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• Ed Asner is 90

• Sam Waterston (Law and Order) is 79

• Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation) is 68

• Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Eli Stone) is 47

• Shailene Woodley is 28


• 1492: In history’s first written reference to a new discovery, Christopher Columbus made notes in his journal about the use by New World Indians of tobacco.

• 1969: Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s fast food restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

• 1990: Producers acknowledged that Milli Vanilli, who won the 1990 “Best New Artist” Grammy Award, did not sing on their album.

• 1992: Richard Petty drove in the final auto race of his 35-year career.

• 2003: Mourners at a funeral chapel in Belgium were gathered around the coffin of their loved one when a cell phone started ringing inside the casket. Relatives filed a complaint against the undertaker, charging he could not have prepared their relative’s body properly if he left a phone inside his pocket.

• 2013: The new number one activity on the Internet became social media, overtaking porn.


• America Recycles Day

• Bundt (Pan) Day

• Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

• Steve Irwin Day

• Raisin Bran Cereal Day


• November 16: First regular episode of the 50th season of Sesame Street (HBO)
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• 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
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth



• Marg Helgenberger (CSI) is 61. Lisa Bonet is 52. Martha Plimpton is 49. Maggie Gyllenhaal is 42. Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) is 26.

• Fast Food Day. Guinness World Record Day. International Day for Tolerance. Button Day. National Day of Play. Have a Party with Your Bear Day.


• Martin Scorsese is 77. Lauren Hutton is 76. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels is 75. Danny DeVito is 75. Stephen Root (NewsRadio) is 68. RuPaul is 59. Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) is 56. Daisy Fuentes is 53. Rachel McAdams is 41.

• Homemade Bread Day. National Unfriend Day. Take A Hike Day. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.


300: Octopus species in the world.


Travel experts say that there will be a record number of people at the airport during the Thanksgiving holiday. [“I’m sorry, sir but, you’re several pounds over your turkey stuffing carry-on limit.”]

A rare painting of Mozart at age 13 is about to go to auction and is expected to fetch over $1 million. [The painting is considered rare because the artist was actually fortunate enough to capture the teenage genius when he wasn’t on his cellphone.]

A flight out of Moscow was delayed while the crew rounded up a stowaway pigeon that was loose in the passenger cabin. [Because the sky is no place for a bird.]

A new survey in the UK finds that the wait time in hospital emergency rooms is the longest it’s been in many years. [For example, they found one guy in the ER who has been waiting there since he was injured while competing in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.]

A Kentucky man has won the legal right to have a personalize license plate that reads IM GOD. [But doesn’t everybody who drives a Hummer think that?]

China is lifting a five-year ban on American poultry. [Apparently, even the Chinese are having trouble saying no to Popeye’s chicken sandwich.]

A neighborhood organization in Texas ordered a family to take down its Christmas decorations because it’s too soon. [“We’ll tell you when you can start feeling jolly.”]

According to a new study, an ancient species of ape stood 10 feet tall. [Researchers say that it would have been 11 feet tall if it had listened to its mother and stopped slouching.]

A Nobel Prize-winning scientist says that he has no idea if the Big Bang actually happened. [Seinfeld and Friends, yes. The Big Bang, he’s not so sure.]

Facebook has repaired that glitch that opened your phone’s camera. [Facebook would like to not only apologize but also compliment you on your choice of shower curtain.]


HOLIDAY SHOPPING: 25% OF PARENTS STILL IN DEBT FROM LAST YEAR _ As the holiday shopping season gears up a new survey shows a quarter of American parents are still paying off debt from last year’s holiday season.

… American parents plan to spend an average of $558 on their child this year.

TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS WOULD PREFER A FOUR-DAY WORKWEEK _ Everybody’s working for the weekend, but what if the weekend was a little bit longer? A new survey (from YouGov) finds that most Americans would prefer a four-day workweek with longer hours, rather than the traditional five-day workweek.

… The poll of more than 36,000 Americans finds that 67 percent would prefer a four-day workweek with 10-hour days rather than the traditional five-day workweek with 8-hour days.

WOMEN ARE LOSING THE ‘THERMOSTAT WAR’ _ Office ‘thermostat wars’ are framed as a battle of the sexes, with men preferring cooler temperatures and women preferring warmer climes. When it comes to the household, it appears that women feel like they are fighting a war on temperature. In a study, researchers report that women are more likely to report engaging in conflict over the temperature at home than at work.

POP-TARTS HAS THE FIRST SUPER BOWL AD FOR 2020 _ Pop-Tarts will make its Super Bowl debut in 2020. During the past two Super Bowls, Kellogg’s only featured one of its brands: Pringles. On February 2, 2020, Pop-Tarts will air its first ad during a Super Bowl.

LOTTERY PLAYER WINS $150,000 IN NEW JERSEY, $100,000 IN PENNSYLVANIA _ A New Jersey man is a two-state lottery winner after winning $150,000 in his home state and $100,000 in Pennsylvania. Thomas A. of Pitman told New Jersey Lottery officials it was “just luck” that he decided to buy a High Card Poker scratch-off ticket with a spare $5 he had left over from buying some more expensive lottery tickets. Thomas ended up scratching off a $150,000 winner. Pitman said the jackpot wasn’t his first brush with lottery luck — he previously scored $100,000 from a Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-off ticket a few years earlier. Pitman said he plans to buy a new car and take a vacation with his winnings.

AMERICANS AREN’T JUST SLEEPING LESS, THEY’RE SLEEPING WORSE _ If you’re getting your recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night but feel like you’re still not waking up rejuvenated, you’re not alone. A new study (Iowa State University) has found that we’re not just sleeping less, we’re sleeping worse. The study more specifically found that people are increasingly having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night.

INDIANAPOLIS IS THE BEST CITY TO BE AN NFL FAN _ A new study (from Gaming Club) has ranked which NFL cities are the best to live in if you are an NFL fan. The study looked at six key categories: number of touchdowns, ticket prices, precipitation, beer price, food prices, and pollution.

… The top city for NFL fans is Indianapolis. At the bottom was the New York Giants.

OVERWHELMED BRIDE ASKS THE INTERNET TO JUST PLAN HER WEDDING _ She expected congratulations, but when Jen Glantz announced she got engaged in July, what she heard instead was unsolicited advice — and lots of it. The Brooklyn, New York writer is embracing it — by putting the details of her most intimate day into the hands of those who supposedly know best.

… Glantz has launched a website, Finally the Bride, where people can vote on the everyday decisions of wedding-planning. Friends, family members and strangers on the internet can cast their ballot on everything from where and when her wedding should be, to whether she should tell her fiancé her “deepest, darkest secrets” before the big day.

… Also up for a vote: Where she’ll go on her “solo bachelorette party,” a trip she’ll take by herself, instead of asking her friends to go on yet another over-the-top, expensive girls’ trip.

… She recognizes that she might not like all the decisions made on her behalf. On an Instagram post announcing the project, she urges her followers to “be nice and don’t make me wear a dress that looks like it came from [a] Cyndi Lauper music video and please please please don’t make [my] first dance to an Ed Sheeran song.”

FLAMIN’ HOT KETTLE COOKED LAY’S ARE COMING IN 2020 _ As we all know, putting Flamin’ Hot flavor on something just makes it immensely better. Which is why Lay’s Kettle Cooked chips are about to get 100 percent better when the Flamin’ Hot version arrives next year.

TWINKIES IN CEREAL FORM COMING TO GROCERIES _ For those looking to get their sugar fix filled first thing in the morning, Post Cereals and Hostess brands have just the thing: Twinkies Cereal. Set to hit store shelves nationwide next month, the new breakfast cereal “replicates the distinctive taste and familiar oblong shape of the golden-colored snack cake, delivering delightful sweetness in every bite.”

EGGO CEREAL IS COMING BACK AFTER A SEVEN-YEAR HIATUS _ It’s been seven years, but Kellogg’s Eggo Cereal is making a comeback. The nostalgic cereal inspired by the beloved frozen waffle brand will be available in Walmart stores starting Sunday, November 24.

… Fans of the breakfast treat helped make this a reality. In August, Eggo tweeted, “If this gets 10,000 retweets we’ll bring back Eggo cereal.”

ALMOST HALF OF PEOPLE DON’T CHANGE UNDERWEAR DAILY _ A new survey finds almost 50 percent of people don’t change their underwear every day. The research — by underwear maker Tommy John — revealed that 45 percent have worn the same pair of briefs for two days or longer. Even worse, 13 percent of those surveyed admitted that they’d sported the same undies for seven days or more.

CHEER UP BY LOOKING UP YOUR DEPRESSING FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK _ We all have those days when we’re feeling down: life isn’t going our way and we want to feel better about ourselves. The solution? If you use Facebook, a study (Ohio State University) suggests looking up friends who are complaining about their problems.

… Researchers had participants look at fake profiles on a fake social network. Those profiles had successful and unsuccessful people. People who were put in a bad mood by the experiment spent more time reading profiles of unsuccessful people. Researchers explained why: If you need a self-esteem boost, you’re going to look at people worse off than you. You’re probably not going to be looking at the people who just got a great new job or just got married. Your problems may not seem as bad when you look at other people’s struggles.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WOMEN LIKE SCARS ON MEN _ Researchers say a facial scar, like one inflicted in a fight or from a tough job, increases men’s attractiveness to a woman for a short-term relationship. Show pictures of men with and without different scars, women rated the scarred faces as better looking — but scars did not enhance women’s attractiveness to men. Results show that scarring enhances women’s ratings of men’s attractiveness for short-term relationships, but not for long-term relationships.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEAD WOMAN WOKE UP IN MORGUE, ASKED FOR TEA _ If you were thought dead for 11 hours but then woke up, what would be your first request? A woman in Poland declared dead by her doctor came back to life complaining of the cold — and requested hot tea.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WELL, WELL _ Three men went to a wooded lot in Florida (DeLeon Springs) to explore an abandoned 40-foot well. 18-year-old Hunter Gurney climbed in first as his two friends watched. Gurney fell to the bottom, where he began to feel ill from the stale air. His friends tried to use their SUV to pull him out with a rope, but Gurney was too weak to hold on, so one of the friends called 911. A rescue crew sent down an oxygen tank while the prepared to extract him. Once out, Gurney was able to walk away without needing hospital treatment. The men said they were exploring the depths of the well “for bragging rights.”

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

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES FORGOT TO GAS UP _ 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: MANNEQUIN THIEF WILL BUY HIS OWN _ A guy in the UK was arrested for allegedly stealing a store window mannequin. Again. It was his sixth arrest for mannequin theft. The man told police he plans to buy a mannequin so he doesn’t “have to do these break-ins anymore.”



HAWAII FIVE-O (8p ET, CBS) — New. Grover is thrilled when his niece (guest star Nia Holloway) comes to try out for the University of Hawaii basketball team. Basketball star Metta World Peace guest stars as himself, and the episode was co-written by series star Chi McBride.

THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Task Force investigates the unexplained disappearance and sudden re-emergence of a governor.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8p ET, ABC) — New. When a young YouTube sensation asks for Greg’s help to ghostwrite his memoir, Greg is pushed out of his comfort zone.


CHARMED (8p ET, CW) — New.

CMT’S NASHVILLE SQUARES (8p ET, CMT) — Two new episodes


MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Train performs the world premiere of their new song Mai Tai, with special guest Skylar Grey.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — New. This edition looks at the disappearance of University of Illinois scholar Ying Ying Zhang, and steps taken to catch Brendt Christensen, who was convicted of her kidnapping and murder. Included are interviews with Ms. Zhang’s family.

DYNASTY (9p ET, CW) — New.

PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON (9p ET, Showtime) — This new sports documentary looks back at the boxing great who famously lost his heavyweight crown to Muhammad Ali in a 1964 title match.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Erin considers a life-changing opportunity presented to her by Mayor Peter Chase (guest star Dylan Walsh).

SEASON PREMIERE: THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (Amazon Prime) — This alternative-history sci-fi drama returns for its fourth and final season.

DOLLFACE (Hulu) — Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) stars in this new sitcom as a recently dumped woman in L.A. looking to reconnect with her old girlfriends.

EARTHQUAKE BIRD (Netflix) — Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough and Naoki Kobayashi star in this new mystery drama about an unstable love triangle in 1980s Tokyo.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL (7:30p ET, ABC) — No. 12 Baylor (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) hosts No. 10 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1).

CHRISTMAS UNDER THE STARS (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — Autumn Reeser and Jesse Metcalfe star in this new holiday film. Nick loses his high finance job right before Christmas so he takes a gig at a tree lot, where he meets Julie and her son.

LITTLE (8p ET, HBO) — A businesswoman (Regina Hall) wakes up one day as the 13-year-old version (Marsai Martin) of herself in this 2019 fantasy comedy. Issa Rae (Insecure) also stars.

CHRISTMAS IN LOUISIANA (8p ET, Lifetime) — A woman returns home to celebrate the anniversary of the town’s Sugarcane Christmas Festival, and rediscovers the magic of the season. Moira Kelly and Barry Bostwick star.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. One Direction’s Harry Styles hosts and performs.



SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, NBC) — The L.A. Rams (5-4) play their first home game in over a month as they host the Chicago Bears (4-5).

GOD FRIENDED ME (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Miles is shocked when clues he began following in Paris lead him to Gideon (guest star T.R. Knight), who had been helping friend suggestions before making a fateful decision to leave the God Account behind.

BATWOMAN (8p ET, CW) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: RAY DONOVAN (8p ET, Showtime) — Season 7 finds Ray working to be the man his family needs him to be. But he struggles to find the balance between fixing for clients and fixing himself.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New. Products include cutting-edge stem cell technology to save pets from diseases, and a healthier alternative to a traditional style deli meat. Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe, guest judges.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. After a Navy lieutenant disappears from the scene of a car accident, the team discovers his laptop is missing along with recently accessed confidential information.

SUPERGIRL (9p ET, CW) — New.

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New. Carol pushes boundaries that make Daryl uncomfortable.

THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Nolan (Nathan Filian) kicks off his birthday by babysitting a crime scene at a law office. It’s a Firefly reunion as Alan Tudyk guest stars.

MADAM SECRETARY (10:30p ET, CBS) — New. When U.S. intelligence locates the mastermind behind a foreign country’s hack, Elizabeth must decide whether to risk war by extracting him from the country.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE CROWN (Netflix) — Season 3 stars Oscar winner Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, with Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. This 10-episode season spans 12 years, beginning with the election of Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1964 and ending in 1977 with Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee.


IN THEATERS TODAY _ Ford v Ferrari will bring in at least $20 million this weekend, which should be enough for the Matt Damon-Christian Bale movie to open at No. 1.

… In theaters: Ford v Ferrari (PG-13); Charlie’s Angels (PG-13); The Good Liar (R)

… Opening next weekend: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG); Frozen II (PG); 21 Bridges (R)

NETFLIX AND EDDIE MURPHY TEAMING UP FOR BEVERLY HILLS COP 4 _ Axel Foley is making a comeback. The Beverly Hills Cop franchise has been on ice for years, but Netflix has just announced that they’re teaming up with Paramount Pictures and Eddie Murphy to bring Beverly Hills Cop 4 to the streaming service.

DWAYNE JOHNSON REVEALS BLACK ADAM RELEASE DATE _ Dwayne Johnson is getting into the superhero business. The Rock announced on Instagram he will be joining the DC Universe as Black Adam. The fill will be out December 22, 20210. In the comics, the character of Adam Teth was a villain before being granted the Shazam power suite.

GOLIATH RENEWED FOR A FINAL SEASON _ Billy Bob Thornton will go up against a figurative Goliath one more time, now that Amazon Prime has renewed his legal drama for a fourth and final season. The Thursday announcement comes a little over a month after Season 3 made its debut on the streaming service. A spokesman for the show said, “Our latest case tackles a timely global crisis that impacts an entire generation, and we will be adding some exceptional talent to our already amazing cast.”

DAVE BAUTISTA ADOPTS TWO ABANDONED PIT BULLS _ Dave Bautista is introducing the world to his two new pups. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor has adopted two “beautiful” pit bulls, who had been “neglected and abandoned” for many years before they were rescued. Bautista said, “I needed them, they needed me. These beautiful babies spent the first six years of their lives neglected and abused. And now they are going to spend the rest of their lives being spoiled and loved.”

NETFLIX RESPONDS TO MO’NIQUE PAY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT _ Netflix has responded to actress and comedian Mo’Nique’s pay discrimination lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday. The streaming giant said, “We care deeply about inclusion, equity, and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously. We believe our opening offer to Mo’Nique was fair — which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit.”

… Mo’Nique’s complaint accused Netflix of gender and race discrimination, saying that the company had given her a “low-ball” and “discriminatory” offer of $500,000 as a “talent fee” for a one-hour stand-up special, while other comedians were offered millions of dollars per special.

… The court filing goes on to say that “Netflix reportedly offered or paid [Chris] Rock, [Dave] Chapelle [sic], [Ellen] Degeneris [sic], and [Ricky] Gervais forty (40) times more per show than it offered Mo’Nique, and it offered [Amy] Schumer twenty-six (26) times more per show than Mo’Nique. In short, Netflix’s offer to Mo’Nique perpetuates the drastic wage gap forced upon Black women in the America’s workforce.”

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE RENEWED FOR SEASON 8 _ The cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be back for Season 7 on February 6 and will return for Season 8 next season. The renewal means Brooklyn Nine-Nine will spend at least three seasons on NBC following Fox’s cancellation after Season 5.


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🎧 Phoner: Pregnancy insults! A woman shared on Twitter that a coworker told her the further along in her pregnancy she got the more she looked like Ricky Gervais.

🎧 Drops: A big collection of Black Friday-related drops.

🎧 Drops: A big collection of Thanksgiving-related drops.



FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What rule does your family have for putting up the Christmas tree? Day after thanksgiving? Day of the first snowfall?


If you’re the kind who likes to take advantage of the free booze at holiday parties, you should have a hangover remedy ready. asked beer industry members to share their go-to routines for easing a hangover.

• Fried eggs and as much seltzer and strong iced coffee as possible.

• If I wake up feeling less than great from a long night out, ramen will most definitely help nurture me back to health. Dense, chewy noodles and a rich, salty broth helps replace sodium and retains water as you work to get rehydrated.

• Vitamin B and milk thistle pills. I try to take them before I have a few drinks. If I forget, I’ll have them right before bed. It’s not 100 percent prevention, but sure helps. The real bonus here is you get almost glowing pee from the vitamin B.” — Brent Banks, Brewer, Saint Errant Brewing, Chicago, IL

• My belly needs to be coated with a Waffle House Texas cheesesteak melt and a side of hash browns — scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, and diced, of course. Also coffee.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your go-to hangover remedy?


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TRIVIA: Worldwide, one million of these will die today. (Light bulbs)

TRIVIA: The standard speed for one of these is 120 feet per minute. (Escalator)

TRIVIA: The average one of these contains 35 separate objects. (Woman’s purse)


“People can say whatever they want about my personal life because I know what my personal life is, and it involves a lot of TV and cats and girlfriends.”

• Taylor Swift*

• Michelle Obama

• Jennifer Aniston

• Ellen Pompeo



• Linda Evans (Dynasty) is 77

• Delroy Lindo (The Good Fight) is 67

• Kevin Nealon is 66

• Oscar Nunez (The Office) is 61

• Elizabeth Perkins is 59

• Owen Wilson is 51

• Mike Epps is 49

• Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) is 49

• Chloe Sevigny (Big Love, Boys Don’t Cry) is 45

• Project Runway winner and designer Christian Soriano is 34


• 1307: According to legend, using a bow and arrow, William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head.

• 1928: Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, premiered at the Colony Theatre in New York.

• 1963: The first phone with push buttons went into service in Pennsylvania.

• 1991: Suzanne Ferrer of Loire Valley in France became a great-grandmother at age 49. She had her first child at age 16; the daughter gave birth at 17; the granddaughter at 15.

• 1995: Prison officials in Douaihad, France, admitted they had to change the locks on 300 cell doors because someone lost the master key.

• 1996: Robo-Nurse debuted at a Middlesex, England, hospital. The medical robot could carry blood, bedpans, and a cup of tea.

• 1999: A log pile being constructed for an annual bonfire at Texas A&M University collapsed killing a dozen people.

• 2003: A 57-year-old Florida woman recovered from a stroke to find she had a British accent. Experts diagnosed Judi Roberts as suffering from “foreign accent syndrome,” one of less than 20 cases reported worldwide in 80 years.


• Married To A Scorpio Support Day

• Mickey Mouse Day

• Apple Cider Day

• Princess Day


• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• 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
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth