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DATEBOOK: MAY 26, 2015

This is day 146 of 2015. There are 219 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Stevie Nicks is 67

• Philip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice) is 66

• Genie Francis (General Hospital) is 53

• Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 53

• Lenny Kravitz is 51

• Helena Bonham Carter is 49

• Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) is 45

• South Park co-creator Matt Stone is 44

• Hrach Titizian (Homeland) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1896: The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first published. The average price of the 11 initial stocks was 40.94

• 1907: Actor John Wayne was born Marion Morrison in Winterset, Iowa.

• 1908: The first major oil strike in the Middle East took place as engineers working for British entrepreneur William Knox D’Arcy hit a gusher more than 1,100 feet below ground in Masjid-i-Suleiman in present-day Iran.

• 1969: Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a mission that served as a dress rehearsal for the first moon landing.

• 1977: George H. Willig scaled the outside of the south tower of New York’s World Trade Center; he was arrested at the top of the 110-story building.

• 1978: The first legal casino in the eastern United States opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

• 1994: Singer Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced 19 months later.

• 1998: The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island — historic gateway for millions of immigrants — is mainly in New Jersey, not New York.

• 2002: Barges being pushed by a towboat crashed into the piers of the Interstate 40 bridge in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, causing part of the structure to fall into the Arkansas River, killing 14 people.

• 2004: Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing. He later received 161 consecutive life sentences.

• 2009: President Barack Obama nominated federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Blueberry Cheescake Day

UPCOMING

• June 6: Belmont Stakes (Saturday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

21: Number of onions eaten by the average person each year.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Roger Federer was upset with security at the French Open when a fan managed to run up to him on the court and snap a selfie. [Why didn’t the fan just use a drone?]

Rich California residents are turning to fake grass. [Let’s hope it looks better than their face lifts.]

The New York Times reports an increase in the number of techies who are skipping food and using liquid replacement meals so that they won’t have to leave their computers. [And you don’t want to know how they use the empty bottles.]

A new report says that dark chocolate labeled dairy-free often still contains milk. [What’s this world coming to when you can’t accept the word of  international conglomerates with off-shore tax havens?]

Art Garfunkel has given a new interview in which he trashes Paul Simon. [It sounds like there is some serious structural damage in that bridge over troubled water.]

China sent 70 officials and their spouses on a day trip to prison as a warning against corruption. [While they were there they could also go ahead and reserve their rooms.]

The winner of the Indy 500 was Juan Pablo Montoya. [Coming in second was American Pharaoh.]

George Clooney has a new movie, Tomorrowland. [It’s about a technologically advanced place where every guy gets a wife like George’s.]

Two popular hiking trails in Yellowstone and in the Grand Tetons are temporarily closed. [So keep that in mind if you’re an avid hiker, nature lover or weekend serial killer.]

Ireland has voted in favor of gay marriage. [In a country where it was rare to ever spot a leprechaun in public you can now see them holding hands.]

At a Thailand monastery that houses tigers a monk suffered a broken arm from an attack. [It happened during a talent show performance by Brother Siegfried and Brother Roy.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

MAN STOLEN AT BIRTH FINALLY MEETS MOM 41 YEARS LATER _ Travis Tolliver always knew he was adopted, but it wasn’t until recently that he learned the truth of what happen in the hours after he was born. Although he was born healthy, his mother Nelly Reyes was told that he had a heart condition, and ultimately, that he had died. The baby was then adopted by a couple in Tacoma, Washington, who had no idea that their son had been stolen from his mother at birth.

… Tolliver finally got a chance to meet his biological family when he traveled to Santiago, Chile. He had no idea what to expect, and was overwhelmed with emotion when he met his mother, who was waiting for him at the airport with a sign that read, “Lovingly waiting for Travis, your mother Nelly and family.” In her native Spanish, Reyes, who’s 61, said, “I’m going to hug him every day. I love him so much.” Despite the language barrier (she doesn’t speak English, he doesn’t speak Spanish), the two have had a lot of catching up to do.

THE CHARLIE CHARLIE CHALLENGE IS HOT ON SOCIAL MEDIA _ A strange new game is taking over Twitter, fueled by speculation that its players can connect with a dead Mexican spirit known as Charlie. The Charlie Charlie Challenge has been played by thousands of mostly young people after a number of videos purported to show supernatural goings-on. The game entails placing two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of the cross with the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Participants then repeat the phrase “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” in order to connect with the demon. If Charlie is there the pencils will move to indicate his answer.

… Another method involves two people and six pencils.

DARK CHOCOLATE OFTEN NOT WHAT IT SEEMS _ Like snacking on dark chocolate? Then we hope you’re not doing it to avoid milk, because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tested 94 dark-chocolate bars and found milk in 61% of them, including products with descriptions like “may contain milk” or “may contain traces of milk.” The FDA undertook their project after consumers complained about reacting badly to dark chocolate. Sure enough, there’s no dairy-free heaven in dark-chocolate land.

… What’s more, 15% of dark-chocolate bars with labels reading “dairy-free” or “lactose-free” contained milk, as did 25% claiming to be “vegan.” So what’s up? Apparently companies make dark and milk chocolate on the same machines.

65-YEAR-OLD HAS QUADRUPLETS _ A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine. Annegret Raunigk had three boys (named Dries, Bence and Fjonn) and one girl (Neeta) who were born premature at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital but have “good chances of surviving.” In in addition to her 13 children — now 17 children — the woman also has 7 grandchildren.

TOWN USING FAKE WHALE TO TRY AND SCARE SEA LIONS _ An Oregon community is bringing in some unusual help to try to fix their sea lion problem: a fake killer whale. Terry Buzzard of Island Mariner Cruises in Bellingam, Washington has used the life-size mock orca to promote his business during parades and events. He heard about Astoria, Oregon’s sea lion problems and offered to help. Hundreds of sea lions have taken over the docks in Astoria, preventing boat owners from using their slips. Buzzard says he doesn’t know if the fake orca will scare away the sea lions but it’s worth a try. At worst, he says the fake orca will be an amusing distraction for the humans.

MAN GETS LIFE FOR STEALING CIGARETTES _ A 56-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of stealing $900 worth of cigarettes. David Duren Jr. fell under South Carolina’s three-strikes law, which allows a life sentence when someone is convicted of three serious crimes. Prosecutors offered Duren a plea deal that would have sentenced him to no more than 15 years behind bars, but he rejected it.

AFTER 10 YEARS, FAMILY OPENS METAL DOORS IN BACK YARD _ In Neenah, Wisconsin, the Zwick family thought they knew their property pretty well. But that wasn’t the case. It took the family living there for almost 11 years to notice something strange and altogether shocking: a partially buried metal vault in their back yard. After uncovering it from the dirt and foliage, the vault door was found to be firmly rusted shut and chain-locked. Eventually they were able to exhume the vault and open its doors. After doing some research the Zwicks discovered the vault to be a bomb shelter from the time of the Cold War.

… Inside they found old, rusty boxes. Each contained their own set of essentials, like toilet paper and a phonebook — because after the bombs drop you’ll want to call friends and family and let them know where you are. The Zwick’s decided to donate all of the stuff they found to the Neenah, Wisconsin, Historical Society

WATERSPOUT COMES ASHORE, LIFTS UP KIDS’ BOUNCY HOUSE _ At least four children were injured after a waterspout hit land at a Florida beach. The waterspout, which is essentially a tornado over water, crossed over land onto a Fort Lauderdale beach. Like most waterspouts, this one was relatively weak, but it managed to roll a bouncy house, then toss it up in the air and across a parking lot. At least four children have been taken to a hospital.

TOWNSHIP ORDERS TEEN TO TEAR DOWN TREEHOUSE _ A two-story treehouse sounds pretty cool, right? Not so in Leet Township, Pennsylvania. A 14-year-old (Elisa Truchan) decided to build it in her front yard as part of an eighth-grade class project. The Township Council has since ordered the family to remove the treehouse by October 1, stating that local ordinances prohibit such “accessory structures” in front yards.

… The teen built the treehouse — which includes sliding windows, a rope ladder, a lock, and a clear roof so inhabitants can see the sky — in the front yard because there’s not enough room in the back. Her dad notes that the family did research building codes, but “nothing was said about a child’s playhouse. Nothing for a treehouse. There were not zoning issues and no building permits. So, after reading those, she proceeded.”

MOM LEAVES 8-YEAR-OLD HOME ALONE OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND _ A Virginia mother was arrested and charged with child neglect and child endangerment after leaving her 8-year-old son home alone over the Memorial Day weekend while she traveled out of state. Kionna Moret was taken to jail but was later released on bond. Her son is still in the care of Child Protective Services. The mother told her son to keep her travel a secret while she went to South Carolina for the holiday. The boy said his mother said she would spank him if he told anyone that she was not at home. The boy’s mother left him enough food to eat while she was gone. It was enough corned beef hash and pizza to last until she returned. She also left him with a cell phone to check in with her every hour. A neighbor called the police when the boy came outside to play and told other kids his mother wasn’t home. The boy said he was old enough to be home alone because he took Taekwondo.

VIDEO CAPTURES WOMAN FIGHTING BACK AFTER MAN ASSAULTS HER _ A waitress in Russia fought back after one of her customers attempted to shove money into her blouse and then grab her butt. In a video uploaded to YouTube the waitress can be seen pushing the man off, and when his advances continue, she slaps him away with a menu, sending him crashing to the ground. • VIDEO

COPS STAND IN FOR MISSING FATHERS AT DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE _ The Chicago Police Department held its first-ever formal “Daddy Daughter Dance” Friday. Even girls growing up in poverty and violence-ridden areas without fathers got to attend the dance with some special escorts: Chicago Police Department commanders, sergeants and officers who stood in for needed dads. The officers wore their dress blue uniforms to escort the girls, also dressed in formal wear. The event was organized by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, who hope to make it an annual event.

MAN LOSES 180 LBS. IN ORDER TO JOIN THE ARMY _ An Oregon (Roseberg) man wanted so badly to follow his father’s bootsteps into the U.S. Army that he lost 180 lbs. to qualify, and soon will travel across the country to attend basic training in Georgia. Twenty-year-old Jesse Milbrat’s  dad, Todd Milbrat, earned his coveted Ranger tab and served with the Army in Desert Storm. More than a year ago, Jesse decided to enact his dream. In his age bracket, at 5′ 9″, he was allotted no more than 200 lbs. by the Army. He was 380 lbs. At that weight, the service wouldn’t take him. Following advice from his mother, Jesse began to cut down on fattening foods, and started to work out. He kept at it for a year. The effort paid off and he’s been enlisted.

TECHIES ABANDON FOOD SO THEY CAN WORK MORE _ Food replacement products are catching on quickly among techies who’d rather spend all their time coding. Food replacement products like Soylent, Schmoylent, Schmilk, and People Chow are protein powders that also include other nutrients that can be mixed with water or milk. Users admit the powdered drinks typically taste like bland, gritty pancake batter. But that hasn’t stopped the drinks’ wild success: Investors are heaping money on the companies and the powders are even being served at Silicon Valley events. A week’s worth of the drinks costs about $85.

DANCING MAN SEAN O’BRIEN GETS STAR-STUDDED DANCE PARTY _Dancing Man Sean O’Brien finally got his star-studded party over the weekend. The businessman from Britain became an unwitting and unwilling Internet celebrity when a cyber bully snapped a picture of him dancing earlier this year and posted it on the image-sharing board 4Chan. The post wrote: “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week,” with one picture of O’Brien dancing and the next with him hanging his head in shame. “He stopped when he saw us laughing.”

… But the picture didn’t have the intended effect. Instead of mocking the man, thousands took to the Internet to support him and even organize a dance party with O’Brien as the guest of honor. A number of celebrities joined the cause, including singers Pharrell Williams and Ellie Goulding and musician Moby.

… O’Brien was flown to Los Angeles at no charge and the party raised more than $70,000 for an anti-cyberbullying organization.

PEDALPUB RIDERS HIT WITH WATER BALLOONS, 6 ARRESTED _ Have you seen pedalpubs? They are those strange human-powered trollies that serve beer to customers as they pedal. Some people don’t like them, apparently, because some cyclists went after a pedalpub with water balloons and water cannons in Minneapolis Saturday. Unlucky for the cyclists the pedalpub had some off-duty police officers on-board at the time. Don’t mess with a cop enjoying a beer in his off-time! The situation could have turned out bad since one of those hit with a water cannon was the pedalpub driver. She was able to maintain control.

MAN SETS NEW WORLD RECORD FOR PLANKING _ A Danish fitness instructor has smashed the world record for the longest time spent in the planking position. 51-year-old Tom Hoel regained the title over the weekend after having been stripped of it in October by China’s Mao Weidong. Hoel held the plank for four hours and 28 minutes, clearing Weidong’s time by two full minutes.

DRIVING WHILE ANGRY IS A REAL THREAT _ American drivers will log over a trillion miles this year on already chaotic roads. Factor in screaming kids, stressed-out drivers, and road construction every few miles, and you’ve got a pretty volatile situation. In a recent poll, 54% of drivers said they’ve been the victim of a road rage incident.

… One in four men and one in five women have admitted to driving while angry. And who’s the angriest age group of all? The twenty-somethings, who not only are most aggressive, but least likely to wear a seat belt and most likely to have received a ticket within the last two years.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN PRONOUNCED DEAD, THEN MOVES AND BREATHES _ First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a surprise when the man suddenly began moving. After she hadn’t heard from in a couple of days the 46-year-old man’s girlfriend called 911. When emergency personnel arrived at the man’s apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid. Less than an hour later the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg. Paramedics took the man to a hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DELAYS GIRLFRIEND’S PLANE WITH BOMB THREAT _ French police arrested a man who called in a false bomb alert to an airport to delay his girlfriend’s flight because she was in danger of missing it. The 33-year-old called the airport in southwestern France on Thursday and told authorities “there is a bomb.” Police immediately sealed off part of the airport to conduct searches. The man was arrested 20 miles away. Under police questioning, he admitted calling in the bomb alert and explained he wanted to delay his girlfriend’s flight because she was stuck in traffic.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FARMER SLAMMED BY PETA FOR CURSING AT HIS SHEEP _ A farmer in the Australian outback has been slammed by PETA after one of his workers allegedly swore at his sheep. According to reports, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lodged a complaint against farmer Ken Turner after an employee was apparently filmed by an ‘undercover operative’ using profanities in front of the animals. While the complaint was submitted to the Australian animal protection society, PETA’s case unsurprisingly collapsed when it became clear that the footage hadn’t broken any laws. And the farmer says his flock hadn’t been too affected by having abusive hurled at them: “I still haven’t had a sheep come to me [to complain]. They didn’t even look offended to me after they were sworn at.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: I KINDA ALWAYS WANTED TO BE TASED _ Chris Haynes was pretty easy to spot as a suspicious person at the airport in Tallahassee, Florida. It was just before 4AM and no planes were scheduled to depart until around 6AM. And as he sprinted down the hallway at the airport claiming he had “a plane to catch,” he was wearing only his. A security officer yelled at Haynes to stop, and when he didn’t the officer tased him. Haynes, who didn’t have a plane ticket, provided a possible motive to the officer after his arrest. He said, “I kinda always wanted to be tased.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HITMAN FAILS DO TO JOB, POLICE GET CALLED _ A guy in Riverdale, Utah, allegedly hired another guy to kill his daughter’s boyfriend. The scheme came to the attention of police after the hired hitman failed to complete the task as agreed. The men got into an argument, and both called police to come settle it. Once officers figured out the reason for the argument, they arrested both men.

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ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — AGT returns for its 10th season with judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon as host.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

500 QUESTIONS (8p ET, ABC) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER (8p ET, FOX) — This hit returns with Jeff Foxworthy back as host.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS (9p ET, ABC) — Season 5 begins with twins Robert and Raymond, who start their weight loss journey at 381 and 378 pounds.

HELL’S KITCHEN (9p ET, FOX) — New

iZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — New

TEXAS RISING (9p ET, History) — This mini-series continues.

48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SERIES PREMIERE: I CAN DO THAT (10p ET, NBC) — In this new variety series, Marlon Wayans hosts as six entertainers showcase their talents with skills they did not even know they had. Celebs include Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke, recording artists Ciara, Joe Jonas and Nicole Scherzinger, comedian Jeff Dye (Last Comic Standing) and actor Alan Ritchson (The Wedding Ringer).

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ENTERTAINMENT

TOMORROWLAND BOMBS AT THE BOX OFFICE _ The new George Clooney sci-fi flick Tomorrowland took in barely $40 million over the holiday weekend, but it cost over $200 million to make. While it was the biggest movie of the weekend, the opening was considered disappointing.

… The biggest Memorial Day weekend opening was the $140 million made by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End in 2007.

CHRIS PRATT APOLOGIZES BEFORE JURASSIC WORLD PRESS TOUR _ Chris Pratt took to Facebook over the weekend to beg for forgiveness ahead of any offensive comments that could come out of his mouth leading up to the release of Jurassic World on June 12. Pratt wrote on Facebook: “I want to make a heartfelt apology for whatever it is I end up accidentally saying during the forthcoming ‪#‎JurassicWorld press tour. I hope you understand it was never my intention to offend anyone and I am truly sorry. I swear. I’m the nicest guy in the world. And I fully regret what I (accidentally will have) said in (the upcoming foreign and domestic) interview(s).”

THE ROCK SETS SELFIE-THEMED WORLD RECORD _ The Rock is unstoppable. His most recent superhuman feat has even been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. He set the record for taking the most selfies under three minutes. The Rock took a total of 105 selfies at the London premiere of his new film, San Andreas. A Guinness official was onsite to make sure every selfie was legit. There are very specific rules for record-breaking selfies, such as: full faces and necks must be in the photo and the image has to be in focus.

OLSEN TWINS NOT APPEARING ON FULL HOUSE REVIVAL _ Apparently there isn’t enough room in Fuller House for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to reprise their shared role as Michelle Tanner. It’s been confirmed that the former child stars won’t be returning for Netflix’s revival of the hit sitcom Full House. Fuller House will debut on Netflix next year.

ACTRESS ANNE MEARA, BEN STILLER’S LOVELY MOM, DIES AT 85 _ Actress Anne Meara passed away on Saturday at the age of 85. Ben Stiller’s rep said: “The Stiller family is deeply saddened to share the beloved Anne Meara passed away last night at the age of 85. She is survived by her husband and partner in life Jerry Stiller. The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

… Anne was once a regular on the soap All My Children. And she and Jerry were regulars on The Ed Sullivan Show. Together they were also on The Love Boat, The King of Queens, and in several movies. You may also remember Anne from her role in Zoolander, Reality Bites, and Night at the Museum with her son Ben. Meara also had a role on Sex and the City.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER EXCITED TO RETURN FOR NEW CONAN THE BARBARIAN SEQUEL _ Thirty-three years after Conan the Barbarian and 31 since the sequel Conan the Destroyer came out, Arnold Schwarzenegger is excited to dust off that old loincloth once more. Schwarzenegger, now 67, will once again play the sword-swinging Conan character in a new film that is not a reboot, not a spin-off, but a true sequel to the gritty, violent 1982 film Conan the Barbarian. The Legend of Conan will take place 30 years after Conan the Barbarian and will also feature the return of several characters from that film.

PICTURES FROM MARILYN MONROE’S FINAL PHOTOSHOOT TO BE AUCTIONED _ Rare photos of Marilyn Monroe taken just weeks before her death are going to auction in London. The stunning snapshots were taken by her friend, photographer George Barris, on Santa Monica beach on July 13, 1962, just three weeks before she was found dead at 36 in her Los Angeles bedroom. The set also includes photos of Monroe in her Brentwood, California, home.  Eight of the prints, several of which show Monroe romping on the beach in a towel or bikini, are expected to sell for more than $12,000 on June 4.

ALLEGATIONS B.B. KING WAS POISONED ARE RIDICULOUS _ Two of B.B. Kings’ daughters are claiming their father was poisoned by two aides who worked closely with him. Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer that King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and personal assistant, Myron Johnson, poisoned him. Homicide detectives from the Las Vegas police department are investigating.  An attorney for King’s estate says the allegations are ridiculous. King died on May 14 from a series of strokes which may have been caused by his Type-2 diabetes, which he had struggled with for more than two decades before his death.

SANDRA LEE GOES HOME AFTER DOUBLE MASTECTOMY _ Sandra Lee has returned home after undergoing a double mastectomy last week. The Food Network star, who was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago, was welcomed back to her home by her 10-year partner, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and their exotic birds.

JOHNNY DEPP COULD FACE UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DOGS _ Johnny Depp could be facing jail time over his decision to illegally bring his two dogs into Australia. An Australian Senate committee was told on Monday that if the matter goes to court and the Pirates of the Caribbean star is found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in jail or a maximum fine of $265,000. Depp landed in hot water earlier this month after flying into Australia on a private jet with his Yorkshire Terriers, Pistol and Boo — breaking the country’s strict quarantine laws.

ALISON PILL AND JOSHUA LEONARD GET MARRIED _ TV stars Alison Pill and Joshua Leonard got married over the weekend in a Quaker-inspired ceremony in Los Angeles. The bride wore a 1930s vintage dress bought on Etsy, while the groom wore a black suit. Pill was a cast member on the now-canceled The Newsroom and Leonard is part of the Bates Motel ensemble.

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BITS & BREAKS

SIX WEIRD THINGS TO SELL ONLINE

It seems that nothing is too weird to be placed up for sale on eBay. But what if you could earn some extra cash on eBay by selling common household items that most of us toss without a second thought? Did you know that you could make money selling:

• Paper Towel and Toilet Tissue Cardboard Tubes – It seems that these recyclable goodies are popular for arts and crafts projects. To cash in you’ll need to stock up before you sell, saving at least 35 empty tubes.

• Empty Egg Cartons – Like the cardboard tubes, egg cartons seem to be wanted by the arts and crafts crowd. It’s not uncommon for a stack of empty egg cartons to sell for $10 to $20, and it doesn’t seem to matter if they are cardboard or foam.

• Coupons – How would you like to make $5 to $10 for selling one coupon? Sounds crazy, right? But there’s a market for these recyclable bits. Some coupons seem to sell at a premium. For instance, a 15 percent coupon from Pottery Barn, or other high end stores, regularly sells for $9.99, and a $25 coupon sells for $14.99. Coupons for many other retailers like Macy’s, Target, Home Depot, and more sell well too.

• Magazines – Which magazines sell? The specific magazines and the prices they will sell for vary. For instance, one back issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray sold for $5, while a group of 11 magazines from 2008 to 2011 sold for $19.99. We’re not talking rare or vintage stuff here, just regular issues that people are selling after reading them.

• Old Computer Software – Think no one is interested in your 2003 Microsoft Word software? Think again. That’ll sell for $15 to $30 on eBay. And that’s just one example.

• Empty Makeup Containers – Specifically, the empty makeup containers of a specific high end brand, M.A.C., are in high demand. They are popular because of the retailer’s “Back to M.A.C.” rewards program where customers can exchange six empty M.A.C. makeup containers for a free lipstick. At $16 a pop, people are looking for ways to get their pricey lipstick for less.

TOP TEN MOVIES

1. Tomorrowland, $41.7 million

2. Pitch Perfect 2, $38.5 million

3. Mad Max: Fury Road,$32.1 million

4. Avengers: Age of Ultron, $27.8 million

5. Poltergeist, $26.5 million

6. Hot Pursuit, $4.6 million

7. Far From the Madding Crowd, $3 million

8. Furious 7,$2.8 million

9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, $2.5 million

10. Home, $2.4 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was X-Men: Days of Future Past.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Shrek Forever After.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Die Hard 3.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

SAN ANDREAS (PG-13)

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.

• Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Paul Giamatti
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

ALOHA (PG-13)

A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.

• Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, John Krasinski, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. Memorial Day
  2. Graduations
  3. Josh Duggar
  4. 19 Kids and Counting
  5. Tomorrowland
  6. Robert DeNiro
  7. Ireland Gay Marriage
  8. Indy 500
  9. Coca Cola 600
  10. Cannes Film Festival
  11. Bristol Palin
  12. Aaron Hernandez
  13. NBA Playoffs
  14. BB King Memorial

NEW ON DVD TODAY

FOUR QUESTIONS I ASK MY KID EVERY DAY

A Huffington Post blogger says she asks her pre-teen daughter these four questions every day (link).

How’s life?

“Sometimes I get somewhere with this one. ‘Sucky’ is what she says when she wants me to ask a more direct question or pry for more details. But when I get a “fine,” I know that question isn’t going to get anywhere, so I don’t press it.”

What’s up with your friends?

“Occasionally, I will ask about a specific friend if I know a kid has been going through something, or if she’s told me about a disagreement she’s trying to work out, but most of the time, I pose this question in general terms. You’d be surprised how, when you take the spotlight off of your kid and shine it on friends, your kid will be more likely to talk.”

Anything cool going on?

“I’ll be honest, this is more for me and my absent-mindedness than it is for her. Sometimes I forget about things coming up, and if I ask this question, she usually reminds me. But sometimes, she tells me all about her secret Harry Potter club or a new project at school.”

Do you need help with anything?

“Most of the time she says no … But this question can go a lot deeper than that. Maybe she’s having trouble trying to fix a rift between two friends, or she doesn’t understand a concept they’re working on at school. Asking if she needs help every day gives me the chance to be there for her when I didn’t know she needed it.”

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In a survey of new brides, the least popular place for a guy to ask a woman to marry him is where? (Sports venue)

NEWS QUIZ!

If your only source of news is TMZ, you won’t win…

• For charity, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney participated in this sport for charity. (Boxing)

• President Obama joined what social media site with the username “POTUS”? (Twitter)

• The manufacturer of a popular art supply for children warned adults not to use this product as makeup on their face. (Crayola Crayons)

• A Pennsylvania girl’s Sweet 16 backyard birthday party was ruined when this fell from the sky. (Poop from an passing jet)

• Maryland became the latest state to no longer require new drivers to pass this part of their driving test. (Parallel parking)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

One day, while her rich husband was out of town, the wife was bored, so she decided to pay the butler a visit. “Jerry,” she said to the butler, “take off my dress.” He did. “Jerry,” she said again, “take off my bra.” He did. “Jerry,” she said, “now take off my panties.” He did. “Okay Jerry,” she said, “I don’t ever want to catch you wearing my clothes again.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Trying to drink water on a windy day in Iceland.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Classic cars next to their modern version.

• The E.T. sequel that fortunately never happened.

Eat This Much automatically creates meal plans that meet your diet goals.

• An architect wants to build an underwater tennis court in Dubai.

• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.

Dad saves the day!

• Watch two crazy people fly jetpacks over Dubai.

• Captain American backpack.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 26, 2015

• 1962: WILLIE NELSON scored his first chart single with Touch Me.

• 1973: JEANNE PRUETT’s hit Satin Sheets topped the country charts.

• 1989: DOLLY PARTON’s album White Limozeen was released.

• 1992: BROOKS & DUNN’s debut album, Brand New Man, was certified gold.

• 2001: LORETTA LYNN opened her Coal Miner’s Daughter exhibit in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

• 2009: The guys in MONTGOMERY GENTRY were invited to become members of the Grand Ole Opry. They had debuted at the venue in 2000 and were invited to join by one of their musical heroes, CHARLIE DANIELS, who surprised them onstage with the invitation.

• 2009: TAYLOR SWIFT’s album Fearless was certified triple platinum in Canada.

• 2010: CARRIE UNDERWOOD performed Undo It on the season finale of FOX’ American Idol. Carrie had won the competition five years earlier.

BLACKHAWK member Dave Robbins celebrates his 56th birthday.

HANK WILLIAMS JR. is 66.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

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

TYLER FARR toured the Grande Ole Opry before he dreamed of singing country. » download page

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

Suspicious activity near the Ontario cottage of CARRIE UNDERWOOD and Mike Fisher led to a call to authorities Saturday (May 23). A man was driving up and down the road near the cottage and claimed to be looking for a good fishing hole, despite the fact he’d passed several on the way to the cottage.

LUKE BRYAN says he knew his latest single, Kick the Dust Up, was a hit when his two young sons, Bo and Tate, couldn’t get enough of the songwriter demo of the track. Luke says, “My boys wanna hear that song over and over and over and over, and they’re going, ‘Let’s tear it up, up!’ It’s simple as can be, but there’s a time and place for just a big, ‘ol, fun, simple song.” Kick the Dust Up is from Luke’s new album, Kill the Lights, which comes out August 7.

BRANTLEY GILBERT has learned to keep his mouth shut when it comes to his upcoming wedding to fiancée Amber Cochran. He says he’s already had to move the wedding date once after he “screwed up” and accidentally revealed it publicly. Now he’ll only say it’s “coming up real soon,” but he shares that Cochran had her bachelorette party the week of May 11 before meeting him in Las Vegas for the Billboard Music Awards, and that his own bachelor party is coming up fast. (Hmm. Maybe it was over the Memorial Day weekend?)

TOBY KEITH’s Celebrity Golf Classic raised a record $1.2 million for pediatric cancer efforts and the OK Kids Corral. The event was held May 15-16 in Norman, Oklahoma and included auction items donated by Toby, MIRANDA LAMBERT, GEORGE STRAIT and others.

REBA MCENTIRE is gearing up for her Las Vegas residency with BROOKS & DUNN next month and says she’s putting as much if not more time into her costumes as her set list. Reba says she wants to razzle dazzle fans by being in Las Vegas and says the one dress that’s taking her the most time to perfect is the one she’ll wear when she sings her hit song Fancy.

THOMAS RHETT tells The Indianapolis Star he strives to keep his sound fresh and set himself apart from other male country artists. He says without setting yourself apart, you’re just in a category. Thomas looks to influences like Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin for inspiration to keep his sound fresh with every album.

MIRANDA LAMBERT says sharing her self-penned songs is like sharing her diary and a way for fans to get to know who she really is.

MIRANDA LAMBERT says it’s interesting being married to another artists because she and BLAKE SHELTON both do things very differently when it comes to their careers. Both ways work, so it’s neat to watch things unfold.

Several artists have donated a portion of ticket sales from recent shows to the Academy of Country Music’s ACM Lifting Lives charity. Donations total just under $30,000 from TYLER FARR, SAM HUNT, ERIC PASLAY, GARY ALLAN, EASTON CORBIN and THE SWON BOTHERS.

MONTGOMERY GENTRY have been named NRA Country’s Artist of the Month for May.

NEW AND OUT TODAY

JOHN ANDERSON’s Goldmine. He penned all but one of the songs with writers such as JOSH TURNER and RHETT AKINS.

THE BELLAMY BROTHERS 40 Years. The two disk set celebrates their 40th anniversary of making music together. The first disk is 20 of their hits re-recorded while the second is 20 new songs.

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DATEBOOK: MAY 27, 2015

This is day 147 of 2015. There are 218 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings) is 93

• Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 92

• Lee Meriwether is 80

• Louis Gossett Jr. is 79

• Richard Schiff (The West Wing) is 60

• Peri Gilpin (Frasier) is 54

• Adam Carolla is 51

• Todd Bridges (Diff’rent Strokes) is 50

• Joseph Fiennes (Elizabeth, Shakespeare in Love, American Horror Story) is 45

• Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind) is 44

• Jack McBrayer (Kenneth Parcell on 30 Rock) is 42

• Andre 3000 of Outkast is 40

• TV chef Jamie Oliver is 40

• Ben Feldman (Mad Men) is 35

• Chris Colfer (Glee) is 25

• Celebrity daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt is 9

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1647: Alse Young became the first person executed as a witch in America when she was hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.

• 1927: The Ford Motor Company ceased manufacturing the Ford Model T and began to retool plants to make Ford Model A’s.

• 1930: The 1,046 feet tall Chrysler Building in New York — the tallest man-made structure at the time — opened to the public.

• 1933: The Walt Disney Company released the cartoon The Three Little Pigs, with its hit song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”

• 1937: The Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, opened.

• 1939: DC Comics published its second superhero in Detective Comics #27; he is Batman.

• 1968: George Halas retired as head coach of the Chicago Bears. Halas spent 48 years as coach of the Bears and led them to six National Football League titles.

• 1995: In Charlottesville, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.

• 1997: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.

• 2005: Firefighters in Illinois said Dean Craig set his own home on fire in order to get two visitors to leave. Craig was charged with felony arson after allegedly splashing rubbing alcohol on the floor and using a lighter to ignite it, causing the house to burn down.

• 2009: An absent-minded Japanese doctor forgot about a patient and went home for lunch. The doctor had anesthetized an elderly patient so he could carry out a check up and left her to recover while he went home to his nearby apartment for a quick bite to eat. But the old woman woke up in an empty and locked doctor’s office and had to call police for help.

• 2013: The largest flag ever made — at 5 tons with 44 miles of thread — was unveiled in Romania.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cellophane Tape Day

• Senior Health & Fitness Day

• World MS Day

• Sun Screen Day

• Grape Popsicle Day

UPCOMING

• June 6: Belmont Stakes (Saturday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

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