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DATEBOOK: MAY 30, 2014

This is day 150 of 2014. There are 215 days remaining.


• Colm Meaney (Stark Trek: TNG’s Miles O’Brien) is 61

• Ted McGinley (The Love Boat, Happy Days, Jefferson Darcy on Married With Children) is 56

• Ralph Carter (Michael Evans, the youngest son, on Good Times) is 53

• Singer-actress Idina Menzel, aka ‘Adele Dazeem’ (sang the Academy Award-winning song Let It Go in Frozen) is 43

• Rapper, singer, TV personality Cee Lo Green (The Voice) is 40

• Cee Lo Green is 39

• Jared Gilmore (Once Upon a Time, Mad Men) is 14


• 1868: Decoration Day — the predecessor of the modern Memorial Day — was observed in the United States for the first time.

• 1883: In New York City, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse caused a stampede which crushes twelve people.

• 1911: At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ended with Ray Harroun becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race in his Marmon Wasp.

• 1922: In Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.

• 1981: The compact disc was first introduced.

• 1996: Britain’s Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested divorce ending their 10-year marriage.

2003: TV news anchor Peter Jennings took the U.S. citizenship test and was sworn in, along with 50 other new citizens, at a ceremony in Manhattan. He retained his Canadian citizenship. After working 40 years for ABC News, Jennings died of lung cancer in
• 2005 at age 67.

• 2006: The FBI said it had found no trace of missing labor leader Jimmy Hoffa after digging up a suburban Detroit horse farm.


• Today (Friday) is Mint Julep Day.

• Today (Friday) is Water A Flower Day.

• Saturday is Hug Your Cat Day.

• Saturday is The Wicket World of Croquet Day.

• Saturday is World No-Tobacco Day.

• Saturday is Macaroon Day.

• June is Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month, Dairy Month, Fireworks Safety Month, International Accordion Awareness Month, International Men’s Month, International People Skills Month, June is Perennial Gardening Month, National Candy Month, National Iced Tea Month, National Rose Month, National Seafood Month, National Soul Food Month, National Steakhouse Month, Potty Training Awareness Month, Prevent Cancer From The Sun Month, Turkey Lover’s Month, Bathroom Reading Month.

• Sunday is Go Barefoot Day.

• Sunday is Say Something Nice Day.

• Sunday is Cancer Survivors Day.

• Sunday is Heimlich Maneuver Day.

• Sunday is Flip a Coin Day. Unsure of what to do? Flip a coin.

• Sunday is Hazelnut Cake Day.



25 million: Number of times you bend your fingers in your life.



An inexperienced teenager from Canada had to be airlifted to safety after he managed to get himself stuck on a mountain in Colorado. [Are you like me, and have you just had enough of that Justin Bieber?]

Scout Willis walked up and down the streets of New York topless to protest censorship on Instagram. [Remember when her mother, Demi Moore, was the kooky one in the family?]

A porn actress is running for Mayor of Toronto. [Why not? Performing in front of a camera hasn’t seemed to hurt the current mayor.]

Remember the other week when we learned that golfer Rory McIlroy had called off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki? Well, now comes word that he broke up with her over the phone. [That’s right, no insensitive cold-hearted tweeting for him.]

While attending Angelina Jolie’s latest movie premiere, Brad Pitt was attacked and punched in the face. [Let it go, Jennifer Aniston. Let it go.]

A deer jumped off an Illinois highway overpass, then crashed through a car’s windshield. [And hit Brad Pitt.]

A Russian rocket carrying a 3-man crew blasted off this week. [Their mission? Annex the moon.]

A new report says that obesity is now so common that 30% of the world is fat. [And they all seem to sit next to me on airplanes.]

Criminals broke into Detroit police cars parked in the precinct parking lot. [Isn’t that like having an outbreak of salmonella at the health department?]

New York City says it has no interest in bidding on the 2024 Olympics. [Thought it is vying to host the Dungeons & Dragons World Cup.]



BABY RECESSION MAY BE OVER _ Last year’s preliminary number of U.S. births was 3,957,577 — an increase of 4,736 births from 2012 — indicating the baby recession may be over. The birth rate had been on the decline since 2007. The birth rate for women in their early 20s declined last year. However, the birth rates for women in their 30s and 40s rose last year.

STUDENTS DENIED DIPLOMAS FOR TOSSING CAPS _ An entire class of graduating seniors in a Chicago suburb was denied diplomas after the students ignored warnings not to throw their graduation caps into the air during Tuesday’s commencement ceremony. The Ridgewood High School students will not be given their diplomas unless they publicly apologize. School administrators, who say the students were warned repeatedly beforehand, called their actions disrespectful.

… Superintendent Dr. Robert Lupo explained the reasoning behind the decision on his blog: “The gym is decorated; people dress up (some of them); we expect dignified behavior. Secondly, it is an indoor event. In past ceremonies, people have been hit by flying caps. We’d just as soon not have graduates leaving with cuts and black eyes.” Lupo also addressed the students who didn’t throw their caps, saying they should voice their concerns with the students who didn’t listen.

SCHOOL UNDER FIRE FOR DOCTORING YEARBOOK PHOTOS _ A high school in Utah has come under fire for editing yearbook pictures to remove tattoos and raise plunging necklines on female students. Administrators of Wasatch High School (in Heber City) said pupils whose images were doctored had violated the dress code of the school. Students were warned last fall when yearbook photos were taken that banned apparel such as tank tops, low-cut tops, certain slogans on shirts and other “inappropriate” attire would be subjected to editing to conform with the school’s dress standards. School officials conceded that mistakes had been made, although they gave no specific examples, and said it would review its practice of editing videos.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Students tossing graduation caps, edited yearbook photos… are kids no longer allowed to be kids? Or are these kids learning a lesson about what life’s like in the real world? By that I mean ‘rules’.

RESEARCHERS NEED MORE TIME TO STUDY PORN _ A German study claims to have found “the first evidence for a link between pornography consumption and reductions in brain size and brain activity in response to sexual stimuli.” Researchers took men, asked them how often they watch porn, and then checked their brain to see how it reacted when they were shown pornography. It turns out that men who admit to watching higher levels of porn have diminished function in the areas of the brain that deal with motivation.

… But that doesn’t necessarily mean that watching porn causes a decline in this specific sort of brain activity. The researchers said, “Alternatively, it could be a precondition that makes pornography consumption more rewarding,” meaning the way a person’s brain is already wired could affect his porn habits, driving him to watch more porn. It could go either way.

… So, guess what? Researchers are going to have to continue studying porn and its affect on the brain.

THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO HOLD AND EAT A BURGER _ Japanese researchers have discovered the perfect way to eat a hamburger. Three “experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and density” say thumbs and pinkies on the bottom, middle three fingers on top. The uniformly spread fingers help keep the burger together at all times, thus keeping the contents from mushing out preemptively.

TEENAGER’S ARMPITS WERE SHAVED BY TEACHER _ A mom in Australia is demanding answers after her teenage daughter’s armpits were shaved by her teacher as part of the school’s curriculum. Melissa Woods, mother of 14-year-old Taylah, says her daughter was “extremely upset” when her armpits were shaved in front of two other girls in a classroom. The teenager, who has a disability, had been enrolled in a life skills program at the school. The teacher told the mom that her daughter would get picked on if she didn’t shave, she said. The school teaches children with intellectual and some physical disabilities and part of the independent living skills program is to demonstrate how things are done. The principal said that parents were alerted to the inclusion of shaving in the life skills program.

MOBILE SCREEN TIME ON THE RISE _ The next time a friend complains about America’s overload of screen time, break out this reassuring statement: “At least we’re not Indonesia.” According to new research Americans spend a significant chunk of time in front of screens relative to their global neighbors: We rank second in overall TV watching, tie for 16th in both laptop and desktop use as well as tablet use, and, at 2 hours and 31 minutes per day, rank 13th in smartphone use.

… However, our mobile stats pale in comparison to Indonesians. Thanks to an absolute explosion in tablet usage, Indonesians lead the way in daily mobile-device screen minutes with a cumulative average of 4 hours and 51 minutes per day.

STUCK TEEN PLUCKED FROM PEAK _ Samuel Frappier, a 19-year-old Canadian climber, got himself into a bit of trouble late Tuesday while trekking up the side of 14,259-foot Longs Peak, located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. He was wearing nothing but cotton clothes and tennis shoes. Without any technical climbing equipment and zero experience, he and another hiker were separated. That’s when Frappier got stuck 13,000 feet up in an extremely precarious place. Climbers and hikers often get into trouble on Longs, a popular peak about 75 miles from Denver. The teen was able to call for help using his cellphone, and a search team arrived just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The rescue wasn’t without some risk as warm temperatures and melting conditions caused ice- and rockfalls during the operation. By the time the teen was flown to safety 28 team members and several helicopters were involved.

FOOD TRUCK DOESN’T SELL MEALS, BUT ACCEPTS THEM _ A Minnesota food truck is filling local hearts with joy without striking up a single burner. That’s because Finnegans Reverse Food Truck doesn’t actually serve meals. But it will gladly accept them. The giant green mobile is a charity drive on wheels, collecting non-perishables and monetary donations for those in need. Launched by Finnegans beer in partnership with a food bank, the Reverse Food Truck has already resulted in close to 5,700 pounds of produce being delivered to hungry individuals.

INSTAGRAM GLITCH HANDS OVER TEEN’S ACCOUNT TO MAN _ Michael Wagner hadn’t paid Instagram much attention since opening his account in 2010. The San Francisco man never posted a selfie or documented his breakfast conquests. But when friends persuaded him to give the photo-sharing app another shot a few weeks ago, he opened his account to discover someone else had been busy posting pictures on it. That someone was a high-school girl with over 500 followers and hundreds of photos, seemingly oblivious to the fact that she had poached Wagner’s profile.

… Wagner reported the problem to Instagram, but over the next week, he still had access to the account. He changed the password, but it didn’t kick the girl off, since users keep their access if they were already using the app when it was changed. Instagram reported that they are now aware of the bug and working to fix it. It appears that the problem started when the girl signed up for Instagram using the same email address as Wagner, though normally when people try to sign up for an account with an email account already in use, they aren’t able to piggyback on to a pre-existing account.

FORD RECALLS 1.4 MILLION VEHICLES FOR VARIOUS DEFECTS _ Ford announced Thursday a recall of 1.4 million vehicles, including more than 1 million SUVs with a power steering defect and nearly 200,000 Taurus sedans with a corrosion problem. The company also said it was recalling 82,576 sedans with floor mats that could interfere with the accelerator. The majority of the recalls are for the United States and Canada.

DITCHING DVDS COULD POWER 200,000 HOMES _ The environmental benefits of streaming a movie (or downloading it) rather than purchasing a DVD are staggering. According to a new U.S. government study (by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), if all DVDs purchased in 2011 were streamed instead, the energy savings would have been enough to meet the electricity demands of roughly 200,000 households. It would have cut roughly 2 billion kilograms of carbon emissions. Even when you take into account cloud storage, data servers and the streaming device, streaming uses much less energy than purchasing a DVD.

… U.S. consumers are still buying about 700 million discs a year.

WOULD YOU PAY $1,000 ONCE TO GET FREE BEER FOR LIFE? _ Would you pay $1,000 one time to get free beer for life? A brewpub and a coffee shop in Minneapolis have used a one-time payment method to save their businesses. Amy Johnson and her two business partners needed to raise $220,000 to secure a bank loan and fulfill their dream of opening a restaurant that served beer brewed right there at the pub. People who invested $1,000 receive free in-house beer for the rest of their lives, or as long as the place stays open. People could also receive 0.1 percent nonvoting equity in the company for every $1,000 invested. Or for $5,000, investors get 0.5 percent equity and free in-house beer for life. The brewpub hit its goal of $220,000 through the 46 people who chose the first option, 42 who picked the second, and 30 who took the third. The brewpub has now been open for almost two years and is thriving.

… In neighboring St. Paul a struggling coffee shop was looking for a fresh start and did the same thing. Groundswell got the support of 75 people willing to give $1,000 on a gamble.

GET DUMPED FROM THE BEE WITHOUT GETTING WORDS WRONG _ The National Spelling Bee wrapped up Thursday night. Did you know it’s possible to get booted out of the competition even though you haven’t misspelled a word? Apparently, due to time constraints officials started throwing kids out as early as Round 3. That’s because they took a vocabulary test before the competition, and the ones with the lower marks were earmarked for early dismissal if needed. Even though they didn’t botch a word. This is spelled out in the “Semifinals Format” section of the official Bee rules, under “elimination”.

BUS DRIVER HAILED A HERO AFTER HE SAVES TODDLER’S LIFE _ An Oregon bus driver is being hailed as a hero for his deed that saved the life of a 2-year-old toddler. Bill Clark was driving his bus on the morning of May 23 when he saw a toddler walking in the middle of a small street, perilously close to the busy street right in front of him. Clark immediately pulled his bus over to investigate. Seeing the bus stop and Clark coming out of it, the toddler happily ran towards him. He asked the kid, named James, details about his home and parents but the toddler was in no mood to answer those. With no one in sight and having no clue who the parents of the toddler were, Clark took the kid inside the bus and called the police.

… It turned out James was a regular passenger on the bus with his family members. On this particular day, James had managed to sneak out of his home when his dad was asleep and mom was away. He was taken to a local transit station until child services took custody.

… Surveillance videos from the day of the event has been released recently making them an instant hit. Clark says he’s no hero: “No, I’m no hero, I’m just an old guy that likes kids.” Video



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOWLER HITS 120-FOOT STRIKE _ Is there a record for the longest strike in bowling? Not the longest streak of strikes, the longest strike — one roll, one strike. A video has gone viral showing a bowler completing the impressive feat from an incredible 120 feet. Standing at the entrance door of the alley, Joey Augustine hurls the ball across the carpeted floor and down the lane before knocking down all 10 pins. Augustine works as a manager of Seaside Lanes Bowling Alley in Virginia Beach and was filmed while the building was empty.

… He used a pink 14-pound ball and needed six attempts before making the strike from 120 feet, which is double the length of a bowling lane. Video

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SCARES OFF STALKER BY STRIPPING _ A woman being followed by a man on a motorbike in China discovered a unique way to get rid of her stalker. People who witnessed the incident were initially baffled by what she did, but it did the trick as the unwanted visitor was embarrassed away before the police turned up. The woman was walking and being followed by a man on a motorbike. There is a stage in a square where concerts and plays are held. She went on the stage and took off her clothes to lie down naked, and then the man left. A police spokesman said: “Normally an act of this kind would be punishable with a fine but on this case, as she got dressed when officers arrived, we took no further action.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANKER SENDS POLICE DRUNK-DRIVING PICS _ A 29-year-old banker in China decided to taunt police from his BMW. He decided it would be fun to beam out images of his reckless driving. One had him holding a beer. It was accompanied by the text: “Is it unlawful to drive while drinking?” Another caption offered: “Do you really think ten beers is too much to drive with?” He posted the images on China’s equivalent of Facebook. Police caught up with his car. Though he allegedly claims the beer bottle in the image was empty and he was only having fun, he has been charged with numerous traffic violations.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SCHOOL YEARBOOK FILLED WITH ERRORS _ A Winter Park, Florida, high school released a yearbook that included so many errors that school leaders might reissue a digital version. School officials said the yearbook contained spelling errors or typos on nearly every page. Apparently the publication didn’t go through a copy-editing process before it was sent to the publisher. Some of the errors found in the printed year book:

  • Three stunts where done and the crown was in awe.
  • Once our coached gave us out pep talk I was able to get in the water and warm up.
  • In the attemps of snatching the ball from the opposing team, Elliott Hammond and Cameron Gergley clash nto one another.
  • Freshmans enjoy their first Homecoming Dance.
  • They DJ was sure to keep the dancefloor filled with dancing students.
  • Aquring a healthy lifestyle was the main goal of the Health Fair and many studnets helped accomplish it.
  • Participating in the days events, the step team showed off their step routine they practiced for weeks on end.
  • The varsity cheerleaders clap there pom poms as they parade down the streets of Park Avenue.
  • The junior class float caught in action as they wild the crowd up by driving by.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEER FALLS FROM SKY, CRUSHES A CAR _ For some reason, a 200-pound doe either leapt or fell from an Illinois overpass, slamming directly into the windshield of a minivan. Heidi Conner and her four kids were traveling at more than 70 mph on an Illinois interstate when all of a sudden the creature landed between the two front seats. Incredibly nobody was seriously injured. The children were all unharmed, and Conner walked away with a sore shoulder and a few bumps and bruises.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN BROKE INTO SHELTER TO GET CATS BACK _ A Wisconsin woman lost her 17 cats to a Humane Society shelter after her unsanitary apartment was condemned. Now Lee Ann Shore has been arrested for allegedly breaking into that shelter to steal her cats back. Police say she removed 15 cats, only eight of which previously belonged to her.




SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

DATELINE (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — If you missed the premiere Monday, see it tonight.

BETTY WHITE’S OFF THEIR ROCKERS (8p ET, Lifetime) — Two new episodes air back to back.

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat



BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SERIES PREMIERE: CROSSBONES (10p ET, NBC) — John Malkovich stars in this new drama as the notorious pirate Blackbeard. Set in 1729, Blackbeard is searching for an invention that will change the world. Richard Coyle (Covert Affairs) also stars.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat



GEORGE MICHAEL RUSHED TO HOSPITAL _ British pop icon George Michael was rushed to hospital last week after collapsing at his London home. Paramedics reportedly treated the 50-year-old for four hours last Thursday after a worried friend dialed emergency services at 8 a.m. The former Wham! star was then taken to hospital for further emergency treatment. It’s not clear what caused the singer’s mystery illness.

WILL SMITH LEAVES ‘BRILLIANCE’ _ Will Smith has ditched the movie “Brilliance,” an adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel. The book is set in a world where 1% of the children born are savants, or “brilliants,” with special powers. A federal agent who has become a master hunter of terrorists must track down a savant terrorist who intends to start civil war. Scheduling couldn’t be worked out with Smith also starring in another film due for release in February.

KIMYE WEDDING PHOTO IS MOST LIKED INSTAGRAM _ Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s wedding photo is reportedly now Instagram’s most liked post ever. As of Thursday night, the picture of the newlyweds kissing just after tying the knot in Florence has amassed close to 2 million likes. Kardashian posted the picture on her page on Tuesday. The couple reportedly stole the top spot from a Justin Bieber-Selena Gomez picture the teen superstar shared in January. That snapshot currently has more than 1.82 million likes.

KIM KARDASHIAN AND KANYE WEST CATCH A MOVIE IN IRELAND _ Kim Kardashian and Kanye West touched down in the capital of the Czech Republic on Thursday as their European honeymoon continues. The couple, who had a pre-wedding celebration in Paris before tying the knot in Florence, Italy, on Saturday, began their life as Mr. and Mrs. West in Ireland with a honeymoon that’s much more low-key than their multimillion-dollar nuptials. The newlyweds delighted locals in the Irish midlands town of Tullamore Wednesday evening when they caught a screening of The Other Woman at a local theater.

KATE GOSSELIN AND KIDS RETURNING TO TLC FOR SPECIAL _ Kate Plus 8 is back. TLC is set to air a new two-evening special featuring Kate Gosselin and her eight children Cara, Mady, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel. What’s the special occasion for this new special? The sextuplets have turned 10. Oh, and mama needs to pay the mortgage.

… A clip released by TLC shows Kate Gosselin and the eight kids sitting down in the living room to discuss spring break plans.

AMAZON REPORTEDLY ADDING MUSIC STREAMING TO PRIME _ Apple just plunked down $3 billion for Beats, which includes a streaming music service. But competition will suddenly get a whole lot tougher this summer. A source says Amazon is gearing up to add music streaming to its Prime members as early as June or July. Initially the selection of songs is said to only include songs that are at least six months old.

REPORT: MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, CARA DELEVIGNE SPLIT _ Cara Delevingne’s intercontinental romance with Fast & Furious 7 star Michelle Rodriguez may have come to an end. A source says that Rodriguez, 35, got tired of the 21-year-old British model’s hard-partying lifestyle. The couple’s whirlwind romance went public in January, when they were photographed making out at a Knicks game in New York City. Rodriguez confirmed their relationship in February, reportedly telling the Daily Mirror that she and Delevingne “have the best time together.”

DEMI LOVATO ANNOUNCES FALL DATES OF WORLD TOUR _ Less than 2 weeks after arriving from her 48-stops Neon Lights tour through North and South America, Demi Lovato is ready to get back on the road. The 21-year-old singer announced the North America dates of her upcoming World Tour via YouTube video on Thursday. The former Disney star will begin her tour in Baltimore, Maryland on September 6 and will make 23 stops before hitting Newark, New Jersey on October 25.

MARILYN MANSON LANDS ROLE IN ‘SONS OF ANARCHY’ _ Marilyn Manson is coming back to the small screen. Six months after the singer appeared in HBO’s Eastbound and Down Manson has landed a new role in FX’ Son’s of Anarchy. The 45-year-old rocker will play “Ron Tully, a white supremacist prison shot-caller who Jax (Charlie Hunnam) uses to expand his power base.” Manson was the one who approached producers about the role because he and his father are big fans.

KRISTEN BELL GOING AFTER PAPARAZZI WHO SNAP STARS’ KIDS _ Kristen Bell doesn’t like walking through the supermarket and seeing Suri Cruise on the cover of tabloid magazines. In fact the 33-year-old actress and mother of a toddler is so appalled by seeing kids of celebrities thrust into the limelight that she’s launching a campaign to get Hollywood paparazzi to lay off the these young kids. Launched early this year, Bell’s No Kids Policy is picking up steam with a simple but powerful tool — celebrity access. She’s gotten stars like Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence to refuse interviews with television and print outlets that use pictures of Hollywood kids taken without their parents’ consent. Many outfits, like In Touch and TMZ, haven’t signed on with Bell and the No Kids Policy. But the actress said she isn’t giving up.




MALEFICENT (PG) score/reviews

  • A vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.
  • Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning


  • As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.
  • Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman



We all know how annoying it is to misplace a phone at home or somewhere nearby. To save you from frantically searching under sofa cushions and in bags, someone has created an iOS app called Marco Polo that turns this potentially stressful situation into a fun game of find-and-seek.  Like the classic summer pool game, simply shout “Marco!” and your phone will respond with “Polo!” You can shout as many times as you need to locate your phone — it’ll keep responding until you find it.

… The app comes with 30 voice options, and the choice to create your own custom keyword for your phone to respond to. This is especially handy if you have several Apple gadgets, as it eliminates confusion over which device you want to find. | app link


A poll asked 1,100 people who the most disliked man in America is.

1. Donald Sterling: 92 percent

2. Bernie Madoff: 90 percent

3. OJ Simpson: 88 percent

4. Conrad Murray: 88 percent

5. Justin Bieber: 86 percent

6. Phil Spector: 83 percent

7. Aaron Hernandez: 81 percent

8. Michael Lohan: 76 percent

9. Eliot Spitzer: 73 percent

10. Jon Gosselin: 71 percent



TRIVIA: You will toss 253 pounds of what this year? (Food. That’s pounds per person!)

TRIVIA: Some 17,000 American men and 9,500 Canadian men are injured where each year? (In the kitchen)


I’ll ask you a few questions… get them all wrong and you win. (Example: Who was the maid on The Brady Bunch? Yes, it was Al Gore.)

• Name the country that often goes by the nickname The Land Down Under.

• When canoeing down a river, what type of boat would you use?

• Name a planet that rhymes with ‘cars’.

• In what high school subject would you use a beaker?

• What do you call the person who sits at the front of a plane and tells it where to go.



A group of senior citizens were discussing their medical problems over coffee one morning. “Do you realize,” said one, “My arm is so weak I can hardly hold this coffee cup?” “Yes, I know,” replied the second, “My cataracts are so bad I can’t see to pour the coffee.” “I can’t turn my head,” said the third, “because of the arthritis in my neck.” “My blood pressure pills make my dizzy,” commented the fourth, adding, “I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old.” “Well, it’s not all bad,” piped up the first, “We should be thankful that we can still drive.”



Idaho farmers promote local plant sale with music video.



All clean.


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• New trailer for 22 Jump Street. (Redband — NSFW audio)

• The best (George W. Bush) and worst (50 Cent) first pitches ever.

• Moran Freeman’s unboxing video for the ending of Se7en.

• Invention: Suspended picnic table for friendly conversation.

• Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda in the trailer for This Is Where I Leave You.

• Serve up dinner in an Indian Jones Monkey Brains Bowl.

• Artist shoots stop-motion by inserting cartoons into real life.

The Encyclopedia of Radio Promotions is full of 1,000+ ideas.



This is day 153 of 2014. There are 212 days remaining.


• Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H film) is 77

• Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer) is 73

• Rock Hall of Famer Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) is 73

• Composer Marvin Hamlisch is 70

• Jerry Mathers (Leave It to Beaver) is 66

• Joanna Gleason is 64

• Dennis Haysbert (The Unit, 24) is 60

• Dana Carvey (Saturday Night Live) is 59

• Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) is 53

• Wayne Brady (Let’s Make A Deal, Whose Line Is It Anyway?) is 42

• Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) is 42

• Zachary Quinto (Spock in the newer Star Trek films) is 37

• Dominic Cooper (An Education, Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger) is 36

• Nikki Cox (Las Vegas) is 36

• Justin Long (Dodgeball, Ed, Live Free or Die Hard) is 36


• 1835: P.T. Barnum and his circus began their first tour of the United States.

• 1886: U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion.

• 1896: Guglielmo Marconi received a patent for his newest invention: the radio.

• 1928: Employees at Kraft created a processed specialty cheese product they would call Velveeta.

• 1964: The Rolling Stones kicked off their first American tour at a high school football stadium in Lynn, Massachusetts.

• 1988: Singer James Brown’s wife Adrienne claimed “diplomatic immunity” in traffic court because she was the wife of the “official ambassador of soul.”

• 1995: United States Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady’s F-16 was shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.

• 1997: In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

• 2001: An Australian man laid off from work in the morning became a multi-millionaire a few hours later when he won a $4.5 million lottery. He had lost his job at a shipbuilding yard in Hobart on the island state of Tasmania.

• 2004: Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy.

• 2005: Georgia “runaway bride” Jennifer Wilbanks pleaded no contest to faking her own abduction and was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine.


• Today is National Bubba Day.

• Today is Leave the Office Early Day.

• Today is Rocky Road Day. (The ice cream, not your marriage.)