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This is day 83 of 2015. There are 282 days remaining.


• R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) is 71

• Comedian Louie Anderson is 62

• Robert Carradine is 61

• Former Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer is 59

• TV personality Star Jones is 53

• Lauren Bowles (True Blood) is 45

• Lara Flynn Boyle (Twin Peaks, The Practice) is 45

• Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement, Grounded for Life) is 44

• Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) is 42

• Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is 41

• NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 39

• Olivia Burnette (Sons of Anarchy) is 38

• Jessica Chastain is 38

• Amir Arison (The Blacklist) is 37

• Keisha Castle-Hughes (The Nativity Story, Whale Rider) is 25


• 1898: Alexander Winton sold his first automobile, built in Cleveland, to mining engineer Robert Allison for $1,000. It was the first car built and sold in the U.S.

• 1936: The longest game in NHL history was played between Detroit and Montreal. Detroit scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime and won the game 1-0.

• 1944: In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners began breaking out of Stalag Luft III.

• 1958: At age 23, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army in Memphis.

• 1978: Near Sutherland, England, Alex Maclennan dug 16 sheep out of a snowdrift where they’d been buried for 50 days. One ewe was still alive.

• 1989: In Alaska’s Prince William Sound the Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels of petroleum after running aground.

• 1991: Some 100 cars were damaged by fire when dry grass ignited at a cook-off sponsored by the San Antonio Firefighters Association. No one was hurt.

• 2002: At the Academy Awards, Halle Berry became the first black actress to win an Oscar in a leading role for her work in Monster’s Ball. Denzel Washington became the second black actor, after Sidney Poitier, to win in the best actor category, for Training Day.

• 2005: When Diane Viza got into an argument with her son over whether she was sober, she drove to the Albion, New York, police station asked to take a sobriety test. That turned out to be a bad idea. The 45-year-old woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after she showed up at the police station.

• 2012: Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent a heart transplant at a Virginia hospital.


• Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

• World Tuberculosis Day


• April 1: April Fool’s Day (Wednesday)

• April 5: Easter (Sunday)

• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)

• April 6: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game (Monday)

• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

More holidays



450 million: Number of monthly visits to U.S. government websites.



Travel professionals say that bookings for Cuba are through the roof as people try to visit Cuba before it changes. [They mean before it goes Hollywood and changes its name to Cuba Gooding Jr.]

So far the NCAA Men’s Tournament has yielded some pretty exciting upsets. [I guess that’s what gave Ted Cruz the idea of running for president.]

Scientists say that they have created the world’s best snake anti-venom from the protein found in opossums. They say its better than the old anti-venoms with none of the side effects. [Except for the overwhelming urge in the middle of the night to wander across a busy highway.]

Much is being made of the fact that presidential candidate ted Cruz has a Cuban father and was born in Canada. [But he considers himself thoroughly American except for his habit of cursing in Spanish while watching hockey. ]

Authorities in Argentina have discovered secret Nazi hideouts hidden deep in the jungle. [They found the hideouts full of propaganda materials, World War II era German coins, and a lifetime supply of mustache wax.]

Paris is having so much air pollution that you can barely see the Eiffel Tower. [Most tourists are severely disappointed but the Chinese feel right at home.]

Have you seen that story about Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel? He has a masters in math. [He’s the only player in the NFL whose trash talk revolves around square roots.]

Scientists say that due to the earth’s tilt this year’s spring will be shorter than last year’s, and for the next 6,000 they will continue to get shorter while summer keeps getting longer. [Until it’s just “Sprummer.”]

A Jacksonville, Florida man, thought dead for the past two years, was arrested in North Carolina. [I know North Carolina is a nice place but I had no idea that it’s where you go when you die.]

Jim Parsons turned 42 today. [He should start shaving any day now.]



THERE’S A NEW VERSION OF MILLIONDOLLARHOMEPAGE _ You may recall that 10 years ago a man asked the Internet for one million dollars by hosting a giant advertisement board — and got it. That site was As ridiculous as that seemed 10 years ago, it’s still ridiculous today, but apparently it still works. On March 12, 2015, a California-based recent graduate of the University of California, Berkley started his own version of the history-making website. This guy, who goes only by the name “Roland,” wants to raise $10,000 to buy an Apple Watch Edition. Right now, after just about two weeks in existence, the page is already pretty filled up.

… The site is and you can purchase one pixel for one dollar. All you have to do is upload an image and include a link to a website.

FATHER & DAUGHTER RECREATE JURASSIC PARK WITH LEGOS _ A father and his eight-year-old daughter have created a stop-motion adaptation of Jurassic Park using $100,000 worth of LEGOs to make the sets and cars. The video took three months to make. In the past, the duo has parodied blockbusters films such as Batman, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Toy Story and Pulp Fiction. • Video

YOUNG COUPLES WITHOUT KIDS ARE HAPPIEST _ A new study (Understanding Society) finds that happiness in marriage declines with age. Older couples are less content than their younger counterparts, while young, childless couples are the happiest of them all.

… But don’t worry: if you’re older, are raising a growing clan of children and have been married for over half your life, you’re already past the worst period of marriage, which occurs when your children are in preschool. To no one’s surprise, the report says that couples expressed greater contentment once their youngest child had grown up.

MO’NE DAVIS ASKS COLLEGE TO REINSTATE PLAYER _ Mo’ne Davis is taking the high road. The Little League World Series star has asked Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania to reinstate baseball player Joey Casselberry after he was dismissed from the team for sending an offensive tweet in which he called the 13-year-old a s–t. Davis appeared on SportsCenter Monday to address the issue: “Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn’t mean it in that type of way, and I know a lot of people get tired of just seeing me on TV, but sometimes you’ve got to think about what you’re doing before you actually do it. I know right now he’s really hurt, and I know how hard he worked just to get to where he is right now.”

… Davis said she reached out to the university and asked them to reinstate Casselberry, who deleted his Twitter account shortly after sending the tweet Friday. She had not heard back from the school by the time SportsCenter aired. However, in their own series of tweets posted on Saturday, the account for Bloomsburg’s athletics department addressed the issue and reinforced that it does not support this type or behavior.

CHANGE HOW THESE SHOES LOOK WITH A SMARTPHONE APP _ If the bottom of your closet is full of shoes, have you ever wished for one pair of shoes that could fill your every footwear need? The Volvorii Timeless smart shoe might be the answer. The high-heeled shoe, created by iShüu Technologies, has the ability to change color based as directed by a smartphone app. iShüu’s smart shoe comes in either white or black and contains a flexible display. Using the app, you can change the color and pattern on the display to give your heels a totally new look. In addition to multiple display options, the heels also have fasteners on the front and back to which you can attach accessories, making them even more modular.

… iShüu is trying to raise $50,000 on Indiegogo to fund the early stages of its project. So far the company has made about $20,000. • Link

THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE EASTER BUNNY _ World’s most extravagant chocolate bunny can be had for $49,000. The bunny is made from 75% Tanzania Origin chocolate (whatever that is). It’s hand-carved and took two days to make. If you ate the whole thing you’d be consuming nearly 550,000 calories. One reason the bunny costs $49,000: it has eyes made of two solitaire diamonds valued at about $35,000. So really you’re paying $14,000 for chocolate and $35,000 for diamonds. • Link

EACH YEAR, SPRING IS A TINY BIT SHORTER _ Prepare for a spring that’s about 30 seconds shorter than last year’s, which was 30 seconds shorter than the one before. The changing length of the season is related to the tilt of the Earth’s axis. It’s a matter of what’s known as precession, or the way the axis wobbles. The result is that we get a little more summer and a little less spring; this year, it’s 93.65 days of summer and 92.76 of spring.

… The shortening-spring trend won’t last forever: Around the year 8680, the season will be at its shortest, at 88.5 days. After that, spring will start getting longer again.

MICHAEL JORDAN WANTED TO SIGN WITH ADIDAS _ Ever make a mistake and it changes the course of your life? Well take that and times it by a gazillion and you’ll have half the amount of bad judgement that was made by Adidas. A recent Wall Street Journal article documents how Adidas is attempting to be relevant once again. One of its biggest missteps was not signing Michael Jordan. Jordan has said in the past that Adidas was his favorite, but this new report claims that Adidas didn’t even present MJ with an offer.

… Adidas was under the assumption that taller players were the future instead of 6’6″ guards. On the flip side, Nike’s college hoops guru believed Jordan could carry the brand and convinced executives to make a huge offer to the incoming NBA rookie. The rest is history.

… Even though Jordan retired 12 years ago, he still makes $100 million a year from Nike. Sales in the Jordan Brand rose 17 percent last year to an astounding $2.6 billion.

GROOM KNOCKS BRIDE OUT AT MOM’S REQUEST _ An Egyptian groom who knocked his bride out just after their wedding told police he did so at his mother’s request to control his wife. The idiot groom said he took his wife to their new home just after wedding and slapped her three times as his mother told him. He told police: “My mother said this would help me control my wife through our marital life. She warned me that my brothers are all controlled by their wives because they did not listen to her and hit their brides.” Police arrested the man on charges of causing serious injuries to his wife, who suffered from fractures in her skull and pelvis.



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR USED VICTIM’S NETFLIX ACCOUNT _ A burglar was recently arrested by police in California (Mariposa County) after he made an incredibly careless move. The guy broke into a woman’s home, stealing hundreds of dollars worth of electronics. He probably would have gotten away with the crime had he not used one of those devices to sign in to his alleged victim’s account. Among other things, the guy stole a 65-inch smart TV, which was synchronized with the victim’s Netflix account. When the woman noticed the burglar was using her account she contacted police, who used her TV’s account login info and location to track down the burglar.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOTH LAYS EGGS IN ANCHOR’S EAR _ Bob Barnard’s ears are a little too cozy. The Washington DC reporter was doing a piece on Museum Week when an African Moon Moth decided to land on Barnard’s ear. The moth eventually left but not without leaving two souvenirs: moth eggs. • Image

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FATHER SHOOTS SON AFTER O.J. RUNS OUT _ A man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is accused of shooting his 18-year-old son during an argument over orange juice. The argument over the lack of O.J. escalated and the dad chased the son out of the house and down the street, firing three times. One of the hots hit the son in the butt. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SAYS ‘ISIS’ LIP TATTOO GOT HIM FIRED _ A former Home Depot employee says the company fired him over a tattoo of his ex-girlfriend’s name tattooed on his inner-lip. The tattoo says ISIS. The man claims it’s the name of his former girlfriend, a name derived from a fabled Egyptian goddess. The man claims that, until just recently, he had no idea that ISIS was a terrorist group and that he was only showing off his inner-lip tat after he hard someone say the name. A Home Depot spokesman told media that the termination was “a personnel matter and the decision wasn’t just based on the tattoo.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE BUST FELLOW OFFICERS IN BROTHEL RAIDS _ Police in India were left embarrassed when a raid in a sex district discovered four of their own along with a convicted murderer whom they were supposed to be guarding. The four officers were supposed to be transporting the murderer from a jail to a hospital for a check-up, but they decided instead to take a , the Hindustan Times reported. But the officers decided to take a 125-mile detour.



THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The Knockout Rounds continue in this new edition.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Delilah (Margo Harshman) returns in this new episode.



THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New

REPEAT AFTER ME (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Michael Welch (Twilight) guest stars in this new episode.



NEW GIRL (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

iZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — New

ONE BIG HAPPY (9:30p ET, NBC) — New

SEASON FINALE: THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30p ET, FOX) — Max Greenfield, B.J. Novak, Anders Holm and Tommy Dewey guest star in the season finale. The show has not yet been renewed for a 4th season.

PERSON OF INTEREST (10p ET, CBS) — Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) guest stars in this new episode.

FOREVER (10p ET, ABC) — Cuba Gooding Jr. guest stars in this new episode.

THE NIGHT SHIFT (10p ET, NBC) — The Night Shift airs a new episodes on a special night.



SAT PREP BOOK GETS TAYLOR SWIFT LYRIC WRONG _ Taylor Swift is calling out the Princeton Review for misquoting her Fifteen lyrics for an SAT practice test highlighting poor grammar in pop songs. One of the singer’s fans drew her attention to the mistake on Tumblr, leading Taylor to scold the company on her own Tumblr account. Swift’s fan had posted a picture of the page in question from the Princeton Review materials, captioning it, “I was just having an amazing time studying for the SAT and now I feel attacked.” The section, called “Grammar In Real Life,” declares, “Pop lyrics are a great source of bad grammar. See if you can find the error in each of the follow.”

… Lyrics from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and others are cited, as is this line from Swift’s song: “Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe ‘em.” Except that’s not the right line. Swift’s actual lyric is: “Somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.”

… Swift wrote on Tumblr Monday, “Not the right lyrics at all pssshhhh. You had one job, test people. One job.” She tagged her post, “#ACCUSE ME OF ANYTHING BUT DO NOT ATTACK MY GRAMMAR.” • Link

GAME OF THRONES WILL SPOIL GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S BOOKS _ For a while now it’s been clear that HBO’s Game of Thrones series could outpace George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Now producers have finally admitted that it will. In other words, instead of the books spoiling the show, the show will soon start spoiling the books. It’s an outcome both sides had hoped to avoid, but with Book 6 — The Winds of Winter — nowhere in sight, they’ve run out of options. Producers admit that both the TV writers and Martin are heading towards the same destination and will “eventually basically meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going [in Book 7, A Dream of Spring].”

SETH MACFARLANE WINS ‘TED’ COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT _ Seth MacFarlane has come out on top in a copyright lawsuit over Ted, his 2012 big-screen comedy about a vulgar, suds-sucking bear, with a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissing the case on Monday. MacFarlane and others were sued in July by Bengal Mangle Productions, which claimed that the Ted character was derived from its character Charlie, “a teddy bear who lives in a human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet humorous character.” However, court papers note, “Plaintiff and its counsel are now satisfied that, based on discovery produced in the action, the character Ted was independently created by Seth MacFarlane using his own efforts and creativity and was not copied from Plaintiff’s Charlie character.”

JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS DONE WITH X-MEN _ Jennifer Lawrence is moving on from the X-Men franchise. Lawrence says the upcoming film X-Men: Apocalypse will be her final appearance in the role.

MILA KUNIS MAYBE ANNOUNCED MARRIAGE ON THE LATE LATE SHOW _ James Corden may have hit pay dirt with one of his very first guests on The Late Late Show, Mila Kunis. In the midst of a discussion about her new baby with Ashton Kutcher, the new host asked the actress flat-out whether the two have tied the knot. Kunis said, “Maybe.” Corden replied, “You either got married or you haven’t got married,” and then he checks out Kunis’s hand to find the engagement ring that she got from Kutcher last year. He yells, “They got married, everybody!” he announced. “We’re going to turn this into a wedding party!” EDITOR: Check your favorite entertainment source Tuesday morning for an update. The clip only showed her showing off her ring and saying “maybe”.Video

JULIE ANDREWS TO WRITE NEW MEMOIR FOCUSING ON FILM CAREER _ Julie Andrews has announced that she’ll be releasing a second memoir in 2017 that will focus on her film and television career. Andrews wrote in her 2008 book, Home, about her colorful — and not always happy — childhood and her early years in theater, but says the second book will look into the career she’s enjoyed in front of the camera. The 79-year old actress will also share personal stories, including her marriage to Blake Edwards, who died in 2010.

CONNIE BRITTON TO PLAY FAYE RESNICK IN O.J. SIMPSON MINISERIES _ Connie Britton has joined the cast of American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. The miniseries will examine the trial of former NFL star O.J. Simpson. Resnick is known for her friendship with Nicole Brown Simpson, and stayed at Simpson’s condo days before she was murdered. Resnick contributed to two books on the crime, and subsequently appeared on Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

… Cuba Gooding, Jr. will star as O.J. David Schwimmer and John Travolta will portray Simpson defense attorneys Robert Kardashian and Robert Shapiro, respectively.

KATE GOSSELIN DISMISSES CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS _ Kate Gosselin has dismissed child abuse allegations. The 39-year-old reality star went on Twitter after old court documents surfaced. Radar Online reported Gosselin’s ex-husband, Jon Gosselin, allegedly accused his ex-wife of spanking their children and locking them in their bedrooms in 2010. Kate tweeted: “Why spiteful court document allegations that were scoffed at/dismissed in court 5yrs ago r news 2day is beyond me.”




Ranch dressing on pizza. That’s how my brother-in-law eats it. What weird food combos do you eat?

Three calls to help with the phones. » click for download page


It’s nearly March Madness time. Here’s a package of March Madness drops.

Many clips with quick breaks. » click for download page




The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


Into the Woods

Monster High: Haunted

Mr. Bean – The Whole Bean: Remastered 25th Anniversary Collection


Tomorrow (March 25) is Appreciate Toilet Paper Day.

• About 83 million rolls are produced each day in the U.S.

• One tree produces about 100 pounds of toilet paper.

• Global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily.

• $2.4 billion worth of toilet paper is sold in the U.S. each year.

• The average person (American) uses about 25 rolls of toilet paper each year — this is 40% to 50% more than the average of other Western countries or Japan.

• We have the Chinese to thank for toilet paper. Around 1391 a Chinese emperor decreed that large 2-foot-by-3-foot paper sheets must be made for his toilet time. Until then, people in China just used random paper products.

• Green Bay, Wisconsin, has long been known as the “toilet paper capital of the world” because the first splinter-free toilet paper was produced there. The paper industry is still one of the area’s largest employers.

• Over or under? Many an argument has started over which way a roll should be hung: with the toilet paper coming over the top, or under from the back. Earlier this month the original patent drawings for perforated T.P. were found and shared online and they show over the top. There’s even a Wikipedia page on the topic.

HOW DID YOU KNOW HE (OR SHE) WAS CHEATING? asked its readers: How did you know they were cheating?

• We had been dating for 9 months. I told him I couldn’t go to his birthday party, when I was actually planning a big surprise for him. So I showed up with my awesome gift to find him there with his other girlfriend.

• A friend of mine called his wife while we were in Afghanistan. She was really excited to tell him that she was eight weeks pregnant. One problem: we had been in Afghanistan for three months. Turns out his wife was kinda bad at math.

• I had accidentally lost a friend’s favorite book and was too embarrassed to tell him so I told my boyfriend to keep it to himself as I stalled, hoping I would either find it or be able to replace it before he asked me to return it. Our (mutual) friend admitted that my boyfriend had spilled the beans a long time ago. Later that night I mentioned to my boyfriend, “I know what you did … Greg told me.” And he goes, “Greg told you about me and Marcy?”

• I received this text from my boyfriend at the time: “Hey baby, my girlfriend is out of town. Come over and I’ll make you lasagna.” He never made me lasagna.

• My mom was trying to get back in shape after her fourth kid by walking around the neighborhood. She repeatedly saw the same woman walking at the same time as her and so they eventually started up a conversation and became walking buddies. They both talked about their husband and boyfriend, thinking nothing of them having the same name since it’s a very common man’s name. One particularly hot day they stopped into the other woman’s apartment to get a drink of water when my mom notices a Thermos on her counter. It was a very old and worn Thermos that is unmistakably her husband’s. They put two and two together and realized they were both with the same guy. That night, he came home to both of them drinking wine and laughing together on the back patio.​

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How did you know they were cheating?



TRIVIA: This famous structure needs 50 tons of paint. (Eiffel Tower)

TRIVIA: Americans spend $78 billion annually on these. Most of them get thrown away! (Lottery tickets)


I’ll name some movies, you tell me which 16 Candles star was in it.

• Pretty in Pink (Molly Ringwald)

• Working Girl (Joan Cusack)

• Weird Science (Anthony Michael Hall)

• Eight Men Out (John Cusack)



A young woman really thought she’d been very patient through a long, long period of dating with no talk of marriage. One night her long-time boyfriend took her to a Chinese restaurant. As he perused the menu, he casually asked her, “So… how do you like your rice — boiled, or fried?” Without missing a beat, she looked over her menu at him and replied, “Thrown.”



This Golden Retriever can’t catch anything.



Amateur GoPro

source: bits & pieces



• How to say sh** (and other words) in any language.

• How would you be in Mars years?

• This site says what you type using movie and TV clips.

Bouncy Balls.

• There will soon be 299 under-ocean cables that connect the world to the Internet.

• Lonely tweets.

• Amazing urban treehouse.

• 17 tips for Netflix users.

• Make any page look like it was made by a 13-year-old.

• Second Tomorrowland trailer.

• Click to add a point of gravity.

• Shotgun rules.

• Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment.



• 1980: The first all-country panel of guests debuted on Hollywood Squares. Joining regular George Gobel: GEORGE JONES, JIM STAFFORD, TAMMY WYNETTE, MINNIE PEARL, MEL TILLIS, comedian George “Goober” Lindsey, MARGO SMITH and ROY CLARK.

• 1993: DIAMOND RIO’s self-titled debut album was certified platinum.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS and rapper Warren G. settled a lawsuit over the use of the letter G as their symbol.

• 2001: TOBY KEITH’s father, Hubert Covel Jr., died in an auto accident on Interstate 35 near Norman, Oklahoma. Police characterized it as a one-car crash, but the following year, a woman was found guilty of leaving the scene of the accident.

• 2002: Anheuser Busch debuted its sixth Bud Light commercial featuring TIM MCGRAW during the Academy Awards on ABC.

• 2006: The Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana sitcom debuts with BILLY RAY CYRUS and his 13-year-old daughter, Miley Cyrus, who made her singing and acting debut.

• 2006: After a chicken-fried steak dinner, BUCK OWENS performed for the last time at his Crystal Palace theater in Bakersfield. He died in his sleep the following morning. His last song: Big In Vegas.

• 2010: EASTON CORBIN scored his first number one hit with debut single, A Little More Country Than That.

• 2013: BRAD PAISLEY was on the cover of the Parade newspaper supplement, where he recalled casting Kimberly Williams-Paisley in one of his early videos: “I used the video as a way to say hi, and it worked well. I did not think she would end up as my wife.”

TOBY KEITH and wife Tricia celebrate their 30st wedding anniversary.



TAYLOR SWIFT talks about the passion of her fans. » go to download page



COLE SWINDELL is three for three in number ones. His tune Ain’t Worth the Whiskey has reached number one. Cole’s songs Chillin’ It and Hope You Get Lonely Tonight also went to number one.

… Cole is one of only four artists (in Country Aircheck history) to top the chart with his first three singles.

LUKE BRYAN spent Monday afternoon in Arizona, taking batting practice with the Chicago White Sox. Video shows Bryan getting five pitches. He swings and misses once, chops two into the dirt in front of home plate, dribbles another toward third base and makes solid contact on the other. • Link

Before KENNY CHESNEY plays a single note on his Big Revival Tour, ticket sales have already surpassed 1 million sold.

KENNY CHESNEY once paid to keep TAYLOR SWIFT off his tour. A few years back Taylor was booked as a supporting act on his tour, which was sponsored by Corona, but she wasn’t 21 yet. So Kenny picked up the phone and told her he didn’t want to take any chances by having her as part of the tour as a minor and gave her pretty big paycheck anyway for not being on the tour.

With more than 75,000 in attendance, BLAKE SHELTON’s performance at Rodeo Houston last week gives him three of the top 20 crowds at the event. Blake says despite having sold out the venue multiple times, he still gets nervous each time he plays.

To celebrate his third consecutive number one, BRETT ELDREDGE is considering Dinner in the Sky. The experience finds those taking part strapped to a crane 300 foot above the ground with their legs dangling at a dinner table for a five course meal. Brett’s third number one is Mean To Me.

In 1998, 7-year-old HUNTER HAYES was a contestant on the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out. Although he didn’t win the grand prize of a trip to Florida, he did go home with some pretty cool stuff, like a 13-foot trampoline and 350 Geoffrey Dollars to spend at Toys “R” Us. • Video

AMY GRANT’s upcoming album, Be Still And Know…Hymns & Faith, which hits stores April 14, includes guest vocals from VINCE GILL on Rock Of Ages. Vince also produced two tracks for the album. Additionally, ERIC PASLAY and SHERYL CROW join Amy on a couple of tracks.

ERIC CHURCH will be inducted to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony set for October 15 at the Gem Theater in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Previous country artists to receive induction include CHARLIE DANIELS, RONNIE MILSAP and the late STONEWALL JACKSON.

Nashville cast members CHARLES ESTEN, CLARE BOWEN, CHRIS CARMACK, AUBREY PEEPLES and LENNON & MAISY will headline a short tour later this spring. Dates begin April 29 in New York and the tour will hit several large markets including Boston and San Francisco.

MAGGIE ROSE is engaged. Her boyfriend, Austin Marshall, popped the question Saturday night (March 21) after her concert.



This is day 84 of 2015. There are 281 days remaining.


• Movie critic Gene Shalit is 89

• Former astronaut James Lovell (Apollo 13 mission, played by Tom Hanks in the movie) is 87

• Aretha Franklin is 73

• Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky and Hutch TV show) is 72

• Elton John is 68

• Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard, Parenthood) is 67

• James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) is 57

• Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) is 53

• Lisa Gay Hamilton (The Practice) is 51

• Sarah Jessica Parker is 50

• Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes (first player to be signed in the WNBA) is 44

• Katharine McPhee (Smash, American Idol) is 31

• Producer Ryan Lewis of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is 27


• 1943: Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore debuted on network radio, replacing the popular Abbott & Costello following Lou Costello’s heart attack. Durante and Moore lasted four years, and later had their own individual television shows.

• 1965: Civil rights activists, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., successfully completed their 4-day, 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery.

• 1969: During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their first Bed-In for Peace in the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31).

• 1971: The Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots.

• 1979: The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.

• 1989: Michael Nunn defended his world middleweight boxing title in Las Vegas, then promptly lost the $1-million check at the victory party. The next day Nunn got a call from an honest janitor, who found the check while sweeping up.

• 1990: In The Bronx, New York, a fire at an illegal social club called “Happy Land” kills 87 people.

• 1991: Michael Jackson escorted Madonna to the Academy Awards.

• 1997: Former President George Bush, at age 73, parachuted from a plane over the Arizona desert.

• 1998: A 31-year-old hippopotamus at an Argentina zoo died from swallowing a tennis ball that someone threw into his cage.

• 2003: Shortly after the National City Bank in downtown Columbus,  Ohio, was robbed, police spotted a man about a block away, walking strangely. The 40-year-old man had learned a painful lesson: Never shove stolen money containing an explosive dye pack down your pants.

• 2007: In Austria, a purse snatcher was shocked to find himself being chased by 27 police patrol cars and police using sniffer dogs. The 17-year-old had grabbed an old woman’s bag near a field where police were staging a road safety course.


• Manatee Appreciation Day

• National Medal of Honor Day

• Appreciate Toilet Paper Day

• Waffle Day

• Pecan Day


• April 1: April Fool’s Day (Wednesday)

• April 5: Easter (Sunday)

• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)

• April 6: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game (Monday)

• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

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