INTERPREP ★ APRIL 4, 2017

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 4, 2017

This is day 94 of 2017. There are 271 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Craig T. Nelson (Parenthood, Coach) is 73

• Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope) is 67

• Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings) is 57

• David Cross (Arrested Development) is 53

• Robert Downey Jr. is 52

• Nancy McKeon is 51

• Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Kennedys) is 47

• Magician David Blaine is 44

• Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black) is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1818: The United States Congress adopted the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20).

• 1841: William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia, becoming the first President of the United States to die in office and the one with the shortest term served.

• 1967: Johnny Carson quit as host of The Tonight Show. He returned three weeks later with a $30,000-a-week raise.

• 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, by James Earl Ray.

• 1973: The World Trade Center in New York was officially dedicated.

• 1975: Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

• 1996: Larry LaPrise died at age 83 in Wendell, Idaho. In the late 1940s he wrote The Hokey Pokey. The first group to do The Hokey Pokey were patrons of an Idaho ski lodge.

• 2002: A 16-year-old bank robber in Rochester, New York, has such poor handwriting the teller couldn’t read her note. By the time the teen was handed a bag of money, it was closing time and other employees were locking the doors. The robber wound up trapped in the foyer with the cash, where police captured her.

• 2010: A San Francisco restaurant offered free tacos for life for getting a tattoo. Casa Sanchez announced that getting its mascot, Jimmy the Cornman, tattooed anywhere on your body would mean free tacos for life.

• 2013: In Sri Lanka, a researcher discovered a new species of tarantula (Poecilotheria rajaei) slightly smaller than a dinner plate, with a leg span of eight inches.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Hug a Newsman Day

• School Librarian Day

• Tell a Lie Day

• Vitamin C Day

UPCOMING

• April 6-9: The Masters golf tournament

• April 14: Good Friday

• April 16: Easter

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

20: Times the average person complains each day.


NEWS ATTACK!

A new study finds that colicky babies in Canada cry more than those in other countries. [It’s not the colic. They’re crying about all the Americans coming across the border.]

Wallethub’s latest survey says that the top five most stressed out states are all in the south. [Well, making buttermilk biscuits three times a day from scratch is no walk in the park.]

A truck driver was arrested on drug charges after he began behaving oddly such as putting his credit cards in his fuel tank. He had used a combination of illegal drugs to drive from Seattle to Massachusetts without stopping. [Which is impressive except for the fact that he was supposed to be in Florida.]

The latest research reveals that the happiest people take a 30-minute nap. [And they say that the best time to take it is when someone in your office is going around to everybody to get donations for somebody’s birthday present.]

Ford is recalling 53,000 trucks because they can roll away even when in park. [So I guess I owe my wife an apology.]

The wife of that schoolteacher who kidnapped a student and ran away has filed for divorce. [Well, as long as she’s sure.]

Another skyscraper in Dubai has caught fire. [As a result they’re thinking about making it illegal to power elevators with lithium batteries.]

Doris Day thought she was 93 but discovered that she was born two years earlier, making her 95. [She says that she’s okay about being older, but she’s disappointed that all these years she’s been playing the wrong lottery numbers.]

Comedian Mike Epps has apologized to animal rights groups for bringing a live kangaroo onto the stage as part of his comedy routine. [What kind of routine was that? I can’t think of a single joke with a punchline that includes the word marsupial.]

Did you watch the men’s NCAA basketball championship last night? [They turned on the TV in that pregnant giraffe’s pen, hoping the excitement would induce labor.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

YAHOO AND AOL WILL BECOME OATH BUT YOUR EMAIL PROBABLY WON’T CHANGE _ Verizon is the owner both AOL and Yahoo and on Monday it was revealed that the two properties will be become Oath. But if you have an aol.com or yahoo.com email address, those probably won’t change. Experts think there are too many people with Yahoo/AOL accounts and forcing people to change their emails would be a marketing and technical nightmare. What will change is how Yahoo/AOL will be officially named — which will soon be Oath.

PEEPS PIZZA IS REAL _ Move over pineapple, there’s a new controversial pizza topping dividing the Internet — and this time, it’s seasonally appropriate. Just in time for Easter, a troublemaker by the name of Austin Braun debuted a photo on his Twitter account of a cheesy pizza adorned with gooey, melting Peeps. • IMAGE

COLLEGE STUDENT DIES AFTER PANCAKE-EATING CONTEST _ Caitlin Nelson was just 5 years old when her father, James Nelson, a Port Authority police officer, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack. Sixteen years later, tragedy struck the Nelson family again when Caitlin, a student at Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University, died after apparently choking during a pancake-eating contest. Nelson had eaten four or five pancakes during the March 30 event when she started shaking uncontrollably and collapsed. Police say she spit out some pieces of pancake but was still choking; officers were not able to successfully use the Heimlich maneuver but did physically remove food from Nelson’s throat and performed CPR. Nelson was initially said to be in critical but stable condition and was transferred to a New York hospital Friday, but died Sunday.

ANSWER THE PHONE: SOMEONE MIGHT BE TRYING TO GIVE YOU $763,000 _ Sometimes when the phone rings, it’s easier not to answer. But answering the phone could be a solid way to pick up some extra money, especially if $763,000 in your name is sitting unclaimed, waiting for you to respond. Curtis Loftis, state treasurer of South Carolina, pursued a man in order to give him the $763,000 he was owed by the state. Because the man’s mother remarried after his father died, when she passed away it made it harder to track the man down. Eventually Loftis tracked down another relative and used Facebook to figure out who the man was. It took multiple conversations to convince the man that this was real. Loftis even offered to drive to a Starbucks to meet him in public to prove it wasn’t a scam.

NHL SAYS NO TO 2018 OLYMPICS _ NHL players will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. In a statement Monday the NHL said, “We have previously made clear that while the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA, etc.) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject. A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized. Instead, the IOC has now expressed the position that the NHL’s participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditioned on our participation in South Korea in 2018. And the [player’s association] has now publicly confirmed that it has no interest or intention of engaging in any discussion that might make Olympic participation more attractive to the clubs. As a result, and in an effort to create clarity among conflicting reports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 regular season schedule without any break to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games. We now consider the matter officially closed.”

PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE SIZE OF MELANIA TRUMP’s RING _ The White House released the first official portrait of Melania Trump on Monday, and turns out all most people could talk about was the size of her ring. Along with the announcement, the White House released this statement from the first lady: “I am honored to serve in the role of first lady, and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years.” But the ring on her left hand — wow. • IMAGE

WHERE DO BABIES CRY THE MOST? _ When compared to babies in other countries, American babies don’t cry the least — but neither do they cry the most. Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the data analyzes 28 previous studies for a look at colic — crying more than three hours a day, three days a week — in nearly 8,700 infants from industrialized nations. Who cried the most? Babies in Canada, the U.K., and Italy respectively. Newborns in Denmark, Germany, and Japan cried the least. The study also included the Netherlands, Australia, and the U.S., where babies had neither the highest rates of crying, nor the lowest.

IS THIS A PHOTO OF THE WORLD’S LONGEST CHEETO OR A HOAX? _ Someone tweeted a photo of what appears to be the longest Cheeto ever found. But it’s bound to be a hoax. Internet sleuths who zoomed in on the image appeared to spot joints in the Cheeto where many Cheetos had been glued (or something) together. • IMAGE

GOOGLE WIFI HELPS KEEP YOU OFF THE INTERNET AT NIGHT _ Settling in and letting go of screens for dinner or bedtime can be a struggle for both kids and adults. Scheduling time to focus somewhere besides the internet, then, might make a lot of sense. Google’s WiFi router now has a feature that can help you pause the signal in your home so you can get to bed or take care of important IRL (in real life!) things without the sweet distraction of WiFi. Using the Google WiFi app, you can tell your Google WiFi to shut down at specific times in your daily schedule, like “Bedtime” or “Homework.” When the time comes, the router will pause the internet just for the devices you tell it to, making sure that keeping your kids off the internet won’t stop you from working.

… Apple’s routers already have a way to set up time limits, but you need to use desktop software to make it happen.

TRUMP DONATES FIRST SALARY CHECK TO NATIONAL PARK SERVICE _ Donald Trump on Monday donated his first-quarter paycheck to the National Park Service. Trump has pledged to donate his entire $400,000 annual presidential salary to charity. His first paycheck comes to $78,333.

… More than a few people on social media pointed out that while the donation to the Park Service is nice, it costs $3 million each time he visits Mar-a-Lago.

BABY CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY WITH TACO BELL THEMED PHOTO SHOOT _ How else do you celebrate your first birthday but with a Taco Bell themed photo shoot? Delta Rose of St. Louis, Missouri, has parents who love Taco Bell. In fact, mom’s water broke in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell when she was in labor. The family decided to recruit a local photographer for a fun photo shoot for their daughter’s first birthday. They bought two 12-packs of soft tacos from Taco Bell. Baby Delta wore Taco Bell colors for her outfit.

500-POUND MAN FOUND DEAD INSIDE ‘HOARDER HOUSE’ _ Officials in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, are investigating the death of a man inside his home. They say the victim was a hoarder and it took firefighters more than an hour to get the 500-pound man out of the house because there was so much stuff inside. Police were called to the home by neighbors who reported they had not seen or heard from him in days.

GRENOBLE IS EUROPE’S FIRST AD-FREE CITY _ The French city of Grenoble is banning billboard advertising — officials have decided not to renew its contract with an outdoor advertising company. Grenoble is removing more than 300 billboards.

6-YEAR-OLD SEES MAN LYING IN PARKING LOT, SAVES HIS LIFE _ Six-year-old Karter Thorpe was sitting in the back seat as his grandma drove through a Lowe’s parking lot in Franklin, Virginia, in search of a space when he saw a man lying on the ground. The man, who was sprawled across the pavement next to a truck, started to twitch — and that’s when Karter yelled at his grandma to turn around. Grandma thought her grandson was just exaggerating. She kept on driving, but Karter wouldn’t let it go. He told grandma, “No, you have to stop! He’s hurt, he’s hurt. You have to go back!” As grandma made a U-turn she saw a pair of feet peeking out behind a truck. Sure enough, a man was lying on the ground. She pulled out her cell phone and dialed 911. Another passerby stopped and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. The man’s family later said he’d suffered a major heart attack and would have died if it weren’t for Karter’s quick response.

McDONALD’s MIGHT BRING BACK SZECHUAN McNUGGET SAUCE _ A McDonald’s chef says he’s looking into bringing back a cult classic McNugget sauce after a cartoon demanded its return. On Saturday, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim aired Rick and Morty. The episode ended with a plea from mad scientist Rick for McDonald’s to bring back its Szechuan McNugget sauce, a plum sauce that was available for a limited time in 1998 to promote the Disney movie “Mulan.” A number of Change.org petitions calling for the return of the sauce have received thousands of signatures. A chef for McDonald’s says he’ll look into bringing back the sauce.

YOSEMITE TRACKING DAILY JOURNEY OF BEARS ONLINE _ Wildlife enthusiasts around the world can now follow the daily journey of Yosemite National Park’s black bears from their laptops and smartphones. On Monday the website Keep Bears Wild went live, showing where select bears fitted with GPS collars are heading. The tracking tool pings the bears’ steps from satellites. • LINK

… A bear’s location is delayed so people aren’t tempted to track it down in real time. But the tracking collars alert rangers so they can block a bear from going to a campground or parking lot in search of food.

… The park has used up to 20 GPS collars for the last three years, learning that bears in the park begin mating in May, more than a month earlier than previously thought.

A BABY WAS BAWLING ON A PLANE _ A woman named Carrie Jaboor was on a Southwest flight when she witnessed a weeping child. As she described on Facebook: “There was a mother and her 2 young girls in front of me on the plane and the baby suddenly had a very loud crying fit that wouldn’t stop. This Southwest employee asked the mother to come to the back of the plane with him. I looked back and saw him blowing bubbles for the little girl until she stopped crying as he was also giving tissues to the mother and consoling her as she was crying too.”

TRUMP SIGNS REPEAL OF FCC’s INTERNET PRIVACY RULES _ President Donald Trump signed legislation Monday killing privacy rules that would have required internet service providers to get your explicit consent before they share or sell your web browsing history and other sensitive information. The rules were approved in the final months of President Barack Obama’s administration but hadn’t taken effect yet. Under the bill Trump signed Monday, they never will.

PAY YOUR TAXES IN INSTALLMENTS _ Can’t afford to pay your taxes in full? Sign up for an installment payment plan using form 9465. Simply fill it out and put how much you’re able to pay each month, with a max (usually) of up to 3 years of payment plans. The IRS can’t deny your request as long as the amount owed is under $10,000 and you meet certain minimal restrictions. Visit irs.gov/form9465

WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO One year ago, the (YOUR SHOW) was talking about: HOW ONE WOMAN SAVED $36,000 PAINLESSLY _ Journalism professor (Lasell College) Marie C. Franklin shared how she was able to sock away and additional $36,000 over 12 years — with almost no effort. Instead of spending every $5 bill that passed through her hands, she saved them. That’s it. Franklin reminds us that the number one reason most people don’t save is that they don’t have a savings plan. But her $5 plan worked. And it was boosted by her other habit of paying mostly cash for things — not using a credit or debit card.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SUES DUNKIN’ DONUTS OVER BUTTER _ A Massachusetts man who sued a pair of Dunkin’ Donuts owners because he said he was given a butter substitute when he asked for real butter on his bagel has won a settlement. Jan Polanik’s suits named two companies that together own more than 20 stores. Polanik’s lawyer acknowledged that his client’s complaint was “a minor thing,” but they decided to sue “to stop the practice of representing one thing and selling a different thing.” The attorney didn’t disclose the settlement’s terms.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WIFE TRICKS CHEATING HUSBAND INTO TATTOO _ A Russian husband who had been cheating on his wife didn’t find out till it was too late that she knew of his infidelity. The wife hatched a plan: matching back tattoos. The husband was hesitant but figured he should go ahead and get the tat. After his tattoo was finished — a big heart with his wife’s name in the middle — the wife left him before getting her back inked.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ‘MARRIES’ ROBOT AFTER FAILING TO FIND A HUMAN WIFE _ A Chinese engineer has “married” a robot he created after failing to find a human spouse. The 31-year-old artificial intelligence expert who designs and creates robots created one named Yingying. She/it can identify Chinese characters and images and even say a few simple words. They “married” in a simple ceremony on Friday. The man’s mother and a few of his friends were in attendance.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PIZZA-LOVING BURGLARS _ Cops in Germany are looking for some burglars that had a pizza delivered to the house they were ransacking. When police arrived, they found the empty pizza boxes they left behind. The burglars caused a lot of damage by playing with a fire extinguisher and pouring their drinks on the furniture. They cleaning out most of the drawers in the home, but didn’t leave any leftover pizza.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER RETURNS FOR BURGERS _ In Florida a guy robbed a Wendy’s restaurant. During the heist the bandanna covering his face fell off. In spite of the wardrobe malfunction he got away with some cash. He returned to the same Wendy’s four days later — not to rob the place again, but to order himself some cheeseburgers and then argue with the clerk about getting incorrect change. Maybe he shouldn’t have called so much attention to himself. Almost every worker in the place recognized him. The cops were called and he was arrested.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Alex takes time off to help her mother (guest star Mercedes Ruehl), after she receives a 911 text.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Knockout Rounds continue.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Frankie is hurt when Sue won’t tell her who she has a crush on.

SEASON FINALE: NEW GIRL (8p ET, FOX) — In the season 6 finale, Jess is ready to tell Nick her true feelings for him. New Girl has not yet been renewed for a 7th season.

SEASON FINALE: DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — In the season 2 finale, a massive timequake rocks the ship while the legends are preparing for their next destination. The show has been renewed for a 3rd season.

The Last Days of Jesus” are reexamined in light of recent archaeological finds, biblical scholarship, etc., in this new special. 8 p.m.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Greg blames Katie when Taylor quits her school activities.

THE MICK (8:30p ET, FOX) — New. When Mickey and Alba go on a gambling spree, Jimmy, Sabrina and Chip fight for control over the house.

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bull helps the prime suspect in the murder of Chunk’s fashion mentor (guest star Paulina Porizkova). J. Alexander (America’s Next Top Model), designer Simon Doonan and model Jessica Perez guest star as themselves.

TRIAL & ERROR (9p ET, NBC) — New. Josh’s boss reveals a gigantic hole in his case. Another new episode follows.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (9p ET, ABC) — New. Louis and the boys splurge on a pricey pay-per-view wrestling match when Jessica has the flu.

SEASON PREMIERE: PRISON BREAK (9p ET, FOX) — Prison Break is back for a 9-episode “event series”. It’s been seven years since Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) was presumed dead, but when clues suggest that he may still be alive, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) reunites with Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) to help find the truth. T-Bag (Robert Knepper), C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar), Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) and Kellerman (Paul Adelstein) also return, with new cast members Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) and British actor Augustus Prew.

SEASON PREMIERE: IZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) —  As season 3 begins, Liv finds there are more zombies in Seattle than she previously thought.

IMAGINARY MARY (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Ben asks Alice to pick Bunny up from dance class, and Mary learns even simple parenting tasks have challenges.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — New. Severide gets an unexpected visit from his father (guest star Treat Williams).

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team uncovers a link between an international drug ring and the New Orleans Police Department.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (10p ET, ABC) — New. Daisy and Simmons are the only hope to save everyone in a world controlled by Hydra.

LOUIS C.K. (Netflix) — Comedian Louis C.K. is back with a new standup special.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released April 4.

• Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
• The Bounce Back
• Office Christmas Party
• The Good Wife: The Complete Series
• Medium: The Complete Series

HERE’S A GOOD REASON TO GET THE NETFLIX APP FOR WINDOWS 10 _ Netflix introduced movie and TV show downloads on iOS and Android last year, and now the feature is making its way to Windows 10 PCs, making it the first time users can watch Netflix shows offline on laptops and desktops. Downloaded shows will appear in a “My Downloads” section, and shows available for download will be displayed in an “Available for Download” section within the menu.

MERCEDES-BENZ PULLS ADS FROM FOX NEWS’ O’REILLY FACTOR _ Mercedes-Benz said it has “reassigned” advertising meant to run on Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor to other parts of the cable network’s schedule in the wake of the revelation that several claims of sexual harassment were made against the host in recent years. The automaker said, “The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now.”

… On Saturday, the New York Times reported that five women had received payments coming to about $13 million in exchange for agreeing not to pursue litigation or speak about accusations related to sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior by Bill O’Reilly.

JESSE EISENBERG AND ANNA STROUT WELCOME FIRST CHILD _ Jesse Eisenberg is a dad. The Batman v Superman star and his longtime girlfriend, Anna Strout, have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy.

HARRISON FORD WILL NOT LOSE HIS PILOT’S LICENSE _ Harrison Ford may not be done flying just yet. Less than two months after the actor was involved in a passenger plane incident at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, the FAA has concluded their investigation. The FAA said in a statement that Harrison would retain his flying certificate “without restriction.” The agency acknowledged Harrison’s “long history of compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulations and his cooperative attitude during the investigation.”

KATIE HOLMES AND JAMIE FOXX SPOTTED ON A DINNER DATE _ Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx were spotted eating dinner together on Sunday night in the East Village in New York City. Holmes-Foxx romance rumors have circulated since 2013 when they were photographed dancing together at a charity event, and they’ve been pretty much non-stop ever since.

TYRA BANKS IS SELLING HER NYC APARTMENT FOR $17 MILLION _ America’s Next Top Model creator Tyra Banks has listed her high-rise apartment in New York City for $17.5 million. The 7,000-square-foot condo has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, an in-home salon, a 360-degree mirrored dressing area, and views across the Hudson River and south to the Statue of Liberty.

MARTIN LAWRENCE BUYS $500,000 ENGAGEMENT RING _ Martin Lawrence didn’t cut corners on his engagement to Roberta Moradfar — instead he plunked down about a half mil for her rock. Sources say Martin worked for months with an famous Beverly Hills jeweler to create the custom 5 carat emerald cut engagement ring. He added another carat for the band alone.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

• DROP: It’s awful I hate it! Well that’s the name!

• PHONER: Brutally honest things kids say. → 2 real callers. Related to March 29 Bits & Breaks item.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

HOW RUDE!

Most Americans surveyed in a study says rudeness is on the rise.

• 79 percent of Americans say lack of respect and courtesy should be regarded as a serious national problem.

• 73 percent believe Americans did treat one another with greater respect in the past.

• 62 percent say that witnessing rude and disrespectful behavior bothers them a lot.

• 41 percent confess to having acted rude or disrespectful themselves.

• Six in ten encounter recklessness on the roads.

• 35 percent say they are reckless drivers.

• 71 percent reported seeing parents yell at coaches, referees or players, and most didn’t like it.

• Over half of those surveyed (56 percent) said it bothered them to hear foul language in public.

• Nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) said they walked out of a store in the past year after encountering bad service.

• 94 percent said it is very frustrating to call a company and be greeted by a recording rather than a human being.

GAMBLING SUPERSTITIONS

Gambling superstitions abound the gaming industry…

DO:

  • Wear red, especially underwear.
  • Check into a room with 8 in the number.
  • Stack your chips neatly.
  • Sit on a handkerchief.
  • Carry a snake’s tooth.
  • Switch on all the lights at home before you go out to gamble.
  • Blow on the dice to breathe life into them, or to seal in the good luck during a winning streak. Also, give the dice to a woman who’s never rolled them before, or rub them on the head of a redhead.

DON’T

  • Wish a player good luck.
  • Pick up cards with your left hand.
  • Count your chips/money at the table.
  • Speak to or touch someone who’s having a good roll.
  • In blackjack: Don’t cut the deck or you might get blamed for a “bad shoe”.
  • Touch someone’s shoulder while he/she is gambling.
  • Enter a casino through the main door.

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Seven in ten of use think this is better today than it was ten years ago. (TV)

TOUCH-TONE TRIVIA

This is a fun contest that a listener can’t lose. After you ask each question the caller presses their telephone keypad to answer. Since you won’t be able to tell which number is pressed, you yell out the correct number on every one, assuring your listener of an easy victory.

Q1: What is the second-largest planet in our solar system?

  • press 1 for Jupiter
  • press 2 for Saturn*
  • press 3 for Earth

Q2: What is the smallest bird in the world?

  • press 1 for the Bee Hummingbird*
  • press 2 for the Twill Robin
  • press 3 for the South African Striped Owl

Q3: In what city did they build the first Starbucks?

  • press 1 for Portland, Oregon
  • press 2 for Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • press 3 for Seattle, Washington*

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Mattress flies off a truck.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


source: hadonejob.com

DATEBOOK: APRIL 5, 2017

This is day 95 of 2017. There are 270 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is 80

• Max Gail (Barney Miller) is 74

• Mitch Pileggi (The X Files) is 65

• Pharrell Williams is 44

• Hayley Atwell (Marvel movies, TV) is 35

• Lily James (Downton Abbey) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1987: Married with Children debuted on Fox TV

• 1990: A Gulfport, Mississippi, man discovered that his house has been stolen. Not only that, but police had escorted the thieves and the house out of town.

• 1993: Sherry Davis became the first female public-address-system announcer at a major league baseball park. She won the San Francisco Giant’s job over 499 others who auditioned.

• 1994: Singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide in his home. His body was found on April 8.

• 1998: A sheep being held on the roof of a Cairo apartment building for slaughter during a religious festival decided he’d rather commit suicide and jumped off the roof, breaking gas pipes when he landed, causing a gas leak, and forcing evacuation of the building.

• 1999: Thieves forced open a display case at the Criminals Hall of Fame Museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and walked out with life-size wax figure of Adolph Hitler.

• 2005: ABC News anchor Peter Jennings informed his viewers that he had lung cancer. It was his final broadcast.

• 2008: A guy in Marshall County, Kentucky, posted a special spoon for sale on eBay. The spoon had an image of Jesus on it.

• 2010: Twenty-nine coal miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Deep Dish Pizza Day

• Caramel Day

• Read A Road Map Day

• Dandelion Day

• National Walking Day

UPCOMING

• April 6-9: The Masters golf tournament

• April 14: Good Friday

• April 16: Easter

More holidays