INTERPREP ★ JUNE 19, 2017

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 19, 2017

This is day 170 of 2017. There are 195 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Author Salman Rushdie is 70

• Phylicia Rashad is 69

• Kathleen Turner is 63

• Paula Abdul is 55

• Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 50

• Poppy Montgomery (Unforgettable, Without a Trace) is 42.

• Garfield the cartoon cat is 39

• Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Star Trek) is 39

• Macklemore is 34

• Paul Dano is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1846: The first baseball game under recognizable modern rules was played in Hoboken, New Jersey.

• 1865: Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, were finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 13 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

• 1910: The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

• 1941: General Mills in Minneapolis created a new dry breakfast cereal called Cheerie Oats. The name was later shortened to Cheerios.

• 1967: Catherine Murphy of Bonsall, California, became the first female golfer to play 150 holes without resting.

• 1978: The Garfield comic strip debuts. It would grow to over $1 billion in revenue within over 110 countries.

• 1987: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia announced a new ice cream flavor: Cherry Garcia.

• 1993: Toronto police reported that a business burglar had left a thumb print in the owner’s Silly Putty.

• 2005: An Arkansas, man survived with only minor injuries when a car skidded into his bedroom, rolled him up in his mattress and sprayed gasoline through his home. Ricky May of Pine Bluff was pinned under the Ford Taurus.

• 2006: Prime ministers of several northern European nations participated in a ceremonial “laying of the first stone” at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway.

• 2015: Hawaii raised the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, the highest smoking age among all the states.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Ride To Work Day (Motorcycles)

• Kissing Day

• Garfield the Cat Day

• Martini Day

UPCOMING

• June 20: First day of summer

• July 4: Independence Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

3.5 billion: Hangers that end up in U.S. landfills each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

The Frisbee has turned 60 years old. [Frisbee: celebrating 60 years of being stuck on the roof.]

The Vatican is exploring the possibility of creating a legal doctrine that will allow the excommunication of Mafia members. [I would have thought that ‘thy shall not steal or murder’ would have taken care of that.]

A jury awarded $870,000 to a Pennsylvania man who was the victim of medical malpractice when a surgeon removed the wrong testicle. [Now I feel like such a wimp for complaining whenever my barber cuts one sideburn too short.]

Amazon is buying Whole Foods. [They just need to finalize the details, like paper or plastic.]

A New York woman is suing a casino after a slot machine said she had won $43 million, but the casino refused to pay, saying the machine malfunctioned. Instead they offered her a steak dinner. [If I just jilted somebody out of $43 million, the last thing I’d do is hand her a steak knife.]

Did you see the new Cars 3? [It’s like The Fast and The Furious but with more life-like acting.]

Katy Perry has become the first person on Twitter to gain 100 million followers. [So, now both parties are trying to get her to run in 2020.]

A British couple claim that they haven’t eaten in years, but live off the nutrients they absorb through the atmosphere. [And thanks to global warming all their meals are nice and hot.]

A study finds that to push the mental reset button and clear our minds all we have to do is wash our hands. [That explains why those people at fast food restaurants always have to ask you a second time what you ordered.]

There’s a battle in court between different athletic governing bodies over whether stand-up paddleboarding belongs under the category of surfing or canoeing. [Once again our nation finds itself divided.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

GERMAN OFFICIALS CONFISCATE 35 TONS OF FIDGET SPINNERS _ Airport customs authorities in Frankfurt, Germany, confiscated 35 tons of the tiny twirling gadgets and plan on crushing them out of existence. They say they tested the toys, which came in multiple shipments from China, and found that parts could fall off and pose possible choking hazards for small children.

DAD WITH CLEFT LIP ADOPTS BABY JUST LIKE HIM _ When Brian and Molly Pierce of Atlanta were on their honeymoon, they met a family with a 12-year-old daughter adopted from China. The Pierces had always known they would adopt someday, and spending time with the family confirmed it was something they wanted. Fast forward a few years and the Pierces were ready to adopt — and their situation was unique. Brian and Molly communicated through their adoption agency that Brian had a cleft lip and palate as a child, and that it was something they were well-equipped to handle. So when they opened the envelope containing a photo of their baby-to-be smiling back at them, Brian wasn’t surprised to see that she had been born with a cleft lip and palate, just like him. He says he felt an instant connection with the girl, who they named Hattie. Ten months later, the couple brought her home to meet her new big sister and dog. And Hattie received surgery for her cleft lip and palate at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the same place Brian had gotten his own surgery nearly 40 years earlier.

WANT TO ‘RESET’ YOUR BRAIN? WASH YOUR HANDS _ Washing your hands does not just keep them clean, but the act can also cleanse your brain of old ideas. Researchers (University of Toronto) have discovered that the action can shift goal pursuit, making prior goals less important and subsequent goals more important. Researchers suggest wiping away dirt serves as a physical substitute for mentally separating ideas that linger from previous experiences.

CEREAL MAKERS HOPE TO CHARM MILLENNIALS _ Facing soggy sales, breakfast cereal makers are hoping Millennials will go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and find Lucky Charms magically delicious by trying to expand past the usual kids market. For example, Kellogg’s announced recently that it is launching its first new consumer campaign for Froot Loops in half century, in part to try to reach Millennials. The new tagline is “Whatever Froots Your Loops.” The cereal company will use the pitch in TV commercials, banner ads and social media.

… Cereal has lost ground to morning foods like eggs and pancakes. Cereal has a 22% share of breakfast compared to 27% five years ago.

UNITED AIRLINES EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF KICKING WOMAN IN THE HEAD _ You’re on a long trip from San Francisco to Belize. You have a layover in Houston. You’re tired. So you wander into the nondenominational chapel and have a quick nondenominational lie-down. The next thing you know, a man is kicking you in the head. That’s the story told by Lindsay Urbani. She said the event occurred last Saturday. Urbani says she immediately got up and asked the man why he kicked her. She claims he told her she wasn’t allowed to sleep there and then proceeded to roll out a prayer mat and begin praying. She repeated her inquiry as to why he’d kicked her. She claims he told her that he didn’t want her to miss her flight. She tried to get the man’s name but he put his United Airlines jacket on and went back to work. Urbani took a couple of pictures of him from behind as he left. United offered this statement: “We have spoken with Ms. Urbani, and we are very concerned by the experience she shared with us. We are urgently reviewing the matter internally to further understand what happened. The employee has been suspended while we review the incident.”

MAN PERFORMS BALANCING ACT, SAVES GROCERIES, WOWS INTERNET _ It shouldn’t be humanly possible. And yet the Internet is going crazy over a Brazilian man performing an incredible balancing act on his way through a supermarket checkout lane to save one of his items from hitting the floor. It’s a magnificent three-part kick that indicates years of hacky sack practice. • VIDEO

84 GREAT DANES RESCUED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE _ A filthy suspected puppy mill that one officer called the worst he had ever seen was raided in New Hampshire and 84 Great Danes were rescued. The owner (Christina Ray) was charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect after police, animal control officers and personnel from the Humane Society of the United States freed dogs in cages and rounded up scores of others roaming sections of a run-down eight-bedroom mansion. Officials said the home was smeared everywhere with dog waste.

AFTER PANHANDLER REJECTS JOB OFFER, DEALERSHIP FIRES BACK _ A panhandler became a fixture in front of a Honda dealership in Brighton, Michigan. But when the dealership offered him a job he turned it down and reportedly told the owners of the dealership he doesn’t need their $10 an hour job because he makes better money panhandling in front of the business. The dealership responded with a sign displayed on the car lot: “Please do not give anything to this panhandler. We offered him a full-time job at $10.00/hr. He said: ‘I make more than any of you’ and he did not want a job. Please donate to a more worthy cause.”

JAMES COMEY GOT DOWN ON THE DANCE FLOOR _ James Comey may no longer head up the FBI, but he was the director of dance at a wedding Saturday night. Comey hit up a D.C. wedding and showed off some moves to the 300 guests.

WE THINK ABOUT QUITTING OUR JOBS A LOT _ How often do you fantasize about quitting your job? A survey says more than 60% of us think about it quite a bit. 32% said they think fantasize about quitting multiple times a day; 30% said fairly often. Just 16% said they never think about quitting.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN KICKS COP IN THE GROIN _ In Springfield, Massachusetts, a woman allegedly hurled a tray of donuts at the assistant manager of a gas station convenience store after being told to leave the store. When police arrived, she resisted arrest and threatened to kill the officers before being Tasered and transported to police headquarters. Once there, she kicked an officer in the groin and renewed her threats. She told the officers, “I’m going to kill you so call your kids and tell them goodbye.” Side note: The woman’s name is Miracle Crimes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COLLEGE EXAM QUESTIONS INCLUDE ANSWERS _ Students taking an exam at a vocational school in China were pleasantly surprised by the first three multiple-choice questions because each one provided information that answered the next. School officials are investigating.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOT STUDENTS GET HEAT RELIEF IN FUNERAL HOME _ It’s hot in Spain, so much so that over-heated students near Madrid were moved from their school to a cooler place — the local air-conditioned funeral home. The unusual decision is just one of several measures taken in recent days as the country goes through a crazy heatwave.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER STOPS TRAIN TO BUY PEACHES _ Railway officials in the North African country of Tunisia have opened an investigation after it was discovered that a train engineer apparently stopped his train to buy peaches. A video shot from inside the train shows crates of fruit placed at the edge of the tracks. The trains comes to a stop and a vendor climbs onto the train to give a plastic bag to someone — who turned out to be the engineer.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER TAKING LION FOR RIDE _ Authorities in Pakistan said a man is facing charges after a viral video showed him driving around (in Karachi) with a lion in the bed of his pickup truck. The video shows the black pickup cruising down a street with the lion casually lounging in the back, unrestrained by anything except a leash held by a man inside the vehicle. The video was reported to police, who identified the lion’s owner who told them he has the proper permits to keep the lion and was simply driving it to a veterinarian to be seen for an illness.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CONDOM CROOK STRIKES AGAIN _ Staff members at a Georgia Target store (in Sandy Springs) reported a male juvenile took a box of condoms into the bathroom and came out without them. As he left the bathroom an officer approached and asked about the condoms. The juvenile said he’d flushed them down the toilet, then said he’d tossed them in the trash. Right about then, the condoms fell out of his pants.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: METH FOUND IN TRAVELER’S UNDERWEAR AT LAX _ Federal agents arrested a man in Los Angeles for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly four pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his underwear.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN TRIES TO GIVE AWAY CAR, ELDERLY MOTHER _ A woman in China is being criticized for trying to get rid of her 78-year-old mother by leaving her in a car and promising the keys to anyone who will take her. Sure enough, the mother was spotted by neighbors sleeping in the SUV. On the windshield was a sign that read, “Whoever can deal with this elderly woman gets the car for free.”


ON TELEVISION

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode.

THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — New. After the rose ceremony, Rachel and the men travel to South Carolina.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — New. The second part of the auditions continue in L.A.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SUPERHUMAN (9p ET, FOX) — New

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — Malcolm Goodwin (iZombie) is the guest in this new episode.

KIDS WHO KILL (9p ET, A&E) — This new, 2-hour special features prosecutors, defense attorneys, child psychologists and others exploring how and why some children become homicidal. Plus, here the personal stories of young murderers and their victims and the effects created for the involved families.

LIFE IN PIECES (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:30p ET, CW) — Repeat

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE (10p ET, NBC) — Six new teams compete on one of the most demanding obstacle courses ever built.

STILL STAR-CROSSED (10p ET, ABC) — New. A conspiracy to keep the feud between the Montagues and Capulets going threatens plans for peace.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: BETTER CALL SAUL (10p ET, AMC) — Season 3 wraps up. The show has not yet been renewed for a 4th season.


ENTERTAINMENT

CARS 3 RACES TO NO. 1 _ Wonder Woman fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, making way for Cars 3 to open with $53.5 million in ticket sales. Cars 3 had the worst opening in the series’ history — Cars opened to $60.1 million and Cars 2 to $66.1 million.

… Of the four new films in theaters Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson, bombed with an $8 million debut.

BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z HAVE WELCOMED TWINS _ Beyonce and Jay Z have welcomed twins. The superstar singer and her mogul husband, who married in 2008, are also parents to a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.

… Though there were multiple reports over the weekend that Beyonce had given birth, the first confirmation from anyone close to the musical power couple came from Beyonce’s dad, who tweeted the news on Father’s Day.

TRAILER FOR THE DEFIANT ONES _ HBO has unveiled a trailer for The Defiant Ones, a four-part documentary on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. In addition to extensive interviews with Dre and Iovine, who speak frankly about their highs and lows, the show includes interviews with Bono, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen and will.i.am. The series also features never-before-seen footage from a number of recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, JJ Fad, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A., Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and U2, among others. • VIDEO

RYAN SEACREST SIGNED A DEAL TO HOST AMERICAN IDOL _ A source (TMZ) says Ryan Seacrest signed a “multi-million dollar” deal to host the American Idol reboot for NBC. Sources say the network offered $10 million, Seacrest wanted $15 million and they compromised somewhere in between. Last week it was revealed that Katy Perry snagged $25 million to appear as a judge on the show.

STARS COME TOGETHER TO RECORD GRENFELL TOWER CHARITY SONG _ Pop stars including Rita Ora, James Blunt and Leona Lewis spent the weekend recording a song to raise money for the Grenfell Tower victims. The cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water is expected to be released this week. The song was the brainchild of Simon Cowell, who took action after watching news coverage of the blaze. He said many artists had asked to take part.

MADONNA SHADES EX-HUSBAND ON FATHER’S DAY _ Madonna shaded her ex’ on Father’s Day. While Madonna and Guy Ritchie settled the majority of their custody issues involving son Rocco nine months ago, clearly there is residual animosity. Madonna, who’s also the mother of Lourdes, Mercy, and twins Esther and Stella, tweeted on Father’s Day, “And Happy Father’s Day to Me too because lets face it… Im the Mommy and the Daddy. I don’t care what the papers say.”

MARK WAHLBERG LEAVING TRANSFORMERS AFTER LAST KNIGHT _ Mark Wahlberg is leaving Transformers after leading the last two installments. Wahlberg confirms Transformers: The Last Knight would be his last in the franchise. The movie opens this weekend.

SETH ROGEN WAS BLOCKED ON TWITTER BY ROB SCHNEIDER _ Seth Rogen was blocked on Twitter by Rob Schneider. On Saturday, Rogen posted a screenshot of Schneider’s account, which showed that Rogen was blocked from viewing Schneider’s tweets and following the comedian, for no apparent reason. Rogen tweeted with the screenshot: “What the f”.

FLOUNDER FROM ANIMAL HOUSE HAS DIED _ Stephen Furst has died. The actor and filmmaker was best known for playing Flounder in Animal House. He died due to complications from diabetes at his home in Ventura County, California. Along with playing Kent ‘Flounder’ Dorfman in the 1978 comedy classic, he also had starring roles on Babylon 5 and St. Elsewhere.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

• PHONER: What was your first car? Over the weekend my neighbor was showing off his son’s first vehicle. The dad said he’d buy his son his first car but he would be the one picking it out and it wouldn’t cost more than $5,500. So my neighbor’s proud of the slightly rusty but reliable 2001 Toyota 4 Runner he got his kid.

• DROP: Caller says “Bingo!”

• TITLE DROPS: You’ll hear three movie clips and in each they say the title of the film. You’re goal is to give me the name of any actor from each movie. Use file Title Drops 02.

• WONDER WOMAN FIGHTS RACCOON: Wonder Woman theme. Story in June 16 issue.


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Cars 3, $53.5 million
  2. Wonder Woman, $40.7 million
  3. All Eyez on Me, $27 million
  4. The Mummy, $13.9 million
  5. 47 Meters Down, $11.5 million
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, $8.4 million
  7. Rough Night, $8 million
  8. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, $7.3 million
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, $4.9 million
  10. It Comes At Night, $2.6 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Finding Dory.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

… Ten year ago this week the number one movie was Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

… Twenty year ago this week the number one movie was Speed 2: Cruise Control.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

Transformers: The Last Knight (PG-13) – Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. Father’s Day
  2. Beyonce
  3. Bill Cosby
  4. Whole Foods
  5. Amazon
  6. Megyn Kelly
  7. Cuba
  8. Queen’s Birthday
  9. Uber
  10. NBA Draft
  11. Mayweather vs. McGregor
  12. Bruce Springsteen
  13. Bachelor in Paradise
  14. LGBTQ Month

FUNNY LIES PARENTS USED TO TELL US

What was the harmless, funny lie your parents told you as a kid? One guy said: “When I was young I would only go pee outside. Obviously this wasn’t sustainable so my parents had to find a way to break the habit. They told me that if my ding-dong was out for too long then a bird would think it was a worm and eat it.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What was the harmless, funny lie your parents told you as a kid?

WHAT WAS A WEIRD THEORY YOU CAME UP WITH AS A KID?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What weird theory did you come up with as a kid?

• I thought George Washington was the first man ever.

• Stoplights are controlled by a couple of guys at a big control board.

• I used to think that there was a difference between a Dad and a Father. Luke Skywalker had a father, why didn’t I? All I had was a dad, and he couldn’t use the force.

• I thought I could drink water while peeing and pee longer.

• I thought babies were boy or girl if the mom ate broccoli or strawberries when she got pregnant.

• I thought I had to wait for the toilet to finish flushing before washing my hands or the dirty water would come out of the faucet.

FOOD SUPERSTITIONS

• Bake a cake while the sun is rising, and don’t throw away the eggshells until the baking is done.

• Tossing coffee grounds under steps that lead to the kitchen will rid the home of ants.

• If you accidentally swallow some seeds while eating a grape, they’ll give you appendicitis.

• The sound of thunder can turn milk sour.

• Tipping over a slice of cake on a plate while serving a guest brings bad luck.

• Eating the crust of bread will give you curly hair.

• Peel an apple until it breaks and toss the rind. Whatever letter it forms is the first letter of your true love’s name.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Timberwolf, Renegade, Searchlight and Rawhide were names given to who? (Presidents. These were the secret service code names given to George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.)

BRAIN TEASER

One morning while she was eating breakfast, Megan’s diamond ring slipped off her finger and fell into a full cup of coffee… but the ring didn’t get wet. Why not?

Answer: The cup was filled with dry, ground coffee.

TITLE DROPS

You’ll hear three movie clips and in each they say the title of the film. You’re goal is to give me the name of any actor from each movie. Use file Title Drops 02.

Good Morning Vietnam

Clear and Present Danger

Guardians of the Galaxy


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Fearless house cat challenges huge lion.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


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DATEBOOK: JUNE 20, 2017

This is day 171 of 2017. There are 194 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Martin Landau is 89

• Olympia Dukakis is 86

• Danny Aiello is 84

• John Mahoney (Frasier) is 77

• Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is 75

• Anne Murray is 72

• Bob Vila is 71

• Lionel Richie is 68

• John Goodman is 65

• Nicole Kidman is 50

• Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) is 46

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1819: The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrived at Liverpool, United Kingdom. She was the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, but most of the journey was made under sail.

• 1877: Alexander Graham Bell installed the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

• 1893: Lizzie Borden was acquitted of murdering her stepmother and father.

• 1963: The so-called “red telephone” was established between the United States and the Soviet Union following the Cuban Missile Crisis.

• 1967: Boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. The Supreme Court later overturned the conviction.

• 1975: With its tagline “Don’t go in the water,” the Steven Spielberg-directed thriller Jaws opened in theaters.

• 1988: Price Is Right model Janice Pennington was knocked out cold by a TV camera.

• 1994: O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty to the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and waiter Ronald Goldman.

• 1996: Police seized 10-thousand ice cream bars and pad-locked the factory in Xuzhou, China, after children reported the sticks in their ice cream bars turned out to be plastic models of naked women.

• 2013: Instagram offered users the ability to upload videos to their service.

• 2015: A rally calling for removal of the Confederate flag formed at the capitol building in South Carolina in response to a shooting earlier in the week of nine African-Americans by white supremacist Dylann Roof.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• American Eagle Day

• Ice Cream Soda Day

• Vanilla Milkshake Day

• Hike With A Geek Day

• World Refugee Day

UPCOMING

• June 20: First day of summer

• July 4: Independence Day