"Northern states are likely to have a drier and warmer winter than average."
"Despite that, this year’s event had its share of insensitivity."
"On the menu? Customizable burgers with toppings such as asparagus, salads that come with options like quinoa or couscous, sweets like berry sundaes and lattes with “Peanuts”-themed latte foam art."
"'That’s going to help her — that he’s seen to be following her lead on this,' said Democratic strategist Matt Bennett, who pointed out that the former secretary of state has proposed many of the policies that Obama is set to outline in the coming days."
"The more-than 51-minute propaganda video comes on the heels of a war of words between Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton over her suggestion that the real estate mogul's controversial remarks about Muslims would be used to recruit jihadis."
Charlie from Wisconsin (go Badgers) submits this updated (and correct) tally of Big Ten teams in postseason play.
Winners: Neb, Minn. Wis. Mich. OSU = 5
losers: Ind. MSU. NW. IA = 4
Playing today: Penn St. vs GA = 10
Ten teams. Five wins, four losses, one undetermined as yet.
Sometimes when you “thrive” (the quotes are not my idea…I’m just, well, quoting) on being an underdog it turns out you are.
But all is not lost, at least not yet. There are nine* Big Ten teams in the postseason this year (this has less to do with football prowess than with the midwesterner’s overwhelming urge to flee winter weather on the slimmest of excuses, thus guaranteeing big ticket sales). So far, five have played and four have won. Today the players are Northwestern (the Wildcats), Michigan (the Wolverines), Iowa (the Hawkeyes), and Ohio State. Nuts. Ohio State plays Notre Dame and the two teams seem evenly matched, so it ought to be a pretty good game to watch. Go nuts.
There are, by the way, 14 teams in the Big Ten.
Seriously, this is why you have to go to college. If you don’t, you will never be able to figure this stuff out. (Or, well, maybe you will, but we don’t want to lead the kiddies astray. There are more things in life than football. Basketball, in fact , has already started.)
*Ten. Sorry. As of mid-afternoon EST Jan. 1, three have won and three have lost.
Whatever. Bring him back and lock him up.
If you can do it in 12 hours you’ll be in time for…
"More than 50,000 revelers are expected to ring in the New Year in downtown Mobile, Ala., at the city's MoonPie Over Mobile New Year's Eve Celebration."
If you can’t make it, well, there may be something closer. Click the link (above).
Even what stuff means. Like here—a New York Times article about the Donald’s poll numbers that refers, rather grandly, to every presidential election in this century.
Dude. That’s only four. For most of my life that same phrase meant a number that really was grand—it came to be 25—and a list of presidents that went back to Teddy Roosevelt.
But the Times’s list, now, goes back to Dubya.
See what I mean?
If it’s the last day of the year and your breakfast choices are a) Pretty Healthy Stuff (oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries) or b) Good Stuff (a big banana muffin and a slice of leftover pizza), you’d pick the Good Stuff, right? Of course you would. It’s the obvious best choice.
“An unsecured database containing information on more than 190 million US voters has been floating around the internet, and nobody seems to know how it got there.”
Looking at you, FBI guy. And all those D’s and R’s.
…for those year-end wrap-up pieces, and here’s one actually worth perusing:
(Yeah, I know it’s from the Times and I know the Times is paywalled and I do too much of it—mostly because I do too much of it—and I’m going to be better about that next year. At least for a day or two.)
Eighty-three days until Spring.
"New Yorkers brought suitcases and carts full of old financial documents, lists of men who’d wronged them, wedding invitations, reminders of poor health and symbols old habits they're ready to kick — which they threw into a paper shredder."
…especially during the winter months, and today should—finally—resolve the accumulating anxieties piled up by the decadently balmy December just (nearly) past. To wit:
- Hazard types... snow... sleet... and freezing rain.
- Accumulations... snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches... along with around a tenth of an inch of ice.
Per the weather service.
At 7:00 AM it’s still too dark to see clearly what last night’s damage was but it’s 24º out there, at least enough to put a chill into our Puritan bones.
"Mort Drucker’s JFK Coloring Book spent 14 weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list in 1962"
Here’s a chunk of history that blew right by me. Apparently somebody knew—just not me.
"Jerry Lewis, the slapstick comedian popular in the 1950s, completed “The Day the Clown Cried’’ in 1972, and it’s believed only seven people have ever viewed it,"
You won’t be able to see it until 2025 or so, but hey, put it in the queue.
"The tiny overpass was built in 1880 and was 'one of the few things left in Paoli that’s historical,' Paoli Town Council President Michael Harkness told the Associated Press."
You’ve got to see the picture at this link (above).
"STOCKHOLM — In what's become a Christmas tradition to some Swedes, a giant decorative goat made of straw was set ablaze early Sunday and police arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of arson."
"The Santa elves, for the most part, take up employment elsewhere during the rest of the year (a large percentage of which pick up seasonal work with the IRS). However, there are a number of elves employed year round at the North Pole and it's high time we give them recognition for their efforts (in no particular order) by area of work…"