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DATEBOOK: MAY 10, 2022

• Sports anchor Chris Berman is 67

• Former astronaut Ellen Ochoa is 64. She is credited with being the first Hispanic woman in space.

• Bono of U2 is 62

• Linda Evangelista is 57

• Erik Palladino (NCIS: Los Angeles, ER) is 54

• Todd Lowe (True Blood, Gilmore Girls) is 50

• Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live) is 44

• Lindsey Shaw (Pretty Little Liars) is 33

• Lauren Potter (Glee) is 32


• 1908: Mother’s Day was observed for the first time, in West Virginia.

• 1954: Bill Haley and the Comets released Rock Around the Clock, the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the charts.

• 1996: In Texas a Cochran County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot himself and a dispatcher while giving a firearm safety demonstration. Both were hospitalized with non-life-threatening leg wounds.

• 1999: Police in Rapids Parish, Louisiana, recognized a man wanted in Houston for aggravated assault when they saw him on Jerry Springer in a televised battle between the man and his sister.

• 2002: FBI agent Robert Hanssen was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.

• 2005: A hand grenade allegedly thrown by Vladimir Arutinian landed about 65 feet from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but malfunctioned and didn’t detonate.

• 2016: An Indian fertility clinic announced that a 70 year old woman had successfully given birth to a baby boy.

• 2014 The unidentified remains of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack were put to rest in a private depository next to the museum at the World Trade Center Memorial site.

• 2018: R. Kelly’s songs were removed from Spotify playlists after sexual abuse allegations.

• 2020: Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise above 4 million.


• Clean Up Your Room Day

• Shrimp Day

• Small Business Day

• Trust Your Intuition Day

• World Lupus Day


39: Percentage of pet owners who have used their pet’s name in a password.


A guy in New York City makes tens of thousands of dollars a year as a professional line-stander. Need tickets to an event, or a new gadget? He’ll stand in line for you. [Nothing says “rich American” like paying someone to stand for hours to buy you a ticket to an event where you get to sit for hours.]

A study found six or more friends can improve your health. [I feel like having a dog counts as 1½ friends.]

Researchers say reading to infants increases their brain’s ability to process language skills when they eventually head to school. [My parents never read to me and yet I did okay in the first grade — all three years.]

An anonymous person paid off the student debt for the 100 college grads at Wiley College in Texas. [Anonymous and smart — he or she chose one of the smallest colleges in the nation.]

A study found that less than half of American kids in 12th grade have a basic or proficient knowledge of American history. [The others thought history was what happened while they were in eleventh grade.]

A spokesperson for SpaceX says the company plans to put humans on the surface of Mars by 2029. [Followed by an NFL expansion team by 2032.]

According to a study, the best teen-age liars are usually the most popular kids in school. [Not only that, they stay popular right up until the moment they graduate from law school.]

In a survey of restaurant managers, three-quarters say going up to an all-you-can-eat buffet more than three times is not right. [So I guess pitching a tent over my table and laying out a sleeping bag is off limits?]


ANONYMOUS DONOR PAYS OFF STUDENT DEBT FOR ENTIRE GRADUATING CLASS _ It’s a sad but true fact that the celebration and sense of accomplishment that comes with graduating college also often means the looming realization that student loans and debt have not, in fact, magically gone away. But for the Wiley College Class of 2022, it looks like that’s exactly what happened when an anonymous donor cleared the balances of the graduating class.

… Wiley, which is a historically black college located in Marshall, Texas, hosted its 133rd Commencement Convocation over the weekend, where more than 100 students were set to walk the stage and earn their diplomas. Hermon J. Felton, president and CEO of Wiley College, told graduates in a surprise announcement during the ceremony: “If you have a balance, you had a balance. You no longer have a balance.” The students’ balances were cleared by an anonymous donor.

… Typical tuition, including room and board, costs $17,500 per student at Wiley.

THE RIGHT NUMBER OF FRIENDS TO HAVE _ A 2010 study conducted by psychology professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad showed that loneliness can be as bad for your physical health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. According to Holt-Lunstad, “Just like we have guidelines and recommendations for the amount of sleep we get and how physically active we are,” the friendships you have are “health relevant.” There’s no perfect answer to the question of how many friends is the right number of friends for improving your health, but six is a solid start, according to a 2016 study.

COLLEGE IS SHUTTING DOWN FOR GOOD FOLLOWING A RANSOMWARE ATTACK _ Lincoln College in Illinois says it will close this week in the wake of a ransomware attack that took months to resolve. While the impact of COVID-19 severely impacted activities such as recruitment and fundraising, the cyberattack seems to have been the tipping point for the college

… The college has informed the Illinois Department of Higher Education and Higher Learning Commission that it will permanently close as of May 13. It’s the first U.S. college or university to shut down in part because of a ransomware attack.

… Lincoln says it had “record-breaking student enrollment” in fall 2019. However, last December, Lincoln was hit by a cyberattack which “thwarted admissions activities and hindered access to all institutional data, creating an unclear picture of fall 2022 enrollment. All systems required for recruitment, retention and fundraising efforts were inoperable.” Lincoln’s systems were only fully restored in March of this year. The institution has been around for 157 years.

MAN SHEDS 87 POUNDS WHILE EXERCISING EVERY DAY FOR TACO BELL MENU ITEM _ About one year into the pandemic, Chris Sandberg decided it was time to get serious about losing weight — by turning his health journey into a TikTok challenge. In January 2021, Sandberg began exercising every day until Taco Bell brings back his favorite menu item, the Grilled Stuft Nacho. The 37-year-old has continued the challenge for more than 480 days —  shedding approximately 87 pounds in the process.

… Sandberg said he wanted his weight loss journey to be fun and to have a goal of something that he wanted. And for some reason, “the first thing that popped into my head was the Grilled Stuft Nacho, and I just ran with it.” On January 4, 2021, Sandberg posted his first video for the challenge. At the time, he weighed about 275 pounds.

… Taco Bell first introduced the Grilled Stuft Nacho in 2013 and was discontinued by 2015. While Dolly Parton recently encouraged Taco Bell to revive its Mexican Pizza — which it is — Sandberg is still waiting for the fast food company to bring back the Grilled Stuft Nacho.

ARTIST INSCRIBED 120K PENNIES WITH A PANDEMIC MESSAGE _ Months after the government sent out $1,200 stimulus checks early in the pandemic, conceptual artist Jill Magid distributed $1,200 in a unique way — she inscribed 120,000 pennies with a message and gave rolls of coins to hundreds of New York City bodegas. The message inscribed on the edge of the coins — “The body was already so fragile” — was taken from a quote in a New Yorker story about the pandemic’s effect on the American economy, in which an investment firm exec likened the 2008 crash to a heart attack and the pandemic-hit economy to an “infection all over the body.”

… Magid’s penny project, which she called “Tender,” started by finding someone who could inscribe the sides of the coins. Her project included a short film that showed pennies changing hands and juxtaposed footage of Brink’s trucks carrying pennies with scenes of mobile morgues and other images from New York’s lockdown.

… According to the U.S. Mint, a coin’s average time in circulation is 30 years, meaning pennies with Magid’s message will be turning up in people’s change for decades to come.

THE ROCK, A RECORD-SETTING WHITE DIAMOND, GOES UP FOR AUCTION _ The largest white diamond ever auctioned will go under the hammer this week, part of a sale by auction house Christie’s that features two stones weighing more than 200 carats each. “The Rock”, a 228.31 carat pear-shaped stone roughly the size of a golf ball, is expected to sell for up to $30 million. Mined in South Africa, “The Rock” was worn by its former owner as a necklace.

… Christie’s is also selling a 205.07 carat yellow, cushion-shaped stoned named “The Red Cross Diamond” since an unspecified portion of the auction proceeds will go to the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

TAKE PHOTOS, STAY FREE AT THIS HOTEL IN ICELAND _ Hotel Ranga, a lodge located on the southern coast of Iceland, is looking for a photographer who is willing to trade landscape photos of the region in exchange for round trip airfare to and room and board in the land of fire and ice. Last year, Hotel Ranga issued a similar call to photographers when it traded flight to and room and board in Iceland in exchange for photos of the Northern Lights. The promotion received 4,829 applicants from over 50 countries and the hotel was so overwhelmed with positive feedback that it ended up picking two photographers.

… This year, Hotel Ranga wants to showcase a different aspect of the island and instead of focusing on the Aurora Borealis in the fall, the hotel is looking for a photographer to point their lenses at the green highlands, countless waterfalls, black sand beaches, and the other incredible natural sights found on the island. The photographer would be asked to come during the summer, and thanks to the timing, they would be able to shoot the island any time of day thanks to the Midnight Sun.

… In exchange for snapping scenes and sights for Hotel Ranga, the photographer will receive free room and board and a flight to and from Iceland. The hotel values the trip at $10,000.

TAKE TIKTOK COLLEGE CLASSES _ It’s college graduation time, but it’s never too early to consider your class options for the fall. Perhaps you’d like to earn a living on TikTok? Then Duke University is the place for you. The full credit course at Duke University in North Carolina is officially called “Building Global Audiences,” although everyone on campus calls him “the TikTok class.” This course teaches university students how to optimize your presence on social media apps and cultivate your brand.

… During this semester, the students in class collectively gained 145,000 followers and garnered 80 million views for the videos they produced. Assignments involved using a current TikTok trend as inspiration for a video, then sharing the final product with classmates.

NASA BEGINS STUDYING MOON SAMPLES COLLECTED 50 YEARS AGO _ The next time you’re anxiously awaiting the results of lab tests from your doctor, be thankful they weren’t routed to NASA. The space agency is just now getting around to testing samples of the moon’s surface that were collected 50 years ago. The samples were retrieved by the crew of Apollo 17, the final human-occupied moon mission. According to, the sample was stored frozen.

… Part of the reason the surface collection is just now getting attention is because NASA plans on future lunar missions with accompanying sample retrieval under its Artemis program. As such, it wanted to better understand the best conditions for transporting and inspecting their space loot. The 1972 samples had to be kept in cold storage conditions -4° F.

… What could scientists find? Other lunar samples have contained amino acids and volatile organic compounds, which can provide clues to the organic history of the moon. Other samples were also stored unfrozen, allowing scientists to look for differences between the two storage methods.

DISCOUNTED INTERNET SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH LOW INCOMES _ Having a good internet connection is no longer a luxury — it’s a necessity for finding employment, filing taxes and, as we learned during the pandemic, going to school and to a virtual office. On Monday the Biden administration announced that 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service to people with low incomes.

… The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year included funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides $30 monthly subsidies on internet service for millions of lower-income households. With the new commitment from the internet providers, around 48 million households will be eligible for $30 monthly plans for 100 megabits per second, or higher speed, service — making internet service fully paid for with the government subsidy if they sign up with one of the providers participating in the program.

OUR WORST FEAR EVER _ Forget spiders, being buried alive, heights, being caught naked at work, or any other rational fear you can think of — our biggest fear is being separated from our phone. Yep, 66 percent of us are afraid of either losing or being separated from our phone.

… Women more than men are scared of losing their phones.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK DURING DRIVING TEST _ A German man failed his driving test after attempting the examination while over the legal alcohol limit. When the man arrived for the test, both his driving instructor and the examiner detected the smell of alcohol on him, though the 27-year-old assured them he had not been drinking. But his driving was so bad, the examiner directed him to the police station — without him noticing. Once they arrived at the police station he got out and took an alcohol test, which revealed he was over the limit.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JUDGE WHO OVERSEES DWI CASES ACCUSED OF DWI _ A Texas judge (Travis County) who regularly oversees driving while intoxicated cases was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly committing the crime he so often rules on.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FACING DUI CHARGES ARRIVED AT COURT DRUNK _ A Pennsylvania (Tyrone) man is facing charges after police said he drove himself to his court hearing for DUI charges while drunk. Officers said when Lawrence Williams entered the courtroom on Thursday he was visibly drunk, with “extremely red, bloodshot eyes.” Officers also said they could smell alcohol.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN STRIPS, URINATES ON FLOOR OF WALMART _ Georgia police arrested a woman they say stripped and urinated on the floor of a Fayetteville Walmart after going on a profanity-laced tirade through the store and hitting an employee. Police said 40-year-old April Barrow was searching for condoms when she started cursing at employees and throwing things at them. Witnesses then said she punched an employee. Employees escorted her from the building. Barrow was putting her clothes back on as police arrived.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FORMER SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY CRASHING WEDDINGS AND STEALING NEWLYWEDS’ GIFTS _ A former sheriff’s deputy in Arizona allegedly crashed a number of weddings and stole thousands of dollars worth of gifts from newly married couples. 54-year-old Landon Earl Rankin was arrested last week for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from couples on their wedding day. The Chandler, Arizona, police department says Rankin allegedly crashed eleven weddings. In one incident on April 15, Rankin attended a wedding reception, dressed up as a guest, and stole the wedding card box with around $3,000 to $5,000 inside. A similar incident occurred on April 30.



FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. (8p ET, PBS) – New. Comics Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman learn how their families enabled their success.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) – New. The Big Three makes a plan for Rebecca.

WHO DO YOU BELIEVE? (10p ET, ABC) – New. This episode focuses on actress Nichelle Nichols, who is caught between her son and her new manager in a vicious and public battle for conservatorship.

NEVER SEEN AGAIN (Paramount+) – Each episode of this docu-series examines a single missing persons case, and tries to determine if that person profiled was a victim of foul play. The episodes will include interviews with the loved ones who were left behind. Episode one features co-producer Tyler Perry, who looks into the disappearance of a 27-year-old Black man from Florida in 2004.


TEASER FOR AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER _ The first trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water hit the internet Monday. The Avatar sequel is directed by James Cameron, based on his 2009 blockbuster hit, and he now takes us underwater. Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure. • VIDEO

… The trailer is light on plot but it hints at one of the Sully family’s kids raised as a Na’vi but looking human. Avatar: The Way of Water opens in theaters December 16. The original Avatar will be re-released on September 23.

… The third Avatar film is coming to theaters in December, 2024. The fourth film comes in December, 2026. Film five will be released in December, 2028.

DOLLY PARTON TO STAR IN A MUSICAL ABOUT TACO BELL’S MEXICAN PIZZA _ Dolly Parton is starring in a TikTok musical about Taco Bell’s Mexican pizza that will premiere later this month. The country music icon shared the news about her leading role in “Mexican Pizza: The Musical” on social media on Monday.

… The satirical musical is “based on the true story of the Internet losing its mind” after the fast-food chain removed the product from its menu in late 2020, according to the screenplay shared on Parton’s Instagram post. It is inspired by TikTok star Victor Kunda’s viral video in March parodying what a dress rehearsal of the musical would look like.

… Parton, who has been vocal about her love of Taco Bell, is also a fan of the Mexican Pizza. In January, she said in an interview that she thinks it should be brought back to menus. Taco Bell’s musical is written by Hannah Friedman with music by Grammy award-winning songwriting duo Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear. Taco Bell’s musical will be released at 8PM ET on May 26, a week after Mexican pizza returns to its menu.

RAY ROMANO GETS NEW ROLE TO SHOWCASE HIS DRAMATIC CHOPS _ Ray Romano has been someone everybody loves and will get to become someone everyone cries for when he takes the role of acclaimed basketball coach and broadcaster Jimmy Valvano in a new film. Romano will be starring in and producing the piece about the man who led North Carolina State to the 1983 NCAA Championship. They won a last-second victory over the Houston Cougars, who had NBA legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler on their roster. From there, Valvano later received a cancer diagnosis, gave an iconic speech at the 1993 ESPY awards in which he told the crowd to “never give up,” and the V Foundation was launched after his death.

… Since he died in 1993, the group has raised over $300 million and is one of the top cancer research charities in the United States. Valvano’s family is involved in the film project, which does not have a title or release date at this time.

KEVIN HART STARS IN BEYOND MEAT COMMERCIAL _ Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has gone meatless. The funnyman stars in a new ad for Beyond Meat call “Take Your BBQ Beyond”. • VIDEO

NETFLIX IS A JOKE COMEDY SPECIALS ANNOUNCED _ Fresh off the first-ever Netflix is a Joke comedy festival, the streamer confirmed which performances will be available to view in the coming weeks, including tributes to late comedians such as Bob Saget and Robin Williams and the yet-to-be-announced date for Gabriel Iglesias’s groundbreaking set at Dodger Stadium.

… Some of the Netflix specials coming out of the Netflix is a Joke festival:

• May 19 – The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up — John Mulaney honors Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle honors Richard Pryor, Chelsea Handler honors Joan Rivers and Jon Stewart honors George Carlin.

• June 10 – A Tribute to Bob Saget — a celebration of Bob’s life in comedy with his friends and family.

• June 13 – Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends — a multi-comic special hosted and curated by Davidson.

• June 14 – Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live — Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda introduce an all-female lineup of comedians.

• June 23 – Best of the Festival — highlights from throughout the 11-day event.

LATE SHOW ON HIATUS  AFTER COLBERT EXPERIENCES COVID SYMPTOMS AGAIN _ The Late Show is going dark this week after host Stephen Colbert appears to be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 again. According to the show’s Twitter: “Out of an abundance of caution for his staff, guests, and audience, [Stephen] will be isolating for a few additional days. The Late Show will not be taping new episodes until further notice.”

… The late night host tested positive for COVID-19 last month, prompting CBS to air repeats of the show for a week. The show returned with new episodes on May 2.

BRUCE WILLIS IN ONE OF HIS FINAL ROLES BEFORE RETIREMENT _ After a diagnosis of Aphasia, acting legend Bruce Willis recently announced his coming retirement. His film Corrective Measures will be one of his last, along with several that are in post-production. A trailer for Corrective Measures has just been released.

… As described by Entertainment Weekly, Corrective Measures is based on the graphic novel by the same name and is about a prison full of supervillains. Willis plays Julius Loeb (a.k.a. The Lobe), the biggest bad guy on site who is bent on protecting his wealth. • VIDEO

DRESS THAT JUDY GARLAND WORE IN WIZARD OF OZ COULD GET $1.5 MILLION _ The auction of a dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz is scheduled to be held on May 24 in Los Angeles. It is one of the blue and white dresses that Garland used during the filming in 1939. The piece was found last year inside a shoe box in one of the buildings of the drama department of the Catholic University of Los Angeles, while an employee was sweeping the place.

… It is estimated that it could sell for as much as $1.5 million.

HILARIA BALDWIN AND ALEC BALDWIN REVEAL THE SEX OF BABY NO. 7 _ The Baldwins are ready to welcome their next family member. On Monday, Hilaria Baldwin and husband Alec confirmed that they are expecting a baby girl later this year.
… Hilaria and Alec are parents to Carmen, 8, Rafael, 6, Leonardo, 5, Romeo, 3, Eduardo, 19 months, and Maria Lucia, 14 months, who they welcomed via surrogate. Alec is also dad to daughter Ireland Baldwin, 26, who he shares with his ex, Kim Basinger.




🤣 Share an awkward moment when you start laughing and couldn’t stop.

→ Three real callers to help your phones light up.


Ms. Pac-Man was inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, along with Dance Dance Revolution, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Sid Meier’s Civilization.

👾 What’s your favorite classic video game? Three real callers to help your phones light up.

→ May 9 Entertainment


• I actually agree with everything I just heard in the last two minutes.

• Isn’t that fun? You could do this all day


🍗 The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is this week (May 11-14) in Memphis and a Memphis TV station is reminding people flying into the city that you can’t carry on your secret sauce! It’s also a reminder for those who buy sauces and spices and flying home with them.


🛒 Whose job is it to pub the divider on the conveyor between two customers’ groceries? Here’s a  supermarket checkout scanner beep sound you can loop.

→ May 6 News & Nuggets


🐊 A Florida couple found an 8-foot alligator in their garage consuming Diet Coke.

→ May 5 Wacky-But-True



• If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. — Robin Jones Gunn

• The reward for good work is more work. — Tom Sachs

• Judge me for how good my good ideas are and not how bad my bad ideas are. — Ben Affleck


I (you) spotted a message on NextDoor that I thought was interesting:

My wife cooked chicken in her new air fryer and our upstairs air quality monitor went crazy, showing a PM 2.5 level of 91 (in a red zone that starts at 25.) Doing a web search shows that it has been known since last year that these things are hazardous to use in an unventilated area. Ours has been exiled to the garage. IMAGE

… The post included a link to a study out of Taiwan which said “without ventilation, air frying a sausage caused overall PM2.5 pollution to spike up to 1,525 times higher than normal. The research also revealed that even when using a range hood, air frying caused pollution levels 13.15 times higher than those produced by pan-frying a sausage…” • LINK

🗣 TOPIC: Air fryers are very popular — anyone ventilating them?


🗣 TOPIC: What’s something normal that you can’t do?

On social media, people said:

• Raise my right eyebrow without raising the left one as well.

• Say Vegas properly. It sounds normal in my head but not to everyone else. I think it sounds like Los Faggas or vlagas or something.

• Whistle.

• Eat breakfast. I feel like I’m going to throw up if I even think about eating in the morning.

• Swim. Yes, I’ve had lessons. Still can’t swim.

• I don’t know how to ride a bike.

• Snap with my fingers.

• Take selfies.


Kevin Kelly is a writer, author, photographer, and conservationist. He recently turned 70 and shared 103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known.

• About 99% of the time, the right time is right now.

• Don’t ever work for someone you don’t want to become.

• Don’t keep making the same mistakes; try to make new mistakes.

• Anything you say before the word “but” does not count.

• Whenever there is an argument between two sides, find the third side.

• It is the duty of a student to get everything out of a teacher, and the duty of a teacher to get everything out of a student.

• The biggest lie we tell ourselves is “I don’t need to write this down because I will remember it.”

• Speak confidently as if you are right, but listen carefully as if you are wrong.

• Half the skill of being educated is learning what you can ignore.

• What you do on your bad days matters more than what you do on your good days.

• Buy used books. They have the same words as the new ones. Also, libraries.

• You can be whatever you want, so be the person who ends meetings early.

• If you loan someone $20 and you never see them again because they are avoiding paying you back, that makes it worth $20.

• Copying others is a good way to start. Copying yourself is a disappointing way to end.


🗣 TOPIC: Guys, what are some unwritten rules we have?

• Whenever your friend is making something on the grill you have to stand next to him and talk about how amazing this food is gonna be.

• If a bathroom has 5 urinals, it only has 3 urinals.

• Beer and pizza or barbecue is acceptable payment for helping another man work on his house or vehicle.

• You can have a beer. But not if it’s the last one.

• Don’t roast a man in front of their kid.

• When you’re tying down a strap you must say “That’s not going anywhere” or you will lose everything on the trailer.

• Never touch another man’s fries.

• You can have the last slice of pizza; you can have the last beer. But you can not have both.


TRIVIA: There are about 1,000 of these in the U.S. each year. (Births of triplets)

TRIVIA: In its lifetime, an alligator goes through as many as 3,000 what? (Teeth)

TRIVIA: It’s estimated that 25 percent of all paperclips made are never used for clipping paper together and end up where? (The trash)


I’ll give you a clue. The answer will be two words. Each of the two words will begin with the letter ‘W’:

• A city in Washington state. (Walla Walla)

• Your dreams come true if you drop a coin into this. (Wishing well)

• Toddlers wear these in the pool. (Water wings)

• In the movies, this guy had his own chocolate factory. (Willie Wonka)

• If you want to lose a few pounds, you might join this group. (Weight Watchers)


• Light takes one-tenth of a second to travel from New York to London.

• The squirrel is the most common mammal in the United States. (LIE. It’s the mouse.)

• There are 40,000 muscles and tendons in an elephant’s trunk.


• After a break during the pandemic, the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner returned. This year’s host was which late night talk show host? (Trevor Noah)

• This celebrity recently apologized for “making light” of Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard and the trial.

• Netflix announced that Iron Chef, which has been dormant for a few years, will return with new episodes. The series was originally seen on what network? (Food Network)

• The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it 2022 class and among them will be what beloved non-rock singer? (Dolly Parton)

• While performing on stage in Los Angeles, which comedian was attacked? (Dave Chappelle)

• HBO Max has delivered a trailer for the House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones spinoff series. Who the author of the Game of Thrones books? (George R.R. Martin)

• Netflix has announced there will be seasons five and six of Drive to Survive, the reality show about what sport? (Formula 1)


Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: DOCTORS REMOVES TWO ______ FROM MAN’S INTESTINES!

A) Plants
B) Earrings
C) Pens

Surgeons in China removed two objects that were stuck in a man’s intestines for 36 years. And yes, alcohol was the cause. The patient was informed that he had two pens in his small intestines during a routine physical exam. He was not surprised. The man told doctors he had purposefully swallowed the two pens on a bet while drinking with friends.