- “International Plant Appreciation Day”, encouraging us to take the time to actually look at the various plants around us instead of allowing them to blend into the background.
- “Scrabble Day”, honoring one of the world’s most popular games on the anniversary of the 1899 birth date of its inventor, Alfred Butts, a jobless architect who came up with the idea during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
– After ‘Scrabble’ was trademarked in 1948, the game was manufactured by friends and family, who painstakingly stamped letters on wooden tiles one at a time. The rate of production: 12 games an hour.
– The game was just a fad with Butts’ friends until a Macy’s executive saw it being played at a resort in 1952 and the then-world’s largest department store soon began carrying it.
ON THIS DATE…………..
1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer to win an Academy Award
1970, Apollo 13 was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst.
1985  Originally a radio-only broadcast, the ‘Grand Ole Opry’ debuts on TV
1997  At age 21, Tiger Woods wins his 1st Master golf tournament, becoming the youngest player to do so (also sets a record by finishing at 18-under-par)
1998, Dolly, the world’s first cloned sheep, gave birth to a healthy baby lamb.
1999, Jack Kervorkian was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of a man whose assisted suicide was videotaped and shown on 60 Minutes ..
 Ron Perlman, actor (“Sons of Anarchy” 2008-14)/movie actor (“Hellboy” movies)
Couple Who Lost Everything in Hurricane Sandy Just Hit the Lottery for $250,000
A woman in New York named Mary Ann Daino lost her house in Staten Island when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. Then she moved into a trailer in New Milford, Connecticut that was paid for by a local church.
That’s when she met a guy named Dennis Klaus, who’d lost HIS house in Brooklyn during the storm. Shortly after they met, they started dating, and moved into a trailer together.
So they had the hurricane to thank for bringing them together . . . but they still had to deal with the whole homeless thing. But on Monday, they came forward to reveal that they’d won the LOTTERY . . . for $255,000.
They bought the ticket back in October, but wanted to get their finances in order before they collected it. They’ll take home about $180,000 after taxes, and say they already know how they’ll spend it.
They’re staying in Connecticut, and buying a new house together.
– The world’s oldest person, Gertrude Weaver, has died at the age of 116. She passed at a rehab center in Camden, Arkansas
– RADAR Online claims Julia Roberts is selling her Hawaii home for $30 million
– Some high school seniors are spending $15,000 on prom. Traditional white limos are being replaced by $9,000-a-night double-decker Hummers equipped with stripper poles.
– Warner Brothers is planning to remake “Gremlins”
– Nike has sold $340 million worth of LeBron James shoes in the past year. That’s up 13% from the prior year
– A Picasso painting, named “Les Femmes d’Alger”, is going to be auctioned off in May. The 1955 piece shows women in a harem and is expected to sell for $140 million.
– 2 Chainz did another “Most Expensivest [Stuff]” videos for “GQ”. This time, he drank premium water that costs $100,000. The price includes 14-carat diamond packaging. They did a water tasting, which was like a wine tasting, with a “water sommelier.” He said when people buy the water, he flies anywhere in the world to do a tasting with them
Judge Rules Men Have a Right to Pee Standing Up . . .
A guy in Dusseldorf, Germany was in court this week, suing his former landlord over a peeing dispute.
The guy always stood up when he peed . . . and little splashes of his pee would land on the marble tile floor. When he moved out, the landlord withheld $2,160 of his $3,400 security deposit to fix the, quote, “urine-related damage on the floor.”
The guy sued his landlord to get the rest of the security deposit back . . . because the landlord never warned him that his pee splashes could cause problems.
And the judge agreed with him. The judge said the landlord’s argument makes sense, but, quote, “urinating while standing up is still widespread” and men shouldn’t have to, quote, “worry about corrosion to the floor.”
He ordered the landlord to pay back the rest of the deposit.
THE DUTCH ARE DOUBLING:
A new report confirms that the Dutch are currently the tallest people on Earth due to natural selection as well as good environmental conditions in The Netherlands.
The LifeLines study has been examining the health and behaviors of about 170,000 people living in The Netherlands for several generations. In the mid-18th century, the average height of Dutch men was only about 5′-4″, but now their average height over 6 feet. The average height of Dutch women is now 5′-8″.
What’s more, the Dutch are continuing to get taller. So what are they doing right? As well as genetics, their height is attributed to a good healthcare system, regular checkups for children, and continued improvements in environmental quality.– Discovery.com
‘TIS THE SNEEZIN’ SEASON:
The delayed allergy season in the Northern Hemisphere is making up for lost time as tree pollen ramps up in what’s predicted to be a harsh year for allergy sufferers, according to AccuWeather.
The unusually cold Winter in many areas delayed the start of tree buds, but now as temperatures rise, causing flowers & trees to start blooming, it could be a rough year when pollen reaches its peak. In addition to temperature, the amount of Winter snow and rain can also affect the Spring pollen season, and extremely dry Winters tend to delay the start.
The two other prime allergy seasons – grass in late Spring and early Summer, and ragweed in late Summer and Fall – are dependent on the amount of daylight, so they start and end around the same time each year.
A few facts from the Asthma & Allergy Foundation …
✓ About 20% of the population suffers from some form of allergy.
✓ Pollen counts are usually highest between 5 am and 10 am.
✓ Allergies are the 5th-leading chronic disease and a major cause of work absenteeism.
THE AUCTION GAME:
Today a previously unseen notebook of Alan Turing’s which dates back to his work breaking Germany’s WW2 Enigma code is expected to fetch at least $1 million at a Bonhams auction in NYC.