• Reality star Si Robertson (Duck Dynasty) is 73
• Ace Frehley (Kiss) is 70
• Sheena Easton is 62
• Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) is 45
• Sheila Vand (24: Legacy) is 36
• Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who) is 35
• Lizzo is 33
• Emily Rios (Breaking Bad) is 32
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1865: The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom were Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons.
• 1974: 10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon.
• 1981: The computer mouse was introduced.
• 1982: John W. Hinckley Jr. went on trial in Washington, D.C., in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan. He was acquitted by reason of insanity.
• 1999: Argentine police arrested a blind man driving a pickup truck with the help of his 13-year-old daughter and charge him with dangerous conduct. Police say the man was driving fairly well, had recently gone blind from diabetes, and had a valid driver’s license.
• 2006: Construction began on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.
• 2011: The 24-hour period from 8 AM, April 27, to 8 AM, April 28, saw more tornadoes in a day — 226 — than in any other period in U.S. history. This day was part of a larger outbreak from April 25-28, called the “2011 Super Outbreak.”
• 2014: George Clooney and his girlfriend, British attorney Amal Alamuddin, became engaged. They married September 27, 2014.
• 2020: Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 passed 3 million.
• Morse Code Day
• Little Pampered Dog Day
• Prime Rib Day
• Tell A Story Day
47,000: Car dealers in the U.S.
Education researchers say the subject kids most had trouble with while attending school from home was mathematics. [I used to be clueless about math, but I turned that around 360 degrees.]
Carrie Ann Inaba says she’s taking a break from The Talk because “health is the most important thing.” [Which is why, too, am announcing today that I am taking a break from radio. I’ve talked it over with (station) management and they assure me as long as I’m back here by 5AM tomorrow they will support me 100%.]
Critics of California’s governor have gathered enough signatures to force a recall election. [I experience the humiliation of a recall election in high school when I was forced to give up my title of class clown.]
Auction house Sotheby’s just sold a pair of Nike Air Yeezys for a record $1.8 million. [Laces not included.]
Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is almost $300 million. [That’s the kind of jackpot I could hold on to for 3 or 4 years before blowing the last dime and having to find another radio job.]
The European Union could be allowing visitors from the US this summer — as long as they’ve been fully vaccinated. [And not just for COVID, but also mumps, measles and kooties.]
The world is now a world leader in vaccinations. [And mask littering.]
The Census Bureau says there are now 331 million people in the U.S. [And we’re all sharing just 54 Netflix passwords.]
MEGA MILLIONS ALMOST $300 MILLION _ Tonight’s (Tuesday) Mega Millions jackpot is $297 million.
THE DEADLIEST ROADS IN AMERICA _ Nearly 40,000 people in the United States die every year in car accidents. That’s a traffic fatality rate of 12.4 deaths per 100,000 people. And while you should exercise caution anytime you get behind the wheel, there are certain stretches of highway in the U.S. proven to be especially dangerous, according to recent research (from Teletrac Navman).
… The UK-based software company analyzed data for the most recent three-year period available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find out which U.S. highway experiences the most deaths per mile of road. The deadliest road in America is I-4 from Tampa to Daytona Beach, Florida with 1.13 deaths per mile.
… Next is I-45 from Galveston, Texas to Dallas with .91 deaths per mile.
… Then it’s Route 192 from Four Corners, Florida to Indialantic, Florida with .87 deaths per mile.
… Fourth on the list is I-17 from Phoenix to Flagstaff, Arizona with .71 deaths per mile.
… And finally it’s Route 92 from St. Petersburg, Florida to Daytona Beach with .71 deaths per mile.
NIKE AIR YEEZYS SELL FOR $1.8 MILLION, SETTING RECORD _ Auction house Sotheby’s just made history with its latest sneaker transaction. After setting a record for the most expensive shoe ever sold last year, the company has landed another record-breaking sale. Sotheby’s sold the Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Grammy” sample for a whopping $1.8 million to sneaker investing platform Rares.
… The auction house revealed it had acquired the shoe earlier this month and was making it available for purchase only through a private sale. Sotheby’s initially anticipated the shoe would fetch around the $1 million range.
A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WILL PROBABLY DIE DURING MARS MISSIONS _ The problem with leaders in the public eye is a lack of honesty. Too many are afraid to say something honest because it will mean their company’s stock prices will fall, or they won’t get re-elected. Then there’s Elon Musk, who has almost the most money in the world and isn’t running for office (yet).
… In a recent interview the Tesla and SpaceX founder was blunt about the dangers of traveling to Mars: “We don’t make anyone go. It’s volunteers only.” Makes sense. After all, it’s likely to be a three year mission.
… Also, Musk was honest about the danger of a trip to Mars: “You may not come back alive.” That’s only part of the sentence, but at least Musk is being honest about the dangers of going to the Red Planet. What he said, in full, was: “If an arduous and dangerous journey where you may not come back alive, but it’s a glorious adventure, sounds appealing, Mars is the place.”
VENUS WILLIAMS SIGNS DEAL TO BE THE FACE OF PLANT-BASED LIFESTYLE SITE _ Venus Williams has signed a deal to be the face of an online hub for “the plant-based lifestyle.” It’s one of the results of her career-altering battle with Sjögren’s syndrome, according to the tennis legend. After struggling on the court for several months, Williams was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 2011. The condition left her “overwhelmed with fatigue.” Williams has credited the transition to a plants-only diet with helping her recover and return to her athletic peak.
… Now she’s signed up to be the Brand Ambassador for PlantX, an online store for plant-based products. It also aims to foster a community for people with a plants-only diet.
TERRIFYING NEW SPECIES OF SPIDER DISCOVERED IN MIAMI _ Scientists have found a new species of spider in Miami that looks like a ‘small shiny black tarantula’ and has venom that induces painful stings just like a bee. The Pine Rockland trapdoor spider (Ummidia richmond) was first found by a zookeeper in the grounds of Zoo Miami in Florida.
… With legs extended, the male is approximately one inch wide, while the female is estimated to be two to three times larger.
… Ummidia is a trapdoor spider — meaning it lives in a burrow with a hinged cover like a trapdoor to hide from predators and snatch unlucky prey. Spiders of this type can live for decades in the same burrow for their entire life.
… Zoo Miami staff found the specimen back in 2012, in the pine rockland forest that surrounds the zoo. Staff took a photo of the specimen and shared it with the zoo’s conservation and research department for identification — but it didn’t match any existing records for known species in the region. More than two years later, another spider was found and sent out to experts for an evaluation. Eventually, it made its way to Dr. Rebecca Godwin of Piedmont College in Georgia who confirmed that it was a previously undescribed species.
AVERAGE ADULT STARTS TO FEEL STRESSED IF THEY ARE SEVEN MINUTES LATE _ The average adult starts to feel stressed if they are just seven minutes late for a social event or meeting. A survey of 2,000 adults believe “early is on time,” with one quarter admitting they are “obsessed” with time keeping.
… In the survey, anything past eight minutes is classified as “late,” and 67 percent plan ahead to ensure they are never running behind schedule.
… 46 percent swear by being early, with a quarter believing no amount of time is acceptable to be late.
JUNK FOOD, EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS, CAN STUNT GROWTH IN CHILDREN _ Junk food warnings typically relate to one’s heart health or risk for obesity, but a new study says munching on processed, sugary snacks poses a serious threat to the bones of growing kids. Researchers (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) found that highly-processed foods can stunt skeletal growth and leave children with weaker bones — even in small amounts.
MILITARY LEADER: DRONES DROPPING EXPLOSIVES IS OF BIG CONCERN _ While we wait for the long-promised arrival of our burritos and groceries to be delivered by drone, the U.S. military is worrying about drones and bombs. The commander of U.S. Central Command said that the recent use of a weaponized drone to attack U.S. forces with explosives underscores one of his greatest concerns.
… On April 14, a drone carried TNT near U.S. forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The drone dropped the explosives but no one was injured in the blast.
… Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said, “Those things concern me greatly because our air defense system and our Patriots and our other radars, they’re very good at seeing the larger objects … the smaller drone is a problem, and smaller drone is the future of warfare, and we need to get ahead of that right now.”
NASA’S MARS HELICOPTER TRAVELS FARTHER AND FASTER ON ITS THIRD FLIGHT _ NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter just completed a much more ambitious third flight. The Mars aircraft ventured about 164 feet north of its home base at a speed of about 4.5MPH. That may not sound like much, but Ingenuity only traveled 13 feet at 1.1MPH during its second flight.
… There are only two potential flights left before NASA winds down its efforts in early May and shifts focus to the Perserverance rover’s main mission. Expect these to be exciting, though. A NASA project manager said the final two journeys should be “really adventurous” and test the limits of the flying machine.
TWO MISTAKES JOB APPLICANTS ARE MAKING _ A hiring manager recently went through 300 applicants and shared on social media that these are the two mistakes job applicants are making:
1. Not including a cover letter when the job listing asks for one. If the job listing asks for a cover letter, write one. Period. Your cover letter not only gives a good sense of your writing style, it also shows that you care about getting the position and can follow directions.
… Keep your cover letter short, and write a different one for every job you apply to.
2. Not sending a follow up ‘thank you’ email. Sent a few hours after an interview, or the next morning, the thank you note shows that you want the job, and also puts your name at the top of the interviewer’s inbox. If you talked to more than one person at a company you should send a note to each of them.
THIS SCIENTIST SAYS YOU SHOULDN’T HUG YOUR DOG _ You know all those hugs and cuddles you give to your dog every day? Apparently, your pup hates that. A lot. In an article published in Psychology Today, Dr. Stanley Coren (University of British Columbia) argued that dogs almost always exhibit cues of discomfort or stress when they are being hugged or embraced by humans.
… Coren examined 250 random photographs of people (both adults and children) hugging dogs, taking note of the animal’s appearance and expression in each picture. He said that in a large majority of the photos, the animals’ body language doesn’t lie: they do not like being hugged. In most pictures, the dogs show signs like eye contact avoidance or lowered ears, generally suggesting they are feeling stressed out by the affection. In all, 81.6 percent of the photographs researchers scored showed dogs who were giving off at least one sign of discomfort, stress, or anxiety. Only 7.6 percent of the photographs could rate as showing dogs that were comfortable with being hugged. The remaining 10.8 percent of the dogs either were showing neutral or ambiguous responses to this form of physical contact.
… It’s possible that your dog is one of the exceptions to this rule, but generally speaking, Coren said that rather than smothering your pup in hugs and kisses, you show your appreciation with a little playtime or a treat.
WANT YOUR KID TO BE A SUCCESS? MAKE THEM READ _ Want success for your child? Have them pile on the reading. A study (Oxford University) nothing had more of an impact on the future success of kids than reading — not sports, socializing, going to museums, cooking, sewing, etc.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MOM MADE FUN OF BECAUSE HER BABY’S NAME SOUNDS LIKE ‘LASAGNA’ _ A woman on reddit asked for advice on whether or not she should change her daughter’s name because it sounds like “lasagna.” Her daughter’s full name is Elizabeth Anya Jane, but they call her Liz Anya — and her family has been making fun of her for her name choice.
… The mom has since deleted her thread on reddit and when contacted by BuzzFeed she said she and her husband decided to legally changing their daughter’s name to Elizabeth Jane Anya from Elizabeth Anya Jane.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER RULE NO. 1 — GET IN AND OUT QUICKLY _ A Florida man is behind bars after he was arrested inside a bank during an attempted robbery. Police say Joshua Snavely first approached the teller window and read a prepared note, saying that he was robbing the bank and that she was to give him money. The teller looked to a coworker who then activated the alarm. When officers arrived at the bank, they said they found Snavely still standing in the same spot in front of the teller window.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HAS SEIZURE IN RESTAURANT, GETS HANDED BILL _ In Poland, onlookers at a restaurant called paramedics when a man fell to the ground suffering an apparent seizure while enjoying a meal with a friend. As the man was being loaded into the ambulance and his friend was climbing in to join him, a waiter came and handed the friend the bill. The friend said she was disgusted at the restaurant’s actions.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FISHERMAN HOOKS HIMSELF _ A Romanian fisherman managed to swallow one of his own hooks after mixing up his packed lunch with his bait. The man had prepared several hooks with bait and kept them in a tin while fishing. When he became hungry he reached for a similar tin which his wife had used to pack his lunch, but ended up grabbing the wrong one. He pulled out the fish food instead of his own and swallowed the hook as well. He was taken to a local hospital after other anglers saw him shouting and running about in distress. Doctors managed to detach the barbed hook from his throat after an operation.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Evidence from the stabbing of a Marine Sergeant leads Torres to meet his father (guest star Steven Bauer, Ray Donovan), who left when he was a child. Pam Dawber returns as investigative reporter Marcie Warren.
YOUNG ROCK (8 ET, NBC) — New. In 1990s Miami, after a devastating injury his freshman year, Dwayne strives to get his college football career back on track.
POOCH PERFECT (8p ET, ABC) — New. The dogs’ grooms are inspired by characters from Hercules, Frozen, The Little Mermaid and more.
THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — New. When a tornado touches down in Atlanta with Chastain directly in its path, the entire staff goes into crisis mode.
FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. (8p ET, PBS) — New. Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin investigate their family histories.
SEASON FINALE: KENAN (8:30p ET, NBC) — New. Kenan, Rick, Gary and Mika prepare the girls for the annual Atlanta Hair Show, but Kenan feels pressure because it was one of Cori’s favorite events. Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) guest stars.
FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. After a man is killed by an explosive package shipped to his home, the team attempts to capture the sender and intercept the next package.
BLACK-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. After having a conversation about deal breakers in relationships with Bow, Dre realizes that he gave up on some of his goals in life and begins tackling them.
PRODIGAL SON (9p ET, FOX) — New. As Malcolm distances himself from Martin, Jessica dives head-first into the past for the sake of her tell-all book.
SUPERGIRL (9p ET, CW) — New.
MIXED-ISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. After the Johnson family discovers Harrison on a date, Paul decides to give Harrison some dating advice.
FBI: MOST WANTED (10p ET, CBS) — New. After a double murder in a small town, the team goes after the vigilante who relies on internet sleuths to exact revenge on suspects.
NEW AMSTERDAM (10p ET, NBC) — New. Max is on a mission to deliver free broadband access.
BIG SKY (10p ET, ABC) — New. Cassie and Jenny hear that a body has been discovered on the Kleinsasser ranch.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY SHARES METHOD FOR REMEMBERING LINES _ Over his award-winning career, Matthew McConaughey has played dozens of characters. On Instagram Double-M recently shared some of his best secrets on acting. In a video, he makes an interesting point about memorizing lines. He says that in order to help him get into character, he’ll read the lines at different times of the day, like late on a Saturday night when he has a buzz, Sunday morning after church when he’s in a forgiving mood, and even when he’s sad, mad, or glad.
… He then makes the point that you don’t simply memorize the lines of a script, you actually have to understand what the character is doing, wanting, or trying to obtain in the scene, and then the lines will come a lot more natural.
CARRIE ANN INABA ANNOUNCES LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM THE TALK _ The Talk is down another co-host, at least for now. Carrie Ann Inaba announced Monday that she was taking a leave of absence from the CBS chat show. In a video she said, “I wanted to let you know personally that I have decided to take a leave of absence from The Talk to focus on my well-being. I know you guys understand: Health is the most important thing.”
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS TEASER _ Nicole Kidman is ready to welcome you to a strange resort in the first teaser for the upcoming Hulu limited series Nine Perfect Strangers. Adapted from the book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, the drama takes place at a swanky health and wellness resort called Tranquillum where nine frazzled city dwellers go to unwind. Kidman plays the resort’s director, who may not be exactly what she seems. • VIDEO
… The cast also includes Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Tiffany Boone (Hunters), Samara Weaving (Hollywood), Luke Evans (The Alienist), Melvin Gregg (American Vandal), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Grace Van Patten (Maniac), Bobby Cannavale (Homecoming, Mr. Robot), Regina Hall (Black Monday) and Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire).
THE WALKING DEAD MOVIE _ The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln has revealed his Rick Grimes movie might start production soon. The first Walking Dead series first premiered 11 years ago on AMC (October, 2010) and Lincoln was seen from the pilot episode until 2018 following his exit from the series’ ninth season. Since his departure from the mainline series, it was announced that a Rick Grimes-themed trilogy spin-off films were planned. The first of the three Walking Dead movies will begin shooting before summer.
WE’RE MORE LIKELY TO LISTEN TO SOCIAL MEDIA FOR TV RECOMMENDATIONS THAN EXPERTS _ When it comes to TV show recommendations, a new poll suggests we are twice as likely to trust random social media users over professional critics. While investigating the recommendation pop-culture habits of 2,000 U.S. residents, researchers discovered that only nine percent say they regularly turn to critics for advice on what to watch, read, or play. For comparison, 18 percent say they would rather go with the opinion of a random commenter online.
… Respondents said they prefer the opinions of close friends (47%), family members (44%), and even streaming platform algorithms (21%) over critics.
STEVEN SEAGAL IS SELLING HIS BULLETPROOF HOUSE _ Ageing martial arts actor Steven Seagal recently put his house up for sale for $3.39 million, and the bulletproof windows were named as one of the marquee features — along with four bedrooms, a theater, a swimming pool, a spa and a three-car garage.
STEVEN SPIELBERG’S WEST SIDE STORY TRAILER _ The first trailer for West Side Story danced its way to the Oscars on Sunday night and was released to YouTube early Monday. Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1961 classic stars Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria.
… West Side Story, which draws inspiration from Romeo and Juliet, originated as a 1957 Broadway musical. It tells the story of star-crossed lovers torn between two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The film wrapped in October 2019 and is due out December 10. • VIDEO
What’s your animal encounter story? Share it and open the phones. Here are three calls to encourage local calls.
Thanks to Jeff Roper for sharing his phoner audio! Share your phoner audio here.
I WAS THE SMELL
TikToker and mom-of-boys Jen Hamilton shared a hilarious story smelling poop all day. Here’s the video.
LEVAR LOVES GIN
LeVar Burton did a video for Ryan Reynolds’ gin company. BLEEPED AUDIO. (April 26 Entertainment)
A former Oklahoma woman (now in Texas) was trouble for and overdue video of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. (April 26 Wacky-But-True)
TUBA DAY IS COMING
Friday, May 7 is International Tuba Day so work on this now. Find a local high school or college kid who plays tuba and play Name That Tune. The pandemic might keep them out of the studio so set up a mic on a stand in the station parking lot, or have them phone in and do it that way.
THE RUDEST THINGS YOU CAN DO ON A CELL PHONE
According to a survey, these are the rudest things you can do on a cell phone.
• Talk in a bathroom stall.
• Talk loudly in a public space.
• Use your phone during a social gathering.
• Photograph or videotape someone without their consent.
• Use your phone during a meeting.
• Put someone on speaker without telling them
• Screenshot and share private messages.
• Take photos of other people’s food at a restaurant.
• Share private photos.
• Go through someone’s phone.
• Take selfies in public.
WHAT IS YOUR GOLDEN RULE?
A discussion on Reddit: What is your golden rule?
• Knock before opening any closed doors.
• Don’t base long term decisions on short term emotions.
• Under-promise, over-deliver.
• Have more than you show, speak less than you know.
• You can always learn something from anyone.
• Never assume someone is as smart as you, never assume that you are smarter than anyone.
• Always be on time.
• Be the person your dog thinks you are.
🗣 TOPIC for social media and phones: What’s your golden rule?
TRIVIA: Just over 1 in 5 men say they have one of these in their house. (A broken appliance)
TRIVIA: Scientists say by the year 2048 most men won’t possess the ability to do what? (Do-it-yourself projects)
SPY THE LIE
Each one of us has a fact, you decide which one of us is lying:
• There are about 500 religions in the U.S. (LIE. More like 1,500.)
• By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.
• The area from below your nose to your upper lip is called the philtrum.
• Ann-Margret is 80
• Jay Leno is 71
• Mary McDonnell (Dances with Wolves, The Closer) is 69
• Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods) is 50
• Elisabeth Rohm (Law and Order) is 48
• Jorge Garcia (Hawaii Five-0, Lost) is 48
• Penelope Cruz (Murder on the Orient Express, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is 47
• Drew and Jonathan Scott (The Property Brothers) are 43
• Jessica Alba (Sin City, Honey) is 40
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1789: Mutiny on the HMS Bounty. Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors were set adrift and the rebel crew returned to Tahiti briefly and then set sail for Pitcairn Island.
• 1930: The first night game in organized baseball history took place in Independence, Kansas.
• 1988: Near Maui, Hawaii, flight attendant Clarabelle “C.B.” Lansing was blown out of Aloha Flight 243, a Boeing 737, and fell to her death when part of the plane’s fuselage ripped open in mid-flight.
• 1992: The U.S. issued a patent to Richard Mahan of Houston for his Electric Tablecloth, a battery-powered table cover designed to discourage insects from landing or walking on the table.
• 1999: Twenty-five San Diego State University students, about a third of their class, got an “F” for cheating. Seems they’d found the answers to a quiz and passed them around. The course was Business Ethics.
• 2005: Police and dozens of volunteers in Duluth, Georgia, searched for Jennifer Wilbanks, a bride-to-be who vanished two days earlier. Wilbanks became known as the “Runaway Bride” after running away on her own to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
• 2014: Microsoft identified a security issue in Internet Explorer that could allow hackers to take control of personal computers using the browser; the flaw affected versions 6 to 11 of the software.
• 2020: U.S. confirmed cases of COVID-19 passed 1 million, while the death toll of 58,365 surpassed that of U.S. soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.
• International Guide Dogs Day
• International Noise Awareness Day
• Superhero Day
• Occupational Safety & Health Day
• World Day for Safety and Health at Work
• Kiss Your Mate Day
• Blueberry Pie Day