- “International Beaver Day”, celebrating the species that restores the most valuable terrestrial ecosystem … wetlands. Organized by the nonprofit organization Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife.
- “Metric System Day”, celebrating its 1795 adoption in France, where it was first developed. The only 3 countries in the world NOT using the system now: Liberia, Myanmar, USA. Myanmar (Burma) is taking steps to adopt it officially.
ON THIS DATE………….
1891, the eight-hour workday was introduced
1927, matches were invented
1963, Jack Nicklaus won his first Masters title. He was 23
2003, U.S. troops captured Baghdad; Saddam Hussein’s regime fell two days later.
 Francis Ford Coppola, Detroit MI, movie director (Oscars-”The Godfather I & II”, “Apocalypse Now”)/father of filmmaker Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”)
 Jackie Chan, actor-producer-director-stuntman
 Russell Crowe, actor (“Noah”, 2001 Oscar-”Gladiator”)
The Average Major League Baseball Player Makes Over $4 Million a Year
Did you know that the average baseball player makes about DOUBLE what the average football player makes?
Major League Baseball hasn’t set their rosters for the season yet, but projections show that the average player’s salary will jump to a record $4.25 million. It was $3.95 million last year, and $3.65 million the year before that.
Dodgers ace CLAYTON KERSHAW is the league’s highest paid player at $31 million. The Dodgers also have the highest overall payroll at about $270 million. The league’s minimum player salary is $507,500.
To put all this in perspective, the average NFL player makes just a little over $2 million, which is the lowest among the four big sports. The NHL’s average is $2.58 million . . . and the NBA is the highest at $4.9 million, but teams have a much smaller roster in basketball.
That seems insane . . . but baseball rakes in a TON of money. In fact, baseball players receive a SMALLER portion of their sport’s revenues than both NBA and NFL players.
This Dog Was Finally Adopted After Five Years
Chester the dog was found as a stray and taken into an animal shelter where he waited five years for a family to adopt him. The manager of the shelter uploaded a photo of him to their Facebook page, where it quickly went viral.
“Why doesn’t anybody want me? I’ve been waiting 5 years. Everyone at the shelter tells me what a good boy I am. So why has no one adopted me? I promised to be good and love my new family. Please maybe you are my new family/ I sit and wait for you to come.”
The manager of the North Awl Animal Welfare League, Gabby Stroup, says that the response was “crazy”.
“I posted the original photo on the League’s Facebook page and by later that day there were over 6000 shares,” Stroup said. “Someone suggested I make him his own page and I did, at about 3:30 p.m., and that evening there were close to 2000 likes.” By Saturday afternoon there were well over 4,000 likes.
Stroup said she received over 300 emails and more phone calls than she could count. “The phone just never stopped. People called from Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Michigan, Oregon, New Jersey Wisconsin, Nova Scotia, Australia and more — people tearing up as they called.”
A woman named Dana Dor and her family came to visit Chester. “They came and met him and it is just a perfect match,” Stroup said. Chester has moved into his new home with his forever family and is settling in nicely.
Couple win lottery draw for second time in 2 years
Anyone who has dreamed of getting their hands on a lottery jackpot might want to take a deep breath when you hear about this U.K. couple’s luck.
David and Kathleen Long, have just won the £1 million prize ($1.48m) in the EuroMillions jackpot. But this isn’t beginner’s luck – it’s their second win — in two years. To win the £1 million lottery a second time, the couple have managed to beat the odds of more than 283 billion to one.
On Friday 27th March, David and Kathleen took their chances and entered the ‘EuroMillions Mega Friday Draw’ which was giving away 10 lots of £1million prizes, plus a “dream car.”
On July 26th 2013, David Long and Kathleen Mackenzie received their first sum of just over £1 million. Shortly after their win, they decided to get married, after a 12-year engagement.
But it could have turned out so differently. Long almost threw away his 2013 winning ticket, thinking he’d won £2.70 rather than £1,000,002.70.
So what will they spend their latest jackpot on? Along with a big celebration with close friends, David Long said that while not being “a huge fan of travelling,” he hopes to take Kathleen on a lavish honeymoon.
“Kath and I had a fantastic wedding last year but we never took a honeymoon because I’m just not keen on the idea of flying. Kath would love me to book a Mediterranean Cruise and I think I have just run out of excuses!” David said in a statement.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
- “The Book of Negroes” ( NR TV Miniseries ): A 6-part miniseries based on Canadian author Lawrence Hill’s award-winning 2007 novel about a kidnapped African woman’s long road from slavery to freedom at the dawn of the 19th century. Originally aired on CBC-TV/BET. Stars Aunjanue Ellis, Ben Chaplin, Cuba Gooding Jr, Louis Gossett Jr.
- “The Immigrant” ( R-Rated Romantic Drama ): Marion Cotillard stars in the story of 2 sisters who sail from Poland to NYC in 1921 in search of a new start. When they reach Ellis Island, the two women are separated. One is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan, while the other is quarantined with an illness. Co-stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner.
- “A Most Violent Year” ( R-Rated Crime Drama ): Set in NYC in 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. The story follows the owner of a heating oil company as he fends off rivalries, loan sharks, attacks on his family, truck hijackings, and an investigation by an assistant DA. Stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo.
– Ford is planning to produce a $400,000 GT supercar. Only 250 will be made
– Nike has sold $340 million worth of LeBron James shoes in the past year. That’s up 13% from the prior year
– A Copenhagen, Denmark McDonald’s has installed a bike drive-thru called the McBike-Thru
– Mark Wahlberg is producing a new movie about the Boston Marathon bombing called ”Patriot’s Day”. The film will follow Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who “played an integral role in working with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers.”
– This past weekend’s New York International Auto Show featured a $2.8 million car. Only 34 Aston Martin Vulcan’s have been made. They can go from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds.
– ABC is reviving “The Muppets” as a new live-action TV show to air this fall. There aren’t many details yet . . . but it looks like it’ll be set behind the scenes of a late-night talk show. The original “Muppet Show” ran from 1976 to 1981. And in 1996, there was a short-lived re-working of the show called “Muppets Tonight”. (Here’s the opening from “The Muppet Show”.)
- Hank Williams – Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to “I Saw the Light”, a new movie that chronicles the legendary country music singer’s rise to fame and the health and personal issues that sent him to an early grave. English actor Tom Hiddleston leads the cast, which also features Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz, and Cherry Jones.
Fire Extinguisher Factory Catches Fire . . . But Burns For Hours
A fire extinguisher factory in Chicago caught on FIRE late Thursday night . . . which is pretty close to the definition of irony.
And it’s CRUEL irony too, because the fire raged for about three hours . . . apparently a warehouse full of extinguishers wasn’t enough to stop it.
And when firefighters got to the scene, they found there weren’t enough HYDRANTS around to get the water they needed to put it out.
So they made a chain of six fire engines, pumping from one to another, just to get enough water to finally kill the fire.
No one was injured, but the roof completely collapsed and the building was seriously damaged. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused it.
People Made Fun of a Woman Because Her Car Was Missing a Door . . .
Last year, someone in Muskegon, Michigan took a photo of a woman driving a minivan that didn’t have a driver’s side door. Then they shared it on Facebook, and people started posting memes making fun of her.
Like one that mimicked the “Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials for Dos Equis, with the caption, “I don’t always drive a door-less mini van. But when I do, it’s in Muskegon.”
Anyway, a guy named James Barber saw the photos, and instead of making fun of the woman, he posted a message on Facebook ripping on people for making fun of her. Then he decided to HELP, and asked if anyone knew who she was.
It turned out the woman in the photo was just borrowing the van. The owner is a mother of five named Amanda Maxfield, who couldn’t afford to fix it after a crash.
She found out about James and his post last month, and got in touch with him. And last week . . . HE paid to have the door replaced. James says his mom passed away earlier this year, and he’s been trying to honor her memory by being a nicer person.
Meanwhile, Amanda says she had to drive her kids around all winter without a door, and plans to pay it forward by doing something nice for someone else as soon as she can.
HOME DECOR AND YOUR LIFE:
Recent scientific studies reveal a few surprising ways your home can affect your health
• Having bright lights on in the evening or overnight confuses your natural sleep & wake cycle.
- Orange or red walls increase stress and anxiety and can actually lead to itchiness.
- People sleeping in blue bedrooms have sex more often than those in neutral-colored rooms.
- And a blue room also helps people sleep longer, a study by Travelodge has found.
- You’re more likely to experience eye strain if a room’s lighting is dimmer than the TV.
- People who enter their home via the kitchen tend to weigh more than those who use another door.
- Trees lower your risk of depression; and houseplants help to reduce anxiety.
• “Animal Crackers” – In this upcoming animated feature, Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods”) and husband John Krasinski (“The Office”) play a couple that inherits a circus and finds themselves transformed into various creatures after consuming animal-shaped biscuits. The voice cast also includes Danny DeVito, Harvey Fierstein, Ian McKellen, and Sylvester Stallone.
- “The Huntsman” – Jessica Chastain has joined the cast of this “Snow White & The Huntsman” sequel. The follow-up film focuses on ‘Eric’ (Chris Hemsworth) and ‘Ravenna’ (Charlize Theron) before they met ‘Snow White’. Emily Blunt was recently cast to play the new villain
- “Mulan” – Disney is bringing another animated classic back to the bigscreen with a live-action version of this 1998 hit. The animated film earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations and grossed more than $300 million at the global box office.
- “Ready Player One” – Steven Spielberg is set to direct the big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s popular 2011 sci-fi novel. The book follows pop culture-obsessed treasure-hunter ‘Wade Watts’, a character who spends most of his time in a virtual world.
- Anytime someone returns underwear to Victoria’s Secret, they SHRED it . . . even if it still has the tags. They just can’t take the chance that someone wore it.
- Ben & Jerry’s sells 71 different flavors of ice cream . . . and 22 have pieces of cookies, cake, or brownies in them.
- Blockbuster teamed up with Enron in 2000 to create a service that would deliver movies on-demand, like Netflix does today. But it was a huge failure.
- The guy who created Ultimate Frisbee was a college student namedJoel Silver . . . and after school, he went on to become a huge Hollywood producer. He’s the guy behind the “Lethal Weapon”, “Die Hard”, and “Matrix” movies.
- Astronauts can grow 3% taller in space . . . which is about two inches if you’re six feet tall. It takes a few months on Earth for gravity to pull them back down to their normal height.