DATEBOOK: MARCH 30, 2022
• TV personality Peter Marshall (The Hollywood Squares) is 96
• John Astin (The Addams Family, Freaky Friday) is 92
• Warren Beatty (Bonnie & Clyde, Heaven Can Wait) is 85
• Eric Clapton is 77
• Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter films) is 72
• Paul Reiser (Mad About You, My Two Dads) is 66
• MC Hammer is 60
• Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210) is 58
• TV personality Piers Morgan is 57
• Donna D’Errico (Baywatch) is 54
• Celine Dion is 54
• Mark Consuelos (Riverdale, All My Children) is 51
• Norah Jones is 43
• Fiona Gubelmann (The Good Doctor) is 42
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1842: Anesthesia was used for the first time in an operation.
• 1858: Hymen Lipman patented a pencil with an attached eraser.
• 1867: Alaska was purchased for $7.2 million, about 2 cents/acre by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The news media call this “Seward’s Folly”.
• 1964: The TV game show Jeopardy! premiered on NBC.
• 1981: President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
• 1993: In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.
• 2002: The Queen Mother Elizabeth of England died at age 101.
• 2007: Hoping to encourage a couple of pandas to mate, authorities at a zoo in northern Thailand began showing Chuang Chuang and his partner, Lin Hui, videos of other pandas mating. The press called it “panda porn”.
• 2014: Frozen became the highest-earning animated movie in history.
• 2017: SpaceX conducted the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.
• 2020: The International Olympic Committee announced the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
• Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day
• Manatee Appreciation Day
• National Doctors Day
• Virtual Vacation Day
• Pencil Day
• Take a Walk in the Park Day
• Turkey Neck Soup Day
• World Bipolar Day
125: Women who fought in the Civil War. They weren’t supposed to and so they dressed as men.
A White House spokesperson says President Biden has no official comment on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock. [However, the president is willing to show support for Chris by sending him anti-tank weapons.]
A White House spokesperson says President Biden didn’t watch the Oscars. [So he really is just like the rest of us.]
A survey found that more people than expected experience notable skin reactions from their tattoos. [That’s strange. You wouldn’t think that piercing your flesh with an electric needle and permanently staining yourself with a foreign liquid wouldn’t be so problematic.]
March is almost over. [Which means it’s time to take down the Christmas tree.]
Scientists now say that up to one half of all cancers are preventable. [That’s easy for them to say but you try giving up cigars for breakfast.]
Some research says pickles can help fight cavities. [And I thought they were only meant to decorate the side of my plate after picking them off my burger.]
A study found that the bread-winning spouse is the one most likely to cheat. [That’s because that’s the one who can actually afford that private second smartphone.]
A study found that 10 minutes of vigorous exercise can boost your metabolic rate for a good hour. [That means that if I jog to Taco Bell, I won’t have to feel guilty about eating a Beefy Fritos Burrito.]
WHITE HOUSE SAYS BIDEN DIDN’T SEE THE SLAP, HAS NO OFFICIAL COMMENT _ Filling in for a pair of colleagues sidelined with COVID-19, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield had to field a question about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock in the face during Tuesday’s press briefing. A reporter with Today News Africa asked whether the White House condemned Smith physically striking Rock. Beingfield replied, “So, I don’t have any official comment from the White House on the altercation.” She added that President Joe Biden did not watch the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
ROBOBURGER IS A HAMBURGER VENDING MACHINE _ If a startup company from New Jersey has its way, the next Ronald McDonald will be a robot. Recently a company called RoboBurger installed an autonomous burger machine in Jersey City’s Newport Centre Mall. Over on its website, RoboBurger describes its vending machine as the “biggest innovation in hot food vending since the invention of the microwave.”
… Inside of a frame that occupies about 12 square feet, the RoboBurger features everything it needs to make a complete burger in approximately six minutes. And while there may not be any humans involved, the machine uses the same five-step cooking process employed by many quick-service restaurants. An automated griddle grills the patty at the same time the machine toasts the bun. When you order your burger, you can decide whether you want ketchup, mustard and cheese on it. There’s even a built-in cleaning system that is up to the standards of the National Sanitary Foundation. Oh, and you can pay for your burger with both Apple Pay and Google Pay.
… RoboBurger claims it only uses the best ingredients possible. The patty is made from grass-fed Angus beef that isn’t subjected to antibiotics.
A DYING STAR IS BLOWING SMOKE RINGS _ Astronomers have caught a red giant star going through its final death stages in unprecedented detail, revealing an unusual feature. The star, known as V Hydrae, ejected six distinct rings of material. The specific reason of these mysterious “smoke rings” formed is not yet understood.
… Red giants are one of the final stages of stellar evolution. Once a star’s core stops converting hydrogen into helium via nuclear fusion, gravity begins to compress the star, raising its internal temperature. This process ignites a shell of hydrogen burning around an inert core. Eventually, the compression and heating in the core cause the star to expand significantly, reaching diameters between 62 million and 620 million miles. The surface temperatures are relatively cool by stellar standards: a mere 4,000 to 5,800 degrees F. So these stars take on an orange-red appearance, hence the red giant moniker.
UKRAINE MAYOR SURVIVES ROCKET ATTACK BECAUSE HE OVERSLEPT _ A mayor in Ukraine was saved from being in a building destroyed by a Russian missile strike because he overslept. An administration building in Mykolaiv, a city in the south of the country near the Black Sea, was partly destroyed in the attack, leaving a large gaping hole in its center. Several people are feared dead. Not among them was exhausted Head of Administration Vitaliy Kim, who had overslept and missed possibly a tragic fate.
TEN YEARS AGO CANADA TOOK A BOLD STEP WITH THE PENNY _ Ten years ago this week (March 29, 2012) the Canadian federal government announced in its budget that it would withdraw the penny from circulation in the fall of 2012. The budget announcement eliminating the penny cited the cost of producing it at 1.6 cents.
… The final penny was minted on the morning of May 4, 2012 and was later entrusted to the Bank of Canada Museum in Ottawa. On February 4, 2013, the Canadian Mint began melting down the estimated 35 billion pennies that were in circulation.
FLAMINGO THAT ESCAPED KANSAS ZOO IN 2005 SPOTTED IN TEXAS _ One of two flamingos that escaped from a Kansas zoo during a storm 17 years ago has been spotted on the coast of Texas. The Coastal Fisheries division of Texas Parks and Wildlife confirmed Tuesday that the African flamingo — known as No. 492 because of the number on its leg band — was captured on video shot March 10 by an environmental activist. Officials were able to make out the bird’s leg band on the video.
… The bird and another flamingo escaped from the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita on a stormy night in June 2005. Employees had not yet clipped the birds’ wings to prevent them from flying, which facilitated their escape.
… While the other flamingo was never seen again, No. 492 has been spotted several times in Wisconsin, Louisiana and Texas, sometimes with other wild flamingos. Officials said it had been a year or two since the bird was last seen in Texas.
… Zoo officials have never made plans to recapture No. 492, despite the sightings, saying there is no easy way to do so without disturbing other wildlife.
NFL OWNERS APPROVE OVERTIME RULES CHANGE FOR THE POSTSEASON _ According to ESPN, NFL owners have approved a rule proposal to change the overtime rules in the playoffs, by allowing both teams to have a possession. However, the current overtime rules will stay the same for the regular season, which are the team who gets the ball first can win on the first possession if they score.
… Most fans wanted the rule change, especially after the incredible AFC Divisional game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs won the coin toss in overtime and scored a touchdown on the first possession to win the game 42-36.
AT 5PM MEN HIT THE DOOR BEFORE WOMEN _ As the clock hits 5PM, men hit the door and women stay behind. A study found more women than men are working beyond an 8 hour workday, 54 percent to 41 percent. Not only that, women take their work to the beach. 67 percent of women say they work while on vacation vs. 60 percent of men. Either way, it means too many of us are taking our work to the beach.
61% OF ADULTS USE THE SNOOZE _ 61 percent of adults who wake up with an alarm said they use the snooze button. 17 percent of snooze users hit the snooze only once, 15 percent hit it twice, and 14 percent hit it three times.
… One in 20 hit it four times, 3.8 percent did so five times, and roughly 3 percent hit it six or more times.
DON’T USE THESE WORDS ON YOUR RESUME _ A CareerBuilder survey found hiring managers and human resources don’t want to see these on your resume: Best of breed; Go-getter; Think outside of the box; Synergy; Go-to person; Thought leadership; Results-driven; Team player; Hard worker; Strategic thinker; Dynamic; Self-motivated; Detail-oriented; Track record.
HOW DID APRIL FOOLS’ DAY GET ITS START? _ How did April Fools’ Day get its start? With the reform of the calendar under Charles 9, New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. Due to the slowness of communication back then and general resistance to change, the January 1 date was not fully accepted for several years. Those traditionalists who clung to April 1 as New Year’s Day were scoffed at as “fools” and sent fake party invitations and prank gifts.
OBVIOUS: NEW PARENTS LOSE A LOT OF SLEEP _ A study found that about a third of new parents lose the equivalent of two months of sleep during their baby’s first year. And one in five parents said they lose more than three hours a night, almost three full nights a week.
MANY WOMEN ARE NOT COMFORTABLE IN THE NUDE _ A study revealed that a surprising number of women are not comfortable in the nude — even in front of their own husbands. According to the study, one out of three women just say “no” to their birthday suit if their partner is in the room. 79 percent of women admitted to reservations about showering or changing in front of other women in a locker room.
… And men? Being naked isn’t as big a deal. According to the survey, guys are strutting around naked almost twice as much as their female counterparts in any given day.
MOST PREFER LOVEMAKING IN THE DARK _ A survey found 64 percent of you prefer lovemaking in the dark.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: ORDERING A MARTINI WILL DEFINITELY IMPRESS YOUR DATE _ Will a bad choice at the bar sink your budding romance? Three in ten Americans say they’ve ended a date early because of what their date ordered to drink. The survey finds the first drink on a date makes a lasting first impression. Sixty percent of men in the poll agree a bad drink order would be a “deal-breaker” for them. Just 32 percent of women said the same.
… Want to win someone over right away? Take a page out of James Bond’s playbook. Three in five said a martini will make the ultimate good impression. The other drinks that leave potential partners impressed include gin and tonics (46%) and Manhattans (45%). Forty-two percent would look favorably on a date who orders a Cosmopolitan or a Whiskey Sour.
… On the other hand, the drink most likely to make a bad first impression is a Long Island Iced Tea, with 22 percent saying that’s a dating deal-breaker.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOWN SUES 82-YEAR-OLD OVER PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS _ A town in New Jersey is suing one of its own senior citizens, accusing her of filing too many requests for public records. Irvington Township accuses 82-year-old Elouise McDaniel of harassment and defamation, and a big reason is that she filed 75 requests for information about Mayor Tony Vauss and his administration over three years.
… In the lawsuit, the town says McDaniel has filed her requests “with the sole purpose and intent to harass, abuse and harm Plaintiffs and employees of the Township, including its Mayor. It adds that trying to fill the “voluminous OPRA (Open Public Records Act) requests has been unduly burdensome, time consuming, and expensive.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF LOSES CREDIT CARD, GETS ARRESTED _ In Germany guy tried to pull off a heist just like he had seen it done on TV. He stuck his credit card in the door of a home and tried to use it to jimmy the lock. Unfortunately, in real life, those credit cards aren’t that tough and his broke off inside the door. And the part that fell inside the house was the part with his name and account number on it.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLARS PAUSE TO MAKE LOVE _ In Argentina burglars broke into a house and made off with some cash — but not before making love in the victim’s bed. To make matter’s worse, a housesitter who’d be hired to keep an eye on the home while the owner was away slept through the entire burglary… and the other thing.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PEEPING TOM HAS TO BEE SEEN _ A peeping Tom in Poland who pleaded guilty to voyeurism was ordered to wear a fluorescent jacket when he went out at night.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HAS BEEN LIVING IN AIRPORT TO GET AWAY FROM HIS FAMILY _ A Chinese man has been living in the Beijing Capital International Airport for 14 years to get away from his nagging family. After losing his job in his early 40s, the man became so depressed that he spent his days drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. His family didn’t like that one bit and told him that he had to give up his two biggest pleasures in life if he wanted to continue living in the family home. He couldn’t do that, so he simply moved into Beijing Airport.
… The man says that he could always go back home, but he just doesn’t want to. In fact, he has been taken to his home by police and security several times over the years, but he always comes back. The airport’s modern amenities and facilities provide him with everything he needs, and he’s able to do the things he enjoys without being nagged by his strict family.
SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) – New. One castaway paints a target on their back when attempting to pit the tribe members against one another.
THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) – New. Five celebrities perform, kicking off round one of the battles.
THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) – New.
BEYOND THE EDGE (9p ET, CBS) – New.
DOMINO MASTERS (9p ET, FOX) – New. Four new teams of domino enthusiasts must create topples with movie themes.
KUNG FU (9p ET, CW) – New.
GOOD SAM (10p ET, CBS) – New. A devastating storm leads to an overflow of patients and limited resources.
SERIES PREMIERE: MOON KNIGHT (Disney+) – Oscar Isaac stars in this new Marvel series as Moon Knight, one of the identities of Marc Spector. Spector has dissociative identity disorder and has been losing control of his body. Among his other personas is a sweet British museum gift-shop worker, who becomes aware of the other identities and struggles to regain some stability. Ethan Hawke also stars.
🔈 JIM CARREY SICKENED BY THE SLAP AND STANDING OVATION FOR WILL SMITH _ Jim Carrey has weighed in on the Oscar slap heard ‘round the world. While on CBS Mornings, host Gayle King asked him about what happened at the Oscars. Carrey said, “I was sickened [by the slap]. I was sickened by the standing ovation. I felt like Hollywood is spineless…”
… When Gayle brought up that Rock isn’t going to press charges, Carrey said, “He doesn’t want the hassle. I would have announced … that I was suing Will for $200 million because that video is going to be there forever … You do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words.”
… When Gayle tried to suggest that the situation had escalated to The Slap, Carrey shot back, correctly saying there had been no escalation.
MICHAEL CHE CALLS WILL SMITH SLAP ‘CHILDISH’ AND ‘WRONG’ _ Add comedian Michael Che to the list of people who agree that Will Smith’s reaction to Chris Rock’s Oscars joke was wrong. He said on social media: “… I’m frankly disappointed that the academy would just let Will Smith physically attack a man, onstage, just because he didn’t like a joke! And then after that childish overreaction, they hand this guy a trophy?! And then they all gave him a standing ovation?! I mean, as a viewer it literally felt like I was watching the academy and all of Hollywood reward this guy for being dramatic. And that’s wrong.”
ZOË KRAVITZ SHADES WILL SMITH’S OSCARS SLAP _ Zoë Kravitz shaded Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock. The actress took to social media on Tuesday to share a photo of herself posing on the red carpet with the caption: “Here’s a picture of my dress at the show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now.”
IN VIDEO, JADA PINKETT SMITH SAID SHE DOESN’T ‘GIVE TWO CRAPS WHAT PEOPLE FEEL’ ABOUT HER BALD HEAD _ In a TikTok posted on Wednesday before the 2022 Oscars, Jada Pinkett Smith said she doesn’t “give two craps what people feel about this bald head of mine.” In the TikTok Pinkett Smith shared that she’s had hair regrets throughout her career, especially at magazine cover shoots where people often wanted her hair to be worn straight. At the end of the video she says, “I don’t give two craps what people feel about this bald head of mine, ’cause guess what? I love it.”
OSCAR VIEWERSHIP SPIKED FOLLOWING WILL SMITH’S SLAP _ In the 15 minutes following Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars, viewership rose by 511,000 viewers. While the Oscars’ audience dipped from there, it spiked again during Smith’s best actor win and acceptance speech, this time by 614,000 viewers.
… The most-watched portion of the ceremony came before The Slap, when CODA star Troy Kotsur won best supporting actor.
JADA PINKETT SMITH CALLS FOR HEALING _ Two days after her husband assaulted Chris Rock at the Oscars, Jada Pinkett Smith wrote on social media: “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”
… Meanwhile, Will Smith’s mother, Carolyn Smith, told a Philadelphia TV station she’s never seen her son “go off” like he did Sunday: “He is a very even, people person. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen him go off. First time in his lifetime…I’ve never seen him do that.”
CHRIS ROCK IS NOT WILL SMITH’S FIRST AWARDS SHOW SLAP _ Will Smith has slapped before. Video from 2012 shows Smith backhanding Ukrainian jokester Vitalii Sediuk, who was posing as a reporter, in the face while doing interviews for his movie in Moscow. Seduik — whose wild altercations with celebrities have seen him arrested or served with restraining orders — overstepped the mark when he bizarrely reached out to kiss Smith on both cheeks, claiming that was a traditional Ukrainian greeting.
… Smith is seen in the video shoving Sediuk away and demanding, “What the hell is your your problem, man?” before giving him a swift backhanded slap in the face.
THE VIDEO OF WILL SMITH SLAPPING CHRIS ROCK IS RECORDS ON YOUTUBE _ Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the Oscars, and ever since, YouTube viewers can’t stop slapping the play button.
In the days following Oscar Sunday, videos related to The Slap have dominated YouTube’s trending tab. The channel sitting atop that feed is the official home of The Guardian, which hit the jackpot by uploading footage of the incident. That clip has proven so popular that the British newspaper has broken several viewership records set last year by YouTuber MrBeast.
… Last November, MrBeast got 42.6 million views in a single day after he debuted his recreation of the hit Netflix series Squid Game. At the time, the only videos to get more YouTube views in a 24-hour period were either music videos, movie trailers, or past editions of YouTube Rewind.
… Not anymore. Though ABC was quick to hit the dump button once Smith and Rock started cursing at each other, some international feeds remained uncensored. The Guardian provided that unedited perspective on its channel, and YouTube viewers ate it up. And so the Guardian video rolled up more than 48 million views in just 16 hours — more than enough for it to smash MrBeast’s one-day mark, and it will probably beat the Squid Game recreation to 100 million views, too. MrBeast needed about four days to cross that threshold.
… To check the current view count here’s the video (uncensored version).
BIG CONSEQUENCES’ COMING FOR WILL SMITH AFTER OSCARS SLAP _ Oscar winner Will Smith will face consequences for slapping comedian Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars on Sunday — despite his apologies. The View’s Whoopi Goldberg said Tuesday she accepts Smith’s apology, but as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors, Smith, won’t be getting off so easily.
… She shared: “Let me say this: There are consequences. There are big consequences because nobody is OK with what happened. Nobody, nobody, nobody.” Goldberg said that producers wanted to get through the show and “deal with it wholeheartedly” afterward, and she supported the decision of first-time Oscars producer Will Packer not to remove Smith from the venue.
JOAQUIN PHOENIX’S JOKER 2 RECEIVES SCRIPT UPDATE _ If you can’t wait for a sequel to Joaquin Phoenix’s The Joker, rumor has it the script is currently being worked on and filming could start as soon as early 2023; however, that plan could be stalled at least for the moment if a new report is to be believed. According to a source the Joker 2 script has hit a bit of a snag, and work on the project has slowed. It is unclear what the holdup is, but writer-director Todd Phillips has not yet turned in a draft of the script.
‘THE FLASH’ ARRESTED AT KARAOKE BAR _ Ezra Miller, the actor known for portraying The Flash in the DC Extended Universe films and Credence Barebone in the Harry Potter spinoff franchise Fantastic Beasts, is facing disorderly conduct and harassment charges following an arrest in Hawaii. The 29-year-old reportedly acted erratically at a karaoke bar in Honolulu just before midnight Sunday. Miller became “agitated” as patrons began singing karaoke and at one point grabbed a microphone from a woman who was in the middle of a song.
… Miller later lunged at a male patron who was playing darts, according to police, who also alleged that Miller was “yelling obscenities.” Police added: “The bar owner asked Miller to calm down several times to no avail.”
IT PREQUEL SERIES COULD BE HEADING TO HBO MAX _ The director who helmed two successful It movie adaptations may be returning to the world of one of Stephen King’s most famous novels with a prequel series at HBO Max. Andy Muschietti is reportedly set to executive produce the series.
… The project is currently titled “Welcome To Derry,” and will be set in the 1960s.
THE TRAILER FOR THE FINAL CHAPTER OF OZARK IS HERE _ The final chapter of Ozark is almost here, and we have a trailer to go along with it. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Garner are back for Season Four – Part Two, which is set to air on Netflix on April 29. The trailer shows Ruth, ready to get her revenge after her loss, while Wendy and Marty are fighting for their lives. The first half of season four was released on January 21. • VIDEO
FOO FIGHTERS CANCEL ALL SHOWS _ Following the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, the band has canceled all tour dates on their upcoming “LIVE IN THE USA” tour. Tickets will be refunded automatically to the original method of payment.
VARIETY CLAIMS KIM KARDASHIAN LIED _ Kim Kardashian has issued an apology for her controversial advice for women in business that elicited a slew of backlash on social media. However, journalists who reportedly worked on the video claim her apology is inaccurate. Earlier this month, Kardashian made headlines after telling women to “get your [bleeping] a** up and work,” during an interview with Variety. The lackluster advice immediately sparked criticism, including many former employees, who worked for Kardashian, coming forward and exposing the unfair working conditions.
… In a sit-down interview on Good Morning America, Kardashian claimed that the statement was “a sound bite really with no context. And that sound bite came off the notion and the question right before which was, ‘After 20 years of being in the business, you’re famous for being famous.’ My whole tone and attitude changed with the previous question that went into that question about what advice would you give to women.”
… But, nope. A Variety spokesperson tweeted that the question about “famous for being famous” came after the publication’s writer asked her what business advice she’d give. In other words, she couldn’t have been agitated with the “famous for being famous” remark as she answered the business question because the “famous for being famous” remark came later.
KIM KARDASHIAN DROPS $400,000 ON CUSTOM MAYBACH MINIVAN _ Kim Kardashian’s latest vehicle in her car collection is something many on-the-go parents can relate to… sort of. Kim spent $400,000 customizing a Maybach minivan for her and her four children.
… The custom ride features a variety of luxury features, including multi-color roof lighting, folding tables, seat heaters and coolers, and reclining captain’s chairs. The minivan also comes with leather seats featuring diamond stitching as well as TV screens in front of all the seats.
… It appears Kim may was inspired by her estranged husband Kanye West, who also spent $400,000 on a minivan.
ALEC AND HILARIA BALDWIN ARE EXPECTING BABY 7 _ Hilaria Baldwin and husband Alec Baldwin are expecting baby number 7. The couple are parents to six kids born since 2013: two daughters and four sons. Alec has an adult daughter, model Ireland Baldwin, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.
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Jim says he was sickened by The Slap and by the standing ovation Will Smith received during the ceremony. He also puts a stop to Gayle King claiming The Slap happened after “it escalated.”
What do you want to be buried with?
You might start by sharing that a friend wants to be buried with his concert T-shirts, or whatever. Share what you want to be buried with, then open the phones.
→ Two real callers
BEAR FINDS PORCH
A bear found its way into a New Hampshire couple’s enclosed porch.
→ March 29 Wacky-But-True
THE MOST ANNOYING SOUND EVER
Alarms come in many forms; from the gentle ping of a text message notification to the wake-up wail of a bedside clock, these sounds are a part of our lives. That’s why an alarm that could actually save your life needs to be so attention-grabbing — and intensely annoying. Carryl Baldwin, a human factors psychologist at Virginia’s George Mason University, designed the most annoying sound possible to warn drivers of head-on collisions.
→ From the InterPrep archive.
APRIL FOOLS JOKES THAT WON’T GET YOU FIRED
⭐ Exclusive for InterPrep PRO members: More than 20 fun, easy-to-implement April Fools jokes that won’t get you fired. • LINK
WHAT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD EAT FOR BREAKFAST
🗣 TOPIC: What would people be surprised you regularly eat for breakfast?
• Brazil: Tapioca cheese puffs
• El Salvador: Corn cakes filled with beans and cheese
• Guyana: Fried bread dough with salted fish
• Venezuela: Cheese-filled corn pancakes
• Turkey: Flatbread, cheese, olives, tomatoes, etc.
• Egypt: Stewed fava beans
• Iran: Wheat mixed with meat
• Tunisia: Spicy chickpea soup
• Japan: Rice, fish, soup, and pickled vegetables
• Malaysia: Rice with eggs, peanuts, and anchovies
• Maldives: Tuna salad
• Myanmar: Catfish noodle soup
• Philippines: Garlic-fried rice with eggs and meat
BEFORE MAKING A RATIONAL DECISION, HALT
Try the HALT System to ask yourself whether or not you’re in any condition to make a rational decision. The method boils down to taking stock of a few basic needs and asking yourself whether you’re:
• Hungry — “Hanger” is real. Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and cranky (take, for example, a study which found that judges ruled more harshly right before lunch). So before you scald someone with a boiling hot latte, grab a cheese stick.
• Angry — If you’re actually experiencing non-food related anger, research shows that “venting” has “virtually no benefits” and can actually increase negative feelings.
• Lonely — Humans are social by nature, and turns out, the warmth of your laptop isn’t a replacement for human touch. If you find yourself spiraling, phone-a-friend, or take a break to grab coffee with a coworker.
• Tired — Fun fact: Going through life in a state of perpetual exhaustion isn’t sustainable. Having good sleep hygiene a nightly bedtime routine is just as important as brushing your teeth.
TAKE A NAP!
• Leonardo da Vinci took multiple naps a day and slept less at night.
• The French Emperor Napoleon was not shy about taking naps. He indulged daily.
• Though Thomas Edison was embarrassed about his napping habit, he also practiced his ritual daily.
• Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, used to boost her energy by napping before speaking engagements.
• Gene Autry, “The Singing Cowboy,” routinely took naps in his dressing room between performances.
• President John F. Kennedy ate his lunch in bed and then settled in for a nap — every day.
• Oil industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller napped every afternoon in his office.
• Winston Churchill’s afternoon nap was a non-negotiable. He believed it helped him get twice as much done each day.
• President Lyndon B. Johnson took a nap every afternoon at 3:30 PM in order to break his day up into “two shifts.”
• Though criticized for it, President Ronald Reagan took naps as well.
APRIL FOOLS’ DAY AT THE OFFICE
Shared by employees, here is CareerBuilder’s list of the most memorable office April Fools’ Day pranks.
• Sent a letter signed by the president of the company that informed employees they would have to take potty breaks in alphabetical order.
• Decreased the size of boss’s lab coat. Joke continued after April 1 with boss perplexed by his coats getting tighter each week while he was dieting so diligently.
• Brought in jelly donuts filled with ketchup.
• Had someone with a “questionable” profession call the office and ask for directions.
• Someone placed a very large and official-looking “For Sale” sign in front of the building.
TRIVIA: According to recent data, 30 percent of married American women can claim what? (They make more than their husbands)
TRIVIA: Each year fire departments in the U.S. respond to an estimated average of 2,120 fires involving what? (Grills)
FIND THE FAKE TOWN
• Ding Dong, Texas
• Canned Ham, Kentucky*
• French Lick, Indiana
• Cranky Corner, Louisiana
WHICH ONE DOESN’T FIT?
Which doesn’t fit and why?
• Yangtze (yahng-zih)
* It’s not a river
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: THIEF LEAVES TRAIL OF ______ TO HIS LOCATION!
A) Taco sauce packets
C) Roasted almonds
In England a guy liked ladies underwear. Really, really liked ladies underwear. He broke into a residences and stole several unmentionables, stuffing them into his pants as he headed for the door. Unfortunately for him police had been called to a report of a prowler and they were nearby when the man jumped on his bicycle and tried to flee. The cops had no problem tracking him down — they just followed a trail of underwear that fell from his pants.