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
26.22: Distance, in miles, of the world record for the longest distance on a pogo stick.
The maker of a sex toy has agreed to pay a settlement to users who sued after finding out that the web-enabled device sent data back to the manufacturer. [Let’s hope that that’s one server that WikiLeaks never hacks.]
A new economic report predicts that White House policies will cost the U.S. over $7 billion in potential tourism this year. [Some of those tourists will choose to visit Canada where the new advertising slogan is “Similar to America but without the drama.”]
The country continues to deal with a late-season blast of winter. [When it comes to snow, unlike the new health plan, everyone’s covered.]
YouTube has a new app called Uptime that allows you to watch YouTube videos at the same time as your friends. [Who, apparently, lead lives just as empty as yours.]
Have you seen video of the NASCAR brawl between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano? [It’s amazing how tempers can flare when the subject is healthcare.]
A Houston veterinarian is charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex. [She told the hitman that he would actually be performing a humanitarian gesture since her husband suffered from heartworm.]
A Houston veterinarian is charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex. The interview was held at Olive Garden. [That’s when you know you’re getting a high quality psychopath. None of that Chuck E. Cheese gangster nonsense.]
A man passed out on a Southwest Airlines flight but there happened to be around 20 doctors aboard to help out. [I once passed out on a bus and around 20 people immediately rushed to my side to take my wallet and shoes.]
A man passed out on a Southwest Airlines flight but there happened to be around 20 doctors aboard to help out. [He was first treated by a doctor in seat 7A then referred to a specialist in seat 16B.]
White House press secretary Sean Spicer was yelled at by an upset lady in an Apple Store. [Well, he does look like he’d be the assistant manager.]
FACEBOOK BANS USE OF ITS DATA FOR SURVEILLANCE TOOLS _ Facebook on Monday said it has updated its policies to explicitly ban developers from using its data for surveillance tools. An ACLU report released in October found that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provided feeds of user data to a social-media monitoring program used by police to track racially charged protests in Oakland and Baltimore. The group called on the companies to make changes that ensure this type of situation doesn’t happen again.
… While Facebook’s core business is advertising, it also provides developers with access to public feeds that are used to monitor trends and other public happenings. One of those developers created monitoring products marketed to law enforcement to track activists.
IS APRIL THE GIRAFFE LABOR ABOUT TO GIVE BIRTH? _ On Monday the Animal Adventure Park announced there were significant changes in April the giraffe. The update stated that the changes were significant enough to warrant a visit from the veterinarian. At this point, the AAP is not stating that April is in active labor, but will continue to provide updates. April is a 15-year-old Reticulated giraffe whose pregnancy and subsequent birth is being live streamed by the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. The live stream began in January, but it didn’t go viral until the middle of February. • FACEBOOK • VIDEO
THESE SHOES HAVE A SMARTPHONE APP _ At South by Southwest a company has unveiled Bluetooth-connected shoes that constantly upload data to the cloud. The shoes connect to an app that offers interactive “walking experiences” and data-tracking games.
DESPITE THE TWEETS, SPICER SAYS TRUMP DIDN’T MEAN WIRE TAPPING _ In a press conference, Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer walked back the president’s tweeted claims that former president Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign. By “wire tapping” Trump just meant “surveillance and other activities”, and by “President Obama” and “a bad (or sick) guy” he was referring the entirety of the administration, not to Obama personally. Earlier this month Trump sent out four tweets related to his claim that Obama specifically had ordered that his Trump Tower residence be tapped.
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS IS GETTING AN OFFICIAL COMPANION APP _ Attention dungeon masters — an official Dungeons & Dragons companion app is coming soon to PC, tablets and phones. D&D Beyond gives players and dungeon masters instant access to rules, character builders and more. Want to roll a character? You can do that. Want to look up what a spell does? You can do that too.
THE ALL-ACADEMIC MEN’S TOURNAMENT BRACKET _ Since 2006, InsideHigherEd.com has determined the winner of the NCAA’s basketball tournaments based on the academic performance of the competing teams. To determine the winners of each ‘game’ in the tournament, Inside Higher Ed compared the academic performance of teams.
AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL DIES AT 51 _ Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the best-selling author who recently announced her illness by writing a personals ad for her husband, has died at 51. Rosenthal had ovarian cancer. Rosenthal was known for her children’s books and her memoirs — and most recently for an article she wrote for the New York Times titled You May Want To Marry My Husband. In the piece, Rosenthal announced her illness, celebrated her family and sought a new partner for her husband Jason.
CAR COLLECTOR LOSES $3 MILLION COLLECTION TO FIRE — NO INSURANCE _ A Canadian (Alberta) car collector is devastated after he lost more than an estimated $3 million worth of uninsured antique cars and trucks in a fire. The once-pristine antiques were reduced to charred rubble and piles of scrap metal after a fire burned through the 27,000 square-foot dairy barn where Bert Curtiss store his collection. The barn contained more than 40 classic cars and another 40 antique tractors. Curtiss said neither the dairy barn nor any of its contents were insured.
MONEY RAISED FOR CANCER PHOTO SIBLINGS TOPS $335,000 _ More than $335,000 has been raised for the children of a UK couple who died of cancer within days of each other. Mike Bennet, 57, and wife Julie, 50, made headlines when an image was released of them holding hands during their last moments together. The pair died last month. Their children, Luke, 21, Hannah, 18, and Oliver, 13, says the money raised had given them “financial security”.
… The children are being supported by aunts and uncles and the money will be used to help them through college.
HIGH SCHOOL HOLDS EARLY GRAD FOR STUDENT WITH AILING FATHER _ A North Carolina teen’s dream came true to have his father see him graduate, thanks to a special surprise from his high school. Late last month, 18-year-old Cameron Brown walked early in his cap and gown so his terminally ill dad, Brian Brown, could experience the moment. Doctors say Brown does not have long to live.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RETIREES KNITTING SWEATERS FOR CHILLY CHICKENS _ It sounds like a joke, but a group of retirees in suburban Boston has hatched a plan to keep chickens warm during the New England winter. The unusual project began after members of a knitting club at a retirement home heard about the hardships that some chickens suffer this time of year. Certain breeds shed their feathers and grow new plumage in the winter months. Others imported from tropical climates just aren’t suited for the wintry conditions.
… The organizer of the project said their efforts benefit birds kept on a neighboring estate. One 76-year-old chicken sweater knitter said, “I don’t think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens.” Among the sweaters she crafted by hand was one for Prince Peep, a rooster native to Malaysia.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ARRESTED AFTER STOLEN MOWER RUNS OUT OF GAS _ Deputies in Kentucky were dispatched to a report of a suspicious person with several gun cases riding a lawnmower. Deputies located the man and questioned him about the guns — and quickly grew suspicious that he may not be the rightful owner. And the man had a wallet that clearly did not belong to him, which was found to be taken from a home he drove the riding mower away from. Deputies were able to catch up the man because the mower had run out of gas.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STEALS STREET SWEEPER THEFT _ In Portland, Oregon, a man stole a street sweeper early Sunday morning The theft victim parked street sweeper and got out to use a handheld blower in order to clean some areas the vehicle couldn’t reach. The street sweeper was left running. Police say Tyler Haguewood hopped into the vehicle and took off with it. Police were called and chase speeds ranged from 30 to 65 mph. Spike strips were eventually used to stop the street sweeper.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN GLUES HIMSELF TO HOUSE _ A German man was re-tarring the roof of his garden house when he slipped and became glued to the structure. Rescuers were able to free the man by prying him loose — bit by bit — from the gooey mess.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER WASN’T GREEDY _ In Texas a guy with a gun went into a convenience store and demanded money. He was given money. He told the clerk to open the safe. The clerk said he couldn’t open the safe. So he demanded two lottery tickets and some smokes. The clerk gave the man a pack of smokes and a roll of lottery tickets but the robber took just two. Police caught up with him a short time later.
NCAA TOURNAMENT (6:30p ET, TruTV) — The “madness” begins with the First Four play in games in Dayton, Ohio. New Orleans takes on Mt. St. Mary’s in the first game, and Wake Forest vs. Kansas State follows.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. To fulfill a sailor’s dying wish, the team re-investigate a murder case that was originally ruled an accidental death.
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The blind auditions continue.
THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Axl runs into several ex-girlfriends at a St. Patrick’s Day party.
NEW GIRL (8p ET, FOX) — New. Jess worries that she has been acting too much like Nick’s girlfriend with Reagan away. Megan Fox guest stars.
THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. Desperate to stop Savitar and save his friends, Barry turns to the speed force for answers.
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. After Katie encourages Viv (guest star Leslie Bibb) to stand up to her husband (guest star Jay Mohr), she leaves him and moves in with the Ottos.
THE MICK (8:30p ET, FOX) — Repeat
SEASON FINALE: THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — Randall, Kate and Kevin make big decisions about their futures in the season 1 finale. The show has been renewed for a 2nd AND 3rd season.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Two new episodes back to back. Steven Weber returns as the mayor in the first hour. Ed Quinn (Mistresses) guest stars in the 2nd.
FRESH OFF THE BOAT (9p ET, ABC) — New. Louis reminisces about his college drinking days when he catches Eddie trying beer. .Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Ali Wong (American Housewife) and NBA Star Jeremy Lin guest star.
BONES (9p ET, FOX) — New. Guest star Betty White returns as veteran forensic anthropologist Dr. Beth Mayer.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — New. The Legends track Commander Steel to NASA Headquarters in 1970, and discover where Nate’s grandfather hid the last fragment of the Spear of Destiny.
SEASON FINALE: THE REAL O’NEALS (9:30p ET, ABC) — In the second season finale, VP Murray talks to Pat about his plans to propose to Eileen. The show has not yet been renewed for a 3rd season.
SERIES PREMIERE: TRIAL & ERROR (10p ET, NBC) — John Lithgow stars in this new true-crime parody as a poetry professor accused of murdering his wife. Nicholas D’Agosto (Gotham) stars as the eager young New York lawyer sent to a small Southern town to defend him. Sherri Shepherd and Jayma Mays (Glee) also star. Another new episode follows at 10:30p ET.
PEOPLE ICONS (10p ET, ABC) — This new edition highlights of real-life survival and hero stories including a remarkable mom who lost both her legs to save her children and the story of Baby Jessica. Plus, kid survivors and pet heroes are profiled.
PREMIERE: ADAM CAROLLA AND FRIENDS BUILD STUFF LIVE (10p ET, Spike) — This show is exactly what the title says. Adam Carolla (an actual carpenter) will build things with friends in this unusual talk show. First up is Jimmy Kimmel building a loft and solving home renovation questions.
CBS ANNOUNCES BIG BANG THEORY SPINOFF YOUNG SHELDON _ CBS announced a new series, a comedy about 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper called Young Sheldon, will debut in the 2017-2018 season. Jim Parsons plays grown-up Sheldon on the network’s hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory. The spinoff, Young Sheldon, is set to debut in the fall with Iain Armitage playing the title character. The new show will follow Sheldon as a child living with his family in East Texas and going to high school.
‘VEEP’ SEASON 6 OFFICIAL TRAILER _ A first look at the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s political satire comedy series Veep has been shared online. Season six premieres on April 16. • VIDEO
SNOOP DOGG POINTS GUN AT A DONALD TRUMP CLOWN IN HIS NEW VIDEO _ In a new politically tinged video for the song Lavender, Snoop Dogg rolls out clowns, weed, references to the Philando Castile shooting, and “Ronald Klump,” an orange-faced clown who is president and stands in for, well, you know who. In the video’s climax, Snoop and Klump come face-to-face and Snoop points a gun at Klump’s head. Spoiler alert: Klump lives, as the gun turns out to be a toy that shoots a “BANG” flag.
… AUDIO 🎧 This isn’t the first time Snoop and Trump have crossed paths. In 2011, at Comedy Central’s roast of Trump, Snoop was a participant who got in some pretty hot burns on pre-president Trump.
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS CREATOR DIAGNOSED WITH ALS _ Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In a statement Monday, the 55-year-old Hillenburg said that he would continue to work on the animated series “for a long as I am able.”
… ALS causes the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles. There is no known cure for the disease.
HIDDEN FIGURES HAS MADE LOTS OF MONEY _ Hidden Figures and it’s retelling of the true story of NASA’s black female mathematicians was the big box office success of this year’s awards season, so much so that its domestic box office total has now passed last year’s installments of some long-running blockbuster franchises like X-Men and Star Trek.
… As of this past weekend, Hidden Figures has a domestic box office total of $162.8 million, edging it past the $162.4 million that Jason Bourne earned back in August. Other 2016 movies Hidden Figures has passed in the U.S. include X-Men: Apocalypse, which made $155.4 million, and Star Trek Beyond, which made $158.8 million.
DAVE FRANCO AND ALISON BRIE ARE MARRIED _ Dave Franco and Alison Brie have officially tied the knot. Franco and Brie met at the 2011 Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans and announced their engagement in August 2015.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS GETS HIS FIRST TATTOO _ Neil Patrick Harris got inked. The actor celebrated the second season pickup of his Netflix show, A Series of Unfortunate Events, by getting his first-ever tattoo. Harris chose a “scamp stamp” of the Volunteer Fire Department (V.F.D.) insignia on his ankle. • IMAGE
JEFF DANIELS TO STAR IN HULU’S NEW 9/11 DRAMA _ Jeff Daniels has been cast as the lead in Hulu’s upcoming miniseries The Looming Tower. Daniels will play John O’Neill, who was the chief of New York’s FBI counter-terrorism unit before his death in the Sept. 11 attacks.
… The 10-episode series will be adapted from The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, by Lawrence Wright, which looks at the way Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda came to power in the years before the Sept. 11 attacks. It also delves into governmental activities around the time, and how a rivalry between the FBI and the CIA could’ve partially led to the attacks. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007.
NEW ON DVD _ Released March 14.
• Collateral Beauty
• Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series
• Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2
• Z Nation: Season 3
• Drunk History: Season 4
Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.
• SNOOP VS. TRUMP: Snoop roasts Trump in 2011 → March 14 Entertainment
• DROP: Oh yes, absolutely.
• VIDEO TEASE: Olly the rescue dog at Crufts dog show. → March 14 Video of the Day
• DROPS: A package of St. Patrick’s Day drops.
SHORT, CLEAN, CORNY JOKES
• Why did the old man fall in the well? Because he couldn’t see that well.
• I couldn’t figure out why the baseball kept getting larger. Then it hit me.
• Two men meet on opposite sides of a river. One shouts to the other, “I need you to help me get to the other side!” The other guy replies, “You are on the other side!”
• Have you heard about those new corduroy pillows? They’re making headlines.
• People say I’m addicted to brake fluid but I can stop any time I want.
• I used to be addicted to the Hokey Pokey but I turned myself around.
• What happened when the pirate attempted to recite the alphabet? He got lost at ‘c’.
• My wife told me I had to stop acting like a flamingo. So I had to put my foot down.
• So what if I don’t know what Armageddon means? It’s not the end of the world.
WHAT’S YOUR STOPLIGHT WIN-LOSS RECORD?
Each of your show members should try this for a week. Listeners will start doing it on their on and share their results by phone and on Facebook.
How many lights do you have going to work? What’s your best record? Like if you have 14 lights, what’s the best green-red record and worst green-red record? Seems like getting green 9 or 10 times would be pretty good.
WHAT IS THE IDES OF MARCH?
Tomorrow (March 15)…
• In the Roman calendar March 15 was known as the Ides of March.
• Generally speaking, Ides is a term from the ancient Roman calendar. The Ides fell on the 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of any other month. Thus the Ides of March was the 15th day of March.
• Specifically, the term is best known because Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March in 44 BC.
• Ides had real meaning only in the Roman Calendar, which has been displaced by the Julian Calendar. However, the term “Ides” was still used in a vernacular sense for centuries afterwards to denote the middle of the month.
• Because of William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar and its line “Beware the Ides of March,” the term “Ides of March” has come to mean a foreboding of doom.
• The Ides of March are celebrated every year by the Rome Hash House Harriers with a toga run in the streets of Rome, in the same place where Julius Caesar was killed. The Hash House Harriers is an international group of running/drinking clubs.
TRIVIA: Each day in the U.S. 11 million of these occur. (Meetings)
Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.
• Something a house could be made of. (Brick)
• Delhi is the capital of this country. (India)
• C.S. Lewis wrote about the Chronicles of what? (Narnia)
• It’s a field within mathematics. (Geometry)
• A breakfast food you cook up. (Oatmeal)
BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY
It’s gonna be a great funeral.
This is day 74 of 2017. There are 291 days remaining.
• Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84
• Judd Hirsch is 82
• Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is 62
• Fabio is 56
• Bret Michaels of Poison is 54
• Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) is 42
• will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas is 42
• Kellan Lutz (Twilight films) is 32
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 44 BC: Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.
• 1972: The Godfather had it’s premiere. Note: 45th anniversary in 2017.
• 1977: Eight Is Enough and Three’s Company premiered on TV.
• 1991: Four Los Angeles, California police officers were indicted for the videotaped March 3, 1991 beating of motorist Rodney
• 1999: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Dusty Springfield were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
• 2006: After a dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey’s car he sued the city of Lodi, California for $3,600. The city denied the claim since Gokey, a city employee, was himself driving the dump truck. So Gokey’s wife sued the city. But a judge ruled she could not sue her own husband as a city employee.
• 2009: Researchers announced the germiest thing in our life is our cell phone, taking the crown from our computer keyboard.
• Godfather 45th anniversary. The movie premiered today in 1972.
• Brain Injury Awareness Day
• March 17: St Patrick’s Day
• April 2: Academy of Country Music Awards