Did you hear the Celebration this morning on Merrell In the Morning? Here's what you missed: Honesty, pelicans, exploding whales, and more!

Congratulations to Travis Phillips of Lufkin the latest winner of tickets to see George Strait in Arlington. Yes, more chances to win are on the way.

Today's Celebrations

Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

Bugs Bunny Day

International Guide Dogs Day

International Jazz Day

National Honesty Day

Spank Out Day – USA

 Celebrity Birthdays

1923 - Al Lewis (Albert Meister) - actor: The Munsters, Car 54 Where are You?, My Grandpa is a Vampire, Married to the Mob; died Feb 3, 2006

1926 - Johnny Horton is born in Los Angeles. Married to Hank Williams' widow, Billie Jean Jones, he finds a niche in the late-1950s and 1960 with historically based singles, including "North To Alaska," "Sink The Bismarck" and "The Battle Of New Orleans"

1926 - Cloris Leachman [88] - Academy Award-winning actress: The Last Picture Show [1971]; Emmy Award-winner: A Brand New Life [1972-73], The Mary Tyler Moore Show [1973-74], Cher [1974-75], Screen Actor’s Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration [1983-84]; Phyllis, Backstairs at the White House, The Facts of Life

1933 - Willie Nelson [81] is born in Abbott, Texas, though some relatives insist the birth was April 29. After writing "Crazy" and "Hello Walls," he becomes a major figure in the '70s outlaw movement, earning a plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993

1962 - Bass player Robert Reynolds [52] is born in Kansas City, Missouri. He's a founding member of The Mavericks, who gain the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year twice in the mid-'90s. He marries Trisha Yearwood for five years

1971 - Singer/songwriter Carolyn Dawn Johnson [43] is born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Her 2001 debut yields a hit with "Complicated." She also writes Chely Wright's "Single White Female" and Jo Dee Messina's "Downtime"

Tabloid News

City Troubled By Exploding Whale

From http://ww2.nationalpost.com/ -

Standing on the boardwalk overlooking the beach in Trout River, Newfoundland you can see many things including a dead blue whale.   

 “Kids are curious,” says Ms. Sheppard, the owner, along with her husband, Tom, of Sheppard’s B and B and a frequent visitor to the beach in recent days to take pictures of the dead whale. “The kids wanted to go over and poke at it. They wanted to go out and jump on the whale, and it is filling up with methane gas. I said to them, ‘My God, don’t you be doing that, because if that whale bursts you’ll be blown to smithereens.”

It is a nightmare. Imagine 30 or so dead elephants appearing on your doorstep, unannounced, and you can imagine what the people in Trout River are thinking. Which, in a word, is: How the heck are we going to get rid of this potentially explosive blue whale before the summer high season begins?

“We don’t know what to do, The whale is there on our beach. It has been there since Friday. We are heading into tourist season. I’ve contacted the Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Environment Canada — and all these departments keep saying that the whale is on municipal property, and so it is the responsibility of the town.”

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