For those outside the state of California, Huell Howser, who passed away late Sunday night, might be something of a mystery. There's a chance you saw him on 'Tracy Takes On ... Hollywood,' or heard his voice on an episode of 'The Simpsons.' Southern Californians, however, are surely familiar with his self-produced travelogues of the state, which aired on KCET in Los Angeles, in all their incarnations -- 'California's Gold,' 'Visiting ... with Huell Howser' and 'California's Water,' to name a few.
Al Roker truly is a man of the people. He loses weight. He makes jokes. He video bombs 'Today Show' segments by freezing in place. And apparently he can't resist telling everybody when he has a little accident at the White House. The admission, which came out during an interview on 'Dateline,' has him catching all kinds of flak, but we have to admit we're impressed.
The Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual New Year's swim looks like a great time. People in costumes, swimming, having fun. We probably should've gone, but there was that whole hangover thing to deal with. Which makes us wonder, does jumping into the freezing Atlantic ocean cure a hangover? If so, we're totally there next year.
Hey, did you hear the good news? We managed to avoid soaring headlong off the fiscal cliff yesterday. Granted, the House pulled the plug on a bill providing emergency aid to people whose lives were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy to do it. But they did it. Hooray!(?)
We're seriously rethinking our hobbies. James "The Bear" McDonald is seen here plowing his way through the entirety of Denny's special "Hobbit" menu, because he's a competitive eater and that's what he does. We, on the other hand, have a drawer full of half-finished socks.
Considering how much most people hate looking for a job, Dave Herman is definitely one of the more motivated people we've come across this year. With just five days left in the year, he's worked 99 different jobs, and he's looking for a 100th.
So Friday, December 21 is maaaaaaaybe going to be the apocalypse because a really old calendar ran out of space. It's already tomorrow in Australia, and people are reporting that it's fine. Of course other people are pointing out that the ancient Mayans weren't really operating on Greenwich Mean Time, so maybe Australia should just cool their jets. Some of us are calmly stuffing as much clothing as possible into our one measly carry-on bag for our Christmas trip home. Other people are taking more drastic measures. Here's how people are getting ready for tomorrow's "apocalypse."
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