Born on this day!! Game show host Chuck Woolery is 81. Actor Erik Estrada is 73. Actor Victor Garber (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Alias”) is 73. Singer Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel is 71. Bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien (Hot Rize, Earls of Leicester) is 68. Guitarist Nancy Wilson of Heart is 68. Actor Clifton Powell (“Ray,” ″Norbit”) is 66. Rapper Flavor Flav of Public Enemy is 63. Actor Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”) is 59. Folk singer Patty Griffin is 58. Singer Tracy Bonham is 55. Actor Lauren Graham (“Parenthood,” ″Gilmore Girls”) is 55. Actor Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) is 53. Alan Tudyk (“Suburgatory”) is 51. Actor Tim Kang (“The Mentalist”) is 49. Singer Blu Cantrell is 46. Actor Brooke Burns (“Baywatch”) is 44. Actor Kimrie Lewis (“Single Parents,” ″Scandal”) is 40. Actor Brett Davern (“Awkward”) is 39. Actor Alexandria Daddario (“True Detective”) is 36. Singer Jhene Aiko is 34. Bassist Wolfgang Van Halen of Mammoth WVH is 31.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1521 – Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines.
1850 – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter was published.
1926 – The first liquid-fuel rocket was successfully launched by Prof. Robert Goddard at Auburn, Massachusetts. The rocket traveled 184 feet in 2.5 seconds.
1935 – Adolf Hitler cancelled the military clauses of the Treaty of Versailles.
1968 – The My Lai massacre occurred in Vietnam.
1978 – Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped, and later murdered, by the Red Brigades.
1985 – U.S. journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped in Beirut; he was not released until December 4, 1991 after 2454 days in captivity.
1988 – Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North and Vice Admiral John M. Poindexter of the National Security Council are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States for their role in the Iran-contra affair.
Today Is: Black Press Day, Campfire Girls Day, Curlew Day, Freedom of Information Day, Goddard Day, Lips Appreciation Day, No Selfies Day, Panda Day, Small Business Development Day, St. Urho’s Day, Ta’Anit Esther
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – Survivor / 9:00 – Beyond The Edge / 10:00 – FBI
NBC – 8:00 – Chicago Med / 9:00 – Chicago Fire / 10:00 – Chicago PD
ABC – 8:00 – The Goldbergs / 8:30 – The Wonder Years / 9:00 – The Conners / 9:30 – Home Economics / 10:00 – A Million Little Things
FOX – 8:00 – Masked Singer / 9:00 – Domino Masters
CW – 8:00 – The Flash / 9:00 – Kung Fu
TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Kimmel: Andrew Garfield, Keke Palmer, Ghost
Jimmy Fallon: Amy Schumer, Dylan O’Brien, Christina Tosi
Seth Meyers: Kenneth Branagh, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Vundabar, Larnell Lewis
James Corden: Rosario Dawson, Duran Duran
The View: Amy Schumer, guest co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin
The Talk: Zach Braff, Andy Grammer, Alan Bersten, Emma Slater
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Halle Berry, Eve, Joanne Molinaro
Ellen DeGeneres: Howie Mandel (R 10/12/21)
Wendy Williams: Guest hosts Remy Ma & Fat Joe
The Real: Miss Ireland 2021 Pamela Uba
Kelly Clarkson: Amanda Seyfried, Kyle MacLachlan, Rhett & Link, Jon Pardi
Tamron Hall: Seth Meyers, Amber Ruffin, Bomani Jones
Drew Barrymore: Scarlett Johansson
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
QUESTION: Is congress about to do something that makes SENSE? Senate passes law to make Daylight Time PERMANENT! Now it goes to the house and the prez!!!
QUESTION: How do “intimacy coordinators” manage SEX SCENES on camera? “Bridgerton” crew reveal “nipple daisies,” gel and HALF-DEFLATED BALLS!!!!!!!!!!
QUESTION: How do you get the MOST (and the least) out of STARBUCKS? Ex-barista reveals how they get REVENGE on bad customers, and give EXTRAS to nice people!!!
QUESTION: What do you do if you’re STONED, SPEEDING WITHOUT A LICENSE, and you’re PULLED OVER BY THE COPS? Whip out your LEGOLAND driver’s license!!
QUESTION: Tired of kids having all the fun with BOUNCE HOUSES? Bring an INFLATABLE IRISH BAR to your backyard for St. Patty’s Day and have some fun of your own!!
Top Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise, is set to screen at the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival, according to multiple reports. The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun will screen at Cannes before it premieres in theaters on May 27 for Memorial Day weekend, sources close to the festival confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The Cannes Film Festival is set to run from May 17-28. Variety confirmed that Top Gun: Maverick will screen at Cannes. Deadline noted that the film will still have its world premiere in San Diego before Cannes takes place. The movie has had its theatrical release delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film will feature Cruise as an older Maverick who is training a new group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission. Miles Teller stars as the son of Maverick’s late co-pilot Goose.
**********We hope Tom survives until the premiere!! He’s not gettin’ any younger!!
********He feels the need… the need for Depends!!
********He should head over the Ukraine to help out!!!
********It’s gonna be out-of-date pretty soon, if the plot doesn’t involve WWIII!!!
Jussie Smollett has been moved from a psych ward and into a jail cell with a bed, according to his brother, Jocqui Smollett. Jocqui took to his brother’s official Instagram account early Tuesday with a video message to the former “Empire” actor’s supporters with a “day five update.” “So I just got to see him. Just want to give y’all an update on his status. Thank you so much for the support, all the hashtag #FreeJussie, it’s working. He’s now been moved to a new jail cell out of the psych ward that has a bed. Before he was sleeping on a restrained bed and now he’s been moved to a jail cell that actually has a bed. Thank you so much. That’s really because of all the #FreeJussie that’s been going on. It’s all the pressure we’re applying on Cook County and Cook County Jail,” Jocqui explained. Jussie’s brother went on to slam Cook County and its jail. “Unfortunately, Cook County doesn’t really move until they get bad publicity and so we have to just keep applying pressure, y’all. So keep reposting with #FreeJussie. Keep continuing to call Cook County Jail checking in on him and keep saying that you believe he should be free,” Jocqui added.
*********What if we DON’T think he should be free??
******It’s very unfair that someone who commits a crime should have to go to jail.. especially when all the non-criminals are free (2022 logic)!
******The psych ward is good place for someone who’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal!!!
Sandra Bullock is taking a step back from acting to be with her kids. She said in a new interview that while she does not know how long her hiatus will last, she needs to be “in the place that makes me happiest” — at home. “I take my job very seriously when I’m at work,” Bullock told “Entertainment Tonight” Monday, noting that she has a “24/7” career. “I just want to be 24/7 with my babies and my family,” she added. “That’s where I’m gonna be for a while.” She adopted her two children: 12-year-old son Louis and 10-year-old daughter Laila. She explained that she will spend her hiatus “servicing their every need” and managing “their social calendar.” She also touched on what parenting amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been like, saying she takes all precautions to make sure her kids are safe. “All the parents know me as the crazy lady with the pandemic,” she told the outlet. “They know their children will return without COVID when they’ve come to our house.”
*********She also took a break from “acting” about halfway through her new movie!!!
*******We’d like to stay home with our kids… but that would mean our kids would have to go out and find jobs!!
A Florida judge on agreed to an order that permanently blocks the release of photos, video and other records connected to the investigation of Bob Saget’s death. The permanent injunction, granted by Circuit Judge Vincent Chiu, had been requested by his family. Saget died on Jan. 9 after suffering “blunt head trauma,” likely from a fall backward, at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes in Florida, an autopsy has revealed. Saget suffered a fracture at the base of his skull, fractures around his eye sockets, a cut to his scalp, and bleeding between the brain and tissue covering the brain, according to an autopsy report. His death was ruled accidental and authorities have said there were no signs of foul play or drugs at the scene. There were no signs of illicit drugs or toxins in Saget’s body, according to a toxicology report.
******Don’t release the report.. because THAT’S the way to stop the conspiracy theories!!!
Simon Rex received a royal thank-you for turning down an alleged bribe. He claimed several UK tabloids offered him $70,000 to say he slept with Meghan Markle, who appeared alongside him in a 2005 episode of the sitcom “Cuts.” He insisted that their off-screen interactions never went beyond a platonic lunch. “I was broke as f—!” Rex recently told The Guardian. “I really needed the money. But I’ll be on food stamps before I do that.” Rex said that after he turned down the bribes, the Duchess of Sussex wrote him a thank-you letter. “She said, ‘It’s nice to know there are still good people,’” said Rex, adding he has the note framed in his California home. Back in March 2020, Rex told the “Hollywood Raw” podcast about the offers he received to share false stories about the 40-year-old solely because they worked together on a show. “Nothing happened,” he stressed to the outlet. “We never even kissed. It was just, like, we hung out once in a very non-datey way. She was just someone I had met on a TV show and we got lunch. That was the extent of it.” Rex said he turned down the $70,000 offer because it “didn’t feel right lying.”
********This means they were totally doin’ it!!
****It also means she wrote him a check for $70,000!!!
*****It’s hard to make a living on the truth!! Tabloids just can’t do it!!!
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Tripping Zendaya’s Roman Tumble-(Globe)
Gotta laugh! Spider-Man/Euphoria star Zendaya, 25, took a tumble on some stairs in Rome recently-then hilariously roasted herself about the trippy spill online. “I can’t stop laughing-did they really have to take a video of me tripping,” she shares on social media, along with a tell-tale snap of herself mid-trip! “They got me. Crying,” adds the good-humored star, who’d been on her way to lunch. Fortunately, she managed to survive without her Spider-Man co-star and real-life beau, Tom Holland, having to save the day!
Woman Can Keep Her FART License Plate
A North Carolina woman who has been fighting to be allowed to keep her “FART” license plate said the Division of Motor Vehicles told her she can keep the plate — just not on her vehicle. Karly Sindy of Asheville said she originally applied for her “FART” vanity plate as a joke, and was surprised when the requested plate arrived in the mail. Sindy later received a letter from the DMV saying the plate had been issued in error, as “FART” is among the letter and number combinations banned by the state. The DMV gave Sindy the opportunity to appeal the decision, leading her to found the local group Friends of Asheville Recreational Trails, or FART, to help convince officials to let her keep the plate. Sindy said she filed her appeal, and the DMV responded by saying she could keep the plate, but it wouldn’t be a legal license plate for her truck anymore. “They said that I can’t keep the plate on the truck, but I can keep the plate in my possession and do what I want with it, and they said that since they refused ‘FART’ for other people, they couldn’t allow it for this,” Sindy told WLOS-TV. “I was really hoping they would just take FART off the list because it’s not a bad word, but you know that didn’t happen.”
********Is “TOOT” available? How about “CRP DSTR?”
*******Somehow, her license plate turned green!!!
TOPIC: The funniest/weirdest vanity plate you’ve seen!! Are you good at decoding them??
New Rhino Named After The Queen
Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford, England, has named a newborn white rhino Queenie in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. The name was given to the white rhino in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, which marks her 70th year on the British throne. Queenie was born to parents Monty and Nancy, who have also given birth to four other baby rhinos. She is also the ninth white rhino calf to be born at the park. “We feel very lucky to have another baby female Rhino, which is our fifth female baby in a row. All the rhinos here are named after very special people and I think everyone agrees that 2022 will always be special because of Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee,” managing director of Cotswold Wildlife Park, Reggie Heyworth said.
*****Rhinos aren’t that different from humans!! They just don’t know how to moisturize!!
*****The Queen said: “Since I’ve been rejected by my grandson, this will probably be the high point of my jubilee!!”
*****The zoo also named a jackass after Harry!!
Mr. Potato Head Record
A 13-year-old British girl broke a Guinness World Record by assembling a Mr. Potato Head toy in 5.69 seconds. Guinness World Records said Matilda Walden became the first person to break the Mr. Potato Head record in 10 years when she shaved .9 second off the previous record in December. “I had to be joining the nose and mustache together as I picked them up in one hand,” Walden said of her technique. Walden’s record attempt was aimed at raising awareness of Skipton Extended Learning for All, an organization that offers support to children who face a range of adverse experiences. “I have disabilities, and sometimes find that in other community events I was not welcome and people judge me,” she said. “SELFA never did, and they have given me so much confidence I thought a Guinness World Records attempt would be a great idea.”
*********Now she can go to work in the Vietnamese factory where they make Mr. Potato Head!!
*******Mr. Potato Head was originally just the eyes, nose, moustache and glasses.. and you had to provide your own potato!
Florida Man Caught Masturbating In Starbucks Restroom
A self-proclaimed homeless male model was arrested for masturbating in front of people in a Starbucks in Miami Beach on Friday, according to reports. Blake Reign was seen by several witnesses pleasuring himself at the Starbucks on Collins Avenue and 29th Street around 9:30 a.m. Friday. Witness Alyssa DiMaria said she was in the shop when she used her phone to record him. “What are you [expletive] doing? Get the [expletive] out! It’s disgusting!” she yells at him in the video, obtained by Local10 News. Reign, wearing a white shirt, underpants and white socks, clearly unbothered, does the gross deed in front of an American flag in the coffee shop — while looking around at patrons. DiMaria said he did it for about 10 minutes before officers finally arrived. At that point, Reign took off running, according to the arrest report. Reign allegedly refused to comply with cops’ orders, and they shot him with a dart-firing stun gun. That’s when he got to yanking again — this time pulling the darts out of his body and running off again.
*******His excuse? “It’s Florida, and no one else was doing anything weird, so I thought it must be my turn!!”
********Minutes later, they called his name for his drink: “Dick Head??”
*******This guy definitely needs to go “half-caf!!!”
QUESTION: Did Kanye finally DO IT?? No.. it’s just a candid shot of Pete Davidson on the set of a new movie!!! Too bad!!
STUFF THAT’S COOL AND VIRAL
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A LIST FOR WEDNESDAY
16 Things You Should Automate Right Now To Instantly Feel Less Stressed
- Your coffee supply
The last thing anyone needs is to wake up and find they’re out of coffee because grabbing a new bag of beans slipped their mind at the grocery store.
Lots of coffee brands have automated subscription services so you can “set it and forget it” and let your coffee come to you at regular intervals, ensuring you never, ever run out. Check out companies like Korean American woman-owned Bean & Bean or these Black-owned coffee brands, most of which offer subscription plans.
- Your umbrella
Anna Dearmon Kornick, a time management coach and host of the “It’s About Time” podcast, said her favorite automation is the weather forecaster that she set up through the site IFTTT.com.
“Every time rain or thunderstorms are forecasted in my area, IFTTT automatically adds an event to my calendar on that day,” she told HuffPost. “At a glance, I know whether I need to grab an umbrella before I head out the door. It’s so simple, but it can make a huge difference!”
- Crucial toiletries
Avoid last-minute pharmacy runs by putting toilet paper, tampons and other regularly needed toiletry essentials on an automated subscription service. Just about any toiletry can be subscribed to at a major e-commerce retailer like Amazon, but there are also companies that offer plans for specific items.
For tampons and pads, there’s Lola. Athena Club has razor kits, shaving cream and body washes you can send to yourself on a subscription basis, in addition to liners, pads and tampons. For toilet paper roll subscriptions with plastic-free packaging, try Who Gives a Crap and Tushy.
- Your savings
Alan Henry, service editor at Wired magazine and author of the upcoming book “Seen, Heard, and Paid: The New Work Rules for the Marginalized,” recommends automating different percentages of your paycheck to be deposited into different accounts.
With direct deposit, most of just choose to have our entire paycheck put in our primary checking account, “but automating your finances helps you get ahead of the process and actually pay yourself first,” he said. Once you know what your budget is, keep a checking account that exists just to pay expenses like rent or a mortgage, groceries and Netflix, Henry explained. Then split the remaining money to be direct-deposited into your savings account and/or retirement accounts. Henry even makes a separate account with its own card just for fun money purchases. “It’s set-it-and-forget-it,” Henry said. “Unless your income ever changes significantly, you’ll be able to trust that your bills are paid, you’re saving money for an emergency, like medical bills or an accident, you’re also saving for retirement or your future, and you can swipe your spending card freely knowing all the money in that account is yours to play with however you like.”
- Your bills
After you set up a direct deposit of a portion of your check to a savings account, set up auto-pay for regular charges like cable, rent and utilities. While this might seem like a recipe for disaster, most vendors will send an email letting you know what each month’s charge will be, so you have time to address anything that seems unusually high or incorrect. “Deposit enough from your paycheck into [your expenses] account, and set those expenses to automatically pay your bills from that account, preferably on a timetable that works for you so you know when it’s all coming out,” he said.
- Your to-do list
“I set recurring weekly and monthly administrative to-dos in my favorite productivity app,” which is Todoist, said productivity consultant Rashelle Isip.
“I do this for both business and personal items,” Isip explained. “This saves me time and energy, as I don’t have to repeatedly think about what must be done. I simply open the app and get to work.”
- Your inbox
If you’re barraged by dozens of emails on a regular basis, set up filters for your inbox. For example, maybe you want every message from your boss or mom to get flagged red for immediate visibility.
You can make it so that certain emails are labeled in a color you select, or are marked as important or not, or are automatically sent to trash or spam. That way, checking your email takes just a few clicks instead of a long scroll that requires concentration.
In Gmail settings, you can choose to create new labels and corresponding filters, or simply create new filters to have your mail automatically sorted. Then you can choose what actions you want to take with these emails.
In Outlook, go to the Home button, click the Rules button and then select the Create rule option, through which you can assign tasks to emails under certain conditions.
Similarly, for Yahoo mail, you can click Settings and then More Settings, then select the Filters option. From there, you can add a new filter for your email folders.
Automatic deliveries for medications can be a time saver. Many major pharmacy chains, including Walgreens and CVS, have options to set certain prescriptions to auto-refill with home delivery.
For people on multiple medications, PillPack does automatic refills and can helpfully organize your pills into a single-serve pack labeled with the times you need to take them.
- Medication doses
Missing or taking an incorrect dose of medication has serious consequences. Automating your or a loved one’s medication can be a big help.
Automatic medication dispensers come with an array of features to prevent tampering and offer caregiver features, too. Hero, which comes with a smartphone app, alerts the phones of both users and caregivers if doses are missed, for example.
To see which dispenser might be right for you, check out an in-depth recommendation list compiled by a senior care product writer at The Senior List.
- Pet food
If you are constantly distracted during the day, putting pet essentials like food, treats and toys on a consistent delivery can be a relief for your busy brain (and ensures your furry loved one will never go without).
Chewy, Petco, and PetSmart offer automatic shipment options for commercial pet foods and supplies. For dogs that need customized food, The Farmer’s Dog, Nom Nom, Ollie and PetPlate are some of the most well-known specialty food subscription services.
Cat Person is a subscription food service for cats with high-protein needs. People with cats who like freshly cooked wet food or freeze-dried raw food can check out Smalls. For cats with raw food needs, Bobcat Raw Food and Darwin’s Natural Pet Products have subscription options.
- Pet toys and treats
If you have a pet that gets bored easily, a pet toy subscription service can help keep them entertained while you are busy. Subscriptions can be especially helpful for those whose chew-happy pets ensure toys never last very long.
BarkBox, for example, sends dog owners a monthly selection of themed toys and treats for furry companions to chew and chase after, while Meowbox sends curated monthly toys and treats to cat owners. And if you are an avid fan of cats, CatLadyBox sends feline-related shirts, jewelry and home decor alongside cat toys in its subscription.
- Commonly sent emails
If you find yourself writing the same email over and over again, having a go-to email template can be a big time-saver. Gmail and Outlook, for example, both have email template features where you can draft and save templates for different email scenarios, like “Following Up.”
- Uninterrupted focus time
When we get interrupted while working, it can take an average of 23 minutes to get back on track, according to research from the University of California, Irvine. Deter these interruptions by using calendar assistants like Clockwise, which integrate with tools including Slack and Asana to minimize distractions and let colleagues know you are unavailable.
Clockwise’s Focus Time feature, for example, can find two-hour chunks of time in your weekly calendar for deep-focus work and prevent colleagues from booking meetings on a shared calendar during those hours.
Avoid easy spelling errors with browser extensions that proofread your writing for you. Grammarly for Windows or Mac will offer spelling suggestions across apps, documents and emails.
- Your mail
Never wonder about what is coming in the mail and when by automating a daily heads-up through the U.S. Postal Service’s Informed Delivery program.
Once you create a USPS.com account and sign up for Informed Delivery service, the agency will send you an email each morning with a digital preview the mail it will deliver to you later in the day. It will also tell you what packages are coming so you can track and reschedule them.
When you know there’s only going to be junk mail, you can skip a stop at the mailbox and do literally anything else with your time.
- Meeting notes
Instead of taking notes by hand for a meeting, you can automate this horrible chore with the note-taking tool Otter Assistant. With the permission of attendees, it can transcribe video meetings for Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet.
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