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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 17, 2021

• Director Martin Scorsese is 79

• Lauren Hutton is 78

• Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels is 77

• Danny DeVito is 77

• Stephen Root (King of the Hill, NewsRadio) is 70

• RuPaul is 61

• Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck, Brooklyn Bridge) is 58

• Daisy Fuentes is 55

• Leslie Bibb (ER, Popular, Christine Everhart in Iron Man movies) is 48

• Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers, The Notebook) is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1970: Douglas Engelbart received the patent for the first computer mouse.

• 1996: A Tampa, Florida, packaging distributor introduced Biofoam, a new grain-based packing “peanut” more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam peanuts. Biofoam, which smells like popcorn, was originally developed as a snack food, but it didn’t sell.

• 1998: The public heard Monica Lewinsky’s voice for the first time as the House Judiciary Committee released 22 hours of recordings secretly made by Linda Tripp.

• 2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger was inaugurated Governor of California.

• 2004: Kmart announced it was buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion.

• 2008: The worldwide box office total for The Dark Knight reached the billion dollar mark.

• 2013: A rare late-season tornado outbreak struck the Midwest. Illinois and Indiana were most affected with tornado reports as far north as lower Michigan. In all around six dozen tornadoes touched down in approximately an 11-hour time period, including seven EF3 and two EF4 tornadoes.

• 2015: Charlie Sheen confirmed that he was HIV-positive.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Take A Hike Day

• World Peace Day

• Baklava Day

• Butter Day

• Unfriend Day

• Homemade Bread Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

40: Percentage of Americans who go on a diet each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

A significant storm has the potential to disrupt Thanksgiving travel plans from the Midwest to the Northeast during one of the busiest times of the year to travel. [Darn-it! That means I won’t be able to argue vaccines over turkey, green bean casserole and pie with my nitwit cousins.]

A survey finds the nation’s police departments are now much more likely to overlook a potential recruit’s past marijuana use. [Because the duty of a good police officer is to serve and protect and pass it on.]
                                                       
Science tells us an occasional drink with dinner may reduce the risk of having a stroke. [As always, they advise limiting your intake to one drink. Anything more than that and you run the risk of getting drunk and telling your wife what her cooking really tastes like, which increases your chances of being impaled on a butter knife.]

A study claims that coffee preserves good health. [So, I guess America really does run on Dunkin’.]

Something to keep in mind this Thanksgiving: According to the American Heart Association, eating a big meal can quadruple your risk of having a heart attack. [It’s not the food that kills you. It’s the severe recoil that happens when you unbuckle your belt and your stomach collides with the table.]

Thanksgiving is a week from Thursday. [To make carving the turkey easier and faster, replace the middle leaf of the dining room table with a table saw.]

I’m all set for Thanksgiving. [I called the Butterball Hotline to get the correct antidote for my mother-in-law’s turkey dressing.]

The Harry Potter cast will reunited for an HBO Max special. [It’s titled “20 Years Later: Harry Potter and the Bottomless Cash Register.”]


NEWS & NUGGETS

CALIFORNIA MAN IN STANDOFF WITH ABANDONED AMAZON TRUCK IN DRIVEWAY _ A man in California is in a standoff with Amazon because the company has abandoned one of its delivery vans in his driveway and has failed to remove it for days. The man, who asked to be identified by his Twitter alias Captain Lou because he was worried his employer wouldn’t want him to beef with Amazon publicly, said his ordeal started when he ordered some Quilted Northern toilet paper from Amazon. On Friday night, a Sprinter van pulled up to his house and dropped off a package. Fifteen minutes later, Lou noticed the van was still there and the driver was struggling to get it out of his driveway.

… About an hour later, Lou left to pick up his daughter from a football game and noticed the van was still in his driveway. The driver was gone, and so were all the other packages. It was unlocked with the keys in it. Fortunately the driver had repositioned the truck so he could get out of the driveway.

… Saturday morning Lou’s daughter came into his room and told him that the truck had turned around in the middle of the night. Whoever turned the truck around wasn’t as considerate as the first driver and Lou couldn’t quite squeeze his own car down the driveway after the repositioning. So he opened the door to the truck, saw the keys and moved it about five feet.

… The only clue to the van’s problems can be found on a repair order sitting on the passenger seat of the van. According to Lou, who works in the automotive industry, the van has only 400 miles on the odometer and was repaired about two weeks ago at a dealership. When he moved the van, he noticed the check engine light was on. According to the paperwork, Lou said, it looks like the van has an airflow problem that’s putting it into a restricted driving mode that reduces its horsepower.

… Lou has tried to contact Amazon, but the company hasn’t been helpful. He started by tagging Amazon on Twitter and quickly got a direct message from someone at the company with a customer service link that went to a form where he could complain about packages and deliveries. The rep reached back out to ask if that resolved the issue. Lou says, “I’m not exactly sure there’s a button that says ‘stranded truck in my driveway.'”

… Another rep sent him a link to talk to someone immediately. The link connected him to someone in cardholder services. Eventually Amazon told Lou to call the authorities and have it towed. He hasn’t done that.

MISSOURI MOM GETS $100,000 LOTTERY GIFT FROM SON _ A Missouri woman who received a scratch-off lottery ticket as a gift from her son said he initially didn’t believe her when she told him it was a big winner. The woman told Missouri Lottery officials her son, a fan of arcade games, bought her a SKEE-BALL scratch-off ticket as a gift. The woman said she was shocked to scratch off a $100,000 prize. She said she plans to use her winnings to take a vacation and buy a new truck for her son.

🔈 FLIGHT ATTENDANT REVEALS SECRET MEANING OF CHIME SOUNDS ON AIRPLANES _ You’ll hear a number of ding and chime sounds during a flight, but what do they mean? Flight attendant Tommy Cimato used a TikTok video as an explainer to inform flyers on what the noises are during flights. Cimato explains that a high-to-low chime means a flight attendant is signaling another — or the flight deck is trying to reach the flight attendants. A single tone means that an air travel passenger is requesting assistance via the “call” button above the seat.

… Then there is the noise that no one wants to hear when they are flying. If there are three tones, that means that there is an emergency during the flight.

YOUNG MAN WHO WAS ACCIDENTALLY INVITED TO ‘GRANDMA’S’ THANKSGIVING AS A TEEN KEEPS TRADITION GOING _ After an accidental Thanksgiving invite in 2016 introduced Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench, they are still going strong. The two first met in 2016 when Dench, from Mesa, Arizona, sent a text inviting Hinton over for dinner. It was meant for her grandson, who had changed his phone number. Instead, Hinton got the message while sitting in class at Desert Vista High School.
The two figured out the mistake, then sent selfies to each other, with Hinton asking if he could still come over. Dench texted, “Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do … feed everyone.”

… Hinton took to Twitter to tell followers that the two are still celebrating the day together. He tweeted: “We are all set for year 6!” This year Dench inviting Hinton, his girlfriend Mikaela and his family over.

NORTH CAROLINA PICK 4 LOTTERY PLAYERS SWEEP $10.3 MILLION WITH 0-0-0-0 _ North Carolina Lottery claim offices might be seeing an influx of lucky players claiming winnings after Saturday’s Pick 4 drawing produced the popular number combination 0-0-0-0. In just one drawing, the Lottery is paying out $10.3 million in prizes to players who held winning tickets for that combination. It’s the most ever won in a single Carolina Pick 4 drawing, beating out the previous Pick 4 record from August 24, 2020 when the numbers 9-9-9-9 paid out $9.2 million in prizes that evening.

… It’s no surprise that there were thousands of winners in Saturday’s drawing. Quadruple number combinations, also known as “quads,” are among the most commonly played sequences.

DOCTORS FOUND A TAPEWORM IN MAN’S BRAIN FROM 20 YEARS AGO _ When a 38-year-old man fell from his bed during a violent seizure, his wife found him shaking and “speaking gibberish” on their bedroom floor at 4AM. After he arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the man, who was reported to be in good health and had no history of related symptoms, suffered another seizure.

… Doctors were stumped as to what the diagnosis could be — that is, until a CT scan of his head showed that the man’s brain had unwanted company. After finding three brain lesions, doctors diagnosed the man with neurocysticercosis after they concluded that larval cysts from a tapeworm had migrated to his head 20 years ago and embedded into parts of his brain.

… The findings, which were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that the 38-year-old had lived in a rural part of Guatemala before emigrating to the United States. It remains unclear how the man ended up hosting a parasite in several parts of his brain, but doctors noted that he probably ate a meal made by someone who had a tapeworm.

… Tapeworms infect the central nervous system after they make their way through muscles and tissues and they often take a round shape. After they die in five to 10 years, the dead parasites can cause inflammation throughout the body, leading to symptoms such as headache, soreness or seizure. In the case of the Massachusetts man, Boston doctors saw a case of a tapeworm that was still affecting him decades later.

… When the 38-year-old patient was stabilized with anti-seizure medication, doctors treated him with two antiparasitic drugs as well as an anti-inflammatory drug. He was released from the hospital five days later without any symptoms or additional seizures.

IF GIVEN $10K, MOST SAY THEY WOULD UPGRADE THIS ROOM IN THEIR HOME _ The kitchen is truly the heart of the home — according to a new poll — and if adults were given $10,000, that is where they’d invest. A new survey of adults asked which areas of the home they would look to upgrade first if they were suddenly granted $10,000, and found that upgrading appliances was the top priority. After updating the kitchen, people cited updating their bathroom fixtures as well as their home’s furniture as secondary areas of interest.

CENTER OF POPULATION STAYS IN MISSOURI, MOVES WEST BY 11.8 MILES _ For the fifth time, the center of population in the United States is in Missouri. The Census Bureau on Tuesday announced it moved 11.8 miles, from near Plato, Missouri, to near Hartville, Missouri.

… According to the Census Bureau, “the center of population is the point at which an imaginary, weightless, rigid, and flat (no elevation effects) surface representation of the 50 states (or 48 conterminous states for calculations made prior to 1960) and the District of Columbia would balance if weights of identical size were placed on it so that each weight represented the location of one person.”

GEN Z HAS DECLARED BLOND HAIR AS UNCOOL AND UNTRENDY _ Gentleman may prefer blondes — but not Gen Z. From denouncing side-parting your hair and skinny jeans to eschewing a two-party political system and, most recently, AirPods, Gen Z has struck again, now declaring that blond hair is outdated and darker shades are in. TikTokers have taken to the platform to proclaim that the bright-colored hue is cheugy and being an “expensive brunette” is now the only way to go. The term “cheugy,” mainly used by the younger generation, has been described as something that is untrendy or unstylish.

THIS HUSBAND SAYS A MAN CAN NEVER BE MARRIED TO ‘ONLY ONE WOMAN’ _ This is from the (your show) archives but it’s so good I had to share it again. A few years back an Oregon man touched hearts everywhere after sharing his heartfelt marriage lesson. In a Facebook post, Dale Partridge, 31, gushed about his wife Veronica and the different versions of her he’s fallen in love with over the years. He wrote: “Men are so worried that marriage will leave them with ‘only one woman’ for the rest of their lives. That’s simply not true. I fell in love with a 19-year-old rock climber, married a 20-year-old animal lover, started a family with a 24-year-old mother, then built a farm with a 25-year-old homemaker, and today I’m married to a 27-year-old woman of wisdom.”

… Partridge says it took him five minutes to write it. He says he was inspired to write the post because he wants people to realize that while you’re in a relationship, you constantly develop and evolve over time.

IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY, QUIT FACEBOOK _ Staying off Facebook could make you happier. The study out of Denmark used 1,095 participants — with half being asked to dump Facebook for a week. The results showed that those who left Facebook reported significantly higher ‘life satisfaction’.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WILL EATING TURKEY MAKE YOU SLEEPY? _ Sorry to say that if you’re looking for the sedative effect, it’s unlikely you’ll get it from eating meats like turkey. L-tryptophan doesn’t act on the brain unless you take it on an empty stomach with no protein present. Additionally, the levels found in a turkey dinner are far too low to have such an effect. So, even though the media like to hype it and blame post holiday meal sleepiness on the turkey dinner, that’s just a catchy sound-bite.

… It’s more likely due to the combination of drinking alcohol and overeating — not just turkey, but also mashed potatoes, ham, creamed onions, cranberries, sweet potatoes, peas, stuffing, carrots, bread, pies, and whipped cream — all of which have the effect of pulling the blood away from your brain to help your digestive tract do it’s work, and the sugar/insulin effect.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BUCK TAKES SHELTER INSIDE CHURCH ON HUNTING SEASON FIRST DAY _ On the first day of hunting season a 10-point buck sought sanctuary inside a southern Michigan church. Pastors at Grace Sturgis encountered the buck inside the church’s auditorium on Monday before it leapt through a window and back into the wild. A video the church posted on Facebook shows the buck wandering around the church. Pastors Amanda and Luke Eicher and Justin Wickey erected barricades in a hallway to try to keep the animal from the rest of the church. At one point, it climbed stairs to a balcony.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIGHTING WOMEN _ In Indiana, three women were driving around at 2:30 in the morning when a heated argument broke out. It was so heated they pulled over in a parking lot to settle it right then and there. Unfortunately, they pulled into the parking lot next to police headquarters. An officer on duty heard the commotion and came out to try to calm things down. The ladies weren’t in the mood for mediation and the fight raged on until the officer finally had to arrest all three.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOORDASH DRIVER DEFECATES IN BUILDING LOBBY _ A DoorDash driver in Southern California was seen on surveillance video using a customer’s residential building lobby as a toilet after dropping off an order. The building manager of the apartment building (in Brentwood) was contacted by a resident saying there was feces all over the lobby of the 19-unit building. When the building manager checked the surveillance video, she was shocked to see a DoorDash delivery driver using a trash can in her building’s lobby to take a poop.

… When the manager contacted DoorDash support through the app to alert them to what happened, the company sent her a response saying in part, “Thank you for your patience, and I hope you’re doing well. We do not condone this type of action and are currently investigating this with the information provided.” The DoorDash official went on to say that the driver associated with her delivery “is no longer able to deliver with DoorDash. Details of all investigations are kept private.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF RAN OUT OF GAS _ In Romania, a thief snatched a bag containing $40,000 from the front seat of a car. He jumped into a car driven by an accomplice, but they didn’t get far. It ran out of gas.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARGUING PARENTS LEAVE TODDLER ON STREET _ In China the parents of a two-year-old were arguing in a square when they stormed off in opposite directions. Neither noticed the child had been left alone. A local resident spotted the girl alone in the square and notified police. The husband assumed that the child had followed his wife because they had been together before the argument began. Officers criticized the parents before releasing the child into their custody. No charges were filed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TV THIEF FORGOT REMOTE CONTROL _ A thief in France broke into a home and stole a TV and some jewelry. Shortly after the robbery the thief went back to the same house, but this time was caught. He went back because when he took the TV he forgot to take the remote control.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROADRUNNER STOWS AWAY FROM LAS VEGAS TO MAINE IN MOVING VAN _ Animal rescuers in Maine said a man unloading his moving van after the drive from Las Vegas discovered an unexpected stowaway. The Avian Haven animal hospital in Freedom, Maine, said in a Facebook post that a man named Gary contacted the facility when he and his son opened the back of their moving truck at a storage facility and discovered a roadrunner apparently had stowed away in the vehicle before they left Las Vegas. A volunteer was dispatched to the scene and helped the father and son capture the bird. Avian Haven is looking into options for returning the roadrunner to its native habitat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GEORGIA DEPUTY CALLED TO CAPTURE LOOSE DONKEY ‘WITH A MASK ON’ _ The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia said a deputy was called out to capture a loose donkey “with a mask on,” and ended up safely capturing the animal, which was actually wearing a harness that resembled a COVID-19 face mask.


ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Beverly learns that Linda Schwartz will host Thanksgiving this year, and Pop-Pop surprises the family by showing up with a new “lady friend”.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. The final four group B singers compete and two are eliminated. The guest panelist is Cheryl Hines.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — New.

THE WONDER YEARS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. After seeing Dean bullied by Michael, Lillian confronts his parents.

TOUGH AS NAILS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Teams compete to set up a lighting grid at the iconic Los Angeles theater The Wiltern.

THE CONNERS (9p ET, ABC) — New. Jackie devises an offbeat plan of how to serve the customers at The Lunch Box.

ALTER EGO (9p ET, FOX) — New. The first four contestants go head-to-head in the semifinals.

HOME ECONOMICS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Tom, Sarah and Connor are determined to prove that they can host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

CSI: VEGAS (10p ET, CBS) — New. An abandoned horse covered in blood leads the team to a halfway house for convicted murderers.

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (10p ET, ABC) — New. Gary and Camden support Maggie as more cryptic letters come into the station.

PREMIERE: HARD KNOCKS IN SEASON (10p ET, HBO) — For the first time ever, this series will give an all-access look at the Indianapolis Colts as they battle for a playoff berth. New episodes will air each Wednesday through the end of the Colts’ season.

PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN (Netflix) — Mexico’s official Oscar entry this year, this coming-of-age drama illuminates the human consequences of Mexico’s war on drugs. It follows three girls growing up in the shadow of the drug cartels, in a rural Mexican town where girls regularly disappear overnight.

TIGER KING: MURDER, MAYHEM AND MADNESS (Netflix) — A follow up to Tiger King, this second season will be without star Joe Exotic, who is behind bars, and Joe’s arch enemy, Carole Baskin, who refused to participate (Baskin’s lawsuit to prevent the use of footage of her in Season 2 has gone nowhere so far). Season 2 will catch up with some of the stars to see how Tiger King changed their lives and further investigate the disappearance of Baskin’s husband, Don Lewis.


ENTERTAINMENT

A HARRY POTTER REUNION SPECIAL IS COMING TO HBO MAX _ First, HBO Max gave us The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion. Then, after many delays, we finally got Friends: The Reunion. Now the streaming service has announced its most magical “retrospective special” yet: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. As the title suggests, it’s been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone first hit theaters on November 16, 2001, an anniversary that the program will use as a jumping-off point to revisit the entire franchise and explore its continuing cultural impact.

… The special will land on HBO Max on January 1, 2022. If you don’t have HBO Max, you can catch it on TBS or Cartoon Network sometime next spring.

… This coming November 28, TBS and Cartoon Network will debut Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, a Helen Mirren-hosted quiz show that’ll feature a sneak peek of the upcoming reunion.

LEVAR BURTON TO HOST TRIVIAL PURSUIT GAME SHOW _ LeVar Burton has signed on to star in a new game show adaptation of the classic board game Trivial Pursuit. Burton hinted he may host a new game show when he told Trevor Noah on The Daily Show in September he was no longer interested in hosting Jeopardy!

… Trivial Pursuit will be shopped to networks and streamers, and it should be snapped up considering Burton’s popularity. Trivial Pursuit has been adapted for TV several times, first in the mid-1990s.

NETFLIX DELIVERS ITS OWN RATINGS _ Netflix has launched a weekly Top 10 on Netflix website to report its own viewership data based on hours watched of its films and TV shows. In making the long-awaited move into more frequent and transparent disclosure of its own viewership numbers with top10.netflix.com, the streaming giant has made the Nielsen ratings company’s weekly charts, which debuted last year, a runner-up in the streaming-ratings game. At least when it comes to Netflix titles.

TRAVIS SCOTT $750M ASTROWORLD LAWSUIT _ Travis Scott, Drake, Apple, Live Nation and others will now need to answer to a massive $750 million lawsuit brought against them by more than 125 fans, including the family of one who died at the festival. The suit, filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, is the first of others to come and places the blame on Travis and concert organizers for negligence in failing to properly plan the concert, train security personnel and host a safe event.

… Among the plaintiffs is the family of Axel Acosta, a 21-year-old who was allegedly crushed by an “incited, unruly and out-of-control crowd with such force that he could no longer breathe.” As for the staggering $750 million, the lawsuit claims it’s to cover both physical and mental health injuries as well as the loss of life. Travis and Live Nation offered refunds almost immediately to concertgoers, and the lawsuit addresses that offer, calling it “a transparent and grotesque effort of the Defendants to limit their liability, after the fact, to the families of those killed or injured.”

… Ten people lost their lives as a result of the Astroworld Festival — the most recent was a 9-year-old boy.

THE SIMPSONS SHOWRUNNER REVEALS HIS IDEAL ENDING FOR THE SERIES _ Currently in its 33rd season, there are no plans for the animated sitcom The Simpsons to end anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean showrunner and longtime writer Al Jean doesn’t have an idea in mind for how the story of The Simpsons would end, should it actually take a bow and exit stage left. Jean revealed that he’s envisioned the show coming full circle with a series finale that would bring the story all the way back to the pilot. He says, “There would be an ending where the last episode, they’d be going back to the Christmas pageant from the first episode [Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire], so that the whole series was a continuous loop — that’s how I would end it, if I had to.”

… The first episode of The Simpsons aired on December 17, 1989, and began with the family leaving the Springfield Elementary School Christmas pageant. So having the series finale end with the family attending the pageant would certainly be a meta way to conclude one of the longest-running TV shows in history.

MIRAMAX SUES QUENTIN TARANTINO OVER PULP FICTION NFTs _ Quentin Tarantino’s plan to jump into the NFT craze has hit a speed bump as Miramax is suing the director over his plans to release a line of NFTs based on his famous 1994 film Pulp Fiction. The line of seven non-fungible tokens (NFTs) was announced by Tarantino and blockchain company Secret Network earlier this month and includes uncut and unreleased scenes from Pulp Fiction. But those that buy the NFTs will also receive exclusive access to extras, including commentary from Tarantino and images of the handwritten first draft of the film’s screenplay.

… But Miramax, which released Pulp Fiction and is planning to release its own NFTs based on its film library, alleges that Tarantino does not hold the rights to release the NFT line and that his team expanded plans for the line after a cease-and-desist letter was sent. A legal firm representing Miramax says Trantino’s plan is “a money grab … to unilaterally circumvent Miramax’s rights to Pulp Fiction though the illicit development, promotion, and distribution of NFTs.”

ROCKMOND DUNBAR EXITS 9-1-1 OVER COVID VACCINE MANDATE _ Original 9-1-1 cast member Rockmond Dunbar is leaving the hit Fox drama series after more than four seasons. His character, Michael Grant, was abruptly written off in Monday night’s episode, leaving fans of the first-responders drama stunned. According to sources, Dunbar’s departure stems from the new COVID protocols on the show, produced by Disney TV Studios’ 20th Television, which require all actors to be vaccinated.

… According to Deadline, Dunbar requested a medical exemption and later sought a religious exemption. Both were reviewed by Disney and were rejected. According to insiders, Dunbar is not believed to be anti-vaxxer but declined to comply with the COVID vaccine mandate based on the grounds he presented, which led to his exit from 9-1-1.

SQUID GAME IS NETFLIX’S MOST-WATCHED IN ITS FIRST FOUR WEEKS _ The Korean sensation Squid Game is Netflix’s most-watched show ever, easily topping the previous No. 1 Netflix show, Bridgerton, which had 625 million hours over its first 28 days of release.


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SHOW OPENERS

A big package of show opener clips.

THAT SOUND ON A PLANE

A flight attendant on TikTok demonstrates the sound you never want to hear on a plane.

DROP

What do you call that.

BARNEY DOCUMENTARY

[ November 16 Entertainment ] Peacock is working on a Barney and Friends documentary. Here’s a clip of the show’s famous song.

DROP

A woman laughs and says “Thank you very much.”

McCONAUGHEY TALKS PICKLES

[ November 15 Entertainment ] Matthew McConaughey hopped on social media to talk pickles.

DROP PACKAGE

Lots of Thanksgiving related drops.


BITS & BREAKS

HOW TO ARGUE FAIRLY

Here comes Thanksgiving — and the family arguments. From the New York Times, here are a few suggestions for arguing fairly

LISTEN CAREFULLY — The aim of an argument should not be proving who is right, but conveying that you care about the issues. Show the person with whom you are speaking that you care about what he or she says. When you listen, go all in. Don’t half-listen while figuring out what you’re going to say next,.

DON’T ‘DROP THE ANCHOR’ — Some people start an argument by staking their position and refusing to budge, an impulse called “dropping the anchor.” Instead, try to understand the other person’s point of view; it does not mean you have to agree with him or her, or that you are abandoning deeply felt objections to, for example, racism or sexism.

MIND YOUR BODY LANGUAGE — Your body language can send messages that are more compelling than the words coming out of your mouth. Try to avoid gestures that are patronizing or defensive, like crossing your arms or clenching your jaw. Maintain eye contact in a way that is not a stare-down. Lean forward slightly to show you are interested. And no eye-rolling.

DON’T ARGUE TO WIN — Don’t think of an argument as an opportunity to convince the other person of your view; think of it as a way to test and improve your opinions, and to gain a better understanding of the other side. It’s rarely productive to nitpick errors in your opponent’s remarks or to argue just to “win.”

KNOW THE FACTS — A good argument is supported by evidence, but that is just a starting point. Sometimes, especially with political back-and-forths, one side will look only at evidence supporting its own position, conveniently leaving out the full picture.

THE WORST GIFT MY BOSS EVER GAVE ME

Bad gifts from bosses, collected by Inc. magazine.

• My first job out of school was at a fitness company. The boss bought all the employees gifts that Christmas. He got me a coffee mug that sang Dradle, Dradle. I’m not Jewish. The cup wouldn’t stop playing the song, so I had to take the batteries out.

• We took our boss out for a holiday lunch, and he was so touched that he went back to the office and wrote checks for all us. He had six employees total. The office manager then had to go back and tell us not to cash those checks. If we did cash them, they would’ve bounced.

• A boss gave me a high five. Two years in a row.

• When I was 23, I was hoping for a coffee shop gift card. Instead I got a blueberry-scented oil diffuser.

• Years ago I worked for a boss who took us all out to a very expensive restaurant in New York City one December evening. Throughout the night, he encouraged us all to eat, drink and be merry. He urged us all to order the choicest and most expensive items on the menu. So we did. At the end of the meal, he asked for separate checks.

• I once received a Harry & David tower of treats. Gourmet, yes. But the package had my boss’ address pasted on it. He had regifted it to me.

A FEW THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• Doctors removed the eyes of Jack The Ripper’s last known victim in order to check if they could extract an image of the killer.

• When a frog throws up, its entire stomach will fly out its mouth and just hang there. The frog then flings out the contents of the stomach and swallows it back down.

• Around 30 people die every year getting crushed from shaking a vending machine.

• A cremation oven is about 1,800° F. Lava is about 2,000° F.

• The last execution by guilloteine was in France on September 10, 1977 — the same year Star Wars was released.

• It is estimated that four percent of people on Death Row are innocent. That’s one in 25.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: There are more than 90,000 of these in the U.S. each year. (Wildfires)

TRIVIA: For fighting wildfires, California has sixty of these. (Aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing.)

TRIVIA: Women were asked if they could change one thing about their man, what would it be? (Hair style)

THE DOUBLE-LETTER GAME

I ask a question. The answer will be two words with each of the two words beginning with the letter ‘P’.

• It’s a favorite Thanksgiving dinner treat. (Pumpkin Pie)

• Peter Piper Picked A Peck of these. (Pickled Peppers)

• Before the internet kids would write these friends letters. (Pen Pals)

• Often as a president leaves office he sets people free with what? (Presidential pardons)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: COW SET FOR SLAUGHTER ESCAPES AND HAS FUN ON ______!

A) Gambling boat
B) Ferris wheel
C) Water slide

A cow in Brazil has become a viral sensation after it escaped being killed at a slaughterhouse by going to a waterpark and going for a ride. This bizarre story starts at a cattle ranch around 500 miles west of Rio de Janeiro where our heroic bovine friend was pegged to be slaughtered. The cow escaped by bolting from the ranch and taking sanctuary in a neighboring water park. And like anyone would at a waterpark, the cow decided to enjoy itself and literally went for a slide down one of the waterslides. In a footage shared on YouTube the cow can be seen slowly slide-walking down the chute.