1. California coffee shops may be required to post warnings that coffee can cause cancer. *** They will also warn that excessive caffeine consumption may cause “Irritable Scowl Syndrome.”
2. TV personality Amy Duggar has offered to adopt the 13 Turpin children who had been held captive by their parents their entire lives. *** Ms. Duggar said she was shocked by their story, and noted that most parents only want to lock up their kids during the teenage years.
3. Panera has pulled cream cheese from all its U.S. locations after some samples tested positive for Listeria. *** Company officials say they’ll replace supplies as soon as they change the packaging to advertise the new flavor.
4. Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA, has passed away at the age of 91. *** The pall bearers have been asked to arrive two hours before the funeral to assemble the casket.
5. Dennis Peron, the “father of medical marijuana,” has passed away at the age of 72. *** His eulogy will be delivered by Dr. Cheech and Dr. Chong.
6. On this date in history: Feb 2, 1653 – The city of New Amsterdam is established, and is later re-named New York City. *** The reason for the name change is a bit complicated, but it was basically due to a few unfortunate incidents involving windmills.
7. On this date in history: Feb 1, 1893 – Thomas Edison completes construction of the world’s first movie studio. *** But, he had a tough time explaining to Mrs. Edison why he had to buy something called a “casting couch.”
8. On this date in history: Jan 31, 1928 – Scotch tape is first marketed by 3-M Company. *** That just goes to show—it’s possible to develop a successful product if you can just stick with it.
9. On this date in history: Jan 30, 1487 – Bell chimes are invented. *** Great sound, but tough to dance to.
10. On this date in history: Jan 29, 1728 – John Gays' "Beggar's Opera" premieres in London. *** To set the mood, ticketholders arriving at the event had to plead for good seats.