INTERPREP ★ MARCH 22, 2019

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 22, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Composer Stephen Sondheim is 89

• William Shatner is 88

• News anchor Wolf Blitzer is 71

• Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 71

• Bob Costas is 67

• Lena Olin is 64

• Keegan-Michael Key is 48

• Will Yun Lee (Hawaii Five-0) is 48

• Reese Witherspoon is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1978: Karl Wallenda, founder of the world famous “Flying Wallendas” high-wire act, was killed when he fell off a wire strung between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

• 1980: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was founded.

• 1990: President George Bush shocked the world when he announced, “I do not like broccoli and I haven’t liked it since I was a kid and my mother made me eat it, and I’m the President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”

• 1991: Los Angeles Kings’ owner Bruce McNall and superstar Wayne Gretzky set a world record by buying a baseball card. They paid $451,000 for one of six known Honus Wagner cards.

• 1997: Tara Lipinski became the youngest women’s world figure skating champion at age 14 years 10 months,.

• 2001: A 45-year-old man was in a Memphis, Tennessee, court facing charges of attempted burglary and drug possession when he was accused of trying to hide cocaine under a courtroom chair. Witnesses said he reached into his shirt pocket and tried to hide a small plastic bag of white powder under a chair leg. A deputy retrieved the packet, the substance tested positive for cocaine, and the defendant had another charge added to his file.

• 2007: A guy in Bosnia wanted to see how many people would turn up at his funeral, so he faked his own death. Turns out not so many people showed up. The 45-year-old man was pretty upset when only his elderly mom turned up for the burial.

• 2016: Three suicide bombers killed 32 people and injured 316 in bombings at the Brussels airport and at the Maelbeek/Maalbeek metro station.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Day of The Seal

• National Goof-off Day

• Talk Like William Shatner Day

• Tuskegee Airmen Day

• World Water Day

UPCOMING

• 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 23

• Ric Ocasek (The Cars) is 70. Chaka Khan is 66. Catherine Keener is 60. Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street) is 54. Drummer Kevin Griffin of Yankee Grey is 54. Michelle Monaghan is 43. Keri Russell is 43. Gossip blogger Perez Hilton is 41. Country singer Brett Young is 38.

• Melba Toast Day. Chip and Dip Day.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24

• Comedian Louie Anderson is 66. Robert Carradine is 65. TV personality Star Jones is 57. Lara Flynn Boyle is 49. Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) is 46. Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) is 45. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is 42. Lake Bell is 40. Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) is 29.

• Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. Tortilla Chip Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

12,856: Most planes in the air around the world at one time, according to Flight Aware. The date of this was August 5, 2016. 1.5 million people were aboard the planes.


NEWS ATTACK!

A man in Kansas was held at gunpoint and handcuffed by police as he was trying to move into his new house. [The police claim that it was an honest mistake. They say the neighborhood has been the target of a vicious gang that has been moving furniture INTO houses.]

For the 28th consecutive year, the Labrador retriever has been named America’s most popular dog. [The annual dog popularity contest is the only March tournament bracket I can fill out successfully.]

Donny and Marie are ending their long-running show in Las Vegas. [So you’re going to have to come up with another idea for your bachelor party.]

Gucci is selling $870 sneakers that are distressed to make them look like they’re already dirty. [You’ll have to cough up another $150 if you also want them to also be already smelly.]

An upstate New York baby girl was born at 15 pounds, 15 ounces. [The baby’s fine and the mother’s fine, but one of the nurses wrenched her back.]

Alvin and the Chipmunks became the latest celebrities to receive their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [Even cartoon characters have a more impressive resume than I do.]

Researchers in Europe used robots to translate so that fish in Switzerland could talk to bees in Austria. [So that’s how the robots are going to take over. They’re going to get the animals to do their dirty work.]

In the UN’s annual ranking of the world’s happiest nations, the U.S. has fallen again. [So drink up.]

The Governor of Kentucky said that he didn’t vaccinate his nine children but instead, deliberately exposed them to chicken pox so that they would catch the disease. [And he wonders why all his Father’s Day gifts come from the Dollar Store.]

An escaped Australian wallaby went for a hop through a neighborhood in Dallas. [But since it’s Texas, they claimed, of course, that it was just another of their ordinary run-of-the-mill rabbits.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

BODIES ARE BECOMING EXPOSED ON MOUNT EVEREST AS GLACIERS MELT _ The bodies of climbers who died on Mount Everest long ago are now being found as the mountain’s glaciers melt — and local groups have been leading excursions to recover the bodies as they emerge from the icy graves. It’s believed that more than 200 people have died on the mountain since its first recorded deaths in 1922. A series of avalanches in 2014 and 2015 caused the most deaths on the peak in recorded history. It’s estimated that more than 4,800 people in total have climbed Everest, the tallest mountain in the world with an elevation of 29,029 feet.

OBVIOUS: THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SPENDS 36 YEARS IN BED _ According to a new, “jaw dropping” study, the average American will spend 36 years in bed. Except… we knew this, since we’ve been told by mattress companies for years that we spend at least a third of our life in bed.

THE FOOD WE LIKE WHEN DRUNK _ A survey (by OnePoll) finds the foods we like when sober are — surprise! — the foods we like when boozed up. When drunk, our favorite foods are:

  1. Pizza
  2. Fast food
  3. Chicken wings
  4. Chips
  5. French fries

… Which are the five major food groups of the typical American diet.

LOOKS LIKE WE DO NOT HAVE ANOTHER TONYA HARDING _ The International Skating Union determined Thursday that there was “no evidence” that an American figure skater had deliberately kicked a South Korean competitors during warm-ups at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. 22-year-old Mariah Bell allegedly cut the calf of 16-year-old Lim Eun-Soo with the blade of her skate as the two were preparing for the women’s short program Wednesday night in Japan, and the agency that represents the Korean skater had asked the Korean Skating Union to lodge a formal complaint on Lim’s behalf.

… The ISU said Thursday: “Based on the evidence at hand at this point in time, which includes a video, there is no evidence that Ms. Bell intended any harm to Ms. Lim.”

DON’T HELP YOUR KIDS WITH THEIR HOMEWORK _ Don’t do your kid’s homework. Try not to even help them that much. It’s better for their development. And it’s better for you not to have to relive your school years. That seems like sensible advice. Until all the other parents in the school start helping their kids on their homework. That’s when you’ll be tempted. But still, really, don’t.

… What researchers (Duke, University of Texas) found surprised them. Most measurable forms of parental involvement seem to yield few academic dividends for kids, or even to backfire — regardless of a parent’s race, class, or level of education.

… Do you review your daughter’s homework every night? Data show that this won’t help her score higher on standardized tests. Once kids enter middle school, parental help with homework can actually bring test scores down, an effect they say could be caused by the fact that many parents may have forgotten, or never truly understood, the material their children learn in school. So, essentially, we parents don’t understand our kids’ homework and when we try to help we screw things up.

OBVIOUS: BALL PITS ARE FULL OF GERMS _ Beware the ball pit, like those at restaurant chains, because new research says they may contribute to germ transmission. The research (University of North Georgia) found ball pits to be contaminated with dirt, vomit, feces, urine, and other gross stuff.

MAN DRESSES IN BUNNY SUIT TO RECREATE HIS FIRST WEDDING PROPOSAL _ A New Hampshire man celebrated his wedding anniversary by showing up at the airport in a bunny costume similar to the one used when he first proposed to his wife. Mark DeAngelis says he asked his wife Jolene to marry him on Easter 1998, surprising her in a bunny suit. So DeAngelis went to the airport in a bunny suit Tuesday to meet his wife and daughters, who were flying back from a vacation. DeAngelis brought a new ring in a large silver egg for the couple’s 20th anniversary.

MILLERCOORS SUES ANHEUSER-BUSCH OVER CORN SYRUP ADS _ Beer manufacturer MillerCoors filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Anheuser-Busch over the company’s ad campaign that claims Coors Light contains corn syrup. The lawsuit alleges that Anheuser-Busch’s ads are misleading and “designed to frighten consumers.” The campaign included a Super Bowl commercial and several billboards with the slogan: Bud Light has “100 percent less corn syrup than Coors Light.”

… The lawsuit states: “No corn syrup is in the glass, bottle, or can of Miller Light or Coors Light that consumers drink. … Anheuser-Busch is fearmongering over a common beer ingredient it uses in many of its own beers, as a fermentation aid that is not even present in the final product. This deliberate deception is bad for the entire beer category.”

WE LOVE LABRADOR RETRIEVERS _ There were 580,900 puppies and dogs voluntarily registered in 2018 with the American Kennel Club, and of those 88,175 were Labrador Retrievers, cementing their spot atop the most popular dog in America list for the 28th consecutive year. Following labs were German Shepards, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs and Bulldogs.

… The French Bulldog was one of the really fascinating stories of popularity, jumping from 83rd place 25 years ago to fourth place for the past two years.

FAMILY WANTS NANNY WILLING TO DRESS UP AS DISNEY PRINCESS _ A family in the UK is looking for a part-time nanny who is willing to dress up as a Disney princess every day. The nanny would be for the family’s 5-year-old twin girls who are “obsessed with Disney.” The chosen candidate would be required to dress as a different princess every month, including Cinderella, Belle, Anna, Rapunzel, Moana and Merida. The online job ad (on childcare.co.uk) reads: “We know this isn’t a normal request for nannies, however we think it would be a great way to teach our girls things like determination, compassion, fearlessness and ambition.”

… In addition to pretending to be a Disney princess, the nanny would also have to pick up the twins from school, organize Disney-related activities, sing and cook dinner.

… For their services, the family is offering the chosen candidate a salary of $53,000. The role comes with vacation and sick days. The family will also pay for the costumes.

DOG, POTBELLIED PIG ADOPTED TOGETHER _ A golden retriever and a potbellied pig abandoned outside an Ohio shelter have a new forever home. The dog and her swine companion were left outside the Tuscarawas County Humane Society in New Philadelphia, Ohio, last week. In the footage, a man can be seen removing the dog from a car and tying it to a post, then going back to retrieve the pig, who is in a crate. The clip soon went viral, sparking interest from hundreds of potential owners. Among those applicants were Grace Erb and her mom, Kelli Stark, who own the Maplewood Farm in Louisville, Ohio. The women said they were immediately drawn to the animals, as their farm is already home to dozens of rescue pets.

… The dog, now named Annie, went home Tuesday. The pig, now named Hermione, will head to her new home today (Friday) after receiving additional veterinary care.

LONG HAIR MAY BE WORLD RECORD _ A man in China may hold the world record for longest hair. The man hasn’t cut his hair in 54 years — it’s 18 feet long. The 77-year-old started to let his hair grow when he was 23. He refuses to cut his hair because he believes it will keep his son and grandchildren healthy. Friends are trying to convince the old man to apply for a record with Guinness World Records.

… Speaking of world records, the record for world’s longest toilet line is held by 756 people in Brussels, Belgium, who lined up in 2009.

EXERCISE AT NIGHT WON’T HURT YOUR SLEEP _ If your only chance to squeeze in a workout is at night, don’t worry about it messing with your sleep. A study (Arizona State University) found that people who exercise in the evening sleep just as well as those who don’t bust a sweat before bed.

WHY YOU’RE BAD AT GIVING GIFTS _ Let’s be honest — most gifts go unused, or were never wanted or needed. Think about Christmas. Just three months ago you got a bunch of stuff you’re probably not using — unless you were specifically asked for your list, or provided one knowing that it was the only way to get what you want. So it’s no surprise when I say we’re pretty reliably terrible gift-givers. The reason why (Journal of Consumer Research) is that those of us giving gifts are too wrapped up in sentimentality to buy anything of much use for our loved ones.

… Ironically, the study finds that we’re awful gift-givers precisely because we spend too much time trying to be considerate. We imagine our friends opening a gift that is impressive, expensive, and sentimental. We imagine the look of delirious happiness and surprise on their faces (“You really know me! This was so thoughtful!”) and the warmth we feel in return (“Yeah, I do! Yes, I thought a lot about it!”). But there’s something that the most sentimental gift-givers tend to not think too much about: Whether the gift is practical in the first place.

… Across several experiments, researchers find that givers consistently give gifts based on desirability and recipients consistently favor gifts based on convenience or ease-of-use. For example, given the choice between buying somebody a gift card at an expensive Italian restaurant that’s far away and buying a gift card to a well-rated restaurant that is nearby, givers consistently went for the luxury restaurant, while receivers in the study said they preferred the place closer to home. The same was true for coffee makers: Givers said they wanted to buy the most expensive; recipients said they just wanted the easiest to use.

… Still, we often buy gifts to be sentimental, and that’s okay. The point of many gifts, such as jewelry or art, is precisely that they’re not practical. Spending a lot of money on something that isn’t merely useful is a way of saying: I like you enough to buy you stuff that simply says, “I like you.”

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: COSTCO HAS A $5,000 DOOMSDAY FOOD KIT _ For doomsday preppers and anyone who wants to grocery shop only one time a year, Costco has just the thing for you. The superstore is selling an emergency food kit for $5,000 that will feed a family of four for an entire year. The premium purchase contains 36,000 servings of grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy products, and more.

… The package includes canned grains, fruits, veggies, proteins, dairy and more. There’s enough food for one person to have just under 2,000 calories a day for a year. • LINK


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ‘TRAITOR’ DOG LEADS POLICE TO SUSPECT _ Police in China caught a suspect with the help of her poodle. Police knocked on the suspect’s door but only heard the dog barking in reply. After they entered the apartment by force, they found no one inside except the poodle wagging its tail.  An officer asked the poodle, “Where is your master? Are you alone.” The police left to search another part of the suspect’s apartment and when they returned they noticed the dog staring at a bedroom closet. Guess where the suspect was hiding? She told police she had raised the poodle for nine years and never expected her beloved dog would “betray” her to the police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WILL WE HAVE A TOILET LICK CHALLENGE? _ An airplane passenger has shared a video to Twitter of herself licking the toilet seat of a plane bathroom. @Grimiestt captioned the video: “I’ve licked a lotta toilets in my day but this was the first that made my tongue go numb.” • VIDEO

… How long until we see #ToiletLickChallenge trending?

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PILE OF BURNING POT PLANTS ATTRACTS COPS _ Sheriff’s deputies in Indian River County, Florida, went to a home after an open burning. Investigators saw a smoldering pile about 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 2 to 3 feet high behind a corner of the home. The homeowner said it was “just some leaves,” but a deputy smelled a strong burned marijuana odor. The same deputy also saw the remains of small pot plants and leaves. The homeowner told deputies, “It’s trash, you don’t smoke that. I’ve got like a quarter pound of it inside.” In the home, investigators found apparent marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The homeowner then allegedly said, “I’ve got more in the refrigerator.” He was was arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DINE-AND-DASHER PAYS BILL 13 YEARS LATER _ A man who ran out of a restaurant in Wales without paying sent police $85 and a letter of apology — after 13 years. The unnamed diner sent officers a letter admitting to leaving the restaurant without paying a $15 bill. The letter asked police to pass the cash on to owners of the restaurant, which has been demolished.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KING CRAB THIEF STUCK IN FREEZER _ In Japan a man broke into a fish market’s freezer and grabbed an armload of king crab and other seafood. He took his haul outside and went back in for more. Only one problem: this time the door slammed shut behind him, locking him in the zero degrees freezer. Fortunately he had his phone with him and called a friend. Unfortunately, instead of coming down to help him, the friend contacted police.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

NCAA TOURNAMENT (12:15p ET, CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV) — The first round continues with games all day.

BLINDSPOT (8p ET, NBC) — New. The FBI is hot on Madeline’s (guest star Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) heels.

THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New. Cooper puts his reputation on the line to appeal to the White House on Red’s behalf.

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

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New.

THE DIRT (Netflix) — This new biopic (based on the best-selling book of the same name) looks at hard-partying rock band Mötley Crüe.

TV This Weekend March 23 and 24

SATURDAY

NCAA TOURNAMENT (12:15p ET, CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV) — The second round gets underway.

NICKELODEON’S KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS (8p ET, Nickelodeon) — DJ Khaled hosts.

SERIES PREMIERE: GREAT BEAR STAKEOUT (9p ET, BBC America) — In this new nature series, expert guides and filmmakers spent an entire season living alongside the grizzlies in Alaska to see what exactly it takes for them to survive.

FUNNY WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE (9p ET, Showtime) — This new standup special features comedians Fran Drescher, Carole Montgomery, Luenell, Lynne Koplitz, Kerri Louise and Vanessa Hollingshead.

SUNDAY

NCAA TOURNAMENT (12:15p ET, CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV) — The second round continues.

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

GOD FRIENDED ME (8p ET, CBS) — New. A package mistakenly shows up on Miles’ doorstep, leading him to a couple grieving the loss of their daughter.

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

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New.

SHARK TANK (10p ET, ABC) — New. Products include an online fashion trading platform, an idea for a convenient and affordable swimming pool, and a product for moms on the go.

GOOD GIRLS (10p ET, NBC) — New.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Jordan Peele is back in theaters with Us, about an African American family and how their serene life turns to chaos after encountering their doppelgängers. The film is expected to bring in $45 million to $52 million and bump Captain Marvel to second.

… In theaters today: Us (R); Cruel Intentions 20th Anniversary (R)

… Opening next weekend: Dumbo (PG); Hotel Mumbai (R)

MARVEL IS SELLING OFF PROPS AND COSTUMES FROM NETFLIX SHOWS _ Marvel is selling off props and costumes from cancelled Netflix shows. According to Marvel.com, over 750 lots will be offered in this first of its kind live two-day auction, taking place in August at Prop Store’s auction facility in Los Angeles County, California.

… Some of the items for sale: Matt Murdock’s round red glasses; his Daredevil aluminum baton; the Nelson and Murdock sign; Pop’s swear jar; Danny Rand’s stunt yellow Iron Fist mask; and a Thangka tapestry display case.

DEADWOOD MOVIE HAS FIRST TRAILER _ HBO is taking fans back to Deadwood. Nearly 13 years after the hit Western series ended, HBO Films has released the first look at Deadwood: The Movie. The film will premiere on the network on May 31. Series regulars Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker and John Hawkes are back for the film, which will take place 12 years after the show ended its story. The residents of Deadwood have reunited to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood in 1889, but time has taken a toll on the characters, especially Al Swearengen (McShane). • VIDEO

KEVIN HART COMEDY SPECIAL _ Netflix has released the trailer for Kevin Hart‘s debut stand-up special on the streaming service, titled Kevin Hart: Irresponsible. He performed in front of a sold-out crowd at the O2 Arena in London. • VIDEO

THE CONNERS STILL NOT RENEWED FOR SEASON 2 _ The Conners has yet to be officially renewed by ABC. However, the show is getting much closer as the three main stars of the show, Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf have inked deals. According to Deadline, The Conners Season 2 announcement is likely right around the corner. The show’s trio of stars have signed off on a deal that would have them filming 13 episodes next season, which is a step up from the 11 episodes they shot in the previous season.

… The report reveals that Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf have all agreed to deals to return next season, and will likely make about $375,000 per episode — about $100,000 more per episode than they made in Season 1 of the revival.

LORI LOUGHLIN IS LAYING LOW IN HER $35 MILLION MANSION _ A friend of actress Lori Loughlin says her and her husband Mossimo Giuannulli’s $35 million mansion has “become a respite” for the couple after they were indicted last week in an alleged college admissions cheating scam. The friend says Loughlin, Giannulli, and their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, are “laying low” before their court dates in Boston next week.

… The estate boasts about 12,000 square feet of living space, with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The home features a large swimming pool and outdoor courtyard that flows into a living room and den outfitted with a gold bar. Upstairs, the home has four en suite guest bedrooms, a second family room and a sprawling master suite with multiple walk-in closets and his-and-hers bathrooms.

FCC COMPLAINTS OVER HALFTIME SHOW _ The results are in and the Super Bowl broadcast led to 94 complaints being lodged with the Federal Communications Commission. Of those, 58 FCC complaints specifically took issue with Adam Levine and Maroon 5’s halftime show performance, while trailers for Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark and Us led to a dozen-ish apiece.

THREE MUSKETEERS MOVIE IN THE WORKS AT NETFLIX _ It’s Netflix’s turn to tackle the Three Musketeers, but this time it will be a modern take on the tale with a tone similar to Mission: Impossible.

EMILIA CLARKE ALMOST DIED TWICE ON GAME OF THRONES _ Emilia Clarke reveals a secret health battle in a new article she wrote which details how she almost died twice from brain aneurysms while shooting Game of Thrones. She shares how she was feeling after Game of Thrones’ incredibly successful first season, and surprisingly, it wasn’t great: “I was terrified. Terrified of the attention, terrified of a business I barely understood, terrified of trying to make good on the faith that the creators of ‘Thrones’ had put in me. I felt, in every way, exposed. In the very first episode, I appeared naked, and, from that first press junket onward, I always got the same question: some variation of ‘You play such a strong woman, and yet you take off your clothes. Why?'”

… It was at that point in her career, unbeknownst to fans of the show, her health took a very bad turn for the worse: “On the morning of February 11, 2011, I was getting dressed in the locker room of a gym [in North London] when I started to feel a bad headache coming on.  … My trainer had me get into the plank position, and I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain. I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn’t. … Somehow, almost crawling, I made it to the locker room. I reached the toilet, sank to my knees, and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill. Meanwhile, the pain — shooting, stabbing, constricting pain — was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged.

… Clarke had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain. So, at just 24-years-old, Clarke had to undergo brain surgery. She spent days recovering in the intensive care unit, and while she was in the hospital she was told that she also had a smaller aneurysm on the other side of her brain and that it too could “pop” at any time. For weeks, and while filming season two of Game of Thrones, Clarke still struggled with pain, dizziness and fatigue.

… In 2013, when she went in for a brain scan to check on the other growth on her brain it had doubled in size, so doctors decided another operation was in order. The procedure failed. She had a massive bleed and doctors made it plain that her chances of surviving were precarious if they didn’t operate again — immediately. After, she spent a month in the hospital but today is 100%.

LATEST TRAILER FOR JOHN WICK 3 _ We have a new trailer for Keanu Reeves’ John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum. For those who missed the first two movies, John Wick (Reeves) is a legendary hit-man (known as “Baba Yaga”) who tried to retire when he fell in love and got married. Unfortunately, he’s drawn back into the dark underground world by an act of senseless violence after his wife’s death. Nothing will stop John Wick from seeking retribution. • VIDEO

COMCAST ANNOUNCES $5-A-MONTH STREAMING SERVICE CALLED ‘FLEX’ _ Comcast announced Thursday that it will launch a $5-a-month service for its broadband customers next week. Customer of ‘Flex’ will rent a $5 a month 4K HDR streaming box, which lets them integrate other streaming services they pay for, like Netflix or Amazon Prime, and gives them access to 10,000 free programs, including live TV from ESPN3, Tubi TV, and Cheddar.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• PHONER: FOOD QUIRKS: Some people won’t let their food touch. Others won’t eat anything off a stick. Start this on Facebook then open the phones the next day.  →  1 real caller

• PHONER: GOOGLE THIS: People are googling “Florida man” and their birth date to see what offbeat Florida story happened on their birthday.  →  1 real caller

• During the call of the LSU Tigers-Yale Bulldogs game Thursday, CBS announcer Ian Eagle gave his narration of a triple spillage that he’s never seen before. Somehow, someway, Eagle makes this thing dramatic.


BITS & BREAKS

FACEBOOK THIS: BIRDS AND BEES

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Where did your mom or dad choose to have the birds and bees conversation?

A friend told me she was 11 and in the back seat of the family minivan when her mom looked at her in the rear view mirror and said, “Honey, I need to talk to you…”

FACEBOOK THIS: FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH

FB icon  Who is the first celebrity you ever had a crush on?

WHO CAME UP WITH SWEET 16, ELITE 8 AND FINAL FOUR?

USA Today has the answers…

• March Madness: A high school Sweet Sixteen tournament was held in Illinois in the 1930s. Henry V. Porter, assistant executive secretary of the Illinois High School Association, was so impressed by the phenomenon that he wrote an essay to commemorate it. Entitled “March Madness,” it first appeared in the Illinois Interscholastic, the IHSA’s magazine, in 1939.

• Sweet 16: CBS commentators started using the phrase in the late 1980s, after the tournament field expanded from 53 to 64 teams. Unfortunately for the NCAA, the phrase (using both “16” and “Sixteen”) was trademarked by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in 1988, as a handle for its annual championship tournament. The KHSAA chose to bargain with the NCAA rather than litigate.

• Elite Eight was originally coined by the Illinois High School Boys Basketball Championship, the single-elimination tournament run by the Illinois High School Association. In 1956, the field was reduced from 16 teams to eight, and the phrase Elite Eight was born. The trademark rights are now held by the March Madness Athletic Association, a joint venture between the NCAA and IHSA formed in 1996.

• The official NCAA story is that Final Four was coined by a Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter, Ed Chay. In a 1975 article for the Official Collegiate Basketball Guide, Chay wrote that Marquette (which is in Milwaukee) “was one of the final four” in the previous year’s tournament. Something about the phrase struck a chord with the NCAA and they started capitalizing it as “Final Four” in 1978. It is, of course, now trademarked.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In 1937, the grocery business was revolutionized by Sylvan Goldman’s simple invention. What was it? (The shopping cart)

TRIVIA: What’s unique about the word ZOONOSIS? (It’s a word in which each letter can be flipped around 180 degrees and still be the same word. In fact, it’s the longest word in the English language that you can do this with. Another word with 180-degree rotating letters is ‘ONIONS’. By the way, zoonosis is a disease of animals, such as rabies, that can be transmitted to humans.)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN

• Spider-Man can shoot what out of his wrists?

• What’s the ingredient in coffee that gives you energy?

• The person flying a plane is called what?

• To propel yourself in the water, what’s something you would wear on your feet?

• What color is The Hulk.

• What is the thick, sturdy base of a tree called?

• Name an activity you might do on a cruise.


DATEBOOK: MARCH 25, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Film critic Gene Shalit is 93

• Paul Michael Glaser (TV’s Starsky and Hutch) is 76

• Elton John is 72

• Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard) is 71

• Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) is 57

• Sarah Jessica Parker is 54

• Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser in Marvel movies) is 40

• Katharine McPhee (Smash, American Idol) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1971: The Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots.

• 1979: The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.

• 1989: Michael Nunn defended his world middleweight boxing title in Las Vegas, then promptly lost the $1-million check at the victory party. The next day Nunn got a call from an honest janitor, who found the check while sweeping up.

• 2003: Shortly after the National City Bank in downtown Columbus,  Ohio, was robbed, police spotted a man about a block away, walking strangely. The 40-year-old man had learned a painful lesson: Never shove stolen money containing an explosive dye pack down your pants.

• 2007: In Austria, a purse snatcher was shocked to find himself being chased by 27 police patrol cars and police using sniffer dogs. The 17-year-old had grabbed an old woman’s bag near a field where police were staging a road safety course.

• 2017: The largest banana split — almost five miles — was made in Innisfail, Australia.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Health Information Professionals Week

• National Cleaning Week

• National Physicians Week

• National Medal of Honor Day

• Pecan Day

• Waffle Day

UPCOMING

• 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