INTERPREP ★ APRIL 11, 2017

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 11, 2017

This is day 101 of 2017. There are 264 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Joel Grey is 85

• Bill Irwin (therapist Dr. Peter Lindstrom on Law & Order: SVU) is 67

• Jennifer Esposito (Crash, Blue Bloods) is 44

• Kelli Garner (Lars and the Real Girl) is 33

• Joss Stone is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1865: Abraham Lincoln made his last public speech.

• 1868: U.S. Army Commander Ulysses S. Grant was stopped for speeding in his horse-drawn buggy. Three months later he was stopped again and fined $5.

• 1882: U.S. patent #256,265 was issued for the Block Clock. It was an alarm clock mounted over the bed that, at a set time, dropped two dozen small wood blocks on the sleeper.

• 1905: Albert Einstein revealed his Theory of Relativity.

• 1970: Apollo 13 launched.

• 1981: President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital, 12 days after he was wounded in an assassination attempt.

• 1989: The U.S. issued a patent (#4,821,247) to Reginald Grooms of Conway, South Carolina, for his Ear-Mounted Alarm Clock, a digital alarm clock so tiny it can be hidden in your ear and awaken you without bothering your spouse.

• 2003: Thieves broke into a safe and stole $1,020 — from a prison. A spokesman for Spring Hill Prison near Aylesbury, England, said the crime took place in the prison’s reception area.

• 2015: President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met at the Summit of the Americas in Panama for talks aimed at thawing relations; the historic meeting marked the first interaction in decades between top leaders of the two nations.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Barbershop Quartet Day

• Pet Day

• Teach Children To Save Day

• World Parkinson’s Disease Day

• Be Kind To Lawyers Day

• Library Workers Day

• Library Day

• Eight Track Tape Day

UPCOMING

• April 14: Good Friday

• April 16: Easter

• April 22: Earth Day

• May 5: Cinco de Mayo

• May 14: Mother’s Day

• May 29: Memorial Day

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

31,000: Years it would take you to count to one trillion if you counted for 24 hours a day.


NEWS ATTACK!

Judge Neil Gorsuch is now on the Supreme Court. [First, he was legally sworn in and then he received his official tattoo.]

Police in India arrested the criminal mastermind who ran a massive call center scam where callers pretended to be IRS agents and swindled Americans out of more than $300 million. [That’s scary. Not the scam. I’m referring to the fact there’s there are worse things out there than the IRS.]

A family intending to fly from New York to Florida kept getting bumped from one flight to the next. Each time Delta paid them, and they ended up pocketing $11,000. [Sometimes it pays not to be wanted.]

Janet Jackson is calling it quits with her billionaire businessman husband. [Being married to a billionaire businessman isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Am I right, Melania?]

A woman gave birth aboard a Turkish Airlines flight. [The process took a while due to excessive turbulence which caused the baby’s head to keep popping in and out.]

The animated film Boss Baby continues to dominate the box office. [It ate that new Smurfs movie for breakfast and then spit up blue stuff everywhere.]

A South Dakota man was fined $190 after he thought it would be a funny joke to let his pet snake loose at a city park. [Yeah, cause there’s nothing funnier than preschoolers being traumatized after witnessing a python squeezing the life out of a squirrel.]

NFL players who participated in an arm wrestling event in Las Vegas will be fined. [The NFL bars players from taking part in events that are held in a casino… and don’t make any profit for the league.]

The Hawaiian island of Maui is battling a sudden uptick in the number of cases of people suffering from a parasite that attacks the brain. [Among other things it gives people the irresistible urge to wear socks with sandals.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

APRIL THE GIRAFFE _ Still pregnant, but check her Facebook.

UNITED RESPONDS AFTER VIDEO SHOWS MAN BEING DRAGGEDAUDIO 🎧   United Airlines has apologized for dragging a passenger off a flight Sunday. The company’s CEO said it was sorry it had to “re-accommodate” the customers. • VIDEO

UNITED: PASSENGER WAS RESISTING STANDARD PROCEDURE _ TMZ has learned United CEO Oscar Munoz fired off an email to all employees Monday afternoon after the airline was blasted on social media for the way a man was dragged off a jet. Munoz explained the crew “sought volunteers and then followed our involuntary denial of boarding process (including offering up to $1,000 in compensation).”

… The flight was overbooked, and 4 passengers needed to be “re-accommodated” — to use United’s word. Munoz added in his email, “When we approached one of these passengers to explain apologetically that he was being denied boarding, he raised his voice and refused to comply with crew member instructions.” Munoz says the man got more and more “disruptive and belligerent,” and continued resisting … running back onto the plane. The CEO makes it clear he supports the actions of his United crew, but says “there are lessons we can learn.” The Chicago Dept. of Aviation has already suspended the officer who forcibly lifted the passenger from his seat, leaving his face bloodied.

MAN’S BODY GETS LOST ON FLIGHT LEAVING FROM RALEIGH _ While United Airlines is apologizing for making a passenger bleed and dragging him off a plane, Delta has its own PR nightmare. A man’s body was stranded on a cargo plane for two days after Delta mistakenly rerouted the flight that was supposed to carry it to Nashville from Raleigh for a funeral. A four-year battle with leukemia claimed the life of 31-year-old Bryant Lee Raburn. A tight transfer in Atlanta ended up being the only way to get the body to the funeral in time. Raburn’s body arrived for the funeral just one hour before the service was supposed to start.

GOVERNMENT REVERSES PLAN FOR CELL SERVICE ON PLANES _ Flyers won’t be able to use their own cellphones in-flight anytime soon. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday voted against a proposed rule that would have relaxed restrictions on in-flight mobile device use. Of the two other FCC leaders who will vote on the proposal, one had previously sided with the chairman against it. FCC’s chairman said: “I do not believe that moving forward with this plan is in the public interest. Taking it off the table permanently will be a victory for Americans across the country who, like me, value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet.”

WANT A MOOD BOOST? MAKE YOURSELF CRY TO SAD MUSIC _ Sometimes, a good cry happens all on its own and sometimes you need a little help, but the tears just aren’t quite coming. So you do whatever you need to do in order to get there: you watch a few gut-wrenching minutes of a movie scene, or you put on a playlist that tugs at your heartstrings in just the right way. And then you let it all out, and it feels great.

… A study recently published in the journal Scientific Reports found that crying to sad songs really does produce a measurable sense of pleasure. The study’s results showed that tears involve pleasure from sadness and that they are calming.

OBAMA SPENT ‘ONLY’ $97 MILLION ON VACATIONS _ More numbers related to Trump vacations have been released, and it’s a bit of an eye opener. In his first 10 weeks in office Donald Trump has spent $24 million vacationing. It took Obama two years to spend that kind of taxpayer cash.

ACTIVITY TRACKERS NOT GREAT FOR MONITORING EXERCISE HEART RATE _ Some people who rely on fitness trackers to see how hard they work out may want to rethink this approach. A new study (University of Wisconsin) suggests the increasingly popular devices may get more accurate heart rate readings when users are at rest than during exercise. The results suggest that while the trackers may help monitor daily activity, it’s not clear the heart rate readouts would be accurate enough to help patients with certain health problems make medical decisions.

PEEPS-EATING CHAMP BREAKS WORLD RECORD, EATS 255 PEEPS _ Matt Stonie ate 255 Peeps during the second-annual World Peeps Eating Championship. Last year, he consumed 200. Contestants had five minutes to eat as many Peeps as possible.

VATICAN OPENS FREE LAUNDROMAT FOR THE POOR _ Those living in poverty in Rome will still be able to have clean clothes. Pope Francis has opened a free laundromat for the poor in the city. It currently has six washing machines, six dryers, and some irons donated by Whirlpool. Proctor and Gamble is donating laundry detergent and fabric softener. Within a few months, showers, a barbershop, and medical services will also be installed at the same location — an old hospital complex in a neighborhood near the Vatican. The Vatican opened a similar facility for the poor in another neighborhood two years ago.

SKY POOL HANGS 500 FEET ABOVE GROUND ATOP HOUSTON TOWER _ A Houston high-rise is drawing attention thanks to a video of its most popular gimmick — a glass-bottom swimming pool on the top floor. The residential Market Square Tower posted a video to Facebook showing a swimmer walking from the main area of the Sky Pool — on the 42nd floor — to a 10-foot area that juts out from the edge of the building and has a transparent floor. The bottom of the pool, 8 inches of plexiglass, makes it appear as though the swimmer is suspended 500 feet over the ground. The designers said the Sky Pool was inspired by a similar one in Dubai. • VIDEO

OBVIOUS: CUT OUT COFFEE AND FACEBOOK TO IMPROVE SLEEP _ Want to improve sleep? Ready for some not-so-incredible sleep advice? Here goes: A study says to improve sleep, cut back on late-day coffee drinks and stay off Facebook when you go to bed. Crazy, right?

ILLINOIS VILLAGE TO RESOLVE TIED ELECTION WITH A COIN FLIP _ An Illinois village will choose its new leader with the flip of a coin after the election for village president ended with both candidates tied at 11 votes. Williamson County will choose its village president with a coin flip on April 20. Showing up on election day matters — even in a small southern Illinois  town. In the village mayoral election just 11% of voters showed up.

SCIENTISTS CRACK THE SECRET TO TELEPORTATION… OF LEMONADE _ Scientists in Singapore have mastered time and space — over Bluetooth. Researchers (CUTE Center) have created a set of devices, which include a Bluetooth-enabled tumbler, to transport the taste of specific lemonade over the phone. In order to send the recipient the lemonade, you stick a sensor into a glass of the stuff. The sensor captures the color and pH value of the drink, and when you send it to your friend, the special tumbler on their end alters the water with electrical stimulation so it tastes like lemonade. It’s not actually lemonade, meaning it wasn’t squeezed from a lemon. But the water in the tumbler tastes sour when it passes over metal strips at the top on the way to your lips. Or, to put it more accurately, that’s how your brain will perceive it. To make it even more convincing, a yellow light at the bottom of the cup will make the water the color of lemonade.

REINDEER WATCH IS LATEST IN SLOW TV _ After televising a long-distance cruise and the stitch by stitch knitting of a pullover sweater, Norway is launching its latest slow TV project: following reindeer migration later this month. A producer responsible for the reindeer TV project says the animals “(will) decide (the pace) depending on the weather conditions and the grazing possibilities along the way.”

… The slow TV format has proven wildly popular in Norway. In 2011, around 3.2 million people watched at least part of the five-day cruise along the country’s coast.

CHICAGO MAN FATALLY SHOOTS SON OVER DOG-WALKING _ A Chicago man fatally shot his 22-year-old son after an argument over who would walk the dog turned into a gunfight. The two men pulled firearms during the altercation. Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital, where the son was pronounced dead.

NASA PUTS THE EARTH UP FOR ADOPTION _ Wondering how to show that special planet some affection this Earth Day? Adopt it. NASA has sectioned off 64,000 individual pieces of Earth to be “adopted” by supporters on their website. The pieces are about 55 miles wide and assigned randomly. Similar to adopting a highway or naming a star, participants do not get legal or property rights to their section. So whether you get the 55-mile section that contains the Taj Mahal or the one that is square in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you benefit the same. • LINK

… What NASA can give is individualized scientific data about the adopted sections. Or users can explore and interact with a world map to print certificates from anywhere in the world — from a childhood street to the streets of Paris. Both come with a certificate to share (or brag about) on social media. NASA hopes to have every piece adopted by Earth Day, April 22.

BRAVES’ BALLPARK WILL OFFER A BEER THAT’S BEEN BREWED WITH BASEBALL BATS _ The Atlanta Braves will open their new home, SunTrust Park, this Friday. When they do, fans will get to take in a unique beer that is only sold at the ballpark. Fitting in with the Braves and their tomahawk chop, the beer is Chopsecutioner, a bat wood aged IPA. Terrapin Beer Company, based in Athens, Georgia, has created this beer that uses Mizuno baseball bats as part of the process.

ICELAND PRESIDENT GIVES SCHOOLBOYS A LIFT  _ Thirteen year old friends were at a pool in Reykjavik, Iceland when on of their moms was running a bit late to pick them up. So one of the boys spotted Iceland’s president by the pool and asked whether he could give them a lift home, which the president said was no problem at all. Iceland’s president had been presenting a swimming award at the pool and gave the boys a lift in his official car.

WASHINGTON POST JOURNALIST WINS PULITZER FOR TRUMP STORIES _ The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners are out, with Donald Trump featuring in the top honors for national reporting, though not in a way he’ll enjoy. David A. Fahrenthold of the Washington Post won the big National prize for reporting which cast doubt on Donald Trump’s assertions of generosity toward charities.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOVES RELEASED AT FUNERAL HIT BY TRUCK _ A Florida company that specializes in releasing doves at funerals will have to find a couple of replacements. During a recent graveside service three doves were released. The cemetery is right next to a highway and within seconds of release a couple of the doves collided with a passing truck.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEER TACKLES INNOCENT MAN IN A PARKING LOT _ Out of all of the animals in the world, deer may be the biggest jerks of them all. Recently, a deer running through a hotel parking lot in British Columbia, Canada took out a grown man with almost no warning. Apparently, the deer was being chased by a dog. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RAT SPOOKS WOMAN ON TOILET _ A Norwegian woman was scared beyond belief when a rat popped its head out between her legs while she was sitting on the commode. The woman jumped off the toilet seat in shock and scared the rat back down the plumbing pipes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEN RETURN TO SCENE OF ATM CRIME _ In the UK a couple of guys used a chain and a truck to yank an ATM off its foundation. They dragged it down the road about a mile when it occurred to one of the men that they left something behind. One of the guys had flicked away his cigarette during the ATM theft. And because he knew his DNA was in a database he figured he better go back for his cig butt. So the men, still dragging the ATM, went back — and met waiting police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBIN HOOD SENDS PRISONERS MONEY _ A Spanish prisoner on day leave from a prison stole a huge chunk of money in a bank robbery, sent fellow inmates money orders signed Robin Hood, then quietly returned to his cell. The man was later arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COPS INTERRUPT ROBBERY _ In California a man walked into a restaurant, pulled a gun on the cashier and demanded money. As he cleaned out the cash register he said, “I bet you never expected anything like this to happen today, did you?” That’s when he looked around and saw almost two dozen cops who were there for a celebration dinner.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — This new episode is a look back at the season so far, with previously unseen footage of the coaches.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. It’s an Everybody Loves Raymond mini-reunion as Monica Horan guest stars. Brick goes to a Jesus Jam weekend camp to brush up on his religious knowledge in preparation for confirmation.

SEASON PREMIERE: BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8p ET FOX) — As season 4 begins, the precinct undergoes an evaluation,and the official auditor turns out to be Amy’s ex-boyfriend (guest star Kyle Bornheimer).

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: THE FOSTERS (8p ET, Freeform) — The fourth season ends as Callie decides if she should take a plea deal or go to trial.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Doris insists that Katie attend a charity polo match, so Katie invites her crass best friend from college (guest star Will Sasso).

THE MICK (8:30p ET, FOX) — New. A popular kid in Chip’s class comes to the house for a sleepover.

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

TRIAL & ERROR (9p ET, NBC) — New. Josh’s strategy of making another suspect look guilty takes a blow. Another new episode follows.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (9p ET, ABC) — New. Louis worries that Grandma’s new motorized wheelchair gives her too much freedom.

PRISON BREAK (9p ET, FOX) — New. Michael and his cellmate, Whip, attempt an escape from Ogygia.

IZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) —  New. Clive reveals his connection to a murdered family.

SERIES FINALE: SWITCHED AT BIRTH (9p ET Freeform) — In the 90-minutes series finale, Kathryn discovers a long-buried family secret.

SEASON PREMIERE: DEADLIEST CATCH (9p ET, Discovery) — As season 13 begins, Capt. Sig resumes the helm after a major heart attack.

IMAGINARY MARY (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. While Andy considers auditioning for the school musical, Dora creates her own feminist musical.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (10p ET, ABC) — New. The identity of the Inhuman leader of the resistance is revealed.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released April 11.

• Hidden Figures
• Lion
• Monster Trucks
• Veep: Season 5

X-FILES CAST REUNITES FOR A NEW PROJECT _ The X-Files cast is reuniting for an audio book based on the TV series. Stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and others will provide voices for the audio book The X-Files: Cold Cases. The book is based on a graphic novel (by Joe Harris).

FIRST STAR WARS 8 PREVIEW THIS WEEK _ The first preview for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that will premiere at this week’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando will lean more towards being a full trailer for the film than a smaller teaser. With Rogue One now in the rear-view mirror, fans are becoming all the more desperate for any kind of information about Episode 8.

… While there are still eight months to go until The Last Jedi opens in theaters, viewers are about to get a brief taste of what to expect at Star Wars Celebration. Much like The Force Awakens back in 2015, the convention will be the site of a new trailer unveiling, showing off footage for moviegoers around the globe to analyze and dissect.

… One source says the preview has a “full trailer feel” and isn’t “just a brief teaser.”

BROCK LESNAR TOPS FORBES LIST OF HIGHEST PAID WWE STARS _ Brock Lesnar was the highest-paid wrestler in all of WWE in 2016. In 2015, Forbes.com had John Cena listed as the top money-maker. He was estimated to have earned $9.5 million over the year. But in 2016 Lesnar topped Cena by pulling in $12 million, while Cena dropped to $8 million for second place on the earnings list. Rounding out the Top Five: Triple H ($3.8 million), Roman Reigns ($3.5 million) and Dean Ambrose ($2.7 million).

BRITNEY SPEARS ANNOUNCES THE END OF HER VEGAS RESIDENCY _ After four successful years, Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency is coming to an end. The pop singer announced on Monday that this December will mark the last performances of her Britney: Piece of Me show at the The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The last show will take place on New Year’s Eve. Since it debuted in December 2013, the Las Vegas shows have grossed over $100 million from 700,000 attendees.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

• UNITED AIRLINES: United apologizes after passenger is dragged off plane.  →  April 11 News & Nuggets

• PRO AUDIO: What would you save first if you had a fire? → 3 real calls


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT ARE SOME SMALL THINGS PEOPLE DO THAT DISGUST YOU?

FB icon What are some small things people do that disgust YOU?

What the people reddit had to say.

• Coughing without covering their mouths.

• I saw a lady pick her eye crust and then eat it once.

• When people walk onto an elevator before letting other people walk off.

• People who clip their toe nails at work.

• Listening to music without headphones… in public.

• People licking their phone to clean it.

• When people don’t pick up after their dogs.

• People who talk to me when I’m reading or have headphones on.

• People whose sole means of communication is through 20 emoticons.

• When people toss cigarette butts out the car window.

TAKING THE PERFECT PROFILE PICTURE

Think your profile picture doesn’t matter? Think again. Research has found that people make their first impression of you within 100 milliseconds of seeing your photo. Here are some ways to make your profile picture more attractive (via scienceofpeople.com):

Skin or no skin? – Are you ready for this? Even though men get a bad rap for wanting to see skin, women actually were more interested in men who showed off! Yup, women like it hot and steamy. Cleavage, short skirts, lots of skin did not make a difference between low and high-ranking women. However, men really benefited from showing off their skin. High-ranking men tended to show off their chest and go shirtless more than low ranking men. Flexing didn’t hurt either.

Don’t Hide – Want to show you’re available and open to a relationship? Then be open and show yourself. Photos with hats and glasses were a total buzz kill for the hot factor. Sunglasses were especially detrimental. This is most likely because we use eye gaze to build connection. While hats and glasses weren’t great, headphones didn’t seem to effect ratings at all.

Front Me – Ever wonder how you should face the camera? The results are in  — we find it more attractive when people fully face the camera. This is especially important for men. Why? Fronting is a nonverbal sign of respect.

Context Matters – The best photos also tended to have some kind of background story — hiking, beach trip, travel, cooking, driving. Photos that included some kind of activity added to the attractiveness of both men and women.

To Smile or Not to Smile? – For women closed mouth smiles were worst. High-ranking women had either a full smile or a neutral face. So, if you’re going to smile, go big. For men, surprisingly, neutral faces tended to do best. High-ranking men had serious or still faces (often looking off into the sunset) and those seemed to do better than low-ranking men who smiled wide.

What Color is Best? – Colors in both male and female shots were analyzed and there was no significant difference between high and low ranking women and men.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 5 billion can of this are sold around the world each year. (Red Bull)

IN A SURVEY

This is strictly winner-only contest. Have fun with it… tell your listener to take their time and think about it, etc.

In a survey, which did people prefer: A full body massage by a certified massage therapist, or a full body tattoo by a certified tattoo artist?


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Baby boy rests his head on nurse’s hand.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


source: consumer reports

DATEBOOK: APRIL 12, 2017

This is day 102 of 2017. There are 263 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Author Beverly Cleary is 101

• Ed O’Neill (Modern Family, Married with Children) is 71

• Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) is 70

• David Letterman is 70

• David Cassidy (The Partridge Family) is 67

• Andy Garcia (Oceans movies) is 61

• Shannen Doherty is 46

• Claire Danes is 38

• Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time) is 38

• Matt McGorry (Orange Is The New Black) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1892: The first portable typewriter was patented today.

• 1954: Bill Haley & His Comets record “Rock Around the Clock” in New York City. Initially unsuccessful, the recording would help launch the rock and roll revolution a year later.

• 1955: The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was declared safe and effective.

• 1961: Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space.

• 1999: American President Bill Clinton was cited for contempt of court for giving “intentionally false statements” in the Paula Jones sexual harassment civil lawsuit.

• 1999: A 75-year-old German war veteran apologized to an 87-year-old French woman for stealing her ham during the war in 1944. Hans Kupperfahrenberg says he was retreating in Normandy and was starving, but he never felt right about stealing Louise Marie’s ham. So 55 years later, he returned to Normandy, found her, and bought her a ham.

• 2007: In California a man charged with stealing an ATM was caught when his artificial leg fell off.

• 2009: After months of anticipation, a 6-month-old Portuguese Water Dog named Bo was introduced to his new home: the White House.

• 2015: Jordan Spieth, age 21, won the Masters golf tournament, tying Tiger Woods’ record-setting 72-hole score of 18 under par at the course in 1997.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bookmobile Day

• Licorice Day

• D.E.A.R. Day – Drop Everything And Read Day

• Walk On Your Wild Side Day

UPCOMING

• April 14: Good Friday

• April 16: Easter

• April 22: Earth Day

• May 5: Cinco de Mayo

• May 14: Mother’s Day

• May 29: Memorial Day

More holidays