I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the weekend … but let’s enjoy the latest edition of the High 5 first:
WHAT THE WORLD IS TALKING ABOUT: Have you ever noticed any news concerning Betty White brings a smile to your face?
1. Betty White: NBC has just announced it will broadcast Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, a new hidden-camera comedy show hosted and executive -produced by White. According to USA Today, the 12 half-hour episodes of the series will follow a band of seven senior citizens who play pranks on unsuspecting younger people (which, in Betty’s case, includes just about everyone).
2. Barack Obama: The president’s appoval rating among an important voting bloc — 18-29 year-olds — rose to 55 percent, a six-percentage point uptick since last October, according to a poll releasedby the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
3. Mad Men: The A&E hit series is going to end — after three more seasons, its creator, Matthew Weiner, has announced.
4. Paul McDonald: One of the leading favorites on this season’s American Idol competition, McDonald was nearly eliminated Thursday night when he was among the three lowest vote-getters after Wednesday night’s performance show. The bottom two vote-getters were sent home, but McDonald survived to sing another day. Barely.
5. Opening Day: Baseball season returned Thursday, but it was not a happy day for Cardinals fans. St. Louis lost its opener to San Diego in extra innings.
6. John Travolta: He has signed to play mobster John Gotti in an upcoming film.
7. The movies: Source Code, Hop and Insidious open this weekend. Hop may win the box office, but Source Code is getting the top reviews.
8. Moammar Gadaffi: It has been revealed the Libyan nutball had cosmetic surgery in the past. Hmmm … didn’t seem to work.
9. Charlie Sheen: All has been quiet in Charlie’s world the past few days. Not sure if that is a good sign or not.
10. Albert Pujols: The Cardinals’ slugger went 0-for-5 in Thursday’s season opener and became the first player to ground into three double plays on Opening Day since such things started being kept in 1933.
FOUND ON FACEBOOK: “Obviously you’ve never seen Spongebob.”
UNDERRATED: Walking through the Hy-Vee bakery late Thursday afternoon when a box of five maple-frosted longjohns is reducted to $2. Suh-weeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
BIRTHDAY BANTER: I could never watch Love Story a second time, not even after all of these years …
– MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is 38. (Funny, isn’t it, how she survived at MSNBC and Keith Olbermann didn’t.)
– Singer Hillary Scott is 27. (She’s the lady in Lady Antebellum.)
– Actrss Ali MacGraw is 73. (Love Story is still one of the saddest movies I have ever seen.)
– Google GMail is 7. (I’m still a Yahoo! mail kind of guy.)