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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 8, 2015

This is day 8 of 2015. There are 357 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Larry Storch (F Troop) is 92

• Ron Moody is 91

• Sunday Morning host Charles Osgood is 82

• Game-show host Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game) is 77

• Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 75

• Physicist Stephen Hawking is 73

• Guitarist Robby Krieger of The Doors is 69

• David Bowie is 68

• Singer R. Kelly is 48

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1675: The first corporation was chartered in the United States. It was a New York fishing company.

• 1790: George Washington delivered the first State of the Union Address address in New York City.

• 1901: The first bowling tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, Illinois.

• 1955: After 130 home basketball wins, Georgia Tech defeated Kentucky 59-58. It was the first Kentucky loss at home since January 2, 1943.

• 1958: Fourteen-year-old Bobby Fischer won the United States Chess Championship for the first time.

• 1962: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

• 1975: Ella Grasso became Governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to serve as a Governor in the United States who did not succeed her husband.

• 1982: AT&T agreed to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions.

• 1987: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over the 2000 mark for the first time ever.

• 1992: U.S. President George H.W. Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair and promptly vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister.

• 1994: Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 left for Mir. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space.

• 1999: The top two executives of Salt Lake City’s Olympic organizing committee resigned amid investigations into how far city boosters stooped to win the 2002 Winter Games. Investigators found boosters gave IOC members cash payments up to $70,000 and expensive gifts; and paid educational, travel, housing and medical costs of IOC members and their families.

• 2004: The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship up to this point, was christened by her namesake’s granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. (The new largest is the Oasis of the Seas.)

• 2005: The nuclear sub USS San Francisco collided with an undersea mountain at full speed south of Guam. One man was killed, but the sub surfaced and was repaired.

• 2008: New Jersey officially apologized for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.

• 2011: An attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords occurred at a grocery store near Tuscon. Thirteen people were injured and six others were killed in the shooting, among them federal judge John Roll.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bubble Bath Day

• Show and Tell Day at Work

• Earth’s Rotation Day – Ever feel like you’re just spinning around and around? Don’t worry — we all are, all the time! Earth’s Rotation Day is a little reminder that we’re all spinning out of control, and there’s nothing that we can do about it.

• Male Watcher’s Day

• English Toffee 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)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2,400: Weight, in pounds, of the Wheel of Fortune wheel.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Benedict Cumberbatch and his fiancee are expecting a child. [Now they’ve got to choose a name which will be so hard because everything goes so well with Cumberbatch.]

The latest research indicates that children born during years of high sun activity are less healthy due to increased ultraviolet light. [Which doesn’t bode for my brother-in-law’s latest business venture of extra large tanning beds for pregnant women.]

University of Virginia had instituted a new rule for frat parties: They must include at least three sober and lucid monitors. [A similar rule is also now in effect for writers at Rolling Stone Magazine.]

John Boehner is getting revenge against members of congress who voted against him for Speaker of the House. He’s removed them from powerful congressional committees. [And assigned them to the less prestigious congressional coffee and sandwich committee.]

Scientists report that they have discovered yet another earth-like planet, this one being the most like earth ever found. One key difference is that a year there is only 35 days. [Which means that on that planet celebrities actually get to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. ]

A man is sorely disappointed that he didn’t collect $500,000 from the New Mexico state lottery. Officials say that there was a misprint due to a clogged ink dispenser. [He told them that if they paid him the $500,000, he’d buy them a new printer.]

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being criticized for accepting free airfare and hanging out in the owner’s box for Dallas Cowboys games. [He’s also under fire for hogging all the nachos.]

The pope is raffling off the gifts he’s received. [Now’s your chance to own a set of oven mitts in the shape of John the Baptist. ]

A new study says that binge drinkers are most likely to be middle aged white guys. [Now, suddenly Congress is beginning to make sense.]

The ex-wife of a billionaire oil man has rejected a check for $975 million to settle their divorce. [“Sure, it sounds good, but what am I gonna live on next month?”]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

DASH AGAIN TOPS LIST OF WORLD’S BEST DIETS _ Once again the DASH diet took out top honors in the annual US News and World Report rankings of diets. DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and which was formulated by the National Institutes of Health, has won top spot every year since 2011. Developed to lower blood pressure without medication, the diet’s emphasis on grains, low fat and a provision for sugar is at odds with the popular but controversial Paleo diet, which was ranked last. The Dukan diet was also ranked.

SAVE THIS GUY’S RESTAURANT AND HE’LL GET A TATTOO OF YOU RIDING A UNICORN _ What would you do to save your restaurant? Raise money through Kickstarter? Get attention of the local news outlets? Well, Nguyen Tran, the eccentric and enthusiastic head chef at Starry Kitchen, would go even further. Starry Kitchen is the underground Malaysian comfort food “restaurant” in Los Angeles that started out of Tran’s apartment. The restaurant is in trouble, and Tran is looking for your help. If you donate $10,000 to the cause via their newly-announced Kickstarter, Tran has promised to get a tattoo of you riding a unicorn. Starry Kitchen started in Tran’s apartment as a way to showcase his wife’s cooking skills. Technically, the restaurant was illegal in the eyes of the health department, and was shut down. After finally becoming a brick and mortar spot in 2010 and having to move the restaurant three times, Tran and his team are asking for $500,000 to help save his restaurant and stay in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.

MOM CRASHES CAR WHILE FILMING CHILDREN IN BACK SEAT _ A mom crashed her car while taking a cell phone video of her children in the back seat, and the video is going viral. The video shows a couple of kids in the back seat of a car, singing and dancing, but after about a minute, the car that they are riding in crashes. While no one was injured, the video is circulating in hopes of people realizing how dangerous it is to use your cell phone to film things while you are driving. The video of the mom recording her kids, and crashing her car was published on YouTube nearly a year ago but is just now taking off. Video

TOUGH MUDDER: NOW WITH MORE TEAR GAS _ Tough Mudder is an adventure racing competition with the sole purpose of seeing how much it can torture you before the breaking point, and a new addition to the obstacle course will be no exception. The website DNA Info says the competition will be adding tear gas to “its list of torture devices.” If this sounds shocking to those of you who’ve never participated, then you’ll probably want to cover your ears when I tell you that it also utilizes electric shocks, a fall through a ring of fire, and a plunge into freezing cold water. Just what is the tear gas obstacle known as “Cry Baby” going to be like? According to one of the early testers, Austin Murray, it’s the “feeling of having Sriracha poured into every one of our tiny cuts and abrasions,” he said in comments to Sports Illustrated. Tough Mudder has not commented on what the exact ingredients of their “tear gas” concoction are.

… Tough Mudder will directly host more than 50 events in 2015. Not every course will incorporate tear gas.

MOSTLY MIDDLE-AGED MEN DIE OF ALCOHOL POISONING _ What sort of people tend to die from alcohol poisoning? If you said “idiot college students,” you’re wrong. The CDC has published a new study that takes an in-depth look at who exactly is dying from alcohol poisoning in America. The vital stats:

  • 2,200 Americans per year die of alcohol poisoning, about six per day.
  • 68% of those who die are white.
  • Three quarters of those who die are men.
  • Three quarters of those who die are between the ages of 35-64.

HARVARD STUDY SAYS EATING MORE WHOLE GRAINS CAN EXTEND YOUR LIFE _ A small bowl of whole-grain oatmeal or cereal each day could be the key to a long and healthy life. Scientists at Harvard University found that whole grains are so healthy that a person’s risk of an early death drops with every serving added to a daily diet. The researchers estimate that every one-ounce serving of whole grains reduced a person’s overall risk of an early death by 5%, and their risk of death from heart disease by 9%. However, the study noted, eating whole grains did not appear to affect a person’s risk of death from cancer.

INJURED CALIFORNIA HIKER LOCATED VIA FACEBOOK AFTER 911 CALL FAILS _ A badly injured California hiker stranded on a remote trail was located by a quick-thinking dispatch trainee using Facebook after a 911 distress call got cut off. Ryan Pritchard was hiking Sunday afternoon with his sons Jake in the rugged Putah Creek State Wildlife Area about 30 miles east of his Sacramento home when he slipped on a loose rock and fell 150 feet down a cliff and landed in a tree. Since Devon had already gone ahead to their car to return gear, little brother Jake went down the cliff, got his father’s cell phone and called 911, reaching the California Highway Patrol dispatcher. But the call was disconnected before he could give an accurate location and efforts to call again failed.

… The cell phone coordinates got them no closer than a cell tower 30 miles from where the hikers were. Then a dispatch trainee got an idea. She Googled Pritchard’s name. Google took her to his LinkedIn page, which then led her to his Facebook page. When she scrolled the very first post was a picture of Pritchard’s sons and the text “Hiking the Blue Ridge Trail today.” That was all the information the dispatchers needed. A rescue helicopter crew found the trail, plucked Pritchard from the tree and got him to a hospital before darkness. He was treated for several fractured bones, a head injury and a broken jaw.

CRAZY AIRLINE EXEC COULD SPEND 15 YEARS IN PRISON OVER ‘NUT RAGE’ _ You probably remember this from early December: A Korean Air Lines executive delayed a flight leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City when a flight attendant served her macadamia nuts improperly. Now that executive could be facing prison time. The executive publicly apologized for the incident and resigned from her position as head of in-flight services before it was further announced that the airline was removing her from any role with the carrier. She is the daughter of the airline’s chairman, who also publicly apologized. South Korean prosecutors charged her Wednesday with violating aviation security law and hindering a government investigation. The four charges against her include forcing a flight to change its route, using violence against the flight crew, hindering a government probe, and forcing crew off the plane. After the incident, airline officials allegedly tried to pressure the head flight attendant — the one who was forced off the plane — to change his story. If convicted of all the charges against her, she could face up to 15 years in prison.

THE BELFIE STICK IS FOR PEOPLE WHO TAKE PHOTOS OF THEIR BUTTS _ Since “selfie” was declared word of the year in 2013, mobile photographers all over the world have been constantly one-upping their game. Now, it’s about to go one step down. Last year, the selfie stick craze took off, allowing people to take self-photography. For 2015 there’s a new invention that hopes to take selfies to, quite literally, a lower level — it’s called the Belfie Stick. A belfie is a selfie of your booty, a term made popular by female celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj. You would normally need to aim your camera at your reflection in a mirror to make this shot even possible, or make like a pretzel and take a no-look snapshot over your shoulder or behind your back. But thanks to the Belfie Stick, all your butt-picture-taking hassles are gone. You can pre-order it for $80 and have it arrive sometime this year.

CHINA ARRESTS MEN FOR TUNNELING INTO iPHONE 6 WAREHOUSE _ More iPhones are now being sold in China than anywhere else on Earth. But instead of lining up to buy iPhones at the Apple store, three men in Beijing took a different approach. Police said Wednesday they had arrested three men for digging a tunnel into a Beijing warehouse and stealing 240 iPhone 6 smartphones. The men later sold the phones, spending most of their earnings on cars, gold, and gambling. Police found them by tracking the serial numbers on the stolen iPhones.

RACING VIDEO GAMES MAY INFLUENCE LATER BEHAVIOR _ According to a new study, playing an intense racing game makes players more likely to take risks like speeding, passing on the wrong side, and running red lights. Other research has found a connection between racing games and inclination to risk-taking while driving, so the new results (from Xi’an Jiaotong University) broaden that evidence base.

MAN FORGIVES WITNESS WHO PUT HIM IN PRISON FOR 39 YEARS FOR A CRIME HE DIDN’T COMMIT _ If you’re holding on to anger and a major grudge against someone who treated you wrong in the past, this story just might inspire you to forgive and move forward. Ricky Jackson was thrown into prison way back in 1975 at the age of 18. He, along with his friend, Wiley Bridgeman, were convicted for the roles they were accused of playing in the murder of a money-order collector at a grocery store in Cleveland. Jackson was actually pinpointed as the shooter, but in reality, he didn’t have anything to do with the man’s death. But police had a witness. They had a 12-year-old boy by the name of Eddie Vernon, who identified Jackson as the shooter, even though Vernon was not actually near the crime when it happened. Eager to help police, Vernon says they fed him information, including the number of assailants they claimed were involved in the crime, the weapon used and the make and model of the getaway car. He shared that info with prosecutors and juries. His testimony would help put Jackson and his friend on death row. Their sentences would eventually be commuted to life in prison in 1977 after a mistake in jury instructions.

… While Jackson sat in prison, Vernon held on to the guilt that he had put a man away for something he didn’t do. Vernon, now 52, eventually told his pastor about the false testimony back in 2013, and in a hearing in November he recanted that testimony in a court in Cleveland. Vernon recounted what he was told to say by police and the fact that he wasn’t anywhere near the grocery store when the crime occurred. On November 20, a motion was filed to have Jackson and Bridgeman released from prison. After 39 years behind bars, Jackson, now 57, was finally free.

… But in order to be fully free, he decided that he had to forgive Vernon. The first meeting between the two men happened at Vernon’s church, seven weeks after Jackson’s release. Vernon broke down in tears, finally releasing the guilt and sorrow, and Jackson released the anger he once felt in order to finally go on with his life.

APP TELLS YOU WHEN YOUR BREATH STINKS _ Sticking a sensor into your mouth to calculate your hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen disulfide, and methyl mercaptan levels may sound at first like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie or in NASA astronaut training, but it’s actually designed for a more practical, everyday purpose: to measure how bad your breath is. The Mint is a smartphone app that works similarly to the Breathometer alcohol-detecting smartphone breathalyzers. The user places the Mint sensor in his mouth and breathes onto it. The entire process takes about 12 seconds. Mint is currently trying to raise money on Indiegogo. The early bird price for the smartphone add-on device is $89.

HAWAII COPES WITH RECORD COLD _ Blankets, layers of heavy clothes and thermal socks are some of the ways Hawaii residents are trying to stay warm in a cold snap that has brought record lows. As temperatures hit the 50s, some stores sold out of space heaters. The cold has been brought on by winds from the north and dry air. And we’re not talking about snow and ice on the peaks of Hawaii’s volcanic mountains. The cooler air is hitting people where they live, accompanied by strong winds. In Honolulu, a 122-year-old record was broken when the temperature dropped to 57 degrees Monday.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BARTENDER ACCEPTS WORST COUNTERFEIT MONEY EVER _ Police in Manchester, England, released a photo of some funny money passed at a bar. The £20 note was accepted by a bartender even though it was made of stapled photocopies of the front and back of a real bill.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SENTENCED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL FOR FAKING HOME INVASION _ A judge sentenced a 49-year-old Ontario, Canada (Delhi) woman to go back to high school for faking a home invasion. Carol Hatfield was ordered to finish her senior year instead of going to jail. The judge said the 100 hours of educational time he sentenced her to equals the time police spent investigating the case before she came clean with them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COMATOSE MAN OFFERED $16 WAKES UP _ A man in China has finally woken after spending nearly one year in a coma, thanks to a little cash. Hospital staff watched in amazement as the man began to grasp at a bill that a nurse waved in front of him. It’s value in American dollars was $16. The man’s mother shed tears of joy after his revival and carried on their first conversations together in about one year. The man lost consciousness after a marathon gaming session at an Internet café in August 2013. He suffered a brain hemorrhage that left him in a vegetative state.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GROOM CANCELS WEDDING, MARRIES ANOTHER WOMAN ON SAME DAY _ Police in China were called to mediate a dispute between a bride and what would have been her husband. It all began when the bride-to-be waited in her gown for her fiancé on Friday morning — until he texted her to cancel their wedding banquet reservation. He told his bride-to-be that he had been arrested for brawling and was unable to attend.  But her relatives soon discovered the groom was not in jail and instead marrying another woman down the hall at the same venue.

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ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — New

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — The auditions continue in this new, 2-hour edition.

THE TASTE (8p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

THE BIGGEST LOSER (8p ET, NBC) — Tim Gunn and Ken Paves help transform the remaining contestants in Makeover Week, and Gavin DeGraw performs in this new edition.

MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — Colin Hanks and Beverly D’Angelo (Vacation) guest star in this new episode.

TWO AND A HALF MEN (9p ET, CBS) — New

BAD JUDGE (9p ET, NBC) — New

PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (9p ET, Lifetime) — In this new edition, the designers create elegant resort wear with swimsuits. Fashion figure Nigel Barker is the guest judge.

THE MCCARTHYS (9:30p ET, CBS) — Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) guest stars in this new episode.

A TO Z (9:30p ET, NBC) — New

ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — New

PARENTHOOD (10p ET, NBC) — This is the first of the final four episodes. The series finale is January 29th.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

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ENTERTAINMENT

THREE MORE WOMEN ACCUSE BILL COSBY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT _ Three more women came forward Wednesday in a press conference organized by Gloria Allred to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Linda Kirkpatrick, Lynn Neal, and Kacey (no last name given) all shared their similar stories, at times breaking down into tears. All say fears of retaliation prevented them from speaking out sooner.

… Kirkpatrick says she was drugged and assaulted in 1981 when she was 25, after playing in a tennis tournament against Cosby in Las Vegas. He invited her to his show after the tournament, where he gave her a drink. He then allegedly assaulted her in his dressing room. Kirkpatrick says Cosby called her the next day to apologize, and that he invited her back to his show. He allegedly assaulted her again that night, using force instead of drugs.

… Lynn Neal says Cosby assaulted her sometime between 1982 and 1983 when she was in her twenties. She says he drugged and raped her at one of his shows, as well.

… Kacey recalls that Cosby assaulted her while she was working as an assistant to one of his agents between 1990 and 1996. He invited her to lunch at his suite in an L.A. hotel one day, where he allegedly forced her to take “a large white pill.” Kacey says he asked her “would i give you anything that would hurt you?” She says after consuming the pill she woke up to see him naked in bed beside her. She quit her job shortly after.

JUDD APATOW SLAMS PHYLICIA RASHAD’S SUPPORT FOR BILL COSBY _ Filmmaker Judd Apatow is continuing to speak out against Bill Cosby. His latest series of tweets are aimed at not only Cosby, but his supporter and co-star Phylicia Rashad. After weeks of remaining silent about Cosby’s multiple rape allegations, the comedian’s TV wife is providing support for her colleague. Apatow tweeted: “Phylicia- how many women need to be raped before you realize he destroyed his own legacy? 40? 50? For me it’s one.”

… In her Tuesday statement Rashad said, “Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”

60 MINUTES’ STEVE KROFT ADMITS TO CHEATING _ Wednesday the National Enquirer ran a story alleging that 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft has been cheating on his wife with a Manhattan lawyer named Lisan Goines for over 3 years. Later in the day the 69-year-old Kroft confirmed the Enquirer’s scoop, which drew from extensive text message conversations between the two. Goines, who is 41 and married, allegedly ended the affair because she felt Kroft had become too needy.

JODIE FOSTER TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD _ Jodie Foster will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Athena Film Festival. The 52-year-old actress will be honored in recognition of her work as an actress and director. The annual event takes place at Barnard College in New York early next month, and celebrates female leadership in the movie industry.

MINI-POP PRINCESS SOPHIA GRACE HAS NEW SONG _ Step aside, Beyoncé — Sophia Grace is your new Pop Diva. The 11-year-old has enjoyed lots of Internet fame and the backing of Ellen DeGeneres for her epic cover of Nicki Minaj’s Superbass in 2011. She’s now released a song and video called Best Friend.

JOHN TRAVOLTA RETURNS TO TV IN AMERICAN CRIME STORY _ For the first time since Welcome Back Kotter, John Travolta is making his return back to TV. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Travolta has signed on to play the role of Robert Shapiro for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. American Crime Story is an anthology of the infamous O.J. Simpson trial, based on the book by Jeffrey Toobin. Travolta’s new television project will last for 10 episodes. The first season “examines the Simpson trial as told from the perspective of the lawyers and is poised to explore the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. More significantly, it will display how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.”

… David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. were previously announced as cast additions.

SNOOKI AND JIONNI LAVALLE SPLIT? _ Snooki and her husband Jionni LaValle have been hit with a cheating scandal just weeks after tying the knot. According to InTouch Weekly, a girl name Alexa Waldman went to the media with claims that she met Jionni at a Florida club back in March, and that the two were dancing and flirting the night away. Waldman claims Jionni repeatedly texted her about hooking up, but she refused. Snooki caught wind of the story, and quickly took to Twitter to confirm that the story wasn’t true.

SUPER BOWL ADS ARE 95 PERCENT SOLD OUT _ NBC says that its in-game advertising for the Super Bowl is 95% sold out, with costs to advertisers of $4.4 million to $.4.5 million per 30-second ad. Fox TV charged $4 million last year.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IS GOING TO BE A DAD _ Some time this year the world will welcome a Cumberbaby. Less than two months after revealing his engagement to Sophie Hunter with an old-school newspaper announcement, it’s been revealed that actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his fiance are expecting their first child. The 38-year-old actor’s rep confirmed the news. So how does this affect the wedding plans? Turns out, not much. Looks like 2015 will feature marriage and baby. A source says that “Sophie is a few months along, and both she and Benedict are very excited about it. They are also quietly planning to marry in early spring.”

MICHAEL KEATON IN TALKS FOR ‘KONG: SKULL ISLAND’ _ Michael Keaton is in final negotiations to join the cast of “Kong: Skull Island.” Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons were previously cast in the King Kong spin-off film, which centers on the giant ape’s native island and follows a team of explorers venturing deep inside the treacherous, primordial landscape. The film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10, 2017.

TEEN MOM CAST MEMBER JENELLE EVANS IS ENGAGED _ Jenelle Evans is getting ready to tie the knot. The Teen Mom 2 cast member is engaged to Nathan Griffith. Evans says the former Marine popped the question in St. Thomas this week, opting for an old-fashioned proposal at a “fancy restaurant” with family.

MARIAH CAREY IS HEADING TO LAS VEGAS _ A source says Mariah Carey has signed, or is about to sign, a residency deal with a famous Las Vegas resort. Carey joins a long list of famous stars who have secured successful residency gigs in Las Vegas, including Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Cher.

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AUDIO

Audio Archives

SHOW CLOSES

A package of drops for a show closer or something similar. » download

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

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TV SHOWS

Delayed due to the holidays.

PHONER: HOW DID YOUR PARENTS TELL YOU ABOUT SEX AND BABIES?

Have you seen the video of the kids learning about sex and where babies come from? One kid in the video is already hip to the birds and the bees — to his father’s shock (his older brother told him) — but others are convinced babies came from the butt or from “some kind of hole here like an igloo.” Another kid shouts at his parents, “Don’t say THAT AGAIN!”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How did your parents tell you about sex and babies?

CES: INNOVATE GADGETS

Vysk QS1 Privacy Case
This new iPhone or Android case provides protection in case you drop your phone on the pavement, but also protects you from getting hacked. The case blocks the microphone and camera on your phone so that hackers can’t tap into them and listen to conversations at an investor meeting. The case also includes codes for apps that use encryption when you send text messages or exchange photos. Another app lets you make private phone calls that cannot be recorded. It’s currently on pre-order for $230.

Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480
Finally, someone made a keyboard with keys labelled for both Mac and Windows. This model from Bluetooth connects over Bluetooth to a desktop computer. There’s a tray you can use to set your phone or tablet on the keyboard for mobile typing sessions. If you connect to multiple devices, you can turn a dial to switch between them quickly. You can buy it now on Amazon.

Imation LINK Power Drive Portable 64GB
For $180, this small adapter for the iPhone or iPad might seem overpriced. Yet, it could be a business saver. You can charge your smartphone twice or trickle charge a tablet, which helps you stay in contact on a business trip. Once connected by the attached lightning cable, you gain an extra 64GB of storage for backing up your files.

HP Sprout
It’s not available yet, but the HP Sprout could change how you work sometime soon. The desktop computer has two displays, one running as a standard desktop touchscreen one that’s projected in front of you where you’d normally have a keyboard and mouse. You can scan objects like a business card or your notes and then interact with them — say, making a quick printout to give to meeting participants. To control the computer, you press icons that are displays in front of you and can type on a virtual keyboard. No pricing info yet.

CES: WEIRDEST THINGS AT CES 2015

Toshiba has unveiled a concept robot called ChihiraAico and its goal is to “achieve real heart-warming communication with human-like facial expression.” The realistic robot moves like a human and will be used in the service and healthcare industries.

Empire Robotics Versaball uses it’s robotic arm and ball-hand to play beer pong.

The Melo Mind headset reads neural activity and attempts to translate it in the language of music. The brain’s waves are transmitted via Bluetooth to a connected app, which computes your level of stress and translates it into two kinds of music the company calls Relaxed and Distractor.

The Emotia Smart Belt automatically adjusts itself throughout the day, depending on how much you’ve eaten and how much exercise you’ve done to compensate. It also keeps track of your overall health, and nudges you when you’ve been sitting for too long.

SOMETHING I LEARNED WHILE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE

Thomas Edison taught his second wife Morse code to tap out messages on his arm so they could communicate in secret in front of her parents.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Does your spouse and you have secret codes, like an ear rub when it’s time to leave a dinner party or something?

AWFUL WAYS TO GET DUMPED!

Reddit users were asked about the worst ways they were dumped.

• “I dated a girl for about a year. Throughout this year she spent the entire time telling me about how her ex-boyfriend dumped her on her birthday and how she’d never forgive him. So what did I do? I dumped her on her birthday, of course. Not intentionally though; I actually forgot it was her birthday, which I suppose is a double whammy.”

• “My English teacher in high school took me out in to the hall during class to tell me my girlfriend was breaking up with me. Boy, was that awkward.”

• “He answered his phone immediately after we had finished having sex. While standing next to my bed still butt-naked, I heard him say, “You’re beautiful and you know I love you.” He was talking to his girlfriend who was studying abroad in Ecuador. Apparently I was the other woman. This was three months into our relationship.”

• “I dated a boy one night in middle school. Two hours in, he had a change of heart and dumped me by saying, ‘you can’t tie this rockstar down.'”

• “After a few days of him not answering my texts he sent me a Google hangout message that said (among other things), ‘Long story short I’m in Iceland.’ He had moved without bothering to tell me.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: In what awful way were you dumped?

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The Pentagon is developing a special version of this to help soldiers maintain dental hygiene in the field. You probably have it in your car, purse or desk. (Gum. Or as the Pentagon is calling it, “combat chewing gum”. It is expected to save the Army $100million per year in dental services.)

TRIVIA: Americans eat 4.3 million pounds of these every year. (Pretzels)

TRIVIA: The people of Finland return and reuse 9 out of 10 of these. (Plastic bottles)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

There was a guy named John, who was the most positive guy in the whole world. Every time anyone said something negative, John would always say, “It could have been worse.” One day, John’s coworkers all got together and decided to come up with a scenario so bad that John couldn’t say that it could have been worse. When John arrived at work that day, one of his coworkers asked him, “John did you hear what happened to Sam last night?” John replied, “No, what?” The coworker replied, “When Sam got home last night, he found his wife in bed with another man. Sam shot the man, his wife, and then turned the gun on himself!” John replied, “Well, it could have been worse.” In disgust the coworker replied, “Now how could that have been any worse?” John replied, “Because if it had been the night before, he would have shot me!”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Fireworks facility in Colombia explodes.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Stroller vs. Wet Snow


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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Whittier, Alaska, is a town of about 200 people, almost all of whom live in a 14-story former Army barracks built in 1956.

• How to win Wheel of Fortune.

• 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 9, 2015

This is day 9 of 2015. There are 356 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Singer Joan Baez is 74

• Guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is 71

• J.K. Simmons (Farmers Insurance commercials, Spider-Man movies, Law & Order) is 60

• Joely Richardson is 50

• Singer Dave Matthews is 48

• Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy, Big Daddy) is 47

• A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys is 37

• Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is 34

• Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) is 25

• Tyree Brown (Parenthood) is 11

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1788: Connecticut became the fifth state to join the United States.

• 1913: Richard Nixon, 36th vice president of the United States and 37th president of the United States, was born at Yorba Linda, California. He died in 1994.

• 1993: Responding to a sensor alarm, Mission Control at Cape Canaveral scolded space shuttle Endeavor astronauts to please remember and put the toilet seat down.

• 1993: When German bank robber Rolf Gorlach called to complain that the newspaper had made a mistake in reporting his robbery, reporters taped the conversation. Police recognized Rolf’s voice and arrested him immediately.

• 1994: Following a speech to NATO leaders in Belgium, U.S. President Bill Clinton was given a saxophone from Dinant, Belgium, the home town of the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax.

• 1995: Valeri Poliakov completed 366 days in space while aboard the Mir space station, breaking a duration record.

• 2002: The United States Department of Justice announced it was going to pursue a criminal investigation of Enron.

• 2006: The Phantom of the Opera surpassed the record set by Cats for the title of longest running show on Broadway.

• 2007: In Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Robert Townes was caught shoplifting gardening supplies. The owner called police who checked Townes out and discovered that, in addition to the stolen items, he was carrying a list titled “Things Needed to Grow Pot.”

• 2007: Apple Steve Jobs announced the iPhone.

• 2009: The Illinois House voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The Democratic governor was removed from office by the state Senate later in the month.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Play God Day – If you had the power of God, how would you use it to encourage another person or positively impact their day?

• Apricot 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)

More holidays

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10

• Rod Stewart is 70. Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is 67. Pat Benatar is 62. Chris Smith of Kris Kross is 36.

• Peculiar People Day; Cut Your Energy Costs Day; Houseplant Appreciation Day; Bittersweet Chocolate Day

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11

• Felix Silla (Cousin Itt on The Addams Family. Country singer Naomi Judd is 69. Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) is 59. Kim Coles (Living Single) is 53. Mary J. Blige is 44. Amanda Peet is 43. Pop singer Cody Simpson is 18.

• Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day; Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day; No Pants Subway Ride Day; Milk Day; Hot Toddy Day

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