INTERPREP ★ FEBRUARY 5, 2018

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 5, 2018

This is day 36 of 2018. There are 329 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Baseball Hall of Fame member Hank Aaron is 84

• Barbara Hershey (Hannah and Her Sisters) is 70

• Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap, Best In Show) is 70

• Tom Wilkinson (Selma) is 70

• Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) is 57

• Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) is 56

• Laura Linney (The Savages, John Adams) is 54

• Chris Parnell is 51

• Singer Bobby Brown is 49

• Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex, Frost/Nixon, Twilight films) is 49

• Darren Criss (Glee) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1924: The Royal Greenwich Observatory began broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the “BBC pips”.

• 1972: U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered the development of a Space Shuttle program.

• 1988: Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.

• 2002: A federal grand jury indicted John Walker Lindh, the so-called ”American Taliban,” on 10 charges, alleging that he was trained by Osama bin Laden’s network and that he conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans.

• 2008: A playground for the over-60 set opened in Manchester, England. Instead of slides and merry-go-rounds, it was equipped with machines specially designed to provide gentle exercise for different parts of the body such as hips, legs and the torso.

• 2015: RadioShack filed for bankruptcy.

• 2017: The New England Patriots won Super Bowl 51 in overtime. It was the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Dump Your Significant Jerk Day

• Shower With A Friend Day

• Weatherperson’s Day

• Nutella Day

• Frozen Yogurt Day

UPCOMING

• 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: Hours a day pandas spend eating bamboo.


NEWS ATTACK!

A new study finds that polar bears eat a lot more food than previously thought. [I had a similar experience with my Super Bowl party guests.]

Health experts warn that the flu is getting worse. [That explains why the NFL banned any Super Bowl touchdown celebrations that included kissing.]

The (Patriots / Eagles) won the Super Bowl, [which means that they’ve earned the right to represent the U.S. in the Winter Olympics].

Did you catch the Super Bowl Halftime Show? [Halfway through his performance Justin Timberlake was traded for Bruno Mars.]

A participant in Portland, Oregon’s annual Naked Bike Ride is suing the city for half a million dollars after his bike struck a concrete traffic island. He was treated for a broken nose, broken arm and broken fingers. [The bike ride also had its usual injuries — sprains, cramps and various things caught in the bicycle chain.]

A man hunting geese in Maryland was knocked unconscious by a falling dead goose. [Karma can have quite a sense of humor.]

Archaeologists using the latest technology have learned that the ancient Mayan civilization was far more complex than previously thought. [For example, their tax code was just as impossible to understand as ours.]

The CEO of the Humane Society resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. [He left with his tail between his legs.]

A Petsmart in Texas was forced to fire an employee for too aggressively grooming a dog. [Good. Because I say that if a dog doesn’t want to wear a hat, don’t force it.]

The fiancée of John Stamos was robbed of $164,000 worth of jewelry just hours before her wedding. [The thief had good taste. For example, he didn’t go anywhere near the bridesmaid dresses.]


SUPER BOWL

SUPER BOWL ADS _ Did you miss an ad? Check out USA Today.

SUPER BOWL 53 _ Super Bowl 53 will be played in Atlanta on February 3, 2019. Atlanta last hosted the game on January 30, 2000, when Kurt Warner led the St. Louis Rams to a 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans.

THE REAL SUPER BOWL WINNER WAS _ One could say Weight Watchers and other diet plans came out the big winner on Super Bowl Sunday:

  • It’s estimated we pounded down 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat during the game.
  • We ate 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips and 4.3 million pounds of pretzels.
  • Add to that 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and 2.5 million pounds of nuts.

JOCK LINE _ I broke even on the office Super Bowl pool. I made money on the (team) but lost it all on Girl Scout cookies.

BAD LIP READING _ The Bad Lip Reading gang is out with its NFL 2018 video.

ALMOST 14 MILLION SUPER BOWL VIEWERS WILL CALL IN SICK? _ If you don’t plan on being at work today (Monday), you might want to think of a better excuse than having a bad cough. About 14 million others might be using the same excuse. A survey released last week (by Workforce Institute) claims an estimated 13.9 million Americans will call in sick today.

SNOWBALL VENDING MACHINE WAS CREATED FOR SUPER BOWL ATTENDEES _ A Minnesota ad agency created a snowball vending machine to promote the state. The vending machine was set up about 15-minutes away from the site of Super Bowl 52. Each snowball was hand-packed and placed inside a customized canister that proudly displayed the exact date of its creation. The Chief Creative Officer for the ad agency (Space150) explained: “Ultimately we were looking to find something that celebrates the region and that celebrates the fact that six or seven months out of the year here it’s pretty cold and there’s something cool about that. There’s a pride in our tundra.” • VIDEO

… Snowballs were sold for $1, with all funds going to Wilderness Inquiry, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that helps kids from urban areas explore the great outdoors.

THIS IS US MADE AMENDS WITH CROCK-POT IN SUPER BOWL AD _ After This Is Us revealed that the cause of the house fire that killed the patriarch of the Pearson Five began by way of a faulty Crock-Pot, the company found itself on the defensive, ensuring fans on social media that its products do not, as the episode suggests, spontaneously erupt and take out heartthrobby TV dads at random.

… The show itself wanted to ensure fans that there were no hard feelings by airing a Super Bowl ad that features Milo Ventimiglia supping on some chili cooked in a Crock-Pot. • VIDEO

SUSPECTED DRUNKEN DRIVER KILLS NFL PLAYER _ Some awful NFL news on Super Bowl Sunday: A suspected drunken driver struck and killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson and another man around 4AM Sunday. Police say Jackson and the man were standing by a car on the side of I-70 in Indianapolis when a black pickup truck drove onto the shoulder and hit them. Police say the pickup driver fled the scene on foot but was quickly arrested by a state trooper.

… Investigators say the man with Jackson drove for a ride-sharing company such as Uber or Lyft and had picked up Jackson prior to the accident. Police think Jackson had asked the driver to pull over because he felt sick.

AT LAST-MINUTE, HYUNDAI CANCELLED A REAL-TIME SUPER BOWL AD _ Following up on last year’s Super Bowl ad that was shot in real-time, Hyundai this year had grand plans to again make most of its ad-on-the-fly by surprising people walking into U.S. Stadium in Minneapolis on game day. But the automaker had to call a last-minute audible and film the entire ad in advance to skirt security concerns raised by the NFL and officials overseeing security.

… The ad keeps the same general plot that was originally scripted by Hyundai. It promotes a nonprofit group, Hyundai Hope on Wheels, that distributes a small portion of proceeds from every Hyundai vehicle purchased to institutions fighting childhood cancer. Instead of filming people as they entered the stadium late Sunday, the ad agency went with footage filmed earlier of people going through security entering the “Super Bowl Experience” exhibit.

TWITTER TAKES CONTROL, MAKES SUPER BOWL SUNDAY _ Twitter turned Super Bowl Sunday into #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay on the 14th anniversary of “Nipplegate.” Ahead of Justin Timberlake’s halftime show fans took to Twitter in protest of his performance, celebration of Jackson’s music and boycott of the NFL. The hashtag and idea appear to have originated with former NFL wide receiver Matthew Cherry, now a filmmaker, in the form of a tweet. Jackson’s fans joined in particularly once the singer confirmed that she wouldn’t be joining Timberlake in a surprise appearance on-stage.


NEWS & NUGGETS

TSA CONFISCATED RECORD NUMBER OF GUNS IN 2017 _ U.S. airports set a dubious record in 2017, intercepting nearly 4,000 firearms in passenger bags at checkpoints around the country. The Transportation Security Administration said that last year its security agents found a record 3,957 guns tucked away in carry-ons. That’s a roughly 17 percent increase over the 2016 figure. Of the almost 4,000 firearms in passenger bags, 84% were loaded.

CREW USES ZIP TIES, DUCT TAPE TO RESTRAIN WOMAN ON FLIGHT _ A passenger on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to North Carolina was restrained with zip ties and duct tape after authorities say she became violent. Flight 1033 was approaching Charlotte Douglas International Airport when the 36-year-old, who was seated at the back of the plane, ran toward the cockpit. Flight attendants chased after the woman when she refused to stop, eventually restraining her in the first-class section with zip ties and duct tape as the plane touched down.

DOG GROOMER AT PETSMART FIRED AFTER SHE’S CAUGHT ABUSING PUPPY _ A dog groomer in Texas (Katy) has been fired for mishandling a dog as she clipped and combed her coat. Horrified owner Brooke Vowers said her Shih Tzu has been left terrified ever since she was handled roughly by the groomer at Petsmart. Vowers was told the dog had been a “sweetie” when she picked her up. But as she was leaving the shop, a fellow customer said she had seen the groomer handling the pup roughly. That other customer waited for Vowers because she had witnessed the groomer mistreating the dog. Petsmart fired the groomer, saying: “This treatment is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The associate is no longer with Petsmart.” • VIDEO

FLAMIN’ HOT CHEETOS ICE CREAM _ Who doesn’t like ice cream? And who doesn’t like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? Now Drill’d Ice Cream in Fountain View, California is now offering Flamin’ Hot ice cream. The invention is a blend of vanilla ice cream and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos that is then topped with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crumbles. • IMAGE

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL HELD FOR CLOSING TARGET _ It was a tragedy no Target shopper ever wanted to hear. The red carts, the khaki pants, the beloved bullseye — gone. The Target store in Hutchinson, Kansas, closed on Saturday, and loyal Target shoppers gathered the night before for a candlelight vigil. Josh Redd, one of the candlelight vigil coordinators, told the local newspaper that it started out mostly as a joke. But at least 20 people showed up in front of the store — a few in red shirts and khaki pants. Some showed up with a candle and a lighter. One person used a candle app on his smart phone. Some said they went to Walmart to buy candles. Others ran inside the half-emptied Target and purchased a candle at the last minute.

STANDING DESKS AREN’T THE HEALTHY MIRACLE YOU BELIEVE _ Are standing desks really doing us any good? For losing weight, not really. A new study says standing does, in fact, burn calories, just not that many: about 54 calories for a six-hour day of standing.

… Despite the modest effects of standing desks found in the research, standing desks have other health benefits. Research has found that people with standing desks tend to move more throughout the day, which would result in more burned calories than just standing. And there’s also the issue of back problems associated with long periods of sitting, another health issue standing desks were created to address.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HUNTER KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS BY FALLING GOOSE _ A Maryland man was was struck in the head by a dead Canadian goose that plunged from the sky after a fellow hunter fired a shot on a flock overhead. The goose fell about 90 feet, knocking the hunter out instantly and causing head and facial injuries. When the hunter came to, he was coherent but hazy. The dead bird also knocked out two of the hunter’s teeth.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POOPER WANTED TO MAIL BOX TO FEDS _ At a post office in Louisiana a man came in wanting to send a heavy package to an unnamed federal agency. When asked about the package, the man ran — leaving the large box behind. Postal officials called police, who responded with the bomb squad. The conclusion: not explosives, but rather poop — human poop. The pooper was found and taken into custody for a mental evaluation.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FINED FOR DRIVING WHILE EATING TOAST _ In France an officer pulled over a driver for using his phone while at the wheel. But the man wasn’t using his phone — he was enjoying a plate of foie gras on toast — that’s duck liver — while also watching a video on his laptop computer. The driver received a $930 fine.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SKINNY MAN TURNS FAT WITH STOLEN CLOTHES _ In Germany  man attracted the attention of some police by walking around in the bitter cold wearing only a thin jacket. The cops suspicions were aroused enough that when he walked into a department store they decided to follow him to see what he was up to. The cops were amazed at his transformation. He entered the store as a thin young man but when he was ready to leave he had undergone what looked to be a tremendous weight gain. That was because he had slipped on a shirt, pullover sweater, heavy jacket, several pair of underpants and one pair of swimming trunks, all underneath his clothing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF FALLS ASLEEP IN VICTIM’S HOME _ Malaysian police arrested a thief who fell asleep after snacking on cookies in the home of his victim and was discovered curled up in bed holding a stolen purse. The homeowner said his nine-year old son was startled to find the intruder sleeping in his bed, with a blanket pulled over his head, after the family returned from a shopping trip.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK FOUND WITH NEWSPAPER STAND IN CAR _ A Utah a sheriff’s deputy thought something looked out of place when he looked in the back seat of a car he had stopped. There was a newspaper stand — one of the coin-operated machines found on street corners — full of newspapers lying on the seat. The driver was arrested for DUI. Under questioning, the man said he had stolen the newspaper stand in Arizona.


ON TELEVISION

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. While in Paris, Arie surprises a group of the women with a visit to the legendary dance hall, Moulin Rouge.

THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — New

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Kevin is jealous when Vanessa is featured in a local magazine article.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — New. One of Ella’s brothers is the main suspect in the murder of a diamond thief.

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New. Supergirl and Alex use very different methods of interrogation on a second Worldkiller in an effort to learn how to defeat Reign.

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Adam and Andi agree on a present-free Valentine’s Day, so Adam gives her gift to his mom instead.

SEASON FINALE: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (9p ET, NBC) — New. The guys bond over a campfire in the Sahara Desert.

SUPERIOR DONUTS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Franco invites a former Negro League baseball player (guest star Bill Cobbs) to the shop to share his story.

THE RESIDENT (9p ET, FOX) — New. A mix-up in the ER causes Conrad to deliver a death notification to the wrong family.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — Two repeats

SEASON FINALE: 9JKL (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Josh’s ex-wife’s releases a tell-all book about their family. The show has not yet been renewed for another season.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team must help a doctor and pilot trapped in a helicopter that crashed on top of a skyscraper.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. Shaun learns that his young cancer patient identifies as a girl while being biologically male.

THE BEST OF THE U.S.: THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS (10p ET, NBC) — This preview of the Games features the best from the U.S. team, including Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White, Nathan Chen, and Chloe Kim. Plus a look at the Olympic figure skating competition and a feature on Korean culinary traditions.

BREAKING THEIR SILENCE: INSIDE THE GYMNASTICS SCANDAL (10p ET, Lifetime) — This special looks at the story that rocked the gymnastics world, featuring interviews with victims and experts.


ENTERTAINMENT

JUMANJI BACK AT NUMBER ONE _ After being knocked out of the top spot last weekend, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle returned to first place with an estimated $11 million. It’s the first December wide release movie to be number one at the box office in February since 1998 when Titanic was spending its seventh week on top.

… Jumanji has now made almost $856 million.

… Maze Runner: The Death Cure dropped to second place. Winchester, starring Helen Mirren, debuted in the third spot.

SEX AND THE CITY STAR KIM CATRALL’S BROTHER CHRIS FOUND DEAD _ Sex And The City star Kim Catrall’s brother Chris has been found dead hours after she made an appeal over him going missing. Catrall said Sunday: “It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall. At this time we ask for privacy. We want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time.” Earlier in the day Cattrall had asked her fans to help spread the word to find her brother, who had been missing for several days.

RUSSELL CROWE IS AUCTIONING OFF HIS WATCHES AND MOVIE MEMORABILIA _ Time is on Russell Crowe‘s side. Literally. The Gladiator actor will auction off a few watches that he has collected over time. He plans to auction the timepieces during his memorabilia sale on April 7. The auction will feature at least 29 watches. The actor promised to include extra perks for the winners of the watches. Each piece will be accompanied by a signed thank you letter from the Crowe, which will authenticate the timepiece and also include the origin of the watch. For example, a Rolex Cellini was purchased during the filming of American Gangster.

TRAILER: IRREPLACEABLE YOU ON NETFLIX _ What if you new for a fact that the person you loved would die soon? How would you approach that? And how would your dying significant other face this? These very difficult questions get the tear jerker movie treatment in Netflix’s new original film Irreplaceable You. In the film, a couple (Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman) find their lives upended and their future very much in doubt when they learn that the wife has been diagnosed with a fatal illness. The couple tries to deal with this news, and their conflicting emotions, all while hoping for the best but expecting the worst. The movie costars Christopher Walken, Kate McKinnon and Steve Coogan and debuts on Netflix February 16. • VIDEO

THE BACHELOR’S BEKAH M. JOKES ABOUT MISSING PERSONS PHOTO _ Bekah Martinez is taking her whole missing persons debacle in stride although. The 22-year-old contestant from the current season of The Bachelor went viral last week after being removed from a missing persons list in California when someone recognized her from the show — but her biggest concern right now seems to be the photo of her that was used by authorities. She tweeted: “Honestly the scariest thing about this whole story is that my efforts to conceal The Worst Drivers License Photo Of All Time have been thwarted.”

… Martinez also shut down the rumors that the missing persons photo was proof that she’d gone under the knife sometime before appearing on the reality show: “I never got a freaking nose job, it’s called contouring, people, look it up.”

… Martinez first went viral after the North Coast Journal shared its cover story to Facebook and asked if readers recognized any of the 35 people that were listed as missing from Humboldt County on the California Department of Justice’s website. One reader did, and pointed to Martinez’s image.

KOBE BRYANT CONFIRMS ROLE ON HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER _ Kobe Bryant has confirmed he’ll appear How to Get Away with Murder. No word on when he’ll appear on the ABC drama.

COCO IS THE BIG WINNER AT THE ANNIE AWARDS FOR ANIMATION _ Coco was the big winner at the 45th Annie Awards for animation. The Disney-Pixar film won the top honor of Best Feature, along with Best Animated Effects, Character Animation, Character Design, Directing, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting, Writing and Editorial.

… War For The Planet of The Apes was recognized for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production.

JOHN STAMOS MARRIES CAITLIN McHUGH _ Fuller House star John Stamos has married his pregnant girlfriend Caitlin McHugh Saturday. A reception was held at the couple’s home in Beverly Hills.

… The wedding weekend did not go off without a hitch, however. McHugh’s room at the Beverly Hills Hotel was burglarized Friday and an estimated $165,000 worth of jewelry was stolen. No arrests have been made yet.

KYLIE JENNER GAVE BIRTH HER FIRST CHILD _ Jenner welcomed her baby on February 1. It’s her first child, whose father is rapper Travis Scott.

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $11 million
  2. Maze Runner: The Death Cure, $10.2 million
  3. Winchester, $9.2 million
  4. The Greatest Showman, $7.8 million
  5. Hostiles, $5.5 million
  6. The Post, $5.2 million
  7. 12 Strong, $4.7 million
  8. Den of Thieves, $4.6 million
  9. The Shape of Water, $4.3 million
  10. Paddington 2, $3.1 million

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

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Warm Bodies.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Titanic (7th week at No. 1)

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

The 15:17 to Paris (PG-13) – Three Americans discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France. Based on actual events and starring the three Americans who stopped the train attack: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone. Also with Judy Greer and Jenna Fischer.

Fifty Shades Freed (R) – Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship. Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson.

Peter Rabbit (PG) – Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden. Voice cast: Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Sam Neill, James Corden.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

ER NURSE: ER nurse Katherine Smith Lockler shared some “thoughts” on her Facebook about dealing with the flu, how to sneeze, staying hydrated, etc. This is edited audio of her 6 minute Facebook video, which has been viewed over 8 million times.

DROP: And now, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome an extraordinary group.


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BITS & BREAKS

BAD POETRY

It’s time to order Valentine roses
Get your florist on the phone
But first you had better call your banker
And take out a flower loan.

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. Super Bowl
  2. Pink
  3. The Flu
  4. Justin Timberlake
  5. The Puppy Bowl
  6. Lady Gaga
  7. This Is Us
  8. The Olympics
  9. Uma Thurman
  10. The FBI Memo
  11. John Stamos
  12. Black History Month
  13. #metoo
  14. Valentine’s Day
  15. HQ Trivia
  16. Fifty Shades

MUSIC MEANS BETTER HEALTH — FOUR REASONS WHY

from Psychology Today

• Better sleep. Lullabies aren’t just for kids. Try playing soft music before you crawl into bed. The soothing tones lead to a more restful night, by slowing down your heart rate and breathing. This helps you sleep more deeply, and because you won’t be as restless during sleep, you won’t feel drowsy the next day.

• Music improves your kid’s brain. According to Canada’s McMaster University, learning to play an instrument develops the reasoning and spatial centers in the brain. Music also maximizes brain development in the areas related to language and social skills. Children develop the mental capacity to learn an instrument by age 4, so sign them up!

• It’ll rev-up your workout. Listen to music while you’re on the treadmill or exercise bike, and you’ll go farther than if you exercised without the soundtrack. In fact, studies show that people who listen to tunes while walking on a treadmill walk 24 percent further than those who don’t. Here’s a bonus: the combination of music and exercise boosts your brainpower more than either one does on its own.

• Although music in a minor key can sometimes bring you down, and major chords usually make you happier, your personal taste is what counts most when getting a boost from music. So listening to the music of your choice — whether it’s jazz, pop, rap or country — will increase your feelings of optimism, calm and joy.

WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR MORNINGS

Try these tips from Prevention magazine:

• Make a note. Before bedtime, stick a note on your alarm clock to remind you of something fun or exciting happening the next day. Hormone shifts overnight make most people feel slightly depressed when they wake up. However, remembering that you’re meeting a friend for dinner, or your favorite team’s got a game can give you a quick mental pick-me-up.

• Keep a cool bedroom. A warm room makes it easier to nod off, but it also increases your odds of waking up groggy. Instead, lower the thermostat to about 66 degrees just before you hit the sack.  It’ll keep the room warm long enough for you to fall asleep, and let it cool overnight to help you wake up refreshed and alert.

• Surround yourself with color. Seeing a bright, vibrant hue when you wake up gets your adrenaline going, and boosts your brainpower. The executive director of the Pantone Color Institute recommends putting a red, orange or yellow throw pillow, blanket or piece of art where you’ll see it first thing.

• Put flowers beside your bed. In a study at Harvard Medical School, volunteers who woke up to a bouquet of blooms got a distinct mood lift and an energy boost. One that lasted all day.

• Drink a big glass of water when you wake up. Why? Pretty much everything your body does requires water, and your body loses a lot of fluid during the night. Even a 2% reduction in water makes all of your systems work harder — which can cause physical and mental fatigue. Drinking water will jumpstart your metabolism and reduce your irritability so you can start the day on the right foot.

HOW TO BE A TERRIBLE BOSS

There’s an old saying that’s supported by much research: people join companies but quit their managers. The work and life blog BiggSuccess.com has come up with seven ways to be a terrible boss.

#1 – Be indecisive. Postpone making decisions. Send it to committee. Call in a consultant. Wait until you have ALL the information. Analyze EVERY alternative. There all kinds of ways to do this.

#2 – Don’t let them know what you expect. Don’t have a plan that you share with them. Don’t make goals or establish priorities. And don’t ever set a deadline. After all, if your people don’t know what you expect of them, they’ll never know how they’re doing. They’ll have to rely on you to tell them.

#3 – Be inaccessible. Don’t spend too much time at the office. When you do, keep your door shut. Or, if you do keep it open, always look like you’re too busy to talk to any of your employees. They don’t have anything important to discuss anyway, right?

#4 – Be inflexible. Always follow the rules, without exception. They’re not in place to provide a framework — they’re the law! Business must always come first — no matter what’s going on in your employees’ lives.

#5 – Be inconsistent. What’s your mood today? Make decisions based on your emotions, not on the plan, policies, and precedents. Don’t treat all of your people all the same — show favoritism. Don’t worry about performance; take care of the people you like.

#6 – Make them feel unappreciated. Don’t tell them when they do a good job. And when they don’t, criticize them in front of their peers. Oh, and don’t forget — be sure to openly discuss one employee’s faults with some other employee. That definitely will drive people away. Quickly dismiss any ideas your employees have. Better yet, don’t even listen to them. And, whatever else you may do, don’t trust them with any major responsibilities.

# 7 – Don’t lead by example. You should have one set of rules for you and another set of rules for your staff. They should do as you say, not as you do.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What beverage was advertised as “good to the last drop” in 1907? (Coca-Cola. The slogan was long forgotten by the time the line was adopted by Maxwell House Coffee.)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• The secret agent also known as 007. (Bond)

• A color that’s somewhere between blue and violet. (Indigo)

• Home of the NFL’s Saints. (New Orleans)

• When you make a bold move, they say it took what? (Guts)

• She co-starred in Grease. (Olivia Newton-John)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Blue marble.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Start your healthy day with a Tide Pod?


source: twitter

DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 6, 2018

This is day 37 of 2018. There are 328 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Rip Torn (The Larry Sanders Show) is 87

• Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H) is 79

• Tom Brokaw is 78

• Kathy Najimy (Veronica’s Closet) is 61

• Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is 56

• Rick Astley is 52

• Josh Stewart (Criminal Minds, Third Watch) is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1895: George Herman “Babe” Ruth was born in Baltimore, Maryland. “The Sultan of Swat” hit 714 home runs in 22 major league seasons and played in 10 World Series.

• 1926: The National Football League (NFL) adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college classes graduate.

• 1932: Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition. The demonstration program was presented by the United States and Canada.

• 1956: St. Patrick Center, the first circular school building in the United States, opened in Kankakee, Illinois.

• 1971: Alan Shepard became the first person to hit a golf ball on the Moon.

• 1981: Former Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison teamed up once again to record a musical tribute to John Lennon. The result of that session became All Those Years Ago. The song went to #2 on the pop music chart.

• 1985: The French mineral water company Perrier debuted its first new product in 123 years. On grocery shelves and in trendy establishments, one could find water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange added to the well-established popular product line.

• 1999: Excerpts of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky’s videotaped testimony were shown at President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial.

• 2006: In Hungary, an ice-skater who fell through the ice and into a freezing lake managed to survive by holding on to the edge of the ice with her teeth for ten minutes. She had to use her teeth because hands were stiff from the cold.

• 2012: Queen Elizabeth II marked her 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Canadian Maple Syrup Day

• Chopsticks Day

• Frozen Yogurt Day

• Pay a Compliment Day

UPCOMING

• 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