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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 9, 2015

This is day 40 of 2015. There are 325 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Singer Carole King is 73

• Joe Pesci is 72

• Mia Farrow is 70

• Judith Light (Who’s the Boss?, Law & Order: SVU) is 66

• Actor/game show star Jim J. Bullock (Too Close for Comfort, Hollywood Squares) is 60

• Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment) is 28

• Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1870: The U.S. Weather Bureau was established.

• 1895: William G. Morgan invented volleyball.

• 1942: Daylight Saving Time went into effect for the first time in the United States.

• 1964: The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing for an estimated 73 million viewers.

• 1971: Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

• 1971: Apollo 14 returned to Earth after the third manned moon landing.

• 1989: Witnesses at a New Jersey hearing on the deregulation of professional wrestling testified that the sport was a fake.

• 1995: Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris Jr. and Michael Foale became the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks.

• 2003: President Bush declared to congressional Republicans that Iraq had fooled the world for more than a decade about its banned weapons of mass destruction and the UN was now facing “a moment of truth” in disarming Saddam Hussein.

• 2003: A one-armed lifeguard is named as one of the best in his job in Chile. Forty-eight-year-old Francisco Aguilera Morales, the official lifeguard of San Carlos Beach, lost his right arm above the elbow in a childhood accident. But it hadn’t stopped him working as a lifeguard for 14 years. Morales said, “I grab their neck with what’s left of my right arm and swim back using the left arm.” He was honored for saving 22 people in 2002.

• 2008: A Jacksonville, Florida, mother forced her child to hold a sign outside his school that said he was sorry for his bad behavior. The second-grader held a sign that stated, “I was rude to my teacher. I can’t come to school. I’m sorry.” The boy’s mother, who stood nearby to ensure her child’s safety, said this was the only way she knew that she could get her son’s attention.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Random Acts of Kindness Week

• International Flirting Week

• International Friendship Week

• National Stop Bullying Day

• Read in the Bathtub Day

• Clean Out Your Computer Day

• Bagels and Lox Day

UPCOMING

• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Saturday)

• February 16: President’s Day (Monday)

• February 19: Chinese New Year (Thursday)

• March 8: Daylight Saving Time begins (Sunday)

• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Tuesday)

• March 20: Spring begins (Friday, 6:45p ET)

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

0: Number of violent crimes reported in New York City on November 28, 2012. No single person was reported shot, slashed, stabbed or murdered until 11:20 the following morning. The was possibly a first in the history of New York City.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Brian Williams has taken himself off the air for a few days. [So that he can spend more time fighting crime.]

This summer a hotel will open in Japan featuring a robot service staff. [That’s my kind of hotel. I don’t have to tip anyone.]

Someone on eBay paid $50,000 for a pair of shoes owned by Justin Bieber. Proceeds will go towards charity. [I assume it’s The Foundation For the Ridiculously Wealthy and Deranged.]

People are upset that Pope Francis said that spanking is okay. [They’re so angry that they want to put the pope in timeout.]

Washington state and Oregon are getting coated with a mysterious ash. Some think that it’s the fallout from either a volcano in Russia or a volcano in Mexico. [Or a pot party in Colorado.]

Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View again. [Her decision comes on the heels of the controversy surrounding her memory of being on a helicopter with Brian Williams.]

Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View again. [This could be Bruce Jenner’s big break.]

Marvel Comics announced the formation of a new all-female team of superheroes led by She-Hulk. [And when She-Hulk’s not available, Rosie O’Donnell.]

Starbucks will begin using coconut milk in its coffee. [If you’d like to try it, just order The Gilligan.]

The number one movie at the weekend box office was the SpongeBob movie. [And the buzz is that it looks like another Academy Award for Meryl Streep.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

POWERBALL JACKPOT CLIMBS TO $450 MILLION _ Powerball’s jackpot climbed on Sunday to $450 million, one of the biggest ever offered by the multi-state lottery, after Saturday night’s drawing failed to produce any grand prize winners.

… The biggest Powerball jackpot awarded was $590.5 million and went to the holder of a single winning ticket in 2013. Mega Millions awarded a top prize of $656 million three years ago.

JAMES ROBERTSON TAKES DELIVERY OF HIS CAR _ On Friday James Robertson took delivery of his new Ford Taurus. James rocketed to fame last week when the world learned that a large part of his daily commute to his factory job is on foot — 21 miles, to be exact. On Friday he was told to come by Suburban Ford in Sterling Heights, Michigan, to get some brochures. Instead, his dream car was there and ready.

… The 2015 red Taurus had a sticker price of $35,215. It had been ten years since Robertson’s car broke down, forcing him to walk and bus to work each day. Because his old car built in the ’80s, he had trouble figuring out how to start his new Taurus. When he tried to put the key in the ignition he had to be reminded that these days, all you do is press a button.

… Paying for insurance for his new car shouldn’t be a challenge. An online fund-raising effort has generated more than $350,000. (Editor: Fundraising on the main fund was to have ended Sunday. Here’s a link to the GoFundMe pages — 3 of them.) The money will be earmarked for years of Robertson’s car insurance and maintenance, as well as health and dental care and other things the fund’s creator can’t predict right now.

… Insurance quotes for keeping the car in central Detroit ranged as high as $900 a month for Robertson, who has a perfect driving record. It’s thought he might be able to get insurance for $400 a month.

DUH! TAKING REGULAR VACATIONS IS GOOD FOR YOU _ Ready for this earth-shattering news? Making time for regular trips or vacations with family and friends is linked to higher overall well-being. Yep, taking time away from the daily grind is good for you! In a study, Americans who say they take regular trips have significantly higher well-being than those who say they do not. (Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index)

HATE FOR MATH INSPIRED 10-YEAR-OLD TO WRITE VIRAL POEM _ A fifth grader in China turned her hatred for math into inspired verse that has become a hit on social media. The 10-year-old, named Jingjing, wrote: “Math is the root of death and it makes life like hell. It wears out children and worries parents. It expels the vitality of the school and slowly takes away life … Math is the root of death.”

DYING VETERAN GIVES EVERYTHING AWAY _ After 38 years in his Maple Grove, Minnesota, home the time has come for Bob Karlstrand. Everything he owns, from toys and books to home appliances and furniture has to go. Karlstrand is 65 and has colon cancer. He’s not sure he’ll see his 66th birthday, so he’s giving everything away. Most of his possessions are gone. Soon his home will be someone else’s too. Bob decided last year that when he dies he wants to give his home to Habitat for Humanity, which will rehab the home and help a new family move in. The one requirement Bob has is that the home go to a veteran, just like him. Bob served his country in Vietnam coordinating B-52 bombers.

CANADIAN MAN FINDS STRANGER WHO SAVED HIS LIFE TWELVE YEARS AGO _ In 2002, when Mark Henick stood on the edge of a Nova Scotia overpass and let go, a stranger reached out and saved him from taking his own life. Last week, after launching a social media campaign to find the man, Henick received an email from Mike Richey. In a moving video shared online, Henick, now a mental health advocate, reads the first email he received from Richey and talks about the email he sent back.

… Richey was on his way to an overnight shift at his job as a youth care worker when he noticed a figure on the ledge of the overpass. He didn’t have a cellphone so he ran into a convenience store and told the clerk to call the police. Then he drove back. Richey didn’t have any experience in dealing with crisis or suicide intervention training. He talked with Henick. A crowd gathered as Richey tried to keep Henick from jumping. One bystander even told Henick to jump. As Henick let go, Richey reached out and grabbed his chest to keep him from falling forward, and along with the police officer, pulled him back to safety. | VIDEO

MORE PROOF THAT COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOU _ The next time someone gives you trouble about your coffee addiction, you don’t have to lie about how many cups you’ve had: A new study conducted by researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. suggests that three or four cups of coffee a day could reduce your risk of endometrial cancer by upwards of 19 percent.

FISHERMAN’S ONE-BEDROOM TRAILER HOME LISTED FOR $1.1 MILLION _ A 79-year-old fisherman who purchased a modest, third-acre lot in the Hamptons on New York Long Island paid just $300 for the piece of land in 1956. The fisherman then placed a 700-square-foot, one-bedroom trailer home and shed on the property and has lived there ever since. Little did the fisherman know when he purchased the land, but he hit the jackpot. The tiny piece of land and single-bedroom trailer home is now with an astonishing $1.1 million. What makes Richard Lester’s land and trailer so valuable? His neighbors. The home is locate just one mile away from the ritzy Indian Wells Beach. The property is surrounded by huge homes owned by the rich and famous. In fact, Lester can boast neighbors that include Jerry Seinfeld and Paul McCartney. The property is for sale and, according to realtors, would be perfect for a 4,000 square foot house with 20 foot x 50 foot swimming pool.

CHIPOTLE HACKERS DIRECT RACIST TWEETS AT OBAMA _ Chipotle apologized and promised an investigation into racist tweets sent by hackers from the company’s Twitter account early Sunday morning. The hackers changed the company’s avatar to a photo of swastika and tweeted racist remarks directed at President Barack Obama. Other tweets targeted the FBI and included other offensive language.

RED WINE IS A POWERFUL FAT BURNER _ New research suggest that consuming red wine or red grape juice could help you burn more fat. In fact, the study suggests utilizing red wine as a means to combat obesity. Research was carried out by biologists at Oregon State University. What they discovered was red wine and grape juice are powerful fat burners because of a chemical called ellagic acid. Ellagic acid was able to “[decelerate] the development of present fat cells and the appearance of new ones.” It was also able to support liver cells and digestion. The ellagic acid made it easier for the body to digest unsaturated fats in liver cells.

… Exactly how much red wine or grape juice would a person need to consume? According to the study, not much. The grape extracts, scaled down to a mouse’s nutritional needs, were about the equivalent of one and a half cups of grapes a day for a person.

MARK ZUCKERBERG AND WIFE GIVE $75 MILLION TO HOSPITAL _ Mark Zuckerberg will give the largest single private gift from individuals to a public hospital in the United States, with a $75 million donation to San Francisco General Hospital. The gift from Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, is partly tied to and inspired by the time Chan worked at the hospital while completing her pediatric residency. The money will go to the hospital’s trauma center.

FACEBOOK DEEPFACE IS LEARNING YOUR FACE IN EVERY UPLOADED PHOTO _ Untold amounts of photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. Most of these photos have pictures of you or others in them, and Facebook’s DeepFace program is matching these photos with a 97.25 percent accuracy rating. To learn how to read a face photo the DeepFace system calls on a library called Social Face Classification. In this library are 4.4 million faces from 4,030 Facebook users. The photos are all different — angles, lighting, mood, ethnicity, etc.

BRITISH ACCENT IS MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN FRENCH _ The British accent is the most attractive in the world, according to an international survey. Britain came out ahead of American, Irish and Australian accents by a generous margin. The French accent came in fifth.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SCUBA SUIT SUSPECT ARRESTED _ Police in Union Gap, Washington, say the man who has assaulted women on a popular hiking and biking path while wearing a scuba suit has been arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WINTER IN RUSSIA: JUMP OFF BUILDINGS WHILE ON FIRE _ There really ain’t much to do in Russia, what with the snow and the cold and the crippling oppression by the government. So, for fun, you gotta light yourself on fire and jump off a building into a pile of snow to put out the flames. A Russian man did just that. The man is seen using a torch to light his pants on fire. The flames spread to the rest of his clothes and then he falls 9 stories into a snowbank below. Although he survived the fall, he was later arrested for the performance. | VIDEO 1 | VIDEO 2

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIRE DEPARTMENT SAVES WOMAN FROM ROBOT VACUUM ATTACK _ No one knows the exact date or time, but February, 2015 was when the machines drew first blood. A 52-year-old woman in South Korea was innocently sleeping on her floor when her robot vacuum awoke on its regular schedule with a hunger for dirt. It ambled around the home until it found out she was encroaching on the one place it could call its own — the floor — and the vacuum would not stand for this transgression. It sneaked up on her and began its revolution to overthrow humans by first sucking up her hair. Luckily for the woman, the hair pulling woke her before the vacuum could fully consume her head, and she somehow managed to call the fire department. With some effort, firefighters were able to to free the woman from her maniacal mechanical servant, but the robot had to be put down in the process.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JAPANESE TOILET SEATS A HIT AMONG CHINESE _ Chinese tourists enjoying a rise in the value of their currency are buying up luxury items from Japan — like high-tech toilet seats. The seats have heating, a blow drier and even a bidet function built in. They go for about $319 each.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN PASSED OUT IN SUV FULL OF CHILDREN AT DRIVE-THRU _ Police in Wichita (Kansas) police found a man passed out in an SUV in a McDonald’s drive-thru. With NINE children in the car. He was arrested and booked into jail on multiple counts of DUI — one for each child in the vehicle.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN GIVES BIRTH IN BATHROOM, THEN WAKES BOYFRIEND _ A Tennessee woman thought she was sick when she went to the bathroom in the middle of the night, but she was pregnant, and in labor. She delivered the baby, cut the umbilical cord, and washed the baby before waking up her boyfriend who slept through the whole thing.

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ON TELEVISION

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

2 BROKE GIRLS (8p ET, CBS) — New

THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE (8p ET, NBC) — The first hour tonight is a highlights show of some of the best firings, feuds and the biggest mistakes in the history of Celebrity Apprentice. Then in hour 2, the final celebs take part in their final task. The season finale is next week.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New

THE ORIGINALS (8p ET, CW) — New

MIKE & MOLLY (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — New

SLEEPY HOLLOW (9p ET, FOX) — Steven Weber guest stars in this new episode.

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — New

CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — Annie Wersching (24, Extant) guest stars in this new episode.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — New

STATE OF AFFAIRS (10p ET, NBC) — New

BETTER CALL SAUL (10p ET, AMC) — After premiering last night, this spinoff of Breaking Bad moves to its regular night and time.

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ENTERTAINMENT

GRAMMY WINNERS _ Click here for the complete list of Grammy winners.

SPONGEBOB WINS BOX OFFICE _ The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water ended the three-week box office reign of American Sniper by earning $56 million. SpongeBob earned the largest debut for an animated film since Big Hero 6 in November.

BRIAN WILLIAMS CANCELS LETTERMAN APPEARANCE _ Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams has canceled an appearance on CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman that was set before the controversy erupted over his claims of coming under fire in Iraq in 2003. An NBC News source confirmed that Williams would not appear on Thursday’s edition of The Late Show as scheduled and announced by CBS last week. Tom Hanks will be Williams’ replacement.

DID BRIAN WILLIAMS SEE A DEAD BODY IN NEW ORLEANS? _ Now that Brian Williams has confessed to lying about his helicopter taking on on RPG, people are questioning other B.W. stories. Like the U.S. Army commander of the joint task force during Hurricane Katrina, who questions Williams’ story about seeing a dead body float by his New Orleans hotel during the 2005 storm. Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore said Sunday the story is “very suspect.” The water likely not have been high enough, as there was relatively little flooding in the French Quarter, the area where Williams was staying. Honore says, “It would be very suspect. But anything’s possible.”

BRUCE JENNER TEXTING WHILE DRIVING? _ Bruce Jenner may have been on his cell phone texting when his Cadillac Escalade smashed into a Lexus on California’s Pacific Coast Highway Saturday, killing a 69-year-old woman. At least, that’s what police want to find out, and they may seek a search warrant for Jenner’s phone in hopes of finding out. Jenner was driving the third car in a three-way collision. The Lexus, driven by Kim Howe, had come to a full stop after rear-ending a Toyota Prius. Why the Prius had come to a stop remains unknown as police try to figure out what set off the fatal, multi-car pile-up. Police say that skid marks on the road show that the 65-year-old Jenner attempted to stop his SUV, which was towing an off-road vehicle, before plowing into the Lexus. But he apparently could not stop in time and the impact of his rear-end collision with the vehicle sent it spinning into the southbound lane where an oncoming Hummer SUV smashed into the Lexus head-on, killing Howe.

… But Bruce Jenner may not be the driver who caused a woman to die Saturday. TMZ reports police now believe the Prius that led the pack made a sudden stop, causing the Lexus crash into it … before Bruce hit the Lexus. Sheriff’s deputies were suspicious of the story the Prius driver told. She said she was stopped at a red light, but she was 300 feet from the light. When cops asked her if there was a line of cars in front of her she was vague. Deputies think she might have been making an illegal U-turn.

JUSTIN BIEBER’S MANAGER WELCOMES BABY BOY _ Scooter Braun is officially a first-time dad. The manager of Justin Bieber welcomed a baby boy with wife Yael Cohen on Friday.

ROSIE O’DONNELL LOSES WIFE, JOB, HEALTH _ Rosie O’Donnell came back to The View with a sparkle in her eyes, lilt in her voice, and determination to succeed the second time around. But now her life has fallen apart, with Rosie confessing that she’s lost her job, her wife Michelle Rounds, and her health. Rosie claims that the stress caused by the sometimes-volatile exchanges among the co-hosts had escalated to the point of threatening her health. And that’s a serious concern for a 52-year-old woman who suffered an almost fatal heart attack in 2012. Adding to her tension is her split with her wife. Rosie said: “Anyone can go on Instagram and see that Michelle’s not in the house with me, it’s been since Thanksgiving, people are not idiots. I don’t want to lie and fabricate but we also needed some time for both of us to figure it out.”

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, CHRIS PRATT IN TALKS TO CO-STAR IN ‘PASSENGERS’ _ Reigning sci-fi and fantasy movie stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt may be on a cinematic collision course. Sources are reporting that Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and heartthrob Chris Pratt are in early talks to star opposite one another in Passengers, a romantic film of intergalactic proportions. Passengers is the story of a man aboard a spaceship traveling to a new planet who awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years too early. To stave off loneliness, the man wakes a female passenger aboard the same ship.

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AUDIO

Audio Archives

FRIDAY THE 13th

Here comes another Friday the 13th! Here are some drops to use in promos, bumpers, show intros, etc. » download

VALENTINE’S DAY CLIP PACKAGE

Here’s a huge, updated package of Valentine’s Day-related audio clips. » download

HOW DID YOU PICK YOUR CHILD’S NAME?

Superstar singer Carrie Underwood is having a baby (in April) and says she and husband Mike Fisher can’t agree on a name. Share the story of how you got your name, or how you named your child, then open the phones. Here are two calls to help. » download

SNOW CLIPS

Here’s an updated package of snow-related clips. » download

STRANGE THINGS YOU’VE SEEN WHILE DRIVING!

I saw a guy reading a book on the highway yesterday. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen someone do while driving? Here are four calls to help with the phones. » download  Visit the Pro Audio page and click the Phone Starters Archive link for another batch of calls on this topic.

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, $56 million
  2. American Sniper, $24.1 million
  3. Jupiter Ascending, $19 million
  4. Seventh Son, $7.1 million
  5. Paddington, $5.36 million
  6. Project Almanac, $5.3 million
  7. The Imitation Game, $4.9 million
  8. The Wedding Ringer, $4.8 million
  9. Black or White, $4.5 million
  10. The Boy Next Door, $4.1 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Ride Along.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Avatar.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Boogeyman.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Legends of the Fall.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (R)  http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.
  • Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (R)  http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
  • Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. Bruce Jenner
  2. Brian Williams
  3. The Grammy’s
  4. Valentine’s Day
  5. Fifty Shades of Grey
  6. Bobbi Kristina
  7. Vaccinations
  8. President’s Day
  9. Rosie O’Donnell
  10. Tiger Woods
  11. Bobby Brown
  12. Suge Knight
  13. Channing Tatum
  14. SNL Turns 40
  15. Aaron Hernandez Trial
  16. Radio Shack is Bankrupt

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KISSING

• Men and women kiss for different reasons. Males tend to kiss as a means of gaining sexual favors, or as a means of affecting reconciliation… Females kiss more as a mate-assessment device.

• The odds a woman will kiss her partner on their first date are 1 in 1.85, or about 54%.

• Most people naturally turn their head to the right when kissing, whether they’re left or right handed.

• Kissing is healthy. Couples instructed to kiss more “experienced improvements in perceived stress, relationship satisfaction, and total serum cholesterol.”

• Men are more likely to enjoy their first kiss than women are. In fact, women are more likely to remember their first pair of shoes than their first kiss.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR THE BACON LOVER

BuzzFeed put together a much-needed list of Valentine’s Day gifts for the bacon lover in your life. Honest — these are all real.

Bacon Salt in a Jar

Bacon and Beer Cupcakes

Chocolate-Dipped Bacon Roses

Chocolate Covered Bacon

Maple-Bacon Marshmallows

Gourmet Bacon in a Jar

Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Here’s a question for all the bacon lovers out there: What’s the craziest way you use bacon?

TOP 10 LIFEHACKER POSTS OF ALL TIME

The website Lifehacker just turned ten. If you don’t visit it you’re missing out on a regular, free supply of tips that can help your offline and online life easier. Over the weekend Lifehacker posted the 10 most popular posts in its first ten years.

1. How to Crack a Wi-Fi Password

2. How to Supercharge Your Router

3. Five Best DVD Ripping Tools

4. The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Building a Hackintosh

5. How to Format Your Hard Drive and Install Windows XP from Scratch

6. Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks

7. How to Get a Complete Workout with Nothing But Your Body

8. Burn Almost Any Video File to a Playable DVD

9. How to Plant Ideas in Someone’s Mind

10. How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In a survey of 40-year-olds, 11% said they’ve never done this. (Drank alcohol)

TRIVIA: Americans aren’t much for government regulation, but 73% of us think these should be regulated. (Drones. Specifically privately owned drones.)

TRIVIA: Women who do this experience 21% less stress than women who don’t do this. (Shared things on social media)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A large group of ISIS fighters is moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand dune: “One Marine is better than ten ISIS fighters!” The ISIS commander quickly orders ten of his best men over the dune where a gun battle breaks out and continues for a few minutes. Then… silence. The voice once again calls out: “One Marine is better than one hundred ISIS fighters!” Furious, the ISIS commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune and instantly a huge gun fight commences. After ten minutes of battle… silence. The voice calls out again: “One Marine is better than a thousand ISIS fighters.” The enraged ISIS commander musters 1,000 fighters and sends them to the other side of the dune. Rifle fire, machine guns, grenades, rockets and cannon fire ring out as a terrible battle is fought. Then… silence. Eventually one badly wounded ISIS fighter crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander, “Don’t send any more men… it’s a trap. There’s two of them.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Robots on film.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Cat got into the shipping box.


Source: imgur.com

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Browse the pages of old Radio Shack catalogs.

• Two idea-packed books for sales, promotions and stunts in 2015. Here’s one, here’s the other.

• Dumb product: The Face Blanket.

• Remix: Taylor Swift’s Nine Inch Nails.

• Fun: Match the Sound.

• Fun with the Periodic Table.

Discover the songs in your favorite TV show.

• What the world eats. (Click U.S. for a shocker.)

• A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets To Grit And Resilience.

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 10, 2015

This is day 41 of 2015. There are 324 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Robert Wagner is 85

• Singer Roberta Flack is 78

• TV personality Jim Cramer is 60

• Golfer Greg Norman is 60

• TV host George Stephanopoulos is 54

• Laura Dern (Wild, Jurassic Park) is 48

• Elizabeth Banks(Man on a Ledge, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) is 41

• Trial witness Amber Frey (Scott Peterson case) is 40

• Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) is 34

• Emma Roberts (American Horror Story, We’re the Millers) is 24

• Makenzie Vega (The Good Wife) is 21

• Chloe Grace Moretz(The Equalizer, Kick-Ass, Carrie) is 18

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1933: The Postal Telegraph Company of New York City delivered history’s first “singing” telegram.

• 1949: “Jumping Joe” Fulks of the Philadelphia Warriors introduced the jump shot, scoring a then-NBA record 63 points against the Indianapolis Jets.

• 1957: The Styrofoam cooler was invented.

• 1987: At the Maritime Aquarium in Gothenburg, Sweden, 65-year-old Smiley became the oldest alligator ever to freeze to death when someone apparently turned off the electricity heating her pool.

• 1990: James “Buster” Douglas, a thirty-five-to-one underdog, knocked out heavyweight champ Mike Tyson in Tokyo.

• 1993: With 90-million Americans watching, Michael Jackson told Oprah Winfrey his light skin was caused by a disorder called Vitiligo. He admitted he had had “minor” plastic surgery on his nose.

• 1996: World Chess Champ Garry Kasparov lost his match with an IBM computer called “Deep Blue.”

• 1998: A study at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital revealed evidence that men’s brains shrink faster with age than women’s brains. The study concluded that, between the ages of 65 and 95, men’s brains shrink faster in areas that control thinking, planning, and memory.

• 1999: Ruperta Hernandez of San Antonio became the oldest person ever to take the oath of U.S. citizenship. The 107-year-old Mexican-born mother of 11 had lived in Texas since 1915.

• 2002: A student with just 50 hours of flying lessons landed a ten-seat plane in the dark with no landing gear. A passenger aboard the Cape Air flight from Martha’s Vineyard to Hyannis, Massachusetts, 24-year-old Melanie Oswalt took the controls after the pilot passed out. She could not contact ground staff over the radio and her mobile phone was dead. Oswalt landed the plane safely on Provincetown airport’s 3,000 foot runway. She had never flown anything as complicated as the Cessna 402 and had never flown alone.

• 2004: Democrat John Kerry won the Virginia and Tennessee presidential primaries.

• 2013: Five people were killed by a falling life boat from the MS Thomson Majesty in the Canary islands.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Umbrella Day

• Extraterrestrial Culture Day. An officially acknowledged day in New Mexico, Extraterrestrial Culture Day celebrates extraterrestrial cultures and our past, present and future relationships with extraterrestrial visitors.

• Have a Brownie Day

UPCOMING

• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Saturday)

• February 16: President’s Day (Monday)

• February 19: Chinese New Year (Thursday)

• March 8: Daylight Saving Time begins (Sunday)

• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Tuesday)

• March 20: Spring begins (Friday, 6:45p ET)

More holidays

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