INTERPREP ★ FEBRUARY 13, 2019

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 13, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• George Segal (Just Shoot Me) is 85

• Peter Tork of The Monkees is 77

• Stockard Channing (Grease) is 75

• Talk-show host Jerry Springer is 75

• Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers, Minority Report) is 53

• Mena Suvari (American Beauty) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1635: The first public school in the U.S., Boston Latin School, was founded.

• 1866: Jesse James and his gang committed the first armed bank robbery in United States history during peacetime in Liberty, Missouri.

• 2000: The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appeared in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz died.

• 2004: The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced the discovery of the universe’s largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star “Lucy” after The Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.

• 2011: For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, were able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855.

• 2017: Harrison Ford was involved in a near miss while flying a plane at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Galentine’s Day

• Get a Different Name Day

• International Condom Day

• World Radio Day

• Tortellini Day

• Italian Food Day

UPCOMING

• February 13: Galentine’s Day
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 15: Government shutdown deadline
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards
• March 1: Unplug Day
• March 5: Mardi Gras
• March 6: Ash Wednesday
• March 8: SXSW begins
• March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins. Move clocks ahead one hour.
• March 11: National Napping Day
• March 14: Pi Day
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday)
• March 19: March Madness: Men’s First Four
• March 20: First Day of Spring
• March 28: March Madness: Men’s Sweet 16 begins
• March 29: Brexit
• April 1: April Fools’ Day (Monday)
• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

439,900: World’s largest collection of buttons without duplicates.


NEWS ATTACK!

In Houston, people who snuck into an abandoned house to smoke marijuana found a caged tiger inside. [Really? What brand were they smoking?]

Forty countries have signed an agreement to require that new cars have automatic braking systems. [My car needs that whenever I try to turn into McDonald’s.]

Former astronaut Mark Kelly announced that he’s running for the U.S. Senate. [I guess he still has a fascination for life on other planets.]

In Macedonia, they began removing official signs because Macedonia is changing its name to North Macedonia. [Does this mean that my autographed Macedonia tee shirt is now a collector’s item?]

The world’s oldest known wild bird has become a mother yet again at the age of 68. [The good thing about giving birth at that age is that the wrinkles completely hide the stretch marks.]

The guest list for Jennifer Aniston’s 50th birthday party included her exes as well as their exes. [I’ll bet you that they ran out of alcohol real early.]

Liam Hemsworth is at home recovering from kidney stones. [I know what you’re thinking, but, no, “kidney stones” isn’t Hollywood code for rehab.]

Carson Daly is ending his late-night show Last Call with Carson Daly. [I think he’s the only one who knew it was still on.]

A woman in Florida answered a knock at her front door and found a 10-foot alligator [selling Girl Scout cookies].

A wildlife center in Oregon will let you name a salmon after your ex and then the staff will feed it to a bear. [It’s park of their program to teach kids about wildlife. You know, how the highest calling for an animal is to help humans exact petty revenge.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

FEWER AMERICANS ARE CELEBRATING VALENTINE’S DAY _ Valentine’s Day is a holiday many people love to hate, and fewer people are celebrating it altogether. In a recent survey, 51% of Americans said they plan to celebrate it. However, Americans are spending more money than ever on Valentine’s Day gifts including candy, jewelry, and flowers for their family, friends, and significant others. The average person is expected to spend about $160 on the holiday this year.

1 IN 5 WOMEN SAY PROPOSING ON VALENTINE’S DAY IS TACKY
_ If you’re thinking of asking your one true love to marry you tomorrow (Valentine’s Day), you might ask her friends and family if she’d consider it tacky. Almost 1 in 5 surveyed said popping the question on Valentine’s Day is tacky.

JAPANESE WOMEN PUSH BACK AGAINST CHOCOLATES FOR MALE COLLEAGUES _ Women in Japan are rebelling against a long-standing tradition which forces them to give chocolate to male colleagues on Valentine’s Day. The ritual, called “obligation chocolates,” started in the 1950s.

… Women in the workplace are expected to buy chocolates for their male co-workers, and men are supposed to return the favor on March 14 on White Day — an event created by chocolatiers in the early 1980s to boost sales.

… Growing numbers of women are snubbing the Valentine’s Day tradition.

6,800-MILE-WIDE STORM _ If you thought the polar vortex where you live was bad, be thankful you don’t live on Neptune, where a 6,800-mile-wide storm is churning and is expected to last for about two years.

DOES CHUCK E. CHEESE RECYCLES PIZZA SLICES? _ Chuck E. Cheese’s is a popular destination for children’s birthday parties, serving up kid-friendly pizza along with arcade games. But if a conspiracy theory making the rounds is to be believed, balls pits have not been the most unsanitary part of the family entertainment chain restaurants. In a new episode of the YouTube channel series “Investigating Conspiracies with Shane Dawson,” the host takes on internet rumors that Chuck E. Cheese’s takes guest’s unfinished pizza back to the kitchen, reforms them into new pies, and reheats them. • VIDEO

… On paper, this seems like a highly implausible theory. Except that Dawson and some friends headed to a Chuck E. Cheese’s to test it. The group ordered three pies, one plain cheese, one pepperoni, and one half and half. Clearly, the sizes and shapes of the slices do not match up, and there are some places where phantom pepperoni disappears when it touches the adjacent slice.

… A spokesperson for Chuck E. Cheese’s slammed Dawson’s findings as false in a statement to The Verge: “No conspiracies here — our pizzas are made to order and we prepare our dough fresh in restaurant, which means that they’re not always perfectly uniform in shape, but always delicious.”

… BuzzFeed spoke with Katherine Early, who worked at a Chuck E. Cheese’s in Fort Worth, Texas, from 2013 to 2016. While there, she served as a hostess, cashier, bouncer, and trainer. She personally made pizzas while working there. She told BuzzFeed, “… I think it’s actually pretty funny even though it is absolutely false. In my years there, not once did I ever see a pizza even make it back towards the kitchen. They were always thrown in the trash even if it was a pizza that went untouched by the guests.”

TIGER FOUND ABANDONED AT VACANT HOME IN HOUSTON _ Someone who went to an abandoned home in Houston to smoke marijuana and ended up discovering a tiger inside of it. Houston PD’s animal unit arrived on scene and found a 350-pound tiger inside. She was tranquilized for safety reasons as they moved her from the home to a facility that is licensed to handle exotic pets.

FORD INVENTS BED TO KEEP BED HOGS ON THEIR SIDE _ Ford is in the automobile business, but the company is discovering new ways to apply its technology outside of its vehicles. The latest innovation from the car maker is made for the bedroom. Ford repurporsed its driver-assist systems to design a bed that will keep partners on their side of the mattress through the night.

… The mattress is equipped with pressure sensors that can determine if, at some point during the night, one person crosses over onto their partner’s sleeping space. The bed then goes about correcting the encroachment. This is done with an integrated conveyor belt that slides the bed back to place the person back on their side. • VIDEO

… The lane-keeping bed isn’t something that will be commercially available. However, it does show off the company’s car technology in a way that makes it easier to visualize. The same design that makes the bed work also is found in Ford vehicles and can nudge the steering will when it senses the driver has veered too far out of their lane.

FLAW LETS HACKERS REMOTELY CONTROL ELECTRIC SCOOTERS _ Security researchers discovered a flaw in popular e-scooters that leaves them open to being remotely controlled by hackers. The security vulnerability in Xiaomi’s M365 scooter could let anyone savvy enough lock the device, hit the brakes and even cause the device to suddenly accelerate. Mobile security firm Zimperium says the flaw has to do with the scooter’s Bluetooth module. Zimperium said several popular ride-sharing services use M365 scooters, but it’s unclear how many are currently in use in the U.S.

EATING AN ORGANIC DIET ONE WEEK ENOUGH TO LOWER TOXIN LEVELS _ While most people know they should be eating organic, the price tag for such items is often a huge deterrent for many. So here’s a reason to incorporate more organic foods into your diet: A new study published Tuesday (University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco) found that after less than one week of eating organic, toxin levels in the body were dramatically lowered.

… Researchers examined four families from different backgrounds who ate a conventional diet for six days, then an organic diet for another six. By testing their urine before and after going organic, researchers found huge drops in bodily pesticides — pesky chemicals that have been linked to cancer, hormonal imbalance, and neurological disorders and more.

… After six days on the organic diet, overall pesticide levels dropped 60.5 percent in both the adults and children. The most notable statistic was a 95 percent drop in malathion, which is a toxin linked to brain damage in children.

ONLINE PETITION CALLS FOR SELLING MONTANA TO CANADA _ A tongue-in-cheek online petition has a creative solution to paying off the national debt. The Change.org petition proposes to “Sell Montana to Canada for $1 Trillion to eliminate the national debt.” It goes on to say, “We have too much debt and Montana is useless. Just tell them it has beavers or something.” • LINK

… Still, even a trillion wouldn’t make much of a dent in the national debt. The U.S. National Debt stood at about $22 trillion at the end of 2018.

TRUMP HAS A NEW PARADE IDEA _ Donald Trump is once again proposing a parade. This time, it’s an Independence Day parade at the Lincoln Memorial.Trump told Cabinet members Tuesday that a July 4 parade at the memorial “could be an exciting day” and might “become a tradition.” Trump made headlines pushing for a military parade last year that was projected to cost up to $92 million; the idea was ultimately axed. His new idea might not actually be for a parade, however, as he said, “It’ll be a, really a gathering as opposed to a parade I guess you’d have to say.” Washington DC has already-established Fourth of July events including a parade down Constitution Avenue, a concert, and a fireworks show.

FISHERMAN SPEARS 171-POUND, 130-YEAR-OLD STURGEON _ A Wisconsin spear fisherman landed a gargantuan 171-pound sturgeon estimated to be about 130 years old. Jon Eiden landed the 85½-inch-long sturgeon on Lake Winnebago.

MOSQUITOES CAN HEAR YOU FROM 30 FEET AWAY _ Until now, it was thought that mosquitoes could only hear a few inches away, but new research shows that they can detect sound from up to 32 feet away. This surprising ability allows mosquitoes to track down distant mates and even tune in to human speech. For the study, researchers (Cornell and Binghamton Universities) placed incredibly small electrodes at the bases of the mosquitoes’ antennae, which detected vibrations in the tiny hairs and determined when the blood-suckers were picking up noise.

AMAZON’S COACHELLA DELIVERY LOCKERS _ The Coachella music festival is known for pampering fans with treats, but they’ll now have one of the ultimate creature comforts: online deliveries. Amazon is making multiple Lockers available at Coachella on both weekends (April 12-14, April 19-21), giving you a way to pick up online orders while you’re still at the venue. If you run out of sunscreen or lose your phone charger, you might not have to leave or shop from a pricey on-site vendor.

ONE IN SIX AMERICAN ADULTS NOW WEAR A COMPUTER ON THEIR WRIST _ The days of smartwatches as niche devices might be over, at least in the U.S. A new study (by NPD Group) estimates that smartwatch sales jumped 61 percent from November 2017 to November 2018. Roughly 16 percent of American adults, or about a sixth of the group, now own smartwatches. It’s mostly buyers 34 and under driving the trend, although the greater health focus of devices like the Apple Watch Series 4 might lead to more older buyers.

POLICE APOLOGIZE FOR WRAPPING SNAKE AROUND SUSPECT’S NECK _ Police in Indonesia have apologized after a video emerged showing officers using a live snake to force a confession from a suspected phone thief. The video shows a seated and restrained man being questioned by officers while a snake is draped around his shoulders and its head pushed toward his face. Police asked the suspect how many times he had stolen phones as he screamed in fear. A voice off-camera can be heard ordering the man to keep his eyes open as the snake is pushed towards him. A police chief in the region issued a statement apologizing for the interrogation methods after details of the incident emerged.

WOMEN OVER 40 ARE PLAYING ONLINE GAMES MORE THAN MEN _ Women over the age of 40 spend nearly 50 percent more time each week playing online and mobile games than men.

TODAY IS GALENTINE’S DAY _ Galentine’s Day is today. Designating February 13 for the ladies has been around since 2010, when Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character, Leslie Knope, declared the fictional holiday her favorite day of the year on the NBC show. She explained at her Galentine’s breakfast with friends that it’s “ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

… Since then, women in real life have embraced the idea of gathering the day before Valentine’s Day. • LINK

… There’s even a selection of Galentine’s Day-related items for sale on Etsy.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: DO YOU KISS LIKE THIS? _ A German psychologist says how people kiss, with a preference to turn the head either to the right or left, is a trait that is developed in the womb but probably lasts throughout life. Although they may not realize it, people turn to the same side before planting a kiss on the lips and twice as many people turn to the right. The preference for turning the head to the right is one of the earliest examples of behavioral asymmetry and scientists suspect it influences sidedness, such as favoring the right foot, ear, eye, or kissing side, for life.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HUSKY MAKES A MESS OF COP SHOP _ Police in China thought they were doing the right thing by taking in a young lost Husky. Someone had found the lost dog and dropped it off at the police station. When officers left the office unattended for a bit, the dog chewed up files and made a mess.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TELLS DEPUTY HE WAS SPEEDING BECAUSE HE WAS “THIRSTY” FOR PEPSI _ A Florida man (Brevard County) was pulled over for speeding, and deputies said he told them he was thirsty. Specifically, the man told deputies he was thirsty for a Pepsi.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LOTTERY WINNER CLAIMS PRIZE WEARING ‘SCREAM’ MASK _ A Jamaican man who waited 54 days to claim his huge lottery prize turned up in disguise to keep his identity top-secret. The winner, known only as “A. Campbell,” won the Caribbean island nation’s Super Lotto in November. He ended up winning around $1.1 million dollars (U.S.). When A. Campbell showed up to claim his prize he did so wearing a disguise the “Ghostface” serial killer character from the horror movie Scream. • IMAGES

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: YOUNG BANK ROBBER WAS LOOKING FOR A CHANGE _ In Florida, a 17-year-old boy went into a bank, gave the teller a stickup note, got a bag of money, and casually walked out. When the police showed up, the teller showed them the note, which the robber had signed with his real name. The cops went to his home to arrest him and ask why he robbed the bank. He explained that he wanted to “live somewhere else” and was looking for a change.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRIDE PASSES ON GROOM, GOES WITH A GUEST _ A bride in India married a guest at her wedding after the would-be groom demanded a motorbike as dowry. The jilted groom said he just wanted to show off the bike to guests at the wedding reception.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRIDE CALLS OFF WEDDING _ An engaged couple in Ethiopia spent what would have been their wedding night in jail after the groom suggested they pawn their rings to pay for taxis and a fight broke out among their outraged relatives. The bride was so mad at the groom that she called off the ceremony.


ON TELEVISION

THE WORLD’S BEST (8p ET, CBS) — The final round of auditions.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Erica and Valley Erica find a new band member to replace Lainey.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. Connor handles a gunshot victim who has unexpected ties to Halstead

GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (8p ET, FOX) — New. The team attempts to revamp a gastropub and karaoke bar in Los Angeles.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — The winner is announced in the 2-hour finale.

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Brett, Foster and Kidd take a road trip to Indiana and encounter an accident involving a boys’ hockey team.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE MASKED SINGER (9p ET, FOX) — New. The 6 remaining singers merge into one big group. J.B. Smoove is the guest judge.

ALL AMERICAN (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (9p ET, Lifetime) — New. Willy Wonka inspires the designers for an avant-garde runway, with guest judges Andrew Rannells and Anna Camp.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. The team travels to a Wisconsin gun show to take down a supplier.

MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — New. Celebrity panelists are Jason Alexander, Niecy Nash, Judah Friedlander, Constance Zimmer, Michael Che and Erika Christensen.

DROP THE MIC (10p ET, TNT) — New. Clerks’ costars Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith do rap battle, and basketball star Lonzo Ball takes on T-Pain.

SERIES PREMIERE: PARANORMAL CAUGHT ON CAMERA (10p ET, Travel Channel) — This new reality series shows alleged footage of ghosts, UFOs, and more.

SERIES PREMIERE: WEIRD CITY (YouTube Premium) — This new comedy anthology series (created by Charlie Sanders and Jordan Peele) follows the residents of Weird, a metropolis built on the foundation that there is an (actual) line of separation between the haves and have nots. Some of the stars include Mark Hamill, Ed O’Neill, Michael Cera, LeVar Burton, Laverne Cox, Rosario Dawson, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Sara Gilbert.


ENTERTAINMENT

BETTING ON THE OSCARS: NOW YOU CAN DO IT IN NEW JERSEY _ Perhaps you weren’t sure — or didn’t care — if Gisele Bundchen’s husband and the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl this month. But you know why The Favourite is a favorite to win an Oscar for best costume design, and you’re willing to bet on Lady Gaga snagging some hardware for her performance in A Star is Born. Now, for the first time in the U.S., you can legally bet on one of pop culture’s biggest events.

… New Jersey is the country’s first state to allow sportsbooks to accept wagers on the Oscars, taking after a common practice in Europe and giving American fans another option besides informal office pools.

… The New Jersey-based PlaySugarHouse.com has Roma as a big favorite to win best picture at the ceremony scheduled for February 24.

AQUAMAN SEQUEL AND SPINOFF _ Warner Bros. was wise to make a film based on the DC Comics character Aquaman. The movie, starring Jason Momoa, has grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide and has become the highest-grossing DC movie of all time. Naturally, Warner Bros. has lined up a team to start working on the sequel to the blockbuster. It’s expected that filming will start late this year or early next year and that the movie will be in theaters in 2021.

… There is also an Aquaman spinoff in the works. The horror movie will focus on the “menacing, sharp-toothed sea creatures that Aquaman and Mera fought on their way down the center of the Earth.”

… Aquaman will be will be released digitally on March 5, and the 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD Special Edition will be available for purchase starting March 26.

MUSICIAN WAKES UP TO A WORLD WHERE NOBODY KNOWS THE BEATLES _ The Beatles can be called one of the greatest bands of all time. So imagine a world where nobody knew anything about The Beatles — except one aspiring, but pretty much failing, musician. That’s the plot of Yesterday, an upcoming film about Jack Malik, who after getting hit by a car, wakes up in a world where everybody has forgotten who The Beatles are. Of course, he takes the opportunity to let the world know, taking the credit for himself. Yesterday will be in theaters June 28. • VIDEO

FAMILY GUY AND BOB’S BURGERS RENEWED _ Animation will continue its domination of Fox’s Sunday night lineup: The network has renewed Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers for next season.

DAVID SPADE WILL TRY TO FOLLOW THE DAILY SHOW _ Ever since The Colbert Report left Comedy Central in 2014, the cable network has struggled to hold onto a show that can effectively take the timeslot following The Daily Show. David Spade will try his hand at a new late night program following The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. However, rather than trying to tap into the oversaturated political satire spectrum that is already dominating late night television, the new David Spade talk show will go in a different direction with “signature take on the pop culture news of the day.”

… If the idea of David Spade tackling pop culture in a late night format sounds familiar, that’s because Comedy Central has done this before. For three seasons between 2005 and 2007, David Spade was the host of the weekly comedy series The Showbiz Show. Each episode featured Spade poking fun at the various headlines from that week’s entertainment news.

THE WITCHES REMAKE ADDS OCTAVIA SPENCER ALONGSIDE ANNE HATHAWAY _ Octavia Spencer is the latest to join The Witches remake. Spencer will play the grandmother of a boy who runs afoul of witches, lead by the Grand High Witch herself (played by Anne Hathaway).


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• DROP: I think it’s one of the most under-respected jobs in our society.

• GERMS: A Fox News host announced he hadn’t washed his hands in 10 years and because he can’t see germs they don’t exist.

• PHONER: A 68-year-old judge in London has been reprimanded after she fell asleep during a hearing. Where’s the strangest place you’ve fallen asleep?  →  7 real callers

• VALENTINE’S DAY: A large collection of Valentine’s Day-related audio clips.


BITS & BREAKS

VALENTINE’S DAY AND PETS

• 23% of single women would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their pet than their romantic partner. Only 7% of single men say the same.

• 49% of Americans treat their pets on Valentine’s Day.

• 12% of Americans include their pet in their Valentine’s Day activities.

MOST WOMEN REALLY WANT

• Unconditional love — 27%

• To have fun and laugh — 21%

• A partner who really listens — 19%

• To lose weight — 18%

• To really make out again — 11%

• More help with life’s chores — 4%

WORST GIFTS TO GIVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

• Gym Memberships – Obvious.

• Gift Cards – Because they show a lack of motivation.

• Dinner At An Overcrowded Restaurant – Except most restaurants will be overcrowded since V-Day is on a Friday.

• Stuffed Animals – Childlike. No effort required.

• Cheap Lingerie – Unless she likes lingerie or has had her eye on some, this could send the wrong message. And definitely don’t go cheap.

• Cheap Jewelry – Obvious.

• Grocery Store Flowers – In the plastic with the price? What could be wrong with that?

• Nothing At All – Even if she says she doesn’t want anything, she does.

• A Breakup – Obvious.

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY

• Not a Hallmark Holiday: Though it is often claimed to be a holiday made up by the popular greeting card company, Hallmark didn’t produce its first Valentine’s Day card until 1913. This is literally centuries after the first declaration of the official holiday in 1537.

• In Your Dreams: Ladies in medieval times who were looking for a suitor come Valentine’s Day had an interesting tradition. So they could dream of their future spouses, women would spend the evening eating bizarre foods in hopes of seeing the one they were meant for in their dreams.

• Heart-Shaped Box: John Cadbury, a coffee and tea shop owner in Birmingham England discovered the profitability behind chocolate manufacturing in 1822. In 1822 his son Richard packaged Cadbury chocolates, known really for their Easter creme eggs, in the world’s first heart-shaped box.

• Lovesick Cure: We knew that chocolate was pretty powerful but we had no idea how much doctors believed in it. Physicians in the 1800s used to prescribe patients a dose of chocolate to cure the pangs of lost love.

• The Oldest Valentine: When he was arrested in the Tower of London in 1415, the Duke of New Orleans did not let that stop him from writing to his love. It is believed that his love poem he sent his wife is the first recorded knowledge of a Valentine.

• Your Heart on Your Sleeve: Legend has it the saying “wear your heart on your sleeve” began with a Valentine’s Day tradition. In the Middle Ages young men and women would pull out paper hearts from a bowl with a name on it and claim that person as their Valentine. The person’s name they chose would be pinned to their sleeves for a week.

• Cupid’s History: As the son of winged messenger of the gods Mercury and the goddess of love Venus, Cupid was destined to be a flying romantic. While he is often depicted as an arrow wielding cherub, you can sometimes find cupid in battle armor to both suggest the ironic parallels between warfare and romance or to symbolize the invincibility of love.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average person eats 50 pounds of what each year? (Lettuce/greens)

TRIVIA: 74% of adults say they do this during religious services. (Daydream)

TRIVIA: This cleans, warms, and humidifies over 500 cubic feet of air every day. Hint: It’s been around as long as humans can remember. (The nose)

PHOBIA GAME

I’ll name a phobia, you tell me what it is.

• Is hedonophobia the fear of feeling pleasure* or the fear of horses?

• Is mastigophobia the fear of punishment* or the fear of the color green?

• Is arrhenphobia the fear of liquid or the fear of men*?

• Is gymnophobia the fear of nudity* or the fear of large rooms?

• Is cryophobia the fear of tears or the fear of extreme cold*?


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 14, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 71

• Meg Tilly is 59

• Zach Galligan (Gremlins) is 55

• Simon Pegg (Star Trek and Mission: Impossible films) is 49

• Jake Lacy (Rampage, Pete on The Office) is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1778: The United States Flag was formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte rendered a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones.

•1849: In New York City, James Polk became the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.

• 1979: History’s oldest caged guinea pig, Snowball, died in Bingham, England, at age 14 years, 10½ months.

• 1989: The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System was placed into orbit.

• 2003: Dolly the cloned sheep was euthanized after premature aging and disease marred her short life and raised questions about the practicality of copying life.

• 2014: The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest solar energy plant, opened in the Mojave Desert. The $2.2 billion plant spans five square miles and can provide power to 140,000 homes.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Valentine’s Day

• Ferris Wheel Day

• Pet Theft Awareness Day

• Library Lovers Day

• Singles Awareness Day / Singles Appreciation Day

UPCOMING

• February 13: Galentine’s Day
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 15: Government shutdown deadline
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards
• March 1: Unplug Day
• March 5: Mardi Gras
• March 6: Ash Wednesday
• March 8: SXSW begins
• March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins. Move clocks ahead one hour.
• March 11: National Napping Day
• March 14: Pi Day
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday)
• March 19: March Madness: Men’s First Four
• March 20: First Day of Spring
• March 28: March Madness: Men’s Sweet 16 begins
• March 29: Brexit
• April 1: April Fools’ Day (Monday)
• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo