• Kyle MacLachlan is 62
• Rachel Dratch (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) is 55
• Paul Lieberstein (The Office) is 54
• Jeri Ryan (Boston Public, Star Trek: Voyager) is 53
• TV co-host Clinton Kelly (The Chew, What Not to Wear) is 52
• Thomas Jane (The Sweetest Thing) is 52
• Drew Barrymore is 46
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1924: Calvin Coolidge became the first President of the United States to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.
• 1959: Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500.
• 1989: Aldo J. Jacuzzi died at age 67. He pioneered the whirlpool bath pump.
• 2008: A show week on Oprah dealt with shlumpadinkas. Oprah created that word to describe a woman who had completely given up on how she looks.
• 2008: A 70-year-old Iranian man was sentenced to four months in jail and 30 lashes for walking his dog. Owners of domestic animals are forbidden from taking them on the streets of the city because Islam considers dogs to be impure.
• 2015: At the 87th Academy Awards, Birdman was awarded Best Picture.
• 2019: Actor Jussie Smollett was suspended from the show Empire after it was revealed the actor made false claims about a racist and homophobic attack.
• George Washington’s birthday
• For The Love of Mike Day
• Margarita Day
• National Wildlife Day
• Play More Cards Day
• Single Tasking Day
• World Thinking Day
• Cook a Sweet Potato Day
10,000: Cost, in dollars, to build a parking space in a parking deck or parking garage. So a parking garage with 250 spaces would cost roughly $2.5 million.
A 139-year-old house was moved six blocks to a new location in San Francisco. [Imagine the shock an Amazon delivery driver would have if the address on an order wasn’t changed until moving day.]
Dr. Fauci says it’s possible we could still need to wear masks next year. [I’m trying to get (cohost) to change his paper mask. It’s so worn it’s now a tissue paper mask.]
Officials at a school in British Columbia had windows screwed shut or blocked from opening wider than a few inches after teachers began using them to compensate for poor ventilation. [Administrators would change their minds if they were required to share their office with 24 smelly sixth graders.]
Close to two-thirds of Americans who have not yet retired say that when the time comes they will work for pay after retiring. The reason given most often has nothing to do with money — they simply want to stay busy. [Why do you think there are so many senior citizens working as crossing guards? It ain’t the pay… it’s so they can keep busy slowing up traffic even when they’re not in a car.]
Roughly 4 in 10 Americans say they would choose to vote from their computer or mobile device in the next election if possible. [Preferably in an app called Candy Crush: Election 2024.]
A report found that farmers markets aren’t that great of a deal. [Unless you happen to go on a day when both the vegetables and the hippies have been washed.]
A woman in Brazil underwent routine cosmetic surgery for a tummy tuck and a breast job. But after surgery she mysteriously developed the compulsion to steal. [Mainly belts and bras.]
A survey of drivers found that a majority of them talk to their cars regularly and 20% worry about its feelings. [I hear my neighbor talking to his SUV all the time. He says stuff like, “Why can’t you be like your older brother, the Honda Fit, and get more miles to the gallon?”]
WE COULD BE WEARING MASKS IN 2022 _ Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that it’s “possible” Americans will still need to wear masks in 2022 to protect against the coronavirus. The good news he shared is that as we “get into the fall and the winter, by the end of the year, I agree with [President Biden] completely that we will be approaching a degree of normality.”
🎧 CHOIR SINGING IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION _ Here’s some research that’s sure to be music to the ears of folks who love to sing. Choir singing boosts brain function and creates a greater sense of togetherness, particularly in older people. The new study suggests that joining a choir could help fight age-related cognitive decline and “chronic loneliness,” which affects around one in 10 older people.
HEARING IMPAIRMENT ON THE RISE _ A survey of mostly middle-aged adults reveals that among people aged 45 to 54, one in nine shows signs of hearing impairment. The researchers tested hearing in more than 2,800 adults between the ages of 21 to 84. Over that large range, one in seven had lost some degree of hearing, and as expected, the rate of hearing loss increased with age. Almost all of those older than 80 — about 90 percent — had lost some hearing, but the rate had already reached one in nine among adults 45 to 54 years old, the largest age group in the population.
HANDS-OFF PARENTS _ The trouble with “kids these days” may be the parents. One in five US teens say they live with “hands-off” adults who seldom set rules and do little to monitor their behavior. Researchers (Columbia University) claim that “hands-off” teens are four times more likely to smoke, drink and use drugs than teens with “hands-on” parents. The message is “loud and clear” according to the study and it says that Moms and Dads should be parents to their kids instead of pals.
… Hands-off parents put their kids at risk by failing to monitor their activities or academic performance, failing to restrict TV, internet use and gaming, and failing to warn their kids against the use of drugs. Researchers estimate that more than 60% of US teens live in a “hands-off” household.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS ORDER WINDOWS SCREWED SHUT _ Officials at a school in British Columbia (Abbotsford) had windows in the building either screwed shut or blocked from opening wider than a few inches after teachers began using them to compensate for poor ventilation. Teachers at Godson Elementary School had assumed a proper ventilation system was installed throughout the entire school — to maintain airflow and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission — but they were shocked to learn that this wasn’t the case in an older wing of the building. After teachers began opening windows wide to increase airflow in the affected classrooms — despite cold temperatures outside — the school district responded by sending contractors to fix the issue. The move has outraged the teachers’ union, which says ventilation problems are widespread in schools across the province, making school staff anxious about the heightened risk of COVID-19 outbreaks.
U.S. COVID-19 DEATHS SURPASS 500,000 _ COVID-19 has claimed an astonishing number of American lives — surpassing half a million Sunday. The good news is the vaccines are going into arms at a rapid pace — lately around 1.5 million per day. Still, we are nowhere close to vaccinating enough people to achieve herd immunity. Around 70 percent of Americans — possibly even more — must be vaccinated to achieve that goal.
WOMEN DRESS LIKE GRANNIES TO SKIP COVID VACCINE LINE _ Watch out Florida Man, it looks like we’ve got Florida Grannies running around down there now. Two women dressed like grannies tried to skip the line and get the COVID vaccine. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County noticed that two women who showed up to get their second dose of the COVID vaccine “looked funny.” The women were apparently wearing bonnets and gloves, despite the 60-degree temperatures. And while they had vaccination cards showing that they had already received their first dose, employees noticed issues with their names and birth dates not matching up with their identifications. That’s when the police were called in, and it was discovered that the ladies were actually only 34 and 44 years old — and Florida is currently only vaccinating people who are 65 and older. Body camera footage shows police scolding the two wannabe-grannies for jumping the line, telling the women that they’ve “stolen a vaccine from somebody that needs it” more than them, and giving the two not-so-golden girls a trespass warning from the premises. • VIDEO
POLICE SAY DRUNK DRIVER HAD .77 BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL _ There’s drunk driving and then there’s druuunk driving. An Oregon (Madras) driver and hit-and-run suspect crashed Friday afternoon and was found to have a blood alcohol level of .77, more than nine times the legal limit.
SAN FRANCISCO HOUSE MOVED TO NEW LOCATION _ After 139 years at 807 Franklin St. in San Francisco, a two-story Victorian house has a new address. The home was loaded onto giant dollies and moved Sunday to a location six blocks away — at 1 MPH.
… The house moving company had to secure permits from more than 15 city agencies. This particular move was tricky in part because the first part of the journey involved going downhill. Along the route, parking meters were ripped up, tree limbs were trimmed and traffic signs were relocated. The owner of the six-bedroom house paid about $400,000 in fees and moving costs.
ONE THOUSAND SNOWMEN BUILT IN POLAND TO RAISE MONEY FOR TODDLER _ Several dozen people gathered beside a frozen lake in eastern Poland over the weekend to build a thousand snowmen to raise money for a sick toddler. Organizers of the fundraising event (in Korycin) hope to help pay for life-saving treatment for a 21-month old (Bartek Bojarzyński), who has a serious heart defect. The boy needs specialist surgery that can only be performed at a hospital in the United States, and supporters hope to raise over $180,000 to enable him to have the operation, scheduled for April 2.
RESTAURANT OWNER SPENT $2,000 TO PROMOTE HIS COMPETITORS _ A Wisconsin restaurant owner is using his own money to help struggling local restaurants during the pandemic. Adolfo Melendez, owner of Tex-Mex restaurant El Mezcal in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, has purchased more than $2,000 in gift cards to restaurants in his community to raffle off to his customers. As of December 1, 2020, more than 110,000 eating and drinking establishments across the country have closed temporarily or for good as a result of the pandemic, according to the National Restaurant Association.
… Melendez says his restaurant got second place in a local contest for favorite restaurants and his ‘prize’ was having $300 in gift cards purchased from him. At that moment Melendez figured he needed to pay it forward. At the end of last year, he began to buy gift cards from local restaurants in his community and raffling them off to customers on his restaurant’s Facebook page. Winners received $20 gift card to a local restaurant.
PARTS FALL FROM SKY IN PLANE SCARE _ Passengers were settling back into their airplane seats and starting to relax when a huge explosion and flash of light interrupted an in-flight announcement. The Boeing 777-200, headed from Denver to Honolulu on Saturday with 231 passengers and 10 crew aboard, suffered a catastrophic failure in its right engine and flames erupted under the wing as the plane began to lose altitude. On the ground, people in a Denver suburb reacted in horror as huge pieces of the engine casing and chunks of fiberglass rained down on a sports field and on streets and lawns, just missing one home and crushing a truck. The explosion, visible from the ground, left a trail of black smoke in the sky, and tiny pieces of insulation filled the air like ash. The plane landed safely at Denver International Airport, and no one on board or on the ground was hurt. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the airplane experienced a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff.
… Video and images posted on Twitter showed the engine fully engulfed in flames as the plane flew through the air.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: HOW MUCH CAN YOU SPEND WITHOUT CHECKING WITH YOUR SPOUSE? _ What’s the most amount of money one person in a marriage can spend without checking in with the other? Ameriprise Financial released a survey that found the average spending limit that necessitated a conversation was $400.
🗣 What’s the most you can spend without checking with yours spouse?
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAILMAN TOOK MONEY FROM RETURNED MAIL _ A German postman was busted for stealing about $15,000 out of undeliverable mail. The man took mail returned to the post office and went through it to steal any cash inside. The man worked at the lost mail distribution center and was arrested after police found envelopes from stolen mail inside his recycling bin. Money was recovered from the man’s residence.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN COLLECTED CASH, CIGS AT ILLEGAL TOLL _ In China, a guy wanted money. So he set up a makeshift roadblock and started charging a toll to truck drivers. For payment he accepted cash or cigarettes. The man was sentence to some prison time and one year of probation for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles”.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN GIVES FALSE NAME DESPITE HIS TATTOO _ Police in the UK began to suspect that the man they pulled over was lying when he identified himself as James — despite a tattoo with the name Pauly on the back of his neck. After being pulled over for driving erratically, Pauly had identified himself as his brother.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE FIND KITTENS IN ‘SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE’ _ The Butler County, Ohio, bomb squad was called to a church (in New Miami) on Thursday. When the responding officers heard purring instead of ticking in a black bag, they used their X-ray equipment to view what was inside. Six day-old kittens and their mother were found along with a note stating they had been born on Wednesday. The note said the mom’s name is “Sprinkles”. They are being cared for at a local humane society.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR TELLS UK WOMAN ‘IT’S NOT YOUR HOUSE’ _ In the UK a burglar reportedly told his victim that her house was not hers anymore after he spent quite a bit of time drinking and eating during the theft. A court heard that the thief tried to make himself feel at home by consuming food from the fridge. He also took a can of Foster’s lager when he felt the need to quench his thirst. When the owner came home she asked the man what he was doing. He replied, “It’s not your house because I’ve been here all day.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S SCHEME TO GET A DAY OFF ENDS IN ARREST _ An Arizona man found earlier this month near a water tower, his hands bound with a belt and a bandana stuffed in his mouth, had a harrowing tale for police. Brandon Soules told authorities that two masked men knocked him unconscious, put him in a vehicle, and drove him around before dumping him at the tower (in Coolidge). The kidnappers’ motive, he said, was a large amount of money his father had hidden around town. Investigators, however, determined that Soules story was false. As for Soule’s motive for lying: Police say he “made up the story as an excuse to get out of work.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHICKEN FARMER VISITED BY ALIENS WHO LEFT PANCAKES _ This one’s from the Wacky-But-True Wayback Machine: In 1961 a farmer in Wisconsin said that he was visited by the aliens who left him a gift. The 60-year-old said he saw an object land on his farm. He shared that the metallic UFO was like two reversed bowls with “exhaust pipes” on the edge of it. The UFO didn’t land fully on the ground but when the door opened the farmer came in contact with three aliens wearing helmets who seemed to be of “Italian descent.” They gifted him with some pancakes.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD (8p ET, CBS) — New. Dave insists Calvin see a doctor after learning he hadn’t been in nearly a decade. Michael Gladis (Mad Men, and series star Beth Behrs’ husband) guest stars.
THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. The final women’s loved ones arrive at the resort to meet Matt.
ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.
9-1-1 (8p ET, FOX) — New. The team believes their firehouse superstition has come true when they have the day from hell with a never-ending series of bizarre emergency calls.
ALL-AMERICAN (8p ET, CW) — New.
BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. After Tayo forbids Dele from dancing, Abishola enlists Bob’s help in talking to Dele about his feelings.
ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (9p ET, NBC) — New.
ALL RISE (9p ET, CBS) — New. Emily and Sam face off in a case that will determine the fate of a mentally ill young man who attacked his father.
9-1-1: LONESTAR (9p ET, FOX) — New. Owen and T.K. risk their lives to save two brothers trapped in a homemade minefield.
BLACK LIGHTNING (9p ET, CW) — New.
SEASON PREMIERE: SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP (9p ET, Food Network) — Eleven bakers begin season 7 by making farmstand breakfast treats, then they try to impress with a cake and dessert tribute to happy, dancing cows.
SERIES PREMIERE: BEARTOWN (9p ET, HBO) — This new imported drama series, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, explores the role a junior ice-hockey team has in a small community, the secrets that could tear the town apart, the courage it takes to go against the group and the consequences of how we raise our children.
BULL (10p ET, CBS) — New. Bull uses the First Amendment’s freedom of speech to defend a controversial news commentator blamed for a man’s suicide.
THE WALL (10p ET, NBC) — New.
THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. The hospital is hit with a cyberattack threatening to shut down life-saving machines.
BOX OFFICE _ The Croods: A New Age Was the No. 1 movie in North America again over the weekend, earning an additional $1.7 million. Coming in at No. 2 was The Little Things with $1.2 million, followed by Judas and the Black Messiah at No. 3 with $905,000, Wonder Woman 1984 at No. 4 with $805,000 and The Marksman at No. 5 with $775,000.
… One year ago this week the number one movie was Sonic The Hedgehog
… Five years ago this week: Deadpool
… Ten years ago this week: Unknown
… Twenty years ago this week: Hannibal
ARMY OF THE DEAD’ MOVIE TO DEBUT ON NETFLIX MAY 21 _ The zombie-apocalypse film Army of the Dead will debut on Netflix on May 21. Set in Las Vegas, the movie stars Dave Bautista. The story follows a group of mercenaries who “take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.” The project was written and directed by Zack Snyder. The first teaser for the film is coming Thursday. • IMAGE
A STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION REBOOT MOVIE _ There’s a lot of nostalgia for the ’90s going around the Star Trek franchise right now, with Lower Decks paying homage to that era of the franchise and the upcoming Prodigy animated series bringing back Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Janeway. There’s also Picard, a continuation of Star Trek: The Next Generation. But could the movie series follow the trend of the TV shows and switch from rebooting ’60s Trek to TNG?
… That’s what Brent Spiner is expecting. The actor thinks it’s just a matter of time before Paramount gives the Next Generation cast the same treatment they gave Kirk and the rest of the original Enterprise crew and reboot them on the big screen.
SHAQ COLLABORATES WITH FROSTED FLAKES FLAVOR IS COMING _ If you were one of the people who felt cheated when Kellogg’s discontinued their Cinnamon Frosted Flakes release, then buckle up, because the ride isn’t over just yet. The iconic brand, which released Mashups, Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows, and cereal bars all in 2020, just announced the release of a new flavor: Frosted Flakes with Crispy Cinnamon Basketballs.
… Though the cinnamon-flavor aspect of the newest release may not quite be what you had in mind, what is new is the brand’s first collaborative effort with an athlete. Teaming up with superfan and Hall of Fame basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, the one-of-a-kind collaboration marks the first time Tony the Tiger has shared the front of the box with someone else.
… They will be available in April.
JOHN TRAVOLTA LISTS COUNTRY MANOR FOR $5 MILLION _ John Travolta has listed his sprawling estate in Maine for $5 million. The 67-year-old actor has listed the 10,830-square-foot, 20-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom residence in Islesboro, Maine, following the death of his wife, actress Kelly Preston. Preston died of cancer in July of 2020, and according to Variety, Travolta and Preston had already begun to make some changes in their extensive portfolio of real estate holdings prior to her death.
… The massive mansion was built in 1904, but it’s been renovated and meticulously maintained over the years. It boasts a staggering 42 rooms, including a spacious living room with a fieldstone fireplace, a custom-built bar area, a dining room with a fireplace, an oversized kitchen with a walk-in refrigerator and extensive pantries. The first floor also includes an office and a laundry room. The second floor consists of a master bedroom suite that opens onto a private sun porch. That suite has a full bathroom with a claw-foot tub and separate shower. The second floor also features 14 other bedrooms and 4 additional full bathrooms. The entire third floor of the home is made up as a children’s wing, including four themed bedrooms and a full bathroom, a separate schoolhouse, a library, a diner and a built-in theater stage.
What do you put in your chili? February 25 is National Chili Day so here are a bunch of calls to help fire up your local phones. 👏 A big thank you to Jeff Roper for sharing the clips! Share your phoner audio here.
AUDIO FROM MARS
The Mars rover Perceverance has sent back color images, video and even audio.
A choir sings Stayin’ Alive. (2/22 News & Nuggets)
Robert De Niro
GUY CALLS 911 ABOUT SNOW PLOWS
Snow. Anyone else tired of it? Sit back, relax and enjoy this 911 call made by a Canadian guy one year ago this month.
What are the snow shoveling rules for your kids? Here are a few calls to help with the phones.
WHAT PHRASE/SENTENCE ARE YOU SICK OF HEARING?
TOPIC: What phrase or sentence are you sick of hearing? The internet says…
• In these unprecedented times.
• This is how we’ve always done it.
• It’s all part of God’s plan.
• Rules are meant to be broken.
• Time to put on your big boy/big girl pants.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
Every chef right now: Today I’m going to show you how to make something simple with ingredients everyone has in their pantry, since you can’t go to the store. I’m starting with Madagascar vanilla, hemp milk, and a single feather from a dodo bird.
DO YOU TALK TO YOUR CAR?
TOPIC: A survey of drivers found that a majority of them talk to their cars regularly and 20 percent worry about its feelings. Do you talk to your car? When and why?
PEOPLE SHARE THEIR FIRST DATE NIGHTMARES
Soon, hopefully, singles will be going on dates again. People shared their first date stories…
• We met at a Burger King. He walked in with velcro shoes, then kept smiling at an older woman who came in before me. Found out the woman was his mother and she was “supervising” our date.
• She came in, saw me, asked me if I am the person she was set up with and left after she said, “Sorry, I have a boyfriend.”
• The dude was running late and he came in his work outfit. He was wearing a pizza mascot costume.
• He asked me if I could take my shoes off at the restaurant table so he could see my feet.
• He introduced me to the waiter as his fiance, then he was trying to plan our life.
THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY
• About 25 percent of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light.
• In humans, the epidermal layer of skin, which consists of many layers of skin regenerates every 27 days.
• Eating dandelions can make you urinate more.
• Medical reports show that about 18 percent of the population are prone to sleepwalking.
• The aorta, which is largest artery located in the body, is about the diameter of a garden hose.
• You spend about three years of your life in the toilet.
• People whose mouth has a narrow roof are more likely to snore. This is because they have less oxygen going through their nose.
• There are more chickens in the world than people
• Every day, the average person swallows about a quart of snot.
• Manicuring the nails has been done by people for more than 4,000 years.
• The slowest growing finger nail is on the thumb nail and the fastest growing is the finger nail on the middle finger.
TRIVIA: Around the world the average amount of time a person spends on this each day is 1.1 hours. (Travel)
Head and tail are equal;
my middle is barely there.
Right side up or upside down,
the same I do appear.
But if you cut my head off,
nothing would be there.
What am I?
Answer: The number 8.
WHAT’S IN COMMON
What do the following things have in common?
• The cost of living
• An escalator
• An umbrella
• Warm air
• A zipper
Answer: They all go up.
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: “MINNESOTA BUSINESS SELLING SELF-CLEANING ______!”
A Minnesota company called HercLéon has created bed sheets and underwear that you don’t have to wash for months. HercLéon’s entire business model is based around things you don’t need to wash as often and they’ll still smell great. HercLéon sells shirts, socks, and a hat that can be worn over and over and still smell great.
… All of their products, including the underwear, are made with this fabric they call HercFiber, which they claim is a bacteria-fighting fabric. On their site, they talk about how the founder of the company spent years researching this fabric to perfect it. About the company’s underwear, they list out all of the benefits that HercFiber has. They say it fights bacteria, stays cool, stays dry, luxury soft, ultra-durable, and blocks UV waves.
• Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) is 70
• Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) is 56
• Daymond John (Shark Tank) is 52
• Niecy Nash (Reno 911!) is 51
• Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) is 45
• Josh Gad (Frozen, Jobs) is 40
• Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) is 38
• Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place, The Devil Wears Prada) is 38
• Dakota Fanning is 27
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1991: President George H.W. Bush announced that the allied ground offensive against Iraqi forces had begun.
• 1997: Scientists in Scotland announced they had cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.
• 2005: In Berlin, Germany, an unidentified man broke into a car. He was hard at work trying to pry the car’s radio out of the dash but it turned out to be an exhausting job and before long he was sound asleep. And that’s how the cops found him, still clutching his screwdriver.
• 2014: The Sochi Winter Olympics ended. On this last day of the competitions, Canada beat Sweden in men’s hockey.
• Curling is Cool Day
• Diesel Engine Day
• Tootsie Roll Day
• Play Tennis Day
• Banana Bread Day