INTERPREP ★ MAY 11, 2016

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DATEBOOK: MAY 11, 2016

This is day 132 of 2016. There are 234 days remaining.


• Frances Fisher (Titanic, Unforgiven) is 64

• Former MTV VJ Martha Quinn is 57

• Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) is 52

• Coby Bell (Third Watch) is 41

• Jonathan Jackson (Nashville, Tuck Everlasting) is 34


• 1924: Mercedes-Benz was formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies.

• 1927: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

• 1960: The first contraceptive pill was made available on the market.

• 1997: IBM’s Deep Blue chess-playing supercomputer defeated Garry Kasparov in the last game of a rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player.

• 1999: A peeping Tom was hiding in the ceiling crawl space of a Mountain Home, Arkansas, tanning salon watching three women tan when the ceiling collapsed. He was so embarrassed he locked himself in the bathroom until police arrive.

• 2006: A science team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign successfully converted pig waste into crude oil.

• 2007: More than 5,500 people in London’s Trafalgar Square smashed the record for the world’s largest coconut orchestra. Original Monty Python Stars Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam led 5,567 members of the public and cast members from the musical “Monty Python’s Spamalot” in a rendition of their classic singalong “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” to claim the Guinness World Record title.

• 2011: In Nepal, Sherpa Apa Sherpa achieved a new record by climbing Mount Everest for the 21st time.


• Donate A Day’s Wages To Charity

• Eat What You Want Day

• National Night Shift Workers Day and National Third Shift Workers Day

• Receptionists Day

• School Nurse Day


• May 30: Memorial Day

• June 20: Summer begins

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2: Gallons of water used to brush your teeth.


The documents were signed this week making the bison America’s official national mammal. [It just narrowly edged out puppy monkey baby.]

The latest research indicates that the use of artificial sweeteners by pregnant women leads to having children who are obese. [And girls named Splenda.]

The planet Mercury made a rare pass between the Earth and the sun. [A foreign body may never get that close again especially, if Trump builds that wall.]

The Prime Minister of India was forced to release his college transcripts after his enemies began rumors that he had never received any degrees. [He was also forced to release his birth certificate to prove that he wasn’t born in the United States.]

Chris Christie has been chosen to lead Donald Trump’s transition team responsible for getting everything ready to move into the White House. [If Trump is elected, Christie will then move into his new position as the official White House food tester.]

A woman in India became a first-time mom at 70. [At her age you would think that she would know better.]

It took a Florida man three days to notice that he had shot himself in the arm. [It’s not the accident that catches my attention. It’s the fact that this guy obviously went three days without changing his shirt.]

Under New York City law bars can no longer refuse to serve pregnant women. [As long as they stay off the mechanical bull.]

A 15-year-old Canadian student used research to find the location of a lost ancient Mayan city. [Oh, the things boys will do at that age to impress a really hot teacher.]

The new world’s largest insect has been found in China. It’s two feet long. [So, if you want to kill it, that rolled up newspaper had better be the Sunday edition.]


DATING SITE TO MATCH CANADIANS WITH AMERICANS ESCAPING TRUMP _ A new dating website is offering to pair Americans with Canadian singles to save them from a Donald Trump presidency. promises love and a U.S. escape plan if Trump becomes commander-in-chief. A MapleMatch spokesman says over 4,000 people have signed up for the site — 70 percent of them Canadian.

… The founder of the Texas-based site says he hatched the idea while watching Trump’s “Super Tuesday” victories in March. During the primaries, American Google searches for “move to Canada” hit record numbers.

STUDY: YOUR CHILD IS LYING, AND YOU DON’T EVEN REALIZE IT _ A new study from the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology has found that parents are really bad at detecting a child’s lies. In fact, parents don’t even realize when their kid, or someone else’s child, is lying to them. Researchers had 72 parents and children, ages 8 to 16, watch a series of videos of children from the same age group. In these videos, the children were asked if they looked at answers to a test beforehand. Every child in the video denied looking at the answers, even though some had. Those in the study were then asked to fill out a questionnaire that asked on a scale of 1 to 100 how confident they were in their belief that the child was or wasn’t lying. Study participants only realized kids were lying about 50 percent of the time. Most participants believed the children in the videos were being honest with everything they said, even though there were an equal amount of lies and honest statements throughout.

NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD FIGHTS TO KEEP ROAMING PEACOCK _ A peacock that has been allowed to roam free in a New Orleans neighborhood for more than a decade has become the center of controversy after causing havoc during mating season. While some neighbors claim that neighborhood fixture Mr. P has become a nuisance, damaging vehicles and other property, resident Lisa Palumbo has launched a Facebook campaign in support of the peacock, which showed up after Hurricane Katrina. Some neighbors say that in addition to pecking at cars, Mr. P has also damaged gardens and can be heard crying out all throughout the day.

7-YEAR-OLD WHO CUT HIS HAIR FOR CANCER PATIENTS HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER _ Vinny Desautels is a seven-year-old boy in Sacramento, California, with a big heart and an unfortunate diagnosis. For two full years, Vinny grew out his hair to donate to cancer patients. Despite being teased, he was resilient in his mission to help those fighting cancer. Vinny cut his hair right around the time he turned seven. Six months later, the young boy was diagnosed with cancer — stage 4 aggressive cancer.

PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO COMPLAIN ABOUT TRAVEL PROBLEMS THAN TRY TO GET A REFUND _ If a vacation doesn’t go as planned, consumers have a few options for getting some satisfaction, from avoiding a service provider in the future to demanding a refund. According to a recent survey, however, travelers’ favorite option is to complain. Not to the company that didn’t meet their expectations, but to the world.

… 3,257 consumers in eight countries were surveyed (by MarkMonitor) about booking travel online. About 42% of respondents said that when a vacation didn’t turn out as promised, their very first response is to post a negative review. Another 35% said their first response is to complain to a licensing body, like the U.S. Department of Transportation or the European Union. And 40% of respondents said they would try to get a refund first.

MOM’S GRADUATION DREAM IS 33 YEARS IN THE MAKING _ Georgia’s Bonnie Johnson takes the term “non-traditional college student” to a whole new level. Like many Americans, Johnson had a dream of obtaining a college degree. But unlike so many of the Kennesaw State University graduates crossing the stage Tuesday morning, Johnson’s dream wasn’t achieved in the typical four-year-long fashion.

… Realizing her goal took more than three decades. Johnson began pursuing a degree in business administration in 1983. Before she was able to graduate, however, life threw her more than a couple curve balls. After receiving her associate’s degree and giving birth to a premie with Cerebral Palsy, she had to put her goal of a bachelor’s degree on the back burner and enter the workforce. Two failed marriages also meant that Johnson was on her own as a single, working mom. To further complicate things along the journey, Johnson was diagnosed with cancer — she fought and beat the disease not only once, but twice.

… Throughout it all, she held on to the dream of one day completing her degree. Despite undergoing four surgeries in 2013, Johnson resumed classes shortly afterward — even doubling up in order to ensure she didn’t fall behind. Tuesday, Johnson finally saw her years of hard work come to fruition as she accepted her diploma. Crossing the stage, she says, it was all she could do to keep dry eyes.

OBESITY MAY NOT TAKE YEARS OFF YOUR LIFE _ A new study suggests obesity may not cut your life short after all. Danish researchers report that the risk that an obese man or woman will die prematurely has dropped dramatically over the last 40 years. How dramatically? According to their analysis, the 30 percent greater risk of dying early from any cause found back in the 1970s has virtually disappeared. Translation: The researchers said that the risk of dying early for any reason is now the same among obese individuals as it is among normal-weight individuals.

IF 1 IN 10 U.S. SMOKERS QUITS, $63 BILLION SAVED _ Kicking the smoking habit boosts more than just your health — it also saves money. That’s because, according to new research, health care costs plummet just one year after stopping. The study (UCSF) shows a 10 percent decline in smoking would reduce U.S. health care costs by $63 billion the following year.

HALF OF YOUR FRIENDS PROBABLY DON’T THINK OF YOU AS A FRIEND _ Take a minute and count up all your friends. Not just the close ones, or the ones you’ve seen recently — every single person on this Earth that you consider a pal. Got a number in your mind? Good. Now cut it in half. Researchers say this smaller number may actually be more accurate. As it turns out, we can be pretty terrible at knowing who our friends are. A study (in the journal PLoS One) recently made the case that as many as half the people we consider our friends don’t feel the same way.

… Across a test group of 84 people researchers documented 1,353 cases of friendship. And in 94 percent of them, the person doing the ranking guessed that the other person would feel the same way. In reality, only 53 percent of the friendships were actually reciprocal.

MILLENNIALS ARE REALLY INTO RED LOBSTER _ What foods are millennials into? In a recent survey by Nation’s Restaurant News that included over 170 brands, Red Lobster was ranked the top choice among 18- to 24-year-olds. , surprising just about everyone — including Red Lobster. The chain’s CEO said that chasing the young crowd was never part of the chain’s strategy.

PILOT FLIES FORT McMURRAY ANIMALS TO SHELTER _ More than 80,000 Fort McMurray residents were ordered to flee last week, leaving many without their pets as they were barred from re-entering the city due to the advancing wildfire. Many pets sought refuge north of Fort McMurray while their owners fled south. Since then, owners and their fur babies have begun to reunite through ongoing animal rescue efforts. A recent flight from north of Fort Mac included more than 40 furry passengers — cats, dogs, rabbits, chinchillas and more.

MAMA GOOSE FINDS POLICE, OFFICERS FREE GOSLING TANGLED IN STRING _ It’s not a sight Sergeant James Givens is used to seeing, a goose pecking at his cruiser door, but that’s what happened Monday and initially the veteran Cincinnati officer thought the goose was simply hungry. It kept pecking and pecking. Then it walked away and stopped and looked back. So the officer followed it and it led him right over to a gosling that was tangled up in string. The string was tied to a Mother’s Day balloon. It took awhile but the officer untangled the baby goose.

NEW YORK LOTTERY SAYS MAN HAS WON $1 MILLION SECOND TIME _ A man has beaten the odds by winning $1 million in the New York Lottery for a second time. Lottery officials will be revealing the $1 million winner today (Wednesday( on Long Island. The man won $1 million in 2012.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NICE POLICE OFFICERS BLUR FACES OF STOLEN SHEEP _ Sheep privacy matters, too. At least that’s what some police in England think. The West Midlands police force jokingly blurred the faces of a group of stolen sheep found in the back of a of a truck. In a description with the blurred photos the police wrote: “Sheep rustling suspects behind baa-rs after police chase.” • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WHITE BALL PYTHON FALLS OUT OF THE CEILING AT HOSPITAL _ Officials with a Washington state hospital said a former patient’s lost white ball python was found when it fell from a ceiling vent. The snake, which was reportedly smuggled into the hospital (Tacoma General) inside a cat carrier filled with stuffed animals, went missing inside the building and the owner informed hospital workers after going home from the facility. The snake was reunited with its owner.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BAD PRISON ESCAPE PLAN _ An inmate in an Italian prison trying to escape from his cell crashed through a ceiling panel and landed just feet from jailers in the lobby.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF, NOTICES 2 DAYS LATER _ Last Thursday a Florida man accidentally shot himself in the arm while cleaning his gun — but didn’t notice until Saturday. Michael Blevins said he didn’t feel pain from the bullet, which pierced skin and muscle before exiting his body. He also told a deputy that he did not notice the bleeding until he replaced a black shirt he was wearing with a brown one, and the wound created a stain.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AD MEN CUT UP PARK TREES THAT BLOCKED BILLBOARDS _ Police in China detained four people after they attempted to illegally cut trees in a city park they said were blocking their billboards. Nine trees had significant damage. Officers were soon led to a local advertising company that specializes in outdoor billboards. The company’s owner and three employees are in trouble for destruction of public property.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GROOM JUMPS FROM MOVING LIMO ON WAY TO RECEPTION _ Most  people who get cold feet usually bail before the ceremony, but a 22-year-old Australian, who witnesses described as being affected by alcohol, managed to get through the wedding service and into a limo for a ride to the reception. That’s when things went south. As the limo traveled to the reception the newly-married man jumped out of the moving vehicle. A number of police responded after the man jumped and was “becoming hostile”. Police eventually managed to get the man into the back of a police van and he was taken to a hospital. A family member said the groom allegedly drank alcohol to deal with pre-wedding jitters. His bride initially called off the reception but then went ahead with it without him.


SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — In this new edition, one Survivor feels betrayed by an ally.

HEARTBEAT (8p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, a surprising donor is revealed when Alex’s father needs a new kidney. Michael Nouri (The Slap) and JoBeth Williams guest star.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Frankie and Mike attempt to set a summer curfew for Sue and Axl.

ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — The investigation into an undercover ATF agent’s murder gets complicated when Villa connects with a cold case detective. Sherri Shepherd (The View) guest stars.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Felicity asks her father for help after the team discovers Damien Darhk’s next move in this new episode.

THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Beverly and her girlfriend devise a plan to destroy Barry’s favorite shirt in this new episode.

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS (9p ET, CBS) — An American college student is killed in Johannesburg and his brother disappears in this new episode. Mykelti Williamson (Justified) guest stars.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Manny convinces the family to take the train to Dede’s (guest star Shelley Long) wedding in this new episode.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, the producers of a reality series make the SVU part of the show when they investigate a contestant’s claim that she was raped. Larisa Oleynik (Mad Men), Michael Gross (Family Ties), and Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland) guest star.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — In this new episode, Cookie finally reveals the truth behind what happened to Freda’s father to Jamal.

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — In this new episode, Dean and Sam devise a plan to rescue Lucifer from Amara.

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Dre desperately tries to avoid catching the flu while taking care of the whole family.

NASHVILLE (10p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Juliette reunites with her movie co-star (guest star Derek Hough, Dancing with the Stars) on the Oscar campaign trail, where she meets Kesha (appearing as herself).

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS (10p ET, CBS) — In the second new episode tonight, the team heads to Cuba when American bodies are found in different locations around the island.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, Burgess goes on trial after accidentally shooting an unarmed African-American honor student.


NETFLIX CUTS OVER 6 DAYS OF COMMERCIALS FROM YOUR LIFE PER YEAR _ Netflix’s refusal to show ads is a core part of its identity. The company has always maintained that killing ads provides a better experience for its subscribers, and shows no signs of changing that position. And that stance has had an effect. This had led some cable networks to actually cut back on the amount of ads they show to lure back the younger Netflix generation. But exactly how many ads do people avoid by watching Netflix instead of TV?

… Streaming-data site recently crunched the numbers, and it turns out that each Netflix subscriber saves themselves about 160 hours of commercials per year.

SHARON OSBOURNE ON SPLIT FROM OZZY: ‘I JUST NEED TIME TO THINK’ _ Sharon Osbourne is opening up about her split from husband Ozzy Osbourne. The 63-year-old television personality discussed her future with the 67-year-old Black Sabbath rocker on Tuesday’s episode of The Talk. Osbourne missed Monday’s episode following word she and Ozzy have separated after 33 years of marriage. Osbourne told her co-hosts: “I have no idea what I am going to be doing for the rest of my life. I don’t know where I am going, who I’m going with and I just need time to think and really think about myself and what I really want for the rest of my life.”

… She revealed she and Ozzy are speaking but said she “honestly” doesn’t know if they will stay married. The rocker, who was reported missing in the wake of the split, is back in their home, while Osbourne has left their house for now.

OZZY OSBOURNE STEPS OUT WITH RARELY SEEN DAUGHTER AIMEE _ Ozzy Osbourne was spotted leaving a Los Angeles office building with his rarely seen daughter Aimee on Tuesday. The 67-year-old rocker’s split from his wife Sharon Osbourne was revealed over the weekend and she confirmed that she has left their home on Tuesday morning’s episode of The Talk.

… Ozzy was still wearing his wedding band.

CHRISTOPHER MELONI OPEN TO RETURN TO LAW & ORDER: SVU _ Christopher Meloni is TV royalty thanks to his role as Detective Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: SVU, but these days, he has turned in his badge in favor of WGN America’s drama Underground, in which he plays conflicted slave trader August Pullman. But SVU fans are still seeking closure and Meloni was asked if he’d be coming back. The actor says, “I really have no idea how to answer that. From the beginning I’ve said I’d be more than happy to come back for the last six episodes.”

DEA RAIDS PAISLEY PARK _ The DEA was at Prince’s Paisley Park home Tuesday, executing a search warrant, and TMZ reports there is an active federal investigation into doctors who prescribed meds to Prince. Sources say the feds are conducting the probe under a series of federal laws targeting doctors who sell prescriptions to drug abusers.

RUMORED TITLES FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE 8 _ Movieweb has rounded up the rumored titles for Star Wars: Episode 8. There’s Star Wars: The Tale of the Jedi Temple; Star Wars: Echoes of the Dark Side; and Star Wars: The Order of the Dark Side.

JUSTIN BIEBER SAYS HE’S ‘DONE TAKING PICTURES’ WITH FANS _ Justin Bieber canceled all of his future concert meet-and-greets in March, and on Tuesday afternoon, the singer’s fans were dealt another blow. In an Instagram post, Bieber ranted about feeling like a “zoo animal” because of fans constantly seeking photos from him. Bieber wrote: “If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I’m not gonna take a picture I’m done taking pictures. It has gotten to the point that people won’t even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity.”

… The singer acknowledged that “people will be disappointed,” but went on to say that he doesn’t “owe anybody a picture.” He added: “And people who say ‘but I bought ur album’ know that you got my album and you got what you paid for AN ALBUM! It doesn’t say in fine print whenever you see me you also get a photo.”

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of May 2-8.

  1. NCIS, CBS, 14.86 million
  2. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 13.22 million
  3. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 12.56 million
  4. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 11.81 million
  5. The Good Wife, CBS, 10.62 million
  6. Blue Bloods, CBS, 10.1 million
  7. Madam Secretary, CBS, 9.99 million
  8. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 9.97 million
  9. Survivor, CBS, 9.49 million
  10. Empire, Fox, 9.39 million
  11. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.21 million
  12. Criminal Minds, CBS, 8.84 million
  13. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 8.6 million
  14. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 8.56 million
  15. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 8.1 million
  16. The Odd Couple, CBS, 8.07 million
  17. Mom, CBS, 7.92 million
  18. Chicago Fire, NBC, 7.79 million
  19. Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, 7.76 million
  20. Chicago Med, NBC, 7.62 million



• FUNNY NEWS CLIP: A Paducah, Kentucky, TV reporter spoke with a woman who made it through a tornado.

• PHONER: Taking food home from a buffet. → You spotted a guy at a buffet sliding a whole plate of food into a tupperware container. What have people seen others take home from buffets and other restaurants?

• CONTEST: A package of clips for contesting production.



We have a guy at work who is a close talker. He will invade your personal space while talking to you which makes people really uncomfortable. This got us talking about other types of co-workers. You’ll get lots of phone calls from people that work with the Office One Upper, the Lazy Guy, The Hothead, the Gambler who always bets on football games, the NCAA tournament, etc.


Along with the warm weather, here come the bugs.  Some creepy crawly bug facts for you:

• A cockroach can live for up to a week without a head.

• A typical bed usually houses over 6 billion dust mites.

• Ants are social insects and live in colonies which may have as many as 500,000 individuals.

• Ants don’t sleep.

• Australian termites have been known to build mounds twenty feet high and at least 100 feet wide.

• Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.

• In its entire lifetime, the average worker bee produces 1/12th teaspoon of honey.

• Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blonds to brunettes.

• Only female mosquitoes bite. Females need the protein from blood to produce their eggs.

• You’re more likely to be a target for mosquitoes if you consume bananas.

• Only full-grown male crickets can chirp.

• There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.

• Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.


TRIVIA: The average car will suffer from this at least twice during its first three years. (A run-in with a grocery cart.)

TRIVIA: In a survey of millionaires, 42% said this played at least a part in helping them get rich. (Luck)


Question: Who is this?

Answer: Reese Witherspoon


How many times can you fold a piece of aluminum foil? Ask the Hydraulic Press Channel.


Future Marvel movie co-star.

DATEBOOK: MAY 12, 2016

This is day 133 of 2016. There are 233 days remaining.


• Steve Winwood is 68

• Bruce Boxleitner is 66

• Billy Squier is 66

• Gabriel Byrne is 66

• Ving Rhames is 57

• Emilio Estevez is 54

• Carla Hall (The Chew) is 52

• Stephen Baldwin is 50

• Scott Schwartz (Flick in A Christmas Story) is 48

• Kim Fields (The Facts of Life) is 47

• Jason Biggs (American Pie) is 38

• Clare Bowen (Nashville) is 32

• Emily VanCamp (Revenge, Captain America: Civil War) is 30


• 1932: A new character, Dippy Dawg, appeared in the cartoon “Mickey’s Revue” by Walt Disney. Later, Disney changed Dippy’s name to Goofy.

• 1965: At Chess Studios in Chicago The Rolling Stones recorded the first tracks for Satisfaction.

• 1966: Busch Memorial Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball team, opened in St. Louis, Missouri.

• 1978: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it would alternate using men’s and women’s names for hurricanes. Previously, only women’s names had been used, and some complained it wasn’t fair that women got all the attention for causing damage and destruction.

• 1989: Joe Valdez Caballero died at age 81. He invented the hard taco shell.

• 1992: Thirty men and two women from nine nations reached the summit of Mount Everest, the most climbers to reach the peak in one day.

• 2002: Former President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro, becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.

• 2006: The Milwaukee Brewers gave free tickets to a future game to fans who let a doctor check their prostate.

• 2012: A missing piece of the Mayan calendar was discovered, proving the Maya didn’t believe 2012 would be the end of the world.


• International Nurses Day

• Limerick Day

• Nutty Fudge Day


• May 30: Memorial Day

• June 20: Summer begins

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