PRO February 9, 2016

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 9, 2016

This is day 40 of 2016. There are 326 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Carole King is 74

• Joe Pesci is 73

• Mia Farrow is 71

• Judith Light (Law & Order: SVU, Who’s the Boss?) is 67

• Julie Warner (Nip/Tuck, Family Law) is 51

• Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 40

• Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment) is 29

• Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

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

• 1895: William G. Morgan invented volleyball.

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Stop Bullying Day

• Pizza Day

• Read in the Bathtub Day

• Extraterrestrial Visitor Day

• Pancake Day

• Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday

• Bagels and Lox Day

UPCOMING

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

• February 15: Presidents Day

• March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins (move clocks forward)

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

11: Percentage of 40-year-olds who say they’ve never had a drink of alcohol.


NEWS ATTACK!

The other day North Korea launched a rocket and put a mysterious, potentially dangerous satellite into orbit around the earth. [So, I don’t recommend catching any snowflakes on your tongue.]

Donald Trump says that he’s in favor of torture, including waterboarding. [Really? You would think that he would be more sensitive than anyone else about getting your hair wet.]

The President of Egypt is being criticized for insensitivity to his country’s economic problems after a 2½ mile long red carpet was laid over the roadway for his motorcade. [The everyday person on the street hated it. The everyday dog on the street loved it.]

The President of Egypt is being criticized for insensitivity to his country’s economic problems after a 2½ mile long red carpet was laid over the roadway for his motorcade. [But he claims that it brings jobs to the nation’s unemployed carpet shampooers.]

This week began the Chinese New Year. In China this is officially the Year of the Monkey. [In the U.S. this is officially the year of the puppy-monkey-baby.]

Normally, fireworks signal the beginning of the Chinese New Year, but in many places in China there were no fireworks due to the already high level of air pollution. [It was still legal to set off fireworks. It’s just that you couldn’t see them.]

In downtown London people panicked after a double-decker bus suddenly blew up as part of a new Jackie Chan movie. [Some people panicked because they didn’t know it was part of a movie, and other people panicked because Jackie Chan has a new movie.]

A UK museum had a 155-year-old mouse trap on display that inadvertently killed a modern day mouse that got a little too close. [For similar reasons that’s why the sign at the history museum plainly says Please Do Not Touch the Guillotine.]

Engineers at the University of California Berkeley debuted a little robot modeled after a cockroach that can go anywhere and squeeze into any place. [Well, it’s all over. I always said that if robots and cockroaches ever got together, our days as rulers of the planet were numbered.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

GUY IN INDIA COULD BE FIRST HUMAN EVER KILLED BY METEORITE _ A man in India may have become the first human ever killed by a meteorite, after a space rock crashed onto a college campus Saturday, sparking an explosion and creating a four-foot crater in the ground. Police confirmed the death of the 40-year-old man after an object fell near a cafeteria at an engineering college (in Vellore). The extraterrestrial calamity also injured two gardeners and a student, and destroyed the windows of nearby buildings and vehicles.

… Police initially believed the explosion was terror related, but found no evidence it came from anyone — or anywhere — on Earth. Authorities released photos of a tiny rock believed to be the meteorite.

… The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has said there is no record “in modern times of any person being killed by a meteorite,” and a Discover article once estimated the odds of such a fatality are 1 in 700,000 — about sixty times less likely than being struck by lightning in a lifetime.

COP HELPS HOMELESS WOMAN GET FOOD, SHELTER BEFORE STORM _ As a winter storm closed in on New England, one woman found a warm place to stay thanks to the help of a Seekonk, Massachusetts, police officer. According to a Seekonk PD Facebook post, Officer Perry came to the aid of a woman in distress, and found that she was homeless and hungry. Perry then bought the woman groceries and assisted her in getting a hotel room.

STAR WARS IS GETTING AN OFFICIAL ELECTRONIC MUSIC ALBUM _ There are plenty of Star Wars-inspired songs and remixes, but the legendary space fantasy series is getting something official. The upcoming Star Wars Headspace will include electronic tunes that are either influenced by or reworks of the movies — most of them from artists you’ll know if you’re big on digital beats. The whole thing is produced by Rick Rubin, and there are tracks from Bonobo, Claude VonStroke, Flying Lotus, Kaskade and Röyksopp, among others. The album will be available through online services on February 19.

FATHER WINS HALF MARATHON PUSHING STROLLER, SETS RECORD _ Calum Neff won the Katy Half Marathon in Texas Saturday which is believed to be a world record for running a half marathon while pushing a stroller. Neff pushed his almost 1-year-old daughter Holland during the entire 1 hour, 11 minute, 27 second run. The previous record, according to the Guinness World Records website, was set in 2013 by Travis Boyd and his 1-year-old daughter in 1:13:50.

DELETING THE FACEBOOK APP COULD SAVE LOTS OF iPHONE BATTERY _ If you’re an iPhone-owning Facebook user who never seems to have enough battery life, there’s now more reason to believe the Facebook app could be part of the problem. The Guardian recently tested an iPhone 6s Plus for one week without the main Facebook app installed, and instead accessed Facebook using the mobile site through Safari. The test showed the device, on average, had 15 percent more battery left at the end of each day without the Facebook app installed.

MYSTERY HACKER RELEASES NAMES OF MORE THAN 20,000 FBI STAFFERS _ (CAUTION) A hacker has just released the names, job titles, and phone numbers of apparently more than 22,000 FBI employees and contractors. A Twitter account named “Penis” tweeted a link to the online database Monday afternoon.

… The hackers accomplished this, he said, the old fashioned way: by tricking a government employee into thinking he was a colleague, claiming he’d lost his access to an employee portal, and finding the information on the Department of Justice Intranet.

THIS IS WHO MAKES THE FIRST MOVE IN DATING IN 2016 _ A new study (McGill University) found that women make “weak signals” during online dating, requiring men to make the first moves when they’re trying to court someone. Researchers believe this shows that traditional dating habits and social norms still persist. The study looked at 50,000 online dating accounts and found that women don’t like to share personal messages with their potential partner and will instead rely on “weak signals” to indicate that they’re interested, like a swipe or friend request acceptance.

… The offline ‘flirting’ equivalents would be, say, a suggestive look or a preening bodily gesture such as a hair toss to one side or an over-the-shoulder glance.

MAN RAISED $1.4 MILLION ON KICKSTARTER TO REDESIGN THE BIBLE _ Adam Lewis Greene believes the Bible needs a makeover. The 29-year-old book designer raised more than $1.4 million from nearly 15,000 backers to redesign the Good Book via his Kickstarter project, called Bibliotheca. How different will his redesign be? For one thing, he’s splitting the Bible into four volumes. There will be no annotations. There will be no chapter numbers, verse numbers, or section headers. That’s not all. Greene and his team are translating the text so its language is more aligned with contemporary usage. The book’s paper — instead of the thin stuff you find in most editions — will be thick paper from a 437-year-old Austrian mill. | LINK

MONICA LEWINSKY FIGHTS CYBERBULLYING WITH NEW APP, EMOJIS _ Monica Lewinsky has introduced an app to help express support for victims of cyberbullying. The #BeStrong Emoji Keyboard App is a set of emojis created in collaboration with Lewinsky and the British carrier Vodafone. The app was released ahead of World Safer Internet Day, which is today (Tuesday).


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING POLICE BADGES _ A Pennsylvania man stole several police badges… while he was being held for questioning in a domestic dispute. The small town of Irwin, Pennsylvania, has all its offices in one building, so the man was held in the mayor’s office to keep him away from a woman also being questioned in the dispute. That’s where he found and took the badges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: “LUCKY” SHOPLIFTER _ An Italian shoplifter was caught after a store duped her into believing she’d won a prize. The meat market put up an image of the thief taken by closed-circuit TV cameras under the heading: “Lucky Shopper”. When a woman told the manager she was the lucky shopper in the photo, she was busted.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT LEAVES PUDDLE OF URINE AT CRIME SCENE _ A Florida shoplifter with expensive tastes tried to make off with more than $2,100 in designer clothes on Friday — and left behind some unusual evidence. An employee at an Ann Taylor store called authorities after discovering in a changing room several security tags that had been removed from merchandise. Along with the tags was a cell phone. The deputy discovered the phone number for the cell phone owner’s husband, and was able to contact him.

… Authorities say the shoplifter also urinated on the floor of the changing room.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: $6,114 OVERDUE BOOK FEE _ In New Zealand a book was found among some family belongings in a home’s attic. The book had been borrowed from a local library — in 1945. Library officials have waved the $6,114 overdue fee.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BECAUSE SEX IN PRIVATE IS TOO BORING _ In Argentina, a couple was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after stripping naked and having sex on a bench across the street from the mayor’s office in broad daylight. The woman told the police she had always fantasized about having sex outside the mayor’s office while politicians were working inside.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIES TO BUY 12-YEAR-OLD’S FISH WITH FAKE POT _ An Ontario, Canada (Chatham-Kent) man has been charged with assault after allegedly trying to trade fake pot to a 12-year-old boy in exchange for a pet fish. The man was hit with the assault charge because he hit the kid when the deal fell through. The tried to pass a bag of oregano off as a bag of marijuana. The 12-year-old knew his drugs and realized it was actually a bag of dried spices.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Maya Stojan (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Castle) guest stars in this new episode.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8p ET, ABC) — Grammy Awards winning producing duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis guest star in this new episode.

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (8p ET, NBC) — Celebrities playing in this new edition are Geena Davis, Ben Feldman, Michael Ealy, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg and Angela Kinsey.

NEW GIRL (8p ET, FOX) — Megan Fox joins the cast (in a recurring role) in this new episode.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New

THE MUPPETS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New

GRANDFATHERED (8:30p ET, FOX) — Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) guest stars in this new episode.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Steven Weber returns as the mayor in this new episode, which also features performances by legendary New Orleans musicians Glen David Andrews and Jon Cleary.

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (9p ET, ABC) — New

CHICAGO MED (9p ET, NBC) — New

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (9p ET, FOX) — Damon Wayans, Jr. guest stars in this new episode.

IZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — New

THE GRINDER (9:30p ET, FOX) — Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) guest stars in this new episode.

LIMITLESS (10p ET, CBS) — New

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — New

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (10p ET, ABC) — New

THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (10p ET, FX) — This new episode features in infamous white Bronco chase.


ENTERTAINMENT

SUPER BOWL RATINGS DECLINE JUST A BIT _ A lackluster and defense-dominated Super Bowl led to a slight dip in ratings for the Super Bowl on Sunday, but enough Americans tuned into to make it the third-most watched NFL championship of all time. That also makes it the third-most watched program in television history.

… About 112 million viewers in the U.S. watched the Denver Broncos defense hold off NFL MVP Cam Newton to take home the Lombardi Trophy. That number is down from the 2015 record of 114.4 million people.

… Nielsen ratings for the Super Bowl are often taken with a bit of a grain of salt, as they do not take group viewership or broadcasts at bars into account.

BEYONCÉ MAY NEVER HEADLINE ANOTHER SUPER BOWL PERFORMANCE _ The Super Bowl may be facing a different type of boycott if some disappointed viewers have their way. For those who missed it, Beyoncé’s “Formation” performance took many viewers by surprise. She hit the field with an army of female dancers adorned in all-black gear similar to the attire of the Black Panther party. By the end of the Super Bowl halftime performance, tons of viewers were outraged and immediately took to Twitter to voice their frustrations and boycott Beyoncé. Since its no secret she and her husband, Jay-Z, are advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement, many outraged pro-cop advocates weren’t pleased with the seemingly harsh message her politically charged performance implied. Now, they’re calling for Beyoncé to be boycotted from the Super Bowl due to the song.

PEYTON MANNING CELEBRATES WITH HIS CHILDREN AT DISNEYLAND _ Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made his way to the happiest place on earth on Monday to celebrate his Super Bowl win. Manning attended the park with his kids, who accompanied him in one of the many Disney parades, as he stood front and center alongside Mickey, Minnie and Pluto on a float traveling down Main Street.

TAYLOR SWIFT WILL OPEN THE GRAMMY AWARDS _ Taylor Swift has joined the performance roster at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards next Monday — and she’ll be the one opening the show. We don’t know everything, but we do know her opening song is from the Grammy-nominated album 1989 — thought it is not a song that is up for its own award. The song has never been performed on national television before. That means that Shake it Off, Welcome to New York, Blank Space, Style and Bad Blood are all out of contention. That gives Taylor 11 songs left from the track list to choose from.

GWYNETH PALTROW TESTIFIES THAT MAN’S LETTERS WERE UPSETTING _ Gwyneth Paltrow testified yesterday (Monday) in the trial of a man accused of stalking her, saying he sent her upsetting letters discussing his intention to marry her, her death, pornography and unsolicited gifts. Dante Soiu is accused of stalking Gwyneth for 17 years, but the case focuses on the most recent 66 messages he sent between 2009 and 2015.

… Gwyneth broke down briefly Monday afternoon when a prosecutor asked Paltrow about whether she feared for her children’s safety. In one of the recent packages Soiu sent Paltrow, he included clothes he wanted her to wear. His lawyer said Soiu is a Christian man who is just trying to minister to the actress.

EMMA WATSON IS DATING TECH ENTREPRENEUR _ Emma Watson has a new man in her life after being spotted with tech entrepreneur William “Mack” Knight on a recent weekend trip to Big Sur, California. The 25-year-old actress and the 35-year-old businessman have been keeping their relationship quiet but have reportedly been seeing each other for almost four months.

OSCAR TELECAST WILL BE ‘MOST DIVERSE EVER’ _ The producer for the Oscars says this year’s show “will be the most diverse ever.” Despite the lack of acting nominees of color — which the Academy has no control over — the Oscar bosses have been working for months to make sure the Oscars “will have true diversity and will represent what the world looks like.”

OSCARS’ NEW IDEA TO CUT DOWN ON THANK-YOUs _ The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has a new idea to try to cut down on one tradition loathed by Oscars producers and viewers alike: Acceptance speeches filled with “thank yous” to agents, studio, executives, and other people the audience has never heard of. At an annual lunch for Oscar nominees held Monday, this year’s Oscar producers introduced the thank-you crawl. The idea is that while Leonardo DiCaprio or Brie Larson talks about a heartfelt issue they care about, tells an inspiring story, or expresses gratitude to one important mentor, a ticker on the bottom of the screen would list all of the people who worked on a film or helped their careers who they want to mention by name.

TAYE DIGGS LANDS ROLE IN NCIS 300th EPISODE _ Taye Diggs will visit NCIS on its 300th episode. Diggs will play Marine Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Davis, a special operations sniper who was gravely injured and suffers extreme post traumatic stress after an ambush attack in Iraq. The team will meet him as he recovers in Walter Reed Medical Center as he faces a “slow, but effective rehab that includes a cutting-edge music therapy program.” Gibbs (Mark Harmon) will need to question Davis about the ambush in order to solve a new murder case, but first must pull the wounded soldier — once a free spirited musician — out of the shell of Davis’ former self.

PORN ACTRESS DROPS $500K ASSAULT LAWSUIT AGAINST JOSH DUGGAR _ A porn actress has dropped her $500,000 assault lawsuit against reality TV personality Josh Duggar amid evidence that her claims were fabricated. Duggar’s lawyer calls the accusations in Ashley Stamm-Northup’s lawsuit “entirely fictitious.” Stamm-Northup — known as Danica Dillon — in adult films says that she met Duggar while working at a Philadelphia strip club last spring and that Duggar assaulted her when they went to a hotel to have sex. Evidence shows Duggar wasn’t in Philadelphia at the time.

BUY A LOCK OF JOHN LENNON’S HAIR IF YOU HAVE AT LEAST $12,000 _ So when John Lennon got a haircut for his acting role, it was a big deal. So big, in fact, that his German hairdresser knew enough to keep some. The 4-inch lock is from the private collection of Klaus Baruck, who trimmed Lennon’s hair in Hamburg, Germany, just before his starring role in the fictional British army troop and their misadventures in World War II. The hair is accompanied by a newspaper clipping showing Baruck’s hand holding the lock of hair with the caption: “Immediately picked up and tucked away: a clump of hair that had been John Lennon’s, cut yesterday.” Bidding on the lock of hair was set at $12,000 on Monday. | LINK

THE PILOT OF NBC’S SUPERSTORE WAS FILMED INSIDE A REAL KMART _ What happens when a TV production team wants to make a show set in a big-box discount store, but can’t build an entire store set because they’re only filming a pilot episode? To film Superstore, a new show on NBC, they lightly remodeled a Kmart store in Burbank, California, and used it as their set… while the store remained open. How did that work? The store’s branding and signage changed from Kmart red to the blue of fictional superstore “Cloud 9” for the 16 days of the shoot. There were signs explaining the change to customers and customers and employees alike were interested in watching the process of filming.

… The show’s cast were often asked by real customers where to find things inside Kmart.

OSCARS $200,000 GIFT BAG _ What do you get the Oscar-nominated actor who has everything? How about some laser skin-tightening therapy, a lifetime supply of skincare, and a vampire breast lift? That’s all included in these gift bags for Academy Awards nominees. Assembled by Los Angeles marketing company Distinctive Assets, they’re the most expensive yet, at $200,000.

• A 10-day, first-class trip to Israel ($55,000)

• A year’s worth of unlimited Audi car rentals from Silvercar ($45,000)

• A 15-day walking tour of Japan ($45,000)

• 3 private training sessions with “celebrity wellness expert” and star of ABC’s My Diet Is Better Than Yours, Jay Cardiello ($1,400)

• Ultherapy — a laser skin-tightening procedure courtesy of 740 Park MD ($5,530)

• A Lifetime supply of skin creams from Lizora ($31,200)

• A Fit Club TV “Ultimate Fitness Package” in a private villa ($6,250)

• A Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer valued at $249.99 (At least Leonardo DiCaprio will be happy)

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The most bizarre item on the list clocks in at $1,900 and is something we are apparently referring to as a “Vampire
Breast Lift.” It uses “blood-derived growth factors to revive rounder cleavage without implants.”

NEW ON DVD TODAY _ Released today, February 9

  • Spectre
  • Crimson Peak
  • Love the Coopers
  • 99 Homes
  • Grandma
  • Touched by an Angel – The Complete Series

AUDIO

Newest on the PRO AUDIO page.

• DROP: Every Wednesday is cake day!

• PHONER: Strange things you have seen people doing while driving – 7 real callers!

• SUPER BOWL: Lady Gaga sings national anthem at Super Bowl 50

• DROP: You are a short-sided, oxygen-wasting human form of pollution

• DROPS: Political clips package


BITS & BREAKS

GIVE AWAY PRESIDENTS ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY

On or before Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 15) hit the streets wearing a Lincoln beard and top hat, or Washington glasses and wig, and give people presidents. They choose from a bunch of envelopes. Inside are $1 to $50 bills. Also mix in some concert tickets, or restaurant gift cards, or whatever.

MAKE IT WORK FOR THE SHOW – Get audio with those you walk up to. Even if you record some before Presidents’ Day, pretend today is the day so the audio sounds right on February 15. Chat with them, ask them who they want to see in the White House next year, what their first day on the job would be like if they were president, etc. Light, fun. Then move on to picking an envelope to wrap it up. Then move on to another person someplace else. Get 5 or 6 of these in the can to use on Presidents’ day. Each needs to be no more than a minute to be entertaining.

AND DO THIS – You’re dressed (sort of) like Lincoln or Washington. Get a selfie with each person for social media. And get them to take a selfie with THEIR phone to share on THEIR social media pages.

PRESIDENTS’ DAY ON FACEBOOK
Get another Presidents’ Day idea in the private Facebook Group.

THINGS NOT TO BUY FOR YOUR VALENTINE

Women actually received the following!

• A vacuum

• Cleaning supplies

• A Black & Decker cordless drill

• A power steering hose

• Tooth whitening kit

• A Nordic Track

• A book on making love the right way

• Roses, one day late so they could be purchased at half price

• Roses, with a gift card for another woman

FB icon What was the weird/rude/unromantic gift you received?

ROMANCE, USA

Names of some romantic-sounding places:

• Valentine, Neb.

• Lovelady, Texas

• Valentine, Texas

• Loving County, Texas

• Loveland, Colo.

• Lovington, N.M.

• Lovejoy, Ga.

• Loving, N.M.

• Loves Park, Ill.

• Love County, Okla.

• Lovelock, Nev.

• Lovington, Ill.

• Love Valley, N.C.

• Romeo, Colo.

• Loveland, Ohio

• Romeo, Mich.

• Loveland Park, Ohio

• Romeoville, Ill.

• Loveland, Okla.

SWAP THESE TWO PHRASES FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE

A Stanford University professor of engineering suggests swapping two common phrases for greater success and ease of communication. In fact the seemingly insignificant change has the power to shape not only your command of language, but your behavior, including how you approach goals.

• Professor Bernard Roth says this is the first trick: Swap “but” for “and.” Instead of saying “I want to go out, but I have a paper to write,” try “I want to go out and I have a paper to write.” According to Roth, the word “but” inherently creates a conflict that may or may not exist, preventing you from seeing a solution that manages both desires. For example, you might go out for a short period of time as a break in between writing your paper. By using the word “and,” says Roth, “your brain gets to consider how it can deal with both parts of the sentence.”

• The second trick is just as simple: Swap “have to” for “want to.” The phrase “have to” is often associated with an obligatory action, and one you might dread. By making this adjustment, you are acknowledging that your actions are based on choices you have made. While “have to” carries a negative connotation, “want to” denotes desire, and thereby implies the positive.

• Roth has a new book titled The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life.

•  EDITOR: Another phrase swap we had in InterPrep last year: When trying to avoid eating bad foods, trick your brain by saying you “don’t eat” what’s bad for you. A study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that people who were prompted to use the words “I don’t” versus “I can’t” were nearly twice as likely to resist the temptation of choosing unhealthy foods. The researchers believe using “I don’t” rather than “I can’t” gave people greater “psychological empowerment” by removing the need to make a decision. “I don’t” is outside our control while “I can’t” is self-imposed.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Players in this year’s Super Bowl had to pay $1,800 if they wanted one of these. (A ticket for a friend for family member)

TRIVIA: Police (in the U.S.) have done this 2 million times in the past decade. (Tased people)

INITIALIZED!

I’ll describe some celebrities with the same first and last initials.

• Perky TV chef. (Rachel Ray)

• Quirky country singer who used to be married to Julia Roberts. (Lyle Lovitt)

• Starred in As Good as it Gets and Twister. (Helen Hunt)

• One of the world’s earliest famous magicians. (Harry Houdini)

• Supermodel who recently said she might retire. (Cindy Crawford)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Baby goat climbs her first rock.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Brilliant idea.


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 10, 2016

This is day 41 of 2016. There are 325 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Roberta Flack is 79

• TV personality George Stephanopoulos is 55

• Laura Dern (Wild, Jurassic Park) is 49

• Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect films) is 42

• Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes on Orange is the New Black) is 35

• Emma Roberts (American Horror Story) is 25

• Makenzie Vega (The Good Wife) is 22

• Chloe Grace Moretz (The 5th Wave) is 19

IT HAPPENED TODAY

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

• 1957: The Styrofoam cooler was invented.

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

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

• 2014: A report (from The Center for Responsive Politics) said that millionaires made up the majority of Congress.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Ash Wednesday

• Umbrella Day

• Have A Brownie Day

UPCOMING

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

• February 15: Presidents Day

• March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins (move clocks forward)

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

More holidays