INTERPREP ★ MARCH 2, 2018

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 2, 2018

This is day 61 of 2018. There are 304 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Author Tom Wolfe is 88

• Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live) is 66

• Jon Bon Jovi is 56

• Daniel Craig (James Bond films) is 50

• Chris Martin of Coldplay is 41

• Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect films) is 38

• Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic Park films) is 37

• Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1923: Time magazine debuted.

• 1933: The movie King Kong had its world premiere in New York.

• 1962: Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored an NBA record 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks.

• 2007: In Austria, a man stormed into a bank and started waving a gun. Too bad he didn’t do his homework first or he would have realized the bank was right next to a police station. He did make the best of a bad situation, however. While the bank robber held police at bay for five hours he took calls from customers and offered them loans. He eventually gave up and turned himself in.

• 2014: The 86th Academy Awards was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. The broadcast received the highest views of any Oscars ceremony since 2000.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Employee Appreciation Day

• National Salesperson Day

• World Day of Prayer

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 15: Academy of Country Music Awards
• 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, MARCH 3

• George Miller is 73. Tone Loc is 52. Julie Bowen is 48. David Faustino is 44. Jessica Biel is 36.

• Caregiver Appreciation Day. I Want You to be Happy Day. National Anthem Day. Frozen Food Day. Simplify Your Life Day. Soup It Forward Day.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

• Catherine O’Hara is 64. Mykelti Williamson is 61. Patricia Heaton is 60. Steven Weber is 57. Whitney Port is 33. Audrey Esparza is 32. Josh Bowman is 30. Jenna Boyd is 25.

• Hug a GI Day. Daughters’ and Sons’ Day. Grammar Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

3.1 million: Parts in a jumbo passenger jet.


NEWS ATTACK!

American plastic surgeons report that cosmetic surgery has increased. [I guess Americans figure that if you can’t feel good, you can at least look good.]

A survey finds that 73% of the workers at California’s Disneyland can’t afford basic living expenses. [Or the cost of a Disneyland hamburger.]

Vladimir Putin says he has a missile that can go anywhere and can’t be stopped. [That’s the same sort of attitude that led to his divorce.]

A man who spent the weekend partying in West Virginia blacked out and then woke up to a huge Uber payment after taking the ride all the way to his home in New Jersey. He says he doesn’t even remember ordering the Uber. [Neither does he remember asking the driver to take the scenic route through Canada.]

KFC lovers in the UK are still upset. The chicken shortage is basically over but now KFC is short on gravy. [It’s hard to believe that their grandparents survived World War II and yet they can’t do another day without an artificially flavored processed liquid poured over their mashed potatoes.]

Astronomers report receiving a radio signal from deep space from over 13 billion years ago. [They say the radio signal seems to be the earliest known traffic update and list of school closings.]

According to the latest statistics, the state with the highest quality of life is North Dakota. [But only in the spring and summer.]

An Alabama couple gave birth to sextuplets. [Their first order of business is to learn how to spell sextuplets.]

Experts say that Alaska’s Mount Denali has hosted so many climbers over the years that there is way too much human poop on the mountain. [They are afraid that it could initiate a dangerous and smelly avalanche.]

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has resigned, becoming the fourth person in this administration to leave that post. [It seems like the only thing the Communications Director is skilled at communicating is goodbye.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

LOTTERY JACKPOTS TOTAL OVER HALF A BILLION _ The combined jackpot for the nation’s two national lotteries is over $560 million. Tonight’s (Friday) Mega Millions has a jackpot of $243 million; Saturday’s Powerball sits at $321 million. • CHECK

NON-SMOKERS WANT TIME OFF _ More than 40 percent of non-smokers believe they should get three to five extra vacation days per year, to compensate for all the time their smoking co-workers spend on cigarette breaks. A study (commissioned by Halo, a maker of electronic cigarettes) shows the average worker who smokes spends the equivalent of about six days per year on cigarette breaks.

… But that average varies greatly by industry. For example, workers in tech, retail, finance and insurance spend the equivalent of more than 20 days per year on cigarette breaks, while workers in real estate spent about 5 days per year on a smoke break.

… Smokers said that extra vacation time would be a great incentive to get them to give up cigarettes.

… Almost 80% of workers believe that employers should offer financial incentives for workers to give up cigarettes.

PASSENGER BURNED IN CELLPHONE FIRE ON AIR CANADA FLIGHT _ A passenger was burned in a fire caused by a cellphone on board an Air Canada flight Thursday morning, just as the aircraft was preparing to leave Toronto en route to Vancouver. The cellphone owner suffered first-degree burns in the fire, but was able to walk off the plane without assistance. The fire was immediately extinguished by crews and there was no damage to the aircraft.

GOOD SAMARITAN TOOK HOMELESS MAN TO MCDONALD’S FOR MEAL, EMPLOYEE CALLED POLICE _ Yossi Gallo wanted to do something kind for a homeless man in need of a meal, but instead the two ended up being escorted out of a McDonald’s by police and the subjects of a video that has quickly gone viral. Gallo said he came across the homeless man near the fast-food restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and decided to invite him in to buy a warm meal. Gallo said as soon as the two got inside the restaurant, the woman working at the register told them that the homeless man would not be able to get any food. The employee claimed that the homeless man had been begging several people for food and money, and the restaurant’s staff then called the police.

… The video shows a police officer speaking to the homeless man and informing him that he would need to leave the McDonald’s and not return. Gallo jumped to the man’s defense, telling the officer that he was not begging for food and that Gallo offered on his own to buy the man a meal. Gallo then began to yell at the restaurant’s staff. As the argument on, the homeless man began to cry and tried to explain that he did not have any money to buy himself a meal. • VIDEO

COLLEGE DROPOUT REFUSES TO LEAVE HER DORM ROOM _ New York’s Hunter College is waging a court battle to evict a stubborn student who refuses to leave her dorm room almost two years after dropping out. Delaware native Lisa S. Palmer — who has not paid rent since 2016 — refuses to leave Room E579 at the school’s co-ed dormitory. The 32-year-old has racked up $94,000 in unpaid residence hall charges on account of her continued occupancy. Though school officials say Palmer dropped out, she insists Hunter refused to let her register for fall 2016 classes after she disputed her housing and tuition bill.

UTAH LAWMAKERS RELEASE RAP VIDEO ABOUT WRITING BILLS _  ( AUDIO)  The Utah House of Representatives released a rap video on Thursday with the intention of educating the public about how a bill becomes law. Now they’re getting roasted for just how awful it is. State lawmakers messed with the lyrics to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s theme song. The song is called The Fresh Prints of Bills Here and it is potentially the worst attempt at rap of all time. • VIDEO

DATING SITE MATCHES PEOPLE BASED ON AWFUL PASSWORDS _ It’s never been easier to find a partner who sucks at picking passwords as badly as you. Words of Heart is a dating site that will match you to other people who use the same password you do. It’s also not a real thing. I mean, it is. But it’s also not. The site works as intended, and does indeed pair you to other individuals using the same password as you. • LINK

HOW MUCH MONEY YOU NEED TO BE HAPPY _ How much money do you need to be happy? Some people believe the best things in life are free; others are happiest when they’re striking multi-million deals in the back of their chauffeured town car. In the past, studies have pegged the “perfect salary for happiness” at $75,000 per year in the U.S. You get measurably happier as you earn more up to that mark, and then after that your day-to-day happiness plateaus.

… New research out of Purdue University complicates and updates that view. The study asserts that individuals have different optimal income levels for “life evaluation” (the “overall assessment of how one is doing and is likely more influenced by higher goals and comparisons to others”) and “emotional well-being” (“one’s day-to-day emotions, such as feeling happy, excited, or sad and angry”), which are different around the world.

… The researchers found that the ideal income point for an individual globally is $95,000 for life evaluation and $60,000 to $75,000 for emotional well-being. After that, further increases in income could actually be associated with a decrease in life satisfaction and well-being. The estimates apply only to single-person households — so they are likely to be much higher for families.

CYBERBULLYING WITH BLUE WHALE CHALLENGE _ Cyberbullying has a new name, and it’s Blue Whale Challenge. While there is no written proof depicting the rules of the game, rumor has it The Blue Whale Challenge is today’s newest suicide game, conducted primarily through social media. The game lasts for a total of 50 days, presenting the “player” with daily tasks. Similar to an act of “beaching” that blue whales do on their own accord, for reasons unknown, the meaning behind this game falls under similar logic.

… The game starts out as between the administrator and the participant/victim. Each day, the administrator will set up a different task for the participant to do. The daily tasks start off fairly easy–listening to certain genres of music to watching horror-style movies. As the days go on, the tasks grow increasingly difficult such as staying up until all hours of the night to mutilating the skin along with carving a the “whale” symbol onto their arm. The final task and end to the game is the person committing suicide.

… But, why go along with this? Well, if the participant refuses to complete their task, the administrator will release, publish, share, and/or post something extremely personal or highly-sensitive online from their accounts (or at least lead them to believe they will). • MORE

WATER ‘INFUSED WITH LOVE’ VOTED WORLD’S BEST _ Frequency H2O is a bottle water that’s just won top honors at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Awards. Never heard of it? The water company was launched by Sturt Hinton in Australia, where it’s now carried by more than 500 stores. Hinton’s now bringing Frequency H2O to the U.S.

… The Frequency H2O website describes the water as “a fusion of science and art” which “harnesses the incredible natural alchemy of energized molecules in order to promote health, balance and harmony.”

BOOK SAYS WOMEN LIE MORE CLEVERLY _ A book says most females lie “more cleverly and successfully than men” about everything from cheating on their spouses and shopping binges to barhopping and facelifts. Susan Shapiro Barash, author of Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets: The Truth About Why Women Lie says, “Women lie as a survival technique, but also to get what they want.” Barash interviewed 500 women nationwide and found 75 percent lie about how much money they spend. Lies about motherhood came in second, followed by sex, their kids’ accomplishments, love, family, addiction, work and infertility.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MAN DIED OF HEART ATTACK MOMENTS AFTER CATCHING RARE POKEMON LAPRAS _ A Pokemon Go player died of a heart attack moments after catching a rare Lapras. The 67-year-old man was playing in Singapore when he spotted the ice Pokemon. An experienced player at Level 28, he had caught more than 200 different monsters and was out on a hunting trip when he became ill. Analysis of his phone in the moments before his death showed he had just caught the sea creature Lapras as well as Granbull, one of the second generation monsters released in a recent update to the game.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SLEEPING MAN SAYS HE DIDN’T MEAN TO TAKE $1,600 UBER RIDE _ A man said he woke up in the middle of a 300-mile Uber ride from West Virginia to New Jersey after a night out with friends. The 21-year-old guy racked up a $1,635.93 Uber fare after a night partying with friends from high school in Morgantown, West Virginia. The driver took him to his home in New Jersey rather than where he was staying near West Virginia University’s campus. Kenny Bachman said he fell asleep and woke up about two hours into the trip.

… The Uber charge included a $3.94 base fare, a $2.35 booking fee, $696.95 for distance and $115.90 for time. Bachman’s ride was more expensive because he unintentionally ordered an UberXL, which features vehicles that can hold up to six passengers and costs more than the traditional UberX. Each charge, except for the booking fee also was doubled due to surge pricing. The ride would have cost $819.14 under normal pricing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CENTRAL FLORIDA STICK FIGHT LEADS TO AN ARREST _ In Florida two men were allegedly hitting each other with sticks and poles during a dispute. One was arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DON’T HIGH-FIVE THE CROSSING GUARD _ 83-year-old Colin Spencer has been a crossing guard in England (Heaviley, Stockport) for 14 years. The highlight of his day was high-fiving the kids as they went by — until the town council stepped in and told parents: “We ask that children … do not ‘high-five’ Colin when crossing the road [because] it’s too much of a disruption.” Outraged parents forced the council to reverse their decision.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAP’N CRUNCH MUNCHER UNHAPPY _ A man in Alabama asked his roommate was upset with his roommate for tearing the cereal bag when he opened it. The man was upset because the tear would keep the Cap’n Crunch from staying fresh, an because he didn’t have teeth it would be harder to eat. The man suggested to the inconsiderate, bag-tearing friend that he remove his dentures to see for himself how hard it is to eat stale cereal with no teeth. The roommate refused so the toothless man allegedly hit him with a laptop cord. The roommate called police, and the Cap’n Crunch muncher was charged.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHEESECAKE FIGHT _ A 24-year-old in Alabama was upset with his younger brother because he’d been given a slice of cheesecake he felt was too small. The older brother asked the younger brother, “Do you think the cake is big enough for a grown [expletive] man?” The two fought and the older brother was charged.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LICORICE-LOVING BURGLARS _ In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a couple of guys were being held by the cops under suspicion of burglary. During a break in questioning, the officers left the pair alone in the interview room. Not knowing that the officers could see everything through a mirror, the guys proceeded to steal some licorice and the change from the office coffee fund box. An additional theft charge was filed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PHONE THIEF HIDES IT IN THE WRONG PLACE _ In Orlando, Florida, a police officer responded to a complaint of theft at a bus stop. The complainant said that his phone had been stolen, and he believed the man sitting next to him on the bench had taken it. When the officer asked the other man about the missing phone, he denied taking it. The officer asked the victim what his number was, and using his cell phone called the victim’s number. You guessed it — there was a ringing sound coming from the crotch of the other guy’s pants. The suspect reached in and handed it over. The victim was so glad to have his phone back he decided not to prosecute.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HIGH-SPEED KISSING _ A doctor was arrested in Belgium for driving at 110 miles-per-hour while kissing his girlfriend. Police say the 64-year-old was so caught up in what he was doing that he didn’t realize he sped right by a motorcycle cop. The police officer said the doctor was still kissing the woman when he caught up with them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GOOD SKIER, BAD LIAR _ A 23-year-old from Holland was on vacation in Austria told police in that her skis and expensive ski pants had been stolen, but she confessed to attempted fraud after police officers pointed out that she was wearing the ski pants.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF FORCED TO BARF UP RINGS _ Police in Holland forced a thief to vomit so they could recover two stolen gold rings he had swallowed. The crook had stolen the rings from a jewelry store after threatening the owner with an ax.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. The team poses as honeymoon couples at a resort in an attempt to befriend the son of a Serbian war criminal.

BLINDSPOT (8p ET, NBC) — New. The team investigates a dangerous piece of technology that was stolen from the NSA.

ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) — New. Robin engages in a risky relationship with Mother Gothel.

SEASON PREMIERE: MASTERCHEF JUNIOR EDITION (8p ET, FOX) — Forty junior home cooks come to Los Angeles, ready to compete.

IZOMBIE (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — New. Tani and Junior go undercover to infiltrate a private school where the headmaster was murdered.

MARVEL’S AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (9p ET, ABC) — New. Coulson and the team set out to rewrite the course of humanity’s fate.

TAKEN (9p ET, NBC) — New. A foreign diplomat linked to a sex trafficking ring is kidnapped.

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — New. Jane considers returning to teaching.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Nicky tries not to involve her family when she is sexually harassed by her boss.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

FLINT TOWN (Netflix) — This new documentary series looks at tensions between the community and local police in the Michigan city.

SATURDAY

BAYWATCH (8p ET, Epix) — Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron star in this 2017 action-comedy, based on the TV series.

SEASON FINALE: PLANET EARTH: BLUE PLANET II (9p ET, BBC America) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: TOP GEAR (10:30p ET, BBC America) — Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid are back for the 25th season. Another new episode will air Sunday at 8p ET.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. Charles Barkley hosts, with musical guest Migos.

SUNDAY

THE 90th ANNUAL OSCARS (8p ET, ABC) — Jimmy Kimmel hosts, and The Shape of Water leads the nominations with 13. The Best Picture nominees are: Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. See all the nominations.

… Performers include Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Common, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens.

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New

SUNDAYS WITH ALEC BALDWIN (11:30p ET or after the Oscars broadcast ends, ABC) — This new talk show, hosted by Alec Baldwin, is modeled after Baldwin’s popular podcast. ABC has ordered 8 episodes of the show, which will air at a later date. This is a “special preview” of the show, which will feature guests Jerry Seinfeld and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live).

SEASON PREMIERE: THE GOOD FIGHT (CBS All Access) — Season two starts streaming tonight.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Black Panther will win again and could make another $75 million this weekend.

Red Sparrow (R) – Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations. Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker.

Death Wish (R) – A family man becomes a vigilante killing machine when his family is violently attacked by robbers. Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue.

Gnome Alone (PG) – When Chloe discovers that her new home’s garden gnomes are not what they seem, she must decide between the pursuit of a desired high school life and taking up the fight against the Troggs. Josh Peck, Tara Strong, Jeff Dunham, George Lopez, Becky G.

… Opening next weekend: Gringo, The Hurricane Heist, The Strangers: Prey at Night, A Wrinkle in Time.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR COMING EARLY _  ( AUDIO)  In a humorous Twitter exchange between Marvel Studios and Robert Downey Jr. Thursday, Marvel announced that Avengers: Infinity War would be moved up from its original May 4 release date, to April 27. • TRAILER

… Two reasons Marvel and Disney moved Infinity War to April:

1. It puts an extra week between Infinity War and Deadpool 2.

2. It gives Solo: A Star Wars Story an extra week of marketing space. Marvel and Star Wars are owned by Disney.

OSCARS WILL ACKNOWLEDGE #TIMESUP MOVEMENT _ At two months old, the Time’s Up movement is catapulting from the red carpet to the main stage — as the activist organization will be formally featured in Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast. Time’s Up — which works to give victims of sexual harassment legal resources and build equitable workplaces — is collaborating with Oscar producers on a formal “moment” during Sunday’s live show.

… Time’s Up debuted  in January with a splashy showing on the Golden Globes red carpet, where actresses wore black in observance of the rampant abuse and misconduct reporting in the months following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

WARREN BEATTY AND FAYE DUNAWAY WILL BE BACK PRESENTING BEST PICTURE _ After the real-life disaster at last year’s Oscars, the Academy is giving Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway another shot.

OSCARS SWAG BAGS CONTAIN PEPPER SPRAY _ The swag bag handed out to this year’s Academy Awards nominees is worth up to $100,000 — and, in the wake of the sexual assault allegations rocking Hollywood, you may not be surprised to hear that one of the freebies included in the goodie bag is pepper spray.

… David Nance, the CEO of security systems company Sabre, explained: “This event is a unique opportunity for us to lend a helping hand in the #MeToo movement with solutions that take aim at the harassment culture that’s been pervasive most notably in the entertainment industry and in broader society.” In addition to two types of pepper spray, Sabre’s additions to the bags include two personal body alarms and a kit to test whether a drink has been drugged; another company is also including its pepper spray product in this year’s bags.

DISNEY DELAYS LIVE-ACTION MULAN _ Disney has announced that its live-action Mulan movie has been delayed more than a year, moving from November 2, 2018 to March 27, 2020.

FOX TO AIR O.J. SIMPSON: THE LOST CONFESSION AGAINST AMERICAN IDOL _ Back in 2006, O.J. Simpson sat down with producer and host Judith Regan for an in-depth interview about the notorious murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, but the tapes from that interview never made it to air. The interview was part of the controversy surrounding the proposed book If I Did It, in which Simpson discussed how he would have murdered the pair if he did it. The book’s release was canceled over outrage that Simpson might profit off the deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman, and the Fox interview was shelved.

… Now Fox plans to air this interview on Sunday, March 11 in a special two-hour event. This event coincidentally falls on the very Sunday that ABC will premiere its version of American Idol — which previously belonged to Fox.

NBCUNIVERSAL VOWS TO CUT PRIMETIME ADS BY 20% — SORT OF _ NBCUniversal is taking a less-is-more approach when it comes to commercials. The Comcast-owned media conglomerate, which operates NBC, Telemundo, USA, MSNBC and E!, among other TV networks, intends to cut the number of ads in its commercial breaks during original primetime programming by 20% starting later this year. Since ad time on local affiliate TV stations and cable providers will remain unchanged, the actual total commercial time during primetime will fall by about 10%.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

INFINITY WAR: Avengers: Infinity War is coming out a week earlier. Here’s an Avengers mini-theme.

BAD RAP: Utah lawmakers perform rap to Fresh Prince theme.

DROP: I’m hating every second of this, but I’m doing it.

PHONER: What did you steal from a restaurant?  →  3 real callers


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

FACEBOOK TO PHONER

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Do you talk to your pets and what do you talk about? Do they responds?

FACEBOOK TO PHONER

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How does your ex drive you crazy?

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #ClassicRockForClassicTV

• Goodbye Yellow Brick Rhoda

• Bang a Gong Show

• I Dream Of Journey

• Pink Floyd the Barber

• Stairway To Highway To Heaven

• Leave It To Beatles

• I Love Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

• Carry On My Wayward Sanford and Son

• The Facts of Life Is A Highway

• Crosby, Stills & M*A*S*H

• Fifty Ways To Leave It To Beaver

• Monster M*A*S*H


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What 1990s comedy film is partly set in the Tip Top Cafe? (Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray)

TRIVIA: Of all the soda drunk the world, 2.7 percent of it is of what variety? (Root beer)

TRIVIA: The average one of these travels at about 100mph. (Human sneeze)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Peter Neff is part of a team drilling ice cores from glaciers in Antarctica to look at how the climate has changed. But after they’ve done their work, they have a little fun dropping chunks of ice down the 300-foot bore holes to make really cool noises.


DATEBOOK: MARCH 5, 2018

This is day 64 of 2018. There are 301 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Dean Stockwell (JAG, Quantum Leap) is 82

• Marsha Warfield (Night Court) is 64

• Magician Penn Jillette is 63

• Preacher Joel Osteen is 55

• Paul Blackthorne (Arrow, 24) is 49

• Kevin Connolly (Entourage) is 44

• Eva Mendes is 44

• Jolene Blalock (Enterprise) is 43

• Sterling Knight (Sonny With A Chance) is 29

• Jake Lloyd (Star Wars films) is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1979: Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles.

• 1982: Actor/comedian John Belushi died.

• 1991: Iraq released all Gulf War prisoners.

• 2003: Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks provoked controversy in the U.S. by stating that the band was “ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

• 2001: Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an angioplasty for a partially blocked artery after going to a hospital with chest pains.

• 2003: In a warning to the U.S. and Britain, the foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Russia said they would block any attempt to get U.N. approval for war against Iraq.

• 2003: A 48-year-old German man was arrested in Rome after being caught jogging naked through a park. The man said he hadn’t realized it was against the law to run naked in Italy.

• 2005: Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she’d unloaded her Imclone stock just before the price plummeted. She served a five-month prison sentence.

• 2006: Like the woman who inspired their creation, Runaway Bride bobblehead dolls disappeared quickly during a sports promotion in her hometown. The dolls, given to the first 1,000 people through the doors at the Gwinnett Gladiators ice hockey game in Duluth, Georgia, were gone in about 10 minutes.

• 2013: Japanese cellular phone provider Willcom announced the world’s smallest mobile phone, weighing 32 grams, or 1.12 ounces.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• World Tennis Day

• Multiple Personality Day

• Cheese Doodle Day

UPCOMING

• 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 15: Academy of Country Music Awards
• 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