041212: Water Cooler News

Water Cooler News – April 12, 2012

Welcome Thursday which means it’s “Almost Friday” day! As you start thinking about the upcoming weekend of rest – or to do list – it’s time to make sure you have lots to chat about throughout the day with another edition of the Water Cooler News. In this edition of the WC News you will find the usual list of notable birthdays and some great historical tidbits too.

From the off-beat news department…

  • Customer Accidentally Pays for Pizza with Meth
  • Admonished for Smoking, Airline Passenger Tries Stripping
  • Oh, Baby: Smuggler Snagged with Gold in Diapers

Daily Mindbender Question
A recent survey discovered 25% of us don’t know this about our neighbor.
What is it?

Answer at end of post!

Off-Beat News

“Customer Accidentally Pays for Pizza with Meth”
A 35 year old Kansas man was arrested on drug possession charges after he accidentally handed over a bag full of meth with a wad of cahs he used to pay the Pizza Hut delivery man. Police in Witchita say the 22 year old driver called the police after she found the baggie and then directed the officers to the hotel room where she delivered the food.


“Admonished for Smoking, Airline Passenger Tries Stripping”
A would-passenger at Denver International Airport gave fellow flyers an eyeful this week when she decided to strip naked. A spokesperson for the airline said the unidentified woman was admonished for having a cigarette in a no-smoking section near an airline gate. Shortly thereafter – and apparently for no reason – the woman took off all of her clothes and approached a security desk asking for a new boarding pass.


“Oh, Baby: Smuggler Snagged with Gold in Diapers”
Customs agents in Chennai Airport in India checked a man’s diapers and found a fortune. The Indian man was detained after apparently trying to smuggle more than $150,000 in gold coins into the country from Paris in baby diapers.

Historical Notes

Today Is
Licorice Day
Walk on Your Wild Side Day
Drop Everything and Read Day – Also known as D.E.A.R. Day, this holiday encourages you to abandon all prior commitments for the comfort of a good book.

Notable Birthdays
Herbie Hancock 72/jazz pianist, “Rockit”
Frank Bank 70/actor, Lumpy on TV’s Leave It to Beaver
John Kay 68/lead singer, Steppenwolf, “Born to be Wild”
Ed O’Neill 66/actor, TV’s Married…With Children¸ Modern Family
Dan Lauria 65/actor, Kevin’s father on TV’s Wonder Years
Tom Clancy 65/author, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games
David Letterman 65/host, TV’s The Late Show
David Cassidy 62/singer-actor, TV’s The Partridge Family
J.D. Nicholas 60/singer, The Commodores
Andy Garcia 56/actor, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen
Vince Gill 55/country star
Claire Danes 33/actress, TV’s My So Called Life, Homeland
Jennifer Morrison 33/actress, House, Star Trek

Born on this day also known as the late:
Tiny Tim–1934-1996/singer-actor, “Tiptoe Thru the Tulips”
Ann Miller–1923-2004/actress-dancer, Kiss Me Kate
Charles Napier–1936–2011/actor, Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia

Music History
2000 – Bo Diddley filed suit against Nike for using his name and image without permission. Nike was accused of continuing to use his image after a contract expired in 1991.

2000 – Bruce Springsteen performed in Nashville, and Patty Loveless, Wynonna and the Oak Ridge Boys were in the audience.

1990 – The Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre announced that Asteroids 4147 through 4150 would be named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr.

1988 – Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.

1987 – Aretha Franklin & George Michael had the number one single with “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).”

1986 – Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go’s married actor Morgan Mason, son of actor James Mason.

1985 – Usa for Africa’s We Are The World album was released.

1980 – Charley Pride went to number one with a remake of Hank Williams’ “Honky Tonk Blues.”

1978 – The Four Tops performed at Aretha Franklin’s wedding.

1975 – The movie version of Tommy opened.

1975 – David Bowie retired for the second time.

1975 – Elton John had his fourth U.S. number one with “Philadelphia Freedom.”

1973 – The film That’ll Be The Day, starring David Essex and Ringo Starr, premiered in London.

1972 – The Rolling Stones released Exile on Main Street.

1972 – The first Fan Fair began at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.

1971 – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young’s live album Four Way Street was certified gold by the RIAA.

1969 – The Fifth Dimension started a six-week run at number one with “Age Of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.”

1969 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” was released.

1966 – The Righteous Brothers were at number one with “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.”

1966 – Tom Jones went into the hospital to have his tonsils removed. The tabloids claimed he got a nose job.

1966 – Jan Berry of Jan & Dean was almost killed when he crashed his car into a parked truck in Los Angeles. He was partially paralyzed and suffered brain damage.

1964 – Chubby Checker and former Miss World, Catherina Lodders, were married.

1963 – Bob Dylan performed his first major solo concert at Town Hall in New York City.

1963 – The Beatles and eight other bands were on the bill at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for an evening called “A Shot of Rhythm and Blues.”

1961 – Ray Charles won four Grammy Awards for “Georgia on My Mind.”

1961 – Marty Robbins’ song “El Paso” won Best Country & Western Performance during the third annual Grammy Awards.

1954 – Bill Haley & The Comets recorded “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock.” It marked the beginning of the rock and roll era.

General History
1606 – England adopted the original version of the Union Jack as its flag.

1945 – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia at the age of 63. Vice President Harry S. Truman succeeded him.

1955 – Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine was declared safe and effective.

1961 – Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space, orbiting the earth once before making a safe landing.

1981 – The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its first test flight.

1992 – EuroDisney opened in France.

1999 – Arkansas federal judge Susan Webber Wright found President Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

2009 – The U.S. Navy rescued Captain Richard Phillips after his capture by four Somali pirates.

2010 – TBS announced ousted Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien will return to late-night television with a chat show on the cable network starting in November.

Daily Mindbender Answer
A recent survey discovered 25% of us don’t know “our neighbor’s name”.

Yours in Water Cooler News Fun!

Dr. Rus

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