INTERPREP MAY 28, 2019

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DATEBOOK: MAY 28, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Gladys Knight is 75

• TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck is 42

• Carey Mulligan is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1896: The first recorded automobile accident involving two vehicles occurred on this date in New York City. Henry Wells of Springfield, Massachusetts was driving a new Duryea Motor Wagon, the first automobile model to be made and sold in the U.S. Unfortunately, he collided with Evelyn Thomas of New York, riding a bicycle. Thomas went to the hospital with a broken leg, and Wells spent the night in jail.

• 1928: Dodge Brothers Incorporated merged with Chrysler Corporation.

• 1937: The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, was officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC, who pushed a button signaling the start of vehicle traffic over the span.

• 1954: President Dwight Eisenhower signed a law that added the words “under God” to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.

• 1985: Seattle retiree Gay Mullins founded The Old Cola Drinkers of America, a group determined to bring back the original Coca-Cola. Within two months Coke announced Classic Coke, to be sold in addition to it’s New Coke.

• 1987: 19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evaded Soviet Union air defenses and landed a private plane in Red Square in Moscow. He was immediately detained and was not released until August 3, 1988.

• 1999: In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s newly-restored masterpiece “The Last Supper” was put back on display.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Brisket Day

• Hamburger Day (Some sources say May 27)

UPCOMING

• May 27-30: National Spelling Bee
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• May 30: NBA Finals start
• June 7: National Donut Day
• June 8: Belmont Stakes
• June 16: Father’s Day
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• June 20: NBA draft
• June 21: NHL draft
• June 26: First Democratic debate, in Miami
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• July 6: Tour de France starts
• July 8: MLB All-Star Game
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

310 million: The number of lightning strikes that hit Earth from May through October.


NEWS ATTACK!

Traffic on a road in Washington state was disrupted after a truck spilled boxes with thousands of bees. [This just goes to prove the statistics that say it’s far safer for bees to fly than to drive.]

A regional tournament was held in Japan to see who would qualify for the country’s national Pillow Fighting Championship. [It’s hard to believe that this is the same country that once had samurai, ninjas, and kamikaze pilots.]

A regional tournament was held in Japan to see who would qualify for the country’s national Pillow Fighting Championship. [It’s almost as popular as the country’s national Musical Chairs Tournament.]

The State University of New York has become the first college to offer a four-year degree in dog training. [On graduation day, they make you toss your degree as far as possible. If your dog brings it back to you, you get to keep it.]

The South is having a heatwave. [Heat is responsible for southern dialect. They used to say, “You all” but it melted together into “y’all.”]

It turns out that Rick Singer, the mastermind who helped celebrities bribe their kids’ way into elite colleges, also lied about his background and credentials. [It turns out that he has neither won a Pulitzer Prize, gone into outer space, nor invented the Internet.]

The Spice Girls have begun their big nostalgia tour. [Their opening acts are the Power Rangers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.]

A boulder weighing over two million pounds rolled down onto a Colorado highway. [But that’s not what blocked traffic. It was all the tourists taking selfies with a rock.]

In China, they’ve gotten a glimpse of the first known panda that’s completely albino. [This seems to confirm the long-held rumors about the panda’s mother and her relationship with a polar bear she claimed was only a friend.]

An Arizona kid who’s only in the eighth grade has already received two offers to play college football. [The problem is that some of the night games are past his bed time.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

MEGA MILLIONS GROWS _ Tonight’s (Tuesday) Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $418 million. Tomorrow night’s Powerball is $325 million.

CHEESE-ROLLING CHAMP _ A new champion has been crowned at the death-defying annual cheese rolling race in England (Gloucestershire). 22-year-old Max McDougall won the first men’s downhill race after tripping and tumbling down Cooper’s Hill. Veteran cheese chaser Chris Anderson, who holds a record 22 wins over the past 15 years, did not compete because he was away on vacation.

… The women’s race was won by 28-year-old Flo Early, who won for the fourth time, but also managed to sprain her ankle in the process.

… Rebel cheese rollers have been staging their own unofficial event after health and safety fears caused the official competition to be cancelled in 2010. The cheese is chased 200 yards down the steep hill. The unusual event has been celebrated for centuries and is thought to have its roots in a heathen festival to celebrate the return of spring.

JUDGE RULES BUD LIGHT CAN’T SAY CORN SYRUP IN ADS ABOUT MILLER & COORS _ There are developments in the legal battle between Bud Light and MillerCoors. Long story short, MillerCoors sued Anheuser-Busch after their big Super Bowl ads claimed that Miller and Coors use corn syrup in the production of their popular beers. While that may be true, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction, which will temporarily prevent Anheuser-Busch from using the words “corn syrup” in their ads without providing more detail.

… According to MillerCoors, these Bud Light ads “deceive beer consumers into believing that there is corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup in Miller Lite and Coors Light.” The company says there is no corn syrup in either beer by the time it reaches consumers, and high-fructose corn syrup is never involved at any point.

POP-UP TOASTER IS 100 _ It was this week in 1919 (May 29) that Charles Strite patented the pop-up toaster.

CANNABIS CAN AFFECT TEENAGERS SEVERELY _ Regularly smoking cannabis can affect teenagers so severely that they end up three years behind their friends in brain development. The results of the investigation, which involved almost 4,000 secondary school children in Canada, led researchers to conclude cannabis is more toxic for youngsters’ brains than alcohol. Persistent use of the drug seriously affected basic reasoning skills — while it also had a disastrous effect on self-control.

UNMARRIED, CHILDLESS WOMAN ARE THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE OF ALL _ If you’re a man, find yourself a spouse to boost your happiness. If you’re a woman? Don’t bother. According to a new study, women who have no children and who aren’t married are the happiest people of all. Not only that, but they’re more likely to live longer than married women with children. The research (London School of Economics) reveals that marriage and children aren’t necessarily going to make women happier. This flies in the face of common — though unscientific — wisdom that says women are most satisfied in life when they have children and a spouse.

… Marriage seems to make men happier — or at least less unhappy — because they “calmed down” once they got hitched. But for women, staying single isn’t a negative because they take more risks, they earn more at work, and they live a little longer.

BAR IN TOKYO OFFERS A POOL FULL OF CHERRY BLOSSOM PETALS _ The cherry blossom has been an important symbol in Japan. Because of this, the Japanese hold the cherry blossom trees in high regard. A bar in Tokyo (Sakura Chill Bar) now offers a ‘pool’ filled with 1.2 million imitation cherry blossom petals. You can get in with your friends and take pictures fully immersed in cherry blossom petals.

BAR OWNER TO CUSTOMERS ORDERING TAP WATER: YOU’RE RUINING MY BUSINESS _ The owner of a bar in Bristol, England, is condemning people who choose to order free tap water instead of drinking beer or a soft drink, saying that they are ruining her business. The co-founder of Bristol Spirit, Sam Espensen, has said that although the bar serves food, customers should all order drinks with their meal. She tweeted that at least 14 people only drank water at the bar last week, and wrote: “If you come to Bristol Spirit and only drink free tap water — we will not make enough money from your table to break even, let alone turn a profit.”

… She told local media: “This is happening across the industry. This is partly down to people wanting to drink healthier or non alcoholic drinks (which is great), but as we offer around 50 different options for those not wanting to drink alcohol it certainly can’t account for all of them. So I wanted to highlight to those people that them drinking tap water means we are unlikely to meet the average spend from their visit required to break even or turn a profit.”

… She added that offering tap water costs the business money, explaining: “We are also paying for the dishwasher, the glass, the towels to dry it, the bartender, the front of house person, and everything else associated with that glass of water.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Should bars and restaurants charge for a glass of water?

SON DIES TRYING TO SAVE DAD WHO SLEEPILY STEPPED IN LAKE _ In a sad story from Georgia, a son dived into a lake to save his father — but only the father came out alive. Seems 34-year-old Jermiah Israel was sleeping alongside his dad Sunday night on boat tied to a bridge after a day of fishing. The dad woke up just after midnight and apparently walked into the lake, thinking he was still home. Israel jumped in to save him but drowned, while the 64-year-old father was rescued by nearby boaters and taken to a hospital and released.

HOME DEPOT BUILT 2-YEAR-OLD A WALKER _ Imagine your child having a disorder that impacts his motor skills, such as walking. And imagine not knowing if your insurance would cover a basic item he needs to help him walk. That’s what Christian and Justin Moore were experiencing when they walked into a Home Depot in Cedartown, Georgia, last week. Their son Logan is 2 and has hypotonia, a syndrome that impacts his muscle tone and makes stability a struggle. Logan’s physical therapist suggested a gait trainer to help him with walking, but they did not think insurance would cover it. So she and her husband turned to YouTube where they found a tutorial to make one out of PVC pipe.

… When they arrived, she asked a store employee she knew if anyone could help them with the supply list. Christian said what happened next shocked her. She was met by a store manager and another employee who came to help. They started getting the parts together and told the family they would put it together and would not charge them. They told them to go get ice cream and come back in an hour. When they returned the walker was finished and even included Logan’s name.

WOMAN DONATES BLOOD PLASMA TWICE A WEEK TO GO SHOPPING _ A self-confessed shopaholic in Utah has made more than $3,000 donating her plasma to fund her retail therapy habit. Twenty-year-old Carisa Barker has spent a year visiting a clinic twice a week to donate the protein-rich liquid found in blood in exchange for cash to bankroll her shopping sprees. The student and part-time nanny makes $280 a month from her plasma and in one year she has raked in $3,360. Barker estimates that she spends about $600 a month on clothes, shoes and beauty products.

SERVICE DOG GOES NUTS FOR CHEWBACCA AT DISNEY WORLD _ Sparrow is a golden retriever living in the United Kingdom who’s training to become a service dog. Her owners run an Instagram account tracking her progress and sharing it with the world. They recently took Sparrow on a trip to Disney World in Florida for a training program and it was there that she and Chewbacca became friends. The encounter came after Sparrow spent a long day in the park. During her training, she’s typically not allowed to interact with other people, as she’s supposed to stay focused on her owner and making sure they’re OK. When it came to meeting the famous Wookie, however, her owners decided to make an exception. A special meet and greet was set up between Sparrow and Chewie in a private area. There, Sparrow was allowed to take a break from work so that she could play with the famous Star Wars. And Sparrow had the time of her life. • VIDEO

DIVORCES AMONG OLDER COUPLES ARE MORE OFTEN BECAUSE OF WIFE _ Forget the stereotype of the older man dumping his wife for a sweet young thing. A survey for AARP found two-thirds of divorces among older couples are the woman’s idea. That debunks the myth of an older man divorcing his wife for a younger woman. The study looked at more than 1,100 people ages 40 to 79 who had divorced in their 40s, 50s or 60s. It found that women over age 40 seemed more aware of problems in their marriages, while men were more likely to be caught off-guard by their divorces.

TIGHT JEANS MAY LEAD TO TINGLING THIGHS _ Got tingling legs? You may have what’s called “tingling thigh syndrome”. The condition can happen when constant pressure cuts off the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, causing a numb, tingling or burning sensation along the thigh. Typically, sufferers of the nerve condition include construction workers or police officers with heavy, low-slung belts, pregnant women or obese people; it also can result from a pulled-tight seat belt in a car accident. But over the last several years, experts say they’ve been seeing more young women at a healthy weight complain of symptoms. The culprit: too-tight jeans.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CALLED 911 BECAUSE CAR WAS LEAKING OIL ON DRIVEWAY _ A Florida (Gulfport) woman was arrested after she allegedly called 911 because her brother’s car was leaking oil on her driveway. Linda Sue Morgan (age 55) said the car was leaking oil, and she wanted to clean it, but her brother refused to move the car. She called 911 so that law enforcement would force him to do it. Morgan was arrested for making a false 911 call booked into jail. She was released the next day.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DROVE DRUNK TO PICK UP WOMAN CHARGED WITH DWI _ A man drove drunk to a New Jersey police station (Hackettstown) where he was picking up a woman who had been charged with drunken driving. When the man arrived at the station, authorities say he smelled of alcohol and they charged him with drunken driving. Both of them were eventually released to another driver.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CALLS POLICE TO REPORT THEFT OF SUBWAY FOOTLONG _ An Indianapolis man called police Saturday evening to report a theft of a Subway Footlong sandwich. It is unclear who stole the sandwich or how they did it, but no arrests were made.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AGGRESSIVE SQUIRREL ADDICTED TO CHEESE-FLAVORED SNACKS _ A squirrel with a taste for cheesy snacks has been frequenting a Seattle park. Kevin — a female squirrel with a male name for some reason — has become a hot topic in a neighborhood parents group on Facebook. Many of the park’s visitors don’t mind her or her appetite and occasionally bring snacks just for Kevin. However, she’s notoriously aggressive sometimes. Park-goers said she’ll sometimes go through through backpacks and strollers.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WAITER EATS FLY _ A waiter in a restaurant in China ate a fly after a customer found the dead insect in her bowl of noodles. The customer had demanded to see the manager of the restaurant, which caused the waiter to panic and swallow the fly.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PORTABLE TOILET BUTT BURN _ In Germany, it was dark when a man went into a portable toilet. Not knowing where to find the toilet paper in the john the man lit a match — and blew up his bottom. The man accidentally sparked chemical fumes which exploded as he sat down. The man was left with severe burns to his rear.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SEARCH FOR TICKLE BANDIT _ Italian police are searching for a man known as “The Tickle Bandit.” As you’ve probably figured out, The Tickle Bandit has been going up to people on city streets and in parks, tickling them and then fleeing. Police aren’t sure they can arrest the man, but would like to find out why he’s doing what he’s doing.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — This season features 2 new judges: actress Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars). They are replacing singer Mel B and model Heidi Klum. Terry Crews is the new host. Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel return.

THE LION KING (8p ET, ABC) — The original 1994 animated film. The new live action version of the film comes out in July.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — New. The contestants must create a dish inspired by family.

JEFF DUNHAM: TALKING HEADS (8p ET, A&E) — This 2-hour Biography special gives an intimate and in-depth portrait of Dunham. Dunham himself will bring viewers on the road with a new interview in his hometown. The special will feature exclusive photos and performance video from Dunham’s personal archive, as well as interviews with Howie Mandel and Jay Leno.

RUNNING WITH BETO (8p ET, HBO) — This behind-the-scenes documentary follows Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s rise from virtual unknown to national political sensation. The director embedded with the O’Rourke campaign for a year as O’Rourke staged a grassroots attempt to unseat Ted Cruz and represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. The film draws on intimate access to O’Rourke, his tight-knit family and his team of political newcomers, who champion a new way of getting to know a candidate.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (9p ET, FOX) — New. The Road to the Finale special features Gordon Ramsay looking back at his favorite moments from the season.

THE 100 (9p ET, CW) — New.

SEASON PREMIERE: ANIMAL KINGDOM (9p ET, TNT) — Emily Deschanel (Bones) joins the cast in a recurring role for season 4.

BLOOD AND TREASURE (10p ET, CBS) — New. Farouk obtains a clue to the location of the sarcophagus of Cleopatra.

SERIES PREMIERE: SONGLAND (10p ET, NBC) — This new reality competition series focuses on finding the next great songwriter. Each week, songwriters will compete to have their songs recorded by the Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, and more. Each episode features five songwriters performing their original songs for three top musical producers, as well as a major recording artist. Songland’s panel features Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic; Ester Dean, who produced music for Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj; and Shane McAnally, producer of 38 number-one country records.

FINALE: 1969 (10p ET, ABC) — New.

JEFF FOXWORTHY: STAND UP GUY (10p ET, A&E) — This special brings Foxworthy together with his close friends of more than 30 years, fellow comedians Kathleen Madigan, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy, for an informal conversation about his life and career. The hour long special will feature rarely seen photos and videos from Foxworthy’s personal archive and interviews with his manager Larry Burns and Jay Leno.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ Aladdin topped the four-day weekend box office with a haul of $112.7 million. Globally, Aladdin did pretty well with a $233 million worldwide debut.

  1. Aladdin, $112.7 million
  2. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, $31 million
  3. Avengers: Endgame, $22.3 million
  4. Pokemon Detective Pikachu, $17.2 million
  5. Brightburn, $9.5 million
  6. Booksmart, $8.6 million
  7. A Dog’s Journey, $5.5 million
  8. The Hustle, $4.7 million
  9. The Intruder, $2.9 million
  10. Long Shot, $2.1 million

… In theaters Friday: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (PG-13); Ma (R); Rocketman (R)

WILL SMITH SLIPPED INTO ALADDIN SHOWING _ Will Smith is one of the biggest movie stars in the world, which makes it a little problematic when he wants to sneak into a theater to see his latest flick — but he figured out a way. Will slinked into a Calabasas, California, theater just after the joint went dark for a showing of Aladdin. Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden and Willow went along for the ride. When the movie ended, Will stood up and people went nuts. Will was swarmed by fans who went in for selfies and hugs.

KATE MARA AND JAMIE BELL WELCOME A DAUGHTER _ Kate Mara and Jamie Bell welcomed their first child together “a couple weeks ago,” according to the new mom. Mara shard a photo on social media Monday: “We had a baby a couple weeks ago … Here are her feet.” Baby girl is the first child for Mara while Bell shares a 5½-year-old son with ex-wife Evan Rachel Wood.

JOHNNY GALECKI AND GIRLFRIEND ARE HAVING A BOY _ Parents-to-be Johnny Galecki and Alaina Meyer hosted a gender reveal party on Saturday, where it was revealed that their first child will be a boy

COACH WHOSE TEAM INSPIRED REMEMBER THE TITANS DIES AT 94 _ Bill Yoast, the high school football coach whose undefeated 1971 team served as inspiration for the classic film Remember the Titans, died Friday at an assisted living home in Virginia. He was 94. Yoast’s death was announced in a news release by the Alexandria City Public School district, where he coached and taught at T.C. Williams High School for nearly 25 years. Yoast, who was portrayed in the Disney film by Will Patton, came on at T.C. in 1971 as defensive coordinator and assistant coach to head coach Herman Boone, played in the film by Denzel Washington. The men’s partnership was noteworthy, as it came as Alexandria merged its three public high schools into one integrated school. The ’71 Titans football team went undefeated and won the Virginia AAA state championship, a run that inspired the film.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER WILL HELP 102-YEAR-OLD THREATENED WITH EVICTION _ Arnold Schwarzenegger has stepped in to help a 102-year-old friend who has been threatened with eviction. The actor was appalled to learn Thelma Smith is being forced out of the Ladera Heights, California pad she has called home for over three decades, so her landlord can reportedly move his daughter. As officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs investigate the case, Schwarzenegger has pledged his support, tweeting: “Thelma has been a dear friend for a long time. Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life. It is heartless. Thelma, I’ll be reaching out to help. Landlords, you’ll hear from me too.”

… Smith was given notice on March 8 and currently must vacate her home by June 30. A GoFundMe account to assist her launched on Thursday. • LINK


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• 96-YEAR-OLD: Before an exhibition soccer match between the U.S. Women’s National Team and Mexico in New Jersey, 96-year-old Pete DuPre performed a remarkable version of the Star Spangled Banner using only a harmonica.

• YOUR TV CHAIR: My dad’s recliner is not to be sat in by anyone else. Also, you may not move his recliner to vacuum around it — only he is authorized to move it. Does anyone in your household have a TV chair? Here’s a clip from Friends.

• DROP: Look man, don’t nobody leave this dump before I do.

• PHONER: Who taught you how to drive?  →  3 real callers!


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT WAS THE SILLIEST THING YOU BELIEVED AS A CHILD?

What people shared on reddit.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What was the silliest thing you believed as a child?

• I didn’t want us to get a new TV because I liked the shows on the old one.

• I thought that every song that played on the radio was being performed somewhere live, and when you turned up the volume the singer would sing louder at his/her venue.

• Sex was just making out with no clothes on.

• There was a Skittles commercial where they put some Skittles in the ground and they grew into a Skittles tree. I tried growing a Skittles tree at the park for about three years before my family moved.

• I thought that there were tiny people in the traffic lights controlling them.

• That there was someone who sat behind a couple hundred computer screens and controlled every traffic light in the city.

• All dogs were male; all cats were female.

• I thought that any time any woman went to the hospital, it was to have a baby. My 98-year-old great grandmother was in the hospital and all I wanted to know was when the baby was gonna get here.

3 ANNOYING PHRASES MANAGERS USE

• Let’s unpack this.

• Circle back.

• Let’s double-click on that.

MANDALS — HOT OR NOT?

Now that the weather’s warmed up I’m seeing more men wearing sandals. The kind with the open toes and straps around the ankles look goofy to me.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Mandals… hot or not?

SECRETS OF SUPER-HAPPY COUPLES

• Fall in love all over again. Make a conscious decision to be in love. The more you act as if you are in love, the more you will feel like you are.

• Remember the good times. Treat your partner like you did at the beginning of your relationship. Make a list of all the things you used to enjoy doing together and add any new fantasies to the list. Plan for them and make them happen.

• Help your partner feel more loved and secure in your love so that he or she can open up to you and express feelings and ideas without fear of being attacked or judged. Compliment, praise, give a hug. Small gestures make the grandest statements.

• Don’t make unilateral decisions. You’re a team in many ways, so act like one. Check in and make decisions together about things large and small. Be willing to compromise.

• Be present. Train your mind to stay in the moment — not at work, thinking about the new color you want to paint your kitchen, or how it’s time to take the dog to the vet.

• Pay attention to your physical appearance. Take the time to stay in shape and look good for each other. It does matter.

• Boost your compatibility. Couples in crisis focus on all the ways they are different, whereas those who are in love zero in on their similarities and think their differences are cute. Build compatibility by taking turns planning activities to do together. If you don’t like your partner’s choice, don’t complain; it’s your turn next.

• Do not place blame. Replace blame and criticism with solutions and tenderness. Problem-solve together — sit close, hold hands, touch each other’s face or hair. Be playful. When was the last time you laughed together? Rent a comedy movie to tickle your funny bone.

• Plan for sex. Spontaneity is great but smart couples know that good sex doesn’t just happen. Like everything else, it takes time and planning.

• Fact-find — don’t mind-read. You may think you know but you can’t assume. You may believe he should know, but that’s not fair, either. Always clear up misinterpretations and misunderstandings to make sure they don’t throw you both off course.

• Fight fair — and by appointment only. Schedule a limited time to discuss a problem and confine your comments to that issue only. It’s easier to relax and feel free to enjoy each other when you know you won’t be ambushed by a litany of complaints and criticisms.

• Prepare for checkouts. Even in the closest marriage, everyone needs time alone. Don’t take it personally and don’t make each other feel guilty if you need to spiritually and emotionally regroup. Just be sure to tell each other when you are checking out (max, one day) — and when you’re checking back in.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: According to a survey, 4% of men and 8% of women say they’ll never use one of these. (A port-potty)

TRIVIA: Two percent of women will do this in the first five years of marriage. (Lose their wedding ring)

TRIVIA: In a survey, pet owners were asked what one question they would ask their pet. What was the top answer? (Do you like your food?)

WHICH CAME FIRST?

Editor’s note: This week marks the 100th anniversary of the pop-up toaster.

• The pop-up toaster (1919) or the waffle iron (1300s)

• The greeting card (ancient China) or printed gift-wrap paper (1890s)

• Aspirin (1853) or cough drops (ancient Egypt)

WHAT’S IN COMMON

• 21, Solitaire, Crazy Eights (Card games)

• Glass, ballet, bedroom (Slippers)

• A woman’s shoe store, a gas station, a bike repair shop (They have pumps)

• A gold mine, an elevator, an arrow (Shafts)

• Lamb, pork, karate (Chops)


DATEBOOK: MAY 29, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Anthony Geary (General Hospital) is 72

• Annette Bening is 61

• Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life) is 56

• Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) of the Spice Girls is 44

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1856: During a speech in Bloomington, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

• 1886: Chemist John Pemberton placed his first advertisement for Coca-Cola. The ad appeared in the Atlanta Journal.

• 1912: The Ladies Home Journal fired 15 women employees for doing the “Turkey Trot” during their lunch hour.

• 1919: Charles Strite patented the pop-up toaster.

• 1953: Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

• 1999: The Space Shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.

• 2001: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to participate in tournaments.

• 2004: A memorial to America’s World War II veterans was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

• 2006: In Australia, Norman Parker went to a department store and found a sweater he liked. He took it into one of the changing rooms, removed the security tag, stuffed the sweater underneath his jacket and headed for the door. He didn’t make it outside, however, as the security alarm went off just as he reached the exit. How could this have happened? He removed the security tag. That he did, but instead of throwing it away, he stuffed it into his pants pocket.

• 2013: Smithfield Foods of Virginia, the world’s largest meat processing company, was purchased by a Chinese meat processing company for $4.72 billion.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Learn About Composting Day

• World Otter Day

• Biscuit Day

UPCOMING

• May 30: National Spelling Bee Final
• May 30: NBA Finals start
• June 7: National Donut Day
• June 8: Belmont Stakes
• June 16: Father’s Day
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• June 20: NBA draft
• June 21: NHL draft
• June 26: First Democratic debate, in Miami
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• July 6: Tour de France starts
• July 8: MLB All-Star Game
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day