This is day 257 of 2016. There are 109 days remaining.
• Jacqueline Bisset (The Deep) is 72
• Jean Smart (The District, Designing Women) is 65
• Randy Jones of the Village People (the original cowboy) is 64
• Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is 55
• Talk show host and author Tavis Smiley is 52
• Poker player Annie Duke is 51
• Reality TV star Michelle Duggar is 50
• Ben Savage (Boy Meets World) is 36
• Niall Horan (One Direction) is 23
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1788: The United States Constitutional Convention set the date for the country’s first presidential election, and New York City became the temporary capital of the U.S.
• 1899: Henry Bliss was the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.
• 1948: Margaret Chase Smith was elected senator, and became the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
• 1969: Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds reached #1 in the U.S. It was his last #1 song.
• 1985: Nintendo released its smash-hit Super Mario Bros.
• 1993: Conan O’Brien became the host of NBC’s Late Night, the show previously hosted by David Letterman.
• 1996: Tupac Shakur died six days after being shot in Las Vegas.
• 1990: The first episode of Law and Order aired on NBC. The series premier featured Detective Greevey (George Dzundza) and Detective Logan (Chris Noth) and Assistant District Attorneys Robinette (Richard Brooks) and Stone (Michael Moriarity).
• 2001: Civilian aircraft traffic in the U.S., which had been grounded following the September 11, 2001 attacks, was allowed to resume.
• 2003: An Argentinean man was refused treatment for a toothache because his medical records said he’s been dead for more than 20 years. Fifty-two-year-old Rafael Lanizante said the nurse even showed him his death certificate. He said he was so shocked the toothache went away.
• 2006: The world’s most expensive MP3 player went on sale. The TrekStor i.Beat Organix Gold was encased in 18 karat gold with 63 tiny diamond around the LED screen. The price? $20,000. It offered 1GB of storage.
• International Chocolate Day
• Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day
• Positive Thinking Day
• Peanut Day
• Fortune Cookie Day
• Pet Memorial Day
• September 19: Talk Like A Pirate Day – Get a free donut.
• October 12: Columbus Day
• October 31: Halloween
• November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends (fall back one hour)
• November 8: Presidential Election
63,000: Garbage trucks full of trash created by the U.S. each day.
Nearly one-fourth of voters say that the presidential debates may make up their minds for them. [That’s scary to think that America’s future will hinge on who can stay awake.]
Nearly one-fourth of voters say that the presidential debates may make up their minds for them. [Specifically, the evening gown competition.]
A two-year-old South Carolina boy was found in the middle of the night driving his battery-powered car down the middle of the street. [His dad was so upset. He had told him a thousand times to stay in the right hand lane.]
A two-year-old boy was found in the middle of the night driving his battery-powered car down the middle of the street. He was wearing a diaper and gray jogging pants. [Put a goatee on him and you’ve got my Uncle Earl.]
Soccer legend Abby Wambach has a memoir coming out where she admits that for years she was pounding down pill after pill and drink after drink. [All without using her hands.]
The Oxford English Dictionary has announced its new entries. They include fuhgeddaboudit and moobs (man boobs). [No wonder people new to this country say that English is so hard to learn. I don’t understand it anymore, either.]
Researchers say that hair protein may prove to be a more reliable identifier than DNA. [Smart criminals won’t just be breaking bad but breaking bald.]
Beyonce paused in the middle of a song during her concert so that one of her backup dancers could propose to another. [I’m lucky if my boss gives me a restroom break.]
There’s an investigation underway to determine if an Israeli restaurant gouged a group of eight Chinese tourists when it charged them $4,400. [Aren’t the breadsticks supposed to be free?]
A U.S. citizen was arrested after he used an air mattress to float across the river illegally into Canada. He said that after being denied entry at the normal crossing he was desperate to get to his girlfriend to protect her from her violent ex-boyfriend. [But who’s going to protect her from her paranoid mentally unstable current boyfriend?]
NCAA MOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS OUT OF N.C. OVER BATHROOM LAW _ The NCAA will move seven championships out of North Carolina in protest of the state’s controversial bathroom laws. The NCAA Board of Governors said Monday the state’s laws “make it challenging to guarantee” that events held in North Carolina would “promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans.”
… New locations for the seven championships, which had previously been scheduled to take place in the state, have not yet been announced. Among the events affected are four Division I championships, including women’s soccer, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and the first two rounds of men’s basketball.
… North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, passed March 23, requires transgender people to use the bathroom associated with the gender they were assigned at birth. The highly controversial piece of legislation has led to significant outcry from the LGBT community and its supporters.
… In July, the NBA announced it would be moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina.
OLIVE GARDEN WILL SELL 21,000 UNLIMITED PASTA PASSES THIS YEAR _ Last year, Olive Garden put 1,000 regular and 1,000 “family” Never Ending Pasta Passes up for sale, which sold out literally in one second. This year, the company is expanding the program, selling 21,000 passes. The pass will entitle the holder to theoretically unlimited pasta, salad, soup, breadsticks, and soft drinks multiple times per day. The “family” version lets them bring guests.
… Last year Pasta Pass holders used their passes an average of 28 times over the seven-week promotion — often bringing along groups of friends.
… One man used his pass in the first year, 2014, to buy to-go meals and bring them to people in need, doing good for the world and getting news coverage that served as free publicity for Olive Garden.
… The Pasta Passes go on sale Thursday at 2 PM Eastern Time. • LINK
LINKEDIN’S FOUNDER PROMISED TO GIVE UP TO $5 MILLION TO VETERANS IF DONALD TRUMP RELEASES TAX RETURNS _ LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman is now throwing his weight behind the mounting pressure on Republican candidate Donald Trump to release his tax returns. In a blog post on Monday, Hoffman said he would give up to $5 million of his money to veterans if Trump releases his returns before the last presidential debate, slated for October. • LINK
… Hoffman is backing a campaign on Crowdpac to incentivize Trump to release his returns. Hoffman is pledging to match $5 to every $1 donated to the campaign, up to a $5 million maximum. In other words, if the campaign raises $200,000, Hoffman will donate $1 million, and so on, up to the campaign’s $1 million goal. The money raised between Hoffman and the campaign will be distributed to different veterans charities.
BRANDON MARSHALL LOSES ANOTHER SPONSOR _ Communications company CenturyLink has parted ways with Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. This is the latest endorsement he has lost following his decision to kneel during the national anthem last week. The company said in a statement Monday: “We completely respect Brandon Marshall’s personal decision and right to take an action to support something in which he strongly believes. America is anchored in the right of individuals to express their beliefs. While we acknowledge Brandon’s right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation. In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments. For this reason, while we wish Brandon the best this season, we are politely terminating our agreement with him.”
EXERCISE DOES MORE GOOD IF YOU BELIEVE IT WILL _ New research (University of Freiburg) indicates people benefit more from exercise when they believe it will have a positive effect.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 EXPLODES, BURNS SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY _ A six-year-old boy from Brooklyn has reportedly become the latest victim of Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 batteries. According to the New York Post the boy had been using the device at his family home when it “suddenly burst into flames.” He was rushed to hospital with burns to his body. Samsung issued a recall of 2.5 million of its latest flagship phone on September 2 — which had only been released the previous month — after 35 reports that lithium batteries were exploding while they were being charged. The injured boy’s grandmother said that the fire caused by the phone was strong enough to “set off alarms in my house.” The boy is home now.
NEW iPHONE SOFTWARE WILL BLOCK UNWANTED CALLS _ Most robocall blocking software and hardware has focused on stopping unwanted calls to landline phones, and especially landlines connected over the internet. That’s all well and good, but a growing number of Americans are now cellphone-only, meaning many millions of us still have to face these annoying calls. When Apple rolls out iOS 10 today (Tuesday) it should open the door to a slew of new robo-blocker apps for your iPhone.
… One of those is Nomorobo — winner of the Federal Trade Commission’s first robocall-blocking contest. When you receive a call, Nomorobo works by immediately checking the incoming number against a vast crowdsourced blacklist of known and suspected robocallers, and stops your phone from repeatedly ringing if it determines the call is likely spam. Unlike Nomorobo’s landline service, which has been free, the wireless version has a monthly fee. The iPhone version will be $2/month — a small price to pay if you’re tired of unwanted calls on your iPhone or Android phone.
A 12-DOT ILLUSION IS GIVING PEOPLE FITS _ With one Facebook post, Japanese psychology professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka has sent the internet into fits. It’s a gray grid that includes 12 black dots. But good luck trying to see the dots all at once. The dots are all there — it’s your eyes that are literally deceiving you. The image is called “Ninio’s Extinction Illusion,” named after the French scientist Jacques Ninio, who specializes in visual perception. There are actually 12 black dots at the intersections of the gray lines, but most people can’t see them. • LINK
… Basically, your eyes are playing tricks on you. Grid illusions exploit something called lateral inhibition in the retina. When light stimulates a photoreceptor, the activity of its neighboring receptors is significantly reduced. This helps us perceive edges clearly, but it can also trick our brain.
40 PERCENT OF CHILDREN EXPOSED TO SECONDHAND SMOKE _ Even with drastic decreases in the number of Americans who smoke, four out of ten children are still exposed to secondhand smoke, at least partially because it remains prevalent in public spaces and apartment buildings. Just 15 percent of Americans smoke cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but exposure to smoke outside the home, for the most part, is to blame for the continued exposure.
A MAJOR COCONUT SHORTAGE _ If you depend on trendy coconut water to stave off your morning hangovers, coconut oil to condition your hair, or coconut milk to flavor your lattes, you’ll want to start stocking up now on your elixir of choice, because the Caribbean is facing a serious shortage of the popular tropical fruit. An unfortunate trifecta of bad storms, problematic droughts, and an insect-borne fruit disease called “Lethal Yellowing” have all converged on the tropics to severely impact coconut farms’ production capacity, as locally, prices are up and supply is limited.
… A coordinator of a Trinidadian coconut research program said, “It’s fair to say that at this pace, the Caribbean is running out of coconuts.”
… This comes on the heels of a major boom in coconut consumption around the world. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Matthew McConaughey have endorsed the benefits of coconut-based products, and brands like Starbucks, Vita Coco, and Trader Joe’s are avidly catering to the growing demand for the “It” fruit. Coconut water alone is a nearly $4 billion industry, and the price of coconut oil has gone up about 50% since 2013.
CANADA FINDS SECOND SHIP FROM DOOMED FRANKLIN VOYAGE _ Explorers have found the wreck of HMS Terror, the second of two British ships lost in the disastrous 1845 Franklin expedition to Canada’s Arctic Northwest Passage. The Arctic Research Foundation, a private group that sent a vessel to help look for the ship, found it in pristine condition at the bottom of a bay earlier this month. Sir John Franklin and his 128-member crew in the Terror and HMS Erebus all died after the vessels became stuck in ice during a search for the fabled Arctic passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The fate of the ships remained one of the great mysteries in Canadian history for almost 170 years until a team found the wreck of the Erebus in September 2014.
MOM TRIES TO GIVE AWAY TEEN IN HILARIOUS FACEBOOK AD _ Children have been known to test their parents’ limits, possibly causing brief episodes where mom or dad questions their sanity. This is why a mother’s hilarious Facebook post offering up her hormonal teen to a good home has gone viral. Jokingly placing an “ad” for her 14-year-old son, Ella Jane Brookbanks is obviously fed up with her moody teen. • LINK
WINE IS GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE _ According to a study (published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience) master sommeliers — or wine experts — have acute senses of smell, along with larger, thicker parts of the brain. It’s thought that this thickness can prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s more than thinner-brained non-wine drinkers. The author of the study (Dr. Sarah Banks at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas) says, “Though we don’t know for sure, there is a possibility that when it comes to the brain, thicker is better.”
FERTILITY DOCTOR ACCUSED OF USING HIS OWN SPERM _ Court documents say a retired Indianapolis fertility doctor used his own sperm at least 50 times instead of donated sperm that his patients were expecting, impregnating at least eight women decades ago. 77-year-old Dr. Donald Cline pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony obstruction of justice charges for misleading authorities who were investigating complaints from two of the now-adult children against him. Cline is accused of being the biological father of at least eight people, the youngest of which would be about 30. One of the adult children took a saliva-based DNA test through a private personal genomics company and found that she was related to at least eight other people in its database.
… Cline “said he used his own sperm whenever he didn’t have a donor sample available.” But when the state began investigating complaints, Cline denied having done so.
AN ACTUAL SHOTGUN WEDDING _ A New York couple has taken the idea of a shotgun wedding literally: They married at a shooting club five years to the day after they first met at a trap-shooting competition. Lynn Mapstone donned her wedding dress after outshooting Peter Derrigo at Sunday’s shoot-off at the DeWitt Fish and Game Club in Jamesville, New York, just outside of Syracuse.
… It was Mapstone’s idea to have a shotgun wedding at the same place and on the same day that they met. The couple exchanged vows on a trap house, a low structure that houses the machine that launches the targets.
MAN TESTING BULLETPROOF VEST DIES AFTER COUSIN SHOOTS HIM _ A Florida man wanted to see if a bulletproof vest that he had actually worked, so his cousin shot him in the chest, and wound up killing him.
POPSICLE CART PUSHER CAN TAKE A BREAK AFTER COMMUNITY RAISES OVER $200,000 _ Social media and the kindness of strangers have helped raise over $140,000 for an 89-year-old man who spends his days pushing a popsicle cart through Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. On Thursday, a man (Joel Cervantes Macías) was driving through the neighborhood when he spotted Fidencio Sanchez struggling to push his cart down the street. The man pulled over and bought about $50 worth of popsicles from the elderly man. He then snapped a picture of Sanchez and posted it to Facebook.
… Once the picture hit social media, the man was able to learn that Sanchez and his wife recently lost their only daughter, who also helped support them. Someone came up with an idea to launch a GoFundMe page to help support the couple on Friday, with the goal of raising $3,000. As of today the total has reached beyond $200,000 (click here to check total).
EVERY AD IN A LONDON UNDERGROUND STATION HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH CAT PHOTOS _ A group of cat lovers raised enough money to replace the standard advertising posters in a London Underground station with pictures of cats. The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money to replace the standard ads for health foods and smartphone apps.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEPUTIES FIND $20K ROLLED UP IN SOCK WORN BY DWI SUSPECT _ A 46-year-old Texas (Dallas County) man was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated with an open container and evading arrest. When deputies booked him into jail, they made a surprising discovery. A deputy searching the man saw a bulge in his sock and asked him to remove it. The sock contained $20,000 in $100 bills that had been stapled to notes with names and amounts.
… When the guy was pulled over for suspected DWI he told a deputy that he had consumed five Bud Lights. A cold can of Bud Light was found in the driver’s cup holder.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COLLEGE FRESHMAN CAN’T MAKE BED, FORCED TO LIE IN IT _ Incoming freshmen to a college in China found themselves in deep sheet when faced with the challenge of making their own beds for the first time in their lives. The students faced ridicule on social media after news reported that the vast majority of students at the college (Wuhan University of Science and Technology) dorm not only lacked any bed-making skills, but had their doting parents make their beds for them during move-in.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLIND MAN BANNED FROM DRIVING _ A blind man was banned from driving for three years for getting behind the wheel of his buddy’s car in England. The man was pulled over by police who saw him driving erratically. The man’s passenger told police he was telling the blind driver where to turn and when to brake because he, himself, had lost his license and needed to be somewhere.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POT TEXT SENT TO COP _ In Oklahoma a woman had just purchased some high quality pot and she wanted to share it with a friend. So she sent a text message wanting to know when and where they could get together for a smoke. Unfortunately, her friend never got the message. She got the numbers messed up and instead the text went to the phone of a police officer. He responded with an offer to meet her at a local business.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — In night one of the season finale, the top 10 performers compete.
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New
THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — Two repeats
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8p ET, FOX) — This repeat is followed by repeats of New Girl and Lucifer.
THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
NCIS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
FRESH OFF THE BOAT (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat
MAD TV (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
FINALE: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (9p ET, NBC) — In the season finale, the guys arrive in Phuket, Thailand, where they celebrate Terry’s birthday and Terry gets his first tattoo.
THE REAL O’NEALS (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
MARVEL’S AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat
NEW ON DVD _ Released September 13.
• Captain America: Civil War
• The Conjuring 2
• Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
• Aliens 30th Anniversary
• The Big Bang Theory – Season 9
• Longmire – Season 4
• Chicago PD – Season 3
• Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Season 1
• Madam Secretary – Season 2
• Scorpion – Season 2
• Quantico – Season 1
• Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – Season 17
• Hawaii Five-0 – Season 6
PROTESTERS STORM DWTS _ ( AUDIO) Protesters rushed the stage after Ryan Lochte’s first performance on “Dancing with the Stars,” interrupting the live show Monday evening. The incident occurred as Lochte was receiving one of the judge’s critique of his dance routine.
… ABC News reported that two men got on the ballroom dance floor and at least four other people yelled anti-Lochte chants. Although the show was live, the actual incident was not shown on camera by ABC. Throughout the brief incident, the camera stayed focused on judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who yelled “Excuse me!” multiple times as clamor rose in the audience and onstage.
KEVIN BACON LOVED BACONFEST INVITE, IS SORRY HE CAN’T ATTEND _ ( AUDIO) A Vermont town has struck out in its attempt to bring home the bacon — Kevin Bacon, that is. Brattleboro wanted the actor to visit for its third annual Baconfest. Kevin Bacon said Monday in a video he won’t be able to make it to Baconfest because he’s filming in Vancouver. He says he appreciates the “hilarious effort” that went into trying to get him there.
… The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce had launched a social media blitz inviting him to Saturday’s event. Residents and even a U.S. senator have been photographed with a life-size cardboard cutout of him called Flat Bacon as part of the campaign.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ADDS THREE NEW CAST MEMBERS _ Saturday Night Live has announced three new cast members for its upcoming 42nd season. Comedians Mikey Day, Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat will join the sketch show, which premieres its new season on October 1 on NBC.
… Day becomes a featured player after spending three years on SNL’s writing staff and a recent writing and acting gig on the NBC variety show Maya & Marty. Before joining SNL, he performed with Groundlings in Los Angeles, a sketch comedy theater that boasts Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig among its alumni.
… Stand-up comic Villaseñor is known for her on-point celebrity impressions on her YouTube channel. She was a top finalist on America’s Got Talent, and has lent her voice to animated shows like Adventure Time and Family Guy.
… Moffat, a Chicago-based improv and sketch performer, joins the institution after working with the iO Theater, Annoyance and Second City, the last of which kickstarted the careers of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, among several SNL legends.
MICHELLE OBAMA TURNED DOWN A ROLE ON THE SIMPSONS _ Michelle Obama may be willing to appear on “Carpool Karaoke” and Parks and Recreation, but apparently she draws the line at animated television shows. During a recent interview with Variety, The Simpsons co-creator James L. Brooks revealed that the long-running comedy series once tried to get the First Lady to play herself in an episode.
… After finding out that FLOTUS said The Mary Tyler Moore Show — another of Brooks’ co-creations — is one of her favorite programs, Brooks explained how she turned down a chance to make her Springfield debut: “We tried to get her on The Simpsons and we couldn’t. We finally got a note that said ‘good try,’ because we were so aggressive.”
… The Simpsons version of Mrs. Obama (voiced by Angela Bassett) did show up in the fifteenth episode of the twenty-first season — an installment in which she teaches Lisa that there’s nothing wrong with being an overachiever.
MAX MAX: FURY ROAD WITHOUT SPECIAL EFFECTS _ If you’ve ever wondered what Max Max: Fury Road looks like without any CGI or special effects thrown in, there’s a video that shows you. And it’s pretty incredible. While digital effects were used in Fury Road it’s pretty obvious the film’s creators understood the power of real action. • VIDEO
NEW 50 SHADES TRAILER COMES OUT TODAY, A NEW BOOK IN 2017 _ Just when we thought we were at the end of the road with the 50 Shades of Grey books, E.L. James, the author of the hit series, dropped a bombshell on Facebook: a new novel from the point of view of Christian Grey will hit stores in 2017.
… Fans of the series will remember that a Christian Grey point of view book, titled Grey, was released in 2015. It spun the original book, 50 Shades of Grey, on its side.
… This news comes as fans await the release today (Tuesday) for the movie trailer to the second film, 50 Shades Darker, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
KIRSTIE ALLEY JOINS SCREAM QUEENS SEASON 2 _ Kirstie Alley is joining the cast of Scream Queens as a series regular alongside fellow newcomers John Stamos, Taylor Lautner and James Earl. The Scream Queens action moves from a college campus to a hospital, where the returning cast — including Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Glen Powell and Niecy Nash — will face a new funny/scary mystery.
SONY DEVELOPING ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY’S ENDURANCE: MY YEAR IN SPACE AS A MOVIE _ Sony Pictures will turn American astronaut Scott Kelly’s upcoming book Endurance: My Year in Space into a movie. Kelly returned to Earth on March 1 after 340 days in space aboard the International Space Station. The story chronicles his early struggles as a C- student, his training as a Navy test pilot and the highly competitive drive both he and his identical twin brother, Mark, underwent to become astronauts. He retired in April with the record for the most days spent in space for an American with 382 days, which includes previous missions.
BENICIO DEL TORO IN TALKS TO STAR IN PREDATOR REBOOT _ Benicio Del Toro is in talks to star in a reboot of The Predator, a reboot of the Predator film franchise that launched back in 1987. The original Predator starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura as a commando rescue unit stalked in a jungle by an alien hunter.
IS AMERICAN IDOL MAKING ITS COMEBACK? _ American Idol creator Simon Fuller hinted the other day that that reality TV show may only be on a short hiatus. The hint was dropped during an interview as Fuller picked up the show’s first Emmy award over the weekend. But backstage Fuller said he was just “being mischievous” and that his comments on the return of the reality singing competition were simply his “English sense of humor.”
DAVID BOWIE’S FINAL TRACKS TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH _ On October 21, David Bowie’s final three studio recordings will be released to the public for the first time. The tracks — No Plan, Killing a Little Time and When I Met You — will appear on the cast recording of Lazarus, Bowie’s off-Broadway show that ran in New York from December 2015 through January 2016 and ended shortly after Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69.
DAVID BOWIE BURNING MAN STORY DENIED BY LATE ICON’S ESTATE _ Each year at Burning Man, attendees pay tribute to loved ones in a temple that is later burned to the ground. It is a treasured symbol of the festival’s philosophy, and a moving experience for many attendees. The Guardian wrote last week that this year’s temple included tributes to musicians David Bowie, Prince, and Star Wars actor Kenny Baker among the many personal messages and altars to deceased individuals.
… But an odd story was also widely reported in the media that some of David Bowie’s ashes were at Burning Man this year. On Monday a statement from a representative of the rock star’s estate that the claim was simply untrue.
ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…
• DATEBOOK 9/14/16: George W. Bush at Ground Zero on 9/14/2001 — 15 years ago. → See 9/14 Datebook.
• KEVIN BACON: Kevin Bacon has to turn down Baconfest invite → Entertainment September 13.
• WEIRD: Catfish falls from sky hits woman in face. → Wacky-But-True September 12.
• DWTS: The long version of the Dancing with the Stars theme.
RANDOM TIME TRAVEL QUESTION
One for the phones: Someone on Reddit asked: “Ten minutes from now you will be thrown back in time 100 years, to the place you are right now. You have a solar battery charger. What are you going to load onto your smartphone?
… One reply: “The outcome of the 1916-1930 World Series, and many of the horse races and boxing matches. That way I can at least make enough money to live comfortably without having to do some dangerous job.”
… Another had a similar idea: “Major stock market changes, and the winning lottery numbers.”
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY ADDS ‘YOLO,’ ‘MOOBS,’ ‘SPLENDIFEROUS’
The Oxford English Dictionary has added more than 1,000 revisions and updates for its latest update.
• Splendiferous — Meaning full of or abounding in splendor
• Yogalates – A fitness routine combining pilates exercises with the techniques of yoga.
• Moobs – Unusually prominent breasts on a man.
• Gender-fluid – A person with a fluid or unfixed gender identity.
• YOLO – An acronym for “you only live once.”
• Bracketology – The activity of predicting the participating teams in a tournament (typically the NCAA basketball tournament).
• Clicktivism – The practice of signaling support for a political or social cause by means of the Internet, through social media, online petitions, etc.
• Freemium – A business model, especially on the Internet, whereby basic services are provided free of charge while more advanced features must be paid for.
• Fuhgeddaboudit – Indicates that a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable.
• ’Merica – America. Now used in ironic or self-conscious use, emphasizing emblematic or stereotypical qualities of American traditions, institutions and national ideals.
• Uptalk – A manner of speaking in which declarative sentences are uttered with rising intonation at the end, a type of intonation more typically associated with questions.
… The Oxford English Dictionary is updated every three months, and September’s revamp marks the centenary of the birth of children’s book author Roald Dahl. It is littered with vocabulary described by another newly added word: “Dahlesque.” Besides “splendiferous,” Dahl-inspired vocabulary in the new edition includes an updated entry for the word “gremlins,” the meddlesome imps that sabotaged airplanes in Dahl’s first children’s book in 1943, and “human bean” — a humorous alteration or mispronunciation of human being.
TRIVIA: Americans throw away 570 of these per second. (Diapers)
TRIVIA: You’re on a first date with a beautiful woman but she’s told you that she suffers from oniomania. Why should you be worried? (Because she’s a compulsive shopper.)
ANSWER WRONG AND WIN
• In the game of billiards, what color is the cue ball?
• Name something that’s easier to use with the help of a remote control.
• Name an organ a living person might donated to another living person.
• Name a game show that offers fortune to contestants who spin a wheel.
• Name an animal you might find on a ranch.
This is day 258 of 2016. There are 108 days remaining.
• Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov in Star Trek and Alfred Bester in Babylon 5) is 80
• Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders) is 69
• John Bowzer Baumann of Sha Na Na is 69
• Melissa Leo (Snowden, The Big Short, Oscar for The Fighter) is 56
• Wendy Thomas (namesake of the fast food restaurant) is 55 – Her name is not Wendy or Thomas.
• Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank) is 53
• Faith Ford (Faith and Hope, Murphy Brown) is 52
• Tyler Perry is 47
• Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride, married to Brad Paisley) is 45
• Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) is 43
• Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) is 29
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1886: Typewriter ribbon was patented.
• 1901: President of the United States William McKinley died after an assassination attempt on September 6. He was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.
• 1984: Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a hot air balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.
• 1990: Ken Griffey Jr. and his father Ken Griffey Sr. became the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs.
• 1991: San Antonio police arrested a 76-year-old man in an anti-prostitution sweep. From jail he called his 102-year-old mother for help. He said he couldn’t call his wife — she’d kill him.
• 1994: The Major League Baseball season was canceled due to strike.
• 1999: A 21-year-old Welsh tourist fell out of the back of a bus on a busy highway while mooning passing motorists. The engineering student was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
• 2001:( AUDIO) U.S. President George W. Bush visited the site of the World Trade Center in New York three days after the terrorist attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers. Standing on top of the rubble, Bush responded to a fireman’s shouts by saying, “I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people … and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”
• 2001: The FBI released the names of the 19 hijackers who took part in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
• 2005: A federal judge in San Francisco declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional.
• 2011: NASA revealed its Space Launch System plan, intended to replace the Space Shuttle program with its first flight scheduled for 2017.
• Cream-Filled Donut Day
• Eat a Hoagie Day
• September 19: Talk Like A Pirate Day – Get a free donut.
• October 12: Columbus Day
• October 31: Halloween
• November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends (fall back one hour)
• November 8: Presidential Election