042312: Water Cooler News

Water Cooler News – April 23, 2012

Welcome to the start of another work week! As we begin another fun-filled-adventure week it’s time for another edition of the Water Cooler News! You will also find fun factoids, news stories, notable birthdays and more!

From the off-beat news department…

  • Customer Arrested After Fast Food Order Disorder
  • Students Busted for Hacking School Records, Fixing Attendance
  • Scientists Cure Baldness — in Mice

Daily Mindbender Question
1 in 6 bosses will do this when 1 of their employees calls in sick.
What is it?

Answer at end of post!

Off-Beat News

“Customer Arrested After Fast Food Order Disorder”
A Vero Beach, Florida man is under arrest after allegedly socking a Sonic restaurant manager when he found an unwanted tomato in his meal. Witnesses told police that 36 year old Michael LInn Ogborn went behind the counter and yelled at employees demanding a refund. The manager claims he granted the refund but was punched in the face by Ogborn anyway.


“Students Busted for Hacking School Records, Fixing Attendance”
50 California High School students are accused of taking part in hacking their student records and changing their attendance. Officials now say the students are facing suspension or expulsion for the scam which reportedly started last October. Administrators at Berkeley High School say they used IP address information to track down which students made the changes, which were later corrected.


“Scientists Cure Baldness — in Mice”
Science has made great strides in the war against receding hairlines – for mice. Researchers at Tokyo University of Science have managed to reverse hair loss in the rodents by transplanting hair folliclles from hirsute mice onto one which was hairless. They then discovered 74 percent of the follicles on the bald mouse sprouted hair within three weeks.

Historical Notes

Today Is
Movie Theatre Day
International Marconi Day
World Book & Copyright Day

Notable Birthdays
Shirley Temple Black 84/child actress turned diplomat
Lee Majors 73/actor, TV’s Six Million Dollar Man
Blair Brown 64/actress, TV’s Days & Nights Of Molly Dodd
Joyce DeWitt 63/actress, TV’s Three’s Company
James Russo 59/actress, Donnie Brasco
Michael Moore 58/filmmaker, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko
Valerie Bertinelli 52/actress, TV’s One Day at a Time¸ Hot in Cleveland
George Lopez 51/comedian, George Lopez sitcom, George Lopez talk show
Scott Bairstow 42/actor, TV’s Party of Five
Dev Patel 22/actor, Slumdog Millionaire

Born on this day also known as the late
Roy Orbison–1936-1988/singer-songwriter, “Oh, Pretty Woman”
Sandra Dee–1942-2005/actress, original Gidget
Hervé Villechaize–1943-1993/actor, TV’s Fantasy Island

Music History
2009 – Evansville, Indiana declared it Taylor Swift Day as she kicked off her first headlining tour there. Taylor also got the key to the city.

2009 – The iTunes Music Store reached one billion applications downloaded.

1999 – Charlie Daniels was surprised, and so was the audience, when Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rhett Akins, Lee Roy Parnell and blues singer Johnny Neel all performed with him at Volunteer Jam ’99 at Nashville’s First American Music Center.

1997 – The Four Tops received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 – A 13-mile stretch of Mississippi Highway 23 was renamed in honor Tammy Wynette.

1988 – Roy Orbison celebrated his 53nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert. The audience sang “Happy Birthday” to Orbison.

1987 – Singer-songwriter Carole King sued Ode Records owner Lou Adler for breach of contract. King claimed she was owed over $400,000 in royalties and asked for the rights to her old recordings.

1979 – Blondie was at number one with “Heart of Glass.” Andy Warhol threw a party for the band at New York City’s Studio 54.

1977 – Adam & The Ants made their debut at the Roxy Club in London.

1969 – The Beatles had their 16th number one single in the U.K. with “Get Back.” It stayed at the top of the chart there for six weeks.

1958 – The number one record in the country was “Witch Doctor” by David Seville. His real name was Ross Bagdasarian and he created The Chipmunks a few months later.

1956 – Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel. He opened for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene. The two-week gig was canceled after one week due to poor audience response.

General History
1564 – Today is the birthday and, 52 years later, date of death for William Shakespeare.

1789 – President-elect George Washington and his wife, Martha, moved into the first Executive Mansion, the Franklin House, in New York. The White House wasn’t built until years later.

1896 – The “Vitascope” system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.

1954 – Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major league home run on this day.

1963 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his first hit in the major leagues.

1985 – The Coca-Cola company announced it was changing the secret formula for Coke. “New Coke” was a big failure, though and the company soon dumped it.

1995 – ABC sportscaster Howard Cosell died in New York at age 77.

1996 – An auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ possessions began at Sotheby’s in New York City.

1998 – James Earl Ray, who confessed to assassinating the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, and then insisted he was framed, died at a Nashville hospital at age 70.

Daily Mindbender Answer
1 in 6 bosses will “drive by your house” when 1 of their employees calls in sick.

Yours in Water Cooler News fun!

Dr. Rus

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