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|Today's Trivia: This actor is best known for his starring role as
a police captain in a 1980s television drama -- a role for which he won a
couple of Emmys. Who is he?
New Seattle closer Fernando Rodney gave up a run and two hits in his debut with the Mariners but Jesus Montero (really?) had two singles and an RBI to help the Ms beat a Chicago White Sox split-squad 7-4 yesterday. The Mariners take on the Cincinnati Reds today.
Today is Read Aloud Day. It’s National Frozen Food Day. Today is Michalangelo's Birthday. Today is Discover What Your Name Means Day. Today is Get Grandma to Write Down Her Meatloaf Recipe Day. If you don't, you'll always be sorry.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. He envisioned it as a device that could make it possible to communicate with deaf people. In 1897, the world's first corn flakes were served to Dr. John Kellogg's patients at a Battle Creek, Michigan, mental hospital. In 1973, a new group, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, performed at Max’s Kansas City club in New York City. Columbia talent scout John Hammond was in the audience. In 1994, the US Supreme Court ruled that parodies poking fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" and do not require permission from the copyright holder. In 2007, a British movie theater allowed a man to propose to his girlfriend with a three-minute home film inserted among the trailers before the main feature. Tina Kilford of Weymouth, England, was sitting there with two friends and a tub of ice cream, watching the trailers, when she suddenly saw Tom Lane on the screen, holding a card saying, "Hi Tina!" As a finale, Lane appeared, kneeling by Kilford's seat with a ring. The audience cheered when she yelled "Yes!"
Birthdays: TV weather guy Willard Scott is 80; from The J. Geils Band, singer Peter Wolf is 68; Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, actor Bryan Cranston is 58; singer Taylor Dayne is 52; comedian Wanda Sykes is 50; and actress Jenna Fischer is 40.
Some business notes today. Albertsons and Safeway, two of the largest grocery store chains in the US are merging. The move creates a network of 2,400 stores, 27 distribution facilities and 20 manufacturing plants with more than 250,000 employees. The companies say no stores will close because of the merger, which is expected to be finalized later this year. The combined company will still be slightly smaller than Kroger, the largest grocery retailer in the US, which has 2,600 stores. Albertsons is acquiring all Safeway shares. Meanwhile, Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits. The nation's largest office-supply company said yesterday that nearly half of its sales are now generated online, and it is working aggressively to cut costs and become more efficient. It aims to close more than 10 percent of its North American stores by the end of next year, up to 225 stores, as part of a plan to save about $500 million. Two days ago, RadioShack, which is fighting to update its image, announced plans to close up to 1,100 stores, about a fifth of its US locations, after its losses widened during a dismal holiday season.
In theaters this weekend: 300: Rise of an Empire (R), and Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG).
Christened the Jeopardy Villain by show purists, 30-year-old Arthur Chu used his unconventional but effective tactics to take a ninth-straight victory last Friday. The insurance compliance worker and voice-over actor has caused a stir with his game-theory tactics -- not to mention his prolific tweets as each episode airs. "There were two choices -- retreat behind a rock and wait for the trolling to blow over, or consciously engage the trolls and own my image as a nerdy, rumpled 'Jeopardy! jerk,'" Chu told "Jeopardy!" legend Ken Jennings. "The latter has turned out to be a lot of fun." Chu is back on Jeopardy! Monday night.
Conan O'Brien is set to serve up buckets of golden popcorn. O'Brien announced on his TBS talk show that he's hosting this year's MTV Movie Awards. The annual movie celebration that honors winners with popcorn-shaped trophies is scheduled for April 13th at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. It marks the first time O'Brien has hosted the MTV Movie Awards. He previously hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2002 and 2006. Past hosts of the MTV Movie Awards have included Jimmy Fallon, Russell Brand, and Rebel Wilson.
Isaiah Washington, who parted ways with Grey's Anatomy after making homophobic remarks about co-star T.R. Knight, is coming back to the series. Washington is reprising his role as Dr. Preston Burke for an episode in May, which is also serving as Sandra Oh's final episode on the ABC medical drama.
Two hundred thousand people applied to participate in a project called Mars One. It's a private enterprise to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars and film a reality show along the way. The thing is, right now the technology can only get them there. Now there's an 11 minute video where we get too meet the future Martians. Mars One Way documents the thoughts and theories of five hopeful Mars One astronauts as they contemplate the reality of leaving planet Earth forever, for a new home on Mars.
Florida deputies say Keith Lukas called sheriff's dispatchers too many times over the course of a year-and-a-half, each time harassing and belittling them. This week Lukas was convicted of making "repeated harassing phone calls." Over 19 months Lukas called sheriff's dispatchers nearly 3,000 times, using vulgar language and belittling the dispatchers.
Also in Florida -- specifically in Fort Pierce -- a man was arrested for misuse of the city's emergency services phone system after he called 911 to complain to police that, despite it being his birthday, his neighbors wouldn't drink with him.
Trivia Answer: Daniel J. Travanti -- who turns 74 today. Travanti earned five nominations and two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Hill Street Station Captain Frank Furillo. Although the organization maintains a policy of anonymity among its members, Travanti publicly acknowledged his past as a chronic alcoholic who found sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous, calling the affliction a "disease of loneliness and secrecy." In 1981, he made such a confession to Rona Barrett in an interview on NBC and even recited, from memory, all of the organization's Twelve Steps on camera. Capt. Furillo, his best-known character, was also a recovering alcoholic.
|Today's Trivia: He came to national prominence as mayor of
Washington, DC. His celebrity transformed into international notoriety in
January of 1990, when he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and was
arrested by FBI officials on drug charges. The arrest and subsequent trial
precluded him seeking re-election, and he served six months in a federal
prison. After his release, however, he was elected to the DC city council
in 1992 and ultimately returned to the mayor's office in 1994. Who is he?
Forecast models suggest we'll dry out tonight and remain dry tomorrow. A new storm will push through during Saturday afternoon into Sunday but it looks like a fairly routine event. After the weekend, a much more calmer weather pattern is in the offing.
James Paxton allowed two hits in three scoreless innings and Nick Franklin drove in two runs yesterday but it wasn’t enough as the Seattle Mariners' fell to the Cleveland Indians, 8-5. Seattle started position players who all could be on its opening-day roster. Robinson Cano singled and scored, and Kyle Seager doubled and scored. Today the Ms meet up with the Chicago White Sox.
For the first time in team history, the Seahawks rank first in NFL merchandising sales, with fans reportedly buying Seattle gear more than that of any other team. Russell Wilson has the NFL’s top-selling jersey, the league told The Seattle Times this week. Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman are also in the top 10 for jersey sales.
Birthdays: From The Supremes, singer Mary Wilson is 70; Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour is 68; actor and director Rob Reiner is 67; her most famous song is a duet with Elton John called “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, singer Kiki Dee is 67; Roseanne Barr’s ex-, actor Tom Arnold is 55; actor and comedian DL. Hughley is 51; and former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal 42.
Today is Headache Relief Day, marking the patenting of aspirin on this date in 1899. On the same day, the Bayer Company trademarked the name aspirin for the medicine developed by German chemist Friedrich Hoffman. Aspirin is also known as acetylsalicylic acid. Today is National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
Calendar notes: On this date in 1955, a new comedienne made her San Francisco debut at the Purple Onion club. Phyllis Diller was 37 years old. In 1960, the US announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam. In 1981, after 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time. In 1982, the most points scored by two teams in the National Basketball Association made history. San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the mark. In 1992, the last episode of The Cosby Show aired after eight seasons. In 1997, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site: royal.gov.uk.
Target Corp.'s executive ranks have suffered their first casualty since hackers stole credit card numbers and other personal data of millions of the retailer's shoppers last year. The nation's second largest discounter told The Associated Press that Beth Jacob, who has overseen everything from Target's web site to its internal computer systems as chief information officer since 2008, has resigned. The company said it will search for an interim CIO. The departure comes as Target works to overhaul some of its divisions that handle security and technology following the massive data breach. Target said the resignation was Jacob's idea, but some analysts speculate that the executive has faced intense scrutiny as the company has tried to restore its reputation among investors and shoppers.
A 95-year-old WWII veteran just wanted to cheer on the runners who were passing by his house in San Jose, California. But to his surprise, they were more interested in cheering for him - with many of the runners veering off-course to shake his hand and thank him for his service. The runners were competing in an 8K to benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation.
So if a bar over-serves an obviously-drunk customer, and that customer goes out and gets in a car wreck, there are laws in which the bar could be liable for damages. So, what about casinos? Mark Johnston visited a Vegas casino during Super Bowl weekend, got drunk, and lost $500,000. He's now suing the casino for letting him bet while drunk.
Trivia Answer: Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. -- Marion Berry -- who turns 78 today. He's currently serving as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, representing DC's Ward 8. He served as the second elected mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. In addition to his current term, he also served two other tenures on the D.C. Council, as an At-Large member from 1975–79, and as Ward 8 representative from 1992–95. In the 1960s he was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, serving as the first president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Despite his history of political and legal controversies, Barry remains a figure of enormous popularity and influence on the local political scene of Washington DC The alternative weekly Washington City Paper nicknamed him Mayor-for-Life, a designation that remained long after Barry left the mayor's office. The Washington Post has stated that "To understand the District of Columbia, one must understand Marion Barry."
|Today's Trivia: He's a professional basketball player, rapper,
actor, reserve police officer, and a US Deputy Marshal. Oh, and he stands
7 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 325 pounds. Who is he?
Felix Hernandez gave up two hits and struck out one over two scoreless innings in his first spring-training start as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 yesterday. The Ms match up with Cleveland in Peoria today at 12:05.
Borthdays: Actor Dean Stockwell is 78; football player turned actor Fred Williamson is 76; singer Eddy Grant is 66; Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark is 62; Roz on Night Court, actress and comedian Marsha Warfield is 60; the Penn half of Penn & Teller, comedian and magician Penn Jillette is 59; Charlie and Craig Reid -- twins that are The Proclaimers -- are 52; and model Niki Taylor is 38.
Today is National Cheese Doodle Day. Today is Act Goofy Day, a day to do silly things just for the fun of it. Today is Fun Facts about Names Day, Today is Temperance Day. On March 5th of 1623, America's first temperance law was passed. In a proclamation signed by Governor Sir Francis Wyatt and thirty-two members of the Virginia colonial legislature, Virginia prohibited public intoxication under penalty of a fine. Virginia was later joined by other colonies in taking measures to prohibit the use of alcohol.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the Oreo cookie was born at the National Biscuit Company in New York. Since then, we have eaten more thatn 62 billion of them -- enough to stack and reach the moon and back at least five times. In1977, Jimmy Carter became the first president to host a radio talk show when he took questions from 42 listeners in 26 states on Ask President Carter. Walter Cronkite co-hosted the program. In 1982, John Belushi died of a drug overdose at age 33. In 2005, Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone stock just before the price plummeted. She served a five-month prison sentence.
Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner tweeted he has been reinstated by the NFL following his suspension in December for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. Browner announced the news via his Twitter feed yesterday afternoon. Browner was suspended indefinitely without pay by the league on December 18th. The reinstatement will make Browner a free agent as his contract with the Seahawks ended after this season. In his statement, Browner said he realizes playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. He adds, "I am grateful that Commissioner Goodell and my agent were able to resolve this issue in a positive, productive manner so I can continue my career, provide for my family, and help my team win a Super Bowl."
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll yesterday said "maybe we have a chance" to bring back defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Sidney Rice after the Seahawks cut them Friday. Maybe we have a chance to get them back. Maybe we don't," Carroll said, according to The Seattle Times. "We'll have to wait and see." Bryant, who had been with the Hawks since they drafted him in 2008, reportedly was set to earn $4.5 million plus a $3 million bonus on his 2014 contract. Rice, who was Carroll and GM John Schneider's first big free-agent signee in 2011 and was injured for much of 2013, was due to earn $8.5 million in base salary. By releasing them, the Seahawks cleared up cap room to go after defensive end Michael Bennett, who is now on the open market after one impressive year with Seattle. The 28-year-old led the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks with 8.5 sacks and is now one of the more sought-after free agents. Like Bennett, Bryant, and Rice are now free to sign with any team once free agency begins Saturday. It's possible that they could re-sign with the Seahawks if they are unable to find a better offer on the open market.
Right after prospect Adam Muema left the NFL Combine because, as he said, God told him the Seahawks would draft him if he left, the San Diego State running back went missing. Many people close to him, including his high school football coach, were worried for his safety. As it turns out, Muema spent three days alone in the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., international airport. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Muema was still wearing his NFL-issued combine gear when a friend finally picked him up. Muema's friend, Corey Nelson, says "He said he was at the airport for three days straight. He was telling me when I picked him up that God told him to stay at the airport and don't do anything. Just stay there. That's what he did for three days straight. On the fourth day, he told me he couldn't do it anymore. He decided to call me." Nelson added that Muema seemed "focused, cheerful and very wise" when he picked Muema up on Thursday.
A tire company in Finland has built a concept winter tire that has studs that can be deployed by the push of a button. The body of the stud remains in place while the moving part is the hard metal pin in the middle of the stud.
An asteroid is headed this way -- and it will zoom past Earth closer than the Moon. The newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 DX110, will hurtle between the moon and Earth tonight, passing an estimated 217,000 miles from Earth. That's approximately nine-tenths of the distance between the moon and Earth.
In Flint, Michigan, someone decided to pay for pizza with two counterfeit $20 bills. After the delivery driver returned to his store the manager called police. When cops showed up to the guy who ordered the pizza they hit the jackpot. They not only arrested the man who paid for the pie, but three other people with outstanding warrants.
Trivia Answer: Shaquille O'Neal -- Shaq -- who turns 42 tomorrow. He is one of the largest players ever to play in the NBA. He wears a size 23 shoe. O'Neal's primary weakness is his free-throw shooting. His career average is 52.7%. He once missed all 11 free throws in a game against the Seattle SuperSonics on December 8th of 2000, a record. In hope of exploiting O'Neal's poor foul shooting, opponents often commit intentional fouls against him, a tactic known as "Hack-a-Shaq". In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. He has also appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs. O'Neal has also maintained a high level of interest in the workings of the police department and has become personally involved in law enforcement. O'Neal went through the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Reserve Academy and became a reserve officer with the L.A. Port Police. On March 2nd of 2005, O'Neal was given an honorary US Deputy Marshal title.
|Today's Trivia: It's the third most populous city in the United
States, and the most populous city in the American Midwest. What is it?
The seemingly endless winter dumped a half a foot snow on the ground in parts of the South, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, and many areas this morning saw something even more unusual in March: a blast of arctic air that sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport broke a 141-year-old record low temperature, reaching 4 degrees. Dulles International Airport -- also outside Washington -- tied a 1993 record for the month at -1 degree. Both airports broke record lows two days in a row. Schools and government offices along the East Coast were closed today or delayed opening. And Virginia State Police said slickened roads were factors in three traffic deaths. The storm had a major effect south of the Mason-Dixon line. Governors declared states of emergency in Virginia and Tennessee, where there were hundreds of traffic accidents and tens of thousands of power outages. Nearly 3,000 flights were canceled Monday.
A split squad of Seattle Mariners rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. Meanwhile, the other half of the team was facing the Colorado. Robinson Cano had two hits and an RBI and Dustin Ackley had a three-run double, as Seattle beat the Rockies 8-1. Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager sat out for the third straight game yesterday because of a jammed index finger on his throwing hand. Seager is expected to start today against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ms ace Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his first start of spring training today when Seattle faces the Dodgers. Felix is expected to throw two innings.
Birthdays: The bassist from Yes, Chris Squires is 66; singer Chris Rea is 63; percussionist Emilio Estefan is 61; actress Catherine O'Hara is 60; from the TV show Wings, actor Steven Weber is 53; and Chaz Bono is 45.
It's Holy Experiment Day. It's a chance to try something, or ask for something, and to measure the results. It's Hug a GI Day. Stop Bad Service Day. Courageous Follower Day. National Pound Cake Day. National Dance the Waltz Day. International Scrapbooking Industry Day. and it's Cadbury's Chocolates Birthday (debuted in 1824).
Calendar notes: On this date in 1957, the S&P 500 stock market index was introduced, replacing the S&P 90. In 1974, People magazine was published for the first time in the United States as People Weekly. In 1985, the Food and Drug Administration approved a blood test for AIDS, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States.
New and out on DVD today: Super Bowl XLVIII Champions: Seattle Seahawks. The Amazon description: NFL Films takes you down the sidelines, on the field and into the locker room with exclusive access to all the vivid sounds and images of every game in the memorable 2013-2014 season of the Championship team coupled with exciting extra content detailing stores from the year, media day at Super Bowl XLVIII, and the thrilling Lombardi Trophy Presentation.
Also out on DVD today is 12 Years a Slave. In the wake of the Oscar picture win for the film, movie theaters are clamoring to get the film -- even though it hits home video shelves today. Last weekend 12 Years was on 411 North American movie screens. This week it expands to 1,000.
The No. 2 airliner in the world, United Continental canceled four times as many flights in the first two months of 2014 as compared to last year. The company said the higher number of cancelations was due mostly to bad weather. Other airlines have reported weather-based cancelations, too, but with hubs in Chicago and Newark, United has been particularly hard-hit this winter.
Trivia Answer: Chicago. It's number three behind New York City and Los Angeles. it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois. Its metropolitan area, sometimes called Chicagoland, is home to 9.5 million people. The city of Chicago was incorporated on this date in 1837. Its O'Hare International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world. It also has the largest number of US highways, and railroad freight entering its region. In 2012, Chicago hosted 46.37 million international and domestic visitors, an overall visitation record. The city has many nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. The best-known include the Windy City and Second City. Chicago has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues. In fact, Chicago was named the Best Sports City in the United States by the Sporting News in 1993, 2006, and 2010. The city is home to two Major League Baseball teams: the Chicago Cubs of the National League, who play in Wrigley Field on the North Side; and the Chicago White Sox of the American League, who play in US Cellular Field on the South Side. Chicago is the only city that has had more than one MLB franchise every year since the AL began in 1901. It also features the the Chicago Bears, one of the last two remaining charter members of the National Football League. The Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association is one of the most recognized basketball teams in the world. During the 1990s with Michael Jordan leading them, the Bulls took six NBA championships in eight seasons. The Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League began play in 1926. The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is a member of Major League Soccer.
|Today's Trivia: He was a writer and cartoonist, most widely known
for his children's books. He published over 60 of them. They were often
characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of
trisyllabic meter. Numerous adaptations of his work have been created,
including eleven television specials, three feature films, and a Broadway
musical. In May of 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy
among school children, which concluded that children were not learning to
read because their books were boring. Accordingly, this author's publisher
made up a list of 348 words he felt were important and asked this author
to cut the list to 250 words and write a book using only those words. Nine
months later, using 236 of the words given to him, he completed one of his
most memorable and successful books. Who was he?
Tourists flocked to the monuments in the nation's capital yesterday to enjoy 50-degree temperatures before yet another winter storm was expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the East Coast. In the latest blast of a harsh winter, forecasters said a layer of ice and as much as 10 inches of snow was possible by the end of the day today in Washington and the Mid-Atlantic region, while up to 8 inches of snow was predicted across parts of southern Pennsylvania. Nearly a foot of snow was expected in parts of New Jersey. I received a text message from my sister-in-law, who lives and works in Virginia, was sent home mid-morning today because the sleet had started to fall. The government announced yesterday that Washington, DC-area federal offices were staying closed today because of the winter storms.
After spanking the San Diego Padres two days in a row, the Mariners played someone else on Saturday. They beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3 in a rain-shortened contest. Yesterday, they left Peoria and travelled to Goodyear, Arizona to face the Cleveland Indians. Perhaps they should have stayed in Peoria. Dustin Ackley went 2-for-3 but the Indians rallied to hand the Ms their first loss of the spring, 6-to-3. Split squad action today as the Mariners take on Colorado and Cincinnati.
It's March which is Irish American Month, Music in Our Schools Month, National Craft Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, National Women's History Month, Red Cross Month, and Social Workers Month.
Today is National Anthem Day. The Star Spangled Banner was adopted by Congress as the national anthem in 1931. It's Peach Blossom Day. Today is I Want You To Be Happy Day. It's National Salesperson's Day. It's 33 Flavors Day (Baskin Robins Birthday). It's also Alexander Graham Bell's Birthday (1847).
Calendar notes: On this date in 1885, the American Telephone & Telegraph Company -- AT&T -- was incorporated in New York. In 1923, TIME magazine was published for the first time. In 1991, an amateur video captured the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers. In 2005, Steve Fossett became the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.
Birthdays: Singer Jennifer Warnes is 67 -- she was born in Seattle by the way; actor and director Tim Kazurinsky is 64; Hooters guitarist John Lilley is 60; Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 52; former NFL star Herschel Walker, a Heisman Trophy winner, is 52; Bud on Married ... with Children, actor David Faustino is 40; and actress Jessica Biel is 32.
The Lego Movie was not number one over the weekend. That honor went to Non-Stop, a thriller starring Liam Neeson as a US air marshal trying to stop a string of murders on an international flight, It collected $30 million in ticket sales to soar into the lead. It swept the week's other new film, Son of God, into second place. The aforementioned, The Lego Movie, which led the box office for the past three weeks, was third. Rounding out the top five, the George Clooney World War Two-era film The Monuments Men took fourth, while 3 Days to Kill, starring Kevin Costner as an over-the-hill international spy, was fifth. By the way, yesterday Frozen moved past the $1 billion level. It went on to win the Oscar for best animated feature film at last night's Oscars. Let It Go from the Frozen soundtrack won the Oscar for original song. Other big winners: 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar for best picture, Cate Blanchett took home the Oscar for best actress for her role in Blue Jasmine, and the Best actor Oscar went to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club.
The Oscars were responsible for Ellen breaking Twitter. The Associated Press recounts: During a comic bit, the Oscars host prevailed upon actor Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and several other stars crowding around, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Long before midnight last night, the photo had been retweeted more than 2 million times, breaking a record set by President Barack Obama with the picture of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012. Twitter also sent out an apology because all of the retweeting disrupted service for more than 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, father-son movie duo Will and Jaden Smith won Razzies. The pair shared the screen in the colossal flop After Earth last year, and they now share another ignominious distinction: worst actors of the year. Jaden won worst actor, Will won worst supporting actor, and the two won for worst screen combo at the annual Razzie Awards on Saturday, which spotlight Hollywood's worst performances of the year
The phones were ringing off the hook at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta in Port Angeles last Wednesday, but the callers weren't looking for the eatery's signature fettuccine. They were trying to vote for their favorites on American Idol. The Peninsula Daily News reports that it's not clear why the calls were routed to Gordy's for two hours Wednesday night. The number the show advertised for voters -- 855-443-6411 – isn't similar to the number the pizzeria has had for the past 50 years. According to the show, viewers nationwide cast more than 71 million votes Wednesday night. The restaurant's owner, Randy Sexton, said his staff was inundated with calls, and answered every one as if it were a customer. He hopes the snafu gets fixed before this Wednesday's episode. A spokeswoman for American Idol said efforts were being made to fix the problem. Sexton said a mistake may have been made when voters' calls were routed through AT&T. He said most of the calls seemed to be from the East Coast, Sandy Bennett, who set up and manages the show's voting system, did not have an explanation, according to an email she sent out to address the problem.
As if this winter hasn't been draining enough, Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend -- meaning we'll lose an hour of sleep.
At the behest of the NBA, Miami Heat star LeBron James on Saturday wore a clear protective mask instead of the black carbon-fiber one he donned earlier in the week. "It's not a league rule, but it's a league request," said James, who is wearing the mask to protect his recently-broken nose. "I didn't agree with their reasons, but I'll do it."
Trivia Answer: Theodor Seuss Geisel who wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss. He was born on yesterday's date, March 2nd, in 1904. He passed away in 1991. The story he wrote using the list of 236 words was The Cat in the Hat. Other notable titles from Dr. Seuss include One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham. Green Eggs and Ham was written in response to another challenge from Geisel's publisher. The challenge? Write a story using a list of only 50 words.