INTERPREP ★ MARCH 27, 2019

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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

• Quirky Country Music Song Titles 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


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

14: Shoe size of U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Warren G. Harding. They had the largest shoe sizes of any president.


NEWS ATTACK!

A driver at a traffic stop in South Carolina tried to hide the smell of alcohol by spraying Axe Body Spray into his mouth. [The kind of guy who would think to do that is exactly the kind of guy who buys Axe Body Spray.]

A man was arrested for driving around Winthrop University in South Carolina without any pants. [He immediately resigned as college president.]

A California utility company was fined for the way it has been handling its nuclear canisters. [The company has been ordered to begin transporting them according to recognized industry safety standards and to get rid of the catapult.]

There’s bad news for a Verizon worker in Philadelphia who rescued a cat from the top of a utility pole. He was suspended for using company equipment in an unsafe manner. [And to add insult to injury, the cat never once thanked him.]

UFC fighter Conor McGregor announced his retirement. [He wants to spend more time being arrested.]

UFC fighter Conor McGregor announced his retirement. [He and Rob Gronkowski just went 50-50 on a new fishing boat.]

An Ohio man has become the first person to ever still have a perfect NCAA bracket this deep into the tournament. Apparently, he’s very good at picking winners… [despite having six ex-wives].

In Connecticut, a vulture crashed through the office window of ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith. [I’m not normally the superstitious type, but having a vulture crash through your window has long been considered an ill-fated omen for your NCAA tournament picks.]

A brave woman in British Columbia took a risk and removed a Burger King cup stuck on the head of a skunk. [Of course, you know the result. Now the woman can’t get rid of that Burger King smell.]

In Mexico, 1,486 people showed up to set a new world record for the largest tequila tasting event. [And then they accidentally set a new record for the largest number of people dancing naked on tabletops.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

$3.6M IN DONATIONS DISTRIBUTED TO BORDERLINE SURVIVORS _ Four months after a dozen people were killed in a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, more than $3 million in donations has been given to the victims’ families. Checks totaling $3.6 million were recently distributed to more than 200 people who lost loved ones, were injured in the November 8 shooting, or were there when the attack happened. Thousands of people from across the country and around the world have hosted fundraisers for the victims or donated directly to the foundation.

… The funds were divided into three tiers: 70% of the money was given to families who lost loved ones in the shooting, 20% was distributed to survivors who were physically injured in the bar and 10% was given to people who were inside the bar when the gunfire erupted.

TWINS HAVE TWO FATHERS _ In China, a paternity test on twins revealed a woman’s secret and infuriated her husband when the couple discovered one of the babies was not his. To gain household registration for their infant twins, the couple took a required paternity test and discovered the one-in-million chance that the woman’s twins had the DNA of two men. After the shocking test results the wife was forced to admit that she had a one-night stand. The woman’s husband said he wants nothing to do with the infant he isn’t father of.

… According to medical experts, twins born from two fathers, called heteropaternal superfecundation, occurs when two or more ova released in the same cycle are fertilized by sperm from two men.

US WANTS TO SEND ASTRONAUTS BACK TO THE MOON BY 2024 _ Vice President Mike Pence issued a challenge to NASA today to get back to the moon within five years. Pence made the 2024 declaration at Tuesday’s National Space Council meeting.

MAN WITH THE PERFECT BRACKET IS A 40-YR-OLD FROM OHIO AUDIO  Only one man in the world has a perfect NCAA tournament bracket thus far, and now we know who he is. His name is Greg Nigl, he’s 40 years old and he works as a neuropsychologist in Columbus, Ohio. Nigl told NCAA.com that the perfect bracket almost didn’t get filled out at all. It’s part of a small contest with just a couple of friends and he wasn’t feeling well. The only reason he entered his picks was because he didn’t want to let his buddies down.

FRENCH SPIDER-MAN CLIMBS SKYSCRAPER FOR FUNDRAISER _ Alain Robert, the “French Spider-Man,” scaled a skyscraper in Paris on Monday without a harness to raise funds for the renovation of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Television images showed the 56-year-old using horizontal struts running up the Engie headquarters’ curved facade and a protruding structure going top-to-bottom of the 607 feet glass-fronted building. He was arrested shortly after completing the climb. His sponsors were writing a check of $5,650 to help finance the renovations.

WOMAN’S PULLED PORK SAVE 82-YEAR-OLD NJ NEIGHBOR’S LIFE _ “Hi Carl, want some pulled pork?” It was a simple question from one good neighbor to another, but it turned out to be the difference between life and death for an 82-year-old New Jersey man. Roberta Cartwright gave her neighbors, Carl Schwab and his wife Susan, a call around dinnertime to see if they wanted some of the pulled pork she had just made. She was in the middle of the question when she heard Carl Schwab suddenly drop the phone. Moments later, she heard Susan Schwab scream for help over the still-open phone line. Cartwright called to her husband, who jumped in his car and drove to the Schwab home at the end of the street. Meanwhile, Susan Schwab called 911. Cartwright’s husband, Peter, found Carl Schwab unconscious, slumped in a chair; he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. Peter Cartwright pulled Carl Schwab out of the chair, put him on the floor and began CPR. After EMTs arrived it took another 20 minutes of CPR — but they got a pulse and managed to get Carl Schwab stable enough to be transported to a hospital. After having a pacemaker implanted, Carl is back home.

FOLLOWUP: WOMAN HIT WITH SANDWICH BY SUBWAY MANAGER SUES _ The North Carolina woman in a viral video that appears to show a Subway worker hitting her in the head with a sandwich and then cursing at her is now taking the franchisee to court. Tina Richardson said she bought a sandwich at the store for an elderly woman she takes care of — but when she got home the sandwich was not what she ordered. So she went back to the store to ask for a refund. That’s when a worker got the manager, who came out, cursed at her, and threw the sandwich at her head.

ONE IN SIX OF US HAS BROKEN A GADGET IN A FIT OF RAGE _ Ever get so frustrated with your phone you throw it across the room? You’re not alone. A new survey reveals that one in six of us has broken a gadget in a fit of rage. And it takes an average of 12 minutes for us to lose our cool with the tech that we end up destroying. The tech issues that frustrate us the most:

1. Slow internet
2. Slow computer
3. Pop-up ads
4. Bad wifi
5. Forgotten password
6. Slow downloads
7. Software updates making things worse
8. Can’t login
9. Printer won’t work
10. Accidentally deleting something important

VERIZON WORKER SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY FOR RESCUING CAT _ While most of us would like to think we’d be rewarded for our heroic efforts, one utility worker was punished for his actions. Verizon worker Maurice German found himself thrust into a precarious situation while in Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. German was approached by a few locals about a cat that had found its way to the top of a utility pole and had been stuck there for 12 hours.

… Unfortunately, despite reaching out to the fire department, the phone company, and various animal rescue groups, the residents of the neighborhood did not hear back. So they asked German to come to their rescue. His Verizon truck had a boom lift, which would be able to reach the stranded cat. German was able to use his work equipment to reach the top of the pole and was able to coax the cat towards him.

… Unfortunately, while Princess Momma the Cat had escaped danger, trouble was beginning to ramp up for German. Shortly after the incident went viral, Verizon suspended him for 15 days without pay. The company issued the following statement: “We take no joy when our employees face consequences related to their job duties. We are, however, fully committed and responsible for keeping our employees and customers safe. All of our field technicians go through extensive training that is focused on workplace safety. Our goal is to keep our employees and our customers out of harm’s way.”

LEECH REMOVED FROM BOY’S NOSE _ Video has captured the gruesome moment a live leech was pulled out of a seven-year-old boy’s nose. The unnamed boy had been playing in a muddy canal in Laos, when he felt something get stuck in his left nostril. After complaining to his mother of being in pain, the boy went to bed in the hope it would be better the next day. But when he encountered breathing difficulties and discomfort throughout the night, his mother took him to the hospital. Footage shows him sitting calmly while a nurse pulled a 2-inch leech out with tweezers. Doctors said the leech swelled after sucking on the boy’s blood while he slept. • VIDEO

PARENTS THINK THEY MADE A MISTAKE NAMING THEIR CHILDREN? _ One in seven parents think they made a ‘terrible mistake’ with the name they chose for their child? That’s according to a new survey of parents. The survey also found that one in 20 parents calls their child something different than the name on their birth certificate because they no longer like it.

MAN SAYS HIS BOSS’ FLATULENCE ‘WAS A FORM OF BULLYING’ _ A court in Australia must decide whether flatulence is a form of bullying. According to 56-year-old David Hingst, a former employee at Construction Engineering, it certainly is. Hingst sued the company for bullying in 2017, accusing a supervisor (Greg Short) of being a serial offender who regularly “thrusted his bum” at him, pass gas and walk away. Hingst is seeking damages of $1.28 million. The recurrent gas-passing, Hingst claimed, was part of a conspiracy to end his employment and caused him “severe stress.”

… During an 18-day trial, the supervisor testified that he “may have done it once or twice, maybe,” but not “with the intention of distressing or harassing.” A judge dismissed the lawsuit last year. Hingst appealed and a panel of judges are expected to rule on Friday.

TODDLERS GAIN MORE FROM PRINTED BOOKS THAN FROM E-BOOKS _ Want to read to your child? Grab and old-fashioned printed book. Researches (University of Michigan) found when grown-ups are reading to toddlers, they have more meaningful conversations when the stories are in traditional printed books than when stories are in e-books. Toddlers spoke up more to ask questions and share their own opinions and ideas about the stories when parents were reading from printed books.

EARTH HOUR _ Earth Hour returns Saturday night. The annual international event, created by the World Wildlife Fund, asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Earth Hour begins at 8:30 PM (local time) Saturday. • LINK

YOUR DOG AND CAT ARE DANGEROUS _ Roughly 240 Americans wind up in emergency rooms every day for sprains, fractures or other injuries from a fall caused by a dog or cat. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said dogs and cats account for 88 percent of all fall-related injuries in emergency departments. Women are 2.1 times more likely to have a pet-related fall than men.

… Tripping seems to be the biggest risk. About 31 percent of dog-related and 66 percent of cat-related injuries were caused by tripping. Another 21 percent of dog-related injuries occurred when people fell after being pushed or pulled by dogs.

WE CRINGE AT OUR OLD STYLISH LOOKS _ A new survey reveals 66 percent of adults have a “cringeworthy” look or fashion regret from their past that they can’t bear to think about. Our most regrettable looks are shoulder pads (29%); dying hair (28%); a perm (27%); baggy clothing (26%); and hair gel (20%).

… The same survey asked what people would like to most change about their appearance:

1. Diet/eating choices
2. Fitness routine
3. Fashion/wardrobe
4. Hair style
5. Grooming habits

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: YOU PRODUCE THIS MUCH POO EACH DAY _ Ever wonder how much poo you produce each day? Kim Barrett, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego has been studying poo. She found that the average adult produced about 14.1 ounces of poo a day, or about 26,000 pounds in the average life.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTACK ON SNACK-CAKE DISPLAY _ Police in Peoria, Illinois, say a 24-year-old woman got upset at a gas station. She fumed to an employee that she had been shorted $20 when she withdrew from the ATM at the store. The employee tried to explain that a refund would have to come from the ATM company. The woman took out her anger on a snack-cake display. When police arrived, she claimed to have “slipped” and accidentally damaged the snack cakes. However, the employee’s account was corroborated by a witness and security footage.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AMBULANCE STOLEN FROM ATHENS HOSPITAL _ A homeless man was arrested after he allegedly stole an ambulance from St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Georgia. Police said the 41 year old man (Edward Lee Wessinger) stole the ambulance while the driver was inside the hospital waiting for a patient to be discharged for transport. Officers later found the ambulance abandoned at some apartments. According to police, there is video evidence that shows the man ran multiple red lights, struck multiple vehicles and jumped several curbs before abandoning the ambulance.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DROVE ON COLLEGE CAMPUS WITHOUT PANTS _ A South Carolina man accused of driving around a college campus (Winthrop University) without pants. The 23-year-old (David Nathaniel Atkinson) was arrested Saturday and charged with indecent exposure.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SPRAYED AXE TO HIDE SMELL OF ALCOHOL _ In South Carolina (Spartanburg) sheriff’s deputies stopped a 49-year-old man after they say he sped past a deputy and swerved into another lane. When deputies pulled him over they say there was a 12-pack of beer on the floor and 10 of the beers were nearly empty. He also had an open bottle between his legs, exhibited signs of intoxication, and failed field sobriety tests. But right before the deputy got to the car, the driver sprayed Axe body spray in his mouth to cover the smell of alcohol.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHEESE-MAKER UPSET WITH NEIGHBORS GETS EVEN WITH URINE _ A couple in Poland — mystified by the recurring smell of urine behind their garage — used video surveillance to catch a neighbor in the act of splashing a jug full of it on the garage door. The man will spend 22 days in jail. He was mad at his neighbors for calling local officials about an illegal cheese-making operation he had going in his garage. They complained about lights being on at all hours, and a constant unusual odor.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN TAKES MUGGER’S KNIFE _ In China a 34-year-old would-be mugger pulled a knife on a woman outside her apartment building. But she wrestled the knife away from him, walked into her apartment and called the police. When they arrived to arrest him, he was standing outside the building begging the woman to return his knife.


ON TELEVISION

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. A car unexpectedly smashes through the ambulance bay doors, trapping a worker beneath the wreckage.

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New. The first individual immunity challenge of the season.

EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — New.

SERIES FINALE: PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (8:30p ET, Lifetime) — New. Andrea Riseborough (Birdman) is the guest judge as the winner is chosen.

SERIES PREMIERE: MILLION DOLLAR MILE (9p ET, CBS) — Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow hosts this new 10-episode competition series. Contestants have the chance to win a million dollars every time they run, but their way is blocked by the most challenging obstacle course ever designed and a group of elite athletes whose job is to stop them.

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Tensions run high between Casey and Herrmann after the firehouse responds to an apartment complex fire.

SEASON PREMIERE: JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — The 5th and final season begins. Rosario Dawson guest stars.

SEAL TEAM (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team sets out on a mission to take down the financier and mastermind behind several terrorist attacks.

WHISKEY CAVALIER (10p ET, ABC) — New. While investigating suspicious robberies in London, Will hits it off with a sexy British spy. Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy, Elementary) guest stars.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. A mayoral candidate is shot by an unidentified sniper.

CMT’S CROSSROADS (10p ET, CMT) — Country star Brett Young shares the stage with ’90s R&B group group Boyz II Men.

SERIES PREMIERE: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (10p ET, FX) — This new comedy series, based on the acclaimed film of the same name, follows four vampires in a mockumentary style. The four were tasked centuries ago with complete domination of the New World, but despite being together for hundreds of years, they’re unclear on how to go about achieving their goal.

SEASON PREMIERE: HAPPY! (10p ET, Syfy) — Patton Oswalt returns as the voice of the tiny flying blue unicorn as this dark comedy series, co-starring Christopher Meloni, returns for Season 2.

SEASON FINALE: DROP THE MIC (10p ET, TNT) — New. Cast members from “Glee” and the “American Pie” franchise reunite

IF I COULD TELL YOU JUST ONE THING (YouTube Premium) — This special follows Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico) on her journey to meet and interview three inspiring women: designer Diane Von Furstenberg, actress Awkwafina, and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. Each woman shares personal stories and gives Chopra-Jonas an actionable piece of advice.


ENTERTAINMENT

MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL ON SMOLLETT: ‘A WHITEWASH OF JUSTICE’ _ Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett “a whitewash of justice” at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Smollett was previously indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct last month for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed he’d been the victim of a hate crime. Emanual said Smollett “used the laws of the hate crime legislation that all of us through the years have put on the books to stand up to be the values that embody what we believe in. This is a whitewash of justice. A grand jury could not have been clearer.”

… Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett on Tuesday, saying he’d agreed to perform community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond.

… At the press conference, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he stands behind his detectives’ investigation, adding that the city is owed an apology.

KEANU REEVES BONDS HELPS AFTER PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING _ Keanu Reeves helped out during a stressful travel situation the other day when a flight bound for Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Bakersfield, California. The passengers had been on a commercial flight from San Francisco but the plane made an unexpected stop at a closed airport and left passengers to find another way to L.A. Reeves helped airline officials organize a ride to L.A. and then made the best of the 2-hour journey by being friendly, answering questions about upcoming movies, and playing some music.

BLUE’S CLUES IS BACK WITH A NEW NAME AND A NEW HOST _ Nickelodeon is rebooting the uber-popular children’s series Blue’s Clues — and calling it Blue’s Clues & You. The new “Steve” this time around will be Broadway actor Joshua Dela Cruz. The original show ran from 1996 to 2006.

KIT HARINGTON NEEDED A SAFE WORD TO FILM A GAME OF THRONES SCENE _ (CAUTION) From the Red Wedding to the Battle of the Blackwater, some of the most thrilling moments in the history of television now belong to Game of Thrones. In a new featurette, HBO explores some of the show’s most pivotal scenes, which were also often the most strenuous to film. Among the many fascinating revelations made in the behind-the-scenes short is that while shooting the Battle of the Bastards, Kit Harington was given a safe word in the event that filming became too much for him.

… In the video, longtime Game of Thrones camera operator Sean Savage shared that his very favorite scene to film over eight seasons was the moment during the Battle of the Bastards “when Jon Snow is forced to the ground and then trampled. And this seemingly immortal hero of ours looks like he’s close to the end.” The scene wasn’t entirely scripted, so when Harington fell to the ground, Savage stood over him and filmed from above as tons of stuntmen piled on top of the actor. In order to ensure that Harington wouldn’t be injured, “we had a sort of safe word [so] that we could call it off at any point.” • VIDEO

CARDI B RESPONDS TO FANS OVER DRUGGING AND ROBBING OF MEN _ Cardi B says she’s not “proud” of her past in response to the backlash she’s received after saying she used to drug and rob men when she was a stripper. In a resurfaced video from three years ago Cardi opened up about the extreme lengths she went to in order to “make a living.” In the clip Cardi said “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to [do] me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,’ and I drugged [them] up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.” The video prompted a number of people to express their disappointment in the rapper, prompting the star to respond to the criticism on Instagram. Cardi said, “I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world wit [sic] a perfect past I always speak my truth — I always own my [stuff].” Cardi went on to explain that the things she did were made because she had “very limited options.”

GUYS AND DOLLS REMAKE _ The popular Broadway show Guys and Dolls was adapted into a movie in 1950 with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra in the lead roles, and Hollywood has been trying to remake it for years. Now the rights have been scooped up by TriStar Pictures, which hopes to finally bring the song-filled story of gamblers and dames to the big screen once again.

JORDAN PEELE IS INTERESTED IN RETURNING TO HIS ‘US’ MOVIE UNIVERSE _ Writer/director Jordan Peele has proven without a doubt that he’s no fluke. After winning an Oscar for writing Get Out, his latest film, Us, is a hit. And Peele has kept the door open for a possible prequel or sequel by creating more than just what’s been seen on the big screen. He said, “I have the entire mythology of this world because the audience can tell if you don’t.”

COLIN JOST AND MICHAEL CHE WILL COMPETE AT WRESTLEMANIA _ Following their appearance at WWE’s RAW last month, the current co-hosts of Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che, are set to compete in the ring at Wrestlemania next month. At the Wrestlemania 35 event, which is scheduled for April 7 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, both Jost and Che will compete in the annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The two comedians will enter the match as part of their ongoing feud with wrestler Braun Strowman, who was earlier announced as the first entrant into the match.

… Jost and Che had earlier been announced as “special correspondents” for Wrestlemania. But after they appeared on RAW, and Strowman performed a move on him, both Jost and Che were announced as actual participants in the match.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• DROP: A true, true genius and a nice human being.

• DIRTY WORDS: In an awesome throwback video from 2014 a father asked his kid to list all the bad words he knows. Note: The first word may not be suitable for some and the last word has been bleeped.

• BRACKET: A montage of bracket clips.


BITS & BREAKS

FIVE ODD FOOD SUPERSTITIONS

HOLLOW BREAD — It was once (and perhaps still is) a superstition that if you found a hole in a loaf of bread you cut, it symbolized a coffin and meant that someone was soon to die. If a person found a loaf in this state, there would be days of discussion to guess who it might be that would be stricken down.

EGG SHELLS — It was once a superstition that if you did not crush the ends of the egg shell after eating it, a witch would gather the shells and use them to craft a boat that she could use to sail out to sea to raise storms. This is a very ancient superstition which seems to originate in the 1580s. If you shattered the end of the shell, it would create enough holes to make it useless as a boat.

SALT — We all know of the superstition surrounding the spilling of salt, but here’s a slightly more unusual one. It used to be considered bad if you helped another person to the salt. There was even a little phrase that evolved from the superstition: “Help to salt, help to sorry.”

TEA RITUALS — It used to be considered bad luck for two people to pour tea from the same pot. In addition, if you left the lid off the teapot while brewing tea it was meant to mean that a stranger would visit soon.

EGGY LUCK — In many parts of Europe, farmers would take a fresh egg into the fields in the hopes that it would bring a good healthy crop.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LUCKY CHARMS

Lucky Charms cereal just turned 55. Three quick facts:

• In 1964, John Holahan, a vice president and developer at General Mills, took Cheerios, added Brach’s Circus Peanuts candy, and then  poured some milk.

• Lucky Charms was the first-ever cereal to include marshmallows. The freeze-dried marshmallow bits that put the charm in Lucky Charms are referred to in the cereal biz as marbits.

• 48 percent of all Lucky Charms consumed are enjoyed by those 18 or over. Adult fans of Lucky Charms tend to wax nostalgic about their favorite breakfast cereal.

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY PRANKS THAT WON’T GET YOU FIRED

But check with the boss anyway!

CHANGE THE AIR IN YOUR TIRES — Remind listeners that it’s time to change out the air in their your tires from “winter air” to “summer air”.

NO MORE SIGN PUNCTUATION — The city (or state) will save $52,000 a year by omitting punctuation from road and street signs.

LISTENERS AS DEPENDENTS — Remind listeners to visit your website to register their name, address and Social Security number because you get to claim them as dependents on your taxes. Create a landing page (e.g. wxyz.com/taxes) with an “April Fools!” graphic.

NAKED GARDEN GNOMES — (City) will vote on a resolution to ban naked garden gnomes.

NACHO CHEESE CORN — Every season farmers plant a different flavor corn, depending on what chip manufacturers need. This spring farmers are planting Nacho Cheese corn.

CHICKEN FINGERS — A new law goes into effect today. The US Government says chicken fingers must now be in the shape of real fingers.

HARMLESS APRIL FOOLS’ PRANKS FOR KIDS

Buzzfeed has some fun ideas for parents. April Fools’ Day is Monday.

• Super glue a pizza box closed, then try to keep a straight face as your kid struggles to get the box open.

• Put jelly beans in your ice dispenser.

• Serve your kid a glass of “Kool-Aid” or “juice” — that is really Jell-O.

• Surprise your kid with a big box of their favorite fast food, then REALLY surprise them by filling it up with vegetables.

• Tell your kids you made cake pops, then try to hide your smile as they crunch into a chocolate-covered Brussels sprout instead.

• Switch the bags inside two boxes of cereal, then watch your kid pour a bowl and realize their sugary cereal has turned into dad’s boring bran flakes.

• Have your kid plant some donut seeds in the yard the night before April Fools’ Day, then replace the “seeds” with real donuts to be discovered in the morning.

• Replace your kid’s photo on the wall with a photo of Steve Buscemi — or anyone else you want.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: On an average day in the U.S. 295 women and 105 men do what? (Get nose jobs)

ONE OF US IS LYING

• Ice is a food and like any food, it can go “bad.”

• Cattle branding in the United States did not originate in the West, but in Connecticut in the mid-19th century.

• Florida has the highest percentage of cremations of all other U.S. states. (Lie! It’s Hawaii)

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Conference a couple of listeners and then read the description of the item and let the bidding begin. The contestant with the highest bid without going over the retail price wins. (Here’s a hip version of the Price Is Right theme.)

Today’s item: The Human Hamster Ball!

Travel over virtually any terrain just like your little pet rodent in The Human Hamster Ball. Built from a reinforced translucent material, the hamster ball lets you roll around safely inside of a bubble that provides a breathtaking view of the nauseating world around you.

What is the price of The Human Hamster Ball? ($1,500)


DATEBOOK: MARCH 28, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Dianne Wiest is 73

• Salt of Salt-N-Pepa is 53

• Vince Vaughn (Fighting with my Family) is 49

• Julia Stiles is 38

• Lady Gaga is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1973: Wilt Chamberlain retired from pro basketball. He played 1,045 games over 14 years.

• 1979: In Pennsylvania, a pump in the reactor cooling system failed in the Three Mile Island accident, resulting in the evaporation of some contaminated water causing a nuclear meltdown.

• 1983: Fred Jipp was sentenced to 28 years in prison in Phoenix for fraud and bigamy. In 30 years he allegedly had married 104 women in 28 countries.

• 1984: In the middle of the night Robert Irsay moved the Baltimore Colts football team to Indianapolis.

• 1986: More than 6,000 radio stations of all formats played “We Are the World” simultaneously at 10:15 AM EST.

• 1995: Singer Lyle Lovett and actress Julia Roberts announced they were separating after 21 months of marriage.

• 2003: A Briton named Eric Bush legally changed his name to protest the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The 72-year-old, who lived in southern France, said he was ashamed to bear the same name as the U.S. president. He officially changed his name to Buisson, the French term for bush.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Weed Appreciation Day. The stuff in your yard you’re always trying to kill.

• Something on a Stick Day

• Black Forest Cake 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