- “Bike-to-Work Day”, the 21st annual observed on the 3rd Friday of May as a highlight of “National Bike Month”.
- “Peace Officer Memorial Day”, the 34th annual observance during “Police Week” by over 20,000 police departments across North America to honor colleagues killed in the line of duty.
• “Preakness Stakes” at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore MD, the 140th running of the 2nd jewel in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing.
ON THIS DATE………….
1940, Nylons first went on sale
1973, the first Playgirl went on sale
Baseball pitcher Josh Beckett (35)
NFL bust Ryan Leaf (39)
Former NFL star Ray Lewis (40)
Former NFL star Emmitt Smith (46)
Kid Sees a Payphone for the First Time, and Has No Idea What It Is
There’s a new video of a confused little kid seeing a payphone for the first time. He’s about eight, and has no idea what he’s looking at.
Eventually he asks if it’s an “old-fashioned” phone, and his mom can’t stop laughing at him.
A Guy Died and Left $100,000 to His Two Favorite Waitresses
A woman named Maureen Donohue-Peters and her niece Maureen Barrie both work as waitresses at a place in New York called Donohue’s Steak House. And their favorite customer was a guy named Robert Ellsworth.
The first Maureen’s dad opened the place more than 50 years ago. So she’s been working there her whole life, and knew Robert for 53 years until he passed away last summer at 85.
She also knew he was LOADED. He was a self-made millionaire, who never even graduated from high school. He made most of his money as an art collector, and his estate was worth about $200 million.
If you’ve ever waited tables, you know that people with money aren’t ALWAYS good tippers though. But Robert was. He used to tip out the entire staff during the holidays, including the busboys and dishwashers.
But his biggest tip came after he died. Back in December, both Maureens got a call from Robert’s lawyer . . . who’d gone through his will, and found out he left each of them 50 GRAND.
The two of them say they were surprised and extremely grateful for the money. But if they had a choice, they’d give it up to have Robert back.
WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets” (CBS) – Tonight country music stars scheduled to perform include Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Sam Hunt.
- “The Amazing Race” (CBS) – Tonight the Season 26 finalé.
- “Mad Men” (AMC) – Sunday the series finalé, entitled “Person to Person”.
- “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Louis CK; the Season 40 finalé.
- “The Simpsons” (FOX) – Sunday the Season 26 finalé. Harry Shearer has just revealed he will no longer be with the cast next season. He’s been the voice of numerous characters since 1989. It’s unclear whether he quit or was axed.
- Brad Paisley – His “Crushin’ It World Tour” kicks off tonight in Camden NJ. Special guests are Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton. Dates run through October 3rd in West Palm Beach FL.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Mad Max: Fury Road” ( R-Rated Sci-Fi Action Adventure ): Original “Mad Max” director from 1979, Australian George Miller, is at the helm. Original star Mel Gibson is too old to race across the post-apocalyptic wasteland, so Tom Hardy is now ‘Max’, a man of action and few words. Charlize Theron co-stars, playing the colorfully named ‘Imperator Furiosa’.
• “Pitch Perfect 2″ ( PG-13 Musical Comedy ): A sequel to the 2012 film which developed a cult following on home video. After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the ‘Barden Bellas’ enter an international competition in order to regain their status and right to perform. Stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson.
Guy Leaves His Phone Behind When He Mugs Someone . . .
25-year-old Paul Knight of Sunderland, England mugged a woman back in March. He fought with her to get her purse, knocked her over, and ran away with it.
But . . . he dropped his PHONE in the process.
When he got home, he realized it was missing . . . and figured the cops would pick it up while they were investigating the mugging. So . . . he actually CALLED the police station and asked if he could get his phone back.
They told him to come on in . . . and when he did they arrested him.
He was in court this week and his lawyer tried to get the judge to show some leniency by pointing out just how, quote, “incompetent” and “stupid” Paul is. But it didn’t work. He was sentenced to two years and four months in jail.
- Coffee loses 70% of its flavor within two minutes of being brewed.
- The “vi” in “Vicodin” comes from the Roman numeral for six . . . because Vicodin is six times stronger than codeine.
- Most of the indoor scenes in“Game of Thrones” are filmed in a studio in Northern Ireland that used to be a factory . . . where the Titanic was made.
- Cyberstalking is now more common than regular, in-person stalking.
- The theme song for“Friends” was originally going to be “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M. . . . but they decided not to give the show the rights.
The producers had their musical director write a new theme song . . . and brought in a band called The Rembrandts to perform it.
BLUES LEGEND B.B. KING DEAD AT 89
Legendary blues artist B.B. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday night (May 14th), according to multiple media reports. King’s lawyer reported that King passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. He had long suffered from Type II diabetes and canceled a tour last October due to ill health. He never performed live again.
Known for classic songs like “The Thrill Is Gone,” King was a touring artist for more than 50 years averaging 275 shows a year. He also released more than 50 albums since the 1940s, was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame, won 15 Grammy Awards — including a Lifetime Achievement Award — and was the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors from President Bill Clinton in 1995.
Born in Mississippi as Riley B. King on September 16, 1925, King worked in the cotton fields as an orphan before starting on the path that made him a living legend and a national treasure.
His career started in the 1940s, and he was basically the king of the blues. His most famous song was “The Thrill Is Gone” from 1970, but a lot of people probably know him from “When Love Comes to Town”, his duet with U2 on the “Rattle and Hum” album. “Rolling Stone” named him the sixth greatest guitarist of all time. and he won 15 Grammys . . . the first was in 1970 and the last one was in 2009. He’s in both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he always played a trademarked Gibson guitar nicknamed ‘Lucille’.