Friday, May 17, 2019
137th day of the year.
There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year
Today is Endangered Species Day, NASCAR Day, National Bike to Work Day, National Cherry Cobbler Day, National Pack Rat Day, National Pizza Party Day, National Walnut Day and National Pinot Grigio Day
There are 30 days remaining until Father’s Day
There are 48 days remaining until Independence Day
DOING CROSSWORDS AND NUMBER PUZZLES REGULARLY LINKED TO SHARPER BRAIN IN LATER LIFE
- Watch those “Friends” reruns on Netflix while you can. AT&T owns the licensing rites to that show, as well as “the Office” and “E.R.” among others, and are planning to launch their own channel later this year. So, they’ll be disappearing from Netflix.
Robert Pattinson is in the lead to be the new Batman. He may replace Ben Affleck in “The Batman.” The film is expected to start filming in 2020.
- UPDATE: Philadelphia Phillies fans know all too well that Bryce Harper is experiencing a huge slump after signing that $330 million contract. Lately, he’s been batting .147 with two home runs.
- About 30 percent of people in the U.S. have two jobs.
Chris Rock is going to star in the reboot of ”Saw”. The comedian is also going to write the reboot’s script.
the Queen of England is looking to hire a social media manager.
Will Smith and Queen Latifah are producing a hip-hop version of ”Romeo and Juliet”. Netflix will stream the film. The movie will follow a young server from Brooklyn and a singer from a wealthy family.
NHL PLAYOFFS: Results from Conference Finals game yesterday (May 16th):
- Boston Bruins 4, Carolina Hurricanes 0 — Boston sweeps series 4 games to 0 to make Stanley Cup Final.
NBA: WARRIORS’ DURANT TO MISS GAMES 3 AND 4
– TMZ says former pro wrestler Ric Flair was rushed to a hospital yesterday in Atlanta after suffering a medical emergency. Flair’s wife, Wendy, released a statement to TMZ that reads, “Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recovery”
144th Preakness Stakes THIS SATURDAY
– The Courier says Matt Damon and Christian Bale will serve as this year’s Indy 500 starters
– Vulture magazine says David Letterman will interview Kanye West, Ellen DeGeneres, Tiffany Haddish and others during the second season of his Netflix series, ”My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”. The second season will premiere on Friday, May 31st.
– KicksOnFire claims Nike is planning to release a new Air Jordan golf shoe that is covered in denim. The Air Jordan 11 Low Golf will be released next month and will cost $220.
500,000 Game of Thrones fans have signed a change.org petition to have Season 8 remade because they are unhappy with it.
Ed Sheeran says he is comfortable with the fact that he is not “cool.” AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT MAKES HIM COOL!!
Cop Sings “Baby Shark” For Little Girl … a police officer in Virginia recently made a little girl’s day when he sang “Baby Shark” over his police car’s loudspeaker. The little girl danced as he sang
THIS IS CLEVER MARKETING
Taco Bell Hotel: People magazine claims Taco Bell is opening a resort in Palm Springs, California this summer. The company is taking over another resort and renaming it The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort. It will be open for a limited time
Taco Bell released a statement saying, “Everything from guest rooms to breakfast and poolside cocktails will be infused with a Taco Bell twist. There will also be Taco Bell-branded robes, hot sauce packet pool floats, and an on-site gift shop filled with exclusive taco apparel. Truly committed guests can even book an appointment at the salon, which will offer “Taco Bell-inspired nail art, fades and a braid bar.
Woman Gets Keg Party For Finding Brewery’s Stolen Van: WCNC claims someone recently stole a van from the Unknown Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina. The brewery posted a picture of their missing van on Facebook before offering a keg party to the person, who found it. A woman, named Caroline, spotted the stolen van on her street just 42 minutes after seeing the brewery’s post. Caroline is now getting a keg party
Russians Hack ”The Voice”: The Russians have been accused of not only interfering with the 2016 Presidential election, but also the results of the Russian version of ”The Voice.” The NY Post says Eleven year-old Mikella Abramova won the Russian television show ”The Voice Kids” by earning 56.5% of the votes. The show hired a cybersecurity firm to investigate the results. Russian hackers used a bot to send 30,000 votes to Mikella’s phone number. No other contestant received more than 3,000 votes. Mikella has been disqualified. The show is going to hold another series finale to crown a new winner. Mikella’s father is a Russian millionaire
Fugitive Gets Busted After Using Facebook: AFP News claims the Canadian police are crediting Facebook with helping them catch one of the country’s most wanted men. Jessie Dean Kowalchuk was wanted for violating his probation. He sent a Facebook message to the producers at CFJC-TV after they posted his picture on their website. Jesse wrote, “News flash morons I’m in Edmonton and not coming back.” The police were notified before they rushed to Edmonton and busted Jesse. He is now being brought back to Kamloops to face charges.
New Notre Dame Cathedral May Have A Pool: The Daily Mail claims architects are submitting plans and bids to repair the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It was recently gutted by a fire.
One architect firm wants to build a large cross-shaped pool on the roof of the 850-year-old cathedral so the public can swim there.
Woman Wins $1.3 Million From Mother’s Day Lotto Ticket: The NY Daily News says Autryville, North Carolina resident Vielka Roman recently won $1.3 million from a lottery ticket that her sister gave her for Mother’s Day.
Neris Roman says she bought the one-dollar ticket on a whim. “Carolina Cash 5 is her favorite game. So I bought her the lucky ticket as a Mother’s Day present … She has always been there for me. And when she won she said to me, ‘if I win, then you also win.'”
Vielka plans to use her winnings to pay off her house and car
Joe Jonas tells New York magazine that there were many awkward moments with girls during the group’s Disney days. “There were the moments when I’d walk into my hotel room only to find a girl I didn’t know standing there. For the record, we didn’t have the traditional rock-and-roll experience. We were kids working with Disney, so finding a girl in our hotel room didn’t feel like an open invitation. This isn’t 1986, and I’m not in a hair-metal band. It felt like a problem we had to solve without it getting us into trouble. There was this time in South America where a hotel staff member snuck his kid into my room. I don’t know what they were hoping would happen, but security showed her out.”
JONAS BROTHERS ANNOUNCE THROWBACK MERCH COLLECTION – (05/17/2019)
The Jonas Brothers took to Twitter on Thursday to announce their throwback collection is “officially live,” including a short video that shows off the new items and the caption “Happy #TBT.”
“The throwback collection is officially live on http://jonasbrothers.com!” the post reads.
Available until May 23rd, the throwback collection features two t-shirts and a neon-yellow hoodie, all sporting the JoBros’ early logo and photos. There’s also a pillow with an early pic of the guys, as well as a pink compact mirror.
Each item comes with a digital download of the group’s new album Happiness Begins, which will be delivered on its release date, June 7th. It’s the trio’s first new album of original material since 2009.
Kelly Ripa ripped The Bachelorette and The Bachelor yesterday when it was announced that current Bachelorette Hannah B is going to be visiting her show this week. She said, “I couldn’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. We are too special to be arguing over a guy. It was a gross, gross show.”
** UPDATE **
Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss Tweeted, “Easy, Kelly Ripa. The Bachelor franchise pays your salary.”
** UPDATE #2**
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo Tweeted, ”Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage…. #bachelorsoooowhite”
Waiter Serves $5,700 Bottle Of Wine By Accident: The NY Post claims a server at a fancy British steakhouse accidentally served a customer a $5,700 bottle of red wine. The customer asked for a $330 bottle before his server mistakenly allowed him to down the more expensive bottle.
The restaurant Tweeted, “To the customer who accidentally got given a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001, which is $5,700 on our menu, last night — hope you enjoyed your evening! To the member of staff who accidentally gave it away, chin up! One-off mistakes happen and we love you anyway.”
FEEL-GOOD STORIES OF THE DAY
BOY FOUND AFTER THREE-DAY SEARCH: A 22-month-old Kentucky boy was found after he disappeared for three days. Kenneth Howard was found in “remarkably good condition” just 1,700 feet from his home. Prestonburg Fire Department Chief Michael Brown said they were able to find Howard using an expert tracker when searchers heard the boy crying. (UPI)
WAY TO GO: GREAT VID…GONNA CRY…
WHEELCHAIR-BOUND PRESCHOOLER WALKS ACROSS GRADUATION STAGE: A five-year-old with spina bifida walked across the stage of his preschool graduation. Blake Mompher’s family hoped he would be able to walk by the start of school, but surgery set the preschooler back. As he worked with his therapist in the weeks leading up to graduation, his Mom “realized he could do it!” On May 11th, Blake walked across the stage of Crosswood UMC Preschool to raucous applause.
WELDER ACCIDENTALLY TRAPS HIS HEAD IN RAILINGS WHILE ATTACHING NEW METAL BAR – (05/17/2019)
You’d think a professional wouldn’t make silly mistakes– but it happens. A video has surfaced that shows a welder accidentally trapping his head between railings while attaching a new metal bar. The short clip shows him poking his head under the top bar, not realizing he’ll get trapped. Luckily a saw is within his reach and he is able to cut himself free. It’s unknown where the video was taken
RESTAURANT WILL GIVE FREE MEALS TO GUESTS THAT BRING THEIR OWN TABLE – (05/17/2019)
Restaurants typically include all the essentials for eating, like tables and chairs and cutlery. But a pop-up restaurant that’s going to open in London, Trattoria Birra Moretti, is running a promotion. Any guest or group of guests that bring their own table will be able to eat for free. Guests without tables in tow will also be served, but they’ll have to make a charitable donation. Those who haul in a table themselves will be rewarded with a free six-course meal prepared by an acclaimed Italian chef, while those who don’t bring a table will have to donate $13 to the Campaign Against Loneliness. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time.
Today’s Mindbender: ”33% of women won’t do this if they are running late in the morning. What is it?”
First Clue: morning ritual
Extra Clue: nothing to do with coffee
Final Clue: appearance
Answer: shave their legs