040612: Water Cooler News

Water Cooler News

Say hello to Friday! The day we all “work” for as the weekend is set to start. As you ponder your Easter Weekend plans lets make sure you have some fun things to chat about through the day.

From the off-beat news department…

  • Just Like Mom Used to Make: PB&J Vodka
  • Street Sweeper Arrested for DUI After Crashing into Cop Car
  • Teen Arrested for Naked Walk Tries “Opposite Day” Defense

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

Daily Mindbender Question
Three quarters of women, and a quarter of men admit to snuggling with “this” when their loved one is away.
What is it?

Answer at end of post!

Off-Beat News

“Just Like Mom Used to Make: PB&J Vodka”
With flavored vodka becoming all the rage drinkers can now taste everything from marshmallow to bacon flavored vodka these days. Now a leading distiller of flavored spirits has gone old-school as Van Gogh Vodka recently announced the creation of PG&J vodka. It’s a liquor that tastes like the cafeteria classic! Tim Vos, a master distiller for the company, said he chose raspberry flavored “jelly” to go with the “oily structure” of the peanut butter taste.


“Street Sweeper Arrested for DUI After Crashing into Cop Car”
The driver of a street sweeper who was called by police to clean an Alburquerque, New Mexico accident scene left quite a mess behind after he rammed a police car in an apparent alcohol-induced crash. Authorities say 59 year old Herbert Morgan’s sweeper hit a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies car at the scene of the earlier accident. Then when officers on the scene asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be intoxicated. He then admitted to police he had “four” cans when asked if he’d had any alcohol.


“Teen Arrested for Naked Walk Tries “Opposite Day” Defense”
A 19 year old who was found walking around naked in a public area by Indianapolis police this week allegedly told officers he was doing so because it was “opposite day”. Officials say Leonard Fodera was stopped by police and when he gave his excuse for his nudity, the officer arrested him.

Historical Notes

Today Is
Good Friday
Army Day
Hospital Admitting Clerks Day
National Walk to Work Day
Drowsy Driver Awareness Day
Teflon Day
Sorry Charlie Day – This holiday is completely unrelated to the actor on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’s actually a day to reflect upon the rejections you have experienced in life and realize the world kept spinning despite them. Sorry Charlie, maybe next time.

Notable Birthdays
Merle Haggard 75/country singer
Billy Dee Williams 75/actor, The Empire Strikes Back, Batman
Barry Levinson 70/director, Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam
John Ratzenberger 65/actor, Cliff on TV’s Cheers
Marilu Henner 60/actress, Elaine on TV’s Taxi
Paul Rudd 43/actor, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman, Knocked Up
Ari Meyers 43/actress, TV’s Kate & Allie
Jason Hervey 40/actor, Wayne on TV’s The Wonder Years
Zach Braff 37/actor, TV’s Scrubs
Candace Cameron Bure 36/actress, TV’s Full House

Born on this day also known as the late
Ivan Dixon–1931-2008/actor, TV’s Hogan’s Heroes

Saturday, April 7
International Beaver Day
International Pillow Fight Day
No Housework Day

Sunday, April 8

Music History
1999 – Sony Corporation announced plans to begin selling Super Audio CD players and related products in Japan.

1985 – Singer Gilbert O’sullivan won a lawsuit against his manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties. O’Sullivan was awarded $2 million.

1977 – Abba had the number one song with “Dancing Queen.”

1975 – “Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John was the number one song.

1974 – Blue Swede had the number one single with their cover of B.J. Thomas’ hit, “Hooked On A Feeling.”

1971 – The Rolling Stones launched their own record label, Rolling Stones Records, in a $55 million deal with Atlantic Records. EMI handled the distribution in the rest of the world.

1971 – Carly Simon met James Taylor after her show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

1968 – Apple Corps Ltd., The Beatles’ record company and management and publishing firm, opened.

1966 – The Beatles started recording sessions for what would become the Revolver album. The first song recorded was “Tomorrow Never Knows,” which on this day was being called “Mark One.”

1960 – The Everly Brothers opened their first tour of the U.K.

1956 – Elvis Presley signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.

General History
1789 – The first Congress began regular sessions at the Federal Hall in New York City.

1875 – Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the multiple telegraph, which sent two signals at the same time.

1896 – The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.

1909 – Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the first men to reach the North Pole.

1916 – Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year. He was 26 years old.

1917 – Congress approved a declaration of war on Germany and entered World War One on the Allied side.

1965 – President Lyndon Johnson authorized the use of ground troops in combat operations in Vietnam.

1999 – Carmen Electra filed for a divorce from Dennis Rodman.

Daily Mindbender Answer
Three quarters of women and a quarter of men admit to snuggling with “an article of their partner’s clothing” when their loved one is away.

Yours in Water Cooler News fun!

Dr. Rus


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