This is day 72 of 2017. There are 293 days remaining.
• William H. Macy is 67
• Dana Delaney (Body of Proof) is 61
• Bassist Adam Clayton of U2 is 57
• Danny Masterson (That ’70s Show) is 41
• Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) is 32
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1639: Harvard College was named for clergyman John Harvard.
• 1887: Chester Greenwood of Maine received a patent for earmuffs.
• 1961: Mattel introduced the Ken Doll.
• 1987: Bryan Adams’ Heat of the Night became the first commercially released cassette single in the U.S.
• 1990: A blind man robbed a bank in Vallejo, California, then asked the teller to guide him out of the building. She refused, and he was still trying to find his way out when police arrived.
• 1996: The Nigerian news agency reported that a woman waiting in line three hours for gasoline gave birth to a baby girl. Others in line at the service station nicknamed the baby “Fuel Crisis.”
• 2002: On Fox’s Celebrity Boxing, Tonya Harding beat Paula Jones, Danny Bonaduce whipped Barry Williams and Todd Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice.
• 2012: Encyclopedia Britannica announced that it would no longer publish printed versions of its encyclopedia.
• 2013: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the new pope, taking the papal name Pope Francis.
• Brain Awareness Week
• Fill Our Staplers Day
• Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
• Good Samaritan Involvement Day
• Chicken Noodle Soup Day
• March 14: March Madness begins
• March 17: St Patrick’s Day
• April 2: Academy of Country Music Awards
160: People who will die this year from falling out of bed (in the U.S.).
Authorities in Spain are looking for a large gang of people that runs up big bills at expensive restaurants, in one case around $10,000, and then makes a getaway before the check comes. [The police description of the gang is pretty vague except for the roller skates.]
Someone scaled the White House fence over the weekend, [You’ve got to hand it to him. There’s simply no quit in that Bernie Sanders.]
A wealthy 4,000-member Presbyterian church in Alabama has asked the state legislature for permission to form its own police force to oversee its property, including two private schools. [“To protect and serve and tithe.”]
In head-to-head competition the new King Kong movie defeated the new Wolverine movie. [With that victory King Kong will now move on to face its next opponent in the round of 32.]
A rookie Miami cop is charged with robbing drivers that he pulled over on traffic stops. [I don’t condone crime, but a lot of us have to work two jobs.]
A robot was released into the California desert that was programmed to avoid all human contact. [So, obviously, it’s an intelligent machine.]
Did you remember to move your clocks ahead one hour? [Donald Trump refused. He’s convinced it’s a secret Democratic plot to speed up his time in office.]
New doctors will soon be allowed to work 28 hours straight. [Is there anything scarier than a drowsy man holding a scalpel?]
There’s now a theory that author Jane Austen died of arsenic poisoning. [Pride and Prejudice and Premeditation.]
A blizzard hit the northeast. [It’s bad news for most people, but a huge payday for Uber snowplow drivers.]
LET THE MADNESS BEGIN _ The NCAA Tournament committee released this year’s March Madness bracket on Sunday, beginning with the overall No. 1 seed: Villanova. Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga are the fellow No. 1s. Villanova, the defending champion, had a 31-3 season and Big East Tournament title. • PRINTABLE BRACKET
JOGGER TO WOULD BE RAPIST: “NOT TODAY, MOTHERF#&@*$!” _ (CAUTION) On the fourth mile of a marathon training run, 36-year-old Kelly Herron stopped to use a public bathroom in a Seattle park. As she was drying her hands she became aware that something was wrong, and as she turned around she found herself face to face with a man who immediately took her down to the ground. Kelly says it was “a fight on the bathroom floor and I just kept screaming, ‘not today motherf—er.'” Herron said that bit of profanity became her “battle cry” throughout the attack, as she tried at first to lock herself inside a stall.
… Her attacker, who police have identified as 40-year-old registered sex offender Gary Steiner, “started beating me in the face with his hand. At that point, she realized, “this doesn’t have to be a fair fight” and remembering a self-defense course from weeks earlier, started clawing his face. When she got a surge of adrenaline she reached for the door and was able to get out. A passerby helped her lock her assailant inside the restroom until police arrived.
JACK THE RIPPER IDENTIFIED? _ Author Patricia Cornwall says the investigation into the identity of Jack the Ripper has reached a “definitive conclusion.” Cornwall has spent nearly $7 million of her own money in an attempt to solve one of history’s most confounding mysteries. Cornwall has issued a challenge to anyone who believes they can prove her findings wrong: “bring it.” Patricia Cornwell is certain that Jack the Ripper is a German painter, one Walter Sickert, who once famously put Winston Churchill’s likeness to canvas. Fans of Cornwell know that the theory of Walter Sickert being perhaps the most notorious killer of all time has been mentioned before. In fact, it was the subject of Cornwell’s 2002 bestseller Portrait Of A Killer: Jack The Ripper — Case Closed, wherein she laid out a fairly convincing set of details exposing Sickert. Cornwell now has new evidence that points to Walter Sickert as being Jack the Ripper.
A TOP PSYCHOLOGIST SAYS WILL POWER IS OVERRATED _ You might ignore that bag of potato chips or your Facebook feed for awhile, but don’t be surprised if a lack of will power leads you back to your vices. According to NYU psychologist Adam Alter, the real way to build good habits is to focus less on making good choices, and more on building an environment that limits decision-making altogether. “There are very few examples of humans doing a good job exerting self-control for very long periods of time,” Alter tells Business Insider. “If we’re talking about days, weeks, months, a lifetime, there’s just no way you can resist temptation for that long.” Alter is the author of the new book, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. It reveals all the ways smartphone apps and games hijack our brains, leaving us craving more even when we know we’ve had our fill.
… Alter devotes the final two chapters to the importance of so-called “behavioral architecture.” Smart behavioral architecture emphasizes using smaller dinner plates over larger ones to limit how much we portion out for meals. It recommends checking email only once per hour, and wiping messages out in batches, rather than keeping the tab open in your browser all day. And it advocates for putting undesirables — phones at bedtime, say — far, far away.
WHY DAYLIGHT SAVING MEANS MORE SPENDING _ Other than losing an hour of sleep over the weekend, daylight saving may have another noticeable effect on your life: making you spend more. A 2016 study (by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Institute) compared the onset of daylight saving time in Los Angeles, a city that observes it, to Phoenix, one that does not. The finding? Relative to Phoenix, Los Angeles daily credit and debit card spending per capita rose at the beginning of daylight saving — when the extra hour of daylight was introduced — and dropped at the end of daylight saving.
… Overall, the report concluded that autumn spending reductions outweighed elevated spring spending. But the fact remains: When presented with an extra hour of light, you may be tempted to spend more.
OBAMA TAX AUDIT DID NOT REVEAL MILLIONS IN STOLEN TAXPAYER MONEY _ The fake article being spread across Facebook with more than 4,000 shares from one website is titled “BREAKING: Obama Tax Audit Turns Up MILLIONS In Offshore Accounts Stolen From Taxpayers.” However, that article has been debunked. The fake article speaks about “former President Barry Soetoro,” claiming that was the alias of President Barack Obama. The fake news report claims that Obama was caught with more than $400 million in taxpayer money in offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, Ireland, and Caledonia. The fake news report claimed that the payments were made directly from the national treasury as royalty payments for Obamacare.
KIDS RECREATE THAT WILD ‘BBC DAD’ INTERVIEW _ Friday’s BBC interview flub — featuring a dad trying to hold it together while his children cause chaos behind him — has officially entered the history books as one of the best videos of 2017. And, of course, it’s inspired parodies, like a hilarious one from YouTuber KevOnStage featuring serious discussion of the future of Santa’s workshop, dabbing and lots of giggling. • VIDEO
SHORT, WHITE MEN MORE LIKELY TO GO BALD _ Add enhanced risk of premature balding to the list of illnesses and indignities faced by diminutive men of European descent. A researchers (University of Bonn) say that some of the genes involved in baldness are associated, on average, with “shorter stature.” Earlier research has shown that men with male pattern baldness are also statistically more likely to suffer from heart disease and prostate cancer, though the added risk is slight.
UPDATE: WOMAN FINDS BOY WHO LEFT $5 AND APOLOGY NOTE _ A Washington state woman who started searching for a boy named Jake after he left her a heartbreaking note with a $5 bill stuffed in its folds said she now knows who he is and expects to meet him soon. Christina Reitz found the apology on her door March 3 saying that his sister had stolen one of Reitz’s wind chimes because its butterflies reminded the child of their mother, who had died recently. The note read: “I’m sorry. This is the only money I have. Please do not be mad.” Instead, Reitz was moved, using her Facebook account to try to find him. She posted on a local group page asking if anyone knew Jake, and word of her quest took off.
… On Thursday, Jake’s aunt posted in the Facebook group revealing that she knew the boy. Reitz said she has been in contact with the family, but members wish to remain anonymous right now.
FIRE CREWS RESCUE IGUANA FROM OREGON HOUSE FIRE _ In Oregon, firefighters rescued a family pet from a house fire. After removing the pet from the home the firefighters placed an oxygen mask over the face of the 20-pound iguana.
SIGN OF A STRONG ECONOMY: WE HAVE TOO MANY CARDBOARD BOXES _ As the economy has grown and unemployment has dropped over the last few years, Americans have faced an ever-growing problem: too many cardboard boxes. The digital age has unleashed a flood of cardboard boxes as shoppers have everything from diapers to dinner ingredients shipped to their doorsteps. Boxes are piling up in basements and garages, filling apartment building mailrooms and spilling out of overstuffed recycling bins. And they just keep coming — sometimes several a day. The United States Postal Service says that nationwide its package deliveries are up 65 percent since 2009. The onslaught of boxes is changing recycling and traffic patterns, inspiring thieves and even forcing changes in building design.
SENIOR CENTERS TRY ROBOTIC CATS TO SOOTHE AGITATED ELDERS _ More retirement homes are bringing in cats and dogs — of the robotic kind. The lifelike pets can cost as little as $100 and give something for elderly retirees something to hold, pet and talk to. The better robotic cats and dogs are very realistic and purr and make other noises.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOTHER GIVES BIRTH, LEAVES BABY IN CAR REPAIR SHOP _ A woman in China walked into a car repair garage, walked to the back, squatted down and then exited about 30 seconds later. Minutes later a mechanic spotted the newborn infant left on the cold garage floor. No word on why the woman chose to give birth at the car repair garage but she left her ID behind so authorities would know where to find her. The baby’s doing fine.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER SWERVES TO MISS CAT, HITS HOUSE _ A Massachusetts driver escaped unharmed after slamming her car into a vacant home. She swerved to avoid hitting a cat.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED BURGLAR _ A California man allegedly broke into a woman’s home and fell asleep on her couch — naked.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER BRAGS TO OFF-DUTY COP _ In Ireland, a man was having a few drinks in a pub and decided to share a recent accomplishment with a stranger sitting next to him. The man told the stranger he had successfully pulled off his first robbery. The stranger he shared the news with was an off-duty police officer.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM WANTED DRUGS, CALLED COP ON SON’S PHONE _ An Oklahoma woman was looking for some drugs. So she dialed a number on her son’s cell phone hoping for a hookup. Too bad she called a police officer instead. The officer’s number was on her son’s cell phone because he had been arrested previously on drug charges. Apparently her son had told her that if she ever needed help with anything to call the cop’s number. Only the son didn’t tell mom it was a cop.
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The blind auditions continue.
SEASON FINALE: THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. Nick brings Vanessa and Raven to meet his family, the the couples go on a final date before Nick makes his choice.
KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Kevin and Chale get competitive after they both get jobs in an electronics store warehouse to help pay for the wedding.
24: LEGACY (8p ET, FOX) — New. Carter turns to Andy for help to get crucial evidence back.
HOWIE MANDEL ALL-STAR COMEDY GALA (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Adam and Andi are shocked when they finally meet Lowell’s wife (guest star Jenna Dewan Tatum, Supergirl).
SUPERIOR DONUTS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Randy invites fellow cops to a community outreach meeting to discuss profiling after Franco is subjected to a stop-and-frisk for no reason.
APB (9p ET, FOX) — New. Brandt and Goss try to track down the mastermind behind a huge grand theft auto case.
2 BROKE GIRLS (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Max reads a text on Bobby’s phone suggesting he has a child with his ex. Guest star Nora Dunn returns as Bobby’s mother.
SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. To stop a dangerous virus, the team must find an endangered monkey in the Amazon that has the antibody for the cure. Penn Jillette guest stars.
TAKEN (10p ET, NBC) — New. The search for a kidnapped suspected terrorist leads to a deeper plot within the government.
THE BACHELOR: AFTER THE FINAL ROSE (10p ET, ABC) — Nick, Raven and Vanessa talk about their relationships, and new Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay makes an appearance.
KONG IS KING OF THE BOX OFFICE _ It was a battle of the beasts at the box office this weekend, and King Kong emerged as the victor over Wolverine. Kong: Skull Island amassed $61 million in its first weekend in theaters, surpassing expectations and easily beating out Logan, which is now in its second weekend. Kong also made $81.6 million overseas.
LOUIS C.K. TO HOST SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ON APRIL 8 _ Actor and comedian Louis C.K. will host an episode of Saturday Night Live on April. Musical guest will be The Chainsmokers.
THE NEW WONDER WOMAN TRAILER _ The new Wonder Woman trailer is here, and we can’t wait for the movie to hit theaters on June 12. The trailer starts with Wonder Woman as a child growing up on an island where she was known as Diana, Princess of Amazon. We got a glimpse of Wonder Woman in 2016’s Batman vs. Superman. • VIDEO
GWYNETH PALTROW’S CAFE WILL HAVE A ROOM DEDICATED TO SELFIES _ Gwyneth Paltrow is expanding her empire and making it easier for the world to follow her food lead. The actress-turned-food-writer and healthy-lifestyle advocate is opening an organic cafe in New York. Set to open in March adjacent to Paltrow’s pal and celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson’s new private fitness studio — where membership will run you $900 a month after the $1,500 initiation fee — the new eatery, 3 Green Hearts, will offer coffee, juices, smoothies and healthy prepared meals. There will also be a meal-delivery service offering, according to a press release, “healthy, fresh and organic” foods “with weight loss and weight management plans available.” What’s more, the new eatery, will include a “theater room” dedicated to before- and after-workout social-media selfie-sharing.
ED SHEERAN SET TO GUEST STAR ON GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7 _ Ed Sheeran is heading to Game of Thrones. Got of Thrones producers announced the news during a panel at the South by Southwest Festival on Sunday afternoon. They said, “For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise [Game of Thrones co-star ] Maisie, and this year we finally did it.”
SOPHIE TURNER AND MAISIE WILLIAMS ARE HEADED TO CARPOOL KARAOKE _ Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, who play the too-long-estranged sisters Sansa and Arya Stark respectively, have teamed up for a shared screen appearance. The Stark sisters will appear on Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series.
TYRA BANKS NAMED ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’S’ NEW HOST _ Tyra Banks is taking over as host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, replacing Nick Cannon for the show’s upcoming 12th season. Banks’ hiring comes about a month after Cannon said he would not return to the show after NBC threatened to fire him over what he said was a racial joke made during his Showtime comedy special Stand Up, Don’t Shoot.
NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY CLIP _ They may have become a galactic crime-fighting family, but the Guardians of the Galaxy will always find time to bicker. In a new sneak peek clip for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is once again piloting his trusty Milano through an intense space battle with his fellow Guardians by his side. Unfortunately for him, he’s got a raccoon with an ego as big as his in the co-pilot seat and soon the man known as Star-Lord is fighting over the controls with Rocket. • VIDEO
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER SHOOTS DOWN U.S. SENATE RUN _ Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday shot down speculation that he’s running for the U.S. Senate. The former California governor posted on his Facebook page that he’s “flattered” by those who have approached him about running, but he’s focusing on gerrymandering instead. Arnold wrote: “Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside, by campaigning for independent redistricting commissions.”
JONI SLEDGE OF VOCAL GROUP SISTER SLEDGE DIES AT 60 _ Joni Sledge, a founding member of the R&B vocal group Sister Sledge, was found dead Friday in her home in Phoenix. She was 60 years old.
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• PHONER: Strange funeral stories. → Two real callers
• DROP – Its a modern day civil liberty its a human right.mp3
• IS ALEXA CONNECTED TO THE CIA: Woman asks Alexa if she’s connected to the CIA.
• DROPS: A package of St. Patrick’s Day drops.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
There should be a dedicated button on car key fobs that takes you right to the settings in your car where you update your clock.
Who’s car requires the most steps to change their clock?
TOP TEN MOVIES
- Kong: Skull Island, $61 million
- Logan, $37.8 million
- Get Out, $21 million
- The Shack, $10 million
- The LEGO Batman Movie, $7.8 million
- Before I Fall, $3.1 million
- Hidden Figures, $2.76 million
- John Wick: Chapter Two, $2.7 million
- La La Land, $1.7 million
- Fifty Shades Darker, $1.6 million
… One year ago this week the number one movie was Zootopia.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was The Lorax.
… Ten year ago this week the number one movie was 300.
… Twenty year ago this week the number one movie was Private Parts.
IN THEATERS FRIDAY
• Beauty and the Beast (PG) – Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline
• The Belko Experiment (R) – Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, Michael Rooker, Adria Arjona, Michael Rooker
WEEKLY HOT LIST
Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.
- March Madness
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Kids’ Choice Awards
- Daylight Saving Time
- Blizzard in the Northeast
- Spring Break
- April the Giraffe
- Beauty and the Beast
- Saturday Night Live
- Richard Simmons
- This Is Us
- Kids Interrupt BBC Expert
- Nintendo Switch
- OJ Simpson
- Roseanne Reunion
- Mama June
In the shower you’re alone with no distractions. It’s just you and your thoughts. On a Reddit board called Shower Thoughts people share what things they thought of while shower.
• If everybody on Earth blinked simultaneously, nobody would ever know.
• Six months is just the right amount of time it takes to forget how to adjust a car’s clock.
• A stick’s only a stick after it’s unstuck from a tree.
• Somewhere out there is a guy in doing time for stealing a truckload of VCRs.
• Would dyeing your hair red make you transginger?
• Pulling out your phone and fake-texting to avoid looking suspicious is the modern version of putting your hands in your pockets and whistling.
• It would be really awkward if aliens made first contact on Halloween.
• Just remember, serial killers need jobs too. You might work with one and never know.
• All public bathroom doors should open outward so you can push with your feet.
TRIVIA: 23 spacecrafts have done this. (Made it to Mars. There have been 52 attempts.)
ANSWER WRONG AND WIN!
I’ll ask you a few questions… get them all wrong and you win.
• March Madness is the name used to describe what sport’s big tournament?
• How many movies has Tom Hanks made?
• What animal makes a “hoo hoo” sound?
• Name something every man has in his wallet.
• What do you use to erase a chalkboard?
BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY
This is day 73 of 2017. There are 292 days remaining.
• Astronaut Frank Borman is 89. Best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon.
• Michael Caine is 84
• Quincy Jones is 84
• Billy Crystal is 69
• Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) is 44
• Grace Park (Hawaii Five-0 is 43
• Corey Stoll (Ant Man, House of Cards) is 41
• NBA star Stephen Curry is 29
• Ansel Elgort (Insurgent, Divergent) is 23
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1964: A jury in Dallas, Texas, found Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of John F. Kennedy.
• 1964: Billboard magazine reported that Beatles recordings were claiming 60% of the singles sales in the U.S.
• 1990: Church officials in Belgium discovered that eight nuns had sold their convent in Bruges for $1.4 million, moved to France, and bought a castle.
• 1997: Surgeons at Bethesda Naval Medical Center repaired a torn tendon in President Clinton’s right knee, caused by a freak stumble at the Florida home of golfer Greg Norman.
• 2005: Thieves broke into an storage hall in Steinfurt, Germany, and stole 200 fully loaded gumball machines.
• 2014: In India a bride walked out of her wedding after the groom failed to solve a simple maths problem. The woman’s relatives put the groom to the test after becoming concerned about his level of education.
• Organize Your Home Office Day
• Ask A Question Day: 14
• Learn About Butterflies Day
• Science Education Day
• Potato Chip Day
• Pi Day (as in the math pie = 3.14159265 etc.)
• Save a Spider Day
• March 14: March Madness begins
• March 17: St Patrick’s Day
• April 2: Academy of Country Music Awards