INTERPREP ★ JUNE 21, 2017

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 21, 2017

This is day 172 of 2017. There are 193 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat) is 84

• Ray Davies of The Kinks is 73

• Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) is 70

• Michael Gross (Family Ties) is 70

• Cartoonist Berke Breathed (Opus, Bloom County) is 60

• Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place) is 53

• Juliette Lewis is 44

• Maggie Siff (Mad Men) is 43

• Chris Pratt is 38

• Prince William is 35

• Michael Malarkey (The Vampire Diaries) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1898: Guam became a U.S. territory.

• 1982: John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

• 1989: A 15-year-old West Palm Beach, Florida, girl received $81.25 in damages after she sued her prom date for standing her up.

• 1989: The Supreme Court ruled that burning the U.S. flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.

• 2003: A German driver on the autobahn near Gotha crashed his Volkswagen into the back of a truck when a pair flying underpants lands on his face. One of a passing van full of naked men threw the underpants out the van window. No one was hurt. The naked men did not stop.

• 2004: SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.

• 2006: Pluto’s newly discovered moons were officially christened Nix & Hydra.

• 2013: The U.S. officially charged Edward Snowden with espionage.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Go Skateboarding Day

• International Day of Yoga

• Selfie Day

• Tall Girl Appreciation Day

• World Handshake Day

• Global Orgasm Day

UPCOMING

• July 4: Independence Day

• July 12: Major League Baseball All-Star Game

• September 5: Labor Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

50,000: Degrees the temperature lighting can reach.


NEWS ATTACK!

Alaskan fishermen say that they are losing money because killer whales are now following them and stealing the fish that they catch. [And the other day things got even worse. A whale carjacked one of the boats.]

When a correctional officer overseeing six inmates in a road work crew in Georgia collapsed the prisoners did the right thing and used his cellphone to call 911. [Along with Chinese delivery.]

For the past eight years the best craft beer in America has been Pliny the Elder, but this year it was defeated by Two Hearted Ale. [Pliny the Elder lost to Two Hearted Ale. Are these the names of beers or racehorses?]

Authorities in Argentina discovered a secret room in a house that hid 75 rare and authentic items belonging to World War II-era Nazi officers. [The owner has a lot of explaining to do just as soon as he finishes shooting the latest episode of Antiques Roadshow.]

A vicious heat wave in Phoenix has flights grounded. [More specifically, the planes are stuck to the runway.]

The Museum of Modern Art has made available online for the next few weeks a rare film that shows what New York City looked like in 1911. [It’s amazing how different things were. The rats are so much smaller.]

The Museum of Modern Art has made available online for the next few weeks a rare film that shows what New York City looked like in 1911. [I hardly recognized The Statue of Liberty in that bonnet.]

There’s now speculation that Amazon will only be able to purchase Whole Foods after a bidding war with a rival. [And the word on the street is that the rival is coming well-armed with discount coupons.]

Boeing unveiled plans for a bigger aircraft. [Now each plane will be able to carry so many more angry disgruntled passengers.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

ALMOST TWO-THIRDS OF MOMS HAVE FELT ‘SHAMED’ OVER THEIR PARENTING CHOICES _ A new survey shows just how widespread mom-shaming is, as nearly two-thirds of mothers reported feeling “shamed” by people in their lives for the way they’re raising their children — especially by members of their own family. The small survey (University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital) found that 61 percent of mothers reported receiving criticism about their parenting choices — largely from their co-parent, their in-laws, or their own parents.

… Surprisingly, mothers reported receiving less criticism from their friends, other mothers they come across in public, and even social-media commenters than their own families.

AMAZON’S PRIME WARDROBE LETS CUSTOMERS TRY CLOTHING BEFORE BUYING _ Amazon debuted Tuesday its latest Prime Membership benefit, which will include giving customers’ closets a clothing makeover via Prime Wardrobe. The service is currently in beta testing and only available to those who have been invited by the e-commerce company. Through the Prime Wardrobe, customers can order clothing, shoes, and accessories at no upfront charge, take seven days to decide what they want to keep, and send back the rest for free. Shoppers will only pay for the pieces of clothing they choose to keep.

… As for the items customers don’t want, Amazon says the Wardrobe box is resealable and comes with a pre-paid label. The returns can be dropped off at a UPS location or picked up for free.

CUSTOMS OFFICIALS PUT THE KIBOSH ON LITERAL SNAIL MAIL _ U.S Customers and Border Protection officials recently stopped a shipment of literal snail mail from entering the country. Packages were being inspected at Philadelphia International Airport when seven pounds of live snails in packages that were supposed to contain shoes and honey were found.

… The snails — known as the “chocolate-banded snail” — are a considered a potentially serious threat: An invasive species native to the Mediterranean region, they’re known to do some real damage to garden plants, vineyards, and other agriculture crops.

BOY INVENTS DEVICE TO REMIND PARENTS THEY LEFT A KID IN THE HOT CAR _ On average 37 children die each year in the US after being trapped inside hot vehicles — often as a result of their parents having forgotten they were there. A 10-year-old boy from Texas now hopes to address this disturbing statistic with his new invention, called the Oasis. Bishop Curry has so far raised almost $30,000 on GoFundMe to develop his device. Oasis will detect when a child has been left inside a hot vehicle and alert parents to the child’s situation. The device will also come with the technology to help cool down the child while he or she waits to be rescued.

… The Oasis is a small box intended to be fitted to a car seat, which will detect whether a car is inhabited while stationary. Once it reaches a certain temperature it will emit cool air, while a built-in antenna contacts the car owner.

FASTEST MILE ON POGO STICK WHILE JUGGLING THREE BALLS _ If one of your goals is to set the world record for the fastest mile hopping on a pogo stick while juggling three balls, here’s what you have to beat: 23 minutes, 28 seconds. Ashrita Furman holds that strange record. Good luck.

WOMAN LEFT PARALYZED WHILE PRACTICING ALONG TO YOGA VIDEO _ A woman in China was left paralyzed from the legs down after a freak accident while practicing yoga at home. The 45-year-old told doctors she had been following along to a yoga instructional video when, after performing a position that involved raising the head back, she collapsed on the floor. She yelled for her husband who, finding her unable to move her arms and legs, rushed her to hospital. Though the surgery has helped her regain motion in her arms, her legs remain paralyzed.

TEXAS MAN CHANGES HIS LAST NAME TO TRUMP _ A guy in Texas (Odessa) had his name changed to Ernesto Trump, after the President. Ernesto said he’s been contemplating the idea since Trump began running for office and that the process took over a year. Ernesto, who is Hispanic and a Trump supporter, added that he thinks it’s ironic because of his heritage.

PHOENIX FLIGHTS CANCELLED BECAUSE IT’S TOO HOT FOR PLANES _ As temperatures climb in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40 flights have been cancelled — because it is too hot for the planes to fly. The weather forecast for the city had temps hitting 120 degrees on Tuesday. That is higher than the operating temperature of some planes.

… The all-time record for temperatures in Phoenix is just slightly higher, at 122F, which hit on June 26, 1990.

ALARM CLOCK STUCK IN WALL GOES OFF EVERY DAY FOR 13 YEARS _ A Pennsylvania man claims an alarm clock in his wall has gone off every day for 13 years. Jerry Lynn says he dropped the clock, tied to a string, through an air vent. Set to go off ten minutes later, it would let him know where to punch a hole in the living room wall to pass a wire through for a TV hookup. Jerry says, “All of a sudden I heard it go ‘thunk!’ as it came loose. I thought, well, that’s not a real problem. You know it’s still going to go off. And it did.” He couldn’t pull it back up, but figured, “Maybe, three-four months it’ll run out of battery. That was in September of 2004. It is still going off every day. During Daylight Saving Time it goes off each night at ten minutes till eight.

PRISONERS SAVE CORRECTIONAL OFFICER WHO FAINTED _ It was a muggy Georgia morning with 100 percent humidity and 76-degree heat when a correctional officer collapsed during a prison work detail. But six inmates worked together to save the security officer while they were maintaining the lawns at a local graveyard. The officer was unconscious for about a minute and was not breathing. Together the inmates removed the officer’s gun belt and bulletproof vest to cool him off, opened his shirt and performed CPR. One prisoner took the officer’s phone to dial 911. The Polk County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office shared a Facebook post commending the prisoners for rescuing the officer. The officer’s family members also provided a free lunch to the inmates who helped save the officer’s life.

SATAN’S FIDGET SPINNER GETS GROUNDED BY THE TSA _ The Transportation Security Administration shared on Instagram a photo of an item it called “Satan’s fidget spinner”. Of course, the comments are classic. While some commenters argued that the item shouldn’t be called a weapon, others had fun with the TSA’s nickname for it. Wrote on commenter: “All fidget spinners are Satan spinners.” • IMAGE

UBER ADDS TIPPING FEATURE, MATCHING LYFT _ Uber is adding a tipping option to its ride-hailing service, a feature that has long been a part of rival Lyft and something Uber drivers have been requesting for years. The new feature debuted in Seattle, Minneapolis and Houston on Tuesday, with more cities to roll out over the next few weeks and every city covered by the end of July.

MASSACHUSETTS TOWNS HAVE THEIR OWN CURRENCY _ Some towns in western Massachusetts have their own currency to support locally owned businesses over national chains. The currency, called BerkShares, is, essentially, a one-dollar bill that cost just 90 cents. The paper scrip is available in denominations of one, five, 10, 20 and 50. BerkShares have been around for about 11 years and businesses that accept them treat them interchangeably with dollars: a $1 cup of coffee sells for 1 BerkShare, a 10 percent discount for people paying in BerkShares. Named for the local Berkshire Hills, BerkShares are accepted in about 400 locally owned businesses and 13 banks serve as exchange stations.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WEARING ONLY UNDERWEAR WITH ORANGE SPRAY TAN EXPOSES HIMSELF _ A man wearing only blue underwear with an “orange” spray tan and tattoos on his arms exposed himself to a woman in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FUGITIVE IN SPAIN FOUND LIVING IN CAVE UNDER MOM’S HOUSE _ A man in Spain was on the run from police. For two years they’d tried to find him. Then one day cops decided to pay his mom a visit again, hoping she could shed some light on where her son might be. As they drank coffee and enjoyed some homemade desserts the officers heard a noise. When they opened a closet door they spotted a trap door closing. Police opened the trap door, which led to some stairs and a small cave under the house where the son had been hiding for two years.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NEWS ANCHORS ERUPT IN LAUGHTER AFTER ON-AIR BELCH _  🎧 AUDIO 🎧  A pair of news anchors in North Carolina began laughing hysterically after one of them let a belch slip on air. Ben Williamson, a weekend news anchor for Charlotte’s WBTV, left his co-anchor Lyndsay Tapases covering her face in laughter after he accidentally burped Saturday while introducing an upcoming weather segment. Williamson said he burped because he “ate the cobbler”.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WASP FLIES IN COSTA RICA PRESIDENT’S MOUTH, HE EATS IT _ In Costa Rica, the country’s president went through an unusual situation while speaking to reporters: a wasp entered his mouth. President Luis Guillermo Solis stopped talking, swallowed it and announced, “I ate it. I ate the wasp.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HUMAN TOE USED IN “SOURTOE COCKTAIL” STOLEN FROM BAR _ What’s weirder — the fact that a bar uses an amputated human toe as a cocktail ingredient, or that the toe was stolen. Both happened at a saloon in Canada’s Dawson City, Yukon. The Sourtoe Cocktail Club started in 1973 at Dawson City’s Downtown Hotel. To join the club, you need to down 1 oz of hard liquor with a severed toe bobbing in the glass. To earn a membership certificate, you need to make sure the toe touches your lips. But last week the toe was stolen. Terry Lee said in a news released, “We are furious. Toes are very hard to come by.”

… Maybe it was carried away by a toe-nado?

… I wouldn’t worry, someone will return it soon. Maybe even toe-morrow.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COP ARRESTED WITH 200 POUNDS OF POT _ A retired Utah police officer recently charged with having more than 200 pounds of marijuana told Highway Patrol troopers as he was being arrested that “sometimes it’s worth the risk” … but “today wasn’t my day.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: A NEW WAY TO STEAL GAS _ In Italy a guy wanted to steal some gas from a car in a repair shop. But instead of siphoning it he decided to go the power tools route. He used a cordless drill to try to bore into the gas tank. That seems kinda dumb, doesn’t it? It was. The drill ignited the gas, setting the car on fire. Three other cars in the shop were also destroyed before the fire was extinguished. The gas thief was arrested.


ON TELEVISION

SERIES PREMIERE: LITTLE BIG SHOTS: FOREVER YOUNG (8p ET, NBC) — This spin-off of hit kids series Little Big Shots features performers in their golden years showing off their talents. Betty White makes an appearance in the premiere, which features a 72-year-old former plumber becoming an opera singer, an 80-year-old tap dancer, gospel singer Shirley Caesar, and an 81-year-old daredevil grandma.

UNDERCOVER BOSS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

MASTER CHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New. The Top 19 must prepare and cook fresh fish for 101 lifeguards.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

TO JOEY, WITH LOVE (8p ET, CMT) — This documentary tells the story of country music’s Rory Feek, his wife, Joey, their new baby, and Joey’s subsequent battle with terminal cancer.

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (9p ET, NBC) — New. Cynthia reacts badly to her birthday gift from Jerrod and Maxine.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY (9p ET, FOX) — New. Special celebrity guest Joel McHale (Community).

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

SUPERSTORE (9:30p ET, NBC) — Repeat

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

TO TELL THE TRUTH (10p ET, ABC) — Celeb panelists in this new episode are Justin Long, Arielle Kebbel, Nikki Glaser and Kal Penn.

THIS IS US (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: FARGO (10p ET, FX) — Season 3 could be the end for Fargo, as executive producer Noah Hawley says he is not sure the show will return for Season 4.

LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike) — Skylar Astin faces off against NBA player Metta World Peace in this new episode.


ENTERTAINMENT

WHY GAL GADOT WAS PAID ONLY $300,000 FOR WONDER WOMAN _ The Internet is losing its mind after learning that Gal Gadot was paid just $300,000 for her star-making performance in Wonder Woman. However… Gadot’s $300,000 paycheck is perfectly in line with the amount of money paid to most actors at the beginning of their superhero careers. 300-grand is the same amount Chris Evans earned for the first Captain America film and more than some of his fellow Avengers made for their first team-up. Gadot was best known for a supporting role in the Fast and Furious franchise when she signed her Wonder Woman deal, and without much name value at the time, she likely had little leverage to demand a bigger payday.

… Gadot also signed a three-picture deal that would pay her the same amount for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, and the upcoming Justice League, so her fee wasn’t able to be renegotiated between each movie. But now the payday is coming. Like Chris Evans and other superhero movie actors, she’s expected to make millions on Wonder Woman 2, 3, and so on.

PATTY JENKINS DEVELOPING ‘WONDER WOMAN’ SEQUEL _ Riding on the critical and commercial success of Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins is already working on a script for the sequel.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE WILL RESUME FILMING _ Bachelor in Paradise production company Warner Bros. says there was no misconduct on the set of the ABC reality series, and the show will resume filming. The company said in a statement Tuesday: “Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. The tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”

… Warner Bros. had suspended filming of the ABC series due to “allegations of misconduct” in early June between two cast members after a third party reportedly filed a complaint stating Corinne Olympios was too drunk to consent to DeMario Jackson’s advances while the show was filming. Olympios said she was a “victim”. Jackson released his own statement, saying his character “has been assassinated.”

BACHELOR IN PARADISE STAR’S LAWYER SAYS INVESTIGATION WILL CONTINUE _ The lawyer for contestant Corinne Olympios, who was at the center of the alleged misconduct that led to production being suspended on the ABC reality series, is speaking out after producer Warner Bros. announced that it had closed its internal investigation into the claim and that production on the current fourth season would resume. Olympios’ lawyer said Tuesday: “It needs to be made crystal clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BIP producers and crewmembers on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone. … Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”

CBS RENEWS FULL DAYTIME LINEUP _ The drama will keep churning on daytime TV’s The Young and the Restless through at least 2020. CBS said it has renewed the soap opera for three more seasons. The Young and the Restless debuted in 1973. The network said Tuesday it will bring back its full top-rated daytime line-up for the 2017-18 season. That includes Let’s Make a Deal with host Wayne Brady; The Talk and The Bold and the Beautiful. Also returning is The Price is Right.

SHERLOCK TEAM WILL DO REMAKE OF DRACULA _ The Sherlock team are reuniting on a new version of the classic horror story Dracula. They’ll begin work on a series of BBC specials based on the classic 1897 novel by Bram Stoker in which the bloodthirsty count moves from Transylvania to England. It’ll come to TV in 2019.

DANIEL DAY LEWIS SAYS HE’S QUITTING ACTING FOR GOOD _ Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day Lewis announced Tuesday he is retiring from show business. The 60-year-old said this was a “private decision” and declined to elaborate further. A statement from his publicist said: “Daniel Day Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.” Day Lewis’s last film was 2012’s Lincoln, for which he won the Academy Award for best actor.

… He has one final film, Phantom Thread, set for release this year. The movie, set in the 1950s London fashion industry.

COREY STOLL AND KYLE CHANDLER JOIN FIRST MAN _ Ant-Man’s Corey Stoll and Super 8’s Kyle Chandler have joined First Man, a biopic of Neil Armstrong. Stoll will play fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin, Jr. while Chandler has been cast as Deke Slayton. Slayton, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, was responsible for assembling the Apollo 11 crew.

DOUBT’S 11 UNAIRED EPISODES WILL AIR ON CBS _ After an abysmal premiere on CBS, Doubt found itself cancelled and yanked off the air after just two episodes. If you’re one of the few people who was outraged at that move, never fear: CBS plans to burn off the remaining 11 episodes in July. Doubt stars Katherine Heigl as a lawyer who ends up falling for her client… even though he’s accused of murdering his girlfriend. Beginning July 1, you can watch a new episode every week.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON HOLDING HANDS WITH A LAWYER _ Scarlett Johansson might have a new man in her life. The 32-year-old actress was seen holding hands with a man during a night out in New York City over the weekend. They took a stroll after enjoying dinner together. The man was identified as showbiz lawyer Kevin Yorn.

THE DARK TOWER MOVIE IS A CONTINUATION OF STEPHEN KING’S BOOK SERIES _ Longtime fans of Stephen King’s lengthy seven-book saga The Dark Tower weren’t exactly thrilled with the film adaptation’s first trailer. Instead of being a straightforward retelling of The Gunslinger, the first story in King’s saga, the director picks and chooses aspects from multiple books in the series, leaving fans wondering what they’re in for when the movie finally hits theaters. Now something King himself hinted at over a year ago has been confirmed: The Dark Tower movie is actually a continuation of the story that began in King’s novels.

GAME OF THRONES’ OONA CHAPLIN JOINS AVATAR SEQUELS _ Former Game of Thrones actress Oona Chaplin (Talisa Maegyr, the brief wife of Robb Stark in the series) has joined the cast of the four upcoming Avatar sequels.

STAR WARS’: HAN SOLO FILM LOSES DIRECTORS _ The directors of the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off are no longer a part of the project. The president of Lucasfilm said Tuesday: “… it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon.” The film has been shooting in London since January. The release date of May 25, 2018, remains unchanged.

PAMELA ANDERSON IS OPENING A POP-UP VEGAN RESTAURANT _ Pamela Anderson is adding restaurant owner to her resumé. Starting on July 4, the former Baywatch star and longtime animal rights activist will be hosting an all-vegan pop-up restaurant in Ramatuelle in the South of France for 50 nights only. Anderson announced the news about the restaurant, Le Table du Marcheé by Pamela, on her foundation’s website and says the concept is “festive, glamorous and vegan.”

DISNEY ACCUSED OF RIPPING OFF INSIDE OUT CONCEPT IN NEW LAWSUIT _ The 2015 animated film Inside Out was a ripoff. At least, that’s the claim of a lawsuit filed against Disney and Pixar. In the suit child-development expert Denise Daniels says that the premise of the 2015 film — described in the suit as “the use of anthropomorphized emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust as individual characters within the head of an 11-year old girl” — was lifted from her own children’s program The Moodsters.

… The suit says, “From 2005 through 2009, and every year in between, Daniels, along with her industry-leading team, approached and pitched Disney-Pixar to partner on a project relating to The Moodsters.” Daniels and her team shared information with “a number of different individuals” at Disney-Pixar, according to the suit.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of June 12-18.

  1. NBA Finals: Cleveland at Golden State, Game 5, ABC, 24.53 million
  2. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 12.70 million
  3. World of Dance, NBC, 8.04 million
  4. Little Big Shots, NBC 7.29 million
  5. NBA Countdown – Game 5, ABC, 6.81 million
  6. NCIS, CBS, 6.75 million
  7. Celebrity Family Feud (Sunday), ABC, 6.25 million
  8. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 6.14 million
  9. Bull, CBS, 5.64 million
  10. Blue Bloods, CBS, 5.62 million
  11. 60 Minutes, CBS, 5.42 million
  12. American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 5.35 million
  13. Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, ABC, 5.12 million
  14. Celebrity Family Feud (Thursday), ABC, 4.91 million
  15. The $100,000 Pyramid, ABC, 4.87 million
  16. Jimmy Kimmel Live – Game Night 5, ABC, 4.71 million
  17. Superior Donuts (Thursday), ABC, 4.70 million
  18. Criminal Minds, CBS, 4.58 million
  19. Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 4.57 million
  20. Mom, CBS, 4.51 million

AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

TV BURP: TV anchor burps after eating cobbler  →  Two versions. Seriously, his burp is pretty innocent, so we beefed it up.

DROP: What the, what the, what the hell was that?!

PHONER: Sleep-walking stories. → See June 20 Wacky-But-True


INTERPREP PROSHARE

 


BITS & BREAKS

GUYS: WHAT MOMENT MADE YOU THINK, “I’M ASKING THIS GIRL TO MARRY ME”?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Guys, what moment did you think, “I’m asking this girl to marry me”?

In a survey on reddit, guys were asked, “What moment with your now-wife made you think, ‘I’m asking this girl to marry me’?”

• The day she took off work to help me go through a dumpster. I had accidentally thrown my keys in the trash while cleaning out my car.

• When she said “You know, if you asked me to marry you, I’d say yes.”

• We were young. I was moving across the country to be with her at the time. And she got our apartment all ready before I got there. Our bathroom was really, really small. She had purchased this blue bathroom rug for the floor. And because the rug was too large she carefully cut out these notches for the sink stand and the front of the toilet bowl so the carpet would fit perfectly flat. She cut the bathroom rug perfectly. I knew she had to be mine.

• My husband tells me he knew when he casually asked me this question on our second date: “What time is it?” The answer I gave: “It’s Howdy Doody time.” Married 24 years in August.

• She told me on several occasions that she would murder me if I dumped her after she turned 40. So I proposed on her fortieth birthday.

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• Average number of words women say per day: 20,000

• Average number of words men say per day: 7,000

• Percentage of American college seniors who think the American Revolution was won at the Battle of Gettysburg: 28

• Percentage of women who fall off their high heels at least once: 45

• Frequency with which geese poop: every 12 minutes

• Number of poo pellets rabbits can produce each day: 500


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: If this happens to you, there’s an 85% chance that you’re male. (That you’re struck by lightning)

TRIVIA: Finland has more of these than any other country. (Islands)

NAME NINE

Name nine… things you’d find in a bedroom.

A couple of ways you can play this. One is with three listeners. The first gives an answer, the second gives another answer, the third another answer. If someone gets stuck they’re out. The listener left standing wins.

Or the first caller tries to name as many as they can. When they get stuck the second tries to add to the list. If they get stuck the third caller tries to finish up the list. If the team of listeners gets nine they all win.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Baby raccoons climb all over a fisherman to explore his beard.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


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DATEBOOK: JUNE 22, 2017

This is day 173 of 2017. There are 192 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Kris Kristofferson is 81

• Meryl Streep is 68

• Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman) is 68

• Cyndi Lauper is 64

• Tracy Pollan (Family Ties) is 57

• Amy Brenneman is 53

• Carson Daly is 44

• Donald Faison (Scrubs) is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1882: The Air-Conditioned Rocking Chair was patented. It had a propeller fan mounted overhead that was turned by the chair’s motion. The faster you rocked, the faster the fan turned.

• 1847: The doughnut was invented.

• 1945: The World War II battle for Okinawa ended; 12,520 Americans and 110,000 Japanese were killed in the 83-day campaign.

• 1970: President Richard Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.

• 1981: Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing rock musician John Lennon.

• 1984: The movie The Karate Kid opened in American theaters.

• 1992: The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violate free-speech rights.

• 2003: The mayor of Torredonjimeno, Spain, declared Thursdays “Ladies Night” and threatened to fine any man found strolling about town in the evening, in an attempt to encourage them to stay at home and do the chores. Ladies in the town of 14,000 were thrilled, men were not.

• 2009: Jon and Kate Gosselin, stars of the reality TV series Jon & Kate Plus 8, announced plans to divorce.

• 2015: Nikki Haley, then governor of South Carolina, announced support for the removal of the Confederate flag from state grounds.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Smurfs Day

• Baby Boomer’s Recognition Day

• Onion Rings Day

UPCOMING

• July 4: Independence Day

• July 12: Major League Baseball All-Star Game

• September 5: Labor Day