INTERPREP ★ APRIL 30, 2018

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 30, 2018

This is day 120 of 2018. There are 245 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Cloris Leachman is 92

• Bugs Bunny is 80. He first appeared in a theatrical short (Porky’s Hare Hunt) today in 1938.

• Burt Young is 78

• Perry King (Riptide) is 70

• Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) is 53

• Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory, Roseanne) is 43

• Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) is 37

• Kirsten Dunst is 36

• Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) is 33

• Dianna Agron (Glee) is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1789: On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington took the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

• 1927: Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford became the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

• 1938: Bugs Bunny first appeared on screen in the cartoon Porky’s Hare Hunt, directed by “Bugs” Hardaway for Warner Bros.

• 1939: Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to appear on television during the World Fair’s opening ceremonies broadcast.

• 1945: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide after being married for one day.

• 1952: The first toy was advertised on television — Mr. Potato Head.

• 1967: Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of his heavyweight boxing title. He sited religious grounds for his refusal.

• 1993: The World Wide Web was born. Though first created in 1989, today was the first day it was open to the public.

• 2001: A 77-year-old man Chicago who admitted holding up three banks to pay for dates with his 80-year-old girlfriend was sentenced to three years in federal prison. The man said he afraid he would lose his girlfriend if he couldn’t afford to keep up with her lifestyle. In three robberies he netted $8,702.

• 2005:  Jennifer Wilbanks, missing from Georgia, turned up in Albuquerque. She had claimed she was abducted, but then admitted she was a “runaway bride.”

• 2009: Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

• Bugs Bunny Day

• International Jazz Day

• National Honesty Day

• Military Brats Day

• Oatmeal Cookie Day

• Raisin Day

UPCOMING

• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 5: Kentucky Derby
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 19: Preakness horse race
• May 27: National Spelling Bee Week starts
• May 28: Memorial Day
• May 29: Starbucks closes its stores for the afternoon for racial bias training
• June 1: Atlantic hurricane season begins
• June 1: National Donut Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 17: Father’s Day
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th
• July 15: FIFA World Cup Final
• July 27: Mars looking its best. Tonight, it’s supposed to look bigger, brighter, and more reddish than usual .
• September 3: Labor Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2 million: Quilters in the United States.


NEWS ATTACK!

Scientists have issued a warning that the 50 inches of rain that fell on Hawaii in just 24 hours not long ago is a sign of the future. [That explains the stock prices going up for makers of umbrellas and paper towels.]

A top politician in Spain had to resign after video surfaced of her shoplifting. [But don’t worry about her career. Donald Trump has just nominated her to run the VA.]

Police on Staten Island are looking for a woman who smashed the window of a Popeye’s restaurant when she was told that her meal deal didn’t include a soft drink. [Her lawyer is already planning a defense strategy around severe dehydration.]

A museum in France learned that over half its paintings are fakes. I don’t understand how anyone at the museum could keep his job. [I mean would you keep the staff of a grocery store if it were selling wax fruit?]

The Catholic diocese in Pittsburgh is reducing its number of parishes from 188 to 57. [Holy unemployment!]

North Korea’s Kim Jung Un has agreed to shut down his nuclear test site. [In other words, it doesn’t work.]

Police in Connecticut arrested a man for illegally trying to sell venomous snakes. [For Mothers Day.]

This weekend (May 5) in Boerne, Texas they’re holding a charity race. It’s not the usual 5K. This is a .5K that begins and ends with free beer. [That makes me almost want to get off the couch.]

How was your weekend? [Paul Ryan went to church Sunday and then fired his pastor.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

COPS DISMANTLE $50,000 LEGO THEFT RING _ An Oregon (Portland) man was arrested on suspicion of soliciting the theft of Legos and selling them online. Investigators estimate the value of recovered Legos and other toys stolen from the stores is about $50,000.

… Detectives think Raji Afife Azar would solicit thefts through websites like Craigslist and OfferUp, which allow people to browse items for sale and arrange for their purchase. He’d then buy the stolen items then turn around and sell them online. Often the people who would steal the merchandise and sell it to Azar were drug addicts. Authorities arrested him after a transaction he arranged with undercover investigators who he thought were thieves.

FRANCE SEIZES FRANCE.COM FROM MAN, SO HE SUES _ A French-born American has now sued his home country because, he claims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has illegally seized a domain that he’s owned since 1994. In the mid-1990s, Jean-Noël Frydman bought France.com from web.com and set up a website to serve as a “digital kiosk” for French people living in the US. For over 20 years, Frydman built up a business, often collaborating with numerous official French agencies, including the Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, sometime around 2015, that very same ministry initiated a lawsuit in France in an attempt to get control of the France.com domain away from Frydman. Web.com locked the domain. By September 2017, the Paris Court of Appeals ruled that France.com was violating French trademark law. Armed with this ruling, lawyers representing the French state wrote to Web.com demanding that the domain be handed over. Finally, on March 12, 2018, Web.com abruptly transferred ownership of the domain to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The company did so without any formal notification to Frydman and no compensation.

… On April 19, Frydman filed a federal lawsuit in Virginia in an attempt to get his domain name back. The suit names the French Republic, Atout France (a government tourism agency), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the minister himself (Jean-Yves Le Drian), and VeriSign as defendants.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER HAS PRIZE REVOKED OVER DEAD ANIMAL _ A Brazilian photograher won a top prize in the London Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition — until experts determined his anteater submission used a piece of taxidermy. Marcio Cabral’s photograph, dubbed “The Night Raider,” had won in the Animals in their Environment category for the 2017 competition. The nocturnal image shows an anteater moving toward a glowing termite mound in Brazil’s Emas National Park. But after consulting with taxidermy specialists and anteater researchers, the museum ultimately determined that the critter in the photo is a fraud and is actually the same model seen at the visitor’s entrance to the reserve.

… Cabral is sticking by his guns, claiming that the scene he captured is all-natural. Cabral told the BBC: “It would be very unlikely anyone wouldn’t see a stuffed animal being transported and placed carefully in this position.” He says that he has a witness who was there with him the day he took the shot.

FACEBOOK ROLLS OUT ITS DOWNVOTE BUTTON TO MORE USERS _ Earlier this year, Facebook confirmed it was testing Reddit-style upvote and downvote buttons on public posts. Now, it appears the feature is rolling out to a greater number of users.

… With its downvote button, Facebook is putting a lot of faith into its users. It wants people to use it to flag what Facebook calls “bad comments,” which it defines as having “bad intentions or is disrespectful.” It’s making great pains to emphasize that this isn’t a dislike button. That said, it’ll probably be used that way.

FACEBOOK DEVICE TO LET USERS ‘FEEL MESSAGES THROUGH SKIN’ _ Facebook researchers are developing a device to allow users to feel messages through their skin. The sleeve-like prototype translates words into vibrations delivered by pads onto the arm. A paper published by Facebook points out “it can be devastating to miss important call, text, or notification from a loved one”. Researchers say their invention is needed to receive messages in situations when users cannot check their smartphones, such as during a meeting, when in the cinema, or while attending church.

… The device, called a transcutaneous language communication (TLC) system, could also be used when running, driving or carrying shopping bags in both hands. Developers say it “transmits a tactile representation of spoken or written language to the arm” so users “receive messages without looking at their smart devices, and feel them through their skin”.

SOME TEENS ENTER REHAB FOR SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION _ There’s a rise in the number of teens going to rehab — for social media addiction. Fifty percent of teens say they feel addicted to their mobile devices, and studies show teens who spend more time on social media are more likely to report mental health issues than those who spend less time on the sites.

… One rehab center in California, Paradigm Malibu, said its program, which includes therapy and reconnecting with the outdoors, has an 80 percent success rate. It can cost upwards of $50,000, but some insurance companies do help cover the expense.

WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING HERO RAISES MORE THAN $183K FOR VICTIMS’ FAMILIES _ James Shaw Jr., the man hailed a hero after wrestling a gun away from a man in a Tennessee Waffle House, has raised more than $183,000 for the victims. Shaw sustained a gunshot wound and burns when he grabbed the assault-style rifle away from a gunman who opened fire at the restaurant last week. Four people were killed during the attack and three were wounded.

… A similar GoFundMe account was set up for Shaw and his daughter by reporter Yashar Ali. It’s brought in close to $200,000.

… Waffle House management recently announced that all proceeds gathered at the Antioch, Tennessee, restaurant where the deadly shooting took place over the next month will go to the victims’ families.

OLDEST KNOWN SPIDER KILLED BY WASP AT AGE 43 _ The world’s oldest known spider was killed after living to the ripe old age of 43. The female trapdoor spider was killed by a parasitic wasp in October after she was studied by scientists (at Curtin University) starting at her birth in 1974. Researchers believe the spiders can survive so long in the Australian outback thanks to their slow metabolism, distance from humans and sedentary nature. Named “Number 16” by the study, this particular female lived her entire life in a single burrow that was extremely close to the place of her birth.

… Number 16 outlived the previous record holder, a captive tarantula in Mexico, by about 13 years.

DUCK RETURNS FOR 10TH YEAR TO HATCH EGGS AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL _ Mrs. Woods is providing the students at Woods Road Elementary School in Hillsborough, New Jersey, with a first-hand view of nature. Mrs. Woods is a duck, and she’s returned to the school for the 10th year in a row to lay her eggs. For the first couple of years, Mrs. Woods made her nest under the stairs leading to a piece of playground equipment. School staff roped the area off to give her privacy. But the sounds of children playing nearby likely caused her to find a better spot. The duck mother found an oasis nestled in the vegetation of the school’s garden, where she has returned year after year to hatch her ducklings.

… Mrs. Woods came back to the school about two weeks ago and laid 13 eggs in an outdoor courtyard, which she can only get out of if she flies.

LONDON MARATHON IMPOSTOR WAS HOMELESS GUY _ An impostor who picked up a London Marathon runner’s number and crossed the line in his place has been revealed as a homeless man nicknamed the “Jogging Tramp”. Stanley Skupien jumped the barrier to take part in the 26.6-mile race around the 12-mile mark. The 38-year-old then spotted the number of a genuine competitor on the ground and picked it up so he could claim a medal after only running around 14 miles. Skupien sleeps at Heathrow Airport, where staff know him as the “Jogging Tramp”. He crossed the finish line in tears and kissed his medal after being handed glasses of champagne and beer by spectators.

… But bib number 35179 was originally worn by Jake Halliday, who was disqualified for losing his badge, despite raising $66,000 for charity.

THE TREE PLANTED AT THE WHITE HOUSE IS GONE _ French President Emmanuel Macron planted a tree at the White House — a symbol of the friendship between the two nations — that has since disappeared. In a tweet, Macron explained that the gift from the French people would be a constant reminder of the deep bonds between the U.S. and France. But just four days after the tree was planted, a Reuters photographer happened to be on duty at the White House and noticed that, where the tree once stood, there was instead a patch of bare earth. So what happened to the tree? No one in Washington seems to know. However, a few people in Paris are offering up some possible answers. One possibility, according to France Info, is that the tree has been put into a greenhouse for safe keeping until after the summer. Specifically, this particular type of tree is best planted in autumn, when the temperatures and rainfall are more agreeable.

TRUCKER AND DOG REUNITED AFTER INDIANA TOLL ROAD CRASH _ When Lucas Cardona’s semi-trailer flipped as he was taking a curve onto the westbound Indiana Toll Road, his first thought wasn’t about whether he was OK, or the fate of his truck and his career. It was about Finn, his traveling companion, a 6-month-old Dalmatian/Labrador/St. Bernard mix. Finn was in the sleeper cab when the rig flipped. Cardona called for him, and he didn’t come. Cardona started digging through the pillows and cushions in the cab. He found Finn, scared, and reached to pull him out, but rescuers had broken out the windshield of the truck to get to Cardona. Once the dog saw daylight, he took off. Finn started for the highway, turned around, and went under a guardrail and to a tree line.

… What followed was a four-day search, led by Mary Esserman, an EMS paramedic who responded to the crash and also works part-time as a kennel assistant at an animal hospital. Multiple local agencies and members of the community who pitched in to find Finn. With the help of hot dogs, a T-shirt and other items that held Cardona’s scent, and his voice calling to Finn over Esserman’s cellphone, she was able to coax him to safety. Saturday Finn and Cardona were reunited.

ROCKING CHAIRS ARE GOOD FOR US _ A study finds rocking chairs are good for your health. The study (University of Rochester) found daily rocking among Alzheimer’s patients reduced their anxiety, lifted depression, improved balance, and lessened the need for pain killers.

MAYBE YOU’RE A LONG SLEEPER _ Wrestle with the snooze button every morning? You might be a natural long sleeper. Long sleepers seem to require nine or more hours a night, while short sleepers function fine on fewer than six. Long sleepers have a longer biological night, a period in which melatonin and other hormones are secreted, body temperature lowers, and other physiologic changes occur. And once a long sleeper, it’s very difficult to change.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNKEN MAN BITES HIMSELF _ In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a man attempted to get into a house that wasn’t his. He was told by the homeowner to go away or he would call the police. The man then entered the homeowner’s unlocked vehicle and started to bite his own arms and pulled on the steering wheel. Police were called.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FRIEND TEST DRIVING CAMARO DRIVES IT INTO RIVER _ In Illinois (Moline) a man was letting his friend test drive his new Chevy Camaro. The friend wasn’t able to handle the power and drove it into a river. The owner bought the Camaro just two days before the friend took it for a swim.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ARRESTED FOR 11th DUI HOURS AFTER NO. 10 _ Just 10 hours after being released from the Santa Fe County Jail in New Mexico, 43-year-old Henry Gonzalez led police on a high-speed chase before being arrested for his 11th DUI offense. Police say Gonzales resisted arrest and had to be tased by officers. Police found an open bottle of Crown Royal in his car.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SMASHES RESTAURANT BECAUSE OF DRINK _ Police on Staten Island, New York, are hunting a woman who went on an angry rampage in a Popeyes chicken. The woman reportedly harassed staff and smashed a window after her “$4 Wicked Good Deal” meal did not include a drink. Trouble was said to have begun because the woman had her order mixed up with Wendy’s “4 for $4” menu and was expecting a beverage to be included. Initially the customer accepted her order and ate the meal.  But video of the incident released by the NYPD showed her hitting the Popeyes chicken door with a sign before using a chair to smash a window. She then fled.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TESLA DRIVER’S STUNT COSTS HIM HIS LICENSE _ A man in the UK has been banned from driving after he pleaded guilty to switching from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat of his vehicle as it traveled down a highway at 40mph. The man (Bhavesh Patel) was behind the wheel of his Tesla when he pulled the stunt, which someone in another car recorded on video. The witness posted the video to social media.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FRENCH MUSEUM DISCOVERS HALF ARE FAKES _ A French art museum has discovered that more than half of its collection consists of worthless fakes. An art historian raised the alarm after noticing that paintings attributed to Etienne Terrus showed buildings that were only constructed after the artist’s death in 1922. Experts confirmed that 82 of the 140 works displayed at the Terrus museum in Elne, the artist’s birthplace in southern France, were fakes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN CHINA OFFERING BOYS MONEY FOR SNEEZES _ Police in China (Hamamatsu City) are telling citizens to be on the lookout for an older man who approaches young boys and offers them money to sneeze into a tissue. The man is offering about $9 per sneeze.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNIVERSITY HAS VERY ORDINARY JOB AD _ A recruitment notice from a university in China is impressing readers with its honesty. The ad (from Xingyi Normal University) seeks teaching staff who hold doctoral degrees in languages and linguistics. It begins by introducing the college as a “very, very ordinary” institution that is not part of any prestigious circle of schools, and describes the salary and conditions as simply “standard.”

… The perk is that the role is fairly undemanding: “There’s not too much pressure and no research obligations; it’s entirely up to you whether you want to apply for projects or publish articles — if you just want to teach classes, that’s fine. The students here are comparatively unsophisticated … don’t teach anything too esoteric that they might not be able to absorb.”

… The recruitment notice also includes some attractive features about the city of Xinyi — such as the low price of beef.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIRL CHASED UP TREE BY SQUIRREL _ Firemen in Germany had to rescue a terrified 10-year-old girl after she was chased up a tree by a squirrel. The girl climbed on to one of the lower branches of a pine tree when the squirrel appeared below her and tried to bite her shoe. The squirrel made so much noise and was so aggressive the 10-year-old climbed further up the tree to try and get away, but the squirrel followed her. A squirrel expert said: “The squirrel may have regarded her shoes as a rival, as they are very territorial at this time of year, or it may just have been protecting a store of nuts.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CRANK CALLER TURNS OUT TO BE CREDIT CARD BOX _ Police helping a German man track down a nuisance caller discovered his tormentor for two years was a faulty credit card payment terminal in a hair salon. The 58-year-old man didn’t recognize the number that kept calling him. Police traced the number to a hair salon whose credit card terminal box dialed the man whenever it accepted a card. Staff were oblivious to the problem, which is being fixed.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: DWTS ATHLETES EDITION (8p ET, ABC) —  AUDIO  This four-week (8 hour) season features 10 current and former athletes, including Olympics figure skater Adam Rippon, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tonya Harding, figure skater Mirai Nagasu, retired baseball star Johnny Damon, Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer, Notre Dame women’s basketball star Arike Ogunbowale, Olympic softball gold medalist Jennie Finch Daigle, NFL star cornerback Josh Norman, and Olympic snowboard medalist Jamie Anderson. Two celebs will be sent home the very first show.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Top 11 perform.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Kevin is a not so silent partner, after he offers to help Kendra and Chale buy Enzo’s.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Lucifer must work with Dan on a murder case involving a dog show.

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New. Pestilence seriously injures both Alex and Winn.

SERIES PREMIERE: VERY SUPERSTITIOUS WITH GEORGE LOPEZ(8p ET, A&E) — In this new reality series, veteran comedian Lopez investigates various superstitious beliefs. Five more half hour episodes follow the premiere.

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Andi discovers Emme has been hiding a pet snake.

SUPERIOR DONUTS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Sofia asks Franco for help hiding her undocumented brother, after several ICE raids in the area.

THE RESIDENT (9p ET, FOX) — New. Conrad and Devon work to save a fellow doctor who fell through the hospital skylight.

IZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — New. A zombie serial killer is on the loose.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: GOOD GIRLS (10p ET, NBC) — New. The ladies scramble to try to take down Rio.

THE CROSSING (10p ET, ABC) — New. Flashbacks reveal a connection between Marshall and the early migration.

SEASON PREMIERE: ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — In the season 6 premiere, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) confronts a medical diagnosis that threatens his career and sobriety. Meanwhile, Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) are hired by an heiress to find her missing partner in a years-old sex tape that has just leaked online. Desmond Harrington (Dexter) joins the cast.

AMC VISIONARIES: JAMES CAMERON’S STORY OF SCIENCE FICTION (10p ET, AMC) — In this new 6-episode series, director James Cameron discusses the sci-fi genre with people including George Lucas, Keanu Reeves, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ridley Scott, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg and Sigourney Weaver. The premiere looks at looks at what tales of extraterrestrial life teach us about being human.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ Avengers: Infinity War has made box-office history. The Marvel movie 10 years in the making brought in $630 million worldwide in its debut weekend — more than any movie ever released.

… In North America, Infinity War grossed $250 million over the weekend, shattering the opening-weekend record previously held by another Disney film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

… The $630 million means that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now amassed $15.39 billion. Black Panther also passed Star Wars: The Last Jedi over the weekend to claim the No. 9 spot on the all-time global list with $1.333 billion.

… Avengers 4 will be released in May of 2019.

  1. Avengers: Infinity War, $250 million
  2. A Quiet Place, $10.6 million
  3. I Feel Pretty, $8.1 million
  4. Rampage, $7.1 million
  5. Black Panther, $4.3 million
  6. Super Troopers 2, $3.6 million
  7. Truth or Dare, $3.2 million
  8. Blockers, $2.9 million
  9. Ready Player One, $2.4 million
  10. Traffik, $1.6 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was The Fate of the Furious.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Pain and Gain.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Baby Mama.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was The Big Hit.

… In theaters Friday: Bad Samaritan (R); Overboard (PG-13); Tully (R)

DENTIST: TOOTH JEWELRY IS A TERRIBLE IDEA _ Celebrities like Katy Perry, Hailey Baldwin, and Pink are turning to tooth jewelry to make sparkly statements with their smiles. Dr. Anjali Rajpal works with all three of the stars and says his method — adhering diamonds to the teeth — is better than grills because you have to take them out when eat. But cosmetic dentist Michael Apa, the dentist behind the smiles of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Uma Thurman, said “there are so many” reasons to avoid adding diamonds to your incisors: “It can chip your teeth and cause calcification. Tooth jewelry can also trap bacteria and food particles below it and underneath your teeth, which can cause bad breath. It’s also extremely terrible for the gums, as it can cause inflammation that can lead to a bevy of additional dental issues.”

BEN AFFLECK TREATS FILM CREW OF 500 TO HAWAIIAN LUAU _ Ben Affleck, thanked the cast and crew of his upcoming film Triple Frontier by treating them to an authentic Hawaiian luau. The actor, accompanied by his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, spared no expense on his beachside blowout for over 500 people. The traditional Hawaiian celebration included the obligatory roasted pig with all the fixings. The party has been planned for weeks and was intended to thank everyone for their hard work on the drug-trafficking crime drama, which co-stars Oscar Isaac and Charlie Hunnam. Production on the film began on March 26 in Oahu, Hawaii.

TRAILER FOR UPCOMING ‘WHITNEY’ DOCUMENTARY RELEASED _ A trailer for the new documentary that gives fans an up close and personal look into Whitney Houston’s life outside of the spotlight has been released. Besides interviews from her close friends and family, the documentary also included home videos and never-before seen footage of the late singer during the height of her career. Whitney will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May before it debuts in the U.S on July 6. • VIDEO

GUY GOT FRIEND-ZONED ON ‘LET’S MAKE A DEAL’ AUDIO  Wayne Brady, host of Let’s Make a Deal, is the kind of game show host who seems prepared for anything. Contestants Steve and Jessie tested Brady, however, when Jessie gave an unexpected response while Brady was doing his usual light conversation before they launched into the wheeling and dealing. Brady asked how long they’d been together, and Jessie found this hysterical. But Steve, dead serious, said “About six months.” Brady said it was “newish,” then Jessie broke in: “Oh, we’re friends. We’re just friends, but he wants it to be—”

… It gets worse because Steve’s discomfort was immediate and he interrupted her, saying “Can we talk about this, uh, not in front of everyone?” He looked incredibly glum. The audience laughed, Brady looked shocked, and though Steve said “It’s complicated,” Jessie brightly interjected, “I’m single, guys, I’m single!” Steve said “What?” Jessie said, “Oh, no, no, we’re really good friends!” in an apparent effort to placate the guy, and for a moment, the usually quick-witted Wayne Brady looked like he’d rather be anywhere but on his game show. • VIDEO

WEST WING CREATOR AARON SORKIN ADDRESSES REBOOT RUMORS _ With reboot fever hitting Netflix and now network television, it was just a matter of time before someone asked West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin on microphone if he would consider bringing West Wing back to television. Sorkin was a guest on the podcast The West Wing Weekly and he was asked if the drama might get a reboot. Sorkin said NBC’s president recently told him, “I want you to do The West Wing again in some form. You can do it for 9 episodes, 13 episodes. You do it with a different cast, the same cast.”

… At this time, West Wing is still running in its entirety on Netflix, and Sorkin admits it is still popular. However, says Sorkin, “The last thing I would want to do is harm that, so if I can come up with an idea that doesn’t feel like A Very Brady Christmas, if I can come up with an idea that works, then yeah.”

DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS 2018 WINNERS _ Here’s the winner list.

NEW FEATURETTE GIVES A LOOK AT HOW HAN BECOMES HAN SOLO _ A new “making of” featurette for the Solo: A Star Wars Story has been released. It gives us a quick look at how Han becomes Han Solo, which is essentially what this movie’s story is all about. The video features interviews with director Ron Howard, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and the principal cast. • VIDEO

STRANGER THINGS SEASON 3 HAS A HYPE VIDEO _ Netflix has released a hype video showing the first table read for Season 3 of Stranger Things, with the Duffer Brothers joining up with their original actors and newcomers. There’s little to be learned from the video, but give it a watch. • VIDEO

KEVIN BACON’S TREMORS TV SHOW IS DEAD _ Syfy network says the Kevin Bacon-led Tremors TV show is officially dead. Bacon announced the news himself, writing on Instagram that, “Although we made a fantastic pilot (IMHO) the network has decided not to move forward. Thanks to our killer cast and everyone behind the scenes who worked so hard. And always keep one eye out for GRABOIDS!”


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL: A guy learns he’s just a friend to the woman he came on the show with.  →  April 30 Entertainment. Not the best quality. The person who recorded the video did it by putting their phone in front of their TV.

DANCING WITH THE STARS: It returns tonight (4/30)

AVENGERS: The theme’s dramatic close.


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BITS & BREAKS

FOUR HABITS OF HAPPY PEOPLE

• They say thanks. Research at the University of California, Davis, found that those who kept weekly gratitude journals felt better about their lives and were more optimistic about the upcoming week than those who recorded hassles or neutral events.

• They reach out. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, mentor a disadvantaged child or participate in a community project: People who focus on others are happier. Compassionate acts help you feel better about yourself.

• They like to bond. There are few better remedies for unhappiness than an intimate friendship with someone who cares deeply about you. Confiding in others is good for the body as well as for the soul.

• They get spiritual. Studies have shown a link between spirituality and happiness. Cultural historian David Shi, Ph.D., says, “People who have been able to sustain joy usually believe in a higher being, whether through conventional or new-age religion.”

TOP TEN GUYS THAT TURN WOMEN OFF

If any of these fictional guys sound like you, it’s time to change your approach.

Showboat Sammy — Maybe he owns a yacht off the coast of France. Maybe he has a timeshare in the Hamptons. Maybe his annual bonus is bigger than most guys’ salaries. That’s all well and good, but does it really need to be divulged on the first date?

Messy Melvin — A-list celebrities can pull off the unkempt look. First-daters need to pay attention to shaving, clothing and bad breath. If the guy can’t even put in the effort for a first impression, it doesn’t bode well down the road.

Rude Ricky — “Where’s our drinks, lady?” If a guy treats the service staff with a lack of respect, a great gal will likely assume he’ll do the same to her someday.

Cheapie Charlie — There will always be debate about who should pay on a first date. Some guys are traditionalists and want to foot the bill; others expect a 50-50 monetary split. In most cases, offering to pay is the way to go. Let her pick up the tab on a future date.

Still-Married Michael — Marriage, separation and divorce are pretty cut-and-dry terms. If a guy says he’s separated when he really means he’s cheating on his wife, it’s going to cause trouble. Be honest from the get-go and let the dating chips fall where they may.

Hands-On Howie — Guys need to read the signals before assuming hand holding, massaging and other touchy-feely activities have the green light. Jumping too quickly to any form of intimacy can make any guy seem too aggressive.

Stereotyping Stevie — Jumping to conclusions about a date from the way she answers one or two questions is a definite mistake. Let the date unfold before making assumptions about someone you just met.

Distracted David — His cell phone is ringing constantly, he’s popping away from the table every 10 minutes, and he keeps interrupting the conversation flow. First dates require focused attention — that means putting the phone on vibrate, making eye contact and being present.

All-Business Barry — Some guys are great salesmen or outstanding negotiators. But there’s a time and place for business and a time and place for leisure. Guys who treat first dates like business transactions will never close the deal.

Nervous Ned — He can’t sit still, he’s banging his fork on the table, and he won’t make eye contact for more than three seconds. Nervous antics are a real turnoff and make a great gal think a guy has something to hide. Work out the nervous kinks before the date starts.

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. The Avengers
  2. Kanye West
  3. Kim Jong Un
  4. Bill Cosby
  5. The Kentucky Derby
  6. Cinco de Mayo
  7. The Simpsons
  8. Royal Baby #3
  9. Stormy Daniels
  10. May the Fourth Be With You
  11. Romaine Lettuce
  12. NFL Draft
  13. Harry and Meghan’s Wedding
  14. Deadpool

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: This food is the most profitable food on the market. (Bottle water)

RHYMES WITH

I’m going to give you some words. As I give you each word I’ll ask you to give me a certain number of words that rhyme with it.

• 4 words that rhyme with GOOSE: Bruce, loose, moose, spruce, juice

• 4 words that rhyme with SIZE: cries, lies, flies, eyes, wise

• 2 words that rhyme with DECEMBER: ember, member, September

• 5 words that rhyme with FLASH: rash, bash, stash, trash, mash, crash, cash


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Pelicans invaded the graduation ceremony at Pepperdine University.


DATEBOOK: MAY 1, 2018

This is day 121 of 2018. There are 244 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Reality TV star (American Chopper) Paul Teutul Sr. is 69

• Dann Florek (Law and Order: SVU) is 67

• Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is 64

• Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder) is 52

• Director Wes Anderson is 49

• Julie Benz (No Ordinary Family) is 46

• Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1886: The start of the general strike which eventually won the eight-hour workday in the United States.

• 1915: The Lusitania departed New York City on her two hundred and second and final crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later the ship was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany.

• 1930: The dwarf planet Pluto was officially named.

• 1931: The Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City.

• 1939: In the May issues of Detective Comics #27, which appeared on newsstands on this day, a new crime fighter, the “Batman,” debuted.

• 1967: Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu, daughter of a U.S. Army colonel, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. They divorced in 1973.

• 1989: Disney-MGM Studios opened at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.

• 1991: Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa, died at age 97. Though living a normal life, he had hiccuped continuously every few seconds for 69 years.

• 1992: On the third day of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Rodney King appeared in public before television news cameras to appeal for calm and plead for peace, asking, “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?”

• 2003: In what became known as the “Mission Accomplished” speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declared “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” on board USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California. He added that “difficult work” remained ahead.

• 2011: President Barack Obama announced the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden. (It was May 1 in the U.S. when bin Laden died, May 2 where he died.)

SPECIAL EVENTS

• May is National Chocolate Custard Month, Barbecue Month, Clean Air Month, Get Caught Reading Month, Mental Health Month, Hamburger Month, Salsa Month, Bike Month,  Motorcycle Awareness Month, Women’s Health Care Month, Older Americans Month, National Smile Month, National Egg Month, National Salad Month, National Strawberry Month.

• Batman Day

• Hug Your Cat Day

• Lemonade Day

• Melanoma Monday

• World Asthma Day

• National Bubba Day

• Chocolate Parfait Day

• School Principals’ Day

• Stepmother’s Day

UPCOMING

• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 5: Kentucky Derby
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 19: Preakness horse race
• May 27: National Spelling Bee Week starts
• May 28: Memorial Day
• May 29: Starbucks closes its stores for the afternoon for racial bias training
• June 1: Atlantic hurricane season begins
• June 1: National Donut Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 17: Father’s Day
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th
• July 15: FIFA World Cup Final
• July 27: Mars looking its best. Tonight, it’s supposed to look bigger, brighter, and more reddish than usual .
• September 3: Labor Day<