INTERPREP ★ MARCH 9, 2018

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 9, 2018

This is day 68 of 2018. There are 297 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Linda Fiorentino (Men in Black) is 60

• Juliette Binoche is 54

• Emmanuel Lewis (Webster) is 47

• Oscar Isaac (Annihilation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is 39

• Brittany Snow (American Dreams, Hairspray) is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1959: Barbie the doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

• 1981: Dan Rather made his debut as principal anchorman of The CBS Evening News; he signed off for the last time on the same date in 2005.

• 1995: Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman took the stand at the O.J. Simpson murder trial, denying ever meeting a woman who had accused him of making racist remarks.

• 1997: Gangsta rapper The Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles at age 24.

• 2006: Bowing to ferocious opposition in Congress, a Dubai-owned company relinquished its quest to take over operations at U.S. ports.

• 2011: The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final landing after 39 flights.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Barbie Day

• Get Over It Day

• Middle Name Pride Day

• Meatball Day

• Crab Day

UPCOMING

• March 9: SXSW begins
• March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins
• March 11: NCAA basketball “Selection Sunday”
• March 13: March Madness begins
• March 14: Pi Day
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
• March 20: First day of Spring
• 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 16: Boston Marathon
• April 16: Pulitzer Prize winners announced
• April 17: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• March 25: Palm Sunday
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 31: March Madness Final Four begins
• April 1: Easter
• April 1: April Fool’s Day
• April 2: March Madness championship game
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 13: Coachella begins
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 28: Memorial Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, MARCH 10

• Chuck Norris is 78. Barbara Corcoran is 69. Sharon Stone is 60. Paget Brewster is 49. Jon Hamm is 47. Timbaland is 46. Robin Thicke is 41. Carrie Underwood is 35. Olivia Wilde is 34.

• International Bagpipe Day. International Day of Awesomeness. Mario Day. Ranch Dressing Day.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11

• Bobby McFerrin is 68. Country singer Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers is 63. Terrence Howard is 49. Johnny Knoxville is 47. Thora Birch is 36. Melissa Rycroft is 35.

• Daylight Saving Time begins. Check Your Batteries Day. Girl Scout Sunday. International Fanny Pack Day. Eat Your Noodles Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

7,000: Commercials created each year for breakfast cereals.


NEWS ATTACK!

In preparation for her marriage to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was officially baptized on Tuesday into the Church of England. [I think that’s the same requirement on The Bachelor.]

New forensic research reveals that it looks like we’ve had the remains of Amelia Earhart all along. [But someone had received a $130,000 hush money payment and signed a non-disclosure agreement.]

Yesterday (Thursday) was International Women’s Day. [It was so well-celebrated that by noon they had completely run out of Harvey Weinstein piñatas.]

A woman in China let her toddler use her iPhone and he managed to lock her out of the phone for the next 47 years. [Which is also how long he’s grounded.]

A car thief in Connecticut, who was at the courthouse on a car theft charge, was arrested yet again when the car he drove to the courthouse turned out to be stolen. [He promised that next time he would take an Uber. I hope he meant HIRE an Uber.]

Veterinarians report that nearly all zoo gorillas have heart disease while it’s practically non-existent among wild gorillas. They say the fault lies with the food gorillas are given to eat in captivity. [And I don’t imagine the booze is helping either.]

A 14-year-old boy in Southern California was arrested for impersonating a sheriff’s deputy complete with uniform and flashing lights. [A resident got suspicious when the impersonator served him a warrant and said the warrant gave him the right to search his Netflix for the next few hours.]

Doctors in Quebec are protesting their recent raise, saying that they already make too much. They want the raise to go to others. [Exactly how did Canada and America ever get to be neighbors?]

A new study finds that regular exercise keeps the immune system strong in older adults. [That’s good to hear. I got plenty of exercise this year walking up and down the aisles of the drugstore looking for Theraflu.]

The website Niche has named Ann Arbor, Michigan as the best city in the U.S. in which to live. [Residents celebrated by breaking windows and overturning police cars.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

NEW JERSEY COMPANY TO PAY MAN’S DRUNKEN $1,600 UBER FARE _ A New Jersey man who got drunk in West Virginia and mistakenly ordered a $1,635 Uber ride to his home state will be reimbursed by a food delivery company. The founder of Eat Clean Bro (Jamie Giovinazzo) says his company will pay the fare to thank Kenny Bachman for choosing not to drive while drunk. Eat Clean Bro’s founder says Bachman’s decision helped keep the roadway safe for other motorists.

… Bachman intended to get a ride to the house where he was staying near West Virginia University. He fell asleep in the car and awoke two hours into the 300-mile journey to his home in New Jersey. Bachman had set up a GoFundMe to pay the fare. Now that Eat Clean Bro is paying the Uber bill the GoFundMe money will instead go to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

THIS WEEKEND: FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS _ Almost every town has a festival. Nederland, Colorado, has Frozen Dead Guy Days. Residents of the town near Boulder honor an 89-year-old Norwegian man who was cryogenically frozen after his death in 1989 and stored in a shed in town. Local officials tried to stop the experiment. But once they figured out there wasn’t much they could do, residents decided to make it the focus of a winter festival. • LINK

HUMANS SPREAD FAKE NEWS FASTER THAN BOTS _ Amid growing concerns about the impact of “fake news,” a new study finds that false stories take off much faster than truth on Twitter. The study — which looked at real news and fake news shared by 3 million Twitter users — found that false information spreads more quickly and further than accurate information. Researchers (at MIT) said fake news was about 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than truth. Fake stories often came from “bots” — automated accounts that impersonate real users. But it seemed that humans were the main reason that fiction spread faster than fact.

… Researchers analyzed the spread of all the stories verified as either true or false by six fact-checking organizations from 2006 to 2017. The six fact-check websites the study used are Snopes, PolitiFact, FactCheck, Truth or Fiction, Hoax Slayer, and Urban Legends.

WILD BOAR ON RAMPAGE IN MOSQUE _ A wild boar went on an angry rampage through a mosque during evening prayers in Malaysia. The enraged beast charged into the mosque before injuring a worshipper. The animal caused mass panic among those attending prayers. It was 30 minutes before mosque-goers eventually managed to chase the creature out of the building where he was put down.

MAN URINATED IN CO-WORKER’S WATER BOTTLE AFTER SHE REJECTED HIM _ Upset that the woman had turned down his romantic advances, a Minneapolis man urinated in his co-worker’s water bottle. 47-year-old Conrrado Cruz Perez was charged with two counts of adulterating a substance with bodily fluids. Deputies responded to a Perkins restaurant after a 42-year-old employee at the restaurant reported that she was being harassed by a baker. She told investigators that she noticed several occasions over the past few months when the water bottle she keeps at work tasted like urine.

… Cruz Perez initially denied tampering with the woman’s water bottle when deputies first interviewed him about the allegations, but later admitted to once urinating in the container after investigators suggested they might conduct DNA testing on the bottle. Cruz Perez said he had to go to the bathroom when the incident occurred but that the restaurant was too busy at the time for him to use the facilities. He added that he forgotten to throw away the water bottle after relieving himself in it.

VOODOO DOLLS OF BOSSES IMPROVE STAFF MORALE _ Allowing disgruntled staff to stab voodoo dolls of their boss could help them feel less resentful and improve the quality of their work. A study of 229 workers in the US and Canada found that engaging in ‘symbolic retaliation’ lowered feelings of injustice by one third. Although revenge is often viewed negatively, the researchers (Wilfrid Laurier University) say the findings highlight “the largely overlooked benefit of retaliation from the victim’s perspective.”

… The researchers said: “As weird as it sounds … we found a simple and harmless symbolic act of retaliation can make people feel like they’re getting even and restoring their sense of fairness. It may not have to be a voodoo doll … theoretically anything that serves as a symbolic act of retaliation, like throwing darts at a picture of your boss, might work.”

TERRIBLE TESLA DRIVER _ Grammy-nominated music producer DJ Klypso was ticketed by the California Highway Patrol for filming himself on his phone with his feet hanging out of the driver’s side window of the Tesla Model S that he was supposed to be driving. The officer cited him for operating a cell phone while driving and for driving at an unsafe speed for traffic conditions.

CHEATING HURTS EVEN IF YOU DON’T GET CAUGHT _ Think cheating only hurts if you get caught? Think again. One study says it could kill you. According to a heart specialist in London, couples in long-term relationships are less likely to have heart attacks than those who cheat on their partners.

SHELTER DOGS GET THEIR OWN ARMCHAIRS _ While homeless dogs at a no-kill shelter in Illinois are waiting for their forever homes, they are sitting comfortably in used armchairs generously donated by many community members. On Monday, the Knox County Humane Society in Galesburg requested for armchair donations with a video of dogs Mickey, Tango and Goober lounging in their big, cozy furniture. The footage quickly went viral. Donations of armchairs poured in and have taken up lots of space in the shelter, which houses about 50 dogs and 50 cats at a time. • VIDEO

… Erin Buckmaster, the volunteer executive director of the Knox County Humane Society, explained that a dog named Buster Brown inspired the movement after he gave an old chair a second life and purpose. Buster often refused to go into a kennel and insisted on sharing the staff’s desk chairs, which were too small for him to sit on. So in order to accommodate his wishes, the staff sought out to find a more comfortable solution and was contacted by a local plumbing and heating company that was getting rid of its office furniture. Thus, Buster was able to get his own chair.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: OBVIOUS: COLLEGE WOMEN DRINK A LOT OVER SPRING BREAK _ In a survey (by the American Medical Association) 83 percent of college women and graduates surveyed said spring break involves heavy drinking.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN UPSET OVER ORDER FLINGS HOT PIZZA _ A 61-year-old Florida woman was upset with her pizza order. An employee at the pizza place (in Deltona) says says the woman threw hot pizza on her. The victim told authorities that the hot pizza flew out of the box and hit her on both arms.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NUDE PHOTO SHARED ON REAL ESTATE WEBSITE _ When it comes to snapping photos of your home for a real estate site, it might be best to leave it to a pro. Real estate agents and their people have fancy cameras with clever lenses which are capable of all sorts of photo magic. When it’s just you and your iPhone, it’s hard to achieve the same results. And sometimes people capture personal and private things not meant to be shared with home shoppers. A homeowner accidentally uploaded a very revealing image of his bedroom to a real estate website in Singapore. The man said that he had cleaned the home before taking pictures to help sell it. He claims that he worked up a bit of a sweat doing the cleaning and decided to strip down to cool off while he took some shots of the rooms. Unfortunately, he failed to realize he’d accidentally picked up his own naked body in a mirror in the corner of one photograph. The photos were then shared on the real estate website.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DAD EATS BOWL OF CEREAL THAT EXPIRED IN 1997 _ Walmart shoppers may want to take a closer look at their groceries’ expiration dates after a Colorado (Littleton) family accidentally bought a box of cereal which expired 21 years ago. The Carelse family reportedly bought the decades-old box of Quaker 100% Natural Granola cereal at a Walmart on March 5. Unfortunately, when the family sat down for breakfast they found out their meal was stale. It was then that the family discovered they bought a cereal box with 1997 expiration date.

… Although the wife warned her husband to stop eating the stale food, he reportedly ate an entire bowl. A Walmart spokesperson says the company is looking into how such an old box found its way into store. Luckily, Mr. Carelse says he feels fine after eating the ancient oats.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GEM THIEF FINALLY POOPS IT OUT _ A guy in Italy who swallowed an expensive gem finally gave it up. All week, police poked through his bowel movements, but they didn’t find the $37,500 gem until four days after the theft.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CANADIAN TRAPPED BY A CAT _ A Canadian homeowner had to be rescued by police after his cat went berserk and trapped him in a bathroom. It took two cops and an animal control officer to subdue the seven-year-old cat, which is known to hiss and spit at strangers.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HAM TRAIL _ In Germany, a man who robbed a butcher shop was caught when the police followed a trail of ham to his house.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE CHASE LEADS TO POLICE VEHICLE THEFT _ In Sydney, Australia, two officers saw a stolen Toyota being driven erratically. The chase began and the car had two collisions before smashing into a sign. The driver ran from the accident but was caught by one of the officers. But the other passenger in the stolen car doubled back to the accident site to steal the empty police vehicle.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN GETS RIPPED OFF BY PROSTITUTE _ A Seattle man who hired an escort to “have fun” said she stole almost $200 from him after she went to her car to fetch some condoms. Who’d he tell this too? The police. After the theft the man said he called her “numerous times” to get his money back, but she never answered or returned his calls.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. Mac, Jack and Riley set out to find an informant after he’s kidnapped and taken to Chernobyl.

BLINDSPOT (8p ET, NBC) — New. Patterson’s investigation into a tattoo results in a horrible incident.

ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) — New.

SEASON PREMIERE: MASTERCHEF JUNIOR EDITION (8p ET, FOX) — New. The kids cook dishes using ingredients that start with each letter of the alphabet.

DYNASTY (8p ET, CW) — New.

HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — New. Adam’s mission to take down organized crime goes sideways

MARVEL’S AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (9p ET, ABC) — New. As the show celebrates 100 episodes, Coulson finally reveals the mysterious deal he made with Ghost Rider.

TAKEN (9p ET, NBC) — New. The wife of a war hero senator is taken.

9-1-1 (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — New.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. A man living a double life with two separate families is murdered.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

LOVE (Netflix) — The 3rd and final season begins.

SNEAKY PETE (Amazon) — Season two begins. Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland and Margo Martindale star.

SATURDAY

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) with musical guest English singer-songwriter James Bay.

SUNDAY

SELECTION SUNDAY (6p ET, TBS) — March Madness is here! Selection Sunday is when the NCAA selection committee reveals the field of 68 teams named to the NCAA Tournament.

60 MINUTES (8p ET, CBS) — New

SERIES PREMIERE: AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — Idol is back on a new network, and with new judges: Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. Ryan Seacrest returns as host. Other than the new network and new hosts, the show is really the same just with less bad auditions.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode

O.J. SIMPSON: THE LOST CONFESSION? (8p ET, FOX) — Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, this new special features footage from Simpson’s 2006 interview with publisher Judith Regan, in which Simpson hypothesizes about the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Regan interviewed Simpson and agreed to publish a book, “If I Did It,” based on the interview. The book was never published and the interview never aired. The special will air with limited commercial interruptions and will include conversations between O’Brien and a panel of experts, including prosecutor Christopher Darden, an FBI profiler, an anti-domestic violence advocate and a representative of the Nicole Brown Simpson family.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New

SERIES PREMIERE: DECEPTION (10p ET, ABC) — This new dramedy/procedural crime show stars Jack Cutmore-Scott (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as one of the biggest magicians in the world. When his brother ends up in trouble, he offers to team up with the FBI to help solve cases. Ilfenesh Hadera (Baywatch) and Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) also star.

MADAM SECRETARY (10p ET, CBS) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: TIMELESS (10p ET, NBC) — Season 2 begins with Lucy recruiting Marie Curie to help save the life of a wounded American soldier.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ According to box office predictions it’s a dead heat in the race for No. 1 this weekend, with both Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time predicted to make around $35 million each.

A Wrinkle in Time (PG) – After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Chris Pine.

The Strangers: Prey at Night (R) – A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are visited by three masked psychopaths, to test their every limit. Christina Hendricks.

Gringo (R) – Explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal. Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried.

The Hurricane Heist (PG-13) – Thieves attempt a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its Mint facilities. Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace.

… Opening next weekend: Tomb Raider, Love Simon.

THE FIRST TRAILER FOR THE GRINCH _ From the same animation company that gave us those cute, mischievous Minions, we’re getting a preview of The Grinch, an upcoming 2018 animated re-imagining of the Dr. Seuss children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Grinch sneaks into theaters on November 9. • VIDEO

JAMES CAMERON’S NEXT TERMINATOR MOVIE COMING TOGETHER _ James Cameron is returning to the Terminator franchise that he began in 1984, and if the rumors are true, then the film’s first star has been cast. On Thursday, Variety reported that actress Mackenzie Davis was in negotiations to play a non-robotic lead character in the new film. Also on Thursday, Hollywood Reporter added that her character would be some kind of “soldier-assassin on a mission.” Sci-fi fans will recognize Davis as one of Ryan Gosling’s love interests in Blade Runner 2049. She’s also a star on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.

… This sixth Terminator film will be the first James Cameron has worked on since Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). The sixth film is scheduled for release on July 26, 2019.

CLIP FROM AMERICAN IDOL SHOWS KATY PERRY’S WEIRD TALENT _  ( AUDIO)  A new clip from ABC’s reboot of American Idol isn’t the kind of thing that screams “must watch.” In the promotional video, judge Katy Perry decides to show off her hidden talent: she can inflate and deflate her throat like a frog. In the clip Perry entices co-judge Lionel Richie to “touch it” as Luke Bryan stands back in amazement. • VIDEO

… American Idol kicks off Sunday (8p ET) on ABC.

GREY’S ANATOMY SHAKEUP _ Grey’s Anatomy is losing two fan-favorite doctors. Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew will depart the long-running ABC medical drama following season 14. Capshaw has been on the show as Dr. Arizona Robbins for 10 seasons. Drew has played Dr. April Kepner for nine seasons. The decision appears to be based on a creative direction for season 15.

GREY’S ANATOMY BOSS SHUTS DOWN SALARY RUMORS _ Grey’s Anatomy boss Krista Vernoff took to social media to respond to an article on Deadline which implied that Ellen Pompeo’s recent salary increase may be part of the reason Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw are exiting the medical drama after Season 14. Back in January, Pompeo signed a two-year deal and will now earn $20 million per year, making her the highest paid dramatic actress on television — and some have speculated that the show could no longer afford Drew and Capshaw. In a statement released on Twitter, Vernoff called the implication hurtful and sexist: “The suggestion in that Deadline article that our cast changes are in any way related to Ellen Pompeo’s salary negotiation is hurtful and misguided. It smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman’s success will be costly to others.”

DAYS OF OUR LIVES RENEWED AT NBC _ Days of Our Lives has been renewed for a 54th season. Days premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour a decade later. It has won 52 Emmy awards. In 2017, Days of Our Lives aired its 13,000th episode.

PRESIDENT OBAMA COULD BE NETFLIX’S NEXT BIG SIGNING _ Given Netflix’s recent list of talent deals, it’s hard to imagine who they could reach an arrangement with next. According to a report by the New York Times, the streaming service is in “advanced negotiations” with former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. The exclusive content they’d produce for Netflix could include documentaries or fictional series that “align with their beliefs and values,” or something where Barack would moderate discussions on hot-button topics, or Michelle could focus on something like nutrition. There’s no word on how much the deal would be worth if finalized.

TERI HATCHER LISTS LOS ANGELES HOME FOR SHORT OR LONG TERM LEASE _ Teri Hatcher is looking to rent out her designer done home in the thickly wooded and affluent Fryman Canyon area of Studio City, California. It’s yours to rent for $25,000 per month long-term or $30,000 per month short term. Fully furnished, the 4,100-square foot home has a gated driveway shared with one other house and is completely invisible from the street.

MARK HAMILL GET A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME _ Mark Hamill was honored with the 2,630th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, with special guests Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Billie Lourd, Kelly Marie Tran and R2-D2.

GUILLERMO DEL TORO ANNOUNCES DIVORCE _ Shortly after taking home the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for his film The Shape of Water last Sunday, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro announces he divorced his wife of three decades Lorenza Newton last year, but had kept the news private. Del Toro revealed the news to Mexican magazine Reforma: “I separated in February [of 2017] and divorced in September, but few people knew.”

… After he walked the red carpet with scriptwriter Kim Morgan, who laced her arm through his, some wondered why his wife and the mother of his two daughters wasn’t by his side at the awards show. The 53-year-old filmmaker addressed the questions swirling around his marital status when he disclosed his divorce news to Reforma on March 7.

AMC’S DARK COMEDY DIETLAND TO PREMIERE IN JUNE _ AMC has announced that the new satire series Dietland, which stars Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), is set to premiere on June with back-to-back episodes. Dietland is a dark comedy based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 best-selling, critically acclaimed novel of the same name.

EMINEM’S LOSE YOURSELF HAS BEEN CERTIFIED DIAMOND _ Eminem’s single Lose Yourself has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, which signifies it has officially sold 10 million copies in the U.S. alone. The song’s full sales and streaming figures are much, much larger.

THE SOPRANOS PREQUEL IS READY TO FILM _ The Sopranos is back. David Chase and Lawrence Konner’s script for a prequel film titled The Many Saints of Newark has found a movie studio home (New Line) and now it’s time to choose a director.

… The film is set during the 1960s riots in Newark, New Jersey and deals with the war between the African-American and Italian mafias. While story details are not confirmed, characters such as Tony Soprano’s father and mother are reportedly involved.


AUDIO

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KATY PERRY: Katy Perry shows off her talent — moving her neck like a frog.

DROP: OK, there’s something huge going on here.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

THE REAL HISTORY OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Many Americans think Benjamin Franklin invented DST, but that’s not exactly true. Franklin did pen an essay suggesting Parisians should maximize their use of daylight hours in 1784, but it was satirical in nature and partially meant to poke fun at the French. Basically, he explained how they could save a ton of money on candles if everybody just woke up earlier and utilized the daylight more. Franklin didn’t mention anything about adjusting time itself.

It was actually two Brits, scientist George Vernon Hudson and builder William Willett who almost simultaneously came up with the idea. Hudson presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society in 1895, suggesting a two-hour time shift forward in October and a two-hour shift back in March. They liked the idea, but it didn’t really catch on. Then, ten years later, Willett came up with a different take on the idea that was meant to increase the enjoyment of having more daylight hours. He proposed setting the clocks ahead 20 minutes each Sunday in April, then reversing the process on Sundays in September.

It didn’t quite take hold in Britain right away, but by 1908, residents of Ontario became the first to implement a form of DST, followed by several other locations in Canada. Then, during World War I, Germany and their ally Austria-Hungary popularized the concept by enacting the first official, country-wide DST policy on May 1, 1916. It was meant as an effort to save fuel and energy during the war. After that, Britain and the rest of Europe began to follow suit.

In the U.S., DST would go into effect in March of 1918. Contrary to popular belief, it had nothing to do with farmers lobbying for more time to work their fields. They were actually opposed to the idea. Why? Because the sun dictated farming schedules, not the clock. All DST did was make things more confusing for farmers and made it more difficult to get their work done. By 1919, the agricultural industry had won and national DST was repealed. It made a brief return during World War II, but all that did was make everything more confusing. Thing is — despite it being repealed, brought back, then taken away again — some states and cities had been using DST the whole time anyway. This led to decades of confusing time differences throughout the country. During certain times of the year, a 30-minute drive could move you through five to seven different time zones, leading to what Time magazine called “a chaos of clocks” in 1963. Fortunately, the Uniform Time Act fixed all of that in 1966. It standardized DST for the country, but allowed states to opt out if they wanted to stay on standard time. In the end, Arizona and Hawaii opted out and the rest of the country has to change their clocks twice a year.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: When production began in 1793 11,178 were made in the first year. Today over 14 million are made each day. (U.S. coins)

TIME COP

It’s time for you to play time cop and catch which of the following events did NOT happen in 1987:

• Senator Gary Hart dropped out of the race for president after reports of an affair surfaced.

• At the Academy Awards, American Beauty won Best Picture. (2000)

• While visiting the Berlin Wall, President Reagan told the Soviets to tear it down.

• TV evangelist Jim Bakker resigned as head of PTL Ministries after admitting to an affair.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Tesla driver goes hands-free on a curve in the rain.


DATEBOOK: MARCH 12, 2018

This is day 71 of 2018. There are 294 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Barbara Feldon (Get Smart) is 85

• Liza Minnelli is 72

• Mitt Romney is 71

• James Taylor is 70

• Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The People vs OJ Simpson) is 58

• Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight) is 50

• Journalist Jake Tapper is 49

• Jaimie Alexander (Blindspot) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1876: Alexander Graham Bell successfully spoke the first words on a telephone by calling for his assistant.

• 1894: Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time.

• 1912: The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) were founded in the U.S.

• 1933: Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation for the first time as President of the United States. This was also the first of his “Fireside Chats.”

• 1990: 153,000 snails were reported missing from a snail farm in Hebburn, England, apparently history’s largest snail disappearance.

• 1992: Tammy Faye Bakker announced she would divorce her evangelist husband, Jim, who was in prison for swindling. The couple had been married 31 years.

• 1994: The Church of England ordains its first female priests.

• 1996: Former Senator Bob Dole swept the seven Super Tuesday primaries, virtually locking up the Republican presidential nomination.

• 2002: In Leuven, Belgium, a cyclist beat a Ferrari in a 12-mile race through rush-hour traffic. Bert Meulemans, a local councilor, finished 15 minutes in front of the car. He drove along cycle paths while his motoring colleague struggled through congested streets. The councilor wanted to encourage cycling.

• 2003: China ordered the Rolling Stones to eliminate four songs from their planned performances in Shanghai and Beijing. The banned songs were “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Beast of Burden,” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together.”

• 2004: Julia Roberts was arrested for dealing crack. Not the actress. The 96-year-old North Carolina woman was busted along with a few younger relatives/cohorts for running a drug operation out of her home.

• 2008: After it was revealed that he’d been involved with a prostitute, New York Governor Elliot Spitzer announced he would resign .

• 2011: A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melted and exploded and released radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan’s earthquake.

• 2014: A gas explosion in the New York City neighborhood of East Harlem killed eight and injured 70 others.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Napping Day – Because it’s the day after Daylight Saving Time starts.

• Fill Our Staplers Day

• Plant A Flower Day

• International Fanny Pack Day

UPCOMING

• March 13: March Madness begins
• March 14: Pi Day
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
• March 20: First day of Spring
• 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 16: Boston Marathon
• April 16: Pulitzer Prize winners announced
• April 17: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• March 25: Palm Sunday
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 31: March Madness Final Four begins
• April 1: Easter
• April 1: April Fool’s Day
• April 2: March Madness championship game
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 13: Coachella begins
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 28: Memorial Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th