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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 25, 2015

This is day 329 of 2015. There are 36 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Hanksgiving Day. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.

• One month until Christmas!

• International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

• International Hat Day

Tie One On Day

• National “Eat with a Friend” Day

UPCOMING

• November 26: Thanksgiving

• November 27: Black Friday

• November 28: Small Business Saturday

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

235 million: Turkeys raised annually in the U.S.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Package food giant General Mills says that by 2025 its products in the U.S. will use only cage-free eggs. [In a similar move cookie giant Keebler promised to begin using only cage-free elves.]

The Governor of Kentucky restored the voting rights of nearly 180,000 convicted felons. [Mostly former governors and their staffs.]

When UFC champ Holly Holm met Jay Z she turned to his wife and asked her for her name. [Wait. I thought Ronda Rousey was the one who got kicked in the head.]

Sesame Street, which will begin its new season in January, announced some new changes in connection with its move to HBO. The theme song has been updated again, the show will be only 30 minutes long, and Big Bird will now live in a tree [and now wants to be known and accepted as Betty].

Sesame Street, which will begin its new season in January, announced some new changes in connection with its move to HBO. The theme song has been updated again, the show will be only 30 minutes long, and Oscar’s trash can has been moved. [Oscar felt the authorities were closing in on his meth lab.]

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo’s space exploration company successfully sent a rocket into space and then landed the rocket safely back on earth. [Which explains that Amazon.com listing for a used rocket.]

Two astronauts will spend Thanksgiving aboard the International Space Station. [But thanks to technology they’ll be able to use a video hookup to earth to take part in all their family holiday squabbles.]

The Mayor of Baltimore says that she would welcome the Syrian refugees. [The refugees thanked her for the offer, but explained that they were trying to get away from violence.]

Costco is responsible for an E. coli outbreak. [Fortunately, Costco also sells the treatment in five gallon sizes.]

A new report this week shows that over half of Americans have a personal connection to the abuse of painkillers. [The use tends to spike during televised presidential debates.]

The latest research says that American women are drinking more and more like men. [Oh, great, now who are we gonna call to drive us home?]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

HALF OF EMPLOYEES ARE SHOPPING INSTEAD OF WORKING _ The holiday season is arriving, and that means online shopping. And whether or not you expect it — or even allow it — your employees may be doing some of their bargain-hunting during work hours. According to a new study (Harris Poll) 50 percent of employees will shop online for holiday gifts while at work. And of those employees, 42 percent will spend at least an hour per day doing so.

COUPLE HAD THEIR DOG BE THE VIDEOGRAPHER FOR THEIR WEDDING _ When your dog is part of the family, it only seems natural to include her in the wedding party. That’s what Addie and Marshall Burnette did. The couple got married on top of Roan Mountain, Tennessee with their dog, Ryder, as their videographer. In the description of the video, Marshall explained, “Our dog, Ryder, insisted on filming the wedding video, so we let her do her thing. She took awhile to edit the footage, but we think she did a great job.” | VIDEO

CONCRETE-COVERED CAT SAVED BY EMERGENCY TREATMENT _ A cat in Bristol, England, has undergone a full body shave after he was found covered in concrete from nose to tail in what is believed to be a malicious attack. The two-year-old cat, nicknamed Grant, was shaved by vets after it became impossible to wash the building material from his matted fur. Concrete powder, which is toxic for cats, had even found its way in to Grant’s eyes making them irritable and difficult to open. Grant was found huddled on the doorstep of Faye Richards’ house.

MAN HAS BOTH HANDS REATTACHED, SUCCESSFULLY _ A 24-year-old man has had both hands sewn back on by doctors in Poland. The hands of the young man were severed by a metal cutting machine on his first day on the job. The surgery to re-attach his hands at the wrists lasted 10 hours. The next day he was able to move his fingers.

BUY A ZOMBIE SLAYER FOR $3,000 _ It may possess the shape of a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse, but a car for sale by owner just outside Greenville, South Carolina is a zombie slayer through-and-through. We know this because it says “Zombie Slayer” on the doors. The car on Craigslist has been lifted, given huge tires, has a Chevy V8 and includes guns on the roof. The guns are props, but the green “Zombie Slayer” looks like it could actually eliminate plenty of the walking dead. The price is $3,000. | LINK

WOMEN ARE STARTING TO DRINK LIKE MEN _ Women in the United States are showing a trend in which they are drinking more like men. And the men are starting to drink more like women. A new survey shows men are drinking slightly less and women are drinking more. Men still drink more than women but the differences between men and women are diminishing. The study found women drink alcohol 7.3 days each month. Men drink 9.5 days per month.

A BIG BUCK WAS ON HER ‘BUCKET LIST’ _ Jean Talbert isn’t one to sit in a rocking chair, reading or watching television all day. Not when the Missouri deer season is open, anyway. Talbert, age 84, is one tough granny. If the weather is even halfway decent, she’ll be in her deer blind, waiting for a big buck to walk out of the woods. Last Saturday on opening day of the Missouri deer season she sat in the blind overlooking a large food plot her husband, Bill, had planted on their land near Rolla, Missouri. She waited patiently until she spotted a flash of gray out of the corner of her eye. She turned to see a big buck walking her way. When it got closer, she looked through the scope on her rifle, then squeezed the trigger. And in that moment, she checked another item off her “bucket list.” She finally had her 10-pointer. Talbert started hunting in 1988 when she retired from teaching and decided to join her husband, an avid hunter, in the field. She’s taken a deer every year. And plenty of turkeys, too.

NFL PLAYER CAUGHT IN AN ACT OF BUYING FAMILY NEW PS4 _ If the family lucky enough Monday to run into Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry at a northern Kentucky Target didn’t root for the NFL team before then, they are now. Gilberry was spotted buying a PlayStation 4 and some video games for a family at the store just across the Ohio border in Newport, Kentucky, and a photo of the 30-year-old player’s good deed was posted on Facebook and Instagram.

ZAPPOS MAKING IT EASIER TO ADOPT A FURRY FRIEND _ Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are great for saving big on Xboxes and crockpots. But not everyone wants to follow a day of gratitude with a weekend of consumerism, so some retailers have started using the post-Thanksgiving shopping blitz for more charitable opportunities. One retailer, Zappos, announced on Facebook that they will be sponsoring free pet adoptions between Friday and Monday. Over the holiday weekend, Zappos will pay on behalf of customers who adopt a dog or cat from any Best Friends Animal Society location or from one of the 150 additional partnering shelters. The promotion, called Home for the Pawlidayz, will ensure that plenty of homeless animals will have loving families to take them in this holiday season. | LINK | EDITOR: If you don’t have a Best Friends near you click the Partner Locations link on the page and find out if your local shelter is on the list.

NASA TRIES TO RATTLE PEOPLE IN ITS SONIC-BOOM ROOM _ Supersonic jets can’t currently fly over land because of the disruption their sonic booms create. When an aircraft of any kind goes faster than the speed of sound, it creates a sonic boom — a noise that’s the result of pressure waves on the plane’s nose and tail. People on the ground can not only hear a sonic boom, they feel it as well. NASA believes it might be possible to reintroduce supersonic jet travel without so much noise, like what was possible with the Concorde. As part of this goal, it’s conducting research in a specially designed room to see just what kind of jet noise people would be willing to put up with.

… The room itself is set up to resemble a corner room in an ordinary house — with some extraordinary enhancements. For starters, there are 52 subwoofers and 52 mid-range loudspeakers built into the walls that mimic the sound of the jets. Some of those sounds are taken from actual field recordings, while others are simulated. The other distinguishing feature of the room is that test subjects sit in raised Adirondack chairs rather than on cushy sofas or easy chairs. These chairs don’t have any padding and are able to transmit vibrations from shakers mounted below them to the people sitting in them.

… The goal is to build aircraft with sonic booms that are so quiet that they’re acceptable. A NASA spokesman says “that appears to be within our capabilities.”

BACON-SCENTED UNDERWEAR _ J&D’s Foods, makers of Bacon Salt, has announce the launch of Bacon Scented Underwear. From the company’s press release: “Featuring state of the art moisture-wicking, scent-emission technology stolen from NASA, we’ve embedded the smell of everyone’s favorite smell into the fabric of your pants. This intoxicating scent will last through multiple wash cycles and wearings. Depending on the (ahem) strength of your own scent, your underwear should continue to smell like bacon for up to 6 months or even a year.”

… “J&D’s Bacon Scented Underwear is not recommended for people in the following professions: mail carriers, zookeepers, veterinarians, dog catchers and walkers, and circus performers (especially lion tamers).”

PEOPLE WHO EAT MORE YOGURT HAVE SMALLER WAISTS _ A review of previous studies suggests that people who eat yogurt have lower body weight, less body fat and smaller waists. The researchers (Utrecht University in The Netherlands) reviewed 22 studies. The review doesn’t mean eating yogurt makes you lose weight. Researchers say if yogurt does lead to weight loss, it could be because people who eat it regularly use it to replace less healthful foods.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PRISONERS MAKE FAKE GUN OUT OF SOAP AND TOILET PAPER _ Two Louisiana prisoners allegedly made a fake gun out of soap and toilet paper in order to escape. The men never got their chance and will spend more time behind bars.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ARRESTED AFTER PLOWING INTO POLICE STATION _ A man in Japan has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he drove his car into a small police station. There were three police officers inside at the time but none were injured.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK MAN CALLS COPS TO HELP START CAR  _ Police in Canada (King Township, Ontario) got a call Tuesday morning from a man requesting assistance to get his started. He was able to give police his exact location while the sound of his car engine could be heard in the background. Officers soon found him on the shoulder of the road with headlights on and windshield wipers running. Police took the driver into custody and he failed a breathalyzer test.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRAWL OVER McNUGGETS AT McDONALD’S _ At a Wisconsin (Menomonee Falls) McDonald’s a couple was so dissatisfied with the drive-thru service and decided to go inside. The couple started yelling curse words at the employees and calling them names. Then the woman slapped an employee so hard her glasses fell off. Her husband then grabbed the employee’s arms and punched her in the head. The couple left the restaurant and a witness called 911. They now have tickets for disorderly conduct and are facing a $450 fine.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN MISSES TURN, ACCIDENTALLY RUNS FULL MARATHON _ A Pennsylvania teen accidentally ran all 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon because he missed a turn on his half-marathon course. Evan Megoulas’ family was waiting for him at the finish line but became concerned when he didn’t show up. They gave police a photo of Evan, and officers tracked him down. He felt good despite missing his turn and wanted to keep running. His time was 5:23:11.

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ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — A special 2-hour episode (it’s really two new ones back to back).

THE MAKING OF THE WIZ LIVE (8p ET, NBC) — This special is a behind-the-scenes look at what has gone into creating the television event, from casting to costume design.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — Taye Diggs guest stars in this new episode.

INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO (8p ET, Bravo) — Bryan Cranston discusses Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad and his upcoming movie, Trumbo, in which he plays the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo.

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

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

A SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE THANKSGIVING (9p ET, NBC) — This repeat features fan favorite Thanksgiving-themed sketches.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — Alicia Keys, Rosie O’Donnell and EMPIRE Co-Creator Lee Daniels guest star in this new episode.

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — Alton Fitzgerald White (The Invention of Lying) guest stars in this new episode.

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (10p ET, ABC) — This repeat features the stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Carrie Fisher, plus director J.J. Abrams

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ENTERTAINMENT

ADELE’S ’25’ BREAKS SINGLE-WEEK SALES RECORD _ Adele’s album 25 is the newest record-holder for highest U.S. record sales in a single week. The album released November 20 has sold more than 2.5 million copies in about five days. 25’s sales beats that of ‘NSYNC’s 2000 album No Strings Attached, which sold 2.416 million in its first week.

ADELE HAS DINNER WITH JENNIFER LAWRENCE AND EMMA STONE _ Adele, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Stone walked into the same restaurant in New York City on Monday night. On purpose. The three stars dined together for several hours before entering a waiting car where they were seen talking and laughing. A source says Jennifer and Adele have been spending a lot of time together lately.

SOAP STAR DAVID CANARY DIES _ TV soap star David Canary has died. He was 77. Canary, who played Adam and Stuart on All My Children, and also Steve on Another World, died November 16 of natural causes in Connecticut. One of his famous soap co-stars, Kelly Ripa, who played his daughter, tweeted her sorrow: “So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you.” | PHOTO

MARK HAMILL HAS MAYBE SPILLED SOME STAR WARS BEANS _ Mark Hamill, of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has spilled some beans on Twitter. Hamill dropped what appears to be a confirmation for his return to Star Wars 8. A recent social media spoiler indicated that he last shaved his beard on October 22 and suggested that he’s now able to grow it out since he concluded his role on CW’s The Flash. Tweeting “Ep VIII” isn’t proof that Hamill’s in the Star Wars after The Force Awakens, but IMDb does have him listed in the eighth film.

TOM CRUISE IN TALKS TO STAR IN ‘THE MUMMY’ REBOOT _ Tom Cruise is in talks to star in upcoming reboot of The Mummy.

… The 1999 film was based loosely on a 1932 film. The 1999 version grossed $416 million worldwide. The box-office success led to a 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns, as well as The Mummy: The Animated Series, and the prequel/spin-off film The Scorpion King. Seven years later, the third installment, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, opened on August 1, 2008.

SUPERGIRL CASTING SUPERMAN _ Supergirl viewers will soon be able to put a face to Kara’s famously named cousin. CBS’ comic book drama, which so far has limited Superman’s presence to a few shadowy, shot-from-behind cameos, is poised to unmask the Man of Steel in early 2016 — but there’s a tiny twist: The Superman we’ll be meeting will be leaping not over buildings in a single bound, but into puberty. According to some fresh casting intel, the show is seeking a 13-year-old actor with “future leading man looks” to play the potentially recurring role of Kal-El, aka the future Man of Steel.

TOM HANKS SAVES THE DAY _ In Florence, Italy, filming his third Da Vinci Code movie, Tom Hanks spotted a young American woman sobbing in a hotel lobby and instantly rushed to the rescue. A source says the young American tourist couple on their honeymoon suddenly got all their luggage stolen, along with passports, money — everything. So Tom swung into action, using his star power to break through red tape at the American Embassy and get them new travel documents. Then he got their plane tickets reissued speedily — and even scored them free rooms in a first-class hotel.

… By the way, today is Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.

JOHN BOYEGA STILL HASN’T SEEN STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS _ You’d think Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega would have seen the much-anticipated movie by now. Nope. There was even a screening earlier in the week — and he wasn’t at it!

… So what about some Force Awakens secrets — who has he shared them with? Boyega admits he’s revealed some tidbits to his mom: “But she doesn’t know anything about Star Wars. I tell her but it just doesn’t excite her. She’s like, ‘Are you in it? That’s great.'”

JOHN STAMOS TAKES PLEA DEAL IN DUI, WON’T DO JAIL TIME _ John Stamos has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI, avoiding jail time but taking on probation and some drug counseling. The actor, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Beverly Hills in June, will be on informal probation for three years and has been ordered to do an AA meeting a week for 52 weeks, plus two hours of drug counseling.

AMAZON YANKS MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE ADS _ Amazon has decided to remove ads for its new drama The Man in the High Castle from New York City subway cars, after the Nazi imagery has stirred controversy. The ads, which were featured in 42nd St. subway shuttle cars, were scheduled to run from November 16 to December 14. They also featured imagery evoking Imperial Japan. The Anti-Defamation League’s New York regional director Evan Bernstein criticized the ads for not providing significant context for the premise of the series.

TREMORS IS COMING BACK TO TV WITH KEVIN BACON WITH IT _ It’s been a long time, but Kevin Bacon will once again take on the role of handyman Valentine McKee he originated in the 1990 monster movie Tremors. Bacon has signed on to star in and executive-produce a TV series reboot of the long-running movie franchise. It marks his first appearance in the series since the original movie, which was followed by four straight-to-video sequel. The most recent, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, was released in October 2015.

GOLDEN GIRLS UNDERWEAR _ If you’re a Golden Girls super fan and long to keep Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia nearby, Utah housewife Candice Pugh is selling Golden Girls granny panties on Etsy.

JULIANNE HOUGH IS FRESH-FACED AS SANDY FROM GREASE _ One by one the television networks are jumping on the live musical bandwagon, and FOX TV just released the first images from Grease: Live, which will air in January. The production stars Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo. | IMAGES

GWYNETH PALTROW SUGGESTS $1K TOILET PAPER _ Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle blog’s annual holiday wish list is online. The Goop Gift Guide suggests we buy…

• 18K gold dumbbells worth $174,000

• Toilet paper that costs an astounding $1,320

• Gilded playing cards that would set you back $3,200

• A rosewood handle truffle slicer worth $55

• Gwyneth also recommends a $125,000 trip to the edge of space

… There are lesser-priced items:

• A classic handheld LED electronic basketball game for $22

• J.Crew classic sweatpants for $70

• An electric snow cone maker / ice shaver machine for $300

• A Herschel Sydney backpack for $50

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AUDIO

RECENTLY ADDED TO THE PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• DROP: He’s a good person, he’s smart and witty and talented.

• JIMMY KIMMEL: JJ Abrams shares the first spoken word in The Force Awakens.

• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – John Malkovich

• REAL CALLER AUDIO for a local phoner: Shopping on Thanksgiving

• MOVIE AUDIO: Creed movie clips

• DROPS: Black Friday shopping

• 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.

• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – Tom Hardy

• 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.

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TV SHOWS

Week of November 16-22

1. NFL Football: Cincinnati at Arizona, NBC, 18.01 million

2. NCIS, CBS, 16.59 million

3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 15.19 million

4. Sunday Night NFL Pregame Show, NBC, 13.69 million

5. The Walking Dead, AMC, 13.22 million

6. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 13.01 million

7. The OT, Fox, 12.73 million

8. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 12.35 million

9. NFL Football: Houston at Cincinnati, ESPN, 12.19 million

10. Empire, Fox, 11:34 million

11. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 11.21 million

12. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million

13. Blue Bloods, CBS, 11.01 million

14. American Music Awards, ABC, 11.007 million

15. 60 Minutes, CBS, 10.99 million

16. Football Night in America, NBC, 10.88 million

17. Madam Secretary, CBS, 9.91 million

18. Scorpion, CBS, 9.16 million

19. Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 9.1 million

20. Survivor, CBS, 9.05 million

NEW IN THEATERS TODAY

CREED (PG-13) The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

• Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone
website, trailer, reviews

THE GOOD DINOSAUR (PG) An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

• Animated – various voice actors
website, trailer, reviews

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN (PG-13) Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.

• Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy
website, trailer, reviews

… OPENING NEXT WEEK: Krampus

PHRASES THAT MAKE YOU SOUND LAZY

One of the worst qualities that can be associated with your name is laziness — a conscious lack of desire or motivation to put effort into your job. Inc.com says you need to avoid these phrases.

That isn’t my job. Each of us has specific talents and specific responsibilities in our professional roles, and inevitably, we’re tasked with things that fall outside those parameters. Flat-out rejecting a request like these by stating “that isn’t my job” will make you seem lazy. Instead, try to take it on — if you absolutely can’t, use softer, more logical reasoning to suggest a party who might be able to handle it more efficiently.

I’m just following orders. If someone questions the way you’re going about a given task, this is probably the laziest response you can give. It implies you don’t much care for the end results of the project. It implies you aren’t interested in going above and beyond the bare minimum. It even implies that you aren’t willing to hear outside perspectives. In short, it makes you seem close-minded and apathetic in addition to being lazy.

I know what I’m doing. This phrase is almost exclusively used in response to someone else’s unsolicited advice or questioning. It may irk you when someone from outside your department makes a comment about work that’s going on in your department, but this isn’t the right way to handle it. If you really know what you’re doing, you can take a few seconds to clarify the other party’s misconception. Otherwise, you can consider their criticism or objection fairly.

I just have a lot on my plate right now. This is a phrase often used in truth, but there’s one key problem with it; all of us have a lot on our plates, almost all the time.

I deserve more. The majority of the workforce thinks of themselves as underpaid, undervalued, and overworked. It’s natural to want more, but stating you deserve more without any specific research-backed or logical evidence illustrates you not only as lazy, but also entitled.

I have a stupid question. Preempting your question with a qualifying phrase like this implies one of two possible scenarios. In scenario one, you know your question has been answered already in some form, and you’re too lazy to try and figure out the answer on your own. In scenario two, you’re afraid your question isn’t well thought-out, so instead of thinking it through in greater detail, you decided to hedge your bets by admitting it might be stupid.

I don’t know how to do that. There are lots of responsibilities you won’t know how to handle well. If you’re really struggling with an assignment, don’t be afraid to ask for help, but you have to at least try to tackle it on your own. Instead of saying “I don’t know how to do that,” try to figure it out on your own first.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Tell us about the laziest person you ever worked with.

OTHER PHRASES THAT MAKE YOU SOUND LAZY

EDITOR: If you do a few of the above, tease these for the next break as your own phrases that make someone sound lazy.

Inc.com says phrases like “That isn’t my job” and “I have a lot on my plate right now” make you sound lazy. Again, those are from Inc.com. From the (Jock) Show, some more phrases that make you sound lazy:

• Would you mind moving one chair over… I want to put my feet up.

• I could sure use a fresh cup of coffee. Would you mind rolling me to the break room?

• I know you want me to edit your memo, but cut AND paste? How about I cut and you get someone else to paste.

• I heard the I.T. guy will be on our floor this morning. Ask him to stop by my cubicle… my stapler needs refilling.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Four percent of people do this in the shower. (Brush their teeth)

TURKEY TRUE OR TURKEY FALSE?

I have some facts about turkeys. After each one you say “turkey true” if you think it’s true or “turkey false” if you think it’s false.

• Turkeys can have heart attacks. (Turkey True)

• Turkeys can spend the night in trees. (Turkey True)

• A turkey’s feathers offer more protection than a Kevlar vest. (Turkey False)

• A wild turkey’s field of vision is about 270 degrees. (Turkey True)

• The NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles were almost named the Turkeys. (Turkey False)

• A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. (Turkey True)

• The largest turkey on record was 86 pounds. (Turkey True)

• More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving (Turkey True)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A husband and wife are getting ready for bed. The wife is standing in front of a full length mirror taking a hard look at herself, and she doesn’t like what she sees. “You know,” she says. “I look in the mirror and I see an old woman. My face is all wrinkled, my boobs hang down to my waist and my butt is bigger than ever. I’ve got short, fat legs and my arms are all flabby.” The husband says nothing. “Hey!” she says, turning to him. “Tell me something positive to make me feel better about myself!” “Well,” he says, “your eyesight is still great.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Massive crosswinds during plane landing.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Love at first sight.


Source: imgur

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Fruity toilet paper.

• 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.

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 26, 2015

This is day 330 of 2015. There are 35 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Impressionist Rich Little is 77

• Tina Turner is 76

• Peter Facinelli is 42

• Natasha Bedingfield is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1778: In the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook became the first European to visit Maui.

• 1789: A national Thanksgiving Day was observed in the United States as recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress.

• 1842: The University of Notre Dame was founded.

• 1917: The National Hockey League was formed, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams.

• 1922: Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first people to enter the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamen in over 3000 years.

• 1941: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

• 1942: The film Casablanca opened in theaters, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

• 1983: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly $50 million were taken from the Brinks Mat vault at Heathrow Airport.

• 1998: Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland’s parliament.

• 2004: Police in Minnesota were looking for a blow-up figure of SpongeBob SquarePants that was stolen from a Burger King. They found a ransom note which read, “We have SpongeBob” and demanded ten Crabby Patties, fries and milkshakes.

• 2006: Police in Round Rock, Texas, were stumped for hours by 49 emergency calls that kept coming in from an unregistered cell phone. The caller would say nothing before hanging up, sometimes after a brief giggle. Eventually, though, police found their man: a 7-year-old calling from his elementary school classroom. The phone had been deactivated and had no account attached to it but, by law, was able to access 911. Officials used cell phone relay towers to define an approximate calling area. And during one of the calls, dispatchers heard classroom chatter in the background and decided to check out the elementary school. Once they found the boy, the officers confiscated the phone and called his parents.

• 2013: Dennis Rodman was named Least Influential Person of the Year by GQ magazine.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Thanksgiving Day

• Cake Day

UPCOMING

• November 27: Black Friday

• November 28: Small Business Saturday

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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