INTERPREP ★ MARCH 31, 2017

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 31, 2017

This is day 90 of 2017. There are 275 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Richard Chamberlain is 83

• Shirley Jones (Partridge Family) is 83

• Christopher Walken is 74

• Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back Kotter) is 73

• Former Vice President Al Gore is 69

• Rhea Perlman (Cheers) is 69

• Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter films) is 67

• Angus Young of AC/DC is 62

• Ewan McGregor is 46

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1889: The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated.

• 1918: Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States for the first time.

• 1966: The Soviet Union launched Luna 10 which later became the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.

• 1989: Wrestlemania 5, pitting Hulk Hogan against Macho Man Savage, became the largest pay-per-view program in cable TV history.

• 1995: In Corpus Christi, Texas, Latin superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her own fan club.

• 1998: God did not appear live at 10 a.m. on Channel 18 as predicted by a Taiwanese UFO cult in Garland, Texas. The group had predicted God’s appearance for months.

• 2006: In England, police scrapped a squad of Rollerblading cops after discovering they couldn’t chase criminals across grass.

• 2014: The U.S. announced that it was on track to enroll 7 million people in government-mandated health insurance programs by the deadline at midnight.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Transgender Day of Visibility

• Crayon Day

UPCOMING

• April is National Car Care Month, National Kite Month, National Poetry Month, National Fresh Celery Month, National Pecan Month, National Soft Pretzel Month, National Soy Foods Month, National Florida Tomato Month, National Garlic Month, National Grilled Cheese Month.

• April 1: Final Four

• April 2: Academy of Country Music Awards

• April 2: Major League Baseball season begins

• April 3: College Basketball Championship Game

• April 6-9: The Masters golf tournament

• April 14: Good Friday

• April 16: Easter

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, APRIL 1

• Rachel Maddow is 44. David Oyelowo (Selma, The Butler) is 41. Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave, Saturday Night Live) is 35. Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum is 31. Asa Butterfield is 20.

• April Fools Day. Atheist Day. National Fun Day. Pillow Fight Day. Love Our Children Day. Sourdough Bread Day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

• Linda Hunt (NCIS: LA) is 72. Emmylou Harris is 70. Christopher Meloni is 56. Country singer Billy Dean is 55. Clark Gregg (Marvel movies and TV) is 55. Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) is 42. Adam Rodriguez Michael Fassbender is 40. Country singer Chris Janson is 31. Jesse Plemons is 29.

• *Ferret Day. Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. World Autism Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

14: Pounds the average man could lose in a year buy cutting his TV watching in half. This is because the average man eats while watching TV.


NEWS ATTACK!

McDonald’s announced that by the middle of next year the Quarter Pounder will be made with fresh, rather than frozen, beef patties. [Well, there go all my childhood memories.]

That recent cyclone that hit Australia dropped a five-foot shark into the middle of the road. [Australia is the only place on earth where roadkill can still kill you.]

A company has released what is purported to be the world’s strongest coffee. It packs over five times the caffeine power of a normal cup of coffee. [It’s so strong that its manufacturer runs the factory 24 hours a day with the same crew.]

A company has released what is purported to be the world’s strongest coffee. It packs over five times the caffeine power of a normal cup of coffee. [It’s so strong that during testing not a single person fell asleep while watching the new CHiPs movie.]

A New York Court of Appeals has ruled that a convicted bank robber’s sentence should not be reduced simply because he only pretended to have a gun. He held his hand beneath his hoodie and pointed his finger at the teller. [Then he pursed his lips, made a powerful engine noise and sped off in his make believe getaway car.]

A Tasmanian tiger has been spotted in Australia. Scientists thought the last one died in 1936. [Apparently, it’s just a very sound sleeper.]

Researchers say that they have discovered that the reason the sequoia trees in California grow so tall is because they are being super-nourished by the rich mineral-laden dust that blows in all the way from Asia’s Gobi Desert. [Unfortunately, the White House is looking to slap a stiff border tax on any dust blowing in from foreign soil.]

Are you going to buy the new Samsung S8? It’s supposed to be really good. [In fact, VW says that the Samsung S8 scored rave reviews in all its emissions tests.]

A five-year-old North Carolina girl was suspended from kindergarten for playing with a stick that resembled a gun. [But her parents claim that the girl’s pretend safety catch was on the whole time.]

A U.S. diplomat was arrested for conspiring with Chinese spies. [I’m confused. Is the U.S. government being secretly controlled by the Chinese or the Russians?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

PEGGY WHITSON SETS RECORD FOR MOST SPACEWALKS BY A WOMAN _ Peggy Whitson made history Thursday by floating outside the International Space Station for a record eighth time. The spacewalk lasted about 6½ hours. The walk was Whitson’s second in a series of three. These walks are part of a plan to make on-going upgrades to the ISS in advance of commercial spaceships that may one day dock there. Thursday’s mission was all about outfitting the exterior of the craft with high-tech parking spots that might one day house both commercial ships and government rockets ferrying astronauts to and from the station.

… By completing her spacewalk, the 57-year-old Whitson broke the former record set by Sunita Williams, at 50 hours and 40 minutes of pure spacewalk time. Whitson has spent 500 days in total out of earth’s boundaries. That’s also more than any other woman in history.

MAN GETS TO KEEP $15,000 HE FOUND IN THE STREET A YEAR AGO _ More than a year ago, a Pennsylvania man was on his way home from work close to midnight when he spotted a package in the middle of the road. He turned around to check it out and found what appeared to be a banker’s bag filled with stacks of cash, along with some drug paraphernalia. He called the police and handed the cash over to the officer who arrived on the scene, and the cops have had the money ever since. He filed a civil suit in September to retain ownership of the cash, claiming in his petition that a few days after he turned in the money, he was told it’d be turned over to him in 90 days if the owner didn’t claim it. Although a judge ordered the money returned to him in December when the owner didn’t materialize, that order was vacated a week later. The man’s persistence paid off this week when another judge ordered the police to return the money to him.

TEACHER PRANKS STUDENTS WITH FAKE SPELLING TESTAUDIO 🎧  A fourth grade teacher (Joey Dombrowski) from Royal Oak, Michigan, pulled an early April Fools’ Day prank on his young students by giving them a spelling test made up of ridiculous fake words, like blorskee, speekuzslmn, wazamata, and more.

MOM TAKING PICS OF TODDLER SPOTS DEADLY SNAKE INCHES AWAY _ An Australian mother taking photos of her 2-year-old daughter captured the moment the toddler was photobombed by a massive and deadly snake. Bianca Dickinson (of Kaniva, Victoria) posted a photo to Facebook showing the large eastern brown snake slithering inches away from where 2-year-old Molly was smiling for the camera. Dickinson wrote she initially thought the snake was “a bit of bark flying from a tree,” but she looked up from her camera to discover the massive snake at Molly’s feet. • IMAGE

… The eastern brown is considered the second deadliest land snake in the world.

HEART ATTACK GRILL SUES HEART ATTACK SHACK _ The famed Heart Attack Grill in Vegas is made over a Tennessee burger joint, claiming it’s blatantly ripping off its death-on-a-plate theme. Heart Attack Grill is suing Heart Attack Shack in Chattanooga for copying its name, its “Flatliner Fries” and even its logo with EKG waves. In legal documents Heart Attack Grill says Heart Attack Shack is purposely confusing consumers to make them think the restaurants are related. According to the suit, Heart Attack Shack has refused to change anything, even after Heart Attack Grill fired off a threatening letter in February. Now the Heart Attack Grill wants a judge to step in.

GUESS HOW MUCH A WOMAN SPENDS ON MAKEUP IN HER LIFE _ How much does a woman spend on makeup in her lifetime? According to Money magazine, the average woman will spend $43 on a shopping trip for makeup. Over her life a woman spends $15,000 on beauty products.

… Out of that money, $3,770 is spent on mascara; $2,750 is allotted to eyeshadow; $1,780 is dedicated to lipstick.

VERY REAL APRIL FOOLS’ DAY COMET ZOOMING BY EARTH _ No jokes and no kidding. An April Fools’ comet is scheduled to fly by our planet tomorrow (Saturday). Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is now known by the nickname “April Fools’ Day Comet.” Comet 41p makes its way around the sun every 5½ years, but this visit marks its closest point to us for over a century. It will pass at a distance of just under 14 million miles. That’s plenty far away for us not to worry about it, but close enough for some potentially fun telescope observations.

… NASA notes the comet should be visible with binoculars through June. The comet can appear to have a greenish tint.

FISHERMAN SURVIVED TWO MONTHS ADRIFT AT SEA BY EATING MOSS _ A fisherman survived two months adrift at sea by eating moss growing on his tiny boat’s hull as it floated from the Philippines to Papua New Guinea. The 21-year-old fisherman spent 56 days out at sea. His boat drifted almost 2,000 miles.

WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO One year ago, the (YOUR SHOW) was talking about: SQUIRREL EXTERMINATORS MISTAKEN FOR GUNMEN _ Two pest control workers accidentally caused a lockdown at an Arkansas school while attempting to remove squirrels from a nearby apartment complex. SWAT officers arrived at the school after the three exterminators were mistaken for gunmen wielding rifles. The exterminators fired at and missed a squirrel and began to chase the animal when they were spotted by a teacher who called police and reported gunmen on the campus. When the exterminators saw police and SWAT officers in the area they left because they believed a dangerous situation was taking place at the school. The exterminators were not aware that they were the reason for the police presence. The three men were never actually on school grounds.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BANNED FROM EVERY STORE, CAFE IN N. IRELAND _ A judge has banned a man from entering all stores and business premises in Northern Ireland. The judge said he was imposing the ban on 18-year-old Thomas Stokes to protect the business community from his criminal ways. Stokes is accused of using counterfeit money, which businesses don’t like. As part of an investigation officers found 32 counterfeit 50-pound notes under the his bed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES STEAL GUARD SHACK WITH GUARD INSIDE _ A security guard in the Ukraine decided the small factory he was protecting was in good shape, so he turned off his guard shack light, put a blanket on the floor of the small building and took a nap. When he awoke an hour later he was rolling down a tree-lined road. Apparently thieves had picked the guard shack up with a forklift, not knowing the guard was asleep inside. When the forklift finally came to a stop the guard hopped out and ran to get help. Police caught up with the shack thieves a short time later.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SANTA LOOKALIKE ARRESTED FOR SELLING COCAINE _ A man resembling Santa Claus was arrested in the Florida Keys this week. And while spring and summer are vacation time for the Jolly Old Elf, we know for a fact that the arrestee was not Santa, but Fidel Gutuerrel Gonzalez Gutierrez. The 58-year-old white-bearded man was arrested on six outstanding warrants for selling cocaine. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEYONCE CARVED OUT OF CHEDDAR CHEESE _ What do you call a Beyoncé statue made of cheese? Brie-oncé! A 45-pound cheesy Beyoncé was made for the East Village Cheese and Wine festival in London. Since the real Beyoncé wasn’t about to sit for hours and have her likeness carved in cheese, sculptor David Bradley used Beyoncé’s internet-breaking pregnancy photo posted in February. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WEARING ONLY A T-SHIRT AND PLASTIC BAG, MAN ARRESTED AT SCHOOL _ A 50-year-old California (Santa Rosa) man was arrested after police found him at a high school wearing nothing but a plastic grocery bag wrapped around his genitals and a T-shirt. The man had slathered his hands and man-parts with blue paint before officers found him.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

SERIES FINALE: GRIMM (8p ET, NBC) — Grimm bids farewell after 6 seasons. Nick looks to his ancestors for strength to save the world from a terrifying end.

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. Mac and Jack help Mac’s close friend (Aly Michalka, iZombie) after she fakes her own death to prevent someone from killing her.

SEASON FINALE: LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — New. Mandy unintentionally causes a dispute between Chuck and Joe. The show has not yet been renewed for a 7th season.

ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — New. Rosewood and Villa must solve the murder of a woman whose body was found frozen solid.

THE ORIGINALS (8p ET, CW) — New. Elijah works to resolve a conflict between Hayley and Freya.

SEASON FINALE: DR. KEN (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. It’s a Community mini-reunion when Alison Brie and Dan Harmon guest star. Nia Vardalos also guest stars. Dr. Ken has not yet been renewed for a 3rd season.

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team helps PI Harry Brown (returning guest star William Forsythe) work the case of a kidnapped wealthy woman.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

SEASON FINALE: SLEEPY HOLLOW (9p ET, FOX) — New. Dreyfuss finally has enough power to infiltrate the White House. The show has not yet been renewed for a 5th season.

REIGN (9p ET, CW) — New. Darnley receives a surprise visitor, endangering his marriage to Mary.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Blue Bloods celebrates 150 episodes with this new edition. Frank faces a dilemma when one of his peers (guest star Isaiah Washington) refuses to retire

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

HOMETOWN HEROES (10p ET, CMT) — Country music stars Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker and Brett Eldredge are featured in this new special as they travel back to their hometowns to help local communities in the area. Darius Rucker heads to Charleston, South Carolina to remodel the teen room at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Stapleton will travel to Painstville, Kentucky to provide funding and tutelage for the music program of his high school.  Eldredge will make his way to Paris, Illinois, to help refurbish the Laker Stadium and baseball fields near the neighborhood where he grew up.

FIVE CAME BACK (Netflix) — This  three-part docu-series chronicles the efforts of five extraordinary Hollywood directors (including John Ford, John Huston and Frank Capra) who put their careers on hold to join with the U.S. government in creating propaganda films during World War II. Meryl Streep narrates.

… In conjunction with the series, Netflix is also featuring 13 wartime documentaries, including Ford’s The Battle of Midway, Capra’s The Battle of Russia, and George Stevens’ Nazi Concentration Camps.

THE DISCOVERY (Netflix) — This independent film, which is being released both in theaters and on the streaming service on the same day, follows a neuroscientist’s (Robert Redford) invention of a device that appears to prove the existence of an afterlife, which sparks a massive plague of suicides. The inventor’s son (Jason Segel) returns to his family’s home to ask his father to discredit his research but gets caught up in further experiments to determine the nature of life after death. Rooney Mara also stars.

13 REASONS WHY (Netflix) — Based on Jay Asher’s best-selling book (and produced by Selena Gomez), this 13-episode series tells the story of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a high school junior who takes her own life and the 13 reasons that led her to that choice. Hannah recorded 13 tapes, each one dedicated to a different person who contributed to her decision to commit suicide. After her death, Hannah has the box of tapes sent to the first person on her list with instructions to listen to all 13 before passing them on, or a second copy of the tapes will be made public, exposing everyone’s secrets and misdeeds. Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Brian d’Arcy James (Spotlight) and Dylan Minnette (Prisoners) star.

SATURDAY

FINAL FOUR (6p ET, CBS) — First up is 7 seed South Carolina vs. 1 seed Gonzaga. Both schools are making their first ever appearance in the Final Four. The second game (at 8:45p ET) is (3) Oregon vs. (1) North Carolina. North Carolina is competing in a record 20th Final Four, while the Oregon Ducks haven’t been to this round since winning the first tournament in 1939.

LOVE AT FIRST BARK (9p ET, Hallmark Channel) — Country singer (and former One Tree Hill star) Jana Kramer stars in this new romance as an interior designer who adopts a dog and falls for the trainer (Kevin McGarry, Heartland).

MOTHER’S DAY (9p ET, Showtime) — Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts star in this 2016 rom-com; the final film directed by the late Garry Marshall. Timothy Olyphant and Jason Sudeikis also star.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — Repeat. The show returns April 8.

SUNDAY

BASEBALL OPENING DAY (1p ET, ESPN) — An ESPN tripleheader kicks off the season with the Yankees at the Rays up first; Giants at Diamondbacks (4p ET, ESPN2) and Cubs at Cardinals (8:30p ET, ESPN).

52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS (8p ET, CBS) — Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley host live from Las Vegas. Performers include Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, and Jon Pardi.

LITTLE BIG SHOTS (8p ET, NBC) — Featured kids in this new edition include a 5-year-old kung fu expert, a 12-year-old singer and harpist, an 8-year-old baton twirler, an 11-year old comic book artist, and a 9-year-old Latin dancer.

ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) — New.

CHICAGO JUSTICE (9p ET, NBC) — This new episode is followed by a new Shades of Blue.

MATCH GAME (9p ET, ABC) — ABC has cancelled Time After Time. This new edition of Match Game features celeb panelists Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Matthew Morrison, Busy Phillips, Taye Diggs and Valerie Bertinelli.

SEASON FINALE: THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — The season 7 finale will be an extra 25 minutes longer, so set your DVR accordingly.

FINALE: BIG LITTLE LIES (9p ET, HBO) — Who died and who did it is finally revealed as this limited series comes to an end.

THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT (9p ET, Reelz) — Katie Holmes returns as Jackie Kennedy in this sequel to the 2011 series The Kennedys. The sequel follows Jackie in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination in 1963. Matthew Perry stars as Ted Kennedy and Alexander Siddig (Game of Thrones) plays Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate who married Jackie in 1968. Part 2 airs next Sunday.

AMERICAN CRIME (10p ET, ABC) — New

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (10p ET, TLC) — New. Jessica Biel hunts for the truth behind family lore about the death of an ancestor, and also makes two shocking discoveries.

FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN (10p ET, FX) — New.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Beauty and the Beast is expected to make another $40 million to $45 million this weekend to remain at No. 1, with The Boss Baby coming in second.

The Boss Baby (PG) – Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire
Ghost in the Shell (PG-13) – Scarlett Johansson

… Opening next weekend: The Case for Christ, Going in Style, Smurfs: The Lost Village

ACADEMY WON’T FIRE ACCOUNTING FIRM _ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will never forget, but it has apparently decided to forgive the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers — you know, the one responsible for the mix-up that led to the wrong movie being announced for Best Picture. But there will be a catch. Accountants will now have to turn in their mobile devices before heading backstage.

… February’s big blunder happened because accountant Brian Cullinan handed presenter Warren Beatty the wrong envelope. Beatty, who actually had the Best Actress card, read La La Land as the 2017 Best Picture winner. The film’s cast and crew were already in the middle of their speeches when they were informed that, in fact, Moonlight had won the award. Later, it turned out Cullinan had tweeted a photo of Best Actress winner Emma Stone just moments before — leading many to wonder if the goof had occurred because Cullinan was distracted by social media. Editor: You’ll find the Oscars audio on the PRO AUDIO page.

… Neither Cullinan nor his partner Martha Ruiz are expected to work the Oscars stage again in the future.

JOSS WHEDON WILL LEAD BATGIRL MOVIE _ Director Joss Whedon will write, direct and produce a solo Batgirl movie. Whedon’s last movie was Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. Even though the solo Batgirl movie has just been reported, fans have already been speculating about it. An Australian artist shared his vision about who could play Batgirl, and he chose Emma Stone. He designed the look with Emma as the superhero character. So far, there is no rumor about the Oscar-winning actress playing the character. • IMAGE

… Stone previously played Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel.

NEW WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES TRAILER _ A new trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes was released Thursday. In the third chapter of the franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson. The movie comes out July 14. • VIDEO

TRAILER FOR NETFLIX’S WAR MACHINE STARRING BRAD PITT IS HERE _ Netflix Thursday debuted the full-length trailer for its original movie War Machine, starring Brad Pitt. The film is based on the book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late Michael Hastings. The film is fiction, but Pitt’s character is based on General Stanley McChrystal, who was fired after Hastings published an exposé about him in Rolling Stone. The film follows Pitt’s character, who is brought in to command NATO forces in Afghanistan. • VIDEO

HAWKEYE TO APPEAR IN ANT-MAN SEQUEL? _ Having appeared in four Marvel films to date including both Avengers, Thor and Captain America: Civil War, it looks like Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is getting another appearance soon. Along with both the third and fourth Avengers films in the works, Renner is rumored to be revisiting his Clint Barton role for Ant-Man and The Wasp.

… Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled to begin production in July.

BEYONCE IS FRONTRUNNER TO PLAY NALA IN THE LION KING REMAKE _ Beyonce is the frontrunner to voice the role of Nala in Disney‘s upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King. Though she hasn’t accepted the role yet, she is reportedly director Jon Favreau’s first choice to play the lion, first voiced by Moira Kelly in the 1994 animated classic.

KATE MIDDLETON PREGNANT? _ A source claims Kate Middleton could be pregnant again. Why? Because she might — might — be showing a baby bump.

NEW GAME OF THRONES TEASER MAY CONFIRM SET LEAKS _ The new Game of Thrones teaser is here. In the latest video, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) all take their seats as they prepare for upcoming conflict. And it looks like White Walkers aren’t far behind. Cersei is in the Red Keep, Jon Snow appears to be at Winterfell, and Daenerys appears to be in a third location. • VIDEO

… From the stone-like seat Clarke sits on, it’s possible Dany is at Dragonstone. If that’s the case, it may confirm that the set leaks showing Jon Snow meeting Dany and interacting with dragons (supposedly at Dragonstone, the ancestral seat of House Targaryen in Westeros) are authentic.  There was some speculation that the set leaks, especially photos of Harington with dragons, could’ve been staged purposely by HBO to throw people off.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

• TEACHER’S SPELLING PRANK: A Michigan teacher pulled an April Fools’ spelling test prank on his class. → March 31 News & Nuggets

• MYSTERY VOICE: Rosie O’Donnell

• AMAZING RACE THEME: Season 29’s twist is that 22 complete strangers will race together, only meeting for the first time at the starting line. → March 30 On Television

• DROP: This is my boomstick. → March 30 News & Nuggets


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

FAKE FACTS THAT SOUND AMAZINGLY REAL!

Since tomorrow (Saturday) is April Fools’ Day, here are some fake facts you can share with friends.

FB icon Share a fake fact that sounds real with us.

• When pulled over, if a police officer takes more than 10 minutes to approach your car you can legally drive away.

• Americans eat more calories on Super Bowl Sunday than the rest of the world combined.

• Federal law says a current or former astronaut can officiate a marriage.

• Stop signs that are outlined in white are optional.

• Almond milkers are paid by the number of almonds they milk per day.

• Potato is Latin for “King of the Peanuts.”

• A dog can hear a you open a box of cookies from three miles away.

• Dogs can actually see in more than just black and white. They can see shades of blue, yellow and brown as well. However, their sense of smell is actually limited to only black and white.

REASONS YOU AREN’T RICH

From TheStreet.com

The reason why you aren’t a millionaire (or on your way to becoming one) is really quite simple. You probably assume it’s because you aren’t earning enough money, but the truth is that for most people, whether or not you become a millionaire has very little to do with the amount of money you make. It’s the way that you treat money in your daily life.

Here are the possible reasons you aren’t a millionaire:

• You Care What Your Neighbors Think — If you’re competing against them and their material possessions, you’re wasting your hard-earned money on toys to impress them instead of building your wealth.

• You Aren’t Patient — Until the era of credit cards, it was difficult to spend more than you had. That is not the case today. If you have credit card debt because you couldn’t wait until you had enough money to purchase something in cash, you are making others wealthy while keeping yourself in debt.

• You Have Bad Habits — Whether it’s smoking, drinking, gambling or some other bad habit, the habit is using up a lot of money that could go toward building wealth. Most people don’t realize that the cost of their bad habits extends far beyond the immediate cost. Take smoking, for example: It costs a lot more than the pack of cigarettes purchased. It also negatively affects your wealth in the form of higher insurance rates and decreased value of your home.

• You Have No Goals — It’s difficult to build wealth if you haven’t taken the time to know what you want. If you haven’t set wealth goals, you aren’t likely to attain them. You need to do more than state, “I want to be a millionaire.” You need to take the time to set saving and investing goals on a yearly basis and come up with a plan for how to achieve those goals.

• You Try to Make a Quick Buck — For the vast majority of us, wealth doesn’t come instantly. You may believe that people winning the lottery are a dime a dozen, but the truth is you’re far more likely to get struck by lightning than win the lottery. This desire to get rich quickly likely extends into the way you invest, with similar results.

• You Rely on Others to Take Care of Your Money — You believe that others have more knowledge about money matters, and you rely exclusively on their judgment when deciding where you should invest your money. Unfortunately, most people want to make money themselves, and this is their primary objective when they tell you how to invest your money. Listen to other people’s advice to get new ideas, but in the end you should know enough to make your own investing decisions.

• You Invest in Things You Don’t Understand — Your hear that Bob has made a lot of money doing it, and you want to get in on the gravy train. If Bob really did make money, he did so because he understood how the investment worked. Throwing in your money because someone else has made money without fully understanding how the investment works will keep you from being wealthy.

• You’re Financially Afraid — You are so scared of risk that you keep all your money in a savings account that is actually losing money when inflation is put into the equation, yet you refuse to move it to a place where higher rates of return are possible because you’re afraid that you will lose money.

• You Ignore Your Finances — You take the attitude that if you make enough, the finances will take care of themselves. If you currently have debt, it will somehow resolve itself in the future. Unfortunately, it takes planning to become wealthy. It doesn’t magically happen to the vast majority of people.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In America each year, about 200 people die while using what. (Exercise equipment)

MYSTERY VOICE

Q: Who is this?

A: Rosie O’Donnell


VIDEO OF THE DAY

At a spa in Japan you can get a back massage from a cat.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


source: unknown

DATEBOOK: APRIL 3, 2017

This is day 93 of 2017. There are 272 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Doris Day is 95

• Anthropologist Jane Goodall is 83

• Marsha Mason is 75

• Wayne Newton is 75

• Tony Orlando is 73

• Alec Baldwin (SNL, 30 Rock) is 59

• David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) is 58

• Eddie Murphy is 56

• Olympic skier Picabo Street is 46

• Jennie Garth is 45

• Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) is 44

• Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Good Wife) is 39

• Cobie Smulders (Marvel Universe, How I Met Your Mother) is 35

• Amanda Bynes is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1860: The first successful Pony Express run from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California began.

• 1882: Outlaw Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward.

• 1936: Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh II, the baby son of world-famous pilot Charles Lindbergh.

• 1953: TV Guide debuted.

• 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

• 1969: The TV show Star Trek was canceled. The best of its three TV seasons was 1966 when the show reached as high as #62 in the ratings.

• 1973: The first portable cell phone call was placed in New York City.

• 1996: Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his Montana cabin.

• 1999: An 80-year-old Japanese man was saved from choking to death in Okaka by a fast-thinking 911 dispatcher. When the usual life-saving steps didn’t dislodge a piece food, the dispatcher told the man’s granddaughter how to insert a vacuum cleaner tube into the unconscious victim’s mouth. She flipped it on and out came the food. The dispatcher said vacuuming was the absolute last resort.

• 2003: An Oklahoma couple finally got married after 77 years of living together. Zyness O’Haver, 95, and Sallie Warren, 94, decided to make it official in a ceremony at the Oklahoma County courthouse.

• 2006: A guy in New Zealand knew he was wanted by the police and decided it might be fun to call to taunt them. He said he could vanish for years and they’d never be able to find him. He then told the police, “I’m hanging up now because I know you can trace my call after five minutes.” Turns out police only needed about a minute to trace his call.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• April is National Car Care Month, National Kite Month, National Poetry Month, National Fresh Celery Month, National Pecan Month, National Soft Pretzel Month, National Soy Foods Month, National Florida Tomato Month, National Garlic Month, National Grilled Cheese Month.

• Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day

• Tater Day

• Tweed Day

• Chocolate Mousse Day

UPCOMING

• April 2: Academy of Country Music Awards

• April 2: Major League Baseball season begins

• April 3: College Basketball Championship Game

• April 6-9: The Masters golf tournament

• April 14: Good Friday

• April 16: Easter

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