Friday, April 14, 2017

News for Week Ending Friday, Apr 14, 2017

1.   A study by Rice University says that lonely people tend to have more severe cold symptoms.  ***   What a shame—not only do they feel worse, but they don’t have anyone to complain to.

2.   A high school student in Alabama is not being allowed to take his beloved grandmother to the senior prom because of the school’s concerns over alcohol and safety issues.   ***  And because it’s been almost a month since she died.

3.   MTV announced it is reviving the reality show “Fear Factor,” in which contestants face scary challenges such as eating sheep eyes, crawling through a nest of tarantulas   ***   or being overbooked on a United flight.

4.   On an episode of the “Today” show, Jenna Bush Hager inadvertently mentioned that her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, is missing a toe on each foot.   ***   She said the family became aware of the condition when Mrs. Bush had difficulty counting to 20.

5.   Chick-fil-A announced that it is teaching people at all its restaurants to say “please” and “thank you.”  ***  And as soon as the customers are all trained they’ll start on the employees.

6.   On this date in history:  Apr 14, 1912The Titanic strikes an iceberg off the coast of Nova Scotia and begins sinking.  ***   On the positive side, the buffet line suddenly got shorter.

7.   On this date in history:  Apr 13, 1940In the second battle of Narvik, eight German destroyers are destroyed.   ***  Wouldn’t that make them “destroyees”?

8.   On this date in history:  Apr 12, 1877A baseball catcher wore a mask for the first time.  ***  It wasn’t for protection—he was just playing poorly.

9.   On this date in history:  April 11, 1900 – The U.S. Navy's first submarine makes its debut.  ***  It was fairly low-tech—when it submerged, all the crewmen had to hold their breath.

10.  On this date in history:  Apr 10, 1924Tubular steel golf club shafts are approved for championship play.  ***   The steel shafts give increased distance, improved ball control and a more satisfying feel when you wrap them around a tree.

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