- “Last Full Day of Winter”, as “Spring” officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere tomorrow with the Vernal Equinox at 6:45 pm EDT.
- “St Joseph’s Day”, the day that the swallows traditionally return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California, an excuse for the annual “Fiesta de las Golindrinas”. Every March 19th since 1776 (with few exceptions), the birds have come back to usher in Spring in the Southern California seaside town, and their return is now an annual tourist attraction.
ON THIS DATE……………….
1831, the first U.S. bank robbery took place when Ed Smith stole $245,000 from a New York bank
1931, Alka-Seltzer went on sale for the first time
1990  1st-ever ‘Women’s World Hockey Tournament’ (won by Canada in Ottawa ON)
2005, John De Lorean died
Kansas City Chiefs coach – Andy Reid (57)
Actor – Bruce Willis (60) (Die Hard movies)
Actress – Glenn Close (68) (Fatal Attraction)
99-Year-Old Woman in Iowa Has Made 1,000 Dresses for Girls in Africa
There’s a 99-year-old woman in Davenport, Iowa named Lillian Weber who’s involved with a charity called Little Dresses for Africa.
About three years ago, she started making one dress a day to send to girls there, and said her goal was to make a THOUSAND by the time she turned a hundred years old.
Well, her 100th birthday is coming up in May . . . she’s still at it . . . and just reached her goal last Thursday, about two months ahead of schedule.
After she finished her 1,000th dress, she started making the NEXT one, and doesn’t plan on stopping.
She says she mainly does it to help the girls, but also wants people to know that senior citizens can still make a big impact.
The woman who founded the charity is named Rachel O’Neill, and she’s planning to fly to Iowa for Lillian’s birthday, so she can thank her in person.
– 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.
– Duke University says the odds of picking a perfect March Madness bracket are one in 2.4 trillion
– 14 million viewers watched Monday’s premiere of Dancing With the Stars
– Orlando Bloom has found a buyer for his $5.5 million NYC apartment. It was on the market for 20 days. The apartment is in the same building as Taylor Swift’s dwelling
– Fox News claims Microsoft is ditching Internet Explorer for a new browser called Project Spartan
– Any video with a laughing baby seems to do well online. And there’s a new one where a kid can’t stop laughing at the crunch sound of her mom eating chips.
A $60,000 speeding ticket!
The next time you get a speeding ticket, be grateful you don’t live in Finland—and that you don’t make $7 million a year.
Like many Nordic countries, Finland bases its speeding tickets only partly on the actual speed violation. Most of the fine is determined by the violator’s income.
So when businessman Reima Kuisla got stopped for doing 64 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone, authorities looked at his 2013 tax return and saw that he made 6.5 million euros, or more than $7 million.
He was given a fine of 54,000 euros, or just under $60,000. He then took to his Facebook page to complain and said that he was considering moving abroad.
“Finland is impossible to live in for certain kinds of people who have high incomes and wealth,” he wrote.
But Kuisla’s ticket is cheap compared to others given in the Nordic countries, which now tie fines to income or the value of the violators’ car.
In 2010, a Ferrari driver in Switzerland with a history of violations and a net worth of more than $20 million got a ticket for $290-thousand. In Germany, fines for speeding tickets can reach as high as $16 million.
Ford GT supercar will be company’s most expensive ever
DETROIT (AP) __ The Ford GT supercar will be Ford Motor Co.’s priciest vehicle ever when it goes on sale next year.
Ford hasn’t announced the price, but says it will be comparable to the Lamborghini Aventador, which costs around $400,000.
Ford revealed the 600-horsepower, carbon fiber GT at the Detroit auto show in January.
A spokesman says the company plans to make 250 GTs per year after the car goes on sale in the second half of 2016.
The GT will sit atop Ford’s new performance division, which includes the F-150 Raptor pickup and souped-up versions of the Mustang, Focus and Fiesta.
The company plans to introduce 12 high-performance vehicles by 2020.
Woman Has Spent 14 Years Trying to Get Her License, But Can’t Pass the Test
31-year-old Janine Mars lives outside London, and has been trying to get her driver’s license for more than 14 YEARS . . . but she can’t pass the test.
She’s spent at least $7,500 on more than 250 driving lessons . . . tried five different teachers . . . and can’t get the hang of it. Now she’s basically been blacklisted, and none of the driving instructors in her area will even get in a car with her.
She’s only taken the actual test five times in 14 years, but she’s failed MISERABLY each time. She says she’s just naturally bad at it . . . starts panicking . . . and can’t get used to using her hands and feet at the same time. (???)
Meanwhile, her mom is so sick of driving her around, she’s offered to go halves on a car with her if she DOES ever pass.
Janine says getting her license has been her New Year’s resolution every year since 2001, and she’s not giving up until she gets it.
Five Things You Shouldn’t Do Right Before Bed
You probably know that staring at your phone before bed can keep you awake, because your brain thinks the light it gives off is sunlight.
But here are five things you shouldn’t do before bed that you might not know about.
- Don’t chug a glass of water. Drinking something cold can wake you up. And you’re also more likely to have to get up and use the bathroom in the middle of the night.
- Don’t smoke a cigarette. Most smokers think it helps them relax. But nicotine is a stimulant, just like caffeine. So if you smoke right before bed, you can have trouble falling asleep . . . and e-cigarettes do the same thing.
- Don’t play a video game. The light from the TV can wake you up, just like your phone. But playing a game also requires more brainpower than just watching TV. So if you play a game and get right into bed, your body isn’t ready to sleep yet.
- Don’t let your pet jump in bed with you. You don’t realize it, but you toss and turn a lot more when there’s a cat or dog in bed with you. One study found that when people slept with a pet, 63% of them didn’t sleep well that night.
- Don’t take a shower. If you ALWAYS shower at night, it’s okay because your body’s used to it. But if you usually shower in the morning, your body thinks it means it’s time to START the day, not end it.
Yvon Barrette replays famous ‘Slap Shot’ interview
Hockey fans love “Slap Shot” as in, it’s probably the greatest hockey movie ever made.
And those who were in the movie continue to give us awesomeness from the actual film itself in reenacting parts of it.
The film and the Charlestown Chiefs were celebrated in Johnstown, Pennsylvania with the junior Johnstown Tomahawks over the weekend, and Yvon Barrette, who played eccentric goaltender Denis Lemieux did quite the promo with a local newscast:
If it looks familiar it’s because it’s a spoof of the famous scene where Lemieux discusses the finer points of hockey in an interview in the movie.
So many great moments in “Slap Shot” and it’s still hard to believe that Paul Newman – one of the greatest actors ever – stars in one of the goofiest sports films in history.