INTERPREP ★ AUGUST 15, 2016

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 15, 2016

This is day 228 of 2016. There are 138 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show) is 93

• Pat Priest (The Munsters) is 80

• Tess Harper is 66

• Businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates is 52

• Debra Messing is 48

• Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) is 46

• Ben Affleck is 44

• Volleyball player Kerri Walsh-Jennings is 38

• Joe Jonas (Jonas Brothers) is 27

• Jennifer Lawrence is 26

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1911: Procter & Gamble unveiled its Crisco shortening.

• 1914: The Panama Canal opened.

• 1939: The MGM musical The Wizard of Oz premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

• 1945: The Allies proclaimed V-J Day, one day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

• 1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.

• 1991: 750,000 attended Paul Simon’s free concert in Central Park.

• 1998: Bill Clinton confessed to Hilary about the Monica Lewinsky affair.

• 2001: Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own — two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

• 2007: Police in Hanover, Germany, were summoned to a house after neighbors were awakened by a loud noise. They found the 51-year-old resident of the home had become so frustrated with his computer that he threw it through his window. Officers asked the man to clean up the mess, but declined to press any charges. A police spokesman said of the incident, “Who hasn’t felt like doing that?”

• 2008: Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, discovered the two-million-year-old fossils of a new species of human ancestor (Australopithecus sediba) at Malapa Cave, South Africa.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Motorcycle Week

• Chef’s Appreciation Week

• Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week

• Resurrect Romance Week

• Aviation Week

• Best Friends Day

• Check the Chip Day (those implanted in pets)

• Cupcake Day

• Relaxation Day

• No SpongeBob Day

UPCOMING

• 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

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2,070: Tons of cereal Americans ate for breakfast this morning.


NEWS ATTACK!

There’s controversy as the new owner of a tract of real estate is barring people from visiting a cemetery on the land. [Unless they have a signed letter of permission from the deceased.]

A new study finds that millennial males are physical weaklings when it comes to grip strength compared to their fathers at that age. [That’s because millennials go around taking selfies with cellphones while their fathers had to lug around a 35 millimeter camera plus a flash.]

Have you seen that new movie Sausage Party? It’s the dirtiest animated film likely to show at the local theater. [You can now get the Sausage Party toys in a Happy Meal. Not at McDonald’s, at Hooters.]

Media organizations are asking a judge to make Donald Trump’s divorce records public. [Why, can’t those Russian hackers find it?]

In Peru a little girl’s pet rabbit discovered a secret marijuana field. [After a few days all the rabbit was interested in doing was lying around the rabbit hutch all day playing video games.]

Scientists have discovered that a type of shark lives for over 400 years. [It’s swallowed more history than I’ll ever see.]

Scientists have discovered that a type of shark lives for over 400 years. [They found one still digesting Ben Franklin’s kite.]

New research reveals that a nuclear war almost began in 1967 when solar flares from the sun jammed U.S. early warning radar and the U.S. thought that it was the Soviet Union about to launch an attack. [Think how life on the planet would have changed had we had all-out nuclear war. I mean, imagine no Pokemon Go.]

A Wisconsin woman surprised her husband during a photo shoot by announcing that she was pregnant. [And he did exactly what the new baby is going to do several times a day.]

Southern California is suffering its worst smog in years. [It’s so hard to see that celebrities are accidentally getting in bed with their own spouses.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

ACLU WILL SHIP MORE THAN 100,000 CONSTITUTIONS _ It will go down as one of the most memorable moments of the 2016 election: a Gold Star father pulling a pocket constitution from his jacket and asking Donald Trump if he’s ever read it. Within hours sales of pocket constitutions went through the roof on Amazon, and the ACLU offered copies for free.

… The ACLU says it ran out of copies in a matter of days and plans to begin shipping more than 100,000 soon. It received orders from all 50 states and 27 countries.

POKEMON GO IS HANDING OUT LIFETIME BANS TO PLAYERS WHO CHEAT _ Do you want to be permanently banned from Pokemon Go? It’s easy: just cheat. In an update to its terms of service page regarding appealing a ban, Pokemon Go creator Niantic Labs says those who use bots or cheater apps to play the game may have no recourse. The ToS page reads: “[Reasons for a ban] includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software.”

DONALD TRUMP DID NOT DIE FROM A HEART ATTACK _ According to Facebook, the search term “Donald Trump dead” proves thousands of people were talking about it over the weekend. The rumor that Trump had a massive heart attack that killed him stemmed from a hoax article. The fake article included a doctored photo of Trump passed out and flat on his back on a stage of some sort. In fact, the photo appears to have been taken from the time that Trump appeared in the wrestling ring.

YOU MIGHT BE HOLDING THAT CUP OF COFFEE WRONG _ How we hold our coffee cups is probably the last thing we think of as we pour our first cup in the morning. However, according to science, nearly all of us are holding our coffee cup incorrectly. A group of South Korean scientists decided to finally figure out why the coffee spills as we walk and how to avoid it from happening in the future.

… The scientists endured many lab experiments, including test walks with cups full of coffee and tea. During the walks, the scientists held the coffee cups in various positions with their hands in an attempt to finally figure out why the coffee spills as we walk. After much time was spent on the research, they found that the answer was actually pretty simple, yet difficult to correct. Based upon the various trials and errors, it was found that the issue is simply the way we are holding the coffee cups as we walk. During the testing, the scientists not only held the cup in various ways, but also changed the way they walked, including walking backwards.

… It seems the handle on the coffee cup has tricked everyone into believing that it is meant to be used as the method in which the cup is carried. However, if you use the handle as you imagine it should be used, the coffee inside splashes against the walls of the coffee cup, thus forcing it to spill on the outside of the cup, splashing the hot liquid onto our hands and creating the trail upon the floor. The proper way to hold your coffee cup while walking is to place your hands at the top of the cup and grasping it firmly with the fingers — a claw grip. The new way of holding the coffee cup allows more stability as the carrier is walking, thus preventing the splashing from occurring and saving the carrier’s skin and floors.

HUNGRY OHIO BOY TRIED TO SELL TEDDY BEAR FOR FOOD _ A 7-year-old Ohio boy who hadn’t eaten anything for days was trying to sell his teddy bear to get money for food. A police officer in Franklin, Ohio, says he found the boy in front of a CVS store. The sight of the boy trying to sell his teddy bear upset him so much he immediately took him to a nearby Subway. The hungry child’s parents, Tammy and Michael Bethel, face child endangering charges after investigators said they found four older boys at the family home living among garbage, cat urine and cockroaches.

WITCHCRAFT SHOP REFUSES TO SERVE HARRY POTTER FANS _ A shop in England which makes magic wands for real life witches and wizards has been blasted by Harry Potter fans for refusing to serve them. The business, called Mystical Moments, is making a name for itself in the wizarding world by supplying wands to cast healing spells and charms for good luck. But wand-maker Richard Carter says he is selling “spiritual tools” — not toys for young Muggles — and he is barring Hogwarts fans. Carter says the wands can be used to draw protective circles to ward off dark forces while owners meditate, bring them money, and help them find love. They can also be used to cure aches and pains and stress, speed a sick relative’s recovery or wish for happiness, courage or physical strength.

ANGRY DAD BREAKS SON’S ARM TO FIX GAMBLING ADDICTION _ A college student in China was admitted to the hospital for a broken arm after his father broke it for taking out $45,000 in loans to fund his gambling addiction.

REMORSEFUL BURGLAR LEAVES APOLOGY LETTER AND CASH _ An attempted burglary in Denver ended with the remorseful thief leaving an apology letter and cash. Because it wasn’t really a burglary. Someone threw a propane tank through a back door. A day later the homeowner found an envelope full of $300 and an apology letter from the burglar. The letter read: “I’m so sorry. Was driving near your home when I felt a heart attack coming on. Didn’t have any medication and thought if I could find some aspirin quickly, I would survive. The alarm freaked me out and I left but thankfully made it back to my car and was able to get care. Please find $300 enclosed for the damage and I hope you will forgive me.”

… Police were able to lift a fingerprint off the $300 cash, but it didn’t lead to any hits in a national criminal database. And because it’s evidence the homeowner will never get it. Per the city’s evidence policy, it’ll eventually go into the city’s funds after a few years when the case is finally closed.

FOOD COMMERCIALS MAKE KIDS CRAVE UNHEALTHY SNACKS _ Commercials really are brainwashing your kids to eat junk. Brain scans prove that junk food ads drive children to crave sweet and salty treats, and make them even more impulsive in grabbing tasty foods over healthy ones. Previous studies have shown a link between commercials and how much or what kind of food kids eat. The new research actually took MRI scans of 23 children ages 8 to 14 while they watched these ads, and scanned them again afterward. They found that the brain’s reward center became more active after the little ones eyed the food commercials.

… Here’s something else to chew on: While the kids generally decided what to eat based on taste over nutrition — they are kids, after all — the taste became significantly more important to them after watching food commercials.

IS IT OK TO REWARD KIDS FOR GOOD GRADES? _ As children return to school, many parents are deciding what prize — if any — is appropriate to offer when kids get good grades. Adults who promise money, gifts or privileges say their children study harder when incentives are on the table. The lesson they hope to teach is that rewards require work. Researchers say the trick is making sure that students develop a natural love of learning along the way. When the gift cards and gadgets go away, students had better be able to motivate themselves.

FOR DADS: THE TACTICAL DADDY VEST _ When dad takes the little ones for an afternoon at the park he really has no desire to carry a diaper bag or wear a fanny pack. Which is why the “Tactical Daddy” vest was invented. It’s a 16-pocket piece of apparel for the father on the go. Marcus Melnick, a father of two, created the vest with the goal of making a more organized, sleek and overall manly version of his wife’s diaper bag.

… It features 16 specialized pockets, sized for bottles, wipes, a changing pad, diapers, keys, toys and other items needed when out and about with your child. The website is TacticalDaddy.com.

TO YOUR BRAIN, AUDIOBOOKS ARE NOT ‘CHEATING’ _ Are you a member of a book club? If anyone in your club listens to the audio version do other make them feel guilty for “cheating?” University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Willingham gets asked the “cheating” question fairly often, especially since he published a book, in 2015, on the science of reading. He’s tired of the question and so, recently, he wrote a blog post addressing it. If, he argues, you take the question from the perspective of cognitive psychology — that is, the mental processes involved — there is no real difference between listening to a book and reading it. So, according to that understanding of the question: No, audiobooks are not cheating.

… “Cheating” with an audio book suggests that the listener got some reward without putting in the work. But Willingham says that’s not true. Researchers have studied the question of comprehension for decades, and “what you find is very high correlations of reading comprehension and listening comprehension.” A 1985 study found listening comprehension correlated strongly with reading comprehension — suggesting that those who read books well would listen to them well. In a 1977 study, college students who listened to a short story were able to summarize it with equal accuracy as those who read it.

101-YEAR-OLD COMPETES IN MICHIGAN SENIOR OLYMPICS _ You’ve heard this phrase “You’re never too old to…”, followed by just about everything. Well that includes the Olympics. More than 200 local athletes competed in the Michigan Senior Olympics, and one of the competitors was born more than 100 years ago. While Michael Phelps was winning medal number 25 or 35 or whatever, 101-year-old Fred Winter was winning the 100 meter dash, which qualified him for the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham.

103- AND 91-YEAR OLDS MARRIED _ A British couple broke two records when they married this summer — largest combined age and oldest groom. 103-year-old George Kirby and 91-year-old Doreen Luckie (from East Sussex) married after first getting together 27 years ago, in 1988.

… Between them they have had seven children, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. They finally decided to make the union official by giving into pressure from their elderly children. On their wedding day they had combined age of 194 years and 281 days — smashing the previous world record of 188 years set by a couple in 2013.

HERE’S THE MEMORY TRICK THAT SCIENCE SAYS WORKS _ If the brain could brag that’s pretty much all it would do. It’s easily the most complicated organ in your body and, more than that, the nimblest computer that has ever existed. But the brain has a bug and everyone knows it: memory. No matter how powerful its operating system becomes, its storage system stinks.

… A new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests an unusual strategy for improving it: drawing. As long ago as 1973, investigators were studying the memory-boosting advantage of so-called dual-coding — the way that a combination of both thinking about an object or activity and drawing a picture of it can make us remember it better. In a more recent and updated study test subjects got 40 seconds to draw their picture, but in one they got just four seconds. In another variation, they would draw the object or write the word or, as a third option, list its descriptive characteristics. In another, the third option would be to visualize the object. In yet another, they would write the word as elaborately and decoratively as possible.

… No matter how many variations of the test the researchers ran, one result was consistent: Drawing the object beat every other option, every single time.

WIFE TOLD HUSBAND SHE WAS PREGNANT IN SWEETEST WAY _ The rash of viral pregnancy announcements is definitive proof that there’s more than one creative way to tell loved ones that a baby’s on the way. And the latest comes from 24-year-old Brianne Dow, who disguised her pregnancy announcement as a random photo shoot with her wedding photographer. Once Dow and her husband Brandon arrived at the park setting, the photographer placed her subjects back-to-back and provided them with chalkboards to write a three-word description of their partner. Brandon’s message said “love, cute, sweet.” But Brianne’s message was a bombshell. When she revealed it to Brandon it said: “You’re going to be a daddy.”

… The couple is due in February. • PHOTOS

RESCUERS FREE SQUIRREL WITH HEAD STUCK IN CUP _ Emergency responders in Connecticut (Enfield) rescued a squirrel. The rodent got its head stuck in what appeared to be a plastic or paper cup. Responders’ first attempt to remove the cup was unsuccessful. The wily rodent hopped out of one officer’s hands and through the legs of another. The second attempt proved more successful. An officer covered the animal with a blanket and held its body steady while another officer removed the cup before the critter scampered away into some nearby bushes.

POLISH WOMAN IN LABOR GETS HELPING HAND FROM TRAM DRIVER _ A Polish woman who went into labor on the way to a hospital got a helping hand from a streetcar driver who used string from an umbrella to tie off the umbilical cord. The woman and her husband were driving to a hospital when she started giving birth. She told him pull over and get out — that he was going to have to deliver the baby. By chance, her husband pulled over near a streetcar stop where a driver was working who had worked as a midwife in the past. Mom, dad and the streetcar driver welcomed a healthy baby boy.


OLYMPICS

MEDALS: Current medal count

AUDIO: Olympic fanfares (.zip file) – InterPrep purchased a license for affiliates to use these beds and workparts. For use only on subscribing stations.

TV: Schedules across all networks

TELEVISION _ Some highlights of the Rio Olympics today include: A trio of American contenders challenge 2012 Olympic silver medalist Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland in the women’s hammer final, while Emma Coburn looks for a U.S. breakthrough in the women’s steeplechase final. And the US men’s volleyball team concludes Pool A play against Mexico. (10a ET, NBC)

… Live equestrian coverage (10:30a ET, USA) of the individual dressage final features American Laura Graves.

… The Men’s track and field 800-meter final (9:25p ET, NBC)

… For all events, times and networks of today’s Olympic schedule.

SUPERSTITIONS LIKE LUCKY SOCKS ACTUALLY WORK _ Judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison wears lucky socks that were a gift from her grandmother. Hockey player Alex Danson spins her stick 15 times before each game. Tennis player Rafael Nadal takes alternating sips from two water bottles at every break between games. While it may seem paranoid, psychologists say such customs make perfectly good sense. These rituals are a way of fending off anxiety and creating a mantra-like focus prior to the performance. A researchers (Connecticut College) say the rituals help soothe anxieties and give athletes an illusion of control. Small influences on an athlete’s psychology create a placebo effect. And though placebo effects are fairly weak, even a tiny change in performance can make the difference between a medal and none.

… Superstitions don’t have to be complex. One study showed that even saying “break a leg,” having a lucky charm, or crossing your fingers led to improved performance in skilled activities. These small tokens of luck make people feel more confident in their abilities.

MICHAEL PHELPS: YEP, I’M REALLY RETIRING _ Michael Phelps has officially crushed the hopes of anyone hoping to see him swim in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics — announcing his retirement from the games again. Phelps was doing a livestream with fans Saturday and the question of his return to the games for 2020 came up. This time, Michael was adamant — he’s not coming back. It’s not the first time Phelps has called it quits — he “retired” in 2012 after the games in London — but this time, it seems legit.

BABY NAME EXPERTS EXPECT SIMONE TO GET A HUGE BUMP WITH NEW PARENTS _ According to two baby naming experts, the success of Simone Biles in gymnastics and Simone Manuel in the swimming pool in Rio is likely to lead to a huge spike in babies given that name. The author of Baby Name Wizard says, “In recent times parents have liked to search for a meaning, or something inspirational in the names they give their children. They want to be able to tell their children a story and not just give them a name that’s nothing more than a collection of letters.”

CONGRATS YOU WON A GOLD MEDAL. NOW HERE’S YOUR TAX BILL _ Michael Phelps may be untouchable in the water, but even he can’t out-swim the Tax Man. America’s Olympic medalists must pay state and federal taxes on the prize money they get for winning. The U.S. Olympic Committee awards $25,000 for gold medals, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. That’s not all. Olympians also have to pay tax on the value of the medals themselves. Gold and silver medals are made mostly of silver, while bronze medals are composed of mostly copper. Rio’s medals are among the largest and heaviest ever and contain about 500 grams of either silver or copper. The value of a gold medal is about $564; silver is worth about $305. Bronze is worth a negligible amount so it’s not taxed.

… Proposed federal legislation would make “the value of any medal or prize money” awarded during the Olympics or Paralympics exempt from income taxes. The bill was passed by the Senate last month and is being considered by the House. It would apply to earnings from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2021.

FINAL FIVE WILL GRACE KELLOGG’S CEREAL BOXES _ Some athletes are so impressive that they need to be immortalized on the front of a cereal box. And then other athletes, like Simone Biles and her teammates on the “Final Five” gymnastics team, are so extra special that they need both the front and back of a cereal box to do justice to their achievements.

… The morning after Biles’ winning performance in the all-around final at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kellogg’s announced that they will feature the gymnast on a “gold medal edition” of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries. And since the entire U.S. women’s gymnastics team, now known as the Final Five, won gold in the team final as well, they’ll be featured on the other side of the box.

SOMEONE GOT A MICHAEL PHELPS DEATH STARE TATTOO _ You knew it was just a matter of time before someone got Michael Phelps’ death stare game face tattooed on their body. Tuesday night Phelps looked like he wanted to do very bad things to his long-time rival South African swimmer Chad Le Clos as he sat waiting for the 200m butterfly semifinals. Phelps finished second in that semi-final, but went on to best LeClos in the finals and win gold complete with a devastating finger wag. Now, a fan of Phelps had that game face immortalized in tattoo form. • IMAGE

OLYMPIC VOLLEYBALL’S NET INNOVATION GETS SPIKED _ Volleyball officials had planned to introduce a new LED net to both beach and indoor volleyball in time for the Olympics. The idea was to be able to display images and text on the net in between points. After a big spike, for example, the net would say, “SUPER SPIKE!” It could also be used as a tool to get the crowd excited, like a mini jumbotron that’s actually part of the action. Organizers would also be able to show sponsor messages on the net. But players grumbled that the net was too firm, and worried about how it would impact play. And the Olympic Broadcasting Services, which is in charge of TV camera set up at Olympic venues, said they wouldn’t have enough time to do tests with the new nets, and weren’t sure how it would look during the Games.

… Plans for the LED net will be revived for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MUSICIAN COULDN’T FLY WITH CELLO BECAUSE IT DIDN’T HAVE A VISA _ A amateur musician has said she was stopped from carrying her cello on board a British Airways flight as the instrument needed a visa to travel in the extra seat she had booked for it. Jane Bevan of Switzerland was attempting to board a flight from Zurich to Baltimore (for a course with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) when she was stopped at check-in and told she needed a travel visa for her cello. The instrument was booked in its own seat under the name “Chuck Cello”. While trying to get things work out she missed her flight. But the next day United Airlines booked her and her cello on a flight in first class.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CHARGED WITH PAWNING SISTER’S JEWELRY _ A 56-year-old Minneapolis woman faces felony theft charges after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry from her sister. The woman is also accused of stealing her sister’s iPad and hauling it all to a pawn shop.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ICE CREAM BANDITS HIT NYC SUPERMARKETS _ A supermarket billionaire in New York City has issued a $5,000 reward for information on a gang of crooks swiping ice cream from his stores and then peddling it on the cheap to bodegas, which illegally resell it. A Bonnie-and-Clyde duo hit a store Tuesday, stuffing 80 cartons of Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream into four bags before making for the door. Police said the theft fits a citywide pattern. There have been more than 250 ice cream theft complaints this year, and 130 arrests.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MYSTERY TRIP ENDS FOR RUBBER DUCK _ An oversized rubber duck that was stolen from a New Hampshire family’s home five years ago has returned, shrouded in a cloud of mystery and global intrigue. The Troiano family began receiving cryptic postcards and pictures of the duck in locations all over the world soon after its disappearance from their home (in Hampton). A Facebook page documenting the globe-trotting of “Gale Ducky” gained a large following that included the Troianos themselves, who were amused by their bath toy’s new adventures. But on Wednesday morning, Gale Ducky returned with a suitcase full of mementoes from his journey to 20 different countries and numerous cities across the US.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S ROOMBA RUNS OVER DOG POOP, SPREADS IT IN HOUSE _ Facebook user Jesse Newton has a horror story all Roomba vacuum owners should pay attention to. Newton shared that his dog, Evie, defecated in the living room at some point between midnight and when his vacuum cleaning robot was set to run at 1:30 AM. When Newton‘s 4-year-old son awoke at 3 AM to crawl into bed with his parents, Newton smelled a strong odor. He got out of bed and walked into a “war zone of poop” in his living room. The Roomba had tried to vacuum up the poop but instead dragged it around the house.

… Newton’s Facebook post, complete with a hand drawn map of the poop trail, has since gone viral with more than 140,000 reactions and more than 200,000 shares.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUSPECTED CAR THIEF TWERKS IN FRONT OF JUDGE _ A judge in Florida was not amused when a suspected car thief decided to dance in front of her in court Thursday. Calvin Lloyd Griffith twerked in front of Miami-Dade Judge Catherine M. Pooler during his bond hearing. Laughs could be heard inside the courtroom, but Pooler did not join in the laughter and set Griffith’s bond at $18,500.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BADGER-SWINGER AT McDONALD’s _ A man walked into a McDonald’s in Sweden carrying something odd: a dead badger. The man was asked to leave, so he did. He went outside and started swinging the dead badger. He then threw it at a car in the drive-thru. Police arrived and made the man leave. What happened to the badger is unknown.


ON TELEVISION

RIO OLYMPICS (8p ET, NBC) — Coverage in primetime highlights: Men’s diving (springboard); track and field (men’s pole vault final, men’s 800m final, women’s 400m final); gymnastics (men’s rings, men’s vault, women’s balance beam); and men’s beach volleyball (quarterfinal).

BACHELOR IN PARADISE (8p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, a newly single bachelor tries for the heart of an unavailable woman and the cast members prepare for a cocktail party.

MOM (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

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

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

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

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SUPERGIRL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

RIZZOLI AND ISLES (9p ET, TNT) — In this new episode, Jane and Maura are drawn into a sophisticated Ponzi scheme after a forensic accountant is shot.

THE ODD COUPLE (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MISTRESSES (10p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, April’s mom extends her visit, causing friction between her and Marc and Kate moves out of Harry and Joss’.

MAJOR CRIMES (10p ET, TNT) — Flynn and Tao investigate the mysterious overdose of a young Hollywood star in this new episode.


ENTERTAINMENT

SAUSAGE PARTY RUNS INTO SUICIDE SQUAD _ Sausage Party scored big over the weekend with a solid $33.6 million debut. But it wasn’t enough to unseat Suicide Squad, which chalked up a $43.8 million win. Coming in third was Pete’s Dragon, with a lackluster $21.6 million debut.

MARK HAMILL PAYS TRIBUTE TO KENNY BAKER _ Mark Hamill and Kenny Baker were comrades in arms in the Star Wars franchise since A New Hope hit the big screen in May 1977, and while the R2-D2 actor appeared in all six of the original films, he was a droid consultant on The Force Awakens. As the world morns the death of Baker, who died this weekend after a long illness, Hamill has paid tribute to his costar on Twitter.

… Hamill tweeted: “Goodbye #KennyBaker. A lifelong loyal friend-I loved his optimism & determination He WAS the droid I was looking for!”

… Baker died Saturday at the age of 81.

FYVUSH FINKEL DEAD AT 93 _ Fyvush Finkel, best known to audiences for his role as Douglas Wambaugh on the drama Picket Fences, passed away on Sunday at 93. The stage and screen star won an Emmy for his work as Picket Fences‘ small-town lawyer, whom he played from 1992-96. He later joined Boston Public in the recurring role of history teacher Harvey Lipschultz, appearing in 66 of 81 episodes.

… Finkel began his career more than 80 years ago doing local theater in New York City. His first big break came at 43 when he joined the Fiddler On the Roof touring company.

MICHELLE DOCKERY HINTS AT A DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE _ Downton Abbey may have ended in March, but Michelle Dockery says there is a chance you haven’t seen the last of the beloved British series. The actress teased in a new interview with U.K.’s The Telegraph that there may be a Downton movie.

WONDER WOMAN DIRECTOR FIGHTS BACK AGAINST ANONYMOUS CLAIMS _ The director of Wonder Woman isn’t happy about an anonymous letter writer’s not-so-nice comments about the upcoming movie (June, 2017). Patty Jenkins took to Twitter in a rage on Friday after an open letter written by a purported former Warner Bros. employee to the studio’s CEO started to circulate. The letter’s author specifically targets Wonder Woman as part of a larger takedown of Warner’s DC Comics movies so far.

… The open letter reads, in part, “Don’t try to hide behind the great trailer. People inside are already confirming it’s another mess. It is almost impressive how you keep rewarding the same producers and executives for making the same mistakes, over and over.

… Jenkins shot back on Twitter: “Woah, just saw this press about WW having problems. Are they serious? This is some made up bs right here. Made up! Produce a source, anyone.” And “You can’t because it’s entirely false. Don’t believe the hype people. Someone’s trying to spread some serious misinfo.”

MERYL STREEP WANTS THIS COMEDIAN TO PLAY HER IN HER BIOPIC _ In Florence Foster Jenkins Meryl Streep plays the part of a woman who became famous for being the world’s worst ever opera singer. So if someone were to play Streep one day in a biopic, who would the actress choose? She told a reporter, “Amy Schumer, of course.” Schumer was soon made aware of Meryl Streep’s quote and responded on Twitter with utter shock and surprise. (EDITOR: She tweeted: “Holy s***.”)

ADELE TURNS DOWN THE SUPER BOWL _ Bad news for Adele fans. The singer officially shot down rumors that she will be performing during the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show. She told an audience in Los Angeles over the weekend: “First of all, I’d like to say that I’m not doing the Super Bowl. I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don’t really put on… I don’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no.”

… She also denied rumors that she is pregnant.

THOMAS GIBSON PLANS LEGAL ACTION OVER ‘CRIMINAL MINDS’ FIRING  _ Thomas Gibson will meet with lawyers to discuss possible legal action against producers on the CBS procedural series Criminal Minds following his contract termination. Gibson, who led the show since its 2005 inception, kicked writer/producer Virgil Williams on the shins during the actor’s directing stint. He was originally suspended before eventually dismissed for good after the on-set drama was exposed to public.

… Amid the drama, Shemar Moore who co-starred with Gibson on the show until last season posted a “karma” video on Instagram. In a now-deleted clip, Moore seemed to take a jab at the fired actor. Without mentioning Gibson’s name, Moore said, “I hear it. I see it. I’m sure a lot of you do, too, so I’ll just say this: I believe in karma. Good things happen to good people. Honest people. Hard-working people. Humble people. People who believe in basic goodness. People who believe in themselves. People who believe in others.”

… “Good things will happen to you; it’s not always easy; but you gotta grind it out and you gotta believe in you. Treat people how you expect them to treat you. Celebrate yourself; celebrate your blessings – as you should. But just know that you’re not better than anybody. We all have our own gifts, so unwrap them bad boys and show ’em off. But then appreciate other people’s gifts. Church is over.”

… Rumor has it, Shemar Moore left “Criminal Minds” over his feud with Thomas Gibson.

DEMI LOVATO APOLOGIZES FOR JOKING ABOUT ZIKA VIRUS _ You’d think that Demi Lovato would have learned when to put a cork in it, but apparently not. In a Snapchat video posted on Friday, Lovato’s mom, Dianna Hart, jokes, “Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus,” and you can then hear Lovato giggling in the background. The 23-year-old singer must have realized how inappropriate the remark was, because she later deleted the clip and apologized on Twitter. She said, “In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night,” she tweeted on Saturday. “I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies…”

JOE BIDEN ALSO HAS A SUMMER PLAYLIST _ Sure, Joe Biden’s summer playlist — which he created with his wife, Jill — might not be as seductive and sexy as Barack Obama’s, but it’s a solid stack of tunes for an old fashioned backyard barbecue. The White House released the Spotify playlist:

  1. Sam Smith – “Stay With Me “
  2. Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own “
  3. The Beatles – “Come Together”
  4. Adele – “Hello “
  5. Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens To You “
  6. Al Green – “I Wanna Hold Your Hand “
  7. Frank Sinatra – “My Way “
  8. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”
  9. Tina Turner – “The Best”
  10. Coldplay – “Til Kingdom Come”
  11. Rod Stewart – “If We Fall In Love Tonight “
  12. k.d. lang – “Hallelujah”
  13. Les Misérables – “Do You Hear the People Sing? “
  14. Ray Charles & Diana Krall – “You Don’t Know Me “
  15. Joe Cocker – “You Are So Beautiful “

JOHN MAYER HAS A BEAUTY ROUTINE AND IT’S NOT CHEAP _ John Mayer took to his Snapchat account to share his amazing skincare regimen, which costs a pretty penny. He says that he first ties back his hair with a bandana and then washes his face with Proactiv cleanser. That’s pretty affordable. But after washing his face, Mayer will apply Natura Bissé Diamond Life Infusion using the Direct Application Technique. This product costs a whopping $590. Then, Mayer will apply the Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Eye all over his face, not just his eyes. Mayer says that this $205 eye concentrate “is really just better facial moisturizer but more expensive in smaller bottles.” Then, he dabs some Natura Bissé Vitamin C complex ($190) around his mouth to prevent laugh lines from forming. He’s not done yet. Mayer’s extensive skincare regimen includes a dab of Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme cream ($345) on the “Crucial Necessity Zones” of his face, which he will then dab in with a cotton ball. Mayer tops it off with a mist of Natura Bissé Diamond Mist Spray ($92) in the air — not directly onto his face. He says that he sprays in front of his face and then “head butts” the air a few times.

… So for just $1,457, you too can look like John Mayer. It’s not clear whether Mayer received a gift basket from Natura Bissé or if he really uses the brand’s skincare products every night.


AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• PHONER: Words you use in place of dirty words.

• PHONER: From the archives, the strangest thing you’ve seen while driving. → See Wacky-But-True August 12.

• OLYMPICS: YouTube creator AwakenWithJP explains the Olympics (our radio edit version). Here’s the long version video. Note: With an intro by you, each sport could be used on its own as a quickie over a song intro.

• DOGS: PetSmart has rolled out in-store playlists for dogs. This caller says her dog listens to your radio station. → See News & Nuggets August 11.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Suicide Squad, $43.7 million
  2. Sausage Party, $33.6 million
  3. Pete’s Dragon, $21.5 million
  4. Jason Bourne, $13.6 million
  5. Bad Moms, $11.4 million
  6. The Secret Life of Pets, $8.8 million
  7. Star Trek Beyond, $6.8 million
  8. Florence Foster Jenkins, $6.5 million
  9. Nine Lives, $3.5 million
  10. Lights Out, $3.2 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Straight Outta Compton.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

Ben-Hur (PG-13) – Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman

War Dogs (R) – Jonah Hill, Miles Teller

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) – Voice cast: Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. Rio Olympics
  2. Michael Phelps
  3. Donald Trump
  4. Simone Manuel
  5. Tax Free Weekends
  6. Back to School
  7. Sausage Party
  8. Zika Virus
  9. Alex Rodriguez
  10. Johnny Depp
  11. Pokemon Go
  12. Presidential Election
  13. R2-D2 Actor Dies
  14. Adele
  15. iPhone 7
  16. NFL Pre-Season

WORD SPY!

From the website that tracks new words.

WHO-GIVES-A-SEXUAL – A person who does not care about other peoples’ sexual preferences.

WRIST-TOP – A computer or similar device worn and used on the wrist.

SNAILPAPER – The print edition of a newspaper.

PUMPKINEER – A person who grows giant pumpkins, particularly ones meant to be entered in pumpkin-weighing contests.

POLLUTION ON A STICK – Billboards.

BUTT BRA – An undergarment that supports the rear end.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In 1904 4,192 of these were sold in the U.S. In 2015 17.5 million were sold. (Cars and trucks)

DOUBLE-LETTER GAME

I ask a question and the answer will be two words with each of the two words beginning with the same letter. So if I say “Walt Disney’s biggest star,” you would say “Mickey Mouse.” Ready?

• An old west outlaw who robbed trains. (Jesse James)

• When you pull up to the McDonald’s drive through and want everything made bigger. (Super Size)

• The original host of The Price is Right. (Bob Barker)

• It’s a type of bus you see a lot in England. (Double decker)

• What an astronaut wears. (Space suit)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Woman and dog rescued in Baton Rouge floodwaters.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Now is the time, fellow rodents. We must rise up…


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 16, 2016

This is day 229 of 2016. There are 137 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Julie Newmar is 83

• Lesley Ann Warren is 70

• Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters) is 64

• Kathie Lee Gifford is 63

• Director James Cameron is 62

• Angela Bassett is 58

• Madonna is 58

• Timothy Hutton is 56

• Steve Carell is 54

• Reality TV personality Jase Robertson is 47

• Rumer Willis is 28

• Cameron Monaghan (Gotham) is 23

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1960: Joseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet, setting three records. Felix Baumgartner set a record in October, 2012, of 127,852 feet. In 2014 Google executive Alan Eustace set a record of more than 135,000 feet.

• 1977: Elvis Presley died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis of heart failure caused by abuse of prescription pain killers.

• 1998: A team of monster-hunters reported it had failed to find any trace of a mysterious creature thought to have inhabited Sweden’s Great Lake for 360 years. The fleet of 15 boats with researchers and divers equipped with underwater video cameras and echo equipment found no signs of the monster reportedly sighted on 150 occasions by 450 people since 1635.

• 1999: Former town manager Leon Wurl became part of the new Main Street in Erie, Colorado, when his wife poured some of his ashes into the hot asphalt. Wurl had led the push to re-pave 14 of Erie’s streets before his death a year earlier.

• 2002: Scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland published research validating the so-called “beer goggles” effect. In their study of 120 male and female students, those who had drunk a moderate amount of alcohol found the faces of the opposite sex 25% more attractive than their sober counterparts.

• 2007: A woman in Orem, Utah, called police to report that she had emailed naked pictures of herself to a man she met online, but the pictures were then sent to her ex-husband and employer by mistake.

2014: Continued riots in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a police officer resulted in the announcement of a state of emergency and a curfew by Governor Jay Nixon.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Roller coaster Day

• Wave at Surveillance Cameras Day

• Tell a Joke Day

• National Rum Day

• Bratwurst Day

UPCOMING

• 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

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