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DATEBOOK: MAY 13, 2020


• Harvey Keitel is 81

• Stevie Wonder is 70

• Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is 59

• Stephen Colbert is 56

• Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 54

• Lena Dunham (Girls) is 34

• Robert Pattinson is 34


• 1880: In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performed the first test of his electric railway.

• 1939: The first commercial FM radio station in the United States was launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later became WDRC-FM.

• 1958: Velcro’s trademark was registered.

• 1992: Three astronauts walked in space simultaneously for the first time.

• 1994: Johnny Carson made his last television appearance, on The David Letterman Show.

• 2002: A Chicago truck driver will never forget this not-so-egg-celent day after he spilled over 180,000 eggs on the highway. Michael Haynes fell asleep behind the wheel of his truck, lost control, and dumped the eggs on parts of I-65. The highway was closed for over three hours and snowplows were used to clean up the mess.

• 2006: Artist David Mach created an 8-foot tall sculpture of a nude woman made from 4,200 Scrabble tiles. The sculpture went on display on this day in West Sussex, England, and cost over $100,000 to build. The artist has previously used magazines, newspapers, and car tires in his sculptures.

• 2017: A 22-year-old UK blogger halted the spread of a global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying “kill switch.”


• Children of Fallen Patriots Day

• Donate A Day’s Wages To Charity

• Hummus Day

• Night Shift Workers Day

• Third Shift Workers Day

• Receptionists Day

• Apple Pie Day


400 billion: Gallons of water used in the United States each day.


Forget murder hornets. Now we’ve got giant gypsy moths from Asia to worry about. [2020 is turning out to be the best year for bad movie script ideas.]

With much of the country still on partial lockdown, Joe Biden will hang out at home for now. [Andy why not… all 22 Marvel movies are on Disney+.]

With much of the country still on partial lockdown, Joe Biden will hang out at home for now. [He’s doing Zoom meetings with donors, potential running mates, and the random fourth-grader who types in the wrong meeting code.]

While experts say the coronavirus can survive on paper money, the risk of getting the virus from cash is low. [However, if you’re not convinced, I’m holding a paper money collection drive-thru in front of my house this afternoon.]

You can buy a 1,000 pieces puzzle with Arby’s food items on it. [Not really the best puzzle if you’re trying to lose the quarantine 15.]

Disease trackers are calling an early March choir practice in Washington state a superspreader event. One sick person infected 52 others. [Until this year I used the term “superspreader” do describe the spatula I used for applying butter on my toast.]

Twitter will allow some of its employees to continue working from home indefinitely if they choose. [Hey, if it works for Joe Biden it works for me.]

Uber wants to buy GrubHub. [They shall call the company Gruber.]


🦠 CORONAVIRUS TRACKERS _ New York Times | Bing | Johns Hopkins | Johns Hopkins county | WorldOMeters

DR. FAUCI: YOU’LL LIKELY BE HOMESCHOOLING YOUR KIDS THIS FALL _ Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed Tuesday morning that a return to school in the fall “would be a bit of a bridge too far” during a Senate Committee hearing. News of likely continued homeschooling for the next school year will probably be met with groans and frustration by harried parents struggling to balance working from home and also managing remote learning and having their children home 100 percent of the time.

… Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican senator from Tennessee who serves as Chair for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, said: “Doctor, let’s look down the road three months. There will be about 5,000 campuses across the country trying to welcome 20 million college students, 100,000 public schools welcoming 50 million students. What would you say to the chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, or the principal of a public school about how to persuade parents and students to return to school in August?”

… Fauci said, “I would tell her that, in this case, the idea of having treatments available or a vaccine to facilitate the re-entry of students into the fall term would be something that would be a bit of a bridge too far.”

FACEBOOK TAGGED 50 MILLION PIECES OF COVID-19 MISINFORMATION IN APRIL _ Facebook put misinformation warning labels on about 50 million pieces of content related to COVID-19 during the month of April. The social networking site attaches these warnings to posts sharing articles that have been reviewed by the company’s independent fact-checking partners. The company said that the warnings greatly reduce the number of people who view the original content.

MASKS THAT COME WITH A STRAW HOLE FOR SIPPING COCKTAILS _ As the country gets comfortable — or not — with wearing face masks to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, people are finding that certain activities aren’t conducive to having your face covered, particularly eating and drinking. Not yet ready to give up an occasional cocktail outdoors, New Orleans artist Ellen Macomber designed a unique face mask, featuring a small straw slot for sipping cocktails.

… It was a friend who gave her the idea for the drinking modification. In one week, Macomber and her assistant produced 40 masks, each of which takes about an hour to complete. They use cotton combined with other embellished fabrics from her stockpile of colorful and bedazzled scraps, and charge $30 apiece. Within half an hour of launch, the whole lot had sold out.

… Macomber makes it clear that she is not a health expert, nor should her masks be considered the best form of prevention.

MASKNE: HOW TO FIGHT BREAKOUTS IF YOUR MASK IS CAUSING ACNE _ Wearing a mask can get under your skin. Ever since face coverings became a mandatory part of life, a nasty side effect has broken out in its wake: “maskne”. The new phrase — which combines the words “mask” and “acne” — has recently sprung up all over social media as people suffering from the new kind of blemish are venting about the skin care snafu.

… But the problem isn’t just affecting hormonal teens, acne-prone adults or health-care workers wearing heavy duty N95 medical masks for hours at a time. Skin experts are noticing a major zit spike in clients who have never battled pimples in the past.

… Maskne — which is referred to as acne mechanica by derms — is caused by the combination of rubbing from the mask, which irritates the skin barrier, as well as the hot moisture trapped inside, which dilates the pores and allows bacteria and oil to clog them up. Once the follicles are trapped with gunk, they become inflamed, leading to nasty breakouts.

… The fix: wash or change out your masks frequently. A diligent skin care regimen will help the skin bounce back from mask-inflicted congestion. Wash your face before and after wearing a mask, and choose a gentle skin cleanser that is free of harsh sulfates which can strip the skin of its protective oils.

LOCKDOWN CANDLES WERE MADE TO SMELL LIKE THE PLACES WE MISS MOST _ Many weeks into the COVID-19 lockdown there are a number of things you probably miss — and now there are candles to help remind you of those things. A UK candle company’s (Earl of East) latest line of candles is called “Scents of Normality,” a collection of luxury soy candles that reminds us of the things we had in a pre-lockdown. The scents are supposed to remind us of a festival, a favorite bar, and a movie theater. • LINK

NOSTALGIC FOR AIRLINE FOOD? GET IT DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR _ Frequent flyers missing out on prepackaged meals served on flights can now have the food delivered straight to their doors. JetBlue Airways snack packs are available to Imperfect Foods customers, the grocery delivery service that sells ugly produce for cheaper than store prices. Buyers will get mixed cheeses, crackers and dried cherries from the Long Island-headquartered airline. Imperfect Foods has so far sold 40,000 of the snack packs as part of its Food Recovery Program.

DOGS GO THROUGH A PHASE WHEN THEY HIT PUBERTY JUST LIKE HUMANS _ Dogs become less obedient to commands during adolescence just like teenage kids. In experiments (in Britain) dogs were more likely to ignore commands given by their caregiver and were harder to train at the age of eight months, during puberty. Despite being less mature, prepubescent dogs around the age of five months were more obedient to their owner than the older dogs. The research team, which claims to be the first to find evidence of adolescent behavior in dogs, reassures owners of pubescent dogs that they are going through a passing phase.

ARBY’S IS SELLING A PUZZLE COVERED IN MEAT _ Besides making banana bread and crafting cereal out of mini pancakes, one of the biggest quarantine trends is puzzles. They’ve been selling out everywhere and if you’re still on the hunt for one, get one from the Arby’s shop. Fast food chain Arby’s is currently selling a puzzle called the Arby’s 13-Hour Puzzle. The name, as you might have already guessed, is inspired by Arby’s fan-favorite dish, the 13-Hour Smoked Brisket. The new 1,000-piece puzzle is covered in all sorts of delicious Arby’s favorites like curly fries, mozzarella sticks, and a ton of sandwiches that are piled high with meat and cheese. • LINK

… The chain says that this puzzle may not actually take you 13 hours to do, especially if you’ve already had lots of practice making puzzles recently.

MOSQUITOES ARE COMING FOR BEER DRINKERS THIS SUMMER _ With summer just around the corner, and the ‘rona not letting up any time soon, beers in the backyard will likely end up being the summer escape we’re all stuck with. And while Murder Hornets might seem like the creature we’ll need to fear most, the reality is the bad ol’ mosquito is the beer drinker’s wort enemy.

… A study published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association shows that a single 12-ounce brew is enough to get those pests a swarming and sucking.

WEALTHY, EDUCATED MEN DRINK THE MOST _ A global study (by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) reveals men who are wealthy and have more education are more likely to drink alcohol than anyone else. Though these men with a higher socioeconomic status — usually white men — tend to drink most, the study found that wealthy women and poor men are most likely to take part in “hazardous drinking.”

HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ADDICTS WOULD RATHER LOSE A FINGER THAN THE WEB _ A survey shows one in three people would rather lose a finger than their high-speed broadband internet connection.

TEACHER SHARES 4th GRADER’S FUNNY ATTEMPT AT SKIPPING ZOOM CLASS _ A 4th grade teacher recently shared one his student’s funny attempts at skipping zoom class by saying he was ‘having Internet issues’ and changing his screen name to ‘Reconecting…’ Unfortunately by incorrectly spelling ‘reconnecting’ his attempt was pretty easily foiled. • IMAGE

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER A SUPER-RARE ‘SUPER-EARTH’ _ Although the cosmos extends across billions of galaxies, each containing millions of stars and even more possible worlds orbiting those stars, a planet like our own is still proving to be quite rare. However, a team of astronomers recently discovered a new ‘super-Earth,’ or an exoplanet that bears some similarity to our own planet. The newly discovered exoplanet is located near the center of the galaxy, and is about four times the mass of the Earth. It orbits a dim dwarf star that’s about 10% the mass of the Sun. The exoplanet would likely orbit around its host star in around 617 days due to the star’s low mass. The latest discovery is a new addition to only a handful of exoplanets with a similar size and orbit to Earth.

… A super-Earth is an exoplanet that is similar to the size of Earth, although usually more massive.

HOW TACO FRIDAY BECAME A SWEDISH TRADITION _ While Taco Tuesday has turned into a once-a-week mealtime tradition in many households around the world, in Sweden they celebrate it on a different day and give it a different name.

… Swedes enjoy Fredagsmys, or Cozy Friday. Across the Scandinavian country, families stay home on Friday night, watch TV, and eat Tex-Mex-style tacos. This dinner choice is so common that, for most Swedes, Cozy Friday is also Taco Fredag, or Taco Friday.

… In 1990, the country was emerging from a financial crisis, and Swedes were eager to spend again and try new things. Around the same time, government deregulation of television allowed advertising for the first time. Prior to that, Swedes had only seen on-screen ads in movie theaters. The Swedish chip company OLW popularized the slogan “Now it’s cozy Friday time” in its commercials. These days, most Swedes can still hum the catchy jingle by heart. This is widely believed to be the origin of the term Fredagsmys, and in 2007, it was even adopted into the Swedish dictionary.

… Chips are still part of many Swedes’ Cozy Friday routine, but it’s Tex-Mex that truly benefited from the idea of staying in and eating processed foods on the sofa. Old El Paso, which had been attempting to break into the market in the 1980s, experienced success as its ads demonstrated taco assembly.

… Meanwhile, the Swedish spice company Nordfalks, which marketed their Tex-Mex products to appeal to a Swedish audience, eventually changed its name to Santa Maria due to the popularity of its tortillas and tacos. Their TV ads suggested tacos as a staple of Cozy Fridays, and for Swedes, who were already used to smörgåsbord or potluck-style meals piled onto one plate, tacos were something new and exciting, yet familiar too. Soon enough, grocers and restaurants rallied around the idea, promoting Cozy Friday with discounts and take-out specials.

WOMEN CARRY $84 WORTH OF COSMETICS _ Women carry an average of $84 worth of cosmetics in their make-up bags, according to a survey. The survey also found women between the ages of 16 and 24 carry $101 worth of make-up while 25- to 34-year-olds have on average $105 in cosmetics. After age 34, women’s spending on make-up drops off steadily with the over-55s carrying less than $51 in product.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: GRILLING OUT? DON’T USE WATER _ If you’re planning on grilling out this summer, here’s a tip from Men’s Health: don’t use a water bottle to squirt out flare-ups. Their sources say it can create burn-causing steam, and even worse it can damage the finish on the grill. Men’s Health says to avoid flare-ups all together, trip the fat from the meat and cook with the lid on the grill.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ‘LUCKY JACKET’ LANDS BURGLAR IN HANDCUFFS _ A burglar accused of ransacking homes in China while wearing what he called his “lucky jacket” was caught during a police stakeout.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SEAGULLS BLAMED FOR EATING BAGS OF DONATED FOOD OUTSIDE OF FOOD BANK _ Seagulls that are plaguing a city have been blamed for devouring dozens of donations left outside a charity food bank. The dive-bombing gulls have been a menace for people living in Worcester, England, for years. In the latest attack, dozens of bags of donated food were ruined after gulls attacked them outside the city’s food bank over the weekend.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: INTRUDER MAKES BEDS, LEAVES _ In India, authorities are looking — though not very hard — for the person who likes to break into homes and make the bed. Police say at least seven homes have been entered and in each case the person made the bed perfectly. In one home the person even washed the sheets before making the bed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEAD MAN CAME BACK TO LIFE _ A Chinese man who was supposedly hacked to death in a fight reappeared in his hometown after 10 years. The man’s supposed killer had served 10 years of a 29-year sentence after confessing to killing the man in the hatchet fight. The man reappeared in his village because he needed money.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUPER-PREPPER _ When the novel coronavirus swept through the United States, architect Joseph Badame had cause to say “I told you so!” He didn’t know what calamity was coming, but Badame prepared for nearly everything: he designed and built an 8,500 square-foot, partly-underground house on 3 acres in Medford, New Jersey, surrounded by an electric fence, plus enough outbuildings and food to accommodate 120 friends and family for a full year. He even thought to stock 4,200 rolls of toilet paper, and buried tanks to hold gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, and heating oil. He installed a coal-fired furnace supplied by “tons” of coal stacked outside.

… What does Badame think now, with COVID-19 killing thousands per day? The 77-year-old said, “This is much more severe than I even planned for.” But his decades of preparation and million-dollar stockpile of supplies aren’t helping: he lost the house to foreclosure in 2017, and now lives with a friend.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COME BACK WITH A WARRANT _ When Flagler County, Florida, Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a house the doormat had a message for them: “COME BACK WITH A WARRANT”. No need — they already had a search warrant for suspected drugs and paraphernalia. The search uncovered significant quantities of drugs, syringes, and “other drug paraphernalia.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR CAUGHT AFTER GETTING STUCK IN A WINDOW _ A burglar was arrested in South Africa (Klerksdorp) after he was caught trying to break into a house. The man was caught after he got stuck in a small window he had tried to use to gain entry into the house.


SEASON FINALE: SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR (8p ET, CBS) — New. The 2-hour 40th season finale will be followed by a reunion show done remotely from all players homes.

SEASON FINALE: THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Barry teaches Erica how to be compassionate and caring when Geoff’s dad is in the hospital.

CHICAGO MED/FIRE/P.D. (8p ET, NBC) — Repeats.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Comic Jay Pharoah joins the panelists for this 2-hour edition.

SEASON FINALE: SCHOOLED (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Lainey has a difficult choice regarding her relationship with Barry and her friendship with CB.

SEASON FINALE: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9p ET, ABC) — New. Katie confronts a classmate’s mom when she suspects Anna-Kat is being bullied at school.

SEASON FINALE: SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Angie struggles to recall the events of a wine-filled night of packing with Will.

SHARK TANK (10p ET, ABC) — New. Products include a line of office products that makes working or learning more functional and eco-friendly and a healthy take on a favorite childhood drink.

THE WRONG MISSY (Netflix) — David Spade stars in this rom-com as a guy who thinks he’s invited the woman of his dreams on a work retreat to Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly texted someone from a nightmare blind date. Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black) also stars.


GOLDEN GIRLS FACE MASKS ARE HERE _ Despite making its debut in the ’80s, the sitcom The Golden Girls has endured for generations. And as we are in the weariest of times, it’s nice to know the gal pals are here for us like the true friends they are — on masks. Available in eight different Golden Girl styles, the face masks are only $14.99 each and come with three insertable filters. You can also buy multiple mask and filter combos if you feel you need more than one of the bad girls in your life. • LINK

HAMILTON TO DEBUT ON DISNEY+ IN TIME FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY _ Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash Hamilton will land on Disney Plus just in time for our nation’s birthday. The rap-infused look at Alexander Hamilton’s life and formative role in American history will be released on the streaming service on July 3, roughly a year before it was supposed to debut. It had originally been scheduled for a theatrical release on October 15, 2021. Thomas Kail, the show’s director, shot three live performances of Hamilton featuring the original Broadway cast.

… Disney paid handsomely for the rights to a filmed rendition of Miranda’s production, shelling out $75 million. There are still plans to do a big-screen version of Hamilton, but that remains a long way off.

CHRIS PRATT BECOMES INDIANA JONES IN NEW DEEPFAKE VIDEO _ Indiana Jones is an iconic series with an even more iconic character that many of us grew up adoring as children, and for the majority of us, no one would ever be able to live up to Harrison Ford’s portrayal of the adventuring archaeologist. But we also live in strange times of Photoshop, amateur video editing, and now eerily real deepfake videos.

… A new Indiana Jones deepfake replaces Ford with Chris Pratt — best known as Star-Lord in the MCU and Andy on NBC’s Parks and Recreation — as the main character. • VIDEO

TONY SHALHOUB AND WIFE HAVE RECOVERED FROM CORONAVIRUS _ Tony Shalhoub has opened up about a “rough few weeks” after he and his wife, Brooke Adams, tested positive for COVID-19. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actor compared his real life experience to playing germaphobe detective Adrian Monk, who lives with obsessive compulsive disorder on the TV series Monk. Shalhoub said, “I hope you are all being careful and following the protocol. We really are all Monk now. Last month, my wife Brooke and I came down with the virus, and it was a pretty rough few weeks. But we realize that so many other people have and had it a lot worse.”

… Now recovered, Shalhoub remains hunkered down in New York City.

GUY FIERI AND BILL MURRAY TO COMPETE IN LIVE NACHO-MAKING CONTEST _ Restauranter Guy Fieri and actor Bill Murray are going head to head to determine who can make the best nachos. The Nacho Average Showdown will be a live event to raise money for Fieri’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF), which gives financial assistance to employees impacted by the coronavirus shutdown. The quest for nacho flavortown will stream on Food Network’s Facebook page on May 15 at 5 PM ET. Carla Hall will host and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and actor Terry Crews will judge.

HEAD OF THE CLASS REBOOT IN THE WORKS AT HBO MAX _ Head of the Class could be back in session. HBO Max has ordered a pilot episode for a potential series based on the classic ABC sitcom from the 1980s.

… A description of the updated version: Head of the Class is about a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.

… Head of the Class ran for five seasons and 114 episodes on ABC, premiering in 1986 and ending in 1991. It centered around a group of academically gifted high school students at the Millard Fillmore school in New York City, and their eccentric substitute history teacher Charlie Moore (Howard Hesseman). Hesseman’s character exited the series after season 4, giving way to a new unorthodox teacher Billy MacGregor, played by Scottish comedy legend Billy Connolly.

BROADWAY STAR NICK CORDERO IS OUT OF HIS COMA AND AWAKE _ Broadway actor Nick Cordero woke from a medically induced coma Tuesday, weeks after doctors amputated his leg as part of his coronavirus treatment. Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, announced his updated condition on Instagram just a day after sharing that the Tony-nominated actor was making progress by following doctor’s commands.

… Kloots first shared her husband’s illness on April 1 and has shared his continued medical struggles through Instagram. He’s been in the intensive care unit for more than 40 days after arriving at the emergency room in late March.

LAST MAN STANDING MAY ADDRESS CORONAVIRUS IN SEASON 9 _ Last Man Standing hasn’t been renewed for Season 9 yet, but members of the team have their fingers crossed for another go at it, with big plans about how they’d move forward. Producers are already thinking about how the show might address what’s happening in the real world given that Last Man Standing takes place in present-day America. And though the show has yet to formally move forward plotting storylines and episodes, its key players are already thinking about how COVID-19 would factor in. Tim Allen told TV Guide, “We kind of have to,” adding that he isn’t sure how yet but “there’s a new normal” that needs to be addressed.

GAME OF THRONES ACTOR WILL STAR IN COMPETITION SERIES _ Hafthor Björnsson, the Icelandic weightlifter best known for playing Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is following up his recent deadlifting world record (1,104.52 pounds on May 2) with a competition series. Beat the Mountain, a competition of strength and endurance, is described as a challenge that pits powerful, adept athletes against one another to fight it out in unique bouts. Ultimately, the top performer will have the opportunity to go head-to-head against Björnsson. No word yet on what network Beat the Mountain will air on.

… Beating the Mountain does not sound like the easiest task. Björnsson stands at 6’9″ and currently weighs 450 pounds.

JEOPARDY HAS WEEKS OF NEW EPISODES _ A large number of TV shows and game shows are running out of episodes, but Jeopardy still has new episodes left to air. The fan-favorite game show will return with new episodes on Monday, May 18. The new episodes will continue for just four weeks.

… New regular episodes air from May 18-22. The Teachers Tournament quarterfinals air May 25-29, the Teachers Tournament semifinals and finals air from June 1-5 and new regular Jeopardy episodes air June 8-12. The rest of Jeopardy!’s summer schedule will be announced at a later date.



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You or a member of your team has to mention that they’re thinking of getting a tattoo. Ask the audience if it’s a good idea or not, what to get, etc.

Always lots of calls and social media feedback on this one!


• There are 300,000 items in the average American home.

• While the average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years, 1 out of every 10 American households rents offsite storage.

• 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% have room for only one vehicle.

• Research found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily.

• 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).

• The average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year.

• Our homes have more television sets than people.

• Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches than on higher education.


BuzzFeed rounded up some tweets from non-Americans that began with “Do Americans really eat…”

• Do Americans really eat a bowl of chili as a meal?

• Do Americans really eat bacon with their hands?

• Do Americans really eat eggs with ketchup?

• Do Americans really eat pasta with butter?

• Do Americans really eat shredded cheese straight out of the package?

• Do Americans really eat chips on sandwiches?

• Do Americans really eat from paper plates because they don’t wanna do dishes?

• Do Americans really eat pizza with pineapples?

• Do Americans actually eat just peanut butter… with a spoon… from the jar?

• Do Americans actually eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

• Do Americans actually eat their apples with peanut butter and cinnamon?

• Do Americans actually eat cold pizza?


TRIVIA: The state of Maine has 65 of these. (Lighthouses)

TRIVIA: Thirteen percent of Americans say they’ve spent the night where? (In jail)

TRIVIA: The largest one of these in the world grew to 11 pounds, 9.7 ounces. (Lemon)

TRIVIA: Employees with desk jobs do this more at work than those who work in manual labor. (Go to the bathroom)


According to rental car company Hertz, the top five causes of road trip car arguments are, in reverse order:

5. Bathroom stops

4. Partner’s driving skills

3. Traffic

2. Noisy / naughty children

1. ???

Answer: Getting lost / directions


Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Bears Break Into Tennessee Cabin, Steal ______”

Two friends on vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, had a close encounter with a black bear when it forced its way into their rental cabin. The women immediately went to a bedroom for safety. If one bear inside the cabin wasn’t scary enough, there were three more bears lingering around the porch. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says black bears are coming out of winter hibernation.

… Police were called, eventually getting the bear out of the cabin and the other three bears away from the porch, but the bears did not leave without taking a few snacks with them: they got 5 pounds of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, a pound of M&M’s, two pounds of Sour Patch Kids, two bags of potato chips, two beers, two Diet Cokes and about 20 Zyrtecs.


• 1972: TANYA TUCKER made her chart debut at the age of 13 with Delta Dawn.

• 1978: WILLIE NELSON’s album Stardust made its chart debut. A decade later it was still on the chart.

• 1995: THE JUDDS appeared on the cover of TV Guide.

• 2011: LUKE BRYAN required stitches after he banged himself between the eyes throwing a stage prop around during a concert at the Peoria Civic Center.

• 2013: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Cruise went triple-platinum.

• 2017: CHELY WRIGHT received an honorary doctorate from the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

• 2017: DAN + SHAY’s Dan Smyers married Abby Law in Nashville.

LARI WHITE is 55. Her hits include That’s My Baby, Now I Know and Stepping Stone. Lari had a part in the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away.



CMT has added CARRIE UNDERWOOD, LUKE COMBS, SAM HUNT, TIM MCGRAW, BRANDI CARLILE and Christian singer LAUREN DAIGLE to its list of performers for CMT Salutes Our Country, airing June 3. Artists will perform from home, recognizing through words and music those who have made extraordinary contributions during the pandemic. Previously announced performers include FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, BROTHERS OSBORNE, LITTLE BIG TOWN, LADY ANTEBELLUM, and MIRANDA LAMBERT.

THOMAS RHETT scores his third consecutive number one from his Center Point Road album this week with his duet with JON PARDI, Beer Can’t Fix. It follows chart toppers Remember You Young and Look What God Gave Her.

… Beer Can’t Fix is the 15th number one for THOMAS RHETT and fifth for duet partner JON PARDI.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s Mutt Nation Foundation donated $75,000 to animal shelters across Middle Tennessee. Money was raised by more than 1,000 donations that were matched by Tractor Supply Company. The funds will help those shelters impacted by the March 3 tornadoes that ripped through the region, killing 25 and causing more than $1 million in damages.

ELI YOUNG BAND will kick off the Concert In Your Car series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on June 4. A 400 car limit will be imposed with an open space between each car. The cost is $40 per car with the concert to be heard on a specific FM radio station.

DARIUS RUCKER will sing the national anthem prior to Sunday’s (May 17) NASCAR race at Darlington Speedway in Darlington, South Carolina. The event will air on FOX without fans in attendance.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE shared a snippet of a song from its upcoming Six Pack EP. The tune is called Beer:30 and includes a ticking clock, a beer can and a slick, pop-country beat. FGL shared the sample on their social media pages on Tuesday. • LINK

… BROOKS & DUNN had a moderate hit with a song of the same title, but spelled differently. • LINK

THE BELLAMY BROTHERS have released the latest strand in their Old Hippy Stash. Called Afterglow, the marijuana is available at Trulieve dispensaries.

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• 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.


DATEBOOK: MAY 14, 2020


• George Lucas is 76

• Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) is 69

• David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 68

• Tim Roth is 59

• Cate Blanchett is 51

• Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) is 37

• Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) is 27


• 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.


• Chicken Dance Day

• National Decency Day

• Buttermilk Biscuit Day

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• Movie producer-director George Miller (Mad Max) is 75

• Rapper Tone Loc is 54

• Julie Bowen (Modern Family) is 50

• David Faustino (Married…With Children) is 46

• Jessica Biel is 38


• 1949: The first automatic street light was installed in New Milford, Connecticut.

• 1953: The Academy Awards were first broadcast on television (NBC).

• 2005: Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to fly around the world alone without stopping or refueling, touching down in central Kansas after a 67-hour, 23,000-mile journey.

• 2007: Doctors in China announced that they had discovered a woman who washed the family’s clothes while sleepwalking. She’d been doing it for ten years.

• 2014: The world’s largest virus to date was discovered in 30,000-year-old Siberian ice.


• National Anthem Day

• Mulled Wine Day

• Simplify Your Life Day

• Soup It Forward Day

• Unique Names Day

• World Wildlife Day

• Caregiver Appreciation Day

• Cold Cuts Day

• Moscow Mule Day


1,000: People per day moving to Florida. Because of this, Florida loses 12 acres of land to development every hour.


NASA is looking for new astronauts. [Sorry, (hick city), they don’t allow Cheetos on the International Space Station.]

The new Bachelorette has been announced by ABC. [Congrats to Judge Judy.]

Americans are starting to hit stores to stock up in case the coronavirus comes to their city. [I’m heading to the store after the show to stock up on sour watermelon Peeps.]

Judge Judy is dumping her TV show for a new venture. [Now we know why so many Democratic candidates are calling it quits.]

Judge Judy is dumping her current show for a new one called Judy Justice. [By the title, I’m pretty confident the show will begin with her riding into her courtroom on a Harley.]

Judge Judy is leaving her current TV show to launch a new one. [Judge Judy: Special Victims Unit.]

Bring on spring. [The cleaning people will be glad when the weather breaks and the boss can start playing golf again. He’s been dumping coffee grounds on the floor to practice getting out of sand traps.]

Former presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, and Amy Klobuchar are endorsing Joe Biden. [And Judge Judy for VP.]

It’s looking more and more like Joe Biden could be going up against Donald Trump. [Of course, it’s still early and Joe might drop out to take a nap.]


4 IN 5 WANT CITIES QUARANTINED IN CASE OF CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK _ Four out of five Americans surveyed (by global market research firm Ipsos) said they think governments should quarantine entire cities if there is an outbreak of Covid-19.

… Two in five Americans surveyed said that their concern over the outbreak has grown in the past week (42%), and about half of Americans (50%) believe it is likely that the coronavirus will become a full-blown crisis in the United States.

FOOT-TAPPING IS THE NEW HANDSHAKE DURING CORONAVIRUS _ Amidst coronavirus fears, a video has gone viral of the “Wuhan shake” — a foot-to-foot greeting people in China are using instead of a handshake. In a clip on Twitter, a group of men wearing face masks can be seen saying hello to each other by quickly tapping their feet together. The first man is shown waving off a handshake invitation and offers his foot instead. He is then greeted by a foot tap instead. • VIDEO

NO, STEVE WOZNIAK AND HIS WIFE ARE NOT CORONAVIRUS PATIENT ZERO IN THE US _ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he and his wife Janet “may have both been patient zero” for the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US. On Monday, Woz tweeted the couple had returned from China on January 4 and that his wife went to a clinic for a “bad cough.” Later on Monday Janet Wozniak told USA Today she just has a sinus infection.

AUDIOWASH YOUR HANDS TO THE PIZZA BAGEL JINGLE _ Hand washing is important, particularly during flue and Covid-19 season, but a simple splashing of hot, soapy water is not the move. There is, in fact, a correct way to wash one’s hands, and it involves singing (or humming). Experts say 20 seconds of soapy hand-washing is a must, and the easiest way to count off that time is to sing the Happy Birthday song — twice.

… Or, as the website LifeHacker suggests, you could sing the Pizza Bagel Bites jingle a couple of times. Why? Because, says LifeHacker, Happy Birthday is “a dumb song. It’s hard to sing, and — unless it is your birthday — serves as a sad reminder that it is not your birthday, and you will not be getting any presents [or cake].”

NASA ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FOR ASTRONAUTS _ Want to be one of the earlier astronauts to return to the Moon or explore Mars? You now have your chance. NASA has started taking applications for its next round of astronauts, some of them likely to be part of future Moon and Mars expeditions. You’ll have until the very end of the month (March 31st at 11:59PM ET) to apply, although time isn’t the main constraint here — qualifying is.

… NASA says that you’ll need to be a US citizen with either a master’s degree in a STEM field or an equivalent, such as two years of work toward the doctorate in your field, a medical doctorate or the combination of a completed test pilot school program (finished by June 2021) with a STEM bachelor’s degree. You’ll also need real-world experience that includes either two years of “progressively responsible” work experience or 1,000 flight hours as a pilot in command. And you’ll have to pass a long-duration spaceflight physical.

PENN STATE STUDENTS HOLD VIGIL FOR CLOSED TACO BELL LOCATION _ Penn State University students and community members gathered at the site of a shuttered Taco Bell for a vigil mourning the loss of the fast food restaurant. The Taco Bell location on E. College Avenue in State College unexpectedly closed its doors permanently last week, leading Penn State student Prajesh Patel to organize the Sunday night vigil. The vigil, which was advertised on Facebook, brought out dozens of attendees, including former employees.

TEEN PROMISES TO GET STRANGERS’ NAMES TATTOOED ON LEG FOR FUNDRAISER _ A New Zealand teen plans to get random people’s names tattooed on their leg to raise money for charity. For $50 each, Quaid Fletcher (age 17) will tattoo your name on their leg once they turn 18 on April 30. Quaid, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns ‘them’ and ‘their’, had raised $272 by Monday and plans to donate the money to charities that help LGBTQIA+ causes and the homeless in Auckland.

… Quaid says the “idea first came to me in media studies class — our teacher told us about someone in the U.S. who got people to donate money and pick an emoji to be tattooed on.”

PEEPS RELEASED A SOUR WATERMELON FLAVOR _ Peeps — known for its yellow and pink marshmallow Easter-time treats — is offering up something completely different this year: sour watermelon flavor. • LINK

22-YEAR-OLD WINS $70M JACKPOT AFTER BUYING LOTTO TICKET AT GROCERY STORE WHERE HE WORKS _ A 22-year-old from Canada made the purchase of a lifetime when he bought a winning lottery ticket netting him $70 million. Gregory Mathieu, a now-former grocery store bagger from Québec City, says he’ll be giving $1 million each to seven members of his family.

… Mathieu said he plans on traveling and buying a new car to replace the one that is giving him problems.

CRAB LEGS DINNER TURNS INTO LOTTERY WIN _ A Maryland woman won a $50,000 jackpot on her first first attempt at the Maryland Lottery’s new Fast Play games. The 61-year-old told Maryland Lottery officials she went to a grocery store (in Glen Burnie) to buy ingredients for a crab legs dinner. She said the new Fast Play games caught her eye at the store’s lottery kiosk, so she decided to give it a go. She put $20 in the machine to buy the $10 ticket and was so excited to discover she had won that she forgot about her other $10. The winner said she initially thought she had a $50 winner, but the store clerk who attempted to cash it explained it was a $50,000 winner and would have to be redeemed at lottery headquarters.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SILLY PUTTY _ This year marks the 70th anniversary of Silly Putty, the bouncy, stretchy pink stuff that comes in a plastic egg. Note: It went on sale as Silly Putty in 1950, though it was invented years earlier for other reasons.

WHICH TYPE OF PEOPLE ARE MOST LIKELY TO USE FACEBOOK _ A new study says Facebook users are more likely to be middle-aged, female, married, or liberal-minded. The research (Lehigh University) also reveals that there are a host of economic and demographic factors behind people who use — and don’t use — Facebook. Previous research boiled down Facebook use to a binary formula: you either use Facebook or you don’t. But researchers identified four distinct types of Facebook users in his research:

  • Current user, or a person who has and uses a Facebook account.
  • Deactivated user, or one who has temporarily deactivated their account, but might reactivate it at any time.
  • Considered deactivating user, or one who has considered deactivating their account, but never did.
  • Never user — someone who has never had a Facebook account.

… Current Facebook use is more common among users who are between 40 and 60 years old, female, not seeking employment, have a higher income level, are of Asian descent, or are currently married. In fact, women were more than 2.6 times likelier than men to be a current Facebook user rather than one who’s never had an account.

… Conversely, those most likely to have never held an account were male, older, from a lower-income household, of African-American descent, are more socially conservative, or weigh less than others. Age seemed to play a particular role in the findings. Adults over 60 were less likely to have ever had a Facebook account — for every one year of age, the odds a person wasn’t ever a user rose by 4.6%.

LATER SCHOOL START TIMES LEAD TO FEWER TEEN CAR CRASHES _ Getting teenagers out of bed for school in the morning is quite a struggle, but there may be a good reason to let them catch those extra zzz’s. A recent study finds that teens are involved in significantly fewer accidents if their schools start later.

… In 2015, the high schools of Fairfax County, Virginia, changed their start time from 7:20AM to 8:10AM. A Harvard-led research team analyzed the crash rate data of accidents involving teenagers for two school years before and after the change in start time. Over this period the crash rate in Fairfax County teens dropped from 31.63 to 29.59 accidents per 1,000 drivers. The crash rate stayed the same for teens in the rest of Virginia where school times did not change.

… Teenagers are more alert if they’re able to sleep in a little later. During the teen years, the body’s internal clock is adjusted, causing teens to go to sleep later and wake up later. If they’re forced to wake up early for school then they’ll end up driving to school when their body is telling them they should be in bed, the study suggests.

WHY DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS AT 2AM _ (NOTE: Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend.) If you happen to be awake and staring at your smartphone in the very early hours of the morning on Sunday, March 8, you’ll have the small pleasure of watching the time jump right from 1:59AM to 3AM — the start of Daylight Saving Time. But why that hour, specifically?

… The United States first adopted DST in 1918 as a way to conserve energy during World War I, following the lead of both England and Germany. When choosing exactly when to make the switch, officials were looking for an hour that could easily disappear without wreaking havoc on people’s schedules across the nation. Since no Amtrak trains departed New York City on Sundays at 2AM, losing that hour seemed a little less consequential than any other.

… According to the book Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving time, Sunday morning at 2AM was when “[a time change] would interrupt the least amount of train travel around the country.

… The United States didn’t stick with daylight saving time after 1918 — partially because so many farmers opposed it — but it did resurrect the tradition during World War II, and Congress formalized the practice in 1966 with the Uniform Time Act (which also created the time zones we use today).

… The reason DST’s 2AM start time has remained standard through the years isn’t just because it prevents confusion among late-night train passengers. Considering that most bars and restaurants are closed by then, and early shift-workers won’t be awake yet, it’s a pretty quiet hour across the board.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GET THAT MOOSE OFF MY CAR _ In Norway, a man was driving along when he stopped for a moose in the highway. He thought he had avoided a costly collision. But after about two seconds of staring at the man the moose trotted toward the car and proceeded to walk on top of it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: USING A COP CAR TO SNORT DRUGS _ A nightclub partier was detained by German police after they caught her trying to snort drugs off the top of their unmarked patrol car.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WALKS DOG FROM DRIVER’S SEAT _ A dog owner in England was fined after taking his pet for a walk. It was how the man did it that landed him in the doghouse. The man was spotted driving at low speed holding his dog’s leash through the car window as the animal trotted alongside.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ADVERTISES FOR GRANDCHILD _ A Chinese woman, unhappy that her son was unwilling to have a child, advertised in a local newspaper to recruit a grandson. The 64-year-old said her son had been married for 11 years and did not want to have children of his own. The ad in the newspaper read: “I would love to recruit a three-person family, who have a little child, as my relatives. After six months, if they are qualified, I would allow them to live with me. Then I can enjoy being a real granny.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DIRTY HUBBY _ An Iranian woman requested a divorce from her husband on the grounds that he had not washed for more than a year. Interestingly, when the couple first married almost a decade earlier the husband was obsessively clean, taking showers three times a day and washing his hand every few minutes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN IN COLORADO TRIES TO PET A MOOSE _ A woman in Colorado made the mistake of trying to pet a moose as it wandered through downtown Breckenridge last week, nearly getting attacked in the process. Video shared to Instagram shows the woman approaching the moose on Thursday and when she got too close to petting it, the animal lifted it’s hooves and stomped toward her. One person can be heard saying in the video, “That girl’s an idiot. You’re an idiot.” • VIDEO

… The Breckenridge Police Department shared on Facebook that the woman in the video has been identified and information has been shared with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


SUPER TUESDAY COVERAGE (CBS, ABC, NBC) — The networks and cable channels offer live coverage of the Super Tuesday primary elections in 14 states around the country.

THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — New. Nadine’s father comes to town for her birthday.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — The last new episodes of the sixth and final season begin.


007 FAN SITE WANTS ‘NO TIME TO DIE’ RELEASE DELAY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS _ Prominent James Bond fan site wrote an open letter requesting the delay of No Time to Die, the upcoming installment in the Daniel Craig-led British spy series. The movie is set to release in theaters in early April. But given widespread concern about coronavirus, the fan group is urging distributors to push its debut until summer.

… The site says, “Delay the release … until the summer when experts expect the epidemics to have peaked and to be under control. It’s just a movie. The health and well-being of fans around the world, and their families, is more important. We have all waited over 4 years for this film. Another few months will not damage the quality of the film and only help the box-office for Daniel Craig’s final hurrah.”

MAVERICK TO RELEASE TWO DAYS EARLY _ Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick will fly forward two days to release on June 24, giving the blockbuster a Wednesday start. Paramount Pictures made the announcement on Monday.

ORLANDO BLOOM REPORTEDLY RETURNING FOR PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN REBOOT _ While the sixth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is currently being written, a source says Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner will return. While it’s not expected that many of the other lead actors will return, Disney is looking at Bloom in an effort to ensure that there’s at least one Pirates legacy character around.

WILLIAM SHATNER HAS NO PLANS FOR A ‘STAR TREK: PICARD’ TYPE SERIES _ William Shatner is impressed with the work Patrick Stewart is doing in his CBS All-Access series, Star Trek: Picard. That doesn’t mean the man who played a major role in the original Star Trek series wants to get back into his old Star Fleet uniform. Shatner thinks a series that would focus on Kirk post-Starfleet is “played out” at this point.

… Shatner also expressed some awe at the fact that Patrick Stewart is willing to go through the grind of a television series again: “Doing a series is debilitating for a young guy, for a 25-year-old, which I was doing when I was 25 years old. It’s a physical wrecker, it’s a mental wrecker, and it’s a homewrecker ’cause you’re working 14, 18 hours a day. And in the last series I did, Boston Legal, I had, in rush hour, a two-hour commute. So add that. So no, I would not be interested in doing a series, per se.”

JUDGE JUDY STEPPING AWAY FROM SHOW BECAUSE OF FEUD WITH CBS _ Judge Judy is stepping away from her longtime television show and calling it quits with CBS because of a feud that’s been cooking for some time. TMZ reports that Judy was being shut down left and right on possible new shows she developed.

… Judy struck a huge deal with CBS last year year — selling her Judge Judy library for a reported $95 million, with an end date of 2020-2021. She was already producing the show Hot Bench, and was said to be developing other projects as well under CBS, like the court drama Her Honor which would’ve been based on her life — but there have been no developments on that one since 2016.

… Judge Judy’s new show, Judy Justice, is expected to have a similar format as her current show and will likely run on a streaming service or major cable outlet.

SHARK TANK JUDGE NOT OUT $388K AFTER ALL _ The Shark Tank judge who lost $388,700 in a phishing scam has gotten the money back. Barbara Corcoran said she’d “already accepted” her loss and moved on. But then came remarkable news: After a request from Corcoran’s bank, the German-based bank Corcoran’s bookkeeper used to mistakenly wire the money to the scammers froze the transfer before the money actually got deposited into the Chinese bank account to which it was headed.

CHRIS MATTHEWS DEPARTS HARDBALL _ Chris Matthews is stepping down from MSNBC’s Hardball amid scrutiny of recent on-air remarks as well as speculation about behind-the-scenes behavior. The veteran anchor said on his program Monday night that he was leaving the cable-news outlet, putting an end to a long-running show that was featured on three different networks and part of the news landscape since 1994. Monday’s broadcast was Matthews’ last.

… Matthews had been under close watch by critics, apologizing last week after making an awkward comparison on air between Senator Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucuses and the Nazis’ World War II takeover of France.

… Adding to the recent spotlight: a female journalist last week wrote an account in GQ alleging Matthews made inappropriate remarks to her while she was getting ready to appear on his show. That resurfaced reports that Matthews had been reprimanded in 1999 after a similar incident that resulted in a settlement to an employee, as well as claims that Matthews treated female politicians less respectfully.

TIMOTHY HUTTON DENIES 1983 RAPE ACCUSATION _ Oscar-winning actor Timothy Hutton has been accused of raping a Canadian woman in 1983, when she was a teen, according to a report out Monday. Hutton is strongly denying the accusation. Lauren Johnston was 14 and going by the first name Sera when she and two friends met Hutton, who was then in his 20s and filming Iceman in Vancouver, Canada. Johnston told Buzzfeed News the group went back to Hutton’s hotel room where he proceeded to get close to the former model, who was a working actor at the time. She claims that she found herself in his bedroom and that a friend of his allegedly entered soon after.

… Johnston, now 50, told Buzzfeed that Hutton, now 59, got undressed and started to have sex with her. She said she begged him to stop. Johnston said she first told the guys she was 17, but later that night admitted her real age. At the time, the age of consent in Canada was 14.

… Hutton said Monday, “For the past two-and-a-half years, I have been the target of multiple extortion attempts by a woman named Sera Dale Johnston to extract millions of dollars from me. She threatened that if I did not meet her demands, she would go to the press with a false allegation that I sexually assaulted her 37 years ago in Canada. I never assaulted Ms. Johnston. Today, BuzzFeed chose to publish Ms. Johnston’s false story. BuzzFeed knew the truth because they were provided with documented evidence. What’s really going on here is that Ms. Johnston’s extortion attempts failed. … When I became aware of this, I went to the FBI, signed a sworn statement, and filed a criminal complaint against Ms. Johnston for extortion. I will not stop fighting to expose this story for what it is — a failed extortion attempt based on something that never happened.”

FACEBOOK PULLS OUT OF SXSW DUE TO CORONAVIRUS WORRIES _ Social networking giant Facebook has opted out of SXSW over concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Facebook had been scheduled to be represented by about a dozen speakers at the annual film, music and technology festival in Austin, Texas. The festival runs from March 13 to 22.

… Twitter bailed out of SXSW on Sunday evening, announcing that the employees would not be allowed to attend due to its mandatory global business travel restrictions.

REALLY? FAST AND FURIOUS 9 ADDING BEN STILLER TO THE CAST _ According to a new report from Page Six, actor/director Ben Stiller is joining the cast of Fast and Furious 9, aka F9. Seems so random, but Page Six claims Stiller will have a “small part” in F9, which comes to theaters in May.

REALLY? MEGHAN MARKLE SAID TO BE EYEING SUPERHERO ROLE _ On March 31 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially leave the British Royal Family and a report from a British tabloid claims Meghan already has an eye on her next gig: a role in a future superhero movie. Mail Online claims the Duchess hopes to become “part of an ensemble cast” in an upcoming superhero movie, and has informed her agent that she’s “open to the best offers.”

ARTEMIS FOWL HAS A SECOND TRAILER _ Nearly a year after its originally scheduled release, Artemis Fowl — a film adapted from the popular book series — is finally coming to theaters this spring. The new trailer was released Monday. • VIDEO

NETFLIX IS LAUNCHING ITS OWN COMEDY FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES THIS SPRING _ Netflix has become home to countless stand-up comedy specials from some of the finest comedians working today. Now the streaming giant will gather up some of those stand-up greats for the first Netflix Is A Joke Fest in Los Angeles this spring.

… Netflix Is A Joke Fest will run from April 27 through May 3, featuring over 100 live shows from some of the biggest names in comedy.


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  Wash your hands to two runs of Happy Birthday, or the Pizza Bagel Bites jingle. March 3 News & Nuggets.

  Pete Buttigieg has dropped out of the presidential race. Here’s a montage of people trying to say his name. FYI – His campaign team eventually created stickers which read BOOT EDGE EDGE.



In a survey, moms share the top ways they are shamed.

• 51% – A stranger was rude to me while I was trying to calm down my child while they were having a tantrum

• 49% – A stranger was rude when I had to change my child’s diaper in public because I did not have access to a restroom

• 47% – A stranger made a rude comment to me regarding my child

• 44% – A stranger was rude to me when bottle feeding my child in public

• 44% – A stranger was rude to me when breastfeeding in public

• 44% – I received passive-aggressive advice from a relative

• 44% – I received unsolicited advice from a stranger

• 41% – A stranger gave dirty looks in a restaurant when I brought my child

• 36% – I received rude comments regarding how I dress my child

• 35% – I received rude comments regarding what I feed my child


The latest Survivor’s on CBS right now. Here are some real survivor questions from

• What’s the most important survival tool for a novice in a jungle scenario?

water filter
fire starter

You could make an argument for the machete, but a novice survivalist would do well to stay hydrated with a water filter.

• What’s the easiest way to catch fish in a survival situation?

bare hands
spear fishing
traps and snares

Spear fishing.

• What unlikely object can you make fire from?


Shape ice into a convex circle and use it like a magnifying lens to make fire.

• Which of the following can kill you?

sun burn

Sunburn and frostbite are no fun, but you won’t die. You can die from hypothermia though.

• What should you not drink if you’re dehydrated?


Saltwater will only dehydrate you more, so stay away from it.

• What’s the emergency smoke signal to send if you’re in trouble?

bursts of three quick puffs
long puff, short puff, long puff
three long puffs

Do what Native Americans did and send three quick puffs until someone finds you.

• In a survival scenario, you should avoid eating insects that…what?

have a hard shell
are brightly colored or pungent
have stingers

You can eat insects with hard shells and stingers, including scorpions — but you should avoid bugs that are brightly colored and/or pungent.


TRIVIA: The average American eats six pounds of this each year. (Potato chips)

TRIVIA: The average American driver will spend 6 months of their life waiting where? (At red lights)

TRIVIA: Scientists think there are about 10 quintillion of these on earth. (Insects. That’s the number 10 followed by 18 zeros.)


Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• Soup is served in one. (Bowl)

• What you call a person in jail. (Inmate)

• The home of country music. (Nashville)

• Curious monkey. (George)

• Eight sided polygon. (Octogon)


• 1973: CHARLEY PRIDE earned a Grammy for Best Country Single for Kiss An Angel Good Morning.

• 1984: EXILE scored their first number one hit with Woke Up In Love.

• 2002: GEORGE STRAIT plays the final Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show concert held at Houston’s Astrodome, with more than 68,000 in attendance. He dedicates “Love Without End, Amen” to George and Barbara Bush, who are part of the crowd

• 2005: With six weeks at the top of the country chart, RASCAL FLATTS’ Bless The Broken Road scored the second longest consecutive stint at the top by a country group, following LONESTAR’s Amazed, which had spent eight weeks at the top.

• 2013: TRACE ADKINS raised more than $670,000 for the American Red Cross as the winning project manager during the season’s first episode of The Celebrity Apprentice.

• 2017: The Shack debuted in theaters with TIM MCGRAW in the cast.

• 2020: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s fitness book was published: Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life.

Brett Warren of THE WARREN BROTHERS is 49.


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CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s book is out today. Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life is full of tips on eating, exercise, and lifestyle choices.

… Price is $21. • LINK

… There’s an autographed edition for $50. • LINK

… CARRIE UNDERWOOD has launched The Fit 52 app.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD has been a vegetarian since she was 13, but she was never really concerned about the way she looked until she began performing on American Idol. In an interview with Women’s Health, Carrie said she was motivated to begin dieting and exercising while she was competing in the singing competition.

… In the profile, Carrie recalls seeing a comment on a fan site that said “Carrie’s getting fat” as she was competing on the show. While she acknowledged that the comment shouldn’t have gotten to her, it did have an impact, and ultimately helped motivate her to lose weight. Carrie tells Women’s Health: “I was tired, and I kept buying bigger clothes. I knew I could be better for myself, and I let my haters be my motivators.”

JIMMIE ALLEN and fiancée Alexis Gale welcomed their first child on Sunday (March 1), a girl, Naomi Betty Allen.

JIMMIE ALLEN has his second number one with Make Me Want To (Mediabase).

JUSTIN MOORE tells the newest issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine his favorite place to write songs is at the beach. Justin says he gets some of his best ideas hanging out on the sand while drinking beers.

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• 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

• 2018: THE BAND PERRY’s Kimberly Perry revealed she is getting a divorce from husband J.P. Arencibia.




• Catherine O’Hara (the mom in Home Alone) is 66

• Mykelti Williamson (Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue in Forrest Gump) is 63

• Patricia Heaton (Carol’s Second Act, Everybody Loves Raymond) is 62

• Steven Weber (NCIS: New Orleans, Wings) is 59

• Whitney Port (The Hills) is 35

• Jenna Boyd (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) is 27


• 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.


• Brain Injury Awareness Day

• Discover What Your Name Means Day

• March Forth and Do Something Day

• Grammar Day

• Poundcake Day

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• Comedian Carrot Top is 55

• Tea Leoni is 54

• Sean Astin is 49

• Chelsea Handler is 45

• Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) is 44

• Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) is 34


• 1919: Oregon placed a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

• 1940: A hockey game was televised for the first time, by New York City station W2XBS. The New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 at Madison Square Garden.

• 2006: The world’s estimated population reached 6.5 billion.

• 2009: It was revealed by the White House staff that every day President Barack Obama is handed a special purple folder. The folder contains ten letters culled from the thousands the White House Correspondence Office receives each day from Americans who have taken the time to sit down and write to their president.

• 2018: Marit Bjoergen of Norway became the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in skiing’s 30km cross country.


• Ten months until Christmas!

• Pancake Day

• Mardi Gras

• Rubber Ducky Day

• World Spay Day

• Clam Chowder Day


9: Percentage of Americans who think the moon landings were faked.


A report says more than a third of the Earth’s plant and animal species live on only 1.4 percent of its land surface. [What’s even more surprising, the other two-thirds live in high school gym lockers.]

According to a report in a medical journal, green tea drinkers may be preventing cancer every time they have a cup. [Unfortunately, it still has a long way to go to become a popular treatment, according to the Journal of Stuff That’s Good For You But Tastes Really Bad Even With Sugar.]

According to a study, two-thirds of all smokers will die as a direct result of smoking. [The other third die from exposure standing outside their office buildings in the middle of winter.]

It’s February 25… two months since Christmas. [Time to take the tree down.]

That latest info on presidential gifts shows Donald Trump received 17 gifts from foreign leaders in 2018. [You gotta hand it to the president, he’s genuinely excited when he gets another KFC gift card.]

More than four months after suffering a heart attack on the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders refuses to release detailed medical records. [However, he has agreed to release Larry David’s.]

Fear over the coronavirus caused the stock market to take a big dive Monday. [Fortunately I was an investor in the Doolittle movie, so I’m making big bucks.]

The KFC Donut fried chicken sandwich is now available at restaurants nationwide. [Good news for those of you eating keto: leave out the fried chicken and the donut and it’s zero calories.]


AUDIOKOBE BRYANT MEMORIAL _ Amid tears, laughs and cheers, memories flowed through Staples Center Monday as the NBA, the city and the world bade a formal farewell to Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, one month after the helicopter crash that claimed their lives. Walking onto a stage adorned with thousands of roses, Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, made her first public appearance since her husband and daughter died along with seven other people in the crash. She gave a tearful, powerful tribute to them both, painting a picture of her world-famous husband as a loving husband and family man.

… Bryant’s number 8 and 24 jerseys were illuminated in the Staples Center rafters as Vanessa spoke of his legacy.

VANESSA BRYANT SUES HELICOPTER COMPANY OVER CRASH _ Vanessa Bryant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters, the operator of the helicopter that crashed outside Los Angeles last month and killed nine people, including Kobe Bryant and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna. The suit claims that the pilot, Ara Zobayan, was “negligent” in his operation of the aircraft as he navigated through a heavy fog, and it accuses Island Express of taking unnecessary risk given the circumstances. Zobayan was also killed in the crash.

… A National Transportation Safety Board report released earlier this month noted that Zobayan, an experienced pilot and flight instructor, had received special clearance to fly in difficult conditions shortly before takeoff. The lawsuit says the helicopter was traveling at 180 miles per hour in the moments before the crash. Failure to properly research and respond to weather conditions constitutes the bulk of the claims.

22 STUDIES AGREE: ‘MEDICARE FOR ALL’ SAVES MONEY _ The evidence abounds: A “Medicare for All” single-payer system would guarantee comprehensive coverage to everyone in America and save money. Researchers at three University of California campuses examined 22 studies on the projected cost impact for single-payer health insurance in the United States and reported their findings in a recent paper (in PLOS Medicine). Every single study predicted that it would yield net savings over several years. In fact, it’s the only way to rein in health care spending significantly in the U.S.

… All 22 studies, regardless of ideological orientation, showed that long-term cost savings were likely. Even the Mercatus Center, a right-wing think tank, recently found about $2 trillion in net savings over 10 years from a single-payer Medicare for All system. Most importantly, everyone in America would have high-quality health care coverage.

… The biggest cost savings is one public plan negotiating rates with health care providers: we would do away with three-quarters of the estimated $812 billion the U.S. now spends on health care administration.

CANNABIS USE AMONG SENIORS UP BY 75% _ More and more older Americans are using marijuana and other cannabis-based products. In research published Monday (in JAMA Internal Medicine), the number of U.S. adults over 65 who reported using cannabis nearly doubled over a three-year period, from 2.4 percent in 2015 to 4.2 percent in 2018 — an increase of 75 percent.

AUDIOTHE ‘PURRFECT’ MUSIC FOR CALMING CATS _ Taking a cat to the vets can be a stressful experience, both for cat and owner. But a study published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) has shown that playing cat-specific music during the visit can help.

… Researchers at Louisiana State University lined up 20 pet cats, who were played 20 minutes of cat-specific music (by David Teie), classical music (‘Élégie’ by Fauré) or no music in a random order. Cat stress scores, based on the behavior and body posture of the cats, and handling scale scores, based on the cats’ reactions to the handler, were assigned for each of the cats.

… The study found that the cats appeared to be less stressed during the examination when played the cat-specific music, compared with both classical music and no music.

AMERICA IS NO. 1 FOR PISTACHIOS _ America is No. 1 in a lot of things: world champion sports teams; blockbuster movies; large numbers of presidential tweets; and now pistachios. Iran has dominated global pistachio production for centuries, while the U.S. only began production in 1976. But due to recent awful seasons in Iran the U.S is now the top producer.

… From 2004 to 2009, Iran accounted for 40 percent of global pistachio production to the States’ 33 percent. By 2014 to 2019, 47 percent came from the U.S. while 27 percent came from Iran.

SECRET WORLD OF FELINES _ How did paw prints end up on the TV? Why is there a dead mouse in the kitchen cabinet? The world may never know the answers to these perplexing questions but a new study (from Friskies) shed some light on the situation. Using a bit of ingenious technology — mini kitty cams attached to collars — researchers infiltrated the secret world of our feline friends.

… According to the collar cam, our cats would rather be on the prowl for adventure than on your bed taking a nap. In fact, only 6% of the cats in the study spent the majority of their day snoozing, while double that number preferred to spend their time playing with other pets. 7% enjoyed climbing and playing with houseplants, and 5% preferred to play with toys. But their very favorite activity? Surveying their domain — 21% of our cats actually spend most of the day staring out the window.

PRIVACY GROUP: FACEBOOK IS ‘NOT TELLING YOU EVERYTHING’ _ In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal in 2018, Facebook released a privacy feature called “Download Your Information.” The tool allowed users to access all the data that Facebook had gathered about them since they created their account — or at least, they thought it was all the data. In fact, according to a recent blog post from privacy advocacy group Privacy International, the information Facebook shows these users is quite incomplete.

… Privacy International researchers recently tested the tool and discovered that Facebook doesn’t provide users with a list of all advertisers who have uploaded their personal data. Additionally, the information provided about the advertisers themselves is limited, with just a name and no contact details. In other words, it’s basically impossible for users to get the full picture of how they’re being tracked and how their data is being used.

BILLIONAIRE WARREN BUFFETT FINALLY TRADES IN HIS FLIP PHONE _ Apple CEO Tim Cook has tried to convince billionaire Warren Buffett to trade in his $20 flip phone for an iPhone for years — and it seems his efforts have finally paid off  Buffet shared in a recent interview with CNBC that his ‘flip phone is permanently gone’ and he is now using Apple’s ‘latest model’ smartphone, the iPhone 11. Although most iPhone users enjoy the handset for searching the web, sharing on social media sites and playing video games, the legendary investor said he will only use it as a phone to make calls.

… Although he is worth $88 billion dollars, he still lives in the first house he bought in 1958 and dines on McDonald’s at least three times a week.

TRAIL RUNNER BROKE HIS LEG AND CRAWLED FOR 11 HOURS THROUGH SNOW _ A trail runner in Washington state who broke his leg knew he was doomed if he tried to wait for help. So Joe Oldendorf crawled for eleven hours. This was after he’d already run twelve miles. Eventually, the Coast Guard found him and airlifted him to a hospital.

XFL PLAYER MAKES TRADE FOR SOME GIRL SCOUT COOKIES _  We have proof that there’s really nothing we wouldn’t do for a Girl Scout cookie, especially those tasty Thin Mints. In an XFL game over the weekend, a St. Louis BattleHawks player traded a football to a girl who was holding a sign saying, “Will trade a box of Thin Mints for a BattleHawks football.”

BEER FLIGHT AND GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PAIRINGS _ A microbrewery in Tuscon is hosting beer flight and Girl Scout cookie parings on Sunday (March 1). For a few hours, you’ll be able to taste a flight of Sentinel Peak Brewing’s flagship beers uniquely combined with a selection of everyone’s favorite seasonal cookies. Besides the pairings, Girl Scout Cookies will be for sale.

71% OF AMERICANS SAY THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS IS GOOD OR EXCELLENT _ America, you’re drunk. While a full two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, a new survey of adults shows we’re not being honest as 71 percent of us claim our health and wellness is either good or excellent.

MARS IS HUMMING. SCIENTISTS AREN’T SURE WHY _ Under its frigid, dusty surface, Mars is humming. The quiet, constant drone periodically pulses with the beat of quakes rippling around the planet, but the source of this music remains unknown. This Martian hum is just one in a slew of fresh mysteries and discoveries detected by NASA’s InSight lander. InSight touched down on Mars in November 2018 to a flat, featureless expanse near the planet’s equator. Since then, the craft has been using an extremely sensitive seismometer and other instruments to take readings that are helping scientists untangle Mars’s geologic activity and internal structure.

… In addition to the strange hum, the latest batch of data from InSight describes the first active fault zone discovered on Mars, patterns and pulses in the modern magnetic fields, and hints to the planet’s magnetic past. Taken together, the information gleaned from Mars is vital to figuring out how all rocky planets form and evolve over time.

PURDUE ONLINE STUDENTS CAN NOW GRADUATE IN VR _ Purdue University will let some graduates join its 2020 commencement ceremony through virtual reality. Around 75 students will get a Google Cardboard-style virtual reality viewer and watch the ceremony through a 360-degree camera feed alongside around 400 other students who will attend the ceremony in Los Angeles later this week.

… The project was conceived with help from Purdue’s Research Computing Envision Center, which works on VR training simulations and similar projects. A Purdue spokesman explains: “When the ceremony begins, [students] will feel like they are in the procession line marching with the on-site graduates. The virtual graduates will walk onto the stage, hear their name announced and see their picture displayed before returning to their seat.”

PARROT SHOUTS ‘FIRE’ TO WARN SLEEPING FAMILY ABOUT BLAZE _ A Tennessee (Lebanon) family owes their lives to their beloved parrot. When a fire broke out in the early morning hours, they were woken up by their pet parrot Louie’s cries of “fire!” They say the bird had never said the word before but was still able to use it in that situation. Barbara Klein says Louie the parrot is “a true hero … when I woke up, the fire was starting to spread across the living room floor.”

… Now the sad part: Louie and the family’s pet dogs didn’t survive the fire. Barbara’s husband and their 6-year-old granddaughter escaped with their lives, although Barbara’s husband, Larry, was hospitalized.

… After the family left the house, Larry ran back in “to try to save our puppies and his grandfather’s guitar. He kept saying he couldn’t breathe and I was shouting at him to leave the house. I told him to get down and he crawled out. I pulled him out of the fire. Then we got in the car and drove out of the driveway.”

BATHROOM GERMS _ When it comes to a fear of germs, 39 percent of respondents in a nationwide survey said they feared picking up germs from a public restroom more than any other public place. Since germs are the result of unsanitary conditions, the survey found that for 66 percent of the respondents “unclean conditions” were most apt to lead to a bad impression of the restroom. No toilet paper was a distant second at 13 percent, followed by odors at 11 percent. And what is the top reason a public restroom makes a good impression on visitors? 77 percent said cleanliness. Where else do we fear picking up germs?

  • Restaurants: 21 percent
  • Airplanes: 20 percent
  • Subways and trains: 11 percent
  • Movie theaters: 4 percent

SERIOUS BACON LOVE _ What a strange love affair people have with the pork product known as bacon. A survey revealed 43 percent of Canadians would rather eat bacon than have sex.

AMERICANS GET AN ‘F’ IN UNDERSTANDING TAXES _ The average U.S. adult scores about 50% on personal finance questions related to U.S. federal income tax returns. Most American adults get an “F” in understanding income tax basics, according to a survey (by NerdWallet). Respondents scored on average 51% in a 10-question quiz on tax basics related to such personal finance issues as retirement, college savings and health care.

… A majority of respondents did not know the tax implications of popular financial products such as Roth individual retirement accounts, the 401(k), Health Savings Accounts, etc.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: PUT DOWN YOUR SMARTPHONE WHEN YOU EAT _ If you find yourself gaining weight, even though it feels as if you’re eating normal meals, a new research study (published in the journal Physiology and Behavior) suggests a possible solution for this problem: put down your smartphone. In the research paper titled “Smartphone Use While Eating Increases Caloric Ingestion,” people who used their smartphone for any use, even just surfing the web or reading news, while consuming meals ate 15 percent more calories on average than diners who simply focused on their food.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF FALLS ASLEEP IN CAR _ In Germany a man broke into a car late one night. He was hard at work trying to pry out the car’s in-dash screen but it turned out to be an exhausting job and before long he was sound asleep. And that’s how the cops found him, still clutching his screwdriver. They woke him up and arrested him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER CAUGHT WHILE TAKING COFFEE BREAK _ A robber made off with $2,000 from a bank in Germany, only to get caught after stopping to buy coffee down the street.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THE GPS MADE ME DO IT _ The Minneapolis Fire Department rescued a man who broke through the ice on the Mississippi River while crossing on foot. The man explained he was following a route provided by Google Maps, and it “told him” to cross the river there, so he set out across the ice. A fire department spokesman noted that the navigation app was probably routing him across the river via a nearby bridge.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HAS COLLECTION OF OVER 21,000 BANANA LABELS _ If you see a 70-year-old woman digging through a trash can for discarded banana peels in Florida, you may have spotted one of the world’s most unique collectors. Becky Martz, of Orlando, has spent the past 29 years collecting and cataloging more than 21,000 banana labels from around the world. Martz’s hobby has led her to Germany, Costa Rica and Ecuador where she’s met with fellow collectors and picked up random banana labels.

… Becky says, “I have rescued many labels from the trash or a banana peel on the ground. I feel sad when I see someone has thrown a peel away with the label still on it, so I rescue it.”

… Her hobby started in 1991 when she first noticed how unique banana labels were. She was restocking her fruit bowl when she saw how the old Dole banana labels were from Guatemala and the new ones were from Honduras. That’s when she first started paying attention to banana labels and noticing differences.

… Martz’s rarest banana label dates back to the 1960s. It is the blond Jacko label featuring a little boy whose coiffure is made up of little bananas.


CBS NEWS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE (8p ET, CBS) — Democratic presidential hopefuls discuss issues in Charleston, S.C. Participants are:Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Tom Steyer. Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell will moderate.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New.  The blind auditions continue.

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Jackie hits it off with a married couple (guest stars and real-life husband and wife Clark Gregg and Jennifer Grey), and they “invite” her into their relationship.

FINALE: GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (8p ET, FOX) — In the 2-hour season finale, Gordon takes on 2 restaurants in Arkansas.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY GATES, JR. (8p ET, PBS) — New. Laura Linney, Lisa Ling and Soledad O’Brien explore their family histories.

BLESS THIS MESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Rio takes driving lessons from Kay, but their friendship hits a bump when Kay finds out that Rio has secretly been getting lessons from other people.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New.  Kevin spends the day with Rebecca. Pamela Adlon (Better Things) guest stars.

MIXED-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. The Johnsons welcome an African American family that has just moved into their mostly white neighborhood.


BLACK-ISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Jack joins the robotics club and Dre worries it might be a detrimental failure for him. Joel McHale guest stars.


FOR LIFE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Determined to gain access to his police file, Aaron decides to represent an inmate from Safiya’s drug rehabilitation program whose brother is a cop.


PARASITE WILL STREAM EXCLUSIVELY ON HULU IN U.S. _ Hulu has exclusive U.S. streaming rights to Parasite, the film that made history as the first foreign-language film to win best picture at this year’s Oscars. Parasite will be available on Hulu beginning Wednesday, April 8.

… The thriller/dark comedy explores socioeconomic inequality in South Korea, following an impoverished, literally basement-dwelling family posing as qualified professionals to gain long-term employment by a wealthy family.

JURASSIC WORLD 3 MIGHT BRING BACK ANOTHER JURASSIC PARK CHARACTER _ You may not know the name Joseph Mazzello, but you know his role in Jurassic Park. Mazzello played the young boy Timmy, the small dino expert who did battle with the electric fence. And according to Mazzello, Timmy may be coming back in Jurassic World 3. Mazzello, who recently appeared in the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, teased that his iconic dinosaur-loving kid character from Jurassic Park may be the latest original cast member to make a return in Jurassic World 3, joining Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum. In a cryptic tweet, Mazello said, “I think it’s time to get back to work. What do you say gang?”

CHRIS EVANS IN EARLY TALKS TO JOIN LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS _ Chris Evans is in early talks to join the upcoming adaptation of the musical Little Shop of Horrors. If signed, Evans would play the abusive, diabolical dentist Dr. Orin Scrivello, a role played by Steve Martin in the 1986 movie adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors.

… The sci-fi faustian tale follows a meek florist named Seymour whose life is changed forever when he discovers a mysterious and rare flytrap. Naming it Audrey II after a ditzy co-worker he holds a secret crush for, Seymour and the plant become famous overnight as the plant grows to human size. There’s just one problem: the plant grows on human blood. And when it gets big enough, Audrey II begins talking to Seymour, tempting him with more fame and fortune if he feeds it with something more nourishing: human bodies.

NEW QUIET PLACE PART II TRAILER SEES EVERYONE ON THE RUN _ A Quiet Place Part II, the much-anticipated sequel to 2018’s A Quiet Place, is set for release on March 20. And if you weren’t already hyped enough, Paramount Pictures has released another trailer for the film and has titled it “Fight.” • VIDEO

… The pic has Emily Blunt and John Krasinski returning to their roles as star and director respectively — though Krasinski will appear briefly in flashbacks, too.

NETFLIX ADDS TOP 10 FEATURE SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT EVERYONE’S WATCHING _ Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of movies and shows on Netflix? Now you can jump on the bandwagon and check out the streaming service’s most popular options. Netflix has added a Top 10 feature. The lists update daily to show what’s popular in your country and are broken into three categories: Netflix overall, shows, and films.

KATHERINE JOHNSON, NASA MATHEMATICIAN IN HIDDEN FIGURES, DIES AT 101 _ Katherine Johnson, one of the history-making, barrier-breaking NASA mathematicians depicted in Hidden Figures, died Monday. She was 101.

… Johnson was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 film about trailblazing black women whose work at NASA was integral during the space race. The film also stars Octavia Spencer as the mathematician Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as the engineer Mary Jackson. The work of the women altered the country’s history but their names were largely unknown until the movie received acclaim. Jackson died in 2005, and Vaughan died in 2008.

… Johnson said greatest contribution to space exploration was making “the calculations that helped sync Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module.” In other words, helping to put men on the moon in 1969.

MONSTER GARAGE WITH JESSE JAMES RETURNS TO DISCOVERY CHANNEL _ West Coast Choppers founder Jesse James is returning to reality TV with a reboot of Discovery Channel’s Monster Garage. James, who starred in the series that aired from 2002 to 2006, has kept busy since the original show ended. The Austin-based automotive mastermind traveled the world and trained under a world-class blacksmith, ultimately becoming a high-end gunmaker with his JJFU firearms brand.

… With his return to Discovery, James will have “an upgraded garage, cutting-edge technology and a renewed passion for creating some of most mind-blowing vehicles to ever drive across television screens.”

HARVEY WEINSTEIN WAS FOUND GUILTY AND HAS BEEN THROWN IN JAIL _ A jury on Monday found Harvey Weinstein guilty of raping a woman and sexually assaulting another woman, and he has been jailed pending his March 11 sentencing. He was acquitted of the two most serious charges of predatory sexual assault that carried a possible life sentence.

… After a six-week trial, jurors took four days to convict him after hearing the testimonies of six women, who provided harrowing accounts of how Weinstein used his power and influence to coerce them into nonconsensual and degrading sexual encounters.

… (CAUTION) The charges against Weinstein were based on the allegations of two of those women: Aspiring actor Jessica Mann said Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel in 2013, and former production assistant Miriam Haley said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006. Actor Annabella Sciorra’s testimony that Weinstein raped her in the ’90s was used to bolster two predatory sexual assault charges against him in combination with the testimonies of Mann and Haley.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH CHEST PAINS _ Harvey Weinstein was taken to a hospital in Manhattan on Monday after complaining of chest pains. Weinstein was supposed to be transferred to jail, but was diverted to the hospital. Weinstein had been free on $2 million bond, but the judge in his trial ordered him held in jail prior to sentencing on March 11.

HARRISON FORD REVEALS HIS ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIE LINE _ All throughout his career, he’s played Indiana Jones, Han Solo, and Rick Deckard — to name but three — so it’s not too much of a stretch to say that Harrison Ford has accumulated quite the collection of one-liners and catchphrases. But out of all the one-liners and memorable dialogue, which is his favorite? That very question was put to Ford during an interview with BuzzFeed. When he was asked to name his all-time favorite line, Ford pointed in the direction of Raiders of the Lost Ark from 1981: “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.”

JUSSIE SMOLLETT PLEADS NOT GUILTY _ On Monday, Jussie Smollett was arraigned on the six new charges after he allegedly lied about being the victim of a hate crime last January. He pleaded not guilty.

MATRIX 4 FILMING KEPT DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO UP ALL NIGHT _ Filming of Matrix 4 kept downtown San Francisco missing some sleep over the weekend as fireballs lit up the sky and at least five helicopters flew at 300 feet, shattering the usual tranquility. Cameras rolled from 6PM to midnight Saturday and Sunday, and 5AM to 9AM Sunday, leaving residents tossing and turning in their beds.


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  Kobe Bryant Memorial: Vanessa Bryant (CAUTION: Includes the word ‘ass’.)

  Kobe Bryant Memorial: Michael Jordan

  Kobe Bryant Memorial: Jimmy Kimmel

  Music for Cats. February 25 News & Nuggets.



FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What is a smell that is gross to others but something you don’t mind or actually enjoy?


After watching some of the Kobe Bryant memorial I have to ask: Who are you grateful to have in your life right now?


What’s your secret to a successful marriage? Harrison Ford says, “Don’t talk. Nod your head.”


A survey found…

… 73 percent of us have a change jar.

… $10.5 billion worth of coins fill those jars.

… 75 percent of us will stop to pick up a penny off the street.

… 12 percent will pass by a heads-down penny because it’s bad luck.

… 47% of us have thrown a penny away.


Never EVER tease a guy about their hair, stature, salary or his, um, size: Poke fun at one of those and you might as well rip out our hearts and use them as coasters for your herbal tea.

MONEY — Having more money is obviously much better than having less. Men believe that their financial worth reflects their inner worth. So teasing them about their salaries is really another way of making fun of our manhood.

THEIR HAIR — If there’s anything men are sensitive about it’s their hair. Every man worries about losing his locks one day, because he truly believes that with his hair goes his ability to attract women.

THEIR HEIGHT — Studies show that taller men are taken more seriously than shorter guys. Vertically challenged guys often experience this and don’t need to be reminded.

THEIR MANHOOD — That brings up the final torturous taunt: mocking the Manhood. It’s easy for women to tease a man about his member since they don’t have one, but on a man’s list of priorities, it’s just below breathing. Cutting remarks about it aren’t welcome.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What does your guy HATE to be teased about?


TRIVIA: These famous letters didn’t appear until 1950, and were originally printed in black, not white. (The Ms on M&Ms)

TRIVIA: The least likely time for one of these is Wednesdays between 3 and 6PM. (Bank robbery)

TRIVIA: Around the world each year, it is estimated that three people are killed by what? (Champagne corks)

TRIVIA: In households that have it, the average is $8,701. What is it? (Credit card debt)

TRIVIA: Americans spend a half-billion dollars a year on what type of footwear? (Slippers)

TRIVIA: The average person does this 3½ times a day while at work. (Goes to the bathroom)


• 2003: JOHNNY PAYCHECK was laid to rest in Nashville after a long battle with emphysema. The 64-year-old singer was buried in a plot donated by, and near in proximity to, his friend GEORGE JONES.

• 2010: Apple announced JOHNNY CASH’s Guess Things Happen That Way was the 10 billionth song downloaded on iTunes.

• 2012: Suffering with a vocal problem, GEORGE STRAIT left the stage at Kansas City’s Sprint Center after performing just two songs. He made up the show one week later.

• 2015: DIERKS BENTLEY leads a 1990s cover band, Hot Country Knights, at The Stage in Nashville. The night includes RANDY HOUSER doing Watermelon Crawl, CHARLES KELLEY singing My Maria and MIRANDA LAMBERT covering Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

• 2017: REBA McENTIRE’s two-disc gospel project Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope reach No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart.

Shawna Thompson of THOMPSON SQUARE is 42.


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CRAIG MORGAN is partnering with the recently launched Circle Network for a new reality series called Craig’s World. The 10-part series begins March 5 with a look inside Craig’s career and personal life.

Self-proclaimed workhorse MAREN MORRIS plans to take a couple months off after giving birth to her baby boy in March. After that Maren plans to take the little guy on the road with her.

TOBY KEITH was honored by Golf Digest with the prestigious Arnie Award for his efforts to help critically ill kids in his home state of Oklahoma through his OK Kids Coral and celebrity golf tournament.

SCOTTY MCCREERY says his wife, Gabi, keeps him grounded through her own career in nursing. The former American Idol winner says Gabi sharing stories about her job helps keep things in perspective for him as to how little things that he makes a big deal out of really aren’t that important.

It’s been 15 years since CARRIE UNDERWOOD won American Idol, but she actually thought going in to the competition that she would get cut and move on with her life.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s TYLER HUBBARD’s daughter Olivia is on the opening of their country re-mix of Justin Bieber’s Yummy. Tyler brought wife Hayley along with Olivia and his youngest child, son Luka, into the studio with him to cut the track and Olivia opens the song. • AUDIO

INGRID ANDRESS’ breakthrough hit, More Hearts Than Mine, was inspired by a true experience. She was dating a guy around the holidays that she had to decide if she wanted to take back home to Colorado to meet her family — and with six of them, as she says, that’s a lot of hearts to break.

GARTH BROOKS’ social media comments were hijacked by fans who thought he was a supporter of Bernie Sanders. Garth was playing at Ford Field in Detroit and there’s only one jersey to wear in this case: the great Barry Sanders. Of course Garth did just that, and posted a photo on Instagram.

… More than a handful of fans thought Garth was supporting Bernie Sanders. Some of the Instagram comments were sarcastic, but many others were serious — calling Garth a “liberal socialist” and much worse. • IMAGE


• 1932: JOHNNY CASH was born near Kingsland, Arkansas. He died at the age of 71 on September 12, 2003. He’s a member of both the Country and Rock & Roll Hall of Fames and saw chart success in country for over three decades.

• 1976: WILLIE NELSON won his first Grammy for Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.

• 2007: A misdemeanor assault charge against HANK WILLIAMS JR. was dropped in Memphis ten months after it was filed by a cocktail waitress who claimed he left bruises on her after trying to choke her when she refused to kiss him. Hank was in the city at the time to be with his daughters, Holly and Hillary, who were recovering from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

• 2008: With Backwoods Barbie, DOLLY PARTON released her first album of new material in 17 years.

• 2015: The Opry House was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

• 2018: LOCASH headlined Chicago Blackhawks hockey player Duncan Keith’s annual Keith Relief charity concert at Joe’s Bar.



• Bill Duke (Commando, Predator) is 77

• Michael Bolton is 67

• Senator and former Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine is 62


• 1919: An act of the U.S. Congress established most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park.

• 1991: Tim Berners-Lee introduced WorldWideWeb, the first web browser.

• 1996: A 38-year-old Muncie, Indiana, woman tried to remove a callus from her foot by shooting it off with .410-gauge shotgun. She told police later at the hospital she had been drinking heavily and it seemed like a good idea.

• 2009: The world learned that the Obama family had decided on a dog and locked down a ‘delivery’ date. First Lady Michelle Obama said a Portuguese Water Dog would be arriving at the White House on April 1.

• 2017: At the Academy Awards the Best Picture Oscar was mistakenly given to La La Land — then awarded to Moonlight.


• Ash Wednesday

• Inconvenience Yourself Day

• Personal Chef’s Day

• Pistachio Day

• Pink Shirt Day/Anti-Bullying Day, a day when people wear mainly a pink shirt to symbolize a stand against bullying, an idea that originated in Canada.

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• Rod Stewart is 75

• Former boxer George Foreman is 71

• Pat Benatar is 67


• 1911: Major Jimmie Erickson shot the first photograph from an airplane while flying over San Diego, California.

• 1949: The Radio Corporation of America, sometimes known as RCA, announced a new 7-inch, 45 rpm phonograph record. Soon, the 45 would change the pop music business.

• 1984: Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry (1967) to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

• 1999: The Sopranos aired its pilot episode on HBO.

• 2002: A barber in Bhopal, India, set a record by completing 108 hours of continuous hair cutting. Jaynarayan Bhati cut the hair of 899 men and 552 women to break the old record by six hours.

• 2008: A dog was admitted to a veterinary clinic in Austria, barely able to stand on his own four paws and reeking “like a beer hall” after secretly devouring 1.1 pounds of fresh yeast dough, which caused alcohol to form inside his stomach, leaving him with a blood alcohol content of 1.6.


• Cut Your Energy Costs Day

• Oysters Rockerfeller Day

• Bittersweet Chocolate Day

• Houseplant Appreciation Day

• Peculiar People Day



• Country singer Naomi Judd is 74. Mary J. Blige is 49. Amanda Peet is 48. Aja Naomi King (How To Get Away With Murder) is 35.

• Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day. Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Milk Day.


• Country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys is 81. Kirstie Alley is 69. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 68. Howard Stern is 66. Christiane Amanpour is 62. Oliver Platt is 60. Singer-director Rob Zombie is 55. Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) of the Spice Girls is 46. Zayn is 27.

• Kiss A Ginger Day. Hot Tea Day. Pharmacist Day. Curried Chicken Day. Glazed Doughnut Day.


30 million: Number of annual visitors to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.


Carnival Cruise Line is banning offensive clothing. [Sadly, this does not include the most offensive article of clothing: the Hawaiian shirt.]

A record 530 TV shows were shown on broadcast and streaming channels last year. [And half of them had the words “Real Housewives” in the title.]

Scientists say Neanderthals wore makeup some 50,000 years ago. [But putting mud on your face didn’t become really popular until someone put it into a jar and sold it for $150.]

A dog in the UK is recovering from surgery after swallowing sticks, rocks, and its owner’s engagement and wedding rings. [What it should have grabbed was its owner’s glasses.]

It seems everyone is on a diet right now. [The boss is on one where he watches see who puts their lunches in the breakroom refrigerator, waits until they’re gone, and then takes small, sensible bites out of each one.]

The royal family is freaking out that Harry and Meghan are stepping away from their royal duties. [Is this because 2020 is a leap year and they didn’t want to put in the extra time?]


OCTOBER, SEPTEMBER, JUNE WERE MOST POPULAR WEDDING MONTHS _ In 2019, Saturday October 12 was the biggest day for weddings in the U.S. Wedding planning site Zola said these were the most popular wedding dates in 2019:

  1. Saturday, October 12
  2. Saturday, October 5
  3. Saturday, September 7
  4. Saturday, October 19
  5. Saturday, September 21
  6. Saturday, September 28
  7. Saturday, September 14
  8. Saturday, June 1
  9. Saturday, June 22
  10. Saturday, October 26

ROOMBA MAKER IS DEVELOPING A ROBOT WITH ARMS THAT MAY DO THE DISHES _ The maker of the disc-shaped Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner said it’s working on a household helper that will have arms that could load dishes, pick up clothes, or bring food from kitchen to table.

… They won’t start selling such a product for at least five years but prototypes of the arms exist inside its research and development labs.

… Other technology companies are also working on home robots, including Amazon and Samsung, but so far they are focusing on devices with video conferencing and voice assistants rather than the ability to actually conduct physical tasks.

NEW MEXICO TO HOST WORLD’S LARGEST CONFERENCE FOR CHILI PEPPERS _ New Mexico State University is preparing to host the world’s largest conference dedicated to chili peppers. The 2020 New Mexico Chile Conference will run February 3-4 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The university’s Chile Pepper Institute has been organizing the annual conference for about three decades.

… The conference draws experts in breeding, processing, pest management and sustainable ways to give growers a competitive advantage. There also will be discussions about the state’s chili certification program and how to add value to the harvest.

… Chili has long been one of New Mexico’s signature crops. It’s the state vegetable and the basis for the official state question: Red or green?

New Mexico has an official state question? What would YOUR state’s question be?

QUEEN ELIZABETH CALLED AN EMERGENCY MEETING _ We’re all still reeling from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement that they want to ditch their senior roles in the royal family, and probably no one in the world more so than Queen Elizabeth. After all, this isn’t just a job — it’s their family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly didn’t tell anyone about their plans, and now the palace is rolling very quickly into action.

… According to People magazine, the monarch has united with Prince Charles and Prince William to tell their offices to work “at pace” on this Sussex situation. They’ve apparently all directed their teams to be in communication with the office of the Sussexes, as well as governments on both sides of the Atlantic. A source told the magazine, “This has moved from shock and a range of emotions to something more constructive. It is complicated. This is happening very quickly. And the proof in that is the fact that this will take days and not weeks.”

MADAME TUSSAUDS IN LONDON REMOVES PRINCE HARRY AND DUCHESS MEGHAN FIGURES _ Madame Tussauds in London is taking Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s announcement to “step back” from their royal duties quite literally. The museum, known for housing wax figures of celebrities and prominent people, removed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the royal family display following the couple’s stunning news.

… The official museum account tweeted out a photo of the new royal family display, which now only features Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, front and center, and Prince William and Duchess Kate to the left of them. Empty is the space to the right of the queen, where Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry used to be.

FARMERS LET NEIGHBORS HELP THEMSELVES TO A FEW RADISHES, INCUR $42,000 IN LOSSES _ When two farmers in China decided to let their neighbors take a bag or two of their newly-grown white radishes, they had no idea it would cost them their entire 500 ton, or about $42,000 in cash. One of the farmers who suffered the loss last month said that he and his partners decided to let their neighbors take a few radishes for home consumption after some of them praised their produce, saying that it tasted great in their winter soups. After all, they only had a few neighbors, and if each took a bag or two of radishes, it didn’t really affect their hundreds of tons harvest. But what the farmers didn’t expect was for their neighborly courtesy to turn into a free-for-all that not even the police could stop.

… No one knows who made up the rumor that the farmers were giving away white radishes for free, but one thing is for sure — it spread like wildfire. By next day, the farmers’ fields were already overrun by people they had never seen before, some of whom had traveled a long way for some free radishes. The farmers tried calling the police, but there was only so much they could do to contain the masses.

… Some of the freeloaders even livestreamed their radish picking session on social media, inviting their friends to join them. There was nothing for the owners to do but sit and watch their harvest evaporate in front of their eyes.

VERMONT BILL WOULD BAN CELLPHONE USE FOR ANYONE UNDER 21 _ A Vermont lawmaker has introduced a new bill that would ban the use of cellphones by anyone under the age of 21. State Sen. John Rodgers’ proposal would punish anyone under the age threshold found with a cellphone with up to one year in prison, a $1,000 fine or both. Rodgers argued that young people are too immature to use cellphones, citing the role the devices play in fatal car crashes.

… But even Rodgers said he may not vote for the legislation, adding that he just wanted to make a point: “I have no delusions that it’s going to pass. I wouldn’t probably vote for it myself.”

PROTECT YOUR BABY FROM STRANGERS’ GERMS WITH A ‘NO TOUCH’ SIGN _ There’s this thing that happens when a person sees a brand new human. Their hands turn into large magnets that pull straight up and out with a primal need to touch that baby. Just one big problem: the germs.

… Like the zoo has to post signs all over with the very common sense directive to not tap on the glass, parents also need to remind strangers that their babies are not for touching. For these moments, Etsy shop LittleLoveCanada has a solution: The “Please Don’t Touch” sign, which clips to your child’s car-carry seat or stroller.

GERMAN SANDWICH POISONING VICTIM DIES AFTER FOUR YEARS IN COMA _ A young man who was in a coma for nearly four years in Germany has died — and now a man who sits in jail could be tried for murder. The 26-year-old coma patient ingested lead acetate and mercury after it was sprinkled on his sandwiches, resulting in severe brain damage. A coworker was found guilty of attempted murder last year and sentenced to life in prison. A prosecutor said a new trial could be ordered now that one of the victims had lost his life. That’s right, I said one of the victims. There was the 26-year-old who was in a coma for nearly four years and died, plus two other men who were poisoned and suffered kidney damage.

AS MAN ROBS PHARMACY, HE APOLOGIZES TO CLERK _ Police are searching for a man in Philadelphia who allegedly committed an extreme act of desperation late last week. The unidentified man walked into a Rite Aid store shortly before noon and handed the cashier a note. In it, he not only asked for the money in the register, but also apologized, claiming that he was only committing the robbery for the sake of his sick child. The note read: “Give me all the money. I’m sorry, I have a sick child. You have 15 seconds.” The cashier complied with his request, putting all the money in a plastic bag that he gave her. Then, the man simply left.

COLLEGE STUDENT WHO THREATENED VIOLENCE ON FACEBOOK WHEN HE COULDN’T FIND CLASSROOM _ A St. Paul, Minnesota, community college student who threatened to “grab a shotgun” and shoot two women in the face when he couldn’t find the right classroom on the first day of school was placed on probation. A judge also sentenced 40-year-old Paul James Mouton to 360 days in jail, but she stayed the execution of the jail-time so long as the 40-year-old remains law abiding during his two-year probation.

VALENTINE’S DAY TREES ARE A THING NOW _ Now you have an excuse to leave your artificial Christmas tree up. According to Google Trends, searches for ‘valentine trees’ are up 88 percent over the last few years, and a quick scroll through Instagram confirms that people are actually putting up pink and red Valentine’s Day trees.

WHITE CASTLE IS AGAIN OFFERING RESERVATIONS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER _ Going out to eat on Valentine’s Day is kind of cliche, right? Unless you think outside the box and wine and dine your sweetie at White Castle. Once again, the slider-serving chain is doing it up big for Valentine’s Day. At participating White Castles you can expect a traditional Valentine’s Day dinner with hostess seating, table-side service, and the whole place decked out in festive décor.

… White Castle expects to serve a special V-Day experience to 30,000 people in 13 states on Valentine’s Day. The event will go from 4 to 9 PM and it’s highly suggested you make reservations. You can make a reservation at participating restaurants through or on the OpenTable app.

TEA DRINKERS LIVE LONGER _ Tea is often overshadowed by its perkier counterpart coffee, but it has been proven to hold a number of health benefits such as soothing digestion, boosting the immune system, and providing helpful antioxidants. Perhaps, then, it shouldn’t come as a shock that a new study (Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences) finds that drinking tea at least three times per week is associated with a longer and healthier life.

… 100,092 people with no history of history of heart attack, stroke, or cancer were included in the study. All of these participants were separated into two groups: habitual tea drinkers (at least three times per week) and never or non-habitual tea drinkers (less than three times per week). Each participating adult was tracked for a median time period of 7.3 years.

… The results overwhelmingly pointed to habitual tea drinkers enjoying more healthy years of life and an overall longer expected lifespan.

MAN EDITS HIMSELF AND GIRLFRIEND INTO SLEEPING BEAUTY TO PROPOSE _ One man has just raised the bar on marriage proposals: he edited his girlfriend and himself into her favorite movie, Sleeping Beauty. In a video shared on YouTube, Lee Lochler, the man who proposed, is seen sitting in a theater watching the Disney classic. When Prince Phillip leans over to kiss Princess Aurora, she morphs into a beautiful, brown princess who strikingly resembles Lochler’s girlfriend. The prince is also edited to look like Lochler. The prince then presents a ring and proceeds to toss it over to the real-life Lochler. Lochler catches it and begins his proposal.

YOU CAN NOW MAKE $100,000 WORKING AT TACO BELL _ Amid an increasingly tough U.S. labor market, Taco Bell is betting a higher salary will help it attract workers and keep them on the team. The chain will test a $100,000 salary in select restaurants in the Midwest and Northeast, and will also try a new role for employees who want leadership experience but don’t want to be in the management position. Current salaries for general managers at company-owned Taco Bell stores are between $50,000 and $80,000.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE BANS ‘OFFENSIVE CLOTHING’ _ Think your profanity-laced T-shirt would be fun to wear on your next cruise? Carnival Cruise Line says no. The cruise company is banning offensive clothing. That means nothing worn during the cruise should “contain any message that may be considered offensive or contain nudity, profanity, sexual innuendo/suggestions. In addition, clothing/accessories should not promote negative ethnic or racial, commentary, or hatred or violence in any form.”

… A Carnival spokesman says the change came after some reports in other travel sectors of customers wearing clothing with “very threatening messages.”

PARENTS ADMIT TO COMMITTING AT LEAST FOUR ‘PARENTING MISHAPS’ A WEEK _ Parents commit almost 4,000 “parenting mishaps” before their child moves out of the house, according to new research. A survey of parents found the average parent commits 221 little hiccups per year — adding up to 3,978 between their child’s birth and age 18.

… The top parenting faux pas was allowing children to have too much screen time (65 percent), followed by accidentally teaching children swear words (42 percent) and letting children watch something that wasn’t age-appropriate (39 percent).

RETIREES ENJOY BETTER Zs _ Need another reason to look forward to retirement? You may sleep better. That’s the conclusion of a study of French retirees. Though older people are often thought to have more difficulty sleeping, the study found “strong evidence for a substantial and sustained decrease in sleep disturbances following retirement.” The exception was retirees with health issues that interfered with their sleep.

REMEMBER THIS? ONE YEAR AGO IN INTERPREP PRO _ TIME TO LEAVE THE OFFICE? WOMEN FEEL MORE GUILTY THAN MEN _ While men might not think twice before taking an afternoon off here and there to hit the links, women appear to be much more self-conscious about up and leaving work. That’s a finding from a survey of executives with at least 15 years of experience. Most of the men (90%) who responded to the survey take the occasional weekday afternoon off for leisure time, compared to 40 percent for their female counterparts.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE PUZZLED AFTER POACHED EGG FOUND AT CRIME SCENE _ Police in South Korea were baffled after a poached egg was left behind at a crime scene following a break-in.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUPERGLUING EYES _ A grandmother in the UK got into a sticky situation when she confused her eye drops with superglue. The 78-year-old was rushed to a hospital after reaching for the medicated drops in her fridge and getting the super-strength glue instead. Nurses then used vegetable oil to try to remove the glue, which had fused the woman’s eyelashes together and seeped under the lids. They soaked her eyes for around five minutes and then tried to pry the lashes apart. Eventually she was able to open them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER GOES FOR SPRAY PAINT, OLIVES _ A  Florida woman was arrested on charges of retail theft. The woman was seen concealing merchandise in a bag and leaving a Walmart without paying. The woman had five cans of spray paint, a box of Playtex, a bra, and a jar of olives.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE RESPOND TO STICKY BUN ALTERCATION AT GAS STATION _ There was a sticky bun situation at a Madison, Wisconsin, gas station Tuesday. A clerk and a suspect at the gas station hurled a package of sticky buns back and forth at each other across the counter after the clerk accused the suspect of stealing snacks. When cops arrived the employee told them that a woman opened a package of Combos and consumed the snack while she hid a package of cookies and two beef sticks in her coat. The clerk said he confronted the woman about the Combos and the snacks hidden in her coat when she approached the counter to pay for a sticky bun. The woman became angry and tossed the sticky bun at the clerk, who fired the sticky bun back at her.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLNT IS REALLY BLUNT _ If you saw certain street signs in Germantown, Maryland, you might wonder: what sort of a name is “Blnt”? That’s not the street’s real name. But “Blunt Road” signs kept getting stolen, so the county dropped the vowels from often-stolen signs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ALWAYS CELEBRATE YOUR SUBWAY JOB _ A guy in Arizona was drinking with his girlfriend when, he says, she “just got kind of drunk or whatever,” splashed him with lighter fluid, and threw lit matches at him. He pushed her out the front door, locked it, and called police. She was arrested. The police report stated the girlfriend was upset with the boyfriend because he would not celebrate with her after she got hired by Subway.



HAWAII FIVE O (8p ET, CBS) — New. Grover and the team investigate a murder at a private golf course involving a man who was frozen to death in the locker room’s cryo-chamber.

SERIES PREMIERE: LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR (8p ET, NBC) — Russell Hornsby (Grimm) stars in this new drama as a brilliant detective chasing the serial killer who put him in a wheelchair. Arielle Kebbel and Michael Imperioli also star. Inspired by the best-selling book, and the film starring Denzel Washington.


MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Magnum and TC go undercover when a corporate manager is murdered and everyone in the office is a suspect.

20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — New.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — Two repeats

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. A desperate Luis Delgado (guest star Lou Diamond Phillips) tells Danny and Baez that the only way he’ll testify against his former cartel is if they protect his sons.

PREMIERE: AJ AND THE QUEEN (Netflix) — RuPaul collaborated with Sex and the City’s Michael Patrick King to create this comedy series about a drag queen (RuPaul) and a smart-aleck 11-year-old (Izzy G.) who tour the country in a beat-up R.V.

PREMIERE: MEDICAL POLICE (Netflix) — This spin-off of the Adult Swim comedic hospital comedy Children’s Hospital stars Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel.


NFL PLAYOFFS (4:30p ET, NBC) — The San Francisco 49ers host the  Minnesota Vikings.

NFL PLAYOFFS (8p ET, CBS) — The Baltimore Ravens host the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional rounds.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM (8p ET, HBO) — Keanu Reeves returns in this 2019 action sequel, with Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillon, Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane.


NFL PLAYOFFS (3p ET, CBS) — The Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs meet in an AFC divisional round.

NFL PLAYOFFS (6:30p ET, FOX) — The Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks.

60 MINUTES (7p ET, CBS) — New. Anderson Cooper profiles and has an in depth interview with Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix discusses his childhood and the tragic death of his brother, actor River Phoenix, and includes the first group interview with the Phoenix family in decades.




25TH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS (8p ET, CW) — Taye Diggs hosts this awards show that honors the best in TV and film.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New. Products include a stylish and innovative line of socks that help hold important items and a vegan alternative to nut butters.


PREMIERE: SANDITON (9p ET, PBS) — This new mini-series is based on the final, unfinished novel by Jane Austen. Set in a sleepy seaside village, Rose Williams stars as the spirited yet level headed Charlotte Heywood, who arrives in Sanditon the guest of Tom Parker (Kris Marshall, Love Actually). Theo James (Divergent), Anne Reid (Years and Years) and Crystal Clarke (Ordeal by Innocence) also star.

SERIES PREMIERE: THE OUTSIDER (9p ET, HBO) — Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, this new series begins by following a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy. But when a supernatural force edges its way into the case, the lead detective (Ben Mendelsohn) brings in an unorthodox private investigator (Cynthia Erivo). Jason Bateman produces and also stars.


IN THEATERS TODAY _ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will drop from first place this weekend, with 1917 debuting at the top with ticket sales around $33 million. Like a Boss will likely debut in fourth, after Jumanji: The Next Level.

… In theaters: 1917 (R); Like a Boss (R); Underwater (PG-13); Just Mercy (PG-13)

… Opening next weekend: Dolittle (PG); Bad Boys for Life (R); The Last Full Measure (R)

THERE ARE OVER 530 TV SHOWS _ According to an annual report, 532 scripted original TV shows aired on networks, cable and streaming services last year. That’s a 7 percent jump from 2018.

… Given that the streaming wars are now at hand, that total will increase substantially this year.

MOST YOUNG PEOPLE SHARE STREAMING PASSWORDS _ Most streaming services turn a somewhat blind eye to password sharing. A new report though shows just how widespread the issue is. The study (Hub Entertainment Research) found that a whopping 80 percent of people age 13 to 24 have shared a password for a streaming services. That number drops dramatically in the 35 and older group, where only 16 percent have shared a password.

… Naturally, the most popular streaming service, Netflix, is the most commonly shared password. Just over 55 percent of 13- to 24-year-olds admit to mooching off another Netflix account or letting someone use theirs. The brand new Disney+ service claimed the second spot though, with 31 percent of that same age group sharing logins. Hulu brought up the third spot.

MEGHAN MARKLE HAS BEEN INVITED TO JOIN REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS _ After the Megxit announcement on Instagram Wednesday, Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen invited Meghan Markle to join Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Cohen, an executive producer of the Real Housewives franchise, wrote, “Open invite for The Duchess to join #RHOBH!”

MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR JOINS SAVED BY THE BELL REBOOT _ Zack Morris is returning to Bayside High. Mark-Paul Gosselaar has closed a deal to join the new streaming series on NBC’s Peacock. His co-star, Tiffani Thiessen is also in talks to appear on the show, though her deal has not yet closed.

HARLEY QUINN DUMPS JOKER FOR THE BIRDS OF PREY IN NEW TRAILER _ A recent interview, Birds of Prey star Margot Robbie confirmed the Joker won’t be appearing in her Harley Quinn superhero movie this year. The latest trailer for Robbie’s film shows what happens after she and the Joker break up — and what happens when she calls on a new gang of friends for help. The film will hit theaters on February 7.

QUENTIN TARANTINO SAYS HE OWES HIS CAREER TO THE GOLDEN GIRLS _ Quentin Tarantino wants to thank Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia for being a friend. The director was once an aspiring actor who landed a gig as an Elvis impersonator on The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992.

… Tarantino said, “It became a two-part Golden Girls. So I got paid residuals for both parts. It was so popular they put it on a Best of The Golden Girls, and I got residuals every time that showed. So I got paid maybe, I don’t know, $650 for the episode, but by the time the residuals were over, three years later, I made like $3,000. And that kept me going during our pre-production time trying to get Reservoir Dogs going.”

DISNEY REPORTEDLY WANTS TO REMAKE THE BLACK HOLE _ While all of our attention might currently be focused on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Disney reportedly has its eyes on rebooting another one of its intergalactic features. According to sources, the studio is planning on remaking The Black Hole.

… The 1979 space movie was the first by Disney to receive a PG rating.

FX RENEWS AMERICAN HORROR STORY FOR THREE MORE SEASONS _ FX has renewed the Ryan Murphy horror anthology series American Horror Story for seasons 11, 12 and 13.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE’S EPIC TRAILER FOR SEASON 7 _ Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for Season 7 on February 6 on NBC, and it looks like our favorite precinct is getting into even bigger and badder shenanigans this year.


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Thanks to social media it’s easier than ever to take a stroll back through time — all the way to our high school crush relationships.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Just curious… how did your high school crush end up in life?


Collected from hiring managers. All true.

• I am very detail-oreinted.

• My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable.

• Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty!

• It’s best for employers that I not work with people.

• Here are my qualifications for you to overlook.

• I am a quick leaner, dependable, and motivated.

• Please disregard the attached resume — it is terribly out of date.

• Graduated in the top 66% of my class.

• Previous experience: Self-employed. It was a fiasco.

• I have a bachelorette degree in computers.

• Excellent memory; strong math aptitude; excellent memory; effective management skills; and very good at math.

• Referees available upon request.

• I have recently sold my home and I now live in a large RV so I will be able to relocate quickly.


TRIVIA: In the last 500,000 years the earth has seen 74 billion what? (Human births)

TRIVIA: Over 3 million trees are used to create this each year. (IRS forms)

TRIVIA: In 2000 there were almost 28,000 of these in the U.S. Today there are around 2,100. (Video rental stores. Actual stores, not rental boxes, like Redbox.)


You can see it in your dreams, but never in your thoughts. It starts at the beginning of earth, and ends your life. What is it?

Answer: The letter E


• 1976: C.W. MCCALL topped the country charts with Convoy.

• 2006: TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL announced plans to launch their Soul2Soul II Tour in the spring. It would gross nearly $89 million in ticket sales.

• 2008: With Our Song, TAYLOR SWIFT became the sixth female country artist in the decade to spend five straight weeks at the top of the country singles chart.

• 2016: BLAKE SHELTON, Gwen Stefani and RAELYNN attended the Nashville wedding of hair stylist Amanda Craig. Stefani caught the bouquet during the reception.

CRYSTAL GAYLE is 69. Born Brenda Gail Webb, she is a sister of LORETTA LYNN and has scored 45 hits on the Country Singles chart, including Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For and Talking In Your Sleep. Crystal was the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1977 and 1978.


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KEITH URBAN kicks off his residency tonight (Friday) at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. Keith has shows at the venue throughout 2020.

ZAC BROWN BAND will headline the Roar With The Lions Tour this summer. Dates begin May 24 in New Hampshire.

RHETT AKINS and wife Sonya are expecting a baby boy in March. This will be Rhett’s third child: the 50-year-old is dad to son THOMAS RHETT (29), and Kasey Lee Akins (27). Thomas and wife Lauren are expecting a baby girl in February.

TANYA TUCKER plays a sold out show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Sunday night (January 12). She’ll be bringing along several surprise guests.

LEE GREENWOOD is hitting the road this year for The Hits 2020 Tour. Starting in Lakewood, Washington, on February 21, dates are currently scheduled through October 12 in Perry, Georgia. Lee has scored seven number ones and 20 top tens in his career.


  1. DUSTIN LYNCH – Ridin’ Roads
  2. LUKE COMBS – Even Though I’m Leaving
  3. LADY ANTEBELLUM – What If I Never Get Over You
  4. DAN + SHAY & JUSTIN BIEBER – 10,000 Hours
  5. JON PARDI – Heartache Medication
  6. THOMAS RHETT – Remember You Young
  7. OLD DOMINION – One Man Band
  8. MAREN MORRIS – The Bones
  9. SAM HUNT – Kinfolks
  10. JIMMIE ALLEN – Make Me Want To

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• 1979: CHARLIE DANIELS hosted his first Volunteer Jam.

• 1990: KEITH WHITLEY topped the Billboard Country Singles Chart with It Ain’t Nothin’. It was his second posthumous number one song.

• 1994: TAMMY WYNETTE was released from a Pittsburgh hospital after successful treatment of a bile duct infection.

• 1994: ALAN JACKSON topped the charts with Gone Country.

• 1995: JOE DIFFIE’s album Third Rock From The Sun was certified platinum.

• 2003: MARTINA MCBRIDE took home the Favorite Country Female Performer award at the American Music Awards. ALABAMA was also honored during the show, receiving the annual Award of Merit.

• 2010: TRACE ADKINS signed a recording deal with TOBY KEITH’s Show Dog-Universal Music.

• 2012: JAKE OWEN broke his collarbone skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado.

• 2017: DIERKS BENTLEY made his annual polar plunge for New Year’s nearly two weeks late. Penalizing himself for his tardiness, he stayed in the 38-degree water for 13 minutes.

• 2018: On a visit to Hawaii, BILLY CURRINGTON was thrown into panic when he received an official cell phone alert warning of an in-bound ballistic missile. The alarm, the public will later discover, was a human error.




• Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 59

• Penelope Ann Miller is 56

• Patrick Dempsey is 54

• Writer-producer Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) is 50

• Michael Pena (Ant-Man movies) is 44

• Orlando Bloom is 43

• Liam Hemsworth is 30


• 1928: Couch potatoes can trace their roots to this date when three experimental television sets were installed in private homes in Schenectady, New York. Not that there was much to see — the test broadcast by General Electric and RCA was of a person smoking, followed by a man playing a ukulele. The first home receivers’ screens were only 1½ inches square.

• 1957: The Frisbee as we know it was introduced today.

• 1989: New York City subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz was sentenced to one year in prison for possessing an unlicensed gun that he used to shoot four youths he said were about to rob him.

• 1999: Basketball player Michael Jordan announced his retirement. He returned to the NBA in 2001.

• 2000: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive and promoted company president Steve Ballmer to the position.

• 2005: In Croatia, a quick-thinking bank teller foiled a robbery by an Austrian bank robber by pretending she didn’t understand him. When the crook handed over a note which read: “I have a bomb, give me the money,” the clerk kept saying she didn’t understand it until he finally yelled it so loud that the security guards heard it and stopped him.

• 2010: It was announced that, for the first time ever, Punxsutawney Phil would text his weather prediction on February 2, Groundhog Day.

• 2016: The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was won by three ticket holders. $1.5 billion would eventually be split by winners in California, Tennessee and Florida.

• 2018: Hawaiians received a terrifying message on their phones, repeated on television and radio stations, which had received a similar alert: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” It was something of a drill, in that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) was running a routine test at the end of a shift and accidentally sent the message state-wide. Unfortunately, it took 38 minutes for the agency to correct the alert with a second alert.


• Korean American Day

• Clean Off Your Desk Day

• *Public Radio Broadcasting Day

• Rubber Ducky Day. According to a 1973 Calendar, this is Rubber Ducky’s Birthday. But, others say it’s February 25, the date Rubber Ducky first appeared on Sesame Street.

• Gluten-Free Day

• Skeptics Day