INTERPREP ★ JULY 11, 2016

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DATEBOOK: JULY 11, 2016

This is day 193 of 2016. There are 173 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is 82

• Mindy Sterling (Frau Farbissina in Austin Powers) is 63

• Sela Ward is 60

• Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi is 57

• Lisa Rinna is 53

• Comedian John Henson is 49

• Justin Chambers (Dr. Alex Karev on Grey’s Anatomy) is 46

• Connor Paolo (Revenge) is 26

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1914: Babe Ruth debuted in Major league baseball.

• 1944: Franklin D. Roosevelt announced he would run for a fourth term as President of the United States.

• 1955: The phrase In God We Trust was added to all US currency.

• 1960: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was first published.

• 1977: Martin Luther King Jr. was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom.

• 1979: The space station Skylab returned to Earth.

• 1988: Mike Tyson hired Donald Trump as an adviser.

• 2012: The discovery of the fifth moon of Pluto was announced by astronomers.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Sports Cliché Week

• Ventriloquism Week

• Cheer Up The Lonely Day

• Mojito Day

• 7-Eleven Day – Get a free Slurpee

UPCOMING

• September 5: Labor Day

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

306: NHL players who’ve played in at least 1,000 games. The late Gordie Howe holds the record at 1,767 games.


NEWS ATTACK!

A new planet has been discovered. It’s the first known planet to orbit three suns, and has a temperature of 1,000 degrees. [Scientists speculate that if it has life, it’s probably aliens from other places who retire there like some sort of cosmic Arizona.]

Consumer Reports says the Samsung S7 Active smartphone isn’t water resistant as advertised. [Consumer Reports wasn’t investigating Samsung. It’s just that one of the magazine’s interns dropped his phone into the toilet.]

The new animated movie The Secret Life of Pets is doing well at the box office. [The filmmakers know how to give the people what they want. They have their characters spend the entire movie trying to find Dory.]

A New Jersey woman found a $470,000 lottery ticket while preparing her taxes. [It usually works the other way around: while celebrating your lottery win you find out you owe $470,000 in taxes.]

A six-foot tall man tried to smuggle himself into Switzerland by hiding inside his own suitcase. [Authorities became suspicious when they noticed that the suitcase wasn’t moving on wheels but toes.]

New York City held its third annual Bodypainting Day. One hundred naked models had their bodies covered in decorative patterns by different artists. [Unfortunately, on their way home they were mugged and sprayed with graffiti.]

The Twitter account of the CEO of Twitter was hacked. [It kept sending out messages urging people to switch to Snapchat.]

A new study finds that if you’re exposed to loud noises and drink coffee on a regular basis, you’re more likely to suffer permanent hearing loss. [Of course, I can think of other reasons why you shouldn’t combine caffeine with operating a jackhammer.]

Delta pilots mistakenly landed at an Air Force base in South Dakota rather than the civilian airport a few miles away. [And yet flight attendants threaten to throw me off the plane if I don’t sit in my assigned seat.]

A single ticket won the $540 million lottery. [Well, it looks like someone is almost going to be able to pay off his student loans.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

GIRL USES BIRTHDAY MONEY TO BUY LUNCH FOR POLICE OFFICERS _ Police officers at Detroit’s 11th Precinct got a special birthday surprise on Saturday. A nine-year-old Detroit girl decided to celebrate her birthday not by receiving gifts, but by giving them. Samya McLaughlin brought bagged lunches — made up of sandwiches, chips, fruit and a cookie — that she paid for with her own birthday money as a gift for officers at the precinct. McLaughlin said, “I was thinking that I should feed the police officers because I wanted to show them that I support them and I thank them for all that they do. I wanted to show them that all lives matter.”

… How did the young girl come up with the idea? After watching the news with her grandmother and seeing the devastation this week in Dallas, McLaughlin thought she would do something special for the officers in her community.

… The officers made Samya “Officer of the Day” and presented her with gifts of her own as a thank you.

TRAFFIC NOISE INCREASES RISK OF HEART ATTACK _ Researchers (in Germany) have found that exposure to traffic noise increases the risk of suffering from a heart attack, researchers have found. The noise from main roads and railway lines can lead to cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction.

RUTH BADER GINSBURG: IF TRUMP WINS, TIME TO MOVE TO NZ _ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg jokes that if Donald Trump wins the presidential election, she’ll consider moving. In an interview with The New York Times published Sunday, the Supreme Court justice said her husband, who died in 2010, would have said, “‘Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.’”

… Ginsburg said, “I can’t imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”

ONLOOKERS HEEDED CALL TO HELP LARGEST SQUARE DANCE ATTEMPT _ Some spectators at a Tennessee (Murfreesboro) bluegrass festival jumped in at the last minute to help locals try to break the Guinness World Record for largest square dance. 808 dancers were needed to break the record Thursday. Organizers counted 736 dancers before they put the call out to onlookers. It’s thought that about 200 more people joined. The potential record could take weeks to verify. Video recordings, colored arm bands and more than two dozen record officials and judges will help determine the exact number of dancers.

UPDATE: NEW HOMES FOUND FOR 4 DOZEN NEEDY GOATS _ An animal rescue farm in Massachusetts says all 46 goats it acquired in mid-May from an owner overwhelmed by his rapidly growing herd have been adopted. The rescue farm (in Methuen) said that an additional five kids born since May also have been claimed. Most of the goats — an assortment of alpine, pygmy and angora mixes — are already in their new homes.

WOMAN USED NANNY CAM TO CATCH CO-WORKER STEALING LUNCH _ A 25-year-old New Yorkers says none of her co-workers will fess up to the crime, but one of them stole her lunch. The lunch — a burrito — seemingly vanished from the office fridge and into thin air. The only evidence that it ever existed was the bag that Noelle Mulholland’s had used to carry it between the restaurant and her office at an advertising agency. Noelle says she was so angry when she opened the refrigerator and her burrito wasn’t there that she immediately fired off an email to the entire company, even upper management.

… She wrote: “There was a burrito I placed in the refrigerator no less than one hour ago and it is missing. Please return it, or let me know if you’ve thrown it out. Would like to eat it. This is not a joke, I am very serious and very hungry. On the verge of hangry.”

… Food theft in the workplace is epidemic. A survey released in June (by online grocer Peapod) reveals that 71 percent of employees have had their personal snack, drink or meal stolen out of communal-office kitchens.

… But not everyone thinks food stealing is a crime. One person from the survey said, “If it’s after 5 p.m. and the person has gone home, it’s fair game.”

… To see what one person did to stop office fridge thefts, click into InterPrep PROshare on Facebook.

TEXAS INMATES ESCAPE HOLDING CELL — TO SAVE JAILER _ When a jailer suddenly slumped forward and lay motionless, a group of Texas inmates burst out of a holding cell. Still shackled, the inmates were able to make enough noise to summon help for the guard in distress. The incident involving at least eight inmates was captured on surveillance video. After unsuccessfully calling for help, the men burst out of their holding room and found the guard had no pulse. At first other deputies thought there was a fight going down. The guard in distress had keys and a gun but Nick Kelton, one of the inmates involved, described the guard as a “good man”: “It never crossed my mind whether he’s got a gun or a badge.” • VIDEO

MAN BUILT AMUSEMENT PARK IN HIS BACKYARD _ Steve Dobbs is now the greatest grandpa there ever was. Thanks to him his five grandkids get to enjoy themselves as much as they want at their own personal amusement park set up in his backyard. Dobbs, a 68-year-old resident in Fullerton, California, decided to cut out the middleman and bring the fun to his very own backyard by building his own version of popular Disney theme park rides. The “park,” which he calls Dobbsland, is filled with mini rides and a roller coaster that’s fully functional. • VIDEO

… Dobbs said he first started putting the park together three years ago when he bought an electric train for his grandkids to ride, but like most kids they quickly got bored with it, which led Dobbs to create a tunnel out of cardboard boxes. Naturally his grandkids also got bored with that so Dobbs took things up a notch and made even bigger tunnels, which eventually evolved into the various different rides that now make up Dobbsland.

… Dobbs is a retired aerospace engineer and obviously put his engineering skills to good use.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBERY ATTEMPT FAILS SPECTACULARLY _ Police say a would-be bank robber tried to pull a heist in Long Island, New York, but pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Authorities say the man with a shotgun entered a bank Saturday and demanded cash. His first problem came when the teller refused to give him money or let him enter the teller area. So he left the bank empty-handed, got in his car — and crashed into a police car arriving on the scene. He managed to drive on, only to smash into a utility pole. He then fled on foot, but local residents pointed him out to police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NO STUPID SELFIES: CROATIA TO TOURISTS _ After a Canadian tourist was almost killed falling down a 250-foot cliff Croatia’s mountain rescue service has urged tourists to stop putting themselves in danger taking “stupid and dangerous selfies”. The service wrote on Twitter: “Dear tourists, we respect you. It’s time for you to start respecting yourself. So, stop making stupid and dangerous selfies. Thank you.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WRITES TRIP ADVISER REVIEW FOR CUSTODY CELL _ A man who spent the night in custody cells in Birmingham, England, has written a Trip Advisor style review about his stay. In his report about his 16-hour visit to the cells, the 24-year-old said “how modern and clean the building looks” and said that he was “dealt with promptly by a custody officer and shown to a cell”. The review also reads: “Once in my cell I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and décor… neutrally decorated to please all parties but done to a high standard.” Though largely positive the review did raise concerns over a hair found near the toilet. He later concluded it could have been his own hair though.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR DIES IN MAN’S FAVORITE CHAIR _ In Britain a guy came home to find a burglar in his favorite armchair. But he didn’t have to worry about the crook harming him — he was dead. The intruder had collapsed after taking drugs while ransacking the property.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STALKER EX GETS SHOT IN FOOT _ A Goodlettsville, Tennessee, woman got an ADT security system installed at her home to catch her stalker. She’d broken up with her boyfriend after learning about his criminal record; she says he threatened to kill her. Three different times she’d found evidence of a break-in. So she called ADT. When the installer finished up and she went to check that the system was working with her cell phone, she discovered that her phone was missing — and that her ex-boyfriend was under her bed. She shot him in the foot, made him return the phone, and had the ADT installer call the police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LOVER’S DISPUTE ON LOVER’S LANE _ Police in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, were called to a domestic disturbance and arrived to find the male half of the dispute with a kitchen knife lodged in his chest. The man said his live-in girlfriend threw a knife at him, but missed, so she grabbed another one and delivered it directly to her target. The wound was apparently superficial. The girlfriend was charged with aggravated assault. By the way, their home is located on Lover’s Lane.


ON TELEVISION

THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — In this new edition, Alex and JoJo have a one-on-one date, then JoJo chooses four men to advance.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, competitors from the Los Angeles qualifier head back to Universal Studios to conquer the City Finals course.

MOM (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — The Top 10 perform in this new edition.

JUST FOR LAUGHS STARRING HOWIE MANDEL (8p ET, CW) — Howie Mandel hosts this repeat comedy event featuring performances from Jeff Ross, Pete Holmes, Jim Breuer, Fortune Feimster, Vladimir Caamaño and Marina Franklin.

2 BROKE GIRLS (8:30p ET, CBS) – Repeat

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

RIZZOLI AND ISLES (9p ET, TNT) — In this new episode, Jane and Maura unravel an old ghost story to solve a double murder at a hospital.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:30p ET, CW) — Repeat

BRAIN DEAD (10p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Abby is pushed to get an MRI to help uncover the cause of the strange behavior taking over D.C.

MISTRESSES (10p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Alec makes a surprise visit and turns Karen’s life upside down, while Joss and Harry get invited to Las Vegas by Harry’s new business partner.

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE (10p NBC) — Repeat

UNREAL (10p ET, Lifetime) — Rachel makes a shocking discovery about one of the contestants while dealing with the trauma of being beat up in this new episode.

MAJOR CRIMES (10p ET, TNT) — In this new episode, Flynn asks Provenza and Buzz for help looking for a new home.

PREMIERE: THE MAKING OF THE MOB: CHICAGO (10p ET, AMC) — This eight-episode docudrama tracks the rise and fall of iconic gangster Al Capone and the story of his successors, collectively known as the Chicago Outfit. Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) narrates.


ENTERTAINMENT

SECRET LIFE OF PETS FETCHES $103 MILLION _ ( AUDIO) The Secret Life of Pets opened to a massive $103.2 million. The movie earned the title of best opening ever for an original animated film. The previous record-holder was Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out, which opened with $90.4 million last year.

CHEWBACCA MOM SPREADS MORE THAN JOY _ The internet-famous “Chewbacca mom” is back — and this time, there’s a lot more coming out of her mouth than growls and giggles. Candace Payne, who shared a record-breaking clip of her laughing hysterically while trying on a Chewbacca mask in May, posted another stirring video to her Facebook page on Saturday. But this one was serious: a reaction to the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five police officers shot in Dallas last week.

… Payne, who lives about 30 minutes from Dallas, said: “I’ve been spreading joy … but I’ve found myself the last couple days being silent, because I’ve been so sad and so hurt by what’s going on. … I wanted to just share with you my own arrangement of a song … that has really meant something amazing to me.” She then launches into a cover of Michael Jackson’s Heal the World. • LISTEN

DEREK JETER GOT MARRIED _ One of New York City’s most high-profile bachelors is single no more. Yankee great Derek Jeter wed girlfriend Hannah Davis in a relatively low-key ceremony over the weekend. Jeter, 42, and the 26-year-old model began dating about three years ago, and he proposed in October. They wed in St. Helena, California, in front of about 100 guests.

GHOSTBUSTERS REVIEWS ARE IN _ ( AUDIO)

… New York Times: As is often the case with big-budget flicks, [Ghostbusters] grows progressively louder and bigger, climaxing in an overlong battle, though not before Mr. Feig has offered up some unexpected touches, including a cavalcade of beautifully designed old-timey ghosts and a genuinely creepy bathroom scene that adds a few horror-flick shivers.

… Vox: Sure, these neon apparitions look more like they crawled out of an Xbox than the sewers of New York City, but it’s fun to watch an electric blue corpse swoop through the subway or an acid-green winged beast crash a metal show.

… Time: The movie glows with vitality, thanks largely to the performers, who revel in one another’s company, and not in a self-congratulatory, Ocean’s Twelve-style, “We’re awesome movie stars, together” way.

… New York Times (other critic): No one performance dominates the new Ghostbusters … although Kate McKinnon’s magnificent, eccentric turn comes close. … She embodies the new Ghostbusters at its best: Girls rule, women are funny, get over it.

… Film School Rejects: Feig’s Ghostbusters confidently carves out its own spot within a much-adored universe by welcoming a different audience into its crazy enchanted layers, while winking to the original’s fans with friendly faces (surprise), familiar gadgets and musical cues they will recognize.

… IGN: [Ghostbusters] can’t decide whether it wants to be a completely new take on the property or a loving homage to the original, and because of that it’s trapped between the two.

MR. ROBOT SURPRISE _ USA Network surprised Mr. Robot fans Sunday evening by dropping the first half of the show’s season premiere three days early on various social media platforms and the network’s website. The sneak of the premiere is one of a slew of stunts that USA has mounted in recent weeks to bring attention to the show’s July 13 season two premiere.

LIV TYLER WELCOMES THIRD BABY _ Liv Tyler is a mother of three. Live and her fiance David Gardner announced on Sunday evening the arrival of their daughter named Lula Rose Gardner.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA CUTS HAIR OFF _ Lin-Manuel Miranda got a new hairdo following his final performance in Broadway’s Hamilton on Saturday night (July 9).


AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• MYSTERY VOICE:Eric Stonestreet

• AUSTRALIAN SLANG: Margot Robbie — co-starring in Tarzan and Suicide Squad (August 5) — gives a lesson on Australian slang. → Suggestion: Play the slang word for a co-host, let them guess, then play Margot’s definition.

• THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS: It was No. 1 at the weekend box office. Eric Stonestreet talks about the movie and Kevin Hart talks about his character Snowball.

• THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS: • THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS: It was No. 1 at the weekend box office. Here’s a clip from the movie.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

THE MOST POPULAR ICE CREAM SHOP IN EVERY STATE

According to Yelp, these are the Most Popular Ice Cream Shops in Every State.

FB icon Do you agree with the ice cream show for (your state)?

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. The Secret Life of Pets, $103.1 million
  2. The Legend of Tarzan, $20.6 million
  3. Finding Dory, $20.3 million
  4. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, $16.6 million
  5. The Purge: Election Year, $11.7 million
  6. Central Intelligence, $8.1 million
  7. Independence Day: Resurgence, $7.7 million
  8. The BFG, $7.6 million
  9. The Shallows, $4.8 million
  10. Sultan, $2.2 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Minions.

IN THEATERS WEDNESDAY

The Infiltrator (R) – Bryan Cranston

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

Ghostbusters (PG-13) – Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. Dallas
  2. Summer Vacations
  3. Veep Choices
  4. Donald Trump
  5. GOP Convention
  6. Ghostbusters
  7. Secret Lives of Pets
  8. Rio Olympics
  9. Mega Millions
  10. Zika Virus
  11. Serena Williams
  12. Running of the Bulls
  13. Roger Ailes
  14. Tour de France

WHAT IS AMAZON PRIME DAY?

Tuesday (July 12) is Amazon Prime Day. Amazon claims it’s sort of a Christmas in July mega sales event, similar to Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

• Amazon Prime is a program Amazon offers that allows shoppers to pay a $99 annual fee for unlimited two-day shipping and access to the Amazon Video instant streaming services, streaming music and more.

• Is Prime Day as good as the company hypes it up to be? The company started the event last year to celebrate Amazon’s 20th anniversary, and people were expecting big savings. But most were left disappointed. The majority of discounts were either on already cheap items, or on Amazon’s own products, like the Kindle, Echo or Fire. The whole thing caused such a stir with customers that they got #PrimeDayFail trending.

• This year, Amazon promises it’ll be different. They say they’ve “dramatically increased” Prime Day inventory, especially on TVs and toys.

• In order to take advantage of these discounts, both on Prime Day and before, you must be a Prime member. However, if you’re not, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial, which will make you eligible for the savings.

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.

• Anyone who is served coffee or food by a barista or waiter who served Kevin Bacon is just two degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.

• “We’re trying for a baby” is the only socially acceptable way of saying you’re having lots of sex.

• There are no winners in Jenga. The whole point of the game is to identify a single loser.

• Neo better rescue us from the Matrix soon because land lines are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

• Chopsticks are the worst sticks to use if you want to chop something

• A birthday is also an anniversary with your parents,

• Every single thing you do, is literally, “life changing”.

• Chevy should make a car model named “Chase”

• Jumping is an unsuccessful attempt to leave Earth.

• Make-up is basically arts and crafts for your face.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: To operate this for an hour costs $206,337. (Air Force One)

MYSTERY VOICE

Question: Who is this?

Answer: Eric Stonestreet


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Awesome triple stunt.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Best reason ever to tip.


DATEBOOK: JULY 12, 2016

This is day 194 of 2016. There are 172 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Bill Cosby is 79

• Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 73

• Richard Simmons is 68

• Cheryl Ladd is 65

• Mel Harris (thirtysomething) is 60

• Former Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (DWTS winner) is 45

• Wrestler Brock Lesnar is 39

• Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3, That ’70s Show) is 38

• Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious films) is 38

• Kristen Connolly (Zoo) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1804: Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.

• 1862: The Medal of Honor was authorized by the United States Congress.

• 1933: Congress passed the first federal minimum wage law in the United States: 33 cents per hour.

• 1960: Etch A Sketch, the drawing toy, went on sale.

• 1976: Family Feud premiered. Richard Dawson (TV’s famous kissing host) was the first host.

• 1984: Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chose U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.

• 1994: A cat named Tabitha was recovered in a crawlspace above the baggage compartment of a Tower Air Boeing 747 after escaping its carrier during a flight 12 days earlier. Tabitha had logged over 32,000 miles.

• 2006: Debbie Phillips of Charleston, West Virginia, reported to police someone had been in her house and cleaned it. Nothing was missing. Police didn’t worry about it much, but it really bugged Debbie. A month-long investigation revealed a neighbor across the street with a house key hidden in a similar spot outside had hired a cleaning service. They went to the wrong house.

• 2008: After dispelling rumors that she was pregnant, France’s First Lady, former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy attributed her belly bump to drinking the occasional beer.

• 2012: The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary of their first performance at the Marquee Club in Oxford Street, London.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Amazon Prime Day

• Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day. Wear anything cow-like, get a free entree from open to 7PM.

• Simplicity Day

• Pecan Pie Day

UPCOMING

• September 5: Labor Day

More holidays