April 8

Published On April 8, 2015 | By Dave Palmer | On The Show Today

TODAY IS…………………..

  • “International Feng Shui Awareness Day” [fung schway], celebrating the oriental ‘art of placement’ in which architecture and interiors are situated to blend with their surroundings in order to create greater harmony.

ON THIS DATE…………..

1974, Hank Aaron hit his 715th homer breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record

 

1990 [25] Cult drama “Twin Peaks” premieres on ABC-TV (a Showtime reboot is in the works, though it’s running into numerous difficulties)

 

2001, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 6.0.

 

2005 [10] Over 4 million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II

 

2009, Somali pirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Alabama. The crew was able to retake the cargo ship, but the captain was taken captive by the raiders and held aboard a lifeboat.

 

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS…………….

[52] Dean Norris, actor (‘Big Jim Rennie’ on “Under the Dome” since 2013, “Breaking Bad” 2008-13)

 

[49] Robin Wright, actress (‘Claire Underwood’ on “House of Cards” since 2013, Jenny on Forrest Gump)

 

[47] Patricia Arquette, actress (2015 Oscar-”Boyhood”)/TV actress (Emmy-”Medium” 2005-11)  COMING UP: She now plays ‘Special Agent Avery Ryan’ in the new “CSI” spinoff series, “CSI: Cyber”.

 

[34] Taylor Kitsch, actor (“Friday Night Lights” 2006-11)  UP NEXT: Season 2 of “True Detective”, expected to premiere in mid-2015.

 

 

Self-Written Obituary of Mom Who Lost Cancer Battle Will Melt Your Heart

Two weeks before she passed away, Emily Phillips asked her family if she could read the obituary she’d penned for herself. Finally ready to hear it, her family sat around the hospital bed as she pulled out her laptop, found the document and began to read.

 

By the time Phillips was finished, her husband and children were laughing and crying, said her daughter, Bonnie Upright.

 

“It was one of the most special moments of my life to hear my mother tell her life story in her words, in her way, in what were incredibly difficult circumstances,” Upright told ABC News. “So as tragic and as sad as death is, her courage and her bravery in facing her death and in wanting to leave a mark her way is incredibly special to the family.”

 

Phillips, 69, of Orange Park, Florida, died just 29 days after being diagnosed with cancer, but her sassy personality lives on in what has become a viral self-written obituary.

 

Phillips details growing up as a middle child, marrying the “man of [her] dreams” and falling in love with her grandchildren. She wrote about twirling a baton to the tune of “Dixie” for the Miss North Carolina pageant, and laughing at her granddaughter for shaving off one of her eyebrows. She also apologized to a friend for dating a boy she had a crush on.

 

Upright said her mother was proud of the obituary and would have been “tickled pink” to learn how much readers loved it. And it’s helped the family cope at least a little.

“It helps put a smile on our faces a little bit sooner than we thought,” Upright said. “I hate that she’s gone. I hate that that’s reason for this. But by golly, I could not be more proud.”

 

Paramedic Saves a Guy’s Life Then Finds Out He’s the Doctor Who Saved His Life

Back in March of 2011, a guy named Michael Shannon got T-boned by a big rig while he was driving through Dana Point, California.

 

One of the paramedics who helped save his life is a guy named Chris Trokey, who’s in his mid-30s.  And it turns out that 30 years earlier . . . Michael saved CHRIS’S life too.

 

Chris was born premature, and only weighed three pounds.  But Michael was his pediatrician, and stayed with him around the clock to make sure he pulled through.

 

Chris says he didn’t realize it was the same guy until he went to the hospital after the crash, and recognized Michael’s name. They’ve become friends since then, and now Michael is Chris’s SON’S doctor.

 

They talked about it on Sunday at a cancer benefit . . . exactly four years to the day since Michael’s crash.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING

– Nike has sold $340 million worth of LeBron James shoes in the past year. That’s up 13% from the prior year
– 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.”

 

– 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.

 

  • 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.

 

– The world’s oldest person, Gertrude Weaver, has died at the age of 116. She passed at a rehab center in Camden, Arkansas

 

 

The Post Office Released a Maya Angelou Stamp . . . With a Quote From Someone Else

The Post Office wanted to honor MAYA ANGELOU, so they just released a new stamp featuring her photo, and a quote . . .

 

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

 

Profound.  Beautiful.  Inspirational.  And it really sums up her life . . . especially since her famous autobiography is “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.

 

There’s just one problem.  It’s NOT HER QUOTE.  It certainly SEEMS like it would’ve been . . . and people online have been attributing it to her for years.

 

But it’s actually by an author named Joan Walsh Anglund, from a book of poetry called “A Cup of Sun” in 1967.

 

A Post Office spokesman says they got the quote from a website that attributed it to Maya Angelou.  Quote, “Had we known about this issue beforehand, we would have used one of [her] many other works.”

 

But they found out too late to do anything about it . . . and the stamp with the wrong quote was unveiled in a major ceremony yesterday featuring OPRAH and MICHELLE OBAMA.  It’s on sale now.

 

THINGS THAT MAKE YA GO HMMMM
• 60% of women say a man with good manners is more attractive.

  • 40% of newlyweds say what they most miss about being single is having their own bathroom.
  • 38% of us are allowed to dress casually at work … every day.
  • 15% of women demand that their men pluck their eyebrows.
  • 10% of women say they’d be offended if a guy used a coupon during a date.
  • 7% of us predict that we’ll become rich within our lifetime.

 

The Five Best Things to Eat When You’re Sick

Health.com talked to an expert about the best things to eat and drink when you’re sick.  Here are five different things, depending on what’s wrong.

 

  1. If you’re nauseous, things like saltines and pretzels are best because they cut down on stomach acid.  But avoid alcohol, caffeine, anything greasy, and anything spicy.

 

  1. If you’re constipated, eat anything high in fiber, and drink a ton of water.  Or if you’re the OPPOSITE of constipated, remember the acronym B.R.A.T. . . . bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.

 

  1. For a sore throat or a runny nose, drink WARM tea, not hot.  Hot tea can can make sore throats worse, and so can juice or anything acidic.  And obviously don’t eat something scratchy like chips that might irritate it.

 

  1. If your entire body aches from the flu, eat something with a lot of magnesium, like nuts, bananas, beans, leafy greens, and avocados.  But avoid caffeine and alcohol, because they’ll make you dehydrated.

 

  1. To get rid of a headache, drink a full glass of water, and see if you feel better in 20 minutes.  Sometimes a little caffeine can help too, but you should drink one glass of water for every cup of coffee you have.

 

And don’t put any artificial sweeteners in it, because they tend to make headaches worse.

 

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