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Friday, December 19, 2014
353rd day of the year.
There are 12 days remaining until the end of the year
There are 6 days remaining until Christmas
There are 12 days remaining until New Year's Eve

Today is Look for an Evergreen Day and Oatmeal Muffin Day
SATURDAY IS Go Caroling Day


 -- On this date in 2009, Brittany Murphy died
--On this date in 2013, A&E suspended Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty for questionable comments he made in GQ


 Friday's Birthday Cake:
Jake Gyllenhaal (34) (Birthday Trivia: Which job has jake not held A) bus boy B) landscaper C) lifeguard)
Warren Sapp (42)
Alyssa Milano (42)


Saturday's Birthday Cake:
pop star JoJo (24)
Jonah Hill (31) (Birthday Trivia: How much weight did Jonah recently lose? 40 pounds



Monday's Birthday Cake:
Meghan Trainor (21)
Jordin Sparks (25)


THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


 Entertainment Tonight claims Sony has canceled the release of ''The Interview'' because of hacker threats. ''The Interview'' was expected to earn $100 million for Sony. Sony spent $44 million to make the film and $35 million promoting it  (Sony lost $90 million when they pulled the plug)



MOVIES:  Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (LAST ROBIN WILLIAMS FILM), Annie Open Friday



5 PEOPLE HAVE FROM THE FLU IN NC (2 KIDS)!!!  A study says that the flu hits men much harder than women.



Brad Pitt was dismissed from jury service in L.A. because he was too distracting



- Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce with him receiving $2.5 million.   Bruce Jenner may change his name



- A chef at Muncheese in Torrance, California has invented a new hamburger bun made of mac and cheese. The bun is created by battering, breading and frying the mac and cheese




- Mark Wahlberg tells Entertainmentwise that he is committed to doing more Transformers movies




According to an Internet report, the average Christmas tree contains 30,000 mites and insects. U.S. scientists examined several trees and found 400 different types of spiders, ants, roaches, centipedes and caterpillars.



- According to a match.com survey, 66% of singles have stayed in a doomed relationship just to avoid being alone during the holidays



- ShopperTrak claims this Saturday, known as Super Saturday, will be the biggest shopping day of the year with $10 billion in sales


ONE BIG WINNER:  According to USA Today, Starbucks expects to sell 2 million gift cards on Xmas Eve. That's over 1,500 gift cards per minute



Man Spends $150K to Look Like Kim Kardashian
This guy has taken his admiration for Kim Kardashian to the extreme.
Jordan James Parke, a 23-year-old British makeup artist, has spent over $150,000 to look like the reality star, according to The Sun.



(allergic to Santa Claus)  Londoner Samantha Davies is allergic to Santa Claus. Whenever she sees Santa, the 17 year-old comes close to fainting, sneezes and breaks out in a violent rash.



 Christmas Tree Stylist: Bob Pranga is a Hollywood Christmas tree stylist. He was working at Macy's in 1984 when he launched his company after a customer said: "I wish I had people to decorate my tree for me.'' Bob has decorated trees for Kathy Hilton, Kristie Alley, Kate Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Mark Wahlberg and Barbra Streisand.

He tells CNN his services cost between $2,500 and $80,000. "I come over and do everything while you sit and drink cappuccinos and say, 'isn't this just wonderful?' I offer what I call the Honda, Lexus or Rolls Royce packages. The tree is always the star. That's the crown jewel. It's always all about the tree. A lot of times people tell me they hate everything they own, so we start over."

Bob decorates 90 homes a year.




 Technologically Challenged

A study by The Tech Guys reveals that 11:48 a.m. on Christmas Day is the time when most people give up on trying to make their new electronic gadgets work. Other findings:

- 15% of people toss their new gadgets or regift them because they have no idea how they work

- 50% of people say Christmas is the most stressful time of the year

- 24% of men have yet to make a holiday gift purchase

- 40% of shoppers are buying their gifts at discount and department stores this year.



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SAY WHAT REPORT!!!

Caught on Tape: Bear Mauls Santa

A wild bear in California has apparently made the naughty list this year for knocking out Santa himself -- and the proof was caught on video. Wildlife photographer Robert Martinez tells KTLA he set up a decorative Santa Claus in the Angeles National Forest, near Glendora, California, under the watchful eye of a wildlife camera.

The results that came overnight on December 15 didn't disappoint -- though they might be terrifying for one of Santa's little believers. The bear is shown slinking out of the pitch darkness and approaching the stuffed Santa, sniffing him -- and, apparently having not gotten what he wanted from Kris Kringle, the bear whomps him.



Mollieanne and Brian Smith were recently trapped in their new Mazda 3 for 13 hours. They honked their horn and tried to smash their windows. Their Aussie neighbors finally found them the next morning. Mollieanne was unconscious while Brian was struggling to breathe. He tells the NZ Herald that they got trapped because the car is keyless. "Once I found out how simple it was to unlock it I kicked myself that I did not find the way out ... I had this mindset that I did not have the transponder [so I could not get out]."

Survey: Ask your audience to call with their best 'operator error' stories



Holy Sh*t: The Miller Park Zoo, near Bloomington, Illinois, is selling Xmas ornaments made from animal dung. Zoo marketing director Susie Ohley says the dung is clear-coated, painted and then rolled in glitter. "Each one is unique   they are each a work of art." Each $8.50 ornament comes with a label of authenticity.


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The Living Christmas Co. rents live Christmas trees. The trees come in their own pot with their own soil. They are dropped off before season and then picked up after and replanted. Customers can rent the same tree year after year.

Owner Scott Martin tells treehugger.com: ''Only about 2 to 3 percent of their trees die during the holiday season, usually due to people forgetting to water them. By and large if you go out of your way to rent a living tree, you’re going to be more conscientious. The company does send email reminders about watering. Trees that die are mulched.''



Alternative Energy: Sandy, Utah's Living Planet Aquarium is using an electric eel to power the lights on their Christmas tree. PR director Angie Hyde says, "Visitors can visually and audibly experience the power of our electric eel and get a real sense of how amazing this creature is. We thought we'd put a festive twist on it for the holidays which has been a huge hit with our members and visitors



The Ultimate Lost Luggage
You think you've got a lost luggage story? It'll pale in comparison to Maria Dellos. Maria got a call this week about her luggage that they finally found in the TSA's lost and found. She thought the call was a mistake and assumed they were talking about the luggage her airline lost back in August and had already been returned. Nope, they were talking about the luggage an airline lost TWENTY YEARS AGO! Inside the bag was $600 worth of art supplies from a Las Vegas trade show and a handwritten note with Dellos' former address. She says, "I was just absolutely blown away. This is product, art product, very valuable stuff." So where has it been all this time? A TSA rep says, "We just did some shuffling of equipment at the airport, so it's quite possible that we came across something that somebody left unattended for a long period of time.




TODAY'S BOOKEND QUESTION
65% of people surveyed said they do this at a car dealership, even though they don't have to. What is it? Pay the full sticker price



SOUNDS

Xmas is almost here. Here are some kids leaving voicemails for Santa

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