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HEADLINE TRUTH OR TRASH

"Guy Leads Police on High Speed Chase - Because He Always Wanted To!"
Truth! Yep, 24-year-old Dejuane Ramel Wilson led officers on a high-speed chase across three Southwest Virginia counties and later told them it was on his bucket list. I hope jail was also on his bucket list because that's where they took him.

"Zombie Pets Are the Next New Craze!"
Trash! How could a pet that barks, "Brains", possibly be a good idea?

"Head of Russia's Orthodox Church Says Cell Phones Are the Antichrist!"
Truth! Yep - bless his heart.

"New Startup Aims to Have First Live Birth in Outer Space!"
Truth! A startup in the Netherlands called SpaceLife Origin wants to send a pregnant woman 250 miles above the Earth so they can give birth to the first extraterrestrial baby in history, all in the name of science - of course. Their goal is 2024.

"Bananas can actually help you grow hair!"
Trash! We think. Then again, have you ever seen a bald monkey?

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DID YOU KNOW?

It takes about 23 minutes of exercise to burn off just one can of Coca-Cola and other soft drinks.40% of married men say their wives are backstreet drivers and they don't like it.65% of fathers refuse to allow their children to touch the thermostat.If you are a nurse, you'll walk an average of four and a half miles per day.A quarter of all couples invite guests they hope won't come when planning their wedding.According to a recent survey, 2 out of 5 adults would take a trip to outer space if they could afford it.According to one bridal magazine, about 20% of people say the father giving away the bride is their least favorite wedding tradition.50% of people do this on the weekends. Pay bills.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

A new study says that replacing 30-minutes of sitting every day with some sort of activity will increase your life.The UK office of Statistics collected data on babies born in January. If you have a kid born in January, they are: more likely to become a doctor, they could become famous or a boss, they excel at hockey, and they're at low risk for cardiovascular disease.You knew that Kim and Kanye are expecting their 4th child, via a surrogate. A different one than previously used.For those keeping score at home, Antarctica ice is melting 6-times faster than it was doing in the 1980s.It was 10 years ago this week that Captain Sully Sullenberger had to force land Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, after hitting a flock of geese after takeoff.Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and How2Girl Courtney Sixx are expecting their first child together. He's 60, she's 33.About 12 hours into a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to London last week, a stowaway bird flew into the Business…

National Nothing Day --

This event was first observed in 1973 and was created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin "to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing, or honoring anything."

TODAY IS

Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda turns 39 today. He's so financially successful, he can actually afford tickets to "Hamilton."

Kate Moss turns 45 today. When it comes to her success, she got it from her jeans.

Singer Sade turns the big 6-0. One year for each of the ways her name is pronounced.
We've heard sha-DAY and Shar-day... either way, her full name is Sade Helen Adu.
If it weren't for her, I wouldn't have to keep denying that her song "Smooth Operator" is all about me. I don't have to deny hard, but I still have to deny it.
No "sh" in her name, yet everybody pronounces it. Then why isn't it shinger Shaday?

Scary movie director John Carpenter turns 71 today. He gave us "The Thing" and "Halloween." Yeah, he's the guy.

Jim Stafford, who gave us "Spiders and Snakes" and "My Girl, Bill," turns 75 today. I guess that's some kind of legacy to leave behind. It would make me want to not leave.

Countr…

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1547, Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia. Or, as Charles Barkley calls him, "Ivan the turrible. Turrible."
It pleased him enough that he changed his name to Ivan not as Terrible as he once was.
Those who refused to perform at his coronation were executed. It was a different time.
He later went on to create his own show, "Dancing with the Czars."
He beat out his brother, Uri the Pretty Bad, Too, But Not As Bad As Ivan.
He of course was the inspiration for the movie, "A Czar is Scorned."

The late Ethel Merman was born on this date in 1909. She was a one-of-a-kind. As far as singers go, there was regular... and then there was Ethel.

On this date in 1920, the U.S. went dry as the 18th amendment went into effect and prohibition became law. From 3-6 every afternoon, most bars held "Unhappy Hours."

It was on this date in 1939 that DuPont introduced nylon fishing leader.
Some would have preferred going with the quart size, but they inst…

Music Calendar...

In 1938 Benny Goodman refuses to play at Carnegie Hall when black members of his band are barred from performing.

In 1957 The Cavern Club, the club where the Beatles would get their start, opens in Liverpool, England.

In 1957 Little Richard records "Lucille."

In 1964 The musical "Hello Dolly!" premieres on Broadway starring Carol Channing.

In 1965 "My Girl" by the Temptations enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1970 The Who begin the "Tommy" tour at the Theatre Champs Elysees in Paris, France.

In 1970 Eight lithographs from John Lennon are confiscated by Scotland Yard in a London art gallery for alleged obscenity.

In 1972 Alvin & The Chipmunks creator David Seville dies at age 52. Seville not only wrote the Chipmunks novelty songs, but Rosemary Clooney's biggest hit, "Come On-a My House."

In 1975 Paul McCartney & Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin recording the "Venus & Mars" album at Allen Toussaint's Sea-Saint St…

Today In History...

In 1547 Ivan the Terrible is crowned Czar of Russia.
In 1870 Virginia is readmitted to the U.S. after the Civil War.
In 1883 The Pendleton Act creates the basis of federal Civil Service Commission.
In 1919 Nebraska, Wyoming and Missouri become the 36th, 37th and 38th states to ratify Prohibition, which went into effect the following year.
In 1920 America goes "dry" as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution takes effect, and Prohibition becomes the law of the land. It is later repealed by the 21st Amendment.
In 1939 DuPont first markets nylon fishing leader.
In 1939 The comic book character "Superman" premieres in "Action Comics."
In 1942 Actress Carole Lombard, her mother and 20 other people are killed in a plane crash near Las Vegas, Nevada, as they were returning from a U.S. war bonds promotion tour.
In 1944 General Dwight Eisenhower takes command of the Allied InvasionForce in London during World War II.
In 1956 Egyptian President Nassar pledges to reconqu…

Born On This Day...

In 1752 Politician, George Cabot (Federalist Party leader)

In 1853 Stage actor, Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (Hamlet)

In 1853 French industrialist, Andre Michelin (tire manufacturer)

In 1874 Canadian poet, Robert Service (Cremation of Sam McGee)

In 1884 Inventor, Gordon S. Decker (electric drill)

In 1887 Actor, John Hamilton (Perry White-Adventures of Superman)

In 1894 Football Hall-of-Famer, Guy Chamberlin (Cardinals)

In 1902 Composer/songwriter, Evelyn Levine [d: 7-26-96]

In 1907 Actor, Alexander Knox (Gorky Park, Two of a Kind) [d: 4-25-95]

In 1909 Singer/actress, Ethel Merman (Anything Goes) [d: 2-15-84]

In 1911 Baseball player, "Dizzy" Dean (Cardinals) [d: 7-17-74]

In 1917 Actor/comedian, Buddy Lester (Ocean's Eleven) [d: 10-4-02]

In 1918 TV producer, Stirling Silliphant (Route 66) [d: 4-26-96]

In 1920 Actor, Elliot Reid (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) [d: 6-21-13]

In 1923 Country singer/guitarist, Roy Lanham (Sons of the Pioneers) [d: 2-14-91]

In 1924 Actress, Katy Jurado (High Noon,…

DID YOU KNOW?

85% of Americans over age 100 still alive today live in urban areas, in or near cities.The average woman has a favorite piece of clothing for 13 years.If you're average, you'll experience close to 400 paper cuts in your life.An online poll revealed that 53% of people feel that by taking a class or group activity is the best way to meet someone.148 million people view weekly coupons during the week.According to a recent survey of drivers all over the U.S., more than half said that seeing police lights in their rear view mirror is the most stressful thing they could encounter on the way to work.A fear of being sued has led many cities to ban sledding.63% of people who like to vacation in the winter, said this would absolutely ruin their vacation. What is it? The boss calling.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Keanu Reeve's new movie bombed at the box office over the weekend. It was the worst opening of any movie in his career.

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are now engaged.
The official premiere date of the eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" is going to be April 15th.
At the Critics Choice Awards Sunday night, Lady Gaga and Glenn Close tied for the Best Actress Award.
People in New York attending a performance of "Beautiful," the life story of Carole King, got a surprise Saturday night when King appeared in the role of herself to celebrate the show's fifth anniversary on Broadway.
More than 3,000 people have signed an online petition asking President Donald Trump to merge North Dakota and South Dakota into a single state called "MegaKota."
Even though the government is shut down, the Clemson Tigers visited the White House yesterday to be congratulated for their National Football Championship.
The Detroit Auto Show is underway.
GOban…

TODAY IS

As of noon, we hit the half-way point of January, people.

Little "America's Got Talent" winner Grace Vanderwaal turns 15 today. She and her ukulele have done quite well.

Interesting to note that wrestler Kelly Kelly has a birthday today (32) and singer Lisa Lisa turns 52. I don't remember there being a last name shortage.

Singer Pitbull is 38 today. Whatever you do, don't wander into his yard.

New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees hits the 40-year-line today. Not just a nice guy, he's also a Saint.

Chad Lowe turns 51. He's basically the not so successful version of Rob Lowe. He was the one Hillary Swank forgot to thank in her Oscar acceptance speech in 2000. Wow, was that really 19 years ago?

Singer Lisa Lisa turns 52 52 today.
She leads a very repetitive life. Plans to visit Walla Walla.
I wonder if life doesn't seem too repetitive to her.
She's planning a quiet day, putting up some of her famous Cult Jam.

Mario Van Peebles turns 62 today. He's an …

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1535, England's King Henry the 8th declared himself the head of the church. I tried that once, but it didn't work either.

In 1774, a giant moment of irony, when General George Washington caused a traffic slowdown for the British on the Chris Christie bridge. How strange is that?

On this date in 1861, the steam elevator was patented by Elisha Otis. Not only could it take you up a couple of floors, but while doing that, it could press your suit.

In 1870, the Democratic party was represented as a donkey for the first time in a cartoon by Thomas Nast is Harper's Weekly.
They had their choice between the elephant and the donkey and decided to grab the ass.
Most people liked it and remarked, "Nice... ... uh, donkey!"
To be clear, it was the front end of the donkey, but over the years, they began using the face at the other end.
Needless to say, Shrek liked it.

On this date in 1892, the rules of basketball were officially published. Eventually, the NBA made trav…

Music Calendar...

In 1895 Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres in St. Petersburg.
In 1958 The Everly Brothers are first seen on British TV as guests on the "Perry Como Show."
In 1961 Motown Records signs the Supremes.
In 1964 Vee Jay Records sues Capitol over manufacturing and distribution rights to the Beatles.
In 1964 The soundtrack album of the musical "The King and I," starring Yul Brynner, is certified gold.
In 1965 The Who's first single, "I Can't Explain," is released.
In 1966 "My World Is Empty Without You" by the Supremes enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1966 The Rolling Stones' album "December Children" is certified gold.
In 1967 The film "The Fastest Guitar Alive" with Roy Orbison (Oh, Pretty Woman) and Sheb Wooley (Purple People Eater) premieres in New York.
In 1967 The Rolling Stones change the lyrics from "Let's Spend The Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together" for an…

Today In History.

In 1535 Henry VIII declares himself head of the English Church.

In 1559 England's Queen Elizabeth I is crowned in Westminister Abbey.

In 1777 People of New Connecticut (now Vermont) declare their independence.

In 1844 The University of Norte Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana.

In 1861 The steam elevator is patented by Elisha Otis.

In 1870 The Democratic party is represented as a donkey for the first time in a cartoon by Thomas Nast is Harper's Weekly.

In 1892 The rules of basketball are published for the first time, in Springfield, MA, where the game originated.

In 1919 Pianst and statesman Ignance Paderewski becomes the first premeirof the newly-created republic of Poland.

In 1942 Jawaharlal Nehru succeeds Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of India's National Congress Party.

In 1943 Work is completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the UnitedStates Department of Defense, at a cost of $83 million.

In 1967 The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, in the …

Born On This Day...

In 1622 Dramatist/playwright, Jean Baptiste Moliere

In 1716 Merchant, Philip Livingston (signed Declaration of Independence)

In 1841 Politician, Frederick Arthur Stanley (Stanley Cup named for him)

In 1845 Educator, Ella Flagg Young (first woman president of NEA)

In 1850 Russian mathematician, Sofya Kovalevskaya

In 1877 Psychologist, Lewis M. Terman (developed Stanford-Binet IQ test)

In 1882 Singer/actor, Henry Burr (Peerless Quartet)

In 1891 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Raymond Johnson Chapman (Indians)

In 1892 Football/hockey Hall-of-Famer, Hobey Baker

In 1893 Songwriter/playwright, Ivor Novello

In 1899 Actor/columnist/humorist, Goodman Ace

In 1906 Greek industrialist, Aristotle Onassis [d: 3-15-75]

In 1908 Physicist, Edward Teller (Hydrogen bomb) [d: 9-9-03]

In 1909 Bandleader/drummer, Gene Krupa (Benny Goodman) [d: 10-16-73]

In 1911 Stage producer/director, Cy Feuer (A Chorus Line) [d: 3-17-06]

In 1913 Actor, Lloyd Bridges (Sea Hunt, Blue & the Gray) [d: 3-10-98]

In 1917 Ad executive, Hal Mason (P…

TV/STREAMING . . .

Crazy-Ex Girlfriend recap: 'I Need Some Balance'. Turns out, your humble recapper has one more thing in common with Rebecca Bunch, the intrepid heroine of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: I ALSO hate the musical Cats! There is no plot! It should have just been a dance revue! Finally, the universe has answered my Andrew Lloyd Webber-resenting pleas with an epic episode of Crazy Ex that brings experimentally dancing humans in cat-costumes to their natural conclusion: being a metaphor for vaginas. Over the course of "I Need Some Balance" (it's about a vagina! Get it?), Rebecca meets a hungry cat, an itchy cat, a funky (smelling) cat, an elated cat, and of course, a cat who sings mournfully of feeling nostalgia, all played by an all-star spread of guest stars including Fred Armisen and Megan Amram. Horny, lonely, and tired of circling back through the same three guys over and over, Rebecca is determined to finally sleep with Jason-not-a-murderer, but her plans are repeatedly thw…

Movies

Sylvester Stallone changed The Expendables because of Terry Crews' performance. You can't have Terry Crews in your film and not utilize his talents! Sylvester Stallone learned that lesson during production on The Expendables. According to Crews, who stopped by PeopleTV's Couch Surfing to look back on past roles, the scene of Hale Caesar, his character, running through the tunnels was never in the original script. "When I was on that movie, I wasn't getting a lot of light and they kept changing the script and I just kept disappearing," the actor said. "I was like, 'You know what, I'm gonna mail it in. I'm gonna say my lines and go home. I wanna get out of here.' And something told me, 'Terry, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. You have this chance to make history.'" So, Crews showed up to work to say what few lines he had at the time with all the "gusto" he could muster, and it made an impact. "All of a sudde…

Music

Missy Elliott to be first female rapper to enter Songwriters Hall of Fame. This ain't gossip, folks. Missy Elliott will be the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott, the mistress of hip-hop behind albums like Under Construction (2002), This Is Not a Test (2003), and The Cookbook (2005), joins 2019's class of inductees, which includes British singing legend Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf), John Prine, Tom T. Hall (Johnny Cash's "all-time favorite songwriter"), Dallas Austin, and Jack Tempchin. Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri were previously inducted in 2017, which makes the "Work It" spitfire the third rapper to receive the honor. "The first thing you need to know is it's about the song, the second thing you need to know is it's about the song, the third thing you need to know is it's about the song," Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Nile Rodgers said. "That's true now more than ever but it has …

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Prince Harry 'Feels Responsible' for Duchess Meghan 'Being So Miserable'. Prince Harry can't help but feel responsible for his pregnant wife Duchess Meghan's unhappiness over a stream of negative stories and public criticism. "Meghan made a huge sacrifice by moving across the pond, away from her mom and friends," an insider reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. "Marrying into the royal family isn't anywhere near as glamorous as it seems, so in a lot of ways Harry feels responsible for Meghan being so miserable." A source close to the duchess adds that the 34-year-old prince "takes any attack on Meghan very personally." "He's wanted to publicly make a statement many times defending Meghan and addressing the false rumors," the source says. "But was advised not to." Following their November 2017 engagement and subsequent wedding in May, Meghan, 37, has faced a series of negative stories in the media, inclu…