>> SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE: If you’re walking down the street this Friday, take a look at the guy next to you. Don’t breathe heavy and stare or he’ll think you’re weird. Just stop, calmly extend your hand and shake his. (Make sure you wash first. We wouldn’t want any embarrassing incidents). Why on Earth would you do this? Because Friday is “World Handshake Day,” that’s why. The whole thing is designed to make the world a friendlier place. And that’s gotta be a good thing.
>> SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVIN’ IS EASY: Throughout history, mankind has had various ways of figuring out when the seasons began. On the solstice In England, the ancients would greet the sun as it rose through the monoliths of Stonehenge. In Fajada Butte, N.M., American Indians would watch the sun pierce a spiral cave drawing on June 21. In prehistoric times, summer began when Thag’s wife, Grook, would start badgering him to clean up the cave and cut the dino-grass. We have calendars. And our calendar says that summer begins Friday morning at 1:04 a.m.
>> ZOMBIES! RUN!: In the world of man-eating, undead creatures, zombies are the “it” monster. They star in a top-rated TV series, they’ll be shambling around Scranton in September, and there’s one right behind you now. RUN! … Ha ha ha. Just kidding. (Unless there really was a zombie behind you. Then, well. It stinks to be you.) And this week, you can see zombies devour everyone in the world not sort-of married to Angelina Jolie. “World War Z,” starring Brad Pitt, will infect a theater near you starting Friday.
>> THANK GOD IT’S THIRD FRIDAY: The first Friday of every month is OK. The second Friday? Hmmm. Pedestrian. But the THIRD Friday. Now that’s a party. At least in downtown Wilkes-Barre. And lookie here. This Friday is the third one. If you’re hanging around downtown you can take part in the Third Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m., or head on over to the River Common for the opening ceremonies of RiverFest from 6 to 9 p.m.
>> THEY’RE BACK!: Remember the movie “Monsters, Inc.?” Well, a prequel, “Monsters University,” is opening in theaters Friday. Ever since he was a kid monster, Mike Wazowski has dreamed of becoming a Scarer. To make his dream a reality, he enrolls at Monsters University. During his first semester, he meets Sulley, a natural-born Scarer. Sulley and Mike engage in a rivalry that gets them both kicked out of MU’s elite Scare Program. To make things right, the monsters will have to work together.