• Chow Yun-Fat (Anna and the King, The Replacement Killers) is 66
• Tina Fey (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) is 51
• Reality star Teresa Giudice is 49
• Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) is 40
• Violett Beane (Cara Bloom in God Friended Me) is 25
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1876: Wyatt Earp started work in Dodge City, Kansas under Marshal Larry Deger.
• 1897: Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, was published.
• 1910: The Earth passed through the tail of Comet Halley.
• 1953: Jackie Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier. She flew in a F-86 Sabrejet at an average speed of 652.337 miles per hour at Rogers Dry Lake, California.
• 1980: Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
• 2009: Australian researchers said that tall workers earn more than their shorter colleagues, especially among men.
• 2012: Retired American psychiatrist Robert Spitzer said his 2001 study was “fatally flawed”. The study falsely supported the myth that gay people could be “cured”.
• 2013: A rare 19th century torpedo was discovered off the coast of California.
• 2020: Donald Trump confirmed he was taking the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19.
• Buy A Musical Instrument Day
• HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
• International Museum Day
• Visit Your Relatives Day
• Cheese Souffle Day
214: Crates needed to transport the Statue of Liberty to the U.S. from France to New York in 1885.
A report says Amazon want to buy MGM and its 4,000 films for about 9 billion bezos. [Sorry, 9 billion dollars — not 9 billion bezos.]
Yesterday was tax deadline day. [I hope the IRS doesn’t mind that I put a ticket for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing in my envelope as payment.]
For a theme park, guy in China is building an exact replica of the Titanic. [Due to global warming the actor will have to yell out, “Ice cubes, right ahead!”]
Someone has come up with an app that’s like Airbnb for gardeners. You pay for some garden space and grow your veggies. [Then, after harvest, you leave the garden littered with dirty towels, empty booze bottles and forgotten phone chargers.]
A Florida woman called 911 because she was cheated in a marijuana deal. [There should be a TV judge show for all the people who keep calling 911 because of bad drug deals. The show would come on each day at 4:20.]
According to a study, the best teen-age liars are usually the most popular kids in school. [Not only that, they stay popular right up until the moment they graduate from law school.]
In a survey of restaurant managers, three-quarters say going up to an all-you-can-eat buffet more than three times is not right. [So I guess pitching a tent over my table and laying out a sleeping bag is off limits?]
Actor Ricky Shroder went off on a Costco employee for asking him to wear a mask. [And to keep his meatball samples to three or less.]
COVID-19 ONE YEAR AGO: WOMAN RETURNED TO OFFICE TO ‘RESCUE’ BANANA LEFT IN HER DESK _ Many of us had no idea that the last time we left our desks would be the last time we saw our office for months. Workplaces were quickly abandoned by those who were able to do their jobs at home due to the pandemic. For one woman in Scotland, her concern over what she had left behind was quite specific. Nine weeks into lockdown it dawned on Mhairi-Louise Brennan that when she walked out of her office she left behind a banana. She tweeted: “Knowing there is a banana in my desk drawer in work, which has been there since a week before lockdown, is making me feel anxious.” • VIDEO
RESEARCHERS DEVELOP SUPER COMPACT TOILET PAPER _ 🧻 A Japanese team of researchers developed a 980 foot single-ply compact toilet paper to cut waste and reduce carbon footprint. Just two rolls provides as much paper as a standard 12 roll pack. The company behind the development (Marutomi Seishi Co.) says this reduces the frequency of replacing and purchasing rolls, making it perfect for stockpiling.
… No word if or when the compact TP will be available around the globe.
AIRBNB FOR GARDENS _ A new app allows you to rent green space to garden and grow your own fruit and vegetables. Think of it as an Airbnb for gardens. AllotMe allows people list their unused green space or rent out a plot. Currently it’s available for gardeners and land owners in the UK.
CHINA IS BUILDING A REPLICA OF THE TITANIC _ In 1912, the Titanic, a luxury ship branded as “the unsinkable,” infamously struck an iceberg and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean. More than 1,500 passengers died on what was supposed to be a groundbreaking voyage and a testament to modern engineering. Since then, the story of the Titanic has become etched in legend, thanks in part to the 1997 Hollywood blockbuster featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
… Chinese investor Su Shaojun is perhaps one of the vessel’s — and the film’s — biggest fans. Several years ago, Su announced he would finance a life-sized replica of the ill-fated ship, which in his words would keep memories of the Titanic alive. Su says the functioning steam engine will make guests feel they are really at sea, although the boat will not be seaworthy and will be docked in a river. The imitation vessel in fact copied the original Titanic down to a tee — from cabins to door handles.
… The 850-foot ship will be the star attraction in the Romandisea theme park in China and set to open to the public soon. For up to $310 guests can spend the night on the ship.
PARLER RETURNS TO THE APP STORE _ Parler has returned to Apple’s App Store after it was forced out in January. The social network’s iOS app has resurfaced largely as it was, but now hides posts marked “hate” by Parler’s AI-based moderation system. You’ll have to use an Android device or the web to see those posts, although you’ll still have to click through to see them.
… A Parler spokesperson says the company will allow the “maximum amount” of legally allowed speech, but acknowledged that a good relationship with Apple was key to its app’s future. Parler still hoped it could persuade Apple to allow a click-through option to see hate speech.
MEGA MILLIONS INCHES CLOSER TO HALF-BILLION _ The Mega Millions jackpot is getting closer to a half-billion dollars. Tonight’s (Tuesday) jackpot is $468 million. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is just over $200 million.
AVERAGE PERSON FEELS 7 YEARS YOUNGER THAN THEY REALLY ARE _ Have Americans discovered the fountain of youth? At least in their minds it appears they have. A new survey finds, on average, people say they feel seven years younger than their actual age. Respondents add they don’t even begin to embrace getting older until they hit 47.
… The survey of 2,000 Americans over age 40 reveals nearly four in five (77%) feel younger than they actually are. Over half in the poll (55%) still see their “younger selves” when they look in the mirror.
… Close to half of respondents (47%) refuse to admit that they’re getting old and more than a third (35%) say they get offended if someone calls them old. Seeing a celebrity they’ve never heard of (33%), having trouble seeing in a dimly lit room (26%), and not being on TikTok (24%) contributes to people feeling like they’re too old.
JUST 12 PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR SPREADING MOST COVID-19 CONSPIRACY THEORIES _ As the famous quote goes, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” In the digital age, misinformation and conspiracy theories reach millions of people before social media platforms remove them from view. With incorrect information about the COVID-19 vaccines running rampant online, many may think there are countless people spreading wild claims about the pandemic. However, just like a game of “telephone,” a new report finds these falsehoods start with one person — or in this case, a dozen.
… Researchers from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) and Anti-Vax Watch say just 12 people and organizations are responsible for circulating nearly two-thirds of the anti-vaccine content the world sees on social media. Moreover, despite their promises to remove accounts and posts spreading COVID misinformation, the study finds social media CEOs have not taken action against these individuals.
… Study authors analyzed anti-vaccine posts shared on Facebook and Twitter over 812,000 times between February 1 and March 16 of this year. The results uncovered that 65 percent of this material comes from 12 of the most prominent anti-vaccine voices today. This is a group which includes entrepreneurs, physicians, and even a member of the fabled Kennedy political family.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MAN WINS $200,000 ON HIS WAY TO A JOB INTERVIEW _ A North Carolina man who made a stop on his way to a job interview discovered won $200,000. Fredd Jordan, a semi-retired chef, told lottery officials he was on his way to a job interview when he stopped to buy some scratch-off lottery tickets and one of his purchases was a $200,000 winner.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN USES FRIEND AS SECURITY DEPOSIT _ Police in Italy arrested a woman who left her friend as a “security deposit ” at a gas station after running out of money, went to get some cash from an ATM and then never came back for the friend.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE TOOK 4-YEAR-OLD TO ROBBERIES _ A couple in Russia were charged with multiple burglaries. Police say they took their 4-year-old with them during the robberies.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: A MILLION DOLLARS IN THE TRASH _ Hoyt Hamilton bought a package of hot dog buns and a Powerball ticket at a Florida (Clearwater) supermarket. When he got home he went to check his numbers but realized the clerk hadn’t given his ticket back — just the note saying that he had to go to a regional office to collect any winnings over $600. He headed straight back to the grocery. When he got there he asked the clerk, “Have you emptied your garbage yet?” When she said no, Hamilton dug through the trash and found the ticket. When he checked the numbers on his phone he found he matched 5 of 6 numbers and won $1 million. The winning ticket sat in the trash for two hours before Hamilton went back for it.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR WORE SHORTS ON HIS HEAD _ A burglar in Hong Kong tried to disguise himself by wearing a pair of shorts on his head. The man wore them to break into an apartment. The judge in the case burst out laughing as the details were read out in court. The man was sent to jail for two years.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. When members of a training team are killed during an explosion, the lone surviving member helps crack the case using high tech body armor.
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. Results show
FINALE: POOCH PERFECT (8p ET, ABC) — New. One team wins the $100,000 cash prize.
SEASON FINALE: THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — New. Conrad and Nic welcome the arrival of their baby girl. The show has not yet been renewed.
THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New.
THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Kevin and Madison celebrate their bachelor and bachelorette parties.
FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. While investigating a mass casualty incident at a restaurant, the team scrambles to determine if it was racially motivated and if there was more than one gunman.
SEASON FINALE: BLACK-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Dre feels pigeonholed to the urban marketing team and realizes he needs to make some big career changes. Boyz II Men makes an appearance. The show has been renewed for an 8th and final season.
SERIES FINALE: PRODIGAL SON (9p ET, FOX) — New. The search for a serial killer known as The Woodsman might help the NYPD find one of their own. This show has been canceled.
SUPERMAN AND LOIS (9p ET, CW) — New.
SERIES FINALE: MIXED-ISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. In 2021, Adult Rainbow, Johan and Santamonica recall very different accounts of what happened the summer that they all got their new bicycles. The show has been cancelled.
FBI: MOST WANTED (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team heads to D.C. to protect Ortiz’s former informant after a hitman tries to kill her.
NEW AMSTERDAM (10p ET, NBC) — New. A burst pipe plunges the ED into chaos.
SEASON FINALE: BIG SKY (10p ET, ABC) — New. Cassie and Jenny leave the Kleinsasser women to forge their own path, ridding themselves of their ranch troubles and heading back home. The show has been renewed for another season.
SUPERNOVA (Hulu) — Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci star in this drama film about a couple spending some of their last days together, as one of them is afflicted with dementia.
RICKY SCHRODER SORT OF APOLOGIZES FOR COSTCO TIRADE _ Actor Ricky Schroder — who believes Joe Biden is “occupying” the White House — has sort of apologized for badgering a Costco employee for asking him to wear a mask. Schroder apologized Monday in an Instagram post, claiming he was simply “trying to make a point to the corporate overlords.” The Costco employee was following company policy by not letting the former child star into the store without a mask. • VIDEO
… Schroder flew into a tirade Sunday when he showed up at Costco without a mask and was stopped at the door by a greeter, Jason, who wouldn’t allow him to enter.
… To date, there have been close to 600,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.
BLACK WIDOW SNEAK PEEK _ Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova evade capture in the latest sneak peek at Black Widow. The film will premiere in theaters and on Disney+ (with Premier Access) on July 9. • VIDEO
… Set in the two-year span between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow brings back Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha for one last ride. In the film “Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.”
KURT COBAIN STRANDS OF LOCKS SELL FOR $14,000 _ Kurt Cobain’s hair just sold for five figures at a rock and roll auction. The winning bid for the late Nirvana frontman’s hair came in at $14,145 — and that’s just for 6 strands. These few slivers of music history come from a 1989 haircut Kurt got while Nirvana was on the famous Bleach Tour.
JOSHUA JACKSON IS A SINISTER SURGEON IN DR. DEATH TRAILER _ Peacock just released the first trailer for their highly anticipated limited series Dr. Death. The new crime drama, which is based off the hit podcast of the same name, follows the bone-chilling story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a Dallas-based neurosurgeon with a history of gross malpractice. • VIDEO
… Joshua Jackson plays Duntsch. He starred in The Affair and Dawson’s Creek.
ARIANA GRANDE TIES THE KNOT IN SECRET CEREMONY _ Ariana Grande and real estate agent Dalten Gomez tied the knot over the weekend in a small ceremony at her home in Montecito, California. It was reported that there were only about 20 guests at the ceremony from both sides of the family. The couple began dating in early 2020 and got engaged just before Christmas. It’s unclear if this was the plan all along, or if it was just a spur of the moment thing.
AMAZON WANTS MGM _ Variety reports Amazon is weeks into negotiations on a deal to acquire MGM for about $9 billion.
… MGM claims to own one of the world’s “deepest libraries” of premium film and TV content. Its 4,000 film titles include the James Bond, Hobbit, Rocky/Creed, RoboCop and Pink Panther franchises, as well as movies like The Silence of the Lambs, The Magnificent Seven and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
… The MGM TV library includes approximately 17,000 episodes of programming, including Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Vikings, Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale, Get Shorty, Fame, American Gladiators, Teen Wolf and In the Heat of the Night.
… Unscripted shows in its portfolio include The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, and The Hills.
ATTACK THE BLOCK 2 IS HAPPENING, WILL STAR JOHN BOYEGA _ At long last, Attack the Block 2 is a go, and it will bring back star John Boyega. In the original 2011 film, Boyega played Moses, the leader of a teen street gang that has to deal with aliens that have invaded a council estate in South London. • TRAILER for Attack the Block I
KENDALL JENNER LAUNCHING HER OWN TEQUILA BRAND _ Kendall Jenner has just joined the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan by finally launching her highly anticipated tequila brand called 818. She has been teasing the launch of her new business venture for a very long time. Everything about this tequila has been personally developed by Kendall in some way, including the unique name. 818 represents a postal code in southern California, spanning over the San Fernando Valley, where Kendall resides.
TRAILER FOR SWEET TOOTH _ Netflix released the full trailer for its upcoming series Sweet Tooth, “a post-apocalyptic fairytale about a hybrid deer-boy and a wandering loner who embark on an extraordinary adventure.” Its based in the DC comic of the same name and premieres June 4 on the streamer. • VIDEO
DA VINCI CODE SOLVER ROBERT LANGDON’S ORIGIN STORY IS REVEALED _A young Robert Langdon is tasked with solving no less than a “great mystery” in the Peacock streaming service’s first teaser for what is now titled Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. Based on Brown’s third novel in the Da Vinci Code series, The Lost Symbol follows the early adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy. No word on when the series debuts. • VIDEO
GEORGE CLOONEY FACES LEGAL BATTLE OVER WINE ESTATE _ George Clooney is reportedly caught in a legal battle over the wine estate in Provence, France, that he purchased last month. According to reports, an Australian couple was first to purchase the property comprising of woodland, an olive garden, a lake, a vineyard, a swimming pool, and a tennis court. The couple, whose identities are being kept under wraps, reportedly secured the wine estate for over $7 million last August.
… According to The Times of London, the initial buyer filed a lawsuit contesting the sale of the wine estate, which could lead to Clooney losing ownership despite buying it for over $9.8 million. Clooney and his wife, Amal, weren’t aware of the alleged switcheroo and didn’t do anything illegal.
This sounds like a whole lotta screwing around.
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May 17 News & Nuggets: A Minneapolis restaurant serves The Labor Inducer burger.
May 17 News & Nuggets: An Australian woman says she woke up with an Irish accent after tonsil surgery.
WHAT RANDOM FOOD COMBO DO YOU LOVE?
🗣 TOPIC: What random combination of food do you love that to others probably sounds nasty?
• Red wine and black licorice.
• Oreos with sour cream and onion dip.
• A grilled cheese sandwich with jam.
• Mustard on cucumber.
• Peanut butter bacon burger.
• Fresh white bread, butter, sliced fresh banana, and cheddar cheese sandwich. Toasted works well too.
• Barbecue sauce on mashed potatoes.
• Peanut butter, honey, pickle and Goldfish crackers sandwich.
• Peanut butter and rice.
WHAT IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS LIE YOUR PARENTS TOLD YOU?
🗣 TOPIC: What is the most ridiculous lie your parents told you?
Some comments on reddit:
• That my siblings and I had a sister named Alice. Apparently she wouldn’t stop talking in the car so they dropped her off on the side of the road. We never spoke on road trips ever again.
• When I was little, my mom told me if I didn’t finish my dinner my stomach would get very hungry and come up and eat my brain. A few nights later I woke her up at midnight crying because my stomach growled and I needed a second dinner or it would eat my brain.
• That it’s illegal to turn the interior light on in the car while driving.
• That if I didn’t brush my teeth, tiny teeth goblins would sneak into my room at night and pull out my teeth while I slept.
• That my eyes turn orange when I lied. So I covered my eyes when I lied so my mom couldn’t see them turn orange.
TYPE A PERSONALITY
Are you “type A”? If you answer “yes” to 3 or more of these questions, you can bet you are:
• Do you get bothered waiting in line at a store or restaurant?
• Do you think about other things when talking to other people?
• Do you have a hard time falling asleep?
• Do you get bothered by the way other people drive?
• Do people ever tell you to calm down, chill out, or take it easy?
• Do you grind your teeth?
• Do you often ask people to get to the point or give you a summary of what they are talking about?
• Do you enjoy change?
… A person with a type A personality is someone who is very driven and competitive. They are generally more assertive, impatient and always in a hurry. Type A people push themselves to the limits by multitasking and setting difficult goals and deadlines.
THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW HAD NAMES
Did you know there is no medical terminology for the back of the knee? It’s called “the back of the knee.” But here are some things that do have names you probably didn’t know about.
• You know how it smells after it rains? That clean, greenish smell when rain lands on dry ground? That’s petrichor, from the Greek petra (stone) and ichor (the blood of Greek gods and goddesses). The term was coined by two Australian researchers in 1964.
• Originally, a zarf was a metal chalice keep the heat from your coffee from burning your fingers. The name for the fancy cupholder has morphed into the modern-day cardboard sleeve that comes wrapped around your hot coffee.
• Chanking: Chewed-up food that’s been spit out.
• Scroop is the rustling, swooshy sound ballgowns make. More specifically, it’s the sound produced by the movement of silk.
• If you’ve put your shirt on backwards, you have your arms in the wrong armsayes, which are the armholes.
• People with expressive faces often end up with wrinkles in their glabella — the space between the eyebrows.
• Libel is one thing, but a damaging lie made publicly known for political effect is a roorback.
TRIVIA: The first flavored variety of this came out in 1872. (Chewing gum)
TRIVIA: The average American 3-year-old can recognize 100 what? (Name-brand products/advertisers)
TRIVIA: If you’re an average 70-year-old, there’s a 9 in 10 chance you need what? (Glasses)
TRIVIA: How did Levan, Utah, get it’s name? Hint: It’s on your body. (Levan is “navel” spelled backwards. It was so named because it is in the middle of Utah.)
TRIVIA: If you’re an average person, you’ll likely do this about 13 times today. (Lie)
Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.
• What your head sits on. (Body)
• Concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations. (International)
• When someone’s being mean or dirty. (Nasty)
• A hobby where you grow your own food. (Gardening)
• Something that occurs from time to time. (Occasional)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: DRUNK STUDENT LEARNS ALCOHOL AND ______ DON’T MIX!
A) Tree climbing*
C) Roller coasters
A drunken student who spent the night in a tree had to be rescued by Russian firefighters. The student had climbed 100 feet up a pine tree, without his shoes on, and then fell asleep. Firefighters needed 90 minutes and ropes and pulleys to get him down from his precarious perch. As one fire official put it, “Alcohol and climbing trees don’t really mix.”
• TV personality David Hartman is 86
• Singer-actor-model Grace Jones is 70
• Jason Gray-Stanford (Lieutenant Randy Disher on Monk) is 51
• TV personality Kim Zolciak Biermann (Real Housewives of Atlanta) is 43
• Michael Che (Saturday Night Live) is 38
• JoJo Siwa is 18
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1310: Shoes were designed specifically for the right and left foot for the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire.
• 1962: A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy took place at Madison Square Garden, New York. The highlight was Marilyn Monroe’s infamous rendition of Happy Birthday.
• 1972: Dan Gorske’s Big Mac odyssey began. The Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, man consumed eight Big Macs to begin his streak of eating the McDonald’s hamburger sandwich every day.He eats two a day.
• 1991: A 31-year-old Cleveland skydiver survived a two-mile fall after her parachute failed to open. Jill Shields suffered spine and pelvic injuries when she landed in a swamp.
• 1999: Beckley, West Virginia, police arrested a 32-year-old man for stealing the same tools he had been convicted of stealing two years before. The tools had not been claimed, so the police planted them in a vehicle stake-out, and the suspect stole them again.
• 2007: Donald Trump, whose low-rated reality show The Apprentice was left off the new prime-time schedule unveiled by NBC, said the network couldn’t fire him because he was quitting.
• 2011: Katie Couric, the first regular solo anchorwoman of a network evening newscast, signed off the CBS Evening News for the last time after five years.
• 2018: American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry at a ceremony in Windsor Castle, making her a member of the British royal family.
• 2020: A study in Nature Climate Change said greenhouse gas emissions dropped 17 percent worldwide in April 2020 when world was in lockdown.
• National Employee Health & Fitness Day
• Turn Beauty Inside Out Day
• Plant a Vegetable Garden Day
• Devil’s Food Cake Day