IS THAT A GRENADE IN YOUR CHIP OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME? A three-inch-wide undetonated German hand grenade from World War I was discovered in a delivery of potatoes to a potato chip factory in Hong Kong, the second such discovery in a week. They are thought to have been accidentally dug up in potato fields in France. (BBC)
TRUMP BIBLE SCHOLAR: “President Donald Trump is praising plans to introduce Bible study to public schools, even though his former pastor has revealed that Trump never went to Bible study or even attended church.” (HuffPost)
CORRUPTION: The U.S. has fallen from 16th to 22nd on this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index, a measure of the countries perceived to be the least corrupt, administered by the watchdog group Transparency International. Denmark scored best (least corrupt), Somalia scored worst, and the U.S. sits right between France and the United Arab Emirates. (NPR)
JOB LOSSES: “It’s been a terrible week for the media business. All told, some 1,000 people in the industry across the country lost their jobs. That includes BuzzFeed announcing that it’d lay off 15 percent of its staff, HuffPost’s parent company Verizon announcing that it’d lay off 7 percent of its media division, and newspaper giant Gannett laying off dozens.”
Democratic Count: Sen. Kamala Harris of California announced yesterday on “Good Morning America” that she is running for president. For those keeping a tally at home, that’s now: Eight people who are running for the Democratic nomination, two who are “all but certain” to run, four who are “likely” to run, and eight who “might” run.
MAC & CHEESE: At Costco, for $89.99, one can buy a 27-pound tub of mac & cheese with a shelf-life of 20-years. And yes, they are currently sold out!
THE EGG: A photograph of an egg, posted on Jan. 5, has become Instagram’s most-liked post of all time with some 19.5 million likes. This vaults the egg, that is, a photograph of an egg, ahead of a photo of Kylie Jenner’s newborn daughter to claim the record.
THE TURNOVER in President Trump’s Cabinet has been unprecedented in recent history, my colleague Nathaniel Rakich writes. As of yesterday, there had been 12 staffing changes in his Cabinet. In second place at this point in his administration was Bill Clinton, with only six
FACE of AMERICA: A photo of the House floor shows the GOP, mostly male, mostly white, and mostly wearing dark suits, white shirts, and ties. The Democrats don’t look like that, they are the true face of America, very diverse and inclusive.
4 BILLION MILES AWAY: NASA’s minivan-sized New Horizons spacecraft just visited the most distant object ever explored, a rocky, 20-mile-long object 4 billion miles from Earth called Ultima Thule. The mission was first conceived 30 years ago.
Say bye to the bull: The Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged 5,036 points since its record high on September 20, 2018, poised for its worst December since 1931.
Helen Philpot – “The President wanted a shutdown. The President got a shutdown. What he didn’t get was a wall.”
SELFIE TRAMWAY: Warner Brothers wants to build a $100 million, one mile long, aerial tramway to haul selfie-shooting tourists up to the Hollywood sign so they won’t be trampling through the neighborhoods of wealthy people.
GUN VIOLENCE: Mitch McConnell just said there’s not much congress can do to stop gun violence. Well yeah, especially if congress never tries.
FEAR: “The easiest thing to sell in America is fear and Donald Trump is the master salesman.”