COUNTRY July 2, 2015

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This is day 183 of 2015. There are 182 days remaining.


• Polly Holliday (Flo on Alice) is 78

• Former race car driver Richard Petty is 78

• Writer-director Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) is 68

• Model-actress Jerry Hall is 59

• Michelle Branch is 32

• Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) is 30

• Lindsay Lohan is 29


• 1698: Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine

• 1777: Vermont became the first American territory to abolish slavery.

• 1932: James Gamble died in Cincinnati. As a partner in Procter & Gamble, he developed Ivory, the first floating soap.

• 1932: Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas was born.

• 1937: Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.

• 1947: An object speculated to be a UFO crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, though the United States Air Force claimed it was a weather balloon.

• 1962: The first Walmart store opened for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

• 1969: Consumer crusader Ralph Nader warned that loud rock music threatened to create a generation of hearing-impaired people.

• 1970: Lyman Dickinson in Albany, New York, rolled a 299, the highest score ever by a bowler on two artificial legs.

• 1979: The first U.S. coin to honor a woman, the Susan B. Anthony dollar, was introduced.

• 1982: Larry Walters flew a lawn chair to 16,000 feet over San Pedro, California. He had tied 42 helium-filled weather balloons to the chair. He even made it back down safely.

• 1985: General Motors announced it was installing electronic road maps as an option on some of its higher priced cars. The system used a dashboard computer and maps stored on cassette tapes. Almost nobody was interested.

• 1992: The one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line.

• 2002: Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.

• 2004: In Tennessee, state trooper Angelinette Crawford says she accidentally shot her brother in an argument over a tub of butter. The trooper got mad when her brother Jaison lent the butter to a neighbor, and her Glock semiautomatic pistol accidentally went off during the wrestling match that followed.

• 2008: In a sign of a faltering economy, Starbucks announced it would be closing 600 under-performing stores across the U.S.

• 2008: Researchers from Texas A&M University said watermelon delivers Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and can even increase libido.


• I  Forgot Day

• Made In The USA Day

• World UFO Day


• July 4: Independence Day

• July 14: MLB All-Star Game

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

More holidays



75: Times a day he average big city resident walks into the view of a camera.



The U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s countries this summer. [In fact, they’ve already invited each other to their summer pool parties.]

That recaptured convict David Sweat has been providing information on how he and his buddy avoided being seen for so long. [They spent much of the time hiding in a theater showing Tomorrowland.]

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are getting a divorce. [Well, I knew this was going to happen. The recent Supreme Court ruling has paved the way for Affleck to finally be with Matt Damon.]

They added spikes to the top of the White House fence Wednesday. [Hey, whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out.]

Venus and Serena Williams have withdrawn from the doubles competition at Wimbledon. [They were too upset to play after hearing about Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.]

A horse racing track in Pennsylvania is having trouble with deer running onto the track during races. [So, now all jockeys are allowed to carry guns.]

A new report says that the Chinese are getting taller and fatter. [Like a Brian Williams story.]

Macy’s is getting rid of any and all Donald Trump branded merchandise. [However, Home Depot is still carrying Donald Trump Fertilizer.]

A new study concludes that if you can’t resist the urge to pet your cat, the cat has the least objection if you pet it between the eyes and ears. [But in reality the only affection a cat feels is for the can opener.]

The Pope raised eyebrows when he said that when he visits Bolivia next week he wants to chew coca leaves, the source of cocaine. [But he’s not sure if he’s gonna do it before or after the tattoo.]



MAN WHO SAVED CHILDREN FROM THE HOLOCAUST HAS DIED _ Nicholas Winton, a Briton who said nothing for a half-century about his role in organizing the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, died on Wednesday (in Maidenhead, England). He was 106.

… It was only after Winton’s wife found a scrapbook in the attic of their home in 1988 — a dusty record of names, pictures and documents detailing a story of redemption from the Holocaust — that he spoke of his deliverance of children who were destined for Nazi concentration camps and extermination.

MICHELLE OBAMA LIFTS  BAN ON WHITE HOUSE TOUR PHOTOS _ The Secret Service can no longer stop you from taking a selfie, because the White House has lifted the 40-year-old photo and camera ban on its tours. The decision was announced in a memo Wednesday, and Michelle Obama posted a video to her various social media accounts in which she tears one of the White House’s “no photos or social media allowed” signs in half.

… There are still, of course, many restrictions. Visitors can only use phones or compact cameras with lenses that don’t exceed 3 inches. All other photography equipment is still banned, too. You’re not allowed to use tablets, video cameras (including action cameras), cameras with interchangeable lenses, tripods or monopods, or selfie sticks, which the White House refers to as “camera sticks.” The memo also says that flash photography and live-streaming aren’t welcome, either. • VIDEO

TEXT MESSAGING PIONEER DIES _ The “father” of SMS (short message service) text messaging has died aged 63. Matti Makkonen came up with the idea in 1984, though it was eight years before the message was first sent. Makkonen had downplayed his status in text messaging’s development, noting that while he came up with the idea — first discussing it over pizza at a telecommunications conference — it was other people who did the technical work to turn it into reality.

… Speaking to the BBC to mark the 20th anniversary of the first message, Makkonen said he originally envisioned it as being for “quick business needs.” He also noted that it was Nokia’s 2010 phone, launched in 1994, which really made widespread SMS use viable.

… Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old engineer, sent the first text message on December 3, 1992, from his personal computer to the Vodafone network to the phone of Richard Jarvis. The text message read “Merry Christmas”.

… Around 8½ trillion texts are sent each year (global).

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: The father of text messaging has died. Thanks to him the world sends 8½ trillion texts each year. We bet your teens sends a ton. How many?

AMERICAN CAUGHT AFTER FAKING HIS OWN DISAPPEARANCE _ An American tourist who was reported missing during a visit to Australia five years ago has been found. Kenneth Rodman disappeared without a trace after a kayak trip in Australia. That was in 2010 and now he has resurfaced — involuntarily. According to a report (in the Guardian), Rodman’s plan was going smoothly until he was found by chance on Saturday night while police were investigating an unrelated burglary.

… The last time the now-60-year-old American tourist had been seen was when he was heading to Queensland beach with a kayak. Since then, neither his family nor his friends had any idea of his whereabouts until this past weekend when police officers recognized him during a routine operation. Rodman will soon be deported back to American soil.

… It is still unclear as to why he staged his disappearance and police aren’t sure if he had help doing it. Authorities suspect that Rodman may have wanted to make it seem like he had drowned because his kayak was discovered a few weeks later submerged in waters a few miles from where he launched it.

7-ELEVEN TESTING DELIVERY SERVICE _ Sometimes the Slurpee machine is just… too… far… away. Apparently. Because otherwise why would 7-Eleven be testing a delivery service?  The company announced the news Wednesday, saying the new service is a partnership with Postmates, a technology business out of San Francisco that also teamed up with Chipotle recently to offer delivery in some cities.

… Select stores in San Francisco and Oakland, California have the on-demand delivery service now through Postmate’s app for iOS devices or online, with a variety of 7-Eleven products available. From the sound of it, that could include Slurpees and burritos (though it’s unclear), as an assortment of items “from hot foods and snacks to cold beverages and other convenience items” are on the table.

… We googled “testing delivery service” and found the following companies that are dong that: Taco Bell, Starbucks, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, and White Castle.

NEW YORK TIMES WANTS YOU TO PUT PEAS IN YOUR GUACAMOLE _ The New York Times took one on the chin Wednesday after it tweeted the following: “Add green peas to your guacamole. Trust us.” The paper then endured massive backlash over a modification to the sacred food. Even President Barack Obama chimed in: “respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppers. classic.”

…Critics, however, are not finding humor in the story. Piers Morgan, for instance, is unhappy that Obama is weighing in on this issue and not others. Morgan tweeted: “President Obama prefers to answer a question about peas in guacamole than my question about guns. Sad.”

THERE’S A NAME FOR PEOPLE WHO BUY THE STUFF NO ONE ELSE LIKES _ If you’re still crying into your pillow at night over the demise of the Zune MP3 player or Crystal Pepsi, take a long, hard look into the mirror: Your shopping habits might have foretold the doom of your favorite, discontinued products. That’s according to a group of researchers pointing the finger at certain early adopters. In a study (published in the Journal of Marketing Research) researchers identified particular kinds of consumers whose preferences can predict products that will flop, calling those folks “harbingers of failure.”

… Researchers looked at retail purchases made by about 130,000 consumers at a national convenience store chain, and found that 13% of them had buying habits that predicted failure of a new product. Failure in this case means surviving less than three years. This means if you’re the kind of person who liked the Zune, you probably also liked Frito Lay Lemonade, which apparently was a thing.

HONEST HOMELESS MAN RETURNS LOST $2,000 _ A homeless man from Greater Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, is getting a lot of attention even though his identity still remains a mystery. The unidentified man walked into a police station to tell about the $2,000 he found. Luckily for the owner, the police were able to track him down and return the money.

… The story of this homeless man’s honesty was published by several media outlets in Canada. This was followed by a massive interest in him, with several people coming forward to help him through GoFundMe. Within a few days, they were able to raise over $5,000. The anonymous homeless man was tracked down, but when told of the money raised he said he’d be donating some to a homeless shelter.

FAMILY OUTING TOOK BIZARRE TURN AFTER DOLPHIN LANDS IN BOAT _ The Frickman family had been enjoying a sunny afternoon June 21 — the first day of summer, Father’s Day and also Dirk and Chrissie Frickman’s 18th wedding anniversary — when they came across the pod of dolphins as they were heading back to the harbor in Orange County, California. The Frickman’s 12- and 16-year-old kids hung out toward the bow of the 21-foot boat as the dolphins swam alongside. That’s when the pleasant afternoon turned to pure chaos. A dolphin leaped out of the water, hit the rail of their boat and flopped right inside with the family. At first, it might have resembled a wacky Sea World trick, or a fun Flipper moment. But it got bloody, scary and messy. The dolphin knocked Chrissie Frickman over and hit their daughter. Chrissie was screaming in pain as the dolphin flopped on her legs. Her husband pulled her out from beneath it. Harbor Patrol was called and the family was met by a deputy and an ambulance. As the dolphin thrashed around, splashing blood from cuts on its tail and nose, buckets of water were tossed on it to keep it alive. The dad, Dirk Frickman, says “blood was everywhere.” Dock workers got the dolphin pulled up to the dock and released it into the water. And this is how the idea for Dolphinado began.

MAN TO WED WIFE FOR SECOND TIME AFTER CRASH CAUSES AMNESIA _ A Bristol, Tennessee, man and his wife are getting married for the second time in a year after his wife was injured in an accident and lost all memory of their wedding. According to Jeremy Stamper’s GoFundMe page, his wife barely survived the accident which happened 19 days after their wedding and was subject to months of physical therapy to recover. She also has memory loss from about five weeks before the wedding. Stamper has turned to the crowd-funding site in hopes of exchanging vows again and creating a new memory for his young wife. The couple plans on getting married August 1, the date of their original marriage. So far, they have raised $2,160 of a $5,000 goal. • LINK

CAP’N CRUNCH DOUGHNUT HOLES AT TACO BELL _ Taco Bell will begin selling Cap’n Crunch doughnut holes nationally starting today (July 2). Cap’N Crunch Delights doughnut holes are filled with icing and covered with Cap’n Crunch Berry crumbs.

BREAKFAST AT DISNEY: THE POP-TART SANDWICH _ It’s not just Taco Bell selling weird breakfast items: Disney World sells the Pop-Tarts Breakfast Sandwich. The Pop Century Resort at Disney World sells a sandwich with eggs, bacon, and cheese nestled between two Pop-Tarts. • PHOTOS

… The website DisneyFoodBlog reviews the sandwich: “The entire sandwich is toasted, so the frosting and strawberry filling from the Pop-Tart melt into the sandwich. … The frosting actually gives a seriously sweet edge to the sandwich, and, believe it or not, it was a decent flavor with the bacon and cheese. The egg, however, was more of an egg ‘patty’ and didn’t have much flavor.”



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBING SAME BANK YEARS LATER _ A man robbed a New Jersey bank four months after he was released from prison for robbing the same place five years earlier. Authorities said 54-year-old Keith Ney entered an Atlantic City bank on April 23 and gave a teller a note that said he had a gun. As Ney was fleeing on foot, a bank employee approached a police officer and said the bank had been robbed. Ney was immediately spotted and taken into custody. Ney had been released from prison December 9 and was still on supervised release. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWO SHARE PAGEANT TITLE AFTER MISCOUNT _ Molly Lybrook of Fairfield, Maine, said she won the Winslow Miss 4th of July Pageant on Saturday. But organizers discovered votes had been miscounted and declared Caitlin Grenier of Winslow, Maine, the winner. As a compromise, organizers said both teenagers would be crowned winners. But Lybrook believes organizer Leah Frost influenced the results. She said Grenier and Frost’s sister are friends. Lybrook said, “I won fair and square, and if it truly was a mistake, then I’m sorry, but that’s something the person who made the mistake has to pay for, not me — the winner.”

… Frost said she had nothing to do with the scoring and sent Lybrook copies of the judges’ sheets to show the mistake. She said she hoped the dual queens would allow both girls to be recognized.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVING TEACHER CAUGHT DRUNK AT THE WHEEL _ A driving instructor in China lost his job after he was caught driving home drunk after a banquet thrown by his students.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN WHEELCHAIR ROBS BANK, GETS AWAY _ Police are searching for a man in a wheelchair who is suspected of robbing a New York bank and rolling out of the building with $1,200 cash.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PILOT KNOCKS HIMSELF OUT WITH DRONE _ I’m predicting right now that in five years, the number of drone-related blooper videos will outnumber regular human and kid videos. We’re already beginning to see a few of these drone blooper videos on YouTube, like the guy who accidentally knocked himself out with his own drone. In the short video the man launches his ZMR250 racing copter, which then flies around in a test lap around a field. The trouble started when the drone started heading back to him — aiming right for the back of his head. The guy is totally oblivious to what is happening and obviously not watching his video screen as the drone zooms around and toward the back of his noggin, knocking him right off his chair. With his remote control in hand, he literally knocks himself out with his drone. Fortunately, the pilot wasn’t badly hurt. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIS OBITUARY IS ONLY TWO WORDS _ A short and sweet obituary for North Dakota resident Douglas Legler ran on Wednesday. Per Legler’s request, the obit simply read: “Doug died.” Legler’s daughter told reporters that her father had always insisted on the two words. She said, “I’m sure he’s laughing up there now.” • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WHO WALKS IN NUDE WANTS UNDERSTANDING _ Kansan Steven Herrold enjoys being outside — in the nude. Herrold has been spotted numerous times on Topeka’s Shunga Trail walking without clothes. Sometimes he also rides his bike in the buff. Herrold understands his nude hikes aren’t the norm. He says, “I leave people alone. I turn around and walk away if there are children. I don’t go anywhere near schools.” Fortunately for him walking and biking in Topeka without clothes is legal.




SEASON PREMIERE: FOOD FIGHTERS (8p ET, NBC) — The best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs. And this season, kid chefs will also compete. Adam Richman (Man Finds Food) hosts.


BOOM! (8p ET, FOX) — New


MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — Big Brother moves to its regular time with this new edition.

MISTRESSES (9p ET, ABC) — Brian White (Scandal) guest stars in this new episode.


WAYWARD PINES (9p ET, FOX) — Sarah Jeffery (Rogue) guest stars in this new episode.



HANNIBAL (10p ET, NBC) — New




STEVE JOBS – OFFICIAL TRAILER _ The movie Steve Jobs has its first full-length trailer. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution. The film is directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. It comes to theaters in October. • TRAILER

PINOCCHIO WITH ROBERT DOWNEY JR. IS GEARING UP PRODUCTION _ Robert Downey Jr. is going to be playing Geppetto in the Pinocchio film. Pinocchio is rumored to be a live-action film.

… It’s said that this is a passion project for Robert Downey Jr. and he’s been wanting to do this for years.

STEPHEN COLBERT HOSTED A PUBLIC ACCESS SHOW IN MICHIGAN _ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert isn’t premiering on CBS until September, but we just got a taste for what it might be like thanks to a public access cable show in Michigan. Colbert randomly guest hosted a 40-minute long episode of a program called “Only in Monroe,” in which he talked about some local issues in the city and interviewed a very special musical guest: Eminem. The rapper was on the show to promote the movie Southpaw which features his songs, and Colbert introduced him as “a local Michigander who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of music.” • VIDEO

TV LAND HAS PULLED DUKES OF HAZZARD _ Dukes of Hazzard fans are going to have to get their fix somewhere other than TV Land. The network announced Wednesday that it has pulled reruns of the show from its lineup — a move that comes as controversy around the use of the Confederate flag, which is prominently featured on the show’s iconic car, reaches previously unseen levels in wake of the South Carolina shooting that claimed nine lives.

… Just last week, Warner Bros. joined a host of other companies in choosing to end the selling products featuring the Confederate flag, which included replicas and vehicle model kits based on Dukes of Hazzard.

RIHANNA IS THE BEST-SELLING DIGITAL SINGLES ARTIST OF ALL TIME _ Rihanna has officially sold more digital singles than any other artist. Ever. The singer has surpassed more than 100 million gold and platinum song certifications, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. She’s the first artist in the RIAA’s history to pass the 100 million Digital Singles Award mark. Rihanna has released seven albums in 10 years, her first being Music of the Sun in 2005. Her last six albums were all certified platinum. She has since sold 7.5 million albums in the U.S.

HACKERS HIT DONALD TRUMP HOTELS WITH MAJOR CREDIT CARD BREACH _ The slow-motion meltdown of Donald Trump’s empire continues, this time fueled by hackers. The Trump Hotel Collection, a chain of luxury hotels, has been hit by a major credit card breach. A spokesman for the Trump organization said Wednesday: “Like virtually every other company these days, we have been alerted to potential suspicious credit card activity and are in the midst of a thorough investigation to determine whether it involves any of our properties. Among the Trump Hotel Collection locations possibly affected are New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and Honolulu. Details regarding the severity of the breach in terms of monies lost have yet to be disclosed.

FORMER CNN ANCHOR, HUSBAND INVOLVED IN DEADLY SHOOTOUT _ Lynne Russell, the former anchor of CNN Headline News, and her husband were involved in a deadly shootout when the couple fought off a robber late Tuesday night in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Russell’s husband was said to have been shot three times, but is expected to survive. Russell says she was grabbed by a man with a gun outside their motel near her car and forced back into the room. Her husband emerged naked from the shower and quickly grabbed his own gun. She said the suspect shot first and her husband returned fire, killing the man.

PARIS HILTON, SUBJECT OF PLANE CRASH HOAX, MIGHT SUE _ Paris Hilton is reportedly looking into suing an Egyptian prankster and the creators of his TV show over the emotional distress she experienced during an airplane stunt they pulled. Hilton was the subject of Ramez Galal’s show “Ramez in Control” and was tricked into believing that she was in mortal danger during a turbulent 15-minute aerial tour of Dubai. Footage from the episode showed the genuinely panicked socialite crying and screaming for her life along with several other wailing passengers while the plane appeared to nose-dive and nearly crash into the water several times. At one point, the back of the aircraft opened and someone jumped out. After the plane finally landed, the host revealed to the distraught starlet that it was a just a “prank show” and that she and everybody were fine — including the guy who jumped out. Now Hilton is reportedly looking into a lawsuit.

HALLE BERRY DID NOT THROW WALK OF FAME AWARD IN TRASH _ Despite a tabloid report, Halle Berry did not throw out her Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque in the garbage. The tabloid claims a maintenance worker found the award in a trash can outside her home.

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS WAS ARRESTED AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP IN MAY _ Singer Enrique Iglesias was arrested in Florida this spring, and the news is now making headlines. While the initial news of the singer’s arrest seemingly flew under the radar at the time, he’s facing charges related to the incident and is due in court soon. The singer, and his tour manager — who was involved in the incident — are said to have pled not guilty to the charges they’re facing.

… The charges are a result of an incident that took place during a traffic stop in Miami-Dade County on May 6. Enrique Iglesias was arrested after his Cadillac Escalade was pulled over on Interstate 95. Reports indicate that after the Escalade was pulled over, Enrique quickly jumped from the driver’s seat to the back of the vehicle. Isglesias’ passenger, said to be his tour manager, then slid into the driver’s seat. After that, Iglesias slid into the passenger seat and the two men tried to lead the officer to believe that the manager had been the driver all along.

… The Florida Highway Patrol report indicates that an officer saw Iglesias’ vehicle improperly move from the regular lanes on Interstate 95 into an express lane, though the express lanes were clearly marked and closed. The trooper saw the driver and passenger exchange seats, which is what led to problems for the both of them.

NENE LEAKES TO STAR IN ABC’s TO TELL THE TRUTH _ When NeNe Leakes announced that she was stepping down from her post as a full-time Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member, she teased that she has a major project in the works. According to TMZ, Leakes will be starring in ABC’s To Tell The Truth reboot alongside Betty White and Anthony Anderson, who will be the host. The show will give three contestants the opportunity to convince Leakes, White, and a third panelist that they’re telling the truth about something. Two of the contestants are imposters, and one is being truthful. It’s up to the panelists to ask questions to determine which one is the real deal.

CHANNING TATUM CAN VOGUE BETTER THAN YOU _ In case you needed another reason to like Channing Tatum, wait till you see him vogue. In “Channing Tatum Busts 7 Dance Moves in 30 Seconds,” you get exactly what you are promised: a half-minute tutorial of some of the greatest and most popular jigs, including the running man, the robot, and the funky chicken. The video comes courtesy of Vanity Fair. • VIDEO




Sharknado 3 is just a few weeks away. From, here are the benefits of being in a sharknado:

• Drop 60 pounds with this one easy trick. Also known as “losing both of one’s legs.”

• You will never have to blow dry your hair. It will either be blown out by the ‘nado or eaten by the shark.

• Three words: sea salt spray. It does wonders for the skin. Unless it’s been eaten completely off.

• Rubbing your skin against a shark’s is a natural exfoliation process.

• Terror is good cardio. Run!

• Your zit will suddenly seem so tiny. When compared to a massive bite out of your side, one’s acne instantaneously seems like a non-issue.

• You’ll always have tastefully windblown hair.



• Eating out. Americans go out for lunch on average twice a week and eat 18.2 meals per month outside the home — this averages to spending $232 each month eating meals prepared outside the home.

• Coffee. The average American spends almost $15 a week on coffee or $1,100 annually.

• Books and magazines. Reading is important. Book purchases are often small in nature, but if consistent, they add up. The solution, of course, is to use your public library.

• Unused utility services. Are you watching all the cable channels you are currently paying for? When was the last time you used the 3-way calling or the call-forwarding options on your home phone?

• Extra banking fees. Overdraft fees are another way your bank account gets hit or withdrawing cash from an ATM that is not associated with your bank.

• iTunes. These days, most of us own a smartphone where our credit card is automatically linked to an online store. As might be expected, this arrangement makes it easy for us to press the “Buy it Now”.

• Lottery tickets. When we are struggling financially, buying a lottery ticket becomes our glimpse of hope. But the truth is, it is simply an illusion. Hopes of a better life cannot be bought with $2 or $5.

• Amazon purchases. With your credit card on file and an Amazon Prime membership offering 2-day free shipping, it’s easy to think a $20 item here or $30 item there is no big deal — but they add up.



TRIVIA: About 40% of us can’t seem to finish what? (A book. Yep, just 6 in 10 finishes a book that we’ve started reading.)


Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• Color of the sky. (Blue)

• To create something new. (Invent)

• A racing organization. (NASCAR)

• What goes up must come down. Why? (Gravity)

• Where some people go to work. (Office)



Three preachers sat discussing the best positions for prayer, while a telephone repairman worked nearby. “Kneeling is definitely best,” claimed one. “No,” another contended. “I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven.” “You’re both wrong,” the third insisted. “The most effective prayer position is lying flat, face down on the floor.” The repairman could contain himself no longer. “Hey, fellas,” he interrupted, “the best prayin’ I ever did was hangin’ upside down from a telephone pole.”



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• 1949: EDDY ARNOLD’s I’m Throwing Rice (At The Girl I Love) charted. It would eventually get to number one.

• 1964: JIM REEVES held his final recording session.

• 1991: TRISHA YEARWOOD’s self-titled debut album was released. Hits included She’s In Love With The Boy, Like We Never Had A Broken Heart, That’s What I Like About You and The Woman Before Me.

• 1994: REBA MCENTIRE appeared on the cover of TV Guide.

• 2003: On the day they were married, a bride and groom appeared at a TOBY KEITH concert in Milwaukee wearing their tux and wedding dress. Toby pulled them on stage and dedicated Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You to them.

• 2005: Live 8 concerts were held around the world to battle poverty, with TIM McGRAW and FAITH HILL performing in Rome, and TOBY KEITH and KEITH URBAN in Philadelphia. Among other acts: Paul McCartney, U2, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Sting and Brian Wilson.

• 2007: REBA McENTIRE’s husband, Narvel Blackstock, announced he was signing pop singer Kelly Clarkson to a management contract through Starstruck Entertainment.

• 2010: REBA McENTIRE christened the 4,400-passenger Norwegian Epic cruise ship, docked at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York.

• 2011: TAYLOR SWIFT canceled a show at the Yum Center in Louisville because of illness. It was the first time in her career she was unable to fulfill a scheduled date.



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BLAKE SHELTON’s Sangria isn’t just his 20th number one, it’s also his 15th consecutive number one. Sangria is the third from Blake’s album, Bringing Back The Sunshine.

JAKE OWEN has revealed that he and wife Lacey are having trouble and have been discussing divorce. Jake says while he doesn’t want to talk about the matter is detail, he and Lacey — married 3 years — felt getting it out there and letting people know they’re the same as they are is good for them as well.

While many artists will be playing shows this weekend to celebrate July 4, that’s not the case for FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE. The guys have a rare weekend off to recharge their batteries.

TERRI CLARK and WYNONNA have joined the lineup for CHARLIE DANIELS’ 40th Volunteer Jam, taking place August 12 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Previously announced artists include ALABAMA, TRACE ADKINS, TRAVIS TRITT and BILLY RAY CYRUS. Proceeds will benefit veterans and their families as part of the Journey Home project.

November 27 has been set for the release of the HANK WILLIAMS biopic I Saw The Light, based on a book by Colin Escott. Actor Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the movie about Hank’s life.

Despite some technical issues at MIRANDA LAMBERT’s concert in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, over the weekend, she treated the crowd to a surprise performance with CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON on the CDJ hit Complicated. The two did the song as a duet to the delight of the crowd. You may recall Carolyn has been in Miranda’s backing band now for over a year.



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• Writer Dave Barry is 68

• Betty Buckley is 68

• Jan Smithers (WKRP in Cincinnati) is 66

• Montel Williams is 59

• Tom Cruise is 53

• Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) is 53

• Hunter Tylo is 53

• Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons) is 51


• 1819: The first savings bank in the United States (The Bank of Savings in New York City) opened.

• 1852: Congress established the United States’ second mint, in San Francisco, California.

• 1884: Dow Jones published its first stock average.

• 1890: Idaho was is admitted as the 43rd U.S. state.

• 1922: Fruit Garden and Home magazine published its first issue. Two years later, the publication became Better Homes and Gardens.

• 1970: Some 200,000 heard Jimi Hendrix play “The Star Spangled Banner” as the 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opened in Byron, Georgia. Two days later Governor Lester Maddox said he would seek legislation to ban rock festivals in Georgia.

• 1986: U.S. President Ronald Reagan presided over the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.

• 2004: Maria Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title by beating Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 at Wimbledon.

• 2006: The asteroid labeled as 2004 XP14 flew 268,624 miles by Earth.

• 2008: Because of a banking error a 16-year-old boy in England went to an ATM and found he had $4 million in his account. He withdrew $600 to spend but after the error was corrected he found he was $600 overdrawn.

• 2009: Sarah Palin announced she would resign as Alaska governor with 16 months left in her term.


• International Chicken Wing Day

• International Plastic Bag Free Day

• Stay Out Of The Sun Day

• Superman Day

• Compliment Your Mirror Day


• July 4: Independence Day

• July 14: MLB All-Star Game

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

More holidays




•Eva Marie Saint is 91. Bill Withers is 77. Geraldo Rivera is 72. John Waite is 60. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (Jersey Shore) is 33.

• Independence Day; Independence From Meat Day; International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship; Build A Scarecrow Day; National Country Music Day; Caesar Salad Day; Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition.


• Katherine Helmond (Mona on Who’s the Boss) is 86. Huey Lewis is 65. Dorien Wilson (The Parkers) is 53. Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) is 52. Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) is 50. Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls) is 34. Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum) is 33.

• Bikini Day; Work-a-holics Day; Apple Turnover Day; Shark Week Starts on Discovery.