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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 21, 2015

This is day 21 of 2015. There are 344 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Golfer Jack Nicklaus is 75

• Spanish tenor Placido Domingo is 74

• Singer Mac Davis is 73

• Jill Eikenberry is 68

• Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 65

• Robby Benson (Ice Castles, voice of Beast in animated Beauty and the Beast, auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars) is 59

• Geena Davis is 59

• NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon is 52

• Emma Bunton (Baby Spice of the Spice Girls) is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1908: The New York City council passed an ordinance that made it illegal for women to smoke in public.

• 1915: The first Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit.

• 1954: The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Conn.

• 1976: The supersonic Concorde jet was put into service by Britain and France.

• 1977: President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.

• 1994: A jury in Manassas, Virginia, acquitted Lorena Bobbitt by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding her husband, John, whom she’d accused of sexually assaulting her.

• 2003: The Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America’s largest minority group.

• 2004: The recording industry sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet.

• 2005: The Northumbria police force in England became the first in that country to issue boots to police dogs to protect their feet. The cops said it’s great for taking the dogs to investigate places with broken glass on the floor.

• 2009: In Colorado, a woman escaped serious injury and refused medical treatment after a cow knocked her off her bicycle and walked on her legs. The cow had left the area by the time rangers arrived.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Hugging Day

• Granola Bar Day

• Squirrel Appreciation Day

• New England Clam Chowder Day

UPCOMING

• 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

70 million: People who visit a McDonald’s each day around the world.

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NEWS ATTACK!

A pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River. [That’s bad for the environment, but what I really want to know is if this means that I’m gonna have to pay more for gas.]

Researchers at MIT have discovered why rain showers have a distinctive smell. [But they still can’t explain the same about your Great Aunt Agnes.]

The next target of the Comedy Central Roast will be Justin Bieber. [Hasn’t his entire career been one long self-roasting affair?]

Hundreds of people on dirt bikes and ATVs disrupted rush hour traffic across South Florida. [The fast and the furious were replaced by the slow and infuriating.]

The big talk about American Sniper is the fake plastic baby. [But don’t laugh. That baby just signed a deal to be the next relative kidnapped in a Liam Neeson movie.]

A man in England suffered for years from mysterious headaches. It turned out that he had tapeworms crawling around in his brain. [Which explains why he was never able to keep his hat in place.]

A customer stuck his hand in a cabinet at a Mississippi (Corinth) Lowe’s home improvement store only to be bitten by a snake. [Good news: the snake was non-venomous. Even better news: the store has seen a severe drop in shoplifting. ]

Researchers have infused Nintendo’s Mario with artificial intelligence. The character is now self aware. [Which makes it all the more puzzling why he hasn’t done something about the overalls and mustache.]

An Oregon man out for an early morning jog was attacked by a great horned owl. [The takeaway lesson? No matter how early it is never go jogging in your bunny slippers.]

New research shows that there is greater success losing weight or stopping smoking if couples do it together. [“Honey, I’m not cheating on you — that woman from the office I’m going out with tonight is my stop-smoking partner.”]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

WALMART WANTS TO GET YOU YOUR TAX REFUND _ In Walmart’s latest move to offer financial services, it will make customers’ tax refunds available in cash at about 3,000 stores. Walmart will not charge a fee for the cash pickup, but does charge for cashing checks. The service could help people without bank accounts get their refunds more quickly and avoid high check-cashing fees. Walmart says the process will take the same time as if a customer filed electronically and received the money as a direct deposit, which could take a week.

SHIPYOURENEMIESGLITTER.COM SELLING FOR $70,000 _ By now you may have heard of the website Ship Your Enemies Glitter. Because of all the attention and traffic, founder Mathew Carpenter found himself in a bind and begged folks to stop buying the horrible glitter product. Well Carpenter can rest easy tonight because his website has sold for more than his asking price. He posted it on the website for-sale site Flippa and has a $70,800 bid. (Check for latest bid.)

SCHOOL TEACHER CAUGHT DRAGGING SIX-YEAR-OLD _ Controversy has erupted after a security camera video caught a Kentucky school teacher dragging one of her students across the school floor. According to CNN, the incident dates back to October 29 (2014). The teacher, who is seen in the video dragging the student along the floor, has been identified as Ashley Silas. Incredibly, Silas, who was fired by the Brooks Elementary School in Bullitt County, Kentucky, for her conduct has now been re-hired by the same school to the amazement of the parents of the six-year-old child. The teacher was re-hired after a review panel overturned the school’s decision to fire Ashley. In the video, Ashley Silas is seen dragging the six-year-old student, a first-grader along the floor of the school even as she passes fellow students and teachers. Ashley is seen holding the student using one hand while her other hand seems to hold a cellphone. In her defense, Silas has told that she was left with no alternative other than to drag the six year-old along as his behavior had become disruptive. She claims that the child was threatening other students in her class and refused to walk on his own. She also told a three-member review board that the child was in fact enjoying the sliding through the hallway as he had become the center of attention — a claim that the six-year-old now refutes. (Note: Video on YouTube was pulled.)

CALORIE COUNTS ON MENUS USED BY WOMEN, WEALTHIER DINERS _ New research shows women and higher-income diners are more likely to use restaurant calorie count information.

OBVIOUS PASSWORDS ARE OBVIOUS _ Once again a list of the most used passwords has revealed how unsafe our email and other accounts really are. SplashData has published a list of the most common passwords, based on databases that have been hacked and then publicly released. The list is dominated by three main types of password: strings of digits in numerical order, strings of letters across the top row of a keyboard, and variations on the word “password.” This year it’s “123456” in the top spot and “password” in second place. See the full list.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: When my wife and I visit a friend’s house, she keeps all her passwords on Post-it notes tacked to her computer monitor. What unsafe way do you keep track of your passwords?

MARINES ARE DEVELOPING SNIPER BULLET THAT CAN CHANGE DIRECTION MID-FLIGHT _ The U.S. Marines and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) are on the verge of rolling out a .50-caliber sniper bullet that can change directions mid-flight, as the target shifts. DARPA posted a video last summer of testing, but the new tech is about to be rolled out.

OREO’S NEWEST FLAVOR IS RED VELVET _ Birthday Frosting Filled Chips Ahoy were a nice start, but Nabisco’s been hiding a much more enticing cake cookie up its sleeve. Yesterday (Tuesday) they announced the launch of the Red Velvet Oreo, a red-tinged treat that’s got cream cheese-flavored stuffing in the middle. Rumors have been swirling about Red Velvet Oreos for months, but the brand just now confirmed them.

SOLAR PLANE’S ROUTE FOR AROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT REVEALED _ In about a month, two Swiss pilots will attempt a record-setting flight around the world without using any fuel, and Tuesday they announced the route for their ambitious journey aboard their solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2. The pilots (André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard) will begin their slow-and-steady voyage from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in late February or early March. They’ll stop in Muscat, Oman; the Indian cities Ahmedabad and Varanasi; Mandalay, Myanmar; and the Chinese cities Chongqing and Nanjing. Next, they’ll touch down in Hawaii, as well as three places in the continental United States: Phoenix, a to-be-determined location in the Midwest, and New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The pilots will then cross the Atlantic and stop somewhere in southern Europe or northern Africa before returning to Abu Dhabi by late July or early August.

… In the summer of 2013, the pilots made a record-setting, coast-to-coast journey across the United States, from California to New York, using their first ultralight aircraft, Solar Impulse. Solar Impulse was the first aircraft capable of flying day and night without fuel. Its solar panels harvested energy from the sun, which could be stored in onboard batteries that allowed the plane to stay powered overnight. The new carbon-fiber plane, Solar Impulse 2, is covered in 17,248 solar cells and has a wingspan that measures 236 feet across. It sports a larger cockpit than the first plane, though it can still only support one pilot at a time, which means Borschberg and Piccard will alternate flying duties for each leg.

NASTY NOTE LEFT ON VETERAN’S CAR FOR PARKING IN VETERAN’S PARKING SPACE _ A female veteran of Kuwait was shocked when she returned to her car after shopping for groceries and found a note from an anonymous person on the windshield. “Maybe [you] can’t read the sign you parked in front of. This space is reserved for those who fought for America….not you. Thanks, Wounded Vet.” Mary Claire Caine walked back to her car parked in a “Veteran Parking” space at a Harris Teeter to find the nasty note. The Wilmington, North Carolina woman was stunned, then angry. She said she waited by her car for a few minutes to see if the person who wrote the note would come out to confront her, but no one ever did.

… Caine, who is an Air Force veteran, having served on the flight line of the F-117 Nighthawk in Kuwait, wonders if the note was left because she was a woman driving a car with real estate agent logos instead of an armed service bumper sticker. Petite and middle aged, she wonders if perhaps the person didn’t think she “looked” like a veteran. Caine hopes that her story will help people not judge so quickly especially when it comes to veteran stereotypes. She doubts she’ll ever find the author of the note, but hopes the person realizes their error and prejudiced views.

SEWAGE SLUDGE IS FLUSH WITH GOLD AND PLATINUM _ A new study (Arizona State University) says that a city of roughly one million inhabitants flushes $13 million worth of precious metals down toilets and sewer drains on an annual basis. Although scientists didn’t say whether extracting these metals from sewage sludge is economically feasible, they are encouraging us to look at wastewater as a commodity, rather than waste.

… Metals get into wastewater in a variety of ways: from electronics and jewelry manufacturers, mining, electroplating and industrial catalysts. Researchers estimate that, globally, 360 tons of gold accumulates in sewage sludge every year.

MAN LEARNS OF LONG-LOST SON IN LETTER HIDDEN BY WIFE FOR OVER 50 YEARS _ Eighty-one-year-old Tony Trapani just met his son for the first time this week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He only just discovered he even had a son after cleaning out a filing cabinet left behind by his late wife, whom he claims hid the letter from him for more than 50 years. The letter was sent to Trapani in 1959 by the mother of Samuel Childress, his son. The letter reads: “I have a little boy. He is five years old now. What I’m trying to say Tony is he is your son. He was born November 14th, 1953.” Trapani said that his wife kept the letter from him for decades, even as they struggled to have kids of their own. Samuel Childress, who’s 61, said he grew up thinking his father had abandoned him.

OBSESSED WITH YOUR PET? SCIENCE SAYS YOU’RE NEUROTIC AND NEEDY _ Take a look around you. Do you have photos of your pet everywhere? Do you find the compulsion to talk about your pet at any given opportunity even if it doesn’t really fit in with the conversation? Are you the type of person who is over the top, madly in love with your pet? Then there’s a good chance you’re neurotic, too, on top of being obsessed. And not just sort of neurotic, but really neurotic. A recent study of pets and their owners was also the first to find a link between the affection of one’s pet and anxious attachment and neuroticism.

SCIENTISTS SAY THE NFL’S ‘DEFLATE-GATE’ ISN’T ALL HOT AIR _ As we know the NFL is looking into allegations that the Patriots deflated the football to give themselves an advantage in their victory over the Packers. Now two scientists say that “deflate-gate” isn’t entirely hot air. Materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez, the author of Newton’s Football, a book about the science of football, says “deflating the ball does give a team an advantage. Particularly during that game which was very rainy, it’s hard to hold the ball, it’s hard to catch the ball. So by making it a little softer, it’s easier to catch the ball.”

… However, underinflating a ball also carries a slight disadvantage: John Eric Goff, a physicist at Lynchburg College in Virginia and author of Gold Medal Physics, says, “If you reduce the mass of the ball, which happens if you let little bit of air out, the ball can decelerate faster when you throw it. And that means it won’t go as far on each throw. On balance, Ramirez and Goff agree, grippiness trumps the mass problem.

THIS IS THE MOST POPULAR WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT IN NORTH AMERICA _ According to a new online survey of 30,000 people in 60 countries, almost half of the world thinks they’re overweight. And researchers have found that when people in North America commit to changing their diet for weight loss, the most popular way to do it is now to add in more natural, fresh foods. About 60% of people in North America say that’s the diet tweak they’re doing — a major departure from the traditional notion of dieting-as-deprivation. And though it’s still a very popular method for weight loss, cutting fat is even falling out of favor. Among people in North America who are changing their diet, 59% say they’re curbing their fatty food intake, but that number was much higher — 73% — in 2011. 59%, are cutting down on sugar and chocolate. While North Americans are warming up to fat, they’re shunning carbs in increasing numbers. Low-carb, high-fat diets have gained traction among those trying to lose weight, jumping from 13% in 2011 to 23% now. The biggest low-carb fanatics in the world seem to live in Asia-Pacific, where 34% of people trying to lose weight say they follow the diet.

FACEBOOK’S GOING TO START WEEDING OUT FAKE NEWS STORIES _ Get ready to see less “news” stories about Santa Claus truthers and dinosaur sightings in Utah filling your Facebook feed. The social media platform announced Tuesday that it is making a concerted effort to decrease the number of hoaxes and misleading stories in users’ News Feeds.

MAN USES GOOGLE EARTH TO TRACK DOWN LONG-LOST MOM _ The remarkable story of an Indian man’s odyssey from Australia to find his mom in his homeland using Google Earth after a quarter-century is headed to the big screen. Saroo Brierley was 4 years old when he jumped on a train in rural India and ended up 1,000 miles away, where he became a beggar before being adopted by an Australian couple and taken to Tasmania. Brierley graduated from college and became a successful businessman, but he never forgot his native country and spent countless hours studying Google Earth to find his way back. The rights for the man’s story, to be made into a movie titled Lion, just sold for $12 million. The film is an adaptation of Brierley’s book, A Long Way Home. Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel will star.

… Brierley says that as a young boy he traveled around a lot with his brothers and had seen a lot of the area around his house. He remembered landmarks, which helped him in his search on Google Earth.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARMY CADET LICKS TOILET TO PROVE TO DRILL SERGEANT IT WAS CLEANED _ A feared Chinese drill sergeant who flew into a rage, threatening fire and brimstone, because cadets did not clean their bathrooms and dormitories to his satisfaction, got the shock of his entire military career when an eager-to-please cadet got down on all fours and licked the toilet to prove to him they had done the job thoroughly. The drill sergeant warned the students that they better make sure their dormitories and bathrooms were spotlessly clean. But when he returned to inspect he was furious because he thought the cadets had done a shoddy job. He began shouting at them, threatening harsh punishments. But one of the students summoned up courage and stepped forward to address the feared instructor, saying he was confident they had done the job thoroughly and that he could prove it if the instructor gave him the permission to proceed. Surprised that a lowly cadet would dare speak up while he was rebuking them over a poorly done job, the instructor permitted him to provide proof. The cadet promptly got on all fours in front of the pit toilet and began licking the porcelain seat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SHOT BY ARROW WHILE HANGING OUT CLOTHES _ A 51-year-old in China was hanging clothes on the balcony when he was shot in the knee by an arrow, which came out of nowhere. The arrow sunk 8-inches into his knee. He was rushed to the hospital. He later found out that a guy who lived in another building near him is crazy about archery. His arrow missed the target and found the other guy’s knee.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 109-YEAR-OLD WOMAN OFFERS HER SECRET TO LONG LIFE _ The oldest woman in Scotland has celebrated her 109th birthday. Jessie Gallan, who has never married, was born in 1906 in a tiny two-room cottage on a farm in Kintore, Scotland. She had a simple upbringing with five sisters and one brother. Her family rarely had a penny to spend, but Jessie said her childhood was filled with happiness. Jessie left home at age 13 to become a milkmaid. She says, “My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth. I also made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN RESCUED FROM AIR VENT _ An Irish teenager who got stuck in an air vent and had to be rescued by emergency services appeared in an Australian court yesterday (Tuesday). The 18-year-old was allegedly trying to gain access to a night club after having earlier been refused entry by bouncers. He tried climbing into the night club in the vent and became stuck.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TIRED DAD HAS FUNNY WAY OF SELLING STROLLER ON eBAY _ In the UK, a dad posted a photo of a green jogging stroller he calls The Green Monster. The dad wrote in his eBay post: “I shall be glad to see it leave my premises and never return. This was purchased against my wishes many years ago as I never wanted any children and a buggy signified my wife’s intent to have children. We argued much and this buggy signifies everything that ended my happy carefree low cost child free life. This buggy clearly meant she intended to have not just one but multiple children and the extortionate price of this buggy will stay imprinted on my brain till the day I die. I have bought cars that cost less than this buggy. My dad once bought a house that cost less than this buggy. Anyway as you can tell I hate the buggy. I now have 3 children, and a Labrador and am forced to endure the school run where women I dont know try and discuss the price of centre parc holidays, and the benefits of the micro over the mini micro scooter. To summarize my life is over and this green albatross needs to go round some other poor sod’s neck. It comes with “what I lovingly refer to as the Cinderella attachment for the second child you have but dont love as much as the first. It means they can sit but cant see anything, and have a ride thats about as comfortable as a Ford Model T.” As we edit this the bid is over $236,000. Go here for the latest.

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ON TELEVISION

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

THE MENTALIST (8p ET, CBS) — Mary Kay Place (Sweet Home Alabama) guest stars in this new episode.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — New

THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Series star Joe Mantegna directed this new episode.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — Armand Assante guest stars in this new episode.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — Naomi Campbell guest stars in this new episode.

THE 100 (9p ET, CW) — New

TOP CHEF (9p ET, Bravo) — The contestants travel to Mexico for the finals rounds in this new edition.

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — Two repeats air back to back.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New

STALKER (10p ET, CBS) — Kerr Smith (Dawson’s Creek) guest stars in this new episode.

SERIES PREMIERE: BEST NEW RESTAURANT (10p ET, Bravo) — Acclaimed chef/restaurateur and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio travels the country looking for the Best New Restaurant. Tom and his team will evaluate each restaurant on not only the dishes that are served, but also everything from décor to hospitality to overall concept.

SEASON FINALE: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW (10p ET, FX) — This anthology series will return for a 5th season.

MODERN FAMILY (10:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

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ENTERTAINMENT

SONY’S THE INTERVIEW EARNED MORE THAN $40 MILLION IN ON-DEMAND _ Less than a month after its Christmas Eve release, Sony’s controversial comedy The Interview has topped $40 million in online and on-demand sales. The film was rented or purchased by at-home viewers more than 5.8 million times between December 24 and January 18. The Interview has also made about $6 million at theaters that elected to show it. However, Sony is still far from recouping all of its potential losses. The film cost $44 million to make and the studio is thought to have spent at least an additional $30 million to market the movie.

NETFLIX TO STREAM THE INTERVIEW FOR NO EXTRA CHARGE _ Now that anyone who wanted to see The Interview has already paid to see it — either in theaters or online — Netflix announced Tuesday that it will be available to it subscribers beginning Saturday. Streaming will only be available in the U.S. and Canada, so the rest of the world should consider itself lucky.

J.K. SIMMONS TO HOST SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE _ One week after walking across the Golden Globe stage, Best Supporting Actor winner J.K. Simmons has been enlisted to hit the stage of Saturday Night Live. The show announced Tuesday that the Whiplash actor, who gave a much-acclaimed performance as a perfectionist jazz instructor, will host the January 31 episode with musical guest D’Angelo.

HOW TO WATCH THE SUPER BOWL FOR FREE — EVEN WITHOUT A CABLE SUBSCRIPTION _ Did you know you don’t need a cable or satellite subscription to watch the Super Bowl? It’s true. Just buy something called a TV antenna and you can watch NBC over-the-air for free. OK, I’m being someone snarky since antennas are perfect. But for a long time we’ve been brainwashed into thinking the only way to get TV is with a subscription. This, of course, is not true, as many cord-cutters will tell you.

… But what if you don’t have cable and your TV antenna’s not doing the job? Just open a web browser. NBC will be offering an 11-hour live stream of the Super Bowl on February 1, and that includes the full game along with the half-time show headlined by Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz. And NBC is waving the usual required subscription for one day only. You’ll be able to access the live stream on your computer or tablet, and pregame coverage begins on February 1 at 12 p.m. E.T.

… To access NBC’s live stream, you can head over to NBC Sports Live Extra. The stream can also be accessed by visiting either NFL.com or SuperBowl.com on the day of the game.

DAKOTA JOHNSON ADMITS SHE’S TERRIFIED OF THE ONCOMING TIDAL WAVE OF FAME _ While Dakota Johnson has shown her face in other mainstream media, like the cancelled show Ben and Kate, she’s nowhere near a household name. But when the extremely controversial Fifty Shades of Grey movie hits theaters, there will be no escaping the notoriety. Johnson says, “I think about my dwindling anonymity and that’s really scary because a very large part of me would be perfectly happy living on a ranch in Colorado and having babies and chickens and horses — which I will do anyway.” But Johnson has no regrets about taking a role in Fifty Shades of Grey as Anastasia Steele. “I wanted to be involved because it’s so different and it’s an intense love story.”

THE MOVIE WILD HAS BOOSTED THE NUMBER OF PCT HIKERS _ Since the December release of the hiking film Wild, an unprecedented number of enthusiastic hikers have applied for permits to trek along the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. The film, starring Reese Witherspoon, is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of hiking the PCT as a recovering drug addict and recent divorcee. The backpacking route stretches from Manning Provincial Park, Canada, to Campo, California, near the Mexican border. Following the release of Stayed’s book in 2012 there was about a 30 percent bump in long-distance hikers on the PCT. Earlier this month, Pacific Crest Trail Association trail information specialist Jack Haskel reported that “the movie seems to have had a much bigger effect.” Whereas 300 people attempted to walk the entire route in 2006, more than 1,000 hikers set out on a thru-hike in 2014. About half made it. And this past December, compared to 2013, website traffic went up 300 percent.

FERGIE, JOSH DUHAMEL MARITAL TROUBLES? _ Fergie and Josh Duhamel might seem like they have a solid relationship, but their marriage has not been easy. Balancing two completely different careers is hard enough, but throw a toddler into the mix, and you have one challenging relationship. According to Allure Magazine, the two are still together but Fergie admitted that they are in therapy: “[Josh is] not afraid [of therapy]… He doesn’t feel like he’s not man enough.” It’s unclear how frequently the two sit down with a therapist, but they both seem determined to keep the lines of communication open, even if they need someone to facilitate that.

PAULINA GRETZKY GIVES BIRTH _ Paulina Gretzky and PGA fiance Dustin Johnson just produced a future all-star — and gave Wayne Gretzky his first grandchild in the process. Wayne’s daughter gave birth to a boy Monday outside of Los Angeles. Paulina and Dustin announced the pregnancy back in September by posting pics of her holding her belly but they never revealed the due date.

COOKIE MONSTER IS GETTING HIS OWN TV SPECIAL _ PBS Kids and Sesame Street have announced plans to air a one-hour special called The Cookie Thief, starring Cookie Monster. Set to air February 16, the program will mark the fuzzy blue puppet’s first TV special. It is described as “a fun, action-packed special in which Cookie Monster explores self-regulation concepts — such as impulse control, following directions and managing emotions.” Human actress Rachel Dratch will guest star.

TIGER DIDN’T LIE ABOUT MISSING TOOTH STORY _ Another bizarre twist in the Tiger Woods missing tooth mystery — his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn is backing his “camera smacked me in the mouth” story — despite eye witnesses who claim it’s all a lie. Vonn Facebooked: “I feel terrible that his tooth got knocked out though. When he was in the finish area a camera man accidentally knocked into him and took out his front tooth. He was still in great spirits though and didn’t complain once or ask for any special assistance or security.” Event officials have gone on the record and said no such accident ever occurred and if it had, there would have been witnesses or video of the incident.

BEYONCE AND JAY Z DONE WITH L.A. _ Jay Z and Beyonce have scratched plans to get a wildly expensive pad in L.A. after losing out to an incredibly rich nerd in a ferocious bidding war. Jay and Bey put an offer in on a Beverly Hills mansion — just shy of $70 million. But former Minecraft mastermind Markus Persson swooped in and sealed the deal for $70 million even. Mr. and Mrs. Z have told close friends in L.A. they really wanted that house and it’s soured them on looking further. So for now they’re putting L.A. on hold.

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AUDIO

Audio Archives

PREGNANCY INSULTS

“One of our co-workers is pregnant and shared with us after the show yesterday that some guy at (local store) asked her, “Are you having twins?” Moms, how were you insulted during your pregnancy?” Here are three calls to help with the phones. » download

SUPER BOWL CLIP PACKAGE

A collection of audio clips relating to the Super Bowl. » download

VALENTINE’S DAY CLIP PACKAGE

Here’s a huge, updated package of Valentine’s Day-related audio clips. » download

BIG PURCHASES ON A WHIM

What’s the biggest purchase you’ve made on a whim? Here are four calls to help with the phones or to drop into a promo. » download

FUNNY NICKNAMES

What’s your funny nickname and how did you get it? Here are four calls to help with the phones. » download

SHOW CLOSES

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

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TV SHOWS

Delayed because of MLK holiday weekend.

TO FALL OUT OF LOVE, DO THIS

Remember the New York Times essay about falling in love I told you about? It’s titled “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” and the author refers to a study that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The 36 questions in the study are broken up into three sets, with each set intended to be more probing than the previous one.

Now the New Yorker magazine has come up with its own list, titled, To Fall Out of Love, Do This. So, you know, if you’re trying to fall out of love, ask your significant some of these questions.

• On average, how long do you spend composing tweets before you post them? Do you realize that they don’t matter?

• What would constitute a “perfect” day for you? Why do we always just go home and watch Netflix instead of doing any of that stuff?

• Name three things you find irritating about your partner.

• If you could change anything about your partner’s family, what would it be?

• What is your most treasured memory? I was there for that one. It definitely didn’t happen like that.

• What is your most horrible memory? No, “Right now, answering these questions” doesn’t count.

• Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time but haven’t done because you know your partner wouldn’t like it?

• Tell your partner which celebrities you find attractive.

• What do you want to do for dinner?

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 28% of U.S. households are classified this way. In Sweden it’s 47% of households. (Single person households)

TRIVIA: 1 in 40 men do this each day. (Dress in women’s clothes)

BRAIN DRAIN

Three brothers run a farm together and they decide to buy a bull from the auction being held in town the next weekend. The problem is they only have enough money to send one person into town, buy the bull, and spend one night in town. So they decide to send the oldest brother in to town to try and get a bull and telegram the others if he is successful so they can come and pick it up. At the auction the brother pays a little bit more for the bull then they had planned, but he figures the others wouldn’t mind all that much. However, he only had enough money left over for a one word telegram. He thought for a moment, then sent only one word. What was the word?

Answer: Comfortable

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JOKE OF THE DAY

This old-timer goes to his doctor and says, “Doc, you gotta help me. My ears are orange.” Doctors says, “Well do you work around chemicals?” “Nope,” replies the old-timer. “Well are there ever any chemicals sprayed near your house, maybe a farm nearby?” “Nope,” the old-timer says again. The doctor, looking at the old guy’s orange ears, tries one more time: “What about waste at work. Any kind of chemical or toxic waste at work?” Now the old-timer’s gettin’ upset. “No, darnit!” He snaps, “I don’t live by a farm where there’s chemicals and I don’t work around chemicals ’cause I don’t work! All’s I do is sit around the house most of the day eatin’ Cheetos and cleanin’ my ears!”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Facebook in 1995 (Parody Commercial)

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Hey baby, wanna join me?


Source: unknown

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

Angriest Guitar Player. NSFW language.

• 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.

• You can buy farts on Amazon.

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 22, 2015

This is day 22 of 2015. There are 343 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• John Hurt is 75

• Steve Perry (Journey) is 66

• Linda Blair is 56

• Diane Lane is 50

• Rap DJ-actor Jazzy Jeff is 50

• Balthazar Getty is 40

• Christopher Kennedy Masterson (Malcolm in the Middle) is 35

• Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods) is 19

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1946: The Central Intelligence Group was created. It was the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.

• 1947: KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, began operation in Hollywood, California.

• 1968: The TV sketch comedy Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In debuted on NBC.

• 1973: The Supreme Court of the United States delivered its decision in Roe v. Wade striking down state laws restricting abortion during the first six months of pregnancy.

• 1984: The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, was introduced during Super Bowl 18 with its famous “1984” television commercial.

• 1992: On Space Shuttle mission STS-42 Dr. Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman in space.

• 1994: Actors Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson divorced.

• 1994: Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg’s drama about the Holocaust, won Golden Globes for best dramatic picture and best director.

• 1997: Madeleine Albright became the first female secretary of state after confirmation by the United States Senate.

2002: Kmart become the largest retailer in American history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

• 2006: Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in a Los Angeles Laker 122-104 win over the Toronto Raptors, the second-highest total in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for Philadelphia against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

• 2007: An underwear manufacturer (in the U.S.) announced it had invented pants designed to hide the smell of farts. Under-Tec’s anti-flatulence UnderEase underpants have an in-built multi-layered, replaceable filter, made of felt, charcoal and fiberglass wool.

• 2008: Actor Heath Ledger died at the age of 28 from an accidental “toxic combination of prescription drugs.”

• 2010: After a big controversy over the Tonight Show timeslot, Conan O’Brien’s last Tonight Show episode aired.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

• Women’s Healthy Weight Day

• Hot Sauce Day

• Blonde Brownie Day

• Southern Food Day

UPCOMING

• 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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