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• Mario Van Peebles is 63
• Regina King is 49
• Eddie Cahill (Conviction, CSI: New York) is 42
• Pitbull is 39
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1889: The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
• 1892: James Naismith published the rules for basketball.
• 1967: In the first ever Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. Tickets to the first Super Bowl ranged from $6 to $12.
• 2009: The Miracle on the Hudson. US Airways flight 1549 made an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River. No one was injured.
• 2011 Wikipedia turned ten.
• Humanitarian Day
• Bagel Day
• Hat Day
• Strawberry Ice Cream Day
• Pothole Day
• Museum Selfie Day
12: Newborns given to the wrong parents each day around the world.
It’s down to four teams in the NFL. [Players from two teams will move on to the Super Bowl, players from two other teams will go home broken-hearted and richer than 99.2% of the rest of the country.]
The world’s oceans are the hottest they’ve been in recorded history. [Some see this as a negative; I see being able to cook raw pasta in my pocket while snorkeling as a positive.]
Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft. [However, users can find support in a few AOL chat rooms.]
Canada’s prime minister says he’s not sure if his country will help with security for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. [I don’t know, it’s Canada. Don’t bad guys there ask if it’s OK to rob you before they do?]
There was another Democratic debate last night. [I DVR’d it so I can watch tonight — I’ll speed through the debate and watch the commercials.]
There was another Democratic debate last night. [I thought J-Lo’s halftime show was pretty solid.]
Retailers may be gearing up for Valentine’s Day, but before that they’re looking forward to the sales boost the Super Bowl gives them. [Like the plastic bowl I’m buying at Target this weekend. It’s special. It will hold 54 gallons of salsa.]
A study found the most stressful job in America is enlisted U.S. military personnel. [Hmm. I would think the most stressful job would be the one that gets you targeted by U.S. military personnel.]
Two more Star Trek TV shows are in the works, which will bring the total currently on-air to four. [“To boldly go where Star Wars has been for years…”]
OCEANS ARE THE HOTTEST THEY’VE EVER BEEN IN RECORDED HISTORY _ Last year was the second hottest year on record globally, but for the world’s oceans, 2019 was even more punishing: it was, by a sizable margin, the hottest year ever recorded for oceanic environments.
… According to the findings of 14 international researchers who authored a new study (in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences), the global oceanic temperature is rising on parallel terms with the heat produced by dropping and detonating five atomic bombs — each on par with the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in WWII — into the ocean every second for 25 years.
VERIZON OFFERS NO-TRACKING SEARCH ENGINE WITH PROMISE OF PRIVACY _ Want a new way to search the internet without being tracked? Verizon on Tuesday launched a new search engine, claiming that its “OneSearch” service will offer users more privacy than the standard options in a market dominated by Google. Verizon’s actual search results are provided by Microsoft’s Bing, but Verizon added several privacy-focused features.
… To allow for a free search engine experience, OneSearch is an ad-supported website. Verizon says ads will be based on factors like search keywords, not cookies or browsing history.
THE WOMAN WHO’S SAVED BILLIONS OF PIZZAS _ When’s the last time you opened a pizza box and found parts of your cheesy pie stuck to the inside of the lid? If it’s been a long time, you have the inventor of the Pizza Saver to thank. The Pizza Saver turns 35 this year (February). It was first patented in 1985 by Carmela Vitale of Dix Hills, New York, who saw a plastic divider as a way of preventing the tops of pizza boxes from bowing inwardly and pressing against the top of the pizza, which can happen when steam from a hot pie weakens the cardboard. As a result, the top can fuse to the cheese, ripping off the entire upper portion of the pizza when the box is opened.
… Vitale opted for a three-legged pizza saver to keep the box top raised and to minimize damage to the pie itself. Vitale never produced the pizza savers in great quantities herself; that was left to major plastics manufacturers who could roll them out for as little as one cent apiece. After her patent expired in 1993, anyone was free to produce them. But the next time you order a double pepperoni, try to remember the woman who made a cheesy box top a thing of the past.
IOWA WOMAN HAS FOSTERED MORE THAN 600 CHILDREN IN 50 YEARS _ A 75-year-old woman from Iowa has spent the majority of her life caring for hundreds of children in foster care. Over the course five decades, Linda Herring has taken in dozens of foster children while running a home daycare and working nights as a custodian. Herring has given kids a home no matter how old they were or if they had special needs, and she would often travel to pick up a child in need. Herring was first inspired to help foster children when her best friend began providing shelter to teenage girls. Along with her five biological children, Herring has adopted three children who were once under her care.
… According to the Adoption Network, about 428,000 children are currently in foster care in the United States and more than 114,000 cannot be returned to their families. Only 135,000 children are adopted in the country each year.
ELON MUSK SAYS TESLA’S EARLY ACCESS GROUP WILL GET FULL SELF DRIVING SOON _ Full Self Driving is an upcoming Tesla feature that currently exists in an unfinished form. According to Tesla founder Elon Musk, the feature will eventually make it possible for a Tesla vehicle to drive itself from an owner’s driveway in the suburbs, onto the highway at high speeds, into the city where there’s traffic, weather, pedestrians, and who-knows-what-else, and into your office parking lot.
… It’s important to mention that there are currently no fully autonomous passenger cars available for sale to private citizens. The technology just isn’t there yet. Musk seems to be the only automaker claiming they’ll have fully-autonomous production vehicles for regular consumers any time soon.
BURGER KING TROLLED PRICE HARRY _ In the wake of Prince Harry’s historic departure from the royal family, Burger King offered the Duke of Sussex a part-time job as part of their royal family. Before its viral tweet, though, Burger King turned the whole royal dust-up into an opportunity to offer the less royal public gainful employment, tweeting everyone else is welcome to apply for a job in “[their] kingdom.”
MEGHAN MARKLE’S FORMER L.A. HOME STILL SEEKING A BUYER _ Back when Meghan Markle was working as an actor in Los Angeles, and before all the drama of this past week when she and husband Prince Harry decided to step away from their royal duties, she and her first husband Trevor Engelson lived in a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood.
… The home went on the market last summer for $1.79 million and came down in price slightly to $1.75 million where it is still hoping to find a buyer. Homes in Hancock Park are hard to come by. There are only about two dozen publicly listed on the market, ranging from about $1.5 million to $16 million for single-family homes.
YOUR WINDOWS 7 COMPUTER IS NOW AT RISK _ On Tuesday, Microsoft dropped support of Windows 7, nearly 11 years after first launching the operating system. Windows 7 became so popular that it took Windows 10 nearly four years just to pass it in market share. Today, millions of PCs are still running Windows 7, and the operating system still runs on a massive 26 percent of all PCs. Microsoft spent years trying to get people to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge, but tens of millions of PCs will now be left vulnerable to exploits and security vulnerabilities.
… Businesses and education Windows 7 users will be able to pay for extended security updates, but it could be costly for some.
CARDIO EXERCISES STRENGTHEN BRAIN HEALTH, SLOW COGNITIVE DECLINE _ If you’ve ever spoken with an avid jogger or cardio-enthusiast, they probably told you how much better they feel after getting their blood flowing with a little exercise. There’s no doubt that getting in motion, whether that be running, biking, or simply taking a brisk walk, is good for the body, but now a new set of research finds it can also greatly benefit our minds as well.
… A study (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) concludes that cardiorespiratory exercise is linked to brain health. The human brain is made of gray matter and white matter. Gray matter is the cell bodies themselves that make up the brain, while white matter is made of filaments extending from the cell bodies. The study results showed that cardiorespiratory exercise could improve brain health and decelerate gray matter volume decline.
… Bottom line: We now have indirect evidence that aerobic exercise can have a positive impact on cognitive function in addition to physical conditioning.
DELTA AIRPLANE DUMPS JET FUEL ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEAR LOS ANGELES _ A plane dumped jet fuel on an elementary school near Los Angeles on Tuesday, inflicting minor injuries on 17 children and nine adults. Shortly after Delta Flight 89 took off from Los Angeles International Airport, the plane’s pilot declared an emergency related to a mechanical issue. The plane dumped the fuel over Park Avenue Elementary School (in Cudahy, California) causing several people to complain of minor skin irritation.
… The Federal Aviation Administration said planes are supposed to dump fuel over “designated unpopulated areas, typically at higher altitudes so the fuel atomizes and disperses before it reaches the ground.” The agency said it was investigating the dump.
MEGAN RAPINOE WILL NOT BE SILENCED BY OLYMPIC COMMITTEE’S BAN ON POLITICAL PROTESTS _ U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe doesn’t plan to comply with the International Olympic Committee’s recently announced rules limiting political protests by athletes during the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Rapinoe, who several years ago joined then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest by kneeling during the national anthem, posted on Instagram her disapproval that the IOC was more concerned with protests than the reasons for them: “So much being done about the protests. So little being done about what we are protesting about. We will not be silenced.”
… The rules prohibit hand gestures, kneeling, and signs by athletes in the Olympic village or during medal ceremonies.
WNBA’S 8-YEAR LABOR DEAL TO HIKE AVERAGE SALARY TO $130,000 _ The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation will surpass six figures for the first time. The contract, which begins this season and runs through 2027, will pay players an average of $130,000 and guarantees full salaries while on maternity leave. The collective bargaining agreement also provides enhanced family benefits, travel standards and other health and wellness improvements.
… The deal was overwhelmingly approved by players and must still be ratified by owners. It calls for 50-50 revenue sharing starting in 2021, based on the league achieving revenue growth targets from broadcast agreements, marketing partnerships and licensing deals.
MONDAY IS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S BIRTHDAY (OBSERVED) _ Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been a federal holiday in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and civil rights leader dedicated to nonviolence. Dr. King is the only American besides George Washington to have his birthday designated a national holiday.
McDONALD’S WORKER PICTURED WITH HIS HAND STUCK DOWN HIS PANTS _ A man who visited the drive-thru at a McDonald’s in Pittsburgh saw an employee standing with his hand stuck down his pants. While he didn’t appear to be wearing a uniform, he was standing in the kitchen at the time. The man snapped two photos to share on social media. After the incident a woman who said she was the general manager sent him a message that the matter had “been corrected immediately. I work hard to keep food safety as my top priority and I continue to do so. Please know that the owner and I have taken action.”
NON-SMOKERS AT COMPANY REWARDED 4 EXTRA VACATION DAYS A YEAR _ A U.K. company has enacted a new company-wide policy that gives non-smoking staff four extra days of time off each year. KCJ Training & Employment Solutions stated in a Facebook post that they were “proud to incentivize” their staff to quit smoking and to “create a healthy workplace” within their offices.
… A senior manager for the company said he was inspired by an article he saw last year about a Japanese company that was considering giving non-smoking employees up to six extra days of vacation a year.
… He calculated that smokers who take several smoke breaks a day can potentially add up to over 16 work days of smoking a year.
REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: OPEN OFFICE FLOORPLANS MEAN MORE SICKNESS _ Researchers (Queensland University) found that open floor plan offices make workers more likely to catch a cold and suffer from stress and high blood pressure. They studied a number of offices said that the modern layout of lots of cubicles means germs — and therefore illnesses like flu — are passed around quickly. They also discovered the noise levels and distractions mean 90 percent of workers are less productive and more irritable.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY FOUND OUT HIS GYM ISN’T OPEN ALL NIGHT _ Dan Hill learned the hard way that 24/7 is really just a figure of speech. The Sandy, Utah, fitness buff had just finished his regular laps in the swimming pool at his local 24 Hour Fitness gym after midnight on Saturday when he realized that he was locked in. The gym, he found out, recently adjusted its hours to close between midnight and 4 AM.
… Hill did what any gym rat worth his weight in sweat would do in this predicament: He shared the experience with his Facebook friends. He wrote early Sunday morning: “I am literally locked inside 24 hour fitness right now. … I called [the police]. They told me they’d call me back. I called my wife, she said find a comfortable place to sleep.” Hill waited two hours for police to rescue him. Hill, who plans to remain a member of the gym, now carries a sign to be placed next to the lap pool stating, “I’m here.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LARGE AMISH PARTY WITH 250 GUESTS SHUT DOWN BY POLICE _ Noise and drinking complaints led authorities in LaGrange County, Indiana, to arrest 38 people in connection to two separate weekend parties with suspected underage drinking. On Saturday around 10:45 PM, deputies responded to complaints of loud music and underage drinking. Deputies spoke with multiple men at the scene and advised them to turn the music down, cleared the scene, then were sent back out to the same area a short time later. When they arrived, they were met with multiple people in the driveway who then ran from police. Deputies then discovered what they called a “large Amish Party” with more than 250 people, who all tried to flee the area. Deputies were able to put seven people into custody.
… Hours later around 1:00 AM, deputies were called out to another noise complaint. During their investigation, deputies determined multiple people under 21 were consuming alcohol leading to 16 juvenile arrests and 15 adult arrests.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S DASH CAM CONTRADICTS HIS ACCIDENT CLAIM _ The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a man who they say intentionally hit a motorcyclist — and they have dashcam footage to thank. Troppers says Jonathan Edward Blaine told them he saw a speeding motorcycle coming up behind him. Blaine said the motorcycle then hit his vehicle. But there was a dash cam in Blaine’s vehicle and Blaine voluntarily let troopers see it. The footage showed Blaine “driving straight … then one sudden swift jerk of the vehicle to the left and the impact with the” motorcycle. Blaine was taken to jail. The motorcyclist was injured.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBERY HAS BAD BANDANA _ In Florida a bank robber’s note read: “This is a robbery, give me all of your money.” The man was wearing a long-sleeved camouflage shirt, plaid pajama bottoms, and a bandanna. Except the bandana wasn’t covering his face — it was covering the back of his head. The teller summoned the manager, who asked the man, “What’s on the note?” Rather than answer, the would-be robber fled.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEAR SPRAY DOESN’T BELONG IN THE OVEN _ The fire department in Bozeman, Montana, was called to a home for a report of an explosion in an oven. The cause was a can of bear spray being stored in the oven.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THESE ARE NOT MY PANTS _ An Ohio sheriff’s office (Montgomery County) posted this on its Facebook: “Prior to wearing someone else’s pants, please remove all drugs, drug paraphernalia, stolen property, or any other illegal items the ‘owner’ of the pants may have left behind.” The post continued: “‘These are not my pants’ is not an affirmative defense” to avoid arrest. Apparently the department has heard such a claim from at least one arrestee. The announcement did add a disclaimer to the bottom that “this message is not intended as legal advice. Please consult an actual attorney prior to wearing someone else’s pants with drug-filled pockets. Thank you.”
JEOPARDY! THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME (8p ET, ABC) — New.
UNDERCOVER BOSS (8p ET, CBS) — New. The brand president of Anytime Fitness goes undercover to make sure her gyms are operating in tip-top shape.
CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. After a major accident at O’Hare, the E.D. is concerned one of their own is in mortal danger.
FLIRTY DANCING (8p ET, FOX) — New.
THE CW DOG HONORS (8p ET, CW) — This special honors talented pups, as well as featuring dog-loving celebrities with their four-legged family members.
CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates a series of seemingly random fatal explosions throughout Kentucky and Tennessee.
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Phil visits his dad (guest star Fred Willard) to make sure he is ok after hearing some concerning news about him.
CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. A pest control problem forces the 51 team to temporarily bunk with Firehouse 20.
ALMOST FAMILY (9p ET, FOX) — New.
NANCY DREW (9p ET, CW) — New.
SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Sophie takes on the school, protesting leaving Pete the parrot at school over the three-day weekend.
S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. Street is caught between his duty to SWAT and his commitment to his foster brother (guest star Cory Hardrict), when Nate is ensnared in a criminal enterprise.
CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. Ruzek and Burgess’s secret begins to have severe implications for their police work.
STUMPTOWN (10p ET, ABC) — New. Dex works to find a fellow veteran’s birth parents after he discovers that he’s adopted.
SERIES PREMIERE: 68 WHISKEY (10p ET, Paramount Network) — Produced by Ron Howard (who also directs the premiere episode), this new dramedy chronicles the lives of a diverse group of Army medics stationed in Afghanistan.
SEASON PREMIERE: THE MAGICIANS (10p ET, Syfy) — This drama returns for its 5th season.
SEASON PREMIERE: GRACE & FRANKIE (Netflix) — Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return for season 6.
AUDIO – BABY YODA IS COMING TO BUILD-A-BEAR _ Build-A-Bear is giving the people what they’ve been patiently waiting for: Baby Yoda stuffed animals. Both kids and adults alike will soon be able to bring a soft, cuddly version of the adorable alien home as they will be available at Build-A-Bear workshops in the next few months. Demand for all things Baby Yoda has skyrocketed since the debut of The Mandalorian on Disney+ in November.
… Baby Yoda apparel is already available at a number of places, including Amazon, Kohl’s and StarWars.com. But plush toys and figurines by Disney and Hasbro are only available for pre-order, and won’t be shipped out until April or May.
SUPER BOWL 2020 _ Super Bowl 54 is two weeks from Sunday (February 2). What you need to know:
… This Sunday at 3:05 ET the AFC Championship Game will have the No. 6 Tennessee Titans playing at the No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs. It airs on CBS and the Chiefs are a six point favorite.
… This Sunday at 6:40 ET the No. 2 Green Bay Packers will play at the No. 1 San Francisco 49ers. It airs on Fox and the 49ers are a four point favorite.
… The winners of these two games meet two weeks from Sunday in Miami in Super Bowl 54. Kick-off is 6:30 ET on Fox.
… Last year’s Super Bowl saw the New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13–3. in Atlanta, Georgia. The Patriots’ victory was their sixth, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships.
SUPER BOWL GREATEST COMMERCIALS 2020 SPECIAL RETURNS _ In case you were in the bathroom or refilling the onion dip last year, CBS Sports is giving you a second chance to see what you missed in-between the Super Bowl’s football action. Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2020 returns with another interactive countdown special where viewers will be able to vote live for their favorite Super Bowl commercial. The one-hour show will originate from the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, home of Super Bowl 54, and air Monday January 27 on CBS. The special will be hosted by Boomer Esiason, analyst for CBS Sports’ NFL pregame show The NFL Today, and Daniela Ruah, star of NCIS: Los Angeles.
THERE ARE TWO MORE STAR TREK TV SHOWS IN THE WORKS AFTER PICARD _ Star Trek bosses say there are two more live-action series currently in development. After Star Trek: Enterprise concluded its run in 2005, the sci-fi franchise took a break from television and instead focused on big screen adventures. However, that changed in 2017 when Star Trek: Discovery premiered on CBS All Access and kicked off a new age of live-action Trek television shows. Discovery will return for its third season later this year, and this month, CBS’ streaming service will launch Star Trek: Picard, a highly-anticipated show that sees the return of Patrick Steward as Jean-Luc Picard.
QUENTIN TARANTINO SAYS HE DOESN’T THINK HE’LL DIRECT STAR TREK ANYMORE _ Despite all the hustle and/or bustle that was made when Quentin Tarantino announced a while ago that he was actively working on bringing a Star Trek film to life, most of the hubbub has died down over the last year. And now, it seems, Tarantino has either lost interest in directing, wasn’t selected to, or something else happened entirely. Here’s what he said on the subject: “I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it. It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut.”
AMAZON ORDERS JACK REACHER SERIES _ Amazon has given the go-ahead to a TV adaptation of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher book series, which was previously made into a couple of films starring Tom Cruise. Season 1 will be based on Child’s first Jack Reacher novel, The Killing Floor.
AMAZON ANNOUNCES LORD OF THE RINGS MAIN CAST _ Production will begin next month on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series, and the show’s 15 main cast members have been lined up. It’s a list of mostly unknowns.
NIK WALLENDA’S NEXT ABC HIGHWIRE WALK WILL BE OVER AN ACTIVE VOLCANO _ Daredevil Nik Wallenda will star in the two-hour Volcano Live! special airing on March 4 on ABC. In a statement Wallenda said, “After spending years scouting and researching volcanoes, I fully realize why no one has ever attempted this feat: Mother Nature is extremely unpredictable. It is by far the most dangerous walk I have EVER attempted, and that alone makes it very intimidating. I am pushing myself beyond my comfort zone by the feat itself, but I know that I am up to the challenge. I must admit, it is scary.”
DISNEY+ SUBSCRIBERS GIVE IT HIGH MARKS _ A survey of 1,182 American adults found that 76% gave Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, a 4 or 5 out of 5 in terms of satisfaction. That’s compared to 48% for Apple TV+ subscribers. Disney+ also topped Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu in the survey.
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Baby Yoda song.
Phoner Topic: This woman shared a cheapskate tip … know anyone like her in your family?
Drop: It’s not cute and its not for sissies.
Drop: I love you, I love you, I love youuu!
10 THINGS WOMEN MUST DO AFTER A BREAKUP
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How did you get over him?
• Strip Your Sheets – Buy all new bedding
• Get Sweaty – Join a gym, do boot camp classes, learn yoga
• Indulge at the makeup counter
• Obsess over the breakup… for 15 minutes
• Go on a 30 day cleanse – Not food, but your ex. No contact for 30 days
• Hit delete – Unfriend him, unfollow him.
• Let your friends know what you need
• Boost your ego – Do something scary like snowboarding
• Have face time with a furry friend – volunteer at the animal shelter. Research shows that interacting with animals can help you heal emotionally
• Take a fabulous trip
TWEETS FROM THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER
In 2019, a Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, became the last in the world after one in Australia closed. There’s a twitter account called @loneblockbuster that’s not run by the actual last Blockbuster (the street address on the account doesn’t match that of the one in Bend). No matter because it’s fun to follow.
• Due to financial conditions going forward we will only buy a new release if it features Tom Hanks, the Avengers, or both.
• We’re having our staff potluck tonight. 3 people brought popcorn from our popcorn machine, 2 brought Mike and Ike’s from the candy shelf, and Devin brought leftover Wendy’s.
• People always ask us if Die Hard is a Christmas movie and our answer is always the same: Please just rent something.
• We thought we had carolers outside but it was just one of the alley dogs giving birth.
• The door is stuck again, so all business will be conducted through the return slot until Colleen gets back with the crowbar.
• If you’re coming in today try not to breath a lot. Don’t ask why.
• We may not be financially rich, but we’re rich in available parking spaces.
• The tissues by the register aren’t free. I don’t know where people got that idea.
• If we poured some CBD on the popcorn is that something you’d be interested in?
TRIVIA: The average (American) consumer will spend about $160 this year on what? (Valentine’s Day-related items, like gifts, candy, cards, etc.)
TRIVIA: If your a common housefly, you’ll do this about 17 days after you’re born. (Die)
TRIVIA: Four percent of adults say they have never done this while watching a movie. (Cried)
TRIVIA: About 1.5 million people annually make a pilgrimage to see this object, made up of 70 percent copper and 25 percent tin, with small amounts of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold, and silver. The cost to create it, including insurance and shipping from the manufacturer in London, was $265. What is it? (The Liberty Bell)
TRIVIA: According to a National Geographic Kids, 35% of children said cruises were their most popular choice for a vacation. Beaches came in second (17%). What was third? (Amusement parks. Summer camp came in last.)
• The last name of the guy who shot Abraham Lincoln? (Booth)
• The last letter of the alphabet? (Z)
• The last man to set foot on the moon. (Eugene Cernan)
• The last-completed Indiana Jones movie. (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
• The last Blockbuster in the world is in this state. (Oregon)
• Director John Carpenter (Halloween films) is 72
• Supermodel Kate Moss is 46
• Actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns, Hamilton) is 40
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1987: Red M&Ms returned for the first time in 11 years after being banned because the original red dye used in the candy had caused cancer in laboratory rats.
• 1996: Jamaican authorities fired upon on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither was hurt.
• 2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia took off on what would be its final mission. Columbia would disintegrate 16 days later on re-entry.
• 2007: In Tallahassee, Florida, a hunter’s wife said when she opened her refrigerator, the duck her husband killed two days earlier raised its head and looked at her. The woman said she freaked out and told her daughter to “get that duck to the hospital right now!” The lucky duck was patched up and taken to a wildlife sanctuary.
• 2007: Senator Barack Obama of Illinois launched his bid for the White House.
• 2015: New U.S. rules loosening trade restrictions with Cuba went into effect, including permission to sell instruments, tools, equipment and supplies to private businesses.
• Appreciate A Dragon Day
• Fig Newton Day: 16 Link Link
• Get to Know Your Customers Day
• Quinoa Day
• Religious Freedom Day
• Hot and Spicy Food Day