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This is day 83 of 2016. There are 283 days remaining.
• Running legend Roger Bannister (ran the first 4-minute mile) is 87
• Ric Ocasek (The Cars) is 67
• Chaka Khan is 63
• Catherine Keener (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) is 57
• Hope Davis is 52
• Richard Grieco is 51
• Bandleader Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show with James Corden) is 44
• Michelle Monaghan (True Detective, Source Code) is 40
• Keri Russell (The Americans) is 40
• Gossip blogger Perez Hilton is 38
• Princess Eugenie of York (the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York) is 26
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1775: Patrick Henry called for America’s independence from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial Convention, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
• 1806: Explorers Lewis and Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east.
• 1942: During World War II, the U.S. government began moving Japanese-Americans from their West Coast homes to detention centers.
• 1983: Dr. Barney Clark died after living 112 days with a permanent artificial heart.
• 1994: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings broke Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.
• 1998: The movie Titanic won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best song, to tie the record set by 1959’s Ben-Hur. The record was tied again by Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in 2003.
• 2001: Russia’s orbiting Mir space station ended its 15-year odyssey with a fiery plunge into the South Pacific.
• 2009: A Japanese astronaut on the International Space Station began testing a pair of special no-smell underwear. Koichi Wakata planned to wear the special antibacterial polymer pants for seven days. The underwear was developed by Japanese researchers trying to create clothing that reduces smells, absorb sweat and provide insulation.
• Puppy Day
• Tamale Day
• OK Day
• Chip and Dip Day
• March 27: Easter
• April 1: April Fools’ Day
7: Quarts of oxygen consumed by a runner doing a 100-yard dash.
In Minnesota an 11-year-old boy stole a cement truck and took it on an hour-long joyride. [But on the bright side, he did repair the city’s sidewalks in record time.]
Two parents in Pennsylvania have been charged after police found hundreds of teenagers at a party flowing with alcohol and marijuana. [The parents explained that the kids were simply too old for an Easter Egg hunt.]
The wife of Telsa CEO Elon Musk has filed for divorce. This will mark the second time that the couple has divorced. [Why do I get the feeling that the price of a Tesla is about to go up?]
In Indonesia thousands of taxi drivers blocked traffic, set stacks of tires on fire, and attacked people who disagreed with them as they protested the rise of ride-sharing apps like Uber. They don’t like the fact that Uber drivers aren’t screened as carefully as they are. [You know, to eliminate the wackos that would block traffic, set stacks of tires on fire, and attack people who disagree with them.]
The tavern chain World of Beer is looking to hire three interns that it will send around the world for a year, all expenses paid, to explore beer and write about it. [And Hulk Hogan thought that he hit the jackpot.]
Researchers (Ohio State University) say their analysis of IQ tests proves that blondes are not dumb. [Unless they think that they can convince Mexico to build a wall.]
The NFL says that it’s considering playing a game in China in 2018. [But there will be special rules in place. For example, because it’s so hard to see through the heavy smog all field goal attempts will be on the honor basis.]
Over 40 multimillionaires in New York state wrote to lawmakers asking them to increase their taxes. [And medication.]
A survey finds that school-aged kids in the UK spend less time outside than prisoners. [And the cafeteria food is exactly the same.]
BRUSSELS RAN AD MOCKING ISLAMIST TERROR THREAT _ Two months before the terror attacks in Brussels, the Belgian capital city ran an advertisement ridiculing concerns about its reputation as being a hotbed for Islamist terror groups. The viral video said: “After Brussels was linked to terror plots, the international media portrayed the city as a war zone. We wanted to change this perception with an honest answer.” The campaign involved random passersby answering a phone call from those supposedly interested in whether the city is safe to visit. • VIDEO
FORMER TORONTO MAYOR ROB FORD DIES _ Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford — who became world famous for his crack scandal while in office — died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Ford — who served as mayor from 2010 to 2014 — was caught on video smoking crack on multiple occasions during his term. He admitted to using the drug though denied he was an addict. AUDIO
CHOOSE OATMEAL OVER CORN FLAKES _ Trying to decide between oatmeal and a bowl of corn flakes? Researchers say go with the oatmeal. Study participants ate less at lunch when they had oatmeal for breakfast.
BRIDAL BUDDY FOR WEDDING DAY POTTY BREAKS _ Going to the bathroom in a wedding dress is no joke. You’ve got to bring in a whole team to hold up your gown, or else risk the consequences. Enter the Bridal Buddy, a new invention that allows brides to do their business without any extra assistance. It was invented by Heather Stenlake, a former bridal shop owner. Bridal Buddy is basically a slip meets a drawstring laundry bag. First you gather your dress up, then pull it into the Bridal Buddy like a bag. Then put your arms through the sleeves and pull the drawstring. Then you’re all set for a wedding day pee.
… Bridal Buddy is available online for $59.95.
WOMAN PAYS FOR MAN’S GROCERIES, HE REPAYS HER WITH HUGE GIFT _ Tracy Warshal was in line at a grocery store in Smyrna, Georgia, last December when she noticed the man in front of her had forgotten his wallet. He was only trying to buy a few items worth $7, but he had no money to pay for them. All he had to do was go out to his car and retrieve his wallet, but Tracy decided it would be easier just to pay the small bill herself. So she gave him $7.
… While Tracy forgot about her small act of kindness, the man she helped did not. A month later, Warshal was informed by her employer, the Piedmont Foundation, that an anonymous person had donated $10,000 in her name. The man in the grocery line noticed that Tracy was wearing a Piedmont Cancer Institute T-shirt the day she helped him out and decided to pay her back.
PEOPLE WITH WIDER MOUTHS ARE BETTER LEADERS _ A new study (University of Toronto) shows people with wide mouths are perceived by others to be better leaders than people with narrow mouths, and also perform better on real-world tests of leadership effectiveness in business and politics.
STARBUCKS WILL DONATE ALL OF ITS UNSOLD FOOD TO NEEDY _ Starbucks has a new plan to minimize food waste at its U.S. locations. The company says it’s teaming up with Food Donation Connection and Feeding America in a program known as FoodShare that will allow the company to donate all of its leftover prepared meals to food banks. Food Donation Connection will pick up the food each day at 7,600 Starbucks-operated U.S. locations, and Feeding America will redistribute it. Starbucks says it has been working with the FDC since 2010 to donate leftover pastries, and now they’ve found a way to safely add perishable foods to the end-of-day pick up. According to Feeding America, 70 billion pounds of food are wasted in the U.S. every year.
INFANTS GRASP NAMES OF OBJECTS THAT INTEREST THEM _ A study finds though they are learning words at 10 months old, infants tend to grasp the names of objects that interest them rather than whatever the speaker thinks is important. And they do it quickly. The infants were able to learn two new words in five minutes with just five presentations for each word and object. Importantly, the babies paired a new word to the object they liked best, regardless of what object the speaker referred to.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CROOK FOUND HIDING AT HIS APARTMENT _ A guy in Ireland who was being held on auto theft charges made a break for it as he was being led before the court. For two days he was on the run. Sort of. Authorities were stunned to find him hiding out at his own apartment.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HEY COPS, IS THIS CRACK? _ A Florida man doubted whether he was being sold actual crack cocaine. So he approached two uniformed officers and allegedly asked them to test his crack pipe so he could be sure. He was getting the real thing, and he was arrested.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLARY SUSPECT MADE HIMSELF AT HOME _ Police in Pennsylvania say a burglary suspect made himself at home while the family was away. The 21-year-old was arrested Sunday after the family returned to find him wearing their clothes, eating their food, and even rearranging their furniture. Police believe the man had settled in for at least two days.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CONSTRUCTION WORKERS CHAINSAW BUILDING SITE _ A pair of Australian construction workers used chainsaws to destroy their work site as retribution for lack of payment. A video posted to Facebook by the Uptrend Engineering & Construction group shows two men using chainsaws to destroy what appears to be a partially-built home. The Facebook post reads: “When this guy’s boss didn’t pay his workers on time… He is gonna learn the hard way to never do that again.” • VIDEO
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK DRIVER SET GAS PUMP ABLAZE _ Chad Weber was already lit when he hit a gas pump in Tampa, causing it to become fully engulfed in flames. There was round $10,000 worth of damage to the pump and another $3,000 in ruin to the car he was driving.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STOLE BMW AFTER TRYING TO BUY IT WITH FOOD STAMPS _ Police in Florida arrested a man accused of stealing a $60,000 BMW and 60 sets of car keys one day after he tried to purchase the luxury vehicle with food stamps. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Nicholas Jackson was arrested after he ran out of gas.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ANGRILY THROWS PYTHON AT SUSHI DINERS _ A man was evidently outraged that fellow diners wanted him to leave a Los Angeles sushi restaurant with his snake. He did leave, but returned and threw the snake snake into the restaurant. The restaurant’s owner called police and animal control.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LIBRARY BOOK RETURNED AFTER 49 YEARS _ When your library book is so overdue that the fine is waived out of pity, you know you’ve been negligent. A Minnesota man and alumnus of the University of Dayton recently returned a book overdue by 49 years. James Phillips, who was a freshman when he checked out History of the Crusades in 1967. He was technically fined two cents each day for the last 49 years. Luckily for Phillips, the school waived his more than $350 fine.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ACCUSED ARSONIST ALLEGEDLY TORCHED WRONG CAR _ A Florida man wasn’t please his ex-girlfriend had a new man. So he decided to torch the new man’s car. But he set the wrong car on fire.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BODY SPRAY SENDS PEOPLE FLEEING FROM CHURCH _ A can of Axe body spray is being blamed for an incident that had the Seattle Fire Department evacuating a church and daycare center. A backpack left in a bathroom was giving off “cough inducing fumes”. That prompted a call to 911. After responding to the scene, fire crews called in a hazmat team to handle the noxious fumes.
SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — Contestants compete for a food reward in a classic challenge in this new edition.
HEARTBEAT (8p ET, NBC) — Alex suggests performing risky surgery on conjoined twins diagnosed with cancer in this new episode.
THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — Frankie asks the Donahues to join the family when Mike surprises them with a vacation in this new episode.
ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — Rosie’s insistence on celebrating his and Villa’s nine-and-a-half month anniversary lands them in the middle of a case involving their informant. Joy Bryant (Parenthood), Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Instant Mom) and Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) guest star.
ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Cupid returns to Star City to destroy lovers on their wedding day in this new episode.
THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Inspired by David Copperfield’s walk through The Great Wall of China, Adam becomes a magician in order to impress a girl in this new episode.
CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Series star Kirsten Vangsness co-wrote this new episode with one of the series’ executive producers.
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect) is back as Andy, and Dana Powell returns as Cam’s sister Pam in this new episode.
LAW & ORDER: SVU (8p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, the team struggles to unravel a sex trafficking operation with ties to government offices, the police department, and the Catholic Church. Jonathan Cake (Desperate Housewives) and Peter Gallagher guest star.
HELL’S KITCHEN (9p ET, FOX) — The VIP guests in this new edition are Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and comedian Bill Engvall.
SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — The Winchesters reach into the past to devise a plan to catch a monster in this new episode.
BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Dre decides to hire a nanny to help with the kids and chores.
CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — The team discovers a secret battered woman’s shelter and learns a resident has been abducted in this new episode.
NASHVILLE (10p ET, ABC) — Luke recruits an old friend (Tony Award-winning actor, singer, musician Steve Kazee) to join him on tour in this new episode. Radio personality Buzz Brainard also guest stars as himself.
CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS (10p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, the team investigates black market organ trading after an American visiting Mumbai wakes up missing a kidney.
MARGOT ROBBIE WILL PLAY TONYA HARDING _ Wolf of Wall Street costar Margo Robbie has signed to play disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in the movie I, Tonya. Harding made headlines before the 1994 Olympics for her ex-husband’s physical attack on arch rival Nancy Kerrigan.
DISNEY’S PROFIT FROM STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS _ Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for digital download a week from Friday (April 1). Someone did some digging and found that Disney will end up making $1.3 billion from the movie.
- Studio overhead – $30 million
- Production – $250 million
- Marketing – $250 million
- Contractual fees and residuals to film participants – $250
- Pay TV and broadcasting – $165 million
- Disney’s portion of disc and digital sales – $276 million
- Consumer products – $500 million
- Box office sales – $1.1 billion
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PROFIT
- $1.3 billion
AUDIO – Visit the PRO AUDIO page to hear Harrison Ford on Tuesday’s Ellen talking about a new Han Solo.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: THE REVIEWS _ The reviews for Batman v Superman started trickling out Tuesday, and they’re mixed to good. Mashable says: “Go like a speeding bullet to see this dark mess.”
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: ONE HERO CRUSHES THE OTHER AT BOX OFFICE _ The Man of Steel might seem to have the edge on the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice: The son of Krypton is super strong, he can fly, and he has heat vision. But Batman beats the heck out of him at the box office. The Batman movies since 1989’s Batman have averaged $383 million — much higher grosses than the inflation-adjusted $268 million for movies about Superman. The highest-grossing film between the two of the heroes is 2008’s The Dark Knight, which starred Christian Bale and Heath Ledger.
… The seven modern Batman films have grossed $2.68 billion, while the six Superman films have earned $1.6 billion.
CHELSEA HANDLER GOES NUDE FOR REESE WITHERSPOON’S BIRTHDAY _ Chelsea Handler got naked for Reese Witherspoon’s 40th birthday Tuesday — because that’s what you do when you are Chelsea Handler. The 41-year-old posted the full-frontal snap with the caption, “Happy Birthday @reesewitherspoon.”
HILARY SWANK IS ENGAGED _ Hilary Swank is engaged to her boyfriend and tennis coach Ruben Torres. The 41-year-old shared the news on social media Tuesday. This will mark the second marriage for Swank, who was previously married to Chad Lowe for ten years.
BACHELOR CONTESTANT DIES IN ULTRALIGHT CRASH _ Erin Storm, a 2008 contestant on The Bachelor, died Monday in an ultralight crash. Storm was flying the single engine craft when it went down shortly after takeoff at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles County. Construction workers nearby witnessed the crash and pulled the 41-year-old from the plane. She was taken to a hospital but did not survive. She was the only individual onboard.
… Storm vied for suitor Matt Grant during her time on the show, but was eliminated after the first episode.
KIM FIELDS WON’T RETURN ON REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA _ Kim Fields won’t return on the Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The 46-year-old actress and television personality announced the news this week following part one of the Season 8 reunion Sunday.
CUBA GOODING JR. DATES HIS ESTRANGED WIFE _ Cuba Gooding Jr. says he and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Sara Kapfer, are dating. According to Cuba, although they separated in the past, they still need to remain cool for their kids and recently went on a movie date together.
BETHENNY FRANKEL NO LONGER HAS TO PAY EX $12,000 A MONTH _ Bethenny Frankel has one less huge bill to pay every month. A state appeals court ruled Tuesday that the former Real Housewives of New York star will no longer have to pay ex-husband Jason Hoppy spousal support each month. According to court documents, the majority of appeals court judges ruled that, “We find that the broad and expansive language used by the parties in their agreement forecloses the husband from seeking any kind of spousal support, including temporary support. After acknowledging and representing that they are ‘fully capable of being self supporting,’ the parties agreed to ‘waive any and all claims for spousal support and/or maintenance’ ‘both now and in the future.'”
SARAH PALIN JOINS JUDGE JUDY-LIKE COURTROOM SHOW _ The producers of a new courtroom show say former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has signed on for the production. The show is not sold yet and the deal is a production deal, but it’s described as a Judge Judy-type show. A pilot for the untitled project will be shot first. Palin does not have a Doctor of Law degree.
BRISTOL PALIN FIRES BACK AFTER SOMEONE MOCKS BROTHER TRIG _ Bristol Palin is defending her baby brother on social media. Bristol came to the defense of her 7-year-old brother Trig after an insensitive Instagram commenter posted an offensive comment on her page that compared Donald Trump’s supporters to people living with Down syndrome. After Bristol posted a picture of Trig in honor of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, the mean-spirited commenter focused on Trig’s hat and not the global awareness day, which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. In the photo, Bristol’s brother is wearing a knit Donald Trump hat with the Republican presidential hopeful’s slogan “Make America Great Again.” Bristol Palin’s family has been Team Trump since publicly supporting the real estate moguls GOP bid in January.
… Bristol fired back: “I wish I knew who you were, hope you don’t happen to be a nurse with any child with Down syndrome. You are pathetic.”
DEMI LOVATO SHARES X-RAY ON TWITTER _ Demi Lovato shared an X-ray on Twitter this week after she says she went paddleboarding without her contacts in, hit a wave the wrong way, and got whiplash. She’s okay and this week she’ll have a procedure that will ensure she’ll never have to wear contacts or glasses again. Demi wasn’t looking for sympathy with her post; celeb was all too quick to make fun of herself and her tendency to get injured by doing mundane things. Once, she says, she broke a bone just walking around.
OLIVIA MUNN, JENNIFER ANISTON AND JASON BATEMAN IN NEW COMEDY _ Office Christmas Party has added Olivia Munn to the Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman holiday comedy. It will be in theaters in December 9.
TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of March 14-20
- NCIS, CBS, 15.1 million
- Little Big Shots, NBC, 13.32 million
- The Walking Dead, AMC, 12.69 million
- The Voice (Monday), NBC, 12.47 million
- NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 11.97 million
- The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 11.19 million
- 60 Minutes, CBS, 10.24 million
- Criminal Minds, CBS, 9.8 million
- The Bachelor, ABC, 9.58 million
- Survivor, CBS, 9.5 million
- Madam Secretary, CBS, 9.41 million
- The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, ABC, 9.24 million
- Scorpion, CBS, 8.96 million
- Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, CBS, 8.88 million
- NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 8.78 million
- American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 8.22 million
- Modern Family, ABC, 8.14 million
- The Good Wife, CBS, 8.08 million
- Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, 7.83 million
- The Middle, ABC, 7.15 million
Newest on the PRO AUDIO page.
• HARRISON FORD: Harrison Ford on Ellen talks about a new Han Solo.
• ROB FORD: The former Toronto mayor — famous for smoking crack on video — has died.
• MOVIES: Ben Affleck gets advice from previous Batman actors.
WHAT MARRIED WOMEN WANT MORE OF
The top 3 things married women want more of:
• Compliments and appreciation from their spouse.
• More romance in their life.
• More time with the man in their life.
SMELL YOUR WAY TO WEIGHING LESS
In a study of over 3,000 people, those who sniffed banana, green apple or chocolate scents when they felt hungry lost an average of 52 pounds in six months. Sniff those foods often, and sniff your meals before you eat. Your brain will think you’re eating more, and you’ll actually eat less.
Scents can also increase your energy level:
• The smell of strawberries or popcorn causes exercisers to burn more calories.
• Jasmine increases beta waves in the brain, which is a sign of alertness.
• And peppermint works on your sensory nerves, and increases alertness.
• Floral scents improve memory by 17 percent.
TRIVIA: To get to work every day, 880,000 Americans do what? (Ride a bike)
TRIVIA: 28% of people do this at home. 70% of people do this away from home. 2% never do it. (Car wash)
SOUND EFFECTS THEATER
OK (caller), I’m going to read you a story. Whenever you hear the bell you provide the sound effect for what I just described…
Angela sat in her tiny cubicle trying to ignore her splitting headache. Phones were constantly ringing (sfx), faxes were faxing (sfx), and her boss was kissing up to a client and doing his fake laugh thing (sfx). He was even trying so hard he actually started snorting (sfx). Angela was determined not to let her headache cause her to neglect her work. She tried to focus, but soon she started to sneeze (sfx). Then her nose started running. So she blew it (sfx). Then she started coughing (sfx) so she went to the bathroom and gargled some salt water (sfx). Nothing helped. When Angela’s cuckoo clock struck noon (sfx) she’d had enough. She tore the clock from her wall and threw it out the window (sfx). Mr. Cuckoo sailed down eleven stories and into the street, causing a four car pile up (sfx). Surprisingly all of this made Angela feel much better. She breathed a sigh of relief (sfx) and got back to work. The End.
World’s longest cat.
This is day 84 of 2016. There are 282 days remaining.
• R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) is 72
• Comedian Louie Anderson is 63
• Robert Carradine is 62
• Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is 60
• TV personality Star Jones is 54
• Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) is 43
• Alyson Hannigan (American Pie movies) is 42
• Peyton Manning is 40
• Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Martian) is 39
• Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) is 26
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1898: Alexander Winton sold his first automobile, built in Cleveland, to mining engineer Robert Allison for $1,000. It was the first car built and sold in the U.S.
• 1936: The longest game in NHL history was played between Detroit and Montreal. Detroit scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime and won the game 1-0.
• 1944: In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners began breaking out of Stalag Luft III.
• 1989: In Alaska’s Prince William Sound the Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels of petroleum after running aground.
• 1991: Some 100 cars were damaged by fire when dry grass ignited at a cook-off sponsored by the San Antonio Firefighters Association. No one was hurt.
• 2002: At the Academy Awards, Halle Berry became the first black actress to win an Oscar in a leading role for her work in Monster’s Ball. Denzel Washington became the second black actor, after Sidney Poitier, to win in the best actor category, for Training Day.
• 2005: When Diane Viza got into an argument with her son over whether she was sober, she drove to the Albion, New York, police station asked to take a sobriety test. That turned out to be a bad idea. The 45-year-old woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after she showed up at the police station.
• 2014: A lawsuit against Lance Armstrong was dismissed. After he admitted to doping, the plaintiffs sued, claiming that they bought energy-drink maker FRS Co. believing that the drinks endorsed by Armstrong had been the key reason for his cycling success
• Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
• World Tuberculosis Day
• March 27: Easter
• April 1: April Fools’ Day