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Water Cooler News

Say hello to Thursday and that means it’s “Almost Friday”! Are you ready for the day? As you ponder your weekend plans lets also make sure you’re ready for any idle chit-chat time you find yourself in around the proverbial work water cooler throughout the day. In this edition of the Water Cooler News you will find a list of notable birthdays as well as some fun historical notes too.

From the off-beat news department…

  • More Than Meets the Eye: Transformer Sends Robbers Packing
  • Senior Citizen Beats Up Golfing Bachelor Party
  • Ninety-Somethings Beat Back Carjacker

Daily Mindbender Question
A recent survey asked what’s the most irritating invention of all times.
The number one answer was?

Answer at end of post!

Off-Beat News

“More Than Meets the Eye: Transformer Sends Robbers Packing”
An unknown number of thieves tried unsuccessfully to steal electrical wire from on top of a telphone pole in Omaha, Nebraska. But, instead they left behind a mess – and homes without power – in their wake. Officials say it appears the pair used chains to try to drag the wire down, but instead pulled down a massive electrical transformer, sending it crashing into the street where it leaked 40 gallons of coolant.


“Senior Citizen Beats Up Golfing Bachelor Party”
Reportedly saying they “Neet to learn to respect your elders”, a 61 year old is accused of going ballistic on a group of six men who were hitting the links for a bachelor party. Authorities in Florida say James Alonzo Hines allegedly rammed his golf cart into one of the men, broke a club over the head of another and fought with others before he was finally subdued.


“Ninety-Somethings Beat Back Carjacker”
When a would-be car-jacker spotted a pair of elderly sisters in Hamilton, New Jersey he probably thought he found a pair of easy targets. But the two women – aged 94 and 93 – did not go down without a fight. Police say 27 year old Sergio Fernando Solorzano-Vasquez got into the sisters’ car and hid in the backseat while they were shopping at a CVS store. When the women got back into the car he started waving a knife and tried to steal the car. But, that’s when they two sisters’ started beating on the man who jumped from the car and fled the scene on foot.

Historical Notes

Today Is
Lumpy Rug Day
National Day of Prayer
National Two Different Colored Shoes Day

Notable Birthdays
Pete Seeger 93/folk singer, “If I Had a Hammer”
Ann B. Davis 86/actress, Alice on TV’s The Brady Bunch
Frankie Valli 77/singer, Four Seasons and solo
Greg Gumbel 66/sports announcer, Bryant’s bro
Mary Hopkin 62/singer, “Those Were the Days”
Christopher Cross 61/singer, “Sailing,” “Arthur’s Theme”
David Ball 52/keyboardist, Soft Cell, “Tainted Love”
Dule Hill 37/actor, TV’s The West Wing, Psych

Born on this day also known as the late
James Brown–1933-2006/the Godfather of Soul
Dave Dudley–1928-2003/country singer
Golda Meir–1898-1978/fourth prime minister of Israel
Sugar Ray Robinson–1921-1989/one of the greatest boxers of all-time

Music History
1986 – Robert Palmer was at number one with “Addicted to Love.” The song was originally recorded as a duet with Chaka Khan, but her voice was removed due to contractual problems.

1986 – Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

1980 – The album Against the Wind by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band started a six-week run at the top of the album chart.

1976 – Paul McCartney made his first U.S. stage appearance in ten years as the Wings Over America tour opened in Ft. Worth, Texas.

1975 – Chicago started a two-week run at number one on the album chart with Chicago VIII. It was the band’s third chart topper.

1969 – Jimi Hendrix was arrested when Canadian customs officials found heroin in his bag.

1968 – The Beach Boys opened their U.S. tour. The opening act was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1967 – Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys went to court on draft evasion charges.

1964 – Gerry & The Pacemakers made their U.S. TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. They performed “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.”

General History
1802 – Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.

1921 – West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.

1937 – Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, Gone with the Wind.

1979 – Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britain’s first female Prime Minister.

1980 – MADD founder Candy Lightner created Mothers Against Drunk Driving after her 13-year-old daughter was struck and killed by a man driving under the influence.

1991 – The last episode of the TV series Dallas aired. It ran on CBS for more than 13 seasons.

Daily Mindbender Answer
A recent survey found “bagpipes” is the most irritating invention of all times.

Yours in Water Cooler News Fun!

Dr. Rus

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