INTERPREP ★ JULY 14, 2016

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DATEBOOK: JULY 14, 2016

This is day 196 of 2016. There are 170 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Harry Dean Stanton is 90

• Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) is 70

• Jane Lynch (Glee, Best In Show) is 56

• Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach in Watchmen, 2017’s The Dark Tower) is 55

• Matthew Fox is 50

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1881: The outlaw known as Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

• 1913: Gerald R. Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother’s second husband later adopted and renamed him.

• 1965: The Mariner 4 flyby of Mars snapped the first close-up photos of another planet.

• 1969: The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills were officially withdrawn from circulation.

• 1999: Major league baseball umpires voted to resign and not work the final month of the season.

• 2001: Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympics, first time for China to be awarded the games.

• 2002: A 34-year-old sky-diving cameraman from Addison, Vermont, filmed his false teeth falling out of his mouth at 9,000 feet during his first jump. He said it was a very expensive lesson, and next time he’d take out his dentures. The fallen dentures could have landed anywhere within a 77-square-mile area.

• 2003: The United States Government admits to the existence of Area 51.

• 2006: A Salt Lake City, Utah, man came home in the evening to find someone in his house. He called police and reported that a man was eating in his kitchen. Responding officers found a 45-year-old man sitting at the kitchen table. He had taken two pounds of bacon from the refrigerator and had fried it up.

• 2015: NASA’s New Horizons probe reestablished contact to transmit the first close photos of Pluto and its moons. The probe launched in 2006 and had traveled over 3 billion miles.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Nude Day

• Macaroni and Cheese Day

• Shark Awareness Day

• Hot Dog Day

UPCOMING

• July 18-21: GOP Convention (Cleveland)

• July 25-28: Democratic National Convention (Philadelphia)

• August5-21: Summer Olympics

• September 5: Labor Day

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

10,000: Gallons of saliva produced by the average human in a lifetime.


NEWS ATTACK!

There’s controversy in the scientific community over the recent revision in the estimate of the number of endangered snow leopards still alive. [The snow leopard population is expected to play a key role in the swing states for the presidential election.]

Have you seen that surveillance video from New Zealand of an armed man trying to rob a take-out restaurant owner? The owner simply ignores the robber’s demands and keeps waiting on customers. [“Hey! Wait your turn! I’ve only got two hands!”]

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will attempt to save an endangered ferret species in Montana by using a drone that will shoot M&Ms loaded with vaccines. [It’s my childhood dream come true — a flying piñata.]

Scientists say that jet lag is bad in either direction you travel, but it’s much worse for your brain if you travel east. [That’s funny. You would think it would be worse to travel west with your brain getting dumber and dumber the closer you got to Hollywood.]

Insiders say that ISIS sees the ending of its self-proclaimed state and is preparing for the end. [For example, they canceled their annual summer employee appreciation picnic.]

Several cake mixes have been recalled due to E. coli. [Authorities first became suspicious when Betty Crocker called in sick to work.]

The list of America’s worst cities to live in has been released. DC is number one. [I don’t get it. You would think that DC would be the easiest city to drive in since people choose either a left lane or a right lane, and never ever cross the dividing line.]

In Colorado extensive damage was done to the interior of a teenage girl’s car after a bear managed to lock itself inside. [Or, at least that’s the story the girl is telling her parents.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DONALD TRUMP WILL ANNOUNCE RUNNING MATE FRIDAY _ Donald Trump’s vice presidential search is nearly over. His campaign chairman says Trump will announce his running mate tomorrow (Friday) in New York. via CNN

FIRST CAR CRASH ATTRIBUTED TO POKEMON GO _ The city of Auburn, New York posted a public safety alert on its website, reminding drivers to catch Pokemon once drivers exit their vehicles. The post included a picture of an accident that is allegedly related to the hot smartphone game. A driver was playing Pokemon Go while driving, and he ended up leaving the roadway and plowing right into a tree. The driver is fine.

PLAYING POKEMON GO? WALK A RESCUE DOG WHILE YOU’RE AT IT _ If you find yourself walking a few miles to hatch eggs in Pokémon Go, you may as well do a good deed while you’re at it. Munice Animal Shelter in Munice, Indiana, is hopping on the game’s crazy following by encouraging players to take one of their pooches out for a walk while they hunt for Pokémon.

PROFESSIONAL POKÉMON GO TRAINER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT _ A professional Pokémon Go trainer who offered to catch and train all the cute little Pokémon hiding around town for you to the tune of $20 hour has retired. St Ive’s — real name Misty — is retiring to keep Big Pokémon from unleashing the legal on her. Misty said she took down her Craigslist ad after friends warned her that news of her venture might reach Niantic, the company behind Pokémon Go. Apparently this sort of entrepreneurship is against the terms and services of Niantic. Misty says, “I don’t want to break any laws and I definitely don’t want to get banned from Pokemon Go, the game I have been waiting for since 1997…”

… Misty says she created the New York City Craigslist post “as a sort of joke/tongue in cheek way” to make a quick $200 this weekend.

POKEMON GO MANIAC REFUSES TO GO TO HOSPITAL AFTER STABBING _ Michael Baker was stabbed at 1 AM while looking for Pokemon in Oregon, but refused medical attention because he wanted to keep playing. Baker was in a park when he came across someone he thought was another player. He issued a challenge to battle. He got stabbed in the shoulder. He decided to keep looking for Pokemon but got eight stitches later.

PEOPLE ARE SPENDING MORE TIME IN POKÈMON GO THAN FACEBOOK _ A new report says iPhone users may be spending more time playing Pokèmon Go than they are browsing Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter or Instagram. The numbers (from app analytics company Sensor Tower) show that iPhone users spent more time using Pokèmon Go than the leading social media apps. Players spent, on average, just over 33 minutes playing the game, compared to 22 minutes on Facebook and 18 minutes on Snapchat.

… The study only looked at usage on a single day: Monday, June 11, just days after Pokèmon Go’s official release.

… During the height of its popularity, Candy Crush averaged about 43 minutes a day.

MEN ARE NEXT-LEVEL CATCALLING THANKS TO POKÉMON GO _ Pokémon Go is now just bringing forth all our regular societal behaviors — the good, the bad, and the unnecessarily aggressive. It seems men are using the game as an excuse to catcall women who are just trying to catch a Pokemon.

… A guy on Reddit suggests, “You’re going to meet a TON of women, likely surrounded by very weak, young, nerdy guys, and approaching them is as easy as pie> All of the hard work, such as breaking the ice, is already done for you. All you have to do is show up…” He also suggests dropping a lure at a Pokéstop and waiting for women to show up.

DEVICE WILL SHOW WHERE YOU FORGOT TO PUT SUNBLOCK _ Skin cancer is serious business and yet we take an incredibly haphazard approach to sun protection. Even when we think we’re covered, we’re not. Sunscreenr is a sunblock detection gadget you look through to see how completely you applied the sunscreen. The tiny device looks like an over-sized keychain. Inside Sunscreenr is a UV camera that looks for reflected UV rays. If the sunblock is doing its job, it absorbs the rays. As a result, any place where you did apply the sunblock will look, through the viewfinder, black — because it’s not reflecting UV light — and the uncovered spots will look pale. If you are alone, you can record up to 30 seconds of video in the device and then watch back inside Sunscreenr to see if you missed covering any spots. The gadget is currently in fundraising stage on Indiegogo.

NOBODY READS THE TERMS OF SERVICE _ A recent study concludes what everybody already knows: nobody reads the lengthy terms of service and privacy policies that bombard Internet users every day. Nobody understands them. They’re too long, and they often don’t make sense. The study made the point all too clear. Most of the 543 university students involved in the analysis didn’t bother to read the terms of service before signing up for a fake social networking site called “NameDrop” that the students believed was real. Those who did glossed over important clauses. The terms of service required them to give up their first born, and if they don’t yet have one, they get until 2050 to do so.

… The privacy policy said that their data would be given to the NSA and employers. Of the few participants who read those clauses, they signed up for the service anyway.

AMAZON SAYS PRIME DAY SALES WERE ‘BIGGEST’ IN HISTORY _ Amazon says that its second annual Prime Day was the “biggest day in the history of Amazon.” It was also a good day for selling Amazon devices, like the Kindle e-readers and tablets, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick and Amazon Echo products. Amazon says it was the biggest sales day globally ever for Amazon devices.

Amazon also sold:

  • 2 million toys
  • 1 million pairs of shoes
  • 90,000 TVs
  • “Hundreds of thousands” of Kindle e-readers
  • The Fire TV stick was the best-selling product globally.
  • The best-selling item in the U.S. was a pressure cooker. More than 215,000 were sold.

NEW BARBIE PRESIDENT AND VEEP DOLLS COMING TO TOY STORE SHELVES _ Mattel announced the release of a new Barbie twin pack that features Barbie as president and vice president. The new Barbie dolls are available for sale online at Mattel.com and are being stocked in toy stores across the country.

DRONES TO UNLEASH VACCINE-LACED M&Ms TO SAVE ENDANGERED FERRETS _ The US government will unleash drones that fire vaccine-covered M&Ms in a plan to save the endangered black-footed ferret, a species that is facing a plague epidemic across America’s great plains. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a plan to bombard ferret habitat in Montana with the vaccine, which will be administered via specially designed drones that will be able to shoot M&Ms in three directions simultaneously.

… The vaccines will be targeted at the prairie dog population in north-eastern Montana. Black footed ferrets — North America’s only native ferret — are completely dependent upon prairie dogs, which are a type of burrowing rodent, for their food and shelter.

… Both black-footed ferrets and prairie dogs are susceptible to the sylvatic plague, a flea-borne disease spread from rats that were introduced from ships arriving in California in the 1800s. While individual ferrets can be vaccinated by an injection, wildlife officials have found it difficult to protect prairie dogs over large areas.

HIKERS SAVE DOG SWEPT AWAY IN COLORADO CREEK _ Up the creek is where Stanley found himself while on a walk with his owner in Colorado on Monday. While the dog was cooling off in a creek (Saint Vrain Creek) he was swept away. His owner searched for an hour for him, to no avail, then left the scene to call on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office for help — and that’s when two other hikers became heroes. As rescuers were arriving, Andy and Jennifer, who were also hiking in the area, heard Stanley whimpering and barking for help. He was pinned under a log jam with only his head above the water. Jennifer and Andy pulled Stanley to safety and he was reunited with a very grateful Jason.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CUSTOMER TAKES PRIORITY OVER ROBBER _ The owner of a New Zealand restaurant kept calm and carried on as a robber waved his gun and demanded money. The owner carried on serving his customers while ignoring the gunman, who eventually walked out. The owner said, “I am a businessman. I hadn’t finished with my customer and my priority was to finish serving him.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE SKIPS OUT ON TAB, LEAVES CELL PHONE _ After finishing a meal at an IHOP in Abilene, Texas, a couple decided to skip out on their bill. During their exit, the male left his cell phone. He returned to the restaurant attempting to retrieve the phone but instead he was given a second opportunity to pay his tab. He declined again. The suspect left before police arrived. He later showed up to the police station trying to retrieve his phone.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLARS USE A TAXI _ Two men carrying stolen computers and flat-screen TVs flagged down a Berlin, Germany, taxi to transport their loot home. The taxi driver first helped the thieves load bulky boxes of stolen goods in front of a law office at about 1 AM and then drove them to their apartment. After collecting his fare and a generous tip, the taxi driver notified the police who later raided the apartment and found other stolen items from previous burglaries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STOLE MONEY FROM CARS TO SUPPORT PIZZA HABIT _ An Illinois man (Chicago area) has been charged with felony burglary for stealing money from cars. He told police he police he loved pizza and stole to feed his habit.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN COOKING BRISKET IN BATHTUB STARTS FIRE _ Firefighters didn’t have to reach for an extinguisher when they were called to a cooking fire at a Knoxville, Tennessee, apartment this week. They simply turned on the shower head. A woman attempted to cook a brisket over an open flame in her bathtub.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN OUTSMARTS ROBBER BY LOCKING HIMSELF IN BATHROOM _ Florida deputies a man was at a KFC when Fabian Erazo approached him and demanded money. Erazo told the man if he didn’t comply he would hurt him. Erazo took $100 from the man and told him to go to an ATM and withdraw more cash. But when the man got to the ATM — in a convenience store — he locked himself in the bathroom and called cops. Erazo was arrested.


ON TELEVISION

THE PRESIDENT AND THE PEOPLE: RACE IN AMERICA (8p ET, ABC, ESPN, Freeform) — ABC’s World News Tonight anchor David Muir moderates this town-hall style conversation about race relations, justice, policing and equality with President Obama and Americans who have been directly affected by recent events in Baton Rouge, La., Minneapolis and Dallas.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

BONES (8p ET, FOX) — In this new episode, the team investigates a corpse found with a diamond in its jaw. Gilles Marini guest stars.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — A house guest is evicted and the head of household competition is held in this new edition.

GREATEST HITS (9p ET, ABC) — Tonight’s new episode highlights the hits from 1985-1990. Chicago, Foreigner, Wilson Phillips, Grace Potter, Aloe Blacc, Kenny Loggins and Poison’s Bret Michaels perform.

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE (9p ET, NBC) — Six new teams compete in this new edition.

HOME FREE (9p ET, FOX) — New

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (9p ET, CW) — In this new episode, Vincent and Cat must rethink how to take down the people hunting beasts.

AQUARIUS (10p ET, NBC) — Hodiak takes a proactive measure to investigate a new clue in the case of the photographer killer in this new episode.

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike) — This “new” episode features Stephen Merchant and Malin Akerman, with first-hand celebrity accounts and secrets behind song choices.


ENTERTAINMENT

2016 EMMY NOMINATIONS _ This morning (Thursday, 11:30 AM ET) the 2016 Emmy nominations will be announced.

CASTLE HANGNAIL WITH ELLEN DEGENERES _ A movie version of the children’s book Castle Hangnail is in the works and Ellen DeGeneres will produce. The story by author Ursula Vernon centers on a 12-year-old girl who shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch at a time that the castle desperately needs a master or face being decommissioned by the Board of Magic. She projects confidence during the series of tasks she must complete in order to be approved by the board while concealing several secrets, including her true identity.

ABLE-BODIED ACTORS PLAY 95% OF DISABLED CHARACTERS IN TOP 10 TV SHOWS _ A new study (by Ruderman White Paper) reveals 95% of characters with disabilities in top 10 TV shows are played by able-bodied actors. The study proves that people with disabilities are the most unrepresented minority in Hollywood. The study also says disabled actors have not been included in ongoing conversations regarding Hollywood’s diversity issue, which has brought light to providing more jobs for people of color and equal pay for women, both in front of and behind the screen.

BRAD PITT IS PRODUCING BEN STILLER’S NEXT MOVIE _ Brad Pitt will work with Ben Stiller again — this time producing the comedian’s new movie. The guys are teaming up for the upcoming movie Brad’s Status. The movie “centers around Brad, who despite a good career and happy family, is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son on an East Coast tour of colleges, Brad is forced to confront his friends and his feelings of failure — with hilarious and poignant results.”

… Brad and Ben worked together on the 2010 animated comedy Megamind.

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS A YEAR AFTER DRONE ACCIDENT _ Enrique Iglesias is pretty much done with drones. It’s been a little over a year since the Spanish singer suffered an accident with a flying drone at one of his concert in Tijuana, Mexico. Iglesias opened up during a recent interview (with Univision’s Primer Impacto) and talked about how he’s recovering. After a long reconstruction surgery, the star hasn’t fully recovered feeling on one of the injured fingers. Iglesias says, “Honestly, I still can’t feel anything on this finger. I still can’t feel anything from the nail and below that.”

SHAMELESS SIGNS SHARON LAWRENCE FOR SEASON 7 _ Showtime’s Shameless is adding NYPD Blue grad Sharon Lawrence. Lawrence will have a multiple-episode role and play Margo, a self-made real estate mogul who owns the coffee shop where Fiona works. The character will wind up becoming something of a role model for Fiona.

NBC ORDERS ENTREPRENEUR COMPETITION STARRING TYRA BANKS _ What happens when you mix The Voice with Shark Tank? NBC wants to find out. The network has given a series order to Funded, a new competition that will pit start-ups against one another in a grab for a $1 million cash infusion. Each stand-alone episode will have rising companies paired with one of three vastly different business mentors: skateboarder-turned-entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek, brand builder Rohan Oza and brand ambassador and media giant Tyra Banks. For Banks, it’s her first series since 2015, when she departed both her talk show The Fab Life and a long-running gig hosting America’s Next Top Model.

… Each episode will crown a winner after the companies face a venture capitalist, in front of a live audience, to make a pitch for the $1 million investment.

THE KARDASHIANS CALL ‘KARDASHIAN BEAUTY’ LINE BOGUS _ The Kardashians say a new cosmetic line with their name attached is misleading. “Kardashian Beauty” launched over the weekend plastering the sisters’ names and faces on its website. But the sisters want to make it absolutely clear — they’re not part of the company in any way, shape or form. Back in 2012, the Kardashians teamed up with Boldface cosmetics to license and distribute color cosmetics. The sisters claim due to Boldface’s mismanagement the partnership didn’t last long and Boldface ultimately went belly up. Haven Beauty stepped in two years later but that partnership went downhill over disagreements with Haven’s owners.

… The Kardashians and Haven Beauty are locked in a nasty legal war and TMZ reports Haven Beauty’s gone rogue and forged ahead anyway, launching “Kardashian Beauty.” A rep for the Kardashians vigorously reject any involvement with the company.

MISTY COPELAND JOINS CAST OF DISNEY’S NUTCRACKER _ Misty Copeland has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action version of The Nutcracker. Copeland teased her part with a photo on Instagram of the film’s script and the hashtag #MoreToCome. She was promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre in June 2015, making history as the first African-American woman awarded that rank.

BLAKE LIVELY ON HER SECOND PREGNANCY: MUCH EASIER _ Blake Lively says her second pregnancy has gone smoother than her first. The 28-year-old actress revealed this on Live with Kelly. Lively is expecting again with husband Ryan Reynolds.

CHARLES BARKLEY’S BEEN OFFERED $3 MILLION TO START TWEETING _ While most celebrities are happy to share their opinions and photos on Twitter for free, Charles Barkely claims he’s been offered as much as $3 million to tweet. But Sir Charles says, “Y’all can’t pay me enough to talk to these fools…”


AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• DROP: You are immersed in their genius.

• TRUMP ENDORSES CLINTON: In an old syndicated radio feature, Donald Trump said Clinton would make a good president.

• GHOSTBUSTERS: UK weather reporter crams 22 Ghostbusters puns into forecast.

• PHONES: A boy in China had a watch battery up his nose for six months. → July 13 Wacky-But-True. Calls from the archive.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

SURF AND SNACK

Our favorite foods as we scroll through our Facebook News Feed or catch up on our snaps:

1. Chips (potato or tortilla, like Doritos)
2. Popcorn
3. Pretzels

TWEETS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE PROS AT BEING MARRIED

• Marriage is basically peeing with the door open and not caring.

• Marriage is just texting each other “Do we need anything from the grocery store?” a bunch of times until one of you dies.

• Marriage is mostly about knowing which hand towels you can use and which ones are for the better people who visit your wife’s home.

• Married sexting works like this: “I’m not wearing any underwear…because you never put the laundry in the dryer like I asked you 100 flipping times.”

• Marriage is basically listening to your husband swear and scream at scanners/printers from another room.

• Marriage is essentially agreeing to share 50% of your ice cream forever.

• Marriage is essentially being able to watch another person eat chicken wings without throwing up.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Finish the phrase “Marriage is…”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 34 million of these are eaten by Americans every day. (Loaves of bread)

TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S. 18,000 of these are never used. (Marriage licenses)

WHO SAID IT?

“It’s hard getting older; it’s hard not to be the young one anymore, to see your face change, your skin change, and not judge it.”

• Courteney Cox*

• President Obama

• Kelly Rippa

• Michael Douglas


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dog v Gopher


IMAGE OF THE DAY


DATEBOOK: JULY 15, 2016

This is day 197 of 2016. There are 169 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Ken Kercheval (Dallas) is 81

• Jan-Michael Vincent is 72

• Linda Ronstadt is 70

• Drummer Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 68

• Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is 66

• Terry O’Quinn (Lost) is 64

• Drummer Marky Ramone (The Ramones) is 60

• Guitarist Joe Satriani is 60

• Kim Alexis is 56

• Forest Whitaker is 55

• Brigitte Nielsen is 53

• Scott Foley (The Unit, Scandal) is 44

• Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210) is 43

• Laura Benanti (Supergirl) is 37

• Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1606: The painter Rembrandt was born in Leiden, Netherlands.

• 1979: President Jimmy Carter delivered a speech in which he lamented what he called a “crisis of confidence” in America. Though he didn’t use the word, it became known as the “malaise” speech.

• 1992: Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in New York City.

• 1996: MSNBC, a 24-hour all-news network, made its debut on cable TV and the Internet.

• 1997: In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan gunned down Gianni Versace outside his home.

• 2002: “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleaded guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and for the possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.

• 2002: A Pakistani judge convicted four Islamic militants in the kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl.

• 2006: Twitter was launched.

• 2012: In Egypt, protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Be A Dork Day

• Gummi Worm Day

• Give Something Away Day

UPCOMING

• July 18-21: GOP Convention (Cleveland)

• July 25-28: Democratic National Convention (Philadelphia)

• August5-21: Summer Olympics

• September 5: Labor Day

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JULY 16

• Ruben Blades is 68. Stewart Copeland of The Police is 64. Phoebe Cates is 53. Will Ferrell is 49. Corey Feldman is 45.

• Hot Dog Day. Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day. Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day. Guinea Pig Appreciation Day.

SUNDAY, JULY 17

• Donald Sutherland is 84. Diahann Carroll is 81. Spencer Davis of the Spencer Davis Group is 77. David Hasselhoff is 64. Country singer Craig Morgan is 52. Country singer Luke Bryan is 40.

• Ice Cream Day. World Snake Day.