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This is day 216 of 2016. There are 150 days remaining.
• Tony Bennett is 90
• Martin Sheen is 76
• Martha Stewart is 75
• John C. McGinley (Scrubs) is 57
• Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy) is 53
• Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa) is 45
• Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man, Secrets and Lies) is 43
• NFL quarterback Tom Brady (New England Patriots) is 39
• Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man, Lost) is 37
• Swimmer Ryan Lochte is 32
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1492: A half hour before sunrise, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.
• 1933: The Mickey Mouse Watch first went on sale for $2.75.
• 1946: The National Basketball Association was founded.
• 1971: Paul McCartney announced the formation of a new band called Wings.
• 1977: After building and testing 25 units, Radio Shack issued a press release introducing its TRS-80 computer. Within weeks, the company had thousands of orders.
• 1999: Salesman Simon Thompson got a shock when his car broke down in west London and Prince William and Prince Harry stopped to help him push it down the street and out of the way. He said the 17- and 14-year-old Royals acted as though it was no big deal.
• 2004: The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopened after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
• 2011: A skull believed to be 20 million years old was discovered in Uganda. The skull was believed to be from a tree-climbing ape.
• Watermelon Day
• Clean Your Floors Day
• August 3-4: Manure Expo (real)
• August 5-21: Summer Olympics
• August 27: College football begins
• September 5: Labor Day
• September 8: NFL season begins
• October 12: Columbus Day
• October 31: Halloween
• November 8: Presidential Election
20: Countries where Spanish is the official language.
A California man awoke in the middle of the night to find a family of bears in his house. [That’s a sign that your doggie door is way too big.]
Authorities in Nigeria arrested the man behind a network of scams worth $60 million. [I just got an email from him that said he would split half the fortune with me if I would just help him cover his legal expenses.]
Donald Trump fired his senior advisor. [Everybody’s asking the same question — Donald Trump has advisors?]
McDonald’s announced that it’s removing more preservatives from its food. [So now a Big Mac only has a shelf life of 10 years.]
In Norway two boys ruined a 5,000-year-old rock carving by trying to make it better. [According to their Instagram account, their next stop was to straighten the Leaning Tower of Pisa.]
The Swedish government is launching a huge study into the sex habits of Swedes after repeated reports that the Swedes are having less and less sex. [The researchers will be required to work on nights and weekends, but hey, it’s not like they’ve got anything better to do.]
Apple has replaced its handgun emoji with a water pistol. [If only people did the same.]
Several school systems across the country have after school programs sponsored by religious groups called Good News Clubs. In response the Satanic Temple is countering in the school systems with after school programs called the After School Satan Club. [One group captures Pokemon. The other group captures Pokemon and then tortures them night and day throughout all eternity.]
A Coast Guard officer hiking in Alaska had his phone stolen by a bald eagle. [I hate when that happens. They always delete all your music.]
Dogs left in a vehicle in West Virginia knocked the car into gear and drove into the side of Walmart. [Fortunately, the dogs were okay. Unfortunately, they flunked the breathalyzer.]
SO IT TURNS OUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO FLOSS EVERY DAY _ Federal health officials have backtracked on decades worth of hounding from dental health professionals that using dental floss is a necessary tool in fighting plaque, cavities, and gum disease. The federal government has recommended daily flossing — preferably after every meal — since 1979, but there is no real evidence that proves the practice is effective.
… An Associated Press report suggests that despite the advice from doctors and dentists that daily flossing is a necessary part of health care, that claim has never been studied properly in the 37 years the practice has been endorsed. When the AP asked the department of Health and Human Services for evidence that proved flossing’s benefits, they received no response — the same went for the Department of Agriculture. A written request under the Freedom of Information Act also went unanswered. Then, without notice, federal officials omitted the recommendation from this year’s health guidelines without any notice, with an acknowledgment that the effectiveness of daily flossing has never been researched.
TEAM USA UNIFORMS LOOK A BIT… RUSSIAN? _ Team USA will be showcasing a new uniform at the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony. The uniforms were unveiled last week by designer Ralph Lauren and the United States Olympic Committee and will be seen in public for the first time as the American athletes enter Maracana Stadium on Friday.
… The USOC billed the uniform as “fresh and sporty, with classic elements” on its website. The uniforms also feature “an all-American palette of red, white and blue.” But critics on social media say the design of the T-shirt, visible just above the jacket, resembles the Russian flag. For those unfamiliar, the Russian flag features white, blue and red stripes.
YOU DON’T PUT YOUR HANDS ON MY FLIGHT ATTENDANT _ Video shows a Lexington, Kentucky, man being subdued by a pilot after a confrontation with the flight crew of an American Airlines flight to Charlotte. In the video, Michael Kerr threatened to break the pilot’s jaw and pushed the flight attendant to the floor, prompting the pilot to take Kerr to the floor, saying: “You don’t put your hands on my flight attendant!” • VIDEO
… The guy who shot the video said, “We landed and were taxiing, and waiting for the jet bridge to arrive at the exit door and the man started screaming, ‘Let’s go, go'”. A flight attendant asked Kerr to sit down, but he refused and followed her into the forward galley. After the plane came to a complete stop, the captain came out of the cockpit and asked Kerr again to sit down, but he shoved the flight attendant and attempted to get out. The door of the plane was open, but the jet bridge wasn’t in place yet.
SAMSUNG’S NEW PHONE UNLOCKS WITH IRIS SCANNER _ You’ll be able to unlock Samsung’s new phone by just looking at it. The Galaxy Note 7 will come with an iris scanner, which matches patterns in your eyes with what was detected by your phone during setup. It offers an alternative to fingerprint ID, which doesn’t work well when fingers are wet. Of course, the four-digit passcode will still work.
… Samsung isn’t first, though. Microsoft’s Lumia 950 phones had it.
MAN SUES OVER POKEMON GO PLACING CRITTERS IN HIS LAWN _ A New Jersey man who is tired of telling people that they can’t catch Pokémon in his backyard has filed a suit that seeks class action status. Local landmarks become the power-up spots called Pokéstops and the battle arenas called gyms, but those landmarks could be anything from a public park to an interesting statue or mural on private property. This house was used as the exterior location for main character Walter White’s home on Breaking Bad.
… The complaint reads: “Plaintiff discovered [that the game had invaded his real life] when, during the week of Pokémon Go’s release, strangers began lingering outside of his home with their phones in hand. At least five individuals knocked on Plaintiff’s door and asked for access to Plaintiff’s backyard in order to ‘catch’ Pokémon that the game had placed at Plaintiff’s residence in West Orange, New Jersey — without Plaintiff’s permission.”
GRANDMA DIALED WRONG NUMBER WHEN SHE FELL, STRANGER HELPED _ A car dealership sales manager in the UK was having an ordinary morning at work when he got a phone call from a distressed senior citizen. The elderly lady had misdialed while trying to call her daughter for help after slipping while running a bath. Though the call wasn’t meant for him, the sales manager didn’t think twice about hurrying to help her. The receptionist kept her talking on the phone while the sales manager drove the two miles to the woman’s home.
… When he arrived there was blood on her face and the bath was overflowing. He scooped her up and put her on the sofa and covered her with a blanket and waited until her family arrived.
WHAT’S KILLING YOUR DIET: WEEKENDS _ There’s research (in Self magazine) about what’s really throwing your diet off track. And the first thing that’s messing you up is the weekend. Most people eat at least 115 more calories on Friday, Saturday and Sunday than they do the rest of the week. And without extra exercise, that can add up to 5 pounds a year. 40% of the extra calories you consume on the weekend come from alcohol.
LABRADOR WOULDN’T LEAVE TEEN’S SIDE _ A Labrador is being praised for saving the life of a teenage boy who was stuck in the wilderness for nearly two days. The 14-year-old from Mexico was at a summer camp when he became separated from his group. But what began as a search for firewood turned into a 44 hour ordeal after he slipped on moving tree trunks and fell down a ravine. Luckily for the teen, Max the dog was not far behind and, though the pair had only met hours before, he refused to leave the child’s side until rescuers arrived. He described how the pair slept under a tree and cuddled to stay warm and said that the dog even led him to puddle of water so they both could hydrate.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STABS WIFE OVER PEELING MANGOES _ An 84-year-old Florida man stabbed his wife during an argument that began over the sloppy peeling of mangoes. An arrest report says the man was eating mangoes in a bedroom. His 65-year-old wife became irritated when she saw he was putting pieces of the mangoes on the floor. They argued he lunged at her with a steak knife.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE OFFICER’S TAKEDOWN OF COWS GOES VIRAL _ A Maine police officer’s intervention in a possible “mad cow” situation has gone viral. Officer Ernest MacVane (Windham Police Department) was responding to two young cows that escaped and wandered onto a road. He says he made a cellphone video of an attempted arrest of the cows for his 10-year-old son and fellow officers, but it went viral after the department posted it on Facebook. On the video, MacVane warns the bovines after they attempt to flee, “Don’t run from me — I’m the police!” He also tells them, “Down on the ground, stop resisting!” • VIDEO
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SURGEONS REMOVE NAILS AND MORE FROM STOMACH _ A team of surgeons in Serbia took out eight nails, a knife, a pen, a screw, a spoon and other small objects from a young man’s stomach. The doctors said he suffered no major damage to his internal organs.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FUNERAL HOME MIXES UP BODIES _ A family in China claims their father’s body was lost by a funeral home. When they arrived they found a different deceased man in his place. The funeral parlor employees were allegedly aware of the mix-up but tried to pass the body off as their father hoping no one would notice.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK CANADIAN SORRY FOR SWIMMING TO DETROIT _ A 47-year-old Canadian man has apologized today for causing an international incident when he drank eight beers and then swam across the Detroit River, just to prove to his friends he could. He admits that in retrospect it was “really stupid” of him to drunkenly swim across the river from Canada to Detroit. He’d made it across the river and was on his way back when the U.S. Coast Guard found him floating on the Canadian side at around 1 AM, two hours after he’d initially entered the water.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEN BLAME NUDITY ON WOMEN _ Three men walking on a bike path in central Sweden were stopped by police. And, except for a bag of strawberries one man was holding, all three were naked. They said they had been tricked by a few women with whom they had gone into a sauna. The girls took all of their clothes and disappeared.
CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK (8p ET, ABC) — Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge host this 3-hour special that recaps the four day CMA Music Festival that was held in Nashville in June. There will be performances by Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett and Rascal Flatts.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — Tonight’s results show will reveal which acts will be advancing to the semifinals.
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — Power of Veto is up for grabs in this new edition.
MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — In two new episodes, the losing contestants from the Sweet 16 Challenge must create a three-layer birthday cake. Then the remaining cooks must prepare and serve dishes to 100 farmers. The guest judge tonight is Edward Lee.
PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — Featured magicians in this new edition include David & Leeman, Jibrizy, Rick Maisel and Felix Bodden.
THE NIGHT SHIFT (9p ET, NBC) — In two new episodes tonight, Paul tries to save the victim of a crane collapse as TC’s temper lands him in jail.
CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — Wil Wheaton is the guest in this new episode. A repeat follows.
AMERICAN GOTHIC (9p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, new information about the Silver Bells murders creates havoc in the Hawthorne family.
SUITS (9p ET, USA) — In this new episode, Mike considers a deal that could reduce his sentence.
MR. ROBOT (10p ET, USA) — In this new episode, Elliot is unable to quit the game, as Dom and the FBI travel to China to investigate five/nine.
DWAYNE JOHNSON MOURNS 7-YEAR-OLD FAN _ Dwayne Johnson paid a heartfelt tribute Tuesday to a seven-year-old fan who died following a battle with cancer. The actor and wrestler informed his Instagram followers that Gabriel “Tater” Singleton had passed away. Back in March, Johnson invited Singleton to the set of Baywatch after the boy from Tennessee began a social-media campaign to meet him.
… Johnson shared Tuesday: “Been sitting on this post for a few days now, ’cause I wasn’t sure how to express it… but here goes.” In a lengthy Instagram reflection that was accompanied by a picture of Johnson with his arm around Tater, the actor wrote, “I don’t know why this lil’ 7yr old boy was chosen to battle cancer. Fighting it hard core daily. Was it so his fight could inspire everyone around him? Was it ensure we would wake up everyday with a greater gratitude for life and hug our loved ones that much stronger? I believe everything happens for a reason – but sometimes it requires us to have faith to look deeper to know what they are.”
… Johnson continued, “A few days ago Lil’ Tater passed on, earned his angel wings and is no longer in pain.”
DONALD TRUMP NEVER RETURNING TO THE APPRENTICE _ It’s hard to picture a time where Donald Trump wasn’t the Republican nominee for President, but just a short while back, Trump ruled NBC as the host of the popular reality show The Apprentice. Trump of course had to step down from his role as host due to his candidacy but NBC decided to continue on without him, announcing Arnold Schwarzenegger as his successor.
… Whether or not Trump wins the election, NBC doesn’t want him back. A network spokesman didn’t mince words when he was asked by Entertainment Weekly about whether or not they planned for Trump to make his return to The Apprentice after the race was over. The response: “No. He would never be back on Celebrity Apprentice, as long as I’m here.”
TEAM USA BASKETBALL STAYING ON A CRUISE SHIP _ The Team USA basketball squad is staying on a massive cruise ship during their stint in Brazil — complete with ’round the clock security and a bulletproof security wall. Both the men’s and women’s team are staying on a 16,800 ton behemoth called the Silver Cloud — a luxury liner that features a pool, gym, cigar lounge, bar and more. A rep for Team USA says, “Hotel rooms were scarce in Rio… This is not something new. In 2004 we stayed on a ship for the Athens Olympics. The U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams are not the only guests on the ship, there are others outside the organization.”
… Some of the rooms were replaced with 7-foot beds to accommodate the massive stars.
JORDAN RODGERS REVEALS BIGGEST REGRET ON THE BACHELORETTE _ Now that JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers can get out in public together, Jordan has opened up about his biggest regret from The Bachelorette. Jordan says, “Looking back on it now, I maybe wish I would have asked her dad the first time I had the opportunity to for her hand in marriage. That’s no doubt what I wanted.” During the finale, Jordan tried to defend his decision to not ask for JoJo‘s hand in marriage. He later called up her dad on the phone after realizing his mistake.
WILLIAM SHATNER WON’T RULE OUT BRINGING BACK KIRK _ CBS’ new Star Trek series Star Trek: Discovery, which will debut on the channel before moving over to CBS All Access in January 2017, will be introducing new characters to the long-lived franchise… but fans are all dying to know if any members of the old crew will make an appearance.
… While in attendance at the Television Critics Association fall previews to promote his upcoming NBC series Better Late Than Never, TVGuide.com asked Shatner if he would be open to making a cameo in Star Trek: Discovery. Shatner said, “Leonard [Nimoy, who plays Spock in the franchise], my friend, did a cameo [in the new Star Trek movies]. I said to him, ‘You know you’re old when you go back in time and you’re still old.’ It was a cameo, and I thought, ‘That’s a waste of time. He’s so talented. Why didn’t they do something more with him?’ So that’s the way I feel about that.”
NBC DEVELOPING TWO CRUEL INTENTIONS PILOTS _ NBC had announced a series based on the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions back in May. However, Cruel Intentions is not on their fall schedule. Now we know why. NBC’s Entertainment President (Jennifer Salke) says the network is currently exploring options for streaming services. They are developing both a broadcast-friendly version and a racier version in the event they don’t air on broadcast.
… The Cruel Intentions movie was a modern day retelling of Dangerous Liaisons. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Philippe played step-siblings who enjoyed manipulating unsuspecting victims. Gellar is set to revisit her role in the series. NBC just didn’t have space on their schedule to premiere it this fall.
DICK WOLF DEVELOPING FBI DRAMA AT NBC _ Dick Wolf’s empire at NBC continues to expand. News broke Tuesday that the prolific producer is developing an FBI drama for his longtime network. Wolf said he has already been in contact with FBI director James Comey, whom he called “one of the most interesting people I’ve met in the last 10 years.”
… If it moves forward, the franchise would be Wolf’s third at NBC, following the Law & Order franchise that spanned five series and the Chicago series, which expands to four shows this winter with Chicago Justice.
SHANNEN DOHERTY’S DOG WAS THE FIRST TO DETECT HER BREAST CANCER _ Shannen Doherty has a special friend looking after her. Before she was diagnosed with breast cancer, the former Beverly Hills 90210 star says her dog, Bowie, was actually first to detect something was wrong. Doherty says Bowie would “obsessively sniff” at her right side for a long time, so it made more sense when she was diagnosed.
TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of July 25-31.
- America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 10.47
- America’s Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 9.52 million
- 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.21 million
- Democratic Convention Coverage (Thursday, 10 p.m.), CNN, 7.78 million
- Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 7.30 million
- The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 6.72 million
- Democratic Convention Coverage (Thursday, 11 p.m.), CNN, 6.54 million
- The $100,000 Pyramid, ABC, 6.52 million
- The Bachelorette, ABC, 6.35 million
- Democratic Convention Coverage (Monday, 10 p.m.), CNN, 6.29 million
- Democratic Convention Coverage (Tuesday, 10 p.m.), CNN, 6.11 million
- Democratic Convention Coverage (Wednesday, 11 p.m.), CNN, 5.99 million
- Democratic Convention Coverage (Wednesday, 10 p.m.), CNN, 5.95 million
- American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 5.90 million
- Big Brother (Sunday), CBS, 5.87 million
- Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 5.80 million
- Democratic Convention Coverage (Thursday, 9 p.m.), CNN, 5.66 million
- Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 5.57 million
- NCIS, CBS, 5.48 million
- Blue Bloods, NBC, 5.45 million
ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…
• LIGHTING: Blogger Nick Griemsmann was playing weatherman during an intense thunderstorm in Arizona when the job got a little too real. (VIDEO)
• SIRI READS EMOJI: Siri will read you all 1,064 emoji. To get it working you just need to connect your iPhone to Apple CarPlay so you can have your text messages read aloud and then have someone send you an emoji text.
• RAPPING MINISTER: Lyrical Lively is a 74-year-old rapping minister → Story in August 1 News & Nuggets. Thank to Phil Reeder for sharing in the Facebook Group!
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LIE YOUR FAMILY TOLD YOU?
On Reddit, people are sharing the big lies they were told as a kid — by moms, dads and siblings! What’s the biggest lie your family told you?
• When I asked my mother where babies came from, she told me Jewel. Like Jewel-Osco the grocery store. I asked her where you could get them from because I’ve never seen a baby department. She said, “They’re in big freezer section where they keep the meat. You just tell them what kind of baby you want and they go in the back and thaw it out. That’s why they come wrapped in a blanket… because they’re so cold.”
• When I was about eight my sister told me that mushrooms are actually tiny trolls and in order to see them move around and sing, I had to be quiet for three hours since they are shy. This resulted in me sitting amongst mushroom patches in our backyard for hours talking to them and I remember trying to convince them that they can trust me and we can be friends.
• I grew up near a Phillips Lighting factory. When I was pretty young I asked my dad what they made there. He thought he was hilarious and sarcastically responded with “chairs.” I went back to school telling everyone, “You know they don’t actually make light bulbs there?!”
• My mother likes to talk about how she, when I was very young, would give me white bread when they had cake, and convince me that it was the same thing. I feel like I’m owed at least four years of cake as reparations.
• I asked my father why we only got pineapple occasionally. He explained to me that it is illegal to keep pineapples in captivity and it was only legal to hunt them during certain times of year. Very hard to catch and dangerous when cornered.
• When I was about nine, my dad told told me that someday I’d get my period and went into detail about the whole process. He made it seem pretty terrifying and I believed him. I’m a guy.
• My family is absolutely full of it. My grandma, my uncles, my aunts and my mother all love to try to convince all of the kids of anything they can.
For instance, my grandma’s birthday is on a major holiday. There are parades every year. Until I was almost ten, everyone had me convinced that those parades were for her.
UNUSUAL COLLEGE TEAM NICKNAMES
• UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
• Whittier College Poets (California)
• Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes
• Long Beach State Dirtbags
• College of the Atlantic Black Flies (Maine)
• Evergreen State Geoducks
• Trinity Christian College Trolls
• Sweet Briar College Vixens
• The Hampshire College Frogs
TRIVIA: The very first version of this had just 14 pages. (U.S. tax code)
WHAT’S IN COMMON
Each set of three things has something in common. Tell me what it is and you win…
• A mouse trap, a clock, a bomb (They’re all set)
• Trash bags, railroad tracks, men’s clothing stores (They have ties)
• Kisses, Gummis, Starburst (Candy)
• A belt, a bank robber, a thumb tack (They hold things up)
• Pittsburgh, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams (Brands of paint)
This is day 217 of 2016. There are 149 days remaining.
• Richard Belzer (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Homicide) is 72
• Billy Bob Thornton is 61
• President Barack Obama is 55
• Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O, Lost) is 48
• NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon is 44
• Abigail Spencer (Timeless) is 35
• Dylan and Cole Sprouse (Big Daddy, Grace Under Fire) are 24
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1830: Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.
• 1892: The family of Lizzie Borden was found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.
• 1945: Golfer Byron Nelson recorded the most tournament wins in a season: 18. (Still a record.)
• 1949: The NBL and NBAA merged into the National Basketball Association.
• 1956: Elvis Presley released Hound Dog.
• 2004: In Florence, Kentucky, Alan Swain walked into a bank and demanded cash from the teller. She told him “No.” He demanded money again and again she refused. To which Alan replied, “OK. I’ll go out and get my gun.” The bank employees then watched Alan jump in his car and, instead of fleeing, casually drive over to the shopping mall next door. He parked in the first place he found and walked inside. The cops were waiting for him when he came out.
• 2014: A hospital in France announced plans to open a wine bar where terminally ill patients would be able to enjoy a “medically-supervised” glass with their families. The head physician at the hospital said terminally ill patients had the right to “enjoy themselves”.
• Coast Guard Day
• India Pale Ale Beer Day
• National Chocolate Chip Day
• Assistance Dog Day
• Single Working Women’s Day
• August 5-21: Summer Olympics
• August 27: College football begins
• September 5: Labor Day
• September 8: NFL season begins
• October 12: Columbus Day
• October 31: Halloween
• November 8: Presidential Election