INTERPREP PRO ★ APRIL 7, 2020

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 7, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Director Francis Ford Coppola is 81

• John Oates of Hall and Oates is 72

• Jackie Chan is 66

• Russell Crowe is 56

• Bill Bellamy is 55

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1795: France adopted the meter as the basic measure of length.

• 1827: John Walker, an English chemist, sold the first friction match. He had invented it in the previous year.

• 1860: Will Kellogg was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. Will’s physician brother John developed corn flakes and other cereals to serve to patients at his mental hospital, and Will founded the Kellogg company to market the cereals.

• 1864: To raise money for charity, the first camel race in America was held in Sacramento.

• 1970: Actor John Wayne received an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in True Grit.

• 1999: An Israeli couple was hospitalized for fatigue after kissing in Tel Aviv for 30 hours and 45 minutes. Dror Orpaz and Karmit Tsubera set a world record and won a trip around the world.

• 2003: U.S. troops captured Baghdad; Saddam Hussein’s regime fell two days later.

• 2006: In Osaka, Japan, a man found an unlocked door in a university building and saw a perfect opportunity to pull off a burglary. Or so he thought. He entered the darkened room and suddenly the lights switched on and he found himself face to face with a huge sumo wrestler. And, as he turned to run, he saw it wasn’t just one sumo, but twelve. He had tried to rob a sumo dormitory.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Metric System Day

• National Beer Day

• Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action (SAAM)

• No Housework Day

• World Health Day

• Coffee Cake Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

60,000: Positions open at the three major U.S. pizza chains, Domino’s (10,000), Papa John’s (20,000), and Pizza Hut (30,000).


NEWS ATTACK!

When a man in China was taken to the hospital following a car accident 17 girlfriends showed up at his bedside. He had been in secret relationships with each of them. [So this guy only thinks he was in pain before.]

A study found that if you sent men and women back in a time machine, men are more likely to be willing to kill Hitler before he rises to power than women are. [However, the study found that both men and women, if sent back in a time machine, would readily stock up on 3-ply toilet paper instead of 2-ply.]

During the pandemic adult coloring books are hot sellers. [It gives people a chance to rebel against their parents and finally color outside the lines.]

Internet service providers are keeping up with the increased demand for bandwidth during the pandemic. [And don’t I know it… I’m still getting over a hundred email spams a day.]

The Masters golf tournament will be played in November. [Sweet. That’s prime ugly golf sweater season.]

Random fact: Sharks get cancer. [Just like in humans, the death rate is higher for sharks who smoke, although it’s not always from cancer. Part of it is because the non-smoking sharks make them get out of the water to light up.]

Guitar maker Fender is offering free online guitar and ukulele lessons for three months. [After that you can go back to using free YouTube videos.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

🦠 CORONAVIRUS TRACKER _ The latest numbers: New York Times | Bing | Johns Hopkins | WorldOMeters.

3 IN 5 ADULTS PLAN ON SELF-IMPROVING DURING LOCKDOWN _ The sudden and mandatory lockdown we all find ourselves stuck in right now is frustrating, but it also represents an opportunity to catch up on long abandoned goals, ideas or hobbies. A recent survey asked adults about their quarantine plans, and according to the results there may be a few superheroes across the pond by the time this is all over.

… All in all, 60 percent of respondents say they are planning on, or already started, self-improving and becoming “super human” during lockdown. Some plan to master an instrument (12 percent), while others want to paint the next Mona Lisa or become a modern day Ernest Hemingway. Additional goals cited by respondents included enrolling in online college courses, taking up yoga, learning how to garden, researching family history, and learning a new skill.

CUOMO DENIES THAT BODIES MAY BE BURIED IN NEW YORK CITY PARKS _ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down a claim made by a member of the New York City Council that bodies might be buried in parks during the coronavirus outbreak. Cuomo reacted to Councilman Mark Levine, the chair of New York City Council’s health committee, claiming bodies would be temporarily buried in city parks because the spike in deaths created a shortage in morgue space. Cuomo said Monday, “I have heard a lot of wild rumors, but I have not heard anything about the city burying people in parks.”

ZNACKS ARE SNACKS YOU’RE EATING WHILE ON ZOOM _ Some zooms can be long, so you gotta come prepared. After all, you don’t want to get a case of the hangries in the middle of an all-staff meeting, right? Which is why zoom pros — people who’ve been zooming from home for about three weeks now — recommend you come prepared with a znack.

… The key, according to veteran zoomers, is to prepare ahead of time a snack which can be popped in your mouth as you lean off-camera for about a second. Think grapes, M&Ms, or a sandwich that’s been cut into tiny, bite-sized pieces.

DETROIT MAN SPENDS $900 SAVINGS TO BUY GAS FOR NURSES _ As healthcare workers risk their lives to treat patients infected with the coronavirus, a Detroit man decided to use his $900 in savings to buy gas for nurses. Last Wednesday and Thursday, after dropping his wife at her job at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allen Marshall stood outside the Exxon Express station along the route to Detroit Medical Center with a sign that read “FREE GAS FOR NURSES.” Michigan is one of the hardest-hit states in the US. Marshall bought gas for 50-80 people over the two days he spent at the Exxon.

YOUTUBE WILL THROTTLE CORONAVIRUS 5G CONSPIRACY VIDEOS _ YouTube has added a new conspiracy to its so-called “borderline” topics: the false theory that next-generation 5G mobile networks are linked to COVID-19. That means Google-owned YouTube will stop recommending those videos as often, which can significantly cut down how much they’re viewed. But YouTube, which has more than 2 billion monthly users, stopped short of outright banning videos about the false theory.

… 5G networks use radio waves to transmit data; the new coronavirus has nothing to do with radio waves or 5G. But the false theory has led to possible arson attacks against UK phone towers. The UK’s national medical director has called the 5G conspiracy theory “complete and utter rubbish,” and UK carriers have outright asked people to stop burning the towers.

UK NURSING HOMES WANT VOLUNTEERS TO ‘ADOPT’ A GRANDPARENT _ CHD Living, a chain of nursing homes in England, is making sure their self-isolated residents don’t get lonely due to the lack of visitors by launching a virtual version of its “Adopt a Grandparent” program. Before the coronavirus outbreak, CHD Living had a similar program in which they encouraged those who lived by the homes to come visit their residents.

… CHD Living — which includes 13 nursing homes in and around London — is inviting English speakers all over the globe to volunteer for the program, which mostly involves chatting with your adopted grandparent via video or phone call, sharing cheerful stories about your life, and/or mailing them letters, pictures, poems, or postcards.

INSURANCE COMPANY CANCELS POLICY OF CORONA-DEFIANT CHURCH _ Nothing and no one could make Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne listen to reason. Tampa officials pleaded with him to close his church, and he ignored them. News outlets and social media users held him up as a prime example of religious irresponsibility, and he shrugged. The sheriff’s office threatened his arrest, then made good on that warning, and still Browne vowed that he’d keep gathering the flock at his Tampa Bay temple. But suddenly the pastor has had a change of heart. Alerted to news reports of his dangerous and possibly costly gatherings, the church’s insurance company canceled his policy. And Browne finally bowed his head and announced that he would close the place down for now.

CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION: MASKS CAN INDEED SLOW THE SPREAD _ There’s been a whole lot of conflicting information in recent weeks about just how advisable wearing a mask in public is during a pandemic. Now, in the wake of the recent recommendation that Americans cover their faces when stepping outside, a joint international study is offering a scientific take on the mask debate. Researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Hong Kong say that masks do indeed appear to impede the spread of seasonal viruses like the novel coronavirus.

… In a series of lab experiments, the use of face masks “significantly reduced” the amount of airborne viruses traveling from infected individuals. A specially designed “breath capturing” device, created by the University of Maryland School of Public Health, was used for this study. The researcher was passed along to the White House.

… This study was actually performed before the pandemic broke out. Its findings have no bearing on the question of if masks can protect one from infection. What these results do suggest, however, is that masks are an effective way for infected individuals to limit their contagiousness around other people.

… Some infectious disease specialists first theorized that COVID-19 was only capable of being spread via a cough or sneeze. Now there is strong evidence that that the virus is capable of spreading just by inhaling the breath of someone close by who is infected. Masks can mitigate that possibility to a large extent. The experiments for this research were carried out by the University of Hong Kong. .

WILL AN APPLE A DAY KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY? _ Put down your apple and grab a packet of chips. No, don’t. That would be too extreme. But a study addressing an old wives’ tale hasn’t come up apples for apples. Researchers (University of Michigan) said people who eat an apple a day are a little more likely to keep the doctor away, but once they adjusted for all the other differences the effect disappeared.

… There was one marked benefit for the apple-eaters: they were less likely to have needed prescription medication in the past year.

BEING OBESE DOESN’T HELP IN A CAR CRASH _ A study (University of Virginia) found that obese people do not necessarily have an advantage in car accidents. The study was conducted to disprove the notion that “extra padding [helps] to protect people against severe trauma.” In fact, obese test subjects reportedly “had greater maximum forward pitch” and ran the risk of experiencing greater damage to their ribs and lungs.

BUTTERFLIES KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING _ Butterflies know where they are going. They might look indecisive as they flutter by, but British scientists know better. They fitted some butterflies with radar backpacks and tracked their flight paths. Researchers have used the same technique to track the flights of bees and bumblebees.

WOMEN LOVE THEIR PETS _ A survey show more than half of women (56 percent) feel that their pets are more affectionate than their partners, and 45 percent of women think their pets are cuter than their partners.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: DRINKS WATER CHALLENGE _ The latest internet challenge is a slow-growing one that actually started way back in 2011. On December 4 of that year a guy named Jon uploaded a video of himself drinking a bottle of water. The video titled Jon Drinks Water got a modest 135,000 views over eight years. But Jon didn’t stop there — since December 4, 2011 Jon has uploaded more than 9,060 Jon Drinks Water videos.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRAIN CANCELLED AFTER PASSENGER POOED _ Police in Russia are searching for a train passenger who pooped in the middle of a passenger car, causing the service to be canceled. Passengers on the train had to disembark while some poor guy cleaned up the mess. The service resumed one hour after the incident occurred.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COTTON BALLS DON’T HIDE BOOZE SMELL _ In Argentina an accused drunk driver tried but failed to foil a police breathalyzer after stuffing his mouth full of cotton balls. The man claimed he read on the Internet that cotton balls would hide the smell of booze and always kept a bag in his glove box. He was taken to jail.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN PUMPING GAS CHARGED WITH COVID-19 STUNT _ In Arizona, a 23-year-old California man is under arrest after police say he deliberately coughed on a gas pump handle as a coronavirus joke. The alleged incident happened in Yuma and the unnamed suspect posted a video of his stunt on social media. Multiple people then brought it to the attention of police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY COUGHS, LICKS BANK DOOR _  A Canadian man who was unhappy that his bank had adjusted its hours to accommodate senior citizens stormed out of the bank, licking the door as he went! The disgusting, and potentially criminal, incident happened in British Columbia. The Canadian guy made such a scene, witnesses reported him to police and even provided his license plate. Cops say they’ve identified the suspect and they’re working with prosecutors to determine if they want to charge him with a crime.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TELLS POLICE HE ‘GOT DRUNK AND DROVE’ _ Nashville police responded to a vehicle crash and found that the vehicle had hit a tree. Police say Andrew Putnam was seated on the steps of the residence located at the response address and appeared to be under the influence. When officers asked what happened Putnam responded that he “got drunk then drove.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FOLLOW-UP: PARENTS OF COVID AND CORONA SAY MEDICAL STAFF NAMED THEM _ The couple in India who named their newborn twins Covid and Corona say they were named by the hospital’s medial staff. The doctors and nurses who helped with the delivery were the ones who gave the twins the names Covid and Corona. The mom of the twins said, “When the hospital staff also started calling the babies as Corona and Covid, we finally decided to name them after the pandemic.”

… As I mentioned yesterday, the parents say there is a chance they may change their twins’ names in the future.


ON TELEVISION

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Dan realizes how much he misses Louise (guest star Katy Segal), and Becky persuades him to visit her on tour.

SEASON FINALE: THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — New. When Cain’s former girlfriend is admitted to the hospital, the doctors finally get a glimpse into his personal life.

THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (8p ET, PBS) — In this 2-hour special, science and personal stories come together to reveal the history of the human genome.

SERIES FINALE: SCHITT’S CREEK (8p ET, Pop) — After six seasons, this hit comedy says goodbye. An hour long farewell special follows.

BLESS THIS MESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Kay asks Mike and Rio to help chaperone Jacob’s after-prom event.

MIXED-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Alicia and Paul try to deflect Johan’s interest in going to cop camp and one day becoming a police officer.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — New. In the 100th episode, after witnessing Andre’s breakdown, Cookie and Lucious have him committed to a treatment facility.

SEASON PREMIERE: CHOPPED (9p ET, Food Network) — In the season 46 premiere, returning winners vie for a chance to compete against Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli.

BLACK-ISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Dre and Bow disagree on where to send Devante for preschool.

NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (10p ET, NBC) — Correspondents report on COVID-19 from around the world, with experts answering viewer questions.

FOR LIFE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Aaron is forced to defend Cassius Dawkins (guest star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) when he puts three white supremacists in the hospital.


ENTERTAINMENT

LATE-NIGHT HOSTS WILL HELP STREAM A COVID-19 BENEFIT CONCERT ON APRIL 18 _ On April 18, late night hosts and celebrities will participate in One World: Together At Home, a virtual benefit concert to raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The multi-hour digital broadcast will stream on several platforms, including Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube, as well as traditional TV networks like ABC, NBC and CBS.

… Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert will host the fundraiser, and musicians from Billie Eilish to Alanis Morissette, Keith Urban, Chris Martin, Elton John, John Legend and Kacey Musgraves are scheduled to perform. Proceeds from the event will help get protective equipment to healthcare workers and support charities providing food and shelter to those in need.

ALEC BALDWIN AND HIS WIFE ARE EXPECTING THEIR FIFTH CHILD _ Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are expecting baby number five. Hilaria shared a video on Instagram Monday revealing her pregnancy bump with the baby’s heartbeat audible in the background.

… Hilaria’s pregnancy announcement comes about four months since she revealed her second miscarriage of 2019.

MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER _ The coronavirus pandemic has gutted the sports calendar, but fans celebrated on Monday when the Masters golf tournament announced its intention to reschedule for November 9-15.

J.K. ROWLING REVEALS THAT SHE’S FULLY RECOVERED FROM CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS _ J.K. Rowling shared in a Twitter post that she has fully recovered from COVID-19 symptoms that she’s been combating for about 2 weeks. Rowling openly admits that she was never tested for the coronavirus, but she does say that she suffered from essentially every symptom of the disease in the past couple of weeks. She cites that her husband, Dr. Neil Murray, advised her to follow the advice given in a video from another doctor at Queens Hospital in the United Kingdom.

JAY-Z AND MEEK MILL DONATE OVER 100,000 MASKS TO PRISONS _ Rappers JAY-Z and Meek Mill are helping protect inmates and prison staff from coronavirus with the donation of 100,000 surgical masks. The pair, through their Reform Alliance organization, were able to procure the highly sought after supply to put in the hands of some of the most vulnerable during the pandemic. Masks will be distributed to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, and New York’s Rikers Island Correctional and their medical facility.

REESE WITHERSPOON TEASES JENNIFER LOPEZ WITH LEGALLY BLONDE 3 UPDATE _ On Monday, Reese Witherspoon treated fans to an Instagram Live and caught up with her pal Jennifer Lopez. During their chat, the singer-actress told Reese that she and her 12-year-old twins recently watched Legally Blonde together, which sparked a much-needed update about the status of Legally Blonde 3. Excited to hear that J-Lo and her children were fans of the film, Reese reminded the singer that there’s a Legally Blonde 2… and “I’m thinking we might be working on a 3.”

NBA HOSTING HORSE TOURNAMENT? _ The NBA is exploring the possibility of staging a HORSE tournament between top players, and some big names are being floated as possible participants. According to the New York Post, top names such as Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Zion Williamson have been mentioned as possible competitors. The recently retired Dwyane Wade has been considered as well.

THE NANNY CAST REUNITED FOR A VIRTUAL TABLE READ OF PILOT EPISODE _ The cast of ’90s sitcom The Nanny joined forces on Zoom on Monday for a table read of the show’s pilot episode. Posted to Sony Pictures’ YouTube channel, the 30-minute video features original cast members (Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Lauren Lane, Daniel David, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima, Renee Taylor and Rachel Chagall). • VIDEO

… The pilot episode of The Nanny follows the journey of Fran Fine, a fabulously dressed woman with a thick Queens accent, from losing her boyfriend and job as a bridal consultant to stumbling upon the house of Broadway producer and widower Maxwell Sheffield. She becomes the nanny to his three children on a whim, and quickly learns that it may not be as easy as it seems.

… Although confined to a virtual space, the table read was made immersive as snippets of the show were included throughout. Some cast members even took their performances to the next level with costumes and props.

MS. MARVEL, HAWKEYE AND MORE DISNEY+ SHOWS RECEIVE RELEASE DATES _ A press release from Disney+ France shows the release dates of the upcoming Marvel shows. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision are still listed for this year. Loki and What If…? are listed under 2021. Meanwhile, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight are listed for 2022.

NICK CANNON’S DAYTIME TALK SHOW SETS SEPTEMBER PREMIERE DATE _ Nick Cannon’s upcoming daytime talk show is set for a September 21 premiere.

MICHAEL CHE ANNOUNCES GRANDMOTHER’S DEATH FROM CORONAVIRUS _ Saturday Night Live star Michael Che announced on Monday that his grandmother died from coronavirus on Sunday. Che shared on Instagram: “I’m doing okay, considering. I’m obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone. But I’m also happy that she’s not in pain anymore. And I also feel guilty for feeling happy. Basically the whole gamut of complex feelings everybody else has losing someone very close and special. I’m not unique. But it’s still scary.”

WOODY HARRELSON AMONG STARS SHARING CORONAVIRUS CONSPIRACY THEORIES TIED TO 5G _ Wild conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the coronavirus pandemic are being blamed for attacks on UK cellphone towers — and are even being spread by celebrities such as Woody Harrelson. Fires at towers in Birmingham, Liverpool and Belfast have all been blamed on the conspiracy theories. The theories have ranged from 5G signals causing the virus, to the contagion being started as a cover-up for health maladies related to the networks.

… Actor Woody Harrelson recently posted a report “about the negative effects of 5G” and its supposed role in the coronavirus pandemic to his more than 2 million Instagram followers. Woody wrote: “I haven’t fully vetted it I find it very interesting.

… Singer M.I.A. has also repeatedly tweeted about her fears over 5G — recently saying that even if it does not cause COVID-19, it “can confuse or slow the body down in healing process as body is learning to cope with new signals wavelength s frequency etc @ same time as Cov.”

ALL RISE TO SHOOT A CORONAVIRUS-THEMED EPISODE FROM CAST MEMBERS’ HOMES _ An upcoming episode of the legal drama All Rise will use footage that each series regular filmed within their homes — with visual effects added in post-production — for a timely episode that the show says “reflects the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, and its impact on the criminal justice system.”

… The episode, airing May 4, will feature Judge Lola Carmichael virtually presiding over a bench trial. The entire episode, made with the cast and the crew abiding by social distancing rules, will utilize FaceTime, WebEx and Zoom.

INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY ANNOUNCES A TIGER KING FOLLOW-UP _ Investigation Discovery has announced a Tiger King follow-up special which the cable network says will reveal the “secrets” that only Joe Exotic knows, along with exclusive footage that has not aired.

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE IS MAKING THE STAGE VERSION OF FLEABAG AVAILABLE TO STREAM _ Phoebe Waller-Bridge says American viewers will be able to stream Fleabag Live through Amazon Prime starting on Friday for the cost of $5. The money raised will be distributed to several UK charities.


BITS & BREAKS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ETCH-A-SKETCH

The Etch-A-Sketch turns 60 on July 12.

• In the late 1950s, a man by the name of Arthur Granjean invented something he called “L’Ecran Magique,” the magic screen, in his garage. In 1959, he took his drawing toy to the International Toy Fair in Nuremburg, Germany.

• The Ohio Art Company saw it but had no interest in the toy. But when Ohio Art saw the toy a second time, they decided to take a chance on the product.

• The L’Ecran Magique was soon renamed the Etch A Sketch and became the most popular drawing toy in the business. In 1960, Ohio Art used television to advertise the Etch A Sketch.

• The response was so incredible that the company decided to continue manufacturing them until noon Christmas Eve 1960. The Etch A Sketches were then immediately shipped to the West Coast so people in California could buy Etch A Sketch on Christmas Eve and have them for Christmas.

• The Etch A Sketch has changed very little over the years. In the 1970s, Ohio Art offered hot pink and blue frames. But people still wanted the bright red frames that were so popular.

• It works like this: The screen’s reverse side is coated with a mixture of aluminum powder and plastic beads. The left and right knobs control the horizontal and vertical rods, moving the stylus where the two meet. When the stylus moves, it scrapes the screen leaving the line you see. The knobs have changed slightly. The new shape has a different edge for easier handling and turning.

LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN AMERICA

1. Diagnostic medical sonographer – Annual median salary: $71,410. These healthcare workers create images of the body’s organs and tissues, known more commonly as sonograms or ultrasounds.

2. Compliance officer – Annual median salary: $67,870. These workers are responsible for ensuring a company follows legal and industry regulatory requirements and the organization’s own internal policies.

3. Hair stylist – Annual median salary: $25,850. These workers make you look good by providing hair cutting, styling and coloring services.

4. Audiologist – Annual median salary: $75,920. Specializing in the ear, these healthcare workers diagnose and treat patient’s hearing issues, balance or other related problems like tinnitus.

5. University professor – Annual median salary: $76,000. Teaching college and graduate students is these workers’ main responsibility, but they also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

6. Medical records technician – Annual median salary: $67,870. These healthcare workers ensure patient health information is accurate, secure and organized, both in paper files and in electronic systems.

7. Jeweler – Annual median salary: $37,960. Designing, appraising, repairing and selling all kinds of fine metal and precious stone accessories are what these workers do.

8. Operations research analyst – Annual median salary: $81,390. These workers use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help businesses solve problems.

9. Pharmacy technician – Annual median salary: $31,750. Commonly seen in retail pharmacies and hospitals, these healthcare workers dispense prescription medication to customers or other health professionals.

10. Massage therapist – Annual median salary: $39,990. These workers relax and treat clients by manipulating the muscles and soft tissues of the body to relieve pain and stress.

GREAT TIPS FOR BETTER LIVING

• Pencils are a great way to write things down. Buy a whole box, but be sure to sharpen them or they won’t work.

• Make sure you put gas in your car, or it won’t run very far after you’ve bought it, and then you’ll have trouble getting to the grocery store.

• If you have a long list of things to do, make sure to do some of them sometimes.

• You can put recipes on your computer and look at them later to make food you like. Tip: You can also write down recipes using the pencils I mentioned earlier.

• If you keep forgetting your house keys when you go out, you shouldn’t do that any more, or you’ll eventually lock yourself out.

• Cut your hair when it starts getting long or you’ll eventually have trouble wearing the hats that you enjoy.

• Try putting your shoes on before you go to work in the morning. There are sharp things on the sidewalk.

• If you forget to wear shoes to work and accidentally get a rusty nail in your foot, you should probably take it out eventually.

• When you get a check from the place you work, you can cash it to buy groceries, soda, and more of the pencils I mentioned earlier.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Worldwide, 97% of people over the age of 14 have engaged in some form of what? (Gambling)

TRIVIA: When introduced in 1848 it was called a “gutta-percha”. (The golf ball. It was called a “gutta-percha” ball because its core was made from that tropical tree’s sap.)

TRIVIA: On average, children between the ages of two and seven do this 26 minutes every day. (Color)

GUESS THE MATCH

I’m going to send (co-host) out of the studio and then ask you a few questions. (Co-host) will come back in and try to match your answers. If they match at least 3 out of 5 you win. So your job is to think like (co-host) and guess what they’ll answer.

Editor: To make sure your listener wins, feed answers to your co-host if necessary.

• Name something other than music you listen for on the radio.

• Name an actor who plays as a superhero.

• Other than popcorn, name a snack you’d buy at a movie theater.

• Name an animal in a zoo that’s okay to hand-feed.

• Name a sport in which shorts are always worn.



DATEBOOK: APRIL 8, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard) is 60

• Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under the Dome) is 57

• Robin Wright is 54

• Patricia Arquette is 52

• Taylor Kitsch (True Detective) is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1893: The first recorded college basketball game occurred in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

• 1895: The United States Supreme Court declared income tax to be unconstitutional in Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co.

• 1904: Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan was renamed Times Square after The New York Times.

• 1974: Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

• 1986: In a landslide, actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.

• 1992: Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.

• 2001: A Valparaiso, Indiana, couple who met through their mutual love of jogging were married in their running shorts after completing a 5K race in which they competed against their pastor and best man. During Wanda Johns’ and Clarence Melion’s wedding, the Rev. Duane Schmidt told the sweaty couple they were starting the “marathon of life.” Wanda’s racing outfit included a white veil attached to a baseball cap.

• 2007: An iPod saved a soldier’s life in Iraq. The MP3 player stopped a bullet from an insurgent’s AK-47. Kevin Garrad (3rd Infantry Division) was on a street patrol in Iraq and as he rounded the corner of a building an armed insurgent came from the other side. The two of them were within just a few feet of each other when they opened fire. The insurgent was killed and Kevin was hit in the left chest where his iPod was in his jacket pocket. It slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor.

• 2018: At The Masters Patrick Reed won his first major title.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Draw A Bird Day

• Trading Cards for Grownups Day

• Zoo Lovers’ Day

• Empanada Day