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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 21, 2016

This is day 21 of 2016. There are 345 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Golfer Jack Nicklaus is 76

• Mac Davis is 74

• Robby Benson (Ice Castles, voice of Beast in animated Beauty and the Beast, auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars) is 60

• Geena Davis is 60

• Emma Bunton (Spice Girl Baby Spice) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Hugging Day

• Squirrel Appreciation Day

• Granola Bar Day

• New England Clam Chowder Day

UPCOMING

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

18: Distance, in miles, the average American lives from their mom.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Due to financial problems ISIS is cutting salaries by 50%. [And until further notice it’s also canceling all upper management leadership and team building weekends in Las Vegas.]

India is desperate to reduce its heavy reliance on importing lentils so it has lifted a five-decade ban against growing and harvesting a domestic type of lentil that’s suspected of causing paralysis. [That pretty much eases my conscience about having the occasional Big Mac.]

Not only did Donald Trump speak at his own rally the other day, but so did his special guest, Sarah Palin. [Halfway through the speeches three professional fact-checkers spontaneously combusted.]

A cold snap has hit North Korea. [It’s so cold that Kim Jong-Un has been forced to play with his nuclear weapons indoors.]

A 12-year-old Florida girl lied to police claiming that she was kidnapped. She said that she was pulled into the back of a vehicle by a shaggy guy. [With a talking great dane named Scooby-Doo?]

A Florida mom successfully fought off armed carjackers who attacked her when she pulled up to the gas pump. [Those guys were stupid. You should never try to get between an American and cheap gas.]

Police in the UK came to a 10-year-old kid’s house after he made a spelling error on his schoolwork. He intended to say that he lives in a “terraced house,” but wrote that he lives in a “terrorist house.” [I feel sorry for him. When I was his age my mom spent three hours in interrogation after I wrote that “we always have something good to eat because my mom’s the world’s greatest crook.”]

Chipotle is going to start giving employees paid sick leave. [Isn’t it the customers who could use that?]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

ONE DAY TO THE WORLD MARATHON CHALLENGE _ Runners from the around landed in Antarctica yesterday (Wednesday) in preparation for the first marathon of the World Marathon Challenge. The Challenge offers the opportunity to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Today (Thursday) the runners are getting acclimated to the cold temps. Tomorrow (Friday) is the first of seven marathons. After they run in Antarctica they fly to Chile for Saturday’s marathon. Then it’s off to Miami, Madrid, Marrakech, Dubai and Sydney.

PATRIOTS FANS ARE THE LEAST OPTIMISTIC ABOUT SUPER BOWL _ NFL fans are already starting to book accommodation ahead of the Super Bowl — even before the teams are set.  However, one team’s fans seem less excited to plan in advance: the New England Patriots. Airbnb says it is already seeing more than two times the regular demand for properties near Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Of those, the “biggest spikes” in bookings have come from Phoenix, Denver, and Charlotte — three cities with Super Bowl contenders.

FIAT USED BY POPE FRANCIS TO BE AUCTIONED AT AUTO SHOW _ A black Fiat that was used to transport Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia will be auctioned off at the Philadelphia Auto Show on January 29. A second black Fiat 500L used by the Pope while in Philadelphia will be on display for the duration of the show, from January 30 to Feb. 7. The Archdiocese has the option to offer it for sale.

FOUR SISTERS LAUNCH A WEBSITE TO FIND THEIR MOM A MAN _ She’s brave. She’s fun. She’s always up for an adventure. Her name is Jan and she’s 60 and lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Interested gentlemen should check out her website — and meet her four daughters. Ashleigh, Hannah, Georgia and Kellie Habgood set up the website, which they hope will get mom a few dates. Ex-ski instructor and current teacher Jan separated from her partner, the girls’ father, 10 years ago.

… The website Jan’s daughters set up describes Jan as a woman who has traveled extensively, loves the outdoors and movie nights in, is independent but loves time with friends and family. Also, “She has her own thing going on and isn’t looking for someone to look after her.” | LINK

… (CAUTION) The sisters admit their mom is a little embarrassed by the attention, but a video accompanying the website says “her search for love has become our search because she hasn’t got the balls to get out there.”

YOU CAN ONLY COUNT ON 4 OF YOUR 150 FACEBOOK FRIENDS _ The word “friend” has always had a tricky meaning. We love to make others believe we have lots of friends. Then we sit at home on a Saturday night, staring at our phones and wondering why we have nowhere to go. How many of your Facebook friends would, though, come through if you needed, you know, a real friend? Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University, thought he’d find out. He wondered whether services such as Facebook really did allow humans to maintain much larger social networks. His conclusion: We might have 150 or even 5,000 Facebook friends, but our true relationship with the majority of these people is essentially insignificant. In his study, the average number of Facebook friends possessed by subjects was around 150. When asked how many of these Facebook friends they could depend on during an emotional or social crisis, the respondents said the number was four.

PENTHOUSE KEEPING MAGAZINE _ Don’t put down that pen just yet, Penthouse readers: your letters to the magazine could still end up in an issue on the newsstand in the near future. Penthouse’s editors say the magazine won’t be going online-only — at least not at the moment. Penthouse Entertainment has refuted earlier reports, saying a press release about the magazine’s website’s overhaul was misinterpreted. That statement noted that the magazine would “continue to be published in print during the transition to digital.”

… The magazine is now owned by online dating site operator FriendFinder Networks, which did shut down the publishing division’s office in New York last week, and moved all magazine operations to Los Angeles.

GIANT MAZE MADE OF ICE WILL BE THE BIGGEST IN THE WORLD _ If you’re looking to get lost while getting chilly, the giant maze made entirely of blocks of ice in the resort town of Zakopane, Poland, is the place you want to be. The maze opens to the public on Saturday (January 23). 23. When finished, the structure will cover 27,000 square feet and double the previous Guinness World Record for an icy maze achieved by the Arctic Glacier Ice Maze at the Buffalo Powder Keg Festival in Buffalo, New York, in 2010.

… The maze took 40 people cutting 60 thousand snow cubes, and then manually setting them in place. The project began at the end of November, but since then, the weather has been less than cooperative.

WHY MILK, BREAD AND TOILET PAPER WHEN IT SNOWS? _ Is there something about snowstorms that makes us want to eat French toast and sit on the toilet? With every predicted blizzard, there’s a mad dash to load up on milk, bread, eggs and toilet paper. But why those particular items? Sure, there are some variations, including booze, snack foods and even ice cream. AccuWeather.com says: “It appears that New Englanders can take credit for the purchasing of milk and bread prior to” a storm. “It was the monumental blizzard in 1978 that trapped many in homes for weeks that gets at least some credit for the current tradition.”

… In November 2014, Virginia Montanez set out to unravel the mystery for Pittsburgh magazine. What she found was that during one of that city’s worst snowstorms, which began on November 24, 1950, an article in a local newspapers referenced milk as “the one shortage that has hit all sections” and bread as being “doled out in some stores” because of a storm that ultimately brought almost 3 feet of snow. As for the toilet paper? Montanez had a theory about a reference to folks being advised to cooperate by “buying what they need.”

French Toast Emergency Facebook page.

D.C. PLANS GIANT STAR WARS-THEMED SNOWBALL FIGHT _ As the nation’s capital prepares for a massive snowstorm, the Washington D.C. Snowball Fight Association has scheduled a giant Star Wars-themed snowball fight for Saturday. The event’s nerdy title: “Snow Wars: The Snowball Strikes Back.” On the event’s page, organizers encourage participants to bring their best Star Wars costumes, though “Trekkies and other space-themed combatants” are welcome as well. | LINK

DOG OWNERS WARNED ABOUT THROWING STICKS _ Dog owners in the UK have been warned about throwing sticks for their pets. A collie called Maya initiated the call for caution when she got a 4-inch stick stuck in her throat, puncturing her tongue.

D-DAY VET PLANS TO REUNITE WITH WARTIME GIRLFRIEND _ WWII vet Norwood Thomas told Joyce Morris, his wartime girlfriend, that he’d love to reunite in person someday — that he wanted to give her “a little squeeze” after more than 70 years apart. He didn’t expect it would actually happen. Thomas, age 93, lives in Virginia; Morris, 88, resides in Australia. After the story of their wartime romance hit the Internet, the Internet decided the two needed to see each other again. More than $7,500 has been donated and Norwood should see Joyce on Valentine’s Day. Thanks to Air New Zealand, Norwood and his son will fly first class to Australia free next month.

OUR SOLAR SYSTEM MAY HAVE A NINTH PLANET _ Two scientists claim that they have found the best evidence yet that a ninth planet exists at the outer limits of the Solar System. It’s called Planet X, and it’s roughly the size of Neptune. The reason we haven’t seen it yet is because it orbits far out from the Sun on a highly elliptical path, which takes 10,000 to 20,000 years to make one full circuit. But no one’s ready to say the Sun has nine planets again — there’s no direct evidence that this object actually exists. The entire argument about the existence of Planet X is a theoretical one, based on mathematical models made from six Kuiper Belt objects. The Kuiper Belt is a region of the solar system beyond the orbit of Neptune, believed to contain many comets, asteroids, and other small bodies made largely of ice.

PLANNING TO COME BACK FROM THE DEAD? _ If you’re planning to come back from the dead, be sure you have a Personal Revival Trust. There aren’t many, but of the people who have had, or will have, their bodies or heads frozen after they die, many have a Personal Revival Trust. It’s a legal document that leaves their assets to them so that, if science is able to bring them back, they have their own money waiting for them.

YOU’RE GETTING INTERRUPTED EVERY 11 MINUTES _ Find it harder and harder to get your work done? Researchers found that the employees devoted an average of just 11 minutes to a project before the ping of an email, a text message, or a knock on the cubicle pulled them in another direction. Once they were interrupted, it took, on average, a stunning 25 minutes to return to the original task — if they managed to do so at all that day.

WINE AND BEER SHED LIGHT ON YOUR DIET _ Do you prefer wine or beer? Your preference may shed some insight into the rest of your diet, according to a new study. Researchers in Denmark found that people who buy wine also buy healthier food and therefore have healthier diets than people who buy beer. Studies have shown that drinking wine is associated with lower risk of death from some causes. Some studies have also suggested that wine drinkers have healthier diets than beer or spirits drinkers, and this may explain wine’s beneficial effect on health.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CALLS POLICE AFTER SHE MISTAKES COTTON FOR SPIDER _ A woman in England (Wiltshire) called police to report she had been trapped in her house by a large poisonous spider. She told the operator she had just had furniture delivered from overseas and believed the creature had traveled to her home in a crate. An officer was sent to investigate but discovered the venomous spider was in fact a piece of cotton.

… The same police department got a call from a woman who said she was filling up her sink with water and could not turn her broken faucet off. Police advised her to take the drain plug out and call a plumber.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEAT THIEF GETS TRAPPED _ In Greece a man broke into a restaurant and stole some money from the cash register. He then had a bright idea: he would also steal some of the restaurant’s best steaks. He probably should have quit while he was ahead. He entered the walk-in cooler only to have the large door slam shut behind him, locking him inside. The police found him some time later, shivering and clutching the bag of cash.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TO COP: I’M TOO WEAK TO CLEAR SNOW OFF MY CAR _ Canadian police pulled over and fined a guy for driving around in a car so completely covered in snow it looked like an igloo on wheels. The driver told the officer he was “too weak to clear the snow”. Apparently the officer knew the guy and was kind enough to help push the rest of the snow off the vehicle, but didn’t let him off without a ticket. | IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SPANISH TOWN WRAPS UP TURNIP-THROWING FESTIVAL _ Hundreds of people have been running through the streets of a tiny town in southwestern Spain, chasing a fancy-dressed, beast-like figure and pelting it with turnips. It’s part of the bizarre “Jarramplas” festival which is held in Piornal, Spain, every January (19th and 20th). A town volunteer puts on a costume of multicolored ribbons and a protective devilish mask with horns. He then charges through the streets, beating a drum until he can’s stand the punishment anymore. Local farmers supply around 18 tons of turnips for the festival. Its origins are uncertain but the local tourism office says the “Jarramplas” figure represents a cattle thief. Others say it has religious roots.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OFFICERS ASK DRIVER FOR HIS ID, HE SHOWS THEM NEW RAP CD _ After being pulled over on suspicion of reckless driving, Florida police officers (Delray Beach) asked for Volvique Louis Jean Jr.’s driver’s license. Instead, he pulled out his homemade rap CD. Volvique is charged with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and a couple of other things.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TAXI DRIVERS BANNED FROM WEARING SHORTS, TALKING SOCCER _ Taxi drivers in Brazil’s largest city have been banned from wearing shorts. And trying to talk to their passengers about soccer. The rules that took effect in Sao Paulo this week aim to whip the city’s cabbies into shape. In addition to outlawing shorts and soccer chat, cabbies can no longer wear flipflops and must shave and wear proper pants with a belt.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DON’T FLUSH YOUR GOLDFISH _ Giant goldfish are becoming a problem in Minnesota lakes, and wildlife officials are warning fish owners who no longer want to care for their pets not to flush them down the toilet or dispose of them in lakes, ponds or waterways. Wildlife officials have recovered goldfish “the size of dinner plates”. Releasing fish and plants from aquariums can harm Minnesota waters and native species. Fish can carry diseases, reproduce quickly and root up native plants to find food.

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ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — This new, 2-hour edition is the final night of the auditions.

SERIES FINALE: HEROES REBORN (8p ET, NBC) — Heroes Reborn will not return for a second season.

BEYOND THE TANK (8p ET, ABC) — New

SERIES PREMIERE: DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — This new superhero series unites heroes and bad guys in a quest to stop an immortal villain from taking over the world. Characters include the Atom (Brandon Routh, Superman Returns), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller, Prison Break), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell, Prison Break), White Canary (Caity Lotz, Arrow), Hawkgirl, Hawkman, and the two halves of Firestorm.

LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — Jake Weber (Tyrant, Medium) guest stars in this new episode.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Harry Hamlin guest stars and Sara Rue returns in this new episode.

MY DIET IS BETTER THAN YOURS (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition

SEASON PREMIERE: THE 100 (9p ET, CW) — The 3rd season begins tonight.

TOP CHEF (9p ET, Bravo) — Top Chef moves to a new time with this new edition, as the chefs celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show. Previous winners and contestants Michael Voltaggio, Antonia Lofaso and Mei Lin Hua join the other judges.

ANGEL FROM HELL (9:30p ET, CBS) —

SHADES OF BLUE (10p ET, NBC) — New

ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — Josh Cooke (Longmire), Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie), and John Ventimiglia (Blue Bloods) guest star in this new episode.

SERIES PREMIERE: RECIPE FOR DECEPTION (10p ET, Bravo) — This new cooking competition will feature four chefs asked to created a dish based on a main ingredient that will remain a mystery. The chefs will have three chances to ask yes or no questions to figure out the secret ingredient, and the answers will include two truths and a lie. Max Silvestri hosts, and Chris Oh and Jonathan Waxman join as judges.

SERIES PREMIERE: BASKETS (10p ET, FX) — Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover series) stars (and created) this new comedy, which centers on a guy named Chip Baskets who wants to be a French clown but gets downgraded to rodeo clown in Bakersfield, Calif. Louie Anderson stars as Chip’s mother, and Galifianakis also plays the role of Chip’s twin brother.

LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike TV) — ABC’s Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross compete in this new episode.

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ENTERTAINMENT

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII PUSHED BACK UNTIL DECEMBER 2017 _ The release date of the next Star Wars movie has been moved seven months and will now debut December 15, 2017. Star Wars: Episode VIII was initially set to be released in the summer of 2017. Filmmakers decided to postpone its release following the “extraordinary success” of The Force Awakens.

COMPANIES WERE TOLD TO EXCLUDE REY FROM STAR WARS MERCHANDISE _ Where’s Rey? That’s what Star Wars fans have wondered since before The Force Awakens opened in December. Fans asked the question on social media every time they found Star Wars merchandise, toys and games that had Force Awakens characters, but not Rey — the female star of the movie. The website Sweatpants & Coffee says it spoke with an insider who said leaving Rey out was deliberate — a Lucasfilm decision based on marketing assumptions.

… S&C says: “In January 2015, a number of toy and merchandise vendors descended on Lucasfilm’s Letterman Center in San Francisco. In a series of confidential meetings, the vendors presented their product ideas to tie in with the highly-anticipated new Star Wars film. Representatives presented, pitched, discussed, and agreed upon prototype products. The seeds of the controversies Lucasfilm is facing regarding the marketing and merchandising of The Force Awakens were sown in those meetings, according to the industry insider. The insider, who was at those meetings, described how initial versions of many of the products presented to Lucasfilm featured Rey prominently. At first, discussions were positive, but as the meetings wore on, one or more individuals raised concerns about the presence of female characters in the Star Wars products. Eventually, the product vendors were specifically directed to exclude the Rey character from all Star Wars-related merchandise, said the insider. ‘We know what sells,’ the industry insider was told. ‘No boy wants to be given a product with a female character on it.'”

PETITION AGAINST KANYE RECORDING DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE ALBUM _ Kanye West is reportedly threatening planning to release a David Bowie covers album following the singer’s unexpected death last week. It’s only a rumor right now but that hasn’t stopped a petition urging Kanye to not make the album. The tabloid Daily Star claims that Kanye has been busy laying down tracks for his tribute to Bowie. | LINK

AMY SCHUMER ACCUSED OF STEALING JOKES BY THREE COMEDIANS _ Amy Schumer has been accused of stealing jokes from three female comedians. Comedians Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan and Tammy Pescatelli complained the star had lifted jokes from their acts in a now-deleted Twitter conversation over the weekend. While they appeared to backtrack, the comedians posted a number of jokes they claimed were similar to those done by the star in her HBO Special, hit movie Trainwreck and Comedy Central show.

… Wendy tweeted over the weekend: “Between Amy Schumer doing 1 of my best jokes on her HBO special and this meme of my joke, I’m done with social media.” The comment appears to be a reference to Wendy’s joke: “Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I like it when the guy pays for sex,” and a line from Amy’s HBO special where she says “I’m very old school, I think the guy should always pay on the first date for sex.”

… That prompted a reply from stand-up and Arrested Development writer Chuck Martin, who wrote “You and @kathleenmadigan should talk.” Comedian Tammy Pescatelli then jumped in, adding in now-deleted tweets: “What has always been amazing to me is that she purports to be a feminist and yet only steals from other female comedians.”

AMY SCHUMER SAYS SHE WILL TAKE A POLYGRAPH _ Amy Schumer is willing to take a polygraph and put it on her TV show this season — to prove she’s not a joke stealer.

JOHN BOYEGA’S IMPERIAL DREAMS _ John Boyega is starring in a new movie called Imperial Dreams, and it’s a far cry from The Force Awakens. The 23-year-old actor plays an ex-con struggling with poverty as he raises his son and pursues his dream of writing. John was cast in The Force Awakens just after the movie premiered at Sundance in 2014. The movie is getting a boost now that its star is featured in The Force Awakens.

TYRESE GIBSON CALLS ON CHRIS ROCK TO STEP DOWN AS OSCARS HOST _ Add one more name to the growing chorus of Hollywood insiders speaking out about the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar race — Tyrese Gibson. The Furious 7 star is calling on Oscars host Chris Rock to pull out of the hosting gig after no people of color were nominated in the 20 acting categories. Gibson said Wednesday: “The statement that you make is that you step down. There is no joke that he can crack. There is no way for him to seize the moment and come into this thing and say, ‘I’m going to say this and say that I’m going to address the issue but then I’m still going to keep my gig as the host.'”

Gibson added that if the situation involved the under-representation of LGBT nominees, there is no question things would be different.

CELINE DION TO RETURN TO STAGE IN FEBRUARY _ Celine Dion is still scheduled to perform next month. The 47-year-old Canadian singer will take the stage at Caesars Palace on February 23 in Las Vegas. Her husband René Angélil died last week.

ADELE WILL ATTEND THE GRAMMYS _ Adele, Kendrick Lamar and Little Big Town have been booked to perform at next month’s 58th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The event honoring excellence in music is to take place February and will air live on CBS. A special tribute will be made to the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year Lionel Richie. It will be Adele’s first visit to the Grammys in four years.

HOLLYWOOD DECLARES WAR ON THE DONALD WITH #STOPHATEDUMPTRUMP _ What do Kerry Washington, Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Cynthia Nixon, and Lily Tomlin have in common with novelists, academics, artists, and faith leaders? They all want to make sure Donald Trump never gets elected. On Wednesday, hundreds of celebrities and respected figures came together to let the world know they “do not and will not stand for the continued threats, rhetoric and fear mongering by the Republican Presidential front-runner.” Together, they’ve formed the #StopHateDumpTrump coalition. In a statement, the coalition said it was tired of the hostility presented by Trump’s campaign rhetoric.

… The website for #StopHateDumpTrump, which also launched on Wednesday, features an entire page devoted to some of the more offensive, xenophobic, sexist, and anti-Semitic remarks the GOP candidate has made.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO DONATING $15 MILLION TO AN UNDERFUNDED CAUSE _ Leonardo DiCaprio says his charity will be donating $15 million to environmental causes. This includes grants to the Rainforest Action Network to preserve natural habitats abroad, the Solutions Project to conduct alternative energy research, and the Global Fishing Watch to reduce overfishing in the world’s oceans.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Last week’s top TV shows (January 11-17):

  1. NFL Playoff: Green Bay at Arizona, NBC, 33.73 million
  2. NFL Playoff Post-Game, (Pittsburgh at Denver), CBS, 31.17 million
  3. College Football Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson, ESPN, 25.67 million
  4. College Football Championship Post-Game, ESPN, 23.65 million
  5. NFL Playoff Pre-Game, (Green Bay at Arizona), NBC, 21.81 million
  6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 20.62 million
  7. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 15.75 million
  8. NFL Playoff Post Game (Kansas City at New England), CBS, 13.72 million
  9. Madam Secretary, CBS, 11.87 million
  10. College Football Championship Pregame, ESPN, 11.73 million
  11. Republican Presidential Debate, Fox Business Network, 11.09 million
  12. NCIS, CBS, 10.97 million
  13. Blue Bloods, CBS, 10.62 million
  14. Democratic Presidential Debate, NBC, 10.16 million
  15. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 9.77 million
  16. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 9.48 million
  17. Criminal Minds, CBS, 9.33 million
  18. Life in Pieces, CBS, 9.15 million
  19. The Good Wife, CBS, 8.97 million
  20. The Big Bang Theory (Monday), CBS, 8.87 million

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AUDIO

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• DROPS: A large collection of “wake up” clips.

• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – Kate Winslet

• WACKY: North Carolina couple fights off intruder. Wacky-But-True January 19 issue.

• PHONER: Where do you hide money? Wacky-But-True January 18 issue.

• DROPS: Drops – Snow and cold clip package

• DROPS: Valentine’s Day drops package

• MYSTERY VOICE: Jennifer Lawrence

• RAZZIES: Pixels clip – Razzie nominee for worst movie of the year.

• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – Mike Tyson

• DROPS: A package of clips about phone calls and taking calls.

• PHONER: Baby app tells if he is hungry or tired. News & Nuggets January 12 issue.

• CALLER: Why you should floss. News & Nuggets January 8 issue.

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BITS & BREAKS

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: It’s time they come down, right? When is the latest you’ve taken down Christmas decorations?

WHAT DO YOU DO WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Are you a sleepwalker? What’s the craziest or scariest thing you’ve done while sleepwalking? Or maybe you’re a sleep eater?

SOME THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

• Butterflies taste with their feet

• The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

• Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people.

NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY IS SATURDAY

Saturday is National Handwriting Day. Did you know there are around 300 features that can be analyzed in handwriting? Here are a few and what they mean:

• Right slant indicates a response to communication, but not how it takes place. For example, the writer may wish to be friendly, manipulative, responsive, intrusive, to sell, to control, to be loving, supportive, just to name some possibilities.

• If the handwriting is generally upright, this indicates independence.

• A left slant tendency shows emotion and reserve. This writer needs to be true to self first and foremost and can be resentful if others try to push for more commitment from them.

• Large size handwriting can mean extrovert and outgoing, or it can mean that the writer puts on an act of confidence. Small size can, logically, mean the opposite. Small size handwriting can also indicate a thinker and an academic, depending upon other features in the script.

• If the writing is small and delicate, the writer is unlikely to be a good communicator with anyone other than those on their own particular wavelength. These people do not generally find it easy to break new ground socially.

• Heavy pressure indicates commitment and taking things seriously, but if the pressure is excessively heavy, that writer gets very uptight at times and can react quickly to what they might see as criticism, even though none may have been intended. These writers react first and ask questions afterwards.

• Light pressure shows sensitivity to atmosphere and empathy to people, but can also, if the pressure is uneven, show lack of vitality.

• Wide spaces between words are saying ‘give me breathing space’.

• Narrow spaces between words indicate a wish to be with others, but such writers may also crowd people and be intrusive, notably if the writing lacks finesse.

• Wide-spaced lines of handwriting show a wish to stand back and take a long view.

• Closely spaced lines indicates that that the writer operates close to the action. For writers who do this and who have writing that is rather loose in structure, the discipline of having to keep cool under pressure brings out the best in them.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Parents spend $425 on what? (Their child’s birthday. Presents, food, party, etc.)

YES OR B.S.

• The average person will handle less than 100 $100 bills in their lifetime. (YES)

• This winter 1,000 Americans will go to the ER for a snowblower injury. (B.S. It’s closer to 5,000.)

• The 7-Eleven convenience stores were first called Tote’m. (YES)

• The average age of a mobile-game player is 27. (B.S. It’s 45.)

• Burger King once tried sit-down table service. (YES)

• You have a better chance of dying from falling out of bed than winning the lottery. (YES)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A man and a woman are having drinks together in a bar. The guy raises his glass and says, “Here’s hoping you’re in Heaven ten minutes before the devil knows you’re dead!” “What’s that mean?” asks the woman. “That,” answers her date, “is an authentic Irish toast.” She replies, “Oh. Well here’s to bread, eggs and cinnamon.” The man says, “Bread, eggs and cinnamon? What’s that?” The woman says, “That’s French toast.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Harry Potter as a teen comedy.

BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY

Good morning! Would you like a cup of coffee… in space?

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Stress at work.


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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Guy falling for 9 seconds while trying to shovel snow.

• 100% free stock photos, even for commercial use.

• A VFX breakdown of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

• You’re making life harder than it has to be.

• Netflix secret categories.

• Can be applied to many other formats: The 10 Commandments of Sports Talk Radio.

• This map lists the places that have lost electricity because of squirrels.

• An alphabetized version of The Wizard of Oz.

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

• A quick way to create and share a note.

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

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

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 22, 2016

This is day 22 of 2016. There are 344 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• John Hurt is 76

• Steve Perry (Journey) is 67

• Linda Blair is 57

• Diane Lane is 51

• Jazzy Jeff is 51

• Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods) is 20

IT HAPPENED TODAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

• Southern Food Day

UPCOMING

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23

• Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 68. Richard Dean Anderson is 66. Mariska Hargitay is 52. Tiffani Thiessen is 42.

• National Handwriting Day. National Pie Day. Measure Your Feet Day.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24

• Jerry Maren (Lollipop Kid from The Wizard of Oz) is 97. Country singer Ray Stevens is 77. Aaron Neville is 75. Neil Diamond is 75. Keech Rainwater of Lonestar is 53. Matthew Lillard is 46. Ed Helms is 42. Mischa Barton is 30.

• Belly Laugh Day. Compliment Day. Beer Can Appreciation Day. National Compliment Day. Peanut Butter Day. Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day.

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