1. Delta Airlines has begun serving complimentary meals in the main cabin on selected flights on a trial basis. *** They hope the results will be better than their previous program, Passenger Potluck. (The concept was good, but everyone just brought a big bag of chips.)
2. In Glendale, Arizona, police are searching for a gunman who injured two people inside a Wal-Mart and then escaped. *** Several Wal-Mart shoppers ran after the guy but were unable to catch him, since they were all wearing flip-flops.
3. According to a recent survey by the Red Cross, 46% of Americans feel that under certain circumstances torture is morally acceptable. *** The other 54% disagree and say they shouldn’t be forced to watch all those Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.
4. 2,300 scientists, including 22 Nobel Prize winners, wrote a letter to Donald Trump urging him to formulate policies based on solid scientific facts. *** Mr. Trump agreed and said he will only consider findings that have been documented in respected scientific journals, such as “Twitter.”
5. A photo of Donald Trump in a stiff breeze revealed that the short end of his tie was secured to the back of the tie with a couple strips of Scotch tape. *** A Trump spokesman later said the president-elect was embarrassed by the revelation and had promised to immediately switch to American tape.
6. On this date in history: Dec 9, 1878 Joseph Pulitzer buys the St. Louis Dispatch for $2,500. *** Of course, in today’s Internet world, people have a hard time believing that newspapers were once worth that much.
7. On this date in history: Dec 8, 1863 – Abraham Lincoln announces his plan for Reconstruction of the South. *** It included a wide variety of retirement communities, theme parks and golf courses.
8. On this date in history: Dec 7, 1965 – The Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches formally reconcile themselves by reversing a mutual excommunication of each other, dating back to the year 1054. *** Afterwards, there was a huge celebration when they learned that 911 years was a new world record for holding a grudge.
9. On this date in history: Dec 6, 1990 – Shoeless Joe Jackson's signature is sold for $23,100. *** Sadly, with that money he could have bought some really nice shoes.
10. On this date in history: Dec 5, 1932 – German physicist Albert Einstein is granted a U.S. visa. *** On the application form he entered his occupation as “Genius.”