- “Kindergarten Day”, honoring the 1782 birth of German educator Friedrich Froebel, who established the 1st kindergarten in 1837. (
ON THIS DATE………..
1952, Secretaries Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) was first celebrated
1982, the first artificial heart transplant took place
1986, Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault on live television and found nothing
1996  ‘World’s Highest Roller Coaster’ opens in Las Vegas, circling the new Stratosphere Hotel on a track 1,149 feet up in the air
2001  In the XFL’s 1st (and last) championship game, the LA Xtreme beat the San Francisco Demons 38-6 (the fledgling football league folds soon afterward)
NFL QB – (Dallas Cowboys) – Tony Romo (35)
Queen Elizabeth II (89)
No One Was Coming to a Sick Girl’s Birthday Party . . . Then 300 People Showed Up
A girl named Mackenzie Moretter turned ten last week, and wanted to have a birthday party near her home in Shakopee, Minnesota, near Minneapolis.
She suffers from a genetic disorder called Sotos Syndrome, which causes a bunch of developmental issues. So she doesn’t have many friends, and her mom realized none of the kids they invited to her party were going to show up.
So she posted about it on Facebook last Friday, and asked if anyone could bring their kids, just to have some people there. And the next morning . . . more than THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE came.
The Facebook message specifically said not to worry about presents, they just wanted people there. But Mackenzie ended up with a huge pile of gifts anyway.
Also, Sam’s Club and a local restaurant catered it . . . a woman who impersonates Elsa from “Frozen” showed up . . . Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson came . . . and the mayor gave her a certificate, dubbing it, “Mackenzie Moretter Day.”
Mackenzie’s dad says they were originally hoping ten people might show, so they were SHOCKED. And her mom posted a message on Facebook yesterday, thanking everyone for, quote, “changing the life of a little girl” they’d never even met.
– RADAR Online claims Julia Roberts is selling her Hawaii home for $30 million
– 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.
– Sarah Jessica Parker is going to star in a new HBO series called “Divorce” about a New York woman going through a split
– Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres continue to prank one another. He bought three billboards in L.A. advertising ‘Ellen’s Plumbing Service’ and the number 1-844-Ellen-4-U
– Kraft is removing artificial preservatives and synthetic colors from its macaroni and cheese. Paprika, annatto and turmeric will replace Yellow dyes 5 and 6
– Fox Sports has hired banned baseball legend Pete Rose as a studio analyst
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
- “Cake” ( R-Rated Drama ): Jennifer Aniston was Golden Globe -nominated for her role as a woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of another in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy. Co-stars
Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy.
- “Taken 3″ ( PG-13 Crime Thriller ): In this 3rd & final installment in the series, Liam Neeson’s ex-government operative ‘Bryan Mills’ is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or even witnessed. As he’s tracked and pursued, he uses his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name. Co-stars Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen.
The Woman Who Won the St. Louis Marathon Cheated and Skipped the Whole Course 26-year-old Kendall Schler of Columbia, Missouri won the St. Louis marathon last weekend . . . which got her a $1,500 cash prize AND an entry into the Boston Marathon.
There’s just one problem: As the race officials were reviewing her run, they couldn’t find any sign of her during the race.
It turns out she skipped the ENTIRE course and jumped in just before the finish line.
But it doesn’t stop there. Kendall finished in third in LAST year’s St. Louis marathon, so they decided to review that race too. And it turns out she did the exact same thing.
She’s a serial marathon cheater!
So race officials stripped her of the title from this year, took away her entry to Boston, and banned her from future races.
17-year-old girl banned from school for having red hair
A 17-year-old English student was banned from school for having vibrant red hair.
In a few weeks, Emily Reay is due to sit her exams, but teachers at England’s Trinity School have refused to let her return to class until she dyes her hair a more natural colour.
She says she has never dyed her hair. “I was very angry at first, and then burst into tears. I’ve had the same color for the past three years, and nobody at school has commented on it. Everybody knows me as that ‘young ginger singer’. For me it is a confidence thing. If I had to dye my hair brown, I would lose this. I offered to pin it up, or wear a beanie hat, but I was told ‘no’ to both. I was told my hair had been a bone of contention since the beginning of the school year but they had let it slip up until now.
Emily’s parents, Julie and Andy Reay, discussed the matter with sixth-form head teacher Andrew Winter, but he refused to budge on the matter, informing them that Emily has to change her hair by Monday or she won’t be allowed to continue her education.
“The school’s uniform policy clearly states no unnatural hair colours, like blue or green,” says Julie.
Andrew Winter issued a statement, saying: “Trinity School sixth-form students are role models for the rest of the school.”
“We have a policy of maintaining high standards. All sixth form students are issued with information about what is acceptable or unacceptable at the start of the academic year.
“The vast majority of parents are very keen on our high standards.”
High School SENIOR:
A 103 year-old woman has just graduated from high school. Marie Hunt, of Spring Green, Wisconsin, should have graduated in 1928.
Instead, she earned her diploma 87 years later. Hunt dropped out after eighth grade because she didn’t have a ride to school. She spent her high school years raising her eight younger siblings.
Hunt tells People: “It’s something I always wanted to do. And I didn’t have the opportunity to go and now, 100 years later, here I am!”
She is now considering attending college.
- Only six of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums were built before 1989.
- The reason humans are the only animals with a CHIN is . . . cooking. We figured out how to cook food to make it soft, so we evolved away from big teeth and strong jaws . . . and developed chins.
- The TSA made $675,000 last year just from the loose change people leave behind at security.
- A cup of maple syrup has more calcium than a cup of milk . . . although it would be awfully hard to drink a cup of syrup.