INTERPREP ★ FEBRUARY 23, 2018

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 23, 2018

This is day 54 of 2018. There are 311 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee’s Gold) is 78

• Patricia Richardson (Strong Medicine, Home Improvement) is 67

• Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) is 53

• Daymond John (Shark Tank) is 49

• Niecy Nash (Reno 911!) is 48

• Josh Gad (Frozen, Jobs) is 37

• Aziz Ansari (Master of None, Parks and Recreation) is 35

• Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Sicario) is 35

• Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) is 24

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1991: President George H.W. Bush announced that the allied ground offensive against Iraqi forces had begun.

• 1997: Scientists in Scotland announced they had cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.

• 2005: In Berlin, Germany, an unidentified man broke into a car. He was hard at work trying to pry the car’s radio out of the dash but it turned out to be an exhausting job and before long he was sound asleep. And that’s how the cops found him, still clutching his screwdriver.

• 2014: The Sochi Winter Olympics ended. On this last day of the competitions, Canada beat Sweden in men’s hockey.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Curling is Cool Day

• Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

• Single Tasking Day

• Tennis Day

UPCOMING

• 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


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

• Edward James Olmos is 71. George Thorogood is 68. Paula Zahn is 62. Country singer Sammy Kershaw is 60. Billy Zane is 52.

• Tortilla Chip Day. Open That Bottle Night. Sword Swallowers Day. Dance Day. Bartender Day.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25

• Bob Schieffer is 81. Tea Leoni is 52. Carrot Top is 51. Sean Astin is 47. Chelsea Handler is 43. Rashida Jones is 42. Country singer Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square is 40. James and Oliver Phelps are 32.

• Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day. Clam Chowder Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

20,000: Pieces of debris larger than a softball orbiting the Earth. There are 500,000 pieces of debris the size of a marble or larger. There are many millions of pieces of debris that are so small they can’t be tracked.


NEWS ATTACK!

Jeff Bezos is building a giant clock in the side of a mountain in Texas. He said it’s an example of thinking big. [If I were the richest man in the world, I’d probably finally just spring for the premium cable package.]

Questions have been raised as to whether Melania Trump’s parents were able to immigrate to this country under the very program that Donald Trump is looking to abolish. [If it helped his in-laws to get here, no wonder he wants to get rid of it.]

A top executive at Ford is out of a job after inappropriate behavior. [He was caught driving a Chevy.]

The latest report says that today’s young white American racists are turning their backs on the KKK in order to join newer hipper hate groups. [The kind whose rallies are known for their delicious and yet healthy vegan burgers.]

Archaeologists think that may have found an artifact belonging to the ancient Hebrew prophet Isaiah. [They say it appears to be his high school graduation ring.]

A major new study finds that yes, indeed, anti-depressants really do work. [The news couldn’t come at a better time for everyone who sees special prosecutor Robert Mueller knocking on his door.]

A Colorado restaurant is under investigation in connection with an outbreak of salmonella. [Health officials are completely stumped since it’s not a Chipotle.]

Doctors in India successfully removed a huge four-pound tumor that was growing atop a man’s head. [He said it would be good to get back to his normal life and not have to worry about being yelled at by people seated behind him at the movies.]

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the Trump administration plans to turn the moon into a kind of gas station for outer space. [And to make it as authentic as possible, the bathroom will always be out of order.]


OLYMPICS

  Medal count

  Competition schedule

  Audio: Download the Winter Olympics clips package.

LINDSEY VONN SCATTERS ASHES OF BELOVED GRANDFATHER _ Lindsey Vonn has had an emotional Winter Olympics in PyeongChang — and not just because it’s likely her final Olympic appearance. She recently revealed that she scattered the ashes of her late grandfather, Don Kildow, near the men’s downhill course. Her beloved grandfather, who passed away in November, was often on her mind because he was stationed near PyeongChang during the Korean War when he was building roads as an Army Corps of Engineers.

GUS KENWORTHY VISITED A RACCOON CAFE IN SOUTH KOREA _ Cat cafes are so 2017 — and Gus Kenworthy is miles ahead of us with his visit to a raccoon cafe. Kenworthy competed in slopestyle skiing for Team USA in Pyeongchang. Although his events are over, the Olympian stopped in South Korea’s capital to visit Seoul’s Blind Alley, a cafe where customers can hang out with raccoons, corgis, and a capybara — the largest living rodent in the world. He posted photos from his visit — complete with a cuddly albino raccoon — with the caption “they really do love trash!” • IMAGE

TEAM USA’S ONLY MOM CREDITS GOLD WIN AT OLYMPICS TO MOTHERHOOD _ Kikkan Randall has a message for other moms pursuing their goals:  Let motherhood make you stronger than you’ve ever been. Randall and her teammate Jessica Diggins won the gold in cross country team sprint freestyle at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. This is the fifth time Randall has competed in the Winter Olympics but the first time an American woman has ever won gold in this event. And Randall is the games’ only mother.

… Randall credited her teammates and her son Breck, 21 months, with winning the gold. Motherhood, she said, only made her stronger and more determined.

GUESS WHO’S ALSO COMPETING AT THE OLYMPICS? THOUSANDS OF MISSIONARIES _ To those watching on TV, religion may seem absent from the Winter Olympic Games. Away from the spotlight, though, an estimated 3,000 missionaries are on hand. About 2,000 missionaries — South Korean and international — are working in the city of Gangneung, where the indoor Olympic events are being held. The remaining 1,000 are working in Pyeongchang, site of ski, snowboard and other events. South Korea, which is 29% Christian, and among whom Protestants predominate, enjoys high levels of religious tolerance. Buddha’s birthday and Christmas are both national holidays. The Winter Games have attracted teams of Baptists, Presbyterians and Methodists. Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons also abound, each group sharing the gospel in its own way.

TARA LIPINSKI AND JOHNNY WEIR WILL HOST THE CLOSING CEREMONY _ Figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host the Closing Ceremony on Sunday night in Primetime on NBC. Lipinski, Weir and play-by-play partner Terry Gannon will commentate the pageantry from PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, which will feature the Parade of Nations, interviews, profiles, musical performances and more.


NEWS & NUGGETS

RAREST WHITE DIAMOND TO BE SOLD IN LONDON _ A flawless diamond, the size of a large strawberry, is expected to fetch a record price when it comes to market at Sotheby’s in London this month. Weighing just over 102 carats, the round, brilliant white stone is smaller than a 118-carat oval diamond sold in Hong Kong in 2013, which currently holds the record price per carat. But Sotheby’s, which also handled that Hong Kong sale, expects the smaller stone’s rarity and high quality will see it attract an even higher price. The stone sold in Hong Kong fetched $260,000 a carat, currently the world record for any colorless diamond.

SEGWAY RIDING FARMER SEES GROWING FAN BASE _ A vegetable farmer in China is growing in popularity thanks to her unusual labor-saving device. The 55-year-old woman is known around her village for cruising country roads on her Segway scooter. The woman says her son helped her buy the scooter two years ago for $315. After spending three hours learning how to operate it, she was ready to hit the road. • IMAGE (reference)

THERAPY CAT SEIZED FROM DEMENTIA PATIENT, REPLACED WITH STUFFED ANIMAL _ A 66-year-old Canadian woman with dementia is devastated after her therapy cat was taken from her and replaced with a robotic stuffed animal. Dawn Douglas claims that employees at the Sunridge Place care facility (Duncan, B.C.) removed her Siamese-cross cat named “Snoop” from her suite while she was in another room. After she moved into the private facility administration told her family that the cat would be allowed to move in with her under a few conditions. The family had to ensure that Snoop’s shots were all up to date and Douglas would be responsible for cleaning up her pet’s litter. A spokesperson for the facility said the cat was removed after one of the employees inside the care home was hospitalized due to an allergic reaction. The company also said the family was never given permission to move Snoop into the facility, which doesn’t allow pets to live there.

WEDDING PLANNER GIVES LEFTOVERS TO THE HOMELESS __ A Chicago wedding planner decided to change one aspect of her business for the better. Kristin Anderson noticed that so much of the ceremonies she helped create were wasteful. They would take all of the leftover catered food and throw it in the trash. About a year and a half ago, Kristin decided to do things a bit differently. Instead of tossing the food, she donates it to the hungry, with her clients’ blessings.

SURGICAL SPONGES LEFT INSIDE A WOMAN FOR AT LEAST SIX YEARS _ A 42-year-old woman in Japan went to a clinic complaining of persistent bloating and discovered that two surgical sponges were left in her body for at least six years. The sponges are suspected to have been left behind during one of her previous cesarean sections, one she had done six years ago and the other nine years ago — it is unclear during which surgery the sponges were left.

THE ONE THING BILL GATES ALMOST ALWAYS BRINGS ON VACATION _ Everyone has their own way of unwinding from stress. For Bill and Melinda Gates its jigsaw puzzles. Bill says, “We usually have one or two Stave puzzles along on vacations and during the holidays. We often have a Stave puzzle out on a table at the house. They’re entertaining and stimulating.”

… The research also supports the positive benefits of jigsaw puzzles. A 2014 study found that exposure to games such as puzzles results in enhanced spatial skills. Another study spearheaded by Yale University found that joint engagement in solving puzzles results in improved collaboration and cooperation. Other studies have shown that involvement in puzzles can promote memory retention and reduce the likelihood of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. All evidence points to the fact that puzzles give the brain a full-body workout.

… Stave Puzzles is located in Norwich, Vermont. The company was started in 1974 by Steve Richardson and Dave Tibbetts, the name being a combination of their two first names. They’re hand cut wooden puzzles and they don’t come cheap.

KNOW YOUR HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS _ A government report says only about 1 in 4 Americans know the warning signs of a heart attack and what to do first. Heart attack warning signs can include one or more of the following five symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • pain or discomfort in the chest
  • discomfort in the arms or shoulder
  • a feeling of weakness or lightheadedness
  • discomfort in the jaw, neck or back.

… Chest pain is the most common symptom. Women are more likely than men to experience some of the other symptoms, particularly shortness of breath and back or jaw pain.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WHERE YOU SHOULD START LOOKING FOR YOUR LOST KEYS _ If you’ve lost your keys, you might think it’s best to search in the most obvious, open areas before moving on to more cluttered areas. But a recent study suggests our peripheral vision is better than we think, and being so thorough while searching might actually be a waste of time. The scavenger hunt-style study (University of Aberdeen)  found that people tend to spend a lot of time searching for objects in “easy” areas even though it provides them with no new information. Instead, researchers recommend you start searching for your keys, or whatever it is you’ve lost, in areas where they’d be hard to spot. So don’t check the table, counter, bed, and floor over and over. Focus on areas that have the most clutter, and scan through locations where you peripheral vision wouldn’t be able to pick up the shape of the item so easily. Piles of clothes, messy drawers, and crowded coffee tables are a better use of your time. If your keys we’re somewhere obvious, you would have already found them.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FAKES STROKE SO HE CAN GET AMBULANCE RIDE TO VISIT HIS SICK FRIEND _ Paramedics in the UK took a man to the hospital after he called 911 for a stroke. When they arrived he leapt up and thanked paramedics for the lift — he only wanted a ride to the hospital to visit a friend.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN TRYING TO SAVE KITTEN STUCK IN TREE ALSO GETS STUCK _ In the UK Emily Whitton recently climbed a 60-foot tree to rescue her friend’s 13-week-old kitten, Bella, who scampered up the mammoth tree after sneaking out of the house. Instead of helping the gray-and-white cat down, Whitton got stuck in the tree as well. Firefighters came to the rescue and got Whitton and the kitten down.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: INDOOR FIREWORKS DON’T WORK _ A California man decided it would be cool to set off fireworks inside his condo, so he did. The pyromaniac did $135,000 in damage.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CALLS COPS OVER SNORING MAN _ In Erie County, New York, a woman called police because a man was snoring in front of the TV. The police report didn’t indicate the man and woman’s relationship to each other.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER THWARTED BY CAN OF BEER _ At a liquor store in England, a man wearing a stocking cap entered demanded money as he threatened staff with a knife. The wannabe robber fled after a female customer threw a full can of beer at him, hitting him on the head.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TASERS HIS MOM _ A 40-year-old Florida man was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic battery after police allege he shocked his mother. According to a police report, the man was “using a Taser on guests” at about 2 AM Thursday at his mother’s home. The report stated the man shocked his mother in the leg, causing her to fall and hit her head on the garage floor.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIRST STREAKER _ Ben Jenkins had a goal: To be the first streaker a new stadium in Perth, Australia. To prepare for the big day, he went on a three-day bender with his friends. When the big day came Ben and his friends went to the stadium to watch a cricket match. He had a lot of last-minute jitters, but “peer pressure won” and the clothes came off. All he was wearing was his girlfriend’s phone number, which he had scribbled on his arm so he could call her from jail. Of course, he did have to do that. And now he’s facing a $5,000 fine.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HAND GRENADES FOUND ALONG ROAD _ Someone looking for recyclable items along a road near Hurlock, Maryland, called 911 after finding something unusual: a box of hand grenades. Maryland State Police officers confirmed the find and called in the bomb squad. Of the 38 grenades found, nine were live, 19 had a fuse but no explosives, and 10 were inert.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

2018 WINTER OLYMPICS (8p ET, NBC) — Primetime coverage includes snowboard big air, the four-man bobsled competition, and speed skating.

BIG BROTHER CELEBRITY EDITION (8p ET, CBS) — A new, 2-hour episode.

WRECK IT RALPH (8p ET, ABC) — In this 2012 animated film, an arcade-game character (John C. Reilly) gets tired of being the bad guy and takes matters into his own hands.

SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

THE 3RD ANNUAL HOWIE MANDEL STAND-UP GALA (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:30p ET, CW) — Repeat

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: MARSEILLE (Netflix) — Gérard Depardieu returns for the second season.

MUTE (Netflix) — Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) stars in this new sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Berlin. Unable to speak since a childhood accident, Leo (Skarsgård) is searching the city for his missing girlfriend. As he looks for answers, he gets mixed up with two army surgeons (Justin Theroux and Paul Rudd) on a mission of their own.

SEVEN SECONDS (Netflix) — This 10-episode drama series revolves around racial tensions in New Jersey after a black Jersey City teenager is accidentally run over by a white cop. Regina King (American Crime) stars.

SATURDAY

THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS (8p ET, NBC) — Primetime coverage includes figure skating gala event, where the top skaters perform with no restrictions. Plus the four-man bobsled competition.

CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER  (8p ET, CBS) — New

SUNDAY

THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS (8p ET, NBC) — Star figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host the Closing Ceremonies. Their skating co-host Terry Gannonwill also be on hand.

FINALE: BIG BROTHER CELEBRITY EDITION (8p ET, CBS) — The winner is revealed in the 2-hour finale.

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour episode.

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — The Walking Dead returns from hiatus with an extended 82-minute episode, as the series says goodbye to Carl (Chandler Riggs). In the final minutes of Episode 8, Carl revealed that he had been bitten by a zombie.

SEASON PREMIERE: ASH VS. EVIL DEAD (9p ET, Starz) — Bruce Campbell’s Ash is back to take on the Deadites, and now he has a daughter.

SEASON FINALE: SHARK TANK (10p ET, ABC) — New.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Black Panther’s position at No. 1 won’t be threatened this weekend.

Annihilation (R) – A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac.

Game Night (R) – A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery. Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Jason Bateman, Michael C. Hall, Kyle Chandler.

Every Day (PG-13) – A shy teenager falls for someone who transforms into another person every day. Angourie Rice, Justice Smith.

… Opening next weekend: Death Wish, Gnome Alone,Red Sparrow

A FLAMIN’ HOT CHEETOS MOVIE IS COMING _ A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos movie will heat up movie theaters. The movie won’t be about the spicy snack itself, but rather the creation of the snack by former janitor Richard Montanez. Montanez was a janitor at Frito-Lay when he came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

CLAIRE FOY SEPARATES FROM HUSBAND _ The Crown star Claire Foy and husband Stephen Campbell Moore have announced their split. The former couple wed in 2014 after meeting on the set of Season of the Witch in 2011. They welcomed their first daughter Ivy Rose in February 2015.

SCANDAL STAR BELLAMY YOUNG LANDS LEAD ROLE IN ABC DRAMA PILOT _ Scandal star Bellamy Young is staying in the ABC family. The actress, who plays Mellie Grant on the Shondaland series, has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming ABC drama pilot False Profits. The show follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business. Young will play Laura, a single mom with two kids who tries to make the best of a bad situation. Tired of being ten steps behind, Laura signs up for a multi-level marketing scheme for selling cosmetics.

ABC HAS FASTEST OSCARS AD-SELLOUT IN NETWORK HISTORY _ ABC is out of stock. The network has depleted its ad inventory for the 90th Annual Academy Awards two weeks ahead of the telecast, marking the fastest sellout in Oscars history. Thirty-second ads for the Oscars went for upwards of $2.6 million, with some sponsors paying as much as $2.8 and higher for a commercial.

BLAIR WITCH TV SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT _ Rumblings from last year regarding a Blair Witch TV series appear to have been true. Also in development: a TV series remake of the 2005 Ryan Reynolds comedy Waiting.

NASHVILLE SETS SERIES FINALE DATE _ It’s official: Nashville will strum its last chord on Thursday, July 26. The country-music drama will return to CMT for the series’ final eight episodes on June 7.

JOHN TRAVOLTA IS WORKING ON SECRET GREASE REUNION _ John Travolta has been secretly working on a Grease reunion with Olivia Newton John to mark the movie ’s 40th anniversary. Travolta says he will unveil details of the fan experience in the next few days. Insiders claim that Travolta and Newton John will return as High School sweethearts Danny Zucko and Sandy Olsson for a special performance around the date the film was released in June 1978.

… The source claims Travolta has been working on his singing voice in recent weeks.

MICHELLE WOLF WILL HOST WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER _ On Thursday, the White House Correspondents’ Association announced their host for the annual WHCA Dinner: Michelle Wolf, a stand-up comedian and Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent.

… Wolf follows last year’s host, Hasan Minhaj, and a historically impressive lineup of comedians, including Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Kimmel. Notably, she’s the fifth woman ever chosen to host the dinner. Tradition dictates that the president is the most high-profile attendee of the event; however, President Trump skipped the event last year. There’s no word yet on his plans for the evening of Saturday, April 28 this year.

RACHEL McADAMS PREGNANT WITH HER FIRST CHILD _ Rachel McAdams is expecting her first child. The actress, who starred in The Notebook and Mean Girls, is reportedly pregnant with her boyfriend Jamie Linden, a screenwriter who wrote for the films We Are Marshall and Dear John. According to E! News, multiple sources have confirmed the exciting news, although Rachel and her boyfriend have not made an official announcement yet. The 39-year-old actress lives a very private life and doesn’t have social media. But, she has kept an especially low profile the last few months.

ATLANTA AIRPORT JOKINGLY OFFERS FLIGHTS TO ‘WAKANDA’ _ Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport got into the Marvel movie spirit by jokingly offering flights to Wakanda — the fictional country from Black Panther. The airport tweeted out a digitally altered image of gate T3 showing its destination as Wakanda, the kingdom ruled by King T’Challa, aka the Black Panther. • IMAGE

SCRIPT FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE 10 IS FINISHED _ Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams says the script for Star Wars: Episode 10 is done. The film will begin shooting in July. Episode 10 will be in theaters December 2019.

BRENDAN FRASER REVEALS SEXUAL ASSAULT THAT MADE HIM QUIT HOLLYWOOD _ Brendan Fraser hasn’t been in the Hollywood spotlight for over 10 years, and now he has revealed the reason. In an interview with GQ Magazine, Frazier says he was sexually assaulted by Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk. He conveys that he was emotionally scarred by the alleged incident which made him rethink his acting career.

… Berk has said that he has a different memory of what happened. In his memoir, he wrote that he placed his hand on Fraser’s butt “in jest” during a hug at an HFPA event. Frazier says that there was a lot more to it than that, adding: “Am I still frightened? Absolutely. Do I feel like I need to say something? Absolutely. Have I wanted to many, many times? Absolutely. Have I stopped myself? Absolutely.”

MARK HAMILL GETS WALK OF FAME STAR, TAKES SHOT AT PRESIDENT _ Mark Hamill will finally receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And the actor celebrated with an apparent jab at Donald Trump. Hamill tweeted his excitement about the news Thursday morning: “Can’t say this is a dream come true because I was never foolish enough to think something like this could ever happen. When part of me doubts I deserve such an honor, I remind myself that someone got a ‘Star’ for just one crappy reality show.”

… The force will be with the original Luke Skywalker on March 8 when he gets the Walk of Fame’s 2,630th star.


AUDIO

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BILL GATES: Bill Gates, one of the richest people in the world, doesn’t know the price of laundry detergent. Gates stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show and revealed to Ellen how the only things he’s actually purchased that can be considered “crazy things” are his Porsche and private plane. He added how he also has a full-on trampoline room in his home that he calls an “indulgence”. They also played a game called Bill’s Grocery Bills where he had to guess the price of everyday grocery items.

DROP: That was terrible, I mean seriously terrible.

USA HOCKEY: Listen as the women beat Team Canada.

KFC GIRL: This little girl in the UK isn’t happy KFC ran out of chicken.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

ARE BOYS’ NAMES HARDER TO PICK THAN GIRLS’ NAMES?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If you have a boy and a girl — or boys and girls — was it harder to pick the boys’ names? Model Chrissy Teigen and her musician-husband John Legend found it easy to name their daughter but are struggling to come up with a name for their son.

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

While it technically is still winter, and while ice cream sales won’t begin to really take off again for a few more months, ice cream vendors are busy working up new recipes, tweaking old favorites and getting their assembly line equipment ready for what’s expected to be a record sales year.

… Nearly three-fourths of adults admit to indulging in at least one ice cream indiscretion. They’ve eaten it in bed. They kept a secret stash hidden from the spouse and kids. They’ve even eaten it for breakfast. Don’t tell Mom, but some of the more unusual eating patterns uncovered are:

  • Eat ice cream instead of a meal: 26 percent
  • Eat ice cream for breakfast: 10 percent
  • Eat ice cream in bed: 19 percent
  • Eat ice cream in the bathtub: 3 percent
  • Share a single container with two spoons and a loved one: 22 percent
  • Wait to be alone to eat ice cream: 14 percent
  • Sneak extra servings: 22 percent
  • Pick out the nuts, candy, and other chunky stuff so others don’t get it first: 8 percent

DUMB PRODUCT WARNINGS

Product manufacturers must think we’re stupid. Okay, we are, but do we really need these real warnings?

  • On a bottle of mineral water: Suitable for vegetarians
  • On a unknown mattress tag: Warning: Do not attempt to swallow
  • Near Home Depot Treated Lumber: Do not consume
  • On a car fanbelt: Before installing this fanbelt, be sure you shut off the engine as it may cause irreversible injury
  • On a vacuum cleaner: 1. Do not use to pick up gasoline or flammable liquids 2. Do not use to pick up anything that is currently burning.
  • On a 500-piece puzzle: Some assembly required

AMAZING FACTS ABOUT DREAMS!

• Blind People Dream — People who become blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion.

• You Forget 90% of your Dreams — Within 5 minutes of waking, half of your dream if forgotten. Within 10, 90% is gone.

• Everybody Dreams — Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder) but men and women have different dreams and different physical reactions. Men tend to dream more about other men, while women tend to dream equally about men and women.

• We Only Dream of What We Know — Our dreams are frequently full of strangers who play out certain parts, but did you know that your mind is not inventing those faces? They are real faces of real people that you have seen during your life but may not know or remember.

• Not Everyone Dreams in Color — A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color.

• Dreams are not about what they are about — If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language.

• Quitters have more vivid dreams — People who have smoked cigarettes for a long time who stop have reported much more vivid dreams than they would normally experience.

• External Stimuli Invade our Dreams — This is called Dream Incorporation and it is the experience that most of us have had where a sound from reality is heard in our dream and incorporated in some way. A similar (though less external) example would be when you are physically thirsty and your mind incorporates that feeling in to your dream.

• You are paralyzed while you sleep — Believe it or not, your body is virtually paralyzed during your sleep – most likely to prevent your body from acting out aspects of your dreams. According to a Wikipedia article on dreaming, “Glands begin to secrete a hormone that helps induce sleep and neurons send signals to the spinal cord which cause the body to relax and later become essentially paralyzed.”

• Toddlers do not dream about themselves until around the age of 3 — From the same age, children typically have many more nightmares than adults do until age 7 or 8.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Americans toss 1.6 billion of these each year. (Pens)

TRIVIA: It would take the average person 15 to 20 minutes to walk around this famous building. (The Pentagon)

MIND BENDER

You are riding on a beautiful white horse. On your left side is a drop off. On your right side are several ostriches being chased by a lion. In front of you are four large gazelles that won’t get out of your way and you can’t seem to overtake them. Behind you is a stampede of horses. What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?

Answer: Get off the merry-go-round.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Before drones.


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 26, 2018

This is day 57 of 2018. There are 308 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Bill Duke (Commando, Predator) is 75

• Singer Mitch Ryder is 73

• Michael Bolton is 65

• Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) is 60

• Senator and former Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine is 60

• NFL Hall of Fame member and sportscaster Marshall Faulk is 45

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1919: An act of the U.S. Congress established most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park.

• 1991: Tim Berners-Lee introduced WorldWideWeb, the first web browser.

• 1996: A 38-year-old Muncie, Indiana, woman tried to remove a callus from her foot by shooting it off with .410-gauge shotgun. She told police later at the hospital she had been drinking heavily and it seemed like a good idea.

• 2009: The world learned that the Obama family had decided on a dog and locked down a ‘delivery’ date. First Lady Michelle Obama said a Portuguese Water Dog would be arriving at the White House on April 1.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Personal Chef’s Day

• Cupcake Day (in Canada)

• World Pistachio Day

UPCOMING

• 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