COUNTRY June 2, 2015

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 2, 2015

This is day 153 of 2015. There are 212 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H film) is 78

• Ron Ely (Tarzan) is 77.

• Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones is 74

• Jerry Mathers (Leave It to Beaver) is 67

• Dennis Haysbert (24) is 61

• Dana Carvey is 60

• Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) is 54

• Wayne Brady (Let’s Make A Deal) is 43

• Zachary Quinto is 38

• Dominic Cooper (An Education, Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger) is 37

• Justin Long (Ed, Dodgeball) is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1835: P.T. Barnum and his circus began their first tour of the United States.

• 1886: U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion.

• 1896: Guglielmo Marconi received a patent for his newest invention: the radio.

• 1928: Employees at Kraft created a processed specialty cheese product they would call Velveeta.

• 1964: The Rolling Stones kicked off their first American tour at a high school football stadium in Lynn, Massachusetts.

• 1988: Singer James Brown’s wife Adrienne claimed “diplomatic immunity” in traffic court because she was the wife of the “official ambassador of soul.”

• 1995: United States Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady’s F-16 was shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.

• 1997: In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

• 2001: An Australian man laid off from work in the morning became a multi-millionaire a few hours later when he won a $4.5 million lottery. He had lost his job at a shipbuilding yard in Hobart on the island state of Tasmania.

• 2004: Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy.

• 2005: Georgia “runaway bride” Jennifer Wilbanks pleaded no contest to faking her own abduction and was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine.

• 2011: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Bubba Day

• Leave the Office Earlier Day

UPCOMING

• June 6: Belmont Stakes (Saturday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

297: Words in the Ten Commandments.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Since taking over Mosul in Iraq ISIS has made full beards mandatory. [Women included.]

NBC News is reportedly searching for a new job to give Brian Williams. [Have they considered fact checker?]

British actor Michael Enright of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest has gone to Syria to join the fight against ISIS. [He has no military background, no experience with assault weapons, and no stunt man.]

The Department of Homeland Security says that TSA agents failed 67 of 70 recent tests conducted by undercover officers. [Only 3 airport workers bothered to look inside boxes labeled “Doesn’t Contain Anything Dangerous. Really.”]

On Monday Beijing enacted a tough new law against smoking indoors and in some public outdoor locations. [Of course, the air is so polluted in China that if you did smoke outside, no one would even be able to see you.]

Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman just accepted a job in Massachusetts as a high school coach. [If he thought it was difficult to deal with professional players and their agents, just wait until he’s stuck in a room with high school players and their parents.]

The Rock’s new movie, San Andreas, had a big weekend, earning $53 million. [Or almost enough to cover his salary.]

A new study shows that the breadwinning spouse is the one most likely to cheat. [That’s because that’s the one who can actually afford that private second cell phone.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

2015 HURRICANE SEASON _ The scientists have spoken — let’s hope they’re right. Monday marked the start of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, and veteran forecasters are predicting below-normal activity. To the National Weather Service, that means a 70 percent likelihood of six to 11 named storms (storms with winds of 39 mph or higher), of which three to six could become hurricanes (storms with winds of 74 mph or higher), including zero to two major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

… The Tropical Meteorology Project team at Colorado State University published a similar forecast: eight named storms and three hurricanes, with one becoming a major hurricane.

… It was ten years ago the start of a hurricane season that was anything but quiet. The National Weather Service and Colorado State warned that conditions in the Atlantic were ripe for tropical activity. Both called for an “above normal” 2005 season, but saw their prediction counts surpassed. 2005 was the year of Hurricane Katrina.

TSA FAILS TO STOP UNDERCOVER AGENTS SNEAKING BOMBS AND WEAPONS _ American airports have a reputation for meticulously checking every passenger for weapons and contraband, especially since the September 11 attacks in 2001. But it seems the notoriously strict Transportation Security Administration (TSA) suffers from some major security flaws after all. An internal investigation has been launched into the TSA’s operations at some of the country’s busiest airports. The gaps in TSA security protocol were so big that undercover agents were able to successfully sneak banned weapons and explosives through airport security and onto planes, all without the TSA noticing. While the bombs were only made to look real, undercover agents got them past the TSA in 95 percent of test trials. TSA agents regularly failed 67 out of 70 tests administered to them.

… In one of the tests, a TSA agent successfully stopped an undercover agent who set off a screening device, but completely failed to locate the mock explosive that he had taped to his back — even after the TSA agent patted him down.

U.S. ARMY IS TESTING POCKET-SIZED RECONNAISSANCE DRONES _ Soldiers in the United States Army could someday have a new kind of “eyes in the sky.” Since March, an Army Special Forces team has been testing a pocket-sized, lightweight reconnaissance drone that sends video feeds directly to a chest-mounted screen on a soldier’s vest. The minuscule drone, called the PD-100 Black Hornet, has been used by elite British soldiers for three years now. The Black Hornet is the size of a small bird and weighs about the same as three pieces of paper. Despite its small size, the Black Hornet carries three cameras on board, including a thermal camera for nighttime missions. It can remain aloft for about 25 minutes, and has a range of just over a half mile. The entire surveillance system fits on a soldier’s utility belt.

THE WORLD’S BEST RESTAURANT HAS BEEN NAMED _ The world’s best restaurant has been named — and it’s still not (your favorite local place). The list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants is topped by a restaurant in Spain (El Celler de Can Roca). The list (sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna) names restaurants from 21 countries. Six American restaurants made the cut, led by New York’s Eleven Madison Park at No. 5.

MAN’S HEAD SUCCESSFULLY REATTACHED TO SPINE _ A British man has overcome a seemingly unsurvivable injury after his head was severed from his spine in a “horrific” crash eight months ago. Tony Cowan’s car spun out of control after hitting a speed bump. Paramedics found it wrapped around a telephone pole, its driver without a heartbeat. Paramedics resuscitated his heart and rushed him to the hospital. Doctors said Tony’s head was separated from his spine, with only tissue and muscle holding his head on. Doctors successfully attached Cowan’s severed skull to his spine using metal plates and bolts. After spending months in intensive care, the 29-year-old has regained some facial movements and has learned to communicate through miming and a digital assistant.

MAN ACCUSED OF SLAPPING ELDERLY PEOPLE FOR SNEEZING _ A man in the UK is accused of slapping or threatening elderly people for sneezing in public. He’s been charged with assault.

A NEW PHONE IS LITERALLY CALLED THE ‘SELFIE’ _ First came the selfie stick, allowing smartphone owners to take pictures of themselves that appear as though they were taken by someone else. Now, a Taiwanese company has launched a new phone optimized for taking selfies. Fittingly, the device is even named the “Selfie.” The Selfie phone (made by ASUS) features cameras on both the front and back of the phone with a “beautification mode” designed to make people look better in their photos. The device also sports a “selfie button” that can be easily pressed with an index finger, so people can click the shutter just as they might change the volume of their music.

… To activate “selfie mode,” users simply draw an “S” on the on the screen of their phone.

10% OF PEOPLE HAVE ORGASMS AT THE GYM _ (CAUTION) When a highly respected sex researcher writes a fitness book, you can expect something a little different. Debby Herbenick, Ph.D. (Indiana University’s School of Public Health) spent five years researching sexual behavior related to exercise. What she found: At least 10% of all people experience orgasms while exercising — no matter the age, gender, or fitness level.

… But what if you’re one of the 90% who’s not experiencing the Big O while working out? Then read Herbenick’s book, The Coregasm Workout, which explains the phenomenon and presents workouts that may help you increase your chances of arousal or orgasm during exercise.

IS TRASHDAY A REAL COMPANY? _ Heard about TrashDay It’s a company with a single, simple task: to take your trash to the curb. Apparently it’s launching in San Francisco first, at a cost of $32 to $52 a month, depending on how many bins you have. But some people are wondering if the whole thing’s a hoax. Would someone really pay a company to haul their trash bins to the curb? • LINK

… Some trash hauling companies already do this as part of their package.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: After reading this story I was thinking of all the stuff we now pay for that our grandparents and great-grandparents would’ve never paid for. Pay to have the trash hauled to the curb? Pay $4 for a cup of coffee mixed with steamed milk? Pay to have the oil changed in the car?! What other things am I missing…

HIGH WAISTED BIKINIS MAY PREVENT CREEPY MEN FROM STARING _ If you’re still looking for the perfect bikini to prevent men from hitting on you at the beach, anything high waisted might be the perfect solution. Apparently eight out of 10 men said “no” when polled on whether they’re a fan of high-waisted bikinis, like those made popular by Taylor Swift.

… 80% of men expressed open hatred towards high-waisted swimsuits, while 16% were “indifferent.” Only 4% of men, all of whom are probably Swifties, proclaim to “love” it.

MOM AFRAID OF DENTISTS USED SUPERGLUE TO KEEP TEETH IN MOUTH _ A British mom terrified of dentists used superglue to stick her teeth back in her mouth for 10 years. Eventually, the toxic chemicals in the glue meant she lost 90% of the bone supporting her teeth in her upper jaw, and she was forced to spend her life savings on treatment. Dentists had to remove most of her teeth, insert titanium pins into her mouth in order to screw on false teeth and restore her smile.

WOMEN ARE BETTER AT REMEMBERING THINGS THAN MEN _ Ladies, if your husband doesn’t remember to pick up milk on the way home or forgets your birthday, it may not be his fault. Research shows men are worse than women at remembering to do things in the future. Rather than simply not listening when asked to do something, it seems that they forget what they were told.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEENAGER ALLEGEDLY POSES AS FBI AGENT, STEALS DEALER’S CAR _ Police say a 17-year-old from Ann Arbor, Michigan, called a Chrysler dealer, told the staff that he worked for the FBI and wanted to test drive a 2015 Dodge Charger. The dealership has a program where it will bring a car to the potential customer for a test-drive. When the salesperson arrived with the car, they encountered a young man that was armed with a pistol. The weapon turned out to be an air-soft gun. Police say the teen then stole the car during the test drive and drove off to Toledo, Ohio, where he was involved in an accident. When local police showed up on the scene, the young man again presented himself as an FBI agent. The teen faces charge in both states.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER TOOK $350 IN GOODS, LEFT FECES _ A Massachusetts woman is facing charges she stole $350 worth of items from Rite Aid Pharmacy and left feces behind in a display case at the store.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: VAMPIRE ACCUSED OF STABBING BOYFRIEND WITH SCISSORS _ A Florida woman who once allegedly called herself a vampire before chomping on an elderly man in a wheelchair is now accused of stabbing her boyfriend with scissors. Deputies arrested Josephine Smith after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend during an alcohol-fueled argument.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LOUD SEX LANDS BRITISH WOMAN IN PRISON _ A British woman who kept her neighbors awake by engaging in enthusiastic love-making was sentenced to two weeks in prison on Monday. Neighbors say the woman was very noisy neighbor who had men “going in an out” of her apartment all the time.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DISTRACTED MAN BIT BY SNAKE WHILE TEXTING _ An Oklahoma man was so preoccupied with the text message he was sending on his phone that he failed to notice the snake he was about to step on. Tim Malone was attacked by the 4-foot-long nonvenomous bullsnake, which was lying on a sidewalk. There were no hard feelings; the man said he helped release the animal back to the wild. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE FOLLOW NACHO CHEESE, TRAIL OF SNACKS TO BURGLARY SUSPECT _ Police in Iowa City, Iowa, were called to a market Friday for a report of a burglary. Responding officers discovered Francisco J. Munoz about 100 yards from the convenience store carrying two cases of Corona beer. Police said Munoz’ shirt was covered in nacho cheese and there was a trail of snack foods and lottery tickets between him and the store.

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ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — The auditions continue in this new, 2-hour edition.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER (8p ET, FOX) — New

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (8p ET, ABC Family) — Liars returns for its 6th season.

BLACKISH (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

HELL’S KITCHEN (9p ET, FOX) — This new episode features the first-ever vegetarian challenge.

iZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — New

SERIES PREMIERE: STITCHERS (9p ET, ABC Family) — In this new sci/fi drama, Emma Ishta (Black Box) stars as a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the dead, using their memories to investigate crimes.

48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

I CAN DO THAT (10p ET, NBC) — In this new edition, the celebrities perform with hip-hop dance troupe Jabbawockeez, the comedy team the Quiddlers and the performance duo Christian and Scooby.

SEASON PREMIERE: ROYAL PAINS (10p ET, USA) — Royal Pains is back for a 7th season.

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ENTERTAINMENT

BRUCE JENNER IS NOW CAITLYN JENNER _ The Olympian Formerly Known as Bruce Jenner says ‘Call Me Caitlyn’ on the cover of Vanity Fair. The magazine’s July cover features the first photo of Caitlyn Jenner. The magazine says the cover story will reveal Jenner’s transition journey, which was announced in April.

… Caitlyn posted this note: “Everybody has challenges in dealing with life. I’m so happy after such a long struggle and finally living my true self. Welcome to the world, Caitlyn. It feels so good. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.”

VANITY FAIR USED COMPUTER WITHOUT INTERNET TO KEEP COVER SECRET _ On Monday Vanity Fair unveiled its cover introducing Caitlyn Jenner to the world. Caitlyn is what Bruce Jenner now calls herself. The issue was the result of months of planning and negotiations — and, apparently, some intense security practices. The magazine kept the high-profile issue from leaking by simply unplugging. Staff forced attendees at the photo shoot to turn over their phones. The story for the magazine was then processed on a single computer, disconnected from the internet. What’s more, the photos and story didn’t stay unattended on the machine: each night, they were placed on a thumbdrive and deleted from the computer before, eventually, being hand-delivered to the printer.

… The precautions apparently worked — mostly. While the photos and story didn’t leak, People was able to report a few days in advance that Jenner would be appearing on the Vanity Fair cover.

CINDY CRAWFORD, BRUCE JENNER COMPARISONS _ No sooner did Bruce Jenner introduce herself to the world as Caitlyn Jenner and join Twitter did the comparison of Caitlyn to other actresses and celebrities begin. More than a handful of Twitter users thought Bruce/Caitlyn looked a bit like Cindy Crawford. Still others compared her to Jessica Lange.

… Jessica Lange reacted to the Caitlyn Jenner comparisons by saying, “That’s so wonderful.”

CAITLYN JENNER BREAKS TWITTER RECORD _ Caitlyn Jenner’s first tweet on Monday set a new record. The former Olympian reached one million Twitter followers faster than anyone in history, even President Obama. According to Guinness World Records, it took Caitlyn, aka Bruce Jenner, only four hours and three minutes to snag one million followers. Jenner joined Twitter on Monday, sending out her first tweet at 12:17PM, which revealed her Vanity Fair cover for the magazine’s July issue.

… The President reached one million followers in 4½ hours when he launched his Twitter account last month. Before President Obama won the title, the Guinness World Record holder for reaching one million Twitter followers in record time was held by Robert Downey Jr., who picked up one million followers in 23 hours and 22 minutes after he sent out his first tweet in April of 2014.

MILA KUNIS’ CONVICTED STALKER ESCAPES _ After being confined to a mental health facility for pleading no contest to stalking actress Mila Kunis in January 2013, Stuart Lynn Dunn has escaped the Pomona, California facility where he was held. Dunn left Saturday night. He was arrested twice in 2012, first in February, for breaking into a vacant home owned and occupied by Kunis, and again in May, after waiting for the actress in the parking lot of her gym for three consecutive days.

TRACY MORGAN GIVES FIRST TV INTERVIEW _ A tearful Tracy Morgan said his body is on the mend, but he’s not sure he’ll ever get over the death of his friend and mentor James (Jimmy Mack) McNair. Morgan told the Today show on Monday: “Bones heal. But the loss of my friend will never heal. Clutching a cane and with scars visible on his forehead, the 46-year-old comedian said he was thankful to be alive and keeping his spirits aloft with the support of family and friends like 30 Rock co-star Tina Fey.

50 SHADES SEQUEL OUT ON JUNE 18 _ A fourth novel in E.L. James’ multimillion-selling Fifty Shades of Grey erotic series will be released June 18. The new book is called “Grey,” told from the point of view of billionaire Christian Grey.

VINCE VAUGHN WANTS AMERICAN SCHOOLS PROTECTED WITH FIREARMS _ “It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.” That’s one of the statements actor Vince Vaughn makes in in a wide-ranging interview to the UK edition of GQ magazine that includes his views about the rights of Americans to carry firearms.

… Vaughn says, “I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars. We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting, it’s about the ability of the individual.”

… Vaughn said he also wanted American schools to have firearms to protect their students: “You think the politicians that run my country and your country don’t have guns in the schools their kids go to? They do. And we should be allowed the same rights. Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat. Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality.”

ROBIN WILLIAMS’ WIFE, CHILDREN CONTINUE BATTLE OVER HIS ESTATE _ The battle continues between Robin Williams’ wife and children over the division of the late actor’s estate. While his wife, Susan Williams, and his three children from previous marriages — Zachary, Zelda and Cody — have come to an agreement on how to split up thousands of his belongings, many of the late comedian’s personal effects are still a matter of contention. On Monday, a San Francisco Superior Court Judge allowed both sides until July 29 to come to a resolution. He said that he was pleased by their progress so far.

… The most financially significant issue that remains to be resolved is the amount of money she will receive to maintain the San Francisco Bay area home the actor left her in his will.

MOHINDER IS RETURNING TO HEROES REBORN _ Heroes Reborn is welcoming another Heroes alum to the cast. Sendhil Ramamurthy has signed on for a guest run on the new series, revisiting his role as Dr. Mohinder Suresh. During Heroes’ original run the geneticist was integral in identifying potential for latent “abilities” to surface, helping assemble the group of heroes.

… Ramamurthy joins previously announced returning original cast members Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Greg Grunberg.

A 24 SPIN-OFF MAY BE IN THE WORKS _ Fox is developing a new 24 spin-off that would revolve around a new, twentysomething male terrorist hunter. While there are no current plans for Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer to appear, it’s possible that he could appear as a guest star.

THE ROCK TO STAR IN BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA REMAKE _ Dwayne Johnson will star and produce an upcoming remake of the 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. The story follows Jack Burton, an All-American trucker who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Johnson will portray the role previously played by Kurt Russell.

KATE GOSSELIN: THE RING DON’T MEAN A THING _ Kate Gosselin set the rumor mill on fire recently, after she was photographed wearing a very sparkly diamond ring on a very significant finger. Is Kate engaged to her millionaire boyfriend Jeff Prescott? They’ve reportedly been dating for awhile, but they also each went through nasty divorces of their own, so it would be understandable if they opted to never marry. Well Kate was trying to put rumors to rest when she tweeted: “Fyi: I’m not engaged-not even dating any1.Loved the ring so I put it on myself 4 my bday-Had 2have something abt that # to make me smile #40”.

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BITS & BREAKS

PLAY FLOGTON

Golf is painful fun. But the Alternative Golf Association wants to change that with something called Flogton. Flogton — which is “not golf” spelled backwards — was created to draw more people to the game. Some of the rules of Flogton:

• Players get a mulligan on every hole.

• The ball can be teed up anywhere, except on the green.

• The third putt is always good.

• When stuck in a bunker, pick up the ball and toss it onto the edge of the green.

• A bump is moving the ball six feet away from any hazard or bunker. The only caveat is that the bump cannot put the ball closer to the hole.

NEW ON DVD TODAY

  • Camp X-Ray
  • Focus
  • McFarland, USA
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • The Wire: The Complete Series
  • Justified: The Final Season
  • Falling Skies – The Complete 4th Season
  • Rizzoli & Isles – The Complete 5th Season
  • Pretty Little Liars – The Complete 5th Season
  • Parks and Recreation – The Complete Series

SHOWER THOUGHTS

In the shower you’re alone with no distractions. It’s just you and your thoughts. On a Reddit board called Shower Thoughts people share what things they thought of while shower.

• The amount of public bathroom stall graffiti has drastically declined since the widespread use of smartphones.

• They should put alarms on car keys that go off when your car alarm goes off.

• Eventually someone will die in a self-driving car and it will keep going to its destination.

• In a month we will be closer to 2020 than we will be to 2010.

• Balloons are weird. “Happy birthday, here’s a rubber sack full of my breath.”

• Every bag of popcorn should come with a small pack of floss.

• If you set out to fail and fail, have you in fact succeeded?

• There will be a day when living next to a freeway won’t be a bad thing because everyone will drive electric cars with no engine noise.

• If a condom is protection, then a condom’s wrapper is the protection of the protection, and the box is the protection’s protection’s protection

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Researchers have actually measured the distance one of these travels, and it’s about 16 feet. (A fart)

TRIVIA: The Census Bureau says you probably live within 50 miles of this. (Your birthplace. Just over half of us do.)

MYSTERY VOICE

Can you tell me who this celebrity is?

Answer: Johnny Depp

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A bus load of politicians were driving down a country road when all of a sudden the bus ran off the road and crashed into a tree in an old farmer’s field. The old farmer, after seeing what happened, went over to investigate. He then proceeded to dig a hole and bury the politicians. A few days later, the local sheriff came out, saw the crashed bus, and asked the farmer where all the politicians had gone. The old farmer said he had buried them. The sheriff then asked the old farmer, “Where they ALL dead?” The old farmer replied, “Well, some of them said they weren’t, but you know how them politicians lie.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Guy and his dog do handstand together.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Mad Max: Fury Road before and after.

• Companies with the best lifetime warranties.

• Guy replaces pet names in local pet store with new hilarious labels.

• Classic cars next to their modern version.

• The E.T. sequel that fortunately never happened.

Eat This Much automatically creates meal plans that meet your diet goals.

• An architect wants to build an underwater tennis court in Dubai.

• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.

Dad saves the day!

• Watch two crazy people fly jetpacks over Dubai.

• Captain American backpack.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JUNE 2, 2015

• 1995: TRAVIS TRITT spent the night in a Nashville Hospital where he was treated for severe exhaustion and dehydration after collapsing in the recording studio earlier that day.

• 1995: WADE HAYES scored a number one hit with I’m Still Dancing With You.

• 1998: REBA MCENTIRE’s album If You See Him was released.

• 1998: BROOKS & DUNN’s album If You See Her was released.

• 1999: SHANIA TWAIN’s album Come On Over was certified multi platinum for sales of 11 million copies.

• 2000: TIM MCGRAW was named Father of the Year at the National Fatherhood Institute’s annual Summit in Washington, D.C.

• 2003: The Country Music Hall of Fame opens an EDDY ARNOLD exhibit. Artifacts included a custom-made tuxedo, a Gibson guitar with his name on the fret board, and the 1967 trophy that made him the Country Music Association’s first Entertainer of the Year.

• 2007: GARTH BROOKS dropped in on commencement at West Central High School in Hartford, South Dakota. His surprise visit is a show of support for Kelsey Hoffman, a cancer patient he befriended in 2000 through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

• 2010: FAITH HILL and EMMYLOU HARRIS performed at the White House as Paul McCartney received the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize.

• 2011: SHANIA TWAIN received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Dan Cahoon of MARSHALL DYLLON is 32.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

KENNY CHESNEY’s Saturday night concert at Heniz Field in Pittsburgh broke an attendance record he set at the venue back in 2007. 55,381 fans were in attendance, breaking the just over 54,000 who came out for the 2007 show.

JUSTIN MOORE is more appreciative than ever of his 849,000 Twitter followers after his family had to leave the beach without their pup, Hank, over the weekend. The Scottish terrier mix ran off during the family’s vacation in Destin, Florida, but after searching for him for a day Justin and his wife and daughters had to leave to make it to one of Justin’s shows in Georgia. But Justin took a chance and logged on to Twitter to find help. He included details about the dog’s appearance — complete with bow-tie collar — and provided an email address to send information. Then, he waited, while the message spread across the social network. Fellow country star and tourmate BRAD PAISLEY even stepped in to retweet photos of Hank and help spread the word. Thankfully, it wasn’t long before the dog was found by two men.

BRETT ELDREDGE confirms he’ll celebrate his third No. 1, Mean To Me, with Dinner in the Sky. Brett likes to celebrate his No. 1 hits by doing something crazy — like having a meal with your friend while hanging in the air held up by a crane. Check out the photos at DinnerInTheSky.com.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD says her inspiration for Little Toy Guns came partly from son Isaiah. When Carrie wrote the song, she knew she’d be a mom within months and she’s seen the impact parents’ words can have on their children. So she tried writing from the perspective of the child, in the song’s instance a little girl, saying she wishes the words were like little toy guns that couldn’t hurt anyone.

DIERKS BENTLEY’s June 18 tour stop at the Hollywood Casino & Amphitheater in St. Louis will be streamed live through Yahoo Live.

LEE ANN WOMACK says her best advice for female aspiring artists is to go with your gut and never give up.

LEE ANN WOMACK still doesn’t like current country music. She thinks country has become watered down and isn’t the same anymore. She says when GEORGE JONES or JOHNNY PAYCHECK sang about drinking and cheating, you could feel their sorrow and remorse, but now every song is about party time.

MEGHAN LINDSEY has joined the lineup for the GLAAD concert for Love And Acceptance, June 12 at the Nashville Winery. Headlined by TY HERNDON, who revealed earlier this year that he’s gay, other special guests will include JAMIE O’NEAL (There Is No Arizona), BILLY GILMAN (One Voice), Tiffany and Nashville’s Chris Carmack.

It was a LEANN RIMES performance of the Star Spangled Banner that inspired MICKEY GUYTON (Better Than You Left Me) to begin singing and eventually pursue a career in country music. Mickey was mesmerized by LeAnn’s performance and started doing solos and performing when and where she could near her Texas hometown. That inspired her to listen to DOLLY PARTON, PATSY CLINE, PATTY LOVELESS, FAITH HILL and MARTINA MCBRIDE — all women with big voices — to learn a few tricks that would help her hone her craft.

NEW AND OUT TODAY

BILLY CURRINGTON’s Summer Forever. He’ll be promoting the album this summer while opening shows for TIM MCGRAW’s Shotgun Rider tour.

GLORIANA’s Three.

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 3, 2015

This is day 154 of 2015. There are 211 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Game-show host Chuck Barris (The Gong Show) is 86

• Cuban president Raul Castro is 84

• Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) is 69

• Scott Valentine (Nick Moore Family Ties) is 57

• TV newsman Anderson Cooper is 48

• Tennis pro Rafael Nadal is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1888: The poem Casey at the Bat, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was published in the San Francisco Examiner.

• 1964: The Rolling Stones debuted on U.S. television on Hollywood Palace. Dean Martin hosted the show.

• 1965: For 21 minutes, Edward H. White floated free outside the space vehicle Gemini IV for the first time.

• 1980: The NBA Board of Governors voted to make the 3-point goal a permanent part of pro basketball. They drew the 3-point line at 23 feet 9 inches.

• 1981: Pope John Paul II left a Rome hospital and returned to the Vatican three weeks after an attempt on his life.

• 1982: Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion, Graceland, opened as a tourist attraction.

• 1989: The government of China sent troops to force protesters out of Tienanmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.

• 1992: A day after clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, Bill Clinton donned shades and played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show.

• 1997: Residents of the Dickinson, North Dakota, school district voted 2,035 to 569 to continue to call the high school sports teams the Dickinson Midgets. The name, chosen in the 1920s to honor a short basketball team, had been challenged by residents who felt it was inappropriate.

• 2005: An 8-inch french fry found by an Iowa bartender sold for nearly $200 on eBay. Mindy Marland said she was working at the Checkered Flag Bar & Grill when she spotted the unusually long french fry. Marland said she decided to sell it on eBay. Bids started at $1. By the time bidding ended, it had sold for $197.50. She also contacted the Guinness Book of Records after reading the record for the longest french fry was 6 3/4 inches.

• 2012: Tiger Woods’ 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus’s record

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Running Day

• Repeat Day

• Egg Day

UPCOMING

• June 6: Belmont Stakes (Saturday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

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