INTERPREP ★ MARCH 8, 2019

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 8, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is 74

• NBC News anchor Lester Holt is 60

• Aidan Quinn is 60

• Camryn Manheim (The Practice) is 58

• Freddie Prinze Jr. is 43

• James Van Der Beek (CSI: Cyber, Dawson’s Creek) is 42

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1936: The first stock car race was held in Daytona Beach, Florida.

• 1983: President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an evil empire.

• 1998: Surgeons in China removed two of a 32-year-old farmer’s three tongues to allow him to speak and eat normally for the first time in 20 years. The man had grown a second tongue at age five and a third by age 12.

• 2003: North Dakota Governor John Hoeven reported receiving three calls the first week on his new secure emergency phone installed at the request of the federal Department of Homeland Security — one a wrong number and two from telemarketers.

• 2009: The last of the Circuit City stores closed their doors.

• 2012: The first comprehensive map of the debris field of the Titanic was revealed.

• 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to Beijing Capital International Airport in China.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Women’s Day

• International Working Women’s Day

• Middle Name Pride Day

• Peanut Cluster Day

• Retro Video Game Day

• Tartar Sauce Day

• Be Nasty Day

UPCOMING

• March 8: SXSW begins
• March 8: Bike Week begins in Daytona
• 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 23: Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
• 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
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

• Country singer Mickey Gilley is 83. TV anchor Charles Gibson is 76. Linda Fiorentino is 61. Juliette Binoche is 55. Emmanuel Lewis is 48. Oscar Isaac is 40. Brittany Snow is 33.

• Barbie Day. Genealogy Day. Get Over It Day. Fanny Pack Day. Meatball Day. Crab Day.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

• Chuck Norris is 79. Barbara Corcoran is 70. Sharon Stone is 61. Jasmine Guy is 57. Paget Brewster is 50. Jon Hamm is 48. Robin Thicke is 42. Carrie Underwood is 36. Olivia Wilde is 35.

• Daylight Saving Time begins. Check Your Batteries Day. International Bagpipe Day. Mario Day. Salvation Army Day. Find a Pay Phone Booth Day. Ranch Dressing Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

14.88: World record, in seconds, for typing the numbers 1 to 50. The record was set by SK Ashraf of India in July, 2015.


NEWS ATTACK!

Police charged a Wisconsin man after he broke his quarantine for measles and snuck to the local gym for a workout. [This guy’s got big muscles everywhere except in his head.]

The state legislature in conservative Utah has voted to legalize sex between unmarried persons. [I guess that explains why NFL team owner Robert Kraft is moving the Patriots.]

The state legislature in conservative Utah has voted to legalize sex between unmarried persons. [Is this another one of those incentives that states offer in order to attract Amazon?]

A drunken woman in Germany called police to report a murder. There was no murder. She just wanted to get police to her home as fast as possible to get them to move a car that was blocking her driveway. [“How do you expect me to drink and drive if I can’t get out of my own driveway?”]

A zoo in Kentucky is closed after a sinkhole the size of a football field opened. [This is why you’re never supposed to house the hippos and elephants together.]

Lawmakers in Saddle River, New Jersey want to heavily increase the fines for excessive dog barking to up to $1,000. Plus, the dog’s owner could face up to 90 days in jail. [That sounds rough, but there’s nothing worse than a barking dog that goes viral at three in the morning.]

A surveillance camera at a jewelry store in India recorded a rat stealing a pair of diamond earrings. [The store owner caught it when it returned the next night for the matching necklace.]

Vandals broke into a California animal sanctuary and released the animals. [That’s extremely dangerous. Remember what it was like when the final bell rang on the last day of school?]

A national park in Italy is so tired of rescuing tourists that it will now impose fines in excess of $2,000 for trying to hike its treacherous mountain trails while wearing inappropriate footwear such as flip-flops. [Or swim fins.]

In British Columbia, a moose was seen climbing atop a carport. [Didn’t the old timers consider that a sure sign of bad weather?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS AUDIO  Before you go to sleep Saturday night, move your clocks ahead one hour for the start of Daylight Saving Time.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME RECOVERY COULD TAKE 2 WEEKS _ Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend and experts say it could take some of us up to two weeks to recover from the effects of our shifted clocks.

MYSTERY GOOD SAMARITAN ENABLES MAN’S $273M LOTTERY WIN _ An unemployed New Jersey man who won last Friday’s $273 million Mega Millions jackpot said he wants to reward the mystery person who returned the tickets to a store where he’d left them a day earlier. Mike Weirsky bought the tickets last Thursday, February 28, at a Quick Check store near the Pennsylvania border and forgot them there because he was more focused on his phone. Someone found them and gave them to the store to hold. When Weirsky returned on Friday, he verified the tickets were his and store employees returned them.

… Lottery officials said that if the person who found the tickets had held onto them and signed them, they could have claimed the jackpot. Weirsky said Thursday (March 7), “I’m looking for the guy that handed them in, I want to thank him. I’m going to give him something, but I’m going to keep that private.”

POKÉMON’ MOBILE TITLES EARN OVER $2.5 BILLION GLOBALLY _ Mobile gamers across the globe have spent approximately $2.5 billion so far on various Pokémon titles. If you thought Pokémon GO was the only thing on smartphones, there are five others: Pokémon Shuffle, Pokémon Duel, Pokémon Quest, Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, and Pokémon TCG Online. However, most of the money spent on Pokémon is the ‘GO’ version.

THIS GENE COULD BE THE SECRET TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE _ When it comes to making a marriage last, sometimes it takes more than just healthy communication. A new study from Yale University found that married people who have a gene called GG genotype, which produces love hormone oxytocin, are more likely to report higher satisfaction in their marriages.

… Researchers surveyed 178 married couples (37 to 90 years old). Participants were asked to take a survey about their marriages and turned in saliva samples for genotyping. The study saw that when at least one person in the marriage had the GG genotype, OXTR rs53576, the couple was more likely to report higher levels of relationship satisfaction and security than couples with different genes.

… Couples who did not have the GG genotype were more likely to have an anxious relationship style, i.e. insecurities from past relationships and family members which is associated with low self-esteem and high rejection sensitivity.

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS CHEER AS CREW RESCUES PLANE CRASH VICTIMS _ Passengers aboard the Regal Princess cruise ship were treated to a rescue at sea after the crew helped with the rescue of two plane crash survivors. The cruise, which was going to St. Thomas, one of the Virgin Islands, was reportedly alerted of the victims by the US Coast Guard and sent out a dinghy to retrieve the men as passengers aboard the Regal Princess watched and cheered from the ship’s deck. The ship’s captain, Captain Stringer, later came over the intercom to inform passengers that both the pilot and his passenger were “doing good.” • VIDEO

… The pilot and passenger had reportedly gone down approximately 23 miles off the coast of the Turks and Caicos. The FAA subsequently coordinated their rescue, and the Regal Princess’ crew and captain were alerted soon afterward.

OHIO ZOO COLLECTS LOTS POLAR BEAR POOP _ An Ohio zoo has become the repository for the world’s largest collection of polar bear poop as researchers work to create a pregnancy test to aid the survival of the threatened species. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is storing 30,000 samples of fecal matter from the U.S. and Canada. Researchers are comparing compounds in fecal matter from females that are pregnant with those that aren’t in the hope of finding specific compounds that will help develop a pregnancy test.

NEANDERTHALS’ PALEO DIET INCLUDED A SURPRISING KIND OF MEAT _ You might picture Neanderthals as big game hunters jabbing their spears into the flesh of a rearing woolly mammoth. But it turns out their paleo diet wasn’t always that heavy on the red meat. New archeological evidence shows that at times, a staple of the Neanderthal diet was a speedy animal that can’t easily be hunted with spears — rabbits. The study examined animal bones excavated from eight sites, mostly caves, in southern France, near the Mediterranean Sea, dating from 400,000 to 40,000 years ago. Many of these early Neanderthal sites contained sometimes 80, 90 percent rabbits, according to researchers (from Trent University).

MAN WHO STOOD ON STREET CORNER WITH SIGN TO REUNITE DOG WITH OWNER NOW GETTING DATE REQUESTS _ Jason Gasparik was driving home Friday when he saw a few people pulled over trying to corral a dog who was running in and out of traffic on a major road in Charlotte, North Carolina. It took the group about an hour to get the chocolate Lab to calm down enough so that Gasparik could take her home and start looking for her owner. He took the lab to a 24-hour vet hoping her microchip would help, but the chip wasn’t registered to anyone. So he posted about the dog on Facebook and a few neighborhood sites hoping by morning he’d have some answers. On Saturday morning he was thinking, “What else can I do?” So he made my sign and went to stand out on the sidewalk with her. A local photographer snapped a pic of the duo and that photo went viral.

… Not long after, a woman who had seen the photo spotted an older man frantically driving around calling for a dog named Roxy. She showed him the viral photo of Gasparik and the dog and soon after the two were reunited. • IMAGE

’40 OUNCE’ WATER BOTTLE THAT LOOKS LIKE MALT LIQUOR _ Some outraged Brooklyn residents aren’t happy with what they are calling a marketing ploy to sell spring water in 40-ounce containers that look like malt liquor bottles. Sons of Anarchy star Theo Rossi founded the Ounce Water company a few years ago, selling H20 in bottles shaped like Colt 45, Olde English and Private Stock. Ounce Water is trying to reach urban communities by selling the drinking water with the tagline “Get Ounced!” and a hip-hop-influenced marketing campaign.

… Some Brooklyn are outraged over Ounce’s attempt to build a brand “based on the alcoholic products that are murdering our community. … In a community that has been ravaged by alcohol and drugs, we are confused as to why someone would create a product that so closely resembles a malt liquor bottle.”

THOSE WHO USE VACATION DAYS LIVE LONGER _ Many people are trying to eat better and work out more in hopes of living longer. New research shows there’s a simple way to boost your odds of living longer — use up those vacation days. The study (European Society of Cardiology) tracked more than 1,200 men over 40 years. They found men who didn’t use up all of their vacation time from work had a 37% greater chance of dying, compared to those who did. The cardiologists say people who take less time off work more and sleep less, which boosts their stress levels and hurts cardiac health.

… A separate study (Allianz Global Assistance) found Americans who didn’t take vacation were nearly two times more likely to show signs of moderate depression.

… More than half of American workers have unused vacation days at the end of the year.

TIM COOK CHANGED HIS NAME TO TIM APPLE ON TWITTER _ Donald Trump referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple” during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board on Wednesday, and the name seems to have caught on. After the president’s gaffe, Cook replaced his last name with the Apple logo on his Twitter profile.

DOG WALKING INJURIES ARE ON THE RISE _ Walking your dog may help you reach your exercise goals, but it could also increase your risk of injury. Some doctors say that in the past couple of years they’re seeing an increase in people falling while walking their dogs. Common dog walking injuries include broken wrists, elbows and fractured hips.

… The rise in injuries is obvious: an increased pet ownership and older people being more active.

TOMATO SAUCE ICE CREAM _ For every ice cream lover there seems to be a unique flavor — but this one could be the strangest yet. A company in New Zealand is planning to sell tomato sauce ice cream. • LINK

… Among the 25,000 comments the company (Watties) has seen in its Facebook post:

• Haha you’re a bit early to be pranking for April Fools.

• I think the every member of [the company] staff needs to be drug tested.

• Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

• This is an insult to ice cream.

TROOPER SHOT BY SON BECAUSE VIDEO GAMES WERE TAKEN AWAY _ An 11-year-old Indiana kids is facing charges of attempted murder after shooting his father, an Indiana State Trooper. The boy told police he was angry because his parents took his video games away.

… The boy told officers he wanted a Play Station, an XBox and a computer, and if he didn’t get them, there would be a “part 2.”

BARTENDER WITH WORLD RECORD WILL SOON BE 100 _ In June, the world record holder for “longest continuous bartender” will turn 100. Clarise Kramer Cadarette Grzenkowicz hangs out — and still occasionally pours — at Maplewood Tavern near Alpena, Michigan. Grzenkowicz was a teenager living on her family’s small farm when she met Henry Lee Cadarette, whose family owned a small tavern down the road, just seven miles north of Alpena. She married Cadarette at age 20, and they began their lives together. She then began what would become a lifetime of greeting customers at the Maplewood Tavern.

… In 2011, Grzenkowicz was honored by the Guinness World Records as being the world’s longest-serving bartender. She was 92 years young then and in her 71st year of bar-tending.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: VOLUNTARY PILOERECTION? _ Goosebumps are a universal physical phenomenon induced by thrills and chills. The hair-raising experience is a result of adrenaline stimulating minuscule muscles that pull at the roots of our arm hairs — making us bristle with bumps. This happens when we’re cold, when we’re emotional, and, according to a study, when some people just feel like it.

… The ability to create goosebumps at will is called “voluntary piloerection.” It is very rarely documented: There are only three single-individual cases on record about people with this talent, and scientists don’t have a clue how to explain it. But that could soon change as an international team led by a Northeastern University researcher recruited self-described “voluntary piloerecters” through a Facebook group and is conducting the first investigation into the skill.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOOSE CAUGHT ON CAMERA ON CARPORT ROOF _ A woman in Canada (Prince George, British Columbia) got video of an apparently confused moose perched in a very un-moose like location. The woman’s husband heard strange noises coming from above while he was parking his car, and he looked above the carport to discover the moose perched on the carport’s roof. The moose was wandering around the rooftop in an apparent attempt to find a way down. Police were called, but the moose was able to climb down and flee the scene before they arrived.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CRIMINAL FLEEING FROM COURT WAS EASY TO SPOT _ A bank robber appearing in court in North Carolina made a run for it. However, the authorities said that he was easy to spot running through town because the only clothing he had was the standard prison-issue orange jumpsuit.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NEIGHBORS ARE SICK OF THE PINK _ After moving into his new house in Texas (Pflugerville) Emilio Rodriguez decided to paint it a new color. He decided on pink. Naturally, his choice has led to what he calls “mean comments” and threats. That’s not stopping him: he plans to paint his doors, driveway, and fence the same color, and replace his lawn with pink gravel.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LETTER FORGER NEEDS GRAMMAR LESSONS _ The Putnam County, West Virginia, Prosecuting Attorney has filed charges against James Justice II for allegedly forging a letter of pardon from the governor regarding Justice’s burglary conviction. What tipped officials off that the letter might be a forgery? One clue was at the top of the faked letterhead, which read: STATE OF WEST WESTVIRGIMIA.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

THE GAYLE KING INTERVIEW WITH R. KELLY (8p ET, CBS) — This special will include never-before-seen parts of King’s 80-minute sit-down with Kelly, parts of which aired on Tuesday’s CBS Evening News and Wednesday’s CBS This Morning. Also in the special will be King’s interview with two women currently living with Kelly, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage.

BLINDSPOT (8p ET, NBC) — New. An active bomber forces the team to delve into a case from their past.

HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — New. Danny and McGarrett sub as bodyguards for Danny’s high maintenance ex-mother-in-law (guest star Joan Collins), a wildly famous romance novelist.

THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New. Red undertakes a risky endeavor to secure his freedom.

20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — New, 2-hour edition

TRAILBLAZER HONORS 2019 (9p ET, VH1, Logo) — This special celebrates trailblazers in female empowerment, honoring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke and author Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale). With appearances by Cher, Mindy Kaling, Peppermint, Rita Ora and Elle King.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. A murder victim’s daughter complicates the investigation.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New.

AFTER LIFE (Netflix) — Ricky Gervais created, wrote, directed and stars in this new 6-park dark comedy about a newspaper journalist (Gervais) who spirals out of control after the death of his wife. After considering taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes. Tom Basden (David Brent: Life On The Road), Tony Way (Edge of Tomorrow), David Bradley (Game of Thrones) and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) also star.

JUANITA (Netflix) — Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood star in this new film about a woman fed up with her life who leaves her grown kids behind and hits the road in search of a fresh start in Montana.

SEASON PREMIERE: TIN STAR (Amazon Prime) — Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks return for a second season of this dark drama.

WALK. RIDE. RODEO (Netflix) — This new original film is based on the true story of Amberley Snyder, a young barrel racer who got back on the horse just four months after a car accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. Spencer Locke, Missi Pyle, Bailey Chase and Sherri Shepherd star.

FORMULA 1: DRIVE TO SURVIVE (Netflix) — This new 10-part docu-series goes behind the scenes as drivers prepare to begin the Formula 1 season in Melbourne, Australia.

SATURDAY

RANSOM (8p ET, CBS) — New

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (8p ET, HBO) — Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in this sequel, with a cameo by original franchise star Jeff Goldblum.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. Idris Elba hosts with musical guest R&B star Khalid.

SUNDAY

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour episode.

WORLD OF DANCE (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode.

GOD FRIENDED ME (8p ET, CBS) — New. The God Account sends Miles and Cara the name of a sous chef (guest star Stella Maeve, The Magicians, Chicago P.D.). Adam Goldberg also returns.

SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICAN GODS (8p ET, Starz) — Season 2 will see Mr. Town (Dean Winters) tasked by Mr. World (Crispin Glover) to find out what Shadow (Ricky Whittle) knows about Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) plan.

ARETHA! A GRAMMY CELEBRATION FOR THE QUEEN OF SOUL (9p ET, CBS) — Tyler Perry hosts this tribute to the singer’s legendary career, featuring performances from Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle and more.

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New

THE CASE AGAINST ADNAN SYED (9p ET, HBO) — This mini-series, inspired by the popular Serial podcast, centers around the ongoing case against Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee when she was a senior in high school.

SHARK TANK (10p ET, ABC) — New. Products include an easy-to-use 3D printer for kids to design and make their own toys; and a savings and gifting online platform for kids.

GOOD GIRLS (10p ET, NBC) — New


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Captain Marvel is projected to bring in around $150 million across the U.S. and Canada during its first three days. Globally, the film is expected to gross close to $350 million for its debut.

… Opening next weekend: Wonder Park (PG); Five Feet Apart (PG-13)

DISNEY IS ENDING ITS VAULT PROGRAM _ Disney+, the company’s upcoming streaming service, will carry Disney’s entire catalog of animated films, ending Disney’s “vault” program. Disney’s CEO says “at some point fairly soon after launch” Disney+ will carry films that “traditionally have been kept in a ‘vault’ and brought out basically every few years.”

… Disney currently cycles 34 movies in and out of the vault, ranging from the company’s most popular films, like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, to direct-to-video sequels like Bambi II and The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.

DISNEY JUST ANNOUNCED THE OPENING DATES FOR STAR WARS _ Disney has announced that the Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars theme parks will open May 31 at Disneyland and on August 29 at Disney World.

… At 14 acres, Galaxy’s Edge is the largest land built at any Disney park.

LATOYA JACKSON CLAIMED HER BROTHER MICHAEL WAS A PAEDOPHILE IN RESURFACED 1990s INTERVIEW _ In old footage that has just come to light, LaToya Jackson is seen publicly accusing her older brother Michael of being a predatory paedophile. The clip from 1993 shows her telling a press conference that she, “cannot, and will not, be a silent collaborator of his crimes against small, innocent children.” Alleging that she had been sexually abused by an unnamed assailant herself, LaToya continued, “I am a victim myself and I know what it feels like, and these kids are going to be scarred for the rest of their lives and I don’t want to see any more innocent, small children being affected this way. • VIDEO

TAYLOR SWIFT’S STALKER WAS ARRESTED AGAIN
_ A man was arrested early Thursday for allegedly breaking into Taylor Swift’s townhouse in Manhattan for the third time. The man, Roger Alvarado, recently served six months in prison after pleading guilty to breaking into the pop star’s home last year, taking a shower, and sleeping in her bed. As was the case on Thursday, no one was home at the time.

… On Thursday, Alvarado used a ladder to prop himself on a ledge and break a glass door to gain entry to Swift’s home. He was arrested around 2:30 AM.

… The news comes just one day after Swift was featured in a piece for Elle magazine where she talked about personal measures she takes to feel safe: “My fear of violence has continued into my personal life. I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds.” Swift said she takes the precautions because “websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online.”

AMAZON CONFIRMS THE SETTING OF ITS LORD OF THE RINGS SERIES _ The Lord of the Rings original series may be a few years away, but it’s easily one of Amazon’s most anticipated projects. Now, Amazon’s LOTR Twitter account revealed a new map of Middle-Earth, and confirmed that the show will be set in the Second Age. That places approximately 3,000 years of history between the series and the beginning of Lord of the Rings.

… Casual fans may not realize it, but Jackson’s Fellowship of the Rings actually depicted the end of the Second Age, when the last alliance of elves and men confronted Sauron’s forces. The Second Age covered nearly 3,441 years, and it began after the banishment of Morgoth, the dark lord before Sauron. There’s a lot of story potential in that time, including the rise of Sauron, the creation of the One Ring, and the emergence of the Ringwraiths.

… Amazon’s map also includes Númenor, an island kingdom of men that was lost beneath the sea to a cataclysm.

RAP, HIP-HOP AND POP MUSIC ARE MOST VIOLET AND MISOGYNISTIC _ Researchers at the University of Missouri set out to compare lyrics of popular music genres, scanning their lyrics for instances of violence and misogyny. They found that, despite the public opinion of rap and hip-hop music, pop music was, more or less, just as violent and misogynistic. Cynthia Frisby, professor in the Missouri School of Journalism, said, “Unlike rap or hip-hop, pop music tends to have a bubbly, uplifting sound that is meant to draw listeners in. But that can be problematic if the lyrics beneath the sound are promoting violence and misogynistic behavior.”

The team analyzed lyrics from more than 400 of Billboard’s top rap, hip hop, rock, pop, country, heavy metal and R&B songs for themes of violence, profanity, and misogyny. They found that while rap and hip-hop continue to be the leaders in promoting profanity, violence and misogyny, pop music promotes violence at a similar level.

… Country music had the least amount of violent and misogynistic content.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT: CHICAGO PD LAUNCHES INTERNAL INVESTIGATION _ Cops working the Jussie Smollett case allegedly had seriously loose lips, and now the police force is launching an internal investigation. Chicago PD told TMZ its Chief of Detectives opened the investigation out of concerns the force was leaking info. CPD adds there’s been a ton of “inaccurate” info in the media, and they want to know who’s putting it out there.

ROMANCE NOVEL MODEL RETIRING AFTER 630 COVERS _ After appearing on hundreds of book covers, longtime romance novel model Jason Baca is retiring from the genre. When the last book featuring his image is released, he will have graced the cover of almost 650 books. The 45-year-old says he’s retiring from modeling for romance novels because “the passion isn’t there.”

CABLE AND SATELLITE TV SINKS AGAIN AS ONLINE STREAMING SOARS _ Cord cutting continued at a steady rate in 2018, as cable and satellite TV providers in the United States lost more than 3 million video subscribers. Satellite TV services were hit especially hard. DirecTV lost 1.24 million subscribers and finished 2018 with 19.2 million subscribers. Meanwhile, Dish lost 1.13 million subscribers and ended 2018 with 9.9 million. The combined DirecTV and Dish losses of 2.36 million customers in 2018 was up from the companies’ combined loss of 1.55 million in 2017.

… The top cable companies — Comcast, Charter, Cox, Altice, Mediacom, and Cable One — lost a combined 910,000 TV subscribers in 2018.

GAYLE KING IS IN NEGOTIATIONS TO STAY ON CBS THIS MORNING _ Gayle King is reportedly asking for more money from CBS News. Page Six reports that the longtime journalist is in renegotiation with the network to remain on CBS This Morning when her contract ends next year. King reportedly wants “George Stephanopolus money” to stay as one of the show’s hosts. A source says Stephanopolus is making between $15 and $18 million at ABC.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: Why is this still a thing – from Last Week Tonight.

• DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: Here’s a cheesy radio-edited song with bed titled Spring Forward Fall Back. Source: JustPlainFred

• PIERS MORGAN: On his British morning TV show Piers Morgan comments on Kylie Jenner being a self-made billionaire.


BITS & BREAKS

WHEN YOU FIND OUT YOUR NEW SPOUSE DOES A WEIRD THING

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What strange or quirky thing did you learn about your spouse only after you were married?

A guy on Twitter shared: “Picture this: You’re 31. You just married your soulmate and are on your way to your beautiful honeymoon. The plane lands in Bora Bora; as it touches the ground your wife begins clapping. She’s an airplane clapper. You get on a plane right back to America and you never speak again.”

OLD-FASHIONED TECH TERMS YOU STILL USE TODAY

Old terminology dies hard. Though technology changes swiftly from day to day, there are still old-fashioned terms we cling to, using them frequently even though they no longer have a relevant meaning.

• ‘Dial’ – Plenty of people still say they’re “dialing” a phone number. The term goes back to the beginning of the telephone era, when phones had a rotary dial. Rotary phones haven’t been used for decades, but people still say they’re dialing away.

• ‘Hanging up’ – Unless you’re using a pay phone (which isn’t likely), you aren’t “hanging up” anything. That phrase refers to ending a phone call by placing a corded phone back into its holder, which, most often, literally hung on a wall. Ending a call today usually just requires the click of a button or the tap of a smartphone screen.

• ‘Roll up/down the window’ – In ye olden days, cars had a handle that you needed to rotate in order to pull the window up or down. Modern cars aren’t made with a crank anymore — they just have a button or switch that you can click upward or downward to maneuver the window direction.

• ‘Carbon copy’ – This term originally referred to the days before Xeroxing, when, in order to make copies, you would need to place a sheet of carbon paper behind the original sheet so the ink transferred over. Now, the term lives on in email (when you CC someone, you send them a “carbon copy” of your email). It’s also popular in everyday conversation, calling two similar items carbon copies of each other.

• ‘Tuning in’ – The phrase was popular with radio and TV announcers when audiences had to adjust frequencies. Users literally had to ‘tune in’ to enjoy their programs.

• ‘Rewind’ – This is essentially the universal term for reversing something to watch it again, whether it’s a YouTube video, a movie streaming on Netflix or even a DVD. However, there’s nothing to wind anymore — to rewind something requires physical tape.

UBER RELEASES LIST OF THE STRANGEST THINGS RIDERS LEFT BEHIND

Uber has released its 2019 Lost and Found Index, which lists the most commonly lost items, as well as the most unique items that people have left behind in an Uber this past year.

The 10 Most Commonly Forgotten Items:

  1. Phone
  2. Camera
  3. Wallet
  4. Keys
  5. Purse / Backpack
  6. Clothing
  7. Glasses
  8. Headphones
  9. Vape / E-cig
  10. ID / License

The 50 Most Unique Lost Items:

  • 8 week old coffee-colored Chihuahua
  • Black faux fur neck cuff in a size large
  • A photo of a New Years kiss
  • 6 chicken tenders from 7 Eleven
  • A black and white tuxedo for a small dog
  • Full set of 18k gold teeth
  • Professional grade hula hoop
  • Salmon head
  • Medium sized medical marijuana pipe
  • Birth certificate and social security card
  • Star Wars skateboard
  • Very important headband with peacock feathers
  • A propane tank
  • A tray of eggs
  • White leather snakeskin Louboutin heels
  • Lego championship wrestling belt
  • A pack of hair and a brown brush shaped like a foot
  • Ed Sheeran concert tank top
  • Breast pump with breast milk
  • Two packs of Italian sausage and a Thanksgiving ham
  • A shopping cart
  • Ancestry kit
  • Lotion and beard oil
  • Silver & peach colored Venetian masquerade mask
  • Small handmade cat puppet
  • Babe Ruth signed baseball
  • White gold wedding band with diamonds
  • McDonald’s visor and a large fries
  • Harry Potter Magic Wand
  • A special pizza costume
  • A bird
  • Red pouch with hammock inside that says “hang loose”
  • Cheer skirt with a lion head
  • Yeezy boost 350 butters
  • A mannequin
  • Two pieces of my ever-so-special white wedding cake
  • A fog machine
  • Japanese style mandolin
  • Full fish tank with fish and water
  • An Elvis cape with a few jewels on it
  • One Gucci flip flop
  • Red Lobster takeout
  • Limited edition Chance the Rapper Starbucks gift card
  • 5×7 prom picture of me and my husband
  • 10 lbs pulled pork and 10 lbs pulled chicken
  • Rose gold Kim Kardashian lumee case
  • A piece of parchment paper with sap on it
  • Deer antlers and a welding helmet
  • My dirty laundry
  • A small plush toy of a cat eating a pizza slice

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Cat owners are more likely to do this than dog owners. (Leave something for them in their will.)

TRIVIA: There are currently over 160 brands of what on store shelves? (Toothpaste)

TRIVIA: Your son comes home from school and tells you he has ephelides. Should you be concerned? (No, because you already knew it. It means he has freckles.)

WHICH ONE DOESN’T FIT?

Which one doesn’t fit… and why?

  • Garbanzo
  • Kidney
  • Lima
  • Pinto
  • Snap*

* It’s not a type of bean.


DATEBOOK: MARCH 11, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Bobby McFerrin is 69

• Recording executive Jimmy Iovine (American Idol) is 66

• Elias Koteas (Chicago P.D.) is 58

• Alex Kingston (ER) is 56

• Terrence Howard (Empire) is 50

• Johnny Knoxville is 48

• Thora Birch (Ghost World, American Beauty) is 37

• TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1897: A meteorite entered the earth’s atmosphere and exploded over New Martinsville, West Virginia. The debris caused damage but no human injuries were reported.

• 1993: Janet Reno was confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn-in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.

• 1997: Former Beatle Paul McCartney was knighted.

• 2002: Two columns of light soared skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

• 2004: Ten bombs exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people and wounding more than 2,000 in an attack linked to al-Qaida.

• 2005: A 38-year-old truck driver in Japan was arrested for allegedly making more than 10,000 prank calls to telephone information. Instead of asking for telephone numbers, the man asked female operators incidental questions and asked them out on dates.

• 2018: Black Panther became the fifth Marvel movie to earn $1 billion worldwide.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Napping Day

• Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day

• World Plumbing Day

• Fill Our Staplers Day

• Eat Your Noodles Day

UPCOMING

• 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 23: Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
• 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
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins