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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 25, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Comedian Carrot Top is 55

• Tea Leoni is 54

• Sean Astin is 49

• Chelsea Handler is 45

• Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) is 44

• Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1919: Oregon placed a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

• 1940: A hockey game was televised for the first time, by New York City station W2XBS. The New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 at Madison Square Garden.

• 2006: The world’s estimated population reached 6.5 billion.

• 2009: It was revealed by the White House staff that every day President Barack Obama is handed a special purple folder. The folder contains ten letters culled from the thousands the White House Correspondence Office receives each day from Americans who have taken the time to sit down and write to their president.

• 2018: Marit Bjoergen of Norway became the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in skiing’s 30km cross country.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Ten months until Christmas!

• Pancake Day

• Mardi Gras

• Rubber Ducky Day

• World Spay Day

• Clam Chowder Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

9: Percentage of Americans who think the moon landings were faked.


NEWS ATTACK!

A report says more than a third of the Earth’s plant and animal species live on only 1.4 percent of its land surface. [What’s even more surprising, the other two-thirds live in high school gym lockers.]

According to a report in a medical journal, green tea drinkers may be preventing cancer every time they have a cup. [Unfortunately, it still has a long way to go to become a popular treatment, according to the Journal of Stuff That’s Good For You But Tastes Really Bad Even With Sugar.]

According to a study, two-thirds of all smokers will die as a direct result of smoking. [The other third die from exposure standing outside their office buildings in the middle of winter.]

It’s February 25… two months since Christmas. [Time to take the tree down.]

That latest info on presidential gifts shows Donald Trump received 17 gifts from foreign leaders in 2018. [You gotta hand it to the president, he’s genuinely excited when he gets another KFC gift card.]

More than four months after suffering a heart attack on the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders refuses to release detailed medical records. [However, he has agreed to release Larry David’s.]

Fear over the coronavirus caused the stock market to take a big dive Monday. [Fortunately I was an investor in the Doolittle movie, so I’m making big bucks.]

The KFC Donut fried chicken sandwich is now available at restaurants nationwide. [Good news for those of you eating keto: leave out the fried chicken and the donut and it’s zero calories.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

AUDIOKOBE BRYANT MEMORIAL _ Amid tears, laughs and cheers, memories flowed through Staples Center Monday as the NBA, the city and the world bade a formal farewell to Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, one month after the helicopter crash that claimed their lives. Walking onto a stage adorned with thousands of roses, Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, made her first public appearance since her husband and daughter died along with seven other people in the crash. She gave a tearful, powerful tribute to them both, painting a picture of her world-famous husband as a loving husband and family man.

… Bryant’s number 8 and 24 jerseys were illuminated in the Staples Center rafters as Vanessa spoke of his legacy.

VANESSA BRYANT SUES HELICOPTER COMPANY OVER CRASH _ Vanessa Bryant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters, the operator of the helicopter that crashed outside Los Angeles last month and killed nine people, including Kobe Bryant and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna. The suit claims that the pilot, Ara Zobayan, was “negligent” in his operation of the aircraft as he navigated through a heavy fog, and it accuses Island Express of taking unnecessary risk given the circumstances. Zobayan was also killed in the crash.

… A National Transportation Safety Board report released earlier this month noted that Zobayan, an experienced pilot and flight instructor, had received special clearance to fly in difficult conditions shortly before takeoff. The lawsuit says the helicopter was traveling at 180 miles per hour in the moments before the crash. Failure to properly research and respond to weather conditions constitutes the bulk of the claims.

22 STUDIES AGREE: ‘MEDICARE FOR ALL’ SAVES MONEY _ The evidence abounds: A “Medicare for All” single-payer system would guarantee comprehensive coverage to everyone in America and save money. Researchers at three University of California campuses examined 22 studies on the projected cost impact for single-payer health insurance in the United States and reported their findings in a recent paper (in PLOS Medicine). Every single study predicted that it would yield net savings over several years. In fact, it’s the only way to rein in health care spending significantly in the U.S.

… All 22 studies, regardless of ideological orientation, showed that long-term cost savings were likely. Even the Mercatus Center, a right-wing think tank, recently found about $2 trillion in net savings over 10 years from a single-payer Medicare for All system. Most importantly, everyone in America would have high-quality health care coverage.

… The biggest cost savings is one public plan negotiating rates with health care providers: we would do away with three-quarters of the estimated $812 billion the U.S. now spends on health care administration.

CANNABIS USE AMONG SENIORS UP BY 75% _ More and more older Americans are using marijuana and other cannabis-based products. In research published Monday (in JAMA Internal Medicine), the number of U.S. adults over 65 who reported using cannabis nearly doubled over a three-year period, from 2.4 percent in 2015 to 4.2 percent in 2018 — an increase of 75 percent.

AUDIOTHE ‘PURRFECT’ MUSIC FOR CALMING CATS _ Taking a cat to the vets can be a stressful experience, both for cat and owner. But a study published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) has shown that playing cat-specific music during the visit can help.

… Researchers at Louisiana State University lined up 20 pet cats, who were played 20 minutes of cat-specific music (by David Teie), classical music (‘Élégie’ by Fauré) or no music in a random order. Cat stress scores, based on the behavior and body posture of the cats, and handling scale scores, based on the cats’ reactions to the handler, were assigned for each of the cats.

… The study found that the cats appeared to be less stressed during the examination when played the cat-specific music, compared with both classical music and no music.

AMERICA IS NO. 1 FOR PISTACHIOS _ America is No. 1 in a lot of things: world champion sports teams; blockbuster movies; large numbers of presidential tweets; and now pistachios. Iran has dominated global pistachio production for centuries, while the U.S. only began production in 1976. But due to recent awful seasons in Iran the U.S is now the top producer.

… From 2004 to 2009, Iran accounted for 40 percent of global pistachio production to the States’ 33 percent. By 2014 to 2019, 47 percent came from the U.S. while 27 percent came from Iran.

SECRET WORLD OF FELINES _ How did paw prints end up on the TV? Why is there a dead mouse in the kitchen cabinet? The world may never know the answers to these perplexing questions but a new study (from Friskies) shed some light on the situation. Using a bit of ingenious technology — mini kitty cams attached to collars — researchers infiltrated the secret world of our feline friends.

… According to the collar cam, our cats would rather be on the prowl for adventure than on your bed taking a nap. In fact, only 6% of the cats in the study spent the majority of their day snoozing, while double that number preferred to spend their time playing with other pets. 7% enjoyed climbing and playing with houseplants, and 5% preferred to play with toys. But their very favorite activity? Surveying their domain — 21% of our cats actually spend most of the day staring out the window.

PRIVACY GROUP: FACEBOOK IS ‘NOT TELLING YOU EVERYTHING’ _ In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal in 2018, Facebook released a privacy feature called “Download Your Information.” The tool allowed users to access all the data that Facebook had gathered about them since they created their account — or at least, they thought it was all the data. In fact, according to a recent blog post from privacy advocacy group Privacy International, the information Facebook shows these users is quite incomplete.

… Privacy International researchers recently tested the tool and discovered that Facebook doesn’t provide users with a list of all advertisers who have uploaded their personal data. Additionally, the information provided about the advertisers themselves is limited, with just a name and no contact details. In other words, it’s basically impossible for users to get the full picture of how they’re being tracked and how their data is being used.

BILLIONAIRE WARREN BUFFETT FINALLY TRADES IN HIS FLIP PHONE _ Apple CEO Tim Cook has tried to convince billionaire Warren Buffett to trade in his $20 flip phone for an iPhone for years — and it seems his efforts have finally paid off  Buffet shared in a recent interview with CNBC that his ‘flip phone is permanently gone’ and he is now using Apple’s ‘latest model’ smartphone, the iPhone 11. Although most iPhone users enjoy the handset for searching the web, sharing on social media sites and playing video games, the legendary investor said he will only use it as a phone to make calls.

… Although he is worth $88 billion dollars, he still lives in the first house he bought in 1958 and dines on McDonald’s at least three times a week.

TRAIL RUNNER BROKE HIS LEG AND CRAWLED FOR 11 HOURS THROUGH SNOW _ A trail runner in Washington state who broke his leg knew he was doomed if he tried to wait for help. So Joe Oldendorf crawled for eleven hours. This was after he’d already run twelve miles. Eventually, the Coast Guard found him and airlifted him to a hospital.

XFL PLAYER MAKES TRADE FOR SOME GIRL SCOUT COOKIES _  We have proof that there’s really nothing we wouldn’t do for a Girl Scout cookie, especially those tasty Thin Mints. In an XFL game over the weekend, a St. Louis BattleHawks player traded a football to a girl who was holding a sign saying, “Will trade a box of Thin Mints for a BattleHawks football.”

BEER FLIGHT AND GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PAIRINGS _ A microbrewery in Tuscon is hosting beer flight and Girl Scout cookie parings on Sunday (March 1). For a few hours, you’ll be able to taste a flight of Sentinel Peak Brewing’s flagship beers uniquely combined with a selection of everyone’s favorite seasonal cookies. Besides the pairings, Girl Scout Cookies will be for sale.

71% OF AMERICANS SAY THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS IS GOOD OR EXCELLENT _ America, you’re drunk. While a full two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, a new survey of adults shows we’re not being honest as 71 percent of us claim our health and wellness is either good or excellent.

MARS IS HUMMING. SCIENTISTS AREN’T SURE WHY _ Under its frigid, dusty surface, Mars is humming. The quiet, constant drone periodically pulses with the beat of quakes rippling around the planet, but the source of this music remains unknown. This Martian hum is just one in a slew of fresh mysteries and discoveries detected by NASA’s InSight lander. InSight touched down on Mars in November 2018 to a flat, featureless expanse near the planet’s equator. Since then, the craft has been using an extremely sensitive seismometer and other instruments to take readings that are helping scientists untangle Mars’s geologic activity and internal structure.

… In addition to the strange hum, the latest batch of data from InSight describes the first active fault zone discovered on Mars, patterns and pulses in the modern magnetic fields, and hints to the planet’s magnetic past. Taken together, the information gleaned from Mars is vital to figuring out how all rocky planets form and evolve over time.

PURDUE ONLINE STUDENTS CAN NOW GRADUATE IN VR _ Purdue University will let some graduates join its 2020 commencement ceremony through virtual reality. Around 75 students will get a Google Cardboard-style virtual reality viewer and watch the ceremony through a 360-degree camera feed alongside around 400 other students who will attend the ceremony in Los Angeles later this week.

… The project was conceived with help from Purdue’s Research Computing Envision Center, which works on VR training simulations and similar projects. A Purdue spokesman explains: “When the ceremony begins, [students] will feel like they are in the procession line marching with the on-site graduates. The virtual graduates will walk onto the stage, hear their name announced and see their picture displayed before returning to their seat.”

PARROT SHOUTS ‘FIRE’ TO WARN SLEEPING FAMILY ABOUT BLAZE _ A Tennessee (Lebanon) family owes their lives to their beloved parrot. When a fire broke out in the early morning hours, they were woken up by their pet parrot Louie’s cries of “fire!” They say the bird had never said the word before but was still able to use it in that situation. Barbara Klein says Louie the parrot is “a true hero … when I woke up, the fire was starting to spread across the living room floor.”

… Now the sad part: Louie and the family’s pet dogs didn’t survive the fire. Barbara’s husband and their 6-year-old granddaughter escaped with their lives, although Barbara’s husband, Larry, was hospitalized.

… After the family left the house, Larry ran back in “to try to save our puppies and his grandfather’s guitar. He kept saying he couldn’t breathe and I was shouting at him to leave the house. I told him to get down and he crawled out. I pulled him out of the fire. Then we got in the car and drove out of the driveway.”

BATHROOM GERMS _ When it comes to a fear of germs, 39 percent of respondents in a nationwide survey said they feared picking up germs from a public restroom more than any other public place. Since germs are the result of unsanitary conditions, the survey found that for 66 percent of the respondents “unclean conditions” were most apt to lead to a bad impression of the restroom. No toilet paper was a distant second at 13 percent, followed by odors at 11 percent. And what is the top reason a public restroom makes a good impression on visitors? 77 percent said cleanliness. Where else do we fear picking up germs?

  • Restaurants: 21 percent
  • Airplanes: 20 percent
  • Subways and trains: 11 percent
  • Movie theaters: 4 percent

SERIOUS BACON LOVE _ What a strange love affair people have with the pork product known as bacon. A survey revealed 43 percent of Canadians would rather eat bacon than have sex.

AMERICANS GET AN ‘F’ IN UNDERSTANDING TAXES _ The average U.S. adult scores about 50% on personal finance questions related to U.S. federal income tax returns. Most American adults get an “F” in understanding income tax basics, according to a survey (by NerdWallet). Respondents scored on average 51% in a 10-question quiz on tax basics related to such personal finance issues as retirement, college savings and health care.

… A majority of respondents did not know the tax implications of popular financial products such as Roth individual retirement accounts, the 401(k), Health Savings Accounts, etc.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: PUT DOWN YOUR SMARTPHONE WHEN YOU EAT _ If you find yourself gaining weight, even though it feels as if you’re eating normal meals, a new research study (published in the journal Physiology and Behavior) suggests a possible solution for this problem: put down your smartphone. In the research paper titled “Smartphone Use While Eating Increases Caloric Ingestion,” people who used their smartphone for any use, even just surfing the web or reading news, while consuming meals ate 15 percent more calories on average than diners who simply focused on their food.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF FALLS ASLEEP IN CAR _ In Germany a man broke into a car late one night. He was hard at work trying to pry out the car’s in-dash screen but it turned out to be an exhausting job and before long he was sound asleep. And that’s how the cops found him, still clutching his screwdriver. They woke him up and arrested him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER CAUGHT WHILE TAKING COFFEE BREAK _ A robber made off with $2,000 from a bank in Germany, only to get caught after stopping to buy coffee down the street.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THE GPS MADE ME DO IT _ The Minneapolis Fire Department rescued a man who broke through the ice on the Mississippi River while crossing on foot. The man explained he was following a route provided by Google Maps, and it “told him” to cross the river there, so he set out across the ice. A fire department spokesman noted that the navigation app was probably routing him across the river via a nearby bridge.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HAS COLLECTION OF OVER 21,000 BANANA LABELS _ If you see a 70-year-old woman digging through a trash can for discarded banana peels in Florida, you may have spotted one of the world’s most unique collectors. Becky Martz, of Orlando, has spent the past 29 years collecting and cataloging more than 21,000 banana labels from around the world. Martz’s hobby has led her to Germany, Costa Rica and Ecuador where she’s met with fellow collectors and picked up random banana labels.

… Becky says, “I have rescued many labels from the trash or a banana peel on the ground. I feel sad when I see someone has thrown a peel away with the label still on it, so I rescue it.”

… Her hobby started in 1991 when she first noticed how unique banana labels were. She was restocking her fruit bowl when she saw how the old Dole banana labels were from Guatemala and the new ones were from Honduras. That’s when she first started paying attention to banana labels and noticing differences.

… Martz’s rarest banana label dates back to the 1960s. It is the blond Jacko label featuring a little boy whose coiffure is made up of little bananas.


ON TELEVISION

CBS NEWS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE (8p ET, CBS) — Democratic presidential hopefuls discuss issues in Charleston, S.C. Participants are:Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Tom Steyer. Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell will moderate.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New.  The blind auditions continue.

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Jackie hits it off with a married couple (guest stars and real-life husband and wife Clark Gregg and Jennifer Grey), and they “invite” her into their relationship.

FINALE: GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (8p ET, FOX) — In the 2-hour season finale, Gordon takes on 2 restaurants in Arkansas.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY GATES, JR. (8p ET, PBS) — New. Laura Linney, Lisa Ling and Soledad O’Brien explore their family histories.

BLESS THIS MESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Rio takes driving lessons from Kay, but their friendship hits a bump when Kay finds out that Rio has secretly been getting lessons from other people.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New.  Kevin spends the day with Rebecca. Pamela Adlon (Better Things) guest stars.

MIXED-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. The Johnsons welcome an African American family that has just moved into their mostly white neighborhood.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — New.

BLACK-ISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Jack joins the robotics club and Dre worries it might be a detrimental failure for him. Joel McHale guest stars.

NEW AMSTERDAM (10p ET, NBC) — New.

FOR LIFE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Determined to gain access to his police file, Aaron decides to represent an inmate from Safiya’s drug rehabilitation program whose brother is a cop.


ENTERTAINMENT

PARASITE WILL STREAM EXCLUSIVELY ON HULU IN U.S. _ Hulu has exclusive U.S. streaming rights to Parasite, the film that made history as the first foreign-language film to win best picture at this year’s Oscars. Parasite will be available on Hulu beginning Wednesday, April 8.

… The thriller/dark comedy explores socioeconomic inequality in South Korea, following an impoverished, literally basement-dwelling family posing as qualified professionals to gain long-term employment by a wealthy family.

JURASSIC WORLD 3 MIGHT BRING BACK ANOTHER JURASSIC PARK CHARACTER _ You may not know the name Joseph Mazzello, but you know his role in Jurassic Park. Mazzello played the young boy Timmy, the small dino expert who did battle with the electric fence. And according to Mazzello, Timmy may be coming back in Jurassic World 3. Mazzello, who recently appeared in the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, teased that his iconic dinosaur-loving kid character from Jurassic Park may be the latest original cast member to make a return in Jurassic World 3, joining Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum. In a cryptic tweet, Mazello said, “I think it’s time to get back to work. What do you say gang?”

CHRIS EVANS IN EARLY TALKS TO JOIN LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS _ Chris Evans is in early talks to join the upcoming adaptation of the musical Little Shop of Horrors. If signed, Evans would play the abusive, diabolical dentist Dr. Orin Scrivello, a role played by Steve Martin in the 1986 movie adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors.

… The sci-fi faustian tale follows a meek florist named Seymour whose life is changed forever when he discovers a mysterious and rare flytrap. Naming it Audrey II after a ditzy co-worker he holds a secret crush for, Seymour and the plant become famous overnight as the plant grows to human size. There’s just one problem: the plant grows on human blood. And when it gets big enough, Audrey II begins talking to Seymour, tempting him with more fame and fortune if he feeds it with something more nourishing: human bodies.

NEW QUIET PLACE PART II TRAILER SEES EVERYONE ON THE RUN _ A Quiet Place Part II, the much-anticipated sequel to 2018’s A Quiet Place, is set for release on March 20. And if you weren’t already hyped enough, Paramount Pictures has released another trailer for the film and has titled it “Fight.” • VIDEO

… The pic has Emily Blunt and John Krasinski returning to their roles as star and director respectively — though Krasinski will appear briefly in flashbacks, too.

NETFLIX ADDS TOP 10 FEATURE SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT EVERYONE’S WATCHING _ Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of movies and shows on Netflix? Now you can jump on the bandwagon and check out the streaming service’s most popular options. Netflix has added a Top 10 feature. The lists update daily to show what’s popular in your country and are broken into three categories: Netflix overall, shows, and films.

KATHERINE JOHNSON, NASA MATHEMATICIAN IN HIDDEN FIGURES, DIES AT 101 _ Katherine Johnson, one of the history-making, barrier-breaking NASA mathematicians depicted in Hidden Figures, died Monday. She was 101.

… Johnson was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 film about trailblazing black women whose work at NASA was integral during the space race. The film also stars Octavia Spencer as the mathematician Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as the engineer Mary Jackson. The work of the women altered the country’s history but their names were largely unknown until the movie received acclaim. Jackson died in 2005, and Vaughan died in 2008.

… Johnson said greatest contribution to space exploration was making “the calculations that helped sync Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module.” In other words, helping to put men on the moon in 1969.

MONSTER GARAGE WITH JESSE JAMES RETURNS TO DISCOVERY CHANNEL _ West Coast Choppers founder Jesse James is returning to reality TV with a reboot of Discovery Channel’s Monster Garage. James, who starred in the series that aired from 2002 to 2006, has kept busy since the original show ended. The Austin-based automotive mastermind traveled the world and trained under a world-class blacksmith, ultimately becoming a high-end gunmaker with his JJFU firearms brand.

… With his return to Discovery, James will have “an upgraded garage, cutting-edge technology and a renewed passion for creating some of most mind-blowing vehicles to ever drive across television screens.”

HARVEY WEINSTEIN WAS FOUND GUILTY AND HAS BEEN THROWN IN JAIL _ A jury on Monday found Harvey Weinstein guilty of raping a woman and sexually assaulting another woman, and he has been jailed pending his March 11 sentencing. He was acquitted of the two most serious charges of predatory sexual assault that carried a possible life sentence.

… After a six-week trial, jurors took four days to convict him after hearing the testimonies of six women, who provided harrowing accounts of how Weinstein used his power and influence to coerce them into nonconsensual and degrading sexual encounters.

… (CAUTION) The charges against Weinstein were based on the allegations of two of those women: Aspiring actor Jessica Mann said Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel in 2013, and former production assistant Miriam Haley said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006. Actor Annabella Sciorra’s testimony that Weinstein raped her in the ’90s was used to bolster two predatory sexual assault charges against him in combination with the testimonies of Mann and Haley.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH CHEST PAINS _ Harvey Weinstein was taken to a hospital in Manhattan on Monday after complaining of chest pains. Weinstein was supposed to be transferred to jail, but was diverted to the hospital. Weinstein had been free on $2 million bond, but the judge in his trial ordered him held in jail prior to sentencing on March 11.

HARRISON FORD REVEALS HIS ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIE LINE _ All throughout his career, he’s played Indiana Jones, Han Solo, and Rick Deckard — to name but three — so it’s not too much of a stretch to say that Harrison Ford has accumulated quite the collection of one-liners and catchphrases. But out of all the one-liners and memorable dialogue, which is his favorite? That very question was put to Ford during an interview with BuzzFeed. When he was asked to name his all-time favorite line, Ford pointed in the direction of Raiders of the Lost Ark from 1981: “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.”

JUSSIE SMOLLETT PLEADS NOT GUILTY _ On Monday, Jussie Smollett was arraigned on the six new charges after he allegedly lied about being the victim of a hate crime last January. He pleaded not guilty.

MATRIX 4 FILMING KEPT DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO UP ALL NIGHT _ Filming of Matrix 4 kept downtown San Francisco missing some sleep over the weekend as fireballs lit up the sky and at least five helicopters flew at 300 feet, shattering the usual tranquility. Cameras rolled from 6PM to midnight Saturday and Sunday, and 5AM to 9AM Sunday, leaving residents tossing and turning in their beds.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  Kobe Bryant Memorial: Vanessa Bryant (CAUTION: Includes the word ‘ass’.)

  Kobe Bryant Memorial: Michael Jordan

  Kobe Bryant Memorial: Jimmy Kimmel

  Music for Cats. February 25 News & Nuggets.


BITS & BREAKS

CONVERSATION STARTER

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What is a smell that is gross to others but something you don’t mind or actually enjoy?

FACEBOOK THIS!

After watching some of the Kobe Bryant memorial I have to ask: Who are you grateful to have in your life right now?

FACEBOOK THIS!

What’s your secret to a successful marriage? Harrison Ford says, “Don’t talk. Nod your head.”

OUR COIN JARS

A survey found…

… 73 percent of us have a change jar.

… $10.5 billion worth of coins fill those jars.

… 75 percent of us will stop to pick up a penny off the street.

… 12 percent will pass by a heads-down penny because it’s bad luck.

… 47% of us have thrown a penny away.

FOUR THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER TEASE A GUY ABOUT

Never EVER tease a guy about their hair, stature, salary or his, um, size: Poke fun at one of those and you might as well rip out our hearts and use them as coasters for your herbal tea.

MONEY — Having more money is obviously much better than having less. Men believe that their financial worth reflects their inner worth. So teasing them about their salaries is really another way of making fun of our manhood.

THEIR HAIR — If there’s anything men are sensitive about it’s their hair. Every man worries about losing his locks one day, because he truly believes that with his hair goes his ability to attract women.

THEIR HEIGHT — Studies show that taller men are taken more seriously than shorter guys. Vertically challenged guys often experience this and don’t need to be reminded.

THEIR MANHOOD — That brings up the final torturous taunt: mocking the Manhood. It’s easy for women to tease a man about his member since they don’t have one, but on a man’s list of priorities, it’s just below breathing. Cutting remarks about it aren’t welcome.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What does your guy HATE to be teased about?


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: These famous letters didn’t appear until 1950, and were originally printed in black, not white. (The Ms on M&Ms)

TRIVIA: The least likely time for one of these is Wednesdays between 3 and 6PM. (Bank robbery)

TRIVIA: Around the world each year, it is estimated that three people are killed by what? (Champagne corks)

TRIVIA: In households that have it, the average is $8,701. What is it? (Credit card debt)

TRIVIA: Americans spend a half-billion dollars a year on what type of footwear? (Slippers)

TRIVIA: The average person does this 3½ times a day while at work. (Goes to the bathroom)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 25, 2020

• 2003: JOHNNY PAYCHECK was laid to rest in Nashville after a long battle with emphysema. The 64-year-old singer was buried in a plot donated by, and near in proximity to, his friend GEORGE JONES.

• 2010: Apple announced JOHNNY CASH’s Guess Things Happen That Way was the 10 billionth song downloaded on iTunes.

• 2012: Suffering with a vocal problem, GEORGE STRAIT left the stage at Kansas City’s Sprint Center after performing just two songs. He made up the show one week later.

• 2015: DIERKS BENTLEY leads a 1990s cover band, Hot Country Knights, at The Stage in Nashville. The night includes RANDY HOUSER doing Watermelon Crawl, CHARLES KELLEY singing My Maria and MIRANDA LAMBERT covering Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

• 2017: REBA McENTIRE’s two-disc gospel project Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope reach No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart.

Shawna Thompson of THOMPSON SQUARE is 42.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

CRAIG MORGAN is partnering with the recently launched Circle Network for a new reality series called Craig’s World. The 10-part series begins March 5 with a look inside Craig’s career and personal life.

Self-proclaimed workhorse MAREN MORRIS plans to take a couple months off after giving birth to her baby boy in March. After that Maren plans to take the little guy on the road with her.

TOBY KEITH was honored by Golf Digest with the prestigious Arnie Award for his efforts to help critically ill kids in his home state of Oklahoma through his OK Kids Coral and celebrity golf tournament.

SCOTTY MCCREERY says his wife, Gabi, keeps him grounded through her own career in nursing. The former American Idol winner says Gabi sharing stories about her job helps keep things in perspective for him as to how little things that he makes a big deal out of really aren’t that important.

It’s been 15 years since CARRIE UNDERWOOD won American Idol, but she actually thought going in to the competition that she would get cut and move on with her life.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s TYLER HUBBARD’s daughter Olivia is on the opening of their country re-mix of Justin Bieber’s Yummy. Tyler brought wife Hayley along with Olivia and his youngest child, son Luka, into the studio with him to cut the track and Olivia opens the song. • AUDIO

INGRID ANDRESS’ breakthrough hit, More Hearts Than Mine, was inspired by a true experience. She was dating a guy around the holidays that she had to decide if she wanted to take back home to Colorado to meet her family — and with six of them, as she says, that’s a lot of hearts to break.

GARTH BROOKS’ social media comments were hijacked by fans who thought he was a supporter of Bernie Sanders. Garth was playing at Ford Field in Detroit and there’s only one jersey to wear in this case: the great Barry Sanders. Of course Garth did just that, and posted a photo on Instagram.

… More than a handful of fans thought Garth was supporting Bernie Sanders. Some of the Instagram comments were sarcastic, but many others were serious — calling Garth a “liberal socialist” and much worse. • IMAGE


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 26, 2020

• 1932: JOHNNY CASH was born near Kingsland, Arkansas. He died at the age of 71 on September 12, 2003. He’s a member of both the Country and Rock & Roll Hall of Fames and saw chart success in country for over three decades.

• 1976: WILLIE NELSON won his first Grammy for Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.

• 2007: A misdemeanor assault charge against HANK WILLIAMS JR. was dropped in Memphis ten months after it was filed by a cocktail waitress who claimed he left bruises on her after trying to choke her when she refused to kiss him. Hank was in the city at the time to be with his daughters, Holly and Hillary, who were recovering from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

• 2008: With Backwoods Barbie, DOLLY PARTON released her first album of new material in 17 years.

• 2015: The Opry House was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

• 2018: LOCASH headlined Chicago Blackhawks hockey player Duncan Keith’s annual Keith Relief charity concert at Joe’s Bar.


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 26, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Bill Duke (Commando, Predator) is 77

• Michael Bolton is 67

• Senator and former Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine is 62

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1919: An act of the U.S. Congress established most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park.

• 1991: Tim Berners-Lee introduced WorldWideWeb, the first web browser.

• 1996: A 38-year-old Muncie, Indiana, woman tried to remove a callus from her foot by shooting it off with .410-gauge shotgun. She told police later at the hospital she had been drinking heavily and it seemed like a good idea.

• 2009: The world learned that the Obama family had decided on a dog and locked down a ‘delivery’ date. First Lady Michelle Obama said a Portuguese Water Dog would be arriving at the White House on April 1.

• 2017: At the Academy Awards the Best Picture Oscar was mistakenly given to La La Land — then awarded to Moonlight.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Ash Wednesday

• Inconvenience Yourself Day

• Personal Chef’s Day

• Pistachio Day

• Pink Shirt Day/Anti-Bullying Day, a day when people wear mainly a pink shirt to symbolize a stand against bullying, an idea that originated in Canada.