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DATEBOOK: MAY 1, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Reality TV star (American Chopper) Paul Teutul Sr. is 71

• Dann Florek (Law & Order: SVU) is 69

• Director Wes Anderson is 51

• Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) is 38

• Lizzy Greene (A Million Little Things) is 17

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1915: The Lusitania departed New York City on her two hundred and second and final crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later the ship was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany.

• 1931: The Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City.

• 1939: In the May issues of Detective Comics #27, which appeared on newsstands on this day, a new crime fighter, the “Batman,” debuted.

• 1967: Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu, daughter of a U.S. Army colonel, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. They divorced in 1973.

• 1989: Disney-MGM Studios opened at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.

• 1991: Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa, died at age 97. Though living a normal life, he had hiccuped continuously every few seconds for 69 years.

• 2003: In what became known as the “Mission Accomplished” speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declared “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” on board USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California. He added that “difficult work” remained ahead.

• 2011: President Barack Obama announced the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden. (It was May 1 in the U.S. when bin Laden died, May 2 where he died.)

SPECIAL EVENTS

• May is National Chocolate Custard Month, Barbecue Month, Clean Air Month, Get Caught Reading Month, Mental Health Month, Hamburger Month, Salsa Month, Bike Month,  Motorcycle Awareness Month, Women’s Health Care Month, Older Americans Month, National Smile Month, National Egg Month, National Salad Month, National Strawberry Month.

• Batman Day

• Dandelion Day

• Hug Your Cat Day

• Bubba Day

• School Principals’ Day

• Stepmother’s Day

• Tuba Day

• Therapeutic Massage Awareness Day

• Global Love Day

• Save the Rhino Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, MAY 2

• Country singer Larry Gatlin is 72. Christine Baranski is 68. Country singer Ty Herndon is 58. Mika Brzezinski is 53. Dwayne Johnson is 48. Jenna Von Oy is 43. Kumail Nanijiani is 42. Ellie Kemper is 40.

• Doodle Dog Day. Learn To Ride A Bike Day. National Fitness Day. Homebrew Day. Play Outside Day. Scrapbooking Day. World Naked Gardening Day. Chocolate Truffle Day.  Herb Day.

SUNDAY, MAY 3

• Greg Gumbel is 74. Amy Ryan is 52. Bobby Cannavale is 50. Willie Geist is 45. Christina Hendricks is 45. Dule’ Hill is 45. Country singer Eric Church is 43. Tanya Wright is 42. Cheryl Burke is 36.

• Lemonade Day. World Laughter Day. Two Different Colored Shoes Day. Public Radio Day. Raspberry Popover Day. Raspberry Tart Day. Chocolate Custard Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

9 million: The number of milk cows in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

19 kids in North Carolina stole over $1 million worth of cars. [Nice to know some people are learning new skills while on the coronavirus lockdown.]

19 kids in North Carolina stole over $1 million worth of cars. [Let me guess — it was some sort of TikTok challenge.]

A study in China found people who lived to 100 got 10 hours of sleep a day for much of their life. [But who wants to live to 100? That means going through multiple pandemics.]

A survey found we’re more willing to splurge on mom for Mother’s Day than dad for Father’s Day. [I’m getting dad only one mask but I’m getting mom two.]

Vice President Mike Pence wore a mask while touring a GM plant Thursday. [It was custom-printed to make it look like he had a nose ring and a goatee.]

Almost every entertainer is turning the pandemic into an opportunity to perform from home. [Including my ventriloquist uncle, who tries to FaceTime me every night with his “friend” Twinkles the Clown.]

The Kentucky Derby won’t be running tomorrow. [But feel free to wear a big, pretty hat.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

🦠 CORONAVIRUS TRACKERS _ New York Times | Bing | Johns Hopkins | Johns Hopkins county | WorldOMeters

IF YOUR MASK HAS A VALVE, IT’S HALF USELESS _ If you’re wearing a face mask with a little plastic valve embedded in it, you should know that valves compromise the effectiveness of the mask. Here’s why. The valves allow exhaled breath to bypass the filter. When you breathe in, the air you breathe is being filtered by the mask; when you breathe out, it is not. (The valve only operates in one direction.) One-way valves make sense if you’re kicking up sawdust in your basement, walking around California during wildfire season, or working in a factory where particles you definitely don’t want to breathe in may be in the air. In these cases, the mask’s job is to protect you. The valve makes it more comfortable to wear so you can get through your day or your factory shift without feeling too stifled.

… But that’s not why we’re all wearing masks right now. In the age of COVID-19, we wear masks when out and about for two reasons: First, we hope they might protect us from other people, at least a little bit. (The science on this is not very convincing.) The second reason is more significant: They protect us from infecting others if it turns out we are infected and don’t know it.

… Valves defeat that second purpose. A valved mask is letting your breath out unfiltered; the valve acts as a little escape hatch for any virus-laden droplets you’re breathing out. Some municipalities that require masks have specified that masks with valves do not count. You also won’t typically see valved masks in healthcare settings for the same reason.

WE’RE MORE WILLING TO SPLURGE ON MOM THAN DAD _ A survey found that nearly half of respondents — 48 percent — are willing to splurge on a gift for Mom versus 38 percent on a gift for Dad.

WOMAN FALLS TO HER DEATH WHILE TAKING SELFIE TO CELEBRATE END OF LOCKDOWN _ A woman in Turkey plunged to her death while trying to take a selfie near the edge of a cliff to celebrate the end of the local coronavirus lockdown, falling more than 100 feet to the water below. The 31-year-old victim and a friend reportedly climbed past a barrier keeping people away from the edge of the cliff so that they could take pictures with the park’s warterfalls in the background. The woman slipped on grass and fell 115 feet.

KEYSTONE GIVING FREE BEER TO THOSE SPENDING 21st BIRTHDAY AT HOME _ Turning 21 is a magical time in a person’s life. You get to buy beer for the first time (legally), you get to go to a bar for the first time (legally), you can gamble for the first time in public (legally). During an almost global lockdown, turning 21 right now kinda stinks. So Keystone Light is looking to hook you up with your very own beer can cake. And of course, free beer. Upcoming 21-year-olds can enter to receive a Keystone Light-shaped cake by emailing their ZIP Code, age, and a summary in 150 words or less of what their perfect 21st birthday would look like if they weren’t in quarantine. Winners will also receive a $200 gift card with their birthday cake. Email to sendcake@keystonelight.com

19 KIDS ACCUSED OF STEALING MORE THAN $1.1 MILLION IN VEHICLES _ Nineteen children, ages 9 to 16, have been accused of stealing more than $1.1 million in vehicles from car dealerships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The thefts started March 17. Forty-six vehicles, valued at approximately $1.1 million, were reported as stolen in Winston-Salem. All but six of the vehicles have been recovered. Detectives have also arrested one adult, a 19-year-old, in connection to the investigation.

CONDOM SALES ARE DOWN, BUT WE MAY HAVE A CONDOM SHORTAGE _ The maker of Durex condoms has said sales have fallen as the coronavirus lockdown is “having a toll on the number of intimate occasions” across the world.

… And once the lockdowns are east, there are concerns of a global condom shortage because strict lockdown rules in Malaysia, one of world’s top rubber producers and a major source of condoms, had made it difficult for condom factories to operate. Karex, the world’s largest condom producer which makes one in five of all condoms, has warned of a global condom shortage after closing three of its factories.

SWEDISH CITY USES CHICKEN MANURE TO ENCOURAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING _ Governments around the world have used laws, fines and advertising campaigns to encourage social distancing. The Swedish city of Lund took a unique approach to the problem. Lund Council has ordered workers to dump a ton (literally) of chicken manure across its main city park to deter crowds from gathering yesterday (Thursday) during an annual celebration.

… On a national level Sweden has banned all gatherings of more than 50 people, and city officials in Lund wanted to do whatever was necessary to keep people away from the main park yesterday.

… A city official said: “It will stink of chicken manure and won’t be pleasant for people to be around, but the chicken has a lot of phosphorus and nitrogen in it so the park will be nice just in time for the summer.”

DONALD TRUMP WAX FIGURE GETS MASK _ Donald Trump finally coming around to the idea of wearing a face mask during a pandemic would be huge — but a wax statue figured it out before he did. The president’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Berlin is sporting a red mask now.

JEFF BEZOS AND ELON MUSK WIN CONTRACTS FOR SPACECRAFT TO LAND NASA ASTRONAUTS ON THE MOON _ NASA on Thursday awarded three companies contracts to build spacecraft capable of landing humans on the moon, sparking a new space race that NASA hopes will propel the United States back to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972.

… Blue Origin, the space outfit owned by Jeff Bezos; Dynetics, a subsidiary of Leidos, a Reston, Virginia-based information technology firm; and Elon Musk’s SpaceX won contracts, giving NASA three options that would compete against each other as NASA scrambles to meet an ambitious White House mandate to put humans on the moon by 2024.

SCIENTISTS THINK THEY FOUND THE ONLY GUY KNOWN TO GET KILLED BY A METEORITE _ Scientists have found the oldest and most credible report of a death-by-meteor, an event so rare that this would be the first documented example, which occurred on August 22, 1888, in Iraq (Sulaymaniyah). A team from Ege University in Turkey unearthed evidence that a person was killed by a falling space rock in recently digitized archives from the Turkish government.

… The team found three letters, written by local officials during the weeks following the impact, that reported the event up the chain of command all the way to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire at that time. The letters tell the same tale: An extremely bright light, accompanied by smoke, was seen at a village called “Dilaver.” “Meteorites fell for a period of about ten minutes, like rain,” according to the team’s translation, causing widespread damage to the crops. In addition, the documents note, one man in a nearby village was killed and another was paralyzed by the impacts. The names of the victims are not in the documents.

… We live on a planet that is constantly bombarded by space rocks, some of which have delivered devastating blows to life on Earth. But though these extraterrestrial objects explode as dangerous airbursts and impact the ground, the odds of them actually killing a person are astronomically low.

… A man who died in India in 2016 was initially thought to have been hit by a meteorite, but NASA cast doubt on this explanation. There are also rumblings of deaths due to other meteoric events, such as the massive Tunguska airburst over Siberia in 1908, which flattered an estimated 80 million trees when it exploded. But there’s not enough evidence to back up these rumored fatalities.

… That doesn’t mean nobody has ever been verifiably hit by a space rock. In 1954, an Alabama woman named Ann E. Hodges was injured by a falling meteorite that she said crashed through her roof, awakening her from a nap on her couch. The “Hodges Meteorite” is genuinely extraterrestrial, and is now part of the collection of the Alabama Museum of Natural History.

MIKE PENCE PUTS ON A MASK TO TOUR GM PLANT _ Vice President Mike Pence wore a mask Thursday when he visited a General Motors plant in Indiana. Pence had on the protective face gear when he toured the plant, which has been converted to make ventilators to help combat coronavirus. On Tuesday Pence was criticized for not wearing a mask on a visit to Mayo Clinic.

WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE LEFT-HANDED _ Left-handed people aren’t uncommon, but their plight is more than noticeable in this world dominated by the right-handed people. Science recently attempted to explain why almost 10 percent of the world’s population is left-handed. People’s preference of the hand may lie in the rare genetic condition called Situs Inversus. Affecting nearly 1 in 20,000 people, people with Situs Inversus have their major organs in the opposite direction than what is normally observed. Say for example, the heart would be tilted to the right or the gall bladder and liver could be on the left side instead of their general location to the right. Researchers discovered that the part of the genetic code that’s abnormal in people with Situs Inversus is the same part that influences handedness. More notably, as a result of this asymmetry, left-handed people also have larger corpus callosum — a thick band of nerve fibers in the brain that divides the left and right hemispheres of the cerebellum.

… Though the world is a lot less friendly to left-handed people with many forced to use their right hand during their childhood, it is they who have a slight advantage over their right-handed people: Left-handed people have advantages in some sports and they can be more skilled in certain tasks.

📞  PHONE or SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC: A great conversation if you have a lefty on your show, or a lefty in your immediate family. What’s good and bad about being a lefty? Open the phones, put it on Facebook.

MEN, WOMEN WANT SEX AT OPPOSITE TIMES OF DAY _ A survey says men and women aren’t in sync in the bedroom when it comes to the optimum time. Men feel most frisky between 6AM and 9AM, while women are feeling the love way into the night — between 11PM and 2AM. And the percentages of those who enjoy getting it on during the other gender’s preferred window are similarly low, with just 16 percent of men wanting sex before falling asleep for the night, and a mere 11 percent of women wanting to take care of business as soon as the alarm goes off.

A REASON TO SLEEP 10 HOURS A DAY _ Want to live to 100? Well a study suggests you get 10 hours of sleep a night. In the study, researchers found that people who reach 100 are three times more likely to spend at least 10 hours a night in bed. The study involved analysis of data from a 2005 Chinese survey.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THERE’S AN OPTIMAL SALARY FOR MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY _ A study (Purdue University/University of Virginia) suggests that there may be a perfect salary for achieving personal fulfillment. The idea was to figure out at which salary range adults were best able to happily manage their work/life balance. Putting a number on that sort of thing is difficult, but the researchers managed the trick nonetheless. The study concluded that happiness will cost about $95,000 annually.

… Researchers were careful to note that this figure applies only to individuals and attempts to measure happiness over the course of a person’s entire life. Day-to-day happiness seems to cost less. Still, the findings are a bit concerning given that the average American household only takes in about $65,000 annually.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVERS GRABBING FACE MASKS FROM ROAD CAUSE TRAFFIC JAM _ Police in California say traffic on a busy stretch of highway came to a halt when people got out of their vehicles to retrieve medical face masks littering the road.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIED TO DEPOSIT DRUGS AT HIS BANK _ In Jefferson County, Colorado, David Pierce pulled up to the drive-thru at his neighborhood bank. He dropped his deposit in the tube and sent it to the teller. Unfortunately he included two bags of cocaine along with the cash he was depositing. The teller called police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOT HIMSELF WHILE PULLING UP HIS PANTS _ A guy in Brazil accidentally shot himself while pulling up his pants in the bathroom of a restaurant. The shot grazed his leg. He was able to walk out of the restaurant and go to a hospital.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RAID ON THE WRONG HOUSE _ Officers staged a raid on a house in Scotland after the family left for work. After drilling the lock and forcing their way into the house, they discovered they had mixed up names and targeted the wrong house. So, the officers left, leaving a note in the living room asking the family to “please accept our sincere apologies for this inconvenience.”


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. The team is forever altered when MacGyver’s Aunt Gwen (guest star Jeri Ryan) convinces Mac and Riley to join Codex.

THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. Ressler is forced to confront past trauma and family secrets when his brother takes him back home for a risky job.

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — New.

WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.

SEASON FINALE: CHARMED (8p ET, CW) — New.

THE CALL TO UNITE (8p ET, live-streamed at unite.us, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, LinkedIn) — Over 200 global leaders, artists, entertainers and community leaders are expected to participate in this 24-hour global live-stream event. Each will offer stories, performances, and conversations aimed to support everyone as they endure challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

… Stars expected to participate include Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Rob Lowe, Alanis Morissette, Charlamagne tha God, Common, Daniel Dae Kim, Deepak Chopra, Eva Longoria, Josh Groban, Jennifer Garner, Mandy Moore, Maria Shriver, Naomi Campbell, Martin Sheen, Quincy Jones and more. George W. Bush, Martin Luther King III, Tim Shriver, Marie Kondo, Minnie Driver, Jewel and Debbie Allen are also expected to participate.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Magnum and Higgins help a modern-day Robin Hood who, thinking she was helping a school obtain needed supplies, unknowingly stole illicit drugs. Hawaii Five-0’s Taylor Wily and Shawn Mokuahi Garnett guest star.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

DYNASTY (9p ET, CW) — New.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Frank gets a personal request from a woman (guest star Bonnie Sommerville) to transfer her son to a safer assignment.

FRIDAY NIGHT IN WITH THE MORGANS(10p ET, AMC) — New. The Morgans check in with Mark Duplass (The Morning Show), Katie Aselton (Legion), Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead), a local community organizer, plus a viewer at home.

SERIES PREMIERE: BETTY (11p ET, HBO) — Inspired by the 2018 indie film Skate Kitchen, this new series follows a diverse group of young women navigating the predominantly male-oriented skateboarding culture of New York City.

THOMAS AND FRIENDS: THE ROYAL ENGINE (Netflix) — Prince Harry does a special introduction for this 75th anniversary episode of the children’s series.The storyline includes Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II as animated characters, and sees the friendly engine taking Sir Topham Hatt to Buckingham Palace to receive an honor. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) also guest stars as a new locomotive character, the Duchess of Loughborough.

HOLLYWOOD (Netflix) — This new limited series from Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) stars Darren Criss, Holland Taylor, Jim Parsons, Mira Sorvino, Rob Reiner and Patti LuPone. Set in post-World War II Hollywood, the show follows an ambitious group of aspiring actors and filmmakers who will do almost anything to make their showbiz dreams come true.

SEASON PREMIERE: MEDICI (Netflix) — The third and final season of this historical drama begins.

UPLOAD (Amazon Prime) — In critical condition after a car crash, an L.A. hipster (Robbie Amell) gets rebooted into a virtual afterlife in this satirical sci-fi series.

SERIES PREMIERE: TRYING (Apple TV+) — Rafe Spall (Shaun of the Dead) and Esther Smith star in this British comedy as a London couple hoping to adopt a child. Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter films), Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight) also star.

SATURDAY

VIRTUAL KENTUCKY DERBY (3p ET, NBC) — Churchill Downs will empty today for the first time since 1945. The 146th Kentucky Derby has been moved to September 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The First Saturday In May: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown is a look back at American Pharoah’s 2015 Derby win on the way to his historic Triple Crown. Then, The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown will feature a computer-simulated race between all 13 Triple Crown winners.

NICKELODEON’S KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2020: CELEBRATE TOGETHER (7p ET, Nickelodeon) — Victoria Justice hosts this virtual awards show, six weeks after it’s originally scheduled date. During the show, Nickelodeon will present a $1 million donation to No Kid Hungry. Among those scheduled to appear are Dwayne Johnson, Ariana Grande, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Camila Cabello, Millie Bobby Brown, Ellen DeGeneres, BTS, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X, Dove Cameron, and more. LeBron James will receive the Generation Change Award.

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN (8p ET, HBO) — A dog (the voice of Kevin Costner) narrates this 2019 film. Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us) and Amanda Seyfried star.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — Repeat.

SUNDAY

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — New. The live (to tape) shows continue.

INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (8p ET, CBS) — CBS is reaching back to broadcasting’s past with a five-week run of older theatrical movies on Sunday nights.

THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — New.

SEASON FINALE: ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New. After hearing an ominous song, Zoey does everything in her power to stop something bad from happening.  The show has not yet been renewed for another season.

THE LAST DANCE (9p ET, ESPN) — Two new episodes.

SEASON PREMIERE: BILLIONS (9p ET, Showtime) — Billions begins it’s shortened 5th season, with seven episodes airing this spring, and the remainder to come after production is able to resume.

SEASON FINALE: WESTWORLD (9p ET, HBO) — In the season 3 finale, find out whether Caleb (Aaron Paul) and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) will be able to bring down the monstrous Serac (Vincent Cassel). Westworld has been renewed for a 4th season.

SEASON FINALE: GOOD GIRLS (10p ET, NBC) — New. Beth and Dean offer to buy Four Star Pool & Spa from Gayle. Good Girls has not yet been renewed for another season.

THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Nolan, Chen and West are squeezed harder than ever before as their training officers evaluate whether they are truly ready for the job.

RICK AND MORTY (11:30p ET, Adult Swim) — The second half of the 4th season begins.


ENTERTAINMENT

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT’S UP WITH TWILIGHT AUTHOR’S COUNTDOWN _ Author Stephenie Meyer currently as a countdown going on her website. The timer is counting down to 8:30AM Eastern on May 4, and all kinds of speculation is underway about what the announcement might be. One popular theory is that Meyer will announce the long-awaited arrival of Midnight Sun, a companion novel to Twilight from Edward’s perspective that the author shelved years ago. Another idea is that Meyer will announce a sequel to her 2008 sci-fi novel The Host.

NETFLIX WILL HAVE DOCUMENTARY ON 737 BOEING MAX PLANE CRASHES _ Netflix has picked up the rights to a documentary film about the Boeing 737-Max airplanes and the crashes that led to the model being grounded. Back in March 2019, officials grounded the Boeing 737-Max plane after two crashes within five months killed 346 people, one in October 2018 on Lion Air and another on Ethiopian Airlines in March 2019. Investigators determined that an automatic flight control had caused both planes to nosedive and training on the new system had been deleted from training manuals.

EMINEM FENDS OFF INTRUDER IN DETROIT HOME _ Rapper Eminem and his security force foiled the plans of an intruder who broke into his Detroit-area home through a back door on April 5. Eminem was awakened by a home alarm system around 4 that morning, ultimately confronting the bearded intruder in his living room. The Detroit Free press says the man “was verbally and physically detained by Eminem while security was alerted.

… Matthew David Hughes was charged with first-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of a building. Hughes hails from Michigan, though he is documented as “homeless” on the warrant issued by police.

THE BOYS RENEWED FOR SEASON 3 _ Amazon’s small screen adaptation of The Boys quickly became one of the streaming service’s most-watched series. Violent, entertaining and darkly hilarious, it was an instant hit with viewers and critics and it wasn’t long before a second season was announced. The Boys Season 2 is now coming together behind the scenes, with a premiere scheduled for later this year. And now there’s word that Amazon has renewed The Boys for Season 3.

DISNEY’S HERCULES IS GETTING A LIVE-ACTION REBOOT _ Disney is developing a live-action Hercules. And, keeping it in the Disney/Marvel family, the Russo Brothers (the pair responsible for Avengers: Infinity War AND Endgame) will be producing.

TREVOR NOAH TO PAY SALARIES OF FURLOUGHED ‘DAILY SHOW’ CREW _ The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is keeping a safe social distance from his crew, but still trying to do right by them. Variety reports Noah is personally paying the salaries of 25 furloughed members of The Daily Show crew amid the industry-wide production shutdown prompted by the pandemic. Noah has informed crew members that he will continue to pay their salaries until production begins to ramp back up.

NBC TO AIR FEEDING AMERICA COMEDY FESTIVAL _ NBC has signed on to broadcast the Feeding America Comedy Festival benefit featuring segments by a number of famous comedians including Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler and Tiffany Haddish. The charity event will raise money for Feeding America. It will air Sunday night.

QUARANTINE ACTORS AND CREWS SO FILMING ON TV SHOWS CAN RESUME _ Here’s an idea that will ensure we don’t run out of new episodes of our favorite TV and streaming shows: quarantine the cast and crew. That was an idea floated by the BBC’s head of drama, though he acknowledged that asking high-profile stars to spend even longer on set would be burdensome. But would it? Healthy actors and the crew would live near the set for the duration of filming. Perhaps they compress the filming schedule… work faster and a bit longer each day… fewer takes. Actors and crew are making money again and fans get new shows.

🎧  NEW SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE RENDERS JURASSIC PARK III DINOSAUR INACCURATE _ The Jurassic Park franchise is known to take creative liberties when it comes to the depiction of its dinosaurs, but to say it shuns scientific and archaeological research altogether is unfair. However, new evidence has come to light suggesting that this criticism could be leveled at the series’ third installment. Released way back in 2001, Jurassic Park III portrayed the spinosaurus as a gargantuan land-based predator that didn’t mind the occasional dip in the water to stalk aquatic prey, but a recent study published in the journal Nature seems to indicate that this is wildly inaccurate. Palaeontologist Dr. Nizar Ibrahim and his team claim to have discovered that the ferocious reptile was actually water-based but capable of hunting on land. In other words, the opposite of how Jurassic Park III depicted it.

… The team said the following in a statement: “This discovery is the nail in the coffin for the idea that non-avian dinosaurs never invaded the aquatic realm. This dinosaur was actively pursuing prey in the water column, not just standing in shallow waters waiting for fish to swim by. It probably spent most of its life in the water.”

Speaking of Jurassic Park III, it was a stinker. So check this out:

THREEQUELS THAT DIDN’T SUCK _ What threequels did their first two justice? Here’s our list.

• Back to the Future 3

• The Bourne Ultimatum

• Lethal Weapon 3

• The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

• Back to the Future 3

• Iron Man 3

• Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

• Return of the Jedi

• The Dark Knight Rises

• Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT’S THE TOOTH FAIRY LEAVE AT YOUR HOUSE?

Someone on Twitter: “Parents: Could we all standardize what the Tooth Fairy gives? I’m getting grilled on why she gives some kids gold coins!”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the tooth fairy leave at your house?

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• No word in the English language rhymes with “MONTH.”

• There are 1 million ants for every person in the world.

• More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby.

• The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

• The human brain is 80 percent water.

• Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

• Men get hiccups more often than women.

• There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

• The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.

• There are approximately fifty Bibles sold each minute across the world.

• A can of SPAM is opened every 4 seconds.

GO MOTHER’S DAY SHOPPING AT THE HARDWARE STORE

• Eighty-five percent of women surveyed have been or expect to be solely responsible for a home at some point in their lives.

• Fifty-three percent surveyed say they are responsible for basic household maintenance and repair either on their own or in conjunction with their spouse.

• Seventy-five percent of women say they do more home projects themselves than they did five years ago.

• Eighty percent say they are more confident in their home-improvement abilities than they were five years ago.

WHAT’S THE WORST THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN?

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten? Reddit asked it readers that question. A few of the responses:

• Fermented shark meat.

• I’m forced to eat smoked sheep heads every new years day. It’s the worst thing about being Icelandic.

• Silkworms. Canned or roasted, they’re a common food in Korea. They roast them as street food and it smells like gym socks soaked in dog vomit. The canned ones are like eating a zit.

• When chicken McNuggets have those stupid hard spots in them. Ruins the meal.

• I was eating Doritos one time and I got this one that looked like a piece of charcoal (tasted like it too). I wasn’t paying attention at the time so I ate it. Couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth for hours.

• I made macaroni and cheese once with expired mayo in place of the milk.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The United States government makes 4 billion of these each year. (Pennies)

TRIVIA: The very first in the U.S. opened in 1929 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was called The Tom Thumb. What was it? (Mini golf course)

TRIVIA: Sometimes they’re 27 feet across, other time 36 feet. What are they? (Tennis courts. A singles court is 27 feet across; a doubles court is 36 feet across.)

TRIVIA: The farthest a golf ball has ever been hit is 2,400 feet, nearly a half-mile. This was done where? (On the moon)

SPY THE LIE

• An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.

• The name of the first animal in space was Laika (a dog).

• The inventor of cardboard first called it “BillyBoard”. (LIE)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Headline”

Story from yesterday’s Wacky section.



DATEBOOK: MAY 4, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) is 73

• Mary McDonough (The Waltons) is 59

• Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live) is 53

• Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Batman in the LEGO movies) is 50

• TV personality Erin Andrews is 42

• Lance Bass (‘N Sync) is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1626: Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan.

• 1871: The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opened its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

• 1927: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

• 1932: Mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.

• 1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

• 1998: Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, California, under a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty.

• 2007: A judge in Los Angeles sentenced hotel heiress Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case by driving with a suspended license. Hilton served three weeks.

• 2009: Officials said thieves turned their western Pennsylvania township into a place with no street names. Winfield Township’s supervisor said that every one of the township’s road signs was stolen. The township would have to spend about $4,000 replacing the aluminum signs.

• 2011: President Barack Obama said photos of a dead Osama bin Laden would not be released.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Kind To Animals Week

• Hurricane Preparedness Week

• Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week

• Correctional Officer’s Week

• Raisin Week. Nope, raisins do not deserve an entire week. Or even a day.

• Small Business Week

• Teacher Appreciation Week

• Screen-Free Week

• Star Wars Day (May the 4th… be with you!)

• Firefighters Day

• Melanoma Monday

• Homebrew Day

• Hoagie Day