• Alan Arkin is 87
• James Caan is 81
• Nancy Pelosi is 81
• Diana Ross is 77
• Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 73
• Singer-actor Vicki Lawrence is 72
• Martin Short is 71
• TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 64
• Ellia English (Curb Your Enthusiasm) is 62
• Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) is 61
• Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) is 55
• Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, This Is 40) is 49
• T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) is 48
• Keira Knightley is 36
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1982: A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was held in Washington, DC.
• 1997: In San Diego, California, 39 Heaven’s Gate cultists committed mass suicide at their compound.
• 1999: The “Melissa worm” infected Microsoft word processing and email systems around the world.
• 2000: Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.
• 2003: Tony Evans of Swansea, Wales, dropped the world’s largest rubber band ball out of an airplane over the Mojave Desert in Arizona to see if it would bounce. It didn’t. The one-ton record breaking ball took 20 seconds to drop a mile and stayed firmly rooted in the crater it created. Evans had spent five years building the ball.
• 2009: A chopstick lodged in a martial arts master’s stomach during a training stunt 20 years ago was removed. Wing Ma of China accidentally swallowed the 7 inch stick while trying to condition his body to take pain. He says, “It never came out the other end. I forgot about it until I started to get pains in my stomach.” That’s when he went to see a doctor to have it removed.
• 2012: Canadian filmmaker James Cameron became the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth, in over 50 years.
• 2019: The stolen Pablo Picasso painting “Buste de Femme” was recovered after 20 years by a Dutch art detective.
• 2020: U.S. cases of COVID-19 exceed all other countries on this date.
• Leonard Nimoy Day / Live Long and Prosper Day. Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston on March 26, 1931. To pay honor the city has just declared that the actor’s birth date would, from now on, be “Leonard Nimoy Day.” For years March 26 has also been known as Live Long and Prosper Day.
• Legal Assistants Day
• Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
• Purple Day
• Spinach Day
SATURDAY, MARCH 27
• Michael York is 79. Quentin Tarantino is 58. Pauley Perrette is 52. Mariah Carey is 51. Nathan Fillion is 50. Fergie is 46. Emily Ann Lloyd is 37. Jessie J is 33.
• Be Mad Day. Scribble Day. World Theatre Day. World Whisky Day. Joe Day.
SUNDAY, MARCH 28
• Dianne Wiest is 75. Country singer Reba McEntire is 66. Alexandra Billings (Transparent) is 59. Rapper Salt of Salt-N-Pepa is 55. Tracey Needham is 54. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 52. Vince Vaughn is 51. Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) is 49. Kate Gosselin is 46. Julia Stiles is 40. Lady Gaga is 35.
• Palm Sunday. Something on a Stick Day. Weed Appreciation Day. Black Forest Cake Day.
29,000: Americans injured every year by refrigerators.
It could take weeks to dislodge a ship blocking the Suez Canal. [The story is so crazy it can only mean one thing — some kids born later this year will most definitely be named Suez.]
President Biden held his first formal news conference. [He didn’t nod off, but I did.]
A bill on the desk of Georgia’s governors would make it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food or water. [So when you go to vote in Georgia, bring a life-size cutout of yourself so it can hold your place in line while you go get something to drink.]
A study found 56 percent of teens text while driving. [The other 44 percent are doing TikTok videos.]
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.]
Research found that strenuous 4-second workouts throughout the day are good for you. [So when the (DoorDash/GrubHub) guy shows up with your breakfast donuts, run to the door. When he shows up with your lunch tacos, run to the door…]
A third of pet-owning married women say their pets are better listeners than their husbands. [Maybe, ladies, it’s because you never give your husbands a Kong full of peanut butter.]
A study found most yogurt is not as healthy as most of us think. [Particularly Dannon’s Cookies ‘N Cream with Rainbow Sprinkles.]
PEPSI AND PEEPS JOIN FORCES FOR MARSHMALLOW SODA _ Peeps has partnered with Pepsi to create Marshmallow Cola, which comes in a three-pack of little 7.5-oz. cans. These won’t be available on grocery store shelves this year, but fans can enter the sweepstakes to win some by hashtagging #HangingWithMyPEEPS on their social media photos. More specifically, the prompt tells you to share photos enjoying your favorite springtime activities — “in a safe, socially distant manner.” The cans come in blue, pink, and yellow, although there is no difference in flavor — they each taste like marshmallows. • IMAGE
IS THAT SHIP STILL STUCK IN THE SUEZ CANAL? _ On March 23 a huge container ship got stuck in the Suez Canal. All shipping traffic is currently interrupted. Ships that decide to go around will take nine days longer for US destinations and 14 days longer for European destinations. Built n 2018, the ship Ever Given is 400 meters long and 59 meters wide. Over $9.5 billion in daily ship traffic is currently interrupted.
… If you’d like to see if the ship is still stuck, someone’s created the website IsItStillStuck.com.
… The ship’s name is Ever Given, not Evergreen like it’s written on its side. It’s operated by Evergreen Marine.
ITCHING IS CONTAGIOUS _ Scientists have proven that itching really can be contagious. In a condition known as itch transmission, researchers have shown that the sensation of an itch can be caught visually in the same way as yawning. They found that simply watching a video of someone else scratching was enough to induce and intensify itching in volunteers. Dermatologists (Wake Forest University School of Medicine) believe itching becomes contagious because the brain becomes hypersensitive when someone nearby scratches and so misinterprets any kind of physical sensation on our skin as an itch.
FENWAY PARK IS A BIG PART OF THEIR LIVES _ Donna and Tom Wall met in 1967 at a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. He was an usher, she was a Red Sox fan there to see the game. They were both 16. Four years later Tom proposed to Donna at another game, again at Fenway. He hid the engagement ring in her popcorn and she “ate her way to the engagement ring.” They had their 35th anniversary party at Fenway also. Then something else lined up just right: Fenway was one of the choices the city gave them for their COVID-19 vaccinations, and the Walls, now 70 and retired, were able to get appointments at the park. Donna says it “all came full circle.”
SQUIRREL STEALS PACKAGE FROM PORCH IN CHICAGO _ A Chicago family sitting on their front porch witnessed an unusual porch pirate. Noemi Gutierrez said she was on her porch with her family when they spotted a squirrel approaching an Amazon package that had just been dropped off to a building across the street. Gutierrez’s mother recorded video as the squirrel grabbed the package and carried it to the roof of the building. Gutierrez said the squirrel is suspected to be the same animal that stole her tortillas from her porch earlier in March. • VIDEO
… 🗣 TOPIC: Have you been hit recently by porch pirates — either the two- or four-legged type?
EX-BOSS DUMPS OVER 90,000 OILY PENNIES IN MAN’S DRIVEWAY _ After months of waiting, Andreas Flaten says he finally got the $915 his former employer owed him — but it wasn’t a check or cash. Instead, the Georgia man says, his ex-boss dumped a massive pile of more than 90,000 greasy pennies at the end of his driveway. Flaten put in his two-weeks notice at A OK Walker Luxury Autoworks in November but had trouble getting his final paycheck. Flaten said the pennies, which now sit in his garage inside a large wheelbarrow, weigh just over 500 pounds and are covered in what appears to be motor oil. Atop the mound was a note with an expletive scrawled across it.
… When asked about the pennies, the ex-boss said he “doesn’t really remember” dumping them at Flaten’s house but said it didn’t matter either way because “he got paid, that’s all that matters.” Flaten said he left his job at the auto shop last year due to a toxic work environment. Other former employees made similar complaints. • VIDEO
BUSCH PARTNERS WITH FARMERS TO GIVE COUPLES THEIR DREAM BARN WEDDING _ In 2019, Busch Beer began offering the ultimate wedding experience, but had to change things up in 2020 due to the pandemic — settling for giving couples beer for a year. This year, Busch is ready to get things rolling again by offering wedding venues to couples who are having a hard time finding venues due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The company will be converting some of the most scenic farmland known to man into amazing outdoor wedding venues for the month of July.
… After many long searches, they’ve found locations in Idaho and North Dakota. Busch is offering the venues to three couples, while the company will pay for the venue as well provide the cash to guarantee an incredible wedding day. This also includes a wedding planner, and covering the cost of catering and entertainment. Not to mention all the Busch Beer you can drink.
… All couples who are interested need to share on social media how “Busch Beer brings them and their partner together,” and use the hashtags #BuschFarmWedding and #Contest.
MAN WINS $1M LOTTERY JACKPOT 3 MONTHS AFTER COLLECTING $150K PRIZE _ Lottery officials like to say you can’t win if you don’t play. And a Portland, Oregon, man likes to play — and win. Joshua Park collected a $1 million jackpot from the Oregon Lottery’s 2021 Raffle just three months after winning $150,000 from a scratch-off ticket.
HANG ON TO THAT COVID-19 VACCINATION CARD _ Proof of vaccination may allow us to begin resuming our normal activities in the near future. The precious paper card contains vital information including the brand of vaccine you received and the dates you were immunized. According to public health experts, it’s crucial to keep that information handy in case you need it to prove your vaccination status, or to streamline possible future booster shots. The cards might also act as a “vaccine passport,” making something like international travel easier by avoiding requirements for quarantine or testing.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: SPOUSES SNOOPING ON EMAILS AND TEXTS _ A fifth of spouses admit checking their partner’s emails or text messages. The report also found that in a fifth of relationships, at least one partner had checked their spouse’s browser history on the computer.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNPROFESSIONAL BURGLARS _ In Poland two burglars were determined to break into a house but must not have been professionals. First, they parked in the driveway instead of on the street, which would make it easier to get away quickly. Then they broke in through a window on the front of the house, instead of a less visible back window. To make matters worse, the owners came home while the burglars were inside and immediately realized that someone had broken into their house. So they parked their car behind the burglars’ car in the driveway and called the cops. The robbers, realizing they couldn’t go out the front door, escaped out the back door and ran for several blocks. Thinking they were home free, they flagged down what they thought was a taxi — but it was an unmarked cop car on the way to the burgled house.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NOT A GOOD START TO A MARRIAGE _ A perfectly planned wedding in Swaziland (Eswatini) was interrupted because a detective was looking for something: the wedding rings. It turns out that the groom bought the wedding rings with a check that bounced. So, mid-ceremony the detective went in and repossessed the wedding rings at the very point when they were to exchange vows.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 60-FOOT-LONG WORM WAS FOUND IN A PATIENT’S ABDOMEN _ In Thailand, a 60-foot-long worm was found in the stomach of a patient. The patient arrived at the hospital with a complaint of abdominal pain, where doctors performed some tests and obtained samples for the lab. When the report came, it was revealed that the patient had several worms several feet long and 28 eggs in his stomach The next day a 60-foot-long worm came out of his stomach.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN AWAKES TO INTRUDER HOLDING GUN TO HEAD, DEMANDING HIS CATS _ In Michigan (Houghton County in the U.P.) a man awoke just after 4AM to find another man pointing a gun at his head. The man holding the gun demanded the homeowner give him two cats that lived there. The man, who broke into the home without permission, took one of the cats before leaving. Police believe the suspect knew the homeowner prior to the home invasion. He was located by police a short time later. It is unknown if the cat has been located following the suspect’s arrest.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLORIDA MOM SHOWS UP TO DAUGHTER’S SCHOOL TO FIGHT A STUDENT _ A Florida mom, Edith Riddle, showed up to her daughter’s middle school for a meeting with the vice principal. But after the meeting, while on “their way out,” the mother and her daughter apparently went to hunt down a 12-year-old student. Riddle’s daughter pushed the girl down and began throwing punches before mom, who was apparently wearing a boxing glove, also jumped in on the action. The victim received a few bumps and bruises and Riddle was charged with child abuse.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE STOP MOTORCYCLE WITH HAND-PAINTED LICENSE PLATE _ Police in Ontario said an officer pulled over a motorcyclist whose license plate didn’t quite look official. The hand-painted plate was marked for Ontario, but featured the slogan “Live Free or Die” from license plates issued by the U.S. state of New Hampshire. And the slogan misspelled the word “free.” The license plate was confiscated just under two weeks after police in the same area stopped a vehicle with a similarly handmade license plate.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ONE DAY, ONE MAN, THREE ARRESTS _ A New York state trooper pulled over a Jeep just before 8AM for minor violations, and found the driver was using a suspended license. Well, that and the car he was driving was stolen. Well, that and he was allegedly carrying cocaine. The 29-year-old was arrested, booked, issued a summons, and released. Hours later the trooper pulled over a Honda for traffic violations and immediately recognized the driver — but he was acting differently. It was the same 29-year-old and this time he was allegedly impaired by drugs — and allegedly in possession of more cocaine, and heroin. He was again arrested, booked, issued a summons, and released. Hours later, another trooper pulled over a Jeep for traffic violations. Yep, the same guy again: this time charged with drug-impaired driving, and felony aggravated unlicensed driving. He was again arrested, issued a summons, and released.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: VASECTOMY MAYHEM _ The NCAA is concerned that a trademark approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will “result in confusion, mistake or deception with … the goods and services marketed in connection with” the college athletic organization. And what does the NCAA think consumers might mix up with the basketball “March Madness”? “Vasectomy Mayhem.” Virginia Urology, a medical practice in Richmond, has suggested in advertising that college basketball fans get their snips in time to recover while watching the basketball tournament. It even ran an ad touting “Hoops Madness,” with basketballs in place of the the Os.
MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. Mac and Riley inadvertently inhale new deadly microscopic technology.
SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — New. Products include a unique vegan take on a beloved drink, an electric bike company and an update on Prime 6, a sustainable charcoal company.
THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Task Force searches for a “treasure man” who uses geocaching to hide illicit goods and facilitate transactions.
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.
MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. A married woman asks Magnum and Higgins to find her lover’s killer because she doesn’t want to expose the affair, but they find that the victim wasn’t who he claimed to be.
20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — New.
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (9p ET, CW) — New.
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Baez confides in Danny and asks for his help in proving her innocence after she finds a corpse in her front yard.
CMT CROSSROADS (10p ET, CMT) — In this new edition, Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price exchange stories and songs.
SERIES PREMIERE: THE MIGHTY DUCKS: GAME CHANGERS (Disney+) — Emilio Estevez returns for this 10-episode series that picks up 30 years after the 1992 film. The Ducks have become the bad guys, turning into a team of winners who lack boundaries. When 12-year-old Evan (Brady Morrow) gets dropped by the team, Gordon (Estevez) steps in to form a new team that plays for the love of the game. Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood) also stars.
BAD TRIP (Netflix) — Eric Andre, Tiffany Haddish, and Lil Rel Howery star in this hidden camera road trip comedy. It follows two best friends as they head out cross-country and pull hilarious, inventive pranks.
GODZILLA VS. KONG (HBO Max) — The legendary figures do battle again in this 2021 film. Kyle Chandler, Rebecca Hall and Millie Bobby Brown star.
INVINCIBLE (Amazon Prime) — This animated adaptation of the long-running comic of the same name revolves around a teenager named Mark Grayson (voiced by Steven Yeun), the son of Deborah (Sandra Oh) and Nolan Grayson (J.K. Simmons). Mark’s dad happens to be a superhero from an alien planet, and Mark’s own superpowers kick in right at the start of the series as he’s introduced to the very grown-up world of protecting the Earth. Other voice stars include Mark Hamill, Seth Rogen, Walton Goggins, and Jon Hamm.
SEASON PREMIERE: SOLAR OPPOSITES (Hulu) — Season 2 of this animated sci-fi comedy begins.
A WEEK AWAY (Netflix) — This inspirational 2021 musical romance follows troubled teen Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn), whose run-in with the law makes him choose whether to go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. At first very out of place, Will opens his heart and finds love with a camp regular (Bailee Madison) and a sense of belonging.
THE IRREGULARS (Netflix) — This supernatural mystery series, set in Victorian-era London, follows a group of scrappy teens solving crimes, all led by the sinister Dr. Watson (Royce Pierreson). As they search for answers about their own pasts, they find that only the mysterious Sherlock (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) can help.
NCAA TOURNAMENT (2:30p ET, CBS and TBS) — The Sweet 16 gets underway. The first 2 games are on CBS, the later games on TBS.
52ND NAACP IMAGE AWARDS (8p ET, CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1) — Regina King, Trevor Noah, Viola Davis, Tyler Perry and rapper D-Nice are up for entertainer of the year. The virtual ceremonies will also recognize winners in more than 60 categories in the fields of television and streaming, music, literature, film and activism.
TINA (8p ET, HBO and HBO Max) — This new documentary about the life and career of Tina Turner combines archival footage with present-day interviews, including with Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey and the playwright Katori Hall, who was the lead book writer for the recent musical Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. Maya Rudolph hosts, with musical guest Jack Harlow.
THE FOOD CITY DIRT RACE (3:30p ET, FOX) — For Bristol’s first race of the year, the .533-mile concrete track has been converted to a dirt one, so for the first time since 1970, the NASCAR Cup Series will run a dirt race.
NCAA TOURNAMENT (2p ET, CBS and TBS) — The Sweet 16 continues, with the early games on CBS, the last 2 on TBS.
THE EQUALIZER (8p ET, CBS) — New. McCall tries to locate a missing British mathematician and finds herself embroiled in an international fight for a revolutionary financial technology.
AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — New. The contestants showcase their talent by performing with a band for their last chance to make it into the coveted top 24.
ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS AWARDS WITH AARP THE MAGAZINE (8p ET, PBS) — Hoda Kotb hosts this awards show, which took place earlier this month and honors films (and TV for the first time) made by and for grownups. Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and director Lee Daniels are among the winners. Highlights of the two-hour show include Kotb’s interview with Career Achievement recipient George Clooney and virtual speeches by many of the other winners.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New. To rescue Joelle from further torture by the Russians, Callen and NCIS must offer up Anna as bait to Katya.
ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New. Zoey’s effort to recreate a cherished memory with Mitch is thwarted by Leif.
THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New. Daryl and Carol head their separate ways; Carol returns to Alexandria, while Daryl stays on the road.
GOOD GIRLS (10p ET, NBC) — New. Phoebe inches closer to the trio’s entire operation, which allows the Secret Service to make an interesting deal with Beth.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Sabastian’s life is in danger when a criminal he put behind bars escapes police custody.
THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Nolan, Harper and Lopez are assigned to the kidnapping of the son of a criminal court judge.
THE TALKING DEAD (10p ET, AMC) — New. Melissa McBride, Cooper Andrews, Drew Scott and David Boyd discuss this week’s episode.
SEASON PREMIERE: CITY ON A HILL (10p ET, Showtime) — In season 2, FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) is trying to salvage his career by trading on the city’s flawed criminal justice system, with assistant D.A. Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) his formidable opponent.
IN THEATERS TODAY _ In some theaters and/or on VOD.
• Godzilla vs. Kong with Kyle Chandler, Rebecca Hall, Millie Bobby Brown (HBO Max)
• Nobody with Bob Odenkirk (Theaters)
• The Father with Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman (VOD)
• Shoplifters of the World (Theaters + VOD)
• Six Minutes to Midnight with James D’Arcy, Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard (Theaters)
• Tina with Angela Bassett, Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey (HBO Max)
JESSICA WALTER DIES _ Jessica Walter, the award-winning actress whose career spanned five decades, passed away in her sleep at home in New York City on Wednesday. Walter’s career included parts on Trapper John M..D., Streets of San Francisco, and Arrested Development, where she played Lucille Bluth. She also voiced Malory Archer on FXX’s animated series Archer.
PRINCE’S ASHES TO BE PLACED ON DISPLAY _ Nearly five years ago, the legendary Prince unexpectedly passed away. To mark the somber occasion, the singer’s Minnesota estate, Paisley Park, will open its doors to the public, for free, to celebrate his legacy. The estate, which Prince hailed as his creative sanctuary, will also put his ashes on display for those who wish to pay their respects. According to the Paisley Park website, the memorial opens at 9AM local time on April 21 so fans can honor Prince on the fifth anniversary of his death. While the event is free of charge, advance tickets are required to enter.
DAVE CHAPELLE REQUIRING COVID-19 TESTS AT LIVE SHOWS _ Comedian Dave Chappelle has a couple of shows coming up at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut, but admission will require more than the price of a ticket. All attendees to the shows, scheduled for tonight (March 26) and tomorrow will be be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test at the door, regardless of whether or not they’ve been vaccinated. If the test is positive for any attendee and their family member, they will be denied entry to the show.
TOM CRUISE PUT HIS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR RANCH UP FOR SALE _ Tom Cruise just put his massive ranch up for sale for far more money than any other property located in the area. It’s going to take a very special kind of buyer to take the estate off his hands, as Tom Cruise is asking $39.5 million, while the properties surrounding him are valued around the $1.9 million price range.
… This ranch is enormous, spanning over 320 acres. The main residence is a 10,000 square foot mansion, and there’s also a 1,512 square foot guest house on the property. In order to reach the home, guests must journey up a 1-mile long driveway.
… Apparently any potential buyers would get a great discount on the property. According to Sotheby’s Realty, Cruise tried listing this estate for $59 million in 2014 and seems to be willing to let it go for just $39.5 million on a quick sale.
MEGHAN AND HARRY’S ROYAL EXIT GETTING A LIFETIME MOVIE _ With all the headlines Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been making lately, we aren’t surprised at all by this latest news. A Lifetime movie about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s dramatic royal exit is on the way. This is the third Lifetime movie so far about Meghan and Harry’s relationship — the first, A Royal Romance, debuted in 2018, with the follow-up, Becoming Royal, premiering a year later. Lifetime claims the third movie will cover “what really happened” that made Meghan and Harry walk away from royal life.
LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME HALTS PRODUCTION AGAIN OVER A POSITIVE COVID TEST _ Law & Order: Organized Crime has halted production a gain over a positive COVID-19 test. It’s not clear how long the pause will last, but the positive test occurred among the zone that includes the cast. The Law & Order: SVU spinoff had to halt production last month over a positive test.
STAR WARS DEATH STAR WRISTWATCH COSTS $150K _ If you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan who also collects watches, there’s a new time piece for your collection. It’s the Lucasfilm-authorized Death Star wristwatch from Swiss design studio Kross Studio.
… Here’s the description: “Like the powerful battle station itself, the masterpiece of 281 components highlights notable technical innovations. The hour hand embodies an Imperial-Class Star Destroyer, the bane of the rebellion, while the minute hand appears as a Super-Class Star Destroyer, one of the most powerful Empire vessels. The captivating tourbillon cage represents the northern hemisphere of the Death Star, making one revolution per minute. On the surface of the Death Star-inspired Tourbillon, a green superlaser cannon stands reminiscent of the space station’s kyber crystal enabled power.”
… Price: $150,000. • LINK
WORST WEDDING GIFTS
When you talk about the Busch beer wedding story (March 26 News & Nuggets) move into wedding gifts — then share your personal worst wedding gift experience. Here’s a call to help with the phones.
APRIL FOOLS’ DAY
A big collection of April Fools’ Day drops.
Chandra Observatory images turned into sound. (March 25 News & Nuggets)
APRIL FOOLS’ DAY
Here are some April Fools’ Day jokes that won’t get you fired.
THINGS A HUSBAND SHOULD NEVER DO IN FRONT OF HIS WIFE
One of The Stir’s ladybloggers says a husband should never do these things in front of their wife.
• Spit in the sink: What is it with men and spitting. Hock a loogie on your own time, dude. And then they just leave it there in the sink, like a blob of jelly. GROSS.
• Pee in the shower: “It’s just going right down the drain, honey.” Sorry. No. I don’t want to see it. Wrap a towel around your butt and pee into the receptacle that is made for your pee. Then flush, please.
• Fart: Sorry, but really. I don’t want anything to do with this. I know some women think it’s cute or funny, but not I. Do your business in the bathroom, please. I don’t want to know how often you pass gas because it will make me SO much less likely to want to get it on with you later.
• Wipe his rear: I don’t want to see any man pooping. Ever.
• Pick his nose: For some reason some men pick their noses when they drive. Look around sometime while you are driving. Look into the other cars. Why?
🗣 TOPIC: What’s your husband do in front of you that you wish he wouldn’t?
U.S. STATE SLOGANS
How well do you know state slogans?
• Which state is known as Vacationland — Maine or Florida? (Maine)
• Which state’s slogan is Full of Surprises — Illinois or Connecticut? (Connecticut)
• America at its Best is the slogan for which state — New York or Tennessee? (Tennessee)
• So Much to Discover is the slogan for North Carolina or Ohio? (Ohio)
• Which state declares itself as a Sportsman’s Paradise — Florida or Louisiana? (Louisiana)
• Which state declares itself The Hospitality State — Mississippi or Texas? (Mississippi)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STARBUCKS
Starbucks turns 50 on Tuesday. The first Starbucks was opened in Seattle, Washington, on March 30, 1971.
• English teacher Jerry Baldwin, history teacher Zev Siegl, and writer Gordon Bowker opened the first Starbucks at 2000 Western Avenue in Seattle, Washington. It was located there from 1971-1975 before moving to 1912 Pike Place, where it remains to this day.
• The name is taken from Moby Dick; after Pequod was rejected by one of the co-founders, the company was named for the first mate on the Pequod, Starbuck.
• Starbucks didn’t start out as a beverage place. It was a place to buy beans, though they did give away free samples.
• Though Starbucks has been around since 1971, it wasn’t aggressive about expansion until 1987, when the company came under the ownership of chairman Howard Schulz. At that time, there were only nine Starbucks stores.
• Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world with over 30,600 stores.
• Starbucks purchases over 650 million pounds of coffee beans each year.
• The company buys coffee from more than 30 different countries.
CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE SEEN ON SOMEONE’S CAR
Here’s a photo you’re welcome to use, sent to us by a friend. Fun topic: Craziest thing you’ve seen being hauled on someone’s car.
SPY THE LIE
• On average it takes an hour to climb the stairs to the top of the Empire State Building. (LIE. Over two hours.)
• The first Starbucks to open outside of North American was in Tokyo.
• One in five men say they’ve taken coworker’s food from an office fridge.
ANSWER WRONG AND WIN
• Name a fruit you have to peel before eating.
• Name an animal that lives in a shell.
• The Statue of Liberty holds a book in one hand and what in the other?
• What government department is in charge of collecting taxes?
• In football, how many yards are there between end zones?
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: “FLORIDA FAMILY FINDS DEAD ______ INSIDE THEIR CLOTHES DRYER!”
A) Sweat sock
After their clothes dryer began blowing out a lot of lint, a Florida family called a repairman. After looking into the problem the repairman stood up and said, “There’s a dead snake in there.” While it’s not common, snakes can find their way into dryers. Usually a grate will prevents snakes and other animals from entering the dryer through the vent but this home didn’t have one.
• Comedian Eric Idle is 78
• Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter) is 66
• Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is 66
• Christopher Lambert (Highlander) is 64
• Amy Sedaris is 60
• Elle Macpherson is 58
• Annabella Sciorra (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) is 57
• Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) is 53
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1951: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.
• 1973: Vietnam War: The last United States soldiers left South Vietnam.
• 1984: In the middle of the night, the NFL’s Baltimore Colts packed there belongings and move all operations to Indianapolis.
• 1991: City officials in Encinitas, California, warned that children had begun a dangerous activity by venturing into sewers searching for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
• 1995: M&M’s announced that voters had chosen blue as the new color to be added to their candy.
• 2001: Chuck Sozio of Melrose, Massachusetts, won a whole set of appliances because he had the oldest operating Frigidaire in the U.S. and Canada. Sozio’s fridge, made from wood and porcelain, was still operating after 77 years. He still used it in his garage.
• 2007: After receiving complaints from neighbors, Seattle Animal Shelter staffers found 110 parakeets in a cage in the living room of a one-bedroom apartment.
• 2020: Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warned America may see between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths from COVID-19.
• Mom and Pop Business Owner’s Day
• National Vietnam War Veterans Day
• World Piano Day
• Chiffon Cake Day