INTERPREP ★ MARCH 15, 2018

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 15, 2018

This is day 74 of 2018. There are 291 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Elvis Presley drummer DJ Fontana is 87

• Judd Hirsch (Taxi, NUMB3RS) is 83

• Mike Love of the Beach Boys is 77

• Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is 75

• Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is 63

• Bret Michaels of Poison is 55

• Eva Longoria is 43

• will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas is 43

• Kellan Lutz (The Twilight films) is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 44 BC: Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.

• 1972: The Godfather had it’s premiere. Note: 45th anniversary in 2017.

• 1977: Eight Is Enough and Three’s Company premiered on TV.

• 1991: Four Los Angeles, California police officers were indicted for the videotaped March 3, 1991 beating of motorist Rodney

• 1999: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Dusty Springfield were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

• 2006: After a dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey’s car he sued the city of Lodi, California for $3,600. The city denied the claim since Gokey, a city employee, was himself driving the dump truck. So Gokey’s wife sued the city. But a judge ruled she could not sue her own husband as a city employee.

• 2009: Researchers announced the germiest thing in our life is our cell phone, taking the crown from our computer keyboard.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Buzzards Day

• Ides of March. On this day in history, Julius Caesar was warned by soothsayers to “beware of the Ides of March”. Apparently, he did not heed the warning strongly enough as he was stabbed by Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March in 44 BC.

• Shoe The World Day

• Consumer Rights Day

• Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

• Peanut Lovers’ Day

UPCOMING

• 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


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

10: Percentage of Americans who say they are willing to have an Internet access device implanted in their brain.


NEWS ATTACK!

The administration has decided not to implement new rules that would have made raising farm animals more humane. Without the new rules, livestock can continue to be raised in ways that some find disturbing. [For example, hens can continue to be made to watch The Bachelor in order to produce more eggs.]

A Norwegian won this year’s Iditarod sled dog race. First, the Norwegians won all the medals at the Olympics and now the Iditarod. [I wonder if they have a team in the NCAA Tournament?]

The last White House economic advisor left because he disagreed with the administration on tariffs. The new choice to be economic advisor also disagrees. [Does he even need to worry to unpack?]

A California school teacher accidentally fired his gun in a crowded classroom while teaching about gun safety. [We all make mistakes. It could happen to any moron.]

The UN has named Finland the world’s happiest nation. [Two words: free cable.]

Ford is recalling 1.4 million cars because the steering wheels could come off. [Picky, picky, picky.]

WalletHub says the Little Rock, Arkansas metro area is the fattest city in the U.S. [The people were so upset they wanted to post their angry thoughts on the internet but their smartphone was waaaaay over there on the other side of the room.]

United Airlines was supposed to fly a family dog to Missouri, but instead sent it to Japan. [Can you imagine how frightened that dog must have been? How would you like it if you found yourself in a strange land and all the other dogs were barking at you in a foreign language?]

A junior high school science teacher in Idaho is in trouble after he fed a live puppy to a hungry reptile in front of students. [My teacher used to do that to my term papers.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

TOYS ‘R’ US IS CLOSING ALL ITS U.S. STORES _ Toys ‘R’ Us will close or sell all 800 of its U.S. stores. The news, first published by Wall Street Journal, came not long after it was revealed that the retailer would close its remaining 75 UK stores. The company said that its 82 Canadian stores will remain open. The US store closings will impact as many as 33,000 jobs.

OBAMA SHARES HIS MARCH MADNESS BRACKET _ Barack Obama’s March Madness picks are a highly anticipated annual event among sports fans. The former president revealed his bracket on Twitter Tuesday. He has Virginia, Michigan State, North Carolina and Villanova in his Final Four, with the Spartans beating out the Volunteers in the Finals. • IMAGE

UNITED SENDS DOG TO JAPAN INSTEAD OF KANSAS _ When a Kansas family taking a United flight from Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri boarded their dog on the plane, they probably hadn’t yet heard that United had just killed a passenger’s puppy. When they landed, they went to the cargo area to pick up their 10-year-old German Shepherd, but were greeted by a great Dane instead. Fortunately, the Dane was alive. Meanwhile, their German Shepherd, Irgo, was still in the air. On a different plane. Headed for Japan. At first United tried to tell the family the the great Dane was their German Shepherd, because the paperwork said so. Once United admitted its mistake it blamed it on similar looking kennels.

TEACHER FIRES GUN IN CLASS WHILE TEACHING ABOUT GUN SAFETY _ A California teacher who also serves as a reserve police officer accidentally fired a pistol inside his classroom while teaching about gun safety. The errant bullet ricocheted off the ceiling, sending out fragments that injured three students, including a 17-year-old who was struck in the neck. No one suffered serious injuries. He was placed on administrative leave at the high school and the police force as the investigation is conducted.

WOMAN CLAIMS AIRBNB GUEST THREW PARTY, CAUSED BIGLY DAMAGE _ A San Antonio Airbnb host is getting help from the company after a college student rented her property and caused nearly $20,000 in damage. Chelsey McGovern said that on the night of February 2, she called police multiple times after learning that the renter was throwing a big party with hundreds of guests. Every time she called police she also called Airbnb. Eventually the company told her that she needed photographic evidence that there were more than 50 people at the house.” The home is just four houses down from McGovern’s property. She was able to obtain video.

… After it was all over, she learned the destruction caused by partygoers resulted in $18,868. Someone peed on a bed, and she says it appears they were just smashing Jello shots against a wall. They also broke furniture.

SIX FLAGS ATTENDEES STUCK ON BATMAN: THE RIDE FOR 45 MINUTES _ Passengers on Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas found themselves stuck in the air Tuesday afternoon after a safety sensor went off, stopping the coaster for 45 minutes. Riders were stopped for 45 minutes at the top of the coaster’s initial lift. After nearly an hour, the ride resumed and the passengers were delivered to the ground unharmed.

… Sensors are in place on the ride as a safety precaution and can cause a coaster to stop for a number of reasons including wind and other weather conditions. The park didn’t say what exactly caused the sensor to go off.

STRESS MIGHT BE CONTAGIOUS _ A new study finds that stress might be contagious. University of Calgary researchers studied pairs of mice. They submitted one to mild stress then teamed them back up. Both mice showed the same signs of stress. The study suggests that stress could be a sign of empathy for those around us. Researchers say you can avoid catching it by taking a step back when confronted by someone whose stress levels are running high.

LITTLE ROCK IS THE FATTEST CITY _ With March being National Nutrition Month and Americans collectively spending up to $315.8 billion annually on obesity-related medical treatment, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report Wednesday on 2018’s Fattest Cities in America.

WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 18 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of obese adults to share of overweight children to projected obesity rates by 2030.

  1. Little Rock, AR
  2. Shreveport, LA
  3. McAllen, TX
  4. Memphis, TN
  5. Mobile, AL
  6. Knoxville, TN
  7. Jackson, MS
  8. Birmingham, AL
  9. Baton Rouge, LA
  10. Lexington, KY
  11. Columbia, SC
  12. Chattanooga, TN
  13. Lafayette, LA
  14. Greenville, SC
  15. Louisville, KY
  16. Nashville, TN
  17. Canton, OH
  18. Winston-Salem, NC
  19. Tulsa, OK
  20. Greensboro, NC

… The McAllen, Texas metro area has the highest share of obese adults, at nearly 45%, which is 2½ times higher than in San Francisco, the metro area with the lowest at 17.85%

… The Mobile, Alabama, metro area has the highest share of adults with high blood pressure, 41.2%

BLIMP TOWS WATER SKIER 6.9 MILES TO SET WORLD RECORD _ Yes, that was a blimp towing a water skier across the surface of a Southern California lake. The blimp towed skier Kari McCollum for 6.9 miles at Lake Elsinore on Tuesday — a new record. The old mark for a water skier being towed by a blimp or airship was nearly 5 miles.

DELAWARE TESTS MOBILE DRIVER’S LICENSES _ Delaware residents may be among the first in the country to use mobile driver’s licenses after the state’s department of transportation announced Wednesday a pilot program to test the technology. The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles said it launched a six-month study to test the licenses, which would be accessed on smartphones. With the technology, police would be able to ping a driver’s cellphone for the license and view it before approaching the vehicle during a traffic stop.

… The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) said the mobile license can only be unlocked and accessed by the license holder through a personal identification number or facial recognition technology. The state is testing the mobile licenses on 200 state employees and people involved in the project.

ARLINGTON ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BUILD LARGEST ESPORTS STADIUM IN U.S. _ If you think esports is just something 14-year-old boys in basements are into, think again. The city where the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers play their NFL and Major League Baseball home games is about to go all-in on esports. Arlington, Texas, has announced plans for a 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art esports stadium that is scheduled to open later this year. The space will be the largest of its kind in the United States. Its design and location are oriented toward attracting competitive players, fans, and tourists from around the world.

MURDER SUSPECT LEFT HOUSE DURING STANDOFF, WENT TO WALMART _ A Terre Haute, Indiana, murder suspect at the center of an hours-long standoff last week snuck through a police perimeter and went shopping. A 20-hour standoff began after a shooting in which one person died. Police officers surrounded the home. However, newly released information by police reveals the suspect didn’t stay in the home during the whole standoff. He snuck through the police barrier and he went shopping at a Walmart. Police believe the man left the house around 3:30 AM through a basement window next to a privacy fence that was out of their view. Police would not reveal what the suspect purchased. He eventually returned back to the home at the center of the standoff. He was later shot and killed by SWAT officers.

PEEP SEASON _ Easter is two weeks from Sunday, which is why you’re seeing Peeps at nearly every store you visit. Peeps at AutoZone? That’s just not right. 4.2 million peeps are made each day and it takes 6 seconds to make one. Back in 1953 it took 27 hours to make a Peep.

MALE SWEAT BENEFITS WOMEN _ Sweating it out over a big date this weekend? If you’re a guy, that could be just the ticket. Biologists (University of Pennsylvania) found male perspiration had a surprisingly beneficial effect on women’s moods. It helps reduce stress, induces relaxation and even affects the menstrual cycle. Researchers collected samples from the underarms of men who refrained from using deodorant for four weeks. The extracts were then blended and applied to the upper lips of 18 women. The women rated their moods on a fixed scale for a period of six hours. The findings suggested something in the perspiration brightened their moods and helped them feel less tense.

HOW TO WRITE MEMOS THAT GET NOTICED _ If you want the boss to sit up and take notice of the memos and reports you write, here’s a tip: Don’t use big words. A study from Stanford University concluded that people who use complicated language when simple words will do tend to be viewed as less intelligent than those who use a more basic and understandable vocabulary.

HOLDING HANDS CAN EASE PAIN _ If a loved one is in pain, go their hands. Researchers (University of Haifa) found that holding the hand of someone who’s in pain can reduce it. The researchers looked at brain scans and found brain-to-brain coupling by the act of hand-holding while in pain may have a soothing, analgesic effect, like the skin-to-skin touch that is beneficial to premature babies. In grownups, this interpersonal touch can help regulate responses to stress, increasing trust and emotional well-being.

IT’S OK IF YOUR DOG SLEEPS IN YOUR BED _ If you see your dog as a child or member of the family, you’re not alone. 60% of dog owners feels this way, which is why many let Fido and Fifi sleep near them in the same bed. But is sleeping in the same bed with your dog a good idea? Wouldn’t they be disruptive to our sleep? According to a recent study, not really. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix studied 40 dogs (none were puppies) who slept in the bedroom with their owners. The humans were all generally good sleepers, with no known sleep disorders. Over seven days of testing, the researchers found that with a dog in the bedroom, both the humans and the dogs slept reasonably well. Humans had a mean sleep efficiency, or the percentage of time spent asleep while in bed, of 81 percent, while dogs had a sleep efficiency of 85 percent. Levels over 80 percent are generally considered satisfactory. People slept slightly better when the dog was off the bed; dogs slept the same whether they were on the bed or in another location in the bedroom.

… The dogs wore a device called a Fitbark, an activity tracker that attaches to the collar and records whether an animal is at rest and sleeping or active and at play. The people wore an Actiwatch 2, an activity monitor that records people’s movements and whether they are sleeping soundly or not. Both monitors were set to sample movement every minute, while the humans also kept a sleep diary.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MEN LIKE TEDDY BEARS _ More men than women take teddy bears to bed as a partner substitute when sleeping alone, according to a survey (by Travelodge). While 15 percent of women resorted to cuddling a teddy, as many as 20 percent of men admitted to being big softies by opting for teddies. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 63 percent said they needed a bedtime cuddle to sleep, with many of them saying they resort to hugging a pillow.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRACTOR-TRAILER CARRYING EGG YOLKS CRASHES _ A tractor-trailer carrying liquid egg yolks overturned on a highway on ramp in Pennsylvania, turning it into an eggspressway. The eggs-act cause of the crash remains under investigation.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOYFRIEND SURVIVED SAMURAI SWORD ATTACK _ Alex Lovell nearly lost his fingers, his life and he appears to have lost the woman he loved. Lovell’s girlfriend of two years allegedly attacked him after she found a Tinder dating app on his phone and also fumed over his love for video games.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR RETURNS FOR COAT _ In New York, a woman burglarized a home, taking clothing, jewelry, and other items, along with the homeowner’s checkbook. Apparently, she tried on some of the clothing before taking it, because she left her own coat behind. A few hours later, she went back to recover the coat, but this time a neighbor saw her entering the house and called the cops. When police busted her, she had two forged checks from the homeowner’s account in her pocket, which she planned to cash after retrieving her coat. Police said that, since no one had seen her break in the first time, she might have gotten away with it if she hadn’t returned to the scene of the crime.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SAVINGS EATEN BY RATS _ An Ethiopian farmer who stashed his life savings of more than $12,000 dollars in a haystack has lost almost one-third to rats who gnawed it away. The farmer preferred the straw pile for fear of losing his riches in case fire broke out in his house.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CLAIMS PHONE TO EAR WAS TO KEEP HIS EAR WARM _ A truck driver from Germany escaped a fine for driving while using a phone after claiming he was using it as an ear warmer.


ON TELEVISION

2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT (Noon ET, CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS) — The first round of the NCAA Tournament begins with games all day on all 4 networks.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. Meredith tries to learn more about Marie Cerone’s history with her mother. Series star Ellen Pompeo directed this episode.

SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — New. Glenn and Dina offer amnesty to employees if they confess the bad things they’ve done.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New. Ivy picks her next target, leading Gordon and Lucius back to an old friend.

TOUGH MUDDER: TOUGHER TOGETHER (8p ET, CW) — This new special gives an in-depth look at the personal challenges, heartbreaks and triumphs of three teams as they go through the Tough Mudder experience.

JERSEY SHORE: FAMILY VACATION (8p ET, MTV) — The original Jersey Shore cast head to Miami in this new special.

A.P. BIO (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Jack is attracted to a student’s mother (guest star Erinn Hayes, Kevin Can Wait) at a parent-teacher conference. Lisa Loeb also guest stars.

SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — New. Liv tries to bridge the gap with the Gladiators by revealing her theory about Cyrus’s true intentions.

WILL & GRACE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Will rekindles a relationship with his first love. Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live) and Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story) guest star.

SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO (9p ET, FOX) — New.

ARROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (9p ET, Lifetime) — New. The designers face off to create performance wear for a music superstar.

CHAMPIONS (9:30p ET, NBC) — New.

SEASON FINALE: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — Season 4 ends with Annalise and her inner circle dealing with the aftermath of a suspicious death.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Paramount Network) — New. Comic Jeff Ross takes on Rob Schneider.


ENTERTAINMENT

NETFLIX IS REUNITING KEY AND PEELE FOR A NEW MOVIE _ When Key and Peele ended back in 2015, Keegan-Michael Key said that the duo’s plan was to “make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie.” Well, it’s been three years, and both Key and Jordan Peele have been busy doing their own thing, and now it still looks like the duo is sticking to their promise.

… Netflix has signed on to finance and release Wendell and Wild — the first movie to get Key and Peele back on the big screen together since 2016’s Keanu. Wendell and Wild is reportedly a stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick, the dude who directed James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

… Wendell and Wild is a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raoul. Key and Peele will lend their voices to the demon brothers.

AMC THEATERS MAY HOST 31-HOUR MARVEL MOVIE MARATHON _ A source says the AMC movie theater chain will host a 31-hour Marvel/Avengers marathon ahead of Avengers: Infinity War, which hits theaters on April 27. The dates and locations for the event have not been announced.

… The theater chain held a similar marathon in 2015 before Avengers: Age of Ultron and in 2012 ahead of The Avengers, but of course, several new Marvel films have been released since the last marathon. These include Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Black Panther.

IDIOT MEN ARE SAYING THE NEW LARA CROFT’S BREASTS ARE TOO SMALL _ Critics are impressed with Swedish actress Alicia Vikander’s take on Lara Croft, even if some are not so hot on the movie itself. They say her subtle approach offers the over-the-top spectacle some realism. But some have criticized the casting of Vikander — not for her acting chops or accent but rather for her body.

… One YouTuber, who calls himself The Amazing Atheist, tweeted that Vikander’s breasts were too small for the role: “Do I have to be the a***ole who says her [breasts] are too small for me to see her as Lara Croft? Do I have to be that guy? Do I have to be the one who … says it?”

SPIKE LEE MIGHT FINALLY MAKE A SUPERHERO MOVIE _ The next Spike Lee movie might be heavy on tights. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee is currently in talks to direct a movie based on the Marvel superhero Nightwatch.

NICKELODEON WENT OFF-AIR DURING NATIONAL WALKOUT _ Nickelodeon halted its regularly scheduled programming for 17 minutes Wednesday to honor the 17 students and faculty members killed one month ago in Parkland, Florida. From 10 AM until 10:17 AM Nickelodeon broadcasted one simple message. The screen read: “In support of kids leading the way today, Nickelodeon will be off the air until 17 minutes past the hour.”

NASCAR RENEWS TWITTER DEAL TO LIVE-STREAM RACES _ Twitter and NASCAR will again put racing fans in the virtual driver’s seat, expanding their live-streaming deal with 15 races during the second half of the 2018 season. Under the pact, Twitter will live-stream one in-car camera for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this year, including all 10 NASCAR Playoffs races and five regular-season races. The live-streamed races, which will be available only to users in the U.S., will carry ads.

NETFLIX PULLS PLUG ON PATCHES FOR KIDS SHOWS _ Netflix has put a stop to a test that was awarding patches for viewing certain kids shows. Netflix had been testing these patches for a couple of weeks now, awarding a subset of its viewers patches for completing episodes of shows like A Series of Unfortunate Events. The patches didn’t unlock any additional content, but functioned as a kind of reward of their own.

… Social media feedback from parents was pretty negative, with many users either expressing confusion about the patches themselves, or frustration about Netflix’s decision to gameify binge viewing.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

TIPPING: While the economy has been in steady growth mode for almost ten years, your local server isn’t benefiting. We’re eating out a lot — but we’re not tipping any better. What’s your tipping philosophy? In this related clip, Jerry Seinfeld tries to convince Sarah Jessica Parker they must leave a large tip. From Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Here’s a guy who’s decided to give to charity less and give bigger tips.

PHONER: Little white lies we tell our kids.  →  3 real callers

MARCH MADNESS: A package of March Madness drops.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

More prep in the Facebook Group.


BITS & BREAKS

QUICK JOKE

Q: Why don’t men cook at home?

A: No one’s invented a steak that will fit in the toaster.

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #AddGaryRuinAMovie

• Gary Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

• Glengarry, Glen Gary

• Gary,Indiana Jones and the temple of doom

• Three Billboards Outside of Gary, Indiana

• Dirty Gary

• I Know What Gary Did Last Summer

• When Harry Met Gary

• Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure In Which Gary Also Participated

• The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and Gary

• Pirates of the Garybbean

• Gary Poppins

• All Garys Go To Heaven

HOW PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE’S WEDDING WILL MAKE HISTORY

MARKLE IS AN AMERICAN – Meghan Markle is the first American to be officially engaged to a British royal. A few other firsts this bride-to-be checks off: she’s a woman of color, divorced, a well-known actor, and was raised Catholic. Markle was just recently baptized and confirmed in the Church of England. After her wedding to Prince Harry, she will have to go through the process of becoming a citizen of the U.K.

THE DATE – The day that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will exchange vows is May 19, 2018, which breaks a couple royal traditions. The wedding is on a Saturday. In the past, royal weddings have typically been held on a weekday.

THEIR CAKE – This is just a rumor, but there has been talk that the royal couple’s wedding cake will be banana. Multi-tiered fruitcake has typically been the wedding cake choice of royal couples before them. Formal royal chef Darren McGrady said that Harry has always loved anything made with bananas, so it could be the chosen dessert at their wedding.

IT’S NOT A HOLIDAY – When Prince Harry and Markle announced their engagement, the British government told the public that there “isn’t a precedent in this area” for a bank holiday to be declared for the royal wedding. The date, however, falls on a Saturday, so it’s likely that crowds will still be able to gather to celebrate the royal nuptials.

THERE WON’T BE A FAMOUS BALCONY KISS – Many recently married royal couples have kissed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. However, since their ceremony is taking place at St. George’s Chapel, they likely won’t be making the hour-long trip back to London and Buckingham Palace to capture this classic royal moment.

THERE WILL BE MANY MORE CELEBRITIES IN ATTENDANCE – Given Markle’s career, she will most likely invite many of her celebrity friends to the royal wedding. She is very close with stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams and Patrick J. Adams, her Suits co-star. However, one high-profile couple that may or may not make the guest list: former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Although Prince Harry and Obama have struck up a friendship over the years, rumor has it the invite could cause some international tension.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: One of these has 7½ miles of information on it. (A standard DVD)

WHO SAID IT?

“I’m one of those people you hate because of genetics.”

• Brad Pitt*

• Ivanka Trump

• Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

• Jack Black


VIDEO OF THE DAY

The best use of Bee Gees’ Staying Alive you will see today.

https://youtu.be/Ir1KENW9dzs


DATEBOOK: MARCH 16, 2018

This is day 75 of 2018. There are 290 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Director Bernardo Bertolucci is 77

• Game-show host Chuck Woolery is 77

• Victor Garber (Alias) is 69

• Erik Estrada (CHiPS) is 69

• Flavor Flav of Public Enemy is 59

• Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) is 55

• Lauren Graham (Parenthood, Gilmore Girls) is 51

• Alan Tudyk (Firefly) is 47

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1802: Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

• 1994: Figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Oregon, to conspiracy for covering up the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.

• 1995: Mississippi formally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.

• 1995: Astronaut Norm Thagard became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.

• 2005: A judge in Redwood City, California, sent Scott Peterson to death row for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci.

• 2005: A jury in Los Angeles acquitted actor Robert Blake of murder in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.

• 2006: In Slough, England, a gang of crooks heard through the crook grapevine about a van that would be passing through town loaded with money. Lots of money. Millions, in fact. They snatched the van as its driver was making a delivery. And the story they had heard was true, the van was full of money. Unfortunately, it was Monopoly money that was to be used in a promotion of a new version of the game.

• 2015: A poll revealed 40% of Americans couldn’t spell Budweiser correctly. The same poll also revealed 90% of Americans couldn’t spell Jägermeister.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Campfire Girls Day

• Freedom of Information Day

• Lips Appreciation Day

• National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

• No Selfies Day

• World Sleep Day

UPCOMING

• 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 17

• Patrick Duffy is 69. Kurt Russell is 67. Gary Sinise is 63. Vicki Lewis is 58. Rob Lowe is 54. Country singer Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square is 45. Brittany Daniel is 42. Rob Kardashian is 31. John Boyega is 26.

• St. Patrick’s Day. Corn Dog Day. Worldwide Quilting Day. Play The Recorder Day.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18

• Country singer Charley Pride is 84. Irene Cara is 59. Mike Rowe is 56. Vanessa Williams is 55. Queen Latifah is 48. Dane Cook is 46. Country singer Philip Sweet of Little Big Town is 44. Adam Levine is 39. Duane Henry is 33.

• Awkward Moments Day. Forgive Mom and Dad Day. Sloppy Joe Day.