040512: Water Cooler News

Water Cooler News

It’s Thursday which means Friday is sneaking up on us around the corner. As you start thinking about the upcoming weekend lets make sure you’re ready for idle chit-chat time today with another edition of the Water Cooler News.

From the off-beat news department…

  • No Thanks to Cops, Victim Catches Bike Thief
  • Slow-Dance with Groom Causes Bridal Brouhaha
  • Woman Calls 911 for “Nasty” Burger

You will also find some fun historical notes and a list of notable birthdays for this day too.

Daily Mindbender Question
If you want to lose weight, you should just “do this”.
What is it?

Answer at end of post!

Off-Beat News

“No Thanks to Cops, Victim Catches Bike Thief”
When a British man was told by police there’s not much they could do about his stolen $600 plus bike, 35 year old Marc Cutler took the law into his own hands and started searching auction websites. Officials say he soon found his bike on sale for half the price. Cutler contacted police who again told him they were too busy to track down the thief who posted the pilfered bike to the auction site. As a result, Cutler contacted the seller himself posing as a buyer. With a friend in tow for backup, Cutler met the seller and confronted him. Cutler grabbed the bike and then called police who told him he had to wait 80 minutes for an officer to arrive on the scene.


“Slow-Dance with Groom Causes Bridal Brouhaha”
An intoxicated woman who refused a bride’s request to stop slow-dancing with her new husband apparently sparked a fist-fight at an North Olmsted, Ohio reception hall. Authorities say Brooke Burke – who reportedly tried to take a swing at the unidentified bride earlier in the evening – saw her chance to dance with the groom but then wouldn’t let go. That’s when the situation turned physical and police were called to the scene.


“Woman Calls 911 for “Nasty” Burger”
A Tennessee woman is under arrest after making a pair of calls to 9-1-1 because she wasn’t happy with her Hardee’s burger. According to the criminal complaint, 50 year old Donna Marie Nichols was arrested and jailed for misusing the emergency number. In her calls to the dispatcher she asked for a police officer to meet her at the Hardee’s location and help her because her burger was “nasty tasting”.

Historical Notes

Today Is
National Deep Dish Pizza Day

Notable Birthdays
Colin Powell 75/ex-secretary of state
Tommy Cash 72/country singer, brother of Johnny
Michael Moriarty 71/actor, ex-TV’s Law & Order
Allan Clarke 70/singer, The Hollies
Max Gail 69/actor, Wojo on TV’s Barney Miller
Jane Asher 66/actress, author and ex-fiancée of Paul McCartney
Agnetha Faltskog 62/singer, ABBA
Troy Gentry 45/country singer, Montgomery Gentry, Grand Ole Opry member

Born on this date
Tony Williams–1928-1992/lead singer, The Platters
Gregory Peck–1916-2003/actor, Moby Dick, To Kill A Mockingbird
Arthur Hailey–1920-2004/novelist, Airport, Hotel
Frank Gorshin–1933-2005/impressionist-actor, Riddler on TV’s Batman

Music History
2008 – Apple’s iTunes became the largest music retailer in the U.S., surpassing Wal-Mart in January.

2001 – David Bowie launched an Internet radio station called “BowieRadio.”

1999 – Three of country singer Tammy Wynette’s daughters filed a $50 million lawsuit blaming the singer’s death on negligence by her husband and her doctor.

1993 – Construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

1985 – Over five thousand radio stations around the world simultaneously played “We Are the World” by the all-star group of singers who called themselves Usa For Africa.

1983 – The Beach Boys were banned from the Fourth of July concert at the White House. President Reagan overturned the ban two days later.

1975 – Minnie Riperton had the number one song with “Loving You.”

1967 – British fans of The Monkees walked from London’s Marble Arch to the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square to protest the drafting of Davy Jones. He was exempted since he was his father’s sole means of support.

1964 – The Searchers appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. They were the first British Invasion group to appear on the show after The Beatles. It was the Searchers’ U.S. debut.

General History
1614 – American Indian princess Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

1621 – The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, Massachusetts, on a return trip to England.

1792 – George Washington cast the first presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states.

1887 – Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the manual alphabet.

1955 – Winston Churchill resigned as British prime minister.

1964 – Army General Douglas Macarthur died in Washington at age 84.

1976 – Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died in Houston at the age of 72.

1984 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers became the all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 31,419 career points.

1987 – Fox Broadcasting Company launched Married….With Children and The Tracey Ullman Show.

2008 – Actor Charlton Heston died at the age of 84. He had appeared in more than a hundred movies in his career, including The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur. He was best known in his later years as the outspoken president of the National Rifle Association.

Daily Mindbender Answer
If you want to lose weight you should just “relax”.

Yours in Water Cooler News fun!

Dr. Rus

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