041012: Water Cooler News

Water Cooler News – April 10, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday and welcome to another edition of the Water Cooler News. Making sure you have fun things to chat about throughout the day you will find a list of historical notes for this day as well as some notable birthdays too.

From the off-beat news department…

  • Children Find Hand Grenade While on Easter Egg Hunt
  • Man Driving Stolen 42-Foot Crane Leads Police on Chase
  • Man Claims He Was Arrested for Looking Too Young

Daily Mindbender Question
41% of men and 31% of women are comfortable doing this in public.
What is it?

Answer at end of post!

Off-Beat News

“Children Find Hand Grenade While on Easter Egg Hunt”
Some British children searching for sweets during an Easter Egg Hunt in Holford, Somerset found a hand grenade instead of painted eggs. Officials say the bomb squad was called in after the kids found the live explosive in a grassy field. The children were moved away from the scene and the bomb disposal team destroyed the grenade.


“Man Driving Stolen 42-Foot Crane Leads Police on Chase”
A man stole a 42 foot crane in Wilton, California and then led the California Highway Patrol on a wild chase that resulted in a large stretch of Highway 16 in Wilton having to be shut down. Officers say the driver of the stolen crane had the boom extended from the truck during the entire chase and it crashed into pretty much everything in its path. Street lights and power lines were knocked down along with tree branches and other debris.


“Man Claims He Was Arrested for Looking Too Young”
A 22 year old man with a medical condition that makes him appear younger than he really is was arrested by Braselton, Georgia Police on charges of disorderly conduct after a store refused to sell him beer. Investigators say Jose Sanders suffers from a growth condition which makes him appear much younger than 22 years old. Officials say a store employee called the police after Sanders refused to show him ID while buying beer. Sanders said he was discriminated against because he looks younger than he really is.

Historical Notes

Today Is
National Be Kind To Lawyers Day
National Farm Animals Day
National Sibling Day
Safety Pin Day

Notable Birthdays
Liz Sheridan 84/actress, Jerry’s mom on TV’s Seinfeld
Bobbie Smith 76/singer, The Spinners
Omar Sharif 80/actor-bridge expert, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago
John Madden 76/football announcer
Steven Seagal 61/actor, Marked For Death, Hard to Kill
Peter MacNicol 58/actor, TV’s Ally McBeal, Numb3rs
Steven Gustafson 55/bassist, 10,000 Maniacs
Brian Setzer 53/singer-guitarist, ex-Stray Cats
Katrina Leskanich 52/singer, Katrina & The Waves
Orlando Jones 44/actor, Drumline

Born on this day also known as the late
Nate Nelson 1932-1984/singer, The Platters
Sheb Wooley 1921-2003/country singer, “The Purple People Eater”
Harry Morgan 1915-2011/actor, Sherman T. Potter on TV’s M*A*S*H

Music History
2004 – Janet Jackson was the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, two months after the “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl halftime Show. Her appearance gave SNL its highest ratings in more than a year.

2000 – Sony Music announced plans to offer their first digital downloads to consumers. Fifty songs were offered in the first wave, included tracks by Pearl Jam, Michael Jackson and others.

1999 – George Michael, Sinead O’Connor, The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, and Paul McCartney all performed at Here There and Everywhere: A Concert for Linda, a charity tribute to Linda McCartney held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

1990 – Tom Waits sued Doritos Chips for using a “Tom Waits soundalike” on radio ads. He won.

1977 – David Soul from TV’s Starsky & Hutch had the number-one song with “Don’t Give Up on Us.”

1972 – Isaac Hayes became the first African-American to win the best original score Oscar. He won for his work on Shaft.

1970 – A week before the release of his solo album, Paul McCartney released a “self-interview” to the press which stated the end of his involvement with The Beatles.

1967 – Frank and Nancy Sinatra had the number-one song with “Somethin’ Stupid.” They were the only father-daughter team to top the charts.

1965 – A school in Wrexham, Wales asked parents not to send their children to school wearing corduroy trousers like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones.

1965 – British acts ruled the singles chart for seven straight weeks, with the following songs all reaching number one: “I’m Telling You Now” by Freddie & The Dreamers, “Game Of Love” by Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Herman’s Hermits with “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” and The Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride.”

1958 – Bobby Darin recorded “Splish Splash.”

1957 – Ricky Nelson performed for the first time on TV’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. He sang Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin’.”

General History
1847 – American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer was born in Mako, Hungary. The prize was named after him.

1925 – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, was first published.

1953 – The horror film The House of Wax, starring Vincent Price, opened in New York’s Paramount Theater, becoming the first color 3-D movie.

2000 – Actor Larry Linville, who played Frank Burns on TV’s M*A*S*H, died at age 60.

2000 – Ken Griffey, Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to reach 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old.

2003 – The House of Representatives passed the “Amber Alert” bill. It provided a system for alerting the public about missing or abducted children.

Daily Mindbender Answer
41% of men and 31% of women are comfortable “kissing in public”.

Yours in Water Cooler News fun!

Dr. Rus

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