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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 5, 2015

This is day 5 of 2015. There are 360 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former Vice President Walter Mondale is 87

• Robert Duvall is 84

• Talk-show host Charlie Rose is 73

• Diane Keaton is 69

• Ted Lange (Isaac the bartender on The Love Boat) is 67

• Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand) is 50

• Dancer and judge Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing With the Stars) is 47

• Marilyn Manson is 46

• Bradley Cooper is 40

• January Jones (Mad Men) is 37

• Actress/TV personality Kristin Cavallari (married to Bears QB Jay Cutler) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1914: Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labor.

• 1940: FM radio was demonstrated to the FCC for the first time.

• 1957: Major league baseball player Jackie Robinson retired.

• 1970: All My Children premiered on ABC.

• 1972: President of the United States Richard Nixon ordered the development of a space shuttle program.

• 1993: Washington state executed Westley Allan Dodd by hanging. It was the last legal hanging in America.

• 1998: Actor-turned-politician Sonny Bono was killed when he hit a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, California. He was 62.

• 2000: The Immigration & Naturalization Service ruled that 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez belonged with his father and must be returned to Cuba.

• 2003: A young Colombian thief hid in a box delivered to a wealthy home but his planned burglary went wrong when suspicious security guards call in the bomb squad. Police unpack the parcel to find a 24-year-old burglar, along with a gun, ropes, and a ski mask.

• 2004: After 14 years of denials, Pete Rose admitted publicly he had bet on baseball games involving his own team.

• 2005: Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, was discovered using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory in California.

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

• Diet Resolution Week

• Blue Monday

• Bird Day

• Whipped Cream Day

UPCOMING

• January 12: College Football Championship Game (Monday)

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

• January 31: Chinese New Year (Saturday)

• February 1: Super Bowl 49 (Sunday)

• February 2: Groundhog Day (Monday)

• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Saturday)

• February 17: President’s Day (Tuesday)

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1.03: Persons per bathroom in the typical American house. Back in 1973 the number of 1.59 persons per bathroom.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Selena Gomez is in trouble for posting Instagram pictures of her and her friends being disrespectful in a mosque in Abu Dhabi. [Apparently, they really frown upon rollerblading. ]

A professor at Rutgers is using episodes of Seinfeld to teach psychology. [This sounds like one of Kramer’s bright ideas.]

New research shows that most cancers are the result of random mutation and not lifestyle. [Goodbye, quinoa. Hello, cheesefries.]

You can now take a guitar onto a plane. [If my plane is going down, don’t make it worse with some guy in coach singing Desperado.]

Pope Francis has named 15 new cardinals. [But now comes the hard part– getting them past the Senate confirmation hearings.]

A new study instructed already obese people to visit their favorite fast food restaurant and eat an additional 1,000 calories a day. [Getting paid to get fatter, all in the name of science. Now that’s the real American dream.]

The sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un got married. [Everyone had a good time. Or else.]

North  Korea is furious over the new U.S. sanctions which are quite strict.  [For example,  next year’s Super Bowl has been moved from Pyongyang. ]

The NFL playoffs got started this weekend, and some people made a lot of money on those games. [Mainly, pizza delivery guys.]

A secret World War II underground Nazi weapons facility has been discovered in Austria. [They were working on some really nasty stuff — chemical weapons,  nuclear weapons, reality TV.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

BY JANUARY 14 MANY OF OUR RESOLUTIONS WILL BE GONE _ If you’re one of the 44% of people who made a New Year’s resolution, don’t feel bad if you’re already stumbling. Experts that by January 14 over a third of resolution-makers will have quit. By February 1 about 6 in 10 will still be at it.

… See related in Bits & Breaks.

CHRISTMAS TREES RECYCLED AS TOYS FOR LIONS _ Christmas trees are being recycled as toys for lions at a zoo in Cambridgeshire, England. The director of the zoo says the discarded trees are “like catnip” to the animals. Families bring their unwanted trees to the zoo so they lions can play with them and chew them, while other are used in the zoo’s bio-burner to provide additional heating for the buildings.

KIM JONG-UN’S SISTER MARRIES _ Kim Jong-un’s younger sister has reportedly wed one of the country’s most powerful government officials. Kim Yo-jong, who also holds a top post in Kim’s regime, was married to Choe Song, the son of party secretary Choe Ryong-hae last year. Choe is described as the second most-powerful person in North Korea behind Kim Jong-un himself. Choe Song, believed to be in his early 30s, is his second son. In photos released by North Korea’s state-run media on Friday, Kim Yo-jong is seen wearing what appears to be a wedding ring.

AMULET OFFERS UP 1,500-YEAR-OLD PALINDROME _ It seems that palindromes — phrases that read the same forward and backward — have been popular for a very long time. Researchers have discovered an amulet in Cyprus dating back about 1,500 years, and the words inscribed form a palindrome. Translated from Greek, the words say, “Iahweh is the bearer of the secret name, the lion of Re secure in his shrine.” Well, they almost say that: The person who carved the amulet made a few mistakes with the letters, an expert says. The amulet was actually discovered in 2011, but a professor at the University of Krakow is detailing it now.

… Check out some palindromes here.

BOBCAT STUCK IN CAR GRILL _ In Arizona, a bobcat got stuck in a car grill when A.J. Michaels was on his way to a restaurant (in Scottsdale). After Michaels hit the animal, he kept driving but later walked around his vehicle checking for damage once he parked at the restaurant. What he saw shocked him. He thought he killed it. Arizona Game and Fish Department officials pondered the best way to get the wild cat out of the grill, so they shot a tranquilizer dart into the cat so he would be calm during the rescue process. A section of the grill required cutting into it so the 7-pound bobcat could be moved. He was first moved out of one tight space and placed into another. Fortunately, the animal wasn’t bleeding. A vet at a wildlife hospital determined that the bobcat didn’t suffer any breaks, fractures or external injuries.

FIRE INSPECTOR EARNS COLLEGE DEGREE AT 70 _ You’re never too old to achieve your dreams which is what Don Ross set out to do by finishing something he started 50 years ago. At the age of 70, Ross just earned his college degree. He now works as a part-time fire inspector in Farmers Branch, Texas, near Dallas. He started his Bachelor’s degree in Illinois as a 20-year-old, before being called to serve in the Army during the Vietnam War. Ross spent two years serving his country, fighting in Southeast Asia, before returning home. He tried to return to school, but described the atmosphere for returning Vietnam Veterans as “unwelcoming,” prompting him to enter the workforce.

… A house fire 10 years ago, at the home he shared with his wife, would change the course of his life. Ross was so fascinated with the fire investigation process, he studied to become a Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Investigator, and Certified Texas Peace Officer at the age of 60. Then in 2011, he started to work again on his undergraduate degree. Three years of night classes later and with a 3.8 GPA, Ross earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.

FACEBOOK: INCREASING BRAIN POWER IN THE ELDERLY _ Did you think Facebook was just for posting selfies and checking into your favorite locations? You should think again. Facebook is now being linked to increasing the brain power in the elderly. The older generation is turning to the popular social media site to keep their minds sharp. A study has found that the elderly, after learning to use Facebook, performed 25 percent better in tasks designed to measure their ability to continuously monitor and to quickly add or delete the contents of their working memory.

WILL BUBBLE SOCCER BLOW UP IN 2015? _ There’s a goofy new game that part exercise, part slapstick fun — if you don’t mind strapping on a bubble. Take soccer and add a full body flotation device and you get bubble ball soccer — it’s a full contact sport without any pain. The game started in Europe and now people across the globe are playing. It looks goofy to wear but the idea is simple: people can bump into each other while playing soccer without any injury. You must watch the video.

BROKE GUY OFFERS NIKES IN LIEU OF BAIL, JUDGE SAYS OKAY _ A district court judge in Massachusetts accepted a pair of Nikes as collateral from a man unable to present monetary bail, the result of a quick brainstorming session. Jason Duval had been jailed over $450 in outstanding court fees. The judge gave Duval a chance to be creative. After a brief break, Duval offered to trade his fresh Christmas sneakers– “valued at around $85” — for his freedom. The judge replied, “OK, we’ll take them.”

MAN, WIFE DIE HOURS APART AFTER 72-YEAR MARRIAGE _ After a 72-year marriage a Georgia couple died just hours apart last month. Louise Bain, 90, drew her last breath on a hospital bed beside her husband, 92-year-old Robert Bain, on the day after Christmas; he passed away six hours later. People say they were inseparable, holding hands in a Georgia assisted-living facility and snuggling while facing each other in her room.

… Robert and Louise met in the 1940s when he brought another woman to a Texas church camp meeting: seeing Louise, Robert took the other woman home, came back and got Louise.

POLICE BAFFLED BY DIAMOND RING ON CHRISTMAS TREE _ A Wisconsin police department is trying to figure out who left a diamond ring on its Christmas tree. Germantown police posted a note on their department’s Facebook page asking if anyone knew where the ring came from. Police think someone intentionally placed the ring on a branch of the tree in the police department’s lobby. For the past five weeks, the department invited people to bring their children to decorate the tree and get a stuffed animal in return. During that time, someone put the ring on the tree but left no explanation.

MAN SOLVES WORLD’S BIGGEST RUBIK’S CUBE _ It may have taken him the better part of a day, but Kenneth Brandon of Long Beach, California, solved a 17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube, the largest puzzle of its type, in 7½ hours. Brandon completed the feat in a video he posted to his YouTube channel, where he offers videos of himself solving puzzles, giving tutorials and unboxing new gadgets. He actually solved the puzzle over five days. Brandon estimates he’s only the second person in the world to solve the cube after Aaron McDonald, the man from whom he borrowed the puzzle. The cube consists of 1,539 parts and holds the Guinness World Record for largest Rubik’s style cube.

10,000 APPLY FOR HUMAN PAINTBALL BULLET TESTER _ About 10,000 people from around the world have applied to be shot at as a paintball bullet tester. UKPaintball, which has more than 60 paintballing venues in Britain, said it was stunned by the response to its search for a “human bullet impact tester.” Candidates from not just Britain, but as far away as the United States, Canada and India have applied for the $60,000 a year position testing the impact of paintballs. Applicants have provided a range of different interesting skills to prove they were up to the job, including one who said he was fat, so would be easier to hit.

MAN PUSHES GIRLFRIEND IN WHEELCHAIR ACROSS SOUTH CHINA _ A young man is helping his girlfriend overcome a paralyzing disability and realize her travel dreams by pulling her wheelchair across China. The man set off Saturday towing his girlfriend with his bike and the help of their dog on what he estimates could be a three-year trek across southern China. On a map their planned route resembles a heart shape.

MEN DIG MOOSE OUT OF AVALANCHE _ Snow machine operators found a moose buried in an avalanche in Alaska (at Hatcher Pass) but were able to free it. After they freed the moose, it ran away and appeared to be dazed but uninjured.

WOMAN CITED FOR MAILING COW POOP TO NEIGHBORS _ An Iowa woman is facing a harassment charge for having a box of cow poop mailed to her neighbors after they repeatedly complained about her dog’s barking. Police (in Burlington) said Kimberly Capdevila sent the smelly package to neighbors Steve Rowland and Mary Eipert through website poopsenders.com after the neighbors repeatedly complained to police about Capdevila’s dog barking during the past three years.

… Police said poopsenders.com, which offers deliveries of cow, elephant and gorilla poop through the United States Postal Service, did not break the law by filling Capdevila’s order. The website says customers “may not use our service to threaten, constitute harassment, violate a legal restraint, or any other unlawful purpose. The customer agrees this is a gag gift, novelty service for entertainment only, and that is their only intention.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your horrible neighbor story?

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK MAN IN STREET SWEEPER LEADS COPS ON SLOW CAR CHASE _ A 48-year-old man was using his street sweeper to clean the parking lot at a Brooklyn, New York, mall when he allegedly had a hankering for some candy and drove the sweeper “around the corner” to get some. But at some point in his journey he got turned around and reportedly took the sweeper for a 20-mile ride. Other drivers spotted him driving erratically and called 911, but when police tried to pull him over, he just kept driving — for two more miles. When he finally did pull over police discovered the man was driving without a license and had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEN ARRESTED FOR STEALING TEETH-WHITENING STRIPS _ Two Indianapolis men have been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars of Crest teeth-whitening strips. The men are suspected of stealing the strips and other items from about 10 stores throughout the month of December, usually from Wal-Mart and Target. Altogether, the two stole more than $10,000 in merchandise.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM GETS STUCK TRYING TO SHIMMY DOWN BOYFRIEND’S CHIMNEY _ A 35-year-old mother of three reportedly decided the best way to gain access to her boyfriend’s home in California (Riverside County) when she couldn’t open the front door at 5am was to shimmy down the chimney. But unlike Santa, the woman, whose partner, is also the father of her children, figured the best way to fit down the chimney was to remove all of her pesky clothing first. The boyfriend says he was sleeping when he heard the woman cry out for help. Instead of immediately calling the police, because this is all just a little too crazytown, the boyfriend reportedly tried to get her out of the chimney with an extension cord. It took firefighters two hours to free her from the chimney.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THROWING RAW MEAT AT POLICE STATION _ A woman in Boston bombarded a police station with uncooked breakfast meats. At her court appearance after her arrest the woman said that God told her to “feed the pigs.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEN COOK UP ALIBI IN FRONT OF CAMERA IN COP CAR _ Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in Palm Beach, Florida. They discovered a couple of guys in a car. One allegedly had blood on his clothes and appeared to be high. An officer recognized the other as a suspect in several area burglaries, so both men were put into a patrol car and officers began searching their vehicle. While the search was going on, the men discussed their alibi and how they were going to explain the purses and power tools that would be found in the car. They allegedly decided to blame another man who they would claim they dropped off at a nearby gas station. The reason we know about the discussion is because of the camera in the patrol car. The camera even recorded the two men noticing its presence prior to their discussion.

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ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — Iowa farmer Chris Soules, from last season’s Bachelorette, is the Season 19 Bachelor. For the first-time the premiere will be live and 15 of the women will be revealed. 15 more will come later, and by the end of the episode, 22 women will move on.

2 BROKE GIRLS (8p ET, CBS) — New

THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE (8p ET, NBC) — After the season premiere last night, Celebrity Apprentice moves to its regular night and time with this new edition.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — Morena Baccarin (Homeland) guest stars in this new episode.

THE ORIGINALS (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

MIKE & MOLLY (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — New

SLEEPY HOLLOW (9p ET, FOX) — New

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

MAJOR CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — Tom Berenger guest stars in this new episode.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — New

STATE OF AFFAIRS (10p ET, NBC) — Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight Rises) and Melinda McGraw (Crisis) guest star in this new episode.

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ENTERTAINMENT

ESPN ANCHOR STUART SCOTT DEAD AT 49 _ Prominent ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott has died at 49 after a long battle with cancer. Scott was known for his trademark “Boo-Yah” exclamation in narrating the plays of the night while anchoring the SportsCenter evening round-up of the day’s plays. The network noted that Scott had contributed nine catchphrases to the wall at ESPN’s Bristol, Connecticut, headquarters that showcases its anchors’ contributions to the colorful language of sports. Scott, who was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance shortly before another round of surgery, told the audience, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

THE HOBBIT WINS BOX OFFICE BATTLE AGAIN _ The third and final installation of The Hobbit series has won the box office battle for the third straight week. The Woman in Black 2 debuted in second over the weekend.

NEW ‘RAMBO’ MOVIE IS COMING _ Sylvester Stallone is dusting off his M60 machine gun in preparation for a fifth Rambo film, titled Rambo: Last Blood. The Rambo series follows Vietnam vet John Rambo as he struggles with the loss of the members of his unit. The first installment of the series, First Blood, was released in 1982. The first film was created on a $14 million budget and brought in $125 million.

TAYE DIGGS AND IDINA MENZEL ARE DIVORCED _ Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel took their sweet time pulling the plug on their marriage — nearly a year after separating no divorce papers were filed. But the couple finally, and secretly, did the deed. Diggs and Menzel announced their split in December 2013, but according to court documents obtained by TMZ there was no further action until November, when Taye filed the divorce petition in New York. Looks like they hammered out all their issues — child custody and divvying up assets — during the delay, because the divorce was quickly finalized on December 3. Diggs and Menzel were married for 10 years and have a five-year-old son named Walker.

AMERICAN IDOL FORMAT CHANGES _ American Idol is back with a new season on Wednesday. Long-time viewers of the singing competition program will notice some big changes. Those changes started in the Idol auditions, when returning judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban were on the lookout for more seasoned performers. Contestants performed at the House of Blues in Los Angeles before the announcement of the Top 24. The live show gave judges valuable insight into how potential Idol finalists entertained in front of an audience and not the sterile environment of a studio audition. Other big changes include the eventual elimination of the results show. Once Idol is reduced to one show a week later on this season, performances and contestant cuts will happen in the same episode.

SARAH PALIN FIRES BACK AT PETA _ Sarah Palin wants PETA to “chill” after the animal rights group blasted her for posting a photo of son Trig using the family dog as a step stool. In a message posted on her Facebook page Saturday, the former Alaska governor fired back at PETA writing, “Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.” Palin was responding to criticism she received two days earlier, after sharing a picture on Facebook of Trig, who is 6 and has Down syndrome, standing on pet pooch Jill to reach the kitchen sink. The former Republican vice presidential nominee captioned the photo: “Happy New Year! May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mama not acknowledging his signs for ‘up!’, found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone.” The photo garnered more than 70,000 likes and thousands of comments. While many commenters praised Palin, others cried animal abuse, including PETA.

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY STAR TERESA GUIDICE IS OFF TO PRISON _ Today (Monday) Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice will be trading her sexy designer duds for elastic-waist khakis and a poly-blend button-down shirt when she begins her 15-month prison sentence for fraud. She’ll be sleeping next to strangers and could be assigned to a job scrubbing toilets or washing dishes. If she wants sunglasses, she can buy them for $1.50 in the prison camp commissary. Giudice is said to be heading to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, a minimum security prison camp for women that inspired the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. It’s also possible, though, that she could be sent to the Alderson Prison Camp in West Virginia, where Martha Stewart served five months in 2004 and 2005 for obstructing justice and lying to federal investigators about a stock sale.

SELENA AND ZOOEY TOP NOMINATION LIST FOR BEST HAIRSTYLES OF YEAR _ Alison Brie and Zooey Deschanel appear in prime-time comedies. Selena Gomez is known for singing and tabloid romance rumors. Victoria Azarenka makes her fame playing tennis. Yet all four women have something in common — top-quality hairstyles. Each has earned three nominations for this year’s Crown Awards, leading the field announced by the celebrity hair website Super-Hair.Net. People will vote online for Crown Awards in 17 different categories.

IS MICKEY MOUSE BEING DROPPED BY DISNEY? _ Rumors have been going around the Internet that Disney is going to do away with its iconic cartoon character Mickey Mouse. The rumor started thanks to an article posted online that said that Mickey will be killed off in a Christmas 2015 special called The Magical Life and Times of Mickey Mouse. The report stated that members of the press were in disbelief as Disney spokesperson Michael McDermott made a statement. But McDermott didn’t actually say any of that. Actually, there isn’t even a Michael McDermott working for Disney, and if there is one, he isn’t their spokesperson. Mickey Mouse isn’t being killed off by Disney. It’s a hoax.

SOME KANYE FANS DON’T KNOW WHO PAUL McCARTNEY IS _ Kanye West celebrated the New Year by releasing a new song called “Only One,” a collaboration with Paul McCartney. Shortly after the track was announced, Kanye’s fans took to Twitter to ask, Who is this Paul McCartney fella — and they were serious. Some of the tweets:

  • “I usually don’t pay much attention to Kanye West, but it’s cool he’s launched this ‘Paul McCartney’ dude’s career”
  • “I don’t know who Paul McCartney is, but Kanye is going to give this man a career w/ this new song!!”
  • “who ** is paul mccartney???!??! this is why i love kanye for shining light on unknown artists”
  • “I still don’t know who Paul MacArthur is”

… In defense of teens and some twenty-somethings, what’s the cut-off point for knowing celebrities? While Elvis is gone and you can probably go weeks or months without ever hearing one of his songs, his persona is always showing up in movies and TV shows and online. So everyone should know Elvis, right? What about someone like Bob Hope?

THE RAZZIES‘ PRE-NOMINATIONS LIST _ As the film business gears up to honor the best films of the year at the Academy Awards, the worst are getting recognized, too. The shortlist for the Razzies, which names the worst films of the year, has been obtained by awards site Gold Derby. Voting for the awards ends January 10 and nominations will be announced January 14.

Worst Picture

  • Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
  • Transcendence
  • A Million Ways To Die In The West
  • Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?
  • Legend Of Hercules
  • Sex Tape
  • A Haunted House #2
  • Teen-aged Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Left Behind
  • The Interview
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction
  • I, Frankenstein

Worst Remake, Rip-off Or Sequel

  • Noah
  • Legend Of Hercules
  • Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
  • A Haunted House #2
  • Expendables 3
  • Atlas Shrugged #3: Who Is John Galt?
  • Annie
  • Exodus: Gods And Kings
  • Endless Love
  • Pompeii
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction
  • I, Frankenstein
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Worst Actress

  • Charlize Theron / A Million Ways To Die In The West
  • Elizabeth Banks / Walk Of Shame
  • Jennifer Aniston / Horrible Bosses 2
  • Cameron Diaz / The Other Woman And Sex Tape
  • Gabrielle Wilde / Endless Love
  • Nicole Kidman / Before I Go To Sleep
  • Melissa McCarthy / Tammy
  • Drew Barrymore / Blended
  • Gaia Weiss / Legend Of Hercules
  • Lea Michelle (voice Only) / Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Worst Actor

  • Seth McFarland / A Million Ways To Die In The West
  • Johnny Depp / Transcendence
  • Adam Sandler / Blended
  • Seth Rogan / The Interview
  • James Franco / The Interview
  • Kellan Lutz / Legend Of Hercules
  • Marlon Wayans / A Haunted House #2
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger / Sabotage
  • Aaron Eckhart / I, Frankenstein
  • Alex Pettyfer / Endless Love
  • Kirk Cameron / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
  • Nicolas Cage / Left Behind

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AUDIO

Audio Archives

STUFF YOUR KIDS RUINED

Share a recent experience of your kid ruining something, then invite listeners to share their stories. Here are nine calls to help with the phones. » download

PREGNANCY CRAVINGS

Always a solid topic for phone calls. If you know of someone who’s pregnant, share with your listeners their weird pregnancy craving — then ask for moms to share theirs. » download  And from the archives, two more files of real callers: File 1, File 2.

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.

… The most popular category for dogs names (behind people names) was food. Popular dogs names in the food category: Coconut, Kale, Guinness, Vino, Mochi and Whiskey. (More info here.) » download

COMFORT FOODS

It’s comfort food season. What’s yours? Here are four calls to help with the phones. » download

CHARITY CLIPS

Got a charity event or fundraiser coming up? Here are some random clips. » download

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, $21.9 million
  2. Into the Woods, $19 million
  3. Unbroken, $18.3 million
  4. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, $15.1 million
  5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, $14.4 million
  6. Annie, $11.4 million
  7. The Imitation Game, $8.1 million
  8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, $7.7 million
  9. The Gambler, $6.3 million
  10. Big Hero 6, $4.8 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Frozen.

… 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 Toy Story.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

TAKEN 3 (PG-13)  http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.
  • Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Forest Whitaker

SELMA (PG-13)  http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
  • David Oyelowo, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding Jr., Martin Sheen, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. New Year’s Resolutions
  2. People’s Choice Awards
  3. NFL Playoffs
  4. Stuart Scott Dies
  5. The Flu
  6. Prince Andrew’s Sex Slave
  7. Golden Globes
  8. Downton Abbey
  9. Elly May Clampett Dies
  10. Gyms Are Packed
  11. Consumer Electronics Show
  12. Sarah Palin’s Dog
  13. My Husband is Not Gay
  14. Ohio State vs. Oregon
  15. Macklemore
  16. Madonna
  17. $163 For an Uber
  18. Oscar Nominations
  19. Jimmy Dickens

BLUE MONDAY, MOST DEPRESSING DAY OF YEAR

If you’re feeling depressed today, there could be a good reason for it: It’s Blue Monday, aka the most depressing day of the year. A number of factors could be contributing to your malaise:

• Most people returned to work today after an unusual two weeks that saw the Christmas and New Year’s holidays fall on Thursday and wreak havoc with everyone’s schedules and family get-togethers.

• You’re probably worrying about how much money you spent during the holidays and what you’re going to do when the bills start rolling in.

• The buzz of any New Year’s resolutions you may have made is probably starting to wear off.

… Of course, experts say there’s no scientific basis for Blue Monday.

MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES OF 2014

BabyCenter.com says these were the top names given to newborns in 2014.

10 most popular girl names of 2014

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Zoe
  8. Lily
  9. Emily
  10. Madelyn

10 most popular boy names of 2014

  1. Jackson
  2. Aiden
  3. Liam
  4. Lucas
  5. Noah
  6. Mason
  7. Ethan
  8. Caden
  9. Jacob
  10. Logan

MOST COMMON NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Six of the top 15 are health-related.

15. Set goals

14. Stop drinking

13. Enjoy life

12. Use time better

11. Increase family time

10. Get closer to God

9. Go back to school

8. Get a better job

7. Eat healthier

6. Spend less, save more

5. Stop smoking

4. Improve health

3. Be a better person

2. Exercise more

1. Lose weight

… Is this true? I saw online that if you’re trying to quit smoking, go to a sauna three days in a row. You’ll sweat out the nicotine and it’ll be easier to quit. Sounds too good to be true.

BEST-MANNERED CELEBS OF 2014

Jimmy Fallon tops the list of the best-mannered celebrities of the past 25 years. The list of 25 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC).

1. Jimmy Fallon — for maintaining the dignity and respect of others through his comedic disposition as the host of “The Tonight Show.”

2. David Muir — for courageous reporting, courteous treatment of interview subjects, and integrity in telling the stories of this generation.

3. Peyton Manning — for displaying good sportsmanship, both on and off the field, as quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

4. Barbara Bush — for demonstrating grace and poise as First Lady.

5. Bob Hope — for congeniality in entertaining the American people.

6. Michael J. Fox — for courage in facing Parkinson’s disease as a public figure.

7. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) — for portraying poise, elegance, and grace in the public spotlight.

8. Nelson Mandela — for peacefully working towards democracy and equality for all people.

9. Victoria Soto — for giving her life to defend students from the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary.

10. Phil Mickelson — for exhibiting grace in defeat and graciousness in victory.

11. Tom Hanks — for demonstrating kindness to all and humility in fame.

12. Mother Theresa — for dedicating her life to charity and serving the underprivileged of the world.

13. Carrie Underwood — for consistently demonstrating courtesy to her fans.

14. Warren Buffet — for balancing great success with great philanthropy.

15. Malala Yousafzai — for bravery and courage in the face of adversity.

16. S. Truett Cathy — for building a business based on excellence in customer service.

17. Ralph Lauren — for demonstrating the importance of “dressing for success.”

18. Pope Francis — for dedicating his life to spreading a message of love to all.

19. Derek Jeter — for displaying good sportsmanship as a baseball player and role model throughout his career.

20. Oprah Winfrey — for consistently treating her guests with dignity and respect.

21. Gabrielle Giffords —- for strength and perseverance in the face of adversity.

22. Sandra Bullock — for elegance and excellence as an actress.

23. Billy Graham — for his dedication to family values.

24. Robin Roberts — for extending warmth and kindness to her guests as an anchor on Good Morning America.

25. Taylor Swift — for inspiring young fans with her music and mannerly conduct.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Doing this 100 times is equivalent to 15 minutes of exercise on a stationary bicycle. (Laughing)

TRIVIA: Peruvians eat about 65 million of these each year. (Guinea pigs)

DEFUNCT NHL TEAMS

I’ll name some NHL teams, you tell me if they were once real or if I’m making them up.

• Atlanta Thrashers (real)

• Hartford Whalers (real)

• Boston Beanies (not)

• Toronto Sugar Cubes (not)

• Quebec Nordiques (real)

• Portland Pacifics (not)

• Cleveland Barons (real)

• Kansas City Scouts (real)

• Pittsburgh Burgers (not)

• Brooklyn Americans (real)

• North Dakota North Stars (not)

• Montreal Maroons (real)

• St. Louis Eagles (real)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A psychology professor was greeting his new class. He stood up in front of his students and said, “Would everyone who thinks he or she is stupid please stand up?” No one moved. Finally the silence was broken when a young man stood up. Everyone turned around to look at who had taken the bold initiative. “Well, hello there!” the professor said. “You’re the first one to ever stand up when I’ve made that challenge. So do you actually think you’re stupid?” “No sir!” the student replied. “I just didn’t want to see you standing there all by yourself.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Watch as a man fails miserably in his attempt to blow up an ATM.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Now THIS is a tree house.


Source: 9gag

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• 2014’s Top Slow-Mo Moments

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

• 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.

• Conversations with My 4-Year-Old: Shopping

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

• Parking lot incompetence.

• Download Our Boring Radio Station App.

• Random request generator.

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 6, 2015

This is day 6 of 2015. There are 359 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz is 78

• Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 62

• Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) is 60

• Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge is 56

• TV chef Nigella Lawson is 55

• Sportscaster Howie Long is 55

• Director John Singleton is 47

• Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) is 46

• The Talk co-host Julie Chen is 45

• Volleyball player Gabrielle Reece is 45

• Comedian Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1412: According to tradition, Joan of Arc was born in Domremy, France.

• 1838: Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, New Jersey.

• 1912: New Mexico became the 47th state.

• 1919: Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, died in Oyster Bay, New York, at age 60.

• 1942: A Pan American Airways plan arrived in New York to complete the first around-the-world trip by a commercial aircraft.

• 1945: Future president George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce.

• 1975: Wheel of Fortune premiered. Created by Merv Griffin, it is the longest-running syndicated game show in television history.

• 1993: Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died at age 75.

• 1994: Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant in Detroit. Four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison.

• 2001: With the vanquished Vice President Al Gore presiding, Congress certified Republican George W. Bush the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.

• 2003: Deciding they weren’t getting any younger, two eighty-somethings who had been sweethearts six decades ago tied the knot — in the Hamilton, Ohio, Walmart where she worked. 82-year-old Betty Howard, a greeter at the store, and 84-year-old Estel Barrett married during a ceremony thrown for them by Howard’s co-workers. Friends in childhood, Howard and Barrett kept in touch over the years. Both were married for more than 50 years before the deaths of their spouses three years before.

• 2007: A man had to be taken to the hospital after police called to his house found his hand had been nailed to a coffee table. Officers in Swansea in Wales said that while there were others in the home at the time, no formal complaint was filed so police didn’t investigating.

• 2013: The NHL reached an agreement to end a 113 day lockout.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Three Kings Day, celebrating the day upon which the three kings arrived at Bethlehem.

• Returns Day. UPS says it expects to handle a whopping four-million package returns by the end of the first full week in January. Many of these returns are presents that were given out on the holidays. The shipping company will be so busy, it has declared today (January 6) National Returns Day. UPS expects people will send more than 800,000 unwanted gifts back to stores and sellers on this day alone.

• Apple Tree Day

• Bean Day. We don’t know the origin of this day but most sources think we’re supposed to celebrate beans today. I’d like to point out that actor Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean, has a birthday today and perhaps the creators of Bean Day had him in mind.

UPCOMING

• January 12: College Football Championship Game (Monday)

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

• January 31: Chinese New Year (Saturday)

• February 1: Super Bowl 49 (Sunday)

• February 2: Groundhog Day (Monday)

• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Saturday)

• February 17: President’s Day (Tuesday)

More holidays

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