- “International Sing Out Day”. If you have some passion for singing and want your talent to be spotted, then do not hold back!
- “Lost Dog Awareness Day”, the 2nd annual focusing on the huge number of lost dogs around-the-world and the efforts undertaken by organizations to help reunite pets with owners.
- “The Lyrids”, April’s top meteor shower, which is expected to peak just before dawn this morning. NASA predicts 15-to-20 meteors visible per hour, and no special equipment is needed to see them. The Lyrids are bits and pieces of debris from Comet Thatcher and have been seen each April for more than 2,600 years, making them one of the oldest known meteor showers.
ON THIS DATE…………
1985, Coke introduced their “new” formula
1988, smoking was first banned on flights
1989, Baywatch debuted
1992, McDonald’s opened their first restaurant in Beijing, China
2005, The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com. It showed co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.
Talk show host John Oliver (38)
Actress – Valerie Bertinelli (55)
Director Michael Moore (61)
Joyce “Three’s Company” DeWitt (66)
Lee Majors (76) – (Six Million Dollar Man)
WEB FIND OF THE DAY – BONGO PLAYIN’ MOM
The Memphis Grizzlies Have a “Bongo Cam,” and One Lady Really Gets Into It
The Memphis Grizzlies have a thing called the “Bongo Cam,” where they superimpose bongos at the bottom of the screen. Then the people they cut to in the crowd pretend to play them.
And a 45-year-old named Malenda Meacham is BY FAR the best at it. She got on the Bongo Cam for the first time a few years ago. And now she’s a minor celebrity in Memphis because she gets so into it every time.
The best part is her son sitting next to her, trying not to look embarrassed.
People are generally surprised to learn that Meacham practices domestic law and works as a part-time judge. Yes, Bongo Lady is a judge and fellow fans stop her and ask for photographs. Then again, she does wear a Grizzlies jersey that reads “Bongo Lady” across the back.
Meacham also has a sidekick: her 18-year-old son, Hayden, who often accompanies her to home games. He did not choose the role. He said he was genuinely mortified by his mother’s behavior. “I guess I’ve gotten used to it,” he said. “She lets out this shriek when she does it. It actually scares me sometimes.”
Hayden was with her the first time the Grizzlies broke out Bongo Cam, during the 2012-13 season. Malenda Meacham heard the music and felt the rhythm, and something compelled her to rise from her seat and start thrashing away. It was unscripted theater. “Hayden starts going, ‘Dear God, please don’t let them see her,’ ” Meacham said. “He’s next to me, shrinking over, and then the camera catches us.”
By his mother’s third appearance on Bongo Cam that season, Hayden had decided to come prepared. As soon as he heard those familiar lyrics pump through the arena’s speaker system —— he put a paper bag over his head. “Oh,” his mother said, “it’s just awful for him.”
Guy with Muscular Dystrophy Finished the Boston Marathon in 20 Hours
The Boston Marathon was on Monday, but technically it didn’t end until early yesterday morning, when the last runner crossed the finish line.
39-year-old Maickel Melamed is a college professor from Venezuela who suffers from muscular dystrophy. And he finished in last place after walking all 26.2 miles. Obviously getting a good time wasn’t the point though . . . just FINISHING was. In all, it took him about 20 hours to cross the finish line. (The winner of the Boston Marathon was 25-year-old Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia, who finished with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds.)
And a solid portion of it was during a downpour. But even though he finished at 4:50 in the morning, there were still dozens of people cheering him on. This is actually the FIFTH marathon he’s done to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy. He’s also done them in Berlin, Chicago, Tokyo, and New York.
He says this is the last one he’ll do, but he’s planning to find other ways to keep challenging himself, and inspiring other people to do the same.
– 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.
– Fox Sports has hired banned baseball legend Pete Rose as a studio analyst
– 120-lb competitive eater Molly Schuyler has set another record by wolfing down three 72-ounce steak dinners in 20 minutes. And there was more than just beef involved … also 3 baked potatoes, 3 shrimp cocktails, 3 salads, and 3 rolls. She accomplished the ferocious feat at The Big Texan restaurant in Amarillo TX. The mother of 4 finished her first steak in 4 minutes,18 seconds, beating her own previous record. She says she may be back again next year. Quote: “Four steaks is totally doable, but 5 is almost unattainable.”
– WENN claims Daniel Craig is being paid $5 million to hold the new Sony smart phone in the new Bond movie SPECTRE
A Guy Shoots His Computer Eight Times After Fighting With It For Several Months
38-year-old Lucas Hinch of Colorado Springs, Colorado says he and his Dell computer have been, quote, “fighting . . . for the last several months.”
Their war finally ended on Monday night when Lucas took it out to a back alley, and unloaded his GUN on it. He wound up putting eight bullets into the computer, which killed it.
Unfortunately for him, other people heard the gunshots and called the cops. Lucas was arrested for discharging a firearm within city limits.
Neighbour Threatens Mom for Letting Her Toddler “giggle” in her Backyard
Some people have the audacity to let their children run around outside when it’s nice out — in their own backyard. Can you believe that garbage? Of course you can, because, assumingly, you’re a nice, normal person who sees nothing wrong with small children enjoying the warm weather, right?
However, there are other people out there who will have none of this. A Mom in Arizona allegedly received a letter from her neighbor that chastised her for letting her son run around in her backyard. The reason? His “laughs” and “giggles” are disturbing his or her dogs and bird, who like to look out the window.
The mom posted the letter online, because to be quite honest, this is almost too ridiculous to believe — how could someone be this rude and unaware?!
And Now, Three New Things to Worry About
- Only 44% of people say they wash their sheets at least once a week . . . but this’ll make you want to wash them every HOUR. A study found that in one night, your sheets pick up a surprisingly large amount of bacteria, fungus, and FECAL MATTER.
- As if shorter people don’t have it hard enough, a new study out of the University of Leicester in England found that the shorter you are, the higher your risk is of having heart disease.
Every extra two-and-a-half inches cuts the risk by 13.5% . . . so a person who’s 5-foot-9 would be 13.5% less likely to have heart disease than someone who’s 5-foot-6-and-a-half.
- If your credit card number ever gets stolen, it’s going to do more international traveling than YOU’VE ever done. A new study found that the average stolen credit card is used in 22 different countries within just two weeks.