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UCN DailyPrep for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Today’s Audio

Morgan Freeman Apologizes for Starbucks

Starbucks will close 8,000 stores on May 29th for racial bias training. Morgan Freeman is here to apologize on behalf of Starbucks for being racist.


Song Parody: Imagine Dragons - Thunder
This parody of "Thunder" by Imagine Dragons is about getting your tax refund.

Katy Perry Flex Seal

Commercial Parody
Katy Perry ripped her pants on American Idol, so we take audio from the incident and put her in an ad for Flex Seal.

Work ‘til 95

Song Parody: Dolly Parton - "9 to 5"
This parody of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" is about people working until they are 95.

The Greatest Day Ever - April 18th (04-18)

This GDE is for WEDNESDAY April 18th, the day Paul Revere set out on horseback to rouse the Minutemen, warning that the British were coming.

The Greatest Day Ever - April 19th (04-19)

This GDE is for THURSDAY April 19th, the day the MLB first started putting player names on the back of their jerseys.

Found Sound

Michigan Meteorologist Tired of Being the Constant Bearer of Bad News

Found Sound
Western Michigan meteorologist Garry Frank (of FOX affiliate WXMI) is tired of the cold weather and everyone, including his co-anchors, complaining about it.

The Animals 'House of the Rising Sun' (Death Metal Version)

Found Sound
Musical remixer Andy Rehfeldt recruited his gravel-voiced friend Bördi to transform the already ominous-sounding 'House of the Rising Sun' by The Animals, into a full-blown death metal waltz.

Poppy Wants to Know 'Why It's So Winter?'

Celebrity Audio
Pseudo-YouTube phenomenon Poppy wonders aloud why it still so cold out... In her patented whining way.


Written Prep For Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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Today’s One-Liners

The White House said Tuesday that President Trump has filed an extension for his 2017 tax return. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says it’s done by many Americans with “complex returns.”***

***Sarah was asked who exactly is handling President Trump’s extension. Then there was a pause so everyone could come up with Stormy Daniels jokes.

***As a businessman, President Trump has to file a complicated Schedule A and Schedule C. Late last night, Sean Hannity’s credibility filed a Schedule DOA.


The IRS e-file system crashed around midday on Tuesday but was later restored. The agency says it won’t punish taxpayers whose returns are filed late due to the technical glitch.***

***It was a mysterious system wide computer crash. In a related story, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Now who has to testify before Congress?”


Reaction continues to Katy Perry laughing too hard and splitting her pants on “American Idol.” Katy ended up flashing her backside at the show’s audience.***

***Judging from the ratings, ABC wouldn’t be too upset if she split altogether.

***Katy shows her backside and yet “American Idol” gets lousy ratings, in spite of a…crack promotional team.


Khloe Kardashian’s baby True Thompson already has her own Instagram account with 144,000 followers.***

***In a related story, Khloe has talked to a private detective agency and Tristan will be followed 24/7.


Shia LaBeouf is reportedly filming a biopic about his own life where he’ll play his own father. Young star of “A Quiet Place,” Noah Jupe, will play Shia as a boy in the film” Honey Boy.”***

***Shia as an adult is a wild partier. The young actor wants to show that the apple doesn’t fall far from the Long Island Iced Tea.

***In “A Quiet Place,” Noah had to avoid talking. In real life, having that breathalyzer in his mouth makes it hard for Shia to talk.


Reports say Kanye West may be releasing his new album soon. The music would be the follow-up to 2016’s “The Life of Pablo.”***

***Fans are excited that Kanye is back in the studio. I’d be excited if he were in the sequel to the “Quiet Place” movie so he wouldn’t talk so much.


The trailer is online for Snoop Dogg’s science fiction movie “Unbelievable!!!” featuring dozens of former “Star Trek” actors. The movie, with Snoop trying to conquer the world with an army of plants, is due out this year.***

***Who knew that a stoner like Snoop was a….budding movie mogul?

***The star of the movie is a James T. Kirk puppet. And, just like William Shatner, he chews the scenery as if he’s got a bad case of the munchies.


A robot has been nominated to run for mayor of Tokyo, promising to be “fair and balanced” to all constituents.***

***Being a politician can be just nuts. This is one candidate who literally has a screw loose.

***But, like a typical politician, he’s already paid hush money to an instant pot he had an affair with.

Celebrity News

Vanessa A. Williams has filed for a divorce for the second time from her husband, Andre Wiseman. Williams, who is known for her role in the “Soul Food” series, married Wiseman in 1993 and filed for the first time in 2007. The divorce was dismissed last year, however she has now filed again. Williams is asking for joint physical and legal custody of their 14-year-old son.


Abby Lee Miller is recovering from emergency surgery after an infection in her spine was discovered. The 51-year-old former “Dance Moms” star went to the doctor complaining of neck pain over the weekend and she was sent to the emergency room. “She came to me complaining of excruciating neck pain a few days ago,” Dr. Melamed explained in a statement. “I had to send her to the emergency room.” “Something bad was going to happen if something was not done. We were trying to transfer her, but I knew she may not make it by the time we get to another hospital,” the doctor continued. “She had what appeared to be an infection that went from the bottom of her neck to the 11th vertebrae in the mid-part of the spine. That’s about 13-14 segments. It’s extremely unusual.” “She was completely, basically paralyzed. If we didn’t do something, she was going to die. Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well,” he added. Miller was rushed into surgery at 1am PT on Tuesday morning and she is now recovering after a four-hour procedure.


Noah Jupe is playing a young Shia LaBeouf. The 13-year-old “A Quiet Place” star will play a young Shia in “Honey Boy,” an upcoming biopic. The story, co-written by Shia, tells the story of his relationship with his father at two different stages in his life: as a young boy starting out in the industry, and as a young man with a career. “Honey Boy” was his father’s nickname for Shia. Lucas Hedges will play Shia during the time he starred in “Even Stevens.”


Ed Skrein will play the villain in the upcoming sequel to Disney’s “Maleficent.” Ed also played a villain in 2016’s “Deadpool.” He will again play a villain in “Alita: Battle Angel.” Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning will return for the next installment, which follows the 2014 smash hit original. The plot for the film is not yet known, however. The movie also doesn’t have a release date yet.


Jurors in Bill Cosby’s sex assault retrial heard Tuesday that the disgraced comedian told police he couldn’t have slept with accuser Andrea Constand because he doesn’t like sex. Cosby is being retried on three counts of sexual assault against Constand, 45, who claims he drugged and assaulted her in his home in 2004. When she reported the alleged assault to the Cheltenham Police Department, they questioned him at his lawyer’s office on January 26th, 2005. Jurors heard portions of the transcript from their exchange in court.

“So you never had sexual intercourse [with Constand]?” police Lt. Richard Pethel asked Cosby.

“Never asleep nor awake,” he replied. “Why didn’t you have sexual intercourse?” Cosby was asked.

“I don’t like it,” he replied.

He went on, claiming that while Constand never initiated sex, she was a “willing participant.”

Cosby also admitted to giving her pills to relax her, saying he “felt comfortable” doing that. He later claimed that Constand “has a learning disability” and that their relationship “became work, which is why I was happy when she found the masseuse thing and went back to Canada.”

Constand is among several dozen women who have made similar claims against Cosby, but only her case can go to trial because of statute of limitations laws.

Cosby, 80, denies all wrongdoing. His first trial in 2017 ended in a hung jury. He faces up to ten years behind bars on each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault if convicted.


Harvey Weinstein has unloaded yet another home as his legal battles continue. The disgraced movie mogul listed a cottage in West Hollywood for rent in February, but he ended up selling it off-market for $1.8 million. The 1920s Tudor cottage was recently renovated. It was reportedly purchased by a corporate entity connected to him in 2015 for $1.55 million. The 1,400-square foot home was the site of an argument between Weinstein and his daughter Remy (one of his three children with ex-wife Eve Chilton) in October. The fight got so tense, it resulted in a visit from the LAPD. Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct, including rape, by dozens of women. There are criminal investigations in NYC, LA and London against him. He denies allegations of nonconsensual sex.


Kim Kardashian isn’t up on her trivia, according to “Family Feud” host Steve Harvey. Kim and the rest of her family battle it out on an upcoming Celebrity episode of the popular show. Harvey appeared Tuesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and confessed that Kim “didn’t know nothing.” Her husband Kanye West though, was up for the task. “Kanye was the best Family Feud celebrity panelist we’ve ever had on the show,” Harvey says, adding that the game even prompted a rare smile from the rapper.


Steven Spielberg recently became the first director to have made more than $10 billion at the box office worldwide. Box Office Mojo reports that “Ready Player One” pushed Spielberg past the incredible milestone. Most of the credit goes to “Jurassic Park,” though the “Indiana Jones” franchise, “E.T.,” “Jaws,” “Lincoln” and dozens more all contributed.


Jim Carrey has shared yet another political portrait, this time of Fox News host Sean Hannity. Carrey depicted Hannity as an endangered fish creature with a caption that reads: “Some endangered species aren’t worth saving!” Carrey has been making headlines for his blistering portraits of prominent Republicans, including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and President Donald Trump.


The next installment of “How To Train Your Dragon” is coming. Dreamworks Animation announced the title of the third movie in the franchise on Tuesday. And the title is: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” The movie, which is a continuation of the adventure of Hiccup and his dragon Toothless, is set to hit theaters on March 1, 2019. T.J. Miller, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig and Kit Harington are among the many stars set to voice characters in the movie. “Discover a new world. 3.1.19,” the company teased.


ABC has given a series order to an untitled spinoff of “The Goldbergs” that follows teachers from William Penn Academy as seen on the 1980s based comedy. The spinoff is slated to premiere during the 2018-2019 season and will take place during the 1990s. Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott), Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) and AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis) are set to star and reprise their roles from “The Goldbergs” as the eccentric staff of William Penn Academy who despite their crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students. “The Goldbergs” was renewed for two more seasons in May following the end of Season 4. Season 5 is currently airing on ABC.


Blake Lively is set to make her debut on an episode of “Sesame Street,” and posted a photo to her Instagram of her posing with Big Bird. In the caption, the 30-year-old actress revealed that in elementary school, students used to call her Big Bird in an attempt to make fun of her. “Kids used to make fun of me in elementary school by calling me Big Bird (because I was ‘too tall’ and had ‘yellow’ hair). Here’s to making best buddies with the things that once hurt you,” she posted.


“Cash Me Outside” girl aka Danielle Bregoli aka Bhad Bhabie is strutting into the world of reality TV. Bregoli has signed a deal to with InventTV to create a docuseries about her music career, which has taken off considerably since she rocketed to stardom after appearing on the “Dr. Phil Show” last year, a spokesperson for the production company said. The rapper and InventTV are producing a pilot, which will focus on both her personal and professional life and “several networks are interested” in the project, according to InventTV. The reality TV series began shooting on Saturday, as Bregoli kicked off her first show on tour, a sold-out gig in Santa Ana, California.

Music News

Authorities say a man arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was wearing a mask and rubber gloves, had a knife, rope and ammunition, and told police he had driven from his Colorado home to see the singer who was not there at the time. The details were contained in a temporary restraining order preventing the man, 38-year-old Julius Sandrock of Broomfield, Colorado, from possessing guns. Police say Sandrock was arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony stalking and was expected to be released Tuesday while the investigation continues. Police who requested the restraining order said Sandrock told officers he owned three handguns and is on probation in Colorado for firing one of the weapons. Another man was arrested on April 8th for trespassing on the same property.


Kelly Clarkson is hosting the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, NBC revealed. “To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned. I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan,” Kelly said in a funny statement following the announcement. The show airs live on May 20th on NBC.


DJ Khaled is looking to trademark his son Asahd’s name. According to the site, Asahd Tuck Khaled was filed for trademarking on everything, including “keychains, perfumes, cosmetics, clothing (i.e. jogging suits), linens, video games and jewelry.” Asahd’s name could also appear on baby products including strollers, pacifiers and mini kid cars.


The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB), led by former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, has announced a summer tour that’ll kick off on July 8th in Quincy, California at the High Sierra Music Festival, with dates stretching through October 6th when the band hits Burlingham, New York, and the Catskills Wine & Food Festival. In addition to their original material, CRB’s recent shows have included covers of the Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup,” Delaney & Bonnie’s “Poor Elijah (Tribute To Robert Johnson),” Roy Orbison’s “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream),” Slim Harpo’s “Got Love If You Want It,” Elvis Presley’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha,” Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street,” and John Lennon’s “Watching The Wheels,” among others.

On Saturday, CRB will release a special Record Store Day exclusive four-LP box set, titled “Raven’s Reels, Vol. 1.” The collection includes covers of the Beach Boys’ “Sail On Sailor” and the Flying Burrito Brothers’ “Lazy Day.” Vintage Vinyl News reported: “The collection is a complete concert recording from their September 24th, 2017 show at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. It marks the first vinyl edition from the band’s celebrated Raven’s Reels digital concert release series recorded by band archivist Chris ‘The Raven’ Albers. Only 1,200 copies are being released.”

Chris Robinson Brotherhood tour dates:

Apr. 20   Live Oak, FL   Wanee Festival
May 26, 27   Palmer, AK   Great Alaska Music Festival
Jun. 07   Vail, CO   GoPro Mountain Games
Jul. 08   Quincy, CA   High Sierra Music Festival
Jul. 09, 10   Tustin, CA   Marty’s On Newport
Jul. 12   San Luis Obispo, CA   Fremont Theatre
Jul. 14   Flagstaff, AZ   Orpheum Theatre
Jul. 15   Telluride, CO   Ride Festival
Jul. 17   Omaha, NE   The Waiting Room
Jul. 18   Green Bay, WI   Meyer Theatre
Jul. 20   Cleveland, OH   House of Blues
Jul. 21   Scranton, PA   Peach Music Festival
Jul. 22   Fairfield, CT   The Warehouse
Jul. 24   Providence, RI   Fete Music Hall
Jul. 26   Asbury Park, NJ   The Stone Pony
Jul. 27   Patchogue, NY   Stereo Garden
Jul. 28   Beverly, MA   Cabot Theatre
Jul. 29   Plymouth, NH   Flying Monkey
Jul. 31   Baltimore, MD   Ram’s Head Live
Aug. 02   Richmond, VA   The National
Aug. 03   Wilmington, NC   Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Aug. 04   Maryville, TN   The Shed
Aug. 05   Cincinnati, OH   20th Century Theatre
Aug. 07   Indianapolis, IN   Deluxe at Old National Center
Aug. 09   Milwaukee, WI   Turner Hall Ballroom
Aug. 10   Kalamazoo, MI   Bell’s Beer Garden
Sept. 21, 22   Ferndale, CA   Freaks For The Festival
Oct. 06   Burlingham, NY   Catskills Wine & Food Festival


Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has responded to a Jane Doe lawsuit that accuses him of forcible rape and infliction of emotional distress. In the $10 million lawsuit, which was filed March 23rd in Los Angeles Superior Court, the woman alleges that she spent time with Simmons at a nightclub following a concert, and went with him to his hotel room after he told her he needed to retrieve an item. She then says the Def Jam Records co-founder sexually threatened her and her young son, who had attended the concert, and subsequently threw her on the bed and raped her. A response filed Tuesday by Simmons’ lawyers states, “Plaintiff’s Complaint is a work of pure fiction. Her use of two of the most vile allegations possible – accusing well known defendant Russell Simmons of threatening to molest her son before raping her – is nothing more than an attempt by ‘Jane Doe’ to extort large sums of money from Mr. Simmons and for her lawyer to try to make a name for himself.” Simmons’ lawyers are calling for the case to be dismissed, with the response further declaring, “While Plaintiff’s case is substantively baseless and utterly false, all three causes of action ultimately will fail on statute of limitations grounds.” Prior to this latest legal response, Simmons issued a statement on March 26th in which he vehemently refuted the woman’s allegations.


Sam Hunt won Single of the Year at the ACM Awards Sunday evening for his 34-week No. 1, “Body Like a Back Road,” but when presenters Dustin Lynch and Nancy O’Dell called his name, Sam was nowhere to be found.  But an Instagram post explains his absence. The post shows Sam wearing a formal suit, next to another man clad in a tux. “Thank you Academy Of Country Music for the award for Single of the Year,” Sam writes. “I was celebrating the marriage of my long time friend and tour manager John Worthington. This made the weekend extra special. See y’all next year!” Sam penned “Body Like a Back Road” with Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally.  The song saw massive chart success last year when it spent an unprecedented 34 straight weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, breaking Florida Georgia Line’s previous 24-week record for “Cruise” in 2013.


Sugarland will release their first album in nearly eight years on June 8th, but you can hear the project’s title track now. Co-written by Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles, “Bigger” is a triumphant track with hand-clap rhythms and slick production that has Jennifer urging you to not give up. “Bigger” is the first hint of new music from the band following the release of the album’s lead single, “Still the Same,” which the duo dropped late last year. Sugarland is expected to drop another new song later this week. That song, titled “Babe,” was written by Taylor Swift and Train’s Pat Monahan.


J. Cole has announced that his fifth studio album titled “KOD” will release on Friday. The rapper made the surprise announcement on Twitter Monday after holding a listening party featuring the new 12-track album in New York. Cole invited guests to the listening party on Twitter noting that there was no press or guest list and that anyone could join on a “first come, first serve” basis. Another listening party is set to take place in London. “KOD” comes following the release of his last album 4 Your Eyez Only which was also suddenly announced days before its release in December 2016.


Toby Keith will bring his star power to Los Angeles’ inaugural Tailgate Fest on the Forum’s grounds over Labor Day Weekend. The event will take place September 1st outside the stadium in Inglewood, California, delivering a full day of country music and tailgating. The twist is that rather than typical tailgating where fans show up early and then need to pack up their party supplies before heading inside for the show, with Tailgate Fest the main event is brought to them with an outdoor stage in the parking lot.  Keith joins the festival while on his “Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour XXV.” Other performers will be announced at a later date. The fest will include activities such as the Tailgate Cornhole World Championships, the Jacked Up Truck Competition where judges will select the “Best in Show” truck of the day, the Two Step Honky Tonk for anyone aiming to show off their dancing skills and a Dunk Tank for the athletically gifted.


My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has announced the details of his next solo album. The 11-track collection is titled “Uniform Distortion” and will be released June 29th. The first preview of “Uniform Distortion” is a track called “Just a Fool,” which is streaming now alongside a black-and-white performance clip on YouTube. “Uniform Distortion” is the follow-up to 2016’s “Eternally Even.” James’ most recent album with My Morning Jacket is 2015’s “The Waterfall.” The Uniform Distortion track list:

  1. “Just a Fool”
  2. “You Get to Rome”
  3. “Out of Time”
  4. “Throwback”
  5. “No Secrets”
  6. “Yes to Everything”
  7. “No Use Waiting”
  8. “All in Your Head”
  9. “Better Late than Never”
  10. “Over and Over”
  11. “Too Good to Be True”


After spending a year in California, the MTV Video Music Awards are coming back to the East Coast. The network announced Tuesday that the 2018 VMAs will be held August 20th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Last year’s ceremony was held in Inglewood, California, and the year before it was at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Radio City Music Hall was the home of the inaugural VMAs in 1984.


The 2018 Billboard Music Awards are coming up in a few weeks and the full list of nominations was revealed Tuesday. This year, the show will be airing live on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20th. According to Billboard, nominees are chosen “through a number of factors, including key interactions with music fans, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement, as tracked by Billboard and its data partners over a 12-month period.” Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars are in the lead with 15 BBMA nominations apiece. All three are up for Top Artist, competing against Drake (9 noms total), and Taylor Swift (5 noms total) in that field. Post Malone is up for 12 BBMAs, and Imagine Dragons snagged 10 nods. Justin Bieber and Cardi B are tied with 8 nominations, and the boys behind “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, have 7 apiece. Cardi is up for Top New Artist, facing off against 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Khalid and Kodak Black. Nominees include:

Top Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:

  • 21 Savage
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Khalid
  • Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Sam Hunt
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Halsey
  • Demi Lovato
  • Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Coldplay
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Migos
  • U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Streaming Songs Artist:

  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Radio Songs Artist:

  • Halsey
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Bruno Mars
  • Charlie Puth
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Social Artist:

  • Justin Bieber
  • BTS
  • Ariana Grande
  • Demi Lovato
  • Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:

  • Coldplay
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran
  • U2

Top R&B Artist:

  • Chris Brown
  • Khalid
  • Bruno Mars
  • SZA
  • The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:

  • Khalid
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:

  • Beyoncé
  • Rihanna
  • SZA

Top R&B Tour:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Lionel Richie
  • The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Migos
  • Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:

  • Bhad Bhabie
  • Cardi B
  • Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:

  • Cole
  • JAY-Z
  • Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist:

  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist:

  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:

  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist:

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Linkin Park
  • The Man
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:

  • Coldplay
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • U2

Top Latin Artist:

  • J Balvin
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Ozuna
  • Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Calvin Harris
  • Kygo
  • Marshmello

Top Christian Artist:

  • Elevation Worship
  • Hillsong UNITED
  • Hillsong Worship
  • MercyMe
  • Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:

  • Anthony Brown & group therAPy
  • Travis Greene
  • J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Tamela Mann

Top Billboard 200 Album:

  • Drake – “More Life”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.”
  • Post Malone – “Stoney”
  • Ed Sheeran – “÷ (Divide)”
  • Taylor Swift – “reputation”

Top Selling Album:

  • Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.”
  • P!nk, Beautiful – “Trauma”
  • Ed Sheeran – “÷ (Divide)”
  • Chris Stapleton – “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Taylor Swift – “reputation”

Top Soundtrack:

  • “Black Panther”
  • “The Fate of the Furious: The Album”
  • “The Greatest Showman”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2”
  • “Moana”

Top R&B Album:

  • Khalid – “American Teen”
  • Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
  • SZA – “CTRL”
  • The Weeknd – “Starboy”

Top Rap Album:

  • Drake – “More Life”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.”
  • Lil Uzi Vert – “Luv Is Rage 2”
  • Migos – “Culture”
  • Post Malone – “Stoney”

Top Country Album:

  • Kane Brown – “Kane Brown”
  • Luke Combs – “This One’s For You”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Life Changes”
  • Chris Stapleton – “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Brett Young – “Brett Young”

Top Rock Album:

  • Imagine Dragons – “Evolve”
  • Linkin Park – “One More Light”
  • Panic! At The Disco – “Death of a Bachelor”
  • The Man – “Woodstock”
  • U2 – “Songs of Experience”

Top Latin Album:

  • Nicky Jam – “Fenix”
  • Christian Nodal – “Me Deje Llevar”
  • Ozuna – “Odisea”
  • Romeo Santos – “Golden”
  • Shakira – “El Dorado”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

  • Avicii – “AVĨCI (01)”
  • The Chainsmokers – “Memories…Do Not Open”
  • Calvin Harris – “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1”
  • Kygo – “Stargazing”
  • ODESZA – “A Moment Apart”

Top Christian Album:

  • Elevation Worship – “There Is A Cloud”
  • Hillsong UNITED – “Wonder”
  • Hillsong Worship – “Let There Be Light”
  • Alan Jackson – “Precious Memories Collection”
  • MercyMe – “Lifer”

Top Gospel Album:

  • Anthony Brown & group therAPy – “A Long Way From Sunday”
  • Travis Greene – “Crossover: Live From Music City”
  • J. Hairston & Youthful Praise – “You Deserve It”
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard – “Heart. Passion. Pursuit”
  • Marvin Sapp – “Close”

Top Hot 100 Song:

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”
  • Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shape Of You”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”
  • Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour LLIF3″
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
  • Post Malone ft. Quavo – “Congratulations”

Top Streaming Song (Video):

  • Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Lil Pump – “Gucci Gang”
  • Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Top Selling Song:

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Sam Hunt – “Body Like A Back Road”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”

Top Radio Song:

  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
  • Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
  • Charlie Puth – “Attention”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Top Collaboration:

  • Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • French Montana ft. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

Top R&B Song:

  • Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
  • Khalid – “Young Dumb & Broke”
  • Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
  • Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse”

Top Rap Song:

  • Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
  • DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One
  • French Montana ft. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

Top Country Song:

  • Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina – “What Ifs”
  • Sam Hunt – “Body Like A Back Road”
  • Dustin Lynch – “Small Town Boy”
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – “Meant To Be”
  • Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Top Rock Song:

  • Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
  • Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
  • The Man – “Feel It Still”
  • The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”

Top Latin Song:

  • J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”
  • Becky G ft. Bad Bunny – “Mayores”
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Maluma – “Felices Los 4”
  • Wisin ft. Ozuna – “Escapate Conmigo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
  • Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato – “No Promises”
  • Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie – “Rockabye”
  • Kygo & Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
  • Zedd & Alessia Cara – “Stay”

Top Christian Song:

  • Elevation Worship – “O Come To The Altar”
  • Hillsong Worship – “What A Beautiful Name”
  • Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You”
  • MercyMe – “Even If”
  • Zach Williams – “Old Church Choir”

Top Gospel Song:

  • Anthony Brown & group therAPy – “Trust In You”
  • Travis Greene – “You Waited”
  • J. Hairston & Youthful Praise – “You Deserve It”
  • Tamela Mann – “Change Me”
  • Charlie Wilson – “I’m Blessed”

Water Cooler Talk

Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas, just days after deciding to stop medical treatments and focus on comfort care. She was 92. Bush was in failing health due to congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush and mother of former President George W. Bush, Bush was active in charitable causes and promoted global literacy projects, forming the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989. The Bushes celebrated their 73rd anniversary this January. She is survived by her husband, five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a brother, and will go down in history as one of only two first ladies, along with Abigail Adams, to also be the mother of a president. The Bush family announced that the public will be able to pay their respects to the former first lady on Friday, with an invitation-only funeral service scheduled for Saturday.


One person died Tuesday after a Southwest Airlines plane had engine failure and was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The National Transportation Safety Board said this is the first accidental domestic airline fatality in nine years; in 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo, killing 49 people on board and one person on the ground. The Southwest plane was en route from New York City to Dallas with 144 passengers and five crew members when the engine failed midair. Passenger Matt Tranchin told ABC News he heard a “huge explosion and glass shattering three rows ahead of me,” and passenger Cassie Adams said a woman was “sucked out” of a broken window. Two male passengers were able to pull her back in and then performed CPR, Adams said, with one blocking the window to protect the other passengers. Adams thought “the plane was going down,” she added. “It was terrifying. Those men are heroes.” Seven people sustained minor injuries, but were not taken to hospitals, officials said. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly called it “a sad day,” and commended the flight crew “for their swift action and for safely landing this aircraft.” The incident is under investigation.


President Trump filed an extension on his 2017 tax return, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in statement Tuesday. He’ll instead fill them out by the October 15th deadline, per The New York Times. It’s a repeat of last year, when Trump waited until June to file his extension. Sanders explained that Trump needed more time to finish his taxes just like “many Americans with complex returns.”


Starbucks is going to close some 8,000 stores across the United States on May 29th in order to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores,” the company announced Tuesday. Approximately 175,000 Starbucks employees will receive the training, and it will be incorporated into the training for new hires as well. The decision follows a Philadelphia store manager calling the police on two black men last week for “trespassing” while they were waiting in the Starbucks for a business meeting. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson told “Good Morning America” on Monday that the company would be “look[ing] more broadly at the circumstances that set that up just to ensure that never happens again.” Executive chairman and founder Howard Schultz said in Tuesday’s statement: “The company’s founding values are based on humanity and inclusion. We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer.”

Our Weird World

Virginia State Senior Trooper D.H. Cepelnik can now add “bear cub rescuer” to his résumé. Cepelnik was called out to a car accident in Franklin County last Thursday. When he arrived, he discovered a bear had been hit by a vehicle and killed while crossing the highway. She left behind two cubs stranded on the side of the road, but Cepelnik was able to wrangle the cubs and take them to Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. The cubs weigh about four pounds each, and are “dehydrated and mildly anemic,” the center said. Once they are fully recovered, the cubs will be released back into the wild, but for now, they are enjoying playing with each other and skipping their bottles – the cubs prefer to eat wet dog food mixed with a formula designed specifically for black bear cubs.

– One-Liner: As you can guess, the cubs are unbearably cute.

– One-Liner: Before the wildlife center, the cop put the cubs in an office…cubbyhole.

– One-Liner:: This story went viral, thanks to a local cub reporter.


The makers of upcoming documentary “Superpower Dogs” said the final day of filming brought a Guinness World Record for largest dog photo shoot. The producers of the 3D IMAX documentary, which is scheduled to premiere in March 2019, said 108 dogs and their owners gathered in Los Angeles for a “Superpower your Dog Day” event on the last day of filming. The canines and owners posed for photos at the event, earning a Guinness World Records title for the largest dog photo shoot. A Guinness adjudicator was on hand to verify the record and present producers with a certificate. “Superpower Dogs” follows five real-life dogs performing daring duties including natural disaster rescue operations and tracking wildlife poachers.

– One-Liner: Getting everyone to stop barking was…ruff.

– One-Liner: Good looking bunch of dogs. Most of them were…fetching.

– One-Liner: Getting the dogs to sit for one picture showed real…staying power.


Police in Georgia shared security camera footage of a GameStop store burglar who tried to conceal his face with an unusual disguise – a clear plastic wrapper. The St. Marys Police Department posted video to Facebook showing security camera footage from the Thursday night burglary. The video shows the male suspect wearing the plastic wrapper from a package of bottled water over his head, completely failing to hide his face with the clear plastic. Police are asking members of the public for help identifying the “craftily disguised gent.” “You can help us catch him, once you stop laughing,” police wrote.

– One-Liner: He didn’t think this out….clearly.

– One-Liner: His attempt to disguise his features was pretty transparent.


Two New Hampshire men are trying to spread some positivity in Nashua with their feel-good signs. Greg Amaral and Wendell Walker have stood in downtown Nashua with signs carrying positive messages each weekend since Easter Sunday. They say their goal is to encourage people to be happy and follow their dreams. Photographer Craig Michaud shared a picture of the pair on Facebook. Michaud tagged Mayor Jim Donchess, who later shared the post on his page. Donchess appreciates Amaral and Walker’s campaign. He says they’re helping Nashua become “a city of kindness.” Amaral says they’ve seen “an outpouring of beautiful people” since they started their mission. The duo welcomes anyone who would like to join them.

– One-Liner: Once people cheer up, these guys intend to…sign off.

– One-Liner: They stood around with the signs until they were tired and their heads hurt. It was like a sign-us headache.


A resident in Peoria, Illinois, called police after a “suspicious” stranger knocked on his door and discussed a loan program to buy 5,000 chickens, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. A 37-year-old resident said he was approached at his home April 8th by an “older” and “skinny” man with gray, curly hair, the report stated. At first, the stranger asked if the resident needed any trees trimmed, the report stated. Then he began to ask about the resident’s children and if any were over the age of 8, police said. “This male began rambling on that kids over 8 years old can … get a loan to purchase up to 5,000 chickens,” the report stated. The stranger’s patter “freaked out” the resident, who asked him to leave. A deputy scoured the area for the stranger but came up empty.

– One-Liner: Having 5,000 chickens and roosters is really nothing to crow about.

– One-Liner: I hope nobody is egging this guy on.

– One-Liner: But if they can’t get the chickens, the kids have empty nest syndrome.


Flynn the golden retriever has a very cool new skill. Burger King’s U.K. branch has released a video to YouTube of a guide dog being successfully trained to smell out flame-grilled Whoppers for his visually impaired owner. British hockey player Nathan Tree describes his golden retriever Flynn as his “best friend” who “saves my life every day.” Traveling often for his career on the ice, Tree was inspired to teach his pup to sniff out Burger King Whoppers, his “go-to food.” Fortunately for the sweet pair, dog trainers in the video say that it’s “incredibly easy” to teach a dog to detect the scent of flame-grilled beef. After fifteen days of training, Flynn is successfully able to identify a flame-grilled Whopper in a blind scent test with another burger and fish and chips, just in time for Tree’s trip to Paris.

– One-Liner: His burger sniffing talent has been unleashed.

– One-Liner: Get him near a Whopper and he’s hot under the collar.

– One-Liner: Dog trainers want to know the owner’s method and they plan to….grill him about it.

– One-Liner: The Whopper sniffing dog is special, you bet your buns.


The precarious future of the planet affects everyone, and we often hear about the immediate human impact of natural disasters stemming from climate change. But what happens when an entire generation grows up listening to and watching negative news about the environment? How does it affect the health of their psyche? Swell Investing commissioned a study conducted by The Harris Poll to measure the effects of negative news about the environment and what actions they’re taking to address it. Among the findings:

  • 92% of Americans are worried about the future of our planet
  • Nearly three quarters (72%) of millennials 18-34 say that watching, hearing and/or reading negative news stories about the environment sometimes has an impact on their emotional wellbeing (e.g., anxiety, racing thoughts, sleep problems, a feeling of uneasiness)
  • Among those who say they are worried about the future of our planet, about two-thirds say they take steps to reduce energy use in their home (68%) or take steps to reduce water waste in their home (64%)
  • Only 13% of American adults invest in environmentally responsible companies to address worries about the future of the planet, but millennials are ahead of the curve with 20% investing in companies that prioritize the environment.

When asked: “Which of the following makes you worried about the future of our planet?”

  • 65% answered air pollution/quality
  • 57% answered the availability of clean drinking water
  • 56% answered the overproduction of waste (i.e. not enough room in landfills for the trash we produce)


In a lucky break for procrastinators, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday it will let people have an additional day to file and pay their taxes because its website had issues throughout the day. Now, individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due on April 17 have until midnight April 18 to take care of things. The IRS said despite system outages, taxpayers were still able to file through their software providers and Free File. “This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter said in a statement. “The IRS appreciates everyone’s patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation.”


Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are the presumptive favorites to repeat as NBA champions later this spring, and they already have the rest of the league beat in one category: merchandising. Curry and the Dubs led the league in jersey sales this season for the third straight year. It helps that the Warriors have some of the best-looking jerseys in the league, but three straight trips to the NBA Finals certainly helps too. According to the NBA, Curry was the most-bought jersey in the league and the Warriors as a team sold the most jerseys for the 2017-18 season. Not surprisingly, Cleveland’s LeBron James was the runner-up for most popular jersey. Fellow Warrior Kevin Durant was third on the list, while Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Boston’s Kyrie Irving rounded out the top five. Two rookies made the top 15 list, including Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (10) and the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (12). The Cavaliers, Lakers, Sixers and Celtics round out the top five on the best-selling teams this season.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys

  1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  5. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
  6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
  7. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
  8. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
  10. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  11. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
  12. Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers
  13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
  14. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
  15. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Boston Celtics
  6. Milwaukee Bucks
  7. Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. New York Knicks
  9. Chicago Bulls
  10. Houston Rockets

Who Am I?

– I am a reserve officer in the Los Angeles Police Department.

– I appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song “Voices That Care.”

– I studied political science at MIT on a scholarship.

– I revealed on “Inside the Actors Studio” that I have an IQ of 184.

– The high school in the animated series “Family Guy” was named after me.

James Woods

Impossible Question

44% of moms say they would rather give up sex for a month than give up this. What? (Makeup)


23.5% of adults admit they don’t always do this. What? (Flush the toilet)


43% of men say wearing these make them feel more “manly.” Wearing what? (Boxers)

Best TiVo Bets For Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Daytime Lineup:
Live! With Kelly & Ryan (Syn) Joel McHale, Letitia Wright
The View (ABC) James Comey
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) Amy Schumer, Evan Rachel Wood, Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line
The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) Kate Walsh
The Talk (CBS) Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, Adam Rodriguez, Derrick Levasseur
The Real (Syn) Beverly Bond
Steve (Syn) Jeffrey Wright, Morgan Stewart, Garcelle Beauvais, Malika Haww
Harry (Syn) Emily Wickersham
Primetime Lineup:
Survivor (CBS) An eating challenge.
Criminal Minds (CBS) (2 hour season finale) The team heads to New Mexico to investigate a case in which the victims’ temporal lobes are targeted.
The Voice (NBC) The remaining artists perform.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) Benson runs into an old friend while trying to find a kidnapped woman and her daughter.
Chicago PD (NBC) The team looks for a connection between a kidnapping and multiple bank robberies.
Empire (FOX) Tiana’s new single is a hit; Cookie handles things.
Star (FOX) Noah and Alex spend time together; Take 3 and Noah Brooks battle it out.
The Goldbergs (ABC) (repeat)
Alex, Inc. (ABC) Alex tries to impress Rooni’s mom when she visits.
Modern Family (ABC) (repeat)
American Housewife (ABC) (repeat)
Designated Survivor (ABC) More information leaks from President Kirkman’s therapy sessions.
Riverdale (The CW) Rehearsals for the school play begin; Betty and Veronica are at odds.
The Originals (The CW) (season premiere) Rebekah has commitment issues; Hope takes big risks to bring her father back.
The Real Housewives Of New York City (Bravo) The women go to the Hamptons; Dorinda and Sonja have a fight.
The Americans (FX) Elizabeth gets hold of distressing intelligence; Philip gives Henry news.
Late Night Lineup:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Claire Danes, Letitia Wright, Kevin Delaney
Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC) (repeat)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS) Cynthia Nixon, Alan Cumming, Franz Ferdinand
Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS) Christina Hendricks, Luke Hemsworth, Abigail Spencer, Aparna Nancherla
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Josh Radnor, Mimicking Birds, Tom Segura
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Gwen Stefani, Josh Holloway, Dierks Bentley
Conan (TBS) Joe Manganiello, Natasha Leggero, Benjamin Gibbard
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) Chelsea Clinton
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo) (repeat)

Timeline For Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  • 1775 Paul Revere begins his famous ride, warning American colonists that the British were coming.
  • 1831 The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa officially opens.
  • 1881 Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
  • 1906 A devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco, followed by raging fires. Estimates of the final death toll range between 3,000 and 6,000.
  • 1924 The first crossword puzzle book is published (Simon & Schuster).
  • 1934 The first Laundromat (called a “washateria”) opens in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • 1955 Albert Einstein, 76, dies in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • 1966 “The Sound of Music” wins the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars.
  • 1970 “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” by Charley Pride peaks at No. 1.
  • 1981 “Old Flame” by Alabama peaks at No. 1.
  • 1987 “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael peaks at No. 1.
  • 1987 “Kids of the Baby Boom” by The Bellamy Brothers peaks at No. 1.
  • 1992 “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio” by Aaron Tippin peaks at No. 1.
  • 1993 David Lee Roth is arrested in New York City for purchasing $10 worth of marijuana.
  • 1994 Roseanne Arnold files for divorce from Tom Arnold.
  • 1998 Diamond Rio is inducted into The Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2003 Dierks Bentley makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2006 Katie Holmes gives birth to her and Tom Cruise’s baby girl.
  • 2006 Brooke Shields gives birth to a baby girl – Grier Hammond Henchy.
  • 2008 Sarah Palin gives birth to her son Trig Paxson Van.
  • 2009 “Boom Boom Pow” by Black Eyed peaks at No. 1.
  • 2010 Carrie Underwood becomes the first woman to win Entertainer of the Year twice at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • 2012 “American Bandstand” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” host Dick Clark, 82, dies of heart failure.
  • 2013 “Iron Man 3”, directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London.
  • 2013 Cordell “Boogie” Mosson, musician (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), dies of liver failure at 60.

Today Adult Autism Day – International Amateur Radio Day – International Day for Monuments and Sites – International Juggler’s Day – National Columnists’ Day – National Lineman Appreciation Day – Newspaper Columnists Day – Pet Owners Independence Day

– Trivia: It was on this date in 1775 that Paul Revere begins his famous ride to warn that the British are coming. Where did he ride from and to? (From Charlestown, Massachusetts to Lexington, Massachusetts)

– Trivia: What is the name of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ daughter? (Suri)

– One-Liner: On this day in 2013, “Iron Man 3” was released. Robert Downey Jr.  plays a high-tech inventor and businessman. In the best scene, he tells people who want Tesla automobiles that they need to wait a few more months.

Holiday Spotlight
Today is World Juggling Day, established by the International Juggler’s Association. The day is dedicated to preserving and spreading the history of the art of juggling. Juggling as an art form that goes back well over 4,000 years. Here are some fun facts about juggling:

– The earliest depiction of juggling is painted on an Egyptian tomb dating from almost 2000 years BC.

– Ancient Chinese warriors would show off to their enemies by juggling before battle.

– George Washington watched John Bill Ricketts juggle on horseback in America’s first circus.

– Bounce juggling became possible with the introduction of rubber balls in the late 19th century.

– Charles Hoey was the first man to juggle with four clubs – but he couldn’t stop without dropping them, so the curtain had to come down while he was still juggling.

– Juggling burns 280 calories an hour.

– Germans introduced the “gentleman juggler” style that became popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, wearing formal evening clothes and juggling with dinner party items such as plates, bottles, loaves of bread, hats, canes and chairs.

– Enrico Rastelli (1896 – 1931) is considered greatest juggler of all time, being able to juggle ten balls at once.

– Antipodism is another name for foot-juggling in which the juggler lies on his or her back to spin and flip objects (or another person) with their feet.

– Foot-juggling with a person is known as a Risley act after the 19th century American pioneer of the style Richard Risley Carlisle.

– There’s even combat juggling now during which players are allowed to interfere with other players’ juggling patterns in an attempt to make them drop their clubs.

The International Jugglers’ Association was formed in 1947.

– Albert Lucas holds the record for juggling rings. He juggled 13 rings at the same time at a juggling contest in 2002.

– Nikolai Kutsenko juggled a regulation soccer ball for 24 and a half hours nonstop with feet, legs and head, without the ball ever touching the ground.

– In 2002, Tom Comet set a world record by juggling three chain saws for 44 throws at a festival in Scotland.

CeleBirthdays For Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  • James Drury (The Virginian: The Virginian)-84
  • Robert Hooks (N.Y.P.D.: Det. Jeff Ward)-81
  • Hayley Mills (Wild at Heart: Caroline)-72
  • James Woods (Shark: Sebastian / Ghosts of Mississippi: Byron De La Beckwith)-71
  • Dorothy Lyman (Mama’s Family: Naomi)-71
  • Cindy Pickett (St. Elsewhere: Dr. Carol Novino / Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Katie Bueller)-71
  • Walt Richmond (The Tractors)-71
  • Jim Scholten (Sawyer Brown)-66
  • Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters: Louis Tully / Little Shop of Horrors: Seymour Krelborn)-65
  • Eric Roberts (Heroes: Eric / The Young and the Restless: Vance)-62
  • Melody Thomas Scott (The Young and the Restless: Nikki)-62
  • John James (Dynasty: Jeff Colby / All My Children: Jeff)-62
  • Les Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen)-60
  • Jane Leeves (Frasier: Daphne / Hot in Cleveland: Joy)-57
  • Jeff Dunham (Ventriloquist)-56
  • Conan O’Brien (Talk-show host)-55
  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace: Will / Perception: Daniel Pierce)-55
  • Maria Bello (ER: Dr. Anna Del Amico / Prime Suspect: Det. Jane Timoney)-51
  • Mary Birdsong (Reno 911!: Deputy Cherisha Kimball)-50
  • David Hewlett (Stargate: SG-1: Dr. Rodney McKay)-50
  • Greg Eklund (Ex-Everclear)-48
  • David Tennant (Doctor Who: The Doctor)-47
  • Mark Tremonti (Creed and Alter Bridge)-44
  • Trina (Trina and Tamara)-44
  • Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Sabrina / Melissa & Joey: Melissa)-42
  • Bryce Johnson (Pretty Little Liars: Darren Wilden)-41
  • Kourtney Kardashian (Keeping Up With The Kardashians)-39
  • America Ferrera (Ugly Betty: Betty)-34
  • Ellen Woglom (Marvel’s Inhumans: Louise)-31
  • Vanessa Kirby (The Crown: Princess Margaret)-30
  • Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development TV series: Maeby)-29
  • Britt Robertson (Life Unexpected: Lux / The Secret Circle: Cassie)-28
  • Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Skye)-26
  • Nathan Sykes (The Wanted)-25
  • Moises Arias (Hannah Montana: Rico / The Middle: Matt)-24

– Trivia: What is the last name of America Ferrera’s character on “Ugly Betty?” (Suarez)

– Trivia: In which Barenaked Ladies video did Eric McCormack appear as a customer at a burger palace? (Pinch Me)

– One-Liner: Kourtney Kardashian turns 39 today. She already loves babysitting Khloe’s new baby True. And her ex Scott Disick is essentially babysitting Sofia Richie.



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