COUNTRY April 24, 2015

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

AudioBits & BreaksCountry PrepDatebookDatebook TomorrowEntertainmentFun & GamesImage of the DayJoke of the Day!Last Minute ItemsNews & NuggetsNews AttackNumber for the DayTelevisionVideo of the DayWacky-But-True


DATEBOOK: APRIL 24, 2015

This is day 114 of 2015. There are 251 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Shirley MacLaine is 81

• Barbra Streisand is 73

• Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) is 62

• Michael O’Keefe (Caddyshack, Michael Clayton, Roseanne) is 60

• Cedric the Entertainer is 51

• Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy, Furious 7) is 51

• Eric Balfour (24) is 38

• Sasha Barrese (The Hangover) is 34

• Kelly Clarkson is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1704: The first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston, Massachusetts New-Letter, was first published.

• 1800: The United States Library of Congress was established when President John Adams signed legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”.

• 1969: Singer Paul McCartney announced that there was no truth to the widespread rumor he was dead.

• 1990: The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

• 1992: In London Terry Cole balanced 220 cigar boxes on his chin for nine seconds and a new world record.

• 1992: Singer David Bowie and fashion model Iman were married in a secret ceremony in Switzerland. The wedding wasn’t announced until more than a week later.

• 2005: Pope Benedict-16 was formally installed as leader of the Roman Catholic Church in ceremonies at the Vatican.

• 2005: Snuppy becomes the world’s first cloned dog. Snuppy, an Afghan hound, was created in South Korea using a cell from an ear from an adult Afghan hound. Snuppy was named as Time Magazine’s “Most Amazing Invention” of the year in 2005.

• 2013: A building collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Arbor Day

• Teach Your Children to Save Day

UPCOMING

• April 24: Hubble Telescope is 25 (Friday; it deployed April 25)

• April 24: Many who pre-ordered an Apple Watch will get it today, though Apple has admitted to delays (Friday)

• April 29: Six theater chains show the Mega Marvel Movie Marathon, ending with Avengers: Age of Ultron (Wednesday)

• April 30: Start of the NFL Draft (Thursday)

• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

•Al Pacino is 75. DWTS judge Len Goodman is 71. Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA is 70. Talia Shire (Connie Corleone in The Godfather films, Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series) is 70. Hank Azaria is 51. Gina Torres is 46. Renee Zellweger is 46. Jason Lee is 45.

• Hairstylists Appreciation Day; Hug A Plumber Day; Go Birding Day; National Dance Day; Penguin Day; World Penguin Day; Save the Frogs Day; International Astronomy Day; Zucchini Bread Day

SUNDAY, APRIL 26

• Carol Burnett is 82. Guitarist-songwriter Duane Eddy is 77. Jet Li is 52. Kevin James is 50. Joe Caverlee of Yankee Grey is 47. T-Boz of TLC is 45. Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts is 44. Tom Welling (Smallville) is 38. Jordana Brewster is 35. Channing Tatum is 35.

• Hug An Australian Day; Pretzel Day

Top


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

17: How often, in months, the average person gets a new cellphone.

Top


NEWS ATTACK!

The UK reports that the number of new nuns has hit a 25-year high. [Some women just can’t come to grips with the idea that Prince William is happily married.]

The Russian military was embarrassed when a missile test failed this week. It veered off course and self-destructed. [No wait, I’m thinking of Vladimir Putin.]

An 18-year-old Florida man had to be treated at the hospital after being bitten on the face by a poisonous snake that he was trying to kiss. [Well, that’s one way to get those Kylie Jenner lips.]

An 18-year-old Florida man had to be treated at the hospital after being bitten on the face by a poisonous snake that he was trying to kiss. And, to add insult to injury, because he did not have a permit to own the snake he’s facing possible charges. [So, first the snake bites him on the face, and now his own stupidity is biting him on his other end.]

China has now banned people from hiring strippers at funerals. [Leave it to government officials to figure out a way to take the f-u-n out of funerals.]

China has now banned people from hiring strippers at funerals. [Now what are you supposed to do, actually talk to relatives?]

The fast food chain Popeyes was embarrassed when it became public knowledge that it had fired a pregnant manager shortly after her store was robbed at gunpoint because it claimed that she kept too much money in the register. So, to fight the bad publicity they are offering the manager her old job back plus back pay. [Plus two free sides and a soft drink.]

Nine years after playing his last baseball game former New York Yankees All-Star Bernie Williams has finally filled out his official paperwork to retire. [Don’t you just hate that nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something?]

A Michigan woman has been sentenced for firing a gun at the McDonald’s drive-through when she received her bacon cheeseburger without bacon. Fortunately, no one was injured but the driver’s side window was shattered by the bullet. [So, what’s worse, forgetting to add the bacon or forgetting to roll down your window before pulling the trigger?]

At former Presidents George F.W. Bush’s retirement home in Houston the Secret Service took over a year before fixing the broken burglar alarm. [And there’s still no cable.]

Top


NEWS & NUGGETS

CHIPOTLE NOW OFFERS DELIVERY _ Chipotle is now offering delivery through the startup app Postmates, making burrito lovers rejoice. Postmates is an Uber-like service that shuttles food, rather than people. Anyone who lives in a Postmates neighborhood can now go into the app, select their options and have Chipotle delivered. The convenience comes at a cost. With service and delivery fees, ordering a burrito could cost as much as $20.

THERE’S A MALE VERSION OF HOOTERS THAT’S OPENING _ For too long, “breastaurants” have exclusively dominated the industry of using sex to sell delicious, greasy food. But that day has ended, thanks to the new restaurant Tallywackers. Tallywackers, the male equivalent of Hooters that employs buff waiters ready to help you stuff your face with potato skins, is opening in Dallas next month — just in time to make Mother’s Day extra special. And if your dream is to serve mozzarella sticks in your skivvies, they’re hiring.

FAKE BOMB PROM-POSAL BLOWS UP IN STUDENT’S FACE _ A Washington state high school student who wore a fake bomb to ask a girl to prom had the prom-posal blow up in his face when he was suspended from school. Ibrahim Ahmad was suspended for five days from La Center High School after he donned a paintball vest loaded with fake explosives — paper tubes attached to red wires — and stood up in the school’s cafeteria with a sign reading, “I kno it’s A little Late, But I’m kinda…THE BOMB! Rilea, Will U Be My Date To Prom?” Ahmad said his intended date, Rilea Wolfe, accepted his prom-posal, but he was soon told by administrators that he was being suspended for five days and would not be allowed to attend the dance.

‘MY KID CAN’T EAT THIS’ SHOWS PARENTS THEY’RE NOT ALONE _ We’ve all been at our wits’ end with kids who turn their noses up at the things we prepare for the dumbest reasons. Rejoice parents, you’re not alone. The “My Kid Can’t Eat This” Instagram account shows you all kids are ridiculous when it comes to eating — not just yours. • LINK

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What kind of ridiculously picky eater is your child?

A SELFIE AS YOUR HOUSE BURNS DOWN _ We take pictures of ourselves all the time these days, especially when there are big events in our lives. How about when your house is burning down? Jonathan Snyder did that. He shot video from St. Paul, Minnesota as he was waits for firefighters to arrive. Investigators say that fire started in a bucket on the porch used to discard cigarettes. • VIDEO (strong language)

AN OLD FRIEND RETURNS TO WINDOWS 10 _ To the dismay of many users, Microsoft decided to remove its Solitaire, Hearts and Minesweeper games from Windows 8. But now, to celebrate the card game’s 25th anniversary (it debuted all the way back on Windows 3.0), the company is making things right. Microsoft has announced that a modernized version of Solitaire will return to the Start menu in Windows 10. Unfortunately fans of both Hearts and Minesweeper will still have to grab both of those games online and install them individually.

MAYWEATHER VS. PACQUIAO TICKETS SELL OUT IN 60 SECONDS _ Less than sixty seconds after tickets to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight went on sale to the public on Ticketmaster’s website, they were sold out. Even the $7,500 tickets. So, if you wanna be at the fight, you have to go to the secondary market — where seats are going for up to $80,000 each.

MIAMI DOLPHINS PLAYER SIGNS UP TO BE AN UBER DRIVER
_ A.J. Francis, defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, applied to be a driver for Uber this week. On Wednesday evening he Tweeted, “Just applied to be an @Uber driver… I hope my background check goes well.” He followed up a few minutes later with, “People ask me why would you want to be an @uber driver if you play in the NFL… You know what’s better than NFL money? More money.” Francis says that he’s been a longtime user and fan of the app.

DID DISMEMBERED SAMURAI GHOST PHOTOBOMB LITTLE GIRL’S VACATION PHOTO? _ Have you seen that photo of the little girl on a beach in Japan? It’s trending on the Internet because supposedly, standing behind the little girl is the ghost of one of the samurai buried on that beach. People say you can see the boots of the ghost. • PHOTO

GOING TO THE GYM ISN’T HELPING YOU LOSE WEIGHT _ You might think getting off your butt and moving a bit can benefit your health — and it can. But now experts are calling B.S. on another benefit of exercise that everyone takes for granted: They say exercise doesn’t actually help you lose weight (British Journal of Sports Medicine editorial). So, why exercise? Lots of reasons. The experts say regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%.

… One of the problems is the notion that all calories are equal, regardless of the source. The truth is that “sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger. Fat calories induce fullness or ‘satiation’.” And that whole bit about carb-loading to provide energy for workouts? The authors say this doesn’t check out either. High-carb diets could increase athletes’ risk of developing type-2 diabetes, whereas athletes who eat low-carb diets can just as easily burn fat for fuel.

TACO BELL ROLLS OUT ITS HOTTEST HOT SAUCE YET _ Taco Bell will introduce Diablo, its “hottest sauce packet ever,” on May 5 for Cinco de Mayo. Diablo, which translates to “devil” in Spanish, is made with a variety of peppers. The sauce will only be available for a limited time.

VIDEO GAMES MAY MAKE SMART PLAYERS _ Playing action-packed video games could make you smarter (University of Electronic Science in China). A study, which tracked more than 80 video game players over two years, revealed a connection between video game playing and the development of neural networks deep within the brain. It suggested that playing action-based video games can affect stuff deep within the brain’s two hemispheres that have been linked to functions including motor control, awareness and emotional states.

LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE FOR MAN ON EPIC BUS JOURNEY _ A man in China fulfilled a dream this month when he made a two-day, 210-mile journey using 20 public buses. He started his journey early on April 17 and spent a total of $9 on bus fares. His two-day mini-odyssey took him through six cities and 426 bus stops — sights he would have missed had be taken the two-hour high-speed train to Shanghai. Why? He explained that he just wanted to immerse himself in a slow-paced life and enjoy the scenery along the way, stressing that his eventual destination was irrelevant.

Top


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIRLS AT ISLAMIC SCHOOL BANNED FROM RUNNING _ Girls at an Islamic college in Melbourne, Australia (Al-Taqwa College) have been banned from running at sporting events because the principal believes it may cause them to lose their virginity. The same principal last month told students that ISIS (Islamic State) was a plot by Western countries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG DRIVES TRACTOR ONTO HIGHWAY _ In Scotland, a farmer hopped out of his tractor to wrangle up a rogue lamb. In his absence, a sheepdog named Don hopped up onto the tractor and into the passenger seat and, by leaning on the dashboard control panel, managed to send the tractor down a hill and onto a busy highway. Miraculously, no one was injured, though traffic was backed up for a bit.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRUCK DRIVER TRADES $50,000 IN LUNCH MEAT FOR CRACK _ Larry Ron Bowen, from Arkansas, was hired in June, 2014 to deliver a tractor-trailer full of food to locations in Alabama and Florida. But the lunch meat cargo never reached their destinations. That’s because Bowen swapped the rig with two men who’d offered him crack cocaine. The meat company that hired Bowen to ship their product realized after three days that their stock had gone missing. They used the vehicle’s GPS to locate the truck in Memphis, Tennessee. They found Bowen but the refrigerated trailer that had been holding the lunch meat was gone.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN URINATES IN FLORIDA HOTEL ICE MACHINE _ A British man vacationing in Orlando, Florida, got a chance to tour the local jail after he allegedly urinated in the ice machine at his hotel. Alcohol played a role in the tourist’s prank.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOME BURGLAR SUSPECT STRIPPED, SPIT AND SHOWERED WITH HOSE _ Authorities continue to search for a suspected home burglar in Florida (Cocoa). Police say the man broke into a woman’s screened-in porch, stealing a few of her belongings. As she confronted him, he apparently took off and headed toward another house, just a few doors down. The homeowners were home when the guy biked right into their garage. He spit on their floor then stripped down naked and took a shower with their garden hose. As police arrived the suspect ran and stole clothes off of a clothesline. He was eventually apprehended.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM USED FACEBOOK TO SETUP FIGHT BETWEEN TEENS _ A Florida (Pasco County) mother is under arrest, accused of being caught on video instigating a fight between two teenagers. Police say the woman drove her 13-year-old daughter so the child could fight with a 14-year-old girl. The mother allegedly sent a Facebook message to the 14-year-old telling her where to meet for the fight. Once there, deputies say the mom got out of her vehicle while holding a knife, and told the crowd that had been gathering she would not allow anyone to join in the fight. The mother admitted to encouraging the fight because she felt her daughter was being bullied and needed to fight back.

Top


ON TELEVISION

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) – New

THE AMAZING RACE (8p ET, CBS) – New

GRIMM (8p ET, NBC) – New

HAWAII FIVE-0 (9p ET, CBS) – New. Followed by a new Blue Bloods.

BRUCE JENNER — THE INTERVIEW (9p ET, ABC) – Bruce Jenner shares an exclusive and wide-ranging conversation with Diane Sawyer.

SAY YES TO THE DRESS (9p ET, TLC) – Followed by two new episodes of Bride by Design.

Top


ENTERTAINMENT

RAY ROMANO TO HOST PRIMETIME DAVID LETTERMAN SENDOFF SPECIAL _ Comedian Ray Romano will host a 90-minute, primetime special honoring David Letterman’s broadcasting career. David Letterman: A Life on Television will air May 4. Letterman will retire as the host of the network’s Late Show on May 20.

DAVID LETTERMAN DIDN’T ASK STAFFERS TO PAY FOR FAREWELL PARTY _ David Letterman did NOT try to charge his staffers $50 apiece for a party marking the end of his run on The Late Show. That’s what a National Enquirer report wants us to believe. The tabloid claims Letterman “stunned” his show’s workers by supposedly demanding they cough up their own money for the bash.

… The real deal: Some former Letterman staffers from his TV career decided, on their own, to throw a party to commemorate the end of his career. They invited everyone, including the host himself, to a soiree, asking people to help out with costs. When Letterman learned about this unofficial, alum-driven event, he said that he would pay for it himself. That’s in addition to the official party he’s throwing for current Late Show staffers in conjunction with the program’s final broadcast next month.

CHRIS EVANS, JEREMY RENNER APOLOGIZE _ Avenger’s stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner apologized Thursday for slut shaming Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow during an promotional interview. During an interview, Evans and Renner were asked about their character’s possible romantic relationships with Black Widow and they responded by calling Johansson’s character a slut and a “whore.” Twitter blew up with angry comments from Marvel fans criticizing Evans and Renner for insulting Black Widow and saying the two should apologize. The hashtag #uglywords grew in popularity as Avenger fans pummeled the star’s with their displeasure.

… The comments were obviously an off the cuff remark, and some Marvel fans defended Evans and Renner saying the two were just joking about a fictional character.

EXTRAS QUIT ADAM SANDLER FILM _ Adam Sandler is currently in New Mexico filming The Ridiculous Six, his first original movie for Netflix. Details about the film are scarce. Apparently a parody of the classic Western The Magnificent Seven. Defamer.com reports a portion of the film features portrayals of American Indians so offensive that a dozen Native American actors, including the film’s “cultural advisor,” straight-up walked off the set this week.

… The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee. Two extras said they were initially uneasy about participating in the film, but were assured by Sandler’s producers that the portrayals would not be racist. A Navajo film student named Allison Young said the producers told the extras that if they were going to be “sensitive,” that they “should leave”.

… but Netflix says the outraged actors are missing the whole point of the film. A rep for the streaming service says the movie “has ‘ridiculous’ in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous.” The rep says it’s intended to be a satire of Westerns and the stereotypes popularized in the genre.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SETS FINAL HOSTS OF THE SEASON _ Saturday Night Live has set its endgame for season 40, with the show announcing its final hosts and musical guests for the season. Reese Witherspoon will welcome Florence and the Machine on May 9, and Louis C.K. will return May 16 with Rihanna for the season finale. Scarlett Johansson previously was announced to host on May 2, and she will be joined by musical guest Wiz Khalifa.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 ADDS TYLER PERRY _ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is going to be a Tyler Perry movie. Perry is playing Baxter Stockman, a scientist whose inventions spell trouble for Master Splinter. Perry joins Megan Fox and Will Arnett, who return for the sequel. Production begins next month for a June 3, 2016 release.

JOHNNY DEPP TRANSFORMS INTO GANGSTER WHITEY BULGER _ Johnny Depp’s new action drama Black Mass released its first trailer on Thursday. The actor is nearly unrecognizable as the notorious Boston mob kingpin James “Whitey” Bulger. Depp underwent extensive makeup to prepare for his new role. The real-life Bulger was sentenced in 2013 to two consecutive life terms in prison after being convicted of 31 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion and other weapons charges.

… The film co-stars Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sienna Miller, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, David Harbour and Kevin Bacon. Black Mass is opening in theaters on September 18. • VIDEO

BILL COSBY SCANDAL WIDENS _ Comedian Bill Cosby once again found himself in the line of fire on Thursday as three more alleged victims came forward. The trio of women told their stories at the office of attorney Gloria Allred. The women, who had previously not made their allegations publicly known, included a former model who alleged that she was victimized at the Playboy Mansion in Chicago. During Thursday’s press conference one alleged victim, Janice Baker-Kinney, claimed that she was assaulted by Cosby in May 1982 while working as a bartender in the showrooms at Harrah’s in Reno.

SHARKNADO 3 COMING JULY 22 _ SyFy says the debut of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! will happens on Wednesday, July 22. Sharknado 3 reunites viewers with original stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. Joining them this time around is original Sharknado star Cassie Scerbo, along with some new faces: David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, Ryan Newman, Claudia Shepard, and Jack Griffo. There will be a few cameos as well, including Mark Cuban.

GUNS ‘N ROSES GUITARIST DENIES RUMORS ABOUT SPLIT _ Guns ‘N Roses guitarist DJ Ashba has denied rumors that the band has split up; he has said that the band is merely on a hiatus since last playing together almost a year ago. Ashba said that, not only is Guns ‘N Roses still together, but there’s also a fair amount of music that has been recorded, as well as some other music that still needs to be released. His comments were backed up by Guns ‘N Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed, who said that altogether, Axl Rose has about two albums worth of material recorded, and also announced that there would be some touring done this year.

SPIKE TV ORDERS ROUND 2 OF LIP SYNC BATTLE _ Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle has been renewed for a 20-episode second season. Among the Season 1 competitors have been Jimmy Fallon, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Mike Tyson and John Krasinski.

REESE WITHERSPOON WILL BE THE VOICE OF HARPER LEE’S SECOND NOVEL _ The Reese Witherspoon will narrate the audiobook for Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, which comes out on July 14. The novel, which Lee finished in the mid-1950s before she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, takes place roughly 20 years after Mockingbird, and features a grown-up Scout and her aging father Atticus.

KYLIE JENNER SPENT $40,000 ON PLASTIC SURGERY _ While millions of fans around the world may be trying to attain Kylie Jenner’s looks with the #kyliejennerchallenge, she’s been achieving her curvy body and super plump pout through different means. Doctors who haven’t treated Kylie estimate she’s spent $40,000 on her transformation.

Top


AUDIO

Visit the Pro Audio page for thousands of archived audio cuts.

CINCO DE MAYO

A collection of clips relating to Cinco de Mayo. » click for download page

Top


BITS & BREAKS

NEW IN THEATERS TODAY

THE AGE OF ADALINE (PG-13)

A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for.

• Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

LITTLE BOY (PG-13)

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

• Kevin James, Emily Watson, Ted Levine
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

EX MACHINA (R) — EXPANDED RELEASE

A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

• Domhnall Gleeson
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

THE WATER DIVINER (R) — LIMITED RELEASE

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

• Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND

Taken 3

Cake

Escape From New York – Collector’s Edition

What’s Happening: The Complete Series

WHAT’S COMING UP ON THE COMPETITIVE EATING CALENDAR

The World Pie Eating Championship is long gone — that happened in March. And the World Birthday Cake-Eating Championship was on Valentine’s Day. But here are some of the eating competitions coming up on the Major League Eating calendar.

• May 17 – The World Gyro Eating Championship in Houston. $5,000 prize purse.

• May 24 – The World Burrito Eating Championship in Denver. $5,000 prize purse.

• July 4 – Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. $40,000 prize purse.

• July 11 – The World Slugburger Eating Championship in Corinth, Mississippi. $3,000 prize purse. The slugburger is a deep-fried beef and soy-meal patty that is dressed with onions, pickles and mustard. Slugburgers once sold for a nickel — then called a slug — and a name was born.

HOW TO DECEIVE BURGLARS

From bottomlinesecrets.com

Planning a summer vacation? Burglars rarely take more than 20 minutes to observe a property before deciding whether or not to rob it. Making them think someone is home is a lot less difficult than you may think.

• Leave a few lights on in rooms that face the street. Burglars rarely investigate a house two or three nights in a row to see whether there’s a pattern to interior lighting. For them, it’s safer to move on to a house that has all the lights off.

• Leave an inaccessible, but visible, window partially open if you are traveling in warm seasons. This suggests that someone is home.

• Install exterior lights that go on automatically when it gets dark. Put them over each door, and trim shrubs around the doorways to make the entries less inviting to burglars.

• Leave a car in the driveway. Just as house robbers don’t concentrate on interior lights, neither do they study a property over several days to determine whether or not a car has been moved.

• Ask a neighbor to collect newspapers, mail, trash bins and any debris that winds up in your yard. If you plan to be away for a couple of weeks have your lawn mowed.

• Post a clear sign announcing that the house is protected by an alarm system. If you don’t have an alarm system, don’t post a generic sign. Burglars know the alarm companies.

• Notify police when you’re going away. In many communities, they will make extra patrols.

Top


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 50 million people use this every month. (MySpace. At its peak in 2008 MySpace had about 76 million monthly users.)

TRIVIA: This happens 100,000 each day in the U.S. (People getting speeding tickets)

Top


JOKE OF THE DAY

A mother mouse and a baby mouse are walking along when all of a sudden a cat attacks them. The mother mouse says, “BARK!” and the cat runs away. Mother mouse then turns to her baby and says, “Now do you see why it’s important to learn a foreign language?”

Hat tip to Dan Preston for sharing.

Top


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Ham goes up an escalator.

https://youtu.be/W6kgkIhqg_s

Top


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Pasta again?

Source: imgur

Top


LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• The Slate Reincarnation Machine.

• Is it Christmas?

• The Ultimate List of All the Converters You’ll Ever Need.

• Twisted Wave is a great audio recorder and editor for iOS devices. It also runs in a web browser.

• Hiking from Mexico to Canada: before and after.

• Where the bombs fell on London.

• Dashcams of live storm chasers.

• How to get free Dropbox space.

• There are 320 million people in the United States. How many have your name?

• Wear a poo emoji button-down shirt.

• Guys, we found your Pinterest page: The Man Cave Grill Master’s Grills

• How to remove a wasp infestation with a shop vac.

• This is sand.

Top


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: APRIL 24, 2015

• 1993: Farm Aid IV was held in Aimes, Iowa.

• 1993: SAMMY KERSHAW scored a number one hit with She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful.

• 2003: THE DIXIE CHICKS appeared with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s Prime Time Thursday, where they said that in the wake of calling President Bush “embarrassing,” they’d received death threats and had their property vandalized.

• 2006: RASCAL FLATTS member Joe Don Rooney married Tiffany Fallon in a small ceremony before friends and family on the island of Cabo San Lucas.

• 2007: WILLIE NELSON and road manager David Anderson pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in St. Martinville, Louisiana. They were fined $1,024 apiece and given six months probation.

• 2008: GEORGE STRAIT scored his 56th number one hit with I Saw God Today.

• 2008: TOBY KEITH’s performance at a base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was interrupted by mortar fire as he played for 2,500 troops in his sixth USO tour.

• 2010: DIAMOND RIO guitarist Jimmy Olander and vocalist Marty Roe finished half marathons as Team Rio raised $135,000 for charity in Nashville’s Country Music Marathon.

Richard Sterban of the OAK RIDGE BOYS is 72. He’s best known as the deep voice on hits like Elvira and Bobbie Sue.

REBECCA LYNN HOWARD is 36. Her highest-charting single, Forgive, peaked at No. 12 on the charts in 2002.

Top


COUNTRY AUDIO

Visit the country audio archive for over 2,000 audio cuts.

MIRANDA LAMBERT talks about watching the award shows before she started attending them. » go to download page

Top


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

REBA MCENTIRE’s album Love Somebody has debuted at the top of the Country Albums chart and at No. 3 on the Top 200 all formats chart. The album is Reba’s 12th to debut at the top of the Country Albums chart.

HUNTER HAYES’ I Want Crazy has been certified double platinum for combined sales and streams of two million, and his songs Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me and Invisible have each achieved gold status for movement of 500,000.

JANA KRAMER’s 2011 hit, Why Ya Wanna, has reached platinum for hitting one million copies.

MIRANDA LAMBERT has been chosen as one of People’s Most Beautiful Women. For her photo, Miranda chose to go without makeup as she says that’s how she would be around her home. She says when she’s just hanging out, it’s just some tinted moisturizer, sun screen and lip gloss. The issue is on stands today (Friday) with actress Sandra Bullock on the cover.

MIRANDA LAMBERT says while she has a makeup team for awards shows, when she’s on tour she does her own makeup because that’s her time to relax, warm up and listen to music while she does her hair and makeup on the bus.

On May 26 JOHN ANDERSON returns with his first album of new material in nine years. John wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks on Goldmine, two with JOSH TURNER and one with JOHN RICH. The one song he did not write was penned by MERLE HAGGARD.

BILLY CURRINGTON will release his sixth studio album, Summer Forever, on June 2.

The Hartford Courant claims eleven of the 26 families associated with The Sandy Hook Promise, the charity TIM MCGRAW is supporting with a benefit concert in Connecticut, have signed a letter distancing themselves from the organization, claiming it’s trying to make money off dead children to support tougher gun laws.

While GARTH BROOKS feels changes in country music can be a positive thing, he also says artists should be true to themselves and not try to chase a style because it’s hot. Garth says chasing it is a sure fire way not to make it last, but if each artist is true to themselves, it’ll last as long as it’s supposed to until it’s over.

PHIL VASSAR and MIKE REID will perform as part of the Dueling Pianos For Waves event May 14 in Nashville. Proceeds from the night will benefit Waves Inc. dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities. Phil and Mike will play their songs as well as tunes they’ve written on piano and an auction of merchandise will also take place along with a meal and a look at an impressive car collection.

DOLLY PARTON’s golden rules for life include being true to herself and knowing the difference between a dream, a wish and a desire.

THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES – RADIO AIRPLAY

  1. SAM HUNT – Take Your Time
  2. DIERKS BENTLEY – Say You Do
  3. ZAC BROWN BAND – Homegrown
  4. LEE BRICE – Drinking Class
  5. KEITH URBAN Featuring ERIC CHURCH – Raise ‘Em Up
  6. TYLER FARR – A Guy Walks Into A Bar
  7. BILLY CURRINGTON – Don’t It
  8. A THOUSAND HORSES – Smoke
  9. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – Sippin’ On Fire
  10. KENNY CHESNEY – Wild Child

THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES – RADIO AIRPLAY, DOWNLOADS & STREAMING

  1. SAM HUNT – Take Your Time
  2. LITTLE BIG TOWN – Girl Crush
  3. ZAC BROWN BAND – Homegrown
  4. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – Sippin’ On Fire
  5. LEE BRICE – Drinking Class
  6. DIERKS BENTLEY – Say You Do
  7. TYLER FARR – A Guy Walks Into A Bar
  8. BILLY CURRINGTON – Don’t It
  9. KEITH URBAN Featuring ERIC CHURCH – Raise ‘Em Up
  10. COLE SWINDELL – Ain’t Worth The Whiskey

Top


DATEBOOK: APRIL 27, 2015

This is day 117 of 2015. There are 248 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Con artist turned security consultant Frank William Abagnale Jr. is 67 – Abagnale’s life story provided the inspiration for the feature film Catch Me If You Can.

• Kate Pierson of The B-52’s is 67

• Ace Frehley (Kiss) is 64

• Sheena Easton is 56

• Emily Rios (Breaking Bad) is 26

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1822: Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.

• 1965: Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow died at age 57.

• 1865: The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom were Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons.

• 1927: Coretta Scott King, American civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. She died in 2006.

• 1972: Apollo 16 returned to Earth after a manned voyage to the moon.

• 1974: 10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon.

• 1978: Former Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman was released from prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.

• 1981: The computer mouse was introduced. (Xerox PARC)

• 1982: John W. Hinckley Jr. went on trial in Washington, D.C., in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan. (He was acquitted by reason of insanity.)

• 1993: California revoked Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s license to practice medicine.

• 1999: Argentine police arrested a blind man driving a pickup truck with the help of his 13-year-old daughter and charge him with dangerous conduct. Police say the man was driving fairly well, had recently gone blind from diabetes, and had a valid driver’s license.

• 2006: Construction began on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.

• 2011: The 24-hour period from 8 AM, April 27, to 8 AM, April 28, saw more tornadoes in a day — 226 — than in any other period in U.S. history. This day was part of a larger outbreak from April 25-28, called the “2011 Super Outbreak.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Scoop The Poop Week

• Air Quality Awareness Week

• Morse Code Day

• Prime Rib Day

UPCOMING

• April 29: Six theater chains show the Mega Marvel Movie Marathon, ending with Avengers: Age of Ultron (Wednesday)

• April 30: Start of the NFL Draft (Thursday)

• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

More holidays