INTERPREP ★ MARCH 18, 2019

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 18, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• TV personality Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) is 57

• Singer-actress Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) is 56

• Queen Latifah is 49

• Comedian Dane Cook is 47

• Adam Levine (Maroon 5, TV’s The Voice) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1893: Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledged to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best ice hockey team in Canada. Originally presented to amateur champions, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only to National Hockey League teams.

• 1910: The first American horror film was patented, a one-reel Edison Studio production of Frankenstein.

• 1931: Electric razors were first manufactured by the Schick Corporation in Stanford, Connecticut.

• 1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.

• 1970: The NFL adopted a rule that required all players names to appear on the back of their jerseys. The rule had been borrowed from the merging AFL.

• 2007: A Hong Kong woman was brushing her teeth when she had a brush with disaster. As she brushed, she somehow slipped and fell and swallowed the toothbrush. She was able to call paramedics without choking. The toothbrush was eventually extracted with endoscopic surgery.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• American Chocolate Week

• Animal Poison Prevention Week

• Act Happy Week

• Shakespeare Week

• Sloppy Joe Day

• Forgive Mom and Dad Day

• Transit Driver Appreciation Day

UPCOMING

• 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


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1.2 billion: Golf balls produced worldwide each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

Researchers have used a newly refined mathematical method to determine Earth’s closet neighboring planet. On average, it’s not Mercury as they used to claim, but Venus. [Somebody owes me a few extra points on my SAT.]

Tesla rolled out a SUV. [It drives like a sports car, but still has enough passenger room for all of Elon Musk’s personalities.]

Firefighters in Florida were called when a homeowner found an iguana in the toilet. [It makes you wonder what in the world that man had eaten.]

Sunday was St. Patrick’s Day. [Several celebrities were caught bribing officials to get their children into the parade.]

Lori Loughlin’s mansion received a delivery of several huge TV screens. [That way she can watch all the networks where she’s no longer wanted.]

A woman in Houston gave birth to sextuplets — six babies. [And no, she’s not naming them Greg, Marsha, Peter…]

The Shack Shake chain is trying something different at their restaurants in Las Vegas. They’re giving employees a four-day work week. [I need to do that. I mean, only get fast food four days a week.]

Someone tried to rob Las Vegas’ Bellagio casino. [Enough already, Lori Loughlin!]

April, a giraffe in an upstate New York animal park, gave birth over the weekend live on YouTube. [Let’s not give the Kardashians any ideas.]

Someone in Baltimore County tried to rob a convenience store while dressed as a unicorn. [Because being dressed as a rhinoceros would just be silly.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

NO POWERBALL WINNER _ Powerball’s jackpot has risen to $550 million after no one matched all numbers Saturday night. It’s the eighth largest jackpot in the history of Powerball.

FACEBOOK PULLED OVER 1.5 MILLION VIDEOS OF NEW ZEALAND SHOOTING _ Internet giants have been racing to pull copies of the New Zealand mass shooter’s video from their sites, and Facebook is illustrating just how difficult that task has been. Facebook New Zealand says the social network removed 1.5 million attack videos worldwide in the first 24 hours, 1.2 million of which were stopped at the upload stage. This includes versions edited to remove the graphic footage of the shootings.

APRIL THE GIRAFFE GIVES BIRTH _ Internet star April the Giraffe gave birth live for the second time on YouTube Saturday. April went into labor after 11 AM Saturday morning and gave birth shortly before 1 PM at Animal Adventure Park in upstate Harpursville, New York. • LIVE

… April first became a viral sensation in 2017, when Animal Adventure created a live stream to track the progress of the 18-foot-tall pregnant giraffe.

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN _ The bracket is set and the tournament begins Tuesday with the first two game of the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. Two more games will be played Wednesday with the four winners entered into the tournament. • BRACKET

MARCH MADNESS AT THE OFFICE _ Nearly 1 in 5 workers have participated in March Madness pools at work. Men are more likely to get in on March Madness in the office than women. 24 percent of male workers said they have participated in March Madness pools in the office, compared to 11 percent of females. Some quick tips:

• Tune out what the “experts” are predicting. The experts have no better of an idea who’s going to win it all than you do. Seriously. In fact, they may even have less confidence in their picks than you. It’s their jobs to be bold and take risks. As is the case with preseason football predictions, it does the talking heads on TV no good predicting the favorites to win every game.

• Avoid everyone’s “sleeper” picks. A “sleeper” team is usually a squad seeded from 6 to 12 that is expected to make a run in the tournament. If everyone’s buzzing about a particular “sleeper team” your best bet is to stay away.

• Value coaching experience. There are a lot of young “up and coming” coaches in college basketball these days. Real bright shining stars. And that’s great. But none of them stand a chance of winning it all come March Madness.

… BY THE WAY: According to experts, there is more money wagered on March Madness games than on any other sporting event in America.

NCAA HATES YOUR ILLEGAL TOURNAMENT OFFICE POOL _ Hey, a friendly reminder for those of you filling out your NCAA tournament bracket in hopes of a little payday: Don’t you dare gamble on your bracket! In a document on its website the NCAA reminds fans that gambling on college sports is bad.

GOING TO COLLEGE? SET UP A DONATION WEBSITE _ While some parents will use their fame, power and influence to get their kid into a top college, most teens will go it alone, trying to track down scholarships and funding. Like Rachel Harris, who ten years ago registered the domain IWantToGoToNotreDame.com. The then-17-year-old included copies of her Notre Dame application form, letters of recommendation, and her high school transcript. In addition to asking for tuition help she has also applied for at least ten scholarships.

MANY PARENTS DON’T SEE OVERWEIGHT KIDS _ Parents are so accustomed to seeing overweight youngsters that many fail to realize when their own children are obese. It is a worrying trend, according to scientists at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, England, because being overweight and obese increases the risk of suffering from a variety of illnesses later in life. Obese children are also more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, a disease previously seen only in adults. According to the study, a third of the mothers and 57 percent of dads actually saw their obese child as normal. The lead researcher said, “We are all used to seeing people who are bigger than they used to be 20 years ago and we just see people who are overweight as normal.”

HOW FACEBOOK RESPONDED TO DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME _ What effect does daylight saving time have on Facebook users? According to a study of user data from the social network, from 5 AM to noon on the Monday after Daylight Saving Time took effect, inclusion of the words “feeling tired” in status updates was up 86 percent when compared with a typical Monday. However, the researchers also uncovered some positives about the Monday after Daylight Saving Time, saying that usage of “wonderful” was up 21 percent, “great” up 19 percent, and “happy” up 5.7 percent, while usage of “annoyed” was down 14 percent, “bored” down 12 percent, and “sad” down 4.8 percent.

… Overall on the Monday after Daylight Saving Time began usage of the word “tired” was up 25 percent, while “sleepy” was up 28 percent, and “exhausted” was up 20 percent.

PARENTS SHAMED BY THEIR OWN CHILDREN FOR BAD RECYCLING PRACTICES _ If you have kids you probably know they know more about recycling than you. Kids are taught in school and in children’s programming and videos that recycling is important, so it’s no surprise that 40 percent of parents say they’ve been busted by their kids for not recycling.

SWOVERALLS ARE A SWEATPANT-OVERALL COMBO _ Don’t look now but somebody just one-upped the Snuggie. They’re called Swoveralls, and they’re a combination of sweatpants and overalls. • LINK

EAT MORE MUSHROOMS _ Eating two portions of mushrooms per week could halve your risk of abnormal brain decline in old age. Researchers found people who eat 300g or more of cooked mushrooms have a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment. Mushrooms contain an amino acid which the body can’t make for itself.

… Researchers at the National University of Singapore interviewed more than 600 Chinese over the age of 60 over the course of six years about their diet and health. Those who ate more than two portions of cooked mushrooms each week were up to 50 percent less likely to have mild cognitive impairment.

YOUR PHONE’S SNOOZE BUTTON IS BAD FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH _ Hitting the snooze button feels good the moment after we do it but apparently it’s bad for our mental health. So, naturally, some people want the snooze button to go away. UK mattress company Eve Sleep has even asked Apple to delete the snooze button from its Clock app in the next iOS update. It claims that having a 9-minute alarm is damaging to our health and undermines the benefits of a great night’s sleep.

WOMAN LOSES BOYFRIEND AT DISNEY WORLD AUDIO  At Walt Disney World, Brittany Blake shared this message on Facebook: “Lost my boyfriend in Epcot today and haven’t been able to find him for hours because his phone is dead. If anyone sees him can they tell him to meet us at the Mexican pavilion?” She then posted a photo of the two in front of Spaceship Earth, with her boyfriend wearing a very noticeable Hawaiian button down shirt.

… In just 2 hours, more than 1,300 people commented and nearly 700 Facebook users reacted to the post. The search turned into an event, a hashtag was even created for the Epcot investigators. Many noticed that her boyfriend’s shirt looked like the one worn by Stitch, from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch. Most of those commenting were making fun of Brittany losing her adult boyfriend, but others truly wanted to help track him down.

… With 15 minutes until park close, Brittany’s lost boyfriend was still missing. Not only was Brittany getting worried, but Facebook followers wanted answers. With just minutes to spare, the boyfriend was spotted — nearly three hours after he first went missing.

… Her final update on Facebook said: “Found on the Frozen ride. He was drinking all day while looking for me.”


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LUGGAGE FILLED WITH THOUSANDS OF SMUGGLED LOBSTERS FOUND AT AIRPORT _ Two passengers were caught attempting to smuggle 125,619 lobster seeds into Indonesia. The tiny lobsters — about the size of the tip of a finger — were concealed in clothing in luggage.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: T-SHIRT GUN USED TO DELIVER DRUGS _ Are you familiar with those T-shirt guns that they use to shoot shirts high into the stands at ballgames? An Oklahoma woman was arrested after she used one to shoot drugs and other contraband over a prison wall.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN GETS DRUNK, STEALS SCISSOR LIFT _ A Topeka, Kansas, man is behind bars after stealing a scissor lift and taking it on a joyride Saturday evening. A witness said the suspect was holding a beer as he drove.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 90-YEAR-OLD WOMAN HELD GUN TO NEIGHBOR, THREATENED TO KILL HER OVER LEAVES IN HER YARD _ A 90-year-old Memphis woman was arrested after a neighbor said she threatened to kill her because of leaves in her yard. Bessie Bowen was charged with aggravated assault and violation of an order of protection. The victim also told authorities she has an order of protection against Bowen following a previous assault. Bowen was arrested but later released on her own recognizance.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOT SAUCE SAVES GUY FROM CAR CRASH AT TACO BELL _ In Florida (Winter Haven) a 77-year-old ran his car into a Taco Bell Saturday afternoon. The car came to rest 10 feet inside the restaurant. A customer was seated in the path of the crash, but moments before he’d gotten up to grab some hot sauce packets.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN UNICORN COSTUME ROBS CONVENIENCE STORE _ A man dressed as a unicorn and wielding a crowbar robbed a convenience store on the outskirts of Baltimore Saturday morning. After stealing money and cigarettes, the man in the unicorn costume fled the scene and soon after crashed his car. Officers located the unicorn man at the scene of the accident and took him to a hospital.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEAF AND BLIND GUY DRIVES FOR DECADES _ Police in Romania say a driver who ran over an off-duty police officer turned out to be a deaf and blind 84-year-old man. The man said he’d been driving for decades, can still see a little out of one eye, and was just going to a nearby bank to cash his pension check. Luckily the cop he ran over suffered only a broken leg.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG DIDN’T WANT TEETH BRUSHED _ A man in Germany ended up in the hospital after he tried to give his dog cleaner breath by brushing its teeth. The man told doctors he used a special canine toothbrush he bought at the pet store, but his dog still hated it and bit him a few times before going back into its kennel.


ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Blind Auditions continue.

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — The auditions continue in this new- 2-hour edition.

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

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

9-1-1 (9p ET, FOX) — New. Bobby meets Athena’s parents for the first time and Maddie attempts to end her marriage for good.

SEASON FINALE: BLACK LIGHTNING (9p ET, CW) — New. Black Lightning will return for a 3rd season.

THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY (9p ET, HBO) — This new documentary looks at the rise and fall of the multi-billion dollar tech company Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — New. A teenage boy raised in complete isolation goes on trial for murder after engaging in a shootout.

THE ENEMY WITHIN (10p ET, NBC) — New. Intelligence obtained by Shepherd during her stint in prison is linked to a pending attack on U.S. soil.

SERIES PREMIERE: THE FIX (10p ET, ABC) — This new crime drama was co-written and executive produced by Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Robin Tunney (The Mentalist) stars as an L.A. district attorney whose high-profile career is derailed after prosecuting an A-list movie star for double murder and losing. Eight years later, when the same star is under suspicion for another murder, she comes back to the DA’s office. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost) and Scott Cohen (The Americans) also star. Robin Givens guest stars in the premiere.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ As predicted, Captain Marvel was the top movie at the weekend box office again, pulling in $69.3 million.

  1. Captain Marvel, $69.3 million
  2. Wonder Park, $16 million
  3. Five Feet Apart, $13.1 million
  4. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, $9.3 million
  5. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, $8 million
  6. No Manches Frida 2, $3.8 million
  7. Captive State, $3.1 million
  8. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, $2.1 million
  9. Alita: Battle Angel, $1.9 million
  10. Green Book, $1.2 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Black Panther.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Race to Witch Mountain.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Analyze This.

… In theaters Friday: Us (R); The Islands (?)

PARIS JACKSON DENIES REPORT OF SUICIDE ATTEMPT _ Paris Jackson has denied a report claiming she was hospitalized over the weekend for a suicide attempt. The 20-year-old model’s response comes after TMZ reported that she was placed on a 5150 hold — which is used by police, medical and mental health professions if someone is thought to be a danger to themselves — after allegedly being hospitalized for a suicide attempt. Paris condemned TMZ‘s report on Twitter, calling the entertainment website “liars.”

… TMZ is sticking with its story even though Paris was photographed going to the movies on Saturday afternoon with her boyfriend.

DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON GETS A TANK NAMED AFTER HIM _ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a human tank that’s now an actual tank. A tank division of the United States Army decided to show respect to The Rock by naming a tank after the actor.

HERE’S A MARVEL MOVIE ORDER LIST _ Author Victoria Aveyard is helping us get ready for Avengers: Endgame. She recently shared on Twitter her suggested order list for the first 20 Marvel movies. There have been 21 movies so far but her list suggests we skip Incredible Hulk. Victoria was asked by a roommate for the list, which she came up with and then shared on Twitter. • LINK

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL NAMED SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN FLORIDA _ Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal can now add “Florida sheriff’s deputy” to his resume. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that O’Neal now works as an auxiliary deputy for the department. Details about his duties were not released. In 2016, O’Neal was previously sworn in as a sheriff’s deputy in Clayton County, Georgia.

GUITARIST BEHIND PULP FICTION SONG DIES _ Dick Dale, legendary rock guitarist and surf rock pioneer, died Sunday at age 81. Dale revolutionized rock in the early 1960s with two iconic songs: Let’s Go Trippin, the song credited with the creation of surf rock; and his version of Misirlou, a tune that became an overnight hit after Dale performed the song on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1963 and which became part of film history 31 years later when Quentin Tarantino used it during the opening credits of Pulp Fiction. • LISTEN

TRUMP CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO ‘LOOK INTO’ SNL _ There was no new Saturday Night Live on Saturday, but that didn’t stop Donald Trump from tweeting that government agencies should investigate the show. Saturday night’s rerun featured the “It’s a Wonderful Trump” sketch, which originally aired in December. It showed what life would be like if President Trump had never been elected. Following the rerun, Trump ranted in a series of tweets about the show he called “not funny.” He asked how the cast could “spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), without so much of a mention of ‘the other side.’”

… He then tweeted: “Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia!”

WHEN CALLS THE HEART IS ‘RETOOLING’ WITHOUT LORI LOUGHLIN _ The show will go on for the Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart despite star Lori Loughlin’s alleged involvement in a college admissions scandal. The fate of the show was unclear after Loughlin was arrested on Wednesday on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

… Producer Brian Bird and his production team said Saturday via Instagram that the show has not been canceled and will return with new episodes after a “retooling” hiatus.

HOW CELEBS LIVE: STUCK IN TRAFFIC? GET A HOTEL ROOM _ Celebrities — even B- and C-level celebs — most definitely live very different lives than you and me. According to actor Billy Baldwin, his wife, Chynna Phillips, checked into a hotel rather than drive home in rush hour traffic. Bill shared on Twitter Saturday: “From the ‘I [blank] you not files’. Yesterday Chynna drove to LA. She hit traffic coming back so she stopped for lunch. After lunch… more traffic. She called and said, ‘Honey, I hit traffic and I’m tired so I checked into a hotel… see you tomorrow.’ She was 45 minutes from home.” • LINK

CELEBS LOVE UNIQUE BABY NAMES _ NameBerry.com tracks what celebs are naming their kids…

… Danger is the middle name of actress Jess Weixler’s new daughter — full name Beatrice Danger Brocklebank.

… Jacqueline McInnes Wood, a Canadian actress, also went for a statement with her son’s name, Rise Harlen. She’s said that to her and her husband, the name means growth, moving forward, and an uplifting force.

… Janet Montgomery, of This Is Us fame, has become the latest star to use the name Sunday: her daughter Sunday Juno was born earlier this month. She follows in the footsteps of Nicole Kidman, Mike Myers and others with this girl name.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• PHONER: GETTING LOST: A woman lost her boyfriend at Epcot (March 18 News & Nuggets). What’s your epic getting lost story?

• DROP: Their honesty, their integrity, and their respect.

• DROP: What happened to my clothes?

• TEXAS ROADHOUSE: Couple eats at Texas Roadhouse six days a week because “you can get everything off the menu.”

• OBJ AND 911: A Cleveland Browns fan took his excitement over the Browns getting OBJ outside — prompting a mom to call 911.


BITS & BREAKS

JOCK LINE: ST. PATRICK’S DAY

The boss is recovering from St Patrick’s Day. He’s still wearing the green. Well, actually, he’s trying to figure out how he ended up with grass stains on his face.

FACEBOOK THIS

FB icon  What’s the first thing you do when you get in the car?!

INGREDIENTS FOR A PERFECT DAY

What are the ingredients for a perfect day? In a survey, these are the Top 20:

  1. Getting a good night’s sleep
  2. Laughing
  3. Going on vacation
  4. A quality meal
  5. Feeling the sun on your face
  6. Listening to music
  7. Sleeping in a freshly made bed
  8. Sitting in the yard or garden in the sun
  9. Finding money
  10. Having a clean house
  11. When loved ones have good news
  12. People saying ‘thank you’
  13. A drink with friends
  14. Watching a favorite movie
  15. Time alone
  16. Time relaxing on the sofa with your partner
  17. Going for a family trip
  18. A hot bath
  19. A cup of coffee or tea
  20. Finding a bargain

YOUR SPOUSE COULD BE A SPACE ALIEN

The crazy news website Weekly World News claims as many as 5 million aliens are living in the United States after taking on human form. They’re evenly split between male and female, and most of them are married. Here are some signs that point to your spouse being an alien.

ALIEN HUSBANDS…

• Love to fix things around the house — and actually repair what’s broken instead of making it worse.

• Do not use the TV remote to “surf” at lightning speed through channels, but stop at each program to absorb the information before moving on.

• Are energized and stimulated by physical contact with their wife. They often initiate long conversations after a lovemaking session, in order to better understand the experience.

• Will ask for directions when they’re lost — sometimes.

ALIEN WIVES…

• Are fascinated by sporting events, especially those on TV. They become very quiet during a game and do not question their husband about it, preferring to focus on the game and tune in telepathically to the coaches and players.

• Approach housework and meal preparation as research into human labor, which they prefer to conduct on their own.

• Work hard at being fit and attractive by getting regular exercise and practicing good nutrition.

• Are analytical and logical in arguments with their husband.

RIDICULOUS VACATION COMPLAINTS

Travel agents were asked to share the most ridiculous complaints ever received from their clients.

• A tourist at an African game lodge overlooking a waterhole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel “inadequate”.

• A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in her room by hotel staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.

• “The beach was too sandy.”

• A guest at a hotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.

• “Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned,” complained one woman. “The vacation was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women.”

• “We bought ‘Ray-Ban’ sunglasses for five dollars from a street vendor, only to find out they were fake.”

• “No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”

• “My fiancé and I booked a twin-bed room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

• “I compared the size of our one-bedroom accommodations to our friends’ three-bedroom accommodations and ours was significantly smaller.”

• “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation’. We’re trainee hairdressers — will we be OK staying here?”

• During a trip to Spain a woman complained: “There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners.”

• “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.”

• “I was bitten by a mosquito — no-one said they could bite.”

• “On my vacation to India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food at all.”

• “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming suits and towels.”

FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE, HERE’S HOW TO DEAL WITH CONFLICT

From Terri Orbuch, a research scientist at Oakland University in Michigan.

• Bring it up in a non-threatening way. “Be nice. No name calling.”

• Bring up specific issues or behaviors, rather than personality qualities. In a happy marriage, there’s no attacking the person. Bring up the specific time and how you felt about it and then people can change the behavior. Otherwise, they don’t know what to do and feel boxed in.

• Use “I” statements. Instead of “you’re a very messy person” say “I’m really bothered when you put clothes on the floor.” Such statements show how you feel about a specific behavior, and that’s important in a happy marriage.

• Try to stay calm. Studies show that the calmer you are, the more you will be taken seriously.

• Take a break. If you’re going back and forth, take minutes or seconds to cool off. Don’t take hours. If you take too long, it festers in the other person and they’ve had time to analyze it, plus, you’re dismissing their feelings, opinions and basically dismissing them.

• Don’t bring it up at night. Choose the right time — not when people are tired, hungry, when the kids are all around or when you’ve got a deadline at work.

• Consider your spouse’s point of view, if you want a truly happy marriage. “I’m a true believer in this,” says Orbuch. “Studies show that every single action has a different meaning depending on if you are male, female, your race, your background. That is important to remember in conflict resolution.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 40 percent of couples save their important conversations for where? (When driving in the car)

TRIVIA: Finland has 60,000 of these. (Lakes)

TRIVIA: What famous trophy weighs 32 pounds? (The NHL Stanley Cup)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• Where you would find a shower. (Bathroom)

• (Local interstate) is one (Interstate)

• The part of the body that connects your head with your rest of your body. (Neck)

• A Kind of cracker. (Graham)

• Another name for Killer Whale. (Orca)


DATEBOOK: MARCH 19, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Glenn Close is 72

• Bruce Willis is 64

IT HAPPENED TODAY

•  1831: The City Bank of New York became the site of the first bank robbery in United States history. $245,000 was taken. Edward Smith was caught, convicted and spent five years in prison.

• 1918: The U.S. Congress established time zones and approved Daylight Saving Time.

• 1953: The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time with proceedings in Hollywood and New York. The Greatest Show on Earth was named best picture of 1952.

• 1957: Elvis Presley bought his Graceland estate in Memphis.

• 1988: Michael Jackson bought a ranch near Santa Ynez, California, and built his own personal zoo and amusement park. He named it Neverland.

• 1995: A 34-year-old London man was sentenced to a year in jail for dividing up he and his wife’s property in a divorce settlement. He did it with a chainsaw. He divided up the furniture and the front porch.

• 2002: Seven brothers married seven sisters at the same wedding ceremony in Pakistan. Over 2,000 family members attended the mass wedding.

• 2013: NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity discovered further evidence of water-bearing minerals.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Certified Nurses Day

• Oatmeal Cookie Day

UPCOMING

• 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