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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 2, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Dan Butler (Frasier) is 65

• Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) is 56

• Lucy Liu is 51

• Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is 49

• Britney Spears is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1862: Circus entrepreneur Charles Ringling was born.

• 1901: Gillette patented the first disposable razor.

• 1927: The first Ford Model A was unveiled in New York City’s Waldorf Hotel and in 35 other cities around the U.S., Canada and Europe. It replaced the Model T and sold for between $395 and $495.

• 1952: In what could be called one of the earliest reality shows, Denver’s KOA-TV transmitted the first human birth to be seen on TV to 49 stations on the NBC network. It was a part of the program The March of Medicine.

• 1978: At a double wedding in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a confused father gave his two veiled daughters in marriage to the wrong grooms. Days later, when dad discovered the mistake, both girls said it was okay; they were quite happy with the wrong husbands.

• 1994: “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss was convicted in Los Angeles of three counts of pandering.

• 2001: A New Zealand motorist told police he was driving with his lights off at night because he was looking for a black hole in space. The 35-year-old amateur astronomer lost his driver’s license for 15 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

• 2004: An intense fire consumed half of the roof of the Associated Milk Producers Inc. butter packaging plant in New Ulm, Minnesota, sending melted butter flowing out of the facility. The plant was holding an estimated 3 million pounds of butter at the time of the fire.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• December is Lifestyle Wellness Month, MADD’s Tie One On for Safety Holiday Ribbon Campaign, National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, National Sign Up for Summer Camp Month, Safe Toys and Gifts Month, Universal Human Rights Month, Hi Neighbor Month, National Stress Free Family Holiday Month, Read A New Book Month, Write to a Friend Month.

• Cyber Monday

• Cider Monday

• International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day

• Mutt Day

• Special Education Day

UPCOMING

• December 2: Cyber Monday
• December 3: Giving Tuesday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 13: College Football National Championship in New Orleans
• January 26: Grammy Awards
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

20: Percentage of people who were victims are knew victims of porch piracy in 2018.


NEWS ATTACK!

I’m finished with my in-laws. I did the best I could to show them a good time. [And today I discovered that they gave me a lousy review on Yelp.]

The in-laws are gone and the kids are back in school. [Forget last Thursday. TODAY is the day to give thanks.]

The mall parking lot was packed over the weekend. [I parked so far away, by the time I got to the store they were putting up Valentine’s Day decorations.]

Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal and the leftovers? [I gained so much weight I couldn’t fit into my pants this morning, so I’m wearing my Levi press-on jeans.]

Were you happy with what you got for Christmas last year? According to a national survey, 12 percent of us were unhappy with what we got for Christmas last year. [Which is also the percentage of people who received fruit cakes last year.]

It’s time to go holiday shopping. [You know you spent too on Christmas last year when you pull up to Walmart this year and the manager offers to park your car.]

Today is Cyber Monday. [Although (jock) misread it and showed up with a six pack of Angry Orchard.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

ALMOST 40 PERCENT OF ONLINE BLACK FRIDAY BUYS WERE MADE ON PHONES _ Did you get your Black Friday shopping done while you were waiting in line for coffee? You definitely weren’t the only one. Retain industry number show 39 percent of online Black Friday purchases were made with smartphones. That’s a big jump from last year, when just over 33 percent turned to the devices in their pockets. People were willing to splurge, too. Shoppers spent about $2.9 billion using their phones versus ‘just’ $2.1 billion a year earlier.

THE ORIGIN OF CYBER MONDAY _ Cyber Monday is one of the biggest days of the year for consumers and retailers. How’d it start? In 2005, businesswoman Ellen Davis, current President of the NRF (National Retail Federation) Foundation, coined the term Cyber Monday. Its creation was no accident. According to research and analysis by the NRF, there were noticeable increases in online spending on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

… They saw it as an opportunity. On November 28, 2005, a statement was released declaring: “Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year.”

NEW APPLE IN STORES THIS WEEK _ A new variety of apple is in some stores this week. Cosmic Crisp is the first apple ever bred in Washington state, which grows the majority of the United States’ apples. The apple variety was developed by Washington State University, and Washington growers, who paid for the research, will have the exclusive right to sell it for the first 10 years. The apple is called Cosmic Crisp because of the bright yellowish dots on its skin, which look like distant stars.

… The new variety keeps for a long time in storage and in the refrigerator. It’s described as “ultra-crisp, very juicy and has a good balance of sweetness and tartness.”

… Cosmic Crisps are a cross between the disease-resistant Enterprise and the popular, crunchy Honeycrisp varieties. The Honeycrisp, nicknamed “Moneycrisp” by some growers, was the latest apple to spark a big buzz in the United States when it was introduced a couple of decades ago. It was developed by the University of Minnesota.

WOMEN MORE LIKELY TO REACH FOR JUNK FOOD WHEN STRESSED _ Australian researchers have turned up evidence that females are more likely than males to reach for junk food when they experience negative emotions. In the study — done on mice — researchers (Florey Institute of Neuroscience) believe the female brain is more susceptible to emotional triggers that lead to overeating. In experiments  the researchers discovered that female mice displayed binge eating behavior when under emotional stress. Male mice did not.

BEER CAN HELP YOU COMBAT OBESITY _ It is research well worth raising a glass to: beer can be good for our health. Scientists have discovered that some beers are bursting with probiotic microbes — bacteria and yeast credited with a host of benefits, from combating obesity to getting a better night’s sleep. Examples include some Belgian beers (Hoegaarden, Westmalle Tripel, Echt Kriekenbier) which are rich in probiotic yeast. Unlike most beers, these are fermented twice — once in the brewery and again in the bottle.

AUDIOWOMAN CROCHETS BEANIES FOR THE HOMELESS _ A country music legend bundles up against the winter cold each day in downtown Nashville. But then his hat and scarf disappear, only to be replaced by new ones the next day. A woman who works in the downtown area lost a brother to homelessness and has put her crocheting skills to work — placing a newly-knit beanie and scarf on a Chat Atkins statue every day. Each winter morning the warming objects appear on the iconic statue. Then… they’re gone by nightfall — only to be replaced the very next day.

SCIENCE UNDERESTIMATED THE DANGERS OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION _ It can be tempting to try and cut back on sleep. After all, think of all the extra tasks we could all accomplish if we weren’t snoozing all night. Of course, sleep is an absolute necessity for our bodies — and the Sleep and Learning Lab at Michigan State University is really driving home this fact with their latest study. According to their findings, sleep deprivation is even more detrimental to our bodies and ability to complete tasks than previously thought.

… Something the Sleep and Learning Lab found was how sleep deprivation affects “placekeeping” — the ability to complete a task without losing one’s place, in spite of potential interruptions. The research showed that sleep deprivation doubles the odds of making placekeeping errors and triples the number of lapses in attention.

… The Lab’s findings “debunk a common theory that suggests that attention is the only cognitive function affected by sleep deprivation.” The results suggest that “completing an activity that requires following multiple steps … is much riskier under conditions of sleep deprivation.”

TEACHER FIRED AFTER CRITICIZING STUDENT WHO EXPRESSED THANKS FOR HIS 2 DADS _ A substitute teacher in Utah has reportedly been fired after delivering a homophobic lecture to a fifth grade class upon hearing an 11-year-old student give thanks that he would soon be adopted by his two foster fathers. The woman’s outburst (at Deerfield Elementary School) reportedly came after she asked the students to share what they were most thankful for ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. When it was the boy’s turn to share, the teacher reportedly became unhinged, telling the child: “That’s nothing to be thankful for” and “Two men living together is a sin.”

… When the teacher ignored the other students’ requests to stop ranting, three girls left the room and got the principal, who then escorted the woman out of the building.

… One of the student’s fathers expressed his gratitude to the girls and the principal in a Facebook video shortly after the incident, saying he was told that the substitute would never be allowed to work at the school again.

MAN KILLED BY HOMEMADE BOOBY TRAP HE RIGGED TO FRONT DOOR _ A man in Maine died after he was accidentally shot by a homemade booby trap he had outfitted to his home’s front door. 65-year-old Ronald Cyr managed to call 911 on Thursday evening after being shot with the trap’s handgun. Because other potentially dangerous devices were discovered at the scene, the Maine State Police Bomb Squad was called to do a full sweep of the home.

COMMUNITY ATTENDS FUNERAL OF WWII VETERAN WHO DIED WITHOUT FAMILY _ More than 100 Community members packed a small church in Taunton, Massachusetts, over the weekend to honor a veteran who died without family. Saturday, every pew in the West Congregational Church was filled with neighbors, first responders, and military veterans who wanted to remember the life of 99-year-old U.S. Army veteran Arthur Schroeder.

… Schroeder, who was born February 20, 1920, served in World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a supply clerk and tank driver. When his wife, Ann, passed away in 2008, he lived independently and drove himself to church, sitting in the same pew every Sunday morning.

… Following the service, Schroeder was laid to rest next to his wife at the cemetery.

FLIGHT RETURNS TO PENSACOLA AFTER WOMAN FAKES MEDICAL CONDITION _ An early morning flight from Pensacola, Florida, to Miami had to be diverted back to Pensacola on Friday after a female passenger attempted to fake a medical condition to get a bigger seat on the flight. The woman refused to leave the plane after it landed and the rest of the passengers were evacuated from the aircraft. Officers and the plane’s captain were eventually able to talk the woman into exiting the plane. The woman was taken into custody.

TODAY IS THE LONELIEST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR PARENTS _ Today (December 2) is the loneliest day of the year for parents — with new moms hit the hardest. A miserable mix of dark nights, bad weather and struggling to budget for Christmas are the most common triggers. Waiting for payday and staying in to save money for the holidays also leaves many parents feeling more isolated than at any other point in the year. Almost three quarters of moms pinpointed December 2 as the toughest date in the calendar this year.

WHAT ARE THE RULES WHEN STAYING WITH FAMILY? _ When visiting family for the holidays, what are the rules and boundaries? A woman in Australia who follows a vegan lifestyle recently had her mother over to stay with her. Things were all going well, until she discovered that her mother had been frying bacon in the kitchen one morning. The woman said she was left feeling “riled up” by her mom’s actions.

… Vegans don’t eat any animal-based products, including items such as meat and cheese. After the woman posted her ordeal on Facebook many people agreed her mom was being disrespectful. One commenter said: “It’s your house. Ask your mother to stop doing that as it goes against your values.”


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

AUDIOWACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN GETS STUCK TRYING TO SNEAK THROUGH CHIMNEY _ An Arizona teen who tried to shimmy down her chimney in an attempt to sneak home after a late night out ended up getting stuck for more than 90 minutes. The teen decided the chimney would be the best entryway to her home after she and her friend got locked out and couldn’t find another way inside. But the plan soon backfired and the friend had to call 911.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DRIVES STOLEN SUV TO BAIL BROTHER OUT OF JAIL FOR STEALING SUV _ A Kansas sheriff’s deputy stopped a stolen SUV near Mayetta and arrested the driver. A few hours later, an off-duty deputy was told about a stolen SUV and was tracked own. He ditched the SUV behind and old grocery store and fled on foot, but was eventually found by police. Police believe the driver of the second stolen SUV was on his way to bail out his brother in jail for stealing the first SUV.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHICK-FIL-A CUSTOMER TRIES TO ESCAPE HIGH CHAIR _ It turns out, high chairs are only meant for babies and toddlers. Firefighters were called to a Chick-fil-A in Idaho when a teenager got stuck in a high chair. She had apparently been dared by her friends to sit in the small seat. • VIDEO

… The young girl’s friends and restaurant workers attempted to help her out of the chair for 45 minutes before calling authorities.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JEWEL THIEVES TAKE GPS TRACKER _ Three men wearing disguises went into a jewelry store in Burnsville, Minnesota, armed with sledgehammers, smashed the display cases, scooped up inventory, and made a quick getaway in a stolen van. They might have never been caught, except that one of the things stolen was a small electronic device — a GPS tracker. It led police directly to their hideout.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PICTURES WITH SATAN _ Editors of the Comox Valley Record newspaper in British Columbia, Canada, have apologized for “the unfortunate typo in an advertisement” for the Downtown Business Improvement Association that ran in the paper the day before. The ad was to read “Pictures with Santa,” but instead read “Pictures with Satan.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BREAKS INTO MEAT BUSINESS, NAPS _ Police in Germany arrested a man who they said broke into a business and stole multiple sausages. Surveillance video shows the man trying to break down the front door for about 20 minutes. The intruder then takes some sausages from the meat-processing business, goes back outside and then returns, grabbing a coat and falling asleep in the back office. Police officers woke up the thief, who said he’d been out drinking.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GPS CAUSES U-TURN CRASH _ An elderly motorist driving along an expressway in eastern France caused a crash when he followed the advice of his onboard GPS and made a U-turn. Police said the 78-year-old driver and the occupants of the vehicle he ran into escaped unharmed from the collision, but it could have been much worse. The man told officers his car navigation had told him to “make a U-turn immediately” as he drove along lost in search of a hotel.


ON TELEVISION

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

SEASON PREMIERE: THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT (8p ET, ABC) — Season 7 of this holiday hit show begins with a 2-hour episode.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (8p ET, CBS) — The classic animated special.

9-1-1 (8p ET, FOX) — New. The 118 responds to holiday-themed incidents, including a shopper pushed over the edge.

ALL AMERICAN (8p ET, CW) — New

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, ESPN) — Seattle (9-2) plays its second Monday Night Football game in four weeks as it hosts Minnesota (8-3).

BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (8:30p ET, CBS) — New.

ALL RISE (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

PRODIGAL SON (9p ET, FOX) — New.

BLACK LIGHTNING (9p ET, CW) — New

GARTH BROOKS: THE ROAD I’M ON (9p ET, A&E) — This 2-part documentary chronicles Garth’s life and career from his early days at college bars in Oklahoma to his record-breaking world tours. In addition to exclusive interviews with Garth himself, the documentary features interviews with Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Keith Urban, George Strait, James Taylor, friend and original bandmate Ty England, as well as many others from Brooks’ personal and musical family.

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: MAKING IT (10p ET, NBC) — Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman return, as 10 new makers show off their skills. For the master craft, they recreate a favorite craft from their youth.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. Dr. Shaun Murphy visits his father on his deathbed.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ Frozen 2 has now earned more than $287 million across the United States, which makes it the biggest theatrical sequel in Disney history.

Box Office Totals (Friday-Sunday)

  1. Frozen II, $85.2 million
  2. Knives Out, $27 million
  3. Ford v Ferrari, $13.2 million
  4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, $11.8 million
  5. Queen & Slim, $11.7 million
  6. 21 Bridges, $5.8 million
  7. Playing with Fire, $4.2 million
  8. Midway, $3.9 million
  9. Joker, $2 million
  10. Last Christmas, $1.9 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Ralph Breaks the Internet.
… Five years ago this week: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
… Ten years ago this week: The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
… Twenty years ago this week: Toy Story 2.

… In theaters Friday: The Aeronauts (PG-13); Playmobil: The Movie (NR)

MARK HAMILL THANKS DISNEY FOR SCREENING STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER _ Mark Hamill gave props to Disney for letting a terminally ill Star Wars fan see The Rise of Skywalker in an early private screening. The Rowans Hospice in Hampshire, England, recently reached out to Disney via social media asking Disney to fulfill a patient’s wish to see the final installment in the trilogy before he passes away. Disney’s CEO recently tweeted that the request had been granted, confirming that the unnamed man was able to watch the film with his family.

RYAN GOSLING ALSO BEING EYED TO PLAY BATMAN IN THE JOKERVERSE _ After Joker rose to $1 billion at the box office, there’s naturally been a lot of talk of a sequel — and one source says it may hop forward a few years, which could mean that a Jokerverse Batman is on the way. One actor being looked at to play the Caped Crusader is Ryan Gosling.

… These movies would be unrelated to the next series of Batman films, the next of which is The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and set to begin filming early next year.

MARIAH CAREY’S ALL I WANT VOTED MOST ANNOYING CHRISTMAS SONG _ As radio stations everywhere turn to an all-Christmas format, what song would listeners most like to jingle all the way to oblivion? In the UK a poll has singled out Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You as the most annoying holiday song ever.

ONE FAN CAN GET PAID $1,000 TO WATCH A STAR WARS MARATHON _ For anyone who’s into Star Wars the idea of getting paid to sit around and watch the films in their entirety seems like a dream come true. Well, that dream is about to become a reality for someone. To honor The Rise Of Skywalker being released on December 19, the people over at CableTV.com are holding a competition in which one lucky Star Wars fan will get the chance to watch all the movies back-to-back and get paid $1,000.

… The website is looking for “an entertaining Star Wars junkie with a Chewbacca-sized personality, the wit of Han Solo, and the smarts of Master Yoda.” The first thing you need to do is head over to the competition page, fill out a form, and away you go.

AGT PRODUCERS AND NBC ISSUE NEW STATEMENT ABOUT GABRIELLE UNION _ The producers of America’s Got Talent and distributor NBC said in a statement on Sunday that they’re in communication with Gabrielle Union, who was let go from the show after reportedly expressing concern over offensive incidents on the set. Last week, NBC confirmed that Union and Julianne Hough would not return to the series after serving as judges for one season. Variety later reported that before their exits, Union urged producers to report to human resources at NBC an offensive joke that guest judge and former Tonight Show host and comedian Jay Leno told on the set. It was not reported. The outlet also said that during her time on the show, Union was given constant notes that her rotating hair styles were “too black” for the series’ audience.

… NBC and AGT said Sunday: “We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate.”

PARAMOUNT REPORTEDLY REBOOTING THE TRANSFORMERS FRANCHISE _ Michael Bay’s Transformers movies didn’t get much love from critics, but there’s no denying that they had a huge fanbase, with the director’s five installments earning almost $4.5 billion at the box office.

… Bumblebee went down the prequel route, becoming the first entry in the series to receive widespread critical acclaim. Now there’s word that Paramount is set to hit the reset button and reboot the Transformers franchise entirely. A source says Michael Bay’s movies will be wiped from continuity completely, with the rebooted films launching an entirely new narrative on the big screen.

URINE FORCES A MOVIE THEATER TO EVACUATE _ Moviegoers at a showing of Frozen II had a whole other adventure Friday when a misdelivered package forced a Seattle area theater to evacuate. The package, marked “highly contagious human substance,” contained urine samples meant for a Tacoma medical clinic about 40 miles away. It’s not clear how it ended up outside the movie theater. Someone found the package at 5:15 PM Friday and opened it, discovering the dire warning and prompting a hazardous materials response by firefighters, who cleared the theater.

MAN JAILED FOR INABILITY TO PAY $126 BAR TAB AT KID ROCK’S BAR _ A 33-year-old man (Jeremiah Plum) was arrested on charges of public intoxication and theft of services at Kid Rock Bar in Nashville when he found himself unable to pay for his bar tab. When the man attempted to pay all of his cards were repeatedly declined and he was unable to provide payment.

WHAT CELEBRITIES COLLECT _ Celebrities are people, too. And just like you they collect things — from the average to the unusual…

• Demi Moore – Dolls: Demi’s doll collecting days began with her ex-husband Bruce Willis. He reportedly gifted her a vintage porcelain doll with lifelike features. Since then her collection has grown to include thousands of dolls — insured for for $2 million.

• 9 Jay-Z – Watches: He currently owns the most expensive watch in the world, the Hublot Big Bang. It was purchased for him as a birthday gift by his wife, Beyonce. Many of his pieces are one-of-a-kind.

• Penelope Cruz – Coat Hangers: She’s a stylish actress who likely owns a lot of fancy clothing, most of which probably came on a variety of coat hangers. What comes as a bit unexpected is that her collection includes 500 different types of non-metal hangers.

• Ben Stiller – Star Trek Everything: A self-proclaimed Trekkie through and through, Ben Stiller has a collection of Star Trek memorabilia that would rival a museum collection.

• Quentin Tarantino – Board Games: A large part of his memorabilia collection is movie-related board games. Tarantino cited practicality as his reason for choosing to collect board games, stating that lunch boxes were too expensive when he began collecting, and you can’t really do anything with dolls. His favorite pieces are the ones based on classic shows he grew up with, adding to the uniqueness of his collection — including a Mr. T themed game.

• Amanda Seyfried – Taxidermy: Yes, that’s right: dead animals, preserved, stuffed, and posed. In her eyes, taxidermy is artwork when done properly, and claims that many taxidermy animals adorn her walls at home.

• Claudia Schiffer – Insects: She began her collection at a very young age with spiders, but her collection has expanded from arachnids to include all types of insects and butterflies.

• Rod Stewart – Model Trains: He recently revealed his 124-by-23-foot showpiece set in mid-20th century America. What makes his collection especially unique is that many of the pieces were built by hand by Rod himself.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  CHIMNEY: Girl stuck in chimney after being locked out of house. December 2 Wacky-But-True.

  DROP: It is horrifying. It is absolutely horrifying.

  CROCHETING FOR HOMELESS: Nashville woman puts crocheted beanie and scarf on statue every day for homeless. December 2 News & Nuggets

  PHONER: When kids make gifts, or are in charge of them, funny things can happen. What’s the kid gift gone wrong you remember? Here are four calls to help with the phones.

  DROP: It will help your general appearance and make you feel better.


BITS & BREAKS

SHOWER THOUGHTS

From reddit

• Your pets have no idea that you control the temperature inside your house.

• In less than a month, 2050 will be closer than the ’80s.

• As a kid, adults seem to be part of a club where there are no rules or limitations. Years later you realize it’s the opposite.

• For a majority of essays written, only two people will ever read them: the writer and the teacher.

• We have never actually watched any full videos or movies because we blink.

• When you buy wrapping paper you are spending money on something to just rip up and throw in the trash.

• There’s no such thing as a 100% chance because it’s no longer a chance when it’s going to happen.

GROSSEST THING YOU DO

From the outside we all appear to be shiny an perfect, but that’s not the case. We’re all imperfect and, yes, sometimes gross.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Confession time: What’s the gross thing you do? (Example: “I use those green and white GUM toothpicks and, when I’m done using one if it doesn’t look dirty I’ll set it aside to use again later!”)

THE THREE STAGES OF LIFE

1. You believe in Santa Claus.

2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus.

3. You are Santa Claus.

BIGGEST JOB INTERVIEW BLUNDERS

From CNN Money

• Over-explaining why you lost your last job. It’s okay to mention that your last position was eliminated, but then move on to what you can do for this employer.

• Conveying that you’re not over it. It’s okay to feel bitter and angry about losing your old job. But the job interview is not the place to let those emotions show.

• Lacking humor, warmth, or personality. Many anxious job candidates are one-dimensional during interviews, and are too much all-business. One thing interviewers want to know, of course, is how pleasant you would be to have around the place every day.

• Not showing enough interest or enthusiasm. After all, companies are looking for people who are excited about working with them.

• Inadequate research about a potential employer. It’s essential to be up on the latest news, so be sure to Google the company before the interview. Be prepared with well-informed, thoughtful questions about its products or services and its future plans.

• Concentrating too much on what you want. Focus more on what the interviewer is saying. Listening carefully is crucial in steering the conversation toward how you would fit in and what you have to offer.

• Trying to be all things to all people. Talk most about what you know you do well, and don’t try to stretch your actual qualifications too far. A good rule of thumb: Don’t apply for any job unless you have at least 75 percent of the stated qualifications.

• “Winging” the interview. One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they don’t rehearse. Prepare and practice a 90-second verbal resume, and some answers to possible questions, so that you know how to get your point across.

• Failing to set yourself apart from other candidates. You have to make the strongest possible case for why you are the best person for the job. Do this by specifically addressing what impact you can have on sales, profits, costs, or productivity within the next three to six months.

• Failing to ask for the job. Sounds simple, right? Fact is, you have a much better chance of getting the job if you ask for it. Close the interview by summing up what you can bring to the job, and ask for the opportunity to deliver those results.

HALLMARK CHRISTMAS MOVIE PLOT GENERATOR

From WrongHands1.com


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average one of these lasts 5 days. (Toilet paper roll)

TRIVIA: Every 8 seconds in America someone is arrested for what? (Shoplifting.)

RIDDLE

A chest without hinges key or lid
but inside golden treasures are hid.
What is the chest and what is the treasure?

Answer: An eggshell with an egg inside

RHYMES WITH

I’m going to give you some words. As I give you each word I’ll ask you to give me a certain number of words that rhyme with it. If you get stuck say “skip it.” But you must complete 4 of the 5 tasks. Ready? Give me…

3 words that rhyme with GHOST: toast, host, most, boast
3 words that rhyme with TASTE: paste, chased, waist, haste, placed
4 words that rhyme with FLU: glue, too, who, new, do
4 words that rhyme with JUNK: hunk, skunk bunk, trunk, monk
5 words that rhyme with DRIVE: alive, hive, jive, strive, thrive, dive


DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 3, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Ozzy Osbourne is 71

• Daryl Hannah is 59

• Julianne Moore is 59

• Brendan Fraser is 51

• Tiffany Haddish is 40

• Anna Chlumsky is 39

• Jenna Dewan (The Resident, Supergirl) is 39

• Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1818: Illinois became the 21st U.S. state.

• 1990: ABC’s Nightline aired Madonna’s Justify My Love video a week after MTV had banned it.

• 1999: NASA lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.

• 1999: Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. The trip from the Canary Islands to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe took 81 days.

• 2003: Driving mostly on fear and just three tires, a 62-year-old Milwaukee man traveled roughly 5 miles with a bullet in his abdomen after his car was shot. After arriving home and showing the wound to his wife, the man was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The bullet was successfully removed.

• 2012: Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, reached the end of our solar system and entered interstellar space.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Giving Tuesday

• Make A Gift Day

• Disability Day

• International Day of Persons With Disabilities

• Peppermint Latte Day

UPCOMING

• December 3: Giving Tuesday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 13: College Football National Championship in New Orleans
• January 26: Grammy Awards
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth