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This is day 9 of 2015. There are 356 days remaining.
• 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.
• 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
• 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)
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
• 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
4.16: Miles cycled underwater by the Guinness World Record holder.
For the first time major institutional investors announced that they were investing in the new cannabis business. [Board of Directors meetings will be held in one of their parents’ basement.]
The pope attended a screening of Unbroken. [Never sit behind the pope at the movies with that giant hat.]
North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un had a birthday Thursday. [“Ain’t no party like a Kim Jong-Un party ’cause a Kim Jong-Un party don’t stop — ‘less you wanna be shot.”]
A new study says that dogs only arrived in North America 10,000 years ago. [When they followed some kid home from school.]
Authorities in Scotland are looking for the person who abandoned a dog at a train station along with a small suitcase of his doggie belongings. [This sounds eerily familiar to the way an old girlfriend once got rid of me. ]
Researchers think they have found an antibiotic that can defeat any bacteria. [Well, except for the bacteria after a party at Leonardo DiCaprio’s.]
A baby girl in Branson, Missouri was born with two front teeth. [To a mother who now has a morbid fear of breastfeeding.]
North Carolina (Fayetteville) couple recognized two of the burglars in the surveillance video on the TV evening news so they turned in their 16 and 14-year old sons. [And they already have plans for the reward money. ]
A newly released police report shows that when New Jersey police arrested a man for driving intoxicated over the holiday he told the cops, “It’s New Year’s Eve. Everybody drives drunk.” [The police immediately apologized, and let him go.]
Melissa Gilbert has removed her breast implants. [One word: eBay.]
Scientists have traced a recent measles outbreak to Disneyland. [Specifically, to the dwarves Sneezy and Blotchy. ]
This year official timepieces will add a leap second. [But I’m not sure if that means I’m supposed to take my microwave popcorn out a little earlier or a little later.]
YES, WARM YOUR CAR UP IF IT’S COLD _ Facebook can be like some pushy friend who has to give you advice on everything. And lately, that pushy friend has been telling you not to bother warming up your car in winter, and posting many articles explaining why. The main thrust of most of these articles saying there’s no need to warm up your car is that it’s wasteful of fuel, creates needless pollution, and modern, fuel-injected cars just don’t need to be warmed up to run well like old carbureted cars did. And, generally, these statements are all true — modern cars engine control computers are vastly better at managing the engine to run well even when cold, and, sure, if you idle the car for 20 minutes, you’re not really accomplishing anything beyond turning gas into pollution.
… But that’s only a part of what’s going on with your car when it’s really cold. It’s more about the oil. When your car has been sitting out in the brutal cold, all the lubricating oil that’s coating all of the crucial, moving bits of the car has settled down to the bottom of the oil pan. When the temperatures are really cold, not only is that oil not near the areas it needs to be, its viscosity — ability to flow — has been severely impaired by the cold. So, when you start that cold engine, it’s essentially running without lubrication. If you start up and immediately put a load on the engine, things could get damaged.
TIGER WOODS SELLING PRIVATE ISLAND _ Tiger Woods is parting ways with his private island in Sweden. The luxurious 61-acre site at Lake Malaren near Stockholm has a private harbor, open fields, lake views and a tastefully designed “mini-mansion.” The property even has a historical 11th century Viking stronghold, a dramatic landscape with approximately 100-foot high rocks, rising out of the lake. And the the island is a golfer’s paradise, with six tee-off areas.
GIVE $1 TO CHARITY, GET A FREE WENDY’S FROSTY _ Wendy’s is already trying to get you to fall off of the New Year’s resolution diet wagon — but for a good cause. Throughout 2015, if you purchase a key tag shaped like a Wendy’s Frosty for $1, you’ll be able to get a free Jr. Frosty. The offer is good throughout 2015, at participating locations while supplies last. Plus, while you’re showing off your love of delicious fast food shakes next to your car keys, 90 cents of your dollar will go toward the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, to help children in foster care.
NEW YORK CITY BAN ON FOAM CUPS AND CONTAINERS BEGINS JULY 1 _ New York Mayor Bill de Blasio fulfilled a campaign promise on Thursday by announcing a ban on serving food and drinks in polystyrene foam containers. The ban, first proposed in February 2013 by de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, will stop restaurants, coffee shops and food carts in the nation’s largest city from using single-serve containers made of expanded polystrene beginning on July 1.
TREASURE HUNTER FINDS RING LOST 35 YEARS EARLIER _ Usually the kind of stuff treasure hunters armed with metal detectors pick up off the beach is of the loose change and worthless junk variety. But every now and again, something valuable shows up. A guy was surfing off Bolinas beach in California in 1970 when the ring slipped off and was lost to the waves. Then two weeks ago, a treasure hunter poking around at low tide with his metal detector heard a promising beep. Ten minutes of digging through a foot of pebbles uncovered the ring lost 35 years ago, bearing the letters of the high school and the owner’s initials engraved inside. The treasure hunter dug through alumni records and tracked down the surfing owner of the ring. He emailed him to meet him at a grocery store if he wanted the ring back. The exchange was made, shocking the ring’s owner that someone had actually recovered his ring.
SEMI DRAGGED MINIVAN FOR 16 MILES IN THE SNOW _ A Michigan family of four avoided serious injury when their minivan became wedged behind a semi truck and was dragged for 16 miles. Matthew and Pamela Menz were driving with their two adult children (on Interstate 75) when they rear-ended the semi truck while having snow-related visibility issues about 2am Wednesday. Pamela called 911 and told dispatchers the van had gone dead, including its horn, and the family members were not able to see out of the vehicle well enough to give deputies their exact location. Deputies were able to locate the truck, about 16 miles from where the van first struck the semi. Deputies said the driver of the truck had been unaware of the collision with the van until the vehicle was stopped by deputies. Matthew, a truck driver for 20 years, said the semi was barely moving and did not have its hazard lights on when the vehicles collided. He said he does not believe the truck should have been on the road.
‘SMART COLLAR’ FOR DOGS BEAMS VIDEO TO OWNERS’ PHONES _ The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas went to the dogs with the unveiling of a “smart collar” outfitted with a GPS tracker and a video camera. Motorola unveiled the Scout 5000 smart collar at CES and demonstrated how the canine-mounted device includes a GPS tracker, WiFi connectivity and a 720p camera that beams video to the pet owner’s smartphone. The wearable for pets also includes a feature to track exercise and a speaker to allow owners to talk to their pooches through their phones. The Scout 5000 is scheduled to be released in June with a $199 price tag.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the most expensive gadget, tool or toy you’ve purchased for your pooch?
THIS RESTAURANT JUST BANNED TIPS _ A Pittsburgh restaurant just banished tips and started paying its employees a $35,000 salary with benefits. The restaurant, Bar Marco, is giving its workers health care, 500 shares in the company, and paid vacation. Why? Bar Marco co-owner Robert Fry says, “America needs to realize that working in the restaurant industry is an occupation.” All 20 of Bar Marco’s employees have signed the new contracts, which says that they will work a maximum of 40 to 44 hours a week and get two days and one night off a week. Employees will get 10 paid vacation days every year. The restaurant has been inundated with résumés since announcing the changes.
… If Bar Marco employees still receive tips despite the ban, the money will be donated to a program that the restaurant runs that teaches kids to cook.
78-YEAR-OLD WOMAN RESCUED FROM CAVE AFTER SEVEN DAYS _ An elderly woman was recently rescued in China after surviving one week trapped 65 feet underground in a cave. Rescuers brought out the 78-year-old woman after she had fallen through the three-foot-wide cavern entrance hidden in a bamboo grove near her home. She suffered only minor scratches and a swollen leg. She survived the week by drinking droplets of groundwater collected on the limestone walls.
CANADIAN GHOST TOWN SOLD TO CHINESE DEVELOPER _ A ghost town in Canada’s wilds has been sold to a Chinese developer who intends to bring it back to life. The sale of Bradian, 140 miles north of Vancouver, closed on December 29, 2014. It includes 22 homes, streets and fire hydrants on 50 acres. The asking price was just under $840,000. In the 1930s, Bradian was home to workers from a nearby gold mine, which closed in 1971.
STUDENT TRAVELS 5,000 MILES TO AUSTIN TO MEET FACEBOOK FRIEND SUGGESTION _ A student from Belgium traveled across the world to Austin, Texas, to meet a person twice his age that Facebook suggested as a friend. And the student never talked with the man before hopping on the plane, either. 24-year-old Victor Van Rossem received a friend suggestion on his Facebook for 49-year-old Neal D. Retke, a person Rossem had no connection with besides a mutual acquaintance. Van Rossem found Retke interesting after browsing through his photos and thought he had a diverse set of hobbies and likings. Van Rossem said, “I became fascinated by him. He had a long beard and looked a little unusual. He looked like someone I wanted to meet — a very eccentric person.” The student sent Retke a message, but the Austin resident didn’t respond. So Van Rossem made the 5,000-mile trip along with a friend to ask him in person if the two men could be friends. The three men ended up spending three weeks together. Retke may even be visiting the two students in Belgium next summer.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOTHER FINDS THREE-INCH SCORPION RUNNING ACROSS HER KITCHEN _ A woman in England freaked when she spotted a lethal scorpion scuttling across her kitchen floor. Carol Cook was pouring herself a bowl of cereal when she spotted the three-inch arthropod. Wildlife experts have identified it as a lethal Bark Scorpion whose sting is powerful enough to kill children and elderly people. The scorpion is thought to have been living in Cook’s home in Stansted, Essex, England for more than three months after she returned from Australia at the end of September. Her husband scooped their unwelcome house guest into a glass. The couple have now nicknamed the creature the ‘Beast of Stansted’ and it is currently living with them in a rectangular plastic tub until a new owner can be found.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN WAKES UP DURING BRAIN SURGERY, ASKS DOCTORS ‘HOW’S IT GOING?’ _ A teenager in Poland woke up during surgery. The 19-year-old had been undergoing brain surgery to have a cancerous growth removed from her brain. Doctors say she woke up halfway through the surgery when the anesthetic wore off. Her brain was exposed, but surgeons say the girl’s health was not in jeopardy. Despite coming round, they say she didn’t feel anything and was never in danger. When she woke up her first words were, “How’s it going?” Some experts say the operation could have triggered her waking up despite the use of anesthetic.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SHOCKED BY HUGE SNAKE IN TOILET _ Stephanie Lacsa, who works for a marketing company in San Diego, thought a toilet at her office was blocked and got to work with a plunger. But she couldn’t believe what she disturbed with her efforts to free the ‘blockage’ — a 5-foot snake. San Diego’s Animal Control team eventually captured the Colombian Rainbow Boa and they are investigating how it got into the building’s plumbing.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOY DRIVES THREE-WHEELER TO GET DRUNK DAD _ A 7-year-old boy in China was found driving a three-wheeler. With his dad on the back. His drunk, unconscious dad. The boy drove 12 miles to fetch his father, who had passed out after a heavy drinking session.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MANILA WANTS PEOPLE TO WEAR DIAPERS FOR POPE’S VISIT _ A chronic shortage of portable toilets has prompted officials in Manila to resort to extreme measures during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines next week: Recommending adult diapers for traffic police and many of the millions of people expected to attend an open-air mass in the heavily Catholic country. Traffic cops tested the personal sanitation solution today (Friday), donning adult diapers for a trial run during a 24-hour religious procession that proceeds the pope’s visit. It’s also been suggested that priests, nuns, seminarians, and the elderly should also consider diapers for the papal mass that will be held January 18.
… Manila officials say the diapers can absorb “up to four rounds of urination.”
UNDERCOVER BOSS (8p ET, CBS) — In this new edition, Phenix Salon INC. founder Gina Rivera must complete a pedicure while under cover.
GRIMM (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat
LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — It’s a mini Home Improvement reunion when Patricia Richardson guest stars in this new episode.
SEASON PREMIERE: GLEE (8p ET, FOX) — Glee begins its 6th and final season with this 2-hour premiere.
SEASON PREMIERE: COLD JUSTICE (8p ET, TNT) — Season 3 begins as Kelly and Yolanda must find the person who brutally stabbed a woman to death.
CRISTELA (8:30p ET, ABC) — Roseanne Barr guest stars in this new episode.
HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Celebrity Chefs Masaharu Morimoto and Sam Choy guest star in this new episode.
SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — Repeat
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat
NBC NEWS SPECIAL: GOLDEN GLOBES (10p ET, NBC) — This special looks at the 2015 Golden Globe awards, which are Sunday on NBC.
ANNE HATHAWAY JOINS FACEBOOK _ Despite the hordes of “Hathahaters” out there, Anne Hathaway has decided to join Facebook. She does have an Instagram account, but since joining last August (to share an Ice Bucket Challenge video), the Interstellar star has only posted a handful of times. And she has completely steered clear of Facebook — until now. In her first post, Hathaway wrote: “Hi Facebook. I feel like I should mention my future posts will be better than this one. I’m just gonna get comfortable first if that’s okay. Baby steps. Have a good one.”
… Within three hours of posting, she gained more than 1.6 million followers, and comments on her first post and her profile picture are largely positive and welcoming. So despite the intense amount of Hathahate out there, it seems she’s still got plenty of devoted fans.
PRODUCER AIMING TO GET ‘WICKED’ MOVIE IN THEATERS BY 2016 _ Hot off the success of Into the Woods, producers hope to bring another stage hit to the big screen. If all goes as planned, the producer of Into the Woods hopes to get Wicked into theaters by 2016.
GAME OF THRONES RETURNS APRIL 12 _ Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” will return to HBO on April 12. All three shows will span 10 episodes.
ROOTS MINISERIES REMAKE _ The History Channel has found a team to remake Roots, the Emmy award-winning miniseries that first aired on ABC in 1977. The network has not yet announced an air date.
EVA LONGORIA: I’M NOT ENGAGED _ Eva Longoria is not engaged, despite rumors. Speculation that she and boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston are set to marry got started this week when X17Online posted paparazzi pictures of the actress wearing a diamond ring on her left hand. Eva says she’s not engaged.
MILEY CYRUS A BURGLARY VICTIM AGAIN _ Miley Cyrus has been burglarized for a third time, and this time the thief made off with a bundle. The singer’s Toluca Lake, Los Angeles home was hit December 16 and the thief made off with a large amount of both her and her brother’s personal property. One law enforcement source says the thief got Miley’s bank card. But cops think they got their man. Rusty Edward Sellner was charged with felony first-degree residential burglary, receiving stolen property and grand theft. He pled not guilty Wednesday. This is the third time Miley has been hit in a little more than a year.
PARKS AND RECREATION STAR NICK OFFERMAN ON FARGO _ Nick Offerman is moving from one Midwest town to another: The Parks and Recreation star has signed on for a recurring role in season 2 of Fargo.
TINA FEY SAYS ‘HECK YES’ TO BILL COSBY JOKES _ Tina Fey has long not shied away from discussing sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, and she won’t at the Golden Globes either. When asked by Access Hollywood about Cosby jokes at the Globes she, animatedly, said: “Oh heck yes.”
HBO RENEWS REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER _ You’ll be able to hear Bill Maher’s commentary on the next presidential election. HBO has just renewed Real Time With Bill Maher for two additional seasons.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE, CHRIS MARTIN DATING AGAIN _ Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin are back together again. The 24-year-old actress and the 37-year-old singer were spotted having dinner together on December 30. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin originally started dating quietly last summer. The two broke up in October. Multiple reports claimed that their busy schedules and the distance that kept them physically separated played major roles in the reason why Lawrence and Martin split. But a source says the Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning Coldplay singer are not letting their busy schedules come between them and break them up.
TAYLOR SWIFT ROMANCING LEONARDO DICAPRIO IS THE WORST IDEA EVER _ Taylor Swift has not had the best luck with men. Now the National Enquirer claims Taylor has been texting and trying to connect with Titanic’s leading man — Leonardo DiCaprio. But just the way the Enquirer’s “source” shares this gossip makes the whole story seem very bogus. The source told the tabloid: “Taylor wants to make [Leo] her next conquest.” “Conquest?” Taylor’s dated a few high-profile men but it’s doubtful any of them ever felt like they were conquered by the singer.
SUNDAY: 72ND ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS _ The show is Sunday (January 11) on NBC and will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The nominees are (major categories):
Best Comedy or Musical Film
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Into the Woods
- St. Vincent
Best Drama Film
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
Best TV Comedy Series
- Jane the Virgin
- Orange is the New Black
- Silicon Valley
Best TV Drama Series
- The Affair
- Downton Abbey
- Game of Thrones
- The Good Wife
- House of Cards
Best TV Movie or Miniseries
- The Missing
- The Normal Heart
- Olive Kitteridge
- True Detective
Major Category Winners Last Year
- 12 Years A Slave – Best Drama
- American Hustle – Best Musical or Comedy
- Frozen – Best Animated Feature
- Breaking Bad – Best Drama TV Series
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Best TV Musical or Comedy
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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
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.
TOP TV SHOWS
Week of December 29-January 4
1. CFP Semifinal: Alabama vs. Ohio State, ESPN, 28.27 million
2. CFP Semifinal: Oregon vs. Florida State, ESPN, 28.16 million
3. NFL Football Playoffs: Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh, NBC, 27.94 million
4. NFL Wildcard: Arizona vs. Carolina, ESPN, 21.68 million
5. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 17.46 million
6. College Football Bowl (Thursday, 4:55 p.m.), ESPN, 17.39 million
7. College Football Bowl (Thursday, 4:46 p.m.), ESPN, 15.64 million
8. College Football Bowl (Thursday, 12:45 a.m.), ESPN, 13.28 million
9. Prime-time New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, ABC, 12.93 million
10. Madam Secretary, CBS, 11.69 million
11. Blue Bloods, CBS, 11.62 million
12. The Simpsons, Fox, 10.62 million
13. Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 10.51 million
14. The Good Wife, CBS, 10.36 million
15. NCIS, CBS, 10.15 million
16. SportsCenter Early, ESPN, 9.31 million
17. Kennedy Center Honors, CBS, 9.25 million
18. Cotton Bowl: Michigan State vs. Baylor, ESPN, 9.09 million
19. Orange Bowl: Mississippi State vs. George Tech, ESPN, 8.94 million
20. CSI, CBS, 8.62 million
THE SECRET MESSAGE
Take a really long sentence and “encode it” using the letter/number combinations on a telephone. Then post the code to your blog or Facebook. Pick a winner from all correct answers.
Example: 62567 2662378 266686236368 666329!
- 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
- 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
NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND
- Gone Girl
- A Walk Among the Tombstones
- Atlas Shrugged Part III
- The Cosby Show – Seasons 5 & 6
- Girls: Season 3
- Glee – The Complete 5th Season
- Married With Children – Seasons 7 & 8
- Party of Five – Season 2
TRIVIA: People who are depressed eat about 55% more of this than non-depressed people. (Chocolate)
TRIVIA: For every 1 million manufactured, 18 are rejected. (Lego blocks)
CLASSIC COMMERCIAL SLOGANS
• We bring good things to life.(General Electric)
• You deserve a break today. (McDonalds)
• Kills bugs dead. (Raid)
• Good to the last drop. (Maxwell House Coffee)
• The quicker picker upper. (Bounty paper towels)
• Taste’s great! Less filling! (Miller Lite)
Two West Virginians decide to take up duck hunting. So they go out and buy the best bird-dog available and head out into the countryside. After about four hours they’ve seen lots of ducks, but haven’t managed to kill one. Finally the first West Virginian says, “Buddy, we must be doing something wrong.” “You’re right,” replies his friend. “Maybe we should try and throw the dog higher!”
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This is day 12 of 2015. There are 353 days remaining.
• Anthony Andrews is 67
• Kirstie Alley is 64
• Rush Limbaugh is 64
• Howard Stern is 61
• News correspondent Christiane Amanpour is 57
• Oliver Platt is 55
• Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is 51
• Model/activist Heather Mills (Paul McCartney’s ex) is 47
• Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls) is 41
• Naya Rivera (Glee) is 28
• HAL, the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey (“born” in Urbana, Illinois) is 23
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1908: A long-distance radio message was sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
• 1966: Batman the TV series debuted on ABC.
• 1969: Led Zeppelin’s debut album was released.
• 1971: All in the Family debuted on CBS.
• 1991: An act of the U.S. Congress authorized the use of military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.
• 1994: Burglars tore through a wall at Anducci’s Pasta Bar in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made off with 500 servings of lasagna and cannelloni. No cash was missing.
• 1995: Malcolm X’s daughter, Qubilah Shabazz, was arrested for conspiring to kill Louis Farrakhan.
• 1995: The televised murder trial of football superstar O.J. Simpson began in Los Angeles. He was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicol Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.
• 1997: Reuters news service reported that since Siberians had no cash to spare, theaters had begun accepting empty bottles as payment for movie tickets. They had been accepting eggs as payment, but during winter months, chickens were becoming less productive.
• 1999: Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball was sold at auction in New York for $3 million to an anonymous bidder.
• 2001: A Missouri man was arrested for dropping his pants and taking a picture of his butt on a photocopier in the crowded lobby of a St. Louis courthouse. The man told police he wanted the copies of his backside as a practical joke for his girlfriend. He was still making copies when police arrived.
• 2005: Britain’s Prince Harry apologized after a newspaper published a photograph of him wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party.
• 2006: Firefighters in Budapest, Hungary, spent five hours removing a window, taking down part of a wall and using a forklift to take a 700-pound woman to the hospital to undergo a weight-loss program.
• 2009: A Missouri woman was accused of trying to kill her husband by spiking his tea with a half bottle of Visine eye drops. After the woman’s arrest the husband told investigators he’d been having stomach problems for the past two months. Poison control experts said that ingesting too much Visine would lead to a coma and other “serious symptoms.”
• 2010: A powerful earthquake rocked Haiti, killing at least 230,000 people and leaving a million homeless.
• National Vocation Awareness Week
• Letter Writing Week
• Clean Off Your Desk Day. »» What’s the weirdest thing you ever found while going through someone’s desk?
• Pharmacist Day
• Glazed Doughnut Day
• 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)