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This is day 23 of 2018. There are 342 days remaining.


• Gil Gerard is 75

• Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 70

• Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver) is 68

• Princess Caroline of Monaco is 61

• Boris McGiver (House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire) is 56

• Gail O’Grady (NYPD Blue) is 55

• Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) is 54

• Tiffani Thiessen (Beverly Hills, 90210) is 44


• 1845: Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

• 1849: English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree, from the Medical Institution of Geneva, New York.

• 1985: O.J. Simpson became the first Heisman Trophy winner elected to the Football Hall of Fame.

• 1986: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

• 1997: Madeleine Albright became the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.

• 2002: Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by a group demanding the return of prisoners from the Afghan campaign. He was later murdered.

• 2004: Bob Keeshan, TV’s “Captain Kangaroo,” died at age 76.

• 2005: Former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson died at age 79.

• 2007: A new rule requiring U.S. airline passengers to show a passport upon their return from Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean took effect.

• 2013: The U.S. armed forces overturned a 1994 ban on women serving in combat.


• Handwriting Day

• Pie Day

• Rhubarb Pie Day

• Measure Your Feet Day


• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day
• March 4: Academy Awards
• March 8: International Women’s Day
• March 9: SXSW begins
• March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins
• March 13: March Madness begins
• April 1: Easter
• May 19: The royal wedding


6: Arrests in connection with the Philadelphia Eagles beating the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC Championship on Sunday.


Two California lawmakers want to make surfing the official state sport. [It would replace the current official state sport — plastic surgery.]

According to a new study, if your dog likes to eat poop, there’s not much you can do about it. [They’re not afraid to eat poop but yet they run from the vacuum cleaner.]

There will be two royal weddings in England this year. We already knew about Prince Harry, but Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew, is also getting married. [Now I have to go back to Walmart to get a second George Foreman Grill.]

A former doughnut contest-winning eater in Elizabeth City, North Carolina was arrested for burglarizing a Dunkin’ Donuts. [This may cost him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Pastry Team.]

Two flares were tossed into a mall in Florida. Fortunately, there were no injuries. [Officials say that it could have been much worse if the flares had been thrown when the mall was more crowded, say, in the 1980s.]

A new kind of automated grocery store opened in Seattle. It’s Amazon Go which has no checkout lanes. [So now who do I blame for putting my grapefruits in the same bag with my eggs?]

Prison guards in France are protesting over working conditions. [And until their demands are met they’re refusing to properly chill the inmates’ champagne.]

A 66-year-old woman, who’s been called the Serial Stowaway, struck again. She sneaked unto a plane in Chicago and flew without a ticket to London. She’s been doing this for years. [She’s considered the Tom Brady of discount travel.]

(PENDING) The shutdown is over and the federal government has reopened. [Not that you can actually tell the difference.]

Bacardi is buying Patron, a maker of tequila. [Rum and tequila together — finally, something that can help me get through the evening news.]


NEWER VIDEO OF EAGLES FAN RUNNING INTO PILLAR _ Anyone monitoring Philadelphia’s reaction to the Super Bowl-bound Eagles has presumably seen the video of the guy in the Brian Dawkins jersey running into a pillar. That instant classic was shot from inside the subway train, and is now joined by a companion piece — an alternate angle shot from the platform. • NEW VIDEOORIGINAL VIDEO

… The guy in the Brian Dawkins jersey was trying to pump everyone up when he inadvertently ran into the pillar and then bounced his head off the moving train. He was slow to get up, but he did get up.

TO GET IN SHAPE, FALL IN LOVE _ Forget dieting — there’s nothing like love to help you shed those extra pounds, according to a survey published by an Italian health magazine. Eight out of 10 Italians find that a new love interest is the best way for both men and women to get into shape.

POLICE UNION SLASHES NUMBER OF ‘GET OUT OF JAIL FREE’ CARDS _ New York City’s police-officers union is cracking down on the number of “get out of jail free” courtesy cards distributed to cops to give to family and friends. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association slashed the maximum number of cards that could be issued to current cops from 30 to 20, and to retirees from 20 to 10. The cards are often used to wiggle out of minor trouble such as speeding tickets, the theory being that presenting one suggests you know someone in the NYPD. A source said the PBA ordered the cutback to stop the sale of the cards, which were being hawked on eBay for as much as $200.

WHITE CASTLE IS TAKING VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER RESERVATIONS _ White Castle is now accepting dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day. Tables are available from 4 to 9 PM on February 14, and you’re guaranteed the “royal treatment, aka table service.”

HUNTING DOG SHOOTS OWNER DEAD _ Hunting accidents unfortunately happen all the time, but not usually like this. A hunter has been fatally shot by his own dog in a freak accident in Russia. The 64-year-old man had gone hunting with his brother. The man went to let two Estonian hounds out of his car. As his brother looked on, one of the dogs jumped toward the man and hit the trigger with its paw, discharging the gun into the hunter’s abdomen. His brother drove him to the hospital, but he died of his wounds on the way.

LISTEN TO RAND PAUL’S 911 CALL AFTER ASSAULT _  ( AUDIO)  Police in Bowling Green, Kentucky, have released audio of Rand Paul’s 911 call after he got tackled while tending his lawn. As it turns out, Paul suffered six broken ribs in the incident. Neighbor Rene Boucher has pleaded guilty in the assault, which took place after Boucher became enraged when he saw Paul put brush into a pile near Boucher’s property. Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 21 months, but a judge will ultimately decide whether Boucher ends up in jail.

COP FIRED FOR ADVISING TO SHOOT BLACK PERSONS SMOKING MARIJUANA _ A Kentucky policeman was fired after it was revealed he had advised a potential new recruit to the force to shoot any black person seen smoking marijuana. Todd Shaw was serving as an assistant chief of police in Prospect, on the outskirts of Louisville. On Facebook he was asked by a potential recruit: what “the right thing to do” would be if he caught three juveniles smoking marijuana. Shaw stated: “(blank) the right thing. If black shoot them.”

NEW STUDY FINDS NO LINK BETWEEN VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES AND BEHAVIOR _ Scientists have been investigating the impact of violent video games on behavior for more than two decades, and the results are still being debated. In a 2015 resolution on games, the American Psychological Association reported that multiple studies found a link between violent game exposure and aggressive behavior, though critics at the time questioned the findings. Now, a new study published by researchers at the University of York further challenges the connection.

… It has long been theorized that exposure to in-game concepts like violence has a “priming” effect on players that ultimately impacts behavior, leading scientists to believe that a player exposed to in-game violence will be more susceptible to displaying such violence in real life. The new study found the exact opposite to be true in some instances. In a series of experiments with a little over 3,000 participants, university researchers found that exposure to video game concepts like violence won’t necessarily impact behavior. It also found that increasing the realism of violent video games does mean aggressive behavior in gamers will increase.

STUDY CLAIMS WOMEN ARE MOST DIFFICULT FAMILY MEMBERS TO LIVE WITH _ Women may be guilty of doing the lion’s share of whining, nagging and controlling in relationships, but a new study noted that it’s for a good reason. Researchers (University of California, Berkeley and Bar-Ilan University in Israel) say female family members were most often labeled as difficult because they’re usually emotionally invested in relatives’ lives. Researchers surveyed 1,100 people. More than half of respondents were female. The researchers say females “may be the people you most depend on, but also the people who nag you the most. … It’s a testament to their deeper engagement in social ties.”

… Siblings, spouses, aging parents and colleagues were also lumped into the ‘difficult’ category, though next of kin were considered more annoying.

BECOME A PROFESSIONAL CAT CUDDLER IN IRELAND _ The Just Cats Veterinary Clinic and Cattery in Dublin, Ireland, has a dream job opening for a feline fanatic. Open your arms, quit your current job and prepare to become a professional cat cuddler. The office, which is the only veterinary clinic just for cats in Dublin, recently posted a plea for a full-time cat cuddler. The ad reads:

• Are you a crazy cat person and love cats?
• Does cattitude come naturally to you?
• Have you counted kittens before you go asleep?
• Do you feed the stray cats in your locality?
• Does petting cats make you feel warm and fuzzy?

… If you answered yes to all these questions, you are ready to move on. Along with a deep love for kitties and their emotional welfare, the clinic asks that prospective cuddlers are comfortable petting cats for long periods of time, know how to speak softly and sweetly and are prepared to calm skittish kitties.

NAVY’S NEWEST COMBAT SHIP STUCK IN CANADA _ The $440-million-dollar USS Little Rock, the Navy’s newest near-shore combat ship, has been iced-in since Christmas Eve on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada — and is not expected to get moving until spring. The USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo, New York, on December 16., with plans to travel to its home port at Mayport Naval Station in Florida the next day. The departure, however, was delayed three days by inclement weather on Lake Erie. The 389-foot-long vessel eventually left Buffalo on December 20 and arrived in Montreal on December 27, where it was supposed to stop briefly overnight before sailing onto Nova Scotia — yet plans for Little Rock were undermined by unforgiving cold and ice.

… The original voyage to Florida will be postponed for the time being as officials have decided to wait until the ice begins to thaw, as it will keep the crew and ship safe.

COUPLE WELCOMES QUADRUPLETS AFTER TRYING FOR ALMOST A DECADE _ An Australian couple is celebrating the safe arrival of their four baby boys after nine years of trying to conceive. Mohammed and Mariam Hussaini welcomed quadruplets last week (January 17).

GUY EMAILS UNIVERSITY’S WORTH OF CLAUDIAS TO FIND MISSED MATCH _ A guy on the dating app Tinder was took quick to swipe and skipped over a woman he was interested in. By the time Hayden Moll realized what he’d done it was too late. But he knew the potential girl of his dreams was a Missouri State University student named Claudia. So Moll did what any frisky teen would do — he emailed every Claudia at the college. Incredibly it worked, and now they’re getting married. NOT. But they did reconnect.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MOST OF US HAVE A LUCKY NUMBERS, OTHER ODD RITUALS _ Scientists are still trying to figure out why even the skeptics among us cling to lucky numbers, special game-day clothing and other odd rituals. The appetite for such beliefs appears to be rooted in the circuitry of the brain, and for good reason. The sense of having special powers inspires people in threatening situations, and helps soothe everyday fears and ward off mental distress.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TACO BELL BURNS TO GROUND, MOURNERS HOLD CANDLELIGHT VIGIL _ Last week a Montgomery, Alabama, Taco Bell burned to the ground. The closure of the fast food joint affected many residents on a personal level, apparently. A joke Facebook proposal for a candlelight vigil to mourn the restaurant spread like wildfire, and more than 100 people showed up.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FROZEN METEORITE WAS HUMAN POOP _ Villagers in India rushed to stash in their refrigerators chunks of a frozen meteorite. It was later found that the meteorite was actually frozen human poop dumped from an airplane.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DONUT EATING CHAMPION ARRESTED AGAIN AFTER DUNKIN’ ROBBERY _ In 2014 Bradley Hardison won a donut eating competition for the Elizabeth, North Carolina, Police Department’s National Night Out Against Crime event. In two minutes he devoured eight donuts. After his photo was featured in the local paper it got the attention of a nearby sheriff’s office because Hardison’s photo matched the description of a man who’d broken into a storage facility.

… Fast forward to late last year and donut-eating champ Hardison allegedly robbed — wait for it — a Dunkin’ Donuts! Police just recently tracked him down and pressed charges for that crime.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE MISTAKE PISTACHIO SHELLS FOR MARIJUANA, FIND PILLS _ A pile of crushed pistachio shells mistaken for marijuana led to felony drug charges for a 59-year-old northern Illinois (Round Lake Beach) woman, who also happened to have a bottle of prescription pills in her pocket. Police stopped the woman for speeding and when an officer mistook the pile of de-shelled pistachios in her passenger seat for marijuana, the officer asked her to step out of the car. A search of the woman’s car turned up no marijuana, but police found a bottle of a narcotic pain medication in her coat pocket. The bottle had a family member’s name on it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AN EXPERT AT DRIVING OFFENSES _ A New York man stopped by police for failing to obey a stop sign was found to have 296 suspensions on his driving record.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNORTING COKE IN A COP LOT _ In Germany, a guy had some cocaine with him in his car and felt the need to snort it. He wisely chose to pull over and park before snorting. He unwisely pulled into a parking space reserved for police cars right in front of the police station. He was preparing to snort when one of the officers inside noticed what was going on.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK DRIVING A BUS _ In England a man got on a city bus. Noticing that it was empty, he got in the driver’s seat and took off. But he wasn’t stealing the bus — he drove it on its regular route, making stops and collecting fares from passengers. The police were finally notified when one passenger got off to complain because the driver couldn’t figure out how to make change. Police finally boarded the bus at about his tenth stop and arrested the man.


NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. McGee and Torres visit the home of a high schooler who witnessed a hit and run. After the visit, her parents (guest stars Jamie Kaler and Gabrielle Carteris) flee with their daughter.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat


LETHAL WEAPON (8p ET, FOX) — New. Detective Bailey’s sister runs into trouble with the law.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. A familiar villain returns to terrorize Central City.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Kevin helps Randall and Beth with a project. Lena Waithe (Master of None) guest stars.

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bull is hired by a widow after police decide she is a suspect in her wealthy husband’s death.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

LA TO VEGAS (9p ET, FOX) — New. Ronnie considers exposing a passenger who appears to be cheating on his wife.

BLACK LIGHTNING (9p ET, CW) — New. The community starts to suspect that Black Lightning may have returned.

MODERN FAMILY (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE MICK (9:30p ET, FOX) — New. Mickey and Alba chaperone Ben’s school field trip.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. A petty officer’s murder leads the team to a family-owned nightclub where Pride’s mother used to perform.

CHICAGO MED (10p ET, NBC) — New. Dr. Choi struggles to help a woman cope with anorexia.

MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

PREMIERE: BELLEVUE (10p ET, WGN) — This eight-episode, one-hour mystery/drama series stars Anna Paquin (True Blood) as a detective trying to figure out if a missing high school hockey star is connected to a 20 year old murder in their small town. Shawn Doyle (Fargo) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) also star.

SEASON PREMIERE: DRUNK HISTORY (10p ET, Comedy Central) — Paget Brewster, Tiffany Haddish, Mandy Moore, Busy Philipps and Evan Rachel Wood help tell tales of historical heroines on the 5th season premiere.

SEASON PREMIERE: BASKETS (10p ET, FX) — Zach Galifianakis is back for another season of this comedy.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE DETOUR (10:30p ET, TBS) — As season 3 begins, the Parkers settle in Alaska after a year on the run, but their past misdeeds soon catch up with them.


NEW ON DVD _ Released January 23. • LINK

• Geostorm
• Jigsaw
• Thank You for Your Service
• Goodbye Christopher Robin

OSCAR NOMINATIONS ARE COMING _ Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced this (Tuesday) morning. Actors Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) will announce all nominees for the 24 Oscar categories starting at 8:22 AM EST. The Oscars ceremony will take place March 4 in Los Angeles, where comedian Jimmy Kimmel returns to host.

OSCARS HAS A PLAN TO AVOID ANOTHER ENVELOPEGATE _ Pop quiz: What was the big thing that happened at last year’s Oscars that wasn’t supposed to happen? If you recall, Faye Dunaway announced the best picture of 2016 to be La La Land — but it turned out she was reading from the wrong envelope, setting off a confused, frantic effort to correct the mistake and bring the cast and crew of Moonlight on stage to be declared the rightful winners.

… This year organizers are working to avoid any repeat. The accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, which is charged with overseeing the process, on Monday revealed a six-point plan to avoid another embarrassing blunder. They include ensuring the celebrity presenters confirm they have the correct envelope before stepping onstage, placing PwC partners at rehearsals, and introducing protocols to rapidly correct mistakes.

… Last year’s error was the result of Dunaway and Warren Beatty being handed the wrong envelope – the one for best actress instead of best picture.

NETFLIX TO SPOTLIGHT UP-AND-COMING COMEDIANS WITH 15-MINUTE SPECIALS _ Netflix has been streaming comedy specials for a while now. Seinfeld got his first show on the streaming platform last September and released a couple more events starring Patton Oswalt and Dave Chappelle before the New Year. Now, Netflix is set to debut a series of 15-minute stand-up specials starring new comedic talents this year.

… The specials will tape in February. Each comic will get 15 minutes to strut their stuff. The list of up-and-comers includes Aisling Bea, Michelle Buteau, Tim Dillon, JR De Guzman, Sabrina Jalees, Janelle James, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Ian Karmel, Jak Knight, Matteo Lane, Max Silvestri, Taylor Tomlinson, Phil Wang, Emma Willmann and Kate Willett.

IDRIS ELBA THINKS THE NEXT JAMES BOND SHOULD BE A BLACK WOMAN _ For so long there has been talk about Idris Elba playing James Bond. And while the 45-year-old no longer seems interested in tackling the role of the British Secret Service Agent, he would like to see Bond get a makeover. Elba says, “It could be a woman, it could be a black woman, it could be a white woman, but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have… do something different with it, why not?”

JUDGE JUDY FACES $4.75 MILLION LAWSUIT _ Judge Judy Sheindlin scored a monster payday last year, when she sold her show’s library to CBS for a reported $95 million to $100 million. Now TV’s highest-paid performer is being sued for allegedly withholding a portion of the proceeds — $4.75 million — from two producers who helped launch the program more than two decades ago. The producers — Kaye Switzer and Sandi Spreckman — have been to court several times before to enforce their rights to the program. The issue even went to trial in 2000, and has been subject to various settlements.

… The controversy has now outlived Spreckman, who died in 2009. On Friday, Switzer and Spreckman’s estate filed suit in L.A. Superior Court, alleging they were denied their rightful 5% stake in the sale of the library last year.

DANNY DEVITO IS BATHING IN CHOCOLATE IN A SUPER BOWL TEASER _ If you’ve ever dreamed of swimming in a pool of chocolate, Danny DeVito is living out your fantasy. The 73-year-old is the star of M&M’s newest commercial, which will air during this year’s Super Bowl. During a 15-second teaser for the ad, the camera zooms out on a big red M&M in a sea of chocolate, which turns out to be the T-shirt of DeVito, who is floating while wearing his iconic thick-framed glasses. • VIDEO

BLACK WIDOW MOVIE COMING IN 2020 _ The long-awaited Black Widow solo movie may be coming to theaters sooner than we expected. A new report suggests that the female-led Marvel Cinematic Universe film could come only two years after it was announced to be in development. A report claims that a script for the Black Widow solo movie is already in the works, with Marvel targeting a 2020 release date.

… Scarlett Johansson has signed on with the film for a $25 million deal, and Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn are being eyed as potential co-stars. The $25 million paycheck would push Johansson to the top of the highest-paid actresses list.

HOLLYWOOD’S OLDEST WORKING ACTRESS DIES AT 105 _ Connie Sawyer, the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy, has died. She was 105. The Colorado native made audiences laugh since before television was even invented, first starring in vaudeville shows when she was just a child. She later landed several cameos and roles on programs for nearly six decades amassing over 140 credits, including The Way West, Ada, The Man in the Glass Booth, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote, Archie Bunker’s Place, Home Improvement, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, ER, The Office, How I Met Your Mother and Ray Donovan. In 2014, Sawyer acted opposite Zooey Deschanel in New Girl and worked on NCIS: Los Angeles in 2013 and 2 Broke Girls in 2012.

NEW TRAILER FOR A WRINKLE IN TIME _ Disney has delivered a new trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle. The sci-fi fantasy follows three people — Meg, her brother, and her friend— who are sent into space by three beings in hopes of finding her missing scientist father. The impressive ensemble cast includes Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, Oprah Winfrey, Bellamy Young, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller and Will McCormack. • VIDEO

RYAN REYNOLDS TO STAR IN CLUE MOVIE _ A reboot of the film Clue is in the works and will be produced by Ryan Reynolds’ production company. Clue was a 1985 comedy based on the board game, which involves players figuring which of the guests at a mansion murdered someone, with which murder weapon and in which room.


Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

RAND PAUL: Police in Kentucky released his 911 call.

SFX: Speedy phone dial.

PHONER: Where do you hide money around the house?  →  5 real callers

… A Massachusetts couple accidentally donated $2,500 to a local senior center when a fake soup can they used for hiding the cash was included in the donation of food items.

MALKOVICH: A clip from the brilliant AFC Championship teaser starring John Malkovich.

FAT AND SASSY: A woman named Shirley in Charlotte, NC was asked how she would ride out a winter storm.

PHONER: When the baby’s past-due, what trick works for inducing labor?  →  5 real callers


More prep in the Facebook Group.



• Most Super Bowls generate $100 million in merchandise sales bearing the Super Bowl logo.

• The Super Bowl is the top at-home party event of the year, surpassing New Year’s Eve.

• Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day of food consumption behind only Thanksgiving.

• The average number of people attending a Super Bowl party is 17.

• Ninety-five percent of Super Bowl watchers watch with at least one other person.

• An estimated 14,500 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.

• Sales of antacid increase 20 percent the day after Super Bowl Sunday.

• Super Bowl weekend is the slowest weekend for weddings.

• Fans at the game will use 80,000 pounds of ice.


TRIVIA: What do the following cities have in common: Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Inglewood, California. (They’ll host the Super Bowl from 2019-2022)


I’ll ask some multiple choice questions. When I get to what you think is the answer, honk your car horn. If you think it’ll wake the neighbors or bring the cops, just yell “HONK!”


  • Apple Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Boston Cream Pie*
  • S’mores


  • Lewis & Clark
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Ponce De Leon*
  • Mariah Carey


  • Listerine*
  • Crest
  • Depends
  • Sweet Tarts


  • 10 years
  • 25 years
  • 75 years
  • 100 years* (According to the National Association of Home Builders)


Lego automaton.


source: reddit


This is day 24 of 2018. There are 341 days remaining.


• Jerry Maren is 99. Jerry is the last surviving Munchkin of the classic 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz, in which he portrayed a member of the Lollipop Guild. He became the last known survivor of the Munchkin cast, following the death of fellow Munchkin Ruth Duccini on January 16, 2014.

• Aaron Neville is 77

• Neil Diamond is 77

• Yakov Smirnoff is 67

• Former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 50

• Matthew Lillard (She’s All That) is 48

• Ed Helms (The Office, Vacation) is 44

• Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is 39

• Mischa Barton (The O.C.) is 32


• 1935: The first canned bear went on sale. The American Can Company and the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company collaborated to package 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale. It was an immediate success. By the end of 1935 most major breweries had begun using cans.

• 1949: Actor and comedian John Belushi was born today. He died March 5, 1982.

• 1984: The first Apple Macintosh went on sale.

• 1989: The world’s oldest sheep died in England a week before her 29th birthday. She had given birth to her 40th lamb only months before.

• 1999: A British road safety official found an effective way to make motorists reduce their speed on the street past his house. He put up a large poster of Czech supermodel Eva Herzigova taking off her shirt. Drivers slowed down immediately.

• 2003: The United States Department of Homeland Security officially began operation.

• 2004: A hiking magazine apologized after it published a route plan that would have sent hikers striding into thin air off the north face of Scotland’s largest mountain (Ben Nevis). Anyone following the magazine’s directions would have plunged down a sheer cliff. Fortunately no one did.

• 2004: NASA’s Opportunity rover landed on Mars three weeks after its identical twin, Spirit.

• 2006: Disney agreed to purchase Pixar.

• 2011: Jared Lee Loughner pleaded not guilty in Phoenix to federal charges he’d tried to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides in a Tucson shooting rampage that had claimed six lives.

• 2015 Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson scored the most NBA points in a quarter with 37 and the most 3-pointers in a quarter with 9.


• Belly Laugh Day

• Beer Can Day

• Compliment Day

• Peanut Butter Day


• January 30: State of the Union
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 4: Super Bowl 52
• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 19: President’s Day
• March 4: Academy Awards
• March 8: International Women’s Day
• March 9: SXSW begins
• March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins
• March 13: March Madness begins
• April 1: Easter
• May 19: The royal wedding