Audio • Bits & Breaks • Datebook • Datebook Tomorrow • Entertainment • Fun & Games • Image of the Day • News & Nuggets • News Attack • Number for the Day • Television • Video of the Day • Wacky-But-True
This is day 43 of 2016. There are 323 days remaining.
• Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains) is 63
• Arsenio Hall is 60
• Josh Brolin (True Grit, No Country for Old Men) is 48
• Jesse Spencer (House) is 37
• Christina Ricci is 36
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1879: At New York City’s Madison Square Garden the first artificial ice rink in North America opened.
• 1892: Former President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was declared a national holiday in the United States.
• 1999: President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.
• 2013: North Korea confirmed it had successfully tested a nuclear device that could be weaponized.
• Paul Bunyan Day
• Peanut Butter & Jelly Day
• 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
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
• George Segal is 82. Peter Tork of The Monkees is 74. Stockard Channing is 72. Jerry Springer is 72. Peter Gabriel is 66. Neal McDonough is 50. Mena Suvari is 37.
• Get a Different Name Day; International Condom Day; World Whale Day; Tortellini Day; Italian Food Day
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14
• Florence Henderson is 82. Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 68. Meg Tilly is 56. Zach Galligan (Gremlins) is 52. Simon Pegg is 46. Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 44. Jake Lacy (The Office) is 30. Freddie Highmore is 24.
• Valentines Day; World Marriage Day; International Book Giving Day; Library Lovers Day; National Condom Day; National Women’s Heart Day; Singles Awareness Day/Singles Appreciation Day
4: The number of birthday gifts received by the average person.
Over 40 prison guards and officials in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking. [If you’re supposed to be living on the salary of a prison guard, maybe it’s not a good idea to drive a Ferrari to work.]
A memoir by Bruce Springsteen will be published in September. [I can’t wait for the audiobook version performed by Springsteen himself. I heard he does three encores.]
Officials in the UK have filed charges against the producers of the latest Star Wars film in connection with a piece of equipment on the movie set that broke the leg of Harrison Ford. [They’re being charged with negligence—and abuse of the elderly.]
A New Jersey woman has confessed to stealing money from Saturday Night Live alum Joe Piscopo. [I wonder if she’s also responsible for stealing his TV career.]
A survey finds that 71% of Americans believe that Alexander Hamilton was once president of the United States. [They also believe that Amelia Earhart was once our Secretary of Transportation.]
A woman at a department store in the UK fell over a railing and plummeted 60 feet before landing safely on a bed on display. [She was very fortunate that the bed was there. Usually, there’s a futon.]
Science has confirmed that there is indeed such a thing as gravitational waves. There’s finally solid proof of something in 2016 that Albert Einstein predicted way back in 1916. [I knew that I wasn’t the smartest person in the room, but it’s embarrassing when even dead people are smarter than you are.]
Federal authorities in Charleston seized $1.6 million of counterfeit Hoverboards from China. [Usually the feds destroy counterfeit goods, but in this case they only need to wait and let nature take its course.]
An American World War II veteran reunited with his Australian girlfriend after 72 years. [Well, you don’t ever want to rush into a relationship.]
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson, also known as Ochocinco, says that he used to collect his teammates urine to soak his aching muscles. [I think I’d rather have a concussion.]
WHO USES DATING APPS THE MOST _ Online dating is a total young adult thing. That’s the overall finding of a new report (Pew Research Center) on American adults and their online dating habits. The study found that 27 percent of people ages 18 to 24 have used online dating websites or mobile apps, which is 12 percent higher than the total number of people who swipe for love, and higher than the next demographic of 25- to 34-year-olds (22 percent).
… Not everyone enjoys the experience, though. About 16 percent of people who use online dating feel it’s only used when people are desperate, whereas almost 1 in 4 people who haven’t used online dating felt that way.
DAREDEVILS SCALE CHINESE SKYSCRAPER JUST FOR THE SELFIE _ The rooftopping team known as On The Roofs have again risked their lives to get the ultimate shot. The Russian group are well known for breaking onto the roofs of skyscrapers across the world, this time topping the Shun Hing Square in Shenzhen, China. In typical fashion, the team didn’t just stop at the the roof of the building, they climbed to the top of one of two spires located atop the tower, which tops off at 1,260 feet above the ground. Making the moment even more intense, the ladders which reach the top of the spires did not have safety cages, but On The Roofs didn’t really seem to care. VIDEO
MANY SEEK DIVORCE AROUND VALENTINE’S DAY _ A study shows while Valentine’s Day is a time for romance, it’s also when married couples seek divorce lawyers and information on calling it quits. Legal web site Avvo.com, which offers ratings and profiles for lawyers, says the number of Americans seeking divorce lawyers and divorce-related information skyrockets around Valentine’s Day.
CALL FOR BIOLOGISTS TO ‘STUDY EVIDENCE OF BABOONS ON MARS’ _ A UFO conspiracist has called on real scientists to investigate his bizarre claims of discovering evidence of life on Mars. He thinks NASA has photographed a “live monkey” on the Red Planet. The man, who spends hours viewing NASA images of the surface of Mars beamed back by the Curiosity Rover droid, has accused the U.S. space agency of “hiding the truth” by not flagging up the curious finds itself. His discoveries include objects which he claims resemble a bear, a mouse, a crab, a scorpion, fossils, a pyramid structure and even hieroglyphs and several faces carved into rock. But his latest claim is an object on Mars he claims can only be a baboon or monkey. IMAGE
MAN MISSING 30 YEARS SUDDENLY REMEMBERS OWN IDENTITY _ A southwestern Ontario man missing for 30 years has been found after he remembered his identity. Edgar Latulip was reported missing on September 2, 1986, after he left his residence in Kitchener, Ontario, without his medication. He was 21 at the time. Police now know he traveled about 120 miles southeast of his hometown. Shortly after arriving, he suffered a head injury, which caused him to have limited memory of his past and who he was. A recent “series of events” — which police declined to detail — led Latulip to remember details from his past. He eventually told his name to a social worker, who contacted police. Latulip’s identity was confirmed through a DNA test.
COP HELP WHEN HE SEES TEEN’S SHOES WRAPPED IN DUCT TAPE _ An Alabama police officer is earning huge praise for a modest gesture that demonstrates what being a hero is all about. Cpl. Sebastian Goldman, an 18-year veteran (in Hueytown) stopped by a local supermarket to pick up food for jail inmates. In the driving rain, a 19-year-old supermarket employee helped Goldman carry the bags of groceries to his car. Goldman glanced down and noticed that the teen’s badly worn shoes were held together with duct tape. When the officer asked it it was a fashion statement the teen said that his shoes had broken apart on the job, and he wound them in duct tape so he could keep wearing them until payday, when he had enough money to get new ones. As they parted ways, Goldman asked the teen his shoe size. Later, he stopped by a shoe outlet and picked up a new pair, then headed back to the supermarket, where he gave the surprised teen the shoes.
BOSTON PROGRAM ALLOWS SMOKERS TO VOTE WITH THEIR BUTTS _ The city of Boston is trying to rid the streets of unsightly cigarette butts by placing special receptacles in high traffic areas that will allow smokers to vote on a simple question. The butt receptacles have two disposal holes each. A question on one of the receptacles: “Which superpower would you want?” Smokers can deposit their butts in an opening for “Flight” or for “Invisibility.”
CAMPAIGN SIGNS GET NEW LIFE TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES _ There’s a second life for outdated campaign signs, like those no longer needed by Chris Christie or Carly Fiorina. For the past four years, University of New Hampshire professor Therese Willkomm has been seeking donations of discarded campaign signs for use in her occupational therapy classes, where students cut up the corrugated plastic to create assistive items ranging from tabletop iPad stands to a clip that can hold a sandwich for someone who can’t use his arms. Willkomm contacted the Democratic Party and the Republican Party and asked if they could donate discarded election signs. They are now up to over 78 items that can be made for people with disabilities using election sign materials.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SASKATCHEWAN NOT NAMED AFTER SASQUATCHES _ Saskatchewanians are eager to correct the record after an NBA announcer insisted Wednesday that their province is named for its abundance of sasquatches. The Fox Sports announcer made the comment while pointing out that Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles is the first person from the province to play in the NBA. The announcer said, “That region’s known for being home to a lot of sasquatches. That’s what it’s named after.” For the record, Saskatchewan comes from a Cree word for “swift flowing river.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 262 POUNDS OF PORK SNATCHED FROM BBQ RESTAURANT _ South Carolina (North Charleston) police are looking for a pork thief. A restaurant called The Barbeque Joint says 232 pounds of pork was stolen from behind the restaurant Tuesday morning. In addition to the pork butts stolen, 30 pounds of pork chops and two cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer were taken.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN PEES IN WALMART AS HE PUT TROUT IN PANTS _ A Clarksville, Tennessee, man was arrested after he urinated in Walmart while trying to put a package of trout in his trousers.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HIGHWAY SLOW RIDE _ Police in Germany had to resort to shutting down a highway to stop an elderly man driving down the wrong side of the road. The man was apparently so convinced he was in the correct lane that he continually blinked his lights at oncoming traffic. Even after bullhorns and lights from 10 police cars tried to alert the man, he kept on driving. Finally the 82-year-old set up a road block, forcing him to pull over.
NBA ALL-STAR 2016 CELEBRITY GAME (7p ET, ESPN) — Playing in Ontario, Canada, this will be the first NBA All-Star event to be held outside of the US. Celebrities appearing include Grammy Award-winning artist Drake, Tom Cavanaugh, Stephan James (Race); Drew and Jonathan Scott (HGTV’s Property Brothers); Kevin Hart, Jason Sudeikis; O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton); Anthony Anderson (ABC’s black-ish); Miles Brown (ABC’s black-ish); Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent); and Joel David Moore (ABC’s Forever).
SEASON PREMIERE: THE AMAZING RACE (8p ET, CBS) — This season will feature teams of social media stars.
BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN (8p ET, ABC) — This special is followed by A Charlie Brown Valentine.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH NICK CANNON (8p ET, NBC) — New
SLEEPY HOLLOW (8p ET, FOX) — New
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New
HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Chef Masaharu Morimoto guest stars as himself in this new episode.
GRIMM (9p ET, NBC) — New
SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — This new edition features a spa business for babies and a smart plate with food-recognition technology that could help dieters.
SECOND CHANCE (9p ET, FOX) — New
THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — New
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Jack McGee (The McCarthys) guest stars in this new episode.
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New
DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New
ON TELEVISION: WEEKEND
The NBA gears up for the All-Star game with this event featuring four different events showcasing the NBA’s best and brightest stars: Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. (8p ET, TNT)
Melissa McCarthy returns to host Saturday Night Live (11:30p ET, NBC). Kanye West is the performer
Kobe Bryant makes his 18th and final appearance in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. Bryant is joined by reigning MVP Stephen Curry on the Western Conference squad, while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade lead the East. (8p ET, TNT, TBS)
ABC celebrates The Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love (8p ET) Catch up with fan-favorite couples, and Chris Harrison officiates Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert’s wedding.
The Good Wife begins its final 9 episodes as Alicia returns to work at Lockhart, Agos and Lee with Lucca. (9p ET, CBS) Madame Secretary and CSI: Cyber also have new episodes tonight.
The Tonight Show’s Valentine’s Day Special celebrates the second anniversary of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and includes memorable moments, celebrity interviews, sketches and games. (9p ET, NBC)
The Series Premiere of Vinyl is on HBO (9p ET). Set in the volatile music industry in 1970s New York City, a record-label president desperately tries to save his company. Martin Scorsese directed the premiere, and producers include Mick Jagger, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter. The cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, and Ray Romano.
The Walking Dead is back with new episodes on AMC at 9p ET. The Talking Dead is also back (10p ET, AMC).
BBC America is celebrating Valentine ’s Day with Adele: Live in London (9:30p, ET)
Castle airs a new episode on a special night (10p ET, ABC).
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is FINALLY back with new episodes as a new season begins on HBO (11p ET).
FINAL BATMAN V SUPERMAN TRAILER _ The final trailer for Batman v Superman was shared Thursday. The movie comes to theaters March 25. VIDEO
DEADPOOL AFTER-CREDITS SCENE _ (NO SPOILERS) Deadpool has an after-credits scene that reveals a major spoiler about the future of the franchise and the X-Men universe, so moviegoers have a good incentive to stay in their seats until the very end. Early on it was revealed that Deadpool will indeed have an after-credits scene, but Screen Rant reports that there is actually a second, top-secret post-credits scene in Deadpool. The second scene was intentionally kept out of the movie that was shown to critics.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES RENEWED FOR SEASON 51 _ NBC has renewed enduring daytime soap Days of Our Lives for Season 51. The show has picked up 43 Daytime Emmy Awards, including 2015’s Outstanding Daytime Drama. It airs on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally.
BETTY WHITE REVIEWS DEADPOOL _ Betty White has seen Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, and she thinks it’s the best picture of the year. In a video she posted to her Twitter account White says, “I just saw the most anticipated movie of the year, Deadpool. It was glorious! Once in a generation, a movie comes along that your whole family will love, if your family is a (bleep) group of (bleep) inbreds.” VIDEO
… The 94-year-old actress also complimented Reynolds for being so (bleeping) handsome.
LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW FROM KEVIN SMITH AND GREG GRUNBERG _ AMC has ordered a late-night talk-show from Kevin Smith. Geeking Out will find the comic personality, joined by Greg Grunberg, offering up a 30-minute take on popular culture.
JOHN MAYER EMBRACES INNER TEEN BY JOINING SNAPCHAT _ John Mayer’s keeping up with the teens. The musician, age 38, proudly announced this week that he had finally joined Snapchat, under the username “JohnTheKangaroo.”
OK GO FILMED THEIR LATEST MUSIC VIDEO IN ZERO GRAVITY _ Alternative rock band OK Go proves once again to be music video maestros with their just released music video for their song Upside Down & Inside Out. The video was filmed in an airplane that “flies parabolic maneuvers to provide brief periods of weightlessness” — aka zero gravity. VIDEO
… The longest period of weightlessness that it is possible to achieve in these circumstances is about 27 seconds, and after each period of weightlessness, it takes about five minutes for the plane to recover and prepare for then next round. Because OK Go wanted the video to be a single, uninterrupted routine, they shot continuously over the course of 8 consecutive weightless periods, which took about 45 minutes, total.
BARRY MANILOW CANCELS TOUR DATES AFTER EMERGENCY SURGERY _ Barry Manilow’s publicist says the beloved entertainer was forced to cancel Thursday and Friday’s shows after suffering complications from emergency oral surgery.
PAULEY PERRETTE REVEALS ANOTHER SCARY ENCOUNTER WITH HOMELESS _ Pauley Perrette helps solve crimes on her hit CBS show NCIS, but she’s become the center of crimes in her personal life. The actress revealed this week that she has been attacked by another homeless man in Los Angeles. Perrette just made headlines a few months ago when she revealed that she was attacked by a homeless man who she found outside her Hollywood home. The man was charged with one count of felony battery after her allegedly grabbed and punched her. This time, Perrette reveals this incident took place when she was stopped on the busy streets of Hollywood.
… She shared on social media: “There was a pretty off homeless guy asking for money from drivers. I keep ones in my glove box for this very reason. I got his attention and I held up a dollar bill. I said God Bless You. He grabbed my wrist and put his whole head inside my car. He held my arm and then said, ‘What time is it?’ He was in my car and I was scared. I looked at my dashboard and first said, ‘I rebuke you satan in the name of Jesus Christ.’ Then said to him, ‘it’s 5:37.’” Thankfully, Pauley made it out it home safely. She told fans that the man let go of her wrist and that she didn’t have to use the Taser and tactical knife that she leaves in her car in case she gets herself into these situations. She added: “I am learning. I need to know both sides, be SMART and be safe and give. But all of them at once. Be smart and safe. I am learning.”
NEW IN THEATERS TODAY _ The buzz on Deadpool is high. Early Zoolander reviews are so-so. How To Be Single won’t crack the top five.
• Deadpool (R) – Ryan Reynolds
• Zoolander 2 (PG-13) – Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Ferrel, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane, Macaulay Culkin, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian
• How To Be Single (R) – Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans Jr.
… OPENING NEXT WEEK: Race, Risen and The Witch.
NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND _ Released today, February 9
- Crimson Peak
- Love the Coopers
- 99 Homes
- Touched by an Angel – The Complete Series
Newest on the PRO AUDIO page.
• DEADPOOL: Betty White loves Deadpool movie – 2 versions
• VALENTINE’S DAY: A nice, cheesy love song to open a topical break.
• 2016 CAMPAIGN: Cute kids say who they want to see as President.
• DROP: The end of the world will be February 14, 2016 – From Ghostbusters 2
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST KISS?
Since Valentine’s Day is here, I want to know: Do you remember your first kiss?
THE SCIENCE BEHIND KISSING
It’s estimated that 90 percent of the people in the world kiss. HowStuffWorks decided to dig into the origin of the kiss and why we do it.
• For Food: Some anthropologists think kissing might have originated with human mothers feeding their babies much the way birds do.
• As Instinct: Other researchers believe primates that kiss, like the Bonobo apes, prove the desire to kiss is instinctive. These apes actually kiss to relieve tension after disputes!
• To Find the Right Mate: Researchers have proven that women prefer men with immune system proteins that are different from their own. In theory, having a baby with someone with different immune proteins can lead to healthier offspring.
• To Achieve Euphoria: When you kiss, your brain responds by ordering your body to produce oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline. Along with natural endorphins, these chemicals produce the euphoria most people feel during a good kiss.
WE LOVE OUR DOGS MORE THAN WE LOVE OUR HUMANS
We all know dogs have certainly earned their reputation as man’s best friend, but are the feelings you and your mate have for Fido stronger than your love for each other? Rover.com, the Airbnb for pets, released a survey that revealed some surprising statistics that might just give your pets a swelled head.
• 34 percent of respondents said they’d rather share a smooch with their pet than with their human love interest!
• A staggering 61 percent of pet owners would end a relationship for their pet.
• Even in a challenging economy, 37 percent would pass up a job opportunity for their pet.
WHEN IT COMES TO SOCIAL MEDIA AND TRAVEL, LESS IS MORE
Do you like seeing the photos your friend post on social media while they’re on vacation? Do you like posting lots of pics when you’re at the ocean, theme park, or top of a mountain?
Ellen Creager of USA Today recently wrote a piece shunning people like those who love to show people just how much fun their lives are via social media.
“If your Instagram pals or Facebook friends are constantly posting photos from their trips and adventures, never thinking of anyone except themselves and their own fabulous life, stop following them. Just stop. And don’t you be a travel bore, either. Basically, when it comes to social media and travel, less is more. The more fantastic your trip, the less you should post.”
Although opinions vary on how much people should share on social media, Creager believes (based on several studies) that sharing your travel pictures will cause your followers to become more anxious and lead them to be envious: “Seeing photos of other people’s fantastic trips makes Facebook users so anxious and envious that it leads to a vicious cycle of jealousy and self-importance that causes users to post whatever they can to try to convince the world that their own lives are just as exciting.”
What are your social media vacation likes and dislikes? Like to see lots of pics? Like to share lots of pics?
NOTHING SAYS LOVIN’ LIKE THE OFFICE
What was once “the boy or girl next door” is now “the boy or girl in the next cubicle.” According to CareerBuilder.com, not only is office romance on the rise, but it’s no longer considered taboo.
• While about half of those surveyed say they have dated a co-worker only 34 percent feel compelled to keep their relationship a secret.
• And cupid’s arrow is not limited to co-workers. Twenty-one percent admit they have dated their boss. Nearly four in ten say they have dated someone with a higher position in their organization. About a fourth of men and 13 percent of women report that dating the boss has advanced their career in some way.
• One in ten workers say that their office romance caused them to leave their job.
WHAT BRINGS COUPLES TOGETHER AT WORK MOST OFTEN?
• Working on a project together (22 percent)
• Running into each other randomly outside work (11 percent)
• Happy hour (10 percent)
• Love at first sight (8 percent)
• At lunch (8 percent)
• Working late-night together (7 percent)
TRIVIA: There are 6 million of these in the U.S. Hint: They make cows happy. (Vegetarians)
TRIVIA: What group of Americans speak a dialect they call mudderschprooch? (The Amish. The language is Pennsylvanian dutch.)
The Westminster Kennel Club Show begins Monday.. Let’s test your dog knowledge:
What is the oldest American dog breed?
- Alaskan Malamute
- American Foxhound*
- Boston Terrier
What color are Dalmatians when they are born?
What breed of dog yodels instead of barking?
- Fox Terrier
- German Shepherd
What is the smallest breed of dog?
- Lhasa Apso
Two lucky pups survived the Titanic. Which breeds were they?
- Great Dane and Pomeranian
- Australian Terrier and Labradoodle
- Pekingese and Pomeranian*
Who was George Lucas’ inspiration for Chewbacca?
- His Alaskan Malamute*
- His Lhasa Apso
- His Pomeranian
This is day 46 of 2016. There are 320 days remaining.
• Jane Seymour is 65
• Cartoonist Matt Groening (The Simpsons) is 62
• Michael Easton is 49
• Amber Riley (Glee) is 30
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1903: Morris Michtom and his wife Rose introduced the first teddy bear in America.
• 1965: A new red-and-white maple leaf design was adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
• 1998: Dale Earnhardt won his first Daytona 500.
• 2005: YouTube was launched.
• 2009: Authorities in Colorado announced that a mysterious white powder that prompted evacuations at the Eagle County sheriff’s office the month before had been identified as instant pudding.
• Random Acts of Kindness Week
• International Flirting Week
• National Condom Week
• Presidents Day
• Clean Out Your Computer Day
• Chewing Gum Day
• Gum Drop Day
• Hippo Day
• February 15: Presidents Day
• March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins (move clocks forward)
• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins