INTERPREP ★ APRIL 18, 2018

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 18, 2018

This is day 108 of 2018. There are 257 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap) is 72

• James Woods is 71

• Cindy Pickett (the mom in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 71

• Rick Moranis (Honey I Shrunk the Kids) is 65

• Eric Roberts is 62

• Jane Leeves (Hot in Cleveland, Fraiser) is 57

• Conan O’Brien is 55

• Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) is 55

• Maria Bello (Payback, NCIS) is 50

• Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds) is 46

• Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) is 42

• Kourtney Kardashian is 39

• America Ferrera (Superstore) is 34

• Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) is 30

• Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) is 29

• Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nashville) is 26

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1775: Two lanterns were hung in Boston, Massachusetts and Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode to warn of impending arrests of Samuel Adams and John Hancock.

• 1923: Yankee Stadium, “The House that Ruth Built,” opened.

• 1991: Charlie Kovacs of Seymour, Victoria, Australia, set the world camper speed record by towing his Roadster camper at a speed of 126.76 miles an hour.

• 1999: Hockey player Wayne Gretzky’s number (99) was retired league wide in the NHL.

• 2001: A San Francisco man was arrested for a string of bank robberies after he dropped a receipt with his name on it at one bank and left his resume at another. Police said the 37-year-old bandit was intoxicated during the robberies.

• 2003: Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve.

• 2009: Washington and Lee University in Virginia saw a missing library book back returned to its shelves — nearly 145 years after it was stolen by a Union soldier during the Civil War. The 1842 book (the first volume of W.F.P. Napier’s four-volume “History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814”) was returned by a friend of one of the soldier’s descendants.

• 2012: TV legend Dick Clark died following a heart attack in Santa Monica, California.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Adult Autism Day

• National Columnists’ Day

• Lineman Appreciation Day

• International Juggler’s Day

• Piñata Day

• Animal Crackers Day

• Banana Day

UPCOMING

• 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 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

19,000: Different odors a good odor technician in the perfume trade is able to distinguish.


NEWS ATTACK!

There’s talk that during a historic meeting later this month the leaders of the two Koreas may finally sign documents officially ending the Korean War. [Then they re going to try to settle things between Vin Diesel and The Rock.]

Later this month, a woman, who has reached the top of Mount Everest a record eight times, will try to climb it for the ninth. She’s a 44-year-old who works as a dishwasher at a Whole Foods in Connecticut. [That is truly inspirational. When I leave the grocery store the only thing I want to do is to lie down.]

Another Republican congressman, Charlie Dent, announced that he’s leaving office. He’s stepping down next month. [He’s in such a hurry to leave that he said he’d bother to come up with an excuse at a later date.]

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had an accident and broke her shoulder. [I completely understand. After all, who didn’t fall out of their chair when they heard that Michael Cohen was also Sean Hannity’s lawyer?]

Toyota says that by 2021 it will begin selling cars that can talk to each other. [“Whoa. Check out the bumper on her!”]

Toyota says that by 2021 it will begin selling cars that can talk to each other. [“That wasn’t me that backfired.”]

Thieves broke into Usher’s house and stole $820,000 in jewelry and cash. [If thieves drove away towing my entire home behind them, they wouldn’t have $820,000.]

Four baboons used a barrel to escape from a research facility in Texas. [After the story went viral, all four baboons were immediately offered jobs assembling IKEA furniture.]

Brett Favre flunked his audition for Monday Night Football. [His commentary was okay but they said he needed to work on his singing and dancing.]

Tuesday, the IRS online payment site went down. [Finally, the Russians did something right.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

BARBARA BUSH SIPS BOURBON BEFORE PASSING _ Former first lady Barbara Bush has died at age 92. In what her spokesman called failing health, Bush traded further medical treatments for comfort care at home — which included phone calls, conversation and bourbon.

… Hours before her death, a longtime friend of the Bushes said Barbara was “answering all of her phone calls herself.”

… And a source close to the Bush family said she was alert Monday night and “was also having a bourbon.”

AUDIO OF SOUTHWEST FLIGHT RELEASED AUDIO  A Southwest jet engine failed on a LaGuardia to Dallas-bound flight, resulting in a moment of sheer terror in the sky. There was one fatality after a piece of the engine crashed into a window, “violently depressurizing” the cabin and reportedly “sucking” a passenger through a window who was then pulled back into the airplane.

… The harrowing communications between the aircraft and the air traffic control tower have been released. The pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, is a hero. With a big piece of the aircraft missing, she managed to guide the plane to the ground in Philadelphia, saving scores of lives. 144 passengers and five crew members were onboard.

IRS WEBSITE GLITCH _ The IRS had an unexpected message for procrastinators who waited until Tuesday to make their annual Tax Day payments through the agency’s website: Come back on Dec. 31, 9999. An outage on the agency’s website, which began on Tuesday morning, crippled a crucial part of the tax collection agency’s website that allows taxpayers to make their payments directly through their bank accounts instead of paying fees that come with using debit or credit cards.

… Last-minute taxpayers unable to file their returns online because of the IRS computer problem will get an extension.

TRUMP FILES FOR EXTENSION ON 2017 TAX RETURNS _ Donald Trump has filed an extension for his taxes for the second time since taking office. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that Trump will file his tax return by the extension deadline of October 15.

… As a candidate and since taking office, Trump has refused to release his tax returns, breaking decades of tradition by past presidents who released their personal taxes for transparency. Trump has repeatedly said that he would release them as soon as the Internal Revenue Service completes an audit, although experts say that audits don’t prevent taxpayers from making public their returns.

STARBUCKS WILL CLOSE 8,000 US STORES MAY 29 _ Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias. The announcement follows an uproar over the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The store manager called the police. The racial bias training will be provided on May 29 to about 175,000 workers.

… Starbucks says the training will be developed with guidance from experts including former Attorney General Eric Holder.

DRUNK PEOPLE ARE BETTER AT CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING _ Drinking alcohol makes you more creative. Not getting drunk — just enough alcohol to make you feel fuzzy. It’s true. According to the Harvard Business Review, people are better at creative problem solving when they have a drink or two.

… Professor Andrew Jarosz of Mississippi State University and colleagues served vodka-cranberry cocktails to 20 male subjects until their blood alcohol levels neared legal intoxication and then gave each a series of word association problems to solve. Not only did those who imbibed give more correct answers than a sober control group performing the same task, but they also arrived at solutions more quickly. The conclusion: drunk people are better at creative problem solving.

… Keep in mind, the booze helps with creative problem solving. The stuffy, safe part of your brain that wants to think too much loosens up when it’s boozed up, and you risk-taking barriers are taken down a bit. However, alcohol still slows you down mentally.

SOME OF US HAVE ECO-ANXIETY _ Are you the kind who worries about the gasoline you burn, the paper towels you throw out, the small appliances that a burning electricity? For some, being green has taken over their life. Things have gotten so bad for them, they suffer from eco-anxiety.

13-YEAR-OLD FINDS VIKING KING BLUETOOTH’S TREASURE TROVE _ Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to a Viking king were found by a 13-year-old boy on the eastern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. A single silver coin was first found in January by two amateur archaeologists, one of them the 13-year-old, in a field.

… Archaeologists said about 100 of the silver coins are probably from the reign of Harald Gormsson, better known as “Harald Bluetooth.” He was one of the last Viking kings of what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway.

… His nickname came from the fact he had a dead tooth that looked bluish, but it’s now best known for the wireless Bluetooth technology invented by Swedish telecom company Ericsson. The company named the technology, developed to wirelessly unite computers with cellular devices, after him for his ability to unite ancient Scandinavia.

WORKING ON HIGHER OFFICE FLOORS ENCOURAGES RISKIER BEHAVIOR _ If you work on a higher office floor, a study shows you might be more willing to take financial risks. Researchers (Miami University) analyzed data from more than 3,000 hedge funds throughout the world, accounting for over $500 billion in assets. They correlated the level of volatility of the fund with the floor level of the firm, ranging from the first to the 96th floor. The study turned up a slight but significant correlation between elevation and the volatility of the fund.

… The study’s author said, “When you increase elevation, there is a subconscious effect on the sense of power.”

MORE CHINESE PUBLIC TOILETS GET FACIAL RECOGNITION _ More facial recognition equipment had been installed in public toilets in China. I told you about these awhile back — each person scanning their face receives 15 inches of toilet paper from a dispenser. The idea is to stop each user taking too much TP — and crack down on theft of paper. Sensors in toilet cubicles will also issue an alert to an attendant if somebody has been inside for more than 10 minutes.

NASA OFFICIAL: FIRST PERSON ON MARS SHOULD BE A WOMAN _ NASA’s chief astronaut trainer says the first person to set foot on Mars should be a woman. Allison McIntyre, a senior NASA engineer at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, noted that a dozen men have already walked on the moon. She says, “My center director is a woman, my former division chief is a woman, we have female astronauts, but we haven’t put a woman on the moon yet. I think the first person on Mars should be a woman.” Allison heads up a division that puts potential astronauts through their paces in preparation for space exploration.

… Female astronauts have been in to space, but far more men have been sent into orbit than women.

TEACHER WHO SERVED PANCAKES DURING TESTING WON’T BE FIRED _ A teacher who said he was suspended pending termination last week for serving pancakes during the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment will return to work tomorrow (Thursday). Kyle Byler, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Hand Middle School in Lancaster was suspended without pay after being disciplined for making whole-grain pancakes for his students while they took the exam. A vote on his termination was expected at last night’s (Tuesday) school board meeting. But contacted Tuesday afternoon, an school district spokeswoman said there was never any “dismissal action” on the school board’s agenda.

… Byler said he was suspended without pay on April 10 for making one whole-grain pancake for each of his students as they took their tests. He said the assistant principal walked in and questioned why he was making breakfast for his students. Within 24 hours, Byler said he had a meeting with administration who told him he’d be fired for causing a distraction during testing.

… School officials point out that teachers receive specific training on testing protocol. Also, free breakfast and lunch is offered to all students every day.

PARENTS SPEND UP TO 45 HOURS PICKING A NAME FOR BABY _ A survey shows parents-to-be will agonize up to 45 hours over the name of their unborn child. In the survey, at least one in three parents believe the right name can give a child confidence and have an effect on their personal and professional well being.

THE OLDER YOU GET, THE HAPPIER YOU ARE _ Findings from a three-decade-long study show happiness increases as we get older. Between 15 percent and 33 percent of 18-year-old Americans were likely to say they were very happy. The older people got, the more likely they were to report being happy, with slightly more than half of respondents in their 80s saying they were very happy.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WHAT DOGS ACTUALLY MEAN WHEN THEY LOOK GUILTY _ If you’ve ever yelled at a dog, you’ve seen it: A pooch bowed low with big eyes. Such canine cowering, though, actually evolved as a complex survival tactic among their wolf relatives. Animal behaviorists call it an “apology bow.” A researchers at City University of New York (Nathan H. Lents) says that young wolves show apology bows as they begin social integration. Wolves engage in the same rough-and-tumble play as dogs do, he said, which becomes a laboratory for learning the pack’s social rules.

… If a playful wolf bites too hard, the animal will be spurned by the pack for bad behavior. In order to return to the social unit the wolf must approach with an apology bow. The same goes for dogs. A dog in deep doo doo will stop panting, lower his head to avoid contact and put his tail between his legs, mimicking the actions of a lower-ranking wolf submitting to a more dominant one. So it’s more an act of submission than a direct apology or expression of guilt, but it basically boils down to this: “Can we be friends again?”


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIREFIGHTERS ASKED TO HELP STONED RACCOON _ Wayne Township, Indiana, firefighters woke up in the middle of the night to a woman frantically pushing their doorbell. The woman was upset and saying she needed treatment. Not for herself, but for her pet raccoon. She said the raccoon had been exposed to a large amount of marijuana.

… The firefighters could tell that the raccoon was lethargic and met all of the symptoms that typically arise when someone’s been exposed to marijuana. A fire department spokesman said the firefighters felt bad because there wasn’t much they could do except let time take its course.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNKEN SHOT TO GROIN LANDS TWO IN TROUBLE _ Two men in China were arrested after a drunken get-together that ended when one shot a friend in the groin using a makeshift gun firing soybeans.  One of the men is accused of possessing a firearm that was made from a modified nail gun.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S HAD BROKEN LEG FOR FIVE DECADES _ Can you imagine walking around with a broken leg for 50 years? That’s exactly what a 70-year-old man in Wales was doing. The man was stunned when an X-ray revealed he’d had a busted leg for the past five decades. The retired steel worker thought the chronic pain was a side effect of a motorcycle crash. It turned out his femur, tibia and fibula bones had never fused back together properly.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ANGRY BADGER’ TERRORIZES SCOTTISH CASTLE _ Portions of a 16th-century Scottish (Craignethan Castle) were recently shut down after a less-than-friendly badger holed up there and refused to leave. Staff tried to coax it out with cat food and honey, but the badger did what it wanted, and they were unable to move the mammal. The badger left voluntarily on Saturday.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN BLOWS THROUGH INHERITANCE IN 9 MONTHS _ A woman in Australia who successfully fought for a huge slice of her father’s will — $220,000 — ended up blowing through it all in about nine months. $150,000 of it went to drugs and the rest to booze, clothes and a car — which she later crashed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOMEBODY’S 4/20 CELEBRATION IS CANCELED _ Indiana State police said Monday that a trooper pulled over a Ford Expedition for weaving outside of traffic lanes. It turned out to be more than a traffic stop. Inside the vehicle, the trooper found over 78 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of around $250,000. The Indiana State Police said the two men in the SUV had rented it in Colorado, loaded it up with pot, and driven to Indiana. The cops tweeted: “Somebody’s 4/20 celebrations i canceled.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN GETS STUCK IN BABY SWING _ In the UK a teenage girl had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a baby’s swing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WAKES UP TO KNIFE IN BACK _ A Russian man trying to sleep off a night of after-work drinking failed to notice a six-inch knife in his back until his wife woke him up. The man took a bus home, ate breakfast and apparently slept like a baby before his spouse noticed a handle sticking out of his back. He was rushed to the ER but doctors found no vital organs damaged. Turns out his drinking buddy had stabbed him. All in fun, says the victim: “We were drinking — and what doesn’t happen when you’re drunk?”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAT BURNS DOWN HOME _ Need a reason to hate cats? In Germany, a couple was left homeless after their pet cat flooded their property, which then burned down. The cat had been playing with the bath tap and accidentally switched it on. The couple was cooking dinner in the kitchen when they saw water dripping from the ceiling. They started to evacuate their stuff and forgot about the cooking dinner, which started the fire that burned down the house.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RUSSIAN HEAD BANGERS _ A group of Russian train conductors had to be taken to the hospital for treatment after smashing their heads repeatedly against a train window to find out who had the strongest forehead. The conductors came up with the contest as a way of passing time on a 3,000 mile journey.


ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR: GHOST ISLAND (8p ET, CBS) — New.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The remaining artists perform live, and the artists with the most votes from each team are revealed.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — New. Cookie takes matters into her own hands when she gets unsettling news about an old friend.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New. Jughead tries to solve the mystery behind a letter.

ALEX, INC. (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Rooni’s mother comes to visit and Alex tries too hard to impress her.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — New. The 13th season ends with 2 back to back new episodes.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — New. The search for an abducted woman and her young daughter leads Benson to cross paths with an old friend (guest star Stephanie March).

STAR (9p ET, FOX) — New. Take 3 and Noah Brooks fight to work with a powerful producer.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — The fifth and final season begins.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

MASTERS OF ILLUSION (9:30p ET, CW) — Repeat

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. Michael J. Fox begins a guest starring arc as attorney Ethan West, who is looking into President Kirkman’s past.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. Voight witnesses the kidnapping of a young woman with a mysterious connection to his past.


ENTERTAINMENT

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3 TITLE REVEALED _ Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have announced that the third film in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise will be titled How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The movie will be out March 1 of next year.

FOURTH XXX MOVIE COMING _ The hit xXx film franchise will have a fourth movie, with Vin Diesel reprising his role as Xander Cage.

… The xXx franchise, which includes xXx, xXx: State of the Union, and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, has grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box-office.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN CUT-OUT TAKEN TO PROM _ Michael B. Jordan is giving a Philadelphia high school senior an “A” for effort after she took a cardboard cut-out of the actor to prom this year. The Black Panther star gave a shoutout to Audeva Agyeman on Instagram, after the student revealed that she took a life-sized likeness of Jordan as her date. She shared on Twitter that she took the cardboard Jordan “after not being able to get a prom date from procrastinating and waiting til the last minute…” • IMAGES

JOSH BROLIN SAYS HE WILL PLAY CABLE THREE MORE TIMES _ Get ready for a lot more Cable. Josh Brolin says there are plans for at least four films featuring the Deadpool character, set to make his debut in Deadpool 2. In other words, expect to see Cable in a few more Deadpool sequels.

KELLY CLARKSON TO HOST 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS _ Kelly Clarkson is heading to the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. She’ll host on May 20.

NEW GREMLINS IS A REBOOT _ The writer of the new Gremlins movie confirms it’s not a sequel but a reboot.

MATT LAUER ‘PLANNING HIS COMEBACK’ _ Vanity Fair claims Matt Lauer is “planning his comeback.” The former Today show host was recently seen in Manhattan after months of hiding in the Hamptons. Now, the claim by Vanity Fair is that Lauer wants to revive his career.

… In a very tabloid-like story, “friends” claim Lauer is “testing the waters for a public comeback by coming out of hiding from his Hamptons home. With his marriage to Annette Roque now over, he’s ready to restart his life.”

ALEX JONES OF INFOWARS SUED BY SANDY HOOK PARENTS _ Most of us want to be remembered, after we’re gone, as a good friend, a loving parent and spouse, and as someone who gave back. Then there are people like Alex Jones, the nutjob radio and TV host who’s legacy will be one of fake news and endless harassment. Most people are fed up with Jones — including three parents whose children were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting. They’ve filed a defamation lawsuits against Jones, who has falsely claimed the 2012 massacre was faked. If they win, he’ll be out millions of dollars.

… Jones has repeatedly questioned whether 20 children and six adults were gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, calling the shooting a “hoax”.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of April 9-15.

  1. Roseanne, ABC, 13.77 million
  2. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 12.78 million
  3. Academy of Country Music Awards, CBS, 12.06 million
  4. Young Sheldon, CBS, 11.7 million
  5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 10.57 million
  6. Interview with James Comey, ABC, 9.87 million
  7. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 9.86 million
  8. Mom, CBS, 8.94 million
  9. Blue Bloods, CBS, 8.24 million
  10. Survivor, CBS, 7.98 million
  11. The Walking Dead, AMC, 7.92 million
  12. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 7.83 million
  13. American Idol (Monday), ABC, 7.73 million
  14. The Middle, ABC, 7.52 million
  15. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 7.48 million
  16. Grammy Salute to Elton John, CBS, 7.21 million
  17. Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, 6.98 million
  18. Chicago Med, NBC, 6.51 million
  19. Life in Pieces, CBS, 6.48 million
  20. NCIS, CBS, 6.41 million

AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

SOUTHWEST FLIGHT: Listen to the pilot talking to the control tower before she landed the plane.   →  April 18 News & Nuggets

PHONER: What are some thing, when you do them, there is no way to look cool while doing? Setup: In the latest ‘Shower Thoughts’ (4/16/18 prep) we had: “You cannot look cool chasing a ping pong ball.”  →  2 real callers. Thanks to Tim at Joy FM for the audio!

TAXES: The IRS website had a big problem Tuesday. Here’s a tax day intro with a music bed.

DROP: It’s been a complete and total disaster.

DROP: I’m just a great person, you’re gonna have a great time with me.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

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BITS & BREAKS

FIVE WAYS YOUR PET CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

from Iams

[1] Your pet will help you protect your heart. According to Australian researchers, dog or cat owners have lower cholesterol levels — and that’s true no matter what they eat. Playing and laughing with your animal fights daily stress and protects against heart disease.

[2] Pets lower your blood pressure. Scientists at the State University of New York had stressed-out stockbrokers live with a dog or cat and after six months, their blood pressure had dropped an impressive 50 percent.

[3] You’ll stay fit. Getting off the couch to walk the dog is a surefire way to maintain a healthy weight and tone your muscles. Studies show that people who nurture a pet of any kind are in better shape because they take better care of themselves.

[4] By helping you avoid allergies. Children who live with pets don’t get asthma and allergies as often as their petless classmates because they build up their immune system.

[5] People with pets make fewer trips to the doctor than non-pet owners. This is especially true for seniors, who report as much as 50 percent fewer health problems, like painful joints and insomnia, only a month after adopting a cat or dog.

TIPS ON HOW TO BE HAPPY — FROM 1820

In 1820, English writer Sydney Smith wrote a letter to his unhappy friend, Lady Morpeth. He offered his tips for how to be happy — and his suggestions are as sound now as they were 188 years ago. (From Real Simple)

• Live as well as you dare.

• Go into the shower-bath with a small quantity of water at a temperature low enough to give you a slight sensation of cold, 75 or 80 degrees.

• Amusing books.

• Be as busy as you can.

• See as much as you can of those friends who respect and like you. And of those acquaintances who amuse you.

• Attend to the effects tea and coffee produce upon you.

• Compare your lot with that of other people.

• Don’t expect too much from human life — a sorry business at the best.

• Do good, and endeavour to please everybody of every degree.

• Be as much as you can in the open air without fatigue.

• Make the room where you commonly sit gay and pleasant.

• Don’t be too severe upon yourself, or underrate yourself, but do yourself justice.

• Keep good blazing fires.

• Be firm and constant in the exercise of rational religion.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Every month, more than 100 of these are published. (Romance novels)

TRIVIA: It take about one minute for this to happen inside your body. (For your blood to completely circulate)

WHAT’S IN COMMON

Each set of three things has something in common. Tell me what it is and you win.

• King, Queen, Twin (Beds)

• A hobby shop, a fashion show, a car dealership (Models)

• Keaton, Bale, Affleck (Batman)

• Crest, Colgate, Aquafresh (Toothpaste)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Infinity War featurette chronicles growth of MCU.


DATEBOOK: APRIL 19, 2018

This is day 109 of 2018. There are 256 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Tim Curry (Home Alone 2, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) is 72

• Ashley Judd is 50

• Jennifer Esposito (Blue Bloods, NCIS) is 46

• James Franco is 40

• TV personality Joanna Gaines is 40

• Kate Hudson is 39

• Hayden Christensen (Star Wars Episodes II and III) is 37

Tennis player Maria Sharapova is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1987: The Simpsons made their television debut in the short “Good Night,” a segment for The Tracey Ullman Show.

• 1989: A gun turret exploded on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.

• 1993: The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, ended when a fire broke out. Eighty-one people died.

• 1995: Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, was bombed, killing 168.

• 2001: A 24-year-old German man climbed down a 50-foot-deep unused well to retrieve his cell phone on the grounds of a medieval castle. He got the phone, but then got stuck and had to use it to call for help.

• 2005: Pope Benedict the 16th, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, became the 265th pope.

• 2013: Suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, age 19, and his 28-year old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bicycle Day

• Get to Know Your Customers Day

• High Five Day

• Garlic Day

• Stress Awareness Day

• Kickball Day

UPCOMING

• 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 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