• George Lucas is 77
• Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) is 70
• Tim Roth is 60
• Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli is 55
• Cate Blanchett is 52
• Director Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation) is 50
• Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men, Joan of Arcadia) is 38
• Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is 37
• NFL player Rob Gronkowski is 32
• Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) is 28
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1607: Jamestown, Virginia, was settled as an English colony.
• 1804: The Lewis and Clark Expedition departed from Camp Dubois and began its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.
• 1973: Skylab, the United States’ first space station, was launched.
• 1998: The finale of Seinfeld aired on NBC, with 76 million viewers tuning in.
• 2009: A church in East Sussex, England, unveiled a bronze statue dubbed “Jesus in jeans” depicting Christ as a man of the 21st century. The $50,000, seven-foot high bronze statue was funded by money left by a late parishioner. Christ is wearing jeans and a shirt billowing in the wind while his hair and beard are neatly and fashionably trimmed.
• 2018: Scientists at the University of California successfully executed a memory transfer in snails.
• 2019: Wikipedia confirmed China had banned all versions of its site.
• Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks A Voice
• Chicken Dance Day
• Brioche Day
• Buttermilk Biscuit Day
SATURDAY, MAY 15
• Chazz Palminteri is 54. Musician Mike Oldfield is 68. Lee Horsley is 66. NFL legend Emmitt Smith is 52. David Charvet is 49. Russell Hornsby is 47. Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 40. Alexandra Breckenridge is 39. Tennis player Andy Murray is 34.
• Police Officers Memorial Day. Armed Forces Day. Do Dah Day. Learn To Swim Day. Morel Mushroom Day. Chocolate Chip Day. World Fiddle Day. Slider Day.
SUNDAY, MAY 16
• Danny Trejo is 77. Pierce Brosnan is 68. Debra Winger is 66. Mare Winningham is 62. Janet Jackson is 55. David Boreanaz is 52. Tucker Carlson is 52. Tracey Gold is 52. Bill Rancic is 50. Country singer Rick Trevino is 50. Khary Payton (The Walking Dead) is 49. Tori Spelling is 48. Megan Fox is 35. Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones, Love Actually) is 31.
• Love A Tree Day. Mimosa Day. BBQ Day. Piercing Day. Ride A Unicycle Day. Rural Life Sunday. Take Your Parents To The Playground (or Park) Day.
27.5 million: Vinyl LPs sold in last year (2020) the U.S., up 46 percent compared to 2019 and more than 30-fold compared to 2006 when the vinyl comeback began.
The CDC says vaccinated people can now go maskless indoors. [Sorry (co-host), they said maskless — not pantsless.]
The CDC says vaccinated people can now go maskless indoors. [I’ll probably keep wearing mine for awhile, but I’ll make the straw hole larger so a beer bottle fits through it.]
The CDC says vaccinated people can now go maskless indoors. [I’m going to keep wearing my mask, but so people don’t think I haven’t been vaccinated I’m going to have the words “Protecting you from coffee breath” printed on it.]
The bad news: Chick-fil-A is limiting dipping sauces. The good news: we can go maskless if we’ve been vaccinated. [To get the unvaccinated to take their shots they should offer an extra packet of Chick-fil-A dipping sauce.]
Because people are fighting over them, Target will temporarily stop selling trading cards. [“Sweetie, why are you wearing camouflage and carrying a baseball bat? Are you going to Walmart again for Pokemon cards?”]
Ellen DeGeneres says after hew show ends we’ll still see her on social media and her YouTube channel. [And you’ll likely run into her at the buffet at the retirement facility.]
One of the biggest complaints about Zach Snyder’s new film Army of the Dead is that it’s too long. [Also, the zombies in the movie don’t look like the zombies in real life.]
One out of every four drivers say they’ve fallen asleep at the wheel. [What a coincidence: One out of every four residents in (town) listens to this show.]
TEXTING IS THE DEADLIEST DISTRACTION _ Texting is the deadliest distraction, says a study (published in Scientific Reports). What’s interesting about the report is that the act of texting distracts the human brain like little else. According to the study, texting is a completely unique distraction when it comes to driving. Things like driving while emotional or even absent-mindedness don’t hold a candle to how distracted one gets when texting while driving. When a driver is naturally distracted, the researchers said that a sort of hyper-focus, or what the researchers called a “sixth sense” kicks in that corrects driver deviations. However, when a driver is texting, the researchers found that the sixth sense doesn’t kick in.
… Side note: Ever noticed how impossible it is to carry on an in-person conversation when one of you is texting? This study is about texting and driving, but I think we can all agree that once your friend or spouse picks up the phone to respond to a text the conversation stops cold.
MEGA MILLIONS AND POWERBALL _ Tonight’s (Friday) Mega Millions jackpot is $430 million. Saturday night’s Powerball is $183 million.
WORLD BEARD AND MUSTACHE CHAMPIONSHIPS _ The pandemic forced the cancellation or rescheduling of a lot of events — including the World Beard and Mustache Championships. The last one was held in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2019 and organizers have decided the next one will be February 25, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. • LINK
… Every two years more than 150 contestants from 15 countries come together for a shot at winning the much-coveted prize for the world’s best facial hair. Competitors battle out their facial furniture in 17 different official categories ranging from Dali and Fu Manchu mustaches to Garibaldi and Imperial-style beards.
OHIO, KENTUCKY TO USE LOTTERIES AS INCENTIVE FOR VACCINATIONS _ Ohio and Kentucky are trying new tactics to incentivize their residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19, some of which involve a separate lottery for those who received a vaccine or a promotion to persuade individuals to get one. States are trying to find ways to encourage people to get themselves and children vaccinated against the coronavirus. In one instance, Governor Phil Murphy in New Jersey announced earlier this month that “any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer.”
… Ohio and Kentucky are taking it a step further, offering a $1 million and $225,000 jackpot, respectively. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced: “…on May 26th, we will announce a winner of a separate drawing for adults — adults who have received at least their first dose of the vaccine. This announcement will occur each Wednesday for five weeks, and the winner each Wednesday will receive one million dollars. The pool of names for the Ohio Vaccine Million Drawing will be derived from the Ohio Secretary of State’s publicly available voter registration database.”
… The Kentucky Lottery is running a similar promotion to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
GRIZZLY BEAR CHARGES TOWARD TOURIST AT YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK _ According to USA Today, a woman was recently filmed at Yellowstone National Park, walking right up near a group of bears. Many of the other park visitors tried to warn her, but she just had to get that picture. Lucky for her, the bear only gave her a bluff charge, which was enough to make her turn her back to the bear and walk away. • VIDEO
INVENTOR OF POST-IT NOTES IS DEAD AT 80 _ Spencer Silver, a research chemist at 3M who inadvertently created the not-too-sticky adhesive that allows Post-it Notes to be removed from surfaces, died on Saturday at his home in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was 80.
… Since their introduction in 1980, Post-it Notes have become a ubiquitous office product, first in the form of little canary-yellow pads, and later also in different hues and sizes, some with much stickier adhesives. There are currently more than 3,000 Post-it Brand products globally. Dr. Silver worked in 3M’s central research laboratory developing adhesives. In 1968, he was trying to create one that was so strong it could be used in aircraft construction. He failed in that goal. But during his experimentation, he invented something entirely different: an adhesive that stuck to surfaces, but that could be easily peeled off and was reusable. It was a solution to a problem that did not appear to exist, but Dr. Silver was certain it was a breakthrough. He began to give seminars throughout 3M in the hope he would spark an idea among its product developers.
COW POOP WILL NOT HELP BATTLE COVID _ In an attempt to fend off the coronavirus, doctors in India have advised people not to smear themselves with cow feces. According to medical authorities, there is no scientific evidence to support the practice, and it risks transmitting other diseases. Some people have taken to cow shelters to cover their bodies in cow dung and urine once a week, hoping that it will improve their immunity or help them recover from the virus. Cows are considered sacred in India, with the animal representing life and the earth in Hinduism. Hindus have used cow dung to clean their homes and for prayer rituals for decades, claiming it has medicinal and antiseptic properties.
TARGET STORES TO PAUSE STOCKING POKÉMON, NFL, MLB, AND NBA TRADING CARDS _ Target will be taking many of its trading cards off its shelves following reports of fights and collectors camping outside of stores as the cards skyrocket in value. Sales will stop temporarily starting today (May 14), but cards will still be available on the retailer’s website.
… Target moved to take the cards off shelves after an incident that involved a fight over trading cards in a Target parking lot in Wisconsin last week. One man involved in the fight pulled out a gun after being attacked by four men over the cards.
TEEN IMPALED BY JAVELIN AT NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL _ A New Jersey (Ocean County) teenager was hospitalized this week after he was impaled during a track-and-field javelin throw. The teen suffered an injury to his right thigh. The victim was conscious and having a conversation with first responders.
RED LOBSTER IS LOOKING FOR A CHIEF BISCUIT OFFICER _ Today (Friday) is National Biscuit Day and if you’re one of the many people who plan to celebrate by heading to Red Lobster to stuff yourself with those delicious Cheddar Bay Biscuits, then this news is for you. But you’ll have to be one of of their high-ranking reward status members to take advantage of it. In honor of the celebration, Red Lobster is on the hunt for their first-ever Chief Biscuit Officer and the perks of the role are amazing. By entering the “Big Cheese” Biscuit Sweepstakes, one lucky Gold or Platinum My Red Lobster Rewards member wins a slew of prizes. For example, you’ll get to add on extra Cheddar Bay Biscuits to any delivery or to-go orders placed online. Yep, free biscuits.
… That’s not all they’re giving you though. The new CBO will also get $1,000 in Red Lobster gift cards, VIP status at your favorite Red Lobster location, and you’ll get the special honor of weighing in on the new dishes coming out.
… Though only one person can be crowned the next Chief Biscuit Officer, Red Lobster isn’t letting you leave empty-handed. If you put yourself in the running for the position but don’t win, you’ll also have the chance to win one of 500 other free rewards.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLIGHT ATTENDANT ACCUSED OF STEALING 1,500 MINI BOTTLES OF ALCOHOL _ A hilarious “Today in Wacky-But-True History” from 2016. A flight attendant in Tennessee was indicted after she allegedly stole nearly 1,500 mini bottles of alcohol and sold them on Craigslist. Rachel Trevor faced multiple charges after she allegedly pilfered the airline’s alcohol and sold it online. Trevor was an employee of Endeavor Air, a regional affiliate of Delta Airlines headquartered in Minnesota. Authorities said that Trevor allegedly would wait until a flight was over, and then sneak the 50-milliliter bottles into her bag. She swiped bottles of rum, gin, and whiskey, among others. Trevor then allegedly took the bottles home, where she listed them on Craigslist for $1 each. The bottles cost $8 each onboard the plane.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FILLS THE BACK OF HIS HUMMER UP WITH GAS CANS, LIGHTS CIGARETTE _ In Florida a man wanted to stock up on gasoline, so he filled up a bunch of container and put them in the back of his hummer. Dealing with that much flammable fuel apparently had him on edge so he decided to light a cigarette as he drove away from the gas station. The Hummer lit up faster and furious.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HAD 6½ POUND HAIRBALL REMOVED _ A woman who chewed on her own hair developed a hairball weighing over 6½ pounds in her stomach and intestines. The woman from a small village in India spent over 20 years chewing on her hair. Then one day the woman was not able to drink or eat anything without vomiting, and she had severe abdominal pain. She was admitted to a hospital where the doctors discovered that she had a large hairball in her stomach and intestinal tract. At first the woman denied eating her own hair but then admitted that she chewed on her locks for many years.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CALLED IN CASINO BOMB THREAT AFTER SLOT MACHINE LOSSES _ Angered over losing nearly $400 playing slot machines, a Florida woman told police that she phoned in a bomb threat to a Tampa casino because she wanted to “blow off steam.” Investigators charge that 54-year-old Adele Belizaire used her cellphone to call the casino Tuesday evening to claim, “I left a bomb in your casino.” Since Belizaire is a member of the casino’s rewards program, her phone number was in casino records, leading to her identification as a suspect.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ASSAULTED WITH MEAT AT OHIO WALMART _ A woman was arrested after a fight at a Walmart in Ohio (South Euclid). Officers were called to the potato chip aisle for a disturbance between two women. Police said one woman threatened the other and her 7-year-old daughter. She pulled down her mask and tried to spit on the victim, but missed. According to police, that’s when she hit the victim in the face with a 10-pound log of prepacked meat. The 25-year-old suspect was arrested.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TIKTOKER LICKS FISH FOR LIKES AND FOLLOWS _ Some young people do everything to get views and ‘likes’ on TikTok, to the point of putting their lives in danger. This is the case of TikToker Alexa Reed, who has gone viral after licking a deadly exotic animal after mistaking it for a jellyfish. Reed, who has become popular on TikTok for interacting, licking, and tasting exotic animals, picked up and licked a deadly Portuguese man-of-war
… After his video was posted, users alerted the young man that the animal was not a jellyfish, but a Portuguese caravel, which was “ten times more dangerous than a jellyfish.” The animal’s sting could lead to paralysis, heart attacks, and in the worst case death.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN USED STOLEN MONEY TO PAY FOR PLASTIC SURGERY _ An Alabama woman who allegedly used money stolen from a bank to pay for cosmetic surgeries was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Iconic Facce, from pleaded guilty this week to two counts of robbing a bank in Gulfport, Mississipp, on March 22, 2019.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FREE PARKING FOR $32 _ When a walk-in COVID vaccination site opened at a convention center in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Chad Weyman showed up on the first day. He dutifully registered his license plate on the list for free parking for vaccinations, and got in line. Five hours later (it was a long line), he had received his vaccination. A week later he received something else: a $32 parking ticket — the free parking was only good for 90 minutes. The Calgary Parking Authority admits they issued 1,239 parking tickets at the convention center during the first week of vaccinations. A few days later, the CPA announced that all the tickets would be rescinded, and anyone who’d paid the fine would receive a refund.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAR JACKING TO STEAL BACK A CAR _ A tow truck driver in the process of repossessing a Nissan Altima in Tallahassee, Florida, had the car up on the flatbed and was in the car’s driver’s seat when Jamari Adams got into the passenger seat, pointed a gun at the tow truck driver’s head, and claimed he would kill him if he didn’t get out of his car. The tow truck driver jumped out and ran, and called police. Adams got into the driver’s seat and backed his car off the flatbed, which was three feet off the ground. He was able to drive away, but not very well: on his way out Adams hit a curb, drove over some landscaping, and hit a utility pole. Police stopped the car and Adams was charged with carjacking with a firearm, possession of marijuana, and leaving the scene of a crash.
THE QUEEN CARRIES ON: A GAYLE KING SPECIAL (8p ET, CBS) — This special looks at the extraordinary life and reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, including interviews with former President Barack Obama, Sir Paul McCartney, photographer Mary McCartney, journalist Tina Brown, Lady Anne Glenconner and royal commentator Wesley Kerr.
THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. Red tries desperately to rescue an old friend at all costs.
SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — New. Products include an innovative system which helps create a custom pillow based on sleep profiles, a fun alternative to a traditional sport, and a grilling product idea.
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.
CHARMED (8p ET, CW) — New.
PREMIERE: PRIDE (8p ET, FX) — This new docuseries recounts the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ community from the 1950s to the present day. Two more new editions follow.
SEASON FINALE: BLUE BLOODS (9p ET, CBS) — In the 11th season finale, shockwaves ripple through the Reagan family when Danny discovers that their newest family member, Joe Hill (Will Hochman), is working undercover for the ATF to bring down a gunrunning organization. The show has been renewed for another season.
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
DYNASTY (9p ET, CW) — New.
HALSTON (Netflix) — Ewan McGregor stars in this new limited series as the jet-setting 1970s designer. The 5-episode series will look at his personal and professional life, from his roots as a small town hat-maker in the 50s, to dressing icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Jakie Kennedy at the height of his fame. Bill Pullman, Krysta Rodriguez, Rory Culkin and Vera Farmiga are among the stars.
SEASON PREMIERE: HAUNTED (Netflix) — The third season features more supposedly true accounts of paranormal encounters.
SEASON PREMIERE: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES (Disney) — Season 2 begins. Derek Hough joins the cast this season.
SEASON PREMIERE: LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS (Netflix) — This animated sci-fi anthology series returns for Season 2.
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD (HBO Max) — Angelina Jolie stars in this 2021 action thriller as a skydiving firefighter who encounters a boy on the run from assassins who killed his father. Not only must she keep the kid safe from the gunmen, but she also has to outrun massive forest fires. Jon Bernthal, Tyler Perry and Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) also star.
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (Netflix) — Amy Adams stars in this 2021 thriller as a child psychologist with agoraphobia who keeps tabs on the seemingly perfect family across the street and winds up witnessing a brutal crime. Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (Amazon Prime) — This new drama series from “Moonlight” filmmaker Barry Jenkins is based on the Colson Whitehead novel about an alternate reality that imagines the Underground Railroad as an actual railroad with trains, conductors, and engineers. Cora (Thuso Mbedu), an enslaved woman, boards the train in effort to secure her freedom, all while being pursued by a vicious slave owner (Joel Edgerton). William Jackson Harper and Lily Rabe co-star.
COWBOYS (Hulu) — Steve Zahn stars in this 2020 drama as a father recently separated from his wife, who runs off with his trans son into the Montana wilderness after his ex-wife’s refusal to let their son live as his authentic self.
2021 PREAKNESS STAKES (5p ET, NBC) — The 146th running of the Preakness Stakes will be held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. While coverage starts early, the post time is 6:50p ET.
CHINA: NATURE’S ANCIENT KINGDOM (8p ET, BBC America) — This new three-part series tracks efforts to protect and preserve the communist nation’s rare and endangered plant and animal species.
THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (8p ET, HBO) — From writer-director Armando Iannucci (Veep) comes this Charles Dickens adaptation, which stars Dev Patel as Copperfield. Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie and Ben Whishaw also star.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. Keegan-Michael Key hosts, with musical guest Olivia Rodrigo.
AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — New. Artist FINNEAS mentors the finalists, who perform two of his songs. FINNEAS will also perform with Ashe.
THE EQUALIZER (8p ET, CBS) — New. McCall races to help a concerned wife locate her husband before he helps an extremist group carry out a bombing in the city.
ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New. When a naval intelligence officer is tortured and murdered, the team discovers that CIA operatives are being killed in the same way.
SEASON FINALE: ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New. Zoey must face a difficult goodbye.
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New. June splits off from the group in an effort to gather any information to help stop an oncoming threat.
THE STORY OF LATE NIGHT (9p ET, CNN) — New.
2021 MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS (9p ET, MTV, Comedy Central, Pop, CMT, VH1, Nickelodeon and more) — Leslie Jones hosts this awards show, which is being split into 2 parts this year. The first show tonight focuses on scripted programming. The second, airing Monday night, focuses on unscripted programming. Sacha Baron Cohen will be honored with the Comedic Genius Award.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. While Pride and Rita plan their wedding, the FBI arrests Connor in connection to the bar’s firebombing as a means of getting to his mother.
SEASON FINALE: THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Nolan mildly injures himself while chasing down a shoplifter and the local DA wants to charge the suspect with assault despite Nolan’s wishes.
GOOD GIRLS (10p ET, NBC) — New.
TALKING DEAD (10:10p ET, AMC) — New. Jenna Elfman, Keith Carradine, Christine Evangelista, and Aisha Tyler discuss the latest episode.
IN THEATERS AND STREAMING _ New movies in (select) theaters, streaming, and video on demand.
• Spiral: From The Book of Saw with Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson (Theaters)
• Army of the Dead (Theaters)
• Those Who Wish Me Dead with Angelina Jolie (Theaters + HBO Max)
• Riders of Justice with Mads Mikkelson (Theaters + VOD)
• The Woman in the Window with Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie (Netflix)
• Us Kids (Theaters)
• The Djinn (Theaters)
• Finding You (Theaters)
• The Perfect Candidate (Theaters)
• Profile (Theaters + VOD)
WHAT’S NEXT FOR ELLEN DEGENERES? _ Ellen DeGeneres turned to the one and only Oprah Winfrey to discuss her decision to end her long-running show. On the Thursday episode of Ellen’s show the 63-year-old spoke with the talk show titan about how she’s “really feeling” regarding her bombshell decision to call it quits after season 19. DeGeneres said she began to process that her show was really coming to an end when she addressed the news in her opening monologue on the Wednesday, May 12, episode — the same day she shared the news with the public in an interview. “I didn’t rehearse the monologue. I knew what I was going to say, but the words hadn’t come out of my mouth. So I was okay until I started talking and it became real. Obviously, I got emotional because it’s real now. But I’m feeling good.”
… What’s next? DeGeneres shared: “We still have the digital Ellen Tube, Ellen Tube is huge. We have original shows, that’s going to continue. Our social media’s going to continue. I still am going to be very much involved with digital.”
JOHN MULANEY DATING ACTRESS OLIVIA MUNN _ Just a few days after John Mulaney confirmed that he was divorcing his wife of six years, news comes that the comedian has started dating actress Olivia Munn. A source close to Mulaney has revealed that the relationship is still in its early stages.
PSYCH: THIRD REVIVAL MOVIE ORDERED AT PEACOCK _ A third Psych revival movie, titled Psych 3: This Is Gus, has been ordered at Peacock.
FIRST 15 MINUTES OF ARMY OF THE DEAD RELEASED _ The opening 15 minutes of Army of the Dead have been released by Netflix. The film hits theaters this weekend and comes to Netflix next weekend. The Zack Snyder film stars Dave Bautista in what’s called a zombie/heist mash-up thriller. • VIDEO
RUSSIAN ACTOR BOUND FOR SPACE STATION IN SAME MONTH AS TOM CRUISE _ The space race appears set for a relaunch following the news that Russia will send an actor and director to the International Space Station in October, with the ambition of making the first feature film in space. The crew are scheduled to begin their expedition on October 5. While on the space station they could encounter some fellow film-makers: Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman, who are also due to travel there in October to make a movie. The exact date of Cruise’s blastoff has not yet been revealed, but the departure of the Russians in the first few days of the month suggests an intention to beat the Americans.
FRIENDS: THE REUNION HITS HBO MAX ON MAY 27 _ Friends fans won’t have to wait much longer to see Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer reunite. HBO Max will begin streaming Friends: The Reunion on May 27. The unscripted special will see the six stars return to the original soundstage where NBC filmed the popular sitcom between 1994 and 2004.
… Besides the original cast, the special will feature a long list of guests. To name just a few of the more notable names, BTS, Kit Harington, Lady Gaga and Malala Yousafzai will be there. Fans can also look forward to some of the supporting cast making an appearance, including both Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles (Jack and Judy Geller, respectively), Tom Selleck (Dr. Richard Burke) and Reese Witherspoon (Jill Green).
In the event of a fire, what would you save first? Men polled said it would be their dog. Women went first for their kids and photos. Here are three phone calls from listeners to help get your phoner going.
On a 1 to 10 scale its like an 8 point 726.
How young is too young for Disney World? Set it up like this: Your sister/neighbor/friend has a bunch of kids and a couple of them are under the age of 4. Her family is planning a big, post-pandemic trip to Disney later in summer. That seems like a waste of money. Is it worth it to take an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old? How young is too young for Disney World?
… Use the caller to get more local calls. And use this as a way to get tips and tricks and warnings from listeners who’ve been to Disney a bunch of times.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
My wife just farted so loud she woke herself up, then turned over hit me and called me disgusting. This is what love after 18 years of marriage is like. (@The_AlbinoShrek)
A FEW THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY
• It costs the U.S. Mint 1.4 cents to make a penny.
• The oceans are 70 percent shark-free.
• James Buchanan is the only unmarried man ever to be elected president.
• You are never more than three feet from a spider.
• There is a museum of coat hangers (in Sweden).
SKILLS YOUR KID NEEDS TO BE AN AWESOME ADULT
TEACH THEM TO HAVE ONE GREAT MEAL PREP UNDER THEIR BELT — You should pass on at least one simple and palatable recipe to your child. A family favorite is always good, so that when they prepare it for dear friends or a potential partner, they can say, “Oh, this is my mother’s recipe,” with pride. In a pinch, at least be sure they can make pancakes.
TEACH THEM TO HOLD THE DOOR — When exiting an office or a store, with someone following close behind, teach them the courtesy of holding the door open for the next person behind. It’s a simple kindness, one that strangers always appreciate. Teach daughters as well as sons. Teach them to hold it open for both men and women.
TEACH THEM TO USE THE TURN SIGNAL WHEN DRIVING — When you, or someone else, gives your kid lessons behind the wheel, make sure to remind them of the importance of signaling — simply because it helps society function more smoothly.
TEACH THEM TO ALWAYS REPLACE THE TOILET ROLL — Nothing is worse than finishing up on the toilet, looking to the dispenser and seeing an empty roll. Teach your children early to get in the habit of replacing the roll if they’ve used it all.
TEACH THEM A STRONG HANDSHAKE AND EYE CONTACT — By the time our children are adults, the standard handshake may be replaced with a fist bump or the touching of elbows. But just in case the tradition of handshakes is still in fashion, make sure your offspring has a strong one. No one wants to receive a limp handshake.
TEACH THEM TO PURSUE THEIR INTERESTS, EVEN AS A HOBBY, EVEN IF IT’S ECLECTIC — Having a unique hobby or interest will give your child that edge of being “interesting.” Maybe they collect vintage glasses or like to spin their own yarn for knitting. Or maybe they get a thrill from skydiving. Almost any sort of non-work pastime will do.
TEACH THEM TO ALWAYS WRITE THANK YOU NOTES — From a young age, you should force your child to write Thank You notes. Not in an email form or a text message, but an actual paper card with writing on it that’s sent through the mail. This is something that they should carry through their lifetime.
ALWAYS HAVE A RECOMMENDATION AT THE READY — When the topic of books, movies, TV shows or restaurants comes up, and a friend or colleague is looking for a suggestion, instill in your child the confidence in their choices to make recommendations with a sense of authority and passion.
TEACH THEM TO CALL THEIR MOM — Last but not least, instill in them the habit of calling their mother or other significant parent figure. Not because they feel they need to, but rather because they want to. As J.K. Simmons said in his 2015 Oscar speech, “Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ’em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ’em you love ’em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”
TRIVIA: According to research, the average adult experiences this three days a month. (The blues)
TRIVIA: When a cat does this, it lasts 2 to 3 minutes. Does what? (Dreams)
DICTIONARY WORD OR IMAGINARY WORD?
• Minacious (mi-NAY-shus) — Dictionary word. It means threatening or menacing.
• Epocinous (ee-POK-in-us) — Imaginary word.
• Grogram (GROG-ram) — Dictionary word. A kind of coarse stuff made of silk and mohair.
• Torfliginous (tor-FLIG-in-us) — Imaginary word.
• Decalcomania (dee-kal-KOH-main-ee-uh) — Dictionary word. A process in printing which permits the transfer of the ink.
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: MOTORCYCLIST STOPS TRAFFIC TO LOOK FOR HIS ______ ON BUSY HIGHWAY!
A) False teeth*
B) Starbucks gift card
C) Favorite pandemic mask
A motorcyclist in Spain brought traffic to a standstill after he pulled over to look for his false teeth, which flew out of his mouth when he sneezed.
• Bob Saget is 65
• Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show, The Drew Carey Show) is 58
• Hill Harper (CSI: NY, He Got Game) is 55
• Thom Filicia (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) is 52
• Kat Foster (’Til Death) is 43
• Derek Hough (Dancing with the Stars) is 36
• Tahj Mowry (Smart Guy, Kim Possible) is 35
• Nikki Reed (Twilight) is 32
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1846: The saxophone was patented by Adolphe Sax.
• 1875: Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby.
• 1985: Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of Dallas. He returned the following season. Spoiler alert: It was all a dream.
• 2003: A 77-year-old German driver on his way to collect an award for 25 years of accident free driving was pulled over by police for driving without a license. The man told police his license had been taken away 25 years earlier.
• 2004: Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage
• 2011: The final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show was recorded in Chicago.
• 2015: A gun fight occurred between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas, leaving 9 dead and 18 injured.
• 2020: Michael Jordan’s autographed Air Nike 1s trainers from 1985 sold for a record $560,000 in an online auction.
• EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week
• Unicycle Week
• Bike to Work Week
• Health Information Professionals Week
• International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
• Cherry Cobbler Day
• Work from Home Day
• Pino Day (wine)
• Pack Rat Day