042512: Water Cooler News

Water Cooler News – April 25, 2012

Welcome to mid-week Wednesday and welcome to another edition of the Water Cooler News! Making sure you have fun things to chat about throughout the day.

From the off-beat news department…

  • Flyer Calls Cops After Flight Attendant Wakes Him
  • Tossing Change Leads to Arrest
  • Suspected Drunk Driver Rams DWI Task Force

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

Daily Mindbender Question
More men than women do this when driving.
What is it?

Answer at end of post!

Off-Beat News

“Flyer Calls Cops After Flight Attendant Wakes Him”
A passenger on-board a chartered flight to Indianapolis Airport called police after a flight attendant woke him up with a tap on the knee with a magazine after the plane had landed. According to officials, 37 year old Kevin Johnson told Airport Police he was “rudely awoken” by the flight attendant after their flight arrived at the gate Sunday morning.


“Tossing Change Leads to Arrest”
A teenage girl in Florida got into a verbal argument with another woman and then ended up getting arrested after allegedly tossing a handful of change at her. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reports the 19 year old girl wanted a ride from her alleged victim. When the woman wouldn’t give her a lift, an argument ensued. The teen was charged with battery.


“Suspected Drunk Driver Rams DWI Task Force”
A 25 year old Montogomery, Texas driver with a clean record was arrested after she rammed a blood alcohol testing van and hit two patrol cars while under the influence of alcohol. Officials say an officer called for backup with a DWI suspect became combative. Two other patrol cars and officers with the alcohol testing van responded to the scene. While dealing with the situation, officers on the scene say they saw Calli Dretke’s vehicle barreling towards the emergency vehicles. She crashed into the vehicles and was soon arrested.

Historical Notes

Today Is
Administrative Professionals Day
Hairstylists Appreciation Day
Hug A Plumber Day
World Penguin Day

Notable Birthdays
Paul Mazursky 82/director-writer, Moscow on the Hudson
Meadowlark Lemon 80/ex-Harlem Globetrotter
Al Pacino 72/actor, The Godfather movies, Scarface, Scent of a Woman
Stu Cook 67/bassist, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bjorn Ulvaeus 67/singer-songwriter, ABBA
Talia Shire 66/actress, Rocky movies, The Godfather movies
Jeffrey DeMunn 65/actor, The Green Mile, TV’s The Walking Dead
Hank Azaria 48/actor, TV’s The Simpsons
Jane Clayson 45/TV personality, former CBS Early Show host
Renee Zellweger 43/actress, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Chicago, Jerry Maguire
Jason Lee 42/actor, TV’s My Name Is Earl
Jason Wiles 42/actor, TV’s Third Watch

Born on this day also known as the late
Ella Fitzgerald–1918-1996/greatest jazz singer of all-time
Guglielmo Marconi–1874-1937/developed a radio telegraph system
Edward R. Murrow–1908-1965/American broadcast journalist

Music History
2004 – Billy Joel drove his car into a house on Long Island, New York. No one was seriously injured. It was his third car accident in two years.

2002 – Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC was killed in a car crash in Honduras.

2000 – Eric Clapton was reunited on a London TV show with his former Derek & The Dominoes keyboard player, Bobby Whitlock. The two had not played together in 29 years.

1990 – The Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix used to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock was auctioned off for $295,000.

1987 – U2 started a five-week run at number one on the album chart with The Joshua Tree.

1981 – Wings broke up following the departure of Denny Laine.

1977 – Elvis Presley made his very last recordings at a concert in Saginaw, Michigan at the Michigan Civic Center.

1976 – “Let Your Love Flow” by The Bellamy Brothers was the number one song.

1968 – Apple Records turned down an offer to sign a new artist named David Bowie.

1961 – Elvis Presley made his last stage appearance for nearly eight years at the Bloch Arena in Hawaii.

1960 – Elvis Presley started a four-week run at number one on the singles chart with “Stuck On You.”

General History
1792 – Highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.

1901 – New York became the first state to require automobile license plates. The fee was one dollar.

1995 – Show business legend Ginger Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, California at age 83.

1996 – Ford Motor Company announced a recall of about eight million cars, minivans and pickups because of an ignition switch fire hazard.

2009 – Bea Arthur, star of Maude and The Golden Girls, died of cancer at 86.

Daily Mindbender Answer
More men than women “drive the car on empty”.

Yours in Water Cooler News fun!

Dr. Rus

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