INTERPREP ★ FEBRUARY 14, 2019

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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 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

860: Average number of beer taps at an NFL stadium.


NEWS ATTACK!

In Maine, a bank robber made his escape on foot, running across a busy road and a parking lot before slipping on ice and dropping both his gun and the stolen money at the foot of a cop. [“Gilligan!”]

In Arizona, two escaped camels have been recaptured. [The camels were desperate to get away. With climate change, even they could no longer tolerate Arizona.]

The Pentagon says it wants to enlarge its use of artificial intelligence in warfare but promises that it will only do so in line with the values of the country. [Is that supposed to help me get to sleep at night?]

An Alabama church is returning a $25,000 donation from a casino because the church doesn’t believe in gambling. [Unless you count the chances it takes with room temperature potato salad at church picnics.]

NASA has now stopped trying to contact the Mars Rover after it has failed to respond to NASA’s messages for months. [Is there anything more humiliating than to be ghosted in front of the entire scientific world?]

Ozzy Osbourne is out of the intensive care unit. He’s off the breathing machine [and doctors say that he’s now capable of mumbling on his own].

Police were called to an altercation that involved Miranda Lambert at a Nashville steakhouse. [There’s nothing worse than a fight where everyone involved has easy access to a steak knife.]

Have you seen that video of the kid sledding in British Columbia when he collides with a rat? [Tough break. You get time off from school because of heavy snow and now you’ve got to spend the entire day in the doctor’s office getting rabies shots.]

A California family found a mountain lion in their garage. [Well, at least they knew that their car would be safe.]

A Virginia woman says that she’s been sorting through her late father’s belongings and believes that his collection of matchboxes may land him in the record books. [Actually, the collection makes him eligible for two records: World’s Largest Matchbox Collection and World’s Most Boring Man.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

ALL OF A CITY’S SNOW PLOWS WERE SABOTAGED WITH LATEX GLOVES _ Someone stuffed the gas tanks of Mount Vernon, New York’s municipal trucks with latex gloves some time between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. As a result, the snow plows and salt trucks couldn’t immediately clear the streets after a snow and ice storm. Two city trucks became disabled around 6AM Tuesday, after which the gloves were found in their tanks and, eventually, the tanks of 27 other trucks — all of the city’s 16 garbage trucks and 13 snow plows in total. Police are looking for a perpetrator or perpetrators who entered a public works garage to commit the sabotage.

MINOR LEAGUE BALLPARK BANS PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACK _ Two baseball game staples have been banned at a Connecticut ballpark. The Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford will no longer allow peanuts at its games. That includes the ones in Cracker Jack, so no more asking for “some peanuts and Cracker Jack” during the seventh inning stretch. The decision came after meeting with concerned parents of children with peanut and tree nut allergies.

… So, the Hartford Yard Goats are offering two season tickets to the fan who rewrites that line of the song.

KANSAS LAWMAKER WANTS TO BLOCK PORN, CHARGE RESIDENTS FEE TO SEE IT _ A bill introduced in Arizona last month has been introduced in Kansas this week. New phones and computers would have to block access to pornography under a proposed bill. Consumers 18 or older could have access to pornography for a $20 fee. The bill’s lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Randy Garber, said it is an effort to stop human trafficking and pornography. Critics says the bill would be unconstitutional.

CLEVELAND’S NWS ISSUED AN UNOFFICIAL ‘SMALL DOG ADVISORY’ DUE TO HIGH WINDS _ When wind gusts hit 50 mph in Cleveland this week, the National Weather Service office there reminded people with mini dachshunds, Yorkshire terriers, and other little dog breeds to keep an eye on their pooches. The office declared an unofficial “small dog warning”.

STORE THAT PULLED NIKE GEAR AFTER KAEPERNICK COMMERCIAL WILL CLOSE _ When Nike launched an advertising campaign last fall that included exiled NFL player Colin Kaepernick, some opposed to the quarterback’s protests during the national anthem vowed to stop buying Nike products. A small group of them even burned or otherwise destroyed their Nike apparel. One sporting goods store in Colorado last fall reacted to the commercial by removing all Nike products from its shelves. Now that store is going out of business.

… The owner of Prime Time Sports, a sporting goods store in Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs, says he can no longer afford its lease for the space. And the owner said that the lack of Nike apparel, football jerseys specifically, were what did the store in, as Nike is the only officially licensed manufacturer of official NFL jerseys.

… The owner cancelled an autograph session with Brandon Marshall at his store back in 2016, to protest Marshall’s decision to kneel during the anthem. He said, “As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realized.”

THE TWO DATE ACTIVITIES THAT MAY BOOST ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS _ Scientists who study couples have concluded that the key to relationship stability is spending time together through rituals, routines, and recreation. No one is sure why this works, though some scientists have a hunch that there’s a biological reason that couples who do things together stay together. New research supports this idea — and reveals that there are some key activities that couples can do to enhance its powers.

… Wondering whether certain activities can increase the amount of oxytocin released by the brain, scientists (Baylor University) studied the amount of oxytocin released during different recreation activities. Twenty couples were each randomly assigned to go on one of two couple dates: a game night or an art class. For game night, couples played games they already knew in a “home-like setting.” The art class couples went to a community art studio, where they “painted a simple beach scene with their initials in the sand.”

… The biggest finding was that all couples release oxytocin when playing together. Men in the art class released 2 to 2½ times more oxytocin; women playing board games released more oxytocin. Art class might have rocked the socks of men because of the role of a new environment and the sense of touch. The team noticed that the couples in the art class touched each other more and their interactions were more focused on bonding. Sometimes they would put an arm around each other or would simply encourage each other with a “Good job.” Meanwhile, couples playing the games were, well, more focused on playing the game.

… All activities, however, generally heightened levels of the “love drug” oxytoicn.

MY KKK FRIENDS WILL BURN YOUR FAMILY _ (CAUTION) A Florida woman was recorded going on a racist and violent rant against a black officer after he arrested her for drunk driving. 53-year-old Julie Edwards told (Volusia County) sheriff’s deputy Brandon King that her “KKK friends would burn his family” and that “n****** should’ve never been let out of slavery.” She is facing charges of making threats against a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence, driving under the influence, and prior refusal to submit to testing.

SOME MEN NEED TO POOP COMPLETELY NAKED? _ Here’s something I didn’t know about (other guys / some of you guys): you need to poop naked. The New York Post has a story about a “growing number of men who say they need to remove all of their clothes before emptying their bowels in order to fully enjoy the experience.” The Post talked to one guy, Matt, so says he feels “more free and comfortable” when he poops naked — and takes it all off in the toilet at work, at his friends’ homes, and in public bathrooms.

… Matt says: “I carried on pooing naked from childhood because it’s natural to me. … When I take my clothes off I feel more free to do my business, like animals do. Now I always go full nude.”

… Another naked toilet user, a former truck driver, told the New York Post: “”Pooping is always an event for me. I lay sheets of toilet paper on the ground, take off all my clothes and balance each item on top of my shoes — then I do my business naked.” He even removed any jewelry and watches.

… Another guy explains that removing his clothes enables him to “have a wider stance and be in more of an ‘open’ position … I can’t poop unless my clothes are 100 percent out of my field of vision. It makes me feel uncomfortable, so I hide them out of site.”

MAN REPORTED AN INCOME OF $18,497, IRS SENT HIM A REFUND CHECK FOR $980,000 _ At a time when millions of Americans are unhappy with their smaller-than-expected tax refunds, consider this: Ramon Christopher Blanchett of Tampa once got a refund of $980,000. On a reported income of $18,497. The story starts in February, 2017, when Blanchett electronically submitted a self-prepared income tax return listing his occupation as “freelancer.” He had W-2 forms from a Tampa nursing home and a restaurant. One W-2 showed $17,098 in wages and $1 million of federal income tax withholding. In reality, Blanchett was paid just $2,098 and no tax was withheld. The other W-2, which was accurate, showed $1,399 in income and no withholding.

… Based on Blanchett’s submission of the tax return, falsely representing that $1 million in taxes had been withheld, the U.S. Treasury issued a check for $980,000. Blanchett deposited the money and ended up using just under $50,000 to buy a Lexus. Not long after the IRS came calling for its money. It also took custody of the car.

… Blanchett has not been charged with a federal crime. Neither the IRS nor the financial institutions involved would comment, citing privacy concerns.

48 HOURS MISSING CHALLENGE IS DUMB _ Remember the Tide Pod challenge, when dumb people were eating laundry detergent? This challenge tops that one: the 48 Hours Missing Challenge. It involves young people, mostly teens, disappearing for two full days with the hopes their photo will appear on social media.

CHOCOLATE’S EFFECTS ON OUR MOOD _ If you’re feeling a bit grouchy after that Valentine’s Day chocolate, researchers say you’re not alone. Seems that chocolate can cause different reactions in different people. In some people, the candy makes them feel warm and fuzzy, in others it promotes depression, sadness and feelings of guilt.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MANY OF US SEND OURSELVES VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS _ It’s Valentine’s Day, and a survey says eight million Americans admit they send themselves Valentine’s Day gifts.

… Thinking of giving her cash for Valentine’s Day? Don’t assume she’d be OK with it — 14% of women say they would dump a man who gave her cash.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SLEDDING TEEN COLLIDES WITH RAT IN MID-AIR _ A Canadian teenager sledding on a hill (in Victoria, British Columbia) had his GoPro camera running when he got into a mid-air collision with a rat. Cole Salsman, who’s 17, recorded the moment he went over a ramp on his sled and collided with the critter. The rodent bounced off the sled, landed in the snow and quickly ran away. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BATHROOM WARNING MISTAKEN FOR BOMB THREAT AT HOME DEPOT AUDIO  A report of a bomb threat at a Wichita, Kansas, Home Depot store turned out to be more of a warning for other customers in the restroom. Authorities released a 911 call in which the caller states that someone may have a bomb at the store. The caller said a customer told him a man announced that there was a bomb and that people should leave. Police went out to the Home Depot and learned the threat was overheard in the men’s restroom. And the threat was really a warning from a guy who walked into the restroom and told others, “You all need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FISHERMAN REELS IN ODD CATCH _ Fishing stories are notorious for being prone to exaggeration, but one Kentucky (Danville) man says his big catch over the weekend is for ‘reel.’ Hunter Anderson said he and his girlfriend stopped at a private pond where they knew there used to be some goldfish or koi fish. They had a pole in the car that they decided to bait and drop in the water. Hunter put a piece of a restaurant biscuit on the hook and the koi went for it. Hunter reeled in the giant and had his photo taken with it before releasing it back in the pond. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER SLIPS ON ICE AS HE PASSES POLICE OFFICER _ A heist turned into a winter ice-capade in central Maine the other day. Police say a man who had just robbed a bank ran across four lanes of traffic and a restaurant parking area before slipping on ice and dropping his gun — and the money — right in front of a police officer.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLUE BERRY HILL IS JAILED ON NARCOTICS RAP _ An Alabama man with a unique name is locked up on a felony narcotics possession charge. The 19-year-old’s name is Blue Berry Hill.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LICENSE PLATE REJECTED, MAN CREATES GIANT TRUCK DECAL _ (CAUTION?) After Canadian David Assman was denied by authorities his request to display his surname through a custom vanity license plate, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Assman decided that one way or another, “ASSMAN” was going to be displayed on the back of his truck. Now, In addition to the giant-lettered “ASSMAN” across the tailgate of his Dodge Ram pickup, Assman also added “Saskatchewan” and the province’s “Land of Living Skies” motto to the design, completing an oversized version of how his vanity plate could have looked. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CANCELS BROTHER’S WEDDING _ We’ve heard of not getting along with your in-laws, but one UK woman took things exceptionally far: She didn’t like her brother’s fiancee, so she pretended to be the woman and made some calls to cancel the wedding. Even weirder: she was the one who introduced the pair.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOY STEALS PARENTS’ CAR TO VISIT GRANDPARENTS _ A ten-year-old Norwegian boy drove his parents’ car into a snowy ditch on his way to visit his grandparents — 68 miles away. He got about 6 miles before veering off the road. A snowplow driver found him and called police.


ON TELEVISION

THE TITAN GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. A sea of patients flood the hospital after gunfire goes off at a parade. Jennifer Grey guest stars.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New.

TOP CHEF (8p ET, Bravo) — New. Chef Art Smith judges a secret herbs-and-spices blind taste test ahead of the Quickfire chicken fry-off. Then, using his memorable fights as inspiration, the Chefs must make a progressive meal for a charity benefit at the Muhammad Ali Center with special guest Laila Ali.

THE TOP 14 GREATEST VALENTINE’S MOVIES OF ALL TIME (8p ET, CW) — New. Dean Cain hosts this special that looks at the top Valentine’s Day movies as ranked by Popstar magazine.

YOUNG SHELDON (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Jake and Rosa rework a crime scene in order to solve a difficult murder case with confusing evidence.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Christy is the only one without plans on Valentine’s Day, so Bonnie takes her on a mother-daughter date.

THE ORVILLE (9p ET, FOX) — New.

LIP SYNC BATTLE (9p ET, Paramount Network) — New. Boris Kodjoe (Station 19) battles his wife Nicole Ari Parker (Empire).

WILL & GRACE (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. Will uses a mock trial to solve the issues between Karen and her stepdaughter (guest star Aya Cash, You’re the Worst).

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team pursues a group of unknown assailants responsible for a patrol officer’s death.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — New. Fin teams up with an old colleague to track down the proprietor of a pop-up brothel.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. Annalise gathers everyone together for the holidays.

THE PACIFIC: IN THE WAKE OF CAPTAIN COOK (10p ET, Ovation) — In this new 6-part documentary series, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) retraces the route taken by Captain Cook 250 years ago, across the Southwest Pacific. Neill explores the cultures of the islands Cook visited and discusses Cook’s controversial legacy with the locals.

KEN JEONG: YOU COMPLETE ME, HO (Netflix) — New comedy special.


ENTERTAINMENT

FROZEN 2 MEANS A STAR WARS: EP. 9 TRAILER COULD BE A MONTH AWAY _ Disney dropped a teaser for Frozen 2 Tuesday and some think this could mean a Star Wars: Episode 9 trailer is just a month away. Here’s the math: Frozen 2 hits theaters on Friday, November 22. Star Wars: Episode 9 will debut almost exactly a month later on Friday, December 20. The Frozen 2 trailer arrived on February 13, roughly nine months before the movie’s release. So it stands to reason (or does it?) that the Star Wars: Episode 9 trailer will debut about a month from now, in mid-March, roughly nine months before that movie hits theaters.

PARENTS SAY PEPPA PIG IS CAUSING THEIR KIDS TO SPEAK WITH BRITISH ACCENTS _ After a long-haul flight to Australia, Janet Manley, from New York, noticed her two-year-old stepped off the plane speaking with a British inflection. The 21-hour flight across the Pacific binge-watching UK children’s show Peppa Pig had resulted in a classic case of what she said was “monkey see, monkey do. … My kid had adopted Peppa Pig’s plum British accent, calling me ‘Mummy’ and finishing her sentences with Peppa’s trademark snort. Two years later, she still oinks in conversation.”

… Apparently a number of American moms and dads have shared on social media how the popular animated series is causing their kids to adopt British accents.

APPLE’s NETFLIX COMPETITOR WILL REPORTEDLY BE UNVEILED NEXT MONTH _ Apple’s upcoming March 25 event will likely see the introduction of the company’s long-awaited video subscription service. (According to Bloomberg) Apple has reportedly invited Hollywood stars, including “Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and JJ Abrams” to attend. The premium video subscription service will be home to Apple’s original TV shows and movies as the company moves to take on Netflix and Amazon.

… Customers will also be able to subscribe to add-on “channels” like Starz and other networks; Amazon already does something similar to this with Amazon Prime Video Channels, and Roku has recently started selling video subscriptions through its Roku Channel.

A BREAKING BAD MOVIE IS COMING _ Netflix has picked up first-run rights to a Breaking Bad sequel film, meaning it will exclusively debut on the streaming service before eventually airing on AMC. We don’t know the title yet but we do know that the film will bring Aaron Paul back as Jesse Pinkman and follow his “quest for freedom” after managing to escape that bloodbath of a series finale.

ANNA AND ELSA RETURN IN FIRST TEASER FOR FROZEN 2 _ For the first time in forever — or roughly six years — Frozen is back on the horizon. On Wednesday Disney delivered the first teaser for Frozen 2. The new footage features a dramatic sequence in which Elsa (Idina Menzel) uses her powers to run, climb, and slide across a body of water, seemingly in an attempt to freeze and scale a wave. There are also glimpses of her royal sister Anna (Kristen Bell) traversing nature’s perils, snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), and mountain-man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) leading a herd of reindeer across an autumnal landscape. • VIDEO

… An sequel to Frozen was announced in March 2015, about a year and a half after the first film opened and went on to make over $1.2 billion at the box office (and becoming the highest-grossing animated movie of all time).

EDIE FALCO TO STAR AS FIRST FEMALE LAPD CHIEF IN CBS DRAMA _ Emmy winner Edie Falco is coming back to TV: She’s signed on to star in the CBS drama pilot Tommy. Falco will play Abigail “Tommy” Thomas, a former New York City cop who’s just been appointed the first-ever female chief of police at the LAPD.

BILL COSBY SPEAKS FROM PRISON FOR THE FIRST TIME _ Bill Cosby’s name grabbed headlines this week after his spokesman said in an interview that the 81-year-old told him he was having an “amazing” prison experience. Then, on Wednesday, Cosby said in a statement: “My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders, and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron. … I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!”


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• BOMB THREAT: A Home Depot bomb threat in Wichita was about different kind of bomb.  →  February 14 Wacky-But-True

• MAN NAMED BLUE BERRY HILL: Here’s Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill.  →  February 14 Wacky-But-True

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

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


BITS & BREAKS

MOST COMMON ARGUMENTS COUPLES HAVE OVER FOOD

Couple over all sorts of things — from money, to parenting style, to driving habits. And now we know the arguments couples have over food. These are the top arguments:

  1. What we’re going to have for the meal
  2. What time to eat
  3. The cook making too much of a mess / not tidying as they go along
  4. Whether someone is interfering in the cooking
  5. Whether you should have carry-out
  6. Whether a meal should include an item the other person doesn’t like, such as mushrooms
  7. Who should clean up after the meal
  8. How spicy a meal should be
  9. Who should cook

WHAT IS ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR HOME?

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RISKY BEHAVIOR

A survey from Consumer Reports looked at some other risky behaviors we engage in.

• About 40 percent often eat raw dough when making cookies.

• Nearly 75 percent put cotton swabs inside their ears.

• 69 percent of us drive at least 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.

• 37 percent leave items on the stairs at home.

• 31 percent occasionally use the top step of a ladder.

• 13 percent sometimes have a beer while using a power tool or mower.

• 43 percent let their kids play on a trampoline.

• 61 percent don’t have a rubber mat in the tub or shower.

• 21 percent don’t change batteries in smoke alarms yearly.

• 32 percent don’t eat burgers only well done.

• 9 percent of us don’t read the warnings that come with our prescription.

• 70 percent never use hearing protection with a mower or leaf blower.

• Half of us never unplug the toaster when not in use

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• More Americans believe in the devil than believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution.

• Stockbrokers with longer ring fingers make six times as much money as their rivals.

• The presence of elephants can make smaller animals feel safe.

• The first “successful” head transplant was carried out in 1963 by Robert J. White of Cleveland, who attached the head of one monkey to the body of another. The monkey survived for several days, during which it tried to bite the experimenters.

• 1,950 Americans, 390 Britons and 230 Canadians require medical attention each year after mishaps with their toilet paper dispensers.

• In 1889, according to The New York Times, there was a “War on Telephone Poles.” Wherever telephone companies erected poles, homeowners and business owners sawed them down, or defended their sidewalks with rifles.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 140 of these will occur around the world today. (Earthquakes)

TRIVIA: The average American has about $6,375 wrapped up in what? (Credit card debt)

TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S., over 2 million books are shipped with what? (The wrong covers)

WEIRD BODY QUIZ

The best way to test whether your breath is stinky is to: Blow out and sniff, or lick your wrist and smell it*

True or False: Biting your nails makes them grow faster? True.

True or False: Only humans have a distinct border around their lips. True. The outline of your lips, called the vermilion border, marks the transition from your skin to the pinkish-red part of your lips. It is unique to humans.

How many times a day, on average, do people pass gas? 5, 10 or 14 times? 14, although it depends on what you eat.

What is a piloerection?

  • Goosebumps*
  • Shivers down your spine
  • Very straight hair

What causes dandruff?

  • Stress
  • Your parents
  • Cold weather
  • A fungus

Actually, all of the above. Dandruff occurs in 3% of the population and can be caused by genetic or environmental factors.

True or False: A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth. False. Dogs’ mouths have as much bacteria as human mouths, but they have different types of germs.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 14, 2019

• 1998: T.G. SHEPPARD served as best man for 35 different grooms at a Las Vegas hotel. The event was held in conjunction with a contest surrounding T.G.’s song She’s Getting’ The Rock.

• 2006: GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD appeared for the first time as a married couple on television when they were interviewed on Oprah. They showed photos of their wedding, talked about their lives together, and performed their duet Love Will Always Win.

• 2007: GEORGE STRAIT scored his 54th number one hit as It Just Comes Natural topped the charts.

• 2013: TIM MCGRAW’s album Two Lanes Of Freedom became his 14th to debut at the top of the Country Albums chart.

• 2017: MAREN MORRIS played an acoustic version of My Church on an episode of the CBS drama NCIS: New Orleans.

• 2018: TROY GENTRY’s widow, Angela Gentry, filed suit in Philadelphia against Sikorsky Aircraft and Keystone Helicopter, charging that a design flaw was responsible for the MONTGOMERY GENTRY singer’s death in a September 2017 helicopter accident.

RAZZY BAILEY is 80.


COUNTRY AUDIO

New and archived clips on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

The Academy of Country Music has revealed some of the artists taking part in ACM Party For A Cause event around Las Vegas from April 5-7. They include DARIUS RUCKER, LAUREN ALAINA, BRETT YOUNG, RHETT AKINS, EASTON CORBIN and SCOTTY McCREERY. Party For A Cause events help to raise money for the ACM’s charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives.

TIM MCGRAW, LUKE BRYAN and KEITH URBAN will headline the inaugural Hometown Rising country music and bourbon festival, September 14-15 in Louisville. Others performing will include LITTLE BIG TOWN, JAKE OWEN, DWIGHT YOAKAM, BRETT YOUNG, LAUREN ALAINA, and JIMMIE ALLEN.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s top priority for a Valentine’s Day gift? That would be chocolate. Carrie says chocolate is any woman’s friend and she’s certainly no exception to that. Carrie says her favorite would be anything with caramel in it.

On March 1, CHASE RICE will release Lambs and Lions (Worldwide Deluxe). The album contains four bonus tracks not on the original and is primarily being marketed to fans in the United Kingdom, where Chase’s shows have been consistent sellouts.

MIRANDA LAMBERT was involved in a heated exchange Sunday night (February 10) at Stoney River Steakhouse in Nashville. TMZ reports Miranda, her mother and a family friend were having dinner when another patron started an argument with the family friend then came over to Miranda’s table and started yelling. Things go so out of hand, Miranda had to be held back and eventually would dump a salad in the lap of the instigator’s wife. Police were called, but by the time they arrived, Miranda and her party were gone and no report was filed.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE performs tonight (Thursday) on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. The duo will also appear next Thursday (February 21) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The appearances are to promote the release of their new album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, out tomorrow (Friday).

BROTHERS OSBORNE debuts the music video for their new single, I Don’t Remember Me (Before You), today (Thursday). The tune comes from the duo’s Port St. Joe album.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 15, 2019

• 1979: DOLLY PARTON won her first Grammy for Here You Come Again.

• 1992: GARTH BROOKS scored his eighth number one hit with What She’s Doing Now.

• 2002: WAYLON JENNINGS was laid to rest in a private graveside service in Phoenix, Arizona.

• 2006: JOHNNY CASH topped Blender magazine’s list of the 50 most awesomely dead rock stars.

• 2012: A California woman was arrested at a bathroom near the swimming pool on KENNY CHESNEY’s property in Tennessee near 2 AM and charged with public intoxication.

• 2015: ERIC CHURCH and his wife Katherine welcome a son, Tennessee Hawkins Church.

Michael Reynolds of PINMONKEY is 55.


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 15, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Jane Seymour is 68

• Cartoonist Matt Groening (The Simpsons) is 65

• Sarah Wynter (24) is 46

• Natalie Morales (The Grinder, 90210) is 34

• Amber Riley (Glee) is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1903: Morris Michtom and his wife Rose introduced the first teddy bear in America.

• 1965: A new red-and-white maple leaf design was adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.

• 1998: Dale Earnhardt won his first Daytona 500.

• 2005: YouTube was launched.

• 2009: Authorities in Colorado announced that a mysterious white powder that prompted evacuations at the Eagle County sheriff’s office the month before had been identified as instant pudding.

• 2013: A near-Earth asteroid called 2012-DA14 came within 17,200 miles of the Earth’s surface, a record-close approach for an object estimated at 50 meters.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Hippo Day

• No One Eats Alone Day

• Susan B. Anthony Day

• Gum Drop Day

• Singles Awareness Day

• Chewing Gum Day

UPCOMING

• 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


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

• LeVar Burton is 62. Ice-T is 61. Lupe Fiasco is 37. Elizabeth Olsen is 30.

• Almond Day. World Whale Day. Do a Grouch a Favor Day.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

• Dame Edna is 85. Rene Russo is 65. Lou Diamond Phillips is 57. Larry the Cable Guy is 56. Denise Richards is 48. Jerry O’Connell is 45. Country singer Bryan White is 45. Jason Ritter is 39. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 38. Chord Overstreet is 30. Ed Sheeran is 28.

• Random Acts of Kindness Day. Random Acts of Kindness Day.