May 24

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Queen Victoria 1819

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She was known as the “grandmother of Europe”

Over the course of their 21-year marriage, Victoria and Albert raised nine children together. As a means of extending Britain’s influence and building international allegiances, several of their sons and daughters were married into various European monarchies, and within just a couple of generations Victoria’s descendants were spread across the continent. Her 42 grandchildren could be found in the royal families of Germany, Russia, Greece, Romania, Sweden, Norway and Spain.

Warring First World War royals Kaiser Wilhelm (of Germany), Tsarina Alexandra (of Russia) and George V (of Britain) were all grandchildren of Victoria. Kaiser Wilhelm reportedly remarked that had his grandmother still been alive, the First World War may never have happened, as she simply would not have allowed her relatives to go to war with one another.

*Another DYK to get conversation started.

I once had a boss who never said “nothing” when asked what was up. He always had something to say – there was always something to talk about. I remember that and I admired that in him. So shock someone today that you “do” have something to talk about – the birthday girl, Queen Victoria.


Mark Ballas 1986 – TRX workout

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What does your training consist of when you’re at the gym? 

It’s a mix of things. If I dance in the morning, I won’t do cardio when I go to the gym because dancing for four to five hours gets you pretty warm! Usually we do a lot of TRX and core work and weightlifting, too.

*Complete a TRX workout – use the above 5 moves for a total body workout.


Bob Dylan 1941

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“So when you see your neighbor carrying something, help him with his load and don’t go mistaking paradise for that home across the road.” Again, Dylan’s one-of-a-kind songwriting skills are highlighted when he finds the most eloquent way to rephrase simple life lessons that we’ve been taught since were kids. Help someone when they need help, and don’t fall prey to the tempting thought that the grass is greener on the other side.

*Help someone today and realize that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Listen to Bob Dylan for inspiration.


Tommy Chong 1938

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Focus on your passion.

*Focus on your passion. It will guide you to your fortune. Not sure what your passion is – smoke a joint and see if that helps. The goal this year is to turn your passion in to your business.


John C. Reilly 1965- watch Step Brothers

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Reilly’s brother started a band called Shark Fighter, with John installed as the lead singer. His brother played the drums—and wouldn’t allow John to touch his drum kit. Reilly admitted on NPR that he played with the kit anyway when his brother left the house.


They cost $10,000 to produce. Ferrell kept them.


It was shot at the Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The f*cking Rancho Palos Verdes Wine Mixer just doesn’t have the same ring.

*Get with your step-brother and watch Step Brothers. Just don’t touch his drum set. Make plans to attend next year’s Catalina Wine Mixer – it’s a real thing.


Patti Labelle 1944 – lemon herb grilled tuna

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“Sometimes you think you’re not worthy…you’re afraid of yourself; get out of your own way.

“You’re worthy of anything you know you can do well. Just ask the question, don’t punk out. [Go] get that, ‘yes.’” — Patti LaBelle

*Listen to Patti Labelle while making another citrus inspired fish dish. Enjoy it while watching Step Brothers. Afterwards, see if Shark Week is on and wash it down with some Catalina Wine.

SNUB – Priscilla Presley

Review –

  • Queen Victoria DYK (always have something to say)
  • TRX workout
  • Help someone
  • Focus on your passion
  • Watch Step Brothers
  • Make lemon herb grilled tuna

May 23

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John Bardeen 1908

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The University of Illinois lured John Bardeen with the one thing he wanted most — the right to research whatever he wanted. Bardeen decided to work on superconductivity, which had begun to interest him in his last days at Bell Labs.

*Find or create a job where you can do the thing that you want the most. (It helps if you are really smart.)


Dummy Hoy 1862

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When outfielder Hoy made a brilliant catch, the crowd arose ‘en masse’ and wildly waved hats and arms. It was the only way in which they could testify their appreciation to the athlete—for he was both deaf and dumb!

*Appreciate your body and its faculties today. Play a game of catch with your son – no talking, just appreciate the moment.


Mitch Albom 1958

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Do you believe in anything? I had to ask myself that in Have A Little Faith. And by the end, when I sadly have to take pen to paper and write the farewell for a man I have come to love and respect, I find that I believe in more than I thought. And perhaps you will, too.

*With the passing of my father, I have to believe that he is in a better place. He worked his whole life to get into heaven and if it was all for nothing, then he still lived a noble life. As I “put pen to paper” to create 365DOLF, I have come to question my faith but stay focused on living my best life.


Joan Collins 1933

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What has been your best buy?

Buying property instead of speculating in the stock market. I don’t believe in the stock market, just as I don’t believe in trying to win money gambling.

Orlando outperforms: The land of Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter World takes the No. 1 spot this year. Orlando home prices increased 9% in 2017, hitting an average of $247,550. Nevertheless, Local Market Monitor still judges the market as fairly valued and forecasts prices will increase 35% by the start of 2021.

*Buy property – Today! I’m fortunate that I live in Orlando. I’ll be looking to sell my house at the start of 2021 for what looks like a $50,000 profit – hopefully. With that money, I’ll upgrade on a house and hopefully buy a rental property.


Jewel 1974

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Live your life in the present. “Goodbye Alice in Wonderland” is all about the need for reality in a world filled with “ideals” of fame and fortune. Jewel sings about wanting to live in a real way, and that “I hit the bottom when I reached the top”. We can all relate to the idea of wanting this “dream” life, that ultimately distracts from the here and now.

*Embrace the ‘here and now’ and listen to Jewel today.


“Marvelous” Marvin Hagler 1954 – cod with tomato and orange

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Hagler’s training camp diet is always heavy on fish and chicken, but he also has been loading up on vitamin C for this bout. In fact, when Hagler and his trainer-manager, Pat Petronelli, spotted a tree loaded with oranges on the golf course across from their hotel, the two got a sack and strolled over. After checking that the coast was clear, Petronelli boosted his boxer up into the branches to pick a few fresh oranges. Uh-oh, a golf cart came purring up unexpectedly, and when the Marvelous one saw it, he nearly fell out of the tree. “It was embarrassing as hell,” Petronelli recalls. Not only had they been caught red-handed, but their captor was Bob Hope.

*Steal some oranges to make this marvelous dish while listening to Jewel.

SNUB – Drew Carey

Review –

  • Do what you want to do most
  • Appreciate your 5 senses
  • Do you believe in anything?
  • Buy property
  • Listen to Jewel
  • Make Marvelous cod with tomato and orange

May 22

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859

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“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”

*Your greatest lesson is yet to come. Keep learning.


Novak Djokavic 1987

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The truth was that he has gluten and dairy intolerances and that his diet was causing the issues on the court

*Avoid gluten and dairy today. Play tennis with a friend – no joke.


Vivian Green 1979

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In 2004 she gave birth to her son Jordan who was born with an undiagnosed syndrome. Between 2005 and 2010, Jordan’s multiple surgeries and health issues demanded her to take a hiatus from releasing albums, but her strength and resilience always pushed her to continue doing what she loves. ‘Being Jordan’s mom is my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way, says Green. Green is an advocate for children with special needs and will push her #IamDifferentIamHuman PSA campaign with the release of Vivid.

*Let your strength and resilience push you to continue to do what you love. Also make time to be an advocate for children with special needs. Listen to Vivian Green’s songs for inspiration.


Dustin Moskovitz 1984

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“I never viewed money as being ‘my money.’ I always saw it as ‘The money.’ It’s a resource. If it pools up around me then it needs to be flushed back out into the system.”

*View money as “The money” that needs to be flushed back out into the system.


Harvey Milk 1930 – watch Milk

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Harvey Milk’s dream for a better tomorrow filled with the hope for equality and a world without hate guides the Foundation. Harvey Milk’s ground breaking election in 1977 as one of the world’s first openly gay elected officials-and its most visible one- symbolized the freedom to live life with authenticity to millions of LGBT women and men around the world.

Harvey served less than a year in public office before his brutal assassination but his life profoundly changed a city, state, nation and a global community.  His courage, passion and sense of justice rocked a country and stirred the very core of a put down and pushed out community, bringing forward new hope and a new vision of freedom.

*Watch Sean Penn win an Oscar for portraying Harvey Milk.


Ginnifer Goodwin 1978 – Gramma’s Bok Choy (& Chick’n) Salad

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Is Ginnifer Goodwin Memphis’ most famous vegan? It certainly wasn’t Elvis.

In any case, vegan Goodwin is and she’s serving as a celebrity coach for the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.

*Watch Milk while enjoying this bok choy and chick’n salad. After eating it, think about eating vegan for the next 20 days.

Wash it down with a big glass of milk.

SNUB – Naomi Campbell

Review –

  • Keep learning
  • Avoid gluten and dairy
  • Let your strength and resilience push you to do what you love
  • View money as “the money”
  • Watch Milk
  • Make bok choy and chick’n salad

May 21

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George Mitchell 1919

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Through 15 years of failure, he ignored the supposed wisdom of the crowd. “In science, you have to be very aware of consensus,” says Steward, the former Mitchell Energy manager. “It’s based on people’s theories and models at the time. And sometimes it’s damn wrong. And in this case it was damn wrong.” In the end, Mitchell proved that there is no innovative force quite so powerful as the problem-solver able to balance the world’s disbelief with a resolute belief in himself.

*Ignore the wisdom of the crowd. You know when something is damn wrong. Be a problem-solver with a resolute belief in yourself.


Josh Hamilton 1981

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Hamilton is immensely talented, maybe more than any other baseball player ever. But we again have been reminded that his demons never will be exorcised and always will be only a drink or drug away.

BONUS Ricky Williams 1977

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Co-owners Jim McAlpine and former NFL star Ricky Williams (suspended multiple times for marijuana use) hope that Power Plant Fitness will help remove the stigma that pot just makes you lazy and hungry. “Marijuana, if you use it in a responsible way, accentuates the parts of sports that you love and helps you to do them better,”

*Exercise your demons and your body. Smoke weed responsibly and go to the gym. See what happens.


Mr. T 1952

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“Some people expect a free ride in life, cruising by on good looks and luck. Let me tell you something right now, it don’t work that way.” Mr. T

*Watch this classic Mr. T video to get your soul right. I pity the fool who doesn’t.


Armand Hammer 1898

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But the most remarkable thing about Armand Hammer is that he created this personal empire largely by negotiating extraordinary deals with nations that have usually been hostile to the United States – and even more hostile to American capitalists. The son of one of the founders of the American Communist Labor Party, Hammer became a multimillionaire capitalist, thanks in large measure to his relations with the leaders of the Soviet Union. He has maintained cordial relations with Soviet leaders for more than half a century, providing Moscow with a vital link to Western industry and technology.

He remains one of the few private citizens in the world allowed to fly his personal jet into the U.S.S.R. Now, a squabble over a small family inheritance threatens to bring Hammer joltingly back to earth.

*You never know where you can make your money or how relationships will help you make it.


Notorious B.I.G 1972

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“Stay far from timid. Only make moves when your heart’s in it and live the phrase: the sky’s the limit.”

If your heart is in ‘it’, it’s worth mentioning, and if it’s worth mentioning, capturing and writing down it’s important. Because honestly, what is important, is very important.

*Listen to Biggie Smalls – the Brooklyn Thumper – the Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa.


Fats Waller 1904 – hot and sassy cornbread

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Usually remembered as a genial clown, he is of lasting importance as one of the greatest of all jazz pianists and as a gifted songwriter, whose work in both fields was rhythmically contagious.

*Yes Biggie Smalls and Fats Waller share a birthday. Enjoy this hot and sassy cornbread while listening to a mix of Fats and Biggie. Make a pitcher of Mr. T Whiskey to help wash it down.

Mr. T Whiskey recipe

Put the frozen lemonade into a pitcher, then pour the beers over the lemonade, then pour the whiskey into the lemonade container, and pour into the pitcher. Mix and add ice as necessary before serving.

SNUB – Loretta Lynch

Review –

  • Ignore the wisdom of the crowd
  • Smoke weed and go to the gym
  • Watch the Mr. T video
  • Relationships will help earn you money
  • Listen to Biggie Smalls
  • Make Fats Waller Hot and Sassy Cornbread

May 20

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Dolley Madison 1768

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The New Dolly (many companies ignored the “e,” although she spelled her name “Dolley”) was a safer, less complex version of the old. She appeared on china plates, in doll form, on cigar wrappers, and, later, on packaging for cakes, ice cream, and dairy products. Her name was used to sell wine, silver and dinnerware patterns, bedspreads, stockings, hats, and even watches. To Americans, “Dolly Madison” implied grace, elegance, and a national pride.

*What does your name imply?


Cher 1946

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And her revelation at the Billboard Music Awards that she can hold the plank position for more than five minutes has further cemented her icon status.

*Turn back time and see how long you can hold the plank position while listening to Cher for motivation.


Mary Pope Osborne 1949

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Mary has donated over 450,000 books to underserved children across the country through her Gift of Books program.

You can donate books at a variety of locations in your community, including:

  1. The Salvation Army
  2. Goodwill
  3. Libraries
  4. Local Thrift Stores

*Donate books to those who need them most.


Dietrich Mateschitz 1944

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Before launching, Mateschitz hired a market research firm to test Red Bull’s acceptance. The result was a catastrophe. “People didn’t believe the taste, the logo, the brand name,” he recalls now with a smile. “I’d never before experienced such a disaster.”

He ignored the recommendations, and went on with his project.

*Ignore the recommendations and go with your gut – especially when it’s your dream. Drink a Red Bull for motivation.


James Stewart 1908 – watch The Philadelphia Story

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The beloved actor had been nominated for Best Actor the year before, for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and would be nominated another three times after this. But The Philadelphia Story was his only lifetime win, surprising those (including himself) who thought Henry Fonda deserved it for The Grapes of Wrath. (Some observers felt it was Stewart’s compensation for not getting the Mr. Smith win.) In 1995, Stewart won an Honorary Oscar.

*Watch Jimmy Stewart win an Oscar in The Philadelphia Story.


Ted Allen 1965 – spinach, olives, and leeks brunch tart

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Ted was a judge on the first four seasons of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking Bravo series “Queer Eye,” which was nominated twice for an Emmy Award and took the prize in 2004. He is author of “The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes” (Clarkson-Potter), a collection of vibrant, all-natural dishes, and co-wrote the New York Times Best Seller “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better.”

*Look better, cook better, live better and make this brunch tart – don’t get chopped.

SNUB – Busta Rhymes

Review –

  • What does your name imply?
  • Plank
  • Go with your gut
  • Watch The Philadelphia Story
  • Make a spinach, olives, and leeks brunch tart

May 19

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Ho Chi Minh 1890

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The 5 lessons from Uncle Ho:

  1. Love your country. Love your people.
  2. Study well. Labor well.
  3. Be united. Be disciplined.
  4. Keep the sanitation well.
  5. Humility. Honesty. Bravery.

*Practice humility, honesty, and bravery today. Be a Ho.


Kevin Garnett 1976

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Kevin Garnett starts his daily workout training routine with a 3 mile run on the beach in the early morning hours between 5 and 6 AM

*Be like the “Big Ticket” and run 3 miles in the sand at 5:30 this morning.


Malcolm X 1925

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Malcolm X: Well, I’ve done a lot of traveling and, I think over all, travel does broaden one’s soul.

*Broaden your soul by traveling. Go on or plan a trip today.


Johns Hopkins 1795

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On average, a bachelor’s degree at Johns Hopkins University will cost you about $210,306. This is based on an average price (with and without aid) of $51,386 per year and an average of 4.1 years to graduate.

*Are you saving for college? You could stick your kids with massive student debt. Just don’t get sick and need their help later in life. I suggest you start saving now for your kid’s future.


Sam Smith 1992

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“When I signed my deal, I felt pressure, don’t wanna see the numbers, I wanna see heaven” – ‘Money On My Mind’

When someone asks if you want a receipt and you say no because you don’t wanna know how much you spent the next day…

*Listen to the very wealthy Sam Smith.


Andre the Giant (7’4) 1946 – drink 156 beers

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Andre’s unofficial record is 156 beers in one sitting

As told by Mike Graham and confirmed by Dusty Rhodes. That’s 1,872 ounces, or 14.6 gallons of beer. The average human stomach can typically hold about a liter.

BONUS – Peter Mayhew (7’3) 1944 – Wookie cookies

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Mayhew was chosen to play everyone’s favorite Wookiee primarily because of his tremendous height: He’s 7 feet 3 inches tall.

*Yes, Andre the Giant (7’4) and the man who plays Chewbacca (7’3) share a birthday (2 years apart)

Enjoy these “Wookie Cookies” and see how close you can get to Andre’s 156 beers.

SNUB – Archie Manning

Review –

  • Practice humility, honesty, and bravery
  • Run 3 miles on the beach at 5:30 am
  • Broaden your soul by traveling
  • Save for college
  • Listen to Sam Smith
  • Eat Wookie Cookies and drink 156 beers

May 18

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Bertrand Russell 1872

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The need to be tolerant of the belief and views of others: Though Russell described himself as an atheist and on some occasions as an agnostic, he was very tolerant of the religious beliefs and opinions of other people. He never denied the existence of God and neither did he acknowledge his existence. He was once believed to have said he cannot deny the existence of the Christian God just the same way that he cannot deny the existence of the Olympic god. His opinion on religion was that despite its positive benefits, it is mostly harmful to people. But despite his stand on the subject of religion, he never condemned the followers or adherents of any religion. This proves the need for tolerance and respect for the views of others even if you don’t believe in such views.

He was arguably the greatest philosopher of the 20th century and the greatest logician since Aristotle. Analytic philosophy, the dominant philosophy of the twentieth century, owes its existence more to Russell than to any other philosopher.

*Respect the views of others even if you don’t believe in them.


Reggie Jackson 1946

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He no longer squats but does quad and hamstring work to keep things in balance

*Do this quad and hamstring workout and think about how Mr. October was born in May.


Pope John Paul II 1920

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John Paul II didn’t become a heroic soul despite his suffering, he became one precisely because of it. His response to personal pain wasn’t to retreat from the world, but to embrace it with the love of Jesus himself, whose Sacred Heart is simultaneously the icon of profound pain and perfect charity.

*Embrace personal pain and grow from it.


Jens Bergensten 1979

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Sure, the money was flooding in, but mainly as an excuse not to do the boring stuff, right? The kind of stuff that Jens very much associated with working for a company like Microsoft.

*It’s an existential crisis. Could you be happy making lots of money for doing something boring? Maybe – until you’ve made enough to do what you want to do.


Jack Johnson 1975

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“Don’t let your dreams be dreams.”

Make dreams your reality, bring them to actuality, and strive to conquer all you set your mind to. The most dangerous setbacks that we may face are the limitations of which we place on our own minds.

*Make your dreams a reality and listen to Jack Johnson for inspiration.


Tina Fey 1970 – Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil

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In an episode called “Sandwich Day,” the special hoagie set aside for Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is stolen, so her colleagues spend the day trying to find her another amazing Italian grinder like this one, which is piled high with grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella and basil.

*Listen to Jack Johnson while making this sandwich and then enjoy it while watching 30 Rock – “Sandwich Day.”

SNUB – Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

Review –

  • Respect the views of others
  • Quad and hamstring workout
  • Embrace personal pain and grow from it
  • Can you make money if you’re bored?
  • Listen to Jack Johnson
  • Make an amazing Italian grinder