INTERPREP ★ MARCH 26, 2019

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 26, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Alan Arkin is 85

• James Caan is 79

• Diana Ross is 75

• Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 71

• Martin Short is 69

• Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) is 59

• Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) is 53

• Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, This Is 40) is 47

• T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) is 46

• Amy Smart (Road Trip, Felicity) is 43

• Keira Knightley is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1982: A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was held in Washington, DC.

• 1997: In San Diego, California, 39 Heaven’s Gate cultists committed mass suicide at their compound.

• 1999: The “Melissa worm” infected Microsoft word processing and email systems around the world.

• 2000: Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.

• 2003: Tony Evans of Swansea, Wales, dropped the world’s largest rubber band ball out of an airplane over the Mojave Desert in Arizona to see if it would bounce. It didn’t. The one-ton record breaking ball took 20 seconds to drop a mile and stayed firmly rooted in the crater it created. Evans had spent five years building the ball.

• 2009: A chopstick lodged in a martial arts master’s stomach during a training stunt 20 years ago was removed. Wing Ma of China accidentally swallowed the 7 inch stick while trying to condition his body to take pain. He says, “It never came out the other end. I forgot about it until I started to get pains in my stomach.” That’s when he went to see a doctor to have it removed.

• 2012: Canadian filmmaker James Cameron became the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth, in over 50 years.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Purple Day. A celebration aimed at raising worldwide awareness of epilepsy, a condition that affects over 65 million people globally.

• Legal Assistants Day

• Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

• Spinach Day

UPCOMING

• March 28: March Madness: Men’s Sweet 16 begins
• 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

2.5 billion: Adult diapers sold in the U.S. each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

Shoppers at a grocery store in Wilmington, Massachusetts claim to have seen a ghost. [But you have to keep in mind that this was the same day that the store was giving away wine samples.]

Apple had a big Monday. It announced the release of its new streaming TV service Apple TV Plus for original TV shows and movies, its new news subscription service that includes major newspapers and 300 magazines, and its new credit card. [Oh, I forgot. They also introduced their new Apple breakfast cereal and toothpaste.]

Police apprehended an 81-year-old man in Berlin for hitting a younger man in the mouth with a wooden fence picket after the man refused to stop smoking in a non-smoking section of a train station. [Getting hit in the mouth with a chunk of wood just goes to show that smoking really is dangerous to your health.]

A British Airways flight left London and was supposed to go to Germany, but instead, went to Scotland. [Apparently the Brits are as bad at geography as Americans.]

A Utah family is being harassed by someone who keeps ordering services such as tree trimming, electrical or plumbing and giving the companies their address. Up to 20 different service providers, some of which operate illegally, visit the home per day. [“Good morning madam. I believe someone ordered a hitman. I’m discreet, fast, and fully bonded.”]

A brewery in Delaware has created a beer that can also be used to develop Kodak Super 8 movie film. [That’s truly unusual. These days most beers have gone digital.]

Avocadoes are being recalled. [As a result, operators report being overwhelmed by calls to the National Smoothie Addiction Helpline.]

Scientists working in China have shocked the scientific world with the discovery of fossils of over 50 species of life that have never been seen. [For example, one is an ancient man doing chores around the house without being asked.]

Philadelphia is going to be the site of the country’s first esports arena where virtual athletes compete against each other in video games. [Unfortunately, to get to the new arena you’ll still have to endure real traffic and real parking.]

Bird imitators gathered in Belgium to compete in the European Gull Screeching Championship. [It’s very important to bird screechers to get together with each other for these sorts of contests because it’s hardly likely that otherwise they have any friends.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

HACKERS COULD TAKE OVER SOME IMPLANTED DEFIBRILLATORS _ The world’s largest medical device company has acknowledged that many of its implanted cardiac defibrillators use an unencrypted wireless protocol that could allow an attacker to change the settings of the lifesaving devices. The vulnerability affects more than 20 defibrillator models, monitors and programmer units made by Medtronic Inc. The devices include implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, which can correct dangerously fast or irregular heartbeat, and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators, or CRT-Ds, which essentially are pacemakers that deliver small electrical charges to help keep the heart’s ventricles pumping in sync.

… The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, assigned the flaw a vulnerability score of 9.3 — near the top of its 10-point scale. It said the flaw could allow a bad actor of “low skill level” to read and write any memory location on the implanted devices.

… But both Medtronic and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, advised doctors and patients to continue using the devices while a fix is developed.

BUSCH BEER WILL SPONSOR YOUR SOFTBALL TEAM _ The good people at Busch are looking to sponsor a softball team. Each team that Busch Beer signs to a sponsorship deal this season will get a $5,000 signing bonus, a $10,000 bonus if they win their league, their own Busch ad campaigns, brand new Busch jerseys and hats, and a season supply of free Busch Beer.

… Any local softball rec team anywhere in the country can enter, just send a tweet or DM to @BuschBeer with a team name and why you deserve the sponsorship. • INFO

APPLE HAD SOME THINGS TO SHARE MONDAY _ Apple held a celebrity-studded event Monday.

• Apple News+ — For $10 a month, you get access to over 300 magazines and newspapers.

• Apple Card — The new Apple Card actually sounds a lot like a regular credit card. You do get some rewards: 3 percent cash back (Apple calls this “Daily Cash”) on Apple purchases, 2 percent on other purchases, and 1 percent on purchases made with the physical card. You also get some tools within the Wallet app that help you track and categorize your spending as well as make smart decisions when it comes to making payments. Notably, there are no annual fees, no late fees, no hidden fees, no international fees, no over-the-limit fees.

• Apple Arcade — The service is basically a whole section of games built just for Apple devices and only available on Apple devices. To be more specific, Apple Arcade will become a new section of the App Store, and for a fee, you’ll get access to over 100 exclusive titles made by some of the top studios. There will even be a Sonic the Hedgehog game and a new version of Frogger.

• Apple TV and Apple TV+ — Apple is updating the Apple TV app that’s already on millions of iOS and Apple TV devices. Apple TV+ is a whole new thing on top of the new Apple TV. The new paid subscription video service appears to resemble an HBO competitor more than, say, Netflix. It will live in the new Apple TV app. There’s a Steven Spielberg-led reboot of the sci-fi series Amazing Stories; a comedy about a TV morning news shows starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carrell; something called Sea with Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard; and Little America, a show about immigrants and children of immigrants produced by Kumail Nanianji. Those are just to name a few. Oh, and Ophrah is going to do a couple of documentaries.

POO DONORS CAN GET PILES OF CASH _ Some people in China are earning around $75 by providing hospitals with a sample of their poop. The hospitals are using the excrement to reconstruct the intestinal flora of patients by transplanting the fecal bacteria made by other people. They take the intestinal bacteria of healthy people and replace the unbalanced bacteria in the patient’s stomach. The feces are filtered and screened before being given to patients, who simply swallow a capsule.

MORE SENIORS TURN TO POT FOR AGE-RELATED ACHES _ One of the fastest-growing segments of marijuana buyers is people 65 and older. Most states now have legal medical marijuana, and 10 of them allow anyone 21 or older to use pot recreationally. Many Americans — 61 percent — support legalization for recreational use, and those 65 and older are increasingly supportive.

… The reason is obvious: the aging are seeking to treat the aches and sleeplessness and other maladies of old age with the same herb that many of them once passed around at parties.

… Some senior living centers are holding educational workshops with names like Cannabis 101.

WORLD’S BIGGEST T-REX FOUND BY CANADIAN PALEONTOLOGISTS _ Paleontologists at the University of Alberta recently reported the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex, and the biggest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Canada. The enormous dinosaur, which was 42 feet long and weighed 19,400 pounds, roamed prehistoric Saskatchewan 66 million years ago and was nicknamed Scotty.

… The skeleton was first discovered in 1991, but the hard sandstone that encased the bones took more than a decade to remove — and scientists have only now been able to study Scotty fully assembled and realize how special it is. Researchers estimate that Scotty was only in its early 30s when it died.

HERO DOG RECEIVES TRIBUTE ON TWITTER _ A dog named Hank is getting the recognition he deserves for being a hero after he helped alert his family about a brewing house fire, saving many lives in the process. A Twitter user (Ulysses S. Cocksman) shared the story over the weekend. • READ

STORK SETS UP SHOP AT MAINE HOSPITAL WITH NINE PREGNANT NURSES AUDIO  What’s in the water at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine? Specifically, in the hospital’s Labor and Delivery Unit. Nine nurses in the unit are pregnant. All are due between April and July.

… There is a plan in place at the hospital to cover for all the women when they take their maternity leaves. There are 80 registered nurses currently working in the labor and delivery unit.

OBAMA IS MOST POPULAR LIVING U.S. PRESIDENT _ A new poll finds Barack Obama is the most popular living Commander in Chief. Obama is “liked” or “really liked” by 56% of Americans; Jimmy Carter by 51%; George W. Bush by 43%; Bill Clinton by 42%; and Donald Trump by 38%.

WHO WE DON’T WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH _ A survey found most people do not want to be friends with their bosses or parents on social media. In the poll about who people don’t want as online friends, bosses topped the list with 86%. Parents came second with 74% followed by colleagues (69), relatives (61), and exes (52).

EAT CHOCOLATE! _ Yet another study concludes that eating chocolate, in moderation, is good for unclogging those blocked arteries. Of course, the study was done by the Mars candy company which makes M&M’s and Snickers bars, but the science looks sound. As you probably know the cocoa in chocolate contains something called “flavonoids” which act as an anti-oxidant and prevent plaque from forming along artery walls.

IS A MAN REALLY INTERESTED IN YOU? _ His eyes meet yours across a crowded room — is that the look of love? Only, say scientists, if it lasts longer than 8.2 seconds. If a man’s gaze is more like four seconds, research suggests he is less than impressed. Women, however, treat both hunks and geeks alike, with their eyes lingering on both for similar amounts of time.

… Hidden cameras secretly tracked the eye movements of 115 students as they chatted with actors and actresses. They were then asked to rate their conversation partner’s attractiveness. The men looked into the eyes of actresses they considered beautiful for an average of 8.2 seconds, but that dropped to 4.5 seconds when gazing at those they rated less attractive. The female students, however, did not differ in the amount of time they spent looking at the actors. The researchers believe that men use eye contact to seek out fit and fertile mates. But women are more wary of attracting unwanted attention because of the risks of unwanted pregnancy and single parenthood.

BRAINSTORMING DOESN’T WORK — TRY ‘BRAINSWARMING’ INSTEAD _ Sharing ideas without judgment, or brainstorming, may be the main group idea-generating tool in the professional world, but does it work in your office? An article (in Harvard Business Review) said brainstorming can be inefficient and incredibly time consuming. It also can be uncomfortable for more reserved employees, inhibiting creativity.

… Tony McCaffrey created an idea-generating technique he calls “Brainswarming.” Why do we need to talk in the first place? Brainswarming is built off of how ants solve problems. When looking for food, ants leave traces of pheromones for other ants to follow — an efficient way to lead the colony to resources without wasting time or creating confusion. To start brainswarming, write the goal or problem you need to achieve or solve on a big piece of paper and have your team sit silently and write on it different ways to tackle it with your company’s resources in mind. Once the right resources are found, you’ve come up with your solution.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: FREE-RANGE PARENTING LEGAL IN UTAH _ Utah lawmakers want children to be able to mature and learn self-sufficiency, so they signed a bill granting “free-range parenting.” Utah Governor Gary Herbert just signed bill SB65 which makes it legal for children to carry out certain tasks alone without being monitored by their parent. The bill determines what children can do independently, such as traveling to and from school or recreational facilities, playing outside or sitting in a car unattended. So in other words, this protects parents from being charged with parental neglect. The bill does not specify age though, so children of any age can be left unattended or do things independently to promote “self-sufficiency.”

… Lawmakers decided to pass the bill after seeing many parents charged with neglect for not supervising children while playing outside or walking home from school.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRASH TRUCK DRIVERS BATTLE IT OUT _ Two trash truck drivers for competing companies got into a confrontation in the Bronx, New York, that resulted in 17 cars being wrecked.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ORDERED NOT TO DRINK PEPSI FOR FOUR YEARS _ What’s worse: jail, or four years without Pepsi? A Hawaii man is about to find out after being ordered not to have his favorite soft drink as part of his probation for a car theft conviction. Prosecutors say Christopher Montilliano Jr. told various lies after stealing a Honda Accord. He claimed his Pepsi addiction made him do it. Montilliano, who’s 21, got probation, 100 hours of community service, a $100 fine, and he has to stay away from his favorite drink for four years.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN ALASKA AGREED TO STOP CHASING STOLEN VEHICLES _ A man in Anchorage, Alaska, man facing a criminal charge over his hobby of finding and recovering stolen vehicles has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. Floyd Hall spends much of his free time searching for stolen vehicles as part of a loosely defined group of vehicle recoverers who call themselves the “A Team.” They rely on public tips gathered from a network of social media groups. In August 2017, Hall’s activities put him on the wrong side of the law when an alleged high-speed chase involving a stolen truck he was pursuing brought him one count of reckless driving. Rather than accept the misdemeanor charge, Hall — who said he was following, not chasing, the truck — waged battle in the courts for 19 months before reluctantly agreeing to a plea deal last week. With his reckless driving charge downgraded, Hall’s final penalty shakes out to 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended and a $1,000 fine with $500 suspended. There’s a caveat, though: He has to stop chasing stolen vehicles.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NUDE MAN WALKING DOGS _ Police in a German town are on the lookout for a nude man who was spotted taking a stroll with two dogs on Monday.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ATTACKER DIDN’T KNOW HIS VICTIM WAS A JUDO EXPERT _ An assailant spotted a blind man at a train station in Germany and thought he would be easy prey. What the attacker did not know was that his victim was a world-class blind judo wrestler. The assailant threatened the blind man, then punched him in the face, at which point the martial artist flipped him and held him down until police arrived.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK SUSPECT IN WRONG BED _ A California couple were surprised when they woke up and found a drunk burglary suspect asleep in bed with them. The couple called police, ran out of their house and watched officers arrest the man — who was still sleeping in their bed despite the sirens and commotion.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. The nuclear submarine Gibbs and Bishop are aboard to conduct a murder investigation goes radio silent.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Greg becomes fast friends with the newest member of the Westport Historical Guild. Thomas Lennon guest stars.

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — New. The remaining 18 cooks must debone an entire fish and make a dish.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. This episode focuses on Beth and Randall’s history together.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Kyra’s estranged father (guest star comic Katt Williams)  shows up and wants to bring Kyra home to Houston.

FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. Maggie and Dana struggle to find justice for victims murdered by a serial killer.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. After a reshuffling of assignments, Pride is no longer Special Agent in Charge of the Southeast and returns to the New Orleans office.

THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Agent Russo (Sarah Shahi) recommends Officer Nolan for a protective detail of a man (guest star Joel McHale) whose dealings have put a target on his head.

THE VILLAGE (10p ET, NBC) — New. Enzo struggles with a disappointing new roommate.


ENTERTAINMENT

TONIGHT SHOW WAS FILMED ON A SAMSUNG GALAXY S10+ _ Monday night’s broadcast of NBC’s Tonight Show opened with Fallon telling viewers that the entire episode had been shot with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphone, which features an ultra-wide camera lens, and explained that it will showcase some of his favorite New York spots.

… Samsung and NBC were in talks since around the Consumer Electronics Show. And Samsung had members of its marketing team available to make certain the smartphone’s features were displayed and explained adequately.

A JON BON JOVI CRUISE WHERE YOU CAN EAT, DRINK AND SING WITH THE ROCK STAR _ Calling all Jon Bon Jovi superfans: You might want to plan a spontaneous vacation. The rock star will be headlining the Runaway to Paradise cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade ship, sailing from Miami on April 12-16. The nearly sold out trip starts at $713 per person. Bon Jovi will be joined on board by his son, Jesse Bongiovi, who is also his business partner in Hampton Water wine, which was recently named the best rosé of 2018 by Wine Spectator. The wine will be prominently featured on the cruise, and is now available on all of Norwegian’s fleet.

… Guests will enjoy an immersive experience that includes a pop-up shop of Hart N Dagger (Bon Jovi’s clothing line), live band karaoke, speaking panels and Q&A sessions, and Hampton Water wine tastings and happy hours. In addition to Bon Jovi as the headlining act, the performance lineup includes Collective Soul, Tonic, Beth Thornton, and Slippery When Wet, among others. The 4-night cruise will make one stop on Nassau, Bahamas, before returning back to Miami.

NICOLAS CAGE COULD BE GETTING MARRIED FOR THE FOURTH TIME _ It looks like Nicolas Cage is getting ready to walk down the aisle yet again. According to court documents obtained by E! News, the actor has applied for a marriage license with his girlfriend Erika Koike in Clark County, Nevada. The 55-year-old and his young girlfriend have been dating since last spring.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN REPLACES TOM CRUISE IN FILM ABOUT A MAN WHO LIVES FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS _ Michael B. Jordan will star in the story of the oldest man in the Bible, a guy who supposedly stayed alive for hundreds of years. Jordan will star in the new movie, taking over for Tom Cruise. The film is described as as having “Highlander-like mythology and franchise potential,” and that Jordan will play “a man who has managed to survive for hundreds of years, without showing the physical signs of age. In that time, he has accumulated vast intellectual knowledge, from multiple languages to the sciences, as well as survival skills.”

… In the Bible, Methuselah lived to be 969 years old.

BIGGEST ESPORTS ARENA IN NORTH AMERICA _ A new $50 Million eSports arena will be built this summer in Philadelphia. The upcoming Fusion Arena will feature 3,500 seats, making it the largest of its kind in the Western hemisphere. The arena’s seating area will include two balcony bars, club seats, and exclusive suites. And nearly 10,000 square feet will be dedicated to a training facility, broadcast studio, and team offices.

ALANIS MORISSETTE PREGNANT WITH THIRD CHILD _ Alanis Morissette is pregnant with her third child. Morissette, who’s 44, showed off her baby bump in a snap of her recording music posted to Instagram on Monday. The singer married Mario “Souleye” Treadway in 2010. They welcomed a son on Christmas 2010 and a daughter in June 2016. • IMAGE

MICHAEL CORLEONE’S HOUSE FROM THE GODFATHER IS FOR SALE _ On Staten Island’s affluent Todt Hill neighborhood stands a stately Tudor that looks like something out of a movie. And just steps from the front gate, small-time crook Carlo Rizzi was whacked by a member of the Corleone crime family. The residence (at 120 Longfellow Ave.), which served as the home of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in the 1972 film The Godfather, is now for sale. Asking price for the four-bedroom property is $1.37 million.

GWYNETH PALTROW’S DAUGHTER HITS BACK FOR INSTAGRAM PICTURE _ You might be a Hollywood superstar with a $250 million business built on your flawless image, but you still embarrass your children. Apple Martin, Paltrow’s 14-year-old daughter with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, reacted with scorn to a photo Paltrow posted to her 5.3 million followers on Instagram. In the picture, Paltrow and her unsmiling daughter are on a ski lift, with Apple wearing a ski helmet and mask. Paltrow captioned the picture with the emojis for apple, skiing, and a heart. The teenager replied: “Mom we have discussed this. You may not post anything without my consent.”

… Paltrow defended the picture, commenting: “You can’t even see your face!” • IMAGE


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• DROP: Say that again?

• NINE NURSES:Nine nurses at same Maine hospital are pregnant.

• DROP: It’s disgusting, it’s sick… where did you dredge up a story like that?

• 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


BITS & BREAKS

ROOMMATE HORROR STORIES

Compiled by Deadspin.

• I had a roommate in college who was so offended by my lack of effort in college that he mailed a hand written letter to my parents before the end of my freshman year about how little I was going to class.

• My freshman year roommate left so much of his stuff on the floor of his side of the room that he needed a running start to jump over it to get to his bed.

• I had a roommate who was the dirtiest man I’ve ever met. He didn’t do laundry for six months, and would just re-wear his dirty clothes.

• When he occasionally left our dorm room he would dress head to toe in camo to either blend into the scenery or deter people from talking to him.

• He liked to strip near-naked in the background while I was video-chatting my girlfriend.

TAKE YOUR OWN FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RESTAURANTS?

Here’s a recent Dear Abby question: My wife and I have recently come across a locally owned Chinese restaurant that’s affordable. The food is quite delicious. My wife takes issue with the styrofoam containers the restaurant provides for leftovers. She claims they leak chemicals into the leftovers on top of being environmentally unfriendly. On our last visit she brought her own glass food storage container with her to the restaurant. Is it appropriate to bring your own container to restaurants for leftovers?

Dear Leftovers: I’m wracking my brain trying to come up with a reason why it would be inappropriate, if the patron doesn’t mind the hassle of bringing it. In fact, it seems like an intelligent, environmentally friendly solution to an overcrowded landfill problem, as long as the restaurant doesn’t object.

THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW HAD NAMES

• Petrichor: the way it smells outside after rain.

• Purlicue: the space between the thumb and forefingers.

• Wamble: stomach rumbling.

• Glabella: the space between your eyebrows.

• Lunule: the white, crescent shaped part of the nail.

• Nurdle: a tiny dab of toothpaste.

• Barm: the foam on a beer.

• Rasceta: the lines on the inside of your wrist.

• Overmorrow: the day after tomorrow.

• Minimus: your little toe or finger.

• Zarf: the cardboard sleeve on a coffee cup.

• Dysania: the state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.

• Collywobbles: butterflies in your stomach.

• Griffonage: unreadable handwriting.

• Paresthesia: that “pins and needles” feeling.

• Morton’s toe: when your second toe is bigger than your big toe.

• Brannock device: the thing they use to measure your feet at the shoe store.

SLANG WE HATE TO HEAR BUT LOVE TO SAY

If you ever call your partner ‘bae’ or complain that you’re ‘hangry’ you’re using some of America’s most annoying slang. A new study examining the use and knowledge of modern slang found the top 20 slang words that leave the average person irritated.

TOP 20 MOST ANNOYING SLANG:

1. GOAT
2. Bae
3. Hangry
4. Gucci
5. Ghost
6. Fleek
7. Stussy
8. TFW
9. Throw shade
10. SMH
11. Totes
12. Clap back
13. Turn up/turnt
14. Peeped
15. Thirsty
16. Lit
17. Spill the tea/sipping tea
18. Fam
19. Snack
20. Trill

MOST COMMONLY USED SLANG:

1. Bae
2. SMH
3. Lit
4. Fam
5. Hangry
6. Thirsty
7. GOAT
8. Keep It 100
9. Gucci
10. Fire
11. Woke
12. Turn up/turnt
13. Throw shade
14. Spill the tea/sipping tea
15. Fleek
16. Peeped
17. TFW
18. Clap back
19. Totes
20. Trill

FACEBOOK THIS: TAKE A SHOT AT A NEIGHBORING STATE’S FAIR

Post this: “New ride at the (Nearby State) Fair this year…”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What do the words dumbbell, occurrence and memento have in common? (According to a study of Internet traffic, these are the three most common misspelled words.)

TRIVIA: 21% of kids say that if they were president, they would do this every day. (Eat ice cream)

TRIVIA: One in seven adults does this more than 30 minutes a day. (Spends it in the bathroom)

CLOSEST ONE WINS

Line up two callers…

• How long is the longest river (Missouri River) in North America? (2,500 miles)

• The adult literacy rate in Iceland is 99%. What is it in India? (61%)

• What percentage of the average human tear is salt? (Just under 1%)

• How many global subscribers does Netflix have? (140 million)


DATEBOOK: MARCH 27, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Quentin Tarantino is 56

• Ben Koldyke (Masters of Sex, How I Met Your Mother) is 51

• Pauley Perrette (NCIS) is 50

• Mariah Carey is 49

• Nathan Fillion (Castle) is 48

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1952: The musical Singin’ in the Rain premiered in New York City.

• 1970: The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.

• 1973: The Godfather won the Academy Award for best picture of 1972, but star Marlon Brando refused to accept the Oscar for best actor. Liza Minnelli won best actress for Cabaret.

• 1998: The Food and Drug Administration approved Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.

• 1999: Bill Minty of Bridgeport, Connecticut, boiled 6,000 eggs for his neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt in ten minutes. He boiled the eggs inside a mesh bag in a large washing machine at his dry cleaning shop.

• 2004: An Austrian doctor claimed picking your nose and eating it was one of the best ways to stay healthy. Innsbruck-based lung specialist Dr. Friedrich Bischinger said people who pick their noses with their fingers are healthy, happier and probably better in tune with their bodies. He also said the finger can get to places you just can’t reach with a handkerchief and eating the snot strengthens the body’s immune system.

• 2007: NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

• 2014: Doctors announced that a 3D-printed plastic skull was successfully used to replace part of a woman’s real skull in an operation three months ago in the Netherlands.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Manatee Appreciation Day

• Scribble Day

• National “Joe” Day

• World Whisky Day

UPCOMING

• March 28: March Madness: Men’s Sweet 16 begins
• 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