old: Shopping

2014’s Best Video Clips

• Artist creates works of art simply by adding signage to things that are already there.

• 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.

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 30, 2014

This is day 364 of 2014. There 1 day remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is 79

• Fred Ward (Tremors, The Right Stuff) is 72

• Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 72

• Singer Patti Smith is 68

• TV host Meredith Vieira is 61

• Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 58

• Today show anchor Matt Lauer is 57

• TV host Sean Hannity is 53

• Tiger Woods is 39

• Singer-actor Tyrese is 36

• Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is 34

• Lebron James is 30

• Singer Ellie Goulding is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1924: Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galaxies.

• 1940: California’s first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.

• 1988: President Ronald Reagan and President-elect George H.W. Bush were subpoenaed to testify as defense witnesses in the pending Iran-Contra trial of Oliver North. (The subpoenas were subsequently quashed.)

• 1999: Former Beatle George Harrison fought off a knife-wielding intruder who broke into his mansion west of London and stabbed him in the chest.

• 2003: A Connecticut man dangled upside down 70 feet up in the air after he was knocked unconscious while cutting a tree. Patrick Jubb was knocked out when a limb fell against the tree he had climbed. As rescuers arrived, Jubb regained consciousness and cried out as rescuers used ropes to lower him to a ladder truck platform.

• 2006: Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging.

• 2006: Armed robbers in Germany who held up a money courier for his suitcase full of cash were likely kicking themselves when they got back to their hideout and found out they stole his first aid kit instead.

• 2010: Top-ranked Connecticut’s record 90-game winning streak in women’s basketball ended with a 71-59 loss to No. 9 Stanford.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bacon Day

UPCOMING

• New Year’s Day: January 1 (Thursday)

• January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Tuesday)

• January 31: Chinese New Year (Saturday)

• Groundhog Day: February 2 (Monday)

• Valentine’s Day: February 14 (Saturday)

• President’s Day: February 17 (Tuesday)

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