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This is day 328 of 2015. There are 37 days remaining.
• Former Beatles drummer Pete Best is 74
• Billy Connolly is 73
• Dwight Schultz (Captain “Howling Mad” Murdock on The A-Team) is 68
• Clinton presidency scandal star Linda Tripp is 66
• Conleth Hall (Game of Thrones) is 51
• Colin Hanks is 38
• Katherine Heigl (State of Affairs, Grey’s Anatomy) is 37
• Sarah Hyland (Modern Family’s Haley Dunphy) is 25.
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1859: Charles Darwin published his “On the Origin of Species” describing the Theory of Evolution.
• 1904: Fullback Sam McAllester was literally thrown for a touchdown to give Tennessee a 7-0 win over Alabama. McAllester wore handles on a wide leather belt, and his teammates actually threw him over the defense for the score.
• 1941: Drummer Pete Best was born. In April 1960 Pete and three other Liverpool musicians formed the Beatles. Pete’s family lived over the Casbah Club, where the Beatles first performed. During the group’s first recording session in 1962, Pete was fired and replaced by Ringo Starr.
• 1968: Sept. 11 victim Todd Beamer (“Let’s roll.”) was born.
• 1971: D.B. Cooper staged the world’s first ransom hijacking of an airliner. Cooper parachuted out the back door of a Boeing 727 over Southwest Washington State with $200,000, and has never been seen again.
• 1991: Queen’s Freddie Mercury died of AIDS complications in London. He was 45.
• 1994: Three prisoners awaiting trial for theft and assault escaped from Arkansas’s Faulkner County Jail by crawling through air ducts. They used the tiny silver wheelbarrow from a Monopoly game to remove “tamper-resistant” screws on the air duct cover.
• 1998: America Online confirmed it was buying Netscape Communications.
• 2001: A part-time British inventor suffered whiplash when a squirrel landed on his head while he was out testing a bird-feeding hat. The squirrel, spying the feed on the hat’s tray, landed with such force the inventor was knocked to the ground and injured his neck.
• 2006: A Sheboygan, Wisconsin, man awoke in the morning to a yard full of holiday decorations stolen from around the county. Dan Bogenschuetz said his fiancee was the first to notice about 30 neatly arranged reindeer, Christmas trees and other decorations outside his home.
• 2008: A study by a leading fitness researcher (David Powell) revealed that a typical homeowner saves no more time using a leaf blower over a large leaf rake. And the study showed raking is better for you since you’re burning calories and working a dozen or more muscle groups.
• 2014: A grand jury in St. Louis County reached the decision that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown.
• Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
• Sardines Day
• November 26: Thanksgiving
• November 27: Black Friday
• November 28: Small Business Saturday
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.
6.5: Pounds of peanuts, in all forms, eaten by the average person each year.
Donald Trump is indicating that if he fails to become the Republican candidate for president he will stay in the race as an independent candidate. [That means that this Thanksgiving comedians have one more thing to be thankful for.]
Southwest Airlines diverted one of its flights due to suspicious behavior of several passengers. [They first caught the notice of security when they were seen waiting patiently to board their plane. Then they were spotted neatly putting away their carry-on luggage in the overhead bin. But the final straw was when they paid quiet respectful attention to the flight attendant’s safety briefing.]
A British woman was convicted of trying to murder her husband by poisoning his drink. She gave paramedics a note supposedly written by the husband that said he didn’t wish to be resuscitated, however the note writer misspelled the word “dignity.” So, police asked the wife to write the word, and she misspelled it the same way it appears in the note. [That’s weird. She couldn’t spell “dignity” but apparently, had no trouble with “resuscitate.”]
Jeff Gordon is now officially retired. [He’s looking forward to a more simple life of taking his kids to school — at 195 mph.]
In protest of not being allowed to continue their journey to Europe a group of migrants on the Greece-Macedonia border have sewn their lips shut. [That still wouldn’t get them into the U.S. Politicians would say that we need to be worried about immigrants with dangerous sewing needles.]
You can now buy gift cards in the department store or grocery store for stock in various companies. [Because nothing tells that special someone in your life how much you love them like making them a shareholder of the world’s leading manufacturer of chemicals that kill honeybees.]
Fitbit says it has improved itself. It can now automatically detect when you begin exercising. You no longer have to push a button or swipe. [Wait a second. If you’re too lazy to push a button or swipe, I’m pretty sure that you’re not doing pushups.]
Researchers are attempting to understand why sick people show up for work in the office. [Because no matter how bad their co-workers are they’d rather spend the day with them than with Rachael Ray and Dr. Phil.]
The latest findings confirm that it’s bad for your heath if you sleep late on your days off. [The doctors recommend sticking to your normal routine: get up on time, go to work, and hide from your boss while you nap under your desk.]
Yahoo released a list of the medical conditions its search engine is most often used for. At the top were diabetes and depression. [In other words, things related to family holiday gatherings.]
DID AN ON-THE-RUN TERRORIST CHICKEN OUT? _ An explosive belt containing the same bolts and explosives used by the Paris attackers was found by a street cleaner on Monday in a pile of rubble. According to police officials, the belt that was found near the same spot that fugitive Saleh Abdeslam’s cell phone was said to be on the day of the attacks that killed 130 people. Abdeslam remains on the run.
WOMAN GIVES HOMELESS PERSON SHOES OFF HER FEET _ New Yorker Kay Brown was riding the subway last week when she noticed a woman with no shoes on. It was cold so Brown offered the woman her shoes and described the encounter to her friends and family. And since her story started getting shared, Brown has been able to use her 15 minutes of fame to do even more giving. According to Brown’s Facebook page, she is also looking at pairing up with J.Crew for a shoe donation drive and with KIND snacks to donate snack bars to the needy. | LINK
DOMINO’S WILL LET YOU ORDER PIZZA BY PRESSING A BUTTON _ If tweeting a pizza emoji is too stressful a way for you to order pizza, Domino’s has rolled out the Easy Order where all you have to do is press a button. The physical button, made by Flic, can be programmed to do different things. But the pizza masterminds at Domino’s have paired it with an app so that if you save your order, payment details and address on the Domino’s website, a simple press of the button will send your favorite pizza on its way. | LINK
WORLD’S LARGEST CLONING FACTORY TO OPEN IN CHINA _ A major northeastern port city in China (Tianjin) will soon be home to the world’s largest animal cloning factory, where canines, cows, horses and non-human primates will be reproduced on an industrial scale. The cloning farm aims to improve livestock breeding techniques through cloning technology, as well as produce animals to be used in medical experiments.
… The facility will also design animals, such as pet dogs, police canines, cows and race horses, to be sold on the open market.
WEDDING CAKE FOUND 100 YEARS AFTER WEDDING _ Imagine rediscovering an old piece of a wedding cake in a hatbox. And then realizing this year marked the 100th anniversary of the couple who saved the cake. It happened recently to Ron Warninger, a Yakima, Washington, chiropractor. He was cleaning a closet at home, spotted the hatbox and remembered it held the top layer of the wedding cake, as well as a mink hat. The cake was preserved by Warninger’s grandparents, who wed March 17, 1915. The cake was put in their freezer or refrigerator and later Warninger’s parents’ freezer. The cake is in excellent condition for its age. Or rather, the icing is, because it’s literally petrified.
GOOD NEWS, AMERICA — THE MAFIA IS PROTECTING US _ The son of a reputed mobster has issued a warning to ISIS: New York City is under the protection of the Sicilian Mafia. In the wake of the Paris attacks, Giovanni Gambino said the Mafia is better equipped to protect the Big Apple from ISIS than the FBI and Homeland Security, which are limited in their reach. Gambino — the son of reputed former crime family boss John Gambino — said he believes the Mafia’s protection is now more important than ever. Gambino said, “The world is dangerous today, but people living in New York neighborhoods with Sicilian connections should feel safe.”
… Gambino claims the reason ISIS hasn’t been able to take root in Sicily, Italy, is because extremist groups fear the Sicilian Mafia.
PROGRAMMER WROTE STUFF TO SECRETLY AUTOMATE A LOT OF HIS JOB _ This story starts out a bit geeky so stay with me. On the Internet there’s a website called GitHub that hosts all kinds of software that programmers want to share with each other. A project was recently shared by a programmer named Nihad Abbasov. The project consists of a bunch of software scripts that came from one of Abbasov’s coworkers who left for another company. Abbasov said this former co-worker was the type of guy that “if something — anything — requires more than 90 seconds of his time, he writes a [program] to automate that.”
… So after this guy left for a new job, his former coworkers were looking through his work and discovered that the guy had automated all sorts of crazy things, including parts of his job, his relationships, and making coffee. The guy wrote one program that sends a text message “late at work” to his wife and automatically picks reasons from a preset list of them.
… With another program, he automatically fired off an email excuse like “not feeling well, working from home” if he wasn’t at work and logged in to the servers by 8:45 AM. He called that script “hangover.”
… And the best one? He wrote a script that waits 17 seconds, then hacks into the coffee machine and orders it to start brewing a latte. The script tells the machine to wait another 24 seconds before pouring the latte into a cup, the exact time it takes to walk from the guy’s desk to the coffee machine.
NOW YOGA IS OFFENSIVE? _ A yoga instructor who teaches at the University of Ottawa is fighting to keep her program alive after the school’s student body suspended it over concerns that “cultural issues” relating to the class could offend students. Jennifer Scharf, who has been offering free weekly yoga sessions since 2008, told the Ottawa Sun newspaper that she was informed that the program would not continue. A representative of the university’s Student Federation wrote that “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students… there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice. Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced” and which cultures those practices “are being taken from.” The Student Federation went on to say that many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and Western supremacy… we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practicing yoga.”
… Scharf says she offered the student body leaders a compromise by suggesting she change the name of the course to “mindful stretching,” but after some debate, they couldn’t reach an agreement.
UPDATE: COSTUME FOR UNIVERSITY’S MASCOT TURNS UP UNHARMED _ The university in Vermont that had its green-caped Spartan mascot stolen has it back. The costume was found unharmed in the football stadium after it was reported missing. A spokesman for Castleton University says Sparty’s costume was found Monday during an inspection of the stadium.
WEATHER DEVICE FALLS FROM SKY, PROMPTS BOMB SQUAD RESPONSE _ The National Weather Service says an instrument that fell from the sky onto Philadelphia weighed about a pound and had been launched with a weather balloon about 165 miles away. The instrument called a radiosonde took off Saturday from the agency’s office in Sterling, Virginia. High winds carried it to Philadelphia. A bomb squad responded when the radiosonde fell from the sky in northeast Philadelphia and struck a vehicle.
MAINE PROPOSES BAN ON JUNK FOOD PURCHASES WITH FOOD STAMPS _ Maine’s top health official on Monday proposed banning the purchase of soda and candy under the federal aid program known as food stamps, describing the move as needed to counter an “alarming epidemic of obesity” among the state’s poor. The U.S. Department of Agriculture must approve any change in rules related to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A 2012 study by a University of Maine researcher put the annual medical costs of obesity in Maine at $452.7 million.
GETTING A TATTOO IS MORE THERAPEUTIC THAN YOU MAY THINK _ Tattoos are pretty mainstream these days. About 40 percent of Americans have at least one. But the reason why someone gets a tiny rose inked on his or her ankle while someone else chooses several full-color sleeves comes down to more than time, money, or an artistic bent. Women who get four or more tattoos may be trying to cope with emotional trauma. A Texas Tech University sociology professor (Jerome Koch) has been studying body art for years. When he surveyed over 2,300 college-aged women he Koch found that those with four or more tattoos had the highest self-esteem. But they also had the highest number of past suicide attempts. What, exactly, does that mean? He thinks the women may be using body art as a way to physically and emotionally reclaim their bodies.
PEYTON MANNING RETIREMENT IS POSTPONED _ Sports Illustrated says the Peyton Manning retirement has been postponed, as the Denver Broncos quarterback is planning on playing in the NFL for at least another season. CBS Sports has already reported that two teams are interested in hiring Peyton as a lead executive, so they might be able to entice the former Tennessee University star to play a season as quarterback before transitioning into the front office. The Tennessee Titans are rumored to be heavily interested in bringing Manning on board. He was star collegiate athlete in the state, so the region is rather fond of Peyton. Another team interested in Manning is the Cleveland Browns.
DOO DOO TO THE RESCUE _ A famous Canadian clown helped save two women from a violent attacker in downtown Toronto. Shane Farberman, also known as “Doo Doo the Clown”, noticed a shirtless man jumping over cars and pushing pedestrians, so he decided to investigate in his SUV. He then witnessed the man violently confronting two women in an alley and was able to pull them into the vehicle and drive them to safety. After Faberman was able to rescue the women and call 911, the man attempted to break into the vehicle, knocking off one of the side view mirrors. When police arrived the man had to be restrained by eight officers before being taken into custody.
SLEEPING IN TOO MUCH ON THE WEEKEND MAY BE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH _ Past studies suggest that messing with your natural sleep rhythm can have adverse affects on your health. A new study, however, suggests that greatly altering your sleeping schedule on the weekend can have a similar effect. The study (University of Pittsburgh) observed nearly 450 men and women for an entire week. Nearly 85% of the participants slept in later on the weekend. For those participants, researchers found that the larger the gap in sleep timing between weekdays and weekend days, the higher the risk they had for having lower HDL (the good type of cholesterol), higher triglycerides, higher insulin resistance, and a higher body mass index.
ARKANSAS PHONE BOOTH MAKES HISTORIC PLACES LIST _ A telephone booth has made it to the National Register of Historic Places. Located across a rural Arkansas highway from the Prairie Grove Civil War Battlefield State Park, about 140 miles northwest of Little Rock, the lonely phone booth is among a dwindling number across the U.S. Prairie Grove Telephone Co. owns the booth. Installed in the late 1950s, the telephone produces about $4 a year for the company at 25 cents per call.
… The booth was heavily damaged by an automobile in the summer of 2014 and telephone company officials thought they could finally get rid of it. On learning of a social media campaign to save the booth, Arkansas historic preservation officials nominated the structure for inclusion on the national index. It soon became a tourist destination. The National Register consented and now it’s labeled an “Historic Place.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEER TRUCK TAKES REVENGE ON THIEF _ Police in Columbus, Georgia, say the driver of a Coors Light beer truck left it parked and running while he went into a convenience store in the wee hours of Monday morning. When he came back out, he realized his 18-wheeler had gone missing and called the police. Officers located the stolen semi-truck and caught up to the suspect driving it. When police caught up to the truck the man tried to get away and jumped out while it was still rolling. The vehicle ran over his leg.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GPS SENDS TOURISTS DOWN ROAD CLOSED IN ’60s _ Two tourists driving in Norway’s Arctic region had to be rescued by dog sled after their GPS sent them down a road that had been closed since the early 1960s.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ‘DEAD’ WOMAN FOUND LIVING IN INTERNET CAFE _ A woman who was presumed dead after she went missing 10 years ago has been found — allegedly spending the last decade living and playing games in Internet cafes in China. The woman, now 24, left her home i10 years ago after a fight with her parents. She relied mostly on handouts from fellow Internet cafe customers and occasionally worked as a cashier at some cafes to earn additional income.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WIFE WHO POISONED HUSBAND FOILED BY SPELLING _ A British woman who tried to kill her husband was sentenced to prison after being undone by a spelling mistake. Authorities say Jacqueline Patrick tried to kill her husband Douglas in late 2013 by spiking his drinks. When medical personnel arrived to rescue Jacqueline’s husband she gave them a note which stated that he did not wish to be resuscitated. The forged note showed a misspelling of the word dignity as “dignerty”. When police later asked her to write the word, Jacqueline made the same mistake.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NEIGHBORHOOD TAKEN OVER BY MILLIONS OF SPIDERS _ A neighborhood in north Memphis, Tennessee, became overrun with spiders over the weekend. Millions of the arachnids showed up suddenly, building nests in the trees and bushes along roads and fields. A spokesman for the Memphis Zoo said there’s nothing to worry about. He thinks the phenomenon is just evidence of sheetweb spiders that have been there all along, but are now on the move for some unknown reason. Their appearance could be the sign of migration or simply a large number of newborn spiders lighting out for new territory.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SERIAL CHICKEN THIEF FACES JAIL TIME _ A chicken thief in China is facing his ninth stint in jail for filching fowl from an area coop. The 52-year-old suspect was arrested during a police stakeout of a local resident’s yard. After being caught the man bragged of having 20 years’ experience in stealing chickens from back yards.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NEVER TELL A STRIPPER SHE IS OVERWEIGHT _ A Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, strip club patron called police to report that he was assaulted by an adult dancer after suggesting that she should “go to the gym and lose weight.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: “A LITTLE BIT STUPID” GETS 4 SPEEDING TICKETS _ Police won’t name a driver in Switzerland who came to their attention, but they did describe him as “a little bit stupid.” The man thought someone was trying to “annoy” him by flashing a light at him when he drove through the town during the night. He turned around and came back, and was flashed again. And again. And again. After four passes to see “what was going on” he apparently figured it out: it was a speed camera, and he set it off four times over the course of a few minutes for speeding in a 30 MPH zone. Police say they will issue all four speeding citations — plus an extra citation for failure to wear his seatbelt.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman) and Ryan Doom (Raising Hope) guest star in this new episode.
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — Brad Paisley performs on tonight’s results show.
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING (8p ET, ABC) — The Peanuts gather around Charlie’s ping pong table for an unusual feast. Plus, see the bonus cartoon This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers.
GRANDFATHERED (8p ET, FOX) — Andy Daly (Review) guest stars in this new episode.
GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN (8p ET, CW) — Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight host a countdown of the world’s best holiday commercials.
FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — New
THE GRINDER (8:30p ET, FOX) — Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Timothy Olyphant (Justified) guest star in this new episode.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Alexandra Metz (Chicago Fire) guest stars in this new episode.
SEASON FINALE: DANCING WITH THE STARS (9p ET, ABC) — All 13 couples return to perform in the 2-hour season finale. Plus, see musical performances by Alexander Jean, Andy Grammer, Chaka Khan, Elle King and Nick Carter. The winner will be revealed.
CHICAGO MED (9p ET, NBC) — New
SCREAM QUEENS (9p ET, FOX) — Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), Julia Duffy (Newhart), Chad Michael Murray (Agent Carter) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Grown Ups 2) guest star in this new episode.
THE FLASH (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
LIMITLESS (10p ET, CBS) — New
CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — New
U2 RESCHEDULES PARIS CONCERTS POSTPONED BECAUSE OF ATTACKS _ U2 announced on Monday that the band will perform in Paris in December after canceling two November concerts in the wake of the terror attacks on the city. The shows will take place on December 6 and 7 (at the AccorHotels Arena in Bercy). U2 frontman Bono said the shows would go on as a sign of solidarity with the city.
FOO FIGHTERS RELEASE FREE EP TO HONOR PARIS VICTIMS _ While the Foo Fighters canceled the remainder of its European tour in wake of the terror attacks in Paris, the band released the Saint Cecilia EP Monday for free as a tribute to victims of the attacks. The five-track compilation was recorded at the Saint Cecilia Hotel in Austin during the band’s free time from headlining Austin City Limits music festival. At midnight Sunday the countdown clock on the Foo Fighters’ website set to zero and the EP was posted for free download alongside a link to donate to the victims of the November 13 attacks. Fans can also pre-order the EP on vinyl.
MODERN FAMILY STAR CASUALLY COMES OUT AS GAY _ Modern Family star Reid Ewing revealed his sexual orientation when commenting on an article about his confession of body dysmorphia. Ewing tweeted over the weekend, “Saw Eugene Bata on @GMA in the Body Dysmorphia segment connected to my article and I just want to say he is hot…” A fan tweeted: “Did you also just out yourself?” Reid replied, “I was never in.” Ewing plays Haley’s ex-boyfriend Dylan on Modern Family.
EVEL KNIEVEL BIOPIC IN THE WORKS _ Paramount Pictures is developing a movie about motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel.
… Sony has been developing a separate Knievel project that could star Channing Tatum.
KRISTIN CAVALLARI AND JAY CUTLER WELCOME THIRD CHILD _ Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler welcomed their third child, a baby girl, on Monday. Saylor James Cutler is her name. She joins big brothers Camden Jack Cutler, 3, and Jaxon Wyatt Cutler, 1.
FARGO RENEWED FOR SEASON 3 _ Fargo has been given a third season by FX.
TWO MINIONS DUKE IT OUT IN NEW MINI-MOVIE THE COMPETITION _ The Minions movie comes out on DVD and Blu-ray next month (December 8) and to celebrate and promote it, fans are being treated to a Minions mini-movie. The short film, called The Competition, features two of the yellow, overall-clad creatures playing a game of wastebasket basketball, which quickly escalates to a boxing match and beyond. | VIDEO
… In September, Minions became the second-highest grossing animated movie ever — only behind Frozen — having earned $1.08 billion worldwide.
AMAZON PLASTERED NEW YORK TRANSIT WITH NAZI IMAGERY _ New Yorkers boarding buses and subway trains were surprised with a wall of Axis of Evil propaganda on Monday, courtesy of Amazon.com. The e-commerce giant is promoting its new show Man in the High Castle — an alternate-history period piece that takes place in an America ruled by Nazi Germany and imperial Japan — by blanketing symbols of the two fascist governments across buses, subway trains and online ads. The campaign prominently features an emblem that resembles the Nazi iron cross within an American Flag as well as well as a variation of the Rising Sun flag used by the World War II-era Japanese empire.
THE MOVIE THAT NO ONE WILL SEE FOR 100 YEARS _ Actor John Malkovich and director Robert Rodriguez have teamed up to make a movie that won’t be released until 2115. It’s a promotion for luxury brand Louis XIII Cognac, which is also aged 100 years. Louis XIII is sending out 1,000 tickets to people whose descendants will be able to see a screening of the film 100 years from now. | VIDEO
WILL SMITH SAYS ‘RACISM IS ACTUALLY RARE’ _ Will Smith thinks there’s a problem with the discussion around race in Hollywood today: a confusion, or at least a lack of precision, about two of the issue’s key terms. Smith says that he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith had just been talking about the crucial difference between “racism” and “prejudice.” Smith explained, “Everybody is prejudiced. Everybody has their life experiences that make them prefer one thing over another — it makes them prefer blond hair over a brunette; if you see somebody with dark skin walking down the street, you have a different reaction than you have [with] someone who is 5-foot-1 and white.” The word “racism,” he said, implies something worse: the feeling that “your race generally is superior.” Smith continued: “I live with constant prejudice, but racism is actually rare — someone who thinks their race is superior.” Smith said that, on the rare occasions when he’s encountered someone in Hollywood who’s actually racist, he’s immediately decided not to work with them. And, he said, it does happen.
FUTURAMA COMING BACK AS A MOBILE GAME _ Bender is back. And he wants you to bite his shiny metal rear using your smartphone or tablet. It was announced Monday that the popular sci-fi cartoon series Futurama is coming back to life as a mobile game. The game, called Futurama: Release the Drones, will take players on a journey with Fry, Bender, Leela and the rest of the Planet Express crew as they “fight a desperately imbalanced trade war against longtime shipping rival MomCo.” Players will connect groups of delivery drones to solve puzzles on their mission to defeat MomCo.
ELISABETH HASSELBECK IS LEAVING FOX & FRIENDS _ Conservative television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck said Monday she will leave her job as a panelist on Fox & Friends next month.
RECENTLY ADDED TO THE PRO AUDIO PAGE.
• CONTEST:Mystery Voice – John Malkovich
• REAL CALLER AUDIO for a local phoner: Shopping on Thanksgiving
• MOVIE AUDIO: Creed movie clips
• DROPS: Black Friday shopping
• RADIO TRAILER: The Hunger Games- Mockingjay, Part 2
• REAL CALLER AUDIO for a local phoner: “What do you dread about Thanksgiving and the holidays?”
• DROPS: Thanksgiving drops and clips from TV and movies.
• TRAILER AUDIO: Secret in Their Eyes
• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – Tom Hardy
• NEWS: Charlie Sheen on NBC’s Today (5 cuts)
• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – Julia Louis-Dreyfus
• THANKSGIVING: Real kids share what they like most about Thanksgiving.
• THANKSGIVING: Real kids share their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.
WEIRD STUFF YOU’VE SEEN IN PUBLIC RESTROOMS
Yesterday I was at (local place) and walked into the restroom. There was a guy washing his hands at the sink. Out of the corner of my eye I could see he was very methodical. “Man,” I thought, “this guy is hardcore about washing his hands after using the bathroom. Good for him.” After he washed and dried his hands he proceeded to use a urinal. I finished up my business and went to the sink to wash up. I fully expected the clean hands guy to come back to the sink but no — after he flushed he went out the door.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s something weird you’ve seen someone do in a public restroom?
NEW ON DVD TODAY
WHY BEING THANKFUL IS GOOD FOR YOU
Thanksgiving is as much about gratitude is at is about turkey and cranberry sauce. And it turns out feeling thankful has some pretty potent effects on your health. (Source: time.com)
You’ll have a healthier heart. In an April study of 186 men and women with heart damage, researchers rated the people’s levels of gratitude and spiritual well-being. They found that higher gratitude scores were linked to having a better mood, higher quality sleep and less inflammation — which can worsen the symptoms of heart failure.
You might get more shuteye. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, writing down a few things you are thankful for before bed can help. A 2011 study of college students who struggled to fall asleep due to racing minds and worries found that those who underwent a gratitude intervention (they were asked to spend 15 minutes in the early evening writing about a positive event that occurred recently or one they anticipated in the future) were able to “quiet their minds and sleep better.”
It makes you more optimistic. Being gracious can contribute to a healthier outlook. In a 2003 study, researchers split up a group of people and had some of them write about what they were grateful for during the week, some write about hassles, and a third group write about neutral things that happened to them. After a few weeks, the researchers found that the people who wrote about things they were grateful for were more optimistic and reported feeling better about themselves. They even exercised more than the group that wrote about things that irritated them.
Being thankful improves physical health. An analysis of nearly 1,000 Swiss adults published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that higher levels of dispositional gratitude were correlated with better self-reported physical health. The people who felt more gracious had a notable willingness to partake in healthy behaviors and seek help for their health-related concerns. Other research has suggested that people who are grateful are more likely to do physical activity.
TOP 10 GADGETS OF 2015
Time.com and Time magazine is out with its annual list of the Top 10 Gadgets. The list includes:
• Garmin Varia – 741 people were killed in bicycle-related roadway deaths in 2013. One solution could be the Garmin Varia, which takes your boring old bike and adds a high-tech radar display, alerting you when cars are approaching from behind.
• OnePlus 2 smartphone – OnePlus is a small fish in a very big pond but its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 2, offers top-notch specs at an entry-level price: $329 with no contract. The catch? Shoppers need an invite to buy one.
• New Horizons Probe – NASA’s New Horizons probe was launched way back in 2006. But its time to shine was July 14, 2015, when the craft came within 7,750 miles of Pluto, snapping photos as it passed. Shortly thereafter, New Horizons started beaming back valuable data.
• Self-balancing scooters – After stars like Justin Bieber and Wiz Khalifa were spotted zipping around on these things, they were suddenly everywhere. They’re bound to be a big hit this holiday season, but a copyright dispute may make them hard to find on store shelves.
… FULL LIST.
TRIVIA: Fifty-four percent of adults will do what during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas? (Check their work email)
TRIVIA: Every year some 40,000 of these are turned in to Disney World’s lost and found. (Sunglasses)
John Malkovich. He’s talking about a movie that won’t be seen for 100 years. Check out today’s Entertainment section.
A woman tells her friend, “My boss stresses me out so badly I’ve lost 15 pounds!” The friend says, “If it’s that bad why don’t you quit?” The woman replies, “I’d like to lose another 10 pounds first.”
Having a bad day? At least you didn’t get hit by a tire.
It’s corn disguised as beans.
•Huge Rubik’s Cube. Good luck with that.
• 20 Common Phrases You’re Probably Using Incorrectly.
• This is a terrible (or genius) way to get rid of your fall leaves.
• Tom Harman recently rode an Amtrak train from NYC to San Francisco, taking little videos of the scenery outside all the while.
• For the waffle-loving computer geek.
• Take a break with Wonderputt.
• In 2007, a cruise ship called the Balmoral was brought into the dry docks to be extended.
• Museum of Endangered Sounds. (Play a contest where people have to guess the endangered sound.)
• Here Is Today. (Click ‘okay’.)
• The 1M Hauly is designed for the discreet, comfortable carry of up to $1 million.
• If you need to find someone in a crowd, use your smartphone as a beacon.
• I had a speech coach analyze my voice and found out I’m making four mistakes.
• Rules for email.
This is day 329 of 2015. There are 36 days remaining.
• Actor and former game show host Ben Stein is 71
• John Larroquette (Night Court) is 68
• Dancing With the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli is 60
• Amy Grant is 55
• Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan, Law & Order) is 46
• Christina Applegate is 44
• Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones) is 40
• Jerry Ferrara (Entourage) is 36
• Former first daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush (Hager) are 34
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1758: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was founded.
• 1867: Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.
• 1920: The first play-by-play broadcast of a football game was aired in College Station, Texas. The game was between the University of Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M’s Aggies in Austin.
• 1963: The body of President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
• 1965: Harrod’s department store in London stayed open two hours late so the Beatles could Christmas shop.
• 1984: Thirty-six top musicians gathered in a Notting Hill, West London, England, studio and recorded Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
• 1986: Amber Hagerman was born. Amber, a kidnapping and murder victim, inspired the AMBER Alert system.
• 1996: After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ended.
• 1998: Actor Michael J. Fox revealed he had been fighting Parkinson’s disease for seven years.
• 2001: A wedding in Dunoon, England, was a little different. The bride wore black and arrived in a hearse. The wedding cake was shaped like a coffin. The bride, an undertaker, and the groom, a former undertaker, thought wedding with a funeral theme was appropriate.
• 2002: President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.
• 2006: A Eunice, New Mexico, man bought a used car and then called the police after finding 20 packages of pot hidden under the back seat. Police say the drugs were worth about $28,000.
• International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day
• International Hat Day
• National “Eat with a Friend” Day
• November 26: Thanksgiving
• November 27: Black Friday
• November 28: Small Business Saturday
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.