InterPrep March 18, 2016

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 18, 2016

This is day 78 of 2016. There are 288 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) is 54

• Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) is 53

• Queen Latifah is 46

• Dane Cook is 44

• Adam Levine (Maroon 5, The Voice) is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1893: Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledged to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best ice hockey team in Canada. Originally presented to amateur champions, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only to National Hockey League teams.

• 1910: The first American horror film was patented, a one-reel Edison Studio production of Frankenstein.

• 1931: Electric razors were first manufactured by the Schick Corporation in Stanford, Connecticut.

• 1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.

• 1970: The NFL adopted a rule that required all players names to appear on the back of their jerseys. The rule had been borrowed from the merging AFL.

• 2001: Workers equipped with a bulldozer, face masks and a court order removed 154 tons of garbage from a man’s home outside Madrid, Spain. The job took two weeks, with 30 truckloads of trash hauled away from the house and surrounding lot. Police said the 58-year-old resident, who repeatedly refused requests to clean up the place,  lived in a tiny compartment in the back and reached it through a tunnel carved out of the garbage.

• 2007: A Hong Kong woman was brushing her teeth when she had a brush with disaster. As she brushed, she somehow slipped and fell and swallowed the toothbrush. She was able to call paramedics without choking. The toothbrush was eventually extracted with endoscopic surgery.

• 2013: The FBI reported it had discovered who stole $580 million in masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, the greatest art heist in American history.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Forgive Mom and Dad Day

• Sloppy Joe Day

UPCOMING

• March 20: Spring begins at 12:30 AM ET – So for many in North America it begins the night of March 19.

• March 27: Easter

• April 1: April Fools’ Day

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

• Ursula Andress is 80. Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 70. Glenn Close is 69. Bruce Willis is 61.

• Corn Dog Day. National Poultry Day. National Quilting Day. Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day. Oatmeal Cookie Day.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20

• Producer Carl Reiner is 94. Hal Linden is 85. William Hurt is 66. Jimmy Seales of Shenandoah is 62. Spike Lee is 59. Holly Hunter is 58. Kathy Ireland is 53. Michael Rapaport (Boston Public) is 46. Bianca Lawson (Pretty Little Liars) is 37. Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black) is 30.

• Alien Abduction Day. Great American Meat Out Day. International Astrology Day. International Day of Happiness. Kiss Your Fiancée Day. Proposal Day. Ravioli Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

31: Days of paid time off workers in France receive annually. Same goes for Italy.


NEWS ATTACK!

The pope says that he wants to make Mother Teresa a saint on September 4. [But first he has to convince the Senate to even consider her nomination.]

President Obama has removed the last major restrictions to on traveling to Cuba. [So, you’d better hurry before President Trump builds that wall in the middle of the ocean.]

NASA plans to test the effect space has on large flames by starting a blaze aboard an orbiting unmanned spacecraft. [Cool job. These guys get to play with rockets AND set things on fire.]

March Madness is underway. [After I’ve watch basketball game after basketball game I like to take a little break by watching a little basketball or I might even watch some basketball.]

Scientists say that they have bred chickens with the legs of dinosaurs. [“Would you like white meat, dark meat, or scary meat?”]

A thief in Canada was caught in the act so she had to get away fast. So, she drove to the river and jumped on an ice floe. The police patiently waited a mile downstream, and arrested her. [Don’t forget people, it’s not just enough to have a Plan B. It actually has to make sense.]

The Cincinnati Zoo was on lockdown after a polar bear went missing. [They found her doing an interview with Sean Penn.]

An Oxford professor has solved a 300-year-old math problem that was considered unsolvable. [And yet, I can’t even pick one bracket of the NCAA Tournament correctly.]

An Oxford professor has solved a 300-year-old math problem that was considered unsolvable. [It takes me 300 years just to figure out the waiter’s 15% tip.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DONALD TRUMP’S GRAMMAR ‘TYPICAL OF CHILDREN 11 AND UNDER’ _ The grammar used by Donald Trump in his speeches as he campaigns to become the Republican presidential candidate corresponds to that used by students 11 and under. Researchers (Carnegie Mellon University) say the 69-year-old businessman’s language tails Ted Cruz, whose grammar matches students 13 to 16.

… The vocabulary used by Bernie Sanders is more advanced than that used by Hillary Clinton. The 74-year-old Vermont senator uses words similar to those used by students between 15 and 18.

GROCERY OFFERS JOB TO MAN WHO SHOPLIFTED TO FEED HIS FAMILY _ A Malaysian grocery chain (Tesco) has offered a job to a man caught shoplifting after hearing that he stole to feed his three children. The 31-year-old was caught stealing food worth $6.70. But instead of reporting him to the police, the store’s general manager offered him a job.

12,400-YEAR-OLD PUPPY FOUND FROZEN IN RUSSIAN PERMAFROST _ The well preserved remains of a 12,400-year-old puppy have been unearthed in Russia (in the Sakha Republic). The extinct Pleistocene canid species was found close to evidence of human activity, causing researchers to suspect it may have been a pet. The thawed creature had to have thousands of years of mud and dirt washed away before an autopsy could be performed. And, of course, there is already talk of cloning the pleistocene pet.

DON’T BE SHOCKED BY BEHEADED BARBIES _ If your daughter’s Barbie doll has been scalped or beheaded — and you know her brothers are not to blame this time — do not be alarmed. It turns out that when girls outgrow their Barbie dolls, torturing them is commonplace. That’s the peculiar conclusion researchers in Great Britain (University of Bath) reached after questioning approximately 100 children about their attitudes to a range of products as part of a study on branding.

WOULD YOU TAKE A PAY CUT FOR YOUR DOG? _ If you could bring your dog or cat to work, would you take a pay cut? According to a survey of dog owners, 32% would if they could.

MONEY SPILLED FROM ARMORED TRUCK STOPS NJ TRAFFIC _  An armored truck in New Jersey dropped a bag full of money on a highway, stopping traffic as bills were blown around the road. A bag of cash fell out of a the truck, then a passing truck struck the bag, causing bills to fly into the air. The driver and several civilians attempted to scoop up the loose bills, but police said only some returned the money.

MAN SANG A SONG INSPIRED BY ADELE DURING SENTENCING _ A man’s plea for forgiveness brought some soul into a Michigan courtroom when Brian Earl Taylor belted out his remorse to the judge before her sentencing decision. Taylor was arrested back in November after police found him holding a gun to another man’s abdomen in an apartment complex stairway. Taylor was charged and convicted with unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon, for which the minimum sentencing range is 50 to 100 months. But right before the judge handed down her sentence, Taylor belted out his heartfelt apologies to her, the victim, and even his mother with a song similar to Adele’s Hello. • VIDEO/AUDIO

… Taylor was sentenced to two years in prison for the concealed weapon charge and 18 months to 15 years for the unlawful imprisonment charge. Five other charges against him were dismissed.

SARAH PALIN’S HUSBAND GETTING BIONIC PARTS _ Sarah Palin provided an update on Thursday on her husband Todd Palin’s health condition following a snowmobile crash in Alaska earlier this week. The former vice presidential candidate has revealed that in order to repair his serious injuries, doctors are inserting bionic parts into him. On her official Facebook page, Palin explained that Todd was still recovering in the ICU after a number of surgeries. She went on to note that doctors had “repaired numerous breaks in Todd’s upper body… essentially lifted and secured every rib with steel bands, anchored the broken clavicle with plates and rods, set aside repair of a broken shoulder for later… [and are] still mechanically inflating one collapsed lung.”

… She went on to say that Todd is still dealing with “ACL/MCL knee injuries,” a “bruised liver,” and will need to have a “chest drain.”

FB icon How bionic are you? How many replaced knees and other parts do you have? How many steel rods or artificial organs?

THREE YEARS LEFT TO SAVE THE WORLD _ If the world doesn’t wake up soon, mankind could find itself living in a very real version of the Matrix controlled by sinister shape shifting reptilian beings with disturbing plans for the earth. The self proclaimed “son of God” David Icke has launched a world tour to warn mankind of the impending doom presented by a group of sinister elite psychopaths using artificial intelligence computer technology. Stephen Hawking agrees with Icke’s theory that computer artificial intelligence could pose a threat to mankind, but questions the timing presented by Icke.

… Icke warns that mankind only has until 2018 to stop the self-aware machines from taking over the world.

80% OF AMERICAN ADULTS DON’T GET RECOMMENDED EXERCISE _ A recent study estimates that nearly 80% of adult Americans do not get the recommended amounts of exercise each week. We’re supposed to get at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week, or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity, or a combination of both. Adults should also engage in muscle-strengthening activities like lifting weights or doing push-ups at least twice per week.

… But most of us aren’t. Only 20.6% of people met the total recommended amounts of exercise — about 23 percent of all surveyed men and 18 percent of surveyed women.

AMERICANS GOOD AT EATING OUT _ While only 20% of American adults are getting the recommended amount of exercise each week, almost 60% of us are eating out weekly. And fourteen percent of us dine out three times a week.

BLONDES HAVE MORE HAIR _ Make fun of blondes all you want, but they have something brunettes and redheads don’t: more hair. Natural blondes have more hairs on their heads than redheads or any shade of brunette. A blonde has about 120,000 strands of hair, while a redhead has about 30% fewer strands than the blonde at about 80,000. Brunettes are somewhere in between the two.

WOMAN’S $400,000 WEDDING RING FOUND IN 8 TONS OF GARBAGE _ By the time Carla Squitieri of Chesterfield, Missouri realized she had accidentally dropped her $400,000 wedding ring in the trash, the garbage collectors had already come and gone. She and her husband convinced the trash company to divert the truck from its intended destination to another dump where they could sort through the heap from 900 houses. After just thirty minutes, operations manager Joe Evans (of Meridian Waste Services), who volunteered to help with the search, found the 12½ karat ring in a garbage bag from Squitieri’s home.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ANGRY HIS PIZZA WAS LATE _ A Pittsburgh man upset that his pizza delivery was late went to the restaurant, broke things and threw objects at the employees. The 59-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and other charges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STEALS PLAYSTATION, BUSTED BECAUSE OF WIFI _ A Tennessee man returned from vacation to find his apartment had been burglarized. Among the items stolen were his PlayStation 4, two televisions, a laptop, and other assorted items. After a few days, the victim’s phone alerted him that his PS4 had been turned on and showed it was still connected to his own WiFi. Knowing the console had to be close to be hooked up, the victim called police and told them he believed his neighbor across the hall was responsible for the theft. Police responded and searched the apartment and found the victim’s PS4, laptop and a baggie of marijuana.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHINA COURT SHAMES FINE DODGERS ON GIANT BILLBOARD _ A court in China publicly shamed 24 people for unpaid fines by displaying their names on a giant electronic billboard in a city center. Their photos, amounts owed and personal home addresses will be broadcast for the next three months on the giant LED screen. The outstanding fines range from $770 to $300,000.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TAXI DRIVER STOLE 4,000 PAIRS OF UNDERWEAR _ A taxi driver in Thailand is accused of stealing 4,000 items of women’s underwear. And it’s the second time in six years he’s been nabbed for the crime. The 54-year-old was paraded before the media this week next to a mountain of bras and underwear that he allegedly stole in between driving his passengers around. But investigators said they are currently unable to charge him because no one has made an official complaint.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE FIND OLDSTERS GETTING IT ON _ Police in Italy pulled over a car that was weaving and were shocked to find a completely naked 70-year-old woman who had been trying to have sex with the 59-year-old driver.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: EVEN SHOPLIFTERS DESERVE MR. FROGGY _ Ignatius Pollara was arrested in the Chicago area for shoplifting. From jail, Pollara filed a motion with the court demanding he be released because police supposedly “misplaced” some of his personal property: “clothing, toiletries, tickets to see the Grateful Dead and U2, and one stuffed ‘Mr. Froggy’ plush toy.” A judge denied Pollara’s motion for a release but did order prosecutors to try to locate any missing personal property.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KINKING THINGS SEND MAN TO JAIL _ A man in Fort Smith, Arkansas, called police saying he needed help. When an officer arrived the man met the officer in the apartment building’s parking lot and showed that he was handcuffed. He explained he and his wife had been “doing some kinky things” but had lost the key. The officer did a warrant check on the guy, then walked him back to his apartment, removed the cuffs, and replaced them with his own. Turns out the guy had a warrant out for his arrest.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CROISSANTS CAN BE DIFFICULT _ A British supermarket chain has announced it has stopped selling crescent-shaped croissants in favor of a non-curved variety of the pastry, claiming shoppers just can’t figure out how to get jam on the curved ones. A supermarket spokesman said it’s “the spreadability factor … the majority of shoppers find it easier to spread jam, or their preferred filling, on a straighter shape.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWO HITMEN FOR THE PRICE OF ONE _ Andrew Gordon of Massachusetts wanted to hire a hitman to kill his wife. The hitman was actually an undercover cop — a state trooper; Gordon was arrested. In an apparent attempt to get out of the resulting charges, Gordon offered a gang member $15,000 to kill the state trooper and another witness in the case against him. Of course, the “gang member” was also an undercover police officer, and Gordon was arrested again. He has been convicted in both cases.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

★ ON NETFLIX TODAY — Season two of Marvel’s Daredevil, and Paul Reubens is back as Pee-wee Herman in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

NCAA TOURNAMENT (12p ET, CBS, TNT and TruTV) — The First Round of the NCAA Tournament continues, with games all day and into tonight.

LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — Reba McEntire guest stars in this new episode as Mike’s ex-girlfriend, who wants him to go on a trip with her to promote her line of climbing gear.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH NICK CANNON (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

SLEEPY HOLLOW (8p ET, FOX) — Crane and Abbie must cooperate with their most detested foes after a surprising event in this new episode.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

DR. KEN (8:30p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Ken’s confidence as a medical expert witness is shattered when the plaintiff’s lawyer (guest star Jim Rash, Community) shreds his credibility.

GRIMM (9p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, the team tries to stop a mask maker who is targeting wesen to create masks that give the wearer great power.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — This new edition features a product that keeps beer cold longer.

SECOND CHANCE (9p ET, FOX) — In this new episode, Pritchard and Duval try to uncover Albert Lin’s true identity. The season finale is next week.

THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

SATURDAY

The Round of 32 begins in the NCAA Tournament. Games on CBS start at Noon ET and continue throughout the day and night on CBS, TBS, and TNT.

Saturday Night Live in repeats again until April 2nd.

SUNDAY

The Round of 32 continues in the NCAA Tournament. Games on CBS start at Noon ET and continue throughout the day and night on CBS, TBS, and TNT.

FOX has an all new Ice Age holiday special, Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade, in which the gang takes off on a mission that turns into the world’s first Easter egg hunt. Featured guest voices include Empire star Taraji P. Henson, Seth Green, Wendy Williams, and Gabriel Iglesias (7:30p ET)

FOX presents the 2-hour live “musical event” The Passion at 8p ET. Tyler Perry narrates and the cast includes Trisha Yearwood, Chris Daughtry, and Seal. The Passion tells the story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through passages from the Bible and popular music (arranged specifically for this event). Set in modern day and filmed throughout New Orleans, there will also be a procession of a thousand people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Superdome to a live stage on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Ratings hit Little Big Shots has a new edition at 8p ET on NBC.

Blair Underwood guest stars and Matthew Morrison (Glee) returns in a new episode of The Good Wife (9p ET, CBS) Madame Secretary is also new at 8p ET.

New sitcom Crowded moves to its regular night with this new episode (9:30p ET, NBC)

Laverne Cox, Shemar Moore, Molly Sims, Brandon Routh, Iliza Shlesinger, and Brooke Burke are the celebs playing tonight on Hollywood Game Night (10p ET, NBC)

Elementary moves to a new night with a new episode (10p ET, CBS)


ENTERTAINMENT

HOGAN TRIAL: CLOSING ARGUMENTS TODAY _ Jurors will hear closing arguments today (Friday) in ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex video. The judge sent the jurors home for the day Thursday while lawyers for Hogan, Gawker and media companies discussed evidence issues following lunch. Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting the video, contending it violated his privacy. It depicted the former wrestler having sex with the wife of his then-best friend. Both Hogan and the woman said they didn’t know they were being filmed.

ADELE’S SON ANGELO ATTENDS HIS FIRST CONCERT _ Adele is currently in the middle of her six show run at London’s O2 Arena and she broke down in tears for a very special reason. The 27-year-old singer’s three-year-old son Angelo was attending one of her concerts for the first time on Wednesday. She told the crowd, “This is the first show my baby boy’s seen me do.” Later on in the show, Adele paused during her song Someone Like You to say to her son, “I love you so much, peanut.”

KRISTEN BELL: MY DAUGHTER DOESN’T LIKE FROZEN _ Not everyone loves Frozen. Kristen Bell admitted that her three-year-old daughter Lincoln isn’t a fan of the hit Disney musical movie. Lincoln first watched it last month — at least Bell tried to get her to watch it. But 15 minutes, her daughter said she didn’t like it. And knowing that mom was the voice of Anna didn’t impress Lincoln.

… Regarding a Frozen sequel, Bell says the script “is just being finished written and I think we start recording next month.”

HULU ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO CURIOUS GEORGE _ Hulu is expanding its kids programming. The streamer has secured the rights to the animated series Curious George. Beginning March 31, all nine seasons of Curious George will be available to watch on Hulu, along with television specials including Curious George: Swings Into Spring, Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas, along with the feature-length originals Curious George: Follow That Monkey and Curious George: Back To The Jungle.

L.A. LAW STAR DIES _ Emmy winning actor Larry Drake, who played Benny on L.A. Law, died Thursday. He was 66.

BLAKE SHELTON DENIES HE PEED ON A MAILBOX IN NEW COURT FILING _ In a declaration filed this week in relation to his lawsuit against In Touch, The Voice’s Blake Shelton denies a number of claims made by the tabloid, including that he peed on a mailbox. He also asserts that he never touches vodka before 11 o’clock in the morning. Blake’s declaration reads: “I do not … drink vodka before 11 a.m. I am never drunk, intoxicated, or unable to perform my job on The Voice or elsewhere. I do not slur my words or stumble when I drink. I have never urinated on a mailbox in public, or otherwise.” Blake also denied that his drinking destroyed his marriage to Miranda Lambert, noting, “During our marriage, Ms. Lambert never begged, demanded, or asked me to go to rehab.” In his declaration, Blake admits that he jokes about drinking, saying, “Drinking or comments about drinking is part of my shtick with my fans.”

… Blake slapped In Touch publisher Bauer Publishing Company with a $2 million lawsuit in October over the tabloid’s claims that he was heading to rehab after hitting “rock bottom.”

VIKINGS’ RENEWED FOR FIFTH SEASON AT HISTORY _ The Vikings will fight for another season. History has renewed the drama for a fifth season. Additionally, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined the cast of the historical drama as a series regular.

RIHANNA SHUTS DOWN BEYONCE RIVALRY RUMORS _ Rihanna isn’t giving much credence to the Internet noise pitting her against Beyonce. The singer addressed the rumored rivalry between the pop diva and herself that has been percolating ever since Bey dropped her politically charged anthem Formation in February on the heels of Rihanna releasing her surprise album Anti the week prior. But it appears that Rihanna sees the cattiness as a figment of the Internet’s infinite imagination. She tells Vogue magazine: “Here’s the deal. They just get so excited to feast on something that’s negative. Something that’s competitive. Something that’s, you know, a rivalry. And that’s just not what I wake up to. Because I can only do me. And nobody else is going to be able to do that.”

GEORGE AND AMAL TO HOST MULTIPLE HILLARY CLINTON FUNDRAISERS _ George Clooney and his wife, Amal, will host a series of fundraisers next month for Hillary Clinton, with the campaign launching a contest in which winners can meet the candidate and the couple at the Clooneys’ home. The full details have not yet been announced, but the events will be held in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and include cocktails and dinner. Tickets will be priced at $33,400 per person for the Hillary Victory Fund.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY HEADING TO BROADWAY _ A stage musical based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open on Broadway in the spring of 2017. A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical has been playing in London since 2013 and is wrapping up its four-year run.

THE FOUR HORSEMEN RISE IN NEW X-MEN: APOCALYPSE TRAILER _ Thursday brought a new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, giving us our longest look yet at the first mutant of the same name. Played by Oscar Isaac, the mutant Apocalypse is seen rising and gathering his four horsemen and beginning his plan to end the world. Apocalypse opens in the UK on May 19, in Australia on May 26 and the US on May 27. • TRAILER

SETH ROGEN RELEASES DISTURBING TRAILER FOR SAUSAGE PARTY _ What would happen if you mixed the sweet whimsy of Toy Story with the twisted comedy of Seth Rogen? You get Sausage Party: an animated dark comedy that’s definitely not a Disney movie. The trailer for Sausage Party has been released and features the all-star comedic cast of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek, and others. In the world of Sausage Party, food is actually alive, and all it wants to do is get purchased. Little do the cute animated hot dogs, buns, broccoli, and cheese slices realize: They’re actually going to be cut up and  eaten. The trailer takes a dark turn when a potato with multiple eyes gets cruelly sliced by a woman prepping for dinner, much to the horror of his edible comrades. Then she actually eats a few baby carrots. • TRAILER (Not Safe for Air!)

BIG BANG THEORY ADDS JUDD HIRSCH _ The Big Bang Theory has added Judd Hirsch as a guest star as Leonard Hofstadter’s father.

RAPPER 50 CENT MAKING VARIETY SERIES FOR A&E NETWORK _ Curtis Jackson, better known as rapper 50 Cent, is making a variety television series for the A&E Network. A&E said Thursday it is developing a sketch comedy and music series named 50 Cent Presents. The star said he grew up watching variety shows on television and is anxious to bring his own spin to the project.

NEW IN THEATERS TODAY _ Zootopia’s been No. 1 for two weeks — can Allegiant take it down? Last year’s Insurgent opened with $52.3 million.

OPENING NEXT WEEK _ Opening Friday, March 25

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • The Disappointments Room

NEW ON DVD _ Released March 15

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Sisters
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
  • Game of Thrones – The Complete 5th Season
  • Hell’s Kitchen – Season 14: Raw and Uncensored

AUDIO

Newest on the PRO AUDIO page.

• PHONER: What is your favorite breakfast cereal? – 4 real callers! See Bits & Breaks, March 17 issue.

• BED: Irish Dance

• MYSTERY VOICE: John Goodman


BITS & BREAKS

OFFICE ROMANCES

There’s love sizzling in the office cube farm, and the boss doesn’t seem to mind — too much. Finding love at the office is more likely and less taboo than in the past even though there is still the very real fears of dismissal or transfer and sexual harassment. Forty percent of employees admit they have been personally involved in a workplace love relationship at least once in their careers. If you do date a co-worker, CareerBuilder.com offers these tips for successfully balancing your work and love lives:

• Have an exit strategy

• Avoid dating your subordinate

• Keep your love life to yourself

• Avoid public displays of affection

• Don’t get caught with your pants down

• Avoid electronic love letters

• Keep your love quarrels at home

• Don’t let your relationship affect your performance

• Be ready to move


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 49% of us would switch jobs today if they could take what to work with them? (Their dog)

TRIVIA: Roughly 700,00 Americans are employed as what? (Physicians)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN!

• Name a small, furry animal that’s associated with Easter.

• What restaurant chain uses golden arches in its logo?

• What does Jack Daniels make?

• What is the third letter of the alphabet?

• How many bases are on a baseball field?


VIDEO OF THE DAY

It’s cool… the driver is legally blind anyway.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MARCH 18, 2016

• 1983: JOHN ANDERSON’s Swingin’ entered the country charts.

• 2000: The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a 20-cent stamp of the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry.

• 2008: GARTH BROOKS’ collection The Ultimate Hits was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies.

• 2008: ALAN JACKSON scored his 32nd number one hit with Small Town Southern Man.

• 2008: RICKY SKAGGS received an honorary doctorate of music from the Burklee College of Music of Boston, during his performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

CHARLEY PRIDE is 82.

SONS OF THE DESERT keyboardist Scott Saunders is 52.

Jaron Lowenstein — also known as JARON AND THE LONG ROAD TO LOVE — is 42. His tune Pray for You reached the Top 20 in 2010. Jaron has a twin brother named Evan.

Philip Sweet of LITTLE BIG TOWN is 42.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Newest on the COUNTRY AUDIO page.

• TIM McGRAW calls on acting skills in his music career.

• A THOUSAND HORSES on family musical influences.

• Charles Esten of TV show Nashville is living the best of both words. – Nashville returned March 16


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

In a declaration filed this week in relation to his lawsuit against In Touch, BLAKE SHELTON denies a number of claims made by the tabloid, including that he peed on a mailbox. He also asserts that he never touches vodka before 11 o’clock in the morning. Blake’s declaration reads: “I do not … drink vodka before 11 a.m. I am never drunk, intoxicated, or unable to perform my job on The Voice or elsewhere. I do not slur my words or stumble when I drink. I have never urinated on a mailbox in public, or otherwise.” Blake also denied that his drinking destroyed his marriage to Miranda Lambert, noting, “During our marriage, Ms. Lambert never begged, demanded, or asked me to go to rehab.” In his declaration, Blake admits that he jokes about drinking, saying, “Drinking or comments about drinking is part of my shtick with my fans.”

… Blake slapped In Touch publisher Bauer Publishing Company with a $2 million lawsuit in October over the tabloid’s claims that he was heading to rehab after hitting “rock bottom.”

CAM will stop by CBS’ The Talk on Monday (March 21).

KENNY CHESNEY’s next album could be out in May. Kenny’s manager says the superstar is recording and targeting that time frame on the calendar. Kenny’s Spread The Love Tour with MIRANDA LAMBERT, SAM HUNT and OLD DOMINION begins April 23.

… KENNY CHESNEY has posted a teaser on his Facebook page with the date of March 24, 2016 at 3:45 PM CT and what appear to be partial lyrics to a song.

REBA MCENTIRE guests tonight (Friday) on ABC’s Last Man Standing. She plays an outdoor enthusiast and the old flame of Tim Allen’s character on the show.

KEITH URBAN has revealed his next album, Ripcord, will be released May 6, just about a month before he hits the road on his Ripcord Tour with BRETT ELDREDGE and MAREN MORRIS. The album’s first two singles, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 and Break On Me have already topped the country chart.

DAN + SHAY visit ABC’s Good Morning America this morning (Friday) to perform their new song, From The Ground Up.

While in Europe last week for the Country2Country Festival, ASHLEY MONROE sold out her concert at England’s Bush Hall.

MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s 2011 hit Where I Come From has achieved gold status for sales of 500,000 copies.

NEW AND OUT TODAY

LORRIE MORGAN’s A Picture Of Me: Greatest Hits And More. Lorrie has re-recorded several of her hits and included some unreleased material on the project.

THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES

  1. CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Heartbeat
  2. ZAC BROWN BAND – Beautiful Drug
  3. COLE SWINDELL – You Should Be Here
  4. BRETT ELDREDGE – Drunk On Your Love
  5. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – Confession
  6. RANDY HOUSER – We Went
  7. RASCAL FLATTS – I Like The Sound of That
  8. CHASE BRYANT – Little Bit Of You
  9. OLD DOMINION – Snapback
  10. MAREN MORRIS – My Church

DATEBOOK: MARCH 21, 2016

This is day 81 of 2016. There are 285 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Timothy Dalton (James Bond films The Living Daylights and License to Kill) is 70

• Eddie Money is 67

• Gary Oldman is 58

• Matthew Broderick is 54

• Rosie O’Donnell is 54

• Former dancer and celebrity spouse Kevin Federline is 38

• Scott Eastwood (The Longest Ride) is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1928: Charles Lindbergh was presented the Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight.

• 1948. Renamed the Telecaster in 1950, Fender’s guitar became the mainstay of both country and rock musicians.

• 1965: Some 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began their march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery.

• 1977: Mrs. James Duck of Memphis became history’s fastest mother. Her triplets were born naturally in under two minutes.

• 1980: U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.

• 1980: On the season finale of the drama Dallas, the infamous character J.R. Ewing was shot by an unseen assailant, leading to the catchphrase “Who Shot J.R.?”

• 2006: Hillsborough County, Florida, sheriff’s deputies said they were investigating a series of burglaries involving beer-thirsty bandits. As many as 15 refrigerators, all on back porches overlooking a golf course, were broken into. Residents say sodas and other drinks were not taken, only the beer.

• 2013: The European Space Agency revealed new data that indicated that the universe is 13.82 billion years old.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• American Chocolate Week

• Animal Poison Prevention Week

• Tsunami Awareness Week

• National Common Courtesy Day

• National Single Parent Day

• Poetry Day

• World Down Syndrome Day

• Credit Card Reduction Day

UPCOMING

• March 27: Easter

• April 1: April Fools’ Day

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