INTERPREP ★ JANUARY 30, 2019

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 30, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Gene Hackman is 89

• Vanessa Redgrave is 82

• Phil Collins is 68

• Christian Bale (Batman movies, Vice) is 45

• Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show) is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1835: In the first assassination attempt against a President, a mentally ill man named Richard Lawrence attempted to assassinate President Andrew Jackson in the United States Capitol. Both of Lawrence’s pistols misfired and Jackson proceeded to beat his would-be assassin with his cane.

• 1933: Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.

• 1969: The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert was broken up by police.

• 2003: Richard Reid, a British citizen and al-Qaida follower, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston for trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.

• 2007: Doctors in Oklahoma announced they’d removed a 93-pound cyst from a 32-year-old woman. They likened its removal to delivering a 12-year-old by C-section.

• 2017: Scientists in central China revealed the oldest known human ancestor — a 540-million-year-old Saccorhytus in a fossil.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Croissant Day

• Escape Day. Work. School. Bills. Stress. The winter blues. Escape Day is a day for yourself — a day for your own health and well being.

UPCOMING

• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 5: Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig
• February 10: Grammy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

25 billion: Number of oranges grown in the United States every year.


NEWS ATTACK!

In Florida, a man who jumped into a zoo’s crocodile exhibit has been sentenced. [He was sentenced to spend one year in a crocodile exhibit.]

In Arkansas, a 19-year-old with no pilot training has pled guilty to trying to steal a commercial jet and fly to Chicago to attend a concert. [How in the world did they determine that he was competent to stand trial? He wasn’t even competent to take a bus.]

Ranchers in the Midwest are trying to keep their cattle warm. [Finally, someone thought of a good use for Ugg boots.]

The tourist city of Charleston is testing a new system for keeping its streets clean. Each time one of the horses that pull sightseeing carriages relieves itself, the driver can press a button on a GPS device to mark the location. [“Hey, kids — treasure hunt!”]

Florida health officials report that one of the employees at Disney World has Hepatitis A, but no colleagues or visitors have gotten sick. [The employee is the dwarf named Dopey. Fortunately, his illness was detected early by the dwarf named Doc.]

A California judge has ruled in favor of upholding protection for gray wolves. [As a result, they’ll receive new helmets with extra padding.]

Activists are trying to convince Mariah Carey not to perform in Saudi Arabia due to the violent, oppressive regime in that country. [People are also trying to convince The Spice Girls not to perform their upcoming reunion tour. It has nothing to do with politics. They just don’t want them to perform.]

Prison guards spotted a drone following Bill Cosby around the prison yard. [Mrs. Cosby should have thought of that years ago to keep an eye on him.]

A zoo in the UK is allowing rejected lovers to get revenge on Valentine’s Day by naming cockroaches after their ex. [What most people want to know is—are you also allowed to step on them?]

A dog left alone in the car in West Palm Beach began honking the horn when it felt that its owner was taking too long in the liquor store. [Wake up, lady. Even the dog can tell you have a problem.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

THE TIME OF DAY WE’RE MOST LIKELY TO SNACK _ If you’re focusing on your eating habits in 2019 then be mindful of the clock striking 2:41 PM. A survey of 2,000 Americans found that that is the specific time of day when willpower is most tested and cravings strike hardest.

… The study also found that we spend 40 minutes per day thinking about food. The flavors we crave most often are sweet (79%), salty (54%) and spicy (45%).

MEN ADMIT A HEALTH CONCERN WOULD NEED TO BE ‘SEVERE’ BEFORE THEY SOUGHT HELP _ Men admit a health concern would need to be ‘severe’ before they sought help. A poll of adults aged 18-40 found 64 percent of men often bury their heads in the sand until they really have to seek help. The average guy waits four weeks before getting up the courage to get a heath issue checked out.

MARATHON RUNNER FINDS PUPPY, CARRIES IT 19 MILES _ A woman running a marathon in Thailand said she was 7 miles into the event when she noticed the runners ahead of her were size-stepping something in the road. It turned out to be a puppy. So the woman scooped it up and carried the dog the remaining 19 miles of the race.

WHAT MAKES A MORNING PERSON? _ Scientists (University of Exeter) have discovered more than 300 hundred places in the genome that influence our sleeping habits. And the analysis reveals that there’s an association between our waking and sleeping habits and mental health. Part of the reason why some people are up with the sun while others are night owls is because of differences in both the way our brains react to external light signals and the normal functioning of our internal clocks. In other words, our internal clocks may run a little fast or a little slow based on small differences to a range of things in our genetic code.

WHY INSTAGRAM INFLUENCERS ARE WEARING BIKINIS IN THE SNOW _ As we hunker down and bundle up to get through this week’s freezing temps, some social media influencers are shedding their outerwear and enjoying the snow in bikinis. In December, Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian turned their Aspen, Colorado, ski trip into a bikini shoot. Since then, Instagram models have been uploading similar photos on social media, using the hashtag #snowbikini.

KFC IS TESTING A CHEETOS FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH _ KFC is testing a new Fried Chicken Sandwich. They describe it like this: “Made by coating a juicy, hand-breaded Extra Crispy chicken filet with special Cheetos sauce and placing it on a toasted bun with mayo and a layer of crunchy Cheetos, the Cheetos Sandwich will give you a blast of craveable Cheetos in every bite.” According to KFC, select restaurants in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia will be testing the sammy.

FOR $2 DONATION, ZOO WILL LET YOU NAME A COCKROACH AFTER YOUR EX _ For a measly donation of just $2, a zoo is willing to name one of their cockroach after your ex. The zoo, in the UK, says, “For those that don’t quite require revenge, there’s another way to make you feel better about getting back at your ex this Valentine’s Day.” Participants will receive a certificate that reads, “I’ve named a cockroach at the Hemsley Conservation Centre in the not so loving memory of my worthless ex!” Also, you’ll get half-off entry into the zoo to visit your cockroach.

WOMAN KICKED OFF FLIGHT FOR RANT ABOUT SITTING BETWEEN ‘TWO BIG PIGS’ _ A woman was kicked off a United Airlines flight after ranting about sitting between “two big pigs” — a tirade caught on video by one of the passengers she was fat-shaming. Before the Las Vegas to Newark flight the woman tells someone on her phone, “Oh my goodness! I don’t know how I’m going to do this for the next four hours!” The woman continues her tirade, saying, “I can’t do this” and “Well, I eat salad.” One of the women seated on either side of the woman turned to a flight attendant for help. Other passengers then confronted the furious flier, telling her she should be ashamed of herself. • VIDEO

BEING GOOD AT GOLF _ Golf season for most of the country may be a few months away, but it’s never to early to start working on your mental game. Scientists say golfers who reflect on their strokes are likely to play badly. The performance of even the most skilled amateur is said to be undermined by talking about, or mulling over, their last putting stroke between holes. Bottom line: after a bad hole, let it go.

CAR STEERING WHEELS DIRTIER THAN PUBLIC TOILET SEATS _ Your car steering wheel could be one of the most disgusting things that come into contact with your hands. CarRentals.com recently completed some research on germs in cars and it was found that 32 percent of the subjects clean their rides just once a year while 12 percent don’t clean them at all.

… Per the study, the steering wheel has 629 colony-forming units (CFUs). That is six times dirtier than the average cell phone screen, four times dirtier than a public toilet seat and two times dirtier than public elevator buttons.

… The survey also revealed that 20 percent of people eat in the car. This number seems really, really low.

DISNEY HAS A NEW POPCORN BUCKET _ If you’re a Disney super fan, then you already know that people go mad over refillable popcorn buckets. And the only thing that makes Disney bucket collectors more excited than a new release is when there’s a special deal like this one: Buy the new “Steamboat Willie Balloon Premium AP” popcorn bucket, which will be released Friday, February 1, and annual passholders can get refills for $1 until the promotion ends on March 7, 2019.

… This bucket, which is only available to annual passholders, is produced in honor of the Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration that’s going on now in honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday, which based on the release of the hit cartoon “Steamboat Willie” that first popularized the mouse to the masses.

… The Disney website post that announced the release did not say how much the buckets will cost, but they generally run $20-25 each.

POLAR VORTEX 2019: PIZZA PLACES REPORT SPIKE IN SALES, DELIVERIES _ While plenty of shoppers stocked up on groceries and libations ahead of the record-shattering cold expected this week, everybody else seems to be ordering pizza. Pizza franchises across the country are reporting increased sales, particularly for deliveries.

… This means it’s a big week for pizza places, as Super Bowl Sunday is already a big money maker for them. Pizza Hut alone expects to sell 2 million pies that day.

YOUR CHILD’S BATH TOYS ARE GERMY _ Anyone who’s ever watched a youngster splashing around in the bath, filling and dumping water out of bath toys, knows that kids love to play in the water. But the same toys that bring so much laughter may also be inviting germs to hang out in your tub. A study points out that water toys used in the bathtub or in wading pools may be an unrecognized source of infections. One study found bath toys could harbor as many as 4 million germs on their surfaces.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: ASTRONAUTS COULD ONE DAY EAT GOO MADE FROM THEIR POO _ Astronauts on deep-space missions could recycle their own feces to make food. It’s a long way to Mars, and astronauts will need to eat. Limited cargo room for long-haul flights means future space travelers will need to recycle and reuse everything possible … including poop. Penn State researchers developed a system that combines microbes with human waste to help create food. Geosciences professor Christopher House describes the resulting substance as “a little bit like Marmite or Vegemite where you’re eating a smear of ‘microbial goo.'”

… Astronauts on board the International Space Station already recycle urine into drinkable water, so it’s not a stretch to imagine turning solid waste into something useful and edible as well. Currently, ISS poop is discharged to go burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE BOY WHO GOT HIS HEAD STUCK IN TOILET SEAT _ Firefighters were called to free a young boy after he got his head stuck. The fire crew used a disc cutter to free the 3-year-old after he got his noggin stuck through the hole of a potty training seat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER READY FOR A WILD NIGHT _ Workers at a drugstore in Scotland watched a man fairly closely when he came in — it was 3:30 AM. And they say they saw that he picked up two bottles of massage oil, two pairs of headphones, a box of condoms, a flashlight, and 10 cans of energy drinks — and walked out without paying for them. Police got to the man before he even got to his car, and what he had in his car may explain his purchases: a woman sitting in the front seat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ATM HEIST DAMAGES THREE BUILDINGS _ A street in the UK was left in tatters after a gang used a large piece of construction equipment to rip an ATM out of a bank. Masked men brandishing axes stood guard as the demolition took place. The construction digger first tore a huge hole in the side of the bank before losing control and veering into the post office next door. The giant vehicle was then backed into an adjacent Chinese restaurant. Despite the force used, the gang left without their haul and the ATM was found inside the post office.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNAKES IN A BANK _ In South Africa a disgruntled customer faces possible attempted murder charges after he released five poisonous snakes in a bank.


ON TELEVISION

CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Adam and his friends are recruited to the William Penn Academy baseball team.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (8p ET, FOX) — New. Ramsay and his team attempt to revamp a family-owned, fine dining restaurant in Seymour, Conn.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New.

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

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — Repeat

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Phil thinks he found Pepper (guest star Nathan Lane) his dream home

THE MASKED SINGER (9p ET, FOX) — New.

ALL AMERICAN (9p ET, CW) — New.

PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (9p ET, Lifetime) — New. The designers must create high fashion looks inspired by zoo animals. Peyton List and Joan Smalls guest judge.

SEASON FINALE: VIKINGS (9p ET, History Channel) — The 5th season wraps up.

SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New.

YOUNG SHELDON (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates a string of murders taking place in supposedly haunted houses in Lewiston, Maine.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — New. Celebrity panelists include Chris Parnell, Whitney Cummings, Kevin Smith, Jane Krakowski, Ron Funches and Caitlyn Jenner.

DROP THE MIC (10p ET, TNT) — It’s a Lost mini reunion when Daniel Dae Kim, Josh Holloway and Harold Perrineau battle.


ENTERTAINMENT

EMPIRE STAR JUSSIE SMOLLETT ATTACKED _ Empire star Jussie Smollett was viciously attacked in Chicago early Tuesday in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The African-American actor, who is openly gay and plays gay character Jamal Lyon on Empire, was leaving a Subway restaurant around 2 AM when he was recognized by two white men in ski masks who referred to him using racial and homophobic slurs and referenced his role on the TV show. The men struck Smollett in the face, poured a chemical (possibly bleach) on him, and put a rope around his neck a la a noose. TMZ reports the men also yelled, “This is MAGA country” before departing. Smollett was treated at a hospital for injuries including a fractured rib and released. Police are investigating.

… Empire filming is continuing as scheduled and the Fox TV show’s production schedule remains “fluid” for the rest of the week, according to the source. It is not yet known how Smollett’s injuries will ultimately impact production on the current season, which would typically wrap in March.

SEX AND THE CITY IS HITTING THE HAMPTONS _ Sex and the City is coming back … this time in the Hamptons. Author Candace Bushnell announced that her new book, Is There Still Sex In The City?, will be set in the monied enclaves of Long Island. Bushnell moved from her beloved Manhattan to the Hamptons following her divorce from ballet dancer Charles Askegard in 2012. The book will go on sale in August.

TORI SPELLING ORDERED TO PAY OVER $88,000 IN CREDIT CARD DEBT _ Tori Spelling is no stranger to financial woes, but now we have an update on just how much damage has been done. Apparently, after ignoring her growing credit card bill for years, the star owes American Express tens of thousands of dollars, and she’s been ordered to pay that debt, ASAP. Us Weekly obtained documents that state Tori has to pay $88,246.55 after the “credit card company filed a writ of execution, a court order forcing a judgment.”

… In January 2016 Amex sued the actress after she failed to pay over $87,000 of credit card debt. That same year, Tori and her husband, Dean McDermott, were sued by City National Bank for $220,000 after failing to repay a loan. And Uncle Sam “drained” Tori and Dean’s bank account for the $707,487.30 they owed for 2014 taxes.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA CONFIRMS VEGAS RESIDENCY _ Christina Aguilera is the latest star to take her act to Las Vegas, announcing Tuesday that she’ll be settling into the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood for 16 shows, starting May 31 and continuing in intervals through October 5. The show is titled “The Xperience” and is set for a venue that is currently playing host to alternating residencies by the Backstreet Boys and Gwen Stefani.

ROUTE 91 HARVEST FESTIVAL SHOOTER SOUGHT INFAMY _ As the Las Vegas and country music communities continue to grapple with the aftermath of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting, the question of why shooter Stephen Paddock chose to carry out the massacre has remained a mystery. Now, the Las Vegas FBI says that the rampage was likely motivated by a thirst for mass destruction so horrific it would never be forgotten. As reported by the Tennessean newspaper, “It wasn’t about MGM, Mandalay Bay or a specific casino or venue. It was all about doing the maximum amount of damage and him obtaining some form of infamy.”

… In December of 2018, representatives from the Route 91 Harvest Festival’s parent company, Live Nation, stated that they hoped to bring the event back, possibly in 2019.

NEXT EPISODE OF THIS IS US PUSHED BACK DUE TO TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION _ This Is Us fans will have to wait longer than expected for the NBC drama’s next episode, Songbird Road: Part Two, thanks to Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. Originally scheduled for next Tuesday, February 5, the series will now return with the conclusion to its two-parter on Tuesday, February 12.

MAROON 5 SUPER BOWL PRESS CONFERENCE CANCELED _ Maroon 5 will not be taking questions from the media about their Super Bowl halftime show. The halftime show press conference has been a tradition for years, but not in 2019.

… Why? The NFL says Maroon 5 and the other artists like Travis Scott want to “let their show do the talking” — but it seems pretty obvious it’s all about Kaepernick. There’s been a strong push from big stars like Common and Nick Cannon for the halftime show performers to pull out over the way the league has treated Kap. Other stars like Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kelly Rowland have said they wouldn’t work with the NFL in the wake of Kaepernick’s allegations he’s been blackballed for taking a knee during the national anthem.

GWYNETH PALTROW SLAMS LAWSUIT OVER ALLEGED HIT-AND-RUN SKI ACCIDENT _ Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued for allegedly pulling a hit-and-run while skiing in 2016. The alleged incident took place on the slopes of the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah in February 2016. Court documents obtained by E! News allege, “Gwyneth Paltrow skied out of control and hit the back of Terry Sanderson, another skier, who was downhill.” When Paltrow hit the then-44-year-old doctor, the complaint alleges she knocked him “down hard, knocking him out, and causing a brain surgery, four broken ribs and other injuries.”

… Per the Skier Responsibility Code, which is a Summit County Ordinance, skiers are required to “immediately stop at the scene of such collision and render to any person injured in such collision reasonable assistance.” The ordinance also requires that any skiers involved in a collision “shall give his name and address to an employee of the ski area operator.” However, Sanderson and another witness claim, “Paltrow got up, turned and skied away, leaving Sanderson stunned, lying in the snow, seriously injured.”

… Sanderson and his lawyer allege that the value of damages is “more than $3,100,000” and will be seeking reparations. In a statement to E! News, Gwyneth Paltrow said, “This lawsuit is completely without merit and we expect to be vindicated.”

HERE’S ASHTON KUTCHER’S PHONE NUMBER _ On Tuesday afternoon, Ashton Kutcher surprised fans on social media when he decided to post his phone number. He wrote: “I miss having a real connection w/ real people. My Community. From now on you can just text me. I won’t be able to respond to everyone but at least we can be real w/ each other & I can share the unedited latest & greatest in my world +1 (319) 519-0576.” Ashton added, “Yes this is my#.”

JOHN LEGEND LEARNS TO SWIM AT 40 YEARS OLD _ John Legend is learning how to swim. Although he’s good at so many things, the award-winning singer revealed swimming is something he can’t do. He tweeted: “I can’t really swim. Today I took my first swim lesson since I was like 5. My dad learned in his 60’s so I feel like I’m ahead of schedule.”

MEGHAN MARKLE IN SUITS SERIES FINALE? ODDS ARE ‘CLOSE TO ZERO’ _ Do not expect Suits Season 9 to be royally blessed by the presence of Meghan Markle. A Suits executive producer says, “We’re not currently pursuing asking Meghan Markle to leave her position with the royal family and join us. I would love it, but I think [the chances are] pretty close to zero.”

HULU ERROR _ Some Hulu users had their binge-watching interrupted Tuesday afternoon. Many users were seeing error codes when they tried to stream and some were saying that they were being interrupted mid-stream as well.  Other users couldn’t even log into their accounts in the first place and just saw error screens after every login attempt.

CBS RENEWS GOD FRIENDED ME FOR SEASON 2 _ CBS has renewed drama God Friended Me for the 2019-2020 television season. The show centers on an “outspoken atheist” who receives a mysterious social media friend request from an account calling itself God and finds himself making new connections and becoming an agent of change in the lives around him.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• PARODY – HEATED MAIL: Baby, it’s cold outside. Ask your letter carrier about Heated Mail!

• MULLET: A guy went for a walk in nature right after giving himself a mullet cut and shared with the world just how liberated he feels. We’ve heavily edited this audio. Here’s the original video that’s not safe to air.


BITS & BREAKS

FAVORITE HOME COMFORTS

A poll of adults found these are the top things that make our homes most comfortable. We think No. 18 should be way higher!

  1. Bed
  2. Home-cooked meals
  3.  Comfy sofa
  4.  A cup of coffee or tea
  5.  Getting into your comfy clothes
  6.  Your own toilet
  7.  Laptop/tablet/computer
  8.  Slippers
  9.  A good book
  10.  Reliable broadband
  11.  Pets
  12.  Having the heating set to the perfect temperature
  13.  A well-stocked fridge
  14.  Garden
  15.  Your mattress
  16.  Listening to the radio/music
  17.  A glass of wine
  18.  Bacon
  19.  Quilt or blanket
  20.  Netflix TV subscriptions

LOVE BELIEFS YOU SHOULD RETHINK

• Belief #1: When you meet The One, it’ll be love at first sight. Go ahead and ditch that notion right now. It takes time for love to develop. For some people, physical chemistry plays such a big role at the outset, that it’s mistaken for love at first sight. However, that genuine emotion develops gradually. You can’t truly love someone unless you know them – and that takes time.

• Belief #2: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. A little absence can help you appreciate your partner, but too much is dangerous. Relationships need connection, and it’s challenging to stay connected when you aren’t spending time together. You need a steady stream of face-to-face intimacy to remember why you’re in the relationship.

• Belief #3: Play hard to get. It’s not about playing hard to get – you should truly be hard to get, by having a life that’s already busy and fulfilling.  Pretending you’re hard to get starts the romance off on a deceptive foot, and if you want a relationship to be based on trust, honesty and communication – this isn’t the way to get it.

• Belief #4: Having kids will bring you closer. Although children are a great source of joy, they’ll also cause you to lose time and privacy – testing your relationship in a whole new way. In fact, couples report that their relationships were tested the most when their children were born through age 4. So, if you decide to have kids, make sure you and your spouse are ready to handle the added stress because they’re anything but band-aids.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KEEP IN YOUR CAR FOR EMERGENCIES

  • Hazard triangles or flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Tow rope
  • Duct tape
  • Small shovel and bag of kitty litter or sand
  • Windshield scraper
  • Emergency blanket
  • Hand warmers

… Other suggestions: A first aid kit, a cigarette lighter to USB adapter, a phone charging battery, a cable for charging your phone, granola bars or some other dense energy food, and an old pair of boots, in case you’re not wearing footwear suitable for standing or walking in snow or ice after you get stuck.

WALMART LOVES THE SUPER BOWL

• Walmart sells enough hot dog buns the week prior to Super Bowl Sunday that if lined up end-to-end would stretch 2,422 miles.

• More than 2.6 million pounds or 246 miles of lunch meats will be sold at Walmart prior to Super Bowl Sunday.

• Laying all the Walmart deli party trays end-to-end would equal the height of 17 Willis Towers in Chicago.

• Walmart will sell enough frozen pizzas to stretch the length of the Grand Canyon, nearly 300 miles in length.

• Walmart will sell enough Velveeta cheese this week to fill an entire Olympic size swimming pool, or 115,000 gallons.

• Walmart will sell enough Planters dry roasted, honey roasted, and cocktail peanuts for Super Bowl Sunday that, if you stacked the containers on top of one another, they would equal the height of 108 Empire State Buildings.

• An average Walmart store will sell enough soft drinks to fill two average-sized swimming pools, or 15,000 gallons of soft drinks.

• More than 2 million pounds of ice are used by consumers during the three days leading up to the Super Bowl, which is roughly the weight of 1,000 full grown elephants.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: While the average president has dozens, George Washington had just one of these when he died. (A real tooth. It held his false teeth in place.)

TRIVIA: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 20,000 people are injured each year doing what? (Snow sledding)

TRIVIA: It is estimated that the average person does this 22 times daily. (Opens the fridge)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 30, 2019

• 1971: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON was honored with an award from the Nashville Songwriters Association.

• 2006: LEANN RIMES’ wedding to Dean Sheremet was one of those profiled on the InStyle Weddings special on ABC.

• 2011: DIERKS BENTLEY began several days of recording at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. The sessions were livestreamed with no sound online. The dates yielded his hit Am I The Only One.

• 2016: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s son, Isaiah, took his first steps in Jacksonville, Florida, the same day she launched her Storyteller Tour.

JEANNE PRUETT is 82. She’s best known for her chart-topping hit Satin Sheets. Jeanne scored 11 hits on the Billboard Country Singles Chart from 1973-1980.

NORMA JEAN is 81. She was a member of The Porter Wagoner Show from 1961–1967. She had 13 country singles in Billboard’s Country Top 40 between 1963 and 1968, recorded twenty albums, received two Grammy nominations, and was a Grand Ole Opry member for a number of years.

TAMMY COCHRAN is 47. Born in Ostinburg, Ohio, she’s best-known for the hit Angels In Waiting.

JOSH KELLEY is 39. His debut country single was Georgia Clay. Josh’s younger brother, Charles Kelley, is a part of LADY ANTEBELLUM.


COUNTRY AUDIO

New and archived clips on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LUKE COMBS has become the first artist since TIM McGRAW in 2000 to have two singles in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart simultaneously. Back on January 15, 2000 McGraw’s My Best Friend and Something Like That were sitting at #5 and #10. Right now, Beautiful Crazy is at #10, joining She Got the Best of Me at #8.

JASON ALDEAN has his 22nd number one with Girl Like You (Billboard Country Airplay).

SCOTTY MCCREERY’s truck was broken into, but the would-be thieves didn’t get away with a valuable haul. Scotty posted a photo on Twitter Tuesday morning of the passenger seat of his truck, where an Elvis Presley CD, a charger cord and some other CDs and bits of paper were scattered. Scotty captioned the photo with: “Get back to Nashville to find my truck broken into.. just want to apologize to whoever did this… You really picked the wrong country singers truck to break into. Got nothing for ya… That is, unless you’re a big fan of Elvis or the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.”

MAREN MORRIS’ Girl has been streamed 3.3 million times and is the most successful by a female artist.

MIDLAND’s February 8 concert at The Novo in Los Angeles has sold out.

On February 15, ASHLEY MONROE will release Sparrow: The Acoustic Sessions, a five song EP of acoustic recordings of tunes from her Sparrow album.

JOE DIFFIE celebrated 25 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry when he performed at the Ryman Auditorium as part of the January 25 Opry lineup. VINCE GILL, RICKY SKAGGS and MICHAEL RAY were also on the bill that night.

CASSADEE POPE will be part of a Songwriters Expo at Nashville’s Bluebird Café February 13 along with top writers ASHLEY GORLEY, MATT JENKINS and JON NITE. The group will perform in the round at the famed Nashville restaurant.

MASON RAMSEY will kick off the How’s Your Girl And How’s Your Family tour, March 22 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 31, 2019

• 1993: GARTH BROOKS performed the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl 27. He also debuted the music video for We Shall Be Free during halftime of that game.

• 1997: TIM MCGRAW’s album Not A Moment Too Soon was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies. Hits included Indian Outlaw, Don’t Take The Girl and Refried Dreams.

• 2000: ALAN JACKSON’s father, Eugene, died. Two years later Alan would celebrate his life and legacy in the tune Drive (For Daddy Gene), which went to number one.

• 2012: REBA McENTIRE sent out a release to refute a website’s fake report that she died on an Austrian ski slope during a movie shoot.

• 2016: JANA KRAMER and husband Michael Caussin welcomed a daughter.

Tyler Hubbard of FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE is 32.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 31, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace, Murder One) is 60

• Minnie Driver is 49

• Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development, Ally McBeal) is 46

• Kerry Washington (Scandal, Ray) is 42

• Justin Timberlake is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1930: 3M introduced Scotch Tape.

• 1990: The first McDonald’s opened in Moscow, Russia.

• 2001: An 81-year-old resident of a Byker, England, nursing home and her 71-year-old friend wrestled a burglar into their bathroom and lock the door until police arrived. The 32-year-old heroin addict was charged with two counts of assault, drug possession, and burglary. The ladies are shaken up but not seriously hurt.

• 2009: Elton John launched a line of crystal-encrusted iPods to raise money for charity. A share of the profits from the sale of the $600 limited-edition players went to the singer’s AIDS Foundation.

• 2010: Avatar became the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.

• 2017: Donald Trump fired Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructed Justice Department officials not to defend Trump’s travel ban.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day

• Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

• National Hot Chocolate Day

UPCOMING

• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 5: Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig
• February 10: Grammy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards