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Thursday, September 17

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Comedian Rita Rudner is 67. Puppeteer Kevin Clash (Elmo on Sesame Street) is 60. Kyle Chandler (Early Edition) is 55. Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black) is 31.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Research shows that just since 1970 the amount of life in the sea has been reduced by half. [Nice work, Red Lobster.]

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANANA USED TO HOLD UP GROCERY STORE _ A man walked into a store in England and grabbed a banana from a counter, then placed it inside his sweatshirt. He then pretended the banana was a gun. Lucky for the thief the clerk didn’t see him steal the banana and assumed he had a gun. He made of with some money and cigarettes.

MEN SAY THIS IS THEIR TOP TURN-OFF _ While guys are not fans of women with false eyelashes or fake tans, their number one turn-off is too much makeup, according to a new survey.

TOPIC: GROSS THINGS IN KIDS BEDROOMS _ Post this to your Facebook at night then use a few of the comments the following day to start a phone topic: What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever found in your kids’ bedroom?

DO YOU LIKE YOUR SPOUSE’S FRIENDS? _ Wives, your husband is pretty much OK with all of your friends. According to a new survey:

• 85% of wives strongly dislike or hate at least one of their husbands’ friends.
• Less than 10% of husbands say they dislike or hate at least one of their wives’ friends.

… Who’s your friend that your husband or wife can’t stand and why?

WHAT OVER 45ers WANT TO DO BEFORE THEY DIE _ As we get older, our lists of things we want to do before we die becomes more important. Those over the age of 45 want to: See the Northern Lights; travel first class; buy a vacation home; go on a cruise; research their family tree; go on safari; learn a new language; ride in a hot air balloon; learn to play an instrument; write a novel; swim with dolphins; be an extra on a TV show/film; go to Asia; walk a daughter down the aisle; learn to paint; learn to fly a plane; sky-dive; learn photography; revisit my honeymoon destination; get a tattoo; go to a nude beach; run a marathon; get a cat; ride a motorcycle; bungee jump; go skiing; learn to bake/cook; sing in public; learn a new sport.

WHO SAID IT? _ “I made my allowance as a kid cleaning toilets. I’m actually pretty good at it.”

• Jennifer Aniston*
• Conan O’Brien
• Taylor Swift
• Chris Pratt

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Wednesday, September 16

ONE DAY OLDER _ Ed Begley Jr. (Bless This Mess) is 71. Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2) is 68. Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) is 56. Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live) is 49. Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) is 39. Nick Jonas is 28.

NEWS ATTACK! _ According to a new poll America’s image around the world has dropped to a new low. [It’s all those Adam Sandler movies on Netflix, isn’t it?]

TOPIC: WHAT’S YOUR REAL SUPERPOWER? _ What’s your real superpower? Just something at which you’re better than the average person. In an online poll one guy said, “I was apparently born to help people move because I can look at the contents someone’s house or apartment and tell them the exact size truck to rent. I’ve helped a dozen friends move and I’ve never been wrong.”

CONDO FOR SALE HAS BUDWEISER CANS COVERING WALLS, CEILINGS _ A listing for a condo in Florida is going viral after pictures were posted online showing off an unusual aspect of the decor: the walls and ceilings of the home are covered in Budweiser beer cans. Realtor Kristen Kearney said she initially didn’t know what to expect when she received a call about listing the condo (in Lake Worth): “They warned me that the home was wallpapered in beer cans and I thought to myself, ‘Well, I wonder where in the world they found beer-can wallpaper.'” Kearney said the cans cover every wall and ceiling of the home, except for the bathroom. Kearney said the condo’s former owner, who is now deceased, was a lifelong fan of the Anheuser-Busch beer. • PHOTOS

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HIDES GIRLFRIEND IN ATTIC _ A woman in Romania filed for divorce after finding her husband’s girlfriend in the attic of their house. The husband claimed the woman was only a friend who needed a place to stay while her apartment was being renovated, but she didn’t believe him.

A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR TALLEST MOHAWK _ There is a new world record for the tallest Mohican mohawk. Joseph Grisamore, of Park Rapids, Minnesota, checks in with a mohawk that’s over 42.5 inches tall. Grisamore is 6’1″ tall, which puts him and his mohawk at nearly ten feet. Grisamore said that he doesn’t even use that much product. Usually he gets his hair stylist to tease the base so it can basically stand on its own.

… Grisamore doesn’t always wear his hair high. He’s an essential worker at a health care facility and usually keeps it braided and in two knots so to avoid sitting on it.

THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2 OFFICIAL TRAILER _ Disney+ has released the first trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian. The trailer features a lot of brief glimpses of action, at least one funny child moment, and quick looks at side characters from the first season who are also returning. It also brings up some deep Star Wars universe lore, including the longstanding rivalry between Mandalorians and self-style galactic protectors, the Jedi. • VIDEO

… Season 2 begins October 20 on Disney+.

ANOTHER NEWS ATTACK! _ Hurricane Sally is busy battering the Gulf Coast. [While Sally Field is busy baking cookies in California.]

BUDGET KILLERS THAT CAUSE US TO OVERSPEND _ Sticking to a budget can be tough. According to a poll, Americans admit to spending $7,429.24 over their budget every year. Our biggest budget killers:

  1. Online shopping
  2. Grocery shopping
  3. Subscription services
  4. Technology products
  5. Buying lunch everyday

Tuesday, September 15

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Tommy Lee Jones is 74. Josh Charles (The Good Wife, Sports Night) is 49. Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) is 43. Marisa Ramirez (Blue Bloods) is 43. Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, Parks and Recreation) is 39.

NEWS ATTACK! _ According to a study, drinking tea is good for the brain. [I seriously question that. Have you ever seen a session of British Parliament?]

FUN: ‘CALL US FROM A PAYPHONE’ _ “Are there any payphone left in (your city)? Call us from a nearby payphone and we’ll try to guess where you are. We’ll reimburse you for the call and hook you up with (prize).”

SMOKERS ARE GETTING A MONTH OFF _ Smokers work one month less a year that nonsmokers because of smoke breaks. The average smoker take four 10-minute breaks a day — that adds up to one month less work annually.

THE AVERAGE DOG KNOWS ABOUT 165 WORDS _ How smart is your dog? What words does he know? A study (University of British Columbia) found the average dog knows about 165 words! That’s the same as a two year old child. The two smartest breeds — Border collies and Poodles — have an average vocabulary of 250 words.

TOPIC: How smart is your dog? What words have you taught your dog?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOSTON _ It was 390 years ago this week (September 16) that Boston became Boston. Prior to this week the Massachusetts city — really just a village in 1630 — was named Shawmut.

THAT’S A LOT OF BROWN _ There are currently 119,000 UPS delivery vehicles in use around the world, ranging from bicycles to tractor-trailer trucks.

THIS GUY WAS BANNED FROM EVER VISITING THE U.S. _ As of this month, Luke Angel is ten years into a life sentence. Back in 2010 the British man — who was 17 at the time — got in trouble with the FBI when he drunk-emailed Barack Obama. Angel became upset after watching a TV documentary about 9/11, leading him to compose an expletive-laden email aimed at the president. After the FBI contacted local British police, they visited Angel at his home and took his picture, then informed him that he would not be able to enter the U.S. — ever.

Monday, September 14

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov in Star Trek: The Original Series) is 84. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park films) is 73. Melissa Leo (Oscar for The Fighter, Homicide: Life on the Street) is 60. Wendy Thomas (namesake of the fast food restaurant) is 59. Producer-director-actor Tyler Perry is 51. Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) is 49. Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) is 47. TV chef Katie Lee is 39.

THANK A TRUCKER _ This is Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Research shows that walking is good for your brain. [That’s why, tonight, I plan to walk from the couch to the fridge instead of having the dog fetch my beer.]

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PASSENGER OPENED EMERGENCY EXIT TO STEP ON AIRCRAFT WING _ A strange incident took place at the airport in Boryspil, Ukraine: a woman opened the emergency exit door to step and walk on the aircraft wing. Fortunately the plane was still on the ground. After opening the door and stepping out, the woman sat on the wing for a moment and then returned back to the airplane. Airline officials say the woman was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She’s been blacklisted and won’t be able to fly the airline again.

FLORIDA CITY REPEALS 13-YEAR BAN ON SAGGY PANTS _ After 13 years, Opa-locka, Florida, has overturned a ban on saggy pants. The Opa-locka City Commission voted this past week to repeal both the original 2007 legislation and a 2013 ordinance that said women, not just men, could receive civil citations for wearing pants that exposed their undergarments. After the ordinance went into effect, signs were posted around Opa-locka which read: “No ifs, ands or butts … It’s the city law.”

TOPIC: What should there be a law against there isn’t?

TRAILER FOR NOMADLAND _ A trailer for Nomadland is online. The movie — starring France McDormand — fllows a woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. Nomadland comes to theaters December 4. • VIDEO

… For an up-to-date list of theatrical release and streaming films click here.

GO AHEAD, HAVE A DRINK BEFORE YOU RUN _ Here’s some good news for those that like to drink heavily before going on a long run — it doesn’t affect your performance. Italian researchers filled 10 healthy people up with whisky before putting them on a treadmill until they reached their maximum heart rate. Two days later the same folks came back and took a jog, but this time completely sober. The results: Booze has no effect on exercise performance, stress hormone stimulation, and metabolism. However, two bad things that stem from drinking and exercising are impaired judgement and the risk of dehydration.

THE PROFESSIONS THAT CHUG THE MOST COFFEE _ What professions chug the most coffee? A survey of 10,000 professionals found the biggest coffee addicts are journalists, followed by cops and teachers. Here are the professions that suck down the most java:

  • Journalists and media staff
  • Police officers
  • Teachers
  • Plumbers and trade workers
  • Nurses and medical staff
  • Company executives
  • IT technical support
  • Retail staff
  • Drivers

… TOPIC: We know the coffee at Starbucks and (local chain) is good, but you’re paying a bit of a premium. Where’s the best gas station coffee in (your city)?

Friday, September 11 🇺🇸

ONE YEAR OLDER _ John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, Sol Star in Deadwood) is 61. Harry Connick Jr. is 53. Taraji P. Henson (Empire) is 50. Ariana Richards (Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park films) is 41. Elizabeth Henstridge (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is 33.

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study found that the filthiest place on an airplane isn’t the bathroom but your fold down tray table. [So grab your meal and eat it on the toilet.]

YOUR SHOWERHEAD IS DIRTY _ The average computer keyboard is five times as filthy as a toilet seat. Flip-flops play host to more than 18,000 bacteria. And now we’ve learned that billions of microbes are lurking in your shower.

… Researchers (University of Colorado-Boulder) looked at 45 showerheads from across the U.S. and found that each showerhead was home to an average of several billion microbes per square centimeter. About half of the particles that come out of a showerhead are sufficiently small to penetrate the deep airways, meaning that each supposedly cleansing breath we take while showering could be full of foreign microbes.

… If you’re otherwise healthy, chances are that a grody showerhead won’t be your downfall. In fact, very few people have probably ever died of — or gotten sick from — showerhead microbes. As the report notes, we move through a “sea of microbial life” in our daily lives, so most of us don’t need to give up showering just yet.

NEVER LEND MONEY TO FAMILY _ What’s the biggest cause of marital fighting? Money. So if you and your spouse fight over money, what makes you think lending money to a family member will have a happy ending? It won’t. According to a poll, 43% of readers who lent to family or friends weren’t paid back in full. And 27% never got a dime back.

THE NO. 1 SIGN YOU’RE IN LOVE, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS _ Love is a mysterious feeling — and while many people know it well, they might not be able to put it into words. However, according to experts, there is a surefire sign you’re in love: you’re a better, happier version of yourself. Life strategist Randi Levin says “the number one sign that you are in love is your increased energy for life. True love fits and aligns with you. It compliments the best you in this moment, and as a result, it stimulates and motivates positive action in your every day.”

THE PROBLEM WITH FRUIT _ Someone tweeted: “Here’s the problem with fruit: it’s inconsistent. Some apples are delicious, some taste bad. Sometimes blueberries are great, sometimes they are disgusting. You know what’s the same every time? Doritos.”

OKAY IS LOVED BY ALL _ The most frequently spoken word on the planet — no matter what the language — is “okay”.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WELL KNOWN FOR HER MANY CAR ACCIDENTS _ In Russia police were called to the scene of a rear-end accident. Police knew the driver well since they’d been to five of her previous accidents over the past year-and-a-half. They ticketed the woman and let her go — and she promptly rear-ended a truck, backed up, and then rear-ended it again. On the spot, police stopped her again. While chatting with her as she sat in her car, she starting to roll down a hill. They ordered her to park the car and call a friend for a ride.

Thursday, September 10

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Jose Feliciano (Feliz Navidad) is 75. Colin Firth (Love Actually, Kingsman: The Secret Service) is 60. Director Guy Ritchie is 52. Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions, USA Network’s Shooter) is 46. Ballerina Misty Copeland is 38.

GUYS GOSSIP MORE THAN WOMEN? _ Guys who gossip outnumber gossip girls two to one, according to research. And 80 percent of guys’ conversations are spent on discussing other people and their habits. The difference between what guys and women gossip about? The study found that while guys love exchanging juicy tidbits of personal info, only about 5 percent of their gossip is malicious.

TOPIC: WHAT DO YOUR KIDS CALL GRANDMA AND GRANDPA? _ Sunday is National Grandparents Day — recognizing the love and help they provide, and their growing importance to the survival of many American families.

… The special day was the idea of Marian McQuade of Fayette County, West Virginia, and has been observed nationally since 1979.

… Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Memaw? Pawpaw? What do your kids called their grandparents?

OVERHEARING CELLPHONE CONVERSATIONS ARE MORE DISTRACTING _ Scientists (at Cornell University) definitively proved that overhearing a cellphone conversation is more distracting than overhearing a normal conversation. It’s because you only hear a “half-a-logue,” which is less predictable and therefore requires more mental power to analyze and ignore.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF CAUGHT AFTER SHOWING STACKS OF CASH _ In China, officers arrested a man after a break-in. When they went through his confiscated phone they found photos of another guy posing with money. Turns out the man police had in custody had recently done a break-in with another guy who’d insisted his photo be taken with their loot. The man in custody told cops, “It was our first robbery together. He was so thrilled he wanted to show off.”

TOPIC: WHAT HAPPENS TO THE WEDDING RING _ There are a number of cathartic and symbolic ways to dispose of a ring… just as there are satisfying ways to keep and recycle them. What did you do with your wedding ring after the relationship went bye-bye?

… One online comment: “I put mine around the dog’s collar and attached the rabies tags to it. It looked better on the dog!”

THE NUMBER IS 297 _ That’s the record for consecutive games started by an NFL player, which is held by Brett Favre. Punter Jeff Feagles played in 352 consecutive games, which is the longest of all-time for a special teams player. Special teams players are not credited with starts in the NFL.

WORLD’S BEST LASAGNA _ John Chandler is the creator of the World’s Best Lasagna, an artery-clogging tower of sweet Italian sausage, ground beef and ricotta cheese that has reigned as one of the most popular recipes on for many years. It has earned over 12,000 ratings.

… In 2001, his then-girlfriend, an avid AllRecipes user, urged him to put the lasagna recipe online, where others could make and review it. The dish quickly earned a string of five-star reviews and climbed to the top of AllRecipes’ rankings. • LINK

Wednesday, September 9

ONE DAY OLDER _ Tom Wopat (Dukes of Hazzard) is 69. Hugh Grant (Paddington 2, Bridget Jones’s Diary) is 60. Charles Esten (Nashville) is 55. Adam Sandler is 54. Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) is 49. Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) is 40.

NEWS ATTACK! _ According to a new study, digital technology doesn’t harm the mental health of teenagers. [But it does harm the mental health of the parents who have to put up with those teenagers.]

SOME OF US HAVE NO IDEA WHERE EVERYDAY FOOD COMES FROM _ A survey found many of you have no idea where your food comes from. In fact, 2 percent of you think bacon comes from a cow.

… 10 percent think tofu is a type of mushroom.

… 20 percent mistakenly think veal comes from a deer — rather than a calf.

MANY NEW DADS FAKE BEING ASLEEP _ According to a survey, half of fathers either continue to sleep or pretend to be asleep when their babies cry during the night. In addition to the 52 percent of dads who do not get up with their wailing children, an added 22 percent only get up after their partner has already crawled out of bed. The lack of support leaves six in 10 mothers feeling bitter toward their partners.

… Restless nights also mean 86 percent of moms prefer sleep to sex.

WHAT DID YOUR DOG EAT? _ Because you have a lot of dog owners listening, this is a great social media and phone topic: Ask people to tell you about the stuff their dog has eaten. One crazy response: “My dog ate my 25 dollar pair of pigskin work gloves.”

ON NETFLIX TODAY: GET ORGANIZED WITH THE HOME EDIT _ Reese Witherspoon, Neil Patrick Harris and other celebs get help cutting down on clutter in this new unscripted series. Organizing duo Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit help one regular family and one celeb in each episode.

VIDEO: DAD RUINS DAUGHTER’S $5 TIKTOK CHALLENGE _ The title of the TikTok video is “Dad Uses 100% of Brain” — because he did. In the video a daughter is filming her dad for a $5 TikTok challenge: Get the $5 bill from underneath the hand sanitizer without moving the hand sanitizer whatsoever. That’s when the dad gene kicks in and the brain starts firing on all cylinders. With the bottle resting on the fiver, the dad says the challenge isn’t possible because the bottle is glued to the bill. The daughter does the human thing and quickly picks the bottle of the $5 bill to prove the two aren’t glued together. While the bottle is up dad snags the bill and walks away. • VIDEO

TRICK QUESTION: Alright, this is one to try out on family or coworkers. For this trick question you need a quarter, a nickel, and a penny. Then you share: “Michael’s mom has three kids. One is named Nicholas (point to the nickel); one is named Penny (point to the penny); and what is the third one named?”

Answer: Michael.

Tuesday, September 8

ONE YEAR OLDER _ David Arquette (Scream film series) is 49. Martin Freeman (Black Panther, The Hobbit) is 49. Pink is 41. Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Home Improvement) is 39. Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson in Stranger Things) is 18.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Research shows that a high-fat diet changes the brain, making you want to eat more. [That explains why when I eat a cheeseburger it makes me want French fries, which make me want a milk shake, which makes me wonder why I only ordered one cheeseburger.]

OBVIOUS: MEN LIKE TO LOOK AT NAKED FEMALE BODIES _ A study (out of New Zealand) says men look at a naked woman’s breasts or midriff before her face. About half of the men in the study, 47 percent, first looked at women’s breasts; one in three looked at the midriff; less than 20% of first glances were directed at a naked woman’s face.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SKYDIVER NARROWLY MISSES GIRL BLOWING BUBBLES _ You just never know what curve ball life could throw your way. One minute you’re standing in a parking log slash field blowing some bubbles, the next minute a parachutest narrowly misses crashing into you during a landing. Sound very Florida, but this happened in Russia where people decided to park their cars in a grassy area that was marked as a landing zone for parachutists at a festival. People were hanging out near their cars — apparently blowing bubbles — when one young woman was nearly taken out by a guy coming in for a landing. Instead he sorta crash-landed into the back of a car. • VIDEO

WAS IT THE WORST SUMMER EVER? _ Labor Day has come and gone — which mean’s summer’s over. It was the worst, right? Maybe not. It may not have been the best summer on record — between COVID-19, natural disasters, hardly any sports, social distancing, and a presidential election — but for most Americans, it actually wasn’t the “worst summer ever.” Just 16 percent of Americans describe their summer as a good one, while two-thirds either call 2020 a bad summer (41%) or the worst ever (26%). So, yeah, 67 percent of us don’t see Summer 2020 in the most favorable sunlight, but a third of us think it was at least OK or good.

CAN YOU GUESS? _ Where will you find a Monroney sticker?

… On a new car. It’s the required label that includes the listing of certain official information about the car. The window sticker is named after Almer Stillwell “Mike” Monroney, United States Senator from Oklahoma. Monroney sponsored the Automobile Information Disclosure Act of 1958, which mandated disclosure of information on new automobiles.

WHAT FOODS HAVE TO GO TOGETHER? _ Here’s a good Facebook / on-air topic: What foods just have to go together? We’re not talking condiments — like the guy who has to put hot sauce on everything. We’re talking about foods you gotta eat together. Candy corn by itself is barely edible, but mix it with salted peanuts and you got something.

WE LIKE TO SHOP IN BED _ Night time online shopping is increasing. Women are particularly in the habit of shopping from under the comfort of their covers, accounting for two-thirds (66%) of night time customer purchases. But men spend slightly more in the night — at $45 compared with $41 for women.

Monday, September 7

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Julie Kavner (The Simpsons) is 70. Comedian Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live) is 53. Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) is 33.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Research shows that plastic fibers are found in 83% of the world’s drinking water. [Pretty soon plastic surgery will be totally redundant.]

TENET DEBUTS ON TOP _ After months of delays, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet finally arrived in U.S. theaters and generated $20.2 million over Labor Day weekend. The espionage thriller is already nearing the $150 million mark globally, thanks to a stronger showing at the international box office.

… Tenet was able to play in about 2,800 cinemas across the country, a smaller release than normal. Currently, about 65 to 70 percent of theater complexes in the U.S. have reopened, though markets like New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco are still off limits.

NAPS ARE EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN _ A study on napping found 1 in 3 adults naps in a typical day. But the study also found that napping is still bashed by society, even though some sleep experts think naps should have the status of exercise. The science geeks say naps make us feel stronger, happier, and able to perform better.

STUDENT GETS ROBBED DURING ZOOM CLASS _ In Ecuador a group of students and their professor were going about their online class when they noticed thieves robbing one of their classmates in the middle of the lesson. The girl was muted throughout the video. She turns around to face her bedroom door, likely hearing the intruders. She stands up and that’s when the intruders come in with what seems to be one of the girl’s family members, and the thieves push them both off-screen.

… At this point, several classmates unmute themselves to alert the professor that, “They are robbing Majo’s house.” One student says he’s going to call the police, and the professor urges others to do the same. For the rest of the video, the Majo’s computer camera was knocked over, and the robbers eventually took her laptop. • VIDEO

PAY BUMPS UP TO $75,000 A YEAR MAKE US HAPPY _ Money can’t buy us love but it can, apparently, buy us happiness — so long as we make $75,000 a year or more. A study examined the responses of 450,000 Americans to a poll, and found that as income increased people reported increasing happiness and decreasing stress … until income hit $75,000. Anything above that point didn’t improve happiness any more, meaning it’s a sort of happiness sweet spot.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR FALL ASLEEP IN STORE _ In Austria police were summoned to the report of a break-in at a furniture store. Investigating officers found the glass front door smashed but once inside couldn’t find anyone. They were getting ready to leave when an officer heard a sound — a sound of someone snoring coming from the carpet racks. And that’s where they found their crook, obviously tired out from the hard work of breaking in.

BRAIN TWISTER _ Name the ten parts of the body that have only three letters — no slang words. Answer: Eye, ear, lip, arm, leg, rib, hip, toe, gum, jaw. (From Reader’s Digest’s Tests and Teasers.)

Friday, September 4

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Khandi Alexander (ER, NewsRadio) is 63. Damon Wayans is 60. Noah Taylor (Locke in Game of Thrones) is 51. Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood) is 40. Beyoncé is 39. Whitney Cummings (Whitney) is 38. Kyle Mooney (SNL) is 36.

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study found a link between sodas and an early death. [Mainly from the revenge of a falling vending machine that was just kicked.]

SCIENCE CONFIRMS COFFEE IS BASICALLY CRACK _ To help you understand why you’re a monster before your morning coffee, the scientific minds at AsapSCIENCE put together a video explaining coffee’s effects on your brain. There’s some stuff about receptors, and something called adenosine, but that’s not important. Wanna know why coffee hypes you up? It does the same thing to your brain as crack.

… Caffeine hypes you up by increasing the production of adrenaline, but it also spikes the dopamine in your brain, which is exactly what cocaine does when it hits your system. Obviously, caffeine does this all to a lesser extent, but coffee is a drug and so it has a few things in common with the more hardcore stuff.

… AsapSCIENCE further explains that there is a lethal dose of caffeine, though it’s kinda impossible to achieve. To overdose on lattes, you’d need to consume 150mg for every kilogram you weigh. We’re talking thousands of refills, and your stomach wouldn’t physically be able to hold it all. Plus, even if you somehow acquired an elastic stomach, you’d be experiencing fits of mania and hallucinations long before the critical point.

FACEBOOK THIS _ Here’s one to post on Facebook: “With an image or gif, what is the first movie you ever remember seeing in a movie theater?”

MATHEMATICIANS FOUND THE PERFECT BUBBLE BLOWING FORMULA _ Everyone who was once a child knows the incredible, simple joy that comes from blowing bubbles and watching an ultra-thin layer of liquid bob through the air before bursting apart. While it seems like magic when you’re a little kid, it turns out the mystery behind how bubbles work is not much more clear for adults. A team of mathematicians from New York University decided to take on the super daunting task of solving that mystery.

… There’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo from the study about oil bubbles, soap bubbles, film density… blah, blah, blah. Bottom line: the ideal speed for creating your bubble is about 8 miles per hour. Move your bubble wand at that speed for the best bubbles.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBERS WANTED CASH AND DINNER _ Robbers in China entered a home at knife-point and held a woman and her one-year-old daughter hostage while her husband was ordered to a bank to make a withdrawal. While the robbers waited for his return, they forced the wife to cook them dinner.

POP QUIZ! _ According to a survey of women, this is the No. 1 secret they keep from their husbands.

A) Number of shoes they own
B) How much money they make
C) How many boyfriends they really had before marrying

… The answer is A.

IN THEATERS _ Tenet opened yesterday (Thursday) in limited release in North America. Mulan is available for purchase today ($30) through Disney+, though it will be free to Disney+ subscribers in December.

Thursday, September 3

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Former MTV VJ Adam Curry is 56. Curry’s been called the Podfather, who helped create ipodder, a tool that automates the process of downloading and listening to audio files. ALSO: Costas Mandylor (Picket Fences) is 55. Charlie Sheen is 55. Ashley Jones (True Blood) is 44. Garrett Hedlund (Tron, Mudbound) is 36.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SEES JESUS’ FACE ON A POTATO _ A woman in Scotland was unpacking her groceries when she spotted Jesus’ face in the discoloration of a potato skin. The potato was included in a larger bag of potatoes that cost Nikki Halkerston roughly $1.50. Halkerston said, “I was staring at it, and it was just quite obvious it was Jesus’ face. It was just looking at me. … I called my husband into the kitchen, and he’s usually really skeptical about these sorts of things. He never gets over-excited about anything but even he agreed it looked like Jesus!” Halkerston has since eaten the potato.

$100 MILLION NETFLIX DEAL FOR MEGHAN AND HARRY? _ A source claims Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could make up to $100 million after signing a mega deal with Netflix. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have never produced a TV show, will make documentaries, films, scripted and kids’ programs.

STORE BRANDS VS. NAME BRANDS _ Everybody knows that store brand foods — pasta, canned veggies, cookies, condiments, whatever — are cheaper than the national brands. The assumption is that the national brands taste better. Consumer Reports did a study and found they don’t. In blind tests, trained tasters compared a big national brand with a store brand in 29 food categories. Store and national brands tasted about equally good 19 times. Four times, the store brand won. Just six times did the national brand won.

… The store-brand foods Consumer Reports tested cost an average of 27 percent less than big-name counterparts. The magazine says price gaps have less to do with what goes into the package than with the research, development, and marketing costs that help build a household name.

WHO SAID IT? _ “I discovered when I was 12 that I could wiggle my ears separately. As far as I know, I am the only person on the planet that can do it. It takes no effort nor does exercise improve the performance.”

• Jeff Goldblum*
• Alex Trebek
• Michelle Obama
• Kristen Bell

DRINK THE WINE! _ A study says that a few glasses of wine a week can ward off depression. Two to seven glasses a week cuts your risk by 32 percent.

IS IT BETTER TO RUN, OR BIKE? _ How does cycling or spinning compare with running or walking as an exercise for health or weight loss? An article in the New York Times reported that, in general, running burns more calories per minute than cycling. In a study, healthy, active men were assigned to run for an hour on one day and on another, to ride vigorously for the same amount of time. During both activities, the men’s blood levels of ghrelin, a hormone known to stimulate hunger, fell, compared to when they sat quietly.

… But running has a downside: Injuries are common. Biking, meanwhile, is gentler. Cycling is a nonweight bearing activity, so it is better for your knees and joints. Another option if biking and running aren’t on your fitness menu: walking. Research has show regular walkers can be very fit.

RAISED BY WOLVES _ HBO Max debuts a new drama series today from director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, The Martian). Raised by Wolves is set in a far-flung future where Earth has been decimated by a religious war, and two androids are tasked with raising a new generation of human atheists on another planet. When a faction of surviving religious extremists show up to reclaim the children, the androids turn protective, revealing their true nature.

Wednesday, September 2

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Terry Bradshaw is 72. Mark Harmon is 69. Keanu Reeves is 56. Salma Hayek is 54.

CAN YOU GUESS? _ They asked pregnant women what foods they crave most. Can you guess which food came out on top? Ice cream? Pizza? The answer is nachos! Ask your listeners to share the food they (or their spouse) craved during pregnancy.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HAD 4 POUNDS OF COINS IN HIM _ Doctors in Thailand performing emergency surgery on a man who was rushed to hospital writhing in pain were stunned when more than 4 pounds of loose change spilled out of his stomach. The man had been swallowing the coins for a long time and had turned black from stomach acid.

eBAY TURNS 25 _ Tomorrow (September 3) marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of eBay. When it launched it was first called AuctionWeb.

… One of the first items sold on AuctionWeb was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. Astonished by its sale, AuctionWeb founder Pierre Omidyar contacted the winning bidder to ask if he understood that the laser pointer was broken. The buyer explained: “I’m a collector of broken laser pointers.”

… Even though eBay launched as an auction site, the Buy It Now button accounts for most sales on the site.

THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO NAP _ Science tells us there’s a best time of day to nap and any time between 1PM and 2:30PM. Doctors used to think afternoon sleepiness was the result of a big lunch. But they’ve found that in the early afternoon there’s a dip in body temperature, which causes sleepiness.

DAVID BLAINE WILL FLY TODAY _ David Blaine is hoping to turn the fantasy of the 1956 classic French short film The Red Balloon into reality. Blaine, a career magician, illusionist and endurance performer, is set to take flight over the desert in Page, Arizona, today (September 2) — piloting a cluster of 52 helium-filled balloons. The stunt will be exclusively livestreamed on YouTube, which is funding the project, and Blaine will narrate the entire experience for viewers high above the Earth.

… The event, weather permitting, is set to begin livestreaming at 8:55AM Eastern on Blaine’s YouTube channel. Blaine said the setup for the stunt will take about an hour and a half, with the flight and landing expected to last about one hour.

IT’S TIME FOR THE DEBATES _ Now that both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention are over, it’s time to move on to the next big event in the 2020 general election — the presidential debates. Joe Biden and Donald Trump will go head-to-head in three debates before the general election: September 29, October 15, and October 22.

TIKTOK’S BENADRYL CHALLENGE HAS J&J STEPPING IN _ Teens across the country are partaking in a challenge that encourages each other to take as much allergy medicine as needed to hallucinate, with some TikTokers taking a dozen or more pills before trippin’ out. Johnson & Johnson is urging parents to be aware of the Benadryl TikTok after a 15-year-old girl died from it and put three Fort Worth, Texas teens in the hospital. Ingesting large doses of Benadryl can result in seizures and serious heart problems.

Tuesday, September 1

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Lily Tomlin is 81. Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is 74. Dr. Phil is 70. Author, model and TV host Padma Lakshmi is 50. Singer/actress Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) is 24.

NETFLIX USERS FREAK OUT OVER TRAILER FOR HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR _ Horror series The Haunting of Hill House was a huge success for Netflix when it released back in October 2018, earning lots of love from fans and critics. The story being told in Hill House may have reached its end, but Netflix was eager to capitalize on its success and it was soon announced that it would continue on as an anthology series, bringing back many of the same actors in entirely new roles for The Haunting of Bly Manor. On Monday we got our first look at it thanks to a trailer from Netflix. • VIDEO

… For an up-to-date list of theatrical release and streaming films click here.

MISS USA PAGEANT IS MOVING TO CABLE CHANNEL FYI _ Did you know there’s a cable channel called FYI? Yep. And it just landed the Miss USA Pageant. The 2020 pageant will take place at Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee on November 9.

PEOPLE WITH TATTOOS MORE RECKLESS AND IMPULSIVE _ People with visible tattoos are more likely to be reckless and impulsive than those without ink. A study by economists (McMaster University) of more than 1,000 people looked at long-term decision making. The study employed a monetary game often used by researchers to assess long-term planning ability. Non-tattooed people made the wiser choices earlier in the game.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR PENNIES? _ Here’s a good topic for conversation, phone calls and social media: What do you do with your pennies? It’s estimated that 7 million pennies are thrown away each day.

FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL _ The unscripted reunion special celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will record on September 10, exactly three decades to the day of Fresh Prince’s premiere on NBC. The special featuring Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro — as well as the recurring DJ Jazzy Jeff — will be released on HBO Max around Thanksgiving.

… HBO Max recently became Fresh Prince’s streaming home. The sitcom ran for six seasons and 148 episodes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOCTOR PULLS SNAKE OUT OF WOMAN’S THROAT _ Crazy video captured the moment doctors pulled out a 4-foot-long snake from a Russian woman’s mouth after the serpent had slithered in while she slept outside. It was unclear if the snake was alive or how long it had been inside her before she was rushed to the hospital after feeling poorly. • VIDEO

AMAZON’S DRONE DELIVERY FLEET GETS FAA CLEARANCE _ Retail giant took a big leap toward delivering goods from the sky by becoming one of only a handful of companies certified by the U.S. government to operate as a drone airline. Amazon said Monday the Federal Aviation Administration designated Amazon Prime Air an “air carrier,” which allows the company to begin its first commercial deliveries in the U.S. under a trial program. Amazon and its competitors must still clear some regulatory and technical hurdles before small packages can routinely be dropped at people’s homes.

… UPS and Wing — a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., which owns Google — have also received FAA approval.

Monday, August 31

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Richard Gere is 71. Marcia Clark (O.J. Simpson ADA prosecutor) is 67. Zack Ward (Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story) is 50. Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) is 45.

BOX OFFICE _ Showing on 2,412 North American screens, The New Mutants debuted at the top of the box office, bringing in about $7 million. Unhinged dropped to second with $2.6 million.

ROYALTEEVEE _ National Geographic has a couple of specials tonight designed for fans of the Royals. At 7PM Eastern it’s Diana: In Her Own Words. Interviews with Princess Diana are combined with archival footage and photography.

… At 9PM Eastern National Geographic will air Being the Queen, a new documentary providing a window into the personal life of Queen Elizabeth II.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GREASE VENT ROBBERY ATTEMPT _ A would-be burglar who tried to break into a restaurant in Spain found himself in a tight and a greasy situation. The man tried to break into the restaurant by climbing down a grease vent. He got stuck and had to wait almost seven hours until he could be freed.

HOW’S YOUR HAIR GROWING? _ Have you felt your hair growing a little faster the last few months? Science tells us that hair grows faster in summer than in winter. Also, hair grows slowest at night. It speeds up in the morning, slows in the afternoon, and grows faster again in the evening.

NEW MOMS GET SLEEP, BUT NOT QUALITY SLEEP _ It may come as news to new parents but a study found that mothers do get enough sleep in their babies’ first few months — it’s just not good quality. Researchers (West Virginia University) followed a group of new mothers and found, on average, the women got just over 7 hours of sleep a night during their babies’ first four months. That amount is generally what is recommended for adults and, based on past studies, more than the average American gets. But the study found that sleep is also frequently disrupted, with the women typically being awake for a total of two hours a night — which was worrying as sleep problems and exhaustion may contribute to postpartum depression and impact work performance.

SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF AT HOME? _ Maybe you kick off your shoes at home because you don’t want to track dirt across clean carpets or floors, or maybe it’s just a relief to shed them. But if you regularly take them off mainly because you’re worried about harmful bacteria from the outside getting inside and making you sick, you can probably relax. Those concerns are overblown, according to experts, who say that more pressing health risks are often overlooked.

… Charles P. Gerba, a professor and microbiologist at the University of Arizona, studied how many and which kinds of bacteria linger on the bottom of shoes. The study indicated that bacteria can be tracked by shoes over a long distance into your home or personal space. But in the hierarchy of potential health hazards at home, bacteria-caked shoes rank comparatively low, and there are more important considerations. Is anyone in the house sick? Are there frogs, turtles or snakes nearby, which can carry salmonella? Is food being stored and prepared properly? Sponges, which retain water and food particles, are a “cesspool” of bacteria.

KITE-FLYING GIRL GETS SWEPT INTO THE SKY BY WIND _ Taiwan is home to something called the International Kite Festival. You can guess what the theme is. The festival is a big hit with families — especially kids because they get to participate in the launches of giant kites. One family will never forget the 2020 International Kite Festival after a three-year-old girl became wrapped up in the tail of a giant kite. As soon as the adults released the kite into the sky, the girl was immediately pulled  upward where her body was violently swung around like a rag doll. The blood-curdling screams of the girl’s mother and nearby onlookers can be heard during the terrifying scene. • VIDEO

… Luckily, the child was able to maintain her grip on the massive kite even as she dangled hundreds of feet above the ground. The kite was soon pulled closer down to the ground where the girl was able to be safely caught after falling a short distance.

Friday, August 28

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Ken Jenkins (Scrubs) is 80. David Soul (Starsky and Hutch) is 77. Daniel Stern (Home Alone) is 63. Jack Black is 51. Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210) is 51. Reality TV personality Honey Boo Boo (Alana Thompson) is 15.

CAN YOU GUESS? _ In the classic TV sitcom Cheers the number 75 played a small part in every episode. How? Answer: That’s the legal capacity of the bar. It’s in a notice posted over the door.

FALL ASLEEP FASTER WITH THIS TRICK _ No matter how hard you try, sometimes you just can’t fall asleep when you want to. But this scientifically supported method might be one of the simplest. Body temperature plays a big part in falling asleep. Having a high body temperature can make you feel more alert. When it’s bed time, your body tries to cool down before you go to sleep. One trick: sticking your foot (or feet) out of your covers to help your body release some heat. The bottoms of your feet are hairless, and they have special vascular structures to help regulate heat loss.

SUNDAY’S 2020 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS GO ‘VIRTUAL’ _ Due to the pandemic, the performances will be held at several outdoor venues around New York. Keke Palmer hosts. Performers include Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, BTS, Miley Cyrus, DaBaby, Black Eyed Peas, The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Maluma, and CNCO. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the nominations with nine each. Billie Eilish and The Weeknd follow with six apiece. The VMAs air Sunday at 8PM ET on MTV, VH1, CMT, CW, and more.

BOOST FITNESS AND BRAIN POWER WITH A WALK _ A study shows a moderate walk several times a week besides boosting fitness can also enhance brain functions and increase performance on cognitive tasks in older adults, reveals a novel study. A gentle stroll three times a week is enough to increase brain connectivity of important brain circuits and improve intelligence.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: A LADDER AND A PLAN — SORT OF _ A man in England called police when he noticed a ladder had been tilted up against his window at 11:30PM. As he was on the phone with emergency dispatchers, he peeked out his window and saw two men getting ready to climb up to his window. But they had stopped to talk first. So the man opened his window and quickly pulled the ladder in, giving them nothing to climb. Police are looking for the men.

BACK TO THE MOVIES? _ Are Americans ready to see a movie? Opening today is The New Mutants and The Personal History of David Copperfield. The New Mutants is expected to bring in close to $8 million. Bill & Ted Face the Music was pushed to VOD and premieres today. For a complete list of movies and their trailers, click the link to the left.

… TOPIC: What will it take to get you back to the theater? Is there a particular upcoming movie that you’re willing to mask-up for?

HAVE A DIFFICULT PROBLEM TO SOLVE? TRY VODKA _ To the delight of grownups everywhere, a study has proven what we suspected all along: drinking alcohol can help us creatively solve problems. To test this, the authors gave the participants some bagels and a couple of vodka-and-cranberries, and then had them solve puzzles. The results: Study participants were better at solving the puzzles after the cocktails. So next time you feel stuck on a problem, go ahead — have a cocktail.

Thursday, August 27

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) is 68. Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy) is 51. Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) is 44. Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) is 41.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNEAKY TOENAIL PAINTER _ In India, a man was busted for painting toenails. The man would sneak late at night into the bedrooms of unsuspecting and sleeping victims and paint their toenails a red or pink color. But it’s not women the man was victimizing — it was men.

CAN YOU GUESS? Within a million, can you guess how many items are in the Smithsonian Museum? Hint: The Smithsonian is made up of 21 museums and galleries. The answer is 156 million.

FISH ARE GETTING HARDER TO CATCH _ Fish are catching on to the tricks of anglers and getting harder to catch. A New Zealand experiment found trout that are constantly exposed to fishermen develop strategies for staying out of sight and avoiding the bait. The same study found that fish caught once remember to avoid the same ruse and usually stay away from being caught again for at least a month.

… Researchers say fish in remote areas that get swamped by anglers on a yearly basis are the most likely to develop learning skills. They also say catch and release policies add to the fish’s ability to avoid capture.

VIDEO: IDAHO ROAD RAGE FIGHTS ENDS IN HANDSHAKE _ Typically road rage results in one driver’s car dinging the other driver’s car. At the next level you have a driver or drivers getting out of their cars and going at it. At the Idaho level of road rage you have two guys fighting, taking it down to the ground, head-locking, then wrapping it up with a handshake before each gets back into their car and drives off. • VIDEO

HOW TO SWAT A FLY _ Scientists have discovered why flies are so hard to swat, and in doing so they also discovered the prefect way to swat a fly. Experts from the California Institute of Technology say a fly’s brain plans the best way to avoid a good swatting within 100 milliseconds of spotting you looming towards it with a rolled up newspaper.

… Within that time the fly also places its legs in an optimal position to hop out of the way in the opposite direction, leaving you swatting the table. The research also suggests an optimal method for actually swatting a fly: “It is best not to swat at the fly’s starting position, but rather to aim a bit forward of that to anticipate where the fly is going to jump when it first sees your swatter.”

BUSCH DOG BREW HAS ARRIVED _ There’s nothing better than popping the top on a couple cold cans, kicking back and enjoying the delicious nectar of an ice cold beer. And it’s even better when you have a good friend to share it with. Especially if that good friend is your trusty canine. Busch Beer has officially launched Busch Dog Brew, a dog-friendly beer for your dog.

… The company says: “After a long day there’s nothing quite like having a Busch with a friend, and with so many new pet owners across America this year, we wanted to create a brew to give our fans a chance to share a Busch brew with their ‘best friend’.”

… And this is beer for a cause, too. Anheuser-Busch has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society to help ­even more furry friends find a forever home.

CONVERSATION AND PHONE TOPIC _ In the radio pros Facebook group Melissa said: “A listener shared with us that her toddler crawled into the kitty litter box when she wasn’t looking. So toss this out: What’s the grossest or craziest thing your child got into?”

Wednesday, August 26

ONE YEAR OLDER_ Bandleader Branford Marsalis is 60. Melissa McCarthy is 50. Macaulay Culkin (Kevin in Home Alone) is 40. Chris Pine (Wonder Woman and new Star Trek movies) is 40.

McDONALD’S LAUNCHES NEW CHICKEN MCNUGGETS FLAVOR _ McDonald’s is adding a new Chicken McNuggets flavor. Spicy Chicken McNuggets will hit US restaurants on September 16 — for a limited time. It’s the first new McNugget flavor in the United States since the item was introduced to the US menu in 1983.

KEVIN’S HOME ALONE PAYDAY _ This will make some of you feel old: the kid who played Kevin in the Home Alone movies is 40 today. Macaulay Culkin was paid $110,000 for the first Home Alone. For the second he was paid $4.5 million.

DOG OWNERS LIKED PETS OVER OTHER PEOPLE _ Today is National Dog Day and in a statistic unsurprising to most dog lovers, a survey found that over 70 percent of dog owners prefer spending time with their pets than with other people.

… Forty-nine percent of the dog owners surveyed said their dogs were one of their top concerns, with 62 percent sharing they’ve made changes to their own travel plans in order to accommodate their pooches.

… Almost half of all respondents said they at least somewhat agreed that their dog’s health was more of a priority than their own.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY SHOOTS HIMSELF WITH CROSSBOW _ A man in Brazil accidentally shot himself in the leg with a crossbow while chasing a wild animal that had been terrorizing his chickens. The man walked to a medical center with the arrow still in his leg. He wasn’t able to identify the wild animal that he shot at — only that it was smaller than a horse.

TOPIC _ Post it on Facebook, talk about, open the phones, etc. Share your most recent brain fart. Here’s mine: Yesterday, after my workout at the gym, I closed the locker and tried to lock it with my car key fob.

… Some comments from your listeners:

• “Went in the fridge for coffee creamer. Found my cup of coffee there.”
• “I tied up a garbage bag and went into fridge to get another bag for the can.

WOMEN LIKE GEEKS _ A study into the dating habits of 3,000 women found they prefer geeky, practical guys over athletic, well-groomed men. Of the women polled, almost three quarters said they were more attracted to men who know how to fix things over guys who spend all their time keeping fit. Roughly eight out of ten said they found men who spend their spare time down the gym a total turn-off.

GOOD NEWS FOR CHOCOHOLICS _ Like chocolate? Researchers (Athens Medical School) reported that eating dark chocolate improves healthy blood flow and helps prevent the flow of potentially damaging blood clots. Eating 100 grams of dark chocolate improved blood flow in healthy young adults for at least 3 hours.

Tuesday, August 25

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Sean Connery is 90. Gene Simmons of Kiss is 71. TV chef Rachael Ray is 52. Model Claudia Schiffer is 50. Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies) is 44. Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) is 33.

TOPIC: IS IT OK TO RUB A PREGNANT WOMAN’S BELLY? _ A pregnant friend is on a mission to stamp out unwanted belly rubs. I’ll admit she’s got the most perfectly round preggers belly I’ve ever seen, but I’ve never felt compelled to just reach out and start touching and rubbing. But she tells me it’s happened a couple of times.

… Pregnant women and moms, what are your thoughts on people touching your belly?

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ON FLIGHT REFUSED TO STOP SINGING BIRTHDAY SONG _ A man on a flight from one Chinese city to another was kicked off the plane because he refused to stop singing a birthday song to himself. Shortly after boarding, the man announced it was his birthday and told passengers and crew they should bring him free drinks. When no one did he began singing a popular Chinese birthday song loudly, over and over again. He was escorted off the plane before it took off.

APPRENTICE PRODUCERS HELP PLAN REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION _ If the 2020 Republican National Convention feels like it has a bit of reality TV vibe to it this week, that’ll be because two former producers from NBC’s The Apprentice helped plan it. Sadoux Kim and Chuck LaBella are both former Apprentice producers who recently joined the team planning the RNC.

… LaBella was a producer on more than 40 episodes of The Apprentice and was also a producer on The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump in 2011.

POP QUIZ _ Which country drinks more soda per capita than any other. Bonus points if you can get within 5 gallons either way. Answer: Mexicans drink more soda per capita than any other country — 43 gallons!

RAISING A BALLERINA WILL COST YOU $100,000 _ If you thought raising a child who loves to play baseball was expensive, just be glad they’re not into ballet. The data website FiveThirtyEight crunched some numbers and estimates that to raise a ballerina will cost you $100,000. The website based the numbers on a student who begins dancing at age 3. If she dances all the way through high school and is accepted into a professional company immediately after graduating — no easy feat — she will have undergone 15 years of ballet education. Those core 15 years of training cost a median of about $53,000. When summer programs, fees, shoes and clothing are added in, it comes to around 100-grand.

ENGINEERS SET NEW WORLD RECORD INTERNET SPEED _ Is your internet fast? Probably not as fast as you’d like. Or maybe it is, but is it fast enough to download the entire Netflix library in less than a second? Engineers recently set new world record internet speed, a data transmission rate of 178 terabits a second. The new record, set at University College London, is a fifth faster than the previous world record held by a team in Japan.


1. Competitive art used to be in the Olympics.
2. A chef’s hat has exactly 100 pleats.
3. “OMG” usage can be traced back to 1917.

Monday, August 24

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Ann Archer is 73. Steve Guttenberg is 62. Craig Kilborn is 58. Former NBA star Reggie Miller is 55. Director Ava DuVernay (Selma) is 48. Dave Chappelle is 47. Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0) is 44. Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) is 32.

NEWS ATTACK! _ South Dakota health officials say a number of people who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally came back with COVID-19. [A slightly more expensive souvenir than a T-shirt.]

TRAVELERS LOST ABOUT $900K AT AIRPORT CHECKPOINTS LAST YEAR _ Travelers left behind nearly a million dollars at U.S. airport security checkpoints last year. A Transportation Security Administration report said travelers lost $926,000 at 75 airports in the year that ended in September. Much of the lost money came from people emptying their pockets for security scans. The paper says the largest sums were lost at airports in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Las Vegas and Dallas.

WE LIE — A LOT _ According to a study (University of Massachusetts), when we’re making small talk with strangers, we tend to lie to each other about three times every 10 minutes. Our reasons for lying are many. We lie to address our own insecurities when meeting new people, and also because lying about ourselves is often easier than telling the truth. The old phrase “just being yourself” requires more creative effort than lying because it involves deciding “which attributes to emphasize and which to minimize, which impulse to follow and which to ignore.”

WHAT DID A CHILD SAY THAT TOOK YOU BY SURPRISE? _ Here’s a Facebook topic that could generate some good phones. “When I finished mowing my lawn the neighbor kid — he’s probably 8 — said, ‘Have you ever thought about hiring a professional to do that?'” I didn’t know if the kid was being sarcastic or was slamming my mowing skills!

DON’T THAW THOSE STEAKS BEFORE GRILLING _ If you thaw your steaks before throwing them on the grill, you’ve been doing it wrong. America’s Test Kitchen tested frozen steaks vs. thawed, and found cooking steaks frozen produced better taste, less moisture loss, and a more even cook.

IF YOU’RE OVER AGE 60, DO YOUR HEAVY THINKING IN THE MORNING _ Older adults who want to take a crack at the newspaper crossword or try a new recipe may want to do it first thing in the morning. A small study (by Canadian researchers) found that adults between the ages of 60 and 82 were less distracted and better able to perform cognitive tasks between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 AM than in the afternoon, when their brains started “idling”.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN MAKES WIFE RIDE ON TOP OF CAR _ A Russian man forced his wife to sit on the roof of their car and drove through the streets of the city to “punish” her after they had an argument. The woman fell and was taken to hospital with bruises.

75,000 TEDDY BEARS LEFT IN HOTELS EACH YEAR _ I read an article that said millions of phone and other gadget chargers are left in hotel and motel rooms around the world each year. Even more tragic: some 75,000 Teddy bears are left behind in hotels around the world each year.

Friday, August 21

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) is 64. Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) is 50. Google co-founder Sergey Brin is 43. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is 34. Hayden Panettiere (Nashville, Heroes) is 31.

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study found no link between mental illness and having a love for cats. [However, they did find a link between mental illness and sewing little swimsuits and evening gowns for your cats.]

NETFLIX TESTING A SHUFFLE FEATURE _ For years, Netflix subscribers have wanted a the option to randomly select something to watch instead of spending hours aimlessly scrolling through their library. Now the streaming service may end up giving the masses what they want. Netflix is currently testing a “shuffle” feature that will pick something for you to watch at random. It’s not completely random, because it will pick something based on what you’ve been watching and what you like.

PEOPLE THINK EXPERIENCES BRING HAPPINESS, STILL BUY THINGS _ Although you’d probably get a bigger kick out of attending a concert or spending a week in Italy, people still mostly opt for items over experiences — because the value of items is more easily quantifiable. Researchers surveyed people before and after they made purchases. Beforehand, they rated life experiences as making them happier and as a better use of money than buying objects. But study subjects still tended to choose to buy objects over experiences. Then, despite picking items, most said they still believed the experiences would have been a better choice.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIANT ALLIGATOR STEALS GOLF BALL ON COURSE _ Lane Rodrigue was playing golf with friends at the Idlewild Golf Course in Patterson, Louisiana, on Monday when a monster alligator walked right on to the course and snatched up his ball. Lane’s friends were shocked — and jokingly debated “playing it where it lies” — but ultimately decided to let the gator keep it as a souvenir. No one got hurt. The gator is fine.

80% OF AMERICANS THINK THEY’RE GOOD SPELLERS _ Four out of five adults claim to be good spellers.  Females are the most confident (87 percent) in their spelling abilities.

HARRISON FORD IN SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY _ While actor Alden Ehrenreich did his best to be as Harrison Ford-like as humanly possible for Solo: A Star Wars Story, one can’t watch the movie and not wish there’s been a way to time travel the film crew back a few decades and use the real Harrison Ford to play Han Solo.

… But that’s what computers are for. A new deepfake of parts of Solo has been shared with the world and, well, maybe one day the entire film will be recut with Ford in the lead role.  • VIDEO

STARBUCKS IS RUMORED TO BE LAUNCHING THE PSL NEXT TUESDAY _ Are you ready NOW for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte? Well here’s some good news: Business Insider reportedly obtained internal Starbucks documents saying that the PSL will launch on next Tuesday (August 25), which would be its earliest date since people began keeping track of such things.

… The website SimpleMost also reports that a Target Starbucks location already posted a countdown to the 25th.

Thursday, August 20

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 72. Weatherman Al Roker is 66. Amy Adams (Arrival) is 46. Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) is 37. Singer-actor Demi Lovato is 28.

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study finds that shorter women have shorter pregnancies. [Makes sense to me. The babies have a shorter distance to travel.]

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES STEAL RUNWAY LANDING LIGHTS _ A small airport in China was forced to close for ten hours after thieves stole two-thirds of its runway lights. Airport maintenance crews were stunned to find over 60 landing lights missing from the runway after pilots complained.

BABY TIME? GET READY FOR LOTS OF SEX _ A British study has measured the average number of times most couples have sex before becoming pregnant. That number: 104. The study found that for two-thirds of women it happened much faster than they expected. But for the rest, “trying” to have a baby was a six-month process full of ovulation testing and sex four times a week for a total of 104 times.

42% OF US CHECK OUR PHONES OVER 50X PER DAY _ According to the latest survey 42 percent of smartphone users check it more than fifty times a day.

… Also: The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 82 percent, up from just 33 percent in 2010.

… Also, 52 percent of American homes no longer have a landline.

TOILET PAPER AND LIQUID SOAP _ In a normal year we wouldn’t celebrate these things, but there are a couple of special birthdays this weekend:

… 155 years ago this Saturday (August 22) William Sheppard of New York was granted patent number 49,561 for his “Improved Liquid Soap”. Fast forward to 1980 and entrepreneur Robert R. Taylor began selling pump soap under the brand name of Softsoap.

… Sunday (August 23) is 130th anniversary of toilet paper on a dispensing roll, patented by the founders of today’s Scott Brand of paper products.

AVERAGE CHILD TRAVELS 3,754 MILES BY THE TIME THEY REACH 15 _ The average child will have traveled 3,754 miles around the world by the time they reach 15 — almost twice as far as their own parents had at the same age. At 15 they will have already been on four trips abroad.

ASK: How do you keep the kids occupied on long trips? Is it a movie on the flip-down screen? iPad for every child? Ever play old-school road games like I Spy?

Wednesday, August 19

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Gerald McRaney is 73. Jonathan Frakes is 68. John Stamos is 57. Kyra Sedgwick is 55. Matthew Perry is 51.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FORCED TO DRINK FOR BACK WAGES _ A construction worker found passed out drunk on a street in China claimed his employer had pressured him to earn his unpaid wages one shot at a time. The man said he confronted his boss at a restaurant to pay up the over $6,000 owed to him in back wages. The man said his boss forced him to do shots, saying he would pay him $3 a glass. The man had consumed an entire bottle before leaving the restaurant and passing out on the street.

NEW GIRL SCOUT COOKIE FLAVOR ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 SEASON _ A breakfast cookie is coming soon. The Girl Scouts of the USA is adding a new flavor to their lineup of cookies: the Toast-Yay. The French toast-themed dessert features a top layer of frosting with a maple syrup-like flavor, a crunchy texture and a signature trefoil stamp, and the cookie is shaped like a slice of toast — raised crust edge included. • IMAGE

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study finds that people give too much credit to their native country for deciding the outcome of World War II. [It’s like when everyone wants to take the credit for a couple getting together but no one wants to take the blame when they divorce.]

ANGELINA JOLIE’S NEW MOVIE HITS DISNEY+ THIS WEEK _ Angelina Jolie’s newest movie The One and Only Ivan is premiering on Disney+ this Friday (August 21). Jolie is part of an all-star cast that also includes Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Danny DeVito and Helen Mirren. Of the five, though, only Cranston will have a live-action role, with the rest voicing computer-animated zoo animals.

… Disney’s official synopsis of the pic goes like this: Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog, and various other animals. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be. • VIDEO

PARENTS BEGIN TO LOSE CONTROL OF CHILDREN AT 13 _ A study shows parents begin to lose control of their children at the age of 13. After years of watching their every step, at around 13 parents are left wondering what their kids are eating, doing and who they are friends with.

… Four in 10 worry about the food and drink their kids are eating when they aren’t with them.

… Almost 4 in 10 (39 percent) don’t always know who their child is hanging around with.

… Almost one in 10 parents believe the point at which they have to start to let go begins as early as 10 years old.

150-YEAR LIFESPANS ARE COMING _  David A. Sinclair is a Professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard and he thinks people will be living to 150 years of age by the end of the century. Sooner than that, all children born after 2050 can easily expect to live to 100.

Tuesday, August 18

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Former First Lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter is 93. Robert Redford is 84. Denis Leary is 63. Madeleine Stowe (The Last of the Mohicans, TV’s Revenge) is 62. Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) is 51. Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk, The Bourne Legacy) is 51. Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show) is 50. Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 45. Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is 42.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Americans are waiting longer than previous generations before purchasing their first home. [They want to wait until their kids are old enough to get part-time jobs to help pay the mortgage.]

🎧 CAN YOUR PET DO IMPRESSIONS LIKE THIS PARROT? _ Pull some audio from this. There’s a parrot at the Knoxville Zoo that does amazing sound effects and impressions. The parrot’s name is Einstein (female parrot). Check out the video.

NETFLIX TEASES SHERLOCK HOLMES SPINOFF _ Enola Holmes is coming soon to Netflix. The movie will follow the untold adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes’ teenage sister, as played by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. The film is based on the best-selling book series The Enola Holmes Mysteries, which takes Arthur Conan Doyle’s familiar characters and gives them a new twist. Henry Cavill stars as Sherlock. It lands on Netflix September 23. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS BY FALLING CAT _ A Chinese dog owner likely prefers pooches even more now, after he was knocked out cold by a falling cat. In security video the man can be seen going for a stroll with his golden retriever. Then, out of nowhere, a black and white cat drops out of the sky and hits him on the head, causing him to collapse to the sidewalk unconscious. Witnesses say the cat belongs to an elderly neighbor and had fallen from his balcony. Sadly, the man wasn’t feline fine after his kitten-induced knock-out: he spent 23 days in the hospital.

CHILDREN WILL MUNCH THROUGH 28 SNACKS A WEEK _ A new survey finds children will munch through 28 snacks a week. A study of children aged between 4 and 11 revealed that the average youngster will enjoy four snacks a day. The most popular snack hour is 10 to 11 AM. The next most popular snack time is 2 to 4 PM.

HAVE YOU TEXTED IN YOUR SLEEP? _ A study discovered that up to 35 percent of us have had a text conversation while still sleeping. The conversation, which is mostly gibberish, starts when our phones start beeping or buzzing, prompting our brains to go into auto-pilot and return the text. It’s not always gibberish, though. The study found men usually text about food while women tend to get romantic.

Monday, August 17

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Robert De Niro is 77. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is 71. Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go’s is 62. Sean Penn is 60. Donnie Wahlberg (NKOTB, Blue Bloods) is 51. Giuliana Rancic (Fashion Police, E! News) is 46. Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) is 26.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Actor Ryan Reynolds sold his gin company. [Thanks goodness — I know it’s been a rough few months for actors.]

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER ATTEMPTS ESCAPE DRESSED AS DOCTOR _ Police caught a 40-year-old man accused of robbing patients in a Chinese hospital as he tried to escape while dressed as a doctor. The suspect was stopped by police at the gate of the hospital wearing a white lab coat. He was found in possession of four phones and large sums of cash.

TOP MOVIES _ The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run made $900,000 over the weekend in Canadian theaters. It will come to VOD and CBS All Access early next year.

… Unhinged generated $582,000, mostly in Canadian theaters.

INVEST IN HOMEWORK SHIRTS _ Does your child need help getting into “a homework state of mind?” Pediatrician Ken Haller said he believes that something as simple as a T-shirt can do the trick. Haller, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, says parents should invest in what he calls “homework shirts” for their children.

… Haller says there are a lot of examples in life when you dress a certain way to tackle a given task. You frequently dress formally to go to a wedding. Athletes wear uniforms to play their sport. Curious to see if wearing something special put him in the mood to study, Haller tested out an ordinary gray T-shirt. He says when was he done with homework he took it off and felt a sense of relief that he had accomplished something. Haller suggested having just one “homework shirt” for your child to wear while doing homework during the school year.

COMMUNITY FRIDGES _ Walking to the fridge every time you want a snack is something most people take for granted. A new community-led program in Nashville is working to make food security a reality for everyone. When Emily Lawlor moved from rural New York to Nashville this year, she couldn’t ignore the economic disparities of those living in the city. The 19-year-old began brainstorming ways to help her new neighbors, and the community fridge program was born about a month ago. It’s simple. The fridges — Lawlor is up to two — are in public spaces, typically outside of businesses, and are open to all. Need food? No problem, help yourself. Want to donate? Great, put it in the fridge. The idea is centered around the community helping its neighbors in their time of need. It take around 50 people to maintain one fridge.

NEARLY HALF OF US WEAR SAME PAIR OF UNDERWEAR FOR AT LEAST 2 DAYS _ A whopping 45 percent of Americans have worn the same pair of underwear for two days or longer. The survey by underwear company Tommy John asked 1,000 men and women about their hygiene habits.

… 13 percent of people said they’d worn the same pair for a week or more. Men are two times more likely than women to wear their underwear for more than a week.

… The underwear company suggests you should swap out your old underwear for a new pair every six months to reduce your risk of bacterial and yeast infections. At least 85 percent of respondents said they didn’t know how long they’ve owned their oldest pair of intimates.

AMERICA’S FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPING IS STARTING TO GET SCARCE _ Pepperoni, America’s favorite pizza topping, is getting more expensive to obtain amid production snags at meat plants and high demand for pizza. Small pizza shops across the U.S. are reporting higher prices and tight supply for their usual pepperoni orders.

… Larger chains are insulated from pricier pepperoni, since they typically buy ingredients on long-term contracts where prices are pre-negotiated and not subject to market changes. Domino’s, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Little Caesars haven’t experienced shortages or price increases.

Friday, August 14

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Steve Martin is 75. Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch) is 59. Halle Berry is 54. Catherine Bell (JAG) is 52. Mila Kunis is 37.

NEWS ATTACK! _ A 95-year-old California man just logged his 100,000th mile on a bicycle. [That’s amazing. I’m (half) that guys’ age and I tip over just putting on my pants.]

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ASSAULTS BROTHER FOR NOT SHARING BIG MACS _ A man in Germany was arrested after he allegedly punched his older brother for eating three Big Macs and not saving one for him.

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY ANNOUNCES MEMOIR RELEASE DATE _ Matthew McConaughey has announced the released date of first memoir, Greenlights: October 20. The new book, showcasing McConaughey’s musings on life, is both an advice book and a chronicle of the superstar’s life experiences. The actor shared on social media: “This is my sights and seens, my nices and means, successes and failures, stories, people, places, poems, prayers, prescribes and a whole lot of bumper stickers.”

HOME ALONE REBOOT IDEA _ Late last year we learned that a remake of Home Alone is in the works. Someone recently shared on Twitter an idea for what the plot should be, and I kinda like it: “Re-cast 38-year-old Macauley Culkin as 9-year-old Kevin McCallister and have nobody in the film acknowledge it.”

40% OF TWEETS ARE POINTLESS _ Tweets aren’t always sweet — sometimes they’re just “pointless babble.” Actually, they are 40% of the time, based on a study of 2,000 random tweets over two weeks. The researcher deemed 811 tweets as babble, compared to 751 (38%) as conversational, 174 (8%) as moderately interesting and 117 (6%) as self promotional.

LOTSA LAWYERS _ Can you guess how many lawyers there are in the U.S.? Did you guess 1.35 million? The District of Columbia has the greatest number of lawyers per capita, with nearly 55,000 in a city with a population of 706,000. Canada has around 130,000 lawyers.

Thursday, August 13

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) is 61. John Slattery (Mad Men, Desperate Housewives) is 58. Debi Mazar (TV Land’s Younger) is 56. Sebastian Stan (Marvel’s Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier) is 38.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Health officials say poultry is still the leading culprit in food poisoning outbreaks, followed closely by beef and leafy vegetables. [Further proof that my diet of Cheetos and ice cream is the safest.]

LEFTHANDERS DAY _ Southpaws of the world, unite: It’s International Lefthanders Day, launched in 1976 “to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world,” while also celebrating lefties’ “uniqueness and difference.”

DR PEPPER CONFIRMS SODA SHORTAGE _ Fans of Dr Pepper say it’s getting harder to find. Dr Pepper tweeted out an acknowledgment, saying they’re working to stock shelves while keeping their employees safe during the pandemic. The shortage applies to all flavors of Dr Pepper, including the newest flavor Dr Pepper and Cream Soda, according to the brand.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR DISMANTLES ONE-FOURTH OF CAMERAS _ At a store in Florida a man entered after hours and carefully dismantled its surveillance camera so that he could not be recorded burglarizing the business. However, he apparently did not notice the other three cameras.

NEW MULAN TEASER DROPS AHEAD OF DISNEY+ LAUNCH _ After much anticipation, Disney has delivered a teaser for Mulan, the live-action version of the Chinese warrior epic premiering next month on Disney+. The film was sent to the streaming platform after its theatrical release was postponed indefinitely over coronavirus concerns. • VIDEO

GERMAN CIRCUS SELLS JARS OF LION POOP _ A German circus that has been closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic is making some extra money by selling poop — specifically lion poop. The Krone Circus is selling jars filled with big cat droppings, which officials said can be spread in a garden to keep pets and wild animals from damaging plants. Customers can visit the zoo’s pop-up store during special hours Monday through Friday, and the jars of lion feces can also be purchased online for shipment.

Wednesday, August 12

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Michael Ian Black (Ed) is 49. Rebecca Gayheart (TV’s Vanished) is 49. Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) is 45. Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns) is 28.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Job applicants who drink alcohol are perceived as less intelligent and less hireable by American employers. [So be sure to delete the “drinking accomplishments” section from your resume.]

BIDEN-HARRIS CAMPAIGN GOES WITH DECIMAL _ Design and typography geeks were more excited to see what typeface the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris logo would use. Turns out it’s Decimal. Prior to choosing his running mate Biden has been using the typeface Brother 1816 for his logo.

WOMAN HAD MORE THAN 140 CATS IN HER HOME _ More than 140 cats were recovered last week from a home in Park Township, Michigan. Now authorities say the house may be unfit for humans because of the stench. St. Joseph County Animal Control is scrambling to find medical assistance and temporary placement for the animals.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ACCUSED OF DRIVING 132 MPH WITH BABY IN CAR _ A 21-year-old Florida man was arrested Monday after authorities said he was clocked driving 132 mph with his 6-month-old son in the car. Even more shocking was the car that was going that fast: a Hyundai Accent.

BINDI IRWIN IS PREGNANT _ Bindi Irwin — daughter of the late Steve Irwin — just announced she and her husband Chandler Powell are expecting their first child. Bindi wrote on Instagram: “Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021.” She added that, while she is still only in her first trimester of pregnancy, she couldn’t wait to share the news with her fans.

NO, IF YOU PEE IN THE POOL IT WON’T TURN BLUE _ It’s something parents tell kids all the time so they don’t pee in the pool: the water will turn blue if you do and everyone will know. This little white lie started somewhere, so maybe it’s roots are based in some truth?

… A pool expert say, “Most pools are 20,000 gallons or more, so to make a few ounces of urine show up as a bright color would take some serious chemistry.” he says he often has new pool owners asking about the fictitious dye. He adds, “There are cheap tests that could detect urine, but things like sweat, detergent and lotions would also be likely to spike them, so you’d be thrown off by all kinds of false positives.”

WISCONSIN EATS THE MOST FROZEN PIZZA _ It’s called the Badger State, but maybe it should be called the Frozen Pizza State. Wisconsinites are eating so much frozen pizza that Wisconsin has become the largest per capita frozen pizza consumer in the U.S. Food giant Nestle attributes this massive statewide consumption to Wisconsin’s large population of people of Norwegian descent, since Norway is actually the country that eats the most frozen pizza in the world.

Tuesday, August 11

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 67. Viola Davis is 55. Joe Rogan is 53. Anna Gunn is 52. Chris Hemsworth is 37.

FACEBOOK/PHONER TOPIC: What’s a “bad” movie you love anyway?

NEWS ATTACK! _ In Canada a landlord removed the windows and doors when the mom living in the home was late with rent. [I thought Canadians were nicer and only removed the back door.]

SCIENTISTS TESTED 14 TYPES OF MASKS _ Science tells us wearing a mask really does make a difference, and researchers at Duke University say bandannas, gaiters and knitted masks are some of the least effective face coverings. N95 masks, often used by healthcare professionals, worked best to stop the transmission of respiratory droplets during regular speech. Other good performers at stopping leakage were three-layer surgical masks and cotton masks, which can be made at home. In all the Duke researchers tested 14 types of masks.

TELLING LIES AT WORK: MORE COMMON WHEN YOU’RE UNHAPPY _ The less satisfied people are at work the more likely they are to lie to others at the office. That’s according to a recent survey (from Simply Hired) of more than 1,000 people. 41 percent said they are not satisfied at work and said they tell at least one white lie a week — which is more than those who are happy at work.

… And the most common lie? The kind that buys time away from colleagues, like “I’m not feeling well” or “I already have plans after work.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG DROPPED _ A Japanese man sustained serious injuries when a small dog fell on him from a ninth-story apartment. Police say the man was walking down a street when the dog lost its balance on a windowsill and hit him in the shoulders. The man sustained back injuries. No word on what happened to the dog.

SAVED BY THE BELL REBOOT TRAILER _ The trailer for the Saved By The Bell revival has been released, and it’s drumming up nostalgic feelings for fans of the original teen TV sitcom. The reboot, which is set to debut on NBC Universal’s new streaming service Peacock, released its first full trailer Monday. • VIDEO

PRATT AND SCHWARZENEGGER WELCOME BABY GIRL _ Chris Pratt and wife Katherine Schwarzenegger are now proud parents of a baby girl. The new addition is the first for Katherine and the second for Pratt, as he has a seven-year-old son, Jack Pratt, from his previous marriage to actress Anna Faris.

Monday, August 10

ONE YEAR OLDER _ Rosanna Arquette is 61. Antonio Banderas is 60. Justin Theroux is 49. Angie Harmon is 48.

NEWS ATTACK! _ The price of a gallon of gas is expected to remain low through the end of the year. [I know what I’m getting the Mrs. for Christmas.]

MOM SHARES HER TRICK TO ‘REVIVE’ DEAD PLANTS _ A British mom has gone viral after sharing her unique method for keeping all the expensive plants in her garden looking green and full of life all of the time. Gail Woollaston decided to “revive” her dead plants right before her children’s eyes. To do it, she visited her nearest hardware store and purchased some green spray paint. Care to guess what happened next? She shared her little trick on Facebook, where she soon went viral. • IMAGE

SPY THE LIE _ A simple contest so quick it can be set up over one song intro and played over the next. No prizes? Play it with a cohost coming out of news or over a song intro. Spy the lie…

• The burrito, a dish served at every Mexican restaurant, was invented in the U.S.
• Placing a rose under your pillow at night will help you to sleep more soundly. (LIE)

POLICE HAIL BOYS FOR RETURNING CASH-FILLED WALLET _ Two Michigan boys found a wallet stuffed with more than $500 in cash — and rather than keep it, they turned it in to police. The Wayland Police Department announced in a Facebook post that it was making the boys, Logan Mishoe, age 14, and Austin Nichols, age 13, honorary “Citizens of the Day” for their good deed.

ASK: Ever find a wallet or purse? What happened next?

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG EATS UNDERWEAR _A veterinarian in Germany who operated on a dog to remove what was thought to be a tumor found undigested underwear instead.

AT THE BOX OFFICE _ The Tax Collector, a crime thriller starring Shia LaBeouf and George Lopez, is the No. 1 movie at North American theaters. With most cinemas still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film scored the top spot with $317,000 in sales at 129 theaters.

VERY RANDOM _ Percentage of Americans who don’t brush their teeth at least twice a day: 35.