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by Bob posted Apr 1 2015 4:28AM

With April Fools' Day, Passover, and Easter, there are a few mainstream holidays to observe in April. Here are a few less-traditional opportunities to celebrate.

April 4: National Tell-A-Lie Day
Honesty is generally the best policy, as George Washington would have learned if that cherry tree story actually happened. But today you have carte blanche to fib your heart out.

April 5: Read a Road Map Day
There was a time not so long ago when we had to consult large, folded pieces of paper to figure out directions from point A to point B. Thanks to GPS and Google Maps, this is now practically a holiday of antiquity. But you can't use a Sharpie to draw a route on your smartphone – score one for the road map.

April 6: Sorry Charlie Day
This holiday is completely unrelated to the actor on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's actually a day to reflect upon the rejections you have experienced in life and realize the world kept spinning despite them. Sorry Charlie, maybe next time.

April 6: New Beers Eve
In 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act allowed production of beer to resume in the United States, with the caveat beer remain no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight. On April 7, the act became law, and beer production began – thus marking the imminent end of Prohibition. This is the day to honor your God-given right to a refreshing cold one. Cheers.

April 7: International Pillow Fight Day
If you live in a big city, you may have already found yourself in the throes of this day by complete accident. On the first Saturday of April every year, pillow fighters convene in cities across the world for a massive throw down. This year, feathers will fly from Ann Arbor to Brazil to Switzerland. You can find out where one is happening nearest you on the official website – or how to start your own!

April 12: Cosmonautics Day
Remember the space race? Today is the anniversary of the first manned space flight ever. On April 12th, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into the great beyond and circled the Earth for almost two hours. It's a national holiday in Russia, and a national grudge in the United States.

April 12: Drop Everything and Read Day
Also known as D.E.A.R. Day, this holiday encourages you to abandon all prior commitments for the comfort of a good book. It also coincides with the birthday of children's book author Beverly Cleary, who is a spokesperson for the event. Though marketed towards children, celebration is open to everyone. However, if you happen to be holding heavy items when the clock strikes 12, perhaps you should think of the holiday as "Set Everything Down Gently, and Read" Day.

April 13: National Scrabble Day
Created by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938, Scrabble did not become a national phenomenon until the 50's. It has since inspired less mobility-impaired games like Bananagrams and Words With Friends. But to honor the holiday, use a classic board and show off your robust vocabulary.

April 14: National Reach as High as You Can Day
National Reach as High as You Can Day is really about grounding yourself in reality. Don't reach for the stars if you can't actually touch them—know your limitations. Just reach as high as you can, and tell yourself good job.

April 16: National Stress Awareness Day
Relax. The only extra activity you need to pencil in for this holiday is a break.

April 20: Lima Bean Respect Day
Much like Rodney Dangerfield, the Lima Bean doesn't get any respect. Not today, though. Did you know Lima Beans are an excellent source of fiber? They also help balance your blood sugar and lower cholesterol. So give this white bean a break for being so bland, and try extolling its more admirable qualities for once.

April 22: National Jelly Bean Day
Now this is a bean we can get behind any day. Try to save some of the bounty from your Easter basket. Don't worry; you don't have to eat the popcorn-flavored ones if you don't want to.

April 23: Talk Like Shakespeare Day
We have of late, but wherefore we know not, lost all our mirth. What perfect day to get it back! Today, swap thou or thee for you, practice some iambic pentameter, and instruct all nearby females to "get thee to a nunnery!" Talk Like Shakespeare Day is the one time of year you can express yourself in rhyming couplets, wethinks thou oughtest useth the opportunity.

April 26: Hug an Australian Day
Created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of, this holiday honors the folks from Down Under. Find an Aussie you love and respect, or really anyone from Oz, and show them how you feel with a big bear hug. Time spent wondering why Australians get preferential treatment to other countries is time that could be spent hugging more Australians.

April 27: Morse Code Day
Break out your best dots and dashes, it's the birthday of Samuel Finley Breese Morse—co-inventor of the Morse Code. These days any Joe Schmoe can try his hand at transmitting lights, clicks, and tones to send a secret message. But this system of communication used to be a highly specialized field, requiring a license and a proclivity for spying on communists.

April 28: Eeyore's Birthday
Even pessimistic stuffed donkeys have birthdays. You could throw a party, but why bother?

April 30: National Honesty Day
Remember National Tell-A-Lie Day? Today, do the opposite.

by Bob posted Apr 1 2015 4:08AM

The Ratings Roundup: "The Walking Dead", the Kids Choice Awards, and the iHeartRadio Music Awards

"NCIS" was the most-watched show of the week with 16.2 million viewers. The fifth season finale of "The Walking Dead" came in second place with 15.8 million. And the NCAA basketball playoff game between Kentucky and Notre Dame was third.

Meanwhile, "The iHeartRadio Music Awards" pulled in 5.2 million viewers . . . "Nashville: On the Record", where the cast performed at the Grand Ole Opry, attracted 4 million . . . and "The Kids Choice Awards" had 3.6 million.

The National Geographic Channel pulled in 3.7 million viewers for "Killing Jesus" . . . "Pretty Little Liars" closed out its fifth season with 2.6 million . . . and "The Mindy Project" finished its third season with 2.1 million.

Here are last week's Top 10 shows:

1. "NCIS", CBS, 16.2 million viewers.

2. "The Walking Dead", AMC, 15.8 million viewers.

3. "Notre Dame vs. Kentucky", TBS, 14.7 million viewers.

4. "NCIS: New Orleans", CBS, 14.4 million viewers.

5. "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13.8 million viewers.

6. "60 Minutes", CBS, 13.8 million viewers.

7. Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 12.2 million viewers.

8. Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 11.6 million viewers.

9. "Madame Secretary", CBS, 11.5 million viewers.

10. "Criminal Minds", CBS, 10 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending March 29, 2015:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 NCIS-03/24 CBS 16234
2 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-03/24 CBS 14418
3 Dancing with the Stars-03/23 ABC 13849
4 60 Minutes-03/29 CBS 13825
5 VOICE-03/23 NBC 12204
6 VOICE-TUE-03/24 NBC 11619
8 Criminal Minds-03/25 CBS 10078
9 SCORPION-03/23 CBS 9704
10 SURVIVOR-03/25 CBS 9644
11 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-03/23 CBS 9388
12 Person Of Interest-03/24 CBS 9149
13 Good Wife, THE-03/29 CBS 8880
14 Modern Family-03/25 ABC 8710
15 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-03/25 FOX 8463
16 GREY'S ANATOMY-03/26 ABC 8182
17 CSI: CYBER-03/25 CBS 8160
18 BLACKLIST-03/26 NBC 8122
19 SCANDAL-03/26 ABC 8063
20 Castle-03/23 ABC 8040
21 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP TH 2-03/26 S CBS 8040
22 MIKE & MOLLY-03/23 CBS 7770
23 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 2-03/27 S CBS 7587
24 MIDDLE, THE-03/25 ABC 7337
25 2 Broke Girls-03/23 CBS 7260

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2015 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.

The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale
The Walking Dead topped cable viewership for the week ending March 29, 2015 with 15.784 million viewers. NCAA Basketball (Notre Dame/Kentucky) came in second with 14.747 million viewers.
Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:31P 15784
2 NOTRE DAME/KENTUCKY TBSC Sat 08:40P-11:05P 14747
3 TBS NCAA BSKBL-BRIDGE-SAT TBSC Sat 08:30P-08:40P 10831
4 ARIZONA/WISCONSIN TBSC Sat 06:00P-08:30P 8801
5 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:31P-11:30P 7525
7 TBS NCAA BKB POST GAME-SA TBSC Sat 11:09P-11:44P 5355
8 TBS NCAA POST GUN-FRI 2 TBSC Fri 12:20A-12:27A 5178
9 XAVIER/ARIZONA TBSC Thu 10:20P-12:49A 4571
10 MICHIGAN ST/OKLAHOMA TBSC Fri 10:07P-12:20A 4491
11 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4342
12 NC STATE/LOUISVILLE TBSC Fri 07:24P-09:50P 4320
13 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4178
14 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACIN L FS1 Sun 12:57P-05:11P 4061
15 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:11P 4043
16 TBS NCAA POST THU 2 TBSC Thu 12:49A-12:55A 3948
17 KILLING JESUS NGC Sun 08:00P-11:00P 3668
18 KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 NICK Sat 08:00P-09:30P 3630
19 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tue 09:00P-10:00P 3503
20 Walking Dead AMC Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3449
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:30P-11:00P 3231
22 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 10:00P-10:30P 3097
23 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 3088
24 TBS NCAA BK CHP-BRG-PRFR1 TBSC Fri 09:50P-10:07P 3074
25 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3053
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2015 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)-

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