INTERPREP ★ MARCH 6, 2017

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 6, 2017

This is day 65 of 2017. There are 300 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Mary Wilson of The Supremes is 73

• Rob Reiner is 70

• TV personality John Stossel is 70

• Tom Arnold is 58

• Connie Britton (Nashville) is 50

• Moira Kelly is 49

• Eli Marienthal is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1899: Bayer registered aspirin as a trademark.

• 1981: After 19 years presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time.

• 1992: The last episode of “The Cosby Show” aired after eight seasons.

• 1993: In Maidstone, England, 33 cows were accidentally electrocuted by a faulty milking machine.

• 1997: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site: royal.gov.uk

• 1999: Police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, arrested a man they say robbed a bank with a taxi waiting outside. The cab driver became suspicious after the man was inside the bank only about a minute, then gave the driver a $50 bill for the $8 fare and told him to keep the change.

• 2006: A guy in Montana got change back when he bought a frozen burrito at a convenience store. He bought two bacon and egg burritos and when he bit into the first one, he broke a tooth. There were pennies in the burrito. The pennies probably ended up in the food when it was manufactured.

• 2008: U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hinted at the possibility of a Democratic “dream ticket” with Sen. Barack Obama. Clinton said in an interview: “…that may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of the ticket.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Consumer Protection Week

• Dental Assistants Recognition Week

• Procrastination Week

• Sleep Awareness Week

• Celebrate Your Name Week

• Dentist’s Day

• Frozen Food Day

• Pet Sitters Week

• Day of The Dude

• Oreo Cookie 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


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

30: Number of languages that go extinct every year.


NEWS ATTACK!

There’s been a rare sighting of a jaguar in the mountains of Arizona. [Some think that they would make a large scale return to that area if it weren’t for fear of a travel ban.]

The new live-action Beauty and the Beast includes Disney’s first openly gay character. [If you don’t count seven little men who all live together in an isolated house in the woods.]

The final Wolverine movie called Logan is getting good reviews. [It’s so good that some think that it stands a good chance next year of mistakenly being announced as the Academy Award winner for Best Picture.]

The final Wolverine movie called Logan finds our hero old, sad and worn out. [He’s living in the middle of nowhere on a rock he shares with Luke Skywalker.]

A male Polish politician said that women should earn less than men because they’re not as intelligent. [And yet it was a supposedly intelligent male who said something that stupid.]

A company is now taking pre-orders for the first smart condom which monitors your size and performance. [“Wait a second, baby. I forgot my password.”]

A new study finds that people have moral outrage toward voluntarily childless couples. [“How dare they actually get sleep at night!”]

Donald Trump claims Barack Obama secretly wiretapped him. [Fortunately, Vladimir Putin gave him a heads up.]

Jimmy Buffet is planning to open Margaritaville retirement communities complete with restaurant, bar and live entertainment. [Sounds great. Drunken grandmothers ripping off their tops.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

GRIEVING MOM DONATES MORE THAN 4,000 OUNCES OF BREAST MILK _ A Utah mom has donated more than 4,000 ounces of breast milk after her six-week-old son passed away due to a heart defect. Nicura Thompson found out at 5 months pregnant that her son Colton had seven different heart defects. He was born full term but Colton eventually went into cardiac arrest and passed away. Thompson pumps breast milk four times a day and freezes the milk until she has no more space in her freezer. She then drops it off at a milk bank. She has almost reached her goal of 5,000 ounces, but said even when she does she doesn’t plan to stop donating.

AMAZON’S JEFF BEZOS WANTS TO FOUND A MOON COLONY _ Amazon is the world’s fourth-most valuable company, and founder Jeff Bezos ranks as the fifth-richest person in the world. So what’s left when you and your company reign supreme among the planet’s retailers? The answer is to take your business off Earth. According to a report (TechCrunch) Bezos wants his space flight venture Blue Origin to supply goods, equipment, and eventually people to a hypothetical moon colony, and he wants to get started by 2020.

… Bezos and Blue Origin have plans to start manned test flights this year, with tourist flights in 2018. But Bezos has his sights set on bigger things, as revealed by a confidential white paper sent to NASA regarding Blue Origin’s plans to develop a lunar lander able to drop cargo on the moon and return to Earth. Bezos wants flights to start by mid-2020.

WOMAN CAPTURED PUTTING HAIR IN MEAL BEFORE COMPLAINING _ An Australian woman was apparently caught putting her own hair in a meal before refusing to pay the restaurant bill (in Brisbane). The owners of Casa Nostre are now fighting to clear their reputation, sending footage of the incident to food rating website Trip Advisor after scathing reviews the day of the incident. Security footage shows the woman having eaten almost all of her meal when she appears to grab a hair from her head and drop it in her plate. She adds salt and waits a short time before calling over the waiter. The owner said the woman and her dining partner then threatened staff when the bill arrived. They told their waiter they wanted their meal free or they’d write a bad review. The hair found in the meal was long, blonde and curly, while all of the restaurant’s chefs and the waiter who served the woman have short dark hair. The security footage has been sent to Trip Advisor.

MANY TEENS SAY THERE’S NO REASON TO GET DRIVER’S LICENSE _ Fewer teens have an interest in driving. A new study (University of Michigan) says the share of high school seniors across the country who have a driver’s license dropped from 85.3% in 1996 to a record low 71.5% in 2015.

… High school seniors are most likely to have a license in the Midwest (80.4%) and least likely to have one in the Northeast (64.8%).

FACEBOOK HAS QUIETLY ROLLED OUT ITS SOLUTION TO FAKE NEWS _ Since people first started complaining about “fake news” on Facebook, the term has evolved from a useful way to identify false-information-masquerading-as-traditional-news to a term that means basically nothing. The term is now wielded by Donald Trump against stories he doesn’t like. But the original problem still genuinely exists — and Facebook finally came out with its long-awaited response. First spotted on Friday night, the tool identifies links to sites known to produce misinformation. The tool cites third-party fact-checking organizations like Snopes and Politifact.

THE SURPRISINGLY EFFECTIVE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT _ You don’t have to attend in-person meetings or pay big bucks for a personal trainer to successfully lose weight. According to a new study (in the journal Obesity) people who did wellness coaching by telephone lost an average of 10 pounds over 12 months. For the study, the phone-based coaching was provided to California residents. The sessions range from 10 to 30 minutes, and each call is designed to follow up on goals set in the previous session.

$1 MILLION A YEAR FOR LIFE TO EMPLOYEE WHO GUESSES SWEET 16 _ You can bet that plenty of Berkshire Hathaway employees will fill out the company’s March Madness bracket this year. That’s because boss Warren Buffett said one employee could win $1 million a year for life if they correctly pick the teams that make it to the Sweet 16. The Berkshire chairman and CEO said that even if no one wins the grand prize, he’ll also award a $100,000 prize to whoever gets the furthest in guessing the winners in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.

… Buffett first started laying down big basketball bets in 2014, when he offered $1 billion to a winner who correctly guessed all 64 teams.

TEEN KILLED IN CAR CRASH HELPS 7 WITH DONATED ORGANS _ A teen in China who was killed in a car accident has helped at least seven people through organ donation. The 16-year-old died from severe head trauma he sustained from the car crash and his parents donated a total of nine organs, including his heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.

MICHELLE OBAMA SURPRISES STUDENTS, TALKS TO THEM FOR TWO HOURS _ When former first lady Michelle Obama walked into a D.C. high school classroom, the stunned students erupted in tears. One student even darted out of the classroom to regain her composure before she could sit next to her. Obama, who still lives in Washington, made a surprise visit Tuesday to the school (Ballou STAY High School) to speak with 14 students for two hours. Upon arriving, she hugged each of them before taking her seat in the circle.

BUS DRIVER PULLS OVER TO TALK DOWN A SUICIDAL WOMAN _ An Ohio bus driver ended up making a stop that saved a suicidal woman’s life. Driver Damone Hudson was crossing a bridge in downtown Dayton when he noticed a woman standing on the other side of the rail. Video shows him pulling his bus over before opening the door and urging the woman to step back from the ledge. Before getting off his bus Hudson said the the woman, “Hey miss, why don’t we come back on this side of the rail for me?” He then said: “Ma’am, you look like you’re having a bad day, you know. Can I give you a hug?” Hudson continued to talk to the woman before police arrived. When cops arrived she stood back from the ledge, and Hudson carried on with his route.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTACK ON HOMELESS PERSON ‘DECOY’ _ Following two slaying of homeless people in Las Vegas, police positioned a couple of mannequins as homeless decoys. On Friday they accused a man accused of attacking one of the mannequins. A police report says Shane Schindler approached the decoy, looked around for traffic and ten struck it with a 4-pound engineer’s hammer he had in a bag.

TEN YEARS AGO WE STARTED SPRINGING FORWARD SOONER _ Why are we moving our clocks ahead one hour this coming weekend? The 2007 U.S. change was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Previously, from 1987 through 2006, the start and end dates were the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HITS CHICKEN TRUCK BECAUSE SHE’S ‘A VEGAN’ _ A Georgia woman’s hatred of meat consumption landed her behind bars. Police say Judith Armstrong was traveling down Georgia Highway 72 in when she decided to slam into a chicken truck. The truck driver slammed on the brakes after the car hit the side of the truck. Armstrong allegedly hit the side of the truck again, sending her vehicle in a tailspin. As the truck driver pulled over and called 911, the car reportedly drove off, leaving a trail of car parts for police. Police caught up to Armstrong at her home, where she admitted to the attack. Cops say Armstrong did the deed because “she was a vegan and hit the truck due to it being a chicken truck.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNDONE SHOELACE UNDOES BURGLAR _ In France a man was on trial for burglary and the case was winding down. Just before the judge was about to hand down his sentence the accused got up, pushed the prosecutor down, punched a police officer and ran. Because of the confusion he had a pretty good head start. Too bad one of his shoelaces came undone because that’s what brought him down and allowed a security guard to catch him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF STEALS BUS, PICKS UP PASSENGERS _ In Wales a thief stole a city bus from right outside the bus station. Then he drove the bus on its regular route, making stops and picking up passengers. None of the more than 100 people who got on and off realized he wasn’t an official bus driver. After a couple of hours, he pulled the bus over, took all the fare money and walked away.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SATELLITE DISH THIEF _ A thief in the UK showed up at a house with the intention of stealing a satellite dish. He climbed on the roof and started yanking at the dish, when the owner started yelling because the sporting event he was watching went black. He went outside to investigate and found the thief trying to rip the dish from his roof. One angry yell was enough to chase the man away.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIREMAN’S MOM SETS FIRES _ In Austria a woman was very proud when her son joined the local fire department. Maybe a little too proud. On his first day she called to report that several small buildings nearby were on fire. Mom was pleased to see that her son and his colleagues showed up quickly to fight the fire. Later that day, she called again to report that her neighbor’s garage was on fire. It turns out that mom was setting the fires to make her son look like a hero.


ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The blind auditions continue.

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. Rachel opens up to Nick about her feelings, while Vanessa and Nick talk through the hurdles they face.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

24: LEGACY (8p ET, FOX) — New. Carter and CTU narrow in on an enemy’s location.

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New. Alex searches for Jeremiah while Kara investigates a series of alien abductions. Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo guest star.

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE BACHELOR: THE WOMEN TELL ALL (9p ET, ABC) — In this 2-hour special, 19 of the women return to confront Nick and tell their side of the story.

SUPERIOR DONUTS (9p ET, CBS) — New. When Arthur takes a vacation day, Franco tries to prove he can run the donut shop.

APB (9p ET, FOX) — New. Gideon and Martinez use new technology to investigate after a man goes to extremes to get justice for his daughter,

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

KEVIN CAN WAIT (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

TAKEN (10p ET, NBC) — New. Bryan gets his first chance in the field, but the mission goes bust and results in a tragic death.


ENTERTAINMENT

LOGAN WINS BOX OFFICE WITH $85.3 MILLION _ The R-rated X-Men spinoff Logan opened with a massive $85.3 million in North American theaters. Logan also sold $152 million in tickets overseas.

HERE’S THE TEASER TRAILER FOR THE NEXT DEADPOOL MOVIE _ The next Deadpool movie got an ultra-sweet plug before showing of Logan over the weekend. The teaser trailer — almost a mini-movie — was sandwiched in between the regular trailers and the start of Logan. It features Deadpool failing miserably at rescuing a hold-up victim. • WATCH (Not safe for air!)

MOVIES: COMING SOON _ The summer blockbuster movie season started early this year with the gritty Wolverine movie Logan. It brought in over $80 million this past weekend and was the first of many films Hollywood industry experts believe could make 2017 one of the biggest years ever. Here are some of the films coming soon:

  • March 10: Kong: Skull Island
  • March 17: Beauty and the Beast
  • March 24: CHIPS, Power Rangers
  • April 14: The Fate of the Furious
  • May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • May 12: Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • May 19: Alien: Covenant
  • May 26: Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • June 2: Wonder Woman
  • June 9: The Mummy
  • June 16: Cars 3
  • June 23: Transformers: The Last Knight
  • June 30: Despicable Me 3

HARRISON FORD TAKES TO THE SKIES _ Less than two weeks after nearly colliding with a passenger plane while coming in to land Harrison Ford returned to the skies once again on Saturday. This time Ford took off in a helicopter.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE THROWS SKATING PARTY FOR JESSICA BIEL _ Justin Timberlake threw an epic birthday party for his wife Jessica Biel. Justin, Jessica and a group of close friends got together at a local skating ring for some roller skating. After the party, Jessica shared on social media: “This is what birthday dreams are made of. Thank you, my love, for throwing me the most epic jam skate party ever. My inner Xanadu was fully realized. I love you to the moon and back. And then back again.”

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT FILMING CANCELLED AFTER MEL B’s DAD DIES _ America’s Got Talent is off to a rough start. Filming has been cancelled this week because of the death of Mel B’s dad. Martin Brown died Saturday after a 5-year battle with cancer. He was 63. Producers have cancelled filming today (Monday) and tomorrow.

NETFLIX RENEWS ONE DAY AT A TIME FOR SEASON 2 _ Netflix’s One Day at a Time, a re-imagining of the classic Norman Lear sitcom that focuses on a modern-day Cuban-American family, has been renewed for a second season. The reboot premiered its 13-episode first season on January 6 to critical acclaim. Season 2 will also consist of 13 episodes, but a premiere date has not yet been announced.

BRAD PITT’S NEW HOBBY DID NOT KEEP HIM FROM OSCARS _ Brad Pitt, who is known for more than just his onscreen acting abilities, can add another talent to his list. He’s also a bit of an artist. As he finds his way through his difficult divorce from Angelina Jolie, Brad has kept busy by working on a sculpture. There were even rumors that it was his art that made Brad miss the Oscars. A source close to Brad says this is untrue.

MICHAEL JACKSON WANTED TO PLAY X-MEN’S PROFESSOR X _ While Michael Jackson is rightfully remembered as the King Of Pop, it turns out that the legendary performer actually had his eyes set on finding success way beyond music. A screenwriter behind the first X-Men film says Michael Jackson wanted to audition for the role of Professor X, which ultimately went to Patrick Stewart.

NETFLIX IN PRELIMINARY TALKS FOR SECOND REVIVAL OF GILMORE GIRLS _ In the wake of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life‘s runaway success, Netflix has begun exploring the possibility of a second revival. A Netflix spokesperson says that “very preliminary” talks are underway.

ADELE IS MARRIED _ Singing sensation Adele has finally confirmed that she is in fact married to longtime beau Simon Konecki. Over the weekend Adele announced she is “married now” during a concert in Brisbane, Australia. At the Grammys last month, Adele had thanked her “husband” in an acceptance speech, fueling longtime speculation that she and Konecki had quietly gotten married.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

• PHONER: Weird obsessions or habits. → 2 real callers

• PHONER: Where do you hide money? → 4 real callers

• DROP: All right here we go, let’s get started.


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Logan, $85.3 million
  2. Get Out, $26.1 million
  3. The Shack, $16.1 million
  4. The LEGO Batman Movie, $11.6 million
  5. Before I Fall, $4.9 million
  6. John Wick: Chapter Two, $4.7 million
  7. Hidden Figures, $3.8 million
  8. The Great Wall, $3.5 million
  9. Fifty Shades Darker, $3.4 million
  10. La La Land, $2.9 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Zootopia.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

… Ten year ago this week the number one movie was Wild Hogs.

… Twenty year ago this week the number one movie was The Empire Strikes Back.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) – Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. Beauty and the Beast
  2. Lent
  3. Daylight Saving Time
  4. SNAP Shares
  5. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  6. Deadpool 2
  7. April the Pregnant Giraffe
  8. Nintendo Switch
  9. The Legend of Zelda
  10. Tommy Page
  11. Prince Harry
  12. TSA Pat Downs
  13. Uber
  14. Logan (the Movie)
  15. Louis Tomlinson
  16. The Flu
  17. George W. Bush
  18. St. Patrick’s Day

THIS IS CELEBRATE YOUR NAME WEEK

• U2’s original band name was Feedback.

• The name of the Cream of Wheat chef is Rastus.

• Maine is the only state in the United States whose name is just one syllable.

• The Cracker Jack dog’s name is Bingo.

• Barbie’s last name is Roberts. Ken’s last name is Carson.

• Chicago gets its name from the Native American word “checagon” — meaning big, strong, or powerful.

CELEBRITY MIDDLE NAMES

It’s Celebrate Your Name Week. I’ll name some celebrities using their middle and last name — see if you can figure out their first name.

• Jayne Milano (Alyssa)

• Christopher Depp II (John)

• William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (Kiefer)

• Wilhelm DiCaprio (Leonardo)

• Joanna Aniston (Jennifer)

• Renée Stefani (Gwen)

• Charles Cooper (Bradley)

• Marie Claudette Dion (Céline)

• Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (Orlando)

• Alison Swift (Taylor)

• Paige Damon (Matthew)

• Ira Crowe (Russell)


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What do these states have in common: Connecticut; Delaware; Georgia; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina, and Virginia. (They are the original 13 colonies)

TRIVIA: Each year 16,000 people are injured by these. (Escalators)

TRIVIA: Until the age of six, roughly 80% of children’s dreams are about what? (Animals)

LOONEY LAWS

• Exploding an atomic bomb in Chico, California, is punishable by a $500 fine. (TRUE)

• In Des Moines, Iowa, teachers can’t be seen in cars after dark. (LOONEY)

• In Paulding, Ohio, it’s illegal for a policeman to bite a dog. (TRUE)

• Carrying a pig on your back will get you 2-day jail sentence in Moscow. (LOONEY)

• Quacking like a duck near a duck in New York’s Central Park is illegal. (LOONEY)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

90-year-old cranks out 24 pull-ups.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


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DATEBOOK: MARCH 7, 2017

This is day 66 of 2017. There are 299 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• TV personality Willard Scott (Today) is 83

• Daniel J. Travanti (Hill Street Blues) is 77

• John Heard (Big, Home Alone films) is 71

• Bryan Cranston is 61

• Wanda Sykes is 53

• Rachel Weisz is 47

• Jenna Fischer (The Office) is 43

• Laura Prepon (Orange Is The New Black) is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1987: Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion when he beats James Smith in a 12-round fight in Las Vegas. Tyson was only 20 years old.

• 1992: History’s largest crepe was baked and flipped in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It was 41 feet 2 inches in diameter, an inch and-a-half deep, and weighed 5,908 pounds.

• 1998: A Minnesota judge ordered tobacco companies to release 39,000 secret documents that might contain information on how the industry studied ways to lure children as young as five years old to smoke cigarettes.

• 2001: A Kenyan businessman who lost his cell phone called the number from his home telephone — and heard his German Shepherd ringing. The dog underwent surgery to remove the phone.

• 2008: Video of a U.S. Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff while on patrol in Iraq went viral. After making some admiring remarks about the animal, Lance Corporal David Motari tossed the puppy off the cliff. The puppy loudly yelped as it flew through the air. Motari was discharged from the military.

• 2015: President Barack Obama stated that he did not know that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a personal email address for government business.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cereal Day

• Peace Corps Day

• Unique Names 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