INTERPREP ★ MARCH 10, 2020

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 10, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Chuck Norris is 80

• Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank) is 71

• Sharon Stone is 62

• Jon Hamm (Mad Men) is 49

• Bree Turner (Grimm) is 43

• Carrie Underwood is 37

• Olivia Wilde is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1969: In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He would later retract his guilty plea.

• 1980: Willard Scott debuted as the new weatherman on NBC-TV’s Today Show.

• 1991: Easy rider Peter Fonda led 5,000 motorcyclists through Daytona Beach, Florida, to celebrate Bike Week.

• 1991: A Vincent van Gogh painting, Still Life with Flowers, sold for $1.43-million in Chicago. It had hung for 36 years in the living room of a suburban Milwaukee couple who thought it was a copy.

• 2002: Ravindra Nath Halder of Calcutta, India, got a call to come in for an interview for a government job he had applied for 34 years earlier. The 52-year-old grandfather said he was too old for the state job, but he’s glad to know his application was finally considered.

• 2007: In Germany, a man and his wife were getting a divorce, but were having trouble deciding who would get the summer house. So the man measured the home and then chainsawed it right down the middle. Then the man used a forklift to pick up his half and drove it away.

• 2014: Kim Jong Un was re-elected as leader of North Korea with 100% of the vote.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Bagpipe Day

🎧 International Day of Awesomeness!

• Organize Your Home Office Day

• Pack Your Lunch Day

• Fill Our Staplers Day

• Salvation Army Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

61: Percentage of Americans who don’t know all the words to the national anthem.


NEWS ATTACK!

A report found that farmers markets aren’t that great of a deal. [Unless you happen to go on a day when both the vegetables and the hippies have been washed.]

The Apple Watched debuted five years ago this week. [Not only is it an advanced computer on your wrist but it also doubles as a mugger magnet.]

The Summer Olympics begin Thursday with the lighting of the torch. Because of the coronavirus the ceremony has been scaled back. [It’s one guy who will light a pack of matches with his lit cigarette.]

Alaska’s sled dog race, the Iditarod, continues. [Some of the mushers are complaining that their sled dogs’ auto-pilot isn’t working.]

Close to two-thirds of Americans who have not yet retired say that when the time comes they will work for pay after retiring. The reason given most often has nothing to do with money — they simply want to stay busy. [Why do you think there are so many senior citizens working as crossing guards? It ain’t the pay… it’s so they can keep busy slowing up traffic even when they’re not in a car.]

Chuck Norris turned 80 today. [Like most days he’ll start his morning with a protein shake, then wrestle a bear.]

Due to the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, Southwest Airlines says it has enhanced its aircraft cleaning process. [The planes will now be as clean as a kindergarten classroom.]

The stock market took a huge dive on Tuesday. [Suddenly my investment in Girl Scout Thin Mints isn’t so crazy, huh?]

The stock market took a huge dive on Tuesday. The world’s richest lost billions. [Jeff Bezos had to lay off staff, including the massage therapist who massages his massage therapist.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

IT TAKES AN AVERAGE OF 5 DAYS FOR CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS TO SHOW _ A new report out Monday (journal Annals of Internal Medicine) says it takes an average of about five days for COVID-19 symptoms to show after contracting the virus, while the vast majority of people (97.5 percent) infected will develop symptoms within 12 days.

… That’s in line with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations that call for patients to remain in quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days after potential exposure.

… The seasonal flu, which has infected 34 million people in the U.S. so far this season, has an incubation period of one to four days.

RICH PEOPLE LOST A BUNCH OF MONEY MONDAY _ Don’t look at your 401K. Monday was a bad day. But at least you’re not rich. Oil man Harold Hamm’s fortune plunged 35% to $3 billion Monday, a drop that bumped him out of the Billionaires Index (Bloomberg).

… Asia’s richest person, India’s Mukesh Ambani, lost $5.7 billion Monday. And Frenchman Bernard Arnault (of LVMH) lost $4.2 billion. Even Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos lost $4.4 billion.

… The world’s 500 richest people lost a combined $203 billion Monday.

IRISH ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADES CANCELLED _ St Patrick’s Day parades across the Republic of Ireland have all been cancelled over coronavirus. Dublin, Ireland, hosts the country’s largest parade attracting an estimated 500,000 people last year.

WASH YOUR LYRICS _ We all know that singing the Happy Birthday song twice is a simple but effective way to time your hand-washing. But what if you’d like to get your coworkers or family singing a different tune to wash away the germs? That’s where WashYourLyrics.com comes in. Just tell the site your favorite song and it will create a printable poster you can affix next to any soap dispenser. • LINK

CORONAVIRUS IN NEW YORK MEANS HAND SANITIZER MADE BY PRISONERS _ New York’s jailbirds are helping to combat the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday unveiled what he called the state’s weapon against despicable price-gougers taking advantage of coronavirus fears: a new hand sanitizer produced by New York prison inmates. Cuomo said the “superior product” is not only cheaper than brands made by greedy commercial businesses but will be readily available to New York governments, the transit bureau, schools, and even the prisons where it’s being made. A gallon jug of the state-produced product costs $6 to make. The governor says it has a “floral bouquet.”

SOUTHWEST IMPLEMENTS ENHANCED AIRCRAFT CLEANING PROGRAM _ Due to the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, Southwest Airlines says it has enhanced its aircraft cleaning process, and will now equip all of its aircraft with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which filters out recirculated air onboard each plane to remove airborne particles. HEPA filters are also used in hospitals to provide patients with clean air.

FACEBOOK BANNED MEDICAL FACE MASK LISTINGS, HOWEVER… _ Last week, Facebook announced that it would begin “temporarily” banning the sale of medical face masks on its online marketplace in light of the public’s growing fears over coronavirus. But as of Monday, listings for face masks, some going for exorbitant prices, still littered the platform.

… Some Facebook Marketplace listings were only hours old, while others had been up for days. The face masks were being sold for anywhere from 75 cents to $1,000 apiece.

APPLE: GO AHEAD AND USE DISINFECTING WIPES TO CLEAN DEVICES _ Apple is changing its tune about whether customers should use household disinfecting wipes to clean iPhones and other glass hardware. According to an updated guide from the company, using disinfecting wipes containing Clorox or those that are soaked with isopropyl alcohol are both permissible.

… The announcement is a turnaround from previous guidelines by Apple which formerly advised customers that those same products could erode a special coating on the screen that reduces smudging from fingerprints. Instead, Apple is now advising its customers to stay away from more heavy-duty cleaners such as ‘aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives’ — basically anything you might be worried about getting on your hands.

MISSOURI FAMILY BROKE CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE _ A family in Missouri broke health officials’ self-quarantine instructions: two family members left their home despite a positive test for coronavirus. St. Louis County officials revealed in a press conference that the family of an unidentified patient who recently tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 violated the county Health Department’s instructions to isolate themselves at home. Officials say a woman called their coronavirus hotline on Thursday experiencing symptoms and has since tested positive for coronavirus. Instead of heeding the health officials’ guidance, the patient’s father took his other daughter to a school function Saturday evening.

CONNECTICUT SODA COMPANY RELEASE ‘CORONAVIRUS COCKTAIL’ _ Can’t beat it? Drink it — that’s the message one Connecticut-based beverage company is sharing with its newest flavor: “Coronavirus Cocktail.” Avery’s Soda has released the new beverage, capitalizing on the virus that’s scaring the bejeezus out of millions. Described as a “virulent green concoction,” the limited-edition soda is a blend of orange and lime flavors.

… On the label — which boasts a menacing, cartoonish depiction of a coronavirus — the soda company has included a recipe for “Pandemic Punch,” which is made by mixing five ounces of the “infectious” Coronavirus Cocktail soda and two ounces of “your favorite alcoholic beverage.” The label also includes a reminder for customers to “wash your hands.”

… In a media statement, Rob Metz, General Manager of Avery’s Beverages, said the brand has “a history of commemorating topical events with a special soda flavor and our customers have come to expect it. We have had doctors and other health care workers coming in to give it to their colleagues.”

ICE DOGS HOME SAFE AFTER 5-DAY ADVENTURE ON ICE FLOE _ If dogs could talk, Heidi and King would have a story to tell. The Ice Dogs, as they are known in northern New Brunswick, Canada, could tell a tale of their five-day adventure sailing on an ice floe. Heidi, a seven-month-old German shepherd, and King, an 18-month-old small mixed breed, got caught on the ice last Tuesday. They came ashore Saturday after an estimated 50-mile trip. They are home safe with their owner, Kevin Doyle.

… Doyle believes the two dogs were chasing a fox that led them onto the ice behind his home. He began looking for them and soon found out they were stranded. He never expected they’d be out on the ice floe. Volunteer fire departments tried to reach the dogs by boat but were unsuccessful. A rescue by kayak was attempted but Heidi and King kept running away. Searches continued each day. Then the call came from Juanita Scott, who said the dogs were found in her driveway.

AVERAGE MEAT EATER WILL EAT OVER 7,000 ANIMALS _ A study discovered just how much meat the average carnivore consumes in a lifetime. Meat-eaters who live to 80 eat over 7,000 animals in their lifetime. It breaks down to:

  • 11 cows
  • 27 pigs
  • 80 turkeys
  • 27 pigs
  • 2,400 chickens

STOP SHARING TOWELS WITH YOUR PARTNER _ Do you share towels with your partner? You should probably stop. In a survey 56% of couples said share their towels. But a scientific study found that 90 percent of bathroom towels are contaminated with fecal bacteria.

… The survey also asked respondents about bathroom usage. About three in ten women aren’t comfortable sharing any kind of bathroom issues with their partners until at least seven months into their relationship, with 22 percent saying they’ll always be uncomfortable. On the other side, 32 percent of men said they’re perfectly bathroom stuff with their significant others after only one month.

… Another interesting tidbit from the study is one’s comfort in leaving the bathroom door open while using it. That’s something that 23 percent of men say they’ll do within the first month of being in a relationship, compared to eight percent of women.

IS YOUR AMAZON DELIVERY LATE? BLAME A CASE OF ‘THE MONDAYS’ _ In a bit of news almost certain to annoy Jeff Bezos, researchers (Lehigh University) have found that even Amazon warehouse employees are susceptible to a case of “the Mondays.” Referred to as the “Monday effect” by the study’s authors, the tendency for workers to be a bit slower to get things done after the weekend is probably why you haven’t received that one package you ordered three days ago.

… The Monday effect has already been proven to influence finance, productivity, and psychology. Data on over 800,000 transactions over the course of a year was analyzed for the study. The research revealed that not only is the Monday effect very much real, it’s quite widespread and significant. For instance, it takes an average of 9.68% longer to receive an order placed on Monday than other weekdays. Over the weekend, all those Saturday and Sunday orders pile up in the warehouse queues, leading to a logjam come Monday morning. Meanwhile, it doesn’t help that the human employees reporting for work tend to be just a little bit more forgetful and prone to errors on Mondays.

SEA TURTLES MAY BE DRAWN TO PLASTIC BECAUSE IT SMELLS LIKE FOOD _ Plastic can be incredibly dangerous for sea turtles because the creatures can mistake its smell for food. Research published Monday (University of Florida, Gainesville) revealed that loggerhead sea turtles “respond to odors from biofouled plastics in the same way they respond to food odorants, suggesting that turtles may be attracted to plastic debris not only by the way it looks, but by the way it smells.”

… Biofouling happens when algae, plants, microbes and small animals accumulate on wet surfaces, as happens to plastics in the ocean. It’s long been believed sea turtles mistake plastics for prey like jellyfish, but not much was known about how scent could play a role in drawing them in.

DRIFTING APART IS A BIG REASON FOR DIVORCES _ Divorcing couples most commonly blame “drifting apart” as the biggest factor behind their split, according to a survey. Almost half of divorcees questioned — 47 percent — found their vows of togetherness crumbled in the face of increasing isolation, prompting their marriage break-up.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME RECOVERY COULD TAKE 2 WEEKS _ Have you adjusted to Daylight Saving Time? Probably not, as scientists say it could take some of us up to two weeks to recover from the effects of our shifted clocks.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES TAKE OLD, EMPTY SAFE _ Thieves broke into an insurance office in Ireland. Just one catch: the safe was empty. The manager of the insurance agency said the safe was “very heavy, and they did us a favor by taking it.” The agency had wanted to throw out the safe but it was too big to move.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER WITH EXPIRED PLATE TELLS POLICE HE’S ‘BEEN BUSY’ _ A Louisiana driver was pulled over for having an expired license plate — from 1997. When asked by police as to why he’s been driving around with tags from over 20 years ago, the man told the officers he’s just “been busy.” The man assured the officers that he would handle the situation “as soon as I get home.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IMPERSONATING U.S. MARSHAL FLASHES FAKE BADGE _ A Florida man tried to leave a grocery store without paying for two boxes of potatoes and a grouper filet. When a loss prevention officer stopped Leroy Stotelmyer, he told the officer he did not need to pay for the items because he was a U.S. Marshal. Stotelmyer then placed the groceries on the floor and walked out of the store, records show. The officer followed Stotelmyer to his car, where he then flashed a gold badge in a black holder that said “U.S. Marshal.” Stotelmyer was later located at his home and arrested.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. While investigating the death of a Navy officer, the team stumbles across a storage container filled with dollhouses that display recreations of murder scenes.

SEASON FINALE: THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — Peter, Hannah Ann and Madison talk with Chris Harrison about their time in Australia and the roller coaster of events that have happened since.

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New. Jeff Foxworthy and Kenan Thompson join Ellen to play Stink Tank.

THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — New. A renowned pediatric surgeon is called for an extremely difficult surgery on a newborn.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. The Pearsons visit New York City.

FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team is called to the scene of a murder and they quickly suspect political motivation.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — New. Cookie struggles with her inability to shake memories of the secret she’s kept for so many years.

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

WOMEN OF TROY (9p ET, HBO) — This new sports documentary salutes trailblazing player Cheryl Miller and the rest of the USC Trojans’ 1980s-era women’s championship basketball team.

NEW AMSTERDAM (10p ET, NBC) — New. Max, Bloom and Reynolds frantically recount a patient’s past encounter that could throw them into a massive lawsuit.

FBI: MOST WANTED (10p ET, CBS) — New. After the disappearance of his daughter is ignored by local police, a Native American man decides to take matters into his own hands.

FOR LIFE (10p ET, CBS) — New. This episode flashes back 9 years.

CARMEN SANDIEGO: TO STEAL OR NOT TO STEAL (Netflix) — In this new interactive animated adventure, you choose what Carmen (Gina Rodriguez) does next.

MARC MARON: END TIMES FUN (Netflix) — New stand up special.


ENTERTAINMENT

OLYMPIC FLAME LIGHTING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD WITHOUT SPECTATORS _ The Summer Olympics flame lighting ceremony will be held Thursday in Olympia, Greece with only 100 guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Greece recently barred fans from sporting events and asked schools to suspend field trips for two weeks.

KATIE COURIC WORKING FROM HOME AFTER CONTACT WITH COVID-19 FRIEND _ Journalist Katie Couric is currently working from home. She shared that after she briefly saw a friend (Rick Cotton) — who tested positive for the virus — over the weekend, she is choosing to work from home “to be safe.” Couric, 63, shared on Twitter that she has spoken with representatives from both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, who told her that her risk of contracting COVID-19 from Cotton is very low.

… Couric tweeted that her “interaction was a 90-second conversation” that “involved no physical contact.”

MADONNA CANCELS REMAINING PARIS GIGS OVER CORONAVIRUS _ Madonna on Monday called off two concerts in Paris, the last dates in her Madame X World Tour, after French authorities banned large gatherings to stem the coronavirus spread. The March 10 and 11 shows in Paris were to be the last stage in Madonna’s tour, which kicked off in New York last September.

NETFLIX RENEWS LOST IN SPACE FOR A THIRD AND FINAL SEASON _ Lost in Space has been picked up for a third and final season by Netflix.

BLACK WIDOW FINAL TRAILER _ Natasha Romanoff is taking care of some unfinished business in the final trailer for Black Widow. Previous trailers and TV ads have focused a lot on Natasha’s “family,” which includes Red Guardian, Yelena Belova, and Melina Vostokoff. The final trailer hints that the villain Taskmaster is far more fearsome than we thought possible. Black Widow comes to theaters April 24. • VIDEO

EMILY BLUNT READY FOR EDGE OF TOMORROW 2 _ In the almost six years since Edge of Tomorrow hit theaters, we’ve had all sorts of sequel rumors and gossip — none of it culminating in a slated release date. Production on Edge of Tomorrow 2 has, so far, been on ice. But the noises are getting more positive. Emily Blunt, one of the movie’s stars couldn’t confirm anything in a recent interview, but did speak about director Doug Liman’s enthusiasm for the unmade project, saying: “I think there’s an idea, that [Doug] says is great. And he says this guy came in and cracked the case. How the stars will all align for us to be able to do it. … I hope they do.” The guy in question is writer Matt Robinson, who came onboard last year to rewrite the script. It’s now complete, too, which should leave Edge of Tomorrow 2 as close to production as it’s ever been. Blunt sounds game for it, as does her co-star Tom Cruise.

JOHN CENA MIGHT BE GETTING HIS OWN FAST & FURIOUS SPINOFF _ When it was revealed that John Cena was joining the cast of Fast & Furious 9, most fans probably thought he’d be playing some sort of muscle-for-hire. But in a somewhat surprising turn of events, F9’s first trailer reveals that not only has Cena been cast as the main villain, but that his character Jakob is also the estranged brother of Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. Despite his bad-boy roll in the movie, fans are excited to have Cena in the franchise. It seems Universal Pictures feels the same, too, as they’re now looking into developing a Fast & Furious spinoff for Cena. F9 is in theaters May 22.

PETE BUTTIGIEG TO GUEST-HOST JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE _ Former Democratic presidential candidate Peter Buttigieg announced Monday that he will fill in on Jimmy Kimmel’s ABC late-night show on Thursday. Kimmel will be busy that day taping a 20th-anniversary celebrity version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. One of Pete’s guests will be Patrick Stewart. Buttigieg will also do a segment with animal trainer Dave Salmoni. Asked if he’ll be doing a monologue, Buttigieg responded: “Hopefully some funnier minds than mine will be doing some writing for that. I think it is going to be fun.”


BITS & BREAKS

CORONAVIRUS: THE FAKE HEALTH ADVICE YOU SHOULD IGNORE

The BBC puts a lid on some of the fake coronavirus health advice.

GARLIC – The WHO (World Health Organization) says that while it is “a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties,” there’s no evidence that eating garlic can protect people from the new coronavirus.

‘MIRACLE MINERALS’ – YouTuber Jordan Sather, who has many thousands of followers across different platforms, has been claiming that a “miracle mineral supplement,” called MMS, can “wipe out” coronavirus. It contains chlorine dioxide — a bleaching agent. Sather and others promoted the substance even before the coronavirus outbreak, and in January he tweeted that, “not only is chlorine dioxide (aka MMS) an effective cancer cell killer, it can wipe out coronavirus too.” Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the dangers to health of drinking MMS.

HOME-MADE HAND SANITIZER – There have been many reports of shortages of hand sanitizer gel. As reports of the shortages emerged, so did recipes for home-made gel on social media. Alcohol-based hand gels usually contain emollients, which make them gentler on skin, on top of their 60-70% alcohol content. Professor Sally Bloomfield, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says she does not believe you could make an effective product for sanitizing hands at home — even vodka only contains 40% alcohol.

🎧 DRINKABLE SILVER – The use of colloidal silver was promoted on US televangelist Jim Bakker’s show. Colloidal silver is tiny particles of the metal suspended in liquid. A guest on the show claimed the solution kills some strains of coronavirus within 12 hours (while admitting it hadn’t yet been tested on Covid-19). But there’s clear advice from US health authorities that there’s no evidence this type of silver is effective for any health condition. More importantly, it could cause serious side effects including kidney damage, seizures and argyria — a condition that makes your skin turn blue.

DRINKING WATER EVERY 15 MINUTES – One post, copied and pasted by multiple Facebook accounts, quotes a “Japanese doctor” who recommends drinking water every 15 minutes to flush out any virus that might have entered the mouth. Professor Trudie Lang at the University of Oxford says there is “no biological mechanism” that would support the idea that you can just wash a respiratory virus down into your stomach and kill it.

HEAT AND AVOIDING ICE CREAM – There are lots of variations of the advice suggesting heat kills the virus, from recommending drinking hot water to taking hot baths, or using hairdryers. One social media post claims that drinking hot water and exposure to the sun will kill the virus, and says ice cream should be avoided.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF AWESOMENESS!

🎧 Today’s the day! There’s a lot of crazy news in the world, but these things will always be awesome.

• Clothes fresh out of the dryer.

• A perfectly popped bag of popcorn.

• Sweatpants.

• Finding money in your pocket that you forgot about.

• The elevator arriving the second you push the button.

• Coffee.

• Sandwiches.

• Taking off your shoes when you get home

• A 100% charge on your phone.

PHRASES THAT’LL MAKE YOU SOUND SMARTER

“Birds of Prey, on a contextual level, is an abomination. But when divorced from its own merits, the sensory experiences are ceaselessly winning.”

FANCY WAY OF SAYING: Birds of Prey’s plot sucked but it looked pretty cool.

“Who’s in the mood for an amuse bouche?

FANCY WAY OF SAYING: Who wants appetizers?

“I’m sorry, but I find this conversation rather insipid.”

FANCY WAY OF SAYING: You’re boring me.

“The real question here is… what’s the low hanging fruit?”

FANCY WAY OF SAYING: Stop bothering me and go do some stuff that doesn’t require my answers.

“I truly believe this is going to be a multi-quadrant consumer experience.

FANCY WAY OF SAYING: This stuff will appeal to different people.

“You are truly a group I’ve persistently yearned to bandy.”

FANCY WAY OF SAYING: I’ve always thought about getting rid of you guys.

“I think I’m going to convert my entertainment hub into a multi-platform experience.”

FANCY WAY OF SAYING: I’m getting a new TV and maybe a new wifi router too.

UNPAIRED WORDS

Wikipedia taught me about unpaired words. An unpaired word is one that, according to the usual rules of the language, would appear to have a related word but does not. Like the word “disheveled,” which would seem to the opposite of “sheveled” — a word that doesn’t exist. Other unpaired words…

• dejected

• disdain

• dismayed

• disrupt

• incognito

• inept

• infernal

• insidious

• misgivings

• nonchalant

• noncommittal

• unbeknownst

• ruthless

• uncouth

MANLY HOBBIES — CHUCK NORRIS DOES THEM ALL DAILY

What’s Chuck Norris do for fun? He’s 80 today and we’re pretty sure he does all of these manliest hobbies every single day. These are the manliest hobbies, according to a survey, in no particular order.

• Playing the Guitar

• Woodworking

• Classic Car Restoration

• Chess

• Metalworking

• Marksmanship

• Camping/Backpacking

• Hunting

• Fishing

• Whittling/Wood Carving

• Model Building

• Leatherworking

• Bowling

• Archery

• Martial Arts

• Pipe Smoking

• Pool/Billiards

• Mountaineering

• Cooking

• Blacksmithing

• Flying

• Card Playing

• Paintball

• Beer Brewing


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Between ages 30 and 70, this body part might grow a half an inch. (Your nose. Your ears might also grow a quarter inch.)

TRIVIA: This famous figure’s mouth is 3 feet wide. (The Statue of Liberty)

TRIVIA: In 1811, Louisiana was the first state in the U.S. to declare what? (English as its official language. It would be 109 years before a second state in the U.S. made English its official language: Nebraska.)

WHAT’S IN COMMON?

• Sheet, cup, coffee (Cake)

• Hobby, play, rocking (Horse)

• Silver, silk, play (Screen)

• Shaker, Epsom, mine (Salt)

• Cinnamon, Tootsie, crescent (Roll)

• Evans, Pratt, Hemsworth (Chris)

REAL CEREAL OR NOT?

I’ll name some kids’ breakfast cereals and you tell me if they were really produced or not.

Reese’s Puffs (real)

Blueberry Toast Crunch (real)

Twigs & Spiders (not)

Frosted Flakes Banana Creme (real)

Grins & Smiles & Giggles & Laughs (real)

Biscuits & Gravy O’s (not)



DATEBOOK: MARCH 11, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• TV journalist Sam Donaldson is 86

• Elias Koteas (Chicago P.D.) is 59

• Terrence Howard (Empire, Iron Man) is 51

• Johnny Knoxville is 49

• Thora Birch (American Beauty) is 38

• TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1897: A meteorite entered the earth’s atmosphere and exploded over New Martinsville, West Virginia. The debris caused damage but no human injuries were reported.

• 1993: Janet Reno was confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn-in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.

• 1997: Former Beatle Paul McCartney was knighted.

• 2002: Two columns of light soared skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

• 2004: Ten bombs exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people and wounding more than 2,000 in an attack linked to al-Qaida.

• 2005: A 38-year-old truck driver in Japan was arrested for allegedly making more than 10,000 prank calls to telephone information. Instead of asking for telephone numbers, the man asked female operators incidental questions and asked them out on dates.

• 2018: Black Panther became the fifth Marvel movie to earn $1 billion worldwide.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Johnny Appleseed Day

• Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day

• Registered Dietitian Day

• World Plumbing Day

• Eat Your Noodles Day