PRO January 15, 2015


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This is day 15 of 2015. There are 350 days remaining.


• Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 58.

• Chad Lowe is 47

• Eddie Cahill (CSI: New York) is 37

• NFL quarterback Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) is 36

• Rapper Pitbull is 34

• Victor Rasuk (Fifty Shades of Grey) is 30

• Electronic musician Skrillex is 27


• 1844: The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.

• 1889: The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.

• 1892: James Naismith published the rules for basketball.

• 1936: The first building to be completely covered in glass was completed in Toledo, Ohio. The building was for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.

• 1943: The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, was dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.

• 1967: In the first ever Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. Over 63,000 fans were in attendance.

• 1974: “Happy Days” premiered on ABC-TV. It starred Ron Howard, Anson Williams, and Donny Most, along with Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, and Erin Moran. Supporting actor Henry Winkler (The Fonz) quickly became a major star.

• 1991: The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expired, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.

• 1998: One of Britain’s most famous fugitives, a runaway pig named Butch Cassidy, was captured eight days after escaping with his buddy, the Sundance Pig, from a London slaughterhouse and swimming an icy river to freedom. After live TV coverage of the capture, the slaughterhouse owner agreed to spare the lives of the new hog heroes. The Sundance Pig, however, remained at large.

• 2001: Wikipedia, a free content encyclopedia, went online.

• 2004: Three teenagers who went streaking through a Spokane, Washington, restaurant watched in horror as a thief drove off in their car, which they left running to make a fast getaway. Naked in below zero degree temperatures, the three youngsters huddled behind cars in a nearby parking garage until police arrived.

• 2009: The Miracle on the Hudson. US Airways flight 1549 made an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River. No one was injured.


• Get to Know Your Customers Day

• Humanitarian Day

• Hat Day

• Strawberry Ice Cream Day


• January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday)

• 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



28,500: Tons of wasted collected by New York City each year.



Retailers may be gearing up for Valentine’s Day, but before that they’re looking forward to the sales boost the Super Bowl gives them. [Like the plastic bowl I’m buying at Target this weekend. It’s special. It will hold 48 gallons of salsa.]

Mitt Romney’s wife doesn’t want him to run for president again. [She doesn’t even want him on their neighborhood association board.]

Mitt Romney’s wife doesn’t want him to run for president again. [Can you blame her? Ripped to pieces hundreds of times a day by the media stinks. And that’s just on The View.]

After 25 years, Anne Curry is leaving NBC. [To scale El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.]

A 94-year-old California man couldn’t get his foot off the gas and went through a car wash at about 40 miles per hour. His car ripped up equipment and did about $100,000 worth of damage. [Yeah, but ain’t nobody messing with him back at his senior living facility now: “What? I can’t have a second helping of mashed potatoes? You wait right here a minute while I go get my car!”]

VH1 Classic will air a 19-day marathon of Saturday Night Live episodes. That’s 433 hours of SNL. [Or about 50 funny sketches.]

The Oscar nominations (are/were) announced this morning. [And once again, no love for Rob Schneider.]

Europe is making plans for the day Earth might be hit by an asteroid. [Which is why the rest of the world is suffering through a toilet paper shortage.]



EL CAPITAN’S DAWN WALL: CLIMBERS REACH TOP AT YOSEMITE _ Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have completed “the hardest completed rock climb in the world”. On their 19th day, Caldwell and Jorgeson reached the summit of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, completing a quest that included years of planning and that many considered the most challenging rock climb in the world. Dozens of family members and friends greeted the climbers when they reached the top at 3:25 Wednesday afternoon. They are the first to free climb every inch of the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall in a single expedition, long considered impossible, using only their hands and feet to pull themselves up. Ropes were merely safety devices to break the occasional fall.

… The pair had been planning the climb for nearly a decade before embarking at the base of the wall on December 27. Caldwell and Jorgeson joined forces in earnest in 2009 to begin mapping a route up the wall, and to prepare physically.

… Caldwell and Jorgeson aren’t the first pair to make the climb — Warren Harding and Dean Caldwell completed it in 1970 — but they are the first to do it with ropes used only to prevent falls, not to aid the ascent.

SHOW CARTOONS TO KIDS TO REDUCE THE PAIN OF SHOTS _ Kids’ doctor visits can be fun, right up to the point where the nurse or doc pulls out a hypodermic needle. But if you have a phone or tablet handy, you can reduce the amount of pain your child feels by showing her a cartoon while she gets the shot. In a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, some 4- to 6-year-old children watched their choice of Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, Barney, or Aladdin, while other children had their shot without cartoons. The kids who watched cartoons felt less pain than the others.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: When the kids have to go to the doctor or get a shot, what’s your parent trick?

CREATOR OF ‘SHIP YOUR ENEMIES GLITTER’ SERVICE REGRETS HIS IDEA _ Once you open a card full of glitter, it’s guaranteed to go everywhere — and apparently the same thing happens once you open a shop that offers to mail glitter to people’s enemies. Mathew Carpenter, the man behind is begging people not to use his site the day after it went viral. The site that is now giving Carpenter so much trouble had a pretty self-explanatory mission when it launched: It promised to ship your enemies an envelope of glitter that would spill out onto the unsuspecting recipient once it was opened. The site crashed shortly after its launch, and Carpenter was overwhelmed with orders. Carpenter has suspended the site’s order-processing system, and now, after all the page views, orders, and envelopes waiting to be filled, he wants out.

132 YEAR OLD RIFLE DISCOVERED IN THE GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK _ A park archaeologist at the Great Basin National Park in Nevada discovered an 1873 Winchester rifle leaned against a tree in a rocky outcrop. Now the park staff is trying to unravel the mystery of who the rifle belongs to and just how it got there. Staff members believe the rifle went unnoticed for so long because its weathered Woodstock blended in perfectly with the juniper tree it was found resting on. The staff has discovered that the serial number corresponds with the manufacture records that date back to 1882. The records are kept at the Center for the West Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming. Unfortunately these records do not indicate who purchased the gun or where it was shipped to.

THE BEST QUESTIONS TO ASK ON A FIRST DATE _ First dates are hard, and deciding on a topic of conversation that won’t lead to awkward silences can be a minefield. If you’re after seeking a “happily ever after”, researchers have discovered falling in love might be less about meeting the right person at the right time and more about asking the right questions of anyone. The New York Times recently explored a study headed by psychologist Arthur Aron, published in 1997, which looked at whether intimacy can be created by asking specific and personal questions.

… The researchers randomly grouped their test subjects into 33 pairs. Some of those pairs were given 36 questions divided into four sets, with safer questions to begin with but ending with some very intimate queries. The pairs began with easier questions such as ‘would you like to be famous?’ and ‘what do you value most in a friendship?’ before they moved on to harder questions including ‘how do you feel about your relationship with your mother?’ and ‘of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?’ The other pairs were assigned more ordinary (meaning boring) small talk prompters for the 45-minute exercise.

… After filling out a questionnaire, the subjects who asked and answered the more intimate questions reported feeling higher levels of closeness with their partners than the subjects who simply talked about ice-cream flavors.

THE SIMPLEST WAY TO GET KIDS TO EAT MORE VEGETABLES _ You probably remember, as a kid, pushing anything green to the edges of your plate, hoping no one would notice. You had already eaten the delicious slab of protein that had been in the center of your plate. You weren’t hungry anymore. You wanted to go play. Well, what if you had just been a little hungrier? That’s the question researchers (Brigham Young University) set out to answer. They found that kids just aren’t hungry enough at lunchtime to eat their vegetables. The solution? Simple. Have recess before lunch, not after. The researchers found that when recess takes place before kids sit down to eat, fruit and vegetable consumption increases significantly.

WANT TO ADVERTISE ON SNAPCHAT? THAT’LL BE $750,000 _ Snapchat is asking brands for $750,000 a day for its new ads. Snapchat only started running ads late last year, with its first coming from Universal Pictures for the film Ouija. Since that launch, McDonald’s, Samsung, Macy’s and Electronic Arts have been early Snapchat sponsors, paying for “Snaps” — quick videos and photos — that show up in users’ Recent Updates feed.

WOMAN REPORTS DEADHEAD SON MISSING SINCE ’95 _ A South Carolina contacted police to file a missing person report on her son, who left home to follow the Grateful Dead nearly 20 years ago. Sixty-three-year-old Margaretta Evans told a Myrtle Beach Police Department officer that she has not seen or heard from her son since early June of 1995. Jason Patrick Callahan would now be 38. While the police report does not indicate why Evans waited two decades to report her son missing, it appears to be connected to the recent social media interest in the 1995 death of an unidentified man called “Grateful Doe.” The victim, who was killed in a June 26 car accident in Virginia, had Grateful Dead ticket stubs in his pocket at the time of his death, as well as a note addressed to “Jason.” The driver of the vehicle was a South Carolina man, 21, who fell asleep at the wheel and also died in the crash.

MITT ROMNEY’S WIFE DOESN’T WANT HIM TO RUN _ Mitt Romney may be hinting at a 2016 presidential run but Ann Romney has apparently put her foot down, saying he’ll have to run as the “first divorced Mormon” if he goes against her wishes. A source claims Ann “is sending out the word at least privately that he’s not running.”

THE BREWERS UPDATE THE $1,000 TIMELESS TICKET _ The Milwaukee Brewers have something called the Timeless ticket. The idea is that, for $1,000, you get a one-pound, copper ticket which can be redeemed for any future Brewers game. That’s any game, including Game 7 of a World Series. And now the team has updated the Timeless Ticket, giving the owner the added opportunity to redeem it for a ticket to nine additional Brewers home games (excluding Opening Day and Postseason). Only 1,000 Timeless Tickets will be produced.

ARTIST TRIES TO MAKE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS YAWN _ An artist is attempting to trigger contagious yawning in New York’s Times Square. Sebastian Errazuriz has created a video, entitled A Pause in the City That Never Sleeps, consisting of a continuous yawn on loop. It’s on Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57pm to midnight each night this month. The yawning person is the artist himself.  He hopes that, as yawns are contagious, the masses of people looking up at the screens will inadvertently feel inclined to stop and yawn.



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MUSICAL BATHROOM ATTENDANT ACCOMPANIES CALLS OF NATURE WITH LIVE TUNES _ For the past four years, a public bathroom at a community center in China has been filled with live music. The 66-year-old bathroom attendant has been soothing visitors with music on various instruments. Although locals are divided over being serenaded while using the bathroom, many said they are impressed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SEARCHING FOR “HELLO KITTY” ROBBERY SUSPECT _ Tulsa, Oklahoma, police are investigating an attempted armed robbery. At around 5am Wednesday, witnesses say a man walked into a Walgreens with what appeared to be a shotgun inside a ‘Hello Kitty’ duffel bag. Police say the man immediately threatened some of the employees but then saw a customer on the phone. Officers believe the man probably thought the customer on the phone calling 911. The suspect was only in the store for less than a minute, before becoming scared and fleeing from the scene, taking his weapon and Hello Kitty bag along with him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DAD ALLEGEDLY LEAVES FIVE-YEAR-OLD IN COLD CAR IN NIGHTCLUB _ A Houston-area man is accused of abandoning his five-year-old son in the middle of the night while he was inside a nightclub for two hours. The temperature in the vehicle was said to have dropped to 40s at the time. A club security guard fortunately saw the boy while making his rounds in the parking lot and contacted authorities.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STRANGE ROBBERY WEAPON _ Tulsa, Oklahoma, police arrested a man who allegedly robbed a Walgreens by throwing rubbing alcohol on a store clerk.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BREAKS INTO SCHOOL, GETS CAUGHT BECAUSE FACEBOOK _ Police in Memphis, Tennessee are searching for a man they say broke into a school. Rayshaun Thomas allegedly was able to break into the school and take a laptop, which he used before he returned it. Police knew it was Rayshaun because, after looking at the laptop, they noticed he had accessed his Facebook page.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GOTTA PEE AND NO PLACE TO GO? WELL DON’T GO HERE _ When you gotta go, you gotta go — right? But that doesn’t give you permission to go anywhere. Like, it’s totally uncool to pee into a washing machine in a laundromat. That’s what a guy did in Waterbury, Vermont. He was caught on security video.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SELFIE MAN SOUGHT AFTER DRIVING CAR INTO ORANGE PARK STORE _ In Orange Park, Florida, a man drove through the front doors of a store Monday night, snapped a selfie of himself and his car before honking and driving off.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER TOLD TO SPEAK UP _ In Croatia an unidentified man handed the teller in a bank a holdup note. The quick thinking bank teller told the crook she couldn’t understand the note and could he please tell her what it said. When she kept asking him to repeat his demand he said it louder and louder until finally he lost his temper and shouted, “I have a bomb. Give me the money!” This attracted the attention of nearby security guards who wrestled him to the floor and held him until police arrived.




AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — Adam Lambert is the guest judge as the auditions move to New York City in this new, 2-hour edition.

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

THE BIGGEST LOSER (8p ET, NBC) — Bob and the Comeback Canyon player return in this new edition.

THE WORLD DOG AWARDS (8p ET, CW) — These awards celebrate dogs for their work in the military, health services and entertainment.

MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — New


BAD JUDGE (9p ET, NBC) — New

PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (9p ET, Lifetime) — In this new edition, the designers must use marine life as inspiration for avant-garde fashion. The Pussy Cat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger is the guest judge.

THE CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS (9p ET, A&E) — Michael Strahan hosts the 20th annual ceremony honoring the finest in cinematic achievement.

THE MCCARTHYS (9:30p ET, CBS) — John Ratzenberger (Cheers) guest stars in this new episode.

A TO Z (9:30p ET, NBC) — New






OSCAR NOMINATIONS THIS MORNING _ The Oscar nominations will be announced this morning (Thursday).

WORST MOVIES OF 2014 _ The Razzies honor the worst in film. Here are the nominees, announced Wednesday. The “winners” will be announced February 21.

Worst Picture

  • Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
  • Left Behind
  • The Legend of Hercules
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel

  • Annie
  • Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?
  • The Legend of Hercules
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

Redeemer Award – They’ve won a Razzie in the past, but a performance in 2014 redeemed them.

  • Ben Affleck – from Gigli to Argo and Gone Girl
  • Jennifer Aniston – from four-time Razzie nominee to Cake
  • Mike Myers – from The Love Guru to directing Supermensch
  • Keanu Reeves – from six-time Razzie nominee to John Wick
  • Kristen Stewart – from six-time Razzie winner for Twilight to Camp X-Ray

VH1 IS RUNNING A 19-DAY ‘SNL’ MARATHON _ On the heels of FXX’s Simpsons mega-marathon, VH1 Classic has crafted a 19-day marathon of Saturday Night Live episodes starting January 28. That’s 433 hours of SNL. The SNL Rewind: 2015–1975 Mega-Marathon will start with season 39 and work back to Season 1, with the event concluding February 15 with the first episode ever, hosted by the late George Carlin, which aired October 11, 1975.

THE VIEW SHAKEUP _ Looks like Rosie Perez‘s run with “The View” will be be pretty short-lived. Perez, who signed on with the panel of the ABC daytime talk show in September 2014, is expected to depart the show, according to a source. According to the insider, the network has realized that they have steered the panel too old. It now wants to look at replacements for Perez who appeal to young viewers.

JOHN KRASINSKI IN BENGHAZI FILM _ Michael Bay appears to have found a leading man for his upcoming true Benghazi story. John Krasinski (The Office) will play one of the leads in the adaptation of a book about the true accounts of the Benghazi attack on the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound on September 11, 2012.

EMMA STONE AND ANDREW GARFIELD PLANNING SUMMER WEDDING? _ Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are not planning a dream wedding in Rome this summer, despite Internet rumors. A source close to Stone says the stories are untrue.

ELLEN DEGENERES CRISIS WITH WIFE PORTIA _ Ellen DeGeneres divorce rumors have found their way to the Internet yet again. According to InTouch Weekly, Ellen and her wife, Portia de Rossi, are having marital problems, and Ellen recently decided to stop going to counseling. Evidently the two “argue over everything,” but try to keep their problems hidden from the public eye. The new rumors claim that Ellen is worried that Portia is going to leave her… for a man.

‘AVATAR’ SEQUELS PUSHED BACK A YEAR BECAUSE WRITING IS HARD _ An Avatar sequel in 2016 turned out to be unobtainable. James Cameron says that he’s delaying the release of the first of three Avatar sequels, which will be shot simultaneously and released in three consecutive years. The first will be out in 2017. The reason: Writing is hard. Cameron says, “There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a standalone film.”

BOBBY BROWN TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT TROUBLED UNION WITH WHITNEY HOUSTON _ Following the world premiere of Whitney Saturday, January 17, Lifetime will be airing a special interview featuring Bobby Brown, who will discuss his relationship and marriage to the late singer. Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney is described by the network as “an exclusive, no-holds-barred interview” that will “cover the couple’s powerfully intense relationship while divulging Brown’s first-hand account of their marriage, from their greatest accomplishments and happiest moments to what really drove their romance together… and apart.”

GWYNETH PALTROW EXPLAINS ‘CONSCIOUS UNCOUPLING’ FROM CHRIS MARTIN _ Gwyneth Paltrow says she was surprised by public reaction to her use of “conscious uncoupling” to describe her split from husband Chris Martin. Gwyneth explains: “It’s a very noble idea, and it’s a great thing, I think, to try to do for your kids. And it’s working, but it is kind of a goofy term and I didn’t know it was going to cause such a big thing.” She says the term comes from philosopher Dr. Habib Sadeghi and his wife, Dr. Shahrzad, and explained the phrase means to break up with “minimal acrimony.”



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1. A handshake. Wash your hands often. And above all, don’t touch your face.

2. A phone. And be careful who you lend your smartphone to. Those cold viruses can lie in wait just about anywhere.

3. A close-range sneeze. Medical experts have been saying lately that if you have to sneeze or cough, do it into the inside of your elbow.

4. Eating from common utensils.

5. A kiss.


People with these names are more likely than other to have these professions. For example, a higher percentage of Elwoods are farmers than of most any other name.

Police Officer

  • Wayne
  • Kevin
  • Louis
  • Raymond
  • Timothy
  • Kim

Car Salesman

  • Travis
  • Clay
  • Larry
  • Bob
  • Allen
  • Pete


  • Marlin
  • Duane
  • Elwood
  • Mavis
  • Darin
  • Delbert

Insurance Salesman

  • Garrett
  • Dalton
  • Mac
  • Clark
  • Brent
  • Patty


  • William
  • Norton
  • Marshal
  • Augustus
  • Cecily
  • Sanford

More jobs and names here.


1. The Notebook

2. Titanic

3. Saving Private Ryan

4. Old Yeller

5. Steel Magnolias

6. Marley & Me

7. Bambi

8. Gone with the Wind

8. (tie) Love Story

8. (tie) Up

11. Terms of Endearment

12. Schindler’s List

13. Brian’s Song

13. (tie) The Lion King

15. Ghost

15. (tie) The Fault in Our Stars

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What movie always makes you cry?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Snitch on your man: What movie made him cry like a baby?


The most dangerous states in America has emerged in a report generated by Wall Street 24/7. The source released its list after analyzing the number of reported violent crimes committed.

10 Most Dangerous States

1. Alaska
2. New Mexico
3. Nevada
4. Tennessee
5. Louisiana
6. South Carolina
7. Delaware
8. Maryland
9. Florida
10. Arkansas

Safest States:

1. Vermont
2. Maine
3. Virginia
4. Wyoming
5. Kentucky
6. New Hampshire
7. Idaho
8. Utah
9. Minnesota
10. Montana



TRIVIA: The average (American) consumer will spend about $121 this year on what? (Valentine’s Day-related items, like gifts, candy, cards, etc.)

TRIVIA: Four percent of adults say they have never done this while watching a movie. (Cried)



A group of Americans was traveling by tour bus through Holland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through a process of cheese making, explaining that goats’ milk was used. She showed the group a lively hillside where many goats were grazing. These, she explained, were the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produced. She then asked, “What do you do in America with your older goats?” A spry old gentleman answered, “They send us on bus tours.”



Not having fun in the teacup.



He loves digging holes, then sitting in them and staring at people. It’s his canine man cave.

Source: imgur/reddit user ononono



• You need a compliment.

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

• How to steal pizza.

Don’t call them “spots”.

• 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

• 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.



This is day 16 of 2015. There are 349 days remaining.


• Actress-dancer Debbie Allen is 65

• Singer Sade is 56

• David Chokachi (Baywatch) is 47

• Kate Moss is 41

• Renee Felice Smith (NCIS: Los Angeles) is 30


• 1909: Ernest Shackleton’s expedition found the magnetic South Pole.

• 1920: The U.S. outlawed alcohol and went “dry,” a year after states ratified the 18th Amendment. Fourteen years of “prohibition” followed.

• 1939: The comic strip Superman made its debut.

• 1957: The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. Originally a jazz club, it became famous as the first home of the Beatles.

• 1976: The TV variety series “Donny & Marie” premiered on ABC.

• 1987: Red M&Ms returned for the first time in 11 years after being banned because the original red dye used in the candy had caused cancer in laboratory rats.

• 1991: The United States of America declared war on Iraq, beginning the Persian Gulf War.

• 1996: Jamaican authorities fired upon on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither was hurt.

• 2000: Disney animator Marc David died at age 86 after suffering a stroke. He created Cinderella, Bambi, Tinkerbell, Sleeping Beauty, and Cruella de Ville.

• 2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia took off on what would be its final mission. Columbia would disintegrate 16 days later on re-entry.

• 2007:  In Tallahassee, Florida, a hunter’s wife said when she opened her refrigerator, the duck her husband killed two days earlier raised its head and looked at her.  The woman said she freaked out and told her daughter to “get that duck to the hospital right now!” The lucky duck was patched up and taken to a wildlife sanctuary.

• 2007: Senator Barack Obama of Illinois launched his successful bid for the White House.


• Appreciate A Dragon Day

• Nothing Day

• Religious Freedom Day

• International Hot and Spicy Food Day

• Fig Newton Day


• January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday)

• 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




• Betty White is 93. James Earl Jones is 84. Maury Povich is 76. Joanna David (Downton Abbey) is 68. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 58. Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles is 56. Jim Carrey is 53. Naveen Andrews (Lost) is 46. Kid Rock is 44. Zooey Deschanel is 35. Amanda Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 33. DJ Calvin Harris is 31. Jonathan Keltz (Reign, Entourage) is 27.

• Hot Buttered Rum Day. Ditch New Years Resolutions Day. Kid Inventors’ Day. Popeye Day.


•Kevin Costner is 60. Country singer Mark Collie is 59. Comedian Dave Attell is 50. Jesse L. Martin is 46.

• Gourmet Coffee Day. Peking Duck Day. Thesaurus Day. Winnie the Pooh Day. World Religion Day.