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This is day 7 of 2016. There are 359 days remaining.


• Kenny Loggins is 68

• David Caruso is 60

• Katie Couric is 59

• Nicolas Cage is 52

• Jeremy Renner is 45

• Dustin Diamond (Saved by the Bell) is 39

• Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) is 34


• 1782: The first American commercial bank, Bank of North America, opened.

• 1785: Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries traveled from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon.

• 1789: In the first U.S. presidential election, Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.

• 1882: The cowboy helmet was patented. It was a steel hat with attached face mask to protect bronc riders, cow branders, and blacksmiths.

• 1887: Thomas Stevens arrived in San Francisco, ending the first around-the-world trek on a bicycle. He left the city by the bay in the spring of 1884, riding a Columbia standard bicycle — one of those with a huge front wheel and a tiny back wheel and no brakes. Stevens pedaled 13,500 miles as he crossed the world’s mountains, deserts, and jungles.

• 1904: The distress signal “CQD” is established, only to be replaced two years later by “SOS.”

• 1927: The Harlem Globetrotters played their first game.

• 1992: AT&T released a video telephone. The price: $1,499.

• 1998: Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signed an affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton.

• 1999: The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton began.

• 2002: A 40-year-old Romanian woman stopped hiccuping for the first time in 14 years following surgery in Bucharest. Doctors said the hiccups were caused by a lymphatic cyst which grew after an earlier operation.

• 2006: A retired Arkansas nurse saved her brother’s chicken, Boo Boo, by administering mouth-to-beak resuscitation after the fowl was found floating face down in the family’s pond.

• 2012: A hot air balloon crashed in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11.


• I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day

• International Programmers’ Day

• Bobblehead Day


• 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

More holidays



18: Life span, in months, of a typical dollar bill.



An Israeli TV reporter doing a story on a protective vest tried to demonstrate that he could be attacked from behind with a knife without being harmed, however, the knife went through the vest and nicked him in the back. [But then again, who hasn’t been stabbed in the back by their job?]

Two new dog breeds have joined the prestigious listing of the American Kennel Club [despite Donald Trump’s attempts to have them stopped at the border].

North Korea claims to have tested a powerful hydrogen bomb. [There’s no definite proof but American experts do admit that there were seismic tremors in the area and also photographic proof that Kim Jong-Un’s hair actually moved.]

A Pennsylvania company has been ordered to pay thousands of employees for making them clock out before going to the bathroom. The company has to pay $1.75 million. [But employees say that the payment doesn’t go nearly far enough to compensate them for their anxiety and humiliation, not to mention the huge amount of money they spent on adult diapers.]

A new survey shows that the average American is angrier than ever. [I wonder if has to do with the falling gas prices or the improvement in the housing market.]

The final season of American Idol got underway. [Spoiler alert: in the series finale Ryan Seacrest wakes up and realizes that he had been dreaming the whole thing after falling asleep on the couch in the ’80s while watching Star Search.]

A young giraffe at the Miami Zoo was put down after injuring itself by getting its head stuck between poles. [It’s a good thing that veterinarians weren’t on the scene when that kid in The Christmas Story got his tongue stuck to the light pole.]

Remember outrageous former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? Well, he says that he plans to run again for mayor in 2018. [He said the mayoral office run isn’t the best fit for his outsized personality, but being Canadian he’s not eligible to run in the American GOP presidential race.]

The new Fast & Furious movie may film in Cuba. [Vin Diesel spends half the movie looking for spare parts for a ’57 Chevy.]



iPHONE FEATURE RESULTED IN A $2,000 PHONE BILL _ What’s worse than having a weak Wi-Fi signal? According to Denver-based teen Ashton Fiengold, it’s thinking you’ve got a reliable Wi-Fi connection, only to discover at the end of your billing cycle that you’ve basically been running up cellular data charges on your iPhone without warning. Fiengold had no idea a data usage warning he received was due to a Wi-Fi related issue, since he knew he had connectivity at home. As it turns out, not only did he have a weak Wi-Fi signal in his room, he also had his iPhone’s Wi-Fi Assist option enabled. Although the feature sounds like a good thing to have turned on, what it really does is guarantee a consistent data connection by using cellular data if your Wi-Fi signal becomes intermittent and wonky. It’s a terrible surprise for someone like Fiengold who, without a care in the world, thought his iPhone browsing was covered by his home connection. Underneath the hood, he was actually racking up a gigantic amount of data use amounting to 144 GB. The oversight caused his cellphone bill to balloon from an already-high $250 per month to over $2,000.

… PHONES: What cellphone bill shocker did you get from your kid’s wireless bill?

NEW CHICK-FIL-A SERVICE PROVIDES A BETTER EXPERIENCE FOR MOMS _ Chick-fil-A has decided to serve a side of family-friendliness with its chicken sandwiches, thanks to a new program called Mom’s Valet that allows parents with young children to eat in the restaurant without hassle. The new service allows parents to order their food through the drive-thru and then enter the restaurant, where an open table will be waiting for them, along with any high-chairs they need. Chick-fil-A will then serve the family their food.

PEOPLE WHO SEND THE MOST ICONS HAVE THE RACIEST THOUGHTS _ A survey of more than 5,000 singles probed emoji use in dating. The dating site found people who think about sex a lot are more likely to use emoji. The survey also revealed both men and women favor the winky face when flirting.

AIRLINES TESTING AUCTIONS FOR SEAT UPGRADES AT GATES _ Some airlines are testing out the idea of turning their airport gates into auction houses, selling off premium seat upgrades to the highest bidders. More than 30 airlines around the world are dipping their toes in the auction world by pitting passengers against each other for the pleasure of buying upgrades for first-class, business-class or premium-economy seats. Auctions offer airlines an option to sell upgraded seats to passengers instead of offering the seats for free when it’s time to board.

… In the U.S., Virgin America is currently testing the SeatBoost auction at gates in Las Vegas an hour before the flight departs. Under the system, bidding starts at $10, $30, or $50 depending on the length of the flight and whether passengers are bidding on extra legroom in coach or first-class. Passengers can see the bids via a leader board posted by the gate.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES TEMPORARILY BANNED LUGGAGE _ Frequent fliers are used to occasionally finding one of their bags hasn’t arrived at their destination with them, whether due to a tight connection or airline error. But few have ever been told prior to boarding that their checked luggage simply wouldn’t be joining them on the same flight. That’s what happened to Malaysia Airlines passengers flying to Europe from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this week when the airline announced it was temporarily banning checked luggage from flights on January 5 and 6 due to “unreasonably strong headwinds”. Malaysia Airlines said the big headwinds would mean additional fuel burn and it needed to drop the weight of the checked baggage. Older engines can run 14 hours on a full tank and the flight was 12 hours. So the additional weight in the headwinds would’ve made the flights longer and potentially more dangerous.

CES: AN iPHONE CHARGING IN MIDAIR _ True wireless charging of an iPhone was demoed at the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday. A company called Ossia says the charging device — coming late this year — will literally allow you to charge your iPhone with no wires within 10 feet of it’s Cota transmitter. So instead of plugging your phone in to charge at the office, you’d just place it anywhere on your desk, or keep it in your pocket — and it will charge over the air.

BARKING DOG LEADS POLICE TO TRAPPED CANINE COMPANION _ Police in western Massachusetts say a dog approached an officer on Tuesday barking frantically and then led the officer across a field and down an icy, 30-foot embankment, where the dog’s canine companion had become entangled in the undergrowth. Firefighters used a ladder to free the trapped dog, which was taken to a veterinarian for a checkup. The two dogs had run off hours earlier when their owner suffered a medical emergency at her home and was taken to the hospital. Police tried to catch the dogs, but they kept running away.



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROOMMATE ASSAULTED FOR GETTING UP ‘TOO EARLY TO SHOWER’ _ Toronto police were called to deal with a dispute between two roommates that they say began when one roommate got upset that the other was up too early for a shower. A Toronto police spokesman said, ​”Is it the most effective use of police resources? No. But when people call, we’ve got to go.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRAPPED BEE DELAYS INDONESIA FLIGHT _ The pilot of the Boeing 737 decided not to take off from an Indonesian airport after noticing a problem with the controls. An investigation found that the incident occurred because the plane’s electronic engine control suffered a technical problem after a bee got into vital equipment. The bee became trapped in the tube which measures airspeed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SETS ATM ON FIRE, BLAMES TV _ In Beijing, bank surveillance video showed a man wearing a red hooded sweatshirt approach an ATM at 1:50 AM and light his jacket on fire. He then jammed it into the card reader slot and left it burning before leaving the scene. The man told police he got the idea from “TV shows” but abandoned the plan when the machine did not spew money as he expected.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SEIZE TONS OF SMUGGLED CHICKEN FEET _ Police in China have seized and destroyed almost 20 tons of smuggled chicken feet. Chicken feet are popular in China, often served as a cold dish with beer.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOSS BAITS, BUSTS WORKERS FOR CHECKING THEIR PHONES _ A boss in China wanted to see who was screwing around on the job. So the boss used a feature of the WeChat app that let him send “lucky money”. Three employees were busted for fiddling with their phones on the job after their boss lured them with the cash gifts.  Some in China have praised the move as effective management, while others called it “cruel.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NEWS CAR BROKEN INTO WHILE CREW WAS ATTENDING ANTI-ROBBERY PRESSER _ An TV station’s news vehicle was broken into while the crew was attending a press conference held by Washington D.C.’s mayor and police chief to discuss a task force created to fight robberies.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: EXPERTS DON’T KNOW WHAT RETURNED RELIC IS _ A man who stole a relic from a Norwegian museum 52 years ago returned the item. An anonymously written note read, “For years I have enjoyed this rare tool in my home. In my old age … I have now decided to return it to the descendants of those who imagined it, built it and used it.” There’s just one problem: art experts are now scratching their heads over what the obscure object is and where it came from.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ATTACKS STATUTE, CALLS IT PERFORMANCE ART _ In France a man was arrested after using a hammer to attack an old statue. The man claimed he was doing “performance art” with the hammer and that the artist who created the statue would have been pleased.



THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) guest stars in this new episode.

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — The auditions continue in Little Rock, Ark., and San Francisco. This is the episode that features the “audition” by Kanye West, with Kim Kardashian also making an appearance.


BEYOND THE TANK (8p ET, ABC) — The show “officially” premieres on its regular night and time with this new edition.


LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and Brenda Song (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) guest star in this new episode.

THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — Christine Lahti and David Strathairn guest star in this new episode.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Linda Lavin (The Intern) guest stars and David Krumholtz returns in this new episode.

SERIES PREMIERE: MY DIET IS BETTER THAN YOURS (9p ET, ABC) — Hosted by Shaun T, creator of the workout sensation Insanity, this new reality show features celebrity trainers coaching average people to lose weight and get in shape. Each trainer brings his/her own individually designed diet and exercise plan to the game.

THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

SERIES PREMIERE: ANGEL FROM HELL (9:30p ET, CBS) — Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night) stars in this new comedy as a very eccentric woman that claims to be a guardian angel, and whose job is to help an ambitious young doctor (Maggie Lawson, Psych) get her life on track. Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) and Kyle Bornheimer (Agent Carter) also star.

SERIES PREMIERE: SHADES OF BLUE (10p ET, NBC) — Jennifer Lopez stars in this new cop drama as part of a police crew in Brooklyn, with a leader (Ray Liotta) that believes in taking the law into their own hands (and also taking bribes). Lopez’s character is caught by the FBI and turned into an informant on the rest of the crew. Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Dayo Okeniyi (Hunger Games), and Sarah Jeffery (Wayward Pines) also star.

ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — John Heard (Home Alone) guest stars in this new episode.

TOP CHEF (10p ET, Bravo) — In this new edition, model Chrissy Teigen is the guest judge for the quick fire challenge, and the chefs cater a wedding for 25 gay couples in the elimination challenge.

SEASON PREMIERE: LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike TV) — Season two begins with Channing Tatum battling actress Jenna Dewan Tatum.



DAVID SCHWIMMER DECLINED MEETING KARDASHIANS _ David Schwimmer, who plays the late Robert Kardashian on the upcoming series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, reveals in a new interview that he declined the opportunity to discuss his role with the Kardashian sisters, because they wanted the meeting to happen on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. American Crime Story centers around Simpson’s real-life trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Simpson, while Schwimmer portrays the late Kardashian patriarch, who served as one of his defense lawyers.

… Schwimmer says in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he spoke on the phone for more than two hours with his character’s ex-wife, Kris Jenner, who relayed details to him about her late ex-husband. Jenner told Schwimmer that Kardashian was a “man of faith,” and a “very compassionate, generous guy,” among other things. Selma Blair, who portrays Jenner on the show, met with her real-life counterpart as well.

… Schwimmer also reveals, “The producers of [Keeping Up With The Kardashians] had asked me if I wanted to talk to the daughters, too, but I didn’t feel that was necessary. And they wanted to do it on camera.”

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS JOINS BILLY BOB THORNTON IN BAD SANTA 2 _ The holiday season isn’t over quite yet for Christina Hendricks. The six-time Emmy nominated Mad Men actress has joined the cast of Bad Santa 2. The sequel reunites Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, and Brett Kelly from the 2003 original. Kathy Bates is also signed on to play Sunny Soke, the foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails mother of Thornton’s boozy mall Santa, Willie Soke.

NETFLIX CHIEF REJECTS MAKING A MURDERER PROSECUTOR’S REBUTTAL DEMAND _ Netflix dismissed calls from former Wisconsin prosecutor Ken Kratz that it allow a rebuttal or disclose bias in its hit docu-series Making a Murderer, which suggests that Kratz’s office contributed to framing Steven Avery for murder. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in an interview with TheWrap on Wednesday, “I don’t think documentaries are unbiased, they do take a position. This is the filmmakers’ position, and they did a great job laying out the facts.”

… Kratz said Netflix should “either provide an opportunity for rebuttal, or alert the viewers that this series was produced by and for the defense of Steven Avery.”

EMMA STONE TO PLAY CRUELLA DE VIL _ Emma Stone is in talks to play 101 Dalmatians villainess Cruella de Vil in Disney’s live-action movie Cruella. Glenn Close previously played the black-and-white-haired Cruella in a 1996 live-action adaptation based on the 1961 animated classic.

RUBY ROSE IS THE NEW FACE OF DENIM & SUPPLY RALPH LAUREN _ To say Australian model, former television host, actress, DJ, and artist Ruby Rose had an exciting 2015 is an understatement. Now, Rose is starting off 2016 with a creative new role with denim company, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, as the face of the brand’s spring collection.

KERI RUSSELL AND MATTHEW RHYS ARE EXPECTING _ Felicity is pregnant. The Americans costars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are expecting their first child together — and while their characters on the show aren’t super enamored with each other, these lovebirds are red-hot. Even though Keri and Matthew have yet to confirm their baby news — or their relationship, for that matter — sources confirmed Russell is more than four months pregnant. Seeing as there are photos of Keri and her growing bean, I think it’s safe to start looking for a baby gift.

… Little Russell-Rhys will join Keri’s son River, 8, and daughter Willow, 4, she has with her ex-husband.

BACHELORETTE ALI FEDOTOWSKY ANNOUNCES PREGNANCY IN FUNNY WAY _ Ali Fedotowsky is starting the year off in an awesome way — she’s pregnant. Fedotowsky and fiancé Kevin Manno announced their baby news in a funny post on Instagram. Ali’s posting in “mom jeans” with the text on the photo saying, “I’m not a woman anymore… I’m a mom.” | IMAGE

MIKE ROWE: I AM NOT THE MEDFORD, OREGON BANK ROBBER _ TV celebrity Mike Rowe posted a message to the people of Medford, Oregon, after finding himself in an awkward spot. Rowe looks strikingly similar to a bank robbery suspect. Rowe posted on his Facebook page:

To The People of Medford Oregon: Those of you up to speed with the Medford Police Facebook Page … are no doubt aware that a white male wearing a ball cap and sweatshirt walked into the Chase Bank over on Stewart Street two days ago and robbed the joint. This had led many to wonder where I was on the day in question. True, I am often attired in a sweatshirt and ball cap, and yes, I do share a certain resemblance with the culprit. … However, I am not ‘5’6″- 5’8″ tall with a small to medium build.’ The last time I was 5’6″ – 5’8″ I was in the 6th grade. And the ‘small to medium’ ship sailed some time ago.

… Also, I see that many Medfordites are wondering why a guy would rob a bank without some sort of disguise, knowing full-well he’d be photographed? This is an excellent question. The consensus seems to be because he’s an idiot, and while that’s quite possibly true, he still appears to be on the loose, a fact not consistent with general idiocy. This has lead many to conclude that the perpetrator was an outsider who left town right after the robbery. Entirely possible. However, I’d like to suggest an alternative possibility – what if the thief was not an idiot, but a clever person of below average height wearing a Mike Rowe Mask? Crazy at it sounds, these masks exist. I don’t know where people get them, but a couple of years ago I ran into a woman at a Halloween party who was wearing my face, and I don’t mind telling you it scared the hell out of me. Point is, if this crook was disguised as me, he could still be in Medford, walking among you. In which case the public should NOT be on the lookout for me, but rather, a much skinnier and far less attractive man about six inches shorter, probably wearing a shirt and tie. Thanks, and good luck. Please let me know what happens next.

… PS. For what it’s worth, I was in Kansas Monday, and can prove it, if need be.

RONDA ROUSEY IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S SWIMSUIT ISSUE? _ Ronda Rousey has essentially been in hiding since getting her butt kicked in the UFC 193 ring back in November, but she may be ready to put all that behind her — thanks to an Instagram from Sports Illustrated. The editor of SI’s Swimsuit Edition posted a photo on her Instagram Wednesday that appeared show the former bantamweight champion’s derriere in nothing but body paint. The unidentified model’s face is not visible, but Ronda fans have pointed out that the woman in the photo has a tattoo on her right wrist that closely resembles the one on Ronda’s right wrist. The Instagram was captioned: “#instabooty if #2016 keeps going like this then I’m going to be one happy happy girl! #bootypaint #siswimsuit”

… Ronda is not shy about her toned body. The fighter appeared — wearing a bathing suit — in last year’s Swimsuit Edition, and she also covered the Body Issue of ESPN the Magazine in 2012 — naked. So slathering herself in body paint for a photo shoot would come as no surprise to her fans.

FIRST TRAILER FOR BAZ LUHRMANN’S NEW NETFLIX SERIES _ Netflix released the first trailer for Baz Luhrman’s The Get Down on Wednesday. The drama focuses on 1970s New York City. Netflix’s description reads: “Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans.” Luhrmann will direct the first two episodes and the season finale, and serve as executive producer. | VIDEO

TOM CRUISE’S JACK REACHER CO-STAR CALLS HIM ‘REMARKABLY AWESOME’ _ Tom Cruise’s personal life may seem a bit weird at times, but his on-set life sounds like it’s awesome. In fact, it is — at least for his co-stars. Tom’s co-star in the Jack Reacher sequel, Aldis Hodge, who also starred in Straight Outta Compton, recently gushed about working with him in the flick: “Tom has been remarkably awesome. He is really accessible when it comes to trying to learn something. He’s really forthcoming with information with his experience, how he sees filmmaking. His main priority is making sure that every actor on the film looks great, feels great, does great. He’s one of those actors who is trying to promote his team to be the best that they can be, and you can feel it. He speaks to everybody on set, he’s nice to everybody, because he understands. He’s not just an actor, he’s not just a marquee name on the ticket, he is also a producer. So he’s going to produce the best product.”

CITY OF LOS ANGELES WILL NOT CHARGE BILL COSBY WITH RAPE IN TWO CASES _ The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that it has declined to file charges against Bill Cosby regarding two incidents of alleged rape that happened 43 years apart. The first alleged assault of an unnamed victim took place in 1965. L.A. prosecutors will not charge Cosby in that case due to the statute of limitations, which for rape cases in California is 10 years.

… The second of the two assaults was alleged by Chloe Goins, a 24-year-old who, per the Los Angeles Times, says Cosby raped her at a party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Goins stated that she blacked out after accepting a drink from Cosby and woke up to find herself naked on a bed, with the comedian biting her toes and his pants around his ankles. The district attorney’s office decided that there was not enough evidence to charge Cosby in that case, with TMZ reporting that Cosby had an alleged alibi that placed him out of town during the time of the incident.

GWEN STEFANI AND BLAKE SHELTON HAVE A CUTE TWITTER EXCHANGE _ Gwen Stefani gushed over her boyfriend Blake Shelton on Twitter Wednesday. Blake tweeted: “My new years resolution for 2016 was to be on the cover of every [expletive] tabloid known to man…. Whew!!! That was easy!!!!!” He was, of course, referring to all of the constant rumors that circulate about him. Gwen replied to the tweet, “your so funny and #cute #jinx #newyearsresolution gx”

… Blake then replied, “And with that it’s already a great 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @gwenstefani”

SEESO LAUNCHED TODAY _ SeeSo, NBC’s comedy streaming service, launched today (January 7). For $4 a month SeeSo serves up episodes of series like Saturday Night Live, Parks & Recreation and more alongside new original series. Classics like Monty Python are also available.

LESSER-KNOWN STREAMING CHANNELS _ If you thought 2015 was the year of cord-cutting, 2016 will probably be even more noteworthy. The number and quality of streaming TV networks seems to grow every month. Last year Sling TV launched, giving viewers access to multiple ESPN channels, plus AMC, TBS, HGTV, Food Network and more for $20 a month.

… Today (Thursday) NBC launches its comedy streamer, SeeSo, which will serve up new and classic comedies.

… But besides these two, there’s Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and services for CBS and HBO shows. Then you have Acorn TV, a streaming service devoted entirely to British dramas, comedies, mysteries and documentaries.

… Crunchyroll is an anime lover’s dream. The streaming service offers more than 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of Japanese anime and other Asian media content available in several languages.

… MUBI recommends a new film to watch every day handpicked by film experts. The movies are only available for 30 days.

… Shout! Factory has possibly the weirdest collection of movies and TV shows you’ll find to stream online for free, including Laverne & Shirley and enough Mystery Science Theater 3000 to make your head explode.

… Fandor offers access to hundreds of motion pictures, from rare, serious European features to educational shorts and the silliest exploitation flicks. You’ll find almost all of Buster Keaton’s major work (presented in HD), classic British science fiction, Westerns like Stagecoach and The Searchers — and more.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of December 28-January 3.

1. NFL Football: Minnesota vs. Green Bay, NBC, 24.29 million
2. College Football Semifinal: Michigan State vs. Alabama, ESPN, 18.55 million
3. College Football Studio (Thursday), ESPN, 18.09 million
4. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 17.75 million
5. College Football Studio (Thursday), ESPN, 16.76 million
6. NFL Football: Cincinnati vs. Denver, ESPN, 15.81 million
7. College Football Semifinal: Oklahoma vs. Clemson, ESPN, 15.64 million
8. 60 Minutes, CBS, 15.36 million
9. Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Iowa, ESPN, 13.55 million
10. College Football Studio (Friday), ESPN, 13.22 million
11. Prime-time New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (Part 2), ABC, 13.02 million
12. Football Night in America, NBC, 12.81 million
13. College Football Studio (Friday), ESPN, 12.66 million
14. College Football Studio (Thursday), ESPN, 11.61 million
15. NCIS, CBS, 10.37 million
16. College Football Studio (Thursday), ESPN, 9.78 million
17. Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, ESPN, 9.76 million
18. Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss, ESPN, 8.94 million
19. College Football Studio (Thursday), ESPN, 8.17 million
20. Prime-time New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, ABC, 8.13 million




• CALLER: Listener asks what YOU do when you play the national anthem.

• TV CLIP: Dave & Ethan is one of the original shows available on the new NBC-owned SeeSo streaming comedy channel.

• TOPICAL: NBC launches SeeSo January 7. Parks & Recreation clip.

• TOPICAL: Making a Murderer filmmakers share new info on Today show.

• TOPICAL: Making a Murderer opening theme.

• FUNNY: Toddler tries bacon for the first time.

• 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.




From the website that tracks new words.

X-RISK – A danger that could lead to human extinction.

iHUNCH – The forward curve of the upper back caused by constantly looking down at a smartphone or similar device.

CONDESPLAINING – Explaining in a condescending way, particularly from a point of view of power or privilege.

FOGO – Fear of Going Out. The dread of going out. The desire to not attend a popular event that is over-hyped or over-commercialized.

REDUCETARIAN – A person who purposefully reduces the amount of meat in their diet.


For years Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch held a contest to expose how frivolous lawsuits, and a concern about potential frivolous lawsuits, led to wacky warning labels. And each year Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch would announced the wackiest warning labels. Some of their favorites:

• A label on a baby stroller: “Remove child before folding.”

• A popular scooter for children: “This product moves when used.”

• A digital thermometer: “Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.”

• A household iron: “Never iron clothes while they are being worn.”

• A label on a hair dryer: “Never use hair dryer while sleeping.”

• A warning on an electric drill made for carpenters: “This product not intended for use as a dental drill.”

• A massage chair: “Do not use massage chair without clothing. Never force any body part into the backrest area while the rollers are moving.”

• A 13-inch wheel on a wheelbarrow: “Not intended for highway use.”

• A can of self-defense pepper spray: “May irritate eyes.”

• A manufactured fireplace log: “Caution – Risk of Fire.”



TRIVIA: What is 8068? (The least-used ATM PIN number)


• Drew Barrymore, as an 11-month-old, was featured in a TV commercial for Gainesburger puppy food. (YES)

• There are 30 million Facebook accounts belonging to people who have passed away. (YES)

• The average human body has 570 sweat glands. (B.S. It has over 2 million.)

• Jupiter is the fastest rotating planet in our solar system. (YES)

• The Bible has been translated into Klingon. (YES)

• Because he’s Commander in Chief, clothing and grooming products for the president are paid for by the U.S. military. (B.S.)



A man bumps into a friend and sees that his friend’s car is total loss and covered with leaves, grass, branches, dirt and blood. He asks his friend, “What’s happened to your car?” “Well,” the friend responses, “I ran over a lawyer.” “OK,” says the man, “that explains the blood … but what about the leaves, the grass, the branches and the dirt?” The friend replies, “Well, I had to chase him all the way through the park.”



Insane parallel parking.



What have you found in your car’s Bermuda Triangle?

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• 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.



This is day 8 of 2016. There are 358 days remaining.


• Larry Storch (F Troop) is 93

• Broadcaster Charles Osgood is 83

• Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game) is 78

• David Bowie is 69

• Michelle Forbes (True Blood, Homicide) is 51

• R. Kelly is 49

• Sean Paul is 43

• Gaby Hoffman (Transparent, Girls) is 34


• 1675: The first corporation was chartered in the United States. It was a New York fishing company.

• 1790: George Washington delivered the first State of the Union Address address in New York City.

• 1901: The first bowling tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, Illinois.

• 1955: After 130 home basketball wins, Georgia Tech defeated Kentucky 59-58. It was the first Kentucky loss at home since January 2, 1943.

• 1962: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

• 1975: Ella Grasso became Governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to serve as a Governor in the United States who did not succeed her husband.

• 1992: U.S. President George H.W. Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair and promptly vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister.

• 1999: The top two executives of Salt Lake City’s Olympic organizing committee resigned amid investigations into how far city boosters stooped to win the 2002 Winter Games. Investigators found boosters gave IOC members cash payments up to $70,000 and expensive gifts; and paid educational, travel, housing and medical costs of IOC members and their families.

• 2011: An attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords occurred at a grocery store near Tuscon. Thirteen people were injured and six others were killed in the shooting, among them federal judge John Roll.


• Argyle Day

• Bubble Bath Day

• English Toffee Day

• Show and Tell Day at Work


• 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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• Joan Baez is 75. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is 72. Country singer Crystal Gayle is 65. J.K. Simmons is 61. Joely Richardson is 51. Dave Matthews is 49. A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys is 38.

• Static Electricity Day.


• Frank Sinatra Jr. is 72. Rod Stewart is 71. Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is 68. Pat Benatar is 63. Chris Smith of Kris Kross is 37.

• Cut Your Energy Costs Day. No Pants Subway Ride Day. Peculiar People Day. Houseplant Appreciation Day.