- “St Patrick’s Day”, the Irish national holiday that began as a ‘solemn religious observance’ to honor St Patrick (389-461 AD), patron saint of Ireland. It’s a public holiday in Ireland, Montserrat, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador. Green is associated with “St Patrick’s Day” because it’s the color of Spring, Ireland, and the shamrock.
- “Submarine Day”, celebrating the sandwich also known as a ‘hoagie’ or a ‘hero’.
ON THIS DATE…………………
1845, the rubber band was invented
1999, a panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana has benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS
2005, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa testified before Congress that they hadn’t used steroids while Mark McGwire refused to say whether he had.
2008, Paul McCartney’s divorce from Heather Mills was settled for $48.6 million.
Actor – Rob Lowe (51)
Actor – Gary Sinise (60)
Actor – Kurt Russell (64)
WEB FIND OF THE DAY
Steven Tyler was recently on a Southwest Airlines flight when a fan, named Crista Frost, recognized him.
The Bowling Green, Kentucky mom asked him to sing Happy Birthday to her daughter Carleigh.
STEVEN TYLER GOES COUNTRY – (03/16/2015)
Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler is planning to cross into country. He moved to Nashville recently to write with the songwriters who have written hits recorded by Tim McGraw,Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Eric Church.
A new record deal with Big Machine Label Group is expected to be announced within the next few weeks. Rumors are that he is already working on a debut country album.
Bunch of Adults Beat Up the Staff at a Chuck E. Cheese Over a Broken Photo Booth
A group of people were at Chuck E. Cheese in Parma, Ohio for a kid’s birthday party on Sunday night, and tried to take a photo in the photo booth . . . but it didn’t work.
So one of the women complained to a manager, and he kinda blew her off. That made her upset, and it was ON.
A group of guys from the birthday party followed the manager into the kitchen and started beating him and his staff UP.
Six staff members wound up injured, including two who were SERIOUSLY hurt . . . and all of the guys who attacked them ran away before the cops got there.
The police are using surveillance video to try to identify them and track them down.
– The Guardian newspaper is producing a new reality series about blind dates called ”Watch Me Date”. Each dater has a video camera attached to either their body or their glasses.
– Ford is planning to produce a $400,000 GT supercar. Only 250 will be made
– Apple has now sold over 700 million iPhones
– AMC has ordered two seasons of The Walking Dead’s companion show. It will air in the summer and be set in L.A.
– Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak and Vanna White have signed contract extensions and will continue doing ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ through 2018
– Tom Hanks Tweet of the Day: ”A guy named Tony found my credit card on the street in NYC and returned it! Tony! You make this city even greater! Thanx. HANX”
– A new study by Challenger Gray & Christmas reveals that March Madness will cost businesses $1.9 billion in lost productivity. More than 60 million will fill out March Madness brackets and wager $9 billion
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
- “Annie” ( PG Musical Comedy ): A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and NYC mayoral candidate ‘Will Stacks’ takes her in. Stars Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx. Latest version of the “Little Orphan Annie” tale that spawned films in 1938, 1982, and 1999.
- “Exodus: Gods & Kings” ( PG-13 Biblical Drama ): The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting up a monumental journey of escape out of Egypt by 600,000 slaves and unleashing a terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Directed by Ridley Scott; stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver.
- “Top Five” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Chris Rock directs and stars as a comedian who tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée (Rosario Dawson) talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show. Co-stars Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart. Cameos by Adam Sandler, JB Smoove, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Whoopi Goldberg.
Woman Got Revenge on the Coworkers Who Kept Stealing Her Lunch . .
A guy posted on Reddit.com that his wife was having trouble with coworkers taking her lunch from the fridge at work.
So he made her some buffalo wings . . . but covered them in ghost pepper chili powder and Blair’s 4am Reserve.
If you don’t know, ghost peppers are one of the world’s hottest chilies, and Blair’s 4am Reserve is one of the hottest hot sauces known to man. It’s 7,476 times spicier than Tabasco.
He ate a couple wings to make sure they wouldn’t KILL anybody, and says they were REALLY hot. Nothing would cut the heat, and the ghost chilies actually got HOTTER as time went on.
So his wife brought them to work, and just before lunch, they heard someone YELL from the kitchen. It was one of the younger guys she works with . . . and he ran to the bathroom and wound up vomiting uncontrollably.
No one has touched her lunch since.
Police officer helps out student spotted walking home from job at 2 a.m.
Last weekend, Officer John Shipman of the Jonesboro, Arkansas, police department spotted a young man walking along the shoulder of the road.
It was 2:15 in the morning. It was below freezing.
Shipman approached the man and asked him his name and where he was coming from.
The man, Arkansas State University pre-pharmacy student James Taylor, replied that he was making his usual 4-mile commute home from his job at McDonald’s.
Because he can’t afford a car, Taylor walks to and from work and school, regardless of weather conditions because as he told the officer he has no other choice.
When Shipman got home, he shared Taylor’s story on social media. He then set up a Go Fund Me account to help the student get a car.
The $1,400 goal was surpassed in just three days. To date, almost $8-thousand has been donated so they have now shut down the page since it’s more than enough for Taylor to buy a used car — and cover months of insurance.
“These kind of people, you don’t meet every day,” Taylor said. “Officer Shipman, he was an amazing guy.” “I saw it as a way to make people’s lives better – that’s my goal as an officer – I want to make your life better not worse,” Shipman told Ellen’s Good News. “I have a different view on police work. When I train officers, the first thing I tell them is they’re going to learn is compassion and common sense.”
HOW THE WORLD CELEBRATES ST PATRICK’S DAY:
• Chicago IL – The local plumbers’ union dyes the Chicago River green, a St Patrick’s tradition since 1962.
- London, England – Thousands gather for festivities and a concert in Trafalgar Square, where fountain waters are dyed green.
- Munich, Germany – Germany’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is considered one of the largest anywhere outside of Ireland.
- New York NY – The annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, the world’s largest, has honored the patron saint of Ireland for over 250 years, since 1762.
- Singapore – Members of the city-state’s Irish community come together to celebrate in a 3-day-long street festival. Events include performances, parades, and Irish food & drink.
- Sydney, Australia – St Patrick himself (at least a good replica) makes an appearance in the Sydney parade, which features more than 70 floats to represent all 32 counties of Ireland.
- Washington DC – Green water flows and geysers from the large fountain on the South Lawn of the White House. – RD.com
• “Pirates Of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” – Filming is now underway for the latest “Pirates” filma. The 5th film in the franchise pits Johnny Depp’s ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ vs Javier Berdem’s villainous ‘Captain Salazar’. Orlando Bloom is also returning to the series after skipping the 4th episode. The film’s slated to open in July 2017.
- “The Psychopath Test” – No deal is yet done but actress Scarlett Johansson is said to be very interested in starring in this upcoming screen adaptation of the 2011 Jon Ronson book, “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry”. The story follows a medical community that tries to diagnose and classify individuals who may or may not be psychopaths.
- “Suicide Squad” – “Robocop” star Joel Kinnaman is in early negotiations to replace Tom Hardy as ‘Rick Flagg’ in the much-anticipated superhero movie. The film will feature Will Smith’, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto
- “X-Men: Apocalypse” – 18-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee (“Dawn Of the Planet Of the Apes”) has been cast as a young ‘Nightcrawler’ in the next ‘X-Men’ installment opposite Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. ‘Nightcrawler’ is a mutant with adhesive hands and feet and the ability to teleport. The film is due in theaters in May 2016
- People born in the years 1957, 1968, 1979, 1989, 2000, and 2013 will live an average of 5.2 years less than other people . . . thanks to peaks in solar activity those years. Apparently the UV radiation from the solar rays affects growth during pregnancy.
And people born in 1954, 1964, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2008 should live the longest, thanks to being born during periods of lower solar activity.
- There’s an Aboriginal language in Australia where the word for dog is “dog.” It’s a pure coincidence . . . they didn’t know it was called a “dog” in English, that’s just the word they randomly chose themselves.
- The first webcam was set up at the University of Cambridge in England in 1991, and was pointed at the coffee pot outside a computer lab . . . so people would know whether it was worth the trip out there to try to get coffee.
- Austin, Texas is the biggest American city without an NFL, NBA, NHL, or Major League Baseball team. It’s followed by El Paso, Texas . . . Louisville, Kentucky . . . Las Vegas . . . and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Andrew Hammond scoops up hamburger after win over Phill
Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond is on quite a run. He’s 10-0-1 this year, with a 1.39 goals against average and .955 save percentage. Not bad for a guy with one NHL game played in his career prior.
Also, they call him ‘The Hamburglar’ and well, why not feed the beast. There is a video of Hammond picking up a burger off the ice at Canadian Tire Centre after a 2-1 shootout win over Philadelphia.
Regardless of whether Ottawa makes the playoffs – they’re still five points back of Boston for the final spot – Hammond’s run has been fun to watch.
And not a bad job by the 27-year-old White Rock, B.C. native.