INTERPREP ★ JANUARY 30, 2018

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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


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

12,000: People hospitalized in the U.S. with the flu this season — so far. It’s on track to be the worst in a decade.


NEWS ATTACK!

The television ratings for the Grammys were a bit off. [But they plan to fix that with Autotune.]

Baseball’s Cleveland Indians will stop using their mascot logo of a caricatured Native American after the upcoming season. Some say the move is long overdue. [In related news, female workers at the stadium’s concession stands will no longer be required to be barefoot and pregnant.]

The federal government wants to build its own 5G communications network. It says it can do it quickly and efficiently. [You know, like it built that wall.]

Security experts are warning about jackpotting. That’s when sophisticated thieves use computers to hack ATMs and program them to spit out all their money like a slot machine. [Kinda the way my kids do to me.]

That woman who keeps sneaking onto planes was arrested again — just three days after being released. [Why doesn’t an airline just hire her? That would be one employee they could be certain would show up for work.]

A trial in Pennsylvania over political corruption included a wiretap recording of the accused discussing meatballs. The prosecution says the word meatball is code for bribes while the defendant says the meatballs were really meatballs. [“Hey, I’m gonna need several additional meatballs. Small unmarked meatballs.”]

North Korea is cutting back on its use of military vehicles to save gas. [Soldiers are forced to carpool. The other day more soldiers jumped out of the same tank than clowns in a circus clown car.]

An investigation reveals the auto industry participated in unethical experiments, deliberately exposing humans and monkeys to diesel fumes to measure the health impact. [The story was reported in the latest issue of Road & Track & Asthma.]

The life story of Mr. Rogers is coming to the big screen with Tom Hanks in the lead. [Because if you can talk to a volleyball, you can certainly talk to a trolley car.]

Friday is Groundhog Day and I’m really hoping the Groundhog predicts spring is here. [I can’t bear the thought of six more weeks of my wife in a flannel nightgown.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

CLEVELAND INDIANS WILL REMOVE CHIEF WAHOO LOGO FROM UNIFORMS _ Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced Monday that the Cleveland Indians will remove the “Chief Wahoo” logo from their uniforms, effective with the 2019 season. The announcement comes following thoughtful and productive discussions between Major League Baseball and the Indians.

… Indians owner Paul Dolan said: “While we recognize many of our fans have a longstanding attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019.”

TOM BRADY UNHAPPY WITH BOSTON RADIO HOST _ New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a regular on a Boston radio show. But on Monday morning he let it be known that his agreement with th station could end after one of the show’s hosts made a nasty comment about his young daughter. During a segment on WEEI last Friday, a host was talking about Tom’s new documentary. When asked what he thought, he said: “It was fine. It was okay. I thought the first scene was so staged.” He then goes on to insult Tom’s daughter, who he shares with model wife Gisele Bündchen, saying: “Brady is in the kitchen and his kid is being an annoying little p*ssant”.

… When Tom did his regular interview with the show on Monday he made it clear he’s extremely unhappy. He said: “I’ve tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect. … It’s very disappointing when you hear [the comments about my daughter], certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly don’t deserve that.”

… He’s also said he’s not sure if he wants to continue the contract with the radio station: “I’ll obviously evaluate whether I want to come on this show again, so I really don’t have much to say this morning.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the rudest or dumbest thing anyone’s said to your face about your kid?

VIDEO GAME RECORD HOLDER STRIPPED OF HIS TITLE AFTER 35 YEARS _ Back in 1982, Activision verified the fastest time on its Dragster video game on the Atari 2600. The record belonged to Todd Rogers, with a time of 5.51 minutes. According to Twin Galaxies — a website that tracks video game records — a member (Dick Moreland) officially disputed Rogers’ time, citing analysis by another man (Eric Koziel) that showed such a time was mathematically impossible. Twin Galaxies has now decided to remove all of Rogers’ scores and ban him from future participation in any of its competitive leaderboards.

HOW AND WHEN TO WATCH WEDNESDAY’S SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON _ Early in the morning on January 31 — if you are in the right part of the world — you’ll be able to look up at the sky and see what you could call a “super blue blood moon.” That’s a full moon happening at the part of the moon’s orbit that’s closest to Earth (known as a supermoon). This will also be the second full moon of a calendar month, which is commonly referred to as a blue moon by NASA and others. Most excitingly, in certain parts of the world it’ll be possible to see a total lunar eclipse, which can give the moon a reddish hue when the Earth comes between the sun and our satellite, hence the name “blood moon.”

… The last time all three of these events happened at the same time was almost 152 years ago. But terms like these can make these occurrences seem more dramatic than they are. Because of where the moon is in its orbit, this full moon will be about 14% brighter than normal — whether or not that qualifies as super is up to you. And blue moon is not a technical astronomical term.

… But the lunar eclipse component of these three aligned events is fascinating for astronomers, since the rapid temperature changes that occur when the Earth blocks the direct light of the sun can reveal new aspects of the moon’s surface.

… To catch the eclipse, you’ll need to look up at the right time: early in the morning in North America and the Eastern Pacific, evening for those in the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Most of Europe will unfortunately miss this part of the show.

RUSSIA BANNED FROM WINTER PARALYMPICS OVER DOPING _ Russia has been banned from this year’s Winter Paralympics after the International Paralympic Committee found that the country had failed to reform itself sufficiently following its elaborate cover-up of doping by its athletes. Some Russian athletes however will still be allowed to take part as neutrals in certain sports, provided they are able to meet certain conditions. The decision means that Russia is barred a second time from a Paralympics over doping, after the IPC suspended it from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, and it follows Russia’s recent banning from this year’s Winter Olympics.

ASTRONAUTS COULD ONE DAY EAT GOO MADE FROM THEIR POO _ Astronauts on deep-space missions could recycle their own feces to make food. It’s a long way to Mars, and astronauts will need to eat. Limited cargo room for long-haul flights means future space travelers will need to recycle and reuse everything possible … including poop. Penn State researchers developed a system that combines microbes with human waste to help create food. Geosciences professor Christopher House describes the resulting substance as “a little bit like Marmite or Vegemite where you’re eating a smear of ‘microbial goo.'”

… Astronauts on board the International Space Station already recycle urine into drinkable water, so it’s not a stretch to imagine turning solid waste into something useful and edible as well. Currently, ISS poop is discharged to go burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

NO MORE CREMATED REMAINS AT THE VIETNAM WALL _ There has been an increase in cremated remains left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. — and the National Park Service is trying to stop it. The reasons for the increase are an aging population of Vietnam veterans, the 50th anniversary of the worst year of fighting, and Ken Burns’ powerful Vietnam War documentary. Leaving mementos at the Wall has been a tradition since the polished stone memorial bearing the names of the 58,000 Vietnam War dead was dedicated in 1982. This past fall, signs were erected at the Wall telling visitors that human remains “and associated objects” should not be left or scattered there, or anywhere on the Mall.

… About 70 cremains — some in containers, some scattered — have been left at the Wall over the years.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: More and more of us are choosing cremation. Do you have someone’s remains? Where are you keeping them?

THIS GUY REALLY LOVES TOOTHPASTE _ While most of us don’t love toothpaste, we appreciate what it does for our smile and oral health. But Dr. Val Kolpakov, a practicing dentist in Saginaw, Michigan, really gets into toothpaste. He has collected over 1,800 toothpastes, a number that landed him in the Guinness World Records book.

… He began buying toothpastes on eBay and in stores. Some are whiskey-flavored, some taste like curry and others like bamboo. One dates to World War II. About a fourth of his toothpaste collection is displayed in the waiting room at his dental clinic.

STUDENT GIVEN $140 AFTER CALL TO MOM ON TRAIN _ A student in the UK burst into tears after she woke from napping on a train to find a kind-hearted passenger had left her $140 under a napkin on her lap. Ella Johannessen had been speaking to her mom earlier in the journey about how “stressed and upset” she was about her finances. After she hung up the phone she took a nap. She burst into tears when she woke up she found the cash.

HONEY COLLECTOR USES HIS BARE HANDS TO STUFF BEES UNDER SHIRT _ A professional honey collector from India fills his T-shirt with thousands of bees after grabbing them — without the use of any protective gear. The 31-year-old man, who has been gathering honey for the last 15 years, said he has become immune to bee stings. He added that he no longer feels any pain, although the stings sometime leave behind minor swellings around the lips. To recover from the stings he says he just needs a hot cup of tea.

YOU’RE ONLY AS OLD AS YOU FEEL _ Expressions like “You’re only as old as you feel” may be cliches, but according to a new study they can have a positive effect on a person’s mental and physical well-being. Researchers from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston found that so-called memorable messages about aging can persuade people to change their lifestyle as they grow older.

ARE YOU STEALING HOTEL TOWELS? _ Hotel pilferage is widespread. In a survey of members of the online travel community TripAdvisor, 22% of the more than 2,500 respondents admitted helping themselves to everything from bathrobes to decorative pieces to glassware. The larceny amounts to an estimated $100 million a year, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, though that figure also includes employee theft.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE TRICKIEST TONGUE TWISTER _ A tongue twister is a phrase which is difficult to say, especially when repeated multiple times in rapid succession. In 2013, a team of researchers at MIT decided to find the hardest tongue twister — and they succeeded. What did they come up with? Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.

… While that phrase is meaningless, the study had a more serious mission. The lead researcher was a psychologist from MIT who studies who how brain glitches manifest in our speech.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PELICANS FAN PRETENDS TO BE PART OF TEAM, SHOOTS IN WARM-UP _ A New Orleans Pelicans fan pretended to be a player during Friday warm-ups before the team’s win against the Houston Rockets. He was eventually kicked off of the court by a security guard.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PLANE WITH 84 PLUMBERS HAD TO RETURN TO OSLO BECAUSE OF TOILET PROBLEM _ Norwegian Air’s flight from Oslo, Norway, to Munich, Germany, was interrupted because of a problem with the toilets. Ironically 84 of the passengers were plumbers. The managing director of the company the plumbers work for said that they would have liked to fix the toilet, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COOKIE FIGHT _ Police in California say a woman attacked the clerk at a mall cookie counter because they didn’t have a chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie. The customer threw a glass container full of straws at the employee, hitting her in the face. She’s now facing jail time. Over a cookie.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN DUPED INTO BUYING WANDS _ A Pennsylvania woman who says she bought magic wands from a self-described psychic to erase negative thoughts says $5,400 of her money was the only thing that disappeared. The woman said she paid the psychic $1,800 for each of three wands but became suspicious about the effectiveness of the wands and contacted police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF RETURNS TO SCENE OF CRIME _ In New York City, a guy shoplifted a pendant and a large ring from a jewelry booth. He must have really liked the items, because he was wearing both pieces when he stopped by the booth again the very next day. The clerk recognized the hot merchandise and alerted security who arrested the man as he made his way to a nearby restaurant.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY BUSTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING LAWN MOWER _ A Michigan man was charged with drunken driving after he went through two bottles of wine and then drove through snow on his lawn mower to reach a liquor store to restock.


ON TELEVISION

SUPER BOWL GREATEST COMMERCIALS 2018 (8p ET, CBS) — Boomer Esiason and Daniela Ruah host this new special, counting down the best Super Bowl commercials. Plus, Kevin Frazier gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a commercial, and a celebration of the 25th anniversary of an iconic McDonald’s advertisement.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8p ET, ABC) — New. Jessica doesn’t want to tell  Emery and Evan that Michelle Kwan came in 2nd in the Olympics. Nancy Kerrigan guest stars as herself.

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.

LETHAL WEAPON (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. A meta, who can shrink anything, leaves Cisco and Ralph as miniature versions of themselves.

WE’LL MEET AGAIN (8p ET, PBS) — Hosted by Ann Curry, this new episode features a woman searching for the helicopter pilot who rescued her during the eruption of Mount St. Helens.

SERIES PREMIERE: CITIZEN ROSE (8p ET, E!) — This new documentary series follows the life and activism of actress Rose McGowan. The series begins with this two-hour special and will return with four more episodes this spring. McGowan has become a prominent figure in the movement against sexual harassment and violence after the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Jessica pushes Evan to win Student of the Month so that she can rub it in her new frenemy’s face (guest star Angela Kinsey).

STATE OF THE UNION (9p ET, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX) — President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress and America.

BLACK LIGHTNING (9p ET, CW) — New. Jefferson Pierce wants to know if the community could survive without Black Lightning’s help.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released January 30. • LINK

• Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
• Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
• Last Flag Flying
• Ray Donovan – Season 5
• Victoria – Season 2

TOM HANKS STARRING AS MR. ROGERS _ Tom Hanks will star as Fred Rogers from the pioneering children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. You Are My Friend, with its title taken from one of Rogers’ signature songs, is inspired by a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Junod is depicted as a cynical scribe who begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile article on the iconic Mr. Rogers. He finds his life-perspective transformed in the process.

GRAMMYS RATINGS TANK  _ It was a great night for Bruno Mars, and a pretty bleak one for CBS. The first ratings are in for Sunday night’s Grammys, and they are rough. An estimated 19.8 million people watched, down 24% from 2017. In fact, the show may end up being an all-time Grammy’s low when the final numbers are crunched.

TWO DISNEYLAND AUDIO-ANIMATRONICS LOST THEIR HEADS _ Considering the attractions inside the Disney Parks are made by man, there is always the possibility that something can go wrong. There are many good reasons as to why attractions shut down for refurbishment and two very good examples happened this weekend at the Disneyland Resorts in California and Paris. Guests at the theme parks witnessed two audio-animatronics — one in each — losing their heads for a while, and the videos and pictures were captured by guests. Usually, cast members are right on top of things and will shut down an attraction or cease operation of a ride if something goes wrong. Unfortunately, many of those attractions are quite dark and it isn’t always possible to see everything that goes wrong in a quick amount of time. • VIDEO

DON’T USE GORDON RAMSAY’S LICENSE PLATE TRICK _ Follow Chef Gordon Ramsay’s cooking hacks, not his traffic hacks. Ramsay claims (or jokes) that he covers his license plates in plastic wrap so he can avoid traffic cameras when he speeds his Ferrari around L.A. in the middle of the night. This, is, of course, illegal in California, as in many states. It also might not work. According to MythBusters, any clear wrap or cover won’t hide your license plate from cameras any better than it hides them from humans. But according to the New York Daily News, these covers do occasionally work. A transportation official told the News that over a hundred cars avoided traffic cameras by illegally covering their plates.

… But even if it works, it’s dangerous, and it’s illegal in most of the country. So even if you trick a traffic camera, a cop can write you a ticket just for using the cover.

FULLER HOUSE RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 _ Get ready for even more time spent with the Tanner-Fullers. Netflix has renewed Fuller House for a fourth season. The decision comes just a month after the second half of season three premiered.

CLOVERFIELD 4 IS A WWII THRILLER AND IT’S ALREADY DONE FILMING _ Who could have predicted that 2008’s hand-held monster movie Cloverfield would spawn a franchise we’d still be talking about 10 years later? 2016’s surprise sort-of-sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane will be followed by God Particle — or possibly Cloverfield Station — we now know that Cloverfield 4 not only exists, but that it’s already completed filming. The project is called Overlord. Here’s the plot: “On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They find themselves fighting against supernatural forces, part of a Nazi experiment.”

… Cloverfield 3 — aka God Particle, aka Cloverfield Station — was scheduled to arrive this April, but recent rumors indicate that Paramount may end up passing it on to Netflix. Cloverfield 4 — aka Overlord — will arrive in theaters on October 26.

CHRIS CHRISTIE TO JOIN ABC NEWS AS CONTRIBUTOR _ Chris Christie will join ABC News as a contributor. A source says the former New Jersey governor will debut as a new political analyst joining the network’s news division on today’s Good Morning America.

MAISIE WILLIAMS SAYS GAME OF THRONES QUOTE IS COMPLETELY FALSE _ Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams says reports that the show’s final season wraps in December and will premiere in April 2019 are “completely false.” She tweeted Monday: “This game of thrones release date ‘quote’ I’ve supposedly given is completely false and taken from an interview I did years ago.”

MEGYN KELLY LANDS FIRST TV INTERVIEW WITH NICOLE EGGERT _ Megyn Kelly has landed the first TV sit-down with Nicole Eggert, who has accused former Charles in Charge co-star Scott Baio of repeatedly molesting her when she was a minor.  This marks the first time Eggert is coming forward on television to share her story of what she says happened off camera when they were co-stars. The exclusive interview will air today (Tuesday) on Megyn Kelly Today on NBC. Baio wasted no time in disputing accusations from actress Eggert, who said he repeatedly molested her between the ages of 14 and 17. Baio took to Twitter on Saturday saying “her claims are 100% lies” before going to Facebook Live in an effort to prove the allegations were false. He says they had a consensual relationship when Eggert was 18.

… Baio says that when Eggert’s first claims against him came up, she was promoting her reality shows — but he kept his “mouth shut” because they eventually go away. Baio said that she “just won’t let them go.”

DEBRA MESSING SAYS ROBERT KLEIN WILL JOIN WILL & GRACE _ Debra Messing announced on Instagram Monday that Robert Klein will be taking over the role of Grace’s dad on Will & Grace. Messing and Klein both appeared on NBC’s short-lived series The Mysteries of Laura.

CARDI B OFFERS HER KIDNEY TO BRUNO MARS _ Cardi B is so grateful to Bruno Mars for their “Finesse” collaboration and Grammys performance that she’s willing to make a major sacrifice for him. Cardi B tweeted Monday: “@brunomars i want to thank you Soo much ! I don’t even know how !maybe one day you’ll need a kidney I got you”

… Mars won big at the Grammys on Sunday, taking home six awards including Album and Record of the Year for 24K Magic and Song of the Year for That’s What I Like.

JOANNA GAINES WON’T GET $150K AN HOUR FOR DEPOSITION _ Joanna Gaines will have to sit for a deposition, but she won’t get a paycheck. A judge ruled that the company producing furniture for Magnolia Home will not have to pay the Fixer Upper star her requested appearance fee of $150,000 per hour. Her requests to quash her subpoena and obtain a protective order to keep the case confidential were also denied “as moot.”

… Gaines is not directly involved in the suit, as it involves Standard Furniture Manufacturing Company, Inc. and LF Products. Standard Furniture Manufacturing agreed to sell “high-end furniture” under the Magnolia House name (which Joanna owns with her husband Chip), and LF Products was set to make the products. But Joanna allegedly discovered that the manufacturing company was using a different type of raw material than they agreed on, and now the companies are battling in court over the upholstered chairs and couches.


AUDIO

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WHO’S CRYING: Roxy the dog lives in Riverton, Australia. Sam, one of Roxy’s humans, was crying one morning — and Roxy joined in too. Sam was crying because his dad left for work and didn’t take him with. • VIDEO

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


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s on the menu at your Super Bowl party?

THE DIVORCE CAPITAL OF EVERY STATE

While divorce is a fact of life in every part of the country, in some states divorce rates are higher than in others. Within all states, there is at least one city where the divorce rate tops the statewide rate. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed Census Bureau data to identify the city in each state that has the highest percentage of divorces.

Find the city in your state.

IF HE DOES THESE 5 THINGS ON A DATE, YOU DON’T WANT HIM IN YOUR LIFE

During the first few weeks of the year, online dating sites see their highest levels of traffic. With so many options, it’s easy to become overwhelmed — or burn out. YourTango asked single people from around the country to share their top dating deal breakers.

FOCUSING ON THEIR PHONE – Scott, a bar owner in Kansas City, Missouri, watches a lot of awkward first dates. From his vantage point, the number one indicator of a go-nowhere date is a pair of people looking at their phones. Corinne, a lifestyle blogger, agrees. She recalls the time she went out with man who compulsively checked his phone every two minutes.

COMPLAINING ABOUT AN EX – Taunya, a financial expert, is recently separated and plans to start dating again in 2018. She says she’s hoping to meet a man who is authentic and takes responsibility for his decisions and actions. Men who complains about their exes will not be considered.

NOT MAKING AN EFFORT – While it’s nice to keep a first date casual, you still want to meet up somewhere with more ambiance than a bus station. Susan, a New Jersey life coach, also makes note of the way men dress — designer apparel and jacket and tie isn’t required, but she does need a sense that the man made an effort.

BAILING ON PLANS – Andrew, a college professor from Florida, says that if a date cancels on him, he is unlikely to reschedule. Emergencies happen, but just breaking them is rude and disrespectful. When you break your plans with someone, you are saying to them, “Something better than you came along.”

TREATING YOU LIKE AN AMAZON PURCHASE – Julie recalls the man who felt compelled to express his dissatisfaction with her appearance. “He looked at me with an unsmiling face and said, ‘Hi. So when were your online photos taken? You look a lot older than your photos.’” While Julie admits that one of her many photos was a bit dusty, his brazen rudeness told her all she needed to know.

WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM THE MOVIES

• It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts: your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one, dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.

• Honest and hard-working policemen are traditionally gunned down three days before their retirement.

• All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach the armpit level of a woman, but only the waist level of the man lying beside her.

• At least one of a pair of identical twins is born evil.

• All grocery bags contain at least one stick of French bread.

• You’re very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

• A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating, but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

• If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before long.

• If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises in their most revealing underwear.

• Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.

• All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they’re going to go off.

• A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.

• Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.

HEY BOSSES — SPICE UP THE OFFICES!

A survey of office workers shows they aren’t too happy with their work environment. The poll was conducted to gauge the impact of office building conditions on worker attitudes, productivity and motivation.

• One in three workers surveyed said they have either accepted or left a job due to “the condition of the building and/or the amenities offered.”

• Nearly half said their office buildings and office environments are either “bland” (36%), “dumpy” (7%) or “stodgy” (4%).

• The most-frequent complaint (47%): extreme office temperatures due to poor heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems.

• About a quarter of the respondents said the cleanliness of their buildings is either “marginal” or “appalling.”

• One in three workers said they’re concerned about getting sick or injured from unhealthy or unsafe building conditions.

• Fully 80% of workers said the overall condition of their office buildings affects how they perceive their employers.

• The vast majority (69%) confirmed that the condition of their office buildings affects their own individual productivity and motivation.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: While Wisconsin has more of these, per capita, than any other state, residents of Montana spend more time in them than residents of any other state. (Outhouses)

BACKWARD DAY IDEAS

Tomorrow (January 31) is Backward Day. Here are a few ideas:

• Play a clip of a popular song backward. First caller to identify it wins. Got more/better prizes? Play two backward song clips at the same time!

• Ask your cohost a few questions off-air then reverse their answers and play back the interview. First person who can tell you your co-host’s responses wins. Sample questions: What food designed for kids do you still enjoy? What’s one of your favorite recent movies?

• Invite listeners to call in and say song or movie titles in reverse. They try to stump you!


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Woman breaks leg while stealing a package.

https://youtu.be/Cdq2VQqLQR8


IMAGE OF THE DAY

It’s called a pillowig.


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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 31, 2018

This is day 31 of 2018. There are 334 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Carol Channing is 97

• Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development) is 77

• Glynn Turman (House of Lies, Clarence Royce on The Wire) is 72

• Baseball Hall of Fame member Nolan Ryan is 71

• Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) is 71

• Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) is 59

• Kelly Lynch (Road House, Drugstore Cowboy) is 59

• Minnie Driver (Speechless, Good Will Hunting) is 48

• Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) is 45

• Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) is 41

• Kerry Washington (Scandal) is 41

• Justin Timberlake is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1930: 3M introduced Scotch Tape.

• 1990: The first McDonald’s opened in Moscow, Russia.

• 1992: Keith Witt of Amarillo cleaned three standard 42-1/2 by 47-inch office windows with an 11.8-inch squeegee in 10.13 seconds

• at the International Window Cleaning Association convention in San Antonio. It was a Guinness World Record.

• 2001: An 81-year-old resident of a Byker, England, nursing home and her 71-year-old friend wrestled a burglar into their bathroom and lock the door until police arrived. The 32-year-old heroin addict was charged with two counts of assault, drug possession, and burglary. The ladies are shaken up but not seriously hurt.

• 2002: A large section of the Antarctic Larsen Ice Shelf began disintegrating, eventually consuming about 1,254 square miles over a 35-day period.

• 2005: The child molestation trial of superstar Michael Jackson began in California.

• 2005: Actor Keanu Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• 2009: Elton John launched a line of crystal-encrusted iPods to raise money for charity. A share of the profits from the sale of the $600 limited-edition players will be given to the singer’s AIDS Foundation.

• 2010: Avatar became the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.

• 2011: A winter storm hit North America for the second time in the same month, causing $1.8 billion in damages across the United States and Canada and killing 24 people.

• 2017: Donald Trump fired Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructed Justice Department officials not to defend Trump’s travel ban.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Backward Day

• Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

• Hot Chocolate Day

• Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day

UPCOMING

• 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