This is day 236 of 2016. There are 130 days remaining.
• Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie) is 85
• Richard Sanders (Les Nessman on WKRP In Cincinnati) is 76
• David Robb (Downton Abbey) is 69
• Shelley Long (Cheers) is 67
• Singer/actor Rick Springfield is 67
• Jay Mohr (Jerry Maguire, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) is 46
• Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-O) is 40
• Former NBA star Kobe Bryant is 38
• Joanne Froggatt (Anna, the head housemaid on Downton Abbey) is 36
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1784: Eastern Tennessee declared itself an independent state under the name of Franklin. The step was rejected by the United States Congress one year later.
• 1904: The automobile tire chain was patented.
• 1958: Knighty Knight Bugs was released; it became the first Bugs Bunny cartoon to win an Academy Award.
• 1968: Ringo Starr temporarily quit The Beatles.
• 1991: In Lansing, Michigan, 250 gerbils chewed their way out of shipping boxes and scampered though the airport.
• 1999: Berlin once again became the capital of Germany.
• 2000: Richard Hatch was the winning castaway on the TV show “Survivor.” Hatch won $1 million for his stay on the island of Pulau Tida in the South China Sea.
• 2003: A 47-year-old German man lost his driver’s license after failing to perform any of the required actions on an alcohol test. The test was noteworthy because the man’s dog executed all the commands perfectly, including a 360-degree turn as his master staggered and fell.
• 2008: Microsoft announced it was partnering with Rock the Vote to let people register to vote through Xbox 360 game systems.
• 2010: Heavy winds knocked down the Anne Frank tree in Amsterdam.
• 2012: Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, announced he would not contest the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charges of doping, a result of which would include being stripped of all of his Tour de France victories.
• Day For The Remembrance of The Slave Trade & Its Abolition
• Ride the Wind Day (skydiving)
• Cuban Sandwich Day
• August 24: Air Guitar World Championships (through August 26)
• 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
13: Seconds it takes Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to earn an average American worker’s weekly salary.
The Wall Street Journal reported that more and more companies are using sophisticated software to weed its workforce of deadbeat employees. [What’s so sophisticated about checking people’s tweets and Facebook posts?]
Ryan Lochte’s behavior in Rio has resulted in him losing his Speedo deal. [Relax, ladies. I said he lost his deal with Speedo not that he lost his Speedo.]
Scientists say that a microbial invasion is spreading over the Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln Memorials. [Well, we all know that slime is bipartisan.]
Scientists say that a microbial invasion is spreading over the Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln Memorials. [Soon the nation’s top tourists attractions will all be covered in that same thick plastic your grandmother has protecting her couch.]
Germany is now asking all its citizens to prepare for civil defense by stockpiling enough food to last the family for 10 days. [That’s 10 days for a German family, one good weekend for an American family.]
The latest big budget summer movie to bomb at the box office is Ben-Hur about an ancient Roman chariot race. [If they had been smart, they would have marketed it as the prequel to The Fast and the Furious.]
Two Massachusetts women were arrested after they held up a nun at knifepoint and stole her rosary beads. [They said that they only stole rosary beads from a nun because they couldn’t find a baby to steal candy from.]
Good Morning America’s Amy Robach apologized for using an outdated racial term live on air. [Her in-box was immediately filled with job offers from Fox News.]
A Swedish company says that it has made the biggest breakthrough in comfort for condoms in 70 years. [Just in time for those back-to-school sales.]
TWITTER: 187 MILLION SUMMER OLYMPICS TWEETS _ Twitter released some Olympics-relate numbers Monday. From August 3 through 21, Twitter said more than 187 million tweets were posted about the Games.
… Twitter revealed the top three “most tweeted” moments from the Games:
- Neymar scores game winning penalty kick in shootout vs. Germany, securing the gold medal for Brazil.
- Usain Bolt (Jamaica) wins gold in 100m for third straight Olympics.
- Neymar goal puts Brazil up 1-0 vs. Germany in gold medal football match.
… Overall, Twitter said the top three most mentioned athletes during the Games were Michael Phelps, Bolt and Neymar.
… Meanwhile, the three most-discussed sports were swimming, football/soccer and track and field.
SPEEDO DROPS RYAN LOCHTE FOLLOWING RIO SCANDAL _ Olympic athlete Ryan Lochte continues to take heat after lying about being robbed at a gas station in Rio. Following the revelation, swimwear brand Speedo has dropped Lochte and Ralph Lauren also announced they won’t be renewing their contract with the athlete.
HOW MUCH RYAN LOCHTE LOST IN HIS SPONSORSHIP DEALS _ Ryan Lochte didn’t just lose respect after lying about his robbery incident in Rio, he also lost some major financial partnerships. Speedo, Ralph Lauren, Airweave and Syneron Candela all dropped their sponsorship with the U.S. swimmer following his scandal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. So how much will this cost him? ESPN reports he’ll lose an estimated $1 million.
THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WASH UP ON CANADIAN SHORELINE _ Put up a wall! Americans are sneaking across out border! Actually, blame high winds for about 1,500 Americans who washed up on a Canadian shoreline in southwestern Ontario illegally Sunday. The sudden gusts blew them across the St. Clair River on rafts from Port Huron, Michigan, where they were taking part in a fun float event. The annual Port Huron Float Down is unsanctioned by U.S. and Canadian authorities and there have been efforts to put an end to it over the years. But each year is more popular than the last. Regular boat traffic is restricted to allow thousands of participants to drift down the St. Clair on tubes, mats and other flotation devices.
… Dozens of police and emergency officials in Sarnia, Ontario, including RCMP and Canadian Coast Guard water units — and even employees at a nearby chemical plant — spent several hours Sunday rescuing participants who became stranded along on the Canadian side of the river.
KFC INTRODUCES SUNSCREEN THAT SMELLS LIKE FRIED CHICKEN _ Would you slather yourself in a “healthy chicken aroma”? KFC has created a Kentucky Fried Chicken SPF 30 sunscreen. Yes, the fried chicken giant has decided to get into the skincare game, launching a website and free sun protection product that has the alluring scent of fried chicken.
RAMEN NOODLES ARE VALUABLE IN PRISON _ The popular image of prison currency is the cigarette: a small, easily transferable moment of relief for those behind bars. But a new study suggests that cost-cutting measures in US prisons have led to decreasing amounts of food given to inmates, and turned a new valuable item used as money: instant ramen noodles.
… With massive prison populations and small budgets mandated by lawmakers, inmates are getting less and less food. Some facilities have cut down the cost of each meal to as low as $0.15. Inmates report losing significant amounts of weight, and according to a 2014 federal lawsuit, are fed “not even enough to fill a 5-year-old child.”
COPS DISCIPLINED FOR CHASING POKÉMON GO CHARACTERS ON DUTY _ Two Commerce City, Colorado, police field training officers have been suspended from training recruits after they were discovered taking recruits on Pokémon Go hunts on-duty instead of doing actual police work. The officers were caught by one of their supervisors in unusual places and it was quickly determined they were chasing cartoon characters, not criminals.
BASEBALL PLAYER HITS GRAND SLAM, BALL SMASHES HIS OWN TRUCK _ A minor league baseball player in Illinois experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat Sunday night. Gateway Grizzlies outfielder Brandon Thomas hit a grand slam in the bottom the second inning, smashing the windshield of a truck in the parking lot. Only after the game did Thomas realize the truck was his. Thomas tweeted “definitely worth it.”
NORTH KOREA HAS THEIR VERSION OF NETFLIX _ Although North Korea is often regarded as one of the least connected countries in the world, those who do have access to the state-run version of the internet will have a few more things to watch — and a few more things to distract their kids with. The country has just announced a new streaming service via a set-top box called “Manbang” (which translates to “everywhere”). The service is being compared to Netflix, with a strong emphasis on “documentary films about leadership”. Along with those no-doubt thrilling docufilms, any North Koreans who manage to connect to the internet can also get live streaming access to five TV networks, including North Korea’s state broadcast.
PLAY BEER PONG AGAINST A ROBOT _ If you woke up this morning and wondered what the robots are up to, we have the answer: playing beer pong. There’s a Kickstarter for something called Pongot. It’s basically a motorized cup holder that can roam around the table, adding movement to the challenge of landing a ping-pong ball in a cup.
… There are two modes for play. In Auto mode, the Pongbot will move and spin randomly in any direction at any time, so that the shooter never knows where it is going. In Manual mode, your opponent controls the motion with a tank-style handheld remote control. So it’s you against your friend or you against the machine. In either mode Pongbot’s sensors keep it away from the table’s edge so it won’t drive off the surface. • LINK
… A pledge of $40 or more will get you your very own Pongbot set. The campaign hopes to raise $100,000 in about a month. Estimated delivery is December 2016.
TEEN STUDENT-ATHLETES OFTEN UNFIT, OVERWEIGHT _ Student-athletes may be more popular than teens who don’t play sports, but they’re no more fit. Turns out they have similar rates of obesity and high blood pressure as non-athletes. Researchers (Thomas Jefferson University) analyzed data from 2,700 student-athletes in Philadelphia who received free preseason physicals over four years. The physicals are done to identify students who might be at risk for injury, illness or death. Twenty percent of athletes were overweight; 24 percent were obese; and nearly 15 percent had higher-than-normal blood pressure. Those rates are similar to the general teen population.
AT $13.75 MILLION, THE MOST EXPENSIVE AMERICAN CAR EVER SOLD _ There’s a new reigning monarch for the most expensive American car ever sold at auction. And it’s a modified British sports car with a Ford V8 under the hood. It’s a 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra “CSX 2000” — a.k.a the first Cobra from car designer Carroll Shelby. It fetched $13.75 million ($12.5-million bid plus fees) over the weekend. That makes it the most expensive American car ever sold at auction. • IMAGE
SERIAL ‘POOPER’ TARGETS POPULAR PARK _ Parents and park officials are keeping any eye on the ground at Ft. Barnard Park in South Arlington, Virginia. That’s because a serial pooper is targeting the playground. Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation said human poop has been found about four to five times in the last few months. Officials said the person responsible is hiding the poop under a shirt or piece of clothing, and when a child or parent picks it up they get a nasty surprise.
YOU CAN BREAK THIS NEW WORLD RECORD _ Three hundred people in Alaska looking to raise awareness of homelessness are the new world record holders in fist-bumping. A Guinness World Records representative verified each of the fist bumps passed along a line of participants Saturday. The United Way of Anchorage organized the event. The previous record was set by a chain of 250 people.
MUTT TURNS MAYOR IN SMALL TOWN MINNESOTA _ Duke the dog will continue as the mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota. At a township festival a few years ago the 9-year-old Great Pyrenees was “voted” into office by people who paid a dollar. Over the weekend Duke was the clear winner again. Nearly everyone voted for Duke to be mayor although one person cast a dollar vote for his girlfriend, Lassie.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE WEDS TO SOUND OF TORNADO SIRENS _ As the sirens blared across Grand Rapids, Michigan, Saturday Brandon Warner married Breane Proctor in front of family members and guests at a church. Storm sirens went off right before they couple were to walk down the aisle. After exchanging vows the sirens sounded again and everyone stood beneath the church’s balconies, away from its stained-glass windows. A little less than an hour after they said “I do,” a tornado reportedly touched down less than three miles away. After the storm passed, the wedding party rode around to look at some of the storm damage.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY RIDES HIS HORSE INTO TACO BELL _ A guy in Texas was coming from a rodeo on Saturday when he and his horse got a craving for some Taco Bell. So, they decided to trot right into the fast food joint for some quesaritos. Not through the drive-thru — into the restaurant. Even though this must be some kind of health code violation, police say they won’t take action unless someone files a complaint.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HUFFS, CRASHES INTO WALMART _ A guy in Maine is accused of huffing a shoplifted can of aerosol computer duster and crashing his car into a Walmart. Responding officers found the car on fire outside the store.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: VETS REMOVE STEAK KNIFE SWALLOWED BY PUPPY _ Vets at an Australian clinic say a 6-month-old puppy somehow swallowed an entire steak knife. The vet hospital in Sydney said in a Facebook post the Staffordshire bull-terrier, Lexi, was “millimeters from death” when her owner brought her to the clinic and X-rays found the steak knife inside her body.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SCALY SKYDIVER JUMPS FROM FIFTH FLOOR _ In China, a crocodile tried to escape from its owner. Security guards found the reptile in the garden of an apartment building. The croc tried to escape by falling out of a fifth floor window. It was being kept illegally in the apartment and will now be living out its life at a zoo.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUDENTS FORCED TO LIVE IN DORM TOILETS _ Students at a boarding school in China were peeved when they discovered their assigned rooms were newly-converted bathrooms. A photo shared by a student on social media shows a row of toilets plugged with cement and a plank bed placed over them. When students made a stink about the converted rooms they were told to “get over it.” The school told them they came to learn.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HANDS WIFE OVER TO CREDITOR _ A Romanian man handed over his wife to a creditor as payment for his debts. The man gave his wife to a 72-year-old who turned up on his doorstep to collect a $3,000 debt. The man said, “I had no money to pay the debt and when I told him, he said he would take my wife instead.” The wife said the deal proved better for her because she has less cooking and cleaning.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIRL CALLS 911 AFTER PARENTS ‘FORCED’ VACATION _ A Canadian (Mississauga) teenager has been cautioned by police after she called 911 saying her “parents forced her to go on vacation with them”. Officers responded to a rental cottage and determined that there was “no real emergency”.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — Twelve acts compete for America’s vote and a spot in the coveted semifinals in this new episode.
BACHELOR IN PARADISE (8p ET, ABC) — In this new edition, a bachelor decides to leave after realizing the lack of balance in his relationship.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8p ET, FOX) — This repeat is followed by repeats of New Girl and Lucifer.
THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
ZOO (9p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Mitch and Abraham must find Jackson before General Davis and the International Animal Defense Group can catch him.
BACHELOR IN PARADISE: AFTER PARADISE (9p ET, ABC) — New
MAD TV (9p ET, CW) — Comics Mo Collins and Nicole Sullivan are the guests in this new edition.
SEASON PREMIERE: HALT AND CATCH FIRE (9p ET, AMC) — Season three picks up in March 1986 as Mutiny leaves Texas for the big leagues of Silicon Valley. Founders Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna Clark (Kerry Bishe) search for the idea that will turn the company into a major player, but new collaborators test their partnership. Annabeth Gish joins the cast this season. Another new episode follows the premiere.
SERIES PREMIERE: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (9p ET, NBC) — In this new, 4 episode reality/travel show, William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman head to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand with hijinks definitely ensuing. Comic Jeff Dye serves as tour guide.
THE VIEW: 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING (10p ET, ABC) — This special celebrates the past 19 year of the talk show as co-hosts and celebrity fans share stories and memorable moments. Barbara Walters hosts.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
SERIES PREMIERE: PLAYHOUSE MASTERS (10p ET, TLC) — This new reality show features husband-and-wife team Tyson and Audy Leavitt, who own Charmed Playhouses, a family-run business that specializes in creating completely custom structures. Each episode will feature the pair building the most fantastical, over-the-top playhouses for kids and their celeb parents. The premiere features NBA MVP Steph Curry and his family. Other celebs featured this season will include Ali Landry, Law & Order‘s Alana de la Garza, and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals.
JAIMIE ALEXANDER BROKE HER NOSE WHILE FILMING BLINDSPOT _ Jaimie Alexander tweeted that she broke her nose while filming a fight scene for her NBC series Blindspot. The accident happened during a shoot on Monday (August 22). She tweeted: “Broke my nose today during a fight scene. Somehow I feel that makes me cooler.”
NICK CANNON GOES TO COLLEGE _ Nick Cannon has enrolled as a full-time student at Howard University in Washington D.C. and will work his classes around his professional obligations, including America’s Got Talent. A source close to Nick says he decided to go back to school at 35 because he wants to be a “well-rounded person.”
DEMI LOVATO SUED FOR ALLEGED SONG THEFT _ Did Demi Lovato pluck her song Stars from another artist’s catalog? That’s the claim made in a new copyright lawsuit filed against her. In the suit, indie group Sleigh Bells accuse Lovato of lifting from their 2010 song Infinity Guitars for Stars. The suit cites a “combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as three quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps,” along with other alleged similarities.
… Sleigh Bells’ complaint, filed Monday in federal court in California, claims that the two songs’ similarities “transcend the realm of coincidence or shared generic material, and inform the very essence of the works.” Last year, the producers of “Stars” denied that any samples were used in the song, and said that Lovato was also not involved with the production.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER’S FIRST CELEBRITY APPRENTICE PROMO _ NBC released a Terminator-style promo for its upcoming Celebrity Apprentice season, with Arnold Schwarzenegger channeling his signature character from the 1981 sci-fi hit Terminator. • VIDEO
… Schwarzenegger is taking over Apprentice hosting duties from businessman–turned–presidential hopeful Donald Trump. NBC chief Bob Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills on August 2 that Trump “would never be back on Celebrity Apprentice, as long as I’m here.”
REPORT:TRUMP WANTED TO HOST APPRENTICE FROM WHITE HOUSE _ Before he was named the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, Trump was considering a 2012 bid and reportedly wanted to continue to host reality show The Apprentice if he made it all the way to the Oval Office. Sounds like a crazy tabloid story, doesn’t it? Except it was in a Vanity Fair article. A source told Vanity Fair that Trump sat down with Steve Burke, the chief executive officer of NBCUniversal, to discuss his potential candidacy. The billionaire businessman reportedly said he would reconsider running if Burke asked.
… Trump reportedly told Burke, “If you don’t want me to [run for president], then I need you to ask me.” Burke conceded that he didn’t want the Apprentice host to move forward with a campaign, but the conversation reportedly wasn’t over. Another source told Vanity Fair that Trump and Burke laid out a plan for the former to continue to host the reality show from inside the White House if he won the presidency.
MELANIA TRUMP TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DAILY MAIL _ Melania Trump has started legal action against the Daily Mail and other outlets for what she claims is a defamatory article about her past. Charles Harder, an attorney for Trump, said she “has placed several news organizations on notice of her legal claims against them, including Daily Mail among others, for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an ‘escort’ in the 1990s.”
BRITNEY SPEARS LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT FLOOD VICTIMS _ Britney Spears has launched a campaign to raise money to support the Louisiana flood victims. The 34-year-old entertainer has kicked off a CrowdRise campaign to raffle off a trip to the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City and the lucky grand prize winner will get a meet and greet with Britney too. One other winner will be picked and that person will receive Britney‘s outfit from the VMAs along with an autographed copy of the album Glory, which hits stores this Friday.
EMMA STONE & ANDREW GARFIELD SPOTTED TOGETHER _ Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have been spotted together nearly ten months after they split. The former couple was spotted spending time together on Sunday (August 21) in London, England. The stars dated for three years and finally split for good in October 2015.
RUPERT GRINT TO STAR IN SNATCH TV SHOW _ Back in April, it was announced Crackle was developing a 10-episode television adaptation of Guy Ritchie‘s Snatch. Now we know the actor to lead the crime series is Rupert Grint, who’s most famously known for having played in Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise.
… In the 10-episode, one hour drama Grint will play Charlie Cavendish, a con man described as “frustratingly chaotic and utterly posh.” He’ll most likely be playing one of the “up-and-coming hustlers” who find a truck filled with stolen gold bullion. These hustlers, described as “boys,” become serious players in the world of organized crime, a world that’s populated by international mobsters, local crooks, dirty cops, and — one of the few apparent ties to the original film — gypsy fighters.
SLOW TV COMES TO NETFLIX _ Earlier this month, Netflix debuted a number of slow TV shows on their service, including shows about knitting and firewood, which were very popular in Norway. Here’s the complete roster:
- National Firewood Evening
- National Firewood Morning
- National Firewood Night
- National Knitting Evening
- National Knitting Morning
- National Knitting Night
- Northern Passage
- Northern Railway
- Salmon Fishing
- The Telemark Canal
- Train Ride Bergen to Oslo
BETTE MIDLER APOLOGIZES ABOUT CAITLYN JENNER TWEET _ Bette Midler has apologized for a recent tweet about Caitlyn Jenner. The 70-year-old actress backtracked on Twitter after suggesting the 66-year-old I Am Cait star will transition back to male now that her E! reality series is canceled. Bette tweeted: “Dear Friends @HRC, whom I have always supported. Sorry last tweet offended. An idle musing. I seem to have misread the temper of the times.”
… Earlier in the day she tweeted: “Now that @IAmCait has been cancelled, will she go back to being Bruce? Will Kris take him back? Do I smell a re-wedding?!”
NEW ON DVD _ Released August 23.
• The Nice Guys
• The Huntsman Winter’s War
• Ratchet and Clank
• The Walking Dead – Season 6
• Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Season 3
• Castle – Season 8
• Elementary – Season 4
• NCIS – Season 13
• The Wonder Years – The Complete Series
ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…
•DRUMLINE: It’s high school and college football time. Here’s an instrumental drumline, from the Drumline soundtrack.
• PHONER: Weird thing you hit with your car. → 4 real calls.
• AL ROKER: Al is an Internet hero after calling Ryan Lochte a liar Friday.
• TURD TORNADO: CNN interviewer says Turd Tornado. → See Entertainment August 19.
• KIDS: Kids saying who they want to be President. → From the archives but a lot more topical now.
THE JUNK IN (NAME’S) TRUNK
“The Junk In (Name’s) Trunk.” Find the person on your show who often has interesting things in the trunk of their car. Often it’s a parent because they’re doing fundraising for their kids, have sports equipment, plus the usual stuff like jumper cables and a grocery item that came out of a bag. (You can also easily make things up.)
Give clues and listeners take guesses. Fun weekly or every-other-week game.
BEST SUMMER MOVIES
Summer’s nearly over and Rotten Tomatoes critics say these were the best movies.
1. Hell or High Water (Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges)
2. Finding Dory (Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill)
3. The Nice Guys (Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling)
4. Captain America: Civil War (Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, etc.)
5. Pete’s Dragon (Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford)
6. Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg)
7. Star Trek Beyond (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, etc.)
8. Sausage Party (Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, etc.)
9. The Conjuring 2 (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor)
10. Captain Fantastic (Viggo Mortensen)
TRIVIA: Residents of New Mexico and Wisconsin report these more than those in any other state. (UFO sightings)
TRIVIA: In the week after getting fired, the chances of this happening are increased by 100%. (Having a heart attack)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE!
New Study Finds the Most Valuable Currency Among Prison Inmates is No Longer Cigarettes But _______.
Answer: Ramen noodles.
This is day 237 of 2016. There are 129 days remaining.
• WWE CEO Vince McMahon is 71
• Ann Archer is 69
• Steve Guttenberg is 58
• Baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. is 56
• Craig Kilborn is 54
• Marlee Matlin is 51
• Dave Chappelle is 43
• Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0) is 40
• Rupert Grint (Harry Potter movies) is 28
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 79: Mount Vesuvius erupted. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were buried in volcanic ash.
• 1814: British troops invaded Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings.
• 1853: Potato chips were first prepared.
• 1875: Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim English Channel
• 1891: Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera.
• 1909: Workers started pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.
• 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.
• 1979: The Facts of Life premiered on NBC, a spin-off from Diff’rent Strokes.
• 1981: Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.
• 1992: Thieves armed with a frozen rabbit smashed through the glass doors of a pub in Devon, England. They left the rabbit thawing on the bar.
• 2007: In Smyrna, Tennessee, Matthew Robinson had been a very busy thief, stealing DVD players, iPods, a couple of air compressors, a power washer, power tools, a scooter, leaf blower, fishing equipment, a Nintendo game and a Bible from seven residences. And he had all this loot in his pickup truck when he pulled into a fast food restaurant parking lot and fell asleep. The manager thought something might be amiss and called police.
• 2008: Three men are arrested in Denver for in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate United States presidential candidate Barack Obama.
• 2011: Apple CEO Steve Jobs resigned over poor health issues.
• Knife Day
• Waffle Iron Day
• International Strange Music Day
• August 24: Air Guitar World Championships (through August 26)
• 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