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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 2, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) is 71

• Sting is 68

• Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) is 65

• Kelly Ripa is 49

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.

• 1950: The comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz was first published.

• 2016: Vin Scully broadcast his last Dodgers game after a record 67 seasons.

• 2016: Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint of $10 million worth of jewelry in her hotel in Paris.

• 2017: Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following an accidental overdose of painkillers for multiple ailments, including a broken hip.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Name Your Car Day. FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your car’s name?

• Guardian Angels Day

• Custodial Workers Day

• World Farm Animals Day

• Coffee With A Cop Day

• Kale Day

• Pumpkin Seed Day

• Pet Obesity Awareness Day

UPCOMING

• October 3: NHL regular season starts
• October 11: Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
• October 11: National League Championship Series starts
• October 12: American League Championship Series starts
• October 13: Chicago Marathon
• October 27: Diwali
• October 31: Halloween (a Thursday)
• November 3: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 11: Veterans Day
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 20: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• February 2: Super Bowl


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

476: Hours the average woman will spend crying in her lifetime.


NEWS ATTACK!

A man under arrest was given 75 hours of community service after he deliberately farted three times in a police officer’s face. [He will serve his time outside and down wind.]

An Idaho man set a new world record by standing on a balance board and using a sword to cut in half grapes that were tossed to him. [This guy must be truly deadly with a flyswatter.]

A federal judge has ruled that the government cannot turn over part of a Utah national monument to developers. [So say goodbye to the planned 36-hole Oil and Gas Country Club.]

Former President Jimmy Carter turned 95, but he’s still mentally sharp. [Not that that’s a requirement to become president.]

Thieves in New Mexico stole fish worth $4,000 from a local business’ ornamental pond. [Investigators think the burglary may be linked to the theft of a truck carrying a load of tartar sauce.]

An escaped Arkansas prisoner was found on the roof of the prison. [I guess some days even the best of us just doesn’t have the energy to do what needs to be done.]

A French billionaire is giving $109 million to the reconstruction of Notre Dame. [But he wants the juice bar named after him.]

The airport in Las Vegas has just completed tests using facial recognition technology. [The machines were able to examine people’s expressions rather than their wallets and accurately conclude whether they were on their way to the casino or had just left the casino.]

McDonald’s is teaming with DoorDash to offer Big Macs for only one penny. [Of course, the delivery cost is $19.99.]

The Tesla has a feature called Smart Summons. Tell your car to come pick you up and it drives itself to where you’re standing. However, customers are complaining that the car isn’t doing exactly what they’re telling it to do. [It’s like having another kid.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WE WILL TRY TO USE DUCT TAPE TO PATCH UP JUST ABOUT ANYTHING _ Patching up a broken toilet seat, holding together a boat engine and keeping a laptop in one piece are among the most unique ways adults admit to using duct tape. In a new survey — by Duck brand ducts tape — we learn that 51 percent of you currently have duct tape holding something together in your house, and another one in three are using it to patch up something on or in the car.

… BY THE WAY, why is there no emoji for duct tape? There is an emoji for floppy disks (no longer used), fax machines (dead), 8mm film cameras (used only by hipsters and film nerds), and many other now-dead devices and objects. But there is no emoji for duct tape, the single most useful device in every home’s toolbox of fix-it items! Someone did start a Change.org petition. • LINK

14% OF AMERICANS HAVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE PLAN _ It’s Zombie Preparedness Month and 14% of you have a zombie apocalypse plan… because ‘merica. The younger the person in the poll the more likely they were to claim they have a zombie apocalypse plan. While one in four millennials have a zombie plan prepared, just six percent of Baby Boomers do.

HOW LONG MEN NEED TO DATE BEFORE KNOWING THEY’RE THE ONE _ The average man knows after seven months of dating if his partner is “the one.” A survey of engaged and married American men revealed that 49 percent of men who popped the question received little hints from their partner encouraging the proposal. The common nudges included watching TV or movies that involved weddings (54 percent), discussing other people’s engagements and marriages (52 percent) and leaving wedding magazines out to be discovered (50 percent).

Wait, 50 percent of women leave wedding magazine out to be discovered? 50 percent?

… A partner forwarding emails from jewelry websites (45 percent) and a partner stopping in jewelry stores to look at rings (40 percent) rounded out the top five hint methods.

STAR TREK STUFF: WARP DRIVES MAY BE POSSIBLE _ Humans are within years of sending the first crewed mission to Mars. And then what? Maybe another 100 years from now we’ll eventually have the resources to launch deeper crewed missions from there, eventually reaching as far as… somewhere near Neptune. Our current method of space travel simply isn’t good enough to get us out of our own galactic suburb.

… We’re going to need warp engines, or something similar, to “boldly go” much further than the confines of our own solar system. But rules are rules and we’re unlikely to figure out how to move a spaceship faster than the speed of light any time soon. There might, however, be a way to cheat.

… A researcher from the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Propulsion Research Center thinks we can create a warp engine capable of riding a space wave into the future. In essence, he is suggesting a way of inducing a curvature of spacetime in a manner similar to an ocean wave. One creates a ‘high-pressure’ curvature behind, and a ‘low pressure’ curvature in front, and the vessel inside of this resulting ‘bubble’ is moved with space to a destination.

… Basically if you can’t go faster than light, make the universe expand and contract around you so that you’ve actually moved farther than you could have traveling at the speed of light.

WOMAN CLIMBS INTO EXHIBIT AT BRONX ZOO, TAUNTS LION _ A woman climbed over a visitor safety barrier at the Bronx Zoo’s African lion exhibit over the weekend. Video posted to Instagram shows a woman in a T-shirt and pants standing just feet away from a male lion. They stare at each other for a brief period of time. Then she seems to almost taunt it, raising her arms and wiggling her body for a second as if she’s dancing. The lion just stares. The Bronx Zoo confirmed the incident by saying: “This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death. Barriers and rules are in place to keep both visitors, staff and animals safe. We have a zero tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers.” • VIDEO

IRELAND WILL PLANT 440 MILLION TREES TO HELP TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE _ Every year for the next twenty years Ireland plans to plant 22 million trees, totaling 440 million trees planted as part of a plan to combat climate change.

FAT BEAR WEEK 2019 _ Katmai National Park in Alaska begins Fat Bear Week today (October 2) with their annual competition to crown the fattest bear. Bears emerge from their dens in the spring fairly skinny, and then spend all summer packing on the pounds to keep them going through the winter. Voting on individual bears will run today through Tuesday (October 8) on Facebook.

… Katmai’s bears, home to one of the densest concentration of bears on Earth, appeared on the explore.org webcams in June as relatively skinny, sometimes gaunt looking, animals. But by September, the brown bears put on hundreds of pounds — some with bellies that nearly scrape the ground.

… There are 12 plump bears in the park’s 2019 Fat Bear Week bracket. •LINK

UPS JUST WON FAA APPROVAL TO FLY AS MANY DELIVERY DRONES AS IT WANTS _ UPS announced Tuesday that it has received government approval to operate a “drone airline.” Don’t expect your next package to arrive directly on your doorstep by a drone, though: UPS says it will first use this certification to build a drone delivery network for hospital campuses around the US.

… UPS says the certification will let the company fly as many drones as it wants, let its drones fly beyond a pilot’s visual line of sight, carry cargo that weighs more than 55 pounds, and fly at night.

WALK TO SCHOOL TODAY _ It’s National Walk to School Day and hundreds of thousands of students, parents, school officials and local leaders across the United States will join the 23rd annual celebration which highlights the importance of safer, more active transportation for youth in their local communities.

… In the United States, this day is expected to include more than 5,000 events across all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

COFFEE COULD BECOME ‘LUXURY ITEM’ VERY SOON _ Thanks to climate change, coffee could be a luxury item in the not-too-distant future. Oh, see… suddenly you’re concerned about the climate! Experts think that in about 30 years — by 2050 — up to half the land currently used globally to grow coffee could become unusable for this purpose. The experts says the quality of coffee could be diminished as farmers turn to new varieties, and that lower production volumes could cause prices to increase.

VACATION AT A HAUNTED ISLAND FILLED WITH CREEPY DOLLS _ Fans of haunted dolls finally have a creepy vacation designed just for them. A company that specializes in group adventures for solo travelers is offering a nine-day package tour of Mexico this Halloween that includes a visit to an infamous location known as the Island of the Dolls.

… The spooky island is known to locals not just for being supposedly haunted, but for another, truly creepy, aspect: The area is reportedly covered in dolls hanging from trees. Many of the dolls are allegedly missing various body parts. The dolls also are known to move their heads and arms. There are even claims that they can be heard whispering to one another.

… The tour, by Flash Pack, isn’t just about creepy dolls. It also celebrates Mexico’s Day of the Dead. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey. • LINK

FISH ARE SMART-ISH _ If you thought fish were cold, wet creatures who forget everything in three seconds flat, think again. Scientists found they are fast learners, carry mental maps around in their heads, and can retain memories for months. Tests on fish in an aquarium (at Oxford University) showed that despite their tiny brains, they possess cognitive abilities outstripping those of some small mammals.

HOW PEOPLE SEE YOU AT WORK _ Most of us think we know ourselves and know how we come across to other people. Well, that’s not exactly the case. A study (Columbia Business School) discovered 57 percent of participants viewed themselves as over-assertive, while their peers thought they were actually under-assertive. 56 percent who viewed themselves as under-assertive were actually seen as over-assertive by their peers.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: SAVE VS. SPLURGE _ The bargain-hunting website Slick Deals says Americans are OK with pinching pennies on:

• Hand soap, dish soap, paper towels, wine, eating out, casual shirts, small household appliances, jeans, dress pants, dresses, socks, handbags, sunglasses, belts, jewelry, produce, bread, cheese, butter, chips/snacks, spaghetti sauce, beer, bottled water, milk, over the counter medicine, sunscreen, razors, cooking supplies, soda, phone chargers, headphones, shampoo, cereal, pizza, garbage bags.

But we splurge on:

• Toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush, skincare, coffee, dress shirts, shoes, large household appliances, laptops/computers, mobile devices, coats, facial creams/cleansers, TVs, pet food, laundry detergent, bed, couches/chairs, makeup.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: INTOXICATED MAN WITH POCKET KNIFE SITS DOWN IN CLASSROOM _ A man carrying a pocket knife on the campus of Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida, was able to get into a classroom. Derek Marlowe, 51, was arrested Friday and charged with trespassing, disrupting school functions and breach of peace. Investigators say the 51-year-old man was intoxicated when he rode a bike on to campus and walked inside. He got into a classroom and took a seat. He told officials he was there to “test security.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DUI AFTER DRINKING WHITE CLAWS SAYS ‘THEY’RE ONLY 5%’ _ A Florida woman was charged with a DUI after getting pulled over with the smell of White Claw all over her breath. She refused a breathalyzer but failed multiple field sobriety tests, adding, “I had a drink at noon and two while driving home — well, in the car. They are only 5%.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: $724 FOR TWO BEERS _ When buying drinks at sporting events, fans can generally expect to pay double or triple what they would at their favorite neighborhood watering hole. On Sunday afternoon, a rogue beer vendor took things to far. The 33-year-old walking vendor was busted at Sunday’s Miami Dolphins game for charging a fan $724 for two beers. He used the fan’s card and swiped it using a personal card reader, not the device the stadium provides to vendors. Shortly after the transaction was processed, the fan received an alert from his bank notifying him of the steep charge to his card. It also displayed the vendor’s name.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FED-UP BUS DRIVER TOOK MISBEHAVING KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL _ A bus driver in Poland got so fed up with rowdy students that he abandoned his route and dumped them back at school. His boss backed the driver’s radical action and threatened to suspend the bus route if behavior doesn’t improve.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOCTORS REMOVE 9-POUND HAIRBALL FROM TEENAGER’S STOMACH _ Doctors in Kyrgyzstan removed a nine-pound hairball from the stomach of an teen after she could no longer eat or drink. The ball developed over years as she chewed the ends of her hair and ate hair off the floor.


ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR: ISLAND OF THE IDOLS  (8p ET, CBS) — New.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. A dying man tries to preserve his life with a controversial scientific method.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Adam gets a surprise from his past, as his first love Dana is back in town.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New.

IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL NIGHT 1 (8p ET, CW) — Ryan Seacrest hosts, with highlights of Vegas performances including Camila Cabello, Tim McGraw, French Montana, Halsey, Steve Aoki and more.

SCHOOLED (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Principal Glascott isn’t sure how to handle difficult librarian Dr. Ness.

PREMIERE: ALL ELITE WRESTLING: DYNAMITE (8p ET, TNT) — After four successful pay-per-view events, the recently launched league AEW debuts on TNT. AEW World Champion Chris Jericho teams up with two mystery partners to battle Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks. Plus, the AEW Women’s Championship is decided.

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Casey struggles to get Boden to sign off on an energetic new recruit.

SEASON PREMIERE: SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — In the season 3 premiere, Jason leads the team on a mission in Serbia.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Claire needs everyone out of the house before they make her look bad in front of a reporter from an important women’s business magazine. Gabrielle Ruiz (Crazy Ex Girlfriend) guest stars.

SERIES PREMIERE: ALMOST FAMILY (9p ET, FOX) — Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect) stars in this new drama as an only child that has her world turned upside down when her father (Timothy Hutton, American Crime), reveals that, over the course of his career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of a hundred children. Megalyn Echikunwoke (The Following) and Emily Osment (Young & Hungry) also star.

SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Miggy gets a new temp job at Angie’s law firm to help pay for Jack’s preschool.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. Atwater goes undercover in a drug syndicate.

STUMPTOWN (10p ET, ABC) — New. Dex is hired by a wealthy man to search for a woman he recently met.

SEASON PREMIERE: S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — Amy Farrington (GLOW) joins the cast for season 3.

LIVING UNDOCUMENTED (Netflix) — This new docuseries, produced by singer Selena Gomez, follows eight undocumented families who allow film crews to chronicle their lives as they face potential deportation.


ENTERTAINMENT

HBO MAX ORDERS PILOT FOR DC COMICS CIVIL WAR SERIES _ The DC Comics series depicting a second Civil War between the United States of America and secessionist Free States of America is in the works at the new streaming service HBO Max. A producer behind Westworld and Sons of Anarchy will pilot the show, which will begin filming in early 2020.

… The show, called DMZ, “chronicles the harrowing journey of a fierce female medic who saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. But as she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost: hope.”

🎧 AUDIOA PUG HAS BEEN HIRED TO MAKE ALIEN SOUNDS FOR HALO GAME _ The company behind the popular Halo video games have brought a pug on board to help out with some of the alien sounds for the game. Gyoza The Pug was introduced to fans on Halo’s official Instagram account, and video game company 343 Industries says he’s helped out in the studio by supplying grunts and huffing and puffing noises to make the aliens sound a bit more interesting.

TREVOR NOAH IS SET TO STAR IN A QUIBI COMEDY SERIES _ So many new streaming services… so have you heard of Quibi? The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah is developing a show with Quibi that will follow him on a tour to the far corners of the country and beyond. The show’s description: “Trevor will give Quibi’s audience an unprecedented peek at his candid interactions with the people he meets and the incredible places he visits along the way.”

… Quibi is short for “quick bites.” It’s a subscription-based streaming service designed to deliver short scripted and unscripted content to your phone. Episodes of Quibi shows will run roughly seven to ten minutes in length. So think YouTube, but perhaps higher quality content that runs you $5 to $8 a month.

… The official Quibi launch date is April 6, 2020.

BIRDS OF PREY TRAILER _ Gotham City is about to get a new team of heroes. Margot Robbie is making her return as Harley Quinn in the new film Birds of Prey, and the first trailer for the DC Comics movie has arrived and it’s, er, interesting.

… The film picks up after the events in Suicide Squad, catching up with Quinn (Robbie), who is now out on her own and out of the shadow of the Joker. Birds of Prey is in theaters in February. • VIDEO

MATHEW KNOWLES DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER _ Mathew Knowles, the mastermind behind Destiny’s Child and the beginnings of Beyoncé’s solo career, has revealed that he’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. TMZ reports Knowles will open up about the health battle this morning (Wednesday) on Good Morning America.

… Breast cancer in men is rare. Less than one percent of breast cancer diagnoses involve men. But it is more frequently found in men between 60 and 70 years old. Knowles is 67-years-old.

MICHAEL BAY’S 6 UNDERGROUND NETFLIX TRAILER, STARRING RYAN REYNOLDS _ One of the biggest, most Michael Bay-est movies of 2019 is coming to your tiny six-inch smartphone screen this December. On Tuesday, Netflix released the trailer for 6 Underground, a new action-thriller directed by Michael Bay that will begin streaming on Netflix on December 13. Ryan Reynolds leads an ensemble cast who play a group of individuals who fake their deaths to form an international vigilante squad. • VIDEO

RUBY ROSE ON HER BATWOMAN STUNT INJURY _ In an update for fans, Ruby Rose says she broke her back while filming her new show Batwoman. Rose says, “I did a stunt for a very extended amount of time — for like seven hours — and we thought I broke a rib or just fractured a rib and that was 6-12 weeks of healing … I kept seeing the doctors and they’re like, ‘It’s your neck, it’s your neck.'” Rose says she also couldn’t feel her arm for “a long time,” adding that two herniated discs broke the protective layers of her spine and threatened to make her paraplegic.

FELICITY HUFFMAN ‘ACCOMPLICE’ TO PLEAD GUILTY _ The director of a Los Angeles private school who helped doctor actress Felicity Huffman‘s daughter’s test scores has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors. According to court papers filed Tuesday Igor Dvorskiy, the former director of West Hollywood College Preparatory School, will plead guilty to racketeering charges for allegedly taking kickbacks from college admissions scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer to improve student’s SAT and ACT test scores. In exchange for his cooperation, prosecutors in the case will recommend a light sentence.

… As part of the scam, Singer had his wealthy clients’ kids take their college admissions exams at Dvorskiy’s school, and Singer’s co-conspirator, Mark Riddell, would then correct their tests.

… Dozens of people — including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin — were busted in Singer’s scheme. In the indictment against Huffman, prosecutors alleged Dvorskiy administered a test to her daughter at the West Hollywood location. Huffman pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter’s SAT scores and was sentenced last month to serve two weeks behind bars.

… Loughlin has pleaded not guilty to allegations she paid Singer $500,000 to get her daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as rowing recruits.

BEST HORROR FILMS OF THE PAST 20 YEARS _ Looking for a good horror film in October? USA Today has ranked the 50 best from the past 20 years.

5. Get Out (2017)
4. The Witch (2016)
3. The Wailing (2016)
2. 28 Days Later (2003)
1. Kill List (2012)

FULL LIST

INTERNATIONAL TERMINATOR: DARK FATE TRAILER _ The footage released for Terminator: Dark Fate so far has been a tad underwhelming, but that’s about to change. A new international trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate is loaded with new footage, and it gives us a much better idea of how action-packed and intense the movie is going to be. The film is in theaters November 1. • VIDEO

NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP PERFORMED BY BARBERSHOP QUARTET _ The Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2019 International Convention (Salt Lake City) got the audience on its feet this week when the quartet The Newfangled Four delivered Never Gonna Give You Up. • VIDEO-AUDIO

CLAWS RENEWED FOR A FOURTH AND FINAL SEASON _ Claws has been renewed for a fourth and final season. The Niecy Nash-led drama has been a solid and steady performer for TNT.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

🎧 Video game company 343 Industries showed off the Pug its using to make video game villain noises. October 2 News & Nuggets.

🎧 In Spain, a woman asked a neighbor to hang on to a box. It had a human head inside. October 1 News & Nuggets.

🎧 Florida scuba diver finds and iPhone in 40 feet of water. October 1 Wacky-But-True.


BITS & BREAKS

JOCK LINE

Middle of the work week. The optimist sees the week as half over. The pessimist knows he has to work Saturday.

REAL USEFUL INTERVIEW TIPS

TAKE A BATH — Oh, and wear clean clothes. And if you aren’t interviewing with a perfume or cologne company, go light on the scents.

WEAR SOME NICE DUDS — Here is a simple trick for dressing properly. Go to the location of your interview a day early. Take note of what people are wearing and dress similarly when you go back for your interview.

DUMP THE NERVOUS HABITS — If you aren’t aware of your own nervous habits, ask some people you trust to tell them to you. It’s not easy to unlearn something that you’ve done for many years, but you’ll find it will make a huge difference in how you are received.

LACKING IN SELF CONFIDENCE? — Job seekers who speak too softly, speak too loudly, give one-word answers to questions or are too self-critical are easy for the interviewer to reject. Make it harder to be rejected by giving off a sense of confidence that you can do the job.

BE NICE — Many people are never hired because they were rude to an assistant or a waiter. Or they trashed their last employer. Or that they didn’t say thank you. Employers entrust employees with their most valuable commodity, their customers. Show them that you treat everyone with respect and consideration.

DON’T LEAVE A BAD TASTE — Four traits immediately send a bad message to an interviewer; arrogance, laziness, dishonesty and complaining. Who would choose to have someone with these qualities in their midst?

YELP REVIEWS OF MAJESTIC NATIONAL PARKS

On Yelp you can review restaurants, dry cleaners, roller skating rinks, coffee shops and more. Including national parks. Here are some 1 star reviews on Yelp of some national parks.

• Sequoia National Park: “Lost my car key in the restroom and nobody helped me out.”

• Grand Canyon National Park: “As amazing as the views are it is really kind of boring. Every 500 feet a new vantage point of the same thing: a really big hole in the ground.”

• Yellowstone National Park: “If you’ve seen one geyser you’ve seen them all.”

• Crater Lake National Park: “OK, yes, the water is very blue.”

• Denali National Park and Preserve: “Two of the trails were closed because of bears.”

QUIT YOUR B.S.

There’s a subreddit called Quit Your B.S. It’s a collection of some of the best call-outs found on Twitter, Airbnb, Yelp, and Facebook.

• A guy posted: LOL never vaccinated and never got sick. Didn’t stop me from becoming a Marine.

Someone replied: Quit your BS buddy, the US military forces you to get every single vaccine. Marine my a**.

• Someone posted: It took me 19 years to figure out NEWS is short for “notable events, weather and sports.”

Reply from Merriam-Webster: No.

• Comment on a vacation rental site: If you’re going to stay here you should be aware that this host lives on the other side of the wall and will drop in unannounced. The house is dirty. He will also be frank about the conversations he “overheard.”

Response: The listing states that the host lives on the property. The bedrooms are all upstairs and the host has a room downstairs behind the laundry room. He can only hear very loud voices and would not have entered the house if your group wasn’t drunk and yelling offers to pay someone to eat one of the goldfish from our pond. The house was professional cleaned before your arrival and was filthy when your group left, including vomit on the bathroom floor.

• Complaint about a restaurant: Disgusting soggy fries and average service.

Response: Our fries aren’t soggy but you when you have a cigarette and wait in your car for half an hour they will get soggy. Our turnover on orders is 5 minutes.

• Complaint: I wish I could give negative rating here. They have completely messed up the tattoo.

Response: But that isn’t the whole story, is it? You requested a tattoo written in a language that the staff cannot read or write. The stencil was show to you, okayed by you, placed on you, okayed by you again. You can read Punjabi…we cannot.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Each year (in the U.S.) there are about 15,000 accidents involving what? (Vacuum cleaners)

TRIVIA: Each year the security people at airports confiscate around 1,200 of these. (Guns)

TRIVIA: The top three products for coupon redemption are cold cereal, soap, and what? (Deodorant)

TRIVIA: One in three male motorists does what while driving? (Picks their nose)

TRIVIA: In a recent survey 7 percent of men said they’d like to see professional football played what way? (Without body padding)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 2, 2019

• 1985: Sweet Dreams, the film biography of PATSY CLINE, opened in theaters.

• 2001: TRACE ADKINS visited rescue and recovery workers at the site of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

• 2010: SAMMY KERSHAW finished third with 19% of the vote for lieutenant governor of Louisiana.

• 2012: KENNY ROGERS’ autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, was published. The book chronicled Kenny’s growing up in Houston, partnerships with DOLLY PARTON and Lionel Richie, and his five marriages.

• 2017: KEITH URBAN sang Bridge Over Troubled Water at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater in a vigil organized less than 24 hours after 59 people were gunned down at a country festival in Las Vegas.

JO-EL SONNIER is 73.

Greg Jennings of RESTLESS HEART is 65.

GILLIAN WELCH is 52.

KELLY WILLIS is 51.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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🎧 KENNY CHESNEY likes to surprise listeners sometimes.

🎧 KENNY CHESNEY on planning a tour.

🎧 BLAKE SHELTON and Pitbull on the song Get Ready (clip).


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame will induct its 85th through 89th members on October 22 with the additions of LADY ANTEBELLUM, CLINT BLACK, MAC MCANALLY, the late CHET ATKINS, and late musician DeFORD BAILEY.

To commemorate DOLLY PARTON’s 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member, several shows are planned for October 8-12 at the Opry House in Nashville. Artists performing will include DIERKS BENTLEY, LADY ANTEBELLUM, TOBY KEITH, CHRIS JANSON, SARA EVANS, BILL ANDERSON, and SUZY BOGGUSS. The artists will be performing a mix of their own hits and songs popularized by Dolly. Dolly will perform at both shows on October 12.

LUKE COMBS, TOBY KEITH and CODY JOHNSON (On My Way To You) will headline the inaugural Kicker Heartland Stampede Music Festival June 25-27 in Topeka, Kansas. Others performing will include ASHLEY MCBRYDE, CLAY WALKER, LONESTAR, and MITCHELL TENPENNY.

ZAC BROWN BAND has its fifth consecutive number one album this week. The Owl debuted at the top of the Country Albums Chart and at No. 2 on the Top 200 all formats chart.

KACEY MUSGRAVES will have a song on the soundtrack of Frozen 2. The album hits stores November 15 with the movie in theaters on November 22.

PHIL VASSAR will headline the 2019 Christmas 4 Kids concert November 25 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The concert raises funds for underprivileged youth in the Nashville area. Others performing will include LONESTAR, OLD DOMINION frontman Matt Ramsey, EDDIE MONTGOMERY, and hit songwriters CRAIG WISEMAN and JEFFREY STEELE.

BRAD PAISLEY, HUNTER HAYES, SHENANDOAH and others helped KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY raise more than $350,000 for Alzheimer’s research at the third annual Dance Party To End ALZ at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on September 29.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 3, 2019

• 1961: Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams and songwriter Fred Rose became the first inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2003: KENNY CHESNEY’s episode of CMT Crossroads with John Mellencamp debuted.

• 2006: Nashville Star winner CHRIS YOUNG released his self-titled debut album.

• 2011: HANK WILLIAMS JR. compared president Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on a FOX News broadcast. ESPN pulled Hank’s theme song from that night’s telecast of Monday Night Football.

• 2017: ROSANNE CASH wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, challenging country artists to speak out against the National Rifle Association following a massacre at an October 1 JASON ALDEAN concert.

• 2017: After he’s part of a clue on Jeopardy, LUKE BRYAN responded on Instagram: “I made it”. The clue: “For great American music, this state that gave us Luke Bryan and R.E.M.”

BLAKE SHELTON’s girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, is 50.

Cherrill Green of EDENS EDGE is 37.


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 3, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Chubby Checker is 78

• Magician Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy is 75

• Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is 70

• Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 57

• Gwen Stefani is 50

• Neve Campbell is 46

• Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) is 46

• Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie in Marvel movies, Westworld) is 36

• Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things) is 15

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1789: George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving Day.

• 1863: Thanksgiving Day was declared as the fourth Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln.

• 1960: The Andy Griffith Show premiered on CBS. It lasted eight seasons and continues today in reruns.

• 1995: O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. An estimated 107 million people watched TV news coverage of the verdict. Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial.

• 2003: Roy Horn of “Siegfried & Roy” was in critical condition following a tiger attack during a performance. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was debuting in his first show.

• 2014: When a man’s defense lawyer stopped in at a Washington state jail to visit his client it was discovered the inmate was missing. His escape had gone undetected for two days.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Soft Taco Day

• Techies Day

• Bring Your Bible To School Day

• Boyfriends Day

UPCOMING

• October 3: NHL regular season starts
• October 11: Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
• October 11: National League Championship Series starts
• October 12: American League Championship Series starts
• October 13: Chicago Marathon
• October 27: Diwali
• October 31: Halloween (a Thursday)
• November 3: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 11: Veterans Day
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 20: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• February 2: Super Bowl


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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 13 , 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) is 60

• John Slattery (Mad Men, Desperate Housewives) is 57

• Debi Mazar (TV Land’s Younger) is 55

• Sebastian Stan (Marvel’s Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier) is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1899: Movie director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London.

• 1942: Walt Disney’s animated feature “Bambi” premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

• 1960: The first two-way telephone conversation by satellite took place with the help of Echo 1, a balloon satellite.

• 1961: Berlin was divided as East Germany sealed off the border between the city’s eastern and western sectors in order to halt the flight of refugees.

• 1995: Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died of liver cancer at age 63.

• 2003: In Northern Greece, a man was fined $88 and ordered to stand trial for spitting a plum pit out his window while driving. Yiannis Tassos says he apologized three times to the police but they wouldn’t listen.

• 2003: Libya agreed to set up a $2.7 billion fund for families of 270 people killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.

• 2004: The 28th summer Olympic games opened in Athens.

• 2005: A gang of 67 inmates attempting to tunnel out of prison in Brazil ended up still inside the prison walls when they mismeasured their distance by a foot.

• 2011: Seven people were killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair during a powerful storm just before a Sugarland concert was to begin.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Lefthanders Day. FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Hey lefties, what are some of the problems righties never think about?

• Filet Mignon Day

UPCOMING

• August 15: Woodstock began in 1969. (Here’s some interesting trivia about the 50-year-old festival.)
• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• August 30: The Matrix returns to some theaters
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)
• September 20: Storm Area 51
• September 21: Storm Loch Ness
• September 22: Emmy Awards (Fox)
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

43.7 million: Retired workers receiving U.S. Social Security benefits averaging about $1,460 a month.


NEWS ATTACK!

A massive demonstration at the Hong King Airport, one of the world’s busiest, forced a cancellation of all flights Monday afternoon. [The protest was over airline flight delays.]

Texas authorities arrested a man who kept 230 animals in his house. [This is a guy who has never had a second date.]

The Trump Administration on Monday announced changes to the Endangered Species Act, making it weaker and more difficult to enforce. [The Endangered Species Act is no longer much of a law but more like an Endangered Species Restraining Order.]

On Monday, Chick-fil-A added Mac and Cheese. [Because apparently, Americans were getting a bit too scrawny.]

A kingsnake in Pennsylvania swallowed 10 inches of its own tail and had to be rescued from itself. [Don’t we all?]

A man in Austria set a new world record by spending over two hours in a box covered in ice while wearing only swim trunks. [Don’t laugh. The way global warming keeps speeding up, this could soon be the future of all of us.]

The new version of The Lion King just became the highest grossing animated film of all time. [Maybe this is the big career break Beyonce has been looking for.]

The Korean boyband BTS says its members are taking an extended break to enjoy being young. [Yeah, I tried that line on my parents when I flunked out of college.]

In Germany, a man who had just gotten out of prison was arrested for stealing several bottles of champagne. [This is the very definition of “celebrating a bit too soon.”]


NEWS & NUGGETS

🎧 AUDIOCAR LANDED IN POOL AT SEATTLE GYM _ A car smashed through the glass wall of a fitness facility and crash-landed in an indoor swimming pool Monday morning in the Seattle area. Three people were swimming laps in the pool when the car plunged into the water and quickly sank to the bottom. None of the swimmers was struck or injured. Two of them swam over to help the elderly male driver escape from the car.

… One swimmer said, “Looking at it underwater, because I was swimming, I couldn’t really tell what it was because all I see are, like, tires. And I’m like, ‘Is that a car? That can’t be a car.'”

DEBRIS FROM PASSENGER JET RAINS DOWN ON ITALIAN CITY _ Falling debris from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner pelted a residential area near Rome shortly after take-off over the weekend, damaging 25 vehicles and 12 homes and striking one person. The Norwegian Air flight was scheduled to fly from Rome to Los Angeles, but after reaching 3,000 feet, the pilots declared an emergency and returned to Rome for a safe landing, approximately 23 minutes after departure. There were 298 passengers on board, none of whom were injured. The falling debris struck a neighborhood; one resident called it a “storm of steel and iron.” The debris apparently came from the jetliner’s left engine.

TOP QUALITY SANDWICH SHOP IN AMERICA _ I do not like surveys like these. You’re polling Americans on their favorite sandwich shop and — guess what — the sandwich shop with more locations across the country comes out top. #unfair, #rigged

… Subway leads across all categories, according to the survey. It benefits from a massive national and international footprint and a large advertising budget, which could explain its dominance.

… Second is Jersey Mike’s, followed by Schlotzsky’s and Jimmy John’s.

… Subway has over 42,000 locations in 111 countries worldwide, all independently owned.. 24,350 are in the United States.

HOTELS.COM WANTS ‘CANINE CRITIC’ TO REVIEW DOG-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATIONS _ A globe-trotting dog is wanted to review canine hotels. The chosen dog will be required to offer their four-legged insights on his or her favorite walking spots, most comfortable beds, grooming services, and more. Together with their owner, they will post their hotel reviews on Hotels.com. The new position of ‘canine critic’ will give one lucky hound the chance to try out 10 of the world’s most dog-friendly hotels.

MAN ACCUSED OF HIDING SPY CAM IN UNITED AIRLINES BATHROOM _ A man has been accused of installing a surveillance camera in the first-class restroom of a recent United Airlines flight. According to court records, the spy camera was discovered by a Houston area woman flying first class on a flight from San Diego to Houston. While using the bathroom she observed an item with a blinking blue light situated near a door hinge inside. Once done in the bathroom the female passenger stood up, grabbed the item with a paper towel, walked out of the bathroom and gave it to the flight crew.

… After the item was confirmed to be a video recording device by a United Airlines security team, footage recovered showed a man installing the camera. While his face was not shown, investigators were able to identify “distinctive” jewelry and clothing that were then matched against boarding footage obtained by the FBI in San Diego and identified the individual as Malaysian man Choon Ping Lee.

… Inspecting the device further, the FBI in Houston recovered additional photos of two women in a separate restroom on a different flight.

WOMAN LIVESTREAMED HERSELF SHOVING HER DOG INTO A CLOTHES DRYER _ Animal lovers around the country have been left disturbed and angered after a Texas woman recorded herself shoving her dog into a clothes dryer and hysterically laughing as she turned the machine on. The video, which was livestreamed on Instagram, made its rounds over the weekend and featured an unidentified woman heartlessly abusing her dog by putting him into the dryer. The video was deleted, but not before someone captured and shared it on Twitter. • VIDEO

… After locking her pup inside the dryer and closing the door, the woman turned on the machine and proceeded to cackle and scream with laughter while the pooch tumbled around inside for a few seconds.

… One viewer found the woman’s Instagram account, but her profile has since been deleted from the social platform.

TARMAC WORKER AND PASSENGER PLAY ROCK PAPER SCISSORS THROUGH THE WINDOW _ Take lessons in making friends from this flight passenger who met his new bestie through the window of a passenger jet. Brianna Kolbe shared a video of her boyfriend playing a game of rock-paper-scissors with a tarmac worker ahead of their Spirit Airlines flight departing from Atlantic City, New Jersey. She tweeted: “My boyfriend literally has no problem making friends with anybody.” • LINK

… It all began when the boyfriend, Robert Meadows, saw an airport employee playing rock-paper-scissors with someone else through the window, he had to get in on the fun.

STORM AREA 51 EVENT CREATOR IS WORKING ON AN ALIEN FESTIVAL _ Government authorities may have said “no way” to the Storm Area 51 event that’s racked up more than two million followers, but the spirit of the meme is going to live on in the form of a festival. Matty Roberts, the creator of the original event, announced that he teamed up with event producer The Hidden Sound to create Alienstock, a three-day festival that will be hosted in Rachel, Nevada. The event, which promises a bunch of headlining music acts who have yet to be announced, will start September 20.

… The details on Alienstock are still pretty sparse. So far, the website set up for the event is promising a “party in the desert” set in the town closest to Area 51. The event planners are currently seeking donations to cover the cost of hosting the event, hoping to raise enough money to provide sufficient access to food and water, toilets, security and staff to make the whole thing happen.

… While Alienstock attempts to capitalize on the success of what was essentially a Facebook meme, that people living in Rachel, Nevada — a town of just 54 — are reportedly less than thrilled about the potential influx of people interrupting their quiet existence. Businesses in the town have been flooded with interview requests and the town’s website now warns potential festival attendees of limited resources. The Rachel, Nevada, website says: “There are no services in Rachel. There is no gas and no store. The Inn is booked for that weekend.” It informs people planning to show up for the event that they will need to be experienced campers and prepared to survive in dramatically changing weather, as it often drops near freezing temperatures at night while getting into the 80s and 90s during the day. The town also states that there is limited to no cell service in the region.

IRAQI WOMAN FAILS SWISS CITIZENSHIP TEST AFTER ANSWERING ‘UH’ OVER 200 TIMES _ An Iraqi woman has been denied Swiss citizenship after answering ‘uh’ over 200 times during her citizenship test. While her husband was granted citizenship, her application for a Swiss passport was denied — despite living in Switzerland for 20 years. After being rejected the woman took her case to the Swiss Federal Court, claiming the recordings of the interview were taken without her consent. The federal judge said that she must improve her grasp of the Swiss language before she can reapply for citizenship.

TELLING LIES AT WORK: MORE COMMON WHEN YOU’RE UNHAPPY WITH JOB _ The less satisfied people are at work the more likely they are to lie to others at the office. That’s according to a recent survey (from Simply Hired) of more than 1,000 people. 41 percent said they are not satisfied at work and said they tell at least one white lie a week — which is more than those who are happy at work.

… And the most common lie? The kind that buys time away from colleagues, like “I’m not feeling well” or “I already have plans after work.”

MOM CHARGES $85 TO GO TO SON’S BIRTHDAY PARTY _ Kids’ birthday parties are always expensive — but not usually for the guests. A British mom upset a few parents after charging other parents at least $85 to attend her son’s go-kart party, on top of demanding Amazon gift cards and a picnic for the birthday boy. The mother of one of the kids invited complained on a UK parenting website, asking if she was being unreasonable “to think this is really grabby.” As well as expecting gift cards, the unidentified birthday boy’s mom started texting demands for $25 in transportation costs, another $25 for the deposit and another $35 due on the day of the party.

… And that’s not all. The upset mom posted: “This morning she (in my opinion) has the gall to request we pack a generous picnic with ice packs and pack extra so the birthday boy doesn’t have to bring anything.”

MAJORITY OF VACATIONERS WOULD RATHER HAVE NO AIR CONDITIONING THAN NO INTERNET _ Americans would rather endure any number of vacation hassles than go without internet. Almost half of respondents (49 percent) said that no internet access would qualify as a vacation disaster — just think, no streaming TV, music or movies. Only lost luggage was a bigger vacation hassle (54 percent). No internet ranked as a bigger hassle than food poisoning (47 percent), consistent bad weather (47 percent), and a lost credit card (44 percent).

… On a list of must-have rental amenities, internet ranked highest by about three in four people, above air conditioning (61 percent) and access to a washer/dryer (53 percent).

COUPLE’S PHONES STILL WORK AFTER SPENDING THREE YEARS IN A RIVER _ A rescue team on a scuba diving training exercise found two cell phones that were in a plastic bag in a river in Southwest China. One of the divers took the phones home and, using the contact lists on the phones, tracked down the owners — a husband and wife. The wife said that their phones accidentally fell in the river while they were on a boating trip in August 2016.

THE RIGHT NAME CAN MAKE YOU SEXIER _ Scientists say the right name can make you sexier. Linguists (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) posted photos of men and women on the internet multiple times using different names. Attractiveness scores went up and down depending on the vowels. Men with “front vowels” in their names — sounds formed at the front of the mouth like the “a” in Matt — were considered sexier than men with “back vowel” sounds like the “au” in Paul. The opposite held for women, who were sexier with back vowels than front ones. Front vowels are often perceived as “smaller” than back vowels, so the difference could be a sign that women are seeking men that are sensitive or gentle, traits usually perceived as feminine.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: PARENTS SAY SWEARING IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILDREN IS ACCEPTABLE _ In a survey, more than half of parents say swearing in front of your children is acceptable. The survey showed 52% of parents are fine with using bad language in the presence of their children. The survey also found some of the most popular swear word alternatives, including:

  • What the frog
  • Sugar
  • Shitake mushrooms
  • Oh cheeses
  • Shut the front door
  • Fudge
  • Nuts
  • For freaks sake
  • Oh fruitcake
  • Blinking heck

WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OUT ON BAIL, MAN BREAKS INTO COP CAR FOR NAP _ A California man charged with stealing a taxi cab stepped out of a police station house after posting bail and immediately slipped into an empty patrol car for a nap. Police found him some time later asleep in the front seat. He was taken back into the station house and charge with breaking and entering.

🎧 AUDIOWACKY-BUT-TRUE: VIDEO SHOWS PEOPLE LEAVING VINTAGE TVs ON FRONT PORCHES _ Nearly a year after a Richmond, Virginia, neighborhood woke up to find dozens of vintage box television sets sitting on their front porches, the strange circumstance has happened again. Only this time the culprits, who apparently dropped off more than 50 TVs, were caught on several neighbors’ doorbell cameras. This time the bizarre discoveries were made Sunday morning by families in a different Richmond neighborhood.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SPOILED BRAT DRIVES NEW BMW INTO RIVER _ While most 22-year-olds would be ecstatic to receive a BMW as a present from their father, a guy in India wasn’t satisfied and threw a temper tantrum for the ages. The spoiled brat wanted a Jaguar and decided to drive his new BMW into a river. It took a crew over five hours to retrieve it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FUGITIVE JUMPS ONTO NEST OF WASPS _ Police in Germany caught a fugitive after he fled by jumping from a balcony. He landed on a nest of wasps and was repeatedly stung.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S LUNG COLLAPSES FROM TOO MUCH KARAOKE _ In China, a man was hospitalized after too much karaoke. The 65-year-old reportedly sang ten songs in a row, straining to hit the high notes before succumbing to pain in his left side. Noticing he had trouble breathing the man called it a night. The next day he checked himself into a hospital and was told he had a collapsed lung.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK MAN IN WRONG HOTEL ROOM _ An extremely drunk, naked man lost his way at a New Zealand hotel and ended up sleeping in the wrong room, forcing its female occupant to hide in the bathroom. In the morning the woman slipped out of the hotel room and asked the front desk to call police, who woke the man up. He didn’t know he was in the wrong room all night.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HE’S A LOUSY HYPNOTIST _ A hypnotist in South Korea went on a date with a woman. He convinced his date to put her in a trance on their first date. The hypnotist said to her: “You will plunge deeper into a trance. You will feel thrilled all over your body and if my hand touches your body, you will feel intense pleasure.” He then tried to kiss her, but the woman shoved him away, went to the police, and pressed charges.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode. Performers take the stage live in Hollywood as judging is turned over to the viewers.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE (8p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour episode.

FIRST RESPONDERS LIVE (9p ET, FOX) — New.

SERIES PREMIERE: MYSTERIES DECODED (9p ET, CW) — This new investigative documentary series goes inside some of America’s greatest unsolved mysteries, exploring newly discovered evidence and utilizing high-tech tools in reopening each case. Each investigation is led by Jennifer Marshall, an accomplished U.S. Navy veteran turned Private Investigator. In the premiere, Marshall and paranormal medium Stephanie Bingham head to Massachusetts to investigate the Lizzie Borden murders.

BRING THE FUNNY (10p ET, NBC) — New. The comedy clash round continues.

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE OAKLAND RAIDERS (10p ET, HBO) — New.

TIFFANY HADDISH PRESENTS: THEY READY (Netflix) — Girls trip star and comic Haddish has a new standup showcase.


ENTERTAINMENT

LIAM HEMSWORTH BREAKS SILENCE ON MILEY CYRUS BREAKUP _ Liam Hemsworth is mourning the end of his marriage to Miley Cyrus. The 29-year-old actor has been spending time with brother Chris Hemsworth in Australia as Cyrus has been flaunting a new romance with Brody Jenner‘s ex, Kaitlynn Carter, but he doesn’t appear to be handling the split as well as his ex. When asked about it by Daily Mail Australia, Liam shot back, “You don’t understand what it’s like. I don’t want to talk about it, mate.”

… Cyrus and Hemsworth called it quits after less than one year of marriage. They had been together in an on-again, off-again relationship for about a decade.

ALANIS MORISSETTE WELCOMES BABY BOY _ Alanis Morissette welcomed son Winter Mercy Morisette-Treadway on August 8. The singer announced the birth in an Instagram post on Monday. The 45-year-old ’90s icon announced her pregnancy in March. She and husband Mario Treadway, who have been married since 2010, welcomed son Ever Imre on Christmas 2010 and daughter Onyx Solace in June 2016.

PEOPLE KEEP STEALING OLD TOWN ROAD STREET SIGNS _ Ever since Lil Nas X Old Town Road went nuclear, Old Town Road street signs have been disappearing from Wellesley Farms, Massachusetts. Thieves are leaving behind metal stumps from the posts that used to be at intersections with Ox Bow Road on one end and Dean Road at the other. Old Town Road signs have been swiped at least 3 times in Wellesley since spring.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ HAS $500K IN JEWELRY, ELECTRONICS STOLEN FROM RENTAL CAR _ A thief stole $500,000 worth of belongings from Alex Rodriguez’s rental car Sunday night in San Francisco. Sometime between 9 and 11 PM someone broke in and stole a camera, a laptop, miscellaneous jewelry and a bag.

FRIENDS IS HEADING TO MOVIE THEATERS FOR 25th ANNIVERSARY _ To celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends, Fathom Events will host a three-night theatrical run of 12 iconic episodes of the sitcom, which have been digitally remastered in 4K format. Over 1,000 movie theaters are expected to participate in the event, called “Friends 25th: The One With the Anniversary.” In addition to airing some of the show’s most memorable episodes on the big screen, the screenings will also include exclusive interviews and never-before-seen content.

… Each of the three nights will feature four different episodes, and the schedule is as follows:

• September 23 at 7 PM: “Pilot -ReDo,” “The One With the Black Out,” “The One With the Birth,” and “The One Where Ross Finds Out.”

• September 28 at 7 PM: “The One With the Prom Video,” “The One Where No One’s Ready,” “The One With the Morning After,” and “The One With the Embryos.”

• October 2 at 7 PM: “The One With Chandler in a Box,” “The One With Ross’s Wedding – Part 2,” “The One Where Everyone Finds Out,” and “The One Where Ross Got High.”

… Details on which theaters will participate will be available on Friday (August 16).


AUDIO

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🎧 DROP: Wow, he’s good!

🎧 CAR IN POOL: Swimmer pulls guy from car that landed in Seattle pool. August 13 News & Nuggets!

🎧 TV SANTA: Virginia communities hit by TV Santa Claus. August 13 Wacky-But-True!

🎧 BETTY WHITE: The 97-year-old helped her 75-year-old friend with a wildfire PSA.


BITS & BREAKS

THE (NEARBY HICK STATE) GUIDE TO MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

• ARTERY – the study of paintings

• BACTERIA – the back door of a cafeteria

• BOWEL – a letter like A,E,I,O,U

• CAESAREAN SECTION – a neighborhood in Rome

• CAUTERIZE – made eye-contact with her

• DILATE – to live long

• IMPOTENT – distinguished, well known

• LABOR PAIN – getting hurt at work

• OUTPATIENT – a patient who fainted

• SEIZURE – a Roman emperor

• TUMOR – more than one

MY CO-WORKER IS TOO POLITE

What ticks you off about a co-worker? The way they smack their lips when they eat at their desk, constant personal calls, too much perfume? In a survey of managers and human resource professionals, these were some of the strangest complaints from employees.

• Coworker is too sun-tanned.

• Coworker has big hair.

• Coworker eats all the good cookies.

• Coworker is so polite, it’s infuriating.

• Coworker is trying to poison me.

• Coworker’s body is magnetic and keeps de-activating my magnetic access card.

• Coworker was annoyed the company didn’t provide a place for naps during break time.

• Coworker only wears slippers or socks at work.

• Coworker smells like old books.

• Coworker has bells on her shoes and it’s not the holidays.

SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGE


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: North Americans spend $3 billion each year where? (A yard/garage sales)

TRIVIA: Nearly 9,000 people injure themselves each year with what? (A toothpick)

TRIVIA: The oldest person to ever do this was 72 years old at the time. He did it in 1920. Did what? (Won a medal at the Olympics. He won a silver medal in shooting for Sweden.)

TRIVIA: The average household has four what? (Umbrellas)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 13, 2019

• 1958: JOHNNY CASH recorded Don’t Take Your Guns To Town.

• 1988: KEITH WHITLEY scored his first number one hit with Don’t Close Your Eyes.

• 1991: BROOKS & DUNN’s debut album, Brand New Man, was released.

• 2005: TOBY KEITH was spending his third of six weeks at the top of the country singles chart with As Good As I Once Was.

• 2009: Guitarist and recording pioneer Les Paul died of pneumonia in New York’s West Plains Hospital. With then-wife Mary Ford he had a 1951 country hit with Mockin’ Bird Hill. He also won a country Grammy for a recording with CHAT ATKINS.

• 2011: As SUGARLAND prepared to take the stage, a wind gust collapsed the stage at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Seven people would die and another 45 are treated for injuries.

• 2016: VINCE GILL celebrated 25 years as a Grand Ole Opry member.

Drummer Mike Melancon of EMERSON DRIVE is 41.

ANDY GRIGGS is 46.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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🎧 BRETT YOUNG on his album Ticket to LA.

🎧 THOMAS RHETT talks about his song Remember You Young.

🎧 BRANTLEY GILBERT on what drives his wife crazy.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

The Academy of Country Music has added MIRANDA LAMBERT, CHRIS YOUNG, LAUREN ALAINA, MIDLAND and others to the lineup of performers for the ACM Honors event in Nashville. They join a list of previously announced participants that includes KEITH URBAN, MADDIE & TAE, and BARBARA MANDRELL.

BLAKE SHELTON will team with TRACE ADKINS for his new single, Hell Right, available this Friday (August 16). The two previously collaborated on the 2009 hit Hillbilly Bone.

MARTINA McBRIDE will return for her 9th Annual The Joy of Christmas Tour this year. Beginning November 29 in Biloxi, Mississippi, the tour will visit 14 cities.

ALABAMA’s November 2 concert in Wichita, Kansas, will include special guests The Beach Boys. This will be the only show on their 50th anniversary tour to include The Beach Boys.

On October 11 BROTHERS OSBORNE will release Live At The Ryman, a 12-track album recorded during their three night stint at the legendary Nashville venue in February.

LUKE BRYAN will be part of the September 9 CBS special Lip Sync To The Rescue. Luke surprised a Saratoga County, New York, sheriff’s department while in town earlier this year by showing up when they made their lip sync video.

… Lip Sync to the Rescue, which will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, is an interactive countdown special where viewers vote for their favorite video of performances featuring first responders lip-syncing to hit music.

JON PARDI will launch his Heartache Medication album with a September 27 show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Newcomer TYLER RICH will open the release night show.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 14, 2019

• 1969: JOHNNY CASH’s A Boy Named Sue became a million seller. At the time, that meant it had achieved gold status.

• 1995: GARTH BROOKS’ collection The Hits was certified multi-platinum for sales of 7 million copies.

• 2003: A massive power outage caused a blackout over much of the northeast United States forcing BROOKS & DUNN to cancel a performance the next day on NBC’s The Today Show. Their gear, situated in three different locations, had to be gathered amidst the chaos and transported to Louisiana for a weekend show.

• 2004: Remnants of Hurricane Charlie forced KENNY CHESNEY to postpone his Guitars, Tiki Bars & A Whole Lotta Love tour stop in Virginia Beach, Virginia by 24 hours.

• 2006: JOHNNY DUNCAN died of a heart attack in a Fort Worth hospital. His career included a series of duets with JANIE FRICKE.

• 2012: RICKY SKAGGS was added to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Hendersonville, Tennessee, along with Aretha Franklin and four other acts.

• 2015: A $2,000 acoustic guitar owned by RASCAL FLATTS was stolen during the band’s performance at the Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville, Oregon. Police recovered the instrument two days later; the band declines to press charges.

• 2018: BRAD PAISLEY visited the Cleveland Browns’ preseason training camp.

CONNIE SMITH is 78. The wife of MARTY STUART, she is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and is best known for the 1964 hit Once A Day. In 2012 Smith became the twelfth solo female vocalist and nineteenth woman to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 14, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• David Crosby is 78

• Steve Martin is 74

• Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear in Starsky and Hutch) is 73

• Romance novelist Danielle Steel is 72

• Cartoonist Gary Larson (The Far Side) is 69

• Marcia Gay Harden (Code Black, Fifty Shades movies) is 60

• Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch) is 58

• Halle Berry is 53

• Catherine Bell (JAG) is 51

• Mila Kunis is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.

• 1945: President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.

• 1997: An unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.

• 2002: A U.S. military helicopter swooped low over a packed Italian beach so they could check out the hot chicks. The American embassy in Rome admitted several sunbathers were slightly injured by flying umbrellas and beach furniture in Bari.

• 2003: A blackout hit the northeastern United States and part of Canada; 50 million people lost power.

• 2004: A police chase in Long Island, New York, ended when the motorist drove into a backyard pond and tried to smoke a crack pipe just before his car sank. After saving the driver through a back window, the cops charged him with driving while impaired by drugs and several other traffic violations.

• 2006: Cuban state television aired the first video of Fidel Castro since he stepped down as president to recover from surgery, showing the bedridden Cuban leader talking with his brother Raul and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

• 2013: A couple of thieves in England (Berwick-upon-Tweed) faced off against police for five hours. Patrol officers noticed a nighttime break-in at a cafe, and soon had it surrounded. The men refused to come out, and even armed themselves with knives. The siege finally came to an end, and the men were charged. They had reportedly broken into the cafe for a bite of quiche.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Navajo Code Talkers Day

• World Calligraphy Day

• Creamsicle Day

UPCOMING

• August 15: Woodstock began in 1969. (Here’s some interesting trivia about the 50-year-old festival.)
• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• August 30: The Matrix returns to some theaters
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)
• September 20: Storm Area 51
• September 21: Storm Loch Ness
• September 22: Emmy Awards (Fox)
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards


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DATEBOOK: JULY 9, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• O.J. Simpson is 72

• Chris Cooper is 68

• TV personality-turned-musician John Tesh is 67

• Jimmy Smits is 64

• Tom Hanks is 63

• Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) is 62

• Courtney Love is 55

• Fred Savage is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1910: The first airplane to fly a mile in the air did so this day with W.R. Brookins of Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the controls.

• 1985: Football great Joe Namath signed a five-year pact with ABC-TV to provide commentary for Monday Night Football. The former New York Jets quarterback reportedly earned one million dollars a year for the job.

• 1992: Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton tapped Senator Al Gore of Tennessee to be his running mate.

• 1995: The Grateful Dead played their last concert, at Soldier Field in Chicago. Lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died the following month.

• 1997: Boxer Mike Tyson was banned from the ring and fined $3 million for biting opponent Evander Holyfield’s ear.

• 2004: Other vandals use crowbars or bricks to smash windows, but Michael Cain’s weapon of choice is a frozen T-bone steak. Vandal Michael Cain pleaded guilty to theft for stealing the steak from inside a garage freezer during a break-in in (Guelph) Ontario. During his drunken attack, Cain vandalized six cars with the frozen T-bone.

• 2008: Prosecutors cleared JonBenet Ramsey’s parents and brother in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen in Boulder, Colorado.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cow Appreciation Day

• Sugar Cookie Day

Note: Some sources say today is National No Bra Day, but that falls in October.

UPCOMING

• July 9: MLB All-Star Game
• July 16: Emmy nominations announced
• July 18: Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego
• July 28: Shark Week begins
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 1: NFL pre-season begins
• August 1: Lollapalooza begins
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2.2 billion: Acres of land around the world which could be reforested with 1.2 trillion new trees. Researchers say those trees would “soak up an astounding two-thirds of humanity’s emissions in the atmosphere since the 19th century.”


NEWS ATTACK!

A group of 122 runners in the UK set a new world record for the most people completing a marathon while physically linked together. [The run took longer than expected. Every few miles, they were pulled over by police responding to numerous citizens’ reports of a possible mass jailbreak.]

In Ohio, a dog missing for four years was finally returned to his owners. [The dog had suffered a concussion that wiped out his memory of everything about himself. He had spent the last four years living on a farm trying to lay eggs.]

Animals escaped a zoo in Roswell, New Mexico. [But, then again, it’s Roswell, so the animals could have been abducted.]

Approximately 20 cows fled a ranch in Texas and were spotted wandering through a subdivision. [Police followed a trail of milk.]

In the new reboot of the movie franchise Saw, Samuel L. Jackson has agreed to play Chris Rock’s father. [This completely explains where Rock gets his extensive and colorful vocabulary.]

A regular on the MTV reality show Floribama Shore, Nilsa Prowant, was arrested in Florida for flashing her breasts and breaking a car window. [With her breasts?]

Underneath a home in Florida they found a 16-foot python and 50 eggs. [Plus, the cable guy’s toolbelt.]

North Korea honored two of its scientists for their research in plant growth acceleration. [The ceremony was held in the shade of a 37-foot tall sunflower.]

A customer in a bar in Australia disrupted a robbery by throwing a barstool and a pot plant at the thief. [The guy was hit by both wood and weed.]

Eric Salwell has dropped out of the presidential race. [If you don’t know who he is, that explains why he dropped out.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WORLD’S GREATEST GRANDPA’ SPENDS $10K TO BUILD EPIC TREEHOUSE _ In the UK (Gloucestershire), Terry Meredith has built an epic tree house hideaway for his family and friends — complete with a charcoal grill, seating for 10 and vast countryside views. The cabin in the canopy was built more than 16 feet off the ground, atop a willow tree. The 65-year-old had planned in 2016 to cut the tree down because it was blocking the sunset. But when he climbed the tree and got an eyeful of lush pasture, he was taken aback.

… Meredith, a former electrician who says he’s “good at carpentry,” spent just over $10,000 on materials, such as arctic pine, oak and chestnut, to build the tree house, which is actually supported by four trees. It took about eight months to build and Meredith did most of it on his own with some help from friends.

MAN THROWS FIRECRACKERS UNDER SLEEPING CHILD’S BED AS ‘PRANK’ _ An Alabama man (Crestview) who lit firecrackers and threw them under a sleeping child’s bed called it a “prank gone wrong.” Police say Matthew Morrison lives in a tent outside the home and went into the house without permission. Morrison threw a string of lit firecrackers under a bed where a 9-year-old was sound asleep. The homeowner chased Morrison out of the home with a stick and called police.

ERIC SWALWELL DROPS OUT OF 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE _ Rep. Eric Swalwell on Monday became the first candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary to exit the campaign, saying he would run for reelection to his California congressional seat next year.

… Technically the first candidate to drop out of the race was Richard Ojeda, a former West Virginia legislator and congressional candidate who briefly ran a populist campaign for the Democratic nomination after losing his House race. He quit the 2020 primary at the end of January.

WACKY MILLIONAIRE MCAFEE PLANS PRESIDENTIAL RUN _ After making a fortune with his early antivirus software, then being caught up in murder and drugs cases in Belize, US millionaire John McAfee is running for the US presidency. He made the announcement from a yacht in Havana harbor in Cuba. The 73-year-old says, “I am wanted as a criminal by the government for which I am running for president.” McAfee’s immediate goal is to win the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, which advocates for free trade and a sharply reduced federal government.

TIRED OF STANDING, AMERICAN AIRLINES TICKET AGENTS WANT STOOLS _ 4,850 American Airlines workers have signed an online petition requesting stools. Yep, stools. Customer service agents say they’re on their feet 8-12 hours a day and are required to work mandatory overtime — and their feet need a break.

DRUNK YOGA _ A yoga studio in New York City is offering Drunk Yoga. It’s yoga while you hold a glass of wine, and drink. The 90-minute class features proprietary moves like the Corkscrew, where you spin around in a pretzel-like pose without taking your feet off the ground. There’s also the Twerking Downward Dog, which is exactly what it sounds like — Downward Dog while shaking your rear.

… Sound like fun? It’s supposed to be. The yoga instructor says, “Drunk Yoga is an entertainment experience led through a beginner-friendly yoga class that teaches the art of cultivating personal joy.”

INSTAGRAM WILL WARN YOU IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO BE RUDE _ Instagram has launched new tools to help reduce the visibility of hateful comments on its platform. The company announced on Monday that it has begun rolling out an AI-powered tool that will notify users if the comment they’re about to post may be ‘considered offensive.’ This will give that person a chance to review their comment and potentially reconsider.

… Instagram has also added a new feature called Restrict that will give users greater control over the comments that appear on their posts, allowing you to hide comments from specific people without them finding out. The idea is that this will help users protect themselves from online abuse by quietly taking action to limit a bully’s presence on their profile, without inadvertently provoking further conflict.

… Once you Restrict someone, comments on your posts from that person will only be visible to that person. Restricting a person will also mean that user can’t see when you are active on Instagram or when you’ve read a direct message from them.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 48 HOURS _ At around 8:30 this morning (Tuesday) former NASA astronaut Terry Virts and the founder of a consultancy business named Action Aviation (Hamish Harding) are leading an effort to travel around planet Earth, via both poles. The current speed record was set in 2008 when a Bombardier Global Express jet made the journey at an average ground speed of 511mph.

… The present-day record attempt will be attempted in a smaller jet: the Gulfstream G650ER aircraft has a range of more than 7,500 miles before needing to be refueled.

… The aircraft will depart with a crew of four pilots from the Shuttle Landing Facility and Kennedy Space Center at the same time the Saturn V rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969, carrying the crew of the Apollo 11 mission. The first leg of the 22,422 nautical-mile journey will travel from Florida across the North Pole and land in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, to refuel. There, Virts’ former crew mate on the space station, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, will join the flight “in the spirit of international cooperation.”

… From there, the mission will progress to a stop in Mauritius in East Africa. After that, longest leg will be from Africa over the South Pole to Punta Arenas, Chile, before finally returning to Florida. Including the brief 45-minute fueling stops, Virts hopes to average 516 mph for the journey, breaking the current record by around 23 minutes. • LINK

STORM AREA 51 _ If you think the government is hiding something at Area 51 in the Nevada desert, there’s a Facebook event for you. Storm Area 51 is a satirical Facebook event which suggests that attendees storm the airbase Area 51, long-rumored to hold top-secret information about extra-terrestrials, on September 20, 2019. • LINK

POLICE INVESTIGATING VIRAL VIDEO OF VIOLENT DISNEYLAND BRAWL _ Police in Anaheim, California, said Monday they are considering whether to file criminal charges against members of a family who were caught on video in a prolonged brawl at Disneyland on Saturday. A bystander’s video of the fight, which broke out near Disneyland’s Toontown, has gone viral. • VIDEO

… The Anaheim Police Department said in a statement Monday that it responded to the park, and found everyone involved in the fight was part of the same family. They were all uncooperative with police, and were escorted from the park, but didn’t face charges because they “wanted nothing done.”

OBVIOUS: 12-MONTH SUPPLY OF BIRTH CONTROL PILLS CUTS UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES _ A new study shows when women are given a 12-month supply of oral contraceptives, they are less likely to have an unintended pregnancy than if they need to get refills every three months. (This study comes from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.)

MEN: DANCE TO ATTRACT WOMEN _ Men who dance well are more likely to attract women. Scientists discovered that being able to pull off dance floor moves with the ease indicates strength and ability to produce healthy offspring. Researchers found that the men who women said looked attractive on the dance floor are actually physically stronger than those who are considered to have two left feet. This in turn indicates an ability to have strong children.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE PERCENT OF AIR PER BAG OF CHIPS _ Have you ever wondered just how much ‘air’ is in a bag of chips? Using the water displacement method, someone measured the percent of air per bag of chips for 14 different brands of chips. The overall average across the 14 brands was 43%. • INFOGRAPHIC


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN KILLS CHICKEN IN SUBWAY _ A woman in China was told she couldn’t bring a live chicken on the city’s subway system, so she slaughtered the bird on the spot. Fellow passengers said the slaughtering was cleanly done, and didn’t stain the train station with blood or feathers.

AUDIOWACKY-BUT-TRUE: AIR FORCE FLIES OVER YODELING FEST _ The commander of the Swiss Air Force’s aerobatic squadron issued an apology after his team flew past the celebration where they were scheduled to perform and, instead, executed a low-altitude maneuver over a different town which was hosting a yodeling festival.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK BADGER _ A badger in Germany got so drunk on over-ripe cherries it staggered into the middle of a road and refused to budge. Police eventually chased it from the road with a broom.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LONELY OLD GUY KEEPS CALLING 911 _ An elderly man in the UK who repeatedly called for an ambulance complaining of a sore throat was jailed for six months. The 76-ear-old dialed 911 (999) a total of 42 times. On one occasion he dialed emergency services and demanded paramedics come immediately — when one was already in his house.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN USED STUNT WIFE TO FILE FOR DIVORCE _ In Osaka, Japan, a man and woman went to court to file a petition asking for a divorce. The judge looked at the paperwork, which included documents from an earlier arbitration hearing between the couple. When everything seemed in order, he asked the couple if they wanted this legal separation, and they said they did, so the judge approved it. The only problem was that the woman in the court was not the man’s wife. He had brought the woman as a stand-in for his actual wife, who knew nothing about the divorce proceedings. When his real wife found out she asked the court to nullify the divorce and had her husband arrested on fraud charges.


ON TELEVISION

2019 MLB ALL-STAR GAME (8p ET, FOX) — The National League and American League face off in Cleveland.

PREMIERE: LOVE ISLAND (8p ET, CBS) — This new reality show, a hit overseas, begins with 11 single men and women who are initially paired up in a selection ceremony. The new couples then compete together in a variety of games and challenges. But new Islanders are introduced throughout the show, tempting the singles away from their original partners. Actress and comedian Arielle Vandenberg hosts.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode. The auditions conclude.

I LOVE YOU, NOW DIE (8p ET, HBO) — This 2-night documentary looks at the shocking 2014 suicide of 18-year-old Conrad Roy and the part his 17-year-old girlfriend Michelle Carter played in it.

FARRAH FAWCETT FOREVER (9p ET, A&E) — This new 2-hour special remembers Farrah Fawcett’s life and career, and includes interviews with Jaclyn Smith, Suzanne de Passe, Robert Duvall, Sherry Lansing, and Cicely Tyson.

BLOOD AND TREASURE (10p ET, CBS) — New. Danny and Lexi seek out a famed Nazi hunter.

SERIES PREMIERE: BRING THE FUNNY (10p ET, NBC) — In this new series, judges Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy search for the funniest comedy act around, with solo comics, sketch troupes, musicians, magicians, puppeteers, and more. Amanda Seales hosts.

PREMIERE: THE DISAPPEARANCE (10p ET, WGN America) — Peter Coyote and Aden Young (Rectify) star in this limited series centered around the unexplained and sudden disappearance of a boy during a treasure hunt on his tenth birthday.

AZIZ ANSARI: RIGHT NOW (Netflix) — After an allegation of sexual misconduct in January 2018, Aziz Ansari has kept a low profile. Now, back on the road with a comedy tour (which brought Ansari to Portland in March), the comedian appears in this stand-up comedy special, directed by Spike Jonze.


ENTERTAINMENT

AUDIO ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY _ It was 15 years ago today that the comedy classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came to movie theaters. It made $28 million in its opening weekend and would go to gross almost $90 million before leaving theaters.

… And American Pie debuted 20 years ago today (July 9, 1999). The film was a box-office hit and spawned three direct sequels: American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012). It grossed $235.5 million at the box office.

MORE THAN 40 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS HAVE WATCHED STRANGER THINGS 3 _ Netflix says Stranger Things 3 has been viewed by more than 40 million household accounts since its July 4 premiere, a new record for the streaming service. Of the 40 million households that have watched Stranger Things 3, about half have finished the entire season.

BROWSER EXTENSION LETS YOU DISGUISE NETFLIX AS A HANGOUT _ If you’ve still not watched Season 3 of Stranger Things, when you get to work you should install the Netflix Hangouts extension on your Chrome web browser. The extension places a Netflix window in one of four corners your browser window and brings up three strangers in the other three windows to make it look like you’re in a four-person conference call. • IMAGE

THE STAND TV SERIES CASTS MARILYN MANSON _ Several potential cast members for the new CBS All Access adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand were revealed last month, and now an unexpected name has joined their ranks: Marilyn Manson. It’s not clear how big a part Manson will play, but the shock rocker confirmed his acting involvement, and revealed he recorded a song for the show, too. The series is expected to arrive on CBS All Access in 2020.

SARAH PAULSON WILL NOT STAR IN AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 _ Do not expect to see much, if any, of Sarah Paulson in the new season of American Horror Story. Variety reports that Paulson will not appear in a significant role in the FX anthology series’ upcoming ninth season, which is titled American Horror Story: 1984  Paulson has appeared in all eight of the preceding seasons of the hit series, usually in a major role.

RENEE ZELLWEGER IS JUDY GARLAND IN NEW TRAILER _ Renee Zellweger is playing Judy Garland in the new movie Judy. The film is set thirty years after her performance in Wizard of Oz. It comes to theaters September 27. • VIDEO

MARIO LOPEZ AND WIFE COURTNEY MAZZA WELCOME BABY BOY _ Mario Lopez and wife Courtney Mazza have welcomed their third child, a baby boy named Santino Rafael. Lopez, 45, and Mazza, 36, met in 2008 on the set of Broadway’s A Chorus Line and got married in 2012.


AUDIO

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  YODELING: In Wacky-But-True an air force team flew too low over a yodeling festival. (July 9 Wacky-But-True).

  ANCHORMAN: A clip from the movie, which was released 15 years ago (July 9, 2004).

  WORLD CUP: Rose Lavelle scores second goal in 2-0 win.


BITS & BREAKS

WHY DO WE GET LOST?

For some people, simple navigation can feel like trying to exit a maze. In Canada, a University of Waterloo psychology professor (Colin Ellard) compared the navigation habits of animals and humans.

• Why are some people naturally better at finding their way than others? Ellard thinks it could be genetic, but doesn’t know we have any evidence yet that it is. However, he says people who are good at getting around “cultivate an exquisitely fine eye for visual detail. They just plain notice stuff. People who are exceptionally good way-finders seem to notice [their surroundings] more.”

• Do men and women find their ways differently? There’s a basic distinction that’s often made between navigation using the cardinal directions — north, south, east and west — and navigation using landmarks. Women are more likely to navigate with landmarks and men are more likely to navigate using the cardinal directions. Those two different kinds of strategies can either work well or less well depending on where it is that you’re trying to navigate. Trying to navigate using the cardinal directions in London or Paris and you’re doomed. But in a grid city, like Manhattan, cardinal directions might make much more sense.

• “You Are Here” signs can actually make people feel more lost. For a “You Are Here” map to work … the upwards direction on the map has to translate to the direction in front of you. And if it’s not, it’s worse than no map.

THE THINGS WE’RE HAPPY TO BUY USED

Research shows the average adult has purchased at least 12 nearly-new items over the last 12 months, and that buying something used but in good or like-new condition leaves us feeling a bit smug for saving money.

What we’re happiest to buy used:

  1. Car
  2. Books
  3. DVDs
  4. Bike
  5. Furniture
  6. Art
  7. Video games
  8. Lawn equipment
  9. Sports equipment
  10. TV

… Others on the list: phones (17); kids’ toys (20); fridge (25); jeans (28); bed (34);

BIZARRE DEATHS

2009: Authorities in New Jersey say a man died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate in a processing plant. The 29-year-old man was loading chocolate into a vat where it was melted and mixed before being shipped elsewhere to be made into candy. A co-worker tried to shut off the machine and two others tried to pull the man out of the 8-foot-deep vat. He was hit and fatally injured by the agitator that mixes the chocolate.

1982: French undertaker Marc Bourjade suffered a crushing blow when a pile of coffins at his workshop fell on top of him. He was buried in one of the coffins that killed him.

2001: A head-on collision with his own radio-controlled plane was what killed Roger Wallace from Arizona. He lost sight of the machine in the sun and it crashed into his head at 40 mph.

2009: A man died in an eating contest over the Fourth of July holiday. Walter Eagle Tail was in the midst of a hot dog eating contest in Custer, South Dakota, when he choked on one of the hot dogs. Paramedics arrived quickly, but Eagle Tail died after being transported to a nearby hospital. The contest was sponsored by the Custer Chamber of Commerce, and the pie eating contest scheduled for the next day was canceled.

2002: An employee at Six Flags Over Georgia was killed when he was struck by the leg of a passenger on Batman, The Ride — a suspended coaster-style ride. The passenger, a 14-year old girl who was seated in the front car of the ride, received leg injuries in the accident. Another passenger on the same ride suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a shoe lost by the 14-year-old on impact with the worker.

2003: In Camboida, Lim Vanthan and his family were planting rice near their home when they decided to go for a swim. During his dip, Vanthan caught an eight-inch fish with his hands. But the high school student’s excitement was short-lived when his catch squirmed out of his hands and jumped into his mouth, where it became stuck because of barbs running down its back.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In 1801, 20 percent of people in the United State had this in common. (They were slaves)

TRIVIA: This travels 60,000 miles each day. (Human blood as it moves through your body)

TRIVIA: 25,000 women in this country will do what this year. (Call off their wedding)

BRAIN BUSTER

Q: What is the beginning of eternity and the end of time and space, the beginning of every end and the end of every place?

A: The letter E.

ONE OF US IS LYING!

• Cleopatra used a mixture of horse teeth, bear grease, burnt mice and deer marrow in her attempt to cure Julius Caesar’s baldness.

• It take 42 coffee beans to make one espresso.

• The average housefly carries no less than 10,000 bacteria on their body. (LIE. The number is closer to 1.9 million.)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 9, 2019

• 1958: JOHNNY CASH signed with Columbia Records. It would be his recording home for 28 years.

• 1996: LEANN RIMES’ debut CD, Blue, was released. It went on to be the best selling debut by a female country artist, selling 8 million copies.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS’ album Fresh Horses was certified multi-platinum for sales of 6 million copies. On the same day his self titled debut was certified multi-platinum for sales of 9 million copies, his album In Pieces was certified for sales of 8 million, No Fences was certified for sales of 16 million, Ropin’ The Wind was certified for sales of 13 million and The Chase was certified for sales of 6 million.

• 2004: ALAN JACKSON was honored in a dedication ceremony in his hometown of Newnan, Georgia, for the Alan Jackson Highway.

• 2004: WYNONNA and Heart teamed for an episode of CMT Crossroads.

• 2010: CMT Crossroads featuring KENNY CHESNEY and Steve Miller debuted

• 2011: Shocking her bandmates, Cheyenne Kimball quit GLORIANA via Twitter following a concert at the Franklin County Fair in Union, Missouri.

• 2017: MAREN MORRIS was engaged to Ryan Hurd while visiting his family in Michigan.

DAVID BALL of Rock Hill, South Carolina, is 66. He’s best known for the tunes Riding With Private Malone and Thinkin’ Problem.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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  CHRIS YOUNG on albums.

  CHRIS YOUNG on who influenced his sound.

  KENNY CHESNEY and the best place to be creative.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE has partnered with The Independence Fund, a non-profit dedicated to helping former military who were injured or have become ill since returning home from active duty. The partnership has FGL presenting special all terrain wheelchairs to a veteran in select cities on their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour.

GARTH BROOKS will do a seven city Dive Bar Tour, starting Monday, July 15 in Chicago.

BLAKE SHELTON scores his 26th number one with God’s Country (Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay). It’s Blake’s first number one since I’ll Name The Dogs in December of 2017.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD almost talked herself out of competing in American Idol because she was afraid it was too big a leap. Carrie’s mom (Carol) pushed her to enter the competition.

… Carrie says when she was trying to talk herself out of American Idol her mom said, “I will drive you. Let’s go. Why not?”

OLD DOMINION will release its third studio album this fall. The self-titled project will arrive in stores October 25.

TANYA TUCKER will play three special concerts to celebrate the release of her new album, While I’m Livin’, which hits stores August 23. The shows will be August 22 at the Exit/In in Nashville; September 17 at the Bowery ballroom in New York; and October 16 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

CHUCK WICKS (Stealing Cinderella) will marry fiancée Kasi Williams, younger sister of JASON ALDEAN, this Friday (July 12) in Cabo San Lucas. The couple will then embark on a week long honeymoon in Maui.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 10, 2019

• 1967: KENNY ROGERS left the New Christy Minstrels and formed The First Edition the next day.

• 1997: EDDIE RABBITT had his final chemotherapy treatment, following May surgery for lung cancer.

• 2006: TIM McGRAW and FAITH HILL took a guided tour of Graceland Mansion, Elvis Presley’s former Memphis home.

• 2010: CARRIE UNDERWOOD married hockey player Mike Fisher at the Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. Attending celebs included GARTH BROOKS, TIM McGRAW, FAITH HILL, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.

• 2011: BLAKE SHELTON delivered a free concert to members of the 101st Airborne in fort Campbell, Kentucky.

• 2013: At age 92, LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS began three weeks of chemotherapy for a pre-cancerous growth on his vocal chords.

• 2014: GARTH BROOKS announced he’d signed a recording contract with Sony and would release a new album later in the year. He also announced he was planning a world tour.

• 2017: GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD joined Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to help construct a new house in Edmonton, Alberta, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD and Mike Fisher celebrate their 9th wedding anniversary.

Drummer Shaw Wilson of BR549 is 59.

KEN MELLONS is 54. He’s best known for the song Jukebox Junkie.

Gary LeVox of RASCAL FLATTS is 49.


DATEBOOK: JULY 10, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Fiona Shaw (True Blood, Harry Potter films) is 61

• Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) is 47

• Adrian Grenier (Entourage, Cecil B. DeMented) is 43

• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is 42

• Jessica Simpson is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1890: Wyoming was admitted as the 44th U.S. state.

• 1938: Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world.

• 1964: The album A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles was released.

• 1978: World News Tonight premiered on ABC.

• 1985: Coca-Cola, bowing to pressure from irate customers after the introduction of New Coke, said it would resume selling old-formula Coke.

• 1997: Scientists in London said DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supported a theory that humans descended from an “African Eve” 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

• 1999: The U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. After her game-winning penalty kick against China, Brandi Chastain took of her uniform top, baring her sports bra.

• 2006: A section of ceiling in Boston’s Big Dig tunnel collapsed, killing a car passenger.

• 2011: In the wake of a phone hacking scandal British tabloid News of the World published its last edition after 168 years.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Don’t Step On A Bee Day

• Piña Colada Day

• Pick Blueberries Day

UPCOMING

• July 16: Emmy nominations announced
• July 18: Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego
• July 28: Shark Week begins
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 1: NFL pre-season begins
• August 1: Lollapalooza begins
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)


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DATEBOOK: MAY 21, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Mr. T is 67

• Judge Reinhold is 62

• Lisa Edelstein (House) is 53

• Sarah Ramos (Parenthood, American Dreams) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1819: The first bicycles, imported from England, appeared on the streets of New York City. Within a month, the city banned the new-fangled machines as being hazardous to public safety.

• 1881: The American Red Cross was established by Clara Barton.

• 1927: Charles Lindbergh touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

• 1932: Amelia Earhart, because of bad weather, landed in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

• 1945: Screen legend Humphrey Bogart married actress Lauren Bacall.

• 1956: The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb, over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

• 1998: A Fullerton, California, man finally paid off his 1958 divorce with a check for $180 to his attorney. The 70-year-old client said he always intended to pay the bill, but with six kids and health problems, it took him 40 years to get caught up.

• 1999: Susan Lucci, star of the ABC soap opera All My Children, won her first Daytime Emmy Award for best actress in the 19th straight year she was nominated.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Wait Staff Day, aka Waiters and Waitresses Day

• Strawberries and Cream Day

UPCOMING

• May 22: National Geographic GeoBee finals
• May 27: NHL Stanley Cup Finals start
• May 27-30: National Spelling Bee
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• May 30: NBA Finals start
• June 7: National Donut Day
• June 8: Belmont Stakes
• June 16: Father’s Day
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• June 20: NBA draft
• June 21: NHL draft
• June 26: First Democratic debate, in Miami
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• July 6: Tour de France starts
• July 8: MLB All-Star Game
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2,370: Chick-fil-A locations.


NEWS ATTACK!

Matthew McConaughey returned to his old high school and left with his 1988 diploma that he had failed to ever pick up. [And my wife thinks I’m slow about completing a To-Do list.]

Al Unser, Jr., a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, was arrested for drunk driving. [And for ignoring a police officer’s caution flag.]

Yet another UK politician has been splattered by a protestor’s milkshake. [This is a dangerous time to be a UK politician with lactose intolerance.]

Park rangers working in a canyon in Iceland are having difficulty with all the tourists showing up and damaging the area. The number of visitors dramatically increased after Justin Bieber released a video made in the canyon. [Bieber gets the blame for ruining the environment but he also gets the credit for increasing people’s knowledge of geography because I guarantee you that three out of every four of his fans previously thought Iceland was that frozen planet in Star Wars.]

The Eiffel Tower was shut down Monday as authorities dealt with a trespasser climbing the structure. [It was a Game of Thrones fan upset that the series ended with Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer all in prison.]

The automaker Ford is cutting about 7,000 unnecessary management positions. [Because who really needs a Vice President in Charge of Hot Interoffice Beverage and Pastry Distribution?]

Little Caesar’s is trying out a pizza with meatless sausage. [I’m confused. That sounds like it would taste exactly like the standard fast food pizza.]

The Spice Girls original tour bus has been turned into a rental on AirBnB. [And Willie Nelson’s original tour bus has been turned into a rehab clinic.]

Two thousand pounds of hot dogs are being recalled over concern that they may contain tiny bits of metal. [Metal is probably the least scary ingredient in a hot dog.]

Reese Witherspoon revealed that she’s working on another sequel to Legally Blonde. [It’s called The Kellyanne Conway Story.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

NEW YORK MIGHT MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO TEXT WHILE WALKING _ Crossing the street here can be challenging any time, and you might be even less likely to notice that honking cab or zooming bicyclist if you’re looking at your phone. Now, it could become illegal to do so. A bill in the New York State Senate will ban pedestrians from using portable electronic devices while crossing the road. Fines would range from $25 to $250. The statewide ban would include texting, checking emails, and browsing the internet, with exceptions for emergencies.

… A 2019 report estimated that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2018, the most in almost three decades. The report cited “the large growth in smartphone use” as a possible reason.

EIFFEL TOWER CLIMBED BY MAN _ A man who scaled the Eiffel Tower and forced the national monument to close for several hours on Monday was been taken into custody. Around 2,500 people were evacuated from the structure while the Paris Fire Department tried to capture the climber. By 9:30 PM authorities were able to reason with the man, who had been lodged for hours near the third tier of the 1,063-foot structure. It was unclear why the man climbed the landmark.

FACIAL RECOGNITION FINDS LOST CHILD IN FESTIVAL CROWD _ A week-long festival in China offered a lot of tasty foods from different parts of the world, but it also showcased some advanced technologies for which at least one parent is very grateful. Thanks to the facial recognition technologies, a father was reunited with his lost 12-year-old daughter in eight minutes. Police asked the anxious father for two pictures of the girl. At the police command post the images of the girl were fed into facial recognition software which quickly pointed out the girl, who was about 200 yards away from the father.

THE NAVY’S ONLY GOLDEN RETRIEVER WORKING DOG _ When you see military K-9s in action, it’s usually a German shepherd or something similar. But in the U.S. Navy, there’s one dog unlike any other. Bud the golden retriever began working at Naval Station Norfolk in January and is one of the newest military working dogs on base. He’s the only golden retriever in the Navy. Bud, who is two years old, was scouted last year. He spends of a lot of time looking through cars headed through the base gates. When not searching, Bud gets paid for his time every day in tennis balls, which are his favorite.

MIDWIFE DISCOVERS SHE’S WORKING WITH WOMAN WHO DELIVERED HER _ In England, a midwife in training made a shocking discovery after helping deliver her first baby: her instructor had delivered her 19 years earlier. Laura Woffendin had always dreamed of working in the medical field. Her grandmother had been a midwife, and when she passed away, Woffendin followed in her footsteps. Woffendin recently helped deliver her first baby, assisting Emma Reevell, an experienced midwife. Woffendin was unaware of their connection until they started talking.

FRUIT JUICE IS BAD LIKE SODA _ Many sugar-sweetened beverages have little to no nutritional value and lots of calories, and their harmful health effects have been well-documented. Now, a study (Emory University) links drinking too many sugary beverages — and even 100% natural fruit juices — to an increased risk of early death. Specifically, drinking an excessive amount of fruit juice could lead to an increased risk of premature death ranging from 9% to 42%, according to the study. Overall, the sugars found in orange juice, although naturally occurring, are pretty similar to the sugars added to soda and other sweetened beverages.

UNIVERSE IS 1 BILLION YEARS YOUNGER _ The universe may have just gotten quite a bit younger. Detailed analysis of cosmic radiation had placed its age at 13.8 billion years, but new research pegs it between 12.5 billion to 13 billion years old.

STUDY CONFIRMS DOGS CAN SMELL FEAR _ A new study (University of Naples) shows dogs can smell fear. And it’s not just fear. Dogs can sense or read different kinds of human emotions and moods through smell. Researchers found that when owners smelled happy and fresh, their dogs were happy and inquisitive, and much more amenable to strangers. However, when they were afraid, the opposite was true. The dogs could smell their owners fear, and they were generally much more guarded and afraid themselves, sticking close to their owners, and not interacting with humans.

WHOLE FOODS WILL NO LONGER OFFER PLASTIC STRAWS AT STORES _ Whole Foods announced that they will no longer provide plastic straws to customers at their cafes, coffee bars, and juice bars. The grocery chain also plans to reduce their plastic consumption in other areas by decreasing the size of produce bags and replacing the hard plastic cases for rotisserie chickens with a plastic bag that uses 70% less plastic. The company says they hope to reduce their plastic usage by 800,000 pounds per year.

WOMAN PHOTOGRAPHS HERSELF ‘DEAD’ ALL OVER THE WORLD _ Stephanie Leigh Rose is a young woman who HATES selfies. She hates them so much that she’d rather die than take one of these staged images. So she’s launched StefDies, which is an anti-selfie photographic performance art series. The aim of the series is to get right back to the root of what a photograph is for, which is capturing a single moment in time without all the faked smiles, peace signs, and high fives, not to mention the inordinate amount of filters that are used these days.

… All of Stephanie’s photographs include her, pretending to be dead on the ground, as well as something else, perhaps a landmark, in the background. According to the artist on stefdies.com, the photos, which have become known as a stefdies photograph, are designed to provoke a discussion on mortality and the function of photography. She goes on to say that nothing about the images are prepared or premeditated and the images are taken exactly as the moment occurred. There’s no special conditions or lighting. • LINK

PRINGLES’ NEW MYSTERY FLAVOR _ Pringles has a brand-new mystery flavor (coming) exclusively to Walgreens, and one lucky fan will win a cool $10,000 grand prize if they correctly guess what the flavor is. Previous mystery flavors have included Jalapeño Bacon, Sweet Chili Tango, and Jamaican Jerk.

… Those who’ve sampled the Pringles mystery flavor say it has a meaty-cheesy flavor. Or a chicken-raman flavor. Or a ham-cheese flavor. Or a chicken and gravy flavor. Seriously, it tastes like different things to different people.

And this thing: Mystery flavors are  probably a better promotion than the one Pringles did 15 year ago when they were selling potato chips with trivia questions written right on them. The questions were printed with red or blue food coloring. At the time, Pringles said it was considering using the same technique to print ads on its chips.

What would ads on potato chips advertise? Weight Watchers? A different-flavor chip, like chocolate so you’d want to have a dessert Pringle when you finished your dill pickle flavor Pringle?

DISABLED VETERAN BREAKS DEADLIFT RECORD _ A disabled veteran has lifted more than most can lift in good health. Tye, who is wheelchair bound and has no sensation from the knees down, was able to lift 1,113 pounds, 5 ounces at a Strongest Man event in England. Tye was paralyzed after a suicide bomber drove into his vehicle while he was serving in Afghanistan in 2009. He has metalwork in both his knees along with his shoulder, and sustained a blast injury to his lungs. Tye has undergone 20 operations and has arthritis in both knees.

SUPER-RECOGNIZERS _ Can you recognize the face of everyone you’ve ever met? Psychologists from Harvard University discovered a group of people — called “super-recognizers” — who can easily recognize someone they met in passing, even many years later. While it was known around two percent of people suffered from ‘face blindness’ it was not thought the same existed at the other end of the spectrum. One woman even told the docs she had been able to recognize a waitress who had served her once over five years ago.

PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS WAIT TWICE AS LONG FOR UBER AND LYFT RIDES _ A new report (from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest) has found that wait times for Uber and Lyft rides are often significantly higher for accessible rides versus inaccessible rides. The report compared wheelchair-accessible rides to those without access on 224 trips at major transportation destinations and hospitals throughout New York City. Uber had estimated wait times for wheelchair-accessible rides more than double that of rides without access. Lyft, meanwhile, could not match researchers with a wheelchair-accessible vehicle on 38% of their requests.

HOW TO MAKE SOMEONE ADMIRE YOUR CONVERSATION SKILLS _ Here’s a surprising tip for making people admire your conversation skills: Count the number of times a person blinks. Research shows that people will be more receptive to what you have to say if they feel like you’re riveted to every word they say. One of the easiest ways to signal that you’re paying attention is to make eye contact — so start counting blinks. It’ll force you to maintain extreme eye contact.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WOMAN CHOKED ON A PORK RIND _ An Arkansas woman blacked out at the wheel after choking on a pork rind. The woman was eating the rinds while driving when one lodged in her throat. She lost control of her car and it slammed into four tombstones and a tree. Damage to the car was $4,000.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MY DONKEY IS DRIVING _ A South African man was fined for being drunk while driving a donkey cart. The man and his donkey were stopped by police when they noticed his cart swerving across the street. When appearing in court the man said he did not stop “because the animal knew the way home.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAT BRINGS HOME DRUGS _ A woman in New Zealand called the police after her cat left a bag of drugs on her doorstep. Police questioned the cat but it wasn’t talking.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER USES DISGUISE TWICE _ A convenience store robber in Australia attempted to hide his identity by wearing a blue shopping bag on his head. Since the reusable bag was not transparent, he had to pull it up so he could see. After getting cash and cigarettes at knifepoint, the robber needed something to help carry the loot away, so he took the bag off his head. Police are using security video to find the man.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WHO’S ON DRUGS? NO ONE _ There’s no love lost between Ernie Newton, a Councilman in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Maria Pereira, a member of Bridgeport’s Board of Education. The two regularly trade insults in the comments section of a local website. It got to the point where each accused the other of being on drugs, so Pereira challenged Newton to meet her to take simultaneous drug tests, and publicly release the results. He agreed, and both showed up to give urine samples. Both samples showed no evidence of illegal drugs.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON FINALE: NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Former FBI Agent Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano) pleads with Gibbs to do whatever is necessary to take down drug dealers in the area after his daughter overdoses. NCIS has been renewed for another season.

SEASON FINALE: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8p ET, ABC) — New. This musical episode includes four original songs by renowned composer Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen) and Glenn Slater (Tangled). Frustrated by the lack of appreciation for all she does, Katie decides to go “full Westport” and leaves the family to fend for themselves. American Housewife has been renewed for another season.

SEASON FINALE: THE VILLAGE (8p ET, NBC) — New. An unexpected event brings Katie (Grace Van Dien), Sarah (Michaela McManus), and Nick (Warren Christie) back into each other’s orbits. The show has not yet been renewed for another season.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — New. The cooks take over Michelin Star Los Angeles restaurant Mélisse.

SEASON FINALE: THE VOICE (9p ET, NBC) — The Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift with Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco perform on the season finale as the winner is announced.

SEASON PREMIERE: BLOOD AND TREASURE (9p ET, CBS) — This new action/adventure/dramedy stars Matt Barr as a former FBI antiquities expert that teams up with an art their (Sofia Pernas) to catch a ruthless terrorist (Oded Fehr) who funds his attacks by stealing rare treasures. John Larroquette also stars. Another new episode follows.

SEASON FINALE: BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Junior gets an offer for his dream job working with Migos, but Dre and Bow are determined to convince him to return to college. Black-ish has been renewed for another season.

FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New.

WANDA SYKES: NOT NORMAL (Netflix) — New stand up special


ENTERTAINMENT

GAME OF THRONES FINALE DRAWS RECORD-BREAKING 13.6M VIEWERS _ The series finale of Game of Thrones had 13.6 million viewers on Sunday night, setting an HBO record. Replays and early streaming of the episode raised the number of viewers to 19.3 million — shattering the show’s previous high of 12.48 million viewers in its debut and 18.4 million total viewers on its May 12 second-to-last episode.

SOPHIE TURNER SLAMS GOT FAN PETITION AS ‘DISRESPECTFUL’ _ Sophie Turner has blasted the fan outcry that’s been running amuck on the internet for the past few weeks about the mess that was Game of Thrones Season 8 — going so far as to call the fans “disrespectful.” She explained to the New York Times: “All of these petitions and things like that — I think it’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season. Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful.”

KIT HARINGTON TELLS GAME OF THRONES HATERS TO, UH, WELL… _ Kit Harington saw your criticism of the Game of Thrones finale coming — and he’s got a little message for you. “Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their judgement on it, in my head they can go [blank] themselves. Because I know how much work was put into this.” Harington added, “I don’t mean to sound mean about critics,” but says the show means far too much to him to let it be dragged mercilessly.

… Before the Season 8 finale had even aired, disgruntled fans were already calling for a do-over. More than a million keyboard warriors have “signed” a Change.org petition demanding a remake of the last season.

MEGHAN McCAIN IS SORRY IF SHE ‘TRIGGERED’ GoT FANS _ On Sunday night, millions of people tuned into HBO for the series finale of Game of Thrones. The reactions are pretty widely split, but The View’s Meghan McCain is firmly anti, and she couldn’t wait for everyone to know it, spoilers or not. (-SPOILERS-) During Monday’s episode of The View, as soon as co-host Whoopi Goldberg brought up the finale, McCain immediately expressed her displeasure with a spoiler-filled tirade. “I spent eight years of my life watching this,” she said. “And it was a horrible ending. Bran is the worst. Sorry, spoiler. He didn’t do anything and now he gets to rule? Should have been the mother of dragons…”

… Co-host Sonny Hostin shouted, “Meghan! I’m only on season four!”

… McCain dismissed Hostin’s complaints, and some apparently shocked faces in the audience, by saying that real fans are supposed to watch the show when it airs (note: this is not a real rule) and saying, “I’m sorry you guys are so triggered by me telling the ending.” In other words, sorry not sorry.

KIM KARDASHIAN’s ‘SERIOUS COMPLAINT’ FOR JACK IN THE BOX _ Kim Kardashian started a wild Twitter conversation Monday surrounding a mystery Jack in the Box complaint. The reality star issued a concerning message to the fast-food chain, asking them to contact her directly. She tweeted: “Hey, Jack In The Box I have a serious complaint but I won’t fully put you on blast, check your corporate email inbox or send me a DM with direct person for my team to contact. Pronto!”

… Kardashian’s tweet seemed to imply she had a bad experience at the eatery. But Kardashian later clarified that her food was fine: “I would like to add that this is not about me or a wrong order. Nobody recognized me and it’s something that I observed that affected other customers at this particular location that was concerning.”

… Within minutes of her first tweet, Twitter turned Kardashian’s complaint into a meme:

• “Jack In The Box to the principal’s office”

• “Wendys would have straight told her the manager was off today… call back tomorrow.”

SCARLET JOHANSSON IS ENGAGED TO COLIN JOST _ Third time’s the charm for Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson and SNL star Colin Jost are engaged. While this will be Jost’s first marriage, the Avengers star has been married twice before — once to Ryan Reynolds.

FIRST CLIP FROM THE THIRD SEASON OF STRANGER THINGS _ July 4th, 2019 is going to be a very big day — and not just because it’s the 244th birthday of the United States of America. It will be a big day because after almost two years we will finally get to watch the third season of Stranger Things. On Monday Netflix delivered the first clip from season three. In the clip, which has a very Fast Times at Ridgemont High vibe, we head to the Hawkins, Indiana pool to see what season two antagonist Billy Hargrove has going on for the summer. • VIDEO

JOHN WICK 4 RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED FOR 2021 _ John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum has already surpassed what the first John Wick made in its entire domestic run at the box office, so it was only a matter of time before Keanu Reeves got the go-ahead to suit up for another bloodbath. That time is now. John Wick: Chapter 4 has been confirmed for a summer 2021 release date.

SOME OF WHITNEY HOUSTON’S FANS DON’T WANT A HOLOGRAM TOUR _ The owners of Whitney Houston’s estate have announced plans to release a hologram tour featuring imagery of the late singer. Houston died in February 2012. According to Houston’s sister-in-law Pat, who is also executor of the late singer’s estate, the hologram is just one of many projects lined up as part of a new marketing deal. Houston’s estate is also currently working on a possible Broadway musical, branding deals and unreleased music.

… But many of Houston’s fans were not pleased to hear the news and expressed their discontent on social media. One person said, “Whitney would not approve!”


AUDIO

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• GEOBEE: It’s GeoBee week. The winner will be crowned Wednesday night. Here’s the 2018 National Geographic Geobee’s winning answer.

• DROPS: Memorial Day package.


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN WE’RE STUCK IN TRAFFIC

• Work – 41%

• Food – 33%

• Our To-Do list – 27%

• Bills – 18%

• Sex – 14%

• Our family – 10%

• Our career/job – 6%

FOODS THAT REDUCE STRESS

Did you know that you can lessen your stress by eating? It’s true — but not by eating pizza or ice cream. The next time you feel under the gun, try one of these choices from Delish.com:

Oranges. A German study that was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that vitamin C helps reduce stress, and returns your blood pressure and cortisol levels back to normal AFTER a stressful situation. Vitamin C also boosts your immune system, and oranges are chock full of it.

Sweet potatoes. They satisfy the cravings you get for sweets and carbs when you’re under a lot of stress – but they’re healthy. Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which protects against cancer and heart disease, and the fiber helps your body process carbohydrates in a slow and steady way.

Dried apricots. They’re rich in magnesium, which is a powerful stress-buster and a natural muscle relaxant..

Nuts. Almonds are packed with B and E vitamins which boost your immune system, and walnuts and pistachios are both good choices to help lower your blood pressure.

Turkey. It contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan which triggers the release of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. So, you’ll feel calm and relaxed – maybe even tired – after you eat it.

Eat spinach and other greens. One cup of spinach gives you 40 percent of your daily supply of magnesium. A magnesium deficiency can cause headaches and fatigue. Broccoli, kale, and other dark green veggies are packed with vitamins that replenish our bodies when we’re stressed.

Salmon. It’s one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids that protect against heart disease. A study published in Diabetes & Metabolism found that the omega-3s also lower stress hormones.

THINGS ONLINE DATERS LIE ABOUT

• When researchers at Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology surveyed online daters, 1 in 5 said they lied to improve their profile. When the scientists crunched the numbers, the figure was closer to 9 out of 10.

• What’s everyone trying to hide? Their appearance. In a study done by Cornell University that checked actual height and weight against profile height and weight, the average person said they were five pounds lighter and an inch taller.

• Ladies, some guys lie about more than their waistline. They lie about their income, their education, and unfortunately, their availability. One study estimates that 18% of the men on dating sites are married.

• Women are much less likely to lie about being married — but in addition to their weight, they often get creative with their age.

WHAT IS A DOG?

• Dogs can hear a package of food opening half a block away, but don’t hear you when you’re in the same room.

• They can look dumb and lovable all at the same time.

• They growl when they are not happy.

• When you want to play, they want to play.

• When you want to be alone, they want to play.

• They are great at begging.

• They leave their toys everywhere.

• They do disgusting things with their mouths and then try to give you a kiss.

Conclusion: Dogs are toddlers in fur coats.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In North Korea, kids under the age of 10 get sweets on what day? (The birthday of their supreme leader)

TRIVIA: What are Paul Robeson, German Queen, Earl of Edgecombe, and Hillbilly? (Types of tomatoes)

TRIVIA: The average guy does this the most at age 30. (Drinks alcohol. That’s his heaviest boozing year.)

TAKE MY ORDER, PLEASE

It’s National Waitstaff Day. I’m going to give you my ‘order’ and you try to repeat as much back as you can. I’ll be ordering 9 items; repeat 6 and you win.

I’d like to order a glass of (1) red wine; and my spouse will have a (2) gin & tonic. We’d like to start with an appetizer. How about some (3) stuffed mushrooms? For dinner I’ll have the (4) roasted chicken with red potatoes and brown rice. My spouse will have (5) fettuccine alfredo with a side of (6) garlic bread. In fact, I’ll have some (7) garlic bread also. And for dessert we’ll both be drinking (8) coffee and plan to try your (9) triple-layer chocolate cake.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 21, 2019

• 1994: TRISHA YEARWOOD and MAVERICKS bassist Robert Reynolds were married on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Trisha is now married to GARTH BROOKS.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS’ album No Fences was certified multi-platinum for sales of 14 million copies. Hits included Friends In Low Places, Unanswered Prayers and The Thunder Rolls.

• 2006: Grand Ole Opry legend BILLY JOE WALKER, along with his wife Betty and two members of his band, were killed in an automobile accident in Alabama. He’d been a member of the Opry since 1960.

• 2007: GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD took part in a home build in Violet, Louisiana, contributing to the 1,000th Habitat for Humanity construction project in the Gulf Coast since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

• 2008: DARIUS RUCKER’s first country single, Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It, was released to radio.

• 2011: TAYLOR SWIFT raised $750,000 for tornado relief by selling tickets to the final rehearsal for her Speak Now Tour at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

• 2016: At her Grand Ole Opry debut MAREN MORRIS sang My Church.

• 2017: LOCASH threw out the first pitch at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.

CODY JOHNSON is 32.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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• DOLLY PARTON wishes Cher a happy birthday.

• MAREN MORRIS gives her new music a test drive.

• LUKE BRYAN on what makes him country.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

GARTH BROOKS’ May 18 show at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh was the biggest ticket selling event in the stadium’s history, with 75,000 seats sold. The previous mark was set in 2016 for a University of Pittsburgh football game against Penn State with 69,938 seats sold.

KELLY CLARKSON will sing the national anthem prior to the 2019 running of the Indianapolis 500, May 26 on NBC.

ELI YOUNG BAND has another number one, and first chart topper since December 2019 (Drunk Last Night). Love Ain’t is the band’s fourth number one.

JON PARDI will release the title track to his new album, Heartache Medication, in early June. The full length album will be out September 27.

JON PARDI will headline the Heartache Medication Tour this fall with special guest RILEY GREEN (There Was This Girl). The tour begins October 2 with back to back nights at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

LUKE COMBS tweeted Monday that another “big announcement” is coming this morning at 11 AM Eastern.

ALABAMA’s Jeff Cook will take part in CHRIS YOUNG’s 3rd Annual TH3 Fishing Tournament June 1 at Nashville’s Old Hickory Lake. Several professional fishermen will also be on hand to help raise money for cancer research.

JASON ALDEAN’s wife says being a bonus mom can be a roller coaster ride, but well worth it. Brittany recently did a Q & A on her Instagram where a fan asked for advice in the area of step-parenting. Brittany’s suggestion was to take advantage of every opportunity to shape and influence the child’s future. Brittany and Jason have two kids together, Memphis and Navy, and share custody of Jason’s two daughters from his first marriage.

KEITH URBAN recorded his new single, We Were, and later learned that ERIC CHURCH had co-written it. So Keith texted Eric to ask about it but Eric, who has written more than 260 songs, didn’t initially remember writing it. Keith, who has been in Nashville since the early 1990s, has penned almost 270 songs of his own through the course of his career.

JORDAN DAVIS has racked up 500 million digital streams of his debut album, Home State, which includes his two number ones: Singles You Up and Take It From Me.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 22, 2019

• 1956: LEFTY FRIZZELL recorded The Waltz of the Angels in his first Nashville recording session.

• 1997: CLINT BLACK’s album Put Yourself In My Shoes was certified triple platinum. Hits included the title track, Loving Blind and One More Payment.

• 1998: At age 63, Royce Kendall of THE KENDALLS died of a stroke prior to a show in Iowa.

• 2007: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Before He Cheats became SoundScan’s most downloaded single, with 1.23 million copies.

• 2011: REBA McENTIRE, JEAN SHEPARD and songwriter BOBBY BRADDOCK were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2011: With TRACE ADKINS in the TV audience, JOHN RICH was pronounced the winner of the NBC series The Celebrity Apprentice. John won $1.3 million during the season for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

• 2017: RASCAL FLATTS performed during each hour of NBC’s four-hour Today broadcast.

DIAMOND RIO bassist Dana Williams is 58.


DATEBOOK: MAY 22, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 69

• Model Naomi Campbell is 49

• Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls) is 45

• Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) is 41

• Maggie Q (Insurgent, Divergent) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1843: Thousands of people and their cattle headed west via wagon train from Independence, Missouri, to what would later become the Oregon Territory. It was part of the Great Migration. They followed what is now known as the Oregon Trail.

• 1931: The first canned rattlesnake meat was sold, in Arcadia, Florida.

• 1906: The Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”.

• 1967: “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” premiered on PBS, featuring Rev. Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister from Pittsburgh. It’s public television’s longest running children’s program.

• 1986: Sylvester Stallone signed a 10-picture, six-year deal with United Artists for a reported $15 million per film, making him at the time the richest actor in Hollywood.

• 1992: After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.

• 2003: In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam became the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.

• 2004: Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, a scathing documentary about White House actions after the September 11th terrorist attacks, won first prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

• 2015: Construction workers discovered an unexploded bomb from World War II near Wembley Stadium in London.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Sherlock Holmes Day

• World Goth Day

• Bfuy a Musical Instrument Day

• Vanilla Pudding Day

UPCOMING

• May 22: National Geographic GeoBee finals
• May 27: NHL Stanley Cup Finals start
• May 27-30: National Spelling Bee
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• May 30: NBA Finals start
• June 7: National Donut Day
• June 8: Belmont Stakes
• June 16: Father’s Day
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• June 20: NBA draft
• June 21: NHL draft
• June 26: First Democratic debate, in Miami
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• July 6: Tour de France starts
• July 8: MLB All-Star Game
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day


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DATEBOOK: MAY 14, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• George Lucas is 75

• Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) is 68

• Actor Tim Roth is 58

• Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli is 53

• Cate Blanchett is 50

• Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men, Joan of Arcadia) is 36

• Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) is 35

• Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) is 26

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Chicken Dance Day

• Buttermilk Biscuit Day

UPCOMING

• May 16: PGA Championship begins
• May 18: Preakness
• May 27: National Spelling Bee begins
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2,493: U.S. products targeted by China’s new 25% tariffs.


NEWS ATTACK!

A company in London is looking for someone to test luxury yachts. [According to the ad, you must be physically capable of working short hours in extreme comfort.]

A study finds that the most popular U.S. federal agency is the Postal Service while the least favorite is the Veteran’s Administration. [Both agencies are known for making you wait in long lines, but at least at the post office you’re usually not bleeding.]

According to a new study, your body has no problem recovering from a bit of overeating as long as you only do so once in a while. [Like only during the commercials.]

Natural Light beer is looking for an intern to drink beer and post on social media. [Yeah, good luck trying to find anyone with that skill set.]

In Arizona, the police captured an emu running wild through a neighborhood [without any pants].

The chain store Party City has closed 45 stores in the midst of a worldwide helium shortage. [Helium supplies are disappearing faster than cast members of Game of Thrones.]

A bear in Colorado opened an unlocked car door and tore up the interior in his search for food. [He finally fell asleep when he inadvertently activated ones of the seat’s back massager.]

A dog that’s part of the security team at an Arkansas high school has been given a photo in the yearbook along with everyone else. [He was also voted Most Likely to Succeed.]

A family in Australia went for a walk in the countryside and found a gold nugget worth $24,000. [These days, any family that goes for walks together deserves to find $24,000.]

An American pastor, who preaches hate, has become the first person to be banned from all 28 European Union countries. [Not that he would ever want to set foot in Europe. Too many foreigners.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

AMERICANS THINK THEY’RE SMARTER THAN AVERAGE AMERICANS _ Fifty-five percent of Americans think that they are smarter than the average American (YouGov survey). A humble 34 percent of citizens say they are about as smart as everyone else, while 4 percent say they are less intelligent than most people.

… Men (24 percent) are more likely than women (15 percent) to say they are “much more intelligent” than the average American. White people are more likely to say the same than Hispanic and black people.

YOUTUBE PRANKSTER POSES AS WALMART CEO, FIRES EMPLOYEE AUDIO  A YouTube star is facing backlash after she disguised herself as a high-ranking Walmart executive and pretended to fire employees at a Texas store as part of a prank video. Lauren Love and her partner, Joel Ashley, run several YouTube channels, including Joel and Lauren TV. A video they recorded and posted in April, featuring Love pretending to fire the employees of a Richmond, Texas Walmart, has ruffled feathers, with critics blasting Love for her heartless joke.

… In the since-deleted video, titled “CEO Firing People Prank IN THE HOOD (GONE WRONG),” Love puts on a wig and business attire and carries a clipboard as she informs employees that she is the “CEO of this Walmart.” In one clip she tells a female employee, “You’re working horrible, you’re moving slow” and pretends to fire her. • VIDEO

… Love repeats her spiel to multiple employees, including one man who asks for “one more chance.”

ARMED GANG POSED AS SINGLE WOMEN ON TINDER TO LURE MEN _ Police in San Jose, California, arrested five people for allegedly staging a series of armed robberies, assaults and carjackings by asking unsuspecting men to meet “Victoria” or “Becky,” two fictional profiles they set up on the location-based dating app Tinder. The suspects, three males and two females, range in age from 15 to 19.

… The times and locations were usually in the late evening hours on secluded streets near a park. When the victim arrived at the location, they were beaten, robbed and carjacked at gunpoint by several masked suspects.

… After a 2011 date arranged on Match.com — owned by the same company that owns Tinder — resulted in a sexual assault, the site agreed to begin screening members against public sex offender registries.

MISSING SAILOR: I’M ALIVE AND VERY SORRY _ A Chinese sailor who faked his death eight years ago to get compensation turned himself into police. The sailor (Zhang Jinglei) mysteriously disappeared from his ship in August 2011, during a port visit. At the time investigators found only a bloody shirt and a pair of shoes near the ship’s handrail. Even though there was blood on the deck of the ship, police ruled out homicide as there was no evidence of a fight or struggle and, of course, his body was never found. After the investigation he was listed as a missing person.

… The shipping company the guy worked for gave his wife over $115,000 in compensation.

… After living eight years as a dead person, he decided to end his charade and admitted to police that he had faked his death in order to defraud his employer.

TENNESSEE DAD PULLS STICKER OFF TRUCK WHEN SON COMMITS TO GEORGIA _ On Monday offensive tackle Tate Ratledge committed to the University of Georgia football program. Problem is, his grandmother, his father Dean, and even himself — all lifelong Tennessee Volunteers fans. The question then became: What would dad do? Would Dean Ratledge disown his son for choosing Georgia over the Volunteers? In a video shared on social media we see dad peeling the bright orange ‘T’ from inside his truck’s rear window. • VIDEO

CHILI LOVERS SNAP UP MILD, MEDIUM AND EXTRA HOT TOOTHPASTE _ People who can’t get enough spice in their life and want to practice good dental hygiene can now get a burst of heat first thing in the morning and last thing at night with a new toothpaste that comes in mild, medium and extra hot. The three levels of hot toothpaste have sold out in China.

WALKS IN THE WOODS GOOD FOR MIND AND BODY _ Want to reboot your mind and body? Go for a walk in the woods. Actually, three walks. After just a few walks in the woods researchers say there’s a noticeable difference in your mental and physical health.

I would like to point out that the three walks should probably be close to one another, perhaps one a week or more. Don’t space them out over three years.

MANY WOMEN REVEAL INTIMATE SECRETS TO THEIR HAIRDRESSER _ More than half of women admit they reveal intimate secrets to their hairstylist that they wouldn’t dare share with anyone else. The study reveals many women are happy to spill the beans to their hairstylist about sensitive issues such as money worries, infidelity, coworker gossip, and more.

… 15 percent of women say they made a big life decision based on a conversation with their hairstylist.

WHY SO MANY MILLENNIALS ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK _ A new survey from Charles Schwab revealed many milllennials are living paycheck to paycheck. The survey found 62 percent of those 23 to 38 are living paycheck to paycheck — but also revealed that the average person in this age group spends about $478 a month on nonessential purchases.

WALLS OF 900-POUND MAN’S HOME TO BE CUT SO HE CAN GO TO COURT _ A federal judge has approved an unusual court transportation plan for a Virginia man who weighs more than 900 pounds. Kenneth Hicks (of Emporia) was scheduled to plead guilty Monday in a cocaine conspiracy case. A judge last week approved a plan to get Hicks to U.S. District Court in Richmond in a way that protects his health, safety and dignity. Hicks lives in a dwelling attached to the rear of a mobile home. The plan to get him to the courthouse may involve cutting through a wall, bracing the structure and cutting down some trees.

ARIZONA LIFTS NUNCHUCK BAN _ If carrying a loaded gun for protection isn’t for you, consider nunchucks. They are now legal in Arizona after the state’s governor signed a law lifting the ban on the martial arts weapons.

… Nunchucks, or nunchaku as they are also known, were described in the legislation as “two or more sticks, clubs, bars or rods to be used as handles, connected by a rope, cord, wire or chain, in the design of a weapon used in connection with the practice of a system of self-defense.” They were reportedly added to the state’s deadly weapons list in response to the Kung Fu movie craze in the 1970s.

LOTTERY WINNERS DON’T GET AS MUCH SATISFACTION FROM THEIR CASH _ A study of the pleasure center of people’s brains suggests lottery winners, trust-fund babies and others who get their money without working for it do not get as much satisfaction from their cash as those who earn it.

… Researchers (Emory University) measured brain activity in the striatum — the part of the brain associated with reward processing and pleasure — in two groups of volunteers. One group had to work to receive money while playing a simple computer game; the other group was rewarded without having to earn it. The brains of those who had to work for their money were more stimulated. Other studies have shown there’s substantial evidence that people who win the lottery are not happier a year after they win.

NUMBERS FROM DREAM BRING LOTTERY JACKPOT 13 YEARS LATER _ An Australian man who scored a $700,000 lottery jackpot said his numbers came to him in a dream 13 years earlier. The man says after they appeared in his dream — 13 years ago — he wrote them down and played them ever since.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What dream did you have that came true?

CHURCH PUT CARDS IN MEN’S RESTROOM TO HELP GUYS ON MOTHER’S DAY _ If you’re in the church business, here’s an idea for next year: put a stack of blank Mother’s Day cards in the men’s restroom. A guy on Reddit snapped a photo of this brilliant idea used by a church he attends.

THE DEATH OF A CLOSE FRIEND HITS HARDER THAN WE THINK _ The trauma caused by the death of a close friend endures four times longer than previously believed. The research out of Australia (Australian National University) shows the death of a close friend will significantly affect a person’s physical, psychological and social well-being up to at least four years. Previous studies suggested the grieving period lasted for around 12 months.

HERE’S HOW MUCH WE SPEND DINING OUT — AND WHEN WE SPEND IT _ A new study of data from more than 42,000 restaurants around the U.S. reveals independent local restaurants typically record only 45 transactions a day at an average of $28 each ($1,260 total).

… The states were patrons spent the most money per day at local restaurants were Rhode Island (total receipts of $1,883), Vermont ($1,731), California ($1,601), Massachusetts ($1,585), and Florida ($1,553). In contrast, the lowest-grossing places were in West Virginia ($843), Wisconsin ($837), Kansas ($811), Oklahoma ($804) and Mississippi ($708).

… January and February are the slowest months for restaurants in general, accounting for 6.6% and 7.0%, respectively, of the total yearly consumer spend, while May through August is the best period, each month accounting for at least 9.0% of total yearly spending.

FINDING YOUR PURPOSE LEADS TO A LONGER LIFE _ Want to live a long and healthy life? Finding a sense of purpose may be just what you need. Research (published in Psychological Science) suggested that having a greater sense of purpose may lead to a longer life, regardless of how old you are. The findings were based on a study of over 6,000 participants who were tracked during a 14-year period. Researchers found that the correlation between having a purpose and living longer held true for younger, middle-aged and older study participants.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO: GOOD LOOKING CROOKS GET LESS TIME _ A study conducted a the University of Oslo in Norway found that good-looking criminals usually get lighter sentences even when people only have a written description of their looks. The study revealed the lightest sentences went to good-looking criminals who committed less serious crimes such as theft, smuggling and fraud.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MYSTERY CREATURE FOUND IN FLORIDA AUDIO  A dead creature found Friday in the backyard of a Titusville, Florida, home is creating some buzz. Kelly Garrahan snapped photos of the strange looking carcass and posted them on Facebook. The mystery creature is an estimated 2 to 3 feet long from tip to tail and people are making all sorts of wild guesses about what shriveled creature could be. A biologist told Garrahan the animal was an opossum, but others say it was a coyote, a dog, the skin of an alligator, a dead otter or even a chupacabra, a legendary creature in folklore circles which attacks and drinks the blood of livestock, including goats.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WRONG-WAY WOMAN TO COP: I DON’T THINK SO _ A woman in New Mexico, who was driving the wrong way on a one-way street, was arrested after she refused a police officer’s request to pull over. She told him, “I don’t think so.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR WEARING ONLY SWEATER FOUND HIDING UNDER DECK _ Police in New Jersey (Middletown) have arrested a man they say is responsible for a bizarre pair of burglaries last week. Authorities responded to a report of burglar naked from the waist down just before 6 AM. The resident said the burglar was only wearing a sweater. Officers searched the area and discovered the same man tried to get into another home. They eventually found 35-year-old Jacob Gerges hiding under a deck completely naked.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGER KING WORKERS CALL COPS ON SNARLING WOMAN _ A woman reportedly snarled at Burger King employees in Largo, Florida, as they tried to convince her to leave the restaurant’s bathroom. Police officers were eventually called to the scene, where they made a startling discovery: after taking the suspect into custody, seven syringes were discovered hidden inside her wahoo.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MACHETE RAMPAGE _ A man in Hawaii pleaded no contest to going on a rampage with a machete and destroying the interior of another man’s home over a dispute about how to fairly divide the fish that they caught together.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWO WOMEN ARRESTED FOR DUI IN ONE CAR _ Two women in Australia in the same car were arrested for drunken driving. A witness told an officer he thought the driver was drunk and gave the cop a detailed description of the driver, who switched places with another passenger. Before the officer could make contact with the new driver the car pulled away. But once it was stopped the second driver, as well as two passengers in the car, were found to be intoxicated. The first driver and the second driver were both arrested for drunken driving.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ONE LAST BURRITO _ Officials say a suspected drug dealer who led police on a 90 mph chase in California was arrested after he stopped suddenly at a Taco Bell parking lot. The man told officers he knew he was going to jail “for a while” and wanted to get one last burrito.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Gibbs turns to Doctor Grace Confalone (guest star Laura San Giacomo) for advice.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8p ET, ABC) — New. With the kids away at the school dance, Katie and Greg look forward to a romantic evening alone.

THE VILLAGE (8p ET, NBC) — New. Gabe (Daren Kagasoff) and Ava (Moran Atias) prepare for their day in court.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — New. The top eight pair up and must make something creative and delicious with corn.

SEASON FINALE: THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. It’s the Flash (Grant Gustin) versus Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh) on the Season 5 finale.

WHAT’S MY NAME: MUHAMMAD ALI (8p ET, HBO) — This two-part docu-special pays tribute to the boxer and pop-culture icon. Along with recordings of Ali himself, the documentary features archival footage, some of it previously unseen.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Dre has concerns about Jack and Diane spending the weekend with their friends’ family in the desert.

SEASON FINALE: FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. A woman with information about the death of Maggie’s husband is abducted. FBI has been renewed for another season.

THE VOICE (9p ET, NBC) — New. The bottom two are sent home, while the middle three compete for the instant save and the last spot in the finale.

SEASON FINALE: NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. In order to save Pride, the NCIS team must locate a mole. The show has been renewed for another season.

SEASON FINALE: NEW AMSTERDAM (10p ET, NBC) — New. In the Season 1 finale, Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) works on a creative way to help Max (Ryan Eggold). The show has been renewed for another season.

1969 (10p ET, ABC) — New.

FOSSE/VERDON (10p ET, FX) — New.

STILL LAUGH-IN: THE STARS CELEBRATE (Netflix) — Former Laugh-In cast members Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi and Jo Anne Worley reunite in this new special, that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Taped at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, the lineup of stars includes: Billy Crystal, Snoop Dogg, Tiffany Haddish, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris, Taye Diggs, Michael Douglas, Jay Leno, Rita Moreno, Rita Wilson, Margaret Cho, Ron Funches, Nikki Glaser, Cheri Oteri, Rob Riggle, Tony Hale, Jon Lovitz, Natasha Leggero, and many more.


ENTERTAINMENT

DORIS DAY DIES AGED 97 _ Legendary actress and singer Doris Day has died at her California home at the age of 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the legendary Hollywood star died early on Monday surrounded by her close friends at her home. Day, who starred as Calamity Jane in the 1953 film, “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.”

THE MASKED SINGER GETS RENEWAL WITH POST-SUPER BOWL PREMIERE _ The Masked Singer will be back for multiple seasons. Fox has announced an early third-season renewal for the wacky celebrity singing competition.

… The previously announced second season kicks off in the fall; the third season will begin after the Super Bowl February 5.

FELICITY HUFFMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL _ Felicity Huffman on Monday pleaded guilty to accusations that she paid $15,000 to fraudulently boost her daughter’s SAT score as part of a nationwide college admissions scam. The Desperate Housewives actress pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

… Huffman is one of 14 parents who agreed to plead guilty to allegations stemming from a federal investigation, known as Operation Varsity Blues, that has led to the arrests of dozens of wealthy parents, coaches and college officials.

… Prosecutors say Huffman paid Rick Singer, the high-profile college admissions consultant who orchestrated the scheme, to hire a proctor to correct her elder daughter’s answers on her college entrance exam. Huffman allegedly considered doing the same for her younger daughter, but ultimately decided against it.

… Huffman faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, but prosecutors have recommended she serve four months behind bars and pay a $20,000 penalty.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Does the potential punishment fit the crime? Does anyone — famous actress or french fry cook — need to go to prison for four months for a crime like this?

HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS REBOOT  _ Honey, I Shrunk the Kids will be returning to the big screen with a reboot entitled Shrunk. Frozen star Josh Gad will play the lead in the new film. The original came out in 1989 and starred Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters) as brilliant but flawed inventor and scientist Wayne Szalinski as he is working on a new ray gun that can shrink down any object to miniscule proportions. After failing numerous times he’s ready to give up on the project — until a freak accident shrinks down both his kids.

PETER JACKSON TURNED DOWN DIRECTING AQUAMAN _ We should be thankful for this decision. It’s been revealed that Peter Jackson turned down directing Aquaman — twice. Thankful because it would’ve been turned into a three-part monster spread out over three years.

RUSSO BROTHERS TO PRODUCE HEMSWORTH-HADDISH COMEDY _ After Avengers: Endgame, the Russo brothers have signed on to produce the upcoming buddy cop comedy movie Down Under Cover, reuniting them with Chris Hemsworth who will star in the film alongside Tiffany Haddish.

… Anthony and Joe Russo are no stranger to the comedy genre as they’ve already worked on Fox’s hit sitcom Arrested Development which had earned them an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.


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• WALMART: A YouTuber pretends to be Walmart CEO and “fires” employee.  →  May 14 News & Nuggets

• CREATURE: A Florida woman found a strange looking dead creature.  →  May 14 Wacky-But-True

• PHONER: MOM REVENGE STORIES: Moms, if your kids forgot about you on Mother’s Day, now’s your time to get a little revenge by sharing an embarrassing story about them.


BITS & BREAKS

TALL PEOPLE REVEAL PROBLEMS THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH

Tall people of Reddit were asked to share some not-so-obvious problems they have to deal with.

• If you’re doing the dishes for a longer period of time your back starts hurting because most kitchens are built for medium/small heights.

• When I’m someplace loud talking to people all below 5’4” I can’t hear a thing and will have to crouch a bit or stand in a power split to lower my head to them.

• Hotel shower heads are too low.

• Shoes no longer come in half sizes after 13.

• I have size 13 feet which don’t fit on stairs so I use only the toes to climb. Sometimes very dangerous on my way down.

• Dividers between urinals aren’t of any use. It’s not like you’re looking, but it’s awkward.

A MESSAGE FOR MOTHERS-IN-LAW

Moms, the next time your mother-in-law tries to tell you how to raise your kids, try this. Just say: “Don’t teach me how to handle my children. I’m living with one of yours and he needs a lot of improvement.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WENDY’S!

Wendy’s turns 50 this year!

• The first Wendy’s opened in Columbus, Ohio, on November 15, 1969. That location closed its doors in 2007 due to no drive-thru and poor parking.

• Founder Dave Thomas named the restaurant after his daughter, Melinda Lou. Her siblings struggled with her name, calling her “Wenda” instead. Wendy became her nickname and a star was born.

• Inspired by an old-fashioned hamburger joint in Kalamazoo, Michigan, called Kewpee Burger, Wendy’s prepares their hamburgers in the same way, as a square.

• Wendy’s signature Frosty has been on the menu since day one.

• The chocolate Frosty isn’t all chocolate: it’s actually a blend of vanilla and chocolate. Dave Thomas wanted a thick milkshake that didn’t overwhelm the taste of a hamburger and felt that a pure chocolate dessert was too much. He cut the flavor with vanilla and declared it perfect.

• It was the first fast food chain to add a salad bar (1979).

• There might be a subliminal message in its logo. When Wendy’s refreshed its logo a couple of years ago, consumers immediately noticed a little something extra in the cartoon spokesmodel’s collar: the word “Mom.” Was Wendy’s intentionally trying to make us associate its fast food offerings with the wholesome goodness of mom’s cooking? Not on purpose, said a company spokesman.

• Founder Dave Thomas dropped out of high school. To set a good example, Thomas went back to high school and got his G.E.D. at the age of 61. His graduating class voted him Most Likely to Succeed.

• Dave Thomas was adopted when he was just six weeks old and never met his birth parents. Thomas didn’t have a great experience with adoption. His adoptive mother died when he was just five, and his adoptive father, Rex, remarried three times after that. Rex moved around the country often in search of jobs, so Dave lived in 12 different cities by the time he was 15.

… Perhaps hoping that he could help other children find better matches, he founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992.

• Founder Dave Thomas starred in over 800 commercials for the chain.

WHAT’S YOUR COOL NUMEROLOGY STORY?

A friend was born at 14:14 (2:14 PM) on May 14 and weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces. He loves to share this info.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your cool numerology story?

ODDEST HOTEL COMPLAINTS

400 international hotel workers were asked to asked to share some unusual grumbles and diva-like demands.

Most unusual complaints revealed by hotel staff:

• The sheets are too white

• The sea was too blue

• Ice cream too cold

• Bath was too big

• Guest’s dog didn’t enjoy his stay

• Hotel had no ocean view. They were in the middle of England.

• There was no steak on vegetarian menu

• Mother of groom wasn’t given the honeymoon suite

Most unusual hotel requests revealed by hotel staff:

• One glass of water on the hour every hour, throughout the night

• 15 cucumbers a day

• Toilet to be filled with mineral water

• Only the right legs of a chicken

• Bath of chocolate milk

• 16 pillows (for single guest)

• Crocodile soup


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 48 million Americans have have at least one of these. (A tattoo)

TRIVIA:  The first one of these took place at New Jersey’s Newark Public Library in March, 1969. (Star Trek convention)

WHAT’S IN COMMON?

• Hill, carpenter, fire (Ant)

• Under, puppy, tired (Dog)

• A judge, a doctor, a graduate. (They wear gowns)

• Kellogg’s, Keebler, Santa Claus (Elves)

• Moving companies, jewelry, sand (Boxes)

IT’S A MYSTERY

We’ll calls this “The Mystery of the Music Shop.”

On 17 Greendale Street, Tony Owens owned a brass music store. Next to him, there was another music shop owned by Jeff Ringlington. One day, two kids went into one music shop and then the other looking for an instrument. A couple of days later, an instrument went missing. The police were put on the case. The next day they found a clarinet in the deserted alley on Juleps Avenue. Both music store owners immediately told the police that it was their instrument. The chief of police told the officers to give it to Jeff Ringlington. What made the chief so sure it belonged to Jeff?

Answer:  It was because Tony Owens’ shop was a brass shop. Therefore the clarinet could not belong to Tony as it was a woodwind instrument.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 14, 2019

• 2001: Jury selection began in Orchard Park, New York, for the trial of TIM MCGRAW, who had been accused of physically assaulting a police officer following a concert in the area. He was later found not guilty.

• 2009: Wind gusts slammed a mic stand into DARRYL WORLEY’s head during a show in Miles City, Montana, forcing him to rush mid-show to an emergency room, where he received seven stitches. Darryl returned to resume the show before weather forced an early conclusion

• 2011: MIRANDA LAMBERT and BLAKE SHELTON were married at the Don Strange Ranch near Boerne, Texas, in front of REBA McENTIRE, DIERKS BENTLEY, MARTINA McBRIDE and THE BELLAMY BROTHERS. On July 20, 2015, the couple announced that they were divorcing.

• 2011: NEAL McCOY sang No Doubt About It for the first dance at MIRANDA LAMBERT AND BLAKE SHELTON’s wedding reception in Boerne, Texas. MARTINA McBRIDE sang Stand By Your Man; Miranda, Kelly Clarkson, and REBA McENTIRE sang Little Rock.

• 2011: GEORGE JONES was a surprise guest at KENNY CHESNEY’s Rupp Arena concert in Lexington, Kentucky, offering renditions of I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair and He Stopped Loving Her Today.

• 2017: MIDLAND guitar player Jess Carson and his wife, Camille Carson, welcomed a son, Parker Emmanuel Carson, delivered in the couple’s Chevy Suburban in the parking lot at an Austin, Texas, hospital.

DUSTIN LYNCH is 34.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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• JUSTIN MOORE is a neat freak.

• CARRIE UNDERWOOD on choosing challenging songs.

• THOMAS RHETT on writing vs. performing.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

KACEY MUSGRAVES got an odd request from an Australian fan that she firmly denied. Seems it’s a tradition in Australia to drink a cocktail from a boot, dubbed a Shoey. Kacey flatly denied the request.

BROOKS & DUNN and REBA MCENTIRE have added more shows in Las Vegas. They’ll play eight dates in December as part of their Together In Vegas residency at The Coliseum at Caesar’s Palace.

RANDY TRAVIS’ memoir, Forever And Ever Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving The Storms Of Life, is available today (Tuesday). In the book, Randy talks about his upbringing in North Carolina, his career, medical problems, and a failed marriage.

CHASE RICE’s Eyes On Your holds the top spot on the chart (Billboard Country Airplay) for a second week.

TRISHA YEARWOOD will deliver a new single next month (June 6). Every Girl in This Town is the first single from her forthcoming album, This Is Me, due out later this year. The album will be her first new country material in more than a decade.

TRISHA YEARWOOD’s Food Network series Trisha’s Southern Kitchen returns May 18 with a segment commemorating her 20th anniversary at the Grand Ole Opry.

The Country Music Association’s Introducing Nashville Tour is headed to Norway, Sweden, England and more this fall with performances by CHRIS LANE, DEVIN DAWSON, DANIELLE BRADBERRY, TRAVIS DENNING, and RACHEL WAMMACK.

SHANIA TWAIN has taken another movie role. She will appear in the upcoming movie I Still Believe. Shania will play the role of Terry Camp, the mother of Jeremy Camp, the real-life Christian singer-songwriter around whom I Still Believe focuses.

HOME FREE will release a new album, Dive Bar Saints, July 26. The set will contain mostly original material from the a capella group.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 15, 2019

• 1982: RICKY SKAGGS joined the Grand Ole Opry.

• 2003: JUNE CARTER CASH died at the age of 73 after complications from heart surgery.

• 2007: After performing her song Tim McGraw on the Academy of Country Music Awards, 17-year-old TAYLOR SWIFT met TIM McGRAW for the first time on national TV. Her firsts words to Tim were, “Hi, I’m Taylor Swift.”

• 2008: SHANIA TWAIN announced she’d separated from producer-songwriter Robert John “Mutt” Lange, her husband of 14 years.

• 2008: GRETCHEN WILSON received her General Education Development diploma, known as a GED, during a ceremony at the First Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee. The commencement speech was delivered by CHARLIE DANIELS.

• 2010: JOHN BERRY surprised a home-bound fan undergoing chemo for breast cancer. He delivered a personal mini-concert at her house in Williamstown, West Virginia.

• 2017: Different For Girls singer ELLE KING posted a note on social media indicating she was splitting with husband Andrew Ferguson.

K.T. Oslin is 77. She scored several Top Ten hits in the 1980s including Come Next Monday and ’80s Ladies.


DATEBOOK: MAY 15, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright is 82

• Sportscaster Dan Patrick is 63

• David Charvet (Melrose Place) is 47

• Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) is 38

• Alexandra Breckenridge (The Walking Dead, American Horror Story) is 37

• Tennis player Andy Murray is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1718: James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world’s first machine gun.

• 1905: Las Vegas, Nevada, was founded when 110 acres, in what later would become downtown, were auctioned off.

• 1928: The animated short “Plane Crazy” was released, featuring the first appearances of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

• 1930: Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess, flying on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

• 1940: McDonald’s was founded.

• 2010: 16-year-old Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world.

• 2015: A pregnant North Carolina mother fought off a rabid fox that tried to attack her and her 6-year-old in their front yard. Ashley Kotchetov used her son Alex’s book-bag to fight off the fox as they were attacked while walking to their car. Ashley said they barricaded themselves on top of their truck for about 15 minutes while the fox gnawed on her son’s book-bag.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Chocolate Chip Day

• Police Officers/Peace Officers Memorial Day

• Slider Day

UPCOMING

• May 16: PGA Championship begins
• May 18: Preakness
• May 27: National Spelling Bee begins
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day


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DATEBOOK: APRIL 18, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Cindy Pickett (the mom in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 72

• Rick Moranis is 66

• Eric Roberts is 63

• Jane Leeves (Hot In Cleveland, Fraiser) is 58

• Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is 57

• Conan O’Brien is 56

• Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) is 56

• Maria Bello (NCIS, A History of Violence) is 52

• Kourtney Kardashian is 40

• America Ferrera (Superstore) is 35

• Tom Hughes (Victoria) is 34

• Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) is 31

• Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1775: Two lanterns were hung in Boston, Massachusetts and Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode to warn of impending arrests of Samuel Adams and John Hancock.

• 1923: Yankee Stadium, “The House that Ruth Built,” opened.

• 1991: Charlie Kovacs of Seymour, Victoria, Australia, set the world camper speed record by towing his Roadster camper at a speed of 126.76 miles an hour.

• 1999: Hockey player Wayne Gretzky’s number (99) was retired league wide in the NHL.

• 2001: A San Francisco man was arrested for a string of bank robberies after he dropped a receipt with his name on it at one bank and left his resume at another. Police said the 37-year-old bandit was intoxicated during the robberies.

• 2003: Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve.

• 2009: Washington and Lee University in Virginia saw a missing library book back returned to its shelves — nearly 145 years after it was stolen by a Union soldier during the Civil War. The 1842 book (the first volume of W.F.P. Napier’s four-volume “History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814”) was returned by a friend of one of the soldier’s descendants.

• 2012: TV legend Dick Clark died following a heart attack in Santa Monica, California.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Adult Autism Day

• Get to Know Your Customers Day

• High Five Day

• National Columnists’ Day

• Lineman Appreciation Day

• International Juggler’s Day

• Animal Crackers Day

UPCOMING

• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 4: Kentucky Derby
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 14: Cannes Film Festival starts
• May 16: PGA Championship begins
• May 18: Preakness
• May 27: National Spelling Bee begins
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

700,000: Your own skin flakes you inhale each day.


NEWS ATTACK!

A church in Ohio has issued an apology after its pastor conducted a controversial Easter lesson where he encouraged students to slap him, spit on him, and even cut him. [In other words, he told the class to treat him like a substitute teacher.]

In France, they’re going to invite architects from around the world to submit modern ideas on how to rebuild and update Notre Dame. [Uh-oh. I hope that they don’t end up with something called the Trump Cathedral and Golf Course.]

A well-known married actor in Hong Kong gave a tearful press conference to apologize for being caught on videotape getting frisky in the backseat of a cab with an actress. [Always be suspicious of any cabdriver who begins your ride with a sound check.]

There’s now a movement to ban the sale of fur in New York City. [I don’t know if that’s such a good idea. The fur industry is the only thing keeping the rat population in check.]

A goose is wandering the parking lot of a Walmart in Indiana and attacking people. [It’s hard to run away fast enough. That little goose can really handle that electric shopping cart.]

A 69-year-old grandmother in Arkansas has set a new record in weightlifting for her class by deadlifting 305 pounds. [But in many ways she’s still your typical grandmother. She tries to feed every visitor to her house a slice of pie, a glass of milk, and a four raw eggs.]

An 80-year-old man in Florida single-handedly kept a 6½–foot alligator at bay in his backyard until authorities could arrive. [Actually, what he did was to bore the gator to sleep with nonstop stories about his childhood.]

A group of 10 high school students were arrested in Connecticut for their roles in a massive food fight. [That’s very bad news for their parents. Now their parents are going to have to pay even more money to bribe the kids into a good college.]

Demi Moore has a candid tell-all memoir coming out. [Attorney General William Barr said that he’s already read it and swears that the president has nothing to worry about.]

A mayor in Pennsylvania was arrested for pointing a gun at a group of teenagers. [Sadly, that’s the sort of behavior that gets most politicians elected.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

ASTRONAUT TO SET WOMEN’S RECORD FOR TIME SPENT IN SPACE _ A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women. Station astronaut Christina Koch will remain on board for about 11 months until February — approaching but not quite breaking Scott Kelly’s 340-day US record. She tweeted Wednesday: “One month down. Ten to go.” Koch knew before launching last month that her flight might stretch into 2020 and sought advice from Kelly as well as retired astronaut Peggy Whitson, the current record-holder for female space fliers.

… Koch will break Whitson’s 288-day record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman at the end of December.

COLUMBINE PRINCIPAL STILL RECITES VICTIMS’ NAMES EVERY MORNING _ The 20th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School is Saturday (April 20). Each morning for the last two decades, Frank DeAngelis has recited aloud the names of the 13 people killed at the school, where he served as principal. DeAngelis says, “When I wake up in bed each morning, that’s the first thing I do is recite the names. Then I go into my office and pray.”

SNOT OTTER NAMED PENNSYLVANIA’S OFFICIAL AMPHIBIAN _ Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian — a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that’s sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil. The House voted 191-6 this week to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, which can grow to be more than 2 feet long and is battling declining numbers across much of its range in the United States.

… The path to legislative recognition was not smooth, as the Eastern hellbender faced a stiff challenge from another amphibian called Wehrle’s salamander.

IT’S HIGH FIVE DAY _ Welcome to National High Five Day. San Diego resident Connor Lastowka and his friend Wynn Walent came up with the idea during a late night conversation as a way “people can freely exchange high fives between all different genders, races, heights and social classes.” The first year, the guys held the event on the University of Virginia’s campus and by the second year, it had spread across the U.S..

OBVIOUS: AUTO CRASH DEATHS MULTIPLY AFTER 4/20 _ A study shows that in the years since High Times magazine proclaimed April 20 a time to light up and smoke marijuana, traffic fatalities have spiked 12 percent on that date, compared to one week before or after. Researchers (University of British Columbia in Vancouver) said while the study could not assess whether marijuana-intoxicated drivers caused the surge in vehicle deaths on the “High Holiday” called “4/20,” they appear to be the most likely culprits.

OLDEST PLASTIC POLLUTION FOUND _ For decades, plastic has been increasingly common in the ocean — marine animals become entangled in plastic, and microplastics have been found in fish on the seafloor and in Antarctic ice. Now marine biologists believe they may have identified the earliest ever instance of plastic pollution in the ocean, a plastic bag caught in a plankton community off the coast of Ireland that’s been there since 1965.

THREE IN FIVE PARENTS CONSIDER THEIR CHILD A ‘FUSSY EATER’ _ A survey of parents of kids four to 16 found three in five consider their child a ‘fussy eater’. Fussy kids will refuse to eat two meals a week, while two more are thrown away practically untouched.

… 22 percent of parents will try to disguise the fuss-causing food so their child doesn’t even know they are eating it.

… The foods most fussy eaters dislike: mushrooms; onions; cauliflower; pesto; peppers; tomatoes; peanut butter (whaaat?); broccoli; lettuce; fish; eggs; cucumber; sandwich meats such as ham.

AVERAGE AMERICAN ONLY GETS 43 MINUTES OF ‘ME TIME’ A DAY _ Struggling to find a little “me time”? You’re far from alone because the average American only gets five hours of “me time” in a week — that’s just 43 minutes a day.

NEWS ABOUT TRAGEDIES MAKES US MISERABLE — AND HUNGRY FOR MORE _ A new study might just reaffirm your worst fears about staying glued to Twitter or cable news during a mass tragedy like the latest school shooting. It suggests that getting exposed to media coverage of these events can create a vicious emotional cycle that not only sends you into despair, but also makes you more likely to tune into the next widely broadcast atrocity.

… Researchers (University of California Irvine) surveyed nearly 4,500 people soon after the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. People who had the most exposure to media about the tragedy were more likely to feel stressed, even when they were asked again six months later. And when they were surveyed just after the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, those same people were also more likely to report watching the media coverage of that event.

FACEBOOK WORKING ON CREEPY NEW VOICE ASSISTANT _ For a voice assistant to work a device has to always be listening. For some reason seem to be OK with Alexa, Siri and Hey Google to be waiting for us to give an order, but will we be as trusting with Facebook? A report (from NBC) says Facebook has been working on the idea since early 2018.

DENVER SUBURB OFFICIALLY CHANGES NAME FROM ‘SWASTIKA ACRES’ _ It’s been 111 years since a subdivision of the Denver suburb of Cherry Hills was given the name of “Swastika Acres,” and now, finally, the name has been changed to “Old Cherry Hills,” thanks to an official act of the local council. The Swastika Acres subdivision was named in 1908 by the Denver Swastika Land Co., well before the Nazis co-opted the symbol and forever changed its meaning. At the time, the swastika remained a common sight across the Southwest, used by Native Americans for centuries.

… The name “Swastika Acres” doesn’t appear on any signs in Cherry Hills Village, and realtors haven’t flaunted the name to prospective buyers. But over a century after its creation, the name has remained on the deeds of a few dozen homes. After city council decided to make Swastika Acres a priority this year, resident Brady O’Donnell volunteered to do the grunt work needed to change the name: he collected signatures from plot owners, filed paperwork with the city and shelled out money for the application. He was overwhelmed by support.

FIRST KNOWN INTERSTELLAR OBJECT MAY HAVE HIT EARTH 5 YEARS AGO _ It could take humanity hundreds, if not thousands, of years to develop the capability to explore interstellar space. Until then, interstellar space can just come to us. A new study by two Harvard researchers reveals the cosmos may have already deposited the first such far-flung visitor onto our doorstep five years ago in 2014, when a small meteor crashed into Earth near Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific. According to their research, this 1½-foot-wide object most likely came all the way from another solar system.

… Almost all of the objects that hit Earth originate from our solar system. Those that are interstellar originate from another source. Since researchers don’t know exactly where it originated, they can’t say exactly how old it is, but it could be downright ancient. To cross the galaxy it would take hundreds of millions of years.

NATIONAL PARKS TO BE FREE TO ALL VISITORS ON APRIL 20 _ If you’re in some need of fresh air this weekend, all 61 U.S. national parks and more than 300 other sites across the country will be free to enter and open to the public Saturday, April 20. The entrance fees are being waived to help kick off National Park Week.

SOME COUPLES REMAIN GIDDY FOR MANY, MANY YEARS _ One in 10 mature couples still react to their partner with the same intensity as those in the first stages of romantic love. Researchers scanned the brains of couples who had been together for at least 20 years, and others who had recently met. After being shown a picture of their mate, 10 percent of the older couples displayed the same burst of pleasure-producing dopamine as the new couples did. Previous research suggests that this giddy, can’t-keep-your-hands-off-each-other brain reaction starts to fade after about 15 months.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: DRUNK PEOPLE ARE BETTER AT CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING _ Drinking alcohol makes you more creative. Not getting drunk — just enough alcohol to make you feel fuzzy. It’s true. According to the Harvard Business Review, people are better at creative problem solving when they have a drink or two.

… Professor Andrew Jarosz of Mississippi State University and colleagues served vodka-cranberry cocktails to 20 male subjects until their blood alcohol levels neared legal intoxication and then gave each a series of word association problems to solve. Not only did those who imbibed give more correct answers than a sober control group performing the same task, but they also arrived at solutions more quickly. The conclusion: drunk people are better at creative problem solving.

… Keep in mind, the booze helps with creative problem solving. The stuffy, safe part of your brain that wants to think too much loosens up when it’s boozed up, and you risk-taking barriers are taken down a bit. However, alcohol still slows you down mentally.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SEEK ‘UMBRELLA BANDIT’ _ Police in British Columbia, Canada (Burnaby) are asking for the public’s help to identify a “camera-shy” suspect they’ve nicknamed the Umbrella Bandit. The alleged robber entered the bank holding a blue umbrella over his head which obscured him from security cameras.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN PLANS TO MARRY ROBOT _ A guy in Maryland (Taneytown) in love with a robot says they are planning on getting married. Joey Morris fell head over heels with RoboTroll almost two years ago after being drawn to his ‘satisfied smile’ and ‘popping’ pink hair. The 29-year-old’s previous love interests include a lamp, a Transformers truck, and a Halloween figurine.

… He began dating RoboTroll in December 2017 after feeling ‘nostalgic’ and rekindled his love for the BattleTrollz collection. Morris says he ordered his RoboTroll from eBay for $20 and received him in December 2017, which is when their relationship began.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DISORDERLY MAN USES IGUANA AS WEAPON _ Police in Ohio (Painesville) arrested a man accused of using a pet as a weapon inside a Perkins restaurant. Officers responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the restaurant and learned that a 49-year-old man removed an iguana from inside his shirt and swung it around his head by the tail before throwing it at the restaurant manager. The suspect fled before police arrived but was picked up a short time later. Police say the iguana, named Copper, is being checked out by a veterinarian.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN BRINGS METH TO JAIL WHEN TURNING SELF IN _ When an Iowa woman turned herself into a county jail (Polk County) for outstanding warrants a bag of methamphetamine fell out of her pants.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MODEL SHOOT INTERRUPTED BY KANGAROO _ A bikini-clad modeling shoot in Australia was abruptly broken up when a wild kangaroo bounced onto the scene. Models were running, jumping in the pool, and climbing a fence.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOMEONE NEEDS A CLEANSING _ Do you have lustful thoughts? Have you made a made a pact with Satan? These are among the questions Jason Fields says were on a form his ex-boss gave him after she learned he was getting divorced. As he tells the story, his boss said “demons” were at the root of his problem, and she demanded that he undergo a “cleansing.” Fields ultimately quit and filed a religious discrimination suit against his ex boss and the company.


ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — New. The concept of what it would mean for women everywhere if Amy were to win a Nobel Prize causes Amy to have a meltdown.

SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — New. Amy and Jonah spy on the other employees through the security system.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. Richard has an untimely reunion with an old friend.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New. Bane enacts his plan for Gotham’s destruction, so Gordon turns to former enemies to save the city.

PROJECT RUNWAY (8p ET, Bravo) — New.

SEASON PREMIERE: LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — As season 4 begins, The Shorts arrive at their resort in the Yucatan, but their accommodations aren’t what they expected. Nat Faxon guest stars.

BROOKLYN NINE NINE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Holt and Jake investigate a case at Kevin’s university.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bonnie has an unexpected reaction when she learns that Adam’s bar is doing well.

THE ORVILLE (9p ET, FOX) — New. A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly’s relationship.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. The abduction of Luca and Street’s neighbor sends the team in pursuit of a home invasion crew. Debbie Allen guest stars as Hondo’s mother.

STAR TALK (11p ET, National Geographic) — New. Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin is host Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s guest.


ENTERTAINMENT

ALEX TREBEK SIGNS OFF JEOPARDY FOR THE SUMMER AUDIO  Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March, gave a positive health update on the last day of taping the current season of the trivia show. On Tuesday he tweeted a video message to fans saying that the 35th season of the popular game show brought some surprises for him and that he and the staff are already working on the 36th season.

JEOPARDY CONTESTANT SHATTERS HIS OWN RECORD _ Just over a week after being crowned the champion for taking home the most single-day winnings in the show’s history, Jeopardy contestant James Holzhauer has once again set a new record. Holzhauer took home a total of $131,127 on Wednesday’s episode. His previous record of $110,914 in a single game was set on April 9. The victory marks Holzhauer’s 10th straight win. He has now won $697,787 in total. Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, shattered the previous record of $77,000 made by Roger Craig on September 19, 2010.

AAF OFFICIALLY PULLS THE PLUG, FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY _ The Alliance of American Football is dead. The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Wednesday. The bankruptcy filing comes two weeks after the league abruptly folded, leaving players on the hook to pay for allegedly team-provided housing and their own medical care. According to documents (obtained by Front Office Sports), the AAF claims assets of $11.3 million, liabilities of $48.3 million, and only $536,160.68 in cash on hand. The AAF allegedly owes CBS over $5 million, Arizona State University over $1.2 million, and MGM International $7 million. Shortly after the report was published, the league confirmed the news in a statement.

LORI LOUGHLIN MIGHT BE MOVING OUT OF HER MANSION _ What is happening over at Lori Loughlin’s Bel Air mansion? Inside Edition recently caught some movers taking furniture out of the actress’ California home, leaving some to speculate about what’s going on with her as she battles charges of fraud and maybe even money laundering in court. The moving crew loaded some large pieces of furniture into their truck before taking off. Are they selling things off to pay legal fees? Are Lori and Mossimo Giannulli splitting under the pressure? Maybe they’re trying to move to somewhere more private?

SNL: EMMA THOMPSON, PAUL RUDD NAMED FINAL HOSTS OF SEASON 44 _ Emma Thompson and Paul Rudd will host Saturday Night Live’s May 11 and May 18 episodes, respectively.

… Thompson, who will be making her SNL hosting debut, will be promoting her upcoming comedy flick Late Night, which co-stars Mindy Kaling and opens on Friday, June 7. She’ll be joined by the Jonas Brothers, who are returning to the show for their second appearance as musical guests.

… Rudd — who has hosted the show three times — will emcee the Season 44 finale just a few weeks after the release of Avengers: Endgame. DJ Khaled will serve as musical guest.

THE CROWN SEASON 3 _ It’s been a long time since we had an audience with the Queen on Netflix’s The Crown. The second season of the drama debuted on December 8, 2017, and season 3 has been nowhere in sight. Until now. We found out Wednesday The Crown Season 3 will ascend to the throne in the second half of this year.

… The Crown will be a much different show when it returns for its third season. The entire original cast is gone, having been replaced with new cast members, including recent Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, who takes on the role of Elizabeth II. The reasoning behind the cast switch is that season 3 is meant to jump forward in time a bit, and show the principle players a bit older than we’ve seen them before. Other cast members include Tobias Menzies, Ben Daniels, and Helena Bonham Carter. Season 3 will pick up with the royals in the mid-to-late ’60s.

ADAM LEVINE LISTS $47.5 MILLION MANSION _ Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have put their Beverly Hills property up on the market for an impressive $47.5 million. The couple bought the property more than a year ago for $35.5 million.

… The house that includes five bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and is more than 10,000 square feet.

DINA LOHAN’S ONLINE BOYFRIEND BUYS ENGAGEMENT RING _ Dina Lohan is getting back together with her online boyfriend — and she’s got an engagement ring in her future. Dina and Jesse Nadler broke up last week after getting into a huge argument over another woman, but now their long-distance love is back on. The couple had been dating — online only — for five years.

… Jesse says Dina reached out to him on Sunday night and they hashed everything out. He says she apologized for wrongly accusing him of chatting up another lady, and now everything’s fine and dandy. Jesse told TMZ he bought Dina an engagement ring, and he’s going to give it to her when they finally come face-to-face for the first time.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME BRINGS THE LAUGHS IN TV AD WITH NEW FOOTAGE _ Marvel still knows how to have fun. A new TV ad for Avengers: Endgame features footage from the upcoming movie that is a lot lighter and more in tone with the humor that fans have come to expect from Marvel movies. • VIDEO

… Previous trailers have been darker and more serious as the Avengers deal with the aftermath of bad guy Thanos snapping away half the universe.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME IS GETTING AN EARLIER RELEASE DATE _ Right now, Marvel fans are spending most of their time anticipating the arrival of Avengers: Endgame next week. But don’t forget, there’s one more installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming this summer. Spider-Man: Far From Home is taking the webslinger overseas for the first time on the big screen, and the adventure will actually start off a little sooner than previously scheduled. Sony Pictures has bumped up the Spider-Man Far From Home release date up a little bit to maximize their holiday box office potential through July 4. The new Spider-Man Far From Home release date has been set for Tuesday, July 2.

HAPPY GILMORE STAR CHRISTOPHER MCDONALD AVOIDS JAIL IN DUI CASE _ Happy Gilmore star Christopher McDonald has avoided jail time in a DUI case from 2017. The 64-year-old McDonald was arrested in Arrowhead, California, in October 2017 for allegedly driving under the influence.

… McDonald, who starred as Shooter McGavin in the Adam Sandler hit, reportedly lost control of his classic silver Porsche on the highway, running it onto the grass and taking out a gas meter before ending up in an embankment.

MIKE MYERS WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS FOR NETFLIX SHOW _ Mike Myers is getting his own original show on Netflix. Not much is known about the project at this point, other than it will be a limited series consisting of six episodes and will star the former Saturday Night Live castmate. Myers plans to play multiple characters.


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• ALEX: Alex Trebek signs off for summer and says he’ll be back in September.

• DROPS: Easter clips galore.


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SHOTGUN

How old is too old to be calling out “shotgun!” when you and a couple of buddies are riding somewhere together? I just wonder because I’m (age) and I’ve got a friend about the same age who still calls shotgun.

After he called it while going to lunch I decided to find out where the custom of calling shotgun came from. What I discovered is that, historically, the shotgun position originated during the days of the horse-drawn wagon. Since the driver had to handle the reins, another person with a shotgun was needed next to him/her to fend off attacks from bandits, outlaws, and galloping Amway salesmen.

THE RULES OF SHOTGUN

• Even if the other passenger is your grandmother with a broken leg, if she does not call “shotgun” first, her butt is going into the back seat.

• If two people call “shotgun” at the same time, a fistfight will determine the ultimate winner.

• If the trip is interrupted for over 4 minutes (for fuel or potty stops, etc.), the “shotgun” passenger loses all of his/her rights, and open season on the coveted position begins again.

• A “shotgun” call from a 265-pound linebacker automatically cancels out a “shotgun” call from anybody else.

• Pre-“shotgun” calling is strictly prohibited.

TEN YEARS AGO, THESE GADGETS “ON THEIR WAY OUT”

In April of 2009 a tech blog said these gadgets would soon be gone.

• Landline phones. Still here.

• Floppy disks. Mostly gone. Unless you work at (your call letters), where our computers were just upgraded to Windows 98.

• Wristwatches. High-end watches are collected; everyday watches are still work by businessmen and as a fashion item by many guys; and of course now we have watches with all-digital faces.

• VHS tapes and VCRs. You can’t rent them anymore but there are probably a few of you listening who still pop a tape into a VCR every once in awhile.

• Beepers. A handful of profession — including doctors — still use them.

• Film cameras. Now they’re novelty.

• Typewriters. Still around, but mostly for fun.

• The Walkman and Discman. Gone.

• Dial-up Internet Access. Still here. A couple of million people still use dial-up.

• DVDs. Not going away any time soon.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 74.5 million acres of this was planted in the U.S. in 2008. (Soybeans)

TRIVIA: The average one of these will last for 35 miles. (Pencil. If you drew a continuous line with one, that’s how long it would last. That about 45,000 words.)

RIDDLE

Stronger than steel, yet lighter than cotton
Found in a corner, forever forgotten
I bother so many, but marvel a few
You can’t seem to make me
I’m a mystery to you.

Answer: Spider silk


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: APRIL 18, 2019

• 1939: Gene Autry recorded Back In The Saddle Again.

• 1998: DIAMOND RIO became members of the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1998: JO DEE MESSINA scored her first number one with Bye, Bye.

• 2001: BROOKS & DUNN scored their 15th number one with There Ain’t Nothin’ ‘Bout You. That broke THE JUDDS’ record for most number one hits by a country duo.

• 2003: DIERKS BENTLEY made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

• 2006: LEE GREENWOOD, RESTLESS HEART and members of the New England Patriots cheerleading squad returned from a two-week overseas trip where they performed for American GIs in the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

• 2010: TRACE ADKINS returned to The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC to evaluate contestants’ work on the week’s assignment: retool the images of EMILY WEST and LUKE BRYAN. Luke performs Rain Is A Good Thing.

• 2013: GEORGE JONES was hospitalized in Nashville with a fever and irregular blood pressure. As a result, concerts were cancelled in Atlanta and Salem, Virginia.

• 2016: Flooding forced CARRIE UNDERWOOD to postpone a Houston concert one week.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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• JUSTIN MOORE says his life affect his music.

• THOMAS RHETT on what he learned in college.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

GARTH BROOKS has revealed his next stadium tour stop and it’s in Eugene, Oregon on June 29. Tickets will go on sale April 26.

REBA MCENTIRE has her 27th Top 10 album. Stronger Than The Truth debuted at No. 4 and ties ALAN JACKSON for second most Top 10 albums all time. GEORGE STRAIT leads with 37.

GEORGE STRAIT’s March 17 concert at NRG Stadium in Houston brought in $12.7 million, a record for the venue and second highest grossing show for his career. The only concert that brought in more was his June 7, 2014 farewell show in Dallas with $18 million.

SUGARLAND’s Kristian Bush and actress Rita Wilson will launch a joint concert tour kicking off June 5 in Atlanta. Wilson, wife of Tom Hanks, is a singer-songwriter, actress, and producer who just released her fourth studio album.

BILLY RAY CYRUS, CHARLIE DANIELS and HOME FREE join RASCAL FLATTS, VINCE GILL, LEE GREENWOOD and others from country and Christian music as performers for the 35th anniversary celebration of the music of Michael W. Smith, taking place April 30 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

TIM MCGRAW and Jon Meacham, his co-writer for the book Songs Of America, will do a seven city book tour. During the stops Tim and Jon will discuss the book and Tim will perform select songs from its pages.

JANA KRAMER may have forgiven husband Michael Caussin for his infidelity, but she isn’t going to open the door for him to do it again. Jana and Michael are looking for a nanny for their two young children and Jana refuses to hire someone with exceedingly good looks for the job.

TRACY LAWRENCE expects his next album, Made In America, to be released August 16.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: APRIL 19, 2019

• 1975: EMMYLOU HARRIS debuted on the country chart with If I Could Win Your Love. It would go on to peak at #4 in August of that same year.

• 1980: For the first time in history, women took the top five spots on the Billboard Country Singles chart: #1: CRYSTAL GAYLE – It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye; 2: DOTTIE WEST – Lesson In Leavin’; 3: DEBBIE BOONE – Are You On The Road To Lovin’; 4: TAMMY WYNETTE with GEORGE JONES – Two Story House; 5: EMMYLOU HARRIS – Beneath Still Waters.

• 2002: With his CD Drive, ALAN JACKSON became the first country artist to have two albums spend at least ten weeks inside the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 all formats album chart. His other was the Greatest Hits Collection in 1996.

• 2008: ALISON KRAUSS kicked off a concert tour with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

• 2008: MIRANDA LAMBERT and BLAKE SHELTON attended a party at Bootlegger’s in Tyler, Texas. In the aftermath, a party-goer filed an assault charge against Miranda, though the woman was later jailed for filing a false report.

• 2011: TOBY KEITH performed American Soldier and Should’ve Been A Cowboy on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

• 2016: BROTHERS OSBORNE performed Stay A Little Longer during their Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville.

Bekka Bramlett of BEKKA AND BILLY is 51.


DATEBOOK: APRIL 19, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Tim Curry is 73

• Ashley Judd is 51

• Jennifer Esposito (Blue Bloods) is 47

• James Franco is 41

• Kate Hudson is 40

• Hayden Christensen (Star Wars Episodes II and III) is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1987: The Simpsons made their television debut in the short “Good Night,” a segment for The Tracey Ullman Show.

• 1989: A gun turret exploded on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.

• 1993: The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, ended when a fire broke out. Eighty-one people died.

• 1995: Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, was bombed, killing 168.

• 2001: A 24-year-old German man climbed down a 50-foot-deep unused well to retrieve his cell phone on the grounds of a medieval castle. He got the phone, but then got stuck and had to use it to call for help.

• 2005: Pope Benedict the 16th, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, became the 265th pope.

• 2013: Suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, age 19, and his 28-year old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bicycle Day

• Good Friday

• Garlic Day

• Poker Day

• Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day

• World Marbles Day

• Passover begins at sundown

UPCOMING

• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 4: Kentucky Derby
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 14: Cannes Film Festival starts
• May 16: PGA Championship begins
• May 18: Preakness
• May 27: National Spelling Bee begins
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• June 19: Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery
• July 1: Wimbledon starts
• July 4: Independence Day
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• September 2: Labor Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

•George Takei is 82. Ryan O’Neal is 78. Clint Howard is 60. Crispin Glover is 55. Andy Serkis is 55. Country singer Wade Hayes is 50. Carmen Electra is 47. Joey Lawrence is 43. Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band is 41.

• Auctioneers Day. Husband Appreciation Day. Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day. Cheddar Fries Day. Pot Smokers Day. Take Your Parents to the Playground Day. Look Alike Day. Volunteer Recognition Day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

• Charles Grodin is 84. Iggy Pop is 72. Tony Danza is 68. Andie MacDowell is 61. James McAvoy is 40. Frank Dillane is 28.

• Easter. Kindergarten Day. Bulldogs are Beautiful Day. International Hemp Day.


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DATEBOOK: MARCH 28, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Dianne Wiest is 73

• Salt of Salt-N-Pepa is 53

• Vince Vaughn (Fighting with my Family) is 49

• Julia Stiles is 38

• Lady Gaga is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1973: Wilt Chamberlain retired from pro basketball. He played 1,045 games over 14 years.

• 1979: In Pennsylvania, a pump in the reactor cooling system failed in the Three Mile Island accident, resulting in the evaporation of some contaminated water causing a nuclear meltdown.

• 1983: Fred Jipp was sentenced to 28 years in prison in Phoenix for fraud and bigamy. In 30 years he allegedly had married 104 women in 28 countries.

• 1984: In the middle of the night Robert Irsay moved the Baltimore Colts football team to Indianapolis.

• 1986: More than 6,000 radio stations of all formats played “We Are the World” simultaneously at 10:15 AM EST.

• 1995: Singer Lyle Lovett and actress Julia Roberts announced they were separating after 21 months of marriage.

• 2003: A Briton named Eric Bush legally changed his name to protest the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The 72-year-old, who lived in southern France, said he was ashamed to bear the same name as the U.S. president. He officially changed his name to Buisson, the French term for bush.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Weed Appreciation Day. The stuff in your yard you’re always trying to kill.

• Something on a Stick Day

• Black Forest Cake Day

UPCOMING

• March 28: March Madness: Men’s Sweet 16 begins
• April 1: April Fools’ Day (Monday)
• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2,059: Pounds of food consumed by the average person each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

A Florida man called in a fake robbery report to keep from having to go to work. [That’s a horrible thing to do unless, of course, you’re doing it to get out of jury duty.]

A Texas man was arrested for wrapping his dead mother’s body in a tarp and leaving it on his front lawn. [And you thought those plastic pink flamingos were an eyesore.]

Three dental offices in Philadelphia have been closed due to improper sterilization of dental equipment. [Apparently the Health Department wants a dentist to do more than just use Baby Wipes.]

The UC Irvine men’s basketball coach has finally apologized for calling an opposing player names during the NCAA tournament. At first, he insisted that he was just using a good psychological strategy. [Since when did immaturity become a psychological strategy?]

Vladimir Putin asked Russia’s athletes and officials to play by the anti-doping rules for the next Olympics. [I would be more inclined to believe him if he hadn’t been winking.]

The Powerball jackpot has grown to (CHECK) million. [That’s enough to retire, pay off all your bills, and bribe your kids into any college in the world.]

… ALTERNATIVE: The Powerball had a winner and the jackpot has reset to (CHECK). [That’s enough to retire, pay off all your bills, and bribe your kids into any college in the world.]

A California woman has successfully sued to get all the child support that her deadbeat husband failed to pay for 49 years. [Now she can finally afford braces for her 52-year-old daughter.]

India announced that it has become only the fourth country to successfully shoot down a satellite. [So that’s what happened to my internet.]

They finally found a prizewinning show dog that had escaped and gone missing at an Atlanta airport. [They found it at the bar doing shots with the pilots.]

In California, a drunken woman was arrested after she walked into Justin Bieber’s hotel room. [What exactly is Lori Loughlin’s problem?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

POWERBALL _ Was there a $750 million winner Wednesday night?

FACEBOOK BANS WHITE NATIONALISM _ Facebook is banning white nationalism and white supremacy following criticism that it had not done enough to eliminate hate speech on its platform. In a blog post Facebook said Wednesday: “Today we’re announcing a ban on praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on Facebook and Instagram, which we’ll start enforcing next week. It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services.”

… Under Facebook’s change, people who search for terms associated with white supremacy will instead see a link to the page of Life After Hate, a nonprofit that helps people to leave hate groups.

FTC SHUTS DOWN FOUR MAJOR ROBOCALL OPERATIONS _ Four companies that made billions of illegal robocalls have been caught and fined. The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday said the agency reached settlements with four operations responsible for billions of illegal robocalls pitching debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities, auto warranties and Google search results services. The companies were charged with violating the FTC Act, as well as the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule and its Do Not Call provisions.

MAN CHARGED WITH KEEPING MOTHER’S BODY TARPED IN FRONT YARD _ A Texas (Rusk County) man is in jail after sheriff’s deputies said he was keeping his mother’s body wrapped in a tarp in their front yard. Jeremy David Cassin has been charged with corpse abuse.

WEATHER NETWORK APOLOGIZES TO MANITOBA FOR YEARS OF ‘BLOCKING’ _ The Weather Network in Canada is apologizing to Manitoba resident after years of angry messages from viewers in the province about the channel’s anchors ‘blocking’ Manitoba on the map. The network said this week: “Numerous Weather Network viewers have contacted us over the years, wondering why our on-air personalities are always standing in front of Manitoba during national weather forecasts. It all boils down to location. When our on-air presenters are in front of the greenscreen and explaining the weather on a national scale, Manitoba is situated in the center — which is where they tend to stand. When they’re in front of our smaller, active weather set in the newsroom, Manitoba is on the right, which is also where they usually stand.” • VIDEO

#BAGELGATE IN ST. LOUIS _ A guy in St. Louis shared a photo on Twitter of the way residents in the Gateway City supposedly slice their bagels — like a loaf of bread. Now, some are calling it #BagelGate. To execute the St. Louis bagel slice you lay your bagel on a cutting board then imagine it’s a loaf of bread — making thin slices from end to end, roughly eight total. • IMAGE

INTERNET ANGRY WITH ‘AVERAGE’ BUDGET OF $500K A YEAR _ The internet is upset over a CNBC article that discusses how a couple making $500,000 a year can still have a very “average” budget. • LINK

… The article looked at the real budget of two New York City-based spouses, each of whom makes $250,000 a year as lawyers. They’re 35 and they have two young children. And despite their combined salaries they feel “average.”

… The media salary in the United States is $32,000 so this “average” family contributes more than that to their retirement every year.

… A typical internet commenter said: “They can only afford to take three vacations a year at $6,000 a pop! And their poor kids… only $12,000 a year for sports and other activities?! I don’t know why these folks haven’t given up on life yet.”

MONEY OVER SEX _ That’s what 2 out of 3 Americans said when asked, “Which would you rather have — more sex or more money?” In a national poll of 1001 adults about Americans and their money, Americans said that if given the choice, they would choose having more money over having more sex. The poll also revealed that the rich are different — they think about their money more, but worry about it less. 55% of those making $150k+ spend a lot of time planning for their financial futures, but only 14% of the wealthy spend time worrying about their finances.

… At the other end of the income scale, 45% of those making under $50k spend their time worrying about their money, but only a quarter of them (25%) spend much time managing it or planning for retirement.

QUEST FOR CHEAPER GAS LEADS TO $1 MILLION LOTTERY JACKPOT _ A Michigan man’s search for cheaper gas paid off. Randy Richardson was out for dinner with his wife when he realized he needed to stop for gas. He told her he saw gas for 22 cents cheaper at a station a little out of the way so that’s where they went. While he was filling up, Randy decided to buy a single ticket for the Friday night Mega Millions drawing. He won a million bucks.

TGI FRIDAYS IS BEING SUED OVER ITS POTATO SKINS CHIPS _ A woman named Solange Troncoso is suing Fridays, claiming the potato skins chips it hawks at grocery stores are deceptive because they don’t actually have any potato skins. In documents obtained by TMZ, she says potatoes are peeled and turned into something called “potato flakes,” but the skins are never put back into the final product.

… Troncoso — who is hoping to recruit more plaintiffs through a class action lawsuit — says the labeling deceives consumers into thinking they’re getting a healthy snack. She’s suing for $5 million.

TO KEEP FROM SPENDING, CARRY ONLY HUNDREDS _ How do you stop yourself from spending? Arm yourself with $100 bills. According to a study, shoppers are less likely to spend their dough if they are carrying cash in large denominations. Through a series of experiments, the study shows that if people have an equivalent amount of money, say $100, the folks with a Ben Franklin in their pockets might not part with it, while those carrying Andrew Jacksons and George Washingtons more easily give up that cash.

… So what’s deal? According to researchers (University of Maryland) people tend to overvalue bigger bills: There’s a psychological cost associated with spending a $100 bill that’s not there with spending smaller bills.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: BATHTUB TOYS HARBOR BACTERIA, FUNGAL SPECIES _ The rubber ducky, the yellow bath-time toy used to entertain kids, contains high numbers of bacteria and fungal species. Researchers (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich, University of Illinois) set out to find what germs bath toys contained. The researchers examined 19 used bath toys they collected from five Swiss households and six bath toys used in an adult-only household for 11 weeks. In what they call “unappetizing” findings, the researchers cut open the toys and found between 5 million and 75 million cells per square centimeter in biofilms inside of them. Fungal species were detected in almost 60 percent of the bath toys. Potentially pathogenic bacteria were also identified in 80 percent of all the toys studied, including Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is often linked to hospital-acquired infections.

… Researchers suggest better cleaning of bath toys, and even the idea of closing the holes on the bottoms of squeezable bath toys.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE PURSUIT ENDS IN PUSH-UPS _ A police chase ended at a Phoenix gas station Tuesday afternoon. 911 had been called after the driver was seen going at a high rate of speed, tailgating, driving all over the road, and making rude gestures. Once they were able to get him to stop, police observed the driver driver doing push-ups.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN RIDING LONGBOARD AND WIELDING SWORD JUMPS IN BACK OF TRUCK _ A driver in Fairbanks, Alaska, feared for his life after another man allegedly jumped in the back of the truck wielding a sword. Police say Derek Harris was riding a longboard down a road and brandishing the weapon. Harris somehow got in the back of a truck, scaring the driver. The truck stopped at a gas station and Harris allegedly “threatened the driver with the sword.” Harris was later arrested and charged with assault. Alcohol was a factor.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOSPITAL SCAMMER HAS TO HAVE SURGERY _ In China, a woman thought she had a great way to scam a hospital out of a few thousand dollars. After she had surgery on her gallbladder, she swallowed a surgical swab and tried to blame the surgeons. But the hospital wouldn’t offer her any money as compensation, claiming it was medically impossible for a swab that might have been lost in her gallbladder to travel to her stomach. After several failed attempts to sue the hospital, she ended up having to spend some bucks for another operation to have the swab removed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAMILY’S SON TRIES TO RAISE FUNDS WITH RANSOM _ In Tokyo, a family got several phone calls and ransom letters from someone claiming to have kidnapped their son. A small package they received contained the son’s left ring finger and a note threatening that he would be killed if the ransom of $450,000 was not paid. The family didn’t have the money but, with the help of the police, were able to stall the kidnapper for several days. Then, all of a sudden, the son was found: he had gone to a hospital to have his hand repaired and admitted to doctors that he had never been kidnapped. He’d cooked up the whole story — and cut off his own finger — to pay gambling debts.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PASSED OUT IN DRIVE-THRU _ Police in Brazil had an easy time catching a man suspected of driving under the influence. He was waiting for them in his car where they said he was passed out in the driver’s seat in the drive-thru at a McDonald’s.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SON ATTACKED MOTHER OVER HIS MANNEQUIN _ A Florida man (Palm Beach County) faces charges for attacking his mother. Sheriff’s deputies said 40-year-old Mikkel Dankner attacked his 73-year-old mother when he became angry because she wouldn’t dress his mannequin. According to the arrest report, deputies found Ruth Dankner bleeding from the face and trembling. They said a neighbor reported Dankner running from the home screaming for help. Deputies said Ruth Dankner told them her son hit her over the head with a kitchen stool and forced frozen dumplings into her mouth so she couldn’t breathe.

… Ruth Dankner said her son was angry about the mannequin, but not because she wouldn’t dress it. She said her son was taking pictures of the dressed up mannequin for a music video he wanted to put online. She said he became angry “because I wouldn’t stay there while he photographed. He wanted me in the picture, to stay there and keep him company and change the hands and whatnot, but I had nothing to do with dressing it.” She said the nine stitches in her face came from being hit by a cup that her son broke and threw into the sink — not from him beating her with a stool.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CALLS 911 WITH ELABORATE STORY OF ROBBERY TO GET OUT OF WORK _ A Florida (Dundee) man has been arrested after he reportedly called 911 and claimed he was robbed — just so that he could get out of going to work. Brian Anderson called 911 to report an armed robbery. He told 911 dispatchers that two unknown suspects carrying a gun, stole money, his necklace and his phone from him. He went on to say that the suspects threw his phone on the ground and then jumped into a black Ford Crown Victoria and drive away.

… When they arrived on scene, deputies figured out the robbery never actually happened and Anderson confessed that he made up the story. He told them he didn’t want to show up for his shift at Hardees.

… In a Facebook post about the incident the sheriff’s office said: “On the bright side, Brian didn’t have to go to his 11 AM shift at the restaurant.”


ON TELEVISION

MLB OPENING DAY (1p ET, ESPN) — All 30 teams will play today, the earliest opening day in history (excluding the international opening games). The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees kick off the day.

NCAA TOURNAMENT (7p ET, CBS and TBS) — The Sweet 16 begins, with (4) Florida St. vs. (1) Gonzaga at 7p ET on CBS; (3) Purdue vs. (2) Tennessee at 7:29p ET on TBS; (3) Texas Tech vs. (2) Michigan at around 9:20p ET on CBS; (12) Oregon vs. (1) Virginia around 9:59p ET on TBS.

SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — New. Jonah and Amy’s first Valentine’s Day together gets derailed.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. A trauma patient forces Jo to confront her past.

PROJECT RUNWAY (8p ET, Bravo) — New.

WILL & GRACE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Karen shows up at Grace and Noah’s (guest star David Schwimmer) dinner party with her new date (guest star Samira Wiley, Orange is the New Black, The Handmaid’s Tale).

STATION 19 (9p ET, ABC) — New. After an RV crashes into Station 19, the team races to secure the building’s compromised structure.

THE ORVILLE (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: LEGACIES (9p ET, CW) — New. Legacies has been renewed for a 2nd season.

SERIES PREMIERE: ABBY’S (9:30p ET, NBC) — Natalie Morales (White Collar) stars in this new sitcom that was filmed mostly outdoors (a first) in front of a live studio audience. Abby’s centers on an unlicensed San Diego backyard bar run by Abby (Morales) where friends gather and no cell phones are allowed. Nelson Franklin (Veep, New Girl), Neil Flynn (The Middle), and Jessica Chaffin (Pitch Perfect 3) also star.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

FOR THE PEOPLE (10p ET, ABC) — New. The team takes on the case of a young man accused of strangling a woman to death.

SERIES FINALE: BROAD CITY (10p ET, Comedy Central) — After five funny seasons, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer say goodbye.

SERIES PREMIERE: TACOMA FD (10:30p ET, TruTV) — This new satirical workplace comedy stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme (Super Troopers 2) as firefighters in one of America’s rainiest cities. Hassie Harrison (Southbound), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place), Marcus Henderson (Get Out), and Gabriel Hogan (Heartland) also star.


ENTERTAINMENT

CHRIS EVANS JOKES THAT IRON MAN KILLS CAPTAIN AMERICA _ Fans already know which superheroes died from Thanos’ killer snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but who will die in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame is anyone’s guess. Captain America’s fate does seem sealed, especially after Chris Evans said last year he’d be done playing the character after Endgame. And now the actor has a theory how Captain America will be killed. Evans joked he had to stop watching some of the finished Endgame footage because Iron Man ends up killing Captain America. He joked in a recent interview, “After I die by Tony’s hand, I just said, ‘You know what? I can’t watch this.'”

… He added: “I should make it clear that this is a joke, even if it feels like the kind of joke that could turn out to be true.”

… And: “I can’t believe they even cut together a trailer because so much of it is a visual spoiler. Probably shouldn’t have even said that.”

YOU CAN NOW MATCH WITH GAME OF THRONES FANS ON OKCUPID _ Game of Thrones may not be known for epic romances or even happy endings, but OkCupid is looking to take our love for the HBO drama to help us make some big connections. OkCupid announced Wednesday that it’s launching a profile badge that will alert anyone who visits your OkCupid profile that you’re a Game of Thrones fan.

KATHIE LEE GIFFORD MOVING TO NASHVILLE _ Kathie Lee Gifford is moving down south. As her time of The Today Show dwindles down, the TV personality is opening up about the next steps in both her personal and professional life. Kathie Lee says she already has a house purchased in Nashville after having had resided in Greenwich, Connecticut for many years. Kathie Lee has already written a few musicals and definitely has plans to follow her passion in music, which is part of the reason why she’s moving to Nashville.

FBI REPORTEDLY PROBING WHY JUSSIE SMOLLETT CHARGES WERE DROPPED _ The FBI has launched a probe into why prosecutors decided to drop all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett — despite evidence that he allegedly staged a hate crime against himself. A Chicago TV station (WLS-TV) said the investigation was revealed one day after Chicago prosecutors suddenly abandoned the 16-count indictment. The station cited two law enforcement sources for the information about the federal probe.

BIG BANG THEORY MAKES HISTORY _ The Big Bang Theory made TV history on Wednesday as production began on its 276th episode, making it the longest-running multi-camera sitcom ever, breaking Cheers’ record of 275, according to studio Warner Bros. The cast, producers, and crew celebrated on the set after the table read with cupcakes to honor the milestone. Episode 276 will air in May as one of the final episodes of the series.

… The longest-running live-action sitcom of any kind is The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which ran for 435 episodes from 1952 to 1966. And The Simpsons tops them all by a lot, with 657 episodes in the can since 1989.

BUDDY HOLLY AND ROY ORBISON HOLOGRAMS TO ‘CO-HEADLINE’ TOUR _ Holograms depicting late rock legends Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison will be paired together on tour this fall. BASE Hologram announced the Rock ’N’ Roll Dream Tour will kick off in Dublin this October and continue on to the U.K. later that month. U.S. dates have yet to be announced.

THE MATRIX COULD HAVE STARRED SANDRA BULLOCK AS NEO _ Will Smith wasn’t the only big name to turn down Neo in The Matrix. It turns out there was a whole line of A-list celebrities that Warner Bros. went through before finally settling on Keanu Reeves. One of the producers of The Matrix said: “We went out to so many people I don’t remember. We were getting desperate. We went to Sandy Bullock and said ‘We’ll change Neo to a girl.’ [Producer] Joel Silver and I worked with Sandy on ‘Demolition Man’ and she was and continues to be a very good friend of mine. It was pretty simple. We sent her the script to see if she was interested in it. And if she was interested in it we would try to make the change.”

SEX AND THE CITY FOLLOW-UP IN DEVELOPMENT _ Paramount Television has landed the rights to the follow-up novel to Sex and the City. Is There Still Sex in the City? will be released on August 6. The new book take a look at sex, dating, and friendship in New York City after 50. Set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village, the book looks at love and life, marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all.


AUDIO

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• 9 TO 5: Dolly Parton says she and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are progressing on a sequel to their movie 9 to 5. In the new movie, three young women working at the same company where Dolly, Jane, and Lily worked will reach out to them for guidance in handling a similar situation.

• BASEBALL: A baseball clips package.

• DROP: I can’t see why any girl would move to a crime-infested city with you.

• BRACKET: A montage of bracket clips.


BITS & BREAKS

HIT THESE BARS DURING YOUR SUMMER ROAD TRIPS

• The Tipsy Cow, Madison, WI

• Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge, New Orleans, LA

• Wish You Were Beer, Madison, AL

• Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge and Tiki Garden, Minneapolis, MN

• Grumpy’s Goat Shack, Victor, ID

• The Fainting Goat, Washington, DC

• The Surly Wench Pub, Tucson, AZ

PENCIL APPRECIATION DAY

Saturday is Pencil Appreciation Day, the day it was patented in 1858.

• A pencil can write 45,000 words.

• More than 2 billion pencils are used in the United States every year.

• The typical pencil can draw a line 35 miles long.

• The hexagonal shaped pencil was developed as an alternative to the round pencil so that the pencil would not roll off the desk.

• Pencils can write in zero gravity and so were used on early American and Russian space missions — even though NASA engineers worried about the flammability of wood pencils in a pure-oxygen atmosphere, not to mention the menace of floating bits of graphite.

• More than half of all pencils come from China. Factories there turn out more than 9 billion pencils a year.

BIRTH ORDER

Birth order is one way to gain an understanding of friends, family members and co-workers. Some researchers believe how you are placed in your family can have an influence on personality traits. Other factors must also be considered. These include genetics and the environment in which you were raised. There are no magical formulas to help us understand our friends and family. However birth order research may offer “clues” about why people tend to be the way they are.

Characteristics of first borns:

  • Goal setters
  • High achievers
  • Perfectionist
  • Responsible
  • Organized
  • Rule Keepers
  • Determined
  • Detail people

Characteristics of the Middle Child:

  • Flexible
  • Diplomatic
  • Peacemaker
  • Generous
  • Social
  • Competitive

Characteristics of the last born child:

  • Risk takers
  • Outgoing
  • Idea people
  • Creative
  • Humor
  • Question authority

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: There are 150 of these in existence for every man, woman and child on the planet. (Lego building blocks)

TRIVIA: In 1998 a Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop computer was the first computer to ever do what? (Send a presidential email. The first presidential email was sent by Bill Clinton in November of 1998. The email was sent to astronaut John Glenn.)

TRIVIA: This should be enjoyable but it stresses out 33% of us. (Planning a vacation)

HISTORY MYSTERY

• Teddy Ruxpin debuted in stores.

• Back to the Future debuted in theaters.

• We Are The World was on your radio.

• Coca Cola sold “New Coke” for 6 months before going back to the original formula.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MARCH 28, 2019

• 1980: TOM T. HALL joined the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1993: WILLIE NELSON performed a concert in Hillsboro, Texas, to raise money for the Hill County courthouse, which had been destroyed by fire.

• 2005: REBA McENTIRE was toasted with a surprise 50th birthday party at a club inside Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center. She was  serenaded by RONNIE DUNN, STEVE WARINER, VINCE GILL and TERRI CLARK.

• 2006: KENNY ROGERS sang Islands In The Stream on the USA Network’s Nashville Star, which also featured hosts WYNONNA, Cowboy Troy and judges PHIL VASSAR and Anastasia Brown. Eventual winner CHRIS YOUNG covered KEITH WHITLEY’s Don’t Close Your Eyes

• 2012: Banjo player Earl Scruggs died in Nashville.

• 2017: CHRIS STAPLETON stopped his concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, to allow a couple on stage to get married in the middle of the show.

REBA MCENTIRE is 64.

RODNEY ATKINS is 50.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

GARTH BROOKS is bringing his stadium tour to Denver on June 8. Tickets will go on sale April 5. The Denver stop follows upcoming stadium shows in Minneapolis; Gainesville, Florida; and Pittsburgh.

LUKE COMBS Instagrammed Wednesday that he has a big announcement coming today. • LINK

DOLLY PARTON says she and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are progressing on a sequel to their movie 9 to 5. In the new movie, three young women working at the same company where Dolly, Jane, and Lily worked will reach out to them for guidance in handling a similar situation.

DAN + SHAY will join pop star Shawn Mendes for six shows in Australia this fall. Simply called The Tour, Mendes tapped the duo for the shows, which begin October 23 in Perth.

RASCAL FLATTS will be honored today (Thursday) with a star on the Sidewalk of Champions at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The trio have raised funds for the facility over the years and even have a wing named in their honor.

BRETT YOUNG’s song In Case You Didn’t Know has been certified quadruple platinum and his song Mercy has reached double platinum status.

WILLIE NELSON has a starring role in the straight-to-DVD release Waiting For The Miracle To Come. In the movie a trapeze artist mourning the death of her father sets out to find “the beautiful place.” Her path leads to California where Willie’s character and his wife own a museum called The Beautiful Place and have been waiting and hoping the daughter they gave up for adoption would find her way home.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MARCH 29, 2019

• 1950: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge opened in Nashville.

• 1975: DOLLY PARTON topped the country charts with The Bargain Store. The tune was banned by some radio stations for suggestive lyrics.

• 1998: SHANIA TWAIN launched her first headlining tour, in Sudbury, Ontario.

• 2006: BLAKE SHELTON announced he was filing for divorce from his wife of 27 months, Kaynette.

• 2011: CHARLEY PRIDE received a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker on Highway 3 in Sledge.

• 2011: THOMPSON SQUARE topped the charts for the first time with Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?

• 2017: LUKE COMBS was arrested at the Nashville Airport when he left a gun in his baggage.

Former LITTLE TEXAS member BRADY SEALS is 50.


DATEBOOK: MARCH 29, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Comedian Eric Idle is 76

• Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is 64

• Amy Sedaris is 58

• Elle Macpherson is 56

• Annabella Sciorra (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) is 55

• Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) is 51

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day

• Vietnam War Veterans Day

• Chiffon Cake Day

UPCOMING

• April 1: April Fools’ Day (Monday)
• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

• Warren Beatty is 82. Eric Clapton is 74. Paul Reiser is 63. MC Hammer is 57. Ian Ziering is 55. Piers Morgan is 54. Donna D’Errico is 51. Celine Dion is 51. Country singer Justin Moore is 35. Country singer Thomas Rhett is 29.

• Earth Hour. Doctors Day. Folding Laundry Day. Pencil Day. World Bipolar Day. Turkey Neck Soup Day.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31

• Richard Chamberlain is 85. Shirley Jones is 85. Christopher Walken is 76. Gabe Kaplan is 75. Rhea Perlman is 71. Robbie Coltrane is 69. Angus Young of AC/DC is 64. Ewan McGregor is 48.

• Anesthesia Tech Day. International Transgender Day of Visibility. Crayon Day. World Backup Day. Clam Day.


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DATEBOOK: MARCH 4, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone, A Mighty Wind) is 65

• Mykelti Williamson (Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue in Forrest Gump) is 62

• Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond) is 61

• Steven Weber (NCIS: New Orleans, Wings) is 58

• Whitney Port (The Hills) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1925: Calvin Coolidge became the first President of the United States to have his inauguration broadcast on radio.

• 1950: Walt Disney introduced the movie Cinderella.

• 1966: Singer John Lennon created an international controversy when he said the Beatles “are probably bigger than Jesus right now.”

• 2005: Homemaker personality Martha Stewart returned home after serving five months in a federal prison for lying about a stock sale and began five months of home confinement.

• 2008: Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre announced he was retiring. He would be back in the NFL the next season.

• 2012: Vladimir Putin won the Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cheerleading Week

• Pet Sitters Week

• Write A Letter of Appreciation Week

• Celebrate Your Name Week

• Dental Assistants Recognition Week

• Procrastination Week

• Women in Construction Week

• School Breakfast Week

• Fun Facts About Names Day. See related in Bits & Breaks.

• Poundcake Day

• Hug A G.I. Day

• International Scrapbooking Industry Day

• National Grammar Day

UPCOMING

• March 5: Mardi Gras
• March 6: Ash Wednesday
• March 8: SXSW begins
• March 8: Bike Week begins in Daytona
• March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins. Move clocks ahead one hour.
• March 11: National Napping Day
• March 14: Pi Day
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday)
• March 19: March Madness: Men’s First Four
• March 20: First Day of Spring
• March 23: Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
• March 28: March Madness: Men’s Sweet 16 begins
• March 29: Brexit
• April 1: April Fools’ Day (Monday)
• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

57.3 million: Total land surface area of Earth, of which about 33% is desert and about 24% is mountainous. Subtracting this uninhabitable 57% from the total land area leaves 24.6 million square miles or 15.8 billion acres of habitable land.


NEWS ATTACK!

A cat that has lived in a general store in Alaska for the past six years is being evicted by the Health Department. [Officials say they had no choice. The cat refuses to wear the rubber gloves.]

Russian athletes will no longer be allowed to drink beer while undergoing urine tests. [The very fact that they had to create this rule should tell you that you have a real problem.]

A tourist visiting Boston captured a video that went viral of a pelican swallowing a rat in one gulp. [A tourist visiting New York captured a video of a rat swallowing a pelican in one gulp.]

In the UK, a 10-year-old girl wrote a poem about her dyslexia that went viral. It can be read top to bottom or bottom to top. [That’s something that you don’t hear about every day. I mean the part about a poem going viral.]

Amazon plans to open its own grocery stores. [Instead of pushing a traditional shopping cart you followed around the store by a delivery drone.]

Victoria’s Secret is closing 53 stores. [It breaks my heart to see people standing on the side of the road with signs that read: “Will supermodel for food.”]

In the world of competitive card games, the world’s number one bridge player has been suspended for doping. [Why would a bridge player need drugs? To keep from falling asleep?]

Meryl Streep has become a grandmother. [I’m going to guess that her future will include several nominations for Best Bedtime Storyteller Ever.]

Scientists say that they now have conclusive proof that Mars once had an extensive underground series of lakes. [But sadly, the Martians ignored all the warnings about the dangers of fracking.]

A woman in Iowa who’s trying to sell her house is getting lots of attention for her photo on Facebook that reads: “I hate Iowa. Please buy my house.” [If that’s working for her, she should make another post that reads: “I hate packing. Please buy all my stuff.”]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME _ This Saturday night we’ll move our clocks ahead one hour before going to bed as Daylight Saving Time begins.

MEGA MILLIONS HAD A WINNER _ Friday night’s $273 million Mega Millions jackpot was one by someone in New Jersey. Powerball continues to grow — Wednesday’s jackpot is $381 million.

MAN WHO TRAPPED IN SNOW FOR FIVE DAYS SURVIVED ON TACO SAUCE _ A man in Oregon who was trapped in his car on a rural road for almost five days during a snow storm told police he survived by eating taco sauce that he’d found in his car. Jeremy Taylor told investigators that he had gone up a forest service road Sunday, February 24 with his dog when his Toyota 4Runner got stuck in the snow. After police released a missing person report a snowmobiler found Taylor and his dog, Ally, who were both in good condition but hungry.

… While waiting to be rescued Taylor stayed warm by periodically starting his vehicle. For food Taylor sucked down a few taco sauce packets.

SHOPPERS LEAVE CASH, IOUs AT UNLOCKED GROCERY STORE _ Recently some shoppers in Kingston, Ontario, went into the Food Basics store and found it to be empty. It was a holiday and, technically, the store was closed — but someone forgot to lock the doors. Canadians being Canadians, customers who shopped left behind IOUs and cash.

PEOPLE ARE FLINGING SLICES OF CHEESE AT BABIES AND PETS _ It’s not as dangerous as the Tide Pod Challenge or the Bird Box Challenge but it’s still not very nice. It’s called the Cheesed Challenge and it mostly involves grown-ups tossing slices of Kraft-style cheese onto the faces of babies, or sometimes pets. One of the first culprits of the new prank was shared February 28 by a Twitter user. • VIDEO

BUS DRIVER WHO LEFT KIDS AT GAS STATION TAKEN INTO CUSTODY _ A Pennsylvania (Bath) school bus driver has been charged with 26 counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count of DUI after police say she left kids stranded at a gas station Friday afternoon. State police said Lori Ann Mankos had been driving the bus erratically while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. She then pulled into a gas station after some kind of disturbance on the bus, parked, got out and walked away. Mankos had handed the bus’s keys to a gas station employee before leaving. Mankos was found at her residence and taken into custody.

CHILDREN WHO GROW UP WITH GRANDPARENTS ARE HAPPIER, MORE SECURE _ There’s no love that compares to the love between a grandparent and her grandchild, and now scientific research points to proof that grandparent-grandchild relationships benefit both parties involved. A study (University of Oxford) found that growing up with grandparents helps children to become better able to cope with adverse childhood experiences and trauma. Grandmother involvement was more associated with nurturing, while grandfather involvement was more associated with mentoring and activities.

… Other research suggests that close ties between grandparents and their grandchildren also lowers the risk of the child becoming depressed. And what’s more, the same went the other way around: Grandparents with close relationships to their grandchildren were also less likely to show signs of depression.

WORLD’S TOP BRIDGE PLAYER SUSPENDED FOR DOPING _ The World Bridge Federation says the world’s No. 1 bridge player has been suspended after failing a drug test. The federation said on its website Friday that Geir Helgemo, who is Norwegian but represents Monaco in bridge events, tested positive for synthetic testosterone and female fertility drug clomifene at a World Bridge Series event in Orlando, Florida last September.

… Helgemo was suspended by the WBF until November 20, 2019. He also had all titles, medals and points from the 2018 World Bridge Series revoked.

… The president of the Norwegian Bridge Federation said the drugs were “not performance enhancing.” She said, “It is his responsibility not to take substances that are on the doping list, even though in this instance they are not performance enhancing in bridge. I feel for Geir in this situation and hope he will come back stronger … when his ban ends.”

PROFESSOR CARES FOR A STUDENT’S DAUGHTER DURING CLASS _ A college professor in Georgia is going viral for holding the baby of a student who couldn’t find a caretaker for his child during class time. To a student who showed up to class with his baby, Dr. Nathan Alexander of Morehouse College in Atlanta said, “I’ll hold her so you can take good notes.” According to a follow-up post by his wife, the student, Wayne Hayer, works two jobs and is also a full-time student. Alexander, a mathematics professor, reportedly held the baby for nearly an hour. • IMAGE

MAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND AFTER WINNING WIFE CARRYING RACE _ The annual UK Wife Carrying Race ended with a proposal between the winning couple on the finish line. After the race, Chris Hepworth surprised his partner as he got down on one knee to propose to Tanisha Prince. The winning couple will now enter the world championships in Finland as man and wife.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RESTAURANT HOLDS BACON EATING CONTEST AUDIO  All last week, Anthracite Cafe in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, hosted Bacon Week. On Saturday the restaurant wrapped it all up with a bacon eating contest. Contestants had just 15 minutes to eat five pounds of cooked bacon. No one ate all five pounds but the grand prize went to Russell Keeler, who ate more than one pound of bacon.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN PANDA SUIT HAS COPS CALLED ON HIM AUDIO  A Wisconsin (Muskego) resident contacted authorities to report a panda bear being spotted at the front door of a home. The caller thought it was suspicious since panda bears are not native to Wisconsin. Officers responded to the home and made contact with the panda bear, who turned out to be a 48-year-old resident in a costume. The man said he had been asked to dog-sit at a friend’s house and thought dressing up to do it would be a fun prank — especially because he knew neighbors had security cameras and would probably do a double-take.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SHOUTS ‘GUILTY’ TO GET OUT OF JURY DUTY _ A man called for jury duty in Hawaii shouted “he is guilty, he is guilty” outside a courtroom and ended up spending a night in jail. The lawyer representing the juror said his client was having a bad day during Tuesday’s outburst and wanted to get out of being on a jury on an assault case.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: IRATE MAN DEMANDS TO SHAKE HANDS WITH PASSENGER AUDIO  A bizarre argument broke out on a plane just before it took off from New York for Moscow. When the passenger spotted a couple of fellow Americans 15 rows in front of him he got up and raced toward them and kept demanding to shake their hands. The couple were clearly disturbed by the irate man who repeatedly said, “I’m going to shake your hand!” The man continued announcing his intentions to shake their hands before a pilot steps in. He was removed from the plane and arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WANTED MAN APPLIES FOR POLICE JOB _ A wanted man in China went to a local police station on Friday. Was he planning to surrender? No, he was trying to apply for a police job. When an officer was checking his qualifications, he discovered the applicant was a wanted suspect. The officer took the guy to a waiting room, pretending to know nothing, and then detained him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUN SLIPS FROM WAISTBAND, SHOOTS MAN IN GENITALS _ A man in Indiana accidentally shot himself in the genitals when a gun slipped from his waistband, police said. 46-year-old Mark Anthony Jones, 46, told police he was walking on a riverside trail when the gun began to slip from his waistband. He reached to adjust the firearm and it discharged.

… The gun was not in a holster. He did not have a license.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOCTORS FIND 3-POUND HAIRBALL IN GIRL’S STOMACH _ A young girl in China who spent years chewing at her hair has had a massive 3-pound ball of hair removed from her stomach. The eight-year-old had been eating her own hair since she was two years of age.

… Two years ago in China doctors removed a six-inch hairball from a young girl.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FARMER STEALS AMBULANCE _ A farmer in Italy had taken his mother to a small medical center but after talking to doctors decided he could not wait for an ambulance driver to take her to hospital in a bigger town. So he loaded mom into the ambulance, hopped in the driver’s seat and took off. He’s been charged with theft, but at least his mom is doing well.


ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Blind Auditions continue.

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. Colton takes the final three women on overnight dates in Portugal.

LEAVING NEVERLAND (8p ET, HBO) — Part 2 of this 4-hour documentary

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich guest stars, with an appearance by the 2018 Honolulu Little League World Series Champions.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. Dr. Murphy is desperate to join the team on a dangerous procedure involving a patient’s tumor removal.

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE ENEMY WITHIN (10p ET, NBC) — New. After a former CIA operative is murdered, Keaton enlists Shepherd to help recover valuable intel.

OPRAH WINFREY PRESENTS: AFTER NEVERLAND (10p ET, HBO and OWN) — Oprah Winfrey hosts a Q&A with Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who were featured in Leaving Neverland. The documentary director will join Robson and Safechuck in the Q&A. The audience will consist of sexual abuse survivors and those whose lives have been impacted by abuse.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ After a neck-and-neck Friday, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World edged out A Madea Family Funeral to hold on to the No. 1 spot for another weekend.

  1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, $30 million
  2. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, $27 million
  3. Alita: Battle Angel, $7 million
  4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, $6.6 million
  5. Green Book, $4.7 million
  6. Fighting with My Family, $4.69 million
  7. Isn’t It Romantic, $4.64 million
  8. Greta, $4.5 million
  9. What Men Want, $2.7 million
  10. Happy Death Day 2U, $2.5 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Black Panther.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Non-Stop.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was 8MM.

… In theaters Friday: Captain Marvel (PG-13)

THE VOICE STANDOUT JANICE FREEMAN DEAD AT 33 _ One of The Voice’s most memorable contestants — Season 13’s Janice Freeman — has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 33. The singer made an impression during her time on the show with both her gritty soulful tones and personal spirit of survival. She had beaten cervical cancer by the time she auditioned for the show and vowed to forge a better future for herself, husband, and young daughter. Freeman joined Miley Cyrus’ team and made it all way up to the Top 11. • VIDEO

… Freeman’s family issued a statement on her Instagram page that revealed she was in her home with her husband Dion on Saturday and suffered a blood clot. After her husband performed CPR on her, she was treated by paramedics and later pronounced dead at a hospital. She’d previously survived cancer but still struggled with lupus.

RAPPER HAS $500K IN JEWELRY STOLEN WHILE EATING AT CRACKER BARREL _ Rapper Young Dolph’s car was broken into while he ate at a metro Atlanta Cracker Barrel, and thieves made off with roughly $500,000 in jewelry and other belongings. Thieves smashed the window of his custom Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV in the restaurant’s parking lot and made off with a watch worth $230,000, another watch worth $85,000, and two diamond chains worth $57,000 and $27,000.

PETE DAVIDSON AND KATE BECKINSALE ARE A LEGIT COUPLE _ Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale are going strong one month after they were seen together hand-in-hand. Pete and Kate enjoyed some hockey Sunday in New York City, where they watched the Rangers and Washington Capitals.

… Pete and Kate were spotted leaving an SNL after-party Saturday night.

JESSICA SIMPSON HOSPITALIZED FOR A WEEK DURING PREGNANCY _ Jessica Simpson apparently spent last week in the hospital with a case of bronchitis. The 38-year-old singer, who is currently pregnant with her third child, took to Instagram on Sunday to reveal that she just returned home from her fourth hospitalization in two months and she is now recovering from the illness.

MARVIN GAYE TO MAKE HIS US POSTAL STAMP DEBUT _ The late Motown singer Marvin Gaye is being honored by the United States Postal Service with a commemorative stamp that will debut on April 2, which would have been his 80th birthday. The stamp features a portrait of the singer that was “inspired by historic photographs.” The stamp is the latest in the postal service’s Music Icons series.

ANIMATED SCOOBY-DOO MOVIE SIGNS WILL FORTE AS SHAGGY _ The big screen animated Scooby-Doo movie has its Shaggy. Last Man on Earth star Will Forte will be taking the role of Shaggy, the perpetually hungry and scaredy-cat sidekick of Scooby-Doo. Joining him will be Gina Rodriguez as Velma. The animated Scooby-Doo movie will be in theaters on May 15, 2020.

JOHNNY DEPP CLAIMS AMBER HEARD CHEATED ON HIM WITH ELON MUSK _ Johnny Depp is accusing ex-wife Amber Heard of “spending time in a new relationship” with Elon Musk a month after they got married, while the Tesla founder says he and the actress started seeing each other only after the marriage ended. The 55-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star made the claim in a $50 million defamation lawsuit he filed against the 32-year-old actress after she wrote a Washington Post op-ed depicting herself as a domestic abuse victim. He has denied her allegations of domestic abuse, which she had made while filing for divorce in May 2016 to end their 15-month marriage.

… His lawsuit, filed on Friday, states, “Unbeknownst to Mr. Depp, no later than one month after his marriage to Ms. Heard, she was spending time in a new relationship with Tesla and Space X founder, Elon Musk.”

CAPTAIN MARVEL HITS THEATERS FRIDAY _ Captain Marvel comes out Friday — the first solo female superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film stars Brie Larson as the lead character, Carol Danvers.

… Danvers was introduced to Marvel comic books in 1968; due to a freak accident, she has powers like super strength and the ability to fly.

… There have been 20 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, and this one will make history as the first Marvel film starring a solo female superhero. In 2017 the Warner Bros./DC Comics movie Wonder Woman was a worldwide box office hit and proved that audiences will watch a female superhero.

… While the story takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s independent from the events of Avengers: Infinity War, though fans are hoping for clues about Avengers: Endgame, which hits theaters in April.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• PANDA COSTUME: Man’s neighbor calls 911 because he was walking around dressed in a panda costume.  →  March 4 Wacky-But-True

• I WANT TO SHAKE HIS HAND: A large guy on a plane kept attempting to shake a stranger’s hand.  →  March 4 Wacky-But-True

• BACON EATING: They had a contest in Bacon eating contest in Wilkes-Barre.  →  March 4 Wacky-But-True

• DROP: Must you embarrass me?

• AMERICAN IDOL: It returned Sunday. Here’s a flashback to many seasons ago.


BITS & BREAKS

FUN FACTS ABOUT NAMES DAY

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FUN FACTS ABOUT AMERICAN NAMES

• Number of people with an identical first and last name: 4,746. Thomas Thomas is by far the most frequently occurring.

• Number of people whose last name starts with their first name: 45,379. More than a quarter of the total occurrences are for John Johnson, followed by William Williams.

• Number of people with names that rhyme: 62,935. These are names like Florence Lawrence, Doris Morris, and Nellie Kelley.

OXYMORONS

Any oxymoron is a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear together.

• Act naturally

• Found missing

• Airline food

• Same difference

• Almost exactly

• Sanitary landfill

• Legally drunk

• Living dead

• Small crowd

• Business ethics

• Peace force

• Plastic glasses

• Tight slacks

• Pretty ugly

ADVICE FOR MEN:  WAYS TO KEEP YOUR RELATIONSHIP STRONG

Be Nice
This one seems easy yet many guys struggle with it. And it can be difficult after being nagged and bothered after coming home from a long day at work. But this is all about swallowing your pride for the better good of the relationship.

Compliment
Women love compliments and, you can earn major points by telling your woman that she looks good, or that she looks sexy in the outfit she has on that day. The key to this is keeping your compliment ratio high but not too high or the compliments will lose their effectiveness.

Help around the house
So often it’s the little things. Wash the dishes, break out the vacuum cleaner, or fix that item that your woman has been begging you to fix for months. Most chores take just a few minutes but can take a huge load off your wife’s back.

Be Romantic
Most guys make the mistake of thinking romance is all about what happens in the bedroom. But romance is all about being spontaneous. The worse thing that can happen to your relationship is for it to turn “routine”. This step is very hard because of work, kids and other things that force you into a set daily schedule. But you have to find time to surprise your woman with a gift, a message or even ask her out on a date.

Compromise
You’re going to have to give up some of the time from one of your hobbies in order to show that you are willing to sacrifice for the relationship. Or you may have to go on a date to the movies and watch a “girly” movie (and pretend to enjoy it). And while it’s OK to make it known that you are sacrificing, don’t make her feel like she is dragging you into doing something.

Listen
This one is important because women love to talk about feelings and all that stuff that us men don’t really care about. When your woman wants to engage in “feeling” talk it is very important that you listen. And only listen. Responding and trying to solve “feelings” is next to impossible for us guys. So keep it simple by letting her know you understand how she feels (even though you are probably lost in space).

CRAZY ANIMAL LAWS

• When in Alaska, do not ever shove a live moose out of an airplane midflight. And you can shoot a bear, but don’t wake him up from sleeping to take his photograph.

• In the town of Juneau, Alaska, keep your flamingo out of barber shops.

• In Arkansas, make sure all cows walking down Main Street are home before 1:00 PM on Sunday.

• In Belvedere, California, dogs are not allowed in public places without their masters on leashes

• Apparently dogs in Colorado can read, because the dog catcher must notify them of potential impounding by posting a notice on a tree for three days prior.

• Cats in heat must be silenced in Columbus, Georgia, where they are not allowed to howl after 9 PM. Same goes for dogs in Little Rock, Arkansas, only they must cease barking after 6 PM.

• Any fishing in Idaho must not be done while sitting on top of a camel.

• Iowa cowboys must restrain their horses from eating fire hydrants

• Cinema-goers in Maryland must leave their pet lion at home.

• In Massachusetts, gorillas can only sit in the front seat, since they are not allowed in the back seat of any car.

• Much to the disappointment of Reed City, Michigan, cats, owners are not allowed to also have a pet bird.

• Dog and cat owners in North Carolina must keep them separated, since it is illegal for them to fight.

• Motorists in Pennsylvania who see horses heading their way must pull off the road and cover their cars with camouflage to blend into the countryside.

• While in Leahy, Washington, only indoor nose-blowing is permitted, since doing so outside might scare a horse and make it panic.

• Photographing rabbits from January to April in Wyoming is not allowed without an official permit.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: More money is spent on this hobby than any other. (Gardening)

TRIVIA: The average 35-year-old woman owns at least three of these — and really can’t use any of them. (Bridesmaid dresses)

BOOK TITLE OR BOGUS?

I’m going to tell you some book titles. Some are real, some are bogus — made up by me. Tell me which is which.

• Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter (REAL)

• Collectible Spoons of the 3rd Reich (REAL)

• The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (REAL)

• The Invisible World of Snowflake Collectors. (BOGUS)

• How to Sharpen Pencils (REAL)

• Was Hitler Ill? (REAL)

WHO SAID IT?

On why she won’t do nude scenes, which actress said: “I just don’t feel that my algebra teacher should ever know what my butt looks like.”

• Julia Roberts*

• Kiera Knightly

• Sofia Vergara


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MARCH 4, 2019

• 1978: The WAYLON JENNINGS-WILLIE NELSON hit Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys topped the country chart. It stayed there for four weeks, the longest run at number one for any single in that year.

• 1980: The movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, based on the life of LORETTA LYNN, premiered in Nashville.

• 1996: Comedian and Opry star Minnie Pearl died in Nashville at the age of 83.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS’ fifth TV special, Garth Brooks: Ireland & Back, aired on NBC. The show featured highlights from his concerts in Croke Park, as well as a set he performed in Los Angeles. TRISHA YEARWOOD and STEVE WARINER made guest appearances.

• 2013: MINDY McCREADY made the cover of People magazine following her suicide

• 2015: The Associated Press reported two of GLEN CAMPBELL’s children had filed suit against their father’s wife, Kim Campbell, in an attempt to gain control over the singer’s health and finances

JASON SELLERS is 46.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

THOMAS RHETT will release his fourth album, Center Point Road, May 31. The title takes its name from a road in Tennessee where Thomas grew up. The lead single from the album is Look What God Gave Her.

LUKE BRYAN will headline a concert at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, June 21. Luke’s special guests will be COLE SWINDELL, BRETT YOUNG and JON LANGSTON. This will be Luke’s third time as headliner at Gillette.

JENNIFER NETTLES was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s Humanitarian Award Saturday night (March 2) in Nashville. Jennifer was recognized by the LGBTQ organization for her efforts to help combat hate speech.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s new husband appeared on Project Runway All Stars back in 2016. Brendan McLoughlin appeared on the fourth episode of season five during the “Unconventional Materials Challenge,” where designers had to create a high-end runway look out of supplies from police officers, firefighters and EMTs. • VIDEO

The careers of KEITH WHITLEY (May 3), KACEY MUSGRAVES (July 8) and BROOKS & DUNN (August 9) will be the focus of exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this year. Each exhibit will trace the artist from their beginnings through their rise to stardom.

LINDSAY ELL is now overseas after undergoing a surgical procedure to remove pre-cancerous cells. Lindsay says all went well with the procedure and thanks fans for their well wishes. She’ll spend the majority of March playing shows overseas in the UK, Germany and Japan.

MICHAEL RAY and CARLY PEARCE will likely marry this fall, according to an interview they did with website The Knot. Meanwhile, Michael will head to television this week with appearances on Live With Kelly And Ryan tomorrow (Tuesday) and Strahan and Sara on Wednesday (March 5).

KIP MOORE will celebrate Record Store Day April 13 with the vinyl release of Room To Spare: The Acoustic Sessions. The six song EP will include five cuts from his albums Slowheart and Wild Ones.

ELI YOUNG BAND will release This Is Eli Young Band: Greatest Hits on March 29. The career retrospective will include 14 tracks, among them an acoustic version of their song Crazy Girl.

BRETT YOUNG and Gavin DeGraw will co-headline a March 22 concert in Las Vegas. Gavin has a co-write on Brett’s Sophomore album, Ticket To L.A.

TRISHA YEARWOOD’s album Let’s Be Frank, honoring Frank Sinatra, is at No. 2 on the Jazz Music Chart this week.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MARCH 5, 2019

• 1963: PATSY CLINE, HAWK SHAW HAWKINS and COWBOY COPUS were killed in a plane crash in Tennessee on their way home to Nashville from a benefit concert they’d given in Kansas City, Missouri.

• 1973: ALABAMA appeared for the first time, at the Bowery Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

• 1983: BROOKS & DUNN’s Ronnie Dunn debuted on the country chart as a solo artist with It’s Written All Over Your Face. Eight years later, he would return to the charts as half of BROOKS & DUNN.

• 2003: Natalie Maines of the DIXIE CHICKS provoked controversy in the U.S. by stating that the band was “ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

• 2007: MIRANDA LAMBERT became the first former Nashville Star contestant to achieve a platinum album, thanks to her debut set, Kerosene.

• 2010: LITTLE BIG TOWN’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook welcomed a son, Elijah Dylan Westbrook.

• 2017: JASON ALDEAN and wife Brittany introduced fans to a new family member: Boss, a French bulldog.


DATEBOOK: MARCH 5, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Marsha Warfield (Night Court) is 65

• Magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller is 64

• Preacher Joel Osteen is 56

• Kevin Connolly (Entourage) is 45

• Eva Mendes is 45

• Jake Lloyd (Star Wars films) is 30

• Micah Fowler (Speechless) is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1982: Actor-comedian John Belushi died.

• 2001: Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an angioplasty for a partially blocked artery after going to a hospital with chest pains.

• 2003: A 48-year-old German man was arrested in Rome after being caught jogging naked through a park. The man said he hadn’t realized it was against the law to run naked in Italy.

• 2005: Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she’d unloaded her Imclone stock just before the price plummeted. She served a five-month prison sentence.

• 2006: Like the woman who inspired their creation, Runaway Bride bobblehead dolls disappeared quickly during a sports promotion in her hometown. The dolls, given to the first 1,000 people through the doors at the Gwinnett Gladiators ice hockey game in Duluth, Georgia, were gone in about 10 minutes.

• 2015: Harrison Ford crash-landed his plane in California.

• 2017: Donald Trump in a tweet accused former President Barrack Obama of wiretapping Trump Towers during the presidential campaign. He offered no evidence.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Mardi Gras

• International Pancake Day, aka Shrove Tuesday

• Unique Names Day

• Tennis Day

• Cheese Doodle Day

UPCOMING

• March 5: Mardi Gras
• March 6: Ash Wednesday
• March 8: SXSW begins
• March 8: Bike Week begins in Daytona
• March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins. Move clocks ahead one hour.
• March 11: National Napping Day
• March 14: Pi Day
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday)
• March 19: March Madness: Men’s First Four
• March 20: First Day of Spring
• March 23: Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
• March 28: March Madness: Men’s Sweet 16 begins
• March 29: Brexit
• April 1: April Fools’ Day (Monday)
• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins


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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 14, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 71

• Meg Tilly is 59

• Zach Galligan (Gremlins) is 55

• Simon Pegg (Star Trek and Mission: Impossible films) is 49

• Jake Lacy (Rampage, Pete on The Office) is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1778: The United States Flag was formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte rendered a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones.

•1849: In New York City, James Polk became the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.

• 1979: History’s oldest caged guinea pig, Snowball, died in Bingham, England, at age 14 years, 10½ months.

• 1989: The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System was placed into orbit.

• 2003: Dolly the cloned sheep was euthanized after premature aging and disease marred her short life and raised questions about the practicality of copying life.

• 2014: The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest solar energy plant, opened in the Mojave Desert. The $2.2 billion plant spans five square miles and can provide power to 140,000 homes.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Valentine’s Day

• Ferris Wheel Day

• Pet Theft Awareness Day

• Library Lovers Day

• Singles Awareness Day / Singles Appreciation Day

UPCOMING

• February 15: Government shutdown deadline
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards
• March 1: Unplug Day
• March 5: Mardi Gras
• March 6: Ash Wednesday
• March 8: SXSW begins
• March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins. Move clocks ahead one hour.
• March 11: National Napping Day
• March 14: Pi Day
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday)
• March 19: March Madness: Men’s First Four
• March 20: First Day of Spring
• March 28: March Madness: Men’s Sweet 16 begins
• March 29: Brexit
• April 1: April Fools’ Day (Monday)
• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

860: Average number of beer taps at an NFL stadium.


NEWS ATTACK!

In Maine, a bank robber made his escape on foot, running across a busy road and a parking lot before slipping on ice and dropping both his gun and the stolen money at the foot of a cop. [“Gilligan!”]

In Arizona, two escaped camels have been recaptured. [The camels were desperate to get away. With climate change, even they could no longer tolerate Arizona.]

The Pentagon says it wants to enlarge its use of artificial intelligence in warfare but promises that it will only do so in line with the values of the country. [Is that supposed to help me get to sleep at night?]

An Alabama church is returning a $25,000 donation from a casino because the church doesn’t believe in gambling. [Unless you count the chances it takes with room temperature potato salad at church picnics.]

NASA has now stopped trying to contact the Mars Rover after it has failed to respond to NASA’s messages for months. [Is there anything more humiliating than to be ghosted in front of the entire scientific world?]

Ozzy Osbourne is out of the intensive care unit. He’s off the breathing machine [and doctors say that he’s now capable of mumbling on his own].

Police were called to an altercation that involved Miranda Lambert at a Nashville steakhouse. [There’s nothing worse than a fight where everyone involved has easy access to a steak knife.]

Have you seen that video of the kid sledding in British Columbia when he collides with a rat? [Tough break. You get time off from school because of heavy snow and now you’ve got to spend the entire day in the doctor’s office getting rabies shots.]

A California family found a mountain lion in their garage. [Well, at least they knew that their car would be safe.]

A Virginia woman says that she’s been sorting through her late father’s belongings and believes that his collection of matchboxes may land him in the record books. [Actually, the collection makes him eligible for two records: World’s Largest Matchbox Collection and World’s Most Boring Man.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

ALL OF A CITY’S SNOW PLOWS WERE SABOTAGED WITH LATEX GLOVES _ Someone stuffed the gas tanks of Mount Vernon, New York’s municipal trucks with latex gloves some time between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. As a result, the snow plows and salt trucks couldn’t immediately clear the streets after a snow and ice storm. Two city trucks became disabled around 6AM Tuesday, after which the gloves were found in their tanks and, eventually, the tanks of 27 other trucks — all of the city’s 16 garbage trucks and 13 snow plows in total. Police are looking for a perpetrator or perpetrators who entered a public works garage to commit the sabotage.

MINOR LEAGUE BALLPARK BANS PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACK _ Two baseball game staples have been banned at a Connecticut ballpark. The Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford will no longer allow peanuts at its games. That includes the ones in Cracker Jack, so no more asking for “some peanuts and Cracker Jack” during the seventh inning stretch. The decision came after meeting with concerned parents of children with peanut and tree nut allergies.

… So, the Hartford Yard Goats are offering two season tickets to the fan who rewrites that line of the song.

KANSAS LAWMAKER WANTS TO BLOCK PORN, CHARGE RESIDENTS FEE TO SEE IT _ A bill introduced in Arizona last month has been introduced in Kansas this week. New phones and computers would have to block access to pornography under a proposed bill. Consumers 18 or older could have access to pornography for a $20 fee. The bill’s lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Randy Garber, said it is an effort to stop human trafficking and pornography. Critics says the bill would be unconstitutional.

CLEVELAND’S NWS ISSUED AN UNOFFICIAL ‘SMALL DOG ADVISORY’ DUE TO HIGH WINDS _ When wind gusts hit 50 mph in Cleveland this week, the National Weather Service office there reminded people with mini dachshunds, Yorkshire terriers, and other little dog breeds to keep an eye on their pooches. The office declared an unofficial “small dog warning”.

STORE THAT PULLED NIKE GEAR AFTER KAEPERNICK COMMERCIAL WILL CLOSE _ When Nike launched an advertising campaign last fall that included exiled NFL player Colin Kaepernick, some opposed to the quarterback’s protests during the national anthem vowed to stop buying Nike products. A small group of them even burned or otherwise destroyed their Nike apparel. One sporting goods store in Colorado last fall reacted to the commercial by removing all Nike products from its shelves. Now that store is going out of business.

… The owner of Prime Time Sports, a sporting goods store in Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs, says he can no longer afford its lease for the space. And the owner said that the lack of Nike apparel, football jerseys specifically, were what did the store in, as Nike is the only officially licensed manufacturer of official NFL jerseys.

… The owner cancelled an autograph session with Brandon Marshall at his store back in 2016, to protest Marshall’s decision to kneel during the anthem. He said, “As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realized.”

THE TWO DATE ACTIVITIES THAT MAY BOOST ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS _ Scientists who study couples have concluded that the key to relationship stability is spending time together through rituals, routines, and recreation. No one is sure why this works, though some scientists have a hunch that there’s a biological reason that couples who do things together stay together. New research supports this idea — and reveals that there are some key activities that couples can do to enhance its powers.

… Wondering whether certain activities can increase the amount of oxytocin released by the brain, scientists (Baylor University) studied the amount of oxytocin released during different recreation activities. Twenty couples were each randomly assigned to go on one of two couple dates: a game night or an art class. For game night, couples played games they already knew in a “home-like setting.” The art class couples went to a community art studio, where they “painted a simple beach scene with their initials in the sand.”

… The biggest finding was that all couples release oxytocin when playing together. Men in the art class released 2 to 2½ times more oxytocin; women playing board games released more oxytocin. Art class might have rocked the socks of men because of the role of a new environment and the sense of touch. The team noticed that the couples in the art class touched each other more and their interactions were more focused on bonding. Sometimes they would put an arm around each other or would simply encourage each other with a “Good job.” Meanwhile, couples playing the games were, well, more focused on playing the game.

… All activities, however, generally heightened levels of the “love drug” oxytoicn.

MY KKK FRIENDS WILL BURN YOUR FAMILY _ (CAUTION) A Florida woman was recorded going on a racist and violent rant against a black officer after he arrested her for drunk driving. 53-year-old Julie Edwards told (Volusia County) sheriff’s deputy Brandon King that her “KKK friends would burn his family” and that “n****** should’ve never been let out of slavery.” She is facing charges of making threats against a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence, driving under the influence, and prior refusal to submit to testing.

SOME MEN NEED TO POOP COMPLETELY NAKED? _ Here’s something I didn’t know about (other guys / some of you guys): you need to poop naked. The New York Post has a story about a “growing number of men who say they need to remove all of their clothes before emptying their bowels in order to fully enjoy the experience.” The Post talked to one guy, Matt, so says he feels “more free and comfortable” when he poops naked — and takes it all off in the toilet at work, at his friends’ homes, and in public bathrooms.

… Matt says: “I carried on pooing naked from childhood because it’s natural to me. … When I take my clothes off I feel more free to do my business, like animals do. Now I always go full nude.”

… Another naked toilet user, a former truck driver, told the New York Post: “”Pooping is always an event for me. I lay sheets of toilet paper on the ground, take off all my clothes and balance each item on top of my shoes — then I do my business naked.” He even removed any jewelry and watches.

… Another guy explains that removing his clothes enables him to “have a wider stance and be in more of an ‘open’ position … I can’t poop unless my clothes are 100 percent out of my field of vision. It makes me feel uncomfortable, so I hide them out of site.”

MAN REPORTED AN INCOME OF $18,497, IRS SENT HIM A REFUND CHECK FOR $980,000 _ At a time when millions of Americans are unhappy with their smaller-than-expected tax refunds, consider this: Ramon Christopher Blanchett of Tampa once got a refund of $980,000. On a reported income of $18,497. The story starts in February, 2017, when Blanchett electronically submitted a self-prepared income tax return listing his occupation as “freelancer.” He had W-2 forms from a Tampa nursing home and a restaurant. One W-2 showed $17,098 in wages and $1 million of federal income tax withholding. In reality, Blanchett was paid just $2,098 and no tax was withheld. The other W-2, which was accurate, showed $1,399 in income and no withholding.

… Based on Blanchett’s submission of the tax return, falsely representing that $1 million in taxes had been withheld, the U.S. Treasury issued a check for $980,000. Blanchett deposited the money and ended up using just under $50,000 to buy a Lexus. Not long after the IRS came calling for its money. It also took custody of the car.

… Blanchett has not been charged with a federal crime. Neither the IRS nor the financial institutions involved would comment, citing privacy concerns.

48 HOURS MISSING CHALLENGE IS DUMB _ Remember the Tide Pod challenge, when dumb people were eating laundry detergent? This challenge tops that one: the 48 Hours Missing Challenge. It involves young people, mostly teens, disappearing for two full days with the hopes their photo will appear on social media.

CHOCOLATE’S EFFECTS ON OUR MOOD _ If you’re feeling a bit grouchy after that Valentine’s Day chocolate, researchers say you’re not alone. Seems that chocolate can cause different reactions in different people. In some people, the candy makes them feel warm and fuzzy, in others it promotes depression, sadness and feelings of guilt.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MANY OF US SEND OURSELVES VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS _ It’s Valentine’s Day, and a survey says eight million Americans admit they send themselves Valentine’s Day gifts.

… Thinking of giving her cash for Valentine’s Day? Don’t assume she’d be OK with it — 14% of women say they would dump a man who gave her cash.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SLEDDING TEEN COLLIDES WITH RAT IN MID-AIR _ A Canadian teenager sledding on a hill (in Victoria, British Columbia) had his GoPro camera running when he got into a mid-air collision with a rat. Cole Salsman, who’s 17, recorded the moment he went over a ramp on his sled and collided with the critter. The rodent bounced off the sled, landed in the snow and quickly ran away. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BATHROOM WARNING MISTAKEN FOR BOMB THREAT AT HOME DEPOT AUDIO  A report of a bomb threat at a Wichita, Kansas, Home Depot store turned out to be more of a warning for other customers in the restroom. Authorities released a 911 call in which the caller states that someone may have a bomb at the store. The caller said a customer told him a man announced that there was a bomb and that people should leave. Police went out to the Home Depot and learned the threat was overheard in the men’s restroom. And the threat was really a warning from a guy who walked into the restroom and told others, “You all need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FISHERMAN REELS IN ODD CATCH _ Fishing stories are notorious for being prone to exaggeration, but one Kentucky (Danville) man says his big catch over the weekend is for ‘reel.’ Hunter Anderson said he and his girlfriend stopped at a private pond where they knew there used to be some goldfish or koi fish. They had a pole in the car that they decided to bait and drop in the water. Hunter put a piece of a restaurant biscuit on the hook and the koi went for it. Hunter reeled in the giant and had his photo taken with it before releasing it back in the pond. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER SLIPS ON ICE AS HE PASSES POLICE OFFICER _ A heist turned into a winter ice-capade in central Maine the other day. Police say a man who had just robbed a bank ran across four lanes of traffic and a restaurant parking area before slipping on ice and dropping his gun — and the money — right in front of a police officer.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLUE BERRY HILL IS JAILED ON NARCOTICS RAP _ An Alabama man with a unique name is locked up on a felony narcotics possession charge. The 19-year-old’s name is Blue Berry Hill.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LICENSE PLATE REJECTED, MAN CREATES GIANT TRUCK DECAL _ (CAUTION?) After Canadian David Assman was denied by authorities his request to display his surname through a custom vanity license plate, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Assman decided that one way or another, “ASSMAN” was going to be displayed on the back of his truck. Now, In addition to the giant-lettered “ASSMAN” across the tailgate of his Dodge Ram pickup, Assman also added “Saskatchewan” and the province’s “Land of Living Skies” motto to the design, completing an oversized version of how his vanity plate could have looked. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CANCELS BROTHER’S WEDDING _ We’ve heard of not getting along with your in-laws, but one UK woman took things exceptionally far: She didn’t like her brother’s fiancee, so she pretended to be the woman and made some calls to cancel the wedding. Even weirder: she was the one who introduced the pair.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOY STEALS PARENTS’ CAR TO VISIT GRANDPARENTS _ A ten-year-old Norwegian boy drove his parents’ car into a snowy ditch on his way to visit his grandparents — 68 miles away. He got about 6 miles before veering off the road. A snowplow driver found him and called police.


ON TELEVISION

THE TITAN GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. A sea of patients flood the hospital after gunfire goes off at a parade. Jennifer Grey guest stars.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New.

TOP CHEF (8p ET, Bravo) — New. Chef Art Smith judges a secret herbs-and-spices blind taste test ahead of the Quickfire chicken fry-off. Then, using his memorable fights as inspiration, the Chefs must make a progressive meal for a charity benefit at the Muhammad Ali Center with special guest Laila Ali.

THE TOP 14 GREATEST VALENTINE’S MOVIES OF ALL TIME (8p ET, CW) — New. Dean Cain hosts this special that looks at the top Valentine’s Day movies as ranked by Popstar magazine.

YOUNG SHELDON (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Jake and Rosa rework a crime scene in order to solve a difficult murder case with confusing evidence.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Christy is the only one without plans on Valentine’s Day, so Bonnie takes her on a mother-daughter date.

THE ORVILLE (9p ET, FOX) — New.

LIP SYNC BATTLE (9p ET, Paramount Network) — New. Boris Kodjoe (Station 19) battles his wife Nicole Ari Parker (Empire).

WILL & GRACE (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. Will uses a mock trial to solve the issues between Karen and her stepdaughter (guest star Aya Cash, You’re the Worst).

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team pursues a group of unknown assailants responsible for a patrol officer’s death.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — New. Fin teams up with an old colleague to track down the proprietor of a pop-up brothel.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. Annalise gathers everyone together for the holidays.

THE PACIFIC: IN THE WAKE OF CAPTAIN COOK (10p ET, Ovation) — In this new 6-part documentary series, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) retraces the route taken by Captain Cook 250 years ago, across the Southwest Pacific. Neill explores the cultures of the islands Cook visited and discusses Cook’s controversial legacy with the locals.

KEN JEONG: YOU COMPLETE ME, HO (Netflix) — New comedy special.


ENTERTAINMENT

FROZEN 2 MEANS A STAR WARS: EP. 9 TRAILER COULD BE A MONTH AWAY _ Disney dropped a teaser for Frozen 2 Tuesday and some think this could mean a Star Wars: Episode 9 trailer is just a month away. Here’s the math: Frozen 2 hits theaters on Friday, November 22. Star Wars: Episode 9 will debut almost exactly a month later on Friday, December 20. The Frozen 2 trailer arrived on February 13, roughly nine months before the movie’s release. So it stands to reason (or does it?) that the Star Wars: Episode 9 trailer will debut about a month from now, in mid-March, roughly nine months before that movie hits theaters.

PARENTS SAY PEPPA PIG IS CAUSING THEIR KIDS TO SPEAK WITH BRITISH ACCENTS _ After a long-haul flight to Australia, Janet Manley, from New York, noticed her two-year-old stepped off the plane speaking with a British inflection. The 21-hour flight across the Pacific binge-watching UK children’s show Peppa Pig had resulted in a classic case of what she said was “monkey see, monkey do. … My kid had adopted Peppa Pig’s plum British accent, calling me ‘Mummy’ and finishing her sentences with Peppa’s trademark snort. Two years later, she still oinks in conversation.”

… Apparently a number of American moms and dads have shared on social media how the popular animated series is causing their kids to adopt British accents.

APPLE’s NETFLIX COMPETITOR WILL REPORTEDLY BE UNVEILED NEXT MONTH _ Apple’s upcoming March 25 event will likely see the introduction of the company’s long-awaited video subscription service. (According to Bloomberg) Apple has reportedly invited Hollywood stars, including “Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and JJ Abrams” to attend. The premium video subscription service will be home to Apple’s original TV shows and movies as the company moves to take on Netflix and Amazon.

… Customers will also be able to subscribe to add-on “channels” like Starz and other networks; Amazon already does something similar to this with Amazon Prime Video Channels, and Roku has recently started selling video subscriptions through its Roku Channel.

A BREAKING BAD MOVIE IS COMING _ Netflix has picked up first-run rights to a Breaking Bad sequel film, meaning it will exclusively debut on the streaming service before eventually airing on AMC. We don’t know the title yet but we do know that the film will bring Aaron Paul back as Jesse Pinkman and follow his “quest for freedom” after managing to escape that bloodbath of a series finale.

ANNA AND ELSA RETURN IN FIRST TEASER FOR FROZEN 2 _ For the first time in forever — or roughly six years — Frozen is back on the horizon. On Wednesday Disney delivered the first teaser for Frozen 2. The new footage features a dramatic sequence in which Elsa (Idina Menzel) uses her powers to run, climb, and slide across a body of water, seemingly in an attempt to freeze and scale a wave. There are also glimpses of her royal sister Anna (Kristen Bell) traversing nature’s perils, snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), and mountain-man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) leading a herd of reindeer across an autumnal landscape. • VIDEO

… An sequel to Frozen was announced in March 2015, about a year and a half after the first film opened and went on to make over $1.2 billion at the box office (and becoming the highest-grossing animated movie of all time).

EDIE FALCO TO STAR AS FIRST FEMALE LAPD CHIEF IN CBS DRAMA _ Emmy winner Edie Falco is coming back to TV: She’s signed on to star in the CBS drama pilot Tommy. Falco will play Abigail “Tommy” Thomas, a former New York City cop who’s just been appointed the first-ever female chief of police at the LAPD.

BILL COSBY SPEAKS FROM PRISON FOR THE FIRST TIME _ Bill Cosby’s name grabbed headlines this week after his spokesman said in an interview that the 81-year-old told him he was having an “amazing” prison experience. Then, on Wednesday, Cosby said in a statement: “My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders, and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron. … I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!”


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• BOMB THREAT: A Home Depot bomb threat in Wichita was about different kind of bomb.  →  February 14 Wacky-But-True

• MAN NAMED BLUE BERRY HILL: Here’s Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill.  →  February 14 Wacky-But-True

• DROP: I think it’s one of the most under-respected jobs in our society.

• VALENTINE’S DAY: A large collection of Valentine’s Day-related audio clips.


BITS & BREAKS

MOST COMMON ARGUMENTS COUPLES HAVE OVER FOOD

Couple over all sorts of things — from money, to parenting style, to driving habits. And now we know the arguments couples have over food. These are the top arguments:

  1. What we’re going to have for the meal
  2. What time to eat
  3. The cook making too much of a mess / not tidying as they go along
  4. Whether someone is interfering in the cooking
  5. Whether you should have carry-out
  6. Whether a meal should include an item the other person doesn’t like, such as mushrooms
  7. Who should clean up after the meal
  8. How spicy a meal should be
  9. Who should cook

WHAT IS ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR HOME?

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RISKY BEHAVIOR

A survey from Consumer Reports looked at some other risky behaviors we engage in.

• About 40 percent often eat raw dough when making cookies.

• Nearly 75 percent put cotton swabs inside their ears.

• 69 percent of us drive at least 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.

• 37 percent leave items on the stairs at home.

• 31 percent occasionally use the top step of a ladder.

• 13 percent sometimes have a beer while using a power tool or mower.

• 43 percent let their kids play on a trampoline.

• 61 percent don’t have a rubber mat in the tub or shower.

• 21 percent don’t change batteries in smoke alarms yearly.

• 32 percent don’t eat burgers only well done.

• 9 percent of us don’t read the warnings that come with our prescription.

• 70 percent never use hearing protection with a mower or leaf blower.

• Half of us never unplug the toaster when not in use

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• More Americans believe in the devil than believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution.

• Stockbrokers with longer ring fingers make six times as much money as their rivals.

• The presence of elephants can make smaller animals feel safe.

• The first “successful” head transplant was carried out in 1963 by Robert J. White of Cleveland, who attached the head of one monkey to the body of another. The monkey survived for several days, during which it tried to bite the experimenters.

• 1,950 Americans, 390 Britons and 230 Canadians require medical attention each year after mishaps with their toilet paper dispensers.

• In 1889, according to The New York Times, there was a “War on Telephone Poles.” Wherever telephone companies erected poles, homeowners and business owners sawed them down, or defended their sidewalks with rifles.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 140 of these will occur around the world today. (Earthquakes)

TRIVIA: The average American has about $6,375 wrapped up in what? (Credit card debt)

TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S., over 2 million books are shipped with what? (The wrong covers)

WEIRD BODY QUIZ

The best way to test whether your breath is stinky is to: Blow out and sniff, or lick your wrist and smell it*

True or False: Biting your nails makes them grow faster? True.

True or False: Only humans have a distinct border around their lips. True. The outline of your lips, called the vermilion border, marks the transition from your skin to the pinkish-red part of your lips. It is unique to humans.

How many times a day, on average, do people pass gas? 5, 10 or 14 times? 14, although it depends on what you eat.

What is a piloerection?

  • Goosebumps*
  • Shivers down your spine
  • Very straight hair

What causes dandruff?

  • Stress
  • Your parents
  • Cold weather
  • A fungus

Actually, all of the above. Dandruff occurs in 3% of the population and can be caused by genetic or environmental factors.

True or False: A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth. False. Dogs’ mouths have as much bacteria as human mouths, but they have different types of germs.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 14, 2019

• 1998: T.G. SHEPPARD served as best man for 35 different grooms at a Las Vegas hotel. The event was held in conjunction with a contest surrounding T.G.’s song She’s Getting’ The Rock.

• 2006: GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD appeared for the first time as a married couple on television when they were interviewed on Oprah. They showed photos of their wedding, talked about their lives together, and performed their duet Love Will Always Win.

• 2007: GEORGE STRAIT scored his 54th number one hit as It Just Comes Natural topped the charts.

• 2013: TIM MCGRAW’s album Two Lanes Of Freedom became his 14th to debut at the top of the Country Albums chart.

• 2017: MAREN MORRIS played an acoustic version of My Church on an episode of the CBS drama NCIS: New Orleans.

• 2018: TROY GENTRY’s widow, Angela Gentry, filed suit in Philadelphia against Sikorsky Aircraft and Keystone Helicopter, charging that a design flaw was responsible for the MONTGOMERY GENTRY singer’s death in a September 2017 helicopter accident.

RAZZY BAILEY is 80.


COUNTRY AUDIO

New and archived clips on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

The Academy of Country Music has revealed some of the artists taking part in ACM Party For A Cause event around Las Vegas from April 5-7. They include DARIUS RUCKER, LAUREN ALAINA, BRETT YOUNG, RHETT AKINS, EASTON CORBIN and SCOTTY McCREERY. Party For A Cause events help to raise money for the ACM’s charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives.

TIM MCGRAW, LUKE BRYAN and KEITH URBAN will headline the inaugural Hometown Rising country music and bourbon festival, September 14-15 in Louisville. Others performing will include LITTLE BIG TOWN, JAKE OWEN, DWIGHT YOAKAM, BRETT YOUNG, LAUREN ALAINA, and JIMMIE ALLEN.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s top priority for a Valentine’s Day gift? That would be chocolate. Carrie says chocolate is any woman’s friend and she’s certainly no exception to that. Carrie says her favorite would be anything with caramel in it.

On March 1, CHASE RICE will release Lambs and Lions (Worldwide Deluxe). The album contains four bonus tracks not on the original and is primarily being marketed to fans in the United Kingdom, where Chase’s shows have been consistent sellouts.

MIRANDA LAMBERT was involved in a heated exchange Sunday night (February 10) at Stoney River Steakhouse in Nashville. TMZ reports Miranda, her mother and a family friend were having dinner when another patron started an argument with the family friend then came over to Miranda’s table and started yelling. Things go so out of hand, Miranda had to be held back and eventually would dump a salad in the lap of the instigator’s wife. Police were called, but by the time they arrived, Miranda and her party were gone and no report was filed.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE performs tonight (Thursday) on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. The duo will also appear next Thursday (February 21) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The appearances are to promote the release of their new album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, out tomorrow (Friday).

BROTHERS OSBORNE debuts the music video for their new single, I Don’t Remember Me (Before You), today (Thursday). The tune comes from the duo’s Port St. Joe album.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 15, 2019

• 1979: DOLLY PARTON won her first Grammy for Here You Come Again.

• 1992: GARTH BROOKS scored his eighth number one hit with What She’s Doing Now.

• 2002: WAYLON JENNINGS was laid to rest in a private graveside service in Phoenix, Arizona.

• 2006: JOHNNY CASH topped Blender magazine’s list of the 50 most awesomely dead rock stars.

• 2012: A California woman was arrested at a bathroom near the swimming pool on KENNY CHESNEY’s property in Tennessee near 2 AM and charged with public intoxication.

• 2015: ERIC CHURCH and his wife Katherine welcome a son, Tennessee Hawkins Church.

Michael Reynolds of PINMONKEY is 55.


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 15, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Jane Seymour is 68

• Cartoonist Matt Groening (The Simpsons) is 65

• Sarah Wynter (24) is 46

• Natalie Morales (The Grinder, 90210) is 34

• Amber Riley (Glee) is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1903: Morris Michtom and his wife Rose introduced the first teddy bear in America.

• 1965: A new red-and-white maple leaf design was adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.

• 1998: Dale Earnhardt won his first Daytona 500.

• 2005: YouTube was launched.

• 2009: Authorities in Colorado announced that a mysterious white powder that prompted evacuations at the Eagle County sheriff’s office the month before had been identified as instant pudding.

• 2013: A near-Earth asteroid called 2012-DA14 came within 17,200 miles of the Earth’s surface, a record-close approach for an object estimated at 50 meters.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Hippo Day

• No One Eats Alone Day

• Susan B. Anthony Day

• Gum Drop Day

• Singles Awareness Day

• Chewing Gum Day

UPCOMING

• February 15: Government shutdown deadline
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards
• March 1: Unplug Day
• March 5: Mardi Gras
• March 6: Ash Wednesday
• March 8: SXSW begins
• March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins. Move clocks ahead one hour.
• March 11: National Napping Day
• March 14: Pi Day
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday)
• March 19: March Madness: Men’s First Four
• March 20: First Day of Spring
• March 28: March Madness: Men’s Sweet 16 begins
• March 29: Brexit
• April 1: April Fools’ Day (Monday)
• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

• LeVar Burton is 62. Ice-T is 61. Lupe Fiasco is 37. Elizabeth Olsen is 30.

• Almond Day. World Whale Day. Do a Grouch a Favor Day.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

• Dame Edna is 85. Rene Russo is 65. Lou Diamond Phillips is 57. Larry the Cable Guy is 56. Denise Richards is 48. Jerry O’Connell is 45. Country singer Bryan White is 45. Jason Ritter is 39. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 38. Chord Overstreet is 30. Ed Sheeran is 28.

• Random Acts of Kindness Day. Random Acts of Kindness Day.


INTERPREP ★ JANUARY 30, 2019

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 30, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Gene Hackman is 89

• Vanessa Redgrave is 82

• Phil Collins is 68

• Christian Bale (Batman movies, Vice) is 45

• Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show) is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1835: In the first assassination attempt against a President, a mentally ill man named Richard Lawrence attempted to assassinate President Andrew Jackson in the United States Capitol. Both of Lawrence’s pistols misfired and Jackson proceeded to beat his would-be assassin with his cane.

• 1933: Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.

• 1969: The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert was broken up by police.

• 2003: Richard Reid, a British citizen and al-Qaida follower, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston for trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.

• 2007: Doctors in Oklahoma announced they’d removed a 93-pound cyst from a 32-year-old woman. They likened its removal to delivering a 12-year-old by C-section.

• 2017: Scientists in central China revealed the oldest known human ancestor — a 540-million-year-old Saccorhytus in a fossil.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Croissant Day

• Escape Day. Work. School. Bills. Stress. The winter blues. Escape Day is a day for yourself — a day for your own health and well being.

UPCOMING

• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 5: Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig
• February 10: Grammy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

25 billion: Number of oranges grown in the United States every year.


NEWS ATTACK!

In Florida, a man who jumped into a zoo’s crocodile exhibit has been sentenced. [He was sentenced to spend one year in a crocodile exhibit.]

In Arkansas, a 19-year-old with no pilot training has pled guilty to trying to steal a commercial jet and fly to Chicago to attend a concert. [How in the world did they determine that he was competent to stand trial? He wasn’t even competent to take a bus.]

Ranchers in the Midwest are trying to keep their cattle warm. [Finally, someone thought of a good use for Ugg boots.]

The tourist city of Charleston is testing a new system for keeping its streets clean. Each time one of the horses that pull sightseeing carriages relieves itself, the driver can press a button on a GPS device to mark the location. [“Hey, kids — treasure hunt!”]

Florida health officials report that one of the employees at Disney World has Hepatitis A, but no colleagues or visitors have gotten sick. [The employee is the dwarf named Dopey. Fortunately, his illness was detected early by the dwarf named Doc.]

A California judge has ruled in favor of upholding protection for gray wolves. [As a result, they’ll receive new helmets with extra padding.]

Activists are trying to convince Mariah Carey not to perform in Saudi Arabia due to the violent, oppressive regime in that country. [People are also trying to convince The Spice Girls not to perform their upcoming reunion tour. It has nothing to do with politics. They just don’t want them to perform.]

Prison guards spotted a drone following Bill Cosby around the prison yard. [Mrs. Cosby should have thought of that years ago to keep an eye on him.]

A zoo in the UK is allowing rejected lovers to get revenge on Valentine’s Day by naming cockroaches after their ex. [What most people want to know is—are you also allowed to step on them?]

A dog left alone in the car in West Palm Beach began honking the horn when it felt that its owner was taking too long in the liquor store. [Wake up, lady. Even the dog can tell you have a problem.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

THE TIME OF DAY WE’RE MOST LIKELY TO SNACK _ If you’re focusing on your eating habits in 2019 then be mindful of the clock striking 2:41 PM. A survey of 2,000 Americans found that that is the specific time of day when willpower is most tested and cravings strike hardest.

… The study also found that we spend 40 minutes per day thinking about food. The flavors we crave most often are sweet (79%), salty (54%) and spicy (45%).

MEN ADMIT A HEALTH CONCERN WOULD NEED TO BE ‘SEVERE’ BEFORE THEY SOUGHT HELP _ Men admit a health concern would need to be ‘severe’ before they sought help. A poll of adults aged 18-40 found 64 percent of men often bury their heads in the sand until they really have to seek help. The average guy waits four weeks before getting up the courage to get a heath issue checked out.

MARATHON RUNNER FINDS PUPPY, CARRIES IT 19 MILES _ A woman running a marathon in Thailand said she was 7 miles into the event when she noticed the runners ahead of her were size-stepping something in the road. It turned out to be a puppy. So the woman scooped it up and carried the dog the remaining 19 miles of the race.

WHAT MAKES A MORNING PERSON? _ Scientists (University of Exeter) have discovered more than 300 hundred places in the genome that influence our sleeping habits. And the analysis reveals that there’s an association between our waking and sleeping habits and mental health. Part of the reason why some people are up with the sun while others are night owls is because of differences in both the way our brains react to external light signals and the normal functioning of our internal clocks. In other words, our internal clocks may run a little fast or a little slow based on small differences to a range of things in our genetic code.

WHY INSTAGRAM INFLUENCERS ARE WEARING BIKINIS IN THE SNOW _ As we hunker down and bundle up to get through this week’s freezing temps, some social media influencers are shedding their outerwear and enjoying the snow in bikinis. In December, Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian turned their Aspen, Colorado, ski trip into a bikini shoot. Since then, Instagram models have been uploading similar photos on social media, using the hashtag #snowbikini.

KFC IS TESTING A CHEETOS FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH _ KFC is testing a new Fried Chicken Sandwich. They describe it like this: “Made by coating a juicy, hand-breaded Extra Crispy chicken filet with special Cheetos sauce and placing it on a toasted bun with mayo and a layer of crunchy Cheetos, the Cheetos Sandwich will give you a blast of craveable Cheetos in every bite.” According to KFC, select restaurants in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia will be testing the sammy.

FOR $2 DONATION, ZOO WILL LET YOU NAME A COCKROACH AFTER YOUR EX _ For a measly donation of just $2, a zoo is willing to name one of their cockroach after your ex. The zoo, in the UK, says, “For those that don’t quite require revenge, there’s another way to make you feel better about getting back at your ex this Valentine’s Day.” Participants will receive a certificate that reads, “I’ve named a cockroach at the Hemsley Conservation Centre in the not so loving memory of my worthless ex!” Also, you’ll get half-off entry into the zoo to visit your cockroach.

WOMAN KICKED OFF FLIGHT FOR RANT ABOUT SITTING BETWEEN ‘TWO BIG PIGS’ _ A woman was kicked off a United Airlines flight after ranting about sitting between “two big pigs” — a tirade caught on video by one of the passengers she was fat-shaming. Before the Las Vegas to Newark flight the woman tells someone on her phone, “Oh my goodness! I don’t know how I’m going to do this for the next four hours!” The woman continues her tirade, saying, “I can’t do this” and “Well, I eat salad.” One of the women seated on either side of the woman turned to a flight attendant for help. Other passengers then confronted the furious flier, telling her she should be ashamed of herself. • VIDEO

BEING GOOD AT GOLF _ Golf season for most of the country may be a few months away, but it’s never to early to start working on your mental game. Scientists say golfers who reflect on their strokes are likely to play badly. The performance of even the most skilled amateur is said to be undermined by talking about, or mulling over, their last putting stroke between holes. Bottom line: after a bad hole, let it go.

CAR STEERING WHEELS DIRTIER THAN PUBLIC TOILET SEATS _ Your car steering wheel could be one of the most disgusting things that come into contact with your hands. CarRentals.com recently completed some research on germs in cars and it was found that 32 percent of the subjects clean their rides just once a year while 12 percent don’t clean them at all.

… Per the study, the steering wheel has 629 colony-forming units (CFUs). That is six times dirtier than the average cell phone screen, four times dirtier than a public toilet seat and two times dirtier than public elevator buttons.

… The survey also revealed that 20 percent of people eat in the car. This number seems really, really low.

DISNEY HAS A NEW POPCORN BUCKET _ If you’re a Disney super fan, then you already know that people go mad over refillable popcorn buckets. And the only thing that makes Disney bucket collectors more excited than a new release is when there’s a special deal like this one: Buy the new “Steamboat Willie Balloon Premium AP” popcorn bucket, which will be released Friday, February 1, and annual passholders can get refills for $1 until the promotion ends on March 7, 2019.

… This bucket, which is only available to annual passholders, is produced in honor of the Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration that’s going on now in honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday, which based on the release of the hit cartoon “Steamboat Willie” that first popularized the mouse to the masses.

… The Disney website post that announced the release did not say how much the buckets will cost, but they generally run $20-25 each.

POLAR VORTEX 2019: PIZZA PLACES REPORT SPIKE IN SALES, DELIVERIES _ While plenty of shoppers stocked up on groceries and libations ahead of the record-shattering cold expected this week, everybody else seems to be ordering pizza. Pizza franchises across the country are reporting increased sales, particularly for deliveries.

… This means it’s a big week for pizza places, as Super Bowl Sunday is already a big money maker for them. Pizza Hut alone expects to sell 2 million pies that day.

YOUR CHILD’S BATH TOYS ARE GERMY _ Anyone who’s ever watched a youngster splashing around in the bath, filling and dumping water out of bath toys, knows that kids love to play in the water. But the same toys that bring so much laughter may also be inviting germs to hang out in your tub. A study points out that water toys used in the bathtub or in wading pools may be an unrecognized source of infections. One study found bath toys could harbor as many as 4 million germs on their surfaces.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: ASTRONAUTS COULD ONE DAY EAT GOO MADE FROM THEIR POO _ Astronauts on deep-space missions could recycle their own feces to make food. It’s a long way to Mars, and astronauts will need to eat. Limited cargo room for long-haul flights means future space travelers will need to recycle and reuse everything possible … including poop. Penn State researchers developed a system that combines microbes with human waste to help create food. Geosciences professor Christopher House describes the resulting substance as “a little bit like Marmite or Vegemite where you’re eating a smear of ‘microbial goo.'”

… Astronauts on board the International Space Station already recycle urine into drinkable water, so it’s not a stretch to imagine turning solid waste into something useful and edible as well. Currently, ISS poop is discharged to go burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE BOY WHO GOT HIS HEAD STUCK IN TOILET SEAT _ Firefighters were called to free a young boy after he got his head stuck. The fire crew used a disc cutter to free the 3-year-old after he got his noggin stuck through the hole of a potty training seat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER READY FOR A WILD NIGHT _ Workers at a drugstore in Scotland watched a man fairly closely when he came in — it was 3:30 AM. And they say they saw that he picked up two bottles of massage oil, two pairs of headphones, a box of condoms, a flashlight, and 10 cans of energy drinks — and walked out without paying for them. Police got to the man before he even got to his car, and what he had in his car may explain his purchases: a woman sitting in the front seat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ATM HEIST DAMAGES THREE BUILDINGS _ A street in the UK was left in tatters after a gang used a large piece of construction equipment to rip an ATM out of a bank. Masked men brandishing axes stood guard as the demolition took place. The construction digger first tore a huge hole in the side of the bank before losing control and veering into the post office next door. The giant vehicle was then backed into an adjacent Chinese restaurant. Despite the force used, the gang left without their haul and the ATM was found inside the post office.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNAKES IN A BANK _ In South Africa a disgruntled customer faces possible attempted murder charges after he released five poisonous snakes in a bank.


ON TELEVISION

CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Adam and his friends are recruited to the William Penn Academy baseball team.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (8p ET, FOX) — New. Ramsay and his team attempt to revamp a family-owned, fine dining restaurant in Seymour, Conn.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — Repeat

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Phil thinks he found Pepper (guest star Nathan Lane) his dream home

THE MASKED SINGER (9p ET, FOX) — New.

ALL AMERICAN (9p ET, CW) — New.

PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (9p ET, Lifetime) — New. The designers must create high fashion looks inspired by zoo animals. Peyton List and Joan Smalls guest judge.

SEASON FINALE: VIKINGS (9p ET, History Channel) — The 5th season wraps up.

SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New.

YOUNG SHELDON (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates a string of murders taking place in supposedly haunted houses in Lewiston, Maine.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — New. Celebrity panelists include Chris Parnell, Whitney Cummings, Kevin Smith, Jane Krakowski, Ron Funches and Caitlyn Jenner.

DROP THE MIC (10p ET, TNT) — It’s a Lost mini reunion when Daniel Dae Kim, Josh Holloway and Harold Perrineau battle.


ENTERTAINMENT

EMPIRE STAR JUSSIE SMOLLETT ATTACKED _ Empire star Jussie Smollett was viciously attacked in Chicago early Tuesday in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The African-American actor, who is openly gay and plays gay character Jamal Lyon on Empire, was leaving a Subway restaurant around 2 AM when he was recognized by two white men in ski masks who referred to him using racial and homophobic slurs and referenced his role on the TV show. The men struck Smollett in the face, poured a chemical (possibly bleach) on him, and put a rope around his neck a la a noose. TMZ reports the men also yelled, “This is MAGA country” before departing. Smollett was treated at a hospital for injuries including a fractured rib and released. Police are investigating.

… Empire filming is continuing as scheduled and the Fox TV show’s production schedule remains “fluid” for the rest of the week, according to the source. It is not yet known how Smollett’s injuries will ultimately impact production on the current season, which would typically wrap in March.

SEX AND THE CITY IS HITTING THE HAMPTONS _ Sex and the City is coming back … this time in the Hamptons. Author Candace Bushnell announced that her new book, Is There Still Sex In The City?, will be set in the monied enclaves of Long Island. Bushnell moved from her beloved Manhattan to the Hamptons following her divorce from ballet dancer Charles Askegard in 2012. The book will go on sale in August.

TORI SPELLING ORDERED TO PAY OVER $88,000 IN CREDIT CARD DEBT _ Tori Spelling is no stranger to financial woes, but now we have an update on just how much damage has been done. Apparently, after ignoring her growing credit card bill for years, the star owes American Express tens of thousands of dollars, and she’s been ordered to pay that debt, ASAP. Us Weekly obtained documents that state Tori has to pay $88,246.55 after the “credit card company filed a writ of execution, a court order forcing a judgment.”

… In January 2016 Amex sued the actress after she failed to pay over $87,000 of credit card debt. That same year, Tori and her husband, Dean McDermott, were sued by City National Bank for $220,000 after failing to repay a loan. And Uncle Sam “drained” Tori and Dean’s bank account for the $707,487.30 they owed for 2014 taxes.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA CONFIRMS VEGAS RESIDENCY _ Christina Aguilera is the latest star to take her act to Las Vegas, announcing Tuesday that she’ll be settling into the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood for 16 shows, starting May 31 and continuing in intervals through October 5. The show is titled “The Xperience” and is set for a venue that is currently playing host to alternating residencies by the Backstreet Boys and Gwen Stefani.

ROUTE 91 HARVEST FESTIVAL SHOOTER SOUGHT INFAMY _ As the Las Vegas and country music communities continue to grapple with the aftermath of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting, the question of why shooter Stephen Paddock chose to carry out the massacre has remained a mystery. Now, the Las Vegas FBI says that the rampage was likely motivated by a thirst for mass destruction so horrific it would never be forgotten. As reported by the Tennessean newspaper, “It wasn’t about MGM, Mandalay Bay or a specific casino or venue. It was all about doing the maximum amount of damage and him obtaining some form of infamy.”

… In December of 2018, representatives from the Route 91 Harvest Festival’s parent company, Live Nation, stated that they hoped to bring the event back, possibly in 2019.

NEXT EPISODE OF THIS IS US PUSHED BACK DUE TO TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION _ This Is Us fans will have to wait longer than expected for the NBC drama’s next episode, Songbird Road: Part Two, thanks to Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. Originally scheduled for next Tuesday, February 5, the series will now return with the conclusion to its two-parter on Tuesday, February 12.

MAROON 5 SUPER BOWL PRESS CONFERENCE CANCELED _ Maroon 5 will not be taking questions from the media about their Super Bowl halftime show. The halftime show press conference has been a tradition for years, but not in 2019.

… Why? The NFL says Maroon 5 and the other artists like Travis Scott want to “let their show do the talking” — but it seems pretty obvious it’s all about Kaepernick. There’s been a strong push from big stars like Common and Nick Cannon for the halftime show performers to pull out over the way the league has treated Kap. Other stars like Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kelly Rowland have said they wouldn’t work with the NFL in the wake of Kaepernick’s allegations he’s been blackballed for taking a knee during the national anthem.

GWYNETH PALTROW SLAMS LAWSUIT OVER ALLEGED HIT-AND-RUN SKI ACCIDENT _ Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued for allegedly pulling a hit-and-run while skiing in 2016. The alleged incident took place on the slopes of the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah in February 2016. Court documents obtained by E! News allege, “Gwyneth Paltrow skied out of control and hit the back of Terry Sanderson, another skier, who was downhill.” When Paltrow hit the then-44-year-old doctor, the complaint alleges she knocked him “down hard, knocking him out, and causing a brain surgery, four broken ribs and other injuries.”

… Per the Skier Responsibility Code, which is a Summit County Ordinance, skiers are required to “immediately stop at the scene of such collision and render to any person injured in such collision reasonable assistance.” The ordinance also requires that any skiers involved in a collision “shall give his name and address to an employee of the ski area operator.” However, Sanderson and another witness claim, “Paltrow got up, turned and skied away, leaving Sanderson stunned, lying in the snow, seriously injured.”

… Sanderson and his lawyer allege that the value of damages is “more than $3,100,000” and will be seeking reparations. In a statement to E! News, Gwyneth Paltrow said, “This lawsuit is completely without merit and we expect to be vindicated.”

HERE’S ASHTON KUTCHER’S PHONE NUMBER _ On Tuesday afternoon, Ashton Kutcher surprised fans on social media when he decided to post his phone number. He wrote: “I miss having a real connection w/ real people. My Community. From now on you can just text me. I won’t be able to respond to everyone but at least we can be real w/ each other & I can share the unedited latest & greatest in my world +1 (319) 519-0576.” Ashton added, “Yes this is my#.”

JOHN LEGEND LEARNS TO SWIM AT 40 YEARS OLD _ John Legend is learning how to swim. Although he’s good at so many things, the award-winning singer revealed swimming is something he can’t do. He tweeted: “I can’t really swim. Today I took my first swim lesson since I was like 5. My dad learned in his 60’s so I feel like I’m ahead of schedule.”

MEGHAN MARKLE IN SUITS SERIES FINALE? ODDS ARE ‘CLOSE TO ZERO’ _ Do not expect Suits Season 9 to be royally blessed by the presence of Meghan Markle. A Suits executive producer says, “We’re not currently pursuing asking Meghan Markle to leave her position with the royal family and join us. I would love it, but I think [the chances are] pretty close to zero.”

HULU ERROR _ Some Hulu users had their binge-watching interrupted Tuesday afternoon. Many users were seeing error codes when they tried to stream and some were saying that they were being interrupted mid-stream as well.  Other users couldn’t even log into their accounts in the first place and just saw error screens after every login attempt.

CBS RENEWS GOD FRIENDED ME FOR SEASON 2 _ CBS has renewed drama God Friended Me for the 2019-2020 television season. The show centers on an “outspoken atheist” who receives a mysterious social media friend request from an account calling itself God and finds himself making new connections and becoming an agent of change in the lives around him.


AUDIO

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• PARODY – HEATED MAIL: Baby, it’s cold outside. Ask your letter carrier about Heated Mail!

• MULLET: A guy went for a walk in nature right after giving himself a mullet cut and shared with the world just how liberated he feels. We’ve heavily edited this audio. Here’s the original video that’s not safe to air.


BITS & BREAKS

FAVORITE HOME COMFORTS

A poll of adults found these are the top things that make our homes most comfortable. We think No. 18 should be way higher!

  1. Bed
  2. Home-cooked meals
  3.  Comfy sofa
  4.  A cup of coffee or tea
  5.  Getting into your comfy clothes
  6.  Your own toilet
  7.  Laptop/tablet/computer
  8.  Slippers
  9.  A good book
  10.  Reliable broadband
  11.  Pets
  12.  Having the heating set to the perfect temperature
  13.  A well-stocked fridge
  14.  Garden
  15.  Your mattress
  16.  Listening to the radio/music
  17.  A glass of wine
  18.  Bacon
  19.  Quilt or blanket
  20.  Netflix TV subscriptions

LOVE BELIEFS YOU SHOULD RETHINK

• Belief #1: When you meet The One, it’ll be love at first sight. Go ahead and ditch that notion right now. It takes time for love to develop. For some people, physical chemistry plays such a big role at the outset, that it’s mistaken for love at first sight. However, that genuine emotion develops gradually. You can’t truly love someone unless you know them – and that takes time.

• Belief #2: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. A little absence can help you appreciate your partner, but too much is dangerous. Relationships need connection, and it’s challenging to stay connected when you aren’t spending time together. You need a steady stream of face-to-face intimacy to remember why you’re in the relationship.

• Belief #3: Play hard to get. It’s not about playing hard to get – you should truly be hard to get, by having a life that’s already busy and fulfilling.  Pretending you’re hard to get starts the romance off on a deceptive foot, and if you want a relationship to be based on trust, honesty and communication – this isn’t the way to get it.

• Belief #4: Having kids will bring you closer. Although children are a great source of joy, they’ll also cause you to lose time and privacy – testing your relationship in a whole new way. In fact, couples report that their relationships were tested the most when their children were born through age 4. So, if you decide to have kids, make sure you and your spouse are ready to handle the added stress because they’re anything but band-aids.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KEEP IN YOUR CAR FOR EMERGENCIES

  • Hazard triangles or flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Tow rope
  • Duct tape
  • Small shovel and bag of kitty litter or sand
  • Windshield scraper
  • Emergency blanket
  • Hand warmers

… Other suggestions: A first aid kit, a cigarette lighter to USB adapter, a phone charging battery, a cable for charging your phone, granola bars or some other dense energy food, and an old pair of boots, in case you’re not wearing footwear suitable for standing or walking in snow or ice after you get stuck.

WALMART LOVES THE SUPER BOWL

• Walmart sells enough hot dog buns the week prior to Super Bowl Sunday that if lined up end-to-end would stretch 2,422 miles.

• More than 2.6 million pounds or 246 miles of lunch meats will be sold at Walmart prior to Super Bowl Sunday.

• Laying all the Walmart deli party trays end-to-end would equal the height of 17 Willis Towers in Chicago.

• Walmart will sell enough frozen pizzas to stretch the length of the Grand Canyon, nearly 300 miles in length.

• Walmart will sell enough Velveeta cheese this week to fill an entire Olympic size swimming pool, or 115,000 gallons.

• Walmart will sell enough Planters dry roasted, honey roasted, and cocktail peanuts for Super Bowl Sunday that, if you stacked the containers on top of one another, they would equal the height of 108 Empire State Buildings.

• An average Walmart store will sell enough soft drinks to fill two average-sized swimming pools, or 15,000 gallons of soft drinks.

• More than 2 million pounds of ice are used by consumers during the three days leading up to the Super Bowl, which is roughly the weight of 1,000 full grown elephants.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: While the average president has dozens, George Washington had just one of these when he died. (A real tooth. It held his false teeth in place.)

TRIVIA: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 20,000 people are injured each year doing what? (Snow sledding)

TRIVIA: It is estimated that the average person does this 22 times daily. (Opens the fridge)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 30, 2019

• 1971: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON was honored with an award from the Nashville Songwriters Association.

• 2006: LEANN RIMES’ wedding to Dean Sheremet was one of those profiled on the InStyle Weddings special on ABC.

• 2011: DIERKS BENTLEY began several days of recording at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. The sessions were livestreamed with no sound online. The dates yielded his hit Am I The Only One.

• 2016: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s son, Isaiah, took his first steps in Jacksonville, Florida, the same day she launched her Storyteller Tour.

JEANNE PRUETT is 82. She’s best known for her chart-topping hit Satin Sheets. Jeanne scored 11 hits on the Billboard Country Singles Chart from 1973-1980.

NORMA JEAN is 81. She was a member of The Porter Wagoner Show from 1961–1967. She had 13 country singles in Billboard’s Country Top 40 between 1963 and 1968, recorded twenty albums, received two Grammy nominations, and was a Grand Ole Opry member for a number of years.

TAMMY COCHRAN is 47. Born in Ostinburg, Ohio, she’s best-known for the hit Angels In Waiting.

JOSH KELLEY is 39. His debut country single was Georgia Clay. Josh’s younger brother, Charles Kelley, is a part of LADY ANTEBELLUM.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LUKE COMBS has become the first artist since TIM McGRAW in 2000 to have two singles in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart simultaneously. Back on January 15, 2000 McGraw’s My Best Friend and Something Like That were sitting at #5 and #10. Right now, Beautiful Crazy is at #10, joining She Got the Best of Me at #8.

JASON ALDEAN has his 22nd number one with Girl Like You (Billboard Country Airplay).

SCOTTY MCCREERY’s truck was broken into, but the would-be thieves didn’t get away with a valuable haul. Scotty posted a photo on Twitter Tuesday morning of the passenger seat of his truck, where an Elvis Presley CD, a charger cord and some other CDs and bits of paper were scattered. Scotty captioned the photo with: “Get back to Nashville to find my truck broken into.. just want to apologize to whoever did this… You really picked the wrong country singers truck to break into. Got nothing for ya… That is, unless you’re a big fan of Elvis or the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.”

MAREN MORRIS’ Girl has been streamed 3.3 million times and is the most successful by a female artist.

MIDLAND’s February 8 concert at The Novo in Los Angeles has sold out.

On February 15, ASHLEY MONROE will release Sparrow: The Acoustic Sessions, a five song EP of acoustic recordings of tunes from her Sparrow album.

JOE DIFFIE celebrated 25 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry when he performed at the Ryman Auditorium as part of the January 25 Opry lineup. VINCE GILL, RICKY SKAGGS and MICHAEL RAY were also on the bill that night.

CASSADEE POPE will be part of a Songwriters Expo at Nashville’s Bluebird Café February 13 along with top writers ASHLEY GORLEY, MATT JENKINS and JON NITE. The group will perform in the round at the famed Nashville restaurant.

MASON RAMSEY will kick off the How’s Your Girl And How’s Your Family tour, March 22 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 31, 2019

• 1993: GARTH BROOKS performed the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl 27. He also debuted the music video for We Shall Be Free during halftime of that game.

• 1997: TIM MCGRAW’s album Not A Moment Too Soon was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies. Hits included Indian Outlaw, Don’t Take The Girl and Refried Dreams.

• 2000: ALAN JACKSON’s father, Eugene, died. Two years later Alan would celebrate his life and legacy in the tune Drive (For Daddy Gene), which went to number one.

• 2012: REBA McENTIRE sent out a release to refute a website’s fake report that she died on an Austrian ski slope during a movie shoot.

• 2016: JANA KRAMER and husband Michael Caussin welcomed a daughter.

Tyler Hubbard of FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE is 32.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 31, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace, Murder One) is 60

• Minnie Driver is 49

• Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development, Ally McBeal) is 46

• Kerry Washington (Scandal, Ray) is 42

• Justin Timberlake is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1930: 3M introduced Scotch Tape.

• 1990: The first McDonald’s opened in Moscow, Russia.

• 2001: An 81-year-old resident of a Byker, England, nursing home and her 71-year-old friend wrestled a burglar into their bathroom and lock the door until police arrived. The 32-year-old heroin addict was charged with two counts of assault, drug possession, and burglary. The ladies are shaken up but not seriously hurt.

• 2009: Elton John launched a line of crystal-encrusted iPods to raise money for charity. A share of the profits from the sale of the $600 limited-edition players went to the singer’s AIDS Foundation.

• 2010: Avatar became the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.

• 2017: Donald Trump fired Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructed Justice Department officials not to defend Trump’s travel ban.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day

• Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

• National Hot Chocolate Day

UPCOMING

• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 5: Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig
• February 10: Grammy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards


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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 25, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Adventurer Kay Cottee is 65. She was the first woman to perform a solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the world.

• Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids, Ugly Betty) is 48

• Alicia Keys is 38

• Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1924: The 1924 Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, France (in the French Alps), inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games.

• 1984: Apple’s Macintosh computer went on sale for $2,495.

• 1995: In its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles, the defense said Simpson was the victim of a ”rush to judgment” by authorities who had mishandled evidence and ignored witnesses.

• 1999: A man in Louisville, Kentucky, received the first hand transplant in the U.S.

• 2011: A former Miss Canada finalist became the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles. Canadian singer Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy was one of the first students to sign up for the course on the Fab Four when it launched at Liverpool Hope University in March 2009.

• 2017: Mary Tyler Moore died.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• It’s 11 months till Christmas!

• Irish Coffee Day

• National Pre-school Fitness Day

• Opposite Day

• Thank Your Mentor Day

UPCOMING

• January 27: SAG Awards
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 5: Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig
• February 10: Grammy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

• Bob Uecker is 84. Actor Scott Glenn is 80. Eddie Van Halen is 64. Ellen DeGeneres is 61. Andrew Ridgeley is 56. Sara Rue is 41.

• Fruitcake Toss Day. Peanut Brittle Day. Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. Spouse’s Day.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

• James Cromwell is 79. Mikhail Baryshnikov is 71. Mimi Rogers is 63. Guitarist Janick Gers of Iron Maiden is 62. Bridget Fonda is 55. Alan Cumming is 54. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 51. Patton Oswalt is 50.

•  Holocaust Memorial Day. Thomas Crapper Day. Chocolate Cake Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

38 million: Americans who smoke.


NEWS ATTACK!

The San Diego Humane Society removed 84 cockatiels from an apartment. [The lease clearly sets the limit at 75.]

A sea lion in Alaska jumped into a fishing boat and tried to drag a fisherman into the sea. [Sounds like it’s mating season.]

The Massachusetts doctor who removed a kidney from the wrong patient has received an official reprimand from the state. [Well, that should certainly even the score.]

The NASA Mars rover, Opportunity, turns 15. However, NASA hasn’t heard from the spacecraft in some time. [It’s the same old story. For years, you have good communication with your young spacecrafts, and then as soon as they become teenagers you can’t get a word out of them.]

Walmart is hiring 900 truck drivers. [The robots aren’t going to like this.]

A Florida man whose mother had a one-night stand with William Shatner is trying to prove that Captain Kirk is his father. [He probably is. Heaven knows that the good captain wasn’t too shy about spreading his DNA across the galaxy.]

An online company is now selling pre-infected boxes of tissues for $80 to expose you to colds so that you can build up an immunity. [It’s like stonewashed, pre-ripped jeans but with a huge gross factor.]

Australia is on pace to record its hottest January ever. The city of Adelaide had a temperature of 115.9 degrees. [It’s so hot in Australia that even the film career of Vince Vaughn could catch fire.]

The priciest home in America just sold in New York City. An apartment went for $238 million. [Of course, they’ll be some additional remodeling costs if the new owner wants a full bathroom.]

A school superintendent in Indiana was arrested and charged with fraud after she used her personal insurance to help a poor student receive medical care. [Well, we certainly don’t need dedicated, selfless, do-gooders like that teaching our children.]

An Italian couple’s housecat has set a new world record with its size. It’s nearly four feet long. [By the time it finishes licking itself from top to bottom, it’s time to start over again.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

MAN SAVES WOMAN WITH CPR HE LEARNED FROM THE OFFICE AUDIO  Cross Scott is the the lead shop technician at a tire and auto place in Tuscon, Arizona, and he was test-driving a customer’s car when he saw a white sedan with its hazard lights blinking at the side of the road. Figuring the driver of the sedan might need help he pulled in front of it and then saw a woman sitting in the driver’s seat. As he approached her car, he noticed it was rolling. He quickly stuck a big rock under the front wheel. When he saw the woman was unconscious, he began banging on her window and yelling for her to wake up. Cross never brings his phone when driving customers’ vehicles, to avoid the distraction of taking a call while driving. Cros broke one of the car’s windows with a rock. He reached in and unlocked the driver-side door. He checked the woman’s pulse and didn’t think she had one.

… What popped into Cross’ head was an episode of the television show The Office in which character Michael Scott sings the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive while doing chest compressions on a dummy. As Cross straddled the woman and began chest compressions, he sang the song out loud. All he was thinking about was Michael Scott’s face, singing “Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.” After a minute, the woman took a breath and threw up. A couple of women who’d pulled over to help called 911. Cross says one of the paramedics with Tucson Fire told him if he hadn’t helped her, the situation could have turned out very differently.

Back in April of last year (2018) a Central Michigan University student rescued a drowning squirrel. Natalie Belsito apparently wouldn’t have known what to do without the help of The Office. She said, “Honestly, when I was doing it, I was thinking of the episode of The Office when they do CPR,” referencing the scene in which the employees learn to time chest compressions to the tune of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees. “I was literally singing that song as I tried to do it.”

MORE AMERICANS ARE RIDING MOTORCYCLES THAN EVER BEFORE _ More than 1.5 million American households have added the joy of two wheel travel to their garages in the last four years, according to the newest rider statistics report from the Motorcycle Industry Council. The percentage of American households with motorcycle ownership has increased to 8 percent.

… The 2009 record for motorcycle ownership was 11,704,500 bikes in circulation in the U.S. For 2018, that number rose to 13,158,100.

EVEN A 20-SECOND EXERCISE ‘SNACK’ CAN IMPROVE FITNESS _ A new study (McMaster University) shows as little as 20 seconds of brisk stair climbing, done several times a day, might be enough exercise to improve fitness. The study finds that people can complete a meaningful series of insta-workouts without leaving their office building or even changing out of their dress shoes, offering hope — and eliminating excuses — for those of us convinced that we have inadequate time, expertise, income or footwear to exercise.

ONE SERVING OF FRIED CHICKEN A DAY LINKED TO HIGHER RISK OF DEATH _ A new study shows a regular serving of fried chicken is associated with a higher risk of death. The study, which looked at the food habits of 107,000 women, found those who enjoyed fried chicken once or more per day had a 13% higher risk of death compared with women who did not eat any fried food.

AMERICANS STRUGGLE WITH HARD-TO-READ HANDWRITING _ A new study examining handwriting usage in both professional and personal circumstances finds one in two people have been told by others that their handwriting is hard to read. The survey also found that the average respondent has experienced two instances in their working life where their handwriting led to a miscommunication or caused a real problem.

… Even more interestingly, 45 percent of Americans struggle to read their own handwriting.

AVERAGE AMERICAN LAUGHS 8 TIMES A DAY _ Life may seem tough at times but the average American still laughs eight times a day.

HOW MUCH THE SUPER BOWL WILL COST EMPLOYERS _ Once again we’re hearing that Americans are going to “cost” their employers over a billion dollars in productivity by wasting time talking about, reading about and researching the Super Bowl. Plus, allegedly, they waste another $421 million the Monday after the big game. The thinking is that if football fans spend 10-15 minutes a day talking about the Super Bowl, they’ll be wasting lots of time/money.

… Of course, what’s more likely is that people are just replacing some of the time they waste talking about other things, or doing social media, with Super Bowl talk.

TINY FRACTION OF TWITTER USERS SPREAD FAKE NEWS _ A new study (Northeastern University) finds a tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more.

… Scientists examined more than 16,000 U.S. Twitter accounts and found that 16 of them — less than one-tenth of 1 percent — tweeted out nearly 80 percent of the misinformation masquerading as news. About 99 percent of the Twitter users spread virtually no fake information in the most heated part of the election year.

… Misinformation ‘super sharers’ flood Twitter: an average of 308 pieces of fakery each between August 1 and December 6 in 2016.

SERIAL KILLER CAUGHT THANKS TO THE GPS ON HIS RUNNING WATCH _ Mark Fellows is a cyclist marathoner. Mark Fellows is an avid cyclist. Mark Fellows is a serial murderer. The 38-year-old Englishman was known as the “Iceman” in mob circles for his reputation as a murder-for-hire, no questions asked killer. Fellows was recently handed a life sentence after a jury found him guilty of the murders of two rival gangsters. Fellows was a suspect for the murder but authorities were unable to tie him to any evidence. That is until a detective spotted a photo of Fellows wearing his Garmin Forerunner during the 2015 Great Manchester 10K, a racing event that took place two months before one of the murders. Police snatched the running watch from Fellows’ home and analyzed the GPS data to see if they could mine any pertinent information.

… With help from an expert in satellite navigation, prosecutors were able to see that Fellows was traveling to the field near the victim’s home and saw his on-bicycle speed drop when the victim was gunned down.

WE’VE BEEN STORING PEANUT BUTTER WRONG _ Peanut butter is one of the foods of the gods. It’s right up there with potato chips, pizza, wings, and kale. (Just kidding about kale.) But did you know that the peanut butter you have sitting in your cupboard on in the pantry could be even better if you just stored it correctly? Yes. Stored it correctly. According to Delish.com, when you have a jar of natural peanut butter it develops a little pool of oil on the top. Which is when the churning and twisting of a knife or spoon is necessary, in order to happily consume oil-free PB. But, when you store the good stuff upside down, the oil will evenly distribute throughout the entire jar, instead of in a stagnant liquid bath on top.

CONSUMERS READ, BENEFIT FROM INFORMATION ON FOOD PACKAGING _ New research confirms what many have suspected for years: Having more information about food can help people make smarter food purchases. According to a survey, 69 percent of people look at nutritional facts to get food information and 67 percent get information from the ingredient list.

FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CHEF WINS LOTTERY THANKS TO MOM _ A former presidential chef who won a $250,000 lottery prize in North Carolina will use the money to feed the hungry. Chef Roberto Mendoza of Charlotte, who has cooked for presidents Trump and Obama as well as catering the Academy Awards, told North Carolina lottery officials he bought a ticket from a 7-Eleven store on the advice of his mother.

… Mendoza said, “She told me she had a lucky feeling and knew I was going to win the lottery, so I bought a ticket.” The $5 scratch-off ticket turned out to be $250,000 jackpot winner. Mendoza said his winnings will go toward finishing construction on a cafeteria to feed the hungry in the Dominican Republic.

NEW DAD REWARDED WITH BMW AFTER DRIVING BURNING CAR AWAY FROM HOSPITAL _ Usually, when your wife has just given birth to your first child, that’s the most memorable thing that happens to you that day. But one brand new dad had something else to attend to. Travis Trent was at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Tacoma, Washington for the birth of his baby when his car caught on fire in the parking garage. Rather than make a run for it, the new father drove out of the garage to protect the other cars. He also made sure he got his girlfriend’s makeup and their new car seat out of the car. His car was completely charred, but a local auto shop (Sunset Auto Wholesale) was so impressed they gave Travis the exact same car he had before — a BMW 528 — which they happened to have on their lot.

LIES TAKE LONGER _ Liars take longer to tell their story. Research shows it takes on average 30% longer to tell a fib than to be honest.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: IS WEIGHT GAIN CONTAGIOUS? _ If you think the journey to optimal health is a solo one, you might want to reconsider. A new study showed that when it comes to maintaining your happy weight, where you live matters — a lot. The study (published in the Journal of the American Medical Association) analyzed data from over 1,500 military families who were stationed at about 40 different military bases all around the world. The purpose of the study was to see if exposure to communities with higher rates of obesity affected the BMI of the participants and increased the individual risk of weight gain.

… What they found was pretty shocking: living in an area with higher rates of obesity is associated with a higher BMI and an increased risk of obesity in both children and adults. The study’s lead author explained: “Subconsciously, you are affected by what people around you are doing. When I travel to the Bay Area, for example, everyone is riding bicycles. You get there, and it seems like you have to buy a bicycle. If you move to a community where a sedentary lifestyle is the norm, you join that. There is this social influence.”


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HAS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ALLIGATOR _ A Pennsylvania man said his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression. Joie Henney said Wally the alligator likes to snuggle and give hugs. Wally is about 5 feet long. Henney said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRASHING A SPEEDING TICKET DOESN’T MAKE IT GO AWAY _ If you’re caught throwing your speeding ticket out your car window, it could cost you big bucks for littering — according to the Manitoba, Canada, police. On Tuesday they showed dash cam video of a female driver crumpling up their speeding ticket and throwing it out their window — all in front of the officer who issued it. The driver was dinged for $174 for the littering, plus the fine for speeding.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUDENT ACCUSED OF CALLING IN FAKE BOMB THREAT TO STOP PARENTS FROM VISITING _ A flight carrying 159 passengers from Lyon to Rennes in France was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff. A 23-year-old phoned in a bomb threat hoax so that his parents, who were on the plan, wouldn’t come visit him. The man could face five years in prison if found guilty.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DANCING NAKED IN WAFFLE HOUSE PARKING LOT _ A 38-year-old woman was arrested by Florida deputies after she dropped her pants, blocked traffic and exposed herself at a Waffle House.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRAIN HOPPER _ In Germany, an intoxicated man jumped onto a moving train but couldn’t get inside. He had to hold on between two cars as the train rolled at 125 mph. The man survived without a scratch.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY TRIES TO OFF HIMSELF THREE TIMES _ For some reason a middle-aged Croatian man stabbed himself with a butcher’s knife, then set his apartment on fire, then jumped out of a first-floor window. He survived with minor injuries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN RUNS INTO BURNING HOME TO SAVE HIS XBOX _ A Kansas man could not bear the idea of being without his favorite gaming device. So when the man woke up and found his house on fire he quickly ran outside. Then he remembered that his beloved Xbox was still inside. He rushed back inside to rescue his system and suffered only minor smoke inhalation.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOFA TRAPS SENIOR _ In the UK, a senior citizen who got trapped under his own sofa survived for two and a half days by drinking a conveniently-placed bottle of whiskey.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8p ET, ABC) — New. For his 40th birthday, Louis decides that the family needs to go camping.

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP FIGURE SKATING (8p ET, NBC) — Coverage of the ladies’ free skate.

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Kenneth turns to an unwilling Jimmy for help with Joyce.

HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — New. This 2-hour episode looks into the past and crimes of Cary Stayner, who terrorized Yosemite National Park in 1999, murdering four women.

HELL’S KITCHEN (9p ET, FOX) — New.

THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (Netflix) — The final 6 episodes of the 4th and final season.

KINGDOM (Netflix) — This Korean zombie thriller is set during medieval times and begins with a kingdom beset by strange rumors about their ill king. The crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

BLACK EARTH RISING (Netflix) — An investigator (Michaela Coel) from the International Criminal Court tries to take down an African militia leader in this imported thriller. John Goodman also stars.

SATURDAY

2019 NHL ALL-STAR GAME (8p ET, NBC) — Go!

DYNASTIES (9p ET, BBC America, AMC, IFC, Sundance TV) — This new episode features group of chimps in Senegal that is led by an alpha male named Dave.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (11p ET, PBS) — Country music legend Willie Nelson performs.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. James McAvoy hosts, with musical guest rapper Meek Mill.

SUNDAY

2019 PRO BOWL (3p ET, ABC and ESPN) — The best of the AFC and NFC compete in Orlando. Like the past five years, the Pro Bowl will have no kickoffs, and there will be a two-minute warning in every quarter.

RENT (7p ET, FOX) — This live production of the Tony Award-winning musical is about seven struggling artists in New York’s gritty East Village. Jordan Fisher, Vanessa Hudgens, Tinashe, and Brandon Victor Dixon star.

CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (8p ET, ABC) — New

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New

25TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS (8p ET, TBS, TNT) — Megan Mullally hosts this awards show with actors honoring actors in TV and movies.

SEASON FINALE: OUTLANDER (8p ET, Starz) — Outlander has already been renewed for a 5th and 6th seasons.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (9p ET, NBC) — Drew Drechsel, Jesse Labreck, Mathis “The Kid” Owhadi, Najee Richardson and Barclay Stockett represent Team USA against top athletes from Europe and Australia.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — Products featured include a collection of curated wines with straightforward labels; a hair product helps amplify natural curls; and a subscription service that delivers educational toys.

CHARMED (9p ET, CW) — New

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (9p ET, CNN) — This award winning 2018 documentary tells the incredible story of triplets who were separated when they were just six months old and placed in three different homes. In 1980, thanks to a case of mistaken identity, the brothers discovered one another. Looking into the triplets’ family histories, it is discovered the men were part of a twin study, a psychological research project aimed at figuring out whether it’s nature or nurture that shapes human behavior. The documentary features interviews with the triplets and their families, and archival footage, to tell this unbelievable tale.

MADAM SECRETARY (10p ET, CBS) — New.

SHARK TANK (10p ET, ABC) — Products featured include an innovative storm shelter/safe house; a multipurpose container that protects sandwiches; and a solution to stinky feet. Charles Barkley guest judges.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ It’s predicted that Glass will once again win the weekend with between $16 and $20 million, followed by The Upside and The Kid Who Would Be King.

… Opening this weekend: Serenity (R); The Kid Who Would Be King (PG)

… Opening next weekend: Miss Bala (PG-13)

STAN LEE TRIBUTE EVENT WILL BE ATTENDED BY MARK HAMILL _ An event honoring the life and work of legendary comic book writer Stan Lee has a star-studded guest list. The event, entitled Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee, will be held in Hollywood on January 30 at TCL Chinese Theatre.

… The event will provide opportunities for fans to sit in on discussions with celebrities and top dogs in the comic book industry, who plan to share their favorite memories about Lee. Photos, artwork, and Lee’s classic comic books and memorabilia will also be on display throughout the event for fans to enjoy.

… The event will also feature a red carpet for guests to enter on. Notable guests include Mark Hamill, Kevin Smith, RZA, the creative team from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Clark Gregg, Felicia Day, Bill Duke, and cast members from Marvel’s The Runaways, FX’s Legion, and Fox’s The Gifted.

JEFF BRIDGES TEASES THE RETURN OF THE DUDE FROM THE BIG LEBOWSKI _ Jeff Bridges is the Dude, now and forever, and it wouldn’t be The Big Lebowski 2 without him. Some time ago, when asked about playing the part again Bridges said, “I think it’s a great idea. Yeah, it might be fun playing a little cameo as the Dude.” On Thursday Bridges tweeted a video of himself looking very Dude-like, along with the caption: “Can’t be living in the past, man. Stay tuned.” • VIDEO

BABY SHARK IS COMING TO NETFLIX IN 2019 AUDIO  It’s a new year and there is a new way to be annoyed by Baby Shark — on Netflix. PinkFong, the South Korean company behind the hit song Baby Shark, is launching a series of short videos on Netflix this year. There could also be cartoon series and online games coming.

… The Baby Shark phenomenon began in 2016 with a simple video of two adorable kids — one of whom now lives in New Zealand — dancing to the catchy song. The video has now had 1.7 billion views. And it has spawned a Christmas version, pirate version and Valentines version.

NETFLIX’S LATEST UMBRELLA ACADEMY TRAILER SHOWCASES AN OFFBEAT SUPERHERO SAGA _ One of the biggest original titles coming to Netflix next month is The Umbrella Academy, and the first full trailer for the superhero show has landed. The adaptation of the award-winning comic book centers on a group of young people who were born on the same day in 1989 — to mothers who weren’t pregnant before that morning.

… A billionaire adopts several kids, who showcase some extraordinary abilities, and trains them to protect the planet. When he dies several years later, the misfit siblings reunite to solve the mystery behind his death, all the while trying to stave off the apocalypse. • VIDEO

CHRIS HEMSWORTH LAUNCHING HIS OWN HEALTH AND FITNESS APP _ Chris Hemsworth is launching a new health and fitness app to give fans access to the experts who helped whip him into superhero shape. The Thor star has unveiled plans for Centr, a new subscription-based program which will allow users to follow the meal plans, daily workouts, and meditation exercises which have transformed his mind, body, and soul. Centr will have a global launch next month.

PINK TO RECEIVE STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME _ Pink will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 5. The artist is recognized in the recording category and will receive the 2,656th star on Hollywood Boulevard.

VIN DIESEL IS PUTTING TOGETHER A TEAM FOR THE FEMALE-LED FAST AND FURIOUS SPINOFF _ Last year Vin Diesel teased a Fast and Furious female spin-off. Now it’s confirmed. Look for it in 2020.

CASE AGAINST CHRIS HANSEN DISMISSED _ The case against TV host Chris Hansen, best known as the former host of NBC’s To Catch a Predator, on charges of issuing a bad check has been dismissed. The 59-year-old allegedly failed to pay a $13,000 bill despite a Connecticut police warning. On Wednesday, the court said the state would not prosecute,  and the case was dismissed. Hansen allegedly ordered 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals from Promotional Sales Limited in Stamford, Connecticut, receiving an invoice for $12,998.05 in September 2017. The owner then filed a complaint in April, saying a check he received had bounced.


AUDIO

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• SONG: Baby Shark. It’s coming to Netflix.

• SONG: Stayin’ Alive helped a man revive a woman.

• DROP: I’m so excited for you guys right now!

• DROP: You know you’re very pretty?


BITS & BREAKS

WORD SPY!

Not-so-real words popping up in every day conversations.

• GLUCOAX – The little shake you give a packet of sugar or sweetener to settle the contents before you rip it open.

• DAMNESIA – The moment of loss, hesitation and confusion that occurs when you enter a room and immediately forget why.

• FLOPTION – The choice least likely to succeed.

• FURBODING – Being woken up by a pet “who is quietly but intently staring at you from the edge of your bed.

• BIJAMAS – Pajamas that either men or women can wear.

• METRIFIED – Being frightened of the metric system.

• SNOW BORED – The prevailing mood of the winter-weary resident. Example: “I’m snow bored of this whole season.”

WOMEN SHARE THE WORST PREGNANCY ADVICE THEY EVER GOT

Shared on Reddit

• “I was eating an apple with peanut butter on it during my lunch break when a co-worker told me that eating peanut butter would give my baby cancer.”

• “My mother-in-law told me it’s OK to drink mixed drinks. She went on to say that my husband was a margarita baby. I now call him that when he gets on my nerves.”

• “I was told that, because the baby grows inside the mother’s stomach, everything she eats or drinks just falls right onto the baby.”

• “Not to drink hot tea because if I did I’d boil my baby.”

• “Don’t sit on stairs — it will cause you to have a miscarriage.”

• “I was eight months pregnant when I mentioned at a family dinner that I was scared of labor. My grandma shouted, ‘You should smoke a blunt!'”

• “My grandma told me not to argue with my husband because it would cause the baby to be ‘fussy’ and ‘difficult’.”

THE LAZIEST THING EACH ZODIAC SIGN DOES

ARIES (March 21 – April 19) – Aries aren’t known for being lazy. The laziest thing that Aries does is text, message, or call someone who is only a room away.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) – The laziest thing they’ll do is order food from an app. That way, they don’t have to cook, clean up afterward, or even set the table.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) – The laziest thing they do is procrastinating and putting off things. Sometimes they just don’t want to have to deal.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22) – The laziest thing Cancers do is insist that their friends and family come to their house to hang out, or for social gatherings.

LEO (July 23 – August 22) – The laziest thing Leos will do is delegate and make others do tasks that Leo is too lazy to do themselves.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) – The laziest thing a Virgo might do is not make their bed, or not do some household chore right away.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) – Libras revel in laziness and they can give 10 reasons why everybody should indulge in laziness from time to time. The laziest thing that Libra does is stay in their pajamas all day.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) – The laziest thing that Scorpio does is ignore their social media and not post anything or comment.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) – The laziest thing that Sagittarius does is sleep a lot, and while this may seem lazy, they probably didn’t get much sleep leading up to the massive sleep day.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) – The laziest thing that Capricorn will do is binge-watch a series, but they tend to look at it as a task that must be completed.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) – They love to find time-saving apps, but that’s not the laziest thing they do. They won’t do simple programming like setting the clock on their coffee-maker.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20) – The laziest thing they do is not decide on something for themselves and just follow what someone else is doing. “I’ll just have what their having,” a Pisces might say at a restaurant.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Which actor has played the characters Buster Moon, Fenton Meiks, Dirk Pitt, Tip Tucker and Buddy Deeds? (Matthew McConaughey)

TRIVIA: This gets updated 150,000 times a day. (Wikipedia. That’s edits, new entries, etc.)

AMAZING HEADLINES!

Which of the following was not a real news headline?

• Small Town Residents Vote Birthday Clown Into Mayor’s Job*

• County to Pay $250,000 to Advertise Lack of Funds

• Army Vehicle Disappears After Being Painted With Camouflage

• Meeting on Open Meetings Closed

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 25, 2019

• 1992: EMMYLOU HARRIS became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1992: SAWYER BROWN topped the charts with The Dirt Road.

• 2005: KENNY CHESNEY released the album Be As You Are: Songs From An Old Blue Chair.

• 2012: LUKE BRYAN scored his fourth number one with I Don’t Want This Night To End.

• 2014: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, along with The Beatles and The Isley Brothers.

• 2018: THE BELLAMY BROTHERS were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in Tallahassee.

CLAUDE GRAY is 87. Clause is best know for his 1960 hit Family Bible.

Drummer Mike Burch of RIVER ROAD is 53.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

TRACE ADKINS, JIMMIE ALLEN, CASSADEE POPE, TYLER RICH and RUNAWAY JUNE will play a February 11 benefit concert in Thousand Oaks, California to benefit victims of last November’s shooting at The Borderline bar.

DOLLY PARTON will be honored with an exhibit at the Grammy Music Hall of Fame starting February 4. Diamonds In A Rhinestone World: The Costumes Of Dolly Parton will include costumes the singer has worn in concert and for album covers over her career. It will run through mid March.

WILLIE NELSON is on tonight’s (Friday) episode of Austin City Limits (11p ET, PBS).

One of Nashville’s most iconic spots, The Bluebird Cafe, has a documentary on the way, and it’ll premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March in Austin. The 90-minute film features performances by GARTH BROOKS, VINCE GILL, MAREN MORRIS, TAYLOR SWIFT and many more. The documentary captures captures the original stories of music royalty and follows emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams.

RANDY HOUSER will perform his latest, What Whiskey Does, on the February 5 episode of Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel Live.

When it comes to being a mom, CARRIE UNDERWOOD is hands on and looks forward to bringing second son Jacob on the road for her Cry Pretty 360 Tour in the spring. Carrie says she took her oldest son, Isaiah, with her on the road at 11 months and it was her that got up with him in the middle of the night, not someone else, a fact she’s very proud of.

PISTOL ANNIES member ANGALEENA PRESLEY welcomed a baby girl, Phoenix Joleena Jean Powell, January 22 with husband Jordan Powell. The couple have been married since 2012. Angaleena also has a 12-year-old son, Jed, from a previous relationship.

BIG & RICH, KELSEA BALLERINI and RODNEY ATKINS will headline the 2019 Headwaters Country Jam, June 13-15 in Three Forks, Montana. Other performers will include MARK CHESNUTT, LANCO, MICHAEL RAY, TYLER RICH and WALKER HAYES.

THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES

  1. THOMAS RHETT – Sixteen
  2. JASON ALDEAN – Girl Like You
  3. DUSTIN LYNCH – Good Girl
  4. DIERKS BENTLEY Featuring BROTHERS OSBORNE – Burning Man
  5. SCOTTY McCREERY – This Is It
  6. DAN + SHAY – Speechless
  7. LUKE COMBS – She Got The Best Of Me
  8. LUKE BRYAN – What Makes You Country
  9. CHRIS STAPLETON – Millionaire
  10. JORDAN DAVIS – Take It From Me

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 28, 2019

• 1984: CRYSTAL GAYLE topped the country charts with The Sound of Goodbye.

• 1985: ALABAMA’s album 40 Hour Week was released.

• 1991: REBA MCENTIRE took home two trophies at the American Music Awards.

• 2005: The movie Friday Night Lights, with TIM MCGRAW and Billy Bob Thornton, was the top selling DVD in its first week of release.

• 2005: SHANIA TWAIN’s Greatest Hits spent its 11th straight week at the top of the country albums chart.

• 2018: KFC introduced a new commercial to promote its smoky mountain BBQ flavor, with REBA McENTIRE portraying Colonel Sanders.

RICOCHET bassist Greg Cook is 54.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 28, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Alan Alda is 83

• Sam Phillips is 57

• Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) is 50

• Mo Rocca is 50

• Joey Fatone of ‘N Sync is 42

• Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) is 40

• Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is 39

• Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) is 38

• Ariel Winter (Modern Family) is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1813: Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom.

• 1887: In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes were reported: 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

• 1958: Godtfred Kirk Christiansen patented the Lego brick.

• 1985: USA for Africa recorded the hit single We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

• 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on-board, including Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to be the first teacher in space.

• 2006: In Leavenworth, Kansas, Thomas Haynes was an enterprising young drug dealer. So enterprising that he had some business cards made up to advertise himself as the town’s “boss” drug dealer. Police officers got one of the cards, called the number, set up the buy and when he showed up to make the delivery he was arrested.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Data Privacy Day

• Kazoo Day

• Pediatrician Day

• Fun at Work Day

• Blueberry Pancake Day

• Rubber Duckie

• Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

UPCOMING

• January 27: SAG Awards
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 5: Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig
• February 10: Grammy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 19: Academy Awards final voting closes
• February 23: Golden Raspberry Awards
• February 24: Academy Awards


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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 14, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Faye Dunaway is 78

• Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice) is 76

• Carl Weathers (Rock films) is 71

• Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is 55

• LL Cool J is 51

• Jason Bateman is 50

• Dave Grohl is 50

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1952: NBC’s “Today” show premiered.

• 1954: Baseball player Joe Dimaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe were married at San Francisco City Hall.

• 1973: Super Bowl 7: The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins. The Dolphins became the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season.

• 1993: Late-night TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.

• 2006: A nude tourist was arrested at the international airport in Cancun, Mexico as she tried to raise funds for her return airline ticket by stripping in the terminal and asking for money from other tourists. Police suspect the woman was under the influence of an unspecified drug.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Dress Up Your Pet Day

• Clean Off Your Desk Day

• Organize Your Home Day

• Pastrami Sandwich Day

UPCOMING

• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• January 21: Blue Monday
• January 22: Oscar nominations
• January 27: SAG Awards
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 24: Academy Awards


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

60 million: Value of towels stolen from U.S. hotels each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

NBC News and Meghan Kelly reached an agreement on their separation. [They’ll share custody of Kathie Lee Gifford.]

The half-brother of Meghan Markle was arrested for drunk driving. [It’s caused a crisis in the family. They’re scrambling to figure out how to blame this on Meghan.]

A Utah teenager crashed her car when she covered her eyes as part of the Bird Box challenge. [More like Bird Brain challenge.]

The Police Chief of Houston stopped a driver going 140 mph. The chief could have arrested him, but decided to just give him a ticket. [What?! If just my brake light goes out, they start measuring me for an orange jumpsuit.]

The school administration at a middle school on Long Island sent parents a letter asking them not to let their kids wear a trendy winter hat to school because the kids keep losing the $350 fashion accessory. [They keep losing the hats? You mean the hats cost $350 and don’t include GPS?]

In Ohio, a man doing doughnuts in a car that he had just purchased, crashed it. [Even worse, he was still in the showroom.]

Russia has lost control of one of its satellites. [Oh, if only the Russians had a good hacker.]

Starting next month, Bud Light packages will have larger labels so that you can easily read the amount of calories and fat. [Yeah, I’m sure that’ll make a difference at frat houses across the country.]

Thousands of people have signed a petition to combine North and South Dakota into one state. [Good idea. That way the rest of us will have only one, instead of two states, that we don’t know anything about.]

Scientists have a new theory about those giant heads on Easter Island. It’s now thought that the heads were placed in certain spots to designate a source of fresh water. [Or a barbershop.]

SpaceX is cutting 10% of its workforce. [The company can put a Tesla into space but can’t pay the guy who empties the wastebaskets.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SCHOOL TELLS STUDENTS TO LEAVE $350 HATS AT HOME _ Administrators at a New York middle school are begging students to leave their winter hats made by Italian apparel company Moncler at home because the pricey caps keep getting lost. Administrators at Great Neck North Middle School on Long Island wrote a letter to parents asking them to “try and redirect your middle schooler from wearing these hats to school.” Moncler’s knit hats with fur pom poms cost $350. Administrators said time spent looking for lost Montcler hats has been “disruptive to the students’ focus and time.”

PHOENIX MAN TO ATTEND STRANGER’S BACHELOR PARTY IN VERMONT _ Thanks to an email typo, a Phoenix man is about to head out for the party of his lifetime. He’s going to a bachelor party for a man he’s never met on the other side of the country, using money he raised on GoFundMe. The GoFundMe campaign was titled: Help me go to the bachelor party of a stranger!”

… Last Monday, Will Novak got a group email with the subject line ‘URGENT INFO: Angelo’s bachelor party.’ He almost deleted it, but his curiosity led him to open it. It was a bunch of guys talking about going on a ski resort vacation for a bachelor party Martin Luther King Day weekend. It turns out Angelo and all his buddies live in Vermont. One of Angelo’s friends is also William Novak. His email address is only one letter off from Will Novak’s in Arizona. Hence the mistaken invitation.

… Part of the invitation read: “ATTIRE: Bring your ’80s attire, ridiculous awesome get-ups, etc. For skiing, ask yourself, “What would Angelo wear?’ Wear that.”

… Will Novak from Arizona responded with an over-the-top reply: “I do not know who Angelo is. I am a Will Novak who lives in Arizona. Vermont seems like a very far way for me to travel for the bachelor party of a guy I’ve never met. That being said: (expletive) count me in! From the contents of this email, Angelo sounds tremendous and I want to help send him off in style. I hope his bride (or groom) to be, is awesome. I should note that being a desert dweller, I’ve only been skiing once and I was real bad at it. I hope you all are patient with me on the slopes. In exchange for said patience, I can bring my sweet Nintendo Switch so we can play games in the cabin/chalet/whatever in the evenings. If Angelo isn’t into video games I’m happy to bring Sudoku puzzles or just Indian Leg Wrestle or whatever he likes.”

… The guys replied: “We agree that your timely response may have been one of (if not the best) responses to an e-mail that has ever been sent. And we insist on you coming, this would surely make Angelo’s day. We can pick you up from the airport. … Don’t worry about the video games, but bring Sudoku puzzles (Angelo loves those), and yes we would prefer Indian Leg Wrestling.”

FIREFIGHTER REUNITES WITH BABY HE SAVED 17 YEARS AGO _ A firefighter who saved a baby from a house fire 17 years ago joined the rescued girl for her high school graduation Saturday night. 17 years ago, when Mike Hughes arrived at the scene of the fire, it was out of control — and firefighters had no idea a baby was trapped in her crib. Hughes had a hunch, and found the 9-month-old girl in her crib, overwhelmed by smoke inhalation. Seven years ago Hughes was compelled to connect with the baby he rescued a decade before. Hughes found Dawnielle Davison on Facebook, and they’ve stayed in touch ever since.

GLITTER COFFIN GUARANTEES AN OVER-THE-TOP FUNERAL _ Nothing says “I’ve lived a fabulous life so I’m going out in the most fabulous way possible” quite like a glitter coffin. The Glitter Coffin Company, based in the United Kingdom, will make your final goodbye super extra. The coffins are made to order and can be shipped worldwide. • IMAGE

THE SHOWER BEER IS THE BEST BEER FOR YOU _ Having a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine after a long, stressful day at work releases feel-good chemicals in the brain, like endorphins and dopamine, as well as norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that aids in arousal. But if you imbibe responsibly, you know that already. What’s surprising is that you can punch up the entire experience by sipping in the shower.

… According to Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth of NYC Surgical Associates, the shower beer “is actually a great way to improve productivity and creativity. Showers are a great way to release dopamine, and adding one drink to that can assist your creative juices due to your relaxed mindset.”

SIMPLE HACK WILL MAKE SURE YOUR KID CLEANS UP THEIR TOYS _ One mom came up with the perfect solution for kids who refuse to clean up after themselves. A recent Instagram post shows a plastic bin labeled “Toy Jail,” which holds toys hostage until children complete their chores. The message on the clear plastic bin says: “Toy Jail. You left it out and I picked it up, I’ve got your stuff, you’re out of luck. To get it back, please do a chore, then it’s yours, just like before.” • IMAGE

POLICE DEFUSE STANDOFF BY HAVING ROBOT DELIVER VAPE PEN _ A six-hour standoff between police and a 40-year-old man who allegedly splashed gasoline on the floor of a California (Novato) convenience store “while threatening to burn it down” ended when police defused the situation with a vape pen. The suspect was angry with some kind of problem at the pumps early on Saturday morning before he attempted and failed to ignite a gasoline-soaked floor mat at the convenience store. Police also said he was angry over family issues. After failing to set the convenience store on fire the man fled to his car.

… Officers delivered a cell phone to the man using a robot and were eventually able to use it to negotiate with the suspect. An initial request for a cigarette was denied due to the possibility he was covered in gasoline, though law enforcement later talked him into accepting a vape pen instead. This defused the situation. After the item was delivered by the robot, the man stepped out of his vehicle and was arrested without further incident.

WOMAN CANNOT HEAR MEN’S VOICES DUE TO RARE HEARING DISORDER _ A woman in China has a rare hearing disorder and can no longer hear men’s voices. The woman was initially suffering from ringing in the ears and vomiting. When she woke up the next morning, she could not hear her boyfriend speaking. Her doctor diagnosed the woman with reverse slope hearing loss. She can no longer hear low frequencies — which include the average male voice. Her doctor believes the condition was brought on by stress and is only temporary.

HOW TO HAVE A HAPPIER MARRIAGE: DON’T HAVE KIDS? _ One way to keep the love alive in your marriage? A study out of Britain suggests not having kids could do the trick. Research (by Open University) found that childless people reported having better, happier, more fulfilling relationships and feeling more valued by their partners. The child-free also reported taking more time to “maintain” their connection through things like date nights and just talking.

… But if you’re not so concerned with your romantic relationship, consider this: When subjects in the study were asked to rate overall happiness with their lives, mothers were found to be the happiest group — even if their romantic relationships were less than perfect — and women with no children were found to be the least happy. The findings were flipped when it came to men: Men without kids were slightly happier than men with them.

WOMAN WITH DEMENTIA REMEMBERS TO PICK UP DAUGHTER AT KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL SHE LEFT 30 YEARS AGO _ An 84-year-old woman in China who suffers from Alzheimer’s confused people at a kindergarten when she came to pick up her daughter who had left the school 30 years ago. Walking with the help of a cane, the woman took a bus to the kindergarten school. She could only tell the security guard that she had come to pick up her daughter. The security guard couldn’t find the daughter’s name in the school’s list of students and called police who contacted the woman’s daughter. The woman said, “My mom has had dementia for years and has forgotten a lot of things, but she still remembers she needs to pick me up [30 years later].”

CORRECTIONS OFFICERS FIND STOLEN WATCHES IN SUSPECT’S VAGINA _ (CAUTION) Police in Florida (Miami Springs) say a woman stole her date’s expensive watches and then bolted with the booty. During a jailhouse strip search shortly after, corrections officers found four Rolex watches inside her vagina.

… The couple met at a nightclub and later ended up at a hotel. After the man freshened up in the bathroom, he came back into the hotel room and noticed his Crown Royal whiskey bag — containing five watches valued at a total of $108,000 — gone. The woman then dashed out of the room, went outside and hailed a taxi. Before she could get into the cab, the guy saw his whiskey bag inside her purse and demanded it back. She then beat him on his head with an unknown object. He became dazed and fell to the ground. Cops tracker her down a short time later in a nearby alley.

PEOPLE START TO FEEL TOO OLD TO WORK OUT AT THIS AGE _ Six in ten Americans say 2019 is their year to get in shape. But as over two in five Americans feel “too old” to work out, with 41 officially being the age Americans feel too old to exercise. Age, it turns out, is only one of multiple barriers to exercise Americans face, according to the study (by OnePoll), and “not having time” took home the first-place crown with 42 percent saying that time is the biggest reason they fail to work out.

CANADIAN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS BUY PIZZA FOR U.S. COLLEAGUES _ Canadian air traffic controllers are carrying out a simple but heartfelt gesture for their American counterparts — they’re buying them dinner during the U.S. government shutdown. Air traffic controllers in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, sent pizza down the coast to controllers manning the stations at the New York Air Traffic Control Center on Ronkonkoma, Long Island, New York, on Friday night in support of their colleagues who are working unpaid as the American government’s partial shutdown drags into its fourth week.

… That Air Traffic Control Center on Long Island is a radar facility that handles a large chunk of domestic and international air traffic. Part of the center’s airspace lies up against Canadian airspace, so in other words, these controllers ‘hand off’ aircraft to one another, and work together to keep airplanes safe.

BREWDOG WORKER PRINTS BAD WORD ON CANS _ A brewery worker at craft beer brand Brewdog is responsible for a nasty word (‘Mother F***er Day’) being printed on the bottom of thousands of cans of beer — and has been rewarded by being named Employee of the Month. The batch of 200,000 cans of Punk IPA had to be recalled after Brewdog management were made aware when customers uploaded images of the cans on to social media.

… Graeme Wallace, a packing manager at the Scotland-based company, was annoyed that his bosses demanded that employees “be more punk” and decided to print the swear word on the bottom of the beer cans. But despite the recall the bosses laughed it off and named him Employee of the Month. Probably because the free publicity has been worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

‘HERO’ CAT APPARENTLY DIALS 911 TO HELP OWNER _ Police aren’t sure how else to explain it. But when an officer walked into an apartment Thursday night to answer a 911 call, an orange-and-tan striped cat was lying by a telephone on the living room floor. The cat’s owner, Gary Rosheisen, was on the ground near his bed having fallen out of his wheelchair. Rosheisen said his cat, Tommy, must have hit the right buttons to call 911. Rosheisen said he couldn’t get up because of pain from osteoporosis and ministrokes that disrupt his balance. He also couldn’t reach a cord above his pillow that alerts paramedics that he needs help.

INSTAGRAM EGG ACCOUNT MIGHT BREAK KYLIE JENNER’S RECORD FOR LIKES _ A mystery account on Instagram is trying to break Kylie Jenner’s record for the most likes on Instagram — with a photo of a literal egg. The photo is the lone post on @world_record_egg’s account. It was published on January 4. Accompanying text reads: “Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this.” • CHECK LIKE COUNT

CAFFEINE ENHANCES MEMORY _ Sweet… another reason to drink coffee! That cup of java might serve a purpose beyond giving you a jolt of energy. According to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, caffeine enhances memory.

ABOUT THAT QUIT SMOKING RESOLUTION _ Promised yourself to quit smoking in the new year, but just can’t stop lighting up? You’re not alone, with a new survey (out of Australia) showing that only 3 percent of smokers who made such resolutions stuck with them. More than half of smokers who said they were going to quit this year were back to lighting up within a week. Around 15 percent lit up within hours of making the pledge.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN BANNED FROM WALMART AFTER RIDING A SCOOTER WHILE DRINKING FROM A PRINGLES CAN _ A Texas (Wichita Falls) Walmart has banned a woman after she was caught riding a mobility scooter while drinking wine from a Pringles can.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER CRASHES TRYING ‘BIRD BOX’ BLINDFOLD CHALLENGE _ A Utah teenager crashed into another car when she covered her eyes as part of the so-called “Bird Box Challenge.” Police say the 17-year-old drifted into oncoming traffic and hit another car after she pulled a hat over her eyes to emulate “Bird Box,” the Sandra Bullock movie on Netflix where characters must be constantly blindfolded to avoid visions that urge them to die. No one was hurt in the crash.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY CRASHES INTO GAS STATION, EATS BANANA _ Late one night a man in Connecticut crashed his car through the doors of a gas station, swiped a single banana, then causally ate the banana in the store before getting back into his car and driving away.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DON’T CALL 911 OVER BIGFOOT STATUE _ A statue of Bigfoot on a rural road in North Carolina has apparently prompted a number of 911 calls. The latest call to 911 over the statue prompted a local animal shelter to joke on Facebook that the “handsome fellow” sitting off Pine Ridge Road is an unmoving sculpture, and not the elusive Bigfoot. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HE WON’T WARM MY FEET _ In China, a woman called emergency services to complain that her boyfriend refused to warm her feet. Then, a few minutes later, the boyfriend called the same emergency number to complain that his girlfriend wouldn’t remove her cold feet from atop his stomach, where she was warming them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HELP WITH A CROSSWORD PUZZLE _ In Germany a woman called an emergency number and asked the operator to help her finish a crossword puzzle.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (8p ET, NBC) — New.

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. Eight of the women share personal stories with Colton and a live audience, with the guidance of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. And comic Billy Eichner oversees three challenging contests.

GRETCHEN CARLSON: BREAKING THE SILENCE (8p ET, Lifetime) — In this new special, Carlson, the former Fox & Friends co-host, shares the stories of survivors of sexual harassment and abuse.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Magnum helps a woman (guest star Vera Cherny) find her missing cousin.

SERIES PREMIERE: THE PASSAGE (9p ET, FOX) — This new drama series is about a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease. But it may also wipe out the human race. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Henry Ian Cusick star.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New.

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — New. Bull and his romantic rival (guest star Jill Flint) join forces when her niece and her niece’s husband are charged with armed robbery.

MANIFEST (10p ET, NBC) — New.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ After three weeks on top, Aquaman sunk a notch to second place thanks to the Brian Cranston-Kevin Hart dramedy The Upside.

  1. The Upside, $19.5 million
  2. Aquaman, $17.2 million
  3. A Dog’s Way Home, $11.3 million
  4. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, $9 million
  5. Escape Room, $8.9 million
  6. Mary Poppins Returns, $7.2 million
  7. Bumblebee, $6.7 million
  8. On the Basis of Sex, $6.2 million
  9. The Mule, $5.5 million
  10. Vice, $3.2 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Lone Survivor.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Gran Torino.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was A Civil Action.

… In theaters Friday: Glass (PG-13)

AQUAMAN IS FIRST DCU FILM TO MAKE $1 BILLION _ 38 days after its initial release in China, the latest movie in the DC Extended Universe has become the only DC Extended Universe release to reach $1 billion. That’s especially impressive when you realize that Aquaman, with just $287.9 million earned so far in the U.S., is so far the worst-performing DC movie domestically after Justice League. Most of Aquaman’s success has from audiences outside the United States.

… Aquaman also becomes the 37th movie in history to make more than $1 billion at the global box office.

MAROON 5, BIG BOI, TRAVIS SCOTT CONFIRMED FOR SUPER BOWL 53 _ Big Boi and Travis Scott will join Maroon 5 in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Maroon 5 had been the widely reported halftime show act since September, but the NFL officially announced the band as its headliner Sunday. The league says Maroon 5 will feature guest artists including Big Boi, the Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Scott.

… Many acts have turned down the halftime show this year in support of Colin Kaepernick and other players who have taken a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice. An online petition urges Maroon 5 to withdraw from the gig.

… This year’s Super Bowl will be broadcast from Atlanta by CBS on February 3.

TABLOID YANKS THE ROCK’S ‘SNOWFLAKE GENERATION’ INTERVIEW HE SAID WAS FAKE AUDIO  A story posted Friday on the cover of the UK tabloid Daily Star with the headline “The Rock Smacks Down Snowflakes” was taken down. Daily Star promoted the piece as an “exclusive” interview with the box office champ, whom the paper said went on a “PC rant” about “snowflakes,” a derogatory term for those deemed easily offended and with a sense of entitlement. The story quoted Johnson as saying, “Generation Snowflake or, whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backwards.”

… Johnson took to social media later on Friday, posting a video saying that the interview “never took place, never happened, I never said any of those words, completely untrue, 100% fabricated. It’s not a real [Dwayne Johnson] interview if I’m ever insulting a group, a generation, or anyone because that’s not me. That’s not who I am, and that’s not what we do.” • VIDEO

TOTO’S AFRICA AS SUNG BY OVER 50 MOVIES AND TV SHOWS _ Here’s Toto’s Africa as sung by (pieced together from snippets of dialogue from) more than 50 movies and TV shows. • VIDEO

CHRIS PRATT HELPS GIRLFRIEND KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER MOVE _ Chris Pratt helped girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger move out of her home in Santa Monica, California, on Friday — and shared his excitement on Instagram. In the video, Pratt shows of his new Chevy pickup with its bed filled with cardboard boxes and large plastic garbage bags fill with Katherine’s stuff. It’s nice to know celebs move the same way we normal people do!VIDEO

EDDIE MURPHY CONFIRMS COMING TO AMERICA SEQUEL _ Eddie Murphy has confirmed he will revisit his role of fictional African Prince Akeem in a sequel to his 1988 comedy Coming to America. It will follow Akeem as he returns from Zamunda to the United States to re-connect with his estranged son, the heir to the throne. The original film co-starred Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos.

TOM HARDY AND CHARLOTTE RILEY WELCOME SECOND BABY _ English actor Tom Hardy and his wife Charlotte Riley recently welcomed a baby boy to their family. What’s more, the couple reportedly decided to name him after the title character from the 1994 film Forrest Gump. A friend of the couple says they “love the name Forrest as it’s earthy and strong.” Plus “Tom has always found the movie Forrest Gump very inspiring and enjoyable and thinks it fits.”

… The birth of little Forrest marks the third child for the 41-year-old Hardy and it’s the second child for the couple, who are already parents to a 3-year-old. The actor became a first-time dad when his former girlfriend, Rachael Speed, gave birth to a son, who is now 10 years old.

CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER SEASON 2 CAST RELEASED BY CBS _ The cast of Celebrity Big Brother Season 2 has been confirmed. The 12 house guests are Tom Green (actor, Road Trip), Lolo Jones (Olympian), Tamar Braxton (singer, reality TV star), Ricky Williams (former NFL running back), Natalie Eva Marie (former WWE Superstar), Joey Lawrence (actor, Melissa & Joey), Jonathan Bennett (actor, Mean Girls), Anthony Scaramucci (former White House Director of Communications), Kato Kaelin (actor, witness in O.J. Simpson trial), Dina Lohan (mother of Lindsay Lohan), Kandi Burruss (Real Housewives of Atlanta), and Ryan Lochte (Olympian). • PROMO VIDEO

… Caitlyn Jenner and Bobby Moynihan were rumored to have been a part of the cast but backed out after signing their contracts because they discovered the cast was not getting equal pay.

… The 12 new house guests will play an expedited version of Big Brother which lasts for three weeks, and not 99 days as the original version does.

… Celebrity Big Brother Season 2 debuts Monday, January 21, on CBS.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• THE ROCK: The Rock sets the record straight on tabloid story. January 14 Entertainment

• PHONER: When should kids begin shoveling sow? My neighbor came home from a business trip to find his two teenage kids hadn’t picked up a snow shovel. They thought it was too cold and mom didn’t force them out. What’s the snow shoveling rule at your house?

• DROP: Are you guys nuts?!

• MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON: Tuesday, January 15, is the 10th anniversary.

• CALLER: You get paid a compliment


BITS & BREAKS

CONFESSION SESSION

Hat tip to Shelley Stevens for sharing this in our Facebook Group!

Our morning show does a slightly outrageous bit called “confession session”. You take three callers and the one with the best confession wins a prize.

I filled in for them today and gave away Queen tix to a woman that admitted not making it to the bathroom one time and leaving her poo pants in a public restroom trash.

It’s amazing the things people will admit to for a prize. Always a great feature!

SEVEN ROMANTIC RULES THAT WILL KEEP YOUR RELATIONSHIP PASSIONATE AND FUN

The book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Romance is filled with ways to make romance a part of your relationship. However, before you can incorporate romance, there are some rules you should honor:

• Stop Talking about Romance and Get to Work

• Don’t expect your partner to make changes. If you want more romance in your relationship, you have to give it.

• Make your partner a part of your life. Top priority is ideal.

• Don’t expect romance to just happen, you have to create it.

• Don’t view romance as a chore, consider it a privilege. It’s a blessing to have someone in your life to be romantic with.

• A relationship requires daily attention to keep it alive. If you put in the minimum work, it will be reflected in the degree of happiness and satisfaction you feel in your relationship.

• Keeping the lines of communication open will keep romance burning bright.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE QUIZ

A tongue-in-cheek quiz to play with a cohost, or to use as an actual(and very winable) contest with a listener. For reference, here’s the cookie page. A zip code search also tells you when the cookies go on sale in your area.

Tasty cookies topped with creamy peanut butter and covered with a luscious, chocolatey coating.

• Follow-me-here’s
• Tag-a-longs*
• Skip-here-n-theres

Crisp n’ crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling. No artificial color. No artificial flavor.

• Alamine Lefts
• Grab-you-partner-by-the-hands
• Do-si-dos*

Short, tender, delicate-tasting shortbread that melts in your mouth.

• Trefoils*
• Treebarks
• Shortbreads

A thin wafer covered with a smooth chocolatey coating. Made with natural peppermint

• Mint crunchs
• Doublemints
• Thin Mints*

Tender vanilla cookies, covered with caramel, rolled in coconut, and striped with chocolate.

• Pago Pagos
• Samoas*
• Coco-luaus

8 THINGS POSITIVE PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY

Find something every day to look forward to. Whether it’s catching up on a favorite Netflix show, trying out a new dessert recipe, or having coffee with a friend, these things don’t have to be big. Having concrete activities to look forward to will make your days unique, distinct, and hopefully give each one a sheen of happiness.

Celebrate the small stuff. Don’t prolong happiness. Find joy in even the tiniest things — your favorite song coming up on shuffle, a funny text from a friend, a beautiful sunny day — because it adds up. Soon, you won’t have to stop and smell the roses because you’ll be smelling them all the time.

Be kind. When in doubt, choose kindness. Positive people look on the bright side, sure, but they also tend to pay it forward by passing on their positive energy to others. Giving is generous, but it also makes the giver feel even better.

Stay busy. “Busy” isn’t code for “stressed out of your mind.” Instead, being busy means filling your life with fulfilling activities. It relates back to having something every day to look forward to. Start a hobby. Structure your weekends with fun things to look forward to. Most of all, be proactive about keeping busy, because living your life to the fullest is up to you.

Accept responsibility for your actions. Being positive doesn’t mean being delusional. By owning up to where you trip up or make mistakes, you’re being honest with yourself. So, since you’re not hiding from yourself, you can then…

Forgive yourself. As much as you want to treat others with kindness, you deserve the same treatment. Okay, so we all make mistakes, and we all have regrets. Learn from them. Forgiving yourself will make it infinitely easier to…

Know when to move on, and not dwell on defeat. You gotta pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and valiantly forge ahead. A positive person knows that a defeat isn’t the end of the journey, but part of the journey.

Resist comparisons. Being positive is far simpler when you do not set yourself against others, as we all have separate strengths and struggles. Instead, work on achieving your own fulfillment, which you can only find by searching inwards–and, of course, by staying positive.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Sales of this normally boring food are best in January. (Chicken Noodle Soup)

TRIVIA: Based on research with the human body’s internal clock, the period between the hours of 4 and 6 in the afternoon is when people are the most what? (Irritable)

TRIVIA: What tourist destination generates about 120,000 pounds of garbage every day? (Walt Disney World in Florida)

FREE ON CRAIGSLIST

I was looking in the ‘Free’ section of Craigslist and found a bunch of stuff. But one of these is not free. Which one?

• Lumber – all sizes

• Presbyterian hymnal

• Cat tunnel – bought for my cat but she will not use it*

• Bathroom scale – works fine, tired of looking at it


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 14, 2019

• 1963: JIMMY DEAN was the first guest host on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show.

• 1986: REBA MCENTIRE became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1999: GARTH BROOKS made a guest appearance on Sesame Street.

• 2000: After 37 years of publication, Music City News magazine closed its doors.

• 2010: MINDY McCREADY suffered a seizure on camera at the close of the season’s second episode of Celebrity Rehab on VH1.

• 2018: DIERKS BENTLEY held a grand-opening party for his Whiskey Row venue in Nashville. Guests included THOMAS RHETT, MAREN MORRIS, BROTHERS OSBORNE, LAUREN ALAINA and JON PARDI.


COUNTRY AUDIO

New and archived clips on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

OLD DOMINION rescheduled three concerts in February so that lead singer Matthew Ramsey can undergo foot surgery.

Songs by KACEY MUSGRAVES, MAREN MORRIS (with Zedd and Grey) and KELLY CLARKSON will be among those appearing on the 25th annual Grammy nominees album, coming out January 25.

KANE BROWN will perform this morning (Monday) on ABC’s Good Morning America. While in New York, he’ll also film an appearance on CBS’ The Late Show With Steven Colbert.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE will host a concert February 13 at their FGL House in Nashville. Sponsored by the magazine Nashville Lifestyles, the standing room only concert will also include performances by MORGAN WALLEN, RAELYNN and HARDY.

DIERKS BENTLEY loves Nashville, but reveals his heart is still in his home state of Arizona. In fact, Dierks, who has lived in Music City for 25 years, says one day when his career winds down, he’ll return home to Arizona.

DYLAN SCOTT will release a six song EP, Nothing To Do Town, April 26. Dylan co-wrote five of the six songs on the project.

New releases from MAREN MORRIS, OLD DOMINION and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE are included on Billboard magazine’s list of the most anticipated albums of 2019.

TRISHA YEARWOOD says the secret to her 13 year marriage to GARTH BROOKS is that sometimes the marriage has to be a priority, even when it’s difficult.

Singer/songwriter JAMESON RODGERS has signed with Columbia Nashville. Jameson wrote FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s latest single, Talk You Out Of It.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 15, 2019

• 1992: JOHNNY CASH was among 11 artists inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

• 1993: BILLY RAY CYRUS’ album Some Gave All was certified multi-platinum for sales of 6 million copies. Hits included Achy Breaky Heart, She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore and Could’ve Been Me.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS reached an undisclosed settlement with songwriter Guy Thomas who claimed Garth had lifted rifts from a tune he wrote for pop singer Kenny Loggins called Convictions of the Heart and used them for Standing Outside the Fire.

• 1999: During the first show of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in 25 years, TRISHA YEARWOOD was asked to become a member of the Opry.

• 2012: GRETCHEN WILSON sold her 340-acre farm in Wilson County, Tennessee, for $2.9 million.

• 2016: WILLIE NELSON was honored with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in a special aired by PBS.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 15, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Mario Van Peebles is 62

• Lisa Lisa of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam is 52

• Chad Lowe is 51

• Regina King is 48

• Eddie Cahill (Conviction, CSI: New York) is 41

• Pitbull is 38

• Skrillex is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1889: The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.

• 1892: James Naismith published the rules for basketball.

• 1967: In the first ever Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. Tickets to the first Super Bowl ranged from $6 to $12.

• 2009: The Miracle on the Hudson. US Airways flight 1549 made an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River. No one was injured.

• 2011 Wikipedia turned ten.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Humanitarian Day

• Bagel Day

• Hat Day

• Strawberry Ice Cream Day

UPCOMING

• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• January 21: Blue Monday
• January 22: Oscar nominations
• January 27: SAG Awards
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 3: Super Bowl
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Thursday)
• February 18: Presidents Day
• February 24: Academy Awards


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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 4, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Max Baer Jr. (Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies) is 81

• Jeff Bridges is 69

• Chelsea Noble (Growing Pains, Kirk) is 54

• Marisa Tomei is 54

• Fred Armisen (Portlandia) is 52

• Jay-Z is 49

• Tyra Banks is 45

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1956: During a Carl Perkins recording session also involving Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley visited the studio and jammed with Perkins and Lewis extensively with the tape recorders rolling. (Cash reportedly participated briefly in the jam before leaving the studio with his wife and daughter.) The four men become known as the Million Dollar Quartet, and the complete tape from the legendary session was eventually released on compact disc in 1987.

• 1980: The rock group Led Zeppelin formally announced its breakup.

• 1998: The only U.S. factory making Scrabble tiles closed today. The Hasbro-owned Milton Bradley Wood Products Company in Fairfax, Vermont, which had churned out 1 million of the lettered tiles a day for 20 years, close and let an outside company produce the tiles.

• 2003: A Dutch teenager who tried to rob a taxi driver was arrested after the cabbie took charge. Though the 17-year-old had a knife, without hesitating the 41-year-old cabbie got out of the car, pulled his passenger from the back seat and threw him into the trunk. He then drove straight to the police station.

• 2004: A man in India drove 375 miles without using his hands in an attempt to get into the record books. It took him 15 hours to drive the distance with his hands tied to the driver’s seat and the wheel, brakes and clutch controlled by his legs only.

• 2011: In Koblenz, Germany, 45,000 citizens waited to return home after bomb squads diffused World War II bombs that were hidden under the Rhine River for nearly 65 years.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Cookie Day

• Sock Day

• World Wildlife Conservation Day

• Wear Brown Shoes Day

UPCOMING

• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominations
• December 7: Grammy nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4,200: Arguments parents have with their kids.


NEWS ATTACK!

A Dutch court has rejected a 69-year-old man’s request to be younger by shaving 20 years off his legal documents including his birth certificate. [However, the court did tell him that if it made him feel any better it would approve of him changing his name to either Chip or Brad.]

Arnold Schwarzenegger said that if he could time travel, he would go back into the past and stop humans from ever using fossil fuels. [And, of course, he never would have done Kindergarten Cop.]

The President of Nigeria found it necessary to publicly dismiss rumors that he had died and had been replaced by a body double. [He said that there were perfectly logical explanations why he now signs documents with his other hand and can’t recall the names of his family members.]

Rhode Island has awarded a contract to a company to set up a self-driving shuttle bus service. [It’ll be programmed to operate just like normal buses, which means it will drive off just as you’re running to get on.]

Child experts are advising parents to choose simpler toys for their young kids this holiday. They say the best toys spur imagination. Suggestions include blocks, cardboard boxes [and mom and dad’s shredded credit cards].

A SpaceX rocket lifted off Monday carrying 64 satellites. [Sixty-four satellites? Even I don’t watch THAT much television.]

Mexico’s new president has pledged to govern as a common man. [As proof, he showed up for his first day of work late, spent hours gossiping with co-workers, and then used the remainder of the day using his office computer to shop for Christmas presents.]

A court in Sri Lanka has ordered the country’s disputed prime minister and his staff to refrain from carrying out any duties. [Usually it’s not necessary for anyone to have to tell elected officials not to do anything.]

Israeli police are now officially recommending an indictment on bribery charges for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [And his son, Don Jr.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

HOW AMAZON PRIME MEMBERS SPENT TIME AND MONEY IN 2018 _ Amazon’s annual Best Of Prime report is out and it offers a snapshot of how Amazon Prime members spent their time and money throughout 2018 including top purchases, favorite reads, best binge watches, most streamed tunes, most played games and more.

… In total, Prime shoppers worldwide ordered more than two billion products with one-day delivery or faster in 2018. The fastest delivery of 2018 was 8 minutes in Berkeley, California, for Hartz lavender-scented odor-eliminating dog pads.

… The most popular purchase of the year on Amazon Prime was the Amazon Fire TV Stick, which includes an Alexa voice remote, allows streaming from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, Showtime and more. The Roku Streaming Stick+ was another top-purchased steaming device among Prime shoppers.

… Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Homecoming were the most-binged shows on Prime Video. Justin Timberlake was the most-streamed artist in Prime Music.

MORE

YOUR PHONE IS SEVEN TIMES DIRTIER THAN YOUR TOILET _ Toilet seats are far cleaner than the average mobile phone. Researchers took swab samples from smartphones and found the average device is nearly seven times dirtier than a toilet seat.

OBVIOUS: COUPLES FIGHT ABOUT THE TEMPERATURE OF THEIR HOMES _ A new survey finds a typical couple will get into it over the temperature of their home about three times a week.

THE MOST REMOTE HOTEL IN THE WORLD _ Thinking of escaping the ‘rat race’? Then you can’t get much further than this… a remote hotel in Greenland which is 500 miles from anywhere. The settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit in East Greenland has a buzzing population of 450 people. It takes three flights and a helicopter ride to travel the 1,486 miles from London. However, the tiny town offers front-row seats to the cosmic display of Aurora Borealis — also known as the Northern Lights.

… Hotels.com is trying to help the village boost tourism with a 99% discount code (‘REMOTE’). A Hotels.com spokesman says, “This stunning peninsula is an epic bucket-list destination where you can go sledding with wolves, kayaking in the Arctic and maybe see the Northern Lights from your room.”

DUTCH COURT REJECTS MAN’S REQUEST TO BE 20 YEARS YOUNGER _ A Dutch court has rejected the request of a self-proclaimed “positivity guru” to shave 20 years off his age. As I shared last month, Emile Ratelband asked the court to formally change his date of birth to make him 49. He said his official age did not reflect his emotional state and it was causing him to struggle to find work and love. He claimed he did not feel 69 and said his request was consistent with other forms of personal transformation gaining acceptance around the world, such as the right to change name or gender.

… In a written ruling on Monday, the court said Dutch law assigned rights and obligations based on age “such as the right to vote and the duty to attend school. If Mr. Ratelband’s request was allowed, those age requirements would become meaningless. … Mr. Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly. But amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications.”

CHICAGO’S ‘GRAFFITI BLASTERS’ MARK MILESTONE _ The city of Chicago marked a milestone Monday: its 100,000th response to graffiti removal this year. Chicago’s mayor was on hand (in the Humboldt Park neighborhood) to watch a city “Graffiti Blasters” crew remove a blue and white image from a building.

MAN SEARCHING FOR PICKUP HIS WIFE WAS BORN IN 36 YEARS AGO _ It’s not uncommon to hear about someone trying to track down their long-lost first car, but one North Carolina man has started a quest to find the pickup truck his wife was born in 36 years ago. Hugh Merritt began the search a couple of months ago, after his wife Emily’s father passed away in September. The late Leonard Orr helped deliver her in the cab of his 1979 Ford F-150 pickup on the side of a highway when he and her mother Marylin, a nurse, were driving through a snowstorm in January 1982 on the way from their Cadiz, Ohio, home to a hospital about 25 miles away.

… Merritt says that his wife recently mentioned to him how much she’d love to see the truck again so she could feel the connection with her father. It hasn’t been so easy to find the truck. The 4×4 was sold several times. First to Orr’s friend’s brother, then to a man named John Warner, who about 25 years ago traded it in at a Honda dealer in New Philadelphia, Ohio, which happens to be where Orr lived when he passed away.

… A few years later, Warner spotted the truck in the parking lot of an auto parts store. Warner told Merritt that he talked for a short while with the owner, who said he was a car restorer from “down south,” but didn’t ask exactly where that was. Unfortunately, no one has yet been able to find a record of the truck’s Vehicle Identification Number, which would make finding this needle in the haystack of over 700,000 F-Series pickups that were sold in 1979 a lot easier.

PAGER SERVICE TO END IN JAPAN _ Japan is putting pagers to bed for good. The last service provider in the country will end service in September, 2019. Just 1,500 people still use the devices.

… Pagers are known as “poke-beru” or “pocket bell” in Japan.

… According to Slate.com, it’s estimated that about 85 percent of U.S. hospitals still rely on pagers for communication.

STOP GIVING TODDLERS DIGITAL TOYS _ All those interactive digital toys and mobile apps designed for little kids are exactly the type of gifts parents should take off their holiday shopping lists — so say U.S. pediatricians. That’s because just like parking kids in front of the television, giving them tablets and smartphones to play games or handing them digitally enhanced toys gets in the way of creative play and interactions with caregivers that are essential for child development.

… On Monday the American Academy of Pediatrics said: “Physical toys (and books) support warm, verbally rich interactions and quality time for the parent or caregiver and the child. The same is not true for digital toys, which actually impede those interactions. There is little or no evidence that screen time has any benefit for young children 2 and under.”

… Children younger than 5 years should only play with a computer or video games if the games are developmentally appropriate, and they should be with a parent or caregiver while they play.

FAZOLI’S LAUNCHES OLIVE GARDEN-STYLE PASTA PASS _ If you love endless pasta, live in the Midwest, and missed out on Olive Garden’s pasta passes this year, you’re in luck. Fast-casual Italian chain Fazoli’s has come out with its own pasta pass. It’s called the Infinite Pasta Pass, and it will give passholders all-you-can-eat pasta from December 31 through February 24.

… Through December 9, customers in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio can purchase one of 500 Fazoli’s Infinite Pasta Passes for $50 from Fazoli’s website. Like with Olive Garden, the pasta passes will give guests access to unlimited pasta, sauce, and topping combinations as well as Fazoli’s bread sticks. Unlike with Olive Garden, Fazoli’s Infinite Pasta Pass users can use their passes for carryout and drive-thru meals. • LINK

TUMBLR WILL BAN ADULT CONTENT _ Tumblr announced Monday it will be banning adult content from the site, effective December 17. Recently, Tumblr’s app was removed from the App Store because illegal images of the abuse of minors were proliferating there. Now, the company has updated its rules on adult content, stating, “adult content will not be allowed on Tumblr, regardless of how old you are.”

GUY’S TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER TURNS OUT TO BE 4,000 YEARS OLD _ Some people might use an old mug to hold toothbrushes and toothpaste. A man in England used a 4,000-year-old piece of pottery, by accident. Karl Martin picked up the pot along with another at a flea market for all of $5. Martin is a valuer at an auction house, but the pot didn’t strike him as that special, so he stuck it in his bathroom and used it as a toothbrush holder. There it sat for a few years until Martin noticed similar-looking pottery while helping a colleague unload a van. He asked the colleague to inspect his own pot and, voila, turns out it was made around 1900 BC in the Indus Valley Civilization in what is now Afghanistan.

… The piece recently sold at auction, and while Martin won’t get rich on the $102 it fetched, it’s still not a bad return on his investment.

PORCH PIRATE CAUGHT AFTER STEALING 175 ITEMS _ A 31-year-old man was taken into custody on Saturday (December 1) in connection with numerous package thefts throughout the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area. The suspect was stopped and taken into custody by police after the officer recognized the suspect vehicle based on surveillance footage captured by cameras at a victim’s residence.

… Approximately 175 items of stolen property were recovered.

POLL ASKS WHAT MAKES A ‘REAL AMERICAN?’ _ The trait most important to being a “real American” is to believe in treating people equally, according to a Grinnell College poll released on Monday. Offered a list of traits, 90% of respondents said treating people equally is very important, followed by taking personal responsibility for one’s actions (88% said that was very important), accepting people of different racial backgrounds (81%), and supporting the US Constitution (80%).

… The least important traits were being a Christian (55% said it was not important), having been born in America (49%), and having lived in America most of one’s life (45%).

… Republicans and Democrats have different views on what makes a “real American,” however. While “accepting people of different racial backgrounds” was in Democrats’ top three, it wasn’t for Republicans.

DRIVER MAY HAVE BEEN ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL WITH AUTOPILOT _ California Highway Patrol stopped a Tesla Model 3 they suspected was running Autopilot with a drunk driver asleep at the wheel. The incident occurred last Friday (November 30) at 3:37 AM, when officers observed a car going 70 with a driver that appeared to be asleep.

… After flashing their lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the car over, the officers deployed a strategy based around their assumption that the Tesla Model 3 was running on Autopilot. Two unit cars pulled up in front and behind the Tesla to get the car to gradually come to a stop — after a seven-mile chase. A statement from the California Highway Patrol reads: “We cannot confirm at this time if the ‘driver assist” feature was activated but considering the vehicle’s ability to slow to a stop when [the driver] was asleep, it appears the ‘driver assist’ feature may have been active at the time.”

… It’s difficult to determine whether Autopilot was actually on at the time, as the feature requires drivers to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel for it to stay engaged. It’s possible that the driver may have had another Tesla Model 3 feature on, like Traffic Aware Cruise Control, which manages speed against the car in front of the Tesla.

STUDY SAYS SKIERS HAPPIER THAN SNOWBOARDERS _ Researchers in South Korea say skiers find more pleasure from a day on the slopes than snowboarders.

SKIP THE JOE, TAKE A NAP _ Heavy eyelids often lead straight to the closest Starbucks, but if sleepiness has you on the verge of snoozing, skip the Joe in favor of a fluffy pillow. Scientists have discovered that a nap does more to improve physical and mental performance than a jolt of caffeine. Sleepy research subjects that dozed off for a catnap did significantly better on verbal tests and exhibited sharper motor skills than both caffeine takers and placebo group.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: SCIENCE SHOWS REDHEADS HAVE GENETIC SUPERPOWERS _ The book The Big Redhead Book is full of fascinating facts about gingers:

• They smell better. A Dr. Augustin Galopin first recorded this fact in his 1886 book Le Parfum de la Femme. He reportedly detected that red-headed women emit a particularly distinct aroma — that of ambergris, an earthy and sensual scent. Science would later prove that skin mantle — a thin, acidic film on our skin’s surface — is actually more acidic in redheads, causing perfume to more quickly evaporate when applied and potentially emitting a unique smell of its own.

• They tolerate pain better. Research indicates that redheads have higher thresholds for pain.

• They don’t need as much D. Thanks to higher concentration of red hair and pale skin in cloudy European environments, redheads adapted a greater ability to create their own vitamin D. So when a redhead goes outside, he or she produces more vitamin D in a shorter amount of time than people with other hair colors. This gives an evolutionary advantage, since low levels of vitamin D can lead to ailments like rickets, diabetes and arthritis.

• They know when it’s getting cold. Redheads feel hot and cold temperatures more severely than anyone else. In 2005, the University of Louisville discovered this hidden gift and hypothesized that the redhead gene, MC1R, may cause the human temperature-detecting gene to become overactivated, making redheads more sensitive to thermal extremes. So if a redhead tells you they’re feeling a bit chilly, you’d better grab a blanket, because winter is coming.

• Redheads are popular in commercials. A 2014 report (by Upstream Analysis) found that 30 percent of the TV commercials that run during prime time prominently feature a redhead. That’s a lot of red when you consider they’re just 2 percent of the world’s population.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR STUCK IN CHIMNEY, CALLS POLICE _ Monday night near Melbourne, Australia, police were called to a pharmacy after the alarm went off. Police found nothing wrong. Shortly after, they were called to the same address by a man trapped in the business’ chimney.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FOOTBALL PLAYERS SUSPENDED FOR RUNNING NAKED WITH OREOS WEDGED IN BUTTS _ Ten football players at a northern Illinois high school were suspended from the team for three games after they ran across a field naked with Oreo cookies wedged between their buttocks. The Byron High School players were suspended for indecent exposure but that school administrators concluded they went on the “Oreo Run” at the school’s football field voluntarily and were not victims of hazing. The Oreo Run happened in October but a letter sent to parents was only recently revealed to a local newspaper.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 11-YEAR-OLD PUT HIS TONGUE ON A FROZEN POLE _ An 11-year-old Illinois boy learned the hard way that, yes, your tongue will stick to a frozen metal pole. Spencer Cline and his friend headed to a sled hill near their home last week, wanting to enjoy the snow from a recent storm. After sledding, the boys came across a pole along a fence. What happened next mirrored the infamous scene from the popular film A Christmas Story in which a boy is dared to put his tongue on a frozen pole, and it sticks. In Spencer’s case, there was no dare. He has seen the movie, but he didn’t think his tongue would actually stick. His tongue froze to the pole immediately. Then fear kicked in. Cole, as any friend would, ran to the nearest house and asked a woman if she had hot water for his friend’s tongue. She said she didn’t have any hot water so he had her call for an ambulance. Spencer was able to pull his tongue off by the time emergency medical service crews arrived. He estimated he was stuck for about seven minutes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 911 CALLS ABOUT FUNNY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS _ A family with a sense of humor in Austin, Texas set up a Christmas display based on a scene with Chevy Chase in the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s the scene where Chevy’s character, Clark Griswold, is dangling from the house’s gutter when a ladder tips over. The family’s decorations look so real that people kept calling 911.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COULD YOU HELP IN OUR ROBBERY? _ In Germany two men stole a TV from a home. It was as they were preparing for their getaway that they made the discovery that the TV was too big to fit in their car. Then the men hatched the perfect plan: They went next door and asked the neighbor if they could store the TV at her place until they could come back with a bigger car. In the meantime, the homeowner returned home and called police who arrested the men after they returned.


ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — Live eliminations.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. An undercover stakeout begins when the lead suspect in an old unsolved case is released from prison.

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Darlene receives dating advice from an unlikely source. Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men), Juliette Lewis and Matthew Broderick guest star.

SERIES PREMIERE: LEGENDS OF THE LOST WITH MEGAN FOX (8p ET, Travel Channel) — Megan Fox (Transformers) created this new series, as she travels the globe to look at age-old mysteries. The premiere investigates a new theory that powerful female warriors played a role in helping the Vikings become the most feared army of their time.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (9p ET, NBC) — New. A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special shows classic holiday sketches from years past.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — New.

FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates the murder of a Navy contractor who secretly lived two lives for decades.

THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New.


ENTERTAINMENT

NETFLIX: CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES IS KURT RUSSELL’S BIGGEST MOVIE _ Netflix said Monday that The Christmas Chronicles, starring Kurt Russell, had 20 million views in its first week. If every one of those was a movie ticket purchase, it would be a $200 million opening week — and Russell’s biggest movie ever.

… But since Netflix doesn’t release concrete viewing data, we don’t know how many of those views are repeat viewings, or how many people watched the entire movie.

… For comparison’s sake, Russell’s biggest theatrical release in the U.S. is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last year. The movie scored $146.5 million in its opening weekend and $183 million in its first week.

EVERY GREAT MOVIE TRAILER OF 2018 _ Clark Zhu, a film student at Loyola Marymount University, has once again created a video named Moving Pictures, which mashes up up over 200 movies from the year 2018 into one truly epic six-minute montage. • VIDEO

… If you are curious what movies were featured when, just head on over to Clark Zhu’s website.

KIA IS THE FIRST SUPER BOWL ADVERTISER _ Kia is the first advertiser to sign on for Super Bowl 53. It’ll be the car company’s tenth year in the Super Bowl, which plays February 3 in Atlanta.

A NEW CAPTAIN MARVEL TRAILER _ EDITOR: The next trailer for Captain Marvel’s upcoming standalone movie was scheduled to air during Monday Night Football.

And a source claims we’ll finally get an Avengers 4 trailer on Wednesday.

HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH ANNOUNCE TOUR _ Hootie & the Blowfish will return from a lengthy hiatus in 2019, embarking on their first full-scale tour in more than a decade and releasing a studio album for the first time in nearly 15 years. Dubbed the Group Therapy Tour, the trek will visit 44 North American cities with fellow Nineties stars Barenaked Ladies as special guests, kicking off May 30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and wrapping up September 13 with a homecoming concert in Columbia, South Carolina.

KATY PERRY BIDS $50K FOR A DATE WITH ORLANDO BLOOM _ During a charity auction on Sunday, pop singer Katy Perry offered to pay $50,000 to go on a date with her boyfriend, actor Orlando Bloom. She reportedly outbid a fan who wanted to buy the date for $20,000. The live auction’s proceeds went to the Malibu Foundation to support the rebuilding of the Malibu community following the devastating Woolsey fire last month.

… Instagram footage from the event showed that a fan named Laura started the bidding at $20,000. Perry cheered, and continued on with the auctioneer to try and raise the bid to $25,000. However, just as the auctioneer was about to sell the date to Laura, Perry stepped in to take the date for $50,000.

… The date was said to be a motorcycle ride to a lunch destination.

NO. 1 EARNER ON YOUTUBE IS 7-YEAR-OLD RYAN _ Ryan, the 7-year-old “host” of Ryan ToysReview, a popular toy-review channel on YouTube, jumped from No. 8 to No. 1 on Forbes’ annual list of YouTube stars who are making the most money. A family-run YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview generated about $22 million in pretax income from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018, according to Forbes, up from $11 million the year prior. The raw estimate of $22 million put Ryan ToysReview just ahead of controversial star Jake Paul (who banked $21.5 million).

… The account began when Ryan, then a 4-year-old fan of toy-review videos, asked his parents why he couldn’t also review toys on YouTube. Ryan ToysReview started out slowly until a July 2015 video went viral. The video featured Ryan opening and reviewing a box containing more than 100 toys from Pixar’s “Cars” series. It has close to 935 million views.

STAR WARS: EPISODE 9 MIGHT UNDO AN UNPOPULAR PLOT FROM THE LAST JEDI _ Star Wars: Episode 9 is still a year away from release, but the leaks are coming fast. The latest rumor, which first appeared on reddit, claims to reveal a ton of details about Episode 9, including one that could undo an unpopular plot point from Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the destruction of Kylo Ren’s helmet. According to reddit, Disney recently shared a ton of information about Episode 9 and other Star Wars media at a marketing presentation. As you probably remember from The Last Jedi, Kylo smashes his helmet to pieces in a fit of rage after Supreme Leader Snoke calls it “ridiculous” and chews him out for losing to Rey in their lightsaber battle at the end of The Force Awakens. It’s a powerful scene but the annoying end result is that from this point on Kylo never wears a helmet. So instead of coming across as scary he just looks more like Adam Driver with a big scar.

… However, it appears that with Snoke no longer around, Kylo Ren’s helmet may return in Episode 9. The user on reddit said: “Kylo has his helmet back and that it has been put back together with some kind of red adhesive. It looked kinda cool with the red lines going through it.”

WILL FERRELL IS COMING TO PODCAST AS RON BURGUNDY IN 2019 _ The Ron Burgundy Podcast is coming in early 2019 with Will Ferrell hosting the show as Burgundy. Guest names will be announced at a later date.

FRIENDS WILL STILL BE THERE FOR YOU ON NETFLIX _ Friends is staying on Netflix. Fans of the classic ’90s sitcom got a scare Monday when the streaming service suggested that Friends would be leaving Netflix in 2019. But Netflix was swift to put a stop to those reports, confirming that the show’s “departure is a rumor.”

… However, it may not be all smooth sailing for the Friends Netflix rights in the future. WarnerMedia is preparing to launch its own streaming service in the latter half of 2019, which could possibly pull Friends back from Netflix.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• PHONER: What celebrity are you distantly related to?

• DROPS: Many, many Christmas/holiday audio drops.

• COMPLAINT CALL: A caller has a complaint.


BITS & BREAKS

FACEBOOK POST

Suggested text: Don’t give it away if you figure it out — give a 👍

PARENTS WILL HAVE 4,200 ARGUMENTS WITH THEIR KIDS

A new study finds parents have over 4,200 arguments with their kids. The top arguments:

  1. Household chores
  2. Messy bedrooms
  3. Not cleaning up shared spaces
  4. Doing homework
  5. Bedtime/going to bed
  6. Spending too much time on a phone/computer/game system
  7. Sibling arguments
  8. Brushing teeth
  9. Watching too much TV
  10. Not eating healthy foods at meals

WHAT KIDS WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

A new survey finds once-popular presents such as bikes, skateboards and roller blades are slipping down kids’ Christmas lists. Instead, consoles and games, LEGOs and smartphones are among the top items on children’s wish lists.

  1. Computer games
  2. LEGO
  3. Clothes
  4. Books
  5. Smartphones
  6. Games consoles
  7. Board games
  8. iPads
  9. Laptops
  10. DVDs
  11. A bike
  12. Nerf guns
  13. Dolls
  14. Action figures
  15. Cuddly toys
  16. Remote controlled car
  17. Sports equipment
  18. Scooters
  19. TVs
  20. Skateboards

THE SKILLS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE BEFORE TURNING 30

From TheFrisky.com

  • Hard boil an egg
  • Diplomatically tell Mom to butt-out
  • Ace a job interview
  • Ask a man out
  • Send a thoughtful thank you note
  • Listen to a friend in need
  • Ask for help
  • Effectively end an unhealthy relationship (romantic or platonic in nature)
  • Beautifully wrap a gift
  • Say “no” gracefully
  • Whip up a great dinner with the five items in her fridge
  • Forget pleasing him, by 30 a woman should be able to tell her man exactly how to please her
  • Sew a button
  • Mix a killer cocktail
  • Take off her bra without removing her shirt
  • Apply lip gloss in the dark
  • Manage her finances
  • Create a budget
  • Find the best deal
  • Negotiate a salary and/or pay raise
  • Read a map (in case your phone GPS isn’t available)
  • Hail a cab (in case you can’t get an Uber)
  • Say something in French just for the hell of it
  • Apologize when she’s wrong
  • Dress for her body type
  • Change a flat (or know whom to call to come change it)
  • Spot a fake (handbag, diamond, potential friend…)
  • Feign interest
  • Know what to tip on a $25 dinner bill
  • Hold a baby

FREE HOT TUB ON CRAIGSLIST

This was a real post for a free hot tub on Craigslist:

Do you need a year round way to water your lawn, deck, yard, garage?

Have you ever wondered what a 425 gallon colander looks like?

Today is your lucky day. I have a free hot tub. Yes, it is complete and it is drained. I drained part of it and it drained itself the rest of the way.

Where does it leak? Find that and you have found the leprechaun with the pot of gold.

This unit is perfect for the individual who knows no limit to frustration. The type of person who likes a challenge even when there is no chance of winning. This will build the kind of character in you the armed forces dream of. You will find yourself exhibiting behavior that you never thought possible, but ITS FREE!

You will need strong backs to load and a trailer. I will be able to offer short bouts of sympathy and witty banter while you prepare to begin your journey.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What do plywood and dynamite have in common? (They were invented by the same guy, Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Peace Prize.)

TRIVIA: There’s a 44% chance you tried what this year? (Going on a diet)

TRIVIA: On January 15, 1967, what event was broadcast on both CBS and NBC? (The first Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.)

HOLIDAY SONG LYRICS QUIZ

I’ll read some lyrics from popular holiday tunes, you name the tunes:

Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie
And we’ll do some caroling
(Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree)

Mix and a-mingle in the jinglin’ feet
(Jingle Bell Rock)

Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleighbells in the snow
(White Christmas)

Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
(Blue Christmas)

Strings of streetlights, even stoplights
Blink a bright red and green
(Silver Bells)

Follow me in merry measure
While I tell of Yuletide treasure
(Deck the Halls)

Later on, we’ll conspire
As we dream by the fire
(Winter Wonderland)

Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
(Joy to the World)

They’re gonna build a toyland
All around the Christmas tree
(Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town)

And every mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly
(The Christmas Song / Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

And incriminating Claus marks on her back
(Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer)

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
(Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas)

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light leads
(I’ll Be Home For Christmas)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 4, 2018

• 1956: During a Carl Perkins recording session also involving Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley visited the studio and jammed with Perkins and Lewis extensively with the tape recorders rolling. (Cash reportedly participated briefly in the jam before leaving the studio with his wife and daughter.) The four men become known as the Million Dollar Quartet, and the complete tape from this legendary session was eventually released on compact disc in 1987.

• 1991: THE JUDDS gave what was then their final performance.

• 2003: TOBY KEITH’s album Shock’n Y’all surpassed the 1 million mark in sales in just four weeks on the chart.

• 2005: GRETCHEN WILSON said in an interview that she wore preppy clothing to avoid being noticed in public when she went to the store to buy toilet paper.

• 2012: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE released its debut album, Here’s To The Good Times. It would produce the hits Cruise, Get Your Shine On, Round Here and Stay.

• 2017: A three-hour video of a nude RANDY TRAVIS under arrest for driving while intoxicated in Texas in 2012 was released to the public.

GEORGE STRAIT and wife Norma celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary. Norma and George were high school sweethearts who eloped in Mexico on December 4, 1971. A few weeks later the two exchanged vows at a church in Pearsall, Texas. That same year George enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Hawaii.

DIAMOND RIO drummer Brian Prout is 63.

LILA McCANN is 37.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.

• GEORGE STRAIT share Christmas memories.

• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard on being known worldwide.

• GARTH BROOKS likes the diversity in his audiences.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

KANE BROWN scores his third consecutive number one this week with Lose It (Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts). The song is the first release from Kane’s album Experiment and follows Heaven and What If’s to the top of the chart.

BLAKE SHELTON will help mark the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special when he hosts the Elvis All-Star Tribute Special on February 17. Participating artists have not yet been announced, other than Blake.

DAN + SHAY guest this morning (Tuesday) on ABC’s Good Morning America.

RICKY SKAGGS is the focus of AXS-TV’s The Big Interview with Dan Rather tonight (Tuesday).

SHANIA TWAIN will guest on Live With Kelly and Ryan on December 7.

SHANIA TWAIN tells Billboard she hopes to do more acting in the future.

RANDY HOUSER’s album comes January 11 and will be titled Magnolia. Coinciding with the project, he’ll launch a feature film of the same name. The film Magnolia is based on the music from the album and will feature several live performances by Randy. Randy says the film “tells my story but also tells the story of running away from something while not knowing exactly what you’re running to.”


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 5, 2018

• 1994: JOE DIFFIE’s album Honky Tonk Attitude was certified platinum. Hits included the title track, John Deere Green and Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die).

• 2002: KENNY CHESNEY’s album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems was certified double platinum.

• 2006: RASCAL FLATTS scored their sixth number one hit on the Billboard Country Chart with My Wish, ending CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s run after five weeks at the top with Before He Cheats.

• 2011: THE BAND PERRY earned a platinum album for their self-titled debut. Hits from the album included If I Die Young and You Lie.

• 2013: CARRIE UNDERWOOD starred in The Sound of Music Live! on NBC.

• 2016: CRAIG CAMPBELL was part of a USO tour that got underway at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, joined by actors Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans and NBA athlete Ray Allen.

TYLER ENGLAND is 55. The Oklahoma native played guitar with GARTH BROOKS several years back and is best-known for the tune Should’ve Asked Her Faster.

GARY ALLAN is 51.


DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 5, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Little Richard is 86

• Margaret Cho is 50

• Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is 43

• Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1968: Aides to President Richard Nixon mailed out 66,000 letters signed by Nixon to potential administrative office holders. Among those receiving one was Elvis Presley.

• 1970: Judy Collins’ recording “Amazing Grace” entered the British music charts. It would exit and re-enter seven times in two years, totaling 67 weeks on the charts.

• 1992: The Denver Post quoted a Department of Energy memo showing that a vital safety system at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant required 43 workers to change a light bulb.

• 2002: Actor Richard Gere won Plain English Campaign’s Foot in Mouth award in Britain for the year’s most baffling celebrity quote. Gere won the award after telling a Sunday newspaper: “I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe and somebody said I was a snake, I’d think ‘No, actually I am a giraffe.”

• 2008: OJ Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery.

• 2013: Former South African President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Ninja Day

• World Soil Day

• Peppermint Latte Day

UPCOMING

• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominations
• December 7: Grammy nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 13, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Joe Mantegna is 71

• Chris Noth (Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Sex and the City) is 64

• Whoopi Goldberg is 63

• Jimmy Kimmel is 51

• Gerard Butler is 49

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.

• 1990: The World Wide Web first began.

• 1995: Officials at a Danish veterinary hospital in Copenhagen announced the discovery of history’s first known green cat. Vets said the green would not wash out, and the 2-month-old kitten’s color might be caused by a metabolism defect. Owner Pia Bischoff named her kitty “Miss Greeny.”

• 2005: Chicago Bears cornerback Nathan Vasher returned a missed field goal 108 yards against the San Francisco 49ers, the longest play in NFL history.

• 2006: A woman in Brazil was released from the hospital just one day after she was shot in the head six times in an attack police blamed on her ex-husband. Doctors could not explain how the 21-year-old survived the attack. The .32-caliber bullets didn’t break through her skull and didn’t even need to be immediately extracted.

• 2014: Representatives for Islamic State announced that the group would begin minting its own currency in order to remove itself from the world financial system, which it considers ‘satanic’.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• World Kindness Day

• Caregiver Appreciation Day

UPCOMING

• November 21: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

250: Deliveries and pickups made by a typical UPS person each day.


NEWS ATTACK!

This week a cargo transport rocket will blast off for the International Space Station to deliver some things that were ordered. [Sounds like somebody just couldn’t wait until Black Friday.]

New federal guidelines are out for exercise. They say that adding any kind of movement into our day benefits our health. [So each night before I go to bed I hide the TV remote in a different place.]

People in Vermont are complaining about an overabundance of deer in the suburbs. [They claim they’re taking jobs away from locals.]

New York state is moving toward banning flavored e-cigarettes. [No more Juicy Fruit.]

Comic book mastermind Stan Lee has died. [The first issue of his obituary is now a collector’s item.]

Ice-T revealed that he has never had a bagel. [Or ice tea.]

Alex Trebek revealed that his least favorite players on Jeopardy are the ones who jump all over the board. [“These kids today can’t sit still for one single minute!”]

A man in Japan married a hologram. [But don’t worry. He was smart enough to get a prenup.]

A photo has surfaced of around 50 high school students in Wisconsin giving a Nazi salute. [Why is it that the only thing kids tend to remember from history class is the wrong thing?]

Two men are racing each other to see who will be the first to travel across Antarctica without any help from anyone. [I can’t even find my way around Home Depot without some help.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

OUR HOLIDAY WEIGHT LOSS GOALS ARE WAITING UNTIL NEXT YEAR _ Americans are abandoning attempts to be healthy until 2019, according to a new study. A new study into the health and diets of 2,000 Americans saw as many as 45 percent say they’re postponing any resolution to eat clean or lose weight until after the holidays.

… Just 12 percent will make it through the holidays without any weight gain at all, according to the research.

… Where does that weight gain come from? Forty-four percent have eaten more than one Thanksgiving dinner in the same day and 30 percent have eaten to the point of feeling sick. Four in 10 have devoured so much holiday food they’ve needed to loosen a button on their pants.

UNDER ONE IN THREE AMERICANS MEET NEW PHYSICAL FITNESS GUIDELINES _ New federal guidelines issued by the federal government Monday may have you checking the status of your gym membership. According to the report, fewer than 1 in 3 Americans are getting enough physical activity. Only one in five teens meet the new physical fitness guidelines (Department of Health and Human Services).

… So how much should we be exercising? According to the new guidelines: Adults should do at least 150 minutes to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes to 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. They should also do muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week.

… The report also emphasized that adults should do what they can to decrease the amount of time they sit.

DOG OWNERS: DON’T BRUSH FIDO’S TEETH WITH TOOTHPASTE _ Dog owners have been warned not to brush their pet’s teeth with human toothpaste after research suggested it was being used as a solution to bad breath. Britain’s RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) said the presence of fluoride in toothpaste brands, along with the occasional use of the artificial sweetener xylitol, could prove toxic to dogs if swallowed.

… Small doses of fluoride can give dogs diarrhea and induce vomiting as it reduces the calcium in the blood and increases potassium levels. The presence of xylitol in certain types of toothpaste could prove even more serious — potentially leading to death if left untreated.

AVERAGE NUMBER OF BRIDESMAIDS RISES _ With peak wedding season over, we’ve learned that the average American wedding had five bridesmaids in 2018, up from four in 2007. Part of the reason is that the median age for women to first marry is now 27, up from the 20 to 22 that dominated most of the 20th century, thus giving people more time to make more friends.

FAKE BAND GOES ON INTERNATIONAL TOUR _ A Los Angeles band has been accused of faking a fanbase in order to land a 10-city European Tour. By faking Facebook likes and allegedly impersonating representation, the band Threatin pulled one over on a London club by claiming to have sold 291 tickets when they had, in fact, not. All of the 100 people who claimed on Facebook they would attend, in fact, lived in Brazil. A closer look led to evidence the band’s YouTube presence was faked. The 43 monthly listeners should have probably been a red flag. It also appears the band’s booking agency, label, and Soundcloud page were also fakes. Now the band’s guitarist and drummer have quit and revealed they too were duped.

FOR A BETTER LIFE, CUT SOCIAL MEDIA TIME TO 30 MINUTES DAILY _ A new study (University of Pennsylvania) found that limiting one’s social media usage to 30 minutes per day can lead to significant improvement’s in well-being. Specifically, less time scrolling through photos of friends and old high school acquaintances can lower rates depression and loneliness.

… The study is one of the first to show a cause-and-effect relationship between social media usage and mental health issues. Most studies previously on the subject have shown only a correlation between the two.

UFOS SPOTTED OFF IRISH COAST UNDER INVESTIGATION _ The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating reports of bright lights and UFOs off the south-west coast of Ireland. It began at 6:47 AM Friday when a British Airways pilot contacted air traffic control. She wanted to know if there were military exercises in the area because there was something “moving so fast”. The air traffic controller said there were no such exercises. The pilot, flying from Montreal, Canada, to London’s Heathrow, said there was a “very bright light” and the object had come up along the left side of the aircraft before it “rapidly veered to the north”. She was wondering what it could be but said it did not seem to be heading for a collision.

… Another pilot from a Virgin plane joined in and suggested it might be a meteor or another object re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. He said there were “multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory” and that they were very bright. The pilot said he saw “two bright lights” over to the right which climbed away at speed. One pilot said the speed was “astronomical, it was like Mach 2” — which is twice the speed of sound.

FACEBOOK WENT DOWN FOR A LOT OF USERS ON MONDAY _ Facebook suffered a widespread outage on Monday. The site began experiencing issues at around 1 PM Eastern Time. The Facebook app and Messenger service were also not functioning. An outage map (from Down Detector) indicates that the issue primarily affected users in the Western Hemisphere, and was the most severe in the Northeast U.S., Mexico, Brazil, and Chile.

UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU — TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES FOR THE US ARMY _ The Army is putting together a team of video gamers from within its ranks to try to reach young Americans in the digital worlds where they spend much of their time. As part of recruiting efforts, the Army is calling for active duty troops and reservists to compete in video gaming tournaments.

… The Army is also creating a “functional fitness” team to compete in CrossFit athletic events and is reportedly looking to spruce up recruiting efforts with more bonuses, more recruiters, better furniture and a new slogan to replace “Army Strong.”

AN OFFICIAL OREO DUNKING KIT HAS ARRIVED _ A new Oreo Ultimate Dunking Set has arrived for the holidays, allowing you to fully submerge your Oreo cookies in milk without making a mess of your fingers. The kit is made up of Oreos, two mugs both attached with a plastic blue Oreo-stacker, and two pairs of red tongs for dunking. It’s available at Walmart.

… We’re more simple Oreo eaters, which is why we like the Oreo Dunky Cup and the Dipr Ultimate Cookie Spoon.

EAT DARK CHOCOLATE, DRINK DARK WINE, DRINK DARK BEER _ Like chocolate and wine, the darker the beer, the better it may be for your heart. In a comparison of Guinness Stout, a dark beer, and Heineken, a light beer, the darker brew had substantially more anti-clotting activity (according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist). Guinness proved to be about twice as effective at preventing the blood platelets from clumping and forming the kind of clot that can cause a heart attack.

OLDER WOMEN WANT SLEEP _ A lot of women over the age of 45 would rather sleep than have sex. According to a study (by IMR MarketEffect), 47 percent prefer getting some shuteye over getting down and dirty.

NBA FAN IN CHINA BATTLING CANCER GETS SURPRISE MESSAGE _ A basketball fan in China battling cancer got an unexpected and uplifting message from his idol, NBA star Tony Parker. The teen’s story first garnered attention in late October after he wrote a “farewell post” in a forum on a Chinese sports site (Hupu). In the post he describes the speed of which his illness took hold, from symptoms in August to his diagnosis with terminal liver cancer on September 25. He wrote: “I want to say farewell to you all. My name is Ouyang Changqing and I love Tony Parker…” His post saw massive attention, receiving more than 600,000 views and thousands of messages of encouragement. Word reached a Chinese actor, who helped contact Parker’s sponsor, Peak Sport. The point guard for the Charlotte Hornets reached out to Ouyang in a video message.

ORDER A BASKIN ROBINS TURKEY CAKE _ If the dark meat/white meat decision is too difficult for you, Baskin-Robbins is coming to the rescue again this year with its ice cream Turkey Cake.

… The Turkey Cake is all ice cream made with sugar cone legs. The cake serves 12-16 people and has a suggested retail price of $32.99.

LINK

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MOTHERHOOD MAKES WOMEN SMARTER _ If you’re a mom, you’ll love this: Motherhood makes women smarter. Very distinguished psychologists (University of Richmond in Virginia) say so. Specifically, the hormones of pregnancy, including estrogen, protectively bathe the brain and may not only make women smarter now, but also help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s in old age.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOMS USE BROKEN COFFEE MUG AS WEAPON IN BRAWL _ An argument between two Florida moms got out of hand last week, ending with both women in the hospital. The fight took place at a school bus stop and one of the moms, Tiffani Cruz, said that she smashed a coffee mug over the other mom’s head because she was attacked. Charges are pending for the two moms, as they both reportedly used the broken coffee mug as a weapon.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED, DABBING PEEPING TOM TERRORIZING NJ TOWN _ A naked, dabbing Peeping Tom is on the run in a small New Jersey town, and authorities are seeking the public’s help before he strikes again. Two incidents took place in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, on September 14 and November 1, and officials believe that two other incidents in July and September may be related as well. In the most recent episode, a homeowner looked out her back door around 7 PM on November 1 and saw a naked man peering into the house. He had on only a black wig, black shoes with white stripes and a bandanna over his face. He was captured on surveillance video appearing to “dab.” The same person was captured on video in the September 14 incident.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MACARONI ASSAULT _ A Nebraska man was arrested after police said he assaulted his girlfriend with a cooking pot because he was upset she made him macaroni for dinner.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SNEAKS INTO RESTAURANT, TAKES OFF CLOTHES, PLAYS BONGOS _ A police officer in St. Petersburg, Florida, was looking at surveillance video at a restaurant that showed a burglar devouring a plate of chicken wings and enjoying a beer inside the kitchen. But then the officer stumbled across another incident from the night before that was also caught on video. The video shows a man riding his bike up to the restaurant, pedaling around the parking lot for 10 minutes, then slipping in through the back gate. After wandering around for a bit, he opens the door to a shed and begins removing items one by one. Then the man gains access to a restaurant bathroom. And exits without his clothes. He proceeds to sit naked at one of the restaurant’s picnic tables and digs into a meal he brought with him — some instant ramen. The video also shows him playing the bongos — naked. After a bit, the man biked off, but without his pants. The officer noted that everything was put back so neatly, it was four hours before anyone noticed he had been there.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN POSTPONES SURGERY TO AVOID CUTTING INTO SHOPPING TIME _ If you needed surgery on Black Friday but had plans to get a deeply discounted OLED TV for the family, or an Instant Pot at 30% off, you’d probably try to reschedule that stay in the hospital. On November 11, the folks in China celebrated Singles Day — their version of Black Friday. A woman rushed to the hospital with appendicitis refused to undergo surgery so she wouldn’t miss out on shopping. Her situation wasn’t life threatening, so her doctor gave in and postponed her surgery until the next day. The woman was able to get her shopping done.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JAPANESE MAN MARRIES HOLOGRAM _ A mother in Japan refused an invitation to her only son’s wedding in Tokyo this month because she didn’t like his partner. The 35-year-old son married a hologram. His “bride” is a virtual reality singer named Hatsune Miku. In fact, none of man’s relatives attended his wedding — but that didn’t stop him from spending over $17,000 on a ceremony. Around 40 guests watched as he tied the knot with his hologram, present in the form of a stuffed doll.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. The investigation into a stolen mural leads to a conspiracy regarding a Navy contractor and the safety of ocean mammals.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The two singers with the most votes from each team advance to the top 13, and two Comeback Artists perform live for a chance to get back in the competition.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Jack and Rebecca take a road trip to Los Angeles.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — Blackish hits 100 episodes, with the episode celebrating the influence and artistry of Prince.

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH (9p ET, A&E) — In this 2- hour special, Remini speaks with former members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Them  team interrogates a professor and former member of a student protest organization after a deadly car explosion.

SERIES PREMIERE: REAL COUNTRY (10p ET, USA) — This new 8-episode singing competition is looking for the next big country star. In each episode, Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt hand-pick emerging solo artists, duos and groups to perform in showcases. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music’s next breakout acts. The premiere includes special guests Big & Rich.


ENTERTAINMENT

STAN LEE DEAD AT 95 AUDIO  Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics legend who co-created some of its most famous heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four, died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 95. Lee was reportedly rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he later died. The cause of death has not been immediately released.

… Lee began working at Timely Comic in 1939 at age 18. The company changed its name to Marvel Comics in 1961 when Lee and artist Jack Kirby co-created the Fantastic Four and saw it go on to become a hit.

… With the success of Fantastic Four came more Lee/Kirby creations throughout the 1960s, including Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and the X-Men. Lee co-created Daredevil, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man.

… Lee’s birth name was “Stanley Martin Lieber,” but used “Stan Lee” as his pen name and then later had it legally changed.

… He’s gone, so will Stan Lee still appear in future Marvel movies, namely Captain Marvel and Avengers 4? Marvel producer Kevin Feige says Lee recorded several cameos back-to-back, to be peppered into several future films.

… Here’s every Stan Leo cameo from 1989 – 2018. According to the comments on YouTube, this compilation may have missed a few cameos and a couple of the dates of the films are incorrect, but it’s still pretty comprehensive.

TOY STORY 4 TEASER IS OUT _ The first teaser for Toy Story 4 introduces a new character who’s caught some attention. Forky is an adorable, demented little spork outfitted with pipe-cleaner arms and a cute, squiggly face. It’s the type of toy that could only be loved by a child who spent 20 whole minutes making it, and it’s obvious from the teaser that he doesn’t belong with the rest of Andy and Bonnie’s precious toys. Even Forky admits it, frantically crying out that he isn’t a to. • VIDEO

THE RYAN REYNOLDS-VOICED TRAILER FOR DETECTIVE PIKACHU IS OUT _ The first Pokemon Detective Pikachu trailer is here and it looks like serious fun. The general plot of the movie has been known for a while now. A wise-cracking Pikachu, voiced by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, helps out a young man whose father (a cop) has mysteriously disappeared, all in a world that coexists with Pokemon. • VIDEO

ALEX TREBEK REVEALS HOW JUSTIN TRUDEAU GETS OUT OF MEETINGS _ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a sly way of ending meetings, according to Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. Trebek said in an interview (with Vulture), “I spent almost an hour with him in Ottawa. … I noticed at one point, after about 45 minutes, that Justin did something like this [scratches under his shirt], and about ten seconds later, there was a knock on the door and one of his assistants came in and said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, you have a meeting.'” Trebek thinks Trudeau “has a buzzer under his shirt that he can use to signal his assistants when it’s time to come and get him.”

SANDRA BULLOCK DONATES $100K TO RESCUE ANIMALS FROM WILDFIRES _ Sandra Bullock reached deep into her pockets in order to help save the animals that are at risk in the ongoing California wildfires. The Humane Society of Ventura County, California (HSVC), announced that it is “deeply humbled” by a $100,000 donation that came from the Oscar winner and her family.

… The HSVC says Bullock’s donation will help “provide 24/7 care for the scores of horses, bulls, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and other pets evacuated from the fires. The HSVC pledges to care for these animals for as long as is needed or until their owners feel comfortable in safely reuniting their families.”

LADY GAGA GIVES EMOTIONAL SPEECH TO FIRE VICTIMS _ Lady Gaga was one of the thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes when the Woolsey Fire began to tear through Southern California last week, but the pop star made time to stop by a Red Cross shelter to speak to other affected residents over the weekend. She encouraged those displaced to care for each other and to seek help from the shelter and the mental health support staff on site. • VIDEO

… Lady Gaga posted a series of videos on her Instagram story on Friday showing her and her staff evacuating her home, as giant plumes of smoke rose from the now 91,000-acre fire in the distance.


AUDIO

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• STAN LEE: Why he never retired.

• PHONER: Shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  →  5 real calls

• THANKSGIVING: A huge package of Thanksgiving-related drops.


BITS & BREAKS

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #BeginARelationshipIn4Words

• Yes, I won Powerball.

• I don’t wear Crocs.

• I’ll cook you dinner.

• Got all my teeth.

• I love to cook.

• Let’s be broke together.

• I like your smile.

• Hey, you like drinking?

HUSBAND DROPPINGS

A coworker says if she’s gone while her husband’s home, she can come back and tell him what he did while she was away by looking at his Brett Droppings. She can tell if lounged on the couch by the crumbs on the cushion or the empty chip bag; she can tell if he was on the computer because of a soda can by the keyboard; if he walked the dog because he didn’t pus the leash away.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Tell us about your husband droppings. Call us and begin with, “Let me tell you about ‘His name’ Droppings.”

HOW TO BE AS HAPPY AS YOUR DOG

DOGS KNOW WHAT REALLY MATTERS – In their world, loving and being loved come first. Dogs love their human family and doggy friends spontaneously and happily. That should be what matters to us.

THEY NEVER STOP THINKING THAT LIFE HAS TREATS IN STORE – Even if it’s not dinner time, they never lose hope that you might, just might, give them something from the food cupboard. An optimistic attitude makes the world seem a happier place to live in.

DOGS MOVE ON – They don’t simmer with resentments or moan that life is unfair. Accepting your life as it is gives you time and energy to enjoy what can be enjoyed.

IT’S ALL ABOUT SIMPLE PLEASURES TO THEM – Whether it’s crumbs on the kitchen floor, rabbit holes, sticks or simply being near you, the little things can bring big rewards. Look for small pleasures and don’t be too critical. You will enjoy life more.

DOGS DON’T MULTITASK – They like walks, strokes, interesting smells and chasing balls – one at a time. They don’t waste energy complicating life with over-thinking or doing too many things at once – and are all the better for it.

THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE TOP DOG – Our dogs will happily follow us when we lead, and don’t mind taking orders. And if ours is top dog among others, he leads without domineering or bullying. We can have a happy life without fighting to come out on top.

DOGS BREATHE IT ALL IN – They stop and sniff whenever there is a scent that interests them. They see life through their nose. We should not ignore the joy of scents that please us. Pay attention to the smell of flowers, newly mown grass, evergreen trees, good food and freshly washed laundry. Add these small joyful experiences to your life.

WHEN THEY WANT AFFECTION THEY ASK… AND ARE HAPPY TO SHOW IT – A dog will lean against you, nudge you, lick your hand, bring you a toy or put a paw on your lap. There is no shame in asking for affection. A dog shows you how special you are to him. Do the same to others. Send a card. Give thoughtful gifts, offers of help or make time to listen.

THEY KNOW HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS – Watch a dog making friends with other dogs. There’s the run towards, pause, circle and bottom sniff. Bottom sniffing is definitely not a good start to human friendship, but a cheerful handshake and a smile will work well. Enhance your life by being friendly to people you meet during the day, such as the shopkeeper or the receptionist.

RELAXING IS A PRIORITY – Dogs laze around or sleep when there’s not much to do. Don’t feel you have to fill up all your time with busyness. Taking it easy or having a power nap is not a waste of time — it’s good for you.

WHEREVER YOU ARE, THEY FEEL AT HOME – Our dogs would be happy in a bedsit or a mansion, as long as we’re there. Being with loved ones is what makes a happy home. You don’t need five bedrooms for happiness. You only need a place for people and your dog.

THEY’RE GOOD LISTENERS – They pay attention to us when we talk to them. We can tell them anything and they’re never judgmental.

THE BENEFITS OF GIVING THANKS

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. So, besides spending time with your loved ones and noshing on mashed potatoes, what are the benefits of giving thanks? Here are a few, from Real Simple magazine.

• It helps you feel in control. In a recent study, people who wrote a letter expressing their gratitude once a week felt more independent that those who didn’t – because they started to take credit for the good things in their lives.

• Giving thanks improves your health. People who keep gratitude journals tend to exercise an average of 33% MORE each week, and sleep 30 minutes more each night. People who keep these journals also report more energy and vitality – they are aware of the blessings they already have in their lives don’t take their health for granted. They want to maintain their health and improve it. They’re also better at managing stress, which improves their health.

• It bolsters your self-worth and self-esteem. If you count your blessings, then instead of getting angry when things go wrong, you can concentrate on the things you value the most. Eventually, this becomes an automatic response.

• It helps you cope with trauma. Painful memories are less likely to surface for people who are grateful – and they’re less intense when they do — if you’re focused on what’s good in your life right now, you’re better able to deal with negative emotions from your past.

1958 MAGAZINE ARTICLE LISTS WAYS TO GET A HUSBAND

Kim Marx-Kuczynski of Madison, Wisconsin, shared photos of an article called 129 Ways to Get a Husband on Facebook. She found the article in an old 1958 issue of McCall’s magazine.

The article begins: “In the United States today there are sixteen million women over the age of seventeen who are not married. Presumably the vast majority of them would like to be.”

Then there’s a list of 129 dating tips, many of which are, well, absurd. Some highlights include crying softly in a corner, carrying a hatbox, and stowing away on a battleship.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Every four seconds, someone opens a can of what? (Spam)

TRIVIA: There are more than 13,000 of what in the White House? (Knives, forks, spoons/pieces of silverware)

ONE OF US IS LYING!

Each member of your show delivers a fact. The first listener to guess who’s lying is the winner. Solo show? Play Spy the Lie: Deliver all the fact yourself and take calls till you have a winner.

• Taking regular naps can lower your risk of dying from heart disease by 37%.

• The classic TV show The Love Boat was based on a novel.

• Soaking your feet in coffee improves foot odor. (LIE. Although it’s said that soaking your feet in tea works.)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 13, 2018

• 1987: PATSY CLINE’s Greatest Hits album was certified platinum. It would go on to sell more than 10 million copies.

• 2001: GARTH BROOKS’ album Scarecrow was released. It would be his final album prior to “retirement” and the last released to mainstream retail. Future releases would come, but in an exclusive deal with Walmart stores.

• 2003: TOBY KEITH’s album Shock’n Y’all debuted at the top of both the Billboard Country Albums chart and Top 200 all formats chart after selling nearly 600,000 copies its first week of release.

• 2012: JASON ALDEAN made a guest appearance on NBC’s The Voice, performing The Only Way I Know with contestants Dez Duron and Bryan Keith.

• 2012: DEANA CARTER filed for legal separation from husband Brandon Malone.

• 2012: GEORGE JONES announced his final show would take place November 22, 2013 in Nashville. Jones died April 26, 2013.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.

• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard is an adrenaline junkie.

• MIDLAND: The guys share where they go to escape.

• JUSTIN MOORE on fame.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LUKE COMBS’ She Got The Best of Me spends it’s fourth straight week at the top of the Country Airplay (Billboard) chart. The tune is the first this year to spend four straight weeks at the top of that chart, the last being DUSTIN LYNCH’s Small Town Boy in September and October of 2017.

LUKE BRYAN will be kicking off the 52nd Annual CMA Awards with a performance of his new single, What Makes You Country, and he will also be bringing a few special guests to the stage.

USA Network’s Real Country singing show begins tonight (Tuesday). Judges SHANIA TWAIN, JAKE OWEN and TRAVIS TRITT will work with contestants over the next eight weeks with the winner to get the chance to play Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

TRACY LAWRENCE’s 13th Annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry is set for November 20. More than 500 turkeys have been donated and will be fried to help those in the Nashville mission. The vent will culminate with a concert at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon by Tracy and special guests ERIC PASLAY and HALFWAY 2 HAZZARD. There will also be a live auction celebrity memorabilia.

SARA EVANS serves as a guest co-host today (Tuesday) on CBS’ The Talk.

CHRIS STAPLETON, TIM MCGRAW and JAKE OWEN will headline Country Thunder Wisconsin, July 18-21 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, with a fourth headliner to be announced. Other artists who will perform during next year’s event include TRACE ADKINS, MARTY STUART, LONESTAR, JIMMY ALLEN, MICHAEL RAY and ASHLEY MCBRYDE.

CASSADEE POPE will perform November 23 at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Christmas Tree Lighting.

BROTHERS OSBORNE have extended their headlining tour in 2019. Their over 40 stops will include Chicago, Boston and Nashville.

TRAVIS DENNING will make his Grand Ole Opry debut Friday (November 16) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 14, 2018

• 1951: In Dallas, MARTY ROBBINS held his first recording session for Columbia Records.

• 1999: The DIXIE CHICKS voiced three cousins from Louisiana during an episode of the FOX animated series King Of The Hill.

• 2001: GARTH BROOKS kicked off the first of three shows to promote the release of his album Scarecrow. The first show originated from Los Angeles and included a guest appearance by TRISHA YEARWOOD. The shows would be trimmed down into one special for airing on CBS.

• 2005: JASON ALDEAN’s self-titled debut album was certified gold for shipments of 500,000 copies. It was the first gold album for any artist on the Broken Bow label, which is also the recording home of CRAIG MORGAN and LILA MCCANN.

• 2010: CARRIE UNDERWOOD sang Mama’s Song and Undo It at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York’s Times Square. The performances were captured for The Thanksgiving Day Parade On CBS.

• 2016: HOLLY DUNN died of ovarian cancer in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 14, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Laura San Giacomo (Just Shoot Me) is 57

• Reverend Run of Run-DMC is 54

• Patrick Warburton (The Tick, Seinfeld) is 54

• Josh Duhamel (Transformer movies) is 46

• TV personality Chip Gaines is 44

• Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live) is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1910: Aviation pioneer Eugene Ely performed the first take-off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He took off from a makeshift deck on the light cruiser USS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher.

• 1922: The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) began radio service in the United Kingdom.

• 1992: Danville, Virginia, inventor David Bivens introduced his automatic people wash, a device with large spinning brushes similar to those he invented decades earlier to wash cars and trucks.

• 1998: Carmen Electra and NBA star Dennis Rodman were married in Las Vegas.

• 2003: A Beijing woman fed up with her husband’s body odor went to court and made him sign an agreement to take a bath every day. Breaching the agreement three times meant he would be forced to live somewhere else for a month.

• 2006: In Wichita, Kansas, three men attempted to kidnap a teen in a dispute over stereo speakers. When one of the kidnappers tried to stick his gun back into his own waistband it went off, shooting him in the groin. The crook cringed, which cause the gun to go off a second time, hitting him in the calf. When the shooting ended the kidnapper walked himself to the hospital. His two accomplices were arrested.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Selfie Day

• Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

• Teddy Bear Day

• Pickle Day

• Spicy Guacamole Day

• Operating Room Nurse Day

• World Diabetes Day

UPCOMING

• November 21: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Olivia Newton-John is 70

• Linda Hamilton is 62

• Melissa Sue Anderson (Little House on the Prairie) is 56

• Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) is 50

• Serena Williams is 37

• Zoe Perry (Young Sheldon) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1962: The Beverly Hillbillies premiered.

• 1969: The album Abbey Road by the Beatles was released.

• 1990: The Motion Picture Association of America announced it had created a new rating, NC-17, designed to bar moviegoers under age 17 from certain films without the commercial stigma of the old X rating.

• 2006: In Tyler, Texas, a 73-year-old used car salesman allegedly ended an argument with a customer by pulling out a machete and whacking the man’s arm. Robert Parker was arrested on charges of aggravated assault after the incident. According to police, Gerald Davis had purchased a car from Time Auto Sales and went back to the dealership to pick up his license plates. Police said Davis and Parker began arguing and eventually Parker produced the machete. Police said they don’t know what the argument was about.

• 2012: An NFL referee lockout ended.

• 2016: In the first presidential debate Hillary Clinton faced Donald Trump at Hofstra University. It set the record as the most-watched debate in American history, with 84 million viewers.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Johnny Appleseed Day

• Dumpling Day

• Women’s Health & Fitness Day

• World Contraception Day

• Key Lime Pie Day

UPCOMING

• September 29: Season 44 premiere of SNL
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

167 billion: Pieces of mail delivered each year by the United States Postal Service.


NEWS ATTACK!

In Arizona, U.S. Sen. Paul Gosar is running for re-election. But his six siblings appear in TV commercials urging voters to vote against him. [It figures that the kid no one likes is the one that goes into politics.]

Congress is trying to reach an agreement that would keep the government from shutting down. [Hey, don’t do us any favors.]

Congress is trying to reach an agreement that would keep the government from shutting down. [Wait, it’s still operating?]

The NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers introduced a bizarre new mascot that’s tall and orange with strange hair. [He has a sidekick named Melania.]

Authorities report that the Connecticut suburbs are being hit by surge of home break-ins committed by bears. [The news gets even sadder. Experts speculate the bears are burglarizing homes looking for money to support their opioid addiction.]

A man was arrested at Buckingham Palace for carrying a stun gun. [Would someone please explain to me exactly what the problem is with Megan Markle’s dad?]

Tennis star Andy Murray was presented with an award by the Chinese government — an award that he immediately dropped and shattered. [Out of safety concerns, Chinese officials then immediately canceled a photo shoot where Murray was scheduled to pose while holding babies.]

A critic of Vladimir Putin was released from jail only to be re-arrested as he was walking out. [Sometimes Putin manages to even out-Putin Putin.]

A so-called psychic in Maryland, who conned people out of $341,000, was sentenced to six years in prison. [But I guess she saw that coming.]

Starting in January, Dunkin’ Donuts will change its name to simply Dunkin’. [It could be worse. They could have followed the example of Weight Watchers and changed their name to DD.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DUNKIN’ DROPS ‘DONUTS’ FROM NAME _ Dunkin Donuts announced Tuesday it is dropping the word “donuts” from its name. The company said the name change will go into effect in January 2019. The company said that though it is removing “donuts” from its name, donuts will remain on the menu.

… Dunkin’s announcement comes one day after another major brand, Weight Watchers, announced a similar name change. The company, traditionally known as a weight-loss system, changed its name to WW, saying it will be focusing more on wellness instead of weight.

COLLEGE PRESIDENT APOLOGIZES FOR DRINKING FROM BEER BONG _ The president of Southeast Missouri State University is apologizing after he was captured on video drinking from a beer bong at a tailgate party. The Southeast Missourian reports that president Carlos Vargas-Aburto said in an email that it was a “poor decision” to accept the drink before Southeast’s September 15 football game at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Video of students cheering and filming as he chugged from the funnel was posted to Twitter .

MOM’S PLAN FOR ‘STAYING INSIDE YOUR BUDGET AT TARGET’ IS PERFECT _ Whether you’re on a mission to pick up paper products, school supplies, groceries, or a fall wardrobe for your kiddo, chances are that you’ve walked into Target with delusions of having a focused, efficient, budget-friendly shopping trip. The reality likely ends up being the complete opposite.

… Late last week, blogger Amy Weatherly shared a tongue-in-cheek post about “staying inside your budget at Target,” and it’s pretty much perfect. Weatherly’s four steps to staying inside your budget: “1. Make a list of exactly what you need. 2. Go to Target. 3. Rip up the list. 4. Go home because it’s just not gonna happen. You know it. I know it. The people of Target are laughing at us all behind their backs because they know it.”

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SCIENTISTS DEVELOPING BLOOD TEST FOR DROWSY DRIVING _ Scientists are inching closer to a blood test for drowsy driving. A computer algorithm effectively differentiated between sleep-deprived and well-rested people by picking up changes in expression of certain genes. British researchers say identifying these biomarkers is the first step to developing a test which can accurately calculate how much sleep an individual has had.

… Researchers said the breakthrough might lead to a blood test that could determine if drivers haven’t had enough sleep. Drivers who are even one to two hours short on shuteye are nearly twice as likely to get into an accident.

HOW MUCH CAT OWNERS LOVE THEIR PETS _ In an often turbulent and negative world, many Americans are getting through by focusing on what counts: watching cat videos on the internet. A new survey found that the average cat owner “likes” 398 cat-related posts and looks at 725 cat pictures and videos in a year.

… More than just interacting with cat-themed internet posts, the average cat owner also has 13 cat-related items. This includes 44 percent who have a framed photo of their cat, 43 percent who own a cat stuffed animal and 38 percent of owners who own a cat calendar.

… The average cat owner spends 8 days a year talking to their cat and 20 days cuddling with them.

MILLENNIALS MORE LIKELY TO FALL FOR SCAMS THAN BABY BOOMERS _ A new report from the Better Business Bureau suggests that millennials are now more likely to fall victim to a scam than Baby Boomers. The BBB reports that 69 percent of scam victims are under the age of 45. Young adults in college are especially gullible because “they are old enough to have money, young enough to be vulnerable and are likely unsupervised as many are away from home for the first time.”

AX-THROWING BAR WOULD GET SUSPENDED FOR BEING UNSAFE _ The Hub Stadium, an Auburn Hills, Michigan, bar that features ax-throwing lanes, had its liquor license and permits suspended by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission until they can develop new safety procedures and precautions. According to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, videos on Hub Stadium’s social media platforms showed patrons throwing axes at bottles of spirits, consuming shots from the bottle that was not struck, and a message displayed on the video stating: “Who said don’t mix alcohol with ax throwing?”

PHOENIX TV CONFRONTS MAN WITH FOOT FETISH AUDIO  Phoenix realtors call him the foot fetish guy, and he’s been creeping them out for years. An Arizona news crew tracked him down outside a coffee shop this week. His name is Anthony, and he admits to contacting countless realtors through text and email, offering to rub their feet and asking about their high heels. When asked why he was doing it, Anthony said, “I don’t know. I apologize. I’m stupid, but I’m not doing it anymore, I promise.”

DOCTORS HAVE BAD HANDWRITING _ A study from British scientists proved doctors really do have the worst handwriting. Researchers used a computer program to decipher the handwriting of 92 doctors. The computer was unable to recognize most of the medical chicken scratch. There is a silver lining, though; doctors were found to write poorly only in letters, not numbers. So even if you get the wrong prescription because of illegible writing, at least you’ll get the proper dosage.

MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE ZERO INTEREST IN THE INTERNET _ Eleven percent of adults in the United States don’t use the Internet or email. A third of non-internet users (34%) did not go online because they had no interest in doing so or did not think the internet was relevant to their lives. Another 32% of non-users said the internet was too difficult to use. About 19% cited the expense of internet service or owning a computer.

IF SHE’S CHEATING, IT’S LIKELY WITH SOMEONE AT WORK _ If your wife is cheating on you, it’s with someone she works with, according to a new survey. A slimy website that specializes in fixing people up who are already in relationships found that 36% of cheating women did so with someone they met at work.

TURNING HIDE-AND-SEEK INTO A SPORT _ About six years ago a professor in Japan had an idea for a new Olympic sport. The professor said at the time that sports today are all about world-beating techniques and skills. But that’s not sport for all. His plan: get the Olympics to add a sport where “anyone can take part, regardless of age, gender, or ability.” That’s why he founded the Japan Hide-and-Seek Promotion Committee. The committee even created rules for formal competition. At the time he admitted it “may be difficult to get hide-and-seek into the Olympics … but I see Tokyo 2020 as our big chance.”

WE LIE MORE IN EMAIL THAN WITH PEN AND PAPER _ Research (out of Lehigh University) suggests office emails are more loaded with lies than traditional written communications like pen and paper. In one study, the researchers gave 48 full-time MBA students $89 to divide between themselves and another fictional party, who only knew the dollar amount fell somewhere between $5 and $100. There was one pre-condition: the other party had to accept whatever offer was made to them. Using either email or pen-and-paper communications, the MBA students reported the size of the pot — truthful or not — and how much the other party would get. Lying was rampant in all situations. But students using email lied about the amount of money to be divided more than 92 percent of the time, while less then 64 percent lied when writing by hand. A second study of 69 full-time MBA students found that the more familiar emailers are with each other, the less deceptive they tend to be. They still lied, however.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WE ARE STILL HUNTER-GATHERERS _ A study suggests that, despite the developed world’s safe suburbs and indoor lifestyle, modern humans are still experts at spotting predators and prey. The research (published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) reveals that humans today are hard-wired to pay attention to other people and animals much more so than non-living things, even if inanimate objects are the primary hazards for modern, urbanized folks. The researchers say the finding supports the idea that natural selection molded mechanisms into our ancestors’ brains that were specialized for paying attention to humans and other animals. These adaptive traits were then passed on to us.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SCHOOLCHILDREN TO BE GIVEN BIKE LICENSE PLATES _ A school in London is forcing children to bike to school with numbered plates on their bikes to crack down on irresponsible cycling. Stanley Park High (in Carshalton) are introducing the bike registration plan which would enable the public to report pupils.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PLANE PASSENGER TRIES TO OPEN EXIT DOOR MISTAKING IT FOR BATHROOM _ An Indian passenger caused panic in mid-air when he tried to open a plane door, apparently mistaking it for the toilet. Another passenger saw what was happening, yelled for help and the passenger was intercepted by the crew. The man was a first-time flier in his late 20s.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CROOK LEVEAS GUN BEHIND _ In Canada a guy who held up a flower shop immediately took the money and went next door to a convenience store to pick up some much needed supplies. As he was walking out he remembered he had left something important behind in the flower shop so he returned to pick it up. Bad idea. The police were already there investigating. The important thing he left behind: his gun.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEGINNERS COURSE IN WASHING MACHINE USE _ Some laundry-phobic men in Germany are being offered beginners courses on how to use a washing machine. The free seminars aim to help men take the burden of doing the laundry away from their female partners. A recent survey in Germany found that women do the laundry in 80% of households.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ADMITS STEALING HOT POCKETS WAS STUPID AUDIO  In Atlanta at around 4 AM, a man allegedly tried to leave a grocery store with items stuffed under his shirt. A security guard saw the man holding his stomach and walked up to him. The man said his stomach hurt. The security guard questioned him, and the man revealed the items under his shirt: a frozen pizza, some salmon burgers, and some ham-and-cheese Hot Pockets. The security guard said the man than admitted that he’d been drinking and now he’d done something stupid.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLARS RUN OUT OF GAS _ Sheriff’s deputies in Texas say two men who burgled a home’s storage shed didn’t get very far: they ran out of gas 100 yards away as they made their getaway. But that’s not what brought law enforcement in: the men had gone from door to door with a gas can, asking for fuel, leading more than one of the neighbors to call 911.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — The 37th season of Survivor has a “David vs. Goliath” theme. The 90-minute premiere begins with the 20 new castaways divided into two teams. Castaways in the “David” tribe all have overcome adversity in their lives, while “Goliath” tribe members capitalize on their advantages to prevail.

SEASON PREMIERE: CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — All of Dick Wolf’s three Chicago-based dramas will air back to back this season. Molly Bernard (Younger) and Colby Lewis join the cast.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — Season 6 begins with tribute to the John Hughes classic Sixteen Candles. It’s Adam’s 16th birthday, but parents Beverly and Murray are too distracted by daughter Erica’s musical ambitions and older son Barry’s  engagement.

SEASON PREMIERE: EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — As the 5th season begins, the show jumps 2 years forward and a promising new singer and rapper named Treasure (guest star Kaitlyn Simone) may hold the key to reversing the Lyons family fortunes.

BURDEN OF TRUTH (8p ET, CW) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — Katie goes back to work as a party planner as season 3 begins. Kelly Ripa guest stars.

SEASON PREMIERE: CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — Season 7 begins.

SEASON PREMIERE: MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Expect several life-changing moments, including a major death, during the 10th season.

SEASON PREMIERE: STAR (9p ET, FOX) — Season 3 opens three months after the end of Season 2, as Star (Jude Demorest) returns from tour. Patti LaBelle guest stars.

SUPERGIRL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: BIG BROTHER (9:30p ET, CBS) — The winner is revealed in the 90-minute finale.

SERIES PREMIERE: SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) star in this new comedy. Killam plays the newest member of a support group of single parents. Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) also stars.

SEASON PREMIERE: CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — Season 6 begins. Anne Heche (The Brave) will have a recurring role this season as Dep. Superintendent Katherine Brennan.

SERIES PREMIERE: A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (10p ET, ABC) — This new drama revolves around a group of Boston friends who are drawn back together by the death of a mutual friend (Ron Livingston, seen in flashbacks), prompting them to take stock of their lives. The ensemble cast includes James Roday (Psych), Christina Ochoa (Valor), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Romany Malco and Stephanie Szostak (Satisfaction).

SEASON PREMIERE: SOUTH PARK (10p ET, Comedy Central) — South Park returns for a 22nd season.


ENTERTAINMENT

PADMA LAKSHMI SAID SHE WAS RAPED AT 16 AND DIDN’T REPORT IT _ Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi said in a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday that she was raped by her boyfriend as a teenager, and was compelled to break her silence on the issue after politicians wondered why two women accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct didn’t report it sooner.

… Lakshmi wrote: “On Friday, President Trump tweeted that if what Dr. Ford said was true, she would have filed a police report years ago. But I understand why both women would keep this information to themselves for so many years, without involving the police. For years, I did the same thing.” In a series of tweets before the op-ed piece the TV host said: “I was 7 the first time I was sexually assaulted. He was a relative of my mom’s second husband. I told my folks and they sent me away. The second time I was 16 years old and a virgin. He was my boyfriend. ‘Date rape’ wasn’t discussed in the ’80s. I was horrified and ashamed. The third time I was assaulted I was 23. I thought that no one would believe me, because no one wanted to stand up to him.”

MAKING A MURDERER IS COMING BACK NEXT MONTH _ Netflix has announced that Making a Murderer will be returning next month with 10 new episodes. The first ten episodes of the documentary followed the case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin resident who is serving a life sentence for the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbech. Over the course of 10 episodes, the docuseries explored the theory that Avery had been framed by the local police for the killing.The series also followed the story of Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was sentenced to life imprisonment after confessing to assisting him with the murder. • VIDEO

… The next ten episodes will follow both Avery and Dassey’s family and legal team as they attempt to exonerate both men.

ONE TREE HILL REUNION IS ON THE WAY _ If you’re one of the many people who can’t step away from beloved ’90s and 2000s TV shows, you are in luck. Lifetime recently announced a One Tree Hill reunion that comes with a cool Christmas twist. It’s been 15 years since One Tree Hill first aired. To commemorate the anniversary, the One Tree Hill cast raised money for victims of Hurricane Florence. Now Lifetime revealed Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner, and Tyler Hilton will star in The Christmas Contract, set to premiere November 22. Following the movie, the cast will sit down — including Stephen Colletti — for ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion “for an evening of fun that will include some surprise guests.”

BILL COSBY GETS VANILLA PUDDING IN JAIL FOR FIRST MEAL BEHIND BARS _ For his first night as a convicted criminal, Bill Cosby was served a chicken patty with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, pudding and an iced tea juice packet. It’s unclear if the pudding was actually Jell-O brand, which Cosby promoted for many years.

BILL COSBY’S HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME STAR WILL NOT BE REMOVED _ Bill Cosby is about to spend the next three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault, but that doesn’t seem to phase the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in the least bit. In a statement Tuesday, officials said the convicted comedian would be allowed to keep his star on the Walk of Fame — despite widespread calls to remove it. The statement said: “The stars only commemorate the recipient’s professional accomplishments,” describing the Walk of Fame as a “historical record of entertainment figures past and present. Once installed, the stars become part of the historic fabric of the Walk of Fame … and are intended to be permanent.”

… A petition had been submitted on Monday, urging commerce officials to scrub Cosby’s name off for good after numerous attacks on the star — including one where the words “serial rapist” were scrawled on it.

KREMER AND STORM TO BE FIRST ALL-FEMALE NFL BROADCAST DUO _ Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm will be the first all-female duo to broadcast an NFL game on Thursday when they serve as Amazon Prime’s groundbreaking team. Kremer and Storm will provide commentary and analysis for Thursday Night Football, which moves to Amazon Prime Video for 11 games beginning this week with the airing of the contest pitting the Minnesota Vikings (1-1-1) against the host Los Angeles Rams (3-0).

… The Thursday night package of games will be shown on both FOX and NFL Network with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth. Amazon will offer the Buck/Aikman commentary or the choice of three other audio feeds: Kremer and Storm, a broadcast team based in the United Kingdom and a Spanish broadcast team.

A BUNCH OF THE OFFICE STUFF IS FOR SALE _ Fans of The Office can own a piece of Dunder Mifflin. You can bid now on official props, costumes, and set pieces from the greatest workplace comedy of all time. You can channel your inner Stanley Hudson with a set of his actual puzzle books. Own some of Dwight’s weapons, like his rubber nunchucks. Or finally finish that scarf that Phyllis has been working on for ages. The auction is happening now on eBay.

… Fans of the show are bummed — many have shared on social media that the auction of props from The Office must mean there’s zero chance of a reunion TV movie or short sequel of a handful of episodes.

WILL SMITH DID A GRAND CANYON HELICOPTER BUNGEE JUMP AUDIO  September 25, 2018 will go down in history as the day Bill Cosby went to jail, Donald Trump was laughed at by his peers at the UN, and Will Smith celebrated his 50th birthday by jumping into the Grand Canyon from a helicopter.

… The bungee-jumping stunt was streamed live on YouTube and proceeds went to charity. • VIDEO

FINAL SNEAK PEEK AT FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD _ On Tuesday a final sneak peek at Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released. The upcoming spinoff of the Harry Potter film series comes to theaters on November 16. • VIDEO

ALMOST FAMOUS WILL BE A STAGE MUSICAL _ Film director and journalist Cameron Crowe is adapting his 2000 film Almost Famous as a stage musical. Crowe based the original film on his own life as a teen journalist for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s.

RAPPER HOSPITALIZED AFTER EATING TOO MANY FLAMIN’ HOT CHEETOS _ In news that sounds like a headline from The Onion, rapper Lil Xan revealed that he was hospitalized because he ate too many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Yes. The spicy snack food that really isn’t that spicy. Many of Lil Xan’s fans were concerned when the rapper posted a photo on Instagram of him in the back of an ambulance. He later said on Instagram: “Ya, I went to the hospital today. I just want to let everybody know that I was in the hospital, not due to any drugs, but I guess I ate too many hot Cheetos and it ripped something in my stomach open a little bit and I puked a little blood. So we good.”

SHIA LABEOUF MOVES ON FROM MIA GOTH WITH POP STAR FKA TWIGS _ Shia LaBeouf is splitting from Mia Goth and is dating Robert Pattinson’s ex-fiancée, pop star FKA twigs. A rep for LaBeouf said: “Shia and Mia have filed for divorce. The separation is amicable, and all details pertaining to the divorce proceedings will remain private.”

… Goth and LaBeouf had an Elvis-themed commitment ceremony in Vegas in 2016, but were reportedly not legally wed. Twigs will appear in LaBeouf’s upcoming film Honey Boy, based on his upbringing as a child actor.


AUDIO

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• WILL SMITH: For his 50th birthday he bungee jumped over the Grand Canyon.

• FOOT GUY: A foot fetish guy in Phoenix was confronted by reporter.  →  September 26 Wacky-But-True

• UN LAUGHS AT TRUMP: Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Donald Trump boasted that his administration had already “accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country” — a claim that provoked unintentional laughter from the audience of global leaders.

• DROPS: Halloween clips.


BITS & BREAKS

LIP PRINTS

What does your lip print say about you? Apply lipstick and leave your kiss print on a piece of paper to find out what your lips are really saying.

• Thick print and full lower lip — You are straight-forward and keep your opinions to yourself to save your friends’ feelings.

• Full, heart-shaped mark — You know what it means to be a true friend. You are always upbeat and are great at keeping secrets.

• Light mark — You are a true romantic. When it comes to love, you are looking for a guy who is idealistic.

• Thin lips, with upper lip slightly fuller than lower — you are logical and reliable.

• Full and tightly closed — You are seriously determined.

• Dark — You are very confident and secure with yourself.

• Pouty with the corners turned down — You love being the center of attention.

FREEBIES & DEALS FOR NATIONAL COFFEE DAY

Saturday is National Coffee Day, and once again a variety of chains have assorted giveaways, discounts and contests. As always, participation may vary.

• 7-Eleven: The chain will offer free coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich over $2.

• Cumberland Farms: Customers can score a free hot or iced java on National Coffee Day after texting FREECOFFEE to 64827 and receiving a mobile coupon.

• Dunkin’ Donuts: The chain is celebrating a “twice as nice” promotion this year with a buy one, get one free deal for all hot coffee purchases.

• Krispy Kreme: Coffee lovers can score a free hot or iced java of any size on the holiday.

• Peet’s Coffee: Customers can savor a free drip coffee or tea at participating locations, as well as 25% off one pound of beans at participating locations.

• Pilot Flying J: The chain is celebrating the occasion on September 28 and September 29, offering free java through downloading their official app.

A MAN’S NO. 1 FEAR

What is a man’s No. 1 fear? Going bald. Having a shiny head is a bigger fear than becoming impotent. What other fears do men have about themselves?

• 94% worry about going bald

• 89% are scared of becoming impotent

• 75% are worried about going grey

• 64% are scared of getting fat

• 61% fear losing their teeth

• 45% dread needing thick reading glasses

• 31% are scared of going deaf

• 24% are frightened of getting bad breath


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Five percent of us do this at least twice a day. (Take a shower or bath)

TRIVIA: The world record for the most number of these held in one hand is 24. (Golf balls)

TRIVIA: You’ll eat 22 pounds of what this year? (Tomatoes. More than half this amount is eaten in the form of ketchup and tomato sauce.)

BRAIN TEASER

A man is trapped in a room. The room has only two possible exits: two doors. Through the first door there is a room constructed from magnifying glass. The blazing hot sun instantly fries anything or anyone that enters. Through the second door there is a fire-breathing dragon. How does the man escape?

Answer: He waits until night time and then goes through the first door.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

• 1925: MARTY ROBBINS was born in Glendale, Arizona. He died in 1982.

• 1953: JOHNNY HORTON married Billie Jean Jones, widow of HANK WILLIAMS.

• 2003: After being dethroned for a week, ALAN JACKSON’s duet with JIMMY BUFFETT, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, re-claimed the top spot on the Radio & Records chart. It would spend eight collective weeks at the top and would be Alan’s longest charting single.

• 2011: KEITH URBAN was joined by actor Russell Crowe during his show at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. Keith backs Russell on a cover of Folsom Prison Blues.

• 2012: GEORGE STRAIT announced plans for his final major tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The tour dates would keep him on the road through summer of 2014. He did stress it was not a retirement announcement, that he would perform select shows after the tour and would continue recording and writing new music.

• 2016: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS began selling their own brand of spicy peppers, Oak Ridge Boys Favorite Southern Style Bread N Butter Jalapenos, at Cracker Barrel stores.

DAVID FRIZZELL is 77.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN is 70. She was the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year in 1974 and scored hits on the country chart with Let Me Be There and If You Love Me, Let Me Know.

CARLENE CARTER is 63.

DOUG SUPERNAW is 58.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.

• THOMAS RHETT at first thought Life Changes was too personal.

• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE says Meant to Be is their most meaningful single.

• THOMAS RHETT on the possibility of opening his own bar.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

KELSEA BALLERINI and The Chainsmokers perform their new collaboration, This Feeling, today (Wednesday) on Ellen.

KELSEA BALLERINI will release a deluxe edition of her album Unapologetically on October 26. It’ll include four new songs: Fun and Games; I Think I Fell In Love Today; a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide; and her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, This Feeling.

… The third single from KELSEA BALLERINI’s album Unapologetically will be Miss Me More and it’s expected out in the next couple of weeks.

CHRIS YOUNG, DAN + SHAY and MORGAN EVANS will perform December 7 in New York City as part of Nash Holiday Bash. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Long Island Food Bank.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD says while she and hubby Mike Fisher know the sex of their baby, they’re keeping it under wraps for now. You may recall that when Carrie was expecting her first baby, BRAD PAISLEY revealed it would be a boy during the 2014 Country Music Association Awards. Could it happen again this year?

CARRIE UNDERWOOD says some have congratulated her on the twins, to which she says, “I ain’t having no twins. As far as I know, there’s only one in there.”

LUKE BRYAN, SAM HUNT, LITTLE BIG TOWN and ALABAMA will headline Country Jam 2019 near Junction, Colorado. The event drew more than 90,000 for its 2018 edition. Next year’s festival is set for June 13-16.

LORETTA LYNN will receive the CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award October 17 during the CMT Artists of the Year special. She is the fourth artist to receive the honor following MERLE HAGGARD (2014), KENNY ROGERS (2015) and SHANIA TWAIN (2016).

REBA MCENTIRE, who recently unveiled the fall line of her Reba clothing brand, covers the latest issue of Women’s World magazine.

KEITH URBAN will host the Australian Recording Industry Association Awards on November 28. The ARIA awards are the equivalent of the Grammys.

CAM (Burning House) will play her first headlining show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium tonight (Wednesday).


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

• 1963: The National Life And Accident Insurance Company bought the Ryman Auditorium for $200,000 and re-named it the Grand Ole Opry House.

• 1997: THE RANCH made its chart debut with Walkin’ The Country, which also marked the chart debut for KEITH URBAN, the trio’s then lead singer and guitarist.

• 2000: A massive 20 foot bow was placed on the roof of the Grand Ole Opry House to commemorate the 75th birthday of the show.

• 2007: SARA EVANS told a judge she and Craig Schelske had reached agreement on the terms of their divorce.

• 2015: Hunter Montgomery, the 19-year-old son of MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s Eddie Montgomery, died in a Kentucky hospital of an overdose.

• 2016: LUKE COMBS signed a recording deal with Columbia from a tour stop at the Top Hat in Missoula, Montana.


DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Meat Loaf is 71

• A Martinez is 70

• Shaun Cassidy is 60

• Comedian Marc Maron is 55

• Gwyneth Paltrow is 46

• Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) is 44

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1950: The answering machine was invented.

• 1964: The Warren Commission released its report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

• 1998: Google was founded.

• 2003: A Brazilian prisoner who tried to escape from Sao Paulo prison while dressed as a woman was caught because he couldn’t walk in high heels. Guards said the man looked like a beautiful woman but waddled like a duck.

• 2004:  NBC announced that Conan O’Brien would take over for Jay Leno The Tonight Show in 2009.

• 2015: A “Supermoon” coincided with a lunar eclipse creating a “Blood Moon” over much of the earth.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Ancestor Appreciation Day

• Chocolate Milk Day

• Corned Beef Has Day

UPCOMING

• September 29: Season 44 premiere of SNL
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)


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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 23, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie) is 87

• Richard Sanders (Les Nessman on WKRP In Cincinnati) is 78

• Shelley Long (Cheers) is 69

• Rick Springfield is 69

• Jay Mohr (Last Comic Standing) is 48

• Ray Park (Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace) is 44

• Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-0) is 42

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1784: Eastern Tennessee declared itself an independent state under the name of Franklin. The step was rejected by the United States Congress one year later.

• 1904: The automobile tire chain was patented.

• 1958: Knighty Knight Bugs was released; it became the first Bugs Bunny cartoon to win an Academy Award.

• 1968: Ringo Starr temporarily quit The Beatles.

• 1991: In Lansing, Michigan, 250 gerbils chewed their way out of shipping boxes and scampered though the airport.

• 1999: Berlin once again became the capital of Germany.

• 2000: Richard Hatch was the winning castaway on the TV show “Survivor.” Hatch won $1 million for his stay on the island of Pulau Tida in the South China Sea.

• 2003: A 47-year-old German man lost his driver’s license after failing to perform any of the required actions on an alcohol test. The test was noteworthy because the man’s dog executed all the commands perfectly, including a 360-degree turn as his master staggered and fell.

• 2007: A step-by-step guide to building a body like President Vladimir Putin’s was made available to readers of a Russian newspaper.

• 2010: Heavy winds knocked down the Anne Frank tree in Amsterdam.

• 2012: Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, announced he would not contest the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charges of doping, a result of which would include being stripped of all of his Tour de France victories.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Day For The Remembrance of The Slave Trade & Its Abolition

• Burger Day

• Ride the Wind Day. Fly a kite. Go skydiving. Fly in a plane.

• Cuban Sandwich Day

• National Spongecake Day

UPCOMING

• August 26: Little League World Series Championship
• September 3: Labor Day
• September 6: NFL season begins (Falcons at Eagles)
• September 6: New York Fashion Weeks begins
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• September 25: College football begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

72: Percentage of fliers who’ve fakes sleep on a plan to avoid talking to a fellow passenger.


NEWS ATTACK!

Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito was arrested in Arizona for threatening to kill employees of a funeral home. [A funeral home is the last place that you’d expect to hear trash talk.]

A Virginia family had to be treated at the hospital after they ate bad mushrooms. [That’s a good reminder to all of us that you simply can’t eat everything that’s growing in the back of your refrigerator.]

Video in China caught a man pulling over onto the shoulder of the highway to release over 60 pigeons from his car. He was fined and received marks on his license. [He was also ordered to wash everyone’s car.]

In Ontario, a man driving a Batmobile replica and dressed like the Caped Crusader got pulled over by the police but within less than one minute was allowed to go. [Amazing. Even when dressed from head to toe like a comic book character a white man doesn’t have to worry about being harassed by the cops.]

A golf course in Massachusetts released video of a fox stealing a golfer’s ball. [But that’s not the most interesting part of the video to me. I was fascinated by how well the fox drove that golf cart.]

A Florida gator hunter killed a gator that weighed over 1,000 pounds. [Would someone please remind me of the reason why anyone chooses to live in Florida?]

It was announced that the TV show The Big Bang Theory will air its last episode in 2019. [I guess we’ll find out if Ross and Rachel finally get together.]

Idris Elba confirmed that he won’t be the next James Bond. [So, they’ve just lowered the threat level at Fox News.]

Idris Elba confirmed that he won’t be the next James Bond. [This leaves the door wide open for Kevin James.]

Ben Affleck was spotted at a Jack in the Box drive-thru with a 22-year-old Playboy model. [I don’t know what part of the story surprises me more — that Ben Affleck eats at Jack in the Box or that there are still Playboy models.]

According to a study, Americans spend more money on fast food than on higher education. [Higher education only takes four years to digest, and a Whopper takes about six.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

TOLD YOU SO: FLIP-FLOP SENDS CAR INTO 7-ELEVEN _ A car crashed through the window of a New Jersey (Toms River) convenience store after the 48-year-old driver’s flip flop slipped off her foot. She accidentally hit the accelerator.

… Earlier this month (August 17 InterPrep PRO) I shared the survey that found 1 in 10 flip-flop wearers — men and women — had a flip-flop become stuck under a pedal while we were driving. Experts are guessing that flip-flops could be responsible for 1.4 million near misses or accidents a year.

LITTLE ROCK PD RELEASES HELICOPTER VIDEO _ A police helicopter collided into the ground last week in Little Rock, Arkansas, snapping off propellers that then flew into the air. The pilot, a retired officer, was seriously injured. The Little Rock PD released footage of the accident this week. • VIDEO

BOY DYING FROM CANCER WANTS RACING STICKERS _ A young boy in Iowa is facing his final battle with an aggressive form of leukemia, and all he wants are some racing stickers to decorate his casket. Caleb was introduced to racing by his uncle at two years old and was hooked. At nine, Caleb came down with strange aches and pains. Doctors diagnosed him with an acute form of leukemia. After spending over a year fighting the disease, Caleb and his family have decided to let Caleb focus on being a kid for the time he has left.

… The racing community has turned out in force, sending stickers through the mail and funds to Caleb via his family’s GoFundMe page.

TODAY IS PASTA PASS DAY _ Olive Garden is bringing back its Never Ending Pasta Pass this year for the fifth time. The offer now comes with an annual option that enables you to get all the spaghetti and meatballs, salads, and breadsticks you can handle for 365 days a year, for a mere $300. As you can probably imagine, there’s a catch. Only 1,000 of the annual pasta passes will be sold, which means your chances of getting one are pretty slim.

… In addition to the 1,000 annual passes, Olive Garden will be selling 23,000 of its traditional Never Ending Pasta Passes. That pass, which you’ve probably heard of before, is good for eight weeks and is priced at $100. Both include items specifically off of the restaurant’s Pasta Bowl menu and require diners to eat in.

… If you’re interested in scoring one of the passes, you’ll want to have your trigger finger ready right at 2 PM ET today (August 23) on Olive Garden’s Pasta Pass-specific site. The passes will only be sold for 30 minutes; however, in the past, they have sold out in a matter of seconds. • LINK

… According to the site, the buy button will appear right when the clock strikes 2pm. If you don’t get to buy one right then, you have the opportunity to be put in a waiting room where you might have the opportunity to buy a pass in the event that an earlier shopper couldn’t complete a purchase of because their card was declined, or changed their mind about the purchase.

FACEBOOK INFORMS 4 MILLION USERS ABOUT ANOTHER DATA LEAK _ Facebook’s privacy nightmare isn’t over: The social networking giant revealed Wednesday that an app called myPersonality had siphoned personal data from 4 million users off Facebook, and then shared it with researchers and third-party companies.

… The revelation may seem like a deja vu to some of the affected users: Earlier this year, Facebook was in the headlines for another personality quiz, which stole data from up to 87 million Facebook users on behalf of Cambridge Analytica, a data consultancy that was used by Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

STARBUCKS CONFIRMS PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE WILL RETURN AUGUST 28 _ Starbucks has confirmed its Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to menus on August 28 — next Tuesday. This is the earliest debut date ever for the Pumpkin Spice Latte, with the beverage typically launching around the first week of September.

GRANDMA CELEBRATES 90th BIRTHDAY BY SKYDIVING _ A Michigan woman recently celebrated a milestone birthday by leaping out of a plane. When Dottie Sambiagio turned 90, she was inspired to follow in George H.W. Bush’s footsteps and go skydiving. The grandmother was strapped to her instructor for the jump, which started just over two and half miles up. • VIDEO

… A Seattle man celebrated his 100th birthday in July by jumping from a plane.

COUPLE ACCUSED OF STEALING OVER $76,000 WORTH OF HONEY _ Two people in Florida (Homestead) are accused of stealing over $76,000 worth of honey. William and Cristina Faith were in charge of unloading drum containers, documenting the weight and adding security seals for Bee Natural Honey. The owner of Bee Natural said he was suspicious once he bumped into a drum that was supposed to be full of 600 pounds of honey, yet it felt nearly empty. He investigated and found that the weight sheets showed the drums were full and sealed by the couple. The Faith allegedly defrauded the company for almost two years.

THE MOST MALWARE-INFESTED CITY IN AMERICA _ Malware can do bad things — to your computer and your life. Unfortunately, if you live in one Southern city, you need to take extra precautions. According to a study (by EnigmaSoft) Atlanta is the city with the highest malware infection rate in the country. The company compiled data from its SpyHunter anti-malware software over the first six months of 2018 to identify which American cities are most affected by malware. Atlanta’s malware infection rate was more than 1,000 percent higher than the national average. Next on the list were Orlando, Denver, St. Louis, and Tampa.

… The states with the highest malware infection rates were Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, and Oregon.

SOME GUY WANTS TO ROLLERBLADE AROUND THE WORLD _ A guy from Des Moines, Iowa, has a dream to go around the world — on rollerblades. Caleb Austin Smith is 28 and plans to travel over 3,500 miles, starting in South America. He has a goal of hitting the century mark in every country he blades through — that’s 100 miles in 1 day. To fund his dream, Caleb has set up a GoFundMe page.

WHY BATMAN WAS PULLED OVER BY POLICE IN CANADA _ It seems even police officers are starstruck when they see Batman cruising down the road. On August 18, Stephen Lawrence — who prefers to be known as Batman — says he was pulled over by an Ontario Provincial Police officer so she could get a photo with him. The photo opportunity came about while Lawrence, who has been dressing in a Batman outfit for years, was driving home. Lawrence said he was driving down the street when he noticed that other drivers were taking photos and videos of him. As he pulled up to a red light, he waved down a police officer next to him and asked for the drivers to be dissuaded from taking photos. The officer agreed and Lawrence continued on his way. A little while later, he noticed lights from the same police cruiser behind him. He pulled over and asked, “Is everything OK?” That’s when he said the officer asked for a photo.

… Lawrence has been portraying Batman for more than 20 years. He donned the cape and cowl when he was a teenager after his father passed away. He says, “The story of Bruce Wayne and my own [father], unfortunately, are very similar.”

COLORADO PREPARES TO INSTALL ‘SMART ROAD’ _ At the end of the month a company called Integrated Roadways plans to add its “smart pavement” to an intersection in an industrial corner of Denver, Colorado. The company has encased assorted electronics within four slabs of concrete and will wedge those slabs into the road. The particular section of road where the smart pavement will be installed is along a dangerous curve. The pavement can determine the speed, weight, and direction of a vehicle using sensors buried in the pavement. The sensors will be able to detect when a driver goes off the road’s edge and alert authorities.

DO NOT HELP YOURSELF TO MR. WHIPPY _ An ice cream salesman in the UK punched a 12-year-old boy after he helped himself to a free Mr Whippy soft-serve ice cream. Alan Donaldson, who’s 58, lost his temper after the boy asked for a free ice cream — and if he could pull the dispenser handle. Donaldson replied: “Only if you want a smack.” The boy then jumped up, reached over and pulled the lever, discharging ice cream all on  the floor. Donaldson then hit the youngster with a clenched fist breaking one of his teeth, but said that he had not meant to make contact. Donaldson turned himself in at a police station and, in interview, said he had not intended to hit the boy, but scare him away. He’ll do 120 hours of community service.

WANT TO LOOK YOUNGER? SHAVE THE BEARD _ A survey found men with beards look around 5 years older than those who are clean shaven.

PRACTICALLY NO ONE ORDERS THEIR GROCERIES ONLINE _ Ever feel like you’re the only person who doesn’t get their groceries delivered to their doorstep? Well, actually… not that many people are doing it. A new poll (from Gallup) shows that 84% of people never shop online for groceries. Parents and those with incomes above $75,000 per year were more likely to order groceries online. People in those categories were also more likely to order takeout or eat at restaurants.

WHO EATS THE MOST FAST FOOD? _ Poor people eat fast food because it’s the cheapest alternative, right? Nope. We all eat fast food because it’s good. People who earn 75-grand or more a year eat more fast food than those making less than 20-grand. Only 4% of Americans say the never dine at a fast-food joint.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WE CAN RECOGNIZE RELATIVES’ SMELLS _ A study (Wayne State University) found that close relatives can recognize each others’ smell, but they don’t like it. Volunteers slept in new T-shirts for three nights and washed with odorless soap, and were then asked to pick out which T-shirts belonged to relatives. All the children recognized their father’s smell but had a strong aversion to it, while mothers especially disliked their children’s smell.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BORED TEENS BREAK INTO SCHOOL _ Two 19-year-olds told police in Pennsylvania (Windber) they broke into a high school, stole equipment and sprayed a fire extinguisher throughout the building because “there was nothing to do in this town.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STABS SELF TO AVOID BUYING GIRLFRIEND A CAR _ A man in China falsely reported he had been robbed of $120,000 at knifepoint in order to get out of a promise to buy his girlfriend a luxury car. He even cut up his own arms to corroborate his story. The boyfriend and his girlfriend’s two brothers went to the car dealership to make the purchase. The boyfriend then told them he was going to get a suitcase containing the cash. That’s when he ducked into a supermarket, bought a fruit knife, then found a secluded place and sliced up his arms. He then called his girlfriend, claiming he had been robbed. The girlfriend’s brothers took him to hospital. After police reviewed surveillance footage, the boyfriend admitted to faking the whole thing because his girlfriend believed he was part of a rich family.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WRONG WAY FOR 17 MILES _ A 61-year-old Japanese man who apparently drank too much at a party was arrested after driving for 17 miles on the wrong side of a highway. There were no accidents or injuries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NOT-SO-INVISIBLE MAN _ In Texas, an unidentified man was stopped by police on suspicion of burglary. When the officer approached the car, the guy just sat there, casually looking around and ignoring the officer. He didn’t say a word until after he was taken into custody. That’s when he gave his reason for acting so nonchalant when the officer approached. He thought he was invisible.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: VIDEO CAMERA THIEF _ In Nebraska a thief broke into a car wash and stole four surveillance cameras. The owner had just hooked up the surveillance equipment that day because the place had been robbed twice before. Unfortunately, while the thief did get away with the cameras, he forgot to take the recording device which had captured the entire crime. In addition to a great shot of the culprit staring straight into the camera lens, the videos also had a nice shot of the license plate of his getaway car in the background.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEAD MAN IN MORGUE IS ALIVE _ In Vietnam, an elderly man who spent seven hours in a drawer at a hospital morgue was found alive by relatives who had come to bury him. The hospital staff said that when he was brought in, his whole body was dark purple, his blood pressure was zero and he had no pulse even after 30 minutes of resuscitation.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ICE CREAM TRUCK THIEF _ A woman in Florida (Okaloosa Island) noticed a man jump into her boyfriend’s ice cream truck and take off. She called 911 as she followed the distinctive pink and white truck stocked with $1,200 worth of ice cream. When deputies caught up with the alleged thief, William Grappy, he apologized for “being an idiot.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ONE WAY TO DROWN OUT A BARKING DOG _ A woman in Slovakia had a problem with her neighbor’s barking dog, so she drowned out the sound with a four-minute Placido Domingo song. According to other neighbors the woman played the song from morning until night — for 16 years. Recently she was finally charged with harassment.


ON TELEVISION

THE GONG SHOW (8p ET, ABC) — New. Rob Riggle, Ed Helms and Regina Hall. are the celebrity judges.

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

NFL PRESEASON (8p ET, FOX) — The Philadelphia Eagles take on the Browns in Cleveland.

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: JERSEY SHORE: FAMILY VACATION (8p ET MTV) — Snooki, the Situation and all the rest hit Las Vegas, then Atlantic City, on the 2-hour second-season premiere.

MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — New

SEASON FINALE: TRIAL AND ERROR (9p ET, NBC) — Two new episodes wrap up the 2nd season.

THE STORY OF THE ROYALS (9p ET, ABC) — The 2 night special concludes.

THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

CROSSROADS (9p ET, ESPN) — This 2018 documentary tells the story of disadvantaged teens at a small North Carolina charter school that  go from lacrosse neophytes to state finalists in just three seasons.

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

FOLLOW THIS (Netflix) — This docu-series follows reporters from the website BuzzFeed and takes you inside the stories they’re working on.


ENTERTAINMENT

THE BIG BANG THEORY IS ENDING NEXT YEAR _ All things must come to an end — even the Big Bang. Warner Brothers announced Wednesday that the hit sitcom will have its final season in 2019. The show, which debuted in 2007, features a close-knit group of socially awkward scientists and their bubbly, outgoing neighbor. The show has won 10 Emmy awards and prompted a spinoff, Young Sheldon, which imagines the early childhood of the brilliant but prickly scientist played by Jim Parson.

… The Big Bang’s final season begins on September 24.

MACGYVER STUNT COORDINATOR SERIOUSLY INJURED ON SET _ A stunt guy who sued CBS last year after being injured on the set of Hawaii Five-0 has sustained a serious head injury during a stunt on another CBS series, MacGyver, which is shooting in Atlanta. A source says Justin Sundquist was injured during a stunt that involved transferring from one vehicle to another. He was conscious after the accident and remains hospitalized.

… Sundquist sued CBS last year, claiming he was hit by a car during a stunt on Hawaii Five-0 that was the result of to a “series of reckless, negligent mishaps,” including “a rushed, hectic set,” “lack of safety meeting and clear safety instructions” and “turning a blind eye to controlled substance abuse by key safety personnel.”

KFC’s NEWEST COLONEL SANDERS IS THE MOUNTAIN FROM GOT _ Game of Thrones actor and Icelandic strongman Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson is KFC’s newest Colonel Sanders. Björnsson stars as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on HBO’s hit series. Now he’s advertising KFC’s Double Crispy Colonel Sandwich in a new commercial. • VIDEO

SNOOP DOGG IS RELEASING HIS FIRST COOKBOOK _ Snoop Dogg has written his first cookbook, titled From Crook to Cook. The collection will feature 50 of Snoop’s favorite recipes like baked mac and cheese, chicken and waffles and baby back ribs, and will be organized by meals and occasions while also highlighting some of his entertaining tips.

… In a press release, Snoop said, “You know it’s blazin’ up in my kitchen. I’m takin’ the cookbook game higher with a dipped and whipped collection of my favorite recipes, ya dig?”

WOODS VS. MICKELSON MATCH WILL STREAM ONLINE _ The match play golf battle between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be streamed on BleacherReport.com. The match will be held Thanksgiving weekend with the winner taking home $9 million. DirecTV subscribers will also be able to purchase the pay-per-view event.

HUGH LAURIE WILL STAR IN HBO’S NEW SPACE COMEDY _ The creator of Veep (Armando Iannucci) is doing a new comedy series for HBO called Avenue 5… and former House star Hugh Laurie has been lined up to star. Laurie will portray Ryan Clark, the captain of the Avenue 5. Laurie’s character is described as a “charming and in-control American captain,” and the show is reportedly set in the future, “mostly in space.”

DWAYNE JOHNSON EARNS THE MOST FOR ACTING _ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took home the most money of any actor for acting in the period between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, earning $124 million total pretax. However, Johnson didn’t top Forbes magazine’s highest-paid actors for 2018. George Clooney has that honor. Clooney had pretax earnings of $239 million, though he owes the majority of that to the success of Casamigos Tequila, of which he is a co-founder. Following behind Clooney and Johnson on the list is Robert Downey Jr., who made $81 million from his projects, which included Avengers: Infinity War as well as his appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming. His fellow Avenger Chris Hemsworth clocked in at number four, with $64.5 million.

DANA DELANY JOINS CBS DRAMA THE CODE _ Dana Delany is joining the cast of the CBS legal drama series The Code, replacing Mira Sorvino. Premiering midseason, The Code finds some of the brightest minds in the military tackling some of the country’s most difficult challenges, both in and out of the courtroom, “where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator — and a Marine.”

YOUTUBE TO RELEASE 50 ORIGINAL SHOWS IN 2019 _ The streaming battle continues to heat up, with Netflix continuously churning out more content each month, and Amazon and Hulu trailing not far behind. YouTube is kicking its original content game into high gear, with plans to release a whopping 50 original TV shows in 2019.

PINK STOPS CONCERT TO COMFORT GRIEVING TEEN _ Pink’s kindness and motherly instincts shined brightly after the singer took time out of her recent concert to hug a grieving teenage girl. During her Brisbane, Australia, show on Tuesday, Pink stopped singing in the middle of her setlist after 14-year-old Leah Murphy’s sign caught her attention. “My name is Leah – I’m 14 years old. I lost my beautiful Mom last month. I would LOVE a hug…Please!” After reading the sign aloud to the rest of the audience, Pink immediately came down from the stage to find Leah. Along with a sweet hug, the mother of two took selfies with Leah and autographed her arm.

STEVEN TYLER TO TRUMP: STOP PLAYING AEROSMITH AT RALLIES _ Rocker Steven Tyler has issued a cease and desist letter demanding that Donald Trump stop using Aerosmith’s music at his rallies — again. Trump held one of his frequent campaign-style rallies at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia on Tuesday, and Aerosmith’s 1993 hit Livin’ on the Edge played over the sound system. Tyler responded by having his lawyer send a cease and desist to the White House. Tyler co-wrote the song


AUDIO

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5-YEAR-OLD’s HAIRCUT: A 5-year-old girl describes how her first hair cut makes her feel. Here’s the full video.

PHONER: Things guys should never do together.  →  Updated with new calls added!

DROP: They’re doing much, much better than they did but they still got a ways to go.

DROP: I’m looking for a new joke to tell and it needs to be just killer.


BITS & BREAKS

SIGNS YOU’RE TURNING INTO YOUR MOM

Is there any greater fear than that of turning into your parents? Especially after you become a parent? If you’re 32 or older, bad news. You’re already there. According to a survey, 32 is the age when moms turn into their mother.

Not sure if you’re there yet? The signs:

• You tell the kids you won’t buy them candy because money doesn’t grow on trees.

• You can’t name a single one of the songs your kids listen to; you just want them to TURN THAT RACKET DOWN.

• You’ve found yourself running through the names of all your kids, pets, etc., before you actually get to the name of the kid you’re speaking to.

• You’ve threatened to turn the car around.

• You see uneaten food on dinner plates as an affront to starving children in a third world country (and mention this daily).

• You have no less than 12 responses to “it isn’t fair.”

• You caved and put the “proud parent of” bumper sticker on your car.

• Your daughter wouldn’t be caught DEAD borrowing your clothes.

• You don’t have to use words to communicate with your kids. You just give them “the look.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: When did you realize you’d turned into your mom?

WE DO ONLY 12 GOOD DEEDS A MONTH

The average adult does just 12 good deeds a month. And we do a third of them because we hope we’ll get something in return! The most common good deeds:

  1. Hold a door open for someone
  2. Take in a neighbor’s package
  3. Ask a loved one about their day
  4. Let someone have your seat on the train / bus
  5. Give someone a ride
  6. Let another driver go in front of you
  7. Help someone carry their bags
  8. Check on someone who seems upset, to find out why
  9. Donate to charity
  10. Make a colleague a cup of coffee or tea
  11. Bought someone a gift for no particular reason
  12. Say sorry for something even if it wasn’t your fault
  13. Babysit for a friend or family member
  14. Give someone a hug if they look like they need it
  15. Taught an older person how to use some technology

WHAT MEN AND WOMEN NOTICE FIRST ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX

What do men and women have in common? We both love to stare into each other’s eyes. The eyes are the first thing we notice about the opposite sex.

MEN NOTICE:

  1. Eyes
  2. Smiles
  3. Breasts
  4. Hair
  5. Weight
  6. Legs
  7. Sense of fashion
  8. Butt
  9. Height
  10. Skin

WOMEN NOTICE:

  1. Eyes
  2. Smiles
  3. Height
  4. Hair
  5. How they dress
  6. Weight
  7. Skin
  8. Face shape
  9. Butt
  10. Nose

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Prior to 1953, what type of product was advertised with the slogan “Just what the doctor ordered”? (Cigarettes. Specifically L&M brand cigarettes.)

TRIVIA: According to a survey, 48% of adults say they feel a “sense of freedom” when doing this. (Driving)

TRIVIA: The average one of these is 57 inches long. (Pool cue)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• Unless there are stars, the sky at night is this color. (Black)

• A reddish dog that looks like a Golden Retriever (Irish Setter)

• The people who live next door to you. (Neighbors)

• An animal. The females are known as nannies; the males as billies. (Goat)

• A U.S. state. (Oregon)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Raven hangs off finger.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 23, 2018

• 1969: JOHNNY CASH’s A Boy Named Sue peaked at #2 on the pop chart and topped the country chart.

• 1993: GARTH BROOKS’ album In Pieces was released. Hits included Ain’t Goin’ Down (Till The Sun Comes Up), One Night A Day and Callin’ Baton Rouge.

• 1997: KENNY CHESNEY topped the Billboard Country Singles Chart with She’s Got It All.

• 2003: The ALAN JACKSON-JIMMY BUFFETT duet It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere was spending its fourth straight week at the top of the Billboard Country chart.

• 2004: JIMMY BUFFETT’s License To Chill album, with guest appearances by KENNY CHESNEY, MARTINA MCBRIDE, ALAN JACKSON and CLINT BLACK, was certified platinum.

• 2010: BLAKE SHELTON sat in as guest co-host of NBC’s Today show.

• 2011: DIERKS BENTLEY topped the country charts for the eighth time with Am I The Only One.

• 2017: LEE BRICE announced he’s a partner in American Born Whiskey.

REX ALLEN JUNIOR (I’m Gettin Good At Missing You, Lonely Street, Two Less Lonely People) is 71.

Former TRICK PONY member Ira Dean is 49.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE on JASON ALDEAN’s new bar.

• KANE BROWN on being out with BRAD PAISLEY.

• CARRIE UNDERWOOD on co-hosting the CMA Awards for the 11th year.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

DUSTIN LYNCH will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was invited to join by TRACE ADKINS during his Opry performance Tuesday night (August 21). Dustin will be inducted September 18.

GRETCHEN WILSON was arrested Tuesday night (August 21) at a Connecticut airport and charged with breach of peace after becoming belligerent with police officers and causing a minor disturbance. She was jailed with bond set at $1,000. Gretchen was in the area to perform at an invitation-only concert at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

GARTH BROOKS will reveal details of his upcoming Triple Live album and his concert at Notre Dame during his August 27 Inside Studio G on Facebook Live.

LORETTA LYNN will release her album Wouldn’t It Be Great on September 28. The album, originally set for release last August, was pushed back by Loretta due to multiple medical issues. It contains 13 tracks, many of them new, with the exception of new recordings of two of her biggest hits — Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ and Coal Miner’s Daughter.

WALKER HAYES tells People the devastating story of his seventh child Oakley’s passing. Walker reveals on the morning his wife Laney was to give birth, her uterus ruptured, causing baby Oakley to be deprived of oxygen. Extensive surgery saved 39-year-old Laney, but not their little girl. Walker had to be the one to break the news to his six children and wife.

BILL ANDERSON’s 72nd album, Anderson, is set for release September 14.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 24, 2018

• 1968: JEANNIE C. REILY entered the country chart with her song Harper Valley P.T.A.

• 1973: HANK SNOW recorded his final number one hit, Hello Love.

• 1977: JOHNNY PAYCHECK recorded Take This Job And Shove It.

• 1977: WAYLON JENNINGS was arrested on cocaine charges in Nashville.

• 1999: Comedian and Grand Ole Opry regular JERRY CLOWER died.

• 2005: KEITH URBAN began appearing in both television and print ads for The Gap.

• 2005: FAITH HILL’s tune Mississippi Girl topped the country charts.

• 2006: TRACE ADKINS’ album Dangerous Man became his fourth consecutive to debut at number one on the country albums chart. It debuted at #3 on the Top 200 all formats chart.

• 2010: DOUG STONE was arrested on drunk-driving charges in Gallatin, Tennessee.

• 2015: JUSTIN MOORE led a hog call to introduce coach Bret Bielema to the stage during a Little Rock Touchdown Club event, drumming up interest in the Arkansas Razorbacks upcoming football season.

• 2016: People reported JANA KRAMER had split with husband Michael Caussin, who had enrolled in a rehab program. They have since reconciled.

• 2016: It was reported (by CBC News) that Canadian Juline Wihelan had determined she might be the inspiration for Dolly Parton’s Jolene. Dolly wrote the song after meeting a redheaded girl, and Whelan, who met Dolly at Disneyland in 1972, fits the description in the song.

SHEDAISY member Kristyn Osborne is 48.


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 24, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Ann Archer is 71

• Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Three Men and a Baby) is 60

• Jared Harris (The Crown,  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) is 57

• Craig Kilborn is 56

• Marlee Matlin is 53

• David Gregory (Meet the Press) is 48

• Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 45

• Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0) is 42

• Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 79: Mount Vesuvius erupted. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were buried in volcanic ash.

• 1814: British troops invaded Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings.

• 1853: Potato chips were first prepared.

• 1875: Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim English Channel

• 1891: Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera.

• 1909: Workers started pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.

• 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.

• 1979: The Facts of Life premiered on NBC, a spin-off from Diff’rent Strokes.

• 1981: Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.

• 1992: Thieves armed with a frozen rabbit smashed through the glass doors of a pub in Devon, England. They left the rabbit thawing on the bar.

• 2007: In Smyrna, Tennessee, Matthew Robinson had been a very busy thief, stealing DVD players, iPods, a couple of air compressors, a power washer, power tools, a scooter, leaf blower, fishing equipment, a Nintendo game and a Bible from seven residences. And he had all this loot in his pickup truck when he pulled into a fast food restaurant parking lot and fell asleep. The manager thought something might be amiss and called police.

• 2008: Three men are arrested in Denver for in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate United States presidential candidate Barack Obama.

• 2011: Apple CEO Steve Jobs resigned over poor health issues.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Knife Day

• World Daffodil Day

• Waffle Iron Day

• Peach Pie Day

UPCOMING

• August 26: Little League World Series Championship
• September 3: Labor Day
• September 6: NFL season begins (Falcons at Eagles)
• September 6: New York Fashion Weeks begins
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• September 25: College football begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

• Sean Connery is 88. Regis Philbin is 87. Tom Skerritt is 85. Gene Simmons is 69. Elvis Costello is 64. Tim Burton is 60. Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 57. Blair Underwood is 54. Rachael Ray is 50. Country singer Jo Dee Messina is 48. Claudia Schiffer is 48. Alexander Skarsgard Rachel Bilson is 37. Blake Lively is 31.

• Brother’s Day. International Bat Night. Kiss and Make Up Day. National Park Service Day. Whiskey Sour Day. Sand Castle Day.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

• Branford Marsalis is 58. Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio is 57. Melissa McCarthy is 48. Macaulay Culkin is 38. Chris Pine is 38. Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line is 33.

• Go Topless Day. National Dog Day. National Toilet Paper Day. Women’s Equality Day. Cherry Popsicle Day.