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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 19, 2022

• Tippi Hedren is 92

• Shelley Fabares (Coach) is 78

• Dolly Parton is 76

• TV chef Paula Deen is 75

• Desi Arnaz Jr. is 69

• Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, Married With Children) is 68

• Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 67

• Shawn Wayans (Scary Movie) is 51

• Drea de Matteo (Joey, The Sopranos) is 50

• Pete Buttigieg is 40

• Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1883: The first electric lighting system using overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, began service at Roselle, New Jersey.

• 1953: 68% of all U.S. television sets were tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.

• 1983: The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, was announced.

• 1997: An underwear factory in Moscow, facing a cash-flow crisis, began paying its workers in bras.

• 2001: President Clinton acknowledged for the first time making false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky. He also surrenders his law license for five years in a deal sparing himself possible indictment.

• 2004: In Germany, a court ruled workers could be fired for kicking their colleagues in the rear end. The court upheld a company’s decision to sack a male employee who kicked another employee in the rear after a work dispute.

• 2012: Legendary film and camera company Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection.

• 2015: Skier Lindsey Vonn won her 63rd World Cup, setting a new record after 35 years.

• 2017 Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was extradited to the United States to face trial for his leadership of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Popcorn Day

• Museum Selfie Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4.51 billion: Age, in years, of the Moon.


NEWS ATTACK!

A huge asteroid raced by Earth Tuesday night. [I saw it! I went outside, opened my YouTube app and watched a live-stream some guy in (nearby state) was doing.]

A 105,000-square-foot mansion in Bel Air could become the most expensive property to sell in the U.S. It’s listed for $295 million. [But that includes a fireplace.]

The world’s oldest man just died. [Why does this keep happening?]

Some fans of Donald Trump are hoping he’ll run for president with the late JFK Jr. as his runningmate. [Hello people, JFK Jr. can’t run for office — he’s already agreed to star in the Law & Order reboot.]

A wanted man in Italy tried to escape the police with his walker. [I hate to second guess the police but was the helicopter chase really necessary?]

Well, we’ve passed the halfway point of January. [This is the weekend my wife wants all of the Christmas lights and decorations to come down, but I’m trying to convince her that our home would be a happier place if we left the tree up as our “Super Bowl Tree”.]

A jury in Tennessee awarded a guy $9.4 million because a Cracker Barrell waitress served him a glass of chemical kitchen cleaner instead of water. [Not sure why you’d serve kitchen cleaner when most of Cracker Barrell’s menu will clean out your insides.]

Research shows that guys who are really good at video games have a region of the brain that’s larger than usual. [Too bad it’s not the part of the brain responsible for remembering to pick up underwear off the floor.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

FORD IS MAKING SOMETHING TO MONITOR YOUR CAR  WITH A CAMERA _ Ford and ADT, the home security company, are working jointly on something called Canopy, that will eventually let you monitor your car remotely. In a promotional video, a potential thief scopes out items in the open truck bed of a carpenter, who, from afar, is able to watch the thief look in his truck’s bed, eying power equipment to potentially steal. The carpenter is then able to press his screen and say, “Hey, get away from my truck,” which is sent to a speaker on the truck. Some lights are also activated. Spooked, the potential thief walks away, and the carpenter grins, having averted a possible theft with Canopy.

THE ‘WORLD’S LARGEST CAST IRON SKILLET’ HAS BEEN MADE _ Last week, a semi truck pulled a trailer marked “oversize load” down Interstate 59 on its way toward South Pittsburg, Tennessee. On that trailer sat a gargantuan cast iron skillet. • VIDEO

… The skillet is the brainchild of Lodge Cast Iron, a company that makes cast-iron cookware. Lodge shared a short video showing the skillet rolling down the road, tweeting, “the World’s Largest Cast Iron Skillet made its way to our campus to find its home in the Lodge Cast Iron Museum that is currently under construction.”

… You heard that right. Not only is America home to the world’s largest cast iron skillet, but a “cast iron museum” is currently under construction in Tennessee. ‘Merica!

… The museum is expected to open in late summer 2022 in South Pittsburg where Lodge has been in residence since 1896. The skillet — which spans 18 feet and weighs 14,360 pounds — is large enough to simultaneously fry up 27 ostrich eggs.

USPS CAN DELIVER FREE COVID-19 TESTS TO YOUR HOME _ The United States Postal Service will deliver four rapid tests for COVID-19 to any household. All you have to do is enter your information and wait for them to arrive. The USPS rapid test delivery service is part of the Biden administration’s effort to make COVID-19 testing more accessible.

… You can only place one order per household, but each order contains four rapid tests. To get your free tests and for more COVID information, go to covidtests.gov, where you’ll find a link to enter your information and place your order. Tests should ship within 7–12 days.

TESLA DRIVER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER AFTER AUTOPILOT CRASH _ The next time you see a car commercial where the driver takes their hands off the wheel — always accompanied by small text telling us not to take our hands off the wheel — keep this story in mind so you don’t go to jail.

… A Tesla driver in California was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after crashing into another car and killing two people while his car was on autopilot. It appears to be the first time a driver using semi-automated driving technology has been charged with a felony in relation to a deadly crash. State prosecutors filed charges against the driver, Kevin George Aziz Riad, in October, though detailed documents were only recently released.

… The deadly event unfolded in a Los Angeles suburb in December 2019, when Riad’s Model S sedan left the freeway, ran a red light, and crashed into a Honda Civic. Two of the Civic’s occupants were killed, and their families are suing Tesla and Riad separately from the criminal charges.

MOVE TO ARKANSAS, GET PAID $10,000 _ Professionals in search of a change of scenery will be rewarded if they give Arkansas a try. The Northwest Arkansas Council is offering remote tech workers and entrepreneurs $10,000 in Bitcoin to relocate to the area. Why Bitcoin? According to the NWA Council’s site, “Northwest Arkansas is experiencing explosive growth in the tech sector, specifically within blockchain-enabled technologies, and this incentive embraces the growing trend of cryptocurrency as a payment option by employers.”

… The offer is part of the NWA Council’s “Life Works Here” campaign. Initially the incentive was $10,000 in cash, and that option is still available for those who prefer it to cryptocurrency.

… To date, 35,000 people in more than 115 countries and 50 states have submitted their applications to move to Northwest Arkansas.

WALMART EMPLOYEES WILL FREEZE SELF-CHECKOUT REGISTERS TO PREVENT THEFT _ A TikToker who claims to be a former Walmart employee revealed how the store monitors the self-checkout registers for stealing. The TikToker, named Athenia (@atheniamaria), said that Walmart employees carry “TC devices” that enable them to see all customers’ purchases at the self-checkout registers. The devices allow employees to see individual items and how much they each cost, as well as customers’ total charges. With the devices, employees apparently have the option to pause a customer’s self-checkout register and “pretend like there’s something wrong with the machine” if the employee suspects that the customer is stealing.

… On the TC devices, there’s a simple button to “pause transaction.” From the customer perspective though, the self-checkout register’s screen will either freeze or show an error message. Then the customer can’t scan any more items. Athenia says: “At that point, you have no choice but to call for help, and once we come over, we pretend like something is wrong with the machine.”

WHITE CASTLE SAYS FEBRUARY 14 ‘FINE DINING’ IS OFF THIS YEAR _ Bad news for anybody who was relying on White Castle to provide a romantic atmosphere for a Valentine’s Day meal this year: The burger chain says its annual “fine dining” experience at selected restaurants, which includes reservations, table service, and plenty of Valentine-themed decorations, has been called off due to the nationwide surge in COVID cases.

… The company says it was a tough decision to pause the tradition, which has been going since 1991. Last year, the company took reservations for Valentine’s Day meals, but they made it an outdoor event based on old-fashioned drive-ins with carhop service.

COVID-INFECTED HAMSTERS _ Authorities in Hong Kong are planning to put down hamsters after a pet store employee and several of the small, animals tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, the pet store employee tested positive and was found to be infected with the delta variant. Several hamsters in the store, which had recently been imported from the Netherlands, were also positive.

OLYMPIC ATHLETES ADVISED TO LEAVE PHONES AT HOME _ Beyond Omicron and gold medal tallies, athletes arriving in China’s capital for the Winter Games next month may have one more thing to worry about: is it safe to access the internet? Beijing has promised the world’s top athletes access to a partially unfettered internet during the Olympics starting February 4, dropping the Great Firewall that blocks services like Facebook and YouTube at official venues and hotels. But security experts say there are reasons to exercise caution.

… Chinese companies that specialize in data collection, surveillance and artificial intelligence are among the official sponsors and suppliers for the Winter Olympics. But experts are concerned that the Chinese government or the country’s cyber-crooks could use the designated Wi-Fi bubbles to snoop on private communications or even install malware onto personal devices. That could in turn open up contacts to subsequent attack.

… Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada are among the countries that are advising athletes to keep their devices off Wi-Fi networks and use burner phones if possible. And the U.S. has issued a warning to American athletes that their devices may also be compromised with malicious software, with unknown consequences for future use.

OLDEST MAN ON EARTH DIES AT 112, 4 MONTHS AFTER BREAKING RECORD _ The world’s oldest man died in Spain on Tuesday at the age of 112 years and 341 days. Saturnino de la Fuente García, of León, Spain, was named the oldest living man just four months earlier in September when he was 112 years and 211 days old. • OLDEST LIVING PEOPLE

OPPOSITES DON’T ATTRACT _ Despite of what you may have heard, opposites actually don’t attract. A study found that despite what most people say about seeking a wider circle of friendship (say, in a large college setting, where there are a lot of different types of people available), they typically befriend only those most similar to themselves. Researchers found that students at a huge state school tended to spend time with people who were much more similar to them than students at the small, rural colleges.

IOWA OFFERS THE TOP POSITIVE DRIVING EXPERIENCE _ You’re likely to have a better time driving in Iowa than Hawaii. So says WalletHub, which ranked the states on how well they provide “positive driving experiences.”

… What constitutes a positive driving experience? The site factored in everything from traffic congestion to road quality to the cost of maintaining your vehicle. When all was said and done, Iowa came out No. 1, and Hawaii was dead last. • FULL LIST

HAVE SOME COFFEE AFTER YOUR WORKOUT _ That morning cup of coffee may help ease post-exercise muscle soreness. In a small study of female college students, researchers found that a caffeine supplement seemed to lessen the muscle pain that crops up a day after a challenging workout.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: PEOPLE JUDGE YOU BASED ON TWO CRITERIA _ People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating? A Harvard Business School professor (Amy Cuddy) studied first impressions and found patterns in these interactions. In her book, Presence, Cuddy says people quickly answer two questions when they first meet you:

• Can I trust this person?
• Can I respect this person?

… Psychologists refer to these dimensions as warmth and competence respectively, and ideally you want to be perceived as having both.

… Cuddy says MBA interns are often so concerned about coming across as smart and competent that it can lead them to skip social events, not ask for help, and generally come off as unapproachable. These overachievers are in for a rude awakening when they don’t get the job offer because nobody got to know and trust them as people.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WATER BUFFALO ESCAPES HOME, GETS INVOLVED IN LOW-SPEED CHASE _ The California Highway Patrol responded to a report of an animal wandering down a road in Fresno on Monday. It was caught with an assist from a neighbor and returned safely home. The animal was a water buffalo. After calling in and reporting the water buffalo, a resident and an officer managed to steer the fully-grown bovid into a fenced-in area and alerted its owner.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RUSSIAN ARTIST ARRESTED FOR GIANT POOP SNOW SCULPTURE _ A Russian artist has been arrested for creating a snow sculpture near a burial site in St. Petersburg. Ivan Volkov was criminally charged for desecrating the burial place of the dead when he created a 16-foot-long poop sculpture.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WORLD’S LARGEST POTATO TO GET DNA TESTING _ What is thought to be the world’s biggest potato will undergo DNA testing in Scotland. The oversized tater — named Dug — was found in a garden in Hamilton, New Zealand, weighing in at 17.4 pounds. Colin and Donna Craig-Brown were cleaning their vegetable garden in August 2021 when they made the discovery. Colin’s attention is now focused on getting into the record books with the biggest spud ever. Currently, the Guinness World Record holder for the largest potato is 11 pounds. To prove the spud is really a spud — and also not genetically modified — the owners have to do a DNA test.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WHO BINGED 32 SUSHI ROLLS AT ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET RUSHED TO HOSPITAL _ Danielle Shapiro wanted to get her money’s worth at a $50 all-you-can-eat sushi buffet in Mountain View, California. But after indulging a little too much, including 32 rolls of sushi, her uncooked delights left her feeling a bit raw inside. Following the binge, Shapiro was rushed to the emergency room with severe stomach pains. That’s where she was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM HELPS POLICE CATCH HER PANTY-STEALING SON _ Police in China arrested a 26-year-old for allegedly stealing four pairs of women’s underwear from a coin laundromat. Frustrated, the police released surveillance video to the public. The next day, the suspect’s mother went to police and turned over roughly 400 pairs of women’s underwear that she had found in her son’s room.


ON TELEVISION

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT (8p ET, CBS) – New. The Talk hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood play for Feeding America.

CHICAGO MED, FIRE, P.D. (8p ET, NBC) – All new.

I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE (8p ET, FOX) – New. Kelly Osbourne and Brian Austin Green are the guest panelists, with Kelly Rowland performing with the selected singer.

THE AMAZING RACE (9p ET, CBS) – New. Teams gather in Switzerland to restart the race nearly 20 months after production was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEXT LEVEL CHEF (9p ET, FOX) – New. The teams are challenged to create a poultry dish.

SEASON PREMIERE: GROWING BELUSHI (10p ET, Discovery) – In the season 2 premiere, Jim learns he must rebuild his cannabis farm from the soil up.

HEAVENLY BITES: MEXICO (Netflix) – This documentary looks at great cultural culinary treats, and the traditions behind them.

TOO HOT TO HANDLE (Netflix) – Season 3 welcomes a new group of singles as they head to a sunny paradise in the hope of winning $100,000.


ENTERTAINMENT

GRAMMYS MOVING TO LAS VEGAS, APRIL 3 _ The 64th Annual Grammy Awards have been rescheduled — and moved out of California. The show will relocate to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will air live on Sunday, April 3. The ceremony will once again air on CBS and will stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, will return as master of ceremonies.

… On January 5 the Recording Academy initially announced the postponement of the show, which had been on the calendar for January 31 in Los Angeles. The ceremony was postponed over growing concerns about the Omicron variant.

WILLEM DAFOE WILL HOST SNL _ Spider-Man: No Way Home star Willem Dafoe will host Saturday Night Live on January 29.

ETERNALS JUST BROKE A DISNEY+ VIEWERSHIP RECORD _ Eternals didn’t see the success that Marvel Studios hoped for during its worldwide theater run in late 2021. On top of premiering during a global pandemic, the film was also hammered with mixed reviews from both critics and fans. Eternals is now available to stream on Disney+ and set a record for the streaming service: it was streamed by 2 million households during its first five days, breaking a record for most streams by a Marvel movie in the first five days of release.

COMEDIAN LOUIE ANDERSON UNDERGOING LYMPHOMA TREATMENT _ Emmy-winner Louie Anderson has been diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and is undergoing treatment at a Las Vegas hospital. The 68-year-old actor and comedian is said to be “resting comfortably” at the hospital as he is being treated for diffuse large B cell lymphoma. According to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, this form of blood cancer attacks certain types of white blood cells that make antibodies to fight infections and is “potentially curable.”

GEORGE CLOONEY AND JULIA ROBERTS ROM-COM HALTS PRODUCTION AMID COVID SURGE _ The entertainment industry is once again contemplating a break from production as the Omicron variant of COVID winds through countries around the globe, and the latest victim of the current surge is the romantic comedy movie Ticket to Paradise starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

… The film tells the tale of a divorced couple who have to rush to the Indonesian province of Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they did 25 years prior: marrying young and wrong.

… Production has been paused due to a spike in COVID cases in Queensland, Australia, where the film was shooting.

CHELSEA HANDLER IS SET TO STAR IN PEACOCK’S TV SERIES ADAPTATION OF HER MEMOIR _ The TV adaptation of Chelsea Handler’s 2019 memoir Life Will Be the Death of Me is set to become a Peacock series starring Handler. This will be the second sitcom based on a Handler novel. Laura Prepon starred in the short-lived Are You There, Chelsea? on NBC in 2012.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE TO PLAY WEIRD AL YANKOVIC IN BIOPIC MOVIE _ Daniel Radcliffe will star as Grammy-winning musician Weird Al Yankovic in the Roku original movie Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. The film is Roku’s first original biopic and will be available to stream exclusively on The Roku Channel.

… The official Weird: The Al Yankovic Story synopsis from Roku reads: “The biopic holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like Eat It and Like a Surgeon to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.”

ADAM SANDLER AND JENNIFER ANISTON FILMING MURDER MYSTERY 2 IN HAWAII _ Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are currently in Hawaii together. The stars have reunited to film the sequel to the Netflix movie Murder Mystery.

… While the first movie was big on viewers for the streaming service, the reviews and ratings were terrible. Murder Mystery has a 42 percent positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes — three percentage points worse than the critics score.

YOUTUBE WILL STOP MAKING ITS OWN TV SHOWS ASAP _ There are hundreds of great TV shows on the streaming services. Netflix. Paramount+. Apple TV+. HBO Max. One service you rarely hear about is YouTube Originals. There’s plain YouTube, and YouTube TV — but there also original programming from YouTube.

… Well, there was. YouTube has shut down its on television-creating studio.

JENNY SLATE SECRETLY MARRIED _ Jenny Slate is married. The comedian and actor recently revealed that she married art curator Ben Shattuck on New Year’s Eve. Slate broke the news to Marie Claire, and she also detailed the events that led to their intimate ceremony in their own home.

… The profile reveals that Slate and Shattuck got married in their living room after their previous three attempts at having a wedding were derailed by the ongoing pandemic. The originally were planning on a wedding for almost 200 people. They ended up inviting close friends and family only — six friends each.

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES CANCELLED AT NBC _ NBC has cancelled the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted primetime game show Ellen’s Game of Games after four seasons.

YELLOWSTONE PRODUCER REVEALS WHEN THE SHOW RETURNS FOR SEASON 5 _ Yellowstone wrapped Season 4 in early January and eager fans are already clamoring for more. In a new interview, Executive Producer David Glasser reveals that plans for Season 5 are already well underway. Glasser says he expects shooting for Season 5 to begin in May with the show to return in the fall of this year.

DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND HIS WIFE AMY UNVEIL VODKA _ Dale Earnhardt Jr. is using his retirement to pursue something new. The famed NASCAR driver has announced that he and his wife Amy are dropping their very own vodka, affectionately named High Rock. Distilled and bottled by Sugarlands Distilling Co. from the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the booze will be available in stores near you sometime this spring, although there hasn’t been an official release date yet.


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CANADIAN KID WOULD RATHER BE IN SCHOOL THAN SHOVELING SNOW

A Toronto kid went viral after his hilarious reaction to shoveling never-ending piles of snow. Carter Trozzolo said few words in an interview with CTV News Toronto — but did say he would rather be in school than outdoors shoveling. • VIDEO (AUDIO on PRO AUDIO page is more radio-ready.)

DROPS

• Thank you so much!

• This concludes the broadcast.

• Yeah, people suck.

PHONER

What celebrity did you accidentally meet?

CUSTOMER “DIDN’T ORDER THE GRATUITY”

A waitress on TikTok shares the hilarious story of a customer who “didn’t order the gratuity.” → January 17 Wacky-But-True

IF KIDS DID LIFE HACK VIDEOS

Here ya go parents. TikToker @trending_dad shared a video called If Kids Did Life Hack Videos.

BUG IN THE EAR

A guy in Texas had a moth pulled out of his ear. Is this what he had to hear while it was in there? → January 13 Wacky-But-True

PHONER

Confession time: What’s the worst idea you ever had? Four real callers will help jump-start your local phones.

Thanks to Jeff Roper for sharing the audio!

SECRET SOUND

What brand does this audio logo represent?

PHONER

What did your dog eat? A dog in England needed a trip to the vet after feasting on his owner’s underwear. A number of calls that will jump-start a local conversation. → January 10 Wacky-But-True

VOICEMAIL

Someone called your business line to complained because someone on your show used the words “diddly squat”.

BE BETTER HUSBANDS SUPPORT GROUP

For the husbands in your audience, here are three TikTok dads who recorded their “Be Better Husbands Support Group” meeting.

… PRO Audio version is radio-ready.

Link to original video


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT DOES GRWM MEAN?

LOL. TTYL. OMW. Those are easy. Do you know what GRWM is short for?

GRWM is kinda newish — it’s an acronym that means “get ready with me.” It’s typically used to refer to content on TikTok, YouTube and Instagram that focuses on showing a vlogger getting ready and invites their followers to see their routine.

The term GRWM first became popular with YouTube influencers. And though the actual acronym may seem new to TikTokers, GRWM videos have been around for years on YouTube.

ZODIAC SIGN AQUARIUS

If you were born January 20 to February 18, you’re an Aquarius.

• Your colors are light blue and silver.

• Your best day is Saturday.

• Your luck numbers are 4, 7, 11, 22, 29.

• Your strengths: Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian.

• Your weaknesses: Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof.

• You like: Fun with friends, helping others, fighting for causes, intellectual conversation, a good listener.

• You dislike: Limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull or boring situations, people who disagree with them.

WHAT BOSS BEHAVIOR MADE YOU QUIT?

It’s said that people don’t quit their jobs — they quit bad bosses. In a survey, the top reasons people quit over a bad boss:

— Demeaning comments: 76%

— Micromanagement: 59%

— No work/life balance 58%

— Poor communication 57%

— Overly demanding 54%

— Favoritism 39%

— Sexism 21%

— Racism 12%

— Ageism 11%

— Unwanted contact 10%

🗣 TOPIC: What bad boss behavior made you dump your job?

And then there were these stories:

• The boss brought baby food jars and pacifiers into meetings “since we were all babies.”

• My boss would camp out by my car after work and ask me to come back in and talk.

• She critiqued everything I did from my writing to my presentation skills, to what I did in my personal life. She was so toxic that I went to bed crying every night.

• I was given a no-call, no-show for the day of my mother’s funeral.

• He reprimanded the team for leaving town for safety during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

• Our founder did not hesitate to yell at you or demean you in front of others. I remember getting berated once because one of my PowerPoint slides was pixelated. I felt like a pledge being hazed in a college fraternity.

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• Men think about sex about 19 times each day. The amount for women is about 10 times.

• Some arctic seals can find the exact spot where they were born even after spending five years out at sea.

• Hummingbirds shake themselves dry in the rain, similar to the motion a dog uses to do the same with its fur. The birds shake using 30 times the force of gravity to complete the drying.

• Teens who go to bed later tend to be less physically fit and more overweight than early-to-bed, early-to-rise counterparts.

• The longest underground river, running for almost 3,800 miles at a depth of nearly 2½ miles, is beneath Brazil, flowing west-to-east from the Andean foothills to the Atlantic coast.

• Sad people are better at recognizing faces.

• Routine weather events, such as rain and cooler-than-average days, have an annual economic impact of as much as $485 billion that reaches to every U.S. state.

• Researchers found that just one lazy employee can quickly affect the performance or an entire workplace.

• Siblings born at least two years apart perform better at math and reading than children born closer together.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: About 44 percent of American adults try one of these every year. (Diet)

TRIVIA: In a survey, men said their third least-favorite outdoor chore is mowing the lawn; cleaning the garage is second; what’s number one? (Gutter cleaning)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in BINGO.

• A fight that happens in a bar. (Brawl)

• Something you plea before the court. (Innocent)

• A country bordering Sweden, Finland and Russia. (Norway)

• A popular awards show, similar to the Academy Awards. (Golden Globes)

• They’re staged in the summer and winter only. (Olympics)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• It’s a peel-and-eat fruit. (Banana)

• It caused the Titanic to sink. (Iceberg)

• You don’t eat it, but it’s at the dinner table. (Napkin)

• Wheel of Fortune is one of these. (Game show)

• A leadership position in the military. (Officer)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: MAN ONCE ACCUSED OF FLINGING ______ AT NEIGHBOR’S HOME ARRESTED AGAIN!

A) Feces
B) Cold pizza
C) Creamed corn

A noisy steam pipe has again triggered a New Jersey (Ho-Ho-Kus) man. Police just charged William J. Krywos with seven counts of harassment and one of stalking. He’s made at his neighbors over the noisy steam pipe, which has caused him anger in years past. Krywos once stored his own excrement and shot it at his neighbor’s house. And the neighbor’s 6-year-old daughter’s backyard swing set.