INTERPREP ★ MAY 13, 2019

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DATEBOOK: MAY 13, 2019


• Harvey Keitel is 80

• Stevie Wonder is 69

• Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is 58

• Stephen Colbert is 55

• Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) is 34

• Lena Dunham (Girls) is 33

• Robert Pattinson is 33


• 1880: In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performed the first test of his electric railway.

• 1939: The first commercial FM radio station in the United States was launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later became WDRC-FM.

• 1958: Velcro’s trademark was registered.

• 1992: Three astronauts walked in space simultaneously for the first time.

• 1994: Johnny Carson made his last television appearance, on The David Letterman Show.

• 2002: A Chicago truck driver will never forget this not-so-egg-celent day after he spilled over 180,000 eggs on the highway. Michael Haynes fell asleep behind the wheel of his truck, lost control, and dumped the eggs on parts of I-65. The highway was closed for over three hours and snowplows were used to clean up the mess.

• 2006: Artist David Mach created an 8 foot tall sculpture of a nude woman made from 4,200 Scrabble tiles. The sculpture went on display on this day in West Sussex, England, and cost over $100,000 to build. The artist has previously used magazines, newspapers and car tires in his sculptures.

• 2017: A 22-year-old UK blogger halted the spread of a global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying “kill switch.”


• Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

• Karaoke Week. Wait, mothers get a day but karaoke gets a whole week?

• Dog Bite Prevention Week

• World Irish Dancing Week

• Scrabble Day

• Apple Pie Day

• Hummus Day


• May 14: Cannes Film Festival starts
• May 16: PGA Championship begins
• May 18: Preakness
• May 27: National Spelling Bee begins
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day


3,000: Years it would take you to count every star in our galaxy, at a rate of one per second.


A dog in Missouri ran away from home only to show up at his favorite doggie daycare center. Apparently, he just wanted to hang out with some of his canine buddies. [Plus, he knew it was the daycare’s weekly bacon burger day.]

A waiter in New York City returned a check for $424,000 that a customer had lost. The waiter evened turned down a reward. [Wow. I can’t even get a waiter to refill my water glass.]

A man found two bears fighting in his yard. [The fight had something to do with a parking spot.]

An Illinois kid’s pet snake escaped and wound up taking a ride inside a neighbor’s washing machine. It survived without injury, but they said it smelled like fabric softener. [And for the first hour kept crawling around in circles.]

Actress Constance Wu was criticized for being disappointed that her TV show Fresh Off the Boat was renewed for a sixth season. [“Oh, no! I’m going to make even more millions!”]

Kim and Kanye welcomed their fourth child, a boy. He was delivered by a surrogate mother. [You know you’re wealthy when you can hire Meghan Markle to be your surrogate.]

Next week, Pennsylvania will honor the late Fred Rogers, TV’s Mr. Rogers, with a special day where people are urged to be kind. [In other words, for 24 hours, stay away from the Internet.]

Conan O’Brien settled out of court with a comedy writer who claimed Conan’s writers stole his jokes. [Stealing comedy is a serious offense in some cultures. They cut off your funny bone.]

Director James Cameron congratulated the team at Avengers: Endgame for surpassing Titanic at the box office. [Both movies made us upset over the death of heroes, but only one tortured us relentlessly with a hit theme song that wouldn’t go away.]

Virgin Galactic said that it’s close to being ready to offer tourists a trip into space. [All they have left to do on the spaceship is install the zip line and set up the gift shop.]


LOTTERY JACKPOTS RISE _ The two national lotteries are growing. Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is now $316 million; Wednesday’s Powerball is $250 million.

RIDE-SHARE CARS 35,000 TIMES MORE GERMY THAN A TOILET SEAT _ Let’s face it — everything is more germy than a toilet seat. Our phones, our kitchen counters, our keyboards, and our Uber rides. There’s a new study (by insurance company Netquote) that says the average ride-share vehicle is 35,000 times more germy than a toilet seat.

… Researchers compared three ride-share cars, three taxis and three rental cars and found ride-share cars have about 219 times as many germs as the average taxi.

OBVIOUS: WE’RE EATING SNACKS WE KNOW AREN’T GOOD FOR US _ A survey has found that 90 percent of us eat snacks we know aren’t good
for us.

… My solution: The FDA should establish four new essential food groups: salt, sugar, fat, and chocolate. A balanced snack should include all those essential food groups, then we could junk out with a clear conscience.

MOST OF US CARRY LESS THAN $60 CASH _ A study says about 80% of us carry less than $60 cash, and 40% carry less than $20 cash on a daily basis. Nearly 1 in 10 of us don’t carry cash at all.

… Men are more likely than women to carry cash.

THE WATERBOY TELLS DRIVERS TO BE SAFE _ The Texas Department of Transportation used the help of Bobby Boucher from the movie The Waterboy to make sure people stayed safe on the roads during Mother’s Day weekend. Their electronic safety signs along roadways across Texas read “Mama say buckle up Bobby Boucher” and “Be safe drive smart love mama.”

TWINS SURVIVE 17th FLOOR FALL _ A pair of 4-year-old twins in China survived with no major injuries after falling from the 17th floor thanks to plants on the ground cushioning their fall. The twin girls were sent to a hospital and while both suffered a broken bone, they had no life-threatening injuries.

THERE ARE FIVE GLAMOUR SHOTS LOCATIONS LEFT IN THE UNITED STATES _ Remember Glamour Shots? They were basically photo studios in malls where you could get yourself Instagram-filtered — long before Instagram was an app. Turns out, there are still five Glamour Shots locations left in the U.S. Louisville, Kentucky, still has a store. Staten Island, New York, has one. So does, El Paso, Texas. And New Jersey has a couple of stores.

… At its mid-’90s peak, Glamour Shots had more than 350 stores, with licensees in Venezuela, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

… Oklahoma City entrepreneur Jack Counts Jr. started the company. Counts was already owner of a photo finishing business called Candid Color Systems in 1988 when he learned of a store in Hawaii that offered a makeover with a photo session. His original location in Oklahoma City had the name Fantasy Faces. The company didn’t take off until he opened a store in Dallas that went by Glamour Shots.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What closed mall store was a big part of your life?

WOMEN DON’T WEAR $241 OF THEIR JEWELRY _ The average woman’s jewelry box has around $241 of unworn earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets.

111-YEAR-OLD GETS FREE TICKETS TO SEE MICHELLE OBAMA BOOK TOUR _ An 111-year-old woman from Georgia received free tickets to attend a local book tour appearance by Michelle Obama in Atlanta over the weekend. Willie Mae Hardy, who hit the 111-year mark earlier this year, got the tickets with the help of an Atlanta City Council member. According to the press release from the city council, Harding, the granddaughter of a slave, was raised on a plantation in Junction City, Georgia.

PEOPLE REMOVED FROM FLIGHT FOR NOT LISTENING TO SAFETY BRIEFING _ Two passengers were kicked off an Air New Zealand flight after refusing to pay attention to an airline safety briefing. The two, a man and a woman, were sitting in an exit-row on a plane at Wellington Airport. The plane had to return to the gate after the pair refused to view a card detailing the flight’s safety instructions.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER PUT SKELETON IN PASSENGER SEAT _ Some people will do anything to avoid traffic. The Minnesota State Patrol posted a photo on social media of a skeleton dressed in a purple Aéropostale hoodie sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The driver wanted to use a lane, reserved for buses, motorcycles and carpoolers. Single drivers must purchase a device to be kept in their cars that deletes a fee from a prepaid account every time the lane is used. Commuters can often shave five to 10 minutes off their drive by using the fast lane. This driver wanted to appear that he was carpooling, so he dressed up a skeleton, hoping law enforcement would see the human form and believe he had a passenger with him. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FLIPS VEHICLE BECAUSE OF SPIDER _A man flipped his vehicle while driving in Batavia, New York, Friday afternoon. He told authorities a spider jumped on his leg and startled him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN JOKINGLY TRIES TO PAWN BABY _ A man walked into a pawn shop in Florida, put his baby on the counter and, according to police, asked how much he could get for the kid. Richard Slocum placed the infant before the owner of the store in Sarasota and told him, “He’s barely used, seven and a half months old, what do you think he’s worth?” The father later told officers he had been joking, but the shop owner didn’t think so. Which is why the pawn shop owner called police as soon as Slocum left. Police said detectives verified the child was safe.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN’S DOES 11-STORY NAKED DANCE _ In China a naked woman climbed onto an air conditioning unit outside the 11th floor of a hotel and started dancing. Not surprisingly a large crowd gathered below taking photographs. The woman didn’t seem suicidal and officers offered her breakfast and some water thinking that they might be able to grab her in the process, but the attempt made her upset. When an elderly cleaning lady came into the room and asked a question the naked woman seemed to react to her voice. So cops asked the cleaning lady to speak to the woman, which seemed to work. It provided the opportunity for a fireman attached to a rope to approach the naked woman and grab her.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GOT ANY SMOKES? _ Authorities in Florida say a woman wasn’t wearing any clothes when she knocked on stranger’s door in the middle of the night to ask for cigarettes. Deputies found her a short time later walking through a mobile home park wearing only boxer shorts.


THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. In a Voice first, the top 8 pair up to perform songs from The Beatles.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — Hannah Brown from The Bachelor gets another shot to find love.

SEASON FINALE: 9-1-1 (8p ET, FOX) — 9-1-1 has been renewed for another season.


THE CODE (9p ET, CBS) — New. Abe and Harper try to track down a website owner who has been encouraging violence.

SEASON FINALE: ARROW (9p ET, CW) — New. Arrow has been renewed for an 8th and final season.

THE ENEMY WITHIN (10p ET, NBC) — New. Keaton and his team are able to intervene and stop the assassination of a high-profile congresswoman.

THE FIX (10p ET, ABC) — New.

SEASON FINALE: BULL (10p ET, CBS) — New. Bull works to convince a jury that an alleged murder was actually a tragic accident. Bull has been renewed for another season.

SEASON FINALE: KNIGHTFALL (10p ET, History) — The show has not yet been renewed for another season.

SEASON PREMIERE: PAID OFF WITH MICHAEL TORPEY (10p ET, TruTV) — Contestants compete for the chance to wipe out their student-loan debt in the second season.

SERIES PREMIERE: L.A.’S FINEST (Spectrum on Demand) — Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba star in this new cop drama inspired by the Bad Boys franchise. The first three episodes will debut today, then two episodes will be released each week.

MALIBU RESCUE (Netflix) — This live-action comedy follows a group of aspiring junior lifeguards from The Valley as they compete against the snobby local kids. Following the movie, the 8-episode Malibu Rescue: The Series will premiere June 3rd.


TOP TEN MOVIES _ Avengers: Endgame continued its box office dominance for a third weekend, adding $63 million. With just under $2.5 billion earned Endgame stands as the No. 2 movie of all time behind only Avatar ($2.7 billion).

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Avengers: Infinity War.
… Five years ago this week: Neighbors.
… Ten years ago this week: Star Trek.
… Twenty years ago this week: The Mummy.

… Pokémon Detective Pikachu premiered in second place with $58 million.

… Opening Friday: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (R); A Dog’s Journey (PG); The Sun Is Also a Star (PG-13)

… Adjusted for inflation, the all-time box office top ten:

1. Gone with the Wind – $3.7 billion
2. Avatar – $3.2 billion
3. Titanic – $3.09 billion
4. Star Wars – $3.06 billion
5. The Sound of Music – $2.56 billion
6. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – $2.5 billion
7. Avengers: Endgame – $2.48 billion
8. The Ten Commandments – $2.3 billion
9. Doctor Zhivago – $2.24 billion
10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $2.2 billion

PAT SAJAK SETS WORLD RECORD _ Pat Sajak has been awarded a Guinness World Record for Longest Career as a Game Show Host of the Same Show. The 72-year-old Sajak earned the record by hosting Wheel of Fortune for 35 years, 198 days — and beyond.

FOX RENEWS ORVILLE _ Fox renewed Seth MacFarlane’s space comedy The Orville for a third season.

SNL OPENS WITH MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE AUDIO  Former Saturday Night Live cast members Amy Poehler and Tina Fey helped Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson deliver her monologue as guest host over the weekend. In honor of Mother’s Day, the three women translated what moms say about their children’s clothing and life choices into what they actually mean.

NBC RENEWS THIS IS US FOR THREE MORE SEASONS _ NBC has renewed This is Us for three more seasons. The network will air 18 new episodes per season of the time-bending family drama, one of TV’s top-rated shows.

HBO DROPS THE NEW BIG LITTLE LIES TRAILER _ One of the best HBO shows that doesn’t feature dragons or sensitive hitmen is finally back this summer, and over the weekend a new trailer for Big Little Lies was delivered to us. The second second season brings the investigation into full swing, and introduces us Meryl Streep as Alexander Skarsgard’s mother, who’s not at all convinced that her abusive son’s death was an accident. Big Little Lies returns to HBO on June 9. • VIDEO

MEGHAN MARKLE’S EX-HUSBAND MARRIES HEIRESS IN LAVISH CEREMONY _ The ex husband of Meghan Markle remarried over the weekend in a lavish Californian ceremony — almost a year after his former wife became royalty. Hollywood producer and director Trevor Engelson wed Tracey Kurland, a 31-year-old nutritionist and heiress to a multi million dollar fortune. They have been dating since 2017 and got engaged last June on a trip to the wine region of  Napa Valley.

MELISSA MCCARTHY REPLACES STEVE HARVEY ON LITTLE BIG SHOTS _ Melissa McCarthy has been named host of NBC’s Little Big Shots, replacing Steve Harvey as emcee of the talent competition for kids. Harvey hosted the previous three seasons of the show. Little Big Shots last aired on NBC in July 2018. NBC executives said the show was in for a “brand refresh” as McCarthy takes over.

NEW 9-1-1 SERIES STARRING ROB LOWE ORDERED AT FOX _Fox has given a go order for a second installment of 9-1-1 starring Rob Lowe. The new entry is titled 9-1-1: Lone Star. It follows a sophisticated New York cop (Lowe) who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, Texas, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.

ABC CANCELS WHISKEY CAVALIER AFTER ONE SEASON _ ABC has canceled Whiskey Cavalier after one season. Star Scott Foley broke the news alongside his wife Marika Domińczyk in a heartfelt video on Sunday.


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• PHONER: MOM REVENGE STORIES: Moms, if your kids forgot about you on Mother’s Day, now’s your time to get a little revenge by sharing an embarrassing story about them.

• SNL: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey help Emma Thompson with Mother’s Day translation.

• DROP: Listen, do you want the job done right or do you want it done fast?

• BEER: Here’s the song It’s the Most Wonderful Time to Drink Beer.  →  May 10 News & Nuggets

• HIP HOP AUCTION: A few years old, but check out auctioneer Rhett Parks set to hip hop beats. (video)



Various smart people were asked what they think is the most overrated invention.

• The Segway. It was introduced with great fanfare as a way to alter our mode of transportation. Turns out, people like being in cars or can use a bike for much less.

• Sliced bread. What’s so great about sliced bread? You want toasted bread? Try an an English muffin. You want a sandwich? Try a sub or a pita pocket.

• Engagement rings. They were a ploy crafted by greedy diamond companies, and now they are a seeming requirement for any couple looking to get married.

• The chair. It was intended to provide a comfortable relief but has instead had a debilitating effect on countless deskbound humans.

Car alarm. Has anyone ever rushed to a scene when one of them goes off?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the most overrated invention?


Fun question posed on Reddit.

• I had a friend who never locked her door. She thought if they were locked and somebody would break in she couldn’t escape. She lived on first floor.

• A couple of young women in the employee break room said to the lady serving sausage biscuits: “What animal is used for sausages? Is there an animal called a sausage?”

• I had a teacher who said we have gravity because of air pressure.

• I knew I was surrounded by idiots when I was the only person in the class who knew that you don’t just turn on a computer — you need to turn on the monitor as well.

• When I told my 8th grade social studies teacher the Great Wall of China could not be seen from space she replied, “When were you in space?”

• A girl in my college class once said, “I don’t want to donate my eyes because I don’t want people to see what I’ve seen.”


• In Arizona don’t feed pigs garbage.

• In Ohio, you’re not allowed to get your fish drunk.

• In Arkansas honking after 9PM is illegal. Amen to that.

• In Tennessee you can’t borrow someone else’s Netflix. The law actually outlaws the sharing of account logins for all paid sites, like Netflix, New York Times, etc.

• In Alabama it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.

• In Michigan persons may not be drunk on trains.

• In Wyoming using a firearm to fish is forbidden.

• In Connecticut in order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle it must bounce.


TRIVIA: The Packard was the first automobile to offer what? (Air conditioning. That was in 1939.)

TRIVIA: Each day, Americans buy about 5 million things that are shaped like this, or have a picture of this. Of what? (Mickey Mouse)

TRIVIA: 80% of the food items in the U.S. have this in common. (They have added sugar)


• The McDonald’s Egg McMuffin was invented by a nun. (LIE)

• Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

• There is a town in Texas called Ding Dong.

DATEBOOK: MAY 14, 2019


• George Lucas is 75

• Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) is 68

• Actor Tim Roth is 58

• Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli is 53

• Cate Blanchett is 50

• Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men, Joan of Arcadia) is 36

• Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) is 35

• Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) is 26


• 1607: Jamestown, Virginia, was settled as an English colony.

• 1804: The Lewis and Clark Expedition departed from Camp Dubois and began its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.

• 1973: Skylab, the United States’ first space station, was launched.

• 1998: The finale of Seinfeld aired on NBC, with 76 million viewers tuning in.

• 2009: A church in East Sussex, England, unveiled a bronze statue dubbed “Jesus in jeans” depicting Christ as a man of the 21st century. The $50,000, seven-foot high bronze statue was funded by money left by a late parishioner. Christ is wearing jeans and a shirt billowing in the wind while his hair and beard are neatly and fashionably trimmed.


• Chicken Dance Day

• Buttermilk Biscuit Day


• May 16: PGA Championship begins
• May 18: Preakness
• May 27: National Spelling Bee begins
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day