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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 29, 2021

• Sportscaster Vin Scully is 94

• Director Joel Coen is 67

• Howie Mandel is 66

• Tom Sizemore is 60

• Andrew McCarthy is 59

• Don Cheadle (Marvel movies) is 57

• Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block is 53

• Gena Lee Nolin (Sheena, Baywatch) is 50

• Brian Baumgartner (The Office) is 49

• Anna Faris (Mom, Scary Movie) is 45

• Lauren German (Lucifer, Chicago Fire) is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1972: Atari announced the game Pong.

• 1975: The name “Micro-soft” (for “microcomputer software”) was first used in a letter from Bill Gates to Paul Allen.

• 1984: A 14-ounce spider monkey named Miss Baker died at age 27 of kidney failure in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1959 Miss Baker became the first American to travel into outer space.

• 1988: U.S. patent #4,787,160 was issued to Larence Balsamo of Roselle, Illinois, for his Greeting Card Confetti Delivery System, an air suction process that would shower confetti on a person opening a greeting card.

• 2004: Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• 2012: A new species of freshwater fish was discovered. The new species of darter fish, Etheostoma obama, were named after U.S. President Barack Obama.

• 2017: Matt Lauer was fired from NBC’s Today show after an allegation of sexual misconduct.

• 2020: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris announced the first all-female communications team for the White House.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cyber Monday

• Cider Monday

• Square Dancing Day

• Chocolates Day

• Lemon Creme Pie Day

• Rice Cake Day

• Chia Pet Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

16,847. Places in the U.S. that have a population of more than 1,000 people.


NEWS ATTACK!

A woman gave birth in a Russian airport shortly after exiting her plane. [However, due to jet lag it was three hours later before the pain kicked in.]

In Russia when the police stopped a man on suspicion of drunk driving, the man tried to swallow his car keys. [Every time he burped the trunk flew open.]

In Russia when the police stopped a man on suspicion of drunk driving, the man tried to swallow his car keys. [I never have to worry about swallowing my key ring — I have 32 of those little plastic store discount cards attached to it.]

A man in Poland faked a medical excuse from a doctor which said he needed time off work because he was pregnant. [He had the big belly and could fake morning sickness, but his boss noticed the balloon in his pocket right before he claimed his water broke.]

It’s a busy time for air travel and pilots aren’t messing around with unruly passengers. They won’t hesitate to divert a flight at the slightest sign of trouble. [I heard that one airplane made an emergency landing yesterday  after the flight crew discovered the food was edible.]

Holiday shopping has begun. [I hate Christmas shopping for my wife because she’s so picky. Last year I got her a gift certificate and she returned it because it was the wrong size.]

It’s officially Christmas season. [My wife has all of her Christmas cards mailed out already. She wanted to get the annual Christmas newsletter printed before I did anything stupid she’d have to report.]

It’s back to work for everyone today. [And the first item of business is to order much wider office chairs.]
 
It’s back to work for everyone today. [We’re finally away from the relatives we don’t like, and back with the co-workers we don’t like.]
 
A survey found that most Italian men say lunch hour at work is the best time to cheat on a partner. They said that cheating during the day makes them feel less guilty because they lose no time with their regular partner. [Not only that, it still leaves them with 58 minutes for a good spaghetti lunch.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

🔈 WALMART PULLS CHILDREN’S TOY THAT SWEARS AND SINGS ABOUT COCAINE _ An Ontario grandmother who bought an educational toy for her 15-month-old granddaughter was shocked when the dancing cactus started swearing and singing about doing cocaine. Ania Tanner told a Toronto TV station: “This is not what I ordered for my granddaughter.” The cactus was sold on Walmart’s website as an educational toy for about $26 and sings songs in English, Spanish and Polish.

… Tanner, who is Polish, said when she listened to the Polish lyrics, the cactus was singing about doing cocaine, drug abuse, suicide, depression and used profanities. The song is by Polish Rapper Cypis, who is reportedly unaware his song was used by the Chinese manufacturer of the children’s toy.

… Walmart said the item was sold by a third-party seller on its marketplace website and had removed the toy.

GOOGLE STREET VIEW DRIVER VISITS McDONALD’S DRIVE-THRU _ How much do you love a McDonald’s? A hungry Google Street View driver apparently couldn’t help themselves from stopping for a burger while they were on the job. While driving around Poppleton in York, England, the driver went through the drive-thru and ordered a burger. Someone on TikTok noticed the Street View image where the driver’s hand is holding their credit card out for the drive-thru employee. They shared the video, adding: “Google leaking their credit card at McDonald’s.”

UK MAN DOWNS McDONALD’s MENU is 24 MINUTES _ A guy in the UK got into the festive spirit by polishing off the entire McDonald’s Christmas menu in 24 minutes. Kyle Gibson, a professional competitive eater, ate nearly 10,000 calories, but called the unusual challenge “easy.” The food, which had 9,600 calories, included:

• 3 festive crispy chicken stack burgers

• 3 festive stacks (beef ones)

• 2 cheese shareboxes

• 8 festive pies

• 2 Celebrations McFlurries

VIDEO

DOES YOUR PHONE REALLY CHARGE FASTER USING AIRPLANE MODE? _ If your phone battery’s down to single digits and you have only minutes for a quick charge, should you first put your phone in airplane mode? So-called tech experts say it will help to charge your phone faster so someone tested it and — it does help. The less energy your phone is consuming, the faster it’ll charge. The study that tested the power consumption of various components on Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Beam found that Wi-Fi and GPS consume 18.1% and 13.7% of the device’s battery. On the other hand, airplane mode only consumes 1.1% when switched on.

QUEBEC SET TO TAP SYRUP RESERVES _ If your short stack has been feeling a little dry lately due to a lack of (affordable) syrup, that’s about to change because Canada is tapping its stockpile of sweet nectar. Quebec Maple Syrup Producers — a quasi-government-sanction agency accounting for over 70 percent of the world’s maple syrup production — just announced they’re going to start draining upwards of 50 million pounds of syrup from barrels they have in their strategic reserve.

… Yes, strategic reserve — just like the ones we’re about to tap to help lower gas prices here in the United States. Apparently, Canada has a sea of this condiment at the ready for emergencies.

… The QMSP says it’s time to dip into what they have on hand to make sure countries around the world, especially its No. 1 customer — the United States — can keep on drizzling waffles and pancakes with ease and within reasonable price ranges.

IDAHO LIBRARY GETS RETURN FROM 1911 _ A book returned to an Idaho library was so long overdue that there was no record of it in the catalog. The book, New Chronicles of Rebecca, a sequel to the classic Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, was originally checked out from the Carnegie Public Library in Boise in 1910. It turned up in the Garden City, Idaho, library last month, but the Boise Library sticker caught a staffer’s eye at the checkout desk and it was sent over to the Boise Public Library.

… Inside the book’s cover, the last stamp is from November 8, 1911. There’s no record of who checked out the book but in sifting through records that do exist, library staff saw that the book was marked as lost and paid for, or just missing. Inside the book is a warning that after two weeks, the borrower incurs a fine of 2 cents per day overdue. That would put the fine at roughly $800 for a book that goes for more like $5 these days.

DON’T FORGET TO USE YOUR GIFT CARDS _ Did you receive a gift card last Christmas? Did you use it? There’s a 1 in 5 chance you haven’t. That’s right — 19 percent of gift cards given last Christmas haven’t been used.

EVERY BRAIN HAS A FINGERPRINT THAT TAKES MINUTES TO FIND _ Your fingerprint is something incredibly unique that only you have. As it turns out, your brain has a so-called “fingerprint” of its own, according to scientists, and new research reveals it can be found much faster than previously thought.

… Earlier research at Yale University found that connectomes, a map of the brain’s neural network, produce this unique fingerprint. They were able to identify a certain individual purely based on their brain scan, similar to how our phone can accurately determine our fingerprint. A scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne used this research and decided to improve it. He used the scans to create graphs that accurately summarized what the brain was doing.

… This research could be used to help those who suffer from strokes, autism, and even drug addiction. Anything that could damage the brain could be better understood by looking at our unique brain fingerprint.

MAN HID IN PLANE’S LANDING GEAR FROM GUATEMALA TO MIAMI _ A man was apprehended at Miami International Airport on Saturday after he traveled there in the landing gear of a plane that departed from Guatemala. The 26-year-old man was evaluated by emergency medical services and taken to a hospital.

The flight was nearly three hours long. A video posted online showed a man dressed in a light jacket sitting down on the tarmac while two workers wearing American Airlines vests attended to him. He somehow survived. Temperatures in non-pressurized, non-climate-controlled parts of the plane can drop to 65 degrees below zero. People who embark on such a journey risk dying of hypothermia, hypoxia (a lack of oxygen), being crushed by equipment or falling to their deaths.

… Surviving such a trip is rare, but instances have been documented in the past on even longer flights. In 2014, a 15-year-old boy from California flew from San Jose to Maui, Hawaii, in a plane’s wheel well and survived. He was found wandering the tarmac and said in an interview after the ordeal that he had not been trying to score a free beach vacation, but instead was trying to see his mother, who was living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

$1,000 OFFERED FOR PRESIDENT WARREN HARDING’S STOLEN DOG COLLAR _ A radio station serving U.S. President Warren G. Harding’s Ohio hometown says a reward offered by one of its listeners is providing new hope of finding a long lost dog collar stolen from his historic home. Scott Spears, host of a morning radio show in Marion, near the 29th president’s birthplace, said the donor of the $1,000 reward asked to remain anonymous. He said the station has deposited the money in a local bank and will act as an intermediary on any tips offered to solve the mystery.

… The antique collar belonged to Harding’s Airedale terrier. It was the only thing stolen from his home on a Tuesday in 2012. A groundskeeper found a ladder propped against a second-story window. That prompted speculation that the thief had visited the home before and knew where to look for the collar. Made in 1923, the collar has the dog’s name, “Laddie Boy,” engraved on it in raised letters surrounded by hearts.

WOMAN ALLEGEDLY BREASTFEEDS CAT ON DELTA AIRLINES FLIGHT _ A woman on a recent Delta Airlines flight allegedly began to breastfeed her pet cat mid-flight and refused to stop after getting caught. The incident allegedly happened during a recent trip onboard Delta Flight 1360, a route that travels between Syracuse, New York and Atlanta. An image posted to social media suggests that the purported cat breastfeeding happened while the plane was headed towards Atlanta, although it is not clear exactly when the incident happened.

… The image circulating online describes the supposed event in what appears to be a screen capture of message sent using the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which pilots use to transmit short text-based messages to the ground. The message reports that a passenger is seat 13A “is breastfeeding a cat and will not put cat back in carrier” in response to a request from a flight attendant. The message asks that the situation be addressed by the airline’s “Red Coat” team upon landing. Delta describes members of the team as “elite airport customer service experts” who are “specially trained to handle on-the-stop customer issues.”

… Beyond the purported ACARS message, which Newsweek first reported,, little other information about the supposed incident has been made available. However, a TikTok account from flight attendant Ainsley Elizabeth appears to refer to the incident, with a video claiming that “security met the flight because a woman was breastfeeding her cat.”

… There are no laws that prohibit mothers from breastfeeding their human babies during flight. Delta policy also allows breastfeeding during flights, although it seems unlikely that the policy would apply to the breastfeeding of non-human animals such as cats.

DOES MONEY BUY HAPPINESS? _ Does money buy happiness? It’s sometimes said that scientists have found no relationship between money and happiness, but that’s a myth (University of Illinois psychologist Ed Diener). The connection is complex, he says. But in fact, very rich people rate substantially higher in satisfaction with life than very poor people do.

… An economist (Andrew Oswald) at the University of Warwick in England reported a study of Britons who won between $2,000 and $250,000 in a lottery. As a group, they showed a boost in happiness averaging a bit more than 1 point on a 36-point scale when surveyed two years after their win, compared to their levels two years before they won.

SERIOUSLY, DUMP THE OLD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS _ Still decorating the Christmas tree and your home with old, old bulbs? Time to go to LED. According to Money magazine, ten strands running eight hours a day for a month will ding your electric bill just 72 cents, versus $7.20 for regular mini bulbs.

WOMEN TALK MORE THAN MEN _ Yes, women really do talk more than men. In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day — 13,000 more than the average man. Women also speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chatter, and actually get a buzz out of hearing their own voices.

… In The Female Brain, Dr. Louann Brizendine says women also devote more brain cells to talking than men. The simple act of talking triggers a flood of brain chemicals which give women a rush similar to that felt by heroin addicts when they get a high.

PEOPLE WHO DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS EARLIER ARE HAPPIER _ Thanksgiving, for some people, means it is still way too early to decorate for Christmas. However, experts may recommend decking the halls and trimming the trees a little earlier this year if you’re looking for an influx of serotonin and good feelings. They say that decorating for Christmas evokes nostalgic memories and can lead to increased happiness.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN GETS PACKAGE RETURNED AFTER 10 YEARS _ A lot of people are sending out holiday packages this time of year, and while most of the time they get to the destinations without any issues, there are occasional delays or even a package getting lost. But a package going missing for a decade is rare. It’s exactly what happened to Sascha Schindler from Hawaii (Waialua). He was sent a returned package. Not knowing what it was, and not having recently ordered anything, he thought maybe it was a surprise Christmas present. But then his wife saw the date on the front — June 27, 2011. It was marked returned to sender. Inside was a parachute bag Schindler had ordered from a company in Belgium. It was too small, so Schindler went to return it. It was that package that was sent back to him 10 years later. Schindler says he has no idea where it was for the last decade.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S OBIT URGES BETTING A BUNCH ON THE HUSKERS _ Milton Andrew Munson’s obituary recalled his life as an Air Force veteran, a pharmacist, husband and father, and as a Nebraska football fan. That was evident in one line in the obit: “In lieu of flowers, please place an irresponsibly large wager on Nebraska beating Iowa.” Munson died November 16 at age 73. The obit, written by Munson’s sons, ran Thursday in the Nebraska newspaper Hastings Tribune.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AIR AMBULANCE CALLED ‘INCONSIDERATE’ FOR 4AM FLIGHT _ In the UK an air ambulance service (Hampshire Air Ambulance) has received messages of support on social media after it was labelled “inconsiderate” for waking up residents while on a late night run. The life-saving service received a complaint from a resident following a call-out at 4AM on Saturday. The air ambulance was asked by the resident to justify why it was flying so low as it made its way to a hospital, with the person then explaining they would no longer be donating to the charity which funds it. The air ambulance service shared on social media: “We are genuinely overwhelmed by your kind replies. Sadly this isn’t the first time we’ve had a complaint like this and it probably won’t be our last, but it’s reassuring to know you are there for us. Thank you for all your support.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: $400,000 WORTH OF JACK DANIEL’S WAS LOST LAST WEEK _ A semi carrying about $400,000 worth of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey tipped over last week, with gallons upon gallons of the delicious nectar spilling out onto the street. The driver was not injured.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ATTACKS SPIRIT FLIGHT ATTENDANTS _ A woman attacked two flight attendants on a Spirit Airlines flight to Nashville on Saturday night, was restrained by a fellow passenger, and then yelled at police officers. Airport police arrested a 42-year old female for public intoxication after the flight crew contacted officers on the ground at Nashville International Airport. After police arrested her, she yelled at the officers on several occasions, using expletives and saying “I didn’t do anything wrong” and “shoot me.” according to the affidavit. The passenger also resisted getting into the police cruiser, including by stiffening her legs to prevent officers from closing the door.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LADY USES HER PROSTHETIC LEG TO BEAT A HOCKEY FAN _ At a Las Vegas Golden Knights game a woman got into an altercation with an Edmonton Oilers fans, which eventually led to him spitting on the woman. She reacted as any civilized woman would — by pulling off her prosthetic leg and beating him with it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 72-YEAR-OLD TAKES OUT TEEN ROBBER _ A teenager tried to rob a 71-year-old woman in Germany. He didn’t succeed. The woman decked him with “an amazing hook” to his face — and it really hurt, he said. She said, “My hand was swollen all night but I enjoyed it. I got that kid right on the mark. He got his punishment straight away.”


ON TELEVISION

CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS (8p ET, ABC) — Hosted by Carly Pearce and Gabby Barrett. Performers include Jimmie Allen, Louis York, The Shindellas, Breland, Brett Eldredge, Lady A, Pistol Annies, Carrie Underwood and Lainey Wilson.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The top 10 perform.

THE BLACK PACK: WE THREE KINGS (8p ET, CW) — Taye Diggs, Ne-Yo and Eric Bellinger perform in this new special.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, ESPN) — Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour episode.

THE BIG LEAP (9p ET, FOX) — New. With only two days to go until the big finale, the cast preps for their final performance.

NCIS: HAWAI’I (10p ET, CBS) — New. When an anti-capitalist protester is murdered, the team finds themselves caught in a war between eco-activists and a tech billionaire.

THAT’S MY JAM (10p ET, NBC) — New. Jimmy Fallon hosts this special, based on games he plays on The Tonight Show. The Voice coaches John Legend, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande will compete in a series of singing challenges including Wheel of Impossible Karaoke, Perfect Mashup, The Vinyl Countdown and Slay It, Don’t Spray It.


ENTERTAINMENT

BOX OFFICE _ The animated family adventure Encanto is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $27 million. Coming in at No. 2 is Ghostbusters: Afterlife with $24.5 million, followed by House of Gucci at No. 3 with $14.2 million, Eternals at No. 4 with $7.9 million and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City at No. 5 with $5.3 million.

… One year ago this week the number one movie was The Croods: A New Age
… Five years ago this week: Moana
… Ten years ago this week: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
… Twenty years ago this week: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

SPIDER-MAN FANS READY TO BUY TICKETS TODAY _ Tickets for Spider-Man: No Way Home go on sale today (Monday) in an event that’s been dubbed Spider-Monday.

🔈 MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY NOT RUNNING FOR OFFICE _ Despite strong poll numbers suggesting he’d be the leader in a race for Texas governor, Matthew McConaughey said in a video posted to his social media pages on Sunday evening that public office is “a path I’m choosing not to take at this moment. I’m going to continue to work and invest the bounty I have in supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that I believe are leaders.” • VIDEO

… A recent Dallas Morning News poll showed that among Texans, McConaughey polled best in a hypothetical race against incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke.

ADELE’S 30 HAS THE BIGGEST OPEN OF 2021 _ Adele’s 30 enjoyed the biggest opening numbers of any album in 2021 with 839,000 album-equivalent units. Adele’s big premiere beats the previous mark set by Drake’s Certifiable Lover Boy when it debuted with 613,000 back in September.

THE LEAST TOXIC CELEBRITIES EVER _ Recently, someone on Reddit posed the question: “Who is the LEAST toxic celebrity?” On the list:

  • Dolly Parton
  • Keanu Reeves
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Zendaya
  • Paul Rudd
  • Danny DeVito
  • Jack Black
  • Kristen Bell
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  • Tom Hanks
  • Betty White

LINDSAY LOHAN IS ENGAGED _ Lindsay Lohan is eganged. The Mean Girls actress will tie the knot with boyfriend Bader Shammas. On social media she showed off the ring and wrote: “My love. My life. My family. My future.” Lohan and Shammas have been together for three years.

JILLIAN MICHAELS ENGAGED _ Celebrity fitness instructor and TV personality Jillian Michaels announced her engagement to fashion designer DeShanna Marie Minuto on social media Sunday. Michaels wrote: “1,153 days … here’s to thousands more. She said ‘yes’.” People.com said Minuto accepted Michaels’ proposal Saturday after they had been dating for about three years.


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MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY

[ November 29 Entertainment ] The actor announced he won’t run for governor.

DROP

You never know what your gonna get in the mail.

SWEARING CACTUS

[ November 29 News & Nuggets ] Ontario grandma bought toy cactus that swears and sings about cocaine.mp3

MYSTERY VOICE

Alec Baldwin.


BITS & BREAKS

TWEET OF THE WEEK

I have been writing reviews for about ten years. My wife’s review of Alien puts everything I have ever written to shame: “Alien is a movie where nobody listens to the smart woman, and then they all die except for the smart woman and her cat. Four stars.” (via @AdamShaftoe)

TOP HOLIDAY TOYS FROM THE YEAR YOU WERE BORN

Here’s a fun list of the top holiday toys from the year you were born.

LINK

AMERICA’S FAVORITE SANDWICHES

24/7 Tempo gave survey participants a list of 22 different sandwiches and asked them to rank them.

10. Pulled pork

9. Peanut butter and jelly

8. Bacon

7. Club

6. BLT

5. Ham

4. Roast beef

3. Turkey

2. Grilled chicken

1. Grilled cheese

FULL LIST

WHAT TO DO WITH THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS

• Mix some Elmer’s glue into the mashed potatoes and use as spackle.

• Flatten stuffing with rolling pin and bake until hard. Sell to local lumber store as press/compound board.

• Stick broccoli and celery sticks in potting soil and display as rare and exotic bonsai.

• Whittle turkey ribs into reusable toothpicks.

• Use as practice ammunition for that upcoming Christmas dinner food-fight.

• Freeze in little bags and save for Halloween handouts next year.

• Go for long walk in a forest. Drop little bits of leftovers as you go.

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT SHOPPING

• According to a study (in Social Influence) people who shopped at or stood near luxury stores were less likely to help people in need.

• Sears (now only 21 stores in the continental U.S.) used to sell build-your-own homes in its mail order catalogs.

• The first shopping cart was a folding chair with a basket on the seat and wheels on the legs.

• In the late 1800s in Corinne, Utah, you could buy legal divorce papers from a vending machine for $2.50.

• The Chinese invented paper money.

• Shopping online is not necessarily greener. A study at the University of Delaware showed that “home shopping has a greater impact on the transportation sector than the public might suspect.”

• Don’t want to waste too much money shopping? Go to the store in high heels. A 2013 Brigham Young University study discovered that shoppers in high heels made more balanced buying decisions while balancing in pumps.

• Cyber Monday is not the biggest day for online shopping. The title belongs to November 11, or Singles Day, a holiday in China that encourages singles to send themselves gifts.

THINGS A MAN MUST NEVER DO

via Maxim or one of those man-zines

• Yell anything at your kid’s coach or referee.

• Interject yourself into another couple’s domestic spat, unless the argument becomes so loud and violent that you can’t hear the game.

• Show vacation photos to anybody who wasn’t on the trip with you.

• Continue talking to a coworker after he enters a bathroom stall and sits down.

• Exclaim at the size of the dent your wife or girlfriend left in the sofa.

• Give your wife or girlfriend jewelry still attached to a piece of cardboard.

• Express impatience when your wife is talking to you by repeatedly glancing at your watch, tapping your foot, nodding your head rapidly, or faking a seizure.

• Tell anyone, “Welcome aboard!” unless you’re on an actual boat.

• Talk incessantly at any social function about your grass, your sump pump, soffits, downspouts, or the willow-tree roots that are attacking your septic system, unless your fellow guests are also homeowners and are fascinated by these subjects.

• Order chocolate milk, peanut butter, or fried bologna at a business lunch.

• Ask anyone older than age 6 to feel your muscles.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: A study revealed that waitresses who do this raise their tip by about 18 percent. (Draw a happy face on the check)

TRIVIA: The Great Lakes of North America (Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie, Ontario) are home to more than 6,000 what? (Wrecked ships.)

TRIVIA: Before buying one of these a guy will spend 2 hours, 3 minutes doing research. (A TV)

PHOBIA GAME

I’ll name a phobia, you tell me what it is.

• Is ablutophobia the fear of bathing* or the fear of large people?

• Is textophobia the fear of books or the fear of certain fabrics*?

• Is dendrophobia the fear of scalp itch or the fear of trees*?

• Is keraunophobia the fear of thunder* or the fear of loud music?

THE WORLD’S EASIEST MULTIPLE-CHOICE RADIO GAME

I have a series of multiple choices for you to make. Do that and you win! ▶️ There are no questions. The caller just chooses one from each group and wins all the way through. One subscriber suggests: “We play this on my morning show but call it ‘Not A Damn Thing In Common’. After each list of three is given out the listener has to come up with something they have in common…which is not a damn thing. Whatever they call out is the right answer.”

• Black Friday
• The International Space Station
• Irish Whiskey

• Star Trek
• Vinyl records
• Ring doorbells

• A tape measure
• Pumpkin pie
• Free wi-fi