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This is day 29 of 2016. There are 337 days remaining.
• Tom Selleck is 71
• Oprah Winfrey is 62
• Nicholas Turturro is 54
• Ed Burns is 48
• Heather Graham is 46
• Sara Gilbert (The Talk) is 41
• Sam Jaeger (Parenthood) is 39
• Adam Lambert is 34
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1845: The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe, was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. Poe took the pen name Quarles in signing the poem.
• 1924: Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio, patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.
• 1936: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson were the first players to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
• 1949: The Newport News was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship.
• 1968: Coach Adolph Rupp of the Kentucky Wildcats notched win #772 and became the winningest coach in college basketball history, as Kentucky beat Mississippi.
• 1999: Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles appeared together in public for the first time, posing for photos outside London’s Ritz Hotel, where they had attended a party.
• 2000: A teenage boy in Thessaloniki, Greece, survived a 63-foot fall from his seventh-story apartment balcony after landing on two plastic dumpsters. The 17-year-old was hospitalized with a broken leg and a mild concussion.
• 2006: In Boston Tyrone Brown posted an online ad offering cocaine for sale. He included his phone number. Cops called the number, set up a purchase and busted him.
2006: Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron said in an interview that she often gets turned down for action roles because her boobs aren’t big enough. She starred in one of the top action movies of 2015: Mad Max: Fury Road.
• Curmudgeons Day
• Fun at Work Day
• Puzzle Day
• Cornchip Day
• February 7: Super Bowl 50
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
• Gene Hackman is 86. Vanessa Redgrave is 79. Phil Collins is 65. Christian Bale is 42. Wilmer Valderrama is 36.
• Croissant Day, National Seed Swap Day
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31
• Carol Channing is 95. Anthony LaPaglia is 57. Minnie Driver is 46. Portia de Rossi is 43. Kerry Washington is 39. Justin Timberlake is 35. Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line is 29. Marcus Mumford of Mumford And Sons is 29.
• Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, Backward Day, National Hot Chocolate Day.
8,796: Photos shared on Snapchat every second.
For the first time an artificial intelligence system built by Google has defeated a human in the ancient game of Go, a board game infinitely more complicated than chess. Science predicted that one day artificial intelligence would reach this level, but it’s 10 years ahead of schedule. [The success has immediately gone to the machine’s head. It’s demanding a salary increase and an office with a window.]
That spoiled rich kid fugitive, Ethan Couch, has been extradited back to the U.S. [He didn’t have much to say other than to complain about being made to fly coach.]
Mattel announced that Barbie now comes in a variety of body styles — tall, petite, curvy, original, [and extra crispy].
Mattel announced that Barbie now comes in a variety of body styles — original, tall, petite, curvy, [and my little sister’s favorite — headless].
There are reports of coyotes in California behaving oddly. They’re standing in the middle of the road, daring drivers to stop, and then attacking the vehicle. Experts think the coyotes may be eating hallucinogenic mushrooms. [I remember the same thing happening in a rare and controversial episode of The Road Runner.]
Leonardo DiCaprio had a meeting with the pope. [The Revenant meets The Reverend.]
Leonardo DiCaprio had a meeting with the pope. [The meeting only lasted a few minutes. The remaining eight hours of the day was spent by the pope listening to DiCaprio’s confession.]
A new study is developing a wrist monitor that instantly analyzes your perspiration as you exercise to alert you to early signs of stress, dehydration [or the need for a stronger deodorant].
An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after several passengers became ill and a flight attendant fainted. [The airline announced an immediate ban on the use of Axe Body Spray.]
MARK ZUCKERBERG IS SIXTH RICHEST PERSON _ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has moved up to sixth on the world’s richest list. The top five are:
- Microsoft founder Bill Gates
- Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim
- Investor Warren Buffett
- Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos
- Spanish fashion businessman Amancio Ortega
FIVE REACTIONS ARE COMING TO FACEBOOK _ After years of debate over whether the site should include a Dislike button, Facebook announced this week they would begin rolling out five new Reactions to go alongside their famous thumbs-up Like button. The options — haha, love, anger, wow, and sad — will also provide new ways for Facebook to measure and monitor how its users interact and respond to content presented by its News Feed.
FACEBOOK IS BRINGING LIVE STREAMING TO EVERYONE _ Facebook has flipped the switch on its live streaming feature in its iOS app. The company first began experimenting with live video last year but Thursday’s update marks the first time Facebook has made the feature widely available. The new feature, which Facebook is calling “Live,” now appears in the “update status” menu next to the check-in pin that allows you to share your location. Live videos on Facebook work similarly to Periscope broadcasts: you can begin a live stream with a brief description, and once you’re live, viewers can comment on streams in real time. When you’re finished, you have the option to save the video and share it on your timeline.
… You can subscribe to a person or Page’s live videos so you can get a notification each time they start a new broadcast.
… Android users will see the Live feature soon.
ALLIGATOR FOUND IN CHICAGO MAN’S BASEMENT AFTER 26 YEARS _ Police removed a six-foot alligator that had reportedly been living in a Chicago man’s basement for 26 years. Charles Price’s neighbors were unaware that he had been keeping the alligator in a cage as a pet although he periodically let it out into his back yard. An appliance repairman discovered the alligator after hearing sounds that led him to its cage. He then took pictures of the reptile and then alerted police to its presence. An Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman said the ‘gator was “every bit of 200 pounds.”
… Alligators can be legally owned with a permit, but Price admitted to purchasing the reptile illegally when it was a baby at a swap meet.
Ever owned an exotic animal?
CROSSING GUARD SUSPENDED FOR TEXTING MAYOR ABOUT SNOW REMOVAL _ A New Jersey community is rallying behind a crossing guard after she was suspended for 2 days. For 16 years, Gina Bowne has been helping kids cross the street outside of Bingham Elementary (in Runnemede). So when snow piled up after the blizzard she took video and then took action. She needed help and when her boss wasn’t on duty, she texted Mayor Nick Kappatos. Gina asked the mayor for help with snow removal. Well, apparently that was a no-no. Instead of a thank you, Gina got a letter that told her she was suspended for 2 days for insubordination and not following the chain of command. In a statement the town says it has in place “Specific procedures employees are required to follow to report situations they believe may constitute a threat to the health, welfare or safety of the general public or themselves.”
SOMEONE INVENTED A DONUT WITH A CINNAMON ROLL INSIDE _ This is breakfast heaven. And midday snack heaven. And dessert heaven. It’s the Cinnamon Roll Donut — the invention of a New York City-based pastry chef (Thiago Silva). From the outside it looks like a normal, deliciously glazed doughnut; inside is an entire cinnamon roll. | IMAGE
… After plenty of failed attempts and using his past knowledge of raviolis and stuffed pastas, the chef was able to created a donut that was thin enough to cook the cinnamon roll inside, but thick enough to still hold together.
BARBIE NOW COMES IN 3 NEW BODY TYPES _ Barbie has finally gotten a makeover. Three makeovers, actually. For 57 years, Barbie has been not just a doll but a global symbol for American beauty. But with her impossibly narrow waist, stick-thin limbs, glossy blonde hair, and perfectly symmetrical features, she’s inspired decades of criticism for her unrealistic portrayal of an adult woman’s body. But now that the body-positive movement is in full force, Barbie had no choice but to adapt to the times. Mattel is introducing three new versions of the iconic doll: “tall,” “petite,” and “curvy.” The original will continue be sold as well.
… Already available for pre-order on the Mattel website, the three new versions of the doll join the original in the continuing Barbie Fashionistas line, which came out in June with dolls that have “eight different skin tones, 14 different facial sculpts, 18 eye colors, 22 hair styles, and 23 hair colors,” and adjustable ankles that allow Barbie to wear flat shoes.
LEGO UNVEILS MINIFIGURE IN WHEELCHAIR _ Lego has unveiled its first ever minifigure of a wheelchair user, almost a year after a social media campaign began pushing the toy maker to “think outside the brick box” and represent people with disabilities. The beanie-wearing minifigure is in the Fun in the Park set, and is accompanied by a helper dog.
FEAR OF SNAKES MAY BE LEARNED _ A study says children are not born with a fear of snakes or spiders but learn these fears very quickly. In one experiment from the study, the researchers showed two videos side by side to children as young as 7 months. One video showed a snake and the other showed something non-threatening, such as an elephant. At the same time, the infants heard a recording of either a happy or fearful voice.
McDONALD’S APOLOGIZES FOR GIVING PEOPLE FRIED AIR _ Some McDonald’s customers have been asking the restaurant chain: where’s the mozzarella in my cheese sticks? McDonald’s has apologized, saying that cheese must have somehow escaped its breaded casing. The company said Thursday: “We are aware of a low volume of guest concerns about our Mozzarella Cheese Sticks. … We believe the cheese melted out during the baking process in our kitchens and shouldn’t have been served. We apologize to any customers who may have been affected. We are working to fix this in our restaurants.”
McDONALD’S TO TEST EXPANDED ALL-DAY BREAKFAST WITH MCGRIDDLE _ Thanks to the popularity of its all-day breakfast menu, McDonald’s is testing the addition of another morning favorite to the lineup: the McGriddle. McDonald’s plans to start offering an expanded all-day breakfast menu that adds McGriddle and biscuit sandwiches in 72 restaurants in Tulsa, Oklahoma starting February 1. The test comes after customers complained about the absence of the McGriddle when McDonald’s launched a limited all-day breakfast menu in October. McDonald’s expects the test to last for two to three months before deciding how to proceed.
McDONALD’S BIG MAC SAUCE SELLS OUT IN MINUTES _ For those who dream of having the coveted Big Mac special sauce always on hand, McDonald’s in Australia released a limited-run sold in bottles. But as almost as soon as the bottles went on sale, buyers snatched them up and began selling them on auction sites for 20 times the retail price. 4,000 bottles of souped up Russian dressing, which went for $4.99 each, sold out in 15 minutes from select McDonald’s in Australia when they went on sale at midnight on Saturday.
APOLOGY AFTER PORN IS PLAYED DURING FUNERAL SERVICE _ A father and baby were killed in a head-on collision in Cardiff, Wales. At a service at a funeral home and adult video played one of the four TVs set up to display visual tributes. Hundreds of mourners were left shocked. The funeral home has apologized for the incident and said it will launch an investigation. A spokeswoman the television screen which showed the inappropriate content was recently installed. The new screen — which is a smart television — could have accepted or picked up a broadcast by accident via bluetooth or across a wifi network. The other three screens, which aren’t smart TVs, were unaffected.
THREE-LEGGED PITBULL HELPS STOP ARMED ASSAULT _ Levi, a 15-year-old, three legged pitbull from Janesville, Wisconsin, is getting extra treats after helping to stop a dangerous home burglary. Darcy Cherry says that when an armed robber broke into her home, Levi started growling and barking. The masked man had pointed a gun at Cherry and her boyfriend. He made the couple get on the ground, then demanded money. The intruder fired on Levi right in the head. The bullet grazed the dog’s head and lodged into its left shoulder. The intruder then ran off without stealing anything. Levi is expected to make a full recovery from the gunshot wound. The suspect is still on the loose.
FIAT USED BY POPE FRANCIS TO BE AUCTIONED TODAY _ A Fiat that was used to transport Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia will be auctioned off at the Philadelphia Auto Show today (January 29). Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Fiat was one of six used during the Pontiff’s visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia. He also used a white Jeep with open sides known as a “Popemobile” that allowed Francis to kiss babies as he passed.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WHO LIVES NEAR BEACH ABOUT SAND _ A man who lives next to a beach in England has made a complaint to his local council — about the sand that “blows in the wind”. Peter Alexander claims drifting sands from the beach (at Burnham-on-Sea) regularly block drains and build up on roads and footpaths.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SPLIT DINNER CHECK SPARKS FAMILY FEUD _ A family reunion at a restaurant in China ended in a massive argument when one of them suggested everyone split the bill. When the bill for $320 was delivered to the table, a young member of the family suggested everyone pitch in about $10. A big fight began and now the family’s not talking to each other.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CARJACKER TURNS OUT TO BE A BUCKET AND SHIRT _ A 52-year-old man called the Woodland, California, police department to report that he had been carjacked and he had pulled over after his attacker fell asleep in his passenger seat. Officers blocked the road. Police carefully approached the man’s vehicle and peered inside and saw something slumped to the right in the passenger seat. Officers then tried to wake what they believed could be a sleeping carjacker with blasts from a patrol car air horn and loudspeaker. Nobody moved inside the vehicle. Eventually, officers approached the vehicle with a police dog. Unlocking the passenger side door in order to confront and take the supposed carjacker into custody, officers found only the pile of tools, bucket and sweatshirt. The confused driver who thought he’d been carjacked was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER TOLD HE’S “A SILLY BOY” _ Police in Croatia are searching for a bank robber who ran off after a teller pulled off his mask, slapped his face and told him not to be “such a silly boy.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY SURRENDERS AFTER SEEING STUN GUN RELOADED _ Timothy Ortiz was fired from his job at a Florida Burger King. According to witnesses, Ortiz walked out of the restaurant, set his uniform hat and shirt on fire, left them on the ground and walked away. Witnesses saw what Ortiz had done and called the police, but he was gone by the time they arrived. When police arrived at his home, the police report says he yelled and cursed at a deputy, grew more aggressive and refused to be handcuffed. So, the deputy fired his stun gun at Ortiz as he allegedly started running away, but the probes did not stick. When the deputy reloaded his stun gun, Ortiz decided to return and submit to arrest.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOO MUCH SEX _ A man in Germany went to his local police station to beg for protection from his wife who demands constant sex.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN DIVORCING MAN WHO WON’T LEAVE MOM HOME _ A woman in Italy says she is filing for a divorce from her husband due to his “excessive ties” with his mother. How excessive? He brought mom along on the honeymoon. The woman said her she tried to “politely” object when her husband brought his mother to the airport to fly with them to Paris, but the husband said he “couldn’t leave his sick mother alone.” The woman says her husband’s mom also came along on their Christmas vacation.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN OFFERS COP RUBY TUESDAY’S COUPON _ A police officer in Florida saw a truck driving erratically and pulled the vehicle over. The officer asked the man behind the wheel for a driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. The driver handed him a Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant coupon. When the officer pointed out it wasn’t his driver’s license, the man handed him another Ruby Tuesday’s coupon and asked, “Is this my driver license right here?” A breathalyzer showed the driver’s blood alcohol content was over the legal limit.
UNDERCOVER BOSS (8p ET, CBS) — Marco’s Pizza COO Bryon Stephens goes undercover in this new edition.
LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — New
SEASON FINALE: UNDATEABLE (8p ET, NBC) — Undateable wraps up its season tonight.
SEASON FINALE: MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — The two finalists compete to be named the winner.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New
DR. KEN (8:30p ET, ABC) — New
HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
GRIMM (9p ET, NBC) — New
SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New
SECOND CHANCE (9p ET, FOX) — Second Chance moves to a new day and time with this new episode.
THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — New
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New
DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New
NBC REVEALS NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE CAST _ NBC announced Thursday who will be joining new host Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming eighth season of The Celebrity Apprentice. On the advisor side, Schwarzenegger will be joined by business heavyweights Warren Buffet, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Steve Balmer. Schwarzenegger’s nephew, entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger will also help the actor and former Governor of California decide which contestant goes home at the end of every episode.
… The 16 contenders competing for the grand prize of a $250,000 check for the charity of their choice including Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson.
… NBC has yet to set a premiere date, but the reality series is expected to return sometime in the 2016-17 TV season.
PEOPLE IN THE MAKING A MURDERER WISCONSIN TOWN ARE ANGRY _ While Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” has been inspiring debates over Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey’s convictions, many of those who live in the town where the murder took place haven’t been so moved by the show. The New York Times reporter who wrote the article that inspired Making a Murderer has returned to Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, where the Avery family lives, more than 10 years later. What he’s found is a town that isn’t happy to deal with the Avery case again. The people he talked to say it’s closed.
… Resident Suszanne Fox told the Times: “He was guilty as sin.”
… Jason Ring, the president of the Manitowoc Area Visitor and Convention Bureau, told the paper: “We made our judgment, and the trial came to an end, and locally most people were in support of that. Now it’s back — by no choosing or no doing of anyone in this community.”
… Angry phone calls, emails, and social media have been flooding the county’s tourism office.
… Tourists are taking selfies in front of the Avery salvage yard’s sign.
TROLLS COME TO LIFE IN FIRST MOVIE TRAILER _ Trolls released a colorful first trailer Thursday. The preview sees the toys come to life as they dance to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) and Tootsee Roll and avoid being eaten by a Bergen. Anna Kendrick will voice Princess Poppy, with Justin Timberlake as Branch, Gwen Stefani as DJ Suki, James Corden as Biggie and Russell Brand as Creek. Trolls opens in theaters November 4. | TRAILER
ABC TO SHOW OFF STAR WARS DISNEY PLANS _ Coming soon to the Disney-owned ABC network: a 2-hour special called The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. The special will include a Harrison Ford tour of the new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida. Disney now owns the Star Wars movie and merchandise universe.
… The special will air on Sunday, February 21.
YOU CAN NOW RENT A NETFLIX AND CHILL ROOM FOR $400 _ A team of artists in New York City’s West Village has listed a specially outfitted “Netflix and chill” room on Airbnb. The room, priced at $400, is stocked with access to Netflix, a large high definition projector, surround-sound speakers, and custom-made Netflix and chill sheets, which are replaced entirely after each use. The room is available only for Saturday nights.
KIM BASINGER JOINS FIFTY SHADES DARKER _ Kim Basinger has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey. Basinger will play the novel’s Elena Lincoln. Also known as “Mrs. Robinson,” Lincoln is, in the EL James novels, both a business partner and former lover of Christian Grey’s. It is her character who introduced Grey to the world of BDSM.
… Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in both Fifty Shades Darker and a third film, Fifty Shades Freed.
ANGELINA JOLIE ALWAYS CELEBRATES EASTER WITH JACK BLACK? _ It’s a family affair at the Jolie-Pitt house on Easter morning — plus a few special guests. While Angelina Jolie and Jack Black have formed a close friendship over the years while working on the Kung Fu Panda films, the two stars admit that when they’re not working, most of their time is spent at home. Black tells People magazine: “I like Angelina, I love hanging out with her, but as with all my movies, you do the work and then you go home to the familia.” But the two do make sure to get together every year on one special occasion: Easter Sunday.
TOM HANKS IS AMERICA’S FAVORITE MOVIE STAR _ According to a new poll, Tom Hanks is America’s favorite movie star. Hanks topped a Harris Poll that surveyed more than 2,200 adults in the U.S. about the best Hollywood actor/actress. Hanks also nabbed the title in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013.
… Johnny Depp was runner-up. Denzel Washington is America’s third favorite movie star. The top five was rounded out with John Wayne and Harrison Ford.
… Sandra Bullock grabbed the No. 6 spot. Jennifer Lawrence was No. 7.
Newest on the PRO AUDIO page.
• MOVIE: Kung Fu Panda 3 clip
• SUPER BOWL: Super Bowl clips package
• WEIGHT WATCHERS: Oprah’s “love bread” commercial that debuted 1/26
• WEIGHT WATCHERS: No, Oprah REALLY loves bread.
IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND
KUNG FU PANDA 3 (PG) Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
- Voice cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu, Bryan Cranston, JK Simmons
- website, trailer, reviews
JANE GOT A GUN (R) A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.
FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK (R) An inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship.
THE FINEST HOURS (PG-13) The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND
- A Brilliant Young Mind
- Downton Abbey – Season 6
- The Facts of Life- The Complete 8th Season
OPENING NEXT WEEK
- The Choice
- Hail, Caesar!
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
SOME SUPER BOWL STATS
• 25% of women say they enjoy the Super Bowl.
• The average Super Bowl Party is attended by 17 people.
• 5% of people watch the Super Bowl alone.
• 8 million pounds of popcorn are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
• 28 million pounds of chips are consumed.
• 53.5 million pounds of avocados are consumed.
• There’s a 20% increase in one-day antacid sales the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday.
• While some statistics claims there’s a large bump in workplace absenteeism the day after the Super Bowl, researchers say the number of people who call in sick is only slightly higher than a typical Monday, which is already a popular day to stay home.
A recent survey found that two-thirds of us won’t discuss “bathroom topics” with other people. Yet 86 percent of people said they have had personal conversations in the bathroom, including sharing gossip, talking about their job, chatting about sex or discussing their love life. So here are some bathroom-related facts you can work into your next conversation.
• An average person visits the toilet 2,500 times per year (6-8 times per day).
• People spend at least 3 years of their lives on the toilet.
• Seven million cell phones are dropped in the toilet per year.
• Americans use a lot more toilet paper than any other country. (7 sheets on average)
• 10,000 times you have to change a baby’s diaper before he learns to go to the bathroom himself.
• Men spend 140 days of his life shaving.
• Brushing your teeth with the water on wastes 5 gallons of water. Shaving with the water on wastes 15 to 20 gallons.
• Females takes 3 times longer than males in the bathroom.
VALENTINE’S DAY MYTHS FOR GUYS
Guys, the people at AskMen.com tackled some Valentine’s Day myths.
MYTH: IT’S OKAY TO SKIP VALENTINE’S DAY — She might realize that it’s a hyped-up holiday, but that won’t get you off the hook completely. She’ll see her friends going on dates and wonder why you aren’t stepping up to the plate. What to do instead: You can keep V-Day low key and celebrate it in your own way. Plan an activity that you both enjoy and declare it your own celebration — like ice skating, tobogganing or hiking. Any activity that you do together will cut it and will show her that you gave the day some thought.
MYTH: YOU HAVE TO CELEBRATE ON FEBRUARY 14th — No one says you have to celebrate on the same day as everyone else — that’s so conventional. What to do instead: Pick another day in the week to plan your date and declare that day your own personal V-Day. Places will be less crowded and you won’t be made to feel like another sheep in the crowd. She won’t care when you celebrate as long as she sees you’ve put some thought into it. She may even appreciate mixing it up.
MYTH: YOU’RE SAVING MONEY FOR A VACATION TOGETHER, SO IT’S OKAY TO MISS VALENTINE’S DAY — Even though she agreed to save money too, this is a perfect opportunity to win brownie points with her. What to do instead: Don’t plan an expensive date, but do surprise her with an inexpensive (but thoughtful) activity. Plan to meet her for lunch and pack her favorite food in a picnic basket. She’ll be impressed that you stuck to a budget while still making her feel special.
MYTH: YOU’VE ONLY BEEN DATING FOR A FEW MONTHS, SO YOU WON’T CELEBRATE — While you might not want to do anything overly romantic with a new girlfriend, that doesn’t mean you have to ignore it. If you don’t acknowledge V-Day at all, she might wonder if you are really interested in her. What to do instead: Don’t plan anything romantic. Instead, think of a fun activity. Try planning a dance class or a cooking class to mix things up. Or take her to see a comedy show — anything to get the two of you laughing together.
MYTH: DINNER IS A VALENTINE’S DAY STAPLE — Dinner is an adequate V-Day plan. But truth be told, it’s a little unoriginal. What to do instead: Mix things up a bit. With as much effort as it takes to make dinner reservations, you can plan a date that is seeping with originality. Try a couple’s massage, jump into a hot tub, look for an old-fashioned roller-skating rink in your city, or try an artsy date by buying the materials to do a painting together.
MYTH: CHOCOLATES OR FLOWERS ARE GOOD VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS — Just like going for dinner, chocolate and flowers are not the wrong thing to do — they’re just overly conventional. What to do instead: Originality is worth a lot on V-Day, especially when all her friends will be getting the usual flowers and chocolates. Stand out by getting her something out of the ordinary. Does she like to travel? Get her a subscription to a travel magazine. Does she like music? Get her concert tickets (and go together, of course).
MYTH: YOU NEED TO SPEND LOADS OF MONEY ON HER GIFT — It’s the thought that really counts the most when it comes to V-Day. What to do instead: Try getting her a small gift with a lot of meaning. If you are just starting to get serious, for example, buy her a pair of slippers or a robe to keep in your apartment.
MYTH: THE GIFT HAS TO BE CHEESY OR ROMANTIC — Just the opposite, actually. There is no rule that says you have to write her poetry or sing her a song on V-Day. What to do instead: If you’re not comfortable with the cheesiness, forget it. Just stick to getting her a fun gift. Try buying a good board game — then go home and play it together.
Ladies, what are the best and worst Valentine’s Day gifts you’ve received?
TRIVIA: According to research, Wednesday is the biggest day for people to do what? Hint: You’d think Monday would be #1 but it’s not. It is, however, a close second. (Play hooky from work)
TRIVIA: 9,500 Americans are injured each year by what? (Musical instruments)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Headline: Scorned Wife Throws Husband’s (BLANK) Off Bridge
According to the Daily Mail, the situation happened in Brazil, where a woman confronted her husband’s alleged mistress. Almost immediately, the woman begins punching the other woman and pulling at her hair. The alleged mistress grabs hold of a door, a wall, and a gate to try and pull herself out of the grasp of the angry wife. The mistress is then dragged by her hair through a parking lot. At times, she makes it to her feet and keeps trying to get the wife’s hands out of her hair. Other times, the woman falls to the ground and can do nothing as she’s just pulled harder and more violently across the pavement. After making it across the parking lot, another female starts helping out the wife. The alleged mistress tries to make it to her feet but can’t as she is now outnumbered. The wife and her friend get the alleged mistress to the edge of a bridge and throw her over into the water below. The mistress didn’t appear to be seriously hurt.
A father decided to send his son to America to begin a new life. As a going away present, the father gave him the family pistol — a priceless symbol of family honor. After several years the son became rich and successful and sent for his family to join him. Touring his son’s lavishly furnished home, the father kept looking for the family pistol. Not seeing it, he asked his son about it only to learn the son didn’t care all that much about it, sold it and bought an expensive wristwatch with the proceeds. His father was very upset and said, “Son, one of these days you’re gonna come home from work early and when you go up to your bedroom, you’ll find your wife in bed with another man. What are you gonna do, say ‘Hey man, your time is up?'”
Kitten is obsessed with balloon.
This is day 32 of 2016. There are 334 days remaining.
• Garrett Morris is 79
• Don Everly of The Everly Brothers is 79
• Terry Jones (Monty Python) is 74
• Sherilyn Fenn is 51
• Lisa Marie Presley is 48
• Pauly Shore is 48
• Michael C. Hall is 45
• Lauren Conrad (The Hills, Laguna Beach) is 30
• Heather Morris (Glee) is 29
• Harry Styles is 22
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1790: The Supreme Court of the United States convened for the first time, in New York City.
• 1884: Edition one of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
• 1887: Harvey Wilcox of Kansas started selling off 120 acres he owned in Southern California as a real estate development. His wife named it Hollywood.
• 1920: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Mounties, were created.
• 1949: The 45 record was introduced (by RCA Victor).
• 1964: The governor of Indiana declared the Kingsmen’s hit “Louie Louie” was pornographic. He asked the state’s radio stations not to play it.
• 1964: G.I. Joe was introduced by Hasbro. The first one sold for $2.49. The figure’s name came from a 1945 film, The Story of G.I. Joe.
• 1982: Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC-TV.
• 2003: Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
• 2004: During the Super Bowl halftime show, in what was termed a “wardrobe malfunction,” singer Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed, resulting in a $550,000 fine against CBS’ parent company, Viacom.
• 2015: The New England Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl title, beating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.
• February is American Heart Month, American History Month, Black History Month, Children’s Dental Health Month, International Friendship Month, National Cherry Month, National Embroidery Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Snack Food Month, National Wild Bird Feeding Month, Responsible Pet Owners’ Month, National Cherry Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Hot Breakfast Month, National Macadamia Nut Month, National Condom Month, Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
• Women’s Heart Week
• International Networking Week
• Car Insurance Day
• Change Your Password Day
• G.I. Joe Day
• International Body Art Day
• Spunky Old Broads Day
• Dark Chocolate Day
• February 7: Super Bowl 50
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins