Tuesday, December 29, 2015

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU LOOK OLDER

Whether you like it or not, you will get older and look older, too. While the aging process can't be stopped, there are things we do that speed it up, such as soaking up too much sun or smoking. But did you know that your bed or headphones can also age you prematurely? U.S. News & World Report assembled a list of surprising things that make us feel and look older:

1. Allergies
Be it from allergies to pets or pollen, chronic inflammation of the delicate membranes around the eyes will make you look older. Not only does allergy-induced swelling and itching darken the skin around the eyes, but also causes wrinkles and blemishes.

2. Your bed
If you spend too much or too little time sleeping, you can shorten your life. The ideal amount of nightly sleep is seven hours. But when you consistently sleep less than six hours or more than nine hours, it can cause health problems.

3. Your headphones
Hearing loss is not inevitable as we age, but if you use your headphones more than an hour a day now, you could be setting the stage for years of poor hearing later. When you do use headphones, be sure to keep the volume low enough so people around you can't hear it. Otherwise, it's loud enough to damage your hearing.


4. Processed carbs
You know that processed carbs will cause weight gain, but did you know they can also lead to high blood sugar, insulin resistance and inflammation? Avoid anything that comes in a bag or box, especially white carbs. A diet rich in whole foods helps you to age better and more slowly.
BEST FOODS TO BEAT A HANGOVER

(Modern Man) If you overindulged last night and are paying the price this morning, you may find a hangover cure in your refrigerator. Modern Man magazine reports the first thing to do is to drink water. Lots of it. And stay away from coffee! It can actually intensify your hangover. But certain foods can also ease your pain, and each of these comes with scientific properties that back up their claim as a hangover cure. Find out the five most popular drinking days. New Year's Eve is No. 1. Can you guess the other four? There's just one gotcha: They'll only work if you can eat them and not throw up.

1. Bananas
Packed with potassium and magnesium, which are electrolytes your body needs, bananas will help replace what you lost urinating after drinking too much.

2. Eggs
Eggs not only contain protein, which will boost serotonin levels and help improve your morning-after bad mood, but also they contain the amino acid cysteine, which helps the body rid itself of leftover toxins.

3. Ginger
Ginger has long been known to soothe upset tummies. Take it in pill form, mix it with tea or even eat gingerbread cookies.

4. Asparagus
The minerals, amino acids and vitamins in asparagus have been shown to ease hangover symptoms and protect the liver from the toxins found in alcohol.

5. Salmon
This cold water fish is packed with healthy omega-3 fats and vitamin B6, both of which can improve your mood and help relieve a headache and upset stomach.

6. Bacon
while you don't want to eat too much since it's so fatty, a small amount of bacon will help your hangover. The magic ingredient is amino acids, which will help replenish neurotransmitters in your brain.

7. Honey
Lick some honey off a spoon or drizzle it on toast. In addition to containing the electrolyte potassium, honey is packed with fructose, which will help your body metabolize the alcohol more quickly.

8. Chicken noodle soup
Mom was right. Chicken noodle soup is good for what ails you. It will help replenish the sodium and potassium you lost while boozing it up.


9. Oats
Call this the perfect food. In addition to being packed with B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and iron, oats help balance acid levels and absorb toxins.
TOP FIVE REASONS TO EAT COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST


  1. There's nothing more impressive at work than pepperoni breath
  2. If you don't, you'll have to eat it for lunch
  3. It's the breakfast you can hold in one hand
  4. You'll use less milk
  5. No energy used to heat it up
TOP FIVE MOST UNHEALTHY SNACKS FOR THE NEW YEAR


  1. Deep-fried salad
  2. Lardburgers
  3. Butter shooters
  4. Bacon grease soup
  5. Egg yoke shakes

Students, you may be able to predict your SAT performance


Students, you may be able to predict your SAT performance just by looking at your hands. Teenagers whose ring finger is longer than their index finger are likely to score higher on the math section of the SAT, while those whose index finger is longer will do better on the reading and writing sections, according to researchers from the University of Bath in Great Britain. LiveScience.com reports that scientists have long known that finger length is a reflection of areas of the brain that are more highly developed. This is determined by the amount of the hormones testosterone and estrogen a fetus is exposed to in the womb. Testosterone is thought to promote spatial and mathematical skills and that makes the ring finger longer. Estrogen is the opposite. It promotes verbal ability and tends to lengthen the index finger in relation to the ring finger.

The favorite holiday in the U.S. is Christmas. Well duh

The favorite holiday in the U.S. is Christmas. Well duh. Americans enjoy their holidays. Whether it's surprising a lover with a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day, gathering on a picnic blanket for fireworks on the Fourth of July or stuffing tummies with turkey on Thanksgiving, we take great pleasure in our family holiday rituals and traditions. While holidays occur throughout the year, we don't anticipate or enjoy them all in the quite the same way. When The Harris Poll asked 2,462 U.S. adults to think about all the holidays that occur during the calendar year and say which one is their favorite,Christmas came out on top.
The top 10 favorite holidays in the U.S.:
  1. Christmas
  2. Thanksgiving
  3. Halloween
  4. Fourth of July
  5. Easter
  6. New Year's
  7. Memorial Day
  8. Labor Day
  9. My birthday
  10. Valentine's Day and Hanukkah (tie)


When it comes to holidays, we share the same pleasures. The top two holidays for men and women in every generation from 20-somethings to seniors are Christmas and Thanksgiving. The third favorite holiday for young adults is Halloween, while older adults like the Fourth of July.

Best Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve

With New Year's Eve just days away and 70 percent of Americans celebrating the day in some way, including large, organized events and party-hopping, WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2015's Best & Worst Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve. The data set ranges from the legality of fireworks to the average price of a New Year's Eve party ticket to the forecasted precipitation on New Year's Eve.

Best Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve

1. Orlando, FL
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Atlanta, GA
4. San Diego, CA
5. Scottsdale, AZ
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Portland, OR
8. Cincinnati, OH
9. Las Vegas, NV
10. Honolulu, HI

Worst Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve


91. San Bernardino, CA
92. Arlington, TX
93. Charlotte, NC
94. Garland, TX
95. Laredo, TX
96. Fort Worth, TX
97. Hialeah, FL
98. Jersey City, NJ
99. Newark, NJ
100. North Las Vegas, NV
THE BIGGEST SCANDALS OF 2015

Deflategate, Nannygate, Rachel Dolezal, Jared Fogle and More. With an abundance of pregnancies, several legal run-ins and a summer full of broken love, 2015 has been a year to remember. However, it's safe to say that one major theme was reigned all: scandal. From nanny affairs to Deflategate, Ashley Madison accounts and cancer lies, this year has been one of the most shocking yet. Marriages ended and feuds sparked, relationships were ruined and reputations shattered, and we all sat back and watched with eyes wide open and mouths agape. With that being said, prepare to reignite all your astonishment as we recall the top 13 scandals that ruled 2015:

Nannygate

After Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their separation in June, the rumor mill spun wild with speculation over his involvement with their nanny, Christine Ouzounian. Pictures of the pair at a Super Bowl party surfaced on social media, and Ouzounian oddly appeared to be soaking up her 15 minutes of fame. Fast forward to November, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have split and reports circulated that he, too, sparked a relationship with their nanny, Mindy Mann. Though Mann went the opposite route and decided to go into hiding, it didn't stop the onslaught of tabloids surrounding their alleged year-long affair.

Deflategate

Colts fans will never be the same after this one. Rumor had it the New England Patriots deflated their footballs before the AFC Championship game against the Colts to make them easier to catch. They ended up winning the game in a whopping 45-7 lead, but the repercussions that followed will likely haunt the Pats forever. Tom Brady was originally penalized with a four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in the deflating of balls, but it was eventually turned down by a federal judge due to missing "requisites of fairness and due process."

Jared Fogle

The former Subway spokesperson was arrested in April after federal agents raided his Indiana home and found that he had received and viewed child pornography. Jared Fogle later pled guilty to charges of possession and distribution of child pornography and traveling across state lines to engage in commercial sex acts with minors. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and a lifetime of supervision. In total, there were 14 victims, eight of which are still minors.

Rachel Dolezal

The parents of the former NAACP Spokane, WA, president -- who identified as black, white and American Indian -- came forward to say that their daughter spent years lying about her race.Though Rachel Dolezal decided to resign from her position, she still claims she identifies as black and has done so since she was 5 years old. "I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon," she explained in breaking her silence over the controversy. "It was a little more complex than me identifying as black." Despite everything, when asked if she would "make the same choices" today, given what she knows now, Rachel said, "I would."

Lamar Odom Found Unconscious in Brothel

Lamar Odom was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel in October, which resulted in him going into a coma for several days and is keeping him hospitalized to this day. The former Lakers star reportedly fell unconscious after overdosing on a cocktail of "virtually every drug imaginable" during a days-long bender at the brothel. He eventually suffered an "ischemic stroke," which is caused by a blood clot preventing blood flow to the brain and is often associated with a cocaine overdose, among other drugs.

Josh Duggar

Not only did we find out that Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls as a teenager -- including his two younger sisters Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar -- but he also admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar, and having a pornography addiction. The scandals eventually led to TLC cancelling the Arkansas' family's hit reality show, 19 Kids and Counting. Since then, Josh has checked himself into a long-term faith-based rehabilitation center to find "wholeness and recovery."

Brooks Ayers' Cancer Lie

After telling multiple stories about how he had received cancer treatments at the City of Hope hospital in Los Angeles, a source from the medical center exclusively revealed to E! News that they had never treated a patient by Brooks Ayers' name before. He was not only caught in a lie, but he was also caught forging documents about his treatments. "Words cannot express the deep regret that I have in fabricating documents to 'prove' to the world that I, in fact, have cancer. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. I acted alone, without Vicki [Gunvalson]'s knowledge, to produce documents for a reality TV show in hopes of putting doubts about my cancer to rest," Ayers told E! News after the bombshell was revealed. "I never intended to disclose my actual medical records or details about my private and personal medical history, thus the rationalization of presenting documents that weren't true simply for a 'storyline' for the show."

Ashley Madison

The website used to help men find extramarital affairs, Ashley Madison, became a household name in 2015 when hackers released a list of famous men using its services. The people involved included: Josh Duggar from 19 Kids and Counting, Christian vlogger Sam Rader, Real Housewives of New York City star Kristen Taekmann's husband, Josh, and Joe Biden's son, Hunter. The whole scandal resulted in Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman stepping down.

Doughtnutgate

Ariana Grande pissed off Americans and disgusted the world when she was caught on camera in a doughnut shop, licking one of the pastries on display that she did not end up buying. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the same video also caught her saying, "What the f--k is that? I hate Americans. I hate America." Amid backlash, the diva eventually apologized. "I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I've always made it clear that I love my county," Grande told E! News in a statement. "What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words."

Patrick Schwarzenegger Gets Caught With a Girl on Spring Break.

Miley Cyrus' relationship with Patrick Schwarzenegger started its downward spiral when the University of Southern California student was photographed getting handsy with another girl while on Spring Break in Cabo San Lucas. Though he swore he did not cheat on Cyrus, there were photos and videos of him doing body shots off his fellow Trojan, a Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority member. Cyrus and Schwarzenegger called it quits less than a month later.

The View vs. Nurses

In September, The View discussed the talent portion of the Miss America competition, during which Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson performed a monologue about her profession as a nurse while wearing her scrubs and a stethoscope around her neck. The ladies of The View found the whole thing quite "hilarious" that she "basically just read her emails out loud," as Michelle Collins described it. Meanwhile, Joy Behar made the mistake of questioning, "Why does she have a doctor's stethoscope around her neck?" The commentary resulted in outrage, sparking the hashtag #NursesUnite and an entire Facebook page dedicated to "Show Me Your Stethoscope" on which nurses across the nation are sharing their touching stories about the way they've impacted so many lives and all the ways they've used their stethoscope.

Kim Richards' Back-to-Back Arrest

After seeking treatment in 2011 for substance abuse, Kim Richards' struggle with alcoholism came full circle when she was arrested at the Beverly Hills Hotel in April and charged with public intoxication, trespassing, resisting an officer and battery on a police officer. A few months later, in August, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star found herself on the wrong side of the law yet again after she was caught shoplifting at a Target in Van Nuys, Calif. E! News learned she stole upward of $600 in merchandise, and she was later charged with one count of petty theft. All in all the reality star was sentenced to 36 months of probation, 300 hours of community service and 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.


Twitter Feuds

As has been the case since celebrities began using the social media platform, this year did not disappoint when it came to Twitter feuds. Drake and Meek Mill blew up our feeds for a solid week after Nicki Minaj's boyfriend claimed the "Energy" rapper didn't write his own music. Drake rebutted with two back-to-back songs (pun intended) that shut the whole thing down, especially after Meek's failed attempt at a diss track. Speaking of Nicki, the female emcee threw some shade at Taylor Swift after the nominees were announced for the MTV Video Music Awards, saying they only nominated videos that include "women with slim bodies." Swift responded, "@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you," Swift wrote. "It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot." Nicki said Swift misunderstood what she was saying, and the two eventually put the whole thing behind them by performing together at the awards show.
FAVORITE TREATS REVEAL YOUR PERSONALITY

Your favorite snacks reveal tons about your personality. Discover how the tastes that tickle your palate also spotlight your dominate trait:

You're a dreamer
If you prefer sugary cereal, double chocolate brownies and hard candies. Friends and family often catch you with your head in the clouds. You're also very trusting, creative and artistic, believing that life is to be savored.

You're a diplomat
If you prefer gumdrops, ice cream and dips loaded with sour cream. You yearn for tranquility, and you're the one who steps in to settle squabbles between loved ones. Although you have opinions, you never force them on others.

You're a nonconformist
If you prefer dark chocolate, black coffee and sour candies. You're an unconventional person with a supreme confidence in your abilities. You also speak your mind with a refreshing candor that charms others.

You're a born leader
If you prefer potato chips, popcorn and peanuts. You aren't shy about taking charge and your bold attitude attracts others who eagerly follow you, whether at work or at play. People are reassured by your positive perspective.


You're a risk taker
If you prefer salsa, spicy foods and black pepper on everything. You're a passionate, innovative thinker who brings an upbeat, intriguing approach to your job. Others also appreciate your infectious sense of fun.
TEN FOODS TO HELP WITH YOUR HANGOVER

(SkinnyMom.com) Okay, so maybe you indulged just a little bit too much last night. The holidays are coming up, after all, and you may or may not have needed a tiny escape from the crazy relatives (read: in-laws). Well, who would we be to pretend we all haven't been there before? When you're hungover, your body needs to restock on fructose, vitamins, amino acids and minerals that can break down the toxins from alcohol and lessen your body's negative reaction to the chemicals in booze. Sounds easy enough, right? Try these ten foods to help get rid of that splitting headache or nauseous stomach ASAP and kick that hangover to the curb.

1. Water: Water should be your number one priority! It's a diuretic, which means it pushes liquids (and the remaining alcohol) out of your body. Plus, alcohol dehydrates your body, and when your body's water tank is low, it will pull from any available resource -- like your brain, which causes that killer migraine. Check out these detox water recipes to get hydrated again.

2. Sports drinks and coconut water: Sports drinks are usually a no-no because of all the sugars in them, but your body needs to replenish on fructose, and sports drinks like Gatorade contain electrolytes your body needs to get back to normal as well. An even better choice, coconut water contains six electrolytes your body needs after a night of drinking, whereas sports drinks only have two.

3. Ginger and peppermint tea: We know that teas are great detox options for the body, so why not sip on some when you're hungover? Even better, make it a ginger or peppermint tea. Ginger can reduce nausea and morning sickness, while peppermint eases stomach pain and decreases nausea as well. Check out these other tea-riffic teas to jumpstart your day.

4. Fruit juice: Fruit juices like apple and cranberry juice are loaded with fructose that gives your body an instant energy boost, and can even boost your metabolism to get rid of those lingering toxins. Fruit juice also has a ton of vitamins and water, which will rehydrate you. Pour yourself a tall glass and maybe pop an ibuprofen or two.

5. Fruit: While fruit juice is well and good, sometimes you just need to sink your teeth into something. Try fruits like bananas and kiwi, which contain loads of potassium, an electrolyte that is usually depleted after drinking, thanks to alcohol's diuretic effect. Toss those fruits into a blender, add some Greek yogurt, and make a delicious smoothie

6. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is one of our favorite superfoods here at Skinny Mom. Not only does it contain essential nutrients your body is depleted of like B vitamins, calcium, magnesium andiron, but it also stabilizes your blood sugar. Check out our complete oatmeal guide here, or skip it and make this delicious apple superfood oatmeal recipe.

7. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the body. It also contains that oh-so-valuable fructose and vitamin C, which gives your recovering liver a boost. Check out ten awesome ways to cook with tomatoes, or if you're feelin' a little hair of the dog, try our Skinny Bloody Mary recipe.

8. Eggs: Eggs are a great breakfast choice for every morning, but they are especially helpful when you're hungover. They're full of protein for an energy boost and they also are chock-full of amino acids that break down acetaldehyde, the gross chemical in alcohol that causes your headache.

9. Crackers and honey: Honey is a great hangover food because it contains antioxidants and concentrated fructose that will flush the remaining alcohol out of your system. The crackers are there if you don't want to eat plain honey first thing in the morning. Try this Roasted Honey and Cinnamon Peaches recipe for a calmer stomach.


10. Toast: Remember when your mom would give you toast on days you stayed home sick from school? She had the right idea. Except now, your ailment is a hangover, not the flu. After a night of drinking, your liver is busy metabolizing the alcohol, so it can't regulate your blood sugar like it's supposed to. The toast provides the carbs that your blood sugar needs to stabilize. Try whole-wheat toast and pair it with that egg from above.
I NEVER LIE

So when was the last time you lied -- we're talking little lies here, not whoppers -- to your lover? And don't even think of saying, "What? I never lie!" You do, too! According to Dr. Phil McGraw, by the time they are 60 years old, men have told more than 100,000 lies and women have uttered some 50,000 untruths. "It's interesting because men lie twice as much as women," Dr. Phil said. "On average, men lie six times a day. Women lie three times a day." Women lie to their man for several reasons, but primarily to protect his feelings or save her butt.
The top four lies women tell, according to Dr. Phil:
  1. I'm fine. There's nothing wrong.
  2. Oh, this isn't new! I've had this old thing forever.
  3. Oh, this was cheap! I got it on sale.
  4. I've got a headache.

The top four lies men tell, according to Dr. Phil:

  1. I'm fine. There's nothing wrong.
  2. This is my last drink.
  3. No, that doesn't make you look fat.
  4. Hey, I'm on the way! (But he's not even almost on the way.)
TOP 10 MOST STUPID PHRASES

They are not only overused and lacking in originality, but many popular phrases and cliches indicate at the very least a poor command of basic English grammar and at worst mental laziness. In other words, say any of these and you'll just sound stupid. Writing in the Chicago Tribune, author T.R. Slyder has identified not only the worst offenders, but also created smarter-sounding alternatives. Here are the top 10 most stupid phrases:

1. "It is what it is."
Slyder's Substitute: Since "it is" = "it is," don't make the definition be the exact words of the words that are also being defined. Translation: Just don't say it!

2. "I don't give a rat's ass."
Slyder's Substitute: I don't care or just stare in stony silence.

3. "How do you REALLY feel?"
Slyder's Substitutes: "Say your thang, doggy!" "Easy, big tiger." "Deep breath." (And then demonstrate with an exaggerated deep breath).

4. "If someone would have told me a decade ago that in 10 years I'd be doing X, I would NEVER have believed it!"
Slyder's Substitute: There is no alternative. No one can predict the future. Just walk away.

5. "I could care less."
Slyder's Substitutes: "I could not care less." "I have never cared less about anything."

6. The formula of: "How X was Y?" As in "How funny was that?" or "How good was that steak?" or "How random was that?"
Slyder's Substitute: Turn your interrogative sentence into a declarative one by saying "That WAS funny" or "That steak was good" or "That was random."

7. "That is really unique."
Slyder's Substitute: Since "unique" means one of a kind, there cannot be degrees of it. "Really" has no place in this sentence. Use "unique, "original" or "one of a kind."

8. "The dog wants out."
Slyder's Substitute: "The dog wants to go outdoors."

9. "...It does. It really does."
Slyder's Substitute: Nothing!


10. "I am NOT a happy camper."
Slyder's Substitute: Say what you are and save everyone some time.
TOP 10 COMMONLY BROKEN NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS


  1. Lose Weight and Get Fit
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Eat Healthier and Diet
  5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  6. Spend More Time with Family
  7. Travel to New Places
  8. Be Less Stressed
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink Less
NEWS YEARS RESOLUTION STATISTICS


  • Percent of Americans who usually make New Year's Resolutions, 45%
  • Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year's Resolutions, 17%
  • Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year's Resolutions, 38%
  • Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution, 8%
  • Percent who have infrequent success, 49%
  • Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year, 24%
  • People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions,
TOP 10 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2016


  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family
HOW TO LIVE ONE HUNDRED YEARS

More than 84,000 people living in the U.S. today are 100 years or older. By the 2040, that number is expected to grow to 580,000 -- an increase of 590 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Being one of the lucky ones who gets 100 candles on a birthday cake someday takes more than good genes, although that definitely helps. Many scientists estimate that longevity is based 20 percent on genetics, with 80 percent determined by your lifestyle choices and environment. And while some centenarians claim a single habit as the key to their long life -- doing crossword puzzles, drinking a glass of wine every day or taking cold showers -- the reality is that it's the right combination of healthy habits, social connections, brain-boosting activities, good genes and even a bit of luck that goes into living a century or more. United Healthcare surveyed 100 Americans who turned 100 in 2010 to provide a snapshot of the healthy habits that keep them going strong.
Nine secrets of a long life:

  1. More than 80 percent communicate with a friend or family member daily.
  2. 75 percent eat nutritionally balanced meals every day.
  3. 75 percent get eight hours or more of sleep each night.
  4. 72 percent laugh or giggle every day.
  5. 62 percent pray, meditate or engage in a spiritual activity daily.
  6. 49 percent stay active by walking or hiking at least once a week, while 31 percent stay active by gardening.
  7. 32 percent eat organic foods regularly.
  8. 17 percent are currently doing some type of volunteer work.
  9. An increasing number of centenarians are also staying sharp by using new technologies: 12 percent have listened to music on a music player or similar device, 11 percent have watched a video on YouTube and 8 percent have sent a text message or instant message.
TOP FIVE SIGNS IT'S TIME FOR A CAREER CHANGE


  1. Your co-workers all signed a "It's time for you to change careers" petition
  2. Your boss has your desk for sale on eBay
  3. The office tribal council has voted you off
  4. They've put up a latte stand in your parking place
  5. Seriously, when was the last time your company sold a buggy whip?
TOP FIVE ADVANTAGES OF MAKING MARIJUANA LEGAL
  1. I forgot
  2. Cheech and Chong albums would be funny again
  3. Everyone can now enjoy the Grateful Dead
  4. A big boom for the baggie industry
  5. Wouldn't need late night comedy shows. The news would be funny.

Americans waste 18 weeks a year goofing off at work,

Americans waste 18 weeks a year goofing off at work, according to a survey conducted by a national executive-recruiting firm. Here are the top ways workers waste time.

  • Lounging at the water fountain, coffee pot or smoking area
  • Hiding in the restroom
  • Gossiping about co-workers
  • Complaining about the boss
  • Making personal calls on company time
  • Daydreaming
  • Flirting
  • Surfing the web

Ten interview questions that are illegal to ask:

Job seekers may think they're the only ones sweating the job interview -- afraid they'll say the wrong thing or answer inappropriately -- but hiring managers are under just as much pressure. There are a number of questions interviewers are legally not allowed to ask, but sometimes the parameters are not clear. For example, in an attempt to make a candidate feel at ease, the interviewer might innocently ask him, "What does your wife do?" Wrong. It's illegal to ask if someone is married, even using a backdoor approach like this. According to CareerBuilder.com, 20 percent of hiring managers admitted in a nationwide survey by Harris Poll that they asked a question in a job interview they found out later was illegal to ask.
Ten interview questions that are illegal to ask:
  1. What is your religious affiliation?
  2. Are you pregnant?
  3. What is your political affiliation?
  4. What is your race, color or ethnicity?
  5. How old are you?
  6. Are you disabled?
  7. Are you married?
  8. Do you have children or plan to?
  9. Are you in debt?
  10. Do you social drink or smoke?


"It's important for both interviewer and interviewee to understand what employers do and don't have a legal right to ask in a job interview -- for both parties' protection," says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "Though their intentions may be harmless, hiring managers could unknowingly be putting themselves at risk for legal action, as a job candidate could argue that certain questions were used to discriminate against him or her."
DID YOU KNOW?

  • The average person signs an average of 26 Christmas cards 26 times during the holiday season?
  • 27% of shoppers say jammed parking lots was their biggest holiday shopping pet peeve.
  • According to Men's Health, 23% of men polled said they hope to learn to play the piano in the New Year.
  • Over 100,000 people have applied for a one-way trip to colonize Mars in 2022.
  • There are about a half-million tweets about the the weather every day.
  • There was only a six-year age difference between the actors who played Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate."
  • 70% of 5-year-olds can operate a computer mouse but only 10% can tie there shoe.
  • Meanwhile, the number one rule in most people's houses is no shoes on the furniture.


ON THIS DAY

It was on this date in 1792 that the leaders of the French revolution voted to send King Louis the 16th to the guillotine. In no time at all, he became King Louis the 15 & 7/8ths.

On this date in 1848, gas lights were installed in the White House. It took less than a wick to do it.



Angelina's dad, John Voight, turns 77 today. She gets most of the credit for his aging.
Music Calendar...
   In 1943 Bing Crosby records "San Fernando Valley."
   In 1945 Sheb Wooley records the first commercial record made in Nashville
           on the Bullet label.
   In 1945 "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby hits #1 again on the charts.
   In 1951 "Cry" by Johnnie Ray is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1955 13-year-old Barbra Striesand records "You'll Never Know."
   In 1957 Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are married in Las Vegas, Nevada.
   In 1962 "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1963 Folk group the Weavers ("Goodnight Irene," "On Top of Old Smokey")
           give their farewell concert at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
   In 1963 WMCA/New York, and its famed "Good Guys," become the first radio
           station to play the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the U.S.
   In 1965 The Supremes' single "My World Is Empty Without You" is released.
   In 1966 After finishing up "Strawberry Fields Forever," the Beatles begin
           work on "Penny Lane."
   In 1967 Dave Mason leaves Traffic.
   In 1971 "An Old Fashioned Love Song" by Three Dog Night is certified gold.
   In 1973 "Time In A Bottle" by Jim Croce hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
           stayed there for 2 weeks.
   In 1975 Paul Kantner and Grace Slick split up after 7 years of marriage.
   In 1977 Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Peter Asher appear on the cover of
           Rolling Stone magazine.
   In 1978 The cast of "Beatlemania" celebrates it's 700th performance.
   In 1980 Tim Hardin, best known for penning "If I Were A Carpenter" dies of
           a herion overdose in his Hollywood home at the age of 40.
   In 1982 Jamaica issues a commemorative stamp honoring the late Bob Marley.
   In 1992 "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston is certified gold,
           platinum and double platinum.
   In 1994 TLC's Lisa Lopes pleads guilty to arson charges. She had set a fire
           that destroyed boyfriend Andre Rison's $1 million Atlanta mansion.
   In 1997 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson Lee have a
           second son, Dylan Jagger Lee.
   In 1997 Yoko Ono tells BBC Radio that John Lennon was the "visionary" and
           the reason for the Beatles' success, and that the only contribution
           McCartney made to the band was organizing Lennon's talent.
   In 1997 The Spice Girls, Bob Dylan, Sean "Puffy" Combs and Elton John make
           Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top Entertainers of 1997.
   In 1998 Boyz II Men's single "I Will Get There" is released.
   In 1999 Pollstar reports that the Rolling Stones were the top concert money
           makers for 1999, pulling in $64.7 million.
   In 1999 Chris Isaak receives the key to the city in his hometown of
           Stockton, California.

   In 2001 TV Guide publishes a "tribute to George Harrison."
Today In History...
   In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in
           England.
   In 1813 The British burn Buffalo, New York, during the War of 1812.
   In 1837 Canadian militiamen destroy the Caroline, a U.S. steamboat docked at
           Buffalo, New York.
   In 1845 Texas becomes the 28th U.S. state.
   In 1848 Gas lights are installed at the White House for the first time.
   In 1851 The first Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opens in
           Boston, MA.
   In 1890 The Wounded Knee massacre takes place in South Dakota. 300 Sioux
           Indians are killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them.
   In 1913 The first movie serial, "The Adventures of Kathlyn," premieres in
           Chicago, Illinois.
   In 1934 Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London
           Naval Treaty of 1930.
   In 1940 During World War II, Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on
           London, England.
   In 1949 The first UHF TV station begins regular operations in Bridgeport,
           Connecticut.
   In 1952 The first transistorized hearing aid is offered for sale in
           Elmsford, New York.
   In 1975 11 are killed, 75 are hurt, when a terrorist's bomb explodes at
           LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
   In 1983 The Rev. Jesse Jackson leaves New York on his successful mission to
           Syria to secure the release of U.S. Navy pilot Robert O. Goodman
           Jr., who had been shot down during a raid in Lebanon.
   In 1984 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi claims victory in parliamentary
           elections as his Congress Party captures more than a two-thirds
           majority in the lower house of Parliament.
   In 1985 2 days after terrorists murder 20 civilians at the Rome and Vienna
           airports in Italy, Libya's Khadafi calls them "heros."
   In 1986 Former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dies at age 92.
   In 1987 Cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko ends a recond 326 days in space.
   In 1987 NASA delays the planned June launch of the space shuttle -- the
           first since the Challenger disaster -- because a motor component
           failed during a test-firing of the redesigned booster rocket.
   In 1988 The FAA, responding to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, announces
           tightened security measures for U.S. air carriers at 103 airports in
           the Middle East and Western Europe.
   In 1989 Playwright Vaclav Havel is elected president of Czechoslovakia by
           the country's Federal Assembly, becoming the first non-communist to
           hold the post in over forty years.
   In 1991 Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian President Boris
           Yeltsin announces that Russia would create its own army.
   In 1992 Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello resigns.
   In 1992 New York Governor Mario Cuomo commutes the sentence of Jean Harris,
           the convicted killer of "Scarsdale Diet" author Herman Tarnower.
   In 1992 David and Sharon Schoo of St. Charles, IL, are arrested at O'Hare
           International Airport as they returned from vacation for leaving
           their young daughters at home, alone.
   In 1992 The United States and Russia announce an agreement on a nuclear arms
           reduction treaty.
   In 1994 U.S. officials confirm the release in North Korea of Army helicopter
           pilot Bobby Hall, 12 days after he was captured in a shootdown in
           which co-pilot David Hilemon was killed.
   In 1995 Japan's finance minister announces the resignation of the deputy
           finance minister over several scandals, including the ministry's
           cover-up of trading losses at Daiwa Bank's New York office.
   In 1996 Government leaders in Guatemala sign an accord ending 36 years of
           civil conflict.
   In 1996 North Korea apologizes for sending a spy submarine into South Korean
           waters.
   In 1997 Hong Kong begins killing 1.4 million chickens to stem the spread of
           a mysterious bird flu that had already killed four people.
   In 2001 A fire sparked by a fireworks explosion in downtown Lima, Peru,
           kills 274 people.
   In 2003 Actor Earl Hindman, who'd played the mostly unseen neighbor Wilson 

           on "Home Improvement," dies at age 61.
Born On This Day...
   In 1776 Inventor, Charles Macintosh (patented waterproof fabric)
   In 1800 Inventor, Charles Goodyear (vulcanization process for rubber)
   In 1808 Andrew Johnson, 17th U.S. president (1865-69)
   In 1809 English statesman, William Ewart Gladstone
   In 1859 Venustiano Carranza, president of Mexico (1915-20)
   In 1876 Spanish cellist/composer, Pablo Casals
   In 1879 World War I aviation hero, Billy Mitchell
   In 1881 Heaveyweight boxing champ, Jess Willard (1915-19)
   In 1891 Businesswoman, Joyce Clyde Hall (founded Hallmark Cards)
   In 1894 Actor, Emory Parnell (The Life of Riley)
   In 1900 Jazz musician/singer, Willie Humphrey [d: 6-7-94]
   In 1903 Jazz trumpeter, Clyde McCoy (wah wah sound) [d: 6-11-90]
   In 1907 Dr. Robert Clifton Weaver, first black to serve in U.S. Cabinet (108)
   In 1909 Actor, Thomas Beck (Charlie Chan movies, Priest-Heidi) [d: 9-23-95]
   In 1917 Los Angeles mayor, Tom Bradley (1973-93) [d: 9-29-98]
   In 1919 Journalist, Jim Murray (founded Sports Illustrated) [d: 8-16-98]
   In 1920 Actress, Viveca Lindfors (The Way We Were) [d: 10-25-95]
   In 1922 Novelist, William Gaddis (93)
   In 1931 Actress, Barbara Steele (Castle of Blood, Dark Shadows) (84)
   In 1932 Actress, Inga Swenson (Gretchen Kraus-Benson) (83)
   In 1933 Actor, Joseph Maher [d: 7-17-98]
   In 1934 Actor, Ed Flanders (Dr. Westphall-St. Elsewhere) [d: 2-22-95]
   In 1934 Broadcast journalist, Tom Jarriel (20/20) (81)
   In 1936 Football Hall-of-Famer, Ray Nitschke (Packers) [d: 3-8-98]
   In 1936 Actress, Mary Tyler Moore (Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore) (79)
   In 1938 Actor, Jon Voight (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy, Heat) (77)
   In 1939 Country singer/songwriter, Ed Bruce (76)
   In 1942 Singer/flautist/harmonicist, Ray Thomas (Moody Blues) (73)
   In 1946 Folk singer/actress, Marianne Faithful (69)
   In 1947 Actor, Ted Danson (Sam-Cheers, Three Men & A Baby, Mike-Ink) (68)
   In 1947 Drummer, Cozy Powell (Black Sabbath, Whitesnake) [d: 4-5-98]
   In 1949 Actress, Angel Tompkins (Bees, Prime Cut, Murphy's Law) (66)
   In 1950 Singer/guitarist, Robert Parissi (Wild Cherry) (65)
   In 1950 Actor, Jon Polito (Crosetti-Homicide) (65)
   In 1951 Singer, Yvonne Elliman (If I Can't Have You) (64)
   In 1951 Singer, Laurel Masse (The Manhattan Transfer) (64)
   In 1952 Ballerina, Gelsey Kirkland (Nutcracker) (63)
   In 1955 Guitarist/producer, Neal Geraldo (Pat Benatar) (60)
   In 1955 Actress, Charlayne Woodard (Fresh Prince, Days of Our Lives) (60)
   In 1958 Astronaut, Nancy Jane Sherlock (STS-57) (57)
   In 1959 Football player, Mervyn Fernandez (56)
   In 1959 Actress, Leslie Graves (Brenda-Capitol) (56)
   In 1959 Comedian/actress, Paula Poundstone (56)
   In 1960 Actress, Patricia Clarkson (Annie-Murder One) (55)
   In 1961 Guitarist, Mark "Cow" Day (Happy Mondays) (54)
   In 1964 Actress, Kimberly Russell (Sarah-Head of the Class) (51)
   In 1965 Actor, John Haymes Newton (Ryan-Melrose Place) (50)
   In 1966 TV host, Mystro Clark (Soul Train) (49)
   In 1966 Actor, Jason Gould (Bernard-The Prince of Tides) (49)
   In 1966 Singer, Dexter Holland (Offspring) (49)
   In 1969 Actress, Jennifer Ehle (Backbeat, Pride & Prejudice) (46)
   In 1970 Singer/songwriter, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) (45)
   In 1970 Actor, Kevin Weisman (Gone in 60 Seconds, Alias) (45)
   In 1972 Actor, David Fumero (Cristian-One Life To Live) (43)
   In 1972 Actor, Jude Law (Cold Mountain, Sky Captain, Alfie) (43)
   In 1974 Actor, Mekki Phifer (Dr. Gregory Pratt-ER) (41)
   In 1975 Actor, Shawn Hatosy (The Faculty, Inventing The Abbotts) (40)
   In 1975 Playmate, Kalin Olson (August-1997) (40)
   In 1976 Actor, Jason Shane Scott (Will-One Life To Live) (39)
   In 1979 Actor, Diego Luna (Open Range, The Terminal) (36)
   In 1983 Country singer, Jessica Andrews (32)

   In 1984 Actor, Sean Stone, (The Doors, Natural Born Killers, Nixon) (31)

GSA Auctions Trailers, Tractors and Manufactured Housing Update

12/28/2015 06:12 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: MD    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:12 PM CT.


  Travel trailer, manufacturer: Morgan, model: Cavalier 36 foot, yr unknown, SN unknown **Repairs required but not limited to: electrical problems,keys missing, scratches, dead battery, mechanical problems, trailer gutted and was changed to a computer room, needs heat-light-and wiring, has not been used for a minimum of two years** **Must be hauled from site** 12639552950002

GSA Auctions Miscellaneous Update


12/28/2015 06:43 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: VA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:43 PM CT.

  ONE LOT OF VARIOUS DIESEL ENGINES. CUMMINS 855 (2), CUMMINS 903 (3) AND LINCOLNWELDER IDEALARC 250 AND IDEAL ARC 250 DIESEL -USED- **SALVAGE CONDITION** **REPAIRS MAY BE REQUIRED AND PARTS MAY BE MISSING** **NO WEEKENDS/HOLIDAYS** **INSPECTION AND REMOVAL BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** ***Please note: The successful bidder is required to submit the attached Hazardous Material Certification form prior to payment. All payment options will be blocked until this Certification form is received. Along with this information bidders must provide their mailing address, on-line bidder name and daytime telephone number. A copy of the Certification form can be obtained by clicking on the link located under Additional Documents. The form must be faxed to (215) 829-2795, Attn: George Elefante. **ALT. POC: WAYNE HANCOCK, 757-887--3233 EST. 16, WAYNE.HANCOCK@DOT.GOV** 69374652330039
12/28/2015 06:33 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: VA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:33 PM CT.

  One Lot consisting of Mercedes 6 cylinder diesel engines, Motor type - 603A (2 ea) -used- **Repairs required but not limited to: missing or damaged parts on each unit, Working condition is unknown** **Inspection/removal by appointment only. No weekends, holidays** **Alt. POC: John Shumate, 276-228-6803, john.shumate@dgs.virginia.gov** ***Please note: The successful bidder is required to submit the attached Hazardous Material Certification form prior to payment. All payment options will be blocked until this Certification form is received. Along with this information bidders must provide their mailing address, on-line bidder name and daytime telephone number. A copy of the Certification form can be obtained by clicking on the link located under Additional Documents. The form must be faxed to (215) 829-2795, Attn: George Elefante. 47339K52730086A
12/28/2015 06:23 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: VA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:23 PM CT.

  One Lot consisting of: 2006 Mack AI-400 6 cylinder diesel engine, and 2008 Mack 6 cylinder diesel engine, no model number -used- **Repairs required but not limited to: missing or damaged parts on each unit** **Inspection/removal by appointment only. No weekends, holidays** **Alt. POC: John Shumate, 276-228-6803, john.shumate@dgs.virginia.gov** ***Please note: The successful bidder is required to submit the attached Hazardous Material Certification form prior to payment. All payment options will be blocked until this Certification form is received. Along with this information bidders must provide their mailing address, on-line bidder name and daytime telephone number. A copy of the Certification form can be obtained by clicking on the link located under Additional Documents. The form must be faxed to (215) 829-2795, Attn: George Elefante. 47339K52730085A
12/28/2015 06:13 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: VA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:13 PM CT.

  One Lot consisting of 2 each 2003 Mack AI-400 6 cylinder diesel engines -used- **Repairs required but not limited to: missing or damaged parts** **Inspection/removal by appointment only. No weekends, holidays** **Alt. POC: John Shumate, 276-228-6803, john.shumate@dgs.virginia.gov** ***Please note: The successful bidder is required to submit the attached Hazardous Material Certification form prior to payment. All payment options will be blocked until this Certification form is received. Along with this information bidders must provide their mailing address, on-line bidder name and daytime telephone number. A copy of the Certification form can be obtained by clicking on the link located under Additional Documents. The form must be faxed to (215) 829-2795, Attn: George Elefante. 47339K52730084A
12/28/2015 06:10 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $1,330    STATE: VA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-02-2016 05:10 PM CT.

  ONE LOT CONSISTING OF APPROXIMATELY 2660 LBS, 9MM, .40 S&W CAL, .38 SPL CAL, 223 CAL, SCRAP FIRED BRASS, (4 BARRELS EACH). THE TOTAL ESTIMATED WEIGHT OF EACH BARREL IS 665 LBS. AMMUNITIONS COMPONENTS OFFERED FOR SALE IN THIS INVITATION ARE SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INVITATION ARE SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE GUN CONTROL ACT OF 1968 (18 USC 921 ET. SEQ) AND ANY REGULATIONS ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE ACT. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER OF THIS SALE MUST FURNISH A COPY OF HIS/HER FIREARMS DEALERS LICENSE CERTIFYING THAT HE/SHE WILL COMPLY WITH ALL REGULATIONS CONCERNING AMMUNITION COMPONETS. THIS LICENSE WILL BE REQUIRED FROM THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER THE SALE CLOSES. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE FAXED TO THE ATTENTION JACQUELINE JOHNSON AT 703-313-8784. THE PURCHASER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REMOVE THIS PROPERTY UNTIL THE REQUIRED LICENSE AND PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. (7031AA5352) 7031AA63520001
12/28/2015 06:00 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $7,600    STATE: TX    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-02-2016 05:00 PM CT.

  ONE LOT CONSISTING OF APPROXIMATELY 15,295 LBS, 9MM, .40 S&W CAL, .38 SPL CAL, 223 CAL, SCRAP FIRED BRASS, (23 BARRELS EACH). THE TOTAL ESTIMATED WEIGHT OF EACH BARREL IS 665 LBS WHICH INCLUDES THE CONTAINER WEIGHT AS WELL. AMMUNITIONS COMPONENTS OFFERED FOR SALE IN THIS INVITATION ARE SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE GUN CONTROL ACT OF 1968 (18 USC 921 ET. SEQ) AND ANY REGULATIONS ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE ACT. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER OF THIS SALE MUST FURNISH A COPY OF HIS/HER FIREARMS DEALERS LICENSE LICENSE CERTIFYING THAT HE/SHE WILL COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS, AND REGULATIONS CONCERNING AMMUNITION COMPONETS. THIS LICENSE WILL BE REQUIRED FROM THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER THE SALE CLOSES. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE FAXED TO THE ATTENTION OF JACQUELINE JOHNSON AT 703-313-8784. THE PURCHASER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REMOVE THIS PROPERTY UNTIL THE REQUIRED LICENSE AND PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. (7031AA53560001) 7031AA53560001
12/28/2015 06:00 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: MD    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:00 PM CT.

  METAL SCRAP This lot consist of assorted scrap metal. An estimated weight of the lot is 11,000 pounds. **Scrap Condition** -used- **Custodian not available weekends and/or holidays** 70311253015293A

GSA Auctions Trucks, Tractors and Ground Vehicles Update


12/28/2015 06:11 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: VA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:11 PM CT.

  1999 Dodge Grand Caravan, Gas, automatic transmission, VIN 2B4GP44G3XR218312, EST MI 92,057, airbags, anti-lock brakes, AC, AM/FM, radio with cassette, cruise control, power mirrors and steering, rear defrost. **Repairs required but not limited to: no battery, starter, body damage-rust, scratches and visual blemishes, no back seats, interior is in bad condition.** **Must be hauled from site** 14331153140001
12/28/2015 06:01 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: MD    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:01 PM CT.

  2005 CHEVROLET BLAZER, 4X4, 6-CYLINDER, AIR BAGS, A/C, VIN 1GNDT13X85K118727, EST. MI 92,940, GAS, POWER WINDOWS/LOCKS/MIRRORS, CRUISE CONTROL, POWER STEERING AM/FM, TILT STEERING, TOW PACKAGE. **REPAIRS REQUIRED BUT NOT LIMITED TO: BATTERY DEAD, CHECK ENGINE LIGHT HAS BEEN ON FOR APPROX. 3 YEARS, SEWN TEAR IN DRIVER'S SEAT.** **VEHICLE MUST BE HAULED FROM SITE** 1233A75328MD15

Friday, December 25, 2015

Today In History...
   In  336 The first recorded celebration of Christmas takes place in Rome.
   In 1066 William the Conqueror is crowned king of England.
   In 1223 St. Francis of Assisi assembles one of the first Nativity scenes, in
           Greccio, Italy.
   In 1758 Halley's comet first sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch.
   In 1776 General George Washington and his troops crosses the Delaware for a
           surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey.
   In 1868 Despite bitter opposition, President Andrew Johnson grants
           unconditional pardons to all persons involved in the Civil War.
   In 1926 Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan.
   In 1941 During World War II, Japan announces the surrender of the
           British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong.
   In 1946 Comedian W.C. Fields dies in Pasadena, CA, at age 66.
   In 1963 Walt Disney's animated film "The Sword In The Stone" is released.
   In 1968 Apollo VIII astronaut Frank Borman reads from Genesis while orbiting
           the moon.
   In 1977 Actor/comedian Charlie Chaplin dies in Switzerland at age 88.
   In 1977 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with Egyptian
           President Sadat.
   In 1986 More than 60 people are killed when a hijacked Iraqi jetliner
           crashed in Saudi Arabia. (About 40 other people survived the crash
           near the northern Saudi town of Arar.)
   In 1987 Authories recapture Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who had escaped two
           days earlier from a federal prison, where she was serving a life
           sentence for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford.
   In 1989 5-time New York Yankees GM Billy Martin dies in a pickup truck
           accident at the age of 61.
   In 1989 Ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, are
           executed following their overthrow in a popular uprising.
   In 1991 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev goes on television to announce
           his resignation as the eighth and final leader of a Communist
           superpower that had already gone out of existence.
   In 1993 Full-fledged Christmas celebrations returned to Bethlehem for the
           first time since the Palestinian uprising began 6 years earlier.
   In 1993 In London, an unidentified 59-year-old woman who'd been implanted
           with donated eggs gave birth to twins.
   In 1994 A Palestinian suicide bomber injures a dozen people at a Jerusalem
           bus stop.
   In 1995 Comedian, singer and actor Dean Martin dies of respiratory failure
           at age 78.
   In 1995 An ailing Pope John Paul II cut short his traditional Christmas
           greetings, telling crowds he was fighting to regain his health.
   In 1996 Peruvians pray outside the Japanese ambassador's residence, where
           leftist rebels held more than 100 hostages.
   In 1997 Richard Bliss, a field technician for Qualcomm Inc. accused of
           spying in Russia, arrives in San Diego after Russian authorities
           were persuaded to let him return home.
   In 1997 Jerry Seinfeld announces plans to end his highly successful NBC
           sitcom "Seinfeld" at the end of the season.
   In 1998 Seven days into their journey, British mogul Richard Branson,
           American millionaire Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden gave
           up their attempt to make the first nonstop round-the-world balloon
           light, ditching off Hawaii.
   In 2000 A fire in central China kills 309 people inside an unlicensed disco.
   In 2001 American forces in Afghanistan celebrate Christmas with carols,
           touch football and turkey dinners.
   In 2015 Merry Christmas!

Music Calendar...
   In 1818 "Silent Night" is performed for the first time, at the Church of
           St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.
   In 1896 "Stars & Stripes Forever" is written by John Philip Sousa.
   In 1931 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York broadcast an entire opera
           ("Hansel and Gretel") over the radio for the first time.
   In 1948 "All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)" by Spike Jones
           and the City Slickers is #1 on the charts.
   In 1954 Singer Joe Williams joins the Count Basie Orchestra.
   In 1958 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens a 10-day run at
           the Loew's State Theater in Manhattan with 17 acts, including Bo
           Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Avalon
           and the Everly Brothers.
   In 1959 Ringo Starr receives his first set of drums.
   In 1962 Ricky Nelson gives a diamond engagement ring to fiancee Kris Harmon
           at his parents home.
   In 1964 The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein gives a large rocking horse to
           John Lennon's son Julian for Christmas.
   In 1965 George Harrison proposes to Patti Boyd while driving to Christmas
           dinner in London.
   In 1965 "Lightnin' Strikes" by Lou Christie enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1965 "Over And Over" by the Dave Clark Five is #1 on the U.S. top 40
           chart.
   In 1967 Paul McCartney becomes engaged to Jane Asher, but the couple never
           marry.
   In 1969 16-year-old Robbie Bachman receives his first drum kit as a
           Christmas present. 3 years later, he joined brother Randy's group,
           Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
   In 1971 Simply Red's Mick Hucknall unwraps his first record player and 
           plays his first record "Sticky Fingers" by the Rolling Stones.
   In 1971 "Brand New Key" by Melanie hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
           stayed there for 3 weeks.
   In 1971 "Wild Life" by Paul McCartney & Wings enters the U.S. albums chart.
   In 1976 "More Than A Feeling" by Boston peaked at #5 on the U.S. top 40
           chart.
   In 1976 "Wings Over America" by Wings and "Hotel California" by the Eagles
           both enter the U.S. albums chart.
   In 1978 New York City's Apollo Theatre reopens with former amateur talent
           contestants Millie Jackson, the Manhattans, and Harold Melvin & the
           Blue Notes headlining.
   In 1981 Michael Jackson calls Paul McCartney and suggests they write and
           record "This Girl Is Mine."
   In 1982 "Hungry Like A Wolf" by Duran Duran enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1982 "Thriller" by Michael Jackson enters the U.S. albums chart.
   In 1990 James Brown is temporarily released from prison so he can perform a
           show for the troops headed for Operation Desert Shield.
   In 1993 "Hero" by Mariah Carey hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed
           there for 4 weeks.
   In 1995 The film "Four Rooms" featuring Madonna opens.
   In 1998 The Backstreet Boys, Lauryn Hill and Shania Twain are named to
           Entertainment Weekly's list of the year's top entertainers.
   In 1998 The Beatles' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is returned to the
           legendary walk following an absence of almost five years.
   In 2006 James Brown, the undeniable "Godfather of Soul," ill with pneumonia 

           dies from heart failure. He was 73.

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