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DATEBOOK: MARCH 20, 2015

This is day 79 of 2015. There are 286 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Producer Carl Reiner is 93

• Hal Linden is 84

• William Hurt is 65

• Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is 64

• Director Spike Lee is 58

• Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) is 57

• Model Kathy Ireland is 52

• David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is 52

• Michael Rapaport (Boston Public, Prison Break) is 45

• Bianca Lawson (Pretty Little Liars) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published.

• 1899: Martha M. Place of Brooklyn, New York, became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair.

• 1916: Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.

• 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibraltar.

• 1976: Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.

• 1987: A Houston man was fined $10-thousand and assessed ten years probation for stealing 76,680 rolls of toilet paper from the hospital where he worked.

• 1990: The Colorado legislature made it legal to tear the “Do Not Remove” tags off mattresses.

• 1991: Michael Jackson signed the biggest deal in recording history: a $1-billion contract with Sony.

• 1995: A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway killed 12 and wounded 1,300 persons.

• 1996: A jury in Los Angeles convicted Erik and Lyle Menendez of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of their millionaire parents.

• 1996: A 21-year-old Muppet fan claiming to have a bomb took over a radio station in Wanganui, New Zealand, and demanded that “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog be played non-stop for 12 hours. Police evacuated the area, decided the bomb was a fake, stormed the station, and arrested the listener. No one was hurt.

• 1999: Legoland California opened in Carlsbad, California.

• 2003: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.

• 2004: The U.S. military charged six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

• 2012: Disney said its movie John Carter lost the company $200 million dollars.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Great American Meat Out

• International Day of Happiness

• Kiss Your Fiancée Day

• French Language Day

• Proposal Day

• Snowman Burning Day

• Ravioli Day

UPCOMING

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

• April 1: April Fool’s Day (Wednesday)

• April 5: Easter (Sunday)

• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)

More holidays

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

• Timothy Dalton is 69. Singer Eddie Money is 66. Sabrina LeBeauf (The Cosby Show) is 57. Gary Oldman is 57. Matthew Broderick is 53. Rosie O’Donnell is 53.

• Crunchy Taco Day; Fragrance Day; National Quilting Day; Corn Dog Day; Single Parents Day; World Down Syndrome Day

SUNDAY, MARCH 22

• Composer Stephen Sondheim is 85. William Shatner is 84. M. Emmet Walsh is 80. Wolf Blitzer is 67. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 67. Bob Costas is 63. Matthew Modine is 56. Guillermo Diaz (Scandal) is 40. Anne Dudek (Mad Men) is 40. Reese Witherspoon is 39.

• As Young As You Feel Day; International Goof-off Day; World Water Day

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2.5 million: Plastic bottles emptied by Americans every hour.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Scientists have found evidence of an ancient nine-foot-tall crocodile-like creature that walked on its hind legs, and that used to be the top predator in what today is North Carolina. [For four dominating years it played center for Duke.]

Today (Friday)  is not only the day of a rare solar eclipse but also a supermoon and the spring equinox. Some believe that this astronomical convergence bodes huge disaster. [They may have a point. There are no more new episodes of Empire.]

When a lawyer stood up in a Connecticut courtroom a bag of marijuana fell out of his back pocket. [So, like any good lawyer he’s suing his pants manufacturer for a wardrobe malfunction.]

The divorce of Robin Thicke has been granted by a judge. It becomes effective in April. [Provided, of course, that another judge doesn’t rule that Thicke illegally copied Marvin Gaye’s divorce.]

Target is increasing its minimum wage at all stores to $9. [Now no one’s gonna want to go into radio.]

France is expected to pass legislation outlawing super skinny fashion models. [But how can you really keep them from getting into the fashion houses? I mean they can slip right between any sort of bars.]

England’s Prince Charles is visiting America. [And good news. He says that when he becomes king he’s pretty sure he’s gonna let America stay independent.]

England’s Prince Charles is visiting America. [People keep pointing and saying, “Isn’t that the guy from Downton Abbey?”]

A new expert panel review blasts the lax safety standards at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. [Apparently, you shouldn’t clean up a small pox spill with a Roomba.]

The CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful has revealed that one of its characters is transgender. [The actress in the role is thrilled with the acting challenge not to mention the double pay.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

YOU CAN BLAME YOUR WEIGHT ON YOUR PERSONALITY _ Is your personality making you fat? It sounds like a joke, but doctors looked into the question and found out that yep, your personality does seem to be linked with your eating habits — for better and for worse. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re destined to down all those M&Ms. In a study researchers sent out three questionnaires: One on personality, one on eating habits, and one on food habits. Lo and behold, the results revealed some consistent patterns.

• Extroverts: Respond more to external reasons like tasty aromas and end up eating more sweets, meats, savory foods, and sugary drinks; This could also be because they’re more likely to eat socially.

• People who lack conscientiousness: Give in to temptation more easily, especially with food that smells or tastes great, and they also eat more impulsively.

• Conscientious people: Eat more healthy foods and are less likely to overeat.

• Neurotics: Eat their feelings, especially high-calorie foods in response to negative emotions.

• People who are open to new experiences: Tend to eat more fruit, vegetables, and salads.

PROTRUDING EARS DON’T TRIGGER ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT PERSONALITY _ People with ears that stick out may feel self-conscious about how others perceive them. But according to a new study (Cantonal Hospital, Switzerland), while strangers do notice the ears they don’t make negative personality judgments based on them.

KENTUCKY FAN GETS ’40-0, NATIONAL CHAMPS’ TAT, HAS BACKUP PLAN _ The tournament hadn’t even kicked off when a University of Kentucky fan got a ’40-0, National Champs’ tattoo. However, on the off chance that The Wildcats don’t finish the offseason undefeated, the super fan has a backup plan. Rock Wright says if the ‘cats lose he’ll change the 5 in ‘2015’ to a 2 and the 40-0 to ’38-2′. The Wildcats were national champs that year.

BLUETOOTH UMBRELLA MAKES SURE YOU NEVER LEAVE IT BEHIND _ Losing an umbrella is a part of life — one that often leaves you drenched in the rain and out at least $15. Now a company called Davek, known for selling high-end umbrellas, has developed an idea to ensure that you never leave an umbrella behind again. The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for its Alert Umbrella, a $125 product that features a built-in Bluetooth proximity chip that alerts you if you’ve accidentally left without it. The product, which is available in black and blue, is currently selling at a discounted rate of $99 for early Kickstarter backers who place an order by April 12.

… The umbrella syncs up with Android, iOS devices and a corresponding app that tracks the distance between your smartphone and the umbrella. If it notices your phone is, for example, 30 feet away from the umbrella (and thinks you might be leaving it behind), it will send a message directly to your phone. | LINK

MORE SLEEP LEADS TO BETTER SEX _ Want better sex? Get plenty of sleep. A new study (carried out for the Journal of Sexual Medicine) found that lack of sleep is directly related to a low libido. 171 woman took part in the experiment, which showed that just one extra hour of sleep per night increased the likelihood that they would have sex with their partner that night by a 14 percent. The study also found that women who got more sleep experienced fewer issues when it came to getting aroused than those who had less sleep.

GERMAN SHEPHERD ADOPTS RUNT PIGLET AS HIS OWN _ In British Columbia, when one of Richard Quiring’s sows gave birth to a litter of 12 piglets, Sophie, the runt, was born just skin and bones, too weak to fight her siblings in order to suckle. In a moment of compassion, Quiring’s son spared the little piglet — but he didn’t really rescue her. That fell to the family’s dog, Duke. Within days, Quiring says Duke — a German Shepherd — had formed an “unbreakable bond” with his adopted piglet, sharing meals with Sophie and helping nurse her back to health. Now Sophie has the run of the yard. She doesn’t go to the pasture where the other pigs are, she just stays in the yard and hangs out with Duke.

104-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SHARES HER SECRET _ Elizabeth Sullivan of Forth Worth, Texas, says she has one doctor to thank for her long life — Dr. Pepper. She fell in love with the soft drink’s trademark “23 flavors” when she was in her sixties and now drinks three a day.

NYPD SGT. NEVER TOOK SICK DAYS, DIES WEEKS SHY OF RETIREMENT _ An NYPD sergeant who never took a sick day in his 42-year career died of an apparent heart attack at his home last week, weeks short of retiring. Sgt. Francis “Buddy” Murnane was about to turn 63 and died of an apparent heart attack.

LUNCH HALTS TEEN’S ROUND-THE-WORLD UNICYCLE ATTEMPT _ A young man from Somerset, England, had to abandon his attempt to be the first person to unicycle around the world after just seven miles — because he’d forgotten his lunch. Ed Pratt is undertaking the round-the-world unicycle ride for charity. But when he left home on Saturday morning to go to the official start line, he’d forgotten the packed lunch his mom had made. When his parents arrived for the grand send-off they were able to hand over the egg sandwiches for him to put in his saddlebag for later. Unfortunately, what with all the other equipment the 19-year-old had packed for a round-the-world trip, the extra egg sandwiches ended up breaking the zipper of the two special bags attached to his unicycle. So he ended the first day of his 18-month pedal-powered trip back at home having completed just the first seven of the 18,000 miles around the world. He got going again on Wednesday.

WOMAN FEARING ROBBERY JUMPS FROM MOVING TAXI _ A woman in China was treated at a hospital for bruises on her head and arms after miraculously surviving a leap from a taxi. Police said the woman was on her way to an airport when she noticed the driver had veered off the route displayed on her GPS. He then picked up another male passenger without any luggage. The woman told police her suspicions piqued further when the male passenger told the driver he was going to Terminal 2, but then changed his mind when she announced her terminal. The woman says she began to worry she was going to be robbed, so she jumped out of the taxi, which was traveling 35 miles per hour. Police later questioned the cab driver who said he veered off GPS course because of road construction.

COUPLE PAYS 875 EUROS IN WWII ‘DAMAGES’ _ A German couple visiting Greece were hailed as heroes this week after paying 875 euros — about $945 — to a town hall in what they said were World War II reparations. The mayor of the Greek town said the couple made some calculations and said each German owed 875 Euros for what Greece had to pay in forced loans during World War II. The town’s mayor says the money has since been donated to a local charity.

BURGER KING PERFUME DEBUTING IN JAPAN, MAYBE _ According to Burger King Japan, the fast food giant is releasing a Whopper-scented perfume. Here’s why you shouldn’t get over-excited, though: It’s debuting on April 1. BK Japan is attempting to brand the day “Whopper Day.”

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRANSPORT TRUCK CARRYING TOILET PAPER BURNS _ It’s been a big week for toilet paper news. First we learned that the only way to hang your T.P. on the dispenser is over-the-top. That’s the way a doodle in an old patent shows it, and that’s the way a Good Housekeeping expert says millions of hotels do it. Done. Settled. Now the sad news. A transport truck went up in flames in Canada Wednesday night. There were no injuries as a result of the fire, but thousands of rolls of toilet paper lost their lives.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DNA ON SKI HAT LEFT DURING HOME INVASION NAILS SUSPECT _ At 7:15 in the morning a Florida (Sarasota County) woman reported that she awakened to find a masked intruder at the end of her bed. The woman screamed as the intruder grabbed her purse. The scream woke up the woman’s niece, who confronted the intruder in the hallway. The intruder fled. While processing the scene, authorities found a black ski hat with two holes cut out, which they believed was used by the burglar as a mask. The hat was tested and this week results showed that DNA found on the hat matched that of a guy who was in the police system. He’s been charged.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WHEN COPS GIVE YOU A BREAK, TAKE IT _ In Panama City Beach, Florida, a woman who’d stopped her car in the road to chat with pedestrians on the side of the road was told by police to get moving. So she moved her car about a foot — and stopped to talk again. When police told her to pull over she agreed but then sped off. Police chased her down, caught up with her and discovered that her license was suspended and that she was wanted on a warrant out of Georgia. So if she’d moved along liked the cops ask, she wouldn’t have been arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: IGUANA SALESMAN TAPED THEM TO HIS BIKE _ A Key West, Florida, man allegedly tried to sell a woman live iguanas that were tied to his bicycle with duct tape. When the woman reported the man to police they found him a short time later with the iguanas hanging from the handlebars. An officer with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called to the scene and told police the guy’s method of transporting the iguanas is considered cruel. The iguanas were rescued and the man was arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PLANE FORCED TO LAND AFTER HITTING DEER _ A small plane had to make an emergency landing in Pennsylvania (Lycoming County) Wednesday night after the pilot said he hit a deer on takeoff. The pilot said he saw a couple deer on the runway, but thought he would be able to avoid them. Once in the air, the pilot said he called air traffic control as a precaution because he did not know how bad the damage was. The plane did not have any major damage. There is no word on the fate of the deer.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THOUSANDS OF CATFISH SPILL ON TO ROAD _ Emergency services came to the rescue after 4½ tons of live catfish slipped out of the back of a truck in China. In an effort to keep the fish alive hoses were used and then a bulldozer was commandeered to help scoop them up and get them back on board the truck.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHEEP RAIDS ELECTRICAL STORE _ Employees at an electrical wholesaler in Scotland were ram-raided by a lone sheep. The farm animal hopped over a farmer’s wall and walked over a mile to the store. After head-butting the door and cracking two panes of glass, the sheep entered the store. Staff chased the sheep down the aisles for over 15 minutes.

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ON TELEVISION

NCAA TOURNAMENT (Noon ET, TruTV, CBS, TNT, and TBS) — Round two coverage continues this afternoon and tonight. Here’s a link to all the times, teams, and networks carrying each game.

SERIES FINALE: GLEE (8p ET, FOX) — Most of the cast from all 6 seasons return to say farewell in this 2-hour finale. Geraldo Rivera and Andrew Rannells (Girls) guest star.

LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — New

GRIMM (8p ET, NBC) — Grimm moves to a new time with this new episode.

HART OF DIXIE (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

CRISTELA (8:30p ET, ABC) — New

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New

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

iZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — This is a repeat of the series premiere.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON TV AD _ The new Avengers: Age of Ultron TV ad is the best teaser yet for the movie, which comes out in May. | LINK

LARRY KING HAS A VOICEMAIL SET UP TO HELP HIM TWEET _ Larry King, the 81-year-old news broadcasting legend, doesn’t tweet like the rest of us. According to a recent interview (Washington Post) when Larry King wants to tweet, he doesn’t log onto the Internet. He pops open the flip phone stored in his shirt pocket and calls the number for a voicemail set up specifically for tweeting. That voicemail gets transcribed into a tweet by an assistant, which then goes out to his 2.6 million Twitter followers.

AMY WINEHOUSE DOCUMENTARY RELEASE DATE SET FOR U.K. _ A long-awaited documentary about the late five-time Grammy-winning singer, Amy Winehouse, will finally be seen by audiences in the United Kingdom this year. British theaters will show Amy on July 3, 2015. Amy is directed by Asif Kapadia, winner of awards for the 2010 documentary Senna. Senna was about the life and death of Ayrton Senna, a Formula One racing legend.

… No U.S. release date has been set for Amy. Amy Winehouse died almost four years ago on July 23, 2011, from alcohol poisoning in London when she was just 27.

MR. T LANDS HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW _ Mr. T is ready to tear down your house. The former A-Team star has signed on to host a home renovation series called I Pity the Tool for DIY Network. The show will see Mr. T and his famed Mohawk destroying outdated spaces to give families beautifully remodeled rooms.

JUSTIN BIEBER SUED _ Justin Bieber has just found himself in another legal entanglement. The singer is being sued by his former neighbor and egging victim who claims emotional distress because, among other things, Bieber’s bodyguards allegedly called him a “little Jew boy.” In the suit, Jeffrey Schwartz — who was Bieber’s neighbor in Calabasas, California — say that Bieber and his entourage ran amok in the neighborhood — holding noisy bashes, spitting in Schwartz’s face and cursing at his wife and child. The suit alleges that, during one incident, Bieber was “speeding around the neighborhood in his Ferrari.” When Schwartz walked over to “ask him to stop putting their kids’ lives in danger with his reckless antics,” the complaint claims, Bieber’s bodyguards called Schwartz a “little Jew boy” and taunted him repeatedly by asking, “What are you going to do about it, Jew boy?”

… The lawsuit says Schwartz and his family were repeatedly and frequently harassed and intimidated and their safety threatened.

HANNIBAL BURESS NOW GETTING DEATH THREATS _ Bill Cosby has been plagued by scandal for months, and it’s at least partly because of Hannibal Buress. Although allegations about Cosby’s aggressive and illegal acts against women had been rumored for years, it wasn’t until Buress joked about that in his stand-up that the once beloved TV star went from national treasure to the center of an international scandal.

… While many have applauded Buress’ act for bringing numerous allegations against Cosby to the surface, Buress revealed this week that he has also received death threats as a result.

BROTHERS GRIMM TV SERIES BASED ON TERRY GILLIAM FILM _ The Brothers Grimm movie will become a Brothers Grimm TV series. Matt Damon probably won’t reprise his role as one half of the sibling duo that (in the film’s twisted telling) was a medieval con artist team before being known as chroniclers of folk tales. And since his on-screen partner was the late Heath Ledger, new casting will certainly be required.

JENNIFER ANISTON HAS NOT CANCELED WEDDING _ Jennifer Aniston has not “canceled” her wedding to Justin Theroux, despite a new Life & Style report claiming the actress has “pulled the plug, just weeks before the big day.” A so-called “insider” tells Life & Style: “Jen panicked and was a runaway bride. Then she tried to blame Justin, by saying he was putting too much pressure on her.” According to Life & Style, Aniston had been planning a low-key wedding for the couple’s home in Los Angeles, but as the big day got closer, “she suddenly told Justin that she just couldn’t get everything together in time for the wedding and had to postpone.” The magazine says Theroux was upset and told Aniston she needs to deal with the issue in therapy. A source close to Aniston calls it “all lies.”

CHARLIE SHEEN SLAMS OBAMA _ Carlie Sheen wasn’t happy to see President Obama making his March Madness picks Wednesday on ESPN — so he called the commander in chief names on social media and accused him of ignoring an unspecified military funeral. The actor tweeted: “Barry Satera Kenya u won’t attend a soldier’s funeral uhkros da street that u kild yet u hav time 4 brackets? s a d.” The name Barry Soetoro and the notion that Obama was actually born in Kenya are staples of the so-called birther conspiracy theory about the president. And Sheen has self-identified as a truther.

… While Sheen didn’t get specific about which funeral the president allegedly skipped, the Washington Post reported that a funeral for a U.S. deputy marshal had been held Tuesday in Mississippi. Attorney General Eric Holder made remarks there and read a letter from Obama.

IT’S REPORTEDLY OVER FOR BRADLEY COOPER AND SUKI WATERHOUSE _ A source says Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse called it quits in January, and attended the 2015 Oscars together as friends. Cooper, 40, and Waterhouse, 23, were first romantically linked in March 2013. The couple eventually made their relationship public during award show season in 2014, as Waterhouse accompanied Cooper to events.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT TO STAR IN FRAGGLE ROCK MOVIE _ A film adaptation of the singing-and-dancing puppet series Fraggle Rock from the 1980s has gained a friend in actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will produce and star in the film.

HARRISON FORD-NARRATED AVIATION MOVIE TO DEBUT IN APRIL _ National Geographic Studios will release in April a Harrison Ford-narrated, large-screen film titled Living in the Age of Airplanes, about the history of aviation.

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AUDIO

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SPRING CLIPS

TV and movie drops that are spring-related. » download

STRANGE GYM CLASS SPORTS

One of our co-workers here at (your station) told us they bowled in gym class in high school. Their school was not far from a bowling alley so they’d either take a short bus ride to the alley or walk. What weird sport did you do in gym class? Here are three calls to help with the phones. » download

MARCH MADNESS DROPS

It’s nearly March Madness time. Here’s a package of March Madness drops. » download

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BITS & BREAKS

NEW IN THEATERS TODAY

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT (PG-13) http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
  • Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet

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

  • A former Special Forces soldier and military contractor, suffering from PTSD, goes on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe.
  • Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Sean Penn

DO YOU BELIEVE (?) http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.
  • Ted McGinley, Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Penguins of Madagascar
Annie
Top Five
Ghost Whisperer: The Complete Series

SPRING THINGS

• The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox.  ‘Vernal’ is Latin for spring while ‘equinox’ is Latin for ‘equal night’.

• If you stand on the equator today, you would see the sun pass directly overhead. It only happens twice a year in spring time and autumn.

• Can you really stand a raw egg on its end today? Well, yes. But, most experts say if you are patient enough, you can stand an egg on its end any day.

• The reason there is more daylight during the spring is the earth’s axis tilts toward the sun at this time of year. Another reason for more daylight? Daylight Saving Time.

• The first spring flowers are typically daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris and lilacs to name a few.

• Spring fever is not just a saying. Experts say the body’s makeup changes due to different diets, hormone production and temperature.

• Persephone was the Greek goddess of spring. She spent winters as Queen of the Underworld but returned in spring to preside over rebirth.

• We have used the word ‘spring’ for the season since the 16th century. Before that it was used for centuries to apply to the source of a river.

• Before we called it spring this season was known as Lent or Lenten.

• The earliest known use of the term ‘spring-cleaning’ was in 1857.

AMAZING SPRING CLEANING HACKS

• Clean a blender. A little water and dish soap can go a long way. Put it in, turn it on.

• Clean a shade. Use a lint roller to easily clean dust off your lampshade.

• Clean a sponge. Put your damp sponge in the microwave for two minutes to kill germs.

• Clean your trash can. Take your garbage can into the shower to give it a good scrub down.

• Clean your microwave. Mix vinegar and water together in a bowl. Set the microwave for about 10 minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe down.

• Freshen a mattress. Mix baking soda and lavender oil together. Spread over the mattress, wait an hour, and vacuum up.

• Perk up your carpets. Remove indents in your carpet from furniture with ice cubes.

• Clean your keyboard. Slide Post-it notes between the keys of your computer keyboard to pick up dust.

• Clean your shower head. Fill a bag with vinegar and tie to the shower head. Leave it there overnight and see how sparkling clean it is in the morning.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your cleaning hack?

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA:4,400 people work for what government agency? (U.S. Secret Service)

TRIVIA: The average person spends four days a year doing this. (Talking on the phone)

BUZZWORD!

The buzz word is “make”.

• The answers to my clues contain the buzz word.

• Call ahead to the restaurant (Make reservations)

• Absence… (Makes the heart grow fonder)

• Earn cash. (Make money)

• Place a wager. (Make a bet)

• Name your price. (Make an offer)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Paul and Bill went into a diner that looked as though it had seen better days. As they slid in to a booth, Paul wiped some crumbs from the seat. Then he took a napkin and wiped some moisture from the table. The waitress came over and asked if they wanted some menus. “No thanks,” said Bill. “I’ll just have a cup of black coffee.” “I’ll have black coffee too,” Paul said. “And please make sure the cup is clean.” The waitress shot him a nasty look. She turned and marched off in to the kitchen. Two minutes later, she was back. “Two cups of black coffee,” she announced. “Which one of you wanted the clean cup?”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Paper’s not dead commercial.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Sure, that will work.


Source: bits & pieces

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• How would you be in Mars years?

• This site says what you type using movie and TV clips.

Bouncy Balls.

• There will soon be 299 under-ocean cables that connect the world to the Internet.

• Lonely tweets.

• Amazing urban treehouse.

• 17 tips for Netflix users.

• Make any page look like it was made by a 13-year-old.

• Second Tomorrowland trailer.

• Click to add a point of gravity.

• Shotgun rules.

• Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment.

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 23, 2015

This is day 82 of 2015. There are 283 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Running legend Roger Bannister (ran the first 4-minute mile) is 86

• Ric Ocasek (The Cars) is 66

• Chaka Khan is 62

• Amanda Plummer is 58

• Catherine Keener (Where the Wild Things Are, Capote, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) is 56

• Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street) is 50

• Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men) is 49

• Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Mission: Impossible III, Gone Baby Gone) is 39

• Keri Russell (The Americans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is 39

• Gossip blogger Perez Hilton is 37

• Princess Eugenie of York (the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York) is 25

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1775: Patrick Henry called for America’s independence from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial Convention, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

• 1806: Explorers Lewis and Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east.

• 1942: During World War II, the U.S. government began moving Japanese-Americans from their West Coast homes to detention centers.

• 1983: President Ronald Reagan proposed the development of technology to intercept enemy nuclear missiles; the plan was dubbed “Star Wars” by its critics.

• 1983: Dr. Barney Clark died after living 112 days with a permanent artificial heart.

• 1990: Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood was sentenced by a judge in Anchorage, Alaska, to help clean up Prince William Sound and pay $50,000 in restitution for his role in the nation’s worst oil spill.

• 1994: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings broke Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.

• 1998: The movie Titanic won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best song, to tie the record set by 1959’s Ben-Hur. The record was tied again by Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in 2003.

• 2001: Russia’s orbiting Mir space station ended its 15-year odyssey with a fiery plunge into the South Pacific.

• 2003: A U.S. Army maintenance convoy was ambushed in Iraq; 11 soldiers were killed and seven were captured, including Pfc. Jessica Lynch.

• 2005: A federal appeals court refused to reinsert Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube and the Florida Legislature decided not to intervene in the epic struggle over the brain-damaged woman; Schiavo’s parents filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court.

• 2009: A Japanese astronaut on the International Space Station began testing a pair of special no-smell underwear. Koichi Wakata planned to wear the special antibacterial polymer pants for seven days. The underwear was developed by Japanese researchers trying to create clothing that reduces smells, absorb sweat and provide insulation.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Meat Free Week

• Root Canal Awareness Week

• National Cleaning Week

• Tsunami Awareness Week

• World Meteorological Day

• Melba Toast Day

• Chip and Dip Day

UPCOMING

• April 1: April Fool’s Day (Wednesday)

• April 5: Easter (Sunday)

• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)

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