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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)

• April 6: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game (Monday)

• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

24.8: Miles per hour a cork pops out of a champagne bottle.

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NEWS ATTACK!

A new study will loan dogs to people to see if being around a dog strengthens a person’s immunity. [What’s worse — a study that starts every day with being poked with a needle or having a dog lick you on the mouth?]

There’s now a blood test that can tell you whether you have a bacterial or viral infection. [So you’ll know whether you need an expensive round of antibiotics or simply a comfortable pillow and a Netflix subscription. ]

The Phoenix Zoo says it’s been wrong for some time. One of its male bears is actually female. [They always wondered why it preferred pink picnic baskets to blue but they didn’t want to judge.]

New research reveals why some mushrooms glow in the dark. It increases their chances of reproducing. [Some guys will do absolutely  anything to hook up.]

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien. He will be allowed to retain his title but he loses all its rights and privileges. [And he’s ineligible for post-season play.]

The FAA has given Amazon permission to test its drones. [In response they’ve doubled security on the White House lawn.]

The Russian ambassador to Denmark warned that country that if it joined the west’s missile defense system, its navy could be targeted by nuclear weapons. [Russia has basically transformed into ISIS with vodka.]

On an Alaska Airlines flight the pilot went on the PA system and proposed to the flight attendant. [There was no ring. The airline had lost the bag it was in.]

On an Alaska Airlines flight the pilot went on the PA system and proposed to the flight attendant. [What happened to the good old romantic days when people would propose on Twitter?]

A Southern California doughnut shop is gaining fame for its doughnuts stuffed with Pop Tarts. [No thanks. I only eat healthy doughnuts.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

STARBUCKS ABANDONS RACE TOGETHER CAMPAIGN _ Starbucks Coffee is pulling the plug on its controversial “Race Together” initiative after an intense social media backlash. The campaign — which encourage baristas interested to hand-write the slogan “Race Together” on coffee cups served to their customers as a conversation starter about race relations in America — prompted widespread mocking and ridicule on Twitter and in the news media.

… The bottom line for most Starbucks customers who weighed in on the controversy was that they just wanted their coffee without a “side” of awkward diversity dialogue.

2016 RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE BEGINS TODAY _ Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will become the first major candidate for president when he launches his campaign today (Monday), kicking off what’s expected to be a rush over the next few weeks of more than a dozen White House hopefuls into the 2016 campaign.

SELF-DRIVING CAR JUST EMBARKED ON FIRST CROSS-COUNTRY TRIP _ Google is aiming to debut its self-driving car by 2020, but it’s not the only tech company in the running to create fully autonomous vehicles that will let drivers go hands-free. The first-ever cross-country self-driving car trip kicked off Sunday. Delphi, a U.K.-based auto parts and electronics company, is taking a modified Audi SQ5 on a trip from San Francisco to New York to demonstrate the company’s self-driving car capabilities. The car will travel through a number of different road conditions and weather patterns, giving the company the ability to test out certain situations that are impossible to create in a lab testing environment.

BAR REWARDS CUSTOMERS FOR NOT DRINKING AND DRIVING _ Mack’s Tavern in Centerville, Ohio, is giving coupons to customers who don’t drink and drive. When a customer leaves their car in the parking lot overnight they’ll return the next day to find a coupon that reads: “We want to thank you for not driving home tonight and being a good responsible drinker. So here is a coupon for you to use next time you come in…”

GRANDMOTHER FOUND SCREW IN HER EGG MCMUFFIN _ A grandmother in England was shocked when she bit into a sausage and egg McMuffin at a McDonald’s (in Newcastle-under-Lyme) and found a metal screw inside the sandwich. But what bugs Donna Savigar even more is the way the staff and management treated the incident. She was offered a free sandwich by staff, and hasn’t heard from McDonald’s corporate offices in England.

HANDHELD FLAMETHROWER IS ABOUT TO HIT THE MARKET _ Are you tired of shoveling snow the old fashioned way? Then the XM42 might just be for you. It’s a handheld flamethrower coming to market this year. It’s currently legal in 49 states (sorry, California) and will be priced at $699. The device can fire flames 20-25 feet from the end of the nozzle and it is fueled by a small onboard gas tank that utilizes standard 87 octane gasoline. The company behind the invention, Ion Productions, will begin a crowdsourcing campaign today (Monday, through IndieGoGo) where interested parties can pre-order the product in order to fund its production. • LINK

NORTH KOREA NOT OVER THE INTERVIEW _ North Korea is still hanging on to some negative feelings over the Seth Rogen comedy The Interview. On Sunday, North Korean officials threatened to blow up any balloons that float over their borders carrying DVD copies of The Interview. North Korean defector Park Sang-hak and a band of activists intend to launch balloons carrying 10,000 copies of The Interview on DVD and USB and 500,000 propaganda leaflets destined for citizens of North Korea.

BASEBALL PLAYERS, FANS FORCED TO FLEE AFTER 1,000 BEES ATTACK _ Baseball players and fans were forced to flee a St. George, Utah, stadium after 1,000 angry bees descended on the field. After a nearby underground beehive was disturbed, the bees became aggressive and chased players out of a dugout. The bees began stinging players and fans resulting in one man being sent to the hospital with between 200 and 300 stings.

PROTEIN BAR MADE OUT OF CRICKETS LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING _ Crobar, created by marathon runner Christine Spliid, is a protein bar made out of cricket powder. The new, health-conscious brand of energy bars hopes to start production next month and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise nearly $15,000. Crobar isn’t using crickets because they taste good. In fact the company has gone out of its way to ensure you don’t taste them at all. The crickets are fed vegetables and fruit to help them taste “nuttier” — before they’re ground into a fine powder — and are mixed in with actual nuts and cocoa. The company uses crickets because they’re a great source of healthy protein. • LINK

A PROFESSOR FORCED HER STUDENTS TO TAKE NOTES BY HAND _ A communications professor at the University of Kansas, tired of teaching to a classroom of students whose faces were all bathed in the blue light of their laptop screens, banned technology-enabled note-taking from her classroom for a semester. Carol Holstead said she “had a theory … that students would process lectures more effectively if they took notes on paper.” As it turns out, research published in Psychological Science last year backs up Holstead’s theory. Researchers (at Princeton and UCLA) found studies that proved that students who took notes on a laptop performed worse on tests than their peers who’d taken notes by hand.

POLICE OFFICER HELPS WOMAN FINISH 10K RACE _ Asia Ford decided to run a 10K as part of her personal journey to get healthy. Her last steps inspired people in a way she never imagined. Ford, who has lost more than 200 pounds in two years, was running the race in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday when she began to struggle and have trouble breathing after mile 5. When paramedics checked on her, she told them that she wasn’t stopping. Police Lt. Aubrey Gregory, who was standing nearby, decided to help.He told her, “We’re going to do this together.” Photos of Ford crossing the finish line with Gregory have gone viral. Even Louisville’s mayor shared them on his Facebook page.

GIRL TRIED TO POISON MOM TWICE FOR TAKING iPHONE _ Police arrested a 12-year-old Colorado girl accused of trying to kill her mother twice by poisoning her with bleach for taking away her iPhone. The Boulder County Sheriff’s office says that on March 2, the girl poured bleach into a breakfast smoothie that she had prepared for her mother. Mom noticed an odor of bleach in the drink and thought her daughter had cleaned the glass prior to making the beverage and did not rinse all the bleach out. Four days later, the girl allegedly poured bleach into a water carafe her mother kept in her bedroom. When the woman smelt bleach, she became suspicious and confronted her daughter. That’s when she learned her daughter had developed the plan to kill her for taking away her iPhone. The girl was taken to a juvenile detention facility on Friday.

POPULAR LIP BALM BEING USED BY TEENS TO GET HIGH _ A popular lip balm has become part of a viral trend called “beezin'”. Teens are using Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm on their eyelids in an effort get high. Those who have taken part in beezin’ say the peppermint oil causes a tingling and burning sensation, which enhances the experience of being drunk or high. Others have said it helps them stay alert.

… But don’t you be beezin’. Doctors say beezin’ could lead to health risks like inflammation of the eye, swelling, and other symptoms similar to pink eye. It’s not only dangerous but pointless since there is no active ingredient in the balm that could actually get someone high.

DOES A DOG LICK A DAY KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY? _ For those of us addicted to our dogs’ heartfelt licks, here’s some excellent news: We may soon have scientific evidence proving they’re good for our health. An upcoming study at the University of Arizona will explore whether bacteria found in dog saliva can minimize allergic reactions. The study will assign several people between the ages of 50 and 60 to a dog companion, and then, over the course of 12 weeks, measure each person’s immune response.

YOUTUBER PLANS TO TELL A ‘BAD’ JOKE A DAY FOR SEVEN YEARS _ A Los Angeles comedian is two months into what he claims will be a seven-year project: To tell a new bad joke every single day. Griffin Lewis’ YouTube channel, The Daily Haha, has published jokes now for 57 days straight, starting on January 25. Jokes with puns, jokes with mock movie trailers and jokes taken from the sides of Popsicle sticks. Sunday’s joke: Why didn’t Cinderella make the basketball team? Because she ran away from the ball. • LINK

On-air: Visit Griffin’s YouTube channel and see how many punchlines you can guess before he gives them.

FAMILY IN ARGENTINA IS DRIVING 11,000 MILES TO SEE POPE _ Noël Zemborain and her husband Alfredo “Catire” Walker have plans to take their four children on a road trip. The Argentina-based family of six is piling into a Volkswagen camper and traveling more than 11,000 miles to Philadelphia to arrive in time for the World Meeting of Families 2015 with Pope Francis in September. The journey from Argentina to the Pennsylvania capital will take seven month. The couple and their four kids — ages 2½ to 12 — have already departed and will make a pit stop in Santiago, Chile, before traveling up the Pacific Coast through Peru. They will then drive through Ecuador, Columbia, Central America and Mexico before reaching the U.S. border.

GLITCH SENDS TEXTS TO CRIME VICTIMS THAT INMATES BEING FREED _ Routine computer maintenance caused a major technical glitch that sent out thousands of false reports, saying prison inmates had been released. About 8,000 incorrect notices went out to victims and their families Friday evening, including an alert that wrongfully said a prisoner convicted of killing two schoolgirls in Oregon City had been freed.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RADIOACTIVE SANITARY PADS _ At an airport in Lebanon, half a ton of radioactive sanitary pads were seized during import from China. The 30 crates of feminine hygiene products clocked in at over 35 times the safe levels of radioactivity permitted. The maxi pads were made in China by a company called Anion that puts anions, ionized atoms, into products as a purported “health benefit.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE TO LEAVE ALL THEIR CASH TO PET MONKEY _ A husband and wife in India say they are going to leave all their money to their pet monkey. The couple, who have no children, say they owe their wealth and success to the primate, who they believe has enriched their lives.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF LEAVES WIENER DOG AND ADDRESS AT SCENE _ Recently the lone staffer at a Quebec (Gatineau) denture clinic left for lunch. When he returned, police say say he found holes in the wall leading to the clinic. Inside the clinic was a Daschund. It didn’t take investigators long to piece together what had happened — a laptop was missing and so too was a bit of cash. And the weiner dog had an ID collar with a home address. When police visited the dog’s home they found a man with the stolen laptop. Investigators have not said why the dog was brought along or left behind.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ZOO DISCOVERS BEAR IS FEMALE, NOT MALE _ The Phoenix Zoo is fessing up to what it calls an “embearassing” mistake regarding one of its animals. Zoo officials say they were planning to transfer Luka to the Nashville, Tennessee, zoo when they recently discovered that the 2-year-old Andean bear is a female, not a male as thought. According to the Phoenix Zoo, Andean bear cubs’ genitalia are highly undeveloped before age 2, making it very difficult to determine gender. The zoo said employees there also hadn’t handled the bear much because it was doing very well with its mother.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNORING MAN FALLS FROM HOTEL BALCONY _ A Spring Breaker was hospitalized after falling from a second-story balcony in Panama City Beach after friends say they placed him outside because he was snoring too loudly. 31-year-old Justin Harrold was found unconscious on the hotel pavement.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIRE EXTINGUISHER FACTORY GOES UP IN FLAMES _ Chicago firefighters were called to fight flames at a fire extinguisher factory. At one point 156 firefighters were battling the blaze with 26 pieces of equipment.

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ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The Knockout Rounds begin as the strongest vocalists choose a song to perform as they compete head-to-head.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — Tonight’s theme is My Jam Monday and the couples will dance to the stars’ favorite songs. Plus, the first celeb will be sent home.

2 BROKE GIRLS (8p ET, CBS) — New

THE FOLLOWING (8p ET, FOX) — Two new episodes air tonight.

THE ORIGINALS (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

MIKE & MOLLY (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — New

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — New

CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — Reiko Aylesworth (Hawaii Five-O), David Conrad (Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.), and Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) guest star in this new episode.

THE NIGHT SHIFT (10p ET, NBC) — Sarah Jane Morris (NCIS) guest stars in this new episode.

THE LATE LATE SHOW (12:35am ET, CBS) — New host James Corden takes over hosting duties from Craig Ferguson. Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis are his first guests. The show will only have 3 new episodes this week, featuring guests Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Chris Pine. Musical performers the first week will include soul singer Leon Bridges and indie rock band Modest Mouse.

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ENTERTAINMENT

INSURGENT TOPS THE NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE WITH $54M _ The sci-fi adventure Insurgent is the No. 1 film in North America after bringing in more than $54 million over the weekend. Coming in at No. 2 is Cinderella with $34.5 million. Sean Penn’s The Gunman debuted in fourth with $5 million.

FIRST LOOK AT TOM CRUISE’S MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION _ Tom Cruise took to Twitter Sunday to offer fans a glimpse of the fifth installment in his Mission: Impossible blockbuster action-adventure film franchise. Cruise is back as secret agent Ethan Hunt, while Alec Baldwin and Simon Pegg co-star. • VIDEO

THANKS TO CHARLIE SHEEN, JON CRYER’S BOOK WILL SELL BIG _ Jon Cryer’s new book will be out next month and features over 350 pages of some of the Two and a Half Men star’s experiences with some of the biggest names in Hollywood — ever since he was best known as the oddly-dressed Duckie from Pretty in Pink. Cryer’s book will share details of his relationships and encounters with Judd Nelson, Demi Moore, Christopher Reeve, Molly Ringwald and many others. But the stories he shares about his relationship with co-star Charlie Sheen will likely make it a best-seller. Like the time Charlie asked Jon to hide his adult magazines for him during the first year of his marriage to Denise Richards. Or the photos of various female body parts Charlie like to share with Jon — taken of the women he was sleeping with.

… The book, So That Happened, will be available April 7.

TAYLOR SWIFT BUYS .PORN AND .ADULT DOMAINS _ When it comes to domination of a personal brand, celebrities and companies like to make sure they’re controlling every aspect of their online presence. Which is why .sucks and .porn domains could pose a problem for people or organizations that are targets of Internet harassment. Which is why Taylor Swift has purchased TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult. It’s not cheap to buy these domains during early registration — buying ahead of time can cost you up to $2,500.

SHIA LABEOUF MAY HAVE CHARGES DROPPED _ Shia LaBeouf recently stood before a New York judge who said that he would allow pending charges against the actor to be dropped if he can manage to not get arrested in the next six months. Back in June of 2014, LaBeouf was arrested at a showing of the musical Cabaret. LaBeouf pleaded guilty in September to the charge of disorderly conduct related to his alcohol induced outburst.

… Part of the deal struck between LaBeouf and the New York Judicial system, allowing LaBeouf to avoid jail time, was that LaBeouf would complete three months of treatment in his resident state of California, then continue on with a pattern of good behavior for another several months after. New York prosecutors handling LaBeouf’s case say that LaBeouf had complied with the orders for mandatory treatment.

MILEY CYRUS IGNORES PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER’S CALLS _ Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger haven’t been seen together since he was back in Los Angeles from his spring break in Cabo. Rumor has it, the pop singer has been ignoring her boyfriend’s calls. A source claims: “Patrick has been trying to reach Miley since he’s been back, calling her over and over and she hasn’t been answering his calls. He’s very upset and is doing everything he can to try resolve things.” Patrick was pictured getting cozy with a bikini girl during his vacation. He denied rumors that he cheated on Miley.

BRIAN WILLIAMS MAKES PUBLIC APPEARANCE _ NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who was suspended from the network in February, made his first public appearance Saturday night. He showed up at a fundraising gala for his alma mater, Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth, New Jersey, which is currently trying to raise money to keep its doors open.

HOLLY MADISON TO RELEASE MEMOIR ABOUT LIFE AT PLAYBOY MANSION _ Holly Madison will share intimate details about her life inside the Playboy Mansion in an upcoming memoir titled Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. The book, coming out June 23, will reveal the realities of living in Hugh Hefner’s Los Angeles home alongside other Playboy models.

ZOE SALDANA: DOLCE & GABBANA BOYCOTT IS “STUPIDEST THING” _ Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy actress Zoe Saldana is not among the growing list of Hollywood stars boycotting Dolce & Gabbana after the designers said kids born via IVF are “synthetic children”. Elton John called for a boycott in the wake of Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce’s controversial remarks, and celebrities ranging from Ricky Martin to Madonna have followed suit. Saldana was asked her opinion at Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards, and said, “That would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice. People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn’t have chosen to be so public about something that’s such a personal thing. I’m certainly not going to stop wearing Dolce, and I’m certainly not going to be refuting when they are adopting synthetic children, however they wanted to say it.”

CHRIS BROWN OFF PROBATION _ It looks like Chris Brown is finally a free man. A judge ruled that the singer has finally completed the terms of his probation and officially closed the assault case against him. The singer was placed on probation after he brutally attacked his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards. In addition to probation, Chris was required to undergo domestic violence counseling. He also entered rehab, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and complications from substance abuse.

ROB KARDASHIAN COMPARES SISTER KIM TO GONE GIRL VILLAIN _ Rob Kardashian posted on Instagram Sunday a message comparing his sister Kim to the villain Amy Dunne in the film Gone Girl. His message appeared alongside an image of blood-covered Amy, who was played in the movie by actress Rosamund Pike. In the film, Amy stages her own disappearance, frames her husband for it and kills her ex-boyfriend.

… There was no further explanation about what prompted Kardashian to post the bizarre message and no hint as to whether he intended it to be a joke. He recently un-followed his entire family from Instagram.

VERNE TROYER REASSURES FANS HE’S FINE AFTER SEIZURE _ Verne Troyer fans were worried after reports broke that the Mini Me actor was hospitalized over the weekend. As he was meeting with fans at the Heart of Texas Comic Con event, the actor suffered a seizure and he was then taken to the hospital. Troyer is doing fine now.

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AUDIO

WEIRD FOOD COMBINATIONS

Ranch dressing on pizza. That’s how my brother-in-law eats it. What weird food combos do you eat?

Three calls to help with the phones. » click for download page

MARCH MADNESS DROPS

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

Many clips with quick breaks. » click for download page

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. The Divergent Series: Insurgent, $54 million
  2. Cinderella, $34.5 million
  3. Run All Night, $5.1 million
  4. The Gunman, $5 million
  5. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $4.6 million
  6. Do You Believe?, $4 million
  7. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $3.4 million
  8. Focus, $3.3 million
  9. Chappie, $2.6 million
  10. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, $2.3 million

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

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Alice in Wonderland.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was The Ring Two.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Outbreak.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

GET HARD (R) score/reviews

  • When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.
  • Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie

HOME (PG) score/reviews

  • Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own.
  • Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. March Madness
  2. Spring Break
  3. Ted Cruz
  4. Furious 7
  5. Taxes
  6. Galaxy S6
  7. Suge Knight
  8. Spring Training
  9. Monica Lewinsky
  10. TED Talks
  11. Jason Aldean
  12. Justin Bieber Roast
  13. Chris Brown
  14. Easter

WHY WOMEN CAN’T COMMUNICATE CLEARLY

There’s an old adage which goes: if you ask a man what time it is, he’ll look at his watch; but if you ask a woman the same question, she’ll start telling you all about the pretty watch she saw in the jewelry store the other day. In other words, you get a straight answer from a man — but never from a woman. Yet how many times have you heard the female accusation “men can’t communicate”? With some help from AskMen.com, let’s look at these four “communication” strategies women use, and what we can do to make some sense of it all…

• Women never say what they really mean. Instead of directly expressing a point or asking a question (as men do), a woman will talk all around a subject, expecting men to somehow decipher what she wants or needs. For her, being indirect is a way of life. When she says, “It’s your decision,” what she really means is, “You’d better know what I really want and give it to me right now.”

• Women focus on talking, not finding solutions. Since they aren’t used to taking action, women talk instead of seeking out solutions to problems (they rely on men to actually get things accomplished). What’s more, women think that any problem can be solved by simply talking about it. But when it finally does come time to make a decision, a woman will often turn to a man. But if he chooses wrong — meaning if he selects an option that isn’t what she really wants — she will punish him for not knowing her unspoken true desires.

• Women think with their emotions. Women love to indulge themselves in feelings and impressions — this is why their behavior is so often erratic, moody and irrational. Often they will say one thing, then actually do the complete opposite, or take meaning entirely out of context and jump to emotion-based conclusions. For example, if a man says to a woman, “I like your hair,” she’ll come back with, “You mean you didn’t like it before? You’re embarrassed of me, aren’t you? You think I’m ugly. You don’t want to be seen with me.”

• Women expect men to be mind readers (and punish them when they’re not). Any woman will tell you that a man is just supposed to “know” what she likes, where she wants to go, what she wants to do, etc., without her ever conveying any direct information to him. If he doesn’t, this means that he doesn’t really care about her. In other words, women expect men to be mind readers. Women call this communication.

A MAN’S HANDWRITING SAYS A LOT

According to experts, you can find insights into your man’s personality in his handwriting:

• Big writing reveals that your guy is friendly, outgoing and curious.

• If your guy writes quickly, he’s a dreamer with lofty goals.

• If he communicates with all capital letters, he’s tough and romantic, hiding his insecurities.

• Slanted writing indicates your boy is emotional, hot and cold.

• Heavy script shows he is self conscious and has a great memory.

• If your man prints, he is afraid of intimacy.

• Big, round, lower loops reveal that your man is never satisfied and needs a lot of variety.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Globally, 150 people are killed each year by what? (Coconuts)

TRIVIA: A man in the United Arab Emirates once paid $14 million for what? (A license plate. It had the single digit “1” on it.)

PICK THE WORST!

I’ll give you some bad scenarios; your goal is to correctly guess which got more votes in an online survey.

Pick the Worst:

• Your mother likes to dress like a man – 12%

• Your father likes to dress like a woman – 88%

Pick the Worst:

• Overcooked beef – 13%

• Undercooked chicken – 87%

Pick the Worst:

• Front teeth fell out overnight – 57%

• Front teeth turned brown overnight – 43%

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A couple decided to take their teenage daughter to a shopping mall in a nearby town one weekend. As they were getting ready to go, the girl came downstairs dressed in short shorts and a spaghetti string top. An anticipated fight broke out between her and the husband over her inappropriate attire. In order to keep the peace, the mother stepped in and reminded her husband that when they were young she had dressed the same way too; it was the style. He said, “Yeah! Well, if you remember right, I had something to say about that too!” “Yes dear,” she said, “you did. You asked me for my phone number.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Little girl told she’s going to be a big sister has priceless response.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoMRgVR00po

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

source: facebook

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• How to say sh** (and other words) in any language.

• 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 24, 2015

This is day 83 of 2015. There are 282 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) is 71

• Comedian Louie Anderson is 62

• Robert Carradine is 61

• Former Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer is 59

• TV personality Star Jones is 53

• Lauren Bowles (True Blood) is 45

• Lara Flynn Boyle (Twin Peaks, The Practice) is 45

• Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement, Grounded for Life) is 44

• Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) is 42

• Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is 41

• NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 39

• Olivia Burnette (Sons of Anarchy) is 38

• Jessica Chastain is 38

• Amir Arison (The Blacklist) is 37

• Keisha Castle-Hughes (The Nativity Story, Whale Rider) is 25

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1898: Alexander Winton sold his first automobile, built in Cleveland, to mining engineer Robert Allison for $1,000. It was the first car built and sold in the U.S.

• 1936: The longest game in NHL history was played between Detroit and Montreal. Detroit scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime and won the game 1-0.

• 1944: In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners began breaking out of Stalag Luft III.

• 1958: At age 23, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army in Memphis.

• 1978: Near Sutherland, England, Alex Maclennan dug 16 sheep out of a snowdrift where they’d been buried for 50 days. One ewe was still alive.

• 1989: In Alaska’s Prince William Sound the Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels of petroleum after running aground.

• 1991: Some 100 cars were damaged by fire when dry grass ignited at a cook-off sponsored by the San Antonio Firefighters Association. No one was hurt.

• 2002: At the Academy Awards, Halle Berry became the first black actress to win an Oscar in a leading role for her work in Monster’s Ball. Denzel Washington became the second black actor, after Sidney Poitier, to win in the best actor category, for Training Day.

• 2005: When Diane Viza got into an argument with her son over whether she was sober, she drove to the Albion, New York, police station asked to take a sobriety test. That turned out to be a bad idea. The 45-year-old woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after she showed up at the police station.

• 2012: Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent a heart transplant at a Virginia hospital.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

• World Tuberculosis 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)

• April 6: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game (Monday)

• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

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