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DATEBOOK: MAY 22, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Bernie Taupin is 70

• Michael Kelly (House of Cards) is 51

• Model Naomi Campbell is 50

• Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) is 46

• Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon A Time) is 42

• Maggie Q (Insurgent, Divergent) is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1843: Thousands of people and their cattle headed west via wagon train from Independence, Missouri, to what would later become the Oregon Territory. It was part of the Great Migration. They followed what is now known as the Oregon Trail.

• 1931: The first canned rattlesnake meat was sold, in Arcadia, Florida.

• 1906: The Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”.

• 1967: “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” premiered on PBS, featuring Rev. Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister from Pittsburgh. It’s public television’s longest running children’s program.

• 1986: Sylvester Stallone signed a 10-picture, six-year deal with United Artists for a reported $15 million per film, making him at the time the richest actor in Hollywood.

• 1992: After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.

• 2003: In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam became the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.

• 2004: Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, a scathing documentary about White House actions after the September 11th terrorist attacks, won first prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

• 2015: Construction workers discovered an unexploded bomb from World War II near Wembley Stadium in London.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Canadian Immigrants Day

• Craft Distillery Day

• Polka Day

• World Goth Day

• Vanilla Pudding Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, MAY 23

• Joan Collins is 87. Drew Carey is 62. Country singer Shelly West is 62. Karen Duffy is 59. Melissa McBride is 55.

• World Turtle Day

• World Turtle Day

SUNDAY, MAY 24

• Tommy Chong is 82. Gary Burghoff is 77. Priscilla Presley is 75. Alfred Molina is 67. Country singer Rosanne Cash is 65. Kristin Scott Thomas is 60. John C. Reilly is 55. Mark Ballas is 34. Country singer Billy Gilman is 32.

• Neighbor Day

• World Schizophrenia Awareness Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

40,613: Movie theater screens in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

A new survey finds more than four out of five Americans have worn a mask in public. [And by the way, finding a mask for Halloween this year is going to be super simple.]

After Ford managers asked Donald Trump to wear a mask during his visit to one of its factories he declined. [Ford even offered him one of the new 2021 masks that connects to your phone with Bluetooth.]

Actress Lori Loughlin will plead guilty in the college admissions scandal. She could go to jail for two months. [Or be sentenced to watch every episode of both Full House and Fuller House.]

Starting in June, couples getting married in Ohio will be able to invite up to 300 guests to the reception. [Yes! The Chicken Dance is back in Ohio, baby!]

Alaska will resume life as it was “prior to the virus” today (Friday), with a full reopening of the economy without restrictions. [Bears will be happy to see two-legged food again.]

Iowa will reopen movie theaters, museums and zoos today (Friday). [With no movies in theaters, I wonder how many parents will go just to get away from their kids for two hours.]

Three-day weekend. [It’s the time of the year when fathers first fire up the grill, and mothers first apply first aid.]

Three-day weekend. [For most people it’s the unofficial start of summer. For mosquitoes it’s like the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

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

WE SHOULD FLY FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF WHEN US REACHES 100,000 CORONAVIRUS DEATHS _ Some in Washington D.C. are calling on Donald Trump to order that flags be flown at half-staff at all public buildings on the day the U.S. reaches 100,000 deaths caused by COVID-19. The country will likely hit that milestone this weekend.

WALMART EMPLOYEE’S POEM HAS MADE HIM AN AD STAR _ Consumers have said they’re fatigued — actually, plain sick and tired — of doom and gloom forecasts and negative pandemic-related news. What they want to hear now, particularly from advertisers, are “hopeful, comforting and supportive” messages. Walmart, taking that sentiment and running with it, has launched a 60-second ad built around an upbeat poem about community and solidarity. And the star of the ad is 21-year-old Terrell Myles, a department manager in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Myles, also known as Trizz, started working at Walmart when he was 19. He wrote Hearts of Magic as an antidote of sorts to the negative aspects of social distancing required to address the COVID-19 crisis.

… Sample lines of Hearts of Magic include “In this together whatever endeavor we will treasure the better times, and recognize that we are an important part in each other’s lives,” and “The storm is raging on but sun shines after a blizzard.” • VIDEO

… Walmart will publish the video on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels.

SELF-SANITIZING SHOPPING CART HANDLE _ A company in the Middle East called Geometry has come up with a device that slides across shopping cart handles, dispensing a thin layer of disinfectant for between-use cleaning. The company first conceived the product in 2015 but is retooling the concept for mass production.

WHITE HOUSE BUTLER WHO SERVED 11 PRESIDENTS DIES FROM COVID-19 _ One of the longest-serving White House employees ever died last week from COVID-19. Wilson Roosevelt Jerman started working at the White House as a cleaner in 1957, during the Eisenhower administration. First lady Jackie Kennedy promoted Jerman to become a butler. He worked for 11 presidents and their families. He was 91.

WHICH TOPPINGS MAKE AMERICA’S FAVORITE BURGER? _ Memorial Day honors the men and women who died serving in the US military and for a majority of Americans (61%), the long weekend also marks the unofficial start of summer. As Americans dust off their barbecue grills and prepare for Memorial Day Weekend, hamburgers will likely be among the first summertime staples to grace their grills.

… According to a survey (by YouGov) our favorite burger topping is cheese (73%), followed by lettuce (64%), tomatoes (58%), onions (57%), pickles (54%), bacon (45%), mushrooms (23%), fries (20%), avocado (19%), and eggs (12%).

GUYS TURN PICKUP TRUCK INTO JACUZZI, TAKE IT THROUGH DRIVE-THRU _ Redneck ingenuity is on full display with a recent viral TikTok. Two guys transformed a Ford pickup into a mobile jacuzzi, and then hit up the McDonald’s drive-thru. • VIDEO

KANSAS’ FIRST SEXTUPLETS GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL _ A Kansas family is celebrating an unusual milestone: the high school graduation of the state’s first set of sextuplets. Sondra and Elden Headrick’s sextuplets made headlines in 2002 as the first healthy set of six babies to be born in the state, and they have now become the first sextuplets to graduate together in Kansas (at Norwich High School).

… The parents said the children were conceived via intrauterine insemination with help from a fertility doctor, but they were shocked to learn the number of children that resulted. The now-18-year-olds — Ethan, Grant, Sean, Danielle, Melissa and Jaycie — weren’t able to receive their diplomas in a traditional ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but their school is tentatively planning a special ceremony for July.

… The siblings are mostly splitting up to attend different schools, with Grant taking a gap year, but they said they plan to remain close.

WOMAN HAS ELON MUSK’S OLD PHONE NUMBER AND GETS CALLS AND TEXTS _ Lyndsay Tucker works at a beauty boutique in San Jose, California. Every day, her phone rings or buzzes with texts — not for her but for Elon Musk. Tucker was randomly assigned Musk’s old phone number that made its way online years ago and continues to spread. .

… One random caller, a woman, volunteered to go to space with SpaceX. Another person sent a blueprint for a bionic limb.

FRENCH BROTHERS STRIKE GOLD UNDER VIRUS LOCKDOWN _ It’s fair to say that life under lockdown can be boring at times. Most parents will have come to appreciate the increasingly tricky task of keeping the kids entertained. But as the weather warms up, plenty of children will be looking to their backyard for new ways to pass the time. And for two French brothers, that resulted in a valuable discovery. The boys, both 10, asked to build a makeshift hut in a garden using branches, leaves and sheets. Their father told them that they could use their late grandmother’s sheets, which were in a spare room.

… When they went to get the sheets two fairly heavy objects fell out. They didn’t pay attention to them and put them back. But the boys eventually told their father about the discovery. The objects were two gold bars weighing 1kg (2.2lb) each. Both bars are now up for auction with an estimated value of $43,800 a piece. It turned out that the bars were purchased by the grandmother in 1967 and even come with a proof of purchase. The two boys are hoping dad will use some of the money to put in a pool.

DOMINO’S PIZZA DELIVERY MAN FIRED FOR SWEARING AFTER NOT GETTING TIPPED _ Should a Domino’s Pizza delivery man have been fired after swearing at two teens for not being tipped? A video of the man, who has not been named, has surfaced on social media. It shows him delivering pizza to a house and subsequently cussing out a teenager when he realized he hadn’t been tipped. The video starts with a teenage boy giving the delivery man a receipt with the tip line left blank. The delivery man looks at the receipt and says, “Thanks for the tip.” He then insults the teenager. The teenager responds, asking, “What?” The man snaps back with another swear word. The teenager said, “That’s funny bro. Really? I didn’t even order it.” The delivery man answered, “I don’t make [expletive] money if I don’t get tipped.” The teen then reiterated that he didn’t order the pizza, and the delivery man walked off.

… The father of the two kids gave his credit card to his children to buy some food from Domino’s Pizza, he told TMZ. When his daughter filled out the receipt she mistakenly left the tip area blank. Her brother then handed the receipt to the delivery man, which prompted the incident.

… The father called Domino’s Pizza after the delivery man left, and the following day both the owner of the franchise and the general manager called the family to apologize. The store manager and area supervisor paid the family a visit and gave each teenager a $200 prepaid gift card and the family a $100 Domino’s Pizza gift card. The delivery man was fired after the franchise owner reviewed the video and conducted an investigation.

TEXAS MOM DELIVERS RARE IDENTICAL QUADRUPLETS _ Jenny and Chris Marr were hardly ready to welcome the triplets they’d be scheduled to deliver in March — during the coronavirus pandemic, no less. So when they later discovered their three babies would actually be four — a set of identical quadruplets — the couple was shocked. The Marrs, from Dallas, Texas, had both been raised as only children, and neither had a family history of multiple births. Jenny wasn’t on fertility treatments either.

… Experts say a naturally occurring pregnancy of quadruplets is exceedingly rare, happening about once in every 11 million births. In fact, the situation is so incredibly rare that there are only about 72 documented cases of spontaneous, identical quadruplets ever.

… Mom Jenny went into labor the day before Dallas County’s mandatory stay-at-home restrictions were announced.

MAY 20 NOT SO DEADLY FOR TEENS THIS YEAR _ Thanks to COVID-19, May 20 wasn’t a very deadly day on the road for teens. A few years back the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found May 20 the deadliest day for teens on the road. At the time of the study, researchers found that teen deaths had been 63 percent higher than average on May 20 over each of the past five years.

… May is usually a fun time of year for teens with proms, graduations, and the beginning of summer celebrations, and in a normal year those are prime reasons why it can be a dangerous month.

DIETERS UNDERESTIMATE THEIR CALORIES _ You’re probably underestimating the number of calories you eat. The survey of data from 10,000 people and 200 doctors discovered people aren’t realistic about the number of calories they are eating. More results from the survey include:

• 92 percent of people fail at dieting, and almost 1 in 5 end up gaining more weight than they lost.

• Only 1 in 3 people use exercise as a means to lose weight.

• Fewer than 1 in 4 read food labels when grocery shopping.

• 91 percent of people never weigh or measure their food.

… Doctors say measuring your food even for a few weeks can help you learn what a serving size actually is, so that going forward you can estimate a little more accurately.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MUSIC IS GOOD FOR US _ It doesn’t matter if it’s country or classical, listening to music will give your soul a quick jolt of happiness. That’s the word from researchers (Penn State University) who have shown that when we hear music we like, bad moods are banished and good moods are enhanced.

… What music does: It makes listeners more optimistic, joyful, friendly, relaxed, and calm, and helps vanish feelings of pessimism and sadness.

… What music doesn’t do: It won’t ease feelings of fear, sadness, hate, or aggression, and it does nothing to increase feelings of love.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CRAZY HOME DEPOT FIGHT INVOLVED PAINT _ For some strange reason, at least four men at a Tampa Home Depot got heated in the loading zone right outside the store and began brawling — using paint cans as weapons. At one point, one of the guys picks up a shovel or large garden tool and swings it at another, but the majority of the action is between a hefty paint-covered man and a smaller guy. The beefy boy charges at the little dude while slapping at him, but the smaller man holds his own and eventually chucks a can full of white paint at him — forcing a retreat. The big fella’s not done, though — he attacks another guy with some violent swings before things finally cool down, leaving several men, the parking lot and a pickup truck sloppily covered in paint.

… The men reportedly all know each other and work together, and declined to press charges. It’s unclear what led to the messy mayhem.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WITH FLARE GUN WREAKS HAVOC ON CALIFORNIA TRAFFIC _ The California Highway Patrol shut down a large portion of the 55 Freeway in Costa Mesa Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from a female driver, stopped in the center divider. When officers arrived at the scene they found the woman outside of her vehicle. She was “waving signs that declared her father was a serial killer.” She also was armed with a flare gun. The woman told police that she “wanted her story to be heard” and that her father was the “Texas I-45 serial killer.” She was taken into custody without incident.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE FIND 1,000 STOLEN EGGS IN MAN’S FRIDGE _ A security guard in China was spotted by police smuggling two suitcases of stolen eggs out of the factory where he worked. When they investigated, police found more than 1,000 eggs in the man’s fridge, as well as soap, meat, boxes of tissues and bottles of detergent.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COPS CATCH LARPER _ People called the police in Cardiff, Wales, after spotting an armed man in combat gear walking in a park. Three armed officers confronted the man and ordered him to put his weapon down. The man dropped his fake sword. The man apologized and said he was a Larper. LARP stands for live-action role playing. The man said he was trying out his new knight’s armor.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLOWOUT, NOT SHOT AT _ Police were called by a man claiming he’d been shot while driving down Interstate 5 in Oregon. State troopers responded and caught up with the man, who had driven another 20 miles after calling. They noticed he had a flat tire. A state police statement said, “Subsequent investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of marijuana, and his paranoia led him to believe he had been shot at after a tire on his vehicle had a blowout.”


ON TELEVISION

TODAY

WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.

MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — New.

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

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

FRIDAY NIGHT IN WITH THE MORGANS (10p ET, AMC) — New. The Morgans check in with Samantha Morton (The Walking Dead).

AKA JANE ROE (9p ET, FX) — This documentary tells the story of Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe, whose unwanted pregnancy led to the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe v. Wade. Filmed shortly before her death in 2017, this offers her views at the end of a dark journey.

SERIES PREMIERE: THE BIG FIB (Disney+) — hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown, this new game show will feature  two grown-ups claiming to be experts on a topic, but one of them is lying. It’ll be up to the kid contestant to try and figure out which one is telling “the big fib.”.

HISTORY 101 (Netflix) — Infographics and archival footage are used to deliver bite-size history lessons in this new docuseries on scientific breakthroughs, social movements and world-changing discoveries.

SEASON PREMIERE: HOMECOMING (Amazon Prime) — Singer-actress Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures) takes over the lead role (from season 1 star Julia Roberts) in the second season of this psychological thriller. Stephan James reprises his role as Walter Cruz.

THE LOVEBIRDS (Netflix) — Issa Rae (Insecure) and Kumail Nanjiani star in this new comedy film as a a couple caught up in a murder mystery.

MYTHIC QUEST: RAVEN’S BANQUET: QUARANTINE (Apple TV+) — This comedy about the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all-time has produced a half-hour quarantine special, which finds the whole team working from home. Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) and Ian (Rob McElhenney) struggle with solitude, while Brad (Danny Pudi) and David (David Hornsby) start a charitable competition.

SATURDAY

THE LAST DANCE (8p ET, ABC) — A big ratings success on ESPN, ABC will show this 10-part sports documentary chronicling the life and career of NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and his championship Chicago Bulls’ teams of the 1990s. Episodes 1 and 2 air tonight, with the rest airing over the next few Saturdays.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (8p ET, NBC) — Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart are among the voice stars of this 2016 animated film.

48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — New.

SPELLING THE DREAM (Netflix) — Profiling 4 competitors’ journeys, this new documentary explores the trend of Indian Americans ruling the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 1999.

SUNDAY

NASCAR CUP SERIES (6p ET, FOX) — The Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

TITANIC (7p ET, CBS) — Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio star in this epic 1997 James Cameron film.

LITTLE BIG SHOTS (8p ET, NBC) — New.

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (8p ET, PBS) — Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host a special presentation of the National Memorial Day Concert with new performances and tributes filmed in different locations around the country and stories from past concerts.

THE WALL (9p ET, NBC) — Two new episodes.

30 FOR 30 (9p ET, ESPN and ESPN2) — This 2-part special offers a compelling chronicle of Lance Armstrong, one of the most inspirational – and infamous – athletes of all time. Based around extensive interviews with Armstrong, this film is a character study that captures a unique chapter of sports history.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS ONE YEAR AGO _ One year ago Alladin was in theaters for the holiday weekend.

LORI LOUGHLIN AND HUSBAND AGREE TO PLEAD GUILTY IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM _ Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband (Mossimo Giannulli) have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with the college admissions scandal. Loughlin and Giannulli are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the case. Loughlin, who’s 55, has agreed to two months in prison, a $150,000 fine, and two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service.

… Giannulli, age 56, has agreed to five months in prison, a $250,000 fine, and two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service. They are scheduled to plead guilty this morning (Friday) in Massachusetts.

NETFLIX IS CANCELING SUBSCRIPTIONS OF INACTIVE MEMBERS _ Netflix is canceling the subscriptions of inactive members. Beginning this week, Netflix customers who haven’t used the streaming service in a year or more are getting a notification, whether through the app they use or, failing that, at the email address associated with their account, asking if they want to maintain their membership. If the customer doesn’t respond to the email, their account will be canceled.

… Netflix says any customer whose account is deactivated, but then decides later that they want to come back, will find that their settings, profiles, preferences, and recommendations have not changed.

… The number of Netflix customers who have accounts but have sat on them for over a year is less than one half of one percent of the company’s approximately 183 million subscribers.

STEVE CARELL’S PICTURE TAPED OVER SPACE FORCE’S TOP OFFICER AT THE USAF MUSEUM _ Personnel may be scarce at the currently closed National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but that didn’t stop one innovative hero from employing some arts and crafts merrymaking under a section of wall devoted to the United States Space Force chain of command. A photo taken at the Ohio museum that first surfaced on Reddit revealed a superimposed — with Scotch tape — photo on top of where Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond’s official photo should be. The replacement: None other than Gen. Mark R. Naird, Steve Carell’s character in the upcoming Netflix workplace comedy series, Space Force. The image of Naird also came replete with a biography that replaced Raymond’s. • IMAGE

THE OUTPOST TRAILER _ The trailer for the forthcoming war drama The Outpost has been released, giving us a preview of the most heroic battle of the Afghanistan war. Starring Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood, the film will be in theaters and on video on demand on Friday, July 3.

… Based on CNN news correspondent Jake Tapper’s New York Times bestselling non-fiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story Of American Valor, the film tells the true story of a small unit of U.S. soldiers, alone at the remote Combat Outpost Keating, located deep in the valley of three mountains in Afghanistan. The soldiers battle against an overwhelming force of Taliban fighters in a coordinated attack. The Battle of Kamdesh, as it was known, was the bloodiest American engagement of the Afghan War in 2009 and Bravo Troop 3-61 CAV became one of the most decorated units of the 19-year conflict. • VIDEO

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD WILL RETURN TO THEATERS FOR ANNIVERSARY _ Back in 2010, the movie adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s smash indie comic, Scott Pilgrim, failed to make an impact at the box office. However, in the decade since its release, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has earned a cult following. During a recent Scott Pilgrim rewatch party, director Edgar Wright revealed that the film is heading back into theaters for its 10th anniversary. The plan is to have it in theaters by August.

… The film starred Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, a young man who falls hard for Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Ramona Flowers. But to win Ramona’s heart, Scott has to face her seven evil exes, including Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh), Roxy Richter (Mae Whitman), and Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman). Alison Brie also appears as Scott’s evil ex, Envy Adams, alongside Alison Pill as Kim Pine, Aubrey Plaza as Julie Powers, Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells, and Ellen Wong as Knives Chau.

JOHN KRASINSKI’S SOME GOOD NEWS IN THE WORKS FOR CBS ALL ACCESS _ John Krasinski‘s feel-good web series might be on hiatus, but he still has Some Good News to share: Krasinski is in advanced negotiations to bring it to CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access. Krasinski would not host the new show as he’s done on his YouTube channel, though he will executive-produce and likely have a recurring on-air presence.

BILLION VIEWS _ What once was unthinkable has finally happened: a single YouTube channel beat one billion views on the platform in a single week. That’s a pace of 99,000 views per minute. The bleeding-edge young talent that notched 1.04 billion views last week was Cocomelon — Nursery Rhymes. It’s a video channel of nursery rhymes. Lots of kids are stuck at home.

WESLEY CRUSHER REPORTEDLY RETURNING FOR PICARD SEASON 3 _ Star Trek: Picard brought back a bunch of The Next Generation stars alongside Patrick Stewart’s legendary character in its first season. Various TNG actors have revealed that they’re optimistic that they’ll end up on the show eventually. And the good news is that seems to be exactly CBS’ plan. According to sources the intention is to have the whole original Enterprise-D crew turn up eventually. The source say currently producers are talking to Wil Wheaton about joining Picard in Season 3.

… Star Trek: Picard season 2 has been delayed by the pandemic, as it was supposed to start filming this June.


BITS & BREAKS

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What was the most expensive thing your spouse purchased without discussing it with you first? Did you let them keep it?

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• Otters hold hands while sleeping so they don’t float apart.

• Norway once knighted a penguin. The penguin’s full name is Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav.

• Hitler had dandruff.

• Mr. Clean’s first name is Veritably.

• It is illegal to enter Britain’s Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armor.

• A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.

• Cows have best friends and get stressed out when separated from them.

• A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

• The Pony Express was only in operation for a year and a half before the transcontinental telegraph made it obsolete.

• The game Yahtzee is based on a game that was created by an anonymous Canadian couple who played the game aboard their yacht.

• The human bone most often broken is the clavicle (collar bone).

• The first TV remote, created by Zenith in 1950, was called “Lazy Bones.”

• On Mercury, a day is longer than a year.

• The hole in your shirt that you put your arm through is called an “armsaye.”

LITTLE WINS

A survey has discovered the small everyday moments which spark joy.

• Finding money in an old coat pocket

• Waking up to sunshine

• Getting into fresh sheets at the end of the day

• Traffic lights turning green as you approach them

• Completing a to-do list

• Completing a DIY task by yourself

• Getting a compliment from a stranger

• Getting an extra hour in bed

• When your favorite song comes on the radio

• Finding a forgotten stash of chocolate

• Receiving an online delivery earlier than expected

• Putting comfy clothes on at the end of a busy day

• Seeing a happy dog on a walk

• Waking up thinking it’s a weekday but realizing it’s the weekend

• Getting the last parking space in a parking lot

• Fitting into a pair of jeans you’d forgotten about

• Getting a new recipe right

• Keeping a plant alive

• Seeing the item you need fully stocked in the supermarket

• Parallel parking on a first attempt

• Waking up to a heartwarming text

• Having the exact amount of change to pay for something

• Waking up just before your alarm

• When your child sleeps through the night

FOR SOCIAL MEDIA


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Before making it in show business, Sandra Bullock, Russell Crowe, Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart and Bruce Willis all worked as what? (Bartenders)

TRIVIA: About 80 people are injured by this each year in the U.S. (Turbulence while flying. Three-quarters are usually flight attendants.)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Man Who Did ______ on Top of Moving Car Sought by Police”

The Milwaukee Police Department is asking for the public’s help to track down a man who was caught on video doing push-ups on top of a moving vehicle. In the video, you can see the man climb out of the rear passenger-side window, and onto the roof of the moving car. The shirtless man then does about two push-ups before the video ends.

SPOUSER

I’ll name someone, you tell me their famous partner.

• Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks)

• Will Smith (Jada Pinkett Smith)

• Goldie Hawn (Kurt Russell)

• Brad Hall (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

• Sharon Osbourne (Ozzy)

• Kevin Bacon (Kyra Sedgwick)

• Stedman Graham (Oprah Winfrey)



DATEBOOK: MAY 25 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings) is 81

• Director-Muppetteer Frank Oz is 76

• Connie Sellecca is 65

• Mike Myers is 57

• Anne Heche is 51

• Jamie Kennedy (Scream) is 50

• Octavia Spencer (The Help) is 50

• Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight, Batman Begins) is 44

• Ethan Suplee (My Name Is Earl) is 44

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1787: In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convened a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States. George Washington presided.

• 1925: John T. Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.

• 1961: Apollo program: U.S. president John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a “man on the moon” before the end of the decade.

• 1977: Star Wars hit movie theaters.

• 1986: Hands Across America took place. Some 7 million people joined hands to raise money for the nation’s homeless.

• 1988: Debbie Gibson’s Foolish Beat hit #1, making her the youngest artist, at age 17, to write, sing, and produce a #1 hit.

• 1992: In Manilla, Pepsi announced that 349 was the winning $37,000 number that day in its “Number Fever” contest. Unfortunately, due to what Pepsi called a computer software glitch, 800,000 people had bottle caps with the winning number. In the resulting public relations nightmare, violence erupted as irate consumers attack bottling plants and delivery trucks.

• 2011: The Oprah Winfrey Show aired its final broadcast, ending a 25-year run.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Memorial Day

• Hamburger Day

• Wine Day

• Tap Dance Day

• Nerd Pride Day / Geek Pride Day

• Brown-Bag-It Day