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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 5, 2016

This is day 5 of 2016. There are 361 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former Vice President Walter Mondale is 88

• Robert Duvall is 85

• TV host Charlie Rose is 74

• Diane Keaton is 70

• Ted Lange (The Love Boat) is 68

• Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand) is 51

• Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing With the Stars) is 48

• Marilyn Manson is 47

• Bradley Cooper is 41

• January Jones (Mad Men, The Last Man on Earth) is 38

• Kristin Cavallari is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1914: Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labor.

• 1940: FM radio was demonstrated to the FCC for the first time.

• 1970: All My Children premiered on ABC.

• 1972: President of the United States Richard Nixon ordered the development of a space shuttle program.

• 1993: The last legal hanging in the U.S. Washington state executed Westley Allan Dodd.

• 1998: Actor-turned-politician Sonny Bono was killed when he hit a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, California. He was 62.

• 2004: After 14 years of denials, Pete Rose admitted publicly he had bet on baseball games involving his own team.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bird Day

• Whipped Cream Day

UPCOMING

• January 6-9: Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas

• January 10: Golden Globe Awards

• January 11: College Football National Championship (University of Phoenix Stadium, ESPN)

• January 12: State of the Union Address

• January 18: Martin Luther King Day

• January 18: Blue Monday. Always the third Monday of January, Blue Monday is said to be the saddest day of the year — we’re back into the work grind, the Christmas bills have come, college students have to return to reality.

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2.5 million: Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies sold online in 2015. It was the first year for online sales. Girl Scouts sold a total of 194 million boxes last year.

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NEWS ATTACK!

The Meredith Viera Show has been canceled. [I think that we’ll all remember where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news.]

A blizzard has killed thousands of cows which means that we will pay a lot more for milk. [But not for hamburger since fortunately, most of the cows had signed up to be organ donors.]

Have you seen that viral video of the guy trying to teach his baby girl how to say papa? But every time he tries to get her to say it the kid bursts out laughing. [I’m guessing the idea of calling him papa is funny because even the kid knows something that he doesn’t.]

Mark Zuckerberg says that his goal for this year is to build his own artificially intelligent digital butler to manage his home and life. [My big goal for this year is to organize my sock drawer. Well, at least half of it.]

A judge has ruled that a lawsuit by a pair of writers claiming that their idea for the sitcom New Girl was stolen has no merit. [Meanwhile, absolutely no one is claiming credit for the idea of that Neil Patrick Harris variety show.]

One of the hottest sellers on eBay is the 2016 calendar of Vladimir Putin. [Now you can keep up with all your planned invasion dates.]

In the world of science four new elements have officially been added to the periodic table. [Naturally, that would happen just as soon as I had the old table memorized.]

The latest projection has gas getting even cheaper in the months to come. [But convenience stores are intent on not losing money which explains the $5 M&Ms.]

Jay Z says that he wants to make One Direction’s Harry Styles even more popular, and the world’s number one musical star. [That’s even scarier than the global spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Or is there a difference?]

The lost data has been restored from 200 floppy disks that once belonged to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. [It wasn’t easy. They had to find young computer software engineers who could do the work without constantly giggling every time they looked at a floppy disk.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

YOUR KID EATS 5,500 SUGAR CUBES A YEAR _ A public health campaign (in the UK) shares this scary health news: kids between the ages of 4 and 10 consume the equivalent of 5,500 sugar cubes a year. The sugar comes in the form of juices, soft drinks, cookies, breakfast cereals, desserts, and more.

… Experts say a five year old shouldn’t have more than 19 grams of sugar per day — that’s five cubes.

SWEATSHIRT THAT’S ALSO A PILLOW IS BLOWING UP ON KICKSTARTER _ Thanks to people who would like to be able to nap anytime, anywhere, a crowdsourcing campaign for a sweatshirt with an inflatable hood has raised $70,000 (check!) since it launched on Kickstarter in November. Backers who pledged $49 are expected to get their items by the end of March. The makers of the Hypnos Hoodie had a fundraising goal of $30,000. | VIDEO

CONGRATS, NEW MOTHER, YOU JUST RAN A MARATHON _ According to new research, giving birth can be as traumatic to a woman’s body as hardcore sports like running a marathon. The authors of a new University of Michigan study say childbirth is “one of the most dramatic musculoskeletal events the human body undergoes.”

… And it turns out that women can get very similar injuries from childbirth as the ones serious athletes get. A quarter of women in the study had stress fractures similar to the kinds athletes often suffer. Forty-one percent had pelvic muscle tears, and two-thirds had injuries similar to a severe muscle strain.

WOMAN CONFRONTS STARBUCKS EMPLOYEE WHO STOLE CREDIT CARD INFO _ Elizabeth Becerra went to a California Starbucks (Victoriaville) on New Year’s Day. During that visit, the young girl who rang her up said that she had run out of receipt paper and had to quickly run to the back to get some. The employee returned, gave Becerra back her card, and the mother of two went about her business with her coffee. But Becerra would return to Starbucks a day or so later after finding out that her card had incurred a charge of $212 from a local grocery store. While her brother taped the incident, Becerra drove up to the drive-through window and confronted the 19-year-old employee, telling her that she knew she had made a copy of her credit card information when she went to the back for receipt paper and that she also knew that she used the card to go the grocery store. Becerra had somehow seen video of the employee at the local grocery after shopping with her money.

… Becerra is heard on video saying, “So we got you on camera yesterday at Ralph’s for $212, so just know that the cops are coming up here. … You know what you did.” As Becerra scolded the employee for taking money “from me and my kids,” and told her that she called corporate and was going to file a report with police, the 19-year-old apologized extensively and begged Becerra not to go through with pressing charges. | VIDEO

FOR YOU AND YOUR PET: A BUNK BED _ Because you want to keep your pets close, there is a new mattress with a built-in pet bed. A Brazilian company (Colchão Inteligente) makes a mattress with a cozy pet sleeping nook embedded in its side. It could best be described as a sort of pet cave built right into the side of your mattress. The company currently only ships to Brazil and Argentina, but plans to open a factory in in Orlando, Florida, early this year.

WORLD RECORD: MAN HAS 1,497 CREDIT CARDS _ Walter Cavanagh holds the record for the most credit cards — 1,497. His total line of credit is $1.7 million. Naturally, Cavanagh also has the world’s longest wallet, which stretches 250 feet, weighs about 38 pounds and can hold 800 cards. But he keeps most of them in bank safe-deposit boxes. Cavanagh says his credit card obsession started in the late 1960s when he made a “silly bet” with a friend: the guy who could collect the most credit cards by the end of the year would win dinner. Cavanagh got 143 cards by the end of the year. His friend gathered 138.

… With $1.7 million available to him at any moment, Cavanagh says his credit score is great. He uses only one card and he pays it off at the end of the month.

… He has credit cards from gas stations, airlines, bars and even a Texas ice cream store. They all have different limits. The card with the lowest credit limit would allow Cavanagh to charge a maximum of $50.

… Only one company — J.J. Newberry Co. — has ever denied Cavanagh a card, and that was back in the early 1970s. Cavanagh had collected about 100 credit cards by that time.

WORLD RECORD: MAN BREAKS 75,065-MILE CYCLING RECORD _ Few, if any, sports records last 76 years, but the Highest Annual Mileage Record (known as HAMR in endurance cycling circles) lasted that long — until Monday. Riding a short loop around a park near Tampa, Florida, Kurt Searvogel broke a 1939 record of 75,065 miles, ridden in one year, on a bicycle. Searvogel isn’t done yet. His 365-day period officially ends January 9, so he has a few more days to stretch the record even farther. He says he’d like to either set an average of 208 miles per day or 76,000 miles total for the year.

… Steven Abraham of England was also attempting the HAMR but fell victim to a crash caused by a moped driver in March. His plans were scuttled, temporarily. Abraham started a new HAMR attempt in August 2015, so we may have a new record this summer.

SOME RESOLVE TO DUMP THEIR SPOUSES _ Shedding a spouse is right up there with losing weight when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Top divorce lawyers say they’re braced for a spike in calls that typically start the week right after New Year’s Day and last all month from men and women who want to ring in the new year by bringing the curtain down on their marriages.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FACEBOOK ACCUSED OF CENSORING PHOTO OF LITTLE MERMAID STATUE _ Copenhagen’s famous sculpture of The Little Mermaid may be photographed by millions of tourists every year but it appears Facebook is not a big fan of the statue. A Danish politician has accused Facebook of blocking her from uploading an image of the 102-year-old statue, which is displayed on a rock by the waterside. The Little Mermaid image was blocked as it contained “too much bare skin or sexual undertones”.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 6-YEAR-OLD BOY DEEMED ‘TRAVEL RISK’ _ Canada’s public safety minister has promised to investigate the case of a passenger whose name appears to be on a travel security risk list. The boy’s father tweeted a photo from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport last week that appears to show his son’s name with a “DHP” or “deemed high profile” label and instructions on how to proceed before allowing the boy to check in. The boy is 6. Dad tweeted: “Why is our (Canadian born) 6 year old on DHP no fly list? He must clear security each time.” The father and son were flying on New Year’s Eve to the NHL Winter Classic in Boston. Canada’s Public Safety Minister says he’s reviewing the case.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOMEONE STOLE A TRUCK FULL OF MELONS _ Someone in Hamilton, Ontario, is sitting on $50,000 worth of illegal melons after a truck full of fruit was stolen on New Year’s Eve. That’s a melon felon.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN APOLOGIZES TO WIFE WITH HUNDREDS OF ‘SORRY’ ADS _ A man in China must have messed up pretty badly for him to take out hundreds of taxi ads displaying an apology to his wife. The rolling LED signs on top taxis read, “My dear, I am wrong. Please forgive me.” The husband spend over $4,500 of on the messages, which were displayed on taxis Saturday through Monday.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LATE PIZZA LEADS TO STABBING NEAR LOS ANGELES _ Police in Covina, California, said they arrested a pizza delivery man after he allegedly stabbed a customer during an altercation over a delayed pie. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STRUCK WHILE DRAGGING DEAD DEER ACROSS THE ROAD _ Police in Maryland say a man was struck by a car while dragging a dead deer across the road. He was taken to a hospital for his injuries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: EMPLOYEES MUST APPLY TO HAVE BABY _ A company in Northeast China requires women to apply to have kids a year in advance. The unnamed company said it hoped to prevent short-staffing by creating a “timetable” for employees planning to get pregnant.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLAST KILLS MAN IN BUNGLED CONDOM MACHINE ROBBERY _ A man in Germany died after he was hit in the head by a flying piece of metal from a condom machine that he and two accomplices blew up in an apparent robbery attempt.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S BRIDE WAS REALLY A DUDE _ An Egyptian man discovered on his wedding day that his fiancee of three years was a man who had been concealing his identity behind a veil. The groom-to-be was notified by a female guest attending his wedding that his would-be wife was a man in women’s clothing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COPS TRACK THIEF BY CALLING STOLEN PHONE _ In Japan a man robbed an apartment. When police called the number of a phone the guy stole, the crook picked up but didn’t say anything. He also never bothered to hang up, letting the cops hear his conversation with the taxi driver he had hired for his getaway. The open phone connection allowed the cops to track down and arrest the thief.

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ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — This new episode is part one of a crossover episode with NCIS: New Orleans. Scott Bakula and Tyler Ritter (The McCarthy’s) guest star.

SEASON PREMIERE: HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (8p ET, NBC) — Celebs playing in the season 4 premiere are Kevin Smith, Dave Foley, Tony Hale, Alyson Hannigan, Justin Long and Helen Hunt.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: NEW GIRL (8p ET, FOX) — Anna George (The Lovely Bones) guest stars in the season 5 premiere.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

THE MUPPETS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

GRANDFATHERED (8:30p ET, FOX) — Dr. Phil McGraw guest stars in this new episode.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — The crossover with NCIS concludes with this new episode.

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — This new episode is part of a 3 show, 2 night crossover event between Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New

BROOKLYN NINE NINE (9p ET, FOX) — The show moves to a new night with this new episode. Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) guest stars.

IZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

THE GRINDER (9:30p ET, FOX) — Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Jimmy Kimmel guest star in this new episode.

LIMITLESS (10p ET, CBS) — Bradley Cooper returns and Georgina Haig (Once Upon a Time) guest stars in this new episode.

CHICAGO MED (10p ET, NBC) — The 3 show crossover event continues with this new episode.

PREMIERE: BEYOND THE TANK (10p ET, ABC) — As season 2 begins, Barbara Corcoran offers advice to Grace and Lace co-founder Melissa Hinnant. Daymond John visits Matt Reed to check on his smartly designed urban beehives. And Lori Griener checks in with Scrub Daddy creator Aaron Krause.

SERIES PREMIERE: PITCH SLAPPED (10p ET, Lifetime) — This new 8 episode docuseries follows the intensely competitive world of high school a cappella. Two cross-town rival teams from New Jersey work with the world’s best coaches and face off in weekly competitions.

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ENTERTAINMENT

REY ISN’T INCLUDED IN THE NEW STAR WARS MONOPOLY _ Once again, Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans are asking one question: #WheresRey? Rey, one of the blockbuster film’s protagonists played by Daisy Ridley, is not included in the new Star Wars edition of Monopoly. Instead, the game’s four tokens include Finn, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader  — who doesn’t even appear in the new film. The exclusion is frustrating for the fans behind the hashtag #WheresRey, which asks why she’s missing from the movie’s merchandise — despite being the latest Star Wars film’s central character. Rey was previously excluded from toy sets sold in stores like Target and Toys R Us.

We say Rey’s not in Star Wars Monopoly ’cause the best big screen hero in years has no time for games.

MEREDITH VIEIRA SHOW ENDING AFTER 2 SEASONS _ The Meredith Vieira Show is ending after two seasons. It will air through May. After that Vieira will head to Rio de Janeiro to help cover the Summer Olympics, airing on NBC in August.

NATALIE COLE FUNERAL _ Still no word on funeral arrangements for Natalie Cole. She died New Year’s Eve at age 65.

NEWEST DEADPOOL TRAILER REVEALS MORE _ The newest trailer for the Ryan Reynolds superhero movie Deadpool is out — and it’s revealing more than all others combined. It’s also a redband trailer, meaning it’s unsafe for the kids. | VIDEO

JOHN STAMOS REVEALS WHY THE OLSEN TWINS TURNED DOWN FULLER HOUSE _ John Stamos has shared why the Olsen twins decided against doing Netflix’s Fuller House — and it’s not what you’d think. Stamos said (to Howard Stern): “They seemed very into [Fuller House]; they just were afraid of acting. They hadn’t acted; they don’t consider themselves actresses.” Fuller House debuts on February 26 on Netflix.

WHITE HOUSE MAKING A MURDERER PETITION WORKS _ A petition asking President Barack Obama to pardon Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery is functioning despite social media complaints to the contrary. A formal whitehouse.gov petition created in December has been flooded by supporters of Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey after the Netflix docu-series reached fever pitch with viewers over the holidays. While the White House petition currently counts around 30,000 names, some users said their signatures were not being recorded or confirmed. A White House insider says there’s “not a glitch in the site, it’s just a delay in processing signatures.”

… Change.org’s appeal to the President has almost 220,000 signatures. If the governmental petition reaches 100,000 signatures by January 19, it will be eligible for an official White House review.

MAKING A MURDERER PROSECUTOR OFFERS REASONS AVERY IS GUILTY _ Since Making a Murderer made him famous last month, former Wisconsin prosecutor Ken Kratz hasn’t been shy about defending his work in the 2005 murder prosecution of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. TheWrap.com reached out to him about suggestions in the Netflix docu-series that his office railroaded two innocent defendants. In an email to TheWrap on Monday, Kratz strongly rejects the criticisms, saying the documentary series got it wrong. Some of the things we didn’t see in the Netflix docu-series, says Kratz:

… Avery’s past incident with a cat was not “goofing around”.  He soaked his cat in gasoline or oil, and put it on a fire to watch it suffer.

… Avery targeted Teresa. On October 31 (8:12 am) he called AutoTrader magazine and asked them to send “that same girl who was here last time.” On October 10, Teresa had been to the Avery property when Steve answered the door just wearing a towel.

… While in prison, Avery told another inmate of his intent to build a “torture chamber” so he could rape, torture and kill young women when he was released. He even drew a diagram. Another inmate was told by Avery that the way to get rid of a body is to “burn it” … heat destroys DNA.

… Also found in the fire pit was Teresa’s tooth (ID’d through dental records), a rivet from the “Daisy Fuentes” jeans she was wearing that day, and the tools used by Avery to chop up her bones during the fire.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG WANTS TO HEAR BILL COSBY’S SIDE _ Whoopi Goldberg may think the evidence is piling up against Bill Cosby — but she still wants to hear the disgraced comedian’s side of the story. Whoopi told viewers of The View that she’s “glad” Cosby has been charged for the first time since dozens of women began coming forward with stories of being sexually abused by the TV legend, but she still wonders what he thinks. Whoopi told her audience Monday: “I sort of feel like, whenever you have people saying, ‘This is what happened, this is what happened, this is what happened,’ I want the court. I want to hear it.”

JULIA STILES GOT ENGAGED ON CHRISTMAS EVE _ Julia Stiles had a pretty sweet holiday, getting engaged to her boyfriend Preston J. Cook on Christmas Eve. Stiles met Cook, a camera assistant who recently worked on The Revenant, on the set of the 2015 thriller Go With Me.

TAYLOR SWIFT AND CALVIN HARRIS ARE LIVING TOGETHER _ Things are definitely getting serious between Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris. E! News is reporting that the famous Hollywood couple have been living together under one roof and talking about possibly taking things to the next level. A source say they “are definitely talking about their future together and the possibility of one day getting engaged. Making it work, despite their huge demanding schedules, and her tour, has proved to both of them that this is something that is serious and that could last. It’s really cemented their commitment to one another.”

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW RENEWED THROUGH 2020 _ Ellen DeGeneres will be around through Summer of 2020. NBCUniversal said Monday it’s “thrilled to continue” its 13-year partnership.

MEL GIBSON WILL PRESENT AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES _ Nobody who watched the 2010 Golden Globes can forget host Ricky Gervais’ cringe-worthy jab at Mel Gibson, who at the time was feeling the sting from unsavory press following a DUI arrest and leaked, profanity-laced voicemails. Now Gibson may have a chance to clap back: The actor-director will present at this year’s ceremony, which Gervais is hosting. The Golden Globes airs live Sunday.

JUSTIN BIEBER GOT CORNROWS BECAUSE HAILEY BALDWIN TOLD HIM TO _ (CAUTION) Justin Bieber showed off his new cornrows while posing alongside girlfriend Hailey Baldwin in an Instagram picture posted on Monday. The singer captioned: “Hailey made me get corn rows like an absolute douche bag, these will be off tomorrow…”

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AUDIO

NEWEST ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE. (SHARE YOUR AUDIO HERE.)

• DROPS: Loads of Friday-related movie-TV drops.

• TOPICAL: John Oliver with new year resolution suggestions.

• TOPICAL: President Obama on Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee (3 cuts)

• PHONER: Things guys should never do together. Launch: You saw The Force Awakens with your wife/kids the first time. You called a friend to see it again and he said two grown men going to a movie together is weird.

• DROP: We are in a situation where we need a miracle. Would be good for a game/contest where a contestant isn’t doing so well.

• DROP: I just love you guys. Love you. Love you. Love you.

• DROP: I do not know that he has any boundaries.

• PARODY: Hello Parody (Hella Cravings). Suggested use: Just a few seconds as a bumper into anything about holiday food, New Year’s resolutions, etc. (Source video)

• STAR WARS: Star Wars The Force Awakens fan reactions 1

• STAR WARS: Star Wars The Force Awakens fan reactions 2

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BITS & BREAKS

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW LAS VEGAS

The worlds largest consumer electronics trade show is going on this week in Las Vegas, a huge annual event that’s been famous for introducing the next big thing in gadgetry. Past products that made their debut at CES:

• Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970

• Laserdisc Player, 1974

• Camcorder, 1981

• Compact Disc Player, 1981

• Mini Disc, 1993

• Digital Satellite System, 1994

• Digital Versatile Disk (DVD), 1996

• High Definition Television (HDTV), 1998

• Microsoft Xbox, 2001

• Plasma TV, 2001

• The Blu-ray disc format, 2004

• Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) televisions, 2009

• Self-driving car, 2013

• Curved TV, 2014

NEW ON DVD TODAY

Sicario

The Walk

The Visit

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

The Green Inferno

Sleeping With Other People

Captive

Experimenter

True Detective: Season 2

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10

Luther – Season 4

Party of Five – The Complete Series

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: When doing this, you’re distracted an average of 4.6 seconds. (Texting while driving)

TRIVIA: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this accounts for about 3.3% of energy use in homes. (Lighting)

I SAW IT IN THE MOVIES

Give the hint, listener gives the answer. Thanks to Chris Wolf for sharing this contest with us.

• An X-wing fighter (Star Wars)

• A DeLorean with a flux Capacitor (Back to the Future)

• A T-Rex (Jurassic Park)

• A Munchkin (Wizard of Oz)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Bob came home from his first date with a gal, and had quite the black eye. “What the heck happened to you?!” said his room mate, Mike. “Hey pal, I was just following your advice!” Bob yelled. “What?” Mike said. “Let me think. When did I give you this advice?” Bob rolled his eyes: “Just before I left, dummy.” Mike thinks back. “You mean, ‘Kiss her when she least expects it’?” “Oh,” Bob says with a sigh as he put an ice pack on his shiner. “I thought you said ‘where’.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Always clear the snow off your roof’s car.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

What back to school after the holidays looks like.


Source: imgur

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• An alphabetized version of The Wizard of Oz.

• Your local Facebook Groups could be a good prep resource. This link shows you what groups are in your area.

• Top free time-waster websites.

• A quick way to create and share a note.

• Enjoy a snowy escape.

• How one guy keeps track of his luggage.

• Dress your bearded dragon as Princess Lea.

• The best Star Wars tattoos.

• I’m a financial planner, and here are the 11 best pieces of advice I can give you about money.

The Best and Worst Journalism of 2015. Includes a nod to John Oliver.

• We bought these $15 Amazon headphones — and they don’t suck.

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 6, 2016

This is day 6 of 2016. There are 360 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz is 79

• Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 63

• Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) is 61

• TV chef Nigella Lawson is 56

• Sportscaster Howie Long is 56

• Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) is 47

• The Talk co-host Julie Chen is 46

• Volleyball player Gabrielle Reece is 46

• Eddie Redmayne (Oscar for The Theory of Everything) is 34

• Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1412: According to tradition, Joan of Arc was born in Domremy, France.

• 1838: Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, New Jersey.

• 1942: A Pan American Airways plan arrived in New York to complete the first around-the-world trip by a commercial aircraft.

• 1975: Wheel of Fortune premiered. Created by Merv Griffin, it is the longest-running syndicated game show in television history.

• 1994: Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant in Detroit. Four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison.

• 2001: With the vanquished Vice President Al Gore presiding, Congress certified Republican George W. Bush the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.

• 2003: Deciding they weren’t getting any younger, two eighty-somethings who had been sweethearts six decades ago tied the knot — in the Hamilton, Ohio, Walmart where she worked. 82-year-old Betty Howard, a greeter at the store, and 84-year-old Estel Barrett married during a ceremony thrown for them by Howard’s co-workers. Friends in childhood, Howard and Barrett kept in touch over the years. Both were married for more than 50 years before the deaths of their spouses three years before.

• 2007: A man had to be taken to the hospital after police called to his house found his hand had been nailed to a coffee table. Officers in Swansea in Wales said that while there were others in the home at the time, no formal complaint was filed so police didn’t investigating.

• 2013: The NHL reached an agreement to end a 113 day lockout.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bean Day

• Cuddle Up Day

UPCOMING

• January 6-9: Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas

• January 10: Golden Globe Awards

• January 11: College Football National Championship (University of Phoenix Stadium, ESPN)

• January 12: State of the Union Address

• January 18: Martin Luther King Day

• January 18: Blue Monday. Always the third Monday of January, Blue Monday is said to be the saddest day of the year — we’re back into the work grind, the Christmas bills have come, college students have to return to reality.

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

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