INTERPREP ★ FEBRUARY 10, 2020

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 10, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• George Stephanopoulos is 59

• Laura Dern is 53

• Elizabeth Banks is 46

• Emma Roberts is 29

• Chloe Grace Moretz is 23

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1949: “Jumping Joe” Fulks of the Philadelphia Warriors introduced the jump shot, scoring a then-NBA record 63 points against the Indianapolis Jets.

• 1957: The Styrofoam cooler was invented.

• 1987: At the Maritime Aquarium in Gothenburg, Sweden, 65-year-old Smiley became the oldest alligator ever to freeze to death when someone apparently turned off the electricity heating her pool.

• 1993: With 90-million Americans watching, Michael Jackson told Oprah Winfrey his light skin was caused by a disorder called Vitiligo. He admitted he had had “minor” plastic surgery on his nose.

• 2014: A report (from The Center for Responsive Politics) said that millionaires made up the majority of Congress.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Children of Alcoholics Week

• International Flirting Week

• Jell-O Week

• Secondhand Wardrobe Week

• Freelance Writer Appreciation Week

• Westminster Dog Show

• Have a Brownie Day

• Clean Out Your Computer Day

• Umbrella Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

26.2: Pounds of bananas the average American consumes each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

According to a study optimists on the average live longer than pessimists. [Pessimists say this isn’t true. They just pretend they’re dead until those happy-faced optimists go away and leave them alone.]

Research shows that each cockroach has its individual personality. [But my shoe treats them all as equals.]

A study found a link between sugary soft drinks and pancreatic cancer. [So let me see if I have this straight — the Jack Daniels is still okay as long as I don’t mix it with Coke.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WHY WE’RE AFRAID TO LOSE MONEY _ People are afraid to lose money and an unusual study explains why: the brain’s fear center controls the response to a gamble. The study of two women with brain lesions that made them unafraid to lose on a gamble showed the amygdala, the brain’s fear center, activates at the very thought of losing money. The finding offers insight into economic behavior and suggests that humans evolved to be cautious about the prospects of losing food or other valued possessions.

1 IN 5 WOULD RATHER SPEND V-DAY WITH PET _ Rather than spending Valentine’s Day with their partner, one fifth of adults would prefer to be with their pet. The survey of 24,000 people in 23 countries found 21 percent of adults would rather spend February 14 with their pet than their spouse, although the French were least likely to choose a furry friend over a human with only 10 percent taking that option. Men and women were evenly split over the question.

BRITISH ACCENT IS MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN FRENCH _ The British accent is the most attractive in the world, according to an international survey. Britain came out ahead of American, Irish and Australian accents by a generous margin. The French accent came in fifth.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER LOSES MONEY _ Here’s some advice for anyone contemplating a life of crime: if you lose money on the robbery, the life is not for you. A New Mexico man walked into a store, put $10 on the counter to pay for a soda and told the cashier to hand over the money. Good plan, except the clerk panicked, slammed the register closed and ran into a back storage room. Not only did the robbery go sour, but the would-be thief lost his ten.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER LEAVES BEHINDS TEETH _ In Sweden, a man broke into a hospital cafeteria after hours. He left the building in a hurry when he failed to find anything worth stealing. He lost his false teeth as he was fleeing. Investigating officers found the man’s social security number engraved on his teeth. They tracked him down and arrested him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: In the UK a couple liked their hotel shower so much they decided to take it with them when they left. The pair, a man in his fifties and a woman in her twenties, had spent the night. After they checked out, staff found the shower unit was gone from the wall.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Top 10 finalists perform.

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. Peter and the remaining six women travel to Lima, Peru.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD (8p ET, CBS) — New. Dave offers to help Calvin find out why his employees are quitting.

9-1-1: LONESTAR (8p ET, FOX) — New. Owen and the crew race to a brawl at a male strip club, a fire at a bull semen factory and a protest.

ALL AMERICAN (8p ET, CW) — New

BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. When it comes to showing affection, Bob and Abishola have to find a way to meet in the middle.

ALL RISE (9p ET, CBS) — New. Benner prepares to run for Attorney General, and asks for Lola’s help to search for anything that could compromise her campaign.

PRODIGAL SON (9p ET, FOX) — New. Jessica continues to search for more information on the Girl in the Box, but is confronted by the Carousel Killer.

BLACK LIGHTNING (9p ET, CW) — New.

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — New. Bull is hired by a doctor who’s accused of bribing his way into college.

MANIFEST (10p ET, NBC) — New. Ben and Saanvi work together to orchestrate a surprising family reunion for an emotionally closed-off Flight 828 passenger.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. Shaun treats a patient who is a social influencer, and deals with unwanted attention.


ENTERTAINMENT

BOX OFFICE _ Birds of Prey opened weaker than expected. It was expected the movie would make around $50 million.

  1. Birds of Prey, $33.2 million
  2. Bad Boys For Life, $12 million
  3. 1917, $9 million
  4. Dolittle, $6.6 million
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level, $5.5 million
  6. The Gentlemen, $4.1 million
  7. Gretel & Hansel, $3.5 million
  8. Knives Out, $2.35 million
  9. Little Women, $2.3 million
  10. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, $2.2 million

… Opening next weekend: Downhill (R); Fantasy Island (PG-13); The Photograph (PG-13); Sonic the Hedgehog (PG); What About Love (NR)


BITS & BREAKS

VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS FOUND IN THE (STATION) GIFT SHOP

• “You forgot another Valentine’s Day / But, dear, don’t take it hard / I sent myself some roses / And used your MasterCard.”

• “You can call me dearest / You can call me sweet / But if you call me Tracy again / Your things are on the street.”

• “My love for you is undeniable / But one thing you should know / Before I say the words ‘I Do’ / Your mother’s gotta go.”

• “I tell you now the way I feel / My heart knows it is right / Nothing in this world will keep me from you / Except football on Monday night.”

REJECTED VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS

I will love you through life
And even through death
But one thing I will always hate
Is your stinky morning breath.

As we travel
The winding road of life
I have come to realize
There’s no way I want you as my wife.

Cupid drew an arrow
And made a little notch
He aimed a little low
And it hit me in the…Ooooh!


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: According to the Federal Trade Commission, Arizonans are more likely to be a victim of this than persons in any other state. South Dakotans are the least likely to be a victim of this. What? (Identity theft)

TRIVIA: According to the National Restaurant Association, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year to dine out. What day is first. (Mother’s Day)

TRIVIA: The average person will spend three weeks of their life doing what? (Hugging)

TRIVIA: The average person will do this about 11 times in their life. (Move)

TRIVIA: What do the words definitely, sacrilegious, indict, maneuver and bureaucracy have in common? (These are the top five misspelled words)


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 11, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Carey Lowell (Law and Order) is 59

• Sheryl Crow is 58

• Jennifer Aniston is 51

• Damian Lewis is 49

• Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) is 38

• Taylor Lautner is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1941: The very first Gold Record was presented, for the song “The Chattanooga Choo Choo” by the Glen Miller Orchestra and Dorothy Dandridge.

• 1990: Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, was freed from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa.

• 2006: U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington in the face while the two were hunting together.

• 2012: Singer Whitney Houston was was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub; she was later pronounced dead. The cause of death was ruled by the coroner to have been an “accidental drowning” and the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Extraterrestrial Visitor Day

• International Day of Women and Girls in Science

• Get Out Your Guitar Day

• Shut-in Visitation Day

• Peppermint Patty Day