INTERPREP • FEBRUARY 19, 2020

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 19, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Smokey Robinson is 80

• Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) is 65

• Leslie David Baker (Stanley on The Office) is 62

• NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 61

• Justine Bateman is 54

• Benicio Del Toro (Star Wars: The Last Jedi; a couple of Marvel movies) is 53

• Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite) is 35

• Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) is 16

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1982: Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for urinating on The Alamo.

• 1986: The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station.

• 2006: The Rolling Stones made the largest show open to the public of the world in Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 1.3 million people went to the show.

• 2008: Toshiba announced the end of HD-DVD, ending the format war between it and Sony’s Blu-Ray Disc.

• 2016: Presidential candidate Donald Trump told Fox News he probably needed to act more presidential and said he would do so “pretty soon.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Best Friends Day

• Chocolate Mint Day

• Tug-of-War Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

30: Percentage of Tinder users who are married.


NEWS ATTACK!

In Poland a 52-year-old man was arrested for trying to set afire his 77-year-old father. [There comes a time when you have to let go of longstanding issues with your parents. You simply have to face the truth that it’s been 52 years and he never has and never will buy you a pony.]

They’re five months away but officials are planning for how coronavirus could affect the Summer Olympics. [My training will continue until I hear otherwise. My Leap Frog team is counting on me.]

Donald Trump pardoned a bunch of people on Tuesday. [Including the directors of Cats and Dolittle.]

A survey finds those who give up Facebook for Lent spend more time on other social media sites during that period. [“After Lent I had to go to rehab for 40 days to get over my TikTok addiction.”]

The woman whose seat was punched told CNN that a flight attendant threatened her with a passenger disturbance notice. [And of course there was a fee for the piece of paper.]

A study found that obese men tend to have less mobile sperm than their thinner counterparts. [As you might expect, a sperm sitting on a couch with a Big Mac and a supersize fry can take up to four times as long to reach an unfertilized egg.]

A man and a woman in Sweden who divorced three decades ago are remarrying. [Because it’s been long enough for them both to forget just how much they get on each other’s nerves.]

Ford is teasing the return of the Bronco. [Could someone tell O.J. to stop waiting for the phone to ring?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

PASSENGER WHOSE SEAT WAS PUNCHED SAYS FLIGHT ATTENDANT THREATENED HER _ The American Airlines passenger whose video of a passenger behind her punching her seat went viral is now claiming that her flight attendant gave her a threatening letter. After Wendi Williams brought up the man’s punching to the flight attendant, they “rolled their eyes,” gave the man behind her a complimentary drink, and handed her a “passenger disturbance notice.”

… According to CNN the letter read: “Notice: YOUR BEHAVIOR MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW. You should immediately cease if you wish to avoid prosecution and your removal from this aircraft at the next point of arrival.” Williams told CNN, “I think the more calm I remained, (the flight attendant) got angrier and more aggravated. So she said, ‘I’m not talking to you anymore. I’m done with you,’ or ‘I’m done with this,’ something to that effect, and then handed me this passenger disturbance notice.” Williams said that the flight attendant then told her that she would be escorted off the aircraft if she said “anything else.” Williams also was told by the flight attendant to “delete the video.”

… American Airlines says it is aware of the incident and is “looking into the issue.”

BOYS AND GIRLS DO NOT RUN IN THE FAMILY _ Scientists say the tendency to have boys or girls does not run in the family and the chances of having a child of either sex is genuinely random. Researchers studied the sex of people born in Sweden over the last 90 years to determine whether or not people are more likely to have children of a given sex. Their findings shake up key theories over sex ratios used by biologists, who often assumed that the ratio of boys to girls in one’s offspring was a heritable trait.

… In their study, researchers analyzed the entire population of people born in Sweden from 1932 to the present day. The team looked to see whether there was any association between the sex of an individual’s offspring and the sex of their siblings’ offspring. The researchers found that the ratio of boys to girls a person has is not an inherent property that passes down through the generations. Instead, the sex of one’s children is essentially random, although with slightly more male children born in general.

ADULTS OVER 55 HAPPIER, LESS STRESSED THAN MILLENNIALS _ They say youth is wasted on the young, but who says you can’t have fun in old age? Our culture tends to look at older adults as over the hill and past their prime, but a recent survey illustrates just how much fun life after the age of 55 can be. So many younger and middle-aged adults are just starting out professionally, and as such, end up devoting the majority of their time to their work. For many, these exhausting times can make it feel like life isn’t getting any easier. But, the over-55 crowd offers a pleasant reminder that retirement can be a light at the end of the 9-5 tunnel. Consider this: 69% of the survey’s respondents said they now have ample time to finally do all the activities and hobbies they want in their lives.

… All in all, it’s clear that older adults are pretty happy. For instance, 72% are comfortable with their age, 64% are content in life, and 53% have never felt more confident. Moreover, another 53% said they feel much younger than what their date of birth says.

SOME PEOPLE EAT OREOS WITH MUSTARD _ There are certain food pairings that people come up with that outsiders just can’t understand, like peanut butter and pickle sandwiches or Cheetos and milk, to name a few. But one weird combo made the final cut into a popular crossword puzzle and it’s sparking what can only be classified as outrage in the general public.

… It all started with a crossword puzzle that appeared in last Wednesday’s edition of USA Today. One clue said, “Cookie that some people eat with mustard” — and “Oreo” was the only thing that fit.

… A guy on Twitter thought he’d give it a shot and wrote: “I tried it. … [it] is wretched.”

MICHIGAN TRAINER BRINGS MINI SERVICE HORSE ON FIRST FLIGHT _ It’s not every day you see a horse on a plane, let alone in first class. But Fred the Mini Service Horse went wheels up with a purpose. Fred’s handler said, “Fred has traveled several thousands of miles in my vehicle but this was the first time in the air.” Ronica Froese has trained Fred to be a therapy and a service horse. Fred, who lives in Western Michigan, is housebroken and is more well-trained than most dogs. Froese put months of work preparing for Fred’s trip, which included two flights each way. They flew from Grand Rapids, connected in Dallas, and we went to Ontario, California. Froese purchased two first-class seats in bulkhead seating because it was Fred’s first time and Froese wanted him to be comfortable. Other than the expected gawking, the trip went without a hitch.

KENTUCKY MUST PAY $150,000 TO MAN WITH “IM GOD” LICENSE PLATE _ Ben Hart sued the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (and won) after he was denied a vanity license plate that said “IM GOD.” Hart had the plate for more than a decade while living in Ohio and wanted to keep the message when he moved to Kentucky a few years ago. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet denied his application citing rules against personalized plates that are “vulgar or obscene.” Last year, American Civil Liberties Union and Freedom From Religion Foundation argued that the state had violated the First Amendment and won Hart the right to get the plate. Last week, a United States District Judge ordered the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to pay Hart $151,206 in attorneys’ fees and litigation costs.

… Hart, who identifies as an atheist, says his personalized plate is his way of spreading a political and philosophical message that faith is susceptible to individualized interpretation. Hart said, “I can prove I’m God. You can’t prove I’m not. Now, how can I prove I’m God? Well, there are six definitions for God in the American Heritage Dictionary, and number five is a very handsome man, and my wife says I’m a very handsome man, and nobody argues with my wife.”

AUDIOCHIHUAHUA AND PIGEON ARE ROOMMATES AT PET SHELTER _ An 8-week-old Chihuahua has made an unlikely friend at a Rochester, New York, animal shelter: a pigeon who can’t fly. Herman, who has been living at the shelter for over a year, was likely left flightless due to the West Nile virus or a brain injury, while Lundy arrived six weeks ago unable to use his hind legs. Lundy and Herman snuggle together and have become best friends. • IMAGE

WHY YOUR CALENDAR IS SO FULL _ If your calendar runneth over, it could mean one of two things: either you are enviably popular, or you make the same faulty assumptions about the future as everyone else. Psychological research points to the latter.

… Research by two business school professors reveals that people over-commit because we expect to have more time in the future than we have in the present. The study (Journal of Experimental Psychology) showed that the nature of time fools us and we “forget” about how things fill our days. Participants in their study believed that time would be more available in “a month” than “today.”

SECOND-TIME DRIVING TESTERS ARE BETTER DRIVERS _ A study says drivers who pass their driving test the second time round are the safest on the road. Researchers found those who pass on their second attempt have fewer points on their license, are less likely to suffer road rage or be stopped by police. However, the research found that those who took more than two attempts to pass have more bad driving habits.

GIVING UP FACEBOOK FOR LENT _ Some of your Catholic friends will disappear from Facebook in a week. Giving up the social media site for 40 days is almost as common as giving up alcohol, coffee and sweets.

… However, 56% of those who give up Facebook for Lent admit to spending more time on other social media sites, like Instagram and TikTok.

WORLD’S LARGEST YO-YO COLLECTION _ Florida’s Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer is a skin cancer surgeon and the owner of over 10,000 yo-yos. Some of his yo-yos are antiques, including a circa 1790s brass toy from England. A few are rare, like a wooden prototype — one of only six known to exist — made around 1955 by the Duncan Toy Company for Coca-Cola. Others are quirky, like the ones that blow bubbles, generate sparks or emit scents.

… One of Meisenheimer’s most unusual yo-yos is a 6-foot-tall, 820-pounder made in 1990 by a woodworking class at Shakamak High School in Jasonville, Indiana. When he spotted the super-sized toy on eBay it was being stored at a Florida fairground.

WHY YOU NEED TO GOOF AROUND IN MEETINGS _ Next time some office wiseacre punctuates your presentation with a well-timed one-liner, don’t get annoyed. He might have made it more effective. A study (University of Amsterdam and University of Nebraska at Omaha) finds humorous meetings lead to better communication and new ideas.

… Researchers observed 54 videotaped meetings of employees at two German companies. In most cases when someone told a joke, others felt free to chime in with more jokes until the laughter finally died down. And once that happened, communication lines were opened and teams were more likely to propose new ideas and ask constructive questions.

THREE MEALS AND FOUR OR MORE SNACKS _ The food industry has long known that three daily meals are out, and a procession of snacks from midday to midnight is in. The typical American snacks at least four times a day. Snacking for Americans is a $1.2 trillion business.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: YOUNG CHILDREN SPENDING MORE TIME WATCHING TV _ Younger children are spending more time watching TV, according to a recent study. Researchers studied the screen time data from nearly 2,000 kids who were all under the age of 6. In 1997, kids under six watched around 1½ to 2 hours of TV. In the most recent study screen time has increased to about 3 hours a day.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ANGRY INDIAN BRIDE MARRIES WEDDING GUEST _ An Indian bride  married a guest at her wedding after her groom-to-be had a seizure and collapsed. While the groom was taken to hospital, the angry bride decided to switch husbands. She asked a member of her brother-in-law’s family, who was a guest, to step in and marry her instead. He agreed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN CALLS COPS ABOUT FAKE ID _ A teenager in Ontario, Canada (Norfolk County) called police to report he had been scammed. He told cops he paid for an item online, which didn’t arrive, and he wanted to file charges against the seller. While the police did in fact open a fraud investigation, they weren’t exactly sympathetic to the teen: the item he bought was fake identification.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NUDE FOOD THIEF _ A restaurant owner in China was trying to figure out who was stealing his supplies installed video cameras. He caught his landlord eating food in the place after hours — in the nude.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DON’T BUILD BONFIRES IN APARTMENTS _ A guy in St. Petersburg, Florida, was cold, so he built a bonfire. Inside his apartment, which didn’t have a fireplace. That, of course, set off smoke detectors and triggered a fire department response, causing evacuations from the 30-unit building at 3AM. Nobody was injured, but police say the 66-year-old man had several options to stay warm without setting a fire.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 36-YEAR-OLD CHARGED FOR CALLING 911 BECAUSE HER PARENTS SHUT OFF HER PHONE _ An Ohio woman was arrested for “repeatedly” calling 911 to tell police her parents shut off her cell phone. 36-year-old Seloni Khetarpal (of Jackson Township) was charged with disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony. The first time she called, police warned her to only call for a legitimate emergency. Hours later, she called again about her parents shutting off her cell phone. According to court documents, she was “belligerent” and said she thought it was a legitimate issue. Khetarpal is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on February 27.


ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR (8p ET, CBS) — New. One castaway is out for blood after realizing their closest ally was sent to the Edge of Extinction.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. A big party is being thrown at Dave Kim’s house and Pops has a plan to make Adam cool for the big event.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. An all-new batch of six celebrities is introduced.

HOWIE MANDEL’S 5TH ANNUAL ALL-STAR COMEDY GALA (8p ET, CW) — New. Hosted by Howie Mandel from Montréal, this special features performances from some of the best stand-up comedians.

BLUEBIRD (8p ET, CMT) — This documentary follows the journey from The Bluebird Café’s humble origins to its status as the modern-day proving ground for Nashville’s singer-songwriter hopefuls. The film features interviews and performances from Garth Brooks, Maren Morris, Steve Earle, Charles Esten, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, and the cast of Nashville.

SCHOOLED (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Lainey learns she has unresolved issues from her past when mentoring a student.

SERIES FINALE: CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — In the 2-hour series finale, Reid suffers from a brain injury and, while experiencing hallucinations, is visited by ghosts from his past. Guest stars include Jayne Atkinson, C. Thomas Howell, Beth Riesgraf, Jane Lynchand more.

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES DEBATE (9p ET, NBC) — Democratic presidential hopefuls discuss the issues in Las Vegas. Six candidates have qualified for the debate: Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Phil and Claire take Haley and Dylan to dinner to reassure them they are not bad parents.

LEGO MASTERS (9p ET, FOX) — New. Each team is given an everyday object that has been cut in two, and they must build its other half.

SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. After rent on the Winebrary goes up, the gang chips in in their own ways to help solve Poppy’s new financial problem.

STUMPTOWN (10p ET, ABC) — New. Dex and Grey venture to Los Angeles to help a client who believes her Hollywood script has been plagiarized by a former classmate.

SERIES PREMIERE: YEAR OF THE RABBIT (10:30p ET, IFC) — Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows) and Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum) star in this British comedy. Detective Inspector Rabbit and his new young partners investigate murder trials in Victorian London. Anxieties rise when they discover an ancient secret society has resurfaced and is wreaking havoc on the city.


ENTERTAINMENT

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER IS BRINGING BACK THE COMEDY _ The White House Correspondents’ Association is returning to form and inviting a comedian to roast the president and the press at an annual awards gala this spring. Hasan Minhaj, who performed at the dinner in 2017, will return for this year’s event on Saturday, April 25. The association also announced a comedian as the host for the evening: Kenan Thompson.

… Two years ago, a much-talked-about performance by comedienne Michelle Wolf spurred debate about the dinner format. Trump allies claimed that the jokes proved the press corps’ hatred of Trump. The president tweeted that the dinner was “embarrassing” and the event was “dead.” But many writers, activists and comedians defended Wolf for roasting both the administration and the news media.

HARRY STYLES HELD AT KNIFEPOINT DURING ROBBERY IN LONDON _ Harry Styles was unharmed but understandably shaken after a scary incident over the weekend. The 26-year-old singer was robbed while out in the Hampstead area of London on Friday night. According to the Mirror Online, Styles was approached by a man with a knife who “demanded cash.” A source told the Mirror, “He actually played it pretty cool, quickly giving the assailant cash, keeping himself and the guy calm and getting the situation over with.”

GOOD TIMES’ JA’NET DUBOIS DEAD AT 74 _ Ja’net DuBois, best known for her role as Good Times‘ Willona Woods, died on Tuesday at the age of 74. A cause of death has not been disclosed. DuBois rose to fame as Florida and James Evans’ next-door neighbor on the sitcom, which ran from 1974-1979. She also co-wrote and sang the iconic Jeffersons theme song Movin’ On Up.

MEGHAN AND HARRY MUST DROP ‘ROYAL’ FROM SUSSEX BRAND _ Meghan Markle and Prince Harry can’t call themselves Royals anymore — even on their own websites — after Queen Elizabeth reportedly dropped the hammer. The Daily Mail reports Meghan and Harry have been told to drop the word “royal” from their online branding “Sussex Royal.” They’ve been trying to lock down international rights for that brand, as they roll out their own post-Megxit ventures, but the queen’s new rule would send them back to the drawing board.

As of Tuesday night their Instagram account and personal website still bear the “Sussex Royal” title.LINK

DEEPFAKE DROPS NEO FROM THE MATRIX STRAIGHT INTO OFFICE SPACE _ We wouldn’t have had much of a film if Neo had chosen the Blue Pill over the Red Pill in The Matrix, but thanks to a new deepfake, we now have some semblance of what that would look like. If Neo had actually gone back to his soulless job, he would’ve basically gone back to living in Office Space. The deepfake from Ctrl Shift Face replaces Ron Livingston’s face with Keanu Reeves. With a key phone call from Morpheus trying to get him to change his mind, some musical tweaks, and more nefarious conversations with Bill Lumbergh (now with indoor sunglasses), a dull job becomes much more dangerous. And Neo, none the wiser to the world he gave up, is confused as to why. • VIDEO

1933 KING KONG RETURNING TO THEATERS _ The King Kong that most audiences are familiar with today is probably Peter Jackson’s remake from 2005. But the original King Kong from 1933 is a much bigger milestone in cinematic history, bringing a larger than life story to the big screen with old school movie tricks and special effects. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing the classic film, there’s no better way to see it than on the big screen. And Fathom Events is re-releasing King Kong in theaters next month for the first time in nearly 65 years.

… You can catch King Kong in theaters on over 600 screens on Sunday, March 15. • LINK

HAYDEN PANETTIERE’S BOYFRIEND ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC BATTERY _ Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, spent part of Valentine’s Day behind bars. Hickerson was arrested in the early morning of February 14 and was booked in Wyoming for alleged domestic battery. According to documents obtained by E! News, which do not identify Panettiere, authorities state that the couple got into a fight and Hickerson hit the woman “with a closed fist on the right side of her face.” TMZ was the first to identify Panettiere.

… The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a Jackson, Wyoming, home around 1:50 AM, the documents state. The caller told the police an intoxicated man was locked out of the private residence because he had punched his girlfriend in the face.

… A private chef who’d allegedly been in the home until about 1 AM was contacted by authorities and claimed he saw the couple arguing earlier in the evening.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  Phoner: Phone mishaps. See February 19 Bits & Breaks.

  A Chihuahua and a pigeon are pals at Rochester, New York, shelter. February 19 News & Nuggets

  Ryan Martin’s Daytona 500 crash.

  Drop: OK, you kids have fun.


BITS & BREAKS

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it would digest itself.

• The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.

• Every person has a unique tongue print.

• On average, 12 newborns around the world will be given to the wrong parents daily.

• Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

• Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

• There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple, and silver.

• The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

• By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand.

• There’s no such thing as a negative calorie food. Even celery has calories.

WHAT’S THE DUMBEST WAY YOU’VE BROKEN YOUR PHONE?

BuzzFeed asked it’s readers. Steal the question for your Facebook then use the responses to fuel the phones!

AUDIO

• Threw my phone in some kind of angry rage and it hit my boyfriend’s foot. It bruised his toe and shattered my phone screen.

• I was having coffee with a friend at Starbucks and she was showing me her new iPhone. Shocked that I still had the iPhone 4, she took my phone and examined it to see that my phone was still in amazing condition, like new after all these years. As she handed me back my phone, I didn’t get a good grip on it and my phone dropped to the ground, shattering it.

• In the middle of a concert my phone began to freeze while I was texting. … It slipped out of my hands and directly into my margarita on the floor.

• We had a heavy snowfall, and I dropped my phone on my driveway. I never realized it and my husband used the snowblower to clear everything off. The phone got pulverized.

• A block away I thought I left my phone at home so I turned around. As I pull in the driveway I see it lying on the ground. Crushed. I had dropped my phone getting into my car and ran over it while leaving.

• My friends and I were going hiking and what I was wearing had no pockets. I figured I was going to want my phone with me to take pictures of my awesome view and to show the social media world how awesome I am. So of course I put it in my sports bra for safe keeping. It was hot. And when it’s hot, boobs sweat. My phone broke from water damage due to boob sweat.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the dumbest way you’ve broken your phone?

FOUR SIMPLE RULES FOR HEALTHIER EATING

Eating healthy is hard. We’re constantly hammered with marketing for food, restaurants, delivery services. Then there are the diets: Keto? Atkins? WW? From Newsweek, here are four simple rules that will start you down the path to eating healthier.

HAVE A BIG BREAKFAST. Studies have shown that people who leave time for breakfast are less hungry during the day, making them better able to control their burger-and-fries impulses at lunch. It’s also the easiest meal at which to work in some whole grains, like toast made out of a high-quality bread, oatmeal, and fruit.

BRING FOOD TO WORK WITH YOU. Fight the lure of the vending machine by packing your own lunch — or at least some healthy snacks.

ORDER A SALAD BEFORE EACH MEAL. It sounds counter-intuitive: eat more, weigh less. But in a study, participants who ate large salads with healthy dressing before lunch consumed 12 percent fewer calories overall than when they ate an entree only. Raw veggies require extra chewing time, which leads people to believe they’ve eaten more than they have. Other studies report similar findings for broth-based soups, which, like a salad, make you feel full but have relatively few calories.

GIVE YOUR TV A DINNER BREAK. A television is the equivalent of having a 55-inch brownie in the house. Not only does it lead to mindless nibbling, but some experts say it also slows the rate at which people burn calories. Never eat in front of a screen, and set a max TV time of a couple of hours a DAY for every member of the family.

THE WAY YOU PICK YOUR NOSE REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY

Deep science from WeeklyWorldNews.com.

• Those who pick their noses in private lack openness.

• Those who pick their noses in public are extremely open, imaginative, curious, creative, adventurous, original and artistic.

• Those who pick as though excavating a mine are neurotic, anxious, insecure and emotional.

• Those who roll the snot up into a little ball and eat it are extroverts in need of excess stimulation.

ZODIAC SIGN PISCES HOROSCOPE

If you were born February 19-March 20 your astrological sign is Pisces.

• Your colors are mauve, lilac, purple, violet, sea green.

• Your best day is Thursday.

• Your lucky numbers are 3, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24.

• Your strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical

• Your weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr

• You like being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes

• You dislike know-it-alls, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, cruelty of any kind


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: This happens in U.S. surgical rooms about 39 times a week. (Foreign objects are left inside a patient, things likes sponges and tongs.)

TRIVIA: The average American does this kitchen-related thing 22 times a day. Opens the refrigerator.

TRIVIA: In 2014 there were just over 8,000 of these in the U.S. In 2019 there were 3,353. (UFO sightings, as reported by the National UFO Reporting Center.)

TRIVIA: In the 1830s this common condiment was sold as medicine. (Ketchup)


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 20, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Sidney Poitier is 93

• Sandy Duncan is 74

• Peter Strauss is 73

• French Stewart (Third Rock from the Sun) is 56

• Cindy Crawford is 54

• Andrew Shue (Melrose Place) is 53

• Michael Zegen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is 41

• Trevor Noah (The Daily Show) is 36

• Miles Teller (Fantastic Four) is 33

• Rihanna is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1962: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn orbited the earth three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes, becoming the first American to orbit the earth.

• 1997: The Trinity Broadcasting network announced it has dropped singer Pat Boone’s Gospel America show after he records a heavy metal album and appears on the American Music Awards in black leather and a studded dog collar.

• 2001: FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 15 years.

• 2001: A man who led police on a 10 mile-an-hour chase on a tractor was jailed. The driver was chased after being spotted driving while drinking a beer. Residents of Janesville, Wisconsin, lined the chase route and some even took photos. The driver eventually stopped in a church parking lot and told officers he didn’t think he would be arrested there. He was.

• 2013: Estonia became the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network.

• 2016: A 4-inch lock of John Lennon’s hair sold for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Discover Girl Day

• Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day

• Love Your Pet Day

• World Day for Social Justice

• Handcuff Day

• Fat Thursday. A celebration of all things dough-related.

• Cherry Pie Day

• Muffin Day