INTERPREP ★ JANUARY 29, 2018

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 29, 2018

This is day 29 of 2018. There are 336 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods) is 73

• Ann Jillian is 68

• Oprah Winfrey is 64

• Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue) is 56

• Ed Burns is 50

• Sam Trammell (True Blood) is 49

• Heather Graham (The Hangover, Boogie Night) is 48

• Sara Gilbert is 43

• Andrew Keegan (Party of Five) is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1845: The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe, was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. Poe took the pen name Quarles in signing the poem.

• 1924: Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio, patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.

• 1936: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson were the first players to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

• 1949: The Newport News was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship.

• 1968: Coach Adolph Rupp of the Kentucky Wildcats notched win #772 and became the winningest coach in college basketball history, as Kentucky beat Mississippi.

• 1999: Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles appeared together in public for the first time, posing for photos outside London’s Ritz Hotel, where they had attended a party.

• 2000: A teenage boy in Thessaloniki, Greece, survived a 63-foot fall from his seventh-story apartment balcony after landing on two plastic dumpsters. The 17-year-old was hospitalized with a broken leg and a mild concussion.

• 2006: In Boston Tyrone Brown posted an online ad offering cocaine for sale. He included his phone number. Cops called the number, set up a purchase and busted him.

• 2006: Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron said in an interview that she often gets turned down for action roles because her boobs aren’t big enough. She starred in one of the top action movies of 2015: Mad Max: Fury Road.

• 2014: Archaeologists discovered the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Library Shelfie Day. Take a Shelfie: a selfie in the stacks or with your favorite book.

• National Puzzle Day

• Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

• National Cornchip Day

UPCOMING

• 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 18: Daytona 500
• February 19: President’s Day
• March 4: Academy Awards
• March 8: Winter Paralympics begin
• March 8: International Women’s Day
• March 9: SXSW begins
• March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins
• March 11: NCAA basketball “Selection Sunday”
• March 13: March Madness begins
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 30: Passover and Good Friday
• April 1: Easter
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

90: Percentage of New Year’s resolutions that will fail.


NEWS ATTACK!

The White House has plans to stop funding the International Space Station by 2025. [I don’t know why since by then I’ve got a feeling that we’re definitely going to need another place to live.]

On Friday, 52 baboons escaped their enclosure at a Paris zoo. [That shows you how intelligent apes are. It couldn’t have been easy to make all those fake employee ID badges.]

A Florida store clerk was arrested after she gave a customer $5 in lottery winnings when he actually won $600. [But on the bright side, at least she told him to have a nice day.]

The entire board of the troubled USA Gymnastics organization was forced to resign. [They all dismounted but no one stuck the landing.]

France shoppers rioted to scoop up discounted jars of Nutella. [Don’t laugh. It’s Europe. They’ve had entire wars over much less.]

Poland is upset after a TV news investigation showed a group of neo-Nazis meeting deep in a forest having a birthday party for Adolph Hitler. [If there’s one thing we learn from those Brothers Grimm Fairytales is that nothing good ever happens deep in the forests of Europe.]

Intelligence reports say that Kim Jong-Un’s frequent missile tests are draining his slush fund. [As a result, the tests will now only be conducted on nights and weekends when the rates are much lower.]

At Yale University, the course Psychology and the Good Life is setting new records for enrollment with nearly one-fourth of the student body attending. [It breaks the old record set by the course Daytime Television and the Art of Moving Back in with Your Parents.]

The White House is defending the marriage of the Trumps as one that’s loving and strong. [After all, Melania is from one of the countries where Donald actually likes immigrants.]

Animal behaviorists in Africa and Asia are using honeybees to keep wild elephants from trampling local crops. Elephants hate bees. [If your ears were that big, you wouldn’t be able to stand all that buzzing either.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WILL THE SUPER BOWL COST EMPLOYERS MILLIONS? _ Recently we heard lost wages could exceed $16 million a minute as millions of Americans spend time online talking about the Super Bowl, planning parties, organize betting pools, or researching big-screen TVs. But employment consultant Lisa Fisher says so-called “lost productivity” due to the Super Bowl is mostly a myth. Fisher says employees won’t be taking time away from their work chatting about the Big Game, they’ll simply do less of something else that would have wasted time. If they already spend 40 minutes a day on Facebook they’ll simply shift their scrolling and posting activities over to the Super Bowl-related ones.

SELF-PARKING SLIPPERS _ Japan is a nation where old traditions are constantly being updated with new technology, one inn is making use of automated driving technology to offer self-driving slippers. Nissan has developed a system for slippers to ‘park’ themselves at the entrance of the traditional hotel at the push of a button, ready for guests to use upon arrival. Each slipper is equipped with two tiny wheels, a motor and sensors to ‘drive’ across the wooden lobby floor using Nissan’s ProPilot Park technology.

… It’s the same tech Nissan in the latest version of its all-battery electric Leaf vehicle.

IKEA FOUNDER DIES AT 91 _ The man who created IKEA died Saturday at the age of 91 at his home in Smaland in southern Sweden. The company says he had faced a “short illness.” The company Ingvar Kamprad founded at 17 grew into a multinational behemoth, with nearly 400 stores worldwide, almost a billion store visits per year and more than $36 billion in annual retail sales in Europe alone.

BEETLE BAILEY COMIC STRIP CREATOR DEAD AT 94 _ Mort Walker, the comic strip artist who created the long-running Beetle Bailey cartoon, has died at age 94. Walker, who was born Addison Morton Walker, passed away at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, after a bout of pneumonia. Mort Walker was a World War II Army veteran. But well before he was drafted into the military, Walker nurtured his talent as a comic strip artist, starting out with his first published cartoon at age 11.

AIR FORCE ONE NEEDS $24 MILLION REFRIGERATORS _ Air Force One needs new refrigerators — and they’ll cost taxpayers nearly $24 million. Experts say the cost for the two refrigerators isn’t price gouging by Boeing, which makes the jets and handles the presidential modifications, but instead the result of specialized equipment requirements put in place by the White House Military Office and the Air Force.

… The new refrigerators aren’t your kitchen Frigidaires, or even a typical jetliner’s cabin-feeding coolboxes. The requirement for Air Force One is the ability to feed passengers and crew for weeks without resupplying. That means storing about 3,000 meals in massive refrigerators and freezers below the passenger cabin. Five “chillers” cool a total of 26 climate-controlled compartments.

… The Air Force recently awarded Boeing a $23.7 million contract to replace two of the chillers.

BRETT FAVRE SUED AFTER FAILED LAUNCH OF SOCIAL MEDIA STARTUP _ Brett Favre is being sued for more than $16 million by Callais Capital Management for his role in marketing something called Sqor to eager investors. Sqor as a social media company in development, formed around the idea of helping athletes monetize their online selves. Callais contends that Favre and his business partners fraudulently misrepresented Sqor’s prospects in order to secure $16 million in investment funding.

WOMAN TATTOOS THE WORD ‘VEGAN’ ON HER FACE _ Kate Bullen, a 22-year-old from the UK, shared her two new tattoos on Twitter. She tweeted: “Got a suicide awareness and vegan tattoo today, love em.” The vegan tattoo is the word ‘Vegan’ sitting very prominently above her right eyebrow. Bullen explains: “A lot of tattoos that people get don’t necessarily have a meaning behind them but as I’m incredibly passionate about veganism and know that I’ll be vegan for life, I wanted this one to be someplace visible.” • IMAGE

‘JACKPOTTING’ HACK MAKES ITS WAY TO ATMs IN US _ ATM makers are warning customers that a scheme in which cyberthieves force machines to spit out cash like a winning slot machine has arrived in the U.S. The scheme is called “jackpotting” and a report states that the Secret Service has warned financial institutions about the attacks in the past few days and notes that ATM makers were sent an alert about the threat to its customers.

WOMAN ‘GIVES BIRTH’ TO RUBBER GLOVE _ (CAUTION) A French woman is suing a surgeon after she “gave birth” to a latex glove and five compresses which he allegedly “forgot” in her womb during an operation. The 48-year-old woman says doctors told her after the operation, last April, that “everything had gone well”. But she was soon suffering from excruciating pain, couldn’t sleep, was sick and found it hard to urinate. She says, “After three days of atrocious pain in the lower stomach, I started having extremely strong contractions and finally expelled a glove and five compresses.” When she realized the cause of her misery, she went straight back to the clinic to confront the surgeon, and was shocked at his allegedly flippant reaction when he said: “If you’re not happy, go ahead and contact my insurance company. I’m very well insured.”

TOM BRADY HAD 12 STITCHES REMOVED FROM INJURED HAND _ New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has 12 stitches removed from his injured throwing hand. Brady suffered the injury during a January 17 practice following a collision with Pats running back Rex Burkhead. He received the stitches before the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 40-year-old five-time Super Bowl champion played through the ailment last Sunday with the damaged area covered for protection.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN LETS JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL, FLIPS TRUCK _ A Tennessee man flipped his truck five times on an interstate after he said “Jesus was calling him and advised him to let go of the wheel.” The man faces multiple drug charges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SQUIRREL CARRYING DANISH ROBBED BY ANOTHER SQUIRREL _ An Ohio resident passing through a parking lot captured video of a squirrel scurrying around with a giant danish. Moments later the squirrel was robbed of his danish by another squirrel. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN: I’LL GO TO JAIL OVER SOME BARBECUE SAUCE _ Things got hot at a Waffle House in Georgia over a customer’s request for barbecue sauce. A man sat down for some food at the restaurant and asked for some barbecue sauce. He was told the restaurant had none, and then things got spicy. The man began screaming obscenities and insulting the Waffle House workers, then reportedly added: “I’ll go to (expletive) jail over some barbecue sauce!” And soon, he did.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WANTED MAN APPLIES FOR JOB AT POLICE STATION _ Police in Cottonwood, Arizona, had been looking for Alberto Saavedra Lopez, a bank employee, for over a year: he allegedly stole $5,000 from the bank, and then moved away to avoid arrest. Lopez apparently missed living in Cottonwood: he applied for a job opening there — at the police department. Investigators called and invited him in to interview for the job, and arrested him when he arrived.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER LEAVES WALLET BEHIND _ A man stopped at a gas station in Florida and asked the clerk if he could change a $20 bill. The man then put his wallet on the counter, pulled out a handgun, robbed the clerk of $200 and fled. A few minutes later, he came back to ask if the clerk had seen the wallet. Nope, he was told — but the clerk had found it and hid it when he called the police. Thanks to plenty of identification showing his name, the man was quickly arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FRUSTRATED OVER ARRESTED PALS GETS ARRESTED _ In Australia, a guy was upset because a couple of his friends had been arrested on drug charges. The more he thought about it, the more upset he became. That’s when the guy decided to drive to the police station to give the cops a piece of his mind. But the friend was so frustrated and out of his mind, he ran a stoplight in front of the police station, busted through a row of shrubs, and rolled up onto the station steps. Police caught it all on video and administered a blood alcohol test, which came back very positive.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES CHOOSE WRONG MARKET TO ROB _ In India, two thieves went into a market, pulled out weapons and told the cashier to hand over all the money. Before the cashier could say or do anything, two other voices shouted out, “Drop your weapons and put your hands up!” Those two voices belonged to police officers who were at the market to investigate a stickup from earlier that same day.


ON TELEVISION

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. 11 women split into teams for a day of competitive bowling.

THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — New

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Vanessa lies to a flight attendant to get bumped up to first class. Ali Landry (Eve) guest stars.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Lucifer and Pierce go undercover to track down the killer of an ecstasy maker.

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New. Kara helps Lena when she is threatened by Morgan.

MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS (8p ET, HBO) — Produced and directed by Judd Apatow, this documentary follows brothers Scott and Seth Avett over a 2-year period. The doc starts in 2014, as the brothers play demo tracks for their album, True Sadness, and ends with a triumphant performance at Madison Square Garden, after the album’s release.

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Adam worries about his dad’s increasingly forgetful behavior.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (9p ET, NBC) — New. The guys head to Africa.

SUPERIOR DONUTS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Arthur tries to find the customer who gave his shop’s coffee a negative online review.

THE RESIDENT (9p ET, FOX) — New. An old army buddy and surgeon (guest star Warren Christie, Apollo 18) visits Conrad at the hospital.

SEASON FINALE: VALOR (9p ET, CW) — Season one finale. The show has  not yet been renewed for a 2nd season.

9JKL (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Josh is upset when his former stalker (guest star Cheri Oteri) moves on to someone else.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team must prevent an incoming tsunami from hitting a nuclear power facility.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: THE BRAVE (10p ET, NBC) — New. In the season one finale, Dalton and the team race the clock on a high-stakes mission. The show has not yet been renewed for a 2nd season.


ENTERTAINMENT

GRAMMYS _ The complete list of winners and nominees.

JUMANJI LOSES ITS TOP SPOT AT THE BOX OFFICE
_ Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the highest grossing film of the weekend, but according to studio estimates Sunday, many moviegoers also chose the first weekend after Oscar nominations to catch up with some awards contenders like The Shape of Water, which had its highest grossing weekend with $5.7 million. In first place, Maze Runner: The Death Cure took in $23.5 million. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle fell back to second place for the first time in weeks.

OMAROSA GOES FROM WHITE HOUSE TO CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER _ Omarosa Manigault, who was fired from the White House at the tail end of last year, is set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house. Omarosa became famous from her appearances on NBC’s The Apprentice and parlayed that fame into jobs on the Donald Trump campaign and the White House.

… Omarosa is the biggest name in the new cast of Celebrity Big Brother. Others moving into the Big Brother houses this week include American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth, Sugar Land’s Mark McGrath, Bill Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam, reality TV personality Brandi Glanville, UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell, actor James Maslow, Marissa Winokur and Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez.

KATIE HOLMES AND JAMIE FOXX FINALLY LET THEIR LOVE SHINE _ Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have been dating for years, but have rarely appeared in public together, nor have they ever confirmed their relationship — but on Saturday night they finally cozied up in public. The event was the Pre-Grammy Awards Gala in Manhattan.

JEFF BEZOS STARS IN A NEW SUPER BOWL AD WHERE ALEXA LOSES HER VOICE _ Your Amazon Echo device could be getting a new voice — or new voices. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is in a commercial where Echo’s built-in helper, Alexa, loses her voice. As new breaks, Bezos is seen talking to Amazon employees, one of which says, “We have the replacements ready… just say the word.” We’ll find out what’s up during the Super Bowl, but it seems likely users of Echo will soon have voice options. • VIDEO

JEREMY PIVEN FACES, DENIES MORE MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS _ Jeremy Piven, who has strongly denied allegations of sexual misconduct from at least three women, is facing further accusations that date back decades. In a BuzzFeed News story, three additional women claim Piven acted in a physically aggressive or threatening manner. Piven calls the allegations “false.” The women said they were speaking out because of frustration over Piven’s previous denials.

… BuzzFeed said one incident allegedly involved a high school student working as an extra in 1985 on Piven’s first film, “Lucas,” when he was 17. The other encounters took place in the 1990s.

JOHN LEGEND AND CHRISSY TEIGEN GIVE $200,000 TO TIME’S UP _ John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have given a $200,000 donation to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund “on behalf of the heroic gymnasts of the USA Gymnastics Team.”

… Teigen, who is expecting her second child, has been an outspoken advocate for the victims of former U.S.A Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nasser, who was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing girls under the guise of medical treatment. The former Team USA Gymnastics doctor plead guilty to seven counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct in November 2017.

LOOKING GLASS TRAILER: CHECK INTO NICOLAS CAGE’S CREEPY MOTEL _ If Nicolas Cage opened a motel, would you stay in it? Before you answer that question, watch the Looking Glass trailer, which features Cage as a motel owner who gets entangled in a story involving voyeurism and murder. Cage’s character buys a motel with a surprising amenity: a secret hiding place with a two-way mirror looking into one of the rooms. Rather than report such a discovery, Cage decides to exploit it, and uses it to spy on some of his guests. That backfires, badly. • VIDEO

SCOTT BAIO RESPONDS AFTER NICOLE EGGERT SAYS HE BEHAVED INAPPROPRIATELY _ Scott Baio has responded after his former Charles in Charge costar Nicole Eggert suggested he behaved inappropriately with her when she was a minor. The exchange began on Saturday when Eggert tweeted to another Twitter user to go “ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor.” Eggert had starred alongside Baio on the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge, where she played Jamie Powell, one of the children Baio’s character takes care of. She later claimed on social media in a since-deleted tweet that the inappropriate behavior — which she did not elaborate on — had “started when I was 14.”

… Baio denied Eggert’s claims, calling them “100% lies.” Baio later went on Facebook Live to show what he said was “proof” that Eggert’s story was not true. Baio said, “Nicole is making up these claims about me.” He claimed that Eggert had previously stated that the two had sex “way, way after Charles in Charge was off the air” but showed a copy of an episode script page that was dated from 1990, when Eggert would have been 18, according to her IMDB profile.

THE NEW COLONEL IS A WOMAN _ KFC, the fried-chicken chain, has picked country singer Reba McEntire to appear as Colonel Sanders in its latest marketing campaign — the first time a woman is portraying the mascot, who honors restaurant founder Harland Sanders. The colonel was absent from the chain’s marketing for decades before being revived in 2015. Since the comeback, KFC has used various male actors, including Ray Liotta and Rob Lowe, for the role. Now, with a debate about gender diversity touching industries from Wall Street to Hollywood, KFC has shifted course. McEntire will appear in ads touting KFC’s new smoky mountain barbecue chicken.

INSIDE THE 2018 GRAMMY AWARDS’ $20,000 SWAG BAGS _ Unlike the glittering gowns and dazzling musical performances, a big part of the fun of the annual Grammy Awards is something the general public, unfortunately, doesn’t get to see. It’s the custom of swag bags, which traditionally contain a mind-boggling assortment of cool freebies for lucky nominees. This year, there are reportedly 40 exclusive and unique gifts inside worth more than $20,000:

• A certificate for a week’s worth of services at California luxury resort The Golden Door. (Value: $8,850)

• NYC’s Liquor Lab (“a cooking class, but solely for specialty sips”) is offering $5,100 of private mixology classes.

• A full-face skin rejuvenation from NYC’s Nurse Gigi ($4,500)

• Almost $2,000 worth of dental services from Smile Direct Club

• Media training classes specifically geared to improving Teleprompter skills ($500)

• A $300 WiFi pet feeder which allows owners to watch, speak to and feed furbabies in real time when not at home.

JENNIFER HUDSON WILL PORTRAY ARETHA FRANKLIN _ Jennifer Hudson will be portraying Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic. Hudson was handpicked by the Queen of Soul herself. The screenwriter and filmmaker have not been chosen yet, so the Aretha biopic won’t be in theaters any time soon.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

PHONER: How to induce labor. Know someone who’s past-due? Some tips from your listeners.  →  5 real callers

DROP: Here’s to the ladies, the fair and the weak… how do they do it?

DROP: We sent them to obedience training… until then you couldn’t control them.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

More prep in the Facebook Group.


BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Maze Runner: The Death Cure, $23,5 million
  2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $16.4 million
  3. Hostiles, $10.2 million
  4. The Greatest Showman, $9.5 million
  5. The Post, $8.8 million
  6. 12 Strong, $8.6 million
  7. Den of Thieves, $8.3 million
  8. The Shape of Water, $5.7 million
  9. Paddington 2, $5.5 million
  10. Padmaavat, $4.2 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Split.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Meet the Spartans.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Titanic.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

Winchester (PG-13) – Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. Helen Mirren.

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. The Grammys
  2. Stormy Daniels
  3. State of the Union
  4. Super Bowl
  5. The Flu
  6. The Olympics
  7. Winter X Games
  8. This Is Us
  9. Tide Pod Challenge
  10. Crock Pots
  11. Elton John
  12. Drew Carey
  13. Murphy Brown
  14. Scott Baio
  15. Jay Z
  16. Black History Month

BAD POETRY

We’re getting ready for Groundhog Day
Because spring is way overdue
And if the groundhog says more winter
He’ll be heading for groundhog stew.

FACEBOOK TO PHONES: STUFF YOU’VE FLUSHED

I just read an article that said women won’t like those auto-flush toilets in public restrooms. Apparently, women are dropping things into the toilets and if they move just the right way the toilet flushes, ’cause it thinks they’re done doing their thing. Next thing you know whatever they dropped is gone. Women are flushing phones, makeup, even credit cards.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What have you dropped in a toilet, and did you flush it?

SUPER BOWL TRIVIA

• No network footage exists of Super Bowl I. It was taped over, supposedly for a soap opera.

• No NFL team has ever played the Super Bowl on its own home field.

• Super Bowl 51 was the first Super Bowl to go into overtime.

• Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest U.S. food consumption day, following Thanksgiving.

• The Dolphins are the only team that failed to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl game. Miami scored just three points in a 21-point loss to Dallas in Super Bowl VI in New Orleans.

• The NFL pays for up to 150 rings for the winning Super Bowl team at $5,000 apiece (plus adjustments for extra gold or diamonds) and 150 pieces of jewelry for the losing Super Bowl team, each to cost up to half the price of the Super Bowl ring

• The winning Super Bowl team gets the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowl games. The trophy takes 72 man hours to produce.

SHOWER THOUGHTS

In the shower you’re alone with no distractions. It’s just you and your thoughts. On a Reddit board called Shower Thoughts people share what things they thought of while shower.

• If you place a humidifier and a dehumidifier in the same room you can wirelessly transmit water.

• Humans are basically aliens to fish. We abduct them while fishing and some live to tell the tell while others go missing.

• Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

• The church is the world’s largest book club.

• The hospital in which you were born is the only building you leave without entering.

• Someone decided that mint would be considered fresh breath and everyone went along with it.

• Being popular on social media is like being rich in Monopoly.


FUN & GAMES

ONE OF US IS LYING!

• When he was 11 years old, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was the champion chicken plucker in his chapter of the 4H club. (LIE. But former QB Brett Favre was.)

• A bag of 1,000 quarters weighs 13.42 pounds.

• You can’t sneeze in your sleep.

HERE’S THE STADIUM, NAME THE TEAM

I’ll name an NFL stadium and you tell me the team that plays there:

• Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)

• U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)

• Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)

• Ford Field (Detroit Lions)

• Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)

• Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)

• Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)

• Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Amazing buzzer beater.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

You don’t say.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 29, 2018

• 1977: KENNY ROGERS’ Lucille charted.

• 1983: KENNY ROGERS’ duet with Sheena Easton, We’ve Got Tonight, entered the Top 40 chart. It topped the country chart on February 5 of that same year.

• 1988: RANDY TRAVIS’ album Always & Forever was certified double platinum. Hits included I Told You So and Forever And Ever, Amen.

• 2008: GARTH BROOKS’ The Ultimate Hits collection was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies.

• 2013: TAYLOR SWIFT announced a sponsorship deal with Diet Coke.

• 2015: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Cruise was certified nine-times platinum by the RIAA.

IRLENE MANDRELL is 62

ERIC PASLAY is 35


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.

• JUSTIN MOORE on coaching his daughters and giving them a normal life.

• BRANTLEY GILBERT on his wife’s influence on music.

• BRETT YOUNG on the TV show The Bachelor.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

JASON ALDEAN will release his eighth studio album, Rearview Town, April 13. The lead single, You Make It Easy, was co-written by FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly along with Up Down singer MORGAN WALLEN.

… Jason says the album does include a duet with a female artist, but isn’t saying who that artist is.

JASON ALDEAN performs his new single, You Make It Easy, tonight (Monday) on The Tonight Show.

REBA McENTIRE is the latest celebrity to play Colonel Sanders. She’s also the first woman to play the Colonel since the iconic character returned to KFC’s marketing in 2015. Reba is appearing in ads touting KFC’s new smoky mountain barbecue chicken. • VIDEO

We listened to Brett Young’s rendition of the national anthem at Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game and thought he did a find job. But because the Internet is a mean place full of bullies, some people had a problem with his performance. In this video Brett starts singing at about 2:05. • VIDEO

All but three shows on KELSEA BALLERINI’s Unapologetically Tour have sold out. Those stops with only a few tickets left are Columbus, Ohio, Clearwater, Florida and Santa Barbara, California.

DARIUS RUCKER and CHARLES KELLEY will co-host the ACM Lifting Lives Top Golf event on April 14 in Las Vegas. The event will be part of the ACM Party For A Cause festivities with proceeds to benefit ACM Lifting Lives.

On February 10 a tour bus once owned by MERLE HAGGARD will be auctioned off in New Braunfels, Texas. The bus was nicknamed The Santa Fe Chief by Merle.

DOLLY PARTON is stepping aside as grand marshal of the Pigeon Forge Parade. Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken will serve as grand marshal for the May 4 event.

DIERKS BENTLEY says when he’s on the road, his food choices include a large salad, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Dierks has the salad early in the evening and the sandwich about an hour ahead of showtime to ensure he has the proper amount of energy to take the stage.

HANK WILLIAMS JR. and CHARLIE DANIELS will be among the special guests on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour beginning this spring.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 30, 2018

This is day 30 of 2018. There are 335 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Gene Hackman (Unforgiven, The Royal Tenenbaums) is 88

• Vanessa Redgrave is 81

• Former chess player Boris Spassky is 81

• Phil Collins is 67

• Charles S. Dutton (Roc) is 67

• Wayne Wilderson (Veep) is 52

• Christian Bale (Hostiles, The Big Short, Batman movies) is 44

• Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show) is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1661: Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England was formally executed — after having been dead for two years.

• 1835: In the first assassination attempt against a President, a mentally ill man named Richard Lawrence attempted to assassinate President Andrew Jackson in the United States Capitol. Both of Lawrence’s pistols misfired and Jackson proceeded to beat his would-be assassin with his cane.

• 1933: Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.

• 1962: Two of the high-wire Flying Wallendas were killed when their famous seven-person pyramid collapses during a performance in Detroit, Michigan.

• 1969: The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert was broken up by police.

• 1994: The Dallas Cowboys repeated as NFL champions by defeating the Buffalo Bills 30-13 in Super Bowl 28. It was the fourth straight Super Bowl loss for the Bills.

• 1996: NBA superstar Magic Johnson played the first game of his return to the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic retired in 1991 after contracting HIV.

• 2003: Richard Reid, a British citizen and al-Qaida follower, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston for trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.

• 2005: Despite widespread violence, about 60 percent of Iraqi voters cast ballots in the country’s first free election in half a century.

• 2007: Doctors in Oklahoma announced they’d removed a 93-pound cyst from a 32-year-old woman. They likened its removal to delivering a 12-year-old by C-section.

• 2017: Scientists in central China revealed the oldest known human ancestor — a 540-million-year-old Saccorhytus in a fossil.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Croissant Day

• Plan For A Vacation Day

UPCOMING

• 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 18: Daytona 500
• February 19: President’s Day
• March 4: Academy Awards
• March 8: Winter Paralympics begin
• March 8: International Women’s Day
• March 9: SXSW begins
• March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins
• March 11: NCAA basketball “Selection Sunday”
• March 13: March Madness begins
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 30: Passover and Good Friday
• April 1: Easter
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding