INTERPREP ★ FEBRUARY 24, 2017

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 24, 2017

This is day 55 of 2017. There are 310 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Barry Bostwick is 72

• Edward James Olmos is 70

• George Thorogood is 67

• Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) is 66

• Billy Zane is 51

• Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is 40

• Alexander Koch (Under the Dome) is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1868: The first parade to have floats was staged at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana.

• 1955: Apple founder Steve Jobs was born.

• 1981: Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

• 2008: Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba. His brother Raul Castro was unanimously elected.

• 2013: At the 85th Academy Awards Argo won the Best Picture Oscar.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• World Bartender Day

• Tortilla Chip Day

UPCOMING

• February 26: Daytona 500

• February 26: 89th Academy Awards

• March 12: Daylight Saving Time begins

• March 14: March Madness begins

• March 17: St Patrick’s Day

• April 2: Academy of Country Music Awards

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

• CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 80. Tea Leoni is 51. Carrot Top is 50. Sean Astin is 46. Chelsea Handler is 42. Rashida Jones is 41. Country singer Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square is 39. James and Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter films) are 31.

• Sword Swallowers Day. Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day. Open That Bottle Night.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26

• Fats Domino is 89. Bill Duke is 74. Mitch Ryder is 72. Michael Bolton is 64. Greg Germann is 59. Erykah Badu is 46.

• Tell A Fairy Tale Day. Pistachio Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

6,687: Number of eligible voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that on Tuesday finished voting on who’s going to win Oscars this Sunday.


NEWS ATTACK!

Police in Mexico found an altar to the Virgin Mary that was being used to disguise a smuggling ring’s illegal fuel tap. [The local worshippers grew suspicious when they weren’t allowed to get anywhere near the altar with burning candles.]

Police in England raided an abandoned underground government bunker designed to protect UK officials in the event of a nuclear attack. An enterprising group of entrepreneurs were using it grow over $1 million worth of illegal marijuana. [Let’s be honest. If there were a nuclear attack, what do you think the people in bunkers would be smoking anyway?]

Police in England raided an abandoned underground government bunker designed to protect UK officials in the event of a nuclear attack. An enterprising group of entrepreneurs were using it grow over $1 million worth of illegal marijuana. [I say good for them. They didn’t wait for the government to give them jobs. They created their own.]

A new study finds that men who exercise for extended periods of time have low sex drives. [Too many squats at the gym equals diddly squat at home.]

The latest research suggests that sleeping late may be an early sign of dementia. [Or an indication that you have a yet to buy a DVR.]

The second-place finisher at the Fort Lauderdale half-marathon was discovered to have been cheating by not running the entire race. [You know what’s really sad? She cheated and still only came in second.]

Only two cities are left in the running for the 2024 Olympics: Paris and L.A. [That’s interesting since Paris and L.A. are the two places in the world where average people are better looking than world class athletes.]

A judge has ruled that women in Fort Collins, Colorado have the legal right to bear their breasts. [But you need a special permit to carry them concealed.]

A new study says that we need to eat even more fruits and vegetables than previously thought. [So order an extra leaf of lettuce on your Big Mac and don’t forget the strawberry shake.]

A racist couple that bullied fellow passengers was kicked off a United Airline flight. [Unfortunately, the plane was still on the ground.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SOCIAL MEDIA, TEXTS, EMAILS INCREASE STRESS AND ANXIETY LEVELS _ Social media, texts, and emails are stressing Americans out. According to a new report published by the American Psychological Association (APA), constantly checking Twitter, Facebook, phone messages, and email is hurting our mental health. Labeled “constant checkers,” four out of five adults repetitively check their email, texts, and social media sites. The APA found constant checkers have a much higher stress level than those who spend much less time looking at their digital devices.

… Social media may be affecting constant checkers’ well-being. Forty-two percent feel social media is negatively impacting their mental and physical health, while only 27 percent who frequently ignore social media have the same anxiety.

… In 2005, only seven percent of adults in the U.S. used social media. Ten years later, that number swelled to 65 percent. The largest increase, from 12 percent to 90 percent, belonged to the 18 to 29 age group.

PUPPY BORN IN SHELTER HAS BIZARRE IMAGE OF HERSELF ON LEFT EAR _ Lucy the puppy was born with a bizarre marking on her left ear that almost resembles — her own face. The Humane Society of Greater Rochester posted a picture of Lucy and someone commented, “Oh look, she’s got a dog on her ear.”

MAN IN ENGLAND WANTS HIS DEAD COUSIN’S TAT _ A guy in England stunned internet users by appearing to make a gruesome request on Facebook. On a buying and selling group he allegedly asked if anyone could remove a tattoo from his dead cousin’s body — and then stitch it onto his own skin. According to the post, the man was offering over $300 to any surgeon who could carry out the unconventional procedure. He wrote, “I’m looking for a trainee medic to remove this (tattoo) from my recently departed cousin and stitch the skin onto my shoulder”. It has not been verified, leading many to ask whether it’s a bizarre gag. • IMAGE

WOMAN’S SASSY OBIT WARNS PEOPLE TO WAIT TO CLAIM HER STUFF _ A 91-year-old Ohio woman left behind a sassy, occasionally profane obituary. It starts with the basics — “I was born. I lived. I died.” — and instructs people to “wait the appropriate amount of time” before trying to claim her stuff. Jean Oddi’s obit says her favorite activities were playing cards and teaching her granddaughter “dirty songs.” The obituary also promises an “after-party” following the funeral but warns: “If you are sick, don’t bother to come. I might be dead, but I still don’t want your germs.” • LINK

FRUIT AND VEG: FOR A LONGER LIFE EAT 10-A-DAY _ We need to eat more fruits and veggies. Lots more. A new study (Imperial College London) says we should be loading up on fruits and vegetables — 10 portions a day. A portion counts as 3 ounces of fruit or veggies — the equivalent of a small banana, a pear or three heaped tablespoons of spinach or peas. The conclusions were made by pooling data on 95 separate studies, involving two million people’s eating habits.

WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO One year ago, the (YOUR SHOW) was talking about: DEEP-SPACE TRAVEL MAY BE FUELED BY A HEALTHY DIET OF PRUNES _ So humans have set their sights on Mars, but there are a lot obstacles. But here’s some good news: Science has given researchers a clue to how humans might survive out in the depths of space. The answer: Dried prunes. A study showed dried prunes helped prevent bone loss in a short-term study done on mice.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SWALLOWS FALSE TEETH _ A Romanian woman had stomach pains, so she went to the hospital. An X-ray showed false teeth in her stomach. Eventually she admitted she gulped down the denture while experimenting a ‘special type of passionate kiss’ with her boyfriend.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JEWELRY MAKER SHOT HIMSELF _ A Canada (Oshawa, Ontario) man wanted to make jewelry, but he apparently failed to recognize how dangerous a pieces he was working with was. His necklace was to have one bullet, and as he was removing it from a live shell with vice grips, the man shot himself in the leg.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBERS RUN INTO EACH OTHER _ Police in North Carolina responded to a report of shots fired at a rental store. When they arrived, they saw two men trying to load a TV into a car. Police say the men jumped into separate vehicles and tried to flee the scene, but crashed into each other in the parking lot. They still tried to drive away — going against traffic, which resulted in two more, separate, crashes, which allowed police to apprehend them both.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FUGITIVE PIG _ A 911 dispatcher received a call alerting police to a pot-belly pig running loose through a Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood. Two officers managed to leash the pig before snapping a few mugshots for Facebook. The local humane society came to the rescue with a crate, and soon returned the runaway to his owners.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER FOLLOWED GPS INTO STREETCAR TUNNEL _ A Canadian driver was fined after he said his GPS caused him to drive more than 2,000 feet into a streetcar tunnel. The vehicle had to be extracted from 2,624 feet inside the train tunnel on Thursday morning after the driver left the scene.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNOWBOARDER CRASHES INTO SHEEP AT RUSSIAN RESORT _ A Russian snowboarder’s trip down the hill was initially uneventful, until he attempted to go through some trees. Then he ran into a sheep, which sends him crashing to the ground. The snowboarder was able to get back up, untangle himself from the apparently uninjured sheep, and continue down the hill. • VIDEO


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

GRIMM (8p ET, NBC) — New. Nick and Hank investigate deadly attacks on a team of scientists.

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. When Mac and the team are blamed for a terrorist bombing, they must clear their names without support.

LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — New. Ryan has Kyle as a guest on his podcast, but they don’t expect their wives to hear the conversation. Bill Engvall returns as Reverend Paul.

ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — New. After a female astronaut is found dead, Rosie and Villa launch into an investigation of America’s space program.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New. Caroline and Alaric deal with the twins’ magical powers.

DR. KEN (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Ken and the gang support Allison while she waits to hear back about a lump in her breast.

EMERALD CITY (9p ET, NBC) — New. The Wizard arrives in the Kingdom of Ev.

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — New. After tracking down the missing uranium, McGarrett and Danny must move the explosive material before it detonates. Country star Darius Rucker guest stars.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New. Products featured include drone pilot training and educational courses, elephant-themed apparel, and stylish beach towels.

SLEEPY HOLLOW (9p ET, FOX) — New. When an internet sensation comes to town, a supernatural infection hits, via a viral video.

REIGN (9p ET, CW) — New. Catherine struggles to cover King Charles’ unpredictable behavior.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — This new edition, titled Shark Tank: The Road to $100 Million, features investors Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Lori Greiner as they talk about the show’s biggest successes and failures.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New.

PREMIERE: MAMA JUNE: FROM NOT TO HOT (10p ET, WE) — Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June gets a huge makeover (and another reality show).

SEASON PREMIERE: VICE (11p ET, HBO) — This newsmagazine is back for a new season with segments on climate change and the ongoing crisis in Syria.

I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE (Netflix) — Two and a Half Men’s Melanie Lynskey stars in this dark 2017 comedy as the victim of a crime who teams up with a wacky neighbor to get her stolen possessions back. Elijah Wood also stars.

PATRIOT (Amazon) — This new comedy/drama follows the the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman, Wonderland). Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show) also star.

ULTIMATE BEASTMASTER (Netflix) — Netflix’s first reality competition show will feature six different versions tailored to local audiences in the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan. Viewers will watch the same set of competitors, but each version will highlight local contestants with commentary from local hosts. The US version will be hosted by Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Fox Sports host Charissa Thompson. Sylvester Stallone is one of the producers.

SATURDAY

2017 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS (5p ET, IFC) — Nick Kroll and John Mulaney co-host this awards show that honors the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers.

SAY YES TO THE DRESS: 10 YEARS OF YES! (8p ET, TLC) — This three-hour special goes behind the scenes of the hit reality series.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — No new episode this week, SNL returns March 4th.

SUNDAY

89TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS (8p ET, ABC) — La La Land leads the nominations with 14, a tie with Titanic and All About Eve for the most in Academy Award history. John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Sting will perform their Oscar nominated songs. Jimmy Kimmel hosts

Here’s the list of nominees.

… LIVE FROM HOLLYWOOD: THE AFTER PARTY (After the Oscars, ABC) — Blackish star Anthony Anderson hosts this live post-Oscars special that will feature interviews from the red carpet outside the Governors Ball and backstage moments with winners.Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer, ABC News’ Chris Connelly and Yahoo style editor Joe Zee will also be featured.

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Opening today (February 24).

• Get Out (R) – Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford
• Collide (PG-13) – Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley
• Rock Dog (PG) – Voice cast: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Matt Dillon, Sam Elliott

… Opening next weekend: Logan, The Shack, Before I Fall

BEYONCE OUT OF COACHELLA _ Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, will not perform at Coachella this year, but will headline the festival in 2018. In a statement the festival’s producer said the pop star had to pull out under doctor’s orders. It was not clear who will perform in her absence. Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will also headline the two-weekend festival in Indio, California. Radiohead will perform on April 14 and 21, and Lamar on April 16 and 23. Beyonce was originally set to perform April 15 and 22.

ROBIN THICKE’S EX-WIFE ACCUSES HIM OF EVIDENCE TAMPERING _ Robin Thicke’s ex-wife is accusing the singer of tampering with a court order in an attempt to get her arrested in their bitter custody dispute. The allegations are made by Paula Patton’s attorneys in a court filing released Thursday. They came a day before a judge is scheduled to begin a hearing on the actress’ allegations Thicke was abusive during their marriage and toward their 6-year-old son. In late January, a judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring Thicke to stay away from Patton and to have only supervised visits with their son.

BILLIE LOURD REMEMBERS LATE MOM CARRIE FISHER IN NEW POST _ Billie Lourd remembered late mom Carrie Fisher in a new post on Instagram. The 24-year-old actress posted a throwback photo with Fisher nearly two months after the Star Wars icon’s death. The picture shows a young Lourd sitting on Fisher’s lap as they peer out of a limousine. The actress captioned the snapshot with an angel emoji. • IMAGE

CAITLYN JENNER RESPONDS TO TRUMP DROPPING TRANSGENDER PROTECTION _ Caitlyn Jenner responded on Thursday to the news that Donald Trump was dropping federal protections for transgender students. Jenner broke her silence on Thursday night, tweeting, “Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”

… Along with the tweet, she included a video message for the “trans kids of America.” In it, Jenner said, “You’re winning. I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day, but you’re winning. Very soon, we will win full freedom nation-wide and it’s going to be with bipartisan support. You can help by checking out the National Center For Transgender Equality and letting Washington hear you loud and clear.”

DYLAN MCDERMOTT JOINS FOX WORKPLACE COMEDY _ Dylan McDermott is making the move to comedy. The Practice and American Horror Story alum has joined the workplace comedy pilot L.A. to Vegas. The half-hour centers on a group of underdogs who are trying to find their place in the world that is set on the Friday night flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and the returning flight on Sunday, and who all share the same goal: to come back a winner in the casino of life. McDermott will play Captain Dave, the all-American pilot on Flight 1710 who is described as cocky but also a baby.

SHERYL CROW LAUNCHES A CLOTHING LINE FOR HSN _ Sheryl Crow’s soon-to-launch clothing line will come to HSN on April 13. Prices will range in price from $39.90 to $299.90. Digging through her personal collection of jeans, boots, t-shirts and leather jackets, Crow picked out her favorite pieces and gave them a new twist. Most important was her desire to design the perfect long-lasting t-shirt. Crow says, “I think there’s nothing better with a t-shirt than washing it 50 times.”

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 WILL FEATURE A ROB ZOMBIE CAMEO _ Following his brief cameo in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Rob Zombie has confirmed that he’ll be back for the sequel, which arrives in theaters in just a few months. If you missed Zombie’s cameo in the original film, you are not alone. Zombie was never actually on camera, instead lending his voice as an unseen “Ravager Navigator” on board Yondu’s spaceship.

LAUREN GRAHAM TO STAR IN FOX COMEDY _ Gilmore Girls and Parenthood actress Lauren Graham is returning to network television in a comedy pilot for Fox. Graham will star in the upcoming family comedy Linda from HR as Linda, an HR employee “whose one bad decision throws her monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of balancing work life, home life and a secret that could unravel everything.”

ALIEN: COVENANT PREVIEW DELIVERS CALLBACK TO THE ORIGINAL _ While the first official trailer for Alien: Covenant showed us terrifying images of a colony ship gone horribly wrong, a new preview gives us a full, uncut scene. It’s a stunning glimpse at the ship’s crew relaxing together with a final meal before readying themselves for a long cryogenic sleep. There’s even a pretty fantastic callback to the original movie’s famous dinner scene. Alien: Covenant comes out May 19. • VIDEO

GWYNETH PALTROW RELEASES NEW BOOK TO PROMOTE CLEAN EATING _ From the woman who introduced the world to vagina steaming and conscious uncoupling, Gwyneth Paltrow and the gang from goop are back with a new book titled Goop Clean Beauty, aka “The ultimate guide to a healthy body, a natural glow and a happy, mindful life.”

… In order to achieve happiness, clean up your “leaky gut” and begin with a 10-day detox. Follow these 15 simple guidelines:

  • No alcohol.
  • No caffeine.
  • No dairy.
  • No eggs.
  • No beef, no pork.
  • No shellfish, no raw fish.
  • No gluten.
  • No soy.
  • No nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers).
  • No strawberries, oranges, grapefruits, grapes, bananas.
  • No corn.
  • No white rice.
  • No added sugar.
  • No peanuts, though other nuts are fine.
  • No processed oils and butters (margarines, spreads, and the like), and no vegetable seed oils like canola and corn. Stick to cold-pressed olive oil, coconut, sesame, almond/walnut, and pumpkin-seed oils.

… Some of the advice is worrying to nutritional scientist Dr. Joanna McMillan, who disagrees with goop’s endorsement of detoxing and says, “The idea of detoxing is really nonsense. Your liver and kidneys have the job of detoxing your body the whole time and they do it well, unless you have liver or kidney disease. There is no evidence whatsoever that eliminating a list of foods like this does any kind of detoxing to your body.”

CLOVERFIELD DIRECTOR WILL HELM THE BATMAN STARRING BEN AFFLECK _ Matt Reeves will direct The Batman, the next film starring Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader. Affleck himself was originally slated to direct the movie but instead just play the superhero. Reeves’ directing credits include the two most recent Planet of the Apes movies and Cloverfield.


AUDIO

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• PHONER: Weird food combinations. Amy Earnhardt thinks Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s mayo and banana sandwiches are gross (link). → We’ve added three new calls this file of real callers about weird foods.

• DROP: Sometimes inflammatory, sometimes scary, creepy.

• MONEY: 70 people ages 5 to 75 reveal what would make them happy. → original video

• DROP: Quiet, quiet, quiet.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

THE REASON WHY MEN AND WOMEN WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed watching his wife turn back and forth, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she’d like to have. The wife, continuing to look into the mirror, tells her husband, “I’d like to be six again.”

On the morning of her birthday, the husband arose early and poured her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms. Then took her to a local theme park. He put her on every ride in the park — everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. The wife’s head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Next it was off to a movie, complete with popcorn, soda, and her favorite candy, M&M’s.

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, “Well dear, what was it like being six again?” Her eyes slowly opened and her expression gradually changed from exhaustion to frustrated realization. Then she said, “I meant my dress size.”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Americans owe a combined $1.16 trillion for what? (Their cars. That’s the amount in car loans currently owned by us.)

KIDS QUIZ!

Line up a kid and ask them the following trivia questions. They won’t know the answers but that’s okay because you’re going to feed the kid what he/she needs to know. Edit out you feeding the answers and you’ve got a warm-n-fuzzy way to make a kid a winner.

• What state is known as the Keystone State? (Pennsylvania)

• Which was completed first: the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building or Hoover Dam? (The Empire State Building. It opened in 1931, four years before the dam and six years before the bridge.)

• What does Bavarian Motor Works make? (Vehicles)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Badass Danish girl, 1969.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Laptop meets stovetop.


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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 27, 2017

This is day 58 of 2017. There are 307 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Joanne Woodward is 87

• Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 83

• Howard Hesseman is 77

• Neal Schon (Journey) is 63

• Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant, Lynryd Skynyrd) is 57

• Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck) is 55

• Grant Show (Melrose Place) is 55

• Chilli (TLC) is 46

• Chelsea Clinton is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1879: The artificial sweetener saccharin was discovered at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

• 1951: The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, was ratified.

• 1955: Billboard magazine reported that for the first time 45 rpm records were outselling the larger, heavier 78 rpm platters.

• 1963: Mickey Mantle agreed to play another year for the New York Yankees for $100,000, making him the highest-paid player in baseball history. In 1949 he played for $1,100.

• 1974: People magazine was published for the first time.

• 1997: God received an American Family Publisher’s Sweepstakes entry mailed to Florida’s Bushnell Assembly of God Church which began, “God, you may already be a winner.”

• 2003: Fred Rogers, the host of TV’s Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, died at age 74.

• 2013: Pope Benedict XVI (16) presented his farewell address to Vatican City.

• 2015: Leonard Nimoy died at age 83.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Polar Bear Day

• Cupcake Day

• Strawberry Day

UPCOMING

• March 12: Daylight Saving Time begins

• March 14: March Madness begins

• March 17: St Patrick’s Day

• April 2: Academy of Country Music Awards

More holidays