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This is day 124 of 2017. There are 241 days remaining.


• Columnist George Will is 76

• Mary McDonough (The Waltons) is 56

• Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live) is 50

• Will Arnett (Arrested Development) is 47

• Sportscaster Erin Andrews is 39

• Lance Bass (‘N Sync) is 38

• Rory McIlroy is 28


• 1626: Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan.

• 1871: The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opened its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

• 1927: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

• 1932: Mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.

• 1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

• 1998: Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, California, under a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty.

• 2007: A judge in Los Angeles sentenced hotel heiress Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case by driving with a suspended license. Hilton served three weeks.

• 2009: Officials said thieves turned their western Pennsylvania township into a place with no street names. Winfield Township’s supervisor said that every one of the township’s road signs was stolen. The township would have to spend about $4,000 replacing the aluminum signs.

• 2011: President Barack Obama said photos of a dead Osama bin Laden would not be released.


• International Respect for Chickens Day

• National Day of Prayer

• Firefighters Day

• Petite and Proud Day

• World Password Day


• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth Be With You!

• May 5: Cinco de Mayo

• May 6: Kentucky Derby

• May 14: Mother’s Day

• May 20: Armed Forces Day

• May 29: Memorial Day

• June 14: Flag Day

• June 18: Father’s Day

More holidays


373,807: Number of jobs in the solar power industry (in 2016). There are 398,235 in the natural gas industry and 160,119 in the coal business.


The Maori people of New Zealand are furious after a model posed for nude pictures in a mountainous area that’s sacred to the Maori. [The great female spirit of the mountains is angry because she doesn’t like anyone having nicer peaks than she has.]

In a new interview Ivanka Trump said that she intends to become more politically active like her role model Eleanor Roosevelt. [To which her father said, “Fine. Why don’t we have Eleanor over for dinner sometime?”]

Canadians are hoarding Skippy Peanut Butter because it will no longer be sold there. [Here in America we’re fighting an opioid problem while in Canada they went straight for the hard crunchy stuff.]

Twitter lit up with support for the Minnesota teen that didn’t have a date for the prom so she took her acceptance letter to Harvard as her date. [I wish these supportive people had been around when I went to my prom with my copy of The Hobbit.]

North Korea has admitted arresting an American who teaches accounting. [Hmm. Something doesn’t add up.]

Professor Stephen Hawking is only giving humans another 100 years before we have to leave earth. [And when you get to the airport pray your flight isn’t overbooked.]

The group The Eagles is suing a Mexican establishment called Hotel California for unlawfully giving the impression of a direct link between the hotel and the group. [The lawsuit is long. Six and a half minutes.]

Legislators on Capitol Hill got tough with a group of airline executives and told them to either straighten up their customer service or else. [In other words, the meeting ran into some severe turbulence.]

A woman at a St. Louis Cardinals game was slightly grazed by a stray bullet. [Which means, of course, that she was automatically awarded first base.]

Neurologists report having completed the first successful mapping of the bipolar brain. [Some days they think the map is just wonderful, and some days they don’t.]


GOOGLE DOCS USERS HIT WITH SOPHISTICATED PHISHING ATTACK _ If someone invites you to edit a file in Google Docs, don’t open it — it may be spam from a phishing scheme that’s been spreading quickly. The attack sends targets an emailed invitation from someone they may know, takes them to a real Google sign-in screen, then asks them to “continue to Google Docs.” But this grants permissions to a malicious third-party web app that’s simply been named “Google Docs,” which gives phishers access to your email and address book.

Google said it shut down the massive phishing scam on Wednesday.

FACEBOOK IS CLOSING IN ON 2 BILLION USERS _ Facebook is quickly closing in on 2 billion monthly users — that is, people who visit the social media service at least once a month. An average of 1.28 billion people use Facebook every single day.

DASHCAM FOOTAGE CAPTURES PLANE CRASHING IN FIREBALL _ Before you watch the video of the small plane crash in Washington state, let me share this: Everyone lived. In fact, there were no serious injuries. On Tuesday afternoon, a small plane suddenly lurched over a highway, burst into flames and crashed onto a road. A driver’s dashcam captured footage as the plane veered and disappeared from view as fire and smoke poured from it. The local police (Mukilteo Police Department) tweeted a picture of the crashed plane along with just a few words: “Plane down no injuries.” • VIDEO

GIN RECALLED FOR CONTAINING TOO MUCH ALCOHOL _ Liquor authorities in at least eight Canadian provinces are recalling a brand of gin that may contain almost twice as much alcohol as claimed on the bottle. The Liquor Control Board Of Ontario was the first to issue a recall after its internal quality assurance team discovered that some bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin had not been properly diluted, resulting in an alcohol content of 77 percent, not 40 percent as listed on the bottle.

… All affected bottles have been pulled off store shelves, but some may have already been purchased. Anyone who has done so is urged to return it to the place of purchase for a refund. But why would you.

OBAMAS WILL DONATE $2 MILLION TO SUPPORT SUMMER JOBS _ Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will donate $2 million to support summer jobs for Chicago young people this year.

AMERICAN AIRLINES IS CUTTING MORE LEGROOM IN ECONOMY CLASS _ Just when you thought your legroom in economy class couldn’t get tighter, American Airlines is planning to decrease the front-to-back space between some of its economy class seats by another two inches. The airline says it plans to add more seats on its coming Boeing 737 Max jetliners. To do that, it will shrink the distance between seats, also known as pitch, from 31 inches to 29 inches on three rows of the airplane, and down to 30-inches in the rest of its main economy cabin.

RONALD MCDONALD STATUE STOLEN IN NEW JERSEY _ A reward is being offered after someone stole a Ronald McDonald statue from a McDonald’s in New Jersey. The life-size statue of the fast-food chain’s clown character sitting on a bench was taken from the McDonald’s on April 26 or 27. The statue is made out of fiberglass and weighs 250 pounds. A $500 reward is offered for information that leads to an arrest or an indictment.

U.S. AIRLINES COLLECTED $4.2 BILLION IN BAGGAGE FEES LAST YEAR _ Airline passengers paid about $1 million more a day in baggage fees last year, according to figures released by the Department of Transportation. Baggage fees collected across the 25 largest U.S. airlines in 2016 totaled $4.2 billion, up 10% from 2015.

LAX’s NEW PRIVATE TERMINAL FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS _ Los Angeles International Airport has a new A-list private terminal and platinum-class service called the Private Suite. It’s designed to pamper high rollers of all types. Corporate execs. Moguls. Tycoons. Celebrities. Members of The Private Suite don’t wait in lines because private TSA screening is done right in the private. Members don’t walk down crowded concourses, or line up at ticket counters and boarding gates. They don’t deal with baggage. They don’t deal with paparazzi.

… To join cost $7,500 a year. And it costs another $2,700, for up to four people, each time you use the service, or $3,000 for international flights. A non-member who wants to try Private Suite can use a shared waiting-area suite for just $2,000.

SKIPPY PEANUT BUTTER DISCONTINUED IN CANADA _ Skippy peanut butter — both the crunchy and smooth version — is no longer available in Canada. Skippy lovers who got the news in time have been stockpiling jars. Skippy’s owner, U.S.-based Hormel Foods, discontinued the brand in Canada several months ago, and then it slowly disappeared from store shelves. Hormel says it stopped selling Skippy in Canada due to factors like competition and pricing that hurt the brand’s profitability.

WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO _ CRANKY WHEN FLYING? BLAME FIRST CLASS _ Limited leg room is harder to bear when passengers know others are comfortably sipping bubbly nearby. That’s the takeaway from a University of Toronto study that examined 1,500 “air rage” incidents from a single airline and found incidents rise on flights with a first-class cabin, particularly if economy passengers have to walk through the area to get to their seat. The study’s author says, “When they close the curtains between the cabins or they remind economy passengers to not go into (the) forward cabin … it reminds people that they’ve paid hundreds of dollars for this experience.”


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN FINDS PYTHON SLITHERING UP BATHROOM WALL _ A woman in Georgia walked into her apartment’s bathroom and found a python slithering up the wall. Gwendolyn Howard says when she called the apartment complex for help, they told her to file a work order.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ORDERED A GLUTEN-FREE MEAL ON A FLIGHT, GOT BANANA _ When flying, it’s best not have great expectations. That way, anything pleasant that happens — anything at all — will be a lovely surprise. A British man (Martin Pavelka) was flying (All Nippon Airways) from Tokyo to Sydney and, given that he suffers from celiac disease, he ordered a gluten-free meal. When it arrived, he must have wondered if the airline was playing a prank. The meal was a banana. A single banana. Helpfully it was marked GF for gluten free. It was also accompanied by a knife and fork, and salt and pepper. All other passengers were served a full breakfast meal consisting of eggs, sausage, mushrooms, bread, and yogurt. Shen the man asked a flight attendant if his meal was a joke she replied, “I’m really sorry, that’s the gluten-free meal.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING PROTECTED BIRDS _ A 49-year-old man was arrested in California for trying to smuggle into the United States 93 Asian songbirds on a flight from Vietnam. The man allegedly tried to bring in the tiny birds by hiding them in his luggage.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOY STUCK IN WASHING MACHINE _ A boy in China is safe after he hid in a top-load washing machine during a game of hide-and-seek and friends turned it on and ran. Fortunately, the machine rumbled and stopped automatically after sensing the drum was off balance. The boy was discovered by his grandmother after she heard the noise. Firefighters had to get the boy out.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN USES VACUUM AS WEAPON IN ROAD RAGE FIGHT _ A case of road rage in Georgia led to a woman beating up a man in the middle of the street. Police said the woman attacked the man after she said he tapped on her car window and yelled at her about her driving. The woman attacked the man with a vacuum.


STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE (6:40a ET, TBS) — May the Fourth be with you! TBS is celebrating Star Wars day with an all day marathon of 6 of the films. Starting with the 3 prequels, the marathon will continue with original 3 films, wrapping up with Star Wars: Return of the Jedi at 8:15p ET.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — New. Leonard, Sheldon and Wolowitz celebrate the completion of the top secret air force project, but get an unpleasant surprise. Dean Norris returns.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. April and Andrew consult with a fiery patient who has a giant, inoperable heart tumor.

SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — New. The young cooks face an elimination challenge and welcome two surprise guests: Miss Piggy and Swedish Chef.

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New. Alicia Banes calls Mary for help after her mother goes missing.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: SUPERSTORE (8:30p ET, NBC) — In the season 2 finale, Glenn has to figure out which employees to lay off, and a tornado warning forces the staff into uncomfortable pairings. Superstore will return for season 3.

SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — New. Jake employs surprising tactics to manipulate the mystery woman.

CHICAGO MED (9p ET, NBC) — New. Dr. Manning asks Detective Halstead for help when a sensitive case involving a young girl turns into a crime.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Christy and Jill take Emily to see her biological mother (guest star Missi Pyle) in rehab.

THE MICK (9p ET, FOX) — Two repeats

RIVERDALE (9p ET, CW) — New. Jughead reluctantly joins his friends in a quest for truth.

LIFE IN PIECES (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Greg and Jen are upstaged by other parents when they take Lark on her first airplane trip. Cary Elwes returns.

THE BLACKLIST (10p ET, NBC) — New. Red (James Spader) sets the team on the trail of a Blacklister with the tools to manipulate memories. Christine Lahti and Gloria Reuben guest star.

THE CATCH (10p ET, ABC) — New. Alice finds herself on the receiving end of a life-altering confession.


LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike TV) — New. Fashion designer Nicole Richie faces actor John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect, Great News).


EMMA STONE SENDS TEEN CORSAGE AND BOUTONNIERE _ Emma Stone may have had to decline a promposal from Arizona teen Jacob Staudenmaier, but she did make sure her admirer was prepared for the big night. The actress sent along a gift to Staudenmaier and his date, a fellow student. Along with a corsage and boutonniere, Stone sent a handwritten message: “Jacob, a little something for you and your lucky date tomorrow. Have a great time!”  The Phoenix high school student went viral after releasing a video that recreated the opening scene of La La Land, but altered the lyrics of Another Day of Sun to include a promposal for Stone. • IMAGE

JORDAN PEELE IS WRITING AND DIRECTING ANOTHER SOCIAL THRILLER _ Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut, Get Out, was liked by audiences and critics, and it has made almost $200 million worldwide — on a budget of $4.5 million. Now Peele will write and direct another original social thriller.

STEPHEN COLBERT IS HOSTING A DAILY SHOW REUNION ON THE LATE SHOW _ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is bringing some of the host’s old friends together. Colbert will welcome Daily Show alums Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry to his late-night show on May 9. One name missing from that list is Steve Carell.

BRAD PITT BREAKS SILENCE ON ANGELINA JOLIE DIVORCE, QUITTING DRINKING _ In a candid conversation for GQ Style’s latest cover story — and his first magazine interview since his high-profile split from Angelina Jolie last fall — Brad Pitt opened up about the “self-inflicted” collapse of his relationship, which, as he put it, “ripped apart” his family. Last September, Jolie filed for divorce after a reported altercation involving the couple’s 15-year-old son, Maddox, which launched an FBI and Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services investigation that Pitt was ultimately cleared of. Since then, Pitt said that he and Jolie are primarily focused on co-parenting their six children.

… Pitt tells GQ: “I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called. And you know, after that, we’ve been able to work together to sort this out. We’re both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court — it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong, and it’s just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”

… And while Pitt admitted that he’s still grieving the demise of his marriage, he revealed that, in the aftermath of the divorce, he decided to abandon all substance use — including alcohol, marijuana, and cigarettes — and has been sober for six months.

JASON MOMOA AND THE CAST OF AQUAMAN BEGIN PRODUCTION _ Jason Momoa and the cast of Aquaman have begun filming. The shoot will take place mainly in locations spanning the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. Filming will also take place in Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia. Aquaman will hit theaters on December 21, 2018.

BABY NO. 2 ON THE WAY FOR JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT AND WIFE TASHA MCCAULEY _ Joseph Gordon-Levitt will soon become dad to two. The Snowden actor and his wife Tasha McCauley are expecting their second together.

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS HITS THEATERS THIS NOVEMBER _ Filming is underway in Atlanta on the sequel to Bad Moms, which will co-star Susan Sarandon as Carla’s (Kathryn Hahn) mom, Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) as Amy’s (Mila Kunis) mom, and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Kiki’s (Kristen Bell) mom. There’s no word if Christina Applegate is back. The holiday-themed comedy will be titled A Bad Moms Christmas and will be in theaters on November 3.

SHATNER GOING WHERE HE’S NEVER GONE BEFORE: ZERO GRAVITY _ Hard to believe, but William Shatner has never been to space or in zero gravity. Yep, the man who played Star Trek’s Captain Kirk for 28 years and has been a NASA booster for decades has kept his feet firmly planted on the ground. All that changes in August when Shatner boards the G-Force One, Zero-G’s gravity-defying airplane, a Boeing-727 which makes a series of in-flight parabolic arcs to recreate, if only for a few moments, weightlessness.

HULU LAUNCHES ITS LIVE TV STREAMING SERVICE _ Hulu has officially unveiled its $40-a-month live-television streaming service. Hulu with Live TV starts at $39.99 and allows users to stream live and on-demand programming from more than 50 TV channels running the gamut of live news, entertainment, and sports. The cost of the new service also includes access to Hulu’s existing $7.99 premium streaming subscription and access to the company’s library of archived content, which includes more than 3,500 film and TV titles. Subscribers to the new live service also get 50 hours of storage for recording programming, the ability to create up to six separate Hulu viewer profiles, and two simultaneous streams per account.


Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

• PHONER: Date night fails. 1 real caller

• WHAT IS THE FACEBOOK: Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 explaining The Facebook in a TV interview.

• STAR WARS: For May the Fourth (Be With You) here’s the main theme and sound effects.


More prep in the Facebook Group.



Today is Star Wars Day.

• Originally, R2-D2 had dialogue, with actual speaking parts. Many of C-3PO’s reactions correspond to R2’s original lines.

• The 20th Century Fox executives wanted Chewbacca to wear shorts. They sent memos to Lucas, scandalized that there was a naked character.

• George Lucas has said that his Alaskan Malamute, Indiana, was the inspiration for Chewbacca.

• There are an estimated 2,002,795,192 deaths in the original trilogy. The film with the greatest number of deaths is The Force Awakens.

• Variations of the line “I have a bad feeling about this” have made it into every film in the saga.

• Han Solo was frozen in carbonite because of Harrison Ford. Although Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had a contract for a third film, Ford was not sure he would return for the third. The writers and Lucas decided to freeze Han, in case Ford decided (or failed) to return.

• Episode VI was originally called Revenge of the Jedi. The title was changed to the Return of the Jedi , because the Jedi’s ethical philosophy and code goes against revenge.

• Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, made her film debut in The Force Awakens .

• The Force Awakens is the only Star Wars movie that does not show or mention Tatooine. The desert planet has appeared in all the films, except The Empire Strikes Back where it is only mentioned.

• Mark Hamill was 63 when he filmed The Force Awakens, which is the same age Alec Guinness was while filming A New Hope.

• Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne auditioned to play Kylo Ren. According to an interview he gave, his audition was a complete disaster.

• Ello Asty, one of the X-wing pilots in The Force Awakens, takes his name from the Beastie Boys album Hello Nasty.

• Although they appear throughout the whole of Return of the Jedi, the word “Ewok” is never spoken out loud.

• The only characters who appear in every official film in the Star Wars saga are R2-D2 and C-3PO.


Some will say if you’re going to binge-watch the six original Star Wars movies today — Star Wars Day — you should watch them story order: Episode I, II, III, IV, V, VI. There’s a separate camp that believes the movies should be watched in release order: The original trilogy of IV, V, VI, followed by the prequels of I, II, and III.

… But a widely preferred variant of those two is what’s known as Machete Order: IV (4), V (5), II (2), III (3), VI (6). Episode I is banished entirely. The rest of the series is arranged in the optimal story arc. Viewers get to the climactic “Luke, I am your father” moment at the end of Episode V, then flash back to Anakin’s youth to watch his rise — or descent — to Vaderdom.

… The reason to skip Episode I isn’t that it’s bad, it’s that it’s irrelevant. More on Machete Order here.


TRIVIA: 55% of Americans say they wouldn’t do this even if could and even if it were free. (Travel in outer space)

TRIVIA: Americans eat 4,800 pounds of this in a week. (Raisins)


The buzz word is “cat”. The answers to my clues contains the buzz word.

• An unoriginal person who mimics others. (Copycat)

• A short sleep. (Catnap)

• A swimming animal with whiskers. (Catfish)

• Batman’s female foe. (Cat Woman)

• To spill a secret. (Let the cat out of the bag)

• Underground cemetery. (Catacomb)


Vietnamese Special Forces Team.


Why cargo shorts rock.


This is day 125 of 2017. There are 240 days remaining.


• Michael Palin (Monty Python) is 74

• John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Raiders of the Lost Ark) is 73

• Kurt Loder is 72

• Brian Williams is 58

• Tina Yothers (Family Ties) is 44

• Danielle Fishel (Boy Meets World) is 36

• Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) is 34

• Adele is 29

• Chris Brown is 28


• 1923: Syracuse University refused to let a student, Bernice Goldstein, graduate because she could not learn to swim.

• 1925: John T. Scopes was served an arrest warrant for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.

• 1961: Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.

• 1999: A man who admitted making thousands of obscene phone calls over a 3-year-period was arrested in Vienna, Austria, after one of the women told him she was busy and would return his call. So he gave her his phone number.

• 2004: Picasso’s 1905 painting “Boy with a Pipe” sold for $104 million at Sotheby’s in New York, setting a new record for an auctioned painting.

• 2005: A 38-year-old suburban New York City man allegedly admitted to police he drank 10 beers before lighting a commercial-grade firework inside his home, blowing up the house and burning himself and a female companion. A sheriff’s spokesman said the firework — designed to spread a pattern up to 50 feet across — was set in an 8 by 8 room.

• 2009: A new study revealed that the French spend more time at the table and in bed than other nations.

• 2015: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, announced the name of their baby girl, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.


• Cartoonists Day

• Cinco de Mayo

• Astronaut Day

• Revenge of the Fifth (Star Wars Sith)

• Tuba Day


• May 5: Cinco de Mayo

• May 6: Kentucky Derby

• May 14: Mother’s Day

• May 20: Armed Forces Day

• May 29: Memorial Day

• June 14: Flag Day

• June 18: Father’s Day

More holidays



• Bob Seger is 72. Former British PM Tony Blair is 64. Tom Bergeron is 62. Roma Downey is 57. George Clooney is 56. Adrianne Palicki is 34. Gabourey Sidibe is 34.

• Nurses Day. Kentucky Derby. No Diet Day. Dandelion Day. Free Comic Book Day. Homebrew Day. Scrapbooking Day. No Homework Day. Naked Gardening Day.


• Breckin Meyer is 43. Alexander Ludwig is 25. Dylan Gelula is 23.

• World Laughter Day. Roast Leg of Lamb Day. Lemonade Day.